FREE Crochet Pattern : Baby blanket full of colours

As promised I am happy to share the FREE crochet pattern for the baby blanket full of colours.

What’s even more exciting : I am in the Crochetville Blogtour today as well !

Today is day 7 of this month-long celebration of the craft of crochet and day 7 of Crochetville’s NatCroMo 2016 Blog Tour.

Thank you so much to Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka of Crochetville for providing us with a wonderful way to share and celebrate crochet through their Blog Tour.

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The Baby Blanket : 

Materials : 

  • Scheepjes Catona yarn : shades : 114, 113, 252, 384, 212 and 386  (100 % cotton, 1 ball = 50gr = 125 m) , I used 2 balls of each colour, 12 balls in total.
  • Scheepjes Invicta Colour yarn : shade 968  (75 % superwash wool, 25 % polyamide, 1 ball = 100gr = 420 m), I used 4 balls
  • Crochet hook 5,5 mm (or any other hook size that feels comfortable when using both yarns together)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pins and mat for blocking
  • you can add the Baby Blanket Pattern to your Ravelry queue here :  Baby Blanket Pattern

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Abbreviations (US terms throughout) : 

  • ch : chain
  • dc : double crochet
  • BPdc : back post double crochet
  • FPdc : front post double crochet
  • shell : 3dc + 1ch + 3dc in 1 stitch
  • FPshell : 1FPdc + 2dc + 1ch + 2dc + 1FPdc : work 1FPdc around 1post stitch 1 row below, work 2dc+1ch+2dc in 1ch-space (between 2 post stitches 1 row below) and end with 1FPdc in next post stitch 1 row below.
  • BPshell : 1BPdc + 2dc + 1ch + 2dc + 1BPdc :work 1BPdc around 1post stitch 1 row below, work 2dc+1ch+2dc in 1ch-space (between 2 post stitches 1 row below) and end with 1BPdc in next post stitch 1 row below.
  • RS : right side
  • WS : wrong side
  • slst : slipstitch

Info : 

  • measurements of my finished blanket : 90 cm wide and 140 cm long / 36 ” wide and 56 “” high
  • 3ch at beginning of row = 1dc
  • 4ch at beginning of row = 1dc+1ch
  • Colour changes : The entire blanket is worked with 2 strands together : 1 thread of Invicta Colour and 1 thread of Catona. I started with Catona shade 114, followed by 113, 252, 384, 212 and finally 386. (see picture). I simply worked 2 balls of Catona in each colour. The lovely colour changes of the Invicta Colour yarn together with  the Catona will give you the stunning effect !
  • if you want to make a blanket with other measurements : make sure your number of base chains can be divided by 10 + 7.

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Pattern : 

  • Row 1 (WS) : Ch137, start in 6nd ch from hook, 3dc in 1ch, miss 3ch, 1dc in next ch, 1ch and miss 1ch, 1dc in next ch, * miss 3ch, 1shell in next ch, miss 3ch, 1dc in next ch, 1ch and miss 1ch, 1dc in next ch; repeat from * until 5ch are left, miss 3ch, in next ch : 3dc, 1ch and miss 1ch, end with 1dc in last ch, turn.
  • Row 2 (RS) : 4ch (=1dc+1ch throughout), in first 1ch-space : 3dc, * 1FPdc around 1dc, 1ch, 1FPdc around next dc, in 1ch-space of shell : 1shell; repeat from * up to and including last shell, 1FPdc around 1dc, 1ch, 1FPdc around next dc, in last 1ch-space : 3dc, 1ch and end with 1dc in 3rd ch, turn.
  • Row 3 : 4ch, in first 1ch-space : 1dc, 1BPshell in next 2FPdc and 1ch, * in 1ch-space of shell : 1dc+1ch+1dc, 1BPshell in next 2FPdc and 1ch; repeat from * up to and including last 2FPdc and 1ch, in last 1ch-space : 1dc, 1ch and end with 1dc in 3rd ch, turn.
  • Row 4 : 4ch, 1FPdc around first post stitch of BPshell, * in 1ch-space of BPshell : 1shell, 1FPdc around last post stitch of same  BPShell, miss 1dc+1ch+1dc,  1ch, 1FPdc around first post stitch of next BPshell; repeat from * up to and including last BPshell, work in 1ch-space of this last BPshell : 1shell, 1FPdc around last post stitch of BPshell, 1ch and end with 1dc in 3rd ch, turn.
  • Row 5 : 4ch, 1BPdc around FPdc, in 1ch-space of shell : 1shell, * 1BPdc around next FPdc, 1ch, 1BPdc around next FPdc, in 1ch-space of shell : 1shell; repeat from *up to and including last shell, 1BPdc around last FPdc, 1ch and end with 1dc in 3rd ch, turn.
  • Row 6 : 4ch, in first 1ch-space : 2dc, 1FPdc around first BPdc, * in 1ch-space of shell : 1dc+1ch+1dc, 1FPshell around next 2BPdc and 1ch; repeat from * up to and including last 2BPdc and 1ch, in 1ch-space of shell : 1dc+1ch+1dc, 1FPdc around last BPdc, 2dc in last 1ch-space, 1ch and end with 1dc in 3rd ch, turn.
  • Row 7 : 4ch, in first 1ch-space : 3dc, 1BPdc around first FPdc, 1ch and miss 1dc+1ch+1dc, * 1BPdc around first FPdc of FPshell,  in 1ch-space of FPshell : 1shell, 1BPdc around last FPdc of this FPshell, miss 1dc+1ch+1dc;  repeat from * up to and including last 1dc+1ch+1dc, work 1BPdc around last FPdc, in last 1ch-space : 3dc, 1ch and end with 1dc in 3rd ch, turn.
  • Row 8 : 4ch, in first 1ch-space : 3dc, * 1FPdc around first BPdc, 1ch, 1FPdc around next BPdc, in 1ch-space of shell : 1shell; repeat from * up to and including last shell, 1FPdc around next BPdc, 1ch, 1FPdc around next BPdc, in last 1ch-space : 3dc, 1ch and end with 1dc in 3rd ch, turn.
  • Rows 3 – 8 form the pattern rows.
  • Rows 9 – 102 : Keep repeating the pattern rows. End with a row 6.

