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Say Hello to the Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap

Crochet body warmer

Finally!  But, it was worth the wait, right?

Peek-a-boo Button Body Warmer

I picked up a mannequin from Xenos just to be able to show this off to you properly, and the form is just perfect.

peek-a-boo Button crochet body warmer

And so is the peek-a-boo button.  Better than I ever could have imagined.  I’ll be honest, when I first ordered the yarn and the button, I hadn’t really calculated the size of the button correctly, but now I couldn’t imagine having chosen anything else.

Standing collar on the crochet body warmer

I love how there is just enough strength in the stitch to hold the collar up at the back.  It’s always surprising just how soft and supple the Scheepjes Stone Washed is after blocking – I wasn’t sure if the collar would keep standing!

The back of the body warmer

Most of all, I adore the texture of the stitch I used.  It’s a very ordinary Half double Crochet, but in alternating front and back loops, giving the design just that little bit extra texture.  Plus the stitch allows just enough stretch for the top to really mold to the shape of the figure.

Can you tell how happy I am with the result?

Coming very soon, the pattern!  I’m drafting it in multiple sizes.  So we’ll have sizes from S through to XL next week!

The pattern is now live!  You can pick it up here: Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap.  Coming soon: pattern in Dutch! OMG that’s going to be tough 😀

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Spring has Sprung – and is Quilting a New Craft Obsession?

Spring has Sprung in my garden.

Spring has sprung!  My first tulip is out and flowering.  And about time, too.  Seriously, I’m still sending my daughter off to school in a winter coat and scarf and it’s April!  This is not acceptable.  Thank God I was able to spend a month in Australia because if I hadn’t, this extended cold would be the end of me.

Spring has Sprung in my garden.

I love the little bulbs that appear in my garden every year.  I have the standard tulips and daffodils, plus a bunch of hyacinths forest bulbs and something new seems to appear every year.  My peonies are coming and I hope I get more than one bloom this year.  I made the mistake of splitting the plant and transplanting half of it, not knowing that it takes two years for a peonie to bloom again!

Spring has Sprung in my garden.

I made this table centrepiece at a workshop at my local flower boutique.  I say boutique because this place is a-mazing.  The flowers are just starting to pop out, and I’m enjoying watching it change each day.

My first ever Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Spring has also seen me start a LOT of new craft projects.  I have another knitting project in the pipeline, plus the WIP that I showed you last week is just about ready to reveal (along with a pattern), and then there’s this!  In between it all, I made a quilt!

My first ever Jelly Roll Race Quilt

It’s a Jelly Roll Race Quilt, one of the easiest and fastest quilts out there, but I wanted something simple to sink my teeth into in case I had bitten off way more than I could chew.

My first ever Jelly Roll Race Quilt

I made the top myself at home on my machine following this tutorial and then had a session with the Quilt Guru in my local craft group where she showed me how to sandwich it and then assemble it, all in a single evening!

I’m so impressed with the end result!  The last bit of quilting I did for myself was when I was still at school – I designed and pieced together my own cushion top.  Plus I’ve been an assistant to my Gran while she’s been making her own fabulous quilts all of my life, but that has all been by hand.  I’ve never done any quilting on a sewing machine!

There are a few little imperfections here and there – we won’t examine my straight stitching skills too closely – but overall it’s beautiful.  My daughter loves it, and I’m planning on putting it on her bed as a throw.  It’s not quite large enough for a bedspread for her, but perhaps my next one will be.

But, wow.  It’s an expensive hobby!  I bought the 40 strip Jelly Roll while in Australia for about $55 AUD, then I had to buy the edging fabric and the backing fabric.  Not to mention the wadding and thread.  And then there are the tools you need  – cutters, rulers, cutting board and the sewing machine itself.  So, I’m not in a rush to become a quilter, that’s for sure!

The Jelly Roll I used is called Printemps 3 Sisters, and it’s by Moda Fabrics.  You can find Jelly Rolls at fabric stores everywhere, or online.  Or of course you could make your own (I won’t be)!  Aren’t the colours divine?

The beautiful stripes of my Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Can you quilt?  What are your favourite styles and where do you get your fabrics?

