nordic shawl – a journey

dear diary,

Today is one of those special Ta-Dahhhh moments… you know the ones I mean!!! The ones that make a lot of hours spent working on a project worthwhile.

As you know, I almost never use a pattern for my work unless I see something that jumps right at me and looks extra special. The Nordic Shawl is one of those extra special designs, and today I want to share it with you.


Earlier this summer I discovered the wonderful world of Annette’s blog called my rosevalley,¬†and was immediately hooked. A native Swedish girl, married to an American and living in Switzerland, Annette’s blog is vivaciously full of life and beautiful photography. She shares her passions for crochet, sewing and general crafting by inviting us to join her in her colourful journey. As well as making some beautiful patterns available, she sells the most delicious of yarns. Tilda Yarn from Sweden is wonderful to work with and has a huge colour range, I strongly suggest you give it a try.

So there I was, totally hooked and looking at photograph’s of Annette wearing a beautiful crochet shawl for which she promised to write up the pattern, and what an extra special pattern it is. I could not resist and started work on my version of the Nordic Shawl almost immediately, as I had the perfect yarn in my stash.


For the main colour I used Dibadu’s Funnies, a 100% Merino yarn in a colour called Teerose, for the contrast colours left-over yarn from some of my own shawl designs was used.

I worked mostly following Annette’s pattern, apart from making some increases to create a wavy edge for a slightly softer drape. I couldn’t work my shawl quite as large as the pattern, as I ran out of the main colour yarn, but I am totally chuffed with the result ūüôā

What do you think?

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If you want to see more versions of the Nordic Shawl go and look on Instagram #nordicshawl, I have a feeling there will be quite a few beautiful examples on show before too long, and why not visit myrosevalley today and download the pattern to make your very own colourfully cosy version of this beautiful shawl.

Thank you Annette for sharing your Nordic Shawl with us. x

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 11

dear diary,

Summer is here…the sky has been blue most of this week and temperatures have been slowly rising. Even here in North Wales we have 22C today…Yippee!!! and it’s suppose to last over the whole weekend and into next week.

What better time than to sit outside and work on your ‘homely blanket’ squares…

Quest Square 11

rico creative cotton aran – 4mm hook – 13 x 13cm


8ch, join with ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: *6dtr, 3ch; rep. from 3 times, join with ss.

Rnd 2: *work cluster in 6dtr, 5ch, ss in 2nd of 3ch, 5ch; rep. from * 3 times, join with ss. Fasten off and join new colour on top of any cluster.

Rnd 3: *[3dtr, 1ch, 3dtr, 2ch, 3dtr, 1ch, 3dtr] in 3ch sp of rnd 1, ss on top of cluster; rep. from * 3 times, ss to join. Fasten off and join new colour in any ss on top of cluster.

Rnd 4: 6dtr in same sp, *[6dtr, 2ch, 6dtr] in next 2ch sp, **6dtrin ss on top of next cluster; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss. Fasten off and join new colour at same ss.

Rnd 5: *1dc in each of 6dtr, 1dc in ch sp between groups of 3dtr of rnd 3, 1dc in each of 6dtr, 3dc in corner; rep. from * 3 times, join with ss. Fasten off and join new colour at any st from prev. rnd.

Rnd 6: 3ch, work 1tr in each st around working 3tr in centre of corner dc’s, join with ss.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Note: Cluster explained Рto work a 6dtr cluster: Yarn round hook twice, work the first stitch omitting the last stage to leave 2 loops on hook. Work next 5sts in same manner resulting in 7 loops on hook. Wrap yarn over hook and pull through all 7loops to finish the cluster.

Quest Square 11.1

svarta faret tilda – 3mm hook – 11 x 11cm


I am off to do prepare for a crochet workshop tomorrow. Wishing you all a lovely weekend full of hooky fun. xx

the story of three blankets

dear diary,

Why is it that the day has only 24 hours and the week¬†has only¬†7 days?? Somehow I don’t think I am alone in wishing that there were more hours in a day and more days in a week, just think how much more knitting, crocheting and¬†sewing we could get done…well we can all dream can’t we?

