Sarah Shrimpton of Annaboo’s House is a self-taught crocheter and talented designer. We invited her to talk to us about her two new winter crochet patterns – a quick and simple cosy crochet shrug and super snuggly crochet scarf complete with giant pompoms! We’re delighted to have a guest post from Sarah, below she explains a bit more about her fab new patterns…
Crocheted Winter Warmers – by Sarah Shrimpton
So it’s that time in the UK when the clocks have gone back, the days are shorter and the mornings are definitely cooler; that time of year when leaves burst into fiery shades and the air hangs with the distant wafts of chimney smoke. Autumn is here and winter is most definitely on its way.
And it’s exactly this time of year when my thoughts turn to chunky yarns. Anything thick and luxurious will tempt me in soft wool, alpaca, mohair or angora, in colours which suit the season too –think orange, red, winter white, rich purple and dark blue. My choice of project is also influenced by the cold weather and I want to make things to be wrapped around me, or to snuggle up in, like voluminous blankets and big squishy cushions for my home or ponchos, cowls and mittens to be worn.
My Chunky Crochet Scarf is one of these projects; I wanted to make a truly mega-scarf. One of epic proportions which could be wrapped around its wearer many times and create multi-layers of cosy warmth. The yarn I chose is Rowan Big Wool because it’s lofty in texture and warm, being 100% wool, but light to wear. The pattern I designed is incredibly simple, too – modest rows of mesh stitch worked until the yarn runs out. And I wanted pompoms. Everything is better with pompoms, right?
The Cosy Crochet Shrug is another perfect antidote to chilly weather, a warm hug of a garment, designed to be worn just around the shoulders and perfect for an evening out, or a winter wedding, or dressed-down, over t-shirt and jeans. I chose Drops Polaris yarn for this as it’s super-chunky and gives great stitch definition. This project couldn’t be any easier and with only ten rows of stitches, is a super-quick make, too.
Enjoy your crochet!
If you’d like to make the Chunky Crochet Scarf or Cosy Crochet Shrug then head on over to the store now! Available with beginner-friendly videos and pattern downloads, Sarah will teach you how to crochet a fashionable shrug, and chunky scarf perfect for keeping the winter chills away. Working with a big hook and chunky yarn you’ll be delighted at how quickly your projects grow and how easy it is to master the basic stitches needed. Take a sneaky peek of Sarah’s video below…