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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 

Bunny Pillow – Free C2C Pattern

Bunny Pillow – Free C2C Pattern

The Bunny pillow and the Mini Corner to Corner course!

The bunny pillow was designed to be part of the free corner to corner mini course I have designed. It is aimed at teaching people the very basics of corner to corner.

You can find more about this course and get the breakdown and all the information and tutorial links you need HERE

 

Please note:

The pattern below is included in its entirety because it is meant to be used in conjunction with this course. I take you through all of the elements of the pattern, how to read the chart, written instructions and the colour block instructions. All of the links are in the post linked above.

 

Pattern links:

If you would like an inexpensive ad free version of this pattern you can purchase it in the following places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

Materials:

  • #4 weight yarn in 2 colors. I used caron simply soft and required one skein of each color.
  • 5mm hook
  • Stitch markers (recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • 16” pillow form

Gauge:

Using C2C in the dc stitch as your gauge stitch, 2’’x 2’’ is 3 blocks x 3 blocks

Size:

Fits 16” pillow form

Abbreviations:

  • Col A – Color A – this is the background color
  • CA – color A – this is the background color
  • ColB–Color B–this is the bunny
  • CB–Color B–this is the bunny
  • FO—fasten off

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • This pattern is reversible so if you carry any yarn remember to work over it as you go. It is not recommended to carry yarn for more than a few C2C blocks.
  • This is a traditional C2C graph and is worked diagonally from the bottom right-hand corner. It ends at the top left-hand corner.
  • To work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch and then measure how much yarn you used per C2C block multiplying that by the number of blocks of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.
  • Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the picture graph on the next page.

The Graph:

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Written instructions:

For the front panel of the bunny pillow

← Row 1 [RS]: (CA) (1 square)
→ Row 2 [WS]: (CA) x 2 (2 squares)
← Row 3 [RS]: (CA) x 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 4 [WS]: (CA) x 4 (4 squares)
← Row 5 [RS]: (CA) x 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 6 [WS]: (CA) x 6 (6 squares)
← Row 7 [RS]: (CA) x 4, (CB), (CA) x 2 (7 squares)
→ Row 8 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 4, (CA) x 2 (8 squares)

 

← Row 9 [RS]: (CA) x 3, (CB) x 4, (CA) x 2 (9 squares)
→ Row 10 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 5, (CA) x 3 (10 squares)

← Row 11 [RS]: (CA) x 4, (CB) x 5, (CA) x 2 (11 squares)

→ Row 12 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 6, (CA) x 4 (12 squares)
← Row 13 [RS]: (CA) x 4, (CB) x 7, (CA) x 2 (13 squares)
→ Row 14 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 7, (CA) x 5 (14 squares)
← Row 15 [RS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 8, (CA) x 2 (15 squares)
→ Row 16 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 8, (CA) x 6 (16 squares)
← Row 17 [RS]: (CA) x 6, (CB) x 9, (CA) x 2 (17 squares)
→ Row 18 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 9, (CA) x 7 (18 squares)
← Row 19 [RS]: (CA) x 7, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 2 (19 squares)
→ Row 20 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 8 (20 squares)
← Row 21 [RS]: (CA) x 9, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 2 (21 squares)
→ Row 22 [WS]: (CA) x 3, (CB), (CA), (CB) x 7, (CA) x 10 (22 squares)

← Row 23 [RS]: (CA) x 11, (CB) x 6, (CA) x 6 (23 squares)

Reduce from the left and right

→ Row 24 [WS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 6, (CA) x 11 (22 squares)
← Row 25 [RS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 4, (CA) x 2, (CB) x 5, (CA) x 5 (21 squares)

→ Row 26 [WS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 5 (20 squares)
← Row 27 [RS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 10, (CA) x 4 (19 squares)
→ Row 28 [WS]: (CA) x 4, (CB) x 9, (CA) x 5 (18 squares)
← Row 29 [RS]: (CA) x 7, (CB) x 7, (CA) x 3 (17 squares)
→ Row 30 [WS]: (CA) x 3, (CB) x 7, (CA) x 6 (16 squares)
← Row 31 [RS]: (CA) x 5, (CB) x 8, (CA) x 2 (15 squares)
→ Row 32 [WS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 4, (CA), (CB) x 4, (CA) x 3 (14 squares)
← Row 33 [RS]: (CA) x 2, (CB) x 4, (CA) x 2, (CB) x 2, (CA) x 3 (13 squares)

 

