Tuesday, April 15

A stripey Granny Square

A Stripey Granny Square as a throw with a black and white border
below pixilate and you could make a huge double bed throw....with the colour chart below
As a floor cushion

Or as a sofa cushion?

Happy Hooking

Monday, April 14

Noro Cowl....almost finished

After finishing Eric's seat cover I moved onto this block stitch stripe red Noro Cowl....
so annoying I ran out of the plain red with just about 12" to do...
 If  I've got to buy a new ball I will do the same finishing stitch to the bottom too..

2 WIP finished this weekend...two to tick off the list
Eric got his new blanket I finished it on Saturday

Thursday, April 10

Eric's Blanket progress....

Added 21 squares...so it is big enough, just need to add a 6" border to the throw to cover all of the seat
Lettuce thinks it perfect too, left it for just a few minutes and she took up residence lol
 Just big enough
 it needed 21 extra squares to fit the back seat of Eric.
Start the border tonight I think...

Monday, April 7

Granny Square stool covers

Colourful fun time stool cover....with a favourite black and white box band..

Balck and white always adds a zing for me...


Saturday, April 5

Creating the perfect dc circle....

A promised tutorial for someone on FACEBOOK....
DK, 4mm hook, US Terms
Creating the perfect dc circle
I have done it in quick pic tutorial style so for those who are new to crochet and learning you can copy and print, or just copy to you computer for reference.


 Some yarns and depending on your own tension, at some point usually around rows 5 or 6 the circle will stat to become angular....all you need to do to keep it circular is the stagger the 2dc increase back and forth so that it isn't in the same place for each row....
or eventually it will stop being a circle and become a twelve sided shape called a dodecagon

 Similar principles apply to a circle with a hole in the centre...start with 16dc into the magic circle and the double it for the next round, and then add 16sts each round and so on...
Hope that helps beginners at circles
Happy Hooking

Wednesday, April 2

Red Berry.....Challenge 52, Ravelry

In the week I came across this weekly challenge for crocheters from 
A weekly challenge for all you crocheters out there wanting to be challenged a little each week....you join in as often as you can and post your pictures on Ravelry 
On my iPad at the moment and for some reason I can't work out how to add pictures from it
From Facebook and Ravelry it's so easy but on here....it stumps me completely.
So as soon as I boot up the laptop I will add the link picture
but for now take a peek you might enjoy the challenge.


The link to the first posting about Challenge 52
Check it out to see what you need to do.
Started to do the challenges added everyone who has joined up to my blog roll and I've learnt something new...great fun
Challenge 52 wk 5 learn a new stitch
Challenge52 wk 3 A Flower
Other challenges are to create a crochet folder and who taught you to crochet?
Lots of different challenges to try.
Have fun

Monday, March 31

Eric's blanket and the Pattern for a 6" Block stitch square

When I took the 40 joined motifs out to try it on the seat....Oh! dear I would need to make at least another 80 granny squares, so I suggested that we take off the border of the other black throw.....
add probably about 21 squares and a new border.

 Eric is all ready for his MOT next Saturday..wish him luck.
Bertie (in the background) will soon be ready too.
 So out came the end balls....and I made 21 new squares...
 unfortunately I made them with a 5mm hook and they should have been made with a
6mm hook...oooops! All too small.
I need to make them again
It's a pity I didn't realise before I finished all 21 squares
6" Block Stitch Square
 I was asked for a 6" block stitch square on Facebook in the week, so here is the pattern
6" Block St. Square
Us terms, 5 may be 5.5mm hook and an Aran weight yarn or two strands of DK.
Ch 23 including the st on hook
Row1: dc in 3rd st from hook, 1 dc in the next 20 sts. (21dc)

Row2: attach yarn in first st, ch2, sc in the third sp, ch 2, sc in the 6th sp ch2, sc in the 9th sp, ch2 sc in 12th sp, ch2' sc in the 15th sp, ch2, sc in the 18th sp, ch2, sc in the last st, cut and weave in ends,
Row3: 3dc in each ch sp, repeat to end
Row 4 repeat row 2
Row 5 repeat row 3
Continue to repeat rows 2and 3
15 rows should give you a 6" square

Wednesday, March 26

The Yarn Present turned into a Necklace...

