Tag: fall fashion

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, 

The Kate Scarf

The Kate Scarf

The Kate scarf is our newest member of the Kate Collection! The Kate collection is actually named after one of my sisters. There are a few more items coming in this collection – we have a beanie, a baby bonnet and baby blanket, a mug 

The Kate Hat

The Kate Hat

What came first – the Kate hat or the matching scarf? Honestly, it was the hat… I think! I mentioned in the scarf post that these patterns were actually designed a year ago but releasing them was postponed. Another designer brought out a very similar design after we had completed testing etc. I was nervous about releasing this pattern because I didn’t want to be accused of copying. I have seen how these things can play out in social media and being a new designer that scared me. It turns out I shouldn’t have worried. Our designs are sufficiently different and the designer has been lovely about it.

Isn’t this stitch combo gorgeous!!

I love this stitch combo! It is quite a fun one to work up and works up quickly so I have really enjoyed coming up with different patterns for this. Of course we have several just waiting in the wings to release – a coffee beanie cozy, mug cozy, baby bonnet (from size preemie) and blanket, a gorgeous wrist bag which is perfect for bridesmaids! The list just goes on.



Do you love this stitch combo as much as me?

If you can chain, double crochet, front post double crochet and back post double crochet then you can make just about anything with this stitch combination! If you want to see how easy it is check out our YouTube video tutorial on how to make there scarf pattern. (We also have a left handed version on our channel.)




Pattern Links:

This one is a paid pattern only. You can get the inexpensive pdf in all of our shops:

Ravelry here

Our Shop here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here



Pattern specifics:

The Kate hat comes in three sizes:

Small – 18’’ circ, 7.5’’ tall

Medium – 19’’ circ, 9’’ tall

Large – 20’’ circ, 10’’ tall


You will need the following materials:

– #4 weight yarn (aran)

– large hat – around 180 yards

– medium – 155 yards approx.,

– small –  140 yards approx

– 4mm and a 5 mm hook

– Needle to sew in ends

– Tape measure

– Stitch marker (optional)


Links to video tutorials for all special stitches are included in the pattern.


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Kristine Cowl Pattern

Kristine Cowl Pattern

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Kristine Ear Warmer – Free Pattern

Kristine Ear Warmer – Free Pattern

Introducing the Kristine ear warmer In actual fact, there are two Kristine warmer patterns because I couldn’t decide which style I liked best! I figured you guys also deserved to have the choice, so I included both styles. Do you have a favourite? You will 

The Hannah Ear Warmer and Cowl Set

The Hannah Ear Warmer and Cowl Set

There is a simple elegance to the Hannah Ear Warmer and Cowl set. I don’t know about where you are but here it is getting cold quickly this year! The leaves haven’t fallen off the trees and crunch under foot, they have just gone soggy and stick to your shoes!

This is the perfect time of year for a good ear warmer and cowl. And, of course, they make great gift sets.

Do you make items to keep or gift?

Almost all of what I make is gifted either as donations or as gifts. Quite often my daughter will try to claim it all for herself. It seems that the only thing I keep for me is the odd hat, scarf or cowl. Do you do the same? I wish I had kept some of my items but in my heart I know that they would have just looked pretty in the wardrobe or have been put away for the next 3 years.

But not this set!

This set I have kept. It is just so practical and handy for me. We have dogs and so it is perfect for walking them along our beach, or throwing them on and getting in the car to run errands.

Don’t tell anyone but I am also designing a Hannah beanie to go with it for when the temperatures really do plummet and I need a hat. This one will be double brimmed and is super warm. More about that later 🙂

Isn’t the texture fabulous?!!


PDF Pattern links

If you don’t want to keep scrolling down for the Hannah ear warmer and cowl set free pattern and prefer a pdf version you can find it in our shops:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here


Are you ready to make this one?

Note: this post does contain affiliate links at no extra cost to you!

Materials you will need:


Not important as long as your starting row is the correct length as per the info in the sizing and pattern notes sections.



Pattern for the earwarmer is written for several sizes – child(age 4-12)/ teen/ women’s small/ medium/ large. The length of your foundation row will be 18’’ (19’’/20’’/21’’/22’’) with a width of approx. 3.5’’ for child sizes and 4.25’’ for adult.

The cowl sizes are age 4-12 (27’’ x 10.5’’)/ teen (29’’ x 12’’) /  adult (32’’ x 13.5’’) so the length of your foundation row will be 27’’/29’’/32’’




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

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 sizing make sure you have an even number of stitches at the end of round 1.


Special Stitches:

The Hannah set uses the N Stitch. If you have never worked it before please do not be intimidated by the name or the look of it – it isn’t a difficult stitch. In fact, we have a YouTube tutorial for it. You can find this below. We also have a left handed version on our YouTube Channel.

