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), Bol.com (NL) or your local Scheepjes stockist.
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