Whispering Wind Chimes Crochet Pattern in YARN – Woman

Hey there.  It’s been a while.  Much longer that I had hoped. A lot has happened, but that’s a story for another day.

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While I was gone, Scheepjes released a new edition of their bi-annual book-a-zine YARN.  This time the theme celebrates Woman.

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This series touches on themes such as The Good Wife, Rebel Daughter, Soul Sister, and Earth Mother. You’ll also find a feature of all the bloggers who collaborate with Scheepjes, and will learn about our inspiration and role models.

I have one design in this edition, the Whispering Wind Chimes.  It is a series of five lanterns, using Scheepjes Sunkissed.  You’ll also need 2 20cm dream catcher rings per lantern and 10 round bells.

You can hang the lanterns in the garden as decoration, or thread them onto fairy lights, or hang a battery operated candle or LED lamp inside.

It’s a very easy pattern, great for someone who is just starting out and wants to learn how to make basic stitches look interesting as it looks more difficult than it is.  The pattern is also easily adapted to become larger or smaller (feel free to reach out to me if you’d like help with this).

Along with my Whispering Wind Chimes, you can see Susan Carlson’s design, using my MissNeriss Our Tribe colourway in her Little Sister shawl.  The colours are just perfect, I never tire of seeing projects in my colourway.

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You can get your hands on the latest copy of YARN, Woman at almost all of the fab Scheepjes retailers.

The book is also available at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* for global shipping, and Caro’s Atelier* in NL

Both Deramores* and Caro’s Atelier* have put together packs with everything you’ll need. Be quick though, they’re selling out!

Which is your favourite project in Yarn – Woman?  Hit me with them, and tell me which you’ve made already!

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It’s the RainBOOM! Crochet Pattern Launch

Happy Spring to the Northern Hemisphere! And I’m also thinking that for many antipodeans autumn is a welcome relief from the summer heat.

I used to dream about that first frost when I lived in Alice Springs to come and kill all the flies and bring with it those gorgeous sunny days – days which are still warmer than the average dutch summer.  Sigh.

Anyway, today is RainBOOM! day.  I have the free pattern of my latest Scheepjes design to share with you, are you ready?

Rainbow Wrap made with Scheepjes Stone/River washed cutie pies: http://shrsl.com/ubkw

What You’ll Need

One Stone Washed River Washed Colour Pack (all fifty colours); which you can pick up from most Scheepjes retailers, including:

Wool Warehouse* (for UK and global shipping)
Caro’s Atelier* (in the Benelux and Europe)
Black Sheep Wools* (in the UK)
Knotty House* (US and Canada)
Snufflebean Yarn (in the UK)
5mm crochet hook

Measurements

200cm (point to point) x 50cm wide

Tension

16 stitches by 8.5 rows in 10cm² in treble (US double) crochet

Abbreviations

(UK Terms)

MR magic ring
Tr treble crochet (US terms: DC double crochet)
Ch chain stitch
Inc increase – two treble crochet stitches in one stitch (US terms: two double crochet stitches in one stitch)
Tr2tog decrease – two treble crochet stitches into one stitch (US terms: two double crochet stitches into one stitch) [yarn over (YO), insert hook in stitch (st) , pull up a loop. YO hook, pull through 2 loops. YO hook insert in next st, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops YO, pull through last 3 loops.]
[…] repeat instructions between brackets the required number of times.
(801) denotes colour number from the yarn label.

Notes

This is a beginner friendly pattern, designed to use all 50 colours of the Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed colour pack.

The wrap will be constructed in two pieces, working back and forth in rows. First making two triangles, then diagonal rows, and finally joining the two pieces and adding tassels from the leftovers.  There will be minimal yarn left over, so do pay attention to your tension. Use either colour 801 or 803 and make a swatch.

At the end of each row you should ch2 and turn, this will not count as a stitch throughout. The instruction is only mentioned in row 1, as a reminder.

While making the triangle, the rows will increase by 3 stitches each side (6 per row), with an increase at the flat edge, and also in the ch space.

Weave in your ends as you go, this will vastly reduce the amount of work at the end of the project.

