Category Archives: Scheepjes

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):

Dandelion Munchie

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.

Scheepjes Our Tribe, Colour MissNeriss (966), 70% merino superwash, 30% polyamide. 100g = 420mScheepjes Our Tribe, Colour MissNeriss (966), 70% merino superwash, 30% polyamide. 100g = 420m

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

Secret Garden Crochet Pattern – WIP

Last week I told you about this gorgeous new yarn that had landed on my doorstep, and now I want to share a progress report with you.

Scheepjes Secret Garden in in 709 Lily Pond and 704 Lavender Beds

I’m making a new stool cover to be able to interchange with my Egyptian Star Flower Stool cover and it’s really coming to life in just the way that I imagined.  The katran inspiration was right on the money!

Scheepjes Secret Garden in in 709 Lily Pond and 704 Lavender Beds

So, do learn from a mistake that I made here: the stool was almost finished when I realised that I made it way too big, so had to frog it.  So, no matter how much I love the yarn, it’s not made for frogging.  It’s definitely not a yarn you can just rip out, you have to be careful and take it slow, otherwise you’ll destroy it.

Having said that, the effort is worth it.  Doesn’t it make a beautiful ball?

Scheepjes Secret Garden in in 709 Lily Pond and 704 Lavender Beds

So I have the final amounts ready, you’ll need three balls of Secret Garden in your favourite colourway.

Get the yarn from  Wool Warehouse for £4.39 (€5.39) per ball with global shipping.

In North America, Love Knitting/Crochet stocks it for $5.50 USD per ball.

In the Benelux, go to any one of the great Scheepjes stockists, and if you’re looking for a lovely day out head to Sparkelz-Creatief in Zuidhoorn, just outside Groningen.

Stay tuned for the big reveal next week!

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Spring Motif – Photo Tutorial

It feels as though Spring has raced on by, and we’re hurtling headlong into an Australian style summer!  Although, that’s pretty optimistic, summer will likely only last this week, but I can never help myself.  I always get excited when the temperatures crack 20 degrees…

As promised, I’ve put together a little set of instructions to make the Spring Motif.  I decided to make this one a photo tutorial for you.

What You’ll Need

4 mini 25g skeins of Scheepjes Catona in colours:

  • 226 Light Orchid
  • 114 Shocking Pink
  • 385 Chrystalline
  • 280 Lemon

3mm hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Blocking mat(s) and pins

Note: I’m using US terms for this tutorial and the pattern is worked in rounds, slip stitching to join each round, and changing colours almost every round as well.  Try to weave in ends as you go, to save work at the end.

Round 1:

12 DC (double crochet) stitches into a MR (magic ring). SS (slip stitch) to join.

12 DC (double crochet) stitches into a MR (magic ring).  SS (slip stitch) to join.

Round 2:

Begin the round with a standing DC, DC into the same stitch, then work 2 DC into each stitch around, ending with 24 stitches.

Begin the round with a standing DC, DC into the same stitch, then work 2 DC into each stitch around, ending with 24 stitches.

Round 3:

Add the next colour with a standing DC, ch (chain) 1, DC in the same stitch. Miss 1 st, then V-stitch (DC, CH1, DC in the same stitch) in the next. Repeat the V-stitch around, with one stitch between each.

Add the next colour with a standing DC, ch (chain) 1, DC in the same stitch.  Miss 1 st, then V-stitch (DC, CH1, DC in the same stitch) in the next.  Repeat the V-stitch around, with one stitch between each.

Round 4:

Join the next colour with into the chain space of the V-stitch and work 2 DC clusters (YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through all loops) into each V-Stitch with ch3 between each one.

Join the next colour with into the chain space of the V-stitch with half of a standing DC (ie. do not pull through all loops to complete the stitch, keep two loops on the hook.  Alternatively, chain 2) and work 2 DC clusters (YO [yarn over], pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through all loops) into each V-Stitch with ch3 between each one.

Round 5:

Join next colour to the middle loop of the cluster with a HDC (half double crochet). in the ch space, work a DC, Htr (half treble - YO twice, insert hook, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, YO, pull through all loops), a Tr (treble crochet), Htr and a DC. HDC into the top loop of the next cluster. Repeat this around in each ch space, slip stitch to join.

Join next colour to the middle loop of the cluster with a HDC (half double crochet). in the ch space, work a DC, Htr (half treble – YO twice, insert hook, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, YO, pull through all loops), a Tr (treble crochet), Htr and a DC.  HDC into the top loop of the next cluster.  Repeat this around in each ch space, slip stitch to join.

Round 6:

Join next colour to the top of any HDC with an SC (single crochet). CH3, sc into the Tr from the previous round. CH3, sc into the next HDC. Repeat this around, SS to join.

Join next colour to the top of any HDC with an SC (single crochet).  CH3, sc into the Tr from the previous round.  CH3, sc into the next HDC.  Repeat this around, SS to join.

From here we can go a few different ways. To make the coaster, don’t cut the yarn from finishing round 6.  Instead, change to a 3.5mm hook and continue by working 3 sc into each ch space, and an SC into the top of each SC from the previous round.  Instead of joining, make 2 continuous rounds of slip stitches, into the back loops only.  After the two rounds of slip stitches, join, cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

Another option is to create the doily that I shared pics of last week:

spring motif doily

I’ll share instructions with you later in the week on how to make that.

