luca poncho – the pattern

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Thank you for following my journey during the making of the Luca Poncho. Today, as promised, I want to share the pattern with you.

Many of you know how much I like using colour in both knitting and crochet, with all stranded colour work being a special love of mine. For this poncho I used a very simple, yet effective, slip stitch pattern. A perfect project for anyone just starting out with using more than one colour, or maybe you just want to have a relaxing project to work on during the Christmas holidays.

Whatever the case, I hope you will enjoy working on my take of an all time favourite using this most wonderfully soft and luscious yarn. Make it using my colour choice or pick your own from the very large palette of Luca Yarn here.

The pattern is absolutely FREE for you to download right HERE

Enjoy! X.

luca poncho – the big tah-dah

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luca yarn – ready for sample swatching

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Tah-Dah…!!! Here it is – the Luca Poncho…

Inspiration + Planning + Yarn Colour Selection + Swatching  + Knitting (a lot of knitting) = One finished Project!

I am loving every bit of it! Starting with the beautiful yarn, Luca from Scheepjeswol, so soft and cosy. I love the jewel colours, the stitch pattern I chose and the way the poncho drapes so well.

Finished only this morning, I simply had to share it with you right away. What do you think? Do you like what you see?

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I am wearing it right now, feeling perfectly snugly on this cold and windy day. Sorry the photos aren’t the best…very dull and grey here today, no proper light for some good photography.

I’ll try and do better for next week’s pattern reveal – please pop back for that.

Hope to see you then. Enjoy!

X.

christmas gift bag – a free pattern

Scheepjes festive blog hop buttonA little while ago I was invited by the lovely peeps at Scheepjeswol to participate in their advent calendar blog hop. Coming up with an idea using some beautiful Scheepjeswol what was not to like and I set to work right away. Today is my day to share my idea with you.

Before I start I would like to introduce you to yesterday’s contributor, Annelies Baes and her blog here Go and check out her cute little crochet snow man ornament, I dare you not to find it irresistible and make a few. All other previous contributors can be found via the Scheepjeswol link here. There are some truly amazing creations there which should keep you busy during the festive season.

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So, a few weeks ago I received my happy mail of yarn from Scheepjeswol and set to work. My idea was to produce a small gift bag using the above colours in a stranded colourwork pattern. I love colourwork in knitting and crochet and have always been inspired by Scandinavian, Estonian and Fair Isle patterns.

What do you think…?

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…I am quietly chuffed with the way it’s turned out. The Scheepjeswol Stone Washed yarn is not only fast becoming one of my favourite yarns to work with, but is also absolutely perfect for this kind of work.

The bag measures 22 cm high x 18 cm wide and is perfect transportation for a small knitting/crochet project, as a gift bag instead of wrapping paper, or simply a gift for someone special.

The pattern is available totally free in three languages. You can download your own PDF version by clicking English, German or Dutch versions.

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I hope you enjoy making this bag as much as I have designing it.  Why not share your version of the bag with us on the Scheepjeswol facebook page or by emailing a photo to me (my email address is on the right).

Tomorrow will be Nerissa’s turn to share another beautiful blog hop advent creation with us. Make sure you visit her blog MissNeriss and see what she has in store for us.

Happy Knitting!

X.

 

the luca project – poncho

Poncho Inspiration

image credit – google images

This week has been a bit of a bumper ride with some very low points. It has however not all been gloomy, and one of the definite up’s has been working with the lovely Scheepjeswol Luca yarn that I introduced you to last week.

Some of you may know that I have close family who lives all the way in Guatemala. Thinking of them and planning a trip out there made me look at photos of that country recently. It reminded me that, like Peru, Guatemala is a country alive with striking colours. Especially the ponchos are a feast for the eye, and this gave me an idea and ample inspiration for my Luca project.

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The jewel colours lend themselves to some colour work, and after playing around with different ideas I have settled on a simple, yet striking slip stitch pattern.

This is the current state of play…

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I am loving every minute of it and hopefully I will be ready to share a big TahDah moment with you next week.

Enjoy your weekend, and happy Sinterklaas – St. Nikolaus to all of you who celebrate.

X.

scheepjeswol – exciting new project

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My love affair with Scheepjeswol continues and my latest discovery is this super soft, super cosy yarn called Luca. Luca is a non-twisted lush yarn made of 30% Wool – 70% Premium Acrylic and is available in 23 delicious colour shades. The yarn has a soft sheen and is perfect for cosy Winter knits. Using a 5mm knitting needle or crochet hook, one can quickly whip up some fabulous creations.

I have chosen five gorgeous shades for my next project, four jewel colours and one to pull it all together. As always, it all started with some inspiration. This time it was my current journal into which I scribble and paste ideas. The cover made me think of India, the Himalayas, Kashmir and all the colours you might find there. With Christmas coming up and the weather turning cold, I am thinking up ideas to wrap up warm, feel cosy and sparkle at the same time.

I wound some yarn into small balls and did some swatching…

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…see how beautiful all the colours work together!

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I have an idea in my head that seems perfect for this yarn and I would love to share the journey with you. Wish me luck and watch out for next weeks update on how I am getting on. In the meantime why not have a look at all the gorgeous Luca shades here and start dreaming of your very own creations.

Happy making! Enjoy!

X.

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