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"Christmas Fans" pattern

pretty crochet fans for the Christmas tree

I'd like to share with you today the handmade decorations I've made to go on our own Christmas tree. And as Christmas is a time of sharing and giving, this pattern is my Christmas gift to you.
Happy Christmas! 😃

Let it Snow...flake pattern release

It's snowing ... yippee!

I'd like to report a fresh fall of snow just in time for Christmas decorating! 
My "Let it Snow...flake" is now released! Hooray!

Here in Australia, this is the closest we will get to a snowfall at Christmas. 😃
There are so many reasons why I love Christmas. I adore the decorations, the glitter, the scents of Christmas. I appreciate that people invest time and money in making outdoor Christmas light displays for kids and not so young kids to "oooh" over.
Every Christmas I make something new to decorate our home and this year I decided to publish the pattern for it as well.

My "Let it Snow...flake" pattern is a written pattern, written in both UK/ Australian terms and US terms. I wanted a big-is-beautiful snowflake for my dining table so I made up the pattern in the very chunky Hoooked ribbon XL yarn and a 12 mm hook.
But as all good hookers know, any yarn can be used, just change your hook to suit the yarn. 

The chunky white snowflake measures a voluptuous 72 cm/ 28¼". 
Three strands of DK yarn held together and a 6.5 mm hook make a 51 cm/ 20" snowflake,

while DK yarn and a 4 mm hook make a 30 cm /12" snowflake. 

Designing my own snowflake came about because I couldn't find a pattern which was quite right. It had to look pretty without me fussing over it, blocking it, steaming it, or being too precious with it. There is way too much happening at Christmas time to add unnecessary laundry tasks.
Blue Christmas anyone?

No pattern makes it into production without a lot of testing, rewriting and supportive sustenance. I  would not have any hair left without the patience of my Instagram friends Celine , Debby and Mandy . Thank you very, very much ladies.
So now that you've heard all about it, where can you find the pattern for the snowflake?
it's available here on Craftsy and here on Ravelry.

Thank you for reading along with me today, I hope you've found something to inspire you, 

best wishes,

let it snow...flake

pattern busyness for Christmas

Things are getting rather Christmas-ey around here ... including a new crochet pattern which is almost ready to launch!

crochet-along blanket sewing and organising

square #10 and putting them all together

I bet you've been thinking the same ... where has the time gone? It doesn't seem that long ago that I was crocheting up square number 1 in the casual granny crochet-along.

Granny squares 7, 8 and 9

Casual Granny Crochet-Along WIP

I've got three different, beautiful squares to show you in my blog post today. It's all about squares 7, 8 and 9 for the blanket I'm making in REDAGAPE's Casual Granny Crochet-Along.

square 6 Casual granny CAL & "12 months of crochet with redagape"

Daisy granny square & "12 months of crochet with RedAgape"

Square number 6 is called the "Daisy Granny square". Isn't it pretty!

This lovely new square positively flew off my hook.

It's hard to believe we are now in the second half of the granny square crochet along. Are you keeping up with your squares? I'm doing 10 of each square and will soon have a total of 60 squares.

You can find the pattern for the Daisy granny square here on Mandy's blog, as well as the patterns for the first five granny squares. If you're on social media, don't forget to tag your granny square photos #casualgrannycal .
Some very happy mail arrived during the week as well. The beautiful hardcover version of  Mandy's new book "12 months of Crochet by redagape arrived. I love it as much as I thought I would!

Available from the book depository (have you shopped there before? Their customer service is beyond wonderful), "12 months of crochet with Redagape" is overflowing with Mandy's signature, stylish photos. 
There are lots of different types of projects to choose from, from coasters, to cushions to rugs. I jumped straight in making the coaster, a quick project I could squeeze in among my works-in-progress. 

As with the granny square patterns in the casual granny cal, Mandy's patterns in the book are clear to read and easy to follow. As well as the patterns, there are lots of how-to photos if you're unsure of how to do any particular stitch. And if you're interested in learning about colour, there is a section explaining basic colour theory.

Turns out I'm a "Complementary, Related and Neutral" kind of girl!
Thank you for reading along with my yarn filled chat today, I hope you're getting the chance to squeeze some crafting in today as well,

Squares 4 and 5 Casual Granny CAL 2018

Square #4 and square #5

Did anyone see where May went? It passed by before I could write a blog post to welcome square #4 to my Casual Granny Crochet-A-Long rug. So today's post is a joint greeting to square #4 the Compass square and square #5 the Aztec square. Hello squares!

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