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Hyperbolic Velvet Crochet Scrunchie

Moogly - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 17:50

As my surprise stocking stuffer gift to you, here is a bonus pattern from Moogly for 2019 – the Hyperbolic Velvet Crochet Scrunchie! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; some materials provided by Yarnspirations. Velvet Scrunchies are one of the hottest items on wish lists this year! And thanks to velvet yarn, it’s easy to...

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Facebook & YouTube Live: December 2019 – LIVE Stocking Stuffer Crochet!

Moogly - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 16:00

In the December 2019 Moogly Facebook Live I’ll be taking a closer look at what’s happened this month on Moogly, and what’s coming in 2020 (!!!). And on YouTube, I’ll be sharing a super quick last-minute stocking stuffer original pattern! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations, and contains affiliate links. Live videos are unscripted,...

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DIY Engraved Bracelets: Quick Cricut Craft

Moogly - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 16:00

DIY Engraved Bracelets are an amazing custom gift you can make for your fellow crocheters, crafters, or anyone on your gift list! Perfect for holidays, wedding parties, you name it – you can make dozens at a time with this Quick Cricut Craft tutorial on Moogly! Disclaimer: Some materials for this post provided by Cricut;...

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Smokestack Cowl Tutorial

Moogly - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 16:03

The Smokestack Cowl Tutorial goes over every step of this cozy one skein circle scarf – in both right and left-handed videos! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Yarnspirations and Furls USA. Smokestack Cowl Tutorial: How to Crochet the Smokestack Cow – Right Handed How to Crochet the Smokestack Cow – Left...

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Hookin On Hump Day #205: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 02:00

It’s the last round of Hookin On Hump Day for 2019! Check out these final projects for the year. And join us again in 2020 to see what’s featured, and what sort of great patterns are kicking off a new decade! What is Hookin On Hump Day? Hookin On Hump Day is a knit and...

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Smokestack Cowl

Moogly - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 15:00

The Smokestack Cowl features one of my favorite unisex stitch patterns, the overlapping post stitch! Combined with gorgeous yarn, this one skein project is a great new free crochet pattern on Moogly! Disclaimer: Materials provided by Yarnspirations and Furls; this post includes affiliate links. Have a Quickie with Marly! The Smokestack Cowl is part of...

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Yarn Canada Yarn for a Good Cause Giveaway!

Moogly - Mon, 12/16/2019 - 16:00

Yarn Canada is hosting a different sort of giveaway this month – they are giving away thousands of dollars worth of Patons and Bernat yarn to those who crochet and knit for charity causes! Read on for details! So this giveaway is NOT hosted here on Moogly – but I wanted to share it because...

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Patons Alpaca Blend Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:00

Patons Alpaca Blend is a soft roving yarn, perfect for a wide variety of projects – and I get to give away 5 skeins of it right here on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Yarnspirations; all opinions are my own. Patons Alpaca Blend’s Combo of Fibers Patons Alpaca Blend features a blend of...

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Moogly 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Moogly - Fri, 11/29/2019 - 16:00

The Moogly 2019 Holiday Gift Guide is my personal list of some of my favorite finds, perfect for gift giving. I’ve covered crocheting, knitting, and general crafting below. So whether you’re making a list for others, shopping for your fellow crafters, or filling your own stocking, you’ll find some great gift ideas here! Disclaimer: This...

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MooglyCAL2019 – Afghan Block #24

Moogly - Wed, 11/27/2019 - 16:00

MooglyCAL2019 is almost finished! We are at the final square, Block 24, courtesy of Mamas2Hands! After this, all that’s left is to join our squares together and show them off! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Yarnspirations, Furls, and Chetnanigans. Just getting started with the Crochet Along? CLICK HERE for the intro...

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Backyard Wildlife Photography: UK & France

Planet June - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:23

I’ve just got back from a holiday visiting family in England, Jersey and France. The weather and time of year meant everyone’s gardens were in full bloom and the bird feeders were busy, so I took the opportunity to practice some garden wildlife photography.

After the photography workshop I took a few months ago, I’ve been trying to pay more attention to composition, depth of field, etc, to improve my skill level. This is especially challenging when it comes to wildlife photography – wild creatures don’t tend to sit around and wait while you try to get the best angle and compose the perfect shot!

The galleries below showcase my favourite bird and butterfly sets from the 1200+ photos I took over the past couple of weeks, and I hope you’ll take a couple of minutes to relax and enjoy them…

Click into each gallery to see the full-size photos.

Butterflies Birds

I consider some of these photos to be among the best I’ve ever taken – do you agree? Even a humble house sparrow can be quite enchanting when posing for a photo.

Although the subject matter of these photos isn’t as exotic as my African photos, my safari experiences have changed me – these days, I’d much prefer to watch and photograph wild animals and birds in their natural habitats instead of caged animals in zoos.

