Eggs for Easter – Free crochet pattern

If you want a fat-bottomed, anatomically almost accurate hen-type egg shape that can be whipped up with a tiny bit of yarn in a (relatively) tiny bit of time then this might just be the pattern for you. This is an all in one recipe.  Top down, worked in a spiral, no slip stitches between … Continue reading


Bent-eared Bunny – free crochet pattern

The bent-eared Bunny is the most noble of breeds, born out of a happy accident with a crochet hook and some triple trebles. If you like your stuffed Easter things quick to make and Amigurumi-style then this Bunny could be for you!   Gauge/yarn/tools Gauge is not important as you can make this from a … Continue reading


Great British Sewing Bee Challenge – it’s as tough as it looks

Take one sandy afternoon, one men’s shirt   and a dash of Great British Sewing Bee inspiration. Engage elation, energy and excitement.  Warm up the iron, start the clock and off we go!! 11:12 Oh gosh, this is soooo exciting, what am I going to do?  Let’s have a bit of a think and a bit of … Continue reading


Taking up the Challenge…

set by Sew 2 Pro. You see that new button to the side?  That’s a Great British Sewing Bee Challenge button. I was wondering if this shirt:     Bought in a spirit of Jubliee red, white and blue inspired optimism two whole years ago could be combined with a trio of inspirations,   The … Continue reading


What a difference a dye makes!

Let us consider the evidence.  A prim tablecloth reincarnated as a circle skirt:   Kinda cool as she may look above I have mentioned before  how she just didn’t work for me.  The poor unloved circular creature was consigned to the airing cupboard where she lay crumpled for many a month.  There was a brief … Continue reading

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The Cruel Sea Cowl – free pattern

Inspired by World War II Submariners’ Sweaters I have created my Cruel Sea Cowl. This is a 2 by 2 rib knitted in the round on 60 cm, 5 mm circular needles.  I used 100g of Aran weight Toft Alpaca in Oatmeal.  It is designed to be close fitting so you will need to use an … Continue reading


I hope that you like it…

…because I have already cut out another. Family Circle Exclusive Pattern No. 11: she of the bound buttonholes… Mods. I raised the height of the pinafore at the centre back as I wanted to be able to wear it without a little something underneath. I substituted a zip for the button closure. I graded in at … Continue reading


The Big Midrib Scarf – free pattern

Craft this scarf using 12 mm needles and 200g Chunky weight yarn.  I used Toft Wool/Alpaca mix in Camel. Step 1 – Using 12 mm needles cast on 11 stitches Step 2 – knit 1 row, turn Step 3 – This is the Right Side, begin pattern: ::: right side row – Slip first stitch … Continue reading


As well as feathers, my jungle has fur.

Don’t you just love*/hate* it when things that you have painstakingly fashioned for yourself look much better on someone else? No?  Yes?  Well, when that someone else is the youngest female member of our clan, it’s all good here. No, not that female family member.  Although, she does think that fur is for her. Last … Continue reading


Laughably in love…

with knitting.  Like all great love affairs I just didn’t see this one coming.   I yearn after yarn, I pine for the perfect pattern, I swoon at the potential of swatches.  I spend way too much time photographing the objects of my obsession. Whilst I’d love to get that drape-y lavender hued gorgeousness onto … Continue reading

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