Last year, my friend decided that she wanted to learn to knit. That meant that I had to rack my brain to think about what she might need in terms of a knitting kit to get her started. Obviously, all she really needed was a ball of yarn and a pair of needles. But it’s […]
Hello folks, I thought that it was time that I shared a bit about what I’ve had on my needles and hooks recently. I’ve got so many ideas running around in my head at the moment that I’ve cast-on several new pattern projects. The problem is, I can’t quite work out which to work on […]
I’m so excited to be able to announce this new knitted bobble hat pattern! Those of you that follow me on Facebook or Instagram will have seen the sneek preview of this hat that I posted last week (too excited to keep it to myself any longer!). After a final test yesterday (and a quick […]
Hello! Sorry for the slight hiatus in posting recently, back in the real world I’ve got a new job and its taking a lot of my time, effort and focus to learn all the new stuff I need to know there. I’ve been missing you all though. How have you been? Meanwhile, I’ve not been […]
I’m so excited to be able to tell you that my Zig Zag Fab shawl pattern is now ready to release (woohoo!!) You can find it here on Ravelry, the best news is that it is free until 30th September 2018! Thanks so much to my wonderful testers for correcting all the little errors in […]
Hello you lovely lot! I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent, I’ve been doing “Life”! I’ve missed you though so hello again! One of the reasons that I’ve not been able to post is that I’ve been on holiday (yay!) We had a lovely week on a boat on the Norfolk Broads. We had a […]
A few weeks ago I came out for help testing a new shawl…the shawl with no name. Three wonderful people came to my rescue and following their hard-work and feedback I’m pleased to announce that Lucy’s Lucky Shells Crochet Shawl Pattern is now “live” on Ravelry! If you’re interested you can find it here! I […]
This super-simple free knitting pattern for a knitted shawl looks effective in any variegated yarn. Knitted using stripes of garter and stockinette stitch with sections of eyelets, this asymmetrical triangle shawl is simple to knit and easily adjusted with two size options given!
Check out this gorgeous work on my Lucy’s Lucky Shells crochet shawl by my fabulous testers. I hope to be able to release the pattern soon but in the meantime, drool over these pics with me!
So, although I’ve been a little absent from blogging the past few weeks, I’ve not been absent from yarn. I’ve been very busy finalising a few of my designs.
Hello friends! I’ve been super-busy over the past couple of weeks working on this new crochet design for a summer shawl. I have just one problem that I need your help with….but more of that later…! If I’m honest its been fighting me a little bit. The main-body is made up of this beautiful shell-pattern, […]
I’m really loving this May – the weather has been brilliant all month and I’ve been able to get a LOT of garden-based crochet and knitting done. I’m currently working on my Last Dance in the Beach (Last Dance in the Garden) blanket… I’ve got three rows joined so far and am working on joining […]
Do you ever wish that you had MORE TIME to knit or crochet?
Lets face it, life will sometimes just get in the way…but there are a few small ways that you could maximise your crafting time!
Here are my top tips for how to fit crochet and knitting into your everyday!
Hello friends! The weather in England was glorious this weekend! It also (rather surprisingly!) coincided with a bank-holiday. Something that almost NEVER happens. Consequently I’ve been spending much time getting my cro-yo on in the garden! Well it’d be rude not to right!? I’ve been working hard to complete my Last Dance on the Beach […]
Ever fancied learning Tunisian Crochet. The Tunisian Crochet “simple stitch” is exactly what it says…simple! I’ve created this (hopefully!) easy to follow step-by-step tutorial to help you learn how to crochet the Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch
When you think of crochet, you may think “granny square”. Whilst there are a lot of other things you can do with crochet, the granny square is still (in my opinion!) one of the simplest ways to create something beautiful!
The Granny Square is surprisingly simple and in this quick photo tutorial, I’m going to show you step by step how to make a granny square!
For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, you’ll probably have noticed that I get bored if I’m doing the same thing over and over….If you’re new to reading what I’m up to, hello, welcome to the mad-house! 🙂 After my foray into fillet crochet, with my “Rough Diamonds” shawl […]
Well this weekend was yet another WIP wet weekend…when will summer arrive? I made the most of being confined indoors by working on my crochet! I’ve been cracking on with my “Last Dance on the Beach” blanket and I think I made some good progress over the past two days!
