Terrazzo shawl: Reveal



While we are getting prepared for the Spring Whispers blanket make-a-long (have you seen it already? Check this post!), I thought I should finally share the reveal of the new shawl design. It has been finished for a while now, and we even managed to organize a photo-session. But I was always in a middle of somewhere and did not have enough time and mental space to show it to you. But anyway, here it is! 

Photo credit for all pictures and a video - @evakobz

Terrazzo shawl is not an official name. It is a draft named after the Terrazzo yarn from Scheepjes which I used. It’s felted tweed, natural and gorgeous. And you can read my thought about this yarn HERE


First, I wanted to use several colors for this shawl, but then thought that the yarn itself is so wonderful and carries so much magic, so that it would be a pity not to show it off in its natural beauty. 

Being a tweed yarn, every color carries the background shade together with tiny specks of the contrast color. The shade I picked for my new design is called Pergamena (745). It is a very gentle light grey with tiny bits of blue. 


The contrast between the background and accent colors in this particular shade is very high. So, I figured I should not introduce complicated texture into the pattern, as small blue dots (being quite bright) might draw attention away from the textured fabric. 

On the other hand, I didn’t want the shawl to look too simple. So, I decided to design it in a way “a bit of everything”. 

 

This design uses two textured stitch patterns: the seed stitch and the honeycomb stitch, together with plain sections, garter ridges and the ribbing on the edge to finish. Carrying quite a few different panels, I think the shawl turned out elegant with not much going on. 

The shape is slightly asymmetrical, and you can use the slim corner for a cute knot 😊 


The size is very generous! It measures approx. 100 x 255cm/39 x 100in. And I used 8 balls of Scheepjes Terrazzo yarn. 

And the drape is just perfect, too!


The free knitting pattern will follow soon. If you would like to get your needles ready, you can find Terrazzo via your local Scheepjes shops, and via online retailers: Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping), Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe), Taemombo (US and Canada).

Ah, yes! I’ve already mentioned that there is still no official name for this pattern. So, any suggestions are very welcome! 

 

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Spring Whispers Blanket: make-a-long



It has become a tradition to host a make-a-long every year. You might remember or even participated in the Sunny Blanket and Labyrinth Blanket MALs. And this year we have prepared something as well. Please, welcome a Spring Whispers blanket

Photo credit: @evakobz

 

Introduction 

Spring Whispers blanket was inspired by a Wintery Octagon mandala – a standalone crochet pattern released a few years ago. I have always wanted to grow it into something bigger. And this is how an idea for a new blanket came to life. A central floral square, as well as a couple of borders and joining elements were additionally designed to put a mosaic of the blanket together. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

For the original sample, I have chosen Scheepjes Whirls and Whirlettes* in vibrant colors, to mimic a stained-glass effect. Laura Jackson (aka @taemombo) has created her own colorway for the dark Stone Washed & River Washed version with black background and a collection of greens and blues for the contrast. 

Photo credit: Laura Jackson

When both blankets were finished, I thought of trying other colors, with white background this time. Lovely Esther Schippers was kind to make a new blanket with these color for a photography. And when Laura saw this second sample, she got inspired and repeated it as well in Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed* yarns. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

As a result of the hard work of our tiny team (and with many thanks to our testers' tribe!), now we have two colorways for the Spring Whispers blanket: two of them use Scheepjes Stone Washed & River Washed yarn (22% Acrylic x 78% Cotton; 50g/130m), and two others are done in Scheepjes Whirl & Whirlette yarn (60% Cotton x 40% Acrylic; 220g/1000m or 100g/455m). 

Photo credit: Laura Jackson

Please, note that Stone Washed & River Washed blanket does not use the last 2 borders. The reason is that we wanted both versions to be approx. the same size. However, you can feel free to add the final borders to your Stone Washed & River Washed blanket. But because we did not test it, the yarn amounts for each color are unknown. The list of materials given in the pattern is for the exact blankets you see in the pictures. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

Where to find the patterns 

Spring Whispers blanket is a combination of two patterns: Wintery Octagon Mandala and Spring Whispers pillow. Both are available as standalone patterns on Ravelry and ETSY

If you do not have a Wintery Octagon mandala pattern in your library, you can purchase a complete eBook for the Spring Whispers blanket via Patterns by Lilla Bjorn website HERE. The eBook is exclusively sold via website only and is not available on other platforms. 

And if you already own a Wintery Octagon mandala, you only need to purchase the Spring Whispers pillowcase pattern, and additionally you will receive an extra file with a complete tutorial on how to put the blanket together using both patterns. 

This tutorial contains a complete list of materials and colors for every sample, you will also find an exact placement of colors for each colorway. As well as instructions for joining elements, and a link to a video tutorial for joining. 


