Folk Tales Crochet Along

I am so excited to finally be able to share with you my new Crochet Along in collaboration with West Yorkshire Spinners.

The CAL starts tomorrow (12th April) and will run over 5 weeks, revealing a new square over 4 weeks and the last week will be all about joining and finishing.

CAL Release Dates:

Part 1: Bright Bobbles
Monday 12th April 11am
Part 2: Twists & Trebles
Monday 19th April 11am
Part 3: Scripts & Spikes
Monday 26th April 11am
Part 4: Magical Mosaic
Monday 3rd May 11am
Part 5: Making Up
Monday 10th May 11am

Patterns will be available from 11am each Monday.

This blanket is all about textures and interesting effects. I didn’t want the squares to be overwhelming with lots of colours used per square, but more of what you can achieve with only one or two colours. There will be spikes crochet, bobbles, mosaic and of course front post trebles. Vast array of fab and engaging techniques. Which together with the vibrant colours of ColourLab yarn range produce a striking and modern blanket.

The patterns will be available on West Yorkshire Spinners website and the videos for each part along with introduction from their YouTube channel.

Folk Tales uses the beautiful ColourLab DK, anyone who listens to me will know that I’m in love with that yarn. It is what I call everyday yarn, it is perfect for blankets, garments and anything you can wish for. The yarn has gorgeous and vibrant colours and WYS just added a few more to the range. In the blanket, I have used 4 new colours: Coral Crush, Bottle Green, Electric Blue, Perfect Plum and the all-time favourite Silver Grey.

For the blanket I have used: 5 x Silver Grey, 2 x Coral Crush, 1 each of Electric Blue, Perfect Plum and Bottle Green. With such beautiful range of colours we are really spoiled for choice, the possibilities of colour combination for your Folk Tales are endless, and I cannot wait to see your squares.

If you would like to stay with the colour choices I have used, then you can buy the yarn packs from WYS or lots of their stockists:

Black Sheep Wools, Folklore Yarns, Deramores, Knit & Stitch, Smalls Crafts, Polly Knitter, Wool Warehouse and many more.

Let me tell you a bit about the inspiration for Folk Tales; The name represents old traditions of crochet and other handcrafts, where past generations would sit and make together while telling each other old folk tales. I encourage you to continue the tradition of storytelling while crafting. Maybe dedicate an hour a day or week to spend with your family, friends, or even by yourself to make each square, giving it its own story, with each technique providing a new twist in the tale. Both the blanket and the story can be passed down and cherished.

I also wanted this blanket to have a modern twist in the design to symbolise the here and now. The modern shapes and bright colours bring a modern edge to this traditional craft.

I have also created an introduction video which is on WYS YourTube channel, you can watch it below.

And please use #wysfolktales to share your squares and stories with us on Instagram and Facebook. Please also tag @westyorkshirespinners and me @annanikipirowicz

You can also join WYS Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/west-yorkshire-spinners/4121720/1-25

or

WYS Crafter’s Hub on Facebook to crochet together with like-minded people: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wyscrafters

And please don’t forget to give Folk Tales CAL a heart on Ravelry 🙂

I cannot wait to share with you the first square tomorrow 🙂

Anna xx

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