Since we received the Jersey Be Good, there has been many of you asking what could be made with this interesting yarn. Due to its structure – the yarn is made of 3cm wide strips of jersey cotton – it offers a unique finish and works greatly with a wide array of designs, from home-wear, to accessories and clothes. To show you the full potential behind the Jersey Be Good, we decided to write this little review and hope it will inspire for your next knitting or crochet project. It is also going to be the occasion to talk about another amazing Brighton shop, Spiderplant, whose owner has kindly lend us four plants to experiment in making flower pots with.
Another atypical thing about the Jersey Be Good – as well as its appearance – is its method of production. Being made with off-cuts from textile factories in Turkey, this product is completely up-cycled which makes it even more appealing to knit or crochet with. Because of its thickness and the fact it is machine washable, it seems to be the ideal yarn for home-wear designs like rugs, or accessories like bags and purses, which usually tend to wear quicker and require regular cleaning.
Keen to crochet summery and colourful plant pots but lacking of actual plants to put them in, we contacted Spiderplant to see if they were willing to make a collaboration with us. The idea was to exhibit some of their plants in our window display in exchange of some crocheted pots they could use in their shop. The association was fruitful as we ended up with four lovely plants to decorate our window and three other pots displayed in their premises. For those not familiar with Spiderplant, it is an amazing botanical shop specialized in exotic and unusual plants, located in the back room of Flock on Sydney Street.
We love Flock and Spiderplant, for their quirkiness and the great selection of plants, vintage garments and local designers they promote.
Hearts and Guns, Brighton Lace Lingerie, Palomita Jewelry, Pick Up Sticks Vintage, The Emperor’s Old Clothes and Maria Tilyard Designs are all wonderful local labels, founded by creative and talented designers that you should definitely check out next time you pass by Sydney Street. It is also worth to note that all the pieces they create are made in limited number, nothing is mass produced so absolutely great if you are looking for something unique and personal.
As you can see from the photos, shades from the Jersey Be Good‘s palette are really vibrant, perfect to bring a touch of colour around the house. Bear in mind that because it is up-cycled and contains around 2% of Elastane, the elasticity of the yarn varies from one batch to another. So you might want to chose cones with more or less elasticity depending on your project. All the pots have been crocheted by Kate on a 12mm hook, except the tiny blue and yellow one which was made on a 15mm. As she is such a good knitter and crocheter, she freestyled them all, so we do not have the possibility to propose a pattern for them, however here is a suggestion of projects that would make a great match with the Jersey Be Good.
These two baskets, one by Elizabeth Pardue and the other one by Bekki Bjarnoll would work great as containers for your yarn stashes and various projects. We also love the Puff Daddy by Anna and Heidi Pickles as a way to add an extra seat in your lounge as well as a nice decorative element. For those wanting to play around with colours, the Mandala Rug by Marinke Slump would be a good option. Of course, the use of this yarn is not limited to home-wear, look at this cute purse made during our Crochet a Clutch class earlier on this month. This other clutch and necklace by Wool and the Gang are also good examples of the versatile nature of the Jersey Be Good.
For those really keen on trying one of those project but not sure about their crochet techniques, please note a Foundations in Crochet class for complete beginners will be held at YAK on Sunday 3rd of July. And for those with more advanced skills, why not coming to our Crochet Bunting session, also held on the 3rd of July, later in the afternoon?
We hope this post has inspired you and that you will have fun creating new exciting stuff with the Jersey Be Good.
Until Next Time… Happy Knitting!