Saturday, January 13, 2024

Crochet Club Bag - free pattern

A thick and quick t-shirt yarn bag; to carry all your important crochet projects with you! Uses one bobbin (800 g) of recycled textile fibres and written in US terms. 

Bag is made in one seamless piece. 

Originally written in 2016, I now present to you the crochet club bag on my blog. 

A PDF version of this pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry at this link

Why purchase when it's free here? We'll it's the internet, it may not be here forever, so owning a downloadable copy means you keep a copy for yourself! If you don't wish to buy- then please keep scrolling for the pattern! 

Size: 18 x 13 cm / 7x 5 in 


Yarn: Hoooked Zpagetti, recycled textile yarn, 800 gms 

Hook: 20 mm 

Notions: large yarn needle 

Gauge: 5 sts and 4 rows = 4" (10cm) in hdc

Abbreviations (US terminology): 

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sk = skip
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
blo = back loops only
bbl = behind back loops: (YO) Insert the hook into the loop that sits in the WS of stitch post (continue stitch as usual) in this case bbl is inside the bag.
YO= yarn over
WS = wrong side 

Begin: Chain 17 

Round 1: Dc into the 4th ch from the hook and next 12 ch, 4 dc in next ch, work the next sts in the other side of foundation ch; dc into next 12 ch, 2dc into final ch, (same st as initial dc of round is worked into) sl st into 3rd ch. (32 dc)
Round 2: 3 ch (counts as dc), dc into same st, 2dc into next st, dc into next 12 sts, 2dc into each of the next 4 sts, dc into next 12 sts, 2dc into each of the next 2 sts, sl st into 3rd ch. (40 dc)
Round 3: 2 ch (counts as hdc), hdc into blo in next 39 sts, sl st into 2nd ch.
Round 4: 2 ch (counts as hdc), hdc in next 39 sts, sl st into 2nd ch.
Round 5: As Round 4. 

Round 6: 2 ch (counts as hdc), hdc into bbl in next 39 sts, sl st into 2nd ch.
Round 7 – 8: As Round 4

Round 9: As Round 6.
Round 10: 2 ch (counts as hdc) hdc into next 7 sts, 8 ch, sk next 10 sts; hdc into next 12 sts, 8 ch, sk in 10 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sl st into 2nd ch.
Round 11: 1 ch (not counted as a st) sc into same st and next 7 sts; 10 sc into ch sp, sc into next 12 sts, 10 sc into ch sp, sc into last 2 sts, sl st into ch.

Fasten Off and Weave in ends.

Copyright © 2016/2018/2024 Emma Wilkinson Designs. All Rights Reserved. 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  

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Crochet Hooks - which is best for you?

Crochet Hooks - which is best for you?

Crochet enthusiasts know that the right tools can make all the difference in turning a skein of yarn into a beautiful, handcrafted masterpiece.

Bamboo Hooks - Natural and inexpensive.
  1. Aluminum Hooks: Lightweight and Versatile Aluminum crochet hooks are a popular choice among beginners and seasoned crocheters alike. Known for their lightweight nature, aluminum hooks are easy to handle and allow for extended crafting sessions without hand fatigue. The smooth surface of aluminum facilitates smooth yarn glide, making it an ideal choice for a variety of yarn textures.

  2. Steel Hooks: Precision for Delicate Projects Steel crochet hooks are characterized by their thin and compact design, making them perfect for intricate and delicate projects like lacework and thread crochet. The fine tip enables precise stitches, making it easier to work with thinner yarns. Steel hooks are also durable and can withstand the tension required for these delicate projects.

  1. Wooden Hooks: Warmth and Comfort Wooden crochet hooks are favored for their warm and natural feel. Crafted from materials such as bamboo or hardwoods, they provide a comfortable grip, reducing hand strain during long crafting sessions. Wooden hooks are also known for their ability to maintain a consistent temperature, which can be beneficial when working with temperature-sensitive yarns like wool.

