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Have you met my Spring Cowl?

Spring is erupting all around me here in Melbourne at present. The days are becoming warmer and as I look outside my window, the trees are proudly wearing their new leaves and flowers are showing their beautiful faces.

I’ve been inspired by the growth and renewal I’m experiencing, and I’ve designed a cowl that’s texture is reminiscent of leaves and vines growing and moving.

I’d love you to meet my Spring Cowl. She’s available as a crochet pattern, and DIY Kit and “made for you”.

Spring Cowl - soft merino wool cowl scarf snood made in Australia | Homelea Lass

 

When to wear the Spring Cowl

The open stitches and soft Merino Wool of the Spring Cowl make it perfect for pulling on as the days warm up in Spring, or as they’re getting cooler in Autumn.

It’s perfect for the in-between seasons; for when the air is crisp and the sun is warm.

For the days when you don’t want to wear your big winter scarfs and am looking for something light instead.

Spring Cowl - soft merino wool cowl scarf snood made in Australia | Homelea Lass

 

What size is it?

The Spring Cowl is a “mini cowl” and it is approximately 50cm (19.7in) around and 8cm (3.1in) high. I’ve designed it to fit loosely around your neck like a collar, and the size can be customised.

 

What colours are available?

The Spring Cowl is available in 12 gorgeous colours. Celery, Olive and Dusky Pink are the most popular colours at present.

Spring Cowl Colours Australian Merino Wool | Homelea Lass Spring Cowl Colours Australian Merino Wool | Homelea Lass Spring Cowl Colours Australian Merino Wool | Homelea Lass

 

How do I make it?

This gorgeous cowl is made by crocheting half treble stitches in the round – this creates an open and pretty texture that’s reversible. It starts off by joining the foundation chain, and then each row is joined with a slip stitch before moving onto the next one.

Don’t worry if you’ve never crocheted before – I’ve included simple step-by-step instructions and how to videos to show you what to do.

You will need a 100g mini skein of Homelea Bliss and a 25mm crochet hook – this is included in the DIY Kit.

Spring Cowl - soft merino wool cowl scarf snood made in Australia | Homelea Lass

What’s included in the crochet pattern?

The Spring Cowl has it’s very own crochet pattern webpage that includes the written instructions and videos of me showing you how to make it – from the very start to the very end. It’s like I’m sitting beside you showing you what to do.

You’re also able to download the written crochet pattern in beginner and standard formats and in UK and US crochet terminology.

 

Can you make one for me?

Of course! I’d love to make a Spring Cowl just for you.

Spring Cowl - soft merino wool cowl scarf snood made in Australia | Homelea Lass

What does it cost? How can I buy one?

The crochet pattern is available for free here, the DIY Kit is $37 and is available here, and the “made for you” cowls are $49 and are available here.

 

I hope you love wearing your Spring Cowl.

With love, Lynda.

 

Spring Cowl - soft merino wool cowl scarf snood made in Australia | Homelea Lass

 

It’s so wonderful that there’s a day devoted to crochet! It’s going to be an amazing day!

Each year I like to do something special for International Crochet Day. I’ve got some wonderful things to share with you, including a brand new design. So let’s get started . . .

 

Spring Cowl

Spring Cowl - soft merino wool cowl scarf snood made in Australia | Homelea Lass

Inspired by growth and renewal, the Spring Cowl is perfect for pulling on as the days warm up in Spring, or as they’re getting cooler in Autumn.

The texture reminds me of leaves and vines growing and moving. Wearing your Spring Cowl feels light, warm and snuggly – perfect for when the air is crisp, and the sun is warm.

This gorgeous design is now available as a crochet pattern, DIY kit and as “made for you” and to celebrate the launch on International Crochet Day they’re all 10% off – today only!

  • Free crochet pattern – find it here
  • DIY kit – normally $37, today $33 – find it here
  • Made for you – normally $49, today $44 – find it here

 

Save over 10% off Crochet and Tunisian Hooks

I thought it would be wonderful to celebrate International Crochet Day with more than 10% off all my crochet and tunisian hooks! It’s for today only!

  • Chunky crochet hooks – normally $20, today $18 – find them here
  • Set of 7 chunky crochet hooks – normally $140, today $111 – find them here
  • Chunky tunisian hooks – normally $20, today $18 – find them here
  • Brittany crochet hooks in standard sizes – normally $15, today $11 – find them here
  • Bamboo crochet hooks in standard sizes – normally $8, today $4 – find them here

 

I hope you have an absolutely wonderful International Crochet Day!

With love, Lynda.

 

How to Crochet a Chunky Cushion | Homelea Lass

 

Thank you so much to everyone that entered my “how to crochet a chunky cushion” giveaway – the lucky ducky is a lovely lady called Jodie!

