Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mrs. Fitz Mini Mitts Free Pattern - Outlander Inspired

These mitts are based on Mrs. Fitz's mitts from Starz Outlander, but just much shorter and looking a bit more modern with these colors. I was using up scrap yarn and the mismatching was intentional and very much a look that i enjoy. 

Hope you have lots of fun using odd bits of scrap yarn or whatever you like to make these. 

YARN: Malabrigo Mecha (Bulky)
YARDAGE: Sorry, having using scraps I don't know. Not much!
Needles: US 9 / 5mm
Gauge: 13 st = 4 inches, 19 rows = 4 inches

Size: I'm a medium/average, I'd reckon, and these fit perfectly. 

This pattern is how I made mine. Depending on your preferences and size, you can alter it easily. Experiment and have fun!

Knitted flat and then seamed. You make your thumbhole by not seaming that section.


Cast on 22 stitches
Knit "stockinette" (knit on RS, purl on WS) for 6 inches, changing yarns as often as you please.
At 6 inches, start "garter stitches" which means you just knit every row for 1 1/2 inches.
Bind off, preferably with a stretchy type of bindoff, like Jeny's Superstretchy Bind off - here's a great video tutorial if you are interested.

Time to seam:  You probably want to weave in any ends at this point before you start seaming. I seamed with the mattress stitch, and here's a great video on that if you'd like to try it.

While seaming, keep trying it on. I cannot tell you exactly where to leave a thumbhole, or how big the thumbhole should be. (My thumbhole is about 2 inches long - you want to make sure you make it long enough so your thumb can move comfortably.)Seam up to that point, leave it unseamed where your thumb will be, then start a new seam for the hand. Weave in your ends.

Put them on and get a mug of hot cocoa!

Any questions just ask.

Pattern is on Ravelry as well.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sassenach Claire Outlander Crochet Cowl - Free Pattern

Don't i look smug! Well i was definitely feeling that way!

After sharing my knitted pattern of Claire's Cowl, quite a few people asked for a crocheted version. The knitted cowl is in garter stitch, of which there is no real equivalent in crochet. So after some experimenting and some results that were not quite what I wanted, I came up with this pattern, which I feel comes about as close as possible to the knitted version, both in appearance and drape. I really like it and I hope you do too!

My enigmatic look. Terrible isnt it.

Doubles nicely as a hood.

HOOK SIZE: 16mm/Q (big, yes)
YARN: Super bulky 212 yards (2 skeins)
GAUGE: 4 inches = 6 stitches
FINISHED SIZE: 12 inches wide, 14 inches tall

The yarn I used is Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Super Bulky in Barley. It is the same yarn I used for the knitted cowl. Two/2 skeins. Unlike the knitted cowl, this crocheted cowl is worked with one strand.


FDC = foundation double crochet
FPDC = front post double crochet
BPDC = back post double crochet
SS = slip stich


There are 2 ways of starting, depending on your comfort level. You can do the traditional chain, or you can do a FDC. Either way you join for working in the round. Here is an excellent video about FDC by CrochetEverAfter on youtube: FDC how to

UPDATED: I did end up doing a crochetalong/tutorial. I hope you will find it helpful. Click here.


Chain 34 (or FDC 34)

SS to your first chain to join, making sure your length of chains is not twisted. (again, if you do FDC just join to the chain and skip to Round 2)

Round 1: Ch 2 (yes. 2. not 3. serves as first DC), DC into FIRST chain from the hook (do not skip chains as you normally would), and DC in all remaining chains. (34)

Round 2 and all subsequent rounds: *FPDC, BPDC* (34 stitches every round, starting with FPDC and ending with BPDC)

Do not turn your work, do not make turning chains at the beginning of the rounds. Just keep going around and around and around like a spiral.

Finish, weave in ends, and enjoy!


I continued mine until I reached about 14 inches height, which was 16 rounds for me. It was long enough to act as a hood/snood. I still had enough yarn left over to do probably another 2 rounds. (I believe it takes 12 yards of this yarn to make 1 round, but don't hold me to that).

If you want to make a chain ("turning chain" though you are not turning) at the end of every round, I don't think that would be a problem. I did not do it that way and was happy with the way it turned out.

You don't have to make it as tall as I have. You control how tall you want to make this. Just keep going around until you want to stop. At my gauge, 1 skein of yarn would make at least 8 inches tall cowl. It's up to you! Since there is no bind off row with crochet, you just stop wherever you want.

Any questions just ask!

This pattern is also on Ravelry.

