Your Year in Crochet – A Review

by Alison Stapleton

Your End of Year Review

As the year comes to an end it is a great time to see where you are in your crochet micro-business and do a review.

Looking back over the highlights of your year can help you plan for the next twelve months.

In December there are often many things going on both in your private life and in your business life.

If you have a small crochet business make time to look back at the year your have just lived and see how you have improved since January.


Take a break

For us Christmas is a time for family so I like to rest and spend my time with my husband and family.

I like to take a break from my crochet business in the week between Christmas and the New Year.

This week is also a slow time for business and many customers have switched off and are doing the same.

But in December before The big day hits us there is time to look back at the year that just passed

Keep records

Running a micro business does mean you have to do some paperwork. In your notebook on January 1st list the numbers of:

    • Your business bank balance
    • Cash on hand
    • Completed items not sold yet (as a dollar value)
    • Your social media presence; Facebook page fans, Twitter followers, Pinterest followers and Instagram followers etc.
  • Your mailing list subscribers

These are all numbers that should grow every year.

Social media

Not all social media works for everyone. You may find you got into Facebook early on and you simply love it and maybe you have not yet explored Pinterest or Instagram. If one of your social media channels is doing better than another I suggest you drop the weaker one.

It is better to do one or two things well than do many things poorly.

I have concentrated on Instagram in the past year. I expect the time I spend on social media is much the same but I have developed a better understanding of how Instagram works.

In the next year I may try to understand another social media channel as we don’t know what will be the next big thing.

Time

You only have one or two hours a week for administration of your business. That means:

    • Website maintenance (clearing spam and general updating)
    • Buying stationery (bags for your items, tags and labels)
    • Invoicing and emails with customers
    • Maintaining your Etsy or other online store
  • Going to the post office to post your sales

Limit the time you spend on maintenance and put more time towards creating.

100% of your time

You don’t spend all your time doing crochet. You may have one or even two other jobs, but of all the time you have available to put towards you micro craft business it represents 100% of. your time.

Your hours available could be 5, 10 or 40 hours a week. For some of you it will be 50 plus hours a week.

How much time do you spend on your micro business was each week?

A percentage of your available time can be put towards your micro business. Whatever that time is, it represents the full amount of the time.

If you have a day job you will have less time each week for your micro business.

If you are a stay-at-home Mom your will likely have time in the day, but it may be in small chunks as your day unfolds and the kids nap and play.

There could be half an hour in the early morning as you have that first cup of coffee before your wake you family and the day begins.

There could be 15 minutes as you sit in the car and wait for the kids to come out of school.

There is likely to be time after dinner when you catch up with your family on their day or in front of the TV at night.

Weekends can be very different as your family has other needs and demands on your time.

I like to crochet in the park on a Saturday afternoon. I may take my notebook and sketch as well but it is a time for ideas and shapes to form. I can also jot some pattern ideas and diagrams in the fresh air. I have a notebook for creative ideas and buy a new one each year. I like the Moleskine A5 size with plain (no lines) pages.

On Sundays I take it easier and will try new stitches and yarns that I have not used before. I call it my free crochet time. I’m still with a hook in my hand, but I leave my weekly projects and try something new. It keeps my mind fresh and open to new things.

Have a good look at your day and find the time in hours, half-hours and fifteen minutes slots. Then add it all up.

Once you know your available time each day in hours you can calculate how much time you should spend on each activity.

How to use the time available

Of the 100% available time you can break it up as follows:

    • 5% maintenance
    • 15% business promotion on social media
    • 20% writing your blog, books and articles
  • 60% crafting and creating your goods

If you let your creative time slip to less than half of your time available, you can lose the magic. Always keep your creative crochet time to more than half of your available time.

Weekdays are different to weekends.

If you make your crochet in the evening when you are watching TV do the social media and promotion at the weekends.

This method makes sense if you have a day job as you may be weary after your day at work. And if you have kids to look after there can be quiet times in the evening after the kids have gone to bed.

Preserve your creative time

Preserve and reserve your creative time. As it is what you love and the creative work soothes. Keep doing to creative work this is important.

Don’t let the running of your micro-business rob you of your love of crochet as this is what got you started in the first place.

A Little Exercise for You

Here are a few questions that you can ask yourself to help you fine tune your motives for doing the crochet in the first place and the reasons that you will continue to do so next year (or not).

