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Spring Motif – Photo Tutorial

It feels as though Spring has raced on by, and we’re hurtling headlong into an Australian style summer!  Although, that’s pretty optimistic, summer will likely only last this week, but I can never help myself.  I always get excited when the temperatures crack 20 degrees…

As promised, I’ve put together a little set of instructions to make the Spring Motif.  I decided to make this one a photo tutorial for you.

What You’ll Need

4 mini 25g skeins of Scheepjes Catona in colours:

  • 226 Light Orchid
  • 114 Shocking Pink
  • 385 Chrystalline
  • 280 Lemon

3mm hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Blocking mat(s) and pins

Note: I’m using US terms for this tutorial and the pattern is worked in rounds, slip stitching to join each round, and changing colours almost every round as well.  Try to weave in ends as you go, to save work at the end.

Round 1:

12 DC (double crochet) stitches into a MR (magic ring). SS (slip stitch) to join.

12 DC (double crochet) stitches into a MR (magic ring).  SS (slip stitch) to join.

Round 2:

Begin the round with a standing DC, DC into the same stitch, then work 2 DC into each stitch around, ending with 24 stitches.

Begin the round with a standing DC, DC into the same stitch, then work 2 DC into each stitch around, ending with 24 stitches.

Round 3:

Add the next colour with a standing DC, ch (chain) 1, DC in the same stitch. Miss 1 st, then V-stitch (DC, CH1, DC in the same stitch) in the next. Repeat the V-stitch around, with one stitch between each.

Add the next colour with a standing DC, ch (chain) 1, DC in the same stitch.  Miss 1 st, then V-stitch (DC, CH1, DC in the same stitch) in the next.  Repeat the V-stitch around, with one stitch between each.

Round 4:

Join the next colour with into the chain space of the V-stitch and work 2 DC clusters (YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through all loops) into each V-Stitch with ch3 between each one.

Join the next colour with into the chain space of the V-stitch with half of a standing DC (ie. do not pull through all loops to complete the stitch, keep two loops on the hook.  Alternatively, chain 2) and work 2 DC clusters (YO [yarn over], pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through all loops) into each V-Stitch with ch3 between each one.

Round 5:

Join next colour to the middle loop of the cluster with a HDC (half double crochet). in the ch space, work a DC, Htr (half treble - YO twice, insert hook, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, YO, pull through all loops), a Tr (treble crochet), Htr and a DC. HDC into the top loop of the next cluster. Repeat this around in each ch space, slip stitch to join.

Join next colour to the middle loop of the cluster with a HDC (half double crochet). in the ch space, work a DC, Htr (half treble – YO twice, insert hook, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, YO, pull through all loops), a Tr (treble crochet), Htr and a DC.  HDC into the top loop of the next cluster.  Repeat this around in each ch space, slip stitch to join.

Round 6:

Join next colour to the top of any HDC with an SC (single crochet). CH3, sc into the Tr from the previous round. CH3, sc into the next HDC. Repeat this around, SS to join.

Join next colour to the top of any HDC with an SC (single crochet).  CH3, sc into the Tr from the previous round.  CH3, sc into the next HDC.  Repeat this around, SS to join.

From here we can go a few different ways. To make the coaster, don’t cut the yarn from finishing round 6.  Instead, change to a 3.5mm hook and continue by working 3 sc into each ch space, and an SC into the top of each SC from the previous round.  Instead of joining, make 2 continuous rounds of slip stitches, into the back loops only.  After the two rounds of slip stitches, join, cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

Another option is to create the doily that I shared pics of last week:

spring motif doily

I’ll share instructions with you later in the week on how to make that.

The last option is to go even further and join all the motifs to make a table runner or a throw, or even a shawl.  More on that coming soon too.  But for now I’ll leave you with the motif instructions,

Scheepjes has a huge list of suppliers throughout the Benelux, otherwise worldwide you can order from Wool Warehouse* and for North Americans don’t forget: Knotty House* in Canada is also now stocking Catona!

