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Mothers Day, Quilting and Frogging my crochet

Morning everyone,

I hope that you are all well this morning.

Weather Report

I think the best thing is to get this over with, it is not a great start to the day today.

I can’t see across to the hills from our bedroom, it is misty…..  and cloudy….. and dark…..


On a much brighter note I have almost finished the knitted shawl only another 30 rows to go.




I have also started a machine quilt top using a Jelly Roll.

These are pre-cut 2 inch strips of fabric. I bought the roll in January and have not had time to start.

I had my machine out yesterday to make a tablecloth smaller, so thought I would watch a few you tube videos on how to use the roll. I picked a simple ” just sew them together in approx. 45 mins.”  I think that that is wishful thinking, unless the lady I watched has a Ferrari machine and I only have a steam roller.

I think my class ladies would say that I always say something is easy and quick, when it really does take more time when I do something that is not my specialist topic. I have to take more care, perhaps all teachers are the same 🙂

Here is a picture of my effort so far, it just looks like a jumble to me.


Frogging, the art of pulling out your work

I started a new design and got quite a long way with it, but I have decided to pull it out and start again I think that the beginning is too complicated and I need to simplify the instructions.

It was more complicated because I have used 12 colours all at the same time…….. so really the design needs to be easy to understand, too difficult in colour use and difficult instructions will be a disaster in the making.

My motto years ago was ” If it is wrong pull it out ” so I will take my own advice and pull it out.


Mothers Day

Last Sunday was Mothers Day here in the UK.

I had a lovely day, I received beautiful flowers and plant as well as new hooks and a crochet book from my daughters, Sarah and Louise.










New Yarn

I have ordered some new yarn for Wool to your door, I have had a letter to say that some will be coming this week. I can’t wait, although I love the variety of colours that I stock in Stylecraft Special for my doll and toy patterns, we don’t seem to sell lots of it, I suppose that that is because it is available in so many places. We are going to try some Caron yarns, we have ordered just a few to see what they are like and will order more when I have tried them. They are new to me so I will need to test drive them, Hurrah !!!

Come on delivery man which day are you coming?


As soon as I posted this blog, there was a van outside and……

The parcel has arrived.










Woo hoo how lucky was that.


Right, on with the jelly roll first, then play with the new yarn..

Talk to you again next week

Ali xxx


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Knitting and WIP

Good Morning,

Very busy day for me today, I have a check up at the dentists and do a bit of shopping, home for lunch and then later back out again to go to the hairdressers for a colour and a trim. Not much time left for computer work today, because I like to crochet or do crafts in the afternoons.

This week I have been finishing some more of the WIPs ( work in progress ) from the cupboard under the stairs. I finished a shawl which only needed the border to be designed. I will post a picture next week because it is a yarn that requires washing to remove some of the dye, my fingers and hook turned blue while I was working the stitches.

Found a knitted shawl that I started a long time ago. I bought the yarns with the instructions from a lovely shop in Whitby, which is no longer there, sadly. It is a feather and fan pattern which I am enjoying knitting in these beautiful yarns. I am still finding it much faster to knit using the Continental method, I don’t feel so fingers and thumbs working this way.


All these projects are shelved at one time or another, because a crochet idea pops into my head that I just have to design and everything has to stop. I suppose that I am a bit like a writer when I have an idea I have to get it worked out straight away. That can sometimes mean that I work quite late or start early in the morning.

I love doing all kinds of crafts, my cupboards are full. Lots of lovely new ones to start and many more to finish. I found sewing and embroidery and tatting projects.  Hmmm maybe I should take some of these away next time we have a trip.

I just wish that I could work faster. There are not enough hours in the day, or is there something stealing a few minutes out of each hour, or could it be that as you get older the time seems to pass so much quicker.


Pattern news

My friend has taken 2 more patterns to test so it should not be long before we have some new patterns ready.


Weather report

I seem to always mention the weather so here is todays, looking out of the window and popping out to the bin, no fancy gadgets to record the temerature or wind chill here.