For some reason this doesn’t seem to be the only thing I dream about! High on the list seems to be that I think I should be crocheting a blanket or two (or three). So here are the three works in progress…

First there is the Afghan Star blanket made entirely by using up my Stash of Rowan Milk & Organic¬†Cotton. After about 45 squares I got side-tracked with a lot of other projects…

Afghan Star Blanket 2

afghan star blanket – rowan milk & organic cotton

…then there is the ‘homely blanket’ for ‘my girl’ which, as you know, has turned into the ‘homely blanket quest’. I am doing OK on this one and keep telling myself that I have got more than a year before ‘my girl’ goes off to Uni, and that I can take my time to come up with new, or variations of, designs. This is the story so far (note: not all squares you see have been released as patterns yet)…

homely blanket at 15 May 2013 blog

‘homely blanket’ – rico creative cotton aran & rowan cotton glace

…number three is Valerie’s Hexagon Project 2013. Now Valerie is a great crocheter who’s name regularly appears in Simply Crochet Magazine and has been a friend for some time. Last year she took part in my Afghan Knit-along and when she told me about her Hexagon Project I was keen, but first instincts told me not to start another blanket project. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I went to the knitting group that Valerie is part of and saw Rhiana’s Hexagon blanket wip (work in progress)…well you guessed it…I just had to become part of this crochet-along as I had just the perfect yarn for it. Lovely Vintage shades of slightly mercerised cotton from Denmark. I am loving it and this is what I have done so far…

Hexagon Project May 2013

hexagon project 2013 – svartafaret tilda & Louisa harding mariposa

…pretty don’t you think? Unlike the other two which are crocheted together, I thought I would be a bit different this time in assembling the blanket. I am using Louisa Harding’s Mariposa yarn to over-stitch the Hexagon’s together, thus making a feature of the seam. I am very pleased with the way this is turning out and can’t wait for square number three to be released. There will be seven Hexagon designs in total which will make this one very special project indeed.

Why not have a go yourself by participating in either the ‘homely blanket quest’ here on Made with Loops, or the Hexagon Project 2013 which can be found on¬†Valerie’s Agrarian Artisan Design Group page on Ravelry. Both¬†projects are free, so come on have a go and join in the fun.

Blanket Collection

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the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square six

dear diary,

sorry it’s been more than a week since the last square, but with the launch of the new book I have been a little more busy than usual. I hope you are ready for square numero six…

18 March 13

rico creative cotton aran – 4mm hook – 12 x 12cm

5ch, join with ss to form ring.

Rnd 1: 12htr into ring, join with ss.

Rnd 2: 2htr in every st around, join with ss.

Rnd 3: *2htr in first st, 1htr in next st; rep. from * around, soin with ss and fasten off. Join in new colour.

Rnd 4: *[1htr, 2ch, 1htr] into first st (corner), 1htr into next 8sts; rep. from * 3 times, join with ss.

Rnd 5: ss in first corner, *[2htr, 2ch, 2htr] into corner, 1htr in each st to next corner; rep. from * 3 times, join with ss.

Rnd 6: ss in first corner, *[2htr, 2ch, 2htr] into corner, 1htr in each st to next corner; rep. from * 3 times, join with ss and fasten off. Join first colour at any corner.

Rnd 7: *3dc in corner, 1dc in each st to next corner; rep. from * 3 times, join with ss.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

25 April 13

svarta faret tilda – 3mm hokk – 9 x 9cm

Happy crocheting! ūüôā



the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square five

dear diary,

I hope you are all on track working up your squares? Today I give you a sparkly number…first you crochet the square and then you jazz it all up with some blingy beading…

16 March 13

rico creative cotton aran – 4mm hook – 11 x 11cm


6ch, join with ss to form ring.

Rnd 1: 12dc into ring, join with ss.

Rnd 2: 12ch, *ss in next st, 12ch; rep. from *10 times (12 petals worked). Join with ss, fasten off. Join new colour at any 12ch sp.

Rnd 3: *1dc in 12ch sp, 4ch; rep. from *in all petals, join with ss.

Rnd 4: ss in next 4ch sp, in same sp work [2tr, 4ch, 2tr] (corner made), [4ch, 1dc in next 4ch sp] twice, 4ch, *in next 4ch sp work [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] (corner made), [4ch, 1dc in next 4ch sp] twice, 4ch; rep. from *twice more, join with ss.

Rnd 5: 1ch, 1dc in next st, *in corner 4ch sp work [2dc, 2ch, 2dc], 1dc in next st, [3dc in next 4ch sp, 1dc in next st] 3 times; rep. from * around, join with ss, fasten off. Join in first colour at any corner centre st of prev. rnd.

Rnd 6: *3dc in ctr. dc of prev. rnd., 1dc in next 17sts; rep. from *around, join with ss.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew 12 small beads around centre circle.

15 April 13

svarta faret tilda – 3mm hook – 9 x 9cm

Happy crocheting! ūüôā