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.

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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

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I Like Crochet Magazine | Briar Blanket

In the sunny days of summer it might seem strange to count down the days until autumn – but it’s always nice to get ahead for the next season (especially as crochet takes time!). In the August issue of I Like Crochet magazine they’ve included 15 First Fall patterns and I’m excited to say that my second pattern, the Briar Blanket, is included in this section.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

Briar, meaning “thorny bush of wild roses” is the name of the blanket filled with textured stitches and rose-inspired hues of deep maroon and soft taupe. This chunky blanket, with its large feature tassels, would make a perfect addition to style up your bed – or to keep as a throw on your sofa getting ready for when those nights turn cooler.

I used the delectable Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky for this blanket, which was a new yarn to me, and is sooo nice! Plump and squishy and available in 20 different colours, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky is a heavy weight yarn that works up quickly for thick and cushy projects.

Spun from Peruvian wool, the yarn is strong and durable with excellent stitch definition. It’s classed as a bulky (chunky weight) yarn which is 100% wool and comes in 100g hanks (137yds / 125m).

The shades I used for the blanket were Currant 28211(A, 6 balls), Gosling 28214 (B, 12 balls) and Fedora 28212  (C, 4 balls) with a 6mm (US size J/10) hook (which is amongst the suggested hook sizes).

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

Throws are perfect for keeping you toasty in front of the tv or reading a book in bed. Make in three muted complementary colours for a chic solution or go bold with some bright shades to update an old chair.

I would suggest this intricate blanket is an intermediate pattern, that feels sumptuous and decadent made in lux yarn, and that would make a cosy addition to your summer-to-autumn home décor.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

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As well as my wrap the August 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.

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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 Briar Blanket, 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

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I Like Crochet Magazine | Sandstone Shawl

The August issue of I Like Crochet magazine is here and I’m super excited to say I’ve got TWO patterns in this edition. I’m rather proud of both designs, so I thought I’d write a separate blog post about each of them so I can tell you about them properly. First up is a crocheted wrap design called the Sandstone Shawl.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

The Sandstone Shawl is an accessory which utilises yarn that varies in thickness to achieve a textured and lacy look. Tassels added to the centre of the shawl add a visual interest alongside open diamond motifs – and I love, love, LOVE how it turned out!

I used King Cole Opium for this shawl which I’d not used before but which I wanted to try as it just looks different and unusual. I think it’s no secret that I’m a bit in love with slubby textured yarns at the moment, especially after working the Whispers of the Sea Wrap and the Mellow Mallow Shawl.

If you were looking for a commercial type of slub yarn then I’d suggest this yarn could come close. It’s classed as a fashion yarn which has thick and thin sections along it’s length, a bit like slub yarn. When it’s worked up it creates such a beautiful textured mixture of lace and opaque – perfect for both summer and winter projects.

I’m a huge fan of textured crochet pieces and the beauty of this yarn is that it creates the texture for you – did I say yet how much I LOVE how the yarn worked up for this design!

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

King Cole Opium is 54% cotton, 42% acrylic and 4% Polyamide yarn and comes in 100g balls (273yds / 250m). The shade I used for the wrap was actually called Sandstone (1085) which is partially where the name of the wrap came from. My original inspiration for this shawl came from sandstone clay formations which are full of wonderful ridges and curves – so the name and colour of the yarn shared a bit of a serendipitous moment!

King Cole Opium is actually available in 7 other different colours and I used 6 balls in total to create a nice large wrap (approx. 79″ long x 22” wide / 200cm long x 56cm wide). The suggested hook size for this yarn is a 6mm (US size J/10) though I used a 4.5mm hook (US size 7) as I wanted my lacy sections to not be too oversized.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

I would suggest this is a pattern that adventurous beginners would enjoy, the Sandstone Shawl is a trendy yet practical shawl with a nice pattern repeat which is easy to follow once you get used to it.

Make in beautiful natural tones for a chic outfit solution for the season ahead, it’s a great statement piece for layering. The textured yarn is light enough to be airy and yet still feel cosy enough to snuggle into as the seasons turn colder.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

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As well as my wrap the August 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.

