Tag: winter accessory

Men’s Wrist Warmers – Free Pattern

Men’s Wrist Warmers – Free Pattern

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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…

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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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 …
Ch2 (counts as a hdc), hdc in each st around.

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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The Robin Beanie – Crochet Cancer Challenge Pattern!

The Robin Beanie – Crochet Cancer Challenge Pattern!

Our Crochet Cancer Challenge pattern for 2020 is the Robin Beanie.

If you joined us last year you will know that we highlighted colon cancer which is a royal blue ribbon. We are supporting the same cancer this year. You see, this time last year Sara’s dad, Robin, was fighting a brave battle against colon cancer. Unfortunately it was a battle that he lost on November 14th last year, 2 weeks after last year’s challenge ended.

If you want to read about Sara’s story and the future she fears is in front of her you can read it here.

We all have our own story to tell…

Cancer is one of those things that will touch us all in one form or another. I don’t believe very many people go through life without at least knowing someone who has battled Cancer.

Currently, a very dear friend of mine, who is also my daughter’s godmother and has a daughter 3 months older than mine, is battling bowel cancer. She is a nurse,  and so knew she had to get herself seen quite early. But still for someone who is not yet 50 to have to go through that! Local lockdown means that I cannot be there to help out as much as I dearly wish I could.

 

 

As I said last year, treatments make advances all of the time. In an ideal we world WE WANT THE CURE. The treatments can be brutal on the body and the mind of both the patient and their families. But hair loss is not always a side effect now depending on treatments required and the nausea can be drastically reduced.

 

What is the challenge about?

The Crochet Cancer Challenge is hosted each year by Christine of Sweet Potato 3. In return for using the code and getting the pattern as a free pdf you are pledging to make at least one hat of that pattern to donate by the end of the year (or whenever your local unit or charity starts accepting donations in your area if these have temporarily stopped).

Let’s do our bit by helping these warriors to keep their heads warm! This is actually very important. Cancer patients often loose their hair and a lot of heat escapes from the head. They also feel the cold a lot more than usual. So hats are often appreciated by those undergoing treatment.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for some useful links and information.

The Robin Beanie

What you will need to make the Robin Beanie:

Materials:

Sizing:

Hat circumference should be

  • 16’’ for small,
  • 18’’ for medium and
  • 20’’ for large.

Stitches used:

This hat uses sc, hdc and dc with some worked into the back loop only to obtain the ribbing and some third loop to get the texture on the body of the hat. The pattern includes video links on how to work the third loop and also how to do the sedge stitch (the sc, hdc, dc combo).

So this hat is a great project for a recent beginner who knows the basics and wants to progress a little and play with texture.

It is made side to side so you will need to slip stitch or sew it together at the end.

 

 

Our Pattern links

From 6th-31 October inclusive you can download our Robin Beanie pattern free with the code CancerChallenge on Ravelry by using the button below.

Please remember that if you use the code for the download you are pledging to make at least one Robin’s beanie to donate to a cancer patient or unit.

 

You can also get the pattern in the following places:

Our store here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

  • Information explaining what the Crochet Cancer Challenge is, click HERE.
  • What type of hat should I make? What Sizes? Where do I get the patterns? Click HERE.
  • Yarn Recommendations to use for the hats, click HERE.
  • Where should I donate my hats, click HERE.
  • A fun start early project you can add to your hats, click HERE.
  • Challenge others to join and get tags you can print for your hats, click HERE.

 

As an extra thank you

We are offering you the matching Robin Scarf for 50% (that’s only $1.50!!) for the whole of October 2020!! You will need to use the code ROBIN and it is ONY available in our Ravelry Store here. Find out more about this pattern by clicking the pic below.

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