Sunday, 8 December 2013

Knitting Cowls for Teachers

I'm busy knitting approximately 5 cowls- own pattern? yes own, but one that's possibly already out there.  I wanted something that would work up super quick.  So the largest needles came out, with 20 stitches and each row with drop stitches; of course to finish them up as quickly as possible.  And then a quick sewing up at the end. 

They are all gifts for the teachers/teacher assistants for my son's nursery.   I have two more to go! Yes!  I love them and I have one for myself; it's fairly light but when doubled quite warm enough (to not feel overheated) and comfortable. 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Thumper Hat


I'm likely never to write up a pattern for this one and I'm sure there are some great ones that are out there.   2nd trooper I crocheted.  I can't say he's my particular favourite to make - so much time!

Striped Bunny Hat

I love my melancholy bunny. <3

Own Pattern and design. 

Red Puff Set

The bottoms came out too large ( I did redo them, but if you look at this photo and copy it it will be too big! ;-) ) - I have the pattern drafted somewhere.   The hat was based on @chocolatte's shell pixie hat.  I went with a puff stitch and worked out the width and length from her free pattern written for a newborn.  The bottoms are of my own design.

Boxer hat

Own Pattern and design.  Worked on over a year a go for a customer with a matching scarf.

Holly Hat

Own Pattern based on Holly's Kingdom

Holly Crochet Hat

Made last year for a customer.  Hair was a bit tricky.  I do wish I used a different yarn for the crown.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Broomstick Stitch

There are fabulous tutorials available on you tube showing how to work the Broomstick Stitch.  I learned it from The Crochet Greek- Teresa's video.  As I know how to knit as well,  I found getting the hand of holding the needle quite easy after a few goes.  She does recommend holding the needle in an upright position if struggling and I think that's quite a helpful suggestion.

Step One- Chain 37, sc 36
Lift each stitch to place onto knitting needle (I used a 15 mm) and 3.0 hook

Step Two- If at ease, release all the loops from needle.  I say at ease as it's really something you must not fear doing- I'm not concerned about losing my stitches and find this far easier than keeping it on the needle.  But you can also work this stitch on the needle.

Step Three, Four and Five  Loop your hook into six loops and attach.

Step Four: Continue looping through and attaching creating a sc (dc british terms).   A total of six.

You can work a group of 6, or 3, or multiples of four; It's really entirely up to you, the smaller the groups the smaller the stitch will look and vice versa.  

I worked a total of seven rows and another single crochet row prior to crocheting (alternatively, you can sew) together to make gloves.  I opted to crochet (sew) together 12 stitches, slip stitch  (or leave out) 10 and continue crocheting (sewing) the remaining stitches.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Fox Hat

This is my first written pattern, which has not been tested.  There is colour changing in this pattern; you may wish to refer to you tube if you're unsure how to work a colour change.

You are free to sell your Product from my pattern but selling of this pattern is prohibited.  If you would like to sell finished products produced from this pattern, please credit me as the pattern designer as follows:
Pattern by RoseAmis


4.5mm crochet hook
Aran in Red (100g)or Brown and Cream , DK Black (am sure aran would work as well)
Tape measure
Yarn needle
Buttons (optional)
Stitch Markers

Stitches Used: hdc, sc, ch, dec, slip stitch, picot

sl st=slip stitch
sc=single crochet
hdc=half double crochet
dec=single crochet 2 together (decrease)

Written in Adult size  (decrease amount of rounds for a smaller size hat; increase for larger)

4.5  hook
Work in the Round (no Joins) Use stitch marker, to mark last stitch as you work the round

Using Brown or Red yarn: (brown was used per customer request)
Round 1: Magic Ring; 9hdc
Round 2: 2hdc in ea st around (use marker)
Round 3: 1hdc,2hdc
Round 4: hdc,hdc, 2hdc into next two, repeat around
Round 5 hdc, hdc, hdc, 2hdc, repeat
Round 6: hdc in next four, 2hdc repeat around
Round 7:hdc in next five, 2hdc repeat around
Round 8: hdc in next six, 2hdc repeat around
Round 9-16 hdc in each stitch, Repeat around

(working on nose of fox)
Round 17: Continue half way around FRONT LOOP ONLY to start creating nose, ch1 turn crochet six, continue crocheting back and forth along (creating nose), with final row being a decrease on both ends (till your desired length)

Round 18-20 HDC in cream
Round 21 Continue around in cream till desired length

Sew bottom of nose (or create a button to attach), sc along the edge of the nose to smooth (in future I'm likely to do a hdc along top of nose on both sides)


Worked up in brown or your colour choice
Holding hat upside down,( fox face facing you)count approx 28 stitches from right (hooking left earflap)
Row 1: Slip stitch and attach yarn, Sc in same stitch and next 11 sts, ch 1, turn. 
Row 2: sc decrease on both ends as you continue along

 Fasten off.

2nd Earflap

Count 35 stitches from left earflap, attach yarn and repeat instructions for earflap.

Border, sc around earflap, (2sc in corners of earflaps) and hat for a neat finish.

EARS: (Make two) With cream chain five, turn,
Row 1: sc 4 along, ch and turn
Row 2: increase,sc, sc,increase; ch and turn
Row 3: sc across,  ch and turn
Row 4: dec, sc, sc,dc, ch and turn
Row 5: dec, dec, ch and turn
Row 6 dec  and fasten off

Single crochet evenly around top using contrasting colour (brown) (Sc twice in corners) Leave length of yarn from start to sew ears onto hat.

Eyes: Using black dk yarn and smaller hook 3.5 or 4.0 (Work two)

Round 1: Magic Circle, sc 7
Round 2: sc2 in ea - (10 sc's- halfway around picot- chain 2- hook onto chain, continue sc2, picot on other side; fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew with;

You can place buttons for eyes or use a bit of white yarn to stitch in.

Nose: Magic Circle, sc 7, long length of yarn to sew down and to continue working on nose and face.

Nose and whiskers: Embroider with black aran or dk yarn as pictured.

Hairs off to side: Attach yarn on sides; chain five, slip stitch back along, chain five slip stitch back along attach onto side.  Leave enough length to sew in ends.

All patterns are copyright protected. Rewriting, reselling, distributing, or copying this pattern is prohibited. If you would like to sell finished products produced from this pattern, please credit me as the pattern designer as follows:

Pattern by RoseAmis

(Fox 2 in auburn merino wool- minus the hairs off to the side)