31 Dec 2019

Shirley Scarf Free Pattern

Happy New Years Eve everyone!
Hope you're all having a peaceful day and if you're celebrating tonight - ENJOY!

I've spent the last 48 hours counting up all of my WIPs and having a teensy meltdown!
I've sorted out my project bags and made an order list.... to be fair.... many of my projects are on the home stretch with not much more work needed. So I'm on a mission to get them finished and blocked.
(Just end weaving in is needed on 2 projects!!!)

Today I'm bring the pattern for my Shirley scarf.
It's easy peesy project that can be made of scraps.... perfect for those end of balls/skeins

I made mine from leftovers from my Dottie cushion. So whilst I'm giving you quantities needed, you can use up your odds and ends! (my stash mountain needs some serious reducing!)


Yarn: Scheepjes Metropolis (75% Merino Extra Fine 25% Nylon, 50g/200m)
A - 078 Lyon x 1 ball
B - 069 Miami x 1 ball
C - 019 Marseille x 1 ball
D - 076 Sevilla x 1 ball
E - 018 Suwon x 1 ball 
F - 075 Mexico City x 1 ball
Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm (70% Mohair 30% Microfibre, 25g/200m)
690 Bop x 2 balls 
4.5mm needles (straight or circular would be fine)
Needle to weave in ends 
Blocking materials

Gauge is not really important for this project! Working with 4.5mm needles will produce a fabric with a lovely drape once blocked.

Finished size when blocked - 25cm x 168cm (10" x 66") approx.

How To

Using a strand of Mohair Rhythm and yarn A held together cast on 57 stitches using your favourite cast on method

Row 1 (RS) k1, p1 to last stitch, k1
Row 2 (WS) k1, p1 to last stitch, k1
These 2 rows form a seed stitch pattern
Repeat these 2 rows twice more (6 rows worked). This is your scarf edge completed. 

Now for the main scarf pattern. This consists of a 2 row pattern that is repeated. 
For my scarf I designed a simple stripe design that I repeated throughout.  The details are below but feel free to play with colours and stripe variations. As I changed colour, I simply broke off the coloured yarn whilst keeping the Mohair yarn intact and joined in a new colour.

Row 1 (RS) [k1, p1] twice, knit to last 4 stitches, [p1, k1] twice
Row 2 (WS) [k1, p1] twice, purl to last 4 stitches [p1, k1] twice

Border - 6 rows in B
Main pattern: 8 rows in B
8 rows in A
14 rows in F
8 rows in C
4 rows in A
2 rows in B
4 rows in A
8 rows in D
14 rows in E
4 rows in A
2 rows in B
4 rows in A

I repeated this 6 times ending with colour E then worked 8 rows in A, 8 rows in B and finished with 6 rows of seed stitch. 
Cast off. Weave in ends and block.


30 Dec 2019

Shirley Scarf Reveal

Well hello lovely people!
Apologies for the not planned absence.... so much has happened since my last post.
A little trip to Holland for our annual Bloggers weekend, work, an emergency hospital stay (all good now!) and Christmas. 
Oh my word.... how can New Years Eve be tomorrow??!!!!!

I've just got time to squeeze in a reveal and a free pattern before we say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. 

So without further delay, let me reveal Shirley.... a snuggly knitted scarf that is totally beginner friendly!

Made with Scheepjes Metropolis and Mohair Rhythm held together she knits up quickly.

I had yarn left over from my Dottie cushion so I used that up (trying to make a dent in the stash mountain!). 

The Mohair Rhythm gives the finished fabric a lovely halo and it's also lovely and snuggly to wear. 
It's very warm!

It's a perfect small project for experimenting with colour combinations....

It has a nice moss stitch border which helps to prevent curling. All very simple.

So, if learning to knit is one of your New Years resolutions... check back tomorrow and the free pattern will be posted!

Til then x

11 Nov 2019

It's Growing....!

And breathe.....!!!
Hello! Phew....I didn't think I was going to find to give you a little update on my latest project tonight. Time just isn't on my side at the moment. So much to do and soooo little time.
But....there's always time for a little making isn't there? 

So. Remember last time when I shared some stash yarn for a cheeky little winter make?

Some left over Scheepjes Metropolis and Mohair Rhythm.
I knew I wanted to make a scarf.... a knitted scarf....and I wanted to use these colours as I love the colour combination. And it also needed to be warm and snuggly as I really feel the cold and love being wrapped up nice and cosy! 

I love the effect of mohair held together with another yarn. It changes the whole feel of the fabric and gives a lovely muted finish to the colours. So I cast on and started knitting. 
Now I'm not a quick knitter. I'm left handed and have managed to develop a crazy style of knitting that works for me but I'll not win any awards on the speed front!

I decided on a nice repeating strip design with a little bit of moss stitch at the ends to help with the curling! 

It's been a fabulous TV project! Something simple and rhythmic to keep my hands busy. I was amazed at how quickly it grew! 

I love the marled effect the Mohair Rhythm gives the finished fabric...

I think this photo really highlights the lovely Mohair halo. 
I'm just keeping going until I've got a length that I'm happy with....no exact science. That's the beauty of this kind of project. 

Now the next question is.....to pom pom or not to pom pom!
Join me next time to find out what I decided 😉

Til then... x

4 Nov 2019

More Metropolis!


It's a cold and windy autumn evening and just the right time to have a dig around in your stash to make something new...ready for those cold winter days that are just around the corner!

I love starting a new project.
Usually I have new yarn to share. But that means more yarn in the already overstocked stash!
So this time I'm going to use up yarn that I already have!

In all honesty, I have enough yarn to keep a small nation warm and toasty for at least 2 winters!!!!
Time to use some up!

So I decided to use some of the left over yarn from my Dotti Cushion and some Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm  that was also lurking in deep stash.

Metropolis and Mohair Rhythm work really well when held together. It gives the finished fabric a lovely halo and adds a lovely contrast. 

 Mohair Rhythm is 70% Mohair and 30% Microfibre blend. 25g gives you 200m of a laceweight yarn whilst Metropolis is 75% Extra fine merino and 25% Nylon. 50g/200m which is a lovely fingering weight. The pair combined give a double knit weight that can worked up quite quickly!

Check back next week to see what this lovely selection of yarn is going to be...
Til then x