If you’ve never heard the expression “It’s just not cricket” before, you might wonder what on earth I’m on about. The term is used to express disapproval at something that is unfair, unjust or unsporting.
I’m not sure where in the world this expression has travelled to, but in my head, I can hear The Queen saying it, to express outrage in the most polite, British way possible. I’m not sure if that ever happened or not, but I like to think that’s how she rolls.Keep Reading
As the weather turns warmer in the northern hemisphere, though as I write this, the sky is grey and a thunder storm is on it’s way, the desire to crochet larger chunky makes such as blankets, or cosy sweaters tends to wane.
But most of us still feel that hankering to crochet, to keep our hands busy. So here are some of my thoughts on how to crochet your way through hot weather. I’ll focus on which fibres work best and suggest some different kinds of projects to try.keep Reading
My interest in crocheting with cotton was really sparked back when I began the design for the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. I knew it was a summer top and instinctively wanted to use cotton, though I didn’t know why.
The process of researching which specific yarn I wanted to use took me down into a rabbit warren of learning about cotton.keep reading
If you’re not familiar with post stitches, you have probably wondered how on earth those clever cable-work crochet patterns are made.
Back and Front Post crochet stitches (UK raised front / back stitches) are responsible for a whole lot of textured crochet goodness, so today we’re going to focus on what you can create with them and how to crochet them!Keep Reading
I’ve been publishing crochet patterns since the autumn of 2017. In that time I have written over 100 patterns including for my own collection, for magazines such as Inside Crochet and Simply Crochet as well as on line publishers including Love Crafts. As a tech editor , I have read and reviewed many more.Keep Reading
When I first designed the Everyday Hugs cardigan, I used a stitch pattern I called the single crochet v-stitch. It created a lovely opaque fabric and worked really well with an aran yarn and a slightly bigger hook than recommended to give it some drape.Keep Reading
Since my early days of crocheting, I always loved making post stitches (or raised stitches if you use UK terms). There’s something deeply satisfying about working them and I love the textures they can create.
So when I stumbled across alpine stitch, I got giddy with all the heart eyes…Keep Reading
In this week’s post I want to share one of those ideas I had which would simply not leave me alone. It’s a project I’ve been working on for 3 months, sparked by an idea I had last summer.
The idea: What if I could crochet the same sweater from any yarn?Keep Reading
The extended single crochet, that’s an extended double crochet in UK terms, is one of those stitches I wish I had known about long before I did. Extended crochet stitches (you can make them with double and trebles too) are great for garments because they create a fabric with a beautiful drape.Keep Reading
The drop shoulder sweater design is the simplest type of crochet garment construction you are likely to come across in many ways. This post will talk you through how the construction works, regardless of the precise pattern.Keep Reading
Understandably, I’ve seen a lot of talk on social media this week about stashbusting crochet projects and I for one am a fan! So I thought I would put together my quick guide to shopping your stash!Keep Reading