Showing posts with label free pattern. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free pattern. Show all posts

Monday, August 2, 2021

Joshua Bonnet - free pattern - Pixie Bonnet

I first designed the Joshua Bonnet for my newborn son - Joshua! I love the look of bonnets on babies and wanted something that could be equally lovely for girls and boys. Joshua and the Joshua Bonnet are now over five years old, so time for a refresh of the pattern!

The pixie bonnet features some detailing along the front to frame the face.

Sizes: Newborn (Head circumference) 14 inches/35.5cm (3-6 month 16 inches/40.5 cm, 6-9 month 18/46 cm, 9-12 month 19 inches/ 48 cm, 2-5 years 20 inches/ 51 cm, 5-8 years 22 inches/ 56 cm.)

Yarn: 8ply/DK weight, 100g/3.53oz (283 m/309 yards) 52 m/56 yards (MC), 26m/23 yards A and B
Hook: US I (5.50mm) and US G (4.0mm)
Notions: Scissors, Yarn needle.
Gauge: 12 sts and 8 rows = 4" (10 cm) in hdc. 

Abbreviations: (US terms used) 

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

st(s) = stitch(es)

sl st = slip stitch

rep = repeat 

Pattern Notes: Turning chains do not count as a stitch.

The hat is worked flat in rows, and seamed along the back.

Using MC and 5.5 mm hook:

Chain 39. (41, 48, 51, 54, 59)

Row 1: Skip 1st ch, 38 (40, 47, 50, 53, 58) sc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, 38 (40, 47, 50, 53, 58) hdc, fasten off, turn.

Row 3: Using A, ch 1, 38 (40, 47, 50, 53, 58) sc, fasten off, turn.

Rows 4 - 8: Alternate rows 2 and 3

Rows 9 - 19 (20, 22, 24, 26, 28): in MC, As Row 2

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Surface Crochet:

Using B and 4.0mm hook, RS facing out, surface slip stitch along Row 4, and repeat on Row 6.
Repeat with MC along the foundation chain.


Insert hook through space between first two stitches, front to back; keeping working yarn on
WS. Pull up a loop, insert hook into next sp (between stitches) pull up loop through space, and loop on
hook (one loop remains on hook). Continue to final st, cut or break yarn, bring remaining yarn through loop, and back to WS to secure the final loop.

Weave in ends.


Fold bonnet in half lengthways, so point a meets point b (above image) with WS together seam this edge together using your preferred joining method. This seam will be the back of the bonnet. Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Chin Tie:

Chin tie is worked in a continuous piece without cutting the yarn. Starting with one tie, then continuing around the base of the bonnet (back of the neck), and then continuing with the second tie.

Using MC, and 5.5 mm hook

Ch: 25 (29, 33, 37, 41, 46)

Skip 1st ch, sc across. Join to the left front corner of the bonnet with a sl st, sc across base of the bonnet, working one sc into the side of each row. Ch: 25 (29, 33, 37, 41, 46) Skip 1st ch, sc across, sl st to the bonnet.

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

 Happy Crocheting!

Let me know in the comments if you would like a tutorial on surface crochet, or on something else that's come up in the pattern.

Emma xx

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Textured Clutch "Amelia Clutch" Free Pattern

The Amelia Clutch is a chunky textured clutch that can be used to transport your crochet hooks and small projects, or maybe your phone and keys! Made with ‘ribbon tape’ using recycled textiles, it works up in no time at all. This clutch is also lined with fabric (which is optional) 

Above, shown in a tape yarn.

Above, shown in a 'rope' yarn

This pattern featured in the Get the Summer Vibes Blog Hop

Pattern Notes:

Clutch is made flat and sewn together. Due to the thick nature of the yarn, it is recommended to use cotton thread to seam the sides. Use leftover yarn to create a tassel or other embellishment.

Like this pattern? You might also like the Moss Stitch Pouch!

