Bobble and Bloom

I’m in the process of writing a couple of new crochet shawl patterns. This one is Bobble and Bloom. A textured bobble and blooming leaf pattern.

I absolutely love crochet with texture and try to bring it to the majority of my designs. Texture just makes life more interesting 🧐

As soon as I’m done writing and I have it checked over, the pattern will be in my Ravelry and Etsy shop.

I hope you love it and I can’t wait to see all the different interpretations, as always, it amazes me to see the creativity 💋

Hugs 🤗

One Skein Wonder

One Skein Wonder

This is the perfect project for using that special skein you bought, just cos you loved it. Or you can use more than one skein for a larger shawl. In fact, any weight, any hook size would work. Go for it and enjoy xx

Materials

One 100g Skein of any hand dyed sock yarn

Yarn used in this project: Jellybeans Yarns hand dyed sock yarn

Shade used: rose gold

Yarn Weight: fingering/4 ply

Yarn Fibre: Merino wool 75% / Nylon 25%

100g skein: 366m/400yds

4mm hook

A bias triangle worked from the point, increasing stitches on one side only.

This pattern is very adaptable and can be used again and again, you could choose any yarn weight, any hook size and make it as big or as small as you wish.

Measurements

Before Blocking 59cm x 132cm After Blocking 74cm x 169cm

Tension

10cm = 6 rows/ 3.5 fan patterns

Abbreviations

htr = UK half treble crochet (US half double crochet)

dtr = UK double treble (US treble)

tr = UK treble crochet (US double)

ch = chain

prev = previous

beg = beginning

sp = space

ch-1sp = chain space made up of one chain

START

Row 1: Ch 5, (dtr, ch 1, dtr) into 1st ch. TURN

Row 2: Ch 3 (count as dc now and throughout), skip ch-1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch1, 2dtr) in

last dtr (5th of starting 5ch from prev row). TURN

Row 3: Ch 4 (count dtr now and throughout), dtr in first dtr, ch 1, htr in next dtr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch1, dtr) in last tr (the last st is the 3rd of beginning ch3 from prev row now and throughout). TURN.

Row 4: Ch 3, skip ch-1sp, dtr, and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch1, dtr, ch1, dtr) in htr, skip ch-1sp and next dtr, dtr in last dtr (the last st is the 4th of beginning ch4 from prev row now and throughout) TURN.

Row 5: Ch 4, (dtr, ch 1, dtr) in first dtr, ch 1, skip next dtr and ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch1, dtr) in last tr. TURN.

Row 6: Ch 3, skip ch-1sp, next dtr, and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, ch 1, 2 dtr in last dtr. TURN.

Row 7: Ch 4, skip next dtr, and ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch 1, dtr) in last tr. TURN.

Row 8: Ch 3, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch 1, 2 dtr) in last dtr. TURN.

Row 9: Ch 4, dtr in first dtr, ch 1, htr in next dtr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, skip next dtr and next ch- 1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp , next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch 1, dtr) in last tr. TURN.

Row 10: Ch 3, skip ch-1sp, next dtr, and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, *ch 1, skip next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr, and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, repeat from * until last ch-1sp and 2 dtr, skip ch-1sp and next dtrt, dtr in last dtr. TURN

Row 11: Ch 4, (dtr, ch 1, dtr) in first dtr, ch 1, skip next dtr and ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, *ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, repeat from * until last ch-1sp and 2 dtr, ch 1, skip ch- 1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch 1, dtr) in last tr. TURN.

Row 12: Ch 3, skip ch-1sp, next dtr, and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, *ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr, and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, nexy dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, repeat from * until last dtr, ch1, 2 dtr in last dtr. TURN.

Row 13: Ch 4, skip next dtr, and ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, *ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, repeat from * until last dtr, ch-1sp and tr, ch 1, sk ch-1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch1, dtr) in last tr. TURN.

Row 14: Ch 3, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, *ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch- 1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in htr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch-1sp, htr in next dtr, repeat from * until last ch-1sp and 2 dtr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch 1, 2 dtr) last dtr. TURN.

Row 15: Ch 4, dtr in first dtr, ch 1, htr in next dtr, *ch 1, skip ch-1sp, next dtr and next ch- 1sp, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch 1, dtr) in next htr, repeat from * until last ch-1sp, and 2 dtr, ch 1, skip ch-1sp and next dtr, (dtr, ch 1, dtr) in last tr. TURN.

