Tuesday 11 August 2015

A colourful neckerchief, a textured facecloth and a new Scheepjes CAL plus a baby blanket

Welcome back, my dear blog friends,

Come on in, can I offer you a cool drink perhaps? I have plenty of things to show you again....

Well, isn't summer just flying past?! Each of my grown up children came to visit from England, one after another, so there hasn't been any time for blogging. I was very happy to have seen them and we had a great time together. We also visited my family in Germany.

I have some finished projects to share with you. I hope you will find some new inspiration here!

A granny-square Heart

I found this cute little pattern via pinterest. I would like to use it as a warm welcome to all my latest followers. I am truly touched that you come to visit my little virtual crochet corner!

You will find the actual pattern on this blog page.

Of course I had to try it out. What do you think, do you like it? It works up quickly. Wouldn't it look nice as a garland perhaps? Or use it on a special handmade card or as part of gift wrapping!

A colourful neckerchief

After my colourful Funky Crochet Top, I still had some of the same Lana Grossa yarn, but in another colourway. This one was a mix of vibrant colours, such as red, blue and yellow amongst others.

I only had to balls of this yarn (2x50g), so it wasn't enough to make a larger shawl. What I did was to crochet a sort of mini shawl with ties. It sits like a neckerchief around the neckline.

A funkycrochet pattern for a textured facecloth

This was something I crocheted up pretty quickly.

Here is my own simple pattern.
I used a pure cotton yarn with colour changes and a 3mm hook.
The finished size is a square of 18cm.
I worked with 40 stitches in a row. (obviously begin each row with corresponding chains)

First row = chains
Second row =double crochet into back of each stitch
Third row =double crochet into back of each stitch
Fourth row =treble crochet into back of each stitch

Then repeat rows 2-4 until desired size. Crochet around with double crochet once. Finished!!

You will notice the textured rib on the surface of each side of the cloth.
You can use any sort of cotton or bamboo yarn for this. Might also be a nice stash buster!

Feel free to give it a go, and let me know how you get on!

A new granny-square blanket

I still have quite a lot of Stylecraft acrylic yarn left from a previous project, so I decided to start a new blanket for my friend's little son. I chose three shades of blue and two of red. I am making 4round granny- squares.

I started this when my daughter and her best friend were here, we had a granny-square workshop. I showed them how to make them, step by step. We had a lot of fun!

This is a project that in work on from time to time.

The Scheepjes CAL 2015

When I found out about the new crochet along from Scheepjeswol, I was very interested. Especially since they released a new yarn called Linen Soft. My problem so far has been trying to get hold of it locally. I ordered some initial quantity from England, but it took a whole two weeks (after despatch) to arrive.

You can find all the necessary steps in 10x weekly instructions on the Scheepjeswol website.
They are available in several languages and apparently there are also videos.

For some internet images see here. So far I haven't found any images of a completed shawl as yet.

I only begun with this project recently, the reason will become apparent in my next post (where you will see what crochet project has really consumed me this summer....)

Which means that I can work on it more concentratedly now, especially since all the instructions are complete and I don't need to wait.

Here you can see my progress so far.

Well, this rounds up another lengthy blog post for today.
Hope you enjoyed reading it!

As always, feel free to leave me your comments, I love to read them!!!
Thanks for your time!
By the way, do you want another cool drink?


  1. You have certainly been busy, love the heart a great adornment for gifts. I am a great fan of crochet washcloths they are a real luxury.

    1. Hi Lorraine, thanks for your kind comments! xx

  2. Dear Ingrid,
    I found your blog several weeks ago & just wanted to say hello. You seem to have an unusual affinity for color - I love your choices & combinations! Your writing is very delightful and I appreciate your sharing your designs and travel experiences with us and please keep writing :-) Diane

    1. Hello Diane, lovely to meet you! Thanks for taking the time to write, I've been wondering who my new followers are....
      Glad you enjoy reading my blog and thank you for your nice comments! Enjoy your week! ;) xx

  3. Like the neckerchief! And the granny blanket!
    And yes, I like another drink. It's very nice to hang around here on your blog.
    I read you live in Belgium, well, me too. Hope you enjoy the warm weather at the moment!

