Craft and Chatters

We hold informal Craft and Chatter Sessions on Fridays - 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm. Tea and Coffee are supplied.

We also meet on occasional Saturdays from 2pm-4pm - Click here for the list of dates

Cost - £3 per session - no booking required

New Charity Project
May 11, 2022

New Charity Project

We know how keen people in our community are to help others in need.  In the past we have made blankets for Alzheimer's patients, teddy bears for the Buddy Bag Foundation and many more beautiful things.  We have now teamed up with Project Linus UK to provide knitted and crocheted blankets for children in need around the UK.  

We have chosen one knitted and one crocheted patch and a colour scheme for the finished blankets.  You can help! 
  • Buy a ball of yarn, choose one of our patterns below, then make up some patches for us. (We're using Stylecraft Special DK in Cream, Storm Blue and Meadow).
  • Use one of the patterns below to make up some patches with your own yarn, then bring them to us.
  • Help us to make up the patches into blankets (last Friday of every month - 10am - 12pm)

All blankets made will be donated to Project Linus.  Your efforts will make a huge difference to children who need a little comfort and to know someone cares.

Knitted Patch

knitted patch  

Abbreviations:

k

knit

p

purl

RS

Right side

st(s)

stitch / stitches

 Using Stylecraft Special DK and 4mm needles, cast on 34 sts.

Lower Border

Knit 8 rows

Main Section

Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2:  K4, p26, k4

Work these 2 rows 20 more times.  

There should be 21 ridges down the sides of this section.

Upper Border

Knit 8 rows

 

Cast off, leaving a long tail for sewing up.

Your work should be approximately 6 inches (15.5cm) square.

Alternatively, change colour with right side facing and work a series of squares in a strip

 

Crochet Patch

Crochet Patch  

Abbreviations:

ch

Chain

Ch sp

Chain space

sl st

Slip stitch

tr

Treble crochet

st(s)

stitch / stitches

Using Stylecraft Special DK and 4mm hook, work 4 ch, join to first ch with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: 3 ch (counts as 1 tr here and throughout), 1 tr into ring, 2ch,
[2 tr into ring, 2 ch] 5 times, join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning 3 ch.  (6 groups of 2 tr separated by 2ch.)

Round 2: 3 ch , 1 tr in next st,  * (1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp,
1 tr in each of next 2 tr; repeat from * 4 more times,
(1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp,
join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning 3 ch. 
(6 groups of 4 tr separated by 2ch.)

Round 3: 3 ch , 1 tr in next 2 sts,  * (1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp,
1 tr in each of next 4 tr; repeat from * 4 more times,
(1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp, 1 tr in next tr,
join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning 3 ch. 
(6 groups of 6 tr separated by 2ch.)

Round 4: 3 ch , 1 tr in next 3 sts,  * (1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp,
1 tr in each of next 6 tr; repeat from * 4 more times,
(1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp, 1 tr in each of next 2 tr,
join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning 3 ch. 
(6 groups of 8 tr separated by 2ch.)

Round 5: 3 ch , 1 tr in next 4 sts,  * (1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp,
1 tr in each of next 8 tr; repeat from * 4 more times,
(1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp, 1 tr in each of next 3 tr,
join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning 3 ch. 
(6 groups of 10 tr separated by 2ch.)

Round 6: 3 ch , 1 tr in next 5 sts,  * (1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp,
1 tr in each of next 10 tr; repeat from * 4 more times,
(1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr ) in next ch sp, 1 tr in each of next 4 tr,
join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning 3 ch. 
(6 groups of 12 tr separated by 2ch.)

Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing up.

 Your work should measure approximately 6 inches /15.5 cm at the widest point.

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Bargello Crochet Blanket Make-Along and Resources for New Knitters
February 22, 2021

Bargello Crochet Blanket Make-Along and Resources for New Knitters

Two of our favourite suppliers have come up with some fabulous ideas this month.

Stylecraft are highlighting a fabulous Crochet throw, while King Cole have been publishing some resources for new knitters.

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Warm and Cosy Arans
January 26, 2021

Warm and Cosy Arans

We love aran-weight yarns: they are usually soft and squishy, with more of a bounce than DKs. They work up quickly and produce a fabric that is warm and cosy without being too heavy.  So we've been inspired to share some of our selection of aran-weight yarns and a couple of projects that might inspire you too.

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