And we’re off!

Today is the start of the Advent CAL 2021 – a flurry of snowflakes! As I look out of the window I see snow – what a coincidence that the first snow of winter came today!

I made my first snowflake using the 2018 Snowflake pattern this morning whilst drinking a large mug of tea. In my excitement and eagerness to photograph it for you I managed to spill my tea on it, so I need to give it a wash before I block it. But here is the pattern photo, so you know what I was aiming for

Don’t forget all the snowflake patterns in the CAL are at a 50% discount when purchased on Ravelry from now until midnight GMT on 7th December, and there are prizes available. Read this post for more information

Until tomorrow

Happy snowflake crocheting xxxx

ADVENT CAL 2021

It’s that time of year again! Advent starts on 28th November and I’m pleased to say I am running an Advent CAL this year which will start on the same day. There is only one new pattern for the CAL this year – my 2021 Snowflake. But this snowflake was the inspiration for the CAL. You all know that I love snowflakes, I love their delicate hexagonal forms and I love that no two are alike. So I decided I would incorporate all my snowflakes into the CAL.

The CAL starts on 28th November and runs until 20th December, and there will be prizes for participants who make and share at least 12 snowflakes on the Ravelry group. These are some of the snowflakes that feature in the CAL

The patterns that can be used in the CAL are

Festive Snowflakes

Quick and Simple Snowflakes and Stars

Advent CAL 2016

Snowflakes 2014

2018 Snowflake

2019 Snowflake

2020 Snowflake

Snowflake 2021 which was published today!

Within these patterns there are over 12 snowflakes to mix and match as you wish.  If you do not already have the patterns, then all patterns are 50% off from now until 7th December (midnight GMT) provided you use coupon code ADVENT on purchase, this discount applies only on purchases from Ravelry. The CAL will run on Ravelry and instructions on the details for this can be found here.

I’m so looking forward to this CAL – I will be making more snowflakes myself and posting my progress, in fact my hook and yarn are ready and waiting!

Happy CALing xx

Coming soon….a flurry!

It is that time of year again – the CAL season is beginning! My first CAL this year is the Advent CAL which will comprise a flurry of snowflakes – you know how I love snowflakes! I will post about it later this weekend, but meanwhile I can provide you with a few tips on working snowflakes in the round

  1. Go slowly, it isn’t a race so work at a speed that your are comfortable with
  2. Stop and count your stitches regularly
  3. All my snowflake patterns include a chart, so if you can use a chart then try just using the charts – they are a pretty close visual aid!
  4. I also include some photos in many of my patterns, showing how your snowflakes look after a round is completed. Use these photos, and if you are looking at the pattern on a screen (tablet, PC, phone) then magnify the photos, you will find they can help you a lot
  5. Sewing the last stitch on the final round gives an excellent finish
  6. Use stitch markers – in fact a set of 6 stitch markers means you can mark all points or particular stitches on each round (did I mention that one of the things I love about snowflakes is their hexagonal shape!)

And whilst mentioning stitch markers I must share some gorgeous handmade stitch markers by a friend of mine – she has knitting and crochet stitch markers in her shop here

I love these green ones – and magically there are 6 in the set! This is a new shop and she has only a few at the moment but will be expanding in due course. They are a perfect gift for a friend or yourself!

Happy crocheting and look out for the CAL! xxx

It’s been…..

It’s been a long time since my last blog and I am sorry for neglecting you. But I really haven’t had a lot to share. My designing has stalled and there are no new patterns to show you.

However, I have been reviewing my portfolio and one of the outcomes is that I am making more of my patterns free. There are a number of reasons for this but the underlying reason is that the market has changed and there are many more designs out there that are free, so I need to get into line.

The ones that are now free are:

Flatter, Crystal, Stripow Scarf, 2018 Quick Decorations, Lemon & Lime, Mr B Snowman, Rose Corsage Cuff and Granny Chevron Scarf. Some of these are shown below.

My review will continue and there may be more revisions to come. Meanwhile, now is good opportunity to try these designs; all are written in UK crochet terms, some are also written in US crochet terms and some include charts.

Happy crocheting xxx

March is the month! – NatCroMo 2021

As you may know, March is International Crochet Month. I have blogged about this in the past here and here. I was contemplating what to do to celebrate this month when an invitation popped into my inbox asking if I’d like to join in the NatCroMo blog tour again. How can I say no? This is a fabulous month-long blog tour covering some amazing designers and makers, and with lots of inspiration, fabulous offers and giveaways. It is organised by Crochetville and much appreciated by the whole of the global crochet community, see their facebook pages here and here.

I am today’s featured designer in the blog tour, which has the theme The Crochet Concert. If you already follow me then you’ll not be surprised by any of the news in there, except I have some special offers just for this blog tour. From today until 31st March 2021 (midnight GMT), the 3 patterns featured are at a 50% discount on Ravelry, using a coupon code.

