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!

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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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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.

10 of the Best: Crochet Flower Motifs

10 of the best: Crochet Flower Motifs

Today I want to share with you some of my favourite flower motifs.  All of these are free online tutorials and you can head directly to each by clicking on the designers names or the images.

Enjoy!

Crochet Puff Flower Motif

I’m sure I’ve posted about this one before, I just love how delicate it is.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-puff-flower-motif

Crochet Flower Puff Stitch Pattern

By MyPicot

These puff stitch flowers are so satisfying and look great in a mercerised cotton.

http://mypicot.com/0035.html

Blanket in Bloom

By Alice by Day

It’s the way that these all come together to make a shawl that I love the most about this one.

http://alicebyday.blogspot.nl/2015/02/another-blanket-in-bloom.html

Taanvi’s Flower Crochet Motif

By Pink Mambo

You can easily make this with a chunky or lace yarn and it will be beautiful regardless.

http://i0.wp.com/pinkmambo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Taanvis-Flower-main-photo.jpg?resize=700%2C700

Crochet Pointy Flower

By Cheri’s Creations

The texture is gorgeous.  I’d love a blanket made from this motif.

http://cherilicious-cherisblog.blogspot.nl/2013_07_21_archive.html

October Square

By Patricia Stuart

I love all of Patricia’s squares, but this one is my fave.

http://pukado.blogspot.nl/2014/10/crochet-mood-blanket-2014-october.html

Japanese Flower Motif

By Happy In Red

The Japanese Flower was one of my first ever motifs when I relearned to crochet.  I skipped the grannies and went straight to this.  Not very well, obviously!  Esther does a much better job.

http://happyinred.blogspot.nl/2016/03/crochet-japanese-flower-scarf-in-alpaca-rythm.html

Egyptian Star Flower

By MissNeriss

I made this tapestry motif, inspired by a trip to Egypt.

Egyptian Star Flower Stool by MissNeriss

Flower Power Mandala

By RedAgape

I love mandalas, but I especially love open lacy mandalas.  This one is a fantastic example.

http://redagapeblog.com/2015/11/22/crochet-flower-power-mandala/

Sophie’s Universe

By Dedri Uys

The Game Changer. If you haven’t made a Sophie you’re missing out on the Trans Siberian of crochet – glorious surprises with each leg of the journey.

http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/sophies-universe-cal-2015/sophies-universe-cal-2015-information/

And Dedri has worked tirelessly to turn Sophie into a book!  I’m getting my copy in a few weeks when I see Dedri in person (I must tell her), I can’t wait!  You can get your own copy at Wool Warehouse*.

http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/sophies-universe-cal-2015/sophies-universe-book/

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It’s That Time Again: A New Crochet Project

I think you’re going to love this one, it’s using another brand new yarn from Scheepjes.

The yarn is called Wanderlust and it comes in 19 shades, all named for some of the coolest places on earth.  However, there are no Australian places mentioned, so…..

Wanderlust, by Scheepjes.

I’m using Hirosaki for this project, and it absolutely evokes the cherry blossoms of early spring, what do you think?

Wanderlust in Hirosaki, by Scheepjes

The yarn is 100% acrylic and is single spun, so it has a lovely silky shiny softness about it.  I’m using a 5mm hook and it’s crocheting up very quickly, with minimal snagging and splitting.  It’s a 100g ball, with 232 metres of yarn.  And at around 4.75 euro a ball, it’s very budget friendly!

This is most definitely my favourite colourway, with Bangkok being a close second.  I love the colour changes, let’s have a peek inside the ball

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Next week I’ll have more pictures of my work in progress, and you can start stalking your favourite retailers as of the 26th, when it will be available to buy from places like Wool Warehouse* globally and Scheepjes retailers in the Benelux.

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Textured Chevron Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

Can I get a Hell Yeah?!

After months and months and months, I’ve finally finished my Textured Chevron Blanket!

And not only have I finished it,  but I have the pattern ready as well. But first, look!

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For this project I’ve been using Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, which is one of my faves.  It’s a cotton acrylic blend which is soft, squishy, warm and has outstanding stitch definition. Oh, and it’s durable too!

Now, let’s get on with the pattern, shall we?

