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Free Pattern: Cherry Blossom Shawl(ette) – and the Winner is….

I’m so excited to be able to announce the winner of the three skeins of Scheepjes Wanderlust in your favourite colour to…..

— Jacomine Oosterhoff! —

Jacomine, you have mail!  Make sure you let me know where to send your three balls of Zanzibar.

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Thank you so much to everybody who took the time to enter and to tell me about your wanderlust.  I had the best time reading all of your comments.  And the wanderlust has kicked in here properly.  We’re discussing holidays, and I just can’t make up my mind where I want to go.  Well, I do know where – I want to go to North America and road trip in the west.

Also a massive thank you to Scheepjes for working with me on this giveaway.  The never-ending support from the team is just wonderful.  I love working with these guys!

Right.  Now.  Onto the pattern.  This is one of the simplest crochet designs, I assure you, once you get started, you can do it with only half an eye on it.  That means you get to actually watch Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet instead of just listening to him.  Winners all round, here!

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

Materials

Measurements

180cm on the longest side – this is a scalene (asymmetrical) triangle shawl.

Tension

8 stitches = 5cm
7 rows = 5cm

Abbreviations

(US terms)
Ch chain
HDCInc half double crochet increase (two stitches in one stitch)
2HDCTog two half double crochet together (two stitches together)
rs right side
ws wrong side

Notes

At the end of each and every row, chain 2 and turn.  This does not count as a stitch.
Increase in every row: the first stitch on the right side, and increase in the last on the wrong side.
Decrease in every 4th row, in the last two stitches of the right side.
Save about 1 metre of both the starting and ending colours to make tassels.

Cherry Blossom Shawl(ette) free crochet pattern by missneriss

Instructions

  1. (ws) ch3.  2 hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook.  ch2, turn (in this and every row.  This instruction won’t be repeated from here on in).
  2. (rs) hdcInc in the 1st, hdc in the next (3)
  3.  (ws) hdc, hdc in the next, hdcInc in the last (4)
  4. (rs) hdcInc, hdc in the next, 2hdcTog (4)
  5. (ws) hdc in the next 3, hdcInc (5)
  6. (rs) hdcInc, hdc in the next 4 (6)
  7. (ws) hdc in the next 5, hdcInc (7)
  8. (rs) hdcInc, hdc in the next 4, 2hdcTog (7)

Continue in this four row pattern (repeat rows 5-8) until you run out of yarn.

Cherry Blossom Shawl(ette) free crochet pattern by missneriss

Tie off and weave in the ends.

Add more skeins to make the shawl bigger.  there’s no need to really block, but if you like, feel free.  Make sure that the colours match when adding new skeins.  There’s no need for wastage – you’ll be able to match what you pull out at the end of each skein.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern, it’s so quick and satisfying!

Edited to add: Here is how the shawl looks lying out flat on the ground.  You can see that the increase side curves ever so slightly.  Do try to keep those stitches loose to avoid any curling.Scalene shawl by MissNeriss

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Cherry Blossom Shawl – The Big Reveal.

So, what do you think?

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I finished it a few days ago, and I haven’t taken it off since!

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

The shawl is an asymmetrical construction, and the colours really shine.

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

I added some tassles with the tiny bit of left-over yarn I had, it was just serendipitous that they happened to match the endpoints perfectly.

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And do you know what the best thing is?  The Scheepjes Wanderlust is 100% acrylic, so aside from being crazy soft, it doesn’t need blocking!

Next week I’ll have the pattern ready for you, so in preparation, pop over to either your favourite Scheepjes Retailer, or Wool Warehouse* and grab yourself 3 balls in your favourite colourway so you’ll be ready to crack on!

Which brings me to the giveaway.  Together with Scheepjes, I’m giving you the chance to win three balls of Wanderlust in your favourite colourway so you can make this shawl!

All you have to do is comment below with the one place in the world that your wanderlust is dying to take you, along with your favourite colourway. 

Thanks everyone for your entries, this giveaway is now closed.

Wanderlust, by Scheepjes.

The fine print: This giveaway is open worldwide.  Please comment using an email address that I can reach you on easily and to make sure you find out that you’ve won, subscribe up on the top right corner.  I’ll announce the winner when I launch the pattern on Monday 13th of feb.