    1. Hello Sigrid, thanks for visiting my blog. Phew, it's definitely very hot. Yesterday I went to Brussels and saw it was 37 degrees!!! I felt like melting! But when it's not quite so hot, I enjoy sitting on our balcony for a spot of crochet. ;)
      What is it like where you live, do you have any good wool shops? Right; I better get on with pouring that drink!!! xx

  4. Wow! Always so busy! You have me intrigued about your all-consuming big summer project. Did your daughter and her friend make any of your cute red and blue squares (to make it a group project) or did they make their own squares for something different? I love all the different shades of blue that you have chosen.
    Thank you for your kind hospitality - even in the heat of summer, a cup of tea will do for me! :-)

    1. Hi Jodie, a cup of tea is very thirst quenching indeed! :)
      No, I made all the coloured squares, the girls did their own and took them back to England with them.
      You need to hold on a bit longer before I show my summer project..... xx

  5. Welcome back. I'm glad you've been able to enjoy time with your family. All your crocheting looks gorgeous. That neckerchief is stunning.

    1. Hi Gillian, thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. :) xx

  6. You have been really busy with so many wonderful things! I am glad to hear you had such a good time with your kids!

    The heart is adorable! I will pin it straight away and perhaps make some later this year to hang on the christmas tree!

    Take care
    Crochet Between Worlds

    1. Hi Anne, oh good, I'm pleased that you like the granny square heart, I'm keen to see how you will use yours, when you make them, please share them! :) hope you're enjoying the summer days! xx

  7. So glad that you have been having so much fun with your family and your crochet! Everything looks so pretty, and the heart is a lovely welcome for all of your readers! xx

    1. Thank you, dear Amy! :) hope you're keeping well! xx

  8. Haihai! Ja een koel drankje kan ik momenteel wel gebruiken, ik smelt zowat weg hier! Ja dat hartje ken ik, ik heb er al eens geboorteslingers van gemaakt (met de letters van de naam erop geplakt met vilt). En als valentijnskaart een hartje op een dubbele postkaart gestikt. :)
    Die cal is leuk, ik ken iemand hier die er ook mee bezig is, in blauwtinten. Wordt erg mooi, maar zo kleurig bij jou natuurlijk ook weer.

    1. Hey Lizette, dankjewel voor jouw bericht. :) Groetjes! xx

  9. I know! I can't believe it's mid-August already. And you've been busy, Ingrid. I love the colorful yarn you used for the shawl.

    1. Thanks, Amalia! :) it is certainly amazing yarn!! xx

  10. Wow I loved seeing all your colourful proejcts :) The shawl will be wonderful, and I love the hearts, they're so cute!

  11. Fantastic, wonderful creations!

    1. Thank you, dear Ljubinka! I love following your links on pinterest. :) xx

  12. You really have been busy, busy crocheting this summer! I envy you. It seems to me that there is never enough crochet time for me in summer. I love the blanket and the new Scheepjes CAL looks beautiful. Hope to see more of it soon. Viola .

    1. Thanks, Viola. I will certainly show my progress soon. xx

  13. So many beautiful projects! I especially love the finished neck cowl. It's one of my features at this week's YFP. thephilosopherswife.net

  14. Have you posted pattern for that lovely, colorful neckerchief? I love it! just the kind of thing I'm looking for....but I didn't see any reference to a pattern....and would LOVE to have this one!

  15. Hi there, thanks for stopping by!

    The neckerchief is based on one of my all time favourite pattern, the South Bay Shawlette from Lion Brand.

    Here is the link to the free pattern:


    You can also find it on ravelry where you can see lots of different versions people have made from this pattern.


    My neckerchief has got 24 pattern rows. For the ties on either side I added 2 chains of different lengths, long enough to be able to tie the neckerchief.

    On the downward facing triangle tip I added 4x short chains.

    All 8 x chains have a small round crochet yoyo dangling down (on the end of each chain, crochet 3 more chains (this counts as a double crochet), chain 2, 1 dc, ch 2 - until you have a total of 6 dc, end with ch 2 and close circle by slip stitching into your first double crochet.

    Of course you can improvise and make your own version exactly how you like it!

    I hope you will give it a go, the South Bay Shawlette is such a beautiful pattern and I have made numerous ones so far.

    Right now I started yet another one (will blog about it soon) with amazing colours and super soft mohair!!!