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Beginning With a Bonus!

Over the summer I have been working of a series of Afghan Squares which have flowers at the centre and are based on Victorian era stitch patterns, ‘antimacassar’ motifs, etc…so I am calling it the Victorian Flowers Afghan.  Instead of waiting until it is complete and offering an extra Bonus design, I decided to offer the Bonus to start with! Not only that, but this square includes instructions to turn it into a handy Project Bag…or shopping bag, or gift bag, or any other useful purpose. You can use the instructions to turn any afghan squares into a bag.

The beginning Bonus pattern is free, and I’m posting the instructions in a series on my 2 Facebook Pages: West Coast Fibre Arts and The Ravelled Hank of Yarn. When the project is complete I’ll make a pdf file available in my Ravelry Store that has the whole pattern gathered together.

NOTE: Beginning Part 2 Round 6, ch1 then begin the round; at the end of the round, join with a slip stitch to the first sc. Rounds 7, 8 & 9, please CHAIN 3 AS THE FIRST DOUBLE CROCHET; at the end of the round, join with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain.

Round 8 corrected– *10dc, dc inc, hdc inc, hdc, hdc inc, 2sc, sc inc, sc, sc inc, 2sc, hdc inc, hdc, hdc inc, dc, dc inc, 2dc; repeat from *.


I am using a 5mm hook and aran weight  yarns to make my bags: Patons SWS, Red Heart SuperSaver, etc.  I do not have a total amount required yet because I am sharing the pattern as I design it. I am estimating 12 to 16 ounces of yarn, but I really can NOT guarantee how much it will take until my bag is finished! Options are to make the bag using more than one colour, as I am doing with the Patons SWS bag that illustrates the Instructions: I worked Part 1 in their Soy Wool Stripes, which has long colour changes; then for Part 2 I switched to Soy Wool Solids, in green. Part 1 used 1 ounce, Part 2 used 2 ounces.  Don’t forget, though–for a bag, you have to make 2 squares plus bottom, sides, and handle!  I will update the amount of yarns used when I finish each part.

#afghan #crochet #12inchsquares #freepattern #VictorianFlowersAfghan

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Mini Mystery KAL

Countdown Shetland Style Mini Mystery KAL

A spur-of-the-moment Mystery with just this ONE clue!

I came across a cute little pattern while I was browsing through a Victorian era magazine online and as I’m watching the clock waiting for the New Year to roll in out here on Vancouver Island I decided to write it up and offer it as a mini-mystery!

I haven’t finished knitting my samples yet… when I do, I will add photos in my Ravelry Group.  When I’m fairly certain there are no errors in the pattern I will add photos and update it, too!  If you spot any errors please let me know 🙂

Please add to Favourites, queue, link to it on Ravelry, and I hope you’ll share your photos on Facebook or in Ravelry.  Let me know if you need help!

Countdown shetland style photo




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Victoria’s Secrets KAL CAL

Sign up now for “Victoria’s Secrets” mini mystery: you can knit it, crochet it, weave it, or sew it! From now until the 31 May/2015 it is just $1.00, instead of the regular price of $2.95–use the coupon code found on the pattern page.  One pattern will show you all these options to make a quick little accessory based on a Victorian sewing pattern!  You can use any yarn, with the right sized needles or hook–because you will cast on or make the beginning chain a certain length, instead of a specified number of stitches 🙂 You can use weaving sticks to make them…or upcycle a felted wool sweater; try making a shabby chic/boho set, too!

Victoria's Secrets sign up

If you want to purchase a set of weaving sticks they are $4 each in sets, minimum of 4 sticks

(4 for $16, or 6 for $24, 8 for $32): hand made from local Comox Valley wood. Ships within 7-10 days.  For the Victoria’s Secret pattern I am using 8 weaving sticks.

These are handcrafted from Vancouver Island reclaimed wood sticks, each one is unique and special! No two are identical, and will have slight bends and some will have some inner bark left on.  Just send me a private message on Facebook and I’ll get back to you with a Paypal invoice that includes shipping to your postal code/zip code.  Weaving sticks are easy to use and a lot of fun for making scarves, too! Even young children can use them.

weaving sticks

They are fun for making “skinny scarves” using as few as 4 sticks; you can use several strands of yarn at once to make weaving really fast!  Great stashbusters! There are more photos here on my Facebook page.

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Mystery of Winter Past!

Spring has arrived!  That means that Winter is Past, and so it is time for the last little 1 Clue Mini Mystery Project!

mystery of winter past 1

The full pattern will be released next Friday, but if you want to pre-purchase you can read the notes about Materials needed, and then the pattern will be automatically updated next Friday!

