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Cable Stitch

  Cable stitch is an interlocking stitch. It is worked over a multiple of 4 stitches. It can be worked in rows, or in the round. Working in rows, you can choose to work the cable stitch on the right side only, with a row of single crochet worked on the wrong side. Or you…
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Spare time!

  I can not start to tell you how excited I am. With only 3 days left until I start my Amazing Adventure, I have finished all my large projects, my case is packed, and re-packed.... to include some yarn :) So what do I do with the spare time I have left until I…
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Star of Wonder

  One of the things I like most about designing with crochet, is that I can let my imagination run wild. I am often amazed where the ideas come from, whether it is the colours I use or the combination of stitches, it all seems to magically blend together. ♥ With modern crochet, we are…
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Moody Blue

  Moody Blue is my first published Afghan square for 2017. For this 12 inch square I recommend Aran/Worsted weight yarn with a 5mm hook, but please be aware that everyones tension is different. I am thrilled to have been asked to design a 12 inch square for the fabulous “Block-a-Month” Crochet A-long 2017 on…
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Seamless Squares

I have been playing with some ideas...nothing new there then!! One thing that really bugs me is the "seam" you get in a square, or hexagon, when you are working with just one colour. As we move up into a new round, the normal way is to make either a chain start or a starting…
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Whispers from the Past Part 9

Welcome to the final part of Whispers from the Past crochet a-long. ♥  I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Massiel and the translation teams for the amazing job they have done with all the translations. ♥ ♥  Thank you to the CAL Crochet A-Long group for asking me to design this…
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Puffy Poncho

I just love wearing ponchos. They go so well with jeans and boots, and are perfect for sunny autumn or winter days, or any day you are in a hurry and want to just, quickly, throw something pretty on. The Puffy Poncho is gorgeously warm and thick, and there is a pair of fingerless mitts…
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Darling Buds

  Darling Buds is my 11th Afghan square for this year, 2016. This very pretty square is made up of a circle of flower buds and petals, surrounded by a very simple frame. The buds are made very simply with V stitches and popcorns. This is a combination of stitches which I never tire of,…
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Design your Own Jumper

How to Design your own Jumper   Making a simple jumper or pullover is far easier than you may think. I am a great fan of jumpers. I love to feel cozy, either slopping about at home or with jeans and a pair of boots, dress them up or throw a gorgeous scarf or shawl…
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Girl’s Best Friend Shrug and Wrap

  Girl’s Best Friend   Shrug or Wrap, the choice is yours.   The party season is just about here. All those pretty tops and dresses, with strappy or strapless shoulders look wonderful. But sometimes we just want a little something to keep the chill off, but still look glamorous. So, I have designed Girl’s…
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Choosing Colours for Your Crochet Projects

  Choices, choices, choices…. And decisions, decisions, decisions. Where on earth do you start when you want to pick the perfect colour pallet for your next crochet project?   I have already done two blog posts all about colour, A World of Colour, and Colour Me Happy. So why another post all about colour? Well,…
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Whispers from the Past Part 8

Welcome to part 8 of Whispers from the Past. This week we make our corner squares, Alana, and make the final joins. Alana was the nickname my Uncle used to call my Mum, back in the 1940's and 50's.   Here is another photo of Mum... but, when she was a teenager, in the 50's.…
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Whispers from the Past Part 6 and 7

Welcome to parts 6 and 7 of Whispers from the Past. Over the next two weeks, we will be making end, and side, panels. Please take note of when to join and where to join, as we still have other parts of our blanket to make. When I first started to crochet, I always worked…
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Whispers from the Past Part 5

Welcome to part 5 of Whispers from the Past. This week's square is named for my Mother, Eileen. Mum is the most amazingly creative lady, she used to be the County Arts Adviser for the Girl Guides, and has taught thousands of young people how to enjoy many different crafts, from Quilling, Pyrography, Tile Painting,…
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Whispers from the Past Part 4