 

I’ve had lots of requests for a kit to make my chunky cushion so I’ve put one together, and it’s only available this week.

The Chunky Cushion Kit includes:

  • 3 x 300g skeins of Homelea Bliss in your favourite colour,
  • a 17mm crochet hook, and
  • a set of chunky yarn scissors.

The kit is $179 (normally this is $225).

 

To make my chunky cushion you will also need:

 

Make sure you take advantage of this fantastic kit before it disappears – pop over here now to get started on your chunky cushion.

With love, Lynda.

 

How to Crochet a Chunky Cushion | Homelea Lass

One thing I’ve loved doing over the last couple of years is making baby blankets, scarfs and other goodies for people in need.

It took me a while to find a charity to support, and once I found Helping Hands Dalby I knew they were the perfect fit – they are a grassroots charity run by women in Dalby to help support people in the local area that are struggling. They work tirelessly and they really make a change.

If you popped by my stand at Melbourne Finders Keepers you would have noticed that we were making baby blankets for Helping Hands – thank you so much to everyone that did a few stitches!

The 5 baby blankets we made are now with Helping Hands Dalby.

 

 

Would you like to make baby blankets for charity too?

If you would like to support Helping Hands Dalby by making a baby blanket or two then you can find all the details here.

There are no specifications on what needs to be made – use any yarn and make the size that feels right to you.

With love, Lynda.

 

Baby Blanket for Australian charity #createlovegive | Homelea Lass

Hello lovely, how has your week been?

After a month of wonderful craziness, this week has been quieter and it’s been so nice. I’m feeling like myself again.

This week I’ve immersed myself in Shelley Husband’s Granny Square Flair book. You might know Shelley as “spincushions” on Instagram and Facebook – she’s a crochet guru and a lovely lady as well!

 

All about Granny Square Flair

I’ve flirted with granny squares every now and again, but I’ve never really enjoyed making them. After having a go with a couple of Shelley’s square patterns I’m now well and truly hooked – I’ve made one project and have another one underway.

Shelley has developed a granny square methodology that makes squares look good, and they’re enjoyable to make. I love her starting chain alternatives, her way of ending the round and her colour suggestions. Every square pattern (there’s 50 of them) has written instructions and a crochet chart – I love how quickly I can crochet from a chart.

Granny Square Flair is a must-have for anyone that has mastered the basics of crochet. If you understand how to do the basic stitches, then give Granny Square Flair a go – you’ll be whipping up square-y projects in no time!

Granny Square Flair by Shelley Husband

 

How to Crochet a Chunky Cushion

I’ve made a gorgeous chunky cushion using one of the patterns in Granny Square Flair, and I’d love to share with you how to make one too.

How to Crochet a Chunky Cushion | Homelea Lass

What you’ll need . . .

What to do . . .

  • Roll your skeins of Homelea Bliss into balls using a yarn swift or by lying your skeins out on your lap.
  • Using Shelley’s Banda pattern (page 77) from Granny Square Flair, make 2 squares. Do this by crocheting rounds 1 to 5 of the Banda pattern. In round 5, replace the 3 chain spaces with “chain, treble, chain” (or “chain, double crochet, chain” if you’re using the US terminology). I started my squares using a magic loop and used the starting chain alternative – the instructions on how to do both of these are at the start of the book. I also joined the balls of yarn using my Chunky Yarn Joining Kit.
  • Weave in the ends of your squares using your fingers.
  • Put your square together with the right sides facing out. Crochet them together by working a slip stitch in each of the outside stitches. Do this on 3 sides of your square.
  • Put your cushion inside your joined square.
  • Slip stitch the remaining side of your squares and weave in the ends using your fingers.
  • Put your cushion somewhere you’ll see it all the time – isn’t it pretty!

How to Crochet a Chunky Cushion | Homelea Lass

 

Giveaway Time!

Shelley would love to giveaway a copy of Granny Square Flair, and I’d love to giveaway some chunky goodies too!

The winner will receive:

  • a copy of Granny Square Flair
  • 3 x 300g skeins of Homelea Biss
  • 17mm bamboo crochet hook
  • chunky yarn scissors

To enter – simply comment below with why you’d love a copy of Granny Square Flair.

Entries close on Sunday 19th August 2018, you can enter from anywhere in the world and entries are limited to one per person.

How to Crochet a Chunky Cushion | Homelea Lass

 

Good luck!

With love, Lynda.

 

How to Crochet a Chunky Cushion | Homelea Lass

Hello lovely, how are you going today?

