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
Hello there! well, it’s been a while since I dropped by. But, I have been very busy and have lots of news, patterns and “secrets” to share. First of all, I still have a few copies of the “Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet” for sale via Etsy. You can order a signed copy, with a personalised message here (just let me know the message you’d … Continue reading Books, Books, Books
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
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)
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!
We all need a bit of colourful whimsy during these warm summer days, and my tropical Bunting certainly fits the bill. I was completely self indulgent with this design, I just made exactly what I would love to have hanging in my garden. I just need to persuade Mr T to organise a summer party, so we can fill the garden with colour, friends and … Continue reading Totally Tropical
I fell in love with Noro yarns when I first began work in a yarn store and it wasn’t long before I completed my first project in Noro Kureyon. I knitted myself a wildly colourful oversized jumper that I wore and wore on weekend family camping trips. It’s still in my wardrobe. A little bit felted and still smelling of woodsmoke, but the colours still … Continue reading Review: Noro Kureyon 3oth Anniversary Collection
This is certainly the cutest and most adorable crochet book to land on my desk in recent months. I have loved exploring all the different animals and possibilities this new book offers. Published this month, Mini Crochet Creatures really does qualify for the description “adorable”. It really is delightful, and if you think you can’t be charmed by tiny crochet then take a “sneaky peek” … Continue reading Saturday Review: Mini Crochet Creatures by Lauren Bergstrom
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