Design Wars 5 :: the final reveal ::

Woohoo…the final reveal of all of the designs created by the Design Wars 5 challengers has been posted!

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You can see all the wonderful creations and vote for your favourites over on the Design Wars blog, of course if you fancy voting for my design I won’t dissuade  you from doing so 😉

So here is my final design ::

Rainbow Slipper Socks Crochet Pattern

I’ll post more about the slippers themselves tomorrow, but if you can’t wait that long, the pattern is up for sale over on my ravelry page now.

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Robot Hoodie ::

I managed to persuade Milo to do a little bit of modelling for me at the weekend and Sunday was the perfect day for it too, just the right weather for him to be parading around in the Robot Hoodie I originally designed for Inside Crochet.

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You may have noticed that I do love a bit of colourwork…especially on the yoke.  I would say the majority of my designs probably have a colourwork yoke like this.  I especially like to do this with crochet because it’s not a technique you often see in crochet, but I think it can work almost a well as those a beautiful knitted fair isle designs.

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The principle is very similar to that of knitting, unlike with tapestry crochet I keep the unworked colour loose at the back of the work, creating a stranded interior and just like knitting if it’s a big gap for the yarn to strand across I catch it in behind another stitch midway across (hmmm I’m thinking this could become a blog post all of it’s own…).

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This hoodie was very much a collaboration between me and Milo, before I’d even had the sweater commissioned he was clutching hold of my original swatch, a string of robots, throughout the day…so in love with the robots he was! It was he who suggested it have a hood and he who choose the little toggle buttons. So unsurprisingly he loves it and I was so relieved to see it still fits him, for now at least.

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The pattern is available in sizes age 2-3(4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11)yrs, the sample uses Paton’s Diploma Gold DK, but any double knit weight wool yarn would work in it’s place.

I really love this hoodie and I get so much pleasure from seeing Milo eagerly wear something I’ve created for him.

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You can purchase the pattern in the usual places (ravelry, etsy, craftsy).

But if you get in quick (before the end of Monday 7th Oct) you can download the pattern from ravelry for FREE with coupon code OCT13

Enjoy x

Design Wars ::

Design Wars #5 was announced this week and I’m thrilled to say I am going to be taking part.

If you haven’t heard about Design Wars before, it’s basically a challenge wherein 10 designers battle it out to come up with the best crochet design which is voted for over 5 categories. The only theme is that all the designers must use the same yarn, which is provided by Red Heart. I use Red Heart a lot for my Crochet Today designs, so I’m fairly familiar with them and really pleased with the choice of yarn we’re going to be using.

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There are some really great designers taking part in the round and I cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with.

If you fancy checking out the other designers you can find their facebook pages listed below ::

Jenny Allbritain :: Susan Carlson :: Sarah Lora :: Sascha Blase-van Wagtendonk :: Crystal Bucholz :: Lisa van Klaveren :: Alessandra Hayden :: Tara Murray :: Katie Hanken

To keep up to date with all the Design Wars going ons you can sign up to their mailing list here.

Stay tuned here for more details as I can reveal them!

Inside Crochet 45 ::

Issue 45 of Inside Crochet came out last week and as usual it’s full to the brim of gorgeous patterns and wonderful photography (courtesy of Britt Spring).

An ode to the granny square, Joanne Scrace’s gorgeous cover scarf is such a beautiful modern twist on the classic (I know Joanne generally isn’t a big fan of!), making it classy and sophisticated and taking it a world away from it’s usual image.

Simone Francis’s dressing gown is unlike anything I’ve seen before, so delicate and glamourous.

I also have a pattern in this months pages, my Leonie Cardigan.  I’m particualry fond of this design, it’s made in Rowan Pure Wool 4ply and it so light and soft to wear.  Crocheted as a bit rectangle, the front can be left to hang open, or fastened with a shawl pin in a number or ways.  The stitch pattern I used is the classic Catherine Wheel Stitch.

As the lovely Claire, is so swift at returning samples I already have it back in my possession and I know it’s going to be the perfect accompaniment to autumn.


Issue 45 is on sale in most newsagents now, or available online here.

FO Friday :: Sunhat ::

I’ve been in need of a new sunhat or about 2 years, ever since I managed to leave mine at Bristol Zoo on Milo’s 2nd birthday.  So prior to our trip to Latitude at the end of July I decided it was high time I make myself one.
As the current (at the time) issue of Inside Crochet had a gorgeous hat on it’s cover, it seemed meant to be.
Unfortunately first time round I made the mistake of getting started with some yarn leftovers without checking the actual yarn requirements, causing my first attempt to halt abruptly before the rim when I ran out of cotton.
For my second attempt I made sure I had plenty of yarn to complete the project.  Using some old cotton yarn I had stashed away, I’m afraid long since without labels, I got started and finished fairly quickly, I think the whole hat took me two evenings.

FO Friday :: Sunhat 
The colour probably wouldn’t have been my first choice, but I’m trying to be good and use up what I have (though it’s possible I made 3 new yarn purchases just this week! It’s my birthday on Sunday that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!).  But despite this the finished hat served me very well over the hot and sunny weekend at Latitude and has been out on a few excursions in the sunshine since.

Created by #Framatic on my iPhone, download it at http://goo.gl/HBDAO in APP Store. 

The pattern itself is great, I love the shape of the hat and I especially like the contrasting coloured band idea, it looks fairly 20’s on.  I’d quite like to make myself another one in a sagey green with cream band and maybe another in cream with a rainbow stripe band.  But hey I’m not a big hat wearer and in reality I probably don’t need 3 of the same style hat.

FO Friday :: Sunhat

The pattern is Worthing Hat by Salena Baca from Issue 43 of Inside Crochet available :: here
My Ravelry notes are :: here.

Inside Crochet 44 ::

Issue 44 of Inside Crochet made it’s way through my letterbox a couple of weeks ago and it’s a gorgeous summer spectacular, filled with beautiful garments and accessories inspiring the reader to get out into the great outdoors.

The cover star is Joanne Scarce’s gorgeous poncho, which she shares the inspiration behind over on the Inside Crochet website ::

I’m totally in love with Linda Skuja’s eyelet top, just wish I had more time to crochet for myself ::

You can also find a pattern by myself in this months edition, a rafia bag.  I love this bag and already have one in another colour way.  The yarn is Adrafil’s Rafia which comes in a really great range of colours.  I’m not going to lie, crocheting with rafia is a little hard in the hands, but really worthwhile, just remember to take lots of breaks!

You can find this issue on newstands until the end of the month or digitally here.

FO Friday :: Daisy Chains ::

As soon as I saw the preview picture of these daisies in Simply Crochet, I knew I wanted to make them.  Once Issue 7 landed on my doormat I immediately hunted out the yarn (fortunately I had the exact yarn used in the pattern) and got hooking.

Crochet daisy chains #crochet #simplycrochet #daisy 

I love this pattern it’s so sweet and such a clever idea.

My original intention was that this was to be for me, but on visiting my nieces in Norfolk, it quickly got rehomed!

This gorgeous girl turns 11 today! 11 years ago today I was running around Norwich trying to find the tiniest clothes available, now look at her! 
The pattern is Hippy Chic by Nicky Hale available in Issue 7 of Simply Crochet :: here

The yarn is DMC Natura Just Cotton :: here
My Ravelry notes are :: here