Tag: fall fashion

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, 

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 cozy, a coffee beanie cozy  and a gorgeous purse perfect for wedding season all waiting in the wings to be released! I just keep coming back to this stitch pattern and thinking it would be great for so many things!

The Kate Scarf has been waiting a while!

This pattern has waited almost a year to be released. I wrote it, had it tested and ready to go with the matching beanie and then a designers nightmare happened. A similar pattern to the beanie we have waiting was released by another designer. There are differences between the patterns that make them sufficiently different, but it knocked my confidence a little and we decided to wait until the winter to release this one and allow sufficient time that it didn’t seem like a copy.

Don’t worry …

I have talked through it with the other designer and all is good! She knows that we didn’t copy her design and told me to get it out there! So we are releasing the scarf first. The beanie will follow in a  day or so!

Quick Make:

This pattern is a quick make, and the scarf is so cozy!

 

Pattern PDF

You can get this pattern as an inexpensive PDF also in the usual places:

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Our Shop here

Lovecrafts here

 

Are you ready for the free pattern?

The pattern Specifics:

Note: this post does contain affiliate links. These may allow us to make a small commission on any purchases you make using these links but there will be no extra charge to yourself!

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.

 

You will need:

Gauge is not important. My scarf measures approximately 7.5″ x 70″

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • Alt ch3 – alternate chain 3
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep—repeat
  • dc–double crochet
  • fpdc – front post double crochet
  • bpdc – back post double crochet
  • sk—skip

Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Easily adapted for width and length.
  • Stitch multiples of 6 plus 3 if chaining to start, or 6 plus 1 if foundation row is used.
  • Alt ch3 counts as a st.
  • We work this scarf from left to right rather than bottom to top. Our first row therefore creates the height and we work to the length we desire.

 

 

 

Special Stitches:

Alt Ch3:

This is a way of starting the row without using the ch3 which can look gappy at the edges. To do the alt ch3 turn your work, sc into the first st and then ch2. This counts as a stitch.

Foundation half double crochet:

You can find our  right handed tutorial on this at  https://youtu.be/wPHOG4VIi_Q We also have a left handed tutorial. I find that this gives a much better finish than a chain start.

Front Post and Back Post Double Crochet:

You can find our video tutorial on the fpdc:

Right handed version –  https://youtu.be/nmWe76Y4v08

Left handed version –  https://youtu.be/biHxNSKo5Vw

For the bpdc visit https://youtu.be/hTPKAPQblkE

 

The Pattern:


Row 1-           Fhdc 31 (or any multiple of 6 plus 1) OR

Ch33 (or any multiple of 6 plus 3 to get the desired height)

 

Row 2 –            If you chained:  [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in 6th ch from hook.  *sk 2 sts, dc in next st, sk 2 sts, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st; rep from * to end–end with a dc in final stitch.

 

If you used the fhdc :

Alt ch3, sk 2 sts, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st, *sk2, fpdc in the next st, sk2, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st

Rep from * to end–end with a dc in final stitch.

 

 

 

 

Row 3-        Turn, alt ch3 (counts as a st), *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, bpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to * until you work into the last ch1 sp of the row.  Dc in top of the turning chain from previous row.

 

 

Row 4-        Turn, alt ch3 (counts as a st), *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, fpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to * until you work into the last ch1 sp of the row.  Dc in top of the turning chain from previous row.

 

 

 

 

Row 4-138   Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length.

 

Row 139        If you started with the fhdc row:

Alt ch2 (which is a sc and one ch) in the first st, hdc in each st and ch1 sp across.

 

FO and weave in ends.

 

Your Kate scarf is completed!

 

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Kate hat
The Kate Wrap
Robin Poncho
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 

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 

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 find the free pattern for both further down this page.

The Kristine ear warmer was actually named after a fellow designer, Kristine Mullen from Ambassador Crochet. She invited us to take part in her Season of Joy: 30 Days of Gift Giving event. The requirements were simple – quick and easy patterns that could be gifted for Christmas and used chunky or bulky yarn.

