MissNeriss Goes to YARNDALE!

What a week I’ve just had.

Each year the amazing team at Scheepjes puts on a couple of yarnie days at their offices for our tribe to hang out together and learn new skills, and a few secrets if we’re lucky, but this year they surprised us all with a trip to YARNDALE!

We all congregated in the Old Swan Hotel in beautiful Harrogate on Thursday evening after most of us flew to Manchester. I could relive my tour guide days by playing bus chauffeur for the journey, although I didn’t force anyone to sing songs (this time).  After a lovely dinner we were all exhausted and most of us collapsed in bed by 10 pm!  This is virtually unheard of, most years the naughty kids (I’ll leave it up to you to guess who they are) stay up until all hours of the night gossiping, laughing and crying.

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On Friday we all met in The Penthouse in the hotel for a day of chatting, and getting to know our newer additions (Matt and Christina), and waiting for poor Rachele who had been terribly delayed in the US.  At least this year she actually made it! Last year she was stuck in Texas because of flooding, so we were all very grateful she could be with us after her epic journey. In the afternoon we headed outside to enjoy the glorious Yorkshire weather (I bet that’s something you never read in a sentence).  It was almost hot in the sun!

First thing Saturday morning we all piled into our vans and zoomed off to Yarndale!  We stocked (and re-stocked) all the shelves, and suddenly the masses were pouring in!

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I was able to sneak off and do a lap of the festival with Susan where we saw some of the most beautiful and colourful yarns (loads of pics on my insta) before heading back to the Scheepjes stand to meet all of the wonderful people who had come from far and wide to see us. And when I say far and wide, I’m not joking!  Much to my delight, I met no less than two fellow Australians!

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For two amazing, energy-filled days, we all hugged and laughed and shared our passion for all things yarn and creative with every single person who dared venture in our direction.  It was a cool opportunity for the many people who have never been able to squish Scheepjes yarns to come in, and receive advice on the types of projects they could make, which colours they should choose, and to meet  yarn-celebs like Dedri, our very own megastar and British Knitting and Crochet Award winner, who’s smack in the middle of the Ubuntu CAL.

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However, the real star of the weekend was Tammy!  I saw at least a dozen Read Between the Lines shawls getting around, and the makers were all so incredibly proud to be able to share their results with her.  And it’s no small feat, at 2km of yarn knitted on 3mm needles!

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I felt so proud to see my dear friend shine – although I couldn’t really see her; she was constantly buried in a crush of fans.  It was just wonderful to be able to stand back and watch all my friends experience the love and admiration that the visitors were piling onto them.

I honestly couldn’t tell you what the biggest highlight was.  It was all amazing.  I so look forward to this weekend every year; we’ve become like a family now, fully invested in one another’s lives. And even though we all talk almost daily, there’s nothing like the energy of being in a room together for a weekend to lift your spirits.

All of this is thanks to Scheepjes, who make it all possible.  It wasn’t a small undertaking to get us all to Yarndale, that’s for sure! So, even though I think I said it a million times during the course of the weekend, here’s one more thank you.  This tribe truly brings meaning to my life.

Now, check out my Insta highlights reel from Yarndale, it’s the best!

https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17954271925159834/

Is it time for the next one yet?

 

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Delicious Crochet Shawls – Book Review

I’m joining in on all the excitement surrounding the launch of Lisa Cook’s new book; Delicious Crochet Shawls, 21 stylish crochet shawls. Did you see the Peaches and Cream shawl that @angelala242 shared on Instagram yesterday? Gorgeous, isn’t it!

All of September you’ll have seen gorgeous photos and projects from instagrammers and bloggers all over the world sharing their love for this new book and I’m no different.

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This book is Lisa’s first; you know her as @lisasattik on Instagram, and you likely have at least one of her gorgeous patterns in your Ravelry library.

You can buy the book on Book Depository (my favourite bookstore) here*, or Amazon here*.

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I decided to make the cover girl shawl, Berry Lime Pie, using a skein from my stash (gorgeous 4ply yarn from one of my fave indie dyers, Vanessa at My Creative Garage).

