This project started off all about lightness and drape. There is a myth that crochet garments are always just a bit bulky and I wanted to really bust that nonsense out of the park!!!
I used the Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch in my Slow Living Skirt Pattern and fell in love with it. The beautiful tweed effect flowing fabric it creates is timeless and complements different yarns in different ways.Keep Reading
It’s not surprising that the French have many versions of the word kiss. Bisou is one of them and is typically used to signify affection between close friends or romantic partners.
In my old day job, one of my colleagues had a t-shirt which said Bisou Bisou. I always loved that t-shirt and it randomly popped into my head a week or so back, along with the idea of using tapestry crochet to put it on a cushion!Keep Reading
The Bobble Pop blanket is a colourful crochet blanket pattern, designed to use up lots of leftover yarn in a fun and practical way.
This year I have been working through my yarn stash looking for ways to use up leftover yarn which creates something attractive and useful. I hate waste, so this project really worked for me.
At Yarndale this year, I picked up a 12mm tunisian crochet hook (double ended for luck) because I had never seen one that large before and was intrigued to see how chunky tunisian crochet would work up.
Finally I got round to using it so I wanted to share my creation. I have written up the pattern I used for anyone wanting to have a pop at Tunisian Crochet simple stitchKeep Reading
Yes you read that right – I’m giving this crochet sweater pattern away free, it’s all in the page below from women’s sizes XS to 3X.Keep Reading
Inspired by the Adult’s Rainbow Smiles Sweater, Cheeky Rainbows is a child’s version of the top down raglan pullover. With a gentle v-neck and rainbow chevron, this is a close fitting pullover aimed at bringing a splash of colour and a smile to the wearer!Keep Reading
When I started this design, I really wanted to create a textured cosy crochet cardigan pattern that would see me through the Autumn winter and into spring. Not quite a coatigan but I wanted to create that garment that you grab as you walk out the door, or throw on over your pjs on a Sunday morning as you potter around the house.KEep Reading
Diamonds, Leaves or Circles? What do you see?
Perceptions is a deceptively simple crochet shawl / triangle scarf pattern which can be worked with almost any yarn and hook. I use the term scarf and shawl interchangeably here as it can be worn both ways!Keep Reading
Recently I was gifted some vintage crochet threads by someone who had inherited them from their late great aunt’s haberdashery. I don’t normally work with crochet thread as the tiny hooks are a little too much of a challenge for my clumsy hands!Keep Reading
Slow Living is an elegant modern crochet skirt pattern whose name reflects the making experience. This is a relatively simple pattern which shows off the texture of the beautiful Herringbone stitch. The skirt is worked waist down from the ribbed waist band (where you may learn a new trick or two!) with some simple increases around the hips. The repetitive rounds in the main body of the skirt are perfect for mindful crochet and stitchflixing!Keep Reading
Back in February 2018, I designed a crochet pennant to house all my pins.
You can read the original blog post, which includes not only the pattern but also what inspired me to design it and why crochet banners are so great for pins (they have the holes!) here. Or you can skip straight to the free pattern below!Keep Reading
What’s in a name? Snood v Cowl
Over Christmas I was commissioned to make some snoods for a friend’s children. After doing some research into what size a child’s snood might be, I got to wondering where a snood turned into a cowl. The words are often used interchangeably, but they are actually different items.Keep Reading
I’ve been seeing lots of really cute pixie / bonnet style hats popping up on kids all over social and actual real life of late… it got me wondering why kids get all the fun stuff…Keep Reading
This lovely cosy winter sweater is perfect to pair with skinny jeans, long skirts or over the top of a jumpsuit when you need something extra!
The sweater combines a wide cropped body with closer fitting sleeves, so it will still fit under your coat, and a cosy roll neck to keep the wind at bay.
This Beehive Beanie was inspired by the need to remember how important our bees are whilst they are all hiding away from the cold! This quick, easy crochet hat uses chunky yarn and is great for beginners. This beanie is super versatile and cosy. It can be worn as a sloughy beanie or beret style to keep you looking chic all through the cold days!
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Skill Level and Special Stitches
This is a super easy pattern using simple stitches so is suitable for beginners. The hat works up in about an hour or two so is a great evening project.
Size 6.5mm hook
Approximately ~100yds (95m) 75g of Chunky Yarn. The item pictured uses of Bergere de France Filomeche chunky (aff) in pepite.
Other: Yarn needle & scissors
Get a better look at the beanie below:
The hat is one size with guidance on how to make it larger or smaller.
I hope you enjoy this pattern, and as always, don’t forget to tag me in your finished makes! Nothing makes me happier than seeing my designs brought to life by others. I love the colour choices and personal touches you add to the patterns!
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Until next time.
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