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Robin Sleeved Wrap – A Must Have!

Robin Sleeved Wrap – A Must Have!

The Robin Sleeved Wrap is the latest in our Robin Collection. You may have guessed by now that I love the stitch combo we came up with for this collection! You get the look of cables without actually having to crochet cables. And it is 

Elegant Hairscarf

Elegant Hairscarf

Something came over me one day and I just had to design an elegant headscarf. I know! It’s not my usual kind of design. When I think of head scarves I think of the 1950’s and old movies with (not so fast) open top cars, 

Men’s Wrist Warmers – Free Pattern

Men’s Wrist Warmers – Free Pattern

The Richard wrist warmers (named after my very supportive husband) are a more masculine version of our Susan Wrist warmers. These men’s wrist warmers are a great gift idea, and a good way to use your scraps or bust that stash!

Do you remember our Susan Wrist warmers?

Where the Susan Wrist warmers uses the sedge stitch the Richard wrist warmers use the crunch stitch. We released the pattern for those over a year ago now. You can find the free pattern for those here or by clicking the photo at the bottom of this page.

These men’s wrist warmers are constructed in exactly the same way but instead of using the sedge stitch I went for a more masculine looking crunch stitch.

The Richard Wrist Warmers

Don’t get me wrong, they the Susan and Richard wrist warmers are unisex really – I just wanted a reason to try them out with a different stitch LOL.

You may recall, if you have read about the Susan version, that I made the Susan version with the intention of gifting them to the ladies that worked for my husband last Christmas. They got theirs and loved them. The men then got jealous and asked to try on their gifts. They loved how they felt and that they could still use their phones etc whilst wearing them. Dan and Alex asked me to make them a pair but make them look a ‘bit more manly’ than the pink and gold versions. They ‘advised’ of their favourite colours to wear and sent me on my merry way to get my hooks out again. Luckily, the local yarn store was 2 minutes from the office and a 5 minute walk from home.

So yes, the Richard wrist warmers have been waiting their turn for release since December last year!

What I can unequivocally say is that both lads are still wearing their wrist warmers and they still look great after a year and despite Dan having 2 small children at home!

I believe that Sara also made a few pairs of these last year as gifts for her brothers and other family members which went down a treat.

 

PDF Pattern links:

As always, you can find a very reasonably priced pdf version of this pattern in all of our stores:

Ravelry here

Our shop here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

Video tutorial:

If you prefer video tutorials instead of written patterns Sara recorded a full video on how to make these men’s wrist warmers on our YouTube Channel. The left handed version will go up very soon!



The Pattern:

Materials:

  • You can use any size yarn for this. Thinner yarn will use more. I used approx. 110 yards of Stylecraft Aran (#4 weight yarn) with no cuff. You can use any yarn with the appropriate size hook.
  • Hook recommended for the yarn used
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:

Not important for this project as you create the length required with your chains and work to the desired width.

Sizing:

My finished gloves were 8.25’’ tall and 4’’ wide and fit a medium man’s hand. You will need a couple of measurements to get the perfect fit (although I have given a rough guide below). If you can get them you will need these three measurements:

 

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • dc–double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • sc–single crochet
  • ss–slip stitch
  • FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
  • BPDC – Back post double crochet
  • * to * – repeat from * to *

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Ch1 does not count as a st
  • You will need to know the measurements for length, width and distance from the top to the part of your hand where you thumb starts to get a great fit! (see photo above for more information)
  • The figure photos are from our Susan wrist warmers but the same principles apply here!

 

 

Note: these wrist-warmers are made as a rectangle and then the sides sewn together with a gap for the thumb.

 

Row 1            Ch in multiples of 2 until you get the desired length of the wrist-warmer  minus 1.5’’ (this is made up with the cuff later). Then ch an additional 1.  Sc in second ch from hook and each st across.

OR

 Fsc in multiples of 2 until you get the desired length minus 1.5’’.

 I fsc 32  to start (but I would do 34 or 36 for a large size and 28 or 30 for a small if you don’t have the measurements you need)

 

Row 2         Turn. Alt ch2 in first st (this is made up of a sc and a ch) Ss in next st, *hdc in next st, ss in next st* along.

Note: you will end with a ss.

 

Row 3-32     Repeat row 2 until work is wide enough to go around the knuckles. If your knuckle length is 4’’, your work needs to be 8’’ tall.

For example, to get a 4’’ width I made mine measure 8’’ tall as I worked it. You will then turn the finished rectangle on its side to create the finished item!

 Do not fasten off.

 

 

Assembly:

 

Turn your rectangle 90 degrees.

Using a stitch marker mark the measurement from the top of the wrist-warmer to where the thumb starts.

