Many years ago I had a very energetic toddler called Rosie. On shopping trips she would wriggle, twist and fidget and I was always looking for new ways to entertain her – then … I found a little coat with pockets on the sleeves and little animals attached to the pockets. She loved them and would spend ages engrossed in their adventures as I pushed her around the local supermarket.
Now I must admit that making a whole coat is a bit beyond my skills so, inspired by that long-ago coat, I’ve created a woolly scarf design which I hope will appeal to a whole new generation of children.
The pocket features a cute little hedgehog off on his way to visit his friend who lives in the red spotty toadstool. And his friend is attached to the base of the pocket with ribbon so he can’t fall out and get lost along the way. He tucks in very cosily and there’s room for one or two other treasures too!
I haven’t listed the pattern yet, trying to take some good photos – it’s so grey and gloomy here today. But I was anxious to share it with blog readers and also to offer it to you at the special price of $2.00 for the next month (normally it will be $3.50). The button for this special price is below – it’s an instant download of a pdf file.
And now for the giveaway ….
If you’d like the chance to win the hedgehog scarf shown in these photos, just in time for a lovely Christmas gift, then please leave a comment below, and just for a bit of fun, tell me what’s your favourite animal and why…
The closing date for this giveaway is midnight GMT Wednesday 17 November, and yes I will post overseas.
Your description of the coat reminds me of my son's coat now, which is a Clothkits coat, it has lots of little pockets and stuffed toys to go in them, all on a farm theme.
It's a very cute scarf, so favourite animal, definitely cats!
Lovely idea.Thanks so much. My favourite animal is a bunny. Just love those long ears and their fluffyness.
I have a very energetic Rosie too, and she would love this scarf!!
Favourite animal is a cat.
Love your Rosie and Bear idea too.
Oh it is beautiful and such a good idea, I have a soft spot for toadstools. Don't add me in I wouldn't know who to give it too, all grown up boys in my family 🙁
Great idea and lovely handmade. I'd like to enter the giveaway, my daughter will be happy for the scarf. My favorite animal is the cat, because of its spirit of independence and I also like the way the cats purr. Enjoy your week, Clara.
Simply adorable. My favourite animal is the buffalo or North American bison. I don't know why except I used to draw them as a child. Perhaps it's because I watched those westerns as a child. A close second is the moose. Very majestic.
Now I have a dilemma, I was about to click "buy now" as I HAVE to make this for my god daughter, but then I might win it? What to do? No, you're right, I wont win it :0( so I'll click buy now. But just in case… my favourite animal is the bunny. I've got four and they each have a very different personality, they're so fluffy and cute and funny.
p.s., if I DID win (and I wont) could I use it as a giveaway?
Great idea. I love how the hedgehog can't "fly the coup" with his leash. I love giraffes. I ask my 3 yr old every so often, what sound a giraffe makes. We get a kick out of the sounds he comes up with 🙂 Thank you for generosity with your pattern sale and the giveaway!
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I love your scarf. It just looks so soft and cozy. The little hedgehog and his toadstools are a wonderful addition.
My favourite animal, now that is a hard one because I like so many. I have been collecting cow things since I was about 15 years old, so for about 19 years. Cows are just calm, cute and useful animals. I also love cats and Im a bit obsessed with snuggling with the two that I have. I could list a whole bunch of animals that I love but I think those are the top two.
What a lovely idea……I can imagine a whole menagerie of tiny soft animal friends to tuck into this cosy scarf. But my favourite has to be the hodgeheg, not a typo, my mum told me a long time ago that hodgeheg was my name for hedgehog, if I was lucky enough to win I would give it to my little grandaughter who I'm sure would absolutely love it.
My favourtite is the Hedgehog too I'm afraid. In the story books he rolls himself up in a ball and he collects things on his prickles, I always wondered why he did that……..
I love cats, we have two very funny cats that live with us. thank you and such a cleaver idea.
longhair dachshunds! thanks for a chance to win!