It is another bright start to the day today, with a cold wind, I hope that it won’t change before I get home.

What a joy to know that the first official starting day to Spring was here this week.

Have a lovely week

Ali xxx




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America, Flowers and Blankets

Hello again hello,

For those of you of a certain age you will probably remember the song those words are from. I have just been watching the Jazz Singer staring Neil Diamond, there are a few lovely songs in the film. It is really dated now, the hairstyles were awful in the 80s. I do like the song America though, so it was worth watching. I am playing it now while doing this blog. Good job that I am on my own, singing along and I can’t sing.

I have had a productive week this week making a baby jacket for my daughter’s friend’s baby and remaking the flowers from my design ‘ To Felt or not to Felt ‘ this pattern was a follow up book from Flower Frenzy, giving the maker a choice in wether to work them in double knitting yarn or in a  double knitting wool. When choosing the wool you are able to put them in the washing machine to felt the fibres and make the flowers a more solid fabric. I am just adding the finishing touches to the pattern and it will be available in the shop when it is ready. There are 12 flowers in the pattern which you can put together as layers or leave to stand alone.










I am nearing the completion of a blanket called

Higgledy Piggledy Blanket the pattern is all typed up and ready for testing.

This was a fun one to make because I really didn’t know how big it was going the be or what I was going to do, I have made 6 different panels using different squares and patterns. I have used 16 colours which will be available as a pack with the pattern in  Wool to Your Door soon.










I thought that this week I would talk about one of the books I got for Christmas.










Crochetterie by Molla Mills

At first flick through I thought that it was a little too funky for me, but in really studying the book it has some lovely useful patterns to make for yourself or to give as gifts. The instructions come with super charts to follow for geometric patterns, there are bags, jumpers, mittens and rugs and lots more inside.

I really found the making of a crochet hook interesting as well.


Today I am finishing the last one of the knitted squares from last month before the next packet arrives. I am enjoying the challenges that knitting throws at me, todays square has crossed stitches and bobbles. This one may need a lot of concentration so that I don’t have to pull it out and start again. I am all fingers and thumbs balancing 2 needles and a cable needle at the same time. I am getting better at knitting, I will never be as good as my Mother, she was always knitting, I find it slow progress for me because I can crochet so fast and things are made much quicker in crochet.

Then I need to catch up with the Scheepjes CAL 2017 I am 3 weeks behind, oops…..

Maybe not today, I might have to leave it for a project while we are away sometime.

Have a good week

Ali xxxx


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Is it Spring?

Good Morning,

Is it Spring? my Grandson asked last weekend, I had to say not quite but it won’t be long.

Its only 8.30 here and the ironing is done, the next jobs are blog and some serious typing to catch up with pattern instructions. My youngest daughter is a slave driver, “lets do this Mam” and “you need to get this done” more emphasis on the latter comment…

I have been up early this morning because Phil and Mark our son in law have been away on a photography trip.

I went to stay with our eldest daughter. She gets up for work at 6.00 so I did as well and I came home before she left for work. As she only lives about 10 minutes away, I think I may have been home before the birds woke this morning.

It is another bright start to the day which always makes me feel like getting on with things, on miserable days I just want to sit and crochet…

I love the designing bit of my work but really have to push myself to type up the instructions.

Seasons Blankets
Seasons Blankets

I think that because it looks like Spring outside I should talk about the designs I have that relate to Spring.

The blankets shown above are my Seasons blanket collection, Spring is the top blanket, I chose the colours to represent bright blue skies and crocus flowers. All the colour ways shown and 2 sizes of blanket measurements are included in the instructions.


This is Anna, the doll I made for Spring, the instructions include her little bag and a slightly bigger one to put her in to carry round.


Finally Springtime in Paris

The colours were chosen from a photograph I took in Paris.


