Crochet Tutorial – Christmas Snowflake/Star

This week and last I’ve been making lots of snowflakes ready for Christmas. I plan to use them for ornaments and Christmas cards. I’ve been using the wonderful Festive Snowflakes patterns by Valerie Bracegirdle which I think is great value, three great patterns for £2.oo. There has been a whole group discussion in her Ravelry group about things we are making for Christmas now that it is just around the corner. After a little chatting and some lightning fast pattern design by Valerie, she agreed to create a snowflake design for me to share with you for free!

I’ve recorded a how to video;

And as promised here is the chart;

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Here is the link to the Ravelry design page.

I hope you all like it! It was a great pleasure to work with Valerie on this. I really hope I can do more tutorials like this in the future. Any questions just leave a comment here or on the YouTube video.

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WIP Work in Progress – Anniversary Sharf

 

 

My current work in progress the Anniversary Sharf by Valerie Bracegirdle.

Find my Ravelry project page here;
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KerryWallis/anniversary-sharf

The pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry here;
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/anniversary-sharf

Find the Agrarian Artisan KAL Ravelry thread here;
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/agrarian-artisan-designs/2664758/551-575#564

Granny Square Blog Tour

The lovely Valerie of Agrarian Artisan posed the question;

Granny Squares – Do you love them or not?

Hummmmmm. I’ve read the other blogs thus far (See bottom of post for links to previous posts on the blog tour). I’m tempted to agree generally with what has been said. When I first started to crochet it was because I had seen Amigurumi dolls and that inspired me to learn. Amigurumi is not the easiest item to learn crochet from but somehow I managed it. They were not fast projects though, with each tiny doll taking weeks to complete. At that point I was completely unaware of the vast amounts of patterns and variation available to me in my new craft.

When I first noticed granny squares, and most importantly the fact that I could easily make them, I was overjoyed. I immediately started on a massive scrap yarn granny square blanket. I loved working on it and it grew in no time. I loved the way I could use any colour in a wonderful crazy rainbow working out from the middle. It felt like colour therapy.

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I became obsessed. I bought 200 Crochet Blocks and I was away. I joined swaps, and when there were not enough swaps going on I started my own. Then just to fill in time in between swaps and blankets of my own I started making granny square blocks for Knit a Square. I became Kerry the granny square lady. It all culminated in making a granny square blanket for my mum’s 60th birthday.

Please excuse the poor photography of 4 years ago!

Please excuse the poor photography of 4 years ago!

I burned myself out. It was bound to happen. I wanted something more interesting. A challenge. I began my obsession with shawls and scarves. I think it was the natural progression. I’d found much better, and certainly more expensive yarn. I wanted to make much more intricate things than simple old granny squares.

I think granny squares were a marvellous learning tool for me. They allowed me to make large projects in no time, which gave me the confidence to branch out. If I could make these huge colourful blankets, then why not a scarf? For me granny squares are a little like Marmite. You love them or you hate them. I really dislike granny square blankets in cheap acrylic in clashing colours (basically all my first attempts), but if done right with great yarn and colour combinations they can be beautiful. I think the key is using the simple structure to really show off your yarn/colour choices.

Previous stops on the Granny Square Blog Tour;

Amanda of The Natural Dye Studio

Valerie of Agrarian Artisan

Tracey of I Made It!

For future blogs please check this ravelry post;

Ravelry Thread