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Tulip Mandala – Free Crochet Pattern

Hey there!  Today I want to share a design with you that I’ve been meaning to share for oh, about a year!

This is the expansion of the Spring Motif which I shared in 2017, so if you’ve made that already, this one will be a doddle. I love how mine looks in my living room.

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Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

What you’ll need

1 ball each of Scheepjes Catona Cutie pies 10g balls. I used:
C1: 520 (lavender)
C2: 385 (crystalline)
C3: 222 (tulip)
C4: 101 (candle light)
3mm crochet hook
Blocking mat
Pins
Tapestry needle

Measurements

22cm across

Tension

Not important

Abbreviations

(UK terms)
Ch chain
Ss slip stitch
Dc double crochet
Htr half treble crochet
Tr treble crochet
Dtr double treble crochet
Dc3l double crochet in the third loop
2trcl two treble crochet cluster

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Notes

This is a mandala aimed at confident beginners, worked in rounds, using your choice of Scheepjes Catona cutie pies. While tension is not important, if your tension is usually tight, consider going up half or a whole hook size to avoid curling.

When working round 7, work the stitches into the bottom of the post, between the loops (see picture under round 7 instructions).

Lastly, don’t forget to block! Stretch the points out to 22cm

Instructions

  1. C1, ch2, 12 tr into a magic ring, ss to join.IMG_0159
  2. Ch3, tr same, 2tr in the next and the next 10 stitches, ss to join.IMG_0160
  3. C2, ch4, tr same, skip 1, [tr, ch1, tr] next. [skip 1, (tr, ch1, tr)] 10 times, ss to join.IMG_0146
  4. C3, join in a ch space, ch2, [tr, ch1, 2trcl] in same ch space, [ch2, (2trcl, ch1, 2trcl) next ch space], repeat 11 times. Ch2, ss to join.IMG_0144
  5. C4: join in ch1 space between 2trcl, ch2, [tr, 3dtr, tr] in the ch2 space, [htr in the ch space between clusters (tr, 3dtr, tr in ch2 space)] repeat 11 times, ss to join.IMG_0147
  6. C1, join to an htr, [dc, ch3, skip 2], repeat 24 times ss to join.IMG_0148
  7. C2, join to a dc two rounds above the clusters from round 4, ch4, tr into the bottom of the same stitch, ch2, skip chain stitches, dc into the bottom of the next dc, ch2, skip chain stitches, [(tr, ch1, tr), ch2, skip ch stitches, dc into the bottom of the dc, ch2], repeat 11 times, ss to join.IMG_0149IMG_0150
  8. C3, join to ch1 space, ch2, tr, ch1, 2trcl in the same ch space, ch8, skip to next ch1 space, [(2trcl, ch1, 2trcl), ch8, skip to next ch1 space], repeat 11 times, ss to join.IMG_0151
  9. C1, join to a dc from round 6, ch4 (counts as 1st dtr), [3dtr in ch2 space from round 6, ch3, skip clusters, 3dtr next ch2 space from round 6, dtr in dc] 10 times, 3dtr in next ch2 space, ch3, skip clusters, 3dtr in the next ch2 space, ss to join.IMG_0153From the back:IMG_0154
  10. Ch5, dtr in the same, tr, htr, dc next 3, htr, tr, [(dtr, ch1, dtr), tr, htr, dc next 3, htr, tr], 11 times, ss to join.IMG_0155
  11. C4, join to ch space, [(dc, ch1, dc) same space, dc next 4, skip 1, dc next 4], repeat 12 times, ss to join.
  12. Ch1, dc3l same, [ch2, skip ch space, dc3l next 10], 12 times, ss to join. Tie off.IMG_0157IMG_8441

Chart

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I hope you enjoy, don’t forget to share your pics on Instagram with hashtag #obsessedwithcrochet!

 

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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

Note: There was an error in the colour numbers below.  I’ve since corrected the order, but I definitely recommend you laying all the colours out in order before you start, just to be sure!

  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. (820) 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. (948) 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 38 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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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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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!

Katran Stool Cover – a Free Crochet Pattern

Are you ready to make your Katran stool cover?

Katran crochet stool cover by Nerissa Muijs in Scheepjes Secret Garden http://shrsl.com/jj6p

Why Katran?  Well, katran is a Hindi word which explains the beautiful offcut pieces of fabric which are the by product of weaving mills.  Often farmers will collect these waste fabrics, spin it into heavy yarns, and make furniture in their off-season.  These stunning pieces inspired me to use Scheepjes Secret Garden to bring this stool to life.

Now, if you prefer a printer/ereader friendly version, pop over to Ravelry where this pattern is available to download for a euro: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/katran-stool-cover

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Materials

3 balls of Scheepjes Secret Garden in 709 Lily Pond
1 Scheepjes wooden stool 42 x 28cm
4 mm hook
Stitch markers
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Measuring tape

Measurements

Stool: 42cm high x 28cm in diameter

Tension

19 stitches by 16 rows in 10cm in the pattern format.