Rows 10 – 15 form the 6 row pattern repeat. Repeat for a total of 88 rows, ending after a row 10. Fasten off and sew in your ends.

Note: To adjust size, repeat rows 10 – 15 as many times as you like. I stopped at 88 rows to ensure I had some yarn left for tassels. If you are omitting the tassels, then continue working in pattern until you yarn runs out.

Wet blocking is essential when using merino wool yarn, you can see by the measurements before and after blocking at the beginning of the pattern just how much it will grow during the blocking process, also blocking will open up the lace pattern and give the fabric a beautiful drape. Well worth doing. Note: wet blocking is not recommended for acyrilic yarn, simply wash as per the guidance on the ball band.

A guide to wet blocking:

• Soak your project for a few minutes in luke warm water.

• Gently squeeze excess moisure by hand, be very careful not to stretch and distort your shawl, do not wring or twist it at all.

• Place the wet shawl onto a towel, roll the towel up into a swiss roll shape. Then press down firmly so the towel soaks up the excess water.

• Unroll the towel and place the damp shawl onto a clean dry towel, or a carpet or blocking mats (I use some childrens foam floor jigsaw pieces)

• Use your hands to smooth out and gently stretch the shawl to the size stated, then use pins to hold it in place. You can also use block pins and blocking wires too if you have them.

• Leave your project in place until completley bone dry before unpinning. Usually at least 24 hours.

Add tassels to each of the three corners and enjoy your work

Thyme After Thyme

One of the very first shawls I ever designed. See all my designs in Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lisa-cook

Thyme After Thyme

Materials

4 x Scheepjes Spirit – 4ply (210 metres per 50g ball – 3.2 balls used – approx. 680 metres in total)

3.5mm hook

Measurements

After blocking, at the longest point across and the longest point from top to bottom, 185cm x 70cm approximately

Abbreviations

ch chain

tr UK treble

st stitch

sts stitches

prev previous

beg beginning

sk skip

sp space

chsp chain space

dtr UK double treble

ss slip stitch

bpdtr UK back post double treble

fpdtr UK front post double treble

dc UK dc

picot chain 3 then slip stich into first of the 3 chain just made

Row 1 – Ch3, 2tr in 1st chain. Turn

Row 2 – Ch3, (counts as a st now and throughout), tr into next st, 2 tr in 3rd chain of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 3 – Ch3, tr in same st, tr in each st to end, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn.

Row 4 – Ch3, tr in next st, tr in each st to end, 2tr in 3rd ch beg ch3 from prev row. Turn.

Row 5 – As Row 3

Row 6 – As Row 4

Row 7 – As Row 3

Row 8 – As Row 4

Row 9 – As Row 3

Row 10 – As Row 4

Row 11 – Ch3, 2tr in same st, *ch1,sk1 st, tr in next st* rep from * to end, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 12 – Ch3, *tr in next st, tr into ch sp, rep from * to last ch sp, tr into each of next two st, 2tr into 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row.

Turn

Row 13 – Ch3, tr in same st, *tr in next st, ch1, sk1 st, tr into next st, rep from * to end, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 14 – 14 Ch3, tr in next st, *ch1,sk1 st, tr in next st, rep from * to end, 2tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 15 – Ch3, tr in same st, tr in next st, * tr in ch sp, tr in next st, rep from * to end, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 16 As Row 14

Row 17 – As Row 15

Row 18 – Ch4 (counts as a dtr now and throughout), dtr in next st, *skis 2st, 2dtr in next st, ch2, 2dtr in next st, sk 2st, dtr in each of

next two st, rep from * until last 2sts, dtr in next st, 2dtr in 3rd of

beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 19 – Ch4, dtr in same st, dtr in each of next two sts, *fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2

rep from * to last 2sts, dtr in next st, dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4

from prev row. Turn

Row 20 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two st, rep from * until last 4sts, dtr in next

3st, 2dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 21 – Ch4, dtr in same st, dtr in each of next four sts, *fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space,sk2 rep from * to last 2sts, dtr in next st, drt in 4th ch of beg ch4 from

prev row. Turn

Row 22 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two sts, rep from * until last 6sts, sk 2st,

