For the last square I wanted something a little different.

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What do you think?

It is made first in rows, then a couple of rounds are added to finish it off.  I love the stripes of colour.  I made 4 of these to sit in the middle of each edge of the blanket with the stripes running parallel to the edge.  Tension can be tricky on this sort of square, so you may need to practice with a few hook sizes before you get the size you need.

You can find the pattern here and join in the discussion here

Next week it’s the final part – the border.  And the Big Reveal!

Happy crocheting xx

 

Your patience of the last week is now rewarded, here is number 7:
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I love the concept of circles in squares, and there are many such designs available. For this blanket I wanted a circle that was not too big and not too small, it took a lot of swatching but I like the end result.  I made mine in 2 colours only, but this would look good if the circle were in 4 colours.  In fact, that is what I plan to do in the CAL blanket I am making along with you.

The pattern has been updated to include this new motif, and it runs to 14 pages including patterns, some charts and instructions on joining, together with the suggested layout.

Here are the other 6 motifs included so far:

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We’ve had the full granny, filet style, flowers joined into a square, flower on a mesh square, openwork and raised stitches.   Only one more motif to go, and that will be different again!

You can find the pattern here and join in the discussion here

Happy crocheting xx

 

 

Part 6 of the Winter Blanket CAL has just been published.   It includes some texture in the form of raised stitches as well as some openwork.

Here it is:

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There are 4 of this square needed for the blanket, and that means that the centre 25 suqares are now released.  Do you want to see what it looks like?

Well here it is in all the glorious colour:

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One of the 6 published squares isn’t seen on this block, but the other 5 are there.

Only 2 squares and the edging to go before it is all complete!

You can find the pattern here and join in the discussion here.

Happy crocheting xx

 

 

 

As well as reviewing my old patterns, this month I decided to make another cowl using the Love Lace & Texture crochet cowl pattern.  This was designed for the LoveCrochet blog here.  I love the pattern and wanted to see it made up in a brighter colour, so I chose some gorgeous Rooster Almerino Aran in Beach, not sand coloured as you may think but a glorious blue.   Here’s the result:

The yarn is really soft and lovely to work with.  And I raced through the making, it hooked up smoothly and quickly – quicker than I expected.  Needless to say, I am very pleased with the new cowl.

The pattern has now been updated to include the yarn quantities for the new yarn and to include US crochet terms (originally it was in English crochet terms only) and whilst originally a free download, is now priced at the same level as my other cowl patterns.

Happy crocheting xx

I started to publish my designs over 5 years ago (Phew! where did the time go?), and now I have a portfolio of over 150 designs and 10 ebooks.  But 5 years is a long time in the design world and my pattern layout has changed.  Also I didn’t start making crochet charts until September 2012 (when I purchased the software).  So one of my plans for 2016 is to review my oldest patterns and re-vamp if necessary.

I’ve already done my first review and re-vamp (and it’s not yet the end of January!).  I chose a favourite old pattern that I think doesn’t date and is very adaptable.   The Squeeee-easy Crochet Cowl:

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The pattern is re-styled and now includes charts. I also re-made the cowl in some different yarn.  The original was made in lovely soft Mirasol Miski yarn (above), 100% Llama, which is still available but is pricey – the snug version of the cowl would take 2 skeins at a total cost of £13 to £14.

I chose a slightly thicker yarn for the re-make – Lang Sempione, a blend of Wool, Acrylic and Mohair – and I made a slightly larger size, using under 3 balls, and it is more affordable, but just as squishy, at less than £9 total.

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The pattern includes details of how I varied it for size and yarn, as well as suggestions for how to adapt it further in size or for different yarns.

You a find the pattern on Ravelry here.  And as a special offer until midnight tonight, you can purchase it for half price, that’s only £1, if you use coupon code RENEW.

My next re-vamp is a more recent pattern, but I’ll save telling you  about that another day, until then

Happy crocheting xx

First an apology.  I didn’t show you my progress on motif no 4, so here it is:

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For my CAL blanket I made all 4 of this motif in the teal colour, bringing a bit more depth to the colour scheme.   So I now have 25 completed motifs out of 49, just over half done!

What next?   Well here is motif no 5:

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I call this ‘Flower and Mesh’ and there are 8 needed in the design.   With the colours of the sample, I had a great time mixing the flower colours on different backgrounds!  Maybe I’ll share a few photos of the completed sample next……..

Motif no 5 has been added to the CAL pattern, which now runs to 11 pages.  You can find it here and you can discuss your progress and ask questions here.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

Here’s motif number 4:

Motif no 4

Motif no 4

I call this ‘Openwork’ and it is quick to hook up.  Only 4 of these are needed in the design so, after a mammoth 9 motifs of motif no 3, it should be a welcome relief to complete this week!   And if you are following the exact design, then once these 4 are complete you will have done 25 out of 49 motifs – so roughly halfway :-)

The pattern has been updated to include this motif and the locations in the blanket, it also includes a chart for motif 4 (for those who prefer charts).

If you want to join in the CAL you can find the pattern here and the Ravelry discussion thread here.

Happy crocheting xxx

It’s time I posted my update photos for this week.   I have completed the 9 motifs.  One edged in fern:

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And eight edged in mint:

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So now I have 21 motifs, only another 28 to go!

How are you getting on?

Happy crocheting xxx

Happy New Year!

And Happy Motif no 3!

Motif 3 hot of the hook!

Motif 3 hot of the hook!

This is straight from the hook and unblocked.  The next one is blocked and joined into the blanket:

Motif 3

Motif 3

I love this – I called it Four Flowers (for obvious reasons!) and I made 9 of them in random colours to go into the blanket; one in the centre and the other 8 spread out evenly.  I have already put hook to yarn and started the first one for the CAL blanket I am making along with you – I’m using the bright colours as flowers and several background colours.  I will share photos once they are complete.

If you want to join in the CAL you can find the pattern here and the Ravelry discussion thread here.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

As the year draws to a close it is time for us all to reflect and to consider what New Year resolutions we will make.

My reflection of 2015 shows I have released over 30 individual designs and 2 ebooks, not bad for a year when I felt I hadn’t done much!   Here’s a photo montage of most of the designs:

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Looking more closely I can see it was the year of the mandala and cowl – 11 mandalas and 6 cowls amounts to 50% of my designs.   I love them both for different reasons – mainly colour for one and comfort for the other!  It was also a good year for publishing in magazines and on magazine blogs – 10 of my designs featured there.

What were my favourite designs of 2015? Well, they were both cowls and both published in magazines – Medina Cowl published in Inside Crochet and Pastel Cowl published in Mollie Makes.  The rights to both these patterns returned to me recently and I have published them as individual patterns.  You can find them on Ravelry here and here.   And as a special treat until midnight GMT 31st December you can get them at a discount on Ravelry – but you have to read about this on Ravelry here.

Who knows what 2016 will bring? I do know that my first resolution is to be more organised.   I feel pretty organised normally (anyone who knows me will say I have a spreadsheet for everything!) but anyone with yarn in their life will tell you it is difficult to keep your yarn organised for long (unless you have a huge studio!).  My notebook is already filling with neat lists of things to do.  My second is to collaborate with some indie dyers, and that is already happening….watch this space :-)

All the best for 2016  xxx

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