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Works in Progress…

Just a quick update whilst I am incapacitated – had a little accident today whilst cleaning my carpets – I didn’t realise how wet my feet were and walked off the carpet into the kitchen and went down with a slap bang, onto my knee.

Massive bruising and swelling – luckily I can recall some of my nursing basics – just need to get some RICE…





Also a bit of Arnica cream which brings out the bruise but also helps reduce swelling and pain.

So whilst RICE-ing I have had a look at (some of) my works in progress…  As always I have got many things on the go…

These little orange treat baskets are the foundations of my recent posts regarding Halloween Crochet Patterns – I am going to take these into work for an order I have received from a colleague.  She has yet to decide whether they are going to be spiders, cats, bats or skeletons.

I will be making a few extras for others at work as they always go down a treat (see what I did then!!)


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My second work in progress is my annual fundraising by selling crocheted poppies for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal (find the pattern here).  These just need the backs sewn onto them and they are ready to go!




I have a piece for my Etsy shop nearly finished – a few adjustments to be made before I put it up for sale though!  Lovely yarn – Katia Peru – very easy and enjoyable to crochet with.




Finally I have some lovely yarn (Katia again!) this time Katia Azteca – in a lovely soft variegated colourway.  I bought this with a view to making a present, but again I may pinch it for my shop, as I have had another spend-up at my local yarn store to replace it already…


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Fingers crossed I get some of these finished!  Have a great weekend all…















Free Halloween Crochet Pattern

What excitement, this is the first crochet project that I designed!  When I was starting out with crochet, I found it hard to find things which were easy, free to make and that I could sell if I wanted to.

This pattern would be suitable for beginners and would be great for the kids or for those trick or treaters on Halloween (alternatively you could just scoff all the chocolates yourself!)

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Please note that all terms are written in UK style.

DK yarn in orange (alternatively make in black, white or any colour you fancy!)
3.5mm crochet hook
Embroidery thread in black, white or invisible thread
Offcuts of white and black felt
Offcuts of cardboard (I used a cereal box)

SS = Slip Stitch
DC = Double Crochet
st = Stitch
CH = Chain stitch

NB: mark first DC in each round with a stitch marker

Start with a magic circle, SS into circle, CH2
Row 1: 8DC into circle, SS to first DC to close = 8 sts
Row 2: 1CH, 2DC in all sts, SS to close = 16 sts
Row 3: 1CH, *DC, 2DC, rpt from * to end, SS to close = 24 sts
Rows 4-9: 1CH, DC in all sts, SS to close = 24 sts
Fasten off at the end of Row 9 and sew in all tails.

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Cut out shapes from felt according to the pictures.
For the Pumpkin and Bat – embroider around the outline with black thread.
For the Ghost – embroider around the outline with invisible or white thread.  Embroider the eyes and mouth with black thread.
Fill with festive Halloween chocolates and enjoy!

Please clearly credit all designs and finished projects to Louise Robbins and/or Chester Bunnynuts, and provide a link to either my blog at, or my Facebook page at

Commercial use DOES NOT permit mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Please do not reproduce any part of my patterns.  Thank you for your consideration, and happy hooking! Lou x