As most of our patterns use #4 weight yarn and not a lot use #5 or #6 weight this meant that I had to come up with a new pattern. And, of course, that pattern would need a name. In all honesty it wasn’t a difficult decision to name this one after Kristine. If you guys knew how hard this lady works, the knocks she has had in recent years and how she just dusts herself off and gets on with it! She really is an inspirational lady and I admire her greatly. Of course, her patterns and designs are gorgeous too!

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.

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Lovecrafts here

Esty here

 

Pattern information:

Note: this post does contain affiliate links. These may allow us to make a small commission on any purchases you make using these links but there will be no extra charge to yourself!

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: both versions of this pattern are written for several sizes – child, teen, women’s small, medium and large. The length of your foundation row will be 17’’ (18’’/19’’/20’’/21’’)

Abbreviations:

  • 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

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:

Fhdc:

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 :

Pattern for the straight Kristine ear warmer:

Round 1 –                 Fhdc 50 (54/56/58/60) OR Ch 52 (56/58/60/62), 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.   Note: you will be working into the sc sts from the previous round and skipping the dc sts. SS to join.

 

 

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 stop here, FO and weave in ends.

For all other sizes continue rounds 8-12

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

                                    FO, weave in ends.

 

Pattern for the twisted ear warmer:

Row 1 –                     Fhdc 49 (53/55/57/59) OR Ch 53 (55/57/59/61), hdc in third ch from hook and each ch across.           

Row 2 –                      Ch1, turn, camel st in each st along.

Row 3 –                     Ch1, turn, sc in each st across.

Rows 4 –                   Ch1, turn, (sc, dc) in first st, sk1, *(sc, dc) in next st, sk1* Rep from * to * along until you have 2 sts left, sk1 and sc in the last st.

 

 

 

 Rows 5 & 6 –           Ch1, turn, (sc, dc) in first st, sk1, *(sc, dc) in next st, sk1* Rep from * to * along until you have 2 sts left, sk1 and sc in the last st.

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

Row 7 –                     Ch1, turn, hdc in each st around.

Row 8 –                    Ch1, turn, camel st in each st around. SS to join.

For child size stop here, FO and leave a long tail of about 8 inches. For all other sizes continue to rows 9 -14

Row 9 – 14 –            Repeat rows 3-8 once more.

 

 

To sew the twist:

Step 1: with right side facing you (this is the side with the camel stitch ridge facing you) lay the ear warmer flat.

Step 2: fold the ear warmer in half so that right sides are together. See photo below.

Step 3: Holding the ear warmer with the open edges at the top, separate the ends a little and fold each end in half creating 2 V shapes. See photo below.

Step 4: interlock the V shapes together. See photo below.

Step 5: sew the four layers together. FO and weave in ends

Step 6: Turn so that right sides are facing outwards.

And Voila!

You now have your Kristine ear warmer!

 

We would love it if you would share your ear warmers with us on social media. You can find us on Facebook (please remember to answer all of the joining questions for our community group) and Instagram.

Free PDF for one day only!!

As part of the Season of Joy event, you can get the free pdf for both versions of this pattern on 24th November 2020 ONLY. To claim your free copy you will need to know what the coupon code is from Kristine’s round-up post here. Then click the button below.

 

Other patterns you may be interested in:

The Hannah Ear Warmer and Cowl set in the King Cole Cotswold yarn
The Robin Beanie
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 

Mermaid Dreams Cowl Free pattern

Mermaid Dreams Cowl Free pattern

The Mermaid Dreams Cowl is a free pattern below. It’s a little different to our usual patterns but I love the texture on this one. I also love how playing with colour can change the look of this one and really make the stitch pattern 

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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Robin’s Scarf
Robin’s Poncho
Highland Neamh Cocoon Cardigan
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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?