Free Pattern: Coffee Time Cowl Scarf Knitting Pattern

This pattern and other FREE patterns are available on my Ravelry at: Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber

Perfect east to knit cowls to enjoy making on your “coffee break” or any moment to calm the day and relax. Includes pattern for the Accordian Cowl and the “Layered Look” Cowl. The Coffee Time Cowl Collection is inspired by taking moments in the day to create something special for yourself or someone you care about. I wanted to design an easy to knit cowl that can dress up any wardrobe. You can use a variety of yarns to achieve your own style. A nice relaxing design and pattern to knit during your coffee time or anytime you have a spare moment in the day.

Examples of the yarns you can use include Malabrigo Mecha which was used in the pictures below ( On the pictures above I used SweetGeorgia Yarns ( Chunky weight on the layered look cowl and 2 worsted weight yarns of different types together on the Accordian Cowl with the button.


Chunky weight, for each scarf you  need: 1 skein approximately 115 yds or 105 m in length in gauge below.  Any chunky weight yarn can be used   I also used Sweetgeorgia Yarns Superwash Six hand painted merino wool.   Works great using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn with similar results, slightly bigger as shown in pictures on the back.  

Gauge for Chunky weight yarn: 3.5 stitches wide by 4.5 stitches tall in a 1 inch square done in stocking stitch.  

Needle Size:   Round,  I used a  6 mm or US 10,  24 inches long.  

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The Classic Cotton Baby hat is a free pattern I designed years ago and I wanted to re-post it as it was getting a lot of requests to make it easier for people to access.  Please enjoy  making them and if you want to send me pictures please do.  I would love to see them.

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Many more designs available on my websites above or my Ravelry at

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FREE KNITTING PATTERN: The Coffee Time Cowl pattern includes 2 different cowls that are easy to knit and perfect for gifts and more. Quick knits perfect to work on during your coffee break or a moment of the day you wish to relax and enjoy knitting something new for yourself or those you care about. This is my early Christmas gift to you this year for all your support, purchases, inspiration and chatting. I hope you enjoy this pattern and pass it forward by knitting one for someone less fortunate who needs a cozy cowl to warm their day. There are many different organizations you can donate one or more scarves and give the gift of warmth to others. This is all I ask for my free patterns, that you pass it forward in some special way. You can download it on Ravelry below or email me at for a copy by email for those who are not on Ravelry. You can see more of my designs on my Etsy store at or my website at

I love hearing about what you have done as well, so drop me a note about how you passed it forward. Most of all enjoy my gift to you and Thanks for a great year!

Knitted Business Card and Gift Card Holder – Free Knitting Pattern

Business Card/Gift Card Holder
Business Card/Gift Card Holder

Free Knitting Pattern for a Gift Card and Business Card Holder.  I was inspired by the thought of designing a card after posting my recent venture in Christmas Card making.  Then it dawned on me why not design a gift card cover that can make a gift card a more personal gift as you have added a special touch with your own hands and then be reused as a business card holder by the recipient or again used as a gift card holder.  A great way to reduce and reuse with the added perk of a homemade personal touch.  This pattern is nice and easy so most people can knit it.  I like to keep my patterns easy so more people can enjoy making and sharing their skills and handmade projects with others.

For this design I wanted to stay with a classic feel and added the garter stitch for a nice texture and feel to the card holder.  I used a hand painted yarn to add another special dimension and colour to the piece.  For this pattern I used Malabrigo Rios, one of my favourite yarns to work with. For those who don’t know Rios is a wonderful hand painted merino wool that is very soft and has amazing colours.  You can see more of their yarns at  You can use any worsted weight yarn you have as long as your tension is as above.

The Reusable Gift Card Holder and Business Card Holder is perfect gift in itself for those you love.  I hope you enjoy making some of these for your friends and family.  Change it up and add your own special touch to the design.  Have a wonderful day today.



Reusable Gift Card and Business Card Holder is a great way to add a handmade personal touch to a gift.   Use it as a gift card holder that can then be used by the recipient as a business card holder specially made by you.  This design has a classic touch with the moss stitch and unique buttons.  You can use your favourite button style to accent the design.  The button size used here is a 1/2 inch button.  The only request I have with my free patterns is you “Pass it Forward”.  Either make one for someone in need, charities, or do something nice for someone else and pass the gift of helping others forward.

Needle size: 4 mm or a size 6 needle

Worsted weight yarn:  I used Malabrigo Rios for this one above.

Tension:  4 sts wide by 7 rows high for a 1” section.  This gave a finished measurement once sewn together of 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 perfect for a gift card or business card.

Cast on 30 sts and work 4 rows in garter stitch.

Work 4 rows in stocking stitch.

Work 2 rows of garter stitch.

Work 4 rows of stocking stitch.

Work 4 rows of garter stitch.

Right side should be facing you.  Cast off 15 sts and work the remaining 15sts in garter stitch to end.

Work 6 rows of garter stitch.

Button Hole Row:  in moss st. work 3 sts, yrn, k2 tog, moss st next 6 sts, yrn, k2 tog, moss st to end.

Work 3 more rows of garter stitch.

Cast off and sew side seam and bottom edge.  Attach 2 small buttons of your choice and finish ends.

I hope you enjoy your new gift card and/or business card holder.  You can personalize as you like.  Most of all enjoy this pattern and please “Pass it Forward”.  You can view more of my designs at  © Valerie Baber Designs 2013 ™

Free Pattern – Rachelle Chunky Ear Warmer

Rachelle Chunky Ear Warmer
Rachelle Chunky Ear Warmer

Just a quick post that I just uploaded a new free pattern.  The Rachelle Chunky Ear Warmer.  Made with Malabrigo Mecha yarn.  This Merino wool is amazing, soft and the colours outstanding.  You can also knit my Rachelle Chunky Infinity Scarf in the same wonderful yarn.  Both on my Ralvery site and available for free on Ralvery.

I designed both so they were nice and easy to knit.  Hope you enjoy them and have a fabulous day.—valerie-baber-designs-ravelry-store



Free Pattern – Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl Scarf

The Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl Scarf is my newest free pattern available on Ravelry, very soon on my website and of course here.

Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl
Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl

I have been wanting to write some easy to knit patterns that most people could make for a while.  When I received this amazing yarn from Malabrigo the other week I was immediately inspired to design one.  The Mecha Kettle Dyed Merino Wool is like butter in your hands, lusciously soft with the stunning colours to entice you along your knitted path.  I knew I had to use this yarn for my first free scarf pattern.

In order to keep it easy I worked it in the round with a few rows of lace to add that special elegant touch yet a modern feel with the stripes done in purl stitch adding texture to the design.  The vibrant colour choice, Volcan #227 is so wonderful with it’s orange to a nice rust tone.  The Mecha comes in other amazing colours, view them here at  It was a real treat to work with such wonderful colours and quality of yarn.  I highly suggest you try out their beautiful yarns if you haven’t yet.  They are very addictive!

You can view some of my other designs with this wonderful yarn at my new Etsy store  The Luxe Fiber Knits collection will be various designs that bring the exquisite yarns to life with texture and style.  I will be using high end yarns such as Malabrigo Yarns, ArtYarns, Hand Spun Yarns other specialty yarns to complete these designs. Less embellished give these designs a lighter price tag with the same high end quality of my other designs.  The Mecha by Malabrigo will be one of the feature yarns used on designs on Luxe Fiber Knits.

Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl
Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl

I hope you enjoy this pattern.  If you make one let me know how you liked it.  Off to design more with this wonderful yarn.