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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…

Kristine Ear Warmer – Free Pattern

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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?

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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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Waffle Stitch, Stitch of the Week

Waffle Stitch, Stitch of the Week

Our stitch of the week this week is the waffle stitch.

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Not what you are thinking ….

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I know that many of you will automatically think of the stitch that reminds us all of the waffle pancake deserts we love so much (perfect when you are just craving sugar!), but this stitch is not that!

Yes, there are two types of waffle stitch. Who knew, right?

the common idea of a waffle stitch
When you think of the waffle stitch this is what most people think of.


this is also known as the waffle stitch
This is the stitch we will be looking at today … isn’t it pretty!

We are taking a closer look at the rather pretty and more delicate of the two waffle stitches this week. I really like this one – it’s a little playful, has a delicate look to it but it is really quite surprising how sturdy and practical it is. The free project that we have designed for this stitch is the Wenona’s Little Basket , which you can find here in our shop. It’s also on Ravelry and all of the usual places.

I love the look that using two colours gives for this project, but it’s not necessary. It’s a great scrap buster too and a lovely little gift idea!

I use mine beside the bed so that when you are getting undressed all of the bits that somehow manage to make their way into your pockets can be emptied into there and sorted the next morning. It’s amazing how much noise my husband’s keys, change and ring makes when he is getting ready for bed and I am already asleep …. Since using it I have also realised how often my daughter’s hair bobbles and slides end up in my pockets as I move around the house and pick them up from everywhere!

The free pattern is within the linked you tube video for this one!


Gauge isn’t important here. My finished catchall measured 4’’ circumference at the base and was approximately 2’’ tall.

The abbreviations in this pattern are:

MR – magic ring St(s)–stitch(es)
Exsc—extended single crochet Sc – single crochet

ss–slip stitch
*to*–repeat the instructions between the two * YO—yarn over
BLO—back loop only FO—fasten off

Please note that all of our patterns are written in US terms.

Special Stitches

You will use a couple of special stitch for this. I show you how to do them and make the basket in the YouTube video below.

Extended single Crochet – This is actually a simple stitch to do. Insert hook into indicated st, YO, pull through, pull though one loop on hook, YO, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Linked extended single crochet– Based on the extended single crochet above, this stitch is worked over two stitches. Insert hook into first st, YO, pull through, YO, pull through first loop on hook. Insert hook into next st, yo, pull through, YO, pull through first loop, YO, pull through all three loops left on hook.

Twisted single crochet – This is a fun and handy alternative to the crab stitch and is worked forwards instead of backwards. Insert hook into indicated stitch, YO, pull through. Make sure that your loops on your hook are fairly loose. Being careful not to drop any of the loops on your hook simply twist your hook 360 degrees (this will twist the stitches and is the reason why you need them to be loose when created), YO and pull through both loops on hook.

How to work the waffle stitch:

To create this attractive and versatile stitch you need to start with an odd number of chains or stitches. For this tutorial we will assume that you are working into a starting chain as the YouTube video  here  shows you how to work into stitches and how to do the linked extended single crochet (linked exsc) . The difference is only in the way you start the row.

Step 1: In the 3rdand 4thchain from the hook work one linked exsc. (ch1, linked exsc over the next two ch’s) along to the last ch. Ch1, 1sc in last ch.

Note: the ch spaces from the previous row do count as a stitch.

Step 2: Ch2, *linked exsc over the next two st’s, ch1 * along, 1sc in last exsc from previous row, turn.

Step 3: Repeat step 2.

That is all there is to it!

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Crochet Baby Headband Free Crochet Pattern

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And don’t you just love a project that only requires scrap yarn to do? I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of scrap yarn! I raided my stash to find some tiny little balls of scrap yarn just for this project.

This means you won’t necessarily need to go out and buy more yarn, but if you want to make several of these for a craft fair for example, you could get a lot of headbands in all sizes out of ONE SKEIN!

The little bits of scrap yarn I used to work this up for made the sizes 0-6 month, and 6-12 month, and had just a little left over. Here’s a picture of the scrap yarn I used.

