Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 28 – Spring 2019

It’s really starting to feel like spring might not be that far away, here in London. The sun is shining and it feels unusually mild. What better way to celebrate this feeling, than delving into the latest spring issue of Pom Pom. Aptly themed for this time of year, this issue is ‘The Botanical Issue’. Designers were given the theme of flora, looking to nature and plant forms for their inspiration.

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So we have nine knitting and crochet patterns, plus articles and recipes. All exploring the botanical theme. I’ve put together some yarn pairings from the shelves of Knit With Attitude, so lets take a look at these natural wonders!

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Sweetfern by Liza Laird and Kate Madden is a cute slouchy brioche hat. Taking the characteristic use of two colours that brioche offers, while also bringing in stitch shaping for that natural leafy vibe. A trailing vine motif runs from the rib to the crown creating a bold and graphic design. Choose two contrasting colours of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles for maximum effect.

Davallia-by-Isa-Catepillan-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28Davallia by Isa Catepillán is an interesting cover up shawl-cum-jacket. This crocheted piece is full of drama. A large tasseled fringe hangs from an elegant lacey body. It reminds me of the dappled light through the trees. It would make a great layer for spring days and cool summer nights. Choose a light yarn with a plant fibre content like the linen blend of Stolen Stitches Nua.

Adiantum-by-Kelly-Ordemann-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-28Vines trace the shape of the yoke in Adiantum by Kelly Ordemann. A playful use of pattern, the plant motif radiates from the neck giving the appearance of a necklace of ferns. With clever shaping, it is also flattering to wear. A plant themed top like this calls to be knit in a plant dyed fibre. Choose Hey Mama Wolf’s Sockyarn #04 in its dreamy natural shades.

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Another crochet offering is Water Clover by Isa Catepillán. A stunningly elegant crochet top with lacey star details. A simple shape made all the better by the pattern repeat. Crocheted in a cotton, linen blend try The Fibre Co Luma which has a soft light papery feel which is perfect for wearing next to your skin. This top will definitely see you into the summer and beyond.

Aurea-by-Stella-Egidi-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28This dramatic shawl is the Aurea by Stella Egidi. You cannot get a design that is more close to nature. Leaf and reed motifs sit side by side to create a pattern repeat that is reminiscent of a forest canopy or leafy woodland floor. Knit in a merino single try Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles or a bunch of Black Elephant Minis.

Vivarium-by-Amber-Platzer-Corcoran-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28Vivarium by Amber Platzer Corcoran is a fun colour work jumper, with a selection of bold graphic plant motifs. Vivarium takes its name from terrarium structures used for holding plants and means ‘place of life’. This design allows a fun juxtaposition of colour through the botanical elements and with a relaxed drop shoulder fit, it will be the perfect cosy spring evening layer. Colour work projects scream out for Hillesvåg Tinde in a great range of colours you will find the perfect greens!

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Ginkgophyte by Emily Greene is worked flat and seamed, with sleeves worked in the round. With a bold central detail that is repeated on the back and accentuates the simple form. Short sleeves make this the perfect spring garment, for when the days get longer and the promise of summer is just around the corner. Choose the cool and super soft Kettle Yarn Beyul for this, a lovely light yarn perfect for wearing next to your skin.

Woodwardia-by-Lydia-Gluck-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28Woodwardia by Lydia Gluck is a top down raglan jumper with a cosy rolled neck and with a lovely vine detail running along the raglan seams. We all know spring weather can be a little unpredictable so this cosy jumper will become a wardrobe staple. Try this in the soft Vivacious DK.

Filix-by-Judith-Brand-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28Filix by Judith Brand are stylish crocheted fingerless gloves. A graphic abstracted fern chevron motif runs along the back of the hand. These fingerless gloves are the perfect size for keeping out the evening chill by extending over the wrist. This pattern calls for a silk, merino blend so try Scrumptious 4ply.

I hope these suggestions get you excited and ready to spring into spring. This is a very calm and gentle edition of Pom Pom with subtle details carrying the theme. A collection of interesting but also wearable pieces.