Finished Measurements:

Width: 19 cm

Height: 10 cm


Yarn: Hoooked Ribbon XL (80% Cotton, 20% Other; 72yrds/125g) 0.5 x ball used.

Hook: 12 mm

Notions: cotton thread to sew side seams in MC, sewing needle

To line: 20 x 20 cm of fabric, cotton thread, sewing needle, (sewing machine can be used) 

Optional: zipper (18 cm), beads to trim.

Gauge: 9 sts and 12 rows = 4" (10cm) in bag pattern.  

Chain 18.

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, *hdc in next ch, sl st in next ch; rep from * across, turn. (17 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, *hdc in first sl st, sl st in next hdc, rep from * across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, *sl st in first hdc, hdc in next sl st, rep from * across, turn.

Row 4- 16: Repeat alternating Rows 2 and 3.

Row 17: sl st into each st across.

Fasten Off.


Fold in half, lengthways, sew side seams with cotton thread. 

Example of tape yarn. 

To line:

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, (RS together) Hem top edges by folding over 0.5 cm to WS, and pin in place, and sew (with either sewing machine, or hand sew)

Pin side seams and sew on WS.

Pin zipper and lining in place in the clutch, zipper between ling and outer, and sew in place along the top hem. 

Abbreviations (US terminology):

ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch

hdc = half double crochet

st(s) = stitch(es)

rep = repeat

RS = right side

WS = wrong side

Amelia Clutch is also featured in the digital magazine 'I Like Crochet' 

Happy Crocheting


Monday, April 26, 2021

Unity Remixes and an Update

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know about the Unity CAL that started in February.

The 2021 Unity CAL was created by 10 Australian designers and was sponsored by the Australian Crochet Community and KoKonki - Motki Ombre.

Here is my blanket, completed to part 4, and below - my finished blanket on display at the Sydney Royal Easter Show - I won the blue ribbon! 

The CAL has now finished but, like Harmony,  the 2019 ACC CAL, there is a Unity Remix & Extension.

Unity CAL remixes can be made by using:

  • The released parts in a different order
  • Blocks of the different parts to make a block afghan
  • Blocks or parts to make different products altogether.

The blocks are now available on Ravelry, as stand-alone patterns, that can be combined in any way you choose- make a simple 3x3 square blanket, or make multiples of the squares like Jane Rawnsley-Kinney did for her test of the patterns, or if there is one square that you just love, why not make a whole blanket of just that! 

This link will take you to Ravelry to view all the patterns in the series.

This link also includes the original CAL sections!

 Need help with the stitches from my block? you can find the tutorial for extended front post stitches here, and a tutorial for the hdc join here. 

As always, Happy Crocheting,


Monday, March 15, 2021

Crochet Squares Round Up - plus DK yarn recommendations

 The 'Sol Square' is proving to be very popular, so I thought I would do a round-up of all the squares I currently have on offer. This post does contain affiliate links

Some of these squares match, some don't! Some could be modified slightly to fit with others, by adding or subtracting a row or two. That's the beauty of crochet - make it your own!

The Sol Square has been made in a worsted weight yarn, but all the others are in a DK - which is my go-to yarn. There's no reason the Sol Square can't be made in DK either - it'll just work out a little smaller. I've included a few recommendations with links - which can also be helpful for yarn substitution. If you are Australian, you might think of DK as 8ply. It can also be classified as #3 Light.

Coboo - A cotton bamboo blend that comes in 18 colours, and is beautifully soft and light. 

Mandala Yarn - An Acrylic yarn  that comes in many gradients 

Ice Cream Yarn - a soft Acrylic yarn in 12 colours ideal for baby and kids. Icecream is very similar to Mandala, but the colours repeat throughout. 

Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK - available in 56 shades

Paintbox Simply DK - available in 49 shades

And now for the squares: 

First up - the Sol Square. This one is part of the Friendship CAL and you can find the post here.
Let me know if you've made one already! 

