What have you been crocheting?

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 12-05-2015

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Over the past few weeks I have collected photos of many different crochet projects from Black Sheep Wools customers. It is particularly exciting to see a project evolve from the initial yarn purchase. Have you crocheted anything you would like to share? Please send in photos through to amy@blacksheepwools.com.

To start off I have a couple of crocheted items from a customer called John. Whilst yarn shopping, he brought along his latest make for a photo – ‘Speedy the wonder turtle’.

crocheted turtle

John came back a couple of weeks later wearing his latest make, this time a fab jumper crocheted in James C Brett Chunky with Merino. The pattern is a free download from the Red Heart website.

Red Heart sweater in James C Brett Chunky with Merino

A lady called Alex was shopping with her baby son. He was all snug in his pram with a cosy blanket crocheted in a vibrant, rainbow shade of Stylecraft Merry Go Round Dk. I got chatting to Alex about the blanket and she said it took just 2 balls with a 4.5mm hook.

ripple blanket in stylecraft merry go round

Adding a decorative dging is a good idea on a ripple blanket to help neaten up the wavy ends.

ripple blanket in stylecraft merry go round

Jacky has been trying out King Cole Opium Palette crocheted. It is looking lovely so far. The texture of the yarn, along with the varying colour creates a really interesting combination. Jacky is going to make a triangular scarf, gradually increasing the stitches as she goes.

king cole opium palette crochet

A second project Jacky has just completed this week is a baby blanket in Stylecraft Malabar. The blanket is a free download on Ravelry called Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

jacky's rainbow dash blanket

The colours look great worked together.

rainbow dash blanket in stylecraft malabar

Joan has nearly finished a waistcoat in Wendy Supreme Cotton Dk. The pattern for this summery design can be found in Sirdar book 458 – Cotton Crochet. It is hard to believe only 18 months ago Joan couldn’t crochet at all!

crochet wasitcoat 458

crochet waistcoat 458

This photo was one sent in by an online customer called Julie. A pretty lace detail top crocheted in DMC Natura cotton.

dmc natura cotton top

Sewing, knitting & crochet!

Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 22-12-2014

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In the lead up to Christmas we have all been eager to get our WIP’s (works in progress) and Christmas gifts finished ready for a fresh start in 2015. It may have been wishful thinking to completely blitz every project that’s patiently waiting on needles and hooks around the house. Finishing even a small majority can however be very satisfying and leave you feeling quite clear of WIP overload. Obviously Christmas gifts have to be a priority, if you hope to have them wrapped in time. I hope you are reading this with a cup of tea in hand and not a single knitted / crocheted present to be in sight, just lots of neatly wrapped presents ready and waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas day. In the past few weeks members of staff here at Black Sheep Wools have been bringing in finished projects.

Emma has been knitting a longline cardigan (Hayfield 9699) in James C Brett Chinky with Merino. She chose this yarn as she had heard so many good reviews from our customers. It also washes in the washing machine which is always an added bonus, especially with the cardigan being the type of style that you can easily wear with any outfit, so it will probably be worn over and over again.

longline knitted cardigan

Not only has Emma finished knitting her chunky cardigan she has also been doing a spot of sewing. This pattern is a Tilly and the Buttons design. Emma has added covered button fastenings and fancy stitch detail on the cuffs. The fabric Emma chose is one of her favourites in the Coats range, by Dena Designs – Fox Playground in grey.

dena designs fabric blouse

Beth has crocheted a blanket using 3 strands of yarn together. A combination of SMC Cassiopeia in pink with two shades of James C Brett Chunky with Merino. The true size of the blanket is difficult to show. It is actually quite larger, the size of a single bed. Beth said as the blanket gradually grew bigger, the weight of the blanket also increased. I guess with something this size it can keep your legs warm as you go along.

chunky crochet blanket

Take a look at the texture created with all the yarns combined. Beth used a whopping 20mm crochet hook!

chunky crochet blanket - 3 strands

Stacey has been extremely busy making Christmas presents for family and friends. Crocheted slippers have been a favourite choice. This is a pattern Stacey has adapted from various crochet slipper patterns. The first pair are crocheted in Rowan British Sheep Breeds Chunky Undyed. Modelled by Jayne in her glitzy tights.


