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Fade Out Shawl in Simply Crochet!

It’s so exciting to be able to come back from holidays and to immediately be able to share with you exciting news that my Fade Out shawl has been featured in the latest issue of Simply Crochet!

Well, I’m a bit late sharing the news, like I am with everything it seems!

In Issue 60 of Simply Crochet there is a gorgeous shawl supplement with designs by some of my fabulous blogger friends  and the yarn is all supplied by Scheepjes.  Take a look at the designs in the video slideshow below:

My shawl is called Fade Out and is designed to use a single ball of Scheepjes Whirl.  For this issue I used Popin Candy, but you can use any shade you want.  I’d love to make another in Lemon Cassis Cream or Fruity O’Tutty.

Fade Out shawl by Nerissa Muijs in issue 60 of Simply Crochet

Image courtesy of Simply Crochet on Ravelry

Fade Out shawl by Nerissa Muijs in issue 60 of Simply Crochet

Image courtesy of Simply Crochet on Ravelry

Here are peeks at the other designs:

Coastal Garden shawl by Rachele Carmona. Read more on missneriss.com

This is the Coastal Garden by Rachele Carmona.  Can you believe this is her first shawl design?

Petals Aplenty by Carmen Jorissen. Read more on missneriss.com

Petals Aplenty by Carmen Jorissen.  Can you imagine joining all those flowers?

Over the Moon by Esther Dijkstra. Read more on missneriss.com

Over the Moon by Esther Dijkstra.  This even has a lovely little collar.

Work of Art by Esther de Beer. Read more on missneriss.com

Work of Art by Esther de Beer. Those colours!

Simply Crochet Issue 60 is out now available online (also globally) or at your favourite UK retailer.

If you live in the UK, there is an absolutely bananas special offer on where you can get 6 issues for under 10 quid!

For us Dutchies, I’m not sure if it will be translated into Dutch, but if it is you’ll hear it from me!

I’d love to see your shawls, please tag me on Instagram or share your projects on Ravelry.

Enjoy!!

Here’s where you can pick up all the yarns to make the shawls in this special:
Wool Warehouse (UK and global shipping)
Knotty House (Canada and North America)
Sticks and Cups (Benelux)

*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. Thanks so much!

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My Five Faves – Crochet Books

Today I want to talk to you about crochet books.  Books that are in my library, and I think should be in yours, in fact.

So, in no particular order, here are some books I love.

Five Favourite Crochet books including: Ultimate Crochet Bible, Sophie's Universe, Puur Haken, Colorful Crochet, and Zoomigurumi. See more at missneriss.com

Ultimate Crochet Bible

by Jane Crowfoot

The Ultimate Crochet Bible by Jane Crowfoot, available on the Book Depository with free global shipping: http://bit.ly/crochetbible

If you have no other books in your library, then this is the book you must have.  You’ll learn about the history of crochet, how to choose hooks and tools, fibres, yarn substitutions and how to read a pattern.  And this is all before you’ve seen a single stitch.

With sections on basics, motifs, lace, colour work, borders and much, much more, this is my single favourite resource when it comes to crochet.  You can see how much I’ve used it by all the pages I’ve marked!

The Ultimate Crochet Bible by Jane Crowfoot, available on the Book Depository with free global shipping: http://bit.ly/crochetbible

I bought my copy from The Book Depository (in paperback here) which ships worldwide for free.

In The Netherlands it’s on bol.com and on sale right now!  It’s only in English though, but with extensive charts the language isn’t really very important.

Puur Haken

by Maaike van Koert

Puur Haken by Maaike van Koert available in Dutch from bol.com http://bit.ly/puurhaken

This was the first crochet book I bought that was written by a friend, and it’s still one of my most thumbed books, three years later.

It was Maaike’s mission to create a gorgeous book filled with patterns only using natural yarns and to suit all crochet skill levels.  The Bloemdeken (flower blanket) is designed with future generations in mind; to become a real heirloom.  And it’s beautiful.

My favourite project is the Zomersjaal (summer shawl), and judging by the instagram photos I’ve seen, I’m not the only one who loves it!  I’ve made a couple, one of which is a regular in my shawl rotation.  The other was a gift to my great aunt on her eightieth birthday.