 

What do you get the knitter that has everything…

This time of year we are struggling to find that perfect gift for our knitting friends and maybe even that cheeky Christmas present for ourselves. Yarn, Tools and accessories can sometimes be tricky. Knowing what a knitter has already, what yarn they like, their favourite colour can be a mine field. So what about a book? A book as gift, is a gift of possibilities. It is inspiration, it might push you to try something new, they look gorgeous and hey, its fun to read something that’s not on a screen!

Below I have curated some inspiring gift ideas for Christmas, with a book as a starting point. With each book I have tried to match fun yarns that compliment the knits inside and even a few accessories that might be useful.
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The first book kicking off the book gift guides is Stephen West’s – West Knits Best Knits – Shawls. There is nothing more bright and fun than these crazy shawls. With a great eye for colour and clever construction Stephen West’s Shawls are guaranteed to keep a knitter amused. I’ve paired this book with, of course Hedgehog Fibres. These unique bright speckled hand dyed yarns lend themselves perfectly to these patterns. Seen here are Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Heyday, Coral, Oracle and Poppy. Complimented by a little Ditty Bag for the knitter to tote around all those WIP’s. I also thought these Flower Power Scissors capture the fun and whimsy seen in Stephen’s Designs and make the perfect yarn end snipper.

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Here is The Doodler by Stephen West from the book. A popular design that has endless ways of using those favourite hand dyed 4ply skeins.

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The second book I’ve looked at is a new one here at Knit With Attitude and we are bowled over by it, see our blog post book review. It’s Strange Brew by Tin Can Knits. Perfect for the knitter that is nerdy about their knitting and likes to tackle bigger projects. Yoked sweaters call out to Léttlopi. A few balls of this yarn will get them well on there way to planning a colourful yoke of their own. Big projects need big project bags and the Plystre Cross Body Bag can easily take a jumpers worth. Also key accessories, matching Putford Scissors, Cocoknits Stitch Markers and the very useful Hey Mama Wolf’s Wool Soap.

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Almanac from the book, knit in Léttlopi, shows you how much fun you can have with colour.

susanThe Vintage Shetland Project needs no introduction. A great work from designer Susan Crawford. A collection of historically informed traditional Shetland knitting patterns, researched and designed by Susan herself. Keeping the tradition of Shetland knitting alive. This book is great just to flick through and absorb the wonderful photography and amazing knitwear. Nothing else needs pairing with this book apart from Susan’s own yarn Fenella. A palette of vintage inspired colours on a British wool, bliss!

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Rose from the book shows you the stunning quality of the patterns inside. Knit in Fenella it also shows how perfect this yarn is for colour work.

crochetOne for the crocheters, Everyday Wearables by Joanne Scrace is a collection of well designed and imaginative crochet patterns. If you are looking to inspire a new craft or know an avid crocheter this is a great book. We also carry a wide range of bamboo crochet hooks. Bamboo is kind to your hands and has a little more give then their metal cousins. This book contains a lot of patterns in Socks Yeah Dk. This great yarn has many uses, it’s not just for socks! I’ve included some Storklette Scissors in this combo. Why? Just look at how cut they are!

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The Brenn Hat from the book is Crocheted from Socks Yeah Dk and made from two or three skeins makes the perfect little gift if you are looking to add yarn into the mix.

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Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy is a stunning book. Beautiful in design and photography. It’s more than a book of patterns, Bristol Ivy takes you through her techniques. It’s informative as well as useful. I’ve matched in some Fyberspates Vivacious DK seen here in Deep Aqua, Denim and Deep Forest. The Cocoknits Rustic Yarn Snips make a nice earthy but useful pairing. Along with these shawl pins, every good shawl needs a shawl pin and these Jul Ewe and Ram Pins in white brass are a stylish sheep nod to the source of your knitwear.

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Canady from the book is knit in a Merino Dk. A perfect choice would be Fyberspates Vivacious DK and wrap yourself in its luscious softness.

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Lastly is Vogue Knitting – The Ultimate Knitting Book. What more can a knitter need. Experienced and novice knitters alike will benefit from this book. It contains all a knitter needs ton know about construction, shaping, stitch techniques, it literally is the bible of knitting. The ultimate knitting book needs an ultimate yarn. Kettle Yarn’s Hand Dyed Islington DK is a sumptuous blend of Blue Faced Leicester and Silk, in such dreamy tones. One of these skeins would definitely put a smile on someone’s face. A classy Petrol Plystre Crossbody Project Bag completes the look with a sophisticated pair of Silver Putford Scissors.

