Another fabulous weekend at The Crochet Sanctuary…


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What an amazing weekend I’ve just had at The Crochet Sanctuary!! It’s going to be hard to try and explain what a refreshing, relaxing and just downright fun time I had, but I’ll give it a go! 

You may remember that in February Mr. KCACO-UK bought me a day pass to The Crochet Sanctuary at the beautiful Cranage Hall in Crewe (which you can read about here). It was whilst I was there that the lovely Lisa and Lynda-Rose did me the very great honour of asking me if I’d like to host a workshop. I was delighted to be asked and of course I said YES please!

I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really have many crocheting friends that live close to me – or they are more dabblers in crochet rather than a self proclaimed addict like me. The majority of my crochet buddies I’ve only met virtually via social media so the opportunity to meet up with other creative folks that share my passion for crochet – and love to talk about it as much as I do is absolutely wonderful!

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I would describe myself as a bit of an introverted extrovert if there is such a thing. There are times where I feel a little awkward in social situations, but I also really love to chat once I get to know people. I love how the crochet sanctuary always makes me feel so welcome and straight away they seem to put everyone at there ease. 

On this occasion we were a nice cosy group of about 15 people and our room was a circle of comfy chairs covered in crochet blankets and cushions where we could make ourselves at home. There was also a spinning wheel of sweets (yes really!), prosecco, water, tea/coffee or locally produced cordial to drink, snacks galore and of course lots and lots of lovely yarn!

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We started off with a really fun ice-breaker to get to know each other which included being sorted by a talking Harry Potteresque sorting hat (I was Ravenclaw!).  And waiting for us on our seats was a giant goodie bag full of our first project.

We were given a complete Mabel the giant amigurumi Bunny by Wool Couture which I was very excited about. This was my first time making an mega large ami and the pure merino yarn was just soooooo squishy! The colour chosen for us was ‘mink’ which is what the original Mabel was made of and away we started hooking…

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We hooked until 7pm then it was time for a three course meal down in the restaurant (which was delicious) and then we went back up to the room for more crochet and chatting…and I may have just stayed up until 1am!! Time seriously just flew by! But everyone could have a lie in the next day until 9am (which when you think I usually get up at 6am – or earlier with my two early-bird girls was heavenly).

After a scrummy buffet style breakfast it was back up to the room for our next project and we were joined by some more people that had a day pass. This time our Lisa and Lynda had designed hot-water bottle covers for us to make. There were two different applique designs to choose from, either butterflies or stars, and we were also given a hot-water bottle and all the yarn we would need. I was pleased to see the Scheepjes Softfun Denim (which you may remember I used for the Stitch Story CAL) and some Scheepjes Catona (which is some of my favourite yarn to use) and by lunchtime I’d hooked up one completed panel of my hot-water bottle. Then it was off for another delicious two course lunch (we were so well fed the whole weekend!)

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Then it was time to get ready for my workshop…squeak!!! I was rather nervous but I’d taken along some of my favourite designs to talk about including the Leafy Boughs Shawl (on top) some crochet blankets I’d made for Simply Crochet magazine, the Stitch Story CAL blankets and various amigurumi…

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I also chatted a bit about Dear Ewe and our products which had it’s up close and personal debut that weekend with folks attending the sanctuary…

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And then I introduced the design we were going to be working on for the rest of the afternoon. Lisa and Lynda let me decide what I was going to do for my workshop, though they did suggest they’d maybe like to see an amigurumi. I thought long and hard about what I was going to do when I happened upon this photo…it was a serendipitous moment where the photo  just seemed to encapsulate perfectly what I wanted for The Crochet Sanctuary. Something fun and something to convey how the sanctuary made me feel – just completely relaxed!

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From that inspiration I came up with the design for Relaxing Ralph (pattern release coming soon), complete with optional hammock (and stand made by my lovely Dad).