Puur Haken by Maaike van Koert available in Dutch from bol.com http://bit.ly/puurhaken

Puur Haken is only available in Dutch, but for those of you who don’t speak or read Dutch it’s ok; there are extensive charts.  It’s available on bol.com  in the Netherlands.  Maaike has since published a couple of other books, one of which is in English – 9 Months to Crochet: Count down to the big day with crochet – which is full of fun baby projects.

Zoomigurumi

from amigurumipatterns.net

Zoomigurumi - 15 cute amigurumi designs, from Amigurumipatterns.net. Book available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/zoomigurumi

Zoomigurumi is the first in a series of amigurumi animal patterns (get it – zoo-migurumi?) compiled by Belgian publisher Joke Vermeiren, in collaboration with 12 renowned amigurumi designers, including my all time favourite, Josephine Wu.

I’ve made at least half of the projects in this book.  Usually I would make two or three designs from a book, but this one is filled with so many great designs, I had to keep making!  I love Roary the Tiger the most.  I also have books 2 and 3 in my collection.  I just keep forgetting to order the others!

Zoomigurumi - 15 cute amigurumi designs, from Amigurumipatterns.net. Book available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/zoomigurumi

Zoomigurumi (and its five follow-ups) can be found on The Book Depository with global shipping. In the Netherlands you can pick it up in Dutch and English (and French!) on bol.com.

Sophie’s Universe

by Dedri Uys

Sophie's Universe CAL by Dedri Uys, available at Wool Warehouse http://shrsl.com/ionz

It was only recently that I raved about the Sophie book, and for good reason. Everything about this book is beautiful.  From the photography, to the colour choices, to the notes pages, to the look into the community which surrounds Sophie.

The book will also work as a stitch bible, because there are so many new techniques and stitches, you will be a construction expert by the end.

Sophie's Universe CAL by Dedri Uys, available at Wool Warehouse http://shrsl.com/ionz

had planned on buying my copy from Wool Warehouse, until Dedri gifted it to me!  So now it’s even more special, I just love it.  In the Netherlands it’s also on bol.com (in English).

Colorful Crochet/Eindeloos Haken

by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

Colorful Crochet, with more than 20 crochet projects, by Marianne Dekkers Roos. Available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/colorfulcrochet

This is another recent addition to my collection, and as Darryl Kerrigan would say: That’s going straight to the pool room.

What I think I love the most about this book is the use of colour. (It’s not called Colorful Crochet for nothing!)  Only Marianne – and my aunty Sally – could take fifteen different colours and make them all work together.  And I’m not talking pastels, or shades of one colour, I’m talking brown, orange lime green, blue, yellow, pink, red, purple, the list goes on!

Colorful Crochet, with more than 20 crochet projects, by Marianne Dekkers Roos. Available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/colorfulcrochet

I’ve already made the Ribbed Tartan Cushion, and next on my list is the Geometric Triangle Blanket. I already have the yarn ready…

Again, The Book Depository and bol.com have you covered globally and in the Netherlands, and if you would rather the Dutch version Eindeloos Haken, it’s available at Echtstudio.nl.

So tell me, do you think I might have helped you discover some new gems?  I’d love you to tell me about your favourite books too – add them to the comments so I can go take a look for myself!

Five Favourite Crochet books including: Ultimate Crochet Bible, Sophie's Universe, Puur Haken, Colorful Crochet, and Zoomigurumi. See more at missneriss.com

*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. Thanks so much!

Explore Sophie’s Universe

The first time I met Dedri, the Sophie’s Universe CAL was almost finished.  She brought the completed blanket and I was able to see it before the rest of the world!  The first, and only thing I could keep saying to Dedri was: Game Changer.  This creation is a total game changer.  The crochet universe was never going to be the same again, and it’s only a matter of time before we see a Sophie draped over a couch in an American sitcom.

Sophie's Universe by Dedri of Look What I Made

Sophie has become so ingrained in the crochet vernacular now that nobody needs to even bother with the the “Universe” part; like Madonna, Sophie is enough. It’s already at the point where she’s referenced in a bodice ripper!

So it was totally fitting that Dedri should turn Sophie into a book, right?

Sophie's Universe, by Dedri Uys. Available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?gxnh

All of the installments are laid out in sections, the same way that the weekly pattern releases were and there is so much information, with recommended yarn and colour choices and tips and tricks.

