Zelda Scarf Pattern

Introducing the Zelda Scarf in one colour brioche stitch.


This aran weight yarn was custom dyed for me by  GamerCrafting on etsy. I decided to do a one colour brioche stitch scarf in my favourite leaf design and this is the result.


If you are new to one colour brioche stitch then in fact you can rest assured it is easier than two colour brioche. There are only brk stitches, no brp or purl stitches. You can used single pointed needles because you turn after every row and also the increases and decreases are the same as for two colour brioche. 

I have made two YouTube tutorials covering all the techniques used in this scarf. One using the English yarn hold



and the second using the Continental yarn hold. 





Butterfly Baby Blanket



I have fallen in love with this beautiful Japanese stitch pattern. I love the texture and to add to the appeal it is deceptively easy. I have filmed a youtube tutorial showing all the patterning, including the p2tog tbl on the wrong side row.

You can buy the full pattern which has been test knitted and tech edited for your convenience. Butterfly Baby Blanket



Crochet Mandala Free Pattern


I have had a go at making really complex mandalas but never designed one before, so this is what I have come up with. My first crochet design. 


UK terminology has been used. 

Abbreviations:

ch   chain
st(s)   stitch(es)
sl st   slip stitch
dc   double crochet
tr   treble crochet stitch
ch1-sp   chain 1 space
ch2-sp   chain 2 space
fptr   front post treble
yo   yarn over
tr3tog   treble 3 together
st dc   standing double crochet
st tr   standing treble crochet

Yarn and hook size:

Gauge is not crucial for this project, it could be worked in a variety of yarns with 
appropriate hook size. I have used a 5 mm hook and aran weight yarn in four 
colours (Drops Love You 8, 100% cotton 85m/50g) so that my mandala measures 
16 cm across. 

Instructions: 

Start with an adjustable ring. 

Round 1: With colour A, ch1 (does not count as a stitch), 12 dc into ring. Sl st to join. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch4 (counts as first tr, ch1), (tr, ch1) in next 11 sts. Sl st to the third chain to join. 
Fasten off.   (12 tr, 12 ch1 sp)

Round 3: Join colour B either by pulling up a loop, ch3 into any ch1-sp 
or with a st tr into any ch1-sp. 
Tr into same sp. Fptr around post of next tr from round2. 
(2tr in next ch1-sp, fptr around next tr from previous round) 11 times. Sl st to join. Fasten off. 
(36 sts)

Round 4:  Join colour C by either pulling up a loop in any st, ch1, skip next st
or with a st dc into any st, ch1, skip next st.

(dc, ch1, skip next st) 17 times. Sl st to join. Fasten off. (18 sts, 18 ch1-sp)

Round 5: In this round you will work 18 tr3tog bobble stitches. These are worked by only 
completing the first step of the tr three times and leaving the loops on the hook, 
to complete the stitch you take yo and pull through all the loops left on the hook. 

The first one is different at the start of the round.  

Beginning tr3tog bobble: Pull up a loop of colour D in any ch1-sp, ch2, y0, insert hook 
into the same space and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops (2 loops on the hook), 
yo, insert hook into the same space and pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops 
(3 loops on the hook), yo and pull through all 3 loops. Ch2 before working the 
next bobble in the next ch1-sp. 

The next 17 bobbles are all the same. 
Tr3tog bobble: (Yo, insert hook into sp and pull up a loop, yo through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and 
pull through all 4 loops on the hook. (One tr3tog bobble completed), ch2) 17 times. 
Sl st to top of ch2 of beginning tr3tog bobble to join. Fasten off. 

Round 6: Join colour C with a st dc in any ch2-sp, 2 dc into same sp, fpdc around top of bobble 
st. (3 dc into ch2-sp, fpdc around bobble) 17 times. Sl st to join. Fasten off. (72 dc)

Round 7: Join colour A with a st dc into any st. (Skip 2 sts, 7tr into next st, skip 2 sts, dc into 
next st ) 12 times, omitting last dc at the end of the round. Sl st to join. Fasten off. 
(12 "petals" consisting of 7 tr each, 12 dc)


Earphone Cosy Free Knitting Pattern


Knit in DK yarn on 4 mm needles (US 6) this is a very quick knit. It makes a useful cozy for those irritating earphones which lie around and get tangled with other things. I decided to give it a cabled twist effect as decoration. 
Finished size: 9 cm deep and 8 cm across at the widest point.
This pattern was drafted as a teaching pattern in order to practice increases and cables. That is the reason for the use of both lifted increases and make one increases. You could stick to one kind of course if you wish. Cabled Earphone Cosy
Happy Knitting.

Balloon Bunting Free Knitting Pattern



If you get up at five a.m. during the balloon fiesta in Bristol you are in for a treat. Hundreds of 
multicoloured balloons floating up into the sky all around you during the early morning 
light. This balloon bunting attempts to capture the magic of this moment.

Using this pattern you can create as many plain balloons as you want. Crochet a chain to 
join them to a strip of bunting.


"Paperflower" Two-colour Brioche Stitch Scarf

The idea for this scarf came from my daughter who hand dyed the pink variegated yarn and asked me to knit a scarf for her. She chose the red background colour and so the "Paperflower Scarf" came to be. 

Free Pattern for a two-color brioche stitch cowl in the round



This cowl features bold colour contrasts and is knitted in a super chunky yarn so that it is quite a quick project. The instructions are essentially those for knitting two colour brioche stitch in the round. Try a free trial of skillshare to watch my class on how to make this cowl. 

