Corals and Sea – all in new Reef Issue of YARN book-a-zine

Summer is approaching Brno and it’s time to think colorful and summery. Brand new issue of Scheepjes YARN book-a-zine is out now. And it’s probably one of my favourite editions. It’s called Reef, inspired by corals and sea.

YARN book-a-zine is a precious Scheepjes baby published twice a year. It combines magazine look and book feel: high quality pictures and styling, thick and matt paper, gorgeous designs.

Reef issue contains 17 (!) crochet and knitting patterns (on 100 pages) perfect for both beginners and advanced crafters: blankets, shawls, pillows, garments, toys and even jewelry! And it also introduces to a variety of crochet techniques (have you tried mosaic crochet already?).

This issue is brimming with color and projects to feed your busy hands. It’s been inspired by green kelp forests, floating jellyfish, clusters of coral and breaking waves on the sands.

My contribution to Reef was a project a bit out of my comfort zone. I was asked to make a shawl with motifs that could remind anemones. Using Whirl* and Whirlette* yarns. Designing a motif was very easy, but their joining gave me a lot of thinking.

Add Anemones Shawlette to your Ravelry Queue

Luckily I met Rachele (of Cypress Textiles) nearly at the same time when I was working on Anemones Shawlette. She is a genius of motif designs and she can probably put any possible and impossible shapes together. We gave a little brain storm together at Scheepjes bloggers Days, and as a result my cute and colorful anemones were joined with a continuous join, yay! And it means almost no ends to weave in!

My personal favourites from Reef YARN book-a-zine are Seawell blanket “designed by a dad for dads and their little ones” (by Martin Up North). And this is probably not a surprise, as I am a bit obsessed with mosaic crochet myself. My plan is to put hands on this project and maybe to make a pillow in very calm and muted colors using Metropolis yarn*.

And my another favourite is a Staghorn Necklace designed by Carmen of New Leaf Designs. This is such a delicate and detailed jewelry piece, tastefully decorated with tiny beads. Not something that I could make myself, as I am not good at working with small hook. But I can imagine this necklace would make a fantastic accent to any festive outfit.

As all other YARN book-a-zines, Reef introduces work of two artists. Courtney Mattison who creates enormous ceramic installations showing the mysterious beauty of wonderful species, raising awereness of the threat of extinction to coral reefs. And textile artist Vanessa Barragao, who uses wool – salvaged from textile industry leftovers – to create beautiful wall and floor tapestries often several meters in length and height, representing the ocean’s impressive underwater world.

You can see all designs from REEF on Ravelry. Take a look and grab your copy in your local Scheepjes shop, or via online retailers (affiliate links below):

Wool Warehouse, Deramores (all in UK with international shipping),
Caro’s Atelier (NL, Europe; you can also purchase ready yarn packs to make some of the Reef projects)
Taemombo (Canada & US), Knotty House (Canada)

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  1. I discovered this book-zine at the scheepjes booth in Cologne in March. I love it! So contemporary, colorful and so well put in scene! Congratulations for your collaboration!

    1. thank you! Yes, I agree, it's a very modern and tasteful edition :)


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