WIP – Growing Fast!

Vest WIP using Scheepjes Stone Washed in GarnetI’ve only about four skeins to go, I’d say I’m nearly finished!

As with all the Stone Washed projects I’ve done in the last almost 12 months, I absolutely love the texture.  This yarn is just really, really great looking.  I love the fluff-factor too.  Look at the stitch detail:

Stitch Detail on the vest, using Scheepjes Stone Washed in GarnetI’m working a really very simple half double crochet into alternating front and back loops, and it just looks great.

I’m actually almost at the stage where I need to think about working in the button.  Now, this button is huge.  Like the size of a slice of orange.  I’m hoping that it’s the right choice, but only time will tell!

huge button and Stitch Detail on the vest, using Scheepjes Stone Washed in GarnetHopefully by this time next week I’ll be able to show you the finished product, won’t that be fun?!

Home from Holidays and it’s Yarn Day!

I’m back!  I can’t say if I’m happy to be back home from my “Other” home or not, but one thing’s for sure, I’m very happy to find this huge pile of yarn waiting for me!

Scheepjes Stonewashed, do you think I have enough?

I have a really cool project in mind for all of this.  A while back my Mother in Law asked me if I could make her a vest for days and nights when it’s too warm for a coat and too cold without, so I’m working on something that I think will be great.

Big pile of Scheepjes Stone Washed.

 

The colour and texture of the Scheepjes Stone Washed XL is just perfect for this project, the colour variation adds interest, and the fluffiness adds serious warmth!  What do you think of the start?  I just couldn’t wait to crack on, so have been measuring and counting and doing what I can to beat the jetlag.

Stone Washed Body Warmer from Scheepjes yarn

I also chose these enormous coconut shell buttons, which will be both a feature and functional.

Huge coconut buttons

More progress photos to come, stay tuned!

PS.  If you’re looking for this yarn but don’t know where to find it, you can pick it up at loads of great retailers (in person or online) in the Netherlands here, or internationally from deramores.com.  Happy hunting!

Rainbow Hearts Tutorial Sizes 12 months – 10 years

Here it is!  I’ve created the tutorial for the Rainbow Hearts Tutu!

Rainbow Hearts Tutu - a free tutorial on missneriss.com

I’ve created this in multiple sizes, but please do bear in mind that I’ve based the sizes on Crochet Maths.  That’s a technical term that involves quite a bit of finger in the air guestimation.  The numbers are sound, but if your child is larger or smaller than the standard clothing sizes, do take that into account.

Please do also note that I have created this tutorial for you completely free of charge. Please do not pass this design off as your own, and please do not sell the pattern as if it were your own.  Do by all means feel free to sell items that you make from this tutorial, but do also be so kind as to send me photos, tag me on FB or Instagram, create projects in Ravelry or even link to this post.  Thanks for being cool about this!

Let’s get to it, shall we?

Rainbow Heart Top

What You’ll Need

Gauge

Two hearts across = 5cm
Two hearts high = 6cm

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Stitches and Abbreviations Used

DC (Double Crochet
FDC (Foundation Double Crochet)
CH (Chain)
SS (Slipstitch)
SC (Single Crochet)

Notes

This tutorial has been created using sizing for a 3 year old child.  A size chart has been created if you wish to make this top for a smaller or larger child.  This chart is based on standard clothing sizes, so if the child is small large for her age, do bear that in mind when starting.

Step by Step

Chart for the Heart Stitch used in the Rainbow Hearts Tutu - free crochet tutorial on by @missneriss

(left-handed chart)