Welcome to part 4 of Whispers from the Past. I am so pleased to see so many of you enjoying the Mattress Stitch join last week, I love the flat, neat effect it gives. Building Blocks..... Learning something new often takes a few attempts to get it perfect, but it is how we all grow,…
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Whispers from the Past Part 3

  Welcome to part 3 of Whispers from the Past. This week I would like you to join me in honouring some amazing men, who helped to shape the person I am today. Their love, respect and humour, along with their "down to earth" way of living, and being, taught me a love for nature,…
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Whispers from the Past Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of Whispers from the Past I have seen some gorgeous examples of your Winnie's squares this week, with some amazing colour combinations. If you are on Facebook and have not found the Event page yet, here is a link, just click on join and you can share your progress and find…
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Whispers from the Past Part 1

  Welcome to part 1 of Whispers from the Past. Hi, do you have your hook and yarn at the ready? The first part of this cal is named in honour of my Nana, Winifred. She taught me how to crochet when I was a little girl. When I was little, I used to spend…
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Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL 2016

  Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL [crochet a long] 2016   A design using traditional stitch patterns, but with a modern twist. Well it couldn’t really not have a twist with me designing it!!   I am thrilled and honoured to share this design with you all, as a CAL (crochet-a-long) hosted by the…
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A Walk in the Garden

  Join me in a Walk in the Garden....... ♥ There is nothing I love more than being out in nature. ♥ I love the way Mother Nature throws a riot of colour together. She doesn't seem to worry if one colour goes with another, it all blends in perfect harmony. Have you noticed how…
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Securing ends…

Ok I know, so many people hate weaving in ends! But if you want your project to be loved and used for a long time, then it needs to stand up to everyday wear and tear. Many of the items you make will be washed many times, especially items made for children. ♥ A lovey…
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A little bit more Madness

Just a little bit more madness for you all.   Some of you may have seen the stunningly gorgeous Mandala Madness that Ineke Mooijenkind, from Gouda in the Netherlands made. It is the most beautiful black and white mandala.   I know that many people like everything square, and so Ineke has done the most…
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Destiny

Destiny   Each and every one of us has something special to do, and share in this life. Call it a purpose, if you like. We cannot rush to find it, we cannot force it, we cannot control it. It is our destiny, a path laid out for us in the Divine order of our…
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Moon’s Shadow

  I just love crocheting squares, I love designing them, and I love making squares from other designers. Any project can become your own creative expression, when you mix and match squares. But….. I think it’s time to mix it up a bit more! So here is the first of my LARGE squares, there will…
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Joining Squares

  In a perfect world, all of the squares you are going to join together will be the same size and have the same stitch count. But this is not a perfect world, and we do love to get creative, often using patterns from many different designers, to create beautiful blankets, afghans, throws. Just like…
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Slip Stitch Joins

Slip Stitch Joins One of the easiest ways to join your crochet afghan, or granny squares is with a slip stitch join. In this tutorial I will show you two different ways to use the slip stitch to join squares. Working through both loops of your stitches, will form a slight ridge, working through only…
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Whip Stitch and Mattress Stitch Join

  Sewing Squares Together A very easy way to join your squares together is to sew them, using a blunt yarn needle and either matching yarn, or for something more creative, use a contrasting yarn. This tutorial covers the two basic methods of sewing squares together, Whip Stitch and Mattress Stitch. One of the things…
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Chantelle and Grace

  Let me introduce you to two new friends? Meet Chantelle and Grace, two gorgeous new 12 inch squares that will add a touch of style to any afghan. At the beginning of the year I said I was going to design a 12 inch square each month, my idea being to have 12 new…
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Mandala Madness Part 18

  I am feeling a real mix of emotions. Sad that this amazing journey has reached the end. Humbled by the amazing response to my crazy design. So proud of the amazing work you have all done. Thrilled by all the love and support. ♥ And so we come to the end of the madness…well…
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Light and Lacy Summer Poncho

