Category Archives: Scheepjes

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?


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!


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


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


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


(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


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.


(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.


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.


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 🙂


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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WIP – Winter Crochet Project – Your Last Crochet Slippers?

It’s so cold, I swear!  I’ve lost some weight this year and an unexpected side effect is that I’m cold ALL the time!  I bought a new winter coat, and had to buy a down jacket to go under it, and it hasn’t even frozen here yet!

So to that end, I’m making slippers.  I’m too cold and I need them.

Plus, they’re slippers I’ve been thinking about making as long as I’ve been crocheting. That might seem strange; why haven’t I made them before, you ask.  Well, I’ve tried.  But the truth of the matter is, I haven’t had the right yarn to do it.

Until now.

chunky monkey

This Scheepjes Chunky Monkey is the perfect yarn for the last pair of slippers you’ll ever need.  I raved about the yarn already, go take a look if you missed it.


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*


My neighbour whom I loved as a grandmother knitted me slippers when I was a kid.  They were made with scrap yarn that was truly hideous, but I LOVED those slippers.  They lasted me years and years, until I eventually wore through them and I think my mum threw them away while I wasn’t paying attention.

But I’ve been looking for a replacement pair for literally twenty years!

And now I’ve cracked it.  The slippers are being made and they’re going to fit everyone.  Raina will have a pair, Maarten will have a pair, and we’ll be a family of matchy matchy dutchies.


Stay tuned, I’ll prove it to you in a few days!

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A New Winter Crochet Project

I have yarn for a new winter crochet project with Scheepjes Chunky Monkey – one that will also be a perfect last minute Christmas gift, especially if you’re on a budget!

chunky monkey

I love the Chunky Monkey, it’s a yarn I’ve been waiting for for YEARS!

It’s a good weight (aran/worsted) so works up quickly and is great for instant gratification freaks like me, it comes in about 11 million colours (well, 93, but I don’t like the truth to get in the way of a good story), comes in huge 100g balls, and is seriously cheap. Caro’s Atelier* stocks it for €2.95 which is a massive bargain, you have to agree.

It’s important to note however; cheap does not mean poor quality. The yarn doesn’t split easily, it’s soft – it feels a lot like Merino soft actually – plus it’s anti-pilling which very few acrylic yarns can boast.

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 I have found to be handy when using Chunky Monkey is, to rewind the balls.  They don’t have the handy centre pull tabs that many other Scheepjes yarns have because they’re not wound tightly.

Because they’re not particularly tightly wound, the balls can start to collapse on themselves after a while rolling around in your project bag as they get smaller.  Do note: you shouldn’t store the yarn wound into cakes for extended periods as it’ll affect the tension of the yarn – this goes for most yarns actually.  They’re better stored in their “relaxed” state in which you bought them.

chunky monkey

Here are some stats on Chunky Monkey:

Meterage – 116 metres (127 yards)
Unit weight – 100 grams (3.53 ounces)
Tension/gauge – 13.0 to 18.0 sts = 10cm
Needle size – US 8 – 5.0 mm
Hook size – 5.0 mm (H)
Fibre – 100% acrylic

Now, what am I making?  Well to be honest, I’m making a lot of things with this yarn, I’m a huge fan!  But right now, for this project, I’m making the last pair of slippers you’ll ever want to wear.  Seriously.  I can’t wait to share them with you.

Come back in a few days, I’m anxious to get this one out!
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Reveal – Jan’s Scarf

Ready? Here we go! How’s this for a statement piece?



I’ve created a long, wide gradient scarf. Long enough wind around and around, and wide enough to wear around your shoulders.

IMG_1235.JPGThe cotton is soft and the blues are stunning. My mum would have loved this scarf.  She was all about blues and she would have rocked this.

So, I’ve decided to name the scarf for her. My mum was Jan (the English pronunciation, not the dutch man’s name) and because she would have quickly commandeered this one I’m calling it Jan’s Scarf.


For the design I’ve used three hanks of Scheepjes Skies light, in shades 109 Cirrocumulus, 110 Cirrus and 111 Cumulus.  You can also use a set of the minis, but the meterage is slightly less so you may have a scarf that is just a bit narrower than if you were to use three full hanks.


