We are counting down the hours to the weekend here and of course weekend plans include weekend makes!
We always love meeting you and chatting to you at yarn festivals. One thing we hear time and time again is what you are looking for in a shawl pattern: easily memorable, enjoyable repetitive pattern that gives a bold effect and looks way more complicated than it is. Well we listen! Meet Antracita, designed by Joanne with all these features in mind. Its the perfect "just one more row pattern" that you won't be able to wait to wear. Plus it seemed only fitting to launch the pattern when some of you might have the luxury of a long weekend coming up.
After what we can all pretty much agree was a rubbish 2016, I started 2017 with a very clear and renewed sense of action, asking myself what can I do in my every day life to make the world just a tiny bit better. Many of those actions were about how I use my time and money in my personal life to make the world just a bit better, but when Emily from Tin Can Knits approached me to design a wee heart for the new book Heart on my Sleeve, it felt like a small way that I could contribute to a good cause using my work.
Perhaps the most loathed of crochet-related tasks is finishing: edging, sewing up, weaving in ends, blocking...they all get a bad name. I get it, when you finish that final stitch, you just want to be DONE. But, trust me, using some basic finishing techniques will really make your project shine.
When you are starting a crochet project and working into the beginning chain, does your work often look like the photo above?
This if caused by a beginning chain that is tighter than your stitches - a really common problem in crochet and one that I suffer from. Fortunately, its really easily solved.
If you know that you commonly have this problem, its a good idea to solve it one of two ways.
WORK WITH A BIGGER HOOK FOR THE STARTING CHAIN:
Grab a hook a few sizes larger than you will be working in for the rest of the piece to do your beginning chain. Why not just try to work looser with your normal hook? Its really difficult to maintain an even tension when working in that way and you can end up with a beginning chain that looks a bit rough. I usually work one full size up to do my chain.
START WITH A FOUNDATION ROW:
Another alternative is to use a foundation row - this is also called "chainless" crochet. If my piece is in UK trebles, I will work the first row in foundation treble crochet. There are loads of tutorials out there for this kind of starting row:
Even if you don't have problems with your chain being too tight, for anywhere you need a lot of stretch (hems and necklines of garments, or if you are working a hat from the brim up), foundation crochet is usually the best way to go.
While 2016 might not have been our favourite year in terms of personal lives, political happenings and celebrity deaths, it was a great year for us professionally. We were super busy releasing new patterns, building our business, forging great partnerships and meeting lots of you at shows. Here is our round up of 2016 and a sneak peek at 2017 will bring for The Crochet Project.
February saw the launch of our first ever book collaboration, Crochet Yeah!. We couldn't have picked a better collaborator than Rachel Coopey who provided beautiful yarn and great inspiration for the collection of accessories.
Crochet Yeah! Six accessories.
In April we added Riley, the 4ply/fingering weight version, to the aran/worsted weight Saunders Sock pattern to make it an ebook and printed leaflet.
We took the long trip to Wales to meet lots of you at Wonderwool and launch our collection of cardigans, Three From the Top. It was our most ambitious book to date with three cardigans sized from baby to 60in chest. With four pairs of eyes tech editing and a proof reader, we made it with only a couple of small issues popping up since launch!
Three From The Top. Three cardigan patterns.
Summer was all about the shawls. May saw the launch of the very popular Contour Shawl. We are so thrilled to see that there are now more than 60 beautiful projects on Ravelry. In July we launched the beautiful Flag Iris shawl that Kat designed for her Mom. And August saw the launch of Yealm, in collaboration with Kettle Yarn Co for their Baskerville collection.
From L to R: Contour Shawl, Flag Iris Shawl, Yealm Shawl.
In September we headed to Yarndale. Thank you so much to everyone who came to see us there and made it such a fun and rewarding show to be at. We launched our third (3rd!!?!!) book of the year at Yarndale. Raw is a collaboration with Blacker Yarns and we were thrilled to work with them to promote the best of undyed British Breed wools.
Raw: Two garments and four accessories.
Never ones to rest, we launched Trailing Wake in October quickly followed by a four piece mini collection of DK weight accessories, called The Warmer Project, in early November to launch at Yarnporium.
The Warmer Project. Four accessories, available individually or as a bundle.
We rounded the year off by releasing the Humbug Scarf. Which was our fastest selling pattern ever! What a great end to this busy year!
So what of 2017?
We have a shawl all ready to release in January so expect some sneak peeks of that soon on instagram.
In March we will be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, hoping to meet lots of you there. We will be launching the long awaited third book in our The Shawl Project Series. It contains patterns designed for one 100g skein of 4ply plus a set of mini skeins if you want to get stashing (or stash diving if that is all your new year's resolutions allow!)
We do have some exciting plans a bit further into the year too, but we'll keep those a surprise for now.
We wish you a very Happy New Year
Joanne and Kat.
