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Legacy Crochet Mandala – WIP

Don’t you just love this curly, lacy mess on my lap?

It’s been perfect crochet weather here in the Netherlands. I look out the window and the beautiful trees on my street are all slowly turning a rich copper. I’m making the most of enjoying this time before the less-romantic phase where I spend a my days clearing leaves from my garden!

I’m really enjoying working with this Scheepjes Legacy yarn. It’s easy to crochet, my project is growing quickly and it holds up magnificently to frogging – which I do a LOT of while designing.


GET THE YARN

Scheepjes has a full list of stockists on their website, you can search for one close to you.

In Europe head to Caro’s Atelier*
In the UK Black Sheep Wools*


I’m nearly done, now I’m on the hunt for the right hoop to be able to stretch it. I think I might have found a stockist local to me which is a huge win. More on that next week!

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Legacy Crochet

I have a brand new crochet project on the go that I can’t wait to share with you!

I’m using the lovely Legacy yarn from Scheepjes which is a nostalgic delight.

close up of legacy yarn hanks

Doesn’t this yarn just trigger memories of years gone by, visiting an older relative, being fascinated by the cabinet filled with precious china and statuettes, all artfully arranged on delicate lace doilies?

Scheepjes has multiple weights of this yarn, mercerised and non-mercerised, in two colours, bright white and off white. I’m going to use the mercerised Nr. 6, with the following specs:

Hook size: 3.5mm
Ball Weight: 100 grams
Length: 240 metres
Gauge: 23 stitches x 30 rows to 10 cm on 3.5mm hooks


Get the Yarn

Scheepjes has a full list of stockists on their website, you can search for one close to you.

In Europe head to Caro’s Atelier*
In the UK Black Sheep Wools*


close up of legacy yarn

I absolutely love these hanks. The way they’re wound, they way they feel in my hands, I’m transported to another time by this yarn, which I’m sure was the intention of the Scheepjes design team.

With that feeling of a by-gone era in mind, I’m going to use this yarn to make a vintage-inspired lace mandala. I’ve been busy building a chart to work from, it’s going to be quite a challenge to write it all out line by line I’m sure, so this will be a great project to brush off the chart making skills!

Keep an eye on my blog and Instagram for more photos and progress to come!

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Rainbow Ridge Deken – Nederlands Haakpatroon

Hoi hoi!

Ik heb de Nederlandstalige versie van mijn Rainbow Ridge Blanket toegevoegd! Het is hieronder, en ook op Ravelry/Lovecrafts te vinden als je liever een PDF printvriendelijke versie willen gebruiken.

styled shot of crochet blanket

Verkooppunten

Kijk op de Scheepjes website, bij je lievelings LYS of:

Caro’s Atelier*
Wool Warehouse* (buiten Europa)


Materialen

6 bollen Scheepjes Softfun in 2622 Latte
1 Scheepjes Softfun minis colour pack in pastel
5 mm haaknaald (deken)
4 mm haaknaald (rand)
6 mm haaknaald (hv toer om de rand te beginnen)

Afmetingen

100 x 70 cm na opspannen (kan iets kleiner uitvallen door spanning in het garen)

Stekenverhouding

18 stn en 19 rijen meten 10 cm in patroon. Houd de stekenverhouding goed in de gaten, want je hebt weinig speling met deze kleine bolletjes.
Afkortingen

(NL termen)
L losse
Hv halve vaste
S(tn) steek/steken
l-open lossen opening
St stokje(s)
SOv sla-over vaste (zie speciale steken)
HK hoofdkleur (2622 Latte)
K(1) kleur (1)
Herh herhalen
VK Voorkant
AK Achterkant

Notities

Je haakt het patroon in rijen heen en weer, met de SOv techniek (zie Speciale steken). Daarna haak je de dubbele rand in toeren.

Elk rij begint met een l1. Dit telt niet als een steek.

Herhalingen

[(…)] herhaal de instructies tussen haakjes het totaal aantal keer aangegeven.

Sorteer de kleuren in deze volgorde:

K1: 2514 Rose
K2: 2513 Light Rose
K3: 2620 Starfish
K4: 2466 Peach
K5: 2518 Canary
K6: 2496 Banana
K7: 2640 Mint
K8: 2639 Green Tea
K9: 2630 Arctic
K10: 2646 Glacial Mist
K11: 2658 Lavender
K12: 2657 Orchid

Speciale steken

SOv (Sla-over vaste) is een techniek waarmee we een steek met twee draden tegelijk haken. Met de eerste kleur, steek naald in steek en sla de draad om de haaknaald. Haal de lus op. Met de tweede kleur, sla draad om van voor naar achter (houd de tweede kleur voor de eerste), met de eerste kleur, sla draad om en haal de eerste kleur door alle lussen.. Zie video instructies hier. Ook op Youtube.

