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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.

Abbreviations

(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

Notes

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.

Instructions

Body

  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.

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.

Collar

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.

Chart

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

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WIP Wednesday, and a Sneaky Reveal!

It was the golden hour when I took pics to show you this latest WIP; that moment when you just want to bask in the glow.

Recently I showed you the yarn I’m using for a new free pattern project, using Scheepjes Namaste, and this is how it’s working up.

It’s going to be an oversized, chunky, open stitched cardigan which will envelop you and feel like a warm hug.  It will be one size, but I’ll also add information to make it smaller if you desire.  

But in the meantime, I also have a sneaky reveal for you!  I made matching hats for my daughter and myself, each using one skein of Namaste!

It is so deliciously warm and soft.  Not so warm that you start to feel the prickles of sweat, it’s just perfect for when it’s a bit too chilly to go out uncovered, and the open shell stitches keep it breathable.  Plus, as Namaste is a wool/acrylic blend, it’s always going to be lovely and soft!

I’ve written two sets of instructions for this (kid and adult sizes), and I’ll share those in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that, AND for the cardigan reveal!

In the meantime, get your hands on the yarn! It’s available at all the usual fabulous Scheepjes retailers, along with my LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and of course Wool Warehouse*.

Easy Pose, Namaste

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Have you seen the latest yarn offering from Scheepjes?

None of us Scheepjes bloggers are being particularly “yoga” in our responses to this release.  Instead we’re all much more Jane Fonda, circa 1982, jumping around in our enthusiasm! (and spandex?)

Namaste is a gorgeous bulky yarn; a virgin wool and acrylic blend, spun in a way that reminds me of the roving yarn that’s so popular right now.

The yarn calls for 8mm hooks and needles, and there is 85m in a 100g ball.  It’s also available in 33 different shades, and you can see all of my favourites are there! Take a look at the Ravelry page for all the details.

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I have a couple of projects in the works with this yarn, the first in the lovely teal shade (Dolphin) and another in light grey (warrior).  I can’t wait to show you the progress pics!

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I couldn’t wait to see how it worked up, so I made a simple granny square, and it really is very nice.  It’s smooth, and has a slight sheen, and even though it’s a single ply, it’s not too hard to frog.

And, of course it has the famed Easy Start tab which we all love so much.

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I haven’t knitted with it yet, but Carmen has, and it’s just as pretty!

While you’re waiting for my project(s) to evolve, pop over to Rachele at Cypress Textiles for her free Shavasana motif and her thoughts on the yarn.

The yarn is available at all the usual fabulous retailers, along with my LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and of course Wool Warehouse*.

Namaste (I always feel so cheesy saying that.  I feel like I need to add an exclamation point, but that isn’t very namaste, is it?)

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Flat Out Fabulous – Knit Shawl Big Reveal

Here she is, and she’s Flat Out Fabulous!

Flat out fabulous shawl by Nerissa Muijs missneriss.com

At around 2 metres end to end, and nice and deep, she wraps around beautifully.

Flat out fabulous shawl by Nerissa Muijs missneriss.com

And tucks in to keep your neck warm and lifts your outfit – a flat out fabulous winter accessory!

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Using the larger than recommended needle size has increased the squish factor a thousand fold.  I hadn’t realised that the Scheepjes Stone Washed/River Washed could be so smooshy!

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She’s become my number one shawl since the weather turned.  I can’t get enough of these two colours (Steenbras and Yarra) together, and she’s so warm! The fuzz traps heat like nobody’s business.

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She’s also my new favourite dog walking shawl, we have a blast!

So I’ve been busy writing the pattern, and you won’t believe it, but I was halfway through transcribing my instructions, when they just stopped.  The entire second half has just gone poof! into thin air. No idea where I put the notes, but luckily I have all the key points. So the pattern will still be ready next week, I can’t wait to share it with you.

In preparation for the free pattern, you’ll need 3 balls of steenbras and 4 balls of Yarra.

Grab the yarn from any of your favourite Scheepjes retailers, or from my LYS Caro’s Atelier* in Almere (NL and european-wide shipping), or Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* who ship globally.

WIP Wednesday – My Knitting Adventure

Hey!

I’ve made some progress on my latest knitting project, and it’s really a lot of fun!

