Circaetus, crochet shawl

I’m very happy to introduce my new design: the shawl Circaetus!

This pattern was inspired by a series of tutorials on the work in one loop only, published this spring in my newsletter. Circaetus is worked almost entirely in the front loop only.

Not only does this add a lovely, subtle texture, but it also makes for a very light and drapey fabric.

Warmth and cozyness are provided by the yarn chosen, Balayage, in baby alpaca and merino.

Head over to the shop to find out more about Circaetus!

When Chantal crochets wool and silk

I received a very inspiring email from my customer and friend Chantal, who said: What a joy to work the London yarn with patterns designed by EclatDuSoleil! London is a laceweight wool and silk yarn, exclusive to my shop.

Here Chantal started by working the center of the Celeste shawl. She got inspired and added the border used in the Silk Scarf shawl. It works so well!
London in col cream.

Chantal had already made the Falbala shawl in laceweight bamboo, a lighter weight yarn than called for in the pattern. This time, she went for the even finer London yarn (col: French blue). The result is a beautifully delicate shawl with great contrast between positive and negative space.

Feeling inspired? Click here to find all colours available in London, and here to explore the designs by EclatDuSoleil.

5 patterns at 50% off

Time flies, and things change… I’m offering a 50% discount on five crochet patterns before retiring them from the shop.

There are no problems with these patterns, but I feel that these designs and the pattern layouts belong to the past.

My way of writing patterns, drawing charts and taking pictures has evolved.

It is time for these designs to bow out, but before that, I want to offer them at half price for a limited time.

Until the 4th October you will find them at the discounted price in the shop by following this link.

Wool Finest: In proper light

A new, gorgeous colour in the Wool Finest range: In Proper Light.

This is a green-tinted yellow, with hints of grey. Beautiful on its own, I think it really shines combined with other colours.

Or why not use one gorgeous skein and make a luscious little project, such as the Ava scarf:

Wool Finest is a 100 % merino wool in semi-solid colours, available in the shop.

Funky Doily (or whatever)

Sometimes, the simplest things become classics.

This is the case with this simple square that can be used as a doily, as a blanket square, as a cushion cover, or whatever you want it to be.

14 years after the first publication of this free pattern, on the Crochet Me website in 2006, I have revised it lightly and decided to make it available here on the blog.

You can download the short pattern here:

I can’t wait to see what you make with it! #funkydoily

A summer blanket: Colourful Hug in Whirl

Once upon a time, there was a lovely blanket, designed by EclatDuSoleil/Hélène Marcy to display the beauty of the Mini Mochi yarn: the Colourful Hug blanket.

After some time, the Mini Mochi yarn was discontinued, and Hélène’s lovely pattern was alone without a corresponding yarn.

Then one day, my customer Chantal told me about an idea she had: to crochet Colorful Hug as a summer blanket, in Whirl (replacing the Mini Mochi) and Whirlette (replacing the solid coloured fingering weight merino in the original version).

I checked the yardage and thought that it could work. I knew Chantal as a talented crocheter, and suggested that she’d try it out.

Chantal made a blanket in Whirl Key Lime Pi and Whirlette Kiwi, quickly adopted by a family with a new-born baby.

For her second blanket, Chantal chose Whirl Red Velvet Sunrise and Whirlette Grappa, and went down a hook size to a 3 mm hook. This blanket is now a source of joy and comfort for a baby boy and his parents.

Her family still growing, Chantal currently has a third blanket in the works. And she, Hélène and I have decided that its’ time to show this great idea to everyone!

To play with squares and colours, I offer 8 versions of the kit Colourful Hug in Whirl and Whirlette.

Hélène/EclatDuSoleil generously gifts you the pattern when you buy a kit – you only need to add the pattern to your cart, and the price will be deducted before payment.

Which colours will you choose for your summer blanket ?

Blue Song by Sylvie

Many thanks to Sylvie for sharing her beautiful version of the Blue Song shawl, designed by EclatDuSoleil.

Sylvie substituted the laceweight yarn in the original version by the Zauberball 100, col 2398. She had two 100 g balls and started the second one to work the last 7 rows. She made version 2 of the shawl, with a four-row border.

Worked as written, this makes for a large shawl with a wingspan of 1.80 meters, 73 cm high at the tip. Sylvie thinks that you could make it using only one 100 g ball, by working only 28 rows for the center and then the four rows of border (version 2). Her estimate is that it would then be about 1.50 m across and 64 cm high at the tip.

Thank you so much, Sylvie, for sharing both your finished shawl and your ideas!

Life Style – new yarn

A super soft merino wool yarn in 6 happy colours at a perfect sportweight gauge – it’s Life Style, a brand new yarn in my shop.

With a standard knitting gauge at 24 sts per 10 cm(4″) on a 3.5 mm (US 4) needle, the possibilities are endless!

In crochet or knitting, play around with colours in mosaic or tapestry/stranded patterns!

Want to make a garment and need more yarn? Just let me know, I’ll get it for you!

All the details about the Life Style yarn are in my shop!