Monthly Archives: February 2016


Free Easter pattern: lamb’s ears for hoods and snoods!

When I was designing the above hooded onesie, for the longest time I couldn’t decide wether to put lamb’s ears or bear ears on the hood. In the end I went with the lamb’s ears, not only because they fit the overall look and yarn choice better, but also because a) lamb’s ears for a hood are more rare, and b) it seemed a good way of tricking myself into thinking that Easter (and warm weather) is just around the corner, because lambs, and, you know, spring….please?

*buries head in ice cold hands*

After some experimentation I came up with a shape and look that I think will turn every hood into the epitome of cuteness (particularly when combined with a puff stitch or other structured design). Enjoy!

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The ultimate lamb’s ears for hoods and snoods:)

Yarn: any worsted weight yarn (less than half a skein)
Hook: 5mm / H 8 US / 6 UK
Level: advanced beginner
Finished ears measure about 7 cm / 2.5 inches.

START: make a magic loop.

Row 1
Into magic loop, do 4 puff st | ch 1, pull up long loop, turn

Row 2
Do 2 puff st in every st | ch 1, pull up long loop, turn (8 puff st)

Row 3
Inc in st 1-2 | 4 puff st | inc in st 7-8 (12 puff st)

Row 4
Inc in st 1-2 | 3 puff st | in st 6-7, do dc-four-together* | 3 puff st | inc in st 11-12 (15 puff st)

Row 5
Ch 1, turn work 45 degrees counterclockwise | 12 sl st along the bottom of the work (divide evenly) | ch 1, turn

Row 6
Right ear: 6 puff st | 6 sc | ch 1, turn
Left ear: 6 sc | 6 puff st | ch 1, turn**

Row 7
Right ear: 6 sc | 6 puff st | ch 1, turn
Left ear: 6 puff st | 6 sc | ch 1, turn

Row 8
Right ear: 6 puff st | 6 sc | ch 1, turn
Left ear: 6 sc | 6 puff st | ch 1, turn

Yo, pull through to knot off, cut yarn and work in end.

* = do a dc-two-together in the first st, but instead of finishing, you leave 3 loops on the hook. Do a dc-two-together in the second st. You have 5 loops on the hook. Yo and pull through all 5.

** = Left/right for the wearer, not the viewer.

Here’s a chart for the right ear!

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Assembly
With the front of the ear (even rows) facing you, fold double (it will want to curl naturally). Because you made sc on one half for the bottom rows, one side should be shorter than the other. Pin the short ‘sc’ sides of the ears to the hood. Then pin the longer ‘puff st’ sides on top of them, so that the ears slant downward. When satisfied with poisition of the ears, sew them to the hood. You’re all done!

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As always, feel free to use in whatever (commercial) project you want. Links and mentions get you brownie points! Please do NOT redistribute this pattern, copy, quote, sell or present as your own.

Happy lamb-making, guys! 🙂

 


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What’s hookin’? – Little lambs, vintage berets and sanity-saving charts

Hey there, friends! How are you this weekend??
I’m absolutely splendid:).

Last week I became an aunt to what we can already, objectively call the most adorable and intelligent baby in the world. Fyi, I will accept no challenges to that statement. OF COURSE auntie Rinske had been planning for the occasion, so when we visited I was able to present baby Tuur with this one-of-a-kind Little Lamb onesie!

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Aaaaaah! The blinding cuteness!!

As reactions were pretty much the same all around – “Aaaaaah! The blinding cuteness!!” – I decided to make the Little Lamb hooded onesie available as a pattern. I’m designing it as we speak, and will publish it some time later this year.

Speaking of: I’m hard at work to (re)build my pattern business! Last year I started selling patterns, but quickly hit a wall when I realized I’d have to take a million pattern pictures to clarify all the steps for each pattern…those pics are not really my forte, as I get super impatient with them. Luckily, I have since discovered the power of Illustrator. Now I can make charts that will rock your world, while making my life much easier!

I’m so happy to get back into designing. It really is my way of letting my creativity shine. Throughout the year, I’ll keep you posted on my progress and planned release dates for my patterns. So if you like my designs, be sure to keep an eye on this blog!

I leave you with a picture of the pattern I finished in January…vintage style French beret with overlay flower. Ooh la la!

What are you making this February?

beretdeux


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There is always beauty (Mood Blanket 2016)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m doing a CAL for a Temperature Blanket 2016 – but instead of actual temperatures, I’m charting my moods. Every day I crochet a square, in a yarn colour representing the mood of that day.

I did NOT think this would be such a powerful thing, but it is. It totally is. I find that as I spend a few minutes each day wondering how I feel, and paying tribute to how I feel, no matter what mood I’m in, that really helps me to not only appreciate my day and my life, but also feel like I’m doing something worthwhile with it.

Would you like to join me?

Here’s a free pattern for the squares!
(are you a knitter? I based my pattern on this one by Shelly Kang)

Here’s a colour chart per skein from left to right:
(of course you can substitute for your predominant/significant moods)

1) depressed, self-loathing; 2) sad, lonely; 3) solid, at peace; 4) good; 5) strong, happy, peaceful; 6) joyful; 7) boisterous, fun but bit hyper; 8) shielding anxiety from self, pushing boundaries; 9) anxious; 10) blind panic or agression towards self, ‘fight or flight mode’.

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I consider 3-7 to be ‘good moods’. As you can see, in reality I have a lot of 8-9 as well. But no matter how I feel… it’s good to make beauty out of these mood swings. 🙂


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