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Category: crochet | pennies per hour of pleasure

Crochet Bonanza!

OK bonanza is an over exaggeration – but we have, not just one new crochet pattern, but TWO.  Yes! TWO brand new crochet patterns to get your hooks waving.

We have a lovely triangular lace-weight shawl from Katherine Mills of Redclover Crochet and a fabulous retro baby buggy blanket by Helen Westerby, aka ThredHED.

October Leaves Baby Blanket 2

The October Leaves Shawl and the Retro Baby… Buggy Blanket

For more info click on the links below:

The Retro Baby… Buggy Blanket by Helen Westerby

October Leaves Shawl by Katherine Mills

We are thrilled that these two designers have donated their patterns to raise much needed funds for MSF.  A lot of work goes in to pattern design, so please remember to make a donation so they know how much their work is apprecitated.

Felted crochet bowl

Sue from Sheepfold introduces the crocheted felted bowl pattern they have generously donated to p/hop.

Felted crochet bowl

I became aware of MSF from news bulletins where the organisation was often giving aid to people in the most desperate of circumstances. Alice and I have science and medical backgrounds, so when the chance came to support MSF by donating patterns we have designed, we jumped at the chance.

I have long had an interest in crochet but shyed away from the contrasting colours of the 1970s and the lace chair backs of my grandmother’s era! I wanted to use the technique for something simple, that a beginner could do, and practical, that anyone could use.

This little bowl was originally designed in Wensleydale wool. This sheep is one of the lustrous longwool breeds and is found in Yorkshire, England. It is a large animal with a long curly coat with a staple of up to 25cm and fleece of 7kg. The curls return when the bowl is felted giving a boucle finish.
The design would work just as well in any wool yarn suitable for felting. It is essential to work the piece loosely, so  you must use a hook larger than you would normally use so that there is space for the wool to shrink into as it felts.

Thanks Sue

Hookers Without Borders

Laura Cracknell, who designed and donated her two wonderful crochet patterns to p/hop writes about what inspires her about p/hop.

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As a keen supporter of p/hop it’s been incredible to watch the total given rise and rise over the last year, and I got a great deal of pleasure myself from the leftovers from last year’s huge swap at iKnit.  But having nobly helped to clear the huge pile of yarn, I found that as a crocheter, there were no p/hop patterns that I could use my newly increased stash on.

Of course, there are plenty of other patterns out there, and I certainly got my hours of pleasure from working p/hop yarn, so the thought went out of my head again.  But watching the news this year, I knew that MSF would be out there, right in the middle of the disaster zones, and I started doing some reading.  What really struck me was that MSF aren’t just there when there’s an emergency.  They’re in countries for longer periods, dealing with long-term health problems as well as responding to acute need.  So I decided I wanted to do something more than just make a one-off donation, and hopefully give something that would go on being of use for time to come.

I’d been using these patterns for a while to teach improvers crochet classes, although I’m also very grateful to the p/hop group on Ravelry who helped me iron out the creases and correct my stitch counts.  Because they were for intermediate classes, both patterns use techniques that beginners might not have come across before.  There are full instructions for making crochet cables in the cable scarf pattern, and for the Moebius cowl, there’s an alternative starting row for anyone who isn’t confident with foundation stitches (I recommend looking them up, though!)

Ultimately, I want people to enjoy making the patterns, because the more pleasure, the more pennies, and the closer p/hop gets to raising its next £25,000!