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Koala Lovey – Free Crochet Pattern

It’s Pattern Day!

Are you ready, do you have your yarn?

close up of koala lovey

GET THE YARN

Scheepjes Cahlista is an aran weight yarn, made with 100% cotton. I’m using two balls of colour 074 Mercury, and you will also need a single ball of the complementary colour. Have a look at the Scheepjes Website for colour inspiration and stockists, there are more than 100 colours to choose from!

You can order the yarn online from my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier*.

Internationally there’s Wool Warehouse* (global shipping) and if in the US check out Dot’s Yarn Den.

Note: this version of the pattern uses UK terms. If you would like to access US terms or printable PDFs in both UK and US terms, you can purchase the patterns from either Ravelry or Lovecrafts.com for a small fee.

Please share your projects using #KoalaLovey in the socials and tag me everywhere!

Let’s go!

Materials

MC: Scheepjes Cahlista in 074 Mercury – 2 balls (100% cotton, aran weight, 50g, 85m)
CC: Scheepjes Cahlista in your choice – 1 ball (100% cotton, aran weight, 50g, 85m)
Scrap black, preferably Scheepjes Cahlista – about 2 metres
I used 385 Chrystalline and 256 Cornelia Rose in my samples.
4mm hook (amigurumi parts)
6mm hook (mini-blanket)
5mm hook (border of mini-blanket)
Toy filling (or you can stuff the head with scrap yarn or anything you have at home that will be a bit squishy)

Tension

Mini-blanket: 16 rows and 17sts over 10 cm in YUdc

Head: not important, but stitches should be tight, so use at least a hook size down from what the yarn recommends.

Measurements

Mini-blanket – 30 x 30cm blocked

Abbreviations

(UK terms)
Ch chain
MR magic ring
Ss slip stitch
St(s) stitch(es)
Ch chain
Dc double crochet
DcInc double crochet increase (2 sts increased in 1 st)
Dec double crochet decrease (1 st worked decreased over 2 sts)
HtrInc half treble crochet increase (2 sts increased in 1 st)
Tr treble crochet
YUdc yarn under double crochet
MC main colour
CC contrast colour.
Rep repeat
Pm place marker
Rm remove marker
Flo front loop only
Blo back loop only

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked both amigurumi style in continuous rounds (with no joining) and sewn together to make the koala’s head, and also back and forth in rows using the yarn under colourwork technique to make the mini-blanket.

Work instructions inside parentheses (…) the indicated number of times.

Special Abbreviation

YUdc (yarn under double crochet) is a colourwork technique using two strands of working yarn. To work the stitch insert hook with mc, yoh, pull up a loop, with cc yoh from front to back (keeping cc in front of mc), with mc yoh, pull through 3 loops.

Check out the short instruction vid here.

Instructions

Koala head

Working in rounds, with MC and 4mm hook

Round 1 6dc in MR (mark first st and move marker up each round to keep track of starting point) (6)
Round 2 6dcinc (12)
Round 3 (inc, dc) six times (18)
Round 4 (inc, 2dc) six times (24)
Round 5 (inc, 3dc) six times (30)
Round 6 (inc, 4dc) six times (36)
Round 7-17 36dc (36)
Round 18 dec twice, pm second dec, 14dc, dec twice, pm second dec, 13dc, dec, rm. (32)
Round 19 dec, pm, 12dc, dec twice, rm, pm second dec, 11dc, dec, ss. (28)

Cut yarn, leave tail long enough to sew top shut when assembling.

