At last! Beautiful, contemporary crochet patterns.

One of the comments we often hear is that our crochet-loving customers wish there were more contemporary crochet patterns on the market. As Joanne Scrace of The Crochet Project put it, “often crochet has been viewed as “best for homewares and novelties” and has struggled to lose the reputation created in the 1970s of ill-fitting granny square jackets.”

The Crochet Project have been working hard to completely transform the market and we are really pleased to be stocking two of their recently published books here at Spin A Yarn.

Everyday Wearables harnesses Joanne’s in-depth understanding of how crochet fabric is created, the need for drape and takes fit and construction lessons from both knitwear and dressmaking. A world away from the lumpy garments so many people associate with crochet, she has created pieces that fit well and look great.

Everyday Wearables collage

The book is filled with extremely detailed and helpful photo tutorials, so it’s far more than the 8 patterns it contains – it would be a perfect gift for a novice to crochet who wants to start branching out into making garments.

The Crochet Project are also known for their beautiful shawl collections. We have the fourth Shawl Project book in stock – this time they have focused on designs which make colour-shifting gradient yarns really sing.

We have a huge selection of these yarns in stock – Schoppel Zauberball would be a perfect choice with their long gradients of colour throughout each ball.

 

Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball

Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball

Or what about playing with one of our new Devon Indie-dyed Lilypond Yarns?

 

Mulberry Pie

Mulberry Pie

 

You can find both these book in our shop or read more about them on our website here:

Everyday Wearables by Joanne Scrace of The Crochet Project

The Shawl Project Book 4 by The Crochet Project

Anniken’s Lace Workshops

We’re very lucky here at Spin A Yarn to count one of the current top lace designers of the knitting world, Anniken Allis, as a great friend and well established workshop teacher.

Anniken AllisAnniken at SaY Fashion Show

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Hailing from Norway, knitting is in Anniken’s blood – having learnt Continental knitting from a young age, she started designing patterns in her early 30s and her love affair with designing beautiful lace accessories and garments began. Now a published author (of Beaded Lace Knitting) and having had her work featured on the front of the highly respected US Vogue Knitting, we are thrilled that she regularly travels up from her home in beautiful Cornwall to continue teaching workshops with us – on everything from how to knit Continental style, to Norwegian ‘Selbu’ style mittens.

Lang Vinter Votter 1

Selbu Mittens

Candace Pattern by Anniken Allis

Candace Shawl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anniken’s delicate and glamorous shawls feature novel stitch techniques, unusual cast-offs (and sometimes cast-ons!), and often beading… she teaches all of these techniques and more on her dedicated workshops for each pattern. In the morning you learn the techniques required, and in the afternoon you start your own project, choosing from the wide selection of beautiful yarns we stock here at Spin A Yarn (workshop attendees get an extra discount voucher on the day!).

Violetta Shawl

Violetta Shawl

We have a few spaces left on each of these workshops, so if you’d like to embark on making a gorgeous accessory with Anniken’s help and advice, do give us a call on 01626 836203 to secure your place. These workshops cost £49 each, run from 10am to 4pm, and include a copy of the pattern plus Joyce’s home-cooked lunch and tea-time treats. They are suitable for confident novice or intermediate knitters, or confident knitters who just want to enjoy knitting a new pattern in good company!

St Aubin’s Bay Shawl – Tuesday 26th April

St Aubin's Bay Shawl

St Aubin’s Bay Shawl

An elegant crescent shaped shawl worked from the top-down with an eyelet garter stitch pattern. Two short row wedges and a beaded picot cast-off add interest to a fun accessory. In the morning you’ll practice the techniques used to knit this shawl including short rows, adding beads using a crochet hook, picot cast-off, and how to shape the shawl. In the afternoon you will start your own St Aubin’s Bay shawl with the 4-ply/sock yarn and beads of your choice.

 

 

Knitting the Mar Menor and Daisy Shawl – Tuesday 24th May

Mar Menor Shawlette

Mar Menor Shawlette

Daisy Shawl

Daisy Shawl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Daisy and Mar Menor shawls are both fun shawlettes featuring unusual stitch patterns and are some of the most popular in the shop! In this class you’ll learn the elongated and crossed stitch patterns used in these two shawls, as well as how to add beads using a crochet hook, how to work a beaded picot cast-off, and how to shape both shawls. In the afternoon you’ll be able to start your own Daisy or Mar Menor shawl with the 4-ply/sock yarn and beads of your choice.

Persephone Shawl – Tuesday 26th July

Persephone Shawl

Persephone Shawl

An eye-catching crescent shawl worked from the top down, with multiple yarn overs used in the edging to create a big impact. In the morning you’ll practice the techniques used to knit this shawl, including how to read a lace chart, how to work large yarn overs, and how to shape the shawl. In the afternoon you’ll start your own Persephone shawl, with the 4-ply/sock yarn of your choice – enjoy choosing two contrasting or gently complementary colours.

 

 

 

 

 

Free Pattern – Rowan Beaded Shawl

Rowan Free Shawl Pattern

To celebrate our Spring 2016 Newsletter, Rowan have shared with us a beautiful and very glamorous shawl pattern designed by Jennie Atkinson in one of our favourite yarns, Kidsilk Haze. It features all over lace and a crochet trim making it suitable for the more experienced knitter.

This design uses only 1 ball of Kidsilk Haze and 1 pack of 6mm Swarovski Aquamarine Selection Beads. This pattern has been translated into French, German & Swedish – you need only print the pages you need after downloading.

Rowan Free Shawl Pattern

Rowan Free Shawl Pattern

Click here to download: Rowan Swarovski Shawl by Jennie Atkinson

Make sure you share your photos with us if you make one!

Free Patterns – Simple Boucle Shawl

Touch Boucle Shawl - Free Pattern

This simple, elegant shawl pattern is as much part of Spin A Yarn history as the beautiful skeins of Touch Yarn hanging behind it! The perfect way to ease yourself into knitting triangular shawls, it uses 1.25 skeins of New Zealand Touch Boucle yarn which we stock in an amazing array of hand-dyed colours. If you’re buying the yarn for a shawl, we’re very happy to wind off the additional 0.25 skein for you – just ask.

Materials

Yarn: 125 grams of Touch Boucle OR 150 grams Rare yarns Boucle

Needles: 12mm

Note: Before knitting prepare for fringe by cutting 128 lengths at 10 inches long.

Pattern

Cast on 12 stitches

Next Row and Every Row: Increase at each end of every row until there are 140 stitches on the needle.
(If using Rare Boucle continue increasing for another 4 more rows).

Attach evenly the 64 fringes along the 2 bottom edges.

To download a PDF of this pattern for easy printing, please click here.