The Winnie Shawl
This pattern has been designed with beginners in mind. It is ideal for perfecting an even tension and confidence with garter stitch.
You will need:
- 5mm needles (I prefer a circular needle as the shawl becomes very wide towards the end).
- 100g of sock weight yarn (this pattern would work just as well with any weight of yarn. Just adjust the needle size accordingly).
- Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.
- Cast on three stitches using your preferred method.
- Slip 1, knit front and back of next stitch, knit 1.
- Slip 1, kfb, knit to end.
- S1, kfb, k to end.
Continue until you have almost used almost all of your yarn then cast off using the method of your choice ensuring that your edge is nice and stretchy.
This Christmas, the lovely Jodi from Cuddlebums Yarn launched an advent box which contained 25 little paper bags of loveliness. Lots of yarnies like me signed up and on the first of December we tore them open like excited toddlers.
The range and variety of resulting projects are amazing!
I started by knitting a pair of wrist warmers following this pattern. I used days 1 to 11; splitting each mini-skein in two so that I have a matching pair.
I realised after the first two days that 25 x 5g was a lot more than one pair of wrist warmers so I cast on my first ever Hitchhiker shawl. I had seen the pattern many times and it had been in my queue for ages! In order to create a big snuggly shawl, I decided to stripe the colours with some grey from Jodi which I already had in my stash. I used 3.5mm needles with a 80cm cable which was perfect.
I love how it turned out!
As a group, we shared our excitement each day. Some of us were good and didn’t peek ahead; some of us were not. Some of us knitted; some crocheted. Some of us were fast and finished by boxing day; some of us did not. But what we all had in common was that we loved the surprises and the amazing colours which Jodi and created.
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I have been knitting for a little over a year and initially struggled to find simple patterns to practise on and easily became frustrated and disheartened. I have attempted to create a pattern which is simple, achievable and contains links to tutorials to help with learning new skills. I hope that the Lumpy Bumpy Cowl will fit the bill!
Ideally, before attempting to start this pattern you should be able to perform the knit and purl stitches but the video does show these clearly.
The finished cowl is beautiful and snuggly and has a great stretch to it. I would love to see your finished creations! Do shout if anything is unclear.
You will need:
200g of Yarn (chunky or super chunky work best)
Circular needles (8mm to 15mm depending on yarn)
Cast on an odd number of stitches using your preferred method. I like the long tail method as it is lovely and stretchy. This is a great video to show you how to do it. I would recommend a bit of practice.
I cast on 19 stitches for super chunky and 33 for chunky. You can use any number you like to alter the width of your cowl. Remember that making it wider will mean that you need more yarn or that the finished cowl will be shorter.
The pattern from here is very simple: knit one, purl one. Each row should begin and end on a knit stitch.
Turn your work and repeat.
Continue in this pattern until you run our of yarn. Cast off and sew the ends together using your yarn tail and a darning needle. Weave in the ends and it is ready to wear!
The finished length will vary depending on how wide you made your cowl. 200g of super chunky created the perfect length.
Today I have made a simple bobble hat. This pattern is ideal for beginners; easy to adapt and really quick to make – perfect for a cloudy afternoon!
Aran weight yarn (I used a wool/acrylic mix)
6.5mm crochet hook (I’m a tight hooker)
Pom pom maker
Trc = treble or triple crochet (UK)
Htc = half triple crochet
Ss = slip stitch
Sts = stitches
Ch = chain
- Starting with a magic circle, ch 3 (counts at 1 trc) then work 11 trc (UK terms) into the ring.
(If you find a magic circle tricky, ch 4 then join with a slip stitch to form a loop).
Join your last trc to the top of ch3 with a slip stitch (12 sts).
- Ch3. 2trc into each stitch around. Join to ch3 with a ss. (24 sts).
- Ch3 trc into next stitch then 2trc. (Trc, 2trc) repeat to end. Join with ss. (36 sts).
- Ch3. (Trc, trc, 2trc) repeat to end. Join with ss. (48 sts).
- Ch3. (Trc, trc, trc, 2trc) repeat to end. Join with ss. (60 sts).
- Ch3. 60trc. Join with ss. Repeat this row until the body of the hat is long enough. Approx 9 times.
This section is worked at 90 degrees to the main body of the hat. Half triple crochet (htc) should be worked into the back loop only to create a ribbed effect.
- Ch 8. Turn.
- Skip 2ch. 6htc. Slip stitch into next stitch on hat body to join row to main hat. Ss into next stitch. Turn.
- 6htc. Turn.
- Ch2 (counts as htc). 5htc. Ss into next stitch on hat body. Ss. Turn.
- 6htc. Turn.
- Ch2. 5htc. 2ss. Turn.
- Repeat this row to the end. Slip stitch the final htc row to the first. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Use a pom pom maker or other method of your choice to make a nice big pom pom. Stitch to the top of your finished hat securely and weave in ends.
Wear and enjoy!
This pattern is available on Ravelry.