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Artist’s Dress Guard in YARN Dutch Masters Book-a-zine

As you may or may not know, I’m Dutch and I live in The Netherlands. If you have ever been to The Netherlands there are a few things you will notice that the Dutch do different to other people in the world. One thing we do different is that the bicycle is our main mode of city transportation. I cycle to work every day, I take me kids to school by bike, I run errants by bike, I visit friends by bike, in short, I do a lot on my bike.

Artist’s bicycle dress guard

Being the crochet nut that I am my bike also needs to be totally crochet, which means I have a hand made dress guard on my bike. I’m sure you are all jealous and you want one too! You are in luck because I have designed a dress guard for the latest edition of YARN book-a-zine, the Artist’s bicycle dress. The pattern is available in the book-a-zine.

I have included a few Dutch ideas into the dress guard. There is hardly anything more Dutch than tulips, so there are two rows of tulips in floral colors. I wanted a diversity of stitches to represent the diversity of people that live in The Netherlands. And I wanted granny stitches, because we all have a favorite grandmother in our lives, even if she isn’t our biological grandmother.

I made the dress guards in 4 colorways, inspired by 4 great Dutch artists from the past; Vermeer, Rembrandt, Mondrian, and Van Gogh. Each colorway is now available as a kit which contains everything you need to make your own dress guard. With the festive season coming up these kits make great gifts in my opinion 🙂 The kits are/will be available from Wool Warehouse, Caro’s Atelier (NL) or your favorite Scheepjes stockist.

Want to see in more detail what’s in the box? Daan from Scheepjes shows you the content of the kit in Scheepjes’s first unboxing video.

YARN 4 – Dutch Masters

If the bicycle dress got you all enthusiastic for all things Dutch you are going to love the latest edition of YARN book-a-zine which is totally Dutch with many fabulous designs by great designers all inspired by the great Dutch masters of the past.  From Van Gogh inspired beanies to Mondrian inspired bags with Rembrandt and Vermeer in for good measure. The YARN Dutch Masters edition is a beautiful addition to any coffee table, and my bicycle dress design even made the front page!

Maybe you missed the first editions of YARN? You can still get them online too. It’s a series that keeps on building, so start your collection today. The book-a-zines are available in English and Dutch and are available from Wool Warehouse (UK/International) (NL) or your local Scheepjes stockist.

What are you going to make?

With love,


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5 thoughts on “Artist’s Dress Guard in YARN Dutch Masters Book-a-zine”

  1. Hello Esther

    I have just purchased the kit to make the van Gogh version. However I can’t seem to find any info on how the colours in my pack relate to the kit. Is there somewhere I can find this please?




    1. These are all the colors for the kits:

      Yarn A 255 Nude
      Yarn B 383 Ginger Gold
      Yarn C 388 Rust
      Yarn D 395 Willow
      Yarn E 401 Dark Teal
      Yarn F 750 Bordeau

      Yarn A 517 Ruby
      Yarn B 249 Saffron
      Yarn C 105 Bridal White
      Yarn D 391 Deep Ocean Green
      Yarn E 390 Poppy Rose
      Yarn F 162 Black Coffee

      Yarn A 394 Shadow Purple
      Yarn B 252 Watermelon
      Yarn C 113 Delphinium
      Yarn D 413 Cherry
      Yarn E 519 Fresia
      Yarn F 409 Soft Rosa

      Van Gogh
      Yarn A 154 Gold
      Yarn B 392 Lime Juice
      Yarn C 509 Baby Blue
      Yarn D 606 Grass Green
      Yarn E 245 Green Yellow
      Yarn F 400 Petrol Blue

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  2. Hello Ester, my English is not good enough to translate the pattern. Can I buy the pattern “Bicycle Dress” in German? If so, where can I buy them? Greetings Carola


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