Row 1:  Using colour 1 and the 3.5mm hook, FDC x 114, join with a SS, ensuring that the work does not become twisted.
Row 2:  CH2 (counts as 1st stitch), DC x 113, SS to join.
Row 3:  Attach colour 2 at the top of the SS from the previous row, but do not cut colour 1 as you’ll be using it again in Row 4. Skip 2 stitches, 3 x DC into the next stitch, CH 1, 3 x DC into the same stitch (this creates the heart), CH 1, skip the next 5 stitches, 3 x DC into the next stitch, CH1, 3 x DC into the same stitch.  Repeat around, SS into the SS from your colour join (total of 19 hearts).  Do not cut the yarn, you will carry it up and use it again in row 6, 9, 12 etc.
Row 4:  Change to the 4mm hook (you can stick to the smaller hook if you crochet loosely) and switch back to colour 1. CH 4, SC into the CH 1 space at the top o the heart from the previous round.  CH 2, DC into the DC that is direclty underneath the chain between hearts, making sure you stitch in front of the chain – you need to hide that chain for the heart effect to work.  CH 2, SC into the CH 1 space at the top of the next heart.  Repeat around, join with a SS to the 2nd chain from the beginning of the row.
Row 5:  Switch back to the 3.5mm hook. CH 2, 2 x DC into the CH 2 space from the previous round, DC into the CH1 stitch, 2 x DC into the next CH 2 space, DC into the next DC, repeat around, join with a SS.
Row 6:  Switch back to colour 2 and repeat row 3.
Continue to repeat rows 3, 4 and 5 until you have a total of 15 hearts.
Row 46:  Repeat row 4.
Row 47:  Repeat row 5.
Row 48:  CH 1, SC into each stitch around, join with a SS, tie off and weave in the ends.

Heart stitch from the front - free crochet tutorial on by @missneriss

Heart stitch from the front – see the DC between the hearts is in front?

Heart stitch from the back- free crochet tutorial on by @missneriss

Heart Stitch from behind. See the hearts are all in a row, the DC in between hides this from the front.

Straps

Make two, using the 3.5mm hook and colour 1.  Gauge is 13 stitches per 5 cm.  Increase or decrease this amount as needed for your required length.

Row 1:  CH 67 – loosely.
Row 2:  SC into the 3rd stitch from the hook, CH1, Skip 1, SC into the next. Repeat all the way to the end, turn.
Row 3:  CH 1, SC into the CH 1 space. CH1, SC into the next CH 1 space. Repeat across, turn.
Row 4:  Repeat row 3.

Assembly

Ensure that the seam will be under the arm.  Attach the straps above the 3rd heart from each side and when attaching the other ends, cross the straps so they will be attached to the opposite side.

Shoulder straps of the Rainbow Hearts Tutu - free crochet tutorial on by @missneriss

Size Chart

Age Waist Hearts FDC count Rows of Hearts
12-18 months 50 cm 16 94 9
1 ½ – 2 years 51 cm 17 102 11
2-3 years 52 cm 18 108 13
3-4 years 53 cm 19 114 15
5-6 years 55 cm 20 120 17
7-8 years 58 cm 21/22 hearts 126/132 19
9-10 years 61 cm 23/24 138/144 21

Tutu

What You’ll Need

  • 8-12 metres of tulle (one metre of each, cut into 10cm wide strips)
  • Chord (make a chain from your contrasting heart colour that is 80-100cm long
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Tape measure

Step by Step

  1. Take your tulle and fold it so it is double (the tulle will probably be sold to you folded double anyway) and cut it to the length that you want. I wanted a floor length ballgown style tutu, and cut it to 70 cm.  Repeat this for each colour.  Depending on the size of your child’s waist you’ll need more or less fabric.  I used approximately 120 cm of each colour (I bought in 150 cm lengths).
  2. Once your colours are all cut, lie them on top of one another in the correct order (colours of the rainbow) and cut them all at once to be 10 cm widths (I had 12 strips of each colour in total). It doesn’t have to be perfect, or even straight.  We’re not striving for clear straight lines with this project.  Stack all the sections and set them aside.
  3. Now make the chord. You can use normal chord that you might have lying around if you like, but I decided to make a chain in the same yarn that I used for my hearts.  This makes a pretty and sturdy little chord, perfect for tying at the waist.  Make this to be between 80 and 100 cm long.  My daughter’s waist is just over 50 cm, so I made mine to be 80 cm – plenty of length to tie a tight bow.
  4. Once you have the chord and the tulle, it’s time to start assembling the skirt. Take the folded end of each length and slip it around the chord leaving about 15-30 cm of chord at one end (this will be so you can tie the bow, then thread the two open ends through to make a slip knot.  Pull this very tight and make the knot as small as possible.  Repeat for each colour until you use all your fabric, or reach the required length.  Try to make sure you use a full spectrum so the join is invisible.  Also try to make sure the knots are as close together as possible.  This adds a lot of pouf to your skirt, making it a real princess ballgown.

