Monday, 30 January 2012

Elephant Family Baby Blanket

A very close friend of mine is very close to her due date for her much longed for second baby boy. This little boy has been a while in coming and given he's the second child, his mummy is very keen that he should get a few special items to call his own. For this reason, I created a little cotton baby pram blanket that will be his own entirely and that will be hardy enough to go everywhere with him and soft enough to be a comforting presence. Given it is the middle of summer here, this blanket should be useful for slightly cooler nights and take him well into autumn/winter.


The design was inspired by seeing Melanie Rice's Baby Elephant Vest in Interweave 2011 (also on Ravelry). I modified her elephant design to become a mummy elephant leaning towards her baby and also added a daddy and another little elephant - to make an elephant family. It is a simple lace pattern in a 4ply format (using Bendigo Cotton in Latte colour here). It would work equally well in a wool format.


Elephant Family Blanked copyright A Passionate Yarn


Elephant Family Blanked copyright A Passionate Yarn


This pattern is now available for free later on Ravelry and will also soon be available from the A Passionate Yarn website.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Easy Funky Flower Coasters

Easy cotton coasters for the last minute gift or a cheerful addition to your table. Excellent for using up small odds and ends!


What you will need:

Yarn: Small quantities of 8ply Cotton (around 5g). Used Bendigo 8ply cotton in Daffodil, Honeydew, Light Teal, New Ochre, Blush and Papaya.

Needle:  4mm needles

Notions: 1 tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.

Gauge: Not important

To Make the Coaster:

Cast on 21 stitches.
Rows 1-2: 2 rows garter stitch.
Row 3: K8, P2, K11
Row 4: K2, P9, K2, P6, K2
Row 5: K8, P2, K11
Row 6: K2, P9, K2, P6, K2
Row 7: K8, P2, K11
Row 8: K2, P5, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2, P3, K2
Row 9: K4, P6, K1, P4, K6
Row 10: K2, P4, K11, P2, K2
Row 11: K6, P11, K4
Row 12: K2, P4, K11, P2, K2
Row 13: K5, P9, K1, P3, K3
Row 14: K9, P3, K3, P4, K2
Row 15: K3, P5, K5, P6, K2
Row 16: K8, P5, K8
Row 17: K3,P6, K3, P7,K2
Row 18: K2, P4, K15
Row 19: K6, P10, K5
Row 20: K2, P3, K11, P3, K2
Row 21: K5, P5, K1, P5, K5
Row 22: K2, P3, K4, P3, K4, P3,K2
Row 23: K5, P3, K4, P4, K5
Row 24: K2, P4, K2, P11, K2
Row 25: Knit
Row 26: K2, P17, K2
Row 27-29: Knit 2 rows
Cast off. Block square and weave in ends.

Note: A couple of small errors were detected in Rows 17 and 22 and have been fixed. My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

You are free to sell items made by your own hands using this pattern if credit is given to the designer, but do not sell or distribute the pattern.

When crediting the designer please reference “Easy Funky Flower Coasters by Estelle McDonald” and where appropriate link to the A Passionate Yarn website for the pattern.

Easy Lace Meadow Baby Blanket

An easy, quick lace baby blanket which works well in cotton for summer babies. This blanket works well as a pram blanket too.

This pattern uses the quatrefoil eyelet pattern from The Knitter’s Handbook by Hamlyn.


Finished size 85 cm in length once blocked.
8 ply Bendigo Cotton used (Honeydew pictured).
Gauge: 22 stitches to 30 cm for 10cm square.
The lace pattern is a multiple of 8.
Cast on 102 stitches.
Row 1: *K1,P1 repeat until end.
Row 2: *P1,K1 repeat until end.
Row 3: *K1,P1 repeat until end.
Row 4 and every alternate row (WS): K1, P1, K1, *P until last three stitches, K1, P1, K1
Row 5: P1, K1, P1,*K until last three stitches, P1, K1, P1
Row 7: P1, K1, P1, K3, *yf, sl1, K1, psso, K6, ending last repeat K3 instead of K6, P1, K1, P1.
Row 9: P1, K1, P1, K1, *K2tog, yf, K1, yf, sl1, K1, psso, K3, rep from *ending last repeat K2 instead of K3, P1, K1, P1.
Row 11: As Row 7.
Row 13: P1, K1, P1, K1,*K until three stitches from end, P1, K1, P1.
Row 15: P1, K1, P1, K7, *yf, sl1, K1, psso, K6, repeat from * to last four stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1.
Row 17: P1, K1, P1, K5, *K2 tog, yf, K1, yf, sl1, K1, psso, K3, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, K3, P1, K1, P1.
Row 19: As Row 15.
Rows 4 to 19 constitute the pattern. Continue until you reach the desired length (suggested length 80cm).
Once desired length is achieved finish by repeating Rows 1-3.
Cast off loosely. Dampen the blanket and block. Weave in the ends.

Happy Knitting!


You are free to sell items made by your own hands using this pattern if credit is given to the designer, but do not sell or distribute the pattern.

When crediting the designer please reference “Easy Meadow Lace Baby Blanket by Estelle McDonald” and where appropriate link to the A Passionate Yarn website for the pattern.

Easy Lace Headband

An easy, quick project for that extra birthday gift you might need! The headband ties at the back of the head.



8 ply Bendigo Cotton (Gauge: 22 stitches/30 rows for 10 cm square using 4mm needle or whatever size needle required to get gauge).
Photos shown in Honeydew and Light Teal in the children’s size.
For adults, cast on 126 stitches. (Finished size: approx. 62 cm by 4.5 cm blocked)
For children (4-6 years), cast on 110 stitches. (Finished size: 58 cm by 4.5 cm blocked)
Row 1: K1,P1 until end.
Row 2: P1, K1 until end.
Row 3: K1,P1, *Purl until last 2 stitches, K1,P1(This is the wrong side of the headband).
Row 4: P1, K1 * Knit until last 2 stitches, P1,K1.
Row 5: P1,K1, K8, *yf, sl1,K1, psso, K6 until last nine stitches K9.
Row 6: As Row 3
Row 7: P1,K1, K6, *K2tog, yf, K1, yf, sl1, K1, psso, K3 ending last repeat K7, P1, K1.
Row 8: As Row 3.
Row 9: As Row 4.
Row 10: As Row 5.
Row 11 and 12: Repeat Row 9 and 10.
Row 13: K1,P1 until end.
Row 14: P1, K1 until end.
Row 15: Cast off loosely. (Tip: if cast off is too tight, use a needle one size up to cast off).
Dampen the headband and block out into the desired shape.  Weave in the ends.

Happy Knitting!


You are free to sell items made by your own hands using this pattern if credit is given to the designer, but do not sell or distribute the pattern.

When crediting the designer please reference “Easy Lace Headband by Estelle McDonald” and where appropriate link to the A Passionate Yarn website for the pattern.