Thursday, February 28, 2019

Crochet Coral Necklace - free pattern

I still have a lot of this amazing Nako's Val yarn and was really into playing with it -rather than make a constructive project - like a sweater for example, but no, I had to make a necklace.
This particular piece is gorgeous in reality (forgot to wake up my modesty today - sorry about that!), and I am really pissed off with the camera for not being into it as much as I am.
It is easy to make it, so if you like it, here's the pattern:
With desired yarn and adequate hook (I used 3mm and DK yarn) chain as many as you want the ties to be long.  The pattern is for the necklace you see in the pictures, but you can customize it.
Note that the whole piece is made (as a whole) in 2 turns.
Start necklace tie: chain 60. Next curling.

First curl: ch15 and in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st.
Second curl: ch17 and in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st.
Third curl onwards: increase 2-3 stitches (or more) with each curl until you reach the longest you'd like to have. The curls in the center of my necklace are 30-32 stitches. After you reach the desired peak, start decreasing the curls' stitches.
When done curling, chain 60 for the other tie and join with the beginning.
Next, sc across in every stitch across the whole necklace. Finish it off.
Round corals


Coral 1:
Ch 5 and join to make a ring.
Rnd 1: sc5 in ring.
Rnd 2: sc2 in each st (10)
Rnd 3: sc1, sc2 in each st. (15)
Rnd 4: repeat rnd 3
Coral 2:
Ch 5 and join to make a ring.
Rnd 1: sc5 in ring.
Rnd 2: sc2 in each st (10)
Rnd 3: rep rnd 2 (20)
Rnd 4: sc1
(Rnd 5: sc1, sc2 in each st.(30)
Play with the number of stitches to make different sizes of these. Make as many as you like and arrange them around the curls and ties. Pin and sew them together.
I used different seed / cylinder beads to give the corals a bit of glam. Have fun!


  The downloadable copy of this pattern can be bought on etsy and ravelry.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday Inspiration: The Colorful World of Katie Jones

If you are deep into crochet and a fervent lover of granny squares, the chances of not knowing Katie Jones are quite slim.
She is the girl truly dedicated to the traditional, old-fashioned grannies that she magically turns into unique designer creations.
Katie has launched her self-named brand in 2016 and became fast recognizable for its focus on sustainable practice, embracing Katie's Granny vision of making something beautiful from nothing and addressing issues of over-consumerism. She creates wearable, artisanal collections infused with bursts of colors and textures.

She has a grandiose MIY (make-it-yourself) collection. My favorite is the one inspired by Frida Kahlo. Find it here.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Crochet Bridal Bouquets

The finishing touch to a bride's wedding day is the bridal bouquet. Flowers give an enchanting visual and romantic effect to the bridal outfit and enhance the whole appearance of the bride.
Why did brides started carrying bouquets?
Read more here.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mermaid's Necklace

I still hadn't used all the ceramic pieces I made in this workshop. So this pendant was the trigger for the creation of the necklace I named Mermaid's necklace mainly because I couldn't shake off the image of Ariel's tail while working with the shiny green (bluish) scale resembling sequins.
Now, it is a pity the decorated pendant doesn't steal the spotlight, because I left my back on it - I am serious. The beading got the best of me. And still, I am not satisfied how it looks, so I think I am going to add some more beads or sequins to the tubes.
If you were wondering whether there is an end to my crochet tubes showing up here, well, I will have to disappoint you. There

Monday, February 18, 2019

Kantha Embroidery

Kantha is perhaps the oldest form of Indian embroidery originating from the cities of Bangladesh and West Bengal.
Traditionally, women would take several old and used saris, layer them together and employ different running stitches to decorate them and crate unique quilts and blankets. The word kantha refers to the running stitch used in alternate or parallel repeats.
The running stitch/ kantha is the source of uniqueness of this type of embroidery because  it creates a wondrous visual interest and amazing texture with the slightly wrinkled and wavy effect the fabric acquires. The kantha also emphasizes the Indian cultural principal of reusing and recycling old cloths and garments. Another interesting point is that the threads used for the embroidery are taken from the borders of saris, with which the life of used fabric is elongated and most often heirloom pieces are created.
There are 7 different types of Kantha stitches.
The first kind is the Lep Kantha, which is used to make warm, padded quilts. Then there is the Sujani Kantha which is used to make bed covers for ceremonial occasions. Baiton Kantha is used on covers meant to wrap books and other precious objects.
Oaar Kantha is used on pillow covers, while Archilata Kantha is used for covering mirrors and usually comes with colorful motifs and borders. Durjani Kantha is small pieces used to make the insides of a wallet, and the last kind is the Rumal Kantha which is used to cover plates, and come with a lotus motif right in the center.


Resources I used to write this post:
1. Coveting Kantha
2. Kantha
3. Kantha Embroidery

Thursday, February 14, 2019

My Sweet Valentine Girl

She comes of age today!
We are having the family gathered for a little celebration and to you I wish a merry and joyful Valentine's!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sugar Blossom Necklace

Whenever I am working on a tedious project, I turn to making flowers or tubes. Working on 2 big projects simultaneously, which  I still don't want to reveal, has been quite challenging and in the process, as one can guess, lots of flowers were made. Tubes as well.

