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Crochet Shawl Pattern Launch – Shallow

Close up of Shallow shawl

It’s been a long time in the making, but here she is!

Silhouette of Shallow shawl

The pattern is available to download from Ravelry here. Through the end of this weekend (until the 12th of July 2020) you will receive 50% off the pattern, plus an extra surprise at checkout, so don’t wait too long!

If you have issues with Ravelry access, please reach out to me at and we will arrange an easy alternative for you.

Why Shallow?

I wanted to create a shawl that had enough wingspan to wrap around my shoulders, cross over my chest and tie in a knot behind my back – Claire Fraser style, but not so big that it would be cumbersome.

So I needed to figure out construction to make a more obtuse angle, and eventually Shallow came to life, named for the more shallow depth.

View of woman wearing shallow shawl from behind

What yarn do you need?

The pattern calls for either three balls of Scheepjes Metropolis (150g fingering weight yarn), or a single Scheepjes Whirl (or Woolly Whirl) cake. There are instructions included for both yarns, so you can choose your favourite.

My Whirl sample is made with shade 560 Jade Jim Jam and the Metropolis version uses 045 Perth. I think the design suits both a solid colour and the long whirl colour changes perfectly.

Get the supplies

Wool Warehouse* ships globally (although check their shipping process due to Covid-19 restrictions if ordering from outside the UK)
Choose your Scheepjes Whirl here*.
Choose your Scheepjes Metropolis here*.

Caro’s Atelier will also ship pretty much everywhere, and they’re my local yarn shop (and great people!)
Choose your Scheepjes Whirl here*.
Choose your Scheepjes Metropolis here*.

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

Tips from me

One thing you’ll see quickly is that the stitch placement is a bit tricky while you’re getting the hang of the pattern. I recommend you use stitch markers to keep track of your counts to prevent one side suddenly becoming longer than the other.

Another tip: if you match gauge, you’ll be able to follow the instructions without much issue, but if you find using Whirl that your tension is looser than mine, you can follow the Metropolis instructions instead. It will just mean fewer rows to work.

The pattern includes two charts which will help you progress, and there’s a handy puff stitch video that I’ve linked in the pattern as well.

Finally, as with all patterns, the more languages the better! If you would like to volunteer to translate this pattern into your local language, please do reach out to me via email ( and we can go through it together.

Enjoy, I can’t wait to see your ravelry projects and instagram posts. Use #shallowshawl so I can find it, and tag me @miss__neriss.

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Berry Smash Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern

It’s pattern day!

Today I’m launching the free version of my latest design – the Berry Smash Cowl!

I’ve been talking about this for the last few weeks, you can see some more pics here:

I asked on Instagram for your suggestions, and Berry was a recurring theme, and I loved the idea of Berry Smash, so here it is!

Winter Cowl, Scheepjes Whirl Fine Art


Scheepjes has all of their stockists here.

Wool Warehouse** ships to the UK and globally
Caro’s Atelier** ships to the Netherlands and Europe

Note: this version uses UK terms.  If you’d prefer US terms, or a PDF printer friendly version you can find it on Ravelry for a small fee. As always, the Dutch version will appear in the near future.

What You’ll Need

1 (2) cake of Scheepjes Whirl Fine Art in 659 Modernism* (or your choice of colour)
6mm (J-10) hook


40cm wide by 55cm high, laid flat (but worked in the round), blocked


17 sts and 10 rounds to measure 10 x 10 cm over pattern unblocked.


(UK terms)
Ch chain
St(s) stitch(es)
dc double crochet
htr half treble crochet
tr treble crochet
dtr double treble crochet
fptr front post treble crochet
bptr back post treble crochet
Ss slip stitch
Patt pattern
Rep repeat


This pattern is worked in rounds, joining at the end of each round.
Tension is important due to using the entire cake with little leftover. Finish the body of the cowl on a row 7 and begin working the rib.
Repeats are described as (dtr, ch1, tr). When smaller sets of repeats are needed inside your initial repeat, it will be described as (dc in dtr, ch1 [dtr, ch1, tr] in dc, ch1).


