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Koala Lovey – Free Crochet Pattern

It’s Pattern Day!

Are you ready, do you have your yarn?

close up of koala lovey

GET THE YARN

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s go!

Materials

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

Tension

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

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

Measurements

Mini-blanket – 30 x 30cm blocked

Abbreviations

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

Pattern Notes

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

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

Special Abbreviation

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

Check out the short instruction vid here.

Instructions

Koala head

Working in rounds, with MC and 4mm hook

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

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

Ear

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

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

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

close up of koala lovey head ready for assembly

Nose

Working in rounds, with black and 4mm hook

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

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

Mini Blanket

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

See short video tutorial here.

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

Cut MC and continue working the border in CC.

Border

Working in rounds 5 and 6mm hooks

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

Assembly

pieces of koala lovey head to be assembled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Koala Lovey

Hey there, it’s Reveal Day!

Welcome to the world, little Koala Lovey.


GET THE YARN

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Crochet Lovey – WIP

Progress is being made!

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

My little Koala Lovey is really starting to take shape!

close up of crochet koala head in pieces

There are almost as many stitch markers as pieces!

flat lay of pieces of koala lovey ready to be assembled

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

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


GET THE YARN

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

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

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


Come back in a week for the big reveal!

close up of crochet work, highlighing yarn under double crochet

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The Carolyn – A Crochet Hat Reveal

Close up image of woman wearing crochet hat

Introducing The Carolyn – a celebration of Autumn.

Close up image of woman wearing crochet hat

GET THE YARN

You’ll need two skeins of River Washed and one skein of River Washed XL (or Stone Washed, choose your favourite).

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

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

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

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

In the US check out DotsYarnDen who also stocks River Washed, plus a bunch of other Scheepjes yarns.

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


Close up image of woman wearing crochet hat

The Carolyn is a completely different design and construction to most usual hats.

We have a double brim for warmth, which is also shaped in a way so that the crown sits perfectly on your head and snuggles into the back of your neck and keeps your ears covered.

We make the brim first, and then work upwards, decreasing as we go. The puff stitches add a textural dimension and interest, without losing warmth.

The River Washed is warm enough to wear all through the winter, but still breathes so you can wear it on days when there is just a bit of a chill in the air.

Can you sense that I’m a bit obsessed with warmth? Seriously, before I moved to Northern Europe I didn’t even own a proper winter coat, let alone a scarf or hat! Now these three items make up half my wardrobe.

But why Carolyn?

Well. Carolyn is a good friend of mine. She’s a north American who LOVES Autumn and she was the inspiration for the shape of this hat. I like to choose the names of people who are dear to me to name my designs, and Carolyn was the obvious choice. We walk our dogs together and I love her excitement when October rolls around. She’s always extolling her love of this time of year while I’m too busy complaining about the cold 😀

The pattern has been tested, and I’m adding the finishing touches. I plan to launch it in the coming days, so do get your yarn order in. This will make a fantastic Christmas gift for that one person in your life who complains about the cold as much as I do!

Close up image of woman wearing crochet hat

A New Crochet Design – Scheepjes Organicon

Aren’t these colours just the best?

I have a seriously cool design coming up, using all of these colours, I can’t wait to share it with you over the coming weeks.


Get The Yarn

Scheepjes has the complete list of stockists available on their website, at scheepjes.com. If your favourite retailer doesn’t have Organicon, you can always ask them to get it in – don’t be shy!

Wool Warehouse* is shipping globally again (with some small delays due to C-19), so you can pick it up there.

As you know, Caro’s Atelier* is my local yarn store, so I would also love you to support them. They ship all over Europe.

Black Sheep Wools* is one of the best bricks and mortar stores in the UK, and they’ll also ship to you.

(If you own a yarn store and stock Organicon, please feel free to add direct links to your product page in the comments of this post.)


About Organicon

Scheepjes Organicon is a 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, which is part of a strong push toward sustainability and the need to improve production methods and conscious consumption.

A benefit of this is that Organicon is a deliciously soft yarn which is soft on skin and has a beautiful drape for garments and projects for baby.

Not only is Organicon produced in a sustainable way and unbelievably soft, it’s also vegan friendly, containing no animal products from the production of the cotton through to the dyes used to colour the yarn.

Yarn Stats

The yarn comes as 50g balls, with 170 metres.
It’s a 4ply (fingering) weight yarn, and a 3mm hook/needles are recommended.
There are 21 colours to choose from, and what I love is that there are light and bright versions of the same colour, so they all work together and can be interchangeable.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the colours I’m using. You’ll have to wait and follow my Instagram feed to keep up with the progress over the next few weeks.

Just a small hint: my project is huge, and is many, many more balls than the three I’ve just shown you. It’s going to be completely worth the effort, and I’m going to have a great pattern to share with you at the end of it.