Mark where the thumb finishes with another stitch marker (see pic below).

 

 

SS or sew from the top to the first marker.

SS or sew from the second stitch marker to the bottom. Do not FO

 

 

To work the Cuffs:

Round 1        Ch1, sc an even number of stitches evenly around the bottom of the glove. SS to join 

Note: be careful not to sc too few as this will make the gap for getting you hand in smaller! I find one sc for each row works well.

Round 2       Ch3 (counts as a dc), DC in each stitch around. SS to join.

For Round 3        Ch1, *FPDC around the first stitch, BPDC around the next st* around SS to join

Round 4        Repeat round 3.

Round 5        Repeat round 3.

 FO, weave in ends.

That is all there is to these super simple but gorgeous Richard Wrist Warmers! These men’s wrist warmers are sure to be a hit.
Don’t forget to share your makes with us in our Community group on Fb or tag us on Instagram! Click the links below to find us!

 

 

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Samantha’s Hope Beanie Free Pattern

Samantha’s Hope Beanie Free Pattern

Last year we participated in our first Crochet Cancer Challenge with our Samantha’s Hope beanie pattern. We went for royal blue in support of colon cancer. 2019 was a very poignant year to be initiated as one of the designers of this fabulous event. At 

The Robin Beanie – Crochet Cancer Challenge Pattern!

The Robin Beanie – Crochet Cancer Challenge Pattern!

Our Crochet Cancer Challenge pattern for 2020 is the Robin Beanie.

If you joined us last year you will know that we highlighted colon cancer which is a royal blue ribbon. We are supporting the same cancer this year. You see, this time last year Sara’s dad, Robin, was fighting a brave battle against colon cancer. Unfortunately it was a battle that he lost on November 14th last year, 2 weeks after last year’s challenge ended.

If you want to read about Sara’s story and the future she fears is in front of her you can read it here.

We all have our own story to tell…

Cancer is one of those things that will touch us all in one form or another. I don’t believe very many people go through life without at least knowing someone who has battled Cancer.

Currently, a very dear friend of mine, who is also my daughter’s godmother and has a daughter 3 months older than mine, is battling bowel cancer. She is a nurse,  and so knew she had to get herself seen quite early. But still for someone who is not yet 50 to have to go through that! Local lockdown means that I cannot be there to help out as much as I dearly wish I could.

 

 

As I said last year, treatments make advances all of the time. In an ideal we world WE WANT THE CURE. The treatments can be brutal on the body and the mind of both the patient and their families. But hair loss is not always a side effect now depending on treatments required and the nausea can be drastically reduced.

 

What is the challenge about?

The Crochet Cancer Challenge is hosted each year by Christine of Sweet Potato 3. In return for using the code and getting the pattern as a free pdf you are pledging to make at least one hat of that pattern to donate by the end of the year (or whenever your local unit or charity starts accepting donations in your area if these have temporarily stopped).

Let’s do our bit by helping these warriors to keep their heads warm! This is actually very important. Cancer patients often loose their hair and a lot of heat escapes from the head. They also feel the cold a lot more than usual. So hats are often appreciated by those undergoing treatment.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for some useful links and information.

The Robin Beanie

What you will need to make the Robin Beanie:

Materials:

Sizing:

Hat circumference should be

  • 16’’ for small,
  • 18’’ for medium and
  • 20’’ for large.

Stitches used:

This hat uses sc, hdc and dc with some worked into the back loop only to obtain the ribbing and some third loop to get the texture on the body of the hat. The pattern includes video links on how to work the third loop and also how to do the sedge stitch (the sc, hdc, dc combo).

So this hat is a great project for a recent beginner who knows the basics and wants to progress a little and play with texture.

It is made side to side so you will need to slip stitch or sew it together at the end.

 

 

Our Pattern links

From 6th-31 October inclusive you can download our Robin Beanie pattern free with the code CancerChallenge on Ravelry by using the button below.

Please remember that if you use the code for the download you are pledging to make at least one Robin’s beanie to donate to a cancer patient or unit.

 

You can also get the pattern in the following places:

Our store here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

  • Information explaining what the Crochet Cancer Challenge is, click HERE.
  • What type of hat should I make? What Sizes? Where do I get the patterns? Click HERE.
  • Yarn Recommendations to use for the hats, click HERE.
  • Where should I donate my hats, click HERE.
  • A fun start early project you can add to your hats, click HERE.
  • Challenge others to join and get tags you can print for your hats, click HERE.

 

As an extra thank you

We are offering you the matching Robin Scarf for 50% (that’s only $1.50!!) for the whole of October 2020!! You will need to use the code ROBIN and it is ONY available in our Ravelry Store here. Find out more about this pattern by clicking the pic below.

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