Round 1 ch120, join being careful not to twist your chain.
Round 2 ch2 (does not count as a st), tr in each ch around, ss to join.
Round 3 ch3 (does not count as a st), (fptr, bptr) alternating in each st around, ss to join.
Round 4-5 repeat round 3, working fptr in fptr and bptr in bptr from the previous round to create a rib.
Round 6 ch3, (does not count as a st), (dtr, ch1, tr) in the first st, ch1, miss 2, dc, (ch1, miss 2 [tr, ch1, dtr, ch1, tr] in the next, ch1, miss 2, dc) 19 times, ch1, miss 2, (tr, ch1) in the first, ss to join.
Round 7 ch1, (does not count as a st), (dc in dtr, ch1 [dtr, ch1, tr] in dc, ch1) around, ss to join.
Round 8 ch1, (does not count as a st), (dc, ch1, miss ch1, miss tr, [tr, ch1, dtr, ch1, tr] in ch-sp, ch1, dc in dc) rep to last dc, ch1, miss ch, miss tr, (tr, ch1, dtr, ch1, tr) in ch-sp, ch1, ss to join.
Round 9 ch3, (does not count as a st), (dtr, ch1, tr) in the first, ch1, (dc in tr, ch1, [dtr, ch1, tr] in dc, ch1) rep to last, ch1, dc in tr, ch1, ss to join.
Round 10 ch3, (does not count as a st), (dtr, ch1, tr) in the first, ch1, dc in dc, ch1, miss ch1, miss tr, (tr, ch1, dtr, ch1, tr) in ch-sp, ch1, dc in dc, ch1) to last, ss to join.
Rounds 11-36 Rep rounds 7-10 10 more times.
Round 37 Rep round 7.
Round 38 ch2, (does not count as a st), tr in each st and ch-sp around to last, ss to join.
Rounds 39-41 rep row 3 3 times.
Optional round turn, ss in each sts loosely (go up a hook size if necessary) to create the same tension as the first ch round.


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Reveal – Jan’s Scarf

Ready? Here we go! How’s this for a statement piece?



I’ve created a long, wide gradient scarf. Long enough wind around and around, and wide enough to wear around your shoulders.

IMG_1235.JPGThe cotton is soft and the blues are stunning. My mum would have loved this scarf.  She was all about blues and she would have rocked this.

So, I’ve decided to name the scarf for her. My mum was Jan (the English pronunciation, not the dutch man’s name) and because she would have quickly commandeered this one I’m calling it Jan’s Scarf.


For the design I’ve used three hanks of Scheepjes Skies light, in shades 109 Cirrocumulus, 110 Cirrus and 111 Cumulus.  You can also use a set of the minis, but the meterage is slightly less so you may have a scarf that is just a bit narrower than if you were to use three full hanks.


I’m busy working on the pattern right now, which will be ready for you this time next week.

Scheepjes has all the stockist listed on their website, so you can find one local to you.

Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* ship all over the world, Knotty House* is in North America, Black Sheep Wools* in the UK, and of course my local store is Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere.


Life in the Slow Lane – German Translation

Mein Life in the Slow Lane-Tuch hat jetzt eine deutsche Übersetzung!

My life in the Slow Lane shawl now has a German translation!


Mit einem großen Dank also Sarah. (@luthienscribbles auf Instagram, bitte geh ihr nach! Sie häkelt nicht nur, sondern auch ihre Handschrift ist wunderschön.)

With a huge thanks so Sarah. (@luthienscribbles on Instagram, please go follow her! She not only crochets, but her handlettering is gorgeous.) 

Bist du bereit?

