Zobelle Designs – Hand-Made Items

*Please note – I am not getting paid for any of these ‘reviews’. They are merely articles to share the love and support small Australian hand-made businesses/hobbies.*

Zobelle Designs

From the creative and craft-y mind of Charmaine Riccio comes Zobelle Designs.


With a stock list that includes hats, necklaces, and home decor, you can find everything you will need for gifts, and yourself! When not proudly displayed at local markets, Zobelle Designs is selling through Facebook, making it easy to shop from the convenience of your own home, while ensuring you are getting quality hand-made items.

What’s even better, is that Charmaine also ‘up-cycles’ items.

UP-CYCLE: to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original

But like all other hand-made and independent businesses, there is a story behind it all.

“I come from a family of crafters – Nanna sewed on her Singer treadle machine, teaching me how to make doll clothes; and mum tried every craft imaginable, eventually settling on pottery and now running her own shop in Perth. “

She continues, “Zobelle Designs was an idea a few years in the making. Just over a year ago, when all four of my children were in school full-time, I felt confident enough to give it a go. Up-cycling and re-fashioning my own clothes is something I’ve done since I started sewing with grand plans of being a fashion designer.”

Though the comfort and style of her items is her first priority, she has adapted to the ever-changing market, supplying something for those with an eye for recycling.

“These days, in the current environmental climate, it is more important than ever to try and live a conscious and sustainable lifestyle. Combining my passions – sewing, op-shopping, and a sustainable way of life for my family – into a business and something I can share with others, is the ultimate dream for me.”

You can also find Zobelle Designs on Instagram.

Surroundings Beret – Free Beanie Knitting Pattern

It may not be Winter and beanie-weather here, but I found a pattern I wanted to share with you.

Lincraft is a one-stop-shop for all things art, craft, and homewares. They have a store quite close to my house, and I haven’t been able to stop myself from going in there all the time, almost opening my own store at my house!

On display for everyone needing a new project, I found a free knitting pattern.


Today we will be making the Surroundings Beret beanie.

To fit head – 56cm

1x 100g ball


1x 6mm knitting needles (I used 5mm size because I didn’t have 6, and it worked well)


1x wool needle for sewing up

16.5sts and 19 rows to 10cm over stocking st, using 6mm needles

Easy. You only need to know how to do a few different stitches.
Requires: K, P, K2tog, P2tog, M1

Using 6mm needles, cast on 79sts.


1st row: K2, * P1, K1, rep from * to last st, K1.
2nd row: K1, * P1, K1, rep from * to end.
Rep 1st and 2nd rows twice.

7th row: K1, * M1, K2, rep from * to end … 118sts.
Work in stocking st, beg with a purl row, until work measures 13cm from beg, ending with a purl row.


1st row: K1, * K2tog, K7, rep from * to end … 105sts.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: K1, * K2tog, K6, rep from * to end.
5th row: K1, * K2tog, K5, rep from * to end.
7th row: K1, * K2tog, K4, rep from * to end.
9th row: K1, * K2tog, K3, rep from * to end.
11th row: K1, * K2tog, K2, rep from * to end.
13th row: K1, * K2tog, K1, rep from * to end.
15th row: K1, * K2tog, rep from * to end.
16th row: * P2tog, rep from * to end … 7sts.
Break off yarn, run end through rem sts, draw up tightly and fasten off securely.


Join back seam. Sew in all ends.

Knitted and Stuffed Marvel Thor’s Hammer


Today I’m going to take you through making a knitted and stuffed Marvel Thor’s Hammer. It is a design I came up with myself, and is broken down into easy-to-follow steps with photos.

*Be safe when making this when it will be around little kids/babies and animals. It’s durability and safety depends on how strongly it is put together.*


Knit the individual pieces all in garter stitch (both sides knit).

You will have (from photo below top to bottom, left to right) –

1x CO8, K 59cm (designated A)

2x CO20, K 18cm (designated B)

2x CO8, K 14cm (designated C)

1x CO5, K 34cm (designated D)

(white sections listed under photo)


White wings (it doesn’t matter if these don’t come out in the perfect shape, as you can manoeuvre it when you sew it on).

2x CO10

Row 1: K

Row 2: K9, K1M1

Row 3: M1K1, K….., K1M1

Row 4: K……., K1M1

Rows 5, 6, 7, 8: K all

Row 9: K2tog, K rest

Row 10: K……., K2tog

Row 11: K2tog, K rest

Row 12: K…….., K2tog

Rows 13, 14, 15, 16: K all

Row 17: K2tog, K rest

Row 18: K………, K2tog

Row 19: K2tog, K rest

Row 20: K………., K2tog

Rows 21, 22, 23: K all

Row 24: K………, K2tog

Row 25: K2tog, K rest

Row 26: K………., K2tog

Row 27: K2tog, K rest

Rows 28, 29, 30: K all



This is the handle of the hammer. You will use C and D. C (2 pieces) are the sides, and D is sewn around them, making a 3D rectangle. Do not sew it up completely. Leave one side open.

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You can either stuff the filling in like it is, or, as I did to make sure no fibres poked through, I sewed a little fabric packet stuffed with fill.


Sew up the remaining side.



Sew the white wings on – one on each B. As stated before, when sewing them on, you can give them more of a proper wing shape.



Like STEP 3, connect the Bs with A, making it into a 3D rectangle. As you sew-up the bottom-middle, sew-on the handle. Add stuffing (again, can be in a fabric pouch), and close it all up.