  2. Plastic Hooks: Budget-Friendly and Colorful Plastic crochet hooks are often the go-to choice for budget-conscious crafters. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, offering a cost-effective option for beginners. Although they may lack the weight of other materials, plastic hooks are durable and can handle a range of yarn weights.

Ergonomic hooks have a shaped handle

  1. Ergonomic Hooks: Comfort for Prolonged Crafting Ergonomic crochet hooks are designed with comfort in mind. Typically made from materials like rubber or soft plastics, these hooks feature a comfortable grip that reduces strain on the hands and wrists. They are an excellent choice for individuals with arthritis or those prone to hand fatigue, allowing for extended periods of pain-free crafting.

  2. Tunisian Hooks can be fixed, and look similar to knitting needles!

  3. Tunisian Hooks can also be interchangeable, which means you can change the length of the cord for extra large projects.

  4. Tunisian or Afghan Hooks: Extended Reach and Versatility

  5. Tunisian or Afghan crochet hooks have a longer shaft, allowing crafters to work on larger projects such as blankets or shawls. They can also be interchangeable, meaning they come with a cord that can be screwed into place. Tunisian crochet also combines elements of both crocheting and knitting, opening up a new realm of creative possibilities. Tunisian hooks are for a different style of crochet - for some examples, check out my blog post on Tunisian Crochet Patterns.

Choosing the right crochet hook material is a personal preference, influenced by the type of project, yarn, and individual crafting style. Whether you opt for the lightweight versatility of aluminum, the precision of steel, the warmth of wood, the budget-friendly plastic, the ergonomic comfort, or the extended reach of Tunisian hooks, each material brings its own unique benefits to the table. Experimenting with different materials can add a new dimension to your crochet experience, enhancing both the process and the final result of your creative endeavors.

Until next time; Happy crocheting


Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Timeless Charm of Granny Squares: A Crochet Tradition

The Timeless Charm of Granny Squares: A Crochet Tradition

In the vast and colorful landscape of crochet, few patterns have stood the test of time quite like the beloved granny square. A cornerstone of the craft, the granny square is more than just a motif; it's a symbol of tradition, creativity, and the enduring joy of handmade creations. Join us as we delve into the history, versatility, and timeless appeal of granny squares.

  1. A Stitch in Time: Origins of Granny Squares:

The origins of the granny square can be traced back to the early 19th century, with its roots embedded in the rich tapestry of craft traditions. Initially, these squares were a way for crafters to use up leftover yarn, creating small, portable projects that could be worked on bit by bit. Over time, the granny square evolved from a practical use of scraps to a cherished and versatile crochet pattern.

A Simple Stitch variation can make a striking difference! 
Wind Rose Heart

  1. Versatility Beyond Measure:

One of the key reasons for the enduring popularity of granny squares is their remarkable versatility. From blankets and afghans to scarves, shawls, and even garments, the granny square adapts effortlessly to a myriad of projects. Crafters can experiment with different yarn weights, colors, and arrangements to create unique and personalized items.

Scroll down to find the pattern for the classic "Good Old Granny Square"

  1. Colorful Creativity:

Granny squares are a playground for color enthusiasts. Crafters can experiment with color combinations, gradients, and ombre effects, transforming a simple square into a vibrant work of art. The rhythmic repetition of the pattern allows for endless possibilities in color placement, making each granny square project a canvas for self-expression.

A Solid Granny Square

  1. Joining Forces: Creating Larger Masterpieces:

Beyond their standalone charm, granny squares shine in their ability to join forces and create larger masterpieces. Whether stitched together traditionally or using more modern methods like join-as-you-go, the squares come together to form blankets, throws, toys, and even garments. The joining process adds an extra layer of creativity to the overall design.

  1. A Tradition Passed Down:

The beauty of granny squares lies not only in their aesthetic appeal but also in their role as a tradition passed down through generations. Many crafters fondly recall learning to crochet with the guidance of a family member or friend, stitching together their first granny square. This timeless pattern connects crafters across time and space, creating a sense of continuity in the world of crochet.