You have to be honest with yourself and the answers will help you discover your inner drives and show a reason to continue.

Running a micro-business is not for everyone. To have a crochet micro-business may be something that you have done for a couple of years.

You may find that the need has passed and you can go back to just crocheting the odd item as it takes your fancy, without the pressure to craft at a high standard suitable for resale.

Ask Yourself

How do you feel about having to make goods on demand instead of whatever takes your fancy as before?

How many sales (by item) did you have this year?

Did you make any money? Did you lose money? Do you even know?

Did you like doing it?

Will you continue next year or will you choose to let your dream of having a crochet micro-business go?

Did the crocheting make you happy?

Do you complain all the time about weak sales or lack of sales?

Do you resent having to constantly be thinking about this business?

Who are you doing it for, yourself, your partner, your mother-in-law?

What are you doing it all for, money, status, independence or respect?

Are you looking forward to a prosperous New Year?

Next Year

We will have a look at your next year’s crochet micro-business goals in another post.


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Own Your Niche

by Alison Stapleton

Own Your Niche

Your niche is the special segment in your industry that you know well and where you are skilled.

In the large world of craft, crochet is a section of craft. Hats are a section of crochet in crafts. Baby hats are a section within hats in crochet and in crafts, and writing patterns for baby hats, in hats, in crochet, in crafts is a niche.

Your niche is the place where you are good and can do, whatever it is. You could call it a passion and if you can – then you know.

Millions of people craft and thousands of them crochet. Many individuals make hats, some folks make baby hats and a few of them write patterns for baby crochet hats.

Maybe you make crochet baby booties and that is your niche. Perhaps you create amigurumi animals and that is your niche. Or you produce cotton bohemian tops and that is your niche.

Your niche is not only the actual item it can be the type of crochet

You may be a specialist in tunisian crochet, Irish crochet or filet crochet. Perhaps you only work on freeform crochet like hyperbolic crochet and the Mobius. These are examples of techniques that could be your niche and you may make various items within these segments.

Your niche is the thin area within your main industry where you excel.

How to find your niche

Look at your stash

Do you have many yarns? What thickness of wool and cottons do you have? Only thin or only chunky yarns? Only natural fibres or some acrylics?

What is your colour palette? Do you mainly have brights, darks or pastels. Or maybe only neutrals? Which colours appeal to you? Are you a fan of variegated yarns?

My stash is very different to your stash and your stash will be different again to the next woman. Individuality is shown by the type of yarn and colour combinations in your stash.

What do you usually make when you crochet?

Blankets, scarves, doilies, kids stuff, bags or what?

What about size? Is your work often in little projects that can be finished in a day or big afghans that take a month to complete or are they something in between?

How about the methods you use. Do you work top-down so you never have to sew seams? Do you do circles and work in-the-round, or squares like granny squares or log cabin? Are you likely to create projects with tonal stripes like light blue, mid blue and dark blue or color blocks? Do you love intricate stitch patterns or plain repetitive stitches?

By a simple consideration of what you normally buy in yarns (as shown by your stash) and what you usually make (in item) and the techniques your employ all suggest the direction of your niche.

Your niche

If you can say “I make baby hats in natural cotton which I market online,” or “I specialize in lacy wedding shawls which I sell to local bridal boutiques,” then that is your niche.

Bear in mind that you niche may be wide for example, if you crochet kids fun clothing in primary acrylics, then that is your niche..

Your niche does not have to be narrow but it typically becomes so. Over the years you may slip into making a certain thing in a particular yarn with the same hook for a definite market.

Embrace your style and hone your skills to become the best within your niche.

Take ownership and own your niche.


Christmas Stockings Crochet and Knitted

Christmas Stockings

Traditionally Christmas stockings are hung on the mantelpiece around a fireplace so Santa can come down the chimney and put gifts in the stockings for everyone. They are also know as Christmas socks.

In days gone by every sock has an orange and a piece of coal in the toe. This symbolized food and warmth for the year. These days we are just as likely to give a Terry’s chocolate orange and we always give chocolate coins or money in envelopes.

Traditionally the Christmas colours are red and green as these are the colours of holly. Holly is the main shrub with red berries and glossy green leaves that grows through the winter months and is available to take into your house for decoration at Christmastime.

Each stocking is embroidered with the person’s name so Santa has no problem working out whose is whose so he gets the gifts right. Well that’s the theory.

