Scheepjes CAL 2016 ‘Last dance on the beach’

12079043_533181723526741_4772747238959084819_n

The new Scheepjes CAL 2016 ‘Last dance on the beach’ is an amazing CAL.

As many of you know, this was the final design of Marinke Slump (aka Wink), before her passing.

To honour her creative light and her talent, 12 of Marinke’s friends and bloggers put their energy and crochet skilss together, to finish Marinke’s unfinished design and completed this CAL. A tribute to Marinke, and an invitation to all people to join Marinke’s last dance on the beach.

Scheepjes has put together 6 wonderful yarn kits, all the colours were choosen by Marinke herself.

There are 3 basic kits in Scheepjes Colour Crafter yarn : these kits contain the yarn, and a lovely special label.

There are also 3 luxury kits in Scheepjes Merino Soft yarn : with all the yarn in it, the special label, and some extra goodies, all put together in an amazing bag.

The kits will be available in 3 colour choices : Dance under the stars, Dance in the sea and Dance in the rain.

10505593_533181693526744_6295263271175605661_n1536463_533181726860074_3124781720177444110_n

No need to say I am truly honoured and proud to be able to participate in this CAL, together with 11 other designers :

Esther from ‘It’s all in a Nutshell‘ will be making videos, as we all remember from last year’s CAL, she is the queen of video’s and tutorials !

There are 2 Facebook groups, where you can talk about this CAL , and find some helpful info and support as well : The international group can be found here : Scheepjes CAL international group  and the Dutch group can be found here : Scheepjes CAL Dutch group.

The design can also be found on Ravelry, so do not forget it to add it to your queue :  Last Dance on the Beach

Kits will be available soon in the stores, and the CAL itself starts on April 20th.

I am still deciding which kit I will choose, which blanket I want to make. Tell me : which is your favourite blanket ?

For international customers : Kits can be purchased at : Woolwarehouse, Paradisefibers, Deramores, … For South-Africa : Be Inspired

For Belgium and the Netherlands : you can find all the Scheepjes shops here : Scheepjes shops

944678_536775179834062_9164328673422207886_n

12525542_537366226441624_1829039641800004206_o

12378009_537366209774959_5767509774865553789_o

 

 

Sneak Peek Publication Mystery Quilt in Inside Crochet !!! and complete yarn kits are already available

12380869_497683957076518_97062246_o

Today I am sharing some very exciting news with you ! I am so proud to tell you I have a wonderful publication in the new edition of Inside Crochet, Issue 73 (it will be released on December, 20th). And it is not 1 single publication, no ! This blanket design will be published in 3 separate parts, during 3 following months. So you will have plenty of time to crochet yourself a stunning trendy quilt blanket.

Are you excited yet ? I am, that’s for sure !

Inside Crochet is a high quality crochet magazine, filled with beautiful, trendy and wearable patterns, made by lots of different designers. They have a great reputation in the crochet world, so I am really proud my patterns are being published in it regularly.

We have put together complete yarn kits, specially for this publication.

The blanket is designed with Scheepjes Merino Soft. This yarn is so soft and fluffy, you can wear it next to the skin and it is not itchy at all. It is available in so many yummie colours, it is definitely one of my most favourite yarns.

Check out these lovely sneak peek pictures ! (made by Inside Crochet) l

Are you all ready to get you new edition of Inside Crochet soon ? Do you also want to make this lovely mystery quilt ? Make sure to get yourself a complete yarn kit to make sure you are ready to start immediatly when the new issue will be out. (it would make a lovely Christmas present, by the way 🙂 )

You can find these complete yarn kits at

– Wool Warehouse, a lovely shop that ships internationally with great service : the Soft Merino Kit and The Colour Crafter Kit 

– Deramores, they ship worldwide as well : the Soft Merino Kit  and The Colour Crafter Kit

(note : sneak peeks are from the Soft Merino Blanket.
With the Colour Crafter Kit you will be able to make a blanket that has twice the size of the Soft Merino Blanket)

mystery quilt inside crochet blanket pattern crochet design haken ganchillo annelies vicarno scheepjes merinosoft

You can buy your copies of Inside Crochet at your local store, or directly via Inside Crochet itself. I have a subscription, so I get my copy every month 🙂  (this makes a wonderful Christmas present too ! to get your friend or mother or yourself a year-subscription ! )

If you prefer a digital, downloadable version, that is possible too !

