Tag: fall fashion

Looking for an easy textured cowl pattern? Try the Marly Cowl

Looking for an easy textured cowl pattern? Try the Marly Cowl

This elegantly textured cowl pattern is the latest addition to the Marly collection. Of course, I have been saving the release of it for Marlybird’s 24 Day of Quickies event. Marly hosts it every year in December. Each day a different designer is featured with 

Introducing the Elegant Anita Cowl and Beanie

Introducing the Elegant Anita Cowl and Beanie

The Anita Cowl and Beanie set (yes, you get BOTH patterns in the PDF!) is an elegant and stunning set that is so comfortable and easy to wear. I decided that it needed to be an adult set … but if you think it should 

Free Crochet pattern – Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

Free Crochet pattern – Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

Spring is in the Air and this infinity scarf is the perfect accessory!

The bitterly cold winds coming off the North Sea are starting to warm up. The sun is fighting its way through the clouds. Crocuses and snowdrops are starting to bloom!

With Christmas and Valentines over, the children back to school and routines once again established we start to look towards Mothers Day here in the UK and Easter.

But, we still need those transitional accessories to help get us from winter into spring and summer and then from the cooler end of summer to autumn.

My model here, Lyndsey, was such a good sport to model for these photos for me! It was a rather nippy February day when those North Sea winds were trying to compete with the sunshine. Don’t worry – I treated her to lunch afterwards … and she claimed the infinity scarf!


A great infinity scarf

That its why this infinity scarf is so great! It is made with a 5mm hook and #3 (DK) weight yarn. It is lightweight and works up quickly.


Yarn used:

Stylecraft Batik Swirl in colour Meadow was perfect for my scarf. The colours in this and the transitions were so beautiful that I didn’t need to add much to the design as the yarn did all of the talking. There is a whopping 601 yards in these skeins!

It isn’t the first time I have used this yarn. And I have never been disappointed with it.


Stitches used my Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

If you have knowledge of the basic stitches then you can make this infinity scarf! There is the 3DcCl (3 double crochet cluster) in this one. However, if you are confident with the double crochet I have some video tutorials on how to do this one on my YouTube channel.(See below for the video’s.)


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How to crochet the 3DcCl

The 3DcCl is worked like a DC3Tog but it is worked all in one stitch instead of over 3 sts.

*YO, insert hook into sts to be worked, YO and pull through, YO and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook. * Rep from * to * twice more. YO pull through all 4 four loops on your hook.


Are you ready for the pattern?

Materials used:

  • Approx 300 yds of #3 weight (DK) yarn of your choosing
  • For my grey version half a skein of Stylecraft Batik Swirl in Meadow
  • 5mm
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Sizing and Gauge:

Gauge is not important for this project as you are using your scraps and it is a scarf – simply increase the number of repeats if you want it wider.

My scarf was approximately 6” wide by 54” in circumference.

Abbreviations used:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • FSC – foundation single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • SC – single crochet
  • 3DcCl – 3 Double crochet Cluster
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off 


Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms.
  • Ch1 stitches at the beginning of a row do not count as a st unless otherwise stated. However, the CH1 spaces between the cluster stitches DO count as a stitch.
  • The stitch count is in parenthesis at the end of each row.



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Row 1 –           FSC 230 


CH 231, SC in second CH from hook and each CH across . SS to join. (230)

Row 2 –           CH1, SC in the first st, and each st across. SS to join. (230)

Row 3 –           Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st, CH1, 

Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Row 4 –           Turn, Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st, 

CH1, Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Rows 5 – 7      Repeat row 4

Row 8 –           CH1, SC in the first st, and each st and CH1 space across. SS to join. (230)

Row 9 –           CH2, HDC in the first st, and each st across. SS to join. (230)

Row 10–          Repeat row 8

Row 11 –         Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st, CH1, 

Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Rows 12-15 – Turn, Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st,

CH1, Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Row 16 –         CH1, SC in the first st, and each st and CH1 space across. SS to join. (230)

Row 17 –         Repeat row 16.


If you would like a wider scarf, repeat rows 8 – 17.

FO and Sew in ends.

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The Misty Days Sweater

The Misty Days Sweater

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you use any of them I may get a small commission but at no extra cost to you!   The Misty Days Sweater is the second item in the Misty Days Collection to be released! You may remember 

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, winding country roads, sunshine and that innocent romance element. So I knew that my design had to be lacy and lightweight to represent being carefree, pretty and simple to add to the elegance and practical because if it isn’t who is going to wear it?!

Head scarves look so cute on lots of women. Personally I don’t think I could pull this one off, but who knows in the summer with a super long summer dress I might pull off the boho vibe with it … maybe. I’m hoping!



Finding the right stitch for my Elegant Headscarf

So out came my stitch directories. You may have noticed that I am much more comfortable with the warmer stitches and my designs reflect that. Ordinarily I like to be cozy and wrapped up. And designing things with a spring and summer vibe in the middle of what feels like the longest winter ever has its own problems LOL.

There are so many pretty lacy stitches out there. But I found it hard to believe that the drunken granny stitch had not been used for something like this. It is such a great stitch, using only double crochets and chains (US terms) so is a great introduction to more open stitch work for beginner crocheters.

