Reveal: Rainbow Spirit Blanket with Free Pattern Coming Soon


crochet baby blanket free pattern

Why is it that crocheted blankets always look so good in a natural setting? Taking a picture like this has been on my photography wish list for quite some time and now I've finally made something that I can actually drape over a rickety old gate! Meet the Rainbow Spirit Blanket.

Last week I showed you some work-in-progress pictures of this new design of mine and this week I've already finished it! It's such a quick blanket project with - I think- a very beautiful result. Not only because of the classic spiderweb pattern, which I designed in strips, but also because of the yarn combination: I've used one strand of Scheepjes Catona together with one strand of Scheepjes Spirit.
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crochet baby blanket free pattern

Free pattern next week
The spiderweb strips allow you to make this blanket any size you'd like and with as many colours as you'd like. I opted for a Rainbow palette and a baby blanket size but in the pattern that I will release here on my blog next week, I'll explain how to adjust it to just any size. So please check back for written instructions and some more photos next weekend.

crochet baby blanket free pattern

crochet baby blanket free pattern


Where to buy Catona and Spirit yarn*
Catona and Spirit are available from WoolWarehouse, Deramores and Knotty House. If you purchase yarn through the affiliate links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! 

Scheepjes Catona
UK: WoolWarehouse (international shipping)

Scheepjes Spirit
UK: WoolWarehouse (international shipping)
UK: Deramores
US: Deramores
AU: Deramores

*Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarn for me to use. As always, any opinions expressed are my own. The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 

Rainbow Spirit: Work in Progress on My New Free Crochet Pattern



Last week when I showed you the exciting yarn combination I had chosen for a new free pattern project, I promised to publish some work-in-progress pictures soon. Well, here they are..... Aren't the colours lovely? I've called the design Rainbow Spirit - a combination of Scheepjes Catona in 11 bright rainbow colours plus Scheepjes Spirit yarn* in a neutral shade. You can read more about this yarn in my previous post.


What I did is work with one strand of each yarn together to get very beautiful muted colours and a modern tweed-like effect. I opted for a very classic spider-web pattern that I then designed in such a way that you can work it in strips. This of course means that you can make this item as large or as small as you want it to be. But what is it? I think you can guess but for now I'll just finish it so that I can reveal all next week.

You can expect the pattern in about twee weeks' time. In case you're interested in trying this lovely yarn combination and thinking of making this design even though you haven't seen the final result,  I used 3 balls of Scheepjes Spirit (Shade 303 Eagle) and 11 25g balls of Catona mercerized cotton worked together with a 5mm hook. The previous post lists all the Catona shades I used. Below you'll find information on where you can buy the yarn.



Where to buy Catona and Spirit yarn*
Catona and Spirit are available from WoolWarehouse, Deramores and Knotty House. If you purchase yarn through the affiliate links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! 

Scheepjes Catona
UK: WoolWarehouse (international shipping)

Scheepjes Spirit
UK: WoolWarehouse (international shipping)
UK: Deramores
US: Deramores
AU: Deramores

*Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarn for me to use. As always, any opinions expressed are my own. The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 

A Surprising Yarn Combo for a New Free Crochet Pattern

scheepjes catona and spirit
It's the start of an extra long weekend and I'm taking the time to organize all of the free crochet patterns I have in store for you. My last free pattern was the Squishy Popcorn Cushion Cover I made using Scheepjes Merino Soft Brush and that was a wile back so it's time for some new exiting free patterns.

New free crochet pattern using two different yarns
The first upcoming free pattern I'd like to tell you a little bit about is for a design in which I'm going to use two different yarns. That's a first for me and I'm really excited about how this combination works. I have teamed up my favourite Scheepjes 100% cotton yarn - Catona of course - with another of Scheepjes' yarns called Spirit. You could say that Spirit is a thinner version of the regular Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn. It has a similar white 'fluff' running through it that gives the yarn some extra volume but the percentages of cotton (56%) and acrylic (44%) are different. It is wonderful to work with and also when using it together with Catona. If you'd like to know how I went about that, please check back next week for some work in progress pictures. For now, I'd like to focus on the colours I'm going to use for this project.

Rainbow colours

Spirit Eagle 303

I've chosen Spirit Eagle to combine with some very bright Catona colours to create a bit of a Rainbow effect. I wanted a very cheerful, easy, fast and original project for summer, something that you can sit outside with without having to check the pattern all the time and that you can finish quickly with a beautiful result. It would make for a lovely gift too! Can you guess what it might be? I hope you'll check back next week to see more!
Royal Orange 189, Yellow Gold 208, Green Yellow 245, Apple Green 389
Cyan 397, Powder Blue 384, Delphinium 113, Colonial Rose 398
Shocking Pink 114, Light Coral 264, Lemon Chiffon 100

To give you an idea of the colour range for both Spirit (13 shades) and Catona (105 shades), I thought I'd also include the full shade cards. If you'd like to know where you can purchase Scheepjes yarn, please scroll down to the bottom of this post for links per country.



Where to buy Catona and Spirit yarn*
Catona and Spirit are available from WoolWarehouse, Deramores and Knotty House. If you purchase yarn through the affiliate links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! 

Scheepjes Catona
UK: WoolWarehouse (international shipping)

Scheepjes Spirit
UK: WoolWarehouse (international shipping)
UK: Deramores
US: Deramores
AU: Deramores


*Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarn for me to use. As always, any opinions expressed are my own. The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 

New Pattern Release: Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Motif in ENGLISH & DUTCH


crochet pattern peacock feather design art nouveau style by TheCurioCraftsRoom
How a new peacock feather design took shape
I've just listed a new peacock-inspired pattern in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. It's called the Art Nouveau Peacock Feather because for this design I was influenced by the colours and beautiful lines of the Art Nouveau style movement. Normally, when I design crocheted peacock feathers, I tend to look very closely at the real feathers. It's just amazing how each time I discover new shades and shapes in them because not one feather is exactly the same. This time I decided to have a close look at how artists in the late 19th and early 20th century used peacocks in their work.

