Sunday, December 30, 2012

Me on Ravelry and the Best of 2012

As of a couple of weeks ago I reactivated my Ravelry account. It has all my patterns for sale and in the future you can also find some free patterns for download. For the time being it's just the Flower Necklace Pattern for free download, but I am going to put up several more, or as they come up in the future.

Above picture: a mini doilies necklace in the make.

The Best of 2012:

1. The absolute winner - The Ruffly Scarf Tutorial

3. This bloom bracelet
5. And this necklace that turned to be widely loved


Friday, December 28, 2012

Making beads

Hi everyone!
Hope you had great time for the holidays!

I was busy as always. I was making some of my yarn beads and preparing some interesting new things for the shop.
As the children are almost officially on vacation (starts on Monday with a New Year's school party) I can start breathing freely for a while

So, the yarn beads. Enjoyed every single moment making them. The process was quite relaxing.

Talk to you soon. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Missing post

This is  the post that got stuck in your readers. Hope you enjoy making the necklace - the possibilities for the flower arrangements are innumerous!

P.S. Aren't you glad you survived the end of the world?!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Flower Necklace - free pattern {updated}

Flower Necklace Tutorial
{Last Minute Gifts} 

Skill level: beginner/easy

Time: (less than) an hour

Gauge: not important for this project

*Yarn and hook: crochet yarn / 1.9 mm hook

Used terms: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st.), treble (triple) crochet (tr), half-double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), single crochet (sc). 

* Tip: the yarn shown in the picture is 3 mm thick so the label suggested I use 1.9mm hook. Always consult the label on the skein because it gives information about recommended hook size.

For this necklace you have to make a nice foundation.

Chain 150 stitches.

When you come to the end, chain 2 more, turn work and make dc in the second ch from hook. Make dc in every stitch until the end.

When you come to the end, don't finish it. You are going to make a loop.

For the loop, chain 9, make a slip stitch to join the loop with the main body of the foundation, turn work and crochet in the opposite direction - single crocheting to fill the loop.

Here it is all worked down. When you come to the end, make a sl st. Cut yarn, tie a knot and weave the tail.

For the closure you may add a bead, a button or crochet a button.

For the button in the picture, I chained 4, made a sl st in the last to make a ring, crocheted 4 sc in the ring, continued by making a sc in every stitch for 2-3 rows.

Next -  the flowers.

Pattern for the flowers:
Ch 4 and join with sl st to make ring.
Round 1: 4 sc in ring, sl st with last sc to join
Round 2: *ch 4, 2tr, ch 4, sl st* in same stitch
Repeat round 2 for all 5 petals, but start the 2nd (and consequently the others by making a sl st in the new petal prior to making the ch4)

Cut yarn, weave ends.

Pattern for tiny leaves:

Ch 6
Row 1: ch 1, 1 hdc in first chain from hook, 1 dc, 1 tc, 1 dc, 1 hdc
You may end here. If you want to make a twin leave just chain 3 more and chain the leave pattern again. When you finish with the second leaf, cut it out,secure it, tie a knot and weave ends.

Attach the leaves to the flowers, and the whole set to the foundation and you are done!

You may work on your arrangement / design to suit your fancy!

Your gift will certainly be appreciated!

Isn't it lovely?
Enjoy it! 

UPDATE: if you want to donwload this to your computer, you can do so from ravelry