Choosing the colours from the picture, I don’t know how you feel, I love choosing the colours for a new project, but don’t enjoy finishing.. For me its the typing up of the instructions, if only I had a magic wand……

Springtime in Paris
Springtime in Paris


Finally upcoming news

If you are worried about trying to make a doll, I am going to be working on a new CAL which will be how to make a doll… I always try to make the patterns easy to understand and not too difficult to follow.

I will also be doing videos to help beginners through the process of this CAL.

I am not sure just yet which one I will do or if I should design a new one, Watch this space…….

I used to find it hard to write this blog but now I find it difficult to stop, I hope that its not too boring, I seem to blather on like I do when I talk but I must go, the typing up of instructions awaits, so I must finish here,

I hope you are all well

Ali xxx


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It is all about the bags

Good Morning

Lovely spring day today, bright and sunny, daffodils out in the garden……  Hope this is a sign winter is over.

Last week I had interest from some of you about the bag I made for my Grandsons Stickman.

The pattern is now available click the link below. It has not been tested properly so please let me know if you have any problems.





Crochet Bag




I thought that this morning I would show you some of my favourite patterns. I love buying bags and making bags. I have a cupboard full of bags, mostly with WIPs ( work in progress) inside, with some people it is shoes with me it is bags !!!!

Over the years I have bought hundreds and made many more. I must have cleared at least 20 proper handbags from the loft last week to send to  my friend who needed them for a charity.

My 2 favourite bags that I have designed are Holiday Handbag and Flora Bag.









Holiday Handbag                                            Flora Bag


I also love sewing bags and have a drawer full of kits ready to be made up.








Some of the sewn bags










I also have 4 crochet doll patterns which each have a child size bag and a doll sized bag

They are from a collection called Seasons dolls

Spring/ Anna , Summer/ Blossom , Autumn/ Marigold and Winter/ Persephone









Happy days

I love sunshine and crocheting

Ali xxx

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Easy Easter Chick


I thought I would repost this free pattern that was on my old blog two years ago.  It is a simple crochet pattern for an Easter Chick. You will need oddments of double knitting yarn and a 4.00 hook.

Easter Chick
Easter Chick
  •          Using only oddments of double knitting yarn in yellow and orange
  •          Black embroidery thread for eyes
  •          4.00 hook
  •          Small amount of stuffing


Starting with yellow yarn and 4.00 hook

  1. Ch2., 6dc. into 2nd ch. from hook, ss. to join in 1st dc.
  2. 1ch., work 2dc. in each st., ss. to join in 1st dc. (12sts)
  3. 1ch., *1dc. in next dc., 2dc. in next st., rep from * to end ss. to join in 1st dc.


  1. 1ch., *1dc. in next 2dc., 2dc. in next dc. rep. from * from* ending ss. to join in 1st. dc.


  1. 1ch., * 1dc. in next st. rep from * ending ss. to join in 1st dc.
  2. to 8. As round 5
  3. and 10. 1ch., * 1dc. in next 2dc., miss 1dc., rep from * ending ss. to join in 1st dc.

Leaving a long end fasten off.

Stuff the chicken and gather up the opening

Easter Chick
Easter Chick


Make 2 in yellow

4ch., 2tr. in 4th ch. from hook, 3ch. ss. to join in 4th ch. where tr. were worked (starting ch.) Fasten



Make 2 in orange

  1. 3ch., 2tr. in 3rd ch. from hook
  2. 1ch., turn, 1ss. and 1tr., in 1st st., (ss. into next st., 1tr. in same place,) rep. ( ) once more working in top of 3ch. ss. to join in same place. Fasten off

Beak in orange

ch.2, 5dc. in 2nd ch. from hook ss. to join in 1st dc. Fasten off

Free PDF version of this pattern Easy Easter Chick.

ch. = Chain
dc. = Double Crochet
rep. = Repeat
ss. = Slip Stitch
st. = Stitches
tr. = Treble

©Ali Crafts Designs

February 2014

This pattern is the property of A. Walker and an original design

Please do not copy or publish without permission

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Crochet Bag


I have been asked by one of my ladies if I had a pattern for the crochet bag that I made for my Grandson’s Stickman Toys, I did not have one so have just quickly made one up this morning. I have not had time to test it so I am sorry if there are any typing errors. Please let me know if you find one….

