Win tickets for The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

EDITED: Giveaway now closed. Winners have now been chosen, congratulations to Suzanne, Jill C and Julie here on the blog and @sarahreedscrochetadventure and @made_by_skoo on Instagram!

How would you like a giveaway to win some FREE tickets to the The Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate? If the answers a big woolly and heartfelt yes please – then keep on reading…

The Knitting & Stitching Show is back in Harrogate this year from 17 – 20 November held at the Harrogate Convention Centre.

Meet up with like-minded crafters, discuss ideas, learn new skills and shop for your annual craft supplies all under one roof – it’s the ultimate day out for craft lovers. If craft supplies are on your Christmas shopping wish list, there are hundreds of specialist companies under one roof, selling haberdashery, fabric and patterns, sewing machines and equipment, thread and yarn, craft kits, accessories and more, with on-stand demonstrations and show offers to enjoy.  

Whether you’re a knitter, quilter, embroiderer or needle felter, The Knitting & Stitching Show promises inspiration and ideas for every style and stage of stitcher, from complete beginners to experts. Top tutors will be hosting more than 220 hands-on workshops and demonstrations, with a dedicated dressmaking programme and festive, seasonal makes like knitted Christmas gnomes, felted wreaths, fabric baubles and embroidery Robins.   

© The Knitting and Stitching Show 2022

Spectacular galleries by internationally acclaimed textile artists and groups are a highlight of The Knitting & Stitching Show each year. This year’s show is no exception with exhibitions by Aran Illingworth (Hanging on the thread: Portrayal of Poverty), Archana Pathak (Mapping Transience), Maggie Scott (Five Times More), Marcia Bennett-Male (Moments to Myself), The 62 Group at 60 (Essence), Vivienne Beaumont (Seeds, Flowers and Flowing Hair)James Fox, The Quilters’ Guild Collection and Jess Blaustein, the 2022 winner of The Fine Art Textiles Award, supported by The Open College of the Arts. A gallery of winning quilts from The Festival of Quilts 2022 competition includes the stunning Handi Quilter Best in Competition Award winning quilt, Impresión. Tramonto en Venecia, by Inmaculada Gabaldon. 

Sure to put a smile on visitors’ faces is the Hawes Yarnbombers’ Knitted Shrek. The group’s members meet every week at their local pub to knit “without being disturbed by husbands, family, work, household chores or the rest of the world” (their words!). After a great deal of hard work, and with a different theme every year, they have created a collection of delightful  characters from the popular movie to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Swaledale Mountain Rescue. Hawes Yarnbombers will be encouraging other knitters to give yarnbombing a go to raise money for charity while having fun, and will be on hand with some top tips for first-time yarnbombers. 

© The Knitting and Stitching Show 2022

Although I can’t make it to this particular show, I’ve enjoyed the visits to the Knit and Stitching Shows in the past. If you fancy a read about those experiences you can read about them here and here.  

Hot and cold refreshments are available throughout the venue, with seating areas for picnics. Harrogate town centre also offers a wide range of cafés and bars to enjoy, including the famous Betty’s Café Tea Rooms (yum!). 

 © The Knitting and Stitching Show 2022

So on with the bit you’ve been waiting for! The giveaway details! I’ve got FIVE pairs of tickets to giveaway hurray!!! I’m giving away THREE pairs away here on the blog and TWO pairs away on Instagram.

GIVEAWAY

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is either leave a comment on the bottom of this blog post about why you’d like to go to the show or do the same over on my Instagram post.

The competition closes on Monday 7th November at 5pm (GMT). Winners will be contacted via the email supplied from their comment or by DM on social media.

Tickets are valid after 10am on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th November 2022. This year the organisers are not issuing paper tickets, winners will be emailed a link to register online with a unique code for one pair of tickets. Winners will then need to register online, enter their codes and they will receive e-tickets by email.  When entering this competition you must be happy to provide me with a your email address for this purpose, your email address will not be used in any other way.

© The Stitch Festival 2022

SPECIAL DISCOUNT

Standard adult advance tickets for The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate are £17.00 (concessions £15.50, children under 18 £8.50) with VIP ticket packages starting at £36.00. Full ticket information is available at The Knitting & Stitching Show website www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/harrogate/. Visitors are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

But if you want your ticket RIGHT NOW I’ve also got a special discount for you! Just quote: KEEPCALM22 to get £3 off advance adult tickets (and there’s £3.50 off advance concessions!). Please note that the discount ends at 23.59pm on Wednesday 16th November 2022.

