Nathalie’s Lace Ladder Scarf

When Nathalie volunteered to knit up some shop samples I was delighted! She’s an amazing knitter and I couldn’t wait to see what she’d whip up with some of our favourite yarns. The first sample she knitted is this Ladder Scarf using Malabrigo Sock in Playa and it is so beautiful that everyone who comes near our knitting section wants to make one. We’ve been selling the yarn like crazy!


Nathalie auditioned a few different lace patterns to find the perfect match for this yarn. She wanted a fairly linear pattern and something that would happily lay flat and not curl up when you wear it. The winner was the Garter Stitch Lace Ladder pattern, which has been adapted from a famous stitch dictionary, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.

Malabrigo Sock comes in 100 gram/400 metre skeins. This project requires only one skein to make a long scarf. It’s wrapped around twice in the picture below!


Ladder Scarf
Cast on 52 stitches on 4mm needles 
Row 1: (RS)  *K2tog, yo, yo, ssk; rep from *
Row 2: *K1, (K1, P1) into the double yo, K1 *
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you are nearly out of yarn.
Cast off loosely (using a larger needle if necessary)
Block severely!
ladder scarf blocked
Nathalie’s pattern notes: In row one there is a double yarn over. This means that you bring the yarn forward on the needle twice so that you are creating a larger space equivalent to 2 stitches. On Row 2 you need to K1 into the first yo then be careful to drop only one yo. You then bring your yarn forward and P1 into the second one. This feels a bit strange at first but you get the hang of it quickly.
This scarf doesn’t look like much until you block it to within an inch of its life. Malabrigo sock yarn blocks very well but you will need a long space to pin it down. Blocking wires are very useful for this type of blocking.
Thank you, Nathalie!


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Learn something new! Classes in our West Hampstead shop the week of 21 & 28 July

Want to learn to sew or learn to knit? We have some great sewing, knitting, crochet and craft classes coming up in our West Hampstead shop! Read on to find out what you could learn next week. And remember – if you book two places, either in two classes or for you and a friend in one class, you save 10% with code STITCH2.

Sew a Beach Bag with Judith Dahmen – £45
Tuesday, 22 July, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

In this class you’ll learn to sew a simple tote bag that can be used as a shopping tote or beach bag! You’ll learn to sew a bag with a lining or french seams (your choice!), how to box corners and how to make and attach bag straps and will leave with a fun and handy tote bag. If you’d like to make your tote water-resistant for beach adventures, why not try our iron-on vinyl? This bag is fun to customise! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.

Sew a Beach Bag

Learn to Knit with Natalie Selles – £75
Tuesday, 29 July, 7pm – 9pm (first of a three-part class)

This class is for total beginners and knitters who haven’t picked up their needles in years and want a refresher. Over three evenings, you’ll learn how to choose yarn for a project, cast on, knit and purl, follow a pattern, cast off and weave in ends. In short, everything you need to know to get started knitting this autumn! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.

Natalie Teaching

Learn to Crochet with Elisalex de Castro Peake – £25
Wednesday, 30 July, 7pm – 9pm

Take part in our monthly crochet workshop to refresh your skills, learn a new technique or tackle a complex project with the guidance of our experienced instructor! This month’s featured project is pineapple party bunting, a perfect project for beginners. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.

crochet pineapple bunting

Make an Embroidery Hoop Organiser with Marilyn Lewin – £35
Saturday, 2 August 10am – 12pm

Keep your sewing notions (or other bits and bobs) tidy in this handy embroidery hoop sewing organiser! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.


Sew a Renfrew Top with Zoe Edwards – £55
Saturday, 2 August 1pm – 4:30pm

The Sewaholic Renfrew is a perfect women’s basic tee! In this class you’ll learn how to sew with knit fabrics whilst making your own semi-fitted t-shirt. With the guidance of experienced teacher Zoe Edwards you’ll leave class with a great new top and the confidence to tackle any knit pattern you’ve been coveting! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.

