Olaf (the warm shrug) Free Crochet Pattern

Just in time for Christmas, I’m sharing my latest free pattern with you!

While I was making this, I kept wondering what I should call it. I was hoping for a yoga related name, as I’m using Scheepjes Namaste, but as soon as I tried it on it felt like a warm hug. And then because I have a young kid, all I could hear in my head (over and over again, omg) was “I’m Olaf, and I like warm hugs,” so I couldn’t call this anything but Olaf (the warm shrug)!

What you’ll need for this pattern is 7 balls of Scheepjes Namaste in your favourite colour and a 10mm hook. I used Warrior (614). I also deliberately made this a one size fits all design and the size that fits me (XL) fits my husband and several friends I asked to try it on for me. If you’re a very small person, it may well be too large for you, but there are some tips on how to resize it if you would like to make it smaller.

The pattern below is written in UK crochet terms, but if you prefer US terms I have a separate PDF for both versions for a small fee to download from my Ravelry store. That version is print friendly, and there is also a printer/e-reader friendly version for the UK terms as well for a small fee.

Abbreviations

(UK Terms)
Ch chain stitch
Htr half treble crochet
Tr treble crochet
Trtcl treble crochet tiny cluster
Tr2tog treble crochet two together (decrease)
InV inverted v-stitch (see notes)
[…] (…) repeat instructions between brackets the required number of times.
Rep repeat
SS slip stitch

Notes

Olaf (the warm shrug) is designed to be one size fits most, but by adjusting the sleeve length, you’ll be able to make it smaller, or larger. There will be information on how to do that at the end of the instructions.

The shrug is created back and forth in rows, then the corners are folded in and stitched together to make the lapels and yoke, then we attach a collar and sleeves.

The InV stitch is an inverted V-stitch: YO, insert hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, miss 1, YO, insert hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through all loops.

Instructions

Body

  1. Ch 89 (84 +5), mark the 43rd stitch for later, and leave a 40cm tail for sewing the sides (you can roll this up and poke it in through some stitches to hold it out of the way).
  2. Trtcl in the 3rd ch from the hook, tr to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
  3. Trtcl, tr [ch2, miss 2, tr next] to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
  4. Trtcl, tr, ch 1 [miss 2 (tr, ch 1, tr in next tr)] to last 4, ch 1, miss 2, tr, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
  5. Trtcl, tr, ch 2 [InV, ch 2] to last 2, tr, trtcl last. Ch 2, turn.
    Repeat rows 3-5 9 times
  6. Trtcl, tr, [2 tr in the ch sp, tr next] to last, trtcl. Tie off, leave 40cm tail.

Fold top and bottom corners into meet in the middle, and using the long tails, whip stitch the from the outside corners toward the fold for 10 cm. Repeat for the other side. Take care that you will be able to work 18 trebles into the opening (the gaps between rows) when making the sleeves.

Sleeves

Make 2

Join at the seam with a standing tr, ch1 (or ss to join and ch 4), [tr in the next space between rows, ch1] repeat around, ss to join. You should have 18 trebles. If not, adjust your stitch placement accordingly.

  1. Ss into the ch space, ch 2, tr next ch sp, ch 1 [tr2tog in same sp and next sp, missing the treble in between, ch 1] repeat to last tr2tog in the last sp and 1st sp, ch 1, ss to join.
  2. Ss to ch sp, ch 1, tr same sp, [ch 1, tr next sp], repeat to last, ss to join. Note, there is no ch between the last and 1st trebles, this is a decrease.
  3. Ss to ch sp, ch 2, tr next ch sp, ch 1, [tr2tog in the same sp and next sp, missing the treble in between], repeat to last ch sp, ch 1, tr2tog in the last sp and 1st sp, skipping 2 trebles. Ch 1, ss to join.
  4. Repeat round 3
  5. Repeat round 4
  6. Ss to ch sp, ch 1, tr, ch 1, [tr next ch sp, ch 1] repeat to end, ss to join.
  7. Ss to ch sp, ch 2, tr next sp, ch 1 [tr2tog in the same and next sp, missing treble in between, ch 1], rep to last, tr2tog last sp and 1st sp, ch 1, ss to 1st tr.
  8. Repeat round 7
  9. Repeat round 8
  10. Ss to sp, ch 1, 2 htr in the same sp, [2 htr in the next sp] repeat to last, ss to join.
  11. Repeat round 11. Tie off.