You can get all the info you need right here  : Inside Crochet  (the mystery quilt pattern will appear in the following editions : Issue 73 – 74 and 75).

I wish you all a happy and creative Christmas and lots of crochet fun !

The sample blanket is made with MerinoSoft yarn. I have made a nice overview with the colours used in both kits, the MerinoSoft Kit and the Colour Crafter Kit. This overview can be found here : Colours overview

Free crochet pattern : mohair flower-brooch

IMG_1269

(voor Nederlands, kijk hier : NL)

Today, I have finished the free crochet pattern for the vintage and amour flower brooches.

Do you remember my previous post about mohair yarn ? Where I shared lots of information about Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm and told you about my Mohair-Mission ? You can find that blogpost here :  Mohair-Mission 1

And there is much more to come, soon : more useful information, tips & tricks, …

Ad today I am sharing my free pattern : Mohair-Mission 2 !

crochet haken broche brooch design crochet pattern annelies baees vicarno

Info and what do you need to make this brooch or brooches  : 

– Yarn : Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm, small amounts in the shades you like. (1 ball = 25gr = 200m / 70 % mohair, 30 % micro)

– I made the amour-brooch with shades orange (689, ChaCha), fucsia (686, Merengue) dark red (683, Tango), and bright red (684, Flamenco).

– The vintage brooch is made with : light grey (674, Robotic)

You can find this wonderful yarn at Deramores, they ship worldwide and their service is exellent. Take a look here to see all available shades : Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm

(this is an affiliate link)

– Crochet hook : 5 mm

– Used stitches : chain (ch), slipstitch (slst), single crochet (sc). I use US crochet terms.

– You also need : scissors, tapestry needle to weave in all ends, pins and mat for blocking, small beads, brooch-pin, small piece of felt.

– Crochet charts : I have added crochet charts and pictures.

Pattern :

The flower-brooch is made in separate pieces. Those parts on put on top of each other and carefully sewn together.

You always work on the right side, so do not turn.

Part 1 (Orange part, shade ChaCha) :

– 5ch, close round with 1slst in first ch.
– Round 1 : work 1ch+10sc in the ring, close with 1slst in first sc (do not turn). – 10sc
– Round 2 : in first sc : 4ch, in every next sc : 1slst+4ch, close with 1slst in first slst. – 10 x 4ch-spaces
– Cut yarn and cast off.

Mohair bloem 1 freecrochetpattern annelies vicarno mohair-missionmohair-mission amour brooch freecrochetpattern annelies vicarno

Part 2 (in shade fucsia, merengue) :

– 5ch, close round with 1slst in first ch.
– Round 1 : work 1ch+20sc in the ring, close with 1slst in first sc.  – 20sc
– Round 2 : in first sc : 4ch, in every next sc : 1slst+4ch, close with 1slst in first slst. – 20 x 4ch-spaces
– Round 3 : work in first 4ch-space : 1slst in first ch, 1slst in 2nd ch, 1slst around center of ch-space, 5ch, in every next 4ch-space : 1slst+5ch, close with 1slst in first slst.  – 20 x 5ch-spaces
– Round 4 : work in first 5ch-space: 1slst in first, 2nd and 3rd ch, 1slst around center of ch-space, 6ch, in every next 5ch-space : 1slst+5ch, close with 1slst in first slst.  – 20l x 6ch-spaces
– Cut yarn and cast off.

Mohair bloem 2 freecrochetpattern annelies vicarno mohair-mission design

mohair-mission amour brooch freecrochetpattern annelies vicarno

Part 3 (in shade dark red, Tango) :

– Round 1-4 : see part 2.
– Round 5 : work in first 6ch-space : 1slst in first, 2nd and 3rd ch, 1slst around ch-space, 7ch, in every next 6ch-space : 1slst-7ch, close with 1slst in first slst.  – 20 x 7ch-spaces
– Cut yarn and cast off.