Sew a Renfrew Top with Zoe Edwards

Sew a Schoolhouse Tunic with Zoe Edwards – £65
Sunday, 3 August 10am – 3pm

In this class we’ll sew the popular Sew Liberated Schoolhouse Tunic! You’ll learn to sewing facings, make pleats and set sleeves, and leave with a finished top or tunic. The Schoolhouse Tunic looks beautiful in quilting cotton, double gauze or voile and fits American sizes 2-20. It’s a great first pattern for aspiring dressmakers. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.


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The Myrtle by Colette Patterns now in stock

The newest dress pattern from Colette Patterns is the Myrtle! This pattern is designed to work with knits, but the company has also offered a free downloadable guide to sewing it with wovens. Fabulous!

Colette Patterns Myrtle Dress

From Coletterie: As many of you have discovered in sewing Moneta and Mabel, the very best thing about knits is that you feel like you’re wearing secret pajamas. And when your clothes feel that good, you actually end up wearing them.

Colette Patterns Myrtle Dress

Myrtle offers a different look to add to your knits wardrobe, one with more drape and ease but plenty of shape.

The draped neckline can look classic (like a greek goddess), vintage (like a cocktail dress from the 1960s), or completely modern (in simple black or white). Wide encased elastic defines the waist for a silhouette that’s flattering on a huge variety of body types.

Colette Patterns Myrtle Dress

Colette Patterns Myrtle Dress

Version 1 falls just below the knee. Version 2 is a little shorter and hits right above the knee, and includes button-on adjustable shoulder tabs that gather the shoulders a little more. Both feature in-seam pockets, a gorgeous draped neckline, and a flowing skirt gathered at the waist with comfortable elastic.

Colette Patterns Myrtle Dress

Like most knits, Myrtle is a quick sew (and it’s pretty fast in a woven too). With only four main pattern pieces (plus pockets), cutting time is minimal. Just like Mabel and Moneta, you can whip this baby up in a matter of hours. Myrtle has a clever self-lined front bodice that is cut all in one piece, folded, and sewn to help give a clean finish inside.

Myrtle is available in a wide range of sizes, from XS to 3X. You can find it in the shop here!

Colette Patterns Myrtle Dress

Colette Patterns Myrtle Dress

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Far Far Away by Heather Ross now in stock

Far Far Away is here! Heather Ross‘s beloved collection, originally released in 2009 by Kokka is now being released by Windham on quilting cotton! Whimsical and sweet, Far Far Away features magical unicorns, charming frogs, lush meadows and one adorable sleepless princess. Perfect for all things little girl (and lots of fun for playful princesses who are all grown up, too!)

Shop the entire Far Far Away collection or build a Far Far Away bundle. Or come see it in person on Friday at our all day sale and late night shopping event!

Heather Ross Far Far Away

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Kelly’s Lucky quilt tutorial (an Irish Chain quilt)

Another beautiful quilt from Kelly of Jeliquilts! Kelly likes a creative challenge so for this quilt, Charlotte and I picked out a stack of fabrics to co-ordinate with the palette we chose for the garments we wanted to feature in the latest shop window display. Then I sent it off to Kelly and let her work her magic. The result is a gorgeous Irish Chain quilt that is fresh and bright and so inviting.


This quilt has been on display in the shop for a couple of weeks now and has received so many compliments! I’m thrilled to finally share Kelly’s tutorial with you.

Fabric requirements

• 10 fat quarters in two colour groups (I used five blue and five green)
• 2 m background fabric (I used Kona bleached white)
• Lap sized wadding (56” x 67”)
• 1.75 m of 108” wide or 3 m of 42” wide fabric for backing
• 0.5 m for binding or make scrappy binding from the fat quarters

Annie’s note: we’ve created a very similar bundle to the one Kelly used and you can find it in the shop here.



• Finished block size 10.5”
• Finished quilt size 52” x 67”
• Seam allowance is ¼” unless stated otherwise
• WOF = width of fabric

Cutting & preparation

Green FQs
Cut (5) 2”x WOF strips from each FQ and sub cut into (42) 2” squares per set, for a total of 210 squares.

