Hello friends, how have you been? I hope you are enjoying summer and making the most of this gorgeous warm weather we are having here in the UK.

Time seems to be flying by and I never seem find enough to write about all that’s been happening lately, so I thought I share some photos of some special moments from the last few weeks with you…

#schwabsburger wollfest #madewithloops.co.ukwork & play at schwabsburger wollfest in germany

#knitted blanket #madewithloops.co.ukkaren’s birthday blanket made by my knitting group

#brugge #madewithloops.co.ukmagical weekend in brugge

#madewithloops.co.ukpainted by ‘my man’ especially for me

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festival season with special people

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an amazing day with ‘my girl’ at her work place

morning walk with best buddy

Last but by no means least, I have written a guest blog post over at my friend Freddie’s blog. It’s all about my wonderful experience of dyeing my own yarn. If you are interested, you can read it by clicking HERE.

Enjoy!

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#12monthsofhappy #madewithloops.co.uk

Hello dear friends, it’s been a while 🙂

Where does the time go? Half way through the year already, it’s hard to believe!

After a week of beautiful sunshine we are now back to continuous rain with temperatures that remind more of autumn than summer, so what better way to spend an afternoon than with yarn and hook in hand making this month’ dishcloth.

When I was in Germany recently I came across a Cotton Yarn I had not tried before, so I thought what better way to give it a go than for my #12monthsofhappy feature. The yarn is by a Norwegian Company called Sandnes Garn and is called Mandarin Petit. It is so so soft and was a pleasure to work with, so why not give it a try.

#12monthsofhappy #madewithloops.co.uk

But now without further ado, here is this month’ pattern, a little crochet for a change:

What you need – Man braucht

Approx. 70m of soft yarn in various colours – I used Sandnes Mandarin Petit 50g/180m

Ungefähr 70m weiches Garn in verschiedenen Farben – Ich nahm Sandnes Mandarin Petit 50g/180m

3.5mm Crochet Hook – 3.5mm Häkelnadel

Darning Needle to weave in ends – Stopfnadel zum Fäden vernähen

Finished size of the cloth: 20 cm diameter

Fertige Maße des Spültuchs: 20 cm Durchmesser

How to – So gehts

Ch5 and close to form a ring

5 Lftm zu einem Ring schließen

Rnd 1: Work 6dc into ring

Rnd 1: 6 FM in den Ring

Rnd 2: Work 2dc into each dc from previous round

Rnd 2: 2FM in jede Masche der Vorrunde

From here mark first stitch of every round with a marker or safety pin

Von hier markiere die erste M der Runde mit einem Markierer oder Sicherheitsnadel

Rnd 3: *2dc in first st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around

Rnd 3: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächste M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Rnd 4: *2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 2dc; rep from * around

Rnd 4: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächsten 2M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Rnd 5: *2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 3dc; rep from * around

Rnd 5: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächsten 3M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Continue in set pattern increasing the gap between 2 dc’s in each round until you have worked 24 rnds or the dishcloth is your desired size.

In diesem Muster weiterarbeiten, den Abstand zwischen den 2FM in jeder Runde vergrößern bis 24 RND gearbeitet sind oder das Spültuch die gewünschte Größe hat.

For edging work: *ss, [htr, 2tr, htr] in next st, ss in next st, skip 1 st; rep from * around.

Change colour as desired.

Für die Kante: *1KM, (hlbStb, 2Stb, hlbStb) in die nächste M, KM in die nächste M, 1 M überspringen; von * für die Runde wiederholen.

Enjoy! X.Viel Spaß X.

As always, you can download a PDF of this pattern by clicking hier – Wie immer kannst du ein PDF runter laden indem du auf diesen link klickst.

 

 

#colorful crochet #madewithloops #marrose-ccc

Hello friends and fellow crafters!

Today I am super thrilled and excited to be sharing the news of a brand new crochet book with you. A book packed full of beautiful projects, all designed by a fellow creative soul and dear friend Marianne of the all inspiring blog marrose-ccc.

#colorful crochet #madewithloops #marrose-ccc

Colorful Crochet is packed full of bright and cheerful projects to wear and for the home. The designs totally reflect Marianne’s style and eye for colour, and each project gives at least two ideas for application of technique used. Visually stimulating photos and ample designer tips and tricks shared, make for many hours of fun reading and making.

#colorful crochet #madewithloops #marrose-ccc

There is only one problem…which project to choose and make first!!

#colorful crochet #madewithloops #marrose-ccc

I decided and then changed my mind…then decided again and changed my mind…again!! Finally I settled on making the Striped Baby Blanket “Ingrid”. Something spoke to me looking at the beautiful stitch Marianne had used for the sample in the book, and as I had been wanting to make a blanket in hues of blue for a while it was the perfect time to set to it.

#colorful crochet #madewithloops #marrose-ccc

In the book Marianne uses DMC Just Cotton Medium and a hook size 6.5mm, but I prefer to work with slightly less thick yarn and settled for Sirdar Colourwheel in shade 0204 and hook size 4.5mm. Yarn and hook at the ready I couldn’t wait to get started and I am totally loving the way this has turned out. You could say that I was loving every stitch of it!

colorfulcrochet #madewithloops #marrose-ccc

The patterns in the book are very clear and easy to understand with some projects having charted as well as written instructions, and there are ample of designer hints giving that little bit of extra information on sizing or how to best attach motifs together. With more than 20 projects in the book there is something for everyone and all abilities, and I dare you not wanting to make every single item.

As you can see, I am totally smitten and want to congratulate Marianne and Tuva Publishing for getting together and giving us this true gem of a book. And just when you think it can’t get any better than that…

Not only did dear Marianne ask me to be part of a blog tour of amazing talented fellow bloggers, she also gave me a copy of the book to give away to you my fellow readers and friends. How do you like that for a surprise on a sunny Sunday?!?

To be in with a chance to win a copy of COLORFUL CROCHET by Marianne Dekkers-Roos, head over to my Instagram Feed to find out what you have to do.

As for me…

#colorful crochet #madewithloops #marrose-ccc

…I might spend the day under my beautiful new blanket pondering the pages of Colorful Crochet and deciding what to make next!

Enjoy!

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