I’d like to say a big thank you again to the shows organisers for offering this special deal to my lovely KCACO.UK readers! 

Good Luck everyone!

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

Wordpress-Signature.jpg

Subscribe to the blog:

25% Discount | Pattern Release: Sweet Treat Eaters

2020 was rather a strange year wasn’t it, it was a year when many of the things we’d perhaps been looking forward to, like occasions or events had to be cancelled, and that includes one of my favourite places to visit – The Crochet Sanctuary.

Image of two little crochet monster pots, the sweet treat eaters, surrounded by lots of sweets and candy

Most of the Sanctuary dates of 2020 had to be postponed however, in-between lockdowns, there was one Sanctuary that I was able to attend in the October and it turned out to be a bit more than originally planned! When the lovely Lisa & Lynda asked me if I could be the stand in designer (instead of Den Dennis who was stuck in Amsterdam) of course I was happy to help. It made sense, I would have been attending anyway (as a guest) and I’m lucky enough to live about 40 minutes away from the venue.

So I put together a fun Halloween themed design which I’ve just realised I never got around to formatting to share with you – until now! Allow me to introduce the Sweet Treat Eaters; Lisa Lollipop and Lynda Liquorice!

The Sweet Treat Eaters are a pair of monsters that never miss a trick (or treat) when it comes to candy! They love it, and will often be found cramming as much into their mouths as they possibly can – these guys should defiantly be handled with scare!

These cute little monsters are a combination of storage and amigurumi pattern that would make a fun addition to Halloween or for a little (or big) monsters bedroom.

The pattern is now available, from all my usual pattern stores, for you to make your own monsters.

I used a combination of yarns for my monsters. I used Scheepjes Stone Washed XL for the main body and tail with a 5mm / US size H hook (so that works up quite quickly) then I used Scheepjes Catona, with a 3mm / US size approx. D3, hook in complimentary colours for the other features.

The pattern is 5 pages long and it’s written, as usual, in both UK and US terms.  It was nice to see the  folks at the Crochet Sanctuary who were both intermediate and beginners to amigurumi enjoying the pattern. Though if you are a beginner and would like to give this pattern a go you might want to familiarise yourself with working in rounds in the amigurumi style before you start.

If you fancy 25% off the pattern price just enter the coupon code: PUMPKINNICE on either Ravelry or Etsy until 31 October 2022 to save.

As always my time at the Crochet Sanctuary was wonderful weekend where I was able to catch up with old friends and make some new ones! If you are looking for a weekend of yarn, crochet and just pure wonderfulness then I can’t recommend the The Crochet Sanctuary enough! I’m looking forward to my next visit as a guest this October – I can’t wait!

If you like this pattern please give it a love, or leave a comment or review on the platform you got it from when you’ve made it up, as a small biz all support and shares are very much appreciated! 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

Wordpress-Signature

Please note that some of the links in my blog are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you purchase via these links, but the price you pay is not affectedthank you for your support.

Subscribe to the blog:

PIN IT FOR LATER:

NEW Mini Crochet Kit | Teeny Tiny Pumpkin Set

You’re pumpkin-dding me! There’s a new mini crochet kit in town, and I think it’s gourd-geous!

Image of the teeny tiny pumpkin crochet kit available from KCACOUKDesigns Etsy shop

You may remember that I’ve been releasing some mini crochet kits (along with a big kit) because I find them really fun to design – and you seem to enjoy working on projects in a kit. This time I’ve created a set of teeny tiny pumpkins, because who doesn’t love a crochet pumpkin at this time of year!

Don’t let big carved pumpkins have all the autumn decor fun – crochet some extremely cute tiny ones to have on display instead! Big enough for all three, slightly different sized, pumpkins to fit in one hand, they will make beautiful additions to your autumn decor.

❤️ Add the Teeny Tiny Pumpkin Set to your favourites on Ravelry ❤️

A hand holds three, slightly different sized, crochet pumpkins.

Each kit contains 4 mini balls of Scheepjes Catona, the pattern, enough stuffing for all the pumpkins and a cute pumpkin charm stitch marker all wrapped up in a small reusable organza bag! There’s also the optional tool extra of picking up a premium bamboo 3mm hook (US approx. size D/3) if you don’t have one of those to hand.

