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The Madison Shawl -crochet pattern

I'm so happy to be able to share my latest pattern! The Madison Shawl is a design I first started working on last year. I had recently finished designing a scarf for Your Crochet and Knitting magazine using a similar stitch pattern and wanted to see if I could adapt that into a triangular shawl. It took me a few attempts, the first of which I was hooking up on the train to Yarndale back in September, so it feels great to have it finally have it finished and looking just as I hoped! I've recently started working on a 4 ply version with some of the beautiful merino from Irish Artisan Yarns that I picked up that same day. I'm really excited to see how it works up in a lighter weight yarn.






The shawl is designed using just under 200g of dk yarn with a 4 mm hook but this could be adapted to suit your choice of yarn. A super chunky version would be lovely and cosy for the Winter! If using 4-ply yarn I’d recommend using a 6mm hook for a lacy lightweight effect, you’ll need approx 1…
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Skandi Star Coasters-free crochet pattern

This simple star motif uses cotton dk yarn and basic stitches to create a pretty coaster set. Inspired by the classic granny square and worked in the round; each central star is bordered with treble crochet clusters to create a ‘granny stripe’ effect. 





Notes

Pattern written in UK terms

Tension not critical for this project but should be consistent throughout. Using a 4mm hook each coaster measures approx. 5in/20cms at the widest point.


Starting 3 chain counts as 1 treble crochet stitch, keep this starting chain quite loose to make it easier to slip stitch into to join at the end of each round

Pattern is worked in the round, do not turn your work at the end of each round



Materials

Knitcraft It’s Only Natural 100% organic cotton dk

1x 50g Cream

1x 50g Monica-peach

1x 50g Jake-cornflower



Abbreviations

Tr- treble crochet

Ch- chain

Dc- double crochet

Htr-half treble crochet

Sl st- slip stitch

St(s)- stitch(es)

Ch-sp- chain space

Rep- repeat



Pattern

Make 2

Rnd 1: With cream yarn and working into a magic ring, 1…

Rainbow Cloud Decoration- free crochet pattern

We love spotting all the rainbow decorations people are hanging in their windows at the moment. My little ones made some simple cardboard rainbows recently which inspired this quick and easy crochet pattern. I hope you like it and have fun spotting the rainbows in your local area.



You can use any type of yarn you like with a hook size to suit. I've made these in dk yarn with a 4mm hook and chunky yarn with a 6mm hook for a slightly bigger cloud. For the fluffy textured look I used vanilla truffle yarn from King Cole held together with a cream acrylic dk to make it easier to see the stiches. The tassels are made from leftover scraps of 4 ply for the smaller cloud and acrylic dk for the larger size. It's a great stash busting project, just use what you already have and get creative mixing different colours and textures.

Notes:
Pattern written in UK terms.
Worked in the round after row 3
3 dtr= 1 dtr in each of the next 3 sts
2 tr in next st= 1 increase

Abbreviations:
Ch- chain

Spring Petals Hexagon- free crochet pattern

Spring Petals Bunting


This pretty floral motif is worked in the round using 4ply cotton. Inspired by Spring blossom, this design uses bobble stitches to make each delicate three dimensional flower. Design originally featured in Inside Crochet magazine issue 114




Materials:
● DMC Natura Just Cotton, 4 ply 100% cotton), 50g/155m/170yd
1 ball of each:
Yarn A Ble (N83)
Yarn B Ixora (N104)
Yarn C Light Green (N12)
Yarn D Nacar (N35)
● 3.5mm hook


You can use any 4 ply weight cotton to achieve a similar effect. Also pictured using a selections of 10g 4 ply mini's by Wild Rose Yarn. You could also use a chunkier yarn with a larger hook to make a bigger hexagon.




Tension is not critical for this project but may effect finished measurements. Approx. 12.5cm/5in per motif


Abbreviations:

My Crochet Wardrobe- Book Review

I was over the moon to be asked to take part in the virtual 'book tour' to celebrate the release of My Crochet Wardrobe by Cassie Ward. I've followed Cassie @themissingyarn on Instagram for a while and am a big fan of her designs. If you're a regular reader of UK crochet mags you'll be familiar with her beautiful work. Cassie's designs are easily recognisable; classic and wearable but with a modern fun twist. I love her use of texture and colour to make simple but unique and on-trend garments.


My Crochet Wardrobe includes 15 garment designs using a variety of different techniques. Great for beginners and also more experienced crocheters, there's a pattern for all tastes and skill levels.

I opted to make the Josie top first. I love the boxy style and lace panel detail. I thought this would be a lovely light top for Spring using a cotton blend yarn. I used King Cole Finesse DK (click here for my yarn review blog post) but you could use any dk yarn that works t…

DIY Faux Fur Pom-Poms

The lovely team at Darn Good Yarn reached out to me recently and asked if I'd like to try one of their DIY Pom Pom kits. I was intrigued as I absolutely love the look of these faux fur poms but have never tried making one myself. DGY are well known for their beautiful recycled yarns but they also do really a nice range of kits and patterns too.



The DIY pom pom kit contains everything you need to make 2 faux fur poms poms including step by step instructions, 2 faux fur circles, spheres for stuffing, snap fasteners and even needles and thread for sewing. The only thing you'll need is scissors to snip your thread and a cute hat to attach your pom poms to!


I used my pom poms to decorate my Candy Heart Hats, find this simple knitted beanie pattern here. I already have a request from my little boy to make a special new hat just for him as he loves these fluffy pom poms so much!


The pom poms are super soft and really quick and easy to make. I loved the fact the kit contains everythin…

Corner to Corner Ombre Blanket

When I first got my hands on the new Paradise Beaches DK range from King Cole I knew I had to make a blanket! The dk acrylic blend is available in 8 solid colours in a beautiful pastel rainbow colour palette.




The acrylic polyamide blend is soft, washable and perfect for garments and accessories. The new sorbet colours compliment the variegated pastel shades within the Beaches range really nicely. Click here for more info on the range and to see all the available colours.

I was immediately drawn to the pink and yellow shades and thought a corner to corner project would be great to show of the gorgeous colours with a gradient effect.

Corner to corner or c2c crochet is a really simple but addictive pattern using treble (US double ) crochet stitches. Its perfect for blankets as it works up so quickly (and can be really hard to put down!) If you're new to c2c I'd recommend this really clear video tutorial by the fabulous Bella Coco Crochet. 
I made a simple square blanket using 4 co…