Beginning With a Bonus!

Over the summer I have been working of a series of Afghan Squares which have flowers at the centre and are based on Victorian era stitch patterns, ‘antimacassar’ motifs, etc…so I am calling it the Victorian Flowers Afghan.  Instead of waiting until it is complete and offering an extra Bonus design, I decided to offer the Bonus to start with! Not only that, but this square includes instructions to turn it into a handy Project Bag…or shopping bag, or gift bag, or any other useful purpose. You can use the instructions to turn any afghan squares into a bag.

The beginning Bonus pattern is free, and I’m posting the instructions in a series on my 2 Facebook Pages: West Coast Fibre Arts and The Ravelled Hank of Yarn. When the project is complete I’ll make a pdf file available in my Ravelry Store that has the whole pattern gathered together.

NOTE: Beginning Part 2 Round 6, ch1 then begin the round; at the end of the round, join with a slip stitch to the first sc. Rounds 7, 8 & 9, please CHAIN 3 AS THE FIRST DOUBLE CROCHET; at the end of the round, join with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain.

Round 8 corrected– *10dc, dc inc, hdc inc, hdc, hdc inc, 2sc, sc inc, sc, sc inc, 2sc, hdc inc, hdc, hdc inc, dc, dc inc, 2dc; repeat from *.


I am using a 5mm hook and aran weight  yarns to make my bags: Patons SWS, Red Heart SuperSaver, etc.  I do not have a total amount required yet because I am sharing the pattern as I design it. I am estimating 12 to 16 ounces of yarn, but I really can NOT guarantee how much it will take until my bag is finished! Options are to make the bag using more than one colour, as I am doing with the Patons SWS bag that illustrates the Instructions: I worked Part 1 in their Soy Wool Stripes, which has long colour changes; then for Part 2 I switched to Soy Wool Solids, in green. Part 1 used 1 ounce, Part 2 used 2 ounces.  Don’t forget, though–for a bag, you have to make 2 squares plus bottom, sides, and handle!  I will update the amount of yarns used when I finish each part.

#afghan #crochet #12inchsquares #freepattern #VictorianFlowersAfghan

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Labour Day Weekend 30% Off

Enjoy this weekend by choosing some new projects to keep your needles and hooks busy:

30% off all 72 patterns in my Ravelry Store! NO COUPON NEEDED

The discount will apply at checkout. I’ll also be releasing new patterns that will be perfect for quick Christmas gifts or to make for yourself and your family–keep your eye out for them, they’ll be here in a few days!  There will be an exciting, fun new Pokemon Inspired pattern later this week, and The Crunchy Carrot Market Bag is will be in the Pattern Store this weekend.Crunchy CarrotSlippers, socks, a scarf, a washcloth/soap sack spa set, toys…lots of new designs coming in September, as well as a MYSTERY CROCHET-ALONG and KNIT-ALONG!

If you need more inspiration meantime, you can check out the Interweave Store!

Save 30% on hundreds of crafting resources. No coupon needed. Sale runs now through 9/5. Some exclusions apply.  In addition, be sure to also check out the just released Atoll Cowl Kit. It is on sale, too, and the link is on the right, just below the “Interweave Store” tab.

Happy Labour Day…enjoy this weekend, and let me know if you need help with any of my designs. The quickest way to get help is usually to write a personal message on my Facebook Page: West Coast Fibre Arts

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Pokemon Magikarp Inspired Hat

Magic Carp sale CollageTo celebrate the release of #PokemonGO in Canada, the #Magikarp Inspired Magic Carp Hat pattern and readymade hats are on sale 25% off from now until the end of July/2016!


This popular hat is sure to win the prize for the funniest fish ever. If you don’t crochet… get your friend, grandma, or aunt to make you one! Use Red Heart SuperSaver and you can make 2 or 3 hats for just $20! When you buy hats for $50 to $80 plus, it is because it takes several hours to make it🙂   If you do want to make your own and need any help, it is quickest to contact me on Facebook–the link is on the right of the webpage.  Be sure to ‘Like’ the Facebook page so you are notified when patterns and hats are available.  Watch in coming days for a new, fun Magikarp Inspired design!

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O Canada! Happy 149th Birthday!

Maple Leaf Forever Lucky Penny Holder

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Celebrate Canada’s 149th Birthday by making a Maple Leaf that will hold a lucky penny! You can attach a necklace chain to the top of the centre to use it as a pendant, or just keep it in your wallet or bag for good luck! NOTE THAT THESE ARE NOT MEANT TO GIVE TO YOUNG CHILDREN, AS COINS ARE A CHOKING HAZARD.  Though the coin will stay inside the holder in ordinary use, the yarn can stretch and the coin come out.

Spend a few minutes celebrating Canada’s birthday evening making this cute little penny holder.  If you don’t have embroidery thread, try sock yarn or even size 10 crochet cotton. IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE a Maple Leaf Forever Lucky Penny Holder for $2, I will be placing them for sale on my Facebook Page for local pickup only until we know if there is going to be a Canada Post strike.  When I’m able to mail them, they will be $3 including postage by regular snail mail.

