Sunday, January 28, 2018

Crochet Hearts and Hugs - Pattern Round up!

Did you know my first crochet blog was called 'How to Crochet a Heart'? I had quite a few heart patterns, and they still remain close to.. my .. heart!

Today.. In time for Valentine's Day, I'm sharing a few of my favourite heart themed patterns. Click the pattern name to get to the pattern site.


This is my newest pattern - a cushion cover with a patchwork heart. Made with paintbox yarns, this is currently avaliable on the LoveCrochet site. 


A gorgeous heart, with a floral centre, by Vivid Kreations.



Keep your hands warm (while you crochet!)


A compass rose; let those travelling know your thinking of them. 


This sweet granny square themed heart is By Jennifer from Crochet to Play. I imagine this would make some fabulous rustic wedding decor.


A free pattern on this blog!

If you do make one of these crochet heart patterns, please let me know! You can add a project on Ravelry, or tag us on Instagram!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Newsletter- sign up for FREE C2C tutorial.


Everything that is 'old' is new again, and by that it seems that the best way to stay up to date is via newsletter subscription.

As I'm still learning *HOW* to manage an email newsletter system, there are a few kinks.. I've just learnt how to send out a Welcome message! (You know I'd rather be crocheting and designing!) 

Included in the welcome message is a mini tutorial 'How to C2C'. This is going to come in very handy this year, as I have a few C2C patterns coming out!




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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hello New Year!


Hi Everyone! I just wanted to quickly post to say Happy New Year! We're in that bit of the new year where the dust is slowly settling on the festivities, but in Australia we're in the midst of Summer and life hasn't quite returned to normal, and won't for a few more weeks.. when the kids are back in school. 

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what to expect from me and the blog this year.  I've got a few patterns ready to be released, but I'm timing them with the seasons, so Autumn is going to be busy! Three free tutorials will be published - the samples I worked up from my yarn from American Yarns, plus one more!

My Etsy shop is currently offline (in holiday/vacation mode) while I reassess it.

That's mostly what I can reveal at the moment - I'm working with another brand currently, but that will have to stay secret for now (hopefully that doesn't sound too pretentious!) 

Take care, and don't forget to sign up for my newsletter to get news of pattern releases first! 



Saturday, December 2, 2017

American Yarns - Review, with Free Pattern: "Blueberry WashCloth"

Free Pattern : Blueberry Washcloth using Lily Sugar and Cream
Keep reading for Pattern. 



I was sent some yarn from "American Yarns" to review, and have complied my thought on three types, and also included a bonus pattern for a wash cloth, made from one of the yarns sent. Still time before Christmas to make some handmade gifts!


American Yarns are based in Melbourne, Australia, and stock American and Canadian brands of yarn that are not readily available in the usual Australian Marketplace. They are familiar sounding names, ones you might see recommended by our American crochet and knitting friends online, like Red Heart, Bernat and Caron. They also stock hooks, needles, books and accessories, and provide Afterpay. I was sent the yarns to review and was not paid to do so, and the opinions remain my own. I have provided links to American Yarns and the products I sampled.

I trialled three different yarns, Red Heart Unforgettable, Lily Sugar and Cream, and Bernat Big Ball Chunky.

The first thing you notice about Red Heart Unforgettable is the iridescent sheen. It's really very beautiful. It's a worsted weight yarn, and recommends a 6 mm hook, but I did my swatch with a 5.5 mm. It's 100% acrylic, but has an unspun (roving) look about it. It is incredibly soft and quite silky. It is difficult to frog (undo), so I would recommend having a pattern in mind rather than experimenting! I did read somewhere that the thickness changes, due to the handspun look, but I did not notice this at all. The colours are variegated, in short colour sequences, but they blend very subtlety. It's quite unlike any yarn I have used before when you consider all combined elements.
I swatched up a small ripple, in 'Tealberry' and will continue to make a scarf! I will update with another blog post when that is done!