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My chosen yarn for Ralph was Scheepjes Stonewashed XL combined with normal Stonewashed DK and some trusty Catona. It was super fun to watch everyone begin their cats – and a relatively new experience for me to be present when someone actually makes one of my patterns.

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The rest of the afternoon until 6pm-ish (when the day people left us_ was taken up with making our kitties, then we all had a little rest before meeting for another scrumptious three course meal in the restaurant at 7pm.

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Then for those that wanted to we all went back up to the room to do some more crocheting, and there was wine and gin (and soft drinks) shared around and oh my word just such belly laughter! Such a fabulous evening where something will just never be referred to in the same way ever again! Then before I knew it, it was 11.30pm and I really needed to sleep! 

Sunday until 3pm (when the Sanctuary finishes) was given over for time to finished off our projects (and of course another delicious breakfast and lunch). It was wonderful that nearly everyone wanted to finish off their cats and before I knew it Ralph was joined by Regina Phalangi, Hilda, Jasper, Cinnamon, Heather, Reba, Gary, Julian and Gordon! We couldn’t resist a little photo shoot with all the cats…

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Everyone did such an AMAZING job with their cats! And before I knew it the cats were getting up to all sorts of mischief! Sliding down banisters…

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and checking out the cat local population!

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And then there was just time for a fabulous group photo on the steps before packing up our belongs to go home (with some many goodies in our bags!).

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All in all a thoroughly wonderful weekend which I was lucky enough to share with the most wonderful group of people!

If you are looking for a weekend of yarn, crochet, relaxation and just pure wonderfulness then the The Crochet Sanctuary is definitely the place for you. As testament to that the dates for 2018 are all now sold out and the dates for 2019 are selling out fast – but you can book on the remaining dates here.

I have to say I’m totally getting addicted to these weekends and may have just booked on a few more myself for this year – I’m looking forward to my next day visit in November.

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

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 6 – The Ladder of Life


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It’s time for a brand new block on the  Stitch Story CAL – can you believe we are already climbing up to block 6? This next block is a fun one creating a unique design as we work our rows that I think you will enjoy.

If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 6 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 6 will be available shortly.

Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

The Ladder of Life represents the stages of our life from birth to death. Let the rungs of the ladder equal your successes and the hardships you overcome as you climb through life.

Design 6: The Ladder of Life

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (FPtr/FPdc)
  • UK Back Post Treble / US Back Post Double Crochet (BPtr/BPdc)
  • WS = Wrong Side
  • RS = Right Side

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • UK Back Post Double Treble / US Back Post Treble (BPdtr/BPtr): Yarn over twice and insert your hook from back to front around the post of the indicated stitch of the row below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the st  that you’re working around), yarn over pull through two loops (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops (two loops on hook), yarn over pull through remaining two loops left on hook.

15cm / 6 inch block:

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Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st

Row 1: (WS) Ch26, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (25sts)

Row 2: (RS) Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1htr/hdc in the last 5 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1htr/hdc in the last 5 sts, turn.

Row 4: Repeat row 2

Row 5: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1htr/hdc in the last 5 sts, turn.

Row 6: Repeat row 2

Row 7: Repeat row 5

Row 8: Repeat row 2

Row 9: Repeat row 5

Row 10: Repeat row 2

Row 11: Repeat row 5

Row 12: Repeat row 2

Row 13: Repeat row 5

Row 14: Repeat row 2

Row 15: Repeat row 5

Row 16: Repeat row 2

Row 17: Repeat row 3

Row 18: Ch2, 1htr/hdc in each st along (25sts)

Finish off and weave in ends.

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30cm / 12 inch block:

Hook: 4mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 30cm/12” square 

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Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st

Row 1: (WS) Ch51, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (50sts)

Row 2: (RS) Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, *1FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts * 1 htr/hdc in the next 10sts, then repeat from * to * once more, 1 htr/hdc in the remaining 5 sts,  turn.

Row 3: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, * 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts * 1 htr/hdc in the next 10sts, repeat from * to * once more, 1 htr/hdc in the remaining 5 sts, turn.

