Happy Hookers

Happy Hookers


The Happy Hookers is an informal crochet and knitting group that meet Monday afternoons from 2pm – 4pm at The Spread Eagle, Queen’s Road, Brentwood – where they serve the best hot chocolate in town! Occasionally we work on a group project and have donated blankets and other items to Knit for Peace but generally we each work on our own individual projects. If you wish to learn to knit or crochet, it’s likely there’ll be someone on hand to help you.

All are welcome. No need to book.  We like to knit or crochet for charity projects so if you have any ideas, please do let us know.




Brentwood Arts Trail

Join Brentwood Belles WI to ‘knit in public’ and meet other woolly-minded people, as part of Brentwood Arts Trail 2019. Bring your own yarn project or come along for some starter/refresher tips.
No ongoing project? We’ll be knitting/crocheting all things fishy for our yarn bombing, which will happen later in the day outside the Brentwood Theatre (patterns provided). Or simply knit some squares for blankets for Knit For Peace.
Children welcome but must be accompanied at all times.
What to bring:
Refreshments available from local outlets but welcome to bring your own. There will be some seating but again, welcome to bring your own.
Sat, 8 June 2019, 10am – 12pm

The Baytree Shopping Centre
High Street
CM14 4BX



It’s time to get creative, Under the Sea!

We’re delighted to announce that Under the Sea Yarn is our theme for this year’s Art Trail which starts in June! You can click here for a link to a granny square mandala pattern. We’d like to ask everyone to stick to the colour palette of blues, greens, hints of purple and of course, white.

Any size up to 30cm in diameter would be perfect for us to cover the tree trunk, but we will be able to use smaller sizes too if they are attached to an embroidery hoop. If you feel adventurous the mandala can be any pattern, not necessarily a granny one – again lots of patterns available for free.

Please be aware the crochet patterns might be in American terms, so keep an eye out for any discrepancies.  We will also need lots of lovely crocheted or knitted seaweed so get your creative juices flowing and go freestyle!






Click the links below to get some inspirational patterns for free!


Amigurumi Angel Fish

There’s Something Fishy in My Pocket!

Frida the Fish Pattern (Knit) the full knitting pattern for Frida is here.

Finding Nemo, video tutorial

Pom Pom Sea World Pattern (Crafts)


Please aim to have your fishy friends ready to go on display at the beginning of June. Happy crafting!


Previous projects

We knitted and crocheted poppies that were displayed in Bennetts Funeral Directors , the Brentwood Theatre and Piccolo toy shop. We also decorated the tree outside the theatre.





Yarn bombing

We recently enjoyed creating birds, insects and animals to adorn the tree outside Brentwood theatre as part of the theatre’s ‘Get Into Arts Festival’. Well done, everyone, the tree looked amazing!


Bonding Squares

St Thomas’s hospital have run out of bonding squares on their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Bonding squares are pairs of 5 inch by 5 inch knitted or crotchet squares (any colour, design, and wool – please do be aware it needs to be washable in a machine for accidental spit up moments). One square is put with the poorly baby, and the other square is with the parent, and then these are swapped over daily. They are so crucial for our little superstar premature babies, our sickly newborns and parents who are separated at such a stressful time.

I’m sure we can all help out on this one. Please give any completed bonding squares to Tricia who will send them to St Thomas’s hospital.


Well done to everybody who made a snake to join the slither of snakes world record attempt to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research.  Don’t they look amazing?


A slither of snakes

Our latest project is perfect for using up scraps of yarn in your stash. You can knit or crochet a snake that will be sent off to be a part of a record breaking attempt to create the longest ‘slither of snakes’ and to then be sold off to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research. We only have until the end of March but I’m assured the snakes knit or crochet up very fast. You can see pictures of other snakes on the slither of snakes facebook page.

The patterns can be found here



Crochet Snake Pattern (1



Last year we made a number of items for refugees. We donated a total of eleven blankets plus hats and scarves.

The response from Knit for Peace:-


 Dear ‘Happy Hookers’,

I am delighted to say that we have received your wonderful knitted donations. We look forward to delivering the hats, scarves and blankets, as they will undoubtedly make a big difference to those in need. 
Thank you for your support, we truly appreciate it. 
Your donations have a great impact on the communities where they are sent, not only do they provide much needed warmth, but the recipients are always so touched by the time and effort that you put into making these items.
Thank you once again for your support. We couldn’t do our work without the generosity of knitters like you. For the latest information from Knit for Peace, remember to sign up to our e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter! 

Warm wishes from the whole team,
On behalf of KnitforPeace

 Happy Hookers crocheted green hearts to make bunting in support of the Climate Coalition’s action on climate change – make and give a green heart for Valentine’s Day. We also knitted squares with a heart motif, again in green, which were sent to York Knits and Crochets to be made into blankets for flood victims.

















For more information please email Tricia  secretary@thebrentwoodbelleswi.co.uk



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