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Border : 

I decided to keep the border very simple.

The border is worked with 2 strands of Invicta Colour together.

  • Round 1 (RS) : attach yarn in upper corner, work in corner : 1ch+1sc+3ch+1sc+3ch, now work along upper side of blanket in every post stitch and in every 1ch-space of shell : 1dc+3ch, work in the next corner : 1sc+3ch+1sc+3ch, next work along first long side down : 1sc+3ch in every row, in lower corner : 1sc+3ch+1sc+3ch. Work along lower side (base chain) : 1sc+3ch in every chain where a stitch has been mde, in the next corner : 1sc+3ch+1sc+3ch, work along second long side like you did for first long side, close round with 1slst in first sc, turn.
  • Round 2 (WS) : 1ch+1slst in first 3ch-space, + 1sc+3ch in same space, next work in every next 3ch-space : 1sc+3ch. Close round with slst in first sc. Cut yarn and cast off. You can of course decide to make a wider border. (if you do so, keep in mind to increase some stitches in the corners regularly)

Finishing : 

  • weave in all ends.
  • Block your blanket and allow to dry naturally
  • Ready !

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Where to find Scheepjes yarns ? For international shoppers : check out the Scheepjes yarns at  Deramores, Woolwarehouse, Be Inspired  and Paradise Fibers. For Belgium and The Netherlands : you can find a list of the shops on the Scheepjes website.

(some of the links are affiliate links, to support me as a crochet designer and making it possible for me to make free patterns)

IMPORTANT : All my patterns are copyright protected. It is not allowed to copy my patterns, or sell them, or share them in any other way. (it is also not allowed to turn this pattern into a pdf file or any other form to distribute). Linking to the pattern is of course allowed and much appreciated. This crochet pattern is a Vicarno – Annelies Baes design, and my property.

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Reveal : baby blanket full of colours and suprises !

I have finished my baby blanket full of colours and suprises and I am totally happy with it.

It was a joy to make it, I enjoyed every stitch, every minute, and it was really exciting to see every colour change made. I think the wonderful Scheepjes Invicta Colour yarn with the beautiful colour changes and the  bright colours of the Catona yarn make an excellent combination.

A lot of you probably think my yarn choice was not quite logical, and a bit surprising, when I started talking about combining a cotton yarn together with a wool sock yarn. I received lots of questions regarding my yarn choice : how does it work up together ? do you like using both strands together ? will the yarns not shrink when washing them ? how does it feel, is it soft enough ?

  • it is a joy to crochet with these yarns held together ! at first it feels a bit strange, but it is in fact just a mental thing, as soon as you decide to enjoy the process, you will really enjoy it ! Working with 2 strands together is quite easy, and the most wonderful part of it : it works up really quickly !!!
  • It does not shrink, not at all. I tested it before starting to make the actual blanket. I washed my swatch at 40 degrees in the washing machine. Since the Catona is a strong cotton yarn, and the Invicta Colour a solid and soft sock yarn, it is easy to wash them. Personally, I would consider washing this blanket at 30 degrees gentle programme to be sure.
  • Yes, it is soft enough, the combination of these 2 yarns give you a solid strong, warm and SUPERSOFT blanket !

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I decided to use the 6 different Catona colours simply one bye one, after each other, creating lovely stripes ! Thanks to the colour changes in the Invicta yarn, the final result is very surprising, with lots of subtle and bright colour changes, that make me really happy.