This week I’ve been “unwinding” after a wonderful time at the Melbourne Finders Keepers and Craft and Quilt Fair – I love sharing my passion for Australian merino wool and chunky crochet and knitting.

Thank you so much to everyone that purchased, encouraged, supported, shared, liked and helped – I appreciate your love for my growing business and I’m looking forward to sharing more creative happiness with you.

 

15% Off Purchases Over $70

We had a bit of fun with a 2 Skein Special at the Craft and Quilt Fair so I thought it was time for an online special as well!

This weekend, get 15% off all purchases over $70 at homelealass.com with the coupon code WINTER15.

Shipping is $10 worldwide or free for purchases over $200. Afterpay is available too.

 

July’s Top 5

I’m always interested in what my most popular products are and I thought you might be too!

Here are the top 5 Homelea Lass goodies for July . . .

 

number 5 – chunky circular knitting needles

ChiaoGoo Jumbo Circular Knitting Needles for Chunky Yarn | Homelea Lass

I love circular knitting needles, and it looks like I’m not the only one!

Chunky circulars are wonderful for knitting chunky blankets and scarfs – just use them like a “normal” knitting needle and turn at the end of the row. The added bonus of using circulars is that you’re only holding a short length of the needle in your hands, and the rest of the blanket or scarf is supported in your lap.

The most popular sizes are:

  • 19mm ($25 or $21.25 this weekend),  and
  • 35mm ($30 or $25.50 this weekend).

Find them online here.

 

number 4 – chunky pom-pom makers

I’ve got a secret to share with you – making chunky pom-poms is lots and lots of fun, and even a bit addictive! There’s something wonderful about making a big ball of chunky yarn!

The chunky pom-pom makers have been incredibly popular, especially in the Mustard kit.

The most popular options are:

 

number 3 – homelea bliss chunky yarn

Homelea Bliss chunky yarn merino wool | Homelea Lass

Homelea Bliss is always a favourite!

Heaps of people have said “it’s softer than it looks” and they’re right – the rope-like texture of Homelea Bliss means that the merino wool doesn’t fluff and pill wildly, and it still stays lovely and soft.

I’m excited by all the scarfs, blankets and cushion covers that are being started after the Craft Fair and I love seeing photos of them.

A 300g skein makes a scarf, and 5 or 6 skeins make a throw. If you’re thinking of a queen bed blanket aim for 15 to 20 skeins.

The most popular colours at present are Dusky Rose (pink), Mushroom (purple) and Donkey (brownish grey).

A 300g skein of Homelea Bliss is $65 ($55.25 this weekend).

 

number 2 – warm heart scarf and cowl kit

I love wrapping myself up in my Warm Heart Cowl this winter!

This kit is the perfect way to learn (or relearn) how to crochet – there are videos of every step and I’ve written the pattern so it’s easy to follow and learn.

The most popular colours are Mustard, Grey and Dusky Rose.

The Warm Heart Scarf and Cowl Kit includes a 300g skein of Homelea Bliss, a 25mm crochet hook and the online instructions, pattern and video for $75 ($63.75 this weekend).

 

number 1 – chunky crochet hooks

Set of Chunky Crochet Hooks | Homelea Lass

I’ve tried lots and lots of different crochet hooks, and these ones are my absolute favourites!

So many people are surprised how lovely the bamboo hooks feel – they’re so light, made with high-quality moso bamboo, and the double indent fits nicely in the hand.

The 25mm and 15.75mm chunky crochet hooks are the most popular – they’re $20 each ($17 this weekend), and the full set of 7 giant crochet hooks is $125 ($106.25 this weekend).

 

How to Get 15% Off This Weekend

Simply spend over $70 at homelealass.com before the end of Sunday and enter the coupon code WINTER15 to receive 15% off, and don’t forget that shipping is $10 worldwide or free for purchases over $200.

What will your next chunky project be?

 

Happy creating!

With love, Lynda.

 

Hello lovely, how are you going today?

I’m having a fun filled week getting ready for the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair – it opens on Thursday!

My favourite part of preparing for a market or fair is making my stall look fantastic – I love styling and rearranging until it feels just right. During the event, I love talking all things chunky crochet and knitting and hearing what you’d love to make.

 

Have you heard that I’ll be teaching a Make and Take Class?

Each day at 2pm I’ll be sharing my chunky crochet tips and tricks as we make the Warm Heart Scarf or Cowl.

This is a great way to learn, or perfect, the basics of chunky crochet.

Class tickets cost $75 and you will receive expert tuition, a 300g skein of Homelea Bliss (soft Australian grown merino wool yarn), a 25mm bamboo crochet hook plus access to online crochet patterns, videos and helpful information.

There are only limited tickets available and you can book online here or at my stand on the day.

