Monday, October 19, 2020

Crochet Fall Decorating Ideas

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This year I am more concentrated on using "organic"  fall decor like  leaves, pine-cones, chestnuts, acorns and berries to decorate around the house, though as a crocheter I find it hard not to include some of my both fabric and crocheted pumpkins, mushrooms and leaves
I also love to see what others have used to fall-decorate their homes and I selected a handful of ideas I think everyone would enjoy.  The links to the free patterns for the lovelies in the post below each picture, include instructions for a garland, pillow, jar cozies, and a wreath.
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Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Daphne Baby Dress - pattern release

Good evening all! I have a new shop just for kids' things (it has been opened for a while but I had a just a couple of things in it and didn't promote it at all) - and it's called Marika's Closet.
I plan to fill it in with baby patterns and actual items, and that is mostly what I have been working on for the past month. 
The first pattern to be added is this one for the dress I named Daphne and it includes sizes 0-3 and 3-6 months.  
If you, or somebody you know would love baby patterns,  I would appreciate a referral. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Jacob's Scarf - crochet pattern release

Stepping out of my routine to concentrate on girls' crochet stuff, I made my son Jacob this scarf as a personal / handmade gift for his 15th birthday, which was yesterday. To his mama's delight, he was eager to model it for me.

The pattern, which can be found in my etsy, ravelry; and lovecraft shops, uses a mix of two patterns: crossed double crochets and bobbles. 

I would love to have some free time on my hands and try it in cotton for Eva.


Monday, October 5, 2020

Crochet Foliage Shrug - pattern release


This my newest pattern for a shawl turned shrug / bolero.

For this shawl/shrug I used 1.5 skeins of Nako's Vals worsted variegated yarn (100 gr/skein) and a 3.00 mm (UK11) (US 10/3) hook.
Used terms (American terminology): chain (ch), chain space (ch sp), skip (sk), double crochet (dc), treble (tr), picot.
*tapestry needle for weaving ends.

Finished measurements: 95 cm (37.4”) long and 53 cm (20.8”) wide (at the widest point).

Tip: The tutorial shawl /shrug is made as a rectangle that fits sizes S / M. The rectangle is folded at the center in the shape of a triangle and each of the two panels is sewed so as to make it a shrug/bolero. Please consider this if you want to make it more generous in volume (length and width) and not as closely fitting at the arms. The pattern uses additions of 5, so consider this when calculating your foundation stitches if you want to make it bigger in length. I recommend you measure yourself arm to arm across your back (or wrist to wrist to be more precise, and chain as much, but be careful that you have a stitch count of 5 (additions of 5). The pattern for the foundation of this one is made with 130 stitches. 

Pattern: Etsy, Ravelry & LoveCrafts

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The "Penelope" Scarf


Around this time last year, we were on the road, traveling to Istanbul and during the car-ride I made this scarf and named it after the city, but when we came to the photo-shoot location, Eva's posing reminded me of the Penelope-in-waiting, so the name stuck with me. 

So here it is - the Penelope scarf which is immensely versatile and can be styled in numerous ways, but we like it best wrapped around the neck, with the fringes falling in layers. The lace crochet  pattern gives it a rich and textured appearance and makes for a truly unique piece.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Crochet Leaf Ear-Warmer - free pattern


With the mornings getting chillier, Eva requested I make her an ear warmer  and I was happy to oblige. 

It's something you can make in a jiffy, and it is a perfect last minute gift. 

50 gr of Aran yarn. I used the brand "Soufle" by Austermann and it is 100% virgin wool.  4mm hook.
Stitches: chain (ch), skip (sk), double crochet (dc), 3-dc cluster, picot.
Measurements: maker's fit.

Foundation and round 1: Ch6 and join to make a ring. dc9 in ring. 
Round 2: ch5, turn work, sk1, dc1 in next st, ch2, sk1, dc1 in next st. Repeat this pattern two times more. Ch3 and turn work.

Round 3: make 3-dc clusters in all ch-spaces. 


Round 4: ch7 and sc1 in between the second and third cluster. Ch6 and sc1 again in the same place. This will make the ring for the next leaf Ch3 (counts as the first dc) and turn work. dc8 in the ring. From here repeat the pattern from round 2-4. 

Work the pattern until the warmer fits your head. It shouldn't be too tight, and work as many leaves needed to make a nice fit. When done, ch7 (for the end of the leaf), sc in-between the 2nd and 3rd cluster and sl st in the very first chain you made to close it. Whilst doing this, make sure not to twist the headband's sides and join the wrong side with the face side. 
Turn the warmer inside out - the face should be inside and sc1 once more in the same ch-space. 

Do not cut yarn, because we are going to decorate it by adding picots at the sides.
Ch3, turn the warmer with the face up and sl st in the big (7-ch) chain. Ch4, make a picot and sc1 in the cluster round. Ch4, make a picot and sc in the ch-space round, ch4, make a picot and sc in the 1st round. There should be 4 picots. From here, ch4, make a picot and sc in the chain of the next leaf. When this side is done, cut yarn and weave work the end.

Insert yarn in the 1st round of the leaf, ch4, make a picot in the same space, next repeat the picot pattern single crocheting them in the ch-space, first cluster side, and second cluster side. There should be 4 picots on this side too. Ch4 and make a picot in the round 2 of the next leaf.

Work this until the whole side is picoted. Sl st in the same space where you worked the very last picot. When  done, cut yarn and work the tails. And that is it!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

🍂Happy Autumn!🍂


Happy first day of autumn guys!
This year I wanted my autumnal decorations to be a bit different, and since I've been yearning to make fabric (velvet) pumpkins for ages, I came up with these shabby chic beauties. And I get all starry-eyed whenever I look at them :)

For these I used vintage fabric and tulle, crochet ribbons and lace, crochet flowers, old buttons and pieces of dismantled brooches and earrings. And they make a striking difference to my book-stand top I use to decorate depending on the season.  

Are you a fan of fabric pumpkins?