Next week I will share the FREE CROCHET PATTERN with you !

Pattern : surprise baby blanket

Yarn : a combination of Scheepjes Invicta Colour and Scheepjes Catona  : the colours I used : InvictaColour 968 and Catona 252; 114, 384, 212, 113 and 386.

For international shoppers : check out the Scheepjes yarns at  Deramores, Woolwarehouse, Be Inspired  and Paradise Fibers. For Belgium and The Netherlands : you can find a list of the shops on the Scheepjes website.

(some of the links are affiliate links, to support me as a crochet designer and making it possible for me to make free patterns)

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Release new crochet pattern : Julietta Merino Shawl

I have finished a new crochet shawl pattern : Julietta Merino Shawl.

A lovely large shawl, very soft and warm, made with Scheepjes MerinoSoft garen, in shades Lautrec (sage) and Michelangelo (ligh grey).

This shawl is worked topdown, and increases are made both in the center and at the sides. Your shawl will get bigger row after row. The advantage of topdown shawl designs like this one, is you can easily choose to make your own desired shawl size, by simply adding more pattern row repeats.

The pattern itself is fully written, and 2 charts are added, and a sketch as well. Very clear, structured, and detailed, like all my patterns 🙂

My testing panel has done an amazing job again, and thanks to them I am capable to make high quality crochet patterns.

 

Last week, I already announced this new pattern release, and because there was plenty of occasion to celebrate, I organised a wonderful give-away : an entire shawl kit, to make this shawl yourself. The give-away was sponsored by  Scheepjes !
Lots of people participated, it was amazing ! (over 500 persons entered the give-away, thank you so much 🙂 )

Rafflecopter choose the winner randomly and her name is : Birgit Sievers. I already emailed her, so she will soon receive this lovely kit to make her own Julietta shawl.

I would like to thank you all for participating ! Unfortunately I cannot send you all an entire kit, but I have decided to give you all an extra present : until tomorrow night 20 h CET the Julietta Shawl pattern is available for an introduction price : this means you get 25 % reduction.

Enjoy 🙂

The pattern can be found in the websho  : here    and on  Ravelry : here

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Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop : little snowballs on the wall

Welcome, today is the first day of the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop !

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Fantastic days, filled with free patterns made by the Scheepjes Bloggers ! Every day another Scheepjes Blogger will surprise you with a free Christmas pattern, specially designed for this Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop. (for more free pattern inspiration by all the Scheepjes Bloggers, take a look here : inspiration )

On the first day, today, I am happy to share the pattern for a decorative hanger : a delicate snowball background, embellished with some Christmas stars.

It makes a lovely wall decoration hanger, and it will also look great on your window !

I have written down the instructions (US terms) and have added some charts as well.

What do you need ? :

  • 1 ball Scheepjes Alpaca Rhythm shade Bop (670) and 1 ball Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm shade Bop (690) and shade HipHop.
  • 1 ball Scheepjes Lizzy, silver.
  • 1 crochet hook 3,5 mm and 4,5 mm (or any other hook size you like)
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • scissors
  • spins and a blocking mat
  • a plantspray filled with water and a bit of Eucalan to block
  • wooden stick

Used stitches : chain (ch), magic ring, slipstitch (slst), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), triple crochet (tr), triple treble crochet (ttr), picot (p) : 2ch, 1sc in first ch + 1slst in first ch.

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SNOWBALL BACKGROUND : 

With crochet hook 4,5 mm and 1 thread Mohair Rhythm Bop and 1 thread Alpaca Rhythm Bop TOGETHER :

Row 1 : Ch44, start in 2nd ch : 1sc in next 2ch, * 3ch+1P+7ch+1P+3ch and miss 7ch, 1sc in next ch, repeat from *  4 more times, end with 1sc in last ch, turn.

Row 2 : 7ch in first sc, 1 ttr in next sc, 3ch+1P+3ch, 1sc in 4tr ch of 7ch-space,  * 3ch+1P+7ch+1P+3ch, 1sc in 4th ch of 7ch-space, repeat from * 3 more times, 3ch+1P+3ch, 1 ttr in last 2sc, turn.

Row 3 : 1ch+1sc in first ttr, 1sc in next ttr, * 3ch+1P+7ch+1P+3ch, 1sc in 4th ch of 7ch-space, repeat from * 3 more times, , 3ch+1P+7ch+1P+3ch, end with 1sc in last ttr and 7ch, turn.

Row 4 : repeat row 2.

Row 5 – 8 : repeat rows 3 and 4.

Row 9 : repeat row 3.

Row 10 : 7ch in first sc, 1ttr in next sc, 3ch, 1sc in 4th ch of 7ch-space,  * 7ch, 1sc in 4th ch of 7ch-space, repeat from * 3 more times, 3ch, 1ttr in last 2sc, cut yarn and cast off.