I’ve really missed practicing this hobby – it’s so relaxing to get out into nature and watch and wait for something interesting to photograph! When I have my own garden again (we’re currently renting until our new house is built) I’m planning to make a native wildflower meadow so I can attract pollinators (birds, bees and butterflies) and other local wildlife to visit my back yard. Isn’t that a lovely idea?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos, and that you’ll remember to take time to look out for your local wildlife too…

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free pattern: Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds

Planet June - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:41

I recently started using a facial toner, and suddenly I was throwing out more cotton pads in a week than I usually use in a year! I try to minimise the amount of trash I generate, and, as the bathroom bin started to fill, I decided this had to stop. Enter my new free crochet pattern: washable, re-useable Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds.

Use these washable rounds anywhere you’d use a disposable cotton round or facial wipe – for cleansing, toning, or removing makeup – and save money while helping the environment! They crochet up in minutes, take very little yarn, and make a pretty and practical gift.

Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds are easy to clean – simply toss the used pads into a mesh laundry bag or a drawstring bag and run them through your washer and dryer with your laundry.

As I like to reward people who choose to donate for my donationware patterns, the PDF version of the Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds pattern also includes the bonus pattern for the Mini size (pictured above; I find this size is perfect for applying my toner!) and additional instructional photos and tips, including left-handed photos. As always, the pattern for the Standard size is free for you to use, and you need only donate if you’d like to thank me for my time in creating it, or if you’d like the easy-to-print PDF version with the bonuses.

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I hope you’ll find this pattern useful! And every step we can make towards helping the environment by reducing waste is a step in the right direction, no matter how small.

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Using a Stitch Marker in Amigurumi [video tutorial]

Planet June - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:30

My next few crochet video tutorials will be in response to customer requests. If there are other crochet techniques you’d like me to cover in future videos, please leave a comment below, or email me (june@planetjune.com) with your suggestions!

If you’ve ever lost your place while crocheting in a spiral, or discovered that you must have made a mistake many rounds earlier, I highly recommend you use a stitch marker to mark the start of every round while you crochet your amigurumi! But how do you go about doing that? How does it help you avoid mistakes, and what do you do if you realise you’ve made one?

Or, if your pattern directs you to mark a specific stitch while you crochet, how exactly do you do that?

In my latest video, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about using a stitch marker with amigurumi (or any other crochet worked in a continuous spiral), including:

  • How to mark the first stitch of the round
  • How to fix a mistake
  • How to mark a specific stitch

As always, the video is available in right-handed and left-handed versions.

This video is ideal for amigurumi beginners, but I recommend you watch it even if you’ve been making amigurumi for years – you may still pick up a tip or two!

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crochet for Canada Day

Planet June - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:16

My patriotic Beaver just can’t wait until Canada Day (July 1st) to start his celebrations!

I’ve just updated my Maple Leaf Collection crochet pattern to also include instructions for making this small thread Canadian Flag too – it’s perfect for an amigurumi to hold.

If you’ve already bought the Maple Leaf Collection, log back into your PlanetJune account, go to your old order for the Maple Leaf Collection and re-download the Canadian Flag Background PDF – you’ll see a new page at the end with the updated details for the thread flag!

Canadiana crochet patterns

I have a small, but growing, collection of Canadian-themed patterns now – the adorable Beaver, and the Maple Leaf Collection (which includes the Canadian Flag background):

Find all my Canadiana crochet patterns here!

Are there any other Canadian icons you’d like me to add to my Canadiana pattern collection? Let me know in the comments!

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free pattern: Tulips (and a new video!)

Planet June - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:04

Here’s a new addition to my stemmed flower patterns: a beautiful realistic tulip flower with a clever one-piece construction. You’ll love how it comes together!

Don’t they look gloriously spring-like in their distinctive tulip colours? (I had so much fun picking the colours for these!)

I’ve also completed a new video (the first of many!) using my new audio/video equipment to accompany this pattern, and all my other stemmed flowers: Easy Yarn-Wrapped Stems for Crochet Flowers. As always, my videos are available in right- and left-handed versions, so you can see exactly what to do.

I hope you can see/hear the quality improvement in this new video, but if you don’t even notice because you’re concentrating on the content, that’s fine too. Clear, close-up and well explained techniques are always my top priority. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel so you’ll always see my latest videos – I have lots more in store!


Here are all my stemmed flowers together: Basic Rose, Daffodils, Carnations and the new Tulips. I hope they all brighten your day!

As I like to reward people who chose to donate for my donationware patterns, the PDF version of the Tulips pattern includes additional assembly photos (including left-handed photos) and my special technique for fastening off the yarn neatly at the base of the stem. As always, the pattern is free for you to use, and you need only donate if you’d like to thank me for my time in creating it, or if you’d like the easy-to-print PDF version.

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