I’m busy working on the pattern right now, which will be ready for you this time next week.

Scheepjes has all the stockist listed on their website, so you can find one local to you.

Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* ship all over the world, Knotty House* is in North America, Black Sheep Wools* in the UK, and of course my local store is Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere.


New Crochet Design – Scheepjes Skies

I’ve been excited to use this yarn ever since it was released a few months ago, but it’s been so popular I had to wait to get my hands on all the colours I wanted!

Scheepjes Skies is a 100% cotton yarn available in 9 shades, died naturally with indigo.  It’s available in two weights; Skies light is 4ply/fingering, and Skies heavy is DK.

The yarn is also available in 100g hanks, or as a set of 9 28g minis which make beautiful gifts or collectables (or is that just me who loves collecting minis?).


It’s sold in hanks, so you get to have the pleasure of winding it into balls yourself.  It’s one of my delicious pleasures to sit quietly and wind a hank with just my arms and my nostepinne.


Even though I have all the blue shades, I’m going to be using three colourways for this project; the three lightest (cirrocumulus, cirrus and cumulus), but you’ll be able to substitute a single set of minis, as the meterage will be much the same.


I love this yarn.  It’s beautifully spun and the colours are rich and hand-dyed in their appearance.  You do need to take very good care of your hanks (and completed pieces) though – the natural dyeing process means that the colours are sensitive to light so be careful not to store them in direct sunlight.


If you want to get your hands on the 100g hanks for light or heavy, or the minis (both in light and heavy too), here are a couple of recommendations:

Scheepjes has all the stockist listed on their website, so you can find one local to you.

Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* ship all over the world, Knotty House* is in North America, Black Sheep Wools* in the UK, and of course my local store is Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere.

Next week I’ll have some WIP pics, and be sure to keep an eye on my insta for more!

Life in the Slow Lane – Nederlands Translation

This one’s for the Dutchies.

Hoi hoi!

Vandaag, na een groot vertraging, is de Nederlandse vertaling van mijn Life in the Slow Lane omslagdoek. Met dank aan Carmen Jorissen voor de hulp met vertalingen.

Het printable versie van is ook verkrijgbaar op Ravelry voor een klein bedrag, met een schema. Engels en Duitse versies zijn er ook.

Heb jij de zin in?

Let’s go!



1 bol Scheepjes Whirl in kleur Dark Grape Squish of Coral Catastrophe, of eigen keuze
4mm (G) haaknaald


160 x 120 cm na opspannen


23 stn en 14 rijen in patroon meten 10 x 10 cm (4in) met een 4mm (G)  haaknaald, of andere naald om juiste stekenverhouding te halen.


L losse
SO sla een steek over
HST half stokje
2HSTcl 2 halve stokjes cluster (zie notities)
open opening(en)
Meerd 2 hst in een steek meerderen
gon garen om de naald
S(tn) steek (steken)


Dit is een beginnersvriendelijk patroon en wordt heen en weer in rijen gehaakt, met meerderingen slechts aan één kant.  Het wordt een grote driehoek.

Herhaal de instructies tussen haakjes het totaal aantal keren zoals aangegeven.

Aan het begin van elke rij haak je 2 lossen. Deze tellen niet als een steek.

In de laatste steek van elke 2e rij haak je een 2HSTcl. Om de 2HSTcl te maken: gon, steek naald in s, haal lus op, gon, haal door 2 lussen, steek naald in s, haal lus op, gon, haal door alle lussen.

Om het korter te houden zijn er geen stekenaantallen genoemd in het patroon.  Elke rij groeit met 1 steek. Let op: als je op een “fast lane” zit (HST, 1L, SO 1), heb je een oneven aantal steken. Op de teruggaande rij heb je weer een even aantal steken.

Stekenverhouding is niet heel erg belangrijk, maar als je een losse ha(a)k(st)er bent, gebruik dan een kleinere haaknaald.



Rij 1 3L, 2HST in de 3e l vanaf de naald, keer om.

Rij 2 2L (telt niet als een steek hier en verder), HST in dezelfde s, 1l, 2HSTcl in de laatste s. Keer om.

