Heart Cats – A Valentines Challenge to do all year round!

On Valentine’s Day I posted a challenge on Instagram. Even though it was called a Valentine’s Day Challenge it’s good all year round!

There is a little charity called “The Heart Cat” or “Hjärtekatten” and it’s such a lovely initiative. They engage prople to crochet these little cats, name them and send them to different hospitals around Sweden. The cats are given to any baby och child who has undergone heartsurgery. It’s to provide them with a little extra comfort during what is, to call it lightly, a really tough part of their life. There is also the option to crochet sibling-animals as this also effects the familymembers.

The pattern is free both on their website in Swedish and in US terms

So! The challenge was this; crochet a Heart Cat and in turn challenge 3 fellow crocheters. This in the hope that we could spread the word and get loads of crocheters involved. Even though this is a Swedish charity, children from all over the world come here to have surgery and therefore I’m hoping that it will spread internationally and I’ve also said that I can help out with information and support in sending the cats to the right place. Especially since the website is in Swedish.

Now let me introduce you to Rosita, my heart cat that I’ve made. Inspired by the most amazing film “Sing” I named my cat after one of the main characters and also gave her dancing clothes – Sings Rosita is not a ballet dancer however I thought that was the cutest thing to do!
I changed the pattern around a little bit, only in the details – like the clothes and also minor things like the ears and nose. After a while I noticed that her face is more in the shape of a lion now, but then that made me think of the “heart like a lion” saying and then I thought that was pretty ok too.

I used Rainbow Cotton yarn from Hobbii – I actually started out with a different cotton yarn but changed as I like this yarn a lot better. Crocheting amigurumi makes my hands really tired so finding a yarn that I’m comfortable with becomes crucial. The change was very welcomed by my hands.

My daughters love the finished cat and M is really proud that it’s for a child with heart problems, and every time anyone has visited us in the past few days she brings Rosita and tells the person all about the challenge. Bless her heart!

Speaking of hearts, every cat has a little heart, I improvised and must say I think it turned out really sweet. And on the heart you embroider a scar.

I really hope that you feel inspired and charitable enough to join in the challenge. As I’ve mentioned it’s good all year round, but Valentines Day – a day to celebrate love and heart was the perfect time to launch the challenge!

Tag your pictures with #valentinesheartcat and start making some cats!!


Peace, love and crocheting




Lavender pops

I wanted to make sure I was on top on things this year and Christmas gifts for all the preschool teachers is one of those things is didn’t want to miss. At the moment there are 9 (!) teachers at Minous preschool so it had to be something small, but with a lot of heart.

In my garden I have lavender and who doesn’t love to have a lavenderbag in their closet? So these gifts are both homemade AND homegrown!

Of course you can buy lavender in the shops and still make bags so here is the pattern for my sweet little Lavender Pops! (I actually wish I could eat them, they look so tasty)


  • US terms
  • 3mm hook
  • cotton yarn, I used Paintbox Yarn but any cotton yarn will do!
  • dried lavender
  • white fabric to make little bags to hold the lavender and go in the Lavender Pop
  • thin ribbon

Stitches used in pattern:

  • MC – Magic circle
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • 2dctog – 2 double crochet together
  • popcorn – in this pattern made with 4 dc
  • sp – space (used for the chain spaces i.e. ch2-sp)

Helpful notes and tips

  • I changed colors after each round, I have not explained this in the pattern, so after each round you cut your yarn and fasten your ends. Unless of course you are making the bag in one color in which case you slip stitch on top of the beginning stitch and keep going from there
  • I also start every round with a standing dc and if this is new territory for you there is a good tutorial here: Standing DC tutorial

Lavender Pops – pattern by CrochetingKay

Round 1

Mc, ch2 (counts as first sc and ch)

sc, ch1 – repeat this until you have 8 sc and 8 ch1-spaces in your magic circle

(8sc, 8 ch1-sp)

Round 2

In each ch1-sp you make 2dctog, ch1 – in total of 8 times

(8 dc-clusters, 8 ch1-sp)

Round 3

In each ch1-sp you make 1 popcorn, ch2 – in total of 8 times

(8 popcorn, 8 ch2-sp)

Round 4

In each ch2-sp you make 2 popcorn with 1 ch in between, ch1 to get to the next ch2-sp again in a total of 8 times

(16 popcorn, 16 h1-sp)

