Monday, 26 May 2014

Jenni Dutton - Artist

This post is not crochet related but it's something I felt I had to share.

Jenni Dutton is a conceptual, mixed media artist who has created an exhibition of work called "The Dementia Darnings" in which she has captured images of her mother from different stages throughout her life in yarn. Each piece is delicately worked and captures the essence of her mother in minute detail.

Have a look at some samples of her work and marvel in her immense talent.

To visit her website just CLICK HERE

Saturday, 24 May 2014

A Land Close By

Here is a little piece of magic by Ruth, why not hop over and pay her a visit.....

If you went down a narrow winding bumpy road, up up over a hill, around the edge of a lake and round a bend you will come to A Land Close By.
A Land Close By is a bustling little place much like any other, the only difference being it is full of magical playful characters and built entirely with imagination, my imagination.
I’m Ruth and I’m the dreamer, creator, maker and designer of A Land Close By. It is the workings of my imagination. Stories and characters I made up and still make up for my children.
I live in Ireland surrounded by rolling green fields and hills, crystal clear lakes and streams. I think it is the prettiest place in the world to live and I live here with my husband and our 8 children. I’ve always been a crafter of one sort or another from I was a little girl. My mother, grandmothers and aunts would all have shown me how to knit, crochet and stitch. Crafting is now as natural a part of me as breathing.
As a crafter it was a natural step to create the characters and I turned to crochet to make them. The first characters were made for my youngest daughter Evelyn who now just loves rabbits and that is how A Land Close By and its characters made their way into reality.
We first hear about A Land Close By when we meet The Burrows who are moving there. Papa and Momma Burrow with their two children Sam who’s 7 and Rose who’s 4. These are little rabbit characters. Sam who loves to dress like his Papa in his navy braced trousers, pale blue top and red bow tie. Rose a cute and sweet white rabbit dressed in her favourite colour of pink.

They soon make friends, Sam with Billy McBunny a fellow rabbit who’s as crazy about football as Sam is and Rose with Cassie Pillar a bright and cheery caterpillar who loves to dress in every colour of the rainbow.

A Land Close By and its characters are still in the develop and design phase and are starting to get off the ground and hopefully in the not too distant future we shall see these characters and their stories come to life.
In the meantime I’ve been designing other items to accompany them so people can share in a little of the magic. These things are starting to come out now from the testers, at the moment there is,
The Rose Security Blanket, which is a sweet and cuddly security blanket and is the perfect thing to help your little ones snuggle down for the night for sweet and peaceful dreams. It will become your little ones inseparable friend.

Rose’s Hat, is a sweet, cute and girly hat pattern inspired by the character Rose Burrow from A Land Close By. It’s the perfect thing for summer parties or trips out. It’s in Rose’s official colours but you can of course use your own and with the mesh body to the hat it makes it feel all lovely and light like a fairy. It’s got a pretty picot edge to give it that extra girly feel. My own three girls love wearing theirs.

You can read and follow along with the story of A Land Close By on its blog
Over on the blog at the moment I’m making a Rose Blanket with a free pattern for it here
this is a cot/children’s lap blanket size.
A Land Close By also has a Facebook page
You can find Rose Burrow on Ravelry and purchase the patterns there at
The Etsy store is also open for the patterns at
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank John for having me over to talk about A Land Close By on his blog, I’m not sure if you’ve realised that I’m quite passionate about it and I really appreciate having had the opportunity to chat to you all about it. I hope you all have enjoyed reading about A Land Close By and hope to see you pop over to the blog or Facebook page and say Hi.
Ruth x.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Corner To Corner

I have never tried doing a corner to corner (c2c) before so this morning , just out of complete boredom I decided to give it a shot.

We have all herad the saying "an idiot could do it".....well in the case of c2c that is well and truly true. It is such a simple pattern to follow. As long as you can slip stitch, chain stitch and double crochet (US) then there is no excuse for this pattern getting the better of you.

The yarn I have used is Stylecraft Special DK (White) and Stylecraft Merry Go Round (Rianbow), one strand of each on a 7mm hook.

I really like the way it is evolving. I don't know how large I will go with this one......we will just have to wait and see!

As this project was meant to be a stash buster and nothing more, I have finished it as a buggy blanket for a baby. The finished dimensions are 30 x 24 inches including the border.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Mandala In Bloom

Well, it's finally finished.......the first draft of my Mandala In Bloom pattern is now complete and will be winging it's way to the testers tonight......fingers crossed there won't be too many amendments that need to be made.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Stylecraft Clever Crafters

I have just seen a post on Facebook in the Stylecraft Yarns page and my daisy mandala has been included in their Clever Crafters Album

The yarns I used in making it are:
Stylecraft Special DK in white, cream, copper, spice, sunshine and meadow.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

A Growing Family

Not crochet related at all but I just had to show of the newest addition to my family, His name is Alf and he is six weeks cute is he?