Where the colour number is noted at the beginning of a row (801), you should change tie off at the previous row and start using the next colour.

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Instructions

  1. (801) MR, tr x 2, ch2, trx 2, ch2, turn.
  2. Inc, tr x 2, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 2, inc in the last.
  3. Inc, tr x 4, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 4, inc
  4. (821) tr x 7, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 7, inc
  5. Tr x 10, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 10, inc
  6. Tr x 13, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 13, inc
  7. (830) tr x 16, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 16, inc
  8. Tr x 19, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 19, inc
  9. Tr x 22, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x22, inc
  10. (836) tr x 25, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 25, inc
  11. Tr x 28, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 28, inc
  12. Tr x 31, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 31, inc
  13. (835) tr x 34, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 34
  14. Tr x 37, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 37, inc
  15. Tr x 40, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 40, inc
  16. (943) tr x 43, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 43, inc
  17. Tr x 46, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 46, inc
  18. (945) tr x 49, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 49, inc
  19. Tr x 52, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 52, inc
  20. (942) tr x55, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 55, inc
  21. Tr x 58, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 58, inc
  22. (807) tr x 61, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 61, inc
  23. Tr x 64, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 64, inc
  24. (946) tr x 67, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 67, inc
  25. Tr x 70, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 70, inc
  26. (823) tr x 73, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 73, inc
  27. (944) tr x 76, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 76, inc
  28. (816) tr x 79, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 79, inc
  29. (947) tr x 82, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 82, inc
  30. (834) tr x 85, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 85, inc
  31. (817) tr x 88, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 88, inc
  32. (833) tr x 91, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 91, inc
  33. (809) tr x 94, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 94, inc
  34. (832) tr x 97, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 97, inc
  35. (812) tr x 100, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 100, inc

Repeat rows 1-35 in the following order:

  1. (803) MR, tr x 2, ch2, trx 2, ch2, turn.
  2. Inc, tr x 2, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 2, inc in the last.
  3. Inc, tr x 4, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 4, inc
  4. (802) tr x 7, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 7, inc
  5. Tr x 10, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 10, inc
  6. Tr x 13, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 13, inc
  7. (829) tr x 16, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 16, inc
  8. Tr x 19, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 19, inc
  9. Tr x 22, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x22, inc
  10. (822) tr x 25, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 25, inc
  11. Tr x 28, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 28, inc
  12. Tr x 31, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 31, inc
  13. (804) tr x 34, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 34
  14. Tr x 37, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 37, inc
  15. Tr x 40, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 40, inc
  16. (831) tr x 43, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 43, inc
  17. Tr x 46, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 46, inc
  18. (814) tr x 49, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 49, inc
  19. Tr x 52, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 52, inc
  20. (811) tr x55, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 55, inc
  21. Tr x 58, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 58, inc
  22. (810) tr x 61, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 61, inc
  23. Tr x 64, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 64, inc
  24. (808) tr x 67, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 67, inc
  25. Tr x 70, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 70, inc
  26. (818) tr x 73, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 73, inc
  27. (830) tr x 76, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 76, inc
  28. (949) tr x 79, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 79, inc
  29. (941) tr x 82, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 82, inc
  30. (950) tr x 85, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 85, inc
  31. (805) tr x 88, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 88, inc
  32. (828) tr x 91, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 91, inc
  33. (813) tr x 94, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 94, inc
  34. (824) tr x 97, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 97, inc
  35. (952) tr x 100, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 100, inc
  36. (824) inc, tr to 2nd last stitch, tr2tog in last and ch space, ch2 turn
  37. Tr2tog, tr to 2nd last stitch, inc, ch2 turn.
  38. Inc, tr to 3rd last stitch, tr2tog in last 2 stitchs, tie off.

Repeat rows 36-38 8 times, in the following order:

  1. (815)
  2. (825)
  3. (953)
  4. (951)
  5. (954)
  6. (826)
  7. (806)
  8. (819)

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Repeat rows 37 and 37 with colour (827), then saving a long tail, whip stitch the two pieces together, with the long edge of piece two matching up with the point of piece one.

