56: The Little Yellow Duck Project

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A while back someone posted a message on my twitter feed suggesting I should look up The Little Yellow Duck Project. The Little Yellow Duck Project is a global initiative highlighting the life-saving random acts of kindness of blood, bone marrow, organ and tissue donation. It involves people around the world handcrafting little yellow duck gifts as [...]

54: This Little Piggy

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It is my friend Kate’s birthday and she had previously asked me to make her a crochet pig bean bag so hey presto! Here it is! My buddy Filipa drew a sketch of what it should look like. I think I put the ears on a bit funny though! I used some pink cotton dk [...]

53: Peacock & Bumble Bee

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I had a request to make a crochet peacock and a bumble bee for a friend at work. I used the same base for the peacock that I used for the chicken bean bags and then added 3 crochet feathers to the base. The bumble bee was much simpler – just a matter of working [...]

51: Target Pouffe

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This was a very easy and quick project – which I always enjoy. It’s from “Easy Crochet: Vintage & Retro” by Nicki Trench and I used a variety of colours of cheap chunky acrylic yarn plus a 8mm hook. eBay supplied the polystyrene bean bag balls for about a fiver.  

50: Fantastic Mr Fox

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I couldn’t wait to make this fabulous pattern by Jackie Laing in Inside Crochet. An easy enough pattern – just working in rounds really. I used an inexpensive acrylic wool mix yarn in the three different colours. My son kindly agreed to share Mr Fox with Grandma (because she fell in love with Mr Fox [...]

49: Crochet Yoga / Pilates Mat Bag

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My friend from work – Namrata – asked me to make her a crochet pilates mat bag. I always enjoy making new crochet things for my friends so I happily obliged! She bought the yarn in the colours she liked and off I went to make the bag. If you like the look of this [...]

48: Crochet Jar Cosy

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I wanted to make something to put all my pens in at work… in fact, a few of us wanted a pen pot. So I found some empty jam jars and decided to crochet some colourful crochet jar cosies! I just used some cotton dk yarn and made up a really simple pattern. You can [...]

47: Stegosaurus

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As soon as I saw this dinosaur in Simply Crochet, I knew someone who would love it… yup, my toddler Leon! He even chose the colours. I used some of my mass supply of Wolle Roedel cotton dk yarn and some polyester stuffing. Sewing each of the spines took a while so I don’t think [...]

46: Pretty Penny Purse

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I made these two beautiful little crochet purses after seeing the pattern in Inside Crochet by Sarah Coad. They were really quick to make up and turned out really well! I used a 3.5mm hook with a range of colours of different yarns: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK and Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK. I [...]

45: Ethel and Herr Cockadoodledoo

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After reading about  Rosella Tinn’s gorgeous Ms Clarice chicken pattern in Inside Crochet (issue 54), I decided it was time for me to also make a chicken! So I am pleased to introduce Ethel and her (German) father Herr Cockadoodledoo. We came up with a whole back story about the pair of them at work. Don’t ask. Ethel [...]

44: Baby Booties!

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It has been a while since I last blogged but that is because I have several different crochet projects on the go at once – so none are complete! I did however find a little time to make some tiny baby booties for my friends Soph and Ben’s baby, Oliver who was born a week [...]

43: Flowers Flowers Everywhere

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When I lived in Oxford I joined a crochet and knitting group called The Oxford Drunken Knitwits – a fantastic group of people who meet up every week in a local pub and knit or crochet together (or sometimes just drink!). Even though I no longer attend, as I am now in London, I still [...]

42: Orla Vest Top

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This is the first item of clothing I have made for myself and I am pretty chuffed with it! It’s the Orla Vest Top from Inside Crochet Issue 53. It was also my first attempt at trying out filet crochet – which is actually a really easy crochet style to learn and is extremely quick [...]

41: Wedding Heart Garland

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My friends James and Sarah got married yesterday and so I decided to make a little heart garland for them. I made it really quickly – just took me less than a morning! I found the pattern here and used some red cotton dk by Rowan.

40: Diana Shawl

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I finished this wonderfully soft Diana Shawl this week. The pattern was in Inside Crochet’s Complete Guide to Crochet and originally from Inside Crochet Issue 33, September 2012. It is by Helda Panagary – more information can be found on this Ravelry page. I used 6 balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Silver and then [...]

