About

WonkyZebra likes:

Crochet, elegant design solutions in patterns, tea-cosies and toys.
So do I.
He doesn't like:

patterns that don't work, sewing up,1980s jumpers … or grumpy people.
Nor do I !

WonkyZebra is my collection of vintage patterns (well, some of it); mainly crochet and knitting with some sewing.

The pattern collection is currently divided into 4 main groups or “shops”; 

ToyPatternLand for toys,

WonkyZebraBaby for baby items and children's clothing.

Home & Bazaar for home things like blankets, cushions tea cosies etc..

and of course WonkyZebra for adult clothes.

I have concentrated on crochet as it is my first love ( I started crocheting at about age 7 ), although I also knit and sew too. When I started with a shop on Etsy 10 years ago, it was just as the latest crochet revival was in its infancy and my vintage crochet patterns from the sixties and seventies were exactly the kind of patterns sought after; stylish and fresh looking, despite being 50 years old!

Of course there are now a lot of new designers creating beautiful patterns; and more people have added their own vintage patterns online…but even with more choice around, I do have a good selection of lovely designs that are pretty easy to make and still very wearable.

Plus, WonkyZebra and I are very “user friendly“.

I am always happy to answer queries about the patterns or crafts and I do the best I can to make the purchased PDFs pleasant to use. I want to pass on some of the enjoyment, and tips, I have had with making things - especially in crochet.

 F.A.Q.

What happens after purchase?

I do sometimes sell originals - but I prefer to keep them in my hoard! Therefore I make high resolution PDFs from them so they can be used and enjoyed without me parting with them.

I send the Pattern PDFs as emails with attached files, directly to your email inbox.

I use the email address you have given to PayPal so PLEASE check it is accurate and one you actually still use!  (However I can include your alternative email address, if asked beforehand.)

I write and send the emails myself; and I always send the purchase as soon as I can, often immediately. However please be aware that emails are not actually instant and the up and down via the internet can take 10-20 minutes depending on one’s settings etc.. Also sometimes I am asleep in my UK time zone - and occasionally I may be out away from the internet for a few hours… WonkyZebra likes a walk – and has to eat!

Please note: unless specifically requested and arranged in advance the patterns are emailed. They are NOT posted as printed pages in the mail.

 

What happens if it doesn’t arrive or I lose it?

Bearing in mind the above info - please allow an hour or two in general before worrying - although you should normally have it quicker than that.

Sometimes poor WonkyZebra gets diverted to a spam or junk folder… so please check there before thinking it has not been sent.

If you do have not received a PDF within 12 hours do email me and chase it, as I would have usually sent it within that time; and remember I only have your email address to contact you at, which is why it is important it is accurate. I can always resend it if there is a glitch in the process.

If you lose a PDF pattern file - I will be happy to replace it for you anytime. ( However I strongly suggest you save the files somewhere other than just the email inbox.) Just email me with the pattern number ( mine, not the pattern house one please ) and the purchase date if possible ( to speed up my search for your purchase details ).

About the PDF patterns;

They are set out on UK A4 size pages, numbered and as printer / reading friendly as I can make them.

I only have the original photo images to work with, although some can be enhanced for a little more clarity. Usually there is only one image.

It can take hours to prepare the PDFs so they are more user friendly for modern times - but they are worth it LOL. 

Once I have the images scanned, I usually need to enlarge them and make the background white, as often they are in teeny weeny font or one old discoloured pages. Some need lots more work than others to make them presentable; removing stains, creases and tears and repairing the text where it has faded or been torn!

I always try to format the text so that the words are straight on the page and you do not have those annoying trailing bits of instruction on the next page. For example I may actually add the “ as page one “ bit , so you do not need to go from page to page as you are crocheting or knitting. Lots of us carry projects about so I think that it is a pain to have to keep track of paper too!.The pages are actually numbered, for that reason; I have bought PDF patterns that have neither of these basic requirements and so I know it is not good enough to plonk a scanned image on a couple of sheets.

Some vintage / old patterns are written in a different style to modern patterns - very old ones can be very basic. Sometimes the language is hilariously outmoded, or it can sound quite patronising ( or even offensive in the case of some toys ! ). However WonkyZebra versions are reworked where it is needed to read and flow much better as you crochet or knit from them. 

Mon Tricot publications patterns often have some of the best designs but can be especially tricky to follow – so I try hard to make them usable – often placing the text in rows rather than the “stream of consciousness” wrapped columns for example.

Lots of my patterns have a sample or my photo tutorial pages to help with them, where they have needed it.

I also love a 'crochet' puzzle (or a knitting one); I like to sort out the 3D construction from the written code and for me the “maths brain” meets the “arty brain” here, helping to see the shapes and flow of the work. I like maths and it really helps with the whole brackets and repeats thing; not to mention the tension gauge calculations! However I know many very competent craftspeople dread it; therefore I am always happy to help and answer any queries arising from using the patterns. So don't be worried if this is a new venture.

I have boxes and shelves full of patterns; I am working my way through them slowly and choosing by whim or current fancy... so ask if you are looking for something specific - I may have it. There are lots of nice reviews in the Etsy WonkyZebra shops if you need reassurance - and you can buy a pattern there, or directly from here if you have PayPal. If you prefer to use Etsy - PLEASE use the direct PayPal option if you can, as payment via EtsyPay is not ideal for me.

I am working on a complete index, but currently I have a mixture here and on my Etsy shops etc. as well as some boards on
Pinterest ; so it is worth browsing around them, or asking me if you need more info.