I used to love making gingerbread dough when my daughter was little, Rolling it out, cutting the shapes and then best of all we would go to town with sparkly sugar balls, sugar strands and icing. These crochet versions might be a “healthy” option, but they still give you lots of opportunities to decorate and embellish. Raid your button tin, use up all those oddments … Continue reading Gingerbread Man Pattern
Well, it’s the 1st of December and with no apologies I’m launching into a full month of festive crochet! I love this time of year. I Welcome the dark afternoons as an opportunity to light the fire, wrap up in snug blankets and crochet. While others will tell you this time of year makes them glum and tempted to hunker down and wish for spring … Continue reading A Granny Cool Christmas
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
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!
The new issue of Inside Crochet magazine landed on my doorstep a few days ago and I couldn’t wait to see inside. This issue has my feature on floral embellishments and upcycling high street finds in it and I’m really proud to be featured in an issue stuffed with gorgeous designs, interviews and features. I love flowers, and many of my designs are influenced by … Continue reading Flower, Flowers, Flowers!
I am so thrilled to be able to share more photos of the embellished sweaters I designed for Inside Crochet’s 100th issue. These were a joy to make – a real chance for me to indulge my love of crochet embellishments. Claire Montgomerie and I worked together to come up with the final design, we wanted something wearable, but a bit quirky and so I … Continue reading Embellished Sweaters
This week, the 100th issue of Inside Crochet magazine was published. It’s a fabulous issue, a real celebration of the best crochet designers and full of beautiful projects. Of course, I was thrilled to see my embellished sweaters made it into this issue. It’s a real joy to work with the Inside Crochet team, the styling, photography and even the attention to details such as … Continue reading Happy 100th Inside Crochet
Well 2018 has started well, with a new design published in this month’s Inside Crochet and the new book is progressing well (fingers crossed it stays that way). So, I thought I’d share an old favourite of mine, perfect for cheering up those dull days before spring really does bring sunshine and flowers. These little garlands are so simple and you can easily personalise them … Continue reading Let’s Celebrate (a free pattern)
Do you know someone who wants to learn to crochet? I am teaching my “Learn to crochet in a Day” class at the Ditzy Rose Makery in Cheshire on Saturday 10th Feb. The cost is £45 including materials and you’ll be treated to delicious cake and a sandwich lunch. I’ll supply all the materials you’ll need on the day and we’ll cover all the basic … Continue reading Learn to Crochet in a Day
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!