Bandana Cowl – A free pattern

Two weeks ago, when teaching at Emma’s Christmas Market, I discovered that her youngest daughter Polly had started to dye her own yarn. I was immediately taken by Polly’s eye for colour and could not resist purchasing a couple of hanks for a project.

Polly’s yarn can be found as part of The Little Grey Sheep website and is called Fluff & Stuff – Please take a look, I promise you, you will fall in love with her colours.

As soon as I got home from the weekend I wound my yarn and started knitting and here is what I made:

My Bandana Cowl 🙂 A soft and warm cowl which is the perfect last minute Christmas gift for a friend or make one for yourself during the festive days.

  • You will need:
  • 1 x Fluff & Stuff Cambric Wool – 100% British Wool – 60g/240m (I used colour Purple Rain)
  • 1 x Fluff & Stuff Fairy Way – 72% Kid Mohair/28% Silk – 50g/400m (I used colour Baby it’s cold outside)
  • 5mm Circular Needle – 80cm and 2 stitch markers
  • Hold Yarn double throughout

The Pattern:

Cast on 2sts and then knit these sts.

  • Row 1 (RS): Kf+b, sl1wyif
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, p1, sl1wyif
  • Row 3: Kf+b, k1, sl1wyif
  • Row 4: K1, p2, sl1wyif
  • Row 5: Kf+b, k2, sl1wyif (5sts)
  • Row 6: K1, p3, sl1wyif
  • Row 7: Kf+b, k to last st, sl1wyif
  • Row 8: K1, p to last st, sl1wyif
  • Repeat rows 7 and 8 until you have 65sts on your needle
  • Next row (RS): K to last st, place marker, kf+b, rotate work by 90 degrees and pick up + knit in the front loop only of each slipped 62sts (128sts total)
  • Join for knitting in the round, place a marker and continue:
  • Rnd 1: P to first marker, sm, p to end
  • Rnd 2: K2tog, k to 1st before next marker, kf+b, sm, kf+b, k to last 2sts, k2tog
  • Repeat rnds 1 and 2 another 11 times (12 ridges in total)
  • Work I-cord cast off as follows: Cast on 2sts, *k2, k2togtbl, move 3sts back from right needle to left needle; rep. from * until all sts have been cast off.
  • Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Enjoy the pattern and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for being with me another year, all your support is greatly appreciated and never taken for granted.

Until soon, Heike xo

Crochet Nordic Wrist-Warmers

With Advent season in full swing and Christmas just around the corner, I have been busy getting ready, just like most of you.

Earlier in September my good friend Emma of The Little Grey Sheep invited me to take part in her Christmas open weekend from 6th to 8th December at her Farm in Hampshire. As many of you know, Emma and I have worked on a number of collaborations together and it’s is always a pleasure to visit the farm, so when Emma asked me to teach some crochet, I said yes immediately.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on some workshop preparation using Emma’s beautiful Hampshire 4ply yarn and I am looking forward to teaching this weekend, having fun meeting lots of yarn-lovers, eating delicious cake and getting into the festive spirit.

There is the option of learning how to crochet a traditional granny square or my variation on the African Square, as well as hearts and snowflakes.

I have also designed these wrist-warmers ready for the cold season. This is my little Christmas gift to you for being such lovely and loyal followers of my blog and other social media channels.

Keeping your wrists warm gives you warm hands and I hope you enjoy making them 🙂

They take not much yarn and can easily be made during a weekend. You can download the FREE PDF pattern by clicking this link HERE.

Wishing you all a very calm and relaxing advent season.

Until soon, Heike xo

Autumn Vibes and a Free Pattern for you

Autumn has arrived – my favourite time of year !

The time of year when life slows down a bit and we like to sit in front of the fireplace on wet and cold days, sipping tea relaxing without feeling too guilty. Just taking a break from everyday life, doing something we love, enjoying, experiencing the moment.

It is a pity that we often do this only in the cold months, when there is less self-inflicted pressure of other work to be done. 


As Yarn lovers we can spend many cosy hours in peace and relaxed concentration with a woolly project in our lap. Hygge time has arrived in full and we can look forward to taking it easy without a guilty conscience, just taking a little more time for ourselves, a good book, a lovely cup of tea and of course our beautiful projects.

Recently I was gifted some lovely yarn by Wool and the Gang, their new Glitterball Sock Yarn. This is a 95% Blueface Leicester/5% Lurex Yarn and like most other sock yarns, can be used for a multitude of projects.

With colder mornings on the horizon I decided to make a pair of fingerless mittens, perfect for walking the dog and it’s never too early to wear a bit of sparkle!

I used a variation of my favourite sock pattern for these – here is what I did:

100g Wool and the Gang Glitterball Sock Yarn (390m)

2.5mm Double pointed needles

2 Stitch Markers

Cast on 64sts and divide between 4 needles

Work *K6, P2; rep. from *around until work measures 10cm from cast on.

