I used tiny amounts Drops Brushed Alpaca (which equates to a DK-weight mohair yarn) with 2.50mm knitting needles.
You'll also need either a tiny bell or a little felted ball for the top of the hat.

W+Tk bring working yarn to the front of the work, slip next stitch knit-wise onto the RH needle, take working yarn to the back, slip the slipped stitch back onto the LH needle, turn the knitting = W+Tk (wrap and turn knit) 
W+Tp take working yarn to the back of the work, slip next stitch purl-wise onto the RH needle, bring working yarn to the front, slip the slipped stitch back onto the LH needle, turn the knitting = W+Tp (wrap and turn purl)

With the top of the hat colour cast on 12sts
*Row 1 RS) K9, W+Tk
Row 2 WS) P9
Row 3 K6, W+Tk
Row 4 P6
Row 5 K3, W+Tk
Row 6 P3
Rows 7-8 Work two rows stocking stitch **
Rows 9-10 Repeat last 8 rows from * to ** 3 times. Cast off.
Match the cast-off edge with the cast-on edge (WS together) and join the seam with mattress stitch.
For the Rim - with the second colour cast on 24sts
Rows 1-2 K1, p1 all around. Cast off in k1, p1 rib.
Join the cast-on edge of the rim to the row ends at the base of the hat. Turn the rim up and over the rim-to-hat seam.
Join the little bell or the pom-pom ball onto the point of the hat.
Slip the hat over the mouse's ears to make him lovely and cosy!

All about Suri

I felt like I’d just discovered some new yarn when I bought my first skein of this delightful stuff called ‘Suri’ ~ my first was from Koel and it was the colour that drew me in - but when I received it I felt it... Wow, so so soft, and when I unwound and knitted with it ~ DOUBLE WOW! ~ the dreamy softness of cashmere and the lustre of silk!
Wanting more/ to know and learn more I looked it up -
Suri is a type of alpaca and it’s characteristics are this: Suri alpacas appear angular and slender due to their long, lustrous fibers that hang down against their bodies creating a beautiful, lustrous yarn ~ At this point I have to add it is naturally at the more expensive scale as far as yarn price goes but then a little goes a long way - 2 kittens from one skein for example... and if you shop wisely, many Suri yarn sellers pelt their own alpacas 🦙 and dye their own yarn so it’s a friendlier way to get a little luxury into your knit:
Some favourites I’ve found on Etsy ~ with the addition that some sellers will wind the skeins into cakes for you ~ YESSS to that!!!
LoomWool (UK) 
LavenderCupcakes (Canada)
TheCamelsYarn (Cornwall/ UK)
MaisonLoopy (USA)
Zakami (UK)
BanjoRidgeSuriAlpaca (Australia)
LilyandPineFibreArts (Canada) 

These are but a few and I’ve picked them because of the way they display the yarn in their photos - let me know if you or someplace you know sells Suri yarn and I’ll add to my list. 

A short movie about my book Magical Woodland Knits and what inspired it 🥰

Toadstool Bookmark

Toadstool Bookmark Pattern - it's fun (gi!)

And here's the link to the pattern for my stash-busting Toadstool Bookmark - LINK


For the direct link to my Free Penguin - click here.
There's also a how-to-make-up tutorial - see post below
And yes, penguins can fly!

PENGUIN - How to pick up and knit and join together

Beginner's Bunny - Stage three. The last bit!

Ok - so this is the last part - Beginner's Bunny part three.
In this 15 minute knit-along I'll show you how to knit the body onto the head and finish the body and legs.
I'll teach you the easiest pick up and knit technique and re-visit wrap and turn, increase and decrease stitches and touch upon my finishing methods and how to get the best bunny shape that you'll be happy with.
If you want the free pattern - it's here for the full colour version and here for the text only/ ink saving version

Beginner's Bunny - Stage 2

In this next step of the Beginner's Bunny Knit-along I show you how to sew up the head seams touching upon the importance of shaping.
How to add eyes and which eyes to use. Joining the ears and complete the head.
I also show you how to work 'wrap and turn' short rows.
All this whilst following the Beginner's Bunny pattern - which is here (as full colour) and here (as text only)

Beginner's Bunny - Stage One

This is the first stage of my Beginner's Bunny pattern (click here for text only version) and it's Stage 1 - How-to-Knit.
In this 11 minute film I teach you how to cast on, to knit a row, to purl a row, to increase (KFB), to decrease (K2tog and Skpo) and to how to cast off - all reading to the Beginner's Bunny pattern - what you will end up with is the knitted head before joining together - that part is in Stage 2

Here's Hamster

This is the hamster's head pattern head as I promised - use it with the Beginner's Bunny pattern simply swapping bunny head with hamster head… and a few little changes:
The head and ears have changed - see pattern below.
If you work 4 x forelegs and use two as hind legs instead of the bunny hind legs.
And when you get to the last row of the body - work this instead for hamster's tail:

🌼 This little rainbow bunny is free for you - for ever 🌷

It's a year since I've visited my blog - I don't know why because it's such a great platform to share content and images and links to free patterns - etc. etc.
It's also a lovely place for a chat and it's not as instant - here today, gone tomorrow - as Instagram.
So I'll be here too if you need a bit more convo than the daily murmurings on IG.
Here are the pattern links:
Ravelry and a direct to the pdf is here - full colour and text only


The epitome of Spring - the lamb, leaping with joy at this most treasured time of year - here's my homage to…the free pattern is here - 

Pick up a free pheasant

A pheasant as a present - you need to make one for Christmas just so you can use the pun!
The link to your **FREE** pattern is here