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Is this the cutest corner to corner crochet baby blanket?

Is this the cutest corner to corner crochet baby blanket?

Crochet a corner to corner baby blanket that will be adored for years! Polar bears are so darn cute! And at this time of year they are so popular on baby items. In my last corner to corner design of the year I just knew 

The perfect Christmas Bundle is here!

The perfect Christmas Bundle is here!

I have teamed up with Susanna from Fosbas Designs and Fiona from CosyRosieUK to put together a great Christmas bundle for you. The Joyful Christmas Bundle is officially here!   Almost all of these patterns are not available anywhere except within this bundle, and will 

Community Garden Blanket – Free Crochet Along

Community Garden Blanket – Free Crochet Along

Welcome to the Community Garden Blanket CAL.

After the success of the Friendship Blanket and Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL I know that lots of you will love to give this one a go too!

Why call it the Community Garden Blanket?

This is another collaborative CAL with 18 other fabulous designers! So it was a community effort! I LOVE organising the collaborative CAL’s – so many of these designers are just awesome at what they do and I am so proud to call them my friends.

Here in the UK we have something called allotments. They are very similar to the community gardens in the US, but people have their own portion of the land that they rent to grow fruits, vegetables and plants. The sense of community in these places is fantastic. People come together to get their hands dirty, enjoy nature and just ‘be’.

So the theme for this blanket became the allotments, but community garden better represents what this project was for both myself and the other designers participating.

I mean, how cute is this??

For my version of the blanket I wanted it to be unisex. This would make a superb gift for any keen gardener! And I wanted my version to reflect that.

How does the Community Garden Blanket CAL work?

There are 2 ways to join in this event.

  1. Collect the pdf patterns as they become available. A new square will be released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until October 12th. Then we will join and border our blankets. The pdf’s will be available either for the duration of the CAL or a couple of days, but the patterns will be available free not he designers’ blog posts for at least the duration of the CAL. The round-up below will let you know as the squares become available and what the coupon codes etc you need are. All you need to do is scroll down to that square’s photo, grab the code and click the photo to be taken to the link you need.
  2. Don’t want to wait for the squares to become available? Want to start your favourites right now? Concerned you may miss something by collecting them one by one? That’s OK! There is an e-book available for you to purchase for an amazing $15.00!

What does the e-book include?

The 132 page e-book has been lovingly collated and contains:

  • A contents page so you can easily find the square you would like to work on and print out specific pages if you do not want to print out the whole thing in one go
  • All 20 featured squares – chart, written and colour block instructions for each square.
  • PLUS 4 bonus squares that are currently not available anywhere else!
  • Links to my tutorial on how to prep your squares for joining and borders
  • A step by step photo tutorial for how to do the joining method I used
  • Written instructions for the stunning border I used in my version – I also link to another option if you would prefer to try something else.
  • Designer credits – a list of the places for where to find each participating designer and how to get in touch them. So if you would like to follow them on social media that would be welcomed!

If you are interested in checking out the e-book click the button below:

Never miss a square!

If you would like an email each day a square is released so you don’t miss any of them you can sign up to my Events and CALs email. This is different from our standard newsletter – which you can sign up to with the pop up box when you access our blog, or add your details in the box in the footer!

NEW TO CORNER TO CORNER?

I have a learn to corner to corner course . It has helped a lot of crocheters to master corner to corner. Together we look at reading the patterns, how to do the stitch, increases and decreases and colour changes. I will show you how to work both squares and rectangles too. We even make a couple of free pattern projects together!

Materials List:

As this is a Corner to Corner blanket I cannot give you specifics on how much yarn you will use. This is because everyone’s tension is slightly different but as long as you are consistent your blanket will look great! Also, some people prefer to do HDC rather than DC (like I did). HDC squares will be between 12-15″ depending on tension. DC squares will be 16-20″. It really is personal preference.

As a rough guide I used 12 skeins of Paintbox Simply Aran in champagne / off white. I needed 3 skeins of green, 2 of red, 2 of orange ….

