Crochet Now Magazine | Christmas Pusheen & Friends

I’m super excited to tell you about the latest issue of Crochet Now magazine as it’s rather a special issue for me! Get set for a purr-fect Christmas with eight new festive Pusheen the Cat patterns in an exclusive 36 page supplement available with Issue 74.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Supplement available with Issue 74

You may remember in December last year Crochet Now magazine featured a little Pusheen I’d designed in a wee Christmas hat. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to create some more of her iconic looks in crochet.

There’s eight new patterns altogether; Pusheen in a scarf and Christmas hat with  her friend Sloth, and there’s also a large cookie for Pusheen to hold, a festive wreath, candy cane, large mitten and present, and a Christmas Hat (that fits Sloth) to help create your own Pusheen Xmas scene.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Supplement available with Issue 74

For Pusheen I used some of the same Ricorumi DK yarn ‘Pusheen’ shades I used before, bringing in some more colours like Candy Pink, Turquoise, Caramel and Chocolate, all with a 3mm hook, for a lovely wintery palette.

If you are not familiar with Ricorumi DK yarn I can definitely recommend. It’s some of my favourite yarn to work with and it comes in the cutest 25g (57.5m) balls which is perfect for making these little multicoloured amigurumi characters.

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© Crochet NOW magazine – Supplement available with Issue 74

I’ve actually got another pattern in this issue, you may remember Alina the Ballerina from an issue of the January issue of Your Crochet and Knitting magazine. Well in Issue 74 there’s another chance to make your hooks dance to make up this cute dancing doll.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 74

This elegant doll is dressed to perform in her ballet slippers and tutu and is ready to twirl away to the music! This Alina has been made with Cascade 220 Superwash yarn, which is a DK yarn available in 101 different colours with a 3.5mm hook. She would make the perfect gift for any little girl who loves to dance!

❤️ SAVE ALINA THE BALLERINA ON RAVELRY ❤️

Issue 74 is available to buy from your local supermarket or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

If you make up any of the Pusheen patterns, or Alina the Ballerina, I hope you’ll share any finished photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! And finally you may wish to make sure you are signed up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new pattern releases are available.

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

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Lammas Day CAL: Part 3 – Bringing in the Wheat

Edited: Correction made to row 119 (7 October 2021)

Can you believe it’s nearly the end of August? I suppose the summer can be a busy time which makes the weeks fly by, and it means it’s time for Week 3 of the Lammas Day Crochet-Along.

If you are brand new to the CAL you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. If you want to join in the CAL using the same yarn I did I have put together a list of stockists on a previous post.  

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog, after the full CAL has finished there will be a FREE PDF ebooklet available on the Anchor Crafts website (link to follow).

I hope you are ready to start Part 3 where we will continue our triangular shape as we plough another field and start to watch our spikes of wheat become heavy with their ears of grain.

Lammas Day CAL: Part 3 – Bringing in the Wheat

Yarn: Anchor Organic Cotton (4ply)

The amount listed below is the amount required to make the whole Lammas Day Shawl

  • 5 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00105 (Natural) – YARN A
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00178 (Sunflower) – YARN B
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00103 (Rocky Orange) – YARN C
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00338 (Red Dunes) – YARN D
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00038 (Earthy Brown) – YARN E

Hook: You will need a 3.75mm (US size F/5) for this shawl. I have hooks, and other useful crochet tools, linked in my Amazon Store if this is something you need.

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle and stitch markers (mine were from Mrs G Makes).

Gauge: 5htr = 2.5cm (1inch). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller shawl and will possibly use more or less yarn than quoted as a consequence. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size:  

If you need a reminder of the shawl schematic you can find it on the CAL Planning post.

The pattern below is in UK Terms:

ABBREVIATIONS

  • RS                   Right Side
  • cm                   Centimetre
  • ch                    Chain
  • sp                    Space
  • st(s)                 Stitch(es)

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Spike Stitch (SPtr): A Spike treble st is a treble in the stitch directly in the row below;  yarn over, insert hook in top of the stitch 1 row below, yarn over, pull to height of working row, (three loops on hook), complete treble stitch as normal (e.g. yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through two loops).
  • Grain St (Grst): [1 puff st, ch3, 1 puff st] in the same stitch
  • Puff St: Yarn over and insert your hook into the specified stitch/space.  Yarn over again and pull up a long loop.  (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch/space.  Yarn over again and pull up a long loop) once more.  Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on your hook.  Ch 1 to close the Puff Stitch (the ch1 does not count in the st count).

