Discover the Seasons CAL – WIP

It has been a few weeks since I announced that I would be participating in the Tunisian crochet along Discover the Seasons designed by Marjolein Kooiman. The CAL started beginning of December and I thought to show you my progress.

Stardust tunisian swatch

Resources

Yarn used so far

I am using Scheepjes Stardust in 4 subtle shades for this project, a mix fiber yarn containing mohair, wool, premium acrylic and a splash of metallic polyester which gives the yarn a subtle glitter. Stardust is available from Deramores, Wool Warehouse or your Scheepjes Stockist.

stardust yarn

I am using the Stardust with a 5mm and at this point I have used about half a ball of each color. I must admit that my yarn usage is higher than needed because I have cut out a few squares a few times. The yarn contains mohair and frogging is just about impossible.

How is it going so far?

We are at week 7 of the CAL now and so far so good, the pace is high but I am managing to keep up. We have made 24 squares with various sizes, colors and patterns. There are two prominent squares that immediately catch your eye, one with a tulip and one with a butterfly. Making these patterns is not so much hard, but it is fiddly and you need to follow the chart carefully.

discover the seasons part 7

The written patterns are available in English and Dutch and are released each week in the Discover the Seasons Facebook group. There have been some bugs in the patterns, but the designer has been quick to make corrections and make an updated pattern available.

I have made a few beginner mistakes, and I notice as the CAL proceeds that my stitches and joins are becoming more even. I think that after this is finished I will have the hang of Tunisian Crochet!

I will show you another update when the project is a bit further along again.

With love,

Esther

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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


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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.

yarn-pooling-with-matterhorn-sock-yarn

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.

yarn-pooling-with-matterhorn-sock-yarn-wip-2

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

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With love,

Esther

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Merry-go-Round – Free Crochet Blanket Pattern

Do you sometimes long for a crochet blanket pattern that you can work on when in company or watching television? A project that does not require you to count stitches, change color, remember the stitch pattern or anything else that would require you to think about what you are doing? If so, I have just the design for you! My new, free Merry-go-Round blanket pattern using double crochet stitches.

merry-go-round-crochet-blanket-1

Yarn

The yarn that I am using is Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Colour. This is a thick and warm sock yarn containing 20% wool, 40% acrylic and 40% nylon. The yarn has a gradual color gradient which makes for very interesting color effects on any project. There are 5 colors to choose from and they are all available from Wool Warehouse or your local Scheepjes stockist.

Materials

You will need at least 5 balls of Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Colour, depending on your gauge, hook size and how large you want your blanket to be. As an indication, I obtained the following sizes using a 4mm hook:

  • with 5 balls – 65cm x 95cm
  • with 8 balls – 90cm x 120cm
  • with 10 balls – 110cm x 140cm

I used color 968, which is a playful rainbow colorway, but this blanket will look lovely in any of the other shades also. The color changing yarn is continuously drawing you in and wanting you to know which color is next.

scheepjes noorse sokkenwol colour


***Update: Video***

I have made a short video showing the steps involved to make my Merry-go-Round blanket. I show the first 3 rounds as well as the crab stitch edge.


Abbreviations

The pattern is in US crochet terms. If you are more comfortable with UK crochet terms, please see this conversion table for the most common terms.

merry-go-round free crochet blanket pattern


Pattern

To make this blanket you first make a rectangular center and from there it goes round, and round and round again till you run out of yarn or your blanket is big enough; which ever comes first.

Round 1

ch4 (does not count as a stitch), 50fdc, ch2, 3dc in the bottom of last fdc worked (this makes the short side of the rectangle), ch2, 1dc in same stitch (this is in the bottom of the last fdc worked), 1dc in each of next 49 st (this is the bottom of the fdc stitches and makes the long edge of the rectangle), ch2, 3dc in ch4-space.

This makes a rectangle with the following stitch count: 50dc, 3dc, 50dc, 3dc.

Round 2

(2dc, ch2, 1dc) in same ch4-space as the last 3dc’s of Round 1, 1dc in next 50 st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2-space, 1dc in next 3 st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2-space, 1dc in next 50 st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2-space, 1dc in next 5 st.

This makes a rectangle with the following stitch count: 53dc, 7dc, 54dc, 7dc. Don’t worry that there is 1 stitch difference between the long sides of the rectangle. You won’t notice this anymore after a few rounds.

Round 3 and further

*(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in the next ch2-space, 1dc in each st till the next ch2-space. *
Repeat from * to * 3 more times.

Last round

When your blanket is large enough or you are almost out of yarn, work your last round using crab stitches to make a nice edge.

For the final corner when repeating Round 3 do not work a full corner, but only work 1dc in the last ch2-space. Work a crab stitch in each st and 2 crab stitches in a ch2-space all the way round. When you get back to your starting point, work 1 crab stitch in the ch2-space containing the last dc worked, 1 crab stitch around the post of the last dc worked, and close with a ss in the first crab stitch.

crab stitch edge on merry-go-round crochet blanket


merry-go-round crochet blanket pattern

This has been a fun and relaxing project for when I wanted something that needed very little concentration on my part. I believe this to be the perfect crochet-TV project. I would love to see your blanket, please feel free share your work on my Facebook or Instagram, or tag me with #itsallinanutshell so I can find it.

With love,

Esther

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