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The 7mm needles and the Scheepjes River Washed XL really are best friends.  It’s so satisfying to watch it grow, and grow so quickly.

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Don’t you love the stripes?

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Check out my post from last week for all the info on the yarn, and next week will be the big reveal.  I just need to find myself a model…

To get ready for the pattern, you’ll need to get yourself 7 balls of River Washed XL, 3 in Steenbras and 4 in Yarra.

Scheepjes stockists everywhere have River Washed XL, plus my local LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and Wool Warehouse*

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New Knitting Adventure

I’ve been saving this project for the cooler weather, but I’ve realised that with this extended summer we’re having, I’ll never get it out there!

I’m working on a knitting pattern actually, with one of my universal favourites, Scheepjes Stone Washed XL.  Actually, not Stone Washed, but River Washed XL!

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Scheepjes River Washed is essentially the same composition as the Stone Washed, but instead of the white core with coloured fuzz, the core has a complementary, or contrasting colour.

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See in the picture above? The two yarns have a contrasting core, but the same fuzz, making them best friends.  Coincidentally, these are my two favourite colourways, Yarra and Steenbras.

River Washed is available in 14 colourways, plus 8 colours with a muted mustard core.river-washed-def

So I mentioned in the title of this, I’m working on a knitting project!  It will be a squishy knitted shawl, using 7mm needles.  I’m breaking out my Prym Ergonomics*, which are probably nearly my favourite needles.  If they were interchangeable I’d use them exclusively. Actually, I see that Caro’s Atelier stock them in a 2.5mm size now, so I’ll have to grab a pair for socks!

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Now the important stuff; you need to get your hands on this yarn!

Scheepjes stockists everywhere have River Washed XL, plus my local LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and Wool Warehouse*

So there’s no excuse, really.

I’ll be back next week with some progress pics, until then!

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Crocheting a Rainbow with Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed Cutie Pies

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a rainbow growing over the last month or so.

A while ago Scheepjes sent me a couple of Stone Washed and River Washed cutie pie colour packs to play with, and I immediately started planning how I could make something which would use every single colour and this rainbow wrap was born.

Let me tell you a little about the cutie pies.  They come in two packs, one in regular stone/river washed, and the other in XL.Scheepjes Stone Washed (and XL Cutie Pies)

The regular Stone Washed come in 10g balls, with 26m of yarn. I was able to get 300 UK trebles (US double) from a ball with a 5mm hook.  The XL come in 15g balls with 22.5m of yarn.  I haven’t tested how many stitches this works out to be, because I’m saving the yarn – I have a special idea brewing, so we’ll have to wait for more info there…

But, back to the rainbow.

I decided to make something of a giant zigzag and although it took me a while to make it work, the end result is beautiful.

Rainbow Wrap made with Scheepjes Stone/River washed cutie pies: http://shrsl.com/ubkw

Now here’s the link to the pattern; RainBOOM!

You’ll need an entire Stone Washed/River Washed cutie pie colour pack, which you can pick up from most Scheepjes retailers, including:

Wool Warehouse* (for UK and global shipping)
Caro’s Atelier* (in the Benelux and Europe)
Black Sheep Wools* (in the UK)
Knotty House* (US and Canada)
Snufflebean Yarn (in the UK)

Lastly, you should check out Matt from A Boy and Bunting’s fun and fabulous Youtube review of the yarn, he dives right in and talks about everything you need to know.

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A New Free Crochet Project

Ah, February. Even after all these years, I am still not used to a cold birthday month. I yearn for long warm evenings, the buzz of the crickets, even the tossing and turning and complaining that it’s too hot to sleep!

But, if I look out the window today, the sun is glorious.  It may well be below zero, but after the darkest northern European winter in history, I’ll take what I can get.

Because it’s still so cold, I’m taking full advantage and making warm stuff.  I have a new project in the pipeline, if you subscribe to my newsletter (you should, by the way.  Loads of fun stuff in there each fortnight), you’ll have seen some of my swatching.

I have a few balls of the new Scheepjes yarn, River Washed XL to try, and I’m making a snuggly cowl.

