It’s funny how those oft repeated saying from our childhood stay with us. I was reminded of after my swim this morning, struggling to fasten straps and pull jeans over hips in a chilly wind! It’s the time of year when my hats, scarves and gloves sit in higgledy piggledy mountains by the door, ready to be pulled on every time I leave the house. … Continue reading Cold Hands, Warm Heart
From this month, all my favourite crochet and knitting designs are available to buy as ad free pdfs on the Payhip platform. This is the simplest and most straightforward way to buy my patterns and you’ll find a great selection of designs for adults and children. Every pattern is priced at £2.00 until Christmas, so if you’re looking for some gift inspiration, this is the … Continue reading Buy My Patterns on Payhip
Due to the continued ill health of my husband I am no longer undertaking design commissions, book or product reviews. Comments, emails and enquiries related to Granny Cool Crochet or my books will be answered as and when I can. Please accept my apologies for delayed responses to enquiries. I hope you will all understand my priority at this time has to be my family. … Continue reading On Sabbatical
We all have items lurking in our wardrobe that we don’t wear any more, but can’t bear to throw away. Cardigans with a frayed cuff, a tear in the fabric of a favourite dress or a hole in the elbow of our snuggliest jumper. Instead of letting these much loved items languish in your wardrobe why not try revamping them? With a little imagination and … Continue reading Make It and Mend It
So, while I’ve been hooking up stars, holly and garlands a whole gang of crochet designers have been sharing their makes too. So, as I wrap up my blog until the New Year for my annual social media break here’s my round up of some great patterns you can find right now: I am definitely making a few of these cracker hats by Emily. They … Continue reading The Best of the Rest
I love sprouts. Boiled, sauted with chesnuts and bacon, fried leftovers, even shredded in salads. I just can’t resist them. Now I have “sprouts a la crochet”! This garland is hanging in my kitchen, strung with lights and making me smile. It might be the ultimate in kitsch, but I love it! These little sprouts are easy to make. I used DK cotton and a … Continue reading Sprouts!
Years ago, when I designed these decorations for Craftseller, hardly anyone had heard of Hygge, and the Scandi phenomenon was still a twinkle in Instagram’s eye! But, I loved the simple colours and decoration and was very happy that they re-appeared the next year in a different magazine (same publisher) where they were declared “on trend” – probably the first – and only time I’ve … Continue reading Scandi Baubles
Here’s another little free pattern for you. These Mistletoe leaves look lovely hung in bunches or used to decorate a wreath. You can even sew them onto brooch pins and wear them all through the festive season. Here’s the link to my 2016 post, where I showed readers how to crochet mistletoe. Continue reading Mistletoe
I’m very pleased to let you all know that my Etsy shop is now open again and I’m starting to add new pdf downloads of my baby and toddler patterns. Most of these have been previously published in UK crochet magazines and this is the first time they’ve been available as individual downloads. The first two patterns are now live and they’re both perfect for … Continue reading Etsy Shop Open for Business!
In addition to some great patterns, the new issue of Inside Crochet also features my article on felting crochet. You’ll find lots of helpful hints and tips for beginners. I also designed three special projects to accompany the feature. My favourite is this pretty clip purse. The yarn was supplied by Lily Warne, a Dorset based, family company who source their wool from their own … Continue reading Felting Feature in Inside Crochet
I am so thrilled to see this design finally published in the new issue of Inside Crochet Magazine. This pretty cowl is made from one simple motif, joined together using the “as you go” method, so no bothersome sewing up at the end. It uses just one ball of West Yorkshire Spinners sock yarn and gets softer and softer every time you wash it. I … Continue reading New Design: Floribunda Cowl
Today I’m enjoying some early spring sunshine here in Cockermouth. I’ve declared the next 4 days a “work free zone” and I’m indulging in some projects just for fun. I found these two beauties in my stash, left over from some design work last year. It’s a gorgeous blend of wool and mohair. It washes beautifully (gentle hand wash please – it’s also a perfect … Continue reading 100 Days of Wool: Cumbria