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Because this is a single skein pattern, it’s the perfect size for a small person, and I just happen to have the perfect small person on hand to model it!

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C’mon, Vogue..?

I love the open stitches and the shape.  This particular pattern worked up very quickly.  It could easily be done during a long car trip or a flight.

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I thoroughly recommend this book, it is filled with patterns for beginner through to advanced crocheters, with extensive written instructions and outstanding charts and the sweet eats theme is just a lot of fun.

I also loved that I could stash dive to make my shawl; sometimes it can be so frustrating when you find a pattern you love, but are missing a ball or two, or just don’t have the right weight in the right colour.  As if I need an excuse to go yarn shopping, but still!

Up next in the blog tour is Sweet Sharna.  You know her from instagram, of course.  Be sure to follow her here and check out which shawl from the book she has been working on tomorrow!

And here’s another look at @angelala’s Peaches and Cream:

And check out the beautiful photo gallery on Instagram:

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Now go, grab the book.  Here are the links again:

Amazon here*

Book Depository here*

Tulip Mandala – Free Crochet Pattern

Hey there!  Today I want to share a design with you that I’ve been meaning to share for oh, about a year!

This is the expansion of the Spring Motif which I shared in 2017, so if you’ve made that already, this one will be a doddle. I love how mine looks in my living room.

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Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

What you’ll need

1 ball each of Scheepjes Catona Cutie pies 10g balls. I used:
C1: 520 (lavender)
C2: 385 (crystalline)
C3: 222 (tulip)
C4: 101 (candle light)
3mm crochet hook
Blocking mat
Pins
Tapestry needle

Measurements

22cm across

Tension

Not important

Abbreviations

(UK terms)
Ch chain
Ss slip stitch
Dc double crochet
Htr half treble crochet
Tr treble crochet
Dtr double treble crochet
Dc3l double crochet in the third loop
2trcl two treble crochet cluster

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Notes

This is a mandala aimed at confident beginners, worked in rounds, using your choice of Scheepjes Catona cutie pies. While tension is not important, if your tension is usually tight, consider going up half or a whole hook size to avoid curling.

When working round 7, work the stitches into the bottom of the post, between the loops (see picture under round 7 instructions).

Lastly, don’t forget to block! Stretch the points out to 22cm

Instructions

  1. C1, ch2, 12 tr into a magic ring, ss to join.IMG_0159
  2. Ch3, tr same, 2tr in the next and the next 10 stitches, ss to join.IMG_0160
  3. C2, ch4, tr same, skip 1, [tr, ch1, tr] next. [skip 1, (tr, ch1, tr)] 10 times, ss to join.IMG_0146
  4. C3, join in a ch space, ch2, [tr, ch1, 2trcl] in same ch space, [ch2, (2trcl, ch1, 2trcl) next ch space], repeat 11 times. Ch2, ss to join.IMG_0144
  5. C4: join in ch1 space between 2trcl, ch2, [tr, 3dtr, tr] in the ch2 space, [htr in the ch space between clusters (tr, 3dtr, tr in ch2 space)] repeat 11 times, ss to join.IMG_0147
  6. C1, join to an htr, [dc, ch3, skip 2], repeat 24 times ss to join.IMG_0148
  7. C2, join to a dc two rounds above the clusters from round 4, ch4, tr into the bottom of the same stitch, ch2, skip chain stitches, dc into the bottom of the next dc, ch2, skip chain stitches, [(tr, ch1, tr), ch2, skip ch stitches, dc into the bottom of the dc, ch2], repeat 11 times, ss to join.IMG_0149IMG_0150
  8. C3, join to ch1 space, ch2, tr, ch1, 2trcl in the same ch space, ch8, skip to next ch1 space, [(2trcl, ch1, 2trcl), ch8, skip to next ch1 space], repeat 11 times, ss to join.IMG_0151
  9. C1, join to a dc from round 6, ch4 (counts as 1st dtr), [3dtr in ch2 space from round 6, ch3, skip clusters, 3dtr next ch2 space from round 6, dtr in dc] 10 times, 3dtr in next ch2 space, ch3, skip clusters, 3dtr in the next ch2 space, ss to join.IMG_0153From the back:IMG_0154
  10. Ch5, dtr in the same, tr, htr, dc next 3, htr, tr, [(dtr, ch1, dtr), tr, htr, dc next 3, htr, tr], 11 times, ss to join.IMG_0155
  11. C4, join to ch space, [(dc, ch1, dc) same space, dc next 4, skip 1, dc next 4], repeat 12 times, ss to join.
  12. Ch1, dc3l same, [ch2, skip ch space, dc3l next 10], 12 times, ss to join. Tie off.IMG_0157IMG_8441