Materials

Six balls each of Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel* in colours 801,803, 807, 808, 810
Eight balls of Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel* in colour 809
Two balls of Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel * in colour 804
4mm hook
Measuring tape
Blocking wires or pins

Measurements

150 x 160cm (but will stretch a lot!)

Abbreviations

Note: All stitches are in US terms.  There are a lot of them, so make sure you pay close attention to what needs to be used where.
CH – Chain Stitch
SS – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
Tr – Treble Crochet
2HDCTog – Decrease 2 Half Double Crochet into 1
2DCTog – Decrease 2 Double Crochet into 1
3DCTog – Decrease 3 Double Crochet into 1
FPHDC – Front Post Half double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
FPTr – Front Post Treble Crochet
2TrTog – Decrease 2 Treble Crochet into 1
3TrTog – Decrease 3 Treble Crochet into 1
FP2DCTog – Decrease 2 Front Post Double Crochet into 1
FP3DCTog – Decrease 3 Front Post Double Crochet into 1
FP2TrTog – Decrease 2 Front Post Treble Crochet into 1
FP3TrTog – Decrease 3 Front Post Treble Crochet into 1
FPextDCFront Post Extended Double Crochet
HDC3LHalf Double Crochet in the 3rd loop (camel stitch)

Tension

4 zigzag sets by 10 rows = 10cm

Notes

Each colour block uses about 1.5 balls of yarn, so you will need to join.  Do take care to make your joins strong and tight and keep ends to weave in.  If your join isn’t strong enough and it comes unraveled, it will be a disaster to fix!

Although the stitches and abbreviations all sound complicated, once you start working on the blanket it’s all very straight forward and easy.

Instructions

  1. Using colour 809, CH 296 298.  If you have too many chains on your hook, don’t start over, you can pull them out once you’re done.
  2. DC into the 3rdchain from the hook and the next 6 CH. DC, CH, DC into the next, DC into the next 5 CH, 3DCTog in the next. *DC in next 5 CH, DC, CH, DC, DC in the next, DC into the next 5 CH, 3DCTog in the next.* Repeat 19 times, but the very last stitch of the row will be 2DCTog instead of 3DCTog.  CH2, turn.
  3. CH2 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout), 2FPDCTog in the first 2, FPDC around the next 5 stitches, DC, CH1, DC into the next, FPDC into the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next, *FPDC in the next 5 stitches, DC, CH1, DC in the next, FPDC in the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next.* Repeat 19 times, except in the very last decrease, which will be 2FPDCTog instead of 3FPDCTog. CH2, turn.
  4. Repeat Row 3 7 times.
  5. Change to colour 810, repeat row 3 9 times.
  6. Change to colour 803, repeat row 3 9 times
  7. Change to colour 808, repeat row 3 9 times
  8. Change to colour 807, repeat row 3 9 times
  9. Change to colour 801, repeat row 3 9 times
  10. Change to colour 809, repeat row 3 9 times
  11. Change to colour 801, repeat row 3 9 times
  12. Change to colour 807, repeat row 3 9 times
  13. Change to colour 808, repeat row 3 9 times
  14. Change to colour 803, repeat row 3 9 times
  15. Change to colour 810, repeat row 3 9 times.
  16. Change to colour 809, repeat row 3 9 times.
  17. Change to colour 810, repeat row 3 9 times.
  18. Change to colour 803, repeat row 3 9 times
  19. Change to colour 808, repeat row 3 9 times
  20. Change to colour 807, repeat row 3 9 times
  21. Change to colour 801, repeat row 3 9 times
  22. Change to colour 809, repeat row 3 9 times
  23. Change to colour 801, repeat row 3 9 times
  24. tie off and weave in ends.

Textured Chevron Blanket, free pattern by Nerissa Muijs

Border

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Join colour 804 to the top corner to work across and square off each end.