Abbreviations

US Terms
ch chain st
hdc half double crochet
ss slip stitch
hdc3lInc 2 half double crochet in the 3rd loop in one stitch (increase)
hdc3l half double crochet in the 3rd loop
hdc3l2tog 2 half double crochet together in the third loop (decrease)

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Notes

This pattern is made in continuous rounds, with no joins. Keep the tension firm.
Repeat instructions between the *…* the instructed number of times.

Be sure to keep to the measurements of your stool, depending on the actual diameter you may need to add or remove increase rounds.

Use the stitch marker to keep track of the first stitch of each round.

Instructions

Round 1 Ch 4, ss to join. Work 8 hdc into the ring (marking the first stitch)

Round 2 Increase in the third loop of each stitch around – 16sts

Round 3 *hdc3linc, hdc3l* x 8 – 24sts

Round 4*hdc3linc, hdc3l x 2* x 8 -32sts

Round 5*hdc3linc, hdc3l x 3* x 8 – 40sts

Round 6 hdc3l x 3, *hdc3linc, x 4* x 7, hdc3linc, hdc3l -48sts

Round 7 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 5* x 8 – 56sts

Round 8 hdc3l x 4 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 6* x 7, hdc3linc, hdc3l x 2 – 64sts

Round 9 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 7* x 8 – 72sts

Round 10 hdc3l x 5 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 8* x 7, hdc3linc, hdc3l x 3 – 80sts

Round 11 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 9* x 8 – 88sts

Round 12 hdc3l x 6 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 10* x 7, hdc3linc, hdc3l x 4 – 96sts

Round 13 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 11* x 8 – 104sts

Round 14 hdc3l x 7 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 12* x 7, hdc3linc, hdc3l x 5 – 112sts

Round 15 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 13* x 8 – 120sts

Round 16 hdc3l x 8 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 14* x 7, hdc3linc, hdc3l x 6 – 128sts

Round 17 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 15* x 8 – 136sts

Round 18 hdc3l x 9 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 16* x 7, hdc3linc, hdc3l x 7 – 144sts

Round 19 *hdc3linc, hdc3l x 17* x 8 -152sts

katran stool closeup

Round 20-36 hdc3l x 152 – 152sts

Round 37 *hdc3l2tog, hdc3l x 6* x 19 – 133sts

Round 38 *hdc3l2tog, hdc3l x 5* x 19 – 144sts

Round 39 ss between each stitch around (catching the top two loops plus the third loop) to create a firm fit.  Tie off, weave in ends.

Slip the cover over the stool and you’re finished!

The materials for this project are available from your favourite Scheepjes stockist in the Benelux, in North America you can order the yarn from Love Knitting or Knotty House (in Canada) or if you’re in the UK or anywhere else in the world Wool Warehouse is the place to go.

For your 28cm diameter stool, you should ask your favourite retailer.  Failing that, you’ll be able to find them in discount home stores all over the place, often with a very ugly print that is calling out to be covered with something beautiful!

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New Crochet Project: Secret Garden

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a new project with you.  It’s actually been a while since I’ve worked on a new project that I’m able to share with you!

For this new design I’m going to be working with the glorious Scheepjes Secret Garden in either one of the two colourways below, Lily Pond and Lavender Beds.

Scheepjes Secret Garden in in 709 Lily Pond and 704 Lavender Beds

The design is inspired by the Hindi word katran which is a word that describes small pieces of cloth by-products from weaving mills.  There is a movement in India where these offcuts are collected by farmers in their off-seasons and spun into heavy yarn to make traditional daybeds.

The Secret Garden make me think of these gorgeous Indian yarns which are just a riot of colour with no real order to the changes.  There’s a real handspun quality to the yarn which I love.

For my project you’ll need 3 skeins of Secret Garden in your chosen colourway, and now I’ll tell you a bit more about the yarn itself:

Secret Garden is a blended yarn, comprised of 20% silk, 20% cotton and 60% polyester.  The silk and cotton give the yarn life and the polyester keeps it soft, and also keeps the price point down to a level where it can be considered affordable.  For example, Wool Warehouse stocks Secret Garden for £4.39 (€5.39) and in North America, Love Knitting/Crochet prices it at $5.50 USD. In comparison to other, similar yarns, this is extraordinary.

Scheepjes Secret Garden in in 709 Lily Pond

The yarn comes in 50 gram balls, and calls for a 4mm hook.  For your 50g you’ll get 93 metres of yarn.

Now, I’ll be back next week with a progress report, but in the meantime I want you to take a look at an earlier design of mine, the Pina Colada shawl from YARN, the Tropical Issue:

Pina Colada shawl by Nerissa Muijs on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pina-colada-shawl-2

I designed this shawl with two shades of Secret Garden which blend together using short rows.  The shawl is lovely and soft, and has a beautiful drape.  I find it perfect to wrap around my shoulders on a chilly afternoon, and it’s also squishy enough to curl it around my neck as an oversized scarf for when I’m out cycling.

It’s a challenging pattern, so not one that I would recommend to a beginner, and it’s enormously satisfying seeing the colours change and the contrast grow.

YARN is available at the usual stockists in the Netherlands and Belgium.  I’ve seen it in Sticks and Cups in Utrecht (along with all the copies of the After Party booklets) and it’s also on Wool Warehouse for £5.95 (€7.30).

Stay tuned for the next installment!

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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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