Chart

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I hope you enjoy, don’t forget to share your pics on Instagram with hashtag #obsessedwithcrochet!

 

Ubuntu – Scheepjes CAL 2018

OMG it’s that time of year again – Scheepjes CAL time!

This year is going to absolutely blow your hair off.  The CAL is called Ubuntu, and designed by the legendary Dedri Uys. You know Dedri of course.  She changed the crochet world a few years ago with her incredible Sophie’s Universe.

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I’m going to get straight into it.  The annual Scheepjes CAL will kick off on 12 September (so there is going to be plenty of time for you to order your kits, more on that shortly) and will run through December.

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Each clue will be released each Wednesday via the official Scheepjes CAL groups and scheepjes.com.

Join the international group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScheepjesCAL.International/

Join the Dutch language group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scheepjescal/

There will be a few language options available, including UK and US terms, Dutch, German and French.  As always, more languages will be added as participants of the CAL translate the pattern as they go, so keep an eye on the groups for that info.

The pattern, OMG the pattern!

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This year the design is an amazing hexagon shape, and you’re almost certain to learn new stitches and become a better crocheter as a result of Dedri’s creation.

There going to be three official kits available, in three sizes. There is a small (120cm point to point diameter) in Cotton 8, medium (151cm point to point diameter) in Stone Washed, and large (192cm point to point diameter) in Stone Washed XL.

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Ok, now we’ve talked about the what and the when, let’s get onto the where.  As in where to buy kits.  As always, kits will be available from the best Scheepjes retailers, find your favourite on Scheepjes.com.

A couple of recommended retailers have kits up for pre-order, including:

Caro’s Atelier*

Wool Warehouse*

Knotty House*

Other sites will have options available in the coming days and weeks, like old faves Deramores* and Black Sheep Wools*

And  for you video crocheters, Esther Dijkstra will be releasing her instruction videos each week in line with each clue, to stay on top of that, make sure you subscribe to her channel.

Are you excited? I’m BEYOND excited!  I saw a sneak peak late last year; this pattern is almost two years in the making.  Two years!  I’ve spent two months on a design once, and that was an emotional rollercoaster.  I can’t imagine two years.  Be sure to give Dedri all the love in the world on this one, she’s earned it.  And the pattern is just astounding, so you won’t be able to help yourself.

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Whispering Wind Chimes Crochet Pattern in YARN – Woman

Hey there.  It’s been a while.  Much longer that I had hoped. A lot has happened, but that’s a story for another day.

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While I was gone, Scheepjes released a new edition of their bi-annual book-a-zine YARN.  This time the theme celebrates Woman.

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This series touches on themes such as The Good Wife, Rebel Daughter, Soul Sister, and Earth Mother. You’ll also find a feature of all the bloggers who collaborate with Scheepjes, and will learn about our inspiration and role models.

I have one design in this edition, the Whispering Wind Chimes.  It is a series of five lanterns, using Scheepjes Sunkissed.  You’ll also need 2 20cm dream catcher rings per lantern and 10 round bells.

You can hang the lanterns in the garden as decoration, or thread them onto fairy lights, or hang a battery operated candle or LED lamp inside.

