{RedAgape} Crochet Gratitude Giveaway!

Crochet blog RedAgapeI could barely sleep last night i am so excited about my Gratitude Giveaway! Over the past few years i have receieved a lot of love and support here on my blog, instagram and Facebook….but especially on Instagram. I feel so grateful that this encouragement has lead to a new career for me and a book that will be released next year! Can you believe that?! For a person relatively new to crochet, this seems amazing to me and i have you guys to thank for it. One lucky person will win the giveaway and here’s what is included –

  1. ALL of my PDF patterns (Gelato Pops, Melon Pops, Daisy Wheel Roundie, Flower Sprinkles Bunting and Spiked Granny Rib Stitch)
  2. Yarn to make BOTH the Gelato Pops cushion and the Daisy Wheel Roundie  – 12x balls of Heirloom Cotton 8ply (no inserts included)
  3. 3x extra balls of yarn to play with just for fun!
  4. 2x Clover Hooks (3.5mm, 4mm)
  5. 2x  RedAgape Pattern Postcards and LoveHeart Peg
  6. Postage to anywhere in the world!

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    Gratitute Giveaway

Entering is easy!! Everyone, everywhere can enter!! Hooray! All you need to do is sign up to my newsletter. You can see the SUBSCRIBE section to the right or head HERE. By signing up to the RedAgape Newsletter you will be in with a chance to win the Mega Prize pack as listed above.  Please sign up again even if you have previously signed up to my blog – this way you will be added into the giveaway.

Not only will you have a chance to win, but at the end of the giveaway everyone who signs up will receive a free PDF pattern from my shop (pattern to be advised) AND you will also receive discounts/bonuses in the future that will be exclusive to subscribers only. Don’t worry you will never be inundated with emails from me, once of month will be my max!

Yarn Giveaway

Included in the giveaway!

The prize will be drawn at midday AEST on Friday the 1st of December, 2017 and the winner will be announced on social media once they have been contacted and confirmed via email.

Thank you and good luck!!

Mandy xx

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What is included in the giveaway!

 

{Crochet} Round and Round the Crochet Hook

the loopy stitch

Buy The Book Now at The Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

I’m really excited to share my latest book review, “Round and Round the Crochet Hook” – by Emily Littlefair, published by Tuva Publishing.  Inside you will find patterns to inspire and admire, all of which are made in a round. I personally love working in the round, so i felt connected instantly to the beautiful patterns inside.

Emily is a truely talented crocheter with an eye for beautiful colour combinations. I am not ashamed to admit that i won’t look twice at a design if the colours don’t move me. Emily’s colour choices are different from my own colour style, but they are inspiring and have given me a subtle push to experiement a little more with my own colour combinations.

Her book is my absolute favourite from all my reviews so far this year. There are 19 designs to choose from, whether you want a quick make or something more complicated. I have started her Garden Rows Cushion (see above and directly below) and it has been a dream to create so far.

And all  designs are accompanied by well written instructions and charts. Hooray! Check out some of the wonderful projects below. Here are some links so you can stalk Emily online! 😉

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the loopy stitch book

Photo Credit – @theloopystitch

the loopy stitch book

Photo Credit – @theloopystitch

the loopy stitch book

Photo Credit – @marretjeroos

the loopy stitch book

Photo Credit – @theloopystitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Crochet} Daisy Wheel Roundie Pattern and PDF

crochet cushionn pattern Introducing the Daisy Wheel Roundie Crochet Cushion pattern and downloadable PDF. I am in love with this sweet little crochet cushion, so I am thrilled to have the pattern and kits available for you to purchase. The downloadable PDF is available in my shop and contains everything you need to know to make this pretty little cushion. Detailed pattern instructions, graphs and step by step images will ensure success!! The kits are available in Heirloom Cotton 8ply (pictured below) and Moya Organic Cotton DK (scroll down). Click on the images to be taken to the shop. The downloadable PDF is FREE with the purchase of a kit. Of course, if you’d prefer just the pattern, you can purchase it separately here.

