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

2014/68 – 21 cute and quick crochet projects

For those who are impatient to see a finished product quickly, Flamingo Toes has assembled a bunch of her favourite projects with fast results. I really like the bows.

Find her blog post here:


– Leeloo the Tall

2014/61 – granny squares bag idea

So this one is more of an idea for how to turn unused afgans or granny squares into a cute tote bag!

There are instructions about the handle and lining, and she describes the squares as 4 inches across so you can make any design of granny square which fits. There’s a diagram too. It’s really easy.

Find it here:


2014/60 – another cute coaster pattern

For those of you who feel like redecorating, or just accessorising the things in your living room, here’s a cute pattern for a single colour coaster that you could make in any colour. (It’s a PDF so there’s no picture available).

It’s already in UK terms, so you can jump straight in!

It’s described as intermediate difficulty so keep that in mind, beginner crocheters!

Find Cylinda Mathews’ design here:

Click to access Pineapple-Lavender-Lace-Doily-0157.pdf

– Leeloo the Tall

Little coin purse – leftover yarn project


This sweet little purse shouldn’t take more than an hour. Image

I made this cute little purse from wool scraps. I had a metre or two left, not enough to make anything significant but too much to throw away (I can’t bear chucking out wool!). To give you a sense of scale that’s a tapestry needle at the top of the picture – you know, the needle you use to sew in all your ends.

Here’s how to make it:

I used fat wool with a 6mm hook. Adapt as you please :>

Start with a magic ring. 6 dc (sc in US terms) into ring.

Row 1: dc (sc) all the way round into each stitch.

Row 2: 2 dc (sc) all the way round into each stitch.

Row 3: repeat row 1.

Row 4: repeat row 2.

Row 5: repeat row 1.

Row 6: repeat row 2.

If you like, you can stop at this point, or crochet a few more rows. To judge how big the purse will be, just fold your work in half. If you would like the top edge to be wider, repeat row 2. If you want it to be narrower, repeat row 1.

Once you are happy with the size, fold your work in half and start crocheting the edges together – but ONLY a third of the way across. Once you have crocheted a third, switch to slip stitching ONE edge only. If you crochet all the way across, you’ll have a purse with no opening! Slip stitch across another third, then switch back to crocheting the two edges together.

I sewed in a button, as you can see, but you could make a tie, leave it open, whatever you like. Your stitches will be loose enough so that you don’t have to make a button hole.

Tie off and sew in all ends.