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shawl 1 hand dyed by Kate

Happy New Year

Hello everyone,

So after the Christmas Market at Lee Valley, and for the past 6 months or so I have been very busy designing.  However it was time to decide how to publish this set of patterns and to give myself a deadline.  Initially I had thought of just publishing a book.  That would mean that I would have to have all the shawls made and photographed, , tested, tech edited, and laid out before I could publish.

Now one of the stitch groups that I belong to had just finished a Mystery KAL (knitalong) set of 6 shawls, they had got very excited when each one came along, and loved the finding of  yarns that were suitable after being given clues, either new purchases or from stash diving, and enjoyed the challenge of completing each in the month so that they were ready for the next one!

Shawl 1 commercial yarn

Shawl 1 – Commercial yarn

Claire and Jess really encouraged me to think about my shawls, so I have decided to to a similar thing.  I will be releasing 1 shawl each month on the first Thursday of the month starting in February.  They will be release as digital downloads via Ravelry.  for various techy reasons Ravelry works best for this.  This will be completed with the final shawl being released on 1st July, and the final (physical) book to be published on the 1st August.

Stephen West shawl

Stephen west shawl from Ravelry

The whole process has been really exciting, I have been inspired by knitted shawls, particularly Stephen Wests’, and the fade types, which seem really popular at the moment,  indeed I started with 6 basic shapes and ideas, and that has changed significantly over the time I have been designing them!

The shawls vary from 1 skein to 3 skein, use basic stitches, treble crochet, double crochet, slst, etc, with some little tweaks.  They start easier and become more challenging further along the journey.

I will be with you all the way. I will be publishing some technique videos – exclusive to subscribers (once I have worked out how to!) I will be visiting Ravelry daily to answer any queries on the discussion boards, there will be wonderful prizes too from my collaborators!

Some of my subscribers shawls will be pictured in the final book, because I would like everyone to see how different colour choices can really effect the final shawl.

My testers have been very enthusiasitc about the designs, and my hope is that you love them too.  To subscribe head over to Ravelry following  this linky  or click on this button to

I have had great fun designing these and purchasing yarns/collaborating with some fabulous hand dyers, I have used variously – Hand dyed by Kate, EasyKnits, Gamercrafting, Baby Long Legs, Skein Queen, as well as commercial yarns

Shawl 1 Caron Cake in pink

Shawl 1 – Caron Cake

The first shawl will require 1 x 100g skein of 4ply weight – sock, fingering, hand dyed or commercial all will produce a lovely shawlette. This pattern has also been written for and tested on Aran weight specifically using a Caron cake, 200g, which gives you a lovely chunky feel.  I now have a sale on Caron Cakes and a free shipping code if you sign up to the MCAL.

Further clues will be released soon wink

Rainbow Project Bag CAL

Had to get on the Blog today as I am really excited about a design I created for Women’s Weekly, the Rainbow Project Bag, being featured as a Mini CAL (Crochet along) on Facebook!

You can follow the link here Rainbow Project Bag CAL. It is a closed group, but I am an admin on the page so can add peeps, I will also be keeping up with the questions.

I didn’t manage to take many photos of this project, but I have dug out my original samples, and the yarn that was used, and will be making the square again.

The Rainbow bag is a cube shape, with 4 sides made from the motif square and a double crochet square base, which are all crocheted together.  Then a border is made around the top of the bag, and the handle grows from the border.

The motif square looks tricky but isn’t really as it  is essentially a 5 row repeat.  there is a twist, in that the bobble row is worked from the wrong side so that they pop out and look – well bobbly!

I am also really excited to see other peoples take on this bag.  At the moment it is only available as a pack from the knitting network – please note I am not receiving any credit for the affiliate links!

*Updated to say that the pattern is available on its own, from the knitting network here

Sneak peek!

So today I was completing the beginners crochet project, and as I want to write this up, I thought you might like a sneak peek – do you like the colours?  There were one of two that I wasn’t sure about, but now I see them altogether, especially in the ripple, I am loving it!

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More details in a future post…


Pinning on Pinterest

After pinning a few more inspirational pictures on Pinterest, this week, I wondered if everyone knows about it!

Pinterest is like having a scrap book, but online.  I have two accounts that I use for different purposes.  My named one linky here is like an inspiration page, if I see something that I like on a website, I ‘pin’ the picture, and choose which board that I put it on, like having different pages on a scrap book, but ones that can have an infinite number of pictures.

Of course Pinterest also emails me with things that I might like, and while sometimes I don’t look in much detail.  but others are fascinating and can lead to some wonderful discoveries – such as the featured image above.  Which although not something I would make, looks absolutely wonderful.  and if you follow the links to the original site has a great photo tutorial (because I don’t read Russian!)

glorious colour!

Or if you see a picture you love – I still love this a few years after I pinned it, you can go back to it time and again to be inspired.

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It is well worth having a look, as it can be used in as many ways as a scrapbook can – Planning a wedding, home improvements, clothing, basically anything where a picture can tell the story.

(please click images above to go to original websites)

Woolly crochet blanket colours decided!

After much, much experimentation, I have decided on the colours that I will be using for my multi-pattern crochet blanket.

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  • Top row:   075, 086, 094, 051, 052, 065
  • Middle row:  077, 082, 093, 103, 055, 063,
  • Bottom row:  074, 081, 084, 102, 043, 054

broadly, 3 blues, 3 greens 3 yellow, 3 orange, 3 reds, 3 mauves, so quite matched up as far as primary and secondary colours, even though I didn’t really plan it that way!

