I have always had a secret (or not so secret) obsession with crocheting cute, tiny things. It’s often a way of destressing after a difficult or complicated design project. Sometimes I just get the urge to crochet something that is quick and allows for some creativity. That’s how the Pookie Pals were born. The original template patterns (for pig, bear and bunny) appeared way back … Continue reading Welcome Back Pookie Pals
UPDATE JANUARY 2020 This pattern is being updated and will be available again in the Spring. I can never resist a baby in a cute hat – and this is certainly a cutie – and so easy! The Parker baby hat was published in Craftseller in 2013 and proved very popular because it was so quick to make! The original design used Debbie Bliss Baby … Continue reading New Free Pattern
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
Today I’m off to teach a crochet flower class at the Ditzy Rose Makery in Tattenhall, Cheshire. I’m sharing the pattern we’re going to use here, so even if you can’t be there in person you can join in the crochet flower fun! This pattern first appeared in Inside Crochet magazine (issue 89), this simple motif has so many uses, stitch them to brooch backs … Continue reading Free Pattern: Crochet Flowers
Yesterday was “International Granny Square Day”, you didn’t know granny squares had their own “day”? Well everything has it’s own day in the spot light these days and so it’s no surprise someone decided to celebrate the humble granny. (Check Suregal27 ‘s Instagram feed for more background and pictures). Even though I learned to crochet as a young child, I didn’t make my first granny … Continue reading Granny Squares Rock!
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 … Continue reading All the Secret Projects
It’s five years since I first published this pattern and still I haven’t been able to improve on it. I thought it was too early to start thinking about festive or “Holiday” crochet patterns, but this week “how to crochet mistletoe” is my most popular pin on Pinterest! So, here it is again, complete with the original photos! For those of you who keep asking … Continue reading How to Crochet Mistletoe
Over on Instagram this week, crocheters have been sharing their favourite scarf patterns. As always I “had” to post a picture of my Chevron Scarf. I know, you’ve all seen this plenty of times, but I love the simplicity. I often pick up skeins of self patterning yarn, intending to knit socks or try out a new crochet idea. Invariably, I end up making a … Continue reading The Chevron Scarf (again)
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
This one is a real blast from the past! One of my very first published designs, these appeared in Issue 34 of Inside Crochet magazine. I had completely forgotten about them, until I unearthed the original samples in a box under the bed (never be surprised by what lurks under the bed)! I’ve decided to share the original patterns with you here for free. They … Continue reading From the Archive: Wallace Washcloths
I am really pleased to be able to share a brand new pattern with you. The Hardknott Cowl is a free crochet pattern available from Tangled Yarn (one of the loveliest online yarn shops – I can highly recommend it!) When Rachel, who owns Tangled Yarn got in touch and asked me to design a new cowl to celebrate the arrival of new colours of … Continue reading A New Crochet Pattern
I love so much about autumn, the bright skies, the low sun and the amazing colours of the leaves. Less pleasant is the knowledge that every day brings us closer to winter. I used to dread the dark , gloomy days leading up to Christmas. These days I have put a “survival mechanism” into place, which begins with the household decoration for halloween and bonfire … Continue reading Smashing Pumpkins!