March Mini CAL 3 – Part 1

March Mini CAL 2 is now complete and today we move onto March Mini CAL 3.  Part 1 is now available and the pattern is found on Ravelry here .  It costs £2 but it is free for short time if you use coupon code MINI  at checkout, but be quick as this expires at midnight GMT today (17th March).

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From these snippets you’ve probably realised I’m using the same colours in all the mini CALs.  All the items in the CALs can be used in the home/kitchen, so I chose fresh colours that I like in mine.

Please share progress on Ravelry here.

Part 2 will be published on Wednesday.

Happy crocheting xxx

2019 Blanket CAL Part 6

The last 2 squares of Down Memory Lane – the 2019 Blanket CAL – have been added to the pattern on Ravelry.   These are both based on some lacy squares from Wrapped in Memories but have been made larger with the addition of extra lacy rounds.

They are 2 of my favourite lacy squares.

If you are following the free version then why not try the 5th square from the Blog Blanket CAL 2015 here just add 2 more rounds of trebles (US dc), and a good old granny square worked to 10 rounds.

Next week is the final part – the joining method I used and the border I added.

Please share progress in my Ravelry group here.

Happy crocheting xxx

March Mini CAL 2 – Part 2

Part 2 of the second March Mini Mystery CAL to celebrate International Crochet Month is now live!

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You will need 6 beads for this, the final, part.   The finished size is variable as there is a repeated round that you can do as many times as you like to get your desired size.

Any idea what it is yet?

Please follow progress in the Ravelry group.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

 

March Mini Mystery CAL 2 – Part 1

March Mini Mystery CAL 1 was revealed a few days ago – a kitchen scrubbie!

The second mini mystery CAL starts today with Part 1 having just been published.

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This uses DK cotton yarn, a 4mm (US G/6) crochet hook and you will need some large beads for Part 2.  The pattern is available on Ravelry here – it costs £1.50 normally but there is a coupon code available until midnight GMT tonight (10th March) giving a 100% discount.    You can find the coupon code in the Ravelry group here.

Part 2 will be published on Wednesday.

Please join in the fun and share progress in the Ravelry group.

Until Wednesday, happy crocheting xxx

 

 

2019 Blanket CAL Part 5

Part 5 of the 2019 Blanket CAL – Down Memory Lane – has been published.  Wow!   I can’t believe we are up to Part 5 already, time is flying and there are some gorgeous squares to see!  If you purchased the pattern you should find it in your Ravelry library.

This week both squares are based on 2 very recent free patterns which I designed for the Friends Around the World 3rd Anniversary CAL – Noughts and Crosses:

Both of these have one less round than stated in the original patterns, so that they end with the correct stitch count for the blanket.

I incorporated the 2 squares because I love the texture.  Did I say 2 squares?   Well they can be combined to make different ones, and I made 4 of these for my blanket:

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I am very tempted to make some larger squares using these, maybe a 4 x 4 square would make a lovely cushion cover!

Next week is the last 2 squares of the blanket CAL both of which are based on paid patterns but, as always, I will provide a suggested alternative of free squares.

As always, please share progress in the Ravelry group.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

March Mini Mystery CAL 1 – Part 2

Part 2 of the first March Mini Mystery CAL has been added to the Ravelry pattern page here.  This completes the first CAL.

Part 2 is a little tricky as you’ll be working with jute, but I’ve added a few tips on this in the pattern.

Please share progress on the Ravelry group, where you can share spoilers!

I can’t wait to see your creations!

The second CAL starts on Sunday 🙂

Happy crocheting xxx

 

March Mini Mystery CAL 1 – part 1

Happy Crochet Month!  The celebrations have started and Part 1 of the March Mini Mystery CAL 1 has been published on Ravelry here.  This is a free pattern.

This is the first of 4 mini mystery CALs to celebrate this month of crochet and they are hosted in my Ravelry group here.  Not all are free patterns, but there will be a coupon code available for a very short time as each pattern is published, making  them free if you are quick!

There are no spoilers here on the blog until each CAL is fully published.   So the only thing I can show is the materials:

March Mini Mystery CAL 1 Part 2 (the final part of this one) will be published on Wednesday.

I hope you join in for the fun!

Happy crocheting xxxx

2019 Blanket CAL Part 4

Part 4 of the 2019 Blanket CAL – Down Memory Lane – has been published.  If you purchased the pattern you should find it in your Ravelry library.  If you are following the free version read on for details of how to adapt free patterns.

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Motif 7 is based on Openwork from Winter Blanket CAL 2015.   I have extended it with a bit more lace.  If you are following the free version then what not substitute with a variation of the first square from my Christmas Blanket CAL 2014 here, just add 4 more rounds of trebles (US dc) to get to the correct size and stitch count.

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Motif 8 is my absolute favourite, Octoghan, which I have extended by one round.  If you are following the free version then you can find the original free pattern here, simply add one round of trebles to get the correct size and stitch count.

Next week both squares are based on free patterns.

I love to see what you make, so please share progress on Ravelry here.

Happy crocheting xxxx

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for…….

International Crochet Month – the 4 mini CALs.

Tomorrow is 1st March and the start of International Crochet Month.  I have 4 mini mystery CALs planned for the month.  The first one starts on Sunday 3rd March when I will release part 1 of the CAL.  The second and final part will be released  on Wednesday 6th March.   Thereafter a further 3 CALs will be released in 2 parts on the following Sundays and Wednesdays.

These are mystery CALs each finished item will not be revealed until Part 2.  However, to help you prepare these the materials you need:

Double Knit Cotton yarn – I used Stylecraft Classique DK Cotton – be as colourful as you like!

Some jute twine (about 10m) – I used Nutscene Jute Twine which comes in a variety of colours.  This is needed for mini CAL 1 only, which is a free forever pattern.  Look at these lovely colours:

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Of course, you could use plain natural jute twine if you prefer.

Some large-holed beads – large enough to fit your crochet hook through.

This is my selection of materials:

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You will also need:  a 4mm (US G/6) crochet hook, a yarn needle and 9 stitch markers.

The CALs will be hosted in my Ravelry group

I hope you can join the CAL – it should be fun!

Happy crocheting xxx

 

 

 

International Crochet Month

March is International Crochet Month and to celebrate it this year I am running 4 mini mystery CALs.   These are fun, short CALs making useful items for the home.  Each one has 2 parts and they are easy makes which can be made in a few hours.  The first one will start on Sunday 3rd March, with the second and final part on Wednesday 6th March.  The following 3 mini CALs will be published on the 3 following Sundays and Wednesdays in March.

The CALs will be hosted in my Ravelry group but will be announced here and on Facebook.

The first CAL will be free forever.  The other 3 will be free for a very short time with a coupon code on Ravelry.

All need DK cotton yarn and a 4mm (US G/6) crochet hook.  One also needs some jute twine and one needs some large beads.  These are some of the colours I’m using.

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Not only are these mini CALs useful little items, but they would make fabulous gifts as well – perfect for those little Easter gifts and calorie-free!

If you have any questions, please ask away.

Happy crocheting xxx