Note: to make the shrug smaller, you can make the join seam longer. This will make the lapels and collar wider, and you will need to work fewer rounds on the sleeves (skip rows 9 and 10).

Your stitch count in round 1 will also be less, but the instructions for rest of the rounds will work if you have fewer trebles as well.

If you like, you can omit the sleeves altogether, and instead work rows 1, 11 and 12 to make a cuff.

Collar

Starting at the marker from the very first row, count and mark the 18th stitch in each direction. This is the bottom of the shrug. Note: Make sure you check to hold the work the right way out, so the sleeves won’t be inside out.

  1. Join at middle marker with a standing tr (or ch 3), ch 1, tr in the same st, [miss 2, (tr, ch 1, tr same)] to marker, remove marker, [miss 1, (tr, ch 1, tr same)] to marker, remove marker, [miss 2 (tr, ch 1, tr same)] to last, ss to join.
  2. Ss to ch sp, ch 1, [tr, ch 1, tr same] in the same space, [tr, ch 1, tr same] in the next ch space, and to the last, ss to join.
  3. Repeat round 2, mark the join, tie off.
  4. Count 16 V-stitches (tr, ch1, tr) and join with an ss to the next ch sp. Ch 2, [dc, ch 1, dc] next ch sp, [htr, ch 1, htr] next ch sp, [tr, ch 1, tr] next 46 spaces, [htr, ch 1, htr] next ch sp, [dc, ch 1, dc] next ch sp, ch 2, ss in the next ch sp, tie off.

Weave in ends, block gently if desired.

Feel free to add an oversized button where the sleeves are seamed if you want to close it like a jacket.

Chart

What do you think? Do you like warm hugs? I’d love you to make this, and you can purchase the yarn from a bunch of great retailers. Scheepjes lists all the shops on their website, and if you’re in the Netherlands I recommend my local yarn store, Caro’s Atelier*.

For those of you across the globe, you can order from Wool Warehouse*, and Deramores*, who both offer world wide shipping, Knotty House* is a great retailer in North America, and I’ve just discovered Belle Mae Yarns in Australia! Plus of course if you’re in South Africa Be Inspired has the entire Namaste collection.

While you’re here, have you seen my other Scheepjes Namaste pattern? It’s the Matchy Matchy Hat, which works up in under an hour!

Merry Christmas, and have a warm hug from me! XO

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Matchy Matchy Crochet Hat Free Pattern

Hey! 

So I told you that I have a quick hat in Namaste in the works, and last week I showed you a photo.  Today I have the pattern for you, and it’s so easy you can work it up in an hour or so, tops!

We have two sizes, the smaller is perfect for my almost 7 year old, and because it’s a stretchy yarn, it will fit smaller or bigger kids, and the other is to fit adults.  It’s a firm, warm fit on me, so slouchy for kids.  Again, the yarn has loads of give, so there are no problems with fit.

This pattern is written using UK crochet terms, but if you prefer US terminology, or would like to have a printer/e-reader friendly version of this pattern, it’s also available in my Ravelry store for a small fee.

Right, let’s get on with it!

What You’ll Need

1 skein Scheepjes Namaste in you choice of colour
8mm hook

Measurements

Two sizes: to fit child 5-10, and to fit older child and adult

Tension

Not important, but the adult size will use the entire skein. If you’re making both and want to make the adult longer, there will be plenty left over from the kid’s size.

Abbreviations

(UK Terms)
Ch chain stitch
Dc double crochet
Tr treble crochet
[…] repeat instructions between brackets the required number of times.
SS slip stitch
Fptr front post treble crochet
Bptr back post treble crochet

Notes

This is a granny stitch style hat, worked in rounds, slip stitching to join each round. The pattern outlines two sizes, the smaller will fit most children from about 5 years old and the larger size will fit teens through to adults.
Each size uses one skein of yarn, with plenty left over after the children’s size.

