Pattern Release & Sale | Gnorman the Gnome

You may remember that at the end of last year I entered the Amigurumi.net fantasy character competition and whilst I didn’t win (though thank you to everyone that voted) I really enjoyed the design process of creating three little fantasy amigurumi characters. 

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AND I’m really pleased to say that Gnorman the Gnome, the first of these characters, is out of testing and ready to be released into the world! 

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Gnorman is a sweet little fellow with a gentle disposition who lives in a simple hillside dwelling deep in the woods. His favourite pastime is tending to his beloved mushroom garden where he cultivates scarlet capped toadstools loved by his fairy folk friends ūüćĄ. 
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I couldn’t believe it when I was in town the other week and I came across some little tiny tools that were just perfect for Gnorman! And yes it’s completely normal to buy your amigurumi their own accessories…he needed a couple of spades and a rake…

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There are a few characters on my bucket list of things I’d like to design and a gnome was one of them and I loved how Gnorman turned out!

And what about the other characters? Well I’m planning to work on getting Wheelan O’Wool the Leprechaun out to testers next – so watch this space!

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Gnorman the Gnome is now available and on sale on Ravelry (with coupon code: GNOME) until 16 February 2018 after that time the pattern will revert to full price. The pattern is also available on Lovecrochet.com.

Remember to share your Gnorman project’s to be in with a chance to win a free pattern if you are featured in my monthly newsletter.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Princess Jessica and Love Tokens

Once upon a time, in a far away land, a crochet designer that was asked to design an enchanting princess doll…four months later Princess Jessica appeared on the front cover of¬†issue 98 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine¬†(on sale now) and the crochet designer lived happily ever after!

Have you seen it? I was super excited to see¬†Princess Jessica as this month’s cover star! What a lovely start to the year.

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I was really keen to make her a little bit more of a modern princess which is why she is supporting a chic ‘Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ inspired up do. A hairstyle which happens to be the perfect fit for a tiara!

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As well as Princess Jessica there’s also a mini pattern series by me of little love tokens which includes; love bird key rings, a mini heart gift bag, a heart brooch and a heart handbag charm. They all make really quick valentines gifts or, if you are like me, you can just crochet loads of puffy hearts because they are super fun to make.

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The free yarn kit with issue 98 includes six lovely bright colours which are just perfect for cheering anyone up in gloomy January.  In this month’s issue you’ll find:

  • Six posy yarns‚Ķincluding a special eyelash yarn!
  • 3.5 mm hook & 3.5 mm knitting needles
  • Bonus safety eyes
  • 55 exclusive patterns
  • Plus‚Ķ a 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine¬†is available in¬†major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.¬†¬†If you hook up either Princess Jessica or any of the Love Tokens be¬†sure to share your photos with me on social media(facebook,¬†twitter¬†or¬†instagram)¬†‚Äď I love to see what you make!

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Superhero Girl and Bracelet Trio

Is it a bird? is it a plane? No it’s Daphne the Let’s Get Crafting superhero winging her way to you in¬†Issue 97 of¬†LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine¬†(out now).¬† You can just see her peeping out¬†¬†on the front cover¬†from behind the Aurora yarn kit.

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Without a doubt she is one of the most fun projects I have designed for the magazine (so far). I love how she turned out!¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafting ran a competition to name this sassy hero and ‘Daphne’ was the name that won – it’s not a name I would have even thought of but it definitely suits her somehow don’t you think?¬†

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I also had great fun designing a trio of bracelets for this issue, I really adore how the magazine has styled them with the person wearing all three bracelets at once – loving that look!

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As always the magazine comes with the pattern, the hook and the yarn to make your project choice.  In this month’s issue you’ll find:

  • Six Aurora yarns‚Ķincluding a special ombre yarn!
  • 3.75mm hook & 3.75mm knitting needles
  • 48 exclusive patterns
  • Plus‚Ķ a 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine¬†is available in¬†major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.¬†¬†If you hook up either Daphne or the bracelets be¬†sure to share your photos with me on social media (facebook,¬†twitter¬†or¬†instagram) ‚Äď I love to see what you make!

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Happily Hooked Magazine | Little Red Robot

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Beep, boop, get your daily dose of cute with my new simple robot pattern out now in the latest issue of Happily Hooked magazine (out now). 

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The little red robot can’t wait to make friends, he is a loving little fellow with a big heart!

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The new edition of the online US magazine is filled with patterns, articles and interviews in this ‘For the Guys’ issue. So chuffed to see my little amigurumi Robot on the¬†the front cover too!

