NatCroMo Blog Tour

NatCroMo Blog Tour

Crochetville  Is having their yearly March Blog Tour.  Each day of March they feature Yarn Shops and Crochet Designers on their blog.  Where you will find awesome inspiration and pattern specials.  Do take some time and browse their blog to feast on all the yarnie goodness. I am honoured to be part of the Blog Tour.



For the Glamping Theme I have this Hanging Basket Idea for you.  A neat and compact way to store goodies in your tent or caravan.  You can use my Merry Go Round Crochet Basket  free pattern.  Crochet three baskets with t-shirt yarn; or any bulky cotton; or use two or three strings of any dk yarn in your stash.  Crochet a long string of chains and attach/join the baskets.


In today’s blog post I want to show you a few projects I made since December.  And then right at the end of this post you will find my NatCroMo Special.

First some news on where we live.  Last year we moved from Paternoster to Langebaan to be closer to the school.  We first rented a house and in December we moved into our own newly built house in Paradise Beach. Here you can see the sunset from our house.  We had lovely sunny days which we spent on the beach.  In January the teenagers went back to school and the little one started Grade One.  And now she is practicing her writing in the sand on the beach.


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A highlight in January was having my Snowflake Crochet Pattern featured in Ideas Magazine.  If you want the pattern, you can buy the magazine online from Zinio .



Early in January I finished this HUGE floor cushion for my middle child.  It ended up 120 cm in diameter and 50 cm high. I used about 13 kg of t-shirt yarn and my 15 mm hook.  We filled it with foam chips.


And in progress now, is a slightly smaller version for the six year old.

In February I was commissioned by Carle from Nurturing Fibres to design patterns for Creative Hobbies Magazine. Look out for these awesome home decor patterns in their June issue.


I put a piece of calico fabric on Anya’s plastic ABC puzzle and then block my crochet piece with KnitPro T-Pins.IMG_2766

In February I made this beautiful basket.  You can find the free pattern and other home decor patterns via the Facebook page Yarn in a Barn CAL.


And in between all my projects I play around with designs of my own.  I need to write up all these patterns, but find that very time consuming.

I also completed quite a few t-shirt yarn rug orders.  Let me show you  some of them.

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Then my eldest ordered a rug too.  I am using Patricia Kristoffersen’s famous Splendid Doily Pattern.  We are about 75% in to the pattern, but do not have enough of the t-shirt yarn to finish.  Argh.  Plan B is to bring in another colour.  Hope to finish this one soon.

And I’ve kept the best for last.  My Quandala Rug Pattern!


For the next week you can download it for free.  Use the code “NatCroMo Blog Tour”.

This is the dates and times for the special:

Start date March 18, 2017 at 00:00
End date March 25, 2017 at 23:59

I’ve recently crocheted three rugs with this pattern.  My client wanted bright and colourful.

And I love this version by a crochet friend.  She used Tori (a bulky cotton/bamboo blend) by Vinnis Colours.


I hope you enjoy the pattern if you do download it.  Do like (give it a pink heart) on Ravelry and tag us on Instagram if you upload your photo there. #quandalarug.

Quandala stands for Quick and Easy Mandala.  This is an easy pattern for first time rug makers.  And other than normal rug patterns out there, this one has a fabulous soft texture and feel.

Thank you for visiting.

Enjoy the rest of the March Crochet fun with NatCroMo.



Merry Go Round Crochet Basket

Merry Go Round Crochet Basket


For those of you following my Crochet Bucket List Series. In between filling those buckets I have also been crocheting baskets and rugs.  The baskets make perfect teacher gifts.  Which you can fill with chocolates or flowers.  If they are yarn lovers, you can fill them with yarn.

They are super easy to crochet and you can use T-yarn, any bulky yarn or any other yarn in your stash.

Let me show you how to make them.

Difficulty: Beginner.   

