‘Holly would you like to review some yarn for us?’……they had me at yarn!
When Hobbycraft’s Knitcraft team got in touch and asked if I wanted to try out some new yarn how could I resist? (I’m pretty sure no one says no to this!)
So when a lovely squishy parcel arrived I couldn’t wait to dive in – these three yarns vary greatly, and it was nice to try something different to my usual go-to yarns. I’ve written a quick review below if you want to hear more…
(This isn’t an ad, I’ve not been paid for this but they did send me squishy yarn to play with 😉)
This is a fabulously glittery yarn! The loose chain of this yarn is easy to work with, isn’t splitty and not scratchy like some metallic yarns. It would be perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to an outfit with a glitzy trim, and it’s ideal for Christmas decorations!
This is a gorgeous chunky yarn to work with – its fluffy texture is perfect for garments and the glacon shade is a beautiful icy green. It’s really soft due to the alpaca content…im envisioning a winter cowl with this lovely snuggly yarn!
Phil Nuage Legrete
This chunky yarn is a gorgeous blend of merino (72%) and polyamide, making it lovely and soft. It’s really snuggly but light at the same time – it’s like crocheting a cloud! The sable shade is a great neutral, I’d really recommend giving this yarn a try.
I love crocheting African Flowers – they’re such a pretty design, and I’ve made a whole host of Heidi Bears designs using them – they’re also quick and easy to make in batches.
My latest blanket is destined for a new baby girl, and they wanted something in pale grey, pink and white – we added in a pale yellow too as I find this design works best with four colours.
I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn in Stormy Grey (4 balls), Blush Pink, Banana Cream, and Paper White (1.5 balls of each).
As the blanket is 6×6 squares I made them in batches of 6 at a time, with each group having a different colour combo in the middle/petals. By doing them in batches I managed to get this whole blanket completed in 2 weeks – a good job too as the baby has arrived!
If you’re looking for a good pattern to square off your African Flowers I can recommend this Made in K-Town blog post.
I didn’t get time to measure it before it was collected but it came out roughly 1 metre square and was lovely and cosy due to the Aran thickness.
For the joining I used a flat slip stitch join which have a nice neat finish. I went down a hook size to do the border (I used 5mm for the squares and then a 4.5mm for the border) which was made up of a row of double crochet (sc if you’re using US terms) but making htr’s (hdc) into the point where the squares join. I then followed this with a round of htr in the back loops only, of white, then yellow, then pink.
Anyway here’s hoping it is very loved in its new home, and keeps baby V all warm and snuggly….
Welcome to the Colourful Crochet blog tour!
Last month the lovely Marianne (aka @marretjroos on Instagram and the lady behind the maRRose blog) asked me if I’d possibly like to review her brand new book – how could I refuse?!
Marianne’s new book ‘Colourful Crochet’ is an absolute delight. It has more than 20 new crochet projects, ranging from lovely cushions for the home, snuggly baby blankets and also fun items of clothing. Unlike some other books, these are all projects I would actually make and have in my home – there’s no ‘filler’ projects in there making up page numbers.
As the title suggests the projects are bright, colourful and cheery, interspersed with photos of the super smiley Marianne modelling her creations – it can’t fail but a bring a smile to your face!
The project that particularly caught my eye was Marianne’s ‘Inez’ Hexagon Blanket. Her colour choices are superb (you can see it on the front cover of her book) but what I really like is that she’s used a join-as-you-go puff stitch to join the hexagons together. I’ve used join-as-you-go before but never with puff stitch and I think the effect it gives is brilliant. I’ve given it a go with a palette of purples but this pattern is so versatile it could be used with any colours and any size yarn.
The pattern instructions in the book are very clear and concise, and are all marked with a skill level of Easy/Intermediate/Challenging, so there really is something for everyone.
Some other favourites from the book (which have been added to my extremely long list of projects I want to make) are the chunky circular Boho cushion, the beautifully textured cobblestone blanket, and the stunning geometric triangle blanket.
Colourful Crochet is now available to buy on Amazon here – but Marianne has given me an extra copy to give away to one of you lovely lot! So to be in with a chance of winning pop over to my Instagram page to enter!
Wishing you all a colourful week!