I taught myself to crochet in August 2016 in honour of my Grannie, Mabel Eileen. I have fallen in love with crochet and I’m passionate about creating new things, adapting patterns to make them unique to me and I’m venturing out into the world by creating my own patterns too. This page is to further honour my Grannie and share my love of crochet with as many people as possible.
These ones are my Mummy and Me Slouchies which I designed for Jessica from Dyeing 4 Ewe. Jessica is local to me and asked for a beanie design to go with the beautiful yarn that she sells and I ended up designing two! One for an adult and one for a child. Both were designed with a beginner in mind and I love how the colours worked up.
The yarn goes a long way too and you can easily get more from the skein, or a pompom could be added!
The pattern is readily adjustable too so you can make them bigger or smaller or you can have less slouch!
The pattern is available with the yarn at a stall where you can find Dyeing 4 Ewe when she is at a market. Or you can purchase the yarn directly from her online and the pattern is in all my usual places below.
Crochet is my passion. I taught myself a few years ago to honour my Grannie and I had no intent on doing much more than learn it and maybe make a few things. What I wasn’t expecting was how addicted I would get to this craft.
I sew, I have done some knitting, I enjoy craft activities, but there is something different about crochet. It has become more than just a craft that I do. Crochet has become my meditation, my relaxation and my joy. It is my outlet for the stresses of the day and my favoured way to pass the wait times and unwind.
And I know that I am not alone in enjoying the side benefits of crochet. So many of you that I have met along my journey also crochet because of the added benefits (and you know I don’t just mean the yarn and pretty accessories!). Some of you have chronic illnesses or have battled or are battling serious disease. Some of you need an outlet for stress from the kids. Some of you are home a lot more than you used to be and need something to help you pass the time.
I get it. Crochet is our therapy. It is our happy place.
On my journey I have also noticed that a lot of us are teaching ourselves crochet. We’re searching for you tube videos, posing questions in facebook groups or crochet sites or asking a friend. There aren’t many local workshops available, and they usually target the beginners. There are also some local groups that will get together and crochet too, but they are the established crocheters.
All of this prompted me to start thinking about what I could do to help more people crochet. So many of us benefit from the craft and I want so many more to benefit too! I want to help fill the gaps in people’s knowledge and help you all build on your crochet skill set. And that is why last month I mentioned that I have something new and exciting coming your way…
Well it’s time to tell you more!
The Hooked on Crochet Club! (How cool is that name?!) is coming! I’ve been teasing a little bit on instagram and facebook and would love for you to follow me there!
Doors to the Crochet Clubhouse will be opening a little later this month, and when they do, they will only open for a short while and then they will close until next quarter. If you already want to be the first to find out what is happening when, then be sure to add your name to the door list! There will be special founding clubhouse pricing for those that opt in early and it will be the only time it is offered.
Let me tell you a bit more about the Hooked on Crochet Club.
The Hooked on Crochet Club is a place where crocheters can come and develop their crochet skills. Each month I will be providing two patterns and they are “Patterns with a Purpose“. Both patterns will use the same stitch design, and one is for a small project, the other for a larger project. The intent is to help you to practice a new stitch or stitch design on a small project before you decide if you want to go on to make the bigger project.
How many of you have WIPs (works in progress) that are sitting there because you aren’t enjoying making them? This club is going to help prevent that from happening! Crochet is a personal thing and we all have our preferences. Sometimes the big projects can look beautiful but it isn’t until you start making it and get part way through that you realise it just isn’t for you. Trust me, I have all the yarn for a huge mandala that I haven’t gotten past round 16!
How many of you have projects you want to try but don’t feel that you have the skills that you need? My Patterns with a Purpose will help you gain that confidence and develop the skills that you need!
We’ll be following a rotating monthly theme. Texture, rows and rounds. I discovered in my workshops that not everyone that crochets can do each of these. Some have never worked with texture, some had never worked in rows. That shocked me a bit, but I get it. If you haven’t been shown, then you don’t know.
Everything will be provided digitally on the first of the month. There will be a detailed video tutorial for the small project, live hook and learn sessions throughout the month and the opportunity to have direct access to me to help you out when you’re stuck.
And yarn…there will be a yarn give away every month. You might need to do a little something to be in the running, but it’s for yarn! And for yarn worth having…just check out this store to find out what you could be getting…
And all of this will help you along a crochet success path below. You’ll see more in the Crochet Clubhouse and I am guessing that some of you could tick boxes in more than one box below! My task is to help you along this journey to where you want to get to.
