Pattern Release: Daisy Chain Flourish Blanket


I’m proud to introduce my next blanket; it’s been a work in progress for awhile now as it’s most certainly the most ambitious project size wise I have ever designed as I have included details how to make the blanket from bassinet to king sized in three different weight yarns (4 ply, 8 ply and 10 ply) phew!  

This is my Daisy Chain Flourish Blanket…

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Worked in 4ply cotton as shown this vintage style blanket has the makings of a family heirloom. Or make it in bright soft baby double knit or aran for a delightful summer blanket for baby. Worked in strong bold colours a king-sized blanket would be a statement piece in any room.

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There are many options for how you could arrange colours on this blanket. Use a darker colour as an outline for a stained glass window effect combined with a bright or muted palette or try contrasting colours on different rows.

The motifs work up quickly with simple stitches that make it the perfect pattern for advanced beginners looking to expand their crochet techniques.

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Click here to add the Daisy Chain Flourish to your Favourites and Ravelry Queue. 

AND to celebrate the release of the pattern I’m  a 40% discount on Ravelry for a week (no coupon needed) so grab yourself a copy quick!

Happy Hooking!

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Pattern Release: Butterfly Dreams Car Seat & Swaddle Blanket


Custom orders always result in excitement for me!  I love the challenge!  So when I received an order for my chunky newborn caterpillar cocoon set but a girl version I automatically just though butterfly!  But I really wanted to design something that wouldn’t just be a photo prop but something that could be used afterwards.  It was talking to another mummy one day that she mentioned that finding small blankets just to cover up baby in a car seat were difficult to find that the design really formed in my head and the Butterfly Dreams Car Seat and Swaddle Blanket was born!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-dreams-car-seat--swaddle-blanket

Great for keeping baby’s little legs and feet warm while on the go. This is an intermediate pattern but it’s suitable for advanced beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Pattern is written in UK and US terms and includes explanations of all stitches and abbreviations.

The butterfly blanket is also the right size for a swaddle blanket which can help some baby’s sleep through the night by making them feel safe and secure like when in the womb. The crochet design means that the blanket will retain heat but also keep baby/child cool if needed.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-dreams-car-seat--swaddle-blanket

The colour combinations truly are endless. I love the colour combinations that my pattern testers came up with. The pink, yellow and green above was made by Crazy Leggies

Dianne V added a couple of extra stripes in the bottom of hers which I love …

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-dreams-car-seat--swaddle-blanket

and Loopy Hooky Crochet made the fabulous variegated yarn butterfly below which I so need to make myself!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-dreams-car-seat--swaddle-blanket

I’m having a giveaway to celebrate the pattern release over on my Facebook page BUT if you can’t wait till then the pattern is now available on Craftsy & Ravelry – Make sure to save it as a favourite / add to your wishlist! Plus special offer on Ravelry buy Butterfly Dreams Car Seat & Swaddle Blanket and get Chunky Newborn Caterpillar Cocoon Set / Sleep-Sack / Photo Prop Set for HALF PRICE (offer ends Friday 23 May)

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-dreams-car-seat–swaddle-blanket

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/home-decor/butterfly-dreams-car-seat–swaddle-blan/97376

Special thanks goes to all the babies (and mummies) for the wonderful photos of their little ones snoozing under the butterfly dreams blankets!

Me and Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine


Magazines

Too Yarn Cute Crochet  is an on-line crochet magazine that I discovered through Facebook. In a PDF format it allows you to bookmark a section to take you to the pattern you want and includes links straight to the designers stores (though that bit hasn’t been so great for my pattern addiction!!!).  It’s a Quarterly Magazine, with issues for each season of the year so you don’t have that ‘long’ wait between issues you get with some of the more conventional crochet magazines and they also have “Speciality” Issues for those in-between months.  If you are on Facebook make sure to give their page a like as they always include offers for the magazine and sales from designers on their Facebook page. The magazine itself has featured patterns from many of my favourite designers and has introduced me to new designers that I hadn’t yet discovered.  

I was invited to write an article for their Christmas edition which became ‘Six Ways to Keep Calm during the Holidays’ and included tips for those trying to manage a crochet business and family and friends at the busiest time of year.  I really enjoyed my little foray into crochet journalism and was super excited when I was shortly asked to be the featured designer of the Winter 2013 edition.       

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It turned out to be a fabulous experience for me personally as well as a challenge.  I wanted to design new things that I hadn’t done before and this provided me with the perfect platform to get my creative juices flowing! I put on my thinking cap and eventually 4 brand new designs were born for the issue; Mr Croc Hand Puppet, Russian Doll Afghan Square (There just had to be a square pattern!), Ice-Flash Men’s Hat and Cowl Set and Loopy Ridges Boot Cuffs (Toddler to Adult).

After all that fun you can bet your bottom dollar that I jumped at the chance to do something for their forthcoming baby edition!  Now I love, love, love blankets and had an idea floating around in my head for a while about a blanket with elephants so it seemed that what was eventually created was destined to be!  Allow me to introduce my ‘Elephant’s On Parade’ baby blanket! 

I do love the versatility of this blanket, I made it in blue but my testers made one in pink for a baby girl and ones in yellow and rainbow colours (see photos on my Facebook page) for occasions where baby’s gender is a surprise.

Elephant's On Parade Baby Blanket

The Elephant On Parade Blanket is now available from here: http://transactions.sendowl.com/stores/3049/3715

As well as the Elephant’s On Parade baby blanket in the Baby Issue of Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine I’m also offering 20% discount on all my Ravelry patterns to readers – code in the magazine.