Happily Hooked Magazine | Back to School Bear


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The summer holidays will be over before we know it and then it’s back to school time! Why not make the start of the new school year even more exciting for your little ones by hooking up some of the projects from issue 41 of Happily Hooked Magazine (out now).

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The new edition of the online US magazine is filled with patterns, articles and interviews and I’m very excited to tell you that I’ve got an exclusive pattern for this Back to School issue! I’m just tickled pink that my Back to School Bear (who I nicknamed Bernard) made the front cover; he’s dressed and ready to go and start learning!

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The back pack is completely detachable and opens and closes with a simple button fastening. Don’t you think his little back pack would be a great place to add a little note or a joke for your little one to find! 

As well as my Back to School Bear pattern in this months edition you will find projects for kids of all ages; from tote bags to pencil cases, cardigans and scarfs and cute alphabet baby blocks. There are also some great articles including one on how to teach your children to crochet and another about the healing properties of crochet. I also especially enjoyed the one by the Yarnpreneur Society about grouping tasks!

Check out the Happily Hooked Magazine website for more details about the magazine and how you can subscribe and I do hope you’ll add the Back to School Bear pattern to your 💗 Favourites and Ravelry Queue here.

I hope you will share your finished Back to School Bears on your favourite social media sites: RavelryLoveCrochet.comFacebook page or Facebook groupTwitter,  Pinterest and Instagram as I love to see your finished work! And if you are featured in my newsletter, as the customer spotlight, you could win a pattern of your choice!

Well until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Tahiti Sunset Skinny Scarf | FREE Crochet Pattern


So today’s post links onto my last post which was a yarn review of Patons Tahiti Yarn (which you can read about here). As promised I’ve got a brand new pattern for you, just perfect for the sunny weather. 

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You might not think a scarf to be your typical summer accessory but my new Tahiti Sunset Skinny Scarf, made in lightweight breathable cotton yarn, is one of the most versatile accessories that you can add to your wardrobe this year.

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The perfect length for a carefree look; wrapped around your neck with the loose ends hanging down in front. Or why not tie it in a bow and combine with blouses or dresses – so many options for both formal and informal occasions. The Tahiti skinny scarf provides a unique way to enhance the look of a simple outfit and add effortless style to pretty much anything you wear!

Add the Tahiti Sunset Skinny Scarf to your 💗 Favourites and Ravelry Queue where you can also get an no-ad PDF version of just the pattern for only £1.00 / $1.25 or for a print friendly of this page please scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the Print & PDF button. 

Tahiti Sunset Skinny Scarf:

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Yarn:  3ply / Light Fingering Yarn

  • 50g / 280m / 306yds

Hook: 2 mm / US size B-1

Size: 183cm long x 5cm wide / 72” long x 2” wide

Gauge: 

Establishing the correct gauge is not critical to this pattern. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Abbreviations: 

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc= UK double crochet / US single crochet
  • tr/dc = UK treble / US double crochet

See stitch guidance below for following abbreviation clarification:

  • 2-1-2-tr/dc shell
  • V-Stitch

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • 2-1-2-tr/dc shell: Work 2 tr/dc, 1ch, 2 tr/dc in indicated st or ch sp.
  • V-Stitch: Work tr/dc, 2ch, tr/dc in indicated st or ch sp.

Pattern:

Row 1: Ch 15, V-stitch in 4th ch from hook *miss next 2sts, 2-1-2-tr/dc shell in next st, miss next 2sts, * V-stitch in next st, repeat * to * once, tr/dc in the last st, turn (14sts + 2 x 2ch sps and 2 x 1ch sps)

Row 2: Ch 3, *V-stitch in next ch sp, 2-1-2-tr/dc shell the next ch sp,* repeat * to * once, tr/dc in the last st, turn

Row 3: Ch 3, *2-1-2-tr/dc shell the next ch sp, V-stitch in next ch sp, * repeat * to * once, tr/dc in the last st, turn

Rows 4—205: Repeat rows 2-3 for the pattern, do not fasten off but move to edging.

Edging:

  • Sl st into the nearest corner, work [dc/sc, 3ch, dc/sc, 3ch, dc/sc, 3ch, dc/sc] into the same corner area and in each corner sp.
  • Then work evenly along the length (in each ch3 and tr/dc) work dc/sc, 3ch.
  • Along each width you will work dc/sc, 3ch in each 2ch sp.

And that’s it!

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Make sure you share your finished projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryLoveCrochet.comFacebook page or Facebook groupTwitter,  Pinterest and Instagram and if you are featured in my newsletter you could win a pattern of your choice!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Yarn Review | Patons Tahiti


Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this yarn however I have not been financially compensated by the supplier to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own experiences of using the yarn.

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Whilst Paton’s Tahiti range isn’t exactly a ‘new’ yarn on the market it was a yarn that was new to me. I have to say that fingering yarn is not something I have worked with very much – mainly because I feel slightly intimidated by tiny hooks! That said I’m always excited to try some new yarn play so I was most excited when I was sent a sample of Tahiti ‘Wildfire (Shade 7623’) by the lovely folks at laughinghens.com.