Thought I was making a motif with the present yarn, but it just became a necklace...still to be soaked in PVA to make it stiff like a large bead, but I wore it to KnN this morning.
 Looks great with the new pink cardy
Thanks again for the great present x

Thursday, March 20

Thanks for a lovely Present....yarn or books and you can't go wrong with me.
What's your favourite present?
Tahki yarns link
It will mix beautifully with the Stylecraft Life or my new favourite Stylecraft Senses.

Now what to make with it?...A ripple or a Granny Square Flower motif?
Love it...thanks xx
Happy First Day of Spring

Monday, March 17

STYLECRAFT SENSES....it's gorgeous

Just need to share this info with you all, if you are looking to try some mohair out,
 look no further than the Stylecraft senses....loving it so much.
Such a pretty yarn and some lovely colours

Just hairy enough and really, really soft.
A busy week ahead so catch up next week I expect.
Hope it's as warm where you are as here?...16/17 degrees and only March.

Monday, March 10

Interlocking block stitch stripes...

Interlocking block st. of 2dc 2 ch will give you a fantastic striped stitch. Change the colour combination and you can get  multi coloured blocks, checks or stripes simply by changing the colour.

Remember this little bag...
in Interlocking block st...just short of 59,000 page views....wow!

It has been a really popular post so I thought I would add a few more colour/yarn combos

Stripes in Noro and Colinette are.....
Alternate rows of two different colours or yarns will give you some lovely stripes
 a random dyes yarn and almost a plain colour
every row a different colour would give a multi coloured block effect like the little bag and
2rows in one colour and a third in another will give a block  spot effect same as doing moss stitch.

link here to original post of finished bag
It's a stitch that can be done with all sorts of combinations...2, 3, or 4 dc and ch sts, they all work to give different sizes of blocks....an easy and fun stitch to play with in many different colour combo's.
And make a fabulously firm stitch for cushions and bags in particular.
Have fun x

Tuesday, March 4

A Huge thank you....

to all those lovely people that wrote wonderful reviews of my book and to all who bought it, 
I know I have said thanks before but I really can't thank you enough for buying my first Crochet book....and it's all your fault that I am having a wonderful time yarn shopping again...LOL
My lounge is full of yarn, a visit to Colinette yesterday with a few KnN friends,
thanks girls for a wonderful day out and all the laughter.

Where our KnN meet...our fabulous local Market in a cafe with big, soft, squashy sofa's

Thanks Jo for the lend of your skein winder too...lots of the new natural yarns need winding into balls....made my woolly life a little easier.

If you are thinking of buying one of these, don't hesitate, a great piece of equipment.

Monday, February 24

Chocolate...I need chocolate lol

I was just thinking what have I agreed too....writting a new book in 4/5 months???
 and the door bell went, a delivery from Stylecraft, yarn for me to do the Autumn designs.
And I promised my Son a 7' square blanket for his gf too.
aaahhhhhh!!! when will I sleep, eat or even have a bath?
so I needed some chocolate to calm me....nuttela on ryvita.
Of course I can do it all!

Saturday, February 22

The Start of a New BOOK......

Sorry all the places went quite quickly but I will be here tomorrow doing a workshop with Rachel in her new wool shop.

Can't wait to meet you all.

A New book...SO EXCITED
Some fantastic news GMC have asked me to do a follow up book to Granny squares because it has done so well.
So I have been up since 2.30.....started to write the new book

Thursday, February 20

Interlocking Crochet....wow!

A great stitch but not for the beginner....
Back in August 2012 I made a little bag from a magazine using interlocking block st.
I didn't understand the stitch properly and did what I thought was interlocking block st.
I posted these pictures of the incorrect st....two seperate mesh sections that then interlocked
 only to be told it wasn't how to do the st.
So i removed the pictures and added the correct way to do the st.
But it seems I had, purely by chance stumbled upon a stitch/crochet called
INTERLOCKING CROCHET....it was a stitch after all.
......well the beginnings of a stitch, actually many intricate and fabulous stitches
and it seems that its been around for years.
Taught to Tanis some 20 years ago, who has developed the stitch and written a book called INTERLOCKING CROCHET you can find it here.
I haven't seen the book but it is supposed to be all about her work with 80 Interlocking crochet patterns to try out..
It's definitely not a stitch for a beginner, you really do need to remember what you are doing at every moment.....are you stitching through a hole behind a stitch or infront of a stitch...it took me a couple of goes to get it right but worth the effort.

 Love this version of interlocking crochet..a tiny square inside another square
I can see lots of colourful experiments to come using just this one version of interlocking crochet coming on.
Thanks Tanis