I spend my left-handed childhood using scissors not meant for me and have had a bit of a hang up about my inability to cut things in a straight line ever since. Whether it was cutting fabric, or trimming a fringe on a crochet scarf or shawl or simply tidying up a tassel, I would sigh in the knowledge I was probably going to mess it up (even with left handed scissors!). That is until I found what I call ‘The pizza way’.Keep Reading
Hands up if you’ve ever lost at yarn chicken? *Shoots both hands up in the air and waves them around vigerously*
Whether you’re adapting an existing pattern, winging a project as you go, or taking your first steps in crochet design, it can be tricky to guess how much yarn you will need. So in this post I’m going to share some of the ways in which you can make a reliable estimate.Keep Reading
It’s all about that drape, ‘bout that drape, no treble… How to find the right drape in crochet fabric
Sorry not sorry for the Meghan Trainor song reference, I’ve had that song in my head all afternoon (sorrier if you have no idea what I’m on about!).
Songs aside, shall we talk about drape? More specifically, what it is, and how knowing a bit about it will help you along with your crochet journey.Keep Reading
How to make an up-cycled Christmas Stocking with crochet top using left over yarn and an old plaid shirt
This year, more than ever, I have focused on the reuse, recycle repurpose mantra. Inspired by my year of not buying new clothes, I look at what I already have and see how it may be used in a new way.
This simple Christmas stocking project is a great way to get festive without more consumption. It’s a fun project to get all the family involved with and create something that will be used and cherished for years to come.Keep Reading
I’ve been seeing lots of beautiful twisted / turban style headbands around recently (you know that thing when you realise you’re accidentally starring at someone because of their accessories… sorry… that’s me!!!) so I did a quick search to see if there was a simple crochet pattern for one but I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I turned to cut and sew patterns and decided to translate the fabric turban headband versions into a crochet pattern.Keep Reading
The Crochet Loop Stitch is a fun way to add texture to your crochet and craft projects. It looks fantastic in a range of garments, accessories and home decor and you can either leave to loops looped or trim them to achieve a different effect.Keep Reading
We all have our holiday essentials. Sunglasses, phone, sweetners, English tea, mascara, tweezers and of course my crochet. But how much is too much crochet to take away on holiday with you?
Holiday is a great time to spend some quality, uninterrupted time with your yarn and hook, whether that’s on a long flight or sat on a beach. I know that I spend just as much time (more probably!) planning which projects to take as I do shoes and outfits.Keep Reading
Tassels are a great way to quickly and easily embellish clothes accessories or home wears. Whether it’s a shawl, scarf, bag, cushion, key ring or curtain tie, they add an element of fun and are a fantastic way to use up left over yarn.
Below is a step-by-step 5 minute tassel tassel tutorialKeep Reading
At the end of 2017 I went to a hand dying yarn workshop at Toft’s stunning alpaca farm and yarn sanctuary. It was so much fun and I’ve wanted to have another go ever since. Finally I got around to it and wanted to share the experience and give you some pitfalls to avoid if you want to give it a go!Keep Reading
Should you make a gauge swatch?
Straight in there with the question you really want to know the answer to! Well the short answer to that is yes, except when you don’t need to…
Let me break that down a bit for you.Keep reading
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I don’t have much of a garden, just a few flower beds, but with what I do have I try to make the most of. Having had my attempts at growing veggies thwarted by slugs and unpredictable British weather, I have turned to fragrant easy to maintain shrubs and lots of bee friendly plants, Lavendar being a favourite.
The Corner to Corner, or C2C stitch pattern is hugely popular among the crochet community. It’s worked on the diagonal, from one corner, increasing to the widest point and eventually decreasing back to the opposite corner (hence the name). It is an easily worked dense fabric making it perfect for home decor and garments.
My pin collection has slowly been growing over the last year and, though it’s still pretty small, I would really like to be able to display them in a visually fun way. I only wear one or two at a time and right now they are mostly covered up by my thick winter coat, so I wanted to find a way to enjoy them more.