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Superior Cowl


Although delicate and light, the Superior Cowl is incredibly warm.  The design is very versatile, in how it can be worn. Wrap it twice around your neck for a close fitted cowl. Pull it up as a hood to cover the head or wear it loosely. The cowl takes only one ball of a very luxurious yarn. When the yarn is this stunning a simple pattern is needed to display its beauty. This simple design is fast and fun to knit on larger needles than this very fine yarn regularly calls for.

Needles – 40 cm 5mm circular needles 

YarnFilatura Di Crosa Golden Line Superior

Cast on 120 sts very loosely. join in the round. place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of round.

Border (6 rounds)

Rnd 1 knit

Rnd 2 purl

Repeat Rnd 1 and 2 twice more.

Lace section (6 rounds)

Rnd 7 knit

Rnd 8 ( yo, k2tog)

Repeat 7 and 8 twice more

Stocking stitch section (6 round)

Rnd 13 – 18 knit

Repeat above 12 rounds, seven more times**

Work Lace section once more.


Rnd 1 knit

Rnd 2 purl

Repeat Rnd 1 and 2 twice more.

Cast off VERY loosely 




** I worked nine in my sample and ran out of yarn and only knitted 4 rounds of the border
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A luxuriously warm beanie. Combining sumptuous cashmere and silk lace weight yarn with a super soft squishy merino singles yarn. The fold up brim adds warmth and flexibility of fit. Hat fits an adult sized head. Fun and fast to knit in the round.


1 x 5mm 40cm circular needles, 

1 set of 5mm set of double pointed needles for reducing crown


 Filatura Di Crosa Superior lace 25 gms 300 mts

Malabrigo Worsted 210 yds (190 mts) 100 gms

 Hat uses approximately 150 mts of yarn

Work with one strand of lace and one strand of worsted held together 


  • Rnds – rounds;
  • k -knit;
  • p – purl;
  • p2tog – purl two stitches together;
  • k2tog – knit two stitches together; 
  • (…….) brackets mark repeatable instructions

Cast on 88 sts

Join in the round, place marker for beginning of round.


Rnds 1 – 29 (K2,p2) repeat to end (12cms from cast on)

body pattern chart


Rnd 1 knit

Rnd 2-4 (k3,p5) repeat to end

Rnd 5 knit

Rnd 6- 8 (p4,k3,p1) repeat to end

Repeat above 8 rounds twice more. For a total of 3 times


Rnd 1 knit

Rnd 2 (k3, p2, p2tog,p1) (77 sts)

Rnd 3 & 4 (k3, p4) repeat to end 

Rnd 5 knit

Rnd 6 (p2tog, p1, k3, p1) repeat to end (66 sts)

Rnd 7 & 8 (p2, k3, p1) repeat to end

Rnd 9 knit

Rnd 10 (k1, p1, p2tog, p2) repeat to end (55 sts)

Rnd 11 (k1,p1,p2tog, p1) repeat to end (44 sts)

Rnd 12 (k1, p3) repeat to end

Rnd 13 (k2, k2tog) repeat to end (33 sts)

Rnd 14 & 15 (P1, k1, p1) repeat to end

Rnd 16 (k2tog, p1)repeat to end (22 sts)

Rnd 17 (k2tog) repeat to end(11 sts)

Break yarn and thread through stitches. Pull to close and secure 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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Basic Beanie In The Round