There many ways to make Christmas socks and here are the ones I’ve made for my family over the years.

Crochet stockings

Red crochet sock for Mom and striped crochet sock for Dad

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Knitted stockings

Knitted socks for the kids.

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The inspiration for the socks were from two were bought by my mother years ago in Johannesburg from a craft market. They are the inspiration for the other two kids stocking which I knitted when they were born, and that is over twenty years ago now.

I tried to make the second two socks similar to the first two socks because the younger children liked to have the same as the older children.

I am not really a knitter and these are about as fancy I I get with a pair of needles.


How to trim a Christmas tree

We put up  our family Christmas tree on the first Saturday of December every year. We have a “Trim the Tree” party where we order in food (which is actually a treat as we usually cook every meal in our home and don’t get takeout often).

We start at 5pm when the family arrives and it takes the whole evening to get the tree beautiful.

Every year you need to have a new ornament relating the what you did that year. This special ornament often has the year on it.

  • Open all the branches and straighten.
  • Add lights and check them by switching them on. Then switch them off.
  • Add tinsel by draping from one branch to the next like smiles.
  • Ad baubles.
  • Add chocolate ornaments
  • Switch on lights and say, “ohhh… and ahhh…”

Add the Christmas angel to the top. We have a Christmas book and write down each year which child added the angel and whose turn it is this year. The kids love to be the one to add the angel. Take family photos around the tree and it is done.

All that is left is to eat the food and have a drink. Cheers!


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Share Your Crochet Stories and Yarns

by Alison Stapleton

Share Your Crochet Stories and Yarns-page-001 (1)Your invitation to share

I invite you to share your stories and yarns about how you got into crochet, and how crochet has saved your life, changed your life or improved it in some way.

And we want to hear about how you use crochet as a form of income.

You can read stories about the Doll’s House Maker and his Christmas story, and The Sewing Lady and other stories.

We invite you to share your stories

This is to inspire others to make their life better through crochet.

Back in the day people would sit around the campfire after dark and share their stories. Storytelling has been part of the human experience for centuries.

Today we don’t have a campfire but we have the Internet and website to read our stories from.

I am gathering together stories and yarns that can inspire others to pick up their hook and start crocheting towards health, wealth and a better life.

Do you have a story about:

  • How crochet changed your life?
  • How crochet improved your life?
  • How crochet brought some sanity and system to your life?
  • How you enjoy making things with crochet?
  • The feeling of your first sale?
  • Your “Hook Day” story

Share your stories with us and we will print them on our blog.

You may add your email address and web address if you wish or not (this is optiona)l. You can change your name or use a pen name if you like. We don’t mind.

We just want to hear your stories and yarns about crochet.

Storytelling fosters belonging

Many cultures made fairy tales like Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel to tell of the things that happened in their history.

These were everyday things and add to the family knowledge and foster a feeling of belonging.

If you want to belong then being part of the crochet story is a way to start.

Repetition is part of the story of crochet both as in the repetition of stitches and the repetition of the stories.

Here is a short video from The Gothamist, about the woman in New York City who wanted a seat on the subway for her crochet and yarn and argued hard to keep it from a man who wanted to sit down. She was passionate about keeping the space for her yarn.

Stories coming soon

The story about woman who was not allowed to take her crochet hook on a plane because it was thought of as a weapon, and how she overcame it in a unique way.

How to contact us

If you would like to contribute write to us in the form below. All stories will be read and respected.


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Know Your Dream Customer

by Alison Stapleton

You start to crochet the day you pick up your first hook (the day before that you had never held a hook and knew not of this captivating craft).

From that day onwards (we shall call it Hook Day) you can say you are a crocheter to some degree.

Although it may take weeks, months, years (or never) for you to turn your crocheting into a micro-business.

When you decide to set up in a crochet business there are many things to think about before you get-going and start to sell, because selling something is what being in business is all about.

You may produce crocheted goodies, designs or your skills or a combination of these options. It depends on you and what interests you enough to keep you going through the early tough days of your business.

Your Dream Customer

I used to think that my dream customer was anyone who bought my stuff. Maybe you think this too, but take that thought another step forward and tune into who exactly your dream customer is and could be.

If you know who your dream customer is, it is one way to decide on the thrust of your creative and promotional effort. This is important as we, as crocheters, only have so much creative effort each day and it is best not to waste it.

