The Cross Beanie Pattern

Happy Easter friends! We’re enjoying a lovely long weekend here in the UK with Good Friday and Easter Monday being public holidays. Definitely a very much welcomed break.

Thought I’ll share a free pattern that I  created and wrote almost two years ago during Easter – The Cross Beanie. For me as a Christian, and for Christians the world over, the Cross recalls the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the redeeming benefits of His love for humanity and His death on the Cross of Calvary.

The Cross Beanie is a simple hat pattern with the cross knitted in a contrast colour. It uses super chunky yarn and is a quick project to work on.

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If you would like a pdf version of the pattern, it is available for free download on Ravelry. Happy knitting!

Supplies & tools:

  • Approx 65 yards of any super bulky (weight 6) yarn, I used Robin Super Chunky
  • US 13/9mm 16″ (40cm) circular needles
  • US 13/9mm DPNs
  • Stitch marker
  • Darning/tapestry needle

Gauge: 10 sts and 14 rows = 10cm/4″

Finished size: Teenager–Adult (to fit 18″–24″)

Abbreviations:

K – Knit
P – Purl
MC – Main colour
CC – Contrasting colour
K2tog – Knit two together
Sts – Stitches
DPNs – Double Pointed Needles

Pattern:

With MC, cast on 46 sts

Place marker and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist stitches

Round 1-8: K1, P1 around

Round 9-11: K1 MC around

Round 12: K6 MC, K3 CC, K MC to end of round

Round 13-17: Repeat round 12

Round 18: K4 MC, K7 CC, K MC to end of round

Round 19-20: Repeat round 18

Round 21-23: Repeat round 12

Round 24-27: K1 MC around

Decrease rounds (all with MC):

Round 1: *K4, K2tog, repeat from * around until last four sts, then K4 (39 sts)

Round 2: *K3, K2tog, repeat from * around until last four sts, then K4 (32 sts)

Round 3: *K2, K2tog, repeat from * around (24 sts) *Switch to DPNs*

Round 4: *K1, K2tog, repeat from * around (16 sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, repeat from * around (8 sts)

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Using a darning/tapestry needle, pull it through the remaining sts. Pull tight, weave in all ends and you’re done!

I would love to see your finished project, please feel free to tag me in your photos on social media:

Instagram: @handmadebykunbi
Facebook: Handmade by Kunbi

What Are You Afraid Of?

I had my first seizure/convulsion at the age of 7. I had slept and suddenly woke up to my mouth twisted to one side and my eyes fluttering really fast. Somehow, I knew to get up from the bed and walk to where I knew my grandma would be sitting. I remember hitting her like crazy and pointing to my face. I remember hearing all hell break loose. I remember them screaming my name. I remember my mum in particular shouting for someone to bring this and bring that. I remember being carried and taken to the hospital that was only a few minutes walk from our flat. I couldn’t see anything but I was aware of everything happening around me. I remember coming to at the hospital and wondering why the heck whatever it was that happened to me happened.

I had more of those seizures until I was 11 years old and they happened the exact same way as my first…and I remember them all. They terrified me and I was always afraid when night time came. As I got older, the fear remained, going to bed was a nightmare especially when I was away from home. I guess that’s why I became a night owl…going to bed freaked me out and I became more productive at night time. Even well into my 20s, the fear remained.

One day, I had had enough and I said “no more”! I cannot and will not live like this. I prayed, I affirmed and talked about it to those close to me. Every time the thought came, I banished them mostly with scriptures and affirmations. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t stop overnight but I didn’t give up, and although I’m still a night owl, I don’t live with that fear anymore.

 

Fear is a natural response to physical danger, but it can very easily be self-created

Fear is a natural response to physical danger, but it can very easily be self-created. It could be the fear of: failure, the future, losing those we love, dying, etc. Whatever that self-created fear is, the key to overcoming it is recognising what it is when it kicks in and facing it head-on. Tackle it physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Don’t suffer in silence, talk about it to your loved ones or someone you trust. It may take a while but you will eventually overcome it, so keep on keeping on! You are strong, resilient, powerful and brave, and can overcome any obstacle.

Have you struggled with self-created/irrational fear? How did you/have you handled it?

Blessings,

WIP: Crochet Graphgan Project – Pitter Patter Baby Blanket

Baby blankets are my favourite things to crochet and the corner to corner (c2c) method is a quick way to make one. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’ve never tried it before.

I got the idea for this graphgan blanket one Sunday afternoon and could not wait to get started. I created the graph for the pattern on Stitch Fiddle, an online knitting, cross stitch and crochet pattern design community. It’s the perfect place for knitters and crocheters who love to read from charts to create their own designs. You can also fairly easily convert your charts to written instructions if you prefer.

For this project, I am using the Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran 5 Ball Colour Pack Designer Picks – Colour Seashore by Kate Eastwood, which is now out of stock. I’m hoping loveknitting.com stock some more as the colours in the designer picks are absolutely gorgeous

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I will be sure to update you once the blanket is complete. I am pretty excited about this one.

Comment below or tag me on Instagram (@handmadebykunbi) if you have ventured into the world of graphgans, I would love to see what you’ve done.

Blessings,

 

Brighten The Corner Where You Are

Some years ago, I was pondering on how I could make a difference in the world we live in and it seemed like such an enormous task. As I pondered, I remembered a hymn we used to sing in primary school:

Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar;
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!

– Ina D. Ogdon, pub.1913

Many of us are looking for ways to make the world a better place and often wonder what we can do and how we can go about making a difference. This hymn is a reminder that we can make a difference wherever we find ourselves.

A smile here…
A compliment there…
Helping someone struggling with their luggage…
Giving a helping hand to a neighbour…
Volunteering in your local community centre…
Working with youths in your community…
The list is endless…

All of these make a difference and can create a domino effect that can be far reaching than we realise.

