Pascale’s Shawl

Five years ago, in my newsletter for May 2015, I discussed three ways to construct a triangular crochet shawl.

Pascale from the blog Pascale Passions Partages was looking for a simple pattern for a self-striping yarn and found my article. She went for method 1, the top-down triangle, using the basic pattern as written, and here is the result! I think the fringe is a great choice for the border.

Thank you for sharing, Pascale!

Kits for the Blue Song shawl

I have several kits in store for you, to make a two-colour version of the beautiful Blue Song shawl, designed by EclatDuSoleil!

In Beth Chatto and Covent Garden :

You can complement the delicately nuanced freesia (Beth Chatto) either with the elegant grey Romeo (Covent Garden)

or with the warm brown Othello (Covent Garden).

Another suggestion is to combine the zesty green Juliette (Covent Garden) with the charcoal Campêche with a hint of violet (London).

And as a foreboding of spring, this fresh combination of the sweet freesia (Beth Chatto) and the crisp cream (London).

The pattern is not included in the kit – if you haven’t purchased it already, click here to find it.

Blue Song – crochet shawl

I’m so happy to introduce a new design by EclatDuSoleil/Hélène Marcy: the Blue Song shawl!

A beautiful design in laceweight yarn. The pattern gives you two borders to choose from, and you can, of course, place your colours any way you like!

A “colour block” style in three shades – here worked in laceweight bamboo (a yarn that is currently unavailable), but perfectly adapted to London or one of the other dyes on the same yarn base, to the cobweb held double – or why not try the fingering weight merino for a cosy winter version?

Or stripes in two colours – all three version of my wool and silk laceweight yarn will work equally well: London, Covent Garden and Beth Chatto.

Discover the pattern for Blue Song and all its possibilities in the shop!

Love Scarf

In 2005 I made a scarf for the man I love. The pattern was published on the website Crochet Me.

15 years later, I still love the same man. But the Crochet Me site has changed owners, form and shape several times, and the link to the pattern is sometimes lost in the process.

And yet, after all this time, I still get requests for this simple pattern.

So this year, I’ve decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day by making the Love Scarf pattern available again!

Knit legwarmers!

One ball of Zauberball 100, a simple pattern, and here we go! A pair of legwarmers which will keep your calves warm and pretty!

Smurf-coloured leggings completely optional – in my latest video podcast, you can see them worn on black (stepping on the table).

And better still: with 1 ball of Zauberball 100, the pattern is free, provided that you add it to your cart at the same time as the Zauberball.

Would you like to knit with something else, the pattern is available for a very low price, and includes instructions on how to knit legwarmers with any yarn, for any calves.

Check out the pattern for knitted legwarmers in the shop.

Inspiration for Guinguette

Part of my inspiration for my new knitted shawl design Guinguette came from this book by Ingrid Fetell Lee: Joyful – The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness.

The idea of the author, backed by her thorough investigations is that some things are universally joyful!

Among these things are vivid colours and round shapes, especially when there are lots of them – like in a shawl knitted with bright colours and edged with a string of pompons!

And if you simply need some inspirations to choose the colours for your own Guinguitte, check out this blog post for details about the kits.

The pattern for the Guinguette shawl is available in my shop and on Ravelry.

Balayage, a yarn in baby alpaca and organic merino

This yarn is one of the softest I’ve ever touched! It is now available in my shop in 8 different colours:

617 Ishinca – this is actually the base yarn, on which the other colours have been dyed. As you can see, it is not a white yarn. Some of the alpaca fibers are grey, creating this beautifully nuanced light grey colour. These subtle nuances are also present in the dyed colours.

Another grey, the 618 Umayo, a magnificent elephant grey. The baby alpaca that makes up 80% of the yarn does not necessarily come from young animals. The name indicates that the fibers used are particularly fine and soft to the skin.

As a dark grey, the 619 Chachani will contrast superbly with all other colours. The merino wool in the yarn is organic and of extra-fine grade. This designation also means that the fibers are very fine.

Another option for a deep colour with good contrast is the 606 Misti. A warm, dark colour, perhaps like the interior of the Peruvian volcano it’s named after.

Colour 607 Tacna gives a brighter echo to its sister Misti. This beautiful pink is named after a city in the very south of Peru, close to the Chilean border.

A tangy yellow, the 609 Piura, clearly shows off the spin of the yarn. Being a 2-ply yarn, Balayage will give a very slight but noticeable structure to the simplest stitch pattern.

Colour 608 Iquitos is a soft orange, going as easily with the greys as with the more vivid colours. No road will take you to the city of Iquitos in the Amazonian forest – you must go by boat or plane.

This both soft and energizing green is the 610 Machu Picchu, named after the forgotten, then rediscovered city considered as a masterpiece of Inca architecture.

Each 50-gram ball of Balayage holds 175m (191yds) of yarn. The producer suggests the use of 3.25 mm (US 3) knitting needles, I recommend crocheting it with a 4 mm (US D-3) hook.

All these colours of the Balayage yarn are available in my shop.

You will find a video presentation of this yarn in my podcast #15 from the 30th January 2020.