Those little balls of scrap yarn were only about an inch and a half in diameter which means they were pretty small! Any baby weight, sport weight, light weight, or DK yarn will do. I honestly don’t remember what this yarn was, it looks like a Red Heart baby yarn from ages past…

I recommend using Lion Brand’s Baby Soft, Bernat’s Softee Baby, Red Heart Cutie Pie or Baby Hugs yarn, etc. There are also soft cotton yarns designed just for babies that also has anti-bacterial properties (but those can get expensive!). Any #2 weight or #3 weight yarn will do, however.

I love a good varigated baby colored yarn.

Solids can look very classy, too. For striping, you could use a classic white with a pretty pink texture row or soft purple texture row to really bring out the texture–make it POP!

The striping pattern I used for my baby blanket was cream with gold metallic and taupe (gold) with gold metallic yarns that I bought from Mary Maxim in my Paige Collection (The Paige Blanket).

Grab your hook and yarn and let’s get started!


#2 or #3 weight yarn (sport, baby, fine, dk)–you will only need scrap yarns for this project! Such as Red Heart Super Saver Baby

F-3.75mm hook such as this comfy Susan Bates Bamboo Handle Hook

Yarn Needle

Stitch Markers (optional)



15 HDC and 16 rows = 4”x4” square


Finished piece (lightly stretched) measures approx. :

0-6months—14” circumference, 7” diameter

6-12months—16” circumference, 8” diameter

Toddler—18” circumference, 9” diameter

Child—20” circumference, 9” diameter


Firstly, the chain 1 or 2 at the beginning of a round does NOT count as a stitch. 

Secondly, the pattern is written for all sizes listed above in the Sizing section. 

The instructions for the pattern is written for 0-6 months first, all other sizes with their stitch counts will be in parenthesis ( ) and separated by comma and in the order they are listed above, so PLEASE pay attention to the size you are working and where the stitch count numbers are in the line-up.

For example: Ch 52 (62, 74, 88)

Third, when working the texture row, be sure to skip a stitch after each bean stitch worked because to finish off the bean stitch, you must chain 1 which creates an extra stitch, so in order to keep the balance, skip a stitch under the chain 1 and work your cross stitch in the next 2 stitches.

(I know this sounds confusing however, this will make more sense when you get to the texture rows and see it for yourself).




Dc—Double crochet

XS—Cross Stitch

BS—Bean Stitch



*to*–Repeat the instructions written between the two *

HDC—Half-double crochet

YO—yarn over



Bean Stitch—To work this stitch, *Yo, insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop*, rep *to*, yo, pull thru all 7 loops on hook, ch1. You can also see this in action on our YouTube video, here.

Cross Stitch—To work this stitch, skip next stitch, work a DC in next, work another DC in the skipped stitch going behind the DC just made. You can see this stitch in action on our YouTube channel, here.


Ch 52 (64, 76, 88), and without twisting the chain, join to first chain made (at the opposite end of where you are now) by inserting your hook into that first chain, yarn over and pull up a loop, then pull through both loops on your hook to join.  We are now working in the round.


Row 1: ch1, hdc in each stitch around and join to first hdc made.  (52, 64, 76, 88)

Row 2: Ch2, BS in same as ch2, *sk 1 st, XS in next (using next 2 sts—see special stitches), BS in next*, rep from *to* to end of round, joining with a sl st to top of first BS made (13 BS 13 XS, 14 BS 14 XS, 15 BS 15 XS, 16 BS 16 XS)

Row 3: Ch1, hdc in same and in ea sp around, being sure to place one in the ch1 created when making the BS, join to first hdc with a sl st and FO.  (52, 64, 76, 88)

Weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy crocheting this cute baby headband! For an ad-free version, you may head to my Ravelry page to download into your library for FREE!

I would love for you to also look at my other patterns which you can check out on my website by clicking on the Patterns link at the top of the page, but you can also check them out on my Ravelry store, too!





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