From Ellie's Hand



I love seeing and celebrating success by my students, especially when they complete a project they have chosen to work on over a period of time.  One of the students I taught over the winter has gone on to do marvellous work!  She has kindly sent me these two pictures of her completed Stylecraft Spice of Life CAL Blanket.  

Well done that woman!  Thank you for sharing this with me.  


Saltire colours

A German friend saw some hexagons on my Facebook page, and asked me if I could make them into coasters using blue and white Scottish colours. So here they are, ready to go off to Germany after Bonfest.


There has been a massive upsurge in interest in Tunisian Crochet this year.  So in response to requests to teach it I am currently setting up workshops in June and July to pass on this skill. 

Tunisian crochet is sometimes called Afghan Crochet or Tricot.  It is easy to learn, and you don’t need any prior knowledge of crochet to start. 

I will post details as soon as each workshop is finalised.  Please watch this space for information!

Here are some examples of how to turn a small piece of work into a pretty bracelet.  





Crochet is a wonderful pliable way to work with yarn.
I will be in Alyth Town Hall over the weekend demonstrating some tips for getting started.
Here is a wee example.  I wasn’t terribly impressed with this motif and initially laid it aside.  I then decided to add some surface crochet and changed the look entirely!


You can download the full Alyth Creates guide here :-




My crochet evening classes start again in Invergowrie Hall on 22 April, and has had a lot of interest. There are only two places left, so don’t delay if you want one!    The course costs £45 for 10 weeks. To enrol, please visit the CACE website.  

Therapeutic Art of Crochet – Monday



What a lovely turnout last night at the Harris Academy for enrolment for the Summer Term evening classes. There are just a couple of places left in my crochet class, and they can now be booked online through the HERA website. Price £43 for 9 weeks.

Freestyle Tweed effect double fan shawlette

I need to work out what I did here and write it down! It’s a variation on the pattern I made up for the red shawlette.

Freestyle Shawlette

I really should write down what I do as I go along!

Spring is coming.

Sun is shining. Wee coffee break doodle 🙂

What shall I make with this? The results of my test squares.

I ended up trying four sizes of hook.  First my favourite is the 8mm aluminium It gave a firm texture, which would be fine for a rug or placemat.

Second is a 10mm hook.  The texture if this is coming out feeling good, not too tight with a bit of flexibility. 

The third one is a 12mm knooking hook. The texture of this initially came out feeling very soft, but a bit loose and slabbery.  However, as I carried on, my tension evened out and become tighter.  Hence the fourth hook.

The fourth hook is a 15mm.  I liked the result I got from this best of all.

So here are my stitch and row counts from a 10 x 10cm square (4″ x 4″) for the four hooks, and photos in a gallery for you.

8mm hook –     8 stitches, 10 rows

10mm hook –   8 stitches, 8 rows

12mm hook –   7 stitches, 9 rows

15mm hook –  7 stitches, 7 rows.


In searching for a project to use this yarn for I found a crochet version of Claire’s Outland Cowl on Ravelry. I rather like this.

The link for it is here.



What shall I make with this? The value of test squares.


I have 650g of super chunky in my yarn stash, which has languished unused for too long, so decided to exlore what I can do with it, or whether I want to pass it on.  I tried it out as a first round of a granny square, and it looks good.  I like the nubbly texture it has

So now to try and work out what size of hook to use and how far it will go by doing a test square.  The recommended hook size is 10mm.  I know that I tend to work tightly, so a looser hook might be better.


I always make a test square bigger than the 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) recommended.  This means that I can lay a 4″x4″ cut out square on top of the test piece and count the stitches and rows, without pulling the work out to “fit” the ruler, and getting a false reading.

I am trying three sizes of hook, because I have these immediately to hand.  First my favourite is the 8mm aluminium but see immediately that this is a bit small for the yarn.  It gives a firm texture, which would be fine for a rug or placemat.  But that is not what I want.  Still will continue for comparison.

Second is a 10mm hook.  It’s actually a knooking hook, but I like this one as it is polished wood, not bamboo.  I did try a bamboo hook, but it isn’t as smooth and didn’t move as easily through the work, so I didn’t like the snaggy feel as I worked with it.  The texture if this is coming out feeling good, not too tight with a bit of flexibility. 

The third one is a 12mm knooking hook. The texture of this is coming out feeling very soft, but it looks a bit loose and slabbery, so don’t think this will end up being the best.  We shall see.




It’s time to sign up for autumn evening classes. 

There are only two weeks to go until HERA’s Enrolment Night in Harris Academy on Wednesday 29th August from 6-7.30 pm.

Therapeutic Crochet is a ten week course covering all the basics.   

Learners are able to work at their own rate.

You can move on to your own project if you wish, with expert tutor support on hand as needed. 

The classes run on a Wednesday.  

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