Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Tunisian Snowflake Cup Cozy

I had originally intended to release this pattern last week, however, due to Oliver turning 6 and both kids being off for the half term holidays, and all the activities we had planned I didn't really get around to even going near the computer to do this! In the end, having the week (nearly a week and a half) off was worth it. The kids had tonnes of fun, and since I don't see them so much now they are both at school full time, I enjoyed the time with them too.

So a week late, but better late than never, I am finally releasing the Tunisian Snowflake Cup Cozy pattern. I knew from the moment I made the first bee cup cozy that I would absolutely be making some these for Christmas, and this is the first of 2 that I have designed so far. The snowflake cup cozy is the same measurements as all the others, (the notes for that are in the pattern so I won't bore you with it here too), and actually uses the exact same base as the Bee cup cozy, the Honeycomb stitch. In order to make it seem much more icy though, I have used a light blue for the honeycomb pattern and a light silver for the background. I love how the hexagons in the honeycomb pattern echo the six sides found in snowflakes when you look at them magnified. This combined with the colours really gives a nice icy feel.

To finish up the cozy I have made a snowflake in white. It seemed to take me ages to get this snowflake just right, and I think thats in part as I was trying to make it 8 sides instead of 6. After failing I don't know how many times, I finally googled a snowflake instead of using my memory, to discover they have 6 sides not 8 and once I knew that the snowflake worked perfectly. Its a little tricky to sew this to the cozy due to its design, but definitely worth taking the extra time to make sure its sewn nicely on.

I love how this looks and how it creates that perfect winter feeling. This will be a great gift this winter, for anyone who loves the snow, and will pair perfectly with all those seasonal hot drinks.

You can find the FREE pattern for the Snowflake Cup Cozy below. See you next week for my Christmas 10 Pointed Star blanket.

Vicky x

Snowflake Cup Cozy

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this cozy

  • 4ply cotton (I used King Cole Giza) in the following;
    • Silver – around 15-20m
    • Light Blue– around 15-20m
    • Small amount of white for snowflake
  • 3.5mm double ended crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker

2.  Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

  • Ch- chain
  • TSS – Tunisian simple stitch
  • TPS – Tunisian purl stitch
  • THS – Tunisian honeycomb stitch (1 TSS, 1 TPS along 1st round, then 1 tps, 1tss along next round, keep alternating rounds)
  • RP – return pass, always yarn over and pull through 2 loops all the way around.
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • m/c – magic circle

3. Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

  • The gauge for this pattern is 9 rows and 12 stitches of Tunisian honeycomb stitch in a 5cm square.
  • The finished snowflake cozy is 7cm tall and 12 cm wide (24cm all the way around.)
  • The cozy is worked in the round, if you are not familiar with Tunisian in the round, then please see this video for help;

4. Pattern

Snowflake cozy– start in light blue, and use silver for the RP

Round Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 59 59
2 Sk ch and TSS across, RP in silver 59
3-17 THS around, RP 59
18 Sl st cast off using THS pattern. 59
  Sl st to join and cast off, sew in ends  

Snowflake – make 1 in white

Round Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in m/c 6
2 (sc inc) x 6 12
3 Ch 5 ( counts as dc, ch 2), dc in same st, sk st, (dc, ch2, dc in next st, sk st) x 5 6 lots of dc, ch 2 dc
4 (Sl st to ch 2 space, ch 7, sk ch, 3 sl st, ch 4, sk ch, 3 sl st, 2 sl st, sl st into same ch 2 as you started in, sl st to next st, ch 3, sl st in same st to create picot) x 6 6 snowflake points and 6 picots
5 Cast off and leave a long tail to sew to the cozy  

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

How to crochet a Tunisian Cable

This week, I have decided to share my tutorial for making a crochet cable. I actually love making these cables so much that I have been modifying and creating new designs around these cables, which I hope I will be able to release a bit later this year, or early next year.

The photo tutorial for this week shows you how to make a basic cable that is 6 stitches wide, and turns towards the left. There are other ways of moving the cable and ways to work with more strands, they will be coming up soon, but for now, this should be helpful to anyone wanting to start working a Tunisian cable.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and it is useful to you. Next week I will be starting to release my Christmas patterns on the blog.

See you then,

Vicky x

1.  What the piece looks like just before starting the cable moving row

2.  Work TPS stitches as normal and then skip 3 TKS stitches, work the next 3 TKS on the hook as normal making sure to keep the yarn loose so it lays flat

3. Using your second hook work the 1st 3 TKS stitches on the new hook pulling the yarn back over loosely.

4. The back of the piece after all 6 TKS are worked, you can see the yarn is laid loosely across the back where the arrow is.

5. You now need to slide the first 3 TKS to the end of the hook and push the last 3 TKS to the beginning of the hook. 

6. Carefully transfer the stitches from the second (pink) hook to the first hook.

7. The work will look scrunched up for a while, this will sort itself out over the next few rows.   Complete the rest of the row.

8. What the row looks like when completed

9. What the piece looks like at the end of the return pass for the cable moving.   Be careful to get the stitches in the right order when working the return pass.