*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. Thank you!

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Spring Motif – Show and Tell

Spring is in full swing!  The tulips are done, and so is my peony (it was short but sweet), but thankfully my irises are still going mental.  The next one is the roses and the poppies and lillies.  I do have one lone tulip still holding on, it survived the garden being replaced and is growing up through the new lawn that’s slowly growing in.

But onto what we’re here to see, the motif!

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

It’s a super simple tulip motif using Scheepjes Catona.  It can be used on its own with a slipstitch edging like above, or it can grow into a doily like below:

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

The motifs can even be used to make a larger project like a shawl or a blanket, but I haven’t had time to do that yet!  Instead I made a set of coasters to add some glorious colour to my outdoor table:

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

Here I was, having a cheeky glass of wine last night:

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

And then my morning coffee:

I used 4 mini skeins of Catona, and at just over a euro for each 25g ball, if you make a doily and 6 coasters, you can be done for under 6 euros.  When was the last time you made a project that cost so little?!  With my yarn problem, I can’t even remember!

Next week I’ll have directions to make the motif, and also instructions on how to grow it to a doily, and also come up with a join as you go method to make a blanket or shawl.

The colours I used are:

  • 226 Light Orchid
  • 114 Shocking Pink
  • 385 Chrystalline
  • 280 Lemon

Scheepjes has a huge list of suppliers throughout the Benelux, otherwise worldwide you can order from Wool Warehouse* and for North Americans, Knotty House* in Canada is also now stocking Catona!

*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. Thank you!

The Granny Smith Market Bag Free Pattern and Tutorial

Goodness, what a title to a blog post!

But it does mean that the pattern is here.  Once again I’ve created a handy PDF file that you can download from here safely.

Granny Smith Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes Catona

I’ve also created a separate file with a photo tutorial of the special stitch repeat that this design uses.  It’s a really simple increase method, but is convoluted and makes me scratch my head and I came up with it!

Red Delicious Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes Catona

Granny Smith Market Bag free pattern on MissNeriss #scheepjes #catona

What You’ll Need

4 x 25g mini skeins of Scheepjes Catona*
1 x 50g skein of Scheepjes Catona*
4mm crochet hook
A tapestry needle to sew in your ends.
Cute scissors (one can never have cute enough scissors).

You can pick up the yarn via any great Scheepjes retailer in the Netherlands, or via Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* internationally.

Click below to go straight to the pattern:

The Granny Smith Market Bag

and the The Granny Smith special stitch

Red Delicious Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes Catona

Or, clicking on any of the images in this post will take you straight to the pattern too.

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Meet the Granny Smith and Red Delicious Market Bags!

Granny Smith Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes CatonaRed Delicious Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes CatonaHere they are!

I had this idea about a year ago, but it has taken me this long to actually find the time to sit down and figure out my idea on paper and in yarn.

I’m so happy with the results!  I had to take my shopping out of the Red Delicious to actually photograph it – I’ve been using it every single day since I finished making it!

And do you know what the best part about these bags are?  Look:

Red Delicious Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes Catona

Red Delicious Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes Catona

They fold up into little purses that can fit straight into your handbag or bike bags and you don’t have to worry at all about all the space they’re not taking up!

Red Delicious Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes Catona

Granny Smith Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes CatonaGranny Smith Crochet Market bag by designer @missneriss with Scheepjes CatonaThe bags are designed using the mini skeins of Scheepjes Catona, which you can pick up at loads of great retailers in NL and Belgium, or via Deramores internationally (they ship everywhere!).

The pattern is now live, you can find it HERE!

Enjoy X

WIP Wednesday

Last week I was showing off the beautiful colours that I received in the post from Scheepjes, and today I’m showing you my progress!

Scheepjes Catona Scheepjes Catona

Scheepjes Catona

It’s growing quickly.  The mesh stitch makes for fast crocheting!

