Tag: video tutorial

This Floral Border will Transform your Afghan!

This Floral Border will Transform your Afghan!

This floral afghan border is just stunning. If you are looking for a border for an afghan or other project that is a little bit different, a little feminine and looks great either in one colour or in several, then take a peek at this 

The Ornamental Garden Square – Free Crochet Pattern

The Ornamental Garden Square – Free Crochet Pattern

The ornamental Garden Square is the 6th square to be released in the Bouquet of Flowers CAL. I designed it specifically for the event and love how it turned out. It has a slightly vintage feel to it I think, especially in the second version I 

Free Crochet pattern – Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

Free Crochet pattern – Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

Spring is in the Air and this infinity scarf is the perfect accessory!

The bitterly cold winds coming off the North Sea are starting to warm up. The sun is fighting its way through the clouds. Crocuses and snowdrops are starting to bloom!

With Christmas and Valentines over, the children back to school and routines once again established we start to look towards Mothers Day here in the UK and Easter.

But, we still need those transitional accessories to help get us from winter into spring and summer and then from the cooler end of summer to autumn.

My model here, Lyndsey, was such a good sport to model for these photos for me! It was a rather nippy February day when those North Sea winds were trying to compete with the sunshine. Don’t worry – I treated her to lunch afterwards … and she claimed the infinity scarf!

 

 

A great infinity scarf

That its why this infinity scarf is so great! It is made with a 5mm hook and #3 (DK) weight yarn. It is lightweight and works up quickly.

 

Yarn used:

Stylecraft Batik Swirl in colour Meadow was perfect for my scarf. The colours in this and the transitions were so beautiful that I didn’t need to add much to the design as the yarn did all of the talking. There is a whopping 601 yards in these skeins!

It isn’t the first time I have used this yarn. And I have never been disappointed with it.

 

Stitches used my Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

If you have knowledge of the basic stitches then you can make this infinity scarf! There is the 3DcCl (3 double crochet cluster) in this one. However, if you are confident with the double crochet I have some video tutorials on how to do this one on my YouTube channel.(See below for the video’s.)

 

 

How to crochet the 3DcCl

The 3DcCl is worked like a DC3Tog but it is worked all in one stitch instead of over 3 sts.

*YO, insert hook into sts to be worked, YO and pull through, YO and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook. * Rep from * to * twice more. YO pull through all 4 four loops on your hook.

 

Are you ready for the pattern?

Materials used:

  • Approx 300 yds of #3 weight (DK) yarn of your choosing
  • For my grey version half a skein of Stylecraft Batik Swirl in Meadow
  • 5mm
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Sizing and Gauge:

Gauge is not important for this project as you are using your scraps and it is a scarf – simply increase the number of repeats if you want it wider.

My scarf was approximately 6” wide by 54” in circumference.

Abbreviations used:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • FSC – foundation single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • SC – single crochet
  • 3DcCl – 3 Double crochet Cluster
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off 

 

Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms.
  • Ch1 stitches at the beginning of a row do not count as a st unless otherwise stated. However, the CH1 spaces between the cluster stitches DO count as a stitch.
  • The stitch count is in parenthesis at the end of each row.

 

Pattern

Row 1 –           FSC 230 

OR 

CH 231, SC in second CH from hook and each CH across . SS to join. (230)

Row 2 –           CH1, SC in the first st, and each st across. SS to join. (230)

Row 3 –           Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st, CH1, 

Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Row 4 –           Turn, Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st, 

CH1, Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Rows 5 – 7      Repeat row 4

 

 

Row 8 –           CH1, SC in the first st, and each st and CH1 space across. SS to join. (230)

Row 9 –           CH2, HDC in the first st, and each st across. SS to join. (230)

Row 10–          Repeat row 8

Row 11 –         Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st, CH1, 

Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Rows 12-15 – Turn, Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st,

CH1, Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

 

 

Row 16 –         CH1, SC in the first st, and each st and CH1 space across. SS to join. (230)

Row 17 –         Repeat row 16.

 

If you would like a wider scarf, repeat rows 8 – 17.

FO and Sew in ends.

The Spring into Spring Event

When Jo asked if I would like to participate in this event I knew what I wanted to design for it. And I knew which yarn I wanted to use. TBH the yarn had been shouting ‘Use Me!’ for a while and I had a part skein of it that my daughter had started using and then not finished. It’s still not used! The Spring is the Air Infinity Scarf uses less than you would think.

How does this event work?

Each day at 10am EST a different pattern and designer are featured. Some designers are heavily reducing their patterns with the coupon codes, some are giving away free pdf patterns. You need to check each day’s pattern to see what the offer is.

You can find Jo’s round-up by clicking the button below:

On 7th March 2022 I will be giving away the free pdf for the Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf. Unusually for me, you do not need a code to get this download, but I am trying something new.