Blue FQs
Cut (4) 2” x WOF strips from each FQ and sub cut into (36) 2” squares per set, for a total of 180 squares.

Background fabric
Cut (18) 2” x WOF strips and sub cut into (360) 2” squares.
Cut (15) 3.5” x WOF strips and sub cut into (120) 3.5” x 5” strips.

Binding fabric
For scrappy binding cut 2.5” x WOF strips from the left over FQs. You will need about 234”.

Backing fabric
For 42”-44” wide fabric – cut the 3m in half and sew together using a 3/8” seam allowance. Press the seam open. Backing needs to be 56” x 67”.

Making the mini blocks

NB: Press the seams well after each stage.

Make 2-patch blocks


Sort (24) 2” squares from each of the 10 designs and sew together with 2” background square. Chain stitching will make this process go an awful lot faster!

You will end up with (120) green 2-patch blocks and (120) blue 2-patch blocks. Press seams well.

Make 4-patch blocks


Sort the (120) green blocks into pairs and sew together to make (60) 4-patch blocks. Again, chain stitching will speed things up.

Repeat with the Blue 2-patch blocks to make (60) 4-patch blocks. Press seams well.

Make 9-patch blocks


From the remaining 2” green squares, sort six of each design.

Sew a 2” background square to either side to make 30 blocks.

Sort all the remaining squares (12 of each design for both colours) of both colours into pairs (one green, one blue). Sew these either side of a 2” background square to make a total of 60 blocks.

Sort strips to avoid too many repeats in design and sew into (30) 9-patch blocks. Chain piecing really is your best friend here ;-) . Press seams well.

Assembling the Irish chain block

Refer to the assembly diagram.

Figure 4 (Medium)

The fabrics that I used were non-directional, if you are using directional prints I suggest you carefully consider your layout before sewing.

Assembling the quilt top

Refer to layout diagram.

Figure 5 (Medium)

There should be a green square in the top left corner of each block as you lay them out.

Sew rows 1 – 5 together and press seams.

Sew rows A – F together and press seams.

Press the quilt top really well and remove any loose threads from the back.

Basting & quilting

Make the quilt sandwich, basting using your preferred method. Quilt as desired. I quilted a wonky wavy design with my walking foot, using an off-white 50wt Aurifil thread (#2021). This gave a lovely texture to the quilt but didn’t detract from the quilt design.

Cut away excess wadding and backing and square the quilt up.


For scrappy binding, join the strips cut from the leftover FQs end to end until you have about 234”. Alternatively, cut (6) 2.5” x WOF strips from a single fabric and join end to end. Fold binding in half lengthwise and press well.

Attach binding by machine using a 1/4” seam and then finish by hand or machine.

Sit back and admire!




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Call for contributors to The Daily Stitch

Call for contributors to The Daily Stitch

We are looking for new contributions to The Daily Stitch. If you’re interested, please read on! If you’ve contributed to our blog in the past, you know the way this works so feel free to skip the email and just send us your ideas!

Bean bag tutorial

I’ve always aimed to make The Daily Stitch to be a great shop blog. I want it to be a source of inspiration, helpful tips and new ideas! I love the original tutorials and free patterns we provide in this space and a lot of that great content comes from our amazing contributors. So…would you like to be one?


We are looking for new projects to feature on The Daily Stitch! Not only that, but projects featured here are also showcased on our shop’s homepage for a minimum of three weeks and promoted in our newsletter. Yay! If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please drop us a note with your idea(s) and we’ll tell you more about how we work with contributors.


You’re welcome to pitch any idea, but smaller projects like scarves, home accessories, baby/throw quilts, cushions, bags, toys, etc. work well. Women’s dresses and large quilts are more difficult for us to photograph for our homepage. We’re not just looking for sewing projects – original knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc. project ideas are also very welcome! When you send your idea, please let us know what materials you’d like to use.


You can get in touch with me at I look forward to hearing from you!


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Reminder: all day sale and late night shopping event this Friday!

