Sunday 16 February 2020

Timeless Drifter Earwarmer - A quick & easy make to keep those ears nice and toasty this winter...

Hello everyone, I really love it when I get to share new patterns with you and I am so excited to share this one.  It's quick and easy to make and is the perfect thing to keep your ears cosy in the last of the winter weather and through spring.  The pattern is also available as an ad free pfd with also contains sizes from baby - large adult, this may be purchased from my online stores.

Timeless Drifter Earwarmer


1 ball King Cole Drifter Chunky
1 ball King Cole Timeless Chunky
Darning needle
Stitch marker
6mm (J) hook
5mm (H) hook 


Adult (sizes baby - large adult are available in the pdf version)



Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)
blsc – back loop single crochet (back loop double crochet)
dc – double crochet (treble crochet)
hdc – half double crochet (half treble crochet) fpdc – front post double crochet (front post treble crochet)
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
pm – place marker
sk – skip
inc – increase (2sc in same st)

Other notes:  The head band is worked flat and seemed to form the twist.  Ribbing is then added to the bottom of headband, worked sideways, creating the finished ear warmer.

With Drifter and large hook, chain  61

Row 1 (Right side) sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch.  60 sts.

Row 2 Turn ch1 (does not count as st), hdc in 1st st, fpdc in each st across until last st, hdc in last st.   60 sts.

Row 3 Turn, ch1, sc in 1st st, sc in each st across.

Repeat rows 2 and 3,  4 more times.  Fasten off leaving a long tail.

Forming the twist

Place piece with right side facing up, in front of you.  Fold short ends in to the centre.  

Fold each short end in half and slot together. 

Sew through all 4 layers securely 

Pm where 2 sides cross over on bottom of headband (through both layers).  

Using Timeless join yarn in centre back, bottom of headband.

Round 1 Ch1, sc in same place, sc in each st around until 2 sts before marker, sk next st, [dc, 3hdc, dc] all in marked st, sk next st, sc in each remaining st, at the same time inc evenly around until you have  66 sts, join.


With small hook ch  9

Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch, sl st in next 2 sts on hairband.

Row 2 Turn, sk sl sts, blsc in each sc across.

Row 3 Turn, ch1, blsc in each sc across, sl st in next 2 sts on hairband.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 around hairband until all sts have been worked, fasten off and use tail to sew ribbing together.  Weave in any ends.

Looks great in different colours...

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Wednesday 12 February 2020

Spiced Orange & Pumpkin Cake - A great way to use up all those winter squash, try it, it's delicious...

Hello everyone.  I have another recipe to share with you today.  This is a family favourite of ours, Little T particularly loves it.  As some of you know we have an allotment, where we grow our own fruit and veg.  For those of you over the pond who may not know what an allotment is, it's a small plot of land rented from either a private landlord or by the local council.  It's a great way to get outside and grow your own food and you get to meet lots of lovely people too.  We live in a very small flat and so with no garden of our own, our allotment is our little outdoor space.

In the autumn we harvested many, many winter squashes.  These store over the winter really well and will last until around March or April.  It's about this time of year that I start to process any of the squash that we have left for storing in the freezer.  I simply boil, mash and freeze.  You can use any kind of winter squash or pumpkin for this recipe, so if you don't grow your own, most supermarkets will sell some kind of winter squash and some places also sell tinned pumpkin puree.

We grew so many winter squash last year and still have many of the Crown Prince (the blue ones) and Uchiki Kuri (orange) ones left.  These are both particularly good for this recipe...

Spiced Orange & Pumpkin Cake


135g plain flour
220g soft brown sugar
1tsp baking powder
110g oil or melted butter
175g pumpkin / squash puree
2 eggs
Pinch of  mixed spice
Pinch of nutmeg
2tsp orange extract
Zest of 1 orange
Icing / frosting
Orange slices for decoration (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 170℃
  • Line and grease a 7 or 8 inch cake tin (we use an oblong tin but it doesn't really matter what shape)
  • Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Add all wet ingredients to another bowl and beat until well mixed
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients together and mix until incorporated
  • Pour into the tin and bake for 25 mins
  • When the cake is cooked (when poked with a skewer it should come out clean), turn out on a rack to cool
  • Once cool, ice and decorate with orange slices

We often use shop bought buttercream icing for this cake but you can also make an orange drissel, by combining a little orange juice with icing sugar and orange extract.  The cake may also be enjoyed with no icing at all...