PATTERN NOTES

  • This pattern is for a triangular shawl that will now decrease with each row; decreases are made on one side only.
  • Add a stitch marker on the decrease side, moving it onto the row as you work to help mark decrease side.
  • You may also find it useful to add a stitch marker in the first stitch and the last stitch of each row.
  • Check st counts at the end of each row to keep on track
  • Keep any turning ch’s on the start of each row fairly loose so it doesn’t pull your work too tightly

CHART STITCH LEGEND

PATTERN – PART 3

Attach YARN A to the top of the first st of row 97 worked of part 2;

Notes:

  • The ch1 at the start of each row does not count as a st.
  • Work the SPtr’s into the middle tr of the 3tr’s of the previous row;

Row 98: (RS): Ch1, 1htr in the same st, htr2tog, 1htr in the next 2sts, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat twenty-one times across the row, 1htr in the last 2sts, turn. 95sts

Row 99: Ch1, 1htr in each st until the last 3sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 94sts

Row 100: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, htr2tog, 1htr in each st across, turn. 93sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends; attach YARN D to the top of the last st worked;

Row 101: Ch1, 1htr in the next 4st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat twenty times across the row, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 92sts

Rows 102 – 103: Repeat row 100 and 99, turn. 91 / 90sts

Fasten off YARN D and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 104: Ch1, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat twenty times across the row, 1htr in the last 2sts, turn. 89sts

Rows 105 – 106: Repeat rows 99 – 100, turn. 88 / 87sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN D to the top of the last st worked;

Row 107: Ch1, 1htr in the next 4st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat eighteen times across the row, 1htr in the next 3sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 86sts

Rows 108 – 109: Repeat rows 100 – 99, turn. 85 / 84sts

Fasten off YARN D and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 110: Ch1, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, 1htr in the next 2sts, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat eighteen times across the row, 1htr in the last 2sts, turn. 83sts

Rows 111 – 112: Repeat rows 99 – 100, turn. 82 / 81sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN D to the top of the last st worked;

Row 113: Ch1, 1htr in the next 4st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat sixteen times across the row, 1htr in the next 5sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 80sts

Rows 114 – 115: Repeat rows 100 – 99, turn. 79 / 78sts

Fasten off YARN D and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 116: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, htr2tog, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat seventeen times across the row, 1htr in the last 2sts, turn. 77sts

Rows 117 – 118: Repeat rows 99 – 100, turn. 76 / 75sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends

Please note in the chart below there are more repeats than shown:

Attach YARN D to the top of the last st worked;

The next panel of the shawl will be worked in a repeating five row stitch pattern;

Note: In the pattern where it says to work into the next ch3-sp, this is the space in the middle of the Grst

Row 119 (WS): Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (miss 2sts, Grst, miss 2sts, 1tr in the next 3sts) repeat seven more times across the row, Grst once more, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the last st, turn. (9 Grsts, 29tr)

Row 120: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, (Grst in the ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat seven more times across the row, Grst in the ch3-sp once more, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. (9 Grsts, 28tr)

Row 121: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst in the ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat seven more times across the row, Grst in the ch3-sp once more, tr2tog, turn. (9 Grsts, 27tr)

Row 122: Ch1, tr2tog, 4tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row, (5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat six more times across the row, 5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the last 2tr’s of the previous row, turn. 71sts

Row 123: Ch1, 1tr in each st along until the last 3sts, tr2tog, 1tr in the last st, turn. 70sts

Row 124: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the next 4sts, (Grst, 1tr in the next 3sts) repeat six more times across the row, Grst once more, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. (8 Grsts, 29tr)

Row 125: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst in the ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat seven more times across the row, tr2tog,1tr in the last st, turn. (8 Grsts, 28tr)

