Category Archives: Crochet ideas

Toft Dolls

Kaleidoscope now has the very latest book and doll kits from the talented Kerry Lord.  

‘Edward’s crochet Doll Emporium’ is the follow up to her other wonderful books including Edward’s Menagerie, Edward’s Birds and Imaginarium.

This wonderful hardback book is full of easy to follow instructions with clear photos on how to make lots of different dolls and their clothes. 

The book and kits are  currently only available in English  ( price  19€ ) –  the doll kits ( 31, 50€ ) and the clothes kits ( 19, 50€ ) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is ‘Lottie’  my first attempt and great fun to make!

 

 

 

 

Vinnis colours

‘New South African Yarns for Summer 2017’

Vinnis Colors is a company that offers ethical and fairtrade knitting yarns. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, they specialize in hand dyed cotton and bamboo yarns, offering a rich palette of more than 200 colors. Vinnis Colors started at the end of the 20th century. In 1993, Vinni Nielsen, a Danish nurse, a fierce knitter, settled in South Africa. Faced with the virtually non-existent supply of cotton knitting yarns, she embarked on artisan dyeing and made her first experiments in her kitchen. Furniture and windows are requisitioned for drying the yarns and quickly Vinni decided to hire help to wind them into skeins and balls. They soon then swapped the kitchen for the garden shed, where the threads are dyed in vats. Six years later, and the now flourishing business has allowed them to build two buildings in Cape Town and further develop their products.

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Each manufacturing process is done by hand, from dyeing to winding into balls. The threads are first dipped gently into dye baths, before being laid out to dry in the sun, in the factory yard.

Vinnis success is not only due to a dedicated team of women and men located close to the factory and recruited in economically disadvantaged rural areas, but also to a loyal clientele seduced by these unique South African yarns.

Vinnis Colors offer a wide range of colors – from the softest pastels to the deepest and most vibrant shades – giving them their unique trademark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serina  is a hand dyed bamboo/viscose yarn ,100% eco-friendly. Bamboo yarn has a luxurious sheen, making each knit/crochet project into a unique adventure! Its natural drape is perfect for making scarves, shawls, collars or small summer tops. (6€ /50g/111m /3mm needles.)

 

Tori & serina

 

Tori, the latest addition to Vinnis Colors, is a very soft chunky yarn (50% bamboo – 50% cotton) composed of 14 strands of bamboo and cotton spun together. Tori is delicately dyed by hand, without any pressure. This mix of cotton/ bamboo guarantees a beautiful range of shades and colours. Tori is machine washable and can be used for clothing, accessories for home decor. ( 9,85€/ 100g/ 87m/ 6mm needles )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find all Vinnis free patterns here: 

http://vinniscolourspatterns.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinnis colours are distributed by Scaapi.nl

 

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New arrivals for autumn 2016

Already proving very popular ‘CARACOL’ is an exciting new yarn from Malabrigo , a bulky merinos with an irregular texture, plaited with a fine  black or white thread on the outside,  comes in an array of wonderful colours and knits up on 9 – 15mm needles.

price 23, 40 / 150g/ 90 m ( see all colours in our E- shop )

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Carcol ‘ Salpicado’

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5 vibrant new shades of Scrumptious 4 ply from Fyberspates! ( see all colours in our E- shop )

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10 New colours of Malabrigo ‘Rios’  ( 10 ply  4-5mm  see all colours in our E- shop )

 

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2 New Brooches from JUL Designs

Ram Pennambular ( 31,80€ )

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Baroque Beetle ( 31,80€ )

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And Lots of new ‘TOFT’ crochet kits + 2 new books , have fun making all your favourite animals & Dinosaurs etc… prices from 28€ per kit

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Pompom spring 2016

The latest edition of our favourite knitting and crochet magazine has arrived in the shop. Lots of fabulous patterns using natural yarns. Here below are a few of the designs with some of our own yarn suggestions….

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‘Perpendicular’ by Sarah Brunenberg – our yarn suggestions include:  fingering/4ply like Bamboum, Dunnagall sock,  Fine cream or Misty Mina ( all from”The Natural Collection” by Kaleidoscope (available in our E-shop )

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‘Right Angle’ by Georgia Farrell – our yarn suggestions include: Dovestone DK by Baa ram ewe, or Natura coton Medium by DMC, or the linen from ‘ La Droguerie’.