It’s a very easy pattern, great for someone who is just starting out and wants to learn how to make basic stitches look interesting as it looks more difficult than it is.  The pattern is also easily adapted to become larger or smaller (feel free to reach out to me if you’d like help with this).

Along with my Whispering Wind Chimes, you can see Susan Carlson’s design, using my MissNeriss Our Tribe colourway in her Little Sister shawl.  The colours are just perfect, I never tire of seeing projects in my colourway.

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You can get your hands on the latest copy of YARN, Woman at almost all of the fab Scheepjes retailers.

The book is also available at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* for global shipping, and Caro’s Atelier* in NL

Both Deramores* and Caro’s Atelier* have put together packs with everything you’ll need. Be quick though, they’re selling out!

Which is your favourite project in Yarn – Woman?  Hit me with them, and tell me which you’ve made already!

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It’s the RainBOOM! Crochet Pattern Launch

Happy Spring to the Northern Hemisphere! And I’m also thinking that for many antipodeans autumn is a welcome relief from the summer heat.

I used to dream about that first frost when I lived in Alice Springs to come and kill all the flies and bring with it those gorgeous sunny days – days which are still warmer than the average dutch summer.  Sigh.

Anyway, today is RainBOOM! day.  I have the free pattern of my latest Scheepjes design to share with you, are you ready?

Rainbow Wrap made with Scheepjes Stone/River washed cutie pies: http://shrsl.com/ubkw

What You’ll Need

One Stone Washed River Washed Colour Pack (all fifty colours); which you can pick up from most Scheepjes retailers, including:

Wool Warehouse* (for UK and global shipping)
Caro’s Atelier* (in the Benelux and Europe)
Black Sheep Wools* (in the UK)
Knotty House* (US and Canada)
Snufflebean Yarn (in the UK)
5mm crochet hook

Measurements

200cm (point to point) x 50cm wide

Tension

16 stitches by 8.5 rows in 10cm² in treble (US double) crochet

Abbreviations

(UK Terms)

MR magic ring
Tr treble crochet (US terms: DC double crochet)
Ch chain stitch
Inc increase – two treble crochet stitches in one stitch (US terms: two double crochet stitches in one stitch)
Tr2tog decrease – two treble crochet stitches into one stitch (US terms: two double crochet stitches into one stitch) [yarn over (YO), insert hook in stitch (st) , pull up a loop. YO hook, pull through 2 loops. YO hook insert in next st, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops YO, pull through last 3 loops.]
[…] repeat instructions between brackets the required number of times.
(801) denotes colour number from the yarn label.

Notes

This is a beginner friendly pattern, designed to use all 50 colours of the Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed colour pack.

The wrap will be constructed in two pieces, working back and forth in rows. First making two triangles, then diagonal rows, and finally joining the two pieces and adding tassels from the leftovers.  There will be minimal yarn left over, so do pay attention to your tension. Use either colour 801 or 803 and make a swatch.

At the end of each row you should ch2 and turn, this will not count as a stitch throughout. The instruction is only mentioned in row 1, as a reminder.

While making the triangle, the rows will increase by 3 stitches each side (6 per row), with an increase at the flat edge, and also in the ch space.

Weave in your ends as you go, this will vastly reduce the amount of work at the end of the project.

Where the colour number is noted at the beginning of a row (801), you should change tie off at the previous row and start using the next colour.

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Instructions

Note: There was an error in the colour numbers below.  I’ve since corrected the order, but I definitely recommend you laying all the colours out in order before you start, just to be sure!