Click the button to be taken to another page on my website. This one has a bit more info about me and what Sunflower Cottage Crochet is all about. You will also be able to find my links there if you would like to follow me, sign up to my emails or join my community of awesome crocheters!

PDF Pattern links

If you would like an ad free copy of this pattern you for a super low price then click one of the button below.

 

Crochet the Iris Stitch – tutorial and free pattern

Crochet the Iris Stitch – tutorial and free pattern

The Iris stitch has such a beautiful lacy texture and is so simple to crochet. I have seen this stitch used in so many types of projects – bags, summer tops and cardigans, baby blankets. I have a headband that uses this stitch too! It 

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 

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, winding country roads, sunshine and that innocent romance element. So I knew that my design had to be lacy and lightweight to represent being carefree, pretty and simple to add to the elegance and practical because if it isn’t who is going to wear it?!

Head scarves look so cute on lots of women. Personally I don’t think I could pull this one off, but who knows in the summer with a super long summer dress I might pull off the boho vibe with it … maybe. I’m hoping!

 

 

Finding the right stitch for my Elegant Headscarf

So out came my stitch directories. You may have noticed that I am much more comfortable with the warmer stitches and my designs reflect that. Ordinarily I like to be cozy and wrapped up. And designing things with a spring and summer vibe in the middle of what feels like the longest winter ever has its own problems LOL.

There are so many pretty lacy stitches out there. But I found it hard to believe that the drunken granny stitch had not been used for something like this. It is such a great stitch, using only double crochets and chains (US terms) so is a great introduction to more open stitch work for beginner crocheters.

Elegant hair scarf uses the drunken granny stitch

Pattern links:

If you prefer an inexpensive pdf version of this pattern you can find it in the following places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

 

Materials you will need to create the Elegant Headscarf:

  • #2 weight yarn or cotton of choice. I used approx. 120 yards of Stylecraft Special 4 ply in cream.
  • 3.5mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors

This is our first pattern that uses #2 weight (4 ply)yarn but for me it was a no-brainer decision. It is fine and lightweight so perfect for obtaining the lightweight, carefree elegance that I was looking for. I also happened to have some in my stash so that was a bonus!

#3 (DK) or #4 weight (aran) yarns add bulk and weight so your project will finish up being wider and heavier. Although the pattern works with them, and some of my testers used heavier yarns, I would recommend you try with a #2 weight first. I promise you will love the outcome!

 

Sizing:

My head scarf worked out at 2.75” by 58” – by all means make this one shorter but long enough to tie around a bun or ponytail and have the ends dangle a little. That too would look so pretty and be perfect for younger girls and moms alike!

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • This pattern is reversible
  • Ch3 at the start of the row does count as a st.
  • To make the pattern wider you could use a bigger hook or a heavier weight yarn.

 

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • Ch sp – chain space
  • St / sts – stitch / stitches
  • Sk – skip
  • dc – double crochet
  • Rep – repeat
  • FO – fasten off

 

The Elegant Headscarf Pattern:

 

Row 1:            Ch19

(4dc, ch3, dc) in 6th ch from hook, *sk4 chs (4dc, ch3, dc) in next ch*.

Rep from * to * until you have 3 ch’s remaining. Sk 2ch, dc in last ch, turn.

 

Row 2:            Ch3, work (4dc, ch3, dc) in each ch3 sp across, dc in the top of the turning ch from the previous row, turn

 

 

Rows 3 on:     Repeat row 2 until your hair scarf measures approx 58” (or desired length)

FO, weave in ends.

 

Sweet and Simple Event

Between 15th and 21st February 2022 you can get this pdf pattern free on Ravelry using the code that you can find in the round up post.

Get the code by clicking the link below

 

Then come back and use the code in our Ravelry shop by clicking the button below:

 

You may also like:

The Kate Wristlet

The Joy Wrap

 

A Simple Border for Blankets and Afghans

A Simple Border for Blankets and Afghans

There are so many beautiful options when choosing a border for your blankets and afghans.Whether you prefer something a bit more lacy and eye-catching or something more simple and understated there are hundreds of options out there! Today I would like to show you a 

The Connection Square

The Connection Square

The Connection Square was designed specifically to be part of our Friendship Blanket Cal.   Don’t forget you can sign up for our Events and CALs emails and never miss a square or one of our events! Just click the button below I have chosen the bean 

Men’s Wrist Warmers – Free Pattern

Men’s Wrist Warmers – Free Pattern

The Richard wrist warmers (named after my very supportive husband) are a more masculine version of our Susan Wrist warmers. These men’s wrist warmers are a great gift idea, and a good way to use your scraps or bust that stash!

Do you remember our Susan Wrist warmers?

