Ready for December

Well I’ve finished that blanket that I shared a few squares of last time, so pleased with it, the contrast of the grey with the bright coloured centres is just lovely, and yet again another Scheepjes new yarn turns out to be a great choice to crochet with, Scheepjes Spirit is the name of this one – each cloud is named after a spirit animal:) its similar to Scheepjes stone washed but a fingering weight made from 56% cotton and 44 % acrylic. it is sooo super soft and tactile and I think will end up up being one of my top favourites! here are a few photos of the blanket I have completed, the pattern is by Dedri Uys of lookatwhatimade which appears in the the third Scheepjes Yarn bookazine.

I have also managed to finish some hats and a cowl for the chilly weather one in Bernat Chunky and one in Scheepjes wanderlust, definitely a good make now the temperatures have dropped slightly. I shall now be getting on with more items for Christmas as the countdown begins as usual, I have also included a photo of one of my embroidered decorations below- a partridge in a pear tree from the 12 days of Christmas theme, a few more of those to complete too:)



And onto the Autumn

Well unfortunately another long gap before writing again due to so much going on, wondering what I would have done if I had not retired 🙂 so many things happening, including moving house and unfortunately my husband lost his mother at the beginning of July after caring for her duing her illness. However we are now more settled in our new home now after moving 10 miles down the road to the outskirts of Wareham in Dorset and hopefully I shall be able to get down to some serious crafting again includling reopening my Etsy shop.

I have managed to complete some projects in between though despite all the upheaval – however I hope to get back to creating some designs of my own now life is more settled.

I managed to try out a few of the many new scheepjes yarns that have come out- though still a few more to try ! I already showed you my Scheepjes secret garden shawl last time, this time I tried the new wanderlust line ( which I have to confess to buying more than one shade of)- but so far I have only tried one of the three the gorgeous Rio de janerio shade to make a virus shawl, such vibrant colours and lovely smooth silky yarn to work with:

I also sucumbed to the purchase of one of the new Scheepjes whirls, I will just have to try the other colour combinations – they are all so gorgeous, I made the the lovely textured stormy day shawl pattern by Scheejes blogger   Kirsten Ballering.IMG_3448

I did manage to turn out a couple of amigurumi animals as presents too, another little elephant cutie made with Scheepjes cotton catona  and Lisa the mouse from another Scheepjes blogger pattern by and made with Scheepjes soft fun denim yarn which is so lovely to work with.

Well hopefully this time I will be back sooner- I will just leave you with a little taster of my next project on the go whilst trying to create some ideas of my own, a nice relaxing granny  square style blanket from the Midnight Garden edition of the Scheepjes Yarn bookazine using yet another new yarn from them – Scheepjes spirit which has elements of scheepjes stonewashed and scheepjes colour crafter I would say, the Lapghan as it is described has a very rustic feel but includes some gorgeous colours. These are the red squares:



Bunny Blankie crochet pattern


I love making blankies, a combination of my 2 favourites making blankets and amigurami   (making toys and figures by crocheting in the round), babies and children love both soft blankets and squishy toys to bring comfort and this is a combination of both. Ive concocted a few of these over the the last few years- but I think this is my favourite design, the combination of star stitch which has a super squishy texture  and a  cuddly bunny and made in one of the best baby type yarns from Sirdar in my opinion. This is my pattern below so that you can make your own :

You will need 2 balls Sirdar baby crofter snuggly fair isle dk for the main part of the blanket and the bunny ears (there are lots of gorgeous shades to choose from, the one I have used is 0166) and one ball of Sirdar snuggly baby in a plain contrast colour for the bunny and trim- I recommend the cream shade, you can either use dk or as I did use 2 strands of 4 ply crocheted together. You will also need a 4mm crochet hook ( I use clover hooks) a tapestry needle and some brown embroidery thread or wool if you prefer for the eyes and mouth. I recommend the use of a stitch marker for the bunny, for me a stitch marker is a must for amigurami.


(all instructions are using UK crochet terms  ch : chain, dc : double crochet, htr : half treble crochet, ss : slip stitch, sst : star stitch, RS : right side, WS : wrong side, Dc2inc = 2 dc in same stitch creating increase in stitches, dc2dec= dc 2 stitches together to decrease stitch count)fullsizeoutput_d4f


