Nuts About Squares CAL

After being the voice we all hear behind some of the coolest CALs of recent years, including Sophie’s Universe, LDOTB and now the Hygge CAL, Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell is hosting her own CAL, named, you guessed it: Nuts About Squares!

Nuts About Squares CAL in Scheepjes Colour Crafter by Esther Dijkstra

The CAL will kick off on Friday 31st of March, with a new square being released on Esther’s blog each week.  There are 11 fabulous designers involved, including my dear friends Dedri and Tatsiana.

Nuts About Squares CAL bye Esther Dijkstra

There are also three colour packs available, in Earth, Sea and Sky*.  I think my favourite is Sea, but it’s a difficult decision!

Nuts About Squares CAL colour packs in Earth, Sea and Sky

Of course you can put your own colours together, here’s what Esther says:

“To make your own colorway, choose 6 colors you like and that work well together. Then determine which color you want to be color A, which color B, etc. Color A is used the most in the blanket and will be the main color. Colors E and F are accent colors and it works best if colors E and F are lighter or contrasting to color A. Colors B, C, and D are used about equally. Determine the yarn weight of the yarn that you are using to determine how much yarn you will need. The three kits give you yarn amounts for three different yarn weights.”

Nuts about Squares CAL in Scheepjes Stone Washed, by Esther Dijkstra

I’m really looking forward to watching this CAL week to week.  I’d love to make the time to participate, so I’m going to see if I can fit it in to my schedule…

Nuts About Squares CAL in Scheepjes Sunkissed by Esther Dijkstra

Pop on over to Esther’s blog and her Youtube channel, and make sure you hit Subscribe to keep up with the latest.

The yarn packs for this CAL will suit all budgets and are available from both Wool Warehouse* and from Scheepjes retailers such as Caro’s Atelier here in Almere (with European shipping).

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And We’re Off! The Noor Shawl

Remember the other day I told you about Berniolie and her Noor shawl?  Well, look!

Scheepjes Sunkissed

My Scheepjes Sunkissed arrived yesterday and I’m very excited to crack on!  So much so that my 3500 other projects are all being shoved to the side while I work on this one!

Scheepjes Sunkissed

You can get the pattern on Ravelry here, or Etsy here and you can get the gorgeous yarn from either Wool Warehouse or any Scheepjes retailer.

 

Noor Shawl – by Bernadette Ambergen

It’s time to go back to basics and crochet a gorgeous project that I haven’t designed myself.  I’ve found myself working on a lot of secret projects that I can’t share with you and I miss that!

Bernadette Ambergen is a designer I wish I had discovered when I first started crocheting.  I think if I had, it would have made me a much better crocheter faster by stretching my boundaries and improving my internal stitch library.

She’s also probably the most prolific designer I know of.  My friend Tammy and I always joke that she must have an army of minions making everything for her, such is the rate of pattern releases!

I also just love how the construction of her shawls is so varied and different to any other designer out there.  Not only that, it’s the mixture of both knitting and crochet in a single design that is so inspiring.

After trawling Ravelry for the perfect project I settled on Noor.  It’s a design that is constructed in a way I have never tried before (from the centre outwards) and well, look for yourself.  It’s beautiful.

Noor Shawl by Berniolie, on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/noor

I’m going to use a yarn that I love, Scheepjes Sunkissed in Pistachio Ice:

Scheepjes Sunkissed http://www.scheepjes.com/en/yarn/sunkissed-726/

I have a gorgeous shawl for summer in mind. I was tossing up between this and Beach Hut Orange, but in the end I thought I’d get more wear out of this one.  I know I should gift it, but I can’t help it.  I want it for myself!

Noor Shawl by Berniolie, on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/noor

So when the yarn arrives I’ll share some more photos, and be sure to keep up on Instagram where I’ll be sharing all the time.

You can get the Sunkissed yarn for the Noor shawl on Wool Warehouse* who ship globally, or from your favourite benelux retailer.  You’ll need 7 balls for this design and it’s under 3 euros a ball, so great value!

I’d love you to join me in making this one, please let me know in the comments.