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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 Sandstone 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! 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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Simply Crochet | Mix It Up Purse

With Kate Bush in the charts again and Top Gun at the cinema, not to mention the latest season of Stranger Things, it seems appropriate that there’s a nostalgia for everything 1980’s at the moment.  If you are looking for a fun 80’s pattern look no further, turn up the volume for the Mix It Up Purse, out now in issue 124 of Simply Crochet magazine.

Made to look like an old school cassette mix tape this purse is a fun way to try tapestry crochet, whilst being the perfect size for keeping your cards, coins or ear phones.

For my version of the Mix it Up Purse I used Scheepjes Catona with a 3mm hook (closest US size C/2). If you are not not familiar with the yarn it is 100% Cotton which comes in 10g [25 metre] balls.

I used seven colours in total; 2 balls of Jet Black (110) and English Tea (404), then 1 ball of Snow White (106), Cornflower (106), Poppy Red (390), Kiwi (205) and Yellow Gold (208).

I love the little mini balls of Scheepjes Catona for colourwork as it’s means you don’t get into so much of a tangle like you might with using big balls (though you could always wind off small amounts on bobbins if that is all you have).

The only other materials you would need are a 12cm zip, a yarn needle, I also lined my purse with material just to finish it off, though the technique used for the purse creates such a sturdy dense fabric you could get away with not lining it.

I recently saw some brilliant colourful music print cotton fabric, which I wish I’d thought about, it would be a fun way of lining the purse in keeping with the theme.

This purse is such a fun way to relieve the enjoyment of making a mix tape to keep yourself or gift to someone you love! If your embroidery skills are good, you could also personalise your purse by saying who’s mix tape it is, or by adding a favourite song or band name!

So turn up the volume with this unique cassette-tape change purse that’ll have everyone singing along! Issue 124 of Simply Crochet magazine is available to buy from your local supermarket or you can grab a digital or print subscription from buysubscriptions.com.

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© Simply Crochet Magazine – Issue 124

I hope you’ll share your WIP or 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 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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Crochet Society Box 35 | Argon Triangular Scarf

I’m really excited to share with you today one of my favourite designs of recent times! In the latest Crochet Society Box (No. 35) I’ve got a brand new triangular scarf pattern for you called the Argon Scarf.

© Crochet Society Box 35 – April 2022

Box 35 has now officially been unboxed, by the lovely Sarah-Jayne of Bella Coco, which means that the box should now be with subscribers and I can now share with you all the details of the box and the design.

It’s called the Argon Scarf as the theme for this particular box was ‘Neon Lights’ with shades of purple yarn. Argon is actually the gas used in neon signs to produce shades of purple or lavender which just perfectly matched with the yarn that is part of the box.

© Crochet Society Box 35 – April 2022

I’ve been having a bit of a love affair of the textures of puff stitches lately, and my idea of using puffs in this design was represent pops of neon gas.

For this design I used 2 x 100g Bella Coco Yarn which is a DK (8ply / Light weight) yarn that comes in 100g (210m) balls and is a really soft. The shades that I got to use were so pretty in their own right that I’m glad they got their own showcase in this half and half design.

I used a 3.25mm hook for this particular design, and I would recommend the use of a row counter and stitch markers to not only mark your first stitches of a row, but to also help keep track of the increase / decrease sides of the scarf – handily you get both a row counter and a stitch marker as an extra gift in your box.

Textured with bright splashes of colour, the Argon Triangle Scarf, with colour matched tassels, is the perfect way to stand out from the crowd this season!

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Crochet Society boxes are available by subscription via the website, and past boxes are available, if there are, from Craftstash – here is the direct link to Box 35 (whilst stocks remain).

As well as my design in this box there are several Tunisian crochet patterns to compliment the Tunisian hook that comes with the box; there is a table runner, a pom pom hat and a faux ‘neon sign’ making up the fab collection of projects.

© Crochet Society Box 35 – April 2022

I hope you’ll share photos of your finished projects 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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Happily Hooked Magazine | Beelinda the Bee Fairy

Can you be ‘fairy’ certain that bees are not fairies in disguise? After all appearances can bee deceiving! With that intriguing thought I’d like to introduce you to Beelinda the Bee Fairy – the un-bee-lievably cute little fairy doll that’s sure to bring a smile to your face!