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LITTLE STAR :

With Lizzy glitter yarn and crochet hook 3,5 mm : 

With Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm Hiphop and crochet hook 3,5 mm :

Round 1 : Form a magic ring and work in the ring : 1ch+10sc, close with 1slst in first sc, do not turn. -10sc

Round 2 : * 5ch, start in 3rd ch with 1sc, 1hdc in next ch, 1dc in next ch, miss 1sc and work 1slst in next sc, repeat from * 4 more times, and work the last slst where beginning 5ch is. Cut yarn and cast off. – 5 star points

Make as many stars as you want.

Finishing : weave in ends.

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BIG STAR :

With Lizzy glitter yarn and crochet hook 3,5 mm : 

With Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm Hiphop and crochet hook 3,5 mm :

Round 1 : Form a magic ring and work in the ring: 1ch+8sc, close with 1slst in first sc, do not turn. – 8sc

Round 2 : 1ch, 2sc in next 7sc, 1sc in last sc, close with 1slst in first sc, do not turn. – 15sc

Round 3 : * ch6, start in 3rd ch with 1sc, 1hdc in next ch, 1dc in next ch, 1tr in next ch, miss 2sc and work 1slst in next sc, repeat from * 4 more times,and work the last slst where beginning 6ch is. Cut yarn and cast off. – 5 star points

Make as many stars as you want.

Finishing : weave in ends.

 

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FINISHING  :

  • gently and carefully block everything.
  • attach the snowball background to a wooden stick or a wooden skewer.
  • Attach the stars wherever you want them to be on the background.
  • Ready ! Ik ben erg benieuwd naar jullie projecten, gemaakt met dit patroon !  FACEBOOK  of instagram : annelies_baes

I hope you will all enjoy my free Christmas pattern. Do not forget to share your WIP’s and finished items on  my facebook page : FACEBOOK  or instagram : annelies_baes

And stay tuned ! Tomorrow Sarah, from Crafts from the CWtch  is sharing her free pattern with you. I am SO curious, don’t you ? 

Merino Shawl-kit GIVE AWAY

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Vandaag vieren we feest  ! Ik werk namelijk aan een nieuw patroon, een mooie merino-shawl. En dat patroon is bijna klaar ! Ik release het volgende week.

Verder is 30 november een speciale dag : de dag waarop mijn man en ik elkaar het ja-woord gaven, 8 jaar geleden. Onze trouwdag, dus dat vieren we graag elk jaar.

Dit jaar vier ik het ook met jullie!

Today we are celebrating, we are having a party ! I am working on a new pattern, a lovely merino-shawl. The design itself is already finished, and I am almost ready with the pattern writing and the testing. This lovely shawl design will be released next week.

And November 30th is a special day in our family : it is our wedding day 🙂 We like to celebrate this special day every year, and this time, I am also celebrating with you ! 

Ik vertelde Scheepjes dat ik een shawl-ontwerp gemaakt had met hun heerlijke MerinoSoft garen. En toen ze hoorden dat ik een dubbel feestje te vieren had, de release van een nieuw patroon en een huwelijksverjaardag : kreeg ik een volledig pakket garen om deze shawl te maken, om weg te geven !

Een prachtig geschenk. Ik besloot om er gelijk een volledige kit van te maken.

Dus, wat kan je winnen, wat geef ik weg ? Een merino-shawl kit , bestaande uit : 8 bollen Scheepjes MerinoSoft, 6 bolletjes in kleur Lautrec (salie) en 2 in Michelangelo (lichtgrijs), een Knitpro haaknaald 5 mm en het patroon.

Met deze volledige kit maak je zelf de shawl, zoals ik hem heb gemaakt.

I told Scheepjes about my new shawl design made with their great MerinoSoft yarn. And when they found out I did not have 1, but 2 reasons to celebrate : the release of this new pattern AND my wedding anniversary, they offered a full yarn kit to make this shawl ! 

An incredible present. So, what can you win ? The shawl kit contains : 8 balls of Scheepjes MerinoSoft, 6 balls shade Lautrec and 2 balls shade Michelangelo, a Knitpro crochet hook 5 mm and the pattern of course. 

With this complete kit you can make yourself a shawl like shown on the pictures.

De shawl is heerlijk zacht en warm, dankzij het merino garen. Merinowol is gekend voor zijn zachtheid, en zijn mooie vezel met natuurlijke stretch erin. Scheepjes MerinoSoft garen is verkrijgbaar in een heel groot kleurenpalet, zodat je eindeloos kan combineren.

