Leicester at The Exchange – Sunday Knitting

Leicester at The Exchange – Sunday Knitting 

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I joined this little knitting group autumn/winter 2016.

All the ladies are super welcoming and oh so helpful. We sit and chat for two hours on a Sunday afternoon whilst drinking tea (they do), eating cake and either knitting or crocheting.


The Exchange staff always have our sign ready for us.

Knitters aren’t quitters!
Naughty Knickers

LOL. Bants.

Everyone has different levels of experience and different projects on the go. I’ve found this little group super helpful of when I have knitting related questions. Oracles! I often use this time to explore new techniques and this is where I sat and completed my first ever cable swatch.

Rose Blush DK cable swatch

Want to join?

If there are any Leicester Locals who want to come along the group meets every Sunday at 2pm-4pm at The Exchange Leicester.  Street Parking is free and The Exchange cake is pretty amazing.

Every week Christine puts a post on the FaceBook page and we all comment whether we can make it or not. With wintery days coming back around I am looking forward to these cosy hours.

Heather xxx



Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

We are into September and the weather has changed.

I have a mid December birthday but I love the sunshine, long days, freedom and warmth. Winter means being cold, long dark nights and generally a sad me. I am, however, looking forward to cosy evenings, hot drinks, snuggly toes,  and lots of reading time all in big warm jumpers and blankets (hopefully made by me).

I have picked my 2017 winter WIPS!

Autumn & Winter Knitwear 2017

Knee high crochet socks
Easy guide on how to knit this oversize sweater - FREE PATTERN
Oversized Knit Jumper
Chunky Knit Scarf - perfect for fall. FREE KNITTING PATTERN. Check it now or save for later.
Chunky Knit Scarf
Traveler Big Knit Infinity Cowl
Miners Cowl Vest
Winiwick Mum’s basic 6ply boot sock pattern

1. Knee High Crochet Socks . 2. Oversized Knit Jumper. 3. Chunky Knit Scarf. 4. Traveler Big Knit Infinity Cowl. 5. Miners Cowl Vest. 6. 6ply Boot Sock Pattern

My 2017 winter WIPS are simple additions to create the basic staples for a hand knit and hand crochet wardrobe. I currently have two crocheted scarves so I am eager to add to this and begin branching out into more challenging garments. Inspiration for having a handmade wardrobe definitely comes from all the great podcasts i’ve been watching and wanting to be able to have my own to show off and share. Knitting your own clothes no longer means you are going to be dressed like a 60 year old. Handmade equals style. 

Oversized Knit Jumper

For the Oversized Knit Jumper I have stash yarn in mind, bamboo aran gifted by my mom which I intend to hold double, gauge willing. The pattern is free and I will need needles, 9mm 80cm circulars,  which I intend to buy when I put an order in for yarn for a commissioned blanket I have accepted.

Chunky Knit Scarf

I also have some burnt orange, almost copper, aran for the Chunky Knit Scarf, the pattern is free and is worked on straight 4.5mm/5mm needles which I already have. 

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Traveler Big Knit Infinity Cowl

For the Traveler Big Knit Infinity Cowl I would like to try the grey chunky acrylic yarn I spotted in Poundworld on my last visit, which is £1 for 100g and the pattern calls for five skeins. Again I will need new circulars, 8mm in 24 or 30 inch which I will get with the blanket yarn order. 

 The order they are listed is likely the order they will be made. BUT, I could start on the Chunky Knit Sweater like, now…

Miners Cowl Vest 

The Miners Cowl Vest will be greatly needed and appreciated at work for when I am sat under the freeeeeeezing cold air con, every damn day. And it’s a crochet project, yippee. I also have stash yarn in mind for this project. About four years back I went to the John Lewis sale and got myself some Debbie Bliss Como in Navy, enough to make a really generous scarf. I cast on a simple stocking stitch pattern and had to STOP. The yarn is just too nice. I couldn’t make a simple scarf out of it. So I kept to for best. It is the nicest feeling squishiest, warmest yarn I’ve ever felt let alone had the privilege to own. But now it really is time I just used it already. Any others keep yarn for best!? Again I need a hook and I need the paid for pattern for this one.

