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How to crochet a ribbed cuff (cuff first)

 

 

Teme Cardigan

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!

Sizes
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.

Materials
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.

Tension
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)

Difficulty Rating
Intermediate

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, working in rounds with turning, increasing in pattern (fully specified), working into row ends.

Construction
Top down, seamless, raglan cardigan with integral pockets.

The Teme Cardigan is one of six patterns in Raw. The book is available now and you can buy print version here or the ebook here

Newham Hat and Mittens

With simple striking colour work the Newham Hat and MIttens set is a great portable project as we work our way into cooler weather.

Sizes
S (M, L) 
To fit hand measuring: 18 (19, 20)cm/ 7 (7.5, 8) in

Materials
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.

Tension
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)

Difficulty Rating
Easy

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, working in the back loop only, decreasing, working from a colour work chart, changing colour, working with two colours.

Construction
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: 
http://thecrochetproject.com/blog/how-to-work-crochet-col...

The Newham Hat and Mittens are two of six patterns in Raw. The book is available now and you can buy print version here or the ebook here

 

Lindridge Sweater

While we are normally fans of top down garments, this bottom-up circular- yoked sweater is worked with the ultimate comfort in mind. It is slouchy and stretchy, with simple detailing at the neck. Perfect for wearing brambling, apple picking and less active pursuits.

Sizes
XS(S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Finished Chest Circumference
88 (97, 108, 117, 128, 136, 147, 156, 168) cm/ 34.5(38, 42.5, 46, 50.5, 53.5, 58, 61.5, 66) in

Materials
7 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13) 50g balls Blacker Yarns Gotland 4ply, 100% Gotland wool, 175m/190yds/50g) in Grey
3mm (US C or D) hook
4mm (US G) hook
5 Removable stitch markers

Tension
18 sts and 19 rows in seed stitch (see special stitches) to 10 cm/4 in using 4.0 mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)

Difficulty Rating
Intermediate

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, crossed stitches, working in rows, working in rounds with turning, working into row ends, working in back loop only.

Construction
Bottom up, seamless yoked sweater.

New to crossed trebles? We have a tutorial for you here: 
http://thecrochetproject.com/blog/how-to-crochet-crossed-stitches

 

The Lindridge Sweater is one of six patterns in Raw. The book is available now and you can buy print version here or the ebook here

Trailing Wake Shawl

Those of you you popped by our shawl at Yarndale would've already seen Joanne's newest shawl design, but now the rest of you have the chance to get your hands on Trailing Wake! You can buy the pdf here. 

buy now

With stripes and a central line, like the ripples behind a boat this unusual rhombus shaped shawl worked in a biased fabric is simple to make and elegant in wear. Mix up the colours and play with the stripes for a different look.

Sizes
Wingspan (a): 203cm/80in
Depth(b): 41cm/16in

Materials
100g skein Triskelion Yarn Elen Sock (4ply, 100% High Twist Superwash Blueface Leicester Wool, 390m/426y) in Anvil - Col A
100g skein Triskelion Yarn Elen Sock (4ply, 100% High Twist Superwash Blueface Leicester Wool, 390m/426y) in Llyr - Col B
4.5mm hook

Tension
20 sts and 14 rows in rows in half treble crochet only to 10 cm/4 in using 3.5 mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)

Difficulty Rating
Easy

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, raised (post) stitches, decreasing, increasing.

Construction
The shawl starts at the point at one end with increases on each edge and decreases around the central line of raised trebles to create the biased fabric. At the central point the increase and decrease pattern alters to keep the stitch count even but continue to create a biased fabric.

buy now in print for £4 plus p&p or

buy now as a pdf for £3

How to graft half treble crochet

As a knitter and a crocheter, one of the things that always has annoyed me is that there wasn't a method I'd ever seen of seamlessly grafting crochet in the way you can knitting with the kitchener stitch. I was absolutely sure it was just a matter of looking at it logically, breaking the stitch apart and working it out but I never quite got around to it. I knew though that there would need to be a different technique for each stitch.