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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. DC into the 3rdchain from the hook and the next 6 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 next, FPDC into the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next, *FPDC in the next 5 stitches, DC, CH1, DC in the next, FPDC in the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next.* 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, free pattern by Nerissa Muijs

Border

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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 you can simply go to your favourite Scheepjes retailer, 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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Camel Stitch Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Here we go, it’s the pattern for the Camel Stitch hat that I’ve been sharing over the last few weeks.

I used the lovely Scheepjes Colour Crafter premium acrylic, which makes a wonderful hat.  It’s soft, warm, hard wearing and comes in about a million colours.

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Materials

Scheepjes Colour Crafter, 1 ball of lilac – 1082 Zwolle (colour 1)
Scheepjes Colour Crafter, 1 ball of neon pink – 1257 Hilversum (colour 2)
Large pompom maker (or cardboard rings cut to size)
8mm crochet hook

You’ll need to be able to get the yarn for this of course.  Depending on where you live there is a stockist for you.

In the Benelux, check this enormous list here.  Wool Warehouse* ships all over the planet.  In the US Deramores* and Paradise Fibers also have you covered and in South Africa go to my friends at Be Inspired.

Measurements

Child: to fit from 4-10 years
Adult: to fit from 10 years

Abbreviations

(US Terms)
ch chain st
Hdc half double crochet
Hdc3blo half double crochet in the third back loop only
Hdc3flo half double crochet in the third front loop only
Inc 2 half double crochet in one stitch
Sc3blo single crochet in the third back loop only
Sc3flo single crochet in the third front loop only
ss slip stitch
sts stitch(es)

Notes

This project is worked in the round, with no joining at the end of each round.
We will also be working with the yarn triple stranded.  A video of the technique can be found here:

Instructions

Colour 1
Round 1 9 Hdc into a magic ring (9).
Round 2 Inc in each stitch around (18).
Round 3 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next.* Repeat 8 times (27)
Round 4 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 2 stitches.* Repeat 8 times (36)
Round 5 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 8 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (40)
Round 6 Child *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 9 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (44)
Round 6 Adult Hdc3blo in the next 5 stitches, *inc, Hdc3blo in the next 9 stitches.*Repeat 3 times, Inc, HDC3blo in the last 4 stitches.
Round 7 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 10 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (48)
For the child size, stop increasing here and skip to round 11.
Round 8 Hdc3blo in the next 6 stitches, *Inc, Hdc3blo in the next 11 stitches.* Repeat 3 times, Hdc3blo in the last 5 stitches (52)
Round 9 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 12 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (56)
Round 10-19 Hdc3blo around (60). Attach colour 2 to continue around.
For extra slouchiness, add a couple more rounds before starting the visor.  However, for the adult size, there will be minimal yarn left, so feel free to just use it all and then start the visor.

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Visor

Colour 2
Round 20 Sc3blo in the next 18 sts (the next 23 stitches for the adult size.).  Hdc3blo in the around to where the sc round in colour 2 begins (the next 34). CH2, turn.
Round 21 Hdc3flo in the first and next 33 sts (the HDC sts from the previous round). CH2, turn.
Round 22 hdc3blo in the next 34 sts. CH2, turn.
Round 23 hdc3flo in the next 34 sts.
Round 24 CH20, Sc in the 2nd and next 17 CH sts.  Continue Sc3flo in the next 34 sts.  CH20. Sc in the 2nd and next 17 CH sts.  Work 3 sc down the side of the visor and sc in each or the 18 Sc3blo sts from round 21.  Work 3 sc into the side of the visor, and ss to join to base of the chain cord.

Assembly

Make the pompom and attach to the top of the hat.

Camel Stitch Hat, free crochet pattern by @missneriss

Now, enjoy!

Do share your projects on Ravelry, your pictures on Instagram and tag me @miss__neriss (follow me while you’re at it) and pin the photos all over your Pinterest.

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat Free pattern by @missneriss. Yarn: Scheepjes Colour Crafter, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=819303&m=63378&u=1168367&afftrack=cc&urllink=www%2Ewoolwarehouse%2Eco%2Euk%2Fyarn%2Fscheepjes-colour-crafter-all-colours&lplid=mkDktw%2BCcC9XnK7MrBr8Pw%3D%3D

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat – Reveal!

