Introducing Tess!

Hello Crochet Artists,

I am celebrating April Fool’s Day with a new shawl pattern. Meet Miss Tess, isn’t she pretty? I think of her as understated, elegant, and strong.

The PDF crochet pattern is available at a ♥ super special ♥ price of just 99 cents! Buy now because this launch price will expire on April Fool’s Day. ***4/1/2016: Launch price has now expired***

See more on Ravelry.

And stay tuned for the drawing for our giveaway of a signed copy of Poetic Crochet. It’s not too late to enter the drawing! I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow–April Fool’s Day–no foolin’!

In the Press: Perfectly Pink Headband

Hi Crocheters,

Update 3/4/2017:

This pattern has been out for over one year, so I can now offer it to you free! Enjoy.

Free PDF Pattern Download: perfectly-pink-headband

I Like Crochet Magazine published a fun little design of mine in their February 2016 issue–the Perfectly Pink Headband!

If you’ve never worked with crochet post stitches, this is an easy design to get you started. I love the woven texture, and it’s pink for Valentine’s Day of course. Also, it’s a one-skein wonder making it a great stash-buster project.


Happy Stitching,

Sara Kay

Mabel Mitts

Hi Knitters,

The Mabel Mitts are made in a plush lace rib that will keep you texting, stitching, and cozy all the while.


They are worked flat and seamed at the inside wrist leaving a thumb hole. You’ll pick up thumb stitches and work an easy-peasy gusset–so easy we should really just call it a tube–because it has no shaping whatsoever.mabel2

Cute and practical, these mitts work up in a snap of your fingers.

mabel snap

They also make nice gifts for friends you deem worthy of knitted lace.

The pattern includes a chart and written instructions so you can choose your own adventure!mabel8



Free PDF Pattern Download: mabel-mitts

In Stitches,

Sara Kay

Whirlwind Romance Beret

Hi Crocheters,

Got something for you!

It’s a ♥ free ♥ pattern for my crocheted French beret, Whirlwind Romance.

Ooh la la!


The Whirlwind Romance Beret is worked seamlessly in the round from the top down in a full-bodied lace–hang on–

I just said ‘full-bodied lace.’

If you make it, I think you’ll know what I mean.


It’s edged with post-stitch ribbing worked on a smaller hook that makes a tidy brim.


You may not know this about me, but I like tidy! I like it very, very much.

The pattern is offered in a single size to fit heads 20-22″ (teen – medium adult), but you can make larger or smaller sizes by following the tips in the pattern notes.

You can whip it up as quickly as a whirlwind romance!

Which is an actual, measurable amount of time.




Imagine wearing it as you stroll down a Parisian boulevard [say it with me: “bool-vahhhhr.”]

There’s a fresh baguette under your arm,

and a twinkle in your eye,

when you look up and spy the love of your life…♥ ♥ ♥




You can also wear it to the grocery store to cover your dark roots like I do.

And I don’t eat wheat so there goes my baguette,

but it was a nice story.

Here’s the pattern!





Intermediate crochet skills, including chain (ch), slip st (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), front post half double crochet (FPhdc), back post half double crochet (BPhdc), and increasing


Sized to fit ladies’ head circumference: 20-22”



Sample A:

Omega Sinfonia, 100% cotton (3.53oz/100g, 218yds/199m skein); #837 Dark Magenta: 1 skein [See Pattern Notes]


Sample B:



Size J-10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook, or size required to obtain desired gauge for hat body

Size G-6 (4.0 mm) crochet hook, or size required to obtain desired gauge for post-stitch ribbing



X shells and X rounds = X in/cm in circumference



Locking stitch marker

Yarn needle



Note that all crochet terminology and abbreviations reflect American crochet terminology.


BPhdc – back post half double crochet

ch – chain

ch-sp – chain space

cm – centimeters

dc – double crochet

FPhdc – front post half double crochet

g – grams

hk – hook

in – inch(es)

oz – ounce(s)

rem – remain(ing)

sc – single crochet

sl st(s) – slip stitch(es)

st(s) – stitch(es)

yd(s) – yard(s)




Extended Turning Loop (ETL) – See Pattern Notes for instructions

Graduated Shell (GS) – Worked as ( 1 sc, 2 dc) in designated location

Graduated Shell Single Crochet (GSSC) – denotes the single crochet stitch within a Graduated Shell



  • Extended Turning Loop (ETL) – Instead of the conventional turning chain, you will simply pull up a loop to reach as high as the stitch you are about to work. In this case, an hdc or FPhdc/BPhdc. Do not yo & pull through, simply work the first stitch as normal. The ETL does not count as a stitch, it squeezes in next to the first stitch and virtually disappears.




With larger hook, make an adjustable ring.


Foundation Ring: Ch 1, work 15 sc into the ring, sl st to join rnd. Pull the ring tight to close.


Rnd 1: Ch 1, *work 1 GS into next sc, skip next 2 sc; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…5 shells made.


Rnd 2: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…10 shells.


Rnd 3: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC, work 1 GS into next GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…15 shells.


Rnd 4: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC, work 1 GS into next 2 GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…20 shells.


Rnd 5: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC, work 1 GS into next 3 GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…25 shells.


Rnd 6: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC,work  1 GS into next 4 GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…30 shells.


Rnds 7-15: Ch 1, work 1 GS into each GSSC around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join.


Rnd 16: With smaller hook, ETL (does not count as hdc), work 1 hdc in same st and each st around, sl st to 1st hdc to join…90 hdc.


Rnds 17-24: Work 1 ETL,* work 1 FPhdc in next st, work 1 BPhdc in next st; rep from * around, sl st to 1st FPhdc to join.


Break yarn and fasten off leaving a 6in/15cm tail. Steam block the hat body lightly to enhance the stitch pattern.


Thanks for visiting me today. If you enjoy using this pattern, please share with others, meet up with me on social media, or let me know in the comments!

♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever.

Sara Kay