Happy Making!

Mandy xx

Daisy Wheel Cushion Kit

Daisy Wheel Roundie – Crochet Kit in Heirloom Cotton

Daisy Wheel Cushion Kit

Daisy Wheel Roundie – Crochet Kit in Heirloom Cotton

Daisy Wheel Cushion Kit

Daisy Wheel Cushion Kit

Daisy Wheel Roundie – Crochet Kit in Moya Cotton

Daisy Wheel Cushion Kit

Daisy Wheel Roundie – Crochet Kit in Moya Cotton

Daisy Wheel Cushion Kit

Daisy Wheel Roundie – Crochet Kit in Moya Cotton

{Crochet} Home Decoration in Crochet

crochet doily

 It’s always a treat to be asked to share a newly published crochet book and “Home Decoration in Crochet” by Tanya Eberhardt is no exception. You may know Tanya from Little Things Blogged or you may follow her beautiful feed on Instagram.
The book by Tuva Publishing consists of 25 colorful crochet projects that use a variety of stitches and designs all featuring lovely smooth cotton yarn. The projects are easy to follow as they all included detailed pattern instructions and charts. After browsing through the wide variety of projects i settled on the Doily Set. You can never have too many doilies right?! :)
You can get a signed copy of Tanya’s book from her Etsy Store or head to Amazon where you will find it readily available.

Photo Credit - Little Things Blogged

Photo Credit – Little Things Blogged

Crochet Cushion

Photo Credit – Little Things Blogged

Photo Credit - Little Things Blogged

Photo Credit – Little Things Blogged

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{Creative Interiors} Craft Room Tour and Tips

Craft roomWelcome to my craft studio! All serious crafters understand how difficult it can be to keep a creative space organised and looking good. We tend to accumulate massive amounts of craft supplies and essential tools that it can be overwhelming trying to keep it all sorted. It’s really important that everything has a home, a spot where it lives when not in use. No one wants to spend hours searching for a pompom maker or special ball of yarn. Right? Right. Here’s my top tips for keeping your craft space organised. Pegboard organisation

Since moving into my larger craft studio (which I’m calling the Hen’s Den), I have the advantage of more space, but these tips will apply to any craft space. For many years all I had was a little corner of our family office, so I understand the challenge of organising a small space too.

My number one tip is Pegboard! It’s a great way to keep tools and supplies close at hand and is visually appealing. I’m lucky enough to have the mother of all pegboard in my new studio, but for a long time all I had was a small sheet of pegboard hanging on our office wall. Add hooks, baskets, clipboards and shelves to create separate areas for designated tools and equipment. I keep all of my scissors and notebooks on my pegboard and they always return to their home when I’m finished using them.HensDen10I like to keep my yarn on display! Let’s be honest, although we pretend we’re ashamed of the size of our yarn stashes we love showing them off and having them on display can inspire fresh ideas/new projects. I love seeing a wall of colourful yarn, so I prefer to keep mine in cubes. I also keep a lot of it in clear zip lock bags to protect it from yarn loving bugs. But what do you do with the half used balls? Easy! Display them too. I’ve been winding up my half used balls into cakes to store on my pegboard. Not only does it look good, but I can quickly see what I haven’t used and it prevents me from opening/starting a fresh ball of yarn. :)HensDen8Make sure you have some closed storage for messy items that you don’t want on display. I found some consoles from Fantastic Furniture that work well for me. I store all of my pens and smaller items in the drawers and unfinished ‘wips’ are kept inside the cupboards. I also plan on starting a wip wall, so I can see all of my unfinished projects.HensDen7HensDen9I am lucky enough to boast a seating area and kitchenette in my Hen’s Den. Yes, I know I am living the dream! But I don’t take it for granted for a moment. Having this craft space has changed my creative life!! I feel so happy and ORGANISED. I hope my little tips help you to get organised too.

