Photo from Bella Coco Blog
If you’re looking for a quick festive make, these cute crochet snowflakes might fit the bill. By making them you can help Home Start, one of my favourite charities which helps children and families when they are at their most vulnerable. I’ve had a personal connection with Home Start volunteers and I know the great work they do. Their snowflake appeal highlights how special each and every child is, they’re fragile, unique and precious. It may sound corny, but believe me, a happy, safe family life is a gift. This year the Homestart Snowflake appeal is supported by Kirstie Allsopp, Love Crochet.Com and Three Bears Yarn.
You can watch a short video (shared here from the Love Crochet Youtube Channel) where Kirstie chats to Sarah Jayne (from the Bella Coco blog) about why the campaign matters and what they’ll do with the snowflakes made as part of the campaign. Sarah Jayne donated a free snowflake pattern, which you can find on the Love Crochet Blog and it’s a very basic, simple pattern which makes it ideal for beginners. You can also find the tutorials and more details over on the Bella Coco Blog.
You can read full details of how to take part over on the Love Crochet website and if you prefer to make a direct donation to support Home Start’s work, you can do so here.
Kits containing the gorgeous 100% cotton yarn from Three Bears Yarn are available from Love Crochet ( with a £1 donation for postage). If you do make one, you can share your pictures on Instagram and twitter using the hashtag #snowflakeappeal
Earlier this month, Lancashire based company Three Bears Yarn launched a new collection of cotton yarns to the public. When the company invited me to take a look at their yarn I agreed of course – great cotton yarns are always appealing to crocheters – and these didn’t disappoint.
I was sent two yarns to test, the DK “Affection” which comes in a range of 12 twelve colours (mostly pastel) and I really enjoyed using it. I was also sent a selection of Chenille, also listed as a double knit. I have to admit, this was my favourite! Chenille yarn fell out of favour with designers, I’m not sure why and it definitely deserves a place in the crocheter’s toolkit.
Partly to test the yarn, and partly because I had a hankering for a new scarf I set to work creating a ruffle scarf – a bit like chenille, the once common crochet ruffle scarf is set for a new lease of life and this simple pattern is a great introduction to both. I’ve posted the pattern below (you’ll need about 450m to make the scarf as written).
Three Bears cotton yarns are available in 4 ply, dk, aran and chenille via their website and are already proving popular with toy makers and bloggers. They currently offer a “hibernation pack” at a special price of £29.99 which is great value, You can find Three Bears Yarn on facebook and instagram, where they often share sneaky peeks of new designs and behind the scenes at the mill. In addition, they have been a thoroughly nice company to work with and I’m delighted that at least one of my designs in their cotton yarn will appear in print soon.
Do check them out by visiting their website.
Edit: 29th October 2015
The pattern for my ruffle scarf will be available soon.