Rainbow Hearts Tutu - a free tutorial on missneriss.com - free tutorial available

Make sure you keep fitting your ballerina as you go, because if the skirt is too long, you won’t be able to tie it tight enough when finished, and if it’s too short you’ll have a gap.

There you have it!  An easy tutorial to make the Rainbow Tutu outfit of your dreams!

Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available

(I’ve also added this to the latest Hookin on Hump Day link up.)

Ta-Da! Rainbow Heart Tutu is Here!

Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial availableRainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available And it’s beautiful.

It’s exactly how I envisioned it, and my daughter LOVES it!

When I tried snapping some photos of her yesterday, it was impossible to get a clear, smiling pic, she was far too busy twirling and twirling and twirling and twirling.Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial availableShe’s just so happy to finally be able to wear her fabulous big princess tutu and flounce around the room like she’s off to a ball.

Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available

It’s just a shame that it’s January and freezing cold, because I imagine if she could, she’d be wearing this outfit 24 hours a day.  She did ask: “Mama, can we take this to Australia?” so I’ll have to find some space in our luggage to squeeze in the world’s poofiest tutu!

Aren’t the hearts just gorgeous?  I know I go on about it, but I just love the colour change of the Scheepjes Larra Batik.  I love that each row is a different colour and the beautiful stitch detail that the Larra gives. Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available

I hope I can find the time to take some better photos, I was much too busy enjoying the twirling to concentrate on how the photos would turn out!

And, coming soon: The tutorial!  You’ll be able to make this outfit for yourself, very soon!

Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available

Rainbows in January

It feels like I don’t get to see many rainbows this time of year.  January is the month that most makes me miss Australia.  This time of year in Holland it’s dark, it’s cold, and the wind is almost too much to bear.

But it’s not all doom and gloom.  If you can’t get to a rainbow, bring a rainbow to you!Rainbow tutu a design in progress, by MissNerissI had hoped to have this tutu finished for you this week, but a friend of mine had her baby a few days ago and I had the tremendous honour of being her birth partner.  I can’t tell you how much I loved being a part of bringing someone amazing into the world, and I still find it difficult to believe that the entire world didn’t stop to acknowledge what had happened.Rainbow tutu a design in progress, by MissNeriss

But, the tutu.  It’s coming along nicely.  I’ve decided to go down the skirt and top route and the skirt will be a wraparound so it’s easy to get on and off and more durable than an elastic band.  I’m just hoping that I managed to buy enough tulle as I bought from a one-off market and I’m sure I’ll never find those exact shades ever again!Rainbow tutu a design in progress, by MissNeriss

I just love working with the Scheepjes Larra.  It’s such a smooth yarn to crochet, especially for a tight crocheter like me!  I think the outfit is going to look absolutely amazing.  I’m almost too scared to show my daughter the progress in case I never get it back to finish! Rainbow tutu a design in progress, by MissNerissI think I’ll have to make myself an adult version!

What do you think of the progress?  Any last minute tips for me?

Rainbow Tutu Progress

Rainbow Tutu progress reportAren’t these colours just amazing?  I’m so impressed with how they pop out.

I’m really enjoying using the Scheepjeswol Larra for this project.  It’s easy to work with and it works up really fast as a result.

The stitch I’m using is a Heart Stitch nested into a series of Double Crochets and I’m about halfway through making the top of the tutu.  I still haven’t decided how I’ll do the sleeves – I’m letting this just grow organically, jotting down the stitch count as I go so I can write the pattern once it’s complete.

Heart Stitch

I’m also considering how I’ll do the tutu part – should I make it a dress, or would it make more sense to make the tutu a skirt and then the top can be worn all the time.  Decisions decisions.

What would you do?

