Verb: pootle
poo-t(u)l To move in a leisurely unhurried way,
with no real purpose

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

♥ Spring Sampler Shawl ♥

This time last year I was busy designing, making and writing up the
 pattern for my Spring Sampler Shawl. The pattern was then featured
 on as a free Crochet-A-Long, meaning that across 4 weeks the
 pattern was published in 4 different parts so that people could work on the
 pattern at the same time, completing each section ready for the next part of the pattern.


I made two different shawls in two different yarn types and colour ways. 
I used a DK weight yarn and all the details are included in the pattern.

The idea behind the design was to have a piece of work that really showcased the detail 
and textures created by working different stitches. Each different band of stitches 
would then be separated by a strip of simple double crochet ( UK terms) for contrast.

As I wanted the stitch patterns to be the main focus of the shawl I worked the main
 stitch strips in the same colour throughout, and just used two different
 coordinating colours for the dividing strips to make the stitch 
bands really stand out.


I used 4 different stitches: Waffle stitch, Suzette stitch, Alternate Bobble stitch and
Zig Zag stitch. Within each part of the pattern have even included
 short video tutorials showing how to work each different stitch technique.

 For the borders I worked three different designs, a ruffle, a plain edge and a bobbled edge.


Both shawls were so lovely to work on and there was something very addictive 
about seeing the pattern develop with each row worked. 

Whilst working on the shawls I couldn't help but think what a gorgeous blanket
 it would also make so included in Part 4 of the pattern are all the details
 needed should you wish to make a blanket. 
I made mine cot size and it has pride of place in my granddaughters cot ready
 for when she comes to stay.


It also makes a perfect New baby gift.

Below are all 4 parts of the pattern. 
Simply click on each one for the direct link.

Alternative yarns:  Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
              Paintbox Simply DK
           Paintbox Baby DK
              Paintbox Cotton DK 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

 Crochet Hearts  

I have to admit - I do love a heart !
I wouldn't even like to hazard a guess at just how many
 there are hanging up in our house - 
whether they're wooden or tin or crocheted or painted, 
there's a home for them somewhere here.

Crochet hearts are a particular favourite though and 
there is just something so deeply satisfying about 
making these little 3D shapes.

I first had a go at making one of these about three years ago 
and I've lost count of how many different variations I have made since. 
The first one was as a trial to see if they would work as
 little Wedding Favours for my daughters wedding. 

Well, they did work and I ended up making over 40 of them !

The original pattern that I used is here if you fancy giving them a go.

They are also perfect for making little colour swatch hearts, 
I made these ones below when I was trying 
out the colours and yarns for my Spring Sampler Shawl

They make perfect stash busters too, 
with each heart taking only the smallest amount of yarn to make.

Since that first batch of hearts subsequent ones I have made have been 
tweaked and adapted until I have found my perfect shaped heart.
I think everyone has a preferred shape of their own.

I have even made some tiny little ones - perfect for key rings!


The most recent ones I have made are slightly bigger and fuller in shape
 and they were for the Heart Garland in my book.
You can find the pattern here

Also in the book is a pattern for a really simple flat heart. 

I designed this as part of my Wedding Wreath as I wanted to 
create the effect of a handful of heart shaped confetti.

 Book Photo by Emma Mitchell

With Valentines day upon us why don't you give Crochet Hearts a little try ?
I have to warn you though .... they are seriously addictive!


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

  Sometime soon...

Now, I know we're only in January and I know we could still be faced with an icy,
 snowy blast right up until Easter but already there is a little part of
 me that is willing Spring on.

Don't get me wrong, I love all the seasons and the various stages they go through
 but the January and February period is a tough one isn't it ? 

So, what to do to counteract those somewhat grey days ?
Why, crochet some Spring of course !

From wreaths, to garlands to zingy green hearts the possibilities are endless.
 This Spring Wreath is the one I designed for the Simply Crochet Magazine 2019 Calendar
 and you can find more details here


The wreath below is one that I made last year for Crochet Now magazine
 and this is the one that is currently hanging on my kitchen door, willing Spring along. 
You can find more details here.


Of course, the flip side of a grey day is a cosy evening in crocheting and if, like me, 
you have a fair few balls of yarn stashed away how about hooking up some
 of these little amigurumi hearts to be strung on to a ribbon ? 
They are simple and quick to make and you can find the pattern here


If one thing then leads to another and you find yourself wanting more
 evening crochet projects, what could be more Springy than a little Polar Bear
 dressed up in a Spring Flower crown ?

Originally I designed this bear as a Christmas Polar Bear ( pattern here )
 but with the winter accessories whipped off and some bright pastel flowers added ......

.... ta dah, Spring Bear !
You can find the patterns for tiny flowers and leaves here


One of the very first garlands I made was a Spring one. 
It was a combination of both knitted and crochet flowers ( you can find the detail here )
and it still comes out every year to decorate our fireplace. 

So, what Spring crochet have I got planned for this year ?
Well, right now, deep inside my head somewhere, there is a little seed growing for
 a crocheted snowdrop wreath design, 
and anytime soon I just might have to set to with hook and yarn
 and let the idea burst out !