Start Thumb shaping
Rnd 1: K3, yo, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from *to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 2: K3, k1tbl, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 3: K7, *p2, k6; rep. from *to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 4: K3, place marker, yo, k1, yo, place marker, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 5: K3, slip marker (sm), k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 6: K9, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 7: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 8: K3, sm, k1tbl, k to yo, k1tbl, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 9: K3, sm, k to next marker, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rep. rnds 7-9 until there are 15sts between markers. End with a rnd. 9.

Next Rnd: K3, slip15sts from between markers on to scrap yarn, cast on 5 new stitches, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2.

Work one rnd in pattern and then:

Rnd 1: K2, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog, k2, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 2: K9, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 3: K2, k2togtbl, k1, k2tog, k2, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 4: K7, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 5: K2, k2togtbl, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Now work *k6, p2 pattern for 4cm and then work 5 rnds of k2/p2 rib.

Cast off.

Thumb:

Slip 15sts from scrap yarn back onto needle and pick up and knit 1st from left side, 5sts from cast on edge, 1st from right side.

Divide onto 3 needles and knit 1 rnd.

Rnd 2: K15, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog

Rnd 3: Knit

Rnd 4: K15, k2togtbl, k1, k2tog

Rnd 5: Knit

Rnd 6: K15, k3togtbl (16sts)

Work 5 rnds of k2/p2 rib.

Cast off. Weave in all ends and work second mitten the same.

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I hope you have fun making your own pair with whatever sock yarn you can find in your stash.

Enjoy some autumn vibes. xo

christmas makes

Over the past three Advent Sunday’s I have been sharing some cute and quick makes with my friends over on Instagram. Today, the fourth and last Advent Sunday, is no exception and will see the last Christmas pattern published for this year.

Why not share them here too I thought. So if you need a last minute decoration for your tree, or want to make a special Christmas gift for someone, here are this year’s quick Weihnachtsgeschenke by me.

Simple Crochet Christmas Tree
Knitted Christmas Tree Garland
Crochet Christmas Stars
Christmas Cones

Sorry for the mis-match of text colour and size, but these blocks were done for Instagram and I didn’t want to write it all out again due to time restrictions and I hope you will like them nonetheless.

Thank you for coming along with me on my knitting and crochet journey again this year, I have enjoyed your company.

I will be telling you about some changes in my next post, but for now I want to wish you a very merry Christmas and hope that 2019 will be a good year for us all.

See you soon, Heike xo

celebrations and a free pattern

www.nurturingfibres.com

I received the news that I had been chosen to become one of Nurturing Fibres Brand Representatives whilst on holiday in Guatemala and as you can imagine, I have been giddy with joy and excitement ever since.

On my return from holiday I found my first Yarn parcel waiting for me, carefully chosen and wrapped by Carle, it had come all the way from South Africa.

Cheering myself up coming home to gloomy weather and in the midst of unpacking suitcases I couldn’t wait to delve into my parcel and was greeted by a ray of exploding colour. I felt like a child in a sweet shop and found it almost impossible to restrain myself from getting out my hook immediately. Yesterday I couldn’t wait any longer and thinking of the many inspirational impressions from my holiday, I spent the day hooking away.

This was the result

The Maya Cross Square – inspired by my visit to Quirigua in the Peten Region of Guatemala and the many Mayan Stone carvings found there.

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What you need:

Nurturing Fibres Eco Cotton – 10g = 25m per square – I used colours Emerald, Old Gold and Ruby Pink for samples.

4mm Crochet Hook

Darning Needle

How To: (UK Terms)

Start with a magic ring and then work:

Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 5ch, [3tr, 5ch] x 7 into ring, join with ss to beg. ch.

Pull magic ring tightly to close.

Rnd 1: Ss to first 5ch sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 2ch, 3tr] in same sp, *5ch, skip next 5ch-sp, [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp; rep. frpm * twice, 5ch, skip next 5ch-sp, join with ss to beg. ch.

Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 2ch corner, 1tr in each of next 3sts, 5ch, **1tr in each of next 3sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.

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Rnd 3: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 4sts, *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 2ch corner, 1tr in each of next 5sts, 3ch, 1dc in missed 5ch-sp from magic round and at the same time enclosing ch’s made in rnds 1 & 2, 3ch, **1tr in each of next 5sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.

Rnd 4: Ch2 (counts as htr), 1htr in each of next 6sts, *3htr in 2ch corner, 1htr in each of next 7sts, 2tr in 3ch-sp, 1dtr in dc from prev. rnd, 2tr in 3ch-sp, **1htr in each of next 7sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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At this point your work will be a bit uneven and wobbly at the edges so it is important to block in order to achieve beautifully shaped squares. I use a granny block station that I purchased in The Netherlands HERE , but you can use any other method that you might prefer.

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I will write about my holiday another day and share some of the many photos I took with you. For now I hope you will enjoy trying out this new square and celebrate my wonderful news with me.

Happy hooking!

XO.



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