When she’s not off frolicking in the flowers she’ll be ready to enchant anyone who sees her. And her pattern is available now in the June 2022 edition of Happily Hooked Magazine.

Beelinda is most definitely the bee’s knees when it comes to imaginative play, or as a decorative addition to your home, and she’s sure to become a firm favourite with anyone that wants to sprinkle some of their very own floral fairy magic around.

For my version of Beelinda I used Ricorumi DK with a 3mm hook (closest US size D/3). If you are not not familiar with the yarn it is 100% Cotton which comes in 25g [57.5 meters] balls. I used six colours in total; just 1 ball of Nude (023), Saffron (063), Black (060), White (001), Nougat (056) and Fuchsia (014). I love Ricorumi DK for amigurumi as it comes in the cute little balls in loads of different colours so I can usually find the shades that I’m looking for.

It retails for about £1.25 per ball (approx. $1.67) so it’s perfect for when you need just a small amount of a colour – though it’s hard not to just want all 80 shades!

The only other materials you would need are 2 x 8mm black safety eyes, toy stuffing, black sewing thread, a yarn needle and some blusher (optional, but it’s just normal makeup).

If you love bees or fairies then you need to add this cute crochet fairy doll to your collection! Beelinda is just waiting to share her magic with you.

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The pattern is available now! Happily Hooked & Pattern Pack Pro Are TWO monthly US digital magazine assembled by makers for makers and you can find out more details about it on the Happily Hooked Magazine website.

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.

I hope you’ll share your WIP or 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 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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Happily Hooked Magazine | Pastel Pop Shawl

Ahhh May! It’s a month of UK bank holidays and getting that summer feeling as the weather (hopefully) gets sunnier! I don’t know about you but the months seem to be zooming by, and I’ve not even had chance to tell you yet about my new design called the ‘Pastel Pop Shawl’ which is available in Issue 98 of Happily Hooked Magazine.

Pastels are the perfect hues to compliment summer neutrals, and are classic enough to wear year after year, now you can claim your pastel powers with the Pastel Pop wrap. Both in-style and with beautiful drape, the bright and summery pastel shades are combined with interesting texture to create a beautiful modern wrap.

The Pastel Pop wrap is a fun one to make, it’s a large rectangular wrap featuring interspersed panels of popcorn stitch, so it’s got some lovely texture, and then I’ve combined it with some crossed stitches, and with the colour changing in too it makes for a rhythmic pattern with enough to keep you interested.

Now I wouldn’t call myself much of a pastel kind of person, I do so love a bright rainbow, that said, every now and then, I do get a bit of a hankering for some softer tones. I’d recently used some King Cole Cotton Soft DK in a project and as I was impressed with how soft and flexible it was for cotton. They have a nice range of pastels colours and it made me wonder how it would work if it was used for a wrap.

If you’re not familiar with King Cole Cotton Soft it’s a 100% cotton DK (8ply / Light Worsted) yarn that comes in 100g balls (210m / 229yds). It’s available in 21 different colours which include a lot of pastels, with a few bright shades, and it’s often used for baby makes and summer clothes. The recommended hook size for the yarn is a 4mm and that’s what I used for my wrap.

The finished wrap is heavier than a acrylic shawl might be, but there is that wonderful drape and the stitch definition is just marvellous (it always seems to be with cotton!).

Pastels are certainly optimistic colours I think, these bring pastels are sure to lift your mood all year round! But I do also wonder how this wrap might look in other colour combinations; think dark greys or black with neon’s, or a neutral maybe with hand dyed popcorn sections – oooo, the possibilities!

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The pattern is available now! Happily Hooked & Pattern Pack Pro Are TWO monthly US digital magazine assembled by makers for makers and you can find out more details about it on the Happily Hooked Magazine website.

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.

I hope you’ll share your WIP or 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 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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Happily Hooked Magazine | Colour Wheel Cowl

I’ve got a lovely bright new pattern to share with you today! A stylish and easy cowl, made in a range of lively colours will definitely banish any lingering winter blues.

Allow me to introduce The Colour Wheel Cowl (aka The Color Wheel Cowl for my American friends) which is out now in the latest issue of Happily Hooked magazine.