2dtr in next st, ch, 2, 2dtr in next st, sk1st, 3dtr in 4th ch of beg

ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 23 – Ch4, dtr in same st, fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, *(2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, fpdtr around each of next

two sts, sk2, rep from * to last 2sts, dtr in next st, dtr in 4th ch

of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 24 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two sts, rep from * until last 2sts, dtr in next st, 2dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 25 – Ch3, tr in same st, *tr in next 6 st, 2tr in ch2 sp, rep from * to last 4sts, tr in each of next three sts, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from

prev row. Turn

Row 26 – As Row 14

Row 27 – As Row 15

Row 28 – As Row 14

Row 29 – Ch3, tr in same st, tr in next st, *ch1, sk1st, tr in next st, rep from * to last st, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 30 – As Rows 12

Row 31 – As Row 29

Row 32 – As Row 12

Row 33 – As Row 3

Row 34 – As Row 4

Row 35 – As Row 3

Row 36 – As Row 4

Row 37 – As Row 3

Row 38 – As Row 4

Row 39 – As Row 13

Row 40 – As Row 12

Row 41 – As Row 13

Row 42 As Row 14

Row 43 – As Row 15

Row 44 – As Row 14

Row 45 – As Row 15

Row 46 – Ch4, dtr in next st, sk 2st, 2dtr in next st, ch2, 2dtr in next st, sk 2st, *dtr in each of next two sts, sk 2st, 2dtr in next st, ch2, 2dtr in next st, sk 2st rep from * until last 2sts, dtr in next st, 2dtr in

3rd of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 47 – Ch4, dtr in same st, fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2,

(2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, * fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2 sts rep from * to last 2sts, dtr in next st, dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 48 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two sts, rep from * until last 2sts, dtr in

next st, 2dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 49 – Ch4, dtr in same st, dtr in each of next two sts, fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2

sts, *fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in

ch2 space, sk2 sts rep from * to last 2sts, dtr in next st, dtr in

4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 50 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two sts, rep from * until last 4sts, sk2sts,

2dtr in next st, ch1, 2dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row.

Turn

Row 51 – Ch4, dtr in same st, dtr in next st, ch1, 2dtr in chsp, sk2sts, *fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2

space, sk2 sts, rep from * to last 2sts, dtr in next st, dtr in 4th

ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 52 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two sts, rep from * until last 5sts, sk2sts, dtr in chsp, ch1, dtr in each of next two sts, 2dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 53 – Ch3, tr in same st, tr in next 3sts, tr in ch sp, *tr in next 6sts, 2tr in ch sp, rep from * to last 4sts, tr in next 3sts, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 54 – As Row 14

Row 55 – As Row 15

Row 56 – As Row 16

Row 57 – As Row 29

Row 58 – As Row 12

Row 59 – As Row 13

Row 60 – As Row 12

Row 61 – As Row 3

Row 62 – As Row 4

Row 63 – As Row 3

Row 64 – As Row 4

Row 65 – As Row 3

Row 66 – As Row 4

Row 67 – As Row 29

Row 68 – As Row 12

Row 69 – As Row 13

Row 70 – As Row 14

Row 71 – As Row 15

Row 72 – As Row 16

Row 73 – As Row 15

Row 74 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, 2dtr in next st, ch2, 2dtr in next st, sk 2st, dtr in each of next two st, rep from * until last 4sts, sk

2sts, 2dtr in next st, ch1, 2dtr in 3rd of beg ch3 from prev row.

Turn

Row 75 – As Row 51

Row 76 – As Row 52

Row 77 – Ch4, dtr in same st, dtr in each of next 3sts, ch1, 2dtr in chsp, sk2sts, *fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2 sts, rep from * to last 2sts, dtr in next st, dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 78 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two st, rep from * until last 7sts, sk 2st,

(2dtr, ch, 2, 2dtr) in chsp, miss 3sts, dtr in next st, 3dtr in 4th ch

of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 79 – Ch4, dtr in same st, dtr in next st, *fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, rep from * to last

2sts, dtr in next st, dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 80 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two sts, rep from * until last 2sts, dtr in

each of next 2sts, 2dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 81 – Ch3, tr in same st, tr in each of next 7sts, 2tr in chsp, *tr in each of next 6sts, 2tr in chsp, rep from * to last 4sts, tr in next

4sts, Turn.

Row 82 – Ch3, tr in next st, *ch1, miss 1, tr in next st, rep from * to last st, 2tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 83 – Ch3, tr in same st, tr in each of next 2sts, *tr in ch sp, tr in next st, rep from * to last st, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn.

