LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Penguin Brothers and Baby Bear


Penguins are, without a doubt, some of the best animals in the world. They have that cute little waddling thing going for them, they live in a place that’s really, really cold and they don’t seem to mind and they are really cute.  If you like penguins then you’re going to love Flipper and Flapper the penguin brothers in Issue 96 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine (out now).  

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I had such great fun designing these guys – penguins in bobble hats, what’s not to love! Perfect to gift or keep for yourself.

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Also featured in this months issue is my stripy Baby Bear.  Cuddle up close with Baby Bear; this friendly bear is perfect for snuggling up at bed time and listening to a story. 

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As always the magazine comes with the pattern, the hook and the yarn to make your project choice.  In this month’s issue you’ll find:

  • Nutcracker yarns…including a special fluffy yarn!
  • 4mm hook & 4mm needles
  • 65 exclusive patterns
  • Plus… a 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up either Santa or Bruno be sure to share your photos with me on social media(facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make!

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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CraftStore UK | Stanley the Snowman Crochet Kit Special Offer


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Oooo I’ve got some very exciting news to share with you all! One of my patterns is being turned into a crochet kit which will be available exclusively from CraftStore UK

If you haven’t heard of CraftStore UK before they are an online store that offer supplies for many different crafts across the UK. Categories include yarn kits, pattern downloads, papercrafts, craft boxes, craft magazines and crafting books! And now my Stanley the Snowman is joining the happy band of other knitted and crocheted characters available.

Lovable and huggable Stanley the Snowman is easy to make and fall in love with. With his cute face, complete with carrot nose, bobble hat and gloves this colourful snowman makes a lovely Christmas gift.

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And the great thing about the kit is that you get the pattern and the yarn delivered straight to your door! 

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And guess what else! The most lovely people at CraftStore UK have got a special offer just for you lovely KCACO.UK readers. Just enter code 25ELVES in the shopping cart on this link for Stanley the Snowman and it will deduct 25% off the price! Taking him from £19.99 to £14.99! (This code will expire on the 5th of December).

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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I Like Crochet Magazine | December 2017 Edition


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The December 2017 issue of I Like Crochet is officially here and I’m very excited about it because not only is it full of fabulous patterns but there’s a festive little pattern in it from me – you may just spy it on the bottom left hand corner of the front cover.

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I’m a little bit obsessed by all things Christmas, truth be told, and yet I never seem to have acquired a nutcracker decoration of my very own….until now!  Now we can both crack open the festive season with my fun nutcracker amigurumi.

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Make him as a super cute decoration or a enchanting toy! He also makes a fantastic visual prop for the retelling of the Nutcracker story.  I love the fact that according to German folklore, nutcrackers are keepsakes that bring good luck to your family while protecting your home. So this little amigurumi would make a perfect traditional Christmas gift!  

The lovely people at I Like Crochet also gave me the opportunity to view the December issue of the magazine to tell you about the other patterns available. There are so many nice patterns in this edition but I thought I’d share with you my favourite three.

I’m completely in love with the Balsam Fir Waterfall Cardigan by  – isn’t it just gorgeous! I think it’s a really flattering style that would suit most body types. 

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I also really love the cover star Olwen the Snowman by . Olwen, means “white footprint” in Welsh and it’s such a clever idea to include chunky cables on his belly. 

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And I’m simply dotty about the Darling and Dotted Hat by  Everyone loves polka dots right!?

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There are over 25 beautiful patterns in the December edition but if you enjoy crochet magazines you might want to consider a subscription.  1 year membership starts at as little as $19.97 / £15.87 – so if you subscribe you do save! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Wulla Super Bulky | Yarn Review and Free Wulla Wreath Crochet Pattern


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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Well I don’t think Christmas could come any chunkier than with the Wulla Wreath! I’m very excited to share this free pattern with you today for a true statement keepsake wreath just perfect for the holiday season – though I’m tempted to leave mine up all year!

Back at the beginning of October the lovely Caz, an indie spinner and dyer, from Wulla Yarn placed a call out for designers on Instagram to see who fancied experimenting with her amazing giant yarn.

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Isn’t it incredible! Well as you can imagine I REALLY wanted to get my hands on some of that lovely stuff to have a play!  So I dropped Caz a message with my idea and, luckily for me, she decided a collaboration would be a great idea. 

If you aren’t familiar with Wulla Yarn it might be because they are relatively new on the yarn scene. Started in April 2017 Wulla was born out of Caz’s desire to make big, bold contemporary yarn to inspire crafters to explore and create. The name ‘Wulla’ is a corruption of the word Wul, the Anglo Saxon for ‘wool’, and combines Caz’s love of history and her drive to do something new! 

