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We’re celebrating terribly British patterns this week, inspired by a royal wedding and the spring birth of a new prince!

If you’re not keen on the British royal family, look away now! Here at LoveCrochet HQ we’re getting excited about the beautiful royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! Prince Harry is very dear to the people of Britain, as the youngest son of Princess Diana, much beloved and often controversial princess who died when her cherished sons were only 15 and 12 years old. The world watched as these boys became men, and now husbands and fathers.

We thought it was a fun opportunity to find some sweet rather British themed patterns for you – so whether you are a fan of the royals or not, there might be some quaintly English style pattern that catches your eye!

Downton Abbey Hat by Olivia Kent

downton abbey hat

Olivia Kent, aka Hopeful Honey, has some fabulous patterns for cloche shaped hats, so beloved of the 1920s and 30s and featured rather beautifully in the earlier episodes of favourite period drama Downton Abbey.

The Royal Family Set by Red Heart

prince william

Now although this hilarious Royal Family set was created for Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George, we think that this handsome prince could easily be adapted to be Prince Harry himself! His hair is already red, so perhaps just a little beard is all that is needed!

Afternoon Tea by DMC


It is the custom in Britain, to have afternoon tea at every possible opportunity – and this ritual always involves tea, cake, sandwiches and scones. It’s a calorific tradition (but wonderful) – so if you are currently trying to avoid sugary treats, don’t worry, you can crochet yourself some cake instead with the DMC Afternoon Tea pattern!  This fabulous pattern includes classic British favourites cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and fondant fancies! Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, or Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK are both great yarns for amigurumi thanks to a whopping 60 shades!

Union Jack Tea Cosy from DMC

tea cosy

To accompany the cake, there MUST be tea – made in a teapot – and to keep that teapot warm, a teacosy! This one is a classic Union Jack flag which is great fun to crochet, and will be perfect to put away and get out again for every British celebration!

Bride and Groom by Jia Tan

bride & groom

Fashionistas all over the world will be holding their breath to see what Meghan Markle’s wedding dress will be like…  it will inspire years of bridal fashions! You can add whatever you like to your crocheted bride! These gorgeous little amigurumi figures by Jia Tan are such fun to make and a perfect gift for any would-be brides and grooms!

Royal Baby Coronation Crown Cap by Emily Star

baby crown

A royal celebration is always a fun excuse to dress up the children! In schools across the land they will no doubt be making tiaras, crowns, wedding dresses and other wedding paraphernalia so I’ve found you a couple of sweet little dressing up ideas! This little crown (although presumably more suited to a coronation – but those are very rare indeed!) would make a sweet little hat for a baby or – as pictured here, a favourite teddy! Emily Star’s pattern includes crocheted jewels, but you can stitch on buttons, plastic jewels or add flowers!

Royal Baby Union Jack Bib by Emily Star

crochet bib

Teddy is modelling again – another lovely pattern from Emily Star, this time a Union Jack bib for baby – just a gorgeous little touch for photo opportunities that will last a lifetime!  Even the baby gets to dress up for the royal wedding!

Strawberries by Jennifer Raymond

crochet strawberries

British strawberries are at their sumptuous best in the summer months, and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships are famous for them, served with cream. It’s a match made in heaven! You can crochet your own beauties with Jennifer Raymond’s perfect pattern!

What are your favourite British traditions? Will you be crocheting for parties and weddings this year?




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