10.  It can be tricky to work the TKS in the next row in the right place.   Stretch the row out to see where they are.

11. The third TKS is definitely the hardest to find.   It is where my thumb is in the picture.

12. The work at the end of the row after the cable moving before the RP.  Finding the TKS after this row is much easier.

13.  The piece 2 rows after working the moving cable

14. Close up of three completed cable repeats.

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Tunisian Cable Barrel Bag

Of all the crochet items I make, bags are probably one of my favourite. I absolutely love bags, but since I was put on a ban from buying anymore, I started making them and actually this maybe even more fun, since I get to make the bags exactly how I want them to be.  

This bag features some of my most favourite things in a bag;

its purple - my favourite colour and making it myself means I don't have to wait for purple to be in season
It has cables - I love cables, I always wanted to learn to knit them, but never got around to it. So finding crochet cables and then Tunisian ones is very exciting for me, this bag celebrates the cable.
The barrel shape - One of my most favourite bags, which literally disintegrated from over use, was this shape and I loved it.
The chunky handles - I love these, I always find small handles dig in, as do hard ones like leather, so these are soft and chunky and perfect
The lining - Again my fabric choice and I love it, although I did hand sew it, which took forever, the way I lined the bag too makes it easier!
The added tassel - because who doesn't love an added tassel to finish off a bag!

These are my favourite features of this bag, and I think I managed to get them all just right. In addition to this the size of the bag, 35cm long and 20cm diameter mean the bag is really roomy. I mean I fitted 4 yarn cakes, plus a pouch with hooks, scissors etc. and all my usual purse, phone and keys in it too. If that isn't a good size for a handbag then I don't know what is, especially as it doesn't look too bulky. The materials and construction mean this should last me a long time, and it has stood up to good use since I made it, which is great.

The pattern itself is a paid pattern, it took a good amount of work to get this bag just right, and my testers also did a great job testing. Even though it is paid for, you get a lot of pattern for your money. The 23 page pdf is not only printer friendly, but has photo tutorials for working the Tunisian cables and making up the bag. It shows you how to add a zip and the lining and how to get the bag to keep its shape even when it is not filled up with yarn! There is also a video tutorial included for help with the handles.

Just because I am so excited about this bag I have decided to have a flash sale, so today until the end of Sunday this bag will be 25% off using the code CABLE. So if you need to make some Christmas presents, or just treat yourself, now would be a great time to purchase this pattern and go and make 1 or 3 or 10 of this lovely Tunisian Cable Barrel Bag. You can find the pattern here in my Etsy Store.

I hope that you love this Bag as much as I do, designing bags is definitely something I intend to do more of next year. See you next week.

Vicky x

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Tunisian Cable Headband

Last week I shared part 3 of the Tunisian Cable series, the cable scarf. This week I am sharing the final winter wear pattern, the Tunisian Cable headband.

The cable headband features a single cable, placed centrally, and running across the length of the headband. The finished headband measures 55cm long and 10cm wide, plenty wide enough to keep your ears warm this winter. The pattern also comes with notes to adjust the length of the headband if you have a slightly different sized head, although the headband itself does have some stretch.

The pattern will only take an hour or so to make, depending on your crocheting speed, and would be great for craft fairs or Christmas gifts. You can get the Free pattern below, without the cable tutorial, however, there is a the pdf printer friendly and ad free version available to purchase through my Etsy store here, which contains a detailed picture tutorial on the cables, and hopefully before the cable series is up I will be able to get a video live on working Tunisian cables.

Join me next week for the final part of the series, and my favourite piece in the collection, the Tunisian Cable barrel bag.

Vicky x

Tunisian Cable Headband (adult sized)

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this headband;

  • Chunky Yarn (or 2 strands of aran held together if you want to have a varied colour effect) 60m (65g when using Aldi rainbow cakes – I used a purple cake)
  • 8mm double ended Tunisian hook
  • Additional hook (as close to 8mm as possible, and it is easier if it has no end)
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

2. Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

  • Ch- chain
  • TSS – Tunisian simple stitch
  • TPS – Tunisian purl stitch
  • TKS – Tunisian Knit Stitch
  • RP – return pass, always yarn over and pull through 1 loop then yarn over and pull 2 loops to the end of the row
  • 6 cable – this is where the cable crosses, see photo tutorial
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • 3. Notes

    Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

    • The gauge for this pattern is 12 rows and 10 stitches in a 10cm square of Tunisian purl stitch using an 8mm hook.
    • The finished headband measures 55cm around and 10cm wide although has a lot of stretch in it so should fit most sized heads.
    • Varying the thickness of the yarn used and hook size will slightly alter the size, this may also alter the amount of yarn required.
    • Make sure when carrying the yarn both ways on the cables to keep the yarn loose so the cables don’t become too tight.   See cable instructions for more information.

    4. Pattern


Row Instruction Stitches
  Ch 12  
1 TSS across, RP 12
2 2 TPS, 6 TKS, 2 TPS, TSS, RP 12
3-4 Rep row 2 12
5 2 TPS, 6 Cable, 2 TPS, TSS, RP 12
6-53 rep rows 2-5 12
54 sl st cast off as row 2 12
55 Sl st both sides of the headband together using the ladder join (  

  • Sew in ends.
  • If you want to make the headband longer or shorter, either add or remove a repeat of rows 2-5.
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