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What a lovely idea. Amazing that it takes so long to make a pattern. I suppose we don't always appreciate that. I think Teddy would look very special wearing a rossette.
I love the bird photos in the previous post.


Love them! What a great idea! Cant wait for the crochet pattern. What a busy bee you are! :) x

Kate Bruning

I think they are absolutely wonderful. I bet Cath Kidston wishes she thought of them first... How on earth did you even come up with the idea. I love the fabric they are on too. I love the fact they are knitted to, it's such a lovely contrast having them done in the knit stitch - post modern irony - hahahahahahahahahahhhahhahahah. Sorry, I went mad for a second, I haven't finished my second cup of tea yet, a strange twilight time for me. Love Kate xxooxxooxx.


Yet again you have made me laugh out loud - these are so cute and gorgeous, I love them!
I am not surprised they took so long to do. The contemplation, idea, adjustment, nevermind the design and working out of pattern etc, does take an enormous amount of time, let alone the knitting, finishing and getting that initial idea to look exactly as you visualised. Well done! I feel inspired wipe the dust from some needles, rummage for some wool and get going. My children will love these .....thank you!


I think you should award yourself First Prize.


Vanessa, your Rosettes are award-winning! ! !
Thanks for the free download.

I'll let you know who gets my first one.

Hugs & ♥♥♥s,


Great fun I think you should award yourself several as I have after reading your blog for a while finally noticed that you illustrated "Down in the woods at sleepy time"
for many peaceful bedtimes I thank you :0)

Cath W

They look fantastic Vanessa! I have the same Cath bag but in the 'Tulips' fabric and I'm thinking I'll have to have a go at the pattern and make my bag look as nice as yours!


Lovely idea - I'd never have thought of this but it is most effective and unusual.

I had a quick look at the pattern - but I couldn't see where it said how many stitches to cast on for the rosette.

Well done, anyway.

Magic Cochin

Your rosettes made me smile - you could send one each for Gordon, Nick and Dave to wear at this Thursday's election debate.



Oh Vanessa, they are so sweet and beautifully designed, how on earth did you dream them up? and the pattern is wonderfully detailed - you gently guide us in a very caring manner through the construction process! The profile of you and photos are nice too aren't they? Rosettes are so positive and happy. I've been regularly popping on to the Coats site so it's great to see them (and you) starring at last!


Vanessa, I wrote a pattern for an egg cosy. It took AGES!!! So I am full of admiration for your idea, and the way you have made it, and then made it so we can all have a go. Well done! Award yourself the rosette! Penny x

Ali Binns

Thanks, Vanessa, for letting Coats Crafts host some of your beautiful designs. I'm going to make the knitted one to wear on a bag for the summer. Of course, I am lucky to have had a sneak preview of the crochet version too - and it is lovely. Wait till you all see the photo!
Ali, coats crafts, site editor


When I first saw them, I thought they were for your dogs. ;-)


Well done, Vanessa they look great!!! :)
Vivienne x

Petit Filoux

Those are so cute!!
Congrats on the new shop by the way!! Your paintings look amazing! It all looks so professional! x


Vanessa, these rosettes are terrific designs. I bet that many, many will be made following your instructions. I can imagine all sorts of color and textural combinations ... endless possibilities...even a circle of them becoming a Christmas wreath? xo


Just gorgeous - I can see them in so many, many colourways - I'd like to nominate you as my inspirational blog as part of the knitting and crochet blog week being run by ravelry. Would that be OK? I'll be posting as part of day 3 tomorrow over at


So nice!


They're darling! And I think the idea of giving one to a new mom is great!


the rosettes look great - what a fun idea!

Erica K

Sweet! That's no simple-looking patten either!


Hi Vanessa,
Brilliant, brilliant, i`ve downloaded the pattern and printed it off. I know 3 people who deserve a rosette; my local wool shop owner and my local deli and cafe owners! you have got me thinking of colours now. Thanks so much. I`ll email pics of finished rosettes!
You`re brilliant
Love Carole in Rossendale xxxxx


They'll go down a storm..well done
Take care


Oh CUTE! I love them! Beautiful colors you chose to work them in, too.

magpie chic

I've just found your blog. It's lovely! I'm going to visit often! Love your rosettes.


I'm looking forward to the crochet version Vanessa!


thank you so much for that very appropriate pattern in my case. I'm creating some rosettes using different technics like crochet, origami, etc. and was missing a proper one for knitting as I want a personal way to say thank you and good bye to my team at work. Sure they will love it. Thank you for all your creativity and kindness by sharing. Marion from France


Thank you for your knitted rosette step by step tutorial. (The info and link was on my e-mail from Coats and Craft.)

Since you have two dachshunds, you might like the dachshunds quilt pattern at

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon