October Rose Mitts – pattern release and sale

A while ago I posted that I was looking for testers to test my latest fingerless mitten pattern – well now those testers have done their stuff and I’m pleased to be able to release October Rose. These mittens are worked in the round from the bottom up.

To celebrate their release this pattern is currently 50% off on ravelry until Monday – so hurry and buy them now ūüėČ

This sample was made with The Fibre Co. Acadia [60% Merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk; 133 m / 145 yds per 50 g hank] with colours Rosebay and Jack Pine.



#rainbowshawlcal weeks 11&12

Here are rows 24-28 of the rainbowshawlcal. Check out the first rows here¬†if you’ve just joined in.IMG_3387

Row 24: join next colour, 3 Ch, 2 tr in next chsp, *3 tr in each chsp to end*, finish with 3 tr in final chsp. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 25: 2 ch, DC between clusters of previous row, until stitch marker, 3ch over stitch marker, finish with 2ch, DC in last stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to first chsp at other end. 70 chsps.

Row 26: 3ch, 2tr, *3tr in each chsp, repeat to stitch marker, 6 tr in 3-chsp at stitch marker, continue like this to the end. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 27: 3ch, 3 tr, *popcorn, 8 tr; repeat to end, finishing with 3tr. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 28: 1 ch, DC in each stitch to end.

#rainbowshawlcal weeks 9&10

Here are the rows for weeks 9&10 of the #rainbowshawlcal – I’m sorry I’ve got a bit behind on the blog posts for this – if you want to see the latest rows check out instagram¬†.IMG_3189

Row 20: join next colour, 3 ch, *tr through back of loop, tr* repeat these two stitches until end of row. Fasten of yarn and rejoin at other end.

Row 21: 3 ch, *2 tr in next stitch, 1 ch, skip 2 stitches* repeat until stitch marker, 4 tr (rather than 2) in the stitch above each stitch marker, finish with a single tr in the final stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 22: 3 ch, *2tr into space between pair of trs from row below, 1 ch* repeat to end, finish with 1 ch, tr in final stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 23: 2 ch, *dc in middle of v from previous row, 2 ch* repeat to end, finishing with 2 ch, dc in last stitch. Fasten off ready for a new colour.

Looking for knit testers for a new fingerless mitten pattern

I’m very excited about my latest pattern, October Rose fingerless mittens, which you may have already seen pics of if you follow me on instagram. I’ve written up and charted the pattern, I’ve made my sample and had the pattern tech edited. Now all the remains before I can release it is to get it test knit. Sign up on Ravelry if you’d like to test this pattern for me!¬†https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-testing-pool/3830280/1-25IMG_3291

Weeks 5&6 #rainbowshawlcal

Hi, this is where I’m saving the weekly updates to the #rainbowshawlcal to help anyone who wants to join after the official start. Week 1&2 is available here:¬†#rainbowshawlcal weeks 1 & 2

Row 10: ch3, 3tr cluster in each chsp to end. Move stitch markers up to this row, between clusters. (53 clusters) Break off yarn but don’t rejoin because it’s time for our next colour.

Video for this row on instagram TV.
Row 11: join yellow (or your choice of colour) yarn to top of chain. Ch3, *tr into the space before next 3tr cluster, 2tr into the middle stitch of the cluster*. Repeat to stitch marker, 2tr into the space where the stitch marker is, move stitch marker up to between these two stitches. Keep repeating like this, 1tr between clusters unless it’s a stitch marker when it’s 2trs. 2trs in the centre of each cluster. 1tr in final stitch of last cluster. (168 trs) Break off yarn and rejoin to the top of the chain at the other end.

Row 12: ch3, tr, *ch1, 2tr into the lowered stitch of the row below* repeat until the stitch marker. At stitch marker, 2tr into first of lower stitches, ch1, 2tr into second lower stitch. Move stitch marker up to between the two sets of 2tr. Continue as before to end of row. Finish with 2tr into final stitch. Break off yarn and rejoin to the top of the chain at the other end.

Row 13:
Ch3, 2tr in space between turning chain and next stitch, *ch1, 2 tr in space between 2tr of previous row* repeat from * until end. Finish with a single tr between the final 2tr. Break off yarn and rejoin to the top of the chain at the other end.

Row 14:
Ch3, *tr, ch2* repeat until end of row, finishing with a tr in the final tr of last row. Break off yarn, ready for a new colour.

Video for this row.
Row 15:
Join new colour top of chain in previous row. Ch1, *DC into top of next tr, 2 dc into chain space (chsp)* repeat until stitch marker, ch3, sc into space between two sets of Vs on row 12, ch3, DC into top of next tr and continue with pattern until next stitch marker.

Pineapple bag & join as you go

I’ve recently published a new design, Pineapple Pencil Case¬†available on ravelry.¬†This pattern comes with two photo tutorials. One is for the pineapple texture (you’ll have to buy the pattern to see that) and one explaining the join as you go method of joining crochet pieces. I’m sharing that tutorial here.