Ear

(make 2)
Working in rounds, with MC and 4mm hook

Round 1 6dc in MR (6)
Round 2 6dcinc (12)
Round 3 (inc, dc) six times (18)
Round 4 inc, pm in second st of inc, 8dc, inc, pm in second st of inc, 9dc (20) (starting point is moved by 1st )
Round 5 20dc
Round 6 inc, pm in second st of inc, 9dc, inc, pm in second st of inc, 10dc (22) (starting point is moved by 1 st)
Round 7-10 22dc. Ss (22)

Cut yarn and leave tail to sew to head when assembling.

close up of koala lovey head ready for assembly

Nose

Working in rounds, with black and 4mm hook

Round 1 6dc in MR (6)
Round 2 6dcinc (12)
Round 3 (3htrinc, 3dc) twice, ss to join (18)

Cut yarn, leave long tail to sew to head and make eyes.

Mini Blanket

Working back and forth in rows using both MC and CC, 6mm hook

See short video tutorial here.

Row 1 MC, ch42
Row 2 YUdc in third loop and each ch across to end (40)
Row 3 ch1 (does not count as a st), YUDC to end (40)
Row 4-42 rep row 3 (40)

Cut MC and continue working the border in CC.

Border

Working in rounds 5 and 6mm hooks

Round 1 turn, with 6mm hook, work 40ss loosely across to corner, ch1, 40ss across the rows (note, there are two more rows than border sts, so you will need to “lose” two sts). Continue around to end and ch1 and ss to 1st st of the round.
Round 2 change to 5mm hook, ch2, working into the ss, [tr to corner ch (tr, ch1 tr) in flo of corner ch], rep around to end, ss to join. Cut yarn.
Round 3 flip your work so the back is facing you, ss to join at a corner, ch2, tr in the back of the ss from round 1, rep round 2.
Round 4 now we’ll join the two rounds. Ch1, dc in the flo of round 3 sts and the corresponding blo from round 2 sts to join the two rounds together. Rep to corner, 3dc in the corner ch, then rep all the way round to end. Ss to join, cut yarn, weave in ends and block.

Assembly

pieces of koala lovey head to be assembled

Position nose 7 rounds below opening at mid-point between markers, sew to head.  Make eyes 1 st to the side of the nose, 3 sts wide and slightly angled (1 round) upwards at the outer side. Fasten the eye loop on row below to fix it in place.

close up of koala lovey nose for assembly
close up of koala lovey eye and nose for assembly

Stuff the head with toy filling and sew shut. Attach ears to side of head on an angle, 3 sts in from the sides of the sewn shut head.

close up of koala lovey eye, ear and nose for assembly

Sew the head to the middle of the blanket, either using the leftover yarn tails, or a new length of yarn, using round 3 of the head as your guide.

close up of koala lovey head
Koala lovey crochet toy lying on a bed
Koala lovey crochet toy lying on a bed
Koala lovey crochet toy lying on a bed

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Koala Lovey

Hey there, it’s Reveal Day!

Welcome to the world, little Koala Lovey.


GET THE YARN

Scheepjes Cahlista is an aran weight yarn, made with 100% cotton. I’m using two balls of colour 074 Mercury, and you will also need a single ball of the complementary colour. Have a look at the Scheepjes Website for colour inspiration and stockists, there are more than 100 colours to choose from!

You can order the yarn online from my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier*.

Internationally there’s Wool Warehouse* (global shipping) and if in the US check out Dot’s Yarn Den.


As I mentioned in my previous posts, I’ve used Scheepjes Cahlista for this design, and it’s really the perfect yarn for baby things. The brushed cotton is soft and because it’s an aran weight it works up fast!

I’ve loved creating this smooshy little lovey. I mean, a sleepy koala, who’d have thought? They only sleep about 20 hours per day!

I came across the technique to create the two colour blanket on Instagram, and it’s called “yarn under.” In my pattern (which will go live soon) I’ve abbreviated the stich to YUDC, or yarn under (UK terms) double crochet.

The pattern is almost ready, the colours look amazing. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Crochet Lovey – WIP

Progress is being made!

Last week I told you about the baby project that I’m working on and I’m making great progress!

My little Koala Lovey is really starting to take shape!

close up of crochet koala head in pieces

There are almost as many stitch markers as pieces!

flat lay of pieces of koala lovey ready to be assembled

Right now it’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, everything is there, it all just needs to find the perfect placement so it all fits together, just so.

