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Woodland Friends Bunny – Crochet Pattern

I have another new design that I want to share with you this week!

It’s this adorable bunny I’ve made, as part of a Woodland Friends series for Scheepjes YARN the After Party.

Pattern available for download on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woodland-friends-bunny and yarn available at Wool Warehousehttp://shrsl.com/?ifu2

What you’ll need to make this bunny:

The pattern is suitable for beginners and includes written pattern instructions.  It’s a great project for a first amigurumi project, and is a wonderful baby gift.

And something really cool; the pattern is available on Ravelry in Dutch, English (US and UK), Swedish, Spanish and German. The pattern is also available as a booklet through Scheepjes retailers (UK and Dutch version).  Isn’t that awesome?!

Pattern available for download on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woodland-friends-bunny and yarn available at Wool Warehousehttp://shrsl.com/?ifu2

I have a few different projects coming up over the next few months.  I’ve been busy behind the scenes working on projects I haven’t been able to share, so it’s great to finally be able to say: Look at what I made!

So to recap:

Download the pattern from Ravelry here: buy now

Or for physical copies, head to any Scheepjes stockist.

Get the yarn here:

http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=842729&u=1168367&m=63378&urllink=&afftrack=

 

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Noor Shawl – by Bernadette Ambergen

It’s time to go back to basics and crochet a gorgeous project that I haven’t designed myself.  I’ve found myself working on a lot of secret projects that I can’t share with you and I miss that!

Bernadette Ambergen is a designer I wish I had discovered when I first started crocheting.  I think if I had, it would have made me a much better crocheter faster by stretching my boundaries and improving my internal stitch library.

She’s also probably the most prolific designer I know of.  My friend Tammy and I always joke that she must have an army of minions making everything for her, such is the rate of pattern releases!

I also just love how the construction of her shawls is so varied and different to any other designer out there.  Not only that, it’s the mixture of both knitting and crochet in a single design that is so inspiring.

After trawling Ravelry for the perfect project I settled on Noor.  It’s a design that is constructed in a way I have never tried before (from the centre outwards) and well, look for yourself.  It’s beautiful.

Noor Shawl by Berniolie, on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/noor

I’m going to use a yarn that I love, Scheepjes Sunkissed in Pistachio Ice:

Scheepjes Sunkissed http://www.scheepjes.com/en/yarn/sunkissed-726/

I have a gorgeous shawl for summer in mind. I was tossing up between this and Beach Hut Orange, but in the end I thought I’d get more wear out of this one.  I know I should gift it, but I can’t help it.  I want it for myself!

Noor Shawl by Berniolie, on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/noor

So when the yarn arrives I’ll share some more photos, and be sure to keep up on Instagram where I’ll be sharing all the time.

You can get the Sunkissed yarn for the Noor shawl on Wool Warehouse* who ship globally, or from your favourite benelux retailer.  You’ll need 7 balls for this design and it’s under 3 euros a ball, so great value!

I’d love you to join me in making this one, please let me know in the comments.

XO

 

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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Chunky Camel Stitch Hat – Reveal!

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

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat by MissNeriss

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat by MissNeriss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miriem Shawl Pattern is LIVE!

And it’s 20% off!

To celebrate the launch of this design, I’ve created a coupon for you to use at the checkout on Ravelry until this Friday the 22nd of October.  Enter code miriem and check out.  It’s that simple.

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

I’m so happy with the results of this design.  Ever since I took part in the Winterlight KAL a few months ago, I’ve been wanting to create a similarly shaped shawl in crochet, showing off the amazing yarn that I picked up from Circus Tonic Hand Dyed Yarns.  I still have four skeins of this glorious yarn that is waiting patiently to become something special, but that’s a story for another day…

I’ve named the shawl after my dear friend Miriem, who has been in The Top Five for almost 20 years now!  This is a girl who has routinely gone above and beyond what you could possibly expect any friend to do.  Let’s just say, if there are bodies to be buried, it’s Miriem that I’m calling.

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

About the pattern:

It is worked in rows, on the bias.  The base stitch is a half double crochet (HDC). However, it is a deep HDC. Meaning, each HDC stitch goes around the regular top two loops, and also around the 3rd loop at the front of the stitch. This removes the line that rows of HDC stitches tend to create, making the design truly reversible.

What you’ll need:

Almost 800 metres of 4ply (sock) weight yarn. I used yarn from Circus Tonic Handmade; to catch shop updates, I highly recommend following Hannah on Instagram as yarn sells out in a heartbeat. I also recommend checking the sock yarns on both LoveCrochet.com* and Wool Warehouse* as their selections are fantastic.

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

what are you still doing here?  Get over to Ravelry!

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10 of The Best: Knit and Crochet Projects with Scheepjes Stone Washed

It’s no secret that Scheepjes Stone Washed is one of my favourite yarns to use.  Ask any of my blogger tribe and they’ll say the same.  It is amazing.  The colours are vibrant, the yarn itself is unique in its construction, and the end results: fabulous.

In honour of this beauty, I have a round up for you with 10 of the best knit and crochet projects using Stone Washed.  The patterns are all available by clicking on the images or headings.

Linen Stitch Manghan by Dedri Uys

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This is a design that shows just how diverse the Stone Washed yarn is and how wonderfully the colours work together.  You can get the yarn packs for this in Dedri’s shop*.