Using a minimum of 12 colours The Colour Wheel Cowl has been designed with mini balls of yarn in mind; such as small skein yarn advents, or it would also make a great stash buster project with each colour using (approximately) only 20g / 56m for each section.

For my cowl I used Scheepjes Softfun it’s a 60% cotton, 40% acrylic blend which usually comes in 50g / 140m balls in a whopping 89 different shades. It’s a yarn I’ve used before specifically for The Stitch Story CAL and for my Unicorn Booties, and if you’re not familiar with it, it’s as soft as it’s name implies!

Not too long ago Scheepjes released some Softfun Mini Colour Packs and I knew I needed to try one! Available in five different colourways; Pastel, Jewel, Cloud, Rainbow & Rich they all looked lovely, but it was the Rainbow tones I went for in the end.

Did you know that studies show that rainbow colours are high in saturation and contrast, which creates an energising effect for humans! The brighter and lighter the colours, the more happy and optimistic it will make you feel! Maybe that’s why I have a bit of a rainbow obsession! Again and again I find myself drawn to the vibrant colours of a rainbow because they are just so cheerful, and give me such a boost when I’m working with them.

The cowl is a sort of sampler of stitches for the 12 sections, 7 different stitch patterns are used in total, with the 7th repeated 6 times to tie the cowl together. It would be a fab project for a beginner to learn new stitches, or for a more established crocheter as a lovely mindful project.

I’ve used a 4.5mm hook (US size 7) to help give the cowl a nice drape, and I would suggest that a couple of stitch markers are useful to add to the start and end of each row to help you keep track of stitches.

Although the pattern is for one size (which should fit most adults) at 75cm long x 23cm wide (29.5” Width 9”) it’s large enough to double over to keep your neck extra snuggly.

The resulting cowl is a lovely bold and bright textured cowl that will cheer you up in the gloomiest weather!

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Issue 96 of Happily Hooked magazine is a fab collection of Stashbuster patterns for all those leftover bits of yarn that you are longing to use up. Happily Hooked & Pattern Pack Pro Are TWO monthly US digital magazine assembled by makers for makers and you can find out more details about it on the Happily Hooked Magazine website.

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.

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

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I Like Crochet Magazine | Hat, Scarf, Purse and Wrap!

The February issue of I Like Crochet magazine is here to help you start off your New Year with a list of patterns you’ll be excited to start crocheting. New yarns to try, new projects to freshen up your wardrobe and plenty of opportunities to get inspired.

And, as my post title handily summed up, I’ve got FOUR brand new designs in this issue – and the first one is very appropriate for the kind of weather we are experiencing at the moment!

© I Like Crochet – February 2022

Spruce up your winter wardrobe with the playfully Tahoe Hat, a versatile and fuss-free style that you can bring out winter, after winter. This classic style beanie has masses of texture in both it’s stitches and use of yarn, making it perfect for everyone on your hat list!

I have to admit I’m in LOVE with the texture on this hat, I love textured crochet and this one turned out better than I’d hoped, especially when combined with the tweedy Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool Nepp yarn I used.

© I Like Crochet – February 2022

Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool Nepp is a 100% acrylic yarn and comes in a massive 400g ball (892yds / 815m). I used Atlantic Blue (shade 3391 ) and a 5mm hook (US H/8) which is the suggested hook size for this yarn. I topped off the hat with a lovely large pom pom from Cowling Country Crafts (who I can recommend). The pom poms from Cowling Country Crafts come with a big press stud on so you can remove the pom pom when you want to wash your hat – I love that option!

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But why do you need 400g of yarn for a hat? Well you don’t! But you do if you want to make the companion piece to the Tahoe Hat, the Tahoe Scarf!

© I Like Crochet – February 2022

Finish off your look and keep the cold away with the versatile Tahoe Hat AND Tahoe Scarf set! The textured stitches, combined with a tweed yarn, and twisted fringe ends give it a classic touch that you are sure to love.

The Tahoe Scarf has the same lovely texture as the Tahoe Hat and I would suggest is a pattern that adventurous beginners would enjoy. I also really enjoyed making the twisted fringe for the scarf, it’s such a great way to finish off that gives a lovely professional look to the finished piece I think. And it’s so easy to achieve, I’m hoping to add a blog post photo tutorial and video on how to make this fringe at some point – so watch this space!