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Saturday 8 February 2020

Gift Ideas For Mother's Day - Free crochet patterns by my favourite designers...

Hello friends, I hope you are all well.  So it's February already, where did the time go?  You may be thinking it's too early to be thinking about Mother's Day, but here in the UK Mother's Day is the 22nd of March this year, so we have just enough time to make something extra special and if you live over the pond you have even longer to create something beautiful.  Once again I have searched through my favourite designer's patterns, to bring you a wonderful selection of the best crochet patterns out there, many of which are super quick and easy to make.  I am sure you will find something that your mum will love...

The weather is still chilly here through February and March, so this quick and easy earwarmer would make a welcome gift.  The pattern is by Itchin For Some Stitchin.

Chunky Bowtie Headwarmer

Who wouldn't love this Jasmine Stitch cowl as a gift?  Pattern by Fluffy Stitches.

Jasmine Cowl

Mum's are always so busy that a handy crochet bag is a must have gift.  Perfect for shopping, a day at the beach or to stash wip's.  You can find this pattern at Loops & Love Crochet.

Ocean Vibes Bag

The perfect last minute gift, you can whip up these gorgeously, colourful, cloths, in no time at all.  Pattern by Green Fox Farm Designs.

Flora Dishcloths

This cowl is so pretty and the yarn does all the work for you, crocheted in Caron Cotton Cakes.  You can find the pattern at Thoresby Cottage.

Frosted Glass Cowl

Another quick and easy, earwarmer pattern.  This one by Brittany Alice Crochet.

45 Minute Ear Warmer

How gorgeous is this bag by The Loopy Lamb?

The Bobblelicious Bag

These crochet oven mitts not only look great but are such a practical gift.  If your mum loves cooking she will love these.  Pattern by Ned & Mimi.

Double Oven Mitt

Pretty Star Stitch hand warmers pattern, by Crochet Cloudberry.

January Sky Fingerless Gloves

I think this one is my favourite.  The yarn used is just delicious and the pattern sets it off perfectly.  Design by Salty Pearl Crochet.

Clearwater Beach Buttoned Cowl

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I hope you enjoyed my selections and have found a perfect gift for someone you love.  Which one would you make for your mum?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Monday 3 February 2020

Sweetheart Washcloth Free Crochet Pattern - Pretty heart motif washcloth, perfect for Valentine's Day

Looking for something quick and easy to make for Valentine's Day?  Or maybe a little something to treat yourself to?  This pretty heart motif washcloth will make bath time more fun and is super quick to make.  I just love making washcloths and dishcloths for that instant gratification you get when finishing small projects and they really pretty the place up.

Sweetheart Washcloth


Cotton Aran / worsted yarn in pink and white
Darning needle
4.5mm hook


Approx. 7.5 x 8 inches (20 x 21 cm)



Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)
hdc – half double crochet (half treble crochet)
dc – double crochet (treble crochet)
htc – half treble crochet (half double treble crochet)
dc3tog – double crochet 3 together (treble crochet 3 together)
ch – chain
sp - space
st(s) - stitch(es)
sk – skip
hrt cl – heart cluster

Other notes:  Join in new colours with a sl st.  When working htc sts, make sure to place sts behind ch2 of hrt cl row.  I recommend using this method of joining colours for this project.

Special stitches:   
Heart cluster - [dc3tog, ch1, dc3tog] in same st.
Half treble crochet - this is a standard st, but is however, not widely used.  Yo twice, place hook in st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through remaining loops.

With white ch 28

Row 1 Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch, (27hdc).

Row 2 Ch1 turn, hdc in each st across, fasten off.

