14 December 2017

How My Tribe Got Its Own Yarn

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This post is part of the blog hop we - the Scheepjes bloggers - have organized to show off the yarn we were asked to co-develop with Scheepjes...... or in other words: Whoo-hoo, I've got my own yarn with my name on the band!!!

How fab is that? In case you're wondering, let me tell you how this all came about.
A little over a year ago during our annual Bloggers Days, we were asked to do an assignment that was stamped Top Secret. Each of us had to select 6 colours that were to form our own personal yarn shade for a newly developed yarn. We also got to pick the name for this yarn. That's the brief version; I'd love to tell you a bit more on what this all meant to us and to me.

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Picture this: A beautiful restaurant at the edge of a lake somewhere in the northern part of The Netherlands on a cold November day just a few weeks before Christmas 2016. A large box full of paint chip cards is emptied onto a large table and we are asked to create our own personal colour combination - consisting of 6 different shades - for a new variegated yarn especially developed for us as a group. The mood was already festive with the restaurant's abundant Christmas decorations and of course us being very happy to be together - most of us only get to see one another once a year since we live on different continents - but you can imagine that this announcement topped everything. So we got to work with scissors and tape.

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Unsurprisingly, I guess :-), I went for a peacocky palette, this being the chance to have all my favourite colours combined in one ball. I chose two shades of green, three shades of blue and added some purple although strictly speaking purple is not a peacock colour (though you can detect some purple in the peacock eye in the centre of the feather depending on light and angle). Purple has always been my favourite colour so I felt I needed a bit of that in my personal ball of yarn.

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As you can see from the pictures, there's a lot of colour variation in the yarn. The samples I made show the darker range of shades while to close up shows the lighter ones.

After a few hours of selecting colours and arranging and rearranging colour orders, all of us had created beautiful colour combinations: over a dozen personal palettes for a new yarn yet to be named.


Find Your Tribe, Love Them Hard
Thus, we were asked to suggest names for this new yarn and almost immediately the word TRIBE came up. We form a very tight-knit group that stay in contact every day. We are all entrepreneurs and that can be very demanding and stressful sometimes so we need one another to stay sane and most of all we need one another to share the joys of creating. So the yarn was baptized OUR TRIBE because we were so lucky to find and cement a creative and uplifting tribe.....and here we are! These head shots were taken last September during another Bloggers' Weekend.
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Yarn details
Let me round off with some (technical) yarn details. Our Tribe is a variegated yarn that is beautifully twined, which creates a dappled effect and thus the idea that there are even more than 6 different colours. The more the colours contrast, the more dappled the effect. It's super soft and works up very smoothly and quickly. It consists of 70% Merino Superwash and 30% Polyamide and comes in 100g (420m) balls suitable for hook/needle size 2.5 to 3mm. It's machine washable at 40 degrees.
You could use the yarn to make shawls, blankets, socks, hats, gloves or wristies, to name but a few options.

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Blog hop to the next shade
Tomorrow Esther from Happy in Red will show you which colour combination is her favourite in blog hop post number 11.
In case you missed yesterday's blog hop post, please visit It's all in a nutshell.
Enjoy!





Where to buy Our Tribe
UK: Wool Warehouse (international shipping)
CANADA: Knotty House
THE NETHERLANDS: Various Scheepjes' stockists
Caro's Atelier

9 December 2017

Playing with Cutie Pie Yarn: Catona 10g Balls

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free crochet patterns thecuriocraftsroomTime to play around with colours! I've had this wonderful box filled with the cutest 10g balls for a while now. I've been looking at it regularly - as you do with such a yummy box - but now it's time to rummage and make some inspiring colour combination.

However, in case you're wondering, let me first tell you what kind of box this is. It's called the Scheepjes Catona Colour Pack and it contains one 10g ball of all 109 Catona colours. Yes, 10g....ideal for small projects or larger ones for which you need lots of colours. Each ball has 25m of mercerized cotton (sport weight) with a wonderful sheen. You can buy the entire Colour Pack box or you can buy the 10g balls individually.

