Just in time for Christmas, I’m sharing my latest free pattern with you!
While I was making this, I kept wondering what I should call it. I was hoping for a yoga related name, as I’m using Scheepjes Namaste, but as soon as I tried it on it felt like a warm hug. And then because I have a young kid, all I could hear in my head (over and over again, omg) was “I’m Olaf, and I like warm hugs,” so I couldn’t call this anything but Olaf (the warm shrug)!
What you’ll need for this pattern is 7 balls of Scheepjes Namaste in your favourite colour and a 10mm hook. I used Warrior (614). I also deliberately made this a one size fits all design and the size that fits me (XL) fits my husband and several friends I asked to try it on for me. If you’re a very small person, it may well be too large for you, but there are some tips on how to resize it if you would like to make it smaller.
The pattern below is written in UK crochet terms, but if you prefer US terms I have a separate PDF for both versions for a small fee to download from my Ravelry store. That version is print friendly, and there is also a printer/e-reader friendly version for the UK terms as well for a small fee.
(UK Terms) Ch chain stitch Htr half treble crochet Tr treble crochet Trtcl treble crochet tiny cluster Tr2tog treble crochet two together (decrease) InV inverted v-stitch (see notes) […] (…) repeat instructions between brackets the required number of times. Rep repeat SS slip stitch
Olaf (the warm shrug) is designed to be one size fits most, but by adjusting the sleeve length, you’ll be able to make it smaller, or larger. There will be information on how to do that at the end of the instructions.
The shrug is created back and forth in rows, then the corners are folded in and stitched together to make the lapels and yoke, then we attach a collar and sleeves.
The InV stitch is an inverted V-stitch: YO, insert hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, miss 1, YO, insert hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through all loops.
Ch 89 (84 +5), mark the 43rd stitch for later, and leave a 40cm tail for sewing the sides (you can roll this up and poke it in through some stitches to hold it out of the way).
Trtcl in the 3rd ch from the hook, tr to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
Trtcl, tr [ch2, miss 2, tr next] to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
Trtcl, tr, ch 1 [miss 2 (tr, ch 1, tr in next tr)] to last 4, ch 1, miss 2, tr, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
Trtcl, tr, ch 2 [InV, ch 2] to last 2, tr, trtcl last. Ch 2, turn. Repeat rows 3-5 9 times
Trtcl, tr, [2 tr in the ch sp, tr next] to last, trtcl. Tie off, leave 40cm tail.
Fold top and bottom corners into meet in the middle, and using the long tails, whip stitch the from the outside corners toward the fold for 10 cm. Repeat for the other side. Take care that you will be able to work 18 trebles into the opening (the gaps between rows) when making the sleeves.
Join at the seam with a standing tr, ch1 (or ss to join and ch 4), [tr in the next space between rows, ch1] repeat around, ss to join. You should have 18 trebles. If not, adjust your stitch placement accordingly.
Ss into the ch space, ch 2, tr next ch sp, ch 1 [tr2tog in same sp and next sp, missing the treble in between, ch 1] repeat to last tr2tog in the last sp and 1st sp, ch 1, ss to join.
Ss to ch sp, ch 1, tr same sp, [ch 1, tr next sp], repeat to last, ss to join. Note, there is no ch between the last and 1st trebles, this is a decrease.
Ss to ch sp, ch 2, tr next ch sp, ch 1, [tr2tog in the same sp and next sp, missing the treble in between], repeat to last ch sp, ch 1, tr2tog in the last sp and 1st sp, skipping 2 trebles. Ch 1, ss to join.
Repeat round 3
Repeat round 4
Ss to ch sp, ch 1, tr, ch 1, [tr next ch sp, ch 1] repeat to end, ss to join.
Ss to ch sp, ch 2, tr next sp, ch 1 [tr2tog in the same and next sp, missing treble in between, ch 1], rep to last, tr2tog last sp and 1st sp, ch 1, ss to 1st tr.
Repeat round 7
Repeat round 8
Ss to sp, ch 1, 2 htr in the same sp, [2 htr in the next sp] repeat to last, ss to join.
Repeat round 11. Tie off.
Note: to make the shrug smaller, you can make the join seam longer. This will make the lapels and collar wider, and you will need to work fewer rounds on the sleeves (skip rows 9 and 10).
Your stitch count in round 1 will also be less, but the instructions for rest of the rounds will work if you have fewer trebles as well.
If you like, you can omit the sleeves altogether, and instead work rows 1, 11 and 12 to make a cuff.
Starting at the marker from the very first row, count and mark the 18th stitch in each direction. This is the bottom of the shrug. Note: Make sure you check to hold the work the right way out, so the sleeves won’t be inside out.