I hope this has given you some inspiration at a tricky time of year. No matter how big or how small, if you are looking for a knitting gift we hopefully have something for you. If you find yourself stuck with what to get, spend a little time with our books and you might find something.

Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Issue 20 Spring 2017

We’ve had another knockout issue arrive from Pom Pom Quarterly! The Spring 2017 issue is number 20, and is jam packed with sweaters and accessories to bring you through to the warmer months.

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The cover shawl is a beautiful and wearable Arrosa by Jennifer Weissman. It uses 2 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock, which we have lots of in-stock at the moment. An extra lovely detail is to use a leftover bit of yarn in a contrast colour for the bind off to create a pop of colour.

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Astera by Grace Gouin is a practical take on a market shopping bag. Using Shiny Happy Cotton held double you would get a sturdy fabric that would hold it’s shape and whatever you threw into it as well. We also have beautiful handmade leather handles in the shop from Jul designs to complete your bag.

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Bombus is the first of the sweater designs in this issue. The cardigan, designed by Miriam Jarrs, seamlessly manages to combine a bomber jacket with a quilted bed jacket and come out the other side looking stylish! The top down design would work well in a yarn that holds its stitch definition well, like Fyberspates Vivacious DK.

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While Pom Pom is primarily a knitting magazine, they do usually include a crochet pattern as well. This issue has Hanabira, a top down cardigan by Eline Alcocer. The flower petal detail at the cuffs and hem leave endless options for personalization, and with one of our newest yarns, Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca Sport, there’s lots of colour options!

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Izumi is our favourite sweater in the issue, though we may be biased as it was designed by our own Natalie Selles! This sweatshirt style pullover has a plain stocking stitch body and sleeves, with a gorgeous cabled and lace stitch pattern in the shoulder areas and cuffs. We would love to see it knit up in John Arbon Knit By Numbers, which with a buttery soft hand would only make this sweater even more lush!

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Melli is another wearable cardigan pattern from Camille Rosselle. This boxy jumper is oversized but cropped for more practicality. The subtle bee stitch texture breaks up the reverse stocking stitch would work well with both speckled yarns as shown in the sample, or in a solid as well. With speckled texture what other yarn could you recommend than Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK.

Odonata-Pom-Pom-Quaterly-Issue-20-Spring-2017The last pullover pattern of the issue is Odonata by Courtney Cedarholm. The tunic length adds a bit of drama to it, with a smocked effect cable on the front, and a plain stocking stitch back and sleeves, with a ribbed and rolled edge. The drape of wool and silk blend of the Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply would be perfect for this pattern.

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The hat pattern of this issue is designed by Anna Maltz. Signal features 6 colours of a 4ply yarn. We love the colour options of a yarn like CoopKnits Socks Yeah! which comes in 16 shades. You would be sure to be able to find a combination that was just right for you.

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The last cardigan is Tinea, designed by Rachel Brockman. The drop shoulder style lends itself well to the upper shoulder design on the back, and the option of doing the ribbing in a contrast colour adds a bit of fun! Findley DK from Juniper Moon has a crispness that would show off the stitch pattern, and drape for the open fronts design.

We can’t wait to see what you make from the issue, it’s always fun to see people’s knits and choices. The magazine is on sale in the store and online.

Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Issue 17 Summer 2016

Issue-17-Cover-ImageThere has been so much anticipation for this latest issue of Pom Pom here at Knit with attitude, especially after hosting the samples for Yarn Shop Day at the end of April. It’s finally here! The garments fit perfectly with our Summer Top KAL, and even better, we’ve just received loads of new summer yarns here in the shop that are just right for summer knitting. We have brand new linen and cotton/linen blends, as well as top ups and new colours in lots of other summery fibres.

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First up we have Altair by Joanne Scrace. This triangle shawl is a take on the granny square classic, but with a more modern twist. Worked from one corner to the next, it is easily adaptable for yardage depending on what you plan to use. We think the bright colours of Botany Lace would be a fun summer piece to pull on over summer dresses.

