Cardigan finished.


First go at an in the round and top down pattern. Yes I followed it to the letter, just lengthening the body and sleeves as the pattern indicated. Yarn bought for £3 at a charity shop, buttons cost about the same!  WHAT A BARGAIN!

The pattern I used is this- Miette by Andi Sutterland- click pic to go to blog; The pattern is awesome and FREE! HIghly recommended.



If you google Miette you will see what a popular pattern this is, and deservedly so. Very easy to follow, accurate and a joy to knit. I love it! As the weather warms in spring I will be teaming it with my vintage dress in pineapple print. The perfect partner. Now there’s something to look forward to!


Stockholm Snood

The Stockholm Snood was born because Joe asked for a snood for Christmas and was quite specific about colour, size and stitch style; that comes from being a designer! Anyway, this was the result! Apologies for the ‘moody’ face only he refused to model for me  and it’s my face! I can’t help it!!!

I am not a pattern writer but I think this is quite straight forward and can’t see any problems! Do let me know if you do! And if you happen to like it enough to make it then I would love to see the results!



I used 260g of King Cole Moorland Aran, shade 374 which is a denim blue with a grey and cream  slub

From a 400g ball this represents 510m, the yarn is 75% acrylic/ 25% wool

5mm circular needle

Really you could use any yarn and gauge but would need to calculate your tension/sizing. The snood has a circumference of 75cm and I worked a length of 75cm (not including ribbed edge)


The pattern is worked in the round firstly making a tube in waffle stitch and finishing the top with the rib, after which you pick up and complete the rib at the bottom. This means that there really is no top/bottom and the garment can be worn single or double, as a snood or a cowl and was designed for a Swedish winter!

Waffle stitch

Worked over 4 stitches in the round

R1 and 2           (K1, P2 ) repeat to end

R3 and 4         Knit


To Make

Cast on 128 sts (I prefer long tail method), use marker to denote beginning/end of each round

Work in waffle stitch until of desired length- I did about 75cm ending with R4

Work one round purl

*Now work in K2,P2 rib for 5 rounds

Next round, (K2, P2together) repeat all round

Now work K2, P1 rib for 5 rounds

Bind off and sew in end so that invisible

To complete, turn work upside down, pick up and knit 128 sts then work one row purl

Now complete rib from * to match other end.


That’s it! Easy peasy!


 © Jill O’Neill, January 2014


Here before you know it…

Judging by comments on other social media it would seem that many people have already started or even finished their Christmas shopping. HMMMM…

I love the festive season but really, it is only just autumn! However, now that I am ‘in business’ so to speak, I need to keep ahead of the game and suggest to you that a homemade Christmas is the way forward, I have never been one for over indulgence (don’t worry my soapbox is NOT coming out) but I do think Christmas is a time for family (in the widest sense) and time spent is worth so much more than money.

With this in mind I advocate the homemade approach whether that is through the gifts you give or the food you provide. Hospitality only costs time.

So, at a risk of sounding hypocritical, I would like to share with you some of my Christmas creations. Some of these will be used and gifted but a few will hopefully be bought. If you want to know how to make anything I have included the link for the the snowflakes  and describe briefly how to make the baubles and trees…

Here is the snowflake link- a free pattern (always a bonus) that requires some skill in crochet

And here is my long winded description for the round baubles and trees…


I have used DK yarn and a 3.5 mm hook but really you could play with yarns and hook sizing

UK terms throughout

  • make 2 ch
  • work 11 tr into the 1st ch made, join into ring at top of 2nd ch (12 tr made)
  • 2ch, work 1tr into base of this st
  • work 2tr into each tr, join with sl.st into ring
  • 2ch, work 1 tr into base of this st,( 1 tr into next tr, 2tr into next tr) rpt to end of round, sl.st to join
  • 2 ch, work 1tr into base of this st, (1tr into each of next 2 tr, 2tr into next st.) rpt to end
  • fasten off and break yarn

make two discs like this,  join, leaving a gap to lightly fill

You can decorate with beads, braids, buttons or ribbons as per picture either before or after stuffing!

To include a triangle ‘tree’ use contrast yarn and make 10ch

  • work dc into  2nd ch and  evry chain to end of row, 1ch and turn
  • miss st, 1dc into each st, 1ch and turn
  • repeat this until 1 st remains (by missing 1st st you have been decreasing 1 on each row)
  • pull yarn through and fasten off
  • you have made a triangle tree!decorative-page-break-hi


Make two triangles as above but starting with 16 ch.

For tree trunk make 5ch and work in dc until you have enough rows so that when you fold it in half it is the length you require- about 14 rows. Fold over, over sew round edge and attach to the triangle top. Decorate as you wish.


Have fun! I would love to see your creations!



My needles have been clicking, my hooks have been flying and I have been digging deep into my yarn stash to unearth some with a soft and warm feel to make winter warmers. I found a splendid pattern through Ravelry which turned out to be a Red Heart link  for some lovely lacy wrist warmers

As usual I have initially used the pattern but adapted it to my taste by adding a row here and there, changing the edging to a shell design and changing the way I have joined each round without turning the work except on the one thumb hole row.

My second make is the lovely medallion scarf and on this occasion  I followed the pattern without a single change apart from the yarn!

This is a selection of what I have made.