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Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: BONUS PATTERN

The versatile BONUS SQUARE pattern will be useful for a variety of purposes.  It uses the Insertion Pattern from the Victorian era counterpane design, it is a simple lace on a background of Moss stitch (also called ‘seed stitch’ sometimes), with garter stitch as well.

NOTE: The pattern has been UPDATED to add a “MITT 2” pattern.


Make 1 to make a cotton wash cloth, or make 2 and sew them together to make a potholder–make sure the lace insertions are not back to back, to avoid burned fingers!

You could make an afghan or blanket by knitting up a lot of squares and piecing them together in patchwork–it would be a great stash buster!

Use them in your worsted weight yarn of choice to make a pair of fingerless mitts. So that the mitts look the same on the top, there is a “MITT 2” pattern. 


Fold in half and use a bodkin (yarn needle) to sew them up with the Lace Insertion forming a cuff around the top.  When sewing together: sew about 1 ½ inches, then leave about 1 ½ to 2 inches open for a thumb hole; sew the remainder.  I will post more photos tomorrow 🙂 I am still knitting mitt 2.

Needles & Gauge

8 inch square or women’s average/8 inch fingerless mitts. If you need smaller mitts, use 4mm needles. For larger mitts, either use larger needles or knit extra rows before you cast off.

Size 4.5mm needles or whichever size you need to get a gauge of 16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch.  The 32 stitch cast on edge should be 8 inches.


To make a kitchen accessory, use worsted weight cotton.  For a woman’s winter accessory, approximately 50g worsted weight yarn in your choice of acrylic, wool, cotton, etc.


k = knit

p = purl

yo = yarn over

k2tog = knit 2 together

Instructions for cloth, afghan square, or MITT 1.

Cast on 32 stitches.

  1. knit.
  2. knit.
  3. k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k3; k16.
  4. k16; k3, p1, k1, p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2.

5 – 10.  Repeat rows 3 and 4 three times more.

  1. k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2; k16.
  2. k16; k2, p4, k1, p1, k1, p5, k2.

13 – 18.  Repeat rows 11 and 12 three times more.

19 – 50.  Repeat Rows 3 – 18 two times more.

51, 52.  Knit.

Cast off:  *k2tog, slip stitch from right needle back to left needle; repeat from * until only 1 stitch is left, fasten off.  Cut yarn leaving a long yarn tail for sewing.


Cast on 32 stitches.

  1. knit.
  2. knit.
  3. k16; k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k3.
  4. k3, p1, k1, p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2; k16.

5 – 10.  Repeat rows 3 and 4 three times more.

  1. k16; k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2.
  2. k2, p4, k1, p1, k1, p5, k2; k16.

13 – 18.  Repeat rows 11 and 12 three times more.

19 – 50.  Repeat Rows 3 – 18 two times more.

51, 52.  Knit.

Cast off:  *k2tog, slip stitch from right needle back to left needle; repeat from * until only 1 stitch is left, fasten off.  Cut yarn leaving a long yarn tail for sewing.

I hope you have enjoyed this bonus pattern 🙂

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New Patterns Round-Up!

Have you seen the new and almost-new designs that have been added recently?  Here is a little round-up of some of them, and a hint of what is coming soon!



New Cloths are added each month to learn a Victorian stitch in the Victorian CAL Cloth & the Victorian KAL Cloth series.  They are mini-mysteries with just the one clue; nobody knows what they look like until you make them…photos are only on the last pages of the pattern, or in the Ravelry West Coast Fibre Arts Group “Spoiler Photos” threads.  Here are links to the March Cloths–and the new KAL Knit cloth is 50% right until midnight the 22nd, so will cost less than $1US!

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Celebrate each Friday with a Flower:  that is, a new Victorian Flower!  These are “3-Rs Patterns”: Re-searched, Re-Written, Re-worked from Victorian era patterns for you to make as embellishments for hats & bags, to make pictures, etc.  Some will be part of a larger design published soon, for instance an afghan or a d’oyley.  They are FREE for now, until I gather them all into a book of patterns.  Here are the first 2–don’t forget to come back Friday for a new one!

Victorian Flowers Lenten RoseVictorian Flowers Eglantine Rose collage

Gilda’s Cuffs:  perfect for spring & summer–a pair of little lace cuffs to add a delicate new touch to a sweater or jacket, you can make them in cotton or wool, in thread or yarn…they’d be lovely for summer weddings with pear beads added!

Gilda's cuffs 3 Gilda's cuffs 2


Crunchy Carrot Market Bag: It is perfect for Easter & all year round!  Make it for children…but wait to see how you will be able to make it into an expandable shopping bag for adults, too!

Crunchy CarrotCrunchy Carrot 2




Named for the remarkable Crow bird, which is the inspiration of the first 3 cloths along with its Fable companion, Fox, and for the lovely little Beatles song sung by songwriter/singer Sir Paul McCartney many times over the decades, too:  Blackbird

Blackbird Singing 1

So be sure to check in often for new designs–something new almost every week!  If there is a type of pattern you’d like me to design, let me know on my Facebook Page!

