Friday 20 October 2017


Block stitch wrapped cushion from 2012

 A 2 row pattern. 
Colour change, EVERY ROW 

Ch 4, sl st into a ring. 
ROUND 1: 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch3, sl st to finish, cut off and weave in ends at the end of every round. 

ROUND 2: sc, ch3, sc, (corner), ch2, (sides) repeat for all 4 sides, sl st to complete round. 

ROUND 3: Start in any corner ch sp. 3dc, ch3, 3dc, (corner), 3dc, in next ch sp, 3dc, in next ch sp,(side), repeat for all 4 sides, sl st to compete. 

ROUND 4: Start in a corner ch sp. sc, ch3, sc, (corner), ch2, sc, in next sp, ch2, sc, in the next sp, ch2, (side), repeat for all 4 sides, sl st to finish. 

ROUND 5: Repeat round 3 
ROUND 6: Repeat round 4. 
Continue to repeat rounds 3 and 4 until you have enough rounds to wrap around your square cushion pad and meet in the centre. 
Sew together 2 diagonal seams sew together an couple of inches each end of the second diagonal opening add buttons and ch st, loops or add a bitten band of sc, to the one side and use the sps, between the blocks as button holes adding buttons to the button band

Make it as big as you require changing colour every round

I first did a wrap cushion way back in 2012 and have made several versions since.
One of the first i made in 2012 to go over a striped cushion cover to create a double pattern. Make the giant granny slightly smaller than required so it opes at the sides and join at the centre only 
A block stitch version from 2013

Wrap cushion cover from lots of granny squares...

Basically its just a big Granny square, or lots of smaller square wrapped around a cushion....granny shells, solid dc, or a block stitch square. 

Make it big enough to wrap around the cushion you want to cover

One I did for Book 1: Granny Squares with a vintage vibe, that never made the book.
Mixed yarns to create your own yarn look 

Monday 16 October 2017


One of the easiest jackets to make..just one giant granny square folded in half and the seams sewn up leaving 6" holes for your arms to go through.

Use a spaces dyed yarn of change colour every round, perfect for those winter snuggles
Square at 400g. 32"

Got to a metre, using just under 600 grams of yarn...

sewed up the seams and tried it on....
it fits, but it's a shrug and wanted mine to be a little bigger so adding another 100+grams

JAMES C BRETT STONEWASH would be perfect for this project....
Love those 3 colours the best from the range

The end one with orange in, is the nearest to the colour I used back in 2014 is col. SW3

My favourite of the new colours is the middle one with a soft butter yellow in Col. SW2

Pink/lilac one is Col. SW5

All the shades make a fabulous granny square too
Beautiful to crochet with no splitting,a lovely twist to it and such beautiful soft colours

4mm hook
Giant granny square worked in reverse rounds, to keep you square a perfect square with no swing to the way you are crocheting, it also makes for a reversible granny square so the roll of the neck line wont be the wrong side when you wear it.

magic circle
ROUND 1: ch2, counts as first dc, 2dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, sl st to complete. tighten magic circle.
ROUND 2- 46: turn ch2, 2dc, ch2, 3dc, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, in each corner, sl st to complete.

For me 46 rows made it big enough to reach my wrist

Finished it with a Shell stitch edging 
3tr, ch3 3tr in every other sp, with sc in between the granny shells

before i added the shell edging with my favourite pin 

Sunday 8 October 2017

Yarn shopping WW DAY OSWESTRY, today for a new bag creation...

Feeling in need of another bag, well a girl can't have too many bags can she?

Gathered together my sample creations as inspiration, 2009 to 2013 with lots of colour....

Yarn shopping today at Wonderful Wool Day Oswestry, [click for full details]
I've never been before so really looking forward to the day and i have a yogo for Crocheters class booked for 3 quite excited

I will be on the look out for lace weight 3ply anything in a fine weight for the new bag creation

Saturday 7 October 2017


Flower Scarf 

the centre of the flower is the same pattern as used in the
link to pattern here

Use the first 3 rounds OF LINK ABOVE 
Pictures only on this post for first 3 rounds

to make the centre then add the petals below

Round 4: Att. petal col. sc [dc], in a st, between a pair of sts, ch3, sc [dc], miss a st, sc [dc], in next st, ch7, sc [dc],in same st, ch3, miss a st, sc [dc], in next st, ch3, miss a st, sc [dc], ch7, sc [dc], in same st, repeat to end, finish with ch3, sl st to complete. (6 x ch7 loops, 12 x ch3 loops)

Round 5: cont. in same col. 6dc [6tr], ch3, 6dc [6tr], into ch7 loop, sl st into the next sc [dc], of row below, repeat for all petals.

join as you go using the 2nd ch st, at each point as a sl st, into the motif before.

