Tag Archives: cotton yarn

Simple Kindle Cosy Pattern

1 Aug

Here is a free pattern today for a simple two-colour Kindle cover, to keep your Kindle protected in style.


12cm/4.75″ x 19cm/7.5″

Sport weight cotton yarn of your choice


Set of five 3.5mm (US 4) double pointed needles
Or circular needle, 80cm, 32in long or longer (for magic loop method)
Button (your choice of size)
Tapestry needle

Necessary Skills

Knitting in the round, toe-up magic cast on or Turkish cast on, slipped stitches, i-cord bind off


23 sts x 33 rows for 4”in seed stitch

Pattern notes

The design is a simple slipped stitch pattern that only requires one colour to be worked per row. It is worked bottom up, using a toe up magic cast on or a Turkish cast on. I-cord cast off is used on the flap



With circular needle (for magic loop) or DPNs using colour A, cast on 60 sts using Turkish cast on or toe-up magic cast and knit 1 round.

Rnds 1-10 form the pattern

Rnds 1-3: colour B; *Sl1, pwise wyib K5* to end of rnd
Rnds 4-5: colour A; K to end of rnd
Rnds 6-8: colour B; K3, *Sl1 pwise wyib, K5* to last 3 sts, Sl1, K2
Rnds 9-10: colour A; K to end of rnd
Repeat rnds 1-10 another 5 times. On the 5th repeat finish with rnd 9 (instead of 10)

Top and Flap

This part is knit with colour A only in seed stitch

Rnd 1: *K1, P1* to end of rnd
Rnd 2: *P1, K1* to end of rnd
Rnd 3: *K1, P1* to end of rnd
Rnd 4: *P1, K1* to end of rnd
Rnd 5: *K1, P1* to end of rnd
Rnd 6: cast off 30 sts, *P1, K1* to end of rnd

From here, you will start knitting back and forth to form the flap

Row 1 (WS): *K1, P1* to end of row
Row 2 (RS): *P1, K1* to end of row

Repeat rows 1-2 another 15 times

Cast off using applied i-cord cast off, as follows:
Cast on 2 sts on right needle using cable cast on, move the 2 sts to the left needle.
*K1, Sl1, K2tog, PSSO, replace the 2 sts from the right needle on the left needle*
Repeat until you have 15 sts left on the left needle before moving the 2 sts back from the right needle.

At this point, you will be knitting the little loop that will go around the button for closure.
If you have not done so already, replace the 2 sts back on the left needle.
*K2, replace 2 sts back on left needle* 8 times
Resume casting off as above.


Weave in ends.
Sew on the button in a position that pulls the flap tight. Using a loop allows you to pick from a range of button sizes. If you have a particular button in mind while knitting, you can check that the loop is big enough before resuming casting off.

Getting Ready for the Beach

20 Jun

In just under 2 weeks I will be on the beach! :D

Of course, that means that I needed to knit myself a sun hat, to protect my head and face from the sun on the beach. I used the Witterings pattern from Anna Bell as a base and modified it quite a bit to suit my needs. I made a much shorter brim but I still have some issues with floppiness, if anyone has a suggestion to solve this problem, please let me know!

Here are some pictures modeled by my almost 6-year old, Connor

Tricolour Trio of Bath Mitts

29 Mar

A set of 3 bath mitts using 3 colours, perfect for last minute presents. Each design is simple to knit, using slipped stitches so that only one colour is ever worked per round and can also be knit in two colours with great results.

Pattern is written for both sport weight and worsted weight cotton yarn.

Included in the pattern are two knitting versions, one from the top down and one from the bottom up. This way, you can choose the method you are most comfortable with.

Instructions both written and charted.



Version 1: sport weight cotton yarn
About 33m/36yard of each colour for 1 mitt
Version 2: worsted weight cotton yarn
About 23m/25yard of each colour for 1 mitt

Version 1: 4mm/US6 circular needle or DPNs
Version 2: 5mm/US8 circular needle or DPNs
or size needles needed to obtain gauge

Necessary Skills
Knitting in the round, slipped stitches
Optional: Turkish cast on / toe-up magic cast on or Kitchener stitch

Version 1: 23 sts x 28 rows / 10 cm – 4” in stocking st
Version 2: 17 sts x 23 rows / 10 cm – 4” in stocking st

To fit medium sized adult hand, about 12cm/4.75” wide x 20cm/8” long
Tips on upsizing or downsizing in the pattern.

