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New Knitting Adventure

I’ve been saving this project for the cooler weather, but I’ve realised that with this extended summer we’re having, I’ll never get it out there!

I’m working on a knitting pattern actually, with one of my universal favourites, Scheepjes Stone Washed XL.  Actually, not Stone Washed, but River Washed XL!

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Scheepjes River Washed is essentially the same composition as the Stone Washed, but instead of the white core with coloured fuzz, the core has a complementary, or contrasting colour.

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See in the picture above? The two yarns have a contrasting core, but the same fuzz, making them best friends.  Coincidentally, these are my two favourite colourways, Yarra and Steenbras.

River Washed is available in 14 colourways, plus 8 colours with a muted mustard core.river-washed-def

So I mentioned in the title of this, I’m working on a knitting project!  It will be a squishy knitted shawl, using 7mm needles.  I’m breaking out my Prym Ergonomics*, which are probably nearly my favourite needles.  If they were interchangeable I’d use them exclusively. Actually, I see that Caro’s Atelier stock them in a 2.5mm size now, so I’ll have to grab a pair for socks!

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Now the important stuff; you need to get your hands on this yarn!

Scheepjes stockists everywhere have River Washed XL, plus my local LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and Wool Warehouse*

So there’s no excuse, really.

I’ll be back next week with some progress pics, until then!

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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!

 

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, 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. (821) tr x 7, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 7, inc
  5. Tr x 10, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 10, inc
  6. Tr x 13, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 13, inc
  7. (820) tr x 16, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 16, inc
  8. Tr x 19, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 19, inc
  9. Tr x 22, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x22, inc
  10. (836) tr x 25, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 25, inc
  11. Tr x 28, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 28, inc
  12. Tr x 31, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 31, inc
  13. (835) tr x 34, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 34
  14. Tr x 37, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 37, inc
  15. Tr x 40, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 40, inc
  16. (943) tr x 43, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 43, inc
  17. Tr x 46, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 46, inc
  18. (945) tr x 49, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 49, inc
  19. Tr x 52, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 52, inc
  20. (942) tr x55, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 55, inc
  21. Tr x 58, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 58, inc
  22. (807) tr x 61, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 61, inc
  23. Tr x 64, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 64, inc
  24. (946) tr x 67, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 67, inc
  25. Tr x 70, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 70, inc
  26. (823) tr x 73, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 73, inc
  27. (944) tr x 76, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 76, inc
  28. (816) tr x 79, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 79, inc
  29. (947) tr x 82, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 82, inc
  30. (834) tr x 85, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 85, inc
  31. (817) tr x 88, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 88, inc
  32. (833) 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) tr x 97, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 97, inc
  35. (812) 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) tr x 7, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 7, inc
  5. Tr x 10, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 10, inc
  6. Tr x 13, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 13, inc
  7. (829) tr x 16, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 16, inc
  8. Tr x 19, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 19, inc
  9. Tr x 22, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x22, inc
  10. (822) tr x 25, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 25, inc
  11. Tr x 28, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 28, inc
  12. Tr x 31, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 31, inc
  13. (804) tr x 34, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 34
  14. Tr x 37, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 37, inc
  15. Tr x 40, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 40, inc
  16. (831) tr x 43, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 43, inc
  17. Tr x 46, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 46, inc
  18. (814) tr x 49, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 49, inc
  19. Tr x 52, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 52, inc
  20. (811) tr x55, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 55, inc
  21. Tr x 58, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 58, inc
  22. (810) tr x 61, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 61, inc
  23. Tr x 64, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 64, inc
  24. (808) tr x 67, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 67, inc
  25. Tr x 70, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 70, inc
  26. (818) tr x 73, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 73, inc
  27. (830) tr x 76, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 76, inc
  28. (949) tr x 79, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 79, inc
  29. (941) tr x 82, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 82, inc
  30. (950) tr x 85, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 85, inc
  31. (805) tr x 88, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 88, inc
  32. (828) tr x 91, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 91, inc
  33. (813) tr x 94, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 94, inc
  34. (824) tr x 97, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 97, inc
  35. (952) tr x 100, [tr x 2, ch2, tr x 2] in the ch space, tr x 100, inc
  36. (948) 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 36-38 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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Crochet Braided Cowl – WIP Update

I’m showing off some progress shots of the braided cowl I’m working on in Scheepjes River Washed today.