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This yarn is serious stuff with a recommended hook size of 12-15mm or bigger! So let’s check out the yarn’s vital statistics we: 

  • Weight:  Super Bulky (7)
  • Blend: Wool
  • Yarn Ball Weight: 400g
  • Yarn Ball Length: 60m
  • Wash instructions: Cool, gentle hand wash only.
  • Price: £28.00 (at the time of this post)

Like many types of hand spun yarn the thickness and texture differs slightly along it’s length but, that to me, lends to it’s undeniable charm. 

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To me this yarn had statement piece written all over it and so I decided I wanted to try and create a giant hunky chunky wreath.  I chose to make my wreath with the un-dyed yarn as I think, although it’s neutral, the light natural cream colour has a lovely elegancy about it.

The wreath works up very quickly and, although a bit fiddly when you start off until you find your flow, it’s suitable for beginners to make as the pattern is essentially just giant UK double crochet / US single crochet stitches.

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  • Yarn: Super Bulky Undyed Handspun Giant Yarn / 60m / 400g
  • Hook: I used my 25mm hook – but smaller would work too, you might just need to experiment.
  • Size: 35mm
  • Gauge: Establishing the correct gauge is not critical to this pattern. 

Abbreviations: 

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • dc/sc= UK double crochet / US single crochet

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.

You will also need:

  • 35mm / 1.4 inch Polystyrene Wreath (I got mine from Hobbycraft)
  • D ring (or something similar) for hanging the wreath
  • Cotton Thread / Needle
  • Large Pom Pom Maker (Mine had a 85mm / 0.3 inch diameter)

Pattern:

Rnd 1: Make giant UK double crochet / US single crochet’s all around the wreath – I found the easiest way to do this as follows;

Add the yarn with a slipknot on to your hook.

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Put the wreath in front of your yarn

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Pull up a loop of yarn through the middle of the wreath with your fingers

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And pop it around your hook

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Then bring your yarn over your hook

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And pull the loop through all loop on hook (this includes your slipknot loop for the beginning only). And that’s your first stitch made.

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Continue to work in this way all around the wreath; if you get any twisting of the yarn, straighten it as you go and push your yarn / stitches together so that none of the polystyrene shows.

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On your last stitch to do not join; cut your yarn and pull the tail all the way through the stitch, then thread the tail under the loop of your first stitch.

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Then pull the yarn into the centre of the last stitch to create an invisible join. 

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Finishing:

  1. Make three giant pom poms, I used my Clover Grand Pom Pom Maker just because I think the tool makes fabulous pom’s but you could use cardboard circles with a 88mm (0.3 inch) diameter. All pom’s should be tied leaving a 30 cm / 12 inch piece of yarn for hanging; if using the wulla yarn you should make sure your knot is secure, then trim off one of the pieces of yarn to leave one ‘strand’.
  2. Attach pom poms onto the bottom / back of your wreath 
  3. Attach a ‘D’ ring onto the top / back of your wreath

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And that’s it!

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I’m completely in LOVE with the texture and the look of my Wulla Wreath, I think it’s just delicious – and I have to admit to keep stroking it a bit.  

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And if you want to have a go at making your own wreath the lovely Caz from Wulla Yarns has a special offer for all you lovely KCACO.UK readers. For the whole of November her fabulous meta yarn has a 15% discount in her Etsy shop if you use the coupon code: KCACO1

If you have a go at making a Wulla Wreath don’t forget to share your finished projects with me on your favourite social media sites: RavelryLoveCrochet.comFacebook page or Facebook group, Twitter,  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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Crochet Book Review | Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium


Disclaimer:  I received a sample copy of the book to write this review however I have not been financially compensated by the supplier, book company or the designer to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own experiences of using the book / pattern.

When the lovely folks at Pavilion books asked me if I’d like to review Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium I didn’t need asking twice! I’d already got the book on my wish list, as I’m a big fan of Kerry Lord’s, and have all of the other ‘Edwards crochet’ books so was extremely eager to have a peep at the new book.

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Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium by Kerry Lord is published by Pavilion. Photographs by Kristy Noble

Ed’s dolls is a wonderfully innovative book where you can design your own doll using mix-and-match crochet patterns. Cleverly each pattern is contained within flippable pages which means, like a child’s flip book, that you can make hundreds of different doll combinations each with amazing wardrobes! 

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Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium by Kerry Lord is published by Pavilion. Photographs by Kristy Noble

The book is split into sections with instructions on how to make the main doll, then there are two flip sections:

  • First you choose a ‘head’ – there are beginner and advanced heads to choose depending on the hair style (or facial hair).
  • Next you choose what they are going to ‘be’ with the bottom ‘outfit’ flip – with costumes for an astronaut and a princess, a ballerina and a footballer, a mermaid and a pirate, a surgeon, a punk and more.

