Wednesday 18 October 2017

Stylecraft Elements Blog Tour - Jewelled Pebbles Blanket

Hi everyone! 

We are so excited to be part of the Stylecraft Blogstars, and participating in this 2017 blog tour! Hopefully you all visited Polly Plum at Every Trick on the Hook yesterday and entered the yarn pack giveaway there ;)

As you know, we absolutely adore the Stylecraft Batik yarn, and the new Elements yarn is just as pretty and squishy! 

Our chosen pack for the blog tour is called Rainforest, using the Platinum colourway of Elements and matching and contrasting colours Teal, Old Gold, Pistachio, Violet, Plum and Raspberry.

We wanted to do something a bit quirky with this yarn, so developed a pram blanket that finishes about 80cm by 85cm, made from tesselating heptagons and pentagons. You could easily make it bigger with more yarn. 

The blanket is all Join-as-you-go, so no sewing a million motifs together, and we have provided a colour chart of the blanket to help you get the colour spread nice and random! 

And those colours... all we could think of was looking at pebbled pools through the water, with precious jewels instead of boring rock pebbles. Hence, the Jewelled Pebbles Blanket!

Want to win a Rainforest Yarn Pack to make this pram blanket? The giveaway is open until 10am GMT tomorrow!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For the next stop on the blog tour and another chance to win a yarn pack, make sure you visit Cherry Heart tomorrow!

All the blogstars are participating in the blog tour, and you can visit them at 

Queue or favourite the Jewelled Pebbles Blanket on Ravelry here:


Finished size: 80cm x 85cm


One Rainforest Yarn Pack, including:
   4 balls Batik Elements in Platinum
   1 ball each of Batik in:
   - Teal
   - Old Gold
   - Pistachio
   - Violet
   - Plum
   - Raspberry 
4mm/G hook
4.5mm/H hook
yarn needle

All Stitches are in US/American terminology

ch - chain stitch
dc - double crochet 
slst - slip stitch

Special Stitches

- Magic Circle (MC) - tutorial here
- JAYG - motifs are only joined in corners, not along sides. Replace one chain of corner with slipstitch into adjacent corner ch space (replace both chains when joining to two adjacent corner ch spaces).


Pentagon (all pentagons are made with the Platinum Elements yarn)
Row 1 - MC. ch3, 2dc, *ch2, 3dc* four times, ch2, slst to top of first ch3. (5 x 3dc groups with 2ch between)
Row 2 - ch3. *in next corner space, (3dc, 2ch, 3dc)* 4 times. In first corner space, (3dc, 2ch, 2dc) and slst join to top of first ch3. finish off. (6dc per side).

Row 1 - MC. ch3, 1dc. *ch1, 2dc* 6 times. ch1, slst to top of first ch3. (7 x 2dc groups with 1ch between)
Row 2 - ch3. *in next corner space, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc)* 6 times. In first corner space, (2dc, 2ch, 1dc) and slst to top of first ch3. (2 x 2dc groups on each of 7 sides)
Row 3 - ch3, dc in same sp. *in corner, (2dc, ch2, 2dc), 2dc in next space* 7 times, omitting final 2dc in last repeat. slst to top of first ch3. finish off. (6 dc per side)

Starting in top left corner, join each shape with JAYG during final row, in corners only. 


The first three rows are crocheted in Platinum.

Row 1: Join the yarn in the pentagon on the left side bottom. 1ch and then 1sc into the same stitch. Crochet 1sc into every st, except into the tops of the heptagons and the pentagons. Crochet 3sc into these. At the end of the row, sl st into the first sc. 1ch.

Row 2 + 3: 1sc into every st with two exceptions: a) crochet 3sc into every top of the heptagons and the pentagons b) 2sctog across the 2st at every dip where two pieces very joined. At the end of the row, sl st into the first sc. 1ch. Finish of at the end of row 3. Weave in the ends.

Row 4: The row is crochet like row 2. You will change color in the middle of each side. Use the following color order: Teal, Old Gold, Raspberry, Plum, Teal, Old Gold, Violet, Pistachio. Finish off and weave in the ends.


Maße: 80cm x 85 cm.


Ein Rainforest Garnpaket. Dieses enthält:

   4 Knäule Batik Elements Platinum

   Jeweils ein Knäul:

   - Teal

   - Old Gold

   - Pistachio

   - Violet

   - Plum

   - Raspberry 

4mm Häkelnadel

4.5mm Häkelnadel




Lm = Luftmasche

fM = fest Masche

Stb = Stäbchen

Km = Kettmasche

Besondere Maschen

Magischer Kreis – Hier findest du eine Anleitung

JAYG (Join as you go) – Die Motive werden nur in den Ecken verbunden und nicht an den Seiten. Ersetze eine Lm der Ecke mit einer Km in die angrenzende Eckenlücke (ersetze beide Lm mit einer Km, wenn du ein Motiv mit zwei angrenzenden Eckenlücken verbindest).

