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DIY cozy knitted blanket

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Hello all, I wanted to share this diy knitted blanket I have worked on over Christmas, there was a lot of watching movies so I sneaked a bit (or a lot!) of knitting whilst watching!

A long time ago I bought an assorted pack of yarn from Yeoman yarns, it it there was a couple of different colours of red, blues, and creams wool, I didn’t really know what to do them and so there were in a big box unopened

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I always think the when the inspiration strikes I will be ready! As I said over Christmas there was a lot of hanging around eating and being merry so when I opened the box I was delighted to see what was inside!, I used up three full cones of yarn!, plus a few skeins of wool that were hanging around, this is now my favourite piece of textile that I have made, it is not fancy, it is not even that clever but you know what it is?

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Mine!

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This is how I work in my living room!, the kids are allowed under it when there is no eating or drinking around it!, I just loved knitting this blanket, there was just knitting and purling and adding the colours as I pleased, mindless and calming… I have not got into the colouring books for adults so this is my version of ‘just keeping my mind busy’

I hope you enjoy this post, if you do please leave a comment below telling me what is it that you do just to keep your mind busy/calm?

Have a great day! even if it is raining outside… there is always a knitting/crocheting/sewing/cooking lovely thing to do! :)

Luz xx

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Healthy food at home

Beetroot soupI have been posting on instagram the food that we eat at home. Healthy for most part and vegan for most part too, my kids eat anything but me and my partner have decided to give vegan food a go, and I must say it has been quite delicious!.

This little post is meant to serve you as inspiration if you want to start eating a bit more healthy but don’t know where to start, I found the above beetroot soup the most satisfying yet!
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About the Black bean curry above my 8 year old son said: “This is actually really good!” it had so much spinach and sweet garden peas, I can see why he liked it!breakfast - 1Above is my morning starter, I cannot function without a big warm fruity bowl of porridge and fruits, every day might change, sometimes is berries, sometimes is bananas… whatever is on the fruit bowl!

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Lentils with hummus and baby corn, a very satisfying lunch!, sometimes I am really hungry at lunch! so this is what goes down!

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For after school, I baked some banana muffins, probably the only way my son eats bananas! the girls eats them as pudding but Hector does not like them!, ate 2 muffins tho… :)

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Mushrooms and yellow split peas, this really excites me! really does!, I can eat mushrooms all day, seriously! specially when pan fry with herbs!

Anyway, if you are interested in the recipes leave a comment and I will try my best to upload them here!

Have a great weekend and don’t forget my crochet pattern giveaway this weekend!

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Boho bag pattern giveaway UPDATE

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Hello everyone!,

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED, you can find this lovely boho crochet bag pattern on my Etsy shop, Ravelry and Craftsy as always!

Time for a boho bag crochet pattern giveaway! Yeeeeyyyyy! I have been crocheting quite a bit lately but not really posting my new makings! I thought maybe you would like this boho bag crochet pattern for free? yes?

Boho bag crochet pattern
Boho bag crochet pattern

Well, let me know, if you fancy one of 5 copies going for free this Saturday the 7th of Feb, I will pick the winners at 8pm GMT.

To enter just go to the pattern’s page in Ravelry, give it a heart, give one other of my patterns a heart and come here and leave me a comment, that simple!

UPDATE: THE WINNERS ARE:

Collette Griffith

Denise Ossello

Jill Dupre

Sone and

larri strautman, 

I will be sending you all the pattern tomorrow morning! Congratulations and thanks you so much for taking part!

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Crochet tips from Your favourite crochet designers

I asked a group of very talented crochet designers: What is the best crochet pattern for new crocheters, and their best tip for total beginners, and this what they have to say.

First up is Julie of Accrochet, I love the shapes that Julie creates in her garments and her playful attitude! she says: “For Tunisian I’d say this one because you don’t need a special tool the Ocean Geometric scarf

Accrochet ocean geometric scarf

“For standard crochet I would say this free cup cozy

Accrochet mug cover

Next is Ana of Accessorice here you can find a lovely collection of patterns, very elegant and very wearable, she suggests a very stylish and very simple boots cuffs, you can find the pattern on her ravelry

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Her fingerless mittens are also very cute and super simple project

Accrochet fingerless mittens

Next is Charissa Ragsdale of madmadme, I think Charissa has a deep understanding of colour!, her patterns are vibrant, she suggests:

“I think the best beginning crochet project is definitely a market bag. Market bags work up in one to two sittings, they are immediately useful and as folks stop you to ask you where you got it or how you made it, you get quite a sense of accomplishment. Not to mention, who doesn’t want to turn head while grocery shopping? As a mom with three kids in the house, I spend a lot of time at the grocery store. It’s kind of my catwalk. ”

madmadme market bag

Last but not least is the lovely Hanna Cross from hanjancrochet, in her shop you can find patterns for the whole family and even some super cute amigurumi too!

