Thursday, October 17, 2019

Spooktacular Halloween - free crochet pattern

 

 


Hello, hello!
Are you getting ready for Halloween?

I have crocheted some cute pumpkins but other than that, our home is still not fully decorated. But the Halloween mood is certainly on because the  kids have been watching Goosebumps 2 for the umpteenth time. 

I published a Spooktacular pattern 5 years ago (cannot believe it's actually that old) and quite enjoyed making the witches and pumpkins, which surprisingly have held strong and are still in mint condition so I will certainly put them up this year too!

I decided to retire this pattern too, so if you are into adhorrible witches and scary pumpkins, download the pattern from ravelry for free. 







Monday, October 14, 2019

Insta love: Olga Valeska

 

 


Having a soft spot for folk tales, starting from last year, I began following the folk art illustration tag on instragram and for the child in me it has been an everlasting source of inspiration! 

One one such hunt for an inspiring illustration I came upon this amazing girl called Olga Valeska.  
Olga is an artist, a creator, a fine art photographer, an illustrator and a seamstress. She lives in the French Alps where she finds inspiration to make clothes, folk decorations, illustrations and photography prints. 


 



She writes a blog and if you know French you can learn more about her and her work, or just have an everyday cup of beautiful images following her adventures on instagram


Friday, October 11, 2019

Embossed Crochet

 Credit:Pinterest

 Via

Embossed crochet is a crochet technique that creates textured relief by employing front and back post double crochet stitches and the crochet designs look as if they were knit and have the quality of Aran knitting. 

Most designs worked in this amazing technique are inspired by  nature. The one below of the pink bag featuring a 3D leaf pattern has been quite popular and has taken the crochet world by a storm. 

Personally, I would love to try it and have the pattern in tow.
Have you tried embossed crochet? Do you like it?

 
Via


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Falling Leaves Warmers - a crochet pattern

 

 

Let me show you my new warmers I called falling leaves. 

I cannot be blamed for making them - once I feel autumn in my bones, my cuff and wrist warmers craziness kicks in and I am all done for. All resistance is futile. 

These are made in soft baby pink sport yarn and worked with a 1.9mm hook. Very easy to make, wonderfully textures and  beautiful to look at and wear. I am already making a pair in more earthen colors and more wintery yarn. 

The pattern is on etsy and ravelry.


 

 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Insta love: rosarito


 


Today I want to showcase an indie shop I follow on instagram that is called Rosarito.
Whenever one of their photos pops up in my instagram feed, I am immediately transfixed especially if it is one of their crochet pieces.

Rosarito is a brand that seeks the balance between the original design and an extraordinary craftsmanship. Most of their models are completely handmade and they are constantly dreaming up new designs, mixing textures and colors. Some of their designs are made using recycled embroidery patches, laces and trims which make them unique and one of a kind.

Enjoy the selection! 


 



Friday, October 4, 2019

Happy Weekend!


 Wishing you a fab weekend ahead! It's going to be a working one for us, but certainly inspirational.

I am waving goodbye with another of the "back to basics" necklaces I made this summer but still unable to take a proper photo!

See you on Monday!



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

It is Pumpkin Season!





I didn't know the internet had to offer an amazing plethora of crochet pumpkin patterns until I searched for one. Well let me tell you - I was in awe! 
I still cannot make up my mind as to which one to choose - I want to make all of them which is impossible; with the amount of things life throws at me, I'd be happy to muster my energies and crochet just one!

What about you? Do you fall decorate your home? With pumpkins?  




 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Insta love: crochet.mishmash





Anna or known as crochet.mishmash on Instagram, is a designer from Birmingham, UK that not only makes magical  crochet pieces, but she creates magical wands to work with too! 

She makes these hand carved botanical hooks and they all have a unique painted design. The hooks are made from fallen branches and they all have their own enchanting charm and character.  

To see more of Anna's hooks and work, visit her instagram








Friday, September 27, 2019

African Violets Bracelet - free crochet pattern

 

The African Violets Bracelet is one of my oldest patterns which I decided to retire and offer it for free.  

The pattern is below, but if you want a printable copy, download it from Ravelry

Technicalities 

Skill level: easy

Yarn & hook: For this project I used sport yarn and 1.9 mm hook (B1/E4). For a greater and more impressive effect I recommend you use three colors / shades of yarn. 