Du brauchst

1 Bobbel Scheepjes Whirl in deiner Wunschfarbe.
4mm Häkelnadel
Stopfnadel zum Vernähen


160 x 120 cm


23 Maschen und 14 Reihen (im Muster) = 10 x 10 cm bei Verwendung einer 4 mm Häkelnadel


Lm – Luftmasche
hlbSt – Halbes Stäbchen
2BmhlbSt – Büschelmasche aus 2 halben Stäbchen


Dies ist ein Anfänger-Hakelmuster, es wird in Hin- und Rückreihen gearbeitet. Es werden nur auf einer Seite Maschen zugenommen. Das fertige Tuch hat die Form eines großen Dreiecks.

Die Angaben in Klammern (…) werden so oft wiederholt wie angegeben.

Am Anfang jeder Reihe 2 Luftmaschen (Lm) häkeln, diese werden nicht als Masche gezählt.

Die 2 Büschelmaschen aus halben Stäbchen am Ende jeder zweiten Reihe dienen dazu, den Rand zu begradigen, so dass keine Umrandung gehäkelt werden muss. Um 2 Büschelmaschen aus halben Stäbchen (2BMhlbSt) zu häkeln gehe wie folgt vor: Umschlag, Nadel in die Masche einstechen, Faden holen (= 3 Umschläge auf der Nadel), Umschlag, Faden durch die ersten beiden Umschläge auf der Nadel ziehen, Nadel in die Masche einstechen, Umschlag, Faden holen (=3 Umschläge auf der Nadel), Umschlag, Faden durch alle Maschen auf der Nadel ziehen.

In der Anleitung ist keine Maschenanzahl pro Reihe angegeben, damit die Anleitung nicht zu lang und unübersichtlich wird. In jeder Reihe erhöht sich die Anzahl der Maschen um 1. Die schnellen Reihen (Halbes Stäbchen, 1 Luftmasche, 1 Masche auslassen) haben immer eine ungerade Maschenzahl. Die langsamen Reihen haben eine gerade Maschenzahl.



Reih 1 3 Lm, 2 hlbSt in die dritte Masche von der Nadel, wenden.

Reih 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, 1 Lm, 2BmhlbSt in die letzte Masche. Wenden

Reih 3 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, hlbSt in den Luftmaschenzwischenraum, 2 hlbSt in die letzte Masche, wenden.

Reih 4 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, 1 Lm, 1 hlbSt, 1 Lm, 1 Masche auslassen, 2BmhlbSt in die letzte Masche, wenden.

Reih 5 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, (hlbSt in Luftmaschenzwischenraum, hlbSt), hlbSt bis zur und in die vorletzte Masche, 2 halbe Stäbchen in die letzte Masche, wenden.

Reih 6 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, 1 Lm, (hlbSt, 1 Lm, 1 Masche auslassen – wiederholen bis zur vorletzten Masche), 2BmhlbSt in die letzte Masche, wenden.

Reih 7 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, hlbSt bis einschließlich zur vorletzten Masche (auch in die Luftmaschenzwischenräume), 2 hlbSt in die letzte Masche, wenden.

Reihe 6 und 7 noch 5 x wiederholen.

Jetzt geht es an die langsamen Reihen:

Reih 18 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), 2 hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, hlbSt in jede Masche bis einschließlich zur vorletzten, 2BmhlbSt, wenden.

Reih 19 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, hlbSt bis einschließlich zur vorletzten Masche, 2 hlbStb in die letzte Masche, wenden.

Reih 20 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, 1 Lm, (hlbSt, 1 Lm, 1 Masche auslassen – wiederholen bis zur vorletzten Masche), 2BmhlbSt

Reih 21 2 Lm (zählt nicht als Masche), hlbSt in die gleiche Masche, hlbSt bis einschließlich zur vorletzten Masche (auch in die Luftmaschenzwischenräume), 2 hlbSt in die letzte Masche, wenden

Die Reihe 18-21 noch 2 x wiederholen.

Jetzt folgenden Satz arbeiten:

(Reihen 6 und 7 sieben Mal wiederholen, dann Reihen 18-21 drei Mal wiederholen). Das ergibt einen kompletten Satz aus schnellen und langsamen Reihen.

