About It's all in a Nutshell

I am crazy about so many things! Crocheting is a big hobby, but also being outside in my garden or my vegetable garden. I help out at my local animal shelter and I have a job and family to run. But luckily it all fits in my nutty life.

Dutch CAL 2015 completed

I have completed this blanket more than a year ago, but I somehow never got round to sharing it with you. I am happy to show you my Dutch CAL 2015, a large single granny square blanket. I photographed this blanket when it was still summer, just shows how long she has been waiting for her final showing.

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For the Dutch CAL 2015 there were two center granny’s to choose from and from there it was adding many borders to make the granny grow to a double bed size blanket. My blanket is about 170cm square.

Resources for Dutch CAL 2015

Yarn & colorway

I used Stylecraft Special DK in 6 colors and Schachenmayr Miracle in 3 colors with a 4mm hook to make my blanket. To my knowledge Schachenmayr Miracle is no longer available, but a good alternatives is Scheepjes Lizzy used double stranded to match the double knit weight of the Stylecraft Special. Stylecraft Special DK and Scheepjes Lizzy are available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores or your local yarn shop.

From the Stylecraft Special DK I used 4 x Clematis, 3 x Parchment, 3 x Plum, 3 x Raspberry, 2 x Mocca, 2 x Pale Rose, 2 x Grape. From the Schachenmayr Miracle I used 1 x Gold, 1 x Pink, 1 x Lila.

I kept track of which yarn and color I used when, you can find all the info in my Color Chart Dutch CAL 2015. The pink and purple shades work well together and it turned out lovely.

Dutch CAL 2015

For sale SOLD!

It is a lovely blanket, but I must confess; I have too many blankets and I need to make room in my house. For this reason my Dutch CAL 2015 blanket is now for sale in my Etsy shop (SOLD).

Dutch CAL 2015

My journey

I didn’t post very regularly about this project, only two posts actually. I posted when I was at 14 weeks and at 21 weeks. All the steps in between I did behind the scenes.

Dutch CAL 2015

Dutch CAL 2015


Do you also have finished projects that you somehow forgot or didn’t get round to to sharing with the world? If you want to you can share them with me on my Facebook page or tag me in one of your post on Instagram. You can also use #itsallinanutshell to help me find it.

With love,

Esther

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Joy’s Cushion – Continuous Crochet Square video tutorial

I would love to show you a neat way to use variegated yarn to make a quick gift or decorate you house with a lovely continuous crochet square cushion. After all, you can never have too many cushions. My cushion is based on the pattern Joy’s Journey by Dedri Uys and uses Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Color.

Joy's Cushion - Free Crochet Pattern

Materials

You will need 2 balls of Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Color. I used two colors, one for each side of the cushion, giving a fun two-sided look. I used colors 951 and 967 plus a 4.5mm hook. In addition to the yarn, you will also need a 45cm x 45cm cushion inner.

Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Color

Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Color is available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores or your Scheepjes stockist. Thank you for using the links on my blog, supporting my work and helping me to keep my work available for free.

Gauge and size

Gauge is not essential for this project and it’s not needed to make a gauge swatch. If your gauge is similar to mine you will be able to make a 45cm x 45cm cushion.

Resources

Joy's Cushion free crochet patternVideo

If you would like to make a cushion or blanket of your own using Dedri’s pattern, I have a short video tutorial to show you how to make Joy’s Journey.


Joy’s Cushion – Free Crochet Work Description

© Esther Dijkstra 2017. All rights reserved.

To make a cushion do the following:

  1. Make 2 identical continuous squares using the pattern Joy’s Journey till each square is approximately 45cm x 45cm.
  2. Work away the yarn tails of both squares.
  3. Place the two squares with their backs to each-other. Using one of the yarn colors used to make the squares, join 3 edges with single crochet stitches. In the corners work 3 single crochet stitches.
  4. Put the cushion inner inside the joined squares.
  5. Join the final edges of the squares with single crochet stitches.
  6. Work away your last yarn tail.

Yarn packs for Joy’s Journey

If you enjoyed making this pattern you could consider doing a full size blanket with it. It is fabulously relaxing and a wonderful destresser. There are yarn packs available for Joy’s Journey to make a Baby Blanket or a Large Blanket. The yarn packs include yarn, a printed pattern and a pom-pom ribbon to make the border.

Photo: Dedri Uys from lookatwhatimade.net


I am really happy with my cushion and my boys love it too. My eldest said it was the softest cushion he has ever laid his head on. Gotta love that yarn!

Joy's Cushion Free Crochet Pattern

The two colors I chose are completely different, so my cushion has a metamorphoses every time I turn it around.

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I would love to see your cushions, which colors you chose and how they came out. Feel free to share them on my Facebook page or tag me in one of your post on Instagram. You can also use #itsallinanutshell to help me find it.