They say you can make more money but not more time and this is very true for creative types which I’m sure you are as you are reading this article.

You need to work out whether you will sell:

  • Crochet supplies bought wholesale
  • Your handmade crochet goods
  • Your own crochet patterns 
  • Crochet classes that you teach
  • Crochet books and videos
  • Kits for beginners with a hook, yarn and pattern
  • Other – because you never know

If you are going to sell your hand-made crochet goods like hats and scarves you can sell them:

  • By word of mouth and thus in your local neighbourhood only.
  • At a local shop (kids shop or kitchen store for example) – locally
  • At craft fairs – locally and regionally
  • Through an online shop like Etsy – globally
  • On an auction site like eBay – internationally
  • Other ways you can think of

If you are going to sell digital goods like patterns, eBooks or videos there is no choice, like above with your actual physical crochet hats and scarves, you will sell your digital products online and globally to an international market.

This means all of these types of items need to be very clear and use standard crochet terminology and easily understood by all.

Your Dream Customer has two facets

The thing is, who is your customer and more importantly where is your customer.

There are four areas in where your customers are found:

  • Locally – In your neighbourhood where you can walk, cycle, bus or take a cab to reach them and you sell face-to-face
  • Regionally – In your area around 200km tops and it takes a bus or car ride to get there and you sell face-to-face
  • Nationally – in your country – you send the goods by post in the mail
  • Internationally – Anywhere in the world and you send the goods by post in the mail

It depends again who they are:

  • Individuals
  • Businesses (shops and retailers)
  • Wholesalers (who buy in bulk and sell to retailers)

Examples of who is, and where to find, your dream customer

Your dream customer may:

  • Live in your neighbourhood
  • Live near regional craft shows where you have a stall
  • Live in your country and buys one item for personal use and to give to friends.
  • Live anywhere.  Likes your style, your goodies and your message.

It may take some time for you to decide who your dream customer is. But the benefits to you of this simple exercise are immense in saving time, money and effort. Not to mention the agonising over why things are not working if you are pitching to the wrong people or madly crocheting things that they don’t want.

“When you know who your customer is it tells you where to expend your creative and promotional effort.”

If you have an online store

There is no point making twenty winter hats if you live in a warm place unless you have an online store selling to cold areas like, north America, Canada or northern Europe and you sell winter hats all year round.

If you have an online store you can sell all items both physical and digital all the time.

If you sell locally or regionally

There is no point in stockpiling multiples of the same item if they are not selling.

Be aware of seasonal changes (summer and winter) and adjust your stock of made-up items to suit. Don’t carry winter hats through the summer if they sit on your shelves waiting to be bought and don’t carry summer lacy vests through the winter.

Rather have a sale in the spring (and move your winter hats) and a sale in the autumn (and move your summer tops)  and reduce them to a lower price. This will free up your cash so you can buy more yarn and make what is in demand in the next three months or so of summer. This is known as cashflow.

Some crocheters like to have made-up items of whatever their speciality is neatly folded and in plastic bags ready for shipping. Whilst this is good (to be organised so you can find thing when they do sell) it does not make sense to carry stock over the wrong season because you have money invested in these items.

These are some ideas to think about as you craft your next project. they are points I wish someone had told me way back when I started selling my crochet goods.

I hope you find them of use as you grow your own crochet micro-business by knowing your dream customer.


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5 Basic Crochet Stitches You Need to Know

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The Five Basic Crochet Stitches

You can start crocheting very quickly with a few basic stitches.

You may already know how to do the stitches but not know their name.

Or you may know how to do them and their name but not know their abbreviation which is used in crochet patterns.

The third possibility is that you don’t know how to do the stitches and didn’t even know that they had and name let alone a code in patterns.

The five basic crochet stitches are like the crochet alphabet. They are the letters that make up the words (the pattern), and the words when brought together in a certain way can make poetry. Crochet poetry.

There are other advanced crochet stitches as well and we will cover them later.

These stitches are in USA/Canadian crochet terminology which is different to UK/RSA crochet terminology.

There are five simple stitches in crochet; chain, single crochet, double crochet, triple (or treble) crochet and slip stitch.

I will explain each one in turn with pictures.


Chain Stitch

Put a starting loop on you hook and, hold the hook like a pencil (and not a shovel), with your thumb on top and fingers below.

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Put the yarn over the hook,

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and pull through.

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Repeat.