Time: 60 minutes.  (depending on size)

Sizes: Will depend on your number of beginning rounds as well as your number of side rounds.

With t-shirt yarn and a 12 mm hook: 4 rounds at the bottom and 8 rounds on the sides, gives me a basket of 20 cm in diameter and 20 cm in height.

With eco-fusion from Nurturing Fibres and a 3,5 mm hook: 2 rounds at the bottom and 7 rounds on the sides, gives a cute tiny basket of 3 cm in diameter and 4 cm in height.

For the photo tutorial I used a DK Acrylic and a 4,5 mm hook.

Terminology used is US (American).













magic circle


slip stitch

single crochet




half double crochet

back loop/s

double crochet

stitch count for round in green and Italic


(Remember: When you are working in a spiral, you need to use a stitch marker to mark your last stitch of the round)

round increase in every total of stitches
1 No increase 12
2 Every stitch 24
3 Every 2nd stitch 36
4 Every 3rd stitch 48
5 Every 4th stitch 60
6 Every 5th stitch 72



rnd 1: Into mc: ch 1, 2 sc, 2 hdc,  8 dc, do not close round     [12 sts]

rnd 2: (  Your first dc of rnd 2 is going into the first sc of rnd 1. ( and that is how you begin a dc spiral! )

From here on you need to put a stitch marker in your last stitch of  each rnd.

Make sure you can find that 1st sc to work into before you pull your magic ring tight.  )

2 dc in each st all around, do not close rnd.     [24 dc]

rnd 3: Your first dc of rnd 3 is going to be into the first dc of rnd 2

* 1 dc, 2dc * all around, stitch marker in last stitch, do not close rnd.     [36 dc]

You should have a pretty good idea of spiral crochet now.  You can now decide how big you want the bottom of your basket. For a larger bottom, you just carry on with your spiral rounds using the increase table above.

After your last dc in rnd 3 you need to taper down to get an even “end”.

This is how you do it:

Work the following into each of the next stitches:

last dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc

Your spiral should look a bit more roundish now!  Do not end off here.  You are starting your side right here after that last sc.



Work in the  back loops for the first round of your side.

To bring your side up to dc height: 2 sc, 2 hdc, then dc all around. ( stitch marker in your 1st sc )


When you come around to your first sc you made in the back loop, you simply dc in the normal way (under both loops of  that sc) and then carry on with normal dc stitches in each stitch all around.


You do not need stitch markers for your rounds from here on, because you are just going around and around until you are happy with the height of your basket. Hence the name: Merry Go Round!

When you decide you are happy with the height of your basket, you taper down again to get the top part sort of even: last dc, 3 hdc, 3 sc, 2 ss and work away the end.

OR don’t work away the end and carry on with a pretty edge/border.


My Border on this light blue basket is done over two rounds.  ( the border also “doubles” as handles if you want to carry your basket )

1st  round: dc 3 tog, skip 1,  ch5

2nd round: into each ch5 loop: 5 sc

What else can you crochet with this pattern?

Chair Leg Socks:

I used Eco-Fusion from Eco-Fusion from Nurturing Fibres and a 3,5 mm hook.

Measure the diameter of the bottom of your chair leg.

Mine was 2,5 cm.  Crochet your bottom until it is 2,5 cm, then crochet in the back loops to bring the sides up. (Work away your beginning tail here, as it is difficult reaching it when your sock is finished.) Then you go around and around until you decide they are long enough.  I stopped at eight rounds.

These will come in very handy to protect our painted cement floors in our new house.


My wonderful Testers’ basket photos started coming in and I just love what they made!


Nicci left her basket as is with no border. Neat!


Elize made a scallop edge on her basket. Love the pink and the heart!


Ria used a scallop edge as well and added a red ribbon.


Susan used the crab stitch for her edge.

Just a few other ideas :


Crochet in the 3rd Loop to get this knit like basket.

Polly from Every Trick on the Hook has an excellent tutorial for crocheting in the 3rd loop.  Do take some time and browse her blog. She is an excellent designer, her patterns are stunning and very well written and explained. 


Make a fellow yarn addict’s day with a basket filled with yarn. I made this one for our neighbour after she looked after our cats when we went on holiday.


For this one I used slip stitches for the top edge round.


Make three baskets. Crochet a long string and attach them all together. These hanging baskets are ideal for small spaces.



I made these teeny tiny plant pot covers with eco-cotton. They are 3 cm in diameter. A very cute gift .


This photo gives you an idea of the sizes. The t-shirt yarn basket was a gift to a crochet friend. I love the fancy border. I will have to share the border in a next post, because it is getting very late now.

Easy Peasy Crochet Basket

Easy Peasy Crochet Basket

Hi everyone! It’s been much too long since I posted something!

So today I am sharing a little photo tutorial for a very easy crochet basket.

I just don’t know what to call the stitch that I use? I make two single crochets into every 2nd stitch. Do you know what it is called?

The result is a sturdy side for your basket and I quite like the rhythm of the stitches when you start going around and around.

It is winter and cold here in South Africa. And I have a cold. And the middle teenager has a cold. So I picked some flowers from our garden before I started the tutorial this morning.

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Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Gauge: for t-shirt yarn, a 12 mm or 15mm hook for any other yarn, the size recommended on the yarn label
Terminology: American (US)
Dimensions: chunky acrylic, bottom = 10cm, height = 12cm you can alter the size by adding rounds to your bottom circle and/or side rounds
Requirements: Any yarn you have in your stash basket. A crochet hook in the size recommended on your yarn label.I used a 6mm for the Chunky Acrylicand a 12 mm for the t-shirt yarn
NOTES: You need to know how to do the following:magic circle”how to crochet a flat circle with double crochet”If you are not familiar with the above technique, you can Google for it. You will find lots of tutorials or you tube videos to show you how.
Abbreviations: Magic Circle

Slip stitch

Single crochet





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Round 1

1.  Make a magic circle

     ch 2 (counts as 1 dc)

     work 12 dc into the magic ring

2.  close round with slip stitch in to the 1st dc

3.  pull your magic ring closed and tight

[ total of 13 dc ]

Round 2

1.  ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch (that would be in

     the slip stitch)

2.  2 dc into every dc all around

3.  one last dc into the ss where you started

    (that just fills up the gap neatly)

4.  close the round with a ss into your 1st dc

    skipping that “ch 2” again.

[ total of 25 dc , because you added that

extra dc into the slip stitch ]

Round 3

1.   ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch

2.   1 dc, 2 dc all around

      in other words, you increase in every 2nd


3.  you should end up with 1 dc and then you

    do a last dc into the ss where you started

4.  close the round with a ss into your 1st dc

     skipping that “ch 2”

[ total of 37 dc ]

Round 4

1.  ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch

2.  1 dc, 1dc, 2 dc all around

     in other words, you increase in every 3rd


3.  you should end up with 1 dc and then you

    do a last dc into the ss where you started

4.  close the round with a ss into your 1st dc

     skipping that “ch 2”

[ total of 49 dc ]

This was the last round for the bottom

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The side is 2 sc in every 2nd stitch.

So from the bottom circle’s last slip stitch:

skip one stitch and make 2 sc into the next stitch

all around

from here on, you do not “close” / “end” the rounds

you just go around and around

after your first side round you will see your sides come up like magic!


when your sides are the height you want them, you can get ready for the border by starting with a slip stitch

* skip one, 2 dc, ch 3, hdc picot back in to front loop of the 2nd dc

in next stitch, 2 dc

skip one, slip stitch *

repeat all around

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Then you just slip stitch in to your first ss of the border, work your ends in and you’re done!

That’s it for now. I have used this pattern for t-shirt yarn as well. Maybe I’ll show you those baskets next time. Keep well.

