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Autumn Cardigan Knitting Patterns

By Vanessa 24 days ago

Autumn is coming! The leaves will soon begin to fall as it gets to that time of the year again. Get your knitting needles at the ready for the Autumn months with these ladies cardigan knitting patterns. Patterns include charming autumnal shades with a little added warmth.

Sweater and Cardigan in Stylecraft Special Chunky

This ladies Cardigan and Unisex Sweater knitting pattern in Special Chunky is available to knit in a gorgeous shade of orange known as 'spice', a shade perfect for Autumn.

Cable Edge Cardigan Pattern

This Cable Edge cardigan knitting pattern is both chic and rustic. It's a merino-blend cardigan that has a delicate cable detail running along the neck edge.

Sweater and Cardigan in Stylecraft Linen Drape DK

This sweater and cardigan knitting pattern in Stylecraft Linen Drape DK is a stunning layer that's ideal as a light covering for the Autumn months.

Women's Ribbed Cardigan Knitting Pattern

This ribbed ladies' knitting pattern cardigan is the perfect project to start on a quiet afternoon. A timeless classic you'll be able to dig out of your cupboard time and time again.

Cardigans in West Yorkshire Spinners Illustrious DK

The Cecilia Cardigan is a classic cardigan knitting pattern using West Yorkshire Spinners Illustrious DK designed by Emma Wright. The stunning Berry red colour is ideal as a fabulous cover up for any Autumn wardrobe.
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Official Scheepjes CAL 2020 d’Histoire Naturelle

By Vanessa 27 days ago

Presenting the Official Scheepjes CAL 2020 d’Histoire Naturelle, designed by Christina Hadderingh of A Spoonful of Yarn. The Blanket d’Histoire Naturelle CAL will be hosted in the Official Scheepjes Facebook Group.

The Scheepjes CAL and Read-A-Long for 2020 is finally here. As participants join in from all over the world, the 2020 CAL will whisk you all away to Paris, France, as you crochet your way through the many galleries within the astounding Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Museum of Natural History). The inspiration behind this incredible design is Anthony Doerr’s best-selling novel “All the Light We Cannot See”.

The Blanket d’Histoire Naturelle is available in four colourways in two different types of yarn, each inspired by the magical colours and textures to be found inside four departments of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris: Herbarium, Mineralogy, Conchology and Entomology.

“During this CAL and Read-A-Long I plan to take you on a journey through the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle of Paris, France. To start, we will wander through the Jardin des Plantes, complete with its luscious herbs, medicinal plants and enormous hedges, followed by a peek inside the many cabinets and drawers filled with butterflies and bees lining the walls of the Galerie d’Entomologie. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Galerie de Botanique to observe old herbarium sheets covered in the most fascinating scientific drawings of plants and flowers, before moving on to gaze at the many dazzling gems and crystals to be found in the Galerie de Minéralogie et Géologie. To end our journey, we’ll marvel at the grand procession of animals on display in the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution and walk past glass cases full of ancient fossils in the Galerie de Paleontologie.” – Christina Hadderingh

About Christina Hadderingh

Ever since she started crafting roughly 10 years ago, Dutch blogger Christina can’t see herself living without crochet or knitting. Armed with her trusty crochet hook and her cat Poose by her side, she is ready to sit down, daydream a little, and create gorgeous designs. She finds inspiration all around her but especially in nature and books. Read more about Christina on her blog.

Colour Crafter Kits contain:

17 x 100g balls, 1 x pack of Toho Glass Beads, 1 x beading needle, Stitch markers, 1 x CAL souvenir bookmark, a letter from the designer, 1 x YARN The After Party booklet.

Stone Washed and River Washed Kits contain:

38 x 50g balls, 1 x pack of Toho Glass Beads, 1 x beading needle, stitch markers, 1 x CAL souvenir bookmark, a letter from the designer, 1 x YARN The After Party booklet.

The pattern for the Blanket d’Histoire Naturelle will be released as FREE downloadable PDFs throughout the CAL via the Official Scheepjes Facebook Group and the Scheepjes Facebook page.

Accompanying this pattern will be video tutorials for both left and right handed crocheters, as well as detailed photo tutorials shared by the designer throughout. Thanks to these wonderful support materials, the Blanket d’Histoire Naturelle is suitable for adventurous beginners and advanced crocheters alike!