XO

 

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Give it a “Whirl”

Scheepjes Whirl has hit stockists and it won’t last long, I promise you.

Scheepjes Whirl: http://shrsl.com/?gugr

I have Slice O’ Cherry Pie and Lavenderlicious, plus Popin Candy with which I’ve made a beautiful new design with which will be launched soon!

Scheepjes Whirl: http://shrsl.com/?gugr

Scheepjes Whirl: http://shrsl.com/?gugr

I’ve tried a few of these long changing yarns in the past, and haven’t really been enamoured because oh man, they split!  The Whirl is constructed differently though, so it feels like Cotton 8 with it’s higher twist.

The yarn is available from your favourite Scheepjes stockists in the Benelux, or Wool Warehouse* for worldwide shipping.

Tell me in the comments which colourway you love most and what you’re planning to make, I can’t wait to hear!

Celtic Tiles Blanket by Lilla Bjorn

I wanted to share this fabulous design by Tatsiana of Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World:Celtic Tiles Blanket by Lilla Bjorn: http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2017/02/celtic-tiles-blanket-free-overlay.html

There is no doubt that Tatsiana is The Queen of overlay.  You only need to see her other designs here for proof.

This design takes me back to Cornwall and to Land’s End.  I even signed my marriage certificate in a pen with this crosshatch celtic pattern and it’s my favourite, very precious pen!

Celtic pen

The free pattern is available on Tatsiana’s blog here, or you can purchase a print friendly version on Ravelry here.

And even more exciting, Wool Warehouse has packs in Stonewashed XL for this design available, so you must grab yours here*!

Celtic Tiles Blanket pattern from Lilla Bjorn at Ravelry

Celtic Tiles Blanket pattern from Lilla Bjorn at Ravelry

And for a little refresher, here are some of the spectacular overlay projects that Tatsiana has designed.  My favourite is the Peacock Tail Bag:

Peacock bag CAL http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2016/08/peacock-tail-bag-cal-general-information.html

Macaron pin cushion http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2015/05/macaron-pin-cushion-free-pattern.html

Floral Ear Muffs by Lilla Bjorn http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2016/01/floral-ear-muffs-free-crochet-pattern.html

All photos are courtesy of Tatsiana and Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World.

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Hygge – Girls Night In

Did you read Tammy’s post about the new Girl’s Night In colourway for Kirsten’s Hygge CAL together with Scheepjes?

Girl's Night In Colourway for the Scheepjes Hygge CAL 2017

The above image is courtesy of Tammy at Canadutch.nl

Scheepjes has released this very limited edition colourway for Kirsten’s amazing Hygge CAL and it will be available at retailers any moment now!

Girl's night in colourway for the Hygge CAL

The above picture is thanks to Claire Norden, you can download the free printable poster from her blog here.

Have you read all about Kirsten’s Hygge CAL?  You must have.  I mean, the entire world knows about or is participating in the CAL.  It’s the most fabulous design, so fresh and different and so totally, well, Kirsten.  This is most definitely my favourite colourway, I’m going to have to get my finger ready on the order button to get one too!

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The colourway is bound to sell out in a heartbeat, so be sure to grab it quickly from your favourite Scheepjes retailer, or from Wool Warehouse*

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The Satisfaction of Kid’s Knits

You know that I’ve only just started thinking of myself as a knitter.  I learned to knit so long ago that I don’t even remember when that was.  It’s just something that I could always do, although not very well, and nor could I cast on or off.  But thanks to YouTube channels like Very Pink and Purl Soho, and not to mention my friends Tammy and Sarah, I’ve gone over to the dark side!

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About a year ago Vanessa Kind shared some We Love Knitting yarn on Instagram (or maybe her podcast) and it was love at first sight.  Then came the challenge: how to get my hands on some!  It became a matter of stalking the Instagram page, enabling notifications and setting alarms for shop updates.  And I’m not the only one who does this – it’s a real game of Fastest Finger First to checkout.  More than once I was quick enough to get some in my basket only to find that it was sold out by the time I tried to pay.

Eventually I scored a few skeins of peaches and cream and sea glass, just in time for my gran and aunt to come visit, saving a fortune on shipping.  Oh Australia why do you have to be so far away?

