Free Pattern: Knitted Cowl

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

How to Crochet Mistletoe

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

From the Archive: Wallace Washcloths

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

New Trend – “Granny Hobbies”

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”