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From the smallest to the tallest there’s so many patterns in this issue that guys will love, and let’s face it, they aren’t always the easiest to crochet for.¬† It’s great therefore that Happily Hooked magazine have compiled this wonderful collection for stylish, classy patterns that guys will want to wear.¬†

Check out the¬†Happily Hooked Magazine¬†website for more details about the magazine and how you can subscribe and I do hope you‚Äôll add the robot pattern to your¬†ūüíó¬†Favourites and Ravelry Queue¬†here.

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As always I hope you will share your finished robot’s on your favourite social media sites:¬†Ravelry,¬†LoveCrochet.com,¬†Facebook¬†page¬†or¬†Facebook group,¬†Twitter,¬†¬†Pinterest¬†and¬†Instagram¬†as I love to see your finished work!¬†And if you are featured in¬†my newsletter, as the customer spotlight,¬†you could win a pattern of your choice!

Well until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Penguin Brothers and Baby Bear

Penguins¬†are, without a doubt, some of the best animals in the world. They have that cute little waddling thing going for them, they live in a place that’s really, really cold and they don’t seem to mind and they are really cute.¬† If you like penguins then you’re going to love Flipper and Flapper the penguin brothers in¬†Issue 96 of¬†LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine¬†(out now).¬†¬†

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I had such great fun designing these guys – penguins in bobble hats, what’s not to love!¬†Perfect to gift or keep for yourself.

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Also featured in this months issue is my stripy Baby Bear.  Cuddle up close with Baby Bear; this friendly bear is perfect for snuggling up at bed time and listening to a story. 

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As always the magazine comes with the pattern, the hook and the yarn to make your project choice.  In this month’s issue you’ll find:

  • Nutcracker yarns‚Ķincluding a special fluffy yarn!
  • 4mm hook & 4mm needles
  • 65 exclusive patterns
  • Plus‚Ķ a 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine¬†is available in¬†major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.¬†¬†If you hook up either Santa or Bruno be¬†sure to share your photos with me on social media(facebook,¬†twitter¬†or¬†instagram) ‚Äď I love to see what you make!

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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I Like Crochet Magazine | December 2017 Edition

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The December 2017 issue of¬†I Like Crochet¬†is officially here and I’m very excited about it because not only is it full of fabulous patterns but there’s a festive little pattern in it from me – you may just spy it on the bottom left hand corner of the front cover.

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I’m a little bit obsessed by all things Christmas, truth be told, and yet I never seem to have acquired a nutcracker decoration of my very own….until now!¬†¬†Now we can both crack open the festive season with my fun nutcracker amigurumi.

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Make him as a super cute decoration or a enchanting toy! He also makes a fantastic visual prop for the retelling of the Nutcracker story.  I love the fact that according to German folklore, nutcrackers are keepsakes that bring good luck to your family while protecting your home. So this little amigurumi would make a perfect traditional Christmas gift!  

The lovely people at¬†I Like Crochet¬†also gave me the opportunity to view the¬†December issue¬†of the magazine to tell you about the other patterns available. There are so many nice patterns in this edition but I thought I’d share with you my favourite three.

I’m completely in love with the Balsam Fir Waterfall Cardigan¬†by¬†¬†– isn’t it just gorgeous! I think it’s a really flattering style that would suit most body types.¬†

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I also really love the cover star Olwen the Snowman¬†by¬†. Olwen, means ‚Äúwhite footprint‚ÄĚ in Welsh and it’s such a clever idea to include chunky cables on his belly.¬†

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And I’m simply dotty about the Darling and Dotted Hat by¬†¬†Everyone loves polka dots right!?

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There are over 25 beautiful patterns in the December edition but if you enjoy crochet magazines you might want to consider a¬†subscription. ¬†1 year membership starts at as little as $19.97 / ¬£15.87 ‚Äď so if you¬†subscribe¬†you do save!¬†

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Crochet Book Review | Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium

Disclaimer:  I received a sample copy of the book to write this review however I have not been financially compensated by the supplier, book company or the designer to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own experiences of using the book / pattern.

When the lovely folks at Pavilion books asked me if I‚Äôd like to review Edward‚Äôs Crochet Doll Emporium I didn‚Äôt need asking twice! I‚Äôd already got the book on my wish list, as I‚Äôm a big fan of Kerry Lord‚Äôs, and have all of the other ‚ÄėEdwards crochet‚Äô books¬†so was extremely eager to have a peep at the new book.

