LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Colourful Koalas


Oooh guess what folks! I’m thrilled to tell you that for 2017 I have been working on some designs for the lovely people at LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine.  Issue 88 is out today and those little koala’s on the front cover…well that’s a little pattern by yours truly! So exciting!

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Let’s Get Crafting Knitting & Crochet magazine can be found in major supermarkets and stores across the UK…and of course I had to take the family on an outing just to have a little peep at them – it’s not everyday you feature on the cover of a magazine!

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I may have squealed just a little bit seeing the magazines all in a row!

I had such fun designing these little guys! I thoroughly enjoyed creating something fun and bright and not in standard ‘koala’ colours. 

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The magazine comes with an exclusive pack containing six balls of yarn, a pair of needles and a hook so that you can get started straight away. Aimed at both beginners and experienced crafters, each issue is packed with projects, tips, inspiration and shopping guides, plus all the latest news.

This month’s features:

  • Six Orchid yarns
  • 4mm hook & bamboo needles
  • 32 exclusive patterns including Mummy and baby koala, some knit colour-block mittens, a retro camper-van and more!
  • All in a fab 68 page magazine

So pop down the shop and get your copy now or you can find out about more about the magazine over on their website here.

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

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RainBOW holder | Happily Hooked Magazine Exclusive


Issue 31 of Happily Hooked Magazine (HHM) has now hit the e-newstands and I am really thrilled to be part of the magazine again with my new RainBOW holder design. 

My new RainBOW hair accessory organiser makes a beautiful addition to any girls bedroom as a fun way to tidy hair clips and bows away. Or you could just make it as a fun wall ornament to bring a little rainbow into your life. 

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The October issue of HHM is jam packed full of beautiful designs for children. Each issue of the magazine contains over 10 patterns with exclusive designs, projects for all skills and interests, tips, tricks and skill-building secrets from designers, and the thing that I love, you can now even store your favourite issues to your Ravelry account for free.

If you are new to Happily Hooked magazine you can find out all about it over on their website.  Patterns are written in US terminology but HHM have a conversion chart on their website.

Finally if you are on Facebook make be sure to give the HHM page a like as they always include offers for the magazine and sales from designers on their Facebook page.

I hope you enjoy my new design. 

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

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I Like Crochet | Spring Blossom Wrap


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Oooh guess what! I’m extremely excited to say that a new pattern of mine has been featured in this month’s issue of I Like Crochet magazine!

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I Like Crochet is a US bi-monthly digital magazine which is published by the creators of AllFreeCrochet.com and the April issue is jam packed full of Spring themed loveliness.

This month’s features:

·  28+ spectacular spring projects.
· Fanciful floral’s to brighten your day.
· Jewellery, scarves and shawls ideas for Mum.
· Pastel colours of the season.

Spring is the perfect time for flowers, and my new simple Spring Blossom Wrap pattern will add a fabulously floral feel to any outfit. Worked up in a decadent shade of fuchsia, this airy shawl provides just the right amount of warmth for a chilly spring day.

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I used Egyptian combed cotton (Drops Safran); a lovely soft, light yarn which has a subtle sheen and is available in many beautiful colours.

For your copy of my new pattern plus more subscribe today to I Like Crochet magazine.

Amigurumi Fish | Happily Hooked Magazine Exclusive


Issue 16 of Happily Hooked Magazine has now hit the e-newstands and I am really thrilled to be part of the magazine again with my new Cottage Chic Amigurumi Fish design. Add a little coastal charm to any area of the home with these decorative shabby chic rustic fish hanging decorations. They would look great in a seaside / beach / nautical themed room.

Inspired by all the wonderful knick-knacks you see in seaside shops in the UK my amigurumi fish look great combined with bits of drift wood in a group or on their own as a simple hanging decoration.

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The July issue is full of beautiful designs for the Beach & Summer! There are brand-new exclusive patterns from some amazing designers, inspiring interviews, a gorgeous “Crochet + Fashion” article, and much more! And if you are new to Happily Hooked you can get the newest issue PLUS 5 past issues for only 99¢ (63p!).  Patterns are written in US terminology but HHM have a conversion chart on their website.

Finally if you are on Facebook make be sure to give the HHM page a like as they always include offers for the magazine and sales from designers on their Facebook page.

Happily Hooked Magazine and Me


Happily Hooked Magazine (HHM) is a monthly on-line US crochet magazine for all crochet enthusiasts!  Started in April 2014 this monthly magazine features a little something for everyone that loves crochet!  

Issue 13 hits the e-newstands TODAY (and every subsequent 15th of the month) and guess who has a pattern included? It’s meeeeee!!! I am really thrilled to be part of the magazine with my new Beaded Make-Up Bag.  

