Friday, 7 March 2014

Simply Crochet 16 - Gypsy Love and a Loop Stitch Tutorial

Gypsy Flower Love

Wow! I can't believe how amazing my gypsy flower blanket looks in this months issue of Simply Crochet!

The theme this month is gypsy love and is a real triumph. The colours, textures and stitches used in the blanket make it fun to make, snuggly to be under and stunning to look at. What more could you want?!

The clever people at Simply Crochet have done a fab little tutorial about how to do the loop stitch edging that I added.....find it here: Loop stitch crochet tutorial

Loop Stitch
Happy looping!!!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Simply Crochet Issue 15 - Yoga crochet!

Just a quick hello to show you my lovely little turban headband in this months Simply Crochet Magazine!

The magic twist action is shown in a helpful little video that you can find here

Would love to see how you all get on with it! I've got a queue of people to make them for already!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

A wonderful HanJan year with Simply Crochet...

I realised this week that I have been designing for the fabulous Simply Crochet for a year already! I am still enjoying every minute of it and there is plenty more to come.....

So I thought I'd give a little reminder of all the great projects I have done for them over the year....

The observant amongst you will notice I missed a couple of issues... moving house and getting married meant a very busy Hannah that didn't have as much time for designing!


Lovely little jam jar covers

Gorgeous baby boots


Bathroom Beauties

Sweet feet!


Cool zpagetti throw

Loving the granny squares


Bobble peg bag

Cute coat hangers


Summer travel fun...

Romantic vintage shawl

Picnic passion

Bobble Mitts in a Woodland story

Cute bow headband


Soft and squishy bedroom rug

Zigzag crochet hook roll

Craft room loveliness
 Such a range of designs and fantastic challenges over the year! I just can't believe how it's flown by's to the next year..! Thank you Simply Crochet! x

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Soft Ruffle Shell Scarf Crochet Pattern Review

A fabulous review of a HanJan pattern to share with you today - the lovely Pink Apple Peony has shared the most gorgeous pictures of  my Soft Ruffle Shell Scarf. It seems to have been a firm favourite over the Xmas period, it's such a quick and easy gift to make and looks far more complicated than it actually is!

Read what the lovely Pink Apple Peony has said in her blogpost....

    Blogpost by Pink Apple Peony

The pictures are just beautiful - the Sirdar Supersoft Aran really hits the spot by being super soft and scrummy to work with too.

Buy the pattern here!!!

Go on, treat yourself and you can make one...or two...too!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Simply Crochet Luxury Love and a Christmas Crochet Challenge for HanJan!

Simply Crochet Magazine Issue 13
So much love this month for the luxurious Simply Crochet issue! It is jam-packed with gorgeous projects perfect for getting over the massive rush of Christmas crafting... there is a wonderful story that indulges in a luxury bedroom just for you. I was lucky enough to design a rug using the most beautiful yarn - chunky, soft and squiggy - it feels amazing under your toes!

Alongside that, there is my cute design for the 'LOVE HOOK' mitts on the front cover! Again, another little treat that take hardly any time to whip up and you can personalise them any way you like...... go on, be adventurous!

In other HanJan news...a fab little(!) project from my little brother..... 'Hannah, can you make me into an Advent calendar for the Wear you Xmas Jumper to Work Day?!'

It's not an official pattern but was so much fun I thought I'd share it with you.

Our Advent Calendar Christmas Jumper!

Here's how we did it...

  • Nick bought a cheap jumper to fit him in dark green but you can use any colour you like. (I didn't have enough time to make a whole jumper!)
  • I made 24 small and 1 large rectangles in dc (sc for US) rows in red.
  • I then added the numbers using surface crochet - I didn't use a pattern as quite liked that they look like handwriting. The large rectangle was number 25 in case you were wondering...
  • We then sewed the rectangles on to the jumper leaving the top open to create little pockets.
  • Then we simply added sweets and chocolates (which I don't recommend as they melted!), and the whole of the office got to take their pick from him! The beer and bow were added at some point later I think and weren't part of the design but you get the idea..! 

               And just before I go - I have been lucky enough to come across another lovely blogpost about my fingerless mitts....check it out here: Stitching and Hooking Passions Blog                       
More Bobble Mitts by HanJan

Monday, 11 November 2013

Deck the Halls with Crocheted Owls!!!

Last week was a fantastic first for HanJan - a teaching session! I spent 3 wonderful hours teaching 12 very lovely women how to crochet. It was so much fun!

With Christmas fast approaching I thought we would get into the festive spirit and also I was aware that some of the people attending had never even picked up a hook before, so we set about making some little Christmas Owls to hang on the tree.....

They are the cutest little things and I'm so pleased to say that everyone managed really well to make their own.

The session was held in the hospital where I work as part of a social and fundraising scheme we are involved in so was all for a good cause too! I thought I would share a few snaps of the teaching fun...






As you can see - so much fun all round!