The mercerised cotton that is Catona is a really easy yarn to work with.  Smooth and not splitty, and perfect on the 4mm hook I’m using here.

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I think next week you’ll be able to see the finished product, so stay tuned!

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My Favourite Day: Yarn Day!

As you will have seen last week I shared the pattern for my Flopsy Bunny using the Scheepjes Catona, and I enjoyed working with it so much I was struck with more ideas for cool designs, so I immediately jumped on the order machine (laptop) to pick out some colours.  I decided to go for two ranges – reds and greens.

Getting ready to start a new project. I'm playing with a simple and super useful design. #crochet

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Scheepjes Catona https://instagram.com/p/5XcCNPnWuN/?taken-by=miss__nerissI’m thinking apples.  Red Delicious and Granny Smith.

Now, I’d best get cracking.

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The Flopsy Bunny Amigurumi Reveal and Free Crochet Pattern!

Well, Hello There!

Flop-Eared Bunny free pattern by @MissNeriss made with Scheepjes Catona mini-skeinsThe cutest little flop-eared bunny is ready to be shared with you, along with the instructions as to how to make him for yourself.

I’ve created the pattern as a handy pdf file which you can safely download from here and enjoy.  But before that, here are some more photos:

Flop-Eared Bunny free pattern by @MissNeriss made with Scheepjes Catona mini-skeinsFlop-Eared Bunny free pattern by @MissNeriss made with Scheepjes Catona mini-skeins Flop-Eared Bunny free pattern by @MissNeriss made with Scheepjes Catona mini-skeins Flop-Eared Bunny free pattern by @MissNeriss made with Scheepjes Catona mini-skeins

He’s right at home there amongst my daughter’s favourite stuffed animals, but sadly he can’t stay.  He’s about to be bundled up into luggage and sent of to Perth to a new home with the son of my oldest friend.  I know he’ll be well loved.

Right, so let’s get to it.  To start making your own bunny, click this PDF file:

Flopsy Bunny Pattern

Or, clicking on any of the images in this post will take you straight to the pattern too.  If you have any problems opening the pdf, shoot me a message via my Contact page.

Edited to add: I forgot to mention the size!  Flopsy bunny is about 20cm tall when finished.  A great size for toddler hands.

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Revisiting my First Love: Amigurumi. A Project begins…

It’s been ages since I made any Amigurumi.  There was a long time there where it was all I made.  I have a few favourite designers, including A Morning Cup of Jo Creations and Local Legend Dendennis.  I’ve also long been a fan of the Zoomigurumi books, with just about all of them in my collection.

But amigurumi and I have been on a break.  It was only recently when I posted a photo on Instagram for #ThrowbackThursday that the desire reignited.

So I got online and ordered myself a few of the brand new Scheepjes Catona minis so I could get cracking.

25g Mini Skeins of Scheepjes Catona - perfect size for amigurumi projects!

I ordered three, as usually one 50g skein of yarn is not quite enough and two is too many.  What a gap Scheepjes has managed to fill here, seriously!  I hate having leftovers.  I never use them and I always buy too many different types of yarn to be able to make a scrap project, so these mini skeins suit me right down to the ground.

I couldn’t wait to get started on my project, which is going to be a floppy-eared bunny.  I’ve already made loads of progress, with only the final touches to be made before I can show you the end result and share the pattern with you!

Ears, arms and legs for the flop-eared bunny made with Scheepjes Catona mini-skeins by MissNeriss

I’ve really struggled with the ears though.  I wanted them to be long and floppy, but not too wide and not too narrow.  I think I’ve finally nailed it (on the left).

Ears, arms and legs for the flop-eared bunny made with Scheepjes Catona mini-skeins by MissNerissAnd the assembly is easy, but sewing all the bits and pieces on takes the time and I have to be extra vigilant not to prick my finger and get blood all over the lovely vintage yellow.