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This forms a chain and is often used as a base for items in crochet.

If you can get your chain to be even and not too tight this will be the basis for your tension or gauge in later projects.

Practice making a chain in varying thicknesses of wool and with bigger and smaller hooks until you get a smooth rhythm.

This may take a day or two.

In a crochet pattern the code for a chain is ch.


Single Crochet

On the chain you just made (in yellow) you can start making rows of different stitches.

First is the single crochet. This is the smallest crochet stitch and the simplest one to do. I have shown the single crochet in green yarn.

Insert your hook into the chain making sure you go through two threads of the chain (there are three threads for each chain).

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Yarn over your hook and pull through (two loops on hook),

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yarn over and pull through the two loops on your hook (one loop on hook). This image looks a bit mess as it is the first single crochet stitch on the chain but it will get better as you can see below.

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Continue making single crochets across the chain.

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Remember you have completed the stitch when you have only one loop left on your hook. Do not start the next single crochet stitch if you have more than one loop on your hook.

In a crochet pattern the code for a single crochet is sc.


Double Crochet

On a chain we can make double crochet stitches.

Yarn over and then insert the hook into the chain (the two top threads),

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Yarn over and pull through two loops (three loops on hook),

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Yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook (two loops on hook),

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yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook. Only one loop remains on you hook and the double crochet stitch is complete.

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In a crochet pattern the code for a double crochet is dc.


Triple Crochet

You can make a triple crochet into the chain you formed or the top of other stitches.

Yarn over twice (three loops on hook), insert your hook into the chain making sure to go through the two threads of the chain, yarn over and pull through (four loops on hook),

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Yarn over pull through two loops (three loops on hook)

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yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops on hook),

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yarn over and pull through last two loops on your hook leaving one loop on your hook and the double crochet stitch is complete.

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In a crochet pattern the code for a triple crochet is tc.


Slip Stitch

On a base chain or, other row of stitches as we have triple crochets in the image below, insert hook into top two threads of stitches shown below.

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Make sure to pull the thread a bit more than usual (for ease as it can get tight) and pull through the two threads and the loop on the hook in one go (one loop on hook). The slip stitch is in white.

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A row of slip stitches when finished is low and flat. A slip stitch can be used to join rows when you work in a circle or to move the hook to a new position in a pattern. It can be used for edging as well.

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The slip stitch is similar a single crochet but you pull through all the loops at once to keep it low.

In a crochet pattern the code for a slip stitch is ss.

Basic stitches

These form the five basic stitches used in crochet and by combining them in many ways you get patterns of stitches.


Your First Crochet Sale

by Alison Stapleton

Your first sale is defined as the one where you sell a hand-made crocheted item to someone you have never met.

When you make your first sale it is one of the five steps towards building your prosperous crochet business.

That initial sale can be the hardest things to do or you can fall into it naturally.

Below I share with you the story of my first crochet sale which was the one that started the ball rolling so to speak.


We lived in a small town outside a large city which was about a thirty minute drive in the car. It was a seaside town and had two little shopping malls. Each mall had several line shops and one large supermarket.

In the Bayside Mall was a small wool and craft shop. This was a convenient place for me to get my yarns and crocheting supplies.

At that time I had just given birth to our fourth child, a daughter, and I was at home for several months looking after her. The two older children were at elementary school and the third child was a toddler at home with me all day. My husband was at work.

My days as a housewife were typical and there were many chores to be done each day. I organized my life so that I only left the house on a Friday to run errands and to buy the weekly groceries and Friday was my “day out.”

Because I was at home so much of the time I picked up crocheting again and began to make soft jerseys and tops for the children. My patterns were simple squares for fronts and backs and the sleeves were again straightforward with a slight increase at the shoulder. Over time I developed these patterns into complicated top-down no-seam garments as well.

I bought the wool from my local yarn store and it was usually 4ply on a 3.5mm hook. I used pastels for the girls and primaries for my boy.

By visiting the yarn store each Friday to buy more wool and because I took the two younger children in their newly made tops the store owner Shirley started to chat with me about the wool and the patterns I had used for the kid’s jerseys.

I explained that I only ever used my own patterns for items that I made. She asked me if I would crochet her a cardigan for which she would give me the yarn and the pattern from a magazine that she wanted to be made for herself.

