February 2020: Filigree

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/filigree-14 Filigree The design:Filigree is a modern twist on a vintage lace work stitch worked in a square from the centre out. It is an ongoing expandable pattern created by repeating a set of 10 rounds. This means you can make anything from a place mat to a bed spread depending on how many times … [Read more…]

January 2020: Muyan Tile Motif

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/muyan-tile-motif The design: The Muyan Tile Motif is a modern twist on a vintage lace stitch worked in a diamond tile from the centre out. The motifs are joined using a join as you go (JAYG) method, full instructions included. Muyan Tile Motif is an intermediate level pattern that requires focus, concentration and counting. Muyan Tile … [Read more…]

Doilies are they daggy?

I don’t know about you but for me there are certain words that I find really ugly or beautiful despite their meaning. A good example is the word cellar. cellar/ˈsɛlə/ a room below ground level in a house, often used for storing wine or coal.”the servants led us down into a cellar” I think most … [Read more…]

Scheepjes Chunky Monkey Review

I am not an acrylic person, mainly because it creates little micro splits in my fingers so I avoid it, however when designing Peony I wanted to be able to suggest a quality acrylic yarn to use. As fate would have it, just before I released Peony, Scheepjes announce their Chunky Monkey range and I … [Read more…]

Happy Mother’s Day! Free pattern: Fleur

Fleur is a stylish and practical hanging basket, it can be used as an odds and ends organiser, or as shown pop a cute faux succulent pot in it for an on trend decorator piece. Requirements: 75m of 12 ply yarn or you can double strand an 8ply yarn (sample shown is Moda Vera Egerton … [Read more…]

Stitch height is a thing! Who knew!

As a designer I do get concerned when people are struggling with one of my patterns. I do my best to work with them to brain storm where something might have gone wrong. Until now my suggestion for achieving correct gauge has always been related to hook size but as I recently found out this … [Read more…]

When yarn choice matters:

Have you ever started a pattern and get a little way (or a long way) in before getting frustrated that it just isn’t sitting right? Perhaps you’re trying to make a yarn bowl and it keeps flopping over side ways or you are wanting a nice slouch hat but it is sitting up like a … [Read more…]

Thirteen: 2019 New Years Day Special

Whovians all over the universe are excited by the new scarf being sported by the 13th incarnation of The Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, in this years New Years Day Special sneak peek. Featuring a vertical rainbow stripe, it is perfect for a crochet translation. Even better it is a great stash busting project. The colour sequence … [Read more…]