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Giant Pine Cone pattern

A couple of weeks ago, futuregirl blogged a photo of a selection of giant pine cones she’d gathered in the forest. I couldn’t get that photo of Alice hugging that armful of pine cones out of my head, and I kept reloading the page to look at them again – I had no idea pine cones could even get that big; did you?

With impending book deadlines and taxes to file and other commitments to juggle, I found myself in need of comfort, and the thought of a giant huggable pine cone suddenly sounded like something I had to make, as a fun little break from everything. And the result is a new Expansion Pack pattern: the Giant Pine Cone!

giant pine cone crochet pattern by planetjune
(Those are cones A and E from Pine Cone Collection, for size comparison!)

Giant Pine Cone is based on my very popular Pine Cone Collection pattern, but super-sized and with a few additions to improve the shape and appearance at such a large size.

It’s about 8″ tall and can be worked with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together (as I did) or a bulky/chunky yarn – the thick yarn not only makes the pattern work up more quickly, but also keeps the scales of the pine cone realistically proportioned.

Or you could make a not-quite-so-giant pine cone with just 1 strand of worsted weight yarn as usual (and a smaller hook – details in the pattern). The mini Giant Pine Cone option would be about 5″ tall, so it takes much less yarn, but it’d still tower over all the cones in my original collection!

giant pine cone crochet pattern by planetjune

The finished giant cone is wonderfully soft and squishy – the large yarn scales add a layer of plush cushioned padding that makes it really tactile to hug and play with (I’m speaking for myself here, but I’m sure kids would love it too), but it’s also weighty enough to stand up by itself – it’s even more appealing than I imagined it would be! Maui can’t resist it either – he’s already been snuggling up with it as a giant pillow…

If you’ve made my original Pine Cone Collection, you’ll know how easy and fun the scales are to crochet, and this version is no different – it just takes a bit longer because it’s so much larger, but, for its size, it works up surprisingly quickly.

What is an Expansion Pack?

Expansion Packs by PlanetJune

  • An Expansion Pack is an add-on to an existing PlanetJune pattern.
  • The Expansion Pack lets you modify or add to the original pattern to create something else.
  • You cannot use the Expansion Pack alone – you must also purchase the original pattern in order to be able to complete the pictured items in the Expansion Pack pattern.

You can buy the Giant Pine Cone Expansion Pack for only $2.50 individually from the shop, or, if you haven’t already bought the Pine Cone Collection pattern, you can select it as an add-on to that pattern before you add it to your shopping cart, and save 50c on the pair.

Launch Discount

If you’ve already bought the Pine Cone Collection, you won’t be able to save that 50c. But, for 7 days only, add the Giant Pine Cone Expansion Pack pattern to your shopping cart, together with anything else (totalling $5 or more), then use the code PINECONE at checkout and you’ll still get your discount! (Valid until next Tuesday: 3rd December 2013.)

Note: If you don’t need anything else right now, this also applies to Gift Certificate purchases, so you can pick up a $5 gift certificate now, get your discount, and have $5 in your PlanetJune account ready for your next purchase, or to send to a crocheting friend!

Can you resist making your own Giant Pine Cone?

PS – Don’t forget to share photos of your Giant Pine Cones in the Christmas prize CAL thread on Ravelry too…

PlanetJune Christmas CAL crochet patterns

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free pattern: Mini Wreath Ornament

Originally, I wasn’t sure I’d have time to design a Christmas pattern this year, so I thought I’d make a variant on my Twisted Chain Bangle pattern, to turn it into a miniature wreath ornament. But then, with wreaths on my mind, I came up with this completely new – and better! – idea instead, so we have a new PlanetJune Donationware Christmas design for 2013 after all ๐Ÿ™‚

Introducing the Mini Wreath Ornament:

Mini Wreath Ornament crochet pattern by PlanetJune

This sweet little pattern lets you make surprisingly realistic leafy miniature wreaths – at only 3″ across, they’d be perfect as Christmas Tree ornaments or seasonal decorations. A Mini Wreath works up in no time and comes together like magic with almost no sewing required – you won’t be able to stop at making one! Make them in leafy greens, or any pair of colours to match your holiday decor.

I’ve accessorised mine with a crocheted ribbon bow, but you could use a short length of real ribbon, or add beads and sequins to represent berries and miniature baubles.

Mini Wreath Ornament crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Mini Wreath Ornament is a donationware pattern, which means it’s free for you to use, and if you’d like to say thanks by making a donation, you’ll get a handy PDF version of the pattern – easy to print or save to your tablet or e-reader ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you’ll enjoy making mini wreaths this holiday season!

Go to the Mini Wreath Ornament pattern >>

PS – Don’t forget to enter your completed wreaths in the PlanetJune Christmas CAL (on Ravelry) – there’ll be prizes for everyone!

