Summer Sprigs decrease edge - How to increase and decrease in crochet stitch patterns - series by Make My Day Creative

How to Design Crochet Patterns Part 3b: How to increase and decrease in stitch patterns

Increasing and decreasing in pattern can sound tricky, but with a few tips you can save a lot of wasted time. I have previously spent a lot of time trying to work out how to increase (or decrease) a stitch pattern and then wondered why the result isn’t quite right.  The main reason is I…

Pacific Rim Crochet Shawl - free pattern from Make My Day Creative

Pacific Rim Shawl

I’m interrupting my series on How to Design Crochet Patterns to bring you my latest project.  Don’t worry though, I’ll be continuing this next time, I just thought it was time for a new crochet pattern! Following working on my Atlantic Lace Shawl I thought it would be fun to work on some more ocean…

Summer Sprigs Lace Shawl Free Crochet pattern

Summer Sprigs Scarf Award

I have some exciting news.  Those of you who follow the Crochet Awards may have seen that my Summer Sprigs Lace Scarf got nominated for a Flamie (Best Scarf).  Amazingly, it won! You can check it out here along with some of the other winners: The Crochet Awards Apparel Winners There’s lots of great designs…

Nautical Hat - a free crochet pattern from Make My Day Creative

Nautical Baby Hat

Items for babies are so quick and easy to make.  Which is fortunate because  it seems like all my friends are having babies at the moment! I’ve been feeling nautical recently (as you’ll see again in another project soon).  White and blue stripes just feel lovely and fresh after being huddled in dark colours all…

Honeycomb Pop Basket - a free crochet pattern from Make My Day Creative

Honeycomb Pop Basket

If you follow me on facebook, you’ll have seen that this project has been near completion for a while.  One of the problems I often come across is running out of yarn.  I really don’t like to overbuy and of course when you are making something up as you go it is hard to gauge…

Love Hearts - Free Crochet Patterns from Make My Day Creative - just in time for Valentine's Day!

Hearts Round-Up

I’m continuing to update my archive of patterns with pdf downloadables.  This time around I’ve focussed on my heart containing patterns – just in time for Valentine’s day! One of the best things about all of these projects is that they are great for stash-busting those scraps you just don’t want to waste – and…

Orange and Dark Chocolate Muffins Recipe - Dairy free

Orange and Dark Chocolate Muffins

These muffins were a happy discovery.  This is the third batch I’ve made in two weeks!  They came in to being as a way of using up left over mixed peel from a chocolate pan forte I made at Christmas time.  They got gobbled up so fast I’ve now had to buy more peel! Make…

Crochet heart decorations - free pattern from Make My Day Creative

Hanging Hearts

Did you spot the hanging heart in the pictures of my zigzag Christmas stocking?  Well I received a few requests for the pattern, which was flattering because there are a few similar patterns around.  Sorry these aren’t in time for Christmas – but they are in time for Valentine’s Day! (Or you can really use…

Atlantic Lace Shawl 161

Atlantic Lace Shawl

Happy New Year to you all!  After all that hard work crafting for Christmas, why not treat yourself to making one of my latest crochet patterns? I’ve named this shawl “Atlantic” because I crocheted the majority of it whilst on the plane over this ocean during my recent trip to North America.  I think it’s…

Did you know I've published 18 free crochet patterns this year? Let me know your favourite in the comments!

Merry Christmas! And Best of 2014

Merry Christmas to you all! I do hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.  Especially if you have been crafting and crocheting away to get those gifts done on time! Christmas and New Year are often a season for summing up, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to reflect on the year in…