Nebula Square is a bit smaller and simpler - but can be used to create a beautiful effect using variegated yarn - like Lionbrand Ice cream! 

Berirlee Square - Yes, I am a little bit obsessed with squares that start with a circle! 

the 'Big Circle Grannies' were first made to meet a donation request.

Celestial Square work with the Nebula Square, to create a little bit of texture. 

Dahlia Pinnata is a beautiful floral square. 

Good Old Grannies - if you want to go down the classic route. 

Thank you for reading,

Happy Crocheting!


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Moss Stitch Pouch - Free Pattern


This pattern has been available as a free download on Ravelry for some time. This year I'm giving some things a refresh, which means bringing some more free patterns to my blog. 

This one is a chunky textured pouch, that can be used to transport your crochet hooks and small projects, or maybe your phone, keys or make-up! Made with a soft cotton rope, it works up in no time at all.  Great for a beginner; written in US terms.

I love working with recycled textiles. For one reason, it's great to use a material that might otherwise go to a landfill - and there is nothing wrong with it! And it also provides a beautiful texture, it's chunky - and makes really quick and unique products. If you can't find the cotton rope yarn a t-shirt yarn or ribbon yarn makes a good substitute. (Shown below in 'ribbon' yarn')

Moss stitch is one of my favourite stitches - it works up fast, looks great, and only uses chains and single crochet (UK double crochet) I've also seen it referred to as linen stitch. You may like to also check the Neverending Story Shawl if you like Moss Stitch! It's a great stitch for beginners and a favourite sitch for established crocheters. 

Finished Measurements:

Width: 19 cm

Height: 10 cm


Yarn: Cotton Rope (Macrame cord) 250 g, 90m  

Yarn alternative: Hoooked Ribbon XL (80% Cotton,20% Other; 72yrds/125g) 0.5 x ball used.

Hook: 12 mm

Notions: cotton thread to sew side seams, sewing needle

To line: 20 x 20 cm of fabric, cotton thread, sewing needle, (sewing machine can be used) optional buttons or fastenings

Gauge: 9 sts and 12 rows = 4" (10cm) in moss stitch

Use leftover yarn to create a tassel or other embellishment

Abbreviations (US terminology):
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
rep = repeat

Chain 18.

Row 1: Miss 3 ch, *sc, ch, sk st, rep from * finishing with sc in last ch, turn. (8sc)
Row 2:  Ch 2, *sc into ch sp, ch 1, rep from * finishing with sc in final ch sp.
Repeat row 2 for pattern.
Complete 25 rows.
Without cutting yarn, ch 23 and sl st to 1st ch to make wrist strap.

Fold into thirds, lengthwise. Fold end row (wrist strap) in, foundation chain end will fold over top. 
Sew side seams with cotton thread.
Add buttons or fastenings. Foundation chain spaces make perfect buttonholes.
To line:
Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, (RS together) Hem top edges by folding over 0.5 cm to WS, and pin in place, and sew (with either sewing machine, or hand sew)
Pin side seams and sew on WS. Pin lining in place in clutch, and sew in place along the top hem.


Sunday, February 7, 2021

4 Leaf Clover - free crochet pattern.

Today I'm sharing an older design of mine - that has been a free Ravelry download for some time (and will remain so!) 

This clover can be made as either a three-leafed Shamrock (the official symbol of Ireland and St Patrick) or as a four-leafed lucky clover.  Instructions are given for DK weight yarn, but this pattern can be used with any weight yarn and equivalent hook.

Originally written in 2013 – Updated in 2019. Written in US terms.

It's a pretty easy pattern - the hardest part might be weaving in all the ends! It's cute and quick, and makes great accessories for St Patrick's Day! 


