Monthly Archives: March 2019

3am cable hat

As much as I love sewing, it’s not something I like to do at night after my son has gone to bed. The light isn’t great, and I’m exhausted from a long day. I’d much prefer to sit on the lounge with a glass of wine, and knit!

You might not know this, but my first blog was all about knitting and crochet, I called it “This Girl Has Knits” which I thought was a very funny title. I moved over to MMM because I wanted to share more than just knitting.

MMM_Beanie 01

We are a few weeks into Autumn here in Australia, and the weather has (finally) started to cool down. It’s been a while since I’ve knit something, so I wanted to warm up that knitting-muscle-memory with a pattern I’ve made before.

MMM_Beanie 02

This pattern is the “3am cable hat” by Smariek Knits. It’s free and available on Ravelry (her user name is Smariek). It’s a beautiful little pattern, I absolutely adore a cable!

MMM_Beanie 03

The pattern calls for a regular pom-pom, but I wanted to step it up a bit. My mum is the creator of Blue Valley Bears, selling hand stitched bears, made from recycled vintage mink coats. She let me pick out this beautiful off-white fur, which I think is a nice tonal compliment to the cream wool.

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  • Pattern brand/name/number: 3am cable hat by Smariek Knits, available for free on Ravelry
  • Style/size: Measurements are unworn
    • Width of ribbing – 19cm
    • Length of ribbing – 10cm
    • Width of cable – 16cm
    • Length of cable – 18cm
  • Yarn: King Cole, Baby Alpaca DK (it must have been 2 balls worth, I’m not sure)
  • Notions: Recycled mink fur pom-pom
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Using 4.00mm needles I used the long tail method to cast on 132 stitches, and joined to work in the round
    • I knit the 2 x 2 ribbing until it was 10cm (4 inches) long
    • Moved onto the cable pattern which I worked until the beanie measured 23cm (9 inches) from the cast on
    • Crown shaped as instructed

This beanie is lovely, fuzzy and soft, I am very happy with it. The pattern is simple and easy to follow, although I did have to look up how to do a few things (SSK… I know) because it’s been that long since I’ve done any knitting!

Now to make one for hubby!

Mitty x



elliot sweater in merino wool

I’m going to start by saying that this was the quickest sew I’ve had in a long time, and it was so refreshing! This was cut, sewn, pressed and hanging in my closet in about 3 hours. It was so quick, I might even make another one this afternoon!

MMM_Elliot 01

This is my brand new Elliot Sweater by Helen’s Closet, sewn up in a buttery soft, ash blue, premium 195gsm merino wool from The Fabric Store.

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This is such a well drafted pattern, and there are so many things I love about it. The raglan sleeve makes sewing a breeze, and the oversized style makes picking a size easy.

MMM_Elliot 02

The collar is soooo lovely! It’s just the right size, I don’t have to stretch it to get it over my head. It’s also slouchy enough that I don’t feel like I’m being strangled by my jumper.

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The high-low hem is just a dream, and the split is the perfect length for me. I really like how thick the hems are as well, I find it gives a bit of weight which makes it hang nicely.


MMM_Elliot 05

The great thing about this pattern is that Helen has included a few different variations. There is also a crop length, with a shorter collar, and a t-shirt version.


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Snuggly and warm is an understatement! I’m off to sew another!

Mitty x



oslo coat from 2017

We are officially in Autumn here in Australia, my favourite season! The weather is slowly cooling down, so I thought I’d show off one of my proudest makes.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

This is the Oslo Coat by Tessuti Patterns. I actually made this back in 2017 when I was pregnant. It didn’t get any wear that year as I couldn’t do it up over my growing belly.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

I loved this pattern for it’s sleek, modern look, and the shawl collar is such an awesome design feature.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

I made my coat out of a 100% wool fabric from The Remnant Warehouse. I remember the tag saying that it was a “felted wool”, but I must be wrong as this fabric has a defined nap.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

I also picked up my lining from The Remnant Warehouse. I went for the higher grade lining and I’m glad I did.

Oslo Coat - Made by MItty

This was my first time making a lined coat, and while the instructions are well written, my lining seemed too short in the arms. It pulled at the outer fabric so much that I had to fix it. I added about 2.5cm (plus seam allowance) to the cuff of my lining, which reduced the pulling and let the sleeve hang nicely.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

I also ended up sewing my buttons a little closer to the front edges of the coat than instructed. I think I did this so I could button it up over my post-baby belly. However it does warp the collar a little, but it’s something I can live with.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty


  • Pattern brand/name/number: Oslo Coat by Tessuti Patterns
  • Style, size: Size 10
  • Fabric: “Felted” wool and polyester lining from The Remnant Warehouse (I can’t find a link to either fabric)
  • Notions: 1 brass button for outside closure, 1 black plastic button for inside closure, fusing, thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • As mentioned, I had to add 2.5cm (plus seam allowance) length to the sleeve lining pieces so they didn’t pull and pucker the outer wool layer
    • I used a walking foot to sew the wool, I feel like it helped keep everything aligned

I am so proud of this coat, even more so when people ask where I got it from, and I smugly reply that I made it. You should make one too, so you can do the same!

Mitty x

ogden cami from rescued fabric


This dress caught my eye as I was walking past my local charity shop. I didn’t buy it at first, but I was so drawn to the rough ombré dye job that it was still on my mind the next day. Luckily for me, it was still hanging on the rack!


Somehow, I knew there was going to be something wrong with the dress, and I was right. The invisible zipper was busted. But that wasn’t an issue, as I was buying it solely for the fabric. At $8, it was a bargain!


The tag said the dress was 100% viscose, so the fabric has a beautiful, soft drape. I just love how the dye job isn’t a uniform gradient. I thought the best way to show it off was to use a simple pattern.


Could I really go past the Ogden Cami by True Bias? This is a famous pattern in the sewing community, and I can see why. It’s well drafted, simple, and classic.


The only modification I made was to extend the facing to a full lining, as the white part of this fabric is rather sheer. I think I’d do this again anyway, as I like the way it sits.



  • Pattern brand/name/number: Ogden Cami by True Bias
  • Style, size: Size 12
  • Fabric: Rescued viscose
  • Notions: None
  • Modifications/alterations: Lengthened facing into a full lining

I’m really happy that I was able to rescue this fabric and turn it into something that will be loved and worn for many years to come.

Mitty x