With love,

Esther

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© COPYRIGHT IT’S ALL IN A NUTSHELL. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS PATTERN IS AVAILABLE FOR UNLIMITED PERSONAL USE. YOU MAY PRINT A COPY OF THE PATTERN OR KEEP A DIGITAL COPY FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. DO NOT REPRODUCE OR SELL MY PATTERNS (EITHER DIGITALLY OR IN PRINT). DO NOT POST MY PATTERNS ONLINE, EITHER AS A COMPLETE DOCUMENT OR IN PART. PLEASE REFER BACK TO THIS PATTERN BY LINKING TO IT FROM YOUR BLOG OR WEBSITE. YOU MAY SELL ITEMS THAT YOU MAKE WITH MY PATTERN AS LONG AS YOU CREDIT ME AS THE DESIGNER. TO SHOP OWNERS AND YARN SELLERS : IT IS NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE KITS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. PLEASE DO NOT PRINT COPIES TO DISTRIBUTE WITH YARN SALES AS THIS IS AN INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT. THE COPYRIGHT OF THIS FREE CROCHET PATTERN IS PROTECTED BY SCHEEPJES.COM.

Announcement: Hygge Scheepjes CAL 2017

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It is time to announce the first big project of the year, the all new Scheepjes CAL 2017 designed by the fabulous Kirsten from Haak Maar Raak. Hygge is the name of this CAL, and I have been practicing how to pronounce it, so I hope it is at least a little correct on the video tutorials. Yes, the words many of you have been wanting to hear are out; I will be making video tutorials for the Hygge CAL.

Hygge CAL Teaser

What are we making?

We are making a long, rectangular wrap combining crochet and embroidery techniques to make a warm and cozy companion for many winter nights. The final wrap will measure approximately 190cm x 35cm. The design is new and interesting and I think an absolute winner; I have not seen a CAL quite like this before.

Don’t feel stressed about the embroidery; it consists of cross stitches only and I will show you in a video how to make them. I will give you lots of tips along the way to make your work as neat and perfect as possible.

Kits & Colorways

There are three colorways available as a kit, the Rainbow colorway, Jewel colorway and Pastel colorway. I have the Rainbow colorway that I will be using for the video tutorials, but the Pastel is also fabulous, and I really LOVE the Jewel colors. Choosing can be such a problem sometimes…..

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The kits contain all the yarn you need to make the shawl, that is 10 balls of Stone Washed and 11 balls of Catona 25g. But this CAL would not be a Scheepjes CAL without all the attention to detail and the lovely extra’s. In addition to the yarn, the kits also contain a button, a charm, a stitch marker, a yarn needle and 2 wooden ice crystals.

Hygge CAL kits

The kits are available for pre-order through Wool Warehouse and Caro’s Atelier (NL). Through the links you can make your preference known so that when the kits go on sale February 1st, you will have a higher change of getting the kit you want.

We will be making the wrap using a 4.5mm (US size 7) crochet hook. If you don’t have this one in your collection, you still have time to buy one. Clover Amour hooks are my favorite hooks.

Some logistics

Hygge CAL starts on 15 February 2017 and runs for 13 weeks. Each week a part of the pattern will be released in the International and Dutch Facebook groups as well as on the Scheepjes website. The written patterns will be available in English (US & UK Terms), Dutch and Swedish. I will have videos available in English (UK Terms) and Dutch, as well as right and left handed versions. The videos will be available through my blog, the two Facebook groups, the Scheepjes website and my YouTube channel.

Join the Dutch or International Facebook groups to share your work, ask questions and be part of a lovely new project.

Hygge CAL

I hope to see many of you on this new adventure.

With love,

Esther

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Argyle Color Pooling Blanket WIP

I have been working steadily on my argyle color pooling blanket over the past few months and I would like to show you where I am at the moment. Remember were I was last time? I had only done a few rows and used just over 1 ball of Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn.

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I have come quite a bit further since that last photo. At this point I have worked just over 5 balls of Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn, a sock yarn that I am using with a 3mm hook. I am also going to add a border using a solid color of the Scheepjes Invicta Extra range.

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After about 4 balls the argyle pattern started to become very visible. Because of the long color change in the yarn, it is a subtle pattern and not as busy as you might have seen with other argyle patterns.

I have come to the conclusion that I am not a robot; I can’t keep my tension 100% constant all the time. This means that my argyle pattern is a little wobbly at times and sometimes shifts over more and sometimes less. As such a slight variation in tension is not a problem, but it accumulates over many stitches meaning that with the long color change of the yarn I have noticed that sometimes my shift is 1 stitch and sometimes 5 stitches. This variation in the argyle shift is what causes my wobbly pattern. Personally I don’t think it’s a problem because it makes my blanket all the more personal and unique. No person on the planet will be able to match my pattern EXACTLY. Isn’t that cool, you can make something completely unique simply by being yourself!

argyle color pooling blanket


Color pooling, or yarn pooling, is popular at the moment and I thought to myself “how hard can it be?” Famous last words right? No, actually it’s not as hard as it looks. I have a detailed description taking you every step of the way. If you prefer, I also have a video showing you how to do argyle color pooling should you want to try your hand at it.


argyle color pooling blanket

Are you doing color pooling? Feel free to share your photo’s on my Facebook page or tag me in your post on Instagram. You can also use #itsallinanutshell to help me find it.

With love,

Esther

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