Row 4: Repeat row 2

Row 5: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, *1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts * 1 htr/hdc in the next 10 sts, repeat from * to * once more, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 5 sts, turn.

Row 6: Repeat row 2

Row 7: Repeat row 5

Row 8: Repeat row 2

Row 9: Repeat row 5

Row 10: Repeat row 2

Row 11: Repeat row 5

Row 12: Repeat row 2

Row 13: Repeat row 5

Row 14: Repeat row 2

Row 15: Repeat row 5

Row 16: Repeat row 2

Row 17: Repeat row 5

Row 18: Repeat row 2

Row 19: Repeat row 5

Row 20: Repeat row 2

Row 21: Repeat row 5

Row 22: Repeat row 2

Row 23: Repeat row 5

Row 24: Repeat row 2

Row 25: Repeat row 5

Row 26: Repeat row 2

Row 27: Repeat row 5

Row 28: Repeat row 2

Row 29: Repeat row 5

Row 30: Repeat row 2

Row 31: Repeat row 5

Row 32: Repeat row 2

Row 33: Repeat row 3

Row 34: Repeat row 2

Row 35: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in each st along; finish off and weave in ends.

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Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

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

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 5 – The Institution of Marriage


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It’s time for part 5 of the Stitch Story CAL and I’m a big fan of this next block – I think there’s a lot to be said to the old adage ‘less is more’ sometimes.

If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 5 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 5 is below:

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Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

Block 5 of the Stitch Story CAL represents the institution of marriage. The zig-zagging texture represents the ups and down and trials and tribulations of love and relationships.

Design 5: The Institution of Marriage

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” square

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc)
  • UK Back Post Double Treble / US Back Post Treble (BPdtr/BPtr)
  • RS = Right Side

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • UK Back Post Double Treble / US Back Post Treble (BPdtr/BPtr): Yarn over twice and insert your hook from back to front around the post of the indicated stitch of the row below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the st  that you’re working around), yarn over pull through two loops (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops (two loops on hook), yarn over pull through remaining two loops left on hook.

15cm / 6 inch block:

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  • Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st
  • Note 2: Do not work your post stitches too tightly

Row 1: Ch26, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (25sts)

Row 2-8: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the beg. ch1 and in each st along until end.

Row 9: (RS) Ch1, 1 dc/sc in the same st as beginning ch and in the next 3 sts, miss 5sts of row 7, FPdtr/FPtr in the next st, miss st behind FPdtr/FPtr, dc/sc in the next 3 sts * FPdtr/FPtr in the same st as the previous FPdtr/FPtr of row 7, miss 3sts of row 7, FPdtr/FPtr in the next st, miss st behind FPdtr/FPtr, dc/sc in the next 3 sts *  repeat from * to * twice, FPdtr/FPtr in the same st as the previous FPdtr/FPtr of row 7, miss next st, dc/sc in the remaining 4 sts.

Row 10: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the beginning ch1 and in the next 3sts, BPdtr/BPtr in the next st (around the FPdtr/FPtr of row 9), htr/hdc in the next 3 sts, * BPdtr/BPtr around the 2 FPdtr/FPtr in one st of row 9, miss next st, htr/hdc in the next 3 sts * repeat from * to * until last FPdtr/FPtr, BPdtr/BPtr in the next st (around the FPdtr/FPtr of row 9), htr/hdc in the last 4 sts.

Rows 11-12: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 13: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 11

Row 14: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 13

Row 15-19: Repeat row 2, finish off and weave in ends.

