mommyhood patterns


Keaton Hat Pattern || Very Shannon

Merry Christmas my friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful and special holiday season. 

I'm not officially back at work till January 6th but couldn't resist popping in with those infamous year in review roundups. It was fun to sit back and look at the blog over the last year. I put together a wee roundup of all the patterns I released this year - both free & paid! For both sewing & knitting! I couldn't have done it without all of your loyal support so thank you so much!


Keaton Hat Pattern || Very Shannon
The Keaton Hat shown in child size. This pattern is available in sizes baby through to adult large.
Swift Hat Pattern || Very Shannon
The Swift Hat is great introductory knit into lace patterns! Fun and easy to memorize! Swift is part of the book JOURNEY but is also available as an individual pattern now as well.
Hannah Hat Pattern || Very Shannon
The Hannah Hat is made from super chunky yarn and is quick and fast to knit up! 

Dreiecke Hat Pattern || Very Shannon
Dreiecke was inspired by my love of HST's while quilting. This pattern is full of texture and is a fun knit!
Yarnster Hat Pattern || Very Shannon
The Yarnster Hat was named after my friend Arika. It's free, quick and an easy knit!


Barbara Cowl - Free Pattern || Very Shannon
The Barbara Cowl was designed for Sweet Georgia Yarns and named after my mom. It's so full of squish and comfort and knits up like a dream! It's also a freebie!
Lansbury Cowl Pattern || Very Shannon
Inspired by Angela Lansbury and Murder, She Wrote the Lansbury Cowl is full of fun twists and turns and is that perfect year round cowl.
Onward Shawl Pattern || Very Shannon
Onward is one of my fave pieces of the year. A shawl full of textural & directional stitches it's surprisingly easy to memorize and makes a great 1st shawl pattern. It's also from the book JOURNEY and is available now as an individual PDF pattern as well.
Camille Cowl Pattern || Very Shannon
Camille is cozy and unique cowl featuring a twist - it's own hood!
Emelia Scarf Tutorial || Very Shannon
The Emelia Scarf tutorial makes a great gift, first time sewing project and you get to draw your very own textiles if you'd like!
Jeni's Reversible Apron Tutorial || Very Shannon
Jeni's Reversible Apron tutorial is made only from fat quarters! It makes a cute stash project and is an easy sew!
Cate's Cowl Tutorial || Very Shannon
Cate's Cowl tutorial was one of my faves this year! Sewn using your fave knit fabric this cowl is not your typical infinity cowl - it features ruching on each end that's adjustable using ribbon ties! Love it!

Sally Dress Pattern || Very Shannon
I can't forget the Sally Dress! This vintage modern dress pattern that features a fully lined bodice, no closures, large pockets and sleeve options was a dream come true to release!
Antrorse Pullover Pattern || Very Shannon
Antrorse is my baby. My first knit garment design and also from the book JOURNEY. This pullover is such a pleasure to knit and also works up quickly. With a slimming silhouette and fun neck/pattern detail this is sure to be a staple in your wardrobe. It's now available as as an individual PDF pattern as well.
Sloane Jacket Tutorial || Very Shannon
Inspired by Ferris Beuller's Day Off the Sloane Jacket tutorial is also available.  Wish I could have worn this as a kid.


Embrace Baby Quilt Tutorial || Very Shannon
Last but not least the Embrace Baby Quilt tutorial! I adore this baby quilt that is made from those larger leftover pieces of your stash. It's a great first time quilt to have some fun with your quilting and practice some easy piecing.
Such a fun year! And to say thank you to all of you for all of your support and to ring in the new year please enjoy a special SALE!!!! 

Use code "newyear" to save 15% off my entire pattern collection!!!! Woot Woot!!!! You can find all my patterns here in my shop - Very Shannon. Coupon code valid through till January 2nd, midnight, PST.

*Coupon code is valid in my etsy shop, ravelry shop and my website

Happy new year's and here's to another year filled with creativity and making! See you in the new year!!!! May it be even more fun thank 2013! xoxo


Yesterday I released my new hat pattern KEATON and couldn't resist showing some pics of my little one wearing her KEATON hat! My heart just melts. There is something so adorable about a kid in a chunky slouch hat! Adorable!!!!

KEATON is available in 6 sizes - baby, toddler, child/teen, adult s, adult m & adult l! Wahoo! You can make one for every one in your family & all your friends too!

Tons of colors, stripe 'em, color block 'em, add a pom pom or make one without - doesn't matter - they are all fun! Plus this is an awesome beginner pattern and so quick to make it's ideal for gift knitting!

This is the first hat my husband and both kids have ever asked me for. It's a Christmas miracle! Now if you are a knitter you will understand how much this means. I was so excited that I have at least 2-3 more KEATON's ready to go over holiday break! I think I may need to get a family portrait with us all wearing them...that would be so dorky but also hilariously cool...lmao.


:: clear and easy to understand instructions

:: bright & colorful photography

:: 6 sizes - Baby, Toddler, Child/Teen, Adult S, Adult M & Adult L

:: 2 page color PDF pattern

:: a great knitting experience

KEATON is available to purchase at the following:

  2.  ETSY 

I'm dying to see some of your kidlet KEATON's pop up! Make sure you share pics when you are done making yours!!!!

What yarn would you make your KEATON in? Color? For who? Let's chat knitting! It's Friday!!! Wishing you all a wonderful, fun, hug, snuggles, laughs - filled kind of weekend topped off with coffee, tea and lots of making :)


I've found my new favorite hat. You know the one that you want to make in 10 colors and actually find yourself hoping the weather stays cold so you can wear all the time? That's the one.


