2 Free Crochet Bookmark Patterns in time for Gift Giving

2 Free crochet Bookmarks

With Christmas just around the corner, there’s still time to make some lovely gifts for your family & friends. These colourful, crochet bookmarks work up quickly, are lightweight & ideal for sending in the post. Pop them into a card for your reader family or friends: they’ll be delighted. 

  • Each patterns includes:
  • written pattern in UK & US terminology
  • Stitch drawings
  • pattern diagram (graph)
  • photos

Be adventurous & have fun with your colour choices, the brighter the better. I hope you, your family & friends enjoy these 2 free crochet bookmark patterns

Download the Square Flower Bookmark here

Download the Hexagon Flower Book mark here

Corner to Corner Free crochet Pattern

Hi everyone, how fast has this year galloped ahead? It’s already October, with the holiday season just around the corner.With that in mind, I’m offering a classic ‘Corner 2 Corner’ crochet rug (afghan) pattern as a free download in time for gift giving.

  • The pattern includes:
  • both written & diagram (chart) form
  • both UK & US terminology

This is an easy pattern so even beginners can have a go. Gauge isn’t important, neither is your choice of yarn; just use an appropriate hook for your chosen ply.

Use up your scrap yarn stash, change colours as you like, work with variegated yarns. The choice is endless

This is a free pattern, it begins in a corner & worked diagonally, increasing on each row until your desired size, then decreased down to the opposite corner; therefore you are able to make your rug (afghan) any size you want: from a small cot blanket to a bedspread. 

Just be aware that you’ll need to divide your yarn in half; one half for the increase & the other half for decrease. And, if you plan a border, you will require additional yarn for that; I personally don’t think this rug (afghan) needs a border but of course, it’s up to you, this is your project have fun with it.

Download the Corner 2 Corner Free Crochet Pattern here

Scrap Yarn Crochet to help the lockdown hours

Life, as we knew it, has changed for most of us; social distancing, lockdowns & travel restrictions, to name just a few, have placed limits on what we can & can’t do. Here in Qld, Covid-19 hasn’t impacted our health as it has in other states, so we are luckier than most being able to live somewhat normally.

Nevertheless, I for one only go out when I need to, leaving more unnecessary shopping for another time (which hopefully will be sooner rather than later)… Scrap Yarn Crochet has become my go to consolation.

The Stained Glass Diamond Motif scarp yarn rug (afghan) has proven to be a popular pattern & I thank everyone who has purchased & taken the time to email lovely comments.

I’m guessing there are lots of you who want to reduce that ever-growing yarn stash & what better time than in this turbulent year.

With that in mind, I’ve come up with another 2 scrap yarn crochet projects. Both are suitable for novices & interesting enough for the more experienced. Both are available  in my Online shop

The first, ‘4 Leaf Clover Motif Rug (Afghan),’ is the easiest of the 2 & the one I’d recommend to beginners before trying the others.

 

 

The second, ‘The Lattice Emblem Motif Rug (afghan)’, is also easy to make, taking a little more concentration but not so much that it becomes a chore.

I hope these new scrap yarn patterns bring a little creative joy & distraction in these unpredictable times.

 

Stained Glass Diamond Motif Afghan Rug Crochet Pattern

It’s been a while since my last post. Hopefully the Covid lockdown hasn’t been too stressful for anyone & it’s been a somewhat useful time to get those ‘gunna-do-things’ done… Nevertheless, it’s been a difficult time keeping mojos flowing so, it comes with some relief that restrictions are beginning to ease & we can start planning our lives again & resume some social enjoyments.

For me &, I’m sure for many of you also, the past few months have been rather surreal, as though we are all taking part in a B-grade Si-fi movie; certainly interesting times we won’t forget for some time.

There’s always heaps to keep one busy, gardening, reading, re-organising cupboards, wardrobes, workshops & of course cleaning & more cleaning. But these are not activities that can replace our creative motivations.

Being in the more vulnerable ‘senior’ group (although I prefer the term ‘more mature’ group) I’ve been unable to shop for new yarn & have had to rely on my stash. Not really a bad thing as that certainly need thinning out.

So here’s a dazzling, colourful scrap yarn crochet rug (afghan) pattern  to cheer the senses. Suitable for beginners yet also an interesting project for the more experienced. Each square measures approx 15.5 cm (6”) x 15.5 cm (6”). Make as many squares as you need depending on your project – a little cot cover, a medium TV knee rug or a king size bedspread

Requirements: for the 6 square x 6 square rug (afghan) I used: scrap yarn from my stash for colours & approx 230 grams for edging & border

Hook size 4.00mm (US G) 

Each square measures approx: 15.5 cm (6”) x 15.5 (6”)

Keep in mind, even though I’ve given yarn & hook requirements, this is your project; work with your own preferred colours & appropriate hook

  • The pattern includes:
  • Diamond motif square pattern
  • joining square together & border instructions
  • both UK & US terminology 
  • clear stitch drawings & pattern diagrams (charts)

The pattern can be purchased from my shop here

 

Amigurumi Crochet Projects to help fill the lock-down hours…

We are living in harrowing times & I hope everyone is staying happy & safe, despite the distress & tragic outcomes many are going through right now.

Filling the lock-down hours can be difficult but it can also be a time to finish UFO’s, try new things & start new projects. That’s why I’ve created these Aussie patterns. Although I don’t have a great deal of experience with Amigurumi, I do make these little Aussie animals & birds to sell at my local market & people love them. I’m also constantly asked for the patterns… Well, the patterns were on slips of paper with scrawls & scribbles that only I can decipher. So the task was to sit down & write them down so others can understand them. It’s taken a while but I think each of these 6 patterns will be a fun project for those who enjoy the Amigurumi technique.

Amigurumi is worked in continuous rounds therefore it’s important to use stitch markers, either commercial ones, if you have them, or do as I do & use a long scrap of yarn that you bring up as you work.

I don’t consider Gauge important, working with a smaller or larger hook will produce a smaller or larger toy. I give hook sizes for both crochet cotton & 8 ply yarn. Choose what works best for you.

Because these are small projects, they use small amounts of yarn. Great for stash-busting & no need for racing off to the craft shop, use what you have. These are quick little projects using simple stitches so, hopefully, even beginners can have a go.

I’ve used embroidery thread for eyes & facial features, but use plastic eyes with safety backs if you prefer. However be aware that these toys are then not suitable for young kiddies.

The 6 patterns are available in my shop. My hope is they bring some welcomed relief & creative joy in these testing times… happy crocheting & stay safe everyone