Sue Pinner can turn her hand (and hook) to any crochet, so we ordered a tartan rug crochet pattern. She called on the Macleod Harris Tweed for colour inspiration, with a blend of blues and greens overlaid with red and mustard stripes. This rug pattern is made from granny square blocks. Ach, it's great!
Full materials list included in instructions
Detailed step-by-step instructions, colour photographs and clear diagrams take you through the each step of this quilt pattern.
This is an easy skill-level project.
A great crochet pattern to let your creative flair take flight
Take inspiration from Sue's colour scheme and use tradition tartan colours as your colour palette. Or choose your own colour palette, even your own tartan colours.
If you're having trouble sourcing yarns with a tweedy appearance, you can make your own 8 ply tweed yarn by combining two different coloured strands of 4 ply yarn together and working with them as one yarn.
Australian/UK crochet terminology is used; North American crocheters should refer to a crochet manual to ensure they interpret the instructions correctly.
This project is recommended for a beginner crafter who would like to extend their crochet skills.
Where do you live and work? I ‘live’ and work in a large dent in my cosy sofa, in my large, light-filled conservatory in my home of six years in the medieval town of Shrewsbury in the county of Shropshire, close to the Welsh Border.
What’s your family structure? Wonderful partner of 11 years, a son who moved in a couple of years ago, son’s girlfriend, who's here half of the week, too, and four fur babies.
How and when did you start crocheting? First serious crochet sessions in the early '60s, big gaps with a dabble here and there over the years then really seriously in 2009, and I haven't stopped since.
What would you do without this craft? Just can’t possibly think about doing without this craft. I am a total addict.
Do you have a regular daily routine for your designing and crafting? First thing I do in the morning - hook and scissors around my neck, cuppa and dive into the yarns.
Do you cherish the time you spend in your workroom/studio? Love my cosy sofa overlooking the garden. I have everything I need around me on the shelves and the coffee table in front of me.
What would you like to change about your workspace? I have a large conservatory workspace. The light is fabulous but I’d love to double the height of the room - make it into a two-storey area with a mezzanine floor for more storage and table space. Oh, and with a huge sample wall space, so I could see all the current ideas at the same time and with a wood-burner stove so it’s usable in the three winter months.
What is it that you love most about crocheting? All the textures and colours, and that I can take it with me anywhere.
How many different crafts do you do? Now, mostly crochet, some paper and fabric flower-making, especially at Christmas time, a little embroidery, and occasionally I’ll make a cushion or two.
What’s your favourite – and why? Crochet by far, because there are so many creative variations - modern or vintage, textured or plain, colourful or natural and combinations of some or all of them. And it’s portable - it goes everywhere with me.