Too Cute Spooky Crochet Wreath for Halloween

My daughter is mad about Halloween.  She’s been talking about this year’s costume since last Halloween.  She’s been planning this longer than her birthday party!


We’re away on holidays in the lead up to this year, so I won’t have the time to replicate last year’s epic La Muerte costume so instead this year I’ve channelled my energies into making a Halloween wreath.

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from

I used a foam circle which I picked up at my local craft store, and a ball of the new Scheepjes Panda Sparkle and went for it!

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from

I first wrapped the foam in the sparkle yarn (using about half of it) and then I made some cute little amigurumi Halloween critters for decoration.

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from

I’m especially happy with the spider web and little redback spider in the middle.

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from

Raina insisted on there being a vampire and a witch, and would have been happy if it had been completely covered in pumpkins, but one has to draw the line somewhere!

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from

To make the amigurumis I picked up some Scheepjes Catona 25g balls in Halloween colours and rifled through my Catona stash for anything that I had missed (It’s quite the stash!). I only used small amounts, so this is where the 25g balls are just the best.

The Panda Sparkle is a great decoration or amigurumi yarn.  It’s loads of fun and the wee one is already making more plans for the leftovers.  A spooky spider garland, perhaps….

The Panda and Catona yarns are available from Wool Warehouse* globally, and great Scheepjes retailers in the Benelux  I’ve seen it at Ria’s Style here in Almere actually!

Miriem Shawl Pattern is LIVE!

And it’s 20% off!

To celebrate the launch of this design, I’ve created a coupon for you to use at the checkout on Ravelry until this Friday the 22nd of October.  Enter code miriem and check out.  It’s that simple.

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

I’m so happy with the results of this design.  Ever since I took part in the Winterlight KAL a few months ago, I’ve been wanting to create a similarly shaped shawl in crochet, showing off the amazing yarn that I picked up from Circus Tonic Hand Dyed Yarns.  I still have four skeins of this glorious yarn that is waiting patiently to become something special, but that’s a story for another day…

I’ve named the shawl after my dear friend Miriem, who has been in The Top Five for almost 20 years now!  This is a girl who has routinely gone above and beyond what you could possibly expect any friend to do.  Let’s just say, if there are bodies to be buried, it’s Miriem that I’m calling.

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

About the pattern:

It is worked in rows, on the bias.  The base stitch is a half double crochet (HDC). However, it is a deep HDC. Meaning, each HDC stitch goes around the regular top two loops, and also around the 3rd loop at the front of the stitch. This removes the line that rows of HDC stitches tend to create, making the design truly reversible.

What you’ll need:

Almost 800 metres of 4ply (sock) weight yarn. I used yarn from Circus Tonic Handmade; to catch shop updates, I highly recommend following Hannah on Instagram as yarn sells out in a heartbeat. I also recommend checking the sock yarns on both* and Wool Warehouse* as their selections are fantastic.

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

what are you still doing here?  Get over to Ravelry!

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Move over Kim Kardashian, I’m in Simply Crochet!

Actually, I’m quite surprised I didn’t have to google how to spell Kardashian.  But then, some things are so ingrained in pop culture we learn by osmosis.

Anyway, Simply Crochet!

In the current issue of Simply Crochet magazine, there is an entire feature on the amazing Last Dance on the Beach CAL that I contributed to earlier this year.

Last Dance on the Beach feature in Simply Crochet issue 49.

If you’re not familiar with the CAL, my friend Marinke was in the process of designing a CAL for Scheepjes when she passed away in 2015, and so twelve designers (and friends) banded together to finish what she started.  The result was the Last Dance on the Beach CAL, with each week’s square created by a different designer, based on their own individual experience and inspiration.


Simply Crochet contributor Judy Darley has written a beautiful feature about the journey that the designers have been on during this CAL, and how Wink had impacted our lives through friendship and design.

Last Dance on the Beach feature in Simply Crochet issue 49.