It’s a fun project, I love the effect the slanted puff stitches create.  Looking at it has an ASMR effect on me.  It’s soothing and makes my scalp tingle a little.  Do you know that feeling?  It’s the best.

Braided Cowl by Nerissa Muijs in Scheepjes River Washed XL

The stitch is a little bit tricky, it’s taken me quite a while to get it just right, with the puff stitch in just the right spot.

It’s also a challenge to make the design work with only three skeins of yarn.  That puff stitch likes to eat the fibre.  But, I’ll get there.

Plus, I keep changing my mind on the colour choices. I don’t know that 981 Colorado (the red with blue fuzz) is working how I want it to, so we’ll have to see how it all works out next week.

Braided Cowl by Nerissa Muijs with Scheepjes River Washed XL

In the meantime, get the yarn at Wool Warehouse*, who ship globally.
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Or you can go to Caro’s Atelier* in the Netherlands
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For more retailer choices, head to Scheepjes.com for the full list of stockists.

Next week: the reveal!

Our Tribe My Tribe – Pattern Launch!

Never has a Monday felt so good.

Today marks the launch of Our Tribe My Tribe on Ravelry and I couldn’t be more excited.

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It’s also the very first time that I’ve seen one of my designs in the Ravelry Hot Right Now section, so I’ve been dancing around all morning.

I won’t go into all the details of the design here as I’ve done that here and here, I’ll just give you some of what you’ll need and some extras.

For the single colour shawl you’ll need two skeins of Scheepjes My Tribe in MissNeriss (or another colourway should you prefer, and for the fade you’ll need three colourways, including New Leaf, Look at What I Made and Jellina Creations.  Or of course a three colour fade in your choice.  Be sure to choose colourways with similar elements throughout.

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To get hold of the yarns, head to:

Wool Warehouse:* has you covered globally (including Australia and the US)

Caro’s Atelier*: my local yarn store here in Almere, with all the Our Tribe yarns, plus the entire Scheepjes range with great service!

Magnolia Tree Wools*: a small business, based in the UK, with a growing selection of Our Tribe yarns (including MissNeriss), plus lots of other scrummy things you didn’t know you need.

Of course there are also a bunch of other retailers across Europe, and a growing range in North America.  You can find all the stockists on the Scheepjes site here.

You’ll need a 4.5 mm hook*, stitch markers,  blocking mats (or a spare bed or length of carpet) and pins because it’s absolutely critical that this piece is blocked.

For all other information, head to the Ravelry page or feel free to reach out via the contact page.

Plus, the mini-CAL will launch today.  I’m about to go stash diving to see which three Our Tribe colours I should use for my next fade…  Don’t forget to use hashtag #ourtribemytribe and keep an eye out for some giveaways over the next few weeks while we make the shawl together!

Have the best week!

Our Tribe, My Tribe

If you’ve been tuning into this blog for a while you’ll already know how much my yarny tribe means to me, how these girls have been an incredible source of inspiration, support, and reality checks.

And now Scheepjes has made the tribe official.  Just launched this week is a brand new collection, aptly called Our Tribe.  The yarn is called Our Tribe because, wait for it, each of us Scheepjes bloggers has designed our very own colourway!

I’m not kidding here, I was asked to design my very own MissNeriss yarn colourway!

Picture this: late last year, at our annual Scheepjes Bloggers Weekend,(I think maybe this should be renamed the Scheepjes Tribe Retreat, what do you think?), Mr Scheepjes sat us all down with a very serious look on his face, and I thought, oh no, here it comes… But no!  Actually, it was all great news, and he would like to invite us all – the Scheepjes Tribe – to design our own colourways for a new yarn collection!  He then proceeded to upend a huge box of pantone chips on a table and we all went for it.  Well, the others went for it while I cried with for a little while from the overwhelm.

Usually when confronted with a situation where I need to make a definitive creative decision in a short timeframe I feel stressed and the imposter syndrome creeps in, but this time I knew exactly what I needed to do.  Exactly which colours I needed to use:

MissNeriss Our Tribe colourway inspiration

I handed my choice in and then waited (im)patiently for almost a year for the yarn to be ready….

And then it arrived.  And it is glorious.

