Jardin extraordinaire (Extraordinary garden)

Today I published a new pattern page on Ravelry: Jardin extraordinaire (Extraordinary garden).

Jardin extraordinaire, Tunisian crochet pattern with yarn Buisson by Les aiguilles du hérisson
Jardin extraordinaire, Tunisian crochet pattern with yarn Buisson by Les aiguilles du hérisson

It is a pattern that I designed in collaboration with the Belgian indie dyer Les aiguilles du hérisson. I used her yarn Buisson, 100% cotton, available in multiple colorways, all with natural vegetable dyes. A very soft yarn, that is ideal to work in Tunisian crochet.

My pattern is available for free as part of yarn kits. For the launch, today the 21st of May, get 10% off with the discount code JARDIN10 from the Etsy shop of Les aiguilles du hérisson.

This slightly crescent shawl allows for multiple arrangements in colors display. There are 2 types of kits available:

Jardin extraordinaire, multi-color yarns Buisson, vegetable dyes by Les aiguilles du hérisson
Jardin extraordinaire, in multi-color yarns, vegetable dyes by Les Aiguilles du hérisson
Jardin extraordinaire, in solid color yarns, vegetable dyes by Les aiguilles du hérisson
Jardin extraordinaire, in solid color yarns, vegetable dyes by Les aiguilles du hérisson

The pattern includes a schematic, detailed instructions and a photo tutorial. Even though this is Tunisian crochet, there is no need for a special hook. A “standard” hook (without ergonomic grip) on which you can hold a maximum of 10 loops will do.

Go and visit the Etsy shop of Les Aiguilles du hérisson. Find the colorways in yarn Buisson that you like best.

Simple wet blocking

Mise en forme ou blocage pour un ouvrage avec une belle finition
An easy blocking technique for a good finishing touch

Blocking is a very important step in the making of a knitting or crochet project. The blocking techniques will be different depending on the type of fibre used in the project (wool, linen, cotton, synthetic yarn) and the type of project (blanket made of different squares, shawl, pullover, beanie), but in all cases blocking will help giving a nice finishing touch. Don’t underestimate the power of blocking.

In this article I present a very simple technique (I believe the most basic one) to block a project made of wool.

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Updates of my patterns on Ravelry

A short message today to warn those who have purchased my patterns on Ravelry: I’m reviewing my patterns (essentially the lay out) and, in the coming days, you’ll receive an update notification in your Ravelry library for the patterns you have purchased.

Why do I review my patterns?

I started to publish patterns on Ravelry 3 years ago. Even if instructions are correct (and I take this opportunity to warmly thank my testers for their dedication and support in my work), my editorial style has evolved over time.

Some patterns will have slight updates. But the oldest patterns will be subject to a more thorough review. For example, one of my first patterns, Le bois des rêves.

Le bois des rêves, one of my first published Tunisian crochet patterns

In the beginning I only wanted to review the graph, but then, while I was at it, I thought I would change a few more things. And since I’m busy with this review, I thought I could as well review the other patterns. Let’s call it a sanity check.

Does it really matter?

The big advantage of Ravelry (well, one of the big advantages) is the access to an electronic library, a place where you can save all the patterns you like. The key word here is “electronic”. It means that you have access to the latest version of the patterns you saved in your library. Forget about errata. The Ravelry library will always give you the latest update of the patterns you saved there. Isn’t it great?

Experiment on gauge

Not long ago I joined the Tunisian crochet explorers group on Ravelry. The aim is to explore different aspect of Tunisian crochet together, no matter where we are in this world. This group counts already several discussion threads. One of which is about conversion of knitting patterns into Tunisian crochet. But I actively participate to another discussion about gauge. An experiment launched by Abbey from Australia.

Ravelry group Tunisian crochet explorers
Tunisian crochet experiment on gauge
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