Pattern is written in UK terms, but shipping is available to anywhere. If you are not sure about UK terms then you might find my blog post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the Difference? helpful.

A secondary image of the teeny tiny pumpkin crochet kit available from KCACOUKDesigns Etsy shop

These are so fun to make, you can make the whole set in pretty much a day, so there’s still time to hook up a set to compliment your Autumn decor. So why not treat yourself, or the crochet lover in your life – the kit would make a perfect present for birthdays or Christmas as a little gift for crafty friends and family.

Autumnal display of the teeny tiny crochet pumpkin set

I hope you’ll share your WIP and finished project 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 sign 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

Wordpress-Signature

Subscribe to the blog:

Pin It for Later:

Pin the Teeny Tiny Crochet Pumpkin set for later on Pinterest

Pattern Re-Release | Life-sized Chunky Pumpkins

As you know I’m slowly working my way through old Deramores patterns to add to my pattern shops and as we are now most definitely in pumpkin season there no more appropriate time for me to re-release my Chunky Pumpkins.

© Keep Calm and Crochet On UK 2022

This time of year I can’t help but make some pumpkins (watch this space for some more coming soon!), and I don’t think I’m the only one, if you happen to be scrolling through Instagram you’ll have potentially seen all the lovely pumpkins that have been made.

Different from other pumpkin patterns I’ve made before, these next pumpkins are pretty much life sized! The biggest measures in with a diameter of 62cm and the smallest still has a substantial 43cm diameter.

© Keep Calm and Crochet On UK 2022

My chunky pumpkins are made from, well you’ve probably guessed it, chunky (bulky) yarn and as a consequence they don’t take long to make. They also have the most fabulous texture too, which was something I’d not tried before with other pumpkins I’ve designed before – the end result I think is very pleasing.

The yarn alternative I have suggested for the Chunky Pumpkins (instead of the original Deramores Chunky) is Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky which is a 100% premium acrylic yarn that comes in 100g balls (136m / 149yds). I used a 6.5mm (US size K) hook and the colours I’ve suggested are Blood Orange (319) and Coffee Bean (310). Other than that you would need some stitch markers, 400g of toy filler, pins and a yarn needle to sew all the pieces together.

© Keep Calm and Crochet On UK 2022

The 3 page pattern comes in either UK or US terms with full descriptions of any stitch abbreviations. It’s classed as an “beginner” pattern which I’m hoping anyone new to crochet, along with more experienced crocheters will enjoy.

The pattern is now available from my usual pattern stores for you to make your own version at the links below:

This pattern, along with all of my Halloween designs (some below coming this week), have 25% off until 31 October with code: PUMPKINNICE on both Etsy and Ravelry – so go grab yourself a treat!

Please bear with me with regards to re-releasing the old Deramores patterns, it can take up to a whole day or two to reformat and upload to various shops, so it will be a work in progress – though do let me know if there’s a pattern you’d really love to see come next and I’ll see what I can do!

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

Wordpress-Signature

Please note that some of the links in my blog are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you purchase via these links, but the price you pay is not affected.

PIN FOR LATER:

Dragonfly River MAL | The Reveal & Pattern Release

The 15th of September was the last ‘official’ day of the latest make along that has been hosted by The Yarn Whisperer and myself. From the 31 July until now, over a month later, we have enjoyed a relaxed summer make along project with lovely fellow crocheters. And now I get the opportunity to share my finished Dragonfly River Cowl with you in all it’s glory with you!

As always it’s been an absolute delight to work with Kitey and his gorgeously coloured yarn, I love these collabs we do – it always provides me with an opportunity to work with gorgeous yarn which in turn makes the design process enjoyable too (slightly obsessed by the sparkle yarn this time round)!

If this is the first you’ve heard about the Dragonfly River MAL you can read more about it here but in a nutshell it’s the result of a wonderful collaboration between myself and Kitey, aka The Yarn Whisperer, of a unique crocheted cowl designed with a special hand dyed yarn in mind.

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 cowls if you haven’t had chance to make it yet.

I’m really pleased with how the design for this cowl turned out and working with the yarn was such a delight! I’m a big fan of slub yarn, because I love the texture it automatically creates, and the lovely dragonfly colourway, with that sparkle, was just wonderful! I think I kept being slightly annoying to my husband as I kept asking him to look at it twinkling in various situations, and it really was a delight to see those beautiful tonal green and blue colours coming through in the stitches.

