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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Hook and a Book | Product Review & Coupon Code


Disclaimer: I did receive a free sample of this product 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 product.


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You may have guessed by my blog and posts that I am completely passionate about all things crochet…but I actually have another hobby which I love just as much. If I’ve got the time and it’s not a hook in my hand then you’ll usually find a book. So when I was contacted by the owner of Hook and a Book, to see if I’d like to review her subscription boxes, from the name alone I already knew I was probably going to love it. 

Hook and a Book is the brain-child of Maddy McMurray an avid crocheter and bookworm turned craft-entrepreneur.  Originally from Perth, in Western Australia, she moved to the UK in 2011 where she worked in various operations-based roles.  But with growing job dissatisfaction and a newly diagnosed headache and migraine condition she decided that something had to change – and that’s when Hook and a Book was born.  Maddy cleverly moulded her passions into a monthly book and crochet subscriptions box creating a book club and crochet gift in one. Each box is carefully curated around a particular surprise book with yarn, a pattern and other goodies. 

Maddy was kind enough to send me the August box to have a look at and I eagerly waited for it to arrive. First off I need to say that to me the idea of combining crochet and reading is just inspired! I absolutely LOVE the concept! And it was all very exciting to have the parcel delivered without knowing what I was going to find inside…

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Underneath the tissue paper I found a lovely little letter from Hook and a Book, a copy of The Art of Dancing in the Rain by Garth Stein, one ball each of Stylecraft Special Aran (in shades Empire and Emperor), an ergonomic 4mm (US size G) hook, two little Beanies coffee sachets (mint chocolate and double chocolate) and a pattern by Simply Hooked by Janet to make a cute doggy themed coffee cup cosy. There was also a special password to the Hook and a Book website to find hints and tips for the current box.

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I adored how carefully everything had been selected and styled in similar colours; the yarn matched the book cover, the book was linked with the pattern and the pattern was linked with the coffee gift. 

I also really liked the fact that the book was not one that I perhaps would have picked for myself but that’s the way that you discover treasures you never even knew existed isn’t it! And The Art of Dancing in the Rain is a little gem of a book. I’m not going to give too much away but the plot follows the protagonist dog Enzo (great name for a dog) as he takes stock of his life. You can’t help but fall in love with Enzo even if you aren’t a dog lover. Though the story is told from Enzo’s point of view the book isn’t really about dogs at all, it’s a story about family, love, loyalty, and hope. I got totally caught up with the characters (which is always the sign of a good book in my eyes) and was completely invested in finding out how it was all going to end. But to find that out you’ll have to give it a read – I will say that you might want to have some tissues ready!

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I was very pleased to see Stylecraft Aran in the box. It happens to be some of my favourite yarn as it’s always a delight to work with, and Empire and Emperor are two of my particular favoured colourways. The cup cosy, worked in tapestry crochet, turned out very cute. I chose to hook up the little paw print design, or I could have chosen a bone, and I think the end result would look grand on any dog lovers coffee cup. And as an added bonus there was still loads of yarn left over to add to my stash! 

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I very much enjoyed all the contents and my experience with my box from Hook and a Book! The perfect gift for a book or crochet lover subscriptions start at £21 per month with different options for 3, 6 or yearly subscriptions.  There is also the option for a one off box so you can try before you subscribe AND they also offer international subscriptions so no one has to miss out.

If you’d like to try Hook and a Book be sure to use the following coupon link ‘WELCOME‘ for 10% discount. Big thank you to Maddy for offering this special deal to my lovely KCACO.UK readers! 

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

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Out of this World MCAL | Joining and Tah-dah moment!


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Right all that’s left then is to put all these bits that we’ve got together! Have you guessed what it is yet?

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If you missed the announcement about the CAL and want to check out the general CAL info and material details you can find it all here and you can catch up with Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here.  You still have time to make up your little amigurumi though, if you want to be featured in the finished project galleries you have until Saturday 30 September to submit a finished photo!

Making Up:

  • Add each part of section E to section A over rnds 8-12 and using a yarn needle and the tail ends attach securely. Insert a safety eye into the middle of each circle. Stuff section A firmly.

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  • Pin both parts of section G to the top of section A roughly 3.5cm / 1.5 inches apart; then using a yarn needle and the tail ends attach securely.
  • Using black embroidery thread embroider on a black mouth over rnds 14-16

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  • Insert the circle of section D into the loop of section D and the secure to middle of section B

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  • Sew the whole of that joined section (B & D) to the centre of section F
  • Sew section H to each side of section F on rnd 25

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  • Attach section C to either side of the bottom of section F

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  • Finally attach section A to the top of section F – and you are finished!

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And you’ve made a little alien buddy!