Tassels

Separating the leftover colours from piece one and piece two, cut 30-40cm lengths, and double stranded, knot tassels in each second stitch along both short (diagonal) sides.

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Chart

rainBOOM chart

Block to size, enjoy!

Here it is, laid out on the ground to give you an idea of the size.  I didn’t have a $20 note for scale, so the bunny (who has serious FOMO and has to be in the middle of everything) will have to do 😉

RainBOOM Wrap - free crochet pattern by MissNeriss

 

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Crocheting a Rainbow with Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed Cutie Pies

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a rainbow growing over the last month or so.

A while ago Scheepjes sent me a couple of Stone Washed and River Washed cutie pie colour packs to play with, and I immediately started planning how I could make something which would use every single colour and this rainbow wrap was born.

Let me tell you a little about the cutie pies.  They come in two packs, one in regular stone/river washed, and the other in XL.Scheepjes Stone Washed (and XL Cutie Pies)

The regular Stone Washed come in 10g balls, with 26m of yarn. I was able to get 300 UK trebles (US double) from a ball with a 5mm hook.  The XL come in 15g balls with 22.5m of yarn.  I haven’t tested how many stitches this works out to be, because I’m saving the yarn – I have a special idea brewing, so we’ll have to wait for more info there…

But, back to the rainbow.

I decided to make something of a giant zigzag and although it took me a while to make it work, the end result is beautiful.

Rainbow Wrap made with Scheepjes Stone/River washed cutie pies: http://shrsl.com/ubkw

I’ve written the pattern, and now I just need to proof and upload it here, so it should be ready in the next couple of days!

You’ll need an entire Stone Washed/River Washed cutie pie colour pack, which you can pick up from most Scheepjes retailers, including:

Wool Warehouse* (for UK and global shipping)
Caro’s Atelier* (in the Benelux and Europe)
Black Sheep Wools* (in the UK)
Knotty House* (US and Canada)
Snufflebean Yarn (in the UK)

Lastly, you should check out Matt from A Boy and Bunting’s fun and fabulous Youtube review of the yarn, he dives right in and talks about everything you need to know.

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Braided Cowl, Free Crochet Pattern

Do you have your three balls of Scheepjes River Washed XL ready to go?  Great!

If you haven’t, nip over to Wool Warehouse*, or Caro’s Atelier*, or head to Scheepjes.com for the full list of stockists.

What You’ll Need

3 skeins of Scheepjes River Washed XL, one each of 942 Steenbras, 949 Yarra, and 94 Danube.
6mm hook (or hook to obtain tension)

Measurements

60cm around, by 15cm wide

Tension

5 stitches by 7 rows = 10cm
Unblocked, in stitch pattern.

Abbreviations

(UK terms)
Ch chain
Tr
Treble crochet (US: DC double crochet)
Ps Puff stitch (4 loops)
C1 (C2, C3) colour one, colour 2, colour 3

Notes

This pattern is worked in rounds, with each round being worked in the opposite direction to create the braided effect. It is also based on a three stitch repeat, so to increase or decrease the circumference, add or subtract stitches in sets of threes.

Repeat instructions between *…* the stated number of times.

The stitch itself is also very simple, but can be awkward to get the hang of in the beginning. The first stitch of the round is a ch 3, which counts as a treble.  The next stitch is a 4 loop puff stitch (yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all loops), however this is worked through a stitch two stitches back.  The next stitch of the round is then worked three stitches forward from the original starting chain. More on this in the instructions.

It’s important to remember that this design makes use of almost all of the yarn, there will be very little left over, so pay close attention to your tension.  There are four rounds of each colour, so if there are concerns about yardage and tension, work two quick rounds in pattern and weigh your work.  If more than 50% of the ball is used, check and adjust the tension/hook.

