About the Green Dragonfly


Hi, Im Janette…

The purpose of this blog is to journal THREE things; crafts, creativity and my kids.

We live in Hamilton, New Zealand.

When I tried to think about how I could best explain myself I couldn’t settle on the description, so (among many other things) I’m a…

Mama. Maker of stuff. Crocheter. Closet Hippie. Creative. Hugger. Artist. Musician. Cook. Greenie. Painter. Drawer. Driver. Chief kisser of booboos. Photographer. Writer. Inventor of boredom busting games. Gardener. Poet. Dreamer.

If you would like to get in touch please email me at: janettewise (at) me (dot) com

All words and images are Copyright Janette Williams 2011. Patterns are for personal use only, please don’t reproduce or distribute them, thank you! If you make something from one of my patterns and write about it please acknowledge the source.

153 thoughts on “About the Green Dragonfly

  1. Sandra McDowell says:

    Hi Janette,
    Cheryl from NUMBER FIVE invited me to link up on a post… 10 things you didn’t want to know about me… In the interests of general blog nosiness, I was happy to oblige!
    And now I’m passing the torch to you, no pressure – just a bit of fun!
    Have a lovely day!

    Sandra x

    Chaos, Kids, Crochet & Cake


  2. Fonda Lundin says:

    I love reading your blog. I live in Austin Texas and thought the flower ring would be a great idea to give as gifts. I’m having a hard time finding the ring. Could you share the link to purchase some?


  3. Rob says:

    Dear Janette

    I’m looking for crochet designers who would like to sell some of their patterns, but don’t want to sell it themselves. It would work like this: when you have a new doll or pattern, I would have a look if it is suitable for selling. If so you would get a lump sum payment or you could get a share of the sales. I would take care of selling the pattern. This is suitable for designers who publish free patterns and would like to sell sometimes too, but without the work with comes with selling patterns yourself. Well let me know if you are interested.

    Have a nice day


    • Janette says:

      HI Rob, Sorry its taken me so long to reply- I meant to do so before Christmas and it slipped my mind. Thanks for the offer but I don’t really have anything in mind right now that would be suitable to sell, Ill keep you in mind if I do come up with something. Cheers Janette


      • Rob says:

        Hi Janette

        Thank you for the reply. As you already wrote: if anything comes up, let me know. Perhaps it can sell very well. I like to take these things easy & as it goes myself as well. I like your designs. Especially the colors. Your photos are also very good.

        Have a nice day


  4. dorie says:

    well do you have crochet patterns that you can watch you crocheting so i can see i dont understand reading the patterns i have a learning disability i catch on by looking at some one crocheting.


  5. elliesue50 says:

    Hello Janette, just found your blog. I think it was through Pinterest, and it was the Crocheted Little Fishies which immediately caught my eye. Thank you for your free patterns.


  6. niasunset says:


    First of all Thank you dear Janette for your visit to my blog, and I am so glad for this because I have met with you and with your beautiful blog. You are such a nice artist, with your colours and compositions you fascinated me. I have added your blog to my favurite blog list… Good Luck and Happy New Year with your family and with your amazing works and blog… Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia


  7. Maurizio de Strobel says:

    Hi Jeanette!

    My name is Maurizio de Strobel, I’m an italian journalist and I would like to write an article about jou and your crochet’s works.

    Do you think that is possible to receive some (about 20) high-res pictures about your works? And a text talking about you anche the crochet?

    I’m waiting for your answer, thanks a lot!



  8. Lynda Carroll says:

    Hi Janette – thanks so much, I just spotted your lovely comment about my Granny Envelope Bag….and went ‘oh no!’ I had seen yours – which I love – and the name must have stuck!!! If you want me to change the name of mine, particularly on Ravelry, happy to do so – please let me know.

    It was a bit of an experiment, pretty successful – really good way to use up some excess squares and have a bit of firmness added through the lining. Well, I have used it a couple of times and it hasn’t fallen apart, so I count that as a success!

    Well, lots of crochet happening here as a retreat from the hot weather, so back to it. Lavender sachets today.

