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  1. Crochet with the 2020 Advent Calendar mini skeins

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    wrapped mini skeins advent yarn calendar 2020

     

    Maybe you’ve just seen our advent calendars. Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting one for a while. One of the most common questions we get asked is “What can I do with the mini skeins?” It’s a great question – and the answer is lots.

    good fingering skein wooden box engraved advent calander gift diagonal

    Let’s start with what’s in the advent calendar box.

    You’ll receive 24 x 10 gram skeins of our 4ply BFL, mulberry silk and baby alpaca yarn. That gives you 960 meters of yarn in total.

    As the 24 skeins are dyed to form a colour wheel you could work from one colour to the next, joining the, in as you go and end up with a beautiful gradient. This would work especially well for scarves and shawls.

    2020 bfl silk alpaca advent wheel 2

    What if you want to mix things up?

    I took our Rainbow crochet linen stitch cowl pattern and a set of advent mini skeins and ended up with this.

    2020 bfl silk alpaca advent wheel crochet linen stitch cowl 1

    The original pattern uses a set of 12 mini skeins and a contrast 100 gram skein. I used the first 12 colours as one set and the 2nd 12 colours (13-24) as the other set, and crocheted until there wasn’t enough yarn for another round.

    bfl silk alpaca postcard front

    Working with the colours in this way meant there was always plenty of contrast as I was working across the colour wheel. I wanted to use as much yarn as possible, so I worked each mini skein until it ran out, then joined in the next colour. Joins are easy to hide in this fabric and it meant I was left with a couple of meters of colours 23 and 24.

    2020 bfl silk alpaca advent wheel crochet linen stitch cowl 6

    You can find the pattern here.

    Our advent calendars are ready to post (unless you want to personalise the box in which case we’ll need an extra day or two). So if you’re looking for something to work on through December then this could be ideal for you.

    Want your own advent calendar? Get it here.

  2. Yarn Substitution - Moonbroch Linen Stitch Cowl

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    When we added Moonbroch to our yarn range we thought it might work well as a substitute for 4ply or fingering in some patterns. That might seem a little strange as a fluffy laceweight yarn and a smooth 4ply don’t seem to have all that much in common.

    moonbroch-rainbow-mohair-silk-haze-hand-dyed-yarn-indie-uk-yorkshire

    The fluffy fuzzy halo of mohair which surrounds the silk core is the thing that makes this substitution work. That fluff helps to hold space, and that gives the fabric a gorgeous structure.

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 1

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 4

    When we knew we were adding muticolours back to the range we wanted to do something to show these off, and we turned to the Double Rainbow Linen Stitch Cowl.

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 2

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 5

    Using a multi-coloured yarn with dark, almost black sections and a black contrast yarn (BFL, silk and alpaca) allows the rainbow sections to really pop.

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 3

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 6

    This would also be stunning with a paler contrast colour – so where you see black between the bands of rainbow you’d see the black in the Moonbroch yarn.

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 7

     

    You can find this pattern in Knit The Rainbow, and it's also available as a single pattern from Ravelry.