Stay tuned!

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Winter Cowl – Reveal

My winter cowl with Scheepjes Whirl Fine Art (659 Modernism) is here!

Winter Cowl, Scheepjes Whirl Fine Art

I’ve been showing you pics over the last few weeks, and this is a design I’ve particularly enjoyed making.  The FuzzBuzz™* makes any whirl project addicting – that just one more row feeling is all consuming to see the next shade of the gradient emerge.

GET THE YARN

Scheepjes has all of their stockists here.

Wool Warehouse** ships to the UK and globally
Caro’s Atelier** ships to the Netherlands and Europe

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The pattern is in progress and will be ready soon!  You’ll need a single ball of Scheepjes Whirl Fine Art in your favourite colour, and a 6mm hook.

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In the meantime, you can read all about my love for this yarn, and how it’s become one of my favourites here and here.

*FuzzBuzz isn’t really trademarked, but I’m sure Tammy wishes she had slapped one on – it’s become a huge part of the love we all have for Scheepjes Whirl!

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A New Winter Crochet Cowl

Happy 2020!

Late last year I told you about this beautiful new yarn from Scheepjes; Whirl – Fine Art, a merino acrylic blend – the glamorous big sister to Merino Soft.

whirl fine art close up

Get the Yarn

Scheepjes has all of their stockists here.

Wool Warehouse* ships to the UK and globally
Caro’s Atelier* ships to the Netherlands and Europe

I’ve started working on a cowl using colourway 659 Modernism, and I think you’re going to love it.  The gradient is so beautiful I’ve barely paused to snap progress pics – the desire to see the colour evolve makes this a fast project!

whirl fine art cowl WIP

Because it’s so rewarding, you’ll be able to take a moment to breathe after the rush of the holidays, and make something just for yourself. I have another big project in the works, and this is a great buffer of pure enjoyment before putting my head down to work on that for the next few months.

whirl fine art cowl WIP

whirl fine art cowl WIPWhirl Fine Art 659 Magenta

Come back next week, I’ll have more photos, and the big reveal!

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Your Last Slippers – Crochet Pattern

Are you ready to get started on Your Last Slippers?

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I know I keep saying it, but these babies truly are the last slippers you’ll need.  I’ve made loads of pairs with different patterns over the years, and they always stretch out of shape, or don’t stay on my feet, or are complicated to make.  These are none of those things.  They’ll always stay on thanks to the firm ankle opening, they’re designed to stretch so they’ll fit all feet, and they’re warm.

The free pattern below uses UK crochet terminology.  There is also a printer friendly PDF version available on Ravelry for a small fee, which includes US terms and a chart.

Again, for the Dutchies, a translation is coming, but it always takes me a bit longer.  Sit tight, I’ll get there.  Thanks for your patience!

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Shop the Yarn

Want to get your hands on Chunky Monkey for yourself?

Scheepjes has a comprehensive list of stockists so you can find one near you.
Netherlands and Europe: Caro’s Atelier*
UK and global shipping: Wool Warehouse*, Deramores*
Australia: Yarn Inspired

What You’ll Need

1 (2) balls of Scheepjes Chunky Monkey in your colour choice (samples made in 1435 magenta, 2002 orange and 2018 dark grey)
5mm (H-8) hook
Tapestry needle
Blocking mats and pins

Measurements

Kids: 20cm heel to toe
Adults: 23cm heel to toe

Tension

14 sts and 12 rows to measure 10 x 10 cm over htr3lo st, but tension is not important for this project.

Abbreviations

(UK terms)
Ch chain
Sts stitches
dc double crochet
htr half treble crochet
htr3lo half treble crochet in 3rd loop only
dc2tog 2 double crochet stitches decreasing into one stitch
Ss slip stitch
(RS) (WS) right side/wrong side
Rep repeat

Notes

This pattern is two sizes fits all, one for kids, and one for adults. The kids sizes will fit between the ages of about 5 and 10, and then the adult sizes should fit. However, it’s easy to customise the fit, by adding or removing stitches and rows for bigger or smaller feet.
The pattern is worked back and forth in rows to make the body of the foot and sole, then the piece is turned 90 degrees to work the tops of the feet, then the piece is slip stitched together and finished.

The kid’s size will be described, with stitch/row counts in parentheses for the adults. Eg. ch21 (31) or rep row for a total of 20 (22) rows.