Aren't these colours amazing! More @weloveknitting yarn, and the loveliest tote to match! #crochet #knitting #merino

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Fast forward six months, I had to get more.  I bought two skeins of mintfetti DK and after trying to crochet a shawl design, I realised that this yarn needs to be knit and – honestly – is wasted on crochet.

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So then became the hunt for the perfect project that wasn’t a shawl and could be knit using only two skeins.  Enter Ravelry and Jane by Georgie Nicholson. The combination of the mintfetti and this design is amazing.  The yarn loves the stockingette stitch and it’ll make the perfect kids cardi.

Jane cardigan by Georgia Nicholson on Ravelry. Yarn: Mintfetti by We Love Knitting

I honestly can’t believe that I never paid attention when everybody told me that knitting for kids is so satisfying.  That it goes quickly and I would be so encouraged by the progress.  Especially in a 8ply DK yarn.  If been using 4ply fingering for so long that I had forgotten how fun a chunkier project is!

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Now this is my first garment knit.  I’m keeping it simple while I grow my confidence.  I’d LOVE to hear your tips for simple and beautiful knitted garments. Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.  I’m just enjoying this so much!

Free Pattern: Cherry Blossom Shawl(ette) – and the Winner is….

I’m so excited to be able to announce the winner of the three skeins of Scheepjes Wanderlust in your favourite colour to…..

— Jacomine Oosterhoff! —

Jacomine, you have mail!  Make sure you let me know where to send your three balls of Zanzibar.

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Thank you so much to everybody who took the time to enter and to tell me about your wanderlust.  I had the best time reading all of your comments.  And the wanderlust has kicked in here properly.  We’re discussing holidays, and I just can’t make up my mind where I want to go.  Well, I do know where – I want to go to North America and road trip in the west.

Also a massive thank you to Scheepjes for working with me on this giveaway.  The never-ending support from the team is just wonderful.  I love working with these guys!

Right.  Now.  Onto the pattern.  This is one of the simplest crochet designs, I assure you, once you get started, you can do it with only half an eye on it.  That means you get to actually watch Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet instead of just listening to him.  Winners all round, here!

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

Materials

Measurements

180cm on the longest side – this is a scalene (asymmetrical) triangle shawl.

Tension

8 stitches = 5cm
7 rows = 5cm

Abbreviations

(US terms)
Ch chain
HDCInc half double crochet increase (two stitches in one stitch)
2HDCTog two half double crochet together (two stitches together)
rs right side
ws wrong side

Notes

At the end of each and every row, chain 2 and turn.  This does not count as a stitch.
Increase in every row: the first stitch on the right side, and increase in the last on the wrong side.
Decrease in every 4th row, in the last two stitches of the right side.
Save about 1 metre of both the starting and ending colours to make tassels.

Cherry Blossom Shawl(ette) free crochet pattern by missneriss

Instructions

  1. (ws) ch3.  2 hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook.  ch2, turn (in this and every row.  This instruction won’t be repeated from here on in).
  2. (rs) hdcInc in the 1st, hdc in the next (3)
  3.  (ws) hdc, hdc in the next, hdcInc in the last (4)
  4. (rs) hdcInc, hdc in the next, 2hdcTog (4)
  5. (ws) hdc in the next 3, hdcInc (5)
  6. (rs) hdcInc, hdc in the next 4 (6)
  7. (ws) hdc in the next 5, hdcInc (7)
  8. (rs) hdcInc, hdc in the next 4, 2hdcTog (7)

Continue in this four row pattern (repeat rows 5-8) until you run out of yarn.

Cherry Blossom Shawl(ette) free crochet pattern by missneriss

Tie off and weave in the ends.

Add more skeins to make the shawl bigger.  there’s no need to really block, but if you like, feel free.  Make sure that the colours match when adding new skeins.  There’s no need for wastage – you’ll be able to match what you pull out at the end of each skein.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern, it’s so quick and satisfying!

