Chunky Plait Scarf – Free Pattern


Hello friend,

I hope this blog post finds you well, I’m definitely feeling more energised by the blue skies and lighter nights.

I thought I would share a new pattern with you, at the weekend while Osmond was watching a particularly grim film for a Saturday night I decided to hook this fashion scarf, like many of my designs I’m not really sure what the end result will be but it turned into a quick and easy pattern and it can be made in one evening.

I used a 6mm hook and this yarn is supposed to be DK but it feels more like an Aran when it is being crocheted, an Aran yarn would be better to give it some structure.

Pattern Instructions (make 3, ensuring the length of each is the same)

Foundation chain, chain 141 stitches
Row 1: Starting in the second chain from dc in each stitch until the end, turn (140)
Row 2: Chain 3 (counts as tr) tr in next stitch and each stitch until the end, turn
(139, chain 3)
Row 3: Chain 1, dc in each stitch until the end, dc in the top of the ch 3, turn (140)
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: Repeat row 3, fasten off.

I found it easier to weave in the loose ends before joining them.

Joining the pieces

Row 1: Lie them down flat, join the yarn at the end of the first section working 7 dc stitches evenly across the end of the piece before joining each of the 2 remaining pieces. All 3 pieces should now be joined by a row of 21 dc stitches, turn.

Row 2: ch 1, dc in each stitch until the end, fasten off.

Once the 3 pieces are joined, the next stage is to plait them, I found it easier to lie them on the floor to do this. It may take a little trial and error, don’t plait it too tightly however as it a not lie correctly.

Once you are happy with your plait repeat rows 1 and 2 from above.

To finish off you could ss the ends together or sew an even seam, whichever you prefer.

Have fun hooking this project, if you need any help send me a message, I would love to see the end result.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Happy hooking x


My Little Confession


Writing a crochet pattern

This weekend will hopefully see the launch of my very own textiles brand Made by Ava on Etsy. I love to crochet and for the last few weeks I’ve been testing my patterns and turning them into pdf documents so they can be easily downloaded.

I’m really excited but also a little bit scared about my new project. I have really loved designing these patterns, but what if no one else likes my designs? When designing whether it is a pattern or a piece of jewellery I have a lot of things running through the back of my mind, I try to think about who will buy it, does it fit with my brand, the cost and time it will require, at some point though you just have to switch off. Those quiet thoughts at the back of your head can quickly become deafening shouts of self doubt. That is what has happened to me the last couple of weeks, those nagging questions, what if my designs aren’t good enough? What if I’m not good enough? Instead of just get my designs out there for the world to see I’ve held back, making excuses to myself.

So there is my confession, I’m a little bit scared taking the first step into the unknown and launching my new brand of crochet patterns and accessories, but it wouldn’t be an adventure otherwise. I love designing jewellery but I also really love crochet and the future possibilities are endless and exciting and I really don’t know what the future holds. Every great adventure starts with a first step, so this is mine, so this weekend will be the weekend, no more self doubt just beautiful designs.

Yarn Lover Accessories


I’ve decided to combine my love of jewellery making and crochet to develop my new yarn lovers range of accessories. I’ve developed a range of pretty stitch markers to clip onto your crochet projects, I use them all the time. Stitch markers are great to help you count stitches, mark the beginning when working in continuous rounds and holding your stitch so it doesn’t unravel.

My yarn lover accessories range includes bag charms, bracelets and kilt pin brooches. Each stitch marker has a lobster clasp so it can be quickly detached from the jewellery and fastened to your work.
When designing my new range I wanted them to be functional and pretty, here is an example of my new kilt pin brooch, I would love to know what you think.

This range will be available to buy soon from Etsy, I’ll keep you posted.

A little preview of my new design


Here is a little preview of one of my new designs. I love this mustard colour, it looks great with rich jewel colours like deep blues and purples, this would be perfect layered with an autumn boho outfit.

This is the start of my River arm warmer glove, unlike my Outlander inspired arm warmer this design is much softer, I wanted to design something that could be worn over or under long sleeves or be paired with a short sleeve T-shirt or blouse. I love designing arm warmers because they are so versatile, my work room can get really chilly in the winter months so I love wearing layers of clothes but I still need my fingers free to work and type.