Instructions

  1. With C1 ch99. Ss to join.
  2. Ch3 (counts as a tr), *skip 1 chain backwards, ps in the previous chain. Ch1, skip 4, tr in the next.* (There should be two skipped chains between the ch3 and the next treble.) Repeat 32x, ss to the top of the puff stitch (not the chain) to join.
  3. Turn, ch3. *ps in the last treble from the previous round (skip one stitch backwards), ch1, tr in the top of the next ps* repeat 32x. ss to the top of the 1st ps of the round. Tie off, weave in ends.
  4. Change to C2, repeat round 2, working in the opposite direction to row 3 so the puff stitches will slant in the opposite direction.
  5. Repeat round 3, tie off, weave in ends.
  6. Change to C3, repeat round 2, working in the opposite direction to row 3 so the puff stitches will slant in the opposite direction.
  7. Repeat round 3, tie off, weave in ends.
  8. Change to C2, repeat round 2, working in the opposite direction to row 3 so the puff stitches will slant in the opposite direction.
  9. Repeat round 3, tie off, weave in ends.
  10. Change to C1, repeat round 2, working in the opposite direction to row 3 so the puff stitches will slant in the opposite direction.
  11. Repeat round 3, tie off, weave in ends.
  12. Change to C3, ss in each stitch around, tie off, weave in ends.
  13. With C3, repeat round 12 in the starting chain.

Tie off, make sure all your ends are woven in.  This project doesn’t need to be blocked, but blocking improves every crochet project, so it’s recommended.

There you go!

Share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #braidedcowl or #missneriss

Photo Tutorial

Round 1

ETA: **Note: the below photos shows us that there is a round of DC (US SC), but this is just for the photo purposes.  You should work the first round into the chain you made**

Continue around,

Round 2

Continue around, ss to the top of the first puff stitch.

That’s it! Enjoy!!!

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Fade out Shawl – Pattern Launch

Remember six months or so ago I had a shawl design in Simply Crochet? Well, after a few months, and loads of requests to be able to get hold of the shawl independently, now you can!

Just this week I’ve uploaded the updated pattern to Ravelry, and this time it has a very helpful chart!  I know there were quite a few of you who were asking for a chart, so I put one together.

Fade out Shawl https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fade-out-shawl

It was such an honour to be able to have a shawl design in a massively popular magazine, it was like the biggest confidence boost in the world.  There’s nothing quite like the sense of achievement of seeing something that you’ve been able to bring to life out there in the wide wide world.

Fade Out shawl by Nerissa Muijs in issue 60 of Simply Crochet

Image courtesy of Simply Crochet on Ravelry

The pattern is available for sale on Ravelry for €4.95 so go and grab your copy here.

BUT, if you’re feeling patient and love a bargain, sign up to receive my fortnightly love letter which will go out on Monday, and there will be a 20% discount code which is exclusive to subscribers.  Plus there’s always all sorts of fun stuff in those love letters, first looks at new designs, and regular giveaways. Click the image below to sign up:

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The shawl is made with a single skein of Scheepjes Whirl, and I’m sure you already have one of those lying around that is dying to be turned into a new shawl, right?

If not, you need to pop to one of these retailers to grab one:

Wool Warehouse* ships all over the world,
Knotty House* has the North Americans covered,
Black Sheep Wools* is the UK’s largest LYS (local yarn store)
Caro’s Atelier* is my LYS here in Almere

And of course, don’t forget the many many Scheepjes retailers all over the place!

Fade out Shawl https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fade-out-shawl

I do hope you love making my Fade out shawl, and do share your projects on Ravelry and Instagram (using tag #obsessedwithcrochet).

Stay tuned, next week is the launch of my free Braided Cowl pattern!

Crochet Braided Cowl – REVEAL!

Just in time for another cold snap, the Braided Cowl is ready!

Crochet Braided Cowl, free pattern using Scheepjes River Washed, by Nerissa Muijs

Ever since I first saw this stitch I’ve been consumed with getting it turned into a cowl, and I just knew that the Scheepjes River Washed XL would be the perfect yarn, especially for a colour lover like myself.

Crochet Braided Cowl, free pattern using Scheepjes River Washed, by Nerissa Muijs

I settled on three colours in the end; 982 Steenbras, 988 Danube and 989 Yarra and the cowl uses just one skein of each, with a little Steenbras left over. The pattern uses virtually all of the other two colours, so it’s a great pattern to not have left overs (which I tend to never use, no matter my best intentions for a scrappy project).