“What am I? I’m fun or functional! If you make me for children, they’ll have oodles of fun; if you make me for adults they’ll save a ton!”

This is a small, quickly made project that can be easily adjusted to make in many sizes, out of many fibres! I first saw the item in an 1891 Victorian family magazine and realized the versatility it offers.


FREE FOR 1 WEEK SIGN-UP FROM 20 -27 MARCH 2015 and then it will be just $1.95. USE COUPON CODE: freemystery
I hope you will take a moment to add the pattern to your Favourites, put in your queue, and link to my design on your project page, as a thanks for the free pattern, to help me out!

I WILL UPDATE THIS BLOG POST, OR the Ravelry West Coast Fibre Arts Group thread called “Mystery of Winter Past Discussion” with information about yarn amounts, needles & hooks, etc. The most yarn I have used for 1 item is 100g of Bernat Felting, with a 4.5mm hook, PLUS stuffing–I used unspun sheep fleece. Remember: you can use acrylic yarn, wool, alpaca, anything you like, and any weight you like! You can use any stuffing you like, too!

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Mystery of Winter Yet To Come CAL KAL RAL

The Mystery of Winter Yet To Come

Crochet-along, Knit-along

now in Ravelry Store for pre-release signups.

You can get EITHER the Crochet OR the Knit pattern free,



from 21 – 27 January, 2015

the regular price is just $1.95, if you would like the 2nd pattern!

For the Ravel-along, to make the Mystery Accessory upcycling a felted wool sweater or using fleece fabric, go to

The Ravelled Hank of Yarn FaceBook Page

for more information!

Be sure to join the West Coast Fibre Arts Group so you can share comments, share “SPOILER” photos, keep up with the latest patterns and CALs & KALs, and more!

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#cal #kal #mystery #mysterykal #mysterycal #freepattern #superbowl #tailgateparty

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Mystery of Winter Yet To Come CAL, KAL, RAL, SAL

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The Second Winter Mystery for the 2014/2015 season is going to be available to sign up for tomorrow morning, 21 January 2015, in my Ravelry Pattern Store.

You can choose

EITHER the knit OR the crochet pattern


FROM 21 -27 JANUARY 2015

and then it will be just $1.95

Mystery of Winter Yet To Come:  What am I?  I’m an accessory that is fun and functional, and can keep you cosy while you watch your favourite hockey, basketball, football, or other sports team play, and I’m especially fun and useful to use at those chilly Tail-gate parties!  I can be made in any colours you choose—pick the colours of your Fave Team and make me with stripes that show your support!

Watch the post on here and on Facebook to make sure you get signed up for the CAL or KAL, and for information about the SAL = Sew A-long or RAL = Ravel A-long!

#SuperBowl #tailgateparty #CAL #KAL #MKAL #MCAL #teamcolours

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Victorian KAL Cloth of the Month

Join us on West Coast Fibre Arts for the very first

Victorian KAL Cloth of the Month!

Learn new stitches and read about what inspired the choices.

The pattern is just $1.95–and it is 50% off for the until January 21/2015 at midnight Pacific Time, in my Ravelry Store.  Pre-purchase now at 50% off, and the pattern will be automatically updated on January15/2015

victoiran KAL cloth1

Victorian women had the choice of dozens of magazines & books that either included or were devoted entirely to “Fancy Work,” which included all forms of fibre fun…knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery, patchwork, sewing, millinery, and more.  We are fortunate that some of these have been preserved in private collections, libraries, and museums–and that many institutions and organizations have made the works available online for those of us intrigued by the needlework and needle-workers of the past.

Sometimes I just browse through these works, jotting down bits and pieces that intrigue me.  Though I may begin with a search for a particular subject or item–for instance, I may search for “crochet hood”–I invariably get sidetracked and end up wandering down various side-paths and byways–many of them unrelated to knitting or crochet (which is what happened when I was looking for a stitch to use for the first Victorian KAL Cloth!).

I set myself the goal of having one Crochet Cloth of the Month AND one Knit Cloth of the Month this year, all based on Victorian era stitch patterns & offered to my faithful followers and new readers in the form of a little Mystery CAL or KAL.  There is only 1 ‘clue’ for each cloth–the entire pattern is released on the pattern release day–but it will be a mystery what stitches are used until you make the cloth!

What may make this even more fun is that I will be using the stitches from the cloths to make a longer Mystery KAL or CAL later on!  Making the cloths is a way to learn how to do the required stitches.  If you need help with them, you can ask now–then when the other project comes up, you will be ready.

I hope you’ll join us…and there is now a West Coast Fibre Arts Ravelry Group, too, where you can share comments, photos, meet others, and make sure you don’t miss new CAL and KAL projects!

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