11 crochet (and craft) resolutions for a joyful New Year

Do you still make New Year’s resolutions? I tend to think of them more as goals because ‘resolutions’ seems to have been overtaken by the toxic diet culture and punishing gym routines that spring up every year (anyone else’s mute and report button seeing a lot of action right now?). In my mind resolutions are there to focus on what will make you happy. And seeing as you’re already great… Read More »11 crochet (and craft) resolutions for a joyful New Year

Stellar snowflake scarf – crochet pattern

It’s here! Both winter *brrrrr* and the Stellar Snowflake Scarf pattern! Wrap up warm in this super oversized crochet scarf with tassel edging and hexagon snowflake design. Imagine it on a frosty morning walk with a bright winter coat, wrapped as a shawl over a chunky knit or… how perfect would it be over a black dress/jumper dress for a festive Christmas outfit?! It’s named after the Stellar Dendrite snowflake,… Read More »Stellar snowflake scarf – crochet pattern

How to do a half treble (htr) crochet stitch

Discover the half treble crochet stitch or half double crochet if you’re in the USA. This easy stitch is short and sweet, and there’s something about pulling the yarn through all three loops which makes it very satisfying to work up! It’s ideal for creating a denser fabric, that has more movement than plain double crochet (or single crochet for US terms). Half treble crochet (htr) – UK terms Half… Read More »How to do a half treble (htr) crochet stitch

Hedgerow Throw – crochet pattern

Perfect for sun soaked picnics, keeping warm as the sun sets on the beach, or throwing on the bed in winter. This granny style blanket features a picnic inspired plaid pattern, continuous join and tassel edging. The colour palette of sage greens, deep reds and mustard is inspired by late summer berries and hedgerows. But it would look great in any colour combination – I can’t wait to see some… Read More »Hedgerow Throw – crochet pattern

Breeze raffia belt – free crochet pattern

Crochet a simple summer belt with this free crochet pattern. You could say it’s a breeze to make… Size options include both waist and hips sizes, making it the perfect finishing touch to your summer outfit whether that’s a floaty dress or denim shorts and a t-shirt. It’s so quick you could have it finished in an evening, or even better while sitting in the afternoon sun! All you need… Read More »Breeze raffia belt – free crochet pattern

Four ways crochet is good for your wellbeing

With the #crocehttherapy and #crochetastherapy hashtags having just under 400,000 posts between them and the news that GPs are due to start prescribing that arts and crafts as part of a new practice called social prescribing, it’s not surprising that more and more of us are discovering the metal health benefits of crochet. Guardian writer Jennifer Macey’s recent article Happy hookers: how prescribing creativity might help wellbeing, featured research from… Read More »Four ways crochet is good for your wellbeing

Alpine cushion cover – free crochet pattern

This easy crochet cushion cover uses chunky yarn held double to create a modern dip dye effect. The colours echo dense trees giving way to mountain tops and finally golden sunlight. So I figured the alpine stitch was pretty apt for a cushion inspired by forests, plus it gives a beautifully squishy textured finish – perfect for cosying up with! It’ll add a pop of colour to any room, plus… Read More »Alpine cushion cover – free crochet pattern

An example of foundation double crochet stitch

How to do a foundation double crochet stitch (fdc)

The foundation double crochet stitch allows you to work your starting chain and first row of dc at the same time. It’s much quicker and much less fiddly than working as separate rows and inserting your hook into each chain stitch – especially for larger projects! Let’s face it we all just want to get going when starting a new crochet project and the instruction to chain 120 (or insert… Read More »How to do a foundation double crochet stitch (fdc)

Lichen it poncho – crochet pattern

Colour pop, texture, flattering boat neck and drape – hook up this crochet poncho for your wardrobe stat! Wear over a top to keep the chill off or layer over a turtle neck or roll neck for maximum winter warmth. The gorgeous texture is created from a variety of stiches, all explained in the PDF pattern, while the rectangular shape keeps things simple and modern – a great first step… Read More »Lichen it poncho – crochet pattern

How to join yarn with a magic knot

Goodbye weaving in ends! Okay, maybe not completely – you’ll still have a few from starting and finishing your work, but joining yarn with a magic knot will leave you with way less than usual. Let’s face it weaving in ends is the least fun part of any knit or crochet project, whether you’re disciplined and do them as you go or if leave them until last (yep, I’m in… Read More »How to join yarn with a magic knot