esprit de fleur

 

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Hello friends! How have you been, well I hope.

The past few days I have noticed that there is a distinct feeling of autumn in the air! The heather is in full bloom on top of my mountains, straw bales are appearing, and in some cases towering like ‘Great walls of China’, the first leaves are falling and evenings are drawing in earlier. There are still some signs of summer to see in the garden and these past few days the weather has been unusually warm. I was able to enjoy a glass of sparkly sitting outside admiring my view a couple of evenings ago – how wonderful.

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As I am looking forward to a week away with my girl friends, I wanted to leave you with a little something to do whilst I am gone. How about my new square design reminding us of faded summer glory. I am calling it “Esprit de Fleur”.

It starts with yarn in faded vintage colours, I used Scheepjes Stone Washed DK

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Ch5, ss to close to form a ring.

Round 1: Work 8dc into the ring, ss to join.

Round 2: Ch3, work (htr, 1ch) in each of next 7 sts, ss to join.

Round 3: * ss in first 1ch-sp, (ch2, 2tr, 1ch, ss) in same sp; rep. from * in each 1ch-sp, ss to join. – 8 Flower Petals

Change colour and working from behind the petals just made continue:

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Round 4: Attach new colour behind first petal, *4ch, ss 2 sts along behind same petal (use photo as guide); rep from * around – 8 4ch-sp’s.

Round 5: ss into first 4ch-sp, 3ch, 2tr in same space, *(3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in next 4ch-sp (corner), 3tr in next 4ch-sp; rep from * around.

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Round 6: Work 1tr in each tr around and (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) in each corner.

Fasten off and weave in ends. (or continue working extra rounds to make the square larger)

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I think it is perfect for a blanket to snuggle under when evenings are getting colder.

Hope you like it!

X.

PS: Show me your colour combos by using #espritdefleursquare on Instagram or Twitter – I would love to see them!

spring flower granny square

 

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This weekend the weather really turned to ice and snow here in North Wales and the Log Burners in our house have been working overtime keeping us snug and toasty.

As well as enjoying brisk walks in the fresh winter air, I have had a little play with yarn and hook these past few days and here is the result. What do you think? Do you like it?

I know there are many flower granny squares out there, but I wanted to create something that reminded me of the Anemone Japonica Flowers in my garden in Summer.

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I am really pleased with the way it has turned out and I would like to share the pattern with you. so here it is (UK Terms used)…

Spring Flower Square

I used Scheepjeswol Stone Washed for mine as I am totally hooked (excuse the pun!) on it and love the delicate colours.

I hope you will enjoy making your very own versions of my square, just click on the photo for a larger version that you can print.

Have fun and 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.

 

vintage blanket – the pattern

Vintage Blanket Pattern

Today I am sharing the pattern for my Vintage Blanket with you. For this blanket I made a total of 54 squares and the finished size is a snuggly 107cm x 75cm. You can of course make it to any size you require and the colour choices are entirely yours too, don’t forget Scheepjeswol Stone Washed yarn is available in 16 fabulous colours.

The pattern for the squares is a modified version of “Wheel in a square” by Susan Pinner from the book Granny Squares, and the random layout was achieved by using the online granny square generator here.

The Pattern: for this size

Materials:

3 balls each of blue (805) – mustard (809) – rose (808) and 4 balls cream (801)

4mm crochet hook and darning needle

You need to make the following squares: 19 x mustard – 18 x rose – 17 x blue

UK terms used: ch – chain, dc – double crochet, rep – repeat, rnd – round, sp – space, st – stitch, ss – slip stitch, tr – treble crochet

The Motif:

Ch5 and ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), work 11tr into ring, ss to join (12tr)

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Rnd 2: Ch5 (counts as tr + 2ch), *1tr in next st, 2ch; rep. from * in each st around, ss to join

Rnd 3: SS into first 2ch sp, ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into same 2ch sp, 3tr in each 2ch sp around, ss to join

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Rnd 4: Ch4, *dc in 3rd st, ch4; rep. from * around, ss to join (12 loops)

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Rnd 5: SS to first 4ch sp, ch3 (counts as tr), [2tr, 2ch, 3tr] in same 4ch sp, *(3dc in next 4ch sp) twice, [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in next 4ch sp; rep. from * twice, (3dc in next 4ch sp) twice, ss to join – Fasten off main colour.

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Rnd 6: Join cream colour at any corner and work: 5ch (counts as tr and 2ch), 1tr in same corner, *1tr in each of next 12sts, [1tr, 2ch, 1tr] in next corner sp; rep. from * twice, 1tr in each of next 12sts, ss to join – Fasten off.

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To join the squares:

With right sides together join using double crochet seams as follows:

Place two squares right sides together, and matching stitch for stitch, make a dc stitch through both edges of the two squares.

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Edging – 3ch Picot Zig-Zag:

3ch Picot – ch3, 1dc in 3rd ch from hook

Work edge with right side facing

Rnd 1: Using cream work 1dc in each st around, work 3dc’s into corners

Rnd 2: Using contrast colour (blue in my blanket) work 1dc in each st around, work 3dc’s into centre st of corners

Rnd 3: Using cream ss in back loop of first st, *picot, ch1, skip 2sts, ss into back loop of next st; rep. from * around

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There you go…all done! Go and make yourself a nice cup of tea and snuggling under your beautiful new blanket…

Enjoy! X.

PS: There is now a link on the free crochet pattern page to download a Pdf document for this blanket!

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