I have wanted to share photos of this hat for ages and ages, but I finally have it for you!

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat by MissNeriss

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat by MissNeriss

This is Raina with her Opa having the best time ever!  Seriously, don’t you miss being small enough to ride on shoulders?

I managed to bribe her to sit still long enough to take one photo on her own, but she was way too busy searching for chestnuts, acorns and toadstools to pay much attention to me.

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In the end I decided: If you can’t beat them, join them and went foraging too.

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Now, the pattern is ready for this, and I’m going to post it in a few days.  I’ll also have more pictures, this time in the adult size!

To get prepared and have the yarn ready, here’s where you can get hold of the yarn:

Globally: Wool Warehouse*
UK: Deramores*
US: Deramores*
Benelux retailers
South Africa: Be Inspired

You’ll need a ball of Hilversum and either Eelde or Zwolle (or both if you want to make two hats like I have).

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Textured Chevron Cushion Crochet Tutorial

Here it is, finally!  It’s the tutorial for the Textured Chevron Cushion.  I’ve had the bones of the pattern written for a long time, but it needed some detail.

Unfortunately I won’t be providing my free patterns in a pdf format any more; I have had my Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap stolen and being emailed to people rather than referring them to my blog.  It’s a bit of a shitty thing to do, especially for indie businesses.  We’re all in this together, or so I thought!

Anyway, enough moaning and on with the show!

Chevron Cushion in Scheepjes Aquarel, design by MissNeriss

What You’ll Need

8 balls of Scheepjes Aquarel, one of each colour*.
4mm hook
50x50cm cushion insert

Stitches

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
2HDCTog – Decrease 2 Half Double Crochet into 1
2DCTog – Decrease 2 Double Crochet into 1
3DCTog – Decrease 3 Double Crochet into 1
3HDCTog – Decrease 3 Half Double Crochet into 1
HDC – Half Double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
FP2DCTog – Decrease 2 Front Post Double Crochet into 1
FP3DCTog – Decrease 3 Front Post Double Crochet into 1
Tr – Treble Crochet
DTr – Double Treble Crochet
TrTr – Triple Treble Crochet
3TrTrTog – Decrease 3 Triple Treble Crochet into 1
extDC – Extended Double Crochet

Gauge

1 repeat = 7cm, two rows = 4cm

Notes

You can pick this gorgeous yarn up from Wool Warehouse* in the UK and internationally.  In the Benelux you can find the yarn at any Scheepjes retailer.

The front of the cushion is a 3D textured pattern; the stitches are made around the post of the previous row. The pattern is worked in a 14 stitch repeat, with 7 repeats, 7 rows of each colour and 7 colours changes.

The reverse side is flat, working normal half double crochet stitches.  To match the front, the back is not the same repeat, but instead it is 7 repeats of 12 stitches.

Colours throughout will be named colours 1-8.

When you see a text section between *…*, please repeat that stitch pattern the instructed amount of times.

Chevron Cushion

Front

  1. Using colour 1, CH 100.
  2. DC into the 3rd chain from the hook and the next 6 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 5 times, but the very last stitch of the row will be 2DCTog instead of 3DCTog.  CH2, turn.
  3. CH2, FPDC around the next 6 stitches, FPDC, CH1, FPDC into the next, FPDC into the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next, *FPDC in the next 5 stitches, FPDC, CH1, FPDC in the next, FPDC in the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next.* Repeat 5 times, except in the very last decrease, which will be 2FPDCTog instead of 3FPDCTog. CH2, turn.
  4. Repeat Row 3 5 times.
  5. Change to colour 2, repeat row 3 7 times.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for all 7 colours, tie off and weave in ends.

Textured Chevron crochet pattern in Scheepjes Aquarel

Back

  1. Using colour 1, CH 86.
  2. HDC in the next 4 CH, HDC, CH1, HDC in the next, HDC in the next 4, 3HDCTog in the next. *HDC in the next 4 CH, HDC, CH1, HDC in the next, HDC into the next 4, 3HDCTog in the next.* Repeat 5 times, but in the very last decrease, 2HDCTog instead of 3HDCTog. CH2, turn.
  3. *HDC into the next 4, HDC, CH1, HDC into the next, HDC into the next 4, 3HDCTog into the next.* Repeat 6 times, but in the very last decrease, 2HDCTog instead of 3HDCTog. CH2 turn.
  4. Repeat row 3 5 times.
  5. Change to colour 2 and repeat row 3.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for 7 all colours, tie off and weave in ends.