How to crochet a magic loop was one of the first tutorials that I posted. Here is an updated version. The steps are all the same but I felt it needed updating a bit! 🙂
This is a crochet tutorial, for a technique used to start crocheting “in the round”, for example when making a mandala or some amigurumi. Please don’t confuse it with the magic-loop knitting technique!
So, I’ve been thinking for some time that my blog “brand” wasn’t quite what I wanted.
Earlier in the week I shared my challenge in choosing a brioche pattern to knit. I opted for this pattern called “Briochealicious” by Andrea Mowry. Its a fairly simple pattern, with brioche stripes interspersed with sections of garter stitch (I hate garter stitch so I hope that I can live with it once completed!) At […]
After the success of my first brioche project I decided to try another one. This time slightly larger in scale. The only rule I gave myself was that I had to use stash yarn to make it. I have a fair amount of cascade heritage fingering weight yarn, so I decided to look for some […]
I posted a couple of weeks ago that I was learning Brioche Knitting, using this fantastic I found this beautiful bandana cowl by Lavanya Patricella. It turned out to be a super-quick knit, I managed to get it finished in just 5 days…! I’m also pleased to report that Brioche knitting isn’t really as hard as […]
I was looking through the list of posts that I have part-written over the past year and I’ve realised I need to get better at finishing posts. I currently have 15 un-finished posts (16 if I don’t post this one too!! 🙂 ); There are the things I’ve had ideas for and not completed and […]
Slip Slip Knit (SSK) is the “sister stitch” to K2tog. Both decrease the number of stitches you have. Like most knitting stitches, “Slip Slip Knit (SSK”), describes what you do…to reduce a stitch this way, you will carry out the following steps: Slipping “knitwise” simply means putting your needle under the stitch as if you […]
In this post I’m going to show you how to Knit two together (K2tog) and Purl two together (P2tog) These are both “decrease” knitting stitches. These techniques will help you reduce the number of stitches that you have. Your pattern will usually tell you which to use. How to Knit two together (K2tog) This is […]
I love Brioche, especially the chocolate kind….but this post isn’t about the bread brioche, its about the knitting brioche! Brioche knitting is a kind of one or two (or more?) colour knitting technique which uses yarn-overs to create a thick textured, multi-coloured fabric. Like this fabulously intricate shawl (“Sizzle Pop“) by Lesley Anne Robinson Or […]
How to Make 1 Left (M1L) and Make 1 Right (M1R) I’m going to show you how to M1L and M1R. These are increases made on the knitted side of your work. Not sure what I mean by “knitted side”? check out this post here To make a M1L or a M1R, you will use […]
Knit Front and Back (KfB) and Purl Front and Back (PfB) Knit front and Back (KfB) and Purl front and back (PfB) are the easiest ways (in my opinion) to increase the number of stitches you have when knitting. To make this increase stitch, you simply have to knit or purl the same stitch twice. […]
Hey Folks! Recently I’ve been getting my cro-jo back on and I’ve been working on this new shawl design from the super talented Tammy Canavan-Soldaat. She has created a knitted one called Read Between the Lines and a crochet one called Crochet Between the Lines. I’ve done a lot of knitting projects recently so I […]
Hello and welcome to the last week of my 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge. I’ve enjoyed having a new prompt every morning again this week and I will miss that for the rest of the year! However I have knitting and crochet to get on with and all this drawing does eat into the time I […]
In pretty much everything you knit, you will at some point need to learn how to count rows and stitches. This is especially important if you’re making something that needs to be a certain size, as you will need to make sure you knit in the same “gauge” as the designer. If you’re not sure […]
In this post, I’m going to talk about “gauge” and specifically, how to use a gauge swatch to measure your gauge. Why is “gauge” important? The pattern will describe the “gauge” the designer used. This simply means the number of stitches and rows in a specified measurement. Gauge is normally measured over either 4″ or […]
Welcome to the third of my weekly round-ups for my 30 day sketchbook challenge 2018. Just in case you’ve missed Week 1 and Week 2, I’m taking part in a sketchbook challenge. Each morning a new “prompt” is released and we have to sketch something that relates to that prompt! Some are easier than others!!! […]
I was going to share an update with you on Wednesday but..I was sooo close to finishing this, I really just wanted to get it done. I put the last stitch in on Thursday night….although I was playing some SERIOUS yarn-chicken for the last few rows! This was how much I had left as I […]