Sunday, 17 September 2017



Row 14

Ch3, 1 tr in same place, * miss 2 fptrs, [1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr ]  (1 v-st) in next st, rep from * to end, working 2 trs in top of ch3.

Row 15 (use a 4.5mm hook)

Ch3 (counts as 1 dc +1ch), *1 dc in each of next 2 trs, ch1, miss 1 ch-sp, rep from * to end, working 2 dc in top of ch3.

Row 16 (use a 4.5mm hook)

Ch2 (counts as 1dc), * 1dc in next ch-sp, ch2, miss 2 dcs,  rep from * to end, working 1 dc in last ch-sp and 1 dc in top of ch2.

Row 17

Ch3, miss the next dc, work 2 trs in every 2-ch-sp and 1 tr in every dc to end, working 1 tr in top of ch2.

Row 18 MC (Weather front)

Ch3, 1 tr in every tr to end, working 1 tr in top of ch3.

Row 19 MC (Weather front)

Ch3, 1fptr around every treble to last st, doing 1 tr in top of ch3.

Sunday, 10 September 2017


Materials needed

13x 100g balls of Stylecraft  Special DK in 9 different colours; (5 must be of 1 MAIN colour for the weekly weather front repeat, the rest can be different). See my previous Post for the colours that I used. 
1 x 4mm hook
1 x 4.5mm hook
Darning needle
Stitch markers

Abbreviations (UK terms

MC  - main colour (weather front)
ch - chain
Fch - foundation chain
dc - double crochet
htr -half treble crochet
tr - treble crochet
fptr - front post treble
slsttj - slip stitch to join
ch-sp - chain space
rep from  - repeat from

Stitch Symbols for Charts

Hints and Tips

You will need a 4mm hook if you are doing a Foundation Treble or a 4.5mm hook if you are doing a normal foundation chain (this is because the chain is always tighter than the first row -  using a bigger hook stops it from curling). If you have never made a Foundation Treble I highly recommend having a go - it avoids that horrid first row of working into the fiddly chain - here is my *** YouTube Tutorial *** to show you how...

Try to keep a rough stitch count for every week, ensuring that you have the indicated amount of stitches where marked. It doesn't matter if you have to miss/add a stitch at the end as long as you have the right amount of sets where indicated (eg on row 2 you should have 109 trebles and on row 8 you should have 53 sets of 3trs). We all miss or gain the odd stitch without realising so don't pull out rows and rows; just ensure you end up with the right amount of groups where indicated. 

The 2 -row 'weather front' will be worked every week. It consists of 1 row of trebles and 1 row of front post trebles. These should always be worked on the same sides each week so that the 'raised' front post trebles are on the right side of the blanket. 

You do NOT have to change colour when I do - you might prefer to do a whole week in 1 colour if that's how the sky looked that week. You might decide to refer to the sky every evening in which case you might have pinks and purples...or you might do a general summary of each week. The choice is yours. 

*The Ch3 at the beginning of the row counts as the first Treble.*


 ***EDIT *** 110 TREBLES ON ROWS 2-5***


EITHER Chain 222 with a 4.5mm hook...then turn and work 1 treble in the 4th chain form the hook and in every chain to the end (219 trebles)

OR work 219 Foundation Trebles (see above ***) with a 4mm hook. 

Now use a 4mm hook throughout unless indicated

Row 1 MC (Weather front)

Ch3, 1 fptr around every treble to the end .

Row 2

Ch4 (counts as 1 tr +1 ch), *miss 1 st, 1 tr in next st, chain 1, rep from * to end doing the last tr in the top of the 3rd ch. 

Row 3

Ch4, * miss 1 ch, 1 tr in top of next tr, ch1, rep from * to end working the last tr in top of the 3rd ch. 

Row 4

Repeat Row 3

Row 5

Repeat row 3

Row 6    MC (weather front)

Ch3, 1 tr in every tr and 1 tr in every ch-sp to the end, working the last treble in the top of the ch3. 

Row 7    MC (weather front)

Ch3, 1 fptr around every treble to the end, doing 1 tr in the last treble.



ROWS 8-13

Row 8

Ch3, 1 tr in same place (counts as 2 trs), *miss 3 fptrs, work 3 tr in top of next fptr, repeat from * to end, working 2 tr in last stitch.  (53 sets of 3trs and 2 sets of 2 trs). 

Row 9
Ch3, miss next tr, * work 3 trs in gap before the next group of 3 trs, rep from * to end, working 1 tr in top of ch3. 

Row 10

Repeat Row 8

Row 11

Repeat Row 9

Row 12   MC (weather front)

Ch3, *1tr in each of the next 3 trs, 1 tr in the gap before the next set of 3trs, rep from * to end,  doing 1 tr in top of ch3.

Row 13 with MC (weather front)

Ch3, 1fptr around next and every tr to last stitch, working 1 tr in top of ch3.

Monday, 24 July 2017

It's a Whirlwind Obsession!

I have to admit that my current obsession right now is the absolutely gooooorrrrgeousssness that is the colour-changing loveliness of Scheepjes Whirl.

                          Image result for whirl scheepjes

It is a 4-ply Cotton mix that seems to go on and on for miles...all 1000m of it! The colour changes are so gradual which is what makes it so special. It is fabulous to crochet with and just as easy to frog too which is a real blessing when trying out new patterns.

I first treated myself to 2 cakes of the Green Tea Tipple which I saved for my recent adventure in India. I must admit to being chuffed to say that I've 'done it' on a train bound for the Taj Mahal!

