Daisy Crochet Headband

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This lovely girls crochet headband is a new Morris pattern. It is a very quick project and would be perfect for a summer accessory. The pattern can be extended to suit any sized head, so ladies, you can wear it too!

The pattern uses the durable and colourful Morris Avalon Pima cotton in three colours.

The pattern and yarn is available to purchase online or in store.

Crochet knowledge required:

  • Treble decreases (explained in the pattern)
  • Treble stitch
  • Double crochet
  • Chain

Rainbow Blanket

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To all those crocheters out there!!! One of the most popular Morris Patterns this season has been the beautiful Rainbow Blanket. This is a crochet pattern that is sure to keep you occupied for months.

The chevron design creates a lovely ripple pattern in your blanket. The size of the blanket easily covers a queen size bed. It’s worked up here in 53 different Morris Estate 8ply colours. The Morris Estate yarn is an affordable 100% Merino wool.

At the moment the kit is sold in store or online and can be sent out internationally. You are also able to buy the pattern and yarn online separately.

 

The Noro Magazine and Melbourne!

From the last few posts on this blog it is clear that it’s no secret that we love Noro! Recently, our Melbourne store has been knitting up some beautiful creations from the newest Noro Magazine, Colour Blooms. We think that these are so gorgeous that had to share a couple with you!

If you haven’t checked out this Noro Magazine Colour Blooms below you need to now! It’s just got too many incredible patterns in it to miss out on for both knitters and crocheters. We’ve placed a handful below to give you a taste. But if you haven’t definietly pop into one of our stores and have a flick through this magazine!

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Front Cover Shawl!

Our favourite is this beautiful shawl! The same one that’s on the front cover. Being not too warm but not too cool, this is the perfect project to prepare for Spring with! It’s been knitted in Noro Silk Garden Lite Colour 44. And the pictures below just say it all…doesn’t this colour just make it?

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Baby Garments and Toy Sheep!

If you’re looking for some wonderful cute baby garments and toys to knit then you cannot go past this combination. Amazingly, this whole outfit – the beanie, jacket and toy sheep – was all done with only one ball of Schoppel Starke 6, Colour 2170!

There was even some left over for another gorgeous baby sheep.

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We hope you enjoy looking at these creations as much as we do!

Happy knitting!

Mad about Noro and Winners of the Class Giveaway!

So this week we are mad about Noro! Take a look at the beautiful new Noro Garments we are knitting at Morris and Sons! We are also proud to announce the winners of the class give away – the lucky winners are listed at the end of this post.

Vina

First up we have ‘Vina’ from the Noro Passion book knitted in our lovely new yarn Noro Kirara. If you are looking for that Spring Cardigan to start then this is definitely a pattern that you should check out. Kirara’s content is 51% Wool, 29% Cotton, 10% Silk, and 10% Angora. The cotton gives it a delicate softness and as a fibre it is perfect for that in-between season! These rich hues are Colour 15 and the chevron pattern makes it comes alive!

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Vina from Noro Passion

Design 7

And if you’re still knitting for winter then check out Design 7 from Noro NOW!. This has been knitted in Noro Odori a chunky 16ply, knits up super quick and uses 7.00mm needles. Odori is made up of 45% silk, 45% kid mohair, 10% lambswool and it is super warm. Although Design 7 is simple the cables give it attitude and balance the bright colours. This is Colour 9 and they’ll definitely see you coming in this jacket!

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Design 7 from Noro Now

Hiba

For the crocheters out there check out this sweet bolero. ‘Hiba’ design from Noro Passion has been crocheted in Silk Garden Lite #2094 using a 4.00mm hook. The pattern is cute, easy and quick – could you want more? The one size fits most but it is also easy to adapt. If you would like to make it longer simply add another row of squares to the bottom. And with the crocheted border you can have as many or few buttons as you like. We have used Mother of Pearl buttons which compliment the silk thoughout.

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Hiba from Noro Passion

Karma

This cardigan ‘Karma,’ has been knitted in Noro Mossa another one of our new yarns. With it’s lovely texture and simple style, this is going to be one of those cardigans that is worn everyday. The warm reds, oranges, yellows, purples and greens are colour 12. This design is also from the Noro Passion pattern book and is finished by our own beautiful button!