Row 126: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat six more times across the row, Grst once more, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. (8 Grsts, 27tr)

Row 127: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat six more times across the row, 5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the next 1tr’s of the previous row, tr2tog. 1tr in the last st, turn. 66sts

Row 128: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in each st across the row, turn. 65sts

Row 129: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (miss 2sts, Grst, miss 2sts, 1tr in the next 3sts) repeat six more times across the row, 1tr in the next 4sts, tr2tog, 1tr in the last st, turn. (7 Grsts, 29tr)

Row 130: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the next 6sts, (Grst, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat five more times across the row, Grst once more, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. (7 Grsts, 28tr)

Row 131: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst in the ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat six more times across the row,1tr in the next 2sts, tr2tog,1tr in the last st, turn. (6 Grsts, 27tr)

Row 132: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the next 4sts, (5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat five more times across the row, 5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the last 2tr’s of the previous row, turn. 61sts

Row 133: Ch1, 1tr in each st along until the last 3sts, tr2tog, 1tr in the last st, turn. 60sts. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Please note in the chart below there are more repeats than shown:

Video Tutorial:

Click on the image below to be taken to a helpful video tutorial for this section …

Or alternatively find on Youtube here.

And that’s it! Part 3 completed! We will be continuing with our decreases next week to finish off our shawl.

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

The hashtags for this CAL are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. We would also love it if you can tag KCACO.UK and AnchorCrafting on Instagram so we don’t miss your posts!

You can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest; re-pin from this board here.

 Save the project to your favourites on Ravelry 

Thank you for crocheting along with me!

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

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Lammas Day CAL Planning

Happy Lammas Day to you! The wheel of the year is turning once more with the beginning of, hopefully, sunny days of August. Farmers, thoughts will be turning to gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats and more – and so ours thoughts are turning to our mini-crochet-along where, over the course of 4 weeks, we will crochet a seasonal shawl together that celebrates this time of year.

As promised I’m going to share with you some more information so you can get planning your Lammas Day Shawl including yarn amounts, hook size, the colours I used on the wrap – and even a little sneaky peep of the finished shawl for anyone that wanted to know what it looked like!

I did mention some of the details in my first announcement about the CAL (here) but this post will have all the information you need to get ready to start on 13 August 2021.

Yarn Colours and Amounts:

I’ve crocheted the wrap using five earthy, harvest themed shades of Anchor Organic Cotton; Natural, Sunflower, Rocky Orange, Earthy Brown and Red Dunes – such a lovely autumnal pallet!

Anchor Organic Cotton is an un-mercerised 100% cotton 4-ply yarn resulting in a natural soft touch and matt finish.

The amounts I used for my shawl are below;

Anchor Organic CottonBallsGramsMetres
Natural (00105)5250g623m
Sunflower 150g125m
Rocky Orange 270g150m
Red Dunes260g137.5m
Earthy Brown150g125m

Yarn Stockists:

The following stockists in the U.K have the yarn available to buy;

These next retailers also stock the yarn in UK, but it does not appear on their websites, so would need to be a phone call or in store visit for those who live nearby:

For overseas there are the following companies – though they do also ship to the UK;

Hook:

You will need a 3.75mm (US size F/5) for this shawl. I have hooks, and other useful crochet tools, linked in my Amazon Store if this is something you need.

Finished Shawl Size:

The finished shawl finishes up at roughly 165cm / 65″ long by 54cm / 21″ wide (at the widest point) using the yarn specified and at my gauge. Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this project but if your gauge does not match the gauge stated then your finished item may be a different size and potentially use more yarn than stated.

The schematic for the shawl can be seen below.

Pattern:

The pattern will be available for free here on the blog and, after the CAL has finished, as a free PDF, sponsored by Anchor Crafts, on their website. As well as the written pattern and charts of each section there will also be helpful video tutorials. Links to each part will be given on the relevant section of the shawl as per the schedule.

The Schedule, Updates and Support:

If you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find all the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the details via the following links:

The Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters there of all experiences and it’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have. You can of course always contact me too here on the blog.

And finally the moment many of you have been waiting for – a photo of what we will be making!

