14 September 2019

New YARN Book-a-Zine Out Now: 16 Gorgeous Projects

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Today issue number 8 of Scheepjes' YARN book-a-zine has been launched! For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's a biannual publication filled to the brim with crochet and knitting projects and each issue centres around a specific theme. This time it's Tea Room and the stylist and creative directors at Scheepjes have done such an amazing job to present all the designs so beautifully. It's really a feast for the eyes and I'm sure you won't be able to resist making some of the projects.

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As you may know, I'm one of the Scheepjes bloggers and we are always closely involved in creating the contents, so I'm always very excited when a new issue is published. Even more so for this one, because I designed something for it myself: the Blooming Tea Cosy.


Stay tuned because next week
I’ll have a little surprise for you
that’s related to my Tea Cosy design…….

Designing a tea cosy was a little out of my comfort zone because I'd never made anything that had to be sewn together. But surprisingly, I designed and made it in just three days and if you'd like to make it but feel that it might just be a bit too difficult, it's really not. If you're an intermediate crocheter, you should be just fine.

I mentioned the impressive styling....well, have a look at the way my Tea Cosy was photographed! There are bunnies.....and a lovely girl in a top hat......and a vintage tea cup.......and cakes.......and the most beautiful grey-haired lady with a clock painted on her cheek.....gosh, so very Alice in Wonderland and I love it.

thecuriocraftsroom tea cosy crochet pattern

But there are 16 projects in YARN book-a-zine, so let me just show you a few more, all designed by my blogger friends, to get a real feel for it's style.

crochet patterns YARN bookazine Scheepjes issue 8 Tea Room

This is Nerissa Muijs' Spice Market Snood, a gorgeously textured oversized cowl perfect for winter and a relatively quick make.

Below is Jellina Verhoeff's Leaves Scarf, a lovely tapestry crochet scarf (which looks really beautiful paired with a beautiful man bun on a beautiful head.....yes, I'm partial to man buns and I think the stylist is too, because in the previous issue of YARN you can find another cool man bun....but enough about man buns......). If you haven't tried tapestry crochet before, this is a great beginner's project to learn the technique.

crochet patterns YARN bookazine Scheepjes issue 8 Tea Room

By now you're probably wondering how to get your hands on a copy. Well, YARN is available from many (online) retailers and I have selected a few.

YARN book-a-zine is available here*:
Wool Warehouse 
(international)
Black Sheep Wools (international)
Deramores (international)
Knotty House (Canada)
Habbedash (The Netherlands/international)

I hope you've been inspired to get a copy, select a project and make something (or two somethings) this autumn. And share on social media if you can @scheepjes and #yarnbookazine. And of course let me know when you're making my Blooming Tea Cosy! #bloomingteacosy @thecuriocraftsroom

Okay, one more design: Maria McPherson's Saffron Wrap with tiny beads. How gorgeous is this?

crochet patterns YARN bookazine Scheepjes issue 8 Tea Room

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22 August 2018

Scheepjes CAL 2018: Ubuntu Hexagon Blanket


The large size blanket: Stone Washed XL + River Washed XL

Scheepjes CAL 2018 to start 12 September!
Have you heard the news yet? The new Scheepjes Crochet Along is going to start very very very soon....the kick-off is on the 12th of September! I'm so excited. It's such an amazing community event that allows you to crochet along with so many other enthusiastic crocheters in the official Scheepjes Facebook group. It's just wonderful to read about everyone's experiences and see the projects grow week by week. Do you plan to join in? If so, I'll give you all the details below, but not before I've sung the praises of the CAL's super talented and dedicated designer Dedri from Lookatwhatimade.

The Designer
Some of you may already be very familiar with Dedri's work. A few years ago she designed the gorgeous Sophie's Universe blanket that you can still come across on social media on a regular basis. This blanket design encouraged so many crocheters to step out of their crochet comfort zone and try new stitches and work on a relatively large project.