I also used a 5mm hook.

You will need scissors and tapestry needle too. Along with 4 stitch markers for when working the border to note the corner stitches.

The Squares!!

Below is the squares on the order that they will become available. You will need to check that pattern has been released (I will tell you below), get the coupon code and then click the photo to be taken to the designer’s post with their link!

Are you ready??

 

Carrots Square by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Grab the code and click the photo

Coupon Code: ALLOTMENT – available for the duration of the CAL

Planting in the Dirt by Juniper and Oakes

Available as a free pdf on 5th and 6th September 2022 only, forever free on the blog.

Coupon code: Now Expired

Purple Turnip by Green Fox Farms Designs

Available as a direct download from the designer’s site.

Coupon Code: no code necessary!

Ears of Wheat by Made by Gootie

This pattern is now only free on the designer’s blog post. The free download has expired.

 

Coupon Code: now expired

Cloud and Sunshine by Hanjan Crochet

This pattern is a direct download from the designer’s website.

 

Coupon Code: no code necessary

Cup of Joe by Ambassador Crochet

Grab the code and click the photo – available for the duration of the CAL

 

Coupon Code: COFFEE

Sunflower by Blue Star Crochet

This pattern is a direct download from the Designer’s website

 

Coupon code: not needed as it is a direct download.

Watering Can by Clair de Lune Fiber Art

Make a note of the code below and click the photo to be taken to the PDF link

 

Coupon code: C2CWCSQUARE

Basket by Crafting Each Day

Get the pdf version of this cute basket square with the coupon code below.

 

Coupon code: GATHER

Pear by The Loophole Fox

 

Shannon has made the graph only for this one as a free direct download on her blog.

Please note you will need to scroll to the bottom of the post and click the brown button for the download.

Coupon code: not needed

Corn by Raffamusa Designs

 

Make a note of the code below and click the photo of this square to get your copy!

Coupon code: BECORNFIDENT

Ladybug by High Desert Yarn

Grab the code and get your copy of the PDF Pattern for this cute ladybug!

Coupon code: BRIGHTSPOT

Strawberry by Emma Wilkinson Designs

Collect the code below and then click on the photo of the strawberry square!

 

Coupon Code: CGCAL

Watermelon by Made by Nensi

Please note that Nensi has made the graph for this one a free download on her blog.

 

Coupon code: not needed

Sun by Jo’s Crafty Hook

Note the code below, click on the photo and look for the download button on Jo’s post to get your Free PDF Pattern for this one!

 

Coupon Code: SUNSHINE

Bumblebee by Madame Stitch

This pattern is a direct download on the designers site.

 

Coupon code: No code needed

Leek by Crochet Cloudberry

Grab the code below and click the photo and follow the instructions on Catherine’s site!

 

Coupon code: LEEK

Tomatos by E’Claire Makery

Click the photo of this square to go to the designers page where this pattern is a direct download

 

Coupon code: not needed

Pumpkin by Juniper and Oakes

This square is available as a direct download from the designers website – so be sure to click the special event buttons within the post!

 

Coupon code: no needed

Mushrooms by Frankie Kate

 Grab the code below and follow the instructions on the designer’s site!

 

Coupon code: FALLRED

Joining Method Used

Click the photo and look for the buttons to get your pdf download for this one!

Border Instructions

Get your pdf copy of the border instructions by clicking the picture.

Coupon code – not needed!

Do you want to perfect the bobble stitch? Try this free crochet pattern

Do you want to perfect the bobble stitch? Try this free crochet pattern

When Shannon from The Loophole Fox and Agat from Made by Gootie asked me to be part of their Harmony Blanket CAL I knew I wanted to use the bobble stitch to create a timeless but modern design. They had an idea to host a 

Crochet Your Own Chess Square – Free C2C Pattern

Crochet Your Own Chess Square – Free C2C Pattern

My take on the game of chess is this Chess Square. It was a fun one to design and to make. This celebrates International Chess Day on July 20th. ** This is a free pattern on the blog. Please do not copy and paste any 

Bouquet of Flowers Afghan

Bouquet of Flowers Afghan

The Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL is here!