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‘Riveret’ by Merrian Holland – a crocheted top in DK also could be done in the  linen from ‘ La Droguerie’

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‘Rhombille’ by Gina Röckenwagner – our yarn suggestions include: Aran yarn such as  BFL Chunky or Chunky Monkey from our “Natural Collection”, or in Coton Medium Natura by DMC.

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‘Equilibrium’ by Gina Röckenwagner – our yarn suggestions include: Clotted Cream DK, Lady Nuala DK, or Frosted DK , all from our “Natural Collection” (available  in our E-shop )

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‘Delineate’ by Olga Buraya-Kefelian – our yarn suggestions are for a Sport 5ply like:  Coloris by BC Garn, or Baby Vanille merino from “The Natural Collection”.

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and ‘Striated’ by Nicki Merrall – our yarn fingering/4ply suggestions include:’ Yak Yak’, ‘Dunnagall sock’, ‘Fine cream’, or ‘Misty Mina’ all from our  ‘The Natural collection'(available  in our E-shop )

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TOFT Xmas Kits

Hmmm Xmas –  yes it’s that time again….some of us love it, others are relieved when it’s over, but most of us will be buying gifts and preparing for the festivities.IMG_2104

So here’s an idea for xmas  at Kaleidoscope we have a selection of  4 easy crochet kits just in  from ‘ TOFT’ – the Edwards Menagerie animal collection including ‘ Emma the bunny – Clarence the bat – Alexander the cat – James the meerkat – the  complete kit includes: 100g pure toft wool, synthetic stuffing,  a crochet hook, a wool needle and alpaca thread,  instructions in English & French – all in a neat cotton bag ( price 31,50 euros)  the animals once finished  are all machine washable!DSCN6766

We have also a simple knitted tube scarf kit in 2 shades of grey or grey and cream ( price 45 euros)

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Dominique

Thanks to one of our customers ( Dominique), this pattern is so simple to make you can take it anywhere and it’ll almost crochet itself. We made ours in Seawool by Fleece Artist, a soft, drapey merinos and seacell mix. Seacell is made from seaweed and like bambou it has a slight sheen and washes very well. We sell in a wide range of colours at Kaleidoscope. This pattern is for sale in our E-shop in EN/FR price 3 euros.

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Tangram

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tangramBased on a chinese puzzle from my childhood , this crocheted scarf is an interesting way to play with colours. A quick and simple project using  Cumulus ( 74% baby alpaca and 26% mulberry silk) by Fyberspates.

Requires 5 x 25g Cumulus by Fyberspates

5mm hook

Pattern by Rosalind Finlayson, can be purchased in EN/FR from our E-  shop, and at  Kaleidoscope price 3,50 euros.

 

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Primavera

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primaveraFollowing the  blog success of the japanese type shawl , Martine Marchal designed this shawl, based on series of half flower/ half star motifs, assembled each to the next as you go along.

You can play around with the design using either multicoloured or solid coloured yarns .

For this pattern you will need :

2 X 100g / 2 X 400m of any 3 or 4 ply light fingering yarn such as Malabrigo sock or similar type.

 

This pattern by Martine Marchal is for sale on Ravelry

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Turner

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This shawl  was created especially for our pupils in our beginner crochet courses. It’s such a popular  pattern that everyone likes, it beginner or not!

Measuring 160cm by 110cm , and crocheted in kid silk mohair from top to point .

This pattern by Axelle Nicaise is available to buy at Kaleidoscope and will soon be for sale in our  E-shop.

For this pattern you will need : 3 X 20g of Sensai – Ito yarns or  600m of a similar lace mohair yarn

crochet hook : 4mm

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The Daisy Scarf

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daisywrap02   A simple design with added beading makes this elegant

lace wrap the perfect accessory for day and evening.

This pattern  is available to buy in EN/FR at

Kaleidoscope and in our E-shop. price 3.50 euros.

For this pattern you will need :

2 X 50g of SILKPACA by Malabrigo yarns

crochet hook: 2.5mm

570 beads for crocheting ( optional )

 

 

 

 

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