Monday, February 22, 2021

Sol Square: the Friendship Blanket CAL

 The Sol Square is part of the 2021 Friendship blanket CAL

This awesome CAL is hosted by Helen from Sunflower Cottage Crochet and is a collaboration of 25 designers, where each designer designed a square (or two) for this blanket.
How does the CAL work?
The CAL began on January 15th and will end on April 18th. A new square will be released every week on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 9 am GMT. Some of the squares will be available for download as a PDF with a coupon code that will be provided, and some will be available as a blog post. (Designer’s choice!)
All squares are made with an Aran/Worsted (#4) weight yarn.

(Ravelry Link)

The Sol square is a combination of many stitches, including puff stitches for texture! I was inspired by the sunflowers of the Sunflower cottage. 

Don’t want to wait?
If you don’t want to wait for each square to be released, or prefer your patterns organized together, you can get a bundle for all 40 squares patterns for only $10 (US) (only 25 cents per pattern)!

Keep reading for the free pattern. I have also provided an ad-free, premium PDF that is available to buy on Ravelry and will be uploaded to Etsy and Love Crochet as soon as possible (post will be updated once that has been completed) This paid version contains a chart. 
For the duration of the CAL, this PDF will be free to download on Ravelry -using the code: Squares

Abbreviations (US terminology):

ch -           chain
sc –          single crochet
dc –  double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
hdcV –    half double V stitch
ps – puff stitch
sl st - slip stitch
sp/s – space/s
st/s – stitch/es
rep – repeat
( ) – indicate stitches worked in same st or sp
* * and [ ] – indicate section to be repeated
BLO – back loop only

Special Stitches (detailed at the end of the pattern)
corner shell
puff stitch
standing sc (stsc)
standing dc (stdc)
standing hdc (sthdc)
magic ring


Yarn: Any #4 worsted weight. Total used: 30g

Hook: US H (5.0 mm)
Notions: yarn needle
Gauge: 6 rows x 15 sts (dc) = 4 inches
9 inches
Skill level: Adventurous beginner


Pattern notes:

The pattern worked in rounds.
The pattern is written with a standing stitch and colour change at the start of each round. Standing stitches can be replaced with a starting chain, or preferred alternate method. 

Make a magic ring
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc) 11dc, sl st to 3rd ch. (12dc)
Round 2: (stsc, 1ch) in any st, (1sc, 1ch) in each st around, sl st to stsc. (12sc, 12ch)
Round 3: (stsc, 2ch) in any ch-sp, (sc, 2ch) in next sp, and every ch-sp around, slst to stsc. (12sc, 24ch)
Round 4: (sthdc, 1ch, hdc, 1ch) in any ch-sp, (hdcV, 1ch) in next ch-sp, and every sp around, .(12 hdcV, 12ch)

Round 5: Ch 2 (not counted as st) (ps, 3ch) in ch-sp of any hdcV, *sk next ch-sp (ps, 3ch) in next ch-sp, rep from * around (12 ps, 36 ch)
Round 6: (stdc, 3dc, 1ch) in any ch-3 sp, (4dc, 1ch) in next ch-3 sp and every sp around. (48 dc, 12ch)
Round 7: (stdc, dc, 3ch, 2dc, 1ch) in any ch sp, *[(shell, 1ch) in next ch] twice, 1ch, corner shell, 1ch, rep from * twice, [shell, 1ch] twice. (8 shell, 4 corner shell, 12 ch)
Round 8: (stdc, dc) in any ch-3 sp, *BLOdc in each st and ch to next ch-3 sp, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in ch-3 sp, rep from * twice, *BLOdc in each st and ch to next ch-3 sp, (2dc, 2ch) in ch-3 sp, slst to stdc. (100dc, 8ch)
Round 9: (stdc, dc) in any ch-2 sp, *BLOdc in each st and ch to next ch-2 sp, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in ch-2 sp, rep from * twice, *BLOdc in each st and ch to next ch-2 sp, (2dc, 2ch) in ch-2 sp, slst to stdc. (116dc, 8ch)

Special Stitches

hdcV:  (hdc, 1ch, hdc) worked in same sp

Shell: (2dc, 1ch, 2dc) worked in same sp

Corner shell: (2dc, 3ch, 2dc) worked in same sp

Puff stitch: [yo, insert the hook in stitch, yo, pull up loop] 3 times in same st, yo, pull through all 7 loops on hook.

