Starry Night

Soon we will be sending out our very first yarn advent calendars. This collaboration between Needlecase (me), George & Rose (Hannah), Knitting Pretty (Di) and Ewe and Yarn (Sharon) is exciting for us and we can’t wait to send them out to all the fabulous people who have ordered them from us.

They will contain 12 x 20g mini skeins of fabulous hand dyed yarn by Hannah and 12 gifts selected by myself, Di and Sharon.

I have written a knitting pattern to go with the yarn that Hannah has created from the inspiration that we gave her and I love it and how it shows off the colours. Everyone will receive a copy of the pattern, but I also know that some people may wish to crochet with their yarn or they might fancy something a little different to what has come out of my head. These yarns are going to be such a treat and you might even want to wait a while and just admire them until the urge strikes to knit or crochet with them, but just in case you are looking for inspirations and don’t know where to start, we have some suggestions for you.

Here are mine…

I have used the designers own pictures here from Ravelry. The link in the title shown in red will take you to the Ravelry page for that design.

Starting off with a couple from Emma Vining.

Wavelet Shawl by Emma Vining

This very pretty shawl asks for 200g of 4ply yarn and I just think it would look amazing.


photo credit Emma Vining

Merrow Berries by Emma Vining

See below what Emma herself said on Instagram about this shawl and how she used the pattern with a mini-skein set

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photo credit Emma Vining

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These are by Helen Stewart.

Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart

The pattern asks for approximately 8g (35m/37yds) each of 24 colours of fingering weight yarn or a total of 840m/888yds

To use this pattern for our advent sets allow 16g of each of the 12 colours.


photo credit Helen Stewart

Hearten Cowl by Helen Stewart

She speaks beautifully about the purpose of this design and states that it uses 10g each of 24 colours


photo credit Helen Stewart

Dust of Snow by Helen Stewart

Look at this beauty!

This one uses your advent minis with some mohair lace weight and I think it looks rather sumptuous.

I HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE THIS WRAP BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT IT USES 400g 4ply so if you want to use your Yorkshire Yarn Advent yarn you will need quite a bit of extra yarn. 

photo credit Helen Stewart

Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart

Because she says that she has used 10g x 24 mini skeins and that the size is flexible I’m feeling that this would work. I like that it looks simple to do, if you’re looking for a relaxing knit, but very effective when finished.


photo credit Helen Stewart

Here are a few from Carol Feller

Anglesea by Carol Feller


photo credit Joseph Feller

Arch Lane by Carol Feller


photo credit Joseph Feller

Fenns Quay by Carol Feller


This won’t use all the yarn but you could make two?


photo credit Joseph Feller

Have a look at this blog from Crafternoon Treats if you are looking for crochet inspiration.

More ideas here from Sophie at Botanical Yarn.

Di recommends that you have a look at this FREE scarf pattern ‘I really want to do it sometime and it will be fab in the G&R (George & Rose)’.



ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm

You will have plenty of yarn to do this simple but ultra effective pattern.

photo credit Christy Kamm

Sharon has suggested this lovely lot!

Litmus Cowl by Amy Florence Edwards Green

Sharon suggests combining your advent yarn with a solid neutral colour. This pattern is also FREE


photo credit Amy Florence Edwards Green

Winter Wonder Wrap by Sally-Jane Cameron

This looks amazing. The designer has used 24 colours but she explains how to adapt to our 12 colour sets

‘the pattern is written for 10g but you can adapt it to use 15g or 20g – see notes, 100g sock weight in a neutral colour for between your sections. I am using a darker grey Drops Flora, but any sock weight single colour skein will work’


photo credti Sally-Jane Cameron

Simply Scrappy Cowl by Helen Stewart


This one uses 120g so I reckon you could make 2 of them!

It looks as though she is offering it for FREE at the moment if you use the code given on Ravelry


photo credit Helen Stewart


Adventurer Cowl by Ambah O’Brien

She’s got a few here and they are all designed to work with advents so here we go…


credit for all photos to Ambah O’Brien

This is quite a list I think and I would like to knit everything on it!!!