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Hello! I’m Cornel and I blog about things that inspire me, things I’ve made and Craft Share, the craft group I started in 2009.

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Entries in patterns (23)


heirloom hexagon blanket

Who: Carole Seagal (a very special granny, talented interior decorator and creative talent I admire)

What: Commissioned a friend, Arlene, to crochet an heirloom blanket (approx 150x220cm big; almost 300 hexagons!) using 20 different colored/textured yarns (mainly 100% sheep wool) for every one of her grandchildren (including one for herself)

Why: She adores her grandchildren and wants them to experience her love and care in a tangible way

Heirloom hexagon pattern

For best results, use the equivalent of 4-ply yarn and a 3.50mm (US size E ) hook.

5 different colours (A,B,C,D and E) are used for each motif

Special abbreviation: Sdc (Spike double crochet) = insert hook lower than usual (as indicated), yo, draw loop through and up to height of current row, yo, draw through both loops on hook.

Base ring: Using A, 3ch

First round: 11 tr into 3rd ch from hook, sl st to top of 3 ch. Cast off

Second round: Using B, join between first and second tr, 3ch (count as 1tr), work 3tr into same place, *skip 2 tr, 4tr in next sp between tr’s* repeat 5 times, sl st to top of 3ch. Cast off.  (You should have 6 x 4tr-groups)

Third round: Using C, join between second and third tr of first 4tr-group, 3ch (count as 1tr), 7tr into same place, *8tr into middle of next 4tr-group* repeat 5 times, sl st to top of 3ch. Cast off. (You should have 6 x 8tr-groups)

Fourth round: Using D, join into back loop only of fifth tr of round 3, 1ch, 1 dc into same place, *dc into back loop of next 3 tr, 1 sdc inserting hook into space that separates the 2 4tr-groups of round 2 directly below, miss first tr of next 8tr-group, dc into back loop of next 3 tr, 2dc into back loop of next tr* repeat 5 times missing last 2dc, sl st to first dc. Cast off.

Fifth round: Using E, join into back loop of any dc of 4th round, 1ch, dc into same place, dc in back loop of next 53 dc, sl st to first dc. Cast off.

Note to Carole: You've just made me realize again what an amazing person you are. I learn from you every time, especially your belief in quality of life. One's experience of 'home' is so much more meaningful when you're surrounded by carefully chosen, meaningful and often humble items. Thank you! C


crochet a pom-pom (the 9 easy steps)

1. Choose your yarn and needle. Mine is a lovely 100% cotton double knit and a 4mm hook.

2. Chain 204.

3. Put your hook through every 7th chain from the needle.

4. It should look like this, before you yo (yarn over).

5. Gently ease yarn through all the chains on your hook.

6. You have 1 chain on your hook.

7. Pull the loose end of the yarn tight (without braking it off though), so you can CAST OFF.

8. Make a sailor's knot with your 2 loose ends of yarn.

9. Shake your crocheted pom-pom and admire how something so easy can be so cute.


Sure you can already think of quite a few things you can do with your pom-pom(s). I'll show you what I did soon! C x


how to knit a biased square

I used to hate waiting. That was until I discovered crocheting and knitting small motifs. No more waiting at a red traffic light, waiting at school for kids to finish extra curriculars, waiting for a modem to connect me to the internet or simply waiting in a restaurant for food.  So today, while I was supposed to wait for a Baked Ricotta and parmesan soufflé with salad and home baked bread at Lienkie’s restaurant Li-bel (it means dragonfly in Dutch), I knoodled. That means I knitted to kill time. One of the grade 2 teachers at my son’s school showed me how to knit a biased square yesterday afternoon, when I volunteered to teach her and a friend how to crochet these same squares together. So, if you’d like to knit a biased square, here’s how:  


With 4mm (US 6) needles and a 50g ball of double knit (DK), cast on 1 stitch.

First row knit (or k) 1 stitch

Second row k into front and back (or kfb) of your only stitch (you now have 2 stitches)

Third row slip first stitch  (or sl ; in other words, don’t knit, just carry it over to the needle in your right hand), k into front and back of second stitch or kfb (you now have 3 stitches) 

Fourth row sl first stitch, kfb second stitch, k last stitch (you should have 4 stitches)

Fifth row sl first stitch, kfb second stitch, k to the end (5 stitches when done). Can you see a pattern? The sl first stitch, kfb second stitch, k to end is what you’re supposed to do in every row.

In the mean time my food arrived.

I couldn’t stop knitting. By row 13 your square should look like this.

This is row 27.

Halfway! I had just increased to 40 sts (or stitches). As soon as you reach your “halfway”, depending on the size square you want, k the next row without increasing (so no kfb in the second stitch). Now start decreasing. Do it this way: sl first st, k next 2 sts together (or tog), k the remaining sts to the end of the row.

 Keep going. By that I mean you sl the first st, k the next 2 sts tog, k the remaining sts to the end of the row in every row. If you do that, your square should start looking like this. Just keep going.       


 When you’re left with 4 sts, sl first st, k next 2 sts, k last st (you have 3 sts left). In the next row, sl first st, k next 2 sts tog. (2 sts left)


K the last 2 sts tog (1 st left) and CAST OFF!

And there you have a biased square.

So let’s say you’ve knoodled two or more biased squares. Courtesy of Cilla Ramnek, this is what you can do with 2 squares

With 9 squares


With 12 squares


These images are from her delightful book called Knitprovisation, with more than 70 crazy projects where she shows you how to mix old with new.


Oh how I LOVE ‘waiting’! C x

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