Standing sc (stsc): yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook

Standing dc (stdc): yo twice, insert hook in st, yo, pull up loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice

Standing hdc (sthdc): yo twice, insert hook in st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 3 loops on hook. 

Stdc tutorial: can be found here.

Magic ring tutorial: can be found here.

I hope you enjoy the square! If you'd like to keep up to date with my designs - sign up for my newsletter

Don't forget to share your squares on social media!

Happy Crocheting 


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Yarn Review - 'Lionbrand' Mandala

 I've been using Lionbrand Mandala and a rebranded version for some time now, (although I've kind of stuck to one colourway) and I'd like to kick off a new series of yarn reviews with it

This post contains some affiliate links, opinions are my own.

Lionbrand Mandala is a large 'cake' yarn - 540m/590 yards, 150g/5.3 oz - this cake is bigger than your standard ball of yarn - You'll be able to make a lot from one ball.

 Mandalas are 100% acrylic, although you'll find some variations available. They are a weight 3 (light) which is usually referred to as an 8ply in Australia. It's a soft acrylic, that I've found to be very versatile. Blankets, clothing, toys - I've had great results for everything. 

Mandalas change colours throughout the cake - usually only repeated once in each cake - these colour changes can be abrupt, depending on the colour - For example, a pink to purple may fade into each other, but then change to white. The colours work well together, so if you've found yourself struggling with colour selection, a mandala may take out some of the pain for you! I have cut and restarted when I found a colour change too distracting, but for the most part, I just let them flow. 

Even though I've stuck to Nymph colourway - there is a wide range of colours and combinations.

My small Cupcake Tunic was made in Lionbrand Mandala in 'Wood Nymph'
Pattern available at

I got two Cupcake tunics out of one cake - as you can see, this second one got more of the pink in it! 

Remember when I said I've stuck to one colourway! Well, it's true - I also used wood nymph to make the Sunset Poncho (available at Ravelry and LoveCrafts)  In the background are some other mandala creations! 

Overall, I've great results using Mandalas, I've found them to be affordable, the extra length gives you bang for your buck, as well as being soft, easy to use, and easy to follow the care instructions.

I hope you enjoy my yarn review!

Happy Crocheting,


Sunday, February 7, 2021

4 Leaf Clover - free crochet pattern.

Today I'm sharing an older design of mine - that has been a free Ravelry download for some time (and will remain so!) 

This clover can be made as either a three-leafed Shamrock (the official symbol of Ireland and St Patrick) or as a four-leafed lucky clover.  Instructions are given for DK weight yarn, but this pattern can be used with any weight yarn and equivalent hook.

Originally written in 2013 – Updated in 2019. Written in US terms.

It's a pretty easy pattern - the hardest part might be weaving in all the ends! It's cute and quick, and makes great accessories for St Patrick's Day! 


Yarn: 20 g DK yarn in Emerald

Hook: 4.0mm

Abbreviations (US terminology):

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

tr = treble crochet

sl st = slip stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)


With Emerald yarn, make a chain of 4

Work all of the following in the first ch: 3 tr, 3 dc, 1 ch, 1 tr, 1 ch, 3 dc, 3 tr, 3 ch, sl st .

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat to make the desired amount of leaves - 3 or 4!


To join:

Make a chain of 5 (the stalk) and sl st to the point of one leaf. Sl st around the leaf, when you reach the centre between the two ‘bumps’ sl st back into centre of the leaf, sl st to point of next leaf and repeat to join all leaves.

Weave in ends. 

I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Crocheting,


Saturday, January 16, 2021

The Friendship Blanket CAL

This post contains affiliate links 

 I'd like to let you all know about a new CAL (crochet along) that is starting... NOW!

