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Busman’s Holiday

Good morning

The weather this week has been dark and dismal and cold, although today looks a little brighter it is frosty on my car….brrr….

This week has been what we call a busman’s holiday, a busman’s holiday is a vacation or day off from work, spent in an activity closely resembling one’s work, such as a bus driver taking a long drive.

So this week I have finished the Stick man and lady as well as continued with my Daughters crochet squares from the Art of Crochet partwork. Part one is now completed and part two is ready for joining squares together. It is a very colourful blanket, I am still enjoying making the squares, it has been nice to not have to think about what to do and write the instructions myself.


My next project Scheepjes CAL 2017 which starts tomorrow, I can’t wait for it to start, even though I have to shelve them sometimes, I love to try different things and it may take me a couple of years to finish this one. I have to put these projects to one side when I get a design in my head that needs to be worked out, typed up or even just finished.



I also forgot to show you the magazines that I bought from Bratislava, I love to try and find some from everywhere I go so that I can see what the rest of the world is doing, these have some lovely Christmas decorations and mats. I always chose the magazines with charts because these are universal and I don’t need to follow the written instructions. If you have not tried following a chart because it looks too difficult you really should give it a go. I think that it is easier because you can see what you are supposed to be making. I think Filetove hackovani sounds much more romantic than crochet. Translated I think that means Filet Crochet but I really am just guessing.

I have also been adding wool to the new wool shop we have changed from one web provider to another and everything needed adding again. So please keep checking back if what you wanted was not there. It may be now……

Later today I will be adding more free patterns to the website, please keep checking to see if you have missed any from the old blog….

Happy Days

Alison xxx

Ali Crafts Designs and Wool to your door

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Weekend Fun


I have not had a really productive week this week. On Thursday evening Phil and I went with our friends to a hotel near Leeds Bradford Airport to fly to Bratislava early on Friday morning.

We landed about 9.30 to fog and snow !!!!! and I don’t like snow. This is a picture of a very misty Danube.

Our hotel was lovely, the staff were wonderful and it was fairly near the old town, Castle and UFO !!!!  more about that later.


I found this lovely shop on the first morning with the traditional embroidery of Slovakia and some crochet….. unfortunately it was not open at all over the weekend, I went back to look again before we left on Monday.

Now back to UFO…

This is a restaurant and viewing tower built on a bridge over the river.

Obviously they are expecting more than one to land.

Here it is, it was most peculiar going up in the lift because it went up the sloping leg on an angle, I have no idea how that works.

And the view from the top.

The view was amazing on the evening when we went back for a meal, the meal was lovely and the lights over the town fabulous although when we sat down the  mist was so thick we could not even see the Castle.

Sorry about the picture the reflection from the sloping glass made it very difficult to get a good one, Phil went up to the viewing platform so I will post more pictures next week. As we were leaving the waiter brought 4 little bags each containing a breakfast muffin.


Finally super hot chocolate with expresso and ice cream, The Blue Church and the steps going up to the Castle, unfortunately the steps were closed while we were there.

Happy Days

Alison xxxx

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Busy Time

Good Morning oops Good Afternoon,

I almost forgot that it is Tuesday.

I have been busy this week continuing setting up a new shop for my patterns and have nearly finished adding all the products, it does take such a long time. Still have some of my older patterns to alter from the old computer in publisher to new Pages on the Mac. Lots of work goes on behind closed doors…  everything needs altering…….. crocheting needs to be finished.

All of the Parts to the CAL 2016 are in the shop,  all on one page CAL 2016

I don’t know how you feel about computers but I find that I can only work all morning sitting at mine, then need a break in the afternoons, crocheting, typing on my laptop or taking photographs.

So much to do and so little time I don’t know how it seems to go so fast these days, are our hours getting shorter?


I have just brought a bag containing samples down from the loft. What a variety of things I have done over the years…



I received a box of yarn that I ordered to work the new  Scheepjes CAL 2017 – Hygge  it looks fabulous I can’t wait to start, it is due to start on the 15th February


They are such lovely colours, so you see I am not only addicted to working my own designs I love to work other designers patterns as well….

Happy Days

Alison xx




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New website is now online


The shop section of this site is now open 🙂 You can now buy my PDF patterns online, more will be added soon.  I sell patterns for bags, blankets, toys and more.  I am currently working on a new blanket pattern which I can’t wait to share with you.  Please let me know if you have any questions or problems during the ordering process.


New Website
New Website
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News Update

Good Morning,

Lovely bright frosty morning this morning.

This week my daughter gave me her partworks Crochet collection to finish!! hmm to start really….. she only had 3 squares started, so that has been this weeks work to try to get it up to date, unfortunately there are 71 issues so far, I have managed to get 32 squares finished. It makes a change for me to follow someone else instructions, I am enjoying making them. It gives me an opportunity to see how other people write their instructions and to try different yarns, I don’t like the acrylic yarn that has come with the instructions as much as Stylecraft’s Special DK.

Stylecraft is so much softer.


The Art of Crochet
The Art of Crochet


Website news

We have been very busy building a new website and organising a shop to sell downloads.

I hope that this will be ready soon. I was very surprised at how many designs I have actually done, all of them need to be added to the new products pages.

Oh joy, that is my job and I am so slow at adding things. I have to check and double check and I still get it wrong…….  🙁

New Doll

Wisteria, a new doll is now ready for selling these are the colours that I have used for her.

Emperor, Wisteria, Soft Peach, Mocha and Lime, these colours are available in my wool store Wool to Your Door

Stylecraft Special Double Knitting is £1.70 a ball

Her pattern is available for sale as a PDF Pattern on Etsy and costs £2.40


New Blanket

Update on my new blanket it has been slow progress. So far I have 4 panels finished, the last panel has taken a while to do because I have worked from a chart.

This needed to be entered into a graph so that you will be able to follow the pattern. Another process for me to learn.

I think that I may do 6 panels, the next one I plan to start today, because Phil is out this evening.

Pattern editing awaits, I must not procrastinate any longer, I could stop here blogging it is much easier.


Happy crocheting

Ali xxx

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Free Flower Pattern


This is repost from my old blog but it has been such a popular pattern I wanted to share it again.

Free Flower Pattern
Free Flower Pattern

3 colours of Double knitting yarn and 5.00 hook

Changing colour on every round

  1. Ch.4, work 11tr. into 4th ch from hook, ss. to join in 3rd ch. at beginning (12sts)
  2. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss. to join, 2tr. in each tr., ss. to join in top of ch. at start
  3. ss. into 1st tr., ss. into space between trs., 1ch., 1dc. in same place *2ch., miss 2tr., 1dc. in space before next st., rep from * ending 2ch., ss. to join in 1st dc.
  4. ss. into ch. space and work (1dc., 5tr., 1dc.) all in ch. space rep ( ) in each space ss. to join in 1st dc.

Fasten off

ch. – Chain
dc. – Double crochet
dk. – Double crochet
rep. – Repeat
sp. – Space
ss. – Slip Stitch
st. – Stitch
tr. – Treble

Hope you enjoy this pattern it could be used in many different ways. Let me know if you make anything with it.

Alison x


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Welcome to the new home of Crochet Chat Corner.  I feel that site was getting a bit outdated so wanted a fresh start that is integrated with my new website.  I will be slowly posting some of the older posts which have been really popular on the old blog so they don’t get lost but also adding lots of new fresh content and patterns.

I am currently having to learn how to use WordPress for this site so please be patient whilst I figure it all out.

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