Summer Crochet For Kids - 10 quick and easy projects to make for your kids this summer...

Hello friends, the sun is shining and I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy the weather.  I have put together some really cute, quick and easy crochet projects to make for your kids, with a summer theme.  The patterns are all free and by my favourite designers, so be sure to go and check them out. I love this cute zesty coin purse by Crochet Cloudberry.  Perfect for your little ones to keep their pennies in, or for yourself... Lime Coin Purse All I hear from Little T in the summer is "Mum can I have an ice pop?".  If your kids love them too then they will love these ice pop cosies by Green Fox Farm Designs. Freeze Pop Holders In the UK we have been making rainbows to hang in our windows to show our support for the NHS.  Why not make one for your kids to hang in their windows too.  The pattern is by The Crafty Therapist. Rainbow of Gratitude When the sun is hot, keep your kids cool in a cute, cotton sun h

Crochet For A Cause Blog Hop - Free pdf pattern to download every Monday...

Hello friends, this week I am excited to announce that I am taking part in the Crochet For A Cause Blog Hop, which is being organised by the lovely Ashley from Edyth Blayn.  Each Monday during the event, two designers will make their pattern available to download free. Their pattern will be free for one week only so be sure to check back every Monday.  You can find more information about the cause and links to the free patterns here... All designers will be sharing hat and scarf patterns with the aim of donating them to your local homeless shelter, school, cancer centre or pregnancy resource centre.  This coming Monday it is my turn to share a pattern and you will be able to download the pdf for my  Basic Beanies  free for 1 week.  Remember this pdf will only be free for 1 week from Monday 15th June, so be sure to head on over to Ravelry for your pattern. Click the picture above to find other great patterns, you will need to check each Monday to see what pattern is availabl

Elderflower Champagne Recipe - A fond memory of my childhood...

You know summer is finaly here when the elderflowers are blooming. They always remind me of the walks I used to take with my mum as a child.  We would walk along the country lane to the river and collect the elderflower blooms to make Elderflower Champagne. My mum would use a big bucket with water, sugar, lemons and the flower heads and leave them overnight or a little longer.  She used plastic pop bottles to strain the fragrant liquid into (glass ones had exploded previously and the plastic one seemed to fair better).  She would keep the bottles in her wardrobe and we would wait impatiently for them to be ready. It was always worth the wait, Elderflower Champagne is such a glorious taste of summer.  It really is summer in a glass.  If you have never tried it before I urge you to give it a go... Elderflower Champagne Ingredients 8-10 elderflower heads 4 cups sugar 3 pints of hot water 6 pints cold water 4 lemons Add the hot water and sugar to a large

Summer Stripes Sunglasses Case - Part of the Charity Stash Bash CAL

Hello friends, it's time for May's Charity Stash Bash pattern (I know it's a little late) and this month we have this super cute sunglasses case.  This pattern may also be used as a pretty pencil case or to keep your hooks in.  I will be making these as pencil cases for the shoe box appeal and adding some colouring pencils to go with them. If you would like to know more about the Chaity Stash Bash CAL you can check out the links below. Helpful Links... 2020 Charity Stash Bash Operation Christmas Child US Operation Christmas Child UK Ravelry pattern page An ad free pdf version of this pattern is available in my online stores, thank you for supporting my work... If you would like to take part and prefer knit over crochet, I have linked some other pattern choices along with more crochet cases for you to make.  Just click the Stash Bash link above for more patterns and information.  Summer Stripes Sunglasses Ca

Gift Ideas For Father's Day - Free crochet, knitting & sewing patterns for 2020

Hello everyone, it's that time of year again when we think about the men in our life, that we love dearly.  If you are out of ideas for what to give as a gift this year, then I have put together some lovely gift ideas including lots of crochet patterns too. Free Crochet Patterns If your dad loves camping, outdoor holidays or simply reading a book by the fire, then a crochet blanket would make a wonderful gift.  This herringbone scrap blanket by Salty Pearl Crochet is a gorgeous one Herringbone Scrap Blanket If your dad enjoys pottering around in the potting shed, then this pot cover might be just the gift.  Pattern by Sincerely Pam. Alex Basket I love this sunglasses case by Ned & Mimi Crochet Sunglasses Case Another great blanket, pattern by Fosbas Design Fun Weekend Blanket If your dad is a wiz in the kitching then crochet up this pot holder.  Pattern by Raffamusa Designs Tunisian Cottage Pot Holder

Pretty Granny Flower Coasters - Crochet these in fresh cotton colours, perfect for spring...

Hello everyone.  I have a super quick and easy project to share with you today.  Don't you just love the instant gratification from finishing small projects?  These would also make a great gift for someone, or to sell at the craft fair. An ad free pdf version of this pattern is available in my online stores, thank you for supporting my work... Granny Flower Coasters Materials Aran / worsted weight cotton yarn small amounts 5mm hook Darning needle Size Small coaster approx. 4.5 inches in diameter (12cm) Large coaster 6,5 inches (17cm) Ability Easy  Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion) sc - single crochet (double crochet) dc - double crochet (treble crochet) ch – chain sp - space st(s) - stitch(es) sl st - slip stitch Other notes: I used Scheepjes Cahlista to make my coasters, in colours, Lime, snow White and Cyan, but you can use any cotton Aran / worsted weight yarn to make