Light and Lacy Summer Poncho   I just love ponchos! I find them so comfortable to wear, and love the way they can jazz up plain everyday outfits. They are great over a strappy top or plain long sleeved T-shirt. I brought some Wolltraum yarn some time ago, 4 cakes actually…. I used one for…
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Mandala Madness Part 17

Mandala Madness Part 17 Here we are at the penultimate week This week we continue to pay homage to the setting sun. I feel that many of you will have got to know a little bit about the madness of my mind, and this week is no exception! So before hair gets torn out and…
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Fox Fires

Fox Fires This was a mini, CAL (crochet-along) that I designed for my friends in Finland. They are holding an event on Saturday 30th July, in a beautiful private garden. They will be sharing the Mandala Madness’s that they have made, spending time chatting, doing a little yarn shopping, and doing some crochet together. Hopefully…
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Lotus Pavilions

  My very first published design, is now re-written and includes a full photo tutorial.   A beautiful lotus flower sits in the middle of a pool, surrounded by shady pavilions. A place to dream, to contemplate the mysteries of the world, to find peace and tranquillity, or loose yourself in the beauty of nature.…
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Mandala Madness Part 16

Mandala Madness Part 16 Where would we all be without the sun? The bright shining star that we, on this tiny green and blue planet, tend to take for granted, is the source of all life. Without it we would all be in the cold and dark, nothing would grow or thrive. We would not…
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Mandala Madness Part 15

Mandala Madness Part 15 We are nearly there.... This week you will add a wreath of leaves to your mandala. Because each and every one of you is a winner! The Laurel Wreath has always been presented to the victor or winner, and this has been a tough challenge...not quite over yet though! As I…
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Mandala Madness Part 14

Mandala Madness Part 14 Did you ever play hop scotch as a kid? Well this week you are going to be hopping up and down, so make sure you jump to the right round! Are you ready for a workout? Ok so it's not as bad as it sounds, but as Esther always says "keep…
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The Method in my Madness

My Design Process Ok, so quite a few folks have asked about the design process behind Mandala Madness, So I thought I would share with you "My Design Process". Now, every designer is different, and produces unique pieces of work. There are hundreds of designers, all over the world, but there is always room for…
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Mandala Madness Part 13

Mandala Madness Part 13 All change!! Mandalas can represent many things in life, and change is certainly something we all have to deal with..... embrace the change...let yourself go with the flow of life, and remember nothing is ever what we assume it to be!! This week we change shape again, to create yet another…
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Mandala Madness Part 12

Mandala Madness Part 12 This week you will be building on part 11, creating a staggered pattern with long single crochet stitches, more looped double trebles, and the addition of some shells. Lots of back loop stitches this week, so a little reminder about working into the back loop and the 3rd loop to stop…
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Mandala Madness Part 11

Mandala Madness Part 11 I hope you are really proud of yourself..... after part 8 and part 10, there is nothing you can not do! AND some of you got so confident and creative you even added a third colour to your dots and diamonds :) This week is fairly straight forward... honest... I promise…
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Mandala Madness Part 10

Mandala Madness Part 10 This week you add beautiful, soft curves to your Mandala, with an intricate dots and diamonds pattern. The diamond shape has been used since time began to signify creation, to show the balance between the male/female. It can be found in traditional art forms all over the world, from the most…
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Mandala Madness Part 9

Mandala Madness Part 9 Can you believe we are half way through this amazing journey of creativity and madness! WOW you guys and gals amaze me! I did wonder if I was going to have to run for the hills last week!! But you took the challenge of those long and extra long stitches, and…
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Desire

Desire I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team of designers working on the "Friends Around the World 1 year Anniversary CAL 2015-16". This is being hosted by the CAL - Crochet A Long group on Facebook I am honoured and delighted to present Desire the second of two squares that I…
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Mandala Madness Part 8

Mandala Madness Part 8 “Mary , Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow…with silver bells and cockle shells…..” This week our flowers continue to bloom, and take on a shell like quality. From a very young age, I have always been fascinated by nature, and even now, whenever I am on a beach, I…
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Dream Weaver