© I Like Crochet – February 2022

With Valentines Day in February the magazine has also included a cupid’s pick of patterns including the next one from me, the Puppy Love Coin Purse.

Does your handbag need a new best friend? The Puppy Love Coin Purse is a playful choice for dog owners and animal lovers alike. This animal friendly purse features a lovable dog with heart shaped ears on the front and a cute 3-D nose. Perfect for stashing your pennies and your secret love notes!

© I Like Crochet – February 2022

I used some Ricorumi DK with a 3mm hook (Closest US size D/3) for my purse. Ricorumi DK is 100% cotton that comes in little 25g balls (57m / 62yds) which makes it perfect for making small items where you just need small amounts of yarn. The only other things you will need for your pup is a 9 x 6.3cm [3.5” x 2.4”] purse clasp, a small amount of toy stuffing, and 2 x small black shank buttons.

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Finally, the last pattern I have in the February issue of I Like Crochet magazine is the Carnation Pink Shawl; A gorgeous openwork shawl, this fringed piece is crocheted in soft shades of pink.

© I Like Crochet – February 2022

This stylish large wrap is perfect for everyday glamour that you can dress up or dress down. The lovely long fringe brings a refreshing take to your favourite looks of the season. Wear this shawl around your shoulders this spring or wrap around your neck in the cold months ahead.

For my Carnation Pink Shawl I used two cakes of James C Brett Northern Lights which is 95% Acrylic 5% Viscose, that comes in 150g (450m / 492yds) ball. I used shade NL8 – NL8 which is a lovely soft marled pink with flecks of white nepp, with a 3.75mm (US size F) hook, to produce a lovely drape.

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© I Like Crochet – February 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.

As well as my hat, scarf, purse and wrap, the February 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 – February 2022

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If you hook up the Tahoe Hat, the Tahoe Scarf, the Puppy Love Purse, or the Carnation Pink 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! 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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Happily Hooked Magazine | Chevron Spectrum Wrap

Happy New Year folks!! Hope you got to have a bit of a restmas during the holiday period filled with yarn and crochet! I’m bringing in the Hooky New Year with a brand new pattern, the Chevron Spectrum Wrap, which is available now in Happily Hooked Magazine (Issue 94).

I have to confess to being a bit of a sucker for a rainbow in yarn! I’ve been itching to use the Scheepjes Whirl, called Jumping Jelly (shade 759), for ages because it’s such a such a beautiful rainbow gradient cake!

Whirls are one of my favourite yarns, because the transition on the colours is just awesome, but if you aren’t familiar with them, they are a 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic 4ply (fingering weight) yarn that comes in a 220g (1000 metres) cake.  

Scheepjes Whirl come in 39 scrumptious colour ways and is made from a beautifully soft cotton-acrylic blend which are perfect for lightweight projects such as shawls. I’ve made about 4 or 5 wraps and shawls using a whirl, in the past, and there will certainly be more in the future!

I’ve found that a 3.25mm hook (US size D/3) works best with this yarn and then the only other thing you might find useful are a couple of stitch markers to add to the start and end of each row to help you keep track of stitches.

I teamed up the Jumping Jelly Whirl with a with a Scheepjes Whirlette in Chewy (shade 865). Whirlette are 100g (455m) solid colour balls designed to compliment Whirl colours, but as they are the same 4ply (fingering weight) yarn, they are perfect for extending Whirl designs, or mixing and matching as I have with the contrast grey.

The resulting Chevron Spectrum Wrap is a lovely bold and bright wrap that will cheer you up in the gloomiest weather! This delightful chevron wrap is perfect for combining solid and gradient yarn for an overall fun zig zag ombre effect. The finished wrap is definitely one of my favourite recent makes – and I’m excited to see what colour combinations you come up with!

🌈 SAVE CHEVRON SPECTRUM WRAP ON RAVELRY 🌈

Rather excitingly you can see Chilly Billy on the front cover of issue 94 (Bold and Bright). Happily Hooked & Pattern Pack Pro Are TWO monthly US digital magazine assembled by makers for makers and you can find out more details about it on the Happily Hooked Magazine website.

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.

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

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