Today sees the release of my latest pattern and I am proud to tell you about it here too.
Meet Cloud my latest shawl design and available for instant download via Loveknitting or my Etsy shop.
Almost weightless, very soft and fluffy just like a cloud, this shawl is the absolute go-to accessory for year round wear. A symmetrical shawl knitted on the bias increasing outwards from one point for a long flat triangle, it is non bulky with many options for an effortless and easy to wear look. A must in every Knitter’s wardrobe.
For the sample in the photo I used one ball of Schoppel Edition 6 and one ball of Lang Mohair Luxe. This would make a great first shawl project for the novice knitter or, for the more experienced knitter, this is a perfect project to relax in front of the TV with. The shawl knits up in no time at all and is finished with a crochet corkscrew edging.
The finished size of 32cm x 150cm make Cloud the perfect accessory to keep you snug and warm without being thick and heavy.
When the lovely peeps from Lovecrochet.com got in touch the other day asking if I would like to try out the latest Paintbox Yarn, I jumped at the chance. Never one to say no to a freebie, and always keen on quick projects, I was only too happy to give this chunky yarn a go.
It didn’t disappoint!
A generous parcel arrived at my door, containing 3 balls of Paintbox Chunky Pots in shades (from left) Paradise – Making Hay – Fairytale…what to make?
The yarn comes from Turkey (brilliant as it’s one of my favourite places), is super soft and perfect for snuggly projects and each ball is 200g/272m.
As you know, my hubby is artist Mark Gittins. He paints at his beloved Studio 59 where it can get very chilly at times. Looking at and feeling this yarn, I thought of him and that it would be lovely to make him his very own artists blanket.
Without further ado, and with crochet hook in hand I set to work and today I want to share my quick and easy pattern with you because I think you might like to make one too 🙂
I used all three of my Chunky Pots and a 6mm Crochet Hook with the finished blanket measuring 85cm x 120cm.
Here is what I did: (UK terms)
Start by making two 5 round Granny Squares and then sew them together at one side to form a rectangle.
Next: With right side of work facing, join in yarn at any corner and work 3ch (counts as tr), [1tr, 2ch, 2tr] in same space, *(1ch, 3tr) in each 1ch-space to next corner, [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in corner; rep. from * all around and join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round.
Work the next round the same, but instead of (1ch, 3tr) in each ch-space, work (1ch, 2tr) into each of those spaces.
Alternate these two rounds until you have just enough yarn left to work just one more round.
For this last round work 1dc into each stitch and 3dc in each corner space.
Weave in all the ends and you are done!
I worked this up in just two evenings, and it fits in perfectly with my idea of a quick yet satisfying project. The blanket is super soft and warm, I enjoyed working with this yarn immensely, and I know this will be a much used and loved item.
Please share yours using #artistsblanket.
N.B. This post was sponsored with yarn only. The comments about the yarn and the pattern are my own!
Come and join me at Well Manor Farm for a fun and informative day learning about colour and crochet. The day will be held in a beautiful newly built, wonderful oak framed barn looking out over the sheep pastures.
Well Manor farm is the home of The little grey Sheep and is set within 300 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside. This is where shepherdess Susie nurtures, manages and shears the flock of sheep, and Emma spends endless hours in the dyeing shed transforming the fibre into the most delicious shades of colour.
Using the Flower Power cushion pattern, designed especially for The little grey Sheep, as your project, you will be guided through each step of completing the cushion. I will be on hand to help you through your first few squares and you will be able to take your kit away to finish at home.
There might even be an opportunity to meet the sheep weather permitting.
What’s included in the workshop:
A Flower Power kit containing enough The Little Grey Sheep Yarn to make two cushions plus the pattern. (Cushion Pad not included can be bought separately on day)
A copy of The little grey Sheep’s latest Sticka magazine including many beautiful patterns.
A tasty home made lunch and afternoon cake, as well as lashings of tea and coffee throughout the day.
Making sure that you can use every last strand of your beautiful yarn I have also designed a Flower Power Tea Cosy and matching doily, and you will receive the instructions on how to make these items as a bonus pattern on the day.
All we ask is that you have a basic understanding and ability of crochet.
Come and join Emma, myself and other like minded people for a fabulous and fun filled day learning new skills and making new friends.
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 Garnand is called Mandarin Petit. It is so so soft and was a pleasure to work with, so why not give it a try.
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 diesenlink klickst.
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 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.
There is only one problem…which project to choose and make first!!
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.
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!
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 Marianneand 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…
…I might spend the day under my beautiful new blanket pondering the pages of Colorful Crochet and deciding what to make next!