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30cm / 12 inch block:

Hook: 3.5 mm / US size E or size needed to obtain 30cm / 12” square 

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  • Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st
  • Note 2: Do not work your post stitches too tightly

Row 1: Ch51, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (50sts)

Row 2-8: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the beg. ch1 and in each st along until end, turn

Row 9: (RS) Ch1, 1 dc/sc in the same st as beginning ch and in the next 3 sts, miss 5sts of row 7, **FPdtr/FPtr in the next st, miss st behind FPdtr/FPtr, dc/sc in the next 3 sts * FPdtr/FPtr in the same st as the previous FPdtr/FPtr of row 7, miss 3sts of row 7, FPdtr/FPtr in the next st, miss st behind FPdtr/FPtr, dc/sc in the next 3 sts *  repeat twice, FPdtr/FPtr in the same st as the previous FPdtr/FPtr of row 7, miss next st,** 1 dc/sc in the next 8sts, miss 12sts of row 7 (from the last FPdtr/FPtr in the same st made), repeat ** from ** twice, dc/sc in the remaining 4 sts.

Row 10: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the beginning ch1 and in the next 3sts, **BPdtr/BPtr in the next st (around the FPdtr/FPtr of row 9), htr/hdc in the next 3 sts, * BPdtr/BPtr around the 2 FPdtr/FPtr in one st of row 9, miss next st, htr/hdc in the next 3 sts * repeat from * to * until last FPdtr/FPtr, BPdtr/BPtr in the next st (around the FPdtr/FPtr of row 9)** 1 htr/hdc in the next 8sts, repeat ** from **, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 4 sts.

Rows 11-12: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 13: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 11

Row 14: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 13

Rows 15-16: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 17: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 15

Row 18: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 17

Rows 19-20: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 21: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 19

Row 22: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 21

Rows 23-24: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 25: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 23

Row 26: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 25

Rows 27-28: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 29: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 27

Row 30: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 29

Rows 31-32: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 33: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 31

Row 34: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 33

Rows 35-40: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along. finish off and weave in ends.

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Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

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

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Make it Today Magazine | Snails and Unicorns and another Dear Ewe Competition


Crochet Mag ‘n’ Makes, the special edition of Make It Today magazine, is on sale now and I’ve got two new fun designs inside AND (as we wanted to launch with a bang) there’s another feature and crochet related giveaway from Dear Ewe in this issue!

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You can just see on the front cover a couple of my makes – peeking out in the top right hand corner there’s a snail and at the bottom left you might just be able to make out a Stripes the Unicorn!

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I’ve always wanted to design a unicorn so was excited to give one a go for the magazine and he turned out to be really fun to make. And I always think of rainbows when I think of unicorns but I wanted to give this make a little twist, so instead of giving him a stripy rainbow mane (which you always see), I decided to give him a stripy body.

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I had to hide him a little whilst I was making him as my 7 year old is unicorn mad and would have run off with him given the chance!

In this issue I also made a colorful shellection of snails! Just forget about annoying garden pests and make up some gorgeous gastrapods to brighten up your day instead. 

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I nicknamed them Shelly and Sheldon (of course!) and opted for a traditional swirly pattern on their shells. But you could experiment with designs to create something completely unique to you. 

I adore how the magazines have styled them as well with the bulb box and the flowers!

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The mags and makes issue comes with the eight yarns I used for the patterns plus;

  • 3mm hook & 4.5mm crochet hooks
  • 55 exclusive patterns
  • Plus a 66 page magazine

You may also spy on page 6 in their news section that Dear Ewe had a lovely little feature…Little Ewe felt quite famous!

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Dear Ewe have teamed up with Make It Today magazine to offer a fab ultimate crochet bundle! Worth over £129 one winner will receive a crochet chart mug, crochet chart tote bag, crochet chart large project bag, 8 x creative greeting cards, 4 x photo prop card packs and two pattern downloads in either UK or US terminology.

Click here to enter the giveaway

Entries must be received by 6 September 2018.

 Make It Today magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up either Stripes the Unicorn or the Snail Duo please 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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Free Crochet Pattern | Shining Light Wedding Wrap


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This pattern is a special one for me as it’s the wrap I designed for my best friends wedding.  The shawl is named after my friend Helen, whose name means shining light, and also the twinkly Scheepjes Stardust yarn I used to make the wrap. 