Deze shawl is topdown gehaakt, dwz vanuit het midden naar de zijkanten toe, zodat je zelf kan bepalen hoe groot je hem wilt hebben. Je ziet je ontwerp rij naar rij groeien en vorm krijgen, een heerlijk proces. Door het leuke stekenpatroon krijg je een natuurlijk reliëf in je shawl, dit zorgt voor een extra verfijnd accent. Het patroon is volledig uitgeschreven, met haakschema’s, en zoals altijd getest door mijn trouwe testpanel.

Vanaf volgende maandag 7 december zal het patroon ook verkrijgbaar zijn !

The shawl I made is very soft, and warm, great for those colder autumn and winter days. Merinowool is known for this softness, and the high quality of the natural wool fibre, and it has some natural stretch in it as well. Scheepjes MerinoSoft is available in a large colour palette, so  this means you can make so much lovely colour combinations !

This shawl is a topdown design, this means you start at the center, and by making increases both at the sides and in the middle, your shawl will grow and get bigger row after row. This is a wonderful experience, and the advantage is you can choose your own size shawl. You can make it as large as you want ! The refined stitch pattern has a great natural relief in it as well, adding an extra accent to this design.

The pattern is fully written, and charts are added as well, and my testing panel has done a great job by testing the design.

The pattern will be available for individual sale next week, on Monday December 7th.

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Hoe kan je meedoen om deze prachtige kit te winnen ?

What you should do to win this generous kit ?

Het is heel makkelijk : 1/ je doet mee via onderstaande Rafflecopter link. (zorg ervoor dat ik je kan bereiken, dus voeg je mailadres toe als dat niet in je account staat) en

                                      2/ je volgt mijn facebook ontwerperspagina :  FACEBOOK  OF instagram-account : annelies_baes  (beiden mag uiteraard ook)

Deze give-away loopt tot zondag 6 december 20 u. Op maandag 7 december maak ik de winnaar bekend.

It is actually very simple :  1/ you can enter this give-away through the Rafflecopter link. (make sure I can find your email address, if it is not in your account, add it in your comments) AND 

                                          2/ you follow either my facebook designer page : FACEBOOK or Instagram account : annelies_baes   (or both 🙂 ) 

The give-away ends on Sunday, December 6th, at 20h (CET). I will announce the winner on Monday.

 

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Veel geluk allemaal !

Hoe je Rafflecopter gebruik, lees je hier : Rafflecopter

Good luck ! 

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(de kleine lettertjes : meedoen kan alleen via Rafflecopter. Give-away loopt  van maandag 30/11 tot en met zondag 6/12 te 20h. )

(the rules : you can only participate through Rafflecopter. This give-away starts on Monday, 30/11 and will finish on Sunday, 6/12 20 h CET. I ship worldwide ! ) 

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New crochet pattern : Almejas Shawl

Today I am releasing a new shawl pattern : this Almejas Shawl. It is a special shawl, because the body of it is formed by little excentric clams : Almejas is the Spanish word for clams. Beautifull small, solid and strong shells, that are very tender and delicate at the same time as well.

The shawl itself is worked topdown, you start at the center and by making increases both in the center and at the sides, your shawl will grow and get bigger, row after row.

I worked the body with Malabrigo Sock yarn, shade Solis. It is a lovely strong sock yarn, it is great to work with, and the shades are fantastic.

I decided the edging needed a lot of contrast, so I used Malabrigo Silkpaca, a delicate and  tender laceweight yarn, in shade Azul Profundo. Both the difference in yarn weight and the different shades (the aqua shades for the body and the dark intense blue for the edging) make this shawl a real eyecatcher.

Een speciale shawl is het geworden : deze Almejas Shawl. De body van de shawl wordt namelijk door excentrieke schelpjes gevormd : Almejas is het Spaanse woord voor (Venus)schelpen. Dat zijn die mooie ietwat bolle, kleine, stevige krachtige schelpjes, die tegelijk ook een heel erg teder kantje hebben.

 

This design was published several months ago in Inside Crochet as well. So many thanks to them for these wonderfull stunning pictures.

The pattern itself is fully written, in US terms.

I have added 2 charts as well.

Ester from It’s All in A Nutshell has made some a great instruction video about the used clam stitch. (so not about the shawl pattern itself, she explains the lovely shell stitch). The video can be found here : Almejas crochet stitch. She also made a stunning shawl herself, you can read about here on her blog : Esther’s Almejas Shawl

The pattern is available through my pattern store : Almejas Shawl and on Ravelry : Almejas Shawl and on Etsy : Almejas Shawl .

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A mohair mission and an amour-brooch

Today I have decided that we all need a mohair mission !

Myself, I am a big mohair fan : mainly because mohair is incredibly soft, very comfortable,warm, and light as a cloud.

Scheepjes have just released a brand new yarn :  Mohair Rhythm yarn. It is available in 20 lovely shades, eachnamed after a dance, absolutely original !

I was truly lucky to have received some sample balls, and I just needed to start making some nice little projects, IMMEDIATELY !

