Sunday, 4 September 2016

22 New Cotton Shades from MillaMia

A few days ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on some gorgeous new yarns from MillaMia, exclusive to LoveCrochet.com.

If you are new to the MillaMia yarns they are rather famous for their more luxurious merino yarns, so I had quite high expectations for their new Naturally Soft Cottons. So this post is going to be a bit of a review as well as a new pattern for you guys!

The first thing I noticed though was the range of colour choices in this new cotton range. I've never been a huge fan of yarns that only come in a few different shades. I do love my colour, and I love being able to get a wide variety of colours from the same brand of yarn. The Naturally Soft Cottons didn't disappoint.

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There are a choice of 22 new shades, from soft pastels to deeper tones. There are some really nice beachy baby colours as I like to call them, but also some rather vibrant impact choices too, so lots to choose from.

I chose to work with the colour Sweetpea, which is like a greeny light blue shade, Bright Purple which is such a vibrant plummy colour and also Pure White as a great clean base colour for my Baby Cardigan design below, but of course you can use any colour choices you like (and of course any yarns that you like that come in a 4ply/Sport weight).

Initial squish factor is also high up there! These yarns don't even feel like cotton and are super smooth to work with. They don't feel stringy or too rough in texture, and the finished result is a wonderful drape. You can see me working with this yarn in my video tutorial below.

Lastly, one huge bonus for the new range of Naturally Soft Cottons, especially if you are already a fan of MillaMia yarns, is that they have the same tension as their merino yarns so you can mix and match and substitute as need be between them all. There are also some adorable MillaMia knitting patterns to coincide with these new yarns coming out, which I'll link below. I hope you enjoy!

The DC Baby Cardigan

Suggested Materials

  • 3.5mm E/4 crochet hook
  • 1 x MillaMia Wonderfully Soft Cotton in; 
    • Sweetpea
    • Pure White
    • Bright Purple
    • Or any 4ply/Sport weight yarn
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • 1 x 2cm button

Finished Sizes
0 – 6 months

Additional Notes
This pattern is in US terminology.
This pattern only uses basic stitches such as the half double and double crochet so is suitable for beginners.

Mini Conversion
US sl st = UK ss
US hdc = UK htr
US dc = UK tr

P = Bright Purple
B = Sweetpea Blue
W = Pure White

There is also a video tutorial version of this pattern, which you can watch here on my channel:


Row 1
Using P and a 3.5mm E/4 crochet hook ch61, 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook, 1hdc in remaining chs to end – (60 - including first skipped chs as 1dc)

Row 2
Ch1 *(don’t count as st here on throughout), TURN, 1hdc in first 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, *1hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in next st* repeat from * to * until last 3 sts, 1hdc in last 3 sts (last st will be the top of your chs) – (70)

Row 3
Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in first 3 sts, 2hdc in next st, *1hdc in next 6 sts, 2hdc in next st* repeat from * to * until last 3 sts, 1hdc in last 3 sts – (80)

Row 4
Join W in ch1, TURN, 2dc in first st, ch1, sk2 sts, *4dc in next st, ch1, sk3 sts* repeat from * to * until last st, 2dc in last st

Row 5
Ch1, TURN, *4dc in next 1ch sp, ch1* repeat from * to * three more times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * ten times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * four times until end – (22 fans in total)

Row 6
Ch1, TURN, 2dc between first two dc of previous row, *ch1, 4dc in next 1ch sp* repeat from * to * until end (don’t miss the ch1 space between your increase), ch1, 2dc between last two dc of previous row

Row 7
Ch1, TURN, *4dc in next 1ch sp, ch1* repeat from * to * four more times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * ten times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * five times until end 

Row 8
Repeat row 6

Row 9
Ch1, TURN, *4dc in next 1ch sp, ch1* repeat from * to * five more times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * ten times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * six times until end 

Row 10
Repeat row 6

Row 11
Ch1, TURN, *4dc in next 1ch sp, ch1* repeat from * to * six more times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * ten times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * seven times until end 

Row 12
Repeat row 6

Row 13
Ch1, TURN, *4dc in next 1ch sp, ch1* repeat from * to * seven more times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * ten times, [4dc, ch1, 4dc] in next 1ch sp, ch1, repeat from * to * eight times until end 

Row 14
Ch1, TURN, 2dc between first two dc of previous row, **ch1, 4dc in next 1ch sp** repeat from ** to ** twice more, ch1 and join P, *4dc in next 1ch sp, ch1* repeat from * to * six more times, re-joining W in last ch1, repeat from * to * nine times, re-joining P in last ch1, repeat from * to * seven times, re-joining W in last ch1, repeat from * to * until end, 2dc between last two dc of previous row

Row 15
Ch1, TURN, *4dc in next 1ch sp, ch1* repeat from * to * three more times, ch8, sk7 fans (all your purple ones), repeat from * to * ten times, ch8, sk7 fans (all purple again), repeat from * to * until end, ending 4dc in last 1ch sp

Row 16
Ch1, TURN, 2dc between first two dc of previous row, *ch1, 4dc in next 1ch sp* repeat from * to * twice more, ch1, 4dc in 1st ch of 8, ch1, sk3 chs, 4dc in next ch, ch1, sk3 chs, 4dc in next dc st, repeat from * to * nine times, ch1, 4dc in 1st ch of 8, ch1, sk3 chs, 4dc in next ch, ch1, sk3 chs, 4dc in next dc st, repeat from * to * three times, ch1, 2dc between last two dc of previous row

Row 17
Join B in ch1, TURN, 4dc in first 1ch sp, *ch1, 4dc in next 1ch sp* repeat from * to * until end

Row 18
Ch1, TURN, 2dc between first two dc of previous row, *ch1, 4dc in next 1ch sp* repeat from * to * until end, ch1, 2dc between last two dc of previous row

Rows 19 – 25
Repeat rows 17 and 18, changing to P in ch1, before turn, on row 21

Finishing
Without fastening off, work 4dc in ea large gap up side edge (the gap before last 2dc on each alternate row) back to collar, starting in same 1ch sp as last worked, sl st in last st of collar and fasten off. Repeat for other side edge, starting at collar and working down. Tie in all tails.

There is also a FREE PDF version of this pattern available on my website here: https://www.happyberry.co.uk/free-crochet-pattern/The-DC-Baby-Cardigan/5148/

MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton Knitting Patterns

Lucas Jumper - Downloadable PDF
Ingrid Jumper - Downloadable PDF
Happy crafting and see you soon for some more crochet fun!

    

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*Please Note* I am not being paid by any of the mentioned companies to make this content, and neither MillaMia or LoveCrafts have control over my content. The views in this blog post and the video are strictly my own and I am not affiliated with any of these companies. Proud to be a genuine reviewer!