Free Crochet Patterns and CALS by designer Vanessa Smith

Atlanticus Crochet Along (CAL) Part 1

PART 1 OF THE ATLANTICUS CROCHET CAL “The little pearl that grew into an ocean.” This is part 1 of the Atlanticus Crochet Along (CAL) - to Download this as a PDF - If you have not yet downloaded the Prelude - please do so first as it contains...
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Atlanticus Crochet Along Prelude

Beautiful people in crochet land…….. I am so very excited to bring you Atlanticus, The Prelude. This will contain all special stitches, abbreviations, yarn colours, hints, tips and everything that will be used for the duration of the CAL. Please take the time to read...
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Atlanticus CAL information

Hi there all you beautiful people in crochet land. I am so very excited to be sharing Atlanticus crochet CAL with you. This blanket has been such an amazing journey and I can't wait for all of you to take your first steps on your own adventure. So here is everything...
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The Story of Atlanticus and Lilliana

In the time before magic was forgotten and the world was split in two, the fairies ruled all that was dry and the mermaids ruled all that was blue. There was only one Unbreakable Law... the two worlds may never collide. Lilliana was a flower nymph and spent her days...
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About me

Hooked on sunshine is my crochet patterns and cals site, the name comes from my little boys nickname – cook-a-lulu sunshine, so wherever you see sunshine in my work – that’s for him. I have always considered myself a creative soul – delving into many crafts – mosaic, painting, jewellery designs, embroidery and bead-work.  Crochet, however, is what i am most passionate about and having started it through charity work, I am now in love with its versatility, from the cutest toy, an item of clothing through to something beautiful for your home.


I am so very lucky to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world so I never really have to look far for inspiration. The world around us has all kinds of beautiful colour combinations for that next special crochet project. From a butterflies wing to a shell on the beach, nature is the perfect place to go hunting for colours. I have an artistic background but I know there are many who struggle to put colours together. If you are one of those who spends hours trying to figure out what colour your next round should be, catch the colour inspiration section of my blog for some rainbow adventures and tips and tricks to help you along.

Crochet Alongs

Crochet Along, known in the crochet world as a CAL is a group of like minded people, working a pattern at the same time. Portions of the pattern are released at a scheduled time (usually 1 part a week) and can vary in length and skill level. If you are new to the craft, it’s a great way to pick up tips and tricks along the way and also fabulous for group support when you get stuck on those tricky bits. If you’re like me who has a box of WIP’s at home, CALS are a great way to stay focused on a pattern. If you’ve never joined in on a CAL you are missing out on some serious fun so grab your hook and let’s go…….