I use Catona for most of my peacock designs but this box inspired me to make some non-peacocky colour selections. I went for earth tones and reds and pinks and peachy colours (aren't they all ;-) I also wanted an ombre effect and with 109 different shades that wasn't a problem at all.

Oh, and just to show you how teeny tiny the 10g balls are, here is one with its bigger sisters.

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50g, 25g and 10g balls

Work in Progress for a Free Pattern
After a little doodling, I knew that I wanted to design something that could double as a festive Christmas ornament and a non-holiday related item. I'll reveal it next week and share the pattern with you. For now, it's just a little sneak peek of the first few rounds.
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Where to buy the Catona Colour Pack: 109 x 10g balls
UK: Wool Warehouse: (international shipping)

Where to buy Catona 10g balls individually:
UK: Wool Warehouse: (international shipping)


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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 supports 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! 

7 December 2017

Free Crochet Patterns: Circles & Squares Cushion Covers

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Thank you so much for your enthusiastic reception of the cushion covers! I know some of you have already bought the yarn :-) so here are the patterns for my Circles & Squares designs! I'll start with the pattern for the granny square and then explain how to join them to make a cushion cover. I made a small rectangular one but you can of course also make a large square in whatever size you prefer.
After that you'll find the pattern for the large circle with joining instructions.

The patterns are written in US crochet terms but below you'll also find a table with the UK equivalents. The patterns are available in Dutch too.


For the Dutch versions, please click here.





General Information & Materials 
Skill level: easy / beginners
Hook: 4.5mm
Tapestry needle
Yarn: Scheepjes Colour Crafter Velvet (100% acrylic; 100g/300m), 1 ball of each colour:
  • Purple: Burton 859
  • Blue: Taylor 842
  • Mint: Hepburn 844
  • Green: Turner 854

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Measurements:
Square:  12 x 12cm / 4.8 x 4.8in
Rectangular cushion cover: approx. 40 x 26cm / 16 x 10.4in
Round cushion cover: diameter 42cm / 16.8in

Crochet Terms used in this pattern: US
Stitches used in this pattern:  

US Crochet Terms
UK Crochet Terms
ch
chain
ch
chain
dc
double crochet
tr
treble crochet
hdc
half double crochet
htr
half treble crochet
sc
single crochet
dc
double crochet
slst
slip stitch
slst
slip stitch
trc
triple crochet
dtr
double treble crochet

Pattern Notes
All rounds are joined with an invisible join.

Instructions Rectangular (or Square) Cushion Cover
Granny Square

Start with a magic ring.
Round 1 Purple
Ch2 on top of magic ring chain (= 1st dc), 11dc in ring. [12 dc]

Round 2 Green or Blue
2dc in each dc all around. [24 dc]

Round 3 Purple
Start with 1sc in any dc, ch2, *skip 1dc, 1sc in next dc, ch2*; repeat *-* all around. [12 sc, 12 ch-2 spaces]

Round 4 Mint
Start with 1dc in any sc, 3dc in ch-2 space, *1dc in next sc, 3dc in next ch-2 space*; repeat *-* all around. [48 dc]

Round 5 Purple
Start with 1sc in any dc worked into a sc of Round 3, ch2, *skip 1 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch2*; repeat *-* all around. [24 sc, 24 ch-2 spaces]

Round 6 Blue or Green
Start with *2sc in any ch-2 space, 3hdc in next ch-2 space, 2dc in next ch-2 space, (2trc, ch2, 2trc) in next ch-2 space to make a corner, 2dc in next ch-2 space, 3hdc in next ch-2 space*; repeat *-* 3 more times.

Round 7 Purple
1sc in each stitch and 3sc in each ch-2 space.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.
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Joining
free crochet pattern cushion covers round square rectangular granny square
Place the individual squares with right sides together and join with sc in each stitch. Join as many squares as needed to acquire size of cushion pad. If the size of the joined squares is a little too small compared to the inner cushion just work rounds of sc around until size is obtained. For my rectangular cover I worked 1 round of sc all around and at the sides an additional 4 rows of sc.

