Grinda MAL: coming soon…

Yay! I have been secretly working on a new design for almost a year, and today is the day! I can finally show you sneak peeks and proudly announce there will be a new MAL (make-a-long) coming soon. This design was inspired by my trip to Stockholm last summer. Or, to be precise, by a boat trip to Stockholm archipelago. My new shawl is named Grinda which means “gate” in Norwegian, but it’s also the name of a small island in two hours by boat from Stockholm.
Grinda Shawl MAL - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
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To say I love the sea means to say nothing. I LOVE the sea. And I desperately need to come to the sea at least once a year. To breathe out, to relax, to find way back to myself. Without these short trips I don’t know how I could live… I secretly hope one day, when I am not busy anymore, when I don’t have to take care of anything, when I am (probably) retired – I will move to the sea to live in a small house near the beach, and to be able watching the sea from my small window. Every single day. My sea should be cold, and grey. With pale yellow sun reflected in the waves…
Boat trip to Stockholm archipelago

Every year in the summer me and my husband try to take some days off to travel. Last year we spent a week in Stockholm. It was in July, and the weather was not “summery” at all. Lots of clouds and raining. Just perfect for me! :) It was a bit boring to wander in the city streets under the rain, and we decided to take a boat trip to Stockholm archipelago.





To save as much as possible on the flight I only was allowed to bring hand luggage on the plane. And to fit 8kg I packed only one cake of Whirl. To occupy myself during long hours in the trains, at the airport and on the plane.
Whirl yarn by Scheepjes

I took my Whirl to boat trip, too. And apparently a new shawl design started growing in my hands. Inspired by small islands, Grinda’s nature and magic sea views…
Grinda Shawl MAL - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I took lots of pictures on Grinda and other islands. Browsing these pictures fill my heart with precious memories. And today I invite you to join me on a virtual boat trip. Perhaps, you love the sea as much as I do. Or this design will mean something else to you. But anyway I hope you will enjoy it.

Grinda MAL will officially begin on July 11th, 2018 when first part of the pattern will be released on my blog. The pattern will be FREE and new instructions will be released weekly. There will be five parts in total.
Grinda Shawl MAL - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Not to miss a single part, you may want to Subscribe to my blog to receive updates directly to your e-mail box. But please, note, newsletters are sent once in two weeks. Grinda MAL will be officially hosted on Facebook in OFFICIAL Scheepjes - International Group and in OFFICIAL Scheepjes – Dutch group. I will also post MAL entries in my own groups on Facebook HERE and Ravelry HERE. Please, choose what suits you best and join one of the groups.

The pattern will come in English (US and UK terms), Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian and Czech languages.
Grinda Shawl MAL - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

This design was kindly sponsored by Scheepjes. My shawl uses just one cake of Whirl yarn (you can also choose Frosted Whirl or Wooly Whirl). But because the entire cake is needed to complete the shawl I would recommend to additionally order one cake of Whirlette yarn in matching color, just to be on the safe side (in case your gauge will differ from mine significantly). Leftovers can be used to either extend the shawl (instructions are given in the pattern) or to make the fringe.

If you are not sure which Whirls and Whirlettes match, please, check THIS useful information on Simy’s blog.
Grinda Shawl MAL - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Whirl and Whirlette yarns are available in your local Scheepjes shops or via online retailers: Wool Warehouse*, Deramores* and Black Sheep Wools* (all three in UK with international shipping), Caro’s atelier (NL and Europe), Knotty House* (Canada).

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Grinda Shawl MAL - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

More information and full reveal will follow next week. See you then!!

UPDATE: check General Information for Grinda MAL here.

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23 comments

  1. Hello,
    The new pattern looks exciting! I Do enjoy many of your patterns! But, I need to inform you that the correct name for ”gate” is ”grind” in singularis Swedish. Plural ”Gates” is: ”grindar”. So, there are no word in Swedish called ”grinda”, it desn’t excist, I’m sorry to say. Glad that you enjoyed our country! Next time you ate welcome to see the north part!
    Britta
    Umeå, Sweden

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    1. Hi Britta! thank you for letting me know. I knoe the word Grinda exists in Norwegian. So I checked online translator and it said the same for Swedish :) I should not trust it, I think. I will correct this. thank you again!

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  2. Wonderful. will there be a diagram of the pattern?
    Liebe Grüße, Manja

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    1. Hi Manja, yes there will be row-by-row written instructions and charts for every part.

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  3. This looks absolutely lovely! Having lived in Sweden for three years, any Stokholm-inspired pattern holds a special place in my heart. Can't wait to knit along!
    I've seen a lot of interest in your pattern on some russian crafting groups that i follow and wanted to offer to translate the pattern into russian so that you could release it officially along with other languages. (Of course, free of charge, and you'll have all the rights of the translation).

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    1. Hello, sorry for late reply. There was something wrong with comment function on my blog and I've just found it out :) Can you please send me private message?

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  4. What color whirl and whirlette did you use in the top picture? I love those colors!

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    1. Hi Deborah, it's Woolly Whirl 472 Sugar Sizzle and Whirlette 854 Blueberry. Please, click the link to General Information in the end of this post to see more details and pictures.

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  5. I ordered my colors today can't wait to start this beautiful design!

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  6. Hello, I love your pattern so much ❤ I'd like to go through, and looking for appropriate yarn. I'm from the Czech Republic and eant to byu some yarn here, I found some cotton whirl yarn, very lovely colors, but they are 900m long. The Scheepjes you suggest is 1000m. Is 900m enough for the whole Grinda? Thank you in advance 🌞🌻 Petra

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    1. Hi Petra, I am faraid 900m might not be enough. But you can order original Whirl in Czech Republic.

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  7. Hi Tatsiana,
    You truly have a gift with color and design. Your work is so beautiful. I feel blessed to have found your blog. I'm so excited for the Grinda pattern to come out!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and patterns with us.

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  8. Hello, I’m looking forward to joining your MAL… wondering what colorway the yarn is in the 4 side-by-side photos (I also think it’s the same as the one at the bottom of your post in your lap? Its very lovely and I can’t seem to figure out which one it is .... thanks, Linda

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  9. Me gustaría recibir informaci´n sobre proyectos de tejido. Gracias

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  10. Hello I am ready for the exciting new pattern. As is my first time for a CAL project could you please inform me where I can find the pattern ? I have already subscribed. Thanks in advance

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  11. Hi, Excited about the project, just bought the yarn from Knotty House. I am a fairly loose crocheter. Should I go for the 3mm crochet?

    I was in Prague two years ago for four weeks. Loved it and the Czech people. Learned a few words, but the language is HARD! Best Regards

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  12. Hi Tatsiana,
    I'm a chinese.My english is not very good.But I fall in love with your patterns.I'll translate patterns to my own language.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and patterns with us.

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    1. Hello! thank you :) If you would like to translate Grinda MAL to Chinese, please contact me for details. the pattern cannot be shared elsewhere except of my blog.

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