Edging and Join

 Front

  1. Starting at the top and crocheting around the post of the stitches, corner, using colour 8 CH5, TrTr in the next, DTr, Tr, extDC, DC, HDC, then SC into the CH space.  Repeat in reverse: HDC, DC, extDC, Tr, DTr, TrTr decrease in the next three (3TrTrTog). *DTr, Tr, extDC, DC, HDC, SC in the CH space, HDC, DC, extDC, Tr, DTr, 3TrTrTog.*  Repeat 5 times, but the last 3TrTrTog will only be a 2TrTrTog.  Tie off and weave in ends.
  2. Now the top: At the corner, we repeat the above, but we start at the top of the point of the first stitch of the top row.

Back

  1. This time crochet as normal into the top of the stitches. Join at the corner of the bottom row, CH1, *HDC in the next, DC, extDC, Tr, DTr, TrTr, Dtr, Tr, extDC, DC, HDC, SC.* Repeat 6 times.
  2. Repeat the above instructions for the other end, but instead start with CH5, DTr, Tr, extDC, HDC, SC. Continue as above.

 

Join

Slip stitch loosely down each side of both pieces to create a straight edge to join the pieces.  If you need it, a Felted Button has created a wonderful tutorial.

Starting at any corner, hold the wrong sides of both pieces together and HDC crochet through all four loops of each stitch, all the way round, with 3 HDC stitches in each corner. Crochet through all four loops of the slip stitches down the sides.

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When on the final side, stuff the cushion filler in and then close it up and you’re done!

Chevron Cushion in Scheepjes Aquarel, design by MissNeriss

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Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap for Kids – Pattern

Here we are, finally.  The kid’s version of my seriously popular Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap is ready.

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

Making this wrap reminded me just how much I love the Stone Washed yarn.  It is such a beautiful yarn to work with.  No splitting, froggable, soft, warm – oh so warm, and beautiful colours.  The soft Rose Quartz pink I used for this was the perfect choice for my daughter.  She’s a pink girl, through and through.

Right, let’s get on with it.

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

What You’ll Need

Scheepjes Stone Washed XL in 860 (Rose Quartz) – 5 balls (more if your gauge is different)
4 cm bamboo button – you can pick these up at any good craft store, or online
Size 5mm hook (or hook to obtain gauge).  My favourite is the Clover Amour.
Measuring Tape
Scissors
Tapestry Needle
Eucalan wool wash

Gauge

8 stitches x 5 rows = 5cm x 5cm
gauge across gauge up

Stitches

Note: All stitches are in US terms
Chain (CH)
Half Double Crochet (HDC)
Half Double Crochet Back Loop Only (HDCBLO)
Half Double Crochet Front Loop Only (HDCFLO)

Notes

In this tutorial I’m going to give the instructions on how to make a Peek-a-Boo Button wrap in a size to fit a 4-6 year old.  I will also give you a schematic so you can easily see what measurements you will need to make a wrap for older kids or younger kids.

My friend Esther from It’s all in a Nutshell has made a fantastic instructional video on how to create the stitch and her brilliant method of tracking her progress.  You can see it here:

