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New Crochet Workshop at Stash Fine Yarns, Chester

I’m super-pleased to be able to announce that I will be teaching a crochet class at the Stash Fine Yarns shop in Chester on Saturday, 9th May.

My LYS in Chester


I have been talking about this for a while with my lovely friends at Stash, and now it’s great that we can go ahead with this class that’s designed to help beginners and near beginners to get going with their crochet.

The class runs from 1.00pm – 3.30pm, and class size will be small, so I can get to have a 1:1 with everyone.

I’ve designed the class so that participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic stitches, and also how to combine them to make interesting stitch patterns.  By the end of the class everyone should have the confidence and ability to ‘go it alone’ with a crochet hook and a ball of yarn.

All the information is available on Stash’s own Website, but here is a little bit more about it:

Starting with a quick look at choosing the right yarn and tools, you will learn:


  • how to hold the hook and yarn
  • chain stitch
  • slip stitch
  • double crochet stitch
  • half treble stitch
  • treble stitch
  • working in rows
  • changing colours

You’ll also get a reference sheet that shows you the stitch symbols, stitch abbreviations and their American equivalents and a list of recommended reading.

There will also be time for participants to start a project with their new knowledge.  I’ve been working on a new pattern that will be an exclusive for the course members.  Everyone will get a copy of the pattern to take away with them.

I’m super-excited about leading this class at Stash and looking forward to passing on my skills and passion for crochet.

New Design Published: Wester Ross Sweater for Teens and Adults

What do you know about Wester Ross?  A couple of years ago my answer would be ‘not a lot’, (except for that line in a Proclaimers song – I’ve looked at the ocean tried hard to imagine/
The way you felt the day you sailed from Wester Ross to Nova Scotia

Last summer I got the opportunity to go to the far north of Scotland, and I saw Wester Ross.  It’s amazingly beautiful, very empty, super-colourful and with a great quality of light.  Have a look at these photos:





The result of spending some time up there was this new sweater:

Wester Ross Sweater

The colours and movement of the pattern in the sweater are very much how I remember Wester Ross.

Check out the long cuffs; thumbhole cuffs are my favourite thing ever, I don’t know why I haven’t been using them more often, although the pattern does come with regular cuffs for anyone who doesn’t fancy these extra-long ones.

There’s more information about the pattern on Ravelry should you wish to go see!

Nori Skirt: My New Design in Interweave Crochet Spring 2015

I have been waiting a long time to be able to say, ‘I have a design in Interweave Crochet magazine’, and now I can!

As you might know, I like to make clothes that are on the wearable, practical side of things, but still have them look good (otherwise we’d all be wearing overalls).  Because of this particular point of view, I’ve been a long-time fan of Claire McCardell, a US designer who worked especially in the 1950s, and was a great influence on making clothes for women that were practical and wearable, with functional details.  I suppose it’s all about form following function when you come down to it.

I designed the Nori skirt with McCardell’s work in mind, and I was thrilled thrilled thrilled to have my design selected for publication by Interweave.

The preview photos are up on the Interweave website: HERE and designs can also be viewed on Ravelry HERE

The design for Nori is based on a panel skirt, with post stitches to define the panels, it is an all-in-one, top-down design with pockets that are actually pockets, meaning you can put things in them!

Photo: Interweave Crochet

Photo: Interweave Crochet

Nori skirt IC photo 2

Photo: Interweave Crochet




All About Me: Willow Yarns Newsletter July 2014

Willow Yarns a US online yarn company, have done a little feature about me in their latest Newsletter.

See it HERE

Willow Yarns are a super yarn company to work for.  I did some designs for them last year:

Image: Willow Yarns

Image: Willow Yarns

Rococo Waistcoat

Image Willow Yarns

Image Willow Yarns

Loveheart Apron

Image Willow Yarns

Image Willow Yarns

Sorrento Top

Tic Tac Toe Place Setting

Tic Tac Toe Place Setting

Tic Tac Toe Place Setting



I was very pleased to be able to work with them again earlier this year.

My new designs with them should be coming out in time for the Autumn season.

Ode to a Tee

A little poem, inspired by the nice comments I have received from people about the Front Pleat Dolman that appears in the latest edition of Knit.Wear (Spring/Summer 2014)


‘Oh dear little tee shirt, you’re cute, and so ‘me’

I like you a lot, and my friends all agree

That tee shirts like you aren’t easily found –

I’ve looked quite a bit, but there’s none around.


‘How are you made, can you tell me? I dream

That  you’re made all-in-one, with nary a seam.

But no matter the way, I’ll take it as read

That I’ll start you tonight, and not see my bed

’til you’re finished and blocked and put over my head.


Image copyright: Interweave


And what, I hear you ask, would this Front Pleat Dolman Tee reply?

I’ll leave that for another day, unless y’all fancy having a go?


5KCBWDAY3 Mayflower Lace

Mayflower Lace with words


My Latest Crochet Design

Available in Inside Crochet Issue 53

Original Image Copyright Inside Crochet



Rugged, Outdoors type would like to meet same: 5KCBWDAY2

I’m Hector:

Hector 1

Confident and warm, I’m quick to knit in Super-Bulky yarn, but there’s more to me than meets the eye – I’ve got hidden assets.  Do you want to see my cables?  OK, seeing as its you, you can have a peek:

Hector 2

I’m interested in meeting similar sweater for woodland walks, hill climbing and spending autumnal evenings sitting outside the pub.  Style optional, but must be 100% wool and cable work preferred.  I’m not interested in midriff-exposing sweaters,  it’s just not my thing.

I can offer all-in-one construction, raglan sleeves and V-neck shaping.  I’m a confident sort of sweater, and don’t have a problem in bearing all my assets in the right environment:

Hector 3

I offer a lifetime’s devotion and loyalty.  I’m dependable, hardworking and hard wearing.  I do have a tendency to pill, because of my  loose-twist, one-ply construction, but an alternative yarn choice would solve that issue.  My yarn is dye-fast and I don’t require any notions.  Interested sweaters should contact PO Box 5KCBWDAY2.





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