New Year, New Yarn!

It’s Yarn Day!

It's Yarn Day! Larra Mercerized Cotton Yarn from Scheepjeswol

It’s cold outside, which makes me want to just curl up in my little corner and crochet.  Luckily, with the arrival of this beautiful Rainbow Larra from Scheepjeswol I can!

It's Yarn Day! Larra Mercerized Cotton Yarn from Scheepjeswol

I love the Larra.  It’s a great weight, very durable and comes in loads of colours.  It’s a mercerized cotton, but it’s also very soft and not too shiny.  And I love colour change of the batiks, especially the Rainbow.

I love that Rainbow so much I chose the yarn before I had a project in mind!  I had to justify getting the yarn, as I just don’t have the space for more yarn that I bought because I loved it.  I did have to immediately sit down and make little cakes, just so I could be mesmerized by the colour change.  I think that’s my favourite part of winding yarn; watching the colours change.

It's Yarn Day! Larra Mercerized Cotton Yarn from Scheepjeswol It's Yarn Day! Larra Mercerized Cotton Yarn from Scheepjeswol

So, my daughter is obsessed with dancing like a ballerina, but she’s not really a pastel Swan Lake kind of girl, so I’m making her a Rainbow Tutu!

I found all the tulle at my local market – super cheap, and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

It's Yarn Day! Larra Mercerized Cotton Yarn from ScheepjeswolPerfect colours to counter the dark, grey winter outside, don’t you think?

Meanwhile, you can pick up the Larra at any great yarn seller here in NL, or on Deramores.com internationally.

2014 was Amazing, 2015 will be Better!

I’ve had one of the best years of my life in 2014.  My daughter well and truly left baby-hood behind and seems to be bypassing being a toddler and diving straight into threenager territory.  My husband just keeps getting more handsome as he gets older (poor thing’s quite a bit younger than me), my mortgage paying job is going from strength to strength with the most growth this year than in the last five combined, and crochet has just been an absolute joy.

Because I’ve had such a great time this year, I want to reflect on some of the most fun I’ve had, and my favourite projects.  Let’s get to it, shall we?

No.5 Rhinka the Rhino

Rhinka the Rhino, faux-taxidermy amigurumi pattern by Pepika. Spotted by @missnerissI had such a blast making this faux-taxidermy rhino.  Every time I look at this photo I have a little chuckle.  The ridiculousness of a crochet animal head hanging off my wall is only equalled by the ridiculousness of hanging an actual stuffed animal head off the wall!

No.4 The Bucketful of Sunshine Hat

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8. #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesThis was one of my first original designs.  Well, as original as a crochet hat can be, anyway!  I made it as a sun hat for my daughter, who wore it all summer long.  It was also the start of my ombre obsession.

No.3 My Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath for the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop - see all ten amazing designs and their free patterns, including how to make this wreath for yourself!I love this so much that I’m not going to take it down!  I love that it can be Christmassy, yet can be everyday welcome at the same time.  I think I’ll hang it above my desk, actually.

No.2 The Spring Shawl

Spring Shawl made with Malabrigo Silky Merino on missneriss.com #crochet #yarnI’ve made about half a dozen of these now, but this one remains my favourite.  I filled it with all the love I have and sent it to my dearest friend whom I haven’t had much contact with lately thanks to life getting in the way.  I hope that when she wears it she feels all the love that it contains.

No.1 The Jasper V

This was a seriously steep learning curve for me!  It was my first time making a complete garment, and even more ambitiously, I designed it myself!  I wear it all the time, and always receive comments about it.  It’s just a great top.  I’m supposed to be making one for my aunt, and as I’m going to see her in a few weeks I’d better get cracking!

And as for 2015, I know it’s going to be even better.  This coming year is the Year of the Sheep (or Ram, or Goat) and I’m a sheep myself, so it’s going to be an even luckier year for me.  And then on top of that, the new Chinese Year begins on my birthday (feb 19), so I’m going to be the luckiest sheep in town. Baa!

Happy New Year!  Enjoy the fireworks, wherever you are, and don’t forget to pop the Champagne.  I will be!