Yo yo yo. So if you follow me on the old Instagram you're may have already seen this, but if not you may fancy taking a peek at this month's Simply Crochet magazine!
I had the honour to take part in the 'hook to hook' challenge in this months magazine (Issue 55 - out now). In the hook to hook challenge two designers have to make different designs using the same single ball of yarn.
The yarn we had to use was some lovely variegated Rialto Luxury Sock yarn by Debbie Bliss. I made this scarf which uses quadruple treble stitches and ends up giving an effect that is a little like solomon's knot stitch - just more solid.
I was up against some awesome socks by Hannah Cross. The hook to hook challenge also has an Instagram voting competition where the yarn can be won, and Hannah's design got the public vote - which I can totally understand, who doesn't love a good sock pattern.
This was my first proper pattern design for a magazine in a while, and I loved making it (even with the nightmare of our flat flooding and it getting soaked in rainwater while it was drying out after the blocking process). I figured I'd show you loyal blog followers a little something extra, so here is the very very first test swatch I made when trying to work out and tweak this design before trying it with the Debbie Bliss yarn.
But wait.....there's more! Not only did I get to have my hook to hook scarf pattern published, I've also got another pattern in this months Simply Crochet as well!!!
I've been trying to invest my time more seriously into pattern writing and this was one of the first ideas that I came up with. I've got a bit of a thing for trying to work out how to create shapes, and with this one I wanted to make a rounded triangle that also had a negative space triangle inside it. It's a super simple pattern and uses hardly any yarn at all, so a nice quick make! Oh yeah, and here's the original colour-way that I did it in - just in case you fancy seeing an alternative (modelled by the lovely wife in her tiger jumper).
Keep your eyes peeled for plenty more patterns from me this year, I've got plenty more ideas that I'm working on!
Also this month, I've been featured in a small article in Let's Get Crafting. It's all about weird crochet so of course I fit right in! It's in Issue 89 which is also out now!
So yeah, get yourself down to a newsagents and check it out! That's all for now - peace out!