6ply Boot Sock Pattern

I have already cast on my first sock using this free pattern using DK Rose Blush from Poundworld on 3mm 60cm circulars. At £2 for 150g of acrylic yarn thats enough for a pair of socks ( I have diddy size 4 feet). Cheap and pretty. Great for practice and the purse. 

Tadahhhhh! Can you guess what it is yet?? Approx 8 hours of YouTube tutorials knitting and a bit of head scratching and my sock is appearing . The pattern is the 6ply sock by @winwickmum. The yarn is DK Rose Blush by PoundWorld. So many good things to be said about this little sock. #HGDesignsCrochet #HGDC #SockKnitter #KnitSocks #HandKnitSocks #OperationSockDrawer #FreeAllTheHouseElves #CuffDownSock #MagicLoopSock #Patience #Determination
My first cuff down DK sock

This is a completely new method of sock construction for me as it is cuff down using the long tail cast on and had me pick up stitches. I have only knit two pairs of two at a time toe up socks before now. It’s been a nice little easy going challenge whilst I fought of tonsillitis and ‘rested’.  I am glad I didn’t cast on two socks as picking up the stitches and shaping the gusset twice over at the same time would have spelt game over. But happily I’ve cracked on and I have almost reached the toe in a weekend. Thank you YouTube.

My only gripe over sock knitting is the uneven stitches I seem to make around the start of each round and how slow it goes. Having said that, I am still amazed at how little yarn is used and how stretchy the fabric is. Crochet really is a yarn hungry sport in comparison!

If I see the second sock completed, which I REALLY hope I do (discipline Heather), then I may try cast on a pair next time. I keep eyeing up all my glitter yarns and thinking how nice it would be to have all the glitters in socks. I may cast on a red glitter pair so that I can enter them in the Festive Sock-Along hosted by Amy of Stranded Dyeworks and start my christmas sock collection. I’ve never joined a kal/cal before either. I will keep you posted on that. Is anyone else joining in?

Knitting vs Crochet

There seems to be a lot of knitted items on my list which might prove to be a bad choice as its super slow going for me. But hey, at least I am about to get loads of tension practice so hopefully my next batch of socks will be pretty much perfection. There are, of course, so many more projects I could add in. If and when I complete this little lot I shall set out the next batch. So until then. Let’s get making. 

And yes, I am rather late on the Game of Thrones bandwagon. I have just watched episode four of season two. But socks and GOT are my jam right now.


Good things take time
Image credit : Pinterest

Heather xxx

#HGDesignsCrochet Sock Box Launch 

HGDesignsCrochet Sock Box 

I am now the proud curator of the #HGDCSockBox

The monthly box will contain all you need to knit or crochet a pair is socks packed with themed goodies galore.

My box aims to bring together collaberations amongst the British yarn community. From the newbies to the well established. I hope to bring to you hidden gems and new yarn experience.

Box Content

This month’s theme is MERMAID.

Hannah from @heyjayyarns is the indie dyer contributing 120g (one 100g skein and a 20g complimentary mini) of luxury hand dyed sock yarn in an exclusive mermaid colour way. It is so swoon worthy.

HGDC Sock Box Mermaid Yarn by @HeyJayYarns

There is a beautifully intricate mermaid stitch marker included by a wonderfully talented maker.

There is also the exclusive HGDC Sock Box Club stitch marker which will not be for sale anywhere else.

If that isn’t enough there are also bonus secret mermaid themed goodies included in the boxes.

And just to top it all of, there are discount codes included by some of the overly generous box contributors for their amazing products.

All items included in the box are 100% UK sourced.


Thank you to all those who have shown their support so far. I have had so many words of encouragement and so much interest in this launch. I hope it continues as I have so many amazing themes and link ups in store for you all.

