LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Russian Dolls and Cacti Collection


Issue 102 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is out in shops now and I’ve got two exclusive patterns in this issue. You can just see a couple of them highlighted in the yellow star on the front cover!

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The first of the patterns I designed for this issue were a cute pair of Russian dolls. I’ve always loved Russian dolls, my mum had a giant one with smaller dolls stacked within the bigger ones that I was obsessed with when I was little.  I think at it’s heart a Matryoshka is truly a doll and a child’s play thing so I was delighted to be given the chance to design a mother and daughter set.  I love how they turned out and you could really have fun with the tummy embellishments adding embroidery and maybe even beads to make your doll completely splendid!

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This month I also got to design a cactus collection, I’m a little bit obsessed with cacti and succulents and we have a variety dotted all over our house – it was really fun to make these everlasting ones though. My favourite has to be the curly cacti which was a little bit different and for those that which to know is based on an Epiphyllum curly locks.

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The magazine comes with a six melody yarns which are lovely bright pastels and  contains a two-tone ombre yarn and mini cream buttons as well as;

  • 3mm hook & 3mm knitting needles
  • 46 exclusive patterns
  • Plus… your 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up either the Russian Dolls or the Stylish Succulents please share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make! So why not hop to it and get your copy of the magazine now! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

 

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Melina the Mermaid and Heidi the Hippo


Issue 101 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is out in shops now and I think it’s absolutely mer-mazing that my Melina the Mermaid is this months cover-star! 

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When I was little I totally used to pretend I was a mermaid when we went to the swimming baths, swooshing in and out of the waves, swishing my hair in the water and singing.  These days I’m much more of a land-mermaid (I’m sure that’s a thing) and so I had great fun relieving my childhood dreams to design this little lady…

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And when Melina has had enough of swimming about all day she can just whip off her tail and put on a skirt to dance the night away…

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This month I also got to design Heidi the Hippo – she’s not as confident in the water as Melina so she’s donned her water wings and rubber ring to help her along, though they are removable too for when she becomes a natural.

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The magazine comes with a special marine themed yarn kit containing six ombre effect yarns and mini white pom poms as well as;

  • 4mm hook & 4mm knitting needles
  • 51 exclusive patterns
  • Plus… your 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up either Melina the Mermaid or Heidi the Hippo please share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make! So why not hop to it and get your copy of the magazine now! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Yarn Shop Day 2018 | Milo the Cat


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I have the most exciting news to share with you! Some of you may have already seen me mention it on Instagram but now I can tell you all properly.

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Last year I was approached by the editor of Let’s Knit Magazine to see if I would like to design the mascot for Yarn Shop Day.  Me!?! Design the mascot for Yarn Shop Day! I couldn’t believe it! What an honour to ysd-2018-logodesign the mascot for such a big day celebrated all over the United Kingdom! Of course I said yes and I quickly donned my (crocheted) designers cap and started planning.

If you aren’t familiar with Yarn Shop Day, it’s an annual annual event that celebrates bricks-and-mortar yarn shops. Part of the wider Love Your Yarn Shop campaign, this year’s event takes place on Saturday 12 May 2018. Each participating store will host its own special event, with all sorts of fun activities taking place.

I was asked to come up with a design for a cat and so in my excitement I drew about eleventy billion cat sketches and even tried playing with some designs to see what developed, but we finally settled on developing the cat sketch (below) using the Yarn Shop day colours.

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I made him from bits of double knit yarn I had in my stash, that I had bought from various yarn store visits, and this is how he turned out…Meet Milo the Cat 🐱

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And as I had to send that Milo away to the Let’s Knit Magazine team I’m currently making myself another little Milo in Scheepjes Catona yarn which I bought from Black Sheeps Wool last year – because he has to be made with shop bought yarn naturally.

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Milo the Cat and Dixie the Llama are the crocheted and knitted mascots for 2018 and are exclusively available (for free) in participating stores, along with specially produced knitted and crocheted blanket patterns. If you’re a keen crocheter or knitter, be sure to pop down to your local yarn shop for a day of fibre-tastic fun. Click on the banner below to find participating stores near you.

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I never need an excuse to visit a yarn shop and this year I hope to pop down to Abakhan in Hanley to join in the fun. I hope you will be out too supporting your local yarn shop! I feel it’s so important to be an advocate for any small shop owner, they are often the people who are experts in their field, love what they do and are just trying to live their dream.

And if you hook up Milo the Cat, I hope you will share your project on your favourite social media sites, Facebook page or FacebookgroupTwitter,  Pinterest and Instagram as I love to see your finished work! Also if you are featured in my newsletter, as the customer spotlight, you could win a pattern of your choice – so don’t forget to tag me when you share.

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Tulio the Toucan


Have you picked up the latest issue of Crochet Now magazine? The new colourful issue hit the shelves on 12 April and I’ve got a brand new pattern featured inside. See that cute little toucan on the front cover, well that’s my Tulio.

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Nature is a constant source of inspiration for my designs and, although I’ve been designing for awhile now, a toucan was on my (long) list of creatures I wanted to try and crochet. 