The KEATON hat is here! And guess what - this bulky weight ribbed hat comes in sizes Baby, Toddler, Child/Teen, Adult S, Adult M & Adult L!!! Wahoo! Now you can make one for all your friends and family and just in time for xmas cause this hat is quick, fast and super easy! Takes 120yds or less (including pom pom) and knits up with so much squish I have it on word that one of my testers even slept in hers!!! 

I've been thinking for a while now that my Mallory Cowl needed a hat to go with it. I have so many sewers wanting to learn how to knit and other new knitters needing a great easy hat to make that I just knew KEATON would be a great go to pattern for them.

The pattern is written in an easy format, with technique options, a great cast on to learn, links to helpful videos and more! Plus it's ONLY $1.99! Can't go wrong! I mean really....who doesn't love a pom pom right? And a pom pom on a slouch hat is a win win in my book. I suck at making pom pom's but I still love 'em. 

I really want new knitters to feel brave and embrace learning new techniques. Don't be scared - just jump in! That's how we all learn and I'm still learning too! It's fun, I promise and I'll be there cheering you on! Plus if you are a more experienced knitter this is a great hat to whip up for kicks and style. You can easily make it more/less slouchy, mix up colors, stripe it...and more! 

I used Quince and Co.'s Puffin (shown in Clay) for the one without the pom pom (adult sized) (you all know how much I adore Quince and Co!) and the others were both in Patons Classic Wool Roving (shown in Taupe and Plum) which has the exact same gauge for me! Wahoo! You seriously can't go wrong with either of these yarns! Both are great bulky, super soft and squishy yarns! But don't worry, KEATON looks great on other types of bulky too! My testers tried a variety of bulky yarns and they all looked just as good!


:: clear and easy to understand instructions

:: bright & colorful photography

:: 6 sizes - Baby, Toddler, Child/Teen, Adult S, Adult M & Adult L

:: 2 page color PDF pattern

:: a great knitting experience

KEATON is available to purchase at the following:

  2.  ETSY 

But wait...aren't my models just so darn purdy? I owe them so bad. It was freeeeeeeeezing cold when we did our photo shoot and Carly of the blog "Style Snapshot" and Kate of "Victoria's Wardrobe" so kindly agreed to come out and brave the weather for me. These 2 stylish gals are friends and fashion bloggers in the city I live. I loooovvve the KEATON on them. I asked them to wear what they would wear with the hat and I love how the overall look turned out! So fun! Plus I have to admit I want to steal Carly's boots and Kate's jacket....heck I want both their outfits. I owe ya one ladies - you're both stunning! Be sure to check out both of their blogs for upcoming posts on what they wore with the hats.


Want to see the smaller version? You can see pics of the child version here. You can also see more pics on I've already gotten a request from the girls for 2 more and 1 for the hubby and another for me. I see lots and lots of ribbing in my future. Good thing they are fast to make :)

Keaton PDF Knitting Pattern
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I hope you enjoy the pattern and I cannot wait to see some KEATON's pop up! If you make one please share your pics with  me! I would love to see them! Happy knitting and thank you for all of your support! xoxoxo


sally dress pattern by very shannon in fort firefly

i've so been looking forward to showing you this version of the sally dress! doesn't this fabric just make you melt? 

i adore it and birch organic fabrics! i knew when i spotted one of their newest lines, fort firefly by teagan white that i had to make a sally dress out of it.

the girls loved the line just as much as i did. in fact they fought over it when it got delivered! it was priceless. in the end my youngest won out :)  i hadn't done a short sleeve version for her yet and wanted to make one and also play around with a different fabric options this time. the other ones i've made are all 1 print or 1 print and a contrast print for the pockets. so i went a little wild for me this time and did 3! talk about dangerous! i couldn't resist though and in the end i adore it. so fun and my little one is over the moon with it. i think it's her favorite sally dress yet.

sally dress pattern by very shannon in fort firefly
sally dress pattern by very shannon in fort firefly

i have to post more pics to show off the cuteness overload here...i can't resist...we all could use some cuteness on a monday morning right? (keep reading though, there's a giveaway below..hehe)....

sally dress pattern by very shannon in fort firefly
sally dress pattern by very shannon in fort firefly
sally dress pattern by very shannon in fort firefly
sally dress pattern by very shannon in fort firefly
sally dress pattern by very shannon in fort firefly
sally dress pattern by very shannon in fort firefly

now since i looooove birch fabrics so much and i know you all do too we're hosting a fun giveaway from fabricworm today - one of my top go to places to buy fabric! a lucky sewer is going to get a chance to win 2 yards from one of their other equally as adorable upcoming lines "just for fun" by jay-cyn! i love the colors in this line and thought they would be perfect for a sally dress too!

want to find out how to enter?
just for fun by jay-cyn for birch fabrics 
- one lucky winner will receive 2 yards from the birch organic fabrics line - "just for fun" by jay-cyn.

- simply leave a comment letting me know which print (s) you would choose for your prize.

- you must leave a valid email address with your comment or you will be disqualified.
- giveaway is open until 09/15/2013, midnight, PST.

just for fun by jay-cyn for birch fabrics
have you made a sally dress yet? how cute would one look in the "just for fun" line? are you a fan of birch fabrics too? so adorable! happy sewing & fabric dreaming!

>>> NOTES >>>
- penny's garden from fort firefly by teagan white for birch fabrics
- field party from fort firefly by teagan white for birch fabrics
- fireflies mineral from fort firefly by teagan white for birch fabrics
- sally dress pattern in sizes 2T-8 


i've been so excited to share today's FREE knitting pattern! the barbara cowl is here!

i was over the moon to be able to design this pattern for sweet georgia yarns using their brand new yarn - trinity worsted (70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% silk). you all know how much I love cashmere and you mix that with sweet georgia yarn and color and i'm in heaven!!!! the barbara cowl only takes 2 pretty skeins! the perfect indulgence pattern. you know we all deserve a little cashmere in our lives....

