Woo hoo: I’ve just finished putting my crochet scarf together. I have to admit the crochet motifs have been finished for a while, waiting to be assembled! The pattern was designed by Erika Knight using Rowan Amy Butler’s Sweet Harmony, 100% merino wool with a fabulous chainette structure, featured in the Rowan Farmhouse Knits brochure (published by Rowan in 2011 for the Autumn/Winter season).
Amy Butler describes the “synergy and fit” between her yarn Sweet Harmony and Erika’s “gorgeous contemporary style” creating “the perfect combination to illustrate the spirit and inspiration behind her Farmhouse ethos”. “The ‘Farmhouse’ idea is a state of mind, a cozy feeling you get over a long weekend in an isolated location…. surrounded by all the things you love… the air is crisp, a warm fire is in the fire place, homemade food is slow cooking in the kitchen and you’re planning what ‘not to do next’ with your closest friends and family…. Maybe a long walk in the sunshine is in order or possibly some lounging with a favourite book.”
Ooooh, I’m there already Amy….
Amy Butler introduces the reader to some fabulous knitted and crochet designs from throws, cushions, and chair covers to accessories such as a slouch beret, multi coloured scarft, gloves and cabled socks. The garments are described as being a mix of key pieces including simple cables, stripes and a crochet skirt. The Sweet Harmony colour palette is selected from Amy’s fresh and vibrant fabric collection Soul Blossoms, which work together offering a beautiful mix of fabric and yarn. The colours are simply beautiful as you would expect from Amy Butler in collaboration with Rowan, with names including Snow, Lake, Frost, Mist, Glamor, Saffron, Henna, Fern, Jade and Cinder. Sadly (for me) the yarn has now been discontinued, but you can quite easily pick up the yarn from Rowan suppliers on the internet; alternatively you may find a suitable substituted yarn from the current range (a yarn substitution list can be downloaded from the Rowan website’s FAQ area).
My pretty crochet scarf is made up from 3 x 100gm Amy Butler Sweet Harmony in Frost 132 and features a mix of flower and circle motifs. A size 9mm (no 00) (US M13) Crochet Hook is recommended. The scarf is very generous, being approximately 86 cm (34 inches) long and around 18 cm (7 inches) wide. The scarf was great to work on: crochet is a very portable craft and it was easy to pop some yarn and a crochet hook in my bag and work on a motif here and there when I had the opportunity. Project Ravelled here.
What have you been knitting or crocheting recently? Have you made or admired any of the items in the Farmhouse Knits collection? I would love to make this crochet cushion or this patchwork throw, which combines knitting and crochet: an effect that I really love. The throw combines bobble, rib, cable and moss stitch. Do you like to combine knitting and crochet too?
I have a little project in mind for the Spring combining some yarn with a piece of gorgeous Liberty Tana Lawn fabric that I purchased a while back from Ebay. Here is a sneak peak:
Watch this space… xx