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Rustic Earth Cowl Pattern and Drop Stitch Tutorial

Rustic Earth Cowl 12

Rustic Earth Cowl 13

Rustic Earth Cowl 14

Rustic Earth Cowl 9

Here is the Rustic Earth Cowl ©, it’s wider than most of my other cowls and cozy and warm:) For this pattern I used a drop stitch technique and really found it to be quite a lot of fun. This beautiful yarn was handspun by dear daughter Jenna.

I thought I’d include a short tutorial here on the drop stitch.

Drop Stitch Tutorial

Place the right needle through the stitch on the left needle as if you are going to knit a regular garter stitch.

Drop Stitch Tutorial1

Instead of winding the yarn around the needle once, wind it 3 times. Then continue to knit the stitch and slide it off the needle. Try to push the stitches up on the right needle by keeping them all together, I find using my thumb nail really helps:)  The stitches can become very tight the on the needle because they have been wound, so try to just push them along together. Knit across the whole round like this.

Drop Stitch Tutorial2

When you reach the next round, this is when you will make the drop stitch. Knit into the first stitch and let 2 wound stitches simply slip off of the needle. You can see the dropped stitches on the right hand needle in the photo above. Stretch the work out nicely to make sure the stitches are even.

Rustic Earth Cowl 1

The dropped stitches

Rustic Cowl Pattern


Double knitting yarn, I used handspun in a BFL silk  spun in dk weight, about +- 200 grams not sure of the yardage.

5mm circular needles

Sewing needle for the ends

Stitch marker


5o inches in circumference

7 inches high


Cast on 200 stitches

Round 1: Join for knitting in the round, place stitch marker, knit round.

Round 2: Drop stitch round. (Knit and wrap yarn around needle 3 times before taking the stitch off the needle.) Repeat across the round.

Round 3: Knit round and let the 2 loops slip off the needle after every knit stitch (the loops being the yarn that you wrapped round the needle 3 times in the previous round), creating the dropped stitch. Repeat across the round.

Rounds 4-7: Knit

Round 8: Rep round 2.

Round 9: Repeat round 3.

Rounds 10-13: Knit

Round 14: (Knit 1, yo) Repeat around the round.

Round 15: (Knit 2 tog) Repeat across the round.

Round 16: Drop stitch round. (Knit and wrap yarn around needle twice before taking the stitch off the needle, knit 1 stitch) Repeat across the round.

Round 17: (knit 1 unravelling the loop (forming the drop stitch), knit 1 stitch) repeat across round.

Round 18: knit

Round 19: knit

Round 20: Repeat round 2.

Round 21: Repeat round 3.

Round 22: Knit

Round 23: Knit

Round 24: Knit

Round 25: Knit

Round 26: Repeat round 2.

Round 27: Repeat round 3.

Rounds 28-31: Knit

Rounds 32- 45: Repeat rounds 14-27

Round 46: Knit

Cast off loosely with a bigger needle, 6mm to have a loose edge.

Sew in ends.

Happy knitting!

Please just email me if anything isn’t clear

Ravelry notes here.

Wishing you a wonderful week of goodness…


Time to Knit

Rustic Earth Cowl 4

BFL Silk

Rustic Earth Cowl 1

Rustic Earth Cowl 5

I want to thank you for being so supportive in my last post, this has been such a dark time for me and I have decided that although I need to do something about what happened with my patterns, I really didn’t like the place it took me to in my thoughts. I want to separate myself from the actual awfulness of it all and not let it become who I am and what I think about each morning when I wake up. This, I feel would be detrimental to me and my family. SO the best thing for me to do, is knit, it’s therapeutic, you know:)  You gave me such wonderful support, when I was feeling my most vulnerable, thank you!

Picking up the needles again felt good, I didn’t think it would be that easy as I had a mild baseball injury on Sunday but thankfully, it’s allowing me to knit on my new cowl pattern.

Winding this skein of BFL silk into a ball was lovely, I bought this roving from Juno Fibre Arts and Jenna spun it into a beautiful skein of yarn. It has the most amazing colours, old gold, teal, a chalky lime green and copper, too divine.

I am trying something new with this cowl design, it’s going to have a few stitch techniques instead of one or two and I’m including dropped stitches. They are so fun, have you ever tried them? It’s actually quite a liberating stitch to knit. The yarn is wound around the knit stitch 2 or 3 times in the one row and on the next, 1 stitch is knitted and then you simply let the other 2 wraps just fall off the left needle, wow, felt good to do that! Can’t actually believe how I am referring to knitting but that’s how it felt! So yes, knitting dropped stitches into a pattern is wonderful, especially if you have a variegated skein, it manifests into a beautiful display of colour.

I will upload the pattern as soon as it’s finished together with a little tutorial on how to knit dropped stitches, I’ve called it the Rustic Earth Cowl.

Reading: At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. This is such a wonderful and funny book that I can identify with! 🙂

Joining today with Ginny.


Creative Friday

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I took part in the South African Christmas Swap on Ravelry this year and my swap partner’s parcel arrived yesterday! I really loved opening this gift and seeing all these beautiful treasures! Wow, I am so blessed and very grateful!

Mamma4earth Pattern Discount of 20%:

I am offering a 20% Christmas discount on pattern purchases in my Etsy shop, just enter coupon code: LOVE1 at the checkout to redeem your discount:)

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Welcome to Creative Friday

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful links here today:) Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

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Have a wonderful day,




Frederick the Warthog Pattern is Live and a Giveaway

Warthog Pattern 1

Warthog Pattern 2

Warthog Pattern 3


Today is a very exciting day!

My Frederick the Warthog pattern has gone live on Ravelry and Etsy. We had a wonderful test knit on my Ravelry group this past week  and the knitters will be linking their warthog projects over the course of today and tomorrow. The behind the scenes work on this project has been doubly fun because it’s the first time that I have had the pleasure of working with a technical knitting editor. Her name is Clare Devine and what a breath of fresh air it has been to work with her. Clare has used her expertise and technical knowledge and produced a really beautifully formatted pattern document with gorgeous detail. It looks just like I had envisioned, right down to the little warthog hoofprints trotting around the page!


I am offering 2 Frederick the Warthog patterns as a giveaway, if you would like to enter, please leave a comment and to earn extra entries, Tweet, Pin or Facebook about this giveaway. Leave an extra comment each time you share:) The winners will be announced on Friday.

Congratulations to:

Barb Yerke December 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

We love Fredrick at my house. Warhogs are so “cute”. Thank you for the giveaway.


Heather December 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Love the little guy right down to his tail. Great job, linda!

I’ll send off your patterns, thanks for entering! 🙂

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