    1. (801) MR, tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2, ch2, turn.
    2. Inc, tr, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr, inc in the last.
    3. Inc, tr x 4, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 4, inc
    4. (821) Inc, tr x 7, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 7, inc
    5. Inc,tr x 10, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 10, inc
    6. Inc, tr x 13, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 13, inc
    7. (820) Inc, tr x 16, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 16, inc
    8. Inc, tr x 19, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 19, inc
    9. Inc, tr x 22, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x22, inc
    10. (836) Inc, tr x 25, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 25, inc
    11. Inc, tr x 28, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 28, inc
    12. Inc, tr x 31, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 31, inc
    13. (835) Inc, tr x 34, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 34
    14. Inc, tr x 37, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 37, inc
    15. Inc, tr x 40, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 40, inc
    16. (943) Inc, tr x 43, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 43, inc
    17. Inc, tr x 46, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 46, inc
    18. (945) Inc, tr x 49, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 49, inc
    19. Inc, tr x 52, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 52, inc
    20. (942) Inc, tr x55, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 55, inc
    21. Inc, tr x 58, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 58, inc
    22. (807) Inc, tr x 61, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 61, inc
    23. Inc,tr x 64, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 64, inc
    24. (946) Inc, tr x 67, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 67, inc
    25. Inc, tr x 70, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 70, inc
    26. (823) Inc, tr x 73, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 73, inc
    27. (944) Inc, tr x 76, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 76, inc
    28. (816) Inc, tr x 79, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 79, inc
    29. (947) Inc, tr x 82, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 82, inc
    30. (834) Inc, tr x 85, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 85, inc
    31. (817) Inc, tr x 88, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 88, inc
    32. (833) Inc, tr x 91, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 91, inc
    33. (809) tr x 94, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 94, inc
    34. (832) Inc, tr x 97, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 97, inc
    35. (812) Inc, tr x 100, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 100, inc

    Repeat rows 1-35 in the following order:

    1. (803) MR, tr x 2, ch2, trx 2, ch2, turn.
    2. Inc, tr x 2, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 2, inc in the last.
    3. Inc, tr x 4, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 4, inc
    4. (802) Inc, tr x 7, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 7, inc
    5. Inc, tr x 10, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 10, inc
    6. Inc, tr x 13, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 13, inc
    7. (829) Inc, tr x 16, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 16, inc
    8. Inc, tr x 19, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 19, inc
    9. Inc, tr x 22, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x22, inc
    10. (822) Inc, tr x 25, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 25, inc
    11. Inc, tr x 28, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 28, inc
    12. Inc, tr x 31, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 31, inc
    13. (804) Inc, tr x 34, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 34
    14. Inc, tr x 37, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 37, inc
    15. Inc, tr x 40, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 40, inc
    16. (831) Inc, tr x 43, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 43, inc
    17. Inc, tr x 46, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 46, inc
    18. (814) Inc, tr x 49, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 49, inc
    19. Inc, tr x 52, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 52, inc
    20. (811) Inc, tr x55, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 55, inc
    21. Inc, tr x 58, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 58, inc
    22. (810) Inc, tr x 61, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 61, inc
    23. Inc, tr x 64, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 64, inc
    24. (808) Inc, tr x 67, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 67, inc
    25. Inc, tr x 70, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 70, inc
    26. (818) Inc, tr x 73, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 73, inc
    27. (830) Inc, tr x 76, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 76, inc
    28. (949) Inc, tr x 79, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 79, inc
    29. (941) Inc, tr x 82, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 82, inc
    30. (950) Inc, tr x 85, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 85, inc
    31. (805) Inc, tr x 88, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 88, inc
    32. (828) Inc, tr x 91, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 91, inc
    33. (813) Inc, tr x 94, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 94, inc
    34. (824) Inc, tr x 97, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 97, inc
    35. (952) Inc, tr x 100, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 100, inc
    36. (824) inc, tr to 2nd last stitch, tr2tog in last and ch space, ch2 turn
    37. Tr2tog, tr to 2nd last stitch, inc, ch2 turn.
    38. Inc, tr to 3rd last stitch, tr2tog in last 2 stitchs, tie off.

    Repeat rows 38, 37 and 38 (as a set of three rows) 8 times, in the following order:

    1. (815)
    2. (825)
    3. (953)
    4. (951)
    5. (954)
    6. (826)
    7. (806)
    8. (819)

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Repeat rows 37 and 38 with colour (827), then saving a long tail, whip stitch the two pieces together, with the long edge of piece two matching up with the point of piece one.

