Bye bye bobbles! We’ve seen big bobbles, small bobbles, nuzzled bobbles and even cross stitches bobbles appearing in the Hygge CAL groups! But it’s time to move past the bobbles and get ready for the main focus of the shawl: cross-stitch. Week 2 will be the first week in which we’ll be doing cross-stitch. The pattern for this week is a typical Scandinavian one which you see in all different shapes and sizes, but always has a recognisable ‘touch’ to it.

See that white section in the top left? It’s crochet, not embroidery! This week you’ll learn how to make it!

Tips

Tips are included in the pattern as well, but there’s one thing I would like to point out in particular for this pattern. The pattern contains a lot of ‘blank space’, stitches that are not embroidered. Thus, it might seem that your pattern isn’t contrasting enough with the background colour. Yes, it’s a relatively subtle pattern and some of the other patterns in the shawl will have much more contrast. BUT, the key is moderation and not every pattern can be ‘throwing’ its colours at you! It might look subtle up close, but take a step back and view the pattern from a distance. I tell you, it makes a big difference!

Another tip that has been mentioned before, will be mentioned again but can’t be stressed enough is to keep counting. The embroidery diagrams in the pattern have handy guidelines to divide up sections of stitches. Check one or two sections before moving on to the next, because you’ll be peeved if you find out you’ve made a mistake in the first couple of stitches causing your pattern to shift. Measure twice, cut once and all that.

Details

The kits are for sale through various Scheepjes retailers, such as Wool Warehouse (UK based, worldwide). The pattern will be released from February 15th 2017 in 14 weekly instalments in the Facebook groups, and on Scheepjes.com. To help you understand the patterns, the fabulous Esther from It’s all in a Nutshell has made videos for the techniques used in this CAL. You can find her video’s on her Youtube channel, It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet.

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Margaret
This looks fantastic! I'm looking forward to learning something new and making something beautiful. Thanks February 22, 2017 14:04 - Reply
kirsten
Thank you Margaret!! February 27, 2017 11:55 - Reply
Cheryl Gardner
I am so glad I read this as I was looking at the rainbow colours thinking that the design didn't 'pop' like the bobbles and even considered changing a colour thinking that maybe I knew better! But of course you had thought of that and reminded me that it was the whole shawl at a distance that I fell in love with. I shall place my complete trust in the design from now on and enjoy every single stitch even if I have to wrestle the odd one into submission !!! February 22, 2017 14:14 - Reply
kirsten
Glad to read this, Cheryl! Yes, sometimes you need to remember that in the end it's all about the big picture (I myself forget often too!) :) February 27, 2017 11:56 - Reply
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