If you do not feel like completing the whole blanket, you can make a nice fresh pillow with the Spring Whispers pillowcase pattern. And still join the make-a-long. 

I used Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn in four colors for mine. The square turned to be approx. 58cm larger, and I stitched it by hand onto a ready fabric pillowcase from IKEA. 

Where to find the yarn 

The yarn for Spring Whispers blanket can be found in your nearest local Scheepjes store (check the pattern for an exact list of yarns, colors and amounts). And if you are in Canada & US, you can purchase a yarn kit from Taemombo. The price includes yarn and an eBook you need to make this blanket. So, no need to purchase the patterns separately! 

Photo credit: @evakobz

Make-a-long 

Spring Whispers blanket is an intermediate pattern; however, an advanced beginner can also give it a try. Big central squares and octagons are created with a combination of linen stitch and overlay crochet. Sometimes written instructions might get a bit tricky to follow (they are written row-by-row and indicate skipped stitches and exact placement of the overlay stitches). But step-by-step pictures will provide all necessary help and visual support. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

To make the Spring Whispers blanket even a smoother journey, we will host a make-a-long in our Facebook group. That will be an informal event with no strict deadlines. The blanket will be divided into some doable parts, which will be announced weekly. But because you will receive a complete pattern from the beginning, you can start crocheting right away. 

Photo credit: Laura Jackson

The make-a-long will last for a couple of months, and you will have time and space to share your progress pictures and ask questions if you are stuck at some point. 

I will be checking the group daily and will try to provide the participants of the MAL with help and encouragement. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

We have pencilled the beginning of the Spring Whispers MAL for June 3rd, 2022. It should give you enough time to get ready with the pattern and materials. 

Find a complete eBook for the Spring Whispers blanket on Patterns by Lilla Bjorn website HERE

See you there? 

 

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Terrazzo Shawl in progress



I should have shared this with you last week, but a short trip to Vienna and then Easter preparations and celebrations mixed the plans (and yay, I could catch up for a coffee with Martin Up North!). I was still working on my current wips in the late evenings, but no time was left for blogging during the day. 


But anyway! Today, I can show you something. 

As I already mentioned, my friends of Scheepjes have released a new yarn recently. It is called Terrazzo, and it is a felted tweed yarn with 100% natural composition. 

I have made quite a few swatches in crochet, but thought that first I need to knit up something with this gorgeous new yarn. And a shawl jumped onto my needles. 

Well, it is really satisfying to spend a couple of weeks with knitting after so much crochet. And also, I was dying to finally try my new Chiaogoo interchanable needles (affiliate link) which were bought months ago and were waiting in the desk. And not a surprise that I love them! I have both sets: a regular one for 13 sizes, and also the one with mini-needles. Both are great. 

First, I tried 3mm, 3.5mm and 4mm and felt like 3.5mm was the best for my new project. Though, while it was growing and while I was switching from one stitch pattern to another, I had to change to 3.75mm needles for some parts. 

So here is a quick sneak peek of the shawl. It was finished already; I only need to block it and arrange a photo-session. And then it can meet the world! 😊 

See you soon! 

 

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Welcome, Terrazzo!



Feels like I haven’t written any reviews forever. Busy life of a crochet designer. Instead, I am working hard to create new designs. And well, to be honest, I am quite a conservative when it comes to yarns – using the same yarns repeatedly. Being an introvert towards yarns, I am trying to overcome this “mental habit”. But still, I prefer natural fibres. And every time new natural yarn comes out, it brings huge happiness to my creative world. 


So… Please welcome Terrazzo! A gorgeous new yarn from a Scheepjes family! I am ashamed to say that I got my test samples of Terrazzo a few months back, long before the official launch. And my review comes out just now. 

But in my defence, I should say I started swatching with Terrazzo right after I received the balls. And by the time when I could show it to you, all yarn has been used up. No more yummy balls were left, and I am not comfortable to show the swatches, as they are already waiting to become new designs. 

But hey! I ordered lots of Terrazzo a week ago for a few projects. And as you have probably already figured out, I am veery much happy with this yarn and plan to be occupied with it for a few coming months. 

So, what is Terrazzo? Let’s come to Scheepjes website to find out 😊 

Scheepjes Terrazzo is lightweight and warm, with added softness and easy-care properties afforded by blending wool with viscose. Composed of multi-tonal base shades that are enhanced by contrasting and complementing flecks of colour, the result is a felted, tweed effect yarn with gentle stitch definition and impressive texture. Available in a huge range of 60 colourways, Terrazzo yarn makes a wonderful sustainable choice for colourwork techniques such as Fair Isle knitting and Brioche crochet. 

And just to add, Terrazzo is a felted tweed yarn, containing 70% Recycled Mulesing Free Wool and 30% Recycled Viscose. It comes in balls of 50g with 175m. 