Edited to add: Here is how the shawl looks lying out flat on the ground.  You can see that the increase side curves ever so slightly.  Do try to keep those stitches loose to avoid any curling.Scalene shawl by MissNeriss

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Knit and Crochet Inspiration for Valentine’s Day

I don’t usually worry too much about Valentine’s Day.  When I was younger I was chronically single (and liked it that way), and we’ve never really made a big deal about it in the 10 years we’ve been together.  I mean, it’s lovely to celebrate, but it’s not important to me if it’s on the 14th of Feb or the 14th of September, if you know what I mean?  My husband is a total romantic anyway, so he doesn’t need a special day to remind him.

But because I love to celebrate love, I’ve found some gorgeous Valentine’s Day inspired projects and ideas for you – focusing on spoiling yourself!

My Instagram friend Vanessa has made a series of gorgeous project bag and hand dyed yarn kits.  I’m absolutely in love with this one – the hearts even look crocheted.  and the yarn, wow.  It’s gorgeous red with sparkle, and I love me some sparkle! Check out the full range here.

Bigli Migli Amigurumi by Autumn Leaflet http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bigli-migli-amigurumi

This little Bigly Migly is just the sweetest! The pattern is a free Ravelry download by Autumn Leaf, here.

Cup Full of Love Crochet Coffee Cozy by The stitchin Mommy: http://thestitchinmommy.com/2015/01/cup-full-love-crochet-coffee-cozy.html#_a5y_p=3275841

I love mug cozies.  I’m not often out and about drinking coffee, but when I am, I want something this cute to stop my fingers from burning!  It’s a free pattern from The Stitchin Mommy.

Will you be my Valentine? Ombre Heart Coaster – Free Pattern

Aren’t these coasters cute?  Tatsiana at Lillabjorn made these and they look gorgeous.  They’d make a great stash-buster project, don’t you think?

Valentine's Day DIY Yarn Wreath from Love of Family and Home: https://loveoffamilyandhome.net/2013/02/valentines-day-yarn-wreath-felt-rose-tutorial.html

While not knit or crochet, I had to include this tutorial by Tonya at A Love of Family and Home.  Tonya shows us how to make those gorgeous felted roses, I think I’ll have to do it too…

I heart bootcuffs by Felted Buttons: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/i-3-boot-cuffs

Don’t these look lovely and snuggly?  Susan from Felted Button has designed these and they’re on Ravelry as a free download.  They’re perfect for that romantic Valentine’s Night out in this freezing weather!

crochet flip flops https://missneriss.com/2015/08/07/bloom-flip-flops-free-pattern/

Ok Aussies.  I realise that it’s a massive heatwave there right now, so even though these aren’t Valentine related, they’re hot weather related!  And in all honestly, when I lived in Alice Springs I had thongs (flip flops) for all occasions.  These can totally be “Date Night Thongs,” right?  These are my own design.

Have a great Valentine’s Day, whether you’re married, single, in love or out of it.  Just use it as an excuse to eat great chocolate!

Cherry Blossom Shawl – The Big Reveal.

So, what do you think?

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I finished it a few days ago, and I haven’t taken it off since!

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

The shawl is an asymmetrical construction, and the colours really shine.

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

I added some tassles with the tiny bit of left-over yarn I had, it was just serendipitous that they happened to match the endpoints perfectly.

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And do you know what the best thing is?  The Scheepjes Wanderlust is 100% acrylic, so aside from being crazy soft, it doesn’t need blocking!

Next week I’ll have the pattern ready for you, so in preparation, pop over to either your favourite Scheepjes Retailer, or Wool Warehouse* and grab yourself 3 balls in your favourite colourway so you’ll be ready to crack on!

Which brings me to the giveaway.  Together with Scheepjes, I’m giving you the chance to win three balls of Wanderlust in your favourite colourway so you can make this shawl!

All you have to do is comment below with the one place in the world that your wanderlust is dying to take you, along with your favourite colourway. 

Thanks everyone for your entries, this giveaway is now closed.

Wanderlust, by Scheepjes.

The fine print: This giveaway is open worldwide.  Please comment using an email address that I can reach you on easily and to make sure you find out that you’ve won, subscribe up on the top right corner.  I’ll announce the winner when I launch the pattern on Monday 13th of feb.

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