Instructions

(Make two)
Row 1 ch 21 (31), dc into second ch from the hook, htr to last, dc in last ch, turn.[20 (30)sts]
Row 2 ch1 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout), dc, htr3lo to the last, dc last, turn .[20 (30)sts].
ow 2 for a total of 20 (22) rows .[20 (30)sts].
Row 21 (23) (RS) Turn work 90 degrees, ss in each row across to have 20 (22) sts, turn
Row 22 (24) (WS) ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), dc in all stitches across, turn [20 (22)sts]
Row 23 (25) (RS) ch1, dc2tog, dc to second last, dc2tog, turn [18 (20)sts]
Row 24 (26) (WS) ch1, dc2tog, dc to second last, dc2tog, turn [16 (18)sts]
Rows 25 (27)-31 (32) rep row 24 7 (8) times until the stitch count is 2.
Tie off, cut yarn.

Turn work 180 degrees, and ensuring that you work on the RS, attach yarn to the opposite corner and repeat rows 21 (23) to rows 31 (32). Do not tie off.

Assembly

Take your work and fold it in half, triangle edges together, RS facing each other. Using the yarn that is not tied off, ss down one side of the triangle, and then all the way to the bottom. Tie off. This has formed the toe.

slipper laid flat

Now working at the heel, join the yarn at the bottom, ss the two sides together to the start of the triangle. Now turn the slipper the right way out, and leaving an opening for the foot, dc in each row around, working a dc2tog at the top of the triangle. SS to join. Cut yarn, weave in all ends.

photo to assemble

There are a couple of points where you can adjust the foot opening in that round; you can skip the dc2tog to make a slightly looser fit, or you can work a second dc2tog at the heel before joining.

To make a larger size, add rows in multiples of two in the first stage. This will also make your triangles larger, but you can skip sts while slip stitching across the in the foundation triangle row to give the slipper more length but a firmer top.

Shop the Yarn

Scheepjes has a comprehensive list of stockists so you can find one near you.
Netherlands and Europe: Caro’s Atelier*
UK and global shipping: Wool Warehouse*, Deramores*
Australia: Yarn Inspiredravelryinstagram

Do connect with me and share your projects on Ravelry and tag me @miss__neriss on Instagram, use hashtag @obsessedwithcrochet

Your Last Slippers – New Crochet Design REVEAL

I’m sharing the reveal of Your Last Slippers today, I’m very excited!your last slippers

your last slippers

Like I said last week, I’ve been wanting to make these slippers for a looong time and I’m so happy that Scheepjes has created the perfect yarn for them!

To get prepped for the pattern, you’ll need 2 balls of Chunky Monkey* for the adult version and just one ball for the kids.

SHOP THE YARN

Want to get your hands on Chunky Monkey for yourself?

Scheepjes has a comprehensive list of stockists so you can find one near you.
Netherlands and Europe: Caro’s Atelier*
UK and global shipping: Wool Warehouse*, Deramores*
Australia: Yarn Inspired

The photos you see here are of myself and my daughter – my husband also has a pair, but I haven’t seen him in the daylight for ages – curse the grey Dutch winter (which only officially starts in a couple of days). I’ll share some photos if I ever see him in the day again 🙂

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And then there’s the dog, who absolutely cannot miss out!your last slippers

Keep en eye on my Instagram and here for when I release the pattern in just a few days.

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New Yarn – Scheepjes Whirl Fine Art

I’m interrupting regular programming to bring you a peek what might well be my new favourite Scheepjes yarn (big call) – Whirl Fine Art!

whirl fine art close up

Available in a selection of 12 colourways named and inspired by major movements in art history – you’ll be able to find one to match your most beloved moment in time.

whirl fine art shade card

Where to Buy?

Because the yarn is brand new, not all stockists have it listed yet, but Scheepjes has all of their stockists here.

Meanwhile, these shops have it up and ready to go already:

Wool Warehouse* ships to the UK and globally
Caro’s Atelier* ships to the Netherlands and Europe

Whirl Fine Art is a gradient yarn in the style of Whirl, Woolly Whirl and Whirligig.  It’s a composition of 50% Superfine Merino, 25% Microfibre and 25% Acrylic and has a recommended hook/needle size of 4-5mm. The yarn weight is DK and you’ll get 460m for your 515-225g cake. The yarn has an RRP of €33,95 / £29.99 / USD $37.95.

Also fun to know; Fine Art is a sister yarn to Merino Soft – another of my favourites – and Scheepjes has broadened their collection there to make sure that there will always be a perfect Fine Art partner. Scheepjes creative director Simy has shared an informative and inspiring post about pairing the colours, go check it out!

merino soft new shades

I was lucky enough to receive a cake in colourway Modernism from Scheepjes at our latest Bloggers Retreat and I’m squirrelling away on a new pattern which I’ll bring to you in the deepest darkest days of winter.

In the meantime, Tammy has been swatching, take a look: Whirl Fine-Art: A Closer Look. She’s also working on a knit project, so I’m super curious to know what will come of it!

whirl fine art close up

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more pics as my project grows, I can’t wait to share it with you!

whirl fine art promo poster

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