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!

Sun motif

A third motif from my 2016 Advent Calendar. At the time, I saw a star at the center of this motif, now I see a sun !

One of the participants used this motif to make a colourful blanket – perhaps you would like to do so as well?

You can download the pattern for the motif in pdf format here:

My ideas for this motif can be found here. There are some interesting ideas about joining motifs to check out!

The round-up of the different interpretations is here!

Squarely

I’m happy to introduce my latest design: Squarely, a crochet scarf.

I wanted to make a crochet design based on angular motifs. This led me to developing this original stitch pattern. In the pattern, it is explained both in written form and as charts.

To bring this theme all the way to the border, I imagined little square “pendants”. You will find a step-by-step tutorial for the pendants in the pattern.

The Squarely pattern is available in the shop, and on Ravelry!