Happily Hooked Magazine | Parchment Meadow Pillow


So you guys have heard me talk about Happily Hooked Magazine before right? Well if you haven’t heard of it it’s a monthly online US magazine for crocheters filled with patterns, articles, interviews and more PATTERNS!

Issue 36 of Happily Hooked has now hit the e-newstands with 10+ pretty and practical home decor projects, and I’m really thrilled to have a brand spanking new cushion design exclusive to this months magazine. 

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The Parchment Meadow Cushion is a large 40.5cm x 40.5cm (16 x 16 inch) square cushion patterned with soft, pretty coloured meadow flowers on a plain natural coloured background. 

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Decorate your bed or couch with this chunky pillow with contrasting crocheted and embroidered motifs. Perfect to mix and match with plain cushions.

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I had great fun with this design incorporating 3-D meadow flowers on the textured parchment – and did I say how much I LOVE the texture of this pillow (so did my testers!). 

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What is very exciting, since the last time I worked with Happily Hooked Magazine, is that they now offer a print + digital version of the magazine where each month you get a printed copy, with patterns from the previous 2 issues! 

Check out the Happily Hooked Magazine website for more details about the magazine and how you can subscribe and you can add the pillow pattern to your 💗 Favourites and Ravelry Queue here.

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

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Toy Hammock | Pattern Special Offer


If your house is anything like mine after Christmas well it was a bit of a jumble…the culprits – a vast influx of more toys! Now with stuffies for two girls  pretty much taking over our house I decided it was high time to remake one of my old designs, a toy hammock. 

The one that I originally made for Little G was still fine (and that’s after 3 years and several washes!) so I moved that into the nursery ready for the emerging soft toy collection of Little Miss…

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and then I made a supersized hammock for Little G – because SO many toys!

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Are toys taking over your little one’s room? Then a sturdy toy hammock is just what you need to keep all those teddies off the floor or the bed. This pattern really is ideal for the bedroom or nursery to display and keep collections of soft toys tidy. You could also use the hammock for organising lots of other things around the house such as gloves & scarves or sports equipment.

And now the special offer! To help in your tidying endeavours from now until 31 January 2017 you can get my toy hammock pattern for just £1 / $1.21 over in my Ravelry store. No coupon code needed – just add the basket to your cart and you should see the discount appear. After the sale the pattern will go back up to full price so get your copy now and don’t forget to share this deal with your friends!

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

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What comes first, the yarn or the crochet?


What comes first, the yarn or the crochet? What an interesting question and I have to say with me it’s definitely a bit of both. Mainly I would say I have an idea and then I find my yarn but there are certainly times when the yarn picks me.  I end up buying some yarn just because it ‘speaks to me’ and although I don’t have a particular project in mind at the time I will add it to my (ever-growing) stash for the future.  

There are some balls lingering in ‘The Stash’ (it deserves the capital letters!) that have been there for a fair while now but I still just haven’t found out what they were meant to be (their time will come), however I did find the perfect use for a 100g ball of James Brett ‘Flutterby’ Chunky, which is a chenille type of yarn, which I had picked up some time ago due to its super softness and squishability (that is a word!).  What came out of the yarn was ‘Nanuk’ the Polar Bear lovey designed with the yarn in mind to create the most snuggly lovey ever…

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I love how this little guy turned out!  But I’m not going to lie to you, this yarn can be tricky to work with to ‘count’ stitches.  That said all my testers agree; you can’t beat how cuddlesome this lovey is made with a yarn like this.  

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The Nanuk pattern is currently with my lovely tester group with a release date of 21st March 2014 when the pattern will be available on Craftsy and Ravelry – as always I will also do a pattern giveaway to celebrate the release over on my Facebook page.  

Now I just need to pop this Nanuk in the post for a new baby girl (welcome to the world baby Edith). 

And for anyone that has never heard of James Brett Flutterby or you are in the US/Canada/Australia and have trouble getting hold of that yarn, here are some alternatives that you could try:

If you make up the pattern with a different soft and chunky yarn I would love to hear so I can add it to the list above.