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.

Our Tribe My Tribe on Ravelry

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!

Our Tribe, My Tribe – Shawl Reveal

Happy New Year!

I hope your start to 2018 have been as great as mine – we took an amazing family holiday to San Diego over Christmas, which was my first ever trip to North America, and I LOVED it! San Diego is a fantastic city, I could almost pretend I was in Australia.  We ate our Christmas dinner outside in the sunshine, the kids played in the pool (well, the heated jacuzzi.  It wasn’t that warm) and we just completely unplugged and enjoyed being together.

And now we’re back to reality, and it’s reveal time!

Just before Christmas I talked to you about the Our Tribe yarn collection from Scheepjes, and that I have my very own colourway, MissNeriss, and how proud I am.  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the warm and positive messages and reactions, it was just the best way to close out the year.

I’ve finished working on my Our Tribe, My Tribe shawl, and have a couple of versions to share with you!

ETA: The pattern is live!  Get your copy here!

The first is the Original, using a single colour (MissNeriss, obviously):

Our Tribe My Tribe shawl by MissNeriss

And I’ve also created a fade version too!

Our Tribe My Tribe shawl (fade) by Nerissa Muijs. Colourways (from top): New Leaf, Look at What I Made, Jellina Creations

Our Tribe My Tribe (fade) shawl by Nerissa Muijs

For my fade I used New Leaf, Look at What I made, and Jellina Creations.  They’re three colours that to look at them in a ball you probably wouldn’t consider them as complementary, but they’re actually a great match, thanks to the common elements.

For something  bit different, I’m going to host a mini-CAL! So when the pattern launches next week, I’m going to start making a new one, and post progress pics as I go, and I want you to join me!  That way we can work on it together, chat about how much we love the yarn (obviously!) and I can help you through any parts where you might become stuck.

I’m going to host the mini-CAL on Instagram, under the tag #ourtribemytribe and to be the first to know about the pattern release (and to get a discount), make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter which will go out at the beginning of next week!

Ahead of the pattern launch and mini-CAL, make sure you get hold of the yarn!

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.

To get hold of the yarns, here’s a list of some of my favourite suppliers, in NL and beyond:

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.

And to tide you over for a few more days, here are some more photos!

Our Tribe My Tribe (fade) shawl by Nerissa Muijs

Our Tribe My Tribe (fade) shawl by Nerissa Muijs

Let me know what you think in the comments, and speak to you next week.  I’m off to choose a new fade for my next Our Tribe My Tribe shawl in time for the min-CAL!

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RBTL and CBTL Patterns and Make Along

#RBTL and #CBTL are probably two of the coolest yarn-related hashtags you need to know for the second half of 2017, and if you haven’t heard of them yet, let me bring you up to speed.  You’re going to need to know all about them over the coming couple of months (at least)!

Back at the start of this year my bestie Tammy started talking about creating a shawl using the illusion knitting technique and was planning on using 2 balls of Scheepjes Whirl.  I thought (and said) she was nuts.  What sort of crazy person would want to knit – KNIT – a shawl using two kilometres of yarn?!

Then the progress shots started appearing.  At first I was all, god no.  That’s two kilometres of yarn on 2.5-3mm needles.  I just couldn’t process the level of effort involved in knitting such a huge project.

As the shawl started to grow I began to think, oh, maybe I could knit that.  The contrasting colours of the two whirls was beautiful (and it helped that it was the two rainbow colours) and the illusion technique is just so interesting.

By the time the shawl was finished, and Read Between the Lines (RBTL) was born, I was blown away.  The look that illusion knitting gives me so much pleasure.  It’s hard to describe the feeling properly, but it makes me feel a bit fuzzy around the edges when I look at the way the colours sort of slide.  It’s soothing, soft.  I get the same feeling when I play with that magic sand stuff.  The way the sand moves gives the same effect as looking at the knit.  Does that make sense?

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Anyway..!

The shawl first appeared in The Knitter magazine, and it’s been hugely popular.  So much so that it’s pulling crocheters over to the dark side, learning to knit just so they can make their own RBTL, but a lot (and I mean a LOT) of people started asking for a crochet version.

So it was time for the RBTL to gain a sibling!

This week the Crochet Between the Lines was launched and the response has been so overwhelming that it basically overloaded Tammy’s website!

You can see why, right?

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So now I’m busy putting together colour combinations for my own CBTL.  I’m torn between two Whirls (Dandelion Munchies and Dark Grape Squish):

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Or combining both mine and Tammy’s Our Tribe yarns!

