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Introducing the Elegant Anita Cowl and Beanie

Introducing the Elegant Anita Cowl and Beanie

The Anita Cowl and Beanie set (yes, you get BOTH patterns in the PDF!) is an elegant and stunning set that is so comfortable and easy to wear. I decided that it needed to be an adult set … but if you think it should 

Textured Beanie with Ribbed Band – Free Crochet Pattern

Textured Beanie with Ribbed Band – Free Crochet Pattern

The Paige hat is a great textured beanie and was actually the FIRST Sunflower Cottage Crochet pattern ever designed almost 4 years ago! Golly, four years reads like it was a long time but I feel like it was only a few months ago! Anyway, 

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.

 

Kate Coffee Beanie Cozy is here!

Kate Coffee Beanie Cozy is here!

Today we release our Kate Coffee Beanie Cozy (or CBC as we refer to them). It uses the same gorgeous and timeless stitch combo that is in all of our Kate designs. It is a great collection for girls of all ages from children to 

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 

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!

 

You may also like:

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!

 

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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.

 

Other patterns you may be interested in:

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

The Robin Beanie

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