Skip to main content


Rhubarb & Custard Cowl free knitting pattern

Recent posts

Rainbow faded crochet shawl

Faded Rainbow Shawl by Amanda Hurrell   Eight-by-Six© Pattern Instructions This pattern is written in U.K. crochet terms and uses Sirdar Country Classic DK, a wool/acrylic mix. An easy triangular shawl, vintage with a modern twist. You will be using simple stitches to create a fun and functional shawl. Big enough to keep you cosy and warm on chilly spring days. Looks great paired with jeans, long sleeve t-shirt and boots. The add free pdf version can be bought from lovecrafts  Sizes and Materials List Hook size: 4mm knitters darning needle sharp scissors stitch marker (optional) tape measure cardboard for making two tassles (size approx. 12 x 9 cm) 2 beads - I have used two hand-made ceramic beads from  Cherryhillstudioceramics finished size : 25 inch by 48 inch approximately not including tassels  Yarn: Sirdar Country Classic double knitting yarn 50% wool 50% acrylic Tension: 10 stitches over 28 rows = 10x10cm Wash care instructions: machine washable 30 degrees, no tumble dry, no iron
  Colour me happy blanket  Amanda Hurrell   Eight-by-Six©     Sizes and Materials List Hook Size: UK 4mm (I use Clover brand) Stitch markers: optional Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK (322 yds/295 metres per 100g ball) Tension: 22 stitches to 30 rows to 10cm on 4mm hook Pattern size of approx. 115cm x 115 cm for lap blanket  I’ve chosen colours I had in my yarn stash, you could use the same colours I have or substitute for what colours you have readily available. Mine was a stash buster to mix some colours up and to use a bold colour for the border. I’ve kept my border simple and added statement pom poms in the same colour as the last row. We all need colour and fun at the moment.  Wash care instructions: machine washable 40deg, cool tumble dry, cool iron, can be dry cleaned (I line dry mine) Colours Stylecraft Special DK and Cygnet DK Mustard Storm Blue Candy Floss Buttermilk Bluebell Fuschia Purple Duck Egg Camel Bluebell (Cygnet DK 149) can be substituted for Bluebell Stylecraft Special

Granny blanket

I started a new blanket last week (I think) I have so much Stylecraft Special DK and I like the new blanket journey. Its growing a little now I've got some motivation to crochet and I love it when its big enough to cover your knees whilst you crochet. The weather is turning colder this week in the UK so its the perfect tv companion. I've been knitting so much that crochet took a back seat. Its funny how adding a few brighter colours lifts your mood and makes you want to go and add more colours. a new blanket begins Today I put up the Christmas tree, early for me but we are all craving some twinkle lights its going to make the house feel cosy as I'll be working from home from next week. It's going to feel strange working again after and eight month break. This week is perfect for cleaning and getting the house ready as I'll be busy and tired learning new processes. I ordered a new coffee machine but its held up in the black Friday backlog, it was such a good price I

Hats for the homeless

As you all know I knit a lot of hats and what better excuse than a real life cause to knit for. It's not a lot of work for a knitter to knit a quick beanie hat full of love but it could make someone warm. Here's mine, a very simple knitted in the round beanie with a beautiful hand made faux fur pom pom ( craftyfriendsuk) who makes all of my gorgeous pom poms. The yarn I used was The Croft Shetland wool (100%) which makes a nice warm hat.  my knitted beanie You've still got time to knit one next week, the date has been extended to December 12th. What are you waiting for, go get your needles and yarn! Here are the details taken from the UK Hand Knitting web site : If you are making a hat for the appeal, please send it, by 12th December, to: UK Hand Knitting Hats for the Homeless Stylecraft Spa Mill New Road Slaithwaite Huddersfield HD7 5BB

The knitted beanie

Those of you who regularly follow me over on  my Instagram  will know that I've been obsessed with knitting the Big Easy Beanie this summer into Autumn. I've knitted it in so many yarns and colour combinations I can't stop! So I thought I'd share with you this versatile pattern (not the actual pattern) but the yarns I've used and what I recommend. You can buy the  pattern here on Ravelry ( its not mine!) the stripes edition All my left over Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran has been used in my stripe beanie edition shown above. I used under 50g in the grey plus a few oddments of colours I used in previous hats.  It knits up quickly and is a great little project to knit for Christmas gifts or charity hats. Its definitely not your basic beanie. Whatever yarn you choose I bet you can't stop at one hat! If you don't fancy knitting one I have most of these beanies for sale in my Etsy shop . They can be supplied in a gifting box or just the beanie. I'm adding other
  Chunky mustard hat with pom pom Amanda Hurrell   Eight-by-Six© Sizes and Materials List Needles: 9mm needles, you can use circular 60cm or straight (I’ve used circular) knitters darning needle (metal or plastic) small scissors stitch marker (one) one faux fur pom pom (mine are bought from Craftfriendsuk) Yarn: King Cole Timeless Super Chunky 1 x 100g ball (90% premium acrylic 10% Alpaca, approximately 93 yards, 85 metres) colourway shown Mustard 4449 Tension: 10 stitches over 14 rows = 10x10cm Wash care instructions: machine washable 30 degrees, cool tumble dry, no iron, no dry clean Alternative yarn for second hat King Cole Explorer Super Chunky in colourway 4304 Hawkins approximately 87 yards, 80 metres) 80% premium acrylic 20% wool Wash care instructions: machine washable 30 degrees, no tumble dry, no iron, no dry clean Tension: 10 stitches over 14 rows = 10x10cm   Abbreviations Skill Level : beginner to intermediate. You need to know how to cast on, join in the round, decrease. S