Crochet Bag
Crochet Bag









If you prefer to read the pattern here, here it is

Crochet Bag Pattern

Materials Required

Oddments of Double Knitting yarn

5.50 hook

Using the yarn double and changing colour after a few rows

  1. Ch.4, work 11tr. into 4th ch. from hook, ss. to join in 3rd ch.  (12 sts)
  2. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss., 2tr. in each tr. to end.  (24 sts)
  3. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss., * 1tr. in next tr., 2tr. in next tr. rep. from * to end.  ( 36 sts)
  4. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss., * 1tr. in next 2tr., 2tr. in next tr. rep. from * to end.   ( 48 sts)
  5. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss., * 1tr. in next 3tr., 2tr. in next tr. rep. from * to end.  ( 60 sts)
  6. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss., * 1tr. in next 4tr., 2tr. in next tr. rep. from * to end.  ( 72 sts)
  7. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss., * 1tr. in next 5tr., 2tr. in next tr. rep. from * to end.  ( 84 sts)
  8. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss., * 1tr. in next 6tr., 2tr. in next tr. rep. from * to end.  ( 96 sts)
  9. 3ch., work 1tr. in each tr., ending ss. to join in 3rd ch.
  10. 3ch., 1tr. in each tr. ending ss. to join in 3rd ch.
  11. to 25. 3ch., 1tr. in each tr. ending ss. to join in 3rd ch.
  12. Work 1 round of ss. into each stitch to finish the top, Fasten off.

Make 2 lengths of chain approx. 120cms each fold your bag in half and weave one chain through the last row of tr. starting at the right hand side all the way round weaving from front to back round the stitches, tie ends together and trim. The second one needs to be woven from the left hand side all the way round weaving in and out round the stitches from back to front so that they lie the other side of the stitches from the 1st length of chain. Tie the ends together and trim.
Please check out my new website for Yarns.

©Ali Crafts Designs
March 2017

This pattern is the property of A Walker and is an original design

Please do not copy the patterns for friends, or use for teaching or post on any website on the internet, this infringes copyright laws. Thank you. You may link to my site via


Good Luck

Ali xxx

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Crochet WIPs

Good morning

I think that Spring is on its way at last, there are snowdrops in the garden and the bulbs are starting to show as well. Today is bright and a little cool and I still feel like getting lots of jobs finished. I have decided to go through all my WIP ( works in progress ) bags that have been shelved for one reason or another. In order that I will do this I have been setting myself targets i.e. clear 1 bag and finish what is in it or rewind the wool to be used again. It seems to be working.

Firstly I have finished the Stickman family and a bag to keep them in.


Then I found a doll that has been packed away for a least 2 years, I think I must have run out of ideas to finish her and my brain seems to be working this week. So here she is,

Apple Turnover


Now all that needs to be done is typing up the instructions, not my favourite job at all, I am a very slow at typing, although I was taught how to type properly years ago I only use about 5 fingers these days.


Also there is a blanket made with squares so that is being worked on now.


Perhaps my brain is working again because I have started to clear out the house loft, it was so bad that I could not get anything else up there. I have been clearing at least 3 bags or boxes every day. Why do we keep so much???? There were papers from 1990 for goodness sake, they only needed shredding…… a tidy and clear house must make my brain work. I must keep it up.


This week has also been one for adding the rest of the wool to my Wool to your door store. hurrah it is all there now, I only have the hooks to add next week.


Hope you are all getting time to crochet, if you have any pictures of items you have made using my patterns, I would love to see the colours you have used, and to know where you live or where the item was sent. I know that lots of my designs have been bought in Canada, USA and Australia but have no idea of the States or towns..

The internet is an amazing thing to be able to bring together people from all over the world.


Thanks for reading

Alison xxxx


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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

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