Posted in Drop Stitch, Free Patterns, Kal, Knitting, Lace, Shawls, Spring

Drop Stitch Shawl KAL

Happy Spring!!! See the white background? Yes! That’s snow! It’s going to go away soon now though, because Spring is here!

Well, I promised a Spring Shawl KAL, so, be sure to join either the Facebook or Ravelry groups. Oh! and before I forget, also pick up a copy of your pattern (free during the KAL).

I hope you’ll join me for this fun little knit!

Happy Knitting!



Posted in Beanies, Charts, Fair Isle, Free Patterns, Hats, Knitting, Stranded, Valentine's Day, Winter

Gotta Have Heart Beanie

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I would skip the Block Challenge for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL this week. Instead I’m gonna share my Gotta Have Heart Fair Isle chart. A few years back, I used this chart to knit this….(don’t ask me why the photo is small, it’s more than I want to investigate this morning)

My Gotta Have Heart Beanie. If you want to knit one for yourself, I used the Favorite Beanie Recipe (or use any beanie pattern you like with a stitch multiple of 6) and inserted the Gotta Have Heart Chart – Stitch Fiddle Chart. OR. Use the cart in any project you like (wouldn’t a Mug Cozy be cute?)!

Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Knitting!


Posted in Beanies, Bulky, FOs, Free Patterns, Hats, Knitting

Free Pattern Friday – The Accidental Rib Beanie


The original Beanie I knit was an experiment making a Bulky yarn holding 4 strands of sock yarn together (see this post). The stitch pattern I used was a k2, p1 stitch. As I knit along I noticed I liked the look of the stitch pattern of the WRONG side better. When I finished up the beanie, I wove the ends into the right side and the wrong side now became the right side! That’s how the Accidental Rib Beanie came about!

The Accidental Beanie

by Lori A. Smith

The Accidental Rib Beanie is knit in the round using a Bulky yarn and minimal decreases at the top so it knits up super fast. I’ve included a cuffed or non-cuffed version in 3 child’s sizes and 2 adult sizes. The rib pattern makes the hat very stretchy, so it accommodates lots of head sizes.


  • 110 yards of a bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Scarfie). If a Pompom is desired, it will require additional yarn.
  • One size #13 (9.0mm) circular needle (at least a 40″ length for Magic Loop) or set of double-pointed needles (you could also use a 16″ circular length and switch to DPN’s when you get to the decreases).
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.


  • 13 sts and 16 rows/4inches (in rib pattern/blocked)



  • Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult Small, Adult Large). Finished size – 11″ (13″, 15″, 18″, 22″) in circumference. When in doubt, size down as this hat is very stretchy.


  • CO       cast-on
  • PM       place marker
  • k          knit
  • p          purl
  • sts        stitches
  • rnd       round
  • k2tog   knit 2 together
  • p2tog   purl 2 together
  • BO        bind off


CO 36 (42, 48, 54, 69) stitches using your favorite stretchy cast-on (I used a long-tail CO). Join in the round without twisting stitches. PM to mark beginning of the round.

For Cuffed Version: *P2, k1; around for 2″ (2″, 3″, 3″, 3″) or desired depth of your cuff.

For Both Versions: Begin *K2, p1; around until piece measures 7″ (8″, 9″, 11″, 13″) or desired length.


  • Rnd 1: *k2tog, p1; around.
  • Rnd 2 *k1,p1; around.
  • Rnd 3 *p2tog; around.


Cut yarn leaving a long tail.,Using a darning needle, thread through remaining sts on your needles. Pull up tightly. Decide which side is going to be your right side (you may like the k2, p1 better?) Secure and weave in ends on whatever side you decided will be your wrong side. Assemble and secure a Pompom on top if desired.


Copyright 2108: You may use this free pattern however you wish. If you decide to use the pattern, please give me credit for the design by linking to this post. Thank you!


Happy Knitting!







Posted in Beginners, Crochet, FOs, Free Patterns, Mug Cozies, Valentine's Day

A Hug for Your Mug!

I’ve completed the first item for my Valentine’s Day swap partner! It’s a Hug for her mug! And. It’s SUPER easy! Easy enough for beginner crocheters! I’m sharing the FREE pattern here with you today… know, in case you want to whip up a few of these to give a hug for your Valentine’s mugs! If you need to find mugs, I found this red one (and other great solid colors) at the Dollar store. I also found some individual servings of French Vanilla coffee (YUM!) to go with the mug. Or maybe your Valentine prefers tea? Or chocolate? Just fill the mug with their favorite for a fun gift! Happy Valentine’s Day!