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I wanted to create something just out of this one ball and so I got out my hook and waited for that inspiration. And you know what, I discovered that actually using a small hook made a refreshing change…but more about that shortly. Let’s check out the yarn’s vital statistics first shall we: 

  • Weight:  3 Ply / Fingering
  • Blend: 99% Cotton, 1% Polyester
  • Yarn Ball Weight: 50g ball
  • Yarn Ball Length: 280m / 306yds
  • Wash instructions: Machine wash 40°
  • Price: £5.50 (at the time of this post)

So now we know a bit more about what we are dealing with I’ll tell you a bit more about the yarn. Paton’s Tahiti comes in eight different shades all inspired by elements and nature. With names like ‘cyclone’, ‘peach beach’ and ‘jungle’ it’s perhaps not surprising that the tonal range is vibrant and the colour transitions are long and smooth. As you know I love working with any style of variegated yarn; I find it such fun to watch the colours reveal themselves turning any project, as if by magic, into something special! As a designer I also love how anything that you crochet with yarns like this will look totally different dependant on the size of your project and stitches used – sooooo many possibilities!

The touch of polyester gives the yarn a slight stretchiness which would work well for lightweight garments as it creates a light, flexible fabric which returns back to shape when worn. This cotton doesn’t have a firmness about it that some cottons have, so it wouldn’t work for something like a hat – unless you were looking for something a little more floppy.

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The recommended hook size for the yarn is a tichy (eek!) 2mm-3mm (US size 2/0 or C/2) however even though, for my design, I was working with a tiny 2mm I found the yarn really nice and easy to work with. 

You know what I decided would be a great design for the hot weather of summer – a lightweight skinny scarf! The scarf pattern will be ready for you next week! But because I love you I’ll let you have a little sneaky peep at it…

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I have to say I really enjoyed working on this design, it was great for hooking on the go – that lady hooking on the bus to work; yes that was me!

I’m also muchly in love with the rich colours of this yarn and the contrast between the purples and orange on the final scarf well I just adore them…but you’ll have to wait till next week for my reveal!

In summary if you are looking to make some lightweight accessories like shawls, baby wear, fine knits, or something I really want to have a go at some point, socks then you should give Paton’s Tahiti a go! If you are interested in owning some of this yarn for your very own then it is currently available for purchase via laughinghens.com

Until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Toymaker of the Year competition


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Love making toys? Want to be crowned the ultimate toymaking champion? 

The annual Let’s Get Crafting Toymaker of the Year competition is back and better than ever! Whether you’ve made hundreds of toys, or never tried before, all skill levels are welcome. Now is your time to shine! Knit or crochet ANY toy you like. It can be your own design, a pattern from a book. It can be any shape or size and can be used with materials of your choice. 

This years competition is in partnership with King Cole yarn and there is the chance to win incredible prizes and be published in Issue 97 of Let’s Get Crafting magazine (on sale 14th December 2017).

The deadline to enter is 9 October 2017. Head on over to the LGC website now for the full details. Good luck everyone!

Until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Christmas in July SALE!!!


It’s Christmas in July!!!  Get started on those holiday projects now and avoid Christmas stress and hand ache in December! ALL my patterns are now HALF PRICE, in my Ravelry store, until the 31 July 2017.

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Choose from my range of Christmas themed patterns…

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Or make a start on gifts; I have something to suit everyone – from kids to co-workers!

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No coupon code is needed, discounts will be applied at the checkout! The more you buy, the more you save!

Well until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | FREE Unicorn Headband Pattern


So I’ve just finished telling you about the first of my new pattern releases in this months Let’s Get Crafting magazine (Issue 93) and now I get to tell you about the next one!

Little G is pretty much as obsessed with unicorns as a person is able to be! Because of her love of all things unicorn-ish I knew my next design for Let’s Get Crafting would certainly be a winner with her and hopefully with you too! Who doesn’t want to dress up as a unicorn – am I right?! Well I’ve made it easy for you with my new unicorn headband pattern.

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The headband has been designed to fit adults or children but if you need to adjust it you can simply add or subtract rows from the pattern.  

It took me a while to get a photo of Little G in her’s, as she was dancing around so much and living the unicorn life to the full, but I managed it in the end. I think you can guess that she loves the headband!

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And the very exciting news I have to share with you is that you can now get my unicorn headband pattern for FREE over on topcrochetpatterns.com or why not save it to your 💗Favourites and Ravelry Queue here to hook up later.

Well until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Peaches Keepsake Doll


Issue 93 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is out now with TWO brand new patterns in it from me! I’m so thrilled about them both that I’m going to have to do TWO separate blog posts again so I can tell you all about them…

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If you are not familiar with LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine it’s readily available in major supermarkets and stores across the UK.  

This months magazine comes with:

  • Six Aloha yarns – including a special glittery wool
  • 4.5mm hook and 4.5mm needles
  • 45 exclusive patterns in a 68 page magazine

I was super excited to see that my little Peaches Keepsake Doll is the cover star of the new issue! 

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She’s such a fun little dolly to make with enough to make two little outfits with the free Aloha pack which comes with the magazine.

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You know sometimes when you make an amigurumi that the character just appears before you as you are hooking them – well that was certainly the case with Peaches. She turned out to be a sweet looking little thing.  And if you are looking for some tips on creating the personality of your own amigurumi’s I did write a post about it a couple of years ago which you can read here.

I can’t wait to see how you personalise your little dolls! Be sure to share your photos with me on social media (facebook, twitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make!

Stay tuned for my next unicorn themed pattern release update coming NEXT!

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