 

All about the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair

Running from Thursday 26th July to Sunday 29th July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair is a creative heaven! You’ll discover lots of lovely crafty things and expand your creative horizons.

The doors are open each day from 9am to 4:30pm and you’ll find me at stall G28.

I’ve got all my new designs and kits for you to look at, plus my chunky crochet hooks, giant knitting needles and other tools and accessories.

Find out more about the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair (and prebook your entry ticket) here.

 

If you can’t make it to the Craft Fair don’t despair because all my new designs and kits are now available on my website! Pop over here to immerse yourself in all the chunky crochet goodness, and follow my Instagram stories to see what’s happening.

With love, Lynda.

 

I’m super excited to share with you my new chunky crochet kits with you! I love all of them!

My focus with these designs and kits is to make them easy to make with simple instructions and videos – even if you’re a crochet newbie you can make them.

 

Drum roll please . . . here they are . . .

 

Toasty Heart Beanie KitToasty Heart Beanie - chunky crochet beanie looks like knitting | Homelea Lass

Your head and heart will be snuggly and warm when you’re wearing one of these beauties.

The Toasty Heart Beanie is made in 2 parts – the beanie body and the optional giant pompom.

The beanie body is made by crocheting a rectangle and the first and last rows are joined and gathered together to make the top of the beanie. The giant pompom is tied on the top.

The Toasty Heart Beanie comes in 3 sizes:

  • small – suitable for teeny tiny people (ie babies).
  • medium – suitable for little people (ie kids) and small adults (this is the size I wear)
  • large – suitable for larger adults

You can purchase this kit here and you can access the crochet pattern here.

 

Warm Heart Scarfs and Cowl Kit

Warm Heart Scarf and Cowl | Homelea Lass

The Warm Heart Scarfs and Cowl look amazing, plus they feel lovely and warm around your neck. It’s a simple design that’s easy to make.

This is a “choose your own adventure” pattern because you’ve got 3 different options:

  • a scarf – 18cm wide and 1.3m long,
  • a scarf with chunky pompoms on the ends – 18cm wide and 1.5m long, or
  • join the ends together to make a cowl – 18cm wide and 1.3m around.

You can purchase this kit here and you can access the crochet pattern here.

 

Chunky Pompom Kit

Pompom Keyring Clips | Homelea Lass

I’ve discovered that making chunky pompoms is lots of fun, especially with the Clover pompom maker!

You can find this kit here and you can access the instructions here.

 

Warm Heart Scarf and Cowl Workshops

How To Crochet a Chunky Scarf Workshop | Homelea Lass

I’m going to be at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair next week – it’s going to be so much fun! I’ll have my new kits and lots of chunky crochet and knitting tools there.

Each day at 2pm I’m going to be running a Make and Take Class where you can learn the basics of chunky crochet by making your own Warm Heart Scarf or Cowl.

You can find out more about the workshops and reserve your spot here.

 

Happy crocheting!

With love, Lynda.

 

 

Ohhhh! I so love Finders Keepers, and it’s on this week! I’m looking forward to chatting with you and hearing about your creative adventures.

I’ve got some beautiful new designs and kits to share with you – I know you’re going to love them. 

Finders Keepers is full of some many beautiful creations, it’s a creative immersion that’s always worth the visit.

 

All the details . . .

Where – The Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicolson Street, Carlton VIC

When – Friday 13th July from 12 noon to 9pm, Saturday 14th July from 10am to 6pm and Sunday 15th July from 10am to 5pm.

 

Find all the amazing designers you can explore here.

With love, Lynda.

 

Hello lovely, how are you going today?

One of the things I love about Homelea Lass is hearing about what you’ve made, and seeing your photos. It makes my day!

 

Chunky Crochet Starter Kit Australian Merino Wool | Homelea Lass

 

Dee, from Brisbanista, has reviewed the Chunky Starter Kit and she’s made a gorgeously chunky Grounded Cowl.

Dee said:

“When I received the kit, beautifully packaged by Lynda, I opened it and was amazed by the olive Homelea Bliss yarn. It was much thicker than any wool I have ever used, so, as promised, wonderfully chunky, and such a glorious colour. Although the 25mm bamboo crochet hook had a lovely light feel to it, I found it rather daunting, as the largest hook I’ve used to date is a 7mm.

The bamboo crochet hooks have been selected because they feel so marvellous to use. The bamboo material means the hook is light and the double indents on the hook makes the hook fit snugly in the hand.

I decided to make the Grounded Cowl as it looked just the thing for my winter wardrobe.”

 

The Grounded Cowl is a staple in my winter wardrobe too!

Would you like to see what Dee made? Pop over to the Brisbanista website here.

With love, Lynda.