Yarn: 20 g DK yarn in Emerald

Hook: 4.0mm

Abbreviations (US terminology):

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

tr = treble crochet

sl st = slip stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)


With Emerald yarn, make a chain of 4

Work all of the following in the first ch: 3 tr, 3 dc, 1 ch, 1 tr, 1 ch, 3 dc, 3 tr, 3 ch, sl st .

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat to make the desired amount of leaves - 3 or 4!


To join:

Make a chain of 5 (the stalk) and sl st to the point of one leaf. Sl st around the leaf, when you reach the centre between the two ‘bumps’ sl st back into centre of the leaf, sl st to point of next leaf and repeat to join all leaves.

Weave in ends. 

I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Crocheting,


Saturday, January 16, 2021

The Friendship Blanket CAL

This post contains affiliate links 

The Friendship Blanket CAL is the brainchild of Helen from Sunflower Cottage Crochet. 25 designers have teamed up to bring you 41 squares! Each square will be 9 inches, uses worsted weight yarn, and can be assembled to make a blanket. Pick and Mix which squares you want to make! The running theme is texture - and friendship!

What yarn to use?

The patterns are written for Worsted/Aran Weight yarn- some suggestions are:

Paintbox Simply Aran  100% Acrylic, 100g/3.5 oz - 60 colours to choose from!

Yarn and Colours Epic - 100% cotton, 50g -101 shades of pure cotton!

What am I using?

I'm using a yarn found at the Australian chain 'Spotlight' called

Spot Saver USA style (200 g/100% acrylic) 

I'll be using pumpkin (pictured) Peacock and Grey. 

How to join in?

I'll be updating this post every few days to update the new square releases, you can also follow Sunflower Cottage- the host of the CAL

Helen's Square kicks things off - you can find the pattern of the first square: the Friendship Square, here on the Sunflower Crochet Blog. 

If you'd like to read Helen's original post, that kick's off the CAL - click here.

All squares will remain free for the duration of the CAL. 

You can use the tag #Friendshipblanket21 to see what others are posting on social media.

Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to join in, but you'll have to wait to see my square! 

And, for those who just can't wait - there is the option of purchasing the entire CAL right now. You can click this link for the bundle (affiliate link)

Click on the photos below to be taken to each individual pattern. I will be updating the post to add all 41 squares! This post will remain once the crochet along has finished, as a way to find all the squares. I won't have any control over links that are no longer valid, 

Post Update: April 2th April 2021 - All the patterns are live - I just need to catch up on linking them all properly in this post. 

I've also written a follow-up post, with links to everything I think you'll need. 

Square 1: Friendship Square

Square 2: Pretty Petals

Square 3: Lauren

Square 3: Rambling Roses

Square 4: 

Square 5: Illusion Square

Square 6: Diamond Bliss

Square 7: Omatra Square

Square 8: Raised Diamonds

Square 9: Ara Square

Square 10: Argyll Square

Square 11: The Kindred Square

Square 12: The Eclectic Square

Square 13: Kinship Square

Square 14: Tapestry Heart

Square 15: Friendship Blanket Square

Square 16: Connection Square

Square 17: Sweet Stripes

Square 18: Sol Square

Square 19: Dolphin Stitch

Square 20: Cross Puff Square 

Square 21: Zamni Square

Square 22: Sun and Stars

Square 23: Lasting Links

Square 24:

Square 25: Synergy

Square 26: Sedge Stitch 

Square 27: Arianrhod Square

Square 28: Harmony Square 

Square 29: Crochet Cluster Stitch

Square 30:  Rialto Square

Square 31: Friendship Star

Square 33: 

Square 34: Integrity Square 

Square 35: Communion Square

Square 36: Malachia Granny Square 

Square 37:  Companion Square

Square 38: Fellowship Square

Square 39: Waffle Stitch Square

Square 40: Circle of Friends Square

Square 41: Brindisi Bobble 

What an incredible list! Make a few squares, or make them all! Don't forget there is still the option to purchase the full bundle right now. You can click this link for the bundle (affiliate link)