PlanetJune Christmas CAL crochet patterns

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Cascading Clusters Shawl crochet pattern

This shawl has been a long time in the making! I created the design over a year ago with the idea to make it a 2-in-1 pattern, but life got in the way of all my plans and I didn’t have time to finish Part II, so this beautiful shawl has just been sitting for many months with the pattern complete apart from the stitch diagrams and a few photos. The November/December PlanetJune Accessories CAL seemed like the perfect opportunity to get those final pieces together and release my lovely but neglected design into the wild…

Cascading Clusters Shawl crochet pattern by June Gilbank

Cascading Clusters is a triangular shawl with an elegant curve along the top edge so it hugs your neck and won’t fall off your shoulders. The lacy squares quickly grow from the centre top so you can keep crocheting until the shawl is the size you want, then add the pointed scallop border as the finishing touch. The lace pattern has a 2-row repeat, so youโ€™ll pick it up in no time and be able to enjoy crocheting without having to worry about a complicated pattern.

As with all PlanetJune Accessories designs, the pattern includes clear written instructions together with full stitch diagrams, so you can work solely from one or the other if you prefer to use only charts or text patterns, or refer to both for additional clarification.

The shawl is fully customizable in terms of size; just keep going until you like the size or you run out of yarn! And it’s flexible enough to work well with multiple yarn weights (I have a stunning laceweight alpaca/silk version in progress…) – go fine for a delicate wisp of a shawl, or use a heavier yarn for a much faster, but still stunning, result. My sample shawl is worked in a sport weight.

Cascading Clusters Shawl crochet pattern by June Gilbank

I still plan to make Part II and release it as an Expansion Pack, so you’ll be able to get even more value from this pattern when that happens! In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy the Cascading Clusters Shawl as much as I do – don’t you love the rich purple colour of mine?!

You can buy the Cascading Clusters Shawl pattern individually from my shop, or save money by including it as part of a custom set of any three PlanetJune Accessories designs for a bargain price.

Even if youโ€™re not quite ready to buy now, how about queuing/faving it on ravelry so you donโ€™t forget about it?

If you’d like to make this shawl, or any of my other accessory designs, I hope you’ll join us in the PlanetJune Ravelry group for the Accessories CAL, from now until the end of 2013!

PlanetJune Accessories crochet pattern range, 2013

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November update

Yep, I’m still working on my book, and I still can’t tell you any details, but I’m moving into the home stretch of my responsibilities (researching, desigining, writing, photographing, etc), so, very soon, you won’t hear any more book talk from me for a few months! After that, I’ll be able to spill the beans and share some sneak peeks of some of my beautiful projects, and you’ll finally be able to see that all my hard work was worthwhile ๐Ÿ˜‰

November/December Crochet-Alongs

We’re doing things a bit differently for the rest of the year in the Ravelry group – we’re running 2 extra-long CALs simultaneously. Here are the details:

The PlanetJune Accessories CAL runs November 1 – December 31, so you have plenty of time to complete a large project and/or to make accessories as Christmas gifts. You can join in by making any of the PlanetJune Accessories patterns pictured below, or by turning any of my other patterns into a wearable accessory.

PlanetJune Accessories crochet pattern range, 2013
The new shawl pattern (top left) is almost ready – look out for the new pattern announcement very shortly!

And the Christmas CAL will have prizes for all, as in previous years, but this year you have an extra month to get your entries made and ready for the big day! This CAL ends December 24th, so you can keep making Christmassy designs right up until Christmas Eve, and we’ll have a big celebratory roundup on Christmas Day ๐Ÿ™‚

PlanetJune Christmas designs, 2012
I’ll also have a new Donationware addition to this range coming later this month…

You’ll find all the details in the relevant threads in the PlanetJune ravelry group – please join us!

Review and Win contest

October’s ‘Review and Win’ winner is Alison J, with her review of my Protoceratops dinosaur (the sweet little pink dino from the Dinosaurs Set 3 Expansion Pack):

Dinosaurs Set 3X Expansion Pack crochet patterns by PlanetJune: Protoceratops, Iguanodon, Panoplosaurus
Dinosaurs Set 3X, L-R: Protoceratops, Iguanodon, Panoplosaurus

What a cutie!!!! And what could be better than only the 4 legs to sew on! Her head, frill, and body are worked very cleverly as a single piece with very nice details and super clear instructions. I love all of June’s dinosaur patterns, and I think this was the quickest one I have made so far.
Definitely recommend!!!

Congrats, Alison – I’ll email you to find out which pattern you’d like as your prize ๐Ÿ™‚

And to everyone else: please remember to write a Review every time you’ve enjoyed a PlanetJune pattern – thank you!

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