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Karma from Noro Passion

Mabel

And finally, our favourite. This is ‘Mabel’ from the Noro Vintage book. Created in Noro Kureyon Colour 308, this rainbow vest is ever so versatile. Firstly, with so many colours it is bound to match many outfit – as a vest, over a t-shirt or peeking out from under a jacket. This Chevron stitch is relaxing to knit and looks better with every row. If you have been looking for a first garment to knit in Noro then I recommend this one. The Noro Kureyon is 100% wool, very warm and worth every stitch.

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Mabel from Noro Vintage

Class Give-away Winners!

And now for the winners of our class give-away. A huge congratulations to….

For Sydney:

hmil on June 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm who said:

Thanks to Joey and her brilliant beginners class the other month, I have now knitted a scarf & hand warmers. I would love to learn how to knit cables.

AND

For Melbourne:

Paula on June 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm who said:

I would love to learn Knit Stage 1 in Melbourne. I’ve done lots of crochet but I always want to learn to knit.. It would be a great experience and the best wedding anniversary present for myself if I win.

Congratulations Hmil and Paula. You have each won a free class! Please call (02) 9299 8588 and ask for Adelaide or Lexie to arrange your prize classes. I hope you enjoy your Cable and Knit Stage 1 classes.

A big thank you to everyone for posting your comments. We loved your participation and excitment for our classes!

Happy knitting and crocheting!

Classes in July with Give-Away!

With July just around the corner, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Semester 2 class schedule! Whether you want to advance in your craft or learn something new we are sure to have something to interest you in Knitting, Crochet or Stitching.

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To celebrate the launch of our classes we will be having a give-away! If you leave a comment telling us which class you would like to attend, at which store and why. You will be put into the draw to win a free class of your choice! We will be giving away two places; one in Melbourne and one in Sydney. Leave a comment below before 9:00pm Wednesday, the 3rd of July to enter!

And here’s a snapshot of our classes in July!

Taking Crochet to the Next Level

If crochet equals granny squares in your mind, then prepare to be blown away by these amazing crochet designs! These are from the book Simply Crochet by Debbie Bliss, and truly do take crochet to the next level. So pretty!

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Still, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with granny squares! They can produce great results! The ‘Josephine’ scarf in Simply Crochet uses them, as do these:

(Click the pictures to see the sites they are from) Baby blanket

Cushion

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If you haven’t yet ventured into the world of crochet, why not come along to one of our classes? The stage 1 class teaches you how to make a granny square, which means in those 3 hours you develop the skills at the core of the granny square projects above! See Sydney class dates for crochet stage 1 for April and May.

Looking to expand your crochet skills further? In the stage 2 class, you learn how to make this gorgeous scarf (and the techniques behind it)! See Sydney and Melbourne class dates for crochet stage 2.

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Then, in our stage 3 class, you can go on to learn to create crochet garments, and make this cute baby cardigan! Book into our stage 3 class in Sydney on May 18th.

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to crochet, so give it a go! You might find it becomes your new favourite craft!

Cosiness Loves Company…

…That’s why it’s a good thing that we have not one, but two new blanket patterns, both of which are just as snuggly as the other!

Everleigh’s Flower Blanket

This crocheted blanket is so much fun! It just glows happiness from every brightly-coloured angle! It’s made from Morris Estate 8ply which comes in over 56 colours. You could easily customise your own colour scheme for this to suit your décor.

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Everleigh's Flower Blanket Pattern Cover

 

Rochester Throw

There’s something luscious about this throw. It’s thick, warm and heavenly. And in Morris Empire 8ply it feels so soft! What’s even better about this is that you don’t have to wait until it’s done to enjoy it – once you get to a certain length you can sit and knit it with a cup of tea and the end draped over your knee!

Rochester Throw

Rochester Throw Pattern Cover

 

Blankets and throws can be just the thing on a cold winter’s day, but when you’re not curled up under them they can also look great draped over a lounge, or smoothed out over the end of a bed. It’s a good thing too, because if you made one of these beauties, you’d never want to put it away!