Crescent Shawl

Wave Shawl Pattern

This lovely crescent shaped shawl is very simple to knit. It drapes around the shoulders, showing off the lace border. The shawl is wider than it is deep so that it can be wrapped around the neck too.  If you would like to watch my online class all about knitting this shawl for free then feel free to start a two month trial by following this link. No charge whatsoever if you cancel within the two months. 


Branching Leaves Brioche Cowl Pattern

The stitch pattern for this cowl resembles Branching leaves, hence the name. I created it while playing with the "wavy buds" pattern by changing the decreases to those used when knitting brioche in the round. You can watch my skillshare class and learn to knit this cowl (including pattern) for free if you sign up to a free two month trial.
       

"Samba" Shawl Pattern (Sideways Knitted Triangular Shawl)

My version of this sideways knitted triangular shawl has two row garter stitch stripes and a slipped stitch selvage. It is immensely comfortable to wear because the biased fabric wraps itself around the body very readily. 
Watch my skillshare class about how to knit this shawl for free: Knit a Sideways Triangular Shawl






My newest skillshare class covers increases and decreases in brioche knitting (when knitting flat)



This class shows you how to do brioche stitch using two colors and increases and decreases when knitting brioche stitch. To watch the class for free sign up for a two month trial of skillshare with no charge if you cancel in the two month period. 


How to knit decreases in brioche stitch when knitting in the round.

While researching my latest brioche stitch pattern I tried to find a way to do decreases when knitting brioche stitch in the round. The two-stitch right-leaning and left-leaning decreases were easily found by consulting Nancy Marchant's book "Knitting Brioche", however she made no mention of a four stitch decrease when working brioche stitch in the round. 

I had a look at the two stitch decreases and decided that if I used a brssk next to a brk2tog then the result should be a brioche four stitch decrease. I tried it and it worked!



The result is my newest pattern, the "Abutilon Cowl" in two color brioche stitch. Available to buy on craftsy Click here to go to my craftsy store. 
Below is a written explanation of the decreases when knitting brioche in the round.


First it is necessary to understand the left and right leaning two stitch decreases:  

Explanation/abbreviations:
 brssk:  Slip one stitch knitwise (a stitch with yarnover counts as one stitch), slip next stitch knitwise, insert the left hand needle into the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together.


brk2tog: Reach under the yarnover and brk the next two stitches together. The yarnover then falls behind the stitch when it is slipped off the needle.

sl2yo:  With yarn in fornt, slip two stitches and take yarn over needles and forward to brp the next stitch.

sl3yo:  Slip three stitches and take yarn over needles and forward to brp the next stitch.

brcdd:  Slip two stitches together knitwise under the yarn over while leaving it in
place, brk the next stitch with the yarn over, pass the two slipped stitches over the brk stitch. This is a symmetrical decrease. By avoiding the yarnover until you knit the third stitch the contrasting yarn will not be worked into it but sit behind it.

Brioche right leaning decrease (worked in the round):
This is a two st decrease.

First step: Work to sl1yo, the next stitches on the left hand needle are a MC
stitch with a yo, a CC stitch and another MC stitch with yo. Brssk the first two together and (without doing a yo), brk the next stitch. This decreases the stitch count by one and there are two MC sts next to each other.
Second step: In the brp round work to the two MC sts. Slip both together purlwise
and take the yarn over the needle to brp the next stitch.
Third step: Work to the two MC sts next to each other with a shared yo. Brk these two stitches together with the yarnover, again decreasing the stitch
count by one.

Brioche left leaning decrease (worked in the round):
This is a two stitch decrease.

First step: Work to sl1yo, brk the next stitch. Without doing another yo, brk2tog.
This decreases the stitch count by one and puts two MC sts next to each other.
Second step: In the brp round, work to the two MC sts which are next to each other. Slip both together purlwise and take the yarn over the needle to brp
the next stitch.
Third step: Work to the two MC sts which are next to each other with a shared yo.
Brssk these two stitches.
This step also decreases the stitch count by one.

Brioche four stitch decrease (in the round):

Step 1: Work: brssk, brk brk2tog. There are three MC sts next to each other.

Step 2: In the next round, work these three stitches as follows: sl3yo.

Step 3: In the next round, leave the yarnover in place on the needle when you slip the first two stitches, brk the next stitch with the yarnover, then pass the two slipped stitches over it. 
In total four stitches have been decreased, two in step 1 and two in step 3.

In this way, I have made a cdd into a brcdd (brioche central double decrease). I feel as if I have invented it or perhaps re-invented it, if ever anyone has invented it before. If so I am perhaps the first person to write it down. Let me know. Either way, the instructions for it are above or you can try it out by purchasing my "Abutilon Cowl" pattern. Click here to go to my craftsy pattern shop

Happy Knitting! 









Any Size Yarn Gauge Sock Recipe - Free Sock Knitting Pattern




Have you ever wondered how to be completely independent of knitting patterns when it comes to socks. This sock knitting recipe will empower you to knit a pair of socks using the yarn you want and the needles you want. 

Knit a "Baktus" Shawl - Free Pattern




"Bactus" is a tooth troll from a Norwegian children's book. Together with "Karius" they teach children to brush their teeth and are destroyed by the dentist.... With the long thin ends hanging down you can see where the association with a tooth came from. 

As well as the free pattern below I have made a skillshare class on how to knit this shawl. You can watch it for free by signing up to a two month trial of skillshare with no charge if you cancel within the two month period. 

Chevrons in brioche knitting




I love the way the hand dyed yarn used as the main color has created a zigzag pattern across the cowl due to the increases and decreases in the pattern. The main colour yarn used was hand dyed, the contrasting colour was Regia sock wool in Purple.

The abutilon flower which gave this design its name is a plant for healing wounds. I liked the lines of the veins on the flower and have recreated it here.

You can purchase my patterned cowl on craftsy here