Sophie's Universe, by Dedri Uys.  Available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?gxnh

But do you know what my favourite part of the Sophie book is?  It’s the window into Dedri’s universe, with anecdotes of her family and pictures from the CAL community, it’s just so inclusive, and so… Dedri.

Sophie's Universe, by Dedri Uys. Available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?gxnhSophie's Universe, by Dedri Uys. Available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?gxnh

And then I closed the book with a smile on my face, only to see my own face smiling back at me from the back cover!

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I am so grateful to have received my copy as a birthday gift from Dedri.  I had asked to buy a copy from her (first rule of publishing a book: friends and family pay full price) and after a bit of discussion she agreed.  Only to wrap the bloody thing up and give it to me for my birthday with a smug little “I win” grin on her face.

So I can only say: get this book.  It’s like a beautiful stitch bible – you’ll learn so many new techniques.  I challenge you to make a Sophie and not learn something new.  I promise you’ll be a better crocheter for this book.

Get your copy from Wool Warehouse (with global shipping) where you can also order yarn packs in colours and yarns for every budget.  In the Netherlands Caro’s Atelier stocks it, in South Africa it’s at Be Inspired (of course).

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YARN 3 – Tropical Issue (and a Giveaway!)

You won’t believe this, but in the latest issue of YARN, I have not one, not two, but THREE designs!

Can you guess which three are mine?

One is an idea that I had been playing with for about a year, and have been experimenting with construction, so was excited to be able share it with the world.

Sunset Shawl, crochet pattern by Nerissa Muijs - YARN Tropical Issue

The inspiration for this one comes from my years tour guiding at Uluru, and the glorious colours that shoot across the sky during those golden minutes before the sun dips under the horizon.

The Pina Colada shawl is a semi-circle made with short rows, so it’s not it’s for the faint hearted, but once you get going the construction is intuitive and satisfying.  I used Secret Garden in Rose Arch and Summer House, and it makes the shawl deliciously snuggly.

Have you guessed the next design yet?

Pineapple Garland - crochet pattern by Nerissa Muijs - YARN Tropical Issue

A pineapple garland!

This one is super easy, each pineapple can be smashed out in 10-15 minutes and the leaves are made stiff and bendy by crocheting around pipe cleaners!  The pattern uses Softfun and you’ll only need a single ball of each colour.

And now for the last:

Espadrilles, crochet pattern by Nerissa Muijs - YARN Tropical Issue

Mojito Espadrilles!

These are such fun, I actually made these while I was on a beach holiday and while lounging under an umbrella drinking a cocktail, I just wanted to hurry up and finish them so I could wear them!

These are made with regular espadrille soles and using Sugar Rush triple stranded with my handy navajo plying method.  I shared a Youtube tutorial a few months ago because I just love this trick.  They’re easily customisable for any size, and look fantastic!

So, Wool Warehouse will have copies in English, or if you’d rather Dutch, there are a host of retailers who have it for you.

And exciting news: Love Knitting in the US will also be stocking YARN, along with loads of the best Scheepjes yarns!

YARN - Tropical issue. Available at Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/scheepjespublications

Now, to the giveaway!  Thanks very much to Scheepjes, I’m giving away an English copy of YARN, Tropical Issue away, plus the yarn to make my pineapple garland!  To be in with a chance to win, what you need to do is pin your favourite of my three projects on Pinterest, and mention me @missneriss with the following (or a variation of) text: “This is my favourite @missneriss design in Issue 3 of YARN, Tropical Issue from @scheepjes.”

Pin all three to triple your chances!

The giveaway is open to everyone, globally, so get to pinning!  I’ll announce a winner here on the blog next week, on the 12th of May.

The photos I’ve shared in this post are from Issue 3 of Scheepjes Yarn Bookazine – Tropical, republished with permission.

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Cast-On: Tank Stream

That’s quite the title, right?  I mean, what does it even mean?

A couple of weeks ago I was watching the Dingo Dyeworks video podcast on Youtube (it’s one of my faves, by the way.  Petah creates the most unbelievable colourways!) when I saw Petah showing off Meg Gadsbey’s new shawl design – Tank Stream – my eyes almost popped out of my head!