Great scarf although I do like the idea of a coat!!
Favourite animal?? I'm a farmer's daughter through and through so it has to be a cow!
That scarf is so adorable. I would wear it in my size 😛
My favorite animal is the squirrel. You just can't beat the cute lil chubby body and that fluffy tail. We always have a few black and red squirrels living in our trees, and the grey ones that live in towns just south of me are too cute!
I have two actually, but for the same reason. I love giraffes and zebras. Both have the most amazing patterns on their coats. The scarf is so very cute. Thanks for the give away chance.
Just gorgeous! I really love toadstool – the scarf is fantastic – such a great idea!
Adorable. I love house pets (dogs and cats). But I have sooooo wanted nigerian dwarf goats! They are adorable. Or perhaps a teddy bear alpaca. Love the scarf. And I have the perfect munchin to wear it.
What an adorable scarf.
My Love Nelliefants (elephants) especially when my 2yr old waves her arm in front of her like a trunk, pretending to be one.
That is just so cute. I'd love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.
I love love the scarf – your stitching is so beautiful! The hedgie is too of course but the toadstools are wonderful!
My favorite animal is the polar bear – i just love them!
Oh, this is so adorable!!!! Really really cute! And what a great idea to put something in that pocket.
Would love to win. I would give it to my daughter and am sure she would treasure it!
My favourite animal … would have to be our dog named Kara. She is quite a handful and is not easy at all sometimes but she is the greatest dog ever with our kids! I love her for that even more!
Oh gosh my grand daughter willow would love it especially with the little hedgehog or edgieog as she calls them. my favourite animal would be my little dog daisy who willow is quiet fond of as well.
Would love to win for my granddaughter! It is beautiful!
Favorite animal: cat–preferably in the kitten stage 🙂
The scarf is beautiful! I have a very imaginative 2 year old that would love it! I love animals, but I really like owls.
What a wonderful idea! I have no little ones to give the scarf to but wanted to post and say how generous of you to give the scarf away!
That's so, so beautiful!
I love mushrooms and hedgehogs, and those are so lovely!
Would it be very strange if I wear that scarf, instead of my daughter, in case I win??
About my favorite animal…turtles! Especially mine. It's with me for 17 years now! In a way it's my older son! 😉
My favorite animal is a turtle! They are super cute and always seem so thoughtful. Perhaps they're just so slow that they just APPEAR thoughtful, but I like to think that they know exactly where they're going and are just taking their time. 😉
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Oh goodness, so cute!!!! What a fantastic idea!
How to pick a favourite animal….oh gosh golly…I'll just pick the Australian Central Bearded Dragon, as I'm looking at mine right now, and she's looking back. I love our Aussie reptiles!! Beardies are so interactive, and just as intelligent as dogs, without the noise and mess! And no one I know is allergic to scales! And feeding them is just the most fun thing I do during my daily routine! I can't really describe how much I love them, unless you own one and love them too! lol
My favourite animal is a rabbit.
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My favorite critters are hedgehogs. I have a collection of 27 stuffed hedgies. There are some made of crystal and pewter too. Here in the U.S. there are no hedgehogs except those kept as pets so I've never seen a live one. I love your little scarf pattern.
I love this scarf. My favorite animal is a dog because they are such good companions and just fun to be around.
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I love all of your creations. The hedgehog is adorable (my niece is very into them hedgies right now).
My favorite animal is a polar bear. I love the photos of them when they're fighting, though they look like they're dancing.
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I've never seen a hedgehog but they look very cute, and sort of like our echidnas here in Australia.
Favourite animal??? Oh gee …. lots of them!! If I could have a lion I'd probably choose that. 🙂
Love the scarf!
I have always liked the Giraff…i am not too sure why because i have liked it ever since i was a little little girl 🙂
Such a cute scarf! I think my 2 year old would love it. He loves playing with his stuffed animals and is now starting to use things to pretend. I think my favorite animal is either a fox or a deer. We see lots of deer in our backyard and it never gets old. On special occasions the fox shows up and that's a real treat!