If you don’t know what a lovey is, I think it’s a very technical term for a stuffed animal head attached to a little square of fabric that babi’s absolutely love to snuggle with and munch on. I remember how much my daughter enjoyed hers, it was adorable! I made a bunch in the past, it was like a mini production line there for a while as babies seemed to be popping out all over the place!


GET THE YARN

Scheepjes Cahlista is an aran weight yarn, made with 100% cotton. I’m using two balls of colour 074 Mercury, and you will also need a single ball of the complementary colour. Have a look at the Scheepjes Website for colour inspiration and stockists, there are more than 100 colours to choose from!

You can order the yarn online from my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier*.

Internationally there’s Wool Warehouse* (global shipping) and if in the US check out Dot’s Yarn Den.


Come back in a week for the big reveal!

close up of crochet work, highlighing yarn under double crochet

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A Perfectly Autumn Crochet Project

Autumn is all in the colour, right?

I never really appreciated the colours of Autumn growing up. In Australia we have mostly evergreen trees – Eucalyptus, Acacia, Melaleuca and the like. They tend to look (and smell) beautiful all year round.

It wasn’t until I moved to the northern hemisphere that I really learned to appreciate it. Driving through the Devon lanes and wandering the old forests and moors of de Veluwe in October, or dreaming of visiting Canada in the Autumn. It’s something that the average Australian just doesn’t really get to experience at home.

The biggest joy of them all, however, are the toadstools! Nothing quite triggers the “I’m living in a fairy tale” feeling quite like finding one of these beauties while out wandering.

The glorious shades of red and orange inspired me to choose Scheepjes River Washed (XL) in the colour Avon for my autumn/winter hat pattern, which I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.

Isn’t that colourway perfectly Autumn?

And when you look at the balls in the sunshine, it’s like they’re on fire, the way the forest looks when hit by the late afternoon sunshine in October. I love it.


Get the Yarn

Scheepjes has a complete list of stockists on their website. Most of their retailers stock Stone Washed and River Washed, but if not, don’t be afraid to ask them to get it in!

Wool Warehouse* stocks both River Washed and River Washed XL and ship all over the world.

Black Sheep Wools* in the UK also stocks River Washed and River Washed XL

Here in the Netherlands, Caro’s Atelier* has River Washed and River Washed XL, plus they’re my LYS (and awesome).

In the US, Jimmy Beans stocks Stone Washed and Stone Washed XL, which you can easily substitute for River Washed.

In Australia Little Woollie also stocks Stone Washed and Stone Washed XL


For my hat project you’ll need two balls of River Washed and one ball of River Washed XL. You can easily substitute Stone Washed, as it’s essentially the same yarn with a different coloured core (white core in SW opposed to a coloured core in RW). The sizing will be for adults, but my daughter is already asking for her own, so let’s see how that goes later on!

Stay tuned for progress in the next week or so, but in the meantime I want to know your favourite Stone Washed or River Washed colourway. Who knows, I’m thinking of gifting some – ’tis the season afterall! Let me know on my Instagram.

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 missnerisscrochet@gmail.com 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 (missnerisscrochet.com) 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: https://missneriss.com/2020/01/18/winter-cowl-reveal/

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

GET THE YARN

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

Measurements

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

Tension

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

Abbreviations

(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

Notes

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).

Instructions

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.

Enjoy!

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Reveal – Jan’s Scarf

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Abmessungen

160 x 120 cm

Maschenprobe

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

Abkürzungen

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

Anmerkungen

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.

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Anleitung

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.

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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 ?!

Tschüss!!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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 Deramores.com – it’s where I stock some of my designs, and this one will be added when it’s finished too!

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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!

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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!

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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 Deramores.com – it’s where I stock some of my designs, and this one will be added when it’s finished too!

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