So what do you think? More details will be coming out in the next week or so, but you’re going to need to be on my door list to be the first to know. The doors will only be open for a short while and they won’t open for another 3 months once they close. So if you want to have the opportunity to be one of the founders of the clubhouse be sure to get on the door list!
While you’re still here, why not comment below as to how hooked you believe you are already…and how hooked you want to be…There is a place for everyone in the clubhouse, no matter what your level so far!
I am really, really excited for you and the clubhouse. This really is just the beginning of what will be on offer. I have so many more plans for it, and I haven’t even told you all of what you will get from the Hooked on Crochet Club!
I would love for you to follow me on social media…instagram and facebook …and spread the word!
Lola yarn is my new love! I have written of some gradient yarns previously, but that was before I knew Lola, so I thought I should show her some love here too!
Gradient yarns are a favourite for me. The colours are pre-determined and the colour change happens for you, so you can imagine how excited I was to discover Lola!
There are so many colours to choose from with Lola! And you get to design your own too if you want.
There are way too many to describe here, but I can tell you about some that I have seen and used. All that I have used have been made with four threads. They are all individual, which can take some getting used, especially if you don’t tend to hold your thread too much while you work. I do know that some add a small bead before they start so that the threads stay together better. I haven’t needed to do this though.
Glitter Lola. She is so pretty. All the way through the bobble is a glitter thread. The glitter thread does drape and crochet in differently, but was easy enough to work in with the other threads. It also meant I could keep the design simple too so that the glitter thread could shine and be the feature! I used this one to make my Fairy Floss Sparkle Lola.
Rainbow in…I used Rainbow in the Wood. I wasn’t sure of this as I was using it. This one had a brown and a cream thread all through it and it had the colours of the rainbow switch in and out. It wasn’t until I took one photo of it laid out that I could see the magic of the rainbow and I truly fell in love! I used this one to make my Rainbow in the Woods Poncho.
Bali.I have not yet used Bali, but I do have one on my shelf. It’s a lace weight and I love that it is 100% cotton!
Lambswool and Silk. This one is on it’s way to me. I have too many Lola’s on my shelf right now to purchase more but I did it anyway! Coco 727 will be hitting my home soon as I love working with silk.
Bobbel Boxx. I have a box of these on the way to me too!! These one come as minis separately in a box. And I believe you can also pick your own colour combo. I purchased the Ice Peach, and I’m toying with a blanket idea in my head. They’re perfect for switching the colours in and out and making up your own gradient!
I promise that this is only some that you can choose from. I order all mine through Yasmin at BelleMae Yarns. I know that she has a lot more coming soon! I am also teaming up with Yasmin for a new project coming up. I love her energy and I love the BelleMae Yarns experience that comes with every order I make. I also want to give more people the opportunity to share the same experience too! So if you have signed up to my newsletter prior to June 2019, then you get an opportunity to win a Lola of your own! And get the full BelleMae Yarns experience. If you haven’t signed up, then be sure to head here and do so (you might even get a free pattern to say thank you!).
It doesn’t stop there though! Giving away yarn will also be part of my Hooked on Crochet Club coming soon! Be sure to be on the list if you want to hear more and in the running every single month…
Be sure to show me your photos if you get yourself a Lola!
Crocheting a stool cover was on my “must do project” list for this year! Sometime last year I bought a stool with the intent of making one, and then of course it sat in the box hidden away for months and months on end waiting for me to create a cover for it.
I was finally prompted to make one when I reorganised a few rooms in my house and instead of moving the box with the stool in it, I decided instead to unpack and put the stool together. Once assembled it was much easier to get motivated!
So here is the stool and and it’s cover!
I’ll explain how I made it so that you can make your own stool cover too.
The stool was on that I purchased from IKEA for $12AUD. I really should have purchased more!
Any yarn can be used, but I recommend using a 100% cotton. This one was from Hobbii yarns and I used a 3mm hook.
The pattern started out as being a mandala from Mandalas to Crochet which I then added more rows to, and I’ll explain that in a bit more detail later.
So essentially you can apply these instructions to any round stool cover with any mandala design that you like. You can do the same with a square one, but you will need to find a square motif to use instead.
What I did was followed the pattern for the mandala that I chose. It didn’t go big enough so I added more rows of increases, just doing what felt right at the time and followed instructions given on previous rows to continue on with the same pattern. You will need to keep increasing until you are close to covering the top of the stool with the mandala. You don’t want to keep increasing to the edge or beyond it or you won’t be able to get the cover to sit flat once finished.
