Tag: crochet pattern

Mixed Toffee Cowl – our first CAL

Mixed Toffee Cowl – our first CAL

At the end of November we hosted our first CAL with the Mixed Toffee Cowl. All of our CALs are currently done on our FB Community page. It was great fun! The interaction with the members of our community page was great, and we really […]

Easiest and Most Useful Hanging Basket

Easiest and Most Useful Hanging Basket

I have a great pattern for you this week: Grayson Hanging Basket–which happens to be the easiest and most useful hanging basket pattern I have seen! Let’s face it, we all can use some more organization in our homes but sometimes, coming up with ideas […]

Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

A Christmas collection of patterns wouldn’t be complete without a tree skirt!  The Robin’s Christmas Tree Skirt goes perfect with the Robin’s Blanket and Robin’s Stocking patterns and coordinate perfectly for your home.

I designed this while my dad was in his final stages of colon cancer, which is why it’s named after him.  He did pass from the cancer on November 14th–a most difficult time for me and my family.  So you can see why naming this Christmas set after him is very important to me.

There were quite a few tweaks to be done to this as Helen was working it up because I had written the bulk of it, but got distracted with all that was going on to add in the finishing touches such as the panel for the ties and the border.  Thank goodness for Helen!  She finished it up and wrote it up for me!

A Lot of Texture

This pattern features just the right amount of texture, which looks like little berries, to make the look complete.  To me, it looks classic yet timeless.  You can work this up in as many colors as you like, or pick just one.  I chose to use the colors Autumn Red, Cream, and dark green in Caron Simply Soft yarn.  I feel that the Autumn red is a much better red for Christmas, as it is richer instead of being so bright.

Some other suggestions would be to use icy blues and crisp white if you like the snowman and snowflake Christmas look.  Or light to medium grays with white for the neutral Christmas look.  The possibilities are really endless!

Pattern Insights

You will need #4 weight yarn of your choice and a 5mm hook.  We used Caron Simply Soft as it has a nice sheen to it however, I am aware that not everyone likes this yarn.  I actually prefer to use Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek yarn which is the equivalent to Caron Simply Soft however, Red Heart Soft is another great alternative, as well as Lion Brand Heartland yarns.  Using Caron Simply Soft, I used 2.5 skeins of cream, 1 skein of Autumn Red, and 1 skein of the dark green.

You will also need a tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers, and time!

This is not a super fast project, so be ready to spend a few hours working on this!  I think it took me a total of 6 hours, working off and on, to get this done.  Helen works a lot faster, but I think it still took her some time to finish.

The pattern is written in US terms and is easy to read and follow.


Pattern links

You can find Robin’s Tree Skirt pattern in all of the usual places –

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Lovecrafts here

Etsy here


And don’t forget to share your makes on our FaceBook Community page.

Robin’s Stocking – the only stocking pattern you will need!

Robin’s Stocking – the only stocking pattern you will need!

Robin’s Stocking truly is the ONLY stocking pattern you will ever need… From a distance it looks like we use little delicate cables in this pattern … but we don’t! It actually uses the sedge stitch which is worked in rows with single crochets in between. When it is sewn together the rows go up and down. The effect is just perfect for a farmhouse Christmas stocking pattern.

Robin Richard Farmhouse Christmas Collection of Crochet Patterns

Robin Richard Farmhouse Christmas Collection of Crochet Patterns

T’is the Season …. For the Robin Richard Farmhouse Christmas Collection! Here in the UK we seem to have made quite a sharp turn from a mild autumn to what is promising to be a cold winter! The days are most definitely shorter but as […]

The Best Fall and Winter Crochet Pattern, Ever!

The Best Fall and Winter Crochet Pattern, Ever!

Highland Neamh Wrap, the Best Fall and Winter Crochet Pattern, Ever!

I love the show, Outlander and wanted a fall and winter crochet pattern that represented my take on the Scottish Highlands feel.

Scottish Roots

My family actually has deep Scottish roots.  I am registered with the Montgomery Clan, which is my great-grandmother’s maiden name.  My grandmother’s maiden name was Walsh.  Yet another Scottish clan!  I later found out thru much research my brother had done for the family, that this family dates very far back and was the first family to settle into Nova Scotia!

My mother and father took a cruise which took them to Nova Scotia.  They visited the first house ever built there and a picture of the inhabitants looks just like my mother’s family!

I have always felt a connection to Scotland

I have curly hair with red tones in it but mainly, it’s the temper.  Boy, do I have that Scottish temper!  I also just love the history behind Scotland and the Highlanders in particular.  Which is why Outlander really spoke to me.

So much so, that I designed two patterns around the Highland’s theme.  This is the first of the two to be released.

I wanted something hooded.

Here in Kansas, it’s cold and windy in the fall and winter months.  Well, it’s windy all months!  I wanted something that one could just drape over their shoulders and have a hood.  I also loved the idea of a Mobius Twist, which is a unique technique, but we took great pains to explain how to do this in the pattern, as well as provide a video tutorial.

Texture and a Twist

I like a fair amount of texture in my patterns, which is why I like the X stitch (also known as cross stitch, criss cross stitch, etc).   Next, I also wanted a little bit of space, so you could really see the X’s.  Finally, a more solid row to give it some sturdiness.

Made with a #5 weight yarn and a 6mm hook, the Highland Neamh Wrap was born!  Naming it took longer than making it!  Helen and I went round and round about what to call it.  We had to google Scottish terms!  Can you guess what Neamh means?  Leave a comment with your answer!