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Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium by Kerry Lord is published by Pavilion. Photographs by Kristy Noble

Ed‚Äôs dolls is a wonderfully innovative book where you can¬†design your own doll using mix-and-match crochet patterns.¬†Cleverly each pattern is contained within flippable pages which means, like a child’s flip book, that you can make hundreds of different doll combinations each with amazing wardrobes!¬†

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Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium by Kerry Lord is published by Pavilion. Photographs by Kristy Noble

The book is split into sections with instructions on how to make the main doll, then there are two flip sections:

  • First you choose a ‚Äėhead‚Äô – there are beginner and advanced heads to choose depending on the hair style (or facial hair).
  • Next you choose what they are going to ‘be’ with the bottom ‚Äėoutfit‚Äô flip ‚Äď with costumes for an astronaut and a princess, a ballerina and a footballer, a mermaid and a pirate, a surgeon, a punk and more.

You can make so many different variations of doll! As always I like to make something from a book before I review it and I was inspired by the doll Kerry made of herself Рso I thought that it might be really fun to try and create a mini me.

I used¬†TOFT DK yarn to make my doll (as I already had some in my stash from last years TOFTfest and my recent visit to¬†The Knitting & Stitching Show). TOFT DK yarn is pure wool, seriously soft and gentle on the hands – lovely to crochet with. It also has a really great colour range to represent skin tones. I went for ‘Oatmeal’ skin and ‘Chestnut’ for my hair.

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All the patterns are in UK terminology and come with detailed instructions and accompanying photos for stitches. In addition the book includes step by step instructions for stuffing, sewing together and adding the dolls features. The patterns are also arranged in order of difficulty so their’s something for beginners and for people with more ‘advanced’ crochet skills.¬†

The body for my doll worked up easily and I chose to give my little doll pants and a boob tube (instructions included in the book for the advanced dolls) so I would be suitably attired underneath my clothes…it seems more than a little weird to be sharing a photo of me in my underwear with the world – but here I am…

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I had great fun styling my hair using a spare hair clip and just a normal hair band to tie it back as I usually would my own hair.

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The hands are some of the cutest things I have ever made! Like ever! There are options for beginner or advanced hands (these are the advanced) and whilst any doll would look cute with either I do love the little digits.

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Next came the clothes….I used the C:1 flip dress option which I made in blue upon which I embroidered yellow and grey flowers (to symbolise the pattern on my dress). I then teamed up my dress with a slightly smaller and longer C:2 yellow scarf and some C:10 black boots.

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There weren’t any real accompaniments for a crocheter doll so I improvised and made a little work basket, complete with mini balls of yarn and a WIP. I also cut to size an old 3mm hook I had to fit the dolls hands.

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TOFT have started to make some amazing little accessories for the dolls; aside from a range of different coloured dolls eyes (I used the brown) they have the cutest little glasses! However these have proven so popular that they sold out quickly so I wasn’t able to get some – until then a bit of floral wire had to suffice for my specs.

I finished off my doll with a bit of blusher on the cheeks (this isn’t something suggested in the book but something I added as I pretty much always have rosy cheeks!) and with that voil√† I was finished…want to see me?

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I think there is a definite likeness between me and my mini doppelganger!  What do you think?

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I had great fun making this doll! And I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys making dolls or amigurumi, or to anyone that fancies making a mini-me. The only problem I envisage is that everyone will want one! 

Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium¬†by Kerry Lord (Pavilion Books)¬†is priced at ¬£16.99 and¬† is available to buy now from the TOFT website¬†and via many brick and online bookstores.

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If you enjoyed this crochet book review you may wish to check out some of my other crochet book reviews.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Santa and Bruno the Bear

I mentioned in a previous post that I’d got some more seasonal patterns coming soon and I can now happily reveal a couple of them! I’ve designed two brand new patterns for Issue 95 of¬†LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine¬†(out now).¬†¬†

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Skip the store bought decor add a touch of magic to your home this Christmas by making your own holiday toys and gifts. Making your own decor can be such fun and every make will become an adorable little keepsakes to bring out every year.

I was tickled pink (or should that be red) to see my Santa as this issue’s cover star.¬†Made in traditional red and white, with a bit of sparkle, jolly St Nick is ready to add a bit of classic charm to your home – and you can fill his sack with goodies too.

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Also featured in this months issue is my Bruno the Winter Bear. He’s all ready to tackle colder climes in his welly boots, jumper and cute bobble hat. I am completely in LOVE with how the magazine have styled him…just look at him sniffing that pine-cone in the snow!¬†You can easily create a serene scandi inspired festive setting with a contemporary decoration like Bruno.

