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Super easy knitted snood

August 01, 2014

This is a super chunky snood, so soft and luxurious and really quick to knit up.  But its simplicity is also its beaty.... it is stunning and will look gorgeous with whatever you are wearing.

To make one for yourself you need to get 2 skeins of Plump and 12mm 60cm circular needle.

Cast on 60 sts and join in the round.

Round 1: *K4, P2 rep from * to end.  

Rep round 1 until you are almost out of yarn and cast off in pattern.

Sew in all the ends.... 

Now that was simple wasn't it!!


If you want to knit this flat and sew it up, use 12mm straights, cast on 60n sts

Row 1: *K4, P2 rep from * to end

Row 2: *K2, P4 rep from * to end

Repeat these two rows until you have almost run out of yarn and then cast off in pattern.

Sew in your ends and them seam the sides together using mattress stitch or back stitch.


Super easy granny snood

August 01, 2014

If you are looking for something that is ludicrously simple, fun and very quick, here it is.  This snood took my 9 year old just a couple of hours to complete after her Auntie Susan had set the first round up for her!

To make one for yourself, you'll need 2 contrasting skeins of Plump and a 12mm crochet hook.

Make a chain of 32 (if you want the snood to be bigger you need just to make any multiple of 4)

Join the chain into a round (by slip stitching the ends together) - make sure it's not twisted.....

Round 1: ch3 (this is your first treble), make 2 trebles into the base of ch 3, ch1, *skip 3 ch and then make 3 trebles into the next chain, ch1, repeat from  * to end of round and then slip stitch to the first ch3 to join the round.  Fasten off

Round 2: join new colour in a chain space.  Ch3 (counts as first treble), make 2 more trebles into the ch space, ch 1, *3 tr into ch space, ch 1, repeat from * to end of round and slip stitch the round together, fasten off

Repeat round 2 seven more times (snood in 9 rounds in total) alternating colours as you go.

Sew in all ends.  Put on and enjoy!

Deep chevron baby blanket

June 20, 2014

I love finding new crochet stitches, particulary when they are easy to do and give a new twist to an old standard.  This deep chevron blanket is one such occasion.  It creates a really sharp 'v' which is really effective in zingy colours.

Deep Chevron Baby Blanket in Blue Sky’s Worsted Cotton

Finished Measurements:

75 cm by 90 cm

You will need:

1 skein of each of the following Blue Sky Worsted Cotton colours:  Shell, Pink Parfait, Lotus, Drift and Sleet

What to do:

Using Sleet make a ch of 143 (pattern repeat is 20 +1, add 2 for base ch)

Row 1: Work (1 tr, ch1, 1tr) into 5th ch from hook,* ch1, skip 3 ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr) into next ch, ch1, skip next 3 ch* in next ch work (1tr, ch1,1tr, ch3, 1tr, ch1, 1tr), ch1, skip 3ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr) into next ch, ch1 **, skip 3ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr) into next ch, skip 3ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr) into next ch, you should now have a top (increase) and a bottom (decrease) to form a wave, repeat from * to the end, finishing ** with , skip 3ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr), skip 1ch, 1tr into last ch.  Turn 

V st = (1tr, ch1, 1tr)    V st increase = (1 V st, ch3, 1 V st)

V st decrease = (1 V st, skip 2 Vsts, 1 V st)

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as 1tr), V st into the second ch1 sp (between the 1st and, 2nd V st),* ch1, V st in the ch1 sp between the 2nd and 3rd V st, in the ch3 sp work (V st, ch3, V st), ch 1, 1 V st in the next ch1 sp, ch1, in next ch 1 sp work 1 V st,** skip next 2 V sts and in next ch1 sp work 1 V st, (this is your V st decrease) repeat from * to the end, finishing at ** with 1tr into the top of 4ch from the beginning of row1.  Fasten off Sleet

Row 3:  Join Drift. This is where is gets a bit tricky as you are working your V sts into 2 rows below (ie. row 1), except for the increase (1 V st, ch3, 1 V st) which is worked into row 2, and to complicate matters further the V sts are worked into the ch1 sp in the middle of the V st on row 1 ie (1tr, ch1, 1tr) however, once you have this established it is a simple pattern repeat!!