Right.  The pattern will be released this week.  It’s written and tested, but I need to take some more photos and maybe some better step by steps for the placement of the puff stitches, so I’ll work on that this week.

In advance, here’s where you can get the yarn:
Global shipping: Wool Warehouse*
UK: Black Sheep Wools*
North America: Knotty House*
Benelux: Caro’s Atelier*
Or check out the extensive list of Scheepjes retailers all over the place.

You’re also going to need a 6mm crochet hook, and I love my Clover Amour*

See you next week!

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Crochet Braided Cowl – WIP Update

I’m showing off some progress shots of the braided cowl I’m working on in Scheepjes River Washed today.

It’s a fun project, I love the effect the slanted puff stitches create.  Looking at it has an ASMR effect on me.  It’s soothing and makes my scalp tingle a little.  Do you know that feeling?  It’s the best.

Braided Cowl by Nerissa Muijs in Scheepjes River Washed XL

The stitch is a little bit tricky, it’s taken me quite a while to get it just right, with the puff stitch in just the right spot.

It’s also a challenge to make the design work with only three skeins of yarn.  That puff stitch likes to eat the fibre.  But, I’ll get there.

Plus, I keep changing my mind on the colour choices. I don’t know that 981 Colorado (the red with blue fuzz) is working how I want it to, so we’ll have to see how it all works out next week.

Braided Cowl by Nerissa Muijs with Scheepjes River Washed XL

In the meantime, get the yarn at Wool Warehouse*, who ship globally.
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Or you can go to Caro’s Atelier* in the Netherlands
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For more retailer choices, head to Scheepjes.com for the full list of stockists.

Next week: the reveal!

A New Free Crochet Project

Ah, February. Even after all these years, I am still not used to a cold birthday month. I yearn for long warm evenings, the buzz of the crickets, even the tossing and turning and complaining that it’s too hot to sleep!

But, if I look out the window today, the sun is glorious.  It may well be below zero, but after the darkest northern European winter in history, I’ll take what I can get.

Because it’s still so cold, I’m taking full advantage and making warm stuff.  I have a new project in the pipeline, if you subscribe to my newsletter (you should, by the way.  Loads of fun stuff in there each fortnight), you’ll have seen some of my swatching.

I have a few balls of the new Scheepjes yarn, River Washed XL to try, and I’m making a snuggly cowl.

Scheepjes River Washed

River Washed (regular and XL) has the same construction as the hugely popular Stone Washed.  Except in the River Washed the core is dyed as opposed to white, and the fuzz is a contrasting or complementary colour.  It’s a fantastic winter yarn. the cotton core is so soft, and the acrylic fuzz traps heat, making anything you make deliciously warm.

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I’ve decided to use a combination of these four colours.  From left to right we have 982 Steenbras, 981 Colorado, 989 Yarra, and 988 Danube. These are all combinations of my favourite colours, so now I have to make the stitch pattern I have in mind work.

I’m going to use the braided puff stitch, which is fun but a little tricky to get just right, so right now there’s a LOT of frogging going on.  Luckily the River Washed is up to the task. It’s not the best yarn to frog, but luckily I’m not working a bunch of tight stitches, but lots of loops.

If you haven’t tried River Washed yet, now’s a great time.  This pattern is only going to use three balls of yarn, and at 3.30 euros a ball (or 2.99GBP/3.46USD) it’s a very affordable yarn.

Buy the yarn at Wool Warehouse*, who ship globally.
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Or you can go to Caro’s Atelier* in the Netherlands
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For more retailer choices, head to Scheepjes.com for the full list of stockists.

Stay tuned next week, I’ll have some progress shots, if my fingers haven’t fallen off from the cold!

Get Squared – Meet Jenny King

Today I’m talking about a fun project that I completed just before Christmas, an innovative design which astounded me in its simplicity and speed, and you know how much I love speedy projects!  However, you also know that I like a long blog post, so perhaps go grab a cuppa quickly. It’s a big one!

Towards the end of 2017 the creative director at Scheepjes introduced me to fellow Australian designer Jenny King, and her magical garment making workshop Get Squared.  Essentially, we take a few very simple measurements, punch it into the formula Jenny has created, take any yarn, grab a 6mm hook and within a few hours – really, a few hours – you’ll have a garment.

