Yarn Over – Huge Samples Sale!

New Year – New Projects!

It’s time to clear out our old knitted and crocheted shop samples to make way for new and exciting projects in 2013!

All of our samples are ONE-OFF and have been lovingly hand-knitted or crocheted for shop display only. They have never been worn and so may be a little dusty – be sure to give your purchase a wool-wash when it arrives!

We cannot accept returns on samples – all sales are final. We will do our best to provide accurate measurements in the item description.

To purchase – simply e-mail us: info@sweetyarns.co.nz – to reserve your chosen item. You can then call the shop – 07 3851 2608 – to pay over the phone by credit card or you can send us money with your PayPal account. Be sure to send us your address and phone number in your email.

Okay, well here is what we have!:

1. Child’s pure wool Puppy sweater – Size 1 – roll neck and hem, intarsia, knitted in Patons Classic Wool in ‘chartreuse’, ‘chocolate’ and ‘aran’. Chest measures – 60cm circumference, sleeves are 26cm from shoulder to wrist and length is 30cm from shoulder to hem


2. Girl’s pink variegated cotton hooded sweater – Size 2 – knitted in Bernat Cottontots yarn. Chest measures – 66cm, sleeves are 28cm from shoulder to wrist and length is 30cm from shoulder to hem


3. Baby’s ‘Milo Vest’ – size Newborn. Knitted in pale apricot llama/cotton yarn. Very soft with tweedy look. Cable detail on chest. Chest measures – 42cm. Length from shoulder to hem is 24cm


4. Boy’s vest – Size 18mths – knitted in linen/cotton ‘Mirasol Lachiwa’ yarn – lovely drop-stitch design using four colours – lime, stone grey, sky blue, and pale mint. Chest measures – 50cm, length from shoulder to hem is 31.5cm


5. Ladies’ Intarsia Wool Hat – knitted in Kollage Yarns ‘Fantastic’ – 100% merino wool – colours are fuschia, magenta and teal. Brim circumference is 53cm. Length from top of crown to brim is 23.5cm


6. SOLD — Machine-Knitted Asymmetrical Shawl – knitted in Noro Kureyon – 100% Japanese variegated wool. Measurements – length – 130cm and width at widest point is 90cm. This shawl is an asymmetrical ‘pencil shape’ – wide at one end, tapering down to a point at the other

A bargain at $40!!

7. SOLD —— Crocheted Lap Blanket in Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn – hardwearing yet soft – fabulous modern colours and design. ‘Celery green’ and ‘chocolate’. Features bobbles, v-stitches and moss stitches – this blanket took many hours of crocheting! Dimensions: 140 cm long x 98cm wide

A bargain at $80!

8. Machine-Knitted Cotton Girl’s Skirt – Size 2-3. This lovely, soft variegated skirt was knitted in an 8 ply cotton on my standard gauge knitting machine. It is a simple A-line style with folded hem and elasticated waist. Waist measures 50cm and length from waist to hem is 30.5cm


9. Ladies’ Alpaca/Silk beanie with Estilina (soft silver threads). This handknitted beanie features an all-over cable design in a raspberry colour. Circumference (unstretched) measures 54cm. Crown to brim measures 20cm.


(NOTE: Only the beanie in the picture is included in the sale)

10. Girl’s Cotton Variegated hand-knitted, short-sleeve cardigan. This gorgeous cardigan was knitted in Araucania Pomaire – a pima cotton from Peru. Size 2-4 years. Measurements: Chest circumference is 68cm. Length from front neckline down to hem is 38cm.


11. SOLD —— Pure Wool Lace Scarf – this raspberry scarf was knitted in Araucania pure wool and is approximately 186cm (6 foot) long and 17cm wide.


12. Crochet Nobori handbag – cute tote crocheted in Noro Nobori cotton variegated yarn. Measures 52cm circumference and 27cm tall from handles to base.


13. Child’s Slouchy Beanie – handknitted by me in Bernat Jacquards – self-patterning acrylic yarn. Brim circumference is 43cm – unstretched – (it does stretch to fit me!) and hat measures 23cm from top to brim – unstretched (it is a very stretchy style hat). A perfect hat for a little boy!


