Easy Handspun Shawl


Easy Handspun Shawl

I made this shawl with my own hand spun yarn so yardage and hook size should be used as a general guide only, your yarn may be rather different, if in doubt make a swatch.

This pattern makes a semi circular shawl but not a perfect curve, it’s a triangle with the point chopped off. If you like triangles you could just continue working the pattern rows for longer, obviously this will take up more yarn. The edging will need extra dc’s worked to turn the corner at the point of the triangle.

You will need: –

5mm crochet hook

approx 600 metres handspun yarn 9-12 wpi


Chain 200, turn

Row 1 Ch2, working into foundation chain *dc1 into 2nd ch from hook, ch1 repeat from * to end. Turn.

Row 2 Ch2, make 2 dc into each gap, ch2, slip stitch into top of last dc below.

Row 3 repeat second row.

These three rows form the pattern and should result in a gradual taper (which will eventually form a triangle but we aren’t making a shawl that big)

All repeats of Row 1 the dc should be worked into gaps not into stitches.

Repeat pattern 13 times. Bind off. You will have 14 pattern repeats (42 rows)

Starting at corner ch2, then *dc1 into 2nd ch from hook, ch1 repeat from * all the way round curved edge, turn and make scalloped edge by making 6dc into first gap and every 3rd gap after that. Bind off.

Wash and block.


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Toasty Blanket

Toasty Blanket

Toasty Blanket by Joanna Stephens.This pretty blanket is made from very lovely Super Chunky yarn from Artesano.
This knitting pattern is available as a Ravelry download, please click on the picture to view the pattern listing.

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All the Pretty Colours scarf

All the Pretty Colours scarf

All the Pretty Colours scarf by Joanna Stephens

Made from super pretty Noro Yuzen yarn, knitting pattern available on Ravelry.

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Handspun Mini Dinosaur

This is a quick pattern to use up scraps of Handspun yarn, you can use any weight of yarn you have available and the dinosaur will be slightly bigger or smaller accordingly. Gauge is not very important for this project except that you need to knit tight enough to ensure a firm fabric that won’t let the stuffing through. With this in mind select your needle size as appropriate for the yarn you are using.
Row 1 cast on 4 stitches
Row 2 purl to end
Row 3 K1,M1,K1,M1,K1,M1,K1 (7stitches on needle)
Row 4 purl to end
Row 5 K1,M1,K5,M1,K1 (9 stitches on needle)
Row 6 purl to end
Row 7 K1,M1,K7,M1,K1 (11 stitches on needle)
Row 8-12 work even in stockinette.
Row 13 K1,K2tog,K5,K2tog,K1 (9 stitches on needle)
Row 14 purl to end
Row 15 K1,K2tog,K3,K2tog,K1 (7 stitches on needle)
Row 16-25 work even in stockinette.
Row 26 purl to end
Row 27 increase into every stitch (14 St. on needle)
Row 28 purl to end
Row 29 increase into every stitch (28 stitches)
Row 30-45 work even in stockinette.
Row 46 purl to end
Row 47 K2tog to end (14 stitches on needle)
Row 48 purl to end
Row 49 K2tog to end (7 stitches on needle)
Row 50-56 work even in stockinette.
Row 57 K1,K2tog,K1,K2tog,K1 (5 stitches on needle)
Row 58 K1,K2tog,K2tog
Row 59 Bind off.

Legs – knit 4 of these
Cast on 7 stitches, knit 10 rows in stockinette, bind off.
Be sure to leave a tail of yarn on each leg for stitching it to the body.
To make up
Starting at the tail end (cast off edge) with the right side outwards stitch together using a ladder stitch. Add stuffing as you go, my dino only has filling in the body and the head.
When your seam is halfway along the head fold over the nose flap. This make a v shape seam on the underside of the head, mouth and nose stitching will line up with this seam.

Make up legs using the yarn tail left on the cast off edges, fold the piece into a tube and stitch halfway along it. This leaves you a triangular edge to stitch onto the body. Ladder stitching is the most invisible way of attaching the legs, positioning the edge of each leg over the increase/decrease rows keeping the tops of the legs in line with the tail and neck.

Stitch eyes, nose and mouth with scraps of dark yarn and use White sewing cotton for White dots in the eyes.

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The Linked Ring on Folksy – November Update

Lots of new spinning fibre in my Folksy shop all mini batt sets, some gorgeous fibre blends wool/alpaca, some with cashmere. Also a couple of new jewellery pieces on Etsy

If you haven’t seen Folksy before (or even if you have) its just had a bit of a revamp, looks really great, go check it out!

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Pinhole Photography – Lost Treasures


I have a treat for you. While clearing out our office we found some old discs with files taken off my old pc about 10 years ago. The distance in time is really great for me, I’m rediscovering work I’d forgotten and seeing it with fresh eyes no longer clouded with creative doubt. All were photographed on Ilford 120 roll film using a No.2 Box Brownie with the lens removed and replaced with a very fine pinhole. Sadly I have lost the camera, I think it may be buried in our loft somewhere.

  Hope you like them.

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Limited Edition Mini Fibre Batts

I’ve been enjoying blending fibres on my Louet Junior carding machine, the result? Some gorgeous fibre blends limited to just 4 batts of each colourway. Each fluffy bundle is approx 25g so is a perfect size for drop spindling. Spin up all 4 batts, ply them together and you have a substantial hank of unique handspun yarn. My limited edition mini fibre batts are available to buy in my Folksy shop.

Limited Edition Mini Fibre Batts

Limited Edition Mini Fibre Batts

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