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Hector Hedgehog

8 Feb

Hector is a cute critter, about 4 inches long. His gorgeous spikes are created with textured popcorn stitches, and he takes less than an hour to hook! What’s not to love. :)

Hector Hedgehog

My Hector Hedgehog crochet pattern is available to purchase via Ravelry.

If you love Hector, why not hook his baby cousin, Pebble Hedgehog, too? Pebble is a free crochet pattern, designed to match, with tactile puff stitches instead of popcorns.

Hector and Pebble Hedgies

Pattern feedback is always welcome; I’d love to see photos of any hedgies you crochet! :)


Crochet Teddy Bear

25 Nov

This crochet teddy bear is a cute amigurumi called Wentworth. He has a removable jacket for added play value and is about 6 inches tall. You will need a modest amount of yarn, plus a button and some toy stuffing. This pattern costs £1.99 GBP and is available via Ravelry.

Wentworth Crochet Teddy Bear

Wentworth uses dc (US: sc) and htr (US: hdc) stitches and is suitable for an advanced beginner to crochet. In less than 2 hours, you could have a cute crochet teddy bear ready to go; he’d make an ideal last-minute gift for anyone. :)

His limbs are designed to allow him to be posed; he can sit unaided or you can prop him up, standing. If you don’t fancy making the little jacket, you could tie a ribbon around his neck or crochet a little scarf! However, the jacket is designed so that the dc (US: sc) edging is optional and the button loop is worked last, so you can omit the button if you wish.

Wentworth Jacket for Crochet Teddy Bear

Suggestions are provided for sewing his facial features. If you’re not a fan of French knots and satin stitches… you could use any sewing stitches you like, scraps of felt or small toy safety eyes. A particular pleasure of crafting your own toys is that you can customise them to your heart’s content. Who says teddy bears must be brown? You could make a purple Wentworth with an orange jacket, if that takes your fancy! His head and body are worked in rounds, so you could even make a horizontal striped Wentworth. :)

Remembrance Poppy Brooch

23 Oct

The immortal poem, In Flanders Field, poignantly inspires the remembrance poppies worn to commemorate the fallen – from the First World War, the Second World War and all conflicts ever since. With that in mind, I’ve designed my Remembrance Poppy Brooch in memory of all the heroes, who fought to defend our freedom and fell in the line of duty.

Remembrance Poppy Brooch

This pattern is available at £0.99 GBP via Ravelry – with £0.20 GBP from each sale* donated to the Poppy Appeal.

The Remembrance Poppy Brooch is made in 3 parts, which are sewn together. It is intended to resemble a wild poppy, with its layered petals and rough leaves. Pattern directions are given in British English terminology, with American English equivalents noted where appropriate. It should be suitable for confident beginners; it uses dc (US sc) and htr (US hdc) stitches.

I hope this brooch will be crocheted and worn by lots of people, especially on Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday. Please consider sharing this blog post, to help publicise this pattern. In the words of For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon: “We will remember them.”

*Funds allocated to the Poppy Appeal, from Remembrance Poppy Brooch patterns sold, may be held until they total £3.00 GBP or greater, before being donated direct to The Royal British Legion.

The background of my Remembrance Poppy Brooch photo is a reproduction World War Two newspaper from Historic Newspapers. There is something wonderful in handling historic artifacts; it really helps to bring history to life! If you’re interested in buying your own slice of history, for personal or educational purposes, code EDU10 gives a 10% discount off any Historic Newspapers purchase.