Mohair bloem 3 freecrochetpattern vicarno annelies design mohair-mission

mohair-mission amour brooch freecrochetpattern annelies vicarno

Part 4 (shade red, Flamenco) :

– 5ch, close round with 1slst in first ch.
– Round 1 : work 1ch+16sc in the ring, close with 1slst in first sc. – 16sc
– Round 2-5 : see part 3, but now work 16 ch-spaces, instead of 20.  – 16 x 4/5/6/7 ch-spaces
– Cut yarn and cast off.

mohair-mission amour brooch freecrochetpattern annelies vicarno

Finishing :

– Put part 4 below.
– Place part 3 on top of part 4, and sew together in the center, very carefully.
– Next place part 2 on top of parts 4+3 and sew together in the center, very carefully again.
– End with part 1 on top, also sew very carefully together, and leave a long orange tail.
– Make sure your long yarn tail is on the right side of the flower, and next make 7 small petals with beads in the center of the flower, and attach them ‘on the sc-rounds’ : I prefer beading 5 small beads on my orange thread and next make a small sewing stitch in a sc of the sc-round. Repeat this 7 times, forming 7 small detailed petals. Next finish the flower heart : make 3 larger petals in the 7-petal circle : by beading 7 small beads each time and sew carefully.
– Weave in all ends.
– Optional : cut a small felt circle and sew it on the back of your flower.
– Sew the brooch pin on to the felt circle / or the flower itself.

Ready !

This brooch will certainly make a stunning detail on your favourite dress, on your preferred bag, or as a lovely present.

Do not forget to share your brooch creations with me, and the entire world, on facebook, instagram and other social media.

My Facebook-page : Vicarno Crochet Designs  (here you can find all new pattern releases, give-aways, and lots of other exciting stuff)

Instagram : annelies_baes

Enjoy your weekend !

Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop : little snowballs on the wall

ScheepjesChristmasBlogHop annelies vicarno design freecrochetpattern

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

12249765_492161984295382_8542527514520810849_n

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.

ScheepjesChristmasBlogHop annelies vicarno design freecrochetpattern

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.

chart sneeuwbal

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.

chart kleine ster

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.

 

chart grote ster

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

DSC_0237

(Eng text in italic)

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.

merino shawl scheepjes design crochetpattern annelies haken vicarno

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.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Veel geluk allemaal !

Hoe je Rafflecopter gebruik, lees je hier : Rafflecopter

Good luck ! 

How to use Rafflecopter : Rafflecopter

(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 ! ) 

Scheepjes-Merino-Soft-web

A mohair mission and an amour-brooch

IMG_1270

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 !

11222363_488047804706800_6732960438096846295_n 12219426_1172812452747419_5635797479825992599_n

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

crochet haken broche brooch design crochet pattern annelies baees vicarno

Vintage brooch with Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm

IMG_1082 (1)

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)

11222363_488047804706800_6732960438096846295_n 12219426_1172812452747419_5635797479825992599_n

WIP : mixing colours and yarn textures

IMG_1158

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)

babydeken vicarno annelies baes haakpatroon crochet pattern

 

Brei-en Haakdagen full of inspiration

11040850_876848502392202_7985984564108198831_o

Last weekend we were at the Brei-en Haakdagen in Zwolle, with 6 Scheepjes Bloggers :  : Jellina, Atty, Carmen, Nerissa, Kirsten and myself.

We had a wonderfull time full of inspiration, it was : great, busy, interesting, funny, loud, warm, happy, inspiring, …. 2 Lovely days full of having the most inspiring talks with lots of happy people, answering questions, learning from each other, exchanging ideas and tips, and more interesting things.

It was amazing to be able to meet so much people with the same interests in crochet and knitting.

Thank you all for coming and spending the best time with us 🙂

See you all again next year ?

Scheepjeswol Brei-en Haakdagen Zwolle Scheepjeswol Brei-en Haakdagen Zwolle Scheepjeswol Brei-en Haakdagen Zwolle Scheepjeswol Brei-en Haakdagen Zwolle Scheepjeswol Brei-en Haakdagen Zwolle Scheepjeswol Brei-en Haakdagen Zwolle

 

A colourfull new design

IMG_0997 (1)

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 ?