Diesen Satz so oft wiederholen, bis man nur noch ausreichend Garn hat, um mit einer langsamen Reihe zu enden. Nicht nur nach einer Reihe 6 oder 7 aufhören!

Wenn die Maschenprobe passt bleibt nur sehr wenig Garn über.

Faden vernähen und das Tuch spannen.

lisl setup rows

Für Garn in Deutschland bietet die Scheepjes-Website hier eine umfangreiche Händlerliste. Wenn Ihr Lieblingsgeschäft keine Scheepjes auf Lager hat, fragen Sie sie: Warum nicht ?!


Reveal! Reveal! Reveal! – Life in the Slow Lane Crochet Shawl

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have already seen the first picture of my new shawl release:

It’s a brand new shawl design that I am preparing to release at the end of this week that I’ve named Life in the Slow Lane.


I don’t know about you, but I’ve been very firmly in the fast lane for a long time now.  I whizz past people taking their time to smell the roses and glance over my shoulder wistfully, yet it hasn’t occurred to me to actually lift the accelerator and slow down myself.

I realised that life was getting away from me. That this last year has dissolved quickly as I lost days and weeks to grief and then catching up and getting on with work, family and most recently, a new kitchen renovation.

This shawl is a manifestation of my need to slow down.  To be more mindful. To breathe. Do you ever find yourself holding your shoulders high and tight and discover you haven’t taken a proper breath for who knows how long? This is me.

I can recognise the challenge, but the difficulty is actually making the change!


So this shawl is a sort of roadmap to how I think.  There are rows and rows of filet crochet where you can race, and then suddenly you need to pause and breathe, working the slow lanes.


This will be a good project for a new crocheter, who is ready to go beyond granny squares and has a love for Scheepjes Whirl – don’t we all? There are some fun techniques which will help you see just how easy it can be to make something that looks harder than it actually is.

The pattern has been tested, and I’m busy consolidating all the feedback now, and I plan to release the pattern by either this Friday, or by Monday next week.

To prepare yourself, you’ll need to either stash dive into your whirl collection, or get your hands on a new one.

Carla, who tested for me, used two whirlettes for hers, so that’s also an option if you’d like a solid colour instead.

Scheepjes as always has the full list of whirly retailers on their website, plus you can check out some of the retailers I like to recommend:

Wool Warehouse* ships all over the world, and so does Deramores*.

Caro’s Atelier* is my local yarn store here in Almere.

Black Sheep Wools* is the largest bricks and mortar yarn store in the UK, and Knotty House* has North America covered.

In South Africa you can’t go past Be Inspired, and in Australia head to Yarnish.

You can also check out my designer store at – it’s where I stock some of my designs, and this one will be added when it’s finished too!

*affiliate link


Making Plans; a New Crochet Design


After the incredible month I’ve just had, now it’s time to slow down a bit and create something that’s meditative.

So I’ve ordered myself one of the glorious ombre whirls from Scheepjes, and have a great project on the go!


This colourway is called Coral Catastrophe, and although my crochet palette is usually all pinks and blues, I actually have a lot of coral clothes and accessories – it’s my favourite colour to wear!


I’m going to make a single skein shawl, one that will be big enough to really wrap yourself up in.

While I’m on the topic of whirls, have you seen the Whirligigs?  OMG. I’m in love and can’t wait to get my hands on one!

Here’s the latest design, launched this week:

It’s the Book Lover’s Wrap, a knit pattern by Margje Enting.  Check it out on Ravelry While you’re there, take a look at Margje’s other beautiful designs.

Have you seen all the Whirligig colours*?  They’re all to die for.

The Whirligigs are a DK weight yarn, 80% virgin wool and 20% alpaca.  So the softness factor will be off the charts.  I can’t decide which colour I want most, I think it will have to be Sapphire to Teal, or Teal to Yellow.  Sigh.

