Category Archives: blanket

Centerpoint – Crochet Blanket REVEAL

I’m so excited to be able to share this new design with you!

It’s been a massive undertaking; probably the largest crochet project I’ve ever made, and all with a teeny tiny 3mm hook!

I love the pastel rainbow, all brought together with the soft white stripes radiating out from the centre.

The Centerpoint blanket is made with Scheepjes Organicon, their first certified organic (and vegan) cotton yarn, and using a 3mm hook. I’ve shared more information about this lovely yarn here.


Get The Yarn

Scheepjes has the complete list of stockists available on their website, at scheepjes.com. If your favourite retailer doesn’t have Organicon, you can always ask them to get it in – don’t be shy!

Wool Warehouse* ships globally (with some small delays due to C-19), so you can pick it up there.

I say it all the time: Caro’s Atelier* is my local yarn store, so I would also love you to support them. They ship all over Europe.

Black Sheep Wools* is one of the best bricks and mortar stores in the UK, and they’ll also ship to you.

(If you own a yarn store and stock Organicon, please feel free to add direct links to your product page in the comments of this post.)


The pattern will be ready shortly, the charting is all done, and if you look closely in the photos, I’ll have a modified version so you can make the blocks and turn them into whatever you fancy!

This dog, always has to be in on the action.

See you soon, with the pattern!

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WIP – Organicon Crochet Blanket

It’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve been working on my Scheepjes Organicon squares in the background, but I also shared about the launch of the latest issue of Yarn – The Colour Issue; did you see it yet? If not, all the info is here. The designs are incredible, it’s a must have.

Because it’s so huge and the hook is so small, this blanket is taking me longer than usual to complete. Having said that, the effort is so worth the results already. The colours are just the best, I’m excited about all of this!


Get The Yarn

Scheepjes has the complete list of stockists available on their website, at scheepjes.com. If your favourite retailer doesn’t have Organicon, you can always ask them to get it in – don’t be shy!

Wool Warehouse* is shipping globally again (with some small delays due to C-19), so you can pick it up there.

As I’ve said many times, Caro’s Atelier* is my local yarn store, so I would also love you to support them. They ship all over Europe.

Black Sheep Wools* is one of the best bricks and mortar stores in the UK, and they’ll also ship to you.

(If you own a yarn store and stock Organicon, please feel free to add direct links to your product page in the comments of this post.)


Isn’t this colour mash beautiful? This photo was at about 60-ish blocks in, with a LOT to go. I’ll need at least double this amount to achieve my blanket goal.

One thing that I am doing, although it doesn’t really look like it here is, I’m working my ends away as I go and will only need to snip them when I’m done. Each block has 6 ends, so if I multiply that by 150-odd blocks, my brain explodes, so I have to weave them in as I go otherwise I’ll throw it all in a corner and never look at it again!

Are you a person who weaves ends in as you go, or do you wait until the end? How do you feel about ends? Personally I find them to be the necessary evil in creating things of beauty, so I tolerate them and do everything I can to minimise the effort.

Stay tuned, I’ll be joining soon. I plan to use that really fast slip stitch invisible zipper join so it will all come together very quickly, I think you’re going to love it.

Keep an eye on the socials for more photos, the reveal will be here before you know it!

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A New Crochet Design – Scheepjes Organicon

Aren’t these colours just the best?

I have a seriously cool design coming up, using all of these colours, I can’t wait to share it with you over the coming weeks.


Get The Yarn

Scheepjes has the complete list of stockists available on their website, at scheepjes.com. If your favourite retailer doesn’t have Organicon, you can always ask them to get it in – don’t be shy!

Wool Warehouse* is shipping globally again (with some small delays due to C-19), so you can pick it up there.

As you know, Caro’s Atelier* is my local yarn store, so I would also love you to support them. They ship all over Europe.

Black Sheep Wools* is one of the best bricks and mortar stores in the UK, and they’ll also ship to you.

(If you own a yarn store and stock Organicon, please feel free to add direct links to your product page in the comments of this post.)