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Birds are such a wonderful subjects to recreate in yarn as they often have such wonderful colouring. They also lend themselves so well to a bit of creative licence; I love rainbows too so the combination of the rainbow beak makes me feel very happy.

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Now you may notice, if you have the magazine, that there is a picture reference to the right side and wrong side of crochet, unfortunately there was a ‘layout error’ and the images were swapped, picture 1 is the wrong side and picture 2 is the right side and it should have been the right way around.

I know a couple of people contacted me asking about it and, don’t worry you haven’t been crocheting wrong, it was just a little mix up and the magazine has passed on their apologies for any confusion. 

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I really enjoyed leafing through my copy of Issue 27 as it’s is such a lovely bright edition! Along with Tulio the Toucan there’s tons of fabulous patterns, inspiration, offers, giveaways and interesting articles to read – and this issue also comes with a super fun fun addition to your crochet kit;  a sparkly unicorn hook gauge.

Crochet Now magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up Tulio the Toucan be sure to share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what your finished projects! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Cento the Party Pup and Peaches Wardrobe


Massive congratulations to LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine on their 100th issue that went on sale 5 April! I was honoured to help commemorate issue 100 of by creating the little Party Pup featured as this month’s cover star.

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Let’s Get Crafting held a competition for the dogs name and the end result was Cento? Pronounced ‘chento’, the name means 100 in Italian, I thought it was a great name for the little guy.

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Donning his favourite hat and crocheted balloons, which with a little bit of wire help,  float in the air. This colourful pattern would make a great birthday gift for your friends and loved ones simply by personalising the number you add to the balloons.

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And the most exciting news – Let’s Get Crafting are giving everyone a present by making him available ontopcrochetpatterns.com for free! So quick go get your copy..

This month I also got to visit with an old friend, Peaches the doll, who came to me on a shopping trip for some new clothes…

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She picked up shoes, a handbag, a dress, a skirt, two tops and some dungarees! Boy can that girl shop! 

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I really had great fun designing a new wardrobe full of clothes for her. As well as these two patterns the magazine is filled with competitions, articles and an awesome knitted chameleon pattern (I need to learn to knit shapes!).

The magazine also comes with a free special yarn kit with eight lovely bright party colours and;

  • 3mm hook & 3mm needles
  • 47 exclusive patterns
  • Plus… your 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up either Cento the Party Dog or Peaches Wardrobe be sure to share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make! So why not hop to it and get your copy of the magazine now! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Isabella Bunny and Bow Tie


Anyone else just longing for Spring? It’s been so cold here recently that it’s been distinctly unpleasant to even go outside! Now it’s March I’m beginning to feel that we are heading out of winter and onto warmer days filled with Spring lambs, chicks, Easter eggs and bunnies! So I was super exited to see the lovely and bright new LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine (on sale now) with my sweet and stripy Isabella Bunny as the cover star! 

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The fun amigurumi pattern will help you to create a wonderful crochet bunny with interesting striped details.  She has a removable fluffy dress and of course is wearing underwear to preserve some of her modesty! And you can use the length of free pink ribbon tied around her ear to finish off the project,

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As well as Isabella Bunny I worked on the most fun pattern imaginable! Who in their lifetime gets to say that they’ve designed a bow tie for a rabbit! Well I can now claim that moniker and I couldn’t be more pleased! I adore how Reeces the rabbit looks in his smart formal wear – all dressed up ready for Spring. Of course humans could wear the bow tie too but you’ve got to admit it looks awesome on the bunny!

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The free yarn kit with issue 99 includes six lovely bright colours:

  • Six hoppy yarns…including a special yellow fluffy yarn and pink ribbon!
  • 4.5 mm hook & 4.5 mm knitting needles
  • 47 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 Isabella Bunny or the Bow Tie be sure to share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make! So why not hop to it and get your copy of the magazine now! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Princess Jessica and Love Tokens


Once upon a time, in a far away land, a crochet designer that was asked to design an enchanting princess doll…four months later Princess Jessica appeared on the front cover of issue 98 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine (on sale now) and the crochet designer lived happily ever after!

Have you seen it? I was super excited to see Princess Jessica as this month’s cover star! What a lovely start to the year.

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I was really keen to make her a little bit more of a modern princess which is why she is supporting a chic ‘Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ inspired up do. A hairstyle which happens to be the perfect fit for a tiara!

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As well as Princess Jessica there’s also a mini pattern series by me of little love tokens which includes; love bird key rings, a mini heart gift bag, a heart brooch and a heart handbag charm. They all make really quick valentines gifts or, if you are like me, you can just crochet loads of puffy hearts because they are super fun to make.

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The free yarn kit with issue 98 includes six lovely bright colours which are just perfect for cheering anyone up in gloomy January.  In this month’s issue you’ll find:

  • Six posy yarns…including a special eyelash yarn!
  • 3.5 mm hook & 3.5 mm knitting needles
  • Bonus safety eyes
  • 55 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 Princess Jessica or any of the Love Tokens 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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