Someone sent me a meme last night of one of those knitted toilet roll covers with the big doll skirts, with a line about hiding toiler paper from the children (they weren’t the first to send or tag me in such a picture…).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
This time last year, I started a group on Facebook called My Crochet Wardrobe. The idea behind it was to help encourage people to crochet their own clothes, boost crochet confidence and bust some of the myths which put people off attempting a sweater or cardi.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
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
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
When Marie Segares of Underground Crafter invited my to join her Christmas in July Make Along, I knew immediately it would give me a chance to have a bit of out of season fun! So when I saw there was a pet category, I knew that here was my chance to go a little off piste and make something for my sister’s adorable dog, Ando.Keep Reading
Last year I made my brother a beanie hat for his birthday. He actually wore it all winter – which is about the highest praise I’ll ever get! I wrote up the pattern and added it free to my pattern library as well as to my Love Crochet, Ravelry or Etsy stores to download for a small fee as a PDF add free printable.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
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
How quickly the final week of the Maslow’s Rainbow Cal has come around! Can we slow it down now so we don’t have to finish? Like reading the last few pages of a book super slowly because you don’t want it to end?keep reading
Here we are at part 4 for the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. The time is flying! How did you get on with the granny dot stitch from part 3? I hope you enjoyed the combination of the two fun stitches and learned a little about the importance of belonging!Keep Reading
Welcome to week 3 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. This week is all about…
I could write a hundred posts about the importance of the feeling of belonging, of finding our tribe, of feeling valued and loved by others and having others we value and love in return. Humans are social animals and always find a way to gravitate into social groups, even if those groups can be dysfunctional!
Belonging to a group is a basic evolutionary requirement, best explained by the expression “There’s safety in numbers”. On top of that, membership of community groups is related directly to our happiness, with those who lack interactions and functional human relationships being more prone to depression.keep reading
Hello and welcome Part 2 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL
Before we get started on the next section, how did you get on with Part 1 last week? Did you master the gauge? I hope you learned some useful tips to help you adjust crochet patterns.
Here are my first pieces made in Drops Muscat Cotton DK, isn’t that blue lovely!keep reading
Welcome to part one of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL!
If you missed the first post, you can read about this CAL and find out what materials you need here.
In this part we are going to make our gage swatch and create the first section of both panels of the top. But first I’m going to talk a little about the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy – the most basic things that motivate us – and how this relates to the first section of the CAL.keep reading