Scheepjes River Washed

River Washed (regular and XL) has the same construction as the hugely popular Stone Washed.  Except in the River Washed the core is dyed as opposed to white, and the fuzz is a contrasting or complementary colour.  It’s a fantastic winter yarn. the cotton core is so soft, and the acrylic fuzz traps heat, making anything you make deliciously warm.

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I’ve decided to use a combination of these four colours.  From left to right we have 982 Steenbras, 981 Colorado, 989 Yarra, and 988 Danube. These are all combinations of my favourite colours, so now I have to make the stitch pattern I have in mind work.

I’m going to use the braided puff stitch, which is fun but a little tricky to get just right, so right now there’s a LOT of frogging going on.  Luckily the River Washed is up to the task. It’s not the best yarn to frog, but luckily I’m not working a bunch of tight stitches, but lots of loops.

If you haven’t tried River Washed yet, now’s a great time.  This pattern is only going to use three balls of yarn, and at 3.30 euros a ball (or 2.99GBP/3.46USD) it’s a very affordable yarn.

Buy the yarn at Wool Warehouse*, who ship globally.
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Or you can go to Caro’s Atelier* in the Netherlands
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For more retailer choices, head to Scheepjes.com for the full list of stockists.

Stay tuned next week, I’ll have some progress shots, if my fingers haven’t fallen off from the cold!

RBTL and CBTL Patterns and Make Along

#RBTL and #CBTL are probably two of the coolest yarn-related hashtags you need to know for the second half of 2017, and if you haven’t heard of them yet, let me bring you up to speed.  You’re going to need to know all about them over the coming couple of months (at least)!

Back at the start of this year my bestie Tammy started talking about creating a shawl using the illusion knitting technique and was planning on using 2 balls of Scheepjes Whirl.  I thought (and said) she was nuts.  What sort of crazy person would want to knit – KNIT – a shawl using two kilometres of yarn?!

Then the progress shots started appearing.  At first I was all, god no.  That’s two kilometres of yarn on 2.5-3mm needles.  I just couldn’t process the level of effort involved in knitting such a huge project.

As the shawl started to grow I began to think, oh, maybe I could knit that.  The contrasting colours of the two whirls was beautiful (and it helped that it was the two rainbow colours) and the illusion technique is just so interesting.

By the time the shawl was finished, and Read Between the Lines (RBTL) was born, I was blown away.  The look that illusion knitting gives me so much pleasure.  It’s hard to describe the feeling properly, but it makes me feel a bit fuzzy around the edges when I look at the way the colours sort of slide.  It’s soothing, soft.  I get the same feeling when I play with that magic sand stuff.  The way the sand moves gives the same effect as looking at the knit.  Does that make sense?

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Anyway..!

The shawl first appeared in The Knitter magazine, and it’s been hugely popular.  So much so that it’s pulling crocheters over to the dark side, learning to knit just so they can make their own RBTL, but a lot (and I mean a LOT) of people started asking for a crochet version.

So it was time for the RBTL to gain a sibling!

This week the Crochet Between the Lines was launched and the response has been so overwhelming that it basically overloaded Tammy’s website!

You can see why, right?

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So now I’m busy putting together colour combinations for my own CBTL.  I’m torn between two Whirls (Dandelion Munchies and Dark Grape Squish):

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Or combining both mine and Tammy’s Our Tribe yarns!

MissNeriss and Canadutch, best Our Tribe friends

I think using our two yarns would be a great idea, don’t you?

Now, some details on how to get your hands on everything you need.

The After Party booklets containing the patterns are available at Scheepjes retailers throughout the Netherlands (in both English and Dutch), plus Wool Warehouse for global shipping.

If you’re feeling impatient, you can download both versions from Ravelry here:

RBTL and CBTL

And what about the yarns?  If you’re not one of the thousands of people with 15 balls of Whirl in your stash already to choose from, head to Wool Warehouse* globally, Black Sheep Wools in the UK, or to one of the many Scheepjes retailers in the Benelux.  All those retailers stock Our Tribe too, so pick up a couple of those while you’re ordering!

Tammy is hosting a MAL (make along) in the Scheepjes CAL groups, and I totally recommend joining in!  The English group is here, while the Dutch language group is here.  There are already loads of people sharing their colourways and their progress, it’s going to be a fabulous team project!

Right, I’m off to swatch.  I won’t see you again before Christmas, so I wish you all the very best, and catch you in 2018!