Mandy xx

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{Crochet} Tunisian Crochet Workshop

tunisian crochet

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I was really excited when i heard that Michelle Robinson from Poppy and Bliss had written a book dedicated to Tunisian crochet called  Tunisian Crochet Workshop. It is the PERFECT book for anyone wanting to learn tunisian crochet or just expand on what they already know. What is tunisian crochet? Well, i like to think of it as the ideal merging of crochet and knitting. The best of both worlds! :)

This beautiful book published by Sew and So is bursting with colour, fun motifs and stylish projects to make for the home. It showcases 12 projects to make, and includes all the tools, skills and equipment you need to go from beginner to expert. It is definitely a one stop shop for everything tunisian and is a book that crocheters will refer back to over and over again.

What i love most about this book is the stunning photography and modern projects. I believe a craft book should be beautiful as well as practical, and Tunisian Crochet Workshop is both. You can find the book available for purchase here and an ebook is also available here .

Mandy xx

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The beginnings of a gorgeous cushion pattern from Tunisian Crochet Workshop

tunisian crochet

Image Credit – @poppyandbliss

tunisian crochet

Image by @mobiusgirl
Pattern by Michelle Robinson – Tunisian Crochet Workshop

{Crochet} Help feed the victims of Hurricane Harvey

paintbox yarns As you know, i am a huge fan of www.lovecrochet.com and everything they do for the crochet community. Not only do they supply us yarn addicts with an endless amount of tempting yarn, but they are passionate about giving back where they can. LoveCrochet are donating 100% of sales from this pattern to the Houston Food Bank to help feed victims of Hurricane Harvey. Each pattern purchase will provide a meal for 15 people! Isn’t that amazing! So, if you needed a guilt free reason to purchase another pattern, well this is it!

Mandy xx paintbox yarns

{Crochet} We Are Knitters Tropea Cardigan

crochet kitI was thrilled when We Are Knitters asked me to try out their Tropea Cardigan crochet kit. Firstly, it’s great to see that WAK are catering for crocheters as well as knitters with a beautiful array of patterns, kits and yarn. I haven’t used their yarn before, so I was interested to see what the quality was like. The Pima Cotton was like nothing I’ve ever used before! It was so soft and silky with a beautiful drape, making it perfect for garments. This is a seriously beautiful yarn! A+++++crochet kit crochet kit

This kit was rated intermediate, but the pattern itself is quite simple. I think the intermediate rating applies, because of the large number of granny squares required to make the cardigan – 174 for a medium size like me! But it was well worth it!!crochet kit Honestly, i was a little intimidated by the large number of squares at first, but I was surprised at how quickly the little piles began to grow. I tend to get bored quickly, so if I can get through making all of these squares then YOU can too! And as a bonus they provided lots of great photo opportunities. 😉 If you’re into that sort of thing…..which i am! :)crochet kit crochet kit

Part of the reason this project was so enjoyable to work on was because of the colour and quality of the yarn. In fact, the hardest part of making this cardigan was choosing the colour scheme. WAK have such a large range of colours and all kits are completely customisable. The kits also come with everything you need – yarn, pattern, needles, hooks and even a little WAK tag to complete your project.crochet kit

I don’t make a lot of garments as i tend to be more of a cushion or blanket kind of crocheter, but this kit has given me a whole new outlook. I’ve even got my eye on a couple more WAK projects!!crochet kit

{Crochet} The Pamela Mandala

crochet mandala

Introducing the Pamela Mandala, a free crochet mandala pattern. It’s been a while since my last free pattern, so i hope you enjoy making this one. Oh, and if you’re wondering why this mandala has been photographed in reverse, well head to my Instagram account to see why? :) please tag #pamelamandala on social media. :)

Mandy xx

The Pamela Mandala

You will need –

  • Paintbox Cotton Aran: 1x ball of each – Daffodil Yellow (622), Paper White (601), Mustard Yellow (624), Peach Orange (655), Blush Pink (654), Bubblegum Pink (651), Raspberry Pink (644) (available at www.lovecrochet.com ) also if you shop through this link or the banner at the righthand side, i will recieve a small commission which will help me to provide more free patterns)
  • 4.5mm hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Special Stitches

Front Post Double Treble –  YO over twice, insert hook underneath the body of the required stitch from front to back to front, YO, pull up loop (4 loops on hook), YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops.

