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Keffiyah  Cowl

If you knew me in real life, you would probably have  heard me say that I love cowls a lot . I prefer them over scarves because of how you don’t have to fuss with them like you would a scarf if it gets out of place.

When I finished this  cowl and posted on Instagram , there were a couple of people who said it looked like the Keffiyah , the distinct red and white Kuwaiti headdress and asked for the pattern.


I decided write down the pattern and call it the Keffiyah cowl as it was indeed inspired by the Kuwaiti headdress .

It is really a very simple pattern to make

Materials

. I used Heritage Organic Merino yarn  a light worsted weight yarn

Melon Sorbet  50 Gm X 1.25skeins

Ecru 50 Gm X 1.5 skeins

Pattern

(US instructions )

SC = single crochet

DC= double Crochet

SL ST= slip stitch

CH= chain

With  Melon , CH 27

Row :1  SC in second ch from hook, DC in next ch, ( sc in next ch, dc in next ch) , repeat () till the end.

Change Colour to Ecru , ch 1, turn

To change colour, at the end of the row, draw through the new colour in the last loop of the final dc or sc in the row.

Alternatively, you can also carry the yarn through . In which case you will need more yarn.

Row :2 Sc in first dc, dc in next sc ( sc in next stitch , DC in next sc) Repeat ( ) until the end of the row.

Repeat row 2 until desired length , making sure your last row is the colour that is opposite to your starting colour.

Whip stitch the short ends together . Weave in all loose ends.

For the Scallop Edging

Start the edging at the point where the joining ends. Along the wider side of the cowl, make ch3, 2 DC  in the 3rd ch from hook. Skip two stitches . Sl st in the next stitch. Repeat around. Finish off.

Do the same on the other long side. Weave in the ends .

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Atwood Shawl

The Atwood Shawl is now finished. I mentioned this Knit Along in the passing before  but did not give anymore details.

Nicole of Hue Loco  hosted  the Knit Along for the Atwood Shawl she designed and I jumped right in. One of those delightful patterns even a beginner like me can make without much hair tearing.

I only noticed that I made a big mistake of skipping the garter rows in-between the eyelet rows, but you will not know unless I mention it and also the beautiful yarn kind of makes up for it don’t you think? I used the rest of the yarn to crochet a picot edge.

I learnt to slip the beginning knit stitch purl wise without knitting it at the start of the row , when I made the baby blanket. I used the same method to create a neat edge for this shawl too. I made the smaller size.

Projects Details:

 Yarn : 8ply  Northern Lights by Meraki Studio NZ.

Needles: 4.5 mm Chia goo Lace knitting circular needles

Pattern :Atwood Shawl

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DAY STAR SNOWFLAKE : Free Pattern

e31f9-picmonkey2bcollageChristmas time always takes me on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Times of watching my grandmother dye coconut fibre green and make a Christmas tree. Decorating the tree with  her glass bobbles  with many instructions not to break those delicate beauties, as my brother and I  vied with each other to hang them on the tree.

Expectantly  waiting on the verandah for  cousins coming home  for holidays, with my uncles and aunts.

Caroling around town with our school choir, gathering at my mom’s ancestral paternal home for the annual Christmas Eve party. Sometimes singing carols off key  for our grandparents   only to be cheered on to sing some more.
Waking up early on Christmas morning to go attend church, wearing  our new clothes; the scent of jasmine ,the sound of laughter, music ,the chill foggy December air,  the soft  Christmas lights all lending a magical aura to the whole season.
It made me very happy that here in Christchurch ,we were able to enjoy a little bit of the many past Christmases , singing carols  at rest home,our church and listening to Christmas Music all day long on the Radio.
I’m  particularly  delighted to slow down, this time of the year specially , to make time for others and enjoy the spirit of the season.  Schools closing out for the year and Summer – its just the  perfect timing .
Lil B’s school gave us a big surprise , the last day of school by sending us a big box filled to the brim with groceries and a cook book.
Our Christmas tree went up finally. Lil B painstakingly set up the tree, hung the lights decorated it with a lot of handmade ornaments .The cosy  glow of the tree lights ,the lazy relaxed pace that has taken over our home, makes me realise that my boys are making some memories that they will carry into their adulthood just like I have from childhood..
This  snowflake pattern is my  Christmas gift to you all.
Day Star Snowflake  Pattern
 
Skill Level: Easy
 
d3db6-row2b1Materials:
 
Anchor Metallic Cotton Thread.
 