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Our Tribe, My Tribe

If you’ve been tuning into this blog for a while you’ll already know how much my yarny tribe means to me, how these girls have been an incredible source of inspiration, support, and reality checks.

And now Scheepjes has made the tribe official.  Just launched this week is a brand new collection, aptly called Our Tribe.  The yarn is called Our Tribe because, wait for it, each of us Scheepjes bloggers has designed our very own colourway!

I’m not kidding here, I was asked to design my very own MissNeriss yarn colourway!

Picture this: late last year, at our annual Scheepjes Bloggers Weekend,(I think maybe this should be renamed the Scheepjes Tribe Retreat, what do you think?), Mr Scheepjes sat us all down with a very serious look on his face, and I thought, oh no, here it comes… But no!  Actually, it was all great news, and he would like to invite us all – the Scheepjes Tribe – to design our own colourways for a new yarn collection!  He then proceeded to upend a huge box of pantone chips on a table and we all went for it.  Well, the others went for it while I cried with for a little while from the overwhelm.

Usually when confronted with a situation where I need to make a definitive creative decision in a short timeframe I feel stressed and the imposter syndrome creeps in, but this time I knew exactly what I needed to do.  Exactly which colours I needed to use:

MissNeriss Our Tribe colourway inspiration

I handed my choice in and then waited (im)patiently for almost a year for the yarn to be ready….

And then it arrived.  And it is glorious.

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The colourway couldn’t be more perfect if I had designed it myself.  Oh wait, that’s right.  I did!

I struggle to put into words how this yarn, how working with Scheepjes, how this tribe of knitters and crocheters makes me feel. In early 2014 I was just starting to create my own designs and I was snapping photos with my phone in the middle of the night and had no idea how to write a pattern.  And suddenly it all changed.  Out of nowhere the creative director at Scheepjes approached me as they had been working with a couple of bloggers and wanted to grow it to a larger handful of crocheters and knitters.

I was so intimidated that very first time I met the other bloggers.  I mean, I was sitting in the same room as Marinke Slump and Maaike van Koert!  Not to mention Kirsten Ballering (Hoogewerf), Esther de Beer, Jellina Verhoef and Maria McPherson.  Thank goodness my bestie Tammy was there to help me stay on an even keel because I remember looking around the room on more than one occasion thinking: how did I get here?

And so it began.  Our little tribe grew steadily, adding amazing new bloggers and saying goodbye to a few; heartbreakingly, to Marinke. Now I feel as though some of these people are the dearest friends in the entire world.

It was this tribe, and especially the support of Scheepjes, that helped drag me through the darkest days of burnout.  It is this tribe that comes together to lift one another up. It’s this tribe who are living definitions of Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic.

I wouldn’t be the designer, or the human, I am without this tribe.

The full tribe. Centre colourway MissNeriss (966)

Now, let me tell you a bit about the yarn itself.

Our Tribe is available in 15 colourways, one for each member of the Scheepjes Blogger Tribe (and two from Scheepjes, named for family members):

Kirsten Hoogewerf-Ballering
Rachele Carmona
Susan Carlson
Maria McPherson
Jellina Verhoef
Dedri Uys
Carmen Jorissen
Esther Dijkstra
Christa Veenstra
Esther de Beer
Tatiana Kupryianchyk
Tammy Canavan-Soldaat

The yarn is 70% Merino superwash, 30% polyamide sport weight and 100 grams will give you 420 metres of yarn.  They all have long colour changes with up to five colours in each ball.  Available in all the awesome stockists from December 8.

Here’s what MissNeriss looks like in a colour swatch:

MissNeriss (966) colourway in Our Tribe yarn from Scheepjes. 70% merino superwash, 30% polyamide fingering weight, 420m per 100g

And I also wanted to share my favourite fade:

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I won’t ruin the surprise as to which yarn belongs to which blogger, I’ll leave you to guess – you’ll have to tune in tomorrow for the next instalment where Rachele will tell you all about her yarn.  And if you haven’t seen it already, pop over to Kirsten’s blog to read about her colourway.

Oh, and before I go, here’s a sneak peek of a new design I have with this yarn, which is coming very soon!

Our Tribe My Tribe shawl by MissNeriss