Last year lots of you loved the Friendship blanket so much. This year the designers were asking me to organise another one! So I did.

Why call it the Bouquet of Flowers Afghan?

It’s been a long autumn and winter here and I am desperately looking forward to the spring for the blooms to show themselves, lambing season (being a country girl at heart) and some warmer weather and sunshine! I am also eagerly waiting being able to hang my washing on the line in the garden!! I guess that is a sign of age LOL. So this year I picked the theme of flowers (last year was texture).

Every week we will release 3 squares for you to make. They will all measure 10″ (once finished and blocked if necessary) and in total there are 20 squares … I took onboard the feedback that last year with 41 squares it was a little long for some of you! As per last year, there is a variety of stitches and techniques so there should be something new for most of you during this CAL.

With 18 designers, 20 squares and 6 weeks of crocheting fun I hope you love this bouquet of flowers afghan as much as I do.

 

How it works:

  • One new square will be released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 28th Feb until mid April
  • Most squares will be available as a free pdf and, if it is not going to be free usually, you will have a coupon code to get your copy.
  • I will then share how I joined the squares and provide instructions for the boarder
  • The most recent square will be the first on in the list below – under this will be all of the squares that have been released in order. You will click the photo of the square and make a note of the coupon code you will need. Then you will need to read the designer’s post (if they have a blog) and look for the following button
  • If you cannot wait for the squares to be released and would like to get them all in one go a bundle is available for $12.99 using the button below. This works out at only $0.65 per square!
  • Note: you have 7  days from purchase to raise any issues.

 

Additional help and support

If you would like additional help and support then please join our FB Community group by clicking on the button below and answering the 3 simple joining questions. Throughout this event we will be answering questions, going live to help and chat to you about each square.

 

Have you joined our mailing list?

If you would like an email each day a square is released so you don’t miss any of them you can sign up to our Events and CALs email. This is different from our standard newsletter – which you can sign up to with the pop up box when you access our blog, or add your details in the box in the footer!

 

Materials List for your Bouquet of Flowers CAL:

Note: this list contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you!

For my version I used:

  • #3 weight yarn or cotton – I used Paintbox Simply DK in the following colour ways and amounts (note each skein is 302 yards so I used 2,200 yards approximately before joining):
    • Grass Green – 3 skeins
    • blush pink – 3 skeins
    • lipstick pink – 2 skeins
    • champagne white – 5 skeins (I also bordered all of my squares with this before joining)
    • buttercup yellow – 2 skeins
  • Hooks – from 3mm to 6mm
  • Stitch Markers – guaranteed you will need at least 4 of these (regardless of skill level)!
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle

 

 

Square Releases:

The Bouquet of Flowers CAL bundle will be always be available to purchase.

 

 

Iris Stitch Square by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Kicking off the CAL is this iris stitch square. Let’s ease you in … If you can chain and double crochet then you can make this square!

Blog post includes written, photo and video tutorials.

COUPON CODE – PRETTY

 

Mitered Tulips Square by Made by Gootie

This square was such a fun one to make. The mitered technique was a little different for me which I loved!

If your gauge isn’t quite right with this one it is easy to adjust by adding rows or removing rows.

Coupon code: CORNERTULIP

Sweet Flora Square by Green Fox Farms Designs

The Sweet Flora Square is a beautiful sampler square with elegant shapes and beautiful puff stitches. It is worked in the round using simple stitch combinations to create a variety of textures and floral lines within the square.

Coupon Code – not needed! You will be taken to another page on Lisa’s blog where there is a direct download!

 

 

Tulip Fields Square by Crochets by Trista

This square is so pretty. I love the way that it looks like the flowers are hanging in the square.