Although the official end date of the MAL has come to an end DO NOT feel any panic or worry that you didn’t keep up, haven’t got it done, didn’t start it or whatever! The deadline was there just for those people that like a deadline, for everyone else, enjoy it when you have the time to use the yarn and / or make the cowl – there is no rush to this crochet make along! And sometime in the future you will have a beautiful finished object that you can gift for someone special or to enjoy wearing yourself.

Now that the MAL is over, I have listed the pattern in my usual pattern stores for you to make your own version of the The Dragonfly River Cowl.

Use two of your favourite skeins of handdyed yarn with a 3.5mm (US size E/4) hook – I can’t wait to see what colourways you use for your own unique projects. Or if you’d like to pick up this specific kit colourway, although the original version was sold out, it will be available again from Kitey from November as a dye to order.

The pattern has a written version, a chart and comes with a bonus pattern to make your own Dragonfly brooch – Kitey and I always like to add a little extra something for those scraps of leftover yarn! The pattern comes with all explanation of stitches used and is available in either UK or US terminology.

We do hope that you’ve enjoyed this fun make-along, I know Kitey and I have thoroughly enjoyed it – in fact we’ve already made our plans for our Christmas-time make-along! All I’m going to say is that I’m already excited for it, it’s something completely different and it’s going to be a blast!

Make sure you are signed up to the blog (or my newsletter) and 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

Wordpress-Signature

I Like Crochet Magazine | Tilly the Pony

This morning, on the school run, I definitely felt that first bit of a chill in the air. It’s a sign that Autumn is on it’s way; but luckily I Like Crochet magazine have put together a lovely collection of seasonal patterns for you – this time with a definite nod to Equestrian chic! Which ties in nicely with the pattern I’ve got in the October 2022 issue – meet Tilly the Pony.

© I Like Crochet – October 2022

Brightly coloured leaves cover the ground which you kick in the air as you make your way down to the stables … and there you will find Tilly the Pony, with a soft mane that blows in the breeze and a big kissable nose, ready for a canter in the Autumn sunshine. Tilly is a sweet little pony amigurumi that will capture the hearts of adults and children alike. 

I used Scheepjes Stonewashed (Sport Weight) for Tilly, in Moon Stone (801), Black Onyx (803) and Brown Agate (822) with a 3mm hook (closest US size D/3 or C/2).

If you’re not familiar with Scheepjes Stonewashed it’s a blended yarn made up from 22% acrylic and 78% cotton yarn that comes in 50g balls (130m / 142yds), it’s durable but soft and is available in 36 colours all associated with ‘gems and stones’. I’ve used it for lots of my designs as I love the stone washed look of the yarn and the stitch definition you get with the cotton blend – it’s perfect for amigurumi.

The only other things you will need for Tilly are 2 x 8mm black safety eyes, some toy stuffing and I used some cream coloured roving yarn for mane (though you could make your mane out of some more of the Moon Stone yarn).

© I Like Crochet – October 2022

I think that Tilly would make a great gift for any pony or horse lover, and could even be matched to a real life equine buddy – now that would be super cute!

I would suggest this amigurumi would a fun and easy introduction into toy making for a beginner crocheter. Everything is worked in the round, with a bit of simple shaping to create the perfect pony shape.

💕 SAVE TILLY THE PONY AMIGURUMI ON RAVELRY 💕

As well as my pony the October 2022 edition features loads of lovely seasonal patterns and a range of interesting articles. If you SUBSCRIBE you can get the magazine straight to your desktop or iPad as well as access to lots of other extra crochet bonus material.

© I Like Crochet – October 2022

If you haven’t heard of  I Like Crochet magazine before it’s a US bi-monthly digital magazine which is published by the creators of AllFreeCrochet.com. With it being a US publication patterns are written using US crochet terminology – if you are not sure how that differs you may find my post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the difference? of use.

If you hook up the Tilly the Pony, 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! 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

Wordpress-Signature.jpg

Subscribe to the blog

Please note that some of the links in my blog are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you purchase via these links, but the price you pay is not affectedYou can read more about my affiliate links here.

Pattern Re-Release | Relaxing Ralph

Well it’s only taken me a couple of years…but I’ve finally got around to sorting out my Relaxing Ralph pattern. And what prompted me is today (1 Sept) is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day, a fun holiday that honours the gingers of the feline world.

