Some things are worth the effort

I was asked to make a bolero for a friend, she knew what she wanted to the point of borrowing one from someone who had what she wanted but as it had been bought a few years earlier she was unable to go out and buy one…step in me


I had a look and thought, yes that looks ok. It should be fairly easy to make….hahahaha it was so fiddly but I got there in the end and have since made a second one.  Here is the finished one Image


If you would like to give it a go, it is fairly easy to make the patches.  You start with a ring, put your hook through and pull through the yarn, yarn over and pull yarn through.  Pull it through until you have a loop which fits around 2 fingers. 

ImageMake 18 of these loops.  chain 5 between each loop to make the first patch.

When making the second patch, make the 18 loops but when you are making the chain 5 between the loops when you get to the 3rd chain loop through the 3rd chain on the previous patch so that the two are now attached.  (if that makes sense!!)  Attach the patches so that they lie in the required patternImage

Once you have the patches in the way you would like then you need to do the edging.  To do the edging 2sc between the loops of the patches, to straighten the edges between the patches chain 3 between the gaps between the patches.  Join to the beginning sc, chain 3 then complete 3 rows of double crochet around.



So there it is the finished article, do expect a little cursing and having to play around with positioning of the patches!



Hook Line and Stitches


This is my first blog so you may have to bear with me while I get the hang of it!  It all started with a crochet hook I found in a box, it had been given to me by my Aunty when I was about 10 when she tried to teach me how to crochet.  At the time I couldn’t get the hang of it so stuck with knitting squares, which ended up in some very strange shapes because I kept adding/losing stitches.  Anyhow I came across this hook and thought why not give it a go, so with a little help from you tube and the Annies attic website I figure it all out and haven’t stopped since!


I think I did it all backwards, I started with a wrap and moved on to jumpers and cardigans before I went back and did squares and blankets.  When I found out I was pregnant with my second little man I started making blankets and more blankets and more blankets…you get the idea so my hubby suggested I sell a few, now I have my own fb page set up at and an etsy shop  and I make all sorts of things.  


Once you get going with crochet you get hooked (or I did anyway) and I find myself looking at tops/bags/anything with crochet on in the shops and thinking oh yes this how thats made, I could make that easily…its an addiction really!  Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself, it keeps me busy and I enjoy it but it leads on to other things.  Once I started making bags I decided they needed lining so you don’t lose bits through the stitches which means I had to borrow a sewing machine from my mum, which then lead to me needing one for myself and now I find I have a couple of dress patterns that I want to try.  Well you can’t have a sewing machine just lying around not being used can you?

So that’s it, that where I started and where I am up to so far…I love getting new requests for things I haven’t tried before or as I have just done created a bolero for a friend to replace her old one that she has had for years but didn’t want to get rid of.  

I will try to keep my blog updated, its definitely on my list of things to do regularly now that I have it all set up so I hope you keep reading and find some of the things I say interesting.  If you are starting out yourself and need any tips just ask or if you want me to create something just for you then drop me a line.


Thanks for listening to my ramblings!