Star stitch , Chain 66 using your fair isle shade using a 4 mm hook,

 Row 1 (RS) Starting 2nd chain from hook, draw up a loop in each of the next 5 chain, yah, draw through all loops on the hook, ch 1, ( first star stitch) *draw up loop through eyelet at centre of previous star, draw up loop around last spoke of previous star, draw up loop in same chain as base of last spoke of previous star, draw up loop in each of the next 2 chain, yrh, draw through all the loops on the hook, chain 1 ( next star stitch made); repeat from * another 26 times, htr in last chain, turn. (28 sst, 1 htr)
Row 2 (WS) Ch 2 ( Counts as htr here and throughout pattern) *2 htr in eyelet of star, repeat in each sst , 27 times, htr in last st and turn, (60 htr.)
Row 3 (RS) Ch 3, starting in second chain from hook, draw up a loop in each of next 2 chain, draw up a loop in each of next 3 htr, yrh, draw through all loops on the hook, ch 1, (first sst made). * draw up loop through eyelet of previous star, draw up loop around last spoke  of previous star, draw up loop in same st as base of last spoke of previous star, draw up loop in  in each of the next 2 sts, yrh, draw through all the loops on the hook, ch 1 (next sst made), repeat from * another 26 times,  htr in last ch, turn (28 sst, 1 htr)
Row 4 (WS) As row 2
Repeat rows 3 and 4 18 more times or depending on your tension your work measures approx 31 cm x 31 cm.
At the end of the last htr row ch 1 , turn and work 60 dc evenly along each side of the square, and 3 dc into each corner, ss to first dc, fasten off.
Border  The border is worked in simple linen stitch, cast on with a slip stitch in the contrast plain colour yarn, ( if your are using the snuggly 4 ply use 2 strands throughout) at one corner, work 1 ch, 1 dc in first dc, miss one dc , 1ch, 1 dc in next dc, for this round only the st should be worked in the back loop only, subsequent 3 rounds should be worked in both loops. At each corner work 1 ch, 2dc, 1 ch, then miss a dc and continue with row. Complete 4 rows and ss to fasten off at last corner. Weave in ends.

This is the right side of the star stitch fabric created

Starting at the nose create a magic ring / circle using the contrast yarn, (if you are using the snuggly 4 ply use 2 strands throughout) using a 4mm hook ( if your fabric is too gappy reduce the size of your hook to make the tension tighter, if you tend to have loose tension, amigurami requires tighter tension than normal if you have not attempted this before) if you have not attempted a magic ring/ circle  before I would recommend watching this tutorial video on U tube by Bella Coco magic ring/ circle tutorial by Bella Coco
dc2inc = 2 dc in same stitch creating increase in stitches
dc3inc = 3 dc in same stitch creating increase in stitches
dc2dec= dc 2 stitches together to decrease stitch count
Round 1 Ch 1 ( does not count as a stitch )  work 6 dc into the ring ( 6 st)
Round 2 (dc2inc) 6 times, pull on the short end of the yarn from the magic circle to close the ring tightly, (12 sts)
Round 3 (dc2inc, 3 dc)  3 times (15 st)
Round 4 (dc2inc, 2dc) 5 times (20st)
Round 5 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 6 (dc2inc, 3dc) 5 times (25st)
Round 7 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 8 (dc2inc,4 dc) 5 times (30st)
Round 9 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 10 (dc2inc, 5 dc) 5 times (35sts)
Rounds 11- 17 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 18 (dc2dec, 2 dc) 7 times (28sts)
Round 19 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 20 (dc2dec, 2dc) 7 times  (21 st)
Round 21 (dc2dec, 1dc) 7 times (14 st)
ss to next dc and fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn.
Stuff the head and close off the opening with the yarn tail and tapestry needle and a gathering stitch .
Outer ears (make 2) with contrast yarn and 4mm hook
Chain 24
Row 1 (WS) 1 dc into second chain from hook, 1dc into next 21 ch, 3 dc into next ch, 1dc down reverse side of the chain to the end, turn (47sts)
Row 2 (RS) 1 ch, ( does not count as a st throughout ear) 23 dc, dc3 inc, 23dc, turn (49 st)
Row 3 1ch, 24dc, dc3inc, 24dc, turn, (51st)
Row 4 1ch, 24dc, dc3inc, 24dc dc2inc, turn, (55st)
Row 5 1ch, 27dc, dc3inc, 27dc, turn ( 57 st)
Row 6 1ch, 28dc,dc3inc, 28dc, turn (59st)
Row 7 1ch, 29 dc, dc3inc, 29dc, turn (61st)
Row 8 1ch, 30 dc, dc3inc, 30dc (63st)
fasten off with ss
Inner ears make 2 as above in the fair isle yarn
Sew the lower edges of the outer and inner ears together with the contrast yarn. gather the bottom edge of the ear with the same thread to shape the curve of the ear at the base, sew onto head.
Embroider the eye lines with chain stitch and 3 eyelashes in straight stitch on each eye. Embroider the nose with a large cross stitch.
To construct the blankie, take 1 corner of the blankie and place it as shown in the photo below between the ears on the back of the head, sew and secure onto the head, at least 5 cms down each side of the blanket edges and at the corner point.

happy snuggles!