The Friendship Blanket CAL is the brainchild of Helen from Sunflower Cottage Crochet. 30 designers have teamed up to bring you 40 squares! Each square will be 9 inches, uses worsted weight yarn, and can be assembled to make a blanket. Pick and Mix which squares you want to make! The running theme is texture - and friendship!

What yarn to use?

The patterns are written for Worsted/Aran Weight yarn- some suggestions are:

Paintbox Simply Aran  100% Acrylic, 100g/3.5 oz - 60 colours to choose from!

Yarn and Colours Epic - 100% cotton, 50g -101 shades of pure cotton!

What am I using?

I'm using a yarn found at the Australian chain 'Spotlight' called

Spot Saver USA style (200 g/100% acrylic) 

I'll be using pumpkin (pictures) Peacock and Grey. 

How to join in?

I'll be updating this post every few days to update the new square releases, you can also follow Sunflower Cottage- the host of the CAL

Helen's Square kicks things off - you can find the pattern of the first square: the Friendship Square, here on the Sunflower Crochet Blog. 

If you'd like to read Helen's original post, that kick's off the CAL - click here.

All squares will remain free for the duration of the CAL. 

You can use the tag #Friendshipblanket21 to see what others are posting on social media.

Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to join in, but you'll have to wait to see my square! 

And, for those who just can't wait - there is the option of purchasing the entire CAL right now. You can click this link for the bundle (affiliate link)

Click on the photo to be taken to the pattern. I will be updating the post to add all 40 squares! 

Square 1: Friendship

Square 2: Pretty Petals

Square 3: Lauren

Square 3: Rambling Roses

Square 4: 

Square 5: Illusion Square

Square 6: Diamond Bliss

Square 7:

Square 8: Raised Diamonds

Square 9: Ara Square

Square 10: Argyll Square

Square 11: The Kindred Square

Square 12: The Eclectic Square

Square 13: Kinship Square

Square 14: Tapestry Heart

Sunday, January 3, 2021

A Month of Love - Valentine's Blog Hop


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might know that my first blog was called 'How to Crochet a Heart' and featured.. well, mostly heart motifs! 

To start off 2021 on a positive note, I'm going back to my Valentine beginnings, and joining in on the 26 Days of Love Blog Hop. Hosted by Anvi's Granny.

Click Here for more details on Anvi's Granny's blog

We're starting in January to give you enough time to get your gifts ready for February, if that's your jam. 

Each day, a PDF will be made free to download - for that day only! You'll have to follow along via Joy's Blog - but I'll be reminding you via Instagram

If you'd like to get hold of all the patterns without waiting, you can get the entire bundle for $17 (US) That's a saving of $68! 

Click this link to access the discount (this is an affilate link, and I get a small percentage of sales) 

For the blog hop, I have re released one of my favourite heart patterns - The Wind Rose Heart. The premium ad free PDF now includes a chart, along with more detailed photos. I have chosen to keep a free version on the pattern on my blog, so it can be your choice to own a PDF copy, or access to blog!

During 2021, I will be tweaking some of my free patterns to make two versions available. 

Here's to an awesome new year! 

Happy Crocheting,


Sunday, December 27, 2020

2020 Top 5 - My Best selling patterns

 Before I start this post, I'd like to say thanks you to everyone who bought a pattern, or looked at my blog, clicked an ad, or shared something this year. Every cent keeps me designing and creating more things for you!

I've looked over the numbers, and these have been my best selling patterns from 2020

A couple of things to note: This year my best selling crochet pattern numbers have been influenced by the newsletter audience, and the Pattern of the Month, and none of the patterns were published in 2020! 

If you aren't already subscribed - you can do so here: 

And you'll get access to the Pattern of the Month Discount.

This is the first year that the Starburst Square hasn't topped the charts.. since 2015, so I'll do an honourable mention - and also take the opportunity to say I'm in the middle of giving it a revamp to match the rest of my patterns. 

Starburst Square. (2015)

Ravelry Link

Etsy Link

And, now from 5 to 1, the top 5 best selling patterns of 2020.

Number 5 - the Textured Bag (2018) Pattern of the Month December 2020

I must have been having an off day when I named this guy. But it's such a cute versatile bag. Glad to know it's being made and loved. This is the only pattern from the list that isn't currently on Etsy, which might mean it would have been higher! 