The last option is to go even further and join all the motifs to make a table runner or a throw, or even a shawl.  More on that coming soon too.  But for now I’ll leave you with the motif instructions,

Scheepjes has a huge list of suppliers throughout the Benelux, otherwise worldwide you can order from Wool Warehouse* and for North Americans don’t forget: Knotty House* in Canada is also now stocking Catona!

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thank you!

Spring Motif – Show and Tell

Spring is in full swing!  The tulips are done, and so is my peony (it was short but sweet), but thankfully my irises are still going mental.  The next one is the roses and the poppies and lillies.  I do have one lone tulip still holding on, it survived the garden being replaced and is growing up through the new lawn that’s slowly growing in.

But onto what we’re here to see, the motif!

Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

It’s a super simple tulip motif using Scheepjes Catona.  It can be used on its own with a slipstitch edging like above, or it can grow into a doily like below:

Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

The motifs can even be used to make a larger project like a shawl or a blanket, but I haven’t had time to do that yet!  Instead I made a set of coasters to add some glorious colour to my outdoor table:

Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

Here I was, having a cheeky glass of wine last night:

Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

And then my morning coffee:

I used 4 mini skeins of Catona, and at just over a euro for each 25g ball, if you make a doily and 6 coasters, you can be done for under 6 euros.  When was the last time you made a project that cost so little?!  With my yarn problem, I can’t even remember!

Next week I’ll have directions to make the motif, and also instructions on how to grow it to a doily, and also come up with a join as you go method to make a blanket or shawl.

The colours I used are:

  • 226 Light Orchid
  • 114 Shocking Pink
  • 385 Chrystalline
  • 280 Lemon

Scheepjes has a huge list of suppliers throughout the Benelux, otherwise worldwide you can order from Wool Warehouse* and for North Americans, Knotty House* in Canada is also now stocking Catona!

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thank you!

New Design in the Making

I’ve spent the last months only thinking about the latest issue of YARN, but now that it’s released and my designs are out there in the world, I can breathe again.  Not that I was in anyway involved in putting the issue together, but I have been anxious and excited and on tenterhooks waiting!

But, time waits for no woman, and now it’s on to the next.  I’m revisiting my old friend Scheepjes Catona for a spring project.

Scheepjes Catona

As I write this, the tulips in my garden are on the wane and the irises and peonies are about to explode.  It’s my favourite time of year in the Netherlands; the glory of the bulbs, the green of the grass and the blue of the sky (except today!).  It fills me with inspiration and hope for the summer.

Irises in my garden

So I have a lovely little project in the works, which will be great when we start living our lives outside in the garden again, I can’t wait to show you more!

Stay tuned for progress pics next week, I’m hoping the sun will shine until then!

Eliza Bed Socks!

That’s right, I’m making more socks!

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I’m making some yummy soft bed socks using another (I know, right. I can hardly keep up!) new yarn from Scheepjes.

Scheepjes Eliza, available from Wool Warehouse: http://bit.ly/woolwarehouse

Let me tell you a bit about the yarn; Eliza comes in 36 shades, and 9 of those are gradient yarns.  It’s a 100% polyester yarn and is suitable for a 5mm hook.  I’m using 3.75mm needles for my socks as larger needles were much too big.  It’s lovely and soft, and as well as bed socks I think it would be a great yarn for crocheting or knitting soft toys, or a snuggly cowl.

I’m using – you guessed it – Turquoise Gem (222).

Scheepjes Eliza, available from Wool Warehouse: http://bit.ly/woolwarehouse

To make the socks, I’m using the brilliant tutorials from my fab friend Sarah at Crafts From the Cwtch.  Sarah has created a load of amazing tutorials and they, along with a few frantic texts, have totally taught me to knit socks!

I’m knitting two at a time toe up socks, and will use the afterthought heel method, and Sarah has tutorials for all of them, see below!

A beginner's guide to Two at a time Toe-up socks by Crafts from the Cwtch -http://bit.ly/toe-up-socks

A beginner’s guide to two at a time toe-up socks

 

Demystifying the toe-up sock by Crafts from the Cwtch http://bit.ly/moretoeupsocks

Casting on and knitting the toe

 

Placing the afterthought heel tutorial by Crafts from the Cwtch: http://bit.ly/heelplacement

Adding the Afterthought Heel

Scheepjes Retailers in the Benelux stock Eliza, and globally you can order it via Wool Warehouse*.  Go! Run! Get your Eliza on!

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Give it a “Whirl”

Scheepjes Whirl has hit stockists and it won’t last long, I promise you.

Scheepjes Whirl: http://shrsl.com/?gugr

I have Slice O’ Cherry Pie and Lavenderlicious, plus Popin Candy with which I’ve made a beautiful new design with which will be launched soon!

Scheepjes Whirl: http://shrsl.com/?gugr

Scheepjes Whirl: http://shrsl.com/?gugr

I’ve tried a few of these long changing yarns in the past, and haven’t really been enamoured because oh man, they split!  The Whirl is constructed differently though, so it feels like Cotton 8 with it’s higher twist.

The yarn is available from your favourite Scheepjes stockists in the Benelux, or Wool Warehouse* for worldwide shipping.

Tell me in the comments which colourway you love most and what you’re planning to make, I can’t wait to hear!

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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