Join at middle marker with a standing tr (or ch 3), ch 1, tr in the same st, [miss 2, (tr, ch 1, tr same)] to marker, remove marker, [miss 1, (tr, ch 1, tr same)] to marker, remove marker, [miss 2 (tr, ch 1, tr same)] to last, ss to join.
Ss to ch sp, ch 1, [tr, ch 1, tr same] in the same space, [tr, ch 1, tr same] in the next ch space, and to the last, ss to join.
Repeat round 2, mark the join, tie off.
Count 16 V-stitches (tr, ch1, tr) and join with an ss to the next ch sp. Ch 2, [dc, ch 1, dc] next ch sp, [htr, ch 1, htr] next ch sp, [tr, ch 1, tr] next 46 spaces, [htr, ch 1, htr] next ch sp, [dc, ch 1, dc] next ch sp, ch 2, ss in the next ch sp, tie off.
Weave in ends, block gently if desired.
Feel free to add an oversized button where the sleeves are seamed if you want to close it like a jacket.
It’s time to go back to basics and crochet a gorgeous project that I haven’t designed myself. I’ve found myself working on a lot of secret projects that I can’t share with you and I miss that!
Bernadette Ambergen is a designer I wish I had discovered when I first started crocheting. I think if I had, it would have made me a much better crocheter faster by stretching my boundaries and improving my internal stitch library.
She’s also probably the most prolific designer I know of. My friend Tammy and I always joke that she must have an army of minions making everything for her, such is the rate of pattern releases!
I also just love how the construction of her shawls is so varied and different to any other designer out there. Not only that, it’s the mixture of both knitting and crochet in a single design that is so inspiring.
After trawling Ravelry for the perfect project I settled on Noor. It’s a design that is constructed in a way I have never tried before (from the centre outwards) and well, look for yourself. It’s beautiful.
I have a gorgeous shawl for summer in mind. I was tossing up between this and Beach Hut Orange, but in the end I thought I’d get more wear out of this one. I know I should gift it, but I can’t help it. I want it for myself!
So when the yarn arrives I’ll share some more photos, and be sure to keep up on Instagram where I’ll be sharing all the time.
You can get the Sunkissed yarn for the Noor shawl on Wool Warehouse* who ship globally, or from your favourite benelux retailer. You’ll need 7 balls for this design and it’s under 3 euros a ball, so great value!
I’d love you to join me in making this one, please let me know in the comments.
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.
This little Bigly Migly is just the sweetest! The pattern is a free Ravelry download by Autumn Leaf, here.
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.
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?
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…
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!
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!
I finished it a few days ago, and I haven’t taken it off since!
The shawl is an asymmetrical construction, and the colours really shine.
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.
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.
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.
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…..
I’m using Hirosaki for this project, and it absolutely evokes the cherry blossoms of early spring, what do you think?
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
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.
This is a new project that came about basically by accident. I was pulling out all the winter gear a few weeks ago and realised that all the winter hats I made my daughter last year are all too small! So it means with the colder weather, she really needs a new hat (or two).
I decided to make it using the Scheepjes Colour Crafter, because being a premium acrylic it’s perfect for hats for kids. Plus, the colours are fabulous! I’ve chosen Eelde (left), Zwolle and Hilversum – all colours which are perfect matches for my daughter’s personality.
I’m using a technique which you’ll discover over the coming months is one of my favourite methods of turning a light weight yarn into something more bulky, and it’s seriously one you need in your crochet toolbox. I’ve even created a little video to illustrate it for you:
So for this hat project, you’ll need two balls of yarn. Well, one and a half really. I’ve used three of these balls to make two hats – one in a child’s size, and another for an adult. This means I’m all sorted for winter too!
I’m going to release the pattern in a few weeks, so in the meantime you can get yourself organised in advance by picking up the yarn from either Wool Warehouse* or Deramores* (globally), or from any of the wonderful Benelux retailers. Oh, and you’re also going to need a pompom maker*
Some of the basics: Spirit is a 4ply yarn that looks and feels a lot like Stone Washed, plus it’s a centre-pull yarn, which we all know is the best idea ever. Each yarn is named after a spirit animal, and I’ve used Blue Jay and Flamingo.
But back to the shawl. I absolutely loved making this. The yarn is lovely to work with (although it’s not fun to frog, so do take care) and the pattern is so easy and just beautiful
And now the colder weather is upon us it’s a staple in my wardrobe. Although, I just bought a new – red – coat so I’ll have to make another!
The only change I would make to this is to make it a bit bigger. I think my gauge must have been a bit off, so although it’s wonderful to wear around my neck, it’s not big enough for a shawl for me. But, you can see that the happiness factor is high!