To work the N stitch: Sk 1 st, hdc in the next st, insert hook from the top to the bottom of the front loop only of the skipped stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through one loop, YO, insert the hook back into the st you did the hdc, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Fhdc: I find this has a more aesthetically pleasing finish than the chain starts to projects. You can find our tutorial on the foundation stitches: For right handed crocheter the video is linked below. We also have left handed tutorial for this on our YouTube Channel. I find this has a more aesthetically pleasing finish than the chain starts to projects.


Camel St     This is also known as “third loop” hdc. To do this:

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 video tutorial on how to do this here :





Pattern for Earwarmer:


Round 1 –       Fhdc 54 (58/60/64/66)  SS to join    (Note: you will use your tail to close the gap when you sew in your ends later)


Ch 55 (59/61/65/67), 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. (54 (58/60/64/66))

Round 3 –       Ch1, N st around (26 /28/30/32/33 N sts)

                           SS to join.

Round 4-     Ch1, sc in each st around.

                          SS to join. (54 (58/60/64/66))



Rounds  5-6 (6/8/8/8) –   Repeat rounds 3 and 4

Round 7 (7/9/9/9)  –      Rep round 3. SS to join.

Round 8 (8/10/10/10) – Ch1, hdc in first st and each st around. SS to join (54 (58/60/64/66))

Round 9 (9/11/11/11) – Ch1, sc in the third loop in each st around. (54 (58/60/64/66))

FO and weave in ends.



Pattern for Cowl:


Round 1 –       Fhdc 80 (86/96)  SS to join


Ch 81 (87/97), 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. (80 (86/96)

Round 3 –       Ch1, N st around (40 /43/48 N sts)

                        SS to join.



Round 4-       Ch1, sc in each st around.

                        SS to join. (80 (86/96))

Round  5 onwards –   Repeat rounds 3 and 4 another 10/12/14 times.

(Note: you can stop the repeats early if you think your cowl is tall enough!)

Round 22/26/30  –      Rep round 3. SS to join.

Round 23/27/31 –      Ch1, hdc in first st and each st around. SS to join (80(86/96))

Round 24/28/32 –      Rep round 2.

FO and weave in ends.


Special event:

On 4th November 2020 (which also happens to be my birthday!!) you can get this set as a FREE PDF download in the 2020 Gift Giving Blop Hop hosted by Crochets by Trista! Just click on the button below and use the code from her post, which can be found here .



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The Highland Neamh Cocoon Cardigan – Free pattern

The Highland Neamh Cocoon Cardigan – Free pattern

We are super excited to be officially releasing the Highland Neamh Cocoon Cardigan.

I had been wanting to create a cocoon cardigan design for a few months before finally getting to sit and design this one! What’s not to love about a good cocoon cardigan? They are really comfortable, easy to customise if you want to add a loop and button and are great for all shapes, sizes and ages!

It was so hard finishing up some of the other projects and commitments I had before getting my hook out for this one. Boy, I am so pleased that I got to do it and actually I am thankful for the delay because it allowed me to have a really good think about the texture that I wanted, the yarn and the specifics of the pattern. By the time I sat down to prototype this one I already had the pattern pretty much written in my head. How often does that happen?

A Little Help!

The Highland Neamh Cocoon Cardigan is our first real go at a garment. I have to confess I did enlist the help of Susanna from Fosbas Designs for the sleeves on this one! She gave me an hour of her time and shared some of her knowledge with me which made this project a joy to work on!

Our Testers were a joy to work with!

Did you see my instagram post where I gave you a sneak peak at the design and some of the testers makes? They are gorgeous!! And yes, I did have a little yarn envy going on.  If you didn’t see them then here is a sample them! Aren’t they fantastic!! As a designer one of the best things for me is seeing someone take my pattern and make something beautiful with it.


An easy cocoon cardigan pattern

This pattern isn’t just my first garment design, it is also a great pattern for people who may have never crocheted a garment before! I have made it as easy as I can to both follow and create this one. The sleeves are really simple which also adds to the comfortableness of the project, and there is more … This pattern doesn’t just come with optional sleeves, but also three lengths of sleeve!

How will you customise your own?



Most cocoon cardigans or shrugs do not include sleeves. For this reason the sleeves are an added extra on the PDF version of this pattern. But rest assured this pattern is just as beautiful without the longer sleeves and will look great with the cuff to finish it off and a long sleeved top underneath! Below is a pic of my daughter modelling the plain version from the modelled photos with shorter sleeves. I think the shorter sleeve option is actually adorable and still makes a great layering piece!

You can purchase an ad free PDF in our shops which includes all of the sleeve options:


The Pattern:

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 Gauge – is not super important as long as you measure your starting row and make sure it is the right length and a multiple of 2.


