Rugged Bohemian Waistcoat – Rewritten

Hello All!

Many years ago, all the way back in 2015, I designed a waistcoat pattern. I was going to Star Wars Secret Cinema, and had been assigned the class of Mercenary. But we bought the with so little notice that we didnt have much time for costume hunting. I had my outfit mostly under control – I already hadbrown boots, sand coloured trousers, an of white top, the requred faction scarf and a plastic bullet belt from an army costume from years earlier. But it looked like it needed something more. So I trawled through my stash and found some brown rustic looking yarn, and then it hit me – a waistcoat. I knew I needed it done within 24 hours, so I made it up as I went along, and then I attempted to write a pattern.

This pattern has had a fair amount of attention – its been shared among ravelry groups, on pinterest, etc. But evey so often, I would get a message o a comment about how people were struggling to follow the pattern. It was the very first pattern I ever wrote, and it was pretty rubbish. So I finally did something about it. I rummaged through my yarn stash, found some suitable yarn, and got cracking on rewriting the pattern.

You can find the shiny new PDF pattern on my Ravelry Store, here.

I put in lots of photos and hopefully explained everything a whole lot better. I even did the maths to make larger and smaller sizes.

Let me know what you think.

Bonus Pic – here is princess Max, having to get involved… yet again…

Some Old Patterns Scrubbed Up New

As part of my effort to revamp my blog and sort out some of the old content, I have been planning on sorting out a more professional looking format for my patterns. Well, today I settled upon a PDF format I like, so I applied it to 3 patterns I am happy with. These 3 Washcloths.

From left to right, you can find the new PDF Patterns here, here, and here on Ravelry.

Please, go and have a look at them – I would love to know what you think – I hope this new format and new look will help my work to stand out a bit more, once I start designing again, and give a level of continuity to it all.

And thank you to those of you who have been here following me for so long – without your encouragement, I would probably have given up a long time ago, but I just know if I persevere, I can only get better and make my design dreams come true.

My Hotel of Bees

Wow! I never thought it possible to fall in love with a pattern but my word, this is just beautiful! This pattern is so beautifully written, so beautifully designed. It is gorgeous! I want to make a million if them. Honestly you should all try it out. It is wonderful. 



I made this shawl using Drops Merino Extra Fine. I chose these yarns as they were already in my stash. I bought them some time ago in a sale because I liked the colours but I didnt have any plans for it. I did have to purchase another 2 balls. I needed 3 grey 3 purple and 1 pistachio but I had 4 grey 2 purple and 2 pisatachio. I bought 2 extra purple such that when complete I would have 1 of each ball left over for another project. 




Here are some close ups of each section. 
The wings.
The openwork honeycomb.
The bees.
And the filet honeycombs/flowers. 
Honestly I think I will never take this shawl off! And I already bought more yarn to make one for my step-mother in law for christmas. 

Sunny Face Pads

Another set of facepads for you today, this time with a sunny feel.

And for these ones, I have a pattern to share.
This pattern is worked in a spiral.

This pattern has now been turned into a super handy PDF. You can find it here,

Hook 'n' Learn Part 6 – Granny Stitch

I finally got around to catching up with part 6 of the Hook and Learn CAL from Simply Crochet magazine.

This month was granny stitch. 
This stitch was very simple but my god! There were so many ends to sew in! So when I made the second square, I stuck to one colour. It went much quicker! 
Next up, Catherine Wheel Stitch. 

Rugged Bohemian Waistcoat Pattern

Thank for visiting! This pattern has now been rewritten to include much more detailed instructions and step by step photographs! You can find the details here.

Secret Cinema! The best experience of my life. So good I went Twice. Luckily a friend of mine is one of the actors so I got heavily reduced tickets, but I would definitely say its well worth the full ticket price!
Anyways, a friend and I made plans to go, and they were such short notice that I didn’t have time to order costume pieces, so I had to make something myself. I wanted a ragged sort of waistcoat thing, but I had less than 24 hours to make it in, so instead of searching for a pattern, I just made it up as I went along. And now I have written you a pattern. Aren’t you lucky!