(Grafik zur Anordnung der Motive weiter oben in diesem Blogpost)


(alle Pentagone werden mit Platinum Elements gehäkelt)

Reihe 1: Magischer Kreis. 3Lm, 2Stb, *2Lm, 3Stb* x 4, 2Lm, Km oberste Lm der Anfangs-3Lm. (5 x 3Stb-Gruppen mit je 2Lm zwischen ihnen)

Reihe 2: 3Lm. *in die nächste Ecke: (3Stb, 2Lm, 3Stb)* x 4. In die erste Ecke: 3Stb, 2Lm, 2Stb) und dann Km in die oberste Lm der Anfangs-3Lm. Abmaschen (6Stb an jeder Seite).


Reihe 1: Magischer Kreis. 3Lm, 1Stb, *1Lm, 2Stb* x 6. 1Lm, Km in die oberste der Anfangs-3Lm. (7x 2Stb-Gruppen with je 1Lm zwischen ihnen)

Reihe 2: 3Lm. *in die nächste Ecke: (2Stb, 2Lm, 2Stb)* x 6. In die erste Ecke: (2Stb, 2Lm, 1Stb) und dann Km in die oberste der Anfangs-3Lm. (2 x 2Stb-Gruppen an jeder der 7 Seiten)

Reihe 3: 3Lm, Stb in dieselbe Lücke, *in die Ecke: (2Stb, 2Lm, 2Stb), 2Stb in die nächste Lücke* x7, überspringe die letzten 2Stb in der letzten Wiederholung. Km in die oberste der Anfangs-3Lm. (6Stb an jeder Seite)

Beginne in der oberen linken Ecke und verbinde die Motive jeweils in den Ecken mit dem JAYG in der 3.Runde (Siebenecke) bzw. 2.Runde (Fünfecke).

Die ersten drei Reihen werden in Platinum gehäkelt.

Reihe 1: Beginne in der unteren linken Ecke. 1Lm und dann 1fM in dieselbe Masche. Häkle 1sc in jede Masche, außer an den Spitzen der Fünf- und Siebenecke. Häkle dort 3fM in die Spitzenmasche. Am Ende der Reihe: Km in die erste fM. 1Lm.
Reihe 2 + 3: 1fM in jede Masche mit zwei Ausnahmen: a) Häkle dort 3fM in die Spitzenmasche der Spitzen der Fünf- und Siebenecke. b) 2fM zus abm in jedem Tal, d.h. dort, wo zwei Motive verbunden wurden. Am Ende der Reihe kM in die erste fM. Am Ende von Reihe 3 abmaschen und Enden vernähen.
Reihe 4: Die Reihe wird wie Reihe 2 gehäkelt, aber du wirst die Farbe jeweils in der Mitte einer Seite wechseln. Benutze hier die folgende Farbreihenfolge: Teal, Old Gold, Raspberry, Plum, Teal, Old Gold, Violet, Pistachio. Am Ende abmaschen und die Enden vernähen.

Thursday 5 October 2017

Happy 4th Birthday, Crochet Between Worlds!

Hey everyone!

Happy birthday to us! Today is Crochet Between World's 4th Birthday, and we have come such a long way since our first introductory posts in October 2013. 

On the numbers, in the last 4 years we have achieved ...

271 Published Posts 
2069 Facebook Likes
8752 Instagram Followers 
23 Free Patterns
7 Paid Patterns
7 Tutorials
3 Pattern Translations

... not too bad for two busy girls on opposite sides of the world! This year is also a bit special for us, as it is 15 years since we met for the first time!

Michelle & Anne in 2002
Anne & Michelle in 2017

There have also been some really exciting moments in the last year:

- We finally got to see each other again in February when Anne and Alex visited Australia! It was amazing to sit and crochet together, play with colour swatches and catch up on allll the talking that is hard to do over messenger, email or skype

- Being chosen to join the Stylecraft Blogstars team! This group of bloggers is so inspiring and we are still pinching ourselves a bit to be included!

- Selling 500 copies of one pattern, the Bargello Wave Baby Blanket! 

So, to thank you all for your support, comments, pattern purchases, projects, and general cheering, we have TWO gifts for you:

1. A SALE on all our paid patterns! Get 30% off to celebrate our 30 collective years of knowing each other on any pattern in our Ravelry Store with the code BIRTHDAY 

2. A GIVEAWAY! The Winner will receive a Cross your Heart Teddy in Stylecraft Batik plus another ball of Batik to make your own! These little dudes are totally adorable and huggable, and just beg to be carried around by little ones. 

You can enter in lots of different ways, so maximise your chances!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The give-away and the pattern sale end on the 12 October 2017, 11:59pm German time.