But in the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy myself with my own stunning ombre whirl – as if that could ever be a chore!  I can’t wait to show you progress next week.

If you’d like to test the pattern, do send me a message.  I have an amazing group of people I can call on, but I’d like to reduce the pressure on them a bit and work with some more people whom I’ll also love!

Buying options:

Scheepjes as always has the full list of whirly retailers on their website, plus you can check out some of the retailers I like to recommend:

Wool Warehouse* ships all over the world, and so does Deramores*.

Caro’s Atelier* is my local yarn store here in Almere.

Black Sheep Wools* is the largest bricks and mortar yarn store in the UK, and Knotty House* has North America covered.

In South Africa you can’t go past Be Inspired, and in Australia head to Yarnish.

You can also check out my designer store at – it’s where I stock some of my designs, and this one will be added when it’s finished too!

*affiliate link

Olaf (the warm shrug) Free Crochet Pattern

Just in time for Christmas, I’m sharing my latest free pattern with you!

While I was making this, I kept wondering what I should call it. I was hoping for a yoga related name, as I’m using Scheepjes Namaste, but as soon as I tried it on it felt like a warm hug. And then because I have a young kid, all I could hear in my head (over and over again, omg) was “I’m Olaf, and I like warm hugs,” so I couldn’t call this anything but Olaf (the warm shrug)!

What you’ll need for this pattern is 7 balls of Scheepjes Namaste in your favourite colour and a 10mm hook. I used Warrior (614). I also deliberately made this a one size fits all design and the size that fits me (XL) fits my husband and several friends I asked to try it on for me. If you’re a very small person, it may well be too large for you, but there are some tips on how to resize it if you would like to make it smaller.

The pattern below is written in UK crochet terms, but if you prefer US terms I have a separate PDF for both versions for a small fee to download from my Ravelry store. That version is print friendly, and there is also a printer/e-reader friendly version for the UK terms as well for a small fee.


(UK Terms)
Ch chain stitch
Htr half treble crochet
Tr treble crochet
Trtcl treble crochet tiny cluster
Tr2tog treble crochet two together (decrease)
InV inverted v-stitch (see notes)
[…] (…) repeat instructions between brackets the required number of times.
Rep repeat
SS slip stitch


Olaf (the warm shrug) is designed to be one size fits most, but by adjusting the sleeve length, you’ll be able to make it smaller, or larger. There will be information on how to do that at the end of the instructions.

The shrug is created back and forth in rows, then the corners are folded in and stitched together to make the lapels and yoke, then we attach a collar and sleeves.

The InV stitch is an inverted V-stitch: YO, insert hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, miss 1, YO, insert hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through all loops.



  1. Ch 89 (84 +5), mark the 43rd stitch for later, and leave a 40cm tail for sewing the sides (you can roll this up and poke it in through some stitches to hold it out of the way).
  2. Trtcl in the 3rd ch from the hook, tr to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
  3. Trtcl, tr [ch2, miss 2, tr next] to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
  4. Trtcl, tr, ch 1 [miss 2 (tr, ch 1, tr in next tr)] to last 4, ch 1, miss 2, tr, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
  5. Trtcl, tr, ch 2 [InV, ch 2] to last 2, tr, trtcl last. Ch 2, turn.
    Repeat rows 3-5 9 times
  6. Trtcl, tr, [2 tr in the ch sp, tr next] to last, trtcl. Tie off, leave 40cm tail.

Fold top and bottom corners into meet in the middle, and using the long tails, whip stitch the from the outside corners toward the fold for 10 cm. Repeat for the other side. Take care that you will be able to work 18 trebles into the opening (the gaps between rows) when making the sleeves.


Make 2

Join at the seam with a standing tr, ch1 (or ss to join and ch 4), [tr in the next space between rows, ch1] repeat around, ss to join. You should have 18 trebles. If not, adjust your stitch placement accordingly.