Barbara Cowl by

this pattern is so fun! fo'reals! it's ideal purse knitting but not boring purse knitting! 

barbara is a squishy, comfy and reversible infinity cowl perfect for layering that looks great worn single or double looped. barbara is sure to be a “go-to” cowl in your wardrobe. barbara is knit flat to allow you to try on your cowl as you knit to get the best length for your height and body type. the barbara cowl showcases the subtleness of hand dyed yarn and is a satisfying project perfect for a beginner and beyond. the broken rib pattern is easy to memorize and fun to knit.

those of you who know me know that i love sweet georgia yarns and so do my knitter pals. we heart felicia and her wonderful, bright, bold and gorgeous line of fabulous yarns! the fact that she is located in vancouver, bc is just icing on the cake since it's so close i can actually see felicia occasionally and embrarass her by hugging and fawning over her beautiful yarns. she is so talented and her yarns are stunning. if you haven't knit with sweet georgia yarns you should definitely try. you'll be addicted - trust me! so yarn yummy!!!

the barbara cowl was inspired by my best friend and biggest supporter - my lovely mom barbara. 

you can read more about the inspiration behind this cowl and more over on the sweet georgia blog today. my mom and dad were just in town for 2 weeks and they left this morning. needless to say i'm still crying. i miss them horribly already (love you guys).

Barbara Cowl by
head on over to ravelry to get your FREE COPY today! i'm so excited to see some of these knit up!! make sure to show off pics of your barbara cowls in our ravelry group here. happy knitting!

you can find all awesome things sweet georgia yarns below:

*all images by felicia lo of sweet georgia yarns


Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by
The Sally Dress is here!!! Yay! I'm so gosh darn excited about this dress! I hope you will all enjoy it as much as my girls and I do! 

The Sally Dress was part of the Vintage May Series earlier this year (you can read more about it here) and was inspired by the lovely character Sally Draper of the hit tv show Mad Men. I wanted to create a dress that was vintage inspired but still modern. I love dress silhouettes that work well with fabric pairings and customization. A little trim, piping or piecing on the bodice,  fun pockets (lining and outer) and this dress can have a whole new look! Switch up your skirt and bodice prints, go with solids - you name it - The Sally Dress can roll with it. The Sally Dress is sized for 2T - 8 and is suitable for an Advanced Beginner/Intermediate level sewer.

Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by
Want to flex your sewing muscles? 

All of the The Sally Dress versions are fully lined (I love me a lined dress) and comes with sleeveless, short sleeve and elbow length sleeve options. I love it's square neckline and the fact that there are no closures!!! Say what? Yep - I said it - no closures! This is a slip on/slip off kinda dress. Fun right? If you make the Sally Dress you will see that to account for the larger sizes the bodices jump up a bit in size. This is to account for the head size and to enable a larger child to get the dress on and off without too much assistance. So please choose your sizes carefully when sewing. You  may even want to do up a muslin first to make sure the fit is good for your child. The bodice fits a tad looser than on the younger styles but is still equally as adorable if you ask me :)

Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by
Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by


:: sizes 2T-8

:: fully lined bodice

:: square neckline

:: no closures

:: sleeveless and 2 sleeve length options

:: clear and easy to understand step by step instructions with a professional finish

:: 24 page color PDF sewing pattern

:: size chart, fabric requirements, notions, and sewing tips/glossary to ensure a great fit

:: bright & colorful photography

:: a great sewing experience

The Sally Dress is available to purchase at the following:

MY SHOP  ||  ETSY  ||  GO TO PATTERNS || CRAFTSY (coming soon)

What's new for The Sally Dress? One of my favorite things about The Sally Dress Pattern itself is the diagrams. 

It's been a personal goal of mine to have the whole sewing pattern be in diagrams and I'm super excited to have been able to do them all myself. Illustrator and I have become quite good friends. Even though we had a few, we're now in a good place. I hope to learn more and improve upon what I've already established for the next set of patterns. I hope you enjoy them and that you find it clear and easy to follow. It was a new fun and creative outlet for me. I love to draw so this kind of technical drawing really opened up a new way of thinking for me that I enjoyed.

I have to give a huge shout out to my testers for The Sally Dress. They all worked so hard and some made more than a few Sally dresses! I love you guys! Thank you for all of your support for this pattern and for all your feedback. In the next few weeks we will be showing off their hard work here on the blog. I can't wait to show you some of the versions that were sewn up! Just stunning! So stay tuned for that and also an upcoming Sally Dress Pattern Tour!!! Yay!

I also have to give a special shout out to Karen of One Girl Circus for all of her help and support during the making of the Sally Dress. Big hugs luv! Karen is so awesome she even has a great tutorial on her blog to give you guys a visual walk through of how to sew sleeves into a lined bodice today! Yay! This is a great asset to our full pattern and I recommend checking it out! I love me a bit of hand sewing. There's something so comforting about sitting down and enjoying the calm of creating some lovely finishing touches to your garment. A clean finish is priceless in my book.

and now for some more pics....I just can't littlest just looks so darn cute in her Sally Dresses. You can also find more pics in my shop here!

Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by
Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by
Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by
Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by
Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by
Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by

I hope you feel inspired and are ready to get sewing The Sally Dress! It's such a great feeling when your wee one is wearing a dress you made with love and someone approaches you and says "where did you buy her dress?"! It makes my heart swell and my girls just love it! It's one of the little things in life that I cherish. So grab some of your absolute favorite fabric and get creative and sew up a Sally Dress today! 