Scheepjes Our Tribe, Colour MissNeriss (966), 70% merino superwash, 30% polyamide. 100g = 420mScheepjes Our Tribe, Colour MissNeriss (966), 70% merino superwash, 30% polyamide. 100g = 420m

The colourway couldn’t be more perfect if I had designed it myself.  Oh wait, that’s right.  I did!

I struggle to put into words how this yarn, how working with Scheepjes, how this tribe of knitters and crocheters makes me feel. In early 2014 I was just starting to create my own designs and I was snapping photos with my phone in the middle of the night and had no idea how to write a pattern.  And suddenly it all changed.  Out of nowhere the creative director at Scheepjes approached me as they had been working with a couple of bloggers and wanted to grow it to a larger handful of crocheters and knitters.

I was so intimidated that very first time I met the other bloggers.  I mean, I was sitting in the same room as Marinke Slump and Maaike van Koert!  Not to mention Kirsten Ballering (Hoogewerf), Esther de Beer, Jellina Verhoef and Maria McPherson.  Thank goodness my bestie Tammy was there to help me stay on an even keel because I remember looking around the room on more than one occasion thinking: how did I get here?

And so it began.  Our little tribe grew steadily, adding amazing new bloggers and saying goodbye to a few; heartbreakingly, to Marinke. Now I feel as though some of these people are the dearest friends in the entire world.

It was this tribe, and especially the support of Scheepjes, that helped drag me through the darkest days of burnout.  It is this tribe that comes together to lift one another up. It’s this tribe who are living definitions of Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic.

I wouldn’t be the designer, or the human, I am without this tribe.

The full tribe. Centre colourway MissNeriss (966)

Now, let me tell you a bit about the yarn itself.

Our Tribe is available in 15 colourways, one for each member of the Scheepjes Blogger Tribe (and two from Scheepjes, named for family members):

Kirsten Hoogewerf-Ballering
Rachele Carmona
Susan Carlson
Maria McPherson
Jellina Verhoef
Dedri Uys
Carmen Jorissen
Esther Dijkstra
Christa Veenstra
Esther de Beer
Tatiana Kupryianchyk
Tammy Canavan-Soldaat

The yarn is 70% Merino superwash, 30% polyamide sport weight and 100 grams will give you 420 metres of yarn.  They all have long colour changes with up to five colours in each ball.  Available in all the awesome stockists from December 8.

Here’s what MissNeriss looks like in a colour swatch:

MissNeriss (966) colourway in Our Tribe yarn from Scheepjes. 70% merino superwash, 30% polyamide fingering weight, 420m per 100g

And I also wanted to share my favourite fade:

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I won’t ruin the surprise as to which yarn belongs to which blogger, I’ll leave you to guess – you’ll have to tune in tomorrow for the next instalment where Rachele will tell you all about her yarn.  And if you haven’t seen it already, pop over to Kirsten’s blog to read about her colourway.

Oh, and before I go, here’s a sneak peek of a new design I have with this yarn, which is coming very soon!

Our Tribe My Tribe shawl by MissNeriss

Ready, Set, KREADOE!

Kreadoe 2017, see the info here: http://bit.ly/kreadoe2017

I’m venturing back to KreaDoe for the first time in five years and I’m excited!

I’m going to be there together with Scheepjes at their fabulous stand, inspired by the Dutch Masters and featuring all the incredible designs from the most recent edition of YARN, including two of my own designs, the Almond Blossom Scarf and the Dutch Masters Vest:

I’ll be at the stand all day on Friday which is at 7.B056 and 7.0B58, right near the cupcake theatre, and you won’t be able to miss us!   Download the map here.

Now, as if you don’t need a reason to stop by and say hello, Scheepjes is running multiple giveaways over the course of the week.  10 times each day – that’s ten times a day – they’ll be giving away limited edition Whirl packs, and to be in it to win it you need to come wearing your favourite garment or accessory made from Scheepjes yarn and join in the fun by having your own professional headshot taken (with a mini makeover and everything).  Then you just have to share your pic on insta or FB to be in with a chance.

And alongside that awesome activity, Scheepjes is also giving away a bike with a basket full of yarn!  Seriously, the coolest omafiets with a basket full of yarn.  It doesn’t get more dutch than that.

So, will I see you there on Friday?  I’ll be the one with the biggest grin on my face, waiting anxiously to meet you!