It put me in mind of little Ralph; who you may recognise as a pattern I designed in September 2018 for The Crochet Sanctuary (read about it here). He’s a sleepy little ginger kitty who loves nothing more than kicking back for a nap in his hammock (details on how to make his hammock is also included in the pattern).

Well at the time I was sure I’d released the pattern in my usual format, in UK and US terms, and with availability in each of my pattern stores – but it turns out that I’ hadn’t! However I’m now delighted to announce that I’ve rectified that situation, and you can now pick up the PDF pattern via the links below.

The pattern is 5 pages long and I’d suggest it’s a patterns suitable for anyone with a bit of experience of working in the round and in making amigurumi.

For my kitty I used 1 ball of Scheepjes Stonewashed XL (Aran/ Worsted Weight) in Jasper (Shade 849), 1 ball of Scheepjes Stonewashed (Sport Weight) in Moon Stone (Shade 801 and 1 ball of Scheepjes Catona (4ply / Fingering Weight) in Powder Pink (Shade 238) with a 4.5mm (US size 7) and a 3mm (Closest US size D/3 or C/2).

🐈 Add the pattern to your favourites on Ravelry 🐈

” Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” ~ James Herriot

If you do make up a Relaxing Ralph I hope you will share pictures of your cat’s on socials using the hashtag #kcacouk so I can see and share your wonderful work.

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

Wordpress-Signature

Please note that some of the links in my blog are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you purchase via these links, but the price you pay is not affected.

Subscribe to the blog:

Pin for later:

Free Pattern | Summer Lawn Granny Square

The official Granny Square Day might have passed, but as a granny square can be for any day I thought I’d share a free copy of one of the patterns I designed for Simply Crochet back in 2020. The pattern is called Summer Lawn and it’s a relatively easy block – perfect for beginners.

I used Rico Ricorumi for my blocks, with a 4mm hook (closest US size G) which is a DK (Light Worsted) weight 100% cotton yarn that I had in my stash. However this design would work equally well in any DK yarn or in fact with other fibres and yarn weights to make bigger or smaller blocks.

This is a fun summer block that would look great together in a blanket or as a component in a multi-square afghan, bag or cushion project. Like most motifs they are quick and satisfying to make and a great way to use up scraps.

🌻 SAVE THE SUMMER LAWN BLOCK ON RAVELRY 🌻

The Summer Lawn pattern is available for free here on the blog or, if you prefer working with a printout, you can pick up a PDF of the pattern for a nominal price (links below).

The pattern is available in both UK and US crochet terminology via the PDF download; the pattern below is written just in UK terms. But you can view a handy conversion chart here on the blog.

Pin this project for later:

Summer Lawn Square

Yarn Required: 25g / 58m

Yarn Used in photos: Rico Ricorumi DK

  • YARN A – Tangerine (026)
  • YARN B – Saffron (063)
  • YARN C – Pistachio (047)

About the yarn: Rico Ricorumi DK; 8ply / Double Knit;  25g / 58m; 100% Cotton

Finished Size: 10cm width x 10cm high

Hook Size(s): 4mm (US size G).

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size may be different.

You will also need:

Gauge: A single square motif measures 10cm² (3.9in²) using a 4mm hook

Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this  project but if your gauge does not match the gauge stated then your finished item will be a  different size.

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • 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.

Pattern Notes:

  • How to surface crochet: start by attaching a slip knot to the back of the crochet area then from the front of the work, insert your hook into the stitch nearby and start working chain stitches on the surface of your crocheted area, continue to work in this way according to the design.
  • (…) any stitches in brackets work into one stitch or space.
  • *…* any stitches between * icon repeat as required

Pattern:

The ch3 at the beginning of each round counts as a tr throughout.

With YARN A

Ch4, ss to first ch to join into a ring.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch-3, 11tr into the ring, ss to top of beginning ch-3 to join [12 sts]

Fasten off and weave in ends

Rnd 2: With YARN B join on RS with a ss to the top of any tr, ch3, 1tr in the same st as the beginning ch3, then work 2tr in each st around until end, ss to the top of the beginning ch3 to join. [24 sts]

Fasten off and weave in ends

Rnd 3: With YARN C join on RS with a ss in-between any tr of the previous rnd, ch3, 2tr in the same sp, * miss 3sts, 3tr in-between the next tr’s of the previous rnd, miss 3sts, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in-between the next tr’s of the previous rnd *repeat from * twice more, miss 3sts, 3tr in-between the next tr’s of the previous rnd, miss 3sts, ss to the top of the beginning ch3 to join. [36sts + 4 x ch3-sps]