14. SOLD — Newborn Baby Crochet Top in Noro ‘Aya’ cotton/silk, self-striping yarn – chest circumference is 34cm. Length from neckline to hem is 17cm


15. Crochet Noro Ripple Scarf with tassles in ‘Silk Garden Lite’ – pinks, chocs, greys, mauves. Measures 180cm, not including tassles


16. SOLD — Noro Crochet Ripple Scarf in blues, mauves, greens and peach – wool/silk yarn. Measures 188cm long


17. Hand-knitted, cabled ladies’ scarf – in Kollage Yarns ‘Milky Whey’ very soft milk fibre/cotton yarn in a dusky pink colour. Measures 186cm long


18. SOLD — Hand-knitted Ladies’ Scarf – raspberry pink – knitted in milk fibre/wool yarn. Lovely, soft and drapey. Measures 168cm long.


19. Machine-knit ‘Clapotis’ scarf in hand-dyed Madelinetosh yarn – soft, slightly variegated, pale leaf green – pure wool. Measures 152cm long and 15cm wide.


20. Ladies slouchy beanie – bamboo/wool – lace – teal colour. Brim measures 54cm around – it is a loose-fitting, slouchy style. Hat measures 20cm from crown to brim. there is one mistake in the knitting, hence the reduced price:

$15.00 (usually $22.00)

21. Girl’s A-Line knitted tunic dress, knitted in japanese Noro ‘Aya’ yarn – cotton/silk – Size 5 years:


Measures – 76cm across the chest and 46cm tall from neckline down to hem

22. SOLD ——- Sock Loom – resin plastic – usually $90, now save 50! – $45.00

This 60 peg, adjustable sock loom means you can knit socks from baby size right up to large men’s size. The company that made these looms has now gone out of business, so these are the last ones I have available:


23. Large Infinity Afghan Loom – 266 pegs – creates a double-side afghan using 10 ply or 12 ply yarn. originally $90 – now half-price!! Wooden board, heavy-duty plastic/nylon pegs

The company that made these looms has now gone out of business, so these are the last ones I have available:

originally $90 – now $45!!

Yarn Bombing!

On Saturday, the dedicated crafters from the Brisbane Northside Craft Group came to my shop for some yarn-bombing fun!

Yarn bombing is an event promoted under the ‘Saviours of the Lost Arts’ program which runs around this time in Brisbane every year.

We had a fantastic time bombing, knitting, crocheting, chatting, eating (!) and I hope they will come back again! 🙂

Thanks ladies – “You’re ‘da bomb!” (LOL!)

February 2011 CAL Free Pattern – Rainbow Ripple Afghan

Okay everybody, sorry for the wait – here is the pattern for our Rainbow Ripple Afghan CAL for 2011.

Here is a picture of the finished product:

The pattern features US terminology – translations are provided below:

Rainbow Ripple Afghan Crochet Pattern


Brown Sheep Company ‘Cotton Fleece’ – 100g skein, DK weight
1 skein each of the following colours:

Barn Red – colour A
Hearty Merlot – colour B
Pink-a-Boo – colour C
Blue Paradise – colour D
Robin Egg – colour E
Limelight – colour F
Banana – colour G

You can buy Cotton Fleece online at our website – www.sweetyarns.co.nz

4.5mm crochet hook

*Gauge: 9 DC = 2.5 inches. Gauge is not really important – try to use a crochet hook which gives an airy fabric – not too tight, nor too loose.


CH – chain
DC – double crochet (UK treble crochet)
DC3TOG – double crochet 3 together (decrease) (UK – TC3TOG)

With colour A, Chain 186 – 13 x pattern repeats of 14 stitches each plus a starting chain of 4 – this will give you a lapghan – which is the size I am making. You may increase or decrease the size of your starting chain in increments of 14 stitches.