Instructions

  1. Adult and child Ch 4, ss to join.
  2. CH 3, (counts as 1st stitch and ch 1), tr in the ring, ch 1 [2tr, ch1], x 4. skip 1st dc and ch1 and ss to the next tr to join.
  3. Ss to the ch space, dc in the ch space, ch1 (counts as the 1st tr of the round), tr, ch 1, 2 tr in the same space, ch 1, [2 tr, ch 1, 2 tr] in the next ch space], x 4, skip 1st dc and ch1 and ss to the next tr to join.
  4. Ss to ch space, dc in ch space, ch 1 (counts as 1st tr of the round), 2 tr in the same space, ch 1, 2 tr in the next space, ch 1 [3 tr in the next, ch 1, 2 tr in the next, ch 1] x 4, skip 1st dc and ch1 and ss to the next tr to join.
  5. Ss to ch space, dc in the ch space, ch 1 (counts as 1st tr of the round), 2 tr, ch 1, [3 tr in the next space, ch 1] x 9, skip 1st dc and ch1 and ss to the next tr to join.
    Skip to round 14 to finish child size.
  6. Adult ss to ch space, dc in the ch space, ch 1 (counts as 1st tr of the round), [2 tr, ch 1, 3 tr in the same space] ch1, [3 tr in the next space, ch 1] x 4, [3 tr, ch 1, 3 tr] in the next, ch 1, [3 tr next, ch 1] x 4, skip 1st dc and ch1 and ss to the next tr to join
  7. Ss to the ch space dc in the ch space, ch 1 (counts as 1st tr of the round), 2 tr in the same, ch 1, [3 tr, ch 1] x 2, [3 tr, ch 1, 2 tr] in the next, [3 tr, ch 1] x 5, [3 tr, ch 1, 3 tr] next, ch 1, [ch 3, ch 1] x 2, skip 1st dc and ch1 and ss to the next tr to join.
  8. Ss to ch space, sc in the ch space, ch 1 (counts as 1st tr of the round), 2 tr in the same space, ch 1, [3 tr, ch1 in the next] x 13, skip 1st dc and ch1 and ss to the next tr to join.
  9. Repeat round 8
  10. Repeat round 8
  11. Repeat round 8
  12. Repeat round 8
  13. Repeat round 8
  14. Ch 3, tr, skip the ch space, [dc x 3, sk space] x 13, sk space, dc, ss to top of ch 3
  15. Ch 3, bptr next, [fptr, bptr] repeat to last, ss to join.
  16. Repeat round 15, ss to join, tie off and weave in ends.

There you have it!

There are several places I can recommend you purchase the yarn, here are some of them: 

Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* ship internationally, Caro’s Atelier* has everything you need in the Benelux and Europe, Knotty House* stocks Namaste in North America (US and Canada), plus there are hundreds of great retailers all over the place who stock Scheepjes yarns. If they don’t have Namaste in stock, give them a friendly nudge 😉

My Designer Shop at Deramores.com

Exciting news: Just in time for Christmas, I’ve started an exciting collaboration with Deramores.com, where you will be able to purchase pattern and yarn kits that I’ve put together, just for you!

To start with, you’ll be able to get your hands on kits for my Whispering Wind Chimes from YARN 5, Woman, my Woodland Friends Bunny along with Our Tribe My Tribe, Fade Out, Flat Out Fabulous, and coming soon will be the RainBOOM! Wrap.

So how does it work?  you can click through to the store, and when you choose to buy, you will receive the yarn sent to you, and the pattern will be sent to you as well.

It’s also possible to just buy the digital pattern if you like, so you can use it a bit like Ravelry!

Each kit comes with the original colourways that I created them with, and I intend to get more colourways added over time.  Do you have any in particular that you would love to see?  Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

In the meantime, I do hope you will enjoy, happy shopping!

WIP Wednesday, and a Sneaky Reveal!

It was the golden hour when I took pics to show you this latest WIP; that moment when you just want to bask in the glow.

Recently I showed you the yarn I’m using for a new free pattern project, using Scheepjes Namaste, and this is how it’s working up.

