MY HOOKY TREA­SURE

Ital­ian cro­chet de­signer Sa­manta Fornino was up all night mak­ing a rug for her daugh­ter – and it’s still spe­cial now

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There is no doubt, one of my all-time favourite pieces of cro­cheted work is this bear rug that lives on my daugh­ter’s bed­room floor. Every time I see it, sweet mem­o­ries flood back into my mind. It was spring­time a cou­ple of years ago when my preg­nancy was bloom­ing and I dis­cov­ered that my third child was go­ing to be a baby girl, af­ter two lovely boys.

That night I couldn’t sleep. Ly­ing on the sofa won­der­ing about the new baby, I felt the need to do some­thing spe­cial, some­thing just for her, made by my own hands and filled with love. Sim­ply, as with many other times, my cro­chet hook was right there to of­fer a so­lu­tion. The night flew by, and the stitches be­came this bear rug – a big bear face, a few soft colours, a girly look and a round shape. It was, and is, the per­fect fit for Maria Vit­to­ria’s room.

The fin­ished bear rug is won­der­fully com­fort­able thanks to the thick yarn (Big Rib­bon by Katia Yarn) and the sim­ple stitches. It’s a great rug for a child’s room. Ever since her baby years, she has sat, rolled and slept on it. Even now, al­most two years later, I like to see her play­ing on the rug. It’s not just part of the fur­ni­ture, but her child­hood mem­o­ries, too.

All of my friends and fol­low­ers loved it, mainly be­cause of the sim­ple, child-friendly de­sign and easy pat­tern. If you have a long night to spend awake, dream­ing of lit­tle ones (just like it was for me!) you could even fin­ish it be­fore break­fast. Al­ter­na­tively, find a few peace­ful hours dur­ing a busy week to make it up.

Af­ter mak­ing the rug, I started cro­chet­ing more and more with won­der­ful, big, thick yarn like this – soft to the touch and easy to use. The pat­tern for this rug (and a cute match­ing cush­ion) are avail­able on the Katia Yarn blog. Happy cro­chet­ing!

Find the free pat­tern for Sa­manta’s bear rug at bit.ly/SCM77_samanta and turn to pages 40 and 67 to see her cute Christ­mas makes this is­sue! You’ll also nd her on In­sta­gram @fol­lowthe­cro­chet.

Great gift idea

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