Sally Dress Sewing Pattern by
Have you made a Sally Dress? Make sure to add your pictures to our Flickr Group so we can see your versions! I can't wait! For any pattern support or questions please email me at I hope you enjoy the dress and thank you so very much in advance for all of your support! Happy sewing! xoxoxox


Elbow Length Sleeve Version:
- Calico Lilac from Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics.
- Strawberry Lilac from Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics.

Sleeveless Version:
- Floradots in Saffron by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit Fabrics.
- Bodice and pocket are lined with Hidden Treasures Gold from Indie by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.


it's my bday today :) i'm a wee 36 today (freaking out a tad, the mids always hit me hard)! so in honor of my birthday i decided to have a sale! woot woot! who doesn't love a sale right? so head on over to the very shannon shop, etsy, or ravelry and get 20% off all orders today!!!! enter code "BDAY20" to get 20% off!

thanks to all of you for being such an important part of my life and for another wonderful and amazing year!  xoxoxoxox


at the beginning of the year i was so lucky to get my hands on some yummy yarn from melissa of sweet fiber yarns.  i knew right away that i wanted to make something luxurious for my neck out of this cashmere silk aran yarn.  this cowl feels like heaven and is a dream to wear! spoil yourself & indulge in a fun knit with a delicious new yarn. a quick & fulfilling pattern using only 200yds, with a reversible ribbed inside,

Lansbury Cowl

the lansbury cowl is sure to be a fave accessory year round. named for the lovely angela lansbury & her long time show murder, she wrote, this cowl represents all the twists & turns involved in solving a good mystery.  i have fond memories of curling up watching angela lansbury daily with my omi while knitting & crocheting alongside her. i still tune in regularly with reruns on netflix with my favorite tea and some twist filled knitting. 

the Lansbury cowl pattern features:

:: clear and easy to understand step by step instructions

:: bright & colorful photography

:: 1 page color PDF pattern

::  a great knitting experience

Lansbury is available at the following:


(coming soon)

lansbury is easy to memorize and is a great jump into small cables and slipped stitches.  it's also a great way to practice knitting in the round, ribbing and learning a new stitch pattern.  don't be afraid of the those purdy twists they are a lot easier than they look. promise :)  you can do it!  this cowl is worth it.  it has great drape but also a reliable stability to keep it from caving in.  the bonus is if you would like to wear it more soft and drapey the inside is purdy too!  lansbury features a reversible ribbed inside!  you can see a shot of it in the pics below.

i couldn't resist also posting all my fave pics from my photoshoot with my gorgeous friend rebecca of the blog nook.  she's one of my fave models to use and you will recognize her from my mallory cowl pattern.  she's a speedy knitter who eats, sleeps & breathes knitting.  she's also a fabulous test & sample knitter (if you need one you can find her under gundyknitter on ravelry). watch out for great things from her this year :) thanks for being such a wonderful model becca <3


i hope you all enjoy the lansbury cowl pattern as much as i do. i've been wearing mine non stop i tell ya.  this is definitely one of my new fave go to accessories. before i go though i can't resist shouting a mention to the fabulousness of angela lansbury. i mean how hip does she look on the cover of gentlewoman magazine recently?  so awesome!  and meow!!!  what a looker she was & still is! you go girl!


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are you a big fan of murder,she wrote and angela lansbury? do you have a love for sweet fiber yarns?  i'd love to hear from some other murder, she wrote fans! i can't be the only gal in her 30's who watches this show? right?  :P

p.s. stay tuned next week when we will be giving away a very delicious prize from sweet fiber yarns!!!! woowweee!



I've got a thing for triangles at the moment.  They have seemed to occupy my mind since my zig zag quilt. In the fall i started sketching a hat that had triangles on it. But not any kind of triangle...some that resembled hst's.  Then the DREIECKE hat was born. I really love that I am inspired by sewing in my knitting and inspired by my knitting in my sewing.  They seem to go hand in hand like that...must be the gemini in me.

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I've got a new knitting pattern out for you all today! I'm so in love with this one you guys and guess what? That's's a freebie!!!  In honor of some special news I've got to share and a new yarn I've been crushing on, the YARNSTER hat is here!!! 


Named & designed after my sweet friend arika, the YARNSTER hat is your new go to slouch hat!  Featuring a lovely openwork mesh stitch, the YARNSTER shows off the gorgeous, subtle colorways of that fave yarn you're crushing on! 

Made with malabrigo's new yarn - rastita, a super soft, slightly felted, dk weight with tons of yardage (you could maybe squeeze out 2 of these from 1 skein if you unravel your gauge swatch) this hat is comfy, stylish and fun to wear.  It's also a quick knit which makes it a lovely gift for that special person in your life or as a special treat for yourself. it makes a great beginner/intermediate pattern for those of you who are looking to learn how to increase/decrease throughout a pattern and to knit in the round.


:: clear and easy to understand step by step instructions

:: bright & colorful photography

:: 1 page color PDF pattern

::  a great knitting experience

Yarnster is available for FREE at the following:


I hope you guys like it as much as I do! So you all ready to hear my special news? Yay! But wait...oops, you're going to have to wait till tomorrow!!! Hehe....thought I would tease ya just a little bit.  I can give you a hint'll see a bit of it & a big hint if you download the pattern for YARNSTER.


Special thanks to my gorgeous sister Camille for modelling for me!  Isn't she stunning? Have you tried rastita yet?  Isn't it fab! Do you have a fave yarn that would work perfect for the YARNSTER?  Do you love slouch hats as much as I do? I swear I wear a hat almost everyday. I'm definitely addicted :)

Get those needles revved up, grab some coffee, put on a good movie and let's get knitting! Come chat!