Buy the HGD Sock Box on Etsy

Please follow the link to my brand new Etsy shop where all the details are listed.
I also talk about the boxes in episode one of my podcast/vlog.

Listings will finish week mid September and shipping will take place week beginning October 2nd 2017.

Any questions I am contactable through Etsy.

Heather xxx

HGDC Podcast Episode 1

Episode 1 of the HGDesignsCrochet Podcast


This is my first podcast/vlog on all things crochet, knitted, sewing with a few book reviews for good measure.

A little about me – how I became a crocheter and a knitter.



Liat Gat socks: (‘Purple tiger’)
Pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libra…

Twisted Limone Socks
Pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/speckled-space-socks

My fabulous gifted Skull sock sack by Isobel from  @the_english_lady_spinner on Instagram

Speckled Space socks


Truly Hooked

KnitPro Zings

Addi circulars

I decided that my knitting needs some dedicated time to keep me interested and an active knitter! Anyone else gravitate to easy projects?!

I show off my first ever pair of TAAT socks on magic loop. There is a way to go to complete one pair of socks per month.


Eco Bunny – Lovey

John Lewis yarn

I have commissioned a double bed sized crochet blanket.

I share a preview of the pattern I have created which I have called ‘Dharms Circle Charm’ and how I created it.

Paintbox Yarns


I show off my new amazing logo by @Jayne007Bond on Instagram and my buisness cards.

I am so excited to announce the launch of the HGDC subscription box.

Each box will have 100-120g of luxury indie dyed yarn, with stitch markers and a few bonus secret goodies, all themed. All items included will be produced in the UK.

The launch box is MERMAID themed.

Hannah from @HayJayYarns will be the first indie dyer!

There are mermaid themed stitch markers!!!!! Plus bonus secret goodies galore.

The box price is £30+postage and the first launch will be limited to 30 boxes. So keep an eye out for my Etsy launch.


I introduce this hashtag which is the creation of crochet projects made from scrap yarn and quickly show some of the blankets i’ve created with it. I talk about the weekly showcase on my Instagram page and my plans to have a podcast solely dedicated to this.

I also ask you to comment whether I should continue with my scrap Dharms Circle Charm blanket with pink, black or white centres and joining.

I highlight some of the future projects I have in mind.

Book Reviews:

Big Magic

I talk about the ways this book has helped me champion myself and the items I use as book marks.

Girl Boss


200g of Woolcraft Cakes yarn to be given away along with other goodies as my belated Instagram anniversary celebration. Look out on my Instagram.

You can find me on;
Instagram as @HGDesignsCrochet
Facebook as@HGDesignsCrochet
Twitter as @HGDesignsCro
And my blog is www.hgdesignscrochet.co.uk

Thank you for watching

Heather xxx

WIP Wishlist

I commissioned a blanket and gave it all of my crochet time. Which actually helped me focus on what I want to make for ME. So here are a few images of all my crochet crushes right now, not forgetting knitting which is also turning my head. I am all about the wearables.

Peter Pan Collar Cardigan by Nicki Trench


Granny Jumper by Jess James Jake



Dreamer Crochet Crop by Love Bird Collective


grungy knit crochet tank por napkinitems en Etsy
Grungy crochet top by Napknititems


1 Peter Pan Collar Cardigan by Nicki Trench .  2Granny Jumper by JessJames Jake . 3. Dreamer Crochet Crop by LoveBirdCollective 4. Grungy Crochet Top by Napknititems 

Take a look at my Pinterest boards for crochet clothes here and knitted clothes here for more inspiration.

Beauty in scraps by Magnusmog


Ooh-La-Lace by Cathy Caron


Knitted sock Pink wool sock Hand knit socks Lace by MyCharmingWool
Lace pink socks by My Charming Wool

1. Beauty in Scraps by Magnusmog 2. Ooh-La-Lace by Cathy Caron 3. Lace pink socks by My Charming Wool

More of my lust have socks can be found here.