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Is this the cutest corner to corner crochet baby blanket?

Is this the cutest corner to corner crochet baby blanket?

Crochet a corner to corner baby blanket that will be adored for years! Polar bears are so darn cute! And at this time of year they are so popular on baby items. In my last corner to corner design of the year I just knew 

Looking to try more interesting stitches? Try the Cabled Cowl

Looking to try more interesting stitches? Try the Cabled Cowl

The crochet cabled cowl is a great project is you are a beginner looking for more than just the basic stitches. It is also a good project for more experienced crocheters too! This cowl will introduce you to the first step of being able to 

Introducing … the Marly Scarf (and Hat)

Introducing … the Marly Scarf (and Hat)

I have been waiting for a while to put this technique into a pattern. With the opportunity to design the Marly Scarf and matching hat also came the opportunity to use this gorgeous technique.

In all honesty I sat down to make a unisex scarf but the urge to use this technique was just too strong! Could this be a unisex scarf? You could make it in team colours. add more cable sections very easily or move it further up the scarf.

Why do I love the twist in the Marly Scarf?

This is easy! It’s beautiful! You get the look of cables without actually using cables. It is a great pattern for confident beginners – you will be surprised just how easy it is. If you can work the following stitches then this is definitely a pattern for you!

There are so many ways to adapt this pattern
Check out that texture!
As a set it looks fantastic!

US Terms

Single Crochet (SC)

Half Double Crochet (HDC)

Double Crochet (DC)

Back post single crochet (BPSC)

UK Terms

Double Crochet (DC)

Half treble crochet (HTC)

Treble Crochet (TC)

Back post double crochet (BPDC)

 

 

Materials used:

To make my scarf I used approximately 420 / 530 yards of #4 weight yarn (aran) – I used some leftover yarn by Women’s Institute which is only available in the UK at HobbyCraft. You could use any #4 weight yarn

You can find other suitable yarn alternatives by using www.yarnsub.com

6mm crochet hook

Stitch markers (for first and last stitches)

Scissors

Tapestry needle

 

The Marly Scarf is Easily Customisable

My fantastic testers had a great time with this pattern. They were surprised how easy it was to customise it. As some suggestions you could:

  • make the whole scarf with the cable section – just repeat those rows!
  • add the cable section to each side
  • move the cable section to the centre of your scarf
  • make each band a different colour and use your stash / scraps
  • use team colours, or birthstone colours for family members.

The list could go on, but you get the gist! I especially like the idea of repeating the cable section and using birthstone colours for each one. I think my Mum would love one with our birthstone colours in it! I will let you know how that one turns out…

Shall we get on with the pattern?

 

 

Gauge –

2’’ x 2’’ = 7hdcs x 4 rows of hdc

 

Sizing

The free pattern below is for the smaller scarf which measures 7” wide by 64” long.

The PDF pattern includes another version which is 7” wide by 80” long.

 

PDF pattern links

The PDF pattern includes the second larger scarf plus figure photos to weave the band and the stitch multiple to adjust the sizing to suit you.

If you would like to purchase the inexpensive, ad free pdf pattern you can do so by clicking on any of the buttons below:

The Marly Hat

I couldn’t resist designing a matching hat for the scarf. Worked side to side, this pattern is equally as easy to customise and works up super quickly.

It requires the same weight yarn and 5.5mm hook. I have written this one for women’s size XS to XL.

You can get the pdf pattern by clicking on any of the shop links below:

 

 

 

Pattern (US terms)

Row 1 –           FHDC 226

or

                        CH228 and HDC in second CH from hook and each CH across

Row 2 –          CH2 (doesn’t count as a st throughout), camel stitch in each stitch across (see special stitches)

Row 3 –           CH1 (does not count as a st throughout), SC in the first 2 sts, *CH5, SK4, SC in next 3 sts* across (you will end with 3 sc). 

Row 4 –           Ch1, HDC in each st and each CH across. (You will have 32 more sts in this row – one for each CH5 sp. You will reduce in the next row)

 

Row 5 –           CH5 (counts as a DC and CH2), SK2 sts, BPSC in next 3 sts (these will always be the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sts made into the ch5 on the previous row), *CH4, SK5, BPSC in next 3 sts* repeat across until you have 4 sts left, CH2, SK3, DC in last st.

Row 6 –           CH2, HDC in each st and CH across (226)

Row 7 –            CH2, HDC in each st across 

Row 8  –          Ch1, Camel stitch in each st across

Rows 9-20 –     CH2, HDC in each st and CH across (226)                  

To work the band:

FHDC 352 and leave a long tail in case you need to increase the length.

 

Assembly:

Thread your band loosely across the scarf from the top to the bottom loop. Be careful not to twist the band.

When you are happy with your band placement, reduce it if necessary by frogging a few stitches and then use the tails to sew it to the edge of the scarf.