Links:

The hashtag for this CAL is are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Part 1 will be released on 13 August – I can’t wait to start working on a beautiful wrap together.

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

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Lammas Day Mini Crochet Along Announcement

I’m delighted to announce a free mini summer crochet along, sponsored by the lovely people from Anchor Crafts, for a brand new design called the ‘Lammas Day Shawl’ 

Lammas is a festival, which falls on August 1, that traditionally celebrates the start of the harvest. Inspired by this festival, and to celebrate the launch of Anchor Crafts newest yarn; Anchor Organic Cotton, I’ve worked on a design with a head full of the images of ploughed fields, ripened grain, growth and the coming together to harvest the crops.

Over the space of a four week period we will crochet a triangular shawl which will be a perfect wrap for autumn evenings – I’m hoping you’ll picture warm late-summer sunsets over wheat fields every time you see it!

I’ve crocheted the wrap using five earthy, harvest themed shades of Anchor Organic Cotton; Natural, Sunflower, Rocky Orange, Earthy Brown and Red Dunes – aren’t they lovely! Yellow shades of the sun and harvest; orange and reds as things ripen, and a rich brown for for prosperity and gathering.

Anchor Organic Cotton is spun into an un-mercerised 4-ply yarn resulting a natural soft touch and matt finish. The colours are inspired by nature and created with vegetable bases dyes from 100% cotton GOTS certified fibres, created for conscious crafters who care for the environment. I’ve loved having the opportunity to create something special for you with this yarn.

CAL Details:

  1. There is no charge to join the CAL; anyone can join in as long as they have some yarn and a hook. 
  2. You can favourite / add this project to your Ravelry library here.
  3. All featured pattern elements in the CAL will be FREE of charge pattern on this blog and a FREE PDF sponsored by Anchor Yarns will be available on their website.
  4. As I release a new part of the pattern each week I will show you exactly how to tackle every stage of the design. The crochet along is supported by video tutorials, as well as step by step written instructions and charts.
  5. There are four parts in total to this wrap; one section will be released each week. For those that like a deadline I will be adding new details every week on a Friday – see below for the dates of the schedule. For those that want to hook when they have the time then that’s fine too; there’s no pressure to this CAL it’s all about having fun!
  6. The pattern will be available in UK Crochet terminology (a handy conversion chart is available here). I will also always include any helpful information about each element including links about special stitches with the release of each new section.

The Schedule:

The landing page for the CAL is available from the CALS AND MALS drop down at the top of the page (here), where I will link all the details in one place but you can also see the dates for the CAL below;

Lammas Day
1 August 2021
CAL Planning – Yarn amounts and hook size and details on support for the CAL
13 August 2021Part 1 – Ploughing and Sprigs
20 August 2021Part 2 – Shoots and Growth
27 August 2021Part 3 – Bringing in the Wheat
3 September 2021Part 4 – Abundance and Heritage

If you’ve never joined a CAL, but fancied giving it a go, this four part pattern might be the perfect time to try. CALs are a great way to learn new skills and techniques as well as enjoying creating a beautiful finished piece alongside other crafters.

Updates and Support:

Keep up to date with the details via the following links:

The hashtag for this CAL is are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Lammas is a great time of year to work on honing your own talents, to learn a new craft, or get better at an old one! So set August 1 as the day we’ll start working on a beautiful wrap together.

I can’t wait to share this new crochet along with you!

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Parisian Plait Wrap

Time seems to be zooming by at the moment, we are already in May! It was only January last weekend I swear it! I realised I haven’t had chance to tell you yet about the new pattern that’s available in the latest issue of Crochet Now magazine.

Issue 68 is out now with a range of Parisian and Spring themed projects including cute cardigan’s, a chic beret and a new wrap design from me called ‘The Parisian Plait Wrap’.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 68

The idea for the Parisian Plait Wrap was to create an easy mindful one ball project, where you could use your favourite gradient yarn cake to make a textured wrap inspired by French plaits. 

