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Like a Sponge- Some of my Favourite Makes Part 1

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I am sure you will agree there are some wonderful crochet patterns out there to inspire us all , paid and free , with some amazingly talented designers emerging daily. My goal is one day to be able to design a project to be proud of and that will maybe inspire others to design too, I know that’s a big goal!

The picture above shows one of the squares in the Nuts about Square’s Cal from 2017. Eleven talented designers got together to design one square each to make a beautiful blanket.  I used a lot of my stash to make this and the designs were stunning.  The patterns and video tutorials can be found Here.

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Look at this lovely shawl by Julie Blagojevich, the Schaumburg Shawl, a paid pattern, oh so lovely to make, one of my all time favourite makes , the yarn I used was Malabrigo Lace yarn, 100% Baby Merino Wool, oh such a pleasure to use.  Such a difficult one to photograph though, and my lovely daughter gets roped in again… awww   Definitely need to make another one of these shawls, I wear this a lot, so soft, and warm but so classy.

Free patterns are also great and a fab way to experiment but be prepared not all free patterns are the same, some are well written and accurate , others not so much and sometimes untested too, I have found in some, lots of errors and omissions , so be prepared to have to make it up as you go on occasions.

I do have a few free patterns on my blog, (all tested and hopefully you think well written ) but please do contact me if you find anything that you have difficulty with, I would much rather know and put right to save hours of hair pulling, well not hours as they are only small projects and I forced my sister to test them first! haha

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This little mini backpack pattern I found on YouTube, an excellent resource and really great from learning new techniques like this tapestry crochet.   The Video is all in Spanish/Italian not sure actually, definitely not English,  but I managed to follow it.   Sometimes its just the sheer pleasure that a small make can give you, so another on the top of my list.  Sorry I don’t have the link but you should find it in a search.  I used this one to pop some money in as a Christmas Gift, it was loved and cherished!

So for now as the title of this blog post says …. I am like a sponge! (No not soggy and dripping wet! )  A sponge that’s soaks up all the inspiration and ideas, my mind is bursting sometimes with ideas and also which pattern or project to do next. But for now I am content following patterns and trying new techniques because this is how I learn, especially making mistakes along the way.

I intend to update and add more of my favourites to show you, in more blog posts in the future, maybe you will try some yourself.   So this is part 1, there may be many parts , I just wish I kept a catalogue of where I found the patterns and their names and designers, would save me so much time! ( A good tip for the future).

Hope your having some fun crochet time, till next time…

 

Christmas Crochet and Free Pattern

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Well, my hook has been super busy with Christmas crochet projects this year, the first one being the adorable Christmas Santa Gonk.  A lovely amigurumi pattern designed by Ling Ryan for Hooked on Patterns, I can’t remember where I bought this one, may have been Ravelry.  So cute!

I used acrylic DK yarn for my trial run and then 100% cotton yarn by Drops, for the finished version.  If you visit  www.hookedonpatterns.com, there is a host of extras available as long as you have purchased the original pattern.

Tapestry Crochet

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This is my first attempt at designing and swatching a small tapestry crochet piece.  I have always loved how this looks in knitted work and really wanted to see if I could achieve a decent crisp look.   Still working on that! haha, but the interesting thing about this technique is that you never turn your work, and the second colour is carried along the back of the swatch as you crochet.  The stitches used are all dc (UK terms) and through the back loops only. Note to self ‘ I must spend more time on this technique in the future’.

Christmas Baubles – Free Pattern

There are many lovely free patterns out there for colourful Christmas Baubles but I wanted to try something different, something more open and lacy but quick to makeup and a great stash buster too.

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These baubles are made using 100% cotton from my stash and used less than 10gms to make.  I designed them to be made in two halves and joined around the centre to finish, you will need a balloon and some fabric stiffener to finish but all the instructions and details on how to make are included in my Free Pattern available to download Here.

They really brightened up my tree, especially in the daylight when the lights are not twinkling, they just added that splash of colour I needed.  I hope you try them, please let me know if you find any problems with my pattern, I would love to see your makes if you want to send me a link.

More Christmas Tree Ornaments

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Are you a hoarder like me?  I keep everything that I think will come in useful for ‘something crafty’.  Well, this hoard was a blessing and was used as the centre circle for these little crochet wreath tree ornaments.  Can you guess what they were originally? – Curtain pole rings!  complete with their own little hook ready to add the tiesto hang on  the tree.

I made these to give as little thank you gifts to the ladies who come to my crochet classes and support a worthy charity.  We have raised over £1000 for Velindre Cancer Fundraising to date and have had some great fun with our makes.  These are made using DK acrylic yarn and again great stash busters.

Watercolour Doodle

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Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without some home made cards, so my watercolours came out for a little play and I doodled a bit to get some ideas for cards for the special people in my life.  Let’s hope I get time to finish them.  Even if I don’t, it’s so relaxing and such a stress buster when I paint, definitely right up there with crochet!

Wishing you a Happy Healthy and Creative Christmas and New Year!