Round 5

Popcorn in each ch1-sp, ch1 between each popcorn in total of 16 times

(16 popcorn, 16 ch1-sp)

Round 6

Popcorn in each ch1-sp 16 times – BUT NO CHAINS IN BETWEEN

(16 popcorn)

Round 6,5

Now it’s time to fill your Lavender Pop before closing the opening. I did it this way:

I found something round in the size of the Laveder Pop and drew on the fabric I had bought, folded the fabric so that it would create a bag when sewn together. I have a sewing machine but sewing for hand will do the trick as the bags are so small. I sew around the marking leaving about 2 cm for the opening. I cut a few mm outside the marking and turned the bag inside out.

Filled the bag with lavender and sew the opening shut. Done!

Place the bag of lavender in the Lavender Pop

Round 7

Between each popcorn make 2dctog in total of 16 times

(16 dc-clusters)

Round 8

Dc in each stitch in total of 16 times

(16 dc)

Finishing touches

  • Cut your ribbon so that you have enough to tie through the last round and make a bow. Mine were 35cm
  • Pull through every other dc of the last round, pull to close the opening and make a bow
  • Done!


I hope you have enjoyed making my Lavender Pops, this is a free pattern so all I ask is that you credit me and that you do not claim the pattern as your own. Patternmaking and writing takes both time, love and skill, I ask you to respect that.

Please use the hashtag #lavenderpops and #crochetingkay when posting pictures in social media so I can find your beautiful pops!

If you find something that is wrong or if you have any questions please get in touch either here or on Instagram! Happy crocheting everyone!

Peace, Love and Crocheting



The Come Hug Me Cushion/Blanket

I’ve been lucky enough to start a collaboration with Hobbii and as I prefer to work with natural materials we decided on wool yarn from Hjertegarn and cotton yarn from Hobbii’s own brand. 

I’ve wanted to make a floor cushion for my girls for a long time, so this turned out to be the perfect opportunity with the beautiful think wool yarn. The yarn can be purchased here: Hjertegarns Natur Ull

I like to think outside the box, and seeing as I get very cold this time of year the combination of cushion that can also be a blanket seemed like the perfect idea. When you live in Sweden you get cold! 

The yarn has been an absolute joy to work with, I used a 7mm hook, 12 skeins of yarn and a cushion size 65x65cm from Ikea. 

Another nifty thing about this piece is that the pattern is the same on both the front and the back, so both the cushion and the blanket looks beautiful from every angle and there is no inside out! 

The finished cushion and blanket:

It is already a big hit here at home!

Would you like to test this pattern before it becomes available? Get in touch, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram! 

Peace, Love and Crocheting


The Oh So Simple Coasters 

I had this request for a pattern for the simple but pretty coasters I did for my 500 followers giveaway on Instagram. So of course I would love to share that pattern here. It is a very simple pattern so I am not making a whole PDF with picture instructions that I normally do. 

The pattern is free, please feel free to make the coasters but do not claim the pattern as your own. Credit me @crochetingkay and use the #theohsosimplecoasters so I can see your beautiful work on social media! 

The pattern is in US terms and if there are questions you know where to find me! 

Chain 4 and slst to make ring

Round 1 – 12 dcs in ring

Round 2 – 2dc in every stitch (24dc)

Round 3 – 1dc, 2dc *repeat the whole round (36dc)

Round 4 – 1dc, 1dc, 2dc *repeat the whole round (48dc)

Round 5 – repeat round 4, cut yarn and fasten off (64dc) 

Round 6 – new color, sc all the way around, cut yarn and fasten (64sc)

Round 7 – first color, make sc in every stitch with a chain 1 in between ever sc; i.e. Sc ch1, sc ch1 *repeat for the whole round

Cut yarn and fasten (64sc, 64ch1 spaces)

And your done! 

The Geojoin

When deciding on how to join my African flowers that have 6 corners I couldn’t find a way that I liked for what I was doing. 

I’m making a pillow/cushion for my goddaughter and I wanted it flat in the join not bulgy and I wasn’t able to get the result I was after when I crocheted the hexagons together so I made up a way. 

The amazing Crocheted By Tess helped me come up with the oh so catchy name “The Geojoin” due to the symmetrical look and the geometrical pattern of the triangles that appear when joining the corners of the hexagons together. 