In the late Victorian era and in early Edwardian times, the peacock was a very popular design inspiration in Western culture. Back then, peacocks symbolized wealth, beauty and decadence and could be found as ornamental motifs in home decoration, jewelry and clothing. The sumptuousness and iridescence of the feathers had a great aesthetic appeal for Art Nouveau artists, who in general took their inspiration from nature.
In my search for Art Nouveau peacock designs, I was surprised to see that the peacock feather was a very popular motif for all kinds of ceramic tiles: from bathroom tiles to ornamental plaques. It was these tiles that I had in mind when I started playing around with colours and shapes for a more stylized feather. 

crochet pattern peacock feather design art nouveau style by TheCurioCraftsRoom
The Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Motif
Of course, my design doesn't look exactly like the designs I studied. That's not what 'being inspired by' means; you don't copy, you develop your own ideas by looking at colours, shapes, possibilities.... The possibilities of practical application. I think you could use the feather I designed for multiple purposes. I can imagine you might want to make them to create garlands or bookmarks or to decorate box lids, cushion covers, notebook covers or laptop / tablet sleeves, or use as coasters. And they make lovely birthday, teacher, holiday or housewarming gifts.

Pattern includes:
1. Clear written instructions and an elaborate photo tutorial with no less than 40 photos to guide you through the pattern for the "Art Nouveau" Peacock Feather motif
2. US and UK crochet terms
3. Details on Scheepjes Catona yarn and the colors I used
4. Available in English and Dutch

Yarn:
Once again, I used Scheepjes Catona yarn because it has such a large variety of shades. The pattern includes all the yarn and colour information you need and also where you can purchase it. At the bottom of this post, you'll also find links to retailers around the world that stock Catona.

Shops:
The Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Pattern is now available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops in both ENGLISH and DUTCH 

Here are the links:

crochet pattern peacock feather design art nouveau style by TheCurioCraftsRoom


Where to shop for Scheepjes Catona
Scheepjes Catona is available from WoolWarehouse, Deramores, Knotty House and Loveknitting. If you purchase yarn through one of the affiliate links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! 

Scheepjes Catona
UK: WoolWarehouse (international shipping)



Lovely Tropical Designs for Summer in YARN Book-a-Zine Issue 3


As I'm writing this blog post, I'm sitting at a small table in front of open sliding doors that lead to a small balcony. The view is glorious: sloping grassland surrounded by trees and yellow broom. The temperature is tropical but inside my cottage it's pleasantly cool because the stone walls are really thick. It's a converted barn at least a hundred years old. I'm in France and I'm so enjoying the peace and quiet. And the summer temperatures......which brings me to the the reason I'm writing this post: the latest issue of Scheepjes' YARN book-a-zine: Tropical.


This beautiful crochet, knitting and sewing book-a-zine has a large selection of designs that are perfect for summer. Not only to wear or make for your home, but also to actually work on when temperatures are high. The yarns selected have such a nice feel. Don't we just all love to sit outside and crochet or knit?

The book-a-zine has been divided into four chapters: Plant House, Exotic Fruits, Birds of Paradise and Cocktail Hour. Each features designs to wear or decorate your home with and all in bright, tropical and inspiring colours. There's also a large variety in yarn, for example Linen Soft that gets softer and softer over time; there's my all-time favourite yarn Catona; and there's the fine (in both senses) Maxi Bonbon or Sugar Rush. All yarns perfectly suited for summer.

Feathery Motif


I'm very proud to have been able to contribute something too. I designed a square in bright shades of Linen Soft for the Birds of Paradise chapter. I wanted to make a feathery motif you could use to create a decorative throw or cushion cover. It would be so great to see your makes, so please share if you're working on something that includes my square.
Here are the yarn details:
Scheepjes Linen Soft (47% cotton, 27% linen, 26% acrylic, 50 g/135m) and you need the following shades: 602, 611, 605, 606 and 627.


Linen Soft is available from the following retailers. Click the name and it will take you to the Linen Soft yarn on their website:*
UK WoolWarehouse (international shipping)
USA US Deramores
Australia AU Deramores


Blogger's Favourites
Each YARN issue also features two pages that showcase a Scheepjes Blogger's Favourites and this time I was asked to show you my tips, inspiration and some of my designs. It's a very colourful spread, which also has a picture of my latest peacock feather design: The Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Motif. The pattern will be released this Thursday (18 May), so please check back here in two days' time to see more pictures and to take advantage of an early-bird discount!

peacock feather crochet pattern by the curio crafts room
A Selection of Designs
By now you're probably wondering about some of the other designs in YARN 3. Let me just show you a small selection to give you an idea of the large variety of items.


Isn't this the most magical picture? It's a gorgeous geometric blanket designed by Cypress Textiles.


This stylish knitted bag was designed by Crafts from the Cwtch.


And here's a lovely shawl by Bernadette Berniolie.

Where to get your copy of YARN
I hope you feel inspired to have a closer look at YARN 3 The Tropical Issue, so here's where you can get your copy. The first two issues are also still available. YARN is also published in Dutch and in The Netherlands available from local and online Scheepjes stockists.

YARN 3 Tropical
UK WoolWarehouse (international shipping)
CANADA Knotty House












YARN 2 Midnight Garden
WoolWarehouse (international shipping)
UK Deramores












YARN 1 The Sea
WoolWarehouse (international shipping)














*The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 
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