We have a shiny new pattern for you today! Are youfeeling a bit Bah Humbug after all the festivities and want to slink off on your own to crochet and escape the family? Maybe you got a special skein of yarn for Christmas that you want to make the most of? Or perhaps you want to get a head start on your new year's resolution of busting through that stash? Regardless of your motive, we hope you will love the Humbug Scarf.
We are so very excited to release 4 new individual patterns. All of them are made in gorgeous Fyberspates Vivacious DK and are designed to highlight this gorgeous multi tonal yarn for quick makes as the weather gets a bit colder.
To celebrate Socktober we are finally getting around to writing up a few tutorials that we have always meant to.
Today's tutorial covers cuffs, where the cuff is worked first. If you are having a go at the Saunders or Riley sock patterns then it will get you started. But the method for making cuffs is the same as for making a cuff for a mitten or a brim for a hat so you might find this useful for the Bromsgrove Hat and Tenbury mitts from Crochet Yeah or The Tenbury Hat and Mitts set from Raw.
Crochet ribbing works best when it is worked perpendicular (at right angles to) the work. That is, so that the rows run around the ankle or wrist. This is because crochet has more stretch vertically than horizontally. It is generally worked in the back loops as this adds extra elasticity to the fabric made and makes it look more like knitted rib too.
Make a chain, as specified or the length you'd like the ribbing plus turning chain.
In this example we are using half trebles as they give a really nice ribbing. So starting in the third chain from the hook half treble in each chain then turn.
Chain two then, working only in the back loops of the row below, work half trebles across the row.
Continue working rows of half trebles in the back loops until you have enough rows completed for the pattern or to fit.
Counting rows of half trebles is quite easy as each of the lines that look like knit stitches mean you have worked two rows.
Fold the piece in half so that the foundation row meets the last row you worked.
Slip stitch through the back loop of the last row you worked and the foundation chain.
Repeat Step six for each stitch across. The piece is now joined in the round.
You will now work into the row ends. Check the pattern carefully to see how many stitches to work into the row ends and where. The picture shows where the row ends are and how we might describe them when working into them to help direct you.
Congratulations! You have a cuff!
We hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. We are working hard to build up our tutorials to make this site really useful for our customers, and crocheters generally, so if you have an idea for a tutorial or have found something in our pattern that you think it would be great to clarify in a tutorial then do please get in touch.
Get the whole flock involved with this gradient effect cardigan, showcasing the beautiful natural British wool colours. Using a variety of sheep breeds spun to 4ply to provide the interest this simple cardigan is quickly and easily worked.
The pattern is adjustable to make the most of whatever rare breed fleeces are available to the mill or even incorporating some hand spun.
All this and pockets too!
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
Finished Chest Circumference: 86 (96, 101, 111, 123, 133, 138, 151, 158)cm/34.5 (38.5, 40.5, 44.5, 49.5, 53.5, 55.5, 60.5, 63.5)in measured closed.
Designed as outerwear so choose a size with a good amount of ease at bust and upper arm. The cardigan does not have waist shaping, little to no ease at the hips will be flattering.
A total of 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 15) 50g balls of 4ply undyed wools from Blacker Yarns plus 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) 50g balls
for a contrast trim.
The sample size is Large and we used (in order):
2 50g balls of Pure Shetland
2 50g balls of Pure Gotland
2 50g balls of Pure Shetland
2 50g balls of Pure Gotland in Mid Grey
2 50g balls of Hebridean with Mohair
2 50g ball of Pure Black Welsh Mountain for the trim.
These yarns are a mix of worsted and woollen spun, the stitch pattern is very forgiving of these differences in yarn thickness and feel.
3.5mm (US E) hook
4.5mm (US 7) hook
24 Removable stitch markers (or 5 removable stitch markers and 24
scraps of coloured yarn)
12 buttons 1.5cm / 5/8th in in diameter.
8 sts and 14 rows in v-st (see special stitches) to 10 cm/4 in using 4.5mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, working in rounds with turning, increasing in pattern (fully specified), working into row ends.
Top down, seamless, raglan cardigan with integral pockets.
With simple striking colour work the Newham Hat and MIttens set is a great portable project as we work our way into cooler weather.
S (M, L)
To fit hand measuring: 18 (19, 20)cm/ 7 (7.5, 8) in
1 (1, 1) 50g ball Blacker Yarns Pure Shetland 4ply in Very Dark - Col A
1 (1, 1) 50g Blacker Yarns Pure Shetland 4ply in Fawn – Col B
3.5mm (US E) hook.
20 sts and 18 rows in double crochet (US single crochet) in the back loop only to 10 cm/4 in using 3mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Basic crochet stitches, working in the back loop only, decreasing, working from a colour work chart, changing colour, working with two colours.
Worked from the brim up, first in zig zag ribbing in
rows, then joined in the round to work the colour charts. Decreases are worked at the fingers and thumbs in single colour.
New to crochet colourwork? We have a tutorial here:
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