Design Notebook: Plant House Cover-up & Manhattan Clutch

As mentioned yesterday, the third issue of Scheepjes YARN Bookazine is just about to hit the shops. This 'Tropical' edition contains fifteen beautiful craft projects for summer¹ - things that you can wear or use and which are suitable for warmer-weather crafting. I'm an optimist and will assume we'll be lucky and get some of that! 

I've waited since October to share this photo!!!!

Twelve different designers have collaborated with Scheepjes to come up with this collection which includes lots of gorgeous crochet, some sewing and two knitting patterns which I contributed. With a traditional crochet-bias in their following, I'm determined to convert more Scheepjes fans to become bi-craftual and so far, it's working - so many people have made Shawl of Secrets as their first knitted item, and it's now available in six languages, which is fabulous. So I specifically designed both of these to appeal to the same audience. Of course, I'm hoping that more experienced knitters will love to make and use them too. 

First, let me introduce you to the Plant House Cover-up. As you probably know, I love versatile items which can be worn in multiple ways, and this was designed to be worn as a sarong, or as a general cover-up on the beach, or over summery evening wear. 

Plant House Shawl from Issue 3 Scheepjes YARN Bookazine - the Tropical issue
Made from Scheepjes Cotton 8 - materials listed below² - this triangular piece is constructed from side to side and alternates between garter stitch and a simple lace mesh. New knitters will get to practice simple increasing and decreasing, as well as changing colours. Experienced knitters will find this a fast, relaxing knit. 

It was my first time using Cotton 8 and I absolutely LOVED it - it's 100% cotton, incredibly soft and doesn't split so it was very pleasing to knit with and the colours are very bright. The resulting fabric drapes beautifully. The shawl is lightweight and folds up small enough to fit comfortably in your bag and being 100% cotton, is easy to wash and dry while you're travelling. 

My second contribution is the Manhattan Clutch made from Scheepjes Secret Garden - materials listed below³ - and combines a knitted outer with a sewn fabric lining. As the yarn is very soft this piece is knitted on 3.5mm needles for a tighter gauge and it has quilter's wadding between the layers. The brief was to design a clutch with these larger dimensions, and I think it would work equally well with less depth - big enough for phone, purse and lipstick. The pattern would be easy to adjust if you wanted to try making both sizes.

Manhatan Clutch from Issue 3 Scheepjes YARN Bookazine - the Tropical issue

The knitted pattern uses slipped stitches so only one yarn is used at any time. This makes the knitting very straightforward. If you're used to sewing, the rest will be easy too. If not, this is a nice small project to practice your skills, and dust off your sewing machine. (You could hand-stitch it if you don't have access to a machine.) 

The Scheepjes team have done a fantastic job with this issue, which is the best yet. As always, it is printed on high quality paper and stitch bound, so it will lay open when you're working from it. There is a fold-out back flap, printed with all the crochet and knitting abbreviations, which can be used as a page-marker and space for notes and yarn samples. In addition to the patterns, there are interesting articles on crafting tools (this edition it's scissors), inspiring artists (Kaffe Fasset and Studio Roof), and ribbon embroidery, 'Blogger's Favourites' from Christa Veenstra and  a craft challenge from Creative Director Simy Somer. This is a quality publication and I'm really pleased to have been able to contribute to it. 

The Bookazine will be available from your favourite Scheepjes stockists imminently, including these affiliated stores: Wool Warehouse, Deramores and now also *NEW* LoveKnitting US! The pattern information is now listed on Ravelry and you can find it here


¹ If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, issue 2 Midnight Garden is still available to purchase online and in selected stores. It contains lots of beautiful projects which are perfect for cooler weather. 

² Materials for Plant House: Cotton 8 is widely available from your favourite Scheepjes stockists, including the following affiliate stores: Deramores, Wool Warehouse and LoveKnitting US

You will need one ball each of colours 713, 665, 724, 723, 642, 517, 669, 715, 716, 650 and a 4mm circular needle at least 100cm long to comfortably accommodate the stitches. 

³ Materials for Manhattan Clutch: Secret Garden is available from Scheepjes stockists, including these affiliate stores: Deramores, Wool Warehouse and LoveKnitting US

You will need one ball each of 705 Rambling Blooms, 702 Herb Garden and 3.5mm knitting needles. You will also need Opry art. 99643-Z bag clasp, 27 x 75 cm Tissu de Marie-Stof 100% Poly-cotton in colour 7, the same quantity of quilter's wadding, and 1 x Gutterman Thread in colour 258.

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