Hello friends,

I am so excited to be sharing my latest pattern release with you today:

The Darling buds of Spring Shawl

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…I really hope you like it as much as do!

A while ago a new yarn company caught my eye on Instagram. Every day I would see lovely photos of new yummy yarn in my feed by a Dutch company called Yarn and Colors and every day I would sit and dream up things to make using those beautiful balls of yarn. One day I decided to write to them and see if they had a stockist in the UK where I could place an order. Instead they offered to send me some to try, all I had to do was pick the colours I wanted – That’s how this shawl was conceived 🙂

Here is what I chose:

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I really wanted to make something in happy colours to blow away the winter blues. The shape itself is a long symmetrical triangle with increases on one side, and using a combination of stripes and simple eyelet lace gives the shawl enough interest when knitting it. A lovely stretchy I-cord cast off makes for a beautiful finish to it all.

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The yarn is so so soft and a total pleasure to work with, a combination of 68% Cotton and 32% Acrylic, it gives good stitch definition, is durable and washes well.

I took it to the beach the other day and it did it’s job beautifully, keeping me snug and warm.

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Working with 4mm needles makes for a quick project that can be finished in just a few evenings and is achievable even by less experienced knitters.  Before you know it you have a beautiful warm hug to wrap around your shoulders!

The pattern is now available as an instant download HERE and HERE. If you decide to give it a go I would love to see yours finished, so why not share it with me by tagging #darlingbudsofspring on social media.




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Hello my lovelies, how are you?

Only one more sleep and we are officially entering the Spring season…Hurrah!! and not a day too soon I say. We have had some lovely spring like weather already and sea’s of yellow daffodils can be seen everywhere. The first cherry blossom is out and the Magnolia trees aren’t far behind, it’s looking altogether more friendly outside.

I hope you have all been knitting away on your dishcloths and are eagerly awaiting March’s instalment. Just like spring, this one is a little more colourful…

I hope you like it!

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What you need – Man braucht

Approx. 50m of soft yarn – I used Scheepjes Linen Soft DK 50g/135m in two colours

Ungefähr 50m weiches Garn – Ich nahm Scheepjes Linen Soft DK 50g/135m in zwei Farben

3.5mm Knitting Needles – 3.5mm Stricknadeln

Darning Needle to weave in ends – Stopfnadel zum Fäden vernähen

Finished size of the cloth: 20 x 20 cm when slightly stretched

Fertige Maße des Spültuchs: 20 x 20 cm etwas gedehnt

How to – So gehts

Cast on a multiple of 4sts plus 3 – 55sts with col A for this cloth

Ein vielfaches von 4M plus 3 anschlagen – 55M mit Farbe A für dieses Tuch

Purl 1 row – 1 R links stricken

Rows 1 (RS): with col B – K3, *slip 1 wyib, k3; rep. from * to end

Reihe 1 (HR): mit Farbe B – 3Mre, *1M abh. mit Faden hinten, 3Mre; von * bis zum Ende der Reihe wiederh.

Row 2: Slip 1 wyib, k2, *slip 1 wyif, k3; rep from * to end

Reihe 2: 1M abh mit Faden hinten, 2Mre, 1M abheben mit Faden vorne, 3Mre; von * bis zum Ende der Reihe wiederh.

Row 3: with col A – K1, *slip 1 wyib, k3; rep from * to last 2sts, slip 1 wyib, k1

Reihe 3: mit Farbe A – 1Mre, *1M abh mit Faden hinten, 3Mre; von * bis zu den 2 letzten M wiederh, 1M abh mit Faden hinten, 1Mre

Row 4: Slip 1 wyib, *slip 1 wyif, k3; rep from * to last 2sts, slip 1 wyif, k1

Reihe 4: 1M abheben mit Faden hinten, *1M abheben mit Faden vorne, 3Mre; von * bis zu den 2 letzten M wiederh, 1M abheben mit Faden vorne, 1Mre

Repeat rows 1-4 until piece is desired size.

Reihen 1-4 wiederholen bis das Tuch die gewuenschte Groesse erreicht hat.

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Cast off and weave in all ends.

Alle Maschen abketten und Fäden vernähen.

As always, the pattern is also available as a PDF download HEREWie immer kann man die Anleitung auch als PDF HIER runter laden.

Have fun and enjoy! – Viel Spass damit!



#treeoflifemittens #madewithloops.co.ukHello friends, how have you been?

Today is International Women’s day 2017 and seems the perfect day to introduce you to a new free pattern and a very special new yarn called “From the Mountain” – Afghan Cashmere. The yarn is distributed by Michelle du Plessis of Scaapi and available from April at Knit with attitude in the UKTrollenwol in the Netherlands and Ekolikka in Finland, with more stockists in the pipeline. It is a 100% Cashmere, Hand Spun & Undyed Sport Weight Yarn available in four natural colours on 100g/250m hanks with a gauge of 22-24 sts using a 3.5 mm needle.

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Like all the yarns Michelle supplies, this one comes with it’s own very interesting story.

War torn Afghanistan is home to some 73 million cashmere goats, but only about 30% of them were being harvested for fibre according to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Susan Inglis, the founder of From the Mountain met Abdul Basir Hotak, the owner of a cashmere processing business in Herat, Afghanistan while working as a consultant for USAID in 2011. Contracted by the Sustainable Agriculture Programme to work with him and to bring new opportunities to rural areas, she and Mr Hotak seized the opportunity to invest in building a supply of this premium fibre.

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He sourced a network of spinners in remote areas and is now managing a cottage industry that supports 100 women. After over a decade of conflict, many of these women have been left head of their household, with very few safe and socially acceptable ways to earn an income. Spinning this cashmere provides families with an economic alternative to growing poppies for opium.

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From the Mountain cashmere is available in 4 natural shades. The yarn is untreated and is handspun using a drop spindle. It is deliciously soft and has been described as “absolutely luscious”, “silky as butter” and “incredibly soft”.

I absolutely loved working with this yarn and know that you will too. By purchasing this yarn you will help women and their children who have paid a high prize due to the many conflicts of war in their beautiful country.

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For further information please visit the Scaapi website or get in touch with Michelle via e-mail at info@scaapi.nl

The Free Pattern can be downloaded by clicking on this link HERE.

Enjoy and happy knitting!


Note: Some information & photos supplied by Scaapi

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