The next stage is to start planning the design, there will be 6 different types of pattern, some of which are motif squares, and some stripes. I’m going to start with a type of square which is as easy as a granny, but a bit more solid, I’m thinking of a heart, star or flower square, and a circle to a square type.  For the stripes I want to do something with bobbles, and a spike stitch – but I am still working on the details!

I’m looking forward to starting this blanket in earnest now, so will keep you updated as the pattern develops.  what are you crocheting or knitting at the moment?

Crochet Colour combinations

So after being really quite obsessive,  I have one mini crochet square for every colour of DMC Woolly, labelled and the ends sewn in!  The next part of the the design process, and the really fun part – deciding on colour combinations.

I have made similar types of blankets with both 15 and 12 colours.  so looking for combinations with that many different colours.

I started by making a colour circle with the closest colours to the following red/blue/yellow first – primary colours, then orange, green and purple – secondary colours being made from the primary colours, then tertiary colours, red/orange, yellow/orange, red/purple, blue/purple, and yellow/green, blue/green.colour wheel 1I love, love, love these bright colours, for a start!  I then put all the colours out within the colour wheel, don’t they look gorgeous!  a great range of colours…all as spectrumthen put the bright colours together…bright comboand make sure that I know which colours are which – bearing in mind that photos are notoriously inaccurate!  bright with tagsI then tried a vintage look…vintage comboand some pastels…pastel comboAlso labelled!

vintage with tags pastel with tagsBut… I haven’t finished playing yet!  I want to do a lot more colour combinations before making the final decisions, including neutrals and some other colour combos like strong pastels, and complimentary colours – that is from opposite sides of the colour wheel, reds/pinks and greens or blues/oranges… watch this space!

And as for putting the colours away… the spectrum thing is a wee bit of a compulsion!all coloursWhat about your colour combinations – anything you like? Let me know about it below.

A-Z of designing!

I am about to embark on a new designing project in crochet, so I thought I would post about the whole process, from start to finish, it will also help to keep me on track if I make it public from the start!

I have wanted to design a blanket for a while, I really enjoyed making a variation on  the ‘groovyghan’ (Linky to Ravelry pattern) mostly because while you get the chance to repeat and practice motifs, but not so many that you get bored with them!

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The first decision is which yarn to use, the top one in bright colours was made in New Fashion Acrylic yarn, by Woolcraft, and the second one in Stylecraft Special DK.  For this one I wanted to try a wool yarn, and I haven’t crocheted in Merino wool for I while, DMC have a relatively new range called Woolly and I got 1 ball of each colour so that I could experiment with colourways.  The box arrived a couple of days ago!  Here is how they came…2015-05-14 19.36.14

I then organised them according to the colour chart…

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Photographed them on their side so I could see all the gorgeous colours…

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Put them back in the box… (obsessive – moi? not sure what you mean!)

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Mmmmmm don’t they look loooooovely…

And finally I started to make some little crocheted squares so that I can choose my colours.  I did think of putting the yarns onto clothes pegs, (I do really like that idea) and using them to shuffle the colours, and it would probably have made the labelling easier, but I think I like the look of the crocheted fabric to start.

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So this is just the start of the process, I will post some starter sketches, and all my finished squares with some colour combos soon.  Meanwhile dream of lovely soft squishy yarn, and leave a comment below!


Christmas Show

Hi all,

Been a bit busy this month, with some very exciting things – that I’m not at liberty to share with you at the moment, but I will as soon as I can!

I found out about this set of 3 free shows at Excel, which is about a half hour drive away, I also went to meet some of the peeps at Woman’s Weekly, who have been lovely and welcoming.

At the entrance we are greeted by some lovely lads singing Christmas songs, and then we are into the show, there are 3 colour themed areas, White, red and purple, the three shows are Simply Christmas, Hobbycrafts, and Art materials live,


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I can really say that what ever craft you are into you will find something that you like, I have seen marbling, beading, card making, glass making, painting, some reeeally lovely food including truckle cheese, cookies, and an amazing bakery.

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some wonderful and inspiring colour palettes too!

After I had a good look around I decided to try a couple of free workshops, the only one I ended up having time for was a watercolour with the lovely Matthew Palmer.  He did promote his videos, and other products, but they are really good, and having looked around since, there is nothing I can see to match his texture brushes!

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We started by taping the paper to a wooden panel, then taping a curved line across the board for the edge of the field.  Using a small amount of blue we painted the sky with a wash making the paper wet.  we then used natural light green for the ‘sunny’ part of the trees. Using the extra large texture brush made it really easy!

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We then added the darker green also with the texture brush, then thinned out the colour to do a mid green on the trees.  the clever bit was to then use a plastic card (credit/debit/loyalty…) to scrape off paint to make the tree trunks.  We then removed the line of masking tape to work on the bottom part of the picture.

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We added some light green, then used the purple to first sweep across the page then stipple in the bluebell effect, also cleaning the brush off to add to the stippling and remove some of the paint.  Finally using a piece of card we made lines across the field and added the bushes, using a fine brush to paint the gate and fence posts.

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It was lovely to just create something quite easily (because Matthew stepped us through it) that was creative, but completely different to the crochet I have been focused on recently 🙂