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Victorian CAL Cloth of the Month: March

This design is a little different, but I hope you have fun making it! It is a fun way to practice making a circular “wheel” from 1887 used originally to make a “tidy” or d’oyley using cotton thread.  By using worsted weight cotton instead of thread, one motif makes a practical 15 inch table mat; or you can complete just 3 rounds of the pattern and make a 6 inch washcloth or coaster.

Pretty & Practical…the March design won’t take long to finish!

victorian CAL cloth 3

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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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Myadora Cowl and Myadora Cloth

Tonight I added 2 new designs to my Ravelry Store:

Myadora Cowl and Myadora Cloth.

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They are both based on a stitch pattern I found in a Victorian era women’s magazine.  The original design was for a very small d’oyley meant to be used on a ladies’ dressing or ‘toilet’ table, worked in cotton crochet thread.  My thread version, using size 10 thread and a 1.25mm hook , is about 4 inches across.

Myadora cloth5Myadora cloth6

The cowls and the cloths both work up very quickly.  The cloths can be made either with the magic circle beginning pulled tightly closed or left loose as in the original design.  I have used it this way as a perfect eco-friendly paper towel substitute, as a stack of them fit onto a countertop paper towel holder–you just have to find one that doesn’t have a nob on the top!  You can make the cloths any size you like by working more or fewer rounds.  I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton for most of my cloths, with a 5mm hook.  A pair of cloths with a bar of locally made, eco-friendly artisan soap would be a very nice little holiday gift; so would a stack of them on a countertop holder for your eco-conscious friends or family!

The cowls I made are about 30 inches around the neck, and 7 inches deep.  Their size, too, can easily be adjusted.  To make them longer or shorter around the neck–or if you are using a larger or smaller hook than the 7mm hook I used–just start with more or less chain stitches:  just remember you need to start with a multiple of 4 stitches.  You can make the cowl longer by working more rounds.  They are so quick to make that you could easily make them as lovely gifts for Christmas.

If you make either or both of these patterns and need any help or find any errors, please contact me.  The quickest way to get in touch is usually a personal message on my West Coast: Super, Natural Facebook Page.

I will be adding several cowls on my Facebook Page that are ready to purchase. Please ask if you would like to order one in a certain colour, wool or acrylic yarn, etc.

4 myadoras


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Geillis Cloth


Soon I will be releasing a new design: the Geillis Gathering Wrap.  If you are a fan of the new television series, Outlander, you will know that Geillis is a healing woman well versed in knowledge of plants used for medicinal purposes.  In fact, we first see her out in the woods where Claire is gathering mushrooms.  In this scene she is wearing an interesting wrap–part shawl, part vest.  I am designing a Wrap inspired by the one Geillis is wearing.  I am not trying to make it look just like Geillis’s–mine will, however, share a similar style.  The final pattern will have instructions to make the Wrap, a shawl, a scarf, a cowl, and more.  I think matching fingerless mitts would be nice, too!

The Geillis Cloth pattern is a way to learn some of the lace stitches used in the Geillis Gathering Wrap.  You learn the stitches, and end up with a small (about 6 inch by 6 inch) cloth that is perfect to use under your coffee mug, or it would be a nice gift with a couple of small sample size handmade soaps!

I hope that if you enjoy this pattern, you will show your support by putting it in your Ravelry Favourites, and if you make one please link to my design on Ravelry too.  You’re also welcome to share photos and comments on my Facebook page.  If you find any errors or have any questions or need any help with the pattern, please contact me–on Facebook is usually the quickest way to get in touch.



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Granny Appleseed Cloth

granny appleseed

To try out new stitch patterns, I often make a cloth.  I came across a stitch in a vintage Corticelli pattern book, from 1920 called the “Appleseed Stitch” and thought it looked as if it had a nice texture.  It has–and, as a bonus, it is reversible.

I call this cloth the “Granny Appleseed Cloth” as it is green, like Granny Smith apples…and of course in reference to “Johnny Appleseed”…and because I am a  Granny myself, and this is going to be a Picnic cloth for Teddy Bears (and Lambs and Puppies too), with some little serviettes made of different stitch patterns that would catch a bear’s attention: briar (for briar patches often have berries) and honeycomb (that needs no explanation).  I have added a pot of honey, a carrot for the lambs, and a bowl of kibbles for the pup…..all the things Bears and their friends need for a little ‘smackerel’ when this Granny goes to visit the 3 Grandchildren.

Granny Appleseed Picnic pic

This stitch is used in the “Lady Edith’s London Nights” shawl, so you can practice the stitch and have a useful item, too!

Canada/US crochet terms used

Abbreviations: ch = chain; sc = single crochet; scfl = single crochet in the front loop only; scbl = single crochet in the back loop only

I used Bernat Handicrafter worsted weight cotton, and a 6mm hook. My cloth is about 7 inches square.

NOTE:  you can make this any size you like by adding more or fewer stitches to the starting chain. 



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