Pattern costs: $3.00

You can see other versions on Ravelry here:

Eastbourne – A Summer Hat

22 Jul

Eastbourne is a slouchy, airy summer hat, ideal to protect your head in the sun, while letting some air through. I designed it for me, to have a hat to wear on the beach during my holidays in Eastbourne (UK), hence the name.


125(145)m/137(158)yards of 10-ply cotton yarn (aran or worsted)


4.0mm/US6 circular needle or DPNs or size needle needed to obtain gauge

5 stitch markers
1 darning needle

Necessary Skills

Knitting in the round, Kfb, slipped stitches

16 sts x 24 rows / 10 cm – 4” in 1×1 ribbing (in the rd)

Women S/M (50-56cm/19.7-22”) – L (58-65cm/22.8-25.5”)
Size S/M will fit most women

Pattern costs: $3.00

You can see other versions on Ravelry here:

Meet “Eastbourne”, my New Hat

20 Jul

The pattern is being tested, I will publish it on Friday, so only 3 days to wait. It’s now ready for me to take on the beach in Eastbourne, hence the name!

Summer Hat Finished, Blocking and Being Tested

19 Jul

I just finished my summer hat, wrote the pattern and started recruiting testers. It is now blocking and I can’t wait to publish it! It should be up in about 4 days…

Here it is, blocking

Working on a Summer Hat Pattern

19 Jul

This one will be for me, we are off on holidays by the sea on Saturday and I need a hat to protect my head from the sun on the beach.

It is made with 100% cotton yarn, I’m using Schoeller+Stahl Record 210, I love this blue-green mix!

It is still in progress, I’m about to get started on the crown decreases.

Here’s a little preview…

Quite Proud…

2 Jul

For two reasons, first it’s crochet and it’s a new craft to me and, second, I sewed the lining inside the bag and that is quite a challenge for me! I really like the finished product, a cute little bag! It was a test for the designer.

Crocheted Market Bag

14 Jun

I’m working on improving my crochet skill. I taught myself to crochet a few years ago but haven’t had so many opportunities to improve since. So, in order to do just that, I’m trying to take on increasingly challenging patterns.

My latest project is a market bag, made out of a 100% cotton yarn. Pattern is free and is here.

Presents for Teachers

13 Jun

The boys are finishing their French preschool classes for the summer on Wednesday, so I made a few presents for their lovely teachers.

For Logan’s teacher, Laetitia, I made two Ballband Dishcloths in reversed colours. For Connor’s teacher Miluschka and her young daughter Magdalena, I made a Circle Dishcloth and a crocheted Teeny Tiny Crab with the same yarn.

Hope they like it!

A Photo Shoot for Spring Has Sprung Hat

11 Apr

Today, I finally had a decent photo shoot for this pattern. Thanks to two lovely children, Marta and Kelvin, who played along and let me take lots of pictures of them wearing the hats.

Here are our best shots, aren’t they cute?!

Pattern can be found here and costs EUR 2.50

Spring Has Sprung Pattern is Available

15 Feb

I wrote this pattern especially with bamboo yarn in mind. I wanted to design a spring hat with a girl and a boy version and bamboo yarn makes me think of spring. It has a lovely shine to it that reminds me of sunny spring days.

The body of the hat is identical in both versions. The girl version includes a little bracelet, just for fun!

Note: this pattern is for both boy and girl versions

Pattern costs $3.75

Necessary skills
Knitting in the round, Kfb, picking up stitches, Kitchener stitch

Pattern in 2 children sizes:
Small: 2-4 years – Circ 38-48 cm (15-19”)
Large: 5+ years – Circ 42-56 cm (16½ -22”)

More details on the pattern are available on Ravelry:

Spring Beanie Pattern Soon to be Published

9 Feb

My testers are hard at work and, thanks to them, I should be able to publish the pattern very soon, I’m hoping before the week-end. Here are some of their versions, the boy version is not finished yet:

Hook Book

2 Feb

Today I finished a test I’m doing for the designer. Not knitting, but crochet. I’m trying to get into crochet so I grab all opportunities to get better.

The pattern is for a hook book, to keep crochet hooks. I thought it would work well for my interchangeable circular needles, so I gave it a go!

It still needs blocking, but it’s finished – and full!

The front has the stripes, the back is all blue. And you can see how full it is in the picture where it’s open…


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