Other: tapestry needle, scissors and fiber fill if you are making a crochet bead for the closure. 

Used terms: chain (ch), chain space (ch-space), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), picot. 





African Violets
Foundation and round 1: With color A, ch5 and join to make a ring. Make 4sc in ring. Next, "ch2 and sc in next chain". Repeat this pattern ("-") for all 4 sts. There will be 4 chains made (last pic).


Round 2: Ch3 and dc5 in the next ch-space. Next, "ch5 and dc5 in the next ch-space". Repeat this pattern ("-") for all 4 ch-spaces. When you come to the end, ch5 and sl st in the 3-ch you made in the beginning of round to end it. The finished round looks like a small granny.

Round 3: Insert color B in 1st of 5dc you made before and ch3. Then dc2 in the next stitch, dc1 in the next , dc2 in the next st and dc1 in the last. There will be a total of 7 st. Next, ch 5, skip the ch-space and repeat this pattern ("dc1 in 1st st, dc2 in the next st., dc1 in the next, dc2 in the next st, dc1 in the last one, ch5"). Repeat this pattern ("-") for the two remaining 'petals'. Ch5 and sl st to end round. 


Round 4: Insert color C in 1st dc of the dcs you've made before. Ch3 (for the next 3 petals you are going to change the 3-chain into a dc), dc2 in the next st, dc2 in the third st, dc1 in the 4th, dc2 in the next and dc1 in the last st (11). 


Now, making the next dc stitch will be kind of awkward but it makes all the diference for your violet. It is an elongated dc stitch. You are going to make the dc in the center just above the ring - it's below the chains you did in the beginning. 

Pull the yarn up. Note that the petal should be a little tilted - not completely distorted. Release tension and when you achieve the look you like for it - finish the dc. 


Next, ch4 then "dc1, dc2 in the next st, dc2 in the next, dc1 in the next, dc2 in the next st, dc2 in the next and dc1 in the last (11), ch4, make a long dc in the middle, ch4". Repeat the pattern ("-") for the other two petals. 


The Rose

 Foundation and round 1: Ch5 and join to make a ring. Sc6 in ring, Ch3 and sc in the next st. "Ch3 and again make a sc in the next chain". Repeat pattern ("-") for all 6 stitches. You have to have 6 such chains made. 




Round 2: The pattern you are going to work for all the petals (work in the same chain space): "ch2, make 4dcs, ch2, make a sl st to end it", next sl st in the next st and repeat the pattern ("-"). 



Round 3: Ch4 and make a sl st in the space between the two petals. That chain will actually come behind the petal. Make another 4-chain and sl st between 2 petals. Repeat until you have 6 such chains. The last picture shows the behind of the rose with the chains exposed. 



Round 4: Now we are going to fill those chains and make nice petals. Work this pattern: ch2, make 4 dcs, ch2, make a sl st to end it. Repeat this pattern for all other petals. Don't forget to start the second and remaining petals with a sl st. 


Bracelet

 
For the bracelet, ch43 and then sc1 in every stitch. Ch1 at the start of each row. It is approx. 6.7" / 17 cm long, which is quite comfortable for me because my wrists measure 5.09" / 15 cm in circumference. You should measure your wrist and make the foundation that works best for you. It is 1" / 2.5 cm in width, but this is also optional. You can make it wider - just continue making rows of scs. 


I like to add a bit of charm to my pieces, so on the upper side of the bracelet, I made a picot row. (How to make a picot: ch3 and sl st through the 1st of the chain, skip 1 st, st st in the next - 1 picot made.)




The loop: for the loop, ch9. Skip 2 stitches and join the chain with the main body with a sl st. Next, ch1, turn work and sc9 in the loop. End it with a sl st. 


The button: Ch4, join to make a ring. Sc4 in ring, continue by making 1 sc in the 1st st, 2sc in the second, 1 sc in the next, 2sc in the following (6). Then sc1 in every stitch for 1-2 rows. Measure if it fits the loop! Leave bead open, fill with fiberfill to make it puff and as such, sew it onto the bracelet. It is easier to sew on a button or a bead for this purpose, but again - measure to check if it fits the loop!
After that, position the flowers on the bracelet. Pin them so they stay put while you sew them onto the bracelet. Fasten them nicely. Enjoy your bracelet!