Monday, 5 May 2014

Mandala 21

This is my first attempt at writing a crochet pattern.....I have supplied the pattern to you free of charge for your enjoyment. This is an original design which I developed myself. If you wish you may sell the finished product and share this pattern with your friends but please acknowledge me as the designer and that is the original source.

If you would like to see your finished work on this page then please e-mail a picture of your completed mandala to and I will include it in the gallery at the end of this post.


DK Bamboo/Cotton yarn on a 4.5 mm hook. Finished dimensions 39cm diameter.
All terms used are US crochet terms.
ch = chain stitch
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet (yo hook once)
tc = treble crochet (yo hook twice)
dtc = double treble crochet (yo hook three times)
ch sp = chain space
stdc = standing double crochet
sttc = standing treble crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
join at the end of each round with a sl st

Ch 8 and join with a sl st to form a loop.
Row 1. Ch3 (1st dc) 20 dc into loop, join with sl st to top of ch3 (21)

Row 2.Ch4 *dc into next st, ch1* repeat 20 times from *to* join with sl st to 3rd ch in ch4. (42)

Row 3.Ch 3, 1dc into ch 1 sp, ch1 *2dc into next ch1 sp, ch1* repeat 19 times from *to* (63)

Row 4. Sl st to next ch sp, *ch6, sl st into next ch sp*, repeat 20 times. (147)

Row 5. Sl st into next 3 st, Ch3, dc, ch2, *2dc into next ch6 loop, ch2* repeat 19 times from *to*

Row 6. Ch3, dc into next st, dc into ch sp *ch2, skip ch sp, dc into next 2 st, dc into ch sp* repeat 19 times from *to* ch2. (105)

Row 7. Ch3, dc into next 2 st, dc into ch sp *ch2, skip ch sp, dc into next 3 st, dc into ch sp* repeat 19 times from *to* 2ch. (126)

Row 8. Ch4, tc into next st, ch3,
*tc into third dc in next group of 4dc on round 7,
tc into fourth st of same group.

Work behind the two tc you have just done
tc into first dc of same group,
tc into second dc of same group (cable section complete), ch3*

repeat 19 times from *to*

Work to the front, tc into third dc on next group of 4dc on round 7, tc into fourth dc.(147)

Row 9. sl st into next ch sp, ch4, dc, tc, ch1, tc, dc, ch1, dc, sc between second and third tc in cable section. Into next ch3 sp, *1dc, ch1, 1dc, 1tc, ch1, 1tc, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, sc between second and third tc in cable section*, repeat 19 times from *to*, join with sl st to third st on ch4. (210)

Row 10. sl st to chain sp after tc, *sc into ch sp (between tc & tc), ch3, skip 4 st, dc into sc, ch3, skip 4 st* repeat 20 times from *to*, sl st to sc. (168)

Row 11. Ch3, skip 3 st, *2dc into next st (top of dc on round 10), ch2, 2dc into same st, ch2, skip 3 st, sc (into top of sc on round 10)*, repeat 19 times from *to*. Ch2 skip 3 st, 2dc into next st (top of dc on round 10), ch2, 2dc into same st, ch2, skip 3 st, sl st into sc on round 10 (168)

Row 12. Ch5, 1dc (into sc at base of ch5), *skip 4 st, Into ch2 sp(1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc) (Shell) skip 4st, 1dc into sc on round 11, ch2, 1dc into same st (V stitch)* repeat 19 times from *to* skip 4st, Into ch2 sp (1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch5.

Row 13. Sl st into 2ch sp of  V stitch, ch3, dc twice into V Stitch ch sp, *bpdc into first 2 x dc of the shell, ch5, bpdc into next 2 x dc, 3dc into V stitch ch sp * repeat 19 times from *to* bpdc into next 2 x dc, ch5, bpdc into next 2 x dc, sl st to top of ch3.

Row 14. slst along to ch5 sp in round 13, ch3 8dc into same ch sp, *skip 3 st, fpdc into next st, skip 3 st, 9dc into ch5 sp* repeat 19 times from *to*, skip 1 st, fpdc into next st, join with sl st to top of ch3.

Row 15. sl st around back of fpdc on previous round, ch3, *dtc into space between v stitch and shell on round 12, bpdc into next 9 st, dtc into space between shell and v stitch on round 12, fpdc into fpdc on previous round* repeat 19 times from *to* dtc into space between v stitch and shell on round 12, bpdc into next 9 st, dtc into space between shell and v stitch on round 12, join with sl st top of ch3.

Row 16. ch1,sc into each st, join with sl st to ch1.


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