I designed the square for week 5 of the CAL, taking my inspiration from the footprints that birds leave in the wet sand while they’re foraging for worms or snails left behind as the tide goes out.

Footprints in the Sand, image by Katharina Schuetz sourced from Dance on the Beach feature in Simply Crochet issue 49.

For the project, I came up with my own stitch, calling it the Seagull Stitch.  It’s a variation of the spike stitch, creating the shape of footprints.  I created a little video tutorial (for lefties) here:

It has been such a privilege to be involved in this project.  Marinke affected so many of us, in her crochet and even more so as herself.  It’s not too late to join the CAL either.  You can download all of the instructions here.

Issue 49 of Simply Crochet is available now, and image credits for the snapshot of Wink and the title, plus the extract of a quote from me are from Simply Crochet.


Yarn Day: Secret Garden

This week Scheepjes launched another brand new yarn.  Seriously, I can’t keep up with them all, there are so many!  This one is the silk blend Secret Garden.

secret garden.jpg

Among the Blogger Tribe, this one has been much anticipated.  We were lucky enough to be given a sneak peek and there was lots of oohing and aahing and rubbing yarn on our faces.

So I’m excited to give you a little show and tell!

Scheepjes Secret Garden. Available via Deramores - and Wool Warehouse - #scheepjes #missneriss

I have these three colours – Rambling Blooms, Herb Garden and Falling Blossom for a top secret project that I’m working on, but I also wanted to show you how it crochets.  I whipped up this granny:

Scheepjes Secret Garden. Available via Deramores - and Wool Warehouse - #scheepjes #missneriss

It shows off the colours in Rambling Blooms beautifully, don’t you think?

About the yarn; it’s a silk (20%), cotton (20%) and polyester (60%) blend, and the recommended hook/needles sizes is 4mm.  I’ve gone up to a 5mm though, as I think that suits my style much better.  The fabric of my granny is quite dense, so it would be forgiving using a 6mm even.  It’s available in 10 shades, I’m looking forward to trying them all.

I see that this yarn is going to be a knitter’s dream.  I’m already thinking of the beautiful shawls and tops I’m going to be seeing in the very near future!

The yarn goes on sale today, so do keep an eye on your favourite stockists in the Benelux, and Wool Warehouse and Deramores will also have you covered no matter where you live in the world.  If you can’t find it straight away, pop back again for another look.

To find more inspiration, do join the #scheepjes hashtag on Instagram, there are thousands of beautiful gorgeous pics!

Crochet Hook Review – Tulip Etimo

Pink, glorious pink!

I haven’t had the chance to show you my lovely new set of crochet hooks from Tulip.

I picked these up recently and they’ve immediately become my go to hooks.  I mean, you know that I’m a Clover girl, so it takes a lot for me to switch to another brand.

Ok, so there are a couple of reasons why I love these.  Firstly, well, just look at them! It’s the details really. Ombre pink, the shafts and hooks themselves are even pink.  Then there’s the faux leather case and the little zippered notions pouch with its scissors and needles.  The only thing missing is a set of stitch markers.

Then there’s the form and fit in my hand.  The grip is a little slimmer and more contoured than the Clovers, and the it’s also about 5mm shorter.  I have large hands and the Tulip is the perfect fit in my palm.  I can imagine for smaller hands, the difference in length is probably negligible.

How do the hooks crochet? Well, I’m a pretty speedy crocheter and the adjustment phase is minimal.  I don’t have problems with snagging or with splitting.  In this way they are much the same as the Clover.  The smooth neck is great for working with acrylics – the squeak factor is minimal.

Overall, I’m going to say that I really rate the Tulips.  They’re pricey, which puts them out of reach for a lot of us.  However, they’re worth saving for, or adding to your Christmas or birthday wishlist.  Full disclosure; I was given these hooks.  All opinions are my own, so don’t worry, I’m being totally honest with you.