To say I love this hat is an understatement.  Since the night I whipped the Hannah Hat up it's been on my head non-stop.  Made from the scrumptious and lovely malabrigo rasta this hat is warm, cozy and sooooo soft and chunky! It's a dream to knit and wear. Living in a coastal city we are always getting wind storms and this hat keeps my ears and head warm while still being cute and stylish.


This yarn has a special spot in my heart.  Gifted to me last xmas from my dear friend Hannah (ummashin) the color is one of my faves.  I fell so in love with this yarn that I have held on to it for a full year until i found the perfect project for it.  So to say a lovely thank you to one of the most lovely people i have met online i have named this hat for hannah.  I hope she likes it as much as I do.


Quick and easy hannah knits up in one night.  a few hours and bam - you've got yourself a lovely new accessory.  Knit on a US12/9mm it works up fast and it's simple to customize to your desired slouch/length.  and helloo....that pom pom just melts my heart.  Love it.  Pom poms and I have had a love/hate relationship because I can never seem to make a good one but I have broken my curse (I like to use my pal jane richmond's pom pom tutorial). 

Making pom poms with rasta is actually fun! I love the added touch of fun the pom pom adds to this hat. I also love the coziness the 2x2 rib that goes to mid crown adds to keep your ears warm.  That extra bit of depth just feels so right on the part of my head that gets the coldest while waiting for school pick up. 

Best part is hannah only takes (1) skein of malabrigo rasta! Plus the pattern is only $1.99!!! That's it - time to treat yourself! Just remember that if you alter the pattern or choose to NOT unravel your gauge swatch you will need another skein to be able to finish the hat and the pom pom.  I seriously used every last inch of my skein. There were no leftovers..not even one 



:: clear and easy to understand step by step instructions

:: bright & colorful photography

:: 2 page color PDF pattern

::  a great knitting experience

The Hannah Hat Pattern is available for purchase at the following:

  1. ravelry
  2. Etsy
  3. Very Shannon Shop

If you make a hannah please let me know and share your pics! I love to see the projects you guys make. Feel free to add any pics to our flickr groupand also our ravelry group.

I hope you enjoy hannah as much as I do!  It's a great beginner pattern to practice knitting in the round and making pom poms :)  Happy knitting from my home to yours!  

p.s. To all you sewers...don't worry, I promise there will be sewing goodies coming soon too!  


It gets pretty darn windy where I live.  Wind storms blow regularly and I swear it chills me to the bone.  It also rains a lot so being a coastal gal we dress in layers and we love our accessories.  Since my oldest started kindergarten I do a lot of standing around outside for pick up and drop off.  Most of the time I curse the fact that I don't have a hood.  Sometimes I like to wear my fave leather jacket with a yummy cowl and then wouldn't you know it - bye bye sun, hello rain.  There goes mommas hair. 


Being a bit of a scattered mom at times (aren't we all here and there) I never seem to have an umbrella and I find myself longing for a hooded cowl.  It would solve all my issues.  Be quick to make, suit many different weights of yarn, be warm, squishy and look great with all my layers :)  Best of all it keeps my hair in tact and my ears toasty.  Bring it on mother nature.


Knit up in delicious madelinetosh chunky yarn in colorway tern (love) on a big needle this is a quick 1-2 kind of evening project.

camille is a cozy & oh so comfy hooded double wrap infinity cowl knit in a lofty oblique rib pattern with warm chunky yarn.  It also would look equally lovely in a super bulky, aran, or worsted.  Quick to knit, with a fun construction this cowl involves no picking up of stitches. Camille is knit in the round and knit flat with a simple seamed hood.

The Camille Cowl Pattern Features:

:: clear and easy to understand step by step instructions

:: bright & colorful photography

:: 2 page color PDF pattern

:: digitally drafted diagram

::  a great knitting experience

The Camille Cowl Pattern is available for purchase at the following:





One of my fave features of camille is that you never get cold back neck syndrome.  With the hood feature and the double wrap cowl your neck is always fully covered no matter if the hood is down or up.  I always get that draft between my cowl and top and this cowl keeps me nice and toasty. 

The pattern is easy to memorize and is a fun project to pop in your purse and carry with you.  It also makes a wonderful gift because it's a) awesome b) fast to knit up and c) a great project to splurge on some dream yarn without breaking the bank.  I can see many more camille's in my future. 


Named after my sister Camille who loves a hood as much as i do (which is a lot). We just love to curl up all cozy with a nice warm hood. Camille is also a good project for an experienced beginner who is looking to take on a project that's more difficult than a basic cowl but also still fun for an advanced knitter to whip up with some dream yarn.

I hope you all enjoy making and wearing this fun, squishy cowl as much as i do.  happy knitting from my home to yours!

I'd love to hear your thoughts! What do you think? Have you worn a hooded cowl before?  Let's chat yummy knits ladies!  

p.s. Thanks in advance to the lovely jane richmond for modeling for me! luv ya hun!

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day!

we put our xmas tree up last night...or i should say we attempted too.  not so easy with 2 restless wee ones fighting over every ornament.  this mama's patience was definitely tested but then that's why us moms can have a few sips (ok glasses) of eggnog and kahlua or anything with kahlua that is. mmmm....would taste good in my coffee this morning now that i think of it...ok, i digress. moving on.

