Throwback Thursday Pattern 100

This weeks throwback crochet pattern is no. 100. It originally came out in 2008, 10 years ago, wow that passed fast.  They do say time flies when you are having fun 😀
i remember when mum designed it, I was so impressed. It is made in 4ply / fingering yarn so there will be some work involved, but i totally think it is worth it.
You may think that with all the layers it would be heavy, but it isn’t and I love the picot edging around the neck and the bottom of the yoke
It really frames the face lovely
The pattern is in 5 sizes preemie, 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 months
Wish I had, had the time to make it for Sarah when she was smaller
I think for a 10 year old pattern it is faring well lol
You can find the pattern here
Until next time

Yarn Review- Sprightly Yarn Acrylic Worsted


I had never heard of Sprightly yarns before, not surprising since they are exclusive to Craftsy which is a company based in the USA.

So when I agreed to design a pattern for a Craftsy kit, I was delighted when this lovely yarn was shipped to me.

First of all you can get it shipped to the UK (and a lot more countries) and I checked out their shipping rates. Up to 42 balls of this yarn is at standard shipping rate of £11.33

Now the yarn is on sale at the moment at £2.19 (pretty much a bargain if you ask me) the normal price being £3.64. So if you decided to club together with friends (or hoard it all to yourself as I would) at the sale price with postage it works out at £2.49 a ball, which is still very reasonable.

Ok, so down to the yarn.


First it is aran (worsted) yarn and they suggest using UK-6mm, USA-J crochet hook or UK-5mm, USA-8 knitting needles

It is 100% acrylic and comes in 32 shades

It is 100g or  201 yards per ball, skein

Looking at the yarn in the ball, it has a soft even feel

Forest Green, Pewter Scarlet, Suede White , Black


  • Cheaply priced
  • Doesn’t tangle
  • Soft yet sturdy feeling
  • even thickness throughout
  • works up lovely- even after frogging lol
  • lots and lots of colours
  • machine wash and tumble dry- mean it is good for parents (must try some cardigans for Sarah)


  • has to be shipped, so if you run out….arggg
  • not everyone likes acrylic yarns

I have decided to use the pewter in my newest design and i may have to get some shipped for future projects as it really is a lovely yarn to use

If you wish to purchase some you can get it here

or please check our facebook page on the 24th March 2018 for our weekly giveaway, which features Sprightly yarns this week 🙂

Until next time

Fiona x

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Throwback Thursday Pattern 18

It has been a bit since I last posted on the blog. Will be adding more later this week.
This weeks throwback crochet pattern is no. 18. It originally came out in 2005, the year we started ShiFio’s Patterns.  I am not sure what my inspiration was for this set, I wish I could remember.
I can’t believe that we have been self publishing patterns for 13 years!!!!!
The photos have been redone a few times, don’t think we still have the original 2005 ones.
This throwback photo is from 2007.
It is called the Twin Bobble Pattern#18. At the time, if we had a pattern with a girls and boys version on it, I usually called it “twin” something
18 new
To fit 0-3 months,  it requires UK double knitting, USA light worsted (3), AU 8ply
 There is 6 years between the throwback photo and the new ones. What a difference it makes, maybe I should make a new set and take considering it has been 5 years since the “new” ones were taken lol
You can find the pattern  here