Rnd 4: Ch3, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in the next sp, * 3tr in the next 2sps, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) * repeat from * twice more, 3tr in the next sp, 2tr in the last sp, ss to the top of the beginning ch3 to join. [48sts + 4 x ch3-sps]

Rnd 5: Ch3, 1tr in 3sts, (1tr, ch3, 1tr) in the next sp, * 1tr in 12sts, (1tr, ch3, 1tr) * repeat from * three times, 1tr in the next 8sts, ss to the top of the beginning ch3 to join. [56sts + 4 x ch3-sps]

Fasten off and weave in ends

Finishing

  • With YARN A surface crochet around the top of rnd 1
  • With YARN A surface crochet on top of two opposite sides of rnd 4
  • With YARN B surface crochet around the posts of rnd 5 on opposite sides to the YARN A

And that’s it, you’ve finished your lovely new motif!

If you enjoyed this pattern please give it a love, or leave a comment or review on the platform you got it from (e.g. as a project on Ravelry). I hope you’ll tag me too (@kcaco.uk on Instagram) using the hashtag #kcacouk or share your photos on social media (facebooktwitter or Pinterest) – I love to see what you make! 

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

Wordpress-Signature

Please note that some of the links in my blog are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you purchase via these links, but the price you pay is not affectedthank you for your support.

Subscribe to the blog:

Pattern Re-Release | Woodgreen Puppy

Happy International Dogs Day! Today I’m able to share with you a fun puppy pattern; Parsley the Woodgreen Puppy!

You may recognise Parsley from a past collaboration with Deramores back in April 2021. With the closure of Deramores (in Feb 2022) I’ve been slowly working my way through any associated patterns to add to my pattern shops, however as this was a pattern was originally designed in collaboration with a charity it’s been a bit of a different task to sort out.

However I’m now absolutely delighted to announce that the lovely folks at LoveCrafts are going to host the pattern for the Woodgreen, The Animal Charity – with 100% of sales going to support pets looking for their forever homes!

© Woodgreen Charity 2022

Wood Green is a pet charity that makes a difference to the lives of pets and people across the UK.  As a charity they help rehome pets into loving homes and also educate and supports pet owners, so that they can enjoy a mutually rewarding and happy relationship with their pets.

The charity helps thousands of dogs, cats and small pets, many who have been abandoned and neglected, to have a second chance at happiness – and no animals are ever turned away!

If you are a crafter you can help support this charity by creating the Parsley the puppy with the purchase of the digital pattern (approx. £3.60 / $4.24 at time of posting).

💚 You can download the puppy pattern here 💚

© Woodgreen Charity 2022

For my original puppy I used Deramores Studio DK in Ebony, Oatmeal, White, Chocolate and Peridot with a 3.25mm (US size D/3) hook, however you could easily substitute with Paintbox Simply DK in Pure Black (101), Taupe (75), Champagne White (102), Lime Green (128) and Coffee Bean (110). The finished result is a lovely cuddly puppy that you can make for yourself or a loved one.

💚 Add the pattern to your favourites on Ravelry 💚

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw

© Woodgreen Charity 2022

If you do make up a puppy I hope you will share pictures of your pup’s on socials using the hashtags #kcacouk and #LoveCrafts so we can share your wonderful work.

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

Wordpress-Signature

Please note that some of the links in my blog are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you purchase via these links, but the price you pay is not affected.

Subscribe to the blog:

Free Pattern | Happy Bee Keyring

To bee or not to bee, that is the question? I’ll say definitely to bee as I’ve got a brand new FREE pattern winging it’s way over to you today. Allow me to introduce the Happy Bee Key Ring!

Now I know there are a few bee key ring patterns already in existence, but you can never have too much choice can you, so I’m adding my little bee into the hive because he’s meant to bee made and who can resist a good free-bee!

For my little bee I used Scheepjes Catona which is 100% cotton 4ply (fingering) yarn with a  3mm hook (closest US size D/3). I used three shades; Lemon (280), Jet Black (110) and Snow White (106), and a smidgeon of Tulip (222) – and I didn’t use that much really, in fact if you used the 25g (62m / 68yds) you’d probably be able to make a small swarm!

They are incredibly quick and satisfying and sort of addictive to make, sometimes it’s nice to have a fairly fast project to make isn’t it for that quick win feeling.

