Friday, 1 December 2017

Little Hearts for Grace

Welcome to the #littleheartsforgrace Charity CAL page

The Story

Grace is the little girl of a good friend of mine and Jen of @justlittlejen. At the age of 3, Grace has just undergone her third open heart surgery to help her cope with a condition she was born with - half a heart. Since her birth, Grace's family have tirelessly raised money for charities that have helped their little girl. In particular, Little Hearts Matter and Bristol Children's Hospital. 
Now, Jen and I would like to help, and we would love it if you could help us too! 


Being the yarn lovers that we are, Jen and I decided to help the best way we know: crochet! We have brought together an AHMAZING set of eight designers, who have very kindly given their time to design Afghan squares. What we would like you to do is chose one (or more!) of the eight designs, make a square, and send it to us. The CAL will run from 2 Dec 2017 to 31 Jan 2018, we are then hoping to have enough squares to make a blanket to raffle in connection with Grace's charities. 

Huge thanks to @kaidalys, @jellybean_junction, @make.e, @crafty_CC, @annaboos_house, @happyberrycrochet, @sweet_sharna and @noblecharactercrafts for their time designing the squares.

What To Do


Have a look at the squares below, chose one you like, and click on it to download the pattern.
All the squares are worked in DK yarn, and should work up to a finished size of 15cm. Grace's favourite colour is purple, so we would love the squares to be made in purples and pastels. 


Once you have made your square(s), please send them to:
In Stitches, 22 Westward Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4JQ
Please mark your envelopes with a heart so we know what goodies are inside! This is our local yarn shop, which has kindly agreed to help.


UK laws governing raffles are pretty tight, so we will only be able to raffle the blanket locally and with the charities' approval, and not online. But if you would like to donate even just £1 or $1 to help support these wonderful charities and in return for the designers' free patterns, we have set up a JustGiving page where the money will go direct to the charity. You can also read more about Grace's story on the page here:


Last but not least, we would love for you to share the CAL and the square you have made online, and to encourage anyone else you know who enjoys crochet to get involved too. 
Please use the hashtag #littleheartsforgrace and follow the Instagram account @littleheartsforgrace for updates on the CAL and how the blanket is progressing. Myself, @lottieandalbert, and Jen, @justlittlejen, will also be sharing updates on our pages too.

So that's it! Make - Send - Donate - Share


Click on a caption below a square to download the pattern

Double Heart Square by @jellybean_junction

Mandala Heart Square by @crafty_CC

Bobble Heart Square by @kaidalys

Motif Heart Square by @annaboos_house

Corner to Corner Heart Square by @make.e

Granny Heart Square by @happyberrycrochet

Solid Heart Granny by @noblecharactercrafts
Big Heart Square by @sweet_sharna

Little Hearts for Grace @littleheartsforgrace

Thank you for supporting this CAL run by @lottieandalbert and @justlittlejen to raise money for the charities Little Hearts Matter and Bristol Children’s Hospital

Please mark your envelope with a heart and post your finished square(s) to:
In Stitches, 22 Westward Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4JQ

Don’t forget to share the CAL using #littleheartsforgrace


Friday, 18 August 2017

Berber Scarf - A Free Tapestry Crochet Pattern

Berber Scarf Tapestry Crochet Pattern

Worked in rows of UK treble crochets, this modern Berber-inspired scarf uses tapestry crochet to create a stunning monochrome design.

I'm so excited to be sharing this free pattern with you. This scarf was inspired by all the beautiful Berber rugs around at the moment, and made possible by some beautiful Phildar Nuage yarn from Hobbycraft. I really recommend this yarn, it's like working with fluffy clouds! Otherwise, any chunky yarn with a 7mm hook should work up nicely for you!


3 x Balls of Phildar ‘Phil Nuage’ in Flocon (50g, 72% Merino Wool, 28% Nylon) (Yarn 1)
1 x Balls of Phildar ‘Phil Nuage’ in Suie (50g, 72% Merino Wool, 28% Nylon) (Yarn 2)
7mm crochet hook
Yarn needle


10cm (4in) square = 12 treble crochet stiches x 7 rows
Gauge is not essential for this project. As a guide, the above worked up to a scarf with the finished measurements of approx. 25cm (9.5in) x 195cm (76.5in)


ch           chain
sts          stitches
dc           double crochet (US single)
tr             treble crochet (US double)


Double crochet (US single)

Insert hook into required stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops.

Treble crochet (US double)

Yarn over (two loops on hook) and insert into required stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops.

Bobble stitch

To make a bobble stitch: *Yarn over and insert into required stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops – do not finish stitch. Instead, Repeat from * four more times (working into the same stitch on the row below each time) then yarn over one last time and pull through all the loops on the hook.