It’s going to be an oversized, chunky, open stitched cardigan which will envelop you and feel like a warm hug.  It will be one size, but I’ll also add information to make it smaller if you desire.  

But in the meantime, I also have a sneaky reveal for you!  I made matching hats for my daughter and myself, each using one skein of Namaste!

It is so deliciously warm and soft.  Not so warm that you start to feel the prickles of sweat, it’s just perfect for when it’s a bit too chilly to go out uncovered, and the open shell stitches keep it breathable.  Plus, as Namaste is a wool/acrylic blend, it’s always going to be lovely and soft!

I’ve written two sets of instructions for this (kid and adult sizes), and I’ll share those in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that, AND for the cardigan reveal!

In the meantime, get your hands on the yarn! It’s available at all the usual fabulous Scheepjes retailers, along with my LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and of course Wool Warehouse*.

Easy Pose, Namaste

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Have you seen the latest yarn offering from Scheepjes?

None of us Scheepjes bloggers are being particularly “yoga” in our responses to this release.  Instead we’re all much more Jane Fonda, circa 1982, jumping around in our enthusiasm! (and spandex?)

Namaste is a gorgeous bulky yarn; a virgin wool and acrylic blend, spun in a way that reminds me of the roving yarn that’s so popular right now.

The yarn calls for 8mm hooks and needles, and there is 85m in a 100g ball.  It’s also available in 33 different shades, and you can see all of my favourites are there! Take a look at the Ravelry page for all the details.

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I have a couple of projects in the works with this yarn, the first in the lovely teal shade (Dolphin) and another in light grey (warrior).  I can’t wait to show you the progress pics!

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I couldn’t wait to see how it worked up, so I made a simple granny square, and it really is very nice.  It’s smooth, and has a slight sheen, and even though it’s a single ply, it’s not too hard to frog.

And, of course it has the famed Easy Start tab which we all love so much.

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I haven’t knitted with it yet, but Carmen has, and it’s just as pretty!

While you’re waiting for my project(s) to evolve, pop over to Rachele at Cypress Textiles for her free Shavasana motif and her thoughts on the yarn.

The yarn is available at all the usual fabulous retailers, along with my LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and of course Wool Warehouse*.

Namaste (I always feel so cheesy saying that.  I feel like I need to add an exclamation point, but that isn’t very namaste, is it?)

*affiliate link

Flat Out Fabulous Shawl – Free Knit Pattern

I hope you have your yarn all ready to make this gorgeous squishy shawl, made from Scheepjes River Washed XL! I’m not going to beat around the bush, we’re going to get straight into it.

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If you’d prefer a printer/e-reader version, you can purchase it for a small fee on Ravelry.  Extra bonus: you’ll be supporting an indie designer!

What You’ll Need

Colour A: 3 skeins of Scheepjes River Washed XL in 982 Steenbras
Colour B: 4 skeins of Scheepjes River Washed XL in 989 Yarra
7mm circular (80cm) needles
Blocking mats (or a spare bed) and pins
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends

Measurements

190 (longest side) x 105 (shortest side) cm

Tension

14 stitches X 22 rows in pattern unblocked Although tension isn’t crucial, if you knit loosely you may not have enough yarn to match the repeats and pattern

Abbreviations

CA (CB) colour A (B)
Rs right side
Ws wrong side
K knit
Kfb knit front back (increase)
K2tog knit 2 together (decrease)
YO yarn over
Slwyif slip one stitch, purl-wise with the yarn in front

Notes

This is a beginner friendly pattern, worked back and forth in rows, increasing at one side only. The shawl will become a large triangle.
Repeat instructions between brackets […] the instructed amount of times.
When alternating colours, carry the yarn up the side of the work. Make sure the non-working yarn is in front when slipping the working yarn onto the needle.