Day Six (Saturday 17th May): Views Of Others, Views Of Yourself. (5KCBWDAY6)




I spent the whole of today with my yarn. Where do you store yours? I have a huuuuge cabinet for my t-yarn balls. The 1kg balls are big, so you need big, deep drawers. There’s a few t-yarn wip rugs in there as well. Then I have two huuuuge plastic crates for “normal” yarn stash and wip’s. But there always seem to be an overflow of yarn and T wip’s all over the house. We live in a small beach cottage with very little space for this overflow! I even went as far as stashing under my bed as well.

Then we had new vinyl floors installed into our bedrooms two weeks ago. It looks like laminated wood, but is totally water friendly. We had to empty the rooms, which meant everything under the beds as well! When they finished the floors and we could move everything back again, I decided to go for minimalism. And then all the stuff stayed in the living area. So today was the day! Tobie took Nina to netball in a nearby little town this morning and Anya, the toddler, went with them. He then brought us lunch and sorted out dinner as well. So with plenty of time for myself I could sort out my yarn crates and cabinet. What a wonderful light feeling to have the chaos sorted out again!



Our blogweek topic for the day is another crocheter you admire. Not that easy if there is quite a lot of them that you admire. My very first crochet book I bought was “Simple Crochet” by Erica Knight. And from that book I taught myself to crochet. The book is full of wonderful easy décor projects. No intricate or difficult stitches. For the first year all I crocheted was little round motives and twine baskets. I’ve bought a few other crochet books in the mean time, but always feel drawn to Erica’s books when I see them in a book shop. I also have her book “Crochet Workshop”. She is the reason why I prefer crocheting décor articles above afghans or clothing items. And that is also why I want to show you a few photo’s of my baskets and décor items.




I also had a granny square phase. First the plain one, and then more difficult ones which is a great way to learn new stitches. And every step of the way there were friends in real life and on facebook crochet groups that helped with terminology and pattern deciphering. And I’m sure you all noticed by now that I’m in a t-yarn rug phase at the moment!

I haven’t come across anyone being negative about my crocheting. I always have my iPad with me and show everyone what I’ve been up to whether they want to see it or not! Hahaha! I had quite a few non-crocheters wanting to learn how to crochet after I’ve shown then some of my baskets or rugs. My two teenagers sometimes roll their eyes at me, but then they also surprise me once in a while with a cool idea for something to crochet or what colour combos to use.

I’m a member of a few crochet groups on Facebook. The South African one is “Ons Hekel”. You get a lot of inspiration, tips and tricks of the trade from these groups. I’ve also been very fortunate to meet quite a few of them over the past year or two.

Some people may think that crocheting is for Grandma’s. Obviously they do not have a clue what it’s about. Crochet is art, beauty, therapy, friendships, imagination, inspiration, relaxation, fun, calming, cool, creative and lots more. I can only hope that one day when I am a grandmother, to be healthy enough to still crochet the days away!





playing with photo editing (5KCBWDAY3)

Had lots of fun today playing with various photo editing software.

The first two were done in Pic Collage.  I admit it still needs some editing, but it’s getting very late.


t-shirt yarn crochet basket – 30cm in diameter and 20cm in height



cotton crochet basket – 25cm in diameter and 15cm in height


And then I played around on

as suggested by


For the cream doily rug I used this pattern:

before - super thick cotton crochet doily - 110cm

before – super thick cotton crochet doily – 110cm




before - black, white and grey t- shirt yarn crochet doily - my own design - 60cm

before – black, white and grey t- shirt yarn crochet doily – my own design – 60cm




I used my own design for this white t-shirt yarn rug.  Did you know?  When you search for free doily rugs on Ravelry, you will find 58 of them?  Cool!  Here is mine:

before - white t-shirt yarn crochet doily - 60cm - my own design

before – white t-shirt yarn crochet doily – 60cm – my own design




I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as I had sooooo much fun playing with them today.