For this pattern I used Hobbii Cotton Kings Twirl and a 3.25mm hook (US D/3) to create a light and airy pattern with a nice drape and chevroned edges. Hobbii Cotton Kings was a completely new yarn to me so I was quite excited to give it a try. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a cake-yarn that’s 100% cotton made up of 4 thin cotton threads (for a 4ply / Sport weight) with long colour changes.

Peach Danburite, the shade I used, almost has a dip dye effect as it runs from a peachy colour to a sort of sky blue – not necessarily colours I would have thought to put together but I loved how it looked in the finished wrap.

I would say don’t let the fact that there are 4 thin cotton threads put you off this yarn; if you just ignore them and crochet how you usually would, you soon forget how the yarn is made up.

There was a great tip though that I saw on the website, that works for this type of yarn, and that is to run all the threads through a small bead before you start crocheting to help the threads stay together throughout the project – brilliant idea!

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 68

The elegant wrap looks great teamed up a summer dress but it could also be worn as a scarf. It would be a great project to take with you on holiday as all you would need is a yarn cake, a hook and the pattern.

It was a great mindful project to work on, and I enjoyed designing it and creating it, and as it only uses simple stitches and chains this wrap would be a perfect pattern for beginners.

❤️ SAVE THE PARISIAN PLAIT WRAP ON RAVELRY ❤️

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 68

Issue 68 of Crochet Now magazine is packed with 53 patterns in this issue and also includes two supplements; a Hook Nook pattern collection and Rowan Yarns Summer Crochet Collection, so even more patterns for your money!

Crochet Now is available to buy from your local supermarket and some newsagents or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

If you hook up the Parisian Plait Wrap I hope you’ll share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! 

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

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Pattern Release | Solstice Garden Wrap

You may remember that in December last year I teamed up with the wonderful Kitey aka the Yarn Whisperer for a fun make-along (MAL) for a wrap design which we called ‘Solstice Garden’.

I did promise that the wrap pattern would be available after the MAL had finished – but because of life things going on in the background it’s taken me a bit longer than planned to get this out to you (sorry about that). The good news is that the pattern is now available, from all my usual pattern stores, for you to make your own keepsake shawl.

This lightweight shawl features airy lace beaded motifs combined with rows and rounds to create something really special – in fact I think it would make a wonderful wedding wrap (with that something blue already added) or party wrap!

I used 200g / 800m of 4ply / Fingering Weight; 100g / 400m Corridale 80% Wool / 20% Nylon in the exclusive Yarn Whisperer ‘Solstice Garden’ colourway with a 3.5mm (US size E/4) hook.

Other than the yarn the only other things you need to make the wrap are a yarn needle, stitch markers and 21 crystal type beads (though they could be optional if you wanted a plainer shawl).

If you do love the Yarn Whisperer colourway I used for this shawl in you can still pick up the custom dyed colourway directly from The Yarn Whisperer here but please note the extra special MAL kit ‘freebies’ are no longer available, they were just exclusively for MAL members. 

If you love this wrap and you are one of my newsletter subscribers make sure you check your mail box this Friday for an exclusive discount code! And if you’re not a subscriber yet you’ve got a bit of time to sign up, it’s where I share details of blog posts and exclusive offers especially for my lovely subscribers.

And if you enjoyed the MAL, or wished you’d taken part last time, then make sure you watch this space! Kitey and I enjoyed ourselves so much that we’re planning a rather special summer MAL planned that you’re not going to want to miss. I can’t share much yet accept the yarn I’m using and the colours that have been put together for the brand new design are AMAZING!

Make sure you are signed up to the blog (or my newsletter) and / or The Yarn Whisperer newsletter to make sure you are the first to know when the new collaboration project is revealed!

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

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Solstice Garden MAL 2020 | The Reveal

Happy Solstice everyone! Today is the last day of the make along that has been hosted by The Yarn Whisperer and myself – though I know there are still plenty of people around the world who are just starting, or are continuing to make the Solstice Garden Wrap.

If this is the first you’ve heard about the Solstice Garden MAL you can read more about it here, but it’s the result of a wonderful collaboration between myself and Kitey, aka The Yarn Whisperer, on a unique crocheted wrap design called Solstice Garden.