This kit contains all required Scheepjes yarn to create the full Blanket d’Histoire Naturelle in the Colour Crafter and Stone washed & River Washed collections as shown:

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Conchology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 - d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter - Conchology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 - d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter - Conchology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Conchology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed & River Washed Colour Pack - Conchology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed & River Washed Colour Pack - Conchology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Entomology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Entomology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Entomology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Entomology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Entomology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Entomology

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Herbarium

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Herbarium

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Herbarium

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Herbarium

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Herbarium

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Herbarium

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Mineralogy

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Mineralogy

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Colour Crafter Colour Pack - Mineralogy

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Mineralogy

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Mineralogy

Scheepjes CAL 2020 d'Histoire Naturelle Stone Washed and River Washed Colour Pack - Mineralogy

The design of the Blanket d’Histoire Naturelle was directly inspired by the evocative descriptions of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle found inside author Anthony Doerr’s award-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. So, Scheepjes will be combining their annual Crochet-A-Long with a Read-A-Long of the book that made it happen! Whether you read the book or choose to listen to the audio book, this will add an extra dimension to this CAL. If you are not an avid reader, no problem, you can stay and simply Crochet-A-Long!

Scheepjes and Christina are hosting weekly Book Club Sunday meet-ups via the Official Scheepjes Facebook Groups, where they will be sharing unique interview footage from none other than the author of All the Light We Cannot See himself, Anthony Doerr. Each week of this CAL, a video will be released containing short interviews that engages with the Book Club Sunday reading material for the week to come.

For more information please visit the Scheepjes website here.

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Ed Sheeran Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

By Vanessa 27 days ago

Knit your own Ed Sheeran baby blanket for a special new arrival in your life.

We were thrilled to see a hand knitted baby blanket ready to welcome Ed Sheeran's new baby daughter, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. Ed shared the picture over on his Instagram and we recognised the pattern straight away.

You can't beat hand knitted gifts for new arrivals and what's even better is you can knit this exact blanket for your own special little ones using Sirdar pattern 5191.

Sirdar Baby Blanket (5191)

The pattern includes the designs for the Eyelet Pattern Blanket, Leaf Panels Blanket, Basket Stitch Pattern Blanket and Slip Stitch Garter Blanket. The design that Ed Sheeran has for baby Lyra is the Basket Stitch Pattern. The pattern uses a range of stunning shades from Sirdar Snuggly Pattercake DK yarn.

Sirdar Baby Blanket - 5191

Image Credit: Instagram

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Charity of the Month - The Wildlife Trusts

By Vanessa 28 days ago

We’re delighted to be supporting The Wildlife Trusts as our charity of the month throughout September! During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £ at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to The Wildlife Trusts, a registered charity no. 207238.

We’ll also be matching donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same amount, therefore doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

The Wildlife Trusts believe people are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it and everything we do has an impact on it.

Wherever you are, Wildlife Trust people, places and projects are never far away, improving life for wildlife and people.

We believe that by working together, we can change the natural world for the better; everyone has a part to play.

To find out more about the vital work that The Wildlife Trusts does please visit their website here.

Helping Hedgehogs this Autumn:

Autumn is an important time for Hedgehogs as they get ready for hibernation. This means surviving for many months without food or water while living off their own fat reserves that they build up in Autumn. As the season progresses, many people ask how they can help hedgehogs to build up their reserves ready for the winter months. Not only this, but hedgehogs also need a home to settle down into for the winter.

How can you help?

Help hedgehogs to get around by making holes and access points in fences and barriers to link up the gardens in your neighbourhood. Find out more here.

By providing safe places for hedgehogs to live, you’re much more likely to see these prickly creatures in your garden. Find information on how to build a hedgehog home here.

You can download a booklet which provides all the vital information about helping hedgehogs this Autumn here.

FREE PDF Hedgehog Patterns

Throughout September we’re also offering our hedgehog knitting and crochet patterns as FREE to download as a PDF - Print at home pattern to raise awareness of this endangered species.

DK Hedgehog Toy Knitting Pattern

Hedgehog Toy Knitting Pattern

Hedgehog Toy Crochet Pattern

Hedgehog Toy Crochet Pattern

Throughout August we helped to support Hospice UK and raised an incredible £1,693 thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We’ll also be matching your donations bringing the total raised for the charity to £3,386.

Hospices have been on the frontline of the battle with COVID-19, continuing to care for vulnerable people whilst also easing the burden on the NHS.

We need to make sure that we continue this momentum to improve end of life care for people across the UK. With your support, Hospice UK will continue to strive for that. Hospice care transforms lives. It is there for us through life, through death and through grief. Every year in the UK, hospices provide vital care to 225,000 people with terminal or life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support for many of their loved ones. From managing someone's pain, to looking after their emotional, spiritual and social needs, hospice care supports the whole person, helping them to live their life to the full.

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