May Madness: Knitted Cowl Pattern

Some of you will recognise this cowl as one the was previously for sale on Craftsy and Ravelry. I withdrew it last winter, hoping to rewrite and restyle the pattern. You can download a pdf file containing all the instructions and yarn information by clicking here: Kidsilk Stripe Cowl

So, why am I posting it today? For the whole of May I’m going to be offering you a whole bunch of free stuff – except that it’s not really free – I’m asking for donations via the “honesty box” link you’ll find at the end of each May Madness post.

Most of you will be aware I don’t talk much about my family on here, they’re pretty camera shy and vague reference to “Mr T and the Teen” are probably as close as it comes to talking about my family. But, “the Teen” has asked for my help.

She and some fellow  students are taking part in a stunt to raise money for Cancer Research UK and she’s asked me to help drum up some sponsorship. Now, I could just ask you all to put your hand in your pocket and bung her a couple of quid via her Just Giving page. But that seemed downright cheeky! So instead I’m offering up some previously published and new patterns in the hope that you might find something you like. If you do, click on the “honesty box” link which will take you to the Donate page on Just Giving. You can give as much or as little as you like (I’m suggesting £2 isn’t unreasonable?). Donations via Just Giving are also eligible for Gift Aid (which you’ll know all about if you’re a UK Tax payer) and all donations can be anonymous or you can call it “Baking and Making” so she knows where it came from. Patterns will only be available for the month of May, then the pdf downloads will disappear. Forthcoming patterns include my Boho Scarf from Craftseller magazine, a crochet cushion and some rather cute keyrings.

Thank you!

Click here to donate via the honesty box

Feeling Festive

This year I really seem to have got my festive spirit back. It may be a bit early for some of you, but I got very excited when I saw these  lovely cup cakes in Sugar Junction last week. I went home and whipped up this little santa hat.

This pattern makes a hat for a child with approx 35 - 45 cm head circumference.

You can have one just like this if you have a ball (or approx 100m) of Aran weight yarn and a 5mm circular needle (40cm long). Just cast on 50 stitches, knit until you have a piece roughly as long as it is wide, turn inside out and bind off using a 3 needle cast off. (If you can’t manage a 3 needle cast off and don’t have the time or inclination to look at  a video simply cast off as usual and sew up. Embellish as you wish. I used 2 beaded felt balls bought from Fibre and Clay in Knutsford, but you could easily make a couple of pom poms or tassels with the same or contrasting yarn.

PS I was in Sugar Junction with my lovely friend Debbie. Do check out her latest workshops, especially the dye and steeking days which I am desperate to attend.