You can make so many different variations of doll! As always I like to make something from a book before I review it and I was inspired by the doll Kerry made of herself – so I thought that it might be really fun to try and create a mini me.

I used TOFT DK yarn to make my doll (as I already had some in my stash from last years TOFTfest and my recent visit to The Knitting & Stitching Show). TOFT DK yarn is pure wool, seriously soft and gentle on the hands – lovely to crochet with. It also has a really great colour range to represent skin tones. I went for ‘Oatmeal’ skin and ‘Chestnut’ for my hair.

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All the patterns are in UK terminology and come with detailed instructions and accompanying photos for stitches. In addition the book includes step by step instructions for stuffing, sewing together and adding the dolls features. The patterns are also arranged in order of difficulty so their’s something for beginners and for people with more ‘advanced’ crochet skills. 

The body for my doll worked up easily and I chose to give my little doll pants and a boob tube (instructions included in the book for the advanced dolls) so I would be suitably attired underneath my clothes…it seems more than a little weird to be sharing a photo of me in my underwear with the world – but here I am…

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I had great fun styling my hair using a spare hair clip and just a normal hair band to tie it back as I usually would my own hair.

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The hands are some of the cutest things I have ever made! Like ever! There are options for beginner or advanced hands (these are the advanced) and whilst any doll would look cute with either I do love the little digits.

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Next came the clothes….I used the C:1 flip dress option which I made in blue upon which I embroidered yellow and grey flowers (to symbolise the pattern on my dress). I then teamed up my dress with a slightly smaller and longer C:2 yellow scarf and some C:10 black boots.

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There weren’t any real accompaniments for a crocheter doll so I improvised and made a little work basket, complete with mini balls of yarn and a WIP. I also cut to size an old 3mm hook I had to fit the dolls hands.

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TOFT have started to make some amazing little accessories for the dolls; aside from a range of different coloured dolls eyes (I used the brown) they have the cutest little glasses! However these have proven so popular that they sold out quickly so I wasn’t able to get some – until then a bit of floral wire had to suffice for my specs.

I finished off my doll with a bit of blusher on the cheeks (this isn’t something suggested in the book but something I added as I pretty much always have rosy cheeks!) and with that voilà I was finished…want to see me?

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I think there is a definite likeness between me and my mini doppelganger!  What do you think?

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I had great fun making this doll! And I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys making dolls or amigurumi, or to anyone that fancies making a mini-me. The only problem I envisage is that everyone will want one! 

Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium by Kerry Lord (Pavilion Books) is priced at £16.99 and  is available to buy now from the TOFT website and via many brick and online bookstores.

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If you enjoyed this crochet book review you may wish to check out some of my other crochet book reviews.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Santa and Bruno the Bear


I mentioned in a previous post that I’d got some more seasonal patterns coming soon and I can now happily reveal a couple of them! I’ve designed two brand new patterns for Issue 95 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine (out now).  

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Skip the store bought decor add a touch of magic to your home this Christmas by making your own holiday toys and gifts. Making your own decor can be such fun and every make will become an adorable little keepsakes to bring out every year.

I was tickled pink (or should that be red) to see my Santa as this issue’s cover star. Made in traditional red and white, with a bit of sparkle, jolly St Nick is ready to add a bit of classic charm to your home – and you can fill his sack with goodies too.

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Also featured in this months issue is my Bruno the Winter Bear. He’s all ready to tackle colder climes in his welly boots, jumper and cute bobble hat. I am completely in LOVE with how the magazine have styled him…just look at him sniffing that pine-cone in the snow! You can easily create a serene scandi inspired festive setting with a contemporary decoration like Bruno.

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As always the magazine comes with the pattern, the hook and the yarn to make your project choice.  In this month’s issue you’ll find:

  • Six Merry yarns…including a special sparkly yarn!
  • 5mm hook & 5mm needles
  • 44 exclusive patterns
  • Plus… a 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up either Santa or Bruno be sure to share your photos with me on social media(facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make!

 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Out of this World MCAL | Made by YOU 💚


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Well all good things come to an end eventually and this is true of the Out of This World mini mystery crochet-along. However if you missed the the CAL and want to catch up with the pattern you can find all the links on the 2017 CAL page.

But now, as promised, I want to share with you a little photo gallery of images collected from the KCACO-UK Facebook group and page and Instagram of wonderful aliens made by YOU! Do you see yours?

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Oh my word I have adored seeing all your little aliens from the #ootwcal!! And I love the variety of colours that you all chose.  It’s so nice seeing a design that was in my head come to life! Thanks again to everyone that joined in the CAL with me. 💕

Until next time! Keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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