 "och, its too beg for meh, lass!" says Pocket Jamie

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Claire's Cowl - Crochet Version - Sassenach Outlander

UPDATE: Just a quick note that I finished working up my version of Claire's Cowl in crochet. This is intended to resemble, as closely as possible, her chunky knit cowl which is in garter stitch. 

It is very squishy and floppy like the knit version. I spent a lot of time these past few days experimenting with different crochet stitches and construction, and I learned a lot. I am very pleased with the results!

I will write up the pattern and provide better pics (daylight helps) in the next day or two. Will also post on Ravelry.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Working on it.........Claire's Cowl in Crochet

Just FYI for those folks asking for a crochet translation of the knitted Claire cowl pattern. I'm working on it.............pics and a pattern coming soon, I hope.....

Claire Starz Outlander Sassenach Shrug Free Pattern

Here is my interpretation of the shrug that Claire was wearing when she met Geillis in episode 2. Hers was in variegated browns, but I had this wonderful blue/green mix which I found was perfect.

Yarn: Berroco Peruvia Colors, 1 skein
Needle: 9 mm / Size 13 (Worked flat but on circular 29 inch needles)
The one skein of Berroco Peruvia Colors was JUST enough to make this shrug at these dimensions. Keep in mind this yarn which is not springy on its own, is knitted with fairly large needles, and therefore allows for stretch and give.
Finished dimensions: Approx 10 inches tall, 33 inches long

Cast on 83 stitches. (I used long tail method)
Knit 47 rows.
Bind off (I did the basic bind off, loosely)
Fold in half lengthwise.
Make armholes. For me, that was about 7 inches of seaming for each arm. I used a simple whip stitch.
Weave in ends.
Go pick some fresh herbs from the potager garden.
If I were to knit this again, I think I’d spring for the 2nd skein and make it longer down the back by knitting another 10 rows or so. The arms would be bigger as well, which I don't really need, but that would be an overall result. 
Can be worn as a makeshift cowl if you put one arm inside the other.
The knitty gritty: I had quite a few false starts with this pattern. I knew it was simple enough in construction - garter stitch, worked flat, seamed armholes. I estimated the gauge but when I knitted it up, it just didn’t look right. Three types of yarn, a variety of needle sizes, and a headache later, I realized it was the YARN. I believe this shrug resembles Claire’s best when a heavy-worsted 1-ply roving/yarn is used. The stitches are clear. There are no ‘ply shadows’. I learned a lot from this project.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know! :)
Listed on Ravelry as well.

Sassenach Claire Starz Outlander Cowl Free Pattern

I have tried to duplicate the cowl we see Claire wearing in the promo pics for Starz’s “Outlander” series.

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, 2 skeins (color shown is Barley)
Needles: 25mm / US 50 (i worked this up on my straights which are 13 inches long)
This yarn is super bulky/6 and two strands are held together for this pattern. I have found tucking the left needle between my side and left elbow is helpful when working the stitches.
Took me a while to figure out the dimensions. I either made it too big or too small, wasn’t sure if it should be long enough to allow for it to be twisted and doubled up. I’m still not sure if there is some shaping on her cowl, but, in the end, this is what I came up with:
( My pattern is not twisted/doubled. You just slip it over your noggin and go about your business.)
Pattern is listed on Ravelry.

Cast on 17 stitches. i used long tail method. leave yourself a 60-inch tail and you should be fine.
Knit every row. i knitted with a relaxed tension. not tight, not sloppy. this yarn on these huge needles give it lovely drape.
Knit until you’ve got around 26-27 inches of fabric, which for me was around 40 rows or so.
Bind off - strive for your cast-on edge to match your bind-off edge, if you can. you will be seaming them together and it will look better if they have the same tension.
By the way, i think its easier to weave in your cast-on tail now, before seaming.
Leave yourself a good 40 inches or so on your bind-off tail to seam the two ends together.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Three things

This spoon kills me.

 It's the simple things in life sometimes. A spoon. So basic. One of our first learning tools as babies. This old antique spoon was yelling for me from an old box in a wonderful store. Look at all the detail in the design. The flowers are exquisite! Who ate with this spoon? Did it see a lot of oatmeal or was it more of a bisque kind of household?

It even defies gravity:

Sunday, February 24, 2013

My Singer 15-125 named Sally

You know those moments when you feel very fortunate, and are grateful for being so lucky? That is how I felt when I came across this beauty at a local thrift shop. I bought her for a song and gave her a good, well-deserved cleaning. I found interesting information online about this model, but what is really important is she is built like a tank from the glory days of US manufacturing and she sews beautifully.

