Have I invented a new Ten Stitch Blanket crochet method??

Rosy Alice Handmade

I’m not completely sure about the answer to that question, but I’ve yet to discover otherwise! There are many, many, many crocheters online who are much cleverer and much more experienced than me so I’m happy to be proven wrong. Either way, I came up with this method by myself and had no intentions of copying any one on purpose!

I really wanted to make a Ten Stitch Blanket but couldn’t get my head round the versions I’d seen around the Interwebs, so, like any mature adult, I gave up.

Then for Christmas, I Tunisian crocheted a shawl for my daughter and realised that I could modify the techniques in the pattern and use them to make a much simpler Ten Stitch Blanket.

If you don’t know how to Tunisian Crochet, have a peek at YouTube. There are lots of lovely videos by clever people there and you’ll be a…

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2015/2 – crochet a carryall

Don’t you just love the look of this? So cute, and holds all of your hooks, and you can be super-organised and display them by size too. Such a great idea!

Just remember: it’s in US terms so check our translation guide for help converting it.

Find the tutorial below:


– Leeloo the Tall

Ten things you shouldn’t say when pricing handmade items

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I’ve been giving advice this week on pricing handmade items for selling. Not on purpose, just because it’s cropped up a couple of times. Working in a shop where people sell handmade items means it’s something which is bound to come up.

When I started selling handmade items, advice was thin on the ground. I tried reading some things online, but never really had someone to talk to in person. I also didn’t realise that my lack of knowledge was holding back my business, because people were bitching about me not being able to price properly behind my back, instead of just telling me what I was doing wrong, and I was missing opportunities.

This is why when I now see people underpricing their work, I tell them, and hopefully not in a patronising way, but because underpricing is undervaluing your own skill. To me, it’s…

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What I’ve learned about pricing your work

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When I first started crocheting as a business, I priced myself very low because I was so desperate for sales. Despite what other crafters and Crafts Calculator rightly advised, I thought I knew better.

Here’s what I’ve come to realise: overall, it doesn’t matter what you price your items at. If they’re lovely and well-made, people will buy them if they like them, no matter the price.

So don’t undersell yourself. You are worth the price you charge.

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Free crochet pattern – Hooded Assassin’s Cowl

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Download from Ravelry now

Hooded Cowl

by Rosy Alice Crochet


My daughter calls this her Assassins Creed hoodie! Modelled fetchingly by IMG_20150115_133837Mrs Chilli the Snowlady.

You can make the neck section of this pattern entirely in UK TR (US DC) if you want. You don’t have to use the Twisted Treble stitch.

You will need:

6 mm hook

Tapestry needle

Stitches used:




Twisted treble – click here to learn this super-easy stitch.

To begin:

Chain 79. Join with a slip stitch, taking care not to twist your yarn.

Round 1: 78 TR. Join into first stitch of previous row.

Round 2: 78 Twisted treble.

Rounds 3 – 5: Repeat round 2.

Round 6: 78 HTR.

We will no longer be working in the round from this point. At the end of round 6, chain 1 but do not join. Instead…

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Free crochet pattern – Valentine’s slouchie beanie

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Download from Ravelry here

Modelled fetchingly by Mrs Chilli the Snowlady


5mm hook

Tapestry needle

Double knit yarn in colours of your choice


Stitches used:


Double crochet (DC)

Treble crochet (TR)

Treble crochet 2 together (TR2TOG)

UK terms used throughout, so a DC = US SC and a TR = US DC.


To make the hat bigger or smaller, go up or down a hook size.



Start by chaining 64. Join with a slip stitch, taking care not to twist yarn.

Row 1: Chain 1. Double crochet into the next stitch and then all the way around. At the end of the row, slip stitch into the FIRST stitch of the previous row, not into the chain 1.

Row 2: Chain 1. Triple crochet into the next stitch and then all the way around. At the end of the row, slip stitch into the…

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2015/1 – gecko plushie

Say good-bye to January Blues with this cute, colourful project, courtesy of Raphael Blumenbunt.

Lots of repetition makes this an easyish pattern, with lots of customisation options. I love the colours they’ve used here – nice and bright and not wintery at all! 🙂 plus, if you make the distance between the front legs and the back legs larger, you get an awesome kids’ scarf!

Here you go…


– Leeloo the Tall

2014/88 – make a bunny!

This one is an absolutely adorable pattern – for a stuffed bunny!

Unfortunately what you see in the image to the right is all that is available on the website, no tutorial or description of the size of the panel you need to make etc.

Have a go, and post in the comments below what dimensions and hooks you used and maybe include a picture 🙂

Image comes from here:

– Leeloo the Tall