  Let your dreams be the light that guides you…. do what you love. That is the tag line on my website, and the ethos of my life. Our dreams show us how we want to live our life, who we want to be, they guide us to the places where we feel happiest and…
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Rosetta

Rosetta I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team of designers working on the "Friends Around the World 1 year Anniversary CAL 2015-16". This is being hosted by the CAL - Crochet A Long group on Facebook Rosetta is the first of two squares that I have designed for this CAL. This…
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Mandala Madness Part 7

Mandala Madness Part 7 I just love some of the names you have come up with for your Mandalas. Some for fun, some to honour people you love, some with deep personal meaning. I love how so many of you are really taking this project into your hearts, it makes it even more special to…
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Mandala Madness Part 6

Mandala Madness Part 6 Can you believe we are a third of the way through this madness!! A few of you spotted that there was no comment or description from me about last week’s instalment. It is very much combined with this part, as we work back into an eight pointed star. Octagrams formed from…
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Mandala Madness Part 5

Mandala Madness Part 5 I am completely amazed at the gorgeous colours many of you are using, and I am so pleased that so many of you, who are fairly new to this amazing craft, are coping really well with this madness. :) There are no special stitches in this part… “phew” I hear you…
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Mandala Madness Part 4

Mandala Madness Part 4 This week we change shape again, this time into an octagon. The octagon symbolises balance between the material, and the spiritual, between heart and mind. It is also thought to represent a vehicle for the advent of good health and good fortune. So I wish each and every one of you…
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Mandala Madness Part 3

Mandala Madness Part 3 You are my sunshine…you make me happy when skies are grey… A line from a song I remember well from my childhood! It always makes me smile when I start humming it...just as all the amazing photos you have all been sharing make me smile, such amazing colour combinations, so much…
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Rose of Avalon

Rose of Avalon My latest design, made using Deramores Studio Double Knitting. The myth and legend of King Arthur and the Isle of Avalon is something that has always fascinated me. Avalon is said to be the final resting place of King Arthur, a mystical island, in the middle of a lake. The squares in…
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Mandala Madness Part 2

Mandala Madness Part 2 WOW, thank you all so much for your positive and enthusiastic response to part 1 :) I am blown away by the gorgeous colour combinations, and the beautiful photos..... keep sharing...and apologies if I missed anyone. And another thank you to all the admin team of the Official CCC group for…
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Mandala Madness Part 1

Mandala Madness Part 1 Can I just say SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, I am so excited, and a little daunted, but I am sure you will all forgive any mistakes I make, and point them out to me, as this is my first ever CAL. ♥ Welcome, to what is going to be an awesome journey together. ♥…
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Starting and Standing Stitches

Starting and Standing stitches. What’s the difference? Well….. a starting stitch is used at the beginning of a round or row, where you are continuing in the same colour. Rather than have the “skinny stitch” of a chain 3 [for a double crochet] or chain 4 [for a treble crochet], a starting stitch will give…
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Elements Collection

Elements Cushion Collection This new collection of cushion facings is inspired by the Medicine Wheel and the five directions/elements. Many Native traditions follow the Wheel, using the four directions of East, South, West and North, and the four elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth, along with a fifth element of Spirit, which is at…
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With Love

With Love With Love from me to you ♥ Just in time for Valentines, and to spread just a little more love around the world. A free pattern for you all. I suppose this should really be called Ashley's Heart, as my superstar tester Terena asked me to design this square for a blanket she…
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Spinning Around

Spinning Around Haha yes my head was spinning around with this idea for quite a while. I had the image of a circle of circles, but how I was going to put it together... nope... no idea! Those of you who have seen Heart of Friendship will know that I designed a square with just…
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Star Crossed

Star Crossed The third design in my new collection of afghan squares is Star Crossed. Why a star? Because you are all stars and I love stars, quite simple really :) And the great news is...... this is FREE. You can follow the photo tutorial here or once you have read through there is an…
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Ring ‘o’ Roses