It’s made us both incredibly happy to see the photos of folks sharing their progress with us on social media and I hope you will continue to do so as you finish your shawls.

I thought I’d just share some photos of my finished shawl so you can see the final design if you haven’t already. I’m really pleased with how this wrap turned out, it is one of those designs where the yarn really knew what it wanted to be.

I think I mentioned that for this design I looked into some of the traditions of solstice time. The wrap features circles, which the pagan’s used to represent the year and stylised wreaths or blooms to symbolise the turning of the seasons. There are also symbols of protection, unity and balance with enclosing borders and repeating stitch patterns.

With everything that has happened this year this MAL and design has definitely been a highlight, and as always a lovely part of any MAL, (or CAL), has been the wonderful joining of the crafty community, the taking part, chatting about the design and making friends!

In fact there’s a Solstice Zoom catch up TONIGHT at 8pm for a final MAL meet up – doesn’t matter if you are just starting or finishing off it would just be lovely to see you. You can find the full details over on the Yarn Whisperers instagram grid.

Although there is an end date to the make along, it doesn’t really end because you can still make the pattern later. Kitey is currently taking a short break for the holidays though he’ll be re-opening on 26th December (for stock items). His dyed to order yarn, like the Solstice Garden colourway kits will be available again from January 4th 2021. The bead kits to go along with the yarn will still be included but the extra special kit exclusive ‘freebies’ will no longer be available. Kits cost £37 + postage.

If you’d prefer to use yarn from your stash then you can do the pattern alone will be available from my usual stores from 1st February 2021 onwards.

We do hope that you’ve enjoyed this fun make-along, I know Kitey and I have thoroughly enjoyed it – in fact we might just have some secret plans to work together again in the future! All I’m going to say is that I might just have in my possession THE MOST BEAUTIFUL yarn for a summer design that you are not going to want to miss out on! Make sure you are signed up to the blog (or my newsletter) and / or The Yarn Whisperer newsletter to make sure you are the first to know when the new collaboration project is revealed!

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

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KCACOUKDesigns Crochet Kits

Who likes crochet kits? I personally love a good crochet kit, it’s so nice to have everything you need altogether in one place for a project. This is why I’ve had a plan for a while to turn some of my patterns into crochet kits – and I’m excited to say that the first one is ready! 

For my first crochet kit I have chosen the Leafy Boughs Wrap which you may remember made it’s debut in Happily Hooked Magazine back in 2018 (Issue 48), it was then later chosen as a crochet along for Happily Hooked members.

It’s been one of my most popular shawl designs and is personally one of my favourites, I still love how the design turned out. The Leafy Bough‘s Wrap is a light and airy shawl that’s easy and relaxing to make as it only uses simple stitches – it’s a breeze to hook up once you get used to the row repeats.

The crochet kit includes everything you need for your project; from a gorgeously soft Scheepjes Whirl (in shade Pistachi Oh So Nice), a fully tech edited pattern booklet all contained in a handy drawstring cotton project bag to keep everything together. The kit comes with the option to purchase with or without tools for those that prefer to use their own hooks.

I must just show you a close up of the drawstring bags which are exclusively just for the KCACOUKDesign kits, I love the hooky hands, they came out just how I wanted, and once you’ve finished your shawl the project bag would make a great place for yarn storage or for other WIPs.

I think the shawl would make a great gift – whether as a project or a finished item or as an excellent gifts for crafty friends and family (or maybe as a well deserved treat for yourself!).

To celebrate the launch of this kit I’m offering 10% discount in the whole of my KCACOUKDesign Etsy store. This discount includes the kit and any of the patterns in the store; just use code KCACOUK10 before the 18 December 2020 to save!

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Although there aren’t many kits and patterns in the store yet my plan is to change that in 2021 – if you want to be kept in the loop about any new pattern releases or kits then make sure you are signed up to my newsletter (link below).

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Wreaths, Stockings and Pusheen!

Sometimes when you do work for magazines designs get shuffled round to fit a particular issue and that’s happened to me just recently and has meant I actually have THREE designs in the latest edition of Crochet Now magazine.