Get Squared by Jenny King https://www.jennykingdesigns.com/

Image: Jenny King

I mean, of course I was skeptical.  A garment in a few hours?  Not a chance.  But then she pulled out her own example, after just two hours of work, and I was blown away.

Of course I had to try this for myself, so I ordered a pile of Scheepjes Cahlista, asked a friend for her measurements, and went to town.

Get Squared by Jenny King https://www.jennykingdesigns.com/

It was at about this point that I realised I had my measurements wrong.  I had noted the correct measurements of my friend, and I had the correct magic number from Jenny’s formula, but I hadn’t measured my work properly!

Usually it would be around this time that I would have screamed, screwed it up into a ball and thrown it across the room, but that bottom half in my pic was less than an hour’s work!  So I happily ripped it all back, measured correctly and merrily went on my way again.

Within a couple of short evenings in front of Netflix I was here:

Get Squared by Jenny King https://www.jennykingdesigns.com/

Only the sleeves and edging to go, which was done in a jiffy.  I’m not even kidding, I’ve never made a garment this quickly before.  I truly have at least three half done garments in a box somewhere that I just can’t face.  It’s too much work.  But this was a dream!

Get Squared by Jenny King https://www.jennykingdesigns.com/

When I gave it to my friend at Christmas, we discovered that the sleeves are too long, and I should have taken her inner arm measurement as well, but it’s easy to fold them back, and the cardigan looks great!

Jenny’s Get Squared is terrifically innovative.  Using her magic formula, anyone can make a garment, with just about any yarn, in basically any size, by grabbing a few simple measurements.  It’s a comprehensive video course, where you will learn to make 5 different garments.  I love a good long cardi, so I chose the Gossamer cardigan, but there is a basic sweater, a bolero and a couple of variations, including creating a round neck and a V, and a cross-over.  The course itself is $39.90 AUD (so that’s about 26 euros) and it’s adaptable, once you have the foundation down, you’ll be able to make any garment you can imagine.

Once I was done, I had to reach out to Jenny to share my cardi, and to tell her just how happy I was.  While I was at it, I also talked her into a little interview!

Here’s Jenny:

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Tell us about you, how you came to crochet, and how that evolved to designing and your own yarn!
I was 8 years old and I wanted a bun cover like ballerinas wore I their hair. So I nagged my aunt to show me how to crochet. I learnt how to chain and double crochet from her. Later my cousin from the other side of the family was making a granny square blanket and he showed me how to do that. I made it into a 4 square poncho and put a funnel neck on it. No one told me I couldn’t so I just did.

And what about Get Squared?  How did that evolve?  I’m  blown away by your formula and would love to hear how you came up with it.
Trial and error and a lot of experience. I owned a yarn store then and noticed that I could vary the sizes of many of the garments by changing the hook or the amount of rows if working from the top down. Many people who could Crochet only did granny square blankets because they only know how to go around and around. Many didn’t know what the stitch was called and liked the blankets because they were easy relaxing Crochet. I wondered if I could marry the 2 ideas and started playing. It was a bit of an epiphany with lots of hard work checking and rechecking the maths. I probably did my first top down published design in 1999 and quite a few in between so that is where the experience came from. Then I experimented with every yarn I had on hand from lace weight to chunky and it kept on working. It was like magic

I’ve made the Gossamer cardigan so far, and was astonished at how quickly it works up.  I had even gotten half way down the body and realised it much too big so had to rip it back, but what would usually have left me swearing and potentially abandoning the entire project wasn’t a problem because I knew that within a few hours I’d be almost finished.  Was the speed by design, or is a happy coincidence?
The beauty of the granny stitch is that it is quick, you work into the Big Holes as I call them so it is no effort. The J hook/6mm also helps. We are making fabric that drapes. Of course speed is important, if we want a new garment we want it now. I think that is why people churn out blanket after blanket until the family has had enough. So I wanted to put that ease if sticking into garments that people love. I used a lace weight yarn in my gossamer cardigan and you used a chunky cotton yarn and they both look wonderful. That is the beauty of Get Squared I think.