Where the Susan Wrist warmers uses the sedge stitch the Richard wrist warmers use the crunch stitch. We released the pattern for those over a year ago now. You can find the free pattern for those here or by clicking the photo at the bottom of this page.

These men’s wrist warmers are constructed in exactly the same way but instead of using the sedge stitch I went for a more masculine looking crunch stitch.

The Richard Wrist Warmers

Don’t get me wrong, they the Susan and Richard wrist warmers are unisex really – I just wanted a reason to try them out with a different stitch LOL.

You may recall, if you have read about the Susan version, that I made the Susan version with the intention of gifting them to the ladies that worked for my husband last Christmas. They got theirs and loved them. The men then got jealous and asked to try on their gifts. They loved how they felt and that they could still use their phones etc whilst wearing them. Dan and Alex asked me to make them a pair but make them look a ‘bit more manly’ than the pink and gold versions. They ‘advised’ of their favourite colours to wear and sent me on my merry way to get my hooks out again. Luckily, the local yarn store was 2 minutes from the office and a 5 minute walk from home.

So yes, the Richard wrist warmers have been waiting their turn for release since December last year!

What I can unequivocally say is that both lads are still wearing their wrist warmers and they still look great after a year and despite Dan having 2 small children at home!

I believe that Sara also made a few pairs of these last year as gifts for her brothers and other family members which went down a treat.

 

PDF Pattern links:

As always, you can find a very reasonably priced pdf version of this pattern in all of our stores:

Ravelry here

Our shop here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

Video tutorial:

If you prefer video tutorials instead of written patterns Sara recorded a full video on how to make these men’s wrist warmers on our YouTube Channel. The left handed version will go up very soon!



The Pattern:

Materials:

  • You can use any size yarn for this. Thinner yarn will use more. I used approx. 110 yards of Stylecraft Aran (#4 weight yarn) with no cuff. You can use any yarn with the appropriate size hook.
  • Hook recommended for the yarn used
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:

Not important for this project as you create the length required with your chains and work to the desired width.

Sizing:

My finished gloves were 8.25’’ tall and 4’’ wide and fit a medium man’s hand. You will need a couple of measurements to get the perfect fit (although I have given a rough guide below). If you can get them you will need these three measurements:

 

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • dc–double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • sc–single crochet
  • ss–slip stitch
  • FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
  • BPDC – Back post double crochet
  • * to * – repeat from * to *

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Ch1 does not count as a st
  • You will need to know the measurements for length, width and distance from the top to the part of your hand where you thumb starts to get a great fit! (see photo above for more information)
  • The figure photos are from our Susan wrist warmers but the same principles apply here!

 

 

Note: these wrist-warmers are made as a rectangle and then the sides sewn together with a gap for the thumb.

 

Row 1            Ch in multiples of 2 until you get the desired length of the wrist-warmer  minus 1.5’’ (this is made up with the cuff later). Then ch an additional 1.  Sc in second ch from hook and each st across.

OR

 Fsc in multiples of 2 until you get the desired length minus 1.5’’.

 I fsc 32  to start (but I would do 34 or 36 for a large size and 28 or 30 for a small if you don’t have the measurements you need)

 

Row 2         Turn. Alt ch2 in first st (this is made up of a sc and a ch) Ss in next st, *hdc in next st, ss in next st* along.

Note: you will end with a ss.

 

Row 3-32     Repeat row 2 until work is wide enough to go around the knuckles. If your knuckle length is 4’’, your work needs to be 8’’ tall.

For example, to get a 4’’ width I made mine measure 8’’ tall as I worked it. You will then turn the finished rectangle on its side to create the finished item!

 Do not fasten off.

 

 

Assembly:

 

Turn your rectangle 90 degrees.

Using a stitch marker mark the measurement from the top of the wrist-warmer to where the thumb starts.

Mark where the thumb finishes with another stitch marker (see pic below).

 

 

SS or sew from the top to the first marker.

SS or sew from the second stitch marker to the bottom. Do not FO

 

 

To work the Cuffs:

Round 1        Ch1, sc an even number of stitches evenly around the bottom of the glove. SS to join 

Note: be careful not to sc too few as this will make the gap for getting you hand in smaller! I find one sc for each row works well.

Round 2       Ch3 (counts as a dc), DC in each stitch around. SS to join.

For Round 3        Ch1, *FPDC around the first stitch, BPDC around the next st* around SS to join

Round 4        Repeat round 3.

Round 5        Repeat round 3.

 FO, weave in ends.

That is all there is to these super simple but gorgeous Richard Wrist Warmers! These men’s wrist warmers are sure to be a hit.
Don’t forget to share your makes with us in our Community group on Fb or tag us on Instagram! Click the links below to find us!

 

 

You may also like:

Bean Stitch
The Bean stitch creates such a great texture on projects!

N stitch mug cozy

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