The outside of this one also makes it very easy to add or subtract rounds to get to 10″ if you have issues with gauge.

Coupon Code: Bouquet

The Anthea Square by The Loophole Fox

I had so much fun with this square. It is a bit more of an intermediate pattern compared to what we have had so far but Shannon has some fabulous photo tutorials in her pattern to help you out with the ‘trickier’ bits!

Coupon Code: no code needed – direct download from blog

The Ornamental Garden Square by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

This pattern is suitable for advanced beginners / intermediate crocheters. It uses the V stitch, puff stitch and a couple of other techniques.

I do however have a left and right handed video tutorial for the whole pattern available to help you through it if you want to give it a go.

Please note that I do not slow down for the easy parts e.g. DC in next 4 sts but I do show you the more difficult stitches at a slower pace!

Coupon Code – BUDS

 

The Tudor Rose Square by Fosbas Designs

We have some absolutely stunning designs coming up, and this one is absolutely gorgeous! Susanna is such a talented designer.

Click the photo to be taken to the blog post

Coupon code – not needed!

Olivia’s Square by Wheat State Wool Co

I enjoyed making this square. It has a lot of beautiful texture that I think you will love too! It is inspired by a Topeka rose garden.

The leaf stitch took me a second to fathom, but only a second!

Coupon Code – Olivia

Clematis Flower Square from Jo’s Crafty Hook

This beautiful lacy design will work up quickly and looks fantastic once it is blocked. The flower in the centre is really pretty.

Jo has a good photo step by step in her blog post and on the pdf.

Coupon Code: CN/A – this one is now available as a free pattern on the designer’s blog

 

 

The Blooming Square by Crafting Each Day

Suzanne has chosen a slightly different technique to create the flowers on this square, but it is just adorable!

I love the way that the subtle stripes of colour break up the background on this one.

Coupon Code – BLOOMING

Papavero Square by ChristaCo Design

This square is just beautiful … or should I say simply elegant?

The Papavero Square is an easy double crochet blanket square with a poppy flower slip stitched on to the center. Both the flower and square are easy to make and customize to your colors and decor.

Coupon Code – PAPAVERO

Dahlia Square by Through the Loop Yarn Craft

The Dahlia Square is designed with a variety of stitches to add beautiful texture for a full floral look. Use one or more colours to really add personality to each square!

This square is gorgeous. I used green for the centre and last round and yellow for the double crochet section.

Coupon Code DAHLIA22

Springtime Blooming Granny Square by Cosy Rosie UK

There is nothing better than a flower to brighten someone’s day and raise a smile on their face. This 3D square is a perfect addition to any square blanket with it’s pretty petals and luscious leaves.

This design also made me realise that I need to use the spike stitch in some of my designs LOL

Coupon Code – This square is only available va the Designer’s blog post and video tutorial now.

Patchwork Blossom Square by Crochet Cloudberry

Cat is another designer that I am in awe of! Have you seen her flower blanket CALs?

This square is just gorgeous. There is a little bit of sewing involved but I promise you it is absolutely worth the effort!!

Coupon code – PATCHWORK

Daisy Square by Carroway Crochet

 

The Daisy Square uses four colours and I love how the borders add interest to the beautiful daisy sitting in the middle. I hope you enjoy this pattern.

Coupon Code – DAISYDAISY

 

Blossom Stitch Square by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

With so many gorgeous squares having already been released I wanted to give you another simpler square which will work up quickly and allow you to catch up a little if you have fallen behind by a couple of squares. The blossom stitch uses a beautiful lacy stitch combination that I think you will love!

Coupon Code : BLOOM

Floral Vines Square by Juniper and Oakes

This stunning square uses a little bit of cabling to create the vines that come off the flower in the centre of this one. The texture is subtle and gorgeous.

Erin has included photo tutorials and links in her post to where you can get additional help if you are new to cabling.

