Quick & Easy Counting

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Hey there friends. I wanted to share a little technique that I invented for myself to count stitches. This technique works just as well if you are casting on stitches or if you need to make sure your stitch count is correct mid knit.

I’ve always been much more of a word girl, than a numbers girl. Even the seemingly easy 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 by two’s method, is clumsy and slow for me, especially if you’re counting higher than 25 or 30. I was knitting my first bigger garment and I had 250 stitches to cast on, and I counted, and recounted, and miscounted and eventually got fed up. So I regrouped and thought, “There has to be an easier way.” Counting by tens was super quick and easy, but making sure you had exactly ten stitches at a time was tricky and time consuming.

So I started counting by three’s.  I counted, 3, 6, 9 and the tenth stitch was there by its self. So I continued- 3, 6, 9, 10– 3, 6, 9, 20-, 3, 6, 9, 30. My speed picked up, I switched from saying the threes to just repeating the last ten count as I scooted over those three stitches at a time.

My little counting mantra became:  “Three, six, nine, ten, ten, ten ,ten, twenty– twenty, twenty, twenty, thirty– thirty, thirty, thirty, forty- forty, forty, forty, fifty.

When I got to fifty I placed a stitch marker, and placed one every 50 stitches (so if you mess up you don’t have to start back at the beginning again). No more pokey, slow, what comes next, counting by two’s.  It was a revelation. It was fast.  As a result, I no longer dread having to count my stitches. I know there are a ton of different ways out there, and some probably easier. But this is the way I like to do it, and it works very well for me. Perhaps if our brains are similarly wired this will help you out, too. But if this sounds like utter rubbish to you, then I apologize! LOL 😀

Here’s a visual, for what it’s worth…

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Free Pattern: Wren Revisited

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Hello knitters and a happy start to autumn to you all! I for one am glad to see the end of summer, and I am looking forward with much anticipation to the cooler season ahead. Florrie and I have loads of ideas, as usual, and we are finding ourselves pulled in so many creative directions. We’re so lucky to have each other to bounce ideas off of, and it’s so much fun and filled with manic panic as we feed off each other’s creative insanity. Our To-Do list is forever growing. We have an inside joke that we have a personal assistant named Brenda that should be test knitting our patterns, getting us coffee, testing our recipes and editing our posts… but we’re never getting it all done because we can never find her! BRENDA!? Where are you! lol

I was looking through my early knitting patterns a little while back and decided to (finally) update the Wren Cowl. Wren is a family name on my sister in law’s side. It has history and it conjures up images for me of the fleet little brown birds, darting through the air. I had just learned the star stitch and I was eager to make it into an accessory, and the simple yet pretty Wren Cowl was born. With a little tinkering I figured out how to make the pattern seamless. But the original pattern was missing some crucial information, I was so new to writing patterns that I didn’t realize how important things like weight and size conversions were. Oops. 🙂  I also neatened up some of the directions, hopefully making things even more clear.

I love the star stitch, but it’s one of those stitches that does tend to get a little bit monotonous, it’s like the moss stitch. I love love love the texture, but it makes me a little bit batty to k1, p1 over a large piece of knitting. I think the results are worth it in the end though. The Wren Cowl is a nice little accessory, so you (hopefully) won’t feel like you’re star stitching into eternity.  Once you get the hang of the purl three together technique, you get into a little rhythm.  If you use a wool with enough yardage it also makes a great single skein project. We all have those impulse buy, single skeins of something luscious. The star stitch is a good choice for solids, as well as a pretty variegated wool.

You can download the FREE PATTERN on RAVELRY.

I’m jumping into deep end of official knitting season with both feet. How about you?


Pre-Season Knitting

The other day I took up my needles after quite a long summer break. I was eager to knit, but having wool so close to my body when the temperatures were above 85 degrees was a little off putting.  the act of sitting on the sofa and knitting was causing me to sweat buckets.  Where’s that polar vortex gone?

I decided to keep it simple and made a cozy cowl using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. I can’t wait for the temperatures to dip so I can wear it.  This was my first knit with BT and true to it’s name, it’s a loosely spun, rustic, tweedy wool, but it gets a really nice softness to it after blocking. It blooms beautifully and it’s a bit clingy back in on itself so it creates a fabric with really nice structure and great stitch definition. I have a feeling it will be a great choice for color work.
Now for the truly hard part… what do I call the pattern? I’m terrible at this stage of pattern engineering. Lol. -Marie



Snowed In: French Press Cozy

What a wild winter we’ve been having in the North East.  Lots of snow and cold temperatures, more so than any winter in recent memory. All this snow inspired me to create a little collection of knitting patterns based upon my favorite kind of winter day.  Snowed In.