Row 3 With pink, join with sl st and ch4 (counts as dc, ch1), sk next 2 sts, hrt cl in next st, [ch2, sk next 3 sts, hrt cl in next st,] 5 times, ch1, dc in last st, (2dc, 6hrt cl, 5 ch2 sp, 2 ch1 sp), fasten off.

Row 4 With white, join with sl st, ch1, hdc in same st, htc in 1st sk st from row below, [3hdc in ch1 sp (in centre of hrt cl), htc in centre sk st from row below] 5 times, hdc in last st.

Rows 5 & 6 repeat row 2.

Rows 7-14 repeat rows 3-6 twice.

Rows 15 & 16 repeat rows 3 & 4.

Row 17 repeat row 2, do not fasten off.

Sc evenly around cloth, placing [sc, ch2, sc] in each corner, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

I am currently designing coordinating face scrubbies, a shower puff and soap sock to complete the Sweetheart Spa Set, so make sure you are subscribed so you don't miss it.  If you would like to help support my work, you can purchase an ad free pdf version of this pattern in my online stores...

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Saturday 1 February 2020

Iris Stitch Edging - Add this pretty Iris Stitch border to your blankets...

For those of you who know me well, you will know that making blankets is my most favourite thing and adding the border to a finished blanket is the best part of blanket making.  Don't get me wrong I love the whole process.  Choosing the design, colours, type of yarn, spending time all snuggly and warm with a growing blanket on your lap is pure bliss to me, but those final few rounds that add the finishing touch to your masterpiece, is just the cherry on the cake.  I love that feeling of completion  and achievement you get when you finish a blanket.

As you know all through January we have been on a stash busting marathon, making a new granny square each day.  Well, all the squares are finished and joined and it's now time for the border.  I wanted something pretty but simple to go with all the floral themed squares.  So I thought the Iris Stitch would make a wonderful edging to my finished blanket and of course I must also share this with you all...

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If you missed our crochet along, don't worry you can still make this beauty for yourself.  Just check out the link above for all the instructions and pattern links to make this pretty, stash busting blanket.

Iris Stitch Edging


I used a little over 100g of DK for this border, but you will need to use the same gauge yarn that you used for your blanket.  Amounts will vary depending on your blanket size.
Hook, I used a 4mm hook, but you will need to use the hook size you used for the rest of your blanket.
Darning needle


US terms (UK conversion)
dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
v st - v stitch
dv - double v stitch
sl st - slip stitch
 ch - chain
sp - space
sk - skip

Special stitches:

V Stitch - [dc, ch1, dc] in same st.

Double V Stitch - [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in same st.

Other notes:  It is my preference to add a round of single crochet to my blankets before I start my border.  This gives me an even base to start from and the opportunity to correct stitch counts if necessary.  The Iris Edging is worked over multiples of 4 stitches +3.  If you wish, you may during the single crochet foundation round, increase or decrease stitches so that each side of your blanket has the correct multiplier (don't count corner stitches).  This involves lots of counting and Maths (eek!).  If like me you cannot be bothered with this, feel free to fudge it.

Round 1 (Foundation round) starting in a corner st, join yarn and ch1, [sc, ch2, sc] in same st, then sc evenly around your blanket with [sc, ch2, sc] in each corner, join with sl st.  

Round 2 Sl st into corner sp, [ch3 (counts as dc), ch1, dc, ch2, v st] in same sp, *[sk next 3sts, dv in next st] repeat across, sk last 3 sts, [v st, ch2, v st] in corner* repeat from *to* 3 times, [sk next 3 sts, dv in next st] repeat across, join with sl st to top ch3.

If fudging, at the end of this round you may need to sk 2 or 4 sts depending on your st count.  As you can see here in the photo, I skipped only 2 sts before the corner and it really isn't noticeable.

Round 3 Sl st into ch1 sp, [ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc] in same sp, in next and every corner sp [dc, ch2, dc], dv in every v st and dv from previous round, join with sl st to top ch3.

Rounds 2 & 3 form pattern and may be repeated until border is desired width.

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