Next up, I tried Bernat Softee Chunky, in teal. I have used this yarn before and already have a positive view of it! I had previously bought online and had not found any Australian stockists, so very happy to now know of one. The most exciting thing, in my opinion, is the 400 g ball! It is a super bulky weight yarn with a plied look (spun) 100% acrylic, and although it recommends an 8 mm hook, I went up to a 12 mm! The down side is there aren't a huge range of colours, but the softee chunky- available in smaller 150 g balls do provide a few more choices. The colours that are available - grey, teal, black and white, suit my tastes, so I can't complain about that! I started with a simple granny hexagon, and plan to keep going until the ball is finished and have a throw for the bed or lounge room.

finally I tried the Lily Sugar and Cream. A worsted weight 100% cotton yarn. It is plied and non mercerized. It's unusual to see yarn available in 71 grams! But that adds up to 2.5 ounces. It isn't the softest cotton I've tried, but I think that adds a certain amount of durability, perfect for washcloths and grocery bags. This cotton has a really easy centre pull and has a big range of colours, with ombre and striped options also available.

I made a swatch with the blueberry colour and a 5 mm hook. I kept going until I had made a wash cloth, and have the free pattern available for you.


Blueberry Washcloth

Using US terms. Turning chains not counted as a stitch.
With 'Blueberry' Sugar and Cream and 5 mm hook:
Ch 28.


Row 1: (skip 1st ch) 27 sc, Ch 1 Turn.
Row 2: 27 hdc. Ch 2 Turn.
Row 3: *1dc, 1sc. Repeat from *to end. Finishing row with dc. Ch 1. Turn
Row 4: *1sc, 1dc. Repeat from * to end. Finishing row with sc. Ch 1. Turn.

Repeat rows 1- 4 5 times.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 to finish.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Package up with a fancy soap, like the lime one pictured.


Thank you for reading my thoughts, don't forget, there is still time to give handmade, or out yarn on your Christmas list!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gift A Long 2017

You might have seen me mentioning this quite a bit on the socials, but it's a pretty big deal leading up to Christmas!


But Wait.. What is the Gift A Long?

" It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear!*

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers.

From November 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm US EST to December 31, 2017 at midnight US EST there will be fun games, contests, and 8 KAL/CALs that will help you get your holiday knitting and crocheting done with companionship and fun!

From November 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm US EST to November 28th at 11:59pm US EST tons of indie designers will be discounting between 10 - 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. Use coupon code: giftalong2017.
Once you’ve got your Gift-A-Long patterns, we encourage you to join a relevant KAL/CAL! (For instance, if it is a cowl, please join the Cowls, Scarves, & Other Neck Things KAL/CAL.) To join, simply write a post in the KAL/CAL thread you want to join, including the pattern name you will be knitting and a link to your project page. KAL/CAL participants are eligible for lots of lovely prizes but you’ve got to post to win Please Note: all prize winners must be group members!

KAL/CALs will run from November 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm US EST to December 31, 2017 at midnight US EST, plenty of time to knock out all your holiday knitting and crocheting. We have tons of prizes, games, and great conversation, plus a lot of other fun, so pull up a chair and join us! "

Ok great.. but where do I join?

Join here, In this Ravelry Group 


So in conclusion; I, along with 310 other designers are offering 25% of a bundle of patterns. (My bundle is here) with the code 'giftalong' That's more than 3110 patterns to choose from, so something for everybody! It's live now to the 28th of November, end of day, US EST


*quoted from the Indie Design Group

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas Decoration - St Niklaas Star


I've just released a new pattern in time for Christmas, for those who love handmade decorations!




The St Niklaas Star is a detailed little ornament, and while it uses some advanced stitches, I've included quite a few photos to help out those who might want to try out something to lift their game beyond the basic dc.

The pattern is on Ravelry and LoveCrochet at the moment, and will be uploaded to Etsy.

I've used Scheepjes Colour Crafter, the most gorgeous acrylic yarn, in three shades. Sint Niklaas, Wolvega and Pollare, which in turn inspired the name and scandi feel to the pattern.

I ordered my yarn from Yarnish.com.au  who, in my opinion, are the most convenient for Australian customers to order Scheepjes brand yarn.

To purchase from Ravelry, just click this link

or search 'St Niklaas Star' on Ravelry or LoveCrochet

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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I'm starting a monthly newsletter, and you'll get informed about new pattern releases, news and special offers.

Facebook is no longer the best place to tell you all about these things, and I'm not going to fight it! It may change again over time, but if you'd like to know about things first, then one email a month (max) will be the way to do it.



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