But, I discovered lots of people seem to have a huge resistance to using mohair. It seems to me that they are a little afraid of this amazing yarn 🙂  And when I ask people why, I get answers like : it makes you sweat, it itches, it’s hairy, you can’t frog it when you make a mistake, it’s expensive, ….

To be honest, I personally do not share these opinions.

Therefore, I have decided to start a mohair-mission. I think it is of major importance that people learn what an amazing yarn mohair truly is, so the mohair-fear can disappear, and it will be used much more often to make nice projects and designs !

I would love to see  people appreciating, and being enthusiastic about mohair.

So I will start with giving you some info concerning the contra-arguments people have been telling me :

  • mohair is sweaty : that is possible, yes. But not all mohair yarns are sweaty. I know a lot of mohair yarns that mainly consist of synthetic materials, and just a tiny percentage of REAL mohair. The higher the percentage of synthetic materials in a yarn, the more chance it will be sweaty, because it breathes less. So now for the good part  : Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm has 70 % true mohair in it. This actually means : no sweating, no itching, because the yarn is very natural and pure.
  • mohair is itchy : Again, the same news : yes, some mohair yarns are itchy : mainly when they have a high percentage of synthetic fibres in it. Scheepjes mohair is VERY pure , so there is no itching, no irritation, no other nasty annoying things. It is actually very soft, tender and fluffy.
  • mohair sheds : After you wash your handmade item for the first time, a good mohair yarn will no longer shed. (I am sharing a bit of a little secret here : of course I have tested this with the Scheepjes mohair. I crocheted a cardigan very quickly and franticly, washed it, and have been wearing it for days now, and it has NOT shed at all).
  • it is impossible to frog mohair : this is a hard one, I admit. Of course, I can only say it is best NOT to make too many mistakes 🙂  But sometimes it goes wrong. The good news is : yes, you can frog Scheepjes mohair. It is not always very simple or easy, but with a few little handy tricks and some patience, it can be done. I promise to make a video very soon , on how to frog mohair ! (yep, indeed, I am committing myself to make my very first crochet video ever 🙂 )
  • mohair is expensive : what can I say ? What is expensive for one person, is not expensive for someone else. So this is a hard question. A lovely ball of Scheepjes Mohair costs € 5,50. You will get a royal ball of 200 m of yarn. That is A LOT of yarn in 1 ball. You actually buy a ball of pure quality, pure pureness, a ball of happiness and pleasure. Those things are priceless no ? So for me, these little generous balls of fluffiness are not expensive at all !

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I will as well share some more mohair advantages with you  :

  • Scheepjes Mohair is light, actually light as a feather, or a cloud ! That is one big advantage, if you like making larger projects (like I do) : sweaters, cardigans, large shawls. No more heavy garments, but really light cardigans or sweaters.
  • It is soft and warm : it will keep you comfortable and warm, mainly because it has such a high percentage of true wool in it. Wool regulates the human body temperature. This means actually it adapts itself to the person wearing it : if you need some extra warmth, it will provide you that little extra. If you are a ‘warm person’, it will allow you to keep your own warmth and provide you comfort. Wool has such amazing advantages and powers, that even the medical world will not deny it : people suffering from muscle problems, arthritis, … often get the advise from doctors to wear woollen clothes. Because it is so good for all of us.
  • Wool does not require frequent washing : wool itself is self-cleaing, which means you do not have to wash it very often. As mohair is wool, so that makes laundry easy 🙂  Maybe you noticed yourself already, that your woolen cardigans and scarfs do not need frequent washing, like other garments. This is truly nature at its best.
  • The colours : Let’s admit it, let’s be honest. Mohair always had a kind of ‘old-fashioned’ image. It was available in those basic colours, like beige, grey, or sometimes the very dark colours. But if you like the fancy vivid and rich colours, like I do, it was almost impossible to use mohair. Now, fantastic news : Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm is available in 20 rich, vivid and bright colours, and also has some pastels and neutral tones as well. Simply said : there is colour of a Mohair Rhythm for all of us.
  • the easy-start label : all Mohair Rhythm balls have this wonderful amazing label. No more fussy situations : no more frustration when crocheting (and having to almost ‘throw’ your ball in the air not to loose too much time and having to get some extra yarn to use). No, just easy-going and relaxing crocheting straight from the center of the ball.
  • The strength of mohair : although mohair has a tender and fragile appearance, it is STRONG ! And it holds its shape very well.
  • Mohair is a wonderful yarn to combine : it is so multi-functional : use it ‘single threaded’ to make delicate designs, or take 2, 3 or even more strands together for a more fluffy and warm effect. Why not combine it with other yarns, to achieve special fashionable effects ? Play with your crochet hook size as well : use a rather small hook size for a dense look, or if you prefer a more openworked effect, go up several hook sizes.