Elegant hair scarf uses the drunken granny stitch

Pattern links:

If you prefer an inexpensive pdf version of this pattern you can find it in the following places:

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Materials you will need to create the Elegant Headscarf:

  • #2 weight yarn or cotton of choice. I used approx. 120 yards of Stylecraft Special 4 ply in cream.
  • 3.5mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors

This is our first pattern that uses #2 weight (4 ply)yarn but for me it was a no-brainer decision. It is fine and lightweight so perfect for obtaining the lightweight, carefree elegance that I was looking for. I also happened to have some in my stash so that was a bonus!

#3 (DK) or #4 weight (aran) yarns add bulk and weight so your project will finish up being wider and heavier. Although the pattern works with them, and some of my testers used heavier yarns, I would recommend you try with a #2 weight first. I promise you will love the outcome!



My head scarf worked out at 2.75” by 58” – by all means make this one shorter but long enough to tie around a bun or ponytail and have the ends dangle a little. That too would look so pretty and be perfect for younger girls and moms alike!


Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • This pattern is reversible
  • Ch3 at the start of the row does count as a st.
  • To make the pattern wider you could use a bigger hook or a heavier weight yarn.



  • Ch – chain
  • Ch sp – chain space
  • St / sts – stitch / stitches
  • Sk – skip
  • dc – double crochet
  • Rep – repeat
  • FO – fasten off


The Elegant Headscarf Pattern:


Row 1:            Ch19

(4dc, ch3, dc) in 6th ch from hook, *sk4 chs (4dc, ch3, dc) in next ch*.

Rep from * to * until you have 3 ch’s remaining. Sk 2ch, dc in last ch, turn.


Row 2:            Ch3, work (4dc, ch3, dc) in each ch3 sp across, dc in the top of the turning ch from the previous row, turn



Rows 3 on:     Repeat row 2 until your hair scarf measures approx 58” (or desired length)

FO, weave in ends.


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The Kate Hat

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Kristine Cowl Pattern

Kristine Cowl Pattern

Introducing the Kristine Cowl pattern

Yesterday I  released and give you the Kristine ear warmer patterns. Today’s cowl matches them perfectly and so far completes the ‘set’. Although I am thinking that I may need to come up with some fingerless gloves or mittens or something to go with them!

What do you think of them together? Do they need the wristlets?

And let me tell you that this cowl so cozy. It really is the perfect pattern to make and gift this holiday season. And it looks great regardless of your yarn choice or colour.

PDF Links:

If you prefer a PDF Pattern you can get both versions of the ear warmer in one pdf file by clicking on the links below.

Pattern information:

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Also, please note that this pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Sara Marsh and Helen Wilkinson of Sunflower Cottage Crochet.  Please do not redistribute, transfer, or sell the pattern, or alter it to claim as your own. You may sell any products you create from this pattern. Please credit us by linking online listings Facebook, Website, and tag us on Instagram.

Materials needed:

Gauge: is not important as long as your starting chain or foundation row is the right length – info on stitch multiple in pattern notes.

Sizing: Pattern is written for several sizes – child, teen, adult. Your finished round 1 will be approximately 25’’ (27’’/28’’) slightly stretched. I wanted a slightly more snug fit around the neck for this design.


  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • fhdc – foundation half double crochet
  • dc–double crochet
  • sc – single crochet
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off

Kristine Cowl Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms.
  • Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
  • Please ensure that you note how the sizes are differentiated as per the sizing information above.
  • To alter the circumference of the cowl make sure you have an even number of stitches at the end of round 1.

Special Stitches:

To make your Kristine ear warmer in either version you will need to know the following stitches:


Here is our right handed tutorial:

You can find our left handed tutorial here. 

Camel Stitch (also known as the third loop hdc):

To do this stitch:

YO, insert hook into the THIRD loop of the HDC from the previous row (this will be a horizontal bar below the two loops you normally work into. If working in the round, it will be on the INSIDE of your work). Pull up a loop, YO and pull thru all 3 loops on your hook.

You can find our right handed video tutorial on how to do this here :

Kristine Cowl Pattern:

Round 1 –                 Fhdc 80 (86/90) OR Ch 82 (88/92), hdc in third ch from hook and each ch across.

                                    Making sure not to twist the chain, ss to the first st to join and create a circle.

Round 2 –                  Ch1, camel st in each st around. SS to join.

Round 3 –                 Ch1, Turn, (sc, dc) in first st, sk1, *(sc, dc) in next st, sk1* Rep from * to * around.

                                    SS to join.

Rounds 4 & 5 –      Ch1, Turn, (sc, dc) in first st, sk1, *(sc, dc) in next st, sk1* Rep from * to * around.

                                    SS to join.

Note: you will be working into the sc sts from the previous round and skipping the dc sts.

Round  6 –               Ch1, turn, hdc in each st around. SS to join

Round 7 –                Ch1, do NOT turn, camel st in each st around. SS to join.

For child size :

Round 8 – 12 –       Repeat rounds 3-7 once more.

                                    FO, weave in ends.

For teen or adult size

Rounds 8 – 17 –      Repeat rounds 3-7 twice more.

FO, weave in ends.

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