    Thanks again,



  9. Laurel Beale says:

    A friend sent me something of yours and wondering where the directions to make it might be. There were 2 cute sheep made circular, maybe to use as pot holders with a sheep head in center and sheep feet. Very cute and I collect fun patterns to knit that I might not have time to do in several life times, but have started a knitting group that I share some of these internet directions
    Laurelk in S. CA


    • Janette says:

      Hi Laurel, that does sound cute but unfortunately its not my pattern sorry. Have you tried a google search for something like sheep potholder? Cheers Janette


  10. Karen says:

    Janette, found your blog yesterday and am really enjoying reading it. Thankyou!
    One question…was going to have a go at the hearts bunting, I am in Australia and new to crochet…are NZ crochet terms the same as Australian. Been caught with a few American patterns, just wanted to check.
    Thanks again


  11. rainbowjunkiecorner says:

    I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and I am now asked to pass it on fifteen other people. I want to pass it on to you because I think your blog is really worth reading! You can see your entry here: http://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com. If you feel you can please pass it on to others (see the entry for more details) but in any case regards it as a sign of appreciation of your blog.


  12. JanetH says:

    Hi thanks for your comment about the granny square dress I made for my granddaughter. She has worn the dress now and looks gorgeous in it. I will look out for some more fab fabric and do another one for next summer.
    Great blog you have here ….. I will be making some of your crochet hair ties for Lulu.
    X Janet


  13. Justice For Vylette! says:

    hi, I’ve come across this blog a few times from links on Ravelry:) i love your colorful patterns. but i really love the way you present them. such great and cute photography. I’m curious what kind of camera model do you use?? I’m on the market for a new dslr


  14. Sukhman says:

    hi Janette !
    i totally loved your work ! you are a fabulously creative πŸ™‚ the beautiful color patterns are an absolute delight to watch. The photography is too nice.


  15. mary says:

    hello, I am new to crochet and the blogworld for crocheter’s…I enjoy all of them, yours included!
    In a previous life (before poor eyesite), I did cross stitch/needlework and have a bag full of dmc/anchor embroidery thread sitting in the bottom of a closet..next time the kids feel like making bracelets, I’ll gladly send it to them..
    Mary (nauget bluff)


  16. Steph Griffin says:

    Hi there! I love your blog. I am a new blogger and wanted to let you know I did a couple posts about your great belt. I finally finished mine! I was wondering how on earth I could finish it , and then I came across your post about the D ring.YAY!
    Have a Happy Day!


  17. Anastasia says:

    I really enjoy seeing all the creative stuff you do. It’s great to see that crocheting is not getting lost. . I happily stumbled on your blog somehow and enjoy it enormously. Your photographs are just lovely especially the hydrangeas from last spring. Keep creating! I’m 65 and still making stuff.


  18. suth2 says:

    Nice to meet you Janette. I don’t do a lot of crochet but am seriously enjoying making this shrug for my daughter. It is only simple granny squares but none the less enjoyable.
    I look forward to reading more of your blog.


  19. Linne says:

    Janette, it was great to see you liked my post on the weather here in Edmonton; sorry it’s taken me so long to visit you back; I love your site, especially the crocheted flowers. I think we have a lot in common; I’ve been a hippie (but not the fashion sort) all my life. I’ve done handwork of all sorts since I was 8 or 9. It’s so good to see that handwork is coming back again. I’ll be back, for sure.


  20. myfitfoot says:

    Hi Janette from rainy England!

    Thank you for stopping by fitfootblog, as you can see I’m still on ‘baby steps’ level with my crochet. Having looked at your wonderful creations I feel a) jealous and b) inspired!

    Next steps are to finish the blanket, master the granny square and learn to follow a pattern!



  21. thecraftypioneer says:

    Congratulations I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! if you feel like you can accept, head over to my site to have a look at what you have to do and remember to copy and paste the award onto your own blog.


  22. theprismhouse says:

    Hi there Janette!
    Thanks so much for your follow – glad it lead me here to this vibrant, wonderful blog of yours! So nice to see so many snuggles and smiling faces – not to mention amazing craft ideas! I will be sure to return repeatedly – especially once I learn to crochet.

    Keep up the fun!


