Thursday, 23 March 2017

Stripy Crochet Cowl

I am totally in love with our exclusive range of Triskelion yarn and in particular the gorgeous Gofannon 4 ply, which is 100% Peruvian Baby Alpaca and is hand dyed in Wales by the very talented Caerthan Wrack.

I am so in love with this yarn that I struggle to stop myself from winding off yet another skein in order to start a new project. I have just started work on the Happenstance shawl by Romi Hill having seen my friend Miranda wearing her own really beautiful version at the Unravel show in Farnham recently and have chosen 3 of the Gofannon shades to make this striking shawl - pictured below. The project is from the Kate Davies Book of Haps which features patterns for 13 shawls and a fascinating insight into the history of Shetland Haps along with gorgeous photography and brilliantly written pattern instructions. there are at least 5 projects I want to make from this book!

© Romi Hill

It took me more than 2 years to make my last knitted shawl (Leftie by Martina Behm) so hopefully this one will be quicker!

Anyway - the reason for this post is really to share with you a free pattern I have written for a stripy crochet cowl I completed just before we whisked off to Edinburgh Yarn Festival. To make the cowl you will need 2 shades of 4ply (approximately 400m of each yarn) although of course you could use as many shades as you like. I used Gofannon 4ply of course!

I would love to see some pics if anyone chooses to make the project. You can send them to

Janie x

© Janie Crow

Stripy Crochet Cowl

Yarn used: Triskelion Gofannon 4ply
100% Peruvian Baby Alpaca 100g - 400m (437yds) x 2 skeins

3.5mm (US E/4) crochet hook (see tension notes)
Knitters sewing needle

Blocked Measurement: approx. 180cm round x 26cm deep (71 x 10¼in)

Pattern Notes:
This pattern is written using UK terminology.
All rounds are Right Side facing.

Tension: You need to check that your crochet is not coming up any bigger or a lot smaller than mine. A big difference in tension could mean that your project is different to mine in terms of shape, size and drape, and if you achieve a tension looser than me this could also mean that you may need more yarn.
If you think you tend to have a tight chain stitch, make the foundation ch on a size larger hook and change to the smaller hook for the rest of the project.

Blocked Tension: 20sts & 11.5 rows to 10cm measured over treble crochet.
(pre blocked tension will be a few stitches tighter)

Unwind yarn from the skein into a ball. Draw yarn from the centre of the ball as you work.
Using 3.5mm hook and first yarn choice, make 349ch, ss to join
Foundation Round (RS): 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into each ch to end, ss to join changing yarn shade to second yarn choice as you work the ss. (349sts)
Round 1: Using second yarn choice 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into each st to end, ss to join changing yarn shade to first yarn choice as you work the ss. (349sts)
Round 2: work as Round 1.

The last 2 rows set the pattern – repeat until a total of 30 rows are complete or you have run out of yarn, ss to join at end of final round, fasten off
Sew in yarn ends.
Block and press.

Monday, 20 March 2017

A very busy month.....

Phew! We are almost back into the swing of things after nearly a month of back to back shows which started with Unravel in Farnham mid February, followed by the Spring Knitting & Stitching show at Olympia in early March and finally ended with the incredibly amazing Edinburgh Yarn Festival last weekend, where we just about managed to take a photo or two of the stand (one of which is below) before we were mobbed by eager festival goers! We feel like our feet haven't touched the ground for a while and weirdly feel a little jet lagged despite not having been on an plane, but we have lots going on here as always with a few new projects very close to release and some new yarns and books in stock on the web site.

New workshops:

It's a while since our last newsletter which featured information about the next Knit For Peace workshop in Mysore. There are just a couple of spaces left on the trip now, as it has booked up incredibly fast. If you are thinking of coming along next January then it might be an idea to give the charity a call to register your interest - you can find their contact details on their web site by following this link. If you want to read Jane's blog posts from the last trip you will fins them on this blog. You will also find some lovely images on Sarah Hazell's Instagram feed - Sarah was the tutor on the most recent trip.