Coupon Code: CABLESQUARE

 

Buttercup Square by Emma Wilkinson Designs

This was one of the first 2 squares I made when I sat down to work up the finished blanket, and it was so much fun!

It is a floral block, worked centre out, with a little bit of 3d texture that is absolutely gorgeous when it is made and I thought it was much easier than it looked.

Coupon Code: BUTTERCUP

Pretty N Pink Square by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’

This lovely little four petal flower square is perfect for adding to your springtime projects. Works great as a potholder or incorporate it into a pillow, blanket, or other home decor crochet projects.

Before you start, you will need to check your gauge on this one. Raelynn is an even tighter crocheter than me!!

Coupon code: Not necessary – direct download from designer’s site.

Boroque Triumph Floral Square by Raffamusa Designs

I asked all of the designers to describe their square for me for promo purposes. Raffaella wrote ‘ Several stitches and lots of popcorns’!

Oh my goodness …. how understated is that description?? This square is right up my alley and I wish I had the talent to create these types of designs. Don’t get me wrong – all of the designs have been stunningly beautiful! For me, this square was the perfect one to finish the squares on.

Coupon code – ROCOCO

Flat Braid Join by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Learn to crochet the flat braid join with my written and video tutorial.

You can use any join for this afghan, but if you haven’t tried this one before you may well be glad that you did! I found it fun to crochet.

Coupon code: not needed – direct download

Floral Afghan Border by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

This border consists of 10 rows and I walk you through step by step how to do each row and the colour changes. Although this one looks great in one colour or several!

Coupon Code: not needed – direct download

 

Easy Afghan Pattern: Prairie Fields Afghan

Easy Afghan Pattern: Prairie Fields Afghan

The Prairie Fields Afghan really does remind me of Kansas fields with the tall native grasses swaying, which I feel is represented in the offset fans in the blanket.  The straight columns represent the corn fields, in my mind. That Feeling I really wanted something 

Robin’s Cables Blanket

Robin’s Cables Blanket

  We couldn’t miss the opportunity to bring you a pattern for the Robin’s Cables Blanket now could we? It uses the same stitch combo as the Robin’s Poncho, hat and scarf, coffee beanie cozy and mug cozy (which will be released soon). I mean, 

Jingle in July – Designer’s Picks Patterns!

Jingle in July – Designer’s Picks Patterns!

There are so many fantastic designers out there. I am lucky that I co-work with a fabulous group of ladies. We have come together to bring you a week long event which runs from 24th – 31st July 2021. It is the Jingle in July Event.

How it works:

Each day a different designer will do a round up post. This post will have information about 2 patterns from each participating designer which will be on sale for 50% off for 24 hours from 5am GMT / midnight EST / 11pm CT.

Each day Jingle in July will have a different theme as well as a different host:

The round up post will link either directly to the designer’s pattern, you just need to decide where you prefer to buy and click the appropriate button. They look something like this:

Note: where you see the ‘Buy the pattern in My Shop’ button it may take you to a blog post where you can find more information about the pattern, or there may be a free version there. If the designer has their own shop on the blog there will be a link from that post!

 

While you are here, why not sign up to our CALs and Events email? There is so much going on over the next few months, you won’t want to miss anything!!

Shall we get started with the Jingle in July – Designer’s Picks Round up??

 

1. Sarah Tee by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

The Sarah Tee
The Sarah Tee

This one is a recent design but is already a favourite with you all! The pattern is written in 9 sizes (XS to 5XL). You can include the slight shoulder shaping or if you prefer there are also instructions for creating a boatneck version (which requires no shoulder shaping). I am so thrilled you love this design as much as I do!

 

2. The Shades of Spring Afghan by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Full of fun texture!

This afghan is a great stash buster. Each section of the pattern has an accompanying video tutorial to help you work through it and develop your crochet skills, try out new stitches etc. We actually did this one as a CAL about a year ago now in our Facebook group, so if you didn’t get the pattern then, now would be a great time to do so!

