Marjorie Shawl

Photography by Craftzone – Thank you for letting me use it!

Marjorie is a shallow shawl that is perfect for that precious single skein of sock yarn. The solid stockinette body beautifully shows off subtle colour variations and the lace edging gives it an airy and pretty touch.

The instructions for the lace edging are both charted and written.

€ 4,00

A note on yardage
If you are using fingering weight yarn, please be aware that you will be cutting it close with only one 100 gram skein. If you can, make sure to have some extra on hand, or use a 4mm/US 6 needle to work the shawl at a slightly smaller gauge.

Pattern includes instructions and calculations to make the shawl smaller or larger depending on the amount of yarn you have.

Pattern information:

Sizes One size, but extensive instructions and stitch counts for larger or smaller versions are included.
Lace: 133 cm x 39 cm (approx. 52” x 15”); after blocking.
Fingering: 155 cm x 49 cm (approx. 61” x 19” ); after blocking.
Yarn Lace or fingering weight, approx. 402 m/440 yd
If you are using fingering weight yarn, please be aware that you will be cutting it close with only one 100 gram skein. If you can, make sure to have some extra on hand, or use a 4mm/US 6 needle to work the shawl at a slightly smaller gauge.
Needles 4,5 mm/US 7 80cm/32” circular needle, or size needed to get gauge.
Notions Two stitch markers; tapestry needle
Gauge Lace: 22 sts/33 rows to 10 cm/4”
Fingering:  19 sts/29 rows to 10 cm/4”
in stockinette stitch on 4,5 mm/US 7 needles (after blocking)Gauge is not crucial for this project, but a different gauge will affect the amount of yarn you need and the finished size of the shawl.

WIP Update

How can a month fly by so quickly? I’ve been sewing and knitting a lot, but somehow haven’t had a chance to take any pictures to show you. (I think that the fact that I can’t find my camera’s charger anywhere might have something to do with that. Anyway, back to business.

Speaking of businesses, I am very excited that “Roses on Toast” is now officially a business. I have registered with the Dutch chamber of commerce, so I can start selling knitting (and later sewing) patterns. Right now I have at least three patterns in the works, all in differing stages of completion. The first one to be release will be the Marjorie Shawl, which you might have seen my last post. It has been tested and tech-edited; all it needs is photography, which I hope to get done this week.

WIP front I’d also like to give you a little peek at the design that is still very much a work in progress. It is a simple, fingering weight cardigan that is mainly unique because of the top-down shaping. This version is knit in Cascade Heritage Sock in colour 5645, which is a beautiful golden yellow.

Don’t yet start holding your breath for this one to come out, because as you can see I have an awful lot of knitting left to do on this one!

On a different note, a few weeks ago I started my classes towards becoming a seamstress, so expect more sewing related posts in the near future as well. So far it has been challenging (we’re going very fast and the amount of pattern drafting we have to be able to do by heart is quite daunting), but so much fun.

Free download: 1:4 scale dress block

When I’m trying to draft a pattern based on something I’ve seen, I most often start with a small paper version to see if I’m going in the right direction. Until now I have been using simple photocopies of a hand drawn block, but today I decided to step up my game and create a proper, pretty version. Of course I’ll share it with everyone.

Click here (opens in a new tab) or on the picture to get a pdf file with the blocks. They’re not perfect, so I don’t recommend enlarging them by 400% and trying to make a proper dress. They are very suitable for trying out new ways to change darts, shape necklines and other such things without having to get out all your pattern paper. (Or in my case, without having to make sure you clean up your mess so there is enough space on the floor to even put the pattern paper).

When it comes to adapting a basic pattern, I think I have by now realised what the most convenient order of doing things is. I always start by getting the darts to where I want them to be. Most often this means keeping the waist dart where it is, but moving or closing the bust dart. After that I shape the neckline, and then everything else. This doesn’t always turn out to be the best way, but at least I find out before I spend a long time crouched on the floor to trace yet another version of my blocks.

What order do you use for adapting your blocks or patterns? Is there anything I’m missing that could make this even easier?

The blazer – Sketch 1.0


  • Princess seams
  • Pockets bound with contrasting fabric.
  • Contrasting trim on the cuffs and revers.
  • Unlined, but with bias bound seams

Colour of the jacket and trims is still undecided. I really like the sailor-vibe the navy with white and red gives off, but I’m not sure if it’s for my mom. I’m curious to see what she thinks of this idea so far.

Road to Mother’s Day

Almost everyone has that one piece of clothing that never fits properly. For me it’s mainly trousers and fitted skirts. My hips are 1-2 sizes larger than my waist, so anything that fits properly around my hips and/or thighs will gape at the waist. My mom, on the other hand, hasn’t been able to find a nicely fitting blazer or jacket for a long, long, time. She has big boobs compared to her waist, so any blazer that fits the boobs will flop around at the waist.

This is where I can hopefully be of help. Between now and Mother’s Day (8th of May, which gives me exactly 9 weeks) I will make her a blazer that fits. We haven’t been able to find a ready-made sewing pattern she liked, so the added challenge is to draft the pattern from scratch.

Mom's BlazersSet made on

The blazers above are kind of what I have in mind. Fitted and clean, with probably a contrast trim or ribbon around the edges. Later this week I’ll take all her measurements so I can start drafting a pattern,. Luckily she already knows of my plan, so there’s no need to be secretive about measuring and fitting.