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I hope you had as much fun making him as I had designing him. I’m super excited to see your finished projects! The hashtag for this CAL is #ootwCAL. Make sure you link me your finished projects on your favourite social media sites so I can see them: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook groupTwitter,  Pinterest and Instagram! And don’t forget if you want to be featured in the finished project galleries you have until Saturday 30 September to submit a finished photo!

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

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Out of this World MCAL | Part 4


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Oooo we are up to the last parts!!! If you missed the announcement about the CAL and want to check out the general CAL info and material details you can find it all here and you can catch up with Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

Yarn: 

I have used three different colours in this pattern but you can use any colour you wish though I do suggest that sections in YARN B are best made in white. Yarn suggested colours for each particular piece will be referred in this pattern as:

  • YARN A – Any colour you wish
  • YARN B e.g. White
  • YARN C – Any colour you wish

For this design I used double knit/8 ply/yarn weight #3 however the pattern will also work in worsted /aran/ yarn weight #4 with a larger hook such as a 4mm (US size G) – your finished project will just be bigger!

Abbreviations: 

  • rnd = rounds
  • beg. = beginning
  • rem. = remaining
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc= UK double crochet / US single crochet
  • dc2tog/sc2tog= UK double crochet two stitches together / US single crochet two stitches together
  • BLO – Back Loop Only

Pattern Notes:

Many sections of this CAL are also worked without joining in continuous rounds by placing a stitch marker in either the the top of the first st to mark start of rnd.

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/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.
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc2tog/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.
  • Back Loop Only (BLO): Insert your hook underneath the back loop of the stitch only and make the stitch as indicated.

Pattern – Part 4:

SECTION G (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With YARN C; either make a magic ring or ch2 to start then work 8dc/sc into ring or 8dc/sc in the 2nd ch from hook. 8sts

Rnd 2: (2dc/sc) to last st. 16sts

Rnd 3-5: 1dc/sc to last st

Rnd 6: (dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 8sts

Begin to stuff; continuing to stuff as you go making sure they are stuffed firmly

Rnd 7: (1 dc/sc in next 2sts, dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 6sts

Rnd 8-11: 1dc/sc to last st

Fasten off but leave yarn tail

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SECTION H (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With YARN A; either make a magic ring or ch2 to start then work 6dc/sc into ring or 6dc/sc in the 2nd ch from hook. 6sts

Rnd 2: (2dc/sc) to last st. 12sts

Rnd 3-7: 1dc/sc to last st

Rnd 8: (1 dc/sc, dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 8sts

Stuff rnds 1-8 only

Rnd 9-16: 1dc/sc to last st

Fasten off but leave yarn tail

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And that’s part 4 done! Ready for the make up instructions tomorrow and then the big reveal….not long to wait!!

The hashtag for this CAL is #ootwCAL. Make sure you link me your finished projects on your favourite social media sites so I can see them: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook groupTwitter,  Pinterest and Instagram!

Until tomorrow; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Out of this World MCAL | Part 3


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Wow we are on Part 3 already! If you missed the announcement about the CAL and want to check out the general CAL info and material details you can find it all here and you can catch up with Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Yarn: 

I have used three different colours in this pattern but you can use any colour you wish though I do suggest that sections in YARN B are best made in white. Yarn suggested colours for each particular piece will be referred in this pattern as:

  • YARN A – Any colour you wish
  • YARN B e.g. White
  • YARN C – Any colour you wish

For this design I used double knit/8 ply/yarn weight #3 however the pattern will also work in worsted /aran/ yarn weight #4 with a larger hook such as a 4mm (US size G) – your finished project will just be bigger!

Abbreviations: 

  • rnd = rounds
  • beg. = beginning
  • rem. = remaining
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc= UK double crochet / US single crochet
  • dc2tog/sc2tog= UK double crochet two stitches together / US single crochet two stitches together
  • BLO – Back Loop Only

Pattern Notes:

Many sections of this CAL are also worked without joining in continuous rounds by placing a stitch marker in either the the top of the first st to mark start of rnd.

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/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.
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc2tog/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.
  • Back Loop Only (BLO): Insert your hook underneath the back loop of the stitch only and make the stitch as indicated.

Pattern – Part 3:

SECTION E (Make 3):

Rnd 1: With YARN B; either make a magic ring or ch2 to start then work 8dc/sc into ring or 8dc/sc in the 2nd ch from hook. 8sts

Rnd 2: (2dc/sc) to last st. 16sts

Fasten off with a sl sl the the next st but leave yarn tail

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SECTION F:

Rnd 1: With YARN A; either make a magic ring or ch2 to start then work 6dc/sc into ring or 6dc/sc in the 2nd ch from hook. 6sts