If you’d like to get your hands on a set of these, in pink or in black, you can go to Wool Warehouse* or* internationally, and if you live in the Netherlands there are a bunch of great retailers, like Pera en Pasha and Het Wolhuis.  If you don’t want to splurge on a full set, it’s also possible to buy them separately to give one a try.

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Progress Report – Aquarel Blanket

This one is taking me ages!  Not because I don’t love it, but because I’m also working on a few other designs concurrently – projects I can’t share yet.

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel:

I love working on it though.  It’s a great project that you can half concentrate on.  Not completely mindless, but enough so I can watch some trash tv at the same time, or listen to my favourite podcasts.

I think I have about seven blocks of rows to go, so I’m more than half way.  It’ll be ready some time in the next month or so I hope.  It already reaches from my toes to my chest and it is soooooo stretchy!  It’s going to be the perfect curl up on the couch and tuck all the edges in so you don’t get cold toes blanket ever!

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel:

When I asked on Instagram what the fastest anyone had finished a blanket, there were some crazy responses!  Like, four days, less than a week, crazy stuff!   Check out some of the responses below:

What are you working on this week?

Don’t forget: You can get hold of the Scheepjes Aquarel at Wool Warehouse (they ship everywhere)* and Scheepjes retailers throughout the Benelux.

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Sidetracked -Yarn, The After Party

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m busy plugging away on my Aquarel blanket (progress report on that this week), but today I’m taking some time out to investigate a new project.

A new fortnightly pattern booklet from Scheepjes has just landed on my doorstep.  It’s called Yarn: The After Party, and complements the twice yearly bookazine – Yarn* – that was launched earlier this year.

The concept behind The After Party is to keep the creative juices flowing between Yarn editions, and each booklet will include a single pattern and a colour chart with all the available yarns.  The styling is amazing, it makes me excited for the next instalment!

The booklet is in English and Dutch (which is great for me to practice my Dutch pattern reading), and for all us Ravelry nerds, it’s also available as a digital download for a euro.  If you buy the yarn for the design from one of the retailers, the booklet is free.

The Linen and Lace Cardigan in this edition was designed by Annelies Baes.  Annelies is such a talented garment designer, she is fully dedicated to figuring out how to create the best fit!

I’m sure it’ll be an enjoyable project, the linen soft is so easy to work with, it was such a pleasure while I was making my Rustic Lace Blanket over the winter.

Right, so the important info:  You can get The After Party at your favourite Benelux Scheepjes stockist, and Deramores* will ship them worldwide.

Still don’t have a copy of Yarn?  Get it here*.

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10 of The Best: Knit and Crochet Projects with Scheepjes Stone Washed

It’s no secret that Scheepjes Stone Washed is one of my favourite yarns to use.  Ask any of my blogger tribe and they’ll say the same.  It is amazing.  The colours are vibrant, the yarn itself is unique in its construction, and the end results: fabulous.

In honour of this beauty, I have a round up for you with 10 of the best knit and crochet projects using Stone Washed.  The patterns are all available by clicking on the images or headings.

Linen Stitch Manghan by Dedri Uys


This is a design that shows just how diverse the Stone Washed yarn is and how wonderfully the colours work together.  You can get the yarn packs for this in Dedri’s shop*.

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh. Grab the yarn here:

This is a design that I fell in love with at first glance.  I love everything about it, it just makes me feel happy.  Isn’t Christina a talented designer? The yarn for this one is available here*.

Cosy Colour Block Shawl by Sarah Knight

Cosy ColourBlock Shawl by Sarah Knight. Get the yarn here:

Sarah’s Colourblock shawl is such a popular garter stitch design, and it’s easy to see why!  Stone Washed makes the best warm shawls, cosy is most definitely the best adjective here!  Pop over and get the yarn here*.

Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs

Peekaboo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs. Yarn available here:

This one is by me, it’s my Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap, of which I’m enormously proud.  It’s an incredibly simple and flattering design that is easily customisable for your own body.  The yarn is available here*.