'Doing it ' on The Gatiman Express bound for Agra

With high humidity and temperatures rising to over  45 degrees,  I didn't do as much as I'd hoped,  so I had to finish it when I returned to the cooler climes of the UK. I had chosen the EDLOTHIA shawl (a free pattern on Ravelry) and wasn't disappointed. It really is such a fabulous pattern with several different sections. The Whirl lends itself to a pattern like this, allowing the gradual colour changes to really shine through. Once finished I blocked it hard in the sun allowing it to grow considerably. Just 1 cake of this makes a fabulously generous shawl or scarf.

In fact, I loved the pattern so much I whipped up another one in some scrumptious 4-ply I had stashed from a yarnfest In Brighton I went to several years ago...

I then couldn't resist another shot with the Whirl (I said it was an obsession) so chose the Poncho version of the Virus Shawl...there's a tutorial on You Tube which you'll need for the starting chain then it's the same as the shawl  - you just add 2 corners  instead of 1. Love it!

Unblocked on left, blocked on right

It's the perfect cover-up for those chilly evenings after a BBQ too!

I added a simple Picot edging

I've now started another shawl with one of the new this space!

Saturday, 22 July 2017


This CAL is designed to reflect the changing sky but can be easily adapted to reflect your mood, the season or a mixture of all. I have designed mine by looking at the colour of the sky each week but there is room for an awful lot of poetic licence.....basically you choose the colours you want each week whether they reflect the real weather or not!

You will need 13 x100g balls of STYLECRAFT SPECIAL DK. This will include 5 balls of your main colour (the weather front) and then 1 ball each of 8 more colours. There will be a small amount left at the end (or you could use just 7 more colours to avoid wastage).

I used the following:


1 x Aster

1 x Cream

1 x Midnight (I used a slightly different shade but this will work perfectly)

1 x Duck Egg

1 x Turquoise

1 x Denim

 1 x petrol

1 x grey

You will need a 4mm and a 4.4mm hook as well as the usual darning needle etc.

It will take 30 weeks for the blanket plus 1 week for the border. You will be completing 1 new 'weather front' each week and you can change the colours to suit your own view or mood. Grey sheets of rain could become yellow rays of sun; white puffs of cloud could become moody storm clouds or even snow. The blocks of stitches can represent the weather near you; plain rows of trebles can be lightening strikes (white) or sun rays (yellow) or even just sheets of rain (grey). You decide and you choose.

The finished blanket will fit a Single bed lengthways or stretch across a King Size bed widthways as a runner....or just use it to snuggle under on the sofa!

Stitchery Do in Wokingham will be making up kits with my colours and suggested other colours so feel free to contact them  or visit their gorgeous shop if you can. It is in the lovely market town of Wokingham in Berkshire with plenty of parking opposite the shop in the 2 main car parks.

Pondicherry Poncho

Having recently returned from an amazing trip to India I wanted to create something that reminded me of my travels. I  came up with The Pondicherry Poncho, named after the quaint  French Town nestled on the South Eastern Indian coast. 
I designed it using the new Colourwheel DK by Sirdar.

Image result for sirdar colour wheel

 It is a lovely blend of wool and acrylic and comes in a fabulous choice of colour-changing cakes.

 This colourway (Deep Blue Sea) fitted the bill exactly! 

The pattern is currently available in a Kit form with the Colourwheel shade of your choice and can be ordered by contacting Rebecca Dreelan at the  Stitchery Do shop in Wokingham, Berkshire. 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Flowers For Alexander

This year I have been asked to help raise money for a local charity,

an amazing organisation who are raising funds to build the first children's hospice in the Berkshire area. Flushed with the amazing success of our Poppies for  the British Legion for who we recently raised nearly £8,000, I suggested that we make flower brooches in the colours of the charity. There are literally hundreds of free patterns out there in Blogland (Lucy on Attic 24 has a few fab ones) and Ravelry but I will include a pattern of mine own below too. If you would like to make some flowers please feel free to use any yarn in shades of blue or yellow and any blue or yellow buttons, in any combination! The idea is to keep the charity topped up with brooches so that they can sell them at all of their fundraising events throughout the year. Please contact me if you wish to send any on to the charity as I can pass them on.

The Barkham Hooker Simple Flower Brooch 

I have used a SIZE 4mm hook with DK but you can use any yarn with a suitable hook. All instructions are in UK terms. 

Abbreviations: ch - chain    dc - double crochet   htr - half treble     tr - treble crochet    
  dbtr - double treble   slst-  slip stitch      ch-sp -  chain space

1) Ch4, slip stitch to join to form a ring. Now Ch2 (=1 half treble), then do 14 more htr in the ring (15 htr in total) Slip st to join. (Try to crochet the tail end under as you go so you have one less end to weave in at the end!)

2) Ch 5, miss 2 stitches, slip stitch in the next st, repeat from * all the way round, forming 5 sets of 5-chain space loops. Slip stitch to bottom of first ch5. 

3) Now, working IN the 5-ch sp loops, do 1dc, 2 htr, 3tr, 2 htr, 1dc IN EVERY CH-SP. No need to chain in between. This gives you 5 petals.

4) Slip stitch to join AROUND THE BACK of the post between the last and first petals  where you joined the last round, so that the yarn is now at the back of the flower.

Now, * Ch7, slip stitch around the post between the next petals and repeat from all the way to form 5 sets of 7-ch-spaces which sit behind the first set of petals.

This shows the flower from the back with the 5 sets of 7ch-sps
 5) Now with the flower facing right side towards you, working in these ch-7 spaces, work 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 3dbtr, 2tr, 1 htr,1dc IN EVERY CH-SP to form the second set of petals. Slip stitch to the bottom of the fist dc and fasten off, leaving a long end (needed to sew on the button and brooch pin).

Sew on a button and a brooch pin using the tail end then fasten off and weave in all ends.