Finishing last year and onto 2017

I haven’t been on my blog for a while- December was very busy craft wise as this year I made all my own cards and Christmas presents as I had a lot more time than previous years now I’m retired from midwifery, and then its been the usual post Christmas rush catching up with all sorts of projects, however hopefully now things are back to a more steady pace and I can share my projects during the year which will include a few for my eldest daughters wedding . She got engaged at the end of the summer and will be getting married on August 18th this year in Christchurch Dorset. Currently i am making some hopefully very nice “rustic” themed wedding invitation cards which hopefully I can share with you soon including the details of how I made them. A couple of photos below of some of the crochet Christmas  presents made for my daughter and son in law to be and my youngest son.

I made a a lovely chunky mermaid tail for my daughter at her request – using 12 balls of Sirdar “Chunky” yarn


mermaid tail in Sirdar chunky

I made some warm bobble hats for my sons and son in law to be, scarves and mittens, the basket weave stitch hat and scarf were made with Scheepjes stonewashed yarn in the lovely shades of blue apatite and smokey quartz which go very well together, another hat in some left over schweppes merino soft from my last dance under the stars blanket, and some bright blue creations for my youngest son in the Pokemon team mystic colours using the new love crochet Paintbox aran yarn, which I must say is a nice budget acrylic yarn to work with with- practically no splittings  and a nice soft finish


Blue, white and grey team mystic set with Paintbox yarn aran and Scheepjes stonewashed basketweave hat and scarf.


New projects for this year include one of my favourite things to crochets – shawls, the first I have started is the Scheepjes melting snowflakes shawl which I have chosen to make in the “crystal” colour way, this uses Scheepjes gorgeous merino soft yarn again with crystal bead decoration in the flowers and for the tassels at each end- this is my work so far and when I finish it I will share some photos and review the kit provided by scheepjes.


Scheepjes melting snowflake shawl in merino soft

Just finished on the shawl front is Joanne Scrace’s Northmoor lock shawl, I would class this as a shawl type scarf, from the The Crochet Project– The Shawl project Book 1, I previously made her Acer  shawl (Love Crochet CAL Acer Shawl) which you can see below also, Joanne is definitely the Queen of shawls as far as I can see and I will be treating my self to the Shawl project book 2 in the future. For the Northmoor lock I used the new Scheepjes secret garden cotton and silk mix yarn, I chose the shade lily pond as the shawl/ scarf was for myself and the pattern used 3 50gram balls, the pattern is suitable for any silk mix yarn, the scheepjes secret garden works up beautifully and makes a lovely draped fabric. I used a 3.5mm clover hook with the yarn, I blocked the the shawl afterwards as Joanne suggests and washed it in my favourite jasmine Eucalan for blocking 🙂 This an ideal project for a crochet beginner I would say.


Northmoor Lock pattern by Joanne Scrace The Shawl project book 1



Acer Shawl pattern by Joanne Scrace – Love Crochet CAL

I plan on completing some more of Joannes shawl patterns this year which i will share and also i am going to to do the new Scheepjes  CAL the “Hygge” wrap, I will review the kit provided by Scheepjes when I receive it and share my Cal journey – this CAL is slightly unique in that it includes decorating the crochet with cross stitch and lining the wrap, the project has been designed by Kirsten Ballering. So hopefully see you during the year for ongoing projects- what do you have planned for 2017?

Happy hooking and crafting 🙂

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!


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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.


Cute pixie baby hat

Found a very cute pattern for a pixie style baby hat called “Mixie Pixie” by Theresa Grant, the pattern can be purchased here , I would point out that this pattern is in American crochet terms but as it only uses 2 stitches – triple crochet and front and back post triple crochet it is very easy to read from the american terms – which call the stitch we know as a triple as a double crochet. The hat starts with a foundation triple crochet row which gives the hat a nice chunky border with plenty of stretch to allow for variation in head size. you can leave off the tail if you don’t want it but personally I think it makes the hat, there is also a pattern for a flower to attach if required. This is a lovely quick and easy pattern which I would recommend and  can be made with a variety of dk yarns to produce an individual style.


This one above is made with the gorgeously soft and pretty fairisle Sirdar Baby Snuggly Crofter which is available in plenty of gorgeous colorways, this is my go to yarn for baby items as it is incredibly soft and always works up well both in the variegated and plain colour ways available in the “Snuggly” range, I used a 4.00mm clover hook.

The one below I made from some super wash Merino dk by Artesano I have in my stash, Artesano unfortunately went out of business after Brexit, but you could use any Merino dk, preferably one that is machine washable like this one for obvious reasons, for this slightly chunkier dk I used a 4.5 mm clover hook.


Cute aren’t they?

If anyone wants to buy one of these ready made they are available in my Etsy shop here : Pogle’s Cottage Crafts, various colours / size can be made to order.


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.


Crochet basket pattern


I wanted to make a  handy crochet project basket for indoors,  to use for my current project of the week instead of manhandling my big crochet bag all over the house- also I wanted to try and make it like yarn bowl so I could leave my yarn in it instead of it either unravelling on the floor or again having to move the yarn bowl around. I did think first to go a rustic looking yarn but then I decided to go with something a bit more fun and colourful using t shirt yarn, I used Scheepjes Nooodle ( yes it is 3 x o). This was more than  robust enough to make a standing basket and was made using a clover 12mm hook.

To make-

You need 3 skeins of Scheepjes noodle- in the colours or colour of your choice. 12mm crochet hook, stitch marker, scissors, needle and sewing cotton.

I started with a magic ring – 6 dc = 6st, mark your last stitch on each row with a stitch marker

row 1: 2 hdc in each stitch= 12st

row 2: *1 hdc, 2 hdc in next stitch* – repeat to end of row =18st

row 3: *1 hdc in first 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 24st

row 4:*1 hdc in first 3 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 30st

row 5:*1 hdc in first 4 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 36st

row 6:*1 hdc in first 5 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 42st

row 7:*1 hdc in first 6 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*, repeat to end of row = 48st

row 8:dc in back loop 48st ( this forms a slight ridge at the base of the basket before you go upwards)

row 9: dc both loops  48 stitches

rows 10-15 : repeat row 9

I changed colour on row 16 if you wish to do the same, row 16 &17 were green, rows 18 & 19 were purple, r0ws 20-23 were green, returning to purple on row 24.

If you don’t want a yarn escape : Rows 16 – 29: repeat row 9 1 dc in each stitch

if you do want a yarn escape-

on row 21: dc 24 stitches, slip stitch next 2 stitches, dc next 22 stiches

on row 22: dc 21, 1 tr, 2 chain, 1 tr, dc 23

on row 23-29 – repeat row 9

Fasten off, I then turned the last row over to form a lip for the basket, I sewed this into place underneath with purple thread.

Tip: weave in eands using a safety pin to pull the t-shirt fabric through-  didn’t have a needle big enough for this one 🙂


handle if you want one :

Chain 30 with a strand of each colour, or two strands of the 1 colour if thats what you are using, hdc in the the second chain from the hook to the end, fasten off. Attach to underneath of the lip of the basket where required with needle and cotton.

Essentials pocket ( I did mine in a contrasting colour)

Chain 11

row 1: dc in second chain from hook to end, 10st

row 2: chain 1, dc to end, 10st

row 3-14 : repeat row 2

fasten off and sew onto basket in required spot with needle and thread, I then divided my pocket by sewing down the middle as well-  and added a samll bow of tshirt fabric at the top as decoration- or you can hang stich makers on the bow :). I’m now happy using my soft basket / yarn bowl – just the job !

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