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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

  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. (830) 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. (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 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 37 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

rainBOOM chart

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

I’ve written the pattern, and now I just need to proof and upload it here, so it should be ready in the next couple of days!

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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10 of The Best: Knit and Crochet Projects with Scheepjes Stone Washed

It’s no secret that Scheepjes Stone Washed is one of my favourite yarns to use.  Ask any of my blogger tribe and they’ll say the same.  It is amazing.  The colours are vibrant, the yarn itself is unique in its construction, and the end results: fabulous.

In honour of this beauty, I have a round up for you with 10 of the best knit and crochet projects using Stone Washed.  The patterns are all available by clicking on the images or headings.

Linen Stitch Manghan by Dedri Uys

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This is a design that shows just how diverse the Stone Washed yarn is and how wonderfully the colours work together.  You can get the yarn packs for this in Dedri’s shop*.

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh. Grab the yarn here: http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This is a design that I fell in love with at first glance.  I love everything about it, it just makes me feel happy.  Isn’t Christina a talented designer? The yarn for this one is available here*.

Cosy Colour Block Shawl by Sarah Knight

Cosy ColourBlock Shawl by Sarah Knight. Get the yarn here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Sarah’s Colourblock shawl is such a popular garter stitch design, and it’s easy to see why!  Stone Washed makes the best warm shawls, cosy is most definitely the best adjective here!  Pop over and get the yarn here*.

Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs

Peekaboo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs. Yarn available here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

This one is by me, it’s my Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap, of which I’m enormously proud.  It’s an incredibly simple and flattering design that is easily customisable for your own body.  The yarn is available here*.

I Love Scraps Afghan by Mary Ann Frits

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This is one of those designs that Pinterest loves to show me – almost every day it’s being saved by people that I follow, and when it’s not being saved, it’s being recommended by Pinterest.  This heart stitch is one that I love, especially in this spectrum colourway from Marieke at The Breiboerderij.  There are yarn packs available in her lovely webshop.

Top by Scheepjes

Stone Washed Top by Scheepjes. Yarn from http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This one is to be found on the Scheepjes website directly.  It’s a lovely knit design and one to add to your WIP list for sure. Click here* to get the yarn.

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes. Yarn available here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Here is proof that Stone Washed isn’t just for cosy blankets, shawls and wraps, it also makes beautiful delicate garments, as showcased here in Annelies’ gorgeous design.  You’ll only need up to 7 balls to complete this one, grab the yarn here*.

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert. Yarn available here: http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This was one of the very first designs with Stone Washed when it was released a couple of years ago (how the time has flown by!) and it’s an enduring favourite. The instructions for the motif and the poncho construction are on the CreJJtion website and the yarn can be purchased here*

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump. Yarn and pattern to be found on Deramores: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Although Marinke was so well known for her mandalas, this third loop HDC stitch was like her signature in my mind, and this lovely beach bag that she designed for Deramores is no exception. You can get the yarn and pattern from Deramores directly.

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel. Yarn available at http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

It’s just not possible to have a pattern round up for Scheepjes Stone Washed without sharing Atty’s Star Blanket.  Atty’s motifs are all so original and creative, she’s a true innovator!  The yarn is for sale here*.

10 beautiful knit and crochet designs using Scheepjes Stone Washed on missneriss.com #crochet

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WIP: Peek-a-Boo!

Has a week slipped by already?  The flu has been in residence here for the last week.  Wow, what a horrible virus it has been too.  I’m only just starting to come out into the light again, and my husband, well, the poor thing is on his fourth day in bed.  In all the years we’ve been together, he’s taken his first sick days from work.

I’ve been so unwell I haven’t even been able to crochet.  Can you even imagine?!  Luckily I’ve still made good progress on my Peek-a-Boo.  This Stone Washed XL wrap basically crochets itself.

I’m actually already at the stage where I’m choosing buttons.  Although I think I’ll let my daughter decide which she likes (I’m going to guess she goes for the flowers).  Which would you choose?

I also need to start writing the instructions.  You can see, not very far into that yet!

Hopefully next week this will be finished, and I’ll have been able to beg or bribe my daughter into modelling it so I can show you how it looks!

Until then, beware of the flu!

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Deramores, Wool Warehouse, and at Paradise Fibers in North America!

