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Free Pattern: Lake's Edge Hat
Lake's Edge Hat with photo tutorials

One of the things I am most passionate about in my work is helping people get the skills they need to crochet the things they want to make. Continually, I hear from crocheters online or in classes is how frustrating they find pattern reading. I find my self nodding my head in agreement. It can be very confusing and does take time.

When I wrote about this issue a LONG time ago, Stacy Trock of Fresh Stitches suggested writing a pattern that explained what the normal pattern directions meant, as she had done with her fantastic free beginner's guide to amigurumi. Well, its only taken almost a year, but today I bring you Lake's Edge.  Its a free pattern, full of tutorials for making some of my most-used stitches and with a handy "how to read the pattern" guide. 

The pattern itself is a fun wee make, sized from baby to adult.  Its great for using up bits of yarn and works up very quickly.  The samples are made out of my beloved Libby Summers' Fine Aran, which is a great yarn if you haven't tried it with a beautiful colour palette. 

You can download the UK pattern here and the US version here.


  • 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) x 50g balls of Libby Summers’ Fine Aran in Larama (MC)
  • 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) x 50g balls of Libby Summers’ Fine Aran in Azul (CC)
  • 5mm/ H8 Hook
  • Tapestry Needle

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Tension: Work 13dc and 9.5 rows in Ric Rac pattern (see special stitches) to measure 10x10cm or 4x4in using 5mm/ H8 hook, or size required to obtain tension.

Sunshine and Showers - Spring 2012

collection title


Herringbone collage copy

Lou-10 copy

Owlelly Warmers

Lou-32 copy

blow welly

Brolly ellis
Picnik collage

There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.

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Lou-37 copy
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Inspired by the cold changeability that these next few months bring to Scotland.  I've never seen so many rainbows...or so much rain.

These items are now all in my etsy shop, along with all other hats open now for custom orders.  The patterns for the Herringbone and Intrepid Explorer hats and the owl cable welly warmers are also up on etsy.  Mitten pattern, ravelry listings and folksy site to follow.

Thank you all...for your support and encouragement and, well, everything.

Come back tomorrow for a quick tutorial on the rope scarf!!


North Sea Kipper Handwarmers

Kevin lost his beautiful cabled handwarmers made out of glorious and expensive Posh Yarn...can we have a collective "grrr"?

So I made him some new ones, inspired by the Herringbone Neck Warmer I made my mother in law for Christmas. This time, Kev's were made with cheap yarn. That knit up incredibly quickly.  And then I wrote up the pattern so I wouldn't forget when he loses them again.


They are made out of Wendy DK held double. This makes a sort of heavy Aran/Chunky wool, but traps air in between the fibers making them warm and squishy.  You need one ball, just pull the second end out of the middle and knit away.

Kev wanted ribbing around the thumbs, but I prefer the sleekness of just a thumbhole, but I have included optional instructions.


download now The matching hat is available here.