Felted Baubles

Another one of my very early designs for Inside Crochet, these felted baubles have become a Christmas tradition. I love to find new ways to decorate them. Hand stitched with beads or covered in sequins, they always look spectacular. Remember to use a natural fibre such as wool or mohair, not a superwash wool or they won’t felt. Of course, you can make the same … Continue reading Felted Baubles

Happy Birthday Rowan (review)

Rowan: 40 Years 40 Iconic Hand – knit designs To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the iconic Rowan yarn Brand, this  new book celebrates the best of Rowan’s inspiring  magazine patterns. Beautifully presented with a combination of original images and new photos this is a fitting tribute to one of my favourite yarn and design companies. The hardback cover features a collage of original front … Continue reading Happy Birthday Rowan (review)

Free Pattern Friday: All Buttoned Up Mittens

UPDATE JANUARY 2020 This pattern is no longer free. It can be purchased via the link from Ravelry. It will make an appearance at some point during 2020 as my “Friday Free Pattern” – look out for that on my Instagram stories, Twitter or my Facebook Page. This week I wanted to put the spotlight on an old favourite. As we move into Autumn, these … Continue reading Free Pattern Friday: All Buttoned Up Mittens

Felting Feature in Inside Crochet

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

New Design: Floribunda Cowl

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

100 Days of Wool: Cumbria

​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

Fyne Skinny Scarf

Today I wanted to talk about inspiration. Sometimes my design “mojo” disappears completely and I just sit and make granny squares or reach for a knitting project in garter stitch until inspiration returns. I know it will, but it’s frustrating not to be able to come up something new in time for a submission deadline. This simple, but very elegant scarf pattern was published in … Continue reading Fyne Skinny Scarf

100 Days of Wool

For a long time I’ve been visiting the 100 Days project website and love it’s invitation to be creative every day. The concept is to do something quick and creative every day. It’s been interpreted in many different ways, especially over on Instagram where lots of people are using it as a prompt to post images on a particular subject. This year I’ve decided to … Continue reading 100 Days of Wool

New Crochet Pattern

I am very pleased to say that I have just added one of my favourite cowl designs to Love Crochet and Ravelry online stores. The Linoleum Cowl first appeared in issue 73 of Inside Crochet and uses two of my favourite yarns from Eden Cottage Yarns. Askham and Milburn both have a silk content in combination with natural fibres (Askham has baby Alpaca and Milburn … Continue reading New Crochet Pattern

Free Pattern for Wool Week

  This week I’m celebrating British Wool with a free pattern. These cute ear muffs first appeared in Inside Crochet and I just fell in love with Britt Spring’s beautiful photography and Claire Montgomerie’s styling. They captured the fun but practical design perfectly. I chose Erika Knight’s British Blue Wool for these. Not just because it’s grown, spun and processed in Yorkshire, but because it’s … Continue reading Free Pattern for Wool Week