I most certainly have a little monster at home who sounds very similar to Rosie, constantly on the go! My favourite animals are doggies, my little white one is lots of fun.
I think that it may have to be hedgehogs. We have a nightly visit from one whom we have named 'Snuffleuffagus'. He puffs and pants and huffs and puffs his way aroun the garden!xx
I like zebras. They are like horses, but smaller and have stripes and those cute sticking-up manes!
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These are adorable!
My favorite animal is… the unicorn. No, the chicken. Yes, I'm going with the chicken. Ask me tomorrow, I'm sure I'll have a different answer… I also have a surprising number of bunny-shaped things, come to think of it…
My favorite animal is a Golden Retriever. They are breautiful dogs. Your work is beautiful. I hope I win!! HA!
Soooo..cute! My favorite animal has to be the giraffe! They are so magnificent! The tiling colors are beautiful & they seem to have a gentleness about them.
Love the scarf! Favorite animal is the inquisitive albino ferret that once was my daughter's pet.
Gorgeous scarf – what a lovely design. As there's no chance that my sewing skills are up to making one and because the closing date is my sons' birthday I shall just hope it will be my lucky yet again!! Keep my fingers crossed. My favourite animal…. hmmmm…. hard to say – I think probably lovely little wrens…
wow that is so so gorgeous. you are so clever!!!!
My fave animal is a dolphin, they are graceful, have a soothing friendly sound, always look happy and i love how they seem to connect with people – e.g autistic children xx
I'm so glad I discovered your blog! So many pretty, pretty things! You're a real artist!!! Beautiful scarf too, especially with the mushrooms on it! I have never seen a mushroom with a red 'roof'(?) and white spots, you know which one I mean, well, on pictures, yes, but never in 'real life'. Probably the reason why I love these so much. My favourite animal is a moose, love their faces, love the antlers, love the way the mommy moose takes care of her babies and… also never seen one in 'real life' so, there you go!
My favorite animal is probably a cat! I like them curled up and like them purring.
What a lovely design!Really… you are amazing
Love all your wonderful ideas!
I just have made a few of your cute birds!
My favorite animal was our old kitty Hobbes. He was very loving and sweet. Too cute! Our very energetic 18 month old grandgirl needs a scarf like that! She loves holding a blankie around her shoulders and walking around!
OOOooo, that's a hard question! I love them all. I suppose I really love overall, british wildlife, red squirrels, and bunnies, and hedgehogs and doormice!
They all remind me of my very bookish childhood, where I would lose myself in my den built with blankets and cushions behind the settee, a beaker (remember those tall plastic beakers?) of squash, and a couple of digestives with my Beatrix Potter an Enid Blyton books.
Oh, I wish life was that simple now 🙂
For a minute then, I was back there ;0)
Yes please, I'd love to go in your draw for the giveaway.
P.s. I recently made your new Robin felt toy.
My husband said mine looked like a fish (obviously it was nowhere near as good as yours!!, and it took me over two hours to do LOL.
You are so creative! Takes my breathe away! I just love this darling scarf and Hedgehog. So sweet!
Oh dear, how can I choose a favorite animal? I'm crazy for all animals. Of course I do have a very special place in my heart for Newfoundland dogs. But then I must quickly add that I love horses and kitties and chickens and lions and tigers and bears…oh my!
Oh the scarf is adorable. I love the idea of attaching the hedgehog. I can imagine it would stave off boredom for a a precious while and not get lost.
Favourite animal. I guess it would have to be a dog. Although I do love seals as well, but not such an easy pet to keep.
That is so cute! I love hedgies! My favorite animal is the raven. Thanks for the giveaway!
I love foxes ………… they are so cute and a gorgeous colour.
The foxes are great this would be great for my nephew! suelee1998 @ gmail.com