All the Secret Projects

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Since December I’ve been working hard on new commissions for a publication due out later this year. It’s really frustrating as I’ve sat at my desk every day making some rather beautiful samples and writing patterns, but because of my contract I’ve not been able to share a single photo (not even sneaky yarn teasers). I do have a few designs coming up in issue 89 of Inside Crochet, but in the mean time here’s a reminder of a great free pattern I wrote a few years back. It’s the perfect gift bag for all those Mothers day treats you have planned and it’s easy to customise if you need to make it larger. I like to make these for friends and fill them with goodies such as bubble baths, chocolates or yarny treats. It’s so much nicer to make the packaging part of the gift. You can download the pattern from Love Crochet, or if you hop over to Ravelry you can get more inspiration from some of the lovely projects makers have shared.

20140220_102902Also perfect for Mothers Day, or just to hang on the door and welcome spring is this gorgeous heart wreath. You can also use the flower to make pretty corsages or a cute pin cushion. You can find all the details here.

 

 

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Ciao Bella!

Very pleased to see the cover of my last book translated into Italian. Uncinetto is Italian for crochet. UK and American versions are still available. Check out your local book store or Amazon.

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Mind Your Mandala!

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You can buy my Mandala Cushions pattern on Amazon today for just £1.50. Designed for DMC Yarns, using their 100% Merino Woolly Yarn, this pattern forms part of the Woolly 5 collection. The brief for this design was very specific, a mandala design that would work in a collection of colours, but would also work in a single colour. So, texture plays a big part in this project. Raise stitches, puffs and bobbles work together to create a simple design suitable for all skill levels. I’m very pleased with how this one turned out!

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Pretty Patience Wrap

crochet_17oct13-246_mediumI have a new pattern for sale. The Pretty Patience Wrap first appeared in print in 2013 (in the Complete Knitting Collection Volume 1), but it’s still a firm favourite. I particularly love the photography (credit: Britt Spring) and the styling (credit: Claire Montgomerie)  which really do this simple knit justice.  It’s a fairly simple pattern repeat and the yarn combination is beautifully soft. It was originally designed to be knitted with two strands of yarn held together (one Kidsilk Haze, One Fine Lace – both by Rowan), but it works equally well in a 4 ply (although I would go down a couple of needle sizes). The sweet little rosette flower pattern is also included. I have always loved this pattern, it looks so elegant as a scarf or a wrap. The stitch multiple is included, so if you’re feeling adventurous you can alter the size to make it wider and longer. It would make the perfect accessory for spring and you can even sew both ends together and make a cowl!

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You can buy the pattern online now.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Tool Tidies

Image Credit: Britt Spring for Inside Crochet Magazine

OK, so most of you have finished all your festive gift making I’m sure. But, just in case you haven’t, here’s a quick make that is great for the men in your life (and equally suited to the ladies too, but sometimes men can be so hard to make for it’s nice to have something for them). These tool tidies are great for sheds, garages and hobby rooms. I keep several in my green house and even a couple in my studio. They are very quick and can be made in any yarn. Wool is my first choice, it just gets better with wear. You can make striped versions to use up all your odds and ends. You only need very basic crochet skills, so the more confident maker will probably be able to finish one in under an hour. One health and safety tip – if you’re lining them with tin cans – be sure to fix tape or binding around the top to prevent cuts.

As always, the pattern is written in UK crochet terms. Simply Crochet have a great abbreviations list and conversion chart. This pattern first appeared in Issue 41 of Inside Crochet magazine, so eagle eyed readers might recognise it as an “old favourite” from way back in 2013, but it’s still a very practical make.

Tool tidies hanging in my green house

Tool tidies hanging in my green house

Tool Tidy:

Materials

  • Rowan Felted Tweed Aran (50% merino wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose), 50g/87m/95yd, shade (Soot, 729), 1 ball per tool tidy. You can substitute any Aran weight yarn.
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends, locking stitch marker.

Size: Diameter: 9cm. Height: 14cm

Patterns starts here:

Pattern is worked in the round in a spiral, do not turn and do not join at end of each round.

Using 4mm hook and chosen yarn, make 4ch, join with a sl st to make a ring.

Round 1: 1ch (does not count as stitch), 6dc into ring, place marker to indicate last st of rnd (move marker up at end of each round, so it always indicates last st) (6dc)

Round 2: 2dc into each dc. (12dc)

Round 3: *1dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (18 dc)

Round 4: *1dc in next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (24 dc)

Round 5: *1dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (30 dc)

Round 6: *1dc in next 4 dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (36 dc)

Round 7: *1dc in next 5 dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (42 dc)

Round 8: DCBLO in each dc to end (42 dcblo)

Round 9: *dc in next 5 dc, dc2tog, repeat from * to end (36 dc)

Round 10: Continue to work in a spiral, working 1dc in each st until work measures 12cm.

Next round: ch 8, sk 6 dc, sl st in next dc, dc to end of round. (30 dc and 8ch)

Next round, 1 dc in each of 8 ch, dc to end of round. (38dc)

Work 2 rounds in dc.

Final round: 1 sl st in front loop only of each dc to end. Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.

Slide into a baked bean can for sturdy storage.

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