MissNeriss and Canadutch, best Our Tribe friends

I think using our two yarns would be a great idea, don’t you?

Now, some details on how to get your hands on everything you need.

The After Party booklets containing the patterns are available at Scheepjes retailers throughout the Netherlands (in both English and Dutch), plus Wool Warehouse for global shipping.

If you’re feeling impatient, you can download both versions from Ravelry here:

RBTL and CBTL

And what about the yarns?  If you’re not one of the thousands of people with 15 balls of Whirl in your stash already to choose from, head to Wool Warehouse* globally, Black Sheep Wools in the UK, or to one of the many Scheepjes retailers in the Benelux.  All those retailers stock Our Tribe too, so pick up a couple of those while you’re ordering!

Tammy is hosting a MAL (make along) in the Scheepjes CAL groups, and I totally recommend joining in!  The English group is here, while the Dutch language group is here.  There are already loads of people sharing their colourways and their progress, it’s going to be a fabulous team project!

Right, I’m off to swatch.  I won’t see you again before Christmas, so I wish you all the very best, and catch you in 2018!

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Our Tribe, My Tribe

If you’ve been tuning into this blog for a while you’ll already know how much my yarny tribe means to me, how these girls have been an incredible source of inspiration, support, and reality checks.

And now Scheepjes has made the tribe official.  Just launched this week is a brand new collection, aptly called Our Tribe.  The yarn is called Our Tribe because, wait for it, each of us Scheepjes bloggers has designed our very own colourway!

I’m not kidding here, I was asked to design my very own MissNeriss yarn colourway!

Picture this: late last year, at our annual Scheepjes Bloggers Weekend,(I think maybe this should be renamed the Scheepjes Tribe Retreat, what do you think?), Mr Scheepjes sat us all down with a very serious look on his face, and I thought, oh no, here it comes… But no!  Actually, it was all great news, and he would like to invite us all – the Scheepjes Tribe – to design our own colourways for a new yarn collection!  He then proceeded to upend a huge box of pantone chips on a table and we all went for it.  Well, the others went for it while I cried with for a little while from the overwhelm.

Usually when confronted with a situation where I need to make a definitive creative decision in a short timeframe I feel stressed and the imposter syndrome creeps in, but this time I knew exactly what I needed to do.  Exactly which colours I needed to use:

MissNeriss Our Tribe colourway inspiration

I handed my choice in and then waited (im)patiently for almost a year for the yarn to be ready….

And then it arrived.  And it is glorious.

Scheepjes Our Tribe, Colour MissNeriss (966), 70% merino superwash, 30% polyamide. 100g = 420mScheepjes Our Tribe, Colour MissNeriss (966), 70% merino superwash, 30% polyamide. 100g = 420m

The colourway couldn’t be more perfect if I had designed it myself.  Oh wait, that’s right.  I did!

I struggle to put into words how this yarn, how working with Scheepjes, how this tribe of knitters and crocheters makes me feel. In early 2014 I was just starting to create my own designs and I was snapping photos with my phone in the middle of the night and had no idea how to write a pattern.  And suddenly it all changed.  Out of nowhere the creative director at Scheepjes approached me as they had been working with a couple of bloggers and wanted to grow it to a larger handful of crocheters and knitters.

I was so intimidated that very first time I met the other bloggers.  I mean, I was sitting in the same room as Marinke Slump and Maaike van Koert!  Not to mention Kirsten Ballering (Hoogewerf), Esther de Beer, Jellina Verhoef and Maria McPherson.  Thank goodness my bestie Tammy was there to help me stay on an even keel because I remember looking around the room on more than one occasion thinking: how did I get here?

And so it began.  Our little tribe grew steadily, adding amazing new bloggers and saying goodbye to a few; heartbreakingly, to Marinke. Now I feel as though some of these people are the dearest friends in the entire world.

It was this tribe, and especially the support of Scheepjes, that helped drag me through the darkest days of burnout.  It is this tribe that comes together to lift one another up. It’s this tribe who are living definitions of Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic.

I wouldn’t be the designer, or the human, I am without this tribe.

The full tribe. Centre colourway MissNeriss (966)

Now, let me tell you a bit about the yarn itself.