My first project is a felted (fulled!) wool sweater fabric. I put in a new needle, worked out the tension on a piece of scrap, and set to it. 

The only tricky bit was getting used to the pedal (no pic sorry). It's one of those that has two buttons. You are supposed to rest your foot on the stationary button, and lean your foot to the left as much as you need to to get the speed you want. Part of my problem was I wasn't wearing shoes.

Very thick fabric. The machine blew through it LIKE. BUTTAH.

From the back. 

Pulling the work away after finished. The take lever needs to be up or your threads/bobbin will lock up.

A finished seam on the right before cutting threads. I know it's hard to see anything - that's the point. The fabric was that thick and Sally Singer was like, "this all you got?"

All done. Pose for the cam!

"What is it?", you say? 

It's a handy dandy pouch necklace thingie to keep crochet hooks and needles nearby while working on your project. I made this for a friend but I think I'll make one for myself because I am forever misplacing my DPN's during projects. (Get up, put needle behind ear, do whatever, get back to knitting, needle has fallen off from ear somewhere, begin cursing while searching house) Having a crochet hook handy for dropped stitches is nice too. And you KNOW you're going to drop a stitch. 

The neck cord is knitted i-cord in cotton. I hand sewed them on the inside before waking up Sally.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Line-Up

I have been hitting thrift shops for the past several weeks, grabbing all the 100% wool sweaters I could find that were of a "winter palette". Soft blues, soft pinks, grays, off-whites. I even scored some great cheap cashmere. It was nice coming across so many vintage sweaters with "made in the u.s.a." and union labels. Quite a few sweaters that are out of fashion, and/or with stains and holes will be able to repurpose themselves in my project.

I have been felting. A lot. Just a note: you CAN felt in a front-load washer. There is a myth it cannot be done. It can.

Only 2 sweaters of the bunch would not felt. I'm not sure how the manufacturers do it, but they can treat wool so it does not felt. There is no way that I know of to be able to tell if the sweater has been made with this process, but since I only ran into this problem twice out of probably what - 40 sweaters - it's not a big deal.

My project is going to involve cutting the sweaters into squares, zigzag stitching them together side by side (not 'right sides together' or overlapping. there will be no seams). Then I'll probably put a backing like a regular quilt. No batting needed.

We'll see how it goes. I'm kinda winging it.

Broomstick Lace

Inspired by the Broomstick Lace Scarf from episode 3-106 of the PBS show "Knit and Crochet Now!", I could not resist giving this old-fashioned approach a try. Very pretty and very fun. The stitch groups are large, so  it whips up pretty quickly.

Right Side:

Wrong Side: (just as pretty as the front)

Don't they look like the ends of peacock feathers?

Sunday, January 29, 2012


I needed to make a little something special for a birthday friend. Who couldn't do with a little fairy godmother? From Kajsa Wikman's adorable "Scandinavian Stitches" book, I found this darling pattern. I had no tulle for the wings, no tiny beads for the eyes, and no polyfill stuffing, but one of the most challenging things about homecrafting is making do with what is on hand. I'm not the most resourceful person, but found some scrap organza that worked fine for the wings, I did a simple stitch for the eyes, and used some scrap wool/pillow stuffing to fill her up. I tossed in some dried lavender for good measure.

There is something particularly "spiritual" -for lack of a better word - about making dolls. I've made a few, and it's not only that they come to life as you are piecing them together, their little characters materializing before you as you go, but if you listen closely to them, they'll tell you if they want a bow in their hair or a flower. They'll tell you if they want flowers on their leggings or stripes instead. They'll tell you if they would like to hold something in their hands or be free. Most of all, they'll tell you whether or not they want a little heart stitched on their butt.

LuLuBell and I have become fast friends, but her home is somewhere else, and she'll be very happy there.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Finished Jovie Hat

Phew! That took a bit of doing but it was worth it. So many lovely cables. I want to use these honeycombs in other projects.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

WIP Update Jovie Hat

After 6 inches of K1P1, I'm into the cables. After the first set, I realized that one of the 6-stitch cables goes right to left and the other goes left to right. I'm not sure if this was intentional with the pattern, but I'd like for the cables to be symmetrical (the honeycomb cables on the hat are symmetrical), so I'm going to frog back and change one so it matches the other, and keep them that way for the rest of the hat.

Frogging back to fix a cable mixup like this is a bit frightening. If you run into something like this, Yarnharlot has this spectacular tutorial on how to fix them.

Honeycomb cables:

6 stitch cable leaning R/L
The other 6 stitch cable leaning L/R

Wish me luck!