The winner is Commenter #165 - Melissa Congratulations Melissa!!!

since i'm feeling festive and in the giving spirit of the holidays i am excited to join in with the "sew mama sew giveaway day" this year!!!  yahoo!!!  giveaways? lots of them? me likie.
i love finding all the handmade goodness that gets linked up in the sew mama sew giveaway day and finding all the fun new blogs to read.  the sew mama sew giveaway day ends on december 7th so it actually runs a week which gives you lots and lots of time to enter all the amazing giveaways!

what am i giving away?  one lucky winner will win all of the patterns from my shop!!  we've got sewing and knitting patterns ranging from clothing to accessories!  the luvinthemommyhood etsy shop is a place for patterns for the modern sewer & knitter.

here's a looksie at what you could win:


Sweetheart Dress Pattern by luvinthemommyhood - BUY NOW


Downton Cowl Pattern by luvinthemommyhood - BUY NOW


Mallory Cowl Pattern (Adult/Child Version) by luvinthemommyhood - BUY NOW

The Commuter Cowl Pattern by luvinthemommyhood - BUY NOW

Stasia Cowl Pattern by luvinthemommyhood - BUY NOW
here's the rest of the details:

||  THE PRIZE ||
- one lucky winner will a copy of every pattern in my etsy shop!!!  you will recieve the following patterns:

||  HOW TO ENTER  ||
- simply leave a comment letting me know which pattern is your fave!  that's it! easy peasy right? yay!

||  THE RULES  ||
- you must leave a valid email address in your comment or you will be disqualified.  giveaway is open until december 7th at 5pm PST.

 luvinthemommyhood - patterns for the modern sewer and knitter.

find our patterns for sale on....

and make sure to check out the rest of the fab giveaways over on sew mama sew here.

have fun and good luck! thank you for all your entries and happy making!

Stasia Cowl Knitting Pattern - New Pattern Release!!


 a while back i started daydreaming about a knit version of my commuter cowl.  i kept pondering it and pondering it but nothing ever really felt "right".  the thought never really left my mind though.  i knew i wanted to play on something fun that had to do with assembly and that also included texture that would showcase your fave handspun yarn in a warm cozy cowl. so once i got my hands on the yarn used for this project the stasia cowl was finally born.

Stasia Cowl Pattern

the stasia cowl features a modern twist on your favorite everyday cowl.  textured with a unique assembly this cowl is a fun, quick knit that showcases your special hand spun/dyed yarn beautifully.  i used spincycle yarns 100% BFL worsted in colorway gluttony.  this cowl is super warm, stylish and one of my fave cowls to wear daily.  the color is to die for and the yarn texture is just scrumptious!  i really just couldn't get enough of it and used almost every single piece of my (2) fabulous skeins. 


the stasia cowl is also a great beginner project perfect for those of you wanting to dip your toes into the  knitting pool and it's also definitely still interesting enough for an advanced knitter.  there's some new techniques to learn (for the newbies) and of course, a really fun assembly.  i love that it feels retro and yet modern at the same time. a perfect combo in my book!

the stasia cowl pattern features:

:: clear and easy to understand step by step instructions

:: bright & colorful photography with a tutorial outlining the assembly of the cowl

:: 7 page color PDF pattern

:: digitally drafted diagram

::  a great knitting experience

the stasia cowl pattern is available for purchase at the following:



a while back i was lucky enough to get my hands on some of this gorgeous kettle-dyed and handspun yarn from spincycle yarns in bellingham, washington.  it's their 100% BFL worsted (in colorway gluttony). they source their raw fiber locally and everything is done as natural as possible (they use natural and/or non-toxic dyes). they even travel to farmer's markets etc with bicycle pulled trailers! i love that.  kate and rachel from spincycle are so awesome that they are offering you all a 10% discount off of all your orders.  just use  the code "STASIA10" at checkout.  so pop on by spincycle and say hi! thanks spincycle yarns!

it's been so fun working on this project and i hope you all enjoy making this cowl as much as i did.  i can't wait to see all the different yarn choices you guys all use to whip one up!  just imagine all the different color variations you can find in gorgeous worsted yarns?  it's like letting loose a kid in a candy store!!! i know i'll be making another one for myself soon, but for now i'm smitten with this one!


don't forget to add your wip and fo shots in our ravelry group and/or our flickr group so i can see all of your lovely projects!  it's no fun to knit all those awesome goodies and then keep em' to yourself! you gotta show them off!!!! 

i hope you enjoy stasia and happy knitting from my home to yours <3

ps. a big thank you to my hubby for photographing the shots with me in it (i luv you hun). i hate pics being taken of me and it was needless to say a "not so fun"  even the kids were mad at  due to the horrid weather we've been having here though i just couldn't get a chance to shoot my model in it so you're all stuck looking at me :P


Sweetheart Dress Sewing Pattern Release!!!!

i'm so excited to tell you all that the sweetheart dress pattern is finally up for sale!!! yay!!!! writing the sweetheart dress pattern has been a true labor of love for me.  i adore it and hope you all will too.

a retro & modern dress featuring an adorable heart cutout on the back that your child is sure to adore! with a flattering silhouette that showcases your fave fabric crush and special feminine details The sweetheart dress is sure to be a showstopper!  the pdf sewing pattern is sized for 2T - 6T and i can't wait to see the wonderful and lovely dresses you are all going to make!

the sweetheart dress pattern features:

: : digitally drafted & professionally graded pattern pieces for the bodice & heart cutout

: : 18 page full color pdf pattern complete with clear & easy to understand step by step instructions with bright photos and digitally drafted diagrams

: : pattern pieces for sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T & 6T

: : instructions for a professionally finished garment featuring a tutorial for a feminine, hand sewn button loop and also a fully lined bodice (with no hand sewing! woot woot!).