Popcorn (pc) – 5tr into the stitch, pull up the working yarn from the last tr and remove hook. Insert hook into top of first tr that was made and then replace the working loop onto the hook. Pull this loop back through the first st and pull together until the 5tr cluster ‘pops’ up.

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Rnd 1: With Daffodil Yellow, work 6dc into a magic ring, ss into intital dc, fasten off [6dc]

crochet mandala

Rnd 2: Attach Paper White into any st, ch3 (counts as first tr), 4tr in the same st, form first pc, ch2. Work (pc, ch2) into each st around, ss into back of initial pc, fasten off [6pc, 12ch]

crochet mandala

Rnd 3: Mustard Yellow into any ch-2 sp, ch3 (counts as first tr), (tr2tog, ch2, tr3tog, ch2) in the same sp. Work (tr3tog, ch2, tr3tog, ch2) into each ch-2 sp around, ss into top of initial ch3, fasten off [12x (tr3tog, ch2)]

crochet mandala

Rnd 4: Attach Daffodil Yellow into any ch-2 sp, ch3 (counts as first tr), (tr2tog, ch3, tr3tog, ch3) in the same sp. Work (tr3tog, ch3, tr3tog, ch3) into each ch-2 sp around, ss into top of initial ch3, fasten off [24x (tr3tog, ch3)]

crochet mandala

Rnd 5: Attach Peach Orange into any ch-3 sp, ch5 (counts as first tr, ch2), tr in the same space. Work (tr, ch2, tr) into each ch-3 sp around, ss into the 3rd ch of the initial ch5, fasten off [24x (tr, ch2, tr)]

crochet mandalaRnd 6: Attach Blush Pink into any ch-2 sp, work 3dc into each ch-2 sp around, ss into dc, fasten off [72dc]

crochet mandalaRnd 7: Attach Bubblegum Pink into 2nd dc of any 3dc group, * ch4, ss into 2nd dc of next 3dc group, rep from * around, fasten off [24x ch4]

crochet mandalaRnd 8: Attach Raspberry Pink into any ch-4 sp, *ch5, ss into next ch-4 sp, rep from * around, fasten off [24xch5]

crochet mandalaRnd 9: Attach Paper White into any ch-5 sp, ch5 (counts as first tr, ch2), tr, ch1 in the same sp. Work (tr, ch2, tr, ch1) into each ch-5 sp around, ss into 3rd ch of initial ch5, fasten off [24x (tr, ch2, tr, ch1)]

crochet mandalaRnd 10: Attach Daffodil Yellow into any ch-2 sp,* 3dc in the ch-2 sp, 2dc in the ch-1 sp, rep from *around, ss into initial dc, fasten off [120dc]

crochet mandalaRnd 11: Attach Mustard Yellow at any dc, work 1dc into each st around, ss into initial dc, fasten off [120dc]

crochet mandalaRnd 12: Attach Peach Orange into any dc,* ch2, skip a st, ss in the next, rep from * around, fasten off [60x ch2]

crochet mandalaRnd 13: Attach Blush Pink at any ch-2 sp, ch5 (counts as first tr, ch2), tr, ch1 in the same sp. *Skip a ch sp, (tr, ch2, tr, ch1) into the next ch sp, rep from * around, ss into third ch of initial ch5, fasten off [30x (tr, ch2, tr, ch1)]