I hope these sweet patterns will bring some cheer to your wintry snow days. Its not so terrible to be snowed in after all.  To celebrate the release of Snowed In, I’ll be giving away one pattern a day. Today’s pattern Is French Press Cozy, leave a comment on this post telling me why you love a snow day to win! You have until noon tomorrow, and then we’re on to the next pattern!

 My perfect snow day has me snowed in, with a day off from work and nowhere to be except in my cozy house.  The day ahead is filled with great movies, lots of knitting and scrumptious comfort food. First on my list would be a decadent brunch. Soft boiled eggs, buttered toast and fruit, and a piping hot carafe of coffee brewed in my french press.  


It’s a sad fact that the glass carafe on these kind of presses lets your drink go cold rather quickly, but a little woolly sweater for your french press if just the ticket. This French Press Cozy is the first pattern of this collection. It will keep your coffee warm until the last drop is poured, and the cheerful color and pretty texture add to the charm of your brunch table.  Four pretty buttons close up the cozy. Mine came from Melissa Jean  but I don’t see them on her site currently.






A noontime walk in the falling snow is everything its supposed to be. Filled with the quiet hiss of falling flakes, beautiful, eerie light, and drifts of freshly fallen snow. Coming back into the warmth of the indoors leaves you with cheeks flushed with cold, numb fingers and a rumbling tummy. The afternoon is followed up by more of the same. Knit. Eat. Repeat.   -Marie

Link to the Ravelry project page for Snowed In French Press, or  

This french press cozy has been designed to fit a Bodum Chambord 4 cup french press. If you have a larger or smaller sized press this pattern can be easily adapted to fit.
You may add or subtract the stitch repeat number from the cast on and still easily read the written directions. If you are using the chart, you can print two copies, fold one so that it repeats the correct number of stitches to see the chart for the new size. If your press is bigger around you also add extra garter stitch rows at the end, or use a second photocopy of the chart to increase the number of patterned rows until the fabric is long enough. You may also need to adjust the placement of the buttonhole yarn overs, depending on where your handle rests on your press.

Directions include fully written directions as well as helpful charted instructions.


Free Pattern: Kiss Kiss


Kiss Kiss

There is always an extra buzz at FlorrieMarie when we publish a new pattern! Here is our latest, cute little colour work pouches. Their name, Kiss Kiss is a nod to what was in mind to nestle inside them, chocolate kisses.

Kiss Kiss

We had been loosley planning a little Valentine’s project for a while, but they always seem get to big and eventually pushed to the back burner. I’d been sketching some ideas for a larger Valentines project but realised I’d be rushed to get it wound up in time. Absentmindedly resting some sweeties in a mitten I’m knitting made something click and Kiss Kiss was conceived.

These little darlings knit up very quickly and only use a little yarn. Even if you’re new to colour work, there’s nothing to be scared of. Each pattern can be knitted in just two colours and will still look adorable.

To download your free pattern,  visit the Kiss Kiss pattern page on Ravelry!

Please note: Ravelry is usually a very reliable way to download a pattern, but if you’re having any trouble simply make sure that your Adobe Reader is up to date and if you’re still having trouble  please send us an email at support@florriemarie.com and we would be happy to email the PDF to you.


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Leaf Kerchief is LIVE!

Leaf Kerchief

Leaf Kerchief

We had originally planned the launch of this pattern around Rhinebeck, the New York State Sheep and Wool festival in mid October of last year, but due to some technical difficulties we weren’t able to get it on Ravelry. After a couple of months of patiently waiting for behind the scenes Ravelry help, we got it fixed and Leaf Kerchief is now live and ready for purchase!

This is Florrie’s first big foray into pattern writing, and I think she did a lovely job! Isn’t is beautiful? Its knit in Koigu’s KPPPM, a beautifully colored, hand painted, fingering weight wool. So simple and so pretty. We can’t wait to see all the gorgeous pictures of the projects that will soon be out there in the wild.

Leaf Kerchief