Ring 'o' Roses Because everyone love roses... right? Flowers have always been a major part of my life. Not only did my Nana teach me how to crochet, she also taught me all about flowers and gardening. My Mum has loads of roses in her garden, and even now in January her white rose is…
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Berry Pie

Berry Pie My first published design of 2016. I think I must have been dreaming of cherry cheesecake or blackberry pie when this idea came to me :)   I have set myself a goal to design at least one afghan square a month this year. Some will be paid patterns, like this one, and…
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Clusters & Working Stitches Together

  Clusters, are stitches where two or more stitches are worked together. They are mainly used as decorative stitches but working stitches together [tog] is also used to decrease the number of stitches in a row or round.   Clusters A cluster is a group of stitches joined closely together at the top and bottom,…
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Simple Squares

Simple Squares So many crochet projects are based on squares. Some are simple and some use more advanced techniques. Sometimes you may have a fancy square, and to make it really stand out simple, plain squares around it can make your project stunning. This is a small lapghan I made using The Crocodile Flower by…
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2015 a Year of Design

  I've been looking back, at the amazing journey, of crochet design I have had this year. It all started in January with my 1st ever published design, Lotus Pavilions. Free pattern. Those of you who are familiar with my designs will know I have a love of texture and colour, and all of my…
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Introducing Mandala Madness CAL

 Mandala Madness CAL 2016 When Kimberly Slifer of the Official CCC Social Group on face book asked me to design a blanket/afghan for a CAL (crochet a-long) project for next year, I was, honoured, excited, chuffed to bits.... you get the idea! The ideas that went spinning through my head were crazy. But I knew…
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3 Ways to Join Yarn

            When you are working with most projects, there will come a time that you need to join a new ball of yarn, especially with large projects. Here I cover 3 different ways of joining new yarn of the same colour, to seamlessly continue with your project.   Text Book…
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Invisible Join

      Invisible Join Like so many techniques used in crochet, there is a plethora of tutorials out there for you to learn from. There is no right or wrong way, there is simply the way that works for you. I have tried a few different methods for making an invisible join, and this…
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Magic Ring

Magic ring There are many photo tutorials and video tutorials out there, showing many different techniques for a "Magic Ring" or circle. Let me first say....there is no right or wrong way! There is just the way that works for you. And this is my way. With all of my designs that are worked in…
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Perfect Picots

        Perfect Picots Picots can look so pretty as an edging, especially when working with finer yarns, either on blankets, shawls or doilies. Some patterns will require you to work a stitch through a picot..... And then rather than pretty picots, they become perfectly, pesky picots!! Traditional Picot The traditional way to…
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Colour me happy

Choosing colours for your next crochet project can sometimes seem so daunting. There are hundreds of different brands of yarn and a gazillion different colours to choose from.... If you would like to understand more about colour theory then please take a look at this post..... A World of Colour. So where to start? Some…
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Mandala Madness CAL 2016 sneaky peek…….

              Well if you have been wondering why I have been so quite...... I have been very busy in my crochet cave coming up with an amazing project for next year. When Kimberly Slifer of the Official CCC Social Group on face book asked me to design a blanket/afghan…
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Going Viral with Beads

Going Viral with Beads! The "Virus" shawl is one of the hottest patterns out there at the moment. So simple and quick to make up. You can use any weight of yarn from light and lacy to super thick and chunky.   I chose to use this amazing yarn from wolltraum.com "My Melody is a…
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Managing your Projects

            Here is a little insight into how I manage my projects. I always start with colour. Even if I don't know what the finished item is going to look like, I get a great feel of it from colour. Those of you who struggle with choosing colour, this post…
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Circles of the Sun

Circles of the Sun cal 2015 I love taking part in cal's ( Crochet A-Long), there is something just wonderful about knowing that as you hook away, there are hundreds of other people all around the world doing the same thing. This was a ten week project designed by Tatsiana of lillabjorncrochet.blogspot.cz. Tatsiana has an…
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Bloomin Blanket