Ears, arms and legs for the flop-eared bunny made with Scheepjes Catona mini-skeins by MissNeriss

So, wish me luck keeping my fingers prick-free, I’m off to sew him all together and makes sure the pattern makes sense for you in time to share this time next week!

If you want to pick up the Catona mini-skeins for yourselves, you can at your local retailer in NL and BE, or via Deramores.com, who ship worldwide.

That Moment When You Find Your Crafty Blogger Tribe

This last weekend I had The Most Amazing Experience.

Myself, along with a group of absolutely fabulous yarny bloggers was invited to Yarn Paradise; AKA Scheepjes HQ in Tynaarlo.

I was lucky enough to be able to grab a ride with Gorgeous Atty and her mum as they whizzed past on their way from Amsterdam, and upon arrival it was all squeals and hugs and a bit of OTT carry on as we all caught up again or met for the first time in person.

First order of business was a tour of the warehouse.  Now, I’m lucky enough to have done this before, so I knew what a treat the others were in for.  They were all rolling their eyes at my anticipation of the buttons, but when they arrived in the first of the button aisles for themselves, finally they understood!

Buttons buttons and more buttons!  At @scheepjes HQ Buttons buttons and more buttons!  At @scheepjes HQSuddenly it was lunch time, so we all reluctantly dragged ourselves outside into the glorious sunshine.  But Oh Wow we were in for a treat!

Scheepjes Director of Design, Anita, put on the best spread you could imagine. Gluten free brownies that once you’ve eaten, you’ll never eat normal brownies again. Not to mention the Lemon Drizzle Cake.  I won’t lie, I did have one of each!

Lunch - gluten free brownies made by Scheepjes Design Director Anita

In the afternoon, Esther from Happy in Red hosted a terrifically insightful workshop into some of the nuts and bolts of blogging and we all chatted about how we could improve our blogs before we were able to finally talk about the elephant in the room that was all the new yarns!

All the yarn!  I wanted to make Yarn Angels in it! At @Scheepjes HQ

Look at them!!

We could touch and smoosh and rub our faces on the yarn to our heart’s content.  You could feel the room crackling with the energy from the inspiration and ideas zooming around and bouncing off each other.  I came away with no less than three concrete design ideas, so there will be a lot of pretty impressive designs emerging with the new Linen Soft, Catona, Softfun Denim and new Stone Washed colours!

We finally managed to drag ourselves out of HQ where we all went out for dinner at a cute little restaurant in Assen and by the end of the evening I was just exhausted, and my face hurt from laughing so much.  By the end of the weekend my face was pretty much frozen in this position:

Smiles don't get much bigger than this. At the @scheepjes blogger event in Drenthe.

On day two, just when you think that all the highlights have passed, Dedri from Look What I Made cracked out her Sophie and I thought I might faint from the excitement.  Seeing her in the flesh, wow.  She has changed the crochet universe. (See what I did there?)

Sophie's Universe by Dedri of Look What I Made

We spent the day enjoying a high tea while crocheting and chatting, and filming Carmen’s Jean Luc the fox devouring one of her Blue Tits in super slow-mo.  Let’s just say, you probably had to be there…

All in all, I had the most wonderful time, and can’t wait to spend more time in real life with the wonderful group of bloggers that came along.  Thanks so much to Anita and Job at Scheepjes for being the best hosts you could imagine, and be sure to visit all the amazing bloggers.  You won’t regret it.

All the highlights from the @scheepjes blogger weekend in Tynaarlo

Kirsten at Haak Maar Raak
Annelies at Vicarno
Jellina at Jellina’s Creations
Carmen at Crafty Queens
Maria at 50 Shades of 4Ply
Atty at Atty’s
Dedri at Look What I Made
Esther at Happy in Red
Heike at Made With Loops
Sarah at Crafts From the Cwtch

And an honourable mention for Tammy and Wink, who couldn’t make it.  You were missed girls!!

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