→ Row 34 [WS]: (CA) x 8, (CB) x 2, (CA) x 2 (12 squares)
← Row 35 [RS]: (CA) x 11 (11 squares)
→ Row 36 [WS]: (CA) x 10 (10 squares)
← Row 37 [RS]: (CA) x 9 (9 squares)
→ Row 38 [WS]: (CA) x 8 (8 squares)
← Row 39 [RS]: (CA) x 7 (7 squares)
→ Row 40 [WS]: (CA) x 6 (6 squares)
← Row 41 [RS]: (CA) x 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 42 [WS]: (CA) x 4 (4 squares)
← Row 43 [RS]: (CA) x 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 44 [WS]: (CA) x 2 (2 squares)
← Row 45 [RS]: (CA) (1 square)

For the back panel of the bunny pillow

← Row 1 [RS]: (CA) (1 square)
→ Row 2 [WS]: (CA) x 2 (2 squares)
← Row 3 [RS]: (CA) x 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 4 [WS]: (CA) x 4 (4 squares)
← Row 5 [RS]: (CA) x 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 6 [WS]: (CA) x 6 (6 squares)
← Row 7 [RS]: (CA) x7 (7 squares)
→ Row 8 [WS]: (CA) x 8 (8 squares)
← Row 9 [RS]: (CA) x 9 (9 squares)
→ Row 10 [WS]: (CA) x 10 (10 squares)

← Row 11 [RS]: (CA) x 11 (11 squares)

→ Row 12 [WS]: (CA) x 12, (12 squares)

← Row 13 [RS]: (CA) x 13 (13 squares)

→ Row 14 [WS]: (CA) x 14 (14 squares)

← Row 15 [RS]: (CA) x 15, (15 squares)

→ Row 16 [WS]: (CA) x 16 (16 squares)

← Row 17 [RS]: (CA) x 17 (17 squares)

→ Row 18 [WS]: (CA) x 18 (18 squares)

← Row 19 [RS]: (CA) x 19 (19 squares)

→ Row 20 [WS]: (CA) x 20, (20 squares)

← Row 21 [RS]: (CA) x 21 (21 squares)

→ Row 22 [WS]: (CA) x 22 (22 squares)

← Row 23 [RS]: (CA) x 23 (23 squares) Reduce from the left and the right

→ Row 24 [WS]: (CA) x 22 (22 squares)

← Row 25 [RS]: (CA) x 21 (21 squares)

→ Row 26 [WS]: (CA) x 20 (20 squares)

← Row 27 [RS]: (CA) x 19 (19 squares)

→ Row 28 [WS]: (CA) x 18 (18 squares)

← Row 29 [RS]: (CA) x 17, (17 squares)

→ Row 30 [WS]: (CA) x 16 (16 squares)

← Row 31 [RS]: (CA) x 15, (15 squares)

→ Row 32 [WS]: (CA) 14 (14 squares)

← Row 33 [RS]: (CA) 13 (13 squares)

→ Row 34 [WS]: (CA) 12 (12 squares)

← Row 35 [RS]: (CA) x 11 (11 squares)

→ Row 36 [WS]: (CA) x 10 (10 squares)

← Row 37 [RS]: (CA) x 9 (9 squares)

→ Row 38 [WS]: (CA) x 8 (8 squares)

← Row 39 [RS]: (CA) x 7 (7 squares)

→ Row 40 [WS]: (CA) x 6 (6 squares)

← Row 41 [RS]: (CA) x 5 (5 squares)

→ Row 42 [WS]: (CA) x 4 (4 squares)

← Row 43 [RS]: (CA) x 3 (3 squares)

→ Row 44 [WS]: (CA) x 2 (2 squares)

← Row 45 [RS]: (CA) (1 square)

 

Color Block Instructions for the front of the bunny pillow

For the back panel of the bunny pillow

Sew in your ends and then you are ready to assemble your bunny pillow!

Assembly:

Step 1:          Take your front and back panels and place wrong sides together (this means that the right sides will be facing outwards).

Step 2:          SC around three sides of your cushion ensuring that you sc through both the front and the back panels.  At each corner (sc, ch1, sc). Do NOT work the last side yet.

Step 3:          Insert pillow form into cushion (see photo below) and then continue to sc along the last side. This might be a little trickier as you have the pillow form to work around too.  Slip stitch to the first stitch you made. Do not fasten off yet!

Step 4:          Crab stitch in each sc and ch1 space around. SS to join

Fasten off and weave in ends.

C2C mini Course

If you are new to crocheting corner to corner we have a mini course. Parts 1 and 2 take you through how to make this bunny pillow step by step. The post linked below will be updated as the new parts are released (9th, 16th and 23rd February 2021)

You can find it here!

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The Bee Pillow – Free Crochet Pattern

The Bee Pillow – Free Crochet Pattern

  Can I say ‘Introducing the Bee Pillow’? Who doesn’t love bees? They have such an important role in our lives but sometimes I think it is way too easy to forget just how much they do for us! This pattern is actually reminding me 

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.)

