A new crochet pattern for your sneaker makeover – Poppy

Hello ūüôā

I hope you have been enjoying the weather and that some of you have had the chance to crochet yourself some flowers for your hi top shoes.  As promised I have another freebie for you this week.


converse-style-crochet-flower-tutorial jane burns

converse-style-crochet-flower-tutorial poppy finished.fw jane burns

To make Poppy, you will need:

3mm crochet hook, 4ply cotton yarn and two 2.5cm buttons, sewing needle and thread.

Finished measurement – 5.5cm diameter

Start hookin’ here….

Using 3mm hook and 4ply yarn, Ch10, join into a ring with a sl st into first ch.

Round 1: Ch1, 15dc into ring, close with a sl st to beg ch1

Round 2: Ch4, *1tr into next dc, ch1; rep from * 15 times, sl st into fourth ch of beg ch4

Round 3: Ch1, *1dc into ch1 space, 1dc into top of tr; rep from * 15 times, ch1, sl st into top of beg ch1.

Fasten off, darn in ends and block if desired.  Simply pop over the button to secure onto the shoe.

converse-style-crochet-flower-tutorial poppy.fw jane burns

The pattern is written in UK crochet terms.

You can find the step by step photo tutorial for Vi here..

As always I would LOVE to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.

How to make cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers – tutorial

So you have a pair of hi top shoes that are in need of a little personality.  If you have a spare 30 minutes you can make yourself some interchangeable embellishments for your shoes.  These lovelies simply button onto your existing shoes, so when you fancy a change of style you simply button on another crochet cutie.

Converse-style Crochet Flower Tutorial

These little flowers are quick and simple to make and the tutorial will guide you through the steps with a few pointers.  Need a closer look at the action?  Click in the image for a close up view.  By the way, this tutorial is written in UK Crochet Terms.

For those of you just looking for the concise pattern,  it is at the bottom of the post.

You will need

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

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Cute sheep, but

Or should that say Butt! ¬†In this months issue of Let’s Get Crafting, Knitting and Crochet Magazine (issue 59) I have a cute knitted purse pattern. ¬†The purse is perfect for storing your bits and bobs and plenty big enough for an iPad mini or similar size tablet.

The sheep is worked using the intarsia method and the pretty flowers are crocheted and slipped over the buttons. It is finished with a zip closure, if you are new to putting zips into your knitted projects I can highly recommend this tutorial from ¬†Knitting Daily. ¬†In the video¬†Eunny Jang shows you Techknitter’s technique for making zippers knitable objects so you can knit them into your garments instead of sewing them in by hand.

jane burns sheep purse knitted lets get crafting

I thought the rear of the sheep was missing something and mischievous side got the better of me!

sheep purse rear jane burns knitted lets get crafting

This would make a fab Easter present.

As always I would love to see your finished purse on my Facebook page.

Bear Necessities Crochet Pattern for Clip on Bear Ears

Katie came home from school last week and announced, “I NEED a bear costume, ¬†not a full on proper bear costume, but STUFF!” ¬†Those of you with knowledge of ten year olds will know that the word STUFF is inserted into every sentence regardless of the context. ¬†Anyway, after much questioning I discovered what she actually required was some bear like features for the part she is playing in a performance this week.

So I sat down with my hook and yarn very late Monday night determined to create a pair of clip on bear ears and this is what I made….

crochet bear ears clip jane burns

go down to the woods today

The ears are actually very simple to make, you could change the colours and make polar bear ears etc.   I am sharing my pattern with you so that you too can produce animal ears at very short notice. (instructions are written in UK Crochet terms)
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Want to learn to bead your knitting with a crochet hook? Let me teach you how

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, 13th – 16th March 2014

I am teaching as part of the Prima Make & Take Workshops at Olympia in March.  I have been itching to share the details with you,  I am teaching two classes and I am so excited!  It will be great to get to meet you and get you all beading with a crochet hook.  The first class is;

Knit a Beaded Bracelet using a Crochet Hook – Class code 60

Friday 14th March 2.15-3.15

All of my designs use this method of beading,¬† I can’t recommend taking the time to learn this technique enough!¬† So if you would like to learn how to apply beads to your knitting without painstakingly threading hundreds of beads onto your yarn first, this is the class for you.