Row 84 – Ch3,tr in next st,*ch1,miss1 ,tr in next st , rep from* to last

st, 2tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 85 – Ch3, tr in same sp, *ch1, miss 1, tr in next st, rep from * to last st, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 86 – Ch3, tr in next st, *tr in chsp, tr in next st, rep from * to last st, 92tr 2tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 87 – Ch3, tr in same st, *ch1, miss 1, tr in next st, rep from * to last st, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 88 – As Row 86 94tr

Row 89 – As Row 3

Row 90 – As Row 4

Row 91 – As Row 3

Row 92 – As Row 4

Row 93 – As Row 3

Row 94 – As Row 4

Row 95 – As Row 85

Row 96 – As Row 86

Row 97 – As Row 85

Row 98 – Ch3, tr in next st, *ch1, miss 1 stich, tr in next st, rep from * to last st 2tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 99 – Ch3, tr in same sp, tr in each of next 2sts, *tr in chsp, tr in next st, rep from * to last st, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row.

Turn

Row 100 – As Row 82

Row 101 – As Row 83

Row 102 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, 2dtr in next st, ch2, 2dtr in next st, sk 2st, dtr in each of next two st, rep from * until last st, 2dtr in 3rd of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 103 – Ch4, dtr in same st, dtr in next st, *fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, rep from * to last

2sts, dtr in next st, dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 104 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two st, rep from * until last 3sts, dtr in next

2sts, 2dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 105 – Ch4, dtr in same st, dtr in each of next 3sts, *fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space,sk2, rep from

* to last 2sts, dtr in next st, drt in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev

row. Turn

Row 106 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two sts, rep from * until last 5sts, sk2sts,

2dtr in next st, ch1, dtr in next st, 2dtr in 4th ch of beg ch4 from

prev row. Turn

Row 107 – Ch4, dtr in same st, dtr in each of next 2sts, ch1, 2dtr in chsp, sk2sts, *fpdtr around each of next two sts, sk2, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2 sts, rep from * to last 2sts, dtr in next st, dtr

in 4th ch of beg ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 108 – Ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2st, (2dtr, ch2, 2dtr) in ch2 space, sk2, bpdtr in each of next two sts, rep from * until last 6sts, sk2sts,

2dtr in chsp, ch1, dtr in each of next 3sts, 2dtr in 4th ch of beg

ch4 from prev row. Turn

Row 109 – Ch3, tr in same st, tr in next 4 sts, tr in chsp, *tr in next 6 sts, 2tr in chsp, rep from * to last 4sts, tr in each of next 3sts, tr in

3rd ch of beg ch3 from prev row. Turn

Row 110 – As Row 98

Row 111 – As Row 99

Row 112 – As Row 98

Row 113 – As Row 85

Row 114 – As Row 88

Row 115 – As Row 87

Row 116 – As Row 88

Row 117 – As Row 3

Row 118 – As Row 4

Row 119 – As Row 3

Row 120 – As Row 4

Row 121 – As Row 3

Row 122 – As Row 4

Row 123 – As Row 85

Row 124 – As Row 86

Row 125 – As Row 87

Row 126 – As Row 84

Border

Row 127 – This is worked in the round, across the top of the shawl, then down Side B, up Side C to the starting point, as follows

Side A –

Ch1 (does not count as a stitch), 2dc into same st, dc into each st to 1st corner, 3dc in corner st.

Side B –

Working down the side of the shawl, 2dc into side of each tr and 3dc into side of each dtr to next corner st, 3dc in corner st

Side C –

Final side of shawl – work as for Side B to corner st, 1dc into this st, ss into first dc from the beginning of the round.

DO NOT TURN

Row 128 – Ch4, 2dtr in same st (corner st), miss 2sts, dc in next st, *miss 2sts, 3dtr in next st, picot, 3dtr in next st, miss 2sts, dc in next st*, work from * to * to 3 sts before next corner st, miss 3sts, (4dtr, picot, 4dtr) into corner st, – you will now be working down side B – miss 2sts, dc into next st, miss 2 sts, work from * to * to next corner st, 3dtr in corner st – FASTEN OFF

You’re finished!

Block your shawl, add beads and tassels if you wish, then wear your beautiful creation, THYME AFTER THYME!

US v’s UK Crochet Terms

Since the release of my crochet book, I have realised that there is some serious passion about using UK or US crochet terms. So I thought I’d pop a little explanation of sorts on here. 😘

When I write the downloadable patterns, which are in my Ravelry and Etsy stores, I have these available in both terms to make it easier and give everyone who buys my patterns a choice to use their preferred terms, which is pretty easy to do when the product is a download.

Writing a book however, makes this a little more challenging to negotiate, so I took guidance from my publisher and wrote the book in US terms with a quick look conversion guide on the front flap of the book.