  • Written for adult s/m, l/xl, 2x/3x and 4x/5x
  • Your main panel will work out as approximately:
    • s/m – 38’’ x 29’’
    • l/xl – 43’’ x 31’’
    • 2x / 3x – 48’’ x 33’’
    • 4x /5x – 53’’ x 35’’



  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • Ss – slip stitch
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • Alt dc – alternate double crochet
  • fdc – foundation double crochet
  • dc–double crochet
  • X St – cross stitch
  • FPDC – front post double crochet
  • BPDC – back post double crochet
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off
  • RS / WS – Right side / Wrong side

Pattern notes:

  1. Written in US terms.
  2. Ch stitches at the beginning do count as a st.
  3. The alternate double crochet is an alternative to the ch3 starts. There are a few ways of doing this but I tend to use a sc and a ch1 (you can also use a sc and ch2 or stack two sc stitches). If you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the alt dc you can simply ch3 to start the row.
  4. If you cannot get gauge for this project you will need to ensure that your starting row is in multiple of 2 (so that it measures 38’’ (43’’/48’’/53’’).
  5. Similarily with the height of your panel, it is fine for it to be a little bigger. So if you find that you are under on the height add another repeat before assembling the cardigan. Better to have a longer cardigan than a shorter one!


Row 1 (RS) –     Fdc 114 (130, 144, 160) OR Ch 116 (132, 146, 162) Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch around. Turn.


Row 2 (WS) –    Alt dc in the first st (to work this you do a sc and ch2 in the first st), sk the next st, dc in the next st, working behind this st dc in the skipped st (this creates your first X st)

Continue to X St along until you have 1 st left, dc in the last st. Turn.


Row 3 (RS) –     (Alt dc, ch1) in first st, *sk next st, (dc and ch1) between the two posts of the X St from the previous round*

Rep from * to * along, ending with a ch1. (see diagram below) After you have worked the last X st from the previous row dc in the last st. Turn



Row 4 (WS) –    Alt dc in first st.

Note: for this row you will be working into the ch1 spaces and not the top of the dc’s from the previous row (with the exception being the first and last stitches of the row!).

Sk the first ch1sp and dc in the next ch1 sp, working behind this stitch dc into the skipped ch1 sp (first X st made).

To create each X st after this initial one, dc in the next unworked ch1 sp, working behind the last st made dc into the previous ch1 sp.

Note: the second stitch of the X st will share the ch1 sp with the previous X st. and will mirror how row 2 works with row 3. This will keep your stitch counts correct. (See pattern notes)

Continue the X st in every ch1 sp across, dc in the alt dc from the previous row.


For those of you who prefer diagrams, rows 2-4 will sit as follows:


Row  5 –            Alt Dc in first st, DC in each st around. Turn.


Rows 6 – onwards

Repeat rows 2-5             12 (13, 15, 16) more times.

FO and weave in ends





Step 1:              To assemble your cardigan, fold it in half so that the foundation row (or chain row) and the last row you worked are together at the bottom with right sides facing.

Step 2:              From the top mark your armholes. You will need to measure down 6’’ (7’’/8’’/8.5’’) as per the figure photo below.

Do this on both sides.

Step 3:              Whip stitch from the bottom edge (remember, this is where your foundation row and last row worked meet) up to your stitch marker.

FO and weave in ends.

Repeat this step for the other side



Ribbing around your cardigan


Open out your cardigan and turn it the right way out so that the RS is on the outside.


Round 1:           With RS facing, attach your yarn to any stitch around the bottom of your cardigan.

DC in each st around making sure that you have an even number of stitches when you have finished. SS to join Do not turn.

Round 2:           ch1, fpdc around the first st, bpdc around the next, *fpdc around the next st, bpdc around the next st.* Rep from * to * around. SS to join. Do not turn.

Rounds 3-5 (6/7/8) ch1, *fpdc around the fpdc from the previous round, bpdc around the bpdc from the previous round* Rep from * to * around. SS to join. Do not turn.

FO and sew in ends.



Sleeve Options:

NOTE: if you would like a narrower sleeve than the armhole is allowing for sew up the seam a little further to reduce the size of the arm hole at this stage. Now it is all assembled this should be easier to work out by trying it on.


Short Sleeves:

To have a short sleeve all you need to do here is add the cuff. Do this around both arms.


Round 1 –         With right side facing, attach the yarn to the sleeve just above where you sewed the panel to create the arm hole.

                        Dc evenly around the arm hole (I suggest at least 2 dcs per stitch from the previous row). For all sizes make sure you have an even number of stitches around. SS to join. Do not turn.

Round 2 –         Ch1, fpdc in first st, bpdc around next st, *fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st* around. Ss to first fpdc to join. Do not turn.

Round 3 – 5      Repeat round 2

FO and sew in ends.


For the other sleeve options you will need to purchase the ad free pdf 





highland cardi

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