38: Olivia’s Petal Collar Cardigan

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My niece Olivia is turning 2 this week! I made her this beautiful blue cardigan using Sirdar’s Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK which is 80% Bamboo Cotton and 20% Wool. I then added 5 wooden toggle buttons. Perfect to wear with a dress this Spring / Summer. I bought the pattern from Etsy here.  

37: Crochet Granny Square Baby Blanket

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My very good friends, Soph and Ben, are expecting a baby boy on 4th July and so I wanted to make them a baby blanket! As he will be a Summer baby I opted for Sirdar’s Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK which is 80% Bamboo Cotton and 20% Wool. The design is very similar to the [...]

36: Cars Cars Cars

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My son Leon adores this. He is slightly obsessed with cars… trucks, lorries, trains etc so I had to make him this crochet car bunting. As soon as I saw the pattern in my crochet magazine (Inside Crochet issue 53 by Lynne Rowe @thewoolnest) I knew it was for him. A really great pattern that [...]

33: Multi-Coloured Giraffe

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I love this colourful giraffe I made from a variety of colours I had leftover of Debbie Bliss Cotton DK and Rowan Handknit Cotton DK. I found the pattern on a great blog called I Love Buttons by Emma. This is a good pattern for practicing working in rounds and increasing and decreasing with single crochet (US) [...]

31: Lubina Wrap

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This is probably my favourite thing I have crocheted. The pattern requires Manos del Uruguay silk blend yarn plus a 5 mm crochet hook. This yarn is beautiful but quite pricey so I opted for a cheaper version: Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK Yarn, 50g. I needed about 3 balls in each shade (9 total): [...]

30: Chickens!

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I came across this brilliant crochet blog called Petals to Picots and found a crochet pattern for some cute little chick bean bags! I made the smaller chick pattern in orange and in white. My toddler LOVES them I am selling these chicken on my etsy shop here.

29: Lulu’s Collar

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I found this wonderful pattern for a crochet collar on a blog that I follow called Lulu Loves. I used Katia Brisa (colour 38) which is 60% mercerised cotton, 40% viscose yarn and a 2.5mm hook.

28: Cosy Lap Blanket

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I finally finished working on my tweed blanket! I am so happy with the end result. This pattern used a stitch I had never attempted before: front post tr (UK) or front post dc (US). Once I got the hang of the stitch, it was a pretty easy pattern to follow. The pattern was from [...]

27: Toddler Owl Hat

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My son Leon needs a hat. He is two and can say the word OWL. So I made his this crochet owl hat! I found a very easy pattern from a super crochet blog called Repeat Crafter Me. Here is the pattern, which probably took an evening to make. I used a combination of brown [...]

26: Toothless the Dragon

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When How to Train your Dragon came out at the cinema, I totally fell in love with Toothless the dragon. So much so that I trawled the internet for a pattern to crochet him! And here is the pattern on etsy or ravelry. The pattern is by Cecilia Maczka. I used Patons 100% Cotton DK in black which [...]

25: Woollen Baby Blanket

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The first thing I made my nephew Ralph before he was born, was this crocheted granny square baby blanket, made from 5 different colours of Patons Fairytale Colour 4 Me DK which is 100% Wool. Patons have now changed this to Fairytale Dreamtime DK. I used cream as the base colour, along with orange, lime, [...]

24: Oversized Cowl

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I just finished this gorgeous cowl this morning after working on it for a couple weeks whilst commuting on the train. I found the pattern on etsy. The pattern suggested using mohair yarn but I still had a lot of Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in 002 Ecru which is 100% Merino Wool – extra soft – [...]

22: Rabbit Cushion Cover

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I made another cushion cover recently using Robin FX Chunky in Moorland and Robin Chunky in Claret. I really loved how this pattern looked (for sale here at Craftsy). The back of the cover still needs a couple buttons to complete it.  

21: A Dog’s Bone

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My colleague Jane has the cutest dog and he needed a bone to chew! I also put a couple squeakies inside to amuse him. It is made using dishcloth cotton which is a fantastic cheap yarn to use for many projects. A very simple pattern involving single crochet (US) or double crochet (UK) and increasing [...]

20: Easter Bunny Egg Cosy

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I made this cute little bunny egg cosy for my friends at Easter and put a chocolate egg inside it. A very simple pattern involving single crochet (US) or double crochet (UK) and working in rounds. The pattern is from lionbrand.com. I used some pink yarn to create a pom pom for the tail.