Crochet Now magazine cover of Issue 62
© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 62

You might just be able to spy one of them on the bottom of the cover of Issue 62 – it’s Pusheen! If you aren’t familiar with Pusheen she’s a tubby little kitty that was created back in 2010 as a comic strip and has since taken the world by storm in sticker sets on social media platforms.

We are big fans of Pusheen in this house so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to create her in crochet. As it was for a festive issue of the magazine I even got to give her a teeny tiny Christmas hat!

Crocheted version of Pusheen the cat in a festive scene wearing a tiny Santa hat
© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 62

For Pusheen I used some of my favourite Ricorumi DK yarn with a 3mm hook which, as it has lots of colours to choose from, had the perfect ‘Pusheen’ type shades I was looking for.

I have to say I’ve seen some of the Pusheen’s you have been making from the magazine, from tags on social media, and it’s been an absolute delight! They have all turned out so cute! I hope you have enjoyed making her as much as I enjoyed designing her.

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Issue 62 is all about getting your crochet hook moving and working on those last-minute gifts for friends and loved ones. There’s lots of quick gifts including a chunky stocking from me.

Chunky crocheted textured lilac Christmas stocking on a pink background
© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 62

As it’s made with really thick yarn you can whip up this fabulously chunky stocking in no time. I used King Cole Timeless Super Chunky with a both a 8mm hook and a 9mm hook. The finished stocking works up at about 50cm long x 21cm wide so plenty of room to fit in presents!

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Last but not least I have a wreath pattern in Issue 62. Have you ever crocheted around wire? Well for the Frosted Flowers Wreath that’s what I did to create a delicate wreath which you could have to suit your own home decor this Christmas.

To create the flowers I used DMC Natura Just Cotton with a 3mm hook and some florist (or it’s also used with sugarcrafts) green wire. There are some guidance photos on how to incorporate the wire with your crochet in the magazine, it can be a bit fiddly but once you get into the rhythm of joining them together it get’s easier.

Delicate crocheted floral wreath
© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 62

I then used my glue gun to attach all my flowers to a large white 30cm wire craft hoop, I then finished it off with a big bow made with a mixture of different widths of ribbon.

I was really pleased with how it turned out and I think I’ll definitely but using wire in future designs, it opens up lots of opportunities!

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Issue 62 is available to buy from your local supermarket or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

If you hook up Pusheen, the Sugarplum Stocking or The Frosted Flowers Wreath I hope you’ll share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! 

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Sweet Sighs Shawl

I think 2020 is definitely going to be the year of the shawl for me! Today I’ve got my third shawl release of this year to share with you – and it’s a design that was definitely born from the current pandemic situation we find ourselves facing together.

The Sweet Sighs Shawl, which is out now in Issue 60 of Crochet Now magazine, is a lovely easy shawl that includes elements of repetition and texture to help you exhale from the stresses of the day!

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 60

I think I mentioned before that lately I’ve really enjoyed working on patterns that I can easily memorise, where I can just get lost in the stitches, and I can just make. That’s totally what this shawl allows you to do, it’s perfect for a bit of mindful stitching, while watching TV or listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks – just simply hook away, relax and unwind!

To make things as easy as possible I’ve designed the Sweet Sighs Shawl to work with any of those beautiful yarn cakes that lots of different yarn companies produce. I do so love a yarn cake, there’s something so satisfying about them don’t you think, and this shawl, including the fun tassels, just takes up one 150g / 435m ball.

For my shawl I used one ball of King Cole Curiosity which was actually a new yarn for me. It’s 100% Premium Acrylic yarn that comes in a varied range of different shades. I used Ocean which, as you can probably imagine from the name, was a stripy cake of variegated marled blues and whites.

The days are definitely starting to get cooler now, and shawls are such a great thing to have as an autumn accessory as they are so versatile. I like to wear mine looped around my neck like a scarf, but depending on the vibe you are going for you could style it in a few different ways – and I love to see the blue of this shawl teamed up with jeans!

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 60

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Crochet Now issue 60 is available in supermarkets and online from CraftStash and you can also read Crochet Now digitally at www.pocketmags.com.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 60

If you hook up the Sweet Sighs Shawl I hope you’ll share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! 

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

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