You see, mohair is absolutely worth trying it 🙂

Hopefully I already convinced you with my mission-text.

And let’s not forget I designed some lovely brooches : a small, easy and original little project, that makes a great Christmas gift, or a special treat for yourself.

With only 1 ball of Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm you can make one of these brooches. So no excuse not to try it, isn’t it ? Probably you will become a huge mohair-fan, just like me, once your brooch is ready !

I have made 2 brooches : 1 vintage inspired brooch (the one I already showed you last week), and one ‘Amour-brooch’, in shades of pink and orange. (yep, I have decided to call it ‘Amour-brooch’, since my dear husband and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary soon, and I will wear this brooch, together with a lovely dress, I bought especially for  this occasion).

I am writing down the FREE pattern as we speak, and I will post it next week.

And… there is more to come soon :

  • some helpful examples of mohair samples crocheted with small and larger hook sizes.
  • an informative video on how to easily frog mohair
  • some interesting examples of mohair yarns combined with other yarns
  • information on how you can use mohair to make lovely garments
  • …..

If you already want to be prepared for next week’s free pattern, I am happy to tell you what you will need :

  • 1 ball Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm (if you want to make a multi-coloured brooch, you will of course need different colours)
  • a crochet hook 5 mm (yes, the yarn label says 2,5 mm, but for this project we will be using a 5mm hook size)
  • a tapestry needle to weave in all ends
  • a pair of scissors
  • some small seed beads
  • a brooch pin
  • optional : a small round or square piece of felt

You can buy this amazing yarn at Deramores, they ship worldwide with excellent service. You can take a look at all the available shades here : Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm

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Vintage brooch with Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm

I made a vintage brooch, with the new Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm yarn. This is a brand new yarn, released a few days ago, and I love it !

This yarn is availabe in 20 (!!!) rich and vivid colours, it is soooo soft and light, so it surely guarantees very luxurous and featherlight projects.

It has 70 % mohair in it, so you will be surprised by the incredible softness of it as well.

This brooch makes me feel like a real lady, I like the classy colour (shade Robotic), and the fluffy petals.

I am working on the pattern, to make sure it will soon be available : for free !

I wish you all a lovely saturday full of luxury !

(this yarn will be available in shops : November 20th)

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WIP : mixing colours and yarn textures

I am working on a new design, a lovely project with lots of colours. And that is not the only challenge, I am actually also mixing different yarn textures, and if is filling me with lots of joy 🙂

The refreshing combination of Scheepjes Invicta Colour (yes, that wonderfull strong and soft sock yarn, with a long colour changing effect) and Scheepjes Catona, the pure cotton yarn, makes it almost impossible for me, to put this project aside.

Yep, indeed, I am working with 2 strands together, and the colour variations are just really great !

And did you see the lovely stitch pattern I am using as well ?

I am making a baby blanket, which makes softness, warmth, and easy maintenance keywords !

Are you curious about my progress ? Stay tuned ! I will soon post a new update.

Patter : surprise baby blanket

Yarn : a combination of Scheepjes Invicta Colour and Scheepjes Catona  (I am using 1 strand of Invicta Colour and 1 strand of Catona together)

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A colourfull new design

I am definitely in the mood for lots of happy colours ! So I decided to choose some lovely shades in the big  Scheepjes Catona-collection : fucsia, poisoned green, orange, purple and bright blue. (and yes, of course I had 2 balls of fucsia as well, but I just could not resist trying it out before even taking the picture 🙂 )

I am using the 50gr balls. (the entire Scheepjes Catona collection is also available in little cute 25gr balls).

And because I am a big fan of warmth, and soft wool, I am also adding some  Scheepjes Invicta Colour balls : shade 968.

And now the big question : what will I be making ? Who knows ?

 

Fruit Shawls… Pops of colour in autumn

I am sharing some lovely pictures of shawls, made by the Fruit Shawl crochet pattern.

To brighten up these autumn days with fresh pops of colour !

The first shawl is made by Natatascha, she used Wolcafé Limited yarn. You can find her project page on  Ravelry here : Fruit Shawl

The second shawl is made by Ans, she used Unicat yarn, shade Fruchtig. Her project page on Ravelry can be found here : Fruitige shawl

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The pattern : Fruit Shawl : available Ravelry and in  webshop

Yarn : Unicat. I buy my balls of Unicat at Atelier Jaffari in Arnemuiden

I wish you all a happy and colourfull Sunday !

(have you also made a lovely project with one of my crochet patterns ? Feel free to email me a lovely picture at info@vicarno.com, so I can write a blogpost about your creation too)

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Free crochet pattern : hummingbird

This little hummingbird has been designer specially for the numerous CAL 2015 Flight of Fancy Meet&Greet visits.