Tank Stream shawl, by Meg Gadsbey: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tank-stream

Image thanks to Meg Gadsbey

I immediately bought Meg’s design on Ravelry and then the mission began to find the right yarn.  Dingo Dyeworks have put together gorgeous packs that I really wanted, but I didn’t want to wait for the postage, and I didn’t want to be hit with customs charges at the door, so I went to Love Knitting and ordered some sweet georgia superwash DK in Mist.

sweet georgia superwash DK in Mist: http://bit.ly/TankStream-sweetgeorgia

As soon as the yarn arrived I couldn’t wait to start.  It was one of those days when I was counting the seconds until I could finish work so I could wind the yarn and cast on.

sweet georgia superwash DK in Mist: http://bit.ly/TankStream-sweetgeorgia

I just noticed that my needles match my yarn!  Those sorts of coincidences give me the warm fuzzies.  I do love my zings, especially the colours.  They’re all bright and colourful.

So now I’m busy listening to the S-Town podcast while knitting Tank Stream.  Life is good!

Tanks Stream is available on Ravelry

Get the sweet georgia yarns from Love Knitting/Love Crochet

And check the Dingo Dyeworks 20% off sale to get some glorious hand dyed Australian yarns.

Love Crochet

 

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Knit and Crochet Inspiration for Valentine’s Day

I don’t usually worry too much about Valentine’s Day.  When I was younger I was chronically single (and liked it that way), and we’ve never really made a big deal about it in the 10 years we’ve been together.  I mean, it’s lovely to celebrate, but it’s not important to me if it’s on the 14th of Feb or the 14th of September, if you know what I mean?  My husband is a total romantic anyway, so he doesn’t need a special day to remind him.

But because I love to celebrate love, I’ve found some gorgeous Valentine’s Day inspired projects and ideas for you – focusing on spoiling yourself!

My Instagram friend Vanessa has made a series of gorgeous project bag and hand dyed yarn kits.  I’m absolutely in love with this one – the hearts even look crocheted.  and the yarn, wow.  It’s gorgeous red with sparkle, and I love me some sparkle! Check out the full range here.

Bigli Migli Amigurumi by Autumn Leaflet http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bigli-migli-amigurumi

This little Bigly Migly is just the sweetest! The pattern is a free Ravelry download by Autumn Leaf, here.

Cup Full of Love Crochet Coffee Cozy by The stitchin Mommy: http://thestitchinmommy.com/2015/01/cup-full-love-crochet-coffee-cozy.html#_a5y_p=3275841

I love mug cozies.  I’m not often out and about drinking coffee, but when I am, I want something this cute to stop my fingers from burning!  It’s a free pattern from The Stitchin Mommy.

Will you be my Valentine? Ombre Heart Coaster – Free Pattern

Aren’t these coasters cute?  Tatsiana at Lillabjorn made these and they look gorgeous.  They’d make a great stash-buster project, don’t you think?

Valentine's Day DIY Yarn Wreath from Love of Family and Home: https://loveoffamilyandhome.net/2013/02/valentines-day-yarn-wreath-felt-rose-tutorial.html

While not knit or crochet, I had to include this tutorial by Tonya at A Love of Family and Home.  Tonya shows us how to make those gorgeous felted roses, I think I’ll have to do it too…

I heart bootcuffs by Felted Buttons: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/i-3-boot-cuffs

Don’t these look lovely and snuggly?  Susan from Felted Button has designed these and they’re on Ravelry as a free download.  They’re perfect for that romantic Valentine’s Night out in this freezing weather!

crochet flip flops https://missneriss.com/2015/08/07/bloom-flip-flops-free-pattern/

Ok Aussies.  I realise that it’s a massive heatwave there right now, so even though these aren’t Valentine related, they’re hot weather related!  And in all honestly, when I lived in Alice Springs I had thongs (flip flops) for all occasions.  These can totally be “Date Night Thongs,” right?  These are my own design.

Have a great Valentine’s Day, whether you’re married, single, in love or out of it.  Just use it as an excuse to eat great chocolate!

WIP: Cherry Blossom Crochet Shawl

I’m back with some progress pics of my Wanderlust project that I shared with you last week.

Cherry blossom shawl by Nerissa Muijs

Aren’t those colours just amazing?  I am gushing over here, I couldn’t be happier with the blend.