Placing the 2 panels wrong sides together, join with 1sc in each sc all around.
Round Cushion Cover
Circle (make 2)


Start with a magic ring
Round 1 Blue
Ch2 on top of magic ring chain (= 1st dc), 11 dc in ring. [12 dc]

Round 2 Purple
2dc in each dc all around. [24 dc]

Round 3 Blue
Start with 1sc in any dc, ch2, *skip 1 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch2*; repeat *-* all around. [12 sc, 12 ch-2 spaces]

Round 4 Green
Start with 1dc in any sc, 3dc in ch-2 space, *1dc in next sc, 3dc in next ch-2 space*; repeat *-* all around. [48 dc]

Round 5 Blue
Start with 1sc in any dc worked into a sc of Round 3, ch4, *skip 3 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch4*; repeat *-* all around. [12 sc, 12 ch-4 spaces]

Round 6 Mint
Start with 1dc in any sc, 5dc in ch-4 space, *1dc in next sc, 5dc in next ch-4 space*; repeat *-* all around. [72 dc]

Round 7 Blue
Start with 1sc in any dc worked into a sc of Round 5, ch3, *skip 2 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch3*; repeat *-* all around. [24 sc, 24 ch-3 spaces]

Round 8 Purple
Start with 1dc in any sc, 3dc in ch-3 space, *1dc in next sc, 3dc in next ch-3 space*; repeat *-* all around. [96 dc]

Round 9 Blue
Start with 1sc in any dc worked into a sc of Round 7, ch3, *skip 3 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch3*; repeat *-* all around. [24 sc, 24 ch-3 spaces]

Round 10 Green
Start with 1dc in any sc, 3dc in ch-3 space, *1dc in next sc, 3dc in next ch-3 space*; repeat *-* all around. [96 dc]

Round 11 Blue
Start with 1sc in any dc worked into a sc of Round 9, ch4, *skip 3 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch4*; repeat *-* all around. [24 sc, 24 ch-4 spaces]

Round 12 Mint
Start with 1dc in any sc, 5dc in ch-4 space, *1dc in next sc, 5dc in next ch-4 space*; repeat *-* all around. [144 dc]

Round 13 Blue
Start with 1sc in any dc worked into a sc of Round 11, ch4, *skip 5 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch4*; repeat *-* all around. [24 sc, 24 ch-4 spaces]

Round 14 Purple
Start with 1dc in any sc, 5dc in ch-4 space, *1dc in next sc, 5dc in next ch-4 space*; repeat *-* all around. [144 dc]

Round 15 Blue
Start with 1sc in any dc worked into a sc of Round 13, ch3, *skip 2 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch3*; repeat *-* all around. [48 sc, 48 ch-3 spaces]

Round 16 Green
Start with 1dc in any sc, 3dc in ch-3 space, *1dc in next sc, 3dc in next ch-3 space*; repeat *-* all around. [192 dc]

Round 17 Blue
Start with 1sc in any dc worked into a sc of Round 15, ch3, *skip 3 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch3*; repeat *-* all around. [48 sc, 48 ch-3 spaces]

Round 18 Mint
Start with 1dc in any sc, 3dc in ch-3 space, *1dc in next sc, 3dc in next ch-3 space*; repeat *-* all around. [192 dc]

Round 19 Blue
Start with 1sc in any dc worked into a sc of Round 17, ch3, *skip 3 dc, 1sc in next dc, ch3*; repeat *-* all around. [48 sc, 48 ch-3 spaces]

Round 20 Purple
Start with 1dc in any sc, 3dc in ch-3 space, *1dc in next sc, 3dc in next ch-3 space*; repeat *-* all around. [192 dc]

Round 21 Purple
1dc in each dc all around. [192 dc]

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Joining Purple
free crochet pattern cushion covers round square rectangular granny squarePlace the 2 circles with wrong sides together and working through stitches of both circles work 1sc in each dc all around.
Fasten off and weave in ends.





Where to buy Colour Crafter Velvet
Scheepjes Colour Crafter Velvet is available from:

UK: Wool Warehouse (international shipping)


*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 supports 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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