 

 

Attention Noro Fans!

You will be excited to hear that we now have the Noro Passion book by Jane Ellison available! The patterns are fabulous, and even feature a few crochet garments and accessories; a first for a Jane Ellison book!

Jane called the book Passion in the sense of “creating a strong liking and affection for or prompting enthusiasm”, and says “This is what Noro seems to do to knitters”…

…And with patterns like these, it’s not hard to see why!

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One great thing about this book is that it has a good range of patterns for different weather – ‘Vina’, ‘Karma’ and ‘Ife’ (oh, Ife! Love it.) would be perfect for Autumn. ‘Luba’ and ‘Dewey’ look like they’d make nice and cosy additions to a Winter wardrobe.

Now, the Noro yarns used in these patterns are of 8, 10 and 12 plies. If you’re looking for some great Noro colour to match these patterns, why not check out the Silk Garden Lite range for 8 ply, the Kureyon, Silk Garden, Taiyo or Shirakaba ranges for 10 ply or the Kogarashi range for 12 ply. Keep an eye out for new Noro yarns later in 2013!

Author’s pick? The ‘Amada’ cowl. As someone who is perpetually cold, I like to keep an eye out for dashing accessories such as this, which add just that little bit extra warmth (and a whole lot of extra style!).

-Jess

Note: we now have colours from the Kirara and Haniwa yarn ranges which are featured in 8 and 10 ply patterns in Passion. Click here to go to a post where you can see these yarns closer.

New Books!

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Looking for some inspiration? Or maybe a little light summer reading? We have new books in store that might just do the trick, with titles such as Amigurumi Animal Friends, Learn to Knit Socks and Fair Isle & Beyond. Our new books are also included in our Christmas Sale so now is the perfect time to check out our wide range of titles. To view our full range of books and magazine titles please visit us at: http://morrisandsons.com.au/c26/

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HOOK AND A BOOK REVIEW

I own a set of Clover Soft Touch Crochet hooks and I love them. So, when these new crochet hooks from Clover arrived in the store I was surprised because I didn’t think that Clover could better the Soft Touch hooks. Boy, was I wrong!

Waiting for my crochet students to arrive, I picked up one of our books, ‘Amineko’, the Story of a Crafty Crochet Cat. A couple of pages into the book and I was smitten. I just had to make one. Actually, that’s not true, I just had to make them all, was my initial reaction.

After my class I picked up Amineko and a 3.25mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook. My week end was organised. Result: A hook and a book review…

Clover Amour Crochet Hooks

The Hook:

The working hook part is exactly the same shape as the soft touch crochet hook. It is also smooth and easy to work into the stitches. The shank is about 3mm longer. It feels a little lighter than the Soft Touch hook. The colour coded handles are fun and make it easy to identify hook sizes. We have sizes starting at 2.25mm to 6.00mm with 3.00mm mysteriously missing. Maybe the supplier was out of stock. I’m not surprised! Above all, however, the one thing about the new Amour Crochet Hook that will get you hooked, pardon the corny pun, is the handle. It is just a tiny bit longer than the soft touch. It is soft, rubbery and slightly squishy. I was working an Amigurumi project for the review and I found that my hands did not get as tired.

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The Book:

Hello My Name is Amineko. The Story of a Crafty Crochet Cat by Nekoyama.

It’s a storybook and a project book. Amineko, to say the least, is a cat with attitude. It’s well worth reading the story that comes before the instructions. You will fall in love with him! He is crochet in the Amigurumi style of crochet. I used Morris and Sons 8 ply Estate and a 3.25mm Amour Crochet Hook. The translation of the instructions is a little different to regular Amigurumi pattern instructions but not so as to put you off completing the project. The images in the instruction section of the book are so good it makes up for the unusual pattern writing style. As I said before, you’re in love with this cat. He has to be made.

And on that note, we are running Amigurumi classes in our Melbourne and Sydney stores. Check out our website for dates and times. Come and join us and make your own Amineko!

Happy crocheting,

Judith