      Bloomin’ Blanket   A beautiful, light weight, summer blanket. Inspired by the amazing wild flowers in the countryside where I live in beautiful Buckinghamshire, England. This pattern is now available on Ravelry. The Daisy holds the meaning of bubbling over with happiness, having a positive outlook and celebrating and appreciating the simple…
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Crochet Basics

 Crochet Basics There are so many ways to learn how to crochet. From books, video tutorials, classes, friends and family. My Nana taught me when I was very young, but when I came to re-learn a few years ago I found people like Mikey from the Crochet Crowd very helpful, his videos on YouTube are…
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Single Crochet and Chain Join

Single Crochet and Chain Join This is one of my favourite joining techniques. You can modify the number of chain stitches between sc to give a closer or more lacy effect. In my Heart of Friendship pattern we used a sc, ch-1 join.   In my new Bloomin Blanket we use a sc, ch-3 join.…
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Blocking

          Blocking Some people do, some don't! Personally I always block my work. Firstly it makes it much easier to join pieces together when they are all neat and the edges are straight. Secondly it gives your work a far more professional and finished look. When you have spent, often, many…
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Ruffle Stitch

      Ruffle Stitch This is another favourite stitch of mine. I love any stitches that create texture.   This is a simple but very effective stitch which can be used in many ways. I have used it as part of the centre of my "I Love Butter cup" square in my new "Bloomin…
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Mandala Bolster

 Mandala Bolster I think most of us own one of these, micro bean bag type neck pillows. While they are so soft, squishy and useful, they tend to be made with synthetic fabrics and in the hot weather and not particularly comfortable against the skin.... or when us ladies of a certain age have those…
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Popcorns ~ Bobbles ~ Puffs

            Popcorns, Bobbles and Puff stitches are all stitches where a group of stitches are worked together.     Popcorns To make a popcorn stitch: Make five dc in the same stitch. Remove hook from last loop. Hook through first dc and last dc and pull through. Chain one to…
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A World of Colour

          The world is full of colour. It is literally all around us. Can you imagine a world where everything was the same colour? Nothing would have any depth, there would be no "WOW" moments when you see that amazing sunset, or look deeply into a flower and notice the amazing…
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Radiance

          Radiance So here is my latest design all finished. Update and links are at the bottom of the page. I was commissioned by Willow Yarns in the USA to produce a design, and write the pattern, for a throw/afghan with textured stitches. So this was not going to be just…
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Beautiful Bags

          So many people seem to be making bags at the moment, and I am no exception. Firstly a new design by yours truly... Tic Tac Tote! I am working on a couple of big projects at the moment and had an idea that didn't work out... often happens to us…
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Catherine Wheel , Harlequin, and Starburst Stitch.

There are so many different types of crochet stitches. It can get really confusing for beginners or even more experienced hookologists, when stitches are given different names. Today I wanted to share a tutorial on three such stitches. Catherine Wheel , Harlequin, and Starburst. Though they do look very similar they are in fact three…
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Heart of Friendship

Here is my latest creation. Heart of Friendship   This is an idea that has been going around in my mind for months. Last year I made a few Afghans with large squares, the first was with a "Sophie's Garden" designed by Dedri Uys of Lookatwhatimade.net. Then I started playing with large "Granny" squares... At…
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Folding Single Crochet

  This is a stitch I LOVE. It adds so much texture and a lovely cushioned effect. You can now find a video tutorial at the bottom of the page.   It is essentially a single crochet stitch, made through the back loop of two stitches in two rows or rounds.   However there first…
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Puff Facial Scrubbie

This luxury Puff Stitch facial scrubbie is really quick and easy to make. Give yourself or your friends a wonderful Spa experience every day. Scrubbies are great for kids too. The PDF download, at the bottom of the page, gives you a step by step photo tutorial for you to keep with all your other…
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