A warm and squidgy scarf/cowl hybrid that does up with a gorgeous button. For this I used Drops Merino Fine in DK weight held double. Pattern Cast on 70 Row 1-4 Knit Row 5 K3, Cast off 2 stitches. Turn work and cast on 2 stitches. Turn work and knit across. (make a buttonhole) Center panel ** Row 6 Knit Row 7 and all odd-numbered rows K5, P to last 5 stitches, K5 Row 8 K5 *C4B, K4, C4F. Repeat from * to last 5 st, K5 Row 10 Knit Row 12 K5, *K2, C4F, C4B, K2. Repeat from * to last 5 st, K5Read More →

Recently I was looking for a headband that would be subtle enough to tame and perhaps even disappear into my hair yet interesting enough to look good when it was seen. After much searching I thought I had found the right one, but I wasn’t happy with it so here’s my reworked version. —– Measure your head circumference. You may want to do a small test swatch to see just how much the yarn will give. If your yarn is stretchy, allow a couple of inches or so for the stretch (i.e. subtract two-4 inches from the circumference measurement).This is the length you will wantRead More →

Tatting Pattern by Anne Orr This pattern can be found in Tatting with Anne Orr. Copyright has expired on Anne’s wonderful patterns. A very striking pattern suitable for absolute beginners. Instructions Clover leaf Ring: 5ds, p, 5ds, p, 5ds Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, (5ds, p)x2, 5ds Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, 5ds, p, 5ds Chain: 4ds, (p, 4ds)x8 * Clover leaf Ring: 5ds, join to last p of chain, 5ds, p, 5ds Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, (5ds, p)x2, 5ds Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, 5ds, p, 5dsRead More →

If I walk into a shop I can purchase a whole book of crochet patterns that have been, presumably, edited and test-crocheted over many many months and I’ll pay maybe $10 and maybe up as far as $20. Generally it works out to about $1-$2 per pattern. And I expect that said book will include lovely photography, charts and explanations, full details of yarns used and maybe even a detailed How to Crochet section. I can even go to the book’s info pages and figure out if it’s US or UK terminology – gosh some will even have give me a handy table of conversions.Read More →

This pattern started life as a hanky corner in the wonder book The Tatter’s Treasure Chest. I’ve add a chain instead of the edging to turn it into a necklace. If you make this, I’d love to see the pictures of your results! Centre Portion R: 8ds p 6ds p 8ds cl rw C: 8ds p 8ds p 8ds R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 8ds cl rw C: 6ds Do not RW Clover R: 8ds p 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl R: 8ds join p of previousRead More →

Happily tatting away while watching TV – it’s a recipe for disaster when you don’t know the pattern. After I’d finished and taken photos I pulled out the original pattern and oops – looks like I misread that! On the upshot, that means a new design 🙂 The finished product to me looks a little like a pleated skirt – I really quite like it. Not sure at this stage what I’ll make of it, it’s too big for a pendant and too small for a standard doily. The sample here is needle tatted using size 10 crochet cotton. Copyright 2009 Kersti Anear First RowRead More →

This simple motif forms the basis for so many other patterns, yet it’s quite sweet on it’s own. It’s a vintage pattern in the public domain. The sample here is needle tatted using size 10 crochet cotton. Ring: 4ds, 3p sep 4ds, 4ds, cl *Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds Ring: 4ds, join to last p of previous ring, 4ds, 2p sep 4ds, 4ds, cl Repeat from * until you have 7 rings. Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds Ring: 4ds, join to last p of previous ring, 4ds, p, 4ds, join to first p of first ring, 4ds, cl Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds,Read More →