A Bright Bauble Christmas

Yes, eagle eyed readers have seen this wreath before, especially when Simply Crochet magazine featured it on the front cover of the Crochet Christmas collection in 2016. I just love these bright colours!

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bobble wreathThis pattern can be bought from Ravelry or for the special price of £1.00 plus VAT on Love Crochet. You can choose to follow my bright colour palette or stick to more festive shades. Just remember to cover your polystyrene wreath in fabric or ribbon as some glues will cause the plastic wreath to melt! I have also made a version using a card circle, cut from the bases you sometimes get with frozen pizza!

 

I do hope you’re enjoying these festive makes and feeling inspired to make a few handmade additions to your Christmas decorations. Don’t forget to share your makes with the hashtag #grannycoolchristmas, I love to see what you’ve all been making!

 

New pattern: Allonby cowl

Allonby Cowl

My favourite Sunday afternoon walk is a stroll along Allonby beach – boy it can be windy – even in summer. So, I always have a few woollies in my rucksack to guard against the chills. My current favourite is this super smooshy cowl which is made in Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell Chunky. The colour “Tulip”, is even more stunning in real life and the soft baby alpaca really keeps out the cold. I made this version quite large, so I could easily slip it over a bulky coat and I’ll admit to wearing it around the house too!

The button came from Bag Clasps, I spotted these at Woolfest and Julie kindly let me take one away to play with. I think you’ll agree it’s stunning and really sets off the cowl beautifully. If you’re off to Yarndale this weekend, look out for the Bag Clasps stand or visit their website (I have yet to find a website which is so well stocked with everything you need for bag making and Julie is really helpful too, always willing to advise and offer suggestions).

Image credit: Eden Cottage Yarns

As I was writing this, I realised the Whitfell Chunky / Bag Clasps combo is becoming a bit of a theme in my designs. This gorgeous bag also uses Whitfell Chunky and features straps from Bag Clasps leather range. You can buy the pattern from Ravelry by clicking  here

It’s no secret I love working with natural fibres, and alpaca yarns do feature high on my list of all time favourites. Lucky for me Eden Cottage Yarns are launching two new shades of Whitfell Chunky at Yarndale this weekend. I already have plans for these gorgeous shades:

Allonby new shadesIf you would like to buy the pattern for this new design, you can find the Allonby Cowl on Ravelry, or on Love Crochet.

Of course, I can’t write a blog post about Eden Cottage Yarns without a shameless plug for “Drift”. This new collection features some beautiful knitting patterns by a very talented group of designers, and I’m pleased to say you’ll also find three crochet designs by me in the collection. I’ve added a whole page featuring the collection (click on the “Drift Collection” tab to read all about it or you  can view the lookbook and drool over the beautiful designs here.

 

Free pattern: Variable cowl

2013-11-28 14.03.47This autumn the Variable cowl is having a make over – I can’t wait to show you my new version. Meanwhile, here’s the original for you – just in case you’re starting to feel autumnal and need something you can slip on when the weather turns chilly.

You can easily substitute a different yarn (just use the appropriate hook) and alter the length or width by working a longer foundation chain or more rows. Like I said it’s “variable”, which means you can make it your own!

Yarn and Hook requirements:

8mm crochet hook

1 hank Debbie Bliss Paloma or equivalent.

4 buttons (two for the front and two for the back).

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Needle and cotton to sew on buttons

Pattern: (In UK crochet terms)

Finished measurements: Length 95cm, width 13cm

dc: double crochet

ch: chain

dcblo: double crochet into the back loop only

Make 51 ch.

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in each ch to end, turn (50 dc)

Row 2: 1ch, 1dc in first dc, 1dcblo in each dc to last st, 1dc in last dc, turn.

repeat row 2 another  eight times.

Fasten off yarn.

Weave in ends. Sew buttons to one end, with front facing buttons lined up with “back ” buttons. I found it helps if the back buttons have a shank as this makes fastening easier.

To fasten your cowl, pop the back buttons through the fabric as desired and wear with a smile.

Ravelry Pattern Sale

Over the summer I shall be redesigning and re branding all my knitting and crochet patterns, some will be “retired” for ever and some are being made with new yarns in new colours. Before I remove them all from sale here’s your chance to grab a bargain. Most patterns are now reduced to just £1 (plus VAT), so head over to Ravelry and choose your favourites. They’ll only be available until 1st July.

 

 

New Patterns for Sale

bobble wreathI have uploaded some new patterns to my Ravelry store. They are suitable for beginners. Most of the patterns are “bundles”, in other words, you get more than one pattern included (for example, the desk set has patterns for pencil pot, ipad cover, iphone cosy, flower garland and coasters). here are a few pics to show you what’s on offer this month: I know this brightly coloured bauble wreath will be popular as it’s so simple and makes a great portable project (the baubles are  made individually and then glued on).

This kitchen set has the pattern for chilli string, egg cosies and pot holders

The Rainbow Desk Set would make an ideal pattern for a teenager

A Vintage Style Bedroom Set

All the patterns will be for sale in my Etsy shop by the end of the week. Also for sale:

Crochet Doily Rug pattern