About Organicon

Scheepjes Organicon is a 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, which is part of a strong push toward sustainability and the need to improve production methods and conscious consumption.

A benefit of this is that Organicon is a deliciously soft yarn which is soft on skin and has a beautiful drape for garments and projects for baby.

Not only is Organicon produced in a sustainable way and unbelievably soft, it’s also vegan friendly, containing no animal products from the production of the cotton through to the dyes used to colour the yarn.

Yarn Stats

The yarn comes as 50g balls, with 170 metres.
It’s a 4ply (fingering) weight yarn, and a 3mm hook/needles are recommended.
There are 21 colours to choose from, and what I love is that there are light and bright versions of the same colour, so they all work together and can be interchangeable.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the colours I’m using. You’ll have to wait and follow my Instagram feed to keep up with the progress over the next few weeks.

Just a small hint: my project is huge, and is many, many more balls than the three I’ve just shown you. It’s going to be completely worth the effort, and I’m going to have a great pattern to share with you at the end of it.

Stay tuned!

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Celtic Tiles Blanket by Lilla Bjorn

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

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

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

Celtic pen

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

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

Celtic Tiles Blanket pattern from Lilla Bjorn at Ravelry

Celtic Tiles Blanket pattern from Lilla Bjorn at Ravelry

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

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

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

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

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

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Textured Chevron Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

Can I get a Hell Yeah?!

After months and months and months, I’ve finally finished my Textured Chevron Blanket!

And not only have I finished it,  but I have the pattern ready as well. But first, look!

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For this project I’ve been using Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, which is one of my faves.  It’s a cotton acrylic blend which is soft, squishy, warm and has outstanding stitch definition. Oh, and it’s durable too!

Now, let’s get on with the pattern, shall we?

Materials

Six balls each of Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel* in colours 801,803, 807, 808, 810
Eight balls of Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel* in colour 809
Two balls of Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel * in colour 804
4mm hook
Measuring tape
Blocking wires or pins

Measurements

150 x 160cm (but will stretch a lot!)

Abbreviations

Note: All stitches are in US terms.  There are a lot of them, so make sure you pay close attention to what needs to be used where.
CH – Chain Stitch
SS – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
Tr – Treble Crochet
2HDCTog – Decrease 2 Half Double Crochet into 1
2DCTog – Decrease 2 Double Crochet into 1
3DCTog – Decrease 3 Double Crochet into 1
FPHDC – Front Post Half double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
FPTr – Front Post Treble Crochet
2TrTog – Decrease 2 Treble Crochet into 1
3TrTog – Decrease 3 Treble Crochet into 1
FP2DCTog – Decrease 2 Front Post Double Crochet into 1
FP3DCTog – Decrease 3 Front Post Double Crochet into 1
FP2TrTog – Decrease 2 Front Post Treble Crochet into 1
FP3TrTog – Decrease 3 Front Post Treble Crochet into 1
FPextDCFront Post Extended Double Crochet
HDC3LHalf Double Crochet in the 3rd loop (camel stitch)

Tension

4 zigzag sets by 10 rows = 10cm

Notes

Each colour block uses about 1.5 balls of yarn, so you will need to join.  Do take care to make your joins strong and tight and keep ends to weave in.  If your join isn’t strong enough and it comes unraveled, it will be a disaster to fix!

Although the stitches and abbreviations all sound complicated, once you start working on the blanket it’s all very straight forward and easy.

Instructions

  1. Using colour 809, CH 296 298.  If you have too many chains on your hook, don’t start over, you can pull them out once you’re done.
  2. 2DCTog into the 3rd chain from the hook and the next 5 CH. DC, CH, DC into the next, DC into the next 5 CH, 3DCTog in the next. *DC in next 5 CH, DC, CH, DC, DC in the next, DC into the next 5 CH, 3DCTog in the next.* Repeat 19 times, but the very last stitch of the row will be 2DCTog instead of 3DCTog.  CH2, turn.
  3. CH2 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout), 2FPDCTog in the first 2, FPDC around the next 5 stitches, DC, CH1, DC into the CH space, FPDC into the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next 3 (the stitch before the decrease, the decrease and the stitch after the decrease), *FPDC in the next 5 stitches, DC, CH1, DC in the CH space, FPDC in the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next 3.* Repeat 19 times, except in the very last decrease, which will be 2FPDCTog instead of 3FPDCTog. CH2, turn.
  4. Repeat Row 3 7 times.
  5. Change to colour 810, repeat row 3 9 times.
  6. Change to colour 803, repeat row 3 9 times
  7. Change to colour 808, repeat row 3 9 times
  8. Change to colour 807, repeat row 3 9 times
  9. Change to colour 801, repeat row 3 9 times
  10. Change to colour 809, repeat row 3 9 times
  11. Change to colour 801, repeat row 3 9 times
  12. Change to colour 807, repeat row 3 9 times
  13. Change to colour 808, repeat row 3 9 times
  14. Change to colour 803, repeat row 3 9 times
  15. Change to colour 810, repeat row 3 9 times.
  16. Change to colour 809, repeat row 3 9 times.
  17. Change to colour 810, repeat row 3 9 times.
  18. Change to colour 803, repeat row 3 9 times
  19. Change to colour 808, repeat row 3 9 times
  20. Change to colour 807, repeat row 3 9 times
  21. Change to colour 801, repeat row 3 9 times
  22. Change to colour 809, repeat row 3 9 times
  23. Change to colour 801, repeat row 3 9 times
  24. tie off and weave in ends.

Textured chevron blanket chart instructions

Textured Chevron Blanket, free pattern by Nerissa Muijs

Border

Textured Chevron Blanket, free pattern by Nerissa MuijsTextured Chevron Blanket, free pattern by Nerissa Muijs

Join colour 804 to the top corner to work across and square off each end.

  1. CH3, 2FPTrTog, FPtr, FPextdc, FPdc, FPhdc, sc in the next 3, FPhdc, FPdc, FPextdc, FPtr, 3FPTrtog, *tr, extFPdc, FPdc, FPhdc, sc in the next 3, FPhdc, FPdc, FPextdc, FPtr, FP3TrTog* repeat across. In the last set, FP2TrTog instead of 3. Cut and tie off.  Rotate to join to the bottom corner to work across and square off.
  2. Join with a sc, sc, *FPhdc, FPdc, FPextdc, FPtr, FP3TrTog (the 3 dc in one from the foundation row counts as 1 stitch), FPTr, FPextdc, FPdc, FPhdc, sc in the next 3*. Repeat across and instead of 3 sc, work 2.  Turn 90 degrees to work down the side.
  3. Working down each side is not an exact science; try to work 3 HDC per two rows. This will make sure that the border is not too tight, nor so loose that it will be wavy. It won’t matter if your count is a couple of stitches out, you won’t notice. Once at the next corner (working 1 stitch into the post of the 1st top border stitch), work a hdc, ch1, hdc into the 1st stitch to form the corner, then work a HDC3L in each stitch across the top.  At the next corner,hdc, ch1, hdc into the last stitch, then turn the work, 90 degrees to work along the third edge.  Repeat all the way around, for a total of three camel stitch rows. Don’t join and ch 2 at the end of each row, just keep going until you’re back to the top corner which is the start/finish point.  The ends should have 4 rows of camel stitch at each end, and 3 down the sides.
  4. Tie off, weave in ends and wet block aggressively.

There will be a lot of stretch in the blanket, making it perfect to tuck around your feet and body while bingeing on Outlander on Netflix.

Get the Yarn

There are loads of great stockists where you can get hold of Scheepjes Aquarel.  In the Benelux go to Caro’s Atelier*, in South Africa head to Be Inspired.love  and for everyone else can go to Wool Warehouse* as they offer global shipping and have great rates.

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#rusticlacesquare Blanket is Finished!

It has taken me months and months, but finally, it’s finished!

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It’s absolutely beautiful.  Spectacular even.  I really struggled to capture the beauty in photographs, to be honest.