The red and grey pair are in Debbie Bliss Winter Garden. The grey pair have an edging and bow in Katia Fiesta.


Stacey has also been playing around with Sirdar Snuggly Bubbly and Sirdar Ophelia, knitting the two strands together.


The two different textures create a bouncy, squishy fabric with a flicker of sparkle where the Ophelia bursts through.


Here is the finished scarf, complete with Rico fake fur pompoms.


Lesley has a knitted hats and snoods this Christmas. The hats are in Rico Creative Twist Super Chunky following Rico pattern 126 and the basket stitch snood in Rowan All Seasons Chunky.

hats and snoods

She is also making a scarf following Stacey’s King Cole Cosmos & Opium scarf. This is a free pattern download on our website. The scarf is knitted with one strand of King Cole Opium and one strand of King Cole Cosmos at the same time.


Do you have any recent projects to share? Have you taken photos of Christmas knits before wrapping? Email in any photos to amy@blacksheepwools.com.

James C Brett Aztec Aran Jacket – #TryitTuesday

Posted by Amy | Posted in #TryitTuesday | Posted on 02-09-2014



Have you started making any winter garments yet? I imagine many of you organised people have already got cracking on Christmas knitting. Before you get too carried away, how about knitting yourself a cosy jacket in James C Brett Aztec Aran? With the temperature dropping and the season changing this jacket will be an easy piece to slip into your wardrobe – the perfect transitional piece.

jb221Katherine (who usually only works weekends) has been working extra days in the Craft Barn over the summer holidays. Today she is making her debut on #tryitTuesday. Whilst the sun was shining I thought it would be nice to step outside for a spot of fresh air and a change of scenery.

james c brett aztec aranStacey #tryitTuesday.

james c brett aztec aranFinally Jayne co-ordinating with her pink teapots in the tea shop. The jacket design features a slightly dipped, curved hem which you can just about see with Jayne turned to the side.

james c brett aztec aran

James C Brett Flutterby hooded blanket

Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 07-01-2014



Lesley has been knitting a hooded baby blanket in James C Brett Flutterby for her Sister- in- Law. She did however encounter a slight hurdle along the way. When she had completed the main blanket piece and cast it off – all finished and then disaster struck……..


It ripped! Lesley was trying to ease the blanket straight on her cast on edge as the sticthes looked a little bunched together, it was then she heard a ripping noise and her beautiful blanket had come away right in the middle!! Noooo!

The next day Lesley came in work with her forlorn blanket. It was in need of a little TLC. We put a post out on Facebook asking if anyone had any suggestions of how this problem could be over come. We all had a lot of sympathy for Lesley as something like this can be done so easily. Lots of great suggestions came in from everyone. Then it was Yvonne to the rescue! Yvonne is one of our most talented knitters here at Black Sheep Wools. She took Lesley’s blanket home and carefully took back the rows to the ‘damaged’ section.

Lesley got her knitting mojo back and knitted the hood ready to keep its new owner toasty and warm. A fabulous blanket!


James C Brett

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 28-10-2013



I have very exciting news to share – we now stock James C Brett yarn and patterns! After hearing such positive feedback from our customers, the decision was made to begin stocking the brand. It all arrived in store last week and has been flying off the shelves. Staff have been oohing and ahing at the choice of yummy, tempting yarns and patterns, a particular favourite the Flutterby Chunky. I have bought a ball and pattern to knit a cardigan for my cousin, Lesley is making a blanket and Catherine a blanket. I must say it is knitting up beautifully and will be done in no time. Obviously once I put down / finish other projects that are currently on the go, I just couldn’t resist starting it. The Marble Chunky also seems rather popular; I had heard good reports on this yarn from many members of yarn in the barn. At just £4.99 for a 200g ball RRP £5.59 this is a bargain, so soft and cosy. A ladies cardigan can be knitted from just £11.66. There are patterns for children too.

Below is a photo of Rustic Mega Chunky. This comes in a variety of 8 shades all with a fleck.


Shades of Marble Chunky


Marble also comes in a double knit – Marble Dk


Snuggly and squishy Flutterby Chunky comes in plain and print shades. A lovely soft, chenille yarn.


One more yarn (for the time being anyway) James C Brett Double Knitting with Merino. Here are a selection of the shades we stock; there are 16 altogether.