One of the things which made me fall for crochet was the mindful, calming effect it had on my often wildly over imaginative, calamitous story-making anxious brain. Something about the rhythm of yarn over hook and watching your work grow, row by row, felt very soothing (even when I was just making wonky squares!).Keep Reading
The main aim of this article is to explain what you should expect from a decent crochet pattern and how to work through it, especially if you’re less familiar with using written patterns.
But it’s more than that. I’ve included how to read and write crochet patterns in the title because, I believe that it’s just as important for designers to think about the journey their reader takes through a pattern. Let’s face it, creating any crochet project is a bit of a journey. From picking the yarn, frogging the bit you got wrong, working away in front of Netflix, right through fastening off that last end.Keep Reading
I always find the men in my family the hardest to buy gifts for, which is probably why I enjoy making them! Below is a a summary of my favourite crochet patterns which I have gifted to (and designed for) men.
This round-up includes patterns from my own catalogue, my top picks from around the web and some garment patterns for those crocheters with a bit more time!
I hope this gives you some inspiration and ideas for gift making for those impossible to buy for people!Keep Reading
I love giving handmade gifts at Christmas and for Birthday’s but the reality is that I don’t always get around to it. At this time of year, that last minute sinking feeling where you meant to get someone a gift and forgot is more common than most of us would care to admit.
Then there’s the situation where you know you want to crochet a present for someone but don’t have much time.
Well this post gives you 8 ideas for modern crochet gifts you can whip up in an evening (or less!)! And I’m talking about presents that people will actually use. I’m big on things being used, not sitting in a draw!Keep Reading
The story behind the “So What?” Crochet Sweater and some thoughts on calling bs on your fearful thoughts
I don’t normally write a separate blog post to go with new crochet pattern releases these days, but the November My Crochet Wardrobe pattern of the month release is a little different from the norm (It’s all available free right here for a start!), so I thought I would take a moment to explain why.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
Ever wanted to design your own crochet sweater or dress but don’t have a clue where to start? Well this post is that place!
This is an extended version of the crochet design 101 post which first appeared in CrochetZine in June 2019, this post will take you through the key steps you need to follow when designing crochet garments.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
I haven’t even seen the “Holidays are coming” Coca Cola add yet, but I’m ready to get festive and excited to share my complete collection of Christmas Crochet Hat Patterns with you: The Christmas Pudding, Elf help, Speedy Santa and, new for 2019, my Christmas Tree Extravaganza!keep reading
This is for you crochet and yarn lovers… for all those cute yarny accessories you never knew you needed but actually can’t live with out.
Make sure you pin this post or share it in your letter to Santa because there are some gorgeous handmade essentials here that you’re not going to want to leave on those digital shelves!keep reading
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.keep reading
I love yarn. Feeling it, squishing it and smelling it.
Last year I went to Yarndale for the first time. I absolutely loved it. All that yarn goodness in one place. Plus all the hooks, needles and crafty accessories to perv over. Just last week I went to Fibre East for the first time which was less full-on than Yarndale but had several marques full of beautiful yarn from indie dyers, producers and spinners. Plus I got to see a sheep being sheared -with old skool shears, AND met an angora bunny!keep reading