So why graft rather than seam? Because a graft replicates the stitches and gives a smooth almost invisible join that flexes and moves in much the same way as the rest of the fabric. When making socks, for example, it avoids an uncomfortable seam pressing on your heel and toe.

When I was writing the patterns for Crochet Yeah! I had two that would really benefit from a seamless join, the Malvern cowl which is worked in double crochet and Evesham socks worked in half treble crochet. It was the excuse I needed to sit myself down and thrash out a method for each.

I'm pleased with the results of my experiments and I shared the method in the book. This technique is so useful and creates a great finish on lots of different projects and it is always nice to have a visual step by step tutorial so without further ado here is how to graft half treble crochet.

STEP ONE

Thread a doubled length of yarn through a yarn needle.

STEP TWO

Insert needle from front to back through the top of the stitch on the last row furthest from you.

STEP THREE

Insert needle around the post of the last row on the side nearest to you from right to left, front to back to front again. (the same way you would insert your hook to make a raised front (front post) stitch.)

STEP FOUR

Pull yarn most of the way through stitch but before the loop closes, pass needle between the two strands of the stitch as you tighten it up.

Repeat steps 1-4 for each stitch.

Abberley Shawl

I'm not much of a blanket maker, it's just not what interests me - too much time and yarn  commitment and I'm just much more interested in making things I can wear. But I was asked to run a class on the corner to corner blankets. I agreed and became a bit obsessed. Its such a fun pattern to work, grows quickly and creates a lovely texture. I made a baby blanket for a friend but my mind soon turned to the possibility of adapting the pattern for a shawl.

Abberley is the result of this playing with the corner to corner pattern. I wanted to add a geometric lace pattern so came up with the idea of using an open block in the pattern, almost combining filet crochet with corner to corner. Don't worry, it is simpler than it sounds. The pattern starts off by stepping through the full instructions with a notation system given and switches to a notation once the pattern becomes bigger and more complex as it is much easier to read and follow this way. It's also fully charted out, as you'd expect from us.

I used the beautiful Blacker Yarns St Kilda laceweight to give the shawl the right proportions and a lovely rustic kind of finesse. The yarn is a stunning blend of wool from sheep raised on the Island of St Kilda. It is spun from the fleeces of the Boreray and Soay sheep which two of the oldest and rarest of all British breeds and are native to the island, being bought back from close to extinction. The yarn has a very crisp rustic feel as you work but softens beautifully on washing and wearing to give a lovely drape. Its now available in another beautiful natural colour and as a limited edition hand-dye collaboration with the Knitting Goddess in rich jewel tones. Read more about the yarn here and don't forget that the book contains a £5 discount voucher towards your purchase.

Here are all the technical details that you might want before getting started on the shawl:

Size
Finished depth: 60cm/24in
Finished wingspan: 142cm/56in

Size is easily adjusted by working more or fewer rows. Altering the size alters the yarn required.

Materials
2 50g balls Blacker Yarns St Kilda (laceweight, 100% wool a blend
of Boreray, Soay and Shetland, 405m/440yds/50g) 
3mm (US C or D) hook

Tension
7 blocks and 7 rows in pattern to 10 cm/4 in using 3mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)

Difficulty: Easy

Skills Used
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, working into chain spaces.

Construction
Started at centre bottom, each row is increased at each end to form a triangle, stitches are worked on the bias in the same manner as corner to corner (C2C)

The Abberley Shawl is one of six patterns in Raw. The book is available now and you can buy print version here or the ebook here

 

Mamble Socks

Mamble is one of our new patterns in Raw, our collection in partnership with our friends at Blacker yarns.  You can buy the print version here or the ebook here

Some socks are great for walking, some socks are great for showing off with a funky pair of shoes, some socks are perfect for nights out, these socks made from lustrous Blacker Yarns Tamar are just the pair for a cozy night in with a good book.

Size
S (M, L) 
Finished foot width: 19 (23, 27)cm /7.75 (9, 10.5)in
Choose size close to or slightly larger than your foot circumference. The fabric created is quite stretchy, so a wider than required foot can be taken up by making the sock slightly shorter. Foot length is fully adjustable.

