John Barleycorn

To celebrate the very special festival of Lughnasadh, I’m glad to introduce my new pattern, John Barleycorn.

Yep, you got it: as a celebration of the powers of Nature during this special day, I’m proud to publish a new shawlette named John Barleycorn.

John Barleycorn is the title of a British folk song, whose main character is the personification of the barley, and of the main alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky. It’s a meaningful song, and I decided to name the shawlette after its character both because of the stitch and the colour I used. The stitch reminds barley’s grains, and the rich dark yellow made me think of ripe barley fields – and of blonde beer, of course.

It’s an easy pattern, ideal for beginners, which creates a textured shawlette, perfect for late Summer evenings.

With the coupon Lugh, you can get John Barleycorn for free till August 2, 2017 at 23:59 GMT+1.

After that, with coupon Tailtiu you can get John Barleycorn with a 30% discount from August 2, 2017 at 23:59 GMT+1 to August 5, 2017 at 23:59 GMT+1.

Per celebrare Lughnasadh, sono lieta di presentarvi il mio nuovo modello, John Barleycorn.

Esatto: per festeggiare la Natura in questo giorno speciale, ho pubblicato un nuovo scialle, John Barleycorn.

John Barleycorn è il titolo di una canzone folk britannica che ha per protagonista la personificazione dell’orzo, e delle principali bevande alcoliche derivate dal cereale, la birra e il whisky. Si tratta di una canzone ricca di significati, e ho deciso di dare lo stesso nome al mio scialletto sia per il punto che per il colore. Il punto, infatti, ricorda i chicchi d’orzo, e il giallo ricco del filato fa pensare ai campi d’orzo maturo – ed alla birra bionda, naturalmente.

Si tratta di un modello facile, ideale per i principianti, che crea uno scialletto perfetto per le notti di fine estate.

Utilizzando il coupon Lugh, potete avere John Barleycorn gratis fino alle 23:59 GMT+1 del 2 agosto.

A seguire, con il coupon Tailtiu potete acquistare John Barleycorn scontato del 30% dalle 23:59 GMT+1 del 2 agosto alle 23:59 GMT+1 del 5 agosto.

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It’s officially “TC Pfeilraupe”!

Fellow crocheter Brunella Russo-Girard and I are very proud to announce that the Tunisian Crochet versione of the “Pfeilraupe” scarf is finally available!
You can download it for free HERE, both in English and Italian.
As I said in my previous post this is an easy project, suitable for beginners who know the Tunisian simple stitch and a bit about increasing and casting off – yeah, that’s all you need to make it. I really hope some of you, my dear readers, will enjoy it!
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Is it “Pfeilraupe”??

Why, yes – kinda. Let me tell you a story.
Some weeks ago a wondefully creative lady, Brunella Russo-Girard, shared some pics of her own interpretation of the popular Pfeilraupe scarf, not knitted but made in Tunisian Crochet. Trusting in a talent I myself didn’t think I had, she asked me if I would’ve liked to give it a try, in order to make some design adjustements she tought were needed.
Now, that’s some task.
I followed her instructions for the start and the main body, then I had to handle to most difficult part: the holes. As you can see I made 5, not 6, for no particular reason other than that I like uneven numbers better, lol. Apart from this, and from a completely different way of working, the scarf should be quite similar to the original, but worked in the characteristc Tunisian basic stitch.
Both Brunella and I are proud of the result and, with authorization from the author of the original, Alpi Alpenrose, I’m writing the pattern for the TC version of this lovely scarf.
Stay tuned if you’re interested, for hopefully the instructions will be available soon! It’s an easy and quick project, IMHO ideal for someone who’s willing to try something more difficult than a plain rectangular scarf, or for a more expert crocheter who’d like to relax a bit between intricate projects.
In the meantime tell me, what do you think about it?