: : size charts, fabric requirements, notions, and sewing tips/glossary to ensure a great fit

: : a fun sewing experience :)

the sweetheart dress pattern is available for purchase at the following:


i would like to give a huge giant thank you to lauren dahl of the awesome new biz "selvage designs" for her endless patience, input and grading skills. she seriously saved me from going bonkers.  you rock lauren and i couldn't have got this done without you.  lauren recently launched selvage designs where she offers creative and technical services for independent pattern designers.  she does grading, tech editing, pattern digitization, diagrams/illustrations and more!  she's amazing! be sure to check her out!
you can find more selvage designs below:

and also a big hug and thanks to all my lovely pattern testers! they were hard core this bunch and i think the pattern is all the better for it!  thanks ladies!  i'll be showing off some of their handiwork and cute blogs in the next few days!
modern bear orange from camp modern and bobbers from camp sur coming november 2012 from birch fabrics
i hope you all enjoy the pattern and have fun with it!  we love our sweetheart dresses in our house and i'm looking forward to having some fun with different prints and layering for the fall/winter weather!  i soooo appreciate all of your support and honestly, it means so very much to me to be able to do what i love.  so thanks in advance to all of you lovelies who purchase the pattern and who have shown me so much support to get this pattern released over the last few months.  xoxoxo

what do you think? you guys excited?  i hope so :)  i get so happy just thinking about all the little sweetheart dresses running around out there!  hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  fill me in on how you are :)

Mallory Cowl Pattern - The Updated Version!

mallory cowl pattern by me, yarn: knit picks swish worsted in colorway allspice
guess what's just around the corner?  fall! yahoo!  don't get me wrong, i'm basking in the last of the summer rays but i'm also itching for the loveliness of fall.  i'm also missing my cowls.  you all know how i love me a cowl.  i figured since we are only a few days away from september that i could share some upcoming news with ya.

see that lovely cowl in these pics knit up in that yummy "perfect for fall" color?  well that's the mallory cowl.  i heart the mallory cowl.  it's seriously the bounciest & squishiest cowl i have ever made.  since last year i've made a few of these to go along with mackenzie's child version and this one has to be my favorite one of all of them.  wanna know why?  well i adore the yarn it was made with.

the yarn used to knit this cowl is knit picks "swish worsted" in colorway allspice.  yep, it's as good as it's name.  how could i not knit my bouncy cowl pattern up in a yarn called "swish"? it's like a match made in heaven!!!!  best part of it all is you can now buy the mallory pattern and matching yarn on the knit picks website as part of their independent designer program!! woot woot!  how cool is that!  you could pick up your pattern and choose the color that suits you right in one shopping cart! now that's what i call efficiency :)


swish worsted comes in tons of gorgeous colors too and the price is oh, so affordable.  heck make one for your kidlet and one for you so you can match!  so fun!  each skein of swish worsted is $4.49 - $4.69 a ball and at 110yds/50g a ball you only need (2) to make a child's mallory or (4) for the adult one!  wowsa!  swish worsted is 100% superwash merino wool too! which means it's soft (great for baby & kid's clothes) and is machine washable!

the mallory cowl pattern has been updated and rewritten to include both the childs and adult pattern in one handy pdf with more concise instructions including 2 new gauges.  this pattern is great for beginners and/or anyone looking to try knitting in the round.  it's a quick project that knits up easily.  perfect for a "treat myself" or "christmas pressie" kind of project.

you can purchase the mallory pattern at the following online shops:

and on
knit picks!!! wahoo!!!

so watcha think?  you ready to see those leaves change color, to feel a crispness to the air, and go for a lovely pre-fall stroll with me sporting our matching mallorys?  i know i am!  bring on the pumpkin spice lattes and knitted cowls people!  

a huge thank you to the lovely rebecca (nook) for being my pattern model.  i love taking pics of her and she is so sweet to happily let me go all paparazzi on  and also thanks to the equally as lovely jane ( for letting me snap some shots of her as well.  don't they look gorgeous?  thanks m'dears! luv ya both..xoxoxo.

have you made a mallory cowl yet?  if so i'd love to see your pics!!!!  make sure you add them to our flickr group or post them up in ravelry for all to see.  or you could just email them to me or comment below.  it really is fun for me to see them so share away :)  anyone else dying for pumpkin spice lattes already?

The Downton Cowl Pattern - New Pattern Release!

you all know that i love cowls and i love me some downton abbey.  i'm so excited to tell you that i've been a busy bee working away bringing a sketch of mine to life for you all since the winter when i became hopelessly addicted to downton abbey.

you see during the commercial breaks they show a black screen with the illustration like image of downton and i just couldn't resist the peaks of the roof of that gorgeous castle.  i instantly got inspired to whip up a cowl that easily could have been worn by any of the ladies of the manor - whether by the help or by the ladies of the house. knit up in gloriousmadelinetosh tosh dk in glazed pecan (from urban yarns) i'm so excited to finally be able to show you all "the downton cowl".

i am hopelessly in love with the chevron lace on this cowl.  the ups and downs and peaks and valleys are so pretty.  i love the garter like effect for the border that to me symbolizes the stability of a home - the foundation and the roof.  and don't we all know how up and down love and life is in between :) i am pretty excited to have designed a new cowl and to also do one in a lace pattern in a dk weight! the downton cowl takes only (1) skein of yarn and can be made in one evening no problem. how's that for fun! i love quick projects like this that are both satisfying in design but fast in execution.

if you've been scared to try lace before this is a great beginner lace project. don't let it intimidate you. if you know how to do simple increases/decreases, knit in the round and read knitting directions you can do this! i promise :)  the pattern is easy to follow and i've given you both written directions and a lace chart.  as a knitter i like to have both to work from. i usually start with the written instructions and as i get the feel for the lace i move to the chart.