Rnd 2: (2dc/sc) to last st. 12sts

Rnd 3: (1dc/sc, 2dc/sc) to last st. 18sts

Rnd 4: (1dc/sc in next 2sts, 2dc/sc) to last st. 24sts

Rnd 5: (1dc/sc in next 3sts, 2dc/sc) to last st. 30sts

Rnd 6: (1dc/sc in next 4sts, 2dc/sc) to last st. 36sts

Rnd 7: (1dc/sc in next 5sts, 2dc/sc) to last st. 42sts

Rnd 8: (1dc/sc in next 6sts, 2dc/sc) to last st. 48sts

Rnd 9-13: 1dc/sc to last st

Rnd 14: (1dc/sc in next 6sts, dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 42sts

Rnd 15: 1dc/sc to last st

Rnd 16: (1dc/sc in next 5sts, dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 36sts

Rnd 17-18: 1dc/sc to last st

Rnd 19: (1dc/sc in next 4sts, dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 30sts

Rnd 20-24: 1dc/sc to last st

Rnd 25: (1dc/sc in next 3sts, dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 24sts

Begin to stuff; and continue stuffing as you go

Rnd 26: (1dc/sc in next 2sts, dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 18sts

Rnd 27: (1dc/sc, dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 12sts

Rnd 28: (dc2tog/sc2tog) to last st. 6sts

Fasten off and using yarn tail sew up the last 6sts; weave in any ends remaining

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And that’s part 3 done! The hashtag for this CAL is #ootwCAL. Make sure you link me your finished projects on your favourite social media sites so I can see them: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook groupTwitter,  Pinterest and Instagram!

Until tomorrow; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Out of this World MCAL | Part 2


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So are you ready for Part 2!! If you missed the announcement about the CAL and want to check out the general CAL info and material details you can find it all here and you can catch up with Part 1 here.

Yarn: 

I have used three different colours in this pattern but you can use any colour you wish though I do suggest that sections in YARN B are best made in white. Yarn suggested colours for each particular piece will be referred in this pattern as:

  • YARN A – Any colour you wish
  • YARN B e.g. White
  • YARN C – Any colour you wish

For this design I used double knit/8 ply/yarn weight #3 however the pattern will also work in worsted /aran/ yarn weight #4 with a larger hook such as a 4mm (US size G) – your finished project will just be bigger!

Abbreviations: 

  • rnd = rounds
  • beg. = beginning
  • rem. = remaining
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc= UK double crochet / US single crochet
  • dc2tog/sc2tog= UK double crochet two stitches together / US single crochet two stitches together
  • BLO – Back Loop Only

Pattern Notes:

Many sections of this CAL are also worked without joining in continuous rounds by placing a stitch marker in either the the top of the first st to mark start of rnd.

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/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.
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc2tog/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.
  • Back Loop Only (BLO): Insert your hook underneath the back loop of the stitch only and make the stitch as indicated.

Pattern – Part 2:

SECTION C (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With YARN C; ch7, 2dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc/sc in next 4sts, 3dc/sc in the next st, turn and work down your beginning ch, 1dc/sc in the next 5sts. 14sts

Rnd 2: 2dc/sc in the next 2sts, 1dc/sc in next 4sts, 2dc/sc in the next 3sts, 1dc/sc in next 4sts, 2dc/sc in the last st. 20sts

Rnd 3:  1dc/sc in next 2sts, 2dc/sc in the next 2sts, 1dc/sc in next 4sts, 2dc/sc in the next 2sts, 1dc/sc in the next 2sts, 2dc/sc in the next 2sts, 1dc/sc in next 4sts, 2dc/sc in the next 2sts. 28sts

Rnd 4: BLO, 1dc/sc to last st

Rnd 5: 1dc/sc to last st

Rnd 6: dc2tog/sc2tog in the next 4sts, 1dc/sc in the next 18sts, dc2tog/sc2tog in the last st. 23sts

Rnd 7:  dc2tog/sc2tog in the next 3sts, 1dc/sc in the next 15sts, dc2tog/sc2tog in the last st. 19sts

Rnd 8:  dc2tog/sc2tog in the next 3sts, 1dc/sc in the next 10sts, dc2tog/sc2tog in the rem. 2sts. 14sts

Rnd 9:  dc2tog/sc2tog in the next 2sts, 1dc/sc in the next 8sts, dc2tog/sc2tog in the rem. st. 11sts

Rnd 10:  dc2tog/sc2tog, sl st to the next st to fasten off. 10sts

Stuff firmly with toy filler

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SECTION D:

Rnd 1: With YARN A; either make a magic ring or ch2 to start then work 8dc/sc into ring or 8dc/sc in the 2nd ch from hook. 8sts

Rnd 2: (2dc/sc) to last st. 16sts

Rnd 3: (1dc/sc, 2dc/sc) to last st. 24sts

Fasten off but leave yarn tail

With YARN C; ch20, sl st to form a ring, fasten off but leave yarn tail

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And that’s part 2 done! The hashtag for this CAL is #ootwCAL. Make sure you link me your finished projects on your favourite social media sites so I can see them: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook groupTwitter,  Pinterest and Instagram!

Until tomorrow; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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