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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. 10 Random Things I've Learned About Crochet

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    I’ve been a knitter for a long time. I’ve tried to crochet in the past and although I know how to make some basic stitches it’s not something I ever felt comfortable with.

    So what changed?

    At Yarndale 2014 we launched the mirrored linen stitch cowl pattern. It was a huge success. Most people loved it. The people who didn’t share the love were those who really wanted to make the cowl – but who wanted to crochet rather than knit. So I started playing with a crochet hook and came up with a crochet version.

    I’m very much a beginner with a crochet hook, and there have been some things that I didn’t really expect.

    1. Crochet uses a lot more yarn than knitting. I knew this, but I was still surprised by how much more yarn it took to crochet things. This led to me actually using all of the yarn I’d taken on holiday.
    2. Multi coloured yarns work up very differently. It wasn’t until I used the same yarn to knit and crochet a cowl that I realised how differently. That’s great fun because it lets me thing about using colours in a whole new way.
    3. Even really slow crochet (as done by me) is a lot quicker than knitting.
    4. Working in the round is like knitting in tat it’s still possible to put a twist into your work as you join it into a loop. Sods law still applies so I did this on the 4 ply and not the chunky version.
    5. Crochet diagrams are prettier than charts for knitting. They’d make great prints. They’re a lot harder to draw a line through when you get to the end of a row or round.
    6. Crochet unravels very fast. This is especially true when you think that you’re just winding some loose yarn back onto the ball.
    7. Crocheting in public gets me lots more weird looks than knitting. This may be due to my expression of intense concentration.
    8. I cannot crochet and watch tv. Well I can but I will have absolutely no idea what is going on. Drama with subtitles needs knitting.
    9. You need different stitch markers for crochet. Otherwise you’ll find that you’ve decorated your work with stitch markers and they are embedded in your work. It could be a great effect, but it wasn’t what I was planning.
    10. When you crochet your last stitch you are finished apart from perhaps darning in a few ends. There is no casting off. That feels very weird. Weird in a good way when the alternative is casting off 600 stitches. But weird.

    What unexpected things has a new craft thrown at you?