  1. Ss into the ch space, ch 2, tr next ch sp, ch 1 [tr2tog in same sp and next sp, missing the treble in between, ch 1] repeat to last tr2tog in the last sp and 1st sp, ch 1, ss to join.
  2. Ss to ch sp, ch 1, tr same sp, [ch 1, tr next sp], repeat to last, ss to join. Note, there is no ch between the last and 1st trebles, this is a decrease.
  3. Ss to ch sp, ch 2, tr next ch sp, ch 1, [tr2tog in the same sp and next sp, missing the treble in between], repeat to last ch sp, ch 1, tr2tog in the last sp and 1st sp, skipping 2 trebles. Ch 1, ss to join.
  4. Repeat round 3
  5. Repeat round 4
  6. Ss to ch sp, ch 1, tr, ch 1, [tr next ch sp, ch 1] repeat to end, ss to join.
  7. Ss to ch sp, ch 2, tr next sp, ch 1 [tr2tog in the same and next sp, missing treble in between, ch 1], rep to last, tr2tog last sp and 1st sp, ch 1, ss to 1st tr.
  8. Repeat round 7
  9. Repeat round 8
  10. Ss to sp, ch 1, 2 htr in the same sp, [2 htr in the next sp] repeat to last, ss to join.
  11. Repeat round 11. Tie off.

Note: to make the shrug smaller, you can make the join seam longer. This will make the lapels and collar wider, and you will need to work fewer rounds on the sleeves (skip rows 9 and 10).

Your stitch count in round 1 will also be less, but the instructions for rest of the rounds will work if you have fewer trebles as well.

If you like, you can omit the sleeves altogether, and instead work rows 1, 11 and 12 to make a cuff.


Starting at the marker from the very first row, count and mark the 18th stitch in each direction. This is the bottom of the shrug. Note: Make sure you check to hold the work the right way out, so the sleeves won’t be inside out.

  1. Join at middle marker with a standing tr (or ch 3), ch 1, tr in the same st, [miss 2, (tr, ch 1, tr same)] to marker, remove marker, [miss 1, (tr, ch 1, tr same)] to marker, remove marker, [miss 2 (tr, ch 1, tr same)] to last, ss to join.
  2. Ss to ch sp, ch 1, [tr, ch 1, tr same] in the same space, [tr, ch 1, tr same] in the next ch space, and to the last, ss to join.
  3. Repeat round 2, mark the join, tie off.
  4. Count 16 V-stitches (tr, ch1, tr) and join with an ss to the next ch sp. Ch 2, [dc, ch 1, dc] next ch sp, [htr, ch 1, htr] next ch sp, [tr, ch 1, tr] next 46 spaces, [htr, ch 1, htr] next ch sp, [dc, ch 1, dc] next ch sp, ch 2, ss in the next ch sp, tie off.

Weave in ends, block gently if desired.

Feel free to add an oversized button where the sleeves are seamed if you want to close it like a jacket.


What do you think? Do you like warm hugs? I’d love you to make this, and you can purchase the yarn from a bunch of great retailers. Scheepjes lists all the shops on their website, and if you’re in the Netherlands I recommend my local yarn store, Caro’s Atelier*.

For those of you across the globe, you can order from Wool Warehouse*, and Deramores*, who both offer world wide shipping, Knotty House* is a great retailer in North America, and I’ve just discovered Belle Mae Yarns in Australia! Plus of course if you’re in South Africa Be Inspired has the entire Namaste collection.

While you’re here, have you seen my other Scheepjes Namaste pattern? It’s the Matchy Matchy Hat, which works up in under an hour!

Merry Christmas, and have a warm hug from me! XO

Fade out Shawl – Pattern Launch

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

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

Fade out Shawl

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

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

Image courtesy of Simply Crochet on Ravelry

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fade out Shawl

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

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

Crochet Braided Cowl – REVEAL!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you next week!

*Affliliate link

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

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

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

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

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:


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?

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 Squared by Jenny King

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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