Ch3 (counts as 1tr), work 1 V st into the 2nd V st of row 1,* ch1, work next V st into 3rd V st of row 1, ch1, work V st increase (V st, ch3, V st) into ch3 sp on row 2, ch1, V st into next V st of row 1, ch1, V st into next V st of row 1, skip the 2 V st decrease of row 1, V st into next V st, repeat from * to 2nd to last V st of row 1, work 1 V st into this st, 1tr into top of ch3. Turn

Continue repeating row 3, I have changed colour every 2 rows in the following order Sleet, Drift, Shell, Pink Parfait, Lotus, after 4 complete colour changes I did not have enough to work 2 complete rows of each colour so I have worked one of each, I think this looks nice as a border at the top of the blanket.

Here is a video tutorial to help with this pattern.

Abbreviations (UK):

ch             chain                                                
tr              treble crochet

V st          (1tr, 1ch, 1tr)


                                                      © Mrs Moon 2014

How to videos

June 16, 2014

My daughter got a loom bracelet maker for her birthday and since then we have spent many afternoons on YouTube working out how to do more and more complicated designs.  It's amazing really how we have come to use videos for all sorts of things and how convenient they are.  It sort of happened by stealth and now you can watch a video teaching you literally anything. 

We've always tried to make videos of tricky techniques used in our patterns, but you will see an increasing number in our how to section of various different things, including, now, the basic how to cast on, knit and purl.

Having taught so many people to knit anc crochet what is really clear to us is that different people find different parts of the process tricky.  Some people get stuck on the slip knot but then have no trouble with anything else.....  others just can't work  out how to purl ...... so  as we reduce the number of classes we teach in the summer, it seems the perfect time to break the classes down into mini tutorials so you can teach yourself in the comfort of your own home and most importantly use the pause button as much as you want!

Take a look here.

Double Treble Crochet Bedspread

April 10, 2014

This is a super simple beautifully textured crochet bedspread.  This one fits across a king size bed and measures 165cm wide by 105cm deep.  I have used pink tones in this one, but Jenny has also made a more manly version as well (see next blog for photo).

To make one this size you will need 16 skeins of Plump, 4 skeins of each of the following:- Clotted Cream, Rhubard Crumble, Raspberry Ripple and Fondant Fancy.

If you would like to buy a download of this pattern, have a look here

Herringbone throw

April 10, 2014

Herringbone stitch is a thing of real beauty and seems irresistable to touch.  It is a bit fiddly initially, but creates an incrediby beautiful effect and is dense, squishy and warm.

Whatever yarn you are using for herringbone stitch, you need to use a much bigger needle size than the normally recommended one.  My blanket is knitted using Mrs Moon Plump yarn and to get the desired effect I have used 20mm needles.

The up side to using 20mm needles, is that it grows very quickly...  the downside however is that it is very difficult to knit in public without getting lots of odd stares and questions and it is not that portable.  I knitted a lot of this on a return train journey to Swansea... you need to know the person you're sitting next to as elbows might go flying!

The throw shown measures 84cm x 151cm

To make your own, you will need:

10 skeins of Plump (shown in clotted cream)

20mm knitting needles

What to do:

Cast on 80sts VERY loosely (in fact keep your knitting lovely and loose otherwise you will get in a terrible pickle)

Row 1 (RS): ssk but leave the second stitch on the needle,* move this stitch onto your right hand needle and slip the next stitch knitwise, now knit these two together as if doing a ssk again, leaving the second st on the needle, repeat from * to the last stitch , knit

Row 2: *P2tog leaving the second stitch on your needle, repeat from * to the last stitch, p

Repeat these two rows until you have used up all your yarn (with enough for casting off).  Cast off in pattern

Carefully sew in your ends.