During the class you will knit a cute beaded bracelet, whilst learning how to apply beads using a crochet hook as you knit.¬† We will look at the difference between pre-stringing beads and using a crochet hook and discuss benefits.¬†¬† I promise you will have a fun time learning a new skill,¬† I can’t promise you won’t become addicted to applying beads to your knitted projects.

bracelet crochet beaded

The kit is sponsored by Patons¬†and Debbie Abrahams Beads. Debbie’s beads are just divine, you are in for a real treat!

The class costs just £10 and includes the kit.

Hooks and needles are available to borrow,  if you would like to bring your own you will need two double pointed needles size 2.5mm and a crochet hook size 0.75mm.

To enjoy this class you will need to be able to knit and purl.

You can book your place online or call 0844 848 0159 (the website is a little confusing and I would highly recommend phoning to book your tickets.  Also note that the £10 class fee does not include your entry ticket to the venue).

prima discount

crochet beaded bracelet

Details of my other class will feature here on the blog soon…….


Sometimes I can be so daft!

You may have come to realise that sometimes I can be a bit, well, daft!¬† One of those moments came when I was working on my jewellery display project for Let’s Get Crafting.¬† I had taken the frame apart, removed the back board and attached the knitted piece to the back board.¬† When it came to reassemble the frame I could not get the back on with the glass in place.¬† What was I thinking?¬† With the glass in place the frame would be next to useless; pretty, but useless!

All my projects featured in this issue have a ‘get organised’ theme,¬† now where did I put my tape measure?…..


jewellery display frame knitted jane burns

So if you are looking for a crafty new way to store your trinkets, why not make one of these pretty little frames.  The frame was an absolute bargain from Ikea, only £4.  Knit the fabric and sew in place around the back board, simple, elegant storage.

Also in this issue of Let’s Get Crafting, I designed¬†some stacking crochet boxes with lids.

crochet stacking boxes

And last but not least,  a little crochet flower garter, to add a crafty touch to a jar.

jar garter

One of the great things about Let’s Get Crafting is you can make all three of the projects above from just one packet of yarn supplied with the magazine!

My favourite project in this issue is by Lynne Rowe,  her Space Invader Wrist Rest would look very much at home on my desk.  I am such a sucker for a geeky knitting project.

lynne rowe space invader wrist rest

Special 'me time' treat, beautiful crochet beaded collar

Way back in October during my visit to The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, I picked up this beautiful little kit called the ‘Arabella Collar’,¬† designed by Nicky Hale (alifelikevera).¬† I had been saving this kit as a¬† special me time treat and it was, I loved every minute of it!

The¬†kit came with two pattern options, with or without beads.¬† I would not usually wear a beaded collar, but the beads were such a fantastic match to the yarn that they gave the collar almost a ‘gothic’ look and feel to it.¬† I have not done much crochet with beads and wondered how simple this project would be. The beading instruction was concise, my advice to you is, don’t over think it and follow the instruction it is a breeze.¬† The pattern is both intuitive and repetitive, a joy to crochet.¬† I worked this over two evenings,¬† I could have happily sat up into the small hours and finished, but I wanted to save it as my reward for doing some ‘actual work’ the next day.¬† As delighted as I was that it was finished, a little bit of me was sad.


arabella collar

arabella crochet collar

arabella crochet collar

arabella collar picot edge

I just loved the simple yet very effective beaded picot edging.

arabella crochet collar beaded picot

Snowflake addiction really gets it's hook in

crochet snowflake lit tree

Yesterday I found the perfect ‘tree’ for my crochet snowflakes.¬† I had been looking for a twig tree but thus far not found ‘the’ tree.¬† I discovered it by chance in the most unlikely of places, Sainsburys!¬† This is where … Continue reading

On a Roll, Inside this months Simply Knitting Magazine

on a roll knitted felted needle roll

In this months issue of Simply Knitting magazine I have a few pretty patterns featured.¬† My favourite is this felted needle roll.¬† The roll is knit using Cascade 220, this was my first time knitting with this yarn and I … Continue reading

It's Snowing a birthday present

large crochet heart

My crochet obsession grew beyond snowflakes this week¬†into crochet hearts.¬† With a dear friends birthday fast approaching and no idea what I could buy her.¬† Instinctively I thought, snowflakes!¬† but with her birthday being so close to Christmas I was … Continue reading