I Love Scraps Afghan by Mary Ann Frits

I Love Scraps Afghan by Mary Ann Frits. Yarn available at

This is one of those designs that Pinterest loves to show me – almost every day it’s being saved by people that I follow, and when it’s not being saved, it’s being recommended by Pinterest.  This heart stitch is one that I love, especially in this spectrum colourway from Marieke at The Brei Boederij.  There are yarn packs available in her lovely webshop.

Top by Scheepjes

Stone Washed Top by Scheepjes. Yarn from

This one is to be found on the Scheepjes website directly.  It’s a lovely knit design and one to add to your WIP list for sure. Click here* to get the yarn.

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes. Yarn available here:

Here is proof that Stone Washed isn’t just for cosy blankets, shawls and wraps, it also makes beautiful delicate garments, as showcased here in Annelies’ gorgeous design.  You’ll only need up to 7 balls to complete this one, grab the yarn here*.

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert. Yarn available here:

This was one of the very first designs with Stone Washed when it was released a couple of years ago (how the time has flown by!) and it’s an enduring favourite. The instructions for the motif and the poncho construction are on the CreJJtion website and the yarn can be purchased here*

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump. Yarn and pattern to be found on Deramores:

Although Marinke was so well known for her mandalas, this third loop HDC stitch was like her signature in my mind, and this lovely beach bag that she designed for Deramores is no exception. You can get the yarn and pattern from Deramores directly.

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel. Yarn available at

It’s just not possible to have a pattern round up for Scheepjes Stone Washed without sharing Atty’s Star Blanket.  Atty’s motifs are all so original and creative, she’s a true innovator!  The yarn is for sale here*.

10 beautiful knit and crochet designs using Scheepjes Stone Washed on #crochet

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Progress Update – Aquarel Crochet Project

I’ve been a busy little bee over the last couple of weeks since I last posted.  I’ve made great progress on my latest Scheepjes project, made with Softfun Aquarel.  It’s going to be a blanket, and so far it’s looking amazing!


That is a shot I took before I went on holiday two weeks ago, and the blanket has since travelled around Scandinavia and increased dramatically in size!

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel:

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel:

It’s actually grown even more since I took these pics!

The chevron is so fun to do, it’s lovely and soothing creating the zig zags and feeling the yarn come to life in all it’s squishy glory.

It won’t be finished in the next week, but I’ll be sure to post more progress shots as I go – make sure you check out my Instagram feed to keep updated.  As soon as I’m finished I’ll let you know exactly how much of each colour you’ll need to make this (so far it’s looking like about 6 balls of each colour except the purple, which will likely be 8).

You can get hold of the Scheepjes Aquarel at Wool Warehouse (they ship everywhere)* and Scheepjes retailers throughout the Benelux.  I can recommend my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier – look local first!

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New Scheepjes Yarn, New Crochet Plan

Today I’m kicking off a new Scheepjes crochet project, and I can’t wait to share it!

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse:

It’s another Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel* project, do you recognise the colours?

That’s right – they’re the same as the colours I used for my Textured Chevron Cushion earlier this year.

Chevron Cushion in Scheepjes Aquarel, design by MissNeriss. Yarn available from Wool Warehouse: Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse:

That can only mean one thing: companion project!

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse:

I’m still just as in love with the colours of this yarn as I was when it was first released.  I also just love working with the yarn.  It’s lovely and soft and has amazing stitch definition.  Plus it’s squishy and bouncy; perfect for what I’m making.

So, what am I making?  Well, I’ll leave you to speculate for a while….

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse:

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, arn available from Wool Warehouse: Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse:

Stay tuned for next week when I start posting teaser pics.  I’m sure it won’t take you long to guess what it will be.

You can pick up the gorgeous Scheepjes Aquarel at Wool Warehouse (they ship everywhere)* and Scheepjes retailers throughout the Benelux.  In fact, my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier stocks Aquarel, and I love to support a great local business!

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