 

 

Pattern (UK Terms)

Row 1 –           FHTC 226

or

                          CH228 and HTC in second CH from hook and each CH across

Row 2 –          CH2 (doesn’t count as a st), camel stitch in each stitch across

Row 3 –           CH1 (does not count), DC in the first 2 sts, *CH5, SK4, DC in next 3 sts* across (you will end with 3 DC).

Row 4 –           Ch1, HTC in each st and EACH CH across. (You will have 32 more sts in this row – one for each CH5 sp. You will reduce in the next row)

 

Row 5 –           CH5 (counts as a TC and CH2), SK2 sts, BPDC in next 3 sts (these will always be the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sts made into the ch5 on the previous row), *CH4, SK5, BPDC in next 3 sts* repeat across until you have 4 sts left, CH2, SK3, TC in last st.

Row 6 –           CH2, HTC in each st and CH across (226)

Row 7 –            CH2, HTC in each st across 

Row 8  –          Ch1, Camel stitch in each st across

Rows 9-20 –     CH2, HTC in each st and CH across (226)                  

To work the band:

FHTC 352 and leave a longish tail in case you need to increase the length.

 

 

Assembly:

Thread your band loosely across the scarf from the top to the bottom loop. Be careful not to twist the band.

When you are happy with your band placement, reduce it if necessary by frogging a few stitches and then use the tails to sew it to the edge of the scarf.

 

 

 

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Winterberry Beanie

 

 

Misty Days Poncho

 

Robin’s Cables Blanket

Robin’s Cables Blanket

  We couldn’t miss the opportunity to bring you a pattern for the Robin’s Cables Blanket now could we? It uses the same stitch combo as the Robin’s Poncho, hat and scarf, coffee beanie cozy and mug cozy (which will be released soon). I mean, 

Joy Wrap – Free Crochet Pattern

Joy Wrap – Free Crochet Pattern

Do you remember when we launched our Joy Wrap last summer as a guest design on Joy of Motion Crochet? Well, now we get to post about it here too! And include the free pattern of the Joy Wrap for you. Of course if you 

Kate Coffee Beanie Cozy is here!

Kate Coffee Beanie Cozy is here!

Today we release our Kate Coffee Beanie Cozy (or CBC as we refer to them). It uses the same gorgeous and timeless stitch combo that is in all of our Kate designs. It is a great collection for girls of all ages from children to the more mature lady. So far we have a gorgeous warm wrap, a hat and scarf and now the CBC with a wristlet following soon!

If you have been following us for any length of time you will have probably realised that we get inspired by stitch combos and have quite a few collections that we keeping coming back to and adding to.

 

Naming our collections

We name our collections after the people we love. This particular collection was named after one of my sisters, Kate. We are also starting to add to our Hannah collection (another sister and Kate’s identical twin) and we have some Susan items (both my mum and my baby sister are called Susan). Sara has the Paige collection named after her daughter and the Robin collection named after her father. You get the idea!

We recently did a pattern tutorial on our YouTube Channel for the Kate Scarf!

These videos show you how to work the stitch combo you need for any of our Kate Collection patterns!

 

A practical gift

Our coffee beanie cozies make fantastic gifts. I team mine up with a Starbucks 20 oz cup and / or gift card when I am looking for something quick.

The Kate Coffee Beanie Cozy is more of a feminine design, but we do have more unisex designs too.

Feel free to check out

  • the herringbone cbc here,
  • the grit stitch cbc here and
  • the bean stitch cbc here.

They make great gifts for teachers, teens, adults, that last minute gift for a co-worker.

 

 

You can use them for your hot drinks during the autumn and winter and for your iced drinks in summer! My daughter uses hers on her shush drinks (they are basically ice with flavoured syrup) and she insists that there is always a couple in my handbag to use as required! Here she is using hers about a year ago – when we were allowed to go out places and have some fun!

works on hot or cold drinks!
Great for any age!

 

Pattern information:

  • Written in US terms
  • Pattern is worked from the bottom up, working the pattern by working the band first in rows, then joining the band’s ends to make a circle, thus working in the round for the rest of the pattern.

Sizing:

Fits 20 oz Starbucks’s take away cup, most travel mugs and Costa take away cups.

 

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Materials needed for the Kate CBC:

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Special stitches:

We link all of the videos you will need to help you create this one. Check out the videos above to see how they all work together in this stitch combo. You will need to use:

  •  front post double crochet,
  • back post double crochet
  • camel stitch or third loop only
  • crab st

 

Pattern Links:

You can get a copy of our Kate Coffee Beany Cozy Pattern in the following places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

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Kate hat

Strawberry Coffee Beanie Cozy

The Robin Coffee Beanie Cozy

The Robin Coffee Beanie Cozy

  Let’s be honest, it was a must that we created a Robin Coffee Beanie Cozy (which we also call CBCs here at Sunflower HQ) I mean. the stitch combo we have come up with for this collection is just fantastic – who doesn’t love