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Catchyfly, by Wencke Lucas is a great example of how to take a tweed yarn, something usually associated with winter, and bring it into the summer months. We think that Terra, which is wool and silk would add to that lux feel while having drape as well.

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Lynn Brennan’s Hollis is an unusual piece in that it is knitted with clothesline cord! We don’t have any cotton that thick to recommend, but we have some beautiful leather and metal handles by Jul Design that would be the perfect finishing touch. Check them out the next time you are in our neighbourhood.

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Nouri is Maya’s favourite! Carol Feller designed this oversized pullover sweater with a lace detail over one hip. The sleeves are done in one piece with the body for maximum drape and ease of construction. We just received 6 shades of Zooey from Juniper Moon Farm. Held double this would be a wonderful summer sweater.

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Knitted dresses get a bad reputation, but Thea Colman dispels all of these worries with Olivette! It comes with instructions for both a dress/tunic and t-shirt lengths for everyone’s tastes. The front lace is placed asymmetrically and the longer length includes a surprisingly sturdy pocket. Vivacious DK has just the right amount of semi-solid colour to work well for this.

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The Red Bud Isle tank by Courtney Cedarholm would be a fantastic quick summer knit. It has contrast stripes and an overlapping split back that would be comfortable to wear while still being modest. How to choose which shades of Shiny Happy Cotton to use!

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Tannery Falls is the second crochet piece from the issue. Sara Delaney has designed wearable top with a loose gauge for maximum cool weather wear. Two colours of Meadow with it’s linen content would show off the yarn and pattern beautifully.

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Thornett is an all around favourite here at the shop! Sara Thornett’s top is everything you want from a summer top, easy to knit and wear with some lace for visual interest and loads of opportunity to use a fun colour. Luckily Eco-baby has lots of those to choose from!

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Trailbreeze is one of the more unusual garments in the issue, with it’s generous handkerchief hem over each hip. Courtney Cedarholm has done a brilliant job at keeping the lines otherwise clean to keep it looking modern. We have a brand new Swedish linen in 12 colours, from subtle neutrals to modern brights, you are sure to find a Växbo Lin Lingarn for this top.

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Sachiko Burgin has designed the last tee, Vaara. This simple top has a deep raglan yoke and a textured ribbed hem. We think this is another great use for the cotton/linen drape of Zooey, held singly this time.

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Last but not least is Windlass, by Kiyomi Burgin has draws inspiration from traditional aran sweaters with it’s cables and neckline, but brought forward a few seasons with split hems and no sleeves. The textures here would work well with Noro Tokonatsu.

Don’t forget to enter in our Summer Top KAL on Ravelry! We have a few people started already, we would love to see what you are working on. We will draw from eligible winners for prizes on July 31st.

Yarn Pairings for PomPom Quarterly Issue 16

spring16-coverIt’s that time again! We have the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly in the shop and online. It’s a gorgeous issue, with a focus on stitch patterns and texture. In order to show these off all of the pieces have been knit in light neutrals from light grey through cream to white. 

spring16-3The first up is Delineate. Designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, this tank top has a classic and modest front, with an open work stitch pattern in the back that is somewhere between a mesh and lace. This is a great wardrobe basic that can be worn with trousers, skirts and shorts in any range of situations, from weekend trips to the market or holidays in the sun. We would knit it in one of our many shades of Debbie Bliss Eco-baby  , an organic cotton that is perfect worn next to the skin. Even better, we have it in a number of brand new shades, from neutral to bright! 

spring16-11Equilibrium is the lone cardigan of the collection, by Gina Röckenwagner. It features an unusual construction with increases and decreases, and hangs open at the front. The original is knit in the fantastic Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend DK, which we have in variegated shades in the shop. If you are looking for a colour that is closer to the original we would suggest Fyberspates Scrumptious DK

spring16-8Imitation is one of two crochet patterns in this issue, here designed by Judith Brand. These little mitts are perfect to keep in your purse for those surprise chilly mornings and hardly take up any wool or time to make! We would recommend Excelana 4ply for these beauties. 