Instructions

  1. Loosely, chain 74 for the base chain, plus 2 to start the 1st row.
  2. HDC into the 3rd loop from the hook, and all the way across.  The stitch count should be 74.  CH2 and turn.  Note, the CH2 does not count as a stitch.
  3. HDC into the back loop (HDCBLO) of the first stitch, then into the front loop (HDCFLO) into the next.  Repeat this alternating back loop/front loop pattern all the way across.  CH2 and turn.
  4. You should have ended the previous with your last stitch into the front loop of the stitch.  On this row you need to make sure that if the stitch from the previous row was in the front loop, this row needs to be in the back loop.  This creates the lovely texture and drape that makes this wrap so beautiful.  If you ensure your stitch count is even, it is easy to manage – you will always start the row in the BLO and finish in the FLO. So, HDCBLO in the first stitch, HDCFLO in the next.  Repeat across, CH2, turn.
  5. Repeat for a total count of 16 rows (or 16 cm – 1 row should be about 1cm high). Now we will make the first arm hole.  The first stitches of the row will form the collar height, so in the HDCBLO/FLO pattern, crochet 14 stitches.  Then CH15 and skip 15 stitches, HDCBLO into the next.  Then continue the FLO/BLO pattern all the way across.  CH3, turn.
  6. To close the sleeve, HDCBLO/FLO all the way across to the beginning of the chain from the previous row, then HDC 15 times around the chain, HDCBLO into the next stitch, and repeat the HDCFLO/BLO pattern to the top.
  7. Now you’ve closed the sleeve, you’re working across the back of the wrap.  Repeat the HDCBLO/FLO rows for another 25 rows, then repeat steps 5 and 6 for the second armhole.
  8. Crochet another 18 rows and then we will make the button hole.  This is a place where you can make a few personal adjustments – if the child is handy, you can do a fitting at this point, so see if it’s the right place to place the button hole.  A smaller child may need the button hole a few rows earlier, and larger children perhaps a few rows later.
  9. We’ll work from the bottom up to make the button hole for this size (if you add or subtract rows, you may need to work from the top, but the principle is the same). HDCBLO/FLO for 40 stitches, CH4, skip 4, HDCBLO in the next.  HDCFLO/BLO to the end, CH2, turn.
  10. HDCBLO/FLO to the chain, work 4 HDC around the CH4 from the previous row, then HDCFLO in the next.  HDCBLO/FLO across.
  11. Work another 4 rows (or until you run out of yarn), tie off and weave in the ends.

Wetblock using Eucalan, or another wool wash, pin out on blocking boards, stretching as needed, and wait impatiently for it to dry.

Below you can see the schematics  of the measurements of the entire wrap in the size that I have described above.  Using these measurement points, you can very easily customise the wrap to your own size.

To get the total height, take a tape measure and measure from the base of the skull to mid hip.  The button should sit over the breast/chest and the closure should be slightly off centre.

Schematic for the peekaboo button wrap by missneriss

Schematic for the peekaboo button wrap by missnerissThis design has been created with the specific use of Scheepjes Stone Washed XL in mind.

You can pick the yarn up at any great Scheepjes retailer in the Benelux, Wool Warehouse or Deramores internationally, and Paradise Fibers in the US.

 

Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap – For Kids!

I’m really not a fan of Dutch winters.  I’ve had this wrap ready to show you for ages, but haven’t had any decent light-filled days to photograph it. Finally at the weekend there was glorious sunshine, so Raina and I spent the morning outside taking pics.

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

Raina really loves her wrap.  It looks cute on her, don’t you think?

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

The Scheepjes Stone Washed XL is also a seriously snuggly yarn.  Even though it’s a cotton/acrylic blend, it’s warm enough that Raina had no complaints about the cold when it was only 5 degrees outside!

I’m in the process of writing the instructions for kids sizes.  I need to get hold of a few different sized kids and a tape measure!

Stay tuned, the instructions and measurements are coming soon.

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

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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: Peek-a-Boo!

Has a week slipped by already?  The flu has been in residence here for the last week.  Wow, what a horrible virus it has been too.  I’m only just starting to come out into the light again, and my husband, well, the poor thing is on his fourth day in bed.  In all the years we’ve been together, he’s taken his first sick days from work.

I’ve been so unwell I haven’t even been able to crochet.  Can you even imagine?!  Luckily I’ve still made good progress on my Peek-a-Boo.  This Stone Washed XL wrap basically crochets itself.

I’m actually already at the stage where I’m choosing buttons.  Although I think I’ll let my daughter decide which she likes (I’m going to guess she goes for the flowers).  Which would you choose?

I also need to start writing the instructions.  You can see, not very far into that yet!

Hopefully next week this will be finished, and I’ll have been able to beg or bribe my daughter into modelling it so I can show you how it looks!

Until then, beware of the flu!

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Deramores, Wool Warehouse, and at Paradise Fibers in North America!