Instructions

Setup

1. Cast on 3
2. K to end
3. Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end (4)
4. Ws slwyif, k to end (4)
5. Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end (5)
6. Ws sl1wyif, k to end (5)
7. Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end (6)
8. Ws slwyif, k to end (6)
9. Rs slwyif, kfb [YO, k2tog] to last 2, k2 (7)
10. Ws slwyif, k to end (7)
11. Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end (8)
12. Ws slwyif, k2tog, k to end (7)
*4 stitches increased

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Working in sets of 10 row repeats:
13. Rs, slwyif, kfb, k to end (8)
14. Ws slwyif, k to end (8)
15. Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end (9)
16. Ws slwyif, k to end (9)
17. Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end (10)
18. Ws slwyif, k to end (10)
19. Rs slwyif, kfb, [YO, k2tog] to last 2, k2 (11)
20. Ws slwyif, k to end (11)
21. Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end (12)
22. Ws slwyif, k2tog, k to end (11)
*4 stitches increased

Repeat rows 13-22 a total of 16 times. Keep track easily by counting the rows with the holes made by the YO k2tog.

Now we will introduce the stripes. Don’t cut the yarn, instead carry it up the side.

1. CB (holding CA in front of the work) Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end
2. Ws slwyif, k to end
3. CA (holding CB in front of the work), Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end
4. Ws k to end
5. CB (holding CA in front of the work), Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end
6. Ws slwyif, k to end
7. CA (holding CB in front of the work) Rs slwyif, kfb, [YO, k2tog] to last 2, k2
8. Ws slwyif, k to end
9. CB (holding CA in front of the work) Rs slwyif, kfb, k to end
10. Ws slwyif, k2tog, k to end
*4 stitches increased

Repeat rows 1-10 a total of 5 times

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Switch to CB, repeat rows 13-22 for a total of 8 times, or until running out of yarn.
Bind off loosely, weave in ends, wet block.

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Make sure you add your project to Ravelry so we can all see your colour choices, and share your photos on Instagram with #scheepjes, #missneriss and #flatoutfabulousshawl so the entire Scheepjes community can also enjoy your progress!

Copyright © 2018 Nerissa Muijs

Flat Out Fabulous – Knit Shawl Big Reveal

Here she is, and she’s Flat Out Fabulous!

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At around 2 metres end to end, and nice and deep, she wraps around beautifully.

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And tucks in to keep your neck warm and lifts your outfit – a flat out fabulous winter accessory!

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Using the larger than recommended needle size has increased the squish factor a thousand fold.  I hadn’t realised that the Scheepjes Stone Washed/River Washed could be so smooshy!

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She’s become my number one shawl since the weather turned.  I can’t get enough of these two colours (Steenbras and Yarra) together, and she’s so warm! The fuzz traps heat like nobody’s business.

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She’s also my new favourite dog walking shawl, we have a blast!

So I’ve been busy writing the pattern, and you won’t believe it, but I was halfway through transcribing my instructions, when they just stopped.  The entire second half has just gone poof! into thin air. No idea where I put the notes, but luckily I have all the key points. So the pattern will still be ready next week, I can’t wait to share it with you.

In preparation for the free pattern, you’ll need 3 balls of steenbras and 4 balls of Yarra.

Grab the yarn from any of your favourite Scheepjes retailers, or from my LYS Caro’s Atelier* in Almere (NL and european-wide shipping), or Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* who ship globally.

YARN Blog Hop: Chunky Knits for Christmas?

Last week I shared my excitement for the launch of Scheepjes YARN – Folk. Do you already have your hands on a copy?

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Together with all the other designers who contributed to this issue, I’m joining in on a blog hop to tell you about how my Frida shawl came to life.  Kirsten at Haak Maar Raak posted about her adorable Christmas Cuddles on Monday; if you haven’t seen that, you must ooh and ahh over the adorable Santa and his elf.

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You’ll have seen my Frida shawl by now. It’s a chunky grey knit with colourful floral embroidery and a buckle to close.

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So how did I come up with it? Well, I love the look of embroidery on knit and crochet, and I love a chunky knit.  And last winter I saw these cool fleecy wraps which had a buckle to keep them in place and thought: what a great idea, that would work so well in knit/crochet!  You can relate I’m sure: I see crochet and knit designs in just about every piece of fabric I come across.

So I put those three ideas together and started knitting.  I knit the shawl well in advance, but then I came up against all sorts of head scratching moments when it came to the embroidery.  It just wasn’t working out for me. The yarn I had chosen for the embroidery was too fine (I had originally chosen Scheepjes Sweet Treat) and was getting lost in the bulky knit.

