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

Summary gallery below!

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!

OctaCal CALs – Part 1

Today’s the day!

Part 1 of OctaCal Blanket and OctCal Wrap has 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.

If you have already purchased a pattern then you 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

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook.

Have I forgotten something?

Oh yes, want to see Part 1? Here are the motifs, blanket on left and wrap on right:

I can’t wait to see your motifs!

Happy crocheting xxx

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3 days to go!

It is only 3 days to the publishing of Part 1 of the OctaCal CALs, so I thought you may appreciate a couple of sneak peeks at the finished blanket and wrap!

On the left is the OctaCal Wrap, in soft colours and a lovely 4ply yarn. On the right is the OctaCal Blanket in blues, greens and greys and a chunky yarn.

Which one will you make?

Don’t forget the early bird discount closes at midnight GMT on Friday 29th January use coupon code EARLY on checkout to get 50% off the pattern price.

The CAL patterns are on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

The CALs will be hosted on Ravelry and Facebook.

Until Saturday.

Happy crocheting xxx

OctaCal discounts

Today was the day I had planned to launch the OctaCal CAL but, as I mentioned in my last post, I decided to launch a few days early. So, instead of the launch, today I am reminding you of the discounts available for the CAL.

The 75% discount ends at midnight GMT tomorrow (Sunday 10th January) – using coupon code SUPEREARLY at checkout.

As soon as the 75% discount closes, the 50% discount opens, so from midnight tomorrow until midnight GMT on 29th January you will obtain 50% discount if you use coupon code EARLY on checkout.

The CAL patterns are on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

The CALs will be hosted on Ravelry and Facebook.

Happy crocheting xxx