If you've spent any time on my website you'll know I'm a cosy chunky blanket lover. Originally from North East England I really should cope with the cold better than I do!
Throws and afghans are some of my favourite easy projects and I always recommend them for new knitters or beginners to crochet as they can be as quick or intricate, delicate or chunky, minimal or colourful as you choose.
No matter what your level of knitting or crochet skill you can always create a throw that is as unique as you are.
Whether you're looking for something modern or traditional, chunky or with a lace stitch, something for a baby gift or a full sized afghan I've scoured the internet to find the best step by step tutorials to help you create a throw you will love.
Worried about crocheting in the round, increasing and decreasing to create your first basic beanie?
This easy ribbed beginners beanie is created by crocheting a simple rectangle which is then stitched into a tube and gathered at the top to create a hat you'll be desperate to get outside in this winter.
It's made with super bulky yarn so it works up in around an hour and the chunky look is perfect for both men and women.
You can even customise your beanie to add more of a foldover brim or create a slouchy look for the hipster in your family.
It ticks all the boxes, what's not to like?
This quick and easy slouchy crochet zig zag beanie may look complicated but it's actually very simple once you have mastered how to complete the V Stitch. (Don't be scared if you're a beginner, it's only a clever combination of double crochet stitches).
I designed it to work with both chunky and bulky yarns as they give such a lovely texture to the stitches.
I made mine in cotton which means it's popular for summer too (it never gets too warm in North West England!)
Crocheted in the round from a magic circle it is worked top down so it can be adapted to any size from a cosy beanie or add more rows to create a more slouchy hipster look.
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Are you wondering how to crochet the shell stitch?
Shell stitch is a popular stitch often used to add a decorative edge to afghan or blanket projects, there are so many types of shell stitch it really is so easy to build a pretty fabric which can be tight enough for washcloths or loose and lacey for summer sweaters it's definitely one to learn early on in your crochet journey.
In today's tutorial I'm going to talk you through instructions for the most commonly used double crochet shell stitch then show you some variations so you can learn to to add beauty to any of your projects.
I know you love quick and easy projects and YOU know I love projects with chunky yarn.....put the two together and what do you get?
One classic and simple Christmas stocking, which of course is made in my favourite size 6 super bulky yarn which not only means it's a giant size for stuffing with loads of goodies but it's also easy to create when you're a little short of time.
The body of the stocking is created from shell stitch to add some rustic decoration which is perfect for the farmhouse look, create it in minimal neutral shades as I did and it has a more modern Scandinavian feel.
If this looks a bit complicated, don't worry I've got your back. I have a shell stitch tutorial here for you too!
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Ready to wow your friends and family with the perfect unisex circle infinity scarf you can wear all Winter?
Have you been looking for the internet's easiest snood pattern to crochet?
This free two colour (or more!) crochet cowl is perfect for beginners who are worried about trying different stitches and is super fast to crochet in around an hour or two.
Texture is the name of the game, by using yarns of different weights you can add variation without adding to your stress levels as a new crocheter.
It's simple design means it can be created in any number of colour combinations to match your whole wardrobe and your partners - why not make them for the whole family?
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Heading into the holiday season is the ideal time to relax with a seasonal crochet project and what's better than creating a range of Christmas stockings for the whole family that you can bring out year after year?
You don't want to be wasting your time scouring the internet for the best patterns when you can be crafting one of them with a spiced latte and candle by your side do you? Good, because I've done the hard work for you.....
Scroll down for my list of the best on the net whether your style is modern, traditional, minimal or colour crazy
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A simple & easy scarf is the perfect first project for complete beginners to crochet as it allows you to master your stitch technique without worrying too much about width or gauge.
This step by step tutorial teaches you how to create your own chunky scarf even if you are a total beginner and the best bit about King&Eye patterns is that they work up quickly so you won't still be working on it next Winter!
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Do you have family and friends coming home for the holidays? Are you looking for stylish and unique gifts for everyone but have no time to shop for anything unusual because you're too busy prepping the house?
Keep reading to find out how to help all of your guests enjoy their best Christmas yet with a special gift which they can not only use during their visit but they can treasure happy memories of you whenever they use it.
Here’s a round up of gifts for everyone from the trendsetters to the hygge loving homebirds and of course we can't forget the pets in your life.
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The Ultimate Wedding Gift Guide: How To Choose The Best Ever Wedding Gifts That Every Couple Will Love
Not only did you get real old fashioned post through the letterbox but it was an exquisitely beautiful wedding invitation from one of your besties with a weblink to their bride and groom gift registry.
But we’ve all been here - there’s nothing more disappointing than logging onto a special friend’s wedding gift list to find all the interesting and affordable gifts have been nabbed already and you’re left to choose between the cheese grater and the toilet brush!
You don’t want your BFF to struggle to remember if you even bought her a gift for her special day, right?
In fact, you don't want to admit it out loud, but secretly you want her to remember yours as the best ever wedding gift don't you?