You see, she was a knitter and not a crocheter, but she had found a lovely lacy white summer three-quarter length cardigan that she wanted to be made, but she could not crochet it herself.

Well, of course I would do it, why not?

I duly took the white light yarn and the pattern and said, “See you next Friday.”

At home that evening I started to make her pattern and it went really well. I have always been a firm tension crocheter and so could crochet to gauge. In that week I completed her garment and sewed it together.

I folded it neatly in tissue paper and wrapped a ribbon around it to make it look nice for her.

During that week I couldn’t work on my own creations and I did feel that, but the challenge of a lacy pattern kept me interested in the project.

Friday came around and I took the cardigan into the shop for Shirley. She was really pleased and put it on immediately. It fit her well and looked just like the image in the pattern book.

I was pleased that she was pleased. I mean, you never know…

She paid me $5 per ball that was made-up . The cardigan took five balls which came to $25 in all. I was excited about that. I saw it as bonus money for our family.

Shirley and I started chatting about yarns and crafts in general and then she said that if I had items that were already made-up she would put them in her window to sell. At that time she had some booties and other baby knitted items in her window but she had no crocheted goodies.

She wanted little blankets and baby items to promote the yarns that she sold. Her shop window was not big and in fact was quite small but well suited a yarn shop.

The deal was that I had to buy the yarns from her for the items she would sell in her window and I set the price and she took half. This was a good deal as I was buying wool from her anyway, and I was crocheting anyway, but now I had a chance to make some cash for the work.

I went home with new wool and a blanket pattern forming in my head. Because I’d done baby blankets before I knew about the colours that sell so I had a soft baby blue, white and a dark navy contrasting ball and well.

Over the next week I made a blanket for a baby boy in blue stripes. It was simple and a generous size. At the weekend I visited the shop again and she was pleased with the result. Shirley felt the quality of stitches and the regular tension was good and she loved the colour combinations.

I told her my price was $50 and she agreed we would split it fifty-fifty each. She must have put it in the window for the Saturday shoppers as it sold the next week. I arrived back on the next Friday and was excited to have sold my blanket. My first item to a stranger. My first crochet original design blanket. For cash. This was good.

She told me the woman who bought it was a crocheter herself but did not have time to make something ‘handmade’ for her new niece, but that she would pass it off as her own work!

Amazing!

That other crocheters would buy my goods and say it was their own (not that I cared what they did or said) but suddenly I saw a market for my goods, to women who knew how to crochet and were known for their crocheting, but had no time to do it. The perfect customer.

That was my first sale.

I sold a blanket, through the wool shop, to a customer I had not met, for cash.

Since that time I have sold many more garments, blankets, bags and other things although I still remember the feeling of that first sale.


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Wyre Wash Cloth Pattern

Wyre Wash Cloth crochet pattern

Part of the “Refreshing Spa Collection”

A wash cloth (or flannel as we used to call them) is a soft cotton cloth for use in the bathroom.

Each person in your household should have their own cloth and you can make them in co-ordinating colours to suit your bathroom decor.

Because we have four children I made a different colour for each child. Our eldest daughter had blue and white, our son brown and white (tip here; brown is a good colour for little boys), second daughter pink and white and the youngest daughter has purple/magenta and white.

Cotton wash cloths can be well – washed in the machine and come back fresh each time.


What you need:

  • Two balls of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton one ball in white and one ball in a contrasting colour this will make two wash cloths as shown in the photo. I have used white and turquoise.
  • 5mm crochet hook.
  • Tapestry sewing needle to sew in the ends.

 

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This pattern is at the beginner’s level.

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You need to know the following crochet stitches:

  • Chain (ch)
  • Single crochet (sc)
  • Double crochet (dc)

WYRE WASH CLOTH

Wyre wash cloth pattern 2016 COVER-page-001 (1)

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About Old English Creations original crochet patterns

Original designs

All our patterns are Old English Creations original designs created by our talented designers Alison and Lynn.

Each one is technically correct and uses US crochet terminology and not UK crochet terminology.

You can Buy Patterns

Our patterns are sold as a PDF downloads. This means you get a file sent to your computer and not an actual paper pattern. You have to print it yourself.

You can get Free Patterns

We have a few free pattern available and when you get them you can see the quality of our patterns.

You can print them on paper and you can read them on your iPad or phone.


Copyright

Our original patterns may not be reproduced by photocopy, posted on the web or sold without written permission from Old English Creations.