Many of you asked about the knitted cushion cover pattern which we used as the header image on the last email newsletter. The pattern was designed by Jane for Stylecraft and you can download it for free by following this link.

Knit For Peace will once again be running their day long workshops at their HQ in Hampstead, London. Workshops will run monthly from April through to November and they feature a really exciting mix of workshop subjects including brioche knitting, beginners sock knitting, mindfulness in knitting and crochet classes by Jane and (hopefully) Dedri from 'Look at What I Made'.

Below is a provisional list of dates and subjects - these could be subject to change and we have not yet got all the workshop information sorted, but as demand for places tends to be a bit manic we thought we ought to give you the heads up as soon as possible so that you can save the date(s). If you want to reserve a place on any of the workshops give Knit For Peace a call.

29th April - Sarah Hazell: Beginners/Next Step Knitting - wrist warmer project.

13th May - Nicki Merrill: Beginners Knitted Socks

10th June - Juliet Bernard: Double Knitting

8th July - Crochet (TBC)

5th August - Sarah Hazell: Mindfulness in Knitting

16th September - Dame Hilary + helpers: Knitted Felted Slippers and mats

21st October - Renee Callahan: Beginners Brioche Knitting

18th November - Jane Crowfoot: Crochet Bag project
West Yorkshire Spinners - Illustrious:

In February we attended the annual trade show at the NEC where many of the UK's yarn and craft suppliers exhibit. Wandering around the show we were drawn to the lovely yarns from West Yorkshire Spinners - a British yarn brand that specialises in blending and spinning exciting yarn and shade combinations.

We have just added their Illustrious DK yarn (70% Falkland Wool & 30% British Alpaca) to the web site and will be adding more yarn (their completely gorgeous lace weight yarn called Exquisite) in the next few days. Along with the yarn we have a dedicated pattern booklet in stock with 11 hand knit designs by Emma Wright.

New Books:

We have a couple of new books in stock:
The Crochet Block Bible, which features over 100 traditional and contemporary crochet block patterns, was jointly written by Luise Roberts and Heather Lodinsky. This lovely spiral bound book includes written patterns, charts and clear images of each of the blocks and we think it is a fabulous companion for every serious crocheter.

We also have Knit Me Dress Me Love Me by Sue Stratford - an enchanting book full of really cute knitted animals and accessories. We are hoping to find someone who fancies making us a couple of mascots for the studio from this lovely collection, although the animals in this book are so cute we can't imagine anyone wanting to part with them!

We are still a little shell shocked after Jane won the 'Motivational Designer of the Year' award in the British Craft awards, especially considering the talent of other nominees and the fact that Jane was nominated in a classification which included knitting. Jane has now collected her award and it is sitting in pride of place in the studio. We would like to thank you all for the many messages of congratulations we have received and we are so thrilled that so many of you have taken the time to get in touch.

On a similar note - the nomination process has now opened for the British Knitting & Crochet awards. You can find the link to the on line nomination form here and (if you do fill in the form) you could be in with a chance of winning a yarn bundle worth £200.

Open Studio:

We will be holding our next open studio event here at Janie Crow HQ on Saturday 25th March between 11am and 3pm.

Our open studio events give you a chance to see our showroom and Jane's studio and take a leisurely browse through our products and have a nice chat and a cup of tea or coffee surrounded by yarn, accessories, blankets and good company!

You do not need to let us know you are coming - simply turn up if and when you want to! Our office address is listed at the bottom of this email and you will find a map easily by typing Janie Crow into Google.

We have one or two places left on the Brioche Stitch Basics workshop with Renee Callahan on Sunday 2nd July and will be adding Autumn workshops to our web site within the next few months.