So, if you’re ever wondering what you can do to make a difference in our world, consider brightening the corner where you are.

Blessings,

One Skein Wonder: Quick and Easy Crochet Cowl

Hey lovelies!

I love lace and open work patterns, and I’m always looking for ways to experiment with them. Since I seem to have a thing for cowls, judging by how many cowl pattern ideas I am currently thinking about, it only made sense to create a lacy cowl pattern. It’s another one skein wonder made with yarn from my stash – The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters – although this time round, it’s a crochet pattern.

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This cowl is a quick and easy project, and is perfect for beginners. I particularly love the swirly pattern on the edges of the cowl…so gorgeous. The pattern works up quickly and is a must-have accessory for any fashionista’s wardrobe!

You ready? Let’s do this!

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*This pattern is not sponsored by We Are Knitters, I love The Petite Wool and typically have a few in my yarn stash*

Supplies & tools:

  • 1 ball of We Are Knitters’ The Petite Wool in Spotted Mauve
  • Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook
  • Darning/tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain
DC – double crochet
Sp – space
Sts – stitches
V-st – v-stitich

Skill level: Beginner

Special stitch:

V-st = [DC, ch1, DC] in indicated st

Note:

  • Pattern is written in US standard terms
  • Cowl is crocheted as a flat piece and then seamed together once complete
  • Ch3 at the beginning of row 2 counts as dc throughout
  • You can adjust the size of the scarf (less wide or wider) by casting on a multiple of 3 stitches plus 1. To make the scarf longer, repeat row 2 until you reach your desired height. Don’t forget you’ll need more than one skein of yarn if you would like the cowl wider or longer
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Pattern:

With size J (6.0mm) crochet hook, ch 31 sts

Row 1: V-st in 5th ch from hook, *skip next 2 ch, v-st in next ch; repeat from * across, ending with skip next ch, dc in last ch, turn

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), skip first st, *v-st in next ch1 sp; repeat from * across, ending with dc in the top of turning ch, turn

Repeat row 3-47: Repeat row 2

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for seaming to form the cowl

Seaming:

Lay your cowl flat and bring the sides together. Use a tapestry needle to sew the sides using the mattress stitch perfectly explained in this video:

…And you’re done! Well done you! Now go show that baby off.

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I would love to see your finished project, please tag me in your photos on social media:

Instagram: @handmadebykunbi
Facebook: Handmade by Kunbi

Happy crocheting lovelies!

August Babies Rock! [Coupon Code Inside]

**UPDATE: Coupon code now expired. A huge thank you to everyone who made a purchase. I had an awesome birthday. Be on the look out for more offers and coupon codes in the near future**

It’s my birthday month and yes, August babies rock…I am totally biased 🙂

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The past year has been froth with its fair share of challenges but there have been lots of highs as well. God has been awesome and I am so grateful.

To kick off my birthday celebration, albeit early, and to say a huge thank you to all my lovelies, grab any item (including patterns) from my Etsy or Ravelry shops with 37% off using code AUGBABY37 at check out (offer ends on the 31st of August). Yep, you guessed it, I’ll be turning 37 this month…exciting! Happy shopping lovelies!

**Granny Triangle Scarf pictured available to purchase here**

Blessings,

One Ball Wonder: Cosy Reversible Knit Cowl

Hey lovelies!

Autumn (Fall) is slowly creeping up on us (seriously guys, where has all the time gone!) and I can only think about cosy knits…lots and lots of cosy knits. I’ve been working on some designs lately and I can’t wait to share them with you guys.

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Speaking of cosy knits, I have a few balls of The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters (which is such a squishy and delightful yarn by the way) and after pondering on what to make with them, I decided to see what I could create with one ball out of my stash. The result is this reversible knit cowl…I love one ball wonders! This cowl is a quick and easy project, which is perfect for beginners; more importantly, it is uber cosy and great for those cold autumn and winter months. So, let’s do this!

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Supplies & tools:

  • 1 ball of We Are Knitters’ the petite wool
  • US 7mm 32″ circular needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Darning/tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

CO – cast on
K – knit
P – purl
Rep – repeat

Skill level: Beginner

Pattern:

CO 124 sts, place stitch marker and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist stitches

Round 1–5: *K1, P1; rep from * around

Round 6: K1 around

Round 7: *K4, P1; rep from * around, ending K4

Round 8–12: Repeat round 7

Round 13: *P4, K1; rep from * around, ending with P4

Round 14–18: Repeat round 13

Round 19–30: Repeat round 7–18

Round 31: K1 around

Round 32–35: *K1, P1; rep from * around

Bind off and weave in all ends

That’s it, you’re done. You can rock this baby during the colder months or make one (or two, three, four…) as a gift. The yarn is quite stretchy as well so you can wrap the cowl round your neck twice as below.

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Pattern note: You can adjust the pattern (less wide or wider) by casting on a multiple of 5 stitches plus 4. To make the scarf higher, repeat round 7–18 until you have the height you want. Don’t forget you’ll need more than one ball of yarn if you would like the cowl wider or higher.

Here are a few more pictures of the cowl..

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I would love to see your finished project, please tag me in your photos on social media:

Instagram: @handmadebykunbi
Facebook: Handmade by Kunbi

Happy knitting lovelies!

For the Love of Borders

Hey lovelies! Welcome to my blog and my first post. This is where I get the chance to talk more about knitting, crocheting, creating, yarn, life and everything between. Basically, this is where I get to share a bit more about me, things I enjoy doing and also connect with you guys…yay! Let’s talk

So, to kick off, shall we talk borders? Continue reading “For the Love of Borders”