Make a row as long as you require
join many together to make a wrap or large scarf.

If making a wrap join a row of flowers as for the scarf then the second row wold be staggered and joined from one floor to the next

Friday 6 October 2017


Have always loved the Anemone of my favourite flowers. 
Over the years i have created one or two versions using the black centre white ring and shades of purple for the petals.
This one i originally designed in 2012, this update is the pattern recreated in cottons.

An old pattern from 2012 remade in cotton with a box border added

A double Anemone in the box below

The old picture slightly dark and made in wool/mix. 
I've remade and doing the new pattern in Cottons

Anemone Pattern
Black for centres white band, and several shades of purples Cotton DK.
4mm hook
UK Terms in red

Magic circle in black or a very dark purple work too or even navy blue.

Round 1: continue in black, ch2 counts as first dc, [tr), 11dc [11tr] into circle sl st, to complete 
(12dc, [12r])

Round 2: Attach white in any st, 2sc (2dc) in every st, sl st to complete 
(24sc [24dc])

Round 3: attach purple shade in any st, 5dc (5tr) in next st, sl st into next 2sts, 5dc, (5tr) into next st repeat to end finish with a last sl st, cut and weave in end to complete. (8 petals)

Stop here and this flower can be used as decoration on lots of projects, add a pin and it can be worn as a courage flower or a hat pin.

but to make a box that can be joined together as a wrap throw or cover continue with the box pattern.

Round 4: Attach soft green shade in the middle (3rd dc [tr] in the shell of 5dc [5tr])
ch4, sc [dc], into 3rd dc [tr) on next petal, ch7, sc [dc], into 3rd dc [tr] of next petal, repeat for next 3 sides, sl st into first st, do not cut off but continue....

Round 5: continue in the soft green, 5sc [5dc], into first ch4 sp, 5sc [5dc], ch3 5sc [5dc], into next ch7 sp, repeat for all sides, (15sc [15dc] each side), sl st into first st, do not cut off continue...

Round 6: ch3, counts as first dc [tr] and ch1 sp, miss next st, dc [tr] in next st, ch1, miss next st, repeat to end of first side, 1dc [1tr], ch3, 1dc [1tr], in the ch3 corner sp, miss first st of next side, 1dc [1tr], into next st, ch1 miss a st, repeat to end of 2nd side, 1dc [1tr], 3ch, 1dc [1tr], in the next corner sp, miss next st, repeat sides and corners to end, sl st into first st, continue....

Round 7: ch1 counts as first sc [dc], sc [dc], in next ch1 sp, sc [dc], in next st (top of dc [tr]), continue to do a sc [dc], in every ch1 sp and every st, with 1sc [1dc], ch3, 1sc [1dc], in every corner sp, sl st to complete. Cut off and weave in end. (19sc [19dc] each side)

Make as many as your project requires and sew the squares together from the back with matching soft green yarn os crochet as you go in every stitch 

its a very simple but effective pattern that can be used in several ways...
A Wreath...
just needs some greenery to be added 

For this particular design i've joined the Anemone's together using a soft sage green, a colour that always gives a vintage sort of feel.....

I set out to make a bag, but on route a cowl was created first. 
Made with 12 of the Anemone Granny Squares

if I was leaving it as a cowl I would add a simple hdc, edging stitch just to finish it off.

But continuing on, as i want a new bag....running out of the sage green as all 18 Anemone squares were completed, what to do about the handle?
My son suggested a black top band and handle, great idea and practical too the bit that get grubby the quickest too...then i ran out of black would you believe it!

I'm over the moon with my new shopper but the strap is a little narrower than it will eventually be, only another couple of rows needed and not a scrap of 
Black DK Cotton in the place!

make 18squares and for this pattern i used join as you go for strength.

YARN: As I was using odd balls up i can't be absolutely sure of each yarn but
Total weight of the bag is 190g in Cotton DK

 7 Anemone shades 2-3g for each flower.
white small quantities less than a gram.
 1 x 100g Ball of Black. 
 3 x 50g Balla of Soft green (but they weren't full balls)

4mm hook

ROUNDS 1-6: 21sc (21dc), for each square making a total of 126sc (126dc) in the round.
ROUNDS 7: Continue with the round, 4 sts before the middle square ch50, (make this longer if you want a longer handle) then 4sts after the middle square sc into the 5th st, continue to sc until you reach 4sts before the second middle square on the other side of the bag, and repeat ch50, sc 4sts after the middle square, continue to sc, sl st to complete round,
ROUND 8: sc in every st, including the ch 50 of both handles,
ROUND 9-10: sc in every st, sl st to complete.

NOTE: Lengthen the handle by add in more chain stitches, and widen the strap by adding more rows.