Tassels

Separating the leftover colours from piece one and piece two, cut 30-40cm lengths, and double stranded, knot tassels in each second stitch along both short (diagonal) sides.

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Chart

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Block to size, enjoy!

Here it is, laid out on the ground to give you an idea of the size.  I didn’t have a $20 note for scale, so the bunny (who has serious FOMO and has to be in the middle of everything) will have to do 😉

RainBOOM Wrap - free crochet pattern by MissNeriss

 

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Crocheting a Rainbow with Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed Cutie Pies

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a rainbow growing over the last month or so.

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.Scheepjes Stone Washed (and XL Cutie Pies)

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…

But, back to the rainbow.

I decided to make something of a giant zigzag and although it took me a while to make it work, the end result is beautiful.

Rainbow Wrap made with Scheepjes Stone/River washed cutie pies: http://shrsl.com/ubkw

Now here’s the link to the pattern; RainBOOM!

You’ll need an entire Stone Washed/River Washed cutie pie colour pack, which you can pick up from most Scheepjes retailers, including:

Wool Warehouse* (for UK and global shipping)
Caro’s Atelier* (in the Benelux and Europe)
Black Sheep Wools* (in the UK)
Knotty House* (US and Canada)
Snufflebean Yarn (in the UK)

Lastly, you should check out Matt from A Boy and Bunting’s fun and fabulous Youtube review of the yarn, he dives right in and talks about everything you need to know.

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Braided Cowl, Free Crochet Pattern

Do you have your three balls of Scheepjes River Washed XL ready to go?  Great!

If you haven’t, nip over to Wool Warehouse*, or Caro’s Atelier*, or head to Scheepjes.com for the full list of stockists.

What You’ll Need

3 skeins of Scheepjes River Washed XL, one each of 942 Steenbras, 949 Yarra, and 94 Danube.
6mm hook (or hook to obtain tension)

Measurements

60cm around, by 15cm wide

Tension

5 stitches by 7 rows = 10cm
Unblocked, in stitch pattern.

Abbreviations

(UK terms)
Ch chain
Tr
Treble crochet (US: DC double crochet)
Ps Puff stitch (4 loops)
C1 (C2, C3) colour one, colour 2, colour 3

Notes

This pattern is worked in rounds, with each round being worked in the opposite direction to create the braided effect. It is also based on a three stitch repeat, so to increase or decrease the circumference, add or subtract stitches in sets of threes.

Repeat instructions between *…* the stated number of times.

The stitch itself is also very simple, but can be awkward to get the hang of in the beginning. The first stitch of the round is a ch 3, which counts as a treble.  The next stitch is a 4 loop puff stitch (yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all loops), however this is worked through a stitch two stitches back.  The next stitch of the round is then worked three stitches forward from the original starting chain. More on this in the instructions.

It’s important to remember that this design makes use of almost all of the yarn, there will be very little left over, so pay close attention to your tension.  There are four rounds of each colour, so if there are concerns about yardage and tension, work two quick rounds in pattern and weigh your work.  If more than 50% of the ball is used, check and adjust the tension/hook.

Instructions

  1. With C1 ch99. Ss to join.
  2. Ch3 (counts as a tr), *skip 1 chain backwards, ps in the previous chain. Ch1, skip 4, tr in the next.* (There should be two skipped chains between the ch3 and the next treble.) Repeat 32x, ss to the top of the puff stitch (not the chain) to join.
  3. Turn, ch3. *ps in the last treble from the previous round (skip one stitch backwards), ch1, tr in the top of the next ps* repeat 32x. ss to the top of the 1st ps of the round. Tie off, weave in ends.
  4. Change to C2, repeat round 2, working in the opposite direction to row 3 so the puff stitches will slant in the opposite direction.
  5. Repeat round 3, tie off, weave in ends.
  6. Change to C3, repeat round 2, working in the opposite direction to row 3 so the puff stitches will slant in the opposite direction.
  7. Repeat round 3, tie off, weave in ends.
  8. Change to C2, repeat round 2, working in the opposite direction to row 3 so the puff stitches will slant in the opposite direction.
  9. Repeat round 3, tie off, weave in ends.
  10. Change to C1, repeat round 2, working in the opposite direction to row 3 so the puff stitches will slant in the opposite direction.
  11. Repeat round 3, tie off, weave in ends.
  12. Change to C3, ss in each stitch around, tie off, weave in ends.
  13. With C3, repeat round 12 in the starting chain.