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh. Grab the yarn here: http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This is a design that I fell in love with at first glance.  I love everything about it, it just makes me feel happy.  Isn’t Christina a talented designer? The yarn for this one is available here*.

Cosy Colour Block Shawl by Sarah Knight

Cosy ColourBlock Shawl by Sarah Knight. Get the yarn here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Sarah’s Colourblock shawl is such a popular garter stitch design, and it’s easy to see why!  Stone Washed makes the best warm shawls, cosy is most definitely the best adjective here!  Pop over and get the yarn here*.

Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs

Peekaboo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs. Yarn available here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

This one is by me, it’s my Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap, of which I’m enormously proud.  It’s an incredibly simple and flattering design that is easily customisable for your own body.  The yarn is available here*.

I Love Scraps Afghan by Mary Ann Frits

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This is one of those designs that Pinterest loves to show me – almost every day it’s being saved by people that I follow, and when it’s not being saved, it’s being recommended by Pinterest.  This heart stitch is one that I love, especially in this spectrum colourway from Marieke at The Breiboerderij.  There are yarn packs available in her lovely webshop.

Top by Scheepjes

Stone Washed Top by Scheepjes. Yarn from http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This one is to be found on the Scheepjes website directly.  It’s a lovely knit design and one to add to your WIP list for sure. Click here* to get the yarn.

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes. Yarn available here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Here is proof that Stone Washed isn’t just for cosy blankets, shawls and wraps, it also makes beautiful delicate garments, as showcased here in Annelies’ gorgeous design.  You’ll only need up to 7 balls to complete this one, grab the yarn here*.

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert. Yarn available here: http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This was one of the very first designs with Stone Washed when it was released a couple of years ago (how the time has flown by!) and it’s an enduring favourite. The instructions for the motif and the poncho construction are on the CreJJtion website and the yarn can be purchased here*

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump. Yarn and pattern to be found on Deramores: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Although Marinke was so well known for her mandalas, this third loop HDC stitch was like her signature in my mind, and this lovely beach bag that she designed for Deramores is no exception. You can get the yarn and pattern from Deramores directly.

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel. Yarn available at http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

It’s just not possible to have a pattern round up for Scheepjes Stone Washed without sharing Atty’s Star Blanket.  Atty’s motifs are all so original and creative, she’s a true innovator!  The yarn is for sale here*.

10 beautiful knit and crochet designs using Scheepjes Stone Washed on missneriss.com #crochet

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Emma Shawl – Pattern Launch and Special Offer

Emma Shawl crochet pattern, by MissNeriss. Pattern available on Ravelry.

Emma Shawl crochet pattern, by MissNeriss. Pattern available on Ravelry.

I’m so in love with this shawl.  It makes me happy to wear it; the colour is gorgeous, the merino blend is soft, warm and snuggly.

Emma Shawl crochet pattern, by MissNeriss. Pattern available on Ravelry.

Emma Shawl crochet pattern, by MissNeriss. Pattern available on Ravelry.

It’s elegant and light, and adds a splash of glamour to my outfit. But it’s also perfect to just wrap around my neck on a chilly day when I’m cycling to the shops.

Emma Shawl crochet pattern, by MissNeriss. Pattern available on Ravelry.

I’ve added the design to Ravelry, for sale at 5.45EUR.  If you head to Instagram and follow me, you can grab yourself a 50% discount until May 1st.  Just check the details in the Emma Shawl photos I post there.  You can also click the Instagram links on the sidebar to the right.

For the design I used a gorgeous hand dyed fingering/4ply (sock) yarn from Craftfulness, but you can use any fingering weight yarn, as long as there is about 420 metres on the skein.  I also used a hand dyed yarn I bought from Textiel Werk Wol en Zo (in Dutch, but they speak English fabulously) a long time ago.

Emma Shawl crochet pattern, by MissNeriss. Pattern available on Ravelry.

It’s also a lovely quick design – you can easily whip it out in a couple of evenings in front of Game of Thrones.  Once you get going, the design all but crochets itself.

And don’t you just love the beautiful crystal shawl clip?  It’s about a hundred years old, and belonged to my Aunt Hilda.  I’ve loved the clips (and matching earrings) as long as I can remember, so it makes me incredibly happy to have and be able to use them.

Enjoy, I hope you love it.  I do, I’ve made lots already!

Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap for Kids – Pattern

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

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

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

Right, let’s get on with it.

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

What You’ll Need

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

Gauge

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

Stitches

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

Notes

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

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

Instructions

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

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

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

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

Schematic for the peekaboo button wrap by missneriss

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

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

 

New Yarn, New Design

It’s that time again.  Time to start working on something new. And time to revisit my old flame: Stone Washed XL.

You already know how much I love this yarn, it’s such a pleasure to work with. I also love the pastels that were added to the range last summer, they’re all just so pretty.

For this project I’m using the lovely soft pink  (860) and after many requests, am making a child’s version of the Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap!

This Easy Start tab, is without a doubt the single most innovative idea from Scheepjes.  This is them really thinking about the user experience.  I can’t rave about it enough.

For now, I’m off to crack on with this Peek-a-Boo.  What are you up to this week?

Don’t forget: You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Deramores, Wool Warehouse, and at Paradise Fibers in North America!