February 2020 Newsletter
Hello My Loves!
Well, after the longest January known to man, we finally got to February, didn’t we? And you know what that means? … The next Little Box of Crochet will be with subscribers soon. In this newsletter, we’re going to tease you with what lurks within that February box and – because we love to spoil you – we’re also going to tell you how you could win one! We have news of our March Little Box of Knitting; tell you all about the newly introduced Try Before You Subscribe option; and ask you to get involved in a project that we’re super excited about.
So, make a cup of tea, find somewhere comfy to sit and lose yourself in all things LBC…
FEBRUARY LITTLE BOX OF CROCHET
On the 20th of this month, we’re going to start mailing out our latest Little Box of Crochet and, we promise, you’re not going to want to miss this one! Returning for a 4th time as LBC designer is the fantastic Greta of @atergcrochet. Greta is responsible for our flower purse in 2017, the jade and candy baskets from 2018, and the entrelac zippered pouch from later that same year.
So, you just know that that mystery 4th offering is going to be good! And the yarn? Oh, it’s just divine!
We’re currently running a Giveaway on our social media accounts, to win one of these boxes. The closing date is Saturday 15th Feb so whizz on over to our Instagram or Facebook page and make sure you’ve entered.
The box will contain everything you’ll need to make Greta’s design along with a few extra treats, of course. Its proving to be incredibly popular already so make sure you subscribe while we still have slots left:
MARCH LITTLE BOX OF KNITTING
While we’re talking about boxes full of loveliness, we’re excited to announce the designer of our March Little Box of Knitting. It’s the wonderful Claire of @dotpebbles_knits Many of you will probably be familiar with Claire’s work but if you’re not, this delightful little mouse will give you a pretty good idea of the heart-warming delightfulness of her designs. Again, we only have a few slots left for this box (and all our previous knitting boxes have sold out completely) so please don’t wait – subscribe now!
TRY BEFORE YOU SUBSCRIBE
We’re giving you the opportunity to try some of our past boxes – much sooner than usual! With our new “try before you subscribe” option, you can try one of the most recent boxes. Of course, our regular subscribers benefit from a lower price BUT – here’s the rub – if when you get the box you decide that you cannot be without the next one and the next one and the one after that (etc etc) and go off and subscribe, then you will have a coupon code to redeem £5 against your first subscription payment. We hope this will help you decide whether a subscription is for you! Please PLEASE don’t delay though as we’ve very limited numbers of past boxes to offer like this. Click on the link below and it will take you directly to the Try Before You Subscribe option in our shop. Go, go, go! 💨
HELLO MY LOVES!
LITTLE BOX OF CROCHET AT THE 2020 YARN BOMB FESTIVAL
The 2020 Yarn Bomb Festival in Trivento, Italy is being held on the 8th and 9th August… and Little Box of Crochet is submitting a work! We like to think of LBC as a family of subscribers and followers and we’d love our yarn bomb entry to reflect that sense of community. Our work will also be a nod to one of our favourite ways to greet you all: “Hello My Loves!” We really do love you all and we like to think that you’re rather fond of us too! Our yarn bomb exhibit will be a celebration of that LBC love and WE NEED YOUR HELP! All you need to do is make a simple amigurumi heart (pattern below) and send it to:
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We hope you’ll make a heart (or maybe 2!) for this exhibit – we really felt we couldn’t submit a piece without you all being involved. Just imagine – a little piece of all of us in Trivento this summer!
Please send us your hearts by the end of May 2020.
HELLO MY LOVES! HEART PATTERN
Use scrap 4ply, DK or Aran weight yarn in any colour – we’d like a rainbow of hearts!
Work continuously – no slip stitch to end row.
Heart bump 1
Round 1: Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring (6) (PIC 1)
Round 2: Work 2 dc into each stitch (12)
Rounds 3 and 4: Dc 12 (PIC 2)
Fasten off and make another:
Heart Bump 2
Round 1: Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring (6)
Round 2: Work 2 dc into each stitch (12)
Rounds 3 and 4: dc 12 (do not fasten off this time)
Join your two ‘heart bumps” by inserting your hook into a dc in your first heart bump (PIC 3):
Round 5: work 12 dc in first heart bump and 12 dc in the second (24) (PIC 4)
You might find that there’s a hole between the two heart bumps – don’t worry if there is: it should close up as you proceed or you can sew this up at the end.
Round 6: dc 5, decrease, dc 10, decrease, dc 5 (22)
Round 7: dc 4, decrease, dc 9, decrease, dc 5 (20)
Round 8: dc 4, decrease, dc 8, decrease, dc 4 (18)
Begin stuffing. Not too tightly – we don’t want our hearts to be too fat! Add a little more stuffing at the end of every other row (PIC 5)
Round 9: dc 4, decrease, dc 7, decrease, dc 3 (16)
Round 10: dc 3, decrease, dc 6, decrease, dc 3 (14)
Round 11: dc 3, decrease, dc 5, decrease, dc 2 (12)
Round 12: dc 2, decrease, dc 4, decrease, dc 2 (10)
Round 13: dc 2, decrease, dc 3, decrease, dc 1 (8)
Round 13: dc 1, decrease, dc 2, sl stitch to end
Fasten off, leaving tail
Using a needle weave the tail in and out of the stiches from round 13 and pull tight. Sew in tail (PIC 6)
Ta-da! One little heart.
You could add a crochet flower or make a banner to personalise your heart. Simply crochet 3 or 4 rows of dc (I used a starting chain of 15) and embroider the name of something or someone you love. You can, of course, leave your hearts plain if you wish.
That’s all for now, loves. Keep tagging us in your photos of LBC makes on social media (where we’ll also be sharing photos of your hearts as they come in) and let us know your thoughts when your February boxes land xxx