Stylecraft are delighted to announce an exciting collaboration with crochet superstar Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar. The brand is sponsoring her eagerly awaited Queen CAL which launches in September and features a special, limited edition colourway by Blogstar, Lucia Dunn.
Annabelle Hill, Sales and Marketing Director at Stylecraft says: “Tinna is a fantastically talented and creative spirit and one of the first designers to highlight the possibilities of mosaic crochet. When she approached us to use our yarn, we jumped at the chance to be involved with the project.”
The Queen CAL has been many months in the planning as Tinna explains; “The inspiration for my Queen was really my need to get back to the basics! I began by just drawing to see where the lines and patterns would take me, and the Queen came to be in only one night!”
Originally Tinna called the CAL the Queen of Diamonds, because it is partly a tribute to DC Entertainment character Harley Quinn: “I had just seen the movie with my son, so I’m thinking the harlequin diamond patterns subconsciously were inspired by the character.”
Once Tinna started working on the pattern, she quickly realised that it could also be worked vertically, giving it a whole other look. “In my large original Queen, which is worked vertically, I consciously choose colours in a fade back and forth against the white, inspired by the beautiful midwestern American throws,” says Tinna.
Tinna chose Stylecraft Special DK because of the extensive colour palette: “It’s such fun to work with yarn that has a rich range of colours, and it’s very reasonably priced, which is important because I want everyone to be able to participate in on the Queen fun!”
Tinna has designed two of the four colourways, the Oceania and Tequila Sunrise. “My Tequila Sunrise Queen was inspired by my Casablanca afghan, and incorporates all my favourite colours with neon pink, lots of reds, neon orange and some bright yellow and it is grounded with some lovely natural browns. My other favourite colour is turquoise, so I then designed the Oceania colourway in all kinds of beautiful blues and turquoise – more of a tranquil colourway,” she explains.
Blogstar, Lucia Dunn of Lucia’s Fig Tree has created the colour palette for the Folk Queen, using Stylecraft Life DK and Batik, which is a limited edition and available exclusively from Lucia’s website.
Lucia and Tinna met online in 2018 and immediately hit it off so a creative collaboration was inevitable, in fact Lucia was the first person Tinna contacted when work began on the CAL. Lucia picks up the story: “Tinna asked me if I would consider doing a version of the CAL and I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by! What fascinated me about this CAL is the versatility of the pattern that Tinna has created – it can be manipulated and customised which is something that is quite unique,” she says.
“I called my version of the CAL the Folk Queen because the colourway is inspired by traditional folk costumes. The colours I have chosen celebrate the rich textile traditions that are in my roots, Tinna’s Icelandic heritage and our friendship.”
Tinna’s friend and testing team leader, Sue Collings, has designed the fourth colourway, the Ruby Queen colourway, which uses a rich and warm palette
The final word goes to Tinna: “My core mission in life is to get people to be creative in their crochet work. Creativity is such a strong, beautiful force, something we can never have enough of in the world I think!”
Yarn packs for all version of the Queen CAL go on sale from 17th August and the CAL begins on 18th September with the pattern available from Tinna’s Ravelry store.
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