 

Free crochet pattern : hummingbird

DSC_0041

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 !

chart kolibri

DSC_0049

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.

New crochet pattern : mesh cardigan for ladies

Cardigan_1_medium2

I have a new crochet pattern ready and I am releasing it today : a ladies mesh cardigan!

A super-trendy design, with nice openworked stitch pattern, and a comfortable fit ! This cardi is also featherlight, because thanks to the nice lacy stitchwork, it does not require high amounts of yarn.

The design is topdown, meaning : you start at the neckline, and work your way down, all seamlessly and in 1 piece. So a zero-frustration project, because there is no seaming at the end. And the good thing is, while crocheting this trendy piece, you can try it on whenever you want to, to see if you are happy with it as it is, and if necessary, you can make small adjustments, like making it longer or shorter, or …..

The pattern is fully written, in 3 sizes : S-M, M-L and L-XL. Available in English (US terms) and in Dutch. It also has a nice chart, and even a sketch with all the measurements.

And as always, the pattern is tested by my testing panel, which assures a high quality product.

 

Summer Mesh Cardigan Annelies Baes Vicarno

Let’s take about the yarn I used : the super-de-luxe Scheepjes Linen Soft Yarn (needless to say I am a big fan of this natural yarn, with its beautiful colours and wonderfull structure). Both my cardigans are made with the linen yarn. But… if you prefer a fluffy supersoft cardigan, I suggest you make it in Scheepjes Softfun. And I you are in the mood for a warmer and more winter version, I advise you to choose the new Scheepjes Merino Soft yarn. (by the way : if any of you can offer me ‘a box of extra time’, I want to make myself a merino version as well).

The grey cardigan is modeled by Atty, from Atty’s. I was thrilled and very happy when she wanted to be a model during the photoshoot. She looks amazing, don’t you agree ?

I am wearing the blue cardi myself, the picture is taken on a summer day, very quickly, in the garden 🙂

I wish you all a happy weekend!

Pattern : linen mesh cardigan : Ravelry and webshop

Yarn : Scheepjes Linen Soft (other great yarn options are  Scheepjes Softfun and Scheepjes merino soft)

Crochet hook : 4 or 4,5 mm

linnen cardigan annelies baes haakpatroon vicarno

 

Knight doll design published in Inside Crochet

IMG_0898_medium2

I designed a knight doll, fully equiped 🙂  : with a helmet, a ring mail, boots, a sword and a shield.

A little hero-doll. Because children just love heroes, to play with, to comfort them, to cuddle with.

The interesting part about this doll design is I managed to make the doll itself seamless, so it is worked in 1 piece. So no frustration at the end, because there are no arms or legs or other parts that need to be sewn.

I also tried to design nice comfortable clothes and accessories, that are easy to put on and off, and look great.

 

knight doll crochet pattern annelies baes inside crochet design crochet pattern

The hair, that was another story… I did not have any experience in making hair for dolls. So after a few attempts, I decided to ask Nancy from ‘t Knuffelpopje for help. She is a fantastic doll maker, and she wanted to help me out. So I am very grateful she gave my doll this gorgeous hair. ze gemaakt heeft voor me.

The doll itself and all the accessories are made with  Scheepjes Softfun and Softfun denim, supersoft yarn, that is strong as well, and is very easy in maintenance, you can wash it in the washing machine without stress. So the ideal yarn for toys and children clothing.

I think this knight will soon have a little princess-friend 🙂

I wish you all a wonderfull day.

knight doll crochet pattern annelies baes inside crochet design crochet pattern knight doll crochet pattern annelies baes inside crochet design crochet pattern knight doll crochet pattern annelies baes inside crochet design crochet pattern

Pattern : Knight doll published in Inside Crochet Editie 69

Pictures : many thanks to Lucy Williams for Inside Crochet

Yarn : Scheepjeswol Softfun and Softfun denim

knight doll crochet pattern annelies baes inside crochet design crochet pattern knight doll crochet pattern annelies baes inside crochet design crochet pattern knight doll crochet pattern annelies baes inside crochet design crochet pattern knight doll crochet pattern annelies baes inside crochet design crochet pattern knight doll crochet pattern annelies baes inside crochet design crochet pattern