Rij 3 2L, HST in dezelfde s, HST in de l-open, Meerd in de laatste s, keer om.

Rij 4 2L, HST in dezelfde s, 1l, HST in de volgende s, 1l, SO 1, 2HSTcl in de laatste s, keer om.

Rij 5 2L, HST in dezelfde s, (HST in l-open, HST), herhaal tot je nog 1 s over hebt, Meerd. Keer om.

Rij 6 2L, HST in dezelfde s, 1l, (HST, 1l, SO 1) tot je nog 1 s over hebt, 2HSTcl.

Rij 7 2L, HST in dezelfde s, HST tot je nog 1 s over hebt, Meerd. Keer om.

Herhaal rijen 6 en 7 nog 5 keer.

Nu de “slow lanes”

Rij 18 2L, Meerd in dezelfde s, HST tot je nog 1 s over hebt, 2HSTcl Keer om.

Rij 19 2L, HST in dezelfde s, HST tot je nog 1 s over hebt, Meerd. Keer om.

Rij 20 2L, HST in dezelfde s, 1l, (HST, 1l, SO 1) tot je nog 1 s over hebt, 2HSTcl. Keer om.

Rij 21 2L, HST in dezelfde s, HST tot je nog 1 s over hebt, Meerd. Keer om.

Herhaal rijen 18-21 nog 2 keer.

lisl setup rows

Nu als volgt:

(Herhaal rijen 6 en 7 nog 7 keer, daarna:e herhaal rijen 18-21 3 keer). Dit maakt een set van fast en slow lanes.

Herhaal deze sets tot er alleen nog maar garen over is om met een slow lane te eindigen.

Eindig niet op een rij 6/7. Als de stekenverhoudig goed is, zal er alleen een klein stuk whirl over zijn.

Hecht af en span op naar afmetingen.

Vergeet niet: Deel jouw projecten op Ravelry en Instagram, en in de Scheepjes CAL FB groep.

Sheepjes Whirl is verkrijgbaar bij de winkel dicht bij mij in de buurt; Caro’s Atelier*

Of van een van de veel Scheepjes winkels overal te wereld.

Making Plans; a New Crochet Design


After the incredible month I’ve just had, now it’s time to slow down a bit and create something that’s meditative.

So I’ve ordered myself one of the glorious ombre whirls from Scheepjes, and have a great project on the go!


This colourway is called Coral Catastrophe, and although my crochet palette is usually all pinks and blues, I actually have a lot of coral clothes and accessories – it’s my favourite colour to wear!


I’m going to make a single skein shawl, one that will be big enough to really wrap yourself up in.

While I’m on the topic of whirls, have you seen the Whirligigs?  OMG. I’m in love and can’t wait to get my hands on one!

Here’s the latest design, launched this week:

It’s the Book Lover’s Wrap, a knit pattern by Margje Enting.  Check it out on Ravelry While you’re there, take a look at Margje’s other beautiful designs.

Have you seen all the Whirligig colours*?  They’re all to die for.

The Whirligigs are a DK weight yarn, 80% virgin wool and 20% alpaca.  So the softness factor will be off the charts.  I can’t decide which colour I want most, I think it will have to be Sapphire to Teal, or Teal to Yellow.  Sigh.

But in the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy myself with my own stunning ombre whirl – as if that could ever be a chore!  I can’t wait to show you progress next week.

If you’d like to test the pattern, do send me a message.  I have an amazing group of people I can call on, but I’d like to reduce the pressure on them a bit and work with some more people whom I’ll also love!

Buying options:

Scheepjes as always has the full list of whirly retailers on their website, plus you can check out some of the retailers I like to recommend:

Wool Warehouse* ships all over the world, and so does Deramores*.

Caro’s Atelier* is my local yarn store here in Almere.

Black Sheep Wools* is the largest bricks and mortar yarn store in the UK, and Knotty House* has North America covered.

In South Africa you can’t go past Be Inspired, and in Australia head to Yarnish.

You can also check out my designer store at – it’s where I stock some of my designs, and this one will be added when it’s finished too!

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