Crochet blanket from above

Instructies

Rij 1 Met HK, 102l, 1v in derde l en alle l tot einde van rij, keer om. (100 stn)
Rij 2 Met K1 als leidende kleur, samen met HK, l1, SOv in alle stn tot rij-eind, keer om.
Rij 3-6 Herh Rij 2.
Rij 7 Met HK als leidende kleur, herh Rij 2.
Rij 8-10 Herh Rij 7.
Rij 11-14 Herh Rij 2, knip draad K1 af.
Rij 15 Wissel naar K2, met HK als leidende kleur, herh Rij 7.
Rij 16-18 Herh Rij 7.
Rij 19 Met K2 als leidende kleur, herh Rij 2.
Rij 20-22 Herh Rij 2.
Rij 23 Met HK als leidende kleur, herh Rij 7.
Rij 24-26 Herh Rij 7.
Rij 27 Met K2 als leidende kleur, herh Rij 2.
Rij 28-30 Herh Rij 2, knip draad K2 af.
Rij 31-46 Met K3, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 47-62 Met K4, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 63-78 Met K5, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 79-94 Met K6, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 95-111 Met K7, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 112-127 Met K8, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 128-143 Met K9, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 144-159 Met K10, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 160-175 Met K11, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 176-191 Met K12, herh Rij 15-30. Knip draad K12 af.

Rand

De rand haak je in toeren, eerst met een 6 mm en daarna een 4 mm haaknaald.

Toer 1 Deze toer wordt de VK. Met HK en 6 mm haaknaald, keer om, 2l, 1hv in elke s tot einde van rij (dit is nu de hoek), 2l, roteer 90 graden, 1hv in elk rij-eind, zo dichtbij de zijkant als mogelijk, tot de volgende hoek, 1hv in de hoek, 2l, roteer 90 graden, 1hv in elke l tot de volgende hoek, roteer 90 graden, 1hv in elk rij-eind tot de laatste hoek, sluit met een hv in eerste s.

Toer 2 Met 4 mm haaknaald, 1l, 1v in de hoek-open [(1l, sla 1 s over, 1v in l-open) tot hoek-open, 2l, 1v in l-open], herh tot einde van toer, sluit toer niet in laatste l-open, maar haak hv in v.

Toer 3 1hv in elke s tot hoek-open, 1l, [(1l in l-open, 1l) tot hoek-open, (1v, 2l, 1v) in hoek-open], herh tot einde van toer, 1l, sluit af met hv in v.

Toer 4 Herh Toer 3, maar voeg 1 extra herh van (1l, v, 1l) toe voordat je de toer sluit met een hv.

Toer 5 Herh Toer 4, hecht af.

Omdraaien naar AK Hecht aan in in AK van dezelfde hoek als Toer 1 van de rand, en haak Toer 1 opnieuw, maar nu in de AK van de hv van Toer 1 (VK). Herh daarna Toer 2-5 (deze bevinden zich dus aan AK).

Omdraaien naar VK We sluiten nu de dubbele rand en verbergen alle draadjes daarin als volgt: 1l, 1v in l-open van zowel laatste AK als laatste VK toer, [(1l, 1v in l-open van beide toeren) tot de hoek-open, (1v, 1l, 1v in beide toeren) in hoek l-open], herh tot einde van toer, sluit af met een hv.

Hecht af, weef alle eindjes weg, span op maat op.

close up of crochet blanket rolled

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Rainbow Ridge Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

styled photograph of blanket

It’s pattern day!

I LOVED making this blanket SO much! I mean, you know how few blankets I make, right? I simply struggle with making something so huge, it takes me months! This one however, is perfect for my instant gratification heart. I could smash it out relatively quickly as it’s sized for a baby, and the rhythm of the stitches means you just want to keep doing “one more row.”

The Scheepjes Softfun is a wonderful blanket yarn. It has loads of stretch to make it squishy and a bit of weight to add warmth, plus enough cotton to make sure you can still use it all summer long.