The label recommends 4mm needles/crochet hook, but I played with other sizes and feel like 3.5mm needles and hook suite this yarn better. But of course, everything depends on your knitting/crochet style. 

When I saw Terrazzo, my first thought was – it is perfect for knitting! The yarn knits up in a fantastic way, and all those tiny specks of colors add a magical look. 

When it came to crochet, I was a bit sceptical. As we all know, not all yarns work well for crochet, especially for some techniques. I started swatching with simple single crochet stitches. The fabric was not scratchy, but felt a little too stiff. Especially when you think of a garment, or a drapey shawl. 

But then… then I blocked my swatch and WOW. What a difference. The crochet piece suddenly became so very soft! So, my resolution is that new Terrazzo yarn from Scheepjes is perfect for both knitting and crochet. 

I could see simple crochet stitch patterns (not to draw away attention from the beauty of the yarn), lace, mosaics… 

Not sure about brioche crochet, though. Front post stitches in combination with chains might make the fabric too bulky. Additionally, brioche crochet is known as a “yarn eating” technique. But on the other hand, it could work well for brioche cushions or smaller accessories. 

You can find Terrazzo via your local Scheepjes shops, and via online retailers: Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping), Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe), Taemombo (US and Canada). 

Well, so much to do and try! I have cast on a new project on my needles with Terrazzo and have made a good progress already. If you are interested, pop up to my blog next week for a sneak peek. 

In a meanwhile, please, take care and Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates. 

For more information about the Terrazzo yarn, please, watch this video review made by Matt of Scheepjes. 

 

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Hilde’s Flower Blanket



This is going to be a special post and a special design. I have been working on it for many months now. And finished just a few weeks ago. Initially, one solid colored sample was on my mind, but then I decided to make another one with Scheepjes Whirl in the purple color. Hilde’s favourite color. 

 

I have a friend. Her name is Hilde Tindlund. She is from Norway. 

She reached me out several years ago, when I only started to design crochet. She fell in love with overlay crochet and mandalas and made quite a few of mine. Now I cannot even remember how we got in touch. If I messaged Hilde or she did on Ravelry. But somehow, we started to chat a lot, and later she became my good virtual crochet friend. 

Hilde Tindlund. Photo credit: Ida Christin Foss

I discussed new designs with her, she helped me testing and graphic designing. And later she became an admin of Lilla Bjorn group on Facebook. 

She was one of the sample makers for a Scheepjes Rozeta CAL. A Midnight black and white sample in Colour Crafter yarn was made by her. And also, Dawn sample in Our Tribe. 

Basically, Hilde was the person behind the scenes who made the Rozeta design come to life, and happen at all. It is a complex project with different techniques and details, and as a designer I had many doubts about it. And Hilde was encouraging, supporting and as a tester helping to resolve some design issues. 

Photo credit @evakobz

During the CAL in 2019 one of the participants (sorry, cannot remember her name) was playing with the pattern and made her blanket in one solid color with front post stitches instead of the tapestry technique. The result was so stunning! And that moment I felt like I need to design another mandala with the same effect. 

Photo credit @evakobz

I’ve got an idea to design a large textured mandala. It took two years to bring this idea to life. But hey! Here it is, finally! 

The Hilde’s Flower Blanket crochet pattern is available HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.  

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Surprisingly, the back side of the mandala looks as wonderful as the right side, which makes this round blanket reversible!

Photo credit @evakobz

Sadly, Hilde never happened to see a sneak peek, or entire design. Over the past two years, she was struggling with a serious disease, and we were not in touch as much as earlier. The last time we chat was before Christmas. I wanted to let her know that A Sea Story book was on its way to her home. And a month later I got a night sms from her son that Hilde was not with us any more… 

This is a special post about a special person. My dear friend Hilde, who did so much for me as crochet designer. I regret we never met in real life. But she came to me in a dream a few weeks ago. She was healthy and happy. And I will bring this image of happy Hilde through my life. You will always stay in my heart. 

I named this new design Hilde’s flower. And I made a purple sample for her. In her favourite color. 

Photo credit @evakobz

The pattern is for advanced beginners. I made progress pictures, but because the mandala is so big, it was difficult to capture every stitch with the camera. So, the progress pictures show the most tricky places, and you will mostly need to follow written instructions, which should not be too difficult. 

Only double crochet and front post stitches (and their variations) are used in the pattern. So, no complex techniques really. Both blankets (with Scheepjes Metropolis and Whirl) turned out to be big enough for a lap blanket. Or baby/toddler blanket. 

The measurements after blocking is approx. 145cm/57in for Metropolis and 132cm/52in for Whirl. Both were made with a 3mm hook. 

And here is another version of the blanket made by Laura Jackson (aka @taemombo) with Whirls.


 The Hilde’s Flower Blanket crochet pattern is available HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy

 

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