Welcome to Hooked on Sunshine by crochet pattern designer Vanessa Smith.

Are you are looking for beautiful free crochet patterns and projects? or just keen to join a crochet along (CAL), where you can participate in a global community working simultaneously on one pattern? If the answer is yes, then grab your ball of yummy yarn, pick up your hooks and join me and my fellow community of over 15,000 ‘Sunshiners‘ on an exciting crochet journey.

A short introduction

My site contains a selection of free and pay for crochet patterns (blankets, afghans, throws, bags, beanies, squares), as well as the most current Crochet Along’s taking place. The name of my website, takes inspiration 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.

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Photos by Sunshiner:

Therese Eghult

Colour Inspirtations

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 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…….