Maple Leaf Forever Pattern $1.49 Canadian

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She sells seashells…

I had hoped to have this pattern published earlier in the day–I’m just a few minutes late for the first day of summer with the “Wrinkled Shell Cloth” ! Making a cloth is a useful way to learn new stitches and this cloth is an interesting combination from the 1880s.

wrinkled shell cloth

The pattern will be available free, to celebrate the beginning of summer, for just one week.  I hope you will take the time to visit my Facebook Page to find the code you’ll need…and show support and help me by hitting the ‘Like’ button on Facebook and adding the design to Favourites on Ravelry as well  ;) Thanks!

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1st day of Summer: June 20

Put June 20th on your memo pad… it is the first day of Summer and you’ll find lots of ways to celebrate.  

I’ll be releasing a new Summer Lace design…

and Interweave Store will be having a super 40% off Sale for one day only! The link is already posted on the right hand side of by blog, but the Sale is on JUNE 20/2016, so come back then to click through and browse.  [disclosure: I am an ‘affiliate’ and if you click through from my blog I will make a little bit from the sales made at that time; this helps keep my blog and my patterns going.  Thanks!]


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“Wicker Basket”Crochet Pattern

13178674_10154029975611885_2643472324618950876_nThis year for Mother’s Day I made my daughter & daughter-in-law these felted crochet Wicker Baskets.  Quick to make in Super Bulky yarn with a 15mm hook, you can felt them in your sink using a bit of dish detergent to help the process! The Baskets can be used to put a vase of flowers or a potted plant in… or how about using one in your bathroom to hold guest hand towels?13177155_10154029975401885_493676877885393692_n



I did not measure my baskets; they are approximately 6 inches wide and 6 inches high after felting.

You will need approximately 2 ounces of Super Bulky 100% wool. I used vintage White Buffalo 6 strand unspun roving, which is no longer available, but you can use Briggs & Little “Country Roving,” Custom Woolen Mills “Prairie Wool Bulky 6-Strand” or other similar yarns. [White Buffalo Unspun: 122 yards (112 meters); 227 grams (8 ounces)]

15mm and 6mm crochet hooks


INSTRUCTIONS for Wicker Basket

Using the 15mm hook:

Round 1.  Chain 2; in 2nd chain from hook work 7 single crochet; slip stitch in the first stitch to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.  [7 stitches]

Round 2.  Work 2 single crochet in each stitch; slip stitch in the first stitch of this round to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.  [14 stitches]

Round 3.  *Work 2 single crochet in next stitch, 1 single crochet in next; repeat from * to the end of the round; slip stitch in the first stitch of this round to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.  [21 stitches]

Round 4.  Back post single crochet in each stitch to the end of the round; slip stitch in the first stitch of this round to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.  [21 stitches; this round is worked as “back post single crochet” because it gives a really nice edge on the bottom of the basket]13177675_10154029976571885_7152070352822707505_n

Rounds 5 – 10.  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch to the end of the round; slip stitch in the first stitch of this round to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.

Round 11.  Work 1 slip stitch in each stitch to the end of the round; fasten off, weave in ends.


FELT the finished piece in your preferred way of felting.  Though some people like felting in the machine, I prefer felting by hand in the sink or in a bowl. There are tons of photo and video tutorials for felting–try a search on YouTube or Google🙂 I  run some very hot water in the sink, add a squish of dish detergent (I used Sunlight brand this time; Dawn works well also, for me), then roll, squeeze, etc. until felted.  It helps to rinse and squeeze occasionally in cold water before plunging back into hot–I make several changes of water.  The shock of the water temperature changes helps the felting process.


I added a flower for trim, which I also felted.  For this I used the same yarn with a 6mm hook. It is worked in one piece.

Step 1: Chain 11; slip stitch in the 11th chain from the hook [the first chain you made]; *chain 10, slip stitch in the same stitch you made the other slip stitch in; repeat from * 3 times more–you should have 5 petals; Step 2: chain 11; slip stitch in the 2nd chain from the hook, single crochet in the next, half double crochet in the next, double crochet in the next, half double crochet in the next, slip stitch in the next [leaf made]; Step 3: chain 5 or 6 for the stem.  Fasten off.


I used the 6mm hook and the same yarn, and made a long chain which I felted–don’t forget that it will shrink quite a lot in felting, so make it longer than you need it to be when finished.  I left a foot long tail on each piece, rolling it in my hands to make it more like yarn–when that was felted I cut if off the thicker chain, and used it to fasten the flower to the basket, sewing it in a couple of places.  I threaded the chain strip through the holes in the basket, then tied in a bow.13094359_10154029975526885_1133094453296738478_n

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If you need help or find an error, please contact me–it is usually quickest to send a personal message on the West Coast Fibre Arts Facebook page (link on right on website!)


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