Our Tribe is available in 15 colourways, one for each member of the Scheepjes Blogger Tribe (and two from Scheepjes, named for family members):

Kirsten Hoogewerf-Ballering
Rachele Carmona
Susan Carlson
Maria McPherson
Jellina Verhoef
Dedri Uys
Carmen Jorissen
Esther Dijkstra
Christa Veenstra
Esther de Beer
Tatiana Kupryianchyk
Tammy Canavan-Soldaat

The yarn is 70% Merino superwash, 30% polyamide sport weight and 100 grams will give you 420 metres of yarn.  They all have long colour changes with up to five colours in each ball.  Available in all the awesome stockists from December 8.

Here’s what MissNeriss looks like in a colour swatch:

MissNeriss (966) colourway in Our Tribe yarn from Scheepjes. 70% merino superwash, 30% polyamide fingering weight, 420m per 100g

And I also wanted to share my favourite fade:

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I won’t ruin the surprise as to which yarn belongs to which blogger, I’ll leave you to guess – you’ll have to tune in tomorrow for the next instalment where Rachele will tell you all about her yarn.  And if you haven’t seen it already, pop over to Kirsten’s blog to read about her colourway.

Oh, and before I go, here’s a sneak peek of a new design I have with this yarn, which is coming very soon!

Our Tribe My Tribe shawl by MissNeriss

Christmas Gift Guide – Crochet for Beginners

Welcome to part three of my Christmas Gift Guide. Have you already shared the links from the previous posts with a loved one?  Here they are again:

Christmas Gift Guide – Crochet on the Go

Christmas Gift Guide – Notions

Today I’m talking beginner crochet. The perfect starter pack.  On this list are the items that I wish I had had when I was first starting out, but instead found myself standing in the yarn section of my local craft store completely clueless!

The Learn to Crochet Project

By Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin

Kat and Joanne have been teaching crochet all over the UK and beyond for years, and this book is the culmination of all those lessons learned with great advice including choosing yarn, tools you’ll need, how to avoid simple mistakes and most importantly, the book will actually teach you how to make some beautiful and wearable items.  Not a dishcloth or mug cosy to be found!

The Learn to Crochet Project Book ~ PRINT COPY ~ A beginners crochet course available on Etsy for 10 Pounds https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/557998558/the-learn-to-crochet-project-book-print?ref=shop_home_active_3

The girls at the Crochet Project have a fantastic special offer right now too, if you buy this book as a gift, add a note to the Etsy comments and they will post a free copy of a pattern of your choice (to the same address).  Or, if you gift a copy via Ravelry, send a DM to Joanne at notsogranny who will send you a pdf of your chosen design.

The Learn to Crochet Project is available from 1st of December on Etsy and Ravelry, and is also ready for pre-order right now for 10 pounds GBP.

Clover Amour Crochet Hooks

When it comes to buying a full set of crochet hooks, I don’t think you can beat the Clover Amour hooks for quality and price.  For around 60 euros you have a set of 9 hooks and a storage case and you’ll never have to worry about not having the right hook in your stable.

Clover Amour crochet hooks, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/nvki

Seriously, that first day when I was standing in the craft store, I had picked out my yarn and then had to choose a hook.  I had no idea how to read a yarn label so I, no word of a lie, picked the coolest looking hook on the shelf.  It also happened to be the most expensive, and not at all suited to my hands.  Oh, and it was the wrong size, but I didn’t understand why my work was all wonky.  Ah….. Hindsight….

The Clover Amours are available from Wool Warehouse* (who ship globally) for 60 euros.  While you’re buying hooks, pick up a set of my matching stitch markers for under a tenner.

Yarn Needles

Technically I could have put this under notions, but I think it’s suited here.  You’ll absolutely need a darning needle or two to sew in your ends and you can grab them at any store that sells needles and thread, from Hema to Kmart to the supermarket.

My favourites though, are cute coloured needles like these that I picked up from Stephen and Penelope in Amsterdam.

http://www.stephenandpenelope.com/en/eight-seasons-tapestry-needles-5-pk.html

They make a great gift, and they’re only 2 euro!  Get them at Stephen and Penelope.

A Scheepjes Catona Colour Pack

This is a box chock full of mini balls of Catona in all the colours you could possibly imagine and they make the perfect starter pack.  It would be enough to make a colourful blanket or shawl, or perfect for making little amigurumis.

The yarn is mercerised, doesn’t split, and is hardwearing, so it’s the perfect yarn for a new crocheter.

The yarn packs are available from Wool Warehouse* who ship globally for just over 60 pounds GBP.

In my next (and last) post in this series, I’m going to be hosting a monster giveaway, with some of the great items that I’ve recommended here, and more!  If you haven’t already, subscribe in the top right corner so you don’t miss out.

See you next week!

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