Row 1 – 1 DC in 4th chain from hook, *1 DC in each of next 5 ch, DC3TOG over next 3 ch, 1 DC in each of next 5 ch, 3 DC in next chain; repeat from * across, ending last repeat with 2 DC in last chain – 13 zig-zag peaks.

Row 2 – 3 chain, 1 DC in first DC (right next to starting chain), * 1 DC in each of next 5 DC, DC3TOG over next 3 DC, 1 DC in each of next 5 DC, 3 DC in next DC. Repeat from * across, ending last repeat with 2 DC in the top of the turning chain.

Row 3 – repeat row 2, changing to colour B in last stitch.

Row 4-6 – repeat row 2 in colour B

Subsequent rows – do three rows in each colour. Keep repeating the colour sequence until you run out of yarn!

Happy Crocheting!


If you prefer a Word Document of this pattern, please February 2011 CAL Free Pattern Rainbow Ripple Blanket.

2011 is the Year of the Afghan – here at American Yarns anyway….

I have decided that 2011 is the Year of the Afghan!

Why, you ask? several reasons..

1. I have too many WIPs which are afghans which need to be finished
2. They’re impressive but don’t cost much
3. The crocheted ones are fast
4. They make fabulous TV-watching projects
5. They’re great for having fun with colour – after all, you don’t wear them so if they’re all in your favourite hot fluoro colours – who cares!

So that’s why I have chosen three CAL projects this year which are afghans – one traditional, one baby and one which can be finished in time for Christmas – time to start planning for the next one people!

Okay, so here goes:

February CAL – Rainbow Ripple Afghan
No pic as I am making this pattern up, but it uses 7 skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in pretty rainbow colours. Details in a previous blog post and kit can be bought here

April CAL – Baby Month! – Punch Fun Baby Blanket
Only uses two BIG balls of yarn – one multi and one white – bright baby blanket which is soft, machine-washable and not too ‘baby-looking’.

kit available here

July CAL – Circles in Squares Blanket

This one is crocheted in Bernat Super Value acrylic – and if you’re not an acrylic fan, after using Bernat Super Value – you will be! It is SOOOOO soft and crochets up well and doesn’t feel at all ‘acrylicy’ – you’ll love it! And the blanket is large – 132 x 157 cm – single bed size (almost – give or take 20 cm along the long side). The kit costs $99 and contains 15 balls of yarn in 8 colours and is available to pre-order now.

So I guess that’s it – keep your eyes peeled on our blog for updates particularly as the February CAL starts in 3 weeks. I will post regular blog updates on each CAL as I will be making them too!

So excited – can’t wait!

2011 Crochet-Along – Rainbow Ripple Afghan

Welcome to our first CAL for 2011!

This year we will be crocheting a beautiful ripple afghan in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.

The ‘mystery’ element will be in the order of the colours chosen for the project. They will be centred around the ‘rainbow’ theme so we guarantee the colours will be bright and cheerful – just perfect for injecting a splash of colour into your living room or a child’s bedroom.

The pattern is INCREDIBLY simple – the joy of this project is in the rainbow ripples of colour – I can’t wait!

Okay, so here are the details:

Crocheted ripple afghan in ‘rainbow’ colours, ONE skein each of:

Tangerine Cream OR Barn Red
Candy Apple OR Hearty Merlot
Blue Paradise
Robin Egg Blue

February 2011 - Rainbow Ripple CAL - colours

Supplies needed
4.5mm crochet hook
sewing-up needle

Start date:
February 14th – Valentine’s Day

How does it work?

The pattern will be given 2 weeks prior to the start date. Simply order what you need online – we guarantee to have at least 10 skeins of each colour available from the end of January. I will also have a kit available to pre-purchase if you prefer to get everything at once. If we get any stragglers or late starters, there will be a delay while we order the colours required.

There will be enough yarn to complete the afghan and an optional cushion as well.

That’s it really – I will be working on the project at the same time as you so if there are any questions, feel free to contact me: info (at) yarnover (dot) com (dot) au.

I’ll be blogging about my progress and also updating over on Ravelry.

We really hope you can join us on this fun and colourful CAL for 2011!