So I decided to do something with them and created several necklaces. This is the one I called cotton candy from the very beginning - the colors are happy and spring-like and for this one I turned again to the romantic expression and added a bit of a  vintage feel to it. 
Find it here.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Crochet Valentine's Projects for You to Try

Happy Monday all!

Two more days until Valentine's, eh?

Have you been caught by the V's fever? If you have the time and the itch to make this Valentine's Day a bit more special, here's my annual roundup of Valentine's  inspired crochet patterns.

Crochet hearts have always been ranking high, so I chose these.

I found some gorgeous pillows


This bag Via

and these 2 lovely scarves Via and Via

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Gift Necklace & Bracelet

Many, many moons ago I won an amazing giveaway on Mia's blog and as a token of my appreciation for it, in return I created a necklace and a bracelet for her. Not a set, obviously.
I didn't and still don't know anything about Mia's style - one can think one knows somebody by visiting their online journal, but in fact my assumptions were wrong when it came to her favourite colors. Her favourite colors are the ones that I never rarely use in my crochet palette so as I sent the package away, I was still worrying whether these would appeal to her.
So not knowing about her style, I made her a romantic necklace, with just small dashes of pearl beads. Then thought that if she is not the type to wear that necklace, I might venture out by making a boho bracelet where I would splash beads all over it to my heart's content.
Her response (yes, she already got them) was fantastic and I really hope she enjoys wearing them. If not, I guess, she can always give them away as gifts....
If you haven't visited her blog, be sure to. She makes amazing cards and I am sure you are going to enjoy them!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

How to Read Crochet Charts: Valentine's Heart

This is the first chart reading in the new year, so it is bound to be fun if you are inclined to make hearts for Valentine's.
The diagram was taken from pinterest.
To make the heart I used sport yarn and 1.9 mm hook. The finished measurements of the heart is 11cm at the widest point and 8 cm center down. Please note that the chunkier the yarn you use, the bigger the heart will be.
Hearts Body
Foundation and Row 1: Ch19 and dc1 in the 7th st from hk. Ch1, sk1, dc1 then repeat this pattern 5 x more.
Row 2: Ch 4 and turn. Sk1,dc1 over the dc of the row below. Repeat pattern from row 1 six times.
Rows 3-6: Repeat row 2. Cut yarn.
Heart's upper right.
Round 1: insert yarn in the 5th dc (counting from left to right) and ch5. Sl st in the 3rd ch (counting from left to right), ch 3 and sl st again in the 1st dc (not counting the 4-chain at the beginning of the row below).
Round 2: Dc12 in the chain and sl st in the 2nd st (from right to left) (13).
Round 3: Ch 3 and sl st in the last dc (on the right), ch1, dc1 in the next st. Repeat this 10 times more. Then ch1 and sl to end the round.
Heart's upper left.
Round 1: insert yarn in the 4th ch-space (counting from left to right) and ch5. Sl st in the 3rd ch (counting from left to right), ch 3 and sl st again in the 1st dc (not counting the 4-chain at the beginning of the row below).
Round 2: Dc12 in the chain and sl st in the 2nd st (from right to left) (13).
Round 3: Ch 3 and sl st in the last dc (on the right), ch1, dc1 in the next st. Repeat this 10 times more. Then ch1 and sl to end the round.
Outer border: When you finish the left upper heart shape, ch 1 and sc in every stitch around the whole heart. Sl st to end it.
In the picture it is the biggest pink heart. I opted to make smaller ones so I resized the pattern. Enjoy it!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Crochet on the Runway


I always love to see what high couture designers have to offer in terms of crochet especially for spring and summer.  
Before you continue reading further, please note that I am by no means an expert on the subject of high fashion. Having grown in a household of  professional seamstresses and designer(s), I have acquired and developed my sense of fashion that emerges of the style(s) I appreciate and am sworn by.
Every time I watch the fashion shows, my reactions are a mix of a complete surprise which ranges from a  fervent excitement to  sheer disappointment.
Thus for example I expected more from Dior but was somehow disappointed that their collection was slightly tilted towards androgenic and futuristic expressions (read: creations) though there were a couple of designs trying to caress femininity like the ones shown below:
Oscar De La Renta has imaginatively employed the use of crochet granny squares, although I am much more impressed with his other pre-fall 2019 pieces.
Grannies have to be the ones most used when it comes to the runway. I fell in love with this sweater by Ryota Murakami:
This is something I would gladly make myself, only on the practical side, it could get a little draughty wearing it, heheh...
However, my elation by the above sweater was blown out flat by the granny abuse in this one: it almost brought tears to my eyes ... "Ryota, what were you thinking??"
Last but not the least - Dolce & Gabbana.
I got all starry eyed by this dress which is not actual crochet - the center pieces I believe are cut out fabrics, while the white looks like crocheted lace. But I can - and I am sure you too - imagine this one with granny squares! What a delightful design!
Grannies again in this one too:
And this one. Not crochet but would really love to try and make me this skirt for the summer. I think it is absolutely doable!

What most of the designers had in common was netting. Not against it but not quite rooting for it either.
How about you? Do you watch the runways?
What designers do you appreciate?