Hook:  1.75 mm (addi)
 
This pattern is written in American Terms
 
Stitches:

Ch=Chain

Slst=slipstitch

Sc= Single Crochet
 
Hdc = half double crochet Dc= Double Crochet

2dc bobble =2dc bo

 {For a 2 double crochet Bobble stitch, do each double crochet without completing the the last step in the same stitch 
(you would have 1 loops after the first dc, 1loop on the hook after the  second dc.Then yarn over and draw through all the loops. That is the Bobble stitch.

For starting bobble, start with 3ch which counts as first dc}
 
Picot= 3ch ,insert hook in the third chain from hook, yarn over , draw through the stitch. For a bigger picot, 4ch 
 
Round 1:
Start with magic ring , make the starting  2dc bobble,into the magic ring ,( 3 ch,2dc bobble 3ch) , repeat five more times. Join in the top of the starting bobble  (6 (2dc bobble, 3 ch ) )
Close the magic ring by pulling the thread.
Round 2:
Sl st into the 3 ch space. In the 3 Ch space, make*( 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1dc, 3 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc)* all in the 3 ch space. Repeat * to * in the next 3 ch space  and around. Join with Sl st in the beginning sc.
Round 3:
Ch 1, sc in the same space. 3 ch,* (sc in the next 3 ch space, 1 ch, 1 small picot, 1 large picot, 1 small picot, 1 ch, sc) *in the same 3 ch space.
3 ch, sc in between the 2 sc of the previous row, 3 ch, sc in the same space.
3 ch, sc in the next 3 ch space. Repeat * to * around.
at  the last repeat, sc, 3ch, sl st into the beginning sc.
To Finish , saturate the snowflake in starch, stretch and pin. When dry, attach a ribbon and enjoy!
As usual, if you find any mistake please feel free to let me know. If something does not make sense, please  feel free to ask . I will try my best to answer.
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FREE PATTERN …TWO IN ONE OPEN SHELL SNOWFLAKE/ COASTER…. STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL

I saw a decal snowflake stuck to the glass at one of the shops in the mall . Inspired, I made my own interpretation of the snowflake.

I wanted to keep it as simple as possible and so there are no fancy stitches.

Skill Level:
 
 Easy
 
Materials:
Size 10 thread ( I used a Crochet cotton 2ply satin from a company called Sullivan)
Or 
Sports weight yarn
 
Hook:  1.75 mm/3.75mm
 
This pattern is written in American Terms
 
Stitches:

Ch=Chain

Slst=slipstitch

Sc= Single Crochet

Dc= Double Crochet
 
Shell Stitch= 2dc ch2 2dc
Bigger shell stitch = 3dc ch3 3dv
 
For starting shell, start with 3ch which counts as first dc
 
Picot= 3ch ,insert hook in the third chain from hook, yarn over , draw through the stitch. For a bigger picot, 5ch .
 
Pattern:
 
Round 1: Ch 4, in the 4th chain from hook, make 17 more dc ( count as 18dc). 
                    Pull the tail tight , close with a sl st on to the 3rd chain of the beginning Ch3.
 
Round 2: Ch3, Dc in the same space, Ch2, 2dc, skip2dc, in the next dc, make shell stitch, around .(6 ,shell stitch )
 
Round 3:Sl st in to the ch 2  of the previous round, Ch3,2dc,Ch3,3dc. In the next Ch2 space, make the bigger shell stitch, around. Close with sl st on the 3rd Ch of the beginning Ch3.
 
Round 4:Sl st into the Ch3 sp of the previous row . Ch3, 1dc,3chain picot, 2dc,Ch4, sl st into the 3rd Ch from hook ,(3 ch picot) , Bigger picot, (5ch picot) ,3ch picot, sl st into the first picot base,Ch 1,2dc, Ch3 picot, 2dc, Ch3, dc in the 3rd ch from hook,2dc in the next 3ch space,Repeat around. Finish off , Block.
 
Now for the step by step:
 

Round 1: Ch 4, in the 4th chain from hook, make 17 more dc ( count as 18dc). 

Pull the tail tight , close with a sl st on to the 3rd chain of the beginning Ch3.
Round 2: Ch3, Dc in the same space, Ch2, 2dc, skip2dc, in the next dc, make shell stitch, around .(6 ,shell stitch )
Round 3:Sl st in to the ch 2  of the previous round, Ch3,2dc,Ch3,3dc. In the next Ch2 space, make the bigger shell stitch, around. Close with sl st on the 3rd Ch of the beginning Ch3.
Round 4:Sl st into the Ch3 sp of the previous row . Ch3, 1dc,3chain picot, 2dc,
Ch4, sl st into the 3rd Ch from hook ,(3 ch picot) , 
Bigger picot, (5ch picot) ,
 
3ch picot, sl st into the first picot base,
 
Ch 1,
2dc, Ch3 picot, 2dc, 
Ch3, dc in the 3rd ch from hook,
2dc in the next 3ch space,
Repeat around. Finish off , Block
.
I haven’t gotten around to blocking my snowflakes, but the pattern is here for you make and Enjoy.
Here is the one I made with Bali cotton yarn and 3.75 mm hook into a coaster

Merry Christmas ,my dear friends.
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HOW TO MAKE…. HILLAFLAKE – FREE PATTERN

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This pattern has been in my head for quite sometime now. I really liked the end result
Super excited , I decided to share the pattern with you all.
Skill Level:
 
 Easy
 
Materials:
Kirakira Cotton ( from Daiso) * of course you can use any cotton yarn corresponding to the hook size * 
 
Hook:  2mm 
 
This pattern is written in American Terms
 
Stitches:

Ch=Chain

Slst=slipstitch

Sc= Single Crochet

Dc= Double Crochet

3dc bobble =3dc bo

 {For a 3 double crochet Bobble stitch, do each double crochet without completing the the last step in the same stitch 
(you would have 2 loops after the first dc, 3 loops on the hook after the  second dc, and 4 loops on the hook when all all three dcs are completed. Then yarn over and draw through all the loops. That is the Bobble stitch.
 
For starting bobble, start with 3ch which counts as first dc}
 
Shell Stitch= 2dc ch2 2dc
 
For starting shell, start with 3ch which counts as first dc
 
Picot= 3ch ,insert hook in the third chain from hook, yarn over , draw through the stitch. For a bigger picot, 4ch .
Round 1:Start with magic ring , make the starting  3dc bobble,into the magic ring ,( 3 ch,3dc bobble 3ch) , repeat five more times. Join in the top of the starting bobble  (6 (3dc bobble, 3 ch ) )
Close the magic ring by pulling the thread.
 
Round 2:On top of the bobble stitch of the previous round, Make a  starting shell 2 ch 2dc shell. Skip the next 3 ch and make a shell on top of the next bobble around. Join In the third ch of the beginning shell.
 
Round 3:Sl st in to the ch 2  of the previous round, starting shell in the 2ch space , 2 ch, sc in the space between the shells of the previous row , shell in the next shell . (shell Stitch,2ch, sc, 2ch) around. Join in the third st of the starting chain .
 
Round 4:Sl st into the 2ch sp of the previous row . Sl st, 3chain picot, 4 ch picot, 3 ch picot , slst, 3ch, sc, 3ch picot, sc in the sc of the previous row, 3 ch {(slst, 3ch picot, 4ch picot,3ch picot ,slst). 3ch( sc 3chpicot,sc) 3ch} repeat { }  around. Sl st into the sl st of the beginning picot. 
Finish off.
In an effort to make it easier for people to follow, incase my written instructions don’t make sense, I  decided to do a photo tutorial of the pattern too.
Round1: Start by making a magic loop .Into the magic loop, make a starting 3dc bobble, 3 ch ,( 3dc bobble ,3ch) five times around.( 6( 3dc bobble 3 ch). Close magic ring by pulling the thread.
Join with sl st on top on the first cluster
Round 2 : On top of the bobble, starting shell ,2ch,2dc shell.Skip the next 3 ch and make a shell on top of the next bobble. Repeat around.
Join in the third st of the beginning shell.
 
Round 3:Sl st into the ch2 space, Starting shell in the ch 2 space , 2ch , sc in the space  between the shells of the previous round, (shell in the next shell , 2ch , sc , 2ch) repeat around.
Join in the third st of the starting shell.
 
Round :4
Sl st into the 2ch space of the shell of the previous round.
Sl st , 3ch picot, 4ch picot, 3ch picot, sl st, 3ch,

sc, 3ch picot, sc in the sc of the previous round

3ch ( slst 3chpicot,4chpicot,3chpicot slst)
{3ch (sc 3chpicot sc) 3ch (sl st 3ch picot, 4 ch picot, 3ch picot, sl st,) 3ch }* repeat around
Sl st in to the sl st of the beginning picot.

Finish off.
Enjoy! If you find any mistakes, please feel free to let me know.

 

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Flower Snowflake – Free Pattern

The boys and I are in Kuwait now to spend Christmas holidays together with dad, as a family. .

In the time we’ve been away from this country,  not much has changed and we seem to fit right in. People do  seem to think we are not from here , so we must have changed I guess.Anyways , it feels good to be back.

While dh goes to work, the children and I sit together and watch a movie or each do our own thing in the same room. The one movie we watched and loved was Planes. Made along the lines of the movie Cars. Honestly I liked Cars better but this one is good too. My boys Loved it.

Snowflakes 1

I made this  snowflake sometime back . I figured out the pattern from the picture.

Snowflake  2

This  snowflake sprung up on my google feed when I typed crochet Snowflakes while  browsing snowflake patterns. And inspired I made up my own pattern  as I couldn’t find any pattern for it.

A lovely lady asked me for the pattern . I was worried of the implications of posting something that I figured out from looking  at on the net.A little discussion with the ladies at my group put my mind to rest that if the source is credited , its ok.So I thought I will share my version.

So here it is, the inspired Flower Snowflake   🙂

Flower snowflake edited 1

Flower Snowflake

Skill Level 

Easy

Materials 

 DMC Cotton size 10 thread

Hook 1.5 mm

This pattern is written in American Terms

Stitches :

Ch st = Chain Stitch

Slst=slipstitch

Cluster Stitch=  For a 4 double crochet Cluster stitch, do each double crochet without completing the the last step, (you would have 2 loops after the first dc, 3 loops on the hook after the  second dc, and 4 loops on the hook  and 5 loops when all all four dcs are completed. Then yarn over and draw through all the loops. That is the Cluster stitch.
For the beginning cluster, start with 3 ch which would count as the first dc.then continue the cluster stitch, explained 
above.

 Picot=4ch Insert hook in fourth ch from hook, Yarn over and draw though the stitch.(For a bigger picot,5ch)

Snowflake 2

Row :1   Ch 4 .Join  with slip stitch in the first ch to form a circle. 

Row :2 Ch 1 , then make 8 SCs into the ring.Join with sl stitch in the first ch.

Row :3 Make the beginning cluster, in the first sc of the previous row, ch 3, cluster in the second sc. Repeat around. Join with sl st on top of the first cluster. (8 (4dc clusters, separated by three chains each

 Row :4 Sl st in to the first cluster of the previous row, make a 4 ch picot, then a 5ch picot,a 4 ch picot,in the same space.( Ch4,  sl st into the cluster of the previous row,4ch picot, 5ch picot, 4ch picot in the same space ,sl st.) .Repeat ( ) around. Join with sl st in the first cluster of the previous row. Fasten off.

Enjoy!

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EASY PEASY SNOWFLAKE – Free Snowflake pattern

 This is just  a two row snowflake that I made on a whim. I wouldn’t have written the pattern down had not a liker on my Facebook page asked if there was a pattern online. I did not know of any. So thought I ‘d share what I did.
Skill Level
Easy
Materials 
 Laura Knitting Cotton
Hook F/5- 3.75 mm
This pattern is written in American Terms
Stitches :
Ch=Chain
Slst=slipstitch

Sc= Single Crochet
Dc= Double Crochet
 Picot=3ch Insert hook in third ch from hook, Yarn over and draw though the stitch.(For a bigger picot,4ch)
Round :1   Make a magic loop and three chain  (Count as 1 dc )and work 1more dc then 2 chain , then work  2 dc , 2 ch . Repeat 4 more times into the loop.Close the ring by pulling on the tail, and join the round by slip stitching in the top chain of the starting ch3.( 6 (2 dc 2ch)) finish off.
Round :2  Sl st in to the   2 ch space,Ch 3 (count as 1  dc, )  make one more dc in the two chain space , Ch one, make a picot, next make a bigger picot with 4chain , ch3 picot,ch1, 2 dc. ( 2 dc,ch1, 3ch picot, 4ch picot, 3ch picot, Ch 1 ,2dc )Repeat around.Join the round with a slip stitch in the top chain of the starting Ch3. Finish off.
Enjoy! If you find any mistakes, please feel free to let me know.

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The crochet edging pattern

I’m posting this edging pattern separately so that it will be easy to find , if you want to use it some time.

So this is what I did.

Start in one of the sc in the previous row,

Ch 3, 1 dc, *(Ch 4, Sl st in the 3rd ch from hook, Ch 3, Sl st in 3rd ch from hook , Ch 3,Sl st in 3rd Ch from hook, Ch 1, 2dc.)* then

2 dc, repeat from * to *. Finish off.

Photo

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Round Granny Coasters

My boys have been troopers these couple of months. I’m really proud of the way they have coped with our situation; it has not been easy but they’ve been Ace! 

This little coaster is actually an offshoot of the previous one and I just posted it here just so I won’t forget how I made it. I hope you all like it.

Round granny coaster

Skill Level

Easy

Materials 

Various Colours of Laura Knitting Cotton

Hook F/5- 3.75 mm

This pattern is written in American Terms

Stitches :

Ch=Chain

Slst=slipstitch

Sc= Single Crochet

Dc= Double Crochet

Hdc=Half Double Crochet

Row :1  Make a magic loop and three chain  (Count as 1 dc )and work 1more dc then 1 chain , then work  2 dc , 1 ch . Repeat 4 more times into the loop.Close the ring by pulling on the tail, and join the round by slip stitching in the top chain of the starting ch3.( 6 (2 dc 1 ch)) finish off.

Row :2 Join new colour in the one chain space , Ch 3 (count as 1  dc, )  make one more dc in the one chain space , two dc one chain around. Join the round with a slip stitch in the top chain of the starting Ch3.(12 (2dc 1ch)) Finish off.

Row:3 Join new colour  ,Ch3 (count as 1 dc) 2dc in the same space, Ch 1, 3dc into the next space and into every other one chain space around. Join the round with a slip stitch in the top chain of the starting Ch3. ( 36 dc, 12 ch 1 spaces)

Row :4 Join new colour, in any of the stitch and sc in each of the stitch around. (48 sts)

Row :5 Join new colour,Ch3 1hdc in the same stitch, skip one sc, sl st in the next stitch. In the same stitch, Ch3,1hdc, skip one stitch and sl st in the next stitch. Ch 3 1hdc in the same stitch , skip one st and sl  st around. Fasten off.

if you find any mistakes, please feel free to let me know.