#rusticlacesquare blanket with edging border tutorial on missneriss.com

I used the joining method that Marianne from MaRRose-CCC came up with, which is essentially genius.  The blanket just grew beautifully and the joins are virtually invisible which I just love.  Especially as I hate joining motifs.

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Once the blanket was done I had to come up with an border.  I searched the internet high and low for inspiration, but to be honest, there aren’t a lot of examples out there.  Cornel Strydom used a simple scalloped edging, which I loved, but wasn’t quite right for me.

In the end I went digging through my crochet stitch bibles, and found an edging that I liked, but wasn’t quite right either, so I decided to modify it slightly.

#rusticlacesquare blanket with edging border tutorial on missneriss.com

Here’s a close-up:

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So how did I do it?  It’s really very simple.

The pattern works on a 10 stitch repeat, so first of all, what you need to do is do a lap around the blanket in single crochet stitches, to get the edging into multiples of 10.  Each finished square has loose loops at the corners, I joined those with one SC around both loops.  I had to fudge it a little bit, because the squares themselves don’t have quite the right stitch count.  I crocheted into each stitch, and in the chain sections I crocheted one stitch less than the chain.  So when the last round of the square has a chain 3, I single crocheted 2 stitches into that space.  Make sense?  Otherwise the edging will become too ruffly.

On the second round, start at a corner, skip the next 4 stitches, Treble Crochet into the fifth.  Chain 1, and TC, Ch1, 4 more times.  Skip 4 stitches, SC into the next, skip 4 stitches, TC, CH1 5 times into the next.  Repeat that fan pattern all the way around.  there should be a SC at each corner, so there is a fan on each side of the corner.

The third and final round, start at a corner and Double Treble, CH2 8 times into the SC in the corner of the previous round.  SC into the middle TC from the previous round, CH2, DTC (Double Treble Crochet), CH2 4 times into the SC stitch between fans from the previous round. SC into the middle TC from the previous round.  Repeat this all the way round, making sure that you have the 8 DTC stitches in each corner.  If you take a look at the pic above, you’ll see what I mean.

I cobbled together a chart.  It’s not fabulous because I’m still getting my head around the Stitchworks software, but it will help you get the idea.

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I’m so happy with the results, I just love the blanket. I just want to wrap myself in it, with a cup of tea and enjoy the sunshine.  You know what?  I’m going to do just that. #enjoyeverymoment

 

#rusticlacesquare blanket with edging border tutorial on missneriss.com

For this project I used Scheepjes Linen Soft.  I used almost 5 balls of each colour, and just over two for the border.  I have enough yarn leftover to make at least one matching cushion, when I get the chance.

ETA:  If you haven’t seen or made the square for yourself already, here’s the chart:

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If you don’t read charts, I’ve found a written description by Crochet Tea Party on Ravelry.

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Wool Warehouse.

WiP Wednesday: #rusticlacesquare

It has been slow progress on the Rustic Lace Square blanket this week.  I have a few other projects on the go, and I haven’t really been feeling that excited about crochet this week either, to be honest.  You know those weeks, when you just have a bit of a slump. I’ve also been doing a bit of rearranging in my living room because we have so.much.stuff.  Drives me nuts.  I’m slowly finding a space that I like better though.

Here’s a closer look at the colours I’ve chosen for this project.  I went ahead and made all the inside rounds of the squares for the blanket.  My plan is to make a 5×7 square blanket; then border it in a way yet to be decided.  Still no clue to be honest!

inners of the Rustic Lace Square

I’m storing all the inners on this cool steel ring so they stay together and don’t get lost.

Rustic Lace Square middle sections on their cute hanger

I posted this one on Instagram:

and here’s a closeup:

Rustic Lace Square blanket progress

Looking beautiful.  More to come next week, providing the weather brightens a bit and I can take some photos!

I’m using Scheepjes Linen Soft for this project, together with a 4mm hook.  Perfect match.

How’s your Rustic Lace Square coming along?