Now the CAL is officially finished, I am happy to share the pattern with you. Today I have written the pattern for the hummingbird, and made the crochet chart as well. Ik ontwierp dit kolibri vogeltje (en een pauwtje) speciaal voor de talrijke inspirerende Meet&Greet bezoeken aan de winkels die me boekten tijdens de Scheepjes CAL 2015 Flight of Fancy.

More information about our wonderfull Flight of Fancy CAL can be found here  :  ENG facebook group,   Scheepjes website and Ravelry.

Hummingbird

Yarn : Scheepjes Catona

Crochet hook : 3mm – crochet tightly !

Used stitches : chain (ch), slipstitch (slst), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc). I use US crochet terms.

The hummingbird is worked in rounds, always on the right side. Rounds are not closed, and do not turn.

A crochet chart can be found below.

– Round 1 : RS : Ch15, start in 2nd ch : 1sc in 13ch, 5sc in last ch. Now work along other side of base chain : 1sc in 13ch. (31sc)
– Round 2 : 1ch, 3 x (1sc in next sc), 2 x 1hdc in next sc), 3 x (1dc in next sc), 1hdc in next sc, 1sc in next sc, 1slst in next sc, miss 1sc, 1sc in next sc, 3dc in next sc, 3dc in next sc, 2dc in next sc, 3dc in next sc, 2dc in next sc, 2dc in next sc, 2 x (1hdc in next sc), 10 x (1sc in next sc).
– Round 3 : 2sc in next ch, 1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, 1sc in next sc, 2 x (1hdc in next hdc), 1dc in next dc, 2 x (2dc in next dc), 2 x 1sc in next stitch, 1slst in next sc. You are now at the slst of previous round, work : 1slst in this stitch and in next 3 stitches. Continue with the beak : ch5, start in 2nd ch, 1slst in next 4ch. End with 1slst in same stitch as beginning of ch. Now work around the rest of the head and the neck : 1slst in next 14 stitches. Next : 1sc in next sc, 4 x (1hdc in next sc), 2 x (1sc in next sc), 5 x (1slst in next sc). Cut yarn and cast off.

– Tail : cast on with 1slst at bottom part of bird, where round 3 is ended : ch9, and attach with 1slst in same stitch. Next ch10, attach with slst in next stitch, ch11, attach with slst in same stitch, ch12 and attach with slst in next stitch, cut yarn and cast off.

– Wings :
– wing 1 : Ch8, attach with 1slst on the back, 2 stitches below the end of the head part. Next work along base chain : 4 x (1sc in next ch), 3x (1hdc in next ch), 5hst in last ch. Work along other side of base chain : 3 x (1hdc in next ch), 4 x (1sc in next ch), cast off with 1slst in same stitch as beginning stitch.
– wing 2 : ch6, attach with 1slst just below previous wing, work along base chain : 3 x (1sc in next ch), 2 x (1hdc in next ch, while working the last pull through of the last hdc, insert as well in 1 loop of corresponding stitch on first wing, attaching both wings together), 5hdc in last ch. Work along other side of base chain : 2 x (1hdc in next ch), 3 x (1sc in next ch), cast off with 1slst in same stitch as beginning stitch.
– wing 3 : ch5, attach with 1slst just below previous wing, work along base chain : 3 x (1sc in next ch), 1hdc in next ch, when last pull through is made, insert as well in 1 loop of corresponding stitch on previous wing, attaching them together. Work along other side of base chain : 1hdc in next ch, 3 x (1sc in next ch), cast off with 1slst in same stitch as beginning stitch.
– wing 4 : ch4, attach with 1slst just below previous wing, work along base chain : 3 x 1sc in next ch, attach to previous wing, 5hdc in last ch. Work along other side of base chain : 3 x 1sc in next ch, cast off with 1slst in same stitch as beginning stitch.

– Finishing :
– weave in all ends
– embroider a nice little eye, or use a bead.
– attach a brooch pin on the back of your bird.
– pin it on to your favourite sweater, cardigan, jacket or bag ! And enjoy !

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Pattern Copyright : @Annelies Baes – @Vicarno
This pattern is for personal use only. Do not copy, reproduce or sell this pattern. (either digitally or in print). Do not post this pattern online (either the entire document, or a part of it).
You may sell items made by using this pattern, when crediting Annelies Baes – Vicarno as the designer.
Yarn shops and yarn sellers : do not sell this pattern or distribute it without my permission.

Pearls and the Mermaid Shawl by Marietje

Just blown away by the beauty of a shawl !

Words are just really unnecessary, the pictures just tell us everything !

Marietje has made a wonderfull shawl, using my Pearls and the Mermaid Shawl pattern.

My weekend just had the best start ever 🙂

Pattern : Pearls and the Mermaid Shawl : Ravelry and webshop

By : Marietje

Have you also made something nice, by using one of my crochet patterns ? Wanna see your own creation on my blog ? Do not hesitate to email me at : info@vicarno.com.

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