So I thought perhaps I should ditch the embroidery altogether and try felt appliques:

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Again, it just wasn’t working.  The felt was all wrong, and I was starting to feel the stress of the idea not working out how I had intended.  In a fit of frustration I balled the shawl and threw it in a corner for a couple of weeks, while I did something else to reignite my creativity.

When I was ready to come back and try again, I decided to use a heavier weight yarn for the embroidery, and settled on Scheepjes Cahlista.  I also enlisted the help of a soluble stabiliser and they were a golden combination!  All of a sudden it all came together and the creative juices were in full flow.

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(The above picture is courtesy of my friend Rebekka, who tested for me.)

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After all the frustration and stress, I felt the most incredible feeling of relief and satisfaction to box this up and send it off. And now, seeing it out in the wild I just can’t stop smiling about it!

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Do make sure if you plan on making the shawl that you share your project on Ravelry.  The pattern listing is here: Frida Shawl.

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Now, Scheepjes is running a giveaway on their Facebook page!  You can be in with the chance to win a copy of this issue of YARN – Folk plus all the yarn you need to make your favourite design!

What you need to do is head to the Facebook post from Scheepjes, comment on that post with your favourite design (Frida, obviously!), then be sure to read all of the posts in this blog hop series to find the ‘secret symbol’ hidden in each blog post which will come together to create a secret message.  Once you you have the message, return to your original comment on the FB post and add a reply to your own comment with the message. The giveaway will run until 11 November, and a winner will be drawn on the 12th.  Good luck!

Tomorrow Jellina is sharing her experience (and her clue), so be sure to visit her blog to read all about it!

Lastly, don’t forget to order your very own copy of YARN (and all the back issues):

Online from:

Wool Warehouse*

Deramores*

Caro’s Atelier*

Habbedash*

And your favourite Scheepjes retailers.

*affiliate links

YARN 6 – Folk is Here, and its Glorious

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The theme of this issue is Folk, and has a strong, wintery, Christmassy vibe.  It’s all lagom and hygge and maybe for a bit of fun – kalsariokanni – winky face.

In it you’ll find a stuffed Santa, fair isle socks, multiple lacework garments, and a huge embroidered chunky knit shawl I designed.

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In a few days I’m going to come back and talk about my design process, because that deserves its own post, but for now let me share some of the lovely patterns you can make from the issue.

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These houses are designed by Maria McPherson, and I love them so much that I’ve started working on my own!  The yarn is Cotton 8; you’ll need about 3 balls, and some scrap felt and cute buttons, which we all have lying around the house!

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This blanket is by Esther Dijkstra, and the photo really doesn’t do its size and beauty justice.  It’s a firm favourite from this issue.

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Lastly, I’ll share Tammy’s Stone Washed/River Washed tunic.  The tunic which evolved from having a ‘little bit of fair isle’ to a full blown mosaic wonder.

You’ll have to get your own copy of YARN – Folk so you can see for yourself. And also add the designs to your Ravelry queue so we can see what you’re making.

It, along with all the back issues are available from Scheepjes stockists.

You can also order online from:

Wool Warehouse*

Deramores*

Caro’s Atelier*

These retailers may take a few days to get their stock online, so if you’re in a rush, try the new kid on the block: Habbedash* – they store all sorts of lovely luxurious yarny goodies.

*affiliate link

WIP Wednesday – My Knitting Adventure

Hey!

I’ve made some progress on my latest knitting project, and it’s really a lot of fun!

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The 7mm needles and the Scheepjes River Washed XL really are best friends.  It’s so satisfying to watch it grow, and grow so quickly.

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Don’t you love the stripes?

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Check out my post from last week for all the info on the yarn, and next week will be the big reveal.  I just need to find myself a model…

To get ready for the pattern, you’ll need to get yourself 7 balls of River Washed XL, 3 in Steenbras and 4 in Yarra.

Scheepjes stockists everywhere have River Washed XL, plus my local LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and Wool Warehouse*

*affiliate link