Knitting hats in the round is fast and easy. When knitting in the round there is very little purling and no seaming!
This pattern will start on a 40cm circular needle for the brim and body of the hat and change to double pointed needles to reduce the crown. When stitches are decreased they no longer fit comfortably on the 40cm circular needle and are easier to work on double pointed needles.
This pattern uses minimum abbreviations, to help a beginner better understand.
Knitted hats are mostly worked from the brim to the crown. Brims tend to be worked in a ribbing to prevent them rolling and to provide a firm fit. When the brim is completed, the main body of the hat is knit. Once the required height for the hat is reached, the crown is knitted by reducing stitches. The remaining stitches are threaded onto the cut working yarn and pulled tight and secured by stitching.
2 x 50gms balls of Totem 8 ply by Patons, (200 meters)
Other 8ply yarns can be substituted. When substituting yarns, it is important it be of the same weight. A good guide is to look at the number of meters in the balls, a similar amount is needed. Fibre content is important too. Wool is best as it has the elasticity to fit well and keep the correct shape.
1 X 4mm, 40cm circular needle,
1 set of 4, 4mm double pointed needles
Don’t be tempted to buy cheap needles, often the joins are not smooth, they are difficult to work with and can damage the yarn.
1 x stitch marker, a piece of scrap yarn in a contrasting colour works well. The stitch marker is used to mark the beginning of the rounds.
K – knit
P- Purl
Sts – stitches
( ) – instructions in brackets are repeated
K2tog – knit two stitches together
DPNS – double pointed Needles
22sts to 10cms
If gauge is loose there will be less stitches to the 10 cms, if tight there will be more stitches.
To change your gauge, change the needle size used. Loose knitters use a smaller needle size 3.75mm and tight knitters use a 4.5mm needle size
Size – Adult
This hat is 52cm in circumference slightly smaller than an average adult head. This allows it to fit snug. The height from brim to crown is 25 cms, this measurement is best generous, allowing coverage of ears, or even the brim to be turned up.
It is easy to adjust the size of the pattern by adding or reducing the cast on stitches by a multiple of 4, and be increasing or decreasing the height of the hat. If changes are made, then it is necessary to also make changes to the crown decreases.
For your first hat keep to the numbers in the pattern. It will fit someone.
The Pattern
Cast on 100sts on 40 cm circular needles and place marker to mark beginning of round.
Join in the round as you knit the first round below.
The Brim – Worked in Colour A
Rounds 1 – 14 (k2,P2) to end or round
Additional rounds of rib can be knitted if desired. When making a brim to turn up, place a round of knit stitches at the fold position, then return to (k2,P2) rib. This make a crisp turn up.
The Body – Worked in Colour B
Break colour A and tie in Colour B, use a half bow, it is easy to undo and sew in snuggly when the hat is completed. If a knot is tied, it can work to an obvious spot in the knitting.

Work in stocking stitch until the hat measures 20cms from cast on edge

When working in the round, stocking stitch is made by knitting every round, no purling is done.
The Crown – Worked in Colour A
Break yarn B and join in yarn A
Knit one round before decreasing. Adding this round makes for a neater colour change, preventing the K2togs from showing in the body of the hat.
When the stitches are too few and are stretching the hat. Knit the stitches onto the double pointed needles. Double pointed needles are worked by having stitches divided evenly onto three needles and knitting with a fourth. As each needles stitches are knitted off, it becomes the working needle.
Round 1 – (k8, k2tog) to end of round (90sts)
Round 2 and all even round – knit
Round 3 – (k7, k2tog) to end of round (80)
Round 5 – (k6, k2tog) to end of round (70)
Round 7 – (k5, k2tog) to end of round (60) – (change to DPNS)
Round 9 – (k4, k2tog) to end of round (50)
Round 11 – (k3, k2tog) to end of round (40)
Round 13 – (k2, k2tog) to end of round (30)
Round 15 – (k1, k2tog) to end of round (20)
Round 16 – (k2tog) to end of round (10)

Break the yarn, leaving a tail of 20cms. Thread the tail onto a darning needle and thread through the last ten stitches. Thread through the first stitch to the last stitch. Pull tight to close the stiches. Do this a couple more times to make the top of the hat secure. Bring the yarn to the wrong side of the hat and weave in the end.
Untie the colour joins and tie them snug. Sewing in the ends in opposite directs.
To block your hat, soak it in warm water. Gently squeeze out the water and lay the hat flat to dry, pulling it gently into shape. Blocking helps even the stitches giving a professional look to your work. If selling your work this is a must, ensuring the hat will not shrink when washed correctly by its new owner.

Thankyou Gemma for modelling

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One Row Scarf

If you are looking for a pattern to use up around 100gms of handspun and a mindless project to knit in waiting rooms, this is perfect.
Only one row to remember .

Cast on 8 ( or how many you want)
Row 1. Knit to end of row, cast on 4 with the backwards loop method.
Repeat row 1 until you run out of yarn, it’s big enough or you are fed up of knitting it!

27FA258F-787D-4CA3-BF60-BBA5701E845DFor clarity… This is a triangle worked from the centre point out. Each row adds four stitches to one side.