 

https://youtu.be/QM_Ibt3SMyA

 

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

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

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Samantha’s Hope Beanie Free Pattern

Samantha’s Hope Beanie Free Pattern

Last year we participated in our first Crochet Cancer Challenge with our Samantha’s Hope beanie pattern. We went for royal blue in support of colon cancer.

2019 was a very poignant year to be initiated as one of the designers of this fabulous event. At the time Sara’s dad, Robin, was in the final stages of battling with his cancer. I designed this hat to honour him. I’m thrilled that he got to see it and approve of it before he died just 3 weeks later. Find out more about that story, what Sara fears the future holds for her and just how important this event is to us you can read about it here.

About the Samantha’s Hope Beanie

So now you know a little about how the Samantha’s Hope beanie and cowl came about, what about the pattern itself?

It is made using #5 weight yarn so it works up quickly. It’s unisex and looks fabulous in any colour choice you can think of!

At Sunflower Cottage Crochet we also like to try to teach crocheters a little about the craft. Whether it is a new technique, a new tip or trick or learning new stitches. Often times people have seen or used the stitch combos but not heard of the actual stitch before.

Give a stitch a name….

For some reason when you give a stitch a name it can start to intimidate some crocheters! For example, in one crochet group a lady worked up our Robin beanie, our Crochet Cancer Challenge pattern for 2020. In her post she stated that she had put off doing it because we named the third loop half double crochet stitch correctly as the camel stitch. Sitting down to make the hat she found it quite funny that this had put her off making the hat for a while.

 

 

My initial response was that we needed to change. Surely people shouldn’t feel that way when they see our patterns?

But I quickly realised that actually I like that we taught her something. Even if it was only the official name for the stitch. Our patterns always tell you how to work the special stitches and in most cases there is also a YouTube tutorial on how to work the stitch. There really is nothing to be intimidated about!

That being said….

 

Have you heard of the silt stitch?

It is a very basic stitch combo where you work (1sc, 2dc) in one stitch and then skip the next 2 sts and repeat and then on the next row you work a row of dc.

For the beanie and cowl I have amended it slightly. Instead of using the traditional double crochet row I used a hdc, to keep the cozy and warm feel of the hat.

But by itself the silt stitch just didn’t have the ‘umph’ that I was looking for. Sara is a big fan of the camel stitch (working into the third loop of the previous row) so I frogged and re-designed the hat to combine both the silt and the camel stitches. And doesn’t it look darling? The fact its unisex is also a big plus!

Samatha’s Hope Beanie is made to be a hug for your head. It’s warm, comfortable and is designed to be a little longer so that it covers and protects the ears too. It is written in three sizes – adult small, medium and large. If you want to adjust it to fit a child simply use #4 worsted weight yarn (aran) and go down to a 5mm hook! Sara and her family have given it a seal of approval – I hope you guys do too!

 

We have decided to share the pattern as a free one in this post!

But if you prefer to get the pdf versions you can find it at:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

Are you ready for the free beanie pattern? Keep scrolling!

Materials:

  • #5 weight yarn (chunky) I used Stylecraft Special Chunky which you can find here:
    large beanie – around 115 yards, medium beanie – 105 yards approx., small beanie – less than 100 yards
  • 5.5mm hook
  • Needle to sew in ends
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch marker (optional)

Gauge: 2’’x2’’is 7HDC x 5 rows

Sizing:

  • Small – 18” circ, 7.5” tall
  • Medium – 19” circ, 8.5” tall
  • Large – 20” circumference, 9’’ tall

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)

  • St(s)–stitch(es)

  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc–single crochet
  • hdc— half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • Hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
  • Dc2tog – double crochet 2 together
  • BLO – back loop only
  • YO – Yarn over

Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Ch1 and Ch2 at the start of a row counts unless stated otherwise.
  • There are three sizes to the beanie pattern – small, medium and large. The pattern indicates this with using the format small (medium, Large) where stitch counts etc differ.

Special Stitches:

Camel Stitch: This is worked in the third loop of the HDC stitch, which pushes the top two “V” stitch loops to the side, creating a “knitted” look. YO and insert hook into 3rd loop of indicated hdc, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Silt Stitch:We work a slightly amended version of the silt stitch in this pattern. It is worked over two rows or rounds.

  • Row 1: In the first st you work (sc, 2dc), sk2 and then work (sc, 2dc) in the next st, all of the way around your hat.
  • Row 2: Hdc in each st around
    (Note: technically here the stitch is usually worked using DC’s all of the way around for the silt stitch but I wanted to use the hdc)

Hdc2tog: This is used to create the reduction around the crown of the hat and is worked over two stitches.YO, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, insert hook into the next st, YO and pull through. YO and pull through all four loops on hook.

