Monthly Archives: October 2019

Rocky Mountain Set

Nestled in the Mourne Mountains, is a little cottage set in beautiful surroundings…Rocky Mountain Cottage.

Once a year, this beautiful cottage is transformed and it becomes a place of fairy tales and magic as it becomes Santa’s Official Residence in Ireland.  A place filled with magic and wonder for both the young and the young at heart.

It is this place that provided the inspiration for my winter woollies set, Rocky Mountain.  All store links for the pattern are included at the end of the article.

I first created the hat.  It has undergone many changes before it ended up with the pattern that I am truly happy with. My testers are the most patient known to man, as I knew what I wanted, but hadn’t quite written that in my pattern.  But it is here now and I just love it.

I decided then that a hat needs gloves of course.  These days full gloves aren’t of much use as we all like to be in regular contact so being able to use a phone or drive is essential.  With this in mind I decided upon a fingerless glove style.  I didn’t want them too long on the arm either, I wanted them just right.

Lastly, came a cowl.  I had the head and hands covered so I couldn’t possibly leave a neck out in the cold.  And  thus the Rocky Mountain set was born. 

I was very lucky to have family and friends help me out to photograph my work with my husband Patrick at the lens. He has some amazing work on his Facebook page, Imagescape. He hasn’t been taking many photos of late which is a shame I’m sure you’ll agree as he has a great talent.

This photo is one of my favourites from the day, showcasing all 3 items, and capturing a lovely moment.

I am very proud to announce that a range of these Rocky Mountain hats, gloves and cowls will be available to purchase in Santa’s Cottage Store.  They are also available to order directly through myself and can be made to any request.

My youngest had to get in on the action also, with his favourite guitar.
My eldest modelling the male version of the hat
Patrick all smiles
Chloe showing off gloves and hat
Wee cutie
Kids have had enough and head off
Thank you to Noeleen and all my models for their time and patience


Rocky Mountain Set Rocky Mountain Hat Rocky Mountain Cowl Rocky Mountain Gloves


Rocky Mountain Set Rocky Mountain Hat

Love Crafts

Rocky Mountain Hat Rocky Mountain Gloves

The full sets will be available on all platforms shortly.

Let me know what you think?

Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore forest in Newcastle, Co. Down is one of those places that no matter how many times you’ve explored it there is always something to catch your eye or imagination.  Used to film many TV shows including Game of Thrones, it is easy to see why any location scout would choose this area.  It is a peaceful haven away from the day to day stresses of life, a place of escapism and for me a place that always leaves me feeling recharged when I come away from it.

Autumn is the time at which it is at it’s best. With the leaves beginning to change colour. The paths become a carpet of crunching, joy that you just get lost in the delight of colours and sound.

It had been a little while from my family had been and so we spent a few hours just rambling around. First we take the usual well trodden paths alongside the river but the best parts come when you leave the worn paths and head off to explore on your own.

There’s nothing quite like standing in amongst the trees, seeing the clear blue skies overhead and listening to the wind rustling all around you.

I love the outdoors. There’s a restorative power in fresh, running water down from a mountain side, or in a mushroom hunt, or in just taking the time to breathe in the air, slow down and appreciate the beautiful surroundings.  There is serenity here and it is infectious.

Game of Thrones fan’s will also delight knowing that Jon Snow and those from Northern Westeros were once camped here.

It’s hard not to be inspired by the beauty that is Tollymore. The colours, the sounds and the feeling of peace when you are there is second to none. My 2 boys always complain about going out for a walk, but it is guaranteed that once they’re out and off exploring their moans are soon forgotten and a lovely family day out is had by all.

3 Little Hearts

I had recently made a blanket using the very pretty Larksfoot stitch (available Ravelry, Etsy and LoveCrafts) and had embellished it with 3 different sized hearts.

I decided then that I would like to make them using cotton. So I had some Paintbox Aran weight cotton (available here) that I had left over from a previous project so used it for these hearts.

I made them as stacking hearts so that when you make one size you then build upon it to create the larger sizes.

I also used my trusty Clover Amour 4 & 5 MM hooks. (You can get yours here) I have tried many hooks but these I return to time and again. They make working through the yarn a breeze.

I have written this using UK terms. (US are available in my PDF version)

Chain – CH

Double crochet – DC

Treble crochet – TR

Half treble crochet – HTR

Double treble crochet – DTR

Slip Stitch– SL ST

Stitch – ST

Beginning – Beg

Finish Off – F/O

Here is a handy how to guide for the Double Treble Stitch

Before we get into the pattern, just a little reminder that at all times this pattern is copyright 2019 of Fiona Campbell, Flo’s Crafty Crochet. Original pattern made by Fiona Campbell. This pattern is made for personal use only. You may not distribute, reproduce, publish, translate, alter or resell this pattern in any way or form. You may sell the finished product.  Please credit Flo’s Crafty Crochet in all promotions of your work.

Another item I wouldn’t be without is these great wool needles from Knit Pro and available here. They make weaving in ends seamless.

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If you would like the Ad Free PDF versions of this pattern in both UK and US terminology they are available through Ravelry, Etsy and LoveCrafts