I was cooking for my girls yesterday when I took a closer look at the food I was preparing. Now, before anyone starts picturing me as some kind of having-it-all-together-awesome-super-mum that prepares these amazing home-cooked culinary delights, I need you to know that I was cooking fish fingers. It’s after school, the kids are hangry, and I’ve just got home after a day at work. I need quick, easy food, so I reach for my trusty freezer favourites.
Next to the picture on the box, which is a delightful plate of fish fingers, mashed potato and veg, were the words “serving suggestion only”. As if the manufacturer needs to let me know that there are other ways to serve fish fingers. Thank you, I am fully aware there are other options, I don’t have time for mash potato on a school day, they are getting potato smiley faces, which are also their favourite.
As always, crocheting is often on my mind. So I thought about how this could apply to my favourite hobby. Do all the patterns we admire and consume need to have the words on them “pattern suggestion only”?
I love the creativity that comes with crochet, the endless possibilities. How many of us have seen a scarf we wanted to make, but chose to do it in a different colour? Or found a beautiful baby blanket, but added a bit extra on to make a toddler blanket? I love finding patterns that can be repurposed, that have more life in them than just the initial item that the designer imagined.
Which is why I am pleased to offer to you a variation to my Sally Cow pattern. Let me introduce you to Florence Highland Cow.
It is simple to make. You take my free Sally Cow crochet pattern and you change the colours to turn it into a highland cow. Or you can purchase your very own ad-free, printer-friendly version of the pattern through my Etsy or Ravelry store. The purchased pattern comes with US and UK instructions and contains the directions to make both Sally Cow and Florence Highland Cow.
You can use any DK or light weight yarn (other yarn thickness can be used – this will result in a larger size). I used the following acrylic yarn. You don’t need much, I needed less than 50g of each colour.
- Stylecraft Special Double Knit in Spice (yarn A)
- Stylecraft Special Double Knit in Mocha (yarn B)
- Stylecraft Special Double Knit in Stone (yarn C)
- Stylecraft Special Double Knit in Cream (yarn D)
- Patons Smoothie DK in black (approx 100 cm)
And there you are. If you are still looking for the free cow pattern, then check out this page.
I hope you enjoyed making your own highland cow as much as I did. If you do wish to have your very own copy of the pattern that is ad-free and printer-friendly you can either purchase it through my Etsy or Ravelry store. You get the instructions for both Sally Cow and Florence Highland Cow, and it comes with US and UK instructions and photo tutorials.
I’d love to see your finished project. If you enjoyed making the Highland Cow, I’d love to see yours. If you are on Ravelry you can link your project to my pattern. If you are on Facebook then pop over to the My Crochet Wish Facebook page and share a photo!
Looking for inspiration on what to make next? Check out these other free patterns to add to your collection.
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