Cherry blossom shawl by Nerissa Muijs

I’m making a very simple shawl design, using a construction method you may not be familiar with, and will be wondering where it’s been all your life once you learn it.

The yarn is out now, so be sure to grab three balls from Wool Warehouse* globally and Scheepjes retailers in the Benelux so you’re all ready to go when the pattern is released in a couple of weeks!

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Edit: See the finished shawl HERE.

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat – Reveal!

I have wanted to share photos of this hat for ages and ages, but I finally have it for you!

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat by MissNeriss

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat by MissNeriss

This is Raina with her Opa having the best time ever!  Seriously, don’t you miss being small enough to ride on shoulders?

I managed to bribe her to sit still long enough to take one photo on her own, but she was way too busy searching for chestnuts, acorns and toadstools to pay much attention to me.

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In the end I decided: If you can’t beat them, join them and went foraging too.

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Now, the pattern is ready for this, and I’m going to post it in a few days.  I’ll also have more pictures, this time in the adult size!

To get prepared and have the yarn ready, here’s where you can get hold of the yarn:

Globally: Wool Warehouse*
UK: Deramores*
US: Deramores*
Benelux retailers
South Africa: Be Inspired

You’ll need a ball of Hilversum and either Eelde or Zwolle (or both if you want to make two hats like I have).

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Too Cute Spooky Crochet Wreath for Halloween

My daughter is mad about Halloween.  She’s been talking about this year’s costume since last Halloween.  She’s been planning this longer than her birthday party!

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We’re away on holidays in the lead up to this year, so I won’t have the time to replicate last year’s epic La Muerte costume so instead this year I’ve channelled my energies into making a Halloween wreath.

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from http://bit.ly/woolwarehouse

I used a foam circle which I picked up at my local craft store, and a ball of the new Scheepjes Panda Sparkle and went for it!

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from http://bit.ly/woolwarehouse

I first wrapped the foam in the sparkle yarn (using about half of it) and then I made some cute little amigurumi Halloween critters for decoration.

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from http://bit.ly/woolwarehouseHalloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from http://bit.ly/woolwarehouse

I’m especially happy with the spider web and little redback spider in the middle.

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from http://bit.ly/woolwarehouse

Raina insisted on there being a vampire and a witch, and would have been happy if it had been completely covered in pumpkins, but one has to draw the line somewhere!

Halloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from http://bit.ly/woolwarehouseHalloween Wreath by @missneriss. Scheepjes Panda Sparkle available from http://bit.ly/woolwarehouse

To make the amigurumis I picked up some Scheepjes Catona 25g balls in Halloween colours and rifled through my Catona stash for anything that I had missed (It’s quite the stash!). I only used small amounts, so this is where the 25g balls are just the best.

The Panda Sparkle is a great decoration or amigurumi yarn.  It’s loads of fun and the wee one is already making more plans for the leftovers.  A spooky spider garland, perhaps….

The Panda and Catona yarns are available from Wool Warehouse* globally, and great Scheepjes retailers in the Benelux  I’ve seen it at Ria’s Style here in Almere actually!

Sidetracked -Yarn, The After Party

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m busy plugging away on my Aquarel blanket (progress report on that this week), but today I’m taking some time out to investigate a new project.

A new fortnightly pattern booklet from Scheepjes has just landed on my doorstep.  It’s called Yarn: The After Party, and complements the twice yearly bookazine – Yarn* – that was launched earlier this year.

The concept behind The After Party is to keep the creative juices flowing between Yarn editions, and each booklet will include a single pattern and a colour chart with all the available yarns.  The styling is amazing, it makes me excited for the next instalment!

The booklet is in English and Dutch (which is great for me to practice my Dutch pattern reading), and for all us Ravelry nerds, it’s also available as a digital download for a euro.  If you buy the yarn for the design from one of the retailers, the booklet is free.

The Linen and Lace Cardigan in this edition was designed by Annelies Baes.  Annelies is such a talented garment designer, she is fully dedicated to figuring out how to create the best fit!

I’m sure it’ll be an enjoyable project, the linen soft is so easy to work with, it was such a pleasure while I was making my Rustic Lace Blanket over the winter.

Right, so the important info:  You can get The After Party at your favourite Benelux Scheepjes stockist, and Deramores* will ship them worldwide.

Still don’t have a copy of Yarn?  Get it here*.

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