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It’s taken a while…but I am so happy to be able to share with you my latest design today 🙂

The ‘Three Thousand Miles Shawl’

A big old distance lies between ‘The Rainbow Room’, where this shawl was created and Magpie Fibres, home of the yarn used. Over three thousand miles in fact.

Earlier this year I started ‘talking’ with Dami, the owner of Magpie Fibresover on Instagram. I took a very big liking to all of her beautiful yarns and when she posted photos of some amazing sets of her swanky sock yarn, I instantly fell in love.

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Hand-dyed in the city of Frederick in Maryland USA, this yarn sang to me immediately and when Dami brought some hanks for me to try to Edinburgh earlier this year, I knew I had to do something special.

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The shawl is worked in three sections and uses just over 1000 metres of yarn. Multiply the two and you get the distance between my studio and the home of Magpie Fibres, hence the name.

You start by working the cabled section, followed by the large main section and finally the opposite long section. All of it is finished off with one of my trademark favourites, an I-cord cast off. The result is a pretty large (Width 165 cm x Depth 70 cm), super soft shawl, which, I am sure, will become a firm favourite in no time.

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You can of course use any yarn you like, just make sure it is soft and squishy and if you want to achieve the same size as my sample, I urge you to use a fingering/4ply yarn. Here is what you need:

Magpie Fibres Swanky Sock – 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon (or yarn of choice)

115g/345m – Sample uses:

1 x shade Baby got Black – Col A

2 x shade Love & Rockets – Col B

1 x shade Paint it Black – Col C

4 mm Knitting Needles (at least 100cm long circular for main body of shawl to accommodate stitches)

Cable Needle

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The pattern is now available as instant download from all the usual places to which you find links on the right hand side of this blog.

I hope you like it and enjoy making your very own, perfect for winter, squishy shawl.

XO.

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I received the news that I had been chosen to become one of Nurturing Fibres Brand Representatives whilst on holiday in Guatemala and as you can imagine, I have been giddy with joy and excitement ever since.

On my return from holiday I found my first Yarn parcel waiting for me, carefully chosen and wrapped by Carle, it had come all the way from South Africa.

Cheering myself up coming home to gloomy weather and in the midst of unpacking suitcases I couldn’t wait to delve into my parcel and was greeted by a ray of exploding colour. I felt like a child in a sweet shop and found it almost impossible to restrain myself from getting out my hook immediately. Yesterday I couldn’t wait any longer and thinking of the many inspirational impressions from my holiday, I spent the day hooking away.

This was the result

The Maya Cross Square – inspired by my visit to Quirigua in the Peten Region of Guatemala and the many Mayan Stone carvings found there.

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What you need:

Nurturing Fibres Eco Cotton – 10g = 25m per square – I used colours Emerald, Old Gold and Ruby Pink for samples.

4mm Crochet Hook

Darning Needle

How To: (UK Terms)

Start with a magic ring and then work:

Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 5ch, [3tr, 5ch] x 7 into ring, join with ss to beg. ch.

Pull magic ring tightly to close.

Rnd 1: Ss to first 5ch sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 2ch, 3tr] in same sp, *5ch, skip next 5ch-sp, [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp; rep. frpm * twice, 5ch, skip next 5ch-sp, join with ss to beg. ch.

Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 2ch corner, 1tr in each of next 3sts, 5ch, **1tr in each of next 3sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.

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Rnd 3: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 4sts, *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 2ch corner, 1tr in each of next 5sts, 3ch, 1dc in missed 5ch-sp from magic round and at the same time enclosing ch’s made in rnds 1 & 2, 3ch, **1tr in each of next 5sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.

Rnd 4: Ch2 (counts as htr), 1htr in each of next 6sts, *3htr in 2ch corner, 1htr in each of next 7sts, 2tr in 3ch-sp, 1dtr in dc from prev. rnd, 2tr in 3ch-sp, **1htr in each of next 7sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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At this point your work will be a bit uneven and wobbly at the edges so it is important to block in order to achieve beautifully shaped squares. I use a granny block station that I purchased in The Netherlands HERE , but you can use any other method that you might prefer.

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I will write about my holiday another day and share some of the many photos I took with you. For now I hope you will enjoy trying out this new square and celebrate my wonderful news with me.

Happy hooking!

XO.

A few weeks ago the ever so lovely Lisa of @lisasattik asked me if I fancied being part of a blog tour comprising of the current and most prolific Crocheters around to talk about her first book. I thought about it for about 10 seconds and said yes.

Today is my day and gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Lisa’s first book

Delicious Crochet Shawls 

(21 Stylish Crochet Shawls)

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This is a beautiful glossy book with a cover flap that serves as a handy page mark. In it you will find 21 Shawls all inspired by Lisa’s family caravan jaunts around the Northumberland coast line and Lake District in the UK. The shawls have lovely names like Blueberry Muffin, Neapolitan Ice and Queen of Tarts and as soon as I received my copy of the book I decided to make a shawl called Banana Split.

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I had the perfect yarn in my stash, Aglow Singles by Lottie Knits  and Farouche by Nature’s Luxury

I love the fact that the book has both written instructions and diagrams for each pattern, which makes it suitable for every ability of Crocheters, from beginners to advanced, there is a pattern for everyone.

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The book also includes useful info at the back on techniques, different shawl shapes and blocking methods.

My Banana Split was a joy to make and I loved every stitch. There are two sizes to choose from and I opted for the small size which is just perfect to wear right now when days are still warm but mornings and evenings can get a bit chilly.

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If you love crochet and you love shawls, this is the book for you. Triangular, Crescent, Rectangle or Half Hexagon, there is a shape to love for everyone. Large or small, there is a size to make for yourself or as a gift for a friend or loved one (start now, Christmas is only 3 months away). You can purchase your copy here.

 

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I am pondering which one to make next and already looking forward to see which shawls all the others have been working on. Why don’t you join me and follow along with the blog tour, next up is Emily who you all know as The Loopy Stitch , find out what she is making tomorrow.

See you very soon.

Heike xo

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