Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Friday, 17 January 2014


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You fill up my senses,
like a night in the forest,
like the mountains in springtime, 
like a walk in the rain 

Most of you will recognize these words as the famous song by John Denver "Annie's Song", for me these words convey how I feel about the great outdoors. I love being outdoors in the forest (my favourite), or surrounded by mountains, give me the wide open spaces anywhere in nature and I am fulfilled and happy. 

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Crochet Hat Patterns

You may wonder how this relates to crochet, but it is exactly this love of the outdoors which has lead me to wearing hats all the time. Whether for warmth, or to keep the sun off my face, I AM A HAT WEARER, ALL THE TIME! That is why I love crocheting hats and I love creating new crochet patterns for hats.

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Creative Crochet

I often play with ideas for crochet hats and then leave them lying around for years before I get back to them and eventually get around to writing up the step-by-step instructions for the pattern. And most certainly when I do get to that stage, I guarantee you I will probably revise the crochet hat and remake it with new yarns.

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FOREST HAT Crochet Pattern

This is where I come to talk about my latest crochet hat pattern, it is an old hat from my market stall days in the Old Spitalfields Market, London, UK. That is where the first FOREST HAT was designed and created in a range of colours (with three little flowers attached). Funnily enough, I didn't sell many Forest Hats in London, but instead sold more of these hats on my return back to Australia at the markets in the Northern Rivers, NSW. 

Go figure, somewhere where it isn't as cold as London and I sell more FOREST HATSYou just never know who is going to like what?
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Today I have revised the Forest Hat crochet pattern, I have updated to a heavier yarn weight and larger hook than the original FOREST HAT and I have also given it an optional cotton lining for extra warmth and comfort. 


YARN:  Freedom Purity Chunky ● Wool 85% Alpaca 15%
HOOK:  6mm (J-10) 
SIZE:  Three (3) sizes - Child to Adult

This pattern is available in USA (American) 
and UK (British) Crochet Terms.

You will need to SELECT the CORRECT PATTERN TERMINOLOGY prior to purchase.
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AVAILABLE from my online stores


ciao, ciao!

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Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.
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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Crochet Baby Mittens RAINBOW

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Baby Mittens Crochet Pattern

At long last, I have finally had the time to sit down and write out the mittens pattern, so everyone who has been patiently waiting for the instructions for how to make these baby mittens, can now enjoy making them yourselves.

RAINBOW Crochet Mittens 


YARN USED:  BWM Cotton 8ply  6 colours
NOTIONS:  G-6 hook, Yarn needle
This pattern is written in USA American crochet terms.

Perfect Newborn Baby Gifts

These baby crochet mittens are ever so cute and they are perfect for that "newborn gift" for a boy or girl. They are made with a lovely soft, cotton yarn, ever so comfortable for delicate baby hands and also very easy to wash, and they look fabulous in bright rainbow colours.   

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You can match them up with the colourful baby hat crochet pattern called TROPO, (pictured in photo above), it has been one of my most popular crochet hat patterns for newborns.  

Or you could also stretch you crochet skills and make mittens, hats and scarf with the ebook RAINBOW TREASURES.

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All these patterns, hats, scarf and mittens were inspired by the RAINBOW Baby Blanket I made in 2012 for my grandchild. 

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If you would like to read more about the RAINBOW blanket see my previous blog here.



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CRAFTSY       RAVELRY     and       ETSY


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Friday, 3 January 2014


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May you all have a wonderful 2014 year, crocheting and knitting many projects and conquering new techniques and stitches.

For the past 12 weeks I have been "down-under" travelling and visiting family, with NO TIME to crochet a stitch. 

My mother's 80th - photo of mum and her four 4 offspring (I am second from the right)

Now I am back in the UK and I am excited about all the ideas floating around in my head for new patterns and keen to get started.

As soon as I get over the jet lag which is forcing me to sleep way too early in the evening, resulting in the waking at 2.30am and patiently waiting for the clock to hit 4am so I can get up.

This too will change. And life will return to normal. I am confident it will.

For now I would like to thank everyone who has supported my creative work during 2013 and I am looking forward to sharing my new designs in 2014.

In the meantime let me share with you all my FREE PATTERNS which are available from my online stores:

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Ciao, ciao...
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