However, you may sell the finished item you created from this pattern.

Please respect the craft of the designers.

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March Mobius Cowl Pattern

March Mobius Cowl pattern

This cowl is worked from a first row base then the work is twisted to form the Mobius. You continue in the round as it takes you over all the edges you work away from the center first row. Once you get going you can see the twist unfolding.

A Mobius strip is a two-dimensional surface with only one side as this pattern which has only one crocheting edge. Named after August Ferdinand Möbius 1790 – 1868.

This cowl uses the puff stitch.

This pattern is at the intermediate level.

You need to know the following stitches:

  • Chain (ch)
  • Single crochet (sc)
  • Double crochet (dc)
  • Puf stitch (ps)

March Mobius Cowl

March Mobius Cowl (1) Cover-page-001

Pattern only $2

 


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About Old English Creations original crochet patterns

Original designs

All our patterns are Old English Creations original designs created by our talented designers Alison and Lynn.

Each one is technically correct and uses US crochet terminology and not UK crochet terminology.

You can Buy Patterns

Our patterns are sold as a PDF downloads. This means you get a file sent to your computer and not an actual paper pattern. You have to print it yourself.

You can get Free Patterns

We have a few free pattern available and when you get them you can see the quality of our patterns.

You can print them on paper and you can read them on your iPad or phone.

How to Use our patterns

You can print most of our patterns in Landscape Orientation, double sided and then fold. This makes it easy to take with you.

Copyright

Our original patterns may not be reproduced by photocopy, posted on the web or sold without written permission from Old English Creations.

However, you may sell the finished item you created from this pattern.

Please respect the craft of the designers.

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Lancashire Day

by Alison Stapleton

27th November every year is Lancashire Day

Lancashire is a county in the north west of England.

This special day is celebrated by men and women and lassies from Lancashire who may or may not still live there.

Like me.

I am originally from Lancashire but I now live in Vancouver.

The sign says “Welcome to Lancashire A place where everyone natters” which is a twist on the saying everyone matters, because to natter is to chat (and maybe even gossip) especially with your friends and neighbours.

But in a friendly way, as people do in the north.

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Lancashire

Nostalgia is a funny thing and draws you back to your roots and early childhood memories.

I haven’t been there for many years but still remember living as a child in a carefree environment walking the fields and picking blackberries each endless summer.

It was on 27th November 1295 when the county first sent its representatives to the English Parliament.

That was over seven hundred years ago and this date is now celebrated as Lancashire Day


 

How to celebrate Lancashire Day

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This is the symbol for Lancaster and comes from the War of the Roses. For years Lancaster was the county town but now it is Preston.

As you can see it is the icon for Old English Creations and I have it as my favicon as well. Not got much to do with crochet but more of a backstory piece.

The white rose is for York and Yorkshire. You know, where the puddings come from, so no white roses.


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This is my grandmother’s recipe and we used to have it once a week as kids.

Lancashire Hot Pot is a casserole like meal prepared in one dish that can be kept warm for people coming home late.

It is made with the local ingredients from the area and is traditionally eaten on a weekday night.

It is a simple dish made from of lamb, onions, potatoes and sometimes turnips.

I haven’t made it for a while so the image is from wkkicommons free images

Ingredients

  • 1kg shank or neck of lamb
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 large onion
  • flour for dusting
  • thyme dried but fresh is best
  • 500ml vegetable or meat stock

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Cut the  lamb into one inch cubes and dust in flour.
  • Slice the potatoes and onions 5mm thick. Keep aside some evenly sized potato slices for the top.
  • In the bottom of a greased heavy casserole dish (that has a lid) place a layer of potato slices overlapping slightly. Then add a layer of onion (and optional turnip) and then a layer of lamb.
  • Continue the layers and end with a potato layer from the slice kept aside earlier.
  • Add the vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 3 hours with the lid on and then 30 minutes with the lid off to crisp the top potatoes.

Your hot pot can be removed from the oven and kept warm to eat later in the day.

Serve with pickled red cabbage on the side.


Sing the folk song

The Lassie from Lancashire

She’s a lassie from Lancashire

Just a lassie from Lancashire.

She’s a lassie from Lancashire

Oh, so, dear.

Though she dresses in clogs and shawls,

She’s the prettiest of them all.

None could be rarer, or fairer, than Sarah,

The lassie from Lancashire.

 

 

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