Positioning the conversion info here means it is always there as a guide whilst you’re following the patterns, because you can use the flap as a book mark. I thought this was a genius compromise that Tuva came up with.

As well as the US to UK conversion, there’s also a quick stitch and symbol guide. Those folks a Tuva Publishing did so well with this, I think it’s really handy.

I hope you all understand that its so hard to please everyone and I hate that I can’t, but myself and my publisher really have tried SOOOOO hard to do the best we can.

One more little thing, I honestly can’t tell you how thrilled, amazed, proud and excited I am to have actually had a book published. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of self doubt, panic and actual fear if I’m honest. Of course I want everyone to enjoy the book and my patterns, but I know that there’s no such thing as pleasing all of the people all of the time, so for those lovelies who are passionate about UK crochet terms, please don’t let the US terms put you off and stop you creating something you’ll love. 💕

Free Tea Cosy Pattern

Here’s a simple as can bee 🐝 ☕️ tea cosy for a large 6-8 cup regular teapot. 🧡

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I made 2 x nine round granny squares using Stylectaft Special DK in four colours and a 4.5mm hook.

The Pattern: in US crochet terms

dc = double crochet

sc = single crochet

ch = chain

ss = slip stitch

cluster = 3 dc

Change colour for every round or whenever you’d like to or make the cosy all one colour.

Chain 5, join with a slip stitch to the first chain to form a ring.

Round 1: working stitches into the ring, (sc, ch 2) this counts as the first dc now and throughout, 2 dc, ch 3, [3 dc, ch 3] 3 times, join with a ss to top of first dc of the round. Fasten off.

Round 2: join new colour to any ch3-space, sc, ch 2, [skip 3 dc, (3dc, ch3, 3 dc) in next ch3-space] 3 times, skip 3 dc, (3 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch3-space, ss to top of first dc of the round. Fasten off.

Round 3: join new colour to any ch3-space, sc, ch 2, [skip 3 dc, 3 dc in gap between clusters, skip 3 dc, (3 dc, ch 3, 3dc) in corner ch3-space] 3 times, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in gap between clusters, skip 3 dc, (3dc, ch3, 2dc) in corner ch3-space, ss to top of first dc of the round. Fasten off

Rounds 4 – 9: continue in the same pattern as established in Round 3 by working 3 dc in the gap between each cluster and (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) into each corner ch3-space.

Round 10: join yarn in any corner ch3-space. [3 sc in corner space, sc in top of each sc across to next ch3-space] 4 times, join with a ss in top of first sc of the round. Fasten off

Join the two squares at the sides by crocheting or sewing together, leaving a gap for the spout and handle. 🧡

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make a simple twisted cord using 3 strands of yarn cut to around a metre long, twist together then double over so it twists back on itself, tie a knot at each end to secure.🧡

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Thread cord around the top, tighten and tie. 🧡 Ta Da 👏🏻 •

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Hiya Hiya crochet hooks

So, recently I was asked to review some crochet hooks by the wonderful people at HiyaHiya Europe and here’s a mini interview they published:

Lisasattik, Welcome to HiyaHiya Europe!

Lisa recently reviewed our HiyaHiya Crochet Hooks so we thought it would be lovely to return the favour and learn some more about her.

We sent some questions over to Lisa about her knitting and crochet inspirations and fascinating shawl designs, so carry on reading to see what she had to say!

What inspired you to start knitting/crochet, and designing your own patterns?

I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was about 7 or 8 years old (I’m 47 now) So a long time. I was inspired and always have been inspired by both my Mam (who died when I was 11) and my Nana. Both were always making something and my brother and I always had plenty of homemade goodies to wear.

My first designs were as a child, making clothes and blankets for my dolls and teddies.  Recently I decided to have a go at putting my ideas down on paper for the first time.

Do you have a preference of knitting or crochet?

I don’t have a preference. I love both crafts. I do go through phases though, where I’ll favour one over the other.

Do you have a favourite item that you’ve ever knit or crocheted?

Favourite item I have knit was a chunky cabled cardigan for my husband, it was so squidgy and cosy. My daughter has it now, it’s huge on her but she loves it.

Crochet, I think one of my blankets. It always feels like such an achievement to crochet something as large and multicoloured as a blanket.

You design a lot of patterns for beautiful shawls – do you have a favourite of these? Would you like to venture into different designs?

My favourite shawl pattern to date is my Custard Cream Shawl, I love the texture of the patterns and I LOVE the name.

