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Cotton Sun Hat - Free Crochet Pattern

I made this sweet cotton sun hat for my little girl, we always get lots of lovely comments when she's out and about wearing it. It keeps the sun out of her eyes and she actually keeps it on her head, winner! This pattern should fit approx. age 1-3 years and is easy to adapt for other sizes.
I used 1 100g ball of the WI Home Cotton Aran in light blue with a 5mm hook, you could use any aran weight cotton yarn.
The hat is made using treble and double crochet stitches worked in a spiral so you don't get a noticeable seam, just use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round to help keep count of your stitches.

Pattern written in UK terms Abbreviations : Ch= chain, Trb,= treble crochet, Dc= double crochet, Ss= slip stitch, sk= skip 1 stitch
1. using a 5mm hook make a magic circle and work 10x trb, do not ss to join= 10 st

2. work 2x trb in to next stitch (place a stitch marker in the 1st trb) work 2x trb in each stitch around up to the marker= 20 st

3. 1 trb (place marker he…
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Crochet Hexagon Cushion Tutorial

My hexagon cushion started life as an idea I had for a tote bag. When working out how to join them together I realised it would make a fabulous cushion and now I'm slightly addicted to making them...there are 3 in our bedroom as I type this! I just love the fun colour combinations you can make and it's a great way of using up a few old part balls of yarn. Have a read if you'd like to have a go for yourself


You'll need:
DK acrylic yarn in various colours, pictured is stylecraft special dk in rose and sage and paintbox yarns simply dk in champagne white
Square cushion pad size 12x12, 16x16 or 18x18 inches
4.5 mm hook
Scissors and darning needle for weaving in ends

Tension
1 hexagon, made in 4 rows, measures 4 inches across. Adjust the number of rows or hook size if needed to get the sizing right

If making a 12x12 inch cushion you'll need to make 24x 4 inch solid hexagons. There are lots of great tutorials for this. I'd recommend this one by Blossom Crochet

Once y…

Raffia Easter Basket Pattern

I found this pretty pastel raffia at the weekend and just had to have it! I had no idea what it was going to become but with less than a week to go until Easter, inspiration soon struck and I quickly got to work on some Easter baskets for the little ones. We love an Easter egg hunt in our house and luckily this £1 pack of raffia from The Range was just enough to make 2 baskets, so no fighting on Sunday (hopefully!) they also have lots of fun colours available. It's quite an interesting material to crochet with and can be a bit tricky to pull through the loops. But it's fun to try something new and I'm really happy with the results...plus I do like a challenge! I found it similar to working with t shirt yarn in that you can't worry too much about perfect tension here, just go with the flow, it doesn't have to be perfect

To make yours you'll need approx 30 metres of raffia and a 7mm crochet hook. Scissors and a 2mm hook helps for weaving in the ends

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Craft Fairs-Hit or Miss?

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   Now where I live is not a very big city so the crafting community isn't that huge. One thing I have enjoyed is meeting local people who share such passion and enthusiasm for their craft. It's lovely to put a face to the Instagram account or Facebook page and everyone is always so warm and welcoming.    I was so nervous doing my first craft fair, which is crazy for someone who up until recently had a career in retail management! But selling your own handmade items is nerve wracking and putting yourself out there does take guts. I obviously needn't …

Workshop day!

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When you first hear about CE testing, a legal requirement to sell your soft toys within the EU, it can be a little off putting to say the least. As a maker you just want to be able to create but it seems there's so much red tape to get through first. It can be totally overwhelming but, having recently gone through the process of self certifying, it absolutely can be done

Don't give up!

It's a lot to take in at first but there's plenty of support available. A wealth of information can be found on dedicated Facebook groups, created by people who have been through (and survived!) the CE process. Downloadable packs, such as the Conformance self certification pack for handmade soft toys, are incredibly useful and reall…