spring16-5Perpendicular by Sarah Brunenberg is a generously sized triangle shawl. This shawl is perfect for someone who doesn’t like a lot of fussy lace, as it features a single panel of chevron stitches with garter stitch wings. Sulka Legato is one of our favourite yarns for a project like this one. The silk/alpaca combo has drape for wrapping around but enough stitch definition to make the lace and garter stitch sing. 

spring16-9A second pattern from Gina Röckenwagner, Rhombille is a perfect pullover sweater. Like many of the other patterns in this issue, it combines simple garter stitch with a bold stitch pattern. We recommend Erika Knight Vintage Wool for a classic, heart sweater that will hold its shape and show off the main pattern well. 

spring16-7Right Angle is another pullover, this time from Georgia Farrell. This simple t-shirt has an allover triangle stitch pattern, a boat neck and ribbed edging details. We would knit it up in Blacker Swan DK for crisp stitch definition and lots of colours to choose from. 

spring16-6Riveret is the second crochet pattern, designed by Merrian Holland. It has a great modern take on classic granny square techniques and a breezy summer feel. Blacker Yarn’s Lyonesse DK is a fantastic summer yarn, with a 50% wool, 50% linen blend that will keep you covered but not overheated. 

spring16-4Next up we have Striated, a double length infinity snood by Nicki Merrall. This snood has a provisional cast on, is knit as a scarf and then the two ends are grafted together. This otherwise simple accessory is a great place to use a truly special yarn, like Kettle Yarn Co’s Baskerville. This special UK wool/silk blend is carefully indigo dyed in Hastings. 

spring16-2Last but not least we have Unfold, by Yuliya Tkacheva, which is the third crochet project in this issue. It features a unique chevron pattern and would make a perfect wardrobe basic for all seasons. We would love to see it in one of the natural shades of Purl Alpaca Fine

What’s your favourite pattern from this issue? Anything ready to jump onto your needles?

The Anniversary Collection – Pumpkin Legwarmers

The Anniversary Collection And then there are three! We are so pleased to present to you the third pattern in our Anniversary Collection, and let me tell you, this is the cutest little quick fix ever!!! These little baby leg warmers are perfect snugglers for the upcoming chill, and heart warming gifts for those special little limbs.

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This time we’ve collaborated with the lovely crochet designer Mitucha Ford – the woman behind  This Little…, a haven for handmade booties for those tots you love the most – really, go check out her baby booties! When doing this design especially for us, Mitucha says she was inspired by Knit with attitude’s love for all things ethical and a burst of colour in celebration of our delicious yarns, making these little beauties in the yummy WATG Wooly Bully Alpaca.

The Pumpkin Legwarmers are available as a digital pattern on Ravelry, as a single printed pattern or as a kit over in our online shop. And that’s not all – Mitucha has even made this brilliant video tutorial to teach you all the stitches used in the pattern!

 

The Anniversary Collection – Viv Coin Purse

Woooot!!! We are officially ready to launch the second pattern from our anniversary collection! The Viv coin purse is a little crochet bag with a clasp that is the perfect size for coins and cards.viv1_small

This little coin purse is named Viv after both the Fyberspates Vivacious DK yarn, and the distinctive V stitches running through it. The purse is made seamlessly in the round until you reach the flaps that will be attached to the clip frame. The textured V stitches are made using Dropped stitches (also known as Spike stitches) which are made by making a double crochet stitch into the row below the next stitch.

viv2The design is sweet and takes hardly any time to make up. Since it takes such a small amount of yarn, we have made kits that include just the right amount of yarn so that you don’t end up with loads of leftovers. Alternately, it is a great use of a leftover ball of something you may have already. It takes just 35g of a DK weight yarn, or you can make three purses out of a 115g skein, which would make perfect Christmas gifts! The pattern is also available on its own in print from our online shop and digitally via Ravelry.

 

Spring Flower Crochet Pattern

Spring is definitely in the air, and over at Knit with attitude we’ve been busy crocheting flowers for our Easter window display. I’m not quite sure what it is, but certain universal motifs like flowers, hearts and stars put a smile on most people’s faces. Surrounded by colourful flowers, we’ve sure had a few happy days at work. Those of you who follow my Instagram probably noticed, as I flooded my stream with pictures like these.