  23. Isabel says:

    Here I go again…
    Hola / Hello Janette… My name is Isabel and I write to you from Barcelona, Spain.
    We lived in NZ for a year, and following your blog takes me back to your beautiful country.
    Our four kids become barefoot-kiwi kids for an unforgettable year. Gracias / Thank you


  24. lifeincircle says:

    thanks for dropping by my site, janette! i absolutely love yours – 3 topics that we share – crafts, creativity and kids! and we never ran out of the first 2 with kids around! πŸ™‚


  25. Tacy says:

    Just an old greatgranny from near Seattle USA. I have 7 kids 7 grandk and a greatgdd. I just want to tell you how much I admire you! Love your patterns and blog. Kiss that cute girl for me. Have been a greenie and closet hippie all my life. Blessings!


  26. Karla Kamstra says:

    Hi there! Love your blog and looking forward to making the bunnies. I’m the founder of an animal welfare org (www.petsaliveindiana.org) & we’re always looking for creative ways to raise funds to help cats and dogs. I crochet dog beds for this (i’ll promise to send pictures when I get new computer hooked up), but would love to make the crocheted cats. We usually put them in the clinic and ask for donations for purchase. People are generous with their donations. Does this violate your copyright restrictions? We can attach a tag that cites the source for the pattern, plus we would link it on our website. Is this ok with you? Take care, Karla


    • Janette says:

      HI Karla, thanks for you kind words and for checking, I would be absolutely thrilled if you made the bunnies for a charitable cause. Have a wonderful day! Janette xxx


  27. craftgypsy says:

    Oh my!!! This is better than breakfast:) Wow-can’t wait to try some of the patterns and feast on the lovely pictures. You truly seem a creative soul! Thanks and cheer for a great day!


  28. NOLYZ ZHOBEYDA says:



  29. Karuna says:

    Hello Janette! I really love your blog! I’m a young crocheter, 12 years old and I love crocheting. Thanks a lot for sharing such cool ideas! I may be too young for crocheting but i still like it. i seem to have just about enough time to do some in weekends πŸ™‚ I love your hearty hair ties and owl mittens! And I couldn’t help but say this: your daughter Maia is so cuuuuutteeee! Please do tell her I said hi!

    Thanks again,
    Karuna from Bangladesh


  30. monsteryarns says:

    Morning – I have just nominated you for the Super Sweet Blog award. I love your blog, your photos and your creations. I come when I need a bit of cheering up and it never fails. Thank you.


  31. mika says:

    Hi Jenette, I’m Karima from oxford, I would like to thank you for this beautiful blogs. Good ideas, love the crochet work. Thanks


  32. photosbyandy says:

    I have nominated your blog for the β€œSuper Sweet Blogger Award.” I hope you will accept because it is given in recognition for your
    excellent work. Please visit my post to view the rules and responsibilities for accepting. Keep up your excellent blogging!


  33. Mary Vail says:

    First of all, I love your patterns! Secondly, I know there is a difference between English and American crochet stitches (single crochet vs. double crochet). I started making “Not your Grandma’s doily” when I realized I might be using the wrong stitch. Please advise. Thanks so much. Best wishes, Mary


  34. garnharmoni says:

    Hi there! Greetings from Sweden!
    Just discovered your blog this evening and must say I think it is a very inspiring and beautiful place! It is obvious that you have a passion and skill for photography that brings your yarn creations and artwork to life. I have also clicked a “like” to your FB page through Garnharmoni to keep connected.
    Best wishes, Christina


  35. Connie says:

    Hi Janette, you are so multi-talented!! You are a great role model. Sometimes I think I should sleep less and crochet more.

    Best wishes from New York!


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  37. Liz says:

    Hi Janette. I really love a lot of your crochet patterns, but I especially enamored with the multi-yarn infinity scarf.. I just don’t know how to pull up the directions for making it on your website….. do I have to register, then log in??? Thanks E Peters Pennsylvania


  38. Rita says:

    Hi Janette! Congratulations! It’s my firts time here and I think your blog is wonderfull! I love the ideas! I have 3 lovely kinds and I’m a ”wants to make everything mummy”! πŸ™‚ I was at NZ in 2010 in a campervan North to South trip with my dear husband and my first baby… We Love NZ!! Everyday we talk about it here at home. Happy 2014, hope you continue to share ideas with us! Rita from Portugal


  39. Rita says:

    Hi Janette! Congratulations! It’s my firts time here and I think your blog is wonderfull! I love the ideas! I have 3 lovely kids and I’m a ”wants to make everything mummy”! πŸ™‚ I was at NZ in 2010 in a campervan North to South trip with my dear husband and my first baby… We Love NZ!! Everyday we talk about it here at home. Happy 2014, hope you continue to share ideas with us! Rita from Portugal


  40. Niki says:

    Hi Janette! I found your blog from Crochet in color. I like many of your crochet patterns!. I’m Niki and I am from Greece! I added your blog in my blog list on my own blog!