i was thrilled to find a good use for my very first skein of


and i hope i did it proud.  i think the lace shows off the depth and tones of this gorgeous yarn.  my sister camille didn't hurt it either. yep, that's my baby sister modelling for me in the photoshoot.  she's pregnant with my soon to be niece/nephew and has that soon to be momma glow about her. i think she looks gorgeous and every time i photograph her i realize why i am so horribly  she got all the good

we had a lot of fun on this shoot and we took our downton cowl and both my kidlets up to one of our cities very own castles -craigdarroch castle.  it's gorgeous up there and i knew it would be the perfect place to take pictures for this pattern.

the downton cowl is a great cowl for all seasons too.  it's lightweight but has enough oomph to keep you warm when you need it and it's not too hot when you don't want the extra heat.  style it loose or stand it up for a bit more of a structural appeal.  feel the romance of downton abbey and the fun of life and remember to enjoy all those peaks and valleys in between too.  after all...where do you think downton abbey gets all it's story lines from?

a big thank you to my gorgeous sister camille and to all of you who let me slide on other knitterly duties as i worked on this cowl.  i hope you all love it as much as i do.  i cannot wait to see pics and yarn choices and all the fun goodness that comes along with releasing a new pattern from my home to yours <3

The Downton Cowl - BUY NOW

you can purchase the downton cowl onravelry now, my etsy shop here and my craftsy shop here. you can also look for it soon at magpie patterns as well! happy knitting!

what do you guys think? do you likey?  i'm really happy with it and hope you will be too.  has a tv show inspired you lately?  let's chat! coffees on...


The COMMUTER COWL pattern is here!!!!! You guys I am so excited!!!! This cowl has been in the works for a while now and it's very close to my heart.  After releasing the twisted slouch hat tutorial I just knew the next item in my little sketchbook of goodies had to be my first sewing pattern.  

The drawings in this sketchbook all have one thing in common...a theme inspired by the leafless and twisted trees that form a halo around our island city.  They always remind me of knitted cables (which I adore) and I really have been enjoying the idea of manipulating and altering the construction of fabrics and thinking of new ways to twist, knot and move fabric to change it's appearance all while keeping it simple in it's sewing but fun on construction.  I hope you all enjoy it as well.


: : digitally drafted & professionally designed tutorial

: : 12 page full color pdf pattern complete with clear & easy to understand step by step instructions with bright photos and digitally drafted diagrams

: : instructions for a professionally finished accessory featuring 2 ways & 2 sizes to make/wear your cowl

: : fabric requirements, notions, and sewing tips/glossary to ensure a great finished product

: : a fun sewing experience :)

The Commuter Cowl Pattern is available for purchase at the following:




The Commuter Cowl Pattern can be worn 2 ways and sewn in 2 different sizes.

the commuter cowl pattern is a stylish, lightweight and versatile cowl that is fun in construction and high on style! This is a great project for beginners to advanced sewers & is made all in one piece from ½ of a yard or 3/4 of a yard of fabric with little waste leftover. 

Show off your fave print and add some flair to any outfit throughout the whole year. The idea of movement inspired from the fabric line used paired with the knots reminiscent of the leafless branches of the tress on the island I live helped to create what is now the commuter cowl.

In the commuter cowl pattern you will find clear photographs throughout this sewing tutorial as well as easy to read instructions to help make sewing the commuter cowl an enjoyable & fun experience.  So grab your fave fabric crush and come sew along with me!  


Made from a 1/2 yard, worn as a necklace style cowl (top) or as a more structural cowl (middle).


Made out of 3/4 of a yard of fabric that can also be worn 2 ways as shown above.  The 3/4 yard cowl gives you an extra dose of loft, pouf, and the movement that's reminiscent of a knit cowl.  

Besides our lovely winter tress the main inspiration for the name, styling and overall appearance of this cowl was the awesome line "commute" from birch fabrics by jay-cyn.  LOVE it!  Something about those bikes, transportation and the color palette struck me as the perfect fabric to pair with this cowl for those daily commutes. 

Who says we all can't add a bit of whimsy to our daily commutes?  Even if we're biking, driving, walking or busing we might as well look stylish right?  Plus it will keep us warm on cool days and cool on warm days :)  That's right...that's how we roll here <3  I'm a gemini - what can i

You all know how I love options! I love giving you all a great base that you can customize and wear the way that suits your style and personality!  Heck you could even adjust the size down on this cowl and whip one up for your kidlet! I plan on making one for mackenzie really soon. 

I want to give a huge thank you to all my friends/family who supported me when deciding to take the plunge into selling a sewn pattern. It's been a crazy ride and i just  You guys are the best.  I'd also like to thank all my lovely pattern testers who helped me out tons! I couldn't have done it without your help (thanks mom!).  A special thank you to Anna from noodlehead for her invaluable help and eye :) And how could I not thank my gorgeous and talented friend jane richmond for modeling for me and also for being a constant sounding board for all my crazy ideas - thank you for all of your support Jane - I luv ya girl. A thank you to Cynthia of fabricworm & birch fabrics for her awesome designs and generous use of her rockin' fabrics!

So are you all ready to sew with me?  Hop on over to my brand new etsy shop and pick up a copy of your own!  I can't wait to see what you all create!!!!  Don't forget to add your cowl pictures to our flickr group!

So we can all see how lovely you look in your commuter cowls!   What fabric line are you going to make yours in? Stay tuned for tomorrow when I'll be doing a fabric review on the Birch Fabrics I used today. Happy sewing everyone!


From commute by jay-cyn for birch fabrics - by bike, bike it, and pool ride can be purchased at fabricworm

From lark  by amy butler - chinese lanterns grass can be purchased at stitch simple