Highland Neamh Wrap Crochet Pattern


I originally used Lion Brand Scarfie yarn, which is a #5 weight yarn that is a nice wool and acrylic mix.  I really like this yarn because it is soft yet sturdy.  It’s not really twisted but “spun”, giving it that old-timey feel.  With 20% wool, it’s not super scratchy, and can be washed a lot easier than other yarns that have more wool or are 100% wool.

For the actual pattern, we used James C Brett Glamour yarn in the colorway MCG5.  This is a super nice yarn with some glitz to it.  Creating a very nice drape and as you can see by the pictures above, very well done color flows.  A gorgeous yarn!

I’m also a huge fan of the colorways of the Scarfie yarn.  The black, grays, and whites is probably my favorite one, but the Taupe one is also gorgeous.  For a bigger size, I used 3 of those Scarfie skeins.

I used a 6mm Susan Bates comfort series hook.  I prefer an inline to tapered however, I will say that Furls is my most favorite because it seems to be a combination of both tapered and inline and just makes crocheting so easy!

A large eye blunt needle will be needed to weave in the few ends you will have, along with some pretty scissors.

The pattern comes with very detailed instructions, detailed materials list, and links to videos to help you succeed in crafting this project.


You can purchase the pattern on our store, here.

You can head to our Ravelry Store here, if you prefer that.

Or even our LoveCrafts Store, here.

And if you’re a fan of Etsy, go here!

Our YouTube video link can be found here.

As always, thanks for joining us!  Check back on Friday for Stitch of the Week!  We have a super cute free pattern ready to go!

Happy Hooking!

Samantha’s Hope Cowl Pattern

Samantha’s Hope Cowl Pattern

Introducing Samantha’s Hope Cowl Crochet Pattern! Most of you will have read our blog post from the 14th October 2019 explaining why we became involved in the Crochet Cancer Challenge this year. During the month of October, 31 designers are giving away a free hat […]

Spider Stitch Coaster Free Crochet Pattern

Spider Stitch Coaster Free Crochet Pattern

Jorja Spider Coaster Free Crochet Pattern Welcome to Pattern of the Week!  This week’s Stitch of the Week is the spider stitch and we fixed up this pattern for you to use that stitch with!  Quick and easy, makes a great gift or even a […]

Woven Stitch Bookmark Crochet Pattern

Woven Stitch Bookmark Crochet Pattern

Learn to crochet the Woven Stitch with our Bookmark pattern!

crochet bookmark pattern

This week we are learning the Woven Stitch a little differently than normal—we’re using our Bookmark pattern!  You’ll learn how to crochet this stitch along with a free pattern.

I like this stitch because it really does look woven or even knitted.  This stitch has gone by several names, like most stitches in the fiber arts world.  I’ve heard it called Waist Coat, knit stitch, and a few others I cannot remember.  As far as I know, the official name is Woven.  There are also a few other stitches that are similar in appearance that are also called Waist Coat stitch, Knit Stitch, and so on.  That is what’s so confusing about stitches, we can’t seem to agree on what they should be called!

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To Get Started, I Want To Explain The Basics of the Stitch

To work this stitch, you will need a multiple of any even number.  To work the stitch along the foundation chain, you will place a single crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook, chain 1, skip 1 stitch, and place a single crochet in the next stitch.  You’ll do this all the way down the chain, ending with a single crochet in the last chain.

To work the second row, you will chain 1 and turn, work a single crochet into the first chain space, chain 1, work a single crochet in the next chain space; do this all the way down your row and place a single crochet in the turning chain at the end (you’ll need to skip the last single crochet to give enough space for the chain 1.

It can be a little tricky, but it works out great.



  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sc–single crochet
  • ss–slip stitch
  • sk—skip
  • FO – fasten off


4 ply is 2” x 8”

DK – 1.75” x 8.5”

Pattern Notes:

Ch1 counts as a stitch

Special Stitches:

Woven Stitch: This stitch consists of a sc in the first st and a ch1, sk1 across the next.

You can find our video tutorial at our YouTube Channel.


Using 4ply cotton and a 2.5mm hook:

Row 1: Ch20, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch1, *sk1, sc in the next ch, ch1* rep to end of the row.

Note: you will always end with a sc in the last st.

Row 2: Ch1, sk first sc, sc in the next ch1 space, *ch1, sk the next sc, sc in the next st* across

Row 3-67: Repeat row 2

In DK cotton and a 4mm hook:

Row 1: Ch10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch1 *sk1, sc in the next st, ch1* rep between * and * to the end of the row. Note: You will always end with a sc in the last st.

Row 2: Ch1, sk first sc, sc in the the next ch1 space, *ch1, sk the next sc, sc In the next ch1 space* across

Row 3-46: Repeat row 2

How To Create the Tassels (Figure Photos)

Cut two strands of yarn or cotton approx. 10-15cm long
Fold in half and bring your hook from the back to the front on the stitch you want
to attach your tassel to
Bring through the two strands with your hook so that it creates a loop on the other side – do not pull all of the yarn through
Pull ends of the yarn through the loop and pull tight.

All Finished!

This will be a regular thing now with Stitch of the Week to provide a free pattern along with the tutorial so you have something to use the new stitch with and get a free pattern in the process!

Download the free pattern here


Our Etsy shop is now OPEN for business!  We’re still adding patterns just about every few minutes (we have a lot to upload!), and eventually, we will have physical items for sale, too.

Our website’s facelift is nearly done and will be featuring a shop where we will list our patterns for sale and an instant pdf download.

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Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern, Part of the August Blog Hop! When E’Claire Makery sent out a message asking for some nifty Back-to-School themed patterns, we couldn’t resist and set out to design the Crayon Pencil Case crochet pattern! I was literally just sitting on […]