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There are some really great designers that contribute to the magazine and some stunning crochet projects so you really do need to check it out! You can view the HHM web version on any device like your phone or computer or download it on to an iPad (more apps for other devices coming soon) or download as a PDF if you want to print it out.

If you are on Facebook make sure to give their page a like as they always include offers for the magazine and sales from designers on their Facebook page.   Although the magazine is written in US crochet terminology its easy to convert using their helpful crochet conversion chart; I would say if you love crochet, don’t let that stop you from getting your hands on some fab crochet patterns! The main thing to remember is that the US double crochet is our treble crochet and our double crochet is the US single crochet!

You can get 6 issues for just 99 cents which is about 67p and it comes with a no quibble 90 day risk free guarantee, don’t like it, then you don’t have to have it! And as a special offer for anyone that subscribes this month you will receive a FREE pattern of your choice from ME – the code for the free pattern will be in the Subscribers Area on the HHM website. 

September in a Nutshell


Gosh I can’t believe how long it is since I last blogged!!! Almost a month!  Well things have been pretty hectic and as my broken fingers are not mended I have been trying to catch up with all things crochet.  So I released a pattern this month, my ‘Midnight Bloom’ Handbag.  My very first handbag and made with zpagetti t-shirt yarn so two firsts.  I had great fun designing this one!

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As featured in Too Yarn Cute Crochet e-Magazine this bag is the perfect fashion accessory for an evening out or a stroll in the park! Designed in black for a stylish result but why not mix and match your colours to suit any mood or outfit!

You can make this versatile bag either by using Zpagetti yarn (as shown), with homemade up cycled t-shirt yarn or with bulky or super bulky yarn for different effects. As it’s made in ‘bulky’ yarn its super quick to make -perfect for that last minute gift! Instructions are also included for the stylish motifs for that personal touch.  The pattern is now available from my stores on both Ravelry and Craftsy.

This month I also finished off a special gift for my mum and Dad’s 40th Wedding Anniversary.  It took me ages to find the perfect heart and then I remembered a pattern designed by Heritage Heartcraft called ‘Build-a-heart’ which was exactly what I was looking for.  The graphic design and framing were done for me by the fabulous Keepsakes by Rebecca if you’ve not checked out the things she does yet make sure you get yourself over there now!

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Have a month of happy hooking!

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Me and Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine


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Too Yarn Cute Crochet  is an on-line crochet magazine that I discovered through Facebook. In a PDF format it allows you to bookmark a section to take you to the pattern you want and includes links straight to the designers stores (though that bit hasn’t been so great for my pattern addiction!!!).  It’s a Quarterly Magazine, with issues for each season of the year so you don’t have that ‘long’ wait between issues you get with some of the more conventional crochet magazines and they also have “Speciality” Issues for those in-between months.  If you are on Facebook make sure to give their page a like as they always include offers for the magazine and sales from designers on their Facebook page. The magazine itself has featured patterns from many of my favourite designers and has introduced me to new designers that I hadn’t yet discovered.  

I was invited to write an article for their Christmas edition which became ‘Six Ways to Keep Calm during the Holidays’ and included tips for those trying to manage a crochet business and family and friends at the busiest time of year.  I really enjoyed my little foray into crochet journalism and was super excited when I was shortly asked to be the featured designer of the Winter 2013 edition.       

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It turned out to be a fabulous experience for me personally as well as a challenge.  I wanted to design new things that I hadn’t done before and this provided me with the perfect platform to get my creative juices flowing! I put on my thinking cap and eventually 4 brand new designs were born for the issue; Mr Croc Hand Puppet, Russian Doll Afghan Square (There just had to be a square pattern!), Ice-Flash Men’s Hat and Cowl Set and Loopy Ridges Boot Cuffs (Toddler to Adult).

After all that fun you can bet your bottom dollar that I jumped at the chance to do something for their forthcoming baby edition!  Now I love, love, love blankets and had an idea floating around in my head for a while about a blanket with elephants so it seemed that what was eventually created was destined to be!  Allow me to introduce my ‘Elephant’s On Parade’ baby blanket! 

I do love the versatility of this blanket, I made it in blue but my testers made one in pink for a baby girl and ones in yellow and rainbow colours (see photos on my Facebook page) for occasions where baby’s gender is a surprise.

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The Elephant On Parade Blanket is now available from here: http://transactions.sendowl.com/stores/3049/3715

As well as the Elephant’s On Parade baby blanket in the Baby Issue of Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine I’m also offering 20% discount on all my Ravelry patterns to readers – code in the magazine.