Easter Crochet Flowers

Crochet flowers are such versatile motifs, you can practically use them for anything whether you sew them up as a blanket, a scarf, a summer top or just use them as they are on their own as embellishments. Or, you can do what we did, make an egg!

Paper Mache Egg in the making

Egg in the window

By the way, the picture above of the finished egg is by Sanna King, who probably did half of these flowers helping me getting the egg ready for Easter, her Instagram is definitely worth a follow.

For the egg we made flowers in three different sizes using Debbie Bliss Eco Baby. Please note that these patterns use UK English terms, I’ve made a UK/US/Norwegian conversion chart you can use as reference.

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Small flowers in two colours

Rnd 1: Make magic ring, 8 dc in ring, join with sl st in first dc.
Rnd 2: ch 1, *dc in next stitch, ch 6, dc in same stitch, dc in next dc* repeat from* to * 3 times, omitting last 1 dc into next stitch, join with a sl st into the first ch.
Rnd 3: *Work 10 htr into first ch loop, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Rnd 4: Attach contrast colour yarn to any dc between two petals. *Work 5 dc up one side of the petal, ch 1, work 5 dc down the other side of the petal, work 1 dc covering previous dcs between petals inserting the hook at bottom of dc from rnd 2* repeat from * to * 3 times. Join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Medium flowers in three colours

In first colour, Ch 6, sl st into 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 12 dc into ring, join with a sl st into 1st dc. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Rnd 2: Join a new colour into any dc, ch 1, work 1 dc into the same stitch, *work 1 dc into the next stitch, ch 8, 1 dc into the same stitch, work 1 dc into the next stitch, ch 1, 1 dc into the next stitch* repeat from * to * 3 times, omitting last 1 dc into the next stitch and join with a sl st into the first ch.
Rnd 3: *Work 16 tr into the ch loop, sl st into the 1-ch space of the previous round* repeat from * to * 3 times, join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Rnd 4: Attach third colour yarn to any dc between two petals.
*Work 8 dc up one side of the petal, ch 2, work 8 dc down the other side of the petal, work 1 dc into ch 1 space of round two* repeat from * to * 3 times, join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.

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The large flowers we made are the Hawaiian Flowers by Sarah London. Please visit her lovely blog, and if you fancy some Easter crochet she just released the cutest bunny pattern ever!

Happy Easter!

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Maya’s Pouf

Whoa, that was a quick one! My pouf is finished and it took me about two evenings to complete it, and I have to say I’m absolutely in love with this Jersey be Good yarn…eh…strips…eh…stuff. I’m pretty pleased with my just-start-and-see-what-happens design as well.
The pouf that I have made, in addition to being a cool and comfortable accessory for any living room, is also meant to be used as storage for spare duvets. There is plenty of room,
this one contains one single bed duvet and two medium sized cushions. To access the duvets easily when needed I’ve made this pouf with an opening. If you’d rather fill your pouf with old shredded clothes or just don’t bother with an opening, the pattern also explains how to make a closed pouf.

Maya's Large Pouf

It is a few years since I’ve properly written a pattern, and although this is an incredibly easy one, I do feel a bit rusty so please let me know if you spot any mistakes. The yarn used is a crochet hook 10mm and 4 cones of Jersey be Good, 2 in each colour. Jersey be Good is an upcycled, eco-friendly product made of selvedge from the thriving textile industry. Please note that this pattern is written in
UK English, BUT I’ve made a crochet term conversion chart that translates between
UK English, US English and of course Norwegian, which you can find over here. This is a super easy project that you easily can do if you are a beginner, still it should contain enough action to keep the more experienced crocheter entertained as well.

Techniques used in this pattern:
Magic loop
Slip stitch (sl st)
chain stitch (ch st)
Double crochet (dc)
increase double crochet (inc dc)
decrease double crochet (dec dc)

Note on decreasing:
Normally when doing a dc dec you put your hook through next stitch, yarn over and pull the loop through, and again the same in next stitch before you do a yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook. However, for the pouf I changed this a bit as I think it looks neater. So the dc dec used in this pattern is; put your hook through next stitch, yarn over and pull the loop through, and again do the same in next stitch, then pull this loop through the other two loops on your hook, skipping the last yarn over you would usually do.