She says:” This waffle blanket would be my suggestion for a total beginner from my store, as it only uses the one stitch and is so repetitive that is great for getting rhythm and really practising tension.”

Hanna cross blanket

I would like to thank all the designers who took part on this blog post, they are truly great crochet designers, if you would like for me to feature your favourite designer please let me know in the comments!

Have a lovely weekend!

Luz xx

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One yarn two patterns knit it or crochet it!, buy 1 get 1 free!

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Happy New Year all!

One yarn two patterns knit it or crochet it!, buy 1 get 1 free!

I don’t know you but me I am loving the new beginnings, makes me feel good and brand new.

I have decided to have a little sale buy 1 pattern get 1 pattern free, on all my knitting and crochet patterns. In the spirit of brand new things I decided to use the same yarn to make two designs a knitted cowl and crocheted slippers. The knitting pattern and the crochet pattern are both already listed on my shops but if you want to try them both I have a promotion right now on Ravelry! buy 1 get 1 free!  Enter coupon code ‘1for1’ at check out, if you fancy any other pattern for free be my guest! get one pattern for free every time you buy one!,  promotion ends at midnight Sunday the 10th GMT.

This year I have decided to bring quite a few new thing to my shop and to my blog here, I am always inspired and passionate about many subjects so I am determine to bring this topics into play here on my shop.

 

 

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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas

I just wanted to wish you all a very lovely and Happy Christmas! this year has been a really good year for us and we are looking towards the next year with lots of hope and anticipation!

I would like to thank all of you who have supported my business this year and wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a cracking New Year!

With love, Luz xx

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Black Friday Sale! -50% code: FRIDAY50

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Black Friday Sale! well actually all the way till Cyber Monday! :), I am of course having a sale on both my Etsy and Ravelry shops! enter FRIDAY50 at checkout to get your discount, get yourself a few patterns to give you the last push towards making your Christmas gifts!

Here are some of the new patterns you can get on the sale:

Toddler, child and adult size fingerless mittens

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Slouchy knitting hat pattern, again for toddlers, children and adults

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And a few others you can find on my shops! Etsy and Raverly

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Sock yarn delicate scarf crochet pattern

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This delicate sock yarn scarf pattern is made out a lovely yarn that I bought in Amsterdam in Stephen West shop this summer, I love this yarn so much! I knew I wasn’t going to make socks but a delicate wrap!, for the first time in a long time I am actually keeping this scarf for myself! I give so many of my samples that away sometimes I don’t have a decent one to wear, this one is a keeper!

I used a combination of hand dyed sock yarn and Drops Alpaca and although I used a smaller hook F (3.75mm) I made it in no time!

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You can get this lovely scarf pattern for only $3 on my Ravelry and Craftsy shops, but hurry the offer ends soon!

The pattern is also available in my Etsy shop

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Girls and Women crochet sweater pattern

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Girls and Women crochet sweater pattern

sweater crochet pattern is an easy crochet pattern to make, I love the simplicity of it, easy to wear at all times as a overall, wearing mine most people think I have a separate scarf on top of my sweater!. I do see myself with a nice steamy tea all rolled up in my sofa with this beauty on!

LuzPatterns.com crochet sweater pattern

LuzPatterns.com scarf sweater

Sizes shown 6/7 on a 6 year old girl and Medium size for adults.

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The crochet pattern includes 9 sizes from toddler to women’s XL and you can leave open as a cardigan or closed as a sweater/pullover.

Made with any worsted weight yarn and a J hook (6 mm) I wanted to show how easy is to translate this pattern to two type of yarns, I used Drops Nepal and Drops Big Merino for the girl sweater size, and John Lewis Aran yarn for the women’s size.

You can find the pattern on all my shops, Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy

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2 New Crochet patterns on presale!

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2 New Crochet patterns on presale!

My two newest crochet patterns for fall are here now! and at a special price of $3!

Get the new crochet patterns on my ravelry shop

Get the fall textured poncho crochet pattern here, with two sizes S/M and X/XL and with lots of explanations as how to make it bigger or smaller even to make it for a child. A fast project to make in a couple of sittings! using a bulky yarn and a K hook (6.5mm)

Love super chunky accessories!, so easy to make and fast!, they are also very useful for cold winter mornings!, this one is can be worn over the shoulders as a poncho or all crunched up as a neck warmer.

The pink loop crochet pattern here, it is a long cowl easy to wear with a double loop around your neck, made out of any worsted weight yarn and a H hook (5mm)

Were you one of the winners of the pink loop crochet pattern giveaway? check out my facebook page to find out!

Hurry offer ends this Sunday!

All the best my lovelies!

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