Once it is close to being the right size on top, you can stop increasing and add rows. You want to add enough rows that when placed onto the stool it goes a little past the bottom edge. If you look closely at my stool cover, the white row near the edge, between the yellow and the pink, is the last row of increases. I then added rows of double crochet (treble in UK) until went about 1 row past the edge of the stool – which for me was four rows.
My final row was a row of single crochet (double crochet in UK), chain one, skip one. This created a little edge that could have yarn woven in and out of. To finish, I cut a length of yarn that was about 1 1/2 times the length of the outer edge. I used a needle to weave the yarn in and out through the chain spaces of the last row. I then slipped the cover over the stool and pulled the yarn tight and tied it. I used a simple bow and then tucked it into the cover. Doing it this way means that I can tighten it if the cover comes loose, but it also allows for it to be taken off and washed. It also makes it more forgiving if you don’t get the sizing right!
I should also note that I was feeling like it wasn’t going to fit properly as I made it as it looked too loose. But persevere if you feel the same because I promise it will end up fitting perfectly!
It really wasn’t too difficult and the design options are endless! it’s a great way to use up your stash too.
They also make for an inexpensive gift for birthday’s and christmas. I thought mine would end up being more decorative than useful, but I have been using it as a foot rest, a seat during some yoga sessions, and for resting things on when I go live and need to have items close-by to reach! It also makes for a handy table to sit your yarn bowl on too…
If you give one a go and find yourself stuck, feel free to join my facebook group for help and ideas. I’m more than happy to help you out if you need it.
And tag me in any that you make as I love to see other peoples creations!
It’s time to release my first Lola pattern! With another Lola scarf in progress, 4 more Lola’s sitting on my shelf and another 4 in transit to me, I suspect you’ll see a few more of these patterns this year too!
This one was made with a Glitter Lola. I kept the design simple so that the glitter thread could shine. Sometimes it’s the yarn that does the talking more than the design.
It’s a lovely open, floaty shawl with a bit of flare added in the border. I did have almost 40g of yarn left too (fall back of designing sometimes), so you could even add an extra row or two to your version.
And don’t limit yourself to the glitter Lola, or even to Lola. This will work with any gradient yarns that you have around!
This will be a quick make for you too as there is a single row repeat until you get to the border! Perfect for sitting in front of the tv and mindlessly crocheting.
I’m excited as I have something new in the pipeline…
Why is it exciting?
It’s exciting because it will mean that I can provide more crochet to more people more often!
What is it?
That I can’t tell you. Not just yet anyway. But I promise that if you want to learn to crochet, or you want to improve on your crochet skills, and you want to get access to more patterns more often, that it will definitely be something that you will be excited for too!
I’m really looking forward to this as it will help me do more to meet my mission of getting more and more people to love crochet!
So if you’re hooked already, or know someone that might be, then be sure to join my mailing list. Anyone that is on my list will be given the inside scoop on just what it is that I am creating…and you’ll be given first dibs on it too…
More details will be coming soon, but be sure to spread the word and join my list if you haven’t already! You will also get something for free just for joining too…
Another scarf to add to my whirl series, of which there are quite a few now.
This is another one that I had fun making. It isn’t fudge friendly though, so if you make a mistake you really do need to go back and frog it. I learned eventually to check for mistakes frequently so that I didn’t have to unravel a row to fix it.
It seems that I didn’t post the border for this blanket yet…so let me post it now! But before I do you might want to refresh yourself with the square I used and how I joined.
It was such a pretty border to make too. I did most of it in a car trip down south to visit my parents, so I can guarantee that it is a travel friendly border.
So here is what I did.
Once I finished joining, I did the first row in the joining colour, working 1 single crochet into each stitch and 3 into the corner (double crochet if you’re using UK terms.
The second round was in the white. For this round I began with a chain 4, skipped a stitch and then worked one double crochet, chain 1 into every second stitch (the chain 1 is missing a stitch). In the corner I worked 3 of the double crochet, chain 1’s into the middle corner stitch of the round before. (If you use UK terms the double crochet is a treble).
The third round was in the light blue colour. This round I began with a chain 3, 1dc into a double crochet stitch and then worked 2 double crochet into each double crochet of the round before. In the middle double crochet of the corner in the last round I worked 5 double crochets. (this is a treble in UK terms).
The last round is where it looks really pretty! You essentially alternating with 1 single crochet and 1 front post double crochet all the way around. Nothing changes for the corner, keep alternating single crochet, front post double crochet all the way round. (if you’re using UK terms you’re doing a double crochet and a front post treble).
So there you have it! I’ll make sure I write up the full version of the pattern eventually. If you need direct help from me then be sure to join my facebook group for help and ideas!