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

So happy to be able to show you my latest design today. I am calling it the Everyday Sweater, because it is just that, a sweater that will become your very best friend, a cosy hug, a go-to item for everyday.

For a long while I wanted to design a jumper in a relaxed style, a super comfy wearable garment to keep hanging over the edge of the sofa, the sort of jumper you want to wear all the time. I had been looking for just the right yarn to knit with and when I saw the new shades Emma (the little grey sheep) had dyed in her signature yarn (Stein Fine Wool 4 Ply), I fell in love and knew this was it.

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As I already had a style in mind, swatching began immediately. I really didn’t want to waste any time and was so eager to start knitting.

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Soon the sweater was well under way and as I was knitting each row I loved it more and more. The feel of the soft wool running through my hands and the gentle rhythm of the stitches, I didn’t want to stop. As the sweater grew I suddenly thought that I wanted to add something special to this pattern. I feel cold very easily, especially around my neck, but I don’t always want to wear a shawl or scarf. I also love Polo neck jumper’s, but sometimes they feel just a little too tight and hot around the neck. Solution…

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…a detachable short cowl style polo neck that can be added as when needed. 🙂

The sweater features visible seams and deep mistake ribbing and the pattern has detailed notes on how to adjust it to different sizes and change some of the design features. There are many beautiful colours available for Stein Fine Wool 4ply on Emma’s website (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk) and we are currently running a give-away over on our respective Instagram pages to win the yarn and pattern to make your very own #everydaysweater as well as a mini skein kit for a friend.

Why not hop over and try your luck! You find us on Instagram as @madewithloops and @thelittlegreysheep

The pattern is a available as an instant download from all the usual places, just click on any links on the right side of this blog.

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Hope you like it.

Until soon, Heike xo

 

 

 

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Original Watercolour by Mark Gittins

Sun and Sand – Beach and Boats – Red, White and Blue – Endless Days, endless Skies and fabulous Sunsets!

All of this means Summer and so far Summer has been very kind to us, with temperatures and an absence of rain not seen since 1976. Long may it last!

For fabulous endless skies and the most amazing long days ending in beautiful sunsets, there is no better place than Scandinavia, where we can also find an abundance of red, white and blue inspiration.

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Having had a love of the Scandinavian Archipelago since childhood, I am so happy to share with you today three dishcloth designs inspired by clean and fresh lines and the simple pleasures of home.

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Why not sit outside under a shady tree and enjoy the simple pleasure of knitting something pretty for your kitchen or bathroom. Trust me, these home made cloths are a trillion times nicer to use than bought ones and most definitely look heaps better too.

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What you need

100% 4ply Cotton Yarn in three colours – I used Drops You 9 recycled cotton, 50g/125m

Colours 101/white – 108/red – 115/blue

3.25mm Knitting Needles (gauge is not important, but the knitted fabric should not be too loose)

Finished Measurements

25cm x 25cm

How To 

Blue Dishcloth

Cast on 55sts

Row 1 (RS): K3, *k1, p1, k1, p2tog, yo, p1; rep. from * ending k4

Rows 2, 4 + 6: K3, p1, *k1, p1; rep. from * to last 3sts, k3

Rows 3+7: K3, *k1, p1; rep. from * ending k4

Row 5: K3, *k1, p1, yo, p2tog, k1, p1; rep. from * ending k4

Row 8: as row 2

Repeat rows 1-8 five times and then continue working stocking stitch (knit on RS – purl on WS) for 8cm.

Cast off knit wise on WS.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Red Dishcloth

Cast on 3sts

Row 1: K1tbl, k1, sl1p-wise wyif

Row 2: K1tbl, kf+b, k to last st, sl1p-wise wyif

Repeat row 2 until you have 70sts on your needle and then

Row 1: K1tbl, sl1, k1, psso, k to last st, sl1p-wise wyif

Repeat this row until there are 3sts left.

Cast off. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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White Dishcloth with Stripes

Col A = White  Col B = Blue    Col C = Red

Dot Pattern:

Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2: K3, purl to last 3sts, k3

Row 3: K4, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 3sts, k3

Row 4: K3, K the K sts and P the P sts

Row 5: K8, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 7sts, p2, k5

Row 6: as row 4

With A cast on 55sts and knit 6 rows.

Work Dot Pattern once.

With Col B knit 4 rows.

With Col A work rows 1-4 of Dot Pattern.

With Col C knit 2 rows.

With Col A work rows 1 + 2 and then rows 5 + 6 of Dot Pattern.

With Col B knit 2 rows.

With Col A work complete Dot Pattern 4 times and then rows 1 + 2 once more.

With Col B knit 2 rows.

With Col A work rows 1 + 2 and then rows 5 + 6 of Dot Pattern.

With Col C knit 2 rows.

With Col A work rows 1-4 of Dot Pattern.

With Col B knit 4 rows.

With Col A work rows 1 + 2, then rows 5 + 6 and then rows 3 + 2 of Dot Pattern.

With Col A knit 5 rows.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Have fun making these, they will put a smile on your face and brighten up any sink.

There will be no posts for the next few weeks but I will continue to share photos with you on my Instagram and Facebook page. I will be back in September, refreshed and with lots of new ideas.

Enjoy your summer, wherever you may be!

XO. ☀

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