You may remember I designed a ring cushion for her (which you can read about here)  but this was something that was a surprise for her just from me – as I know she has a tendency to feel the cold.

I felt very grateful to be able to create something for my best friends special day, we’ve known each other for over 25 years and so much love was put into this shawl with every stitch.

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This pattern is a relatively easy to make, and would suit a beginner that was looking to learn some new crochet techniques. 

I think this simple and pretty bridal wrap is a perfect combination between tradition and stitch-crafts that a perfect element for a handmade wedding!

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This simple yet stunning wedding wrap is perfect for brides (or guests) to add a new dimension to wedding attire and to keep warm too!

If you aren’t familiar with the Scheepjes Stardust I used to make this wrap and would like to learn more then you can read my yarn review here or just scroll straight down to the pattern below.

Shining Light Wedding Wrap

Materials:

Yarn: 8ply / Double Knit / yarn weight #3; Scheepjes Stardust used in photos in the  following amounts and shades:

  • 3 x 100g (1620m) of Capricorn: 653

Hook: 3.5mm (US size E)

You will also need: Yarn needle

Gauge: Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this project.

Finished Size: 50.8 cm wide x 167.6cm long (20 inches wide x 66 inches long)

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)        
  • sl st = slip stitch                            
  • ch(s) = chain
  • dc/sc = UK double crochet / US single  crochet
  • tr/dc = UK Treble Crochet / US Double Crochet

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and draw up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, draw through both loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Pattern:

The main pattern is a two row repeat (e.g. rows 2-3)

Row 1: Ch102; 1dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook *ch5, miss 3ch, 1dc/sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, turn (99 sts / 25 ch loops)

Row 2: Ch5; 1dc/sc in the first loop *7tr/dc in the next loop, 1dc/sc in the next loop, ch5, 1dc/sc in the next loop, * repeat from * to * until the last dc/sc in the last loop; ch2, 1tr/dc in the top of the dc/sc of row 1 to finish end, turn

Row 3: Ch1; 1dc/sc in the first st, *ch5; miss two sts (first sc/dc and the first st of 7tr/dc of previous rnd), 1dc/sc in the next st, ch5, miss 3sts, 1dc/sc in the next st, ch5, 1dc/sc into the next loop * repeat from * to * until the ch5 loop, finish with a dc/sc in the beginning ch5 loop of row 2, turn

Rows 4 to 92: Repeat rows 2-3 ending on a row 2, turn

Rows 93: Ch1; 1dc/sc in the first st *ch3; miss next st (of 7tr/dc of previous rnd), 1dc/sc in the next st, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc/sc in the next st, ch3, 1dc/sc into the next loop * repeat from * to * to end, finishing with a dc/sc in the beginning ch5 loop. On the last st do not fasten off but continue straight to the edging instructions

Edging:

Ch3, Work * 1tr/dc in each dc/sc st along (or 3tr/dc in each ch3 sp) ; add 5tr/dc in the last st of each edge to turn the corner * then repeat from * to * until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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I would greatly appreciate if you add this pattern to your “favourite” on Ravelry (just click the pink heart button on the top right hand side of the listing). 

And if you hook up the Shining Light Wedding Wrap please share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make! 

And that’s it!

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

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 4 – Pilgrim’s Pathway


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It’s time for part 4 of the Stitch Story CAL and if you’ve been crocheting along with us this block means you are a quarter of the way done already! And if you love texture as much as me you are going to love this next block! However if this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 4 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 4 is below:

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Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

Block 4 of the Stitch Story CAL represents the Pilgrim’s Path. The straight lines with ups and downs represent a meaningful journey to a place of spiritual significance.

Design 4: Pilgrim’s Path

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” or 30cm / 12” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc)
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc)
  • W3L – Working in the 3rd loop
  • WS = Wrong Side

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Working in the 3rd Loop (W3L): Working in the 3rd Loop means that you should work into the loop  directly behind the usual top 2 sts, this pushes the top sts forward (see photo below).