A Hug for Your Mug


  • Worsted Weight Yarn (medium #4)
  • I Crochet Hook


  • 4 sc & 4 rows per inch


  • Sts – stitches
  • Sc – Single crochet
  • Ch – Chain


  • Ch 9, turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch across (8 sc), ch 1, turn.
  • Row 1: sc in every sc across, ch1, turn. (8sc)
  • Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 10 inches ( or 1 inch less than your mug measures)

Secure final sc. Leave a long tail for button loop.

On beginning (short) end , Using a darning needle and tail of yarn, make a running stitch. Pull tight to gather and secure. Repeat the gathering on opposite short side. Form a loop at the beginning of tail (near where you secured the gathering), insert hook and ch 6  (check to see that this amount of chs fit easily over your button and add/subtract chs as needed). Form a loop with these chs and secure to body of the cozy.

Sew Button on opposite side.

Weave in Ends (wrong side). Place your cozy on your mug, button and ENJOY!

If you want a printable version of the pattern…..

A Hug for Your Mug


Posted in FOs, Free Patterns, Hats, Knitting

Waves of Grain Hat

Still trying to update some of my previously shared free patterns. This is a hat pattern called Waves of Grain Hat knit in a self-striping yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Amazing ).

Here’s what it looks like in a solid. It’s been quite awhile since I knit this, but I remember it being fun to knit. Here’s the link to the PDF….   Waves of Grain (2)

If you happen to knit this up, let me know what you think!

Posted in FOs, Free Patterns, Hats, Knitting

Favorite Beanie Recipe


It was recently brought to my attention that a free pattern I had shared on my old blog (which I can no longer access) is no longer valid (probably since I can’t access it?). I thought I could just add the PDF file to this blog post, but NO! For some reason, the PDF is not in my documents! It is in my project file, but when I save it as a PDF, it prints…..WHAT?!?!

Until I get a chance to re-do the PDF, I’m just going to re-type the directions. If you want a print-able copy (or PDF), you can copy the URL into the address bar on Printer Friendly. and either make a PDF or print.

Favorite Beanie Recipe -by Lori A. Smith

After knitting up MANY not so perfect (but wearable) knit beanies, I ended up creating this beanie design. It gives a good stretchy fit for an average adult’s head. The amount of stitches easily accommodate a variety of Fair Isle colorwork charts (if desired). I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do!

Finished Measurements:

  • 18″around x9″long – fits an average adult size head.



  • 150 yards of Main Color (MC) in Worsted weight (solid or self-striping). If using colorwork charts, you will also need small amounts (50-100 yards) of additional contrasting colors (CC) of yarn.
  • Size 5 circular needles (or double-pointed needles) or size needed to get gauge.


  • k -knit
  • p -purl
  • k2tog- knit 2 together
  • rnd -round
  • sts -stitches


  • 6 stitches to the inch in stockinette (worked in the round).


  • Cast on 90 sts. Join in the round without twisting. Place a unique marker to mark the beginning of the rnds. K1, P1 rib for 6 rnds (optional ribs- k2, p1 rib or k3, p2 rib if desired).
  • Switch to stockinette stitch (knit every rnd). (if using colorwork charts, knit 1 to 2 rnds in MC then begin knitting colorwork chart). Knit until piece measures 6-1/2″ (or desired length before beginning decreases).

Decrease rounds:

  • Rnd 1: (set-up rnd) *K8, k2tog, place marker; repeat around.
  • Rnd 2: Knit.
  • Rnd 3: *Knit to 2 sts before maker, k2to, slip marker; repeat around.

Repeat rnds 2 and 3 until there are 9 sts left on needles. Cut working yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail through 9 sts. Pull up tight and secure to wrong side of beanie. Weave in ends. Block.

copyright 2014, Lori A. Smith

This pattern is FREE. Any items knit from this design may be used as you wish. Just do me a favor, if you knit this design, please credit me by linking to my blog –


If you want to try a colorwork chart, I’ve included my Gotta Have Heart Chart – Stitch Fiddle. (this is sort of a test to see if I can link to a PDF, so let me know if it doesn’t work. )