Testers wanted for Daffodil Hunter shawl

Daffodil Hunter is a triangular shawl with garter stripes and some slip stitch. It’s suitable for adventurous beginners or is a relaxing knit for more advanced knitters.

I’m looking for testers on Ravelry here is the test call to sign up. I’m also open to non Ravelry testers – comment or send me a message if you are interested.

The shawl takes 450m (total) of 4 ply yarn in two different colours.



2018 designs

As we begin 2019 it seems like a good time to look back at 2018.

In 2018 I restarted this blog after a long break, I published 11 designs on Ravelry including October Rose Mitts, Anna’s Chunky Hat and a free Tropical Bowl pattern. I ran my Rainbow Shawl CAL here and on instagram and I had my designs published in two different editions on Your Crochet and Knitting magazine.

I’ve had a blast making and sharing my creative projects in 2018. There is pressure at new year to look ahead and make big plans for the coming year. Honestly I don’t feel like I can make plans a whole year ahead – there are a lot of changes coming up including little brother starting nursery and big brother starting school. I can’t get my head around that!!

So rather than set goals for the whole of 2019 now I’m just going to focus on the first quarter of the year. From now until the end of March I hope to have published 3 more patterns, including at least one that is for charity.

Happy new year!

Happy holidays

It’s Christmas Eve today so I thought I’d show you the Christmas stocking we’ll be hanging up for baby Granta tonight.

Hand made by mummy of course and finished a couple of days ago. Happy holidays everyone!

Anna’s chunky crochet hat

Hello, I’ve released a new crochet pattern.

Anna’s chunky crochet hat is special to me as I made loads of then last winter while I was on bed rest. It was definitely a case of crafting to stay sane. I gifted most of them as Christmas presents and they were a big hit! This winter I was asked to make a couple more for new arrivals.

The pattern is available in five sizes from newborn to large adult and comes in US and UK versions so you can use whichever terminology you are most comfortable with. There are plenty of beginner friendly photo tutorials.

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#rainbowshawlcal weeks 13 & 14

As we’re approaching the end of the #rainbowshawlcal I though I’d better catch up with the blog posts! Here are the rows for weeks 13 & 14.

Row 29: join next colour. 1 ch, 21 dc, *5 ch, dc into top of centre tr in the cluster on first purple row (see photo) 5 ch, skip 5 sts, 22 dc; repeat from * 8 times, finishing with 18 DC. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 30: 3 Ch, [3tr, 1ch, skip 2 sts] repeat to end, finishing with 1 ch, 1 tr in final stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.IMG_3541

Row 31: 3 ch, 2tr in space before 3tr cluster, [1 ch, 3tr in space between clusters] repeat to end, finishing with 1 ch, tr in the top of last stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 32: 3 ch, 1 tr in each stitch (not chain spaces) to end. Fasten off.

October Rose Mitts – pattern release and sale

A while ago I posted that I was looking for testers to test my latest fingerless mitten pattern – well now those testers have done their stuff and I’m pleased to be able to release October Rose. These mittens are worked in the round from the bottom up.

To celebrate their release this pattern is currently 50% off on ravelry until Monday – so hurry and buy them now 😉

This sample was made with The Fibre Co. Acadia [60% Merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk; 133 m / 145 yds per 50 g hank] with colours Rosebay and Jack Pine.


#rainbowshawlcal weeks 11&12

Here are rows 24-28 of the rainbowshawlcal. Check out the first rows here if you’ve just joined in.IMG_3387

Row 24: join next colour, 3 Ch, 2 tr in next chsp, *3 tr in each chsp to end*, finish with 3 tr in final chsp. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 25: 2 ch, DC between clusters of previous row, until stitch marker, 3ch over stitch marker, finish with 2ch, DC in last stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to first chsp at other end. 70 chsps.

Row 26: 3ch, 2tr, *3tr in each chsp, repeat to stitch marker, 6 tr in 3-chsp at stitch marker, continue like this to the end. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 27: 3ch, 3 tr, *popcorn, 8 tr; repeat to end, finishing with 3tr. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 28: 1 ch, DC in each stitch to end.

#rainbowshawlcal weeks 9&10

Here are the rows for weeks 9&10 of the #rainbowshawlcal – I’m sorry I’ve got a bit behind on the blog posts for this – if you want to see the latest rows check out instagram .IMG_3189

Row 20: join next colour, 3 ch, *tr through back of loop, tr* repeat these two stitches until end of row. Fasten of yarn and rejoin at other end.

Row 21: 3 ch, *2 tr in next stitch, 1 ch, skip 2 stitches* repeat until stitch marker, 4 tr (rather than 2) in the stitch above each stitch marker, finish with a single tr in the final stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 22: 3 ch, *2tr into space between pair of trs from row below, 1 ch* repeat to end, finish with 1 ch, tr in final stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 23: 2 ch, *dc in middle of v from previous row, 2 ch* repeat to end, finishing with 2 ch, dc in last stitch. Fasten off ready for a new colour.

Looking for knit testers for a new fingerless mitten pattern

I’m very excited about my latest pattern, October Rose fingerless mittens, which you may have already seen pics of if you follow me on instagram. I’ve written up and charted the pattern, I’ve made my sample and had the pattern tech edited. Now all the remains before I can release it is to get it test knit. Sign up on Ravelry if you’d like to test this pattern for me! https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-testing-pool/3830280/1-25IMG_3291

Weeks 5&6 #rainbowshawlcal

Hi, this is where I’m saving the weekly updates to the #rainbowshawlcal to help anyone who wants to join after the official start. Week 1&2 is available here: #rainbowshawlcal weeks 1 & 2

Row 10: ch3, 3tr cluster in each chsp to end. Move stitch markers up to this row, between clusters. (53 clusters) Break off yarn but don’t rejoin because it’s time for our next colour.

Video for this row on instagram TV.
Row 11: join yellow (or your choice of colour) yarn to top of chain. Ch3, *tr into the space before next 3tr cluster, 2tr into the middle stitch of the cluster*. Repeat to stitch marker, 2tr into the space where the stitch marker is, move stitch marker up to between these two stitches. Keep repeating like this, 1tr between clusters unless it’s a stitch marker when it’s 2trs. 2trs in the centre of each cluster. 1tr in final stitch of last cluster. (168 trs) Break off yarn and rejoin to the top of the chain at the other end.

Row 12: ch3, tr, *ch1, 2tr into the lowered stitch of the row below* repeat until the stitch marker. At stitch marker, 2tr into first of lower stitches, ch1, 2tr into second lower stitch. Move stitch marker up to between the two sets of 2tr. Continue as before to end of row. Finish with 2tr into final stitch. Break off yarn and rejoin to the top of the chain at the other end.

Row 13:
Ch3, 2tr in space between turning chain and next stitch, *ch1, 2 tr in space between 2tr of previous row* repeat from * until end. Finish with a single tr between the final 2tr. Break off yarn and rejoin to the top of the chain at the other end.

Row 14:
Ch3, *tr, ch2* repeat until end of row, finishing with a tr in the final tr of last row. Break off yarn, ready for a new colour.

Video for this row.
Row 15:
Join new colour top of chain in previous row. Ch1, *DC into top of next tr, 2 dc into chain space (chsp)* repeat until stitch marker, ch3, sc into space between two sets of Vs on row 12, ch3, DC into top of next tr and continue with pattern until next stitch marker.