Ravelry link

Number 4- the Fruit Cup Fade (2019)

This one actually hasn't been on sale anywhere, so it's pretty cool to know it's been so popular. It's a breeze to make, and so bright and happy.

Ravelry Link

Etsy Link

Number 3 - Belle Brioche (2018)

This hat was featured in the 'Hat not Hate' anti bullying program this year. It features a beautiful crochet cable and uses the crochet brioche technique. 

Ravelry Link

Etsy Link

Number 2- Lambie Llamie (2019) Pattern of the Month November 2020

This pattern started out as an 'Intro to Ami' class. Make either a Lamb or a Llama with a few minor adjustments (or both) Once you are confident with shapes, you could mix up the ears and create a variety of lovey animals. 

Ravelry Link

Etsy Link

And now...  the best selling pattern of 2020 has been

The Fern Gully Bag (2017) Pattern of the Month October 2020

I'm really proud of this design, and I love that it has been so popular this year- sometimes the 'oldies' don't get as much love as the new releases. Thank you so much for the love. 

Ravelry Link

Etsy Link

As always, thanks for reading. I know 2020 has been an unusual year (to say the least) and I hope 2021 bring you health and happiness.

Happy Crocheting


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Candy Striped Basket - Free Pattern

 Time for a new - and free - pattern!

Introducing the Candy Striped Basket. 

This basket is worked into a wooden base bag, something I've been wanting to try for a while! I am using a 15 x 25 cm size - this pattern can be modified for larger (or smaller) but you will need to do some calculations for your yarn usage. This pattern works on a stitch count multiple of 5. 

It also uses front post double crochets, for a technique that is often referred to as a crochet brioche - or briochet! -as it mimics the brioche technique in knitting. 

The first 4 rows were tough to work into - so I recommend going slow and taking a few breaks. 

You'll also need a 4 mm hook, a stitch marker, scissors,

and 2 colours of Aran or 10ply cotton  

I have used Sheepjes Cahlista (50g/85 m) C1 280 Lemon (2 balls) and C2 519 Freesia (1 ball) 

This pattern is written in US terms

ch- chain
dc - double crochet
FP - front post
sk- skip
st - stitch
sl st - slip stitch
C1 - colour one
C2 - colour two

Join C1 to any hole, sc into every hole around. The side facing you will become the base.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc) and dc into same st, *dc in next st, 2dc in next st, rep from * to last st, dc in last st, slt st join.

Row 2: Ch 3 (does not count as dc) FPdc around starting chain from Row 1, and next dc, *ch 1, sk 1, 2 FPdc, rep from * around to last st, ch 1, sk 1, sl st to 1st FPdc. Secure C1 with a stitch marker, do not fasten off. 

Row 3:  With C2, make a standing FPdc around first skipped st from Row 1, *ch 2, sk 2 FPdc, FPdc into next skipped dc from Row 1, rep from * around, ch 2, sk 2 FPdc, sl st to standing FPdc. Secure C2 with a stitch marker, do not fasten off. 

Row 4: Ch 3 (does not count as dc) FPdc around 1st FPdc from Row 2, and next FPdc, *ch 1, sk 1, 2 FPdc, rep from * around to last st, ch 1, sk 1, sl st to 1st FPdc. secure C1 with a stitch marker, do not fasten off. 

Row 5: Ch 3 (does not count as dc) FPdc around 1st FPdc from Row 3, *ch 2, sk 2, FPdc, rep from * around to last st, ch 1, sk 1, sl st to 1st FPdc. secure C2 with a stitch marker, do not fasten off. 

Row 6 - 19: Alternate rows 4 and 5.

Row 20: Ch 3, FPdc around 1st st, and every st around.

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy your basket. As you can see from photos, I'll be using mine for yarn! 

Happy Crocheting,


Pattern designed and written by Emma Wilkinson©
No restrictions are placed on finished items made with this pattern, however the pattern may not be resold or copied in any form. Pictures remain the property of Emma Wilkinson Designs