Reminder: all day sale and late night shopping event this Friday!

To celebrate the arrival of quilters from all over the country (and world!) this weekend for the Fat Quarterly Retreat, we’re having our second annual all day sale and late night shopping event this Friday!


We’ll be open from 10am on Friday and you can pop in any time and save 10% off anything in the whole shop. At 6pm it’s party time and we’ll have wine and nibbles to enjoy whilst you shop.

Village Haberdashery Interior Upstairs 1_half size

We have so many, many fun things to shop for! Cotton + Steel, Anna Maria Knits and Arizona are just some of the new lines. Plus we now stock Papercut Patterns, Madelinetosh Yarn and lots of other fabulous new things if you dabble in crafty pursuits beyond quilting.

Do you have to be a Fat Quarterly Retreat attendee to come? No! All are welcome. As a reminder, we’re located at 47 Mill Lane, West Hampstead, London, NW6 1NBHope to see you there!

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Anna Maria Knits by Anna Maria Horner now in stock

Anna Maria Knits are here! Way ahead of when I expected them. This is Anna Maria Horner‘s first range of knit fabrics. It’s derived from several of her recent collections, including Pretty Potent, Dowry and True Colors, and re-imagined as a diverse new group that ranges from sweet to sophisticated. They are 60″ wide and printed on a 100% cotton jersey that drapes beautifully. You can find them in the shop here!

Anna Maria Horner knits

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Learn something new! Classes in our West Hampstead shop the week of 14 July

Want to learn to sew or learn to knit? We have some great classes coming up in our West Hampstead shop! Read on to find out what you could learn next week. And remember – if you book two places, either in two classes or for you and a friend in one class, you save 10% with code STITCH2.

Monday, 14 July, 7:30pm – 9:30pm – Learn to Knit Cables with Natalie Selles – £45

Cable knitting is a technique used to create the appearance of a twisted rope or plait. It looks complicated, but it shouldn’t be scary! In this one-evening class, our experienced instructor will take the fear out of cable knitting and show you that this beautiful stitch is actually quite simple. For more information and to book a place, click here.

learn to knit cables

Tuesday, 15 July, 6pm – 9pm – Learn to Sew with Rachel Pinheiro – The Tallis Collar – £45

Are you a total beginner or has it been so long since you sewed you’re afraid you won’t know which end of the sewing machine is up? This class is for you! With the guidance of prolific dressmaker Rachel Pinheiro, you’ll learn your way around a sewing machine plus how to read a pattern whilst sewing a pretty collar using the Tallis pattern by Gather. Pretty and easy to customise, the Tallis is a perfect first pattern. For more information and to book a place, click here.

Learn to sew

Thursday, 16 July 6:30pm – 10pm – Sew a Purse with Charlotte Newland – £45

Do you long to have a closet full of enviable one-of-a-kind bags? Or just get frustrated that you can’t find a purse in the exact colour or style you want? Learn to sew your own! In this class you’ll learn how to use interfacing, sew in a lining, attach handles, insert a magnetic closure and more – and walk away with a fabulous new purse. For more information and to book a place, click here.

sew a purse

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Introducing Cotton + Steel Remixes!

The Cotton + Steel designers loved the way their collections and basics could be mixed and matched, so they created three new groups called Remixes. A Remix is a selection of designs from across all of the Cotton + Steel collections that tells its own story and has its own distinct look and feel. We’ve created build your own bundle options for these three Remixes to make it easy to browse them!

Porch Picnic brings to mind a pleasant summer afternoon relaxing on a front porch with prints that feature butterflies, bees, flowers and buttons.

Cotton + Steel Porch Picnic Remix

Pony Express is a whimsical take on its namesake, with horses, postage stamps, arrows, animals grazing on the plains and plenty of colourful supporting prints and basics.

Cotton + Steel Pony Express Remix

At the Zoo is perfect for sewing for children, with its blues, oranges and golden dots. There are lions and tigers and even penguins hidden within the stamps.
Cotton + Steel At the Zoo Remix


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