    W3L-only

15cm / 6 inch block:

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Note: This block does have a slight tendency to curl in on itself, blocking may help but joining it to other blocks at the end (when you make up your full blanket) will stop any curling.

Row 1: (WS) Ch27, 1tr/dc in 4th ch from the hook and in each st along (25sts)

Row 2: Ch2 (counts as 1st htr/hdc) then W3L; 1htr/hdc in each st along until last st, htr/hdc in last st

Row 3: Ch2 (counts as 1st htr/hdc), FPtr/FPdc in each st along until last st, htr/hdc in last st

Row 4-18:  Repeat row 2 & 3 for pattern until end, finish off and weave in ends.

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30cm / 12 inch block:

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Note: This block does have a slight tendency to curl in on itself, blocking may help but joining it to other blocks at the end (when you make up your full blanket) will stop any curling.

Row 1: (WS) Ch 52, 1tr/dc in 4th ch from the hook and in each st along (50sts)

Row 2: Ch2 (counts as 1st htr/hdc) then W3L; 1htr/hdc in each st along until last st, htr/hdc in last st

Row 3: Ch2 (counts as 1st htr/hdc) FPtr/FPdc in each st along until last st, htr/hdc in last st

Row 4-36:  repeat row 2 & 3 for pattern until end, finish off and weave in ends.

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Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

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

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Yarn Review and New Project | Scheepjes Stardust


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I love it when I find a new yarn to play with! Stardust yarn was released by the Dutch company Scheepjes at the end of 2016 but it was a new yarn to me. I came across it when I was searching the web for a particular yarn to make a wedding shawl (more on that later) and when I saw this yarn I just KNEW it had been what I was searching for. 

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I really wanted something a little special for this project and Stardust contains really fine sparkling fibres that add a gorgeous shimmer when they catch the light. I must confess I was a bit worried about the scratchy element,  like some sparkle yarns can be, but I need not have worried, when this yarn turned up it was super soft without being scratchy.

So let’s check out the yarn’s vital statistics we: 

  • Weight:  Double Knit (3)
  • Blend: 11% mohair, 11% wool, 75% premium acrylic, 3% metallic polyester
  • Yarn Ball Weight: 100g
  • Yarn Ball Length: 540m
  • Wash instructions: Cool, gentle hand wash only.
  • Price: £5.80 (at the time of this post)

Stardust is available in 9 solid and 5 long variegated shades, each named after a star constellation – which I love! Who doesn’t want to hook up the stars!

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I chose Capricorn (Shade 653) for my particular project but it just might be that I have since purchased some more Stardust since then…

I may just have bought some Pisces (Shade 654), because I fell in love with the gorgeousness of the blue, and maybe some Virgo (Shade 664) also fell into my basket because I was born in September so I had to! What can I say…I know I’m a yarn addict!

I’m not usually much of a pink person but the Virgo is such a delightful variegated combination…and you can just make out the hint of shine I was talking about. 

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It’s hard to catch the lovely sparkle in a photo, this yarn is much better in real life and when it’s made into a garment it’s best – it needs movement to make it really shine! 

Stardust comes in large 100g / 540m balls which means you could easily make a project out of one ball. The particular blend of different yarns creates a lovely lightweight fabric when worked up with a lovely drape –  just perfect for a shawl or wrap. For my wrap I ended up using 3 balls which still isn’t going to break the bank – especially for a luxe handmade shawl.  

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I so enjoyed the effect this yarn creates when worked up, seriously can’t say enough about the sparkle, so decided to stick with a fairly simple design to let the yarn do the talking. Like most fluffy yarns it’s not the easiest to frog if you go wrong which was another reason I kept the pattern simple.  I’ll let you have a little peep at the design I came up with…

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The free crochet pattern for the Shining Light Wedding Wrap will be coming to the blog soon!

Have you worked with Stardust yarn – what did you think?

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

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