Sophie's Universe in Scheepjes Cotton 8
I'm sure that will be the case again with her stunning new design: the Ubuntu blanket. It's a hexagonal blanket with a large star at its centre. I guess you'll be wondering about the name. This is how Dedri explains why she chose this name: "The word Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity towards others” or “I am because we are”. Through Crochet-alongs, I have found a community that constantly reminds me of the essence of Ubuntu: connection, community, and mutual caring for all. We wanted to honour and celebrate that in this CAL, both in the design and how we choose to engage with each other as we embark on this journey." It is so wonderful that this project is not just about getting your yarn out and working towards the finished product. It's about engagement, so it might be a good idea to become a member of the official Facebook group for connection, support, inspiration and fun! You'll find the relevant links below.

Details: Kits, Blanket photos, Timeline, etc. Now it's time to give you all the details on the CAL, starting with information about the kits (all the yarn you need to make the blanket with a few free gifts thrown in) and lots of photos! You can buy kits for 3 different sized blankets: *Small Kit: 120 x 104cm in Cotton 8 yarn.
*Medium Kit: 151 x 131cm in Stone Washed.
*Large Kit: 192 x 167cm in Stone Washed XL & River Washed XL
All kits contain an official Ubuntu CAL label and button, and a set of vintage stitch markers.

The large and medium kit also contain a beading loom and everything you need to make a friendship bracelet designed especially for this CAL by Dedri herself.
See the links below to order your kit!

Medium size in Stone Washed
Small size in Cotton 8. Look at those details!
Have you been able to make a choice yet? I really love the largest size (see photo at the beginning of this post) because the texture is so pronounced. I've you'd like to browse the 3 different kits and perhaps buy one, you'll find them here.
Kits are available from:
WoolWarehouse (international shipping)*
Deramores (international shipping)*
Knotty House (Canada)*
Other Scheepjes retailers

When?

The CAL will begin on Wednesday the 12th of September and will run for 12 weeks, ending the beginning of December. Kits will be available from 22 August. Be quick, they sell out fast.
How?
Each pattern piece will be made available as a downloadable pdf on Wednesdays 13:00 Dutch time / 12:00 UK time. You can access these from the official Scheepjes Facebook Group or via the Scheepjes website.

I'll leave you with another beautiful shot of the blanket and Dedri's lovely words on crochet:

"Crochet is more than a craft. It is a lifesaving panacea, a necessary creative outlet, a calming tool and a rewarding passion. Sometimes, all we need is a little ball of yarn and a crochet hook to make us happy."


Medium size in Stone Washed

*These are affiliate links. I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase a kit through these links.

18 December 2017

Crystal Coaster or Ornament: Free Crochet Pattern

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free crochet pattern coasters thecuriocraftsroom the curio crafts room scheepjes catonaLast week I selected some teeny tiny 10g cutie pie Catona balls (I can come up with even more adjectives for these yummy, fun and addictive small balls if necessary ;-) for a little project and today I have the free pattern for you! I designed a crystal motif that you can use as coasters or as Christmas ornaments. They would look lovely in white and you could make a very festive garland with perhaps a touch of glitter. I myself went for coasters as I never really decorate much for Christmas.
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I love ombre tones so I chose 4 sets of 4 colours to create a fading effect.

For the motif in the first picture I used:
Round 1 + 2: 383 Ginger Gold

Round 3: 179 Topaz
Round 4: 404 English Tea
Round 5 + 6: 130 Old Lace

For the motif in the second picture I used:
Round 1 + 2: 189 Royal Orange
Round 3: 386 Peach
Round 4: 414 Vintage Peach
Round 5 + 6: 263 Petal Peach

For the motif in the third picture I used:
Round 1 + 2: 128 Tyrian Purple
Round 3: 251 Garden Rose
Round 4: 222 Tulip
Round 5 + 6: 238 Powder Pink

For the motif in the fourth picture I used:
Round 1 + 2: 517 Ruby
Round 3: 258 Rosewood
Round 4: 409 Soft Rose
Round 5 + 6: 408 Old Rose

The pattern is written in US crochet terms but below you'll also find a table with the UK equivalents. The pattern is available in Dutch too.
For the Dutch version, please click here.