  1. CH3, 2FPTrTog, FPtr, FPextdc, FPdc, FPhdc, sc in the next 3, FPhdc, FPdc, FPextdc, FPtr, 3FPTrtog, *tr, extFPdc, FPdc, FPhdc, sc in the next 3, FPhdc, FPdc, FPextdc, FPtr, FP3TrTog* repeat across. In the last set, FP2TrTog instead of 3. Cut and tie off.  Rotate to join to the bottom corner to work across and square off.
  2. Join with a sc, sc, *FPhdc, FPdc, FPextdc, FPtr, FP3TrTog (the 3 dc in one from the foundation row counts as 1 stitch), FPTr, FPextdc, FPdc, FPhdc, sc in the next 3*. Repeat across and instead of 3 sc, work 2.  Turn 90 degrees to work down the side.
  3. Working down each side is not an exact science; try to work 3 HDC per two rows. This will make sure that the border is not too tight, nor so loose that it will be wavy. It won’t matter if your count is a couple of stitches out, you won’t notice. Once at the next corner (working 1 stitch into the post of the 1st top border stitch), work a hdc, ch1, hdc into the 1st stitch to form the corner, then work a HDC3L in each stitch across the top.  At the next corner,hdc, ch1, hdc into the last stitch, then turn the work, 90 degrees to work along the third edge.  Repeat all the way around, for a total of three camel stitch rows. Don’t join and ch 2 at the end of each row, just keep going until you’re back to the top corner which is the start/finish point.  The ends should have 4 rows of camel stitch at each end, and 3 down the sides.
  4. Tie off, weave in ends and wet block aggressively.

There will be a lot of stretch in the blanket, making it perfect to tuck around your feet and body while bingeing on Outlander on Netflix.

Get the Yarn

There are loads of great stockists where you can get hold of Scheepjes Aquarel.  In the Benelux you can simply go to your favourite Scheepjes retailer, in South Africa head to Be Inspired.love  and for everyone else can go to Wool Warehouse* as they offer global shipping and have great rates.

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Yarn Wrapped Christmas Bauble Lights – how to

I can’t help it.  The week leading up to Christmas is when I get all my inspiration.  Why can’t it come in November like everyone else?!

This one is really fun, and is a great craft to do with kids.  It’s how to make your very own yarn wrapped Christmas baubles.  You can hang them in the tree, or you can string them onto a set of lights, like I have (make sure you use LED lights which don’t heat up!).

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This took about an hour all up, and I left the baubles to dry overnight, although they were dry within a few hours.

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What you’ll need

  • Two balls of Scheepjes Maxi Bonbon in your chosen colours, available from Wool Warehouse*.  Hot pink and gold is my 2016 Christmas palette, but you can choose whichever colours you like.
  • White craft glue.  I used what I had on hand, which was Mod Podge.
  • Sponge or brush to apply the glue.
  • Water balloons.  If your summer was as good as hours, you’ll have plenty lying around unused.
  • Something to hang your baubles to dry – I used a coat hanger.
  • Battery operated LED fairy light string.

Instructions

  1. Take your balloons and blow them up to be about 6cm in diameter, and tie them off making sure they are as round as you can possibly make them.
  2. Take a little of the glue and dab it around the balloon.  This makes it a bit sticky so the yarn will stay put.
  3. Start wrapping the yarn.  Hold a long tail in your hand, and hold onto the knotted end of the balloon and slowly wind the yarn around the balloon as if you’re winding a skein of yarn.  Keep wrapping until you have good coverage, and still some space to allow light to shine through.  Two balls of Bonbon will make 10 baubles.
  4. Cut and tie the yarn off to the other end, leaving a long double stranded tail to hang up to dry later.
  5. Take the glue and start dabbing it all over the bauble, until the yarn is completely soaked.
  6. Hang them to dry overnight.
  7. When dry, pop the balloons and pull them out of the bauble – this can be a bit fiddly as water balloons are meant to break easily, remember.
  8. String them onto lights and hang as decoration.

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Alternative glue option: you can soak the yarn in the glue before you start winding onto the balloon, but this also causes more mess.  Which I don’t like.

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Camel Stitch Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Here we go, it’s the pattern for the Camel Stitch hat that I’ve been sharing over the last few weeks.

I used the lovely Scheepjes Colour Crafter premium acrylic, which makes a wonderful hat.  It’s soft, warm, hard wearing and comes in about a million colours.

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Materials

Scheepjes Colour Crafter, 1 ball of lilac – 1082 Zwolle (colour 1)
Scheepjes Colour Crafter, 1 ball of neon pink – 1257 Hilversum (colour 2)
Large pompom maker (or cardboard rings cut to size)
8mm crochet hook

You’ll need to be able to get the yarn for this of course.  Depending on where you live there is a stockist for you.

In the Benelux, check this enormous list here.  Wool Warehouse* ships all over the planet.  In the US Deramores* and Paradise Fibers also have you covered and in South Africa go to my friends at Be Inspired.

