Monday 23 August 2021

A few days away and looking forward ...

I had a lovely few days away last week, staying at my sister, Aimee's, house in Norwich and also visiting the coast of north Norfolk. I hadn't been to stay with her for over 2 years and it was an absolute joy to see all the crocheted items that I had gifted to her and the family over the years. The blanket above was the second granny square blanket I made and it's good to see it still being used!

I also spotted my sample for my Luxury Crocheted Floor Rug by my niece's bed so snapped a photo of it too! It's over 5 years old and still going strong - Erika Knight Maxi Wool is amazing! This pattern is FREE in my Ravelry store, you can find it here.

We spent a day around Holt, Blakeney and Salthouse - such a beautiful little corner of the world. It left me feeling refreshed and ready to crack on with pattern writing too!

I'd started a pair of mitts before I left and found the break helped me focus and finish them with ease. I love it when a pattern behaves itself and works out just how I hoped! I'm really pleased to have received yarn support for these mitts from Vicki Brown Designs - 75% superwash merino/ 25% nylon sock yarn in Teal - it's such gorgeous yarn to work with!

The next steps for this one are adding the additional sizes (I'm hoping it will work in at least 4 sizes, maybe more) and then sending it to my testing team to see how they get on crocheting them. I look forward to sharing the pattern with you in October!

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Until next time, happy crocheting,

Marta xx

Thursday 12 August 2021

Crochet Pattern of the Month for August - with a discount code!

Eeeek! We're well into the 2nd week of August and I haven't announced my Pattern of the Month!

This month I have chosen a hat pattern because I know many of you are turning your attention to creating accessories for the winter months here in the northern hemisphere (elsewhere in the world you may be able to whip one up to wear before the cooler weather is behind you!). 

It's a delicate looking beanie which is crocheted sideways. It has lovely drape to it created by modified linked trebles - if linked stitches are new to you this is the perfect small project to give them a try! The pattern is a simple 4 row repeat which will soon become very rhythmic and mindful. 

The pattern is available in 4 sizes; child, teen, adult - M & adult - L.

It's also written for two yarn weights; 4ply or DK - full instructions are given for both weights so you can choose whichever you prefer working with (or try it out in both!). When choosing your yarn, go for a solid or semi solid colour because the overal look of this crocheted beanie is a knitted in the round effect - definite stripes give away this illusion!

I chose a faux fur pompom to finish it off but you could also make a traditional pompom or if you're not a pompom fan you could do what some of my followers have done and omit the pompom altogether!

You can find this pattern on Ravelry and on Lovecrafts, you can also use the code AUGUST21 to receive 25% off (but only in my Ravelry store). 

If you have any questions about this pattern - from initial yarn choices through to sewing in your ends - please reach out to me in the comments or Instagram DM.

Happy crocheting,

Marta xx

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