crochet mandalaRnd 14: Attach Bubblegum Pink into ch-2 sp, (dc, 1fpdtr into the empty ch-2 sp from Rnd 12, dc), 2dc in the ch-1 sp. Work (dc, fpdtr, dc) into each ch-2sp, (2dc) into each ch-1 sp around, ss into initial dc, fasten off [30x (dc, fpdtr, dc), 30x (2dc)]

crochet mandalaRnd 15: Attach Raspberry Pink into the top of any fpdtr, *ch5, dc in the top of the next fpdtr, rep from * around, fasten off [30x ch-5]

crochet mandalaRnd 16: Attach Paper White into any ch sp, work (4dc, ch2, 4dc) into each ch-5 sp around, ss into initial dc, fasten off [30x (4dc, ch2, 4dc)]

Shorthand UK

  • Rnd 1: 6dc in magic ring [6dc]
  • Rnd 2: (pc, ch2) in each dc [6pc, 12ch]
  • Rnd 3: (tr3tog, ch2, tr3tog, ch2) in each ch sp [12x (tr3tog, ch2)]
  • Rnd 4: (tr3tog, ch3, tr3tog, ch3) in each ch sp [24x (tr3tog, ch3)]
  • Rnd 5: (tr, ch2, tr) in each ch-3 sp [24x (tr, ch2, tr)]
  • Rnd 6: 3dc in each ch-2 sp [72dc]
  • Rnd 7: ch4, ss in centre dc, rep around [24x ch4]
  • Rnd 8: ch5, ss in next ch sp, rep around [24xch5]
  • Rnd 9: (tr, ch2, tr, ch1) in each ch-5 sp [24x (tr, ch2, tr, ch1)]
  • Rnd 10: 3dc in ch-2 sp, 2dc in ch-1 sp, rep around [120dc]
  • Rnd 11: dc in each st [120dc]
  • Rnd 12: ch2, ss into every second st [60x ch2]
  • Rnd 13: (tr, ch2, tr, ch1) every second ch sp [30x (tr, ch2, tr, ch1)]
  • Rnd 14: (dc, fpdtr, dc) in ch-2 sp, (2dc) in ch-1 sp around [30x (dc, fpdtr, dc), 30x (2dc)]
  • Rnd 15: dc in fpdtr, ch5, rep around [30x ch-5]
  • Rnd 16: (4dc, ch2, 4dc) in each ch5 sp [30x (4dc, ch2, 4dc)]

 

Shorthand US

  • Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring [6sc]
  • Rnd 2: (pc, ch2) in each sc [6pc, 12ch]
  • Rnd 3: (dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch2) in each ch sp [12x (dc3tog, ch2)]
  • Rnd 4: (dc3tog, ch3, dc3tog, ch3) in each ch sp [24x (dc3tog, ch3)]
  • Rnd 5: (dc, ch2, dc) in each ch-3 sp [24x (dc, ch2, dc)]
  • Rnd 6: 3sc in each ch-2 sp [72sc]
  • Rnd 7: ch4, ss in centre sc, rep around [24x ch4]
  • Rnd 8: ch5, ss in next ch sp, rep around [24xch5]
  • Rnd 9: (dc, ch2, dc, ch1) in each ch-5 sp [24x (dc, ch2, dc, ch1)]
  • Rnd 10: 3sc in ch-2 sp, 2sc in ch-1 sp, rep around [120sc]
  • Rnd 11: sc in each st [120sc]
  • Rnd 12: ch2, ss into every second st [60x ch2]
  • Rnd 13: (dc, ch2, dc, ch1) every second ch sp [30x (dc, ch2, dc, ch1)]
  • Rnd 14: (sc, fptr, sc) in ch-2 sp, (2sc) in ch-1 sp around [30x (sc, fptr, sc), 30x (2sc)]
  • Rnd 15: sc in fptr, ch5, rep around [30x ch-5]
  • Rnd 16: (4sc, ch2, 4sc) in each ch5 sp [30x (4sc, ch2, 4sc)]