Measurements

Child: to fit from 4-10 years
Adult: to fit from 10 years

Abbreviations

(US Terms)
ch chain st
Hdc half double crochet
Hdc3blo half double crochet in the third back loop only
Hdc3flo half double crochet in the third front loop only
Inc 2 half double crochet in one stitch
Sc3blo single crochet in the third back loop only
Sc3flo single crochet in the third front loop only
ss slip stitch
sts stitch(es)

Notes

This project is worked in the round, with no joining at the end of each round.
We will also be working with the yarn triple stranded.  A video of the technique can be found here:

Instructions

Colour 1
Round 1 9 Hdc into a magic ring (9).
Round 2 Inc in each stitch around (18).
Round 3 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next.* Repeat 8 times (27)
Round 4 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 2 stitches.* Repeat 8 times (36)
Round 5 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 8 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (40)
Round 6 Child *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 9 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (44)
Round 6 Adult Hdc3blo in the next 5 stitches, *inc, Hdc3blo in the next 9 stitches.*Repeat 3 times, Inc, HDC3blo in the last 4 stitches.
Round 7 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 10 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (48)
For the child size, stop increasing here and skip to round 11.
Round 8 Hdc3blo in the next 6 stitches, *Inc, Hdc3blo in the next 11 stitches.* Repeat 3 times, Hdc3blo in the last 5 stitches (52)
Round 9 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 12 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (56)
Round 10-19 Hdc3blo around (60). Attach colour 2 to continue around.
For extra slouchiness, add a couple more rounds before starting the visor.  However, for the adult size, there will be minimal yarn left, so feel free to just use it all and then start the visor.

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Visor

Colour 2
Round 20 Sc3blo in the next 18 sts (the next 23 stitches for the adult size.).  Hdc3blo in the around to where the sc round in colour 2 begins (the next 34). CH2, turn.
Round 21 Hdc3flo in the first and next 33 sts (the HDC sts from the previous round). CH2, turn.
Round 22 hdc3blo in the next 34 sts. CH2, turn.
Round 23 hdc3flo in the next 34 sts.
Round 24 CH20, Sc in the 2nd and next 17 CH sts.  Continue Sc3flo in the next 34 sts.  CH20. Sc in the 2nd and next 17 CH sts.  Work 3 sc down the side of the visor and sc in each or the 18 Sc3blo sts from round 21.  Work 3 sc into the side of the visor, and ss to join to base of the chain cord.

Assembly

Make the pompom and attach to the top of the hat.

Camel Stitch Hat, free crochet pattern by @missneriss

Now, enjoy!

Do share your projects on Ravelry, your pictures on Instagram and tag me @miss__neriss (follow me while you’re at it) and pin the photos all over your Pinterest.

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat Free pattern by @missneriss. Yarn: Scheepjes Colour Crafter, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=819303&m=63378&u=1168367&afftrack=cc&urllink=www%2Ewoolwarehouse%2Eco%2Euk%2Fyarn%2Fscheepjes-colour-crafter-all-colours&lplid=mkDktw%2BCcC9XnK7MrBr8Pw%3D%3D

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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Crochet Hat Design – WIP

Last week I introduced you to the yarn for a new hat design that I’m working on in collaboration with Scheepjes and their lovely premium acrylic yarn, Colour Crafter.

Scheepjes Colour Crafter, available from http://bit.ly/colour-crafter

This week I thought I’d share my work in progress.

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

You can see that I’m using the Navajo Plying method I showed you in my video last week for this project, making my hat lovely and chunky.

I’m using the neon pink for the edging and a gorgeous plump pom pom:

Clover large pom pom maker, available from Wool Warehouse: http://bit.ly/cloverpompom

The pink is SO bright, I can’t get enough of it.

I could never figure out how to use the pom pom makers in the past, but now I have a handle on it I’ll never go back to cardboard circles ever again.  This one was gifted to me by my Fibre Share partner, but you can find them at Wool Warehouse* or most local craft stores stock them too.

If you haven’t organised the yarn already, head to Wool Warehouse* or Deramores* (globally), or from any of the Benelux retailers.  You’ll need a ball of Hilversum and either Eelde or Zwolle (or both if you want to make two hats like I have).

Next week: The reveal!

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