General Information & Materials
Skill level: Beginners
Yarn type and weight: Scheepjes Catona 10g balls (100% mercerized cotton, sport weight / 10g, 25m)
Hook: 2.5mm
Tapestry needle

Measurements
Diameter approx. 12cm / 4.8in

Crochet Terms used in this pattern: US
Stitches and abbreviations used in this pattern:

US Crochet Terms
UK Crochet Terms
ch
chain
ch
chain
ch-2 sp
chain 2 space
ch-2 sp
chain 2 space
dc
double crochet
tr
treble crochet
picot 2
picot chain 2
picot 2
picot chain 2
popcorn
popcorn with 5 dc
popcorn
popcorn with 5 dc
rep
repeat
rep
repeat
sc
single crochet
dc
double crochet
slst
slip stitch
ss
slip stitch
st(s)
stitch(es)
st(s)
stitch(es)

Pattern Notes
Popcorns consist of 5 dc. The picot 2 is made by slip stitching into the second chain from the hook.

Instructions
Start with a magic (adjustable) ring.
Round 1
Ch4 on top of magic ring chain (counts as first dc + ch2), (1dc, ch2) 7 times, slst in top ch, do not cut yarn. [8 dc, 8 ch-2 sp]

Round 2
Slst in ch-2 sp, ch5 (counts as first dc + ch 2), 1dc in same ch-2 sp, ((1dc, ch2, 1dc) in next ch-2 sp) 7 times, slst in first dc. [16 dc, 8 ch-2 sp]
Round 3
(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in each ch-2 sp all around, slst in first dc. [32 dc, 8 ch-2 sp]

Round 4
Start with (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in any ch-2 sp, 1dc in next dc, skip 2 dc, *1dc in next dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch-2 sp, 1dc in next dc, skip 2 dc; rep from * all around and end final rep with 1dc in next dc, slst in first dc. [48 dc, 8 ch-2 sp]

Round 5
Start with (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in any ch-2 sp, 1dc in each of the next 2 dc, skip 2 dc, *1dc in each of the next 2 dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch-2 sp, 1dc in each of the next 2 dc, skip 2 dc; rep from * all around and end final rep with 1dc in each of the next 2 dc, slst in first dc, do not cut yarn. [64 dc, 8 ch-2 sp]

Round 6
Slst in each of the next 2 dc, (slst, ch2, popcorn, ch1, slst) in next ch-2 sp, *slst in each of the next 4 dc, (1sc, picot 2, 1sc) in space in between next 2 dc, slst in each of the next 4 dc, (slst, ch2, popcorn, ch1, slst) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * all around and end final rep with slst in each of the next 2 dc, slst in first slst.

Cut yarn and weave in all ends.

Blocking
To get the most beautiful result, the motifs needs blocking. For blocking you can use Styrofoam and pins, but you could also put a towel on your ironing board and pin them onto that. Spray with some water and let dry naturally.

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free crochet pattern coasters thecuriocraftsroom the curio crafts room scheepjes catona
Where to buy the Catona Colour Pack: 109 x 10g balls
UK: Wool Warehouse: (international shipping)
THE NETHERLANDS and other countries: Various Scheepjes stockists
Where to buy Catona 10g balls individually:
UK: Wool Warehouse: (international shipping)
THE NETHERLANDS and other countries: Various Scheepjes stockists
free crochet pattern coasters thecuriocraftsroom the curio crafts room scheepjes catona



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Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarn for me to use. As always, any opinions expressed are my own. The affiliate links in this post supports giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. 
By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 

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