I have ideas for crochet bag patterns as well as some tops, these will come to life eventually I’m sure, but for now, I’m loving designing shawls and let’s be honest, we can never have too many shawls 

What advice would you give to a first time knitter/crocheter?

My advise to a beginner knitter or crocheter is, Don’t Give Up.

It can be extremely frustrating to make your fingers and hands do what you want them to as it feels so unnatural to start with. But keep practising and you will be rewarded ten fold. The satisfaction and joy of making your own things is amazing.

What one knitting/crochet tool or craft item could you not live without?

As long as you have great quality needles and hooks, nothing else matters.   They have to be comfortable, feel solid and glide through any fibre.

What else do you like to do in your spare time?

As well as knitting and crocheting I also love sewing.  Crissstitch, embroidery and dressmaking. I’ve made loads of children’s clothes and one day I plan to buy a tailors dummy so I can make my own clothes.

I also love going away with my Hubby in our caravan. We love relaxing and getting out to explore with our Border Collie, Poppy.

What did you think of HiyaHiya Aluminium Crochet Hooks?

I am in love with the Hiya Hiya Aluminium Crochet Hooks.  At the moment I have the ergonomic type and I honestly thought I wouldn’t consider using anything else but I have been converted, these hooks sit so well in the hand. They feel well weighted too with them being aluminium, so sturdy. The length is perfect, they seem a bit longer than other regular hooks I have tried which means a more comfortable grip. Also, I found they glide through any fibre like a hot knife through butter. And the colour (4mm is gold). Beautiful 

Overall. I was surprised I loved them as much as I did and I would most definitely recommend them.

Are there any other HiyaHiya products you’d like to try?

I’d really like to try the Interchangeable Knitting Needles next.

Knitting at work on my lunch 🥗

Progress on my #closetoyoushawl 💙💛💚 I’m only working on this for half an hour a day on my lunch at work. What’s your portable project? 🤗Do you have one?

I want to make ALL the things, but I just don’t have time. I love this scarf and I’ll make fingerless gloves to batch when I’m done. I also have a big secret project on the go as well as a gift to make and a Christmas project to teach at my local village hall. I need a lottery win so I can knit, crochet and design ALL the time. Dream big people 😘

Wild Ginger

Believe it or not, this weird looking flower has inspired my new Shawl design. It’s a very unusual triangle shaped flower and it’s from the Wild Ginger plant 🌱

I’m using the Scheepjes Whirl in Jumpin Jaffa Pop. It starts with a rich shade of Mocha, then turns Charcoal, transitioning into the most amazing Jaffa Orange, then Mustard, and finally soft Beige.

I know, I know, I’m using a Whirl again! I’m obsessed with this yarn, it’s so soft and the colour transitions are out of this world, if you haven’t tried…..do!

So…..I’ve roped in a tribe of amazing crochet crazy ladies to test this pattern for me. There’ll be more to come on this design very soon xx 😉

My Etsy Shop

So I have finally got around to adding some of my sample shawls to my Etsy Shop. I've been promising to do it for ages and ages. I haven't been greedy when pricing them and I'm pretty certain they're very under priced, but I really do need the space in my craft room (aka, spare bedroom) and I also need to raise some funds to begin a new venture (there'll be more news on that as and when I get things organised).

It's weird, but for the first time in my life, I feel like I have a plan, a real-life grown up plan, I'm 46 (almost 47), so it's been a long time coming. Better late than never through right!!

I'm utterly passionate about knitting, crochet and all things yarny, I have been my whole life, and now I have a vision on where I see my passion leading. I know this all sounds a little on the vague side at the moment but I promise you, I will start sharing my plans as things develop.

Lots of yarny hugs 🤗 Lisa x

Crochet and a Cuppa

Is there anything more relaxing than having the house to yourself and having some quiet time to crochet, with the accompaniment of a cup of tea and a cheeky bar of chocolate 🍫 Bliss!

I’m working on a new crochet shawl design and I’m really enjoying using the Scheepjes Whirl in colourway Jumpin Jaffa Pop. I have to confess though that this is the third time I’ve attempted making a shawl with this colour. I really didn’t like it at all on previous attempts, not sure if it was the pattern of if it was the colour which seemed so dull to me.

However, I have since warmed to it A LOT after seeing a couple of my other designs made using it (check my Instagram feed to see pics). And now I can’t wait to get to the Jaffa orangey bit.

This new design will be reveal as soon as I’m finished 😘