Find my pattern ' Good Old Granny Squares ' here

Whether you're a seasoned crochet enthusiast or just starting your journey with yarn and hook in hand, the granny square invites you to join a tradition that spans generations—one square at a time.

Happy Crocheting!


Monday, November 20, 2023

Crochet Daisy Top - Link to free pattern

 If you have read my little 'about me' bio (over on the right!) You'll see I've been on a hiatus from designing. I've been putting together some blog posts recently and thought I should share one of the things I've been working on this past year

the Crochet Daisy Top! 

It's a free pattern that is on the Spotlight Australia website (I can't promise the pattern will be there forever) click the link to go see it.

It's a boxy, slightly oversized design, but it could be easily customized by adding an extra row for more length or taking out some squares at the neckline for a scoop!

Happy Crocheting! 

A Guide to Different Types of Fibres for Knitting and Crocheting

I'm going back to basics for a new series on my blog. Today I'll be talking about different fibres for crocheting, knitting and any yarn craft!

Knitting and crocheting are not just crafts; they're expressions of creativity, passion, and patience. One of the key elements that contribute to the success and satisfaction of your handmade projects is the choice of fibre. From soft and luxurious to sturdy and practical, the world of fibre offers a diverse array of options for every knitting and crocheting enthusiast. In this guide, we'll explore different types of fibre, each with its unique characteristics and benefits.

  1. Wool: A Timeless Classic Wool is a perennial favorite among knitters and crocheters. Derived from the fleece of sheep, it is known for its warmth, elasticity, and ability to wick away moisture. Merino wool, in particular, is celebrated for its softness, making it a great choice for cozy scarves, sweaters, and blankets. Wool blends, combining wool with other fibers like silk or cotton, offer a balance of warmth and breathability.

  2. Cotton: Cool and Versatile Cotton is a popular choice for warm-weather projects due to its breathability and lightness. It's soft against the skin and comes in a variety of weights, making it suitable for anything from dishcloths to summer garments. Keep in mind that cotton doesn't have the elasticity of wool, so it's wise to choose it for projects that don't require much stretch.

  3. Alpaca: Luxurious Softness Alpaca fiber is renowned for its luxurious softness and warmth. It's hypoallergenic and comes in a range of natural colors. Alpaca is often compared to cashmere for its silky feel, and it's a fantastic choice for items like shawls, blankets, and accessories where a touch of opulence is desired.

  4. Mohair: Fluffy Elegance Mohair comes from the fleece of Angora goats and is celebrated for its fluffy, silky texture. It adds a touch of elegance and warmth to any project. While mohair is often blended with other fibers, it can also be used on its own for lacy and airy creations.

  5. Bamboo: Sustainable and Silky Bamboo yarns are gaining popularity for their eco-friendly nature and silky feel. They have a beautiful drape and are often chosen for lightweight and breathable projects. Bamboo is an excellent alternative for those allergic to wool and is known for its anti-bacterial properties.

  6. Silk: Lustrous and Regal Silk is a luxurious fiber known for its lustrous sheen and smooth texture. While it can be more challenging to work with due to its lack of elasticity, the final result is often worth the effort. Silk blends well with other fibers, adding a touch of sophistication to garments and accessories.

  7. Acrylic: Budget-Friendly and Durable Acrylic yarns are widely appreciated for their affordability, durability, and low-maintenance care. They are perfect for projects that require frequent washing, like baby items or blankets. Acrylic comes in a vast array of colors and is an excellent choice for beginners due to its forgiving nature.

In the world of knitting and crocheting, the possibilities are as endless as the variety of fibers available. Whether you're creating a cozy winter sweater, a delicate lace shawl, or a lightweight summer top, choosing the right fiber is a crucial step in bringing your vision to life. Experiment with different fibers to discover the unique qualities they bring to your projects, and let your creativity soar with each stitch.

Happy crafting!