The Gypsy Queen Shawl is the first pattern in my Pride of the Gypsies collection. I wanted something big, something to wrap around in on those warm summer nights while sitting barefoot on the grass staring up at the night sky watching the stars float past.
A Big Thank You to Michelle Messenger, Jeni Ahern & Stephanie Shelton for testing Gypsy Queen Shawl
Its ready! Arizona Part one is up and ready for you. Its finally time to get your packs out and start hooking.
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In 2017 you saw me make my Short V Stitch tempreture blanket and I have to say it was an experience, a year long project has its challenges.. at first I was excited, then I was worried, then I was fatigued, when I was excited again and worries 😁 but know the final days have some and it’s awesome.. (pics to come soon)
On to 2018.. I will not be doing another blanket for 2018, instead I will be doing a temperature scarf.. a super long scarf like Dr Who.. read more
Its done! Its Complete! The “Oh baby” Blanket is a series of soft and tactile squares which makes for a great baby play mat or tummy time blanket. Designed to bring color and fun to little fingers.
Bright pastels in a magical array of rainbow colors against as smoothing cream back drop, makes this a special blanket for a special baby.
I used Stylecrafts Special DK in the following colors
1 x Pale Rose
1 x Clematis
1 x Apricot
1 x Lemon
1 x Spring Green
1 x Cloud Blue
1 x Parma Violet
2 x Cream
Starter Packs are available at
All squares are the small size (10″) and the finishing stitch count on each square are the same for easy construction.
You can play with any layout!
A single crochet join on the front side gives that extra touch of texture
Which is also replicated in the beginning round of the border, and finished off with a fun Pom Pom edging.
You can find individual square patterns or the complete pattern with different layout suggestions here
If you not already be sure to share your work over at the pippin crochet club
Some of you might have read my August book review in August edition of On the hook newsletter. Its was Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abobe A la Mode
I purposely brought the book for the Giant Doughnut pouf pattern. But i made a bit of a whoopsie :). I got so excited when my book arrived my fingers ran off to teh internet and ordered the yarn in a dash. I when with one of my favorite trusted brands Stylecraft. I ordered the correct amount and a brand new Clover 9mm hook.
So I sat back and waited. My yarn arrived and i pulled everything out to set up my work station (read: corner of my couch).
Something didn’t seem quite right, my new shiny hook looked way to big! then it hit me, I had ordered chunky yarn instead of Super Bulky. Yes there is a huge difference.
What was i to do? It would have cost more than the yarn itself to send back to the UK. I could have doubled up on the chuck yarn and made it thicker but to be true full I dont like doubling up yarn. I could order a new batch of of yarn in the correct weight but I didn’t want to wait. So I compromised, I used the chunky yarn but dropped the size of the hook down to the recommended size for chunky – 6mm.
Materials: I ordered 6 in the camel and 3 in fondant.
and off i went! As i got half way through and began my color change I noticed I had enough for a second one. Matching doughnut.. heaven.
They were super easy to make, all single crochet. I brought a huge box of poly fill thinking i was going to make a giant doughnut. These 2 didn’t take much at all.
They came out a great size for little ones. Now on to the sprinkles, I had a assortment of Caron Simply Soft to use for the sprinkles, I thought the nice shine to the yarn would give the sprinkles a nice touch. But they were a fail 😦 they came out rather looking like a feminine product. So I when down a weight size to DK.. Yes you guessed SSDK.
I love the way they came out in the end even after the troubles and woes I had. They are to be gifted to two special little girls for reading poufs.
I have been slacking on the blog.. So here is the first of my monthly newsletter “On the Hook” a monthly breakdown on whats on my hook and what I plan to hook. News and updates from my crochet world to yours.
We are half way into the Ross Cal over on the Pippin Crochet Club. We can finally start to piece together our parts like one big jigsaw puzzle.
Temps are rising!
So many of us have been working on our temperature blankets. Here is mine up to the end of July.
Mood of the Month.
Yeah! August is my vacation month. One week of pure bliss on the beach. So its only fitting that this months mood board should reflect that.
Caron Simple Soft
Stylecraft Special DK
Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abobe A la Mode
20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home. Chan unveils twenty new food-themed crochet patterns for crafters to follow as they crochet their living space into a cozier, yummier place. The book is organized according to rooms in your house: kitchen and dining, living and lounging, bath and beauty, and home office.
I brought this book mainly for the Giant Doughnut Pouf, which I will tell you all about in next months issue of On the Hook.
Pro’s – Well written and full of colorful pictures. Patterns are easy to follow.
Con’s – No charts and some of the patterns are a little to quirky for my taste.
Suggestions – I would recommend going to your local bookstore and having a flick threw before purchasing.
Planned Project: August
I’ve never made anything for myself a so this month I will change that. August I will start the Crocodile Stitch Cardigan by Bonita Patterns I have picked out my yarn, Micheal’s Loops and Threads Impeccable in Aran .
Bonita is known for her love of the Crocodile stitch, just take a look at her store.
Giant Donut Floor Pouf.
As mentioned above in this months book review I will be making the Giant Donut Floor Pouf for my newly created craft room.
I also plan to release the 3rd square in my “Oh Baby” series of squares.
Plus finish the Ross Cal and the Atlanticus Cal.. Phew Im gonna need that vacation!!
From the Club
Granny Square Blanket
Ana Morais Soares
Designed by Catherine Bligh
Design by Jane Crowfoot