Materials
2 100g skeins Blacker Yarns Tamar (4ply, 100% pure new wool, a lustre blend of Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold, Black Leicester Longwool and Cornish Mule, 350m/380yds/100g) in Ottery
3mm (US C or D) hook
2 Removable stitch markers
Note: Smaller sizes should be able to squeeze a shorter ankle sock out of just 1 100g skein. Weigh the yarn as you work the cuff of the first sock to make sure you don’t exceed 50g used if you would like to do this.

Tension
21 sts and 16 rows in half treble crochet to 10 cm/4 in using 3mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)

Difficulty Rating
Intermediate

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, working in rounds with turning, working into
chain spaces, short rows.

Construction
Toe up with a short row heel.

Tutorials:

You can buy the print version here or the ebook here

How to Work Crochet Colourwork

Crochet colourwork or tapestry crochet can be a fun way to add pattern to your work.  While there are a few ways to do it, in our book Raw, the Newnham Hat and Mittens, the colourwork is workied in UK double crochet (US single crochet) in the back loop only.  This gives a lightweight fabric and limits crochet's tendency to work on a bias.

Once you get the hang of it, crochet colourwork is quite easy, but as with anything, getting started can be tricky.  To change colours, you work the last yarn over of the stitch before the colour change in your new colour.

Insert hook into stitch, yo with col A, pull through, yo with colour B and pull through.

As you work along the row, you carry the unused colour through the stitches and work over it.

In the Newnham Hat and Mitten patterns,  you will read the colourwork chart from right to left.

1. Work up to the last stitch of the current colour.

2. Insert hook into the next stitch, holding the non-working yarn across the top of the stitches to work around it,

3.  Yarn over with current colour and pull through

4.  Yarn over with new colour and pull through with new colour. 

The Newnham Hat and Mittens are part of our collaboration with Blacker Yarns.  You can buy the ebook here or the print book here

Raw - behind the scenes on the shoot

As we prepare for Yarndale and the launch of Raw (read all about it here) we thought you might like to take a peek behind the scenes on the photo shoot.

We had a beautiful location at The Hatch in Worcestershire and all the patterns in the book are named for nearby locations. 

Our wonderful friend Kate of A Playful Day followed us around as we worked and made this gorgeous video.

We'd like to thank Kate SO MUCH for making such a beautiful film for us and really capturing what it is like on a The Crochet Project shoot. (Although She very kindly cut footage of Joanne in her undies changing in a hedge!)

Raw is in preorder

(If you are a newsletter subscriber this will be old news to you as we gave you all a headstart on the preorders in our September newsletter!)

We are delighted to announce that our new book, Raw, will be launching at Yarndale in Skipton on 24th September 2016.

Raw is a collection crochet patterns that celebrate the beauty of undyed British wool. Created in collaboration with Blacker Yarns, the collection contains 2 garments and 4 accessories patterns.

We have long been exponents of using beautiful natural fibres for your crochet, that crochet doesn't have to be blankets in big box acrylic yarns. We really enjoyed exploring the wide variety of tones and textures in undyed wool to create a simple but stunning collection. Seek comfort in the Mamble Socks or Lindridge sweater, explore the rustic refinement of the Abberley Shawl or play with natural colour with the Teme Cardigan and Newnham Hat and Mitts set.

 

The patterns cater for the advanced beginner to intermediate crocheter and the book provides plenty of tips on choosing pattern sizes, following crochet patterns and professional finishing tips. As usual, all patterns are written in standard UK crochet terminology with US translations given.

 

The book contains a £5 gift voucher for Blacker Yarns so that everyone can experience their amazing range of natural British Breed yarns for themselves. (making it a bit of a bargain frankly!)

If you are coming along to Yarndale  then, lucky you, you can see the samples and grab a copy of the book from our stand (34). (you should also know that we have a special treat for anyone who comes to see us wearing something they made from our pattern!)

If you can't make it to Yarndale then you can preorder now:

Preorder the print book for £12

Preorder the ebook for £10

All preorders will be dispatched on September 27th 2016. Print preorders are strictly limited to 50. (Note the ebook link takes you direct to payment, if you'd prefer to preview the listing for the ebook, head here)

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