LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Happy Elf and Bella The Ballerina


As a crafter I think it’s never too early to talk about Christmas! The holiday season is sneaky, you think you have ages and then bam! It’s here before you realise it. But no worries! Issue 94 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is here to help you avoid those last minute frantic crochet sessions.  

I was thrilled to see that both my new Happy Elf pattern and my Bella the Ballerina Kitty feature on the cover star of the new issue! 

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If you are not familiar with LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine it’s readily available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  This months magazine comes with the following gifts:

  • Six Candy Cane yarns – including a eyelash wool
  • 3mm hook and 3mm knitting needles
  • 42 exclusive patterns in a 68 page magazine

The latest edition also comes with a fascinating article about knitting codes during the First and Second World Wars which I really enjoyed learning about.

What a happy little chappy my elf turned out to be! I love how he turned out.  I think he’s sure to capture the hearts and imagination of all ages and bring some crochet magic to Christmas don’t you think?  

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And with her pink tutu and faux satin pointe shoes Bella the Ballerina kitty dances along behind the elf to the music-box melody of The Sugar Plum fairy! Adorned with fluffy eyelash yarn this little kitty will make playtime utterly PURRfect.

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I can’t wait to see your Christmas makes! Be sure to share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) as I do so love to see your finished projects.

And you never know…if you are looking for more Christmas patterns I might have some new ones coming up, so be sure to watch this space!

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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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Pattern Release | Pembroke Seascape Shawl


For 2017 year’s edition of Indie June LoveCrochet.com wanted to do something special so they invited a group of designers to create a collection of knitted and crocheted garments featuring The Yarn Collective yarn (which I blogged about here). The result is the Coastal Adventures Anthology – featuring eight beautiful patterns with inspiration from Scandinavian summers on the coast.

I’m really excited to now reveal what I designed with The Yarn Collective’s Pembroke Worsted Yarn.  May I introduce to you my new Pembroke Seascape Shawl!

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The rectangular Pembroke Seascape Shawl, made from the softest hand dyed merino wool, is as light as a sea breeze!

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It’s just perfect for covering up on a chilly summer evening or on an adventurous stroll around a coastal path.

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I always think shawls are fun to crochet when I’m making them (I really should make more!).  I’ve had such fun with this one adding different stitch patterns which beginner and advanced crocheters should enjoy.  The shawl’s sinuous ripples and texture, combined with the cool grey and blue variegated colours, are inspired by marbled ocean waves lapping at a pebbly beach.

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Although the pattern may look complex it is very straightforward and will be readily picked up by beginners.

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Click on the following link to purchase the pattern and add to your 💗 Favourites on lovecrochet.com or Ravelry.

Exclusive Giveaway 🎉

For your chance to win a copy of my new design simply head on over to Ravelry or LoveCrochet and add it to your favourites or show it some love by commenting below this post with your Ravelry username / or email address. 

Bonus Entry: Re-pin any of the pins above, copy & paste the URL of your re-pin in the comments below. 

Winners will be randomly chosen on Friday 23 June 2017 around 7pm GMT

And…

Enter any coastal inspired projects in the LoveCrochet Community and enter the #IndieJune2017 competition for a chance to win £100 to spend at LoveCrochet!!! So exciting!!! Can’t wait to see your finished projects.

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

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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.