Here is how to make this join:
The sides are sewn in the back loops, details further down.

When you come to a corner you pick up the final back loop and go in the corner of the top hexagons shown below

Next go go in the corner of the hexagons you picked up the last back loop from and up through the third and final hexagon corner as shown below

Now you go down through the top hexagon corner and up through the hexagon corner (the one where you picked up the last back loop)

Finally you go down through the third joining hexagon. Here you also go in through the back loop of this hexagon so you can continue down the side and join the sides together

Below is a clearer picture of where to go up in the back loop

This should now have formed your triangle join for the corner

To join the sides this is how you go through the back loops

When you reach the end of the side it should look like this:

You now turn, instead of joining the next hexagon and complete the side. 

It should look like this:

When you get back to your triangle join go up in the back loop of the top hexagon 

And now you can continue to join this side:

As you might see the middle flowers sides are only made one way, so when the hexagons surrounding are in place you go around once more round the middle flower and complete the side joins! 

I hope this was helpful and if there are any questions let me know!! 

This join is copyrighted by me so I ask that you do not claim this as your own. I would love to see pictures so please #thegeojoin and #crochetingkay so I can find any pics posted on Instagram

Peace love and crocheting


The Midsummer Seven


It’s such a great feeling to find that person that you want to work with. Someone to share your dreams and hopes, your love of creating and especially crocheting. CrochetedByTess is my person and together we have created Sisters In Stitch – and our first collaboration together is called The Midsummer Seven. The pattern can be found on both our homepages and we hope that the pattern will make your summer a little more lovely than usual.

You find the pattern here:

The Midsummer Seven


The Popcorn Coaster

I had so many requests on the pattern for my “Mandalablues” that I just had to sort that out! And in the process i made these coasters that I’m calling The Popcorn Coasters, as they are the middle of the “Mandalablues”


A few people have tested the pattern so fingers crossed that I haven’t missed anything!

It is a free pattern, copyrighted by me, all I ask is that you credit me and hashtag with the name of the pattern and #crochetingkay when you post pictures so that I get a chance to see your lovely work!

Click the link to get to my patterns, enjoy!

Patterns by CrochetingKay

Minous butterflies

These cute little butterflies are going on the butterfly shawl I’m making for Minou. I’ve got an idea for the edging that will allow me to make the shawl bigger as Minou gets older, so I made these small butterflies to go on that edging. 

Here’s how I made them:

1. Ch4, sl st and make into ring

2. Ch2, hdc, dc, dc, picot with 1 ch, ch2, sl st in ring

3. Ch2, dc, picot with 1ch, dc, hdc, ch2, sl st in ring

4. Ch2, 2 dc, ch2, sl st in ring (repeat once)

Cut yarn and fasten

Take a piece of yarn in a different color and tie round the middle a few times, with you’ve fastened it tie two knots on the ends to make the antennas!

Done! They are very quick and easy and very sweet! 

The Flower Jar

There was always a plan for my Darling Little Flowers, and that was to make a flower jar for one of my dearest friends for her birthday. 

The gift was a big hit and she was really pleased, and now the pattern is ready for release! 

I’ve had two lovely ladies test the pattern you find them both on Instagram as @afvirk and @virklust 

To go to the pattern page click this link!

My patterns

Toffee Popcorn – a new stitch

I have just about finished writing down the pattern for “The Flower Jar”

When I’m making patterns I obviously use stitches that I already know, it would just be a mess otherwise, but sometimes I just crochet and hope it’s a stitch. I usually find out what it’s called after some googling but in the case of the little flower buds that I made for the top of The Flower Jar I couldn’t find anything that matched so I made my own stitch.


So intruducing toffee popcorn!

It is a popcornstitch made with 5dc and a color change. This is how you make it!

When you are about to complete your 2nd (of your 5) dc, change color.

When you are about to complete your 3rd dc in your new color change back to your original color.

Make the last 2dc, complete your popcorn by dropping the loop on your hook. Taking your hook through the top stitch of your first dc, picking up your dropped loop and pulling it through and taaa-daaa!

As you can see you get a two-colored popcorn, or as I like to call it toffee popcorn!

If there is a “real” name for this stitch feel free to correct me, but I do like the name of this one! Now back to completing The Flower Jar Pattern, as soon as it has been tested I will post that here on the blog!

Have an awesome weekend you guys!