For a video tutorial, click here



Giant Flower Granny Square Bedspread

February 20, 2014

I have just finished making this fabulous bedspread for my daughter's bed using Mrs Moon's Plump Yarn.  It is super fast and took just under just under a week to do.  Florence's bed is a single, but it looks lovely on Molly's bed too, which is a double.  This size has taken 12 skeins of yarn, but if you wanted to make it smaller 4 skeins get you a square 64cm across and 8 skeins gets you 100cm across.  It is basically the Teddington blanket upsized, there is also a how to tutorial.

Finished measurements are 120cm x 120cm, and I used two skeins of each of the following colours: Clotted Cream, Pistachio Ice Cream, Fondant Fancy and Peppermint Cream


Knitted Ribbed Scarf in Plump by Mrs Moon

February 14, 2014

This is a very simple 2 by 2 knitted rib pattern but what better way to show off the texture and stuning softness of Mrs Moon' Plump yarn.  We have choosen Clotted Cream, a subtle and sophisticated colour, but Plump comes in a beautiful palette of colours, you could try something brighter like 'Rhubarb Crumble' maybe with some contrasting tassels, or a more manly Earl Grey or Blueberry muffin!

We have used 3 skeins, this gives you a lovely long scarf that you can wrap around you neck - 2 skeins gives you a scarf that you can tie, so if you prefer something shorter, go for that.  You could of course go for something wider and longer.. I was tempted to go for a throw, but that will have to wait for another day..... this yarn is very light and warm so longer would not mean heavier, you would just be enveloped in a soft fluffy cloud!

 When you are making a ribbed scarf as long as you start with a multiple of 4 stitches you always start every row with 2 knit stitches.

What you need:

3 skeins of Plump in Clotted Cream

10mm needles

What to do:

Cast on 24 stitches

Row 1: *K2, P2, repeat from *  to the end,

Repeat row 1, until you have about 1 metre of yarn left.

Now cast off loosely in pattern.

NB. If you slip the first stitch of every row knitwise this will make for a lovely neat edge



Houndstooth Crochet Cowl Pattern in Plump

February 14, 2014

This is a lovely and simple crochet cowl made simply by alternating doubles and trebles, this creates a really nice texture and could be just done in one colour, but by changing colour every row it gives a very effective and trendy houndstooth effect.  Mrs Moon's Plump yarn comes in a wonderful palette of 14 colours, try a contrasting colourway, here I have used 'marmalade' and 'clotted cream' but you could take a softer approach, clotted cream combined with fondant fancy or peppermint cream would be lovely and  very subtle.


The pattern here allows for the cowl to loop twice around your neck (you maybe able to still do this with 81 stitches and have a deeper cowl as mine is quite loose), alternatively you could make it smaller to fit snuggly once around, this is on my to do list (this will take 2 skeins), just remember you just need an even number of stitches, add 1 more on the base chain as you tend to 'lose' this when you join the chain in the round.


You will need:

2 skeins of Clotted Cream

1 skein of Marmalade

10mm hook 


What to do:

Using Clotted Cream make a ch of 91, join it with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring (be careful not to twist the chain) 90 sts.

Round 1: ch3 (counts as 1tr), miss st at the base of ch3, * work 1dc into the next st, 1tr into the following st, repeat from * to the end of the first round, alternating dc and tr, finish with 1dc into the last ch, join with a sl st to the top of ch3.  Fasten off.

Round 2: Change to Marmalade, (continue working the same way). Ch1, 1dc into the same place (ch3 from previous row), 1tr into the next dc, 1dc into the following tr, continue in the same way alternating sts to the end of the round, you should be alternating sts on top  of the previous row ie dc into tr and tr into dc.  Finish this round with 1tr into the dc, join with a sl st to the first dc. Fasten off.

Continue repeating row 2 and 3 until you have completed 4 rows rows of clotted cream and 3 rows of marmalade, then work 1 row dc in clotted cream, fasten off. Work one row of dc atound the bottom edge in clotted cream.  Fasten off and weave in ends.