Maya's Pouf

INSTRUCTIONS

With colour A, make magic loop starting with one ch st, 5dc in magic loop, close the ring of stitches with sl st around 1st ch st.

You start every round with one ch st that counts as the 1st stitch in each round, every round is closed with a sl st around this 1st stitch.

1st round: 1 ch st, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc (inc dc), close
2nd round: 1 ch st, inc dc, *dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
3rd round: 1 ch st, dc, inc dc, *2 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
4th round: 1 ch st, 2 dc, inc dc, *3 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
5th round: 1 ch st, 3 dc, inc dc, *4 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
6th round: 1 ch st, 4 dc, inc dc, *5 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
7th round: 1 ch st, 5 dc, inc dc, *6 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
8th round: 1 ch st, 6 dc, inc dc, *7 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
9th round: 1 ch st, 7 dc, inc dc, *8 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
10th round: 1 ch st, 8 dc, inc dc, *9 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
11th round: 1 ch st, 9 dc, inc dc, *10 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
12th round: 1 ch st, 10 dc, inc dc, *11 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
13th round: 1 ch st, 11 dc, inc dc, *12 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
14th round: 1 ch st, 12 dc, inc dc, *13 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
15th round: 1 ch st, 13 dc, inc dc, *14 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

16th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
17th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
18th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
Change to colour B:
19th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
20th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour A:
21st round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
22nd round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour B:
23rd round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
24th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour A:
25th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
26th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour B:
27th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
28th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour A:
29th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
30th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour B:
31st round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
32nd round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
33rd round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close

This last part is made in colour B.

34th round: 1 ch st, 13 dc, dec dc, *14 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
35th round: 1 ch st, 12 dc, dec dc, *13 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
36th round: 1 ch st, 11 dc, dec dc, *12 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
37th round: 1 ch st, 10 dc, dec dc, *11 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
38th round: 1 ch st, 9 dc, dec dc, *10 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
39th round: 1 ch st, 8 dc, dec dc, *9 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
40th round: 1 ch st, 7 dc, dec dc, *8 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
41st round: 1 ch st, 6 dc, dec dc, *7 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
42nd round: 1 ch st, 5 dc, dec dc, *6 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
43rd round: 1 ch st, 4 dc, dec dc, *5 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
44th round: 1 ch st, 3 dc, dec dc, *4 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

Maya's Pouf with opening

If you like to be able to open your pouf to access what’s inside continue as follows:

45th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
Cut yarn, pull the end through the last stitch and weave in the ends.

Now make the covering lid to put inside the opening:

With colour B, make magic loop starting with one ch st, 5dc in magic loop, close the ring of stitches with sl st around 1st ch st.

You start every round with one ch st that counts as the 1st stitch in each round, every round is closed with a sl st around the 1st stitch.

1st round: 1 ch st, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc (inc dc), close
2nd round: 1 ch st, inc dc, *1 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
3rd round: 1 ch st, 1 dc, inc dc, *2 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
4th round: 1 ch st, 2 dc, inc dc, *3 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
5th round: 1 ch st, 3 dc, inc dc, *4 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
6th round: 1 ch st, 4 dc, inc dc, *5 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
7th round: 1 ch st, 5 dc, inc dc, *6 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
8th round: 1 ch st, 6 dc, inc dc, *7 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
9th round: 1 ch st, 7 dc, inc dc, *8 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

Cut yarn, pull the end through the last stitch and weave in the ends.
All done, now all you have to do is fill the pouf and start using it!

If you prefer a closed pouf continue as follows:

Before working the last few rounds fill your pouf. Make sure it is fully stuffed in a round shape, try to avoid large air pockets and tighter stuffed lumps of fill, stuff the pouf as evenly as possible.

Now close the pouf:

45th round: 1 ch st, 2 dc, dec dc, *3 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
46th round: 1 ch st, dc, dec dc, *2 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
46th round: 1 ch st, dec dc, *dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
47th round: *dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

Cut yarn, weave end through last 6 sts and pull to close tightly, then weave in the end.
All done, now all you have to do is start using it!

Maya's Pouf