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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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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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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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. 

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.