New Hooks and Butterflies!

After struggling with generic crochet hooks for months I decided I’d had enough and would buy some new ones. As my KnitPro knitty sticks and circs have been so good, I bought a couple of their crochet hooks. They crochet like a dream, no more fighting with splitty yarn, they just glide through the stitches….

To Do’s & Thank You’s

First of all I would like to say an epic thank you to Kim Guzman for featuring my Henrietta’s Motif on her website, Make It Crochet. And an equally big thank you to the thousands of hookers crocheters who’ve downloaded the pattern, and those who just started following our ‘umble craft blog 🙂 Now to…

More motif changes!

Slowly, very slowly, (weather gets hotter…I get slower) I’m working on some more reworking of motifs. The main problem is renaming, both me and Chris are getting old, grey cells a bit faded, and brainstorming new names is a wee bit tougher than it used to be!! When I’d finished re-crocheting ‘Dixie’s Motif’, I could…

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Motifs

Back in January 2015 I had a design frenzy, the only problem was, I had no idea what to call the patterns. As they were all generally motifs, I decided to give them girls names, from A to Z. I got to L before my crochet mojo left the building. I now realise that the last…

Hexagons, Octagons & Samosas, oh my!

I’ve done some more updating of my older crochet patterns. This time it was Myrtle In The Round, Epic Picot Hexagon, Granny Was Framed, Samosa Purse and Octagonal Flower. And once again, here are the before and afters! All these patterns are FREE 🙂  

My First Crochet Pattern

Back in October 2013 I published my first crochet pattern, Spring Greens Coaster. It’s always bothered me that back in the day, I mainly used acrylic, before the allergies kicked in. So I’ve decided to go back and re-crochet some of my earlier patterns in quality cotton yarn, take some clearer photos, and make any amendments where…

Saturday Scraps – Crocheted Card Case

Just a little amusement I crocheted while I was waiting for some yarn to arrive, a card case using the crochet knit stitch similar to the Prairie Pioneer Bag Pattern. We bought a new set of Lexicon cards as I decided it was best to preserve the old one as a ‘family heirloom’! I used…

Prairie Pioneer Bag Crochet Pattern

I actually started work on this design over a year ago, then got distracted by knitting, as one does! There is absolutely no sewing involved, well apart from weaving in loose ends, it is crocheted from the base in the round, and then the handle is worked from side to side. The basket weave pattern…

The Mavis Enderby Purse

My inspiration for this purse was drawn from Medieval aumônières, reliquary pouches and heraldry. I specifically chose a yarn that had an old look to it, with suitably muted colours. The shield on the back was designed to allow space for initials to be crocheted or embroidered for personalisation if desired. Please Note: This purse…

The Handmaiden’s Purse

I’ve been inspired by Chris’ Netmaking Tutorials, and thought I’d design a crocheted net bag. My intention was to make a simple tote bag and include a few tufts/bobbles in the design, then this pattern started to emerge, and a simple tote bag became a beautiful Handmaiden’s Purse. American Crochet Terms used throughout. Materials 50g…

Crocheted Scrabble Bag

This a the bag I crocheted for our Scrabble tiles. It’s just a simple bag, worked in HDC (half-double crochet) with a circle for the base, then up the sides, a little band of decoration in the middle, then holes for the cord. The pink yarn is Teddy Cleopatra DK Cotton, and the accent yarn is…