  41. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

    Happy New Year !!!!!!! and best wishes for you in 2014 πŸ™‚


  42. MJ says:

    Hi Janette. I am going to do your pattern with a cotton yarn;however I do not want to use a 6mm hook. Going down a hook would it work better if I follow your paragraph were you said you increase too much would I still start with a 68 count??? Thank you for your time and help in advance


  43. Kathryn says:

    Hi ~ I just love your patterns! just amazing!! I belong to a senior stitchers club. Would you mind if I post your bunny pattern on our classroom bulletin board? I think our members would really love to make this!!

    Thanks Kathryn


  44. Melissa says:

    Hi! I love your free crochet patterns. I was wondering if I might get your permission to sell finished products I made from your patterns. I would link back to your site. I look forward to your reply. Thanks in advance!

    Melissa Ensing


  45. Aduke says:

    Can I use the baby blanket for adults, given that I use the measurement of the bed accordingly? Will it be appropriate? Or should I look for granny blankets?


  46. Laurie says:

    Janette, Everytime I open your great website I see the neat project on the top of your page. I make blankets for Project Linus and would enjoy making your project into a blanket. Do you give out that pattern? Thanks Laurie


  47. Laurie says:

    Janette, Thanks so much for getting back to me. I printed out the “body” of the cardi on the LB site you sent me. I am sure I can figure out, how to make this darling cardi into a blanket that a child will treasure. Thanks again. Laurie


  48. Maxine Maas says:

    Hi Janette – I have just signed up to receive your blog. It’s lovely to see you and your children being so creative. I’m from the UK, but live in Crete Greece with my man, four dogs, two cats and two tortoises. I am in my late 60’s and have just discovered crochet and patchwork. I LOVE the one you posted on your blog. Beautiful.
    I want to crochet my 85 year old sister a scarf for Christmas. The orange scarf in the photo, is that shell stitch or something else? Best wishes to you – Maxine

    Liked by 1 person

  49. Janine says:

    Hi Janette
    I am Janine from England I just wanted to ask you do you use UK or US description of stitches.
    I am asking because I have made a bag from one of your patterns and I am just about to do the handles.
    Kind Regards


      • Janine says:

        Thank you very much appreciated I have made the granny square bag and am looking forward to having it finished I am also going to make a lining for it. Thank you for the pattern have a great dayπŸ˜€ Janine

        Liked by 1 person

  50. Sue Rou says:

    Hi, I’m new to blogging on this site, so forgive me if my question has already been answered somewhere. Are the crochet terms here, the ‘English’ version, or the ‘American’ version? I understand that they mean different things on either side of ‘the pond’.
    I’m just about to try out the gorgeous crocheted heart shaped bunting, as I just adore bunting. These look especially lovely. Thanks. Sue.


  51. Shima Samat says:

    Hello Janette,
    Greetings from Malaysia! I’m Shima and I live in Kuala Lumpur. I accidentally came across with your blog while looking for coasters pattern. I kind of enjoy browsing through your blog, very nice! I love sewing, knitting, crochet but I’m also a working mum. So the time is very limited…
    Nevertheless, reading crafty things/ blogs is also part of therapy. Keep blogging, and thank you for sharing your ideas and patterns! I’m going to start crocheting your coaster, when I’m done I will surely post it to you!

    Liked by 1 person

  52. Warren Fahey says:

    I am an Australian cultural historian currently writing on clothes peg people. I love yours! Could I have permission to reproduce a couple of examples (with credit) in a book I am doing on childhood traditions?


  53. Susan says:

    Thankyou sooooo much for your blog, i love the nibble bunny.
    With the world seemingly going crazy i returned to your pattern today and was delighted to find it still available.
    i have found the last couple of months world events difficult to move out of.
    Tonight i have completed nearly two sweet bunnies.
    As i get used to being on my own i have found the first peace in weeks from this pattern.
    For now I am making bunnies for my great neices and nephews, then maybe for cousins children…..

    Liked by 1 person

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