DC join as you go

Place your hook through the next stitch on the top of the pineapple and the front loop of a corner stitch on the pineapple body.IMG_2712

Yarn over the hook and pull through the stitches from both parts of the pineapple. Two loops on hook.IMG_2713

Yarn over and pull through both loops (as for a normal dc stitch).IMG_2716

Continue onto the next stitch and all the way around. Ss to close after the final st.IMG_2717

That’s it! Hope you enjoy.

Weeks 3&4 – Rainbow Shawl Crochet Along

Hello and welcome to the #rainbowshawlcal I hope you are enjoying it! There are some videos to help you over on IGTV . The first weeks of this CAL are also available on my blog here: #rainbowshawlcal weeks 1 & 2

Row 5: chain 1, ^*sc in next stitch, chain 2, skip 2 stitches* repeat from * 3 more times, sc, skip 1 stitch. Repeat the whole thing from ^ 8 times and sc into the final stitch (no skipped stitch on the very last repeat). (You should now have 45 2ch spaces) Break off yarn but don’t rejoin as we will use a new colour for the next row.

Row 6: join orange yarn (or your choice of colour) to the top of the chain at the right hand side of your work and ch3. 3tr in each 2 chain space to the end, as you reach the stitch markers move them up and place them in the middle of your current 3tr cluster. (45 3tr clusters) Break off yarn and reattach to the top of your 3 chain at the other end.

Row 7: ch 1, *sc into the space before next 3tr cluster, ch2*.
This is the pattern, repeat to end except when you get to a cluster with a stitch marker ch3 rather than ch2.
If the above is to vague for you then here it is written out: repeat from * 3 more times then sc, ch3. Repeat the whole thing 8 more times.
Sc into last tr in the last cluster. Break off yarn and reattach to the top of your 3 chain at the other end.

Row 8: ch 3, 3tr cluster in each ch space (chsp) until you reach a stitch marker. In the chsp above each stitch marker do 3tr, ch1, 3tr (so there are two clusters rather than the usual one). Move stitch marker up to between these two clusters. Break off yarn after the last cluster and rejoin to the top of the chain at the other end. (53 clusters)

Row 9: ch3, *tr in space before next cluster, ch2* repeat 52 more times, tr in top of final tr of the previous row. (53 chsps) Break off yarn and rejoin to the top of the chain at the other end.


#rainbowshawlcal weeks 1 & 2

Hello and welcome to the #rainbowshawlcal I’m hosting this mystery crochet along on instagram but thought I’d post the first couple of weeks here as well for those who don’t use instagram.

I am using british crochet terminology, here is a handy list of translations for those of you who prefer US terms: http://www.simplycrochetmag.co.uk/2013/07/04/uk-and-us-crochet-conversion-chart/

Foundation row: Chain 75 (72 stitches plus turning chain).

Row 1: starting at the 4th chain from the hook *1 tr into each of the next 7 stitches, 3tr into next stitch placing a stitch marker in the middle stitch* repeat from * to * 8 more times. (91 stitches, including the top of the turning chain)
Break off yarn and reattach to top of turning chain at other end (we are going to work all our rows with the right side facing us, do not weave in ends, leave about 15 cm of yarn).

Row 2: Chain 3, *3tr into next stitch, skip 2, 3tr, skip2, 3tr, skip1, 3tr into stitch that has stitch marker (move stitch marker into middle stitch of this tr), skip1* repeat 8 times, single tr into the last stitch (36 3tr clusters, plus starting chain and single tr). Break off yarn and attach at other end to the top of the chain 3.

Row 3: Chain 3, 3tr into the space before the next tr cluster of the previous row. Repeat 3 tr clusters in each space. Finish with 2 tr in space before final single tr. (36 clusters plus 2tr and turning ch.) Break off yarn and attach at other end to top of chain 3.

Row4: ch3, *tr into the top of the next 12 stitches 2 tr in the space before the next cluster (this is above a stitch marker – move the stitch marker to between these two trs)* repeat 8 times. (126 trs, plus turning chain)Break off yarn and attach at other end.



Please do join us by sharing your project on instagram with #rainbowshawlcal – here’s a link to what’s been shared so far –¬†https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/rainbowshawlcal/

#rainbowshawlcal starts Friday 6th July

I’m excited to announce that I’m hosting a crochet along (cal) over on instagram¬†. I’ll be making a rainbow shawl and I invite you to join in. Every Friday I’ll post the next couple of rows. It will be relaxed, so why not come and join in? We start on Friday the 6th July and if you’re reading this after that then don’t worry just come and join in anyway. We’ll start really slowly so you’ll be caught up in no time.

To join in you’ll need eight colours of yarn, eight stitch markers (or paperclips) and a crochet hook. That’s it. I’ll be on hand to answer questions and point you in the right direction.

There will be no weaving in of ends – we’re going to do something a little different with them so you have my permission to leave all of your ends to the end. I said it’d be relaxing ūüėČ

Don’t forget to share you progress photos and tag them with #rainbowshawlcal so we can find them!ACS_0081