New Yarn, New Design

It’s that time again.  Time to start working on something new. And time to revisit my old flame: Stone Washed XL.

You already know how much I love this yarn, it’s such a pleasure to work with. I also love the pastels that were added to the range last summer, they’re all just so pretty.

For this project I’m using the lovely soft pink  (860) and after many requests, am making a child’s version of the Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap!

This Easy Start tab, is without a doubt the single most innovative idea from Scheepjes.  This is them really thinking about the user experience.  I can’t rave about it enough.

For now, I’m off to crack on with this Peek-a-Boo.  What are you up to this week?

Don’t forget: You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Deramores, Wool Warehouse, and at Paradise Fibers in North America!

 

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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Pinterest Loves The Peek-a-Boo!

Crikey, look at the repins on this baby!

In only a few short weeks it’s been pinned more than 1200 times! I’ve had a couple of other images that have been pinned a lot, but they took months and months to get to hit 1000, not a month!

Can you see me doing the happy dance over here?

Meanwhile I’m very busy dreaming up new projects and searching for the right yarns, alongside working on a couple of WIPs, including this gorgeous design which will become a cushion very soon:

Alize Bamboo cushion

I love the changing colours and the pixel effect that the tiny blocks have.  I’m using the Alize Bamboo which I LOVE.  Bamboo is without a doubt my favourite fibre to work with.  It’s so soft and so light, and can fold up to almost nothing.  AND best of all, it’s completely sustainable!  What’s not to love?

What are you working on?

Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap Pattern Size S-XL

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Here it is, what you’ve been waiting for – the pattern for the Peek-a-Boo Wrap!

Peek-a-Boo Wrap free crochet pattern size S-XL on missneriss.com #haken

I’ve made this for you in four different sizes, from Small through to XL.

Here you can find a written pattern for size Medium, and below you can find a chart which will give you the measurements and stitch counts for sizes Small, Large and XL.

For the Dutch speakers among us, I’ve also had the design translated.  You can find it here. Veel plezier!

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux including Caro’s Atelier*, or internationally from Wool Warehouse*.

And even better, Esther from It’s all in a Nutshell has created a video tutorial, which is enormously helpful!

Are you ready?

What You Need

Scheepjes Stone Washed XL in 850 (Garnet) – 12 balls for size M (I used 11, but get an extra to be safe)
S = 10 balls (each ball of Stone Washed XL has 75 metres)
M = 12 balls
L = 15 balls
XL = 17 balls
7cm bamboo button – you can pick these up at any good craft store, or online
Size 5mm hook (or hook to obtain gauge)
Measuring Tape
Scissors
Tapestry Needle
Eucalan wool wash

Gauge

8 stitches x 5 rows = 5cm x 5cm
gauge across gauge up

Stitches

Note: All stitches are in US terms
Chain (CH)
Half Double Crochet (HDC)
Half Double Crochet Back Loop Only (HDCBLO)
Half Double Crochet Front Loop Only (HDCFLO)

Size Medium

  1. Chain loosely 119 stitches.  If you’re a tight crocheter, consider going up a hook size to make sure that the chain isn’t too tight.
  2. HDC into the third chain from the hook, and all the way across (a total of 117 stitches across).  CH2, turn.
  3. HDCBLO in the first stitch, HDCFLO in the next.  Repeat this front and back (HDCBLO/FLO) format all the way across, CH2, turn.  Note:  It’s important to ensure that you have an odd number of stitches to make it easier to achieve the texture of the stitches.  If you finish the row in the back loop, when you start the next row, start in the front loop and vice versa.  You’ll find very quickly as you go that the look of the wrap will be different if you don’t maintain the BLO then FLO stitch pattern in alternating stitches.Stitch view vest
  4. Repeat this pattern building rows for 25cm.
  5. Now we are going to make the first sleeve.  Follow the HDCBLO/FLO pattern for 20 stitches, then CH 35, skip 35, then continue the HDCBLO/FLO pattern all the way to the end.  Make sure you double check that you stitch into the BLO or FLO correctly (if the stitch in the row below was FLO, you need to stitch into the BLO).
  6. HDCBLO/FLO to the chain from the previous row, then HDC 35 into the chain, then continue the HDCBLO/FLO to the end.  the short end becomes the collar of the wrap.
  7. Repeat step 3 for a further 37cm and then we will make the next sleeve.  Making sure you start from the top of the collar and work down (add a row if you need to), repeat steps 5 and 6.
  8. Continue building the final front panel, for 25cm, then we will make the button hole.button large
  9. Starting from the top of the collar, repeat the HDCBLO/FLO pattern for 37 stitches.  Chain 7, skip 7 stitches, then repeat the HDCBLO/FLO pattern all the way to the end.
  10. HDCBLO/FLO to the chain from the previous row, then HDC 7 into the chain, then continue the HDCBLO/FLO to the end.
  11. Build a further 7 rows, or complete your ball of yarn.  Tie off, weave in ends.
  12. Sew button on the opposite end of the garment to the button hole 9cm from the end, 25cm from the top.Peek-a-Boo Wrap free crochet pattern size S-XL on missneriss.com #haken
  13. Block, stretching a little (especially the length) and you’re done!