Kids Squared has just been released, and I’m so happy – I can’t wait to use your formula to create outfits for my daughter – tell us about how that came about?
It was in the back of my mind as the first top down garment I ever made was for my son who is now 33. But I had to put it on hold until Get Squared was done and I had explored every single design shape I could; I ended up with 90 Get Squared garments. I made my first Kids Squared garment 5 years ago at the same time but it is only this year that I teamed up with Scheepjes to finally get all the designs filmed and written

The Get Squared concept is based on the Granny (shell) stitch.  I think I’d love to use the V-stitch for my next garment.  How flexible is it to adapt to using other stitches, do you think?
It is very adaptable. I have devised about 8 stitch variations so far. And I that will be my next video. I have done quite a few designs already; it is very exciting. In saying that nothing is as speedy as the granny (shell)stitch. The V stitch will work either in the chain space or in the middle tr of the shell. Only the drape alters. It is all about making the fabric. I want people to make clothes quickly and easily and wear them out so I will do anything to get that to happen effortlessly and stylishly.

What can we look forward to seeing from you next?
Get Squared the New Stitches, or the “next generation” I may call it . I have started working on it. It will use the magic sizing of Get Squared so that it will fit up to 64 inch bust, and have the same simplicity without seaming but it will look so different. It is a whole other design journey. What fun!

Thanks so much for joining us today, is there anything else you’d like to share?  Tips or tricks?
If you ever have to seam up for Crochet designs can I recommend you explore the chain seaming technique which is shown isn’t the Kids Squared video or as a free PDF at my site. It may just change your world.

And finally, where can we find you online?
www.jennykingdesigns.com

Thanks Jenny! (I’ve already downloaded her seaming technique pdf, I’m excited to see it in practice.)

Jenny also sent me some of the images from the Kids Squared series to share with you, and here are a couple that I cannot wait to make for Raina!

Kids Squared by Jenny King https://www.jennykingdesigns.com/Kids Squared by Jenny King https://www.jennykingdesigns.com/

For my cardigan I used about 10 balls of Scheepjes Cahlista in 393 Charcoal which you can pick up at Wool Warehouse*, Caro’s Atelier* or any of the great Scheepjes stockists n the Benelux.

Full disclosure: I was gifted the Get Squared workshop by Jenny, but all the opinions are my own, and I have happily purchased the Kids Squared series as a result.

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Our Tribe My Tribe – Pattern Launch!

Never has a Monday felt so good.

Today marks the launch of Our Tribe My Tribe on Ravelry and I couldn’t be more excited.

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It’s also the very first time that I’ve seen one of my designs in the Ravelry Hot Right Now section, so I’ve been dancing around all morning.

I won’t go into all the details of the design here as I’ve done that here and here, I’ll just give you some of what you’ll need and some extras.

For the single colour shawl you’ll need two skeins of Scheepjes My Tribe in MissNeriss (or another colourway should you prefer, and for the fade you’ll need three colourways, including New Leaf, Look at What I Made and Jellina Creations.  Or of course a three colour fade in your choice.  Be sure to choose colourways with similar elements throughout.

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To get hold of the yarns, head to:

Wool Warehouse:* has you covered globally (including Australia and the US)

Caro’s Atelier*: my local yarn store here in Almere, with all the Our Tribe yarns, plus the entire Scheepjes range with great service!

Magnolia Tree Wools*: a small business, based in the UK, with a growing selection of Our Tribe yarns (including MissNeriss), plus lots of other scrummy things you didn’t know you need.

Of course there are also a bunch of other retailers across Europe, and a growing range in North America.  You can find all the stockists on the Scheepjes site here.

You’ll need a 4.5 mm hook*, stitch markers,  blocking mats (or a spare bed or length of carpet) and pins because it’s absolutely critical that this piece is blocked.

For all other information, head to the Ravelry page or feel free to reach out via the contact page.

Plus, the mini-CAL will launch today.  I’m about to go stash diving to see which three Our Tribe colours I should use for my next fade…  Don’t forget to use hashtag #ourtribemytribe and keep an eye out for some giveaways over the next few weeks while we make the shawl together!

Have the best week!