These are the patterns

Chelford Bunting – a quick make, perfect for Easter bunting:

Honeycomb Web Blanket – this was my 2020 blanket CAL and is one of my favourites:

Queen of May Wrap – a luxurious silk wrap, first seen in Inside Crochet magazine:

To get the 50% discount just use coupon code NATCROMO on checkout.

Co-incidentally today is also ‘International Day of Happiness’ which is a global event organised by the United Nations. What a great day to share the crochet happiness across the world!

Happy crocheting xxx

OctaCal CALs – The Finale

Week 6…week 6? Wow, that went fast!

So this is the border week….the finale. I hope you have enjoyed this CAL journey so far. The border awaits and has been added to the patterns on Ravelry. So this is how they look:

The wrap has a simple border using the 2 shades of natural coloured yarn. The blanket has something a bit more fancy. When I completed both of them it was the point I realised that such similar motifs had created such different finishes, both beautiful, and I love them!

As usual, previous purchasers should have received an email from Ravelry with a link. If you haven’t purchased yet you can find the patterns on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket. I will also add the patterns to LoveCrafts soon, but only the Uk crochet terms versions.

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook. I will love to see some finished wraps and blankets there, or here, or on Facebook.

I really hope you have enjoyed this CAL journey and I thank everyone who has shared progress. Only a short crochet hop to the finish line and your beautiful blanket or wrap is complete 🙂

Happy crocheting xxx

OctaCals CALs – Part 5

Part 5 of OctaCal Blanket and OctCal Wrap have been added to the patterns and you can start to fill out your blanket or wrap 🙂

If you have finished Part 4 you should have a ‘grid’ of motifs with little square or diamond shaped gaps that need filling, like this one (pins show where you join):

Part 5 will show you how to add little motifs and join them in this gap to make your blanket or wrap almost complete (the border comes next week).

Here’s a little motif which hasn’t been joined, just to show you the shape, and also one that is joined:

Purchasers of the pattern should have received an email from Ravelry with a link. For each design there are 2 versions – one in UK crochet terms and one in US crochet terms, so be sure to download the correct version for your preference. If you haven’t purchased yet you can find the patterns on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook. Hopefully I’ll see some there 🙂

Next week is the border, but before you get there remember to sew your ends as you go 🙂

Happy crocheting xxx

Summary gallery below!

OctaCal CALS – Part 4

This is week 4 and therefore Part 4 of the CAL. If you have been keeping up then you will have a beautiful array of octagonal motifs ready to join into your blanket or wrap. Week 4 adds a final round to each motif which is used to join them together as you go. Part 4 of the pattern shows you how to do this with diagrams and photos to help you.

Part 4 has now been added to OctaCal Blanket and OctCal Wrap on Ravelry. As usual, previous purchasers will have received and email from Ravelry with a link.

Want to see them how the joining looks? Well here is a couple of wrap motifs joined:

You will find this joining surprisingly easy and before long you will have joined them all and will be waiting for the final joining motif in Part 5 next week 🙂

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook. Hopefully I’ll see some there 🙂

The final joining motif is quick and cute – you’ll have to wait to see it next week!

Happy crocheting xxx

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OctaCal CALs – Part 3

Week 3 means Part 3 and my favourite motif. I have seen some beautiful Part 1 and 2 motifs and I am so excited to see what you make with Part 3!

Part 3 of OctaCal Blanket and OctCal Wrap patterns have been published on Ravelry and previous purchasers will have received an email from Ravelry with a link. For each design there are 2 versions – one in UK crochet terms and one in US crochet terms, so be sure to download the correct version for your preference. If you haven’t purchased yet you can find the patterns on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

Want to see them? Well here they are, blanket on left and wrap on right:

I can’t wait to see some new motifs!

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook. Hopefully I’ll see some there 🙂

Next week is the joining round, where we add an extra round to each motif and join them into a blanket or wrap using the ‘join as you go’ method.

Happy crocheting xxx

Summary gallery below!

OctaCal CALs – Part 2

How are you getting on with Part 1 of the CAL? I have seen some lovely colourful motifs from Part 1, from autumnal colours to deeps colours and all very beautiful.

Today Part 2 of OctaCal Blanket and OctCal Wrap have been published. For each design there are 2 versions – one in UK crochet terms and one in US crochet terms, so be sure to download the correct version for your preference.

Previous purchasers should have received an email from Ravelry with a link. If you haven’t purchased yet you can find the patterns on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

Part 2 are simple motifs, like sunflowers, designed to show off the colour of your yarn. They are also more relaxing to make, so a bit of a rest from last week! It may even give you a bit of time to catch up on sewing your ends before Part 3 next week 🙂

Want to see them? Well here they are, blanket on left and wrap on right:

I can’t wait to see some new motifs!

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook. Hopefully I’ll see some there 🙂

Next week is my favourite motif and it’s a little more tricky.

Happy crocheting xxx

Summary gallery below!