All patterns are for unlimited personal use. Do not reproduce or sell (parts of) the patterns. Patterns may not be copied in any way (print or digitally), in part or in full, except for personal reference. Items may be sold that are made from this pattern as long as the designer is credited.

Last dance on the beach 2016 CAL – Sea blanket now finished

This will be my last post regarding the the Scheepjes last dance on the beach CAL 2016 in memory of Wink as i have now finshed my last dance in the sea blanket which i used the Scheepjes Colour Crafter option for, I have to say I have been quite impressed with this fab acrylic yarn and to be able to make such a gorgeous blanket for a budget price is definitely a bonus! With of course the added convenience that this acrylic blanket can be popped in the washing machine very easily – which is why I chose the acrylic version for my sones blanket.

I didn’t use the invisible zipper method for joining this blanket from the CAL pattern  like I did with the stars blanket as with these colours I felt the border colour actually added  something to the look of the blanket and it suited a division between the squares this time.


I loved making both these blankets and enjoyed the CAL group on Facebook from where I have also made some new instagram friends 🙂 With both these blankets to remind me of Wink’s beautiful colour rich designs its been a very special project to be involved in with crocheters from all over the world.


Last dance on the beach 2016 CAL finished stars blanket

So finally finished my last dance under the stars blanket for the Scheepjes 2016 CAL in memory of Wink, the the joining and border completed in the dark brown Rembrandt (609) merino soft. can’t describe just how soft and snuggly this yarn makes a blanket, with a lovely heavy quality feel and drape. This will be our new winter snuggly blanket for those chilly evenings without a doubt.



Having seen this finished blanket my son is now chomping at the bit for me to finish his last dance in the sea  blanket in the acylic Colourcrafter yarn from Scheepjes, I had better get a move on as I have lots of Christmas makes to get on with, however this year i should be able to get more done as being retired makes such a difference for the time availble for crafting !

I will be back with some photos of the sea blanket soon I hope 🙂

Last Dance on the Beach- week 12 and joining up the squares

So I have finally  finished my last squares for my merino soft last dance under the stars blanket, I have just 2 more to finish for my last dance in the sea Colourcrafter blanket. The last square is a lovely wavy design  with depth using back loop stitches, simple once you get going but I did find the the first  couple of rows a little challenging at times 🙂 The Colourcrafter square is in the very deep green Emmen (1116), some people foud this colour not to their liking in the facebook CAL group but when you see it with the other squares and colours you can see how it perfectly compliments the other colours. The merino soft square is in the beautiful deep red Rothkow (623). I found I needed to go up a hook size with this square, even with my fairly average tension the design works up quite tightly size wise, I used a 5.00mm clover hook for the merino and a 4.5mm clover hook for the Colourcrafter.


Now its the task of joining the 48 squares for each blanket- I do enjoy this bit as its nice to see all your work coming together, the method of joining in this CAL pattern also is helpful as it doesn’t create so many ends, it uses the flat zipper (slipstitch) method which gives a perfectly flat seam. Your wool and slipstitches are on on the back of the blanket using the inner loops of the edging stitch on each square to join the blanket, you first join all the squares vertically and then finish the process horizontally.


Vertical join only at the back of the blanket, horizontal join not yet made

The dance under the stars blanket uses the deep brown Rembrandt (609) for the joing and border, and the Colourcrafter dance in the sea blanket uses the pale wheaten Ermelo (1710). Hopefully in my next blanket post I will be able to show you a finished blanket.

Baby Cocoon – mermaid style


This weeks make whilst finishing the last squares on my two last dance on the beach blankets is a baby cocoon mermaid style –  with a pretty headband to match,  the large adult versions of mermaid blankets are very popular at the moment – my daughter keeps nagging me for one, I will make her one for christmas when I can find the chunky yarn I want actually in stock somewhere. However for now this a baby version from a pattern by Deborah O’Leary available to download on the Craftsy site. I have bought another one which is peapod cocoon- waiting for my yarn to arrive for that one. For this mermaid cocoon I used a lovel Sidar yarn in my stash – Snuggly Tiny Tots dk x 2 50g balls (shade 0994), the cotton flecking through the lovely soft acrylic yarn is so pretty and has worked very effectively for this project. Its a lovely yarn to crochet with as most Sirdar baby yarns are and worked up really quickly using a 3.00mm clover hook. I used some stash dk yarn leftovers for the flowers in pale pink, fushia pink and baby blue.

I’m pleased with the result and will be popping this in my Etsy shop to sell- cocoons can be quite popular for photo props for babies, or it can make a cute alternative for a blanket.