Dc2tog: YO, insert hook into st, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook, YO insert into next st, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through remaining three loops.

 

Samantha’s Hope Beanie Pattern

For the brim:

Row 1 – Ch 7 (8, 9) Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across (6, 7, 8 stitches)

Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as a st), turn. Sc BLO in each stitch across

Row 3 – Repeat row 2 until brim measures 18” (19”, 20”)

Hold the first and the last rows together and ss across to join the brim.

Do not FO

 

For the start of each beanie:

Round 1 – Sc 51 (57, 60) evenly around Ss to join

Round 2 – Ch1 (not a st) hdc in each st around. SS to join

Round 3 – Ch1 (counts as a sc), 2dc in the first st, sk2, *(1sc, 2dc) in the next st, sk2 stitches* repeat from * to * around.
SS to join

Round 4 – Ch1 (not a st) hdc in each st around. SS to join

Round 5 – Working into the third loop only (camel stitch – see special stitches for video link) on this round …

Continue beanie pattern for the relevant size of your hat below.

Size small:

Round 6 – Repeat round 3

Round 7 – Repeat round 4

.Round 8 – Repeat round 5

Round 9 – Repeat round 3

Round 10 – Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog, *hdc next 4 sts, hdc 2tog*, Repeat from * to * around. Hdc in the last 3 sts
SS to join (43)

Round 11 – Working into the third loop only in this round ….
Ch2 (counts), hdc in the next 4 sts, hdc2tog, *hdc in the next 5 sts, hdc2tog* Repeat from * to * around, hdc2tog over the last two sts.  SS to join (36)

Round 12 – Repeat round 3 SS to join

Round 13 – Ch2 (counts), hdc in the next st, hdc2tog in the next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next st, hdc2tog* Repeat from * to * around. SS to join (26)

Round 14 – Working into the third loop only in this round …
Ch2, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog * Repeat from * to * around. Hdc third loop only in the last 2 sts. SS to join (22)

Round 15 – Ch1 (does not count as a st), hdc2tog all of the way around. SS to join (11)

Round 16 – Ch1 (does not count), hdc in first st, hdc2tog around. SS to join (6)

Leave a long tail, FO.

Use tail to sew the top of the hat closed by weaving it through the stitches and then pulling tightly.

Sew in ends.

Size medium:

Rounds 6 – 8 – Repeat rounds 3-5

Rounds 9 &10 – Repeat rounds 3 and 4

Round 11 – Working into the third loop only in this round ….
Ch2, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in the next st, *hdc in next st, hdc2tog in the next, hdc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * around. HDC in last 4 sts SS to join (42)

Round 12 – Repeat round 3 (42)

 

 

Round 13 – Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog* Repeat from * to * around SS to join (30)

Round 14 – Working into the third loop only on this round … Ch2 (counts), in next st hdc2tog around. Hdc in last st SS to join (16)

Round 15 – Ch2, hdc2tog around SS to join (8)

Leave a long tail, FO.
Use tail to sew the top of the hat closed by weaving it through the stitches and then pulling tightly.

Sew in ends.

Size Large:

Rounds 6 – 11 – Repeat rounds 3-5 twice more

Round 12 – Repeat round 3

Round 13 – Ch2 , hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next 6 sts, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 sts, hdc2tog* around.
SS to join (51)

Round 14 – Working into the third loop only on this round ….
Ch2, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next, *hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog in next st* Repeat from * to * once more. Hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog in next st. SS to join (42)

Round 15 – Repeat round 3.

Round 16 – Ch2, hdc in next st *hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * around. SS to join (32)

Round 17 – Working into the third loop only on this row …. Ch2, hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st* repeat from * to * around. SS to join (24)

 

 

Round 18 – Ch2 (counts), hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st*. Repeat from * to * around SS to join (18)

Round 19 – Ch1 (does not count as a st), hdc2tog all of the way around. SS to join (9)

Leave a long tail, FO.
Use tail to sew the top of the hat closed by weaving it through the stitches and then pulling tightly.

Sew in ends.

FREE PDF

On 11th November 2020 ONLY you can get this beanie pattern as a free pdf in the Season of Joy event hosted by Ambassador Crochet! You need to visit their round up post here to grab the code if you do not already have it!

 

BONUS!!

As an extra than you we are also offering you the Samantha’s Hope cowl at 50% off from 11th – 15th November using code SAMANTHA. If you would like to purchase the matching cowl at this great discounted rate you can do so here.

 

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