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
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. Save Continue reading Ciao Bella!
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 … Continue reading Mind Your Mandala!
Let me introduce you to the Coffee Kitchen Cowl. Named after one of my favourite coffee stops in Cockermouth. This is a simple make, comfortable, practical and sure to be essential on those days when you need something you can tuck inside a coat or jacket without adding bulk. The yarn is called Canopy and is produced by the The Fibre Company, I’ll admit I … Continue reading Free Pattern: Knitted Cowl
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
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
I will admit to being a little over obsessed with granny squares and crochet motifs in general over the past few weeks. In times of stress (and there has been much of that lately) I turn to simple motifs to relax, to empty my mind and to feel the joy of hook in hand with no deadline pressures and no anxiety about writing up patterns. … Continue reading A Zero Waste Blanket
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
Let me introduce you to Melanie, she’s one very cool Granny. In fact, she’s only been a Granny for a couple of weeks – congratulations Mel!Melanie came to one of my crochet workshops a year or two ago. She’s a very accomplished needle woman and picked up crochet very quickly. Last week, she emailed me a photo of this new blanket. She’s been working on … Continue reading One Cool Granny
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
Issue 41 of Homemaker magazine includes a crochet supplement (sorry it’s not available to digital subscribers) which has a few of my designs in. I’m rather pleased with the styling and photography, they make simple projects look very pretty. Continue reading New Projects in Homemaker
According to Grazia, this is the year when grannies get cool. Apparently all the bright young things will be dusting off their jam pans or signing up for pottery classes. Of course, knitting and crochet get a mention – despite the elegant, modern and stylish designs which regularly appear in print – the media insist on perpetuating the myth that crochet is all about 70’s … Continue reading New Trend – “Granny Hobbies”