Tie off, make sure all your ends are woven in.  This project doesn’t need to be blocked, but blocking improves every crochet project, so it’s recommended.

There you go!

Share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #braidedcowl or #missneriss

Photo Tutorial

Round 1

ETA: **Note: the below photos shows us that there is a round of DC (US SC), but this is just for the photo purposes.  You should work the first round into the chain you made**

Continue around,

Round 2

Continue around, ss to the top of the first puff stitch.

That’s it! Enjoy!!!

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Fade out Shawl – Pattern Launch

Remember six months or so ago I had a shawl design in Simply Crochet? Well, after a few months, and loads of requests to be able to get hold of the shawl independently, now you can!

Just this week I’ve uploaded the updated pattern to Ravelry, and this time it has a very helpful chart!  I know there were quite a few of you who were asking for a chart, so I put one together.

Fade out Shawl https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fade-out-shawl

It was such an honour to be able to have a shawl design in a massively popular magazine, it was like the biggest confidence boost in the world.  There’s nothing quite like the sense of achievement of seeing something that you’ve been able to bring to life out there in the wide wide world.

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

Image courtesy of Simply Crochet on Ravelry

The pattern is available for sale on Ravelry for €4.95 so go and grab your copy here.

BUT, if you’re feeling patient and love a bargain, sign up to receive my fortnightly love letter which will go out on Monday, and there will be a 20% discount code which is exclusive to subscribers.  Plus there’s always all sorts of fun stuff in those love letters, first looks at new designs, and regular giveaways. Click the image below to sign up:

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The shawl is made with a single skein of Scheepjes Whirl, and I’m sure you already have one of those lying around that is dying to be turned into a new shawl, right?

If not, you need to pop to one of these retailers to grab one:

Wool Warehouse* ships all over the world,
Knotty House* has the North Americans covered,
Black Sheep Wools* is the UK’s largest LYS (local yarn store)
Caro’s Atelier* is my LYS here in Almere

And of course, don’t forget the many many Scheepjes retailers all over the place!

Fade out Shawl https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fade-out-shawl

I do hope you love making my Fade out shawl, and do share your projects on Ravelry and Instagram (using tag #obsessedwithcrochet).

Stay tuned, next week is the launch of my free Braided Cowl pattern!

Crochet Braided Cowl – REVEAL!

Just in time for another cold snap, the Braided Cowl is ready!

Crochet Braided Cowl, free pattern using Scheepjes River Washed, by Nerissa Muijs

Ever since I first saw this stitch I’ve been consumed with getting it turned into a cowl, and I just knew that the Scheepjes River Washed XL would be the perfect yarn, especially for a colour lover like myself.

Crochet Braided Cowl, free pattern using Scheepjes River Washed, by Nerissa Muijs

I settled on three colours in the end; 982 Steenbras, 988 Danube and 989 Yarra and the cowl uses just one skein of each, with a little Steenbras left over. The pattern uses virtually all of the other two colours, so it’s a great pattern to not have left overs (which I tend to never use, no matter my best intentions for a scrappy project).

Right.  The pattern will be released this week.  It’s written and tested, but I need to take some more photos and maybe some better step by steps for the placement of the puff stitches, so I’ll work on that this week.

In advance, here’s where you can get the yarn:
Global shipping: Wool Warehouse*
UK: Black Sheep Wools*
North America: Knotty House*
Benelux: Caro’s Atelier*
Or check out the extensive list of Scheepjes retailers all over the place.

You’re also going to need a 6mm crochet hook, and I love my Clover Amour*

See you next week!

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