Oops! Nearly forgot - lovely Caerthan of Triskelion Yarns has been busy dying yet more of the beautiful Gofannon 4 ply for us. 4 shades sold out completely at Edinburgh, but there are still some lovely shades of yarn back in stock and each skein comes with a free crochet scarf/shawl pattern.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Knitting and Crochet Retreat

With Jane Crowfoot and Debbie Abrahams
Wadenhoe House, Northamptonshire: 18th - 20th August 2017

We invite you to join us for an exclusive country retreat in Northamptonshire, England from Friday 18th through to Sunday 20th August 2017. Set in eight acres of landscaped gardens, you will spend the weekend at a magnificent Jacobean manor house, knitting and crocheting in the peace and tranquility of an elegant countryside dwelling. The house and grounds have been booked exclusively for the group for the whole weekend and, with all meals included, cooked for you by the resident award-winning Master Chef, this promises to be a fabulous weekend for all. There will be a small project to knit or crochet during the weekend designed by Debbie and Jane.

Debbie and Jane make great tutors with a long history of teaching and they really enjoy working alongside each other to create fun and informative workshops. They will each design a small project for you to work through over the course of the weekend and will be on hand to guide you through an array of techniques, typically including beading and colour work. Free time is built into the weekend programme, giving you the opportunity to explore the local countryside and villages, so why not treat yourself to a relaxing weekend and join them for what is sure to be a great event!

Prices from £335

Included in the price:
2 nights accomodation
2 evening meals
2 continental/cooked buffet breakfasts
2 light lunches
Tea & Coffee during the day
Workshop kit including yarn and materials

Please click here for more information and booking page

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

British Craft Awards 2017

This email starts with a great big EEK! as I am so excited to tell you that I have won the motivational designer of the year award in the knit/crochet category of the 2017 British Craft Awards!

The award presentation was made on Sunday evening at the NEC in Birmingham after voting took place over the last few months. Unfortunately I wasn't able to accept the award in person as we were at the Unravel show in Farnham, however I am looking forward to being able to show you the award via social media when it arrives at the office within the next few days.
Andy and I are over the moon that I have won this prize, from a personal point of view and because it means that the craft of crochet has finally been recognised within the industry as a platform for ground breaking and innovative design. We are also really pleased that Attic 24 won best blog and Yarndale won best product.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who voted for me - it means so much to know that you are so supportive of my design work.

You can find a list of the other award winners on the Simply Crochet Magazine blog by following this link. 


Open Studio
We will be holding an open studio event here at Janie Crow HQ this coming Saturday 25th February between 11am and 3pm.

Our open studio events give you a chance to see our showroom and Jane's studio and take a leisurely browse through our products and have a nice chat and a cup of tea or coffee surrounded by yarn, accessories, blankets and good company!

You do not need to let us know you are coming - simply turn up if and when you want to! Our office address is listed at the bottom of this email and you will find a map easily by typing Janie Crow into Google.
Knit & Crochet in India
After 4 incredibly successful residential workshops at the Green Hotel in India, Knit For Peace will be returning to Mysore for another one in January 2018. I will be tutoring the knit and crochet workshops which take place in the gardens of the former palace each week day and will be on hand throughout to make sure participants get the most out of the incredible trip.

The India trip has yet to be added to the Knit For Peace web site, but you can register your interest and find out more information by ringing the charity. Demand for places is likely to be high and many previous participants have already signed up to return so places will be limited. If you want to read my blog posts from the last trip you will find them within the archived posts on this blog. You will also find some lovely images on Sarah Hazell's Instagram feed - Sarah was the tutor on the most recent trip.

Knit For Peace are also currently offering a retreat holiday to Venice in July - you can find more information about it by linking through to their web site where you will also find their contact number and more information about this amazing charity.

We will be at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia from next Thursday the 2nd March through to Sunday the 5th. You can still get a reduced rate ticket price by using the code EDBM17 at check out.

We look forward to seeing you at the show or here at the studio if you can make it and wish you all the best of health and happiness!

Jane x