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

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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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Tunisian Crochet in Stardust

I thought I would be very efficient and try two new things in one go. I know almost nothing about Tunisian crochet and I have not yet worked with the new Scheepjes yarn Stardust. I want to change both of these things so it was a no-brainier when I saw a new Tunisian crochet CAL starting in December. I am totally on this!

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Stardust is a fiber blend containing mohair, wool, premium acrylic and a splash of metallic polyester. Especially the metallic polyester is true genius. Usually metallic glitter in yarns are hard and can be really scratchy, but this yarn (and I have no idea how they did it) is soft and fluffy and just gorgeous. Stardust is worked with a 3.0mm to 3.5mm hook and has an impressive 540 meters running length per ball. Stardust is available in 9 solid and 5 long variegated shades, each named after star constellations. You can get Stardust from Deramores, Wool Warehouse (expected) or your local Scheepjes Stockist.

scheepjes stardust all colors

I am going to use 4 shades of Stardust to participate in the “Discover the Seasons” CAL, a Tunisian crochet CAL designed by Marjolein Kooiman using Scheepjes Color Crafter. Each week the pattern will be shared in the dedicated Facebook group and will be available in English, Dutch and German. At this point it’s still a mystery, but this I know so far. The CAL will last 26 weeks and we will be making a blanket that is about 150cm x 200cm. It is best to use 4 colors and choose one of these colors to be repeated in the border. And that is all I know. I am going into this one pretty blind. Exciting!

discover the seasons cal in scheepjes stardust

I know this might disappoint some of you, but this time around I am only going to follow along with the CAL, no videos or anything. Just me learning Tunisian crochet. I am really looking forward to it because other that the simple stitch I have never done Tunisian crochet before.

I have made a sample swatch using Tunisian simple stitch (the only stitch I know how to do) to determine the best hook size to use. I bought myself a set of Tunisian hooks a while back and I am really glad I did because now I can easily make test swatches and go up or down a hook size without having to buy just one new hook. I am going for a 5.0mm hook as my reference hook for this project. The 5.0mm Tunisian hook size is significantly higher than the recommended crochet hook size for the Stardust, but totally normal for Tunisian crochet. Due to the way the fabric is worked you need to go up a few hook sizes to be sure that the fabric is soft and flowy. Otherwise you are only wrestling with your stitches and the fabric looks more like a surfboard than anything you would like to use close to your skin. In addition to the reference Tunisian hook size, I will also be using a hook size smaller (4.5mm) and larger (5.5mm); the pattern will stipulate when to go up or down a hook size. I am already loving the feel of my swatch and I have not even started the CAL yet!

tunisian crochet swatch

The Discover the Seasons CAL starts December 9th. I promise I will keep you posted on my progress. Really looking forward to this project.

With love,

Esther

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Tunisian Ten Stitch Stash Buster!

I have a yarn problem. I can’t throw anything away, no matter how little is left after a project is completed. Never. Just can’t. Not gonna happen. This problem of mine results in lots of random, small pieces of yarn from various projects accumulating in my yarn cupboard. And then I’m not even talking about the yarn that I bought for a particular project that somehow just never seemed to happen.

So what to do? I have found THE solution to my problem, use all that random yarn in one project! I went through my stash collecting all cotton-based yarn that is less than 1 full ball and more than 1 meter long and chucked it in a plastic bag. (I have decided to define anything shorter than 1 meter as a yarn tail that is allowed to be thrown away.) I also frogged a few UFO’s that I abandoned for a variety of reasons as well as a few prototypes that I worked on in the past. The result of my foraging is an impressive rainbow of random yarn.

bag of yarn

In this bag there is lots of Scheepjes yarn which won’t surprise you considering how much I work with it, but there is other yarn in there too. I have Cotton 8, Sunkissed, Stone Washed, Stone Washed XL, Bloom and Catona which are all Scheepjes yarns, Drops Safran and Paris, some no-name brand yarns and even a small bit of Malabrigo Merino Sock and Baby Silkpaca. Granted, the Malabrigo is not cotton-based, but it was in the category “left-over-and-no-purpose-for-it”. Most of these yarns are available from Deramores and Wool Warehouse.

And what am I going to do with it you ask? Use it all in one project! I took this bag with me on summer holiday and it was the most relaxing holiday project ever. I have made all this random yarn into a Tunisian Ten Stitch afghan, designed by my good friend Dedri Uys from Look at what I made.

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I have made this design before about a year ago when I made a video tutorial for the it. I really enjoyed the easy flow of the pattern and decided it was a perfect stash buster. Are you daunted by the pattern? Maybe my video tutorial can help you along. 🙂

The original pattern makes a square blanket but I wanted a rectangle, so I adapted the pattern ever so slightly. I didn’t make the specified 10 rows to start the afghan, I made 50 rows. This way the afghan is always about 40 rows longer than it is wide. For the rest I used the pattern as specified, and it goes like a charm.

I used a 6mm Tunisian crochet hook and double stranded yarn, except for the worsted weight yarn which I used single stranded. I changed color when I came to the end of a strand, to a corner, or just thought it was time to change color.

tunisian ten stitch stash buster

The result is a very random blanket with thick and thin color bands scattered around like candy on Christmas morning. It kind of reminds me of a painter’s mixing board, all random colors that somehow seem to work together. Even the yarn tails have a painter’s palette feel to it. I will be honest, there are a lot of yarn tails in this afghan, but I made the agreement with myself that before I start a new row I first have to work away the tails from the previous row.

You can easily make your afghan as large or as small as you like. I stopped when it was a one-person lapghan. It’s currently laying on the couch and is used by my boys when they watch TV. They love getting under it and argue who can use it. I should have made it bigger to have room for two boys….

I still have some stash yarn left, although I have made a serious dent in my random yarn collection. I have completed a pouf that I showed you a few weeks ago and now this afghan. I still have a few ideas to continue my stash busting mission. Will keep you posted!

With love,

Esther

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Tunisian Crochet Ten Stitch afgan video tutorial

In the summer of 2015, this sounds soooo long ago, I started working on two Tunisian Crochet Ten Stitch projects designed by Dedri Uys. Dedri has the design for a full size afgan, but I made two cushion using Scheepjes Stone Washed and Stone Washed XL yarn. Time to show you the end result.

tunisian ten stitch afgan design

If one of your New Year resolutions is to make a serious dent in your yarn stash, this is THE project for you. You can use any yarn you like and in any color combination too. I however am not that good at New Year resolutions, I used this project as a good excuse to add to my stash (so don’t be like me 😀 ). The people at Scheepjes send me a whole box of Stone Washed XL (available from Deramores (Int & UK), Paradise Fibers (US & CA)). Using the Stone Washed XL I show you step-by-step how to make the Tunisian Crochet Ten Stitch Afgan.

I have made two versions of the design, one using the ‘regular’ Stone Washed and one using Stone Washed XL. The difference the two is that the ‘regular’ yarn is thinner; hence the end result is more subtle. The XL yarn on the other hand makes a much bolder statement!

tunisian ten stitch crochet project

tunisian ten stich crochet project

I hope you enjoy working on this afgan. It is seriously relaxing and a perfect stash-buster.

With love,

Esther

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