No baby? No problem! It also makes a great lap blanket 😉

There will be US terms available on Ravelry and Lovecrafts, and this free version below uses UK terminology.

Nederlandse versie vind je hier.


Get the Yarn

There are five different Softfun colour packs to choose from including Pastel (which I have), Jewel, Rich, Rainbow and Cloud. There are a full list of stockists on the Scheepjes website, but you can also find the packs at your favourite LYS or online retailer including:
Wool Warehouse* (global)
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe)
Love Crafts* (US)
Dot’s Yarn Den (US)
Belle Mae Yarns (AU)

You’ll need one colour pack in the colours you like best, plus 6 balls of Softfun in a complementary colourway. I chose 2622 Latte.


Materials

6 balls of Scheepjes Softfun in 2622 Latte
1 Scheepjes Softfun minis colour pack in pastel
5mm hook (body of blanket)
4mm hook (border)
6mm hook (SS round to begin border)

Tension

18sts and 19 rows over 10 cm in pattern. Stick as close to the tension as possible as the mini balls are limited and you may run out if your tension is looser than indicated.

Measurements

100 x 70cm blocked (will contract a little due to the stretch in the yarn)

Abbreviations

(UK terms)

Ch chain
Ss slip stitch
St(s) stitch(es)
Ch chain
Ch(2)-sp chain (2) space
Dc double crochet
YUdc yarn under double crochet
MC main colour (2622 Latte)
CC(1) contrast colour. Number denotes which colour to be used
Rep repeat
RS right side
WS Wrong side

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked back and forth in rows using the yarn under colourwork technique to make the blanket.  The double border is worked in rounds.

Each row begins with a ch1, this does not count as a stitch.

Work instructions inside brackets and parentheses [(…)] the indicated number of times.

Sort the colours into the following order:

CC1: 2514 Rose
CC2: 2513 Light Rose
CC3: 2620 Starfish
CC4: 2466 Peach
CC5: 2518 Canary
CC6: 2496 Banana
CC7: 2640 Mint
CC8: 2639 Green Tea
CC9: 2630 Arctic
CC10: 2646 Glacial Mist
CC11: 2658 Lavendar
CC12: 2657 Orchid

Shot from above of crochet blanket

Special Abbreviation

YUdc (yarn under double crochet) is a colourwork technique using two strands of working yarn. To work the stitch insert hook with mc, yoh, pull up a loop, with cc yoh from front to back (keeping cc in front of mc), with mc yoh, pull through 3 loops. See video instructions here on Instagram, or here for Youtube.

Instructions

Row 1 With MC, ch102, dc in the third ch and in all ch sts to end (100sts), turn
Row 2 With CC1 as the lead, carrying MC, ch1, YUDC in all sts to end, turn
Row 3-6 Rep row 2
Row 7 With MC as the lead and rep row 2
Row 8-10 Rep row 7
Row 11-14 Rep row 2, cut CC1
Row 15 Switch to CC2, with MC as the lead, rep row 7
Row 16-18 Rep row 7
Row 19 With CC2 as the lead, rep row 2
Row 20-22 Rep row 2
Row 23 With MC as the lead, rep row 7
Row 24-26 Rep row 7
Row 27 With CC2 as the lead, rep row 2
Row 28-30 Rep row 2, cut CC2
Row 31-46 With CC3 rep rows 15-30
Row 47-62 With CC4 rep rows 15-30
Row 63-78 With CC5 rep rows 15-30
Row 79-94 With CC6 rep rows 15-30
Row 95-111 With CC7 rep rows 15-30
Row 112-127 With CC8 rep rows 15-30
Row 128-143 With CC9 rep rows 15-30
Row 144-159 With CC10 rep rows 15-30
Row 160-175 With CC11 rep rows 15-30
Row 176-191 With CC12 rep rows 15-30, cut yarn

close up of crochet blanket

Border

Working in rounds with 6 and 4mm hooks

Round 1 This now becomes the RS. With MC and a 6mm hook, turn, ch2, ss to end (now corner), ch2, rotate 90 degrees, ss in each row as close to the edge as possible to next corner, ss in corner, ch2, rotate 90 degrees, ss in each st across, ch2, rotate 90 degrees, ss in each row to next corner, ss to ch1 to join.

Round 2 With 4mm hook ch1, dc in ch-sp [(ch1, miss 1, dc in ch-sp) rep to corner ch2-sp, ch 2, dc in ch2-sp], rep on all four sides to end, don’t work last dc in final corner ch2-sp, ss to dc instead.