Pattern Notes

Starting chains do not count as stitches throughout.
There are six bobble stitches in the pattern, three on Row 33 and three on Row 93, they are marked by black rectangles on the grid.

Tapestry Crochet Technique

Tapestry crochet allows you to use two (or more) colours on the same row of a pattern. You will need to ‘carry’ your second yarn inside the stitches of your first yarn.
·         Begin by crocheting the foundation chain in Yarn 1 (Y1). As you start Row 1, hold your second yarn (Y2) alongside the foundation chain. As you work the trebles of Row 1 in Y1, work over the top of Y2.
·         When you get to the end of Row 1, you will need to turn and Ch2. Make sure you bring Y2 round to the back of the work too, and work your Row 2 trebles over the top of it in the same way. You will be able to see Y2 at the end of each row, but don’t worry about this as we will crochet over it later.
·         To change colour from Y1 to Y2, crochet the last Y1 treble before the colour change to the last stage of the stitch (when you have two loops on your hook) then instead of yarning over and pulling through the loops with Y1, drop this colour and yarn over and pull through with Y2. You will now have Y2 ready to make the next stitch in that colour. Make sure that you work over the top of Y1 when making your stitch in Y2, in the same way you did in Row 1.
·         Continue crocheting and changing colour based on the graph. The key is to always change colours at the last stage of the stitch before.
·         Keep your tension as even as possible, and ensure that the yarn you are carrying is not too tight that it is puckering the fabric, or too loose that it is looping out between stitches.
·         Where the colour changes from the last stitch of one row to the first stitch of the next row (for example Rows 17-18), you will need to change colour at the last part of the last stitch of the row, then chain in your new colour, ready to start the next row in your new colour.

Reading the Graph

Each rectangle on the grid represents a stitch. Start in the bottom right hand corner in the yellow square, next to the number 1, and work from right to left on the first row, then left to right on the second row, and so on until the end of the pattern.

Scarf Pattern Starts

Using Y1, ch31 loosely

Row 1
Starting in the bottom right-hand corner of the graph, next to the number 1, bring in Y2 and tr in the third ch from the hook, and in each chain along until the end of the row – make sure you are working your Y1 tr over the top of Y2. Turn and Ch2. (29 sts)

Rows 2-125
Continue in tr using the tapestry crochet technique, and following the chart. At the end of each row you will need to turn and Ch2 (does not count as a stitch throughout).
The three black rectangles on Rows 33 and 93 are bobble stitches – see Pattern Notes above.

Row 126
At the end of Row 125, turn your work once more, ch1, and work a row of dc in Y1. Turn. (29 sts)
Cut Y2, leaving a long tail to sew in later.

Row 127
Ch1 and dc in the first stitch. *Ch1, skip a stitch, dc. Repeat from * until the end of the row. Do not turn.

Row 128 (long edge)
To even up your edges and to hide the carried yarn, I recommend working a row of dc along the side of the scarf. Without breaking your yarn or turning, rotate your work 90 degrees clockwise, and evenly work dc along the long edge of the scarf. Work one dc into the side of each dc row, and two dc into the side of each tr row.

Row 129
Repeat Row 127 along the other short edge of the scarf.

Row 130 (long edge)
Repeat Row 128 along the other long edge of the scarf. Cut and fasten off Y1.
The main body of your scarf is now complete! Sew in any ends using your yarn needle.


If you would like to add tassels to your scarf, cut the following:
Y1: 28 x 20cm (8in) lengths
Y2: 56 x 20cm (8in) lengths
Each tassel will use two lengths of Y2 and one of Y1 held together. Along the short edges of the scarf, locate the chain spaces you made in Rows 127 and 129.
*Insert your crochet hook into one of the chain spaces from front the back, and loop your 3 tassel lengths over the crochet hook. Pull up a loop with the tassel yarn, and yarn over with the rest of the tassel. Now pull through the loop on the hook to secure your tassel. Repeat from * 13 times, and then again at the other end of the scarf.

If you feel it needs it, trim your tassels. Your scarf is now complete!

I hope you enjoyed this @lottieandalbert pattern. Please let me know if you have any questions via Instagram or

You are free to make items to sell from this pattern but please credit Lindsey Newns @lottieandalbert as the designer.

When you’ve made the scarf we would love to see it! Use the hastags #lottieandalbert and #shareyourknitcraft, or tag us as @lottieandalbert and @knitcrafthq

This pattern has also been published on the Hobbycraft KnitcraftHQ blog, you can see the post here: How to Crochet a Tapestry Scarf

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