• http://haakmaarraak.nl/product/marlize-blanket/; The Marlize Blanket uses raised stitches to create an intricate pattern, the easy way! The pattern is suitable for beginners that are looking for a challenge, and is written in US and NL crochet terms.

    New crochet pattern: Marlize Blanket

    I’ve been working on this pattern for a while now and it’s finally ready! Meet: Marlize blanket. Ever since I made the Charlie blanket, I wanted to make a ‘sister blanket’ with pinks and yellow colours. I’ve been toying with various raised patterns for a while, and in the end this was the winner! The …

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  • haakmaarraak.nl/a-touch-of-granny; To celebrate National granny square day, here are 12 special or colourful crochet patterns for home and living, all made in, or possible in granny style!

    A touch of granny

    Today is National Granny square day! Do you know where the granny square originated? Well, me neither! The story about its origin is vague at best. Supposedly, they’re called Granny squares because back in the Victorian days, grannies would save scraps of yarn from old socks, leftover projects or unravelled fabric to make scrap squares. …

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  • http://haakmaarraak.nl/i-have-made-alpaca-feather-fan-shawl/; The Feather and Fan shawl has a gorgeous drape and lacy pattern.

    Free Crochet pattern: Feather & Fan shawl (EN/NL)

    Zoek je het Nederlandse patroon? Klik dan hier. As promised, here is the free pattern for the Feather & Fan Alpaca shawl! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! Yarn: I’ve used Alpaca Rhythm from Scheepjes, a 80% Alpaca, 20% fine wool blend. I used 2 skeins each of the colours Merengue (666), Disco (668), …

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  • http://haakmaarraak.nl/i-have-made-alpaca-feather-fan-shawl/; The Feather and Fan shawl has a gorgeous drape and lacy pattern.

    I’ve made: Alpaca Feather & Fan shawl

    You can’t possibly know how excited I am to share this reveal with you! As I said earlier, using thin Alpaca yarn is a bit out of my comfort zone. And I won’t lie, it was something different from the more chunky yarns I crochet with usually, so it took me a while to get …

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  • http://haakmaarraak.nl/last-dance-on-the-beach-week-2-star-square; Introducing the 'star square' for week 2 of the 2016 Scheepjes CAL 'last dance on the beach'. This square is designed by Kirsten from haakmaarraak.nl.

    Last dance on the beach – Week 14 – the border

    This is the final set of border instructions for the Last dance on the beach CAL. We’ve had an (emotional) rollercoaster of 14 weeks! Working hard on the squares, some easier than others. Next, the joining. I’ve seen many people recreating Marinke’s join, and others who created their own twist on the join. I’ve seen …

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  • http://haakmaarraak.nl/wip-dance-to-the-rhythm; My feather and fan shawl with the Alpaca Rhythm is coming along nicely!

    WIP – Feather & fan shawl

    So last time I mentioned I have been eyeing a design for a while now. This ‘Feather & Fan shawl’ actually was one of the first designs I ever saw. It always stuck in my head: I knew I had to make something like it. Just one problem… It’s knitting. In mijn laatste post gaf ik aan dat …

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    Last dance on the beach – Week 13 – Joining

    It’s time for the next exciting part of this CAL-journey: the joining! As many of you know by now, We’ve finished this design for Marinke. But one of the parts of the blanket she completely finished is the joining! She used the so called ‘flat zipper’ method. This method creates a join which lays flat on …

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  • http://haakmaarraak.nl/alpaca-rhythm-my-next-love; The alpaca rhythm is a lovely laceweight yarn, and perfect for my next project!

    Alpaca Rhythm – my next project

    What to do when inspiration hits? You put your hooks to work! Wat doe je als je opeens een vlaag van inspiratie krijgt? Dan zet je je haaknaalden aan het werk! Today the tulips inspire me. 🌷 #crochet #haken #ganchillo #haekeln #flowers #Scheepjes #Alpacarhythm #colour #crochetaddict #ilovecrochet #instagood #squareinstapic #haakmaarraak Een foto die is geplaatst …

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    Last dance on the beach – week 12 – Small waves square

    This is the final pattern for the Last dance on the beach blanket! After this week, we’ll have 2 more weeks to go filled with joining and bordering, and then we have a complete blanket! The square for this week has been designed by Tammy from Canadutch. She’s mainly a knitter (have you seen the fabulous …

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  • http://haakmaarraak.nl/last-dance-on-the-beach-week-11-bobble-square/; This week's square has been designed by Annelies from Vicarno.com. Isn't it lovely?

    Last dance on the beach – week 11 – Bobble square

    We’re already in week 11! Can you believe it? We’re almost through with the squares… Too bad, I rather like seeing my stack grow! This week’s square has been designed by Annelies Baes from Vicarno.com. I’m sure you know her from the 2015 Scheepjes CAL ‘Flight of Fancy’, where she designed a gorgeous shawl! This square …

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