Vicki Roberts www.offthehookforyou.co.ukHello, I’m Vicki.

Thanks for stopping by to my little world which seems to contain a lot of crochet!

I do try other crafts too, but my absolute LOVE ❤️ is crochet – which I tend to go back too every time.

Here you can find all my free patterns, get tips and hints and find out all about yarny things.

If you’ve got a question, or think we could work together please get in touch by dropping an email to offthehookforyou@gmail.com

A little bit about me……..

I live in Hertfordshire, UK, with my husband, and two little people, known here as “the pink one, and the blue one”, 2 lurchers and 6 chickens and 2 wiggies (aka Guinea Pigs).

My crochet  journey started back in 2014, when I was determined to make an angry bird hat for the blue one.  Roll on one whole day sat on Youtube rewinding, constantly on pause and failing miserably before making what I thought was a hat for 3 hours the next day (it turned out to be a doily – I was so off the mark), but then luckily (and finally) Crochet clicked!

The Angry Bird hat was made, very quickly followed by an Owl hat for the pink one (can’t have favouritism), and I haven’t looked back!

I completely understand the frustration of crochet not making sense, thats why I now teach crochet to others at The Makers’ Cabin.   I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than when it “clicks” – and to be honest this varies from person to person how quickly that Eureka moment happens.

To say crochet has taken over  my life is pretty much an understatement.  Aside from a crochet teacher, it wasn’t long before I was making my own patterns, and then onto the road of being  a published designer in Simply Crochet and Crochet Now magazines.


This blog is a personal blog and written entirely by me.  For any questions about this blog, please contact Vicki at offthehookforyou@gmail.com

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This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

You may not sell my patterns or claim them as your own.
You may make items to sell (i.e. on Etsy, at craft fairs) from my patterns but I ask that you link back to my blog and provide credit for the pattern.
You are welcome to share my patterns on social media so long as you link back directly to my blog post (providing the link). No copy & paste of my patterns will be allowed under any circumstances.

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        1. Hi, There should be a follow me / bloglovin / emails sign up box on one side of my blog. Just enter your details in there. Glad you like reading what I’m up too! Vicki

  1. Oooh yes please a knitting pattern. I’m desperate to learn to crochet ever since seeing some amigrumi at the Alexandra Palace knitting & stitching show last October. But finding the time and the right course is another thing. I tried one but it was only 2 hours and for a knitter using 1 needle getting to grips with it …. well lets just say I needed more than 2 hours!!!

    1. I have started teaching crochet too! Have successfully managed to get 5 novices make a granny square or 2 in 2 hours! I did a blog entry on it! Are you local to me if you went to Alexandra Palace?

  2. When can we get a printable pattern of shark blanket. I would like to make these for my Grandchildren for Chritmas

  3. Hello!
    I absolutely love the mermaid tail pattern and thinking of making it myself. Do you have a tutorial video on how to make it, I sometimes struggle reading crochet patterns?

    Many thanks

    1. Hi, I haven’t got one for the mermaid but I do for the shark and it’s exactly the same – just don’t do the jaws! If you click on patterns and then the shark tail finally – all links should be in there. Happy Christmas!

  4. I’m trying to make the “Eaten By An Alligator” cacoon. This is my first time making one of these. I found the pattern on Raverly and I have some questions. 1. How do you determine the sizes which are listed: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8? 2. For USA do you use the size G hook for everything execpt the teeth, eyes? I hope I’m not being a pain but any help would be greatly apperciated!

    1. Hi, the sizes are all worked out on the size of the child (luckily I have 2 models of the sizes for me at home!). Yes – everything is done with the 7mm hook apart from the white and black bit of the eyes. I know the USA don’t have a 7mm hook – so if you want it bigger use the one up, or slightly smaller use the one one size down. Happy Christmas, Vicki

  5. hi love the mermaid tail blanket. was wondering at what point do i stop slip stitching the rounds and just continue on to finish the blanket. in the picture i notice it is not connected all the way to the top. thanks

    1. Hi, my blanket is done as a whole cylinder all the way up, you could stop probably about a third of the way up the height and work as rows.

  6. Hi, I have just purchased the Eaten by an Alligator pattern. Please could you tell me what size of hook is needed for the tail and body section as it doesn’t say on the pattern. Thank you

    1. Hi, it’s a 7mm hook for the everything apart from the white and black of the eyes! The copy I uploaded says it on it – but the ravelry one seems not to bizarrely! Thanks. Vicki

  7. Hi I’m trying to work the eaten by an alligator pattern But i am not understanding the part that says ss over to the top of the ch3 Does that mean slip stitch in the top of my ch3???? or slip stitch on the side to get to top of chain 3?? any help would be welcome Thanks

  8. Hi
    Im new to crochet and love your c2c rainbow blanket, I’ve tried following the pattern on You tube and get lost but have managed to follow most patterns.
    I was wondering if you have a pattern that I could print to use to follow as I really would love to give it a go for my grandson and its such a bright colourful blanket.

    Your colour matching is fantastic, wish i was as good as you.

    Look forward to hearing from you sandie rudkins

    1. Hi Sandie,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I’ve just updated the post – hopefully covering everything you mentioned, and I’ve added the super slow video I made which shows you how to do C2C the way I teach it! The blanket is really simple, and I’ve listed the yarn and and the colours I used too. Any queries, let me know, Here is the updated post http://offthehookforyou.co.uk/2016/09/rainbow-blanket/ (scroll to near the bottom for the pattern and video), I’d love to see it when you make it, Vicki

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