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As always the magazine comes with the pattern, the hook and the yarn to make your project choice.¬† In this month’s issue you’ll find:

  • Six Merry yarns…including a special sparkly yarn!
  • 5mm hook & 5mm needles
  • 44 exclusive patterns
  • Plus… a 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine¬†is available in¬†major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.¬†¬†If you hook up either Santa or Bruno be¬†sure to share your photos with me on social media(facebook,¬†twitter¬†or¬†instagram) ‚Äď I love to see what you make!

 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Out of this World | Mystery Amigurumi Crochet Along

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Who’s ready for a Mystery Amigurumi Crochet Along?

Following¬†a poll, ¬†in the KCACO-UK Community Facebook group about a mini Crochet-Along (CAL) for 2017, it was decided that we should do an amigurumi!!! This is the first time I’ve done a CAL with something other than a blanket and my very first mini mystery CAL (MMCAL) so I’m quite excited about it! And if this isn’t for you don’t worry I’m going to try and work in another mini crochet-along, a little later this year, for the other poll favourite choice of something Christmassy!

This is a great CAL for anyone who’s never tried an amigurumi as we will be taking it slowly – you could even make several different versions during the mystery!

Details of the Mystery…

  • We will begin on Monday 18th September 2017¬†
  • There is no charge to join the CAL; anyone can join in as long as they have some yarn and a hook.
  • The mystery will run for 5 days;¬†For those that like a deadline I will be adding new details about the mystery each day from the 18th Sept at 7 pm-ish (GMT time) ‚Äď see below for full schedule. For those that want to hook when they have the time then that‚Äôs fine too; no pressure to this CAL it‚Äôs all about having fun!

Materials…

  • For this design I used double knit/8 ply/yarn weight #3 and a 3.5mm (US size D/3 or E/4 will be fine). The pattern will also work in worsted /aran/ yarn weight #4 with a larger¬†hook such as a 4mm (US size G) – your finished project will just be bigger!
  • You will need about 60g / 177m / 193 yds of yarn TOTAL; this design could be a great stashbuster for yarn you have lying around; I used three different colours but use as many colours as you want!¬†
  • You will also need some toy stuffing, 3 x 9mm or 12mm black or green safety eyes, scissors and a yarn needle.

The Basics…

We will be using simple stitches in this crochet-along but you will need to know how to work:

  • Chain (ch)
  • Slip Stitch (Sl St)
  • UK double crochet (dc) / US single crochet (sc)
  • UK double crochet two together (dc2tog) / US single¬†crochet two together (sc2tog)

Many sections of this CAL are also worked without joining in continuous rounds  (rnds) by placing a stitch marker in either the the top of the first st to mark start of rnd.

The Keep Calm Crochet Community…

  • The hashtag for this CAL is #ootwCAL. Make sure you link me your wip’s via your favourite social media¬†sites:¬†Ravelry,¬†Facebook¬†page¬†or¬†Facebook group,¬†Twitter,¬†¬†Pinterest¬†and¬†Instagram!
  • The ravelry link to add to your queue / favourites is here.
  • Once the final clue is released I would love you to submit a picture so I can feature you on Facebook, the blog and in my Newsletter.
  • You will have until Saturday 30 September to submit a finished photo to used in my galleries.

Schedule…

It’s all very exciting isn’t it!! I can’t wait to see your projects – and hear your guesses on what we are making!¬†

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Happy Elf and Bella The Ballerina

As a crafter I think it’s never too early to talk about Christmas! The holiday season is sneaky, you think you have ages and then bam! It’s here before¬†you realise it. But no worries! Issue 94 of¬†LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is here to help you avoid those last minute frantic crochet sessions. ¬†

I was thrilled to see that both my new Happy Elf pattern and my Bella the Ballerina Kitty feature on the cover star of the new issue! 

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If you are not familiar with LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine it’s readily available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  This months magazine comes with the following gifts:

  • Six Candy Cane yarns ‚Äď including a eyelash wool
  • 3mm hook and 3mm knitting needles
  • 42 exclusive patterns in a 68 page magazine

The latest edition also comes with a fascinating article about knitting codes during the First and Second World Wars which I really enjoyed learning about.

What a happy little chappy my elf turned out to be! I love how he turned out. ¬†I think he’s sure to capture the hearts and imagination of all ages and bring some crochet magic to Christmas don’t you think? ¬†

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And with her pink tutu and faux satin pointe shoes Bella the Ballerina kitty dances along behind the elf to the music-box melody of The Sugar Plum fairy! Adorned with fluffy eyelash yarn this little kitty will make playtime utterly PURRfect.

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I can’t wait to see your Christmas makes! Be sure to share your photos with me on social media (facebook, twitter or instagram) as I do so love to see your finished projects.

And you never know…if you are looking for more Christmas patterns I might have some new ones coming up, so be sure to watch this space!

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