Peek-a-Boo Wrap free crochet pattern size S-XL on missneriss.com #hakenThe back of the body warmer

Size Chart

You can switch out the stitch counts and centimetres in the written pattern above for the numbers in the chart below, depending on your required size.

SMALL MEDIUM
CM Rows CM Rows
Length 70 Chain 117 + 2 70cm Chain 117 + 2
Back 32 32 37 37
Front (button) 20 20 25 25
Front (button hole) 27 27 32 32
CM Stitch Count CM Stitch Count
Start Sleeve 12.5 20 12.5 20
End Sleeve 20 32 22.5 35
Start Button Hole 23 37 23 37
Button Hole Size 7 7
LARGE X-LARGE
CM Rows CM Rows
Length 75cm Chain 123 + 2 75cm Chain 123 + 2
Back 42 42 47 47
Front (button) 30 30 35 35
Front (button hole) 37 37 42 42
CM Stitch Count CM Stitch Count
Start Sleeve 15 24 17.5 28
End Sleeve 25 39 27.5 43
Start Button Hole 25 40 25 40
Button Hole Size 7 7

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Say Hello to the Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap

Crochet body warmer

Finally!  But, it was worth the wait, right?

Peek-a-boo Button Body Warmer

I picked up a mannequin from Xenos just to be able to show this off to you properly, and the form is just perfect.

peek-a-boo Button crochet body warmer

And so is the peek-a-boo button.  Better than I ever could have imagined.  I’ll be honest, when I first ordered the yarn and the button, I hadn’t really calculated the size of the button correctly, but now I couldn’t imagine having chosen anything else.

Standing collar on the crochet body warmer

I love how there is just enough strength in the stitch to hold the collar up at the back.  It’s always surprising just how soft and supple the Scheepjes Stone Washed is after blocking – I wasn’t sure if the collar would keep standing!

The back of the body warmer

Most of all, I adore the texture of the stitch I used.  It’s a very ordinary Half double Crochet, but in alternating front and back loops, giving the design just that little bit extra texture.  Plus the stitch allows just enough stretch for the top to really mold to the shape of the figure.

Can you tell how happy I am with the result?

Coming very soon, the pattern!  I’m drafting it in multiple sizes.  So we’ll have sizes from S through to XL next week!

The pattern is now live!  You can pick it up here: Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap.  Coming soon: pattern in Dutch! OMG that’s going to be tough 😀

WIP – Growing Fast!

Vest WIP using Scheepjes Stone Washed in GarnetI’ve only about four skeins to go, I’d say I’m nearly finished!

As with all the Stone Washed projects I’ve done in the last almost 12 months, I absolutely love the texture.  This yarn is just really, really great looking.  I love the fluff-factor too.  Look at the stitch detail:

Stitch Detail on the vest, using Scheepjes Stone Washed in GarnetI’m working a really very simple half double crochet into alternating front and back loops, and it just looks great.

I’m actually almost at the stage where I need to think about working in the button.  Now, this button is huge.  Like the size of a slice of orange.  I’m hoping that it’s the right choice, but only time will tell!

huge button and Stitch Detail on the vest, using Scheepjes Stone Washed in GarnetHopefully by this time next week I’ll be able to show you the finished product, won’t that be fun?!