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!
Now don’t forget: I have the most adorable set of rainbow blocking pins from KnitPro to giveaway. These are going to be invaluable when it comes time to block your rainBOOM!
The set contains two blockers of each colour; 12 with 6 pins and 8 with 4 pins. And they’re just gorgeous!
To be in with a chance to win the set, you need to share your rainBOOM! pics on Instagram or Facebook (or both for more chances), use the hashtag #rainBOOMMAL in your post, and follow MissNeriss and Scheepjes on the platform you choose to share. For an extra chance to win, tag your friends!
The giveaway will run for a few more days, and I’ll announce a winner on the 28th of Feb. Make sure you’re following me @miss__neriss for all the latest.
Still Need a Colour Pack?
I know that many places sold out of their colour packs very quickly, but they’re back in stock all over the place now, so if you missed out in the first round, you can catch one at one of these places:
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.
(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
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.
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).
Trtcl in the 3rd ch from the hook, tr to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
Trtcl, tr [ch2, miss 2, tr next] to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
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.
Trtcl, tr, ch 2 [InV, ch 2] to last 2, tr, trtcl last. Ch 2, turn. Repeat rows 3-5 9 times
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repeat round 3
Repeat round 4
Ss to ch sp, ch 1, tr, ch 1, [tr next ch sp, ch 1] repeat to end, ss to join.
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.
Repeat round 7
Repeat round 8
Ss to sp, ch 1, 2 htr in the same sp, [2 htr in the next sp] repeat to last, ss to join.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repeat round 2, mark the join, tie off.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
I haven’t knitted with it yet, but Carmen has, and it’s just as pretty!
At around 2 metres end to end, and nice and deep, she wraps around beautifully.
And tucks in to keep your neck warm and lifts your outfit – a flat out fabulous winter accessory!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Now the important stuff; you need to get your hands on this yarn!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.