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Today, after months of faffing about I decided to start a blog about my love of knitting and crochet.

I am by no means talented or experienced – like many people I know, I learned to knit as a little youngster but ‘paused’ for 20 years before picking it back up in my 30s. Two years later, I’m what you might call rather enthusiastic about it. I have stacks of yarn waiting to be used, made numerous blankets, jumpers and cardigans, and get ever so mild twinges of panic if I haven’t got a project in my bag when I leave the house. I thought I should write a blog about it as a form of therapy if nothing else 😉

Anyone can knit or crochet, and there’s nothing quite like that ‘I made it myself’ moment when someone asks where you got a scarf or jumper. I’ve also earned some serious friend brownie points making baby blankets and presents, so really, you can’t lose!

I re-learned to knit using some great online resources.  The one thing I couldn’t find was a blog written by a beginner who showcased the good and the bad of their makes (we’ll call this ‘the learning’). Based on the amount of ‘learning’ I’ve done I thought I should share it, to give a little bit back to the internets given that I pinched everything I know from there.

I’ve got so many ideas for posts so it will take me a while to get through everything I want to share. To start with I wanted to post about the things that I needed when I picked up knitting and crochet – my favourite free patterns, helpful video tutorials and decent quality budget friendly supplies that can be found in the UK.

Anyway, as a gift/stalling tactic while I write some proper content, here’s a link to the first free pattern I used – PurlSoho’s Super East crib blanket.

Here’s a picture of my first go at this (just try to ignore the fact I took a picture of the wrong side and I hadn’t weaved in the ends!).


Purl Soho crib blanket

I used Women’s Institute Premium Acrylic yarn, one ball in each colour, from Hobbycraft.  It’s currently £2.25 per 100g ball and seemingly always on 3 for 2. It didn’t turn out too bad for a first try, although at one point I kept making extra stitches somehow…


Rachel 🙂

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Free patterns: Where to look? What to make?

Hello everyone!



In my first post I said that I wanted to write about free patterns. I love a bargain and unless someone is actually paying me to take something, I don’t think a freebie can be beaten!


There are tons of great free patterns out there, often provided by lovely bloggers or yarn companies. On the whole, the free patterns I’ve come across don’t involve too many complicated stitches or techniques but they are all enjoyable and taught me something new. There are endless ways to adapt patterns to suit your own style, and in upcoming posts I’ll show you how I’ve done it.


I tend to go for jumpers, scarves, gloves and blankets. I’m a selfish jumper maker but I gift a lot of baby blankets and the occasional scarf. Most things I’ve made from freebies are squares or rectangles – these are ideal beginner projects because there’s no shaping or decreases involved. Rectangles are a also a good opportunity to master stitch patterns, particularly ones that involve multiple stitches or patterns that are made over several rows.

I’m starting a list of free patterns I love on a separate page but as a taster, here are five projects that I’ve made using free patterns, complete with  pattern links. I’ll post about these individually over the coming weeks but for now I thought some pictures would be enough so that you can compare them to the originals.




Caron adult crochet crew neck jumper (still being seamed!)

Caron crew neck jumper


Moogly crochet chevron lace wrap

tropical chevron wrap

Purl Soho double seed stitch blanket (I adapted the border and added a second colour)

double seed stitch baby blanket

Beautiful shells blanket by Lahoma Nally-Kaye (I’ve made several of these in different sizes and colours – this is a snapshot of the queen sized version I made)

beautiful shells blanket cream tweed

Caron cakes triangle shawl (knitting pattern also provided on the back of the label)

caron cakes triangle scarf

I’ve pinned and downloaded many a free pattern, and if you follow me on Pinterest you can see what I’ve found on my dedicated free patterns board. If you have recommendations for men’s, kids etc. then do let me know and I’ll pop in on the list with a credit to you 🙂

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