Round 3 Ss to ch2-sp, ch1 [(dc in ch2-sp, ch1) rep to corner, (dc, ch2, dc) in corner] rep to end, ch1, ss to dc to join.

Round 4 Rep round 3, but ad 1 (ch1, dc, ch1) at the end before ss to join.

Round 5 Rep round 4, tie off.

Flip to WS, Starting in the same corner as R1 from the RS instructions, and working in the back of the SS from round 1, rep rounds 1-5.

Flip to RS Close the double border. Ch1, dc into ch-sp of both layers, [(ch1,dc in ch-sp of both layers) to corner, (dc, ch1, dc in both layers) in corner ch2-sp], rep to end, ss to join, hiding all the ends inside the border. Cut yarn, weave in the end, block to size.

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WIP Wednesday – Crochet Baby Blanket

I already shared my love for the Scheepjes Softfun colour packs, and if you follow me on Instagram (please do if you don’t, I share a bit more often there), you’ll have seen my progress pics already.

I love the colours of the pastel pack so much!


Get the Yarn

There are five different Softfun colour packs to choose from including Pastel (which I have), Jewel, Rich, Rainbow and Cloud. There are a full list of stockists on the Scheepjes website, but you can also find the packs at your favourite LYS or online retailer including:
Wool Warehouse* (global)
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe)
Black Sheep Wools* (UK)
Dot’s Yarn Den (US)
Belle Mae Yarns (AU)

You’ll need one colour pack in the colours you like best, plus 6 balls of Softfun in a complementary colourway. I chose 2622 Latte.


I’m working the YUDC stitch that I used in my Reti Koala pattern, so these two projects together might almost be called a collection!

Stay tuned, the colours just fly off the hook, so The Big Reveal is coming very soon!

Olaf (the warm shrug) Free Crochet Pattern

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.

Abbreviations

(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

Notes

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.

Instructions

Body

  1. 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).
  2. Trtcl in the 3rd ch from the hook, tr to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
  3. Trtcl, tr [ch2, miss 2, tr next] to last, trtcl. Ch 2, turn.
  4. 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.
  5. Trtcl, tr, ch 2 [InV, ch 2] to last 2, tr, trtcl last. Ch 2, turn.
    Repeat rows 3-5 9 times
  6. 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.

Sleeves

Make 2

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Repeat round 3
  5. Repeat round 4
  6. Ss to ch sp, ch 1, tr, ch 1, [tr next ch sp, ch 1] repeat to end, ss to join.
  7. 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.
  8. Repeat round 7
  9. Repeat round 8
  10. Ss to sp, ch 1, 2 htr in the same sp, [2 htr in the next sp] repeat to last, ss to join.
  11. 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.

Collar

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Repeat round 2, mark the join, tie off.
  4. 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.

Chart

What do you think? Do you like warm hugs? I’d love you to make this, and you can purchase the yarn from a bunch of great retailers. Scheepjes lists all the shops on their website, and if you’re in the Netherlands I recommend my local yarn store, Caro’s Atelier*.

For those of you across the globe, you can order from Wool Warehouse*, and Deramores*, who both offer world wide shipping, Knotty House* is a great retailer in North America, and I’ve just discovered Belle Mae Yarns in Australia! Plus of course if you’re in South Africa Be Inspired has the entire Namaste collection.

While you’re here, have you seen my other Scheepjes Namaste pattern? It’s the Matchy Matchy Hat, which works up in under an hour!

Merry Christmas, and have a warm hug from me! XO

And We’re Off! The Noor Shawl

Remember the other day I told you about Berniolie and her Noor shawl?  Well, look!

Scheepjes Sunkissed

My Scheepjes Sunkissed arrived yesterday and I’m very excited to crack on!  So much so that my 3500 other projects are all being shoved to the side while I work on this one!

Scheepjes Sunkissed

You can get the pattern on Ravelry here, or Etsy here and you can get the gorgeous yarn from either Wool Warehouse or any Scheepjes retailer.

 

Noor Shawl – by Bernadette Ambergen

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.

Noor Shawl by Berniolie, on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/noor

I’m going to use a yarn that I love, Scheepjes Sunkissed in Pistachio Ice:

Scheepjes Sunkissed http://www.scheepjes.com/en/yarn/sunkissed-726/

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!

Noor Shawl by Berniolie, on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/noor

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.

XO

 

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!

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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