 

3. Pumpkin Spice Wall Hanging by High Desert Yarn

This is such a great project for fall and thanksgiving! Joanna has some really great wall hangings. If you have been collecting them then this one is a must for you!

 

4. Port Aransas Wall Hanging by High Desert Yarn

What a fabulous stash busting pattern this one is! You can literally tailor this one as a gift for anybody! Use their favourite sport team colours, their favourite, school or university colours. You could even have this one represent family and use birthstone colours!

 

 

 

 

 

5. Stella by MenMyHook

Bernadine does some great work with texture. This shawl is a simple repeat pattern that looks stunning. It would also be great made in white or cream for a bride to cover her shoulders as well as being versatile enough to wear every day whether you are dressing up or going casual!

 

6. Joanne by MenMyHook

This shawl is just beautiful! Despite the lacy, elegant look to this one I bet it is warmer than it looks. It will keep the chill off you in summer but in spring and autumn will work well too. Then in winter you could wear it as a scarf! I would certainly want to wear this one year round.

 

7. Bittersweet Margaret Skirt by Cosy Rosie UK

Fiona had a bit of a love / hate relationship with this design when she was creating it. Perhaps that is why the name of it includes ‘bittersweet’?  But the effort has certainly paid off! I love the drape and the pleats in this design.

 

8. Cosy Christmas Cosy by Cosy Rosie UK

How cute are these coasters?? They could also make a great teacher gift or gift set for Christmas! Another great scrap / stash buster pattern, and definitely one that is one my ‘to make’ list!

 

 

 

 

9. F*UK – a wall hanging by Class Lady Yarnworks

Please be warned that this designer does sweary crochet (and swear in her blog posts), so if that is not to your taste please scroll passed the next two patterns!

The patterns that Stephanie creates are very tongue in cheek. Yes, she swears, but she is also a lovely lady who would do anything for anyone.

 

10. Naughty AF wall hanging by Class Lady Yarnworks

Do you have those sets of naughty and nice socks for December? Well, now you can own your naughtiness proudly with this wall hanging!

 

11. Sizzling Summer Tee by Crochets by Trista

Trista has some great tops and shawls in her shops! This one is a simply constructed tee which is perfect for summer and layering. Dress it up with black trousers, or go for the casual look as Trista has here.

 

12. Peridot Shawl by Crochets by Trista

This is a great autumn / winter shawl which can also be worn as a scarf to help keep you warm during those colder weeks. Perfect for walking my dogs through the woods in November / December!

 

 

 

13. Sweet Stripes Wine Cozy and Tote by Green Fox Farms Designs

There are two pattern in one with this one – get both the wine cozy and the wine tote. Another great idea for a teacher gift, a housewarming gift, a personal touch to a bottle of champagne for a wedding gift maybe? This pattern works up quickly.

 

14. Sweet Stripes Gift Bags by Green Fox Farms Designs

Another pattern in Lisa’s sweet stripes collection are these gorgeous gift bags! The handmade touch can really make a small gift feel so thoughtful! There are a lot of gifts you can pack into these bags – toiletries, coffee beans, sweets and chocolate, small ornaments, jams and preserves ….. you get the idea.

 

15. Hope Whispers Shawl by Ambassador Crochet

This shawl looks so delicate and elegant! I love the detail around the edging to finish it off.

 

16. Sundial Hat by Ambassador Crochet

This hat is unisex and perfect whether you are making it for yourself, gifting it or donating to a charity! Can you ever have too many winter hats?

There you have it. 16 fantastic patterns that are ALL 50% off no code required for 24 hours only as part of the Jingle in July event!

Don’t forget to sign up to our Events and CALs emails to be notified of where to find the roundup’s every day until 31st July 2021!

The Friendship Blanket CAL

The Friendship Blanket CAL

The Friendship Blanket CAL is here! I can hardly believe it. This is something that I have been thinking about for almost a year, and have been working on since September. Yet it seems to have come round so quickly! Why call it the Friendship