I’m still new to writing patterns, I’ve made one pair of my River Arm Warmers as a prototype, I’m now making them again, refining the pattern, for example making the thumb holes smaller. I can’t wait to finish them and see what you think.

My New Obsession

I love making jewellery, and I’ve got lots to learn and lots of ideas I want to create. When I’m not making jewellery I love to crochet, and my favourite thing to make is toys. It is great fun, time consuming but very rewarding.



This is the first large bear that I’ve made, it was really enjoyable and I’m please with the results so I’m going to make a couple more and take them along to the next craft market to see how they sell.

Let me know what you think.

Reflections and Plans

Since the launch of Ava Kitsch Jewellery at Easter it has been an exciting adventure and a learning experience and I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring. I’ve enjoyed spending weekends selling at the Helping Hands Maker’s Market, it can sometimes be lonely working on your jewellery at home, so it is wonderful to meet up with other crafters, share ideas, and just see what else is out there, lots of beautiful items, it is difficult to resist buying everything. With each craft market I reviewed what worked and what didn’t work for me. One of the main issues I faced when I first started selling was the time it took to set up and how to display my jewellery. There is a lot of competition with lots of styles of handmade jewellery, so I needed to find a way to catch peoples attention.


One of the items I introduced was Joan my handmade mannequin, she added height and colour to the table. The other solution, that is cheap and has worked best for me is the large pin boards, I can pin jewellery to the boards the night before and wrap them up, it means I can take my time at home playing around with the arrangements. The above picture was taken at the last Helping Hands Maker’s Market and this is the Christmas themed table and I used the middle board to feature a Christmas promotion where I used an empty cracker as a gift box. Since my first craft market the range of jewellery has grown and I’ve had to find new ways to pack and transport the items not already on the boards. I designed my own jewellery cards, the first design was a clip art frame, the new design features my logo and it more simple allowing the jewellery to speak for itself. The cards are just printed out on regular white card on my printer at home and it does minimise the tangles and avoids having to use lots of little plastic bags, which is what I did when I first started selling. For 2013 I am going to make more of craft markets and will be trying some new ones in different locations to see how my jewellery does across the region. I’m looking forward to venturing out and meeting more new people. When I first started selling my jewellery I started selling on asos marketplace and I’ve continued to sell on the website, I’ve had lots of positive feedback from customers, and I continue to try and find the best way to photograph my jewellery and write descriptions. This I have to say for me is the boring bit of making and selling jewellery, I find it very time consuming and I haven’t added anything to my collection online for a long time as I’ve been focusing on craft markets. It is difficult to find a balance, between work, craft markets and listing items online, that doesn’t even factor in the time to make the items. I’ve finally found a style that works for me and hopefully moving forward into 2013 I will find a quicker more efficient way of cataloguing my jewellery to go online.



This year I also opened my shop on etsy, this hasn’t been as successful as I hoped and I will be reviewing what isn’t working for me. I love the freedom that it gives me to brand my shop and the stastics are great but I want to know why I’m not turning views into sales. I’ve also started experimenting with new crafts, I’ve made a lot of crochet items, jewellery, blankets, toys, flowers…




I’ve also just got a sewing machine so I will be expanding the Ava Kitsch brand for 2013, I’m also designing a website so here’s to an exciting 2013. Happy new year.

Crocheted Jewellery


I love to try new ideas when I’m making jewellery, and a couple of weeks ago I decided to buy some wool and learn how to crochet. It’s fun and I prefer it to knitting because the results are fast and with a few basic stitches you can do a lot.
My favourite thing to do so far is making flowers, there are so many different designs to try, and they are great for turning into brooches and cuff bracelets. I’ve even made a few bookmarks, perfect for a Christmas stocking filler.
I’m also trying to create my own patterns, now I’ve got some of the basic stitches I thought it would be fun to see what I could come up with. This is my first attempt, using techniques from other patterns I created a cog design.


This is a bit big,, I wanted to be able to use it in the same way as the flower to create brooches and cuffs but still it could be used as a coaster.
I’m going to keep experimenting and see what else I can come up with to add to my expanding jewellery collection.