Pastel Tiles Blanket – a Granny Squares and Granny Rectangles Project

I loved making this Pastel Tiles Blanket. It incorporates both Granny Squares and Granny Rectangles made in pastel colours. These are then joined using a contrasting colour and the effect is fantastic. The design incorporates my new and improved Granny Rectangle pattern (the ‘Even Better’ Granny Rectangle).

The free pattern and details can be found here.

Summer Bucket Hat – a crochet bucket hat design

I have had some fun making something completely different. I made a crochet summer bucket hat for my daughter. Bucket hats seem to be very popular at the moment and there are some lovely crochet versions around too. This is quite quick to make and suitable for intermediate crocheters. The free written pattern and accompanying video tutorial can be found here.

Cotton Breeze Squares – a project using cotton yarn

These are beautiful little squares made with Sirdar Happy Cotton – I used the 20g balls from a set of 50 different colours.

Crocheting with cotton yarn in pastel colours is a delightful experience. The softness of the cotton combined with the gentle hues creates a sensation akin to a cool breeze on a warm day.

One of the joys of working with crochet squares is the ability to mix and match colours and patterns. With pastel hues, you have a wide palette to choose from, allowing you to create captivating combinations.

Consider creating a patchwork blanket with squares in different pastel shades, or experiment with colour gradients to achieve a stunning ombre effect. The possibilities for creativity are truly limitless.

Full written pattern can be found here.

A video tutorial can be found here.

Introducing “Midnight Garden”: A Stunning Twist on the Classic Granny Square

Today, I am thrilled to unveil a breathtaking new design that will captivate your imagination and ignite your creative spirit. Introducing “Midnight Garden,” a mesmerizing variation of the traditional Granny Square that combines elegance, intricacy, and a touch of mystery.

Get ready to embark on a crochet journey that will transport you to a magical realm of blooming flowers, starlit skies, and moonlit nights.

The Inspiration Behind Midnight Garden: Inspired by the enchanting beauty of nocturnal gardens, Midnight Garden is a crochet masterpiece that captures the essence of moonlit serenity and the secret allure of hidden flora.

Imagine wandering through a lush garden bathed in soft moonlight, surrounded by flowers that bloom under the stars. This design aims to bring that sense of wonder and tranquility into your crochet projects.

Find the free pattern here.

As you crochet each intricate motif, you’ll find yourself immersed in the peaceful ambiance of a moonlit garden, losing track of time and discovering a profound sense of fulfilment in every stitch.

Midnight Garden is a crochet design that marries tradition and innovation, weaving a tale of moonlit enchantment through every stitch. Whether you’re an experienced crocheter or a novice seeking to embark on a new adventure, this design invites you to explore the hidden depths of creativity and indulge in the joy of bringing beauty to life with your own hands.

So, gather your yarn and hook, and let Midnight Garden guide you into a world where crochet meets magic. Happy crocheting!

How to crochet a Granny Square (multicolour)

Welcome to a beginner-friendly step-by-step video tutorial on how to crochet a granny square! Whether you’re new to crochet or looking to expand your skills, this video is the perfect starting point.

This Granny Square pattern focuses on a multicolour Granny Square with a different colour used for each round.

With our easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips, you’ll be creating stunning granny squares in no time. Granny Squares are fun to make and versatile, which can be used to make up into a various different projects such as blankets, bags and clothing etc.

Video for the Modern Crochet Rectangle

Video for the Modern Crochet Rectangle has now been published and available on Youtube – this short video tutorial outlines how to make the Modern Crochet Rectangle, which is a variation of a Granny Rectangle. Easy to make and suitable for beginners, these rectangles can be part of a bigger practical project.

I am not very good at making video tutorials and working hard to improve this, as I know many people like to have a video tutorial. I still do not have the confidence to speak on my videos – hopefully this is something that I will start to overcome. Hopefully some people will find this video helpful.

The photo tutorial for the Modern Crochet Rectangle Blanket can be found here.

Starting a new squares blanket design

I seem to have been working on this new project for ages, but I thought I would give you an update on where I have got to so far.

I started with these colours from the Stylecraft Special DK range – Pistachio, Meadow, Fuchsia Purple, Lemon, Blush, Pale Rose. I used hook size 4mm.

The pattern I used is a variation of the Granny Square, but the concept would just as easily work with the traditional Granny Square.

I have decided to use a contrast colour to make the bright colours ‘pop’.

Anyway, the update is that I am on the last few squares and will soon by looking to join the squares…..how do you think I should join these?

Stashbuster Squares – updated page

I have now completed my stashbuster squares project and I am really pleased with it. In total, I made 70 squares and arranged them in a 7 by 10 formation.

I sewed my squares together using a variation of the mattress stitch and I made a blanket/throw. The blanket could be left as it is, but I decided to add a simple white border.

The full details are available here. I have also included a video tutorial.

Stashbuster Squares

I have had a lot of requests on social media for the pattern for these squares. To be honest, I have not yet completed the full blanket design yet and was planning to publish the full pattern once I had done this and written it up in full, with a full supporting video tutorial, like I usually do.

However, it appears that there are loads of people who cannot wait for this and are ‘demanding’ the pattern for the square NOW!

So, in a break from the usual, the written pattern for the square is detailed below.

This is a stash buster project to use up leftover yarn from other projects. You can use any yarn you want to use. I used leftovers of Stylecraft Special DK – each square used approximately 7-8g of DK yarn (each square measured approximately 11.5cm x 12cm). I used a size 4mm hook. You can purchase Stylecraft Special DK yarn here.

The stitches used in these squares are double crochet (dc) and half treble crochet (htr) (UK terms). The main body of the square is based on a modified lemon peel stitch (the lemon peel stitch alternates between double crochet and treble crochet, but this pattern uses a half treble instead of the treble crochet).

I left a long tails of approximately 30cm, so that I can sew the squares together using these long tails.

Abbreviations/Crochet terminology:

UK terms are used throughout. 

ststitch
dcdouble crochet
htrhalf treble crochet
chchain
*to*instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified

Stitch Guide/Conversion Guide

UK termUK abbreviationUS termUS AbbreviationDescription
Double CrochetdcSingle CrochetscInsert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch (2 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through remaining two loops to leave 1 loop on the hook
Half Treble CrochethtrHalf Double CrochethdcYarn over hook. Insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through remaining three loops to leave 1 loop on the hook
ChainchChainchYarn over hook, pull through loop

Written Pattern (UK terms)

  • Foundation chain – Chain 18
  • Row 1 – dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch along to the end, turn.  [17 stitches]
  • Row 2 – ch1 (does not count as a stitch), htr in the first stitch, *dc in the next, htr in the next* repeat from *to* to the end, ensuring that the last stitch worked is a htr. Turn.
  • Row 3 – ch1 (does not count as a stitch), dc in first stitch, *htr in the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*, repeat from *to* to the end ensuring that the last stitch is a dc. NOTE: the dc’s are worked into a htr stitch from the row below and the htr’s are worked into a dc.
  • Rows 4 -15 – repeat row 2 and row 3
  • Row 16 – repeat row 2
  • Row 17 – ch1 (does not count as a stitch), dc in each stitch along to the end. Cut yarn leaving a long tail of approximately 30cm (if you are going to sew your squares together).

Video Tutorial

Coming Soon

Joining & Border

Details coming soon