Hello New Year!

So 2017 is now in full swing!

I didn’t realise it had been so long since my last post…oops! That November/December period is full on! Family, birthdays, school finishing, holidays…and no real time to sit and crochet!

So, some news from Neen’s Crochet Corner…

My Annie the Alpaca pattern appeared in Issue 52 of Simply Crochet! Who grabbed themselves a copy? Supper chuffed and honoured to be a part of such an amazing publication!

I’m looking forward to bringing some of my design sketches to life this year so stay tuned for new things!

To you and yours have an amazing New Year!

♥Neen

 

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Christmas Critters

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post! So much going on and time has just flown by! But I’m pleased to say that I have some new crochet patterns to share with you and they’re free. That’s right! FREE!

I’ve created some brand new Christmas decoration designs exclusively for Lincraft which they have shared online in there ‘How to’ section. The Christmas Critter – Koala is also available in the How to Make Christmas 2016 booklet available online and in stores!

Now this little guy would have to be my absolute favourite! I have a soft spot for the Green Tree Frog and remember fond encounters of them in my Nans toilet bowl out on her farm! I’ve also watched them devour the good old Huntsman Spider whole and, although it’s a rather harmless arachnid, I’m still happy for the froggy to chow down! Besides…that’s nature!

Christmas Critter – Green Tree Frog can be found via my Ravelry page or direct link to the pattern at Lincraft.

As a kid living in an old Queenslander style house, we used to have a possum living in our roof. At night she would come down and munch on some food we started to leave out for her. Over time she would come and sit, waiting for us to pass her some food which was a bit of a highlight each night. You can imagine our delight when one night her baby popped out of her pouch to say hello! Mother and baby stayed in our roof (not always very quietly might I add), until baby was old enough to move along. They both soon left and, much to my dismay, the gap in the roof was sealed so no more critters could make themselves at home!

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Christmas Critter – Possum can be found via my Ravelry page  or direct link to the pattern at Lincraft.

Koalas…everyone loves koalas! An iconic Aussie critter indeed and his little Christmas hat and gum leaf scarf make him just the sweetest little fellow ever!

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Christmas Critter – Koala can be found via my Ravelry page or direct link to the pattern at Lincraft.

Now, the Cockatoo! They can be noisy, especially when they arrive in a huge group and chit and chatter away! Seeing a flood of white across the ground that suddenly lifts up and flaps away squawking is an amazing sight!

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Christmas Critter – Cockatoo can be found via my Ravelry page or direct link to the pattern at Lincraft.

I hope you enjoy these Christmas Critters with a definite Australian feel.
Thank you to Lincraft for sharing them with everyone for free!
If you make one and share on Facebook or Instagram don’t forget to use the hastag #LincraftLoves so we can all see your work!

Until next time, happy creating!

♥Neen

Tunisian Crochet

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So, I’ve had this set of Tunisian crochet hooks that I bought from a shop a couple of years ago! Yes! Years ago! I had seen Tunisian work and had thought I’d love to try it…one day!
Well one day finally came!
I decided to take a break from the normal. It was getting a little tedious and routine anyway. Time to give something new a try.
I started with practising some basic stitches.

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YouTube and Google were my friend! After a few hours I though ‘I got this!’ and searched Ravelry for an actual project to sink my teeth into.
Now, just starting out I didn’t want to purchase a pattern so I was on the hunt for something relatively easy, useful and, of course, free. I’m a huge fan of free patterns! I appreciate any artist who offers up their time and knowledge to create a pattern and then generously provide it for free so that others can learn!
I found this pattern, Aspen Bag by Amy Depew and decided to give it a go! It was pretty easy to understand and, along with YouTube, I figured everything out. Considering I’d only been dabbling in Tunisian crochet for a day, I was pretty chuffed with my progress!

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And besides, with basic rows like these, once you get the hang of it, it progresses with relative ease!
One thing I discovered about this kind of work is that it curls…a lot! Again…YouTube! I found this helpful video to flatten it and it worked a treat!

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And with a little bit of stitching at the end it was done! Now, it’s by no means perfect! There are a few boo boos in there but, honestly, I’m thrilled with how it came together.

My first Tunisian crochet project…yes, I’m taking a bow!

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Amigurumi Galah

 

Again, I’ve been quiet for a little while. Between getting ready for market, pattern designing, Easter and school holidays there hasn’t been a great deal of spare time!

I’d like to share a new pattern I designed exclusively for Lincraft. I’ve written a few patterns for them now and, as they come out, I’ll be sure to share them with you!

My Amigurumi Galah is part of the FREE Lincraft How to Make Knitting & Crochet 2016 booklet. It’s available in stores throughout Australia or you can find the pdf online here.

I’d love to see your finished projects so either post here, link them to the Ravelry pattern or hashtag it on social media with #lincraftloves !

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Birds of a Feather

I love birds! Well, not the seagull that will steal your hot chips at the beach or the kookaburra who’ll swoop and snatch a sausage off the BBQ! But yes, I do love birds! 🙂
So here are two new patterns, small and simple but cute none-the-less!

My Little Baby Ducky is a breeze to whip up! A good beginner pattern!
Find her here as a free download!

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My Sun Conure is so colourful, it’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!
Find her here.

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Little Miss Muffet

It’s been a little while since my last post! Life has been busy and over Christmas I took an extended break to be with my family. To rest and recharge and to get my crojo back! Yes, I had lost it there for a time but the time off has done me the world of good!

So, introducing my first pattern for 2016…

Little Miss Muffet

She’s pretty quick to come together as the arms and legs are crocheted in with the body…I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I hate stitching pieces together! Not only that but I think it produces a stronger end product. Kids love to tug and pull and I’m sure this technique will make sure she’ll last for the long haul!

The pattern includes instructions for her spider friend too…

Enjoy! ♥

Little Miss Muffet pattern can be found on Ravely here

Marvellous Mice!

 So, does everybody love mice? Maybe not but you have to admit that when they are crochet they’re just utterly adorable! 😀

I’m thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful collection of both paid and free patterns of mousey cuteness in a pattern round up by Rebeckah’s Treasures. My Twitch the Mouse and Twitch Cheese Mouse Lovey are both included (number 5 & 39).

 Check them all out here:

Rebeckah’s Treasures: Blog or  FacebookTwitch cheese fullFind Twitch the Mouse and Twitch Cheese Mouse Lovey patterns on Ravelry.

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