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Stag Throw Pillow – Free pattern

Stag Throw Pillow – Free pattern

Here is the first of several patterns in the Stag Collection – the stag throw pillow.   Note: this post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase using them we may get a small commission so that we can continue to 

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, 

A Handy Storage Basket – Free Pattern

A Handy Storage Basket – Free Pattern

I needed a handy storage basket so why not write it up as a free pattern? We had recently had a log burner put in and I needed something pretty to keep the logs in. I had also just gotten my first order of Hoooked Zpagetti and was looking for a good project to try it out with.

Yes, I was really late to the recycled jersey / t-shirt yarn party! I have been inspired by Knitz and Purlz and I have been loving seeing her jersey yarn and watching her create some gorgeous things. Every time I saw one of her posts it reminded me to make a storage basket.

Originally I wasn’t going to write this pattern up but I put a photo on IG and some people said they would love to check the pattern out. So it has waited for a couple of months (or 4!) until I could get it written up and tested properly.

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I liked the storage basket so much I made another one in white for my bathroom. It would also make a great gift basket for someone filled with toiletries or yarn!

 

Pattern Links:

If you would like an ad free pdf version of this pattern you can find it in all of the usual places:

Our Shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

Materials needed:

  • 60-70 yards of super chunky yarn – I suggest Paintbox recycled jersey T-shirt yarn or Hoooked Zpagetti solid
  • 12 or 15mm
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge is not important for this project

Sizing:

Using a 12mm hook my basket was 6.5” in diameter by 4” in height

Using a 15mm hook my basket was 10.5” in diameter by 6.5” in height – my testers found that when they did one of each they nested perfectly!

 

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • sc – single crochet
  • fpdc – front post double crochet
  • Bpdc – back post double crochet
  • Blo – back loop only
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off
  • [] – everything noted between these is worked into the same st

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms.
  • Any ch stitches at the beginning do count as a st unless otherwise stated.
  • The stitch count is in parenthesis at the end of each row.
  • You must turn as indicated to keep the structure of the basket sturdy

 

Special Stitches:

You can find our video tutorial on the fpdc at https://youtu.be/nmWe76Y4v08 – right handed version

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

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

 

Free Pattern:

Round 1 –       In a magic ring sc 6    OR    ch3, ss into first ch, sc6 into center. SS to join (6)

Round 2 –       Ch1, 2sc in each st around. SS to join (12)

Round 3 –       Ch1, sc in the first st, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (18)

Round 4 –        Ch1, sc in the first 2sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 2 sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (24)

Round 5 –        Ch1, sc in the first 3sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 3sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (30)

Round 6 –        Ch1, sc in the first 4sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 4sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (36)

Round 7 –        Ch1, sc in the first 5sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 5sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (42)

Round 8 –        Ch1, hdc blo in each st around. SS to join (42)

 

 

Let’s start the textured section!

Round 9 –       Alt ch3, [dc, ch1, 2dc] in the same st, sk2, fpdc in the next st, *sk2, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st. sk2, fpdc in the next st*. Rep from * to * to end of round. SS to join (7 shells and 7 fpdc)

Round 10 –     Ch1 , turn, bpdc around the last stitch you made in the previous round, *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, bpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to *. SS to join (7 shells and 7 bpdc)

Round 11 –      Ch1 , turn, fpdc around the last stitch you made in the previous round, *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, fpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to *. SS to join (7 shells and 7 bpdc)

Rounds 12 – onwards – repeat rounds 10 and 11 until your basket is almost as tall as you

would like (I repeated round 10 once only)

Note: the taller this one gets the less stable it appears because of the stitches used.

Round 13 –       ch1, hdc in each st and ch1 space around. SS to join (42)

Round 14 –       With the outside facing you, you have a choice as to how to finish this one off:

  1. ss in each stitch around (42) OR
  2. crab stitch in each st around if you feel like your yarn needs a little bit more stability.

FO and weave in ends.

And voila! A gorgeous storage basket for your home!

 

Bring on Spring Event

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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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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 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!

 

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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.

 

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