🐝 SAVE THE HAPPY BEE KEYRING ON RAVELRY 🐝

I made several bees to go with, amongst other things, some homemade honey comb ( also known as Cinder Toffee) for some end of year teacher gifts. The honeycomb was actually easier (on the second try) to make than I thought. The secret is to make sure your sugar is hot enough! I used this recipe here if you are interested, and I can confirm it is rather delicious broken into shards and scattered over ice-cream.

The Happy Bee Keyring pattern is available for free here on the blog or, if you prefer working with a printout, you can pick up a PDF of the pattern for a nominal price (links below).

The pattern is available in both UK and US crochet terminology via the PDF download; the pattern below is written just in UK terms. But you can view a handy conversion chart here on the blog.

Pin this project for later:

Happy Bee Keyring

Yarn Required: 10g / 25m

Yarn Used in photos: Scheepjes Catona

  • YARN A – Lemon (280)
  • YARN B – Jet Black (110)
  • YARN C – Snow White (106)
  • YARN D – Tulip (222) small amount

About the yarn: Scheepjes Catona; 4ply / Fingering Weight;  10g / 25m; 100% Cotton

Finished Size: 5cm (2”) long

Hook Size(s): 3mm (US size D/3).

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size may be different.

You will also need:

Gauge: 5dc = 2.5cm (1”)

Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this  project but if your gauge does not match the gauge stated then your finished item will be a  different size.

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet 2 together (dc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Notes:

  • Magic ring: is also known as a Drawstring Ring or Magic Loop and is often used as a start for working amigurumi. If you are not  familiar with this technique you could substitute with a ch2 and then work in the second ch from the hook.
  • Working in the round: This pattern is worked in the amigurumi style (unless specified), in a  spiral without slip stitching or turning chains  . Use a stitch marker to help mark the beginning of each row.

Pattern:

Body

Rnd 1: With YARN A; working into a magic ring, 6dc. 6sts

Rnd 2: [2dc in each st] around. 12sts

Rnd 3: [1dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st] around. 18 sts

Rnd 4: [1dc in next 2sts, 2dc in the next st] around. 24sts

Rnd 5: 1dc in each st around.

Fasten off YARN A, attach YARN B to the top of any st;

Rnd 6: 1dc in each st around.

Rnd 7: [1dc in next 4sts, dc2tog] around. 20sts

Fasten off YARN B, attach YARN A to the top of any st;

Rnd 8 – 9: 1dc in each st around.

Fasten off YARN A, attach YARN B to the top of any st;

Rnd 10 – 11: 1dc in each st around. Fasten off YARN B;

· Add eyes between rnds 4 – 5 approx. 6sts apart

· With black embroidery thread embroider on a mouth over rnd 2 (using photos as a guide)

· With YARN D embroider on some cheeks just below each eye (using photos as a guide

Attach YARN A to the top of any st;

Rnd 12: [1dc in next 4sts, 2dc in the next st] around. 24sts

Rnd 13: 1dc in each st around.

Fasten off YARN A, attach YARN B to the top of any st;

Rnd 14: 1dc in each st around.

· Start to stuff; continuing to stuff as you go

Rnd 15: [1dc in the next 2sts, dc2tog] around. 18 sts

Rnd 16: [1dc in the next st, dc2tog] around. 12 sts

Rnd 17: [dc2tog] six times. 6 sts

Fasten off and use the yarn tail to sew up the 6 remaining sts.

Wings – Make 2

Rnd 1: With YARN C; working into a magic ring, 6dc. 6sts

Rnd 2: [2dc in each st] around. 12sts

Rnd 3: [1dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st] around. 18 sts

Fasten off but leave yarn tail for sewing onto the body.

FINISHING

  • Add key ring slip ring to the top centre of the body (approx. rnd 9)
  • Attach the wings, either side of the key ring slip ring, so that the wings point upwards (using the photos as a guide)

And that’s it, you’ve finished your lovely new key ring!

If you enjoyed this pattern please give it a love, or leave a comment or review on the platform you got it from (e.g. as a project on Ravelry). I hope you’ll tag me too (@kcaco.uk on Instagram) using the hashtag #kcacouk or share your photos on social media (facebooktwitter or Pinterest) – I love to see what you make! 

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

Wordpress-Signature

Please note that some of the links in my blog are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you purchase via these links, but the price you pay is not affectedthank you for your support.

Subscribe to the blog: