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Ripples Cowl

A simple pattern brings out the beauty of hand dyed yarns. The Ripples Cowl pattern allows the yarn to be the hero. Use a single skein and make a cowl or two to make a scarf.

Yarn: Uneek Fingering 100gms 

Hook:  3mm


Width: 16.4cm (6 1/2 inches) length: 117cm (46 inches)


Ch – chain, htr – half treble (Australian),  RS- right side,  hdc – half double crochet (American)


Chain 54 loosely

Row 1 (RS) htr in 2nd ch from hook, htr in same ch. (htr in next 5 ch, skip 2 ch, htr in next 5 ch, 3htr in next ch) repeat to last ch 2htr in last ch, turn.

Row 2 Ch2, 2htr in 1st htr, (htr in next 5 htr, skip 2 htr, htr in next 5 htr, 3 htr in next htr) repeat to last htr, 2 htr in last htr, turn.

Repeat row 2 until out of yarn. Match the beginning to the end, twist the end to create an infinity cowl, seam together to form a loop.



Chain 54 loosely

Row 1 (RS) hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in same ch. (hdc in next 5 ch, skip 2 ch, hdc in next 5 ch, 3 hdc in next ch) repeat to last ch 2 hdc in last ch, turn.

Row 2 Ch2, 2 hdc in 1st hdc, (hdc in next 5 hdc, skip 2 hdc, hdc in next 5 hdc, 3 hdc in next hdc) repeat to last hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc, turn.

Repeat row 2 until out of yarn. Match the beginning to the end, twist the end to create an infinity cowl, seam together to form a loop.


Ripples Crochet cowl.4ply Uneek fingering yarn
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Vintage Pattern Love

I have a not so secret vice. I love vintage knitting books.

I learn so much from vintage books and find inspiration from the pattern stitches and designs. Many are still classic to knit today.

Nigelle-ann from Miss Gracie Taylors was gifted a box of vintage knitting patterns and kindly let me have my pick. I came across the New Idea Knitting Favourites No 2. A mix of adult, baby and children’s patterns. The baby shoes caught my eye. They are constructed sideways. The soles are knit, then the top of the shoe and then the shoes are seamed into shape.

I was fascinated by the construction and picked up my needles and some Patonyle I have had since before I opened the shop and had to cast on and try the pattern.

Baby Shoes

Vintage patterns assumed the knitter was capable and are very succinctly written. Even an experienced knitter would find them challenging to follow at times. This was no exception and without the aid of detailed photos I’m betting a few threw down there needles in frustration.

8ply sideways knit baby shoes

After knitting my 4 ply sample I tweaked the pattern and came up with an 8 ply variation. As detailed in the drawing above. Instead of crocheting around the opening of the shoe I picked up stitches and knitted a rib cuff.

I may never knit these again and one bootee isn’t particularly useful. I did learn a fair bit and enjoyed the challenge of reworking a vintage pattern into an easy 8 ply knit. I’m sure any self respecting baby will have these off in less than 30 seconds but I’m of the opinion it’s the gifting of bootees to an expectant mother that is the satisfaction, rather than giving a practical gift.

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Buzz – draft

Yarn: Dazzle 8 ply yellow, black and white

Needles: 3mm double pointed needles


With black yarn Cast on 4 sts join in the round ( I worked as Icord)

Knit 2 rounds

Round 3 (k1, Kfb) around (6sts) – (i now worked with all 4 DPNS)

Round 4 knit

Round 5 change to yellow yarn Knit 

Round 6 (kfb) around (12sts)

Round 7 knit

Round  8 change to black yarn knit

Round 9 knit

Round 10 (k1, kfb) around (18sts)

Round 11 – 13 change to yellow, knit

Round 14 – 16 change to black, knit

Round 17 – 19 change to yellow,  knit

Round 20 -29 change to black knit


Stuff bee

Round 30 (k2tog) around (9sts)

Round 31 knit

Break yarn and thread through stitches, finish stuffing bee and gather to close.

Shape body by gathering around at the start of the head in black yarn.

Wings – make 2

Cast on 5  sts leaving a tail to sew wing to body

Knit 4 rows

Row 5 p2tog k1, k2tog

Cast off

Eyes are embroidered on

Antenna are added by sewing a length of yarn through head and knotting the end.

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Simple Fingerless Mitts

Today at the Sock Sessions, Charlie a very new knitter, finished her first project a large garter stitch square for a cushion. She had some Patons Super Quick left so I suggested she make some simple mitts. With her 10mm needles and Patons Super Quick, Charlie casted on 12 sts and made herself a pair of mitts in less than 2 hours! Not bad for a new knitter. This is my ‘recipe’ for these super quick and easy first project for the new knitter.

I wrote this recipe/pattern up in 2013 and it is available on Ravelry as a PDF download HERE 

The basic shape of these mitts is a rectangle. The design could be knit in many weights of yarn by recalculating the cast on stitches and rows knitted and changing the needle size to match.

The simplicity of this design makes the most of hand spun yarn. 

The perfect first knitting project, a pair of mitts takes less than 50 gms of 8ply yarn to complete.

An experienced knitter can make many pairs in a day. They are a great fundraising item. I used to sell these, knitted in my hand spun, at the craft shop in Wirrabarra.

Jazz them up by using lots of scraps of yarn or knit them plain and simple. 


50 grams of DK or worsted weight wool yarn. 

4mm straight knitting needles

Wool needle for seaming


My gauge was 20 stitches X 26 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch.

The mitts are small enough to be their own gauge swatch.  A firm fabric will take the wear that mitts get. If fabric is too loose, decrease needle size; too firm, increase needle size.


Knit a mitt, then examine it for fit. The mitt needs some negative ease for a firm fit.

If the fit is too tight add rows to the pattern or too big decrease the number of rows.  

If the mitt is too short – add stitches, too long – decrease stitches.

Pattern – make 2

Size Cast on sts Width to knit
Extra Small (Toddler) 20 12 cm
Small (child) 25 14 cm
Medium (women) 30 16 cm
Large (men) 40 18 cm
Extra Large  45 20 cm

Cast on the number of stitches for size required. (The length of the mitt)

Knit in garter stitch for the size required.(The width of the mitt)

Bind off.


Fold fabric matching cast on edge to bind off edge.

Using a whip stitch sew up from the bottom until where the base of the thumb hole will be. Sew from the top to where the top of the thumb hole will be. Sew in ends and trim.

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Temperature Wrap CAL

For the last few years I have been seeing Temperature blankets popping up in my social media feeds. Although I have been tempted, I also know I’m not the greatest at sticking to long term projects. As the many UnFinished Objects hidden around the shop in the boxes under the shelves attest too. (and you thought they were just for hiding all the extra stock from Peter.)

This year is the year I am committing to a Temperature project. I was inspired by the Scheepjes Instagram post of It’s All In a Nutshell’s Temperature wrap for 2019. 

Having committed publicly and now having a group of us working on it, in the Knit Spin Weave Brains Trust Group. I am pretty confident this year I will keep to the plan.

I ordered in Scheepjes Cotton 8 in the colours suggested by Esther and put starter kits together, available in the webstore here. If the colours aren’t to your taste I am happy to order in other colours of Cotton 8, it would take less than a month to come into stock. The other colours of Cotton 8 can be viewed on the Scheepjes Website. Send me a message on Facebook or leaving a comment here, with the colours you would prefer.

I have started my wrap. I started by making each row a different day and wasn’t happy with the result, as the ends being sewn in on such short rows was bulky and unattractive. I made a second start and did 10 rows in the Day 1 colour (orange for me) to start. I will now be working one row for each day.

If you would like to join along it’s not too late and past temperatures can be found on the BOM Website. I am using the temperatures for Clare on the BOM website.