Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Boho Bracelet Revival


I don't remember the last time I made one of these sweet and colorful bracelets/ cuffs. I kind of missed it to be honest, so to relax between two big projects I am currently working on, I whipped this one up. 
The pattern for this  bracelet would be a gift that will go along with my best-selling bracelets patterns, and subscribers will also get a free copy via my next newsletter (due May 8th), so do subscribe if you want to have this.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Bohemian inspiration on Instagram

Happy Monday!
I am working on several bohemian home decor projects (three to be exact) at the moment, due to be published in the course of this and next weeks, so my brain being in a bohemian mode, I couldn't think of a more appropriate way to start the week. Enjoy my finds on instagram!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Bohemian Flower Masks - crochet pattern



DISCLAIMER: Please understand that these crocheted masks ARE NOT medical masks, thus they ARE NOT proper protection. If you make these, make sure you use medically approved filter underneath, or line them up with a protective sheet. 

My bohemian mask pattern is in the shop at a symbolic price. 

It contains the pattern for the mask along with 3 options for closure, 5 flower patterns with variations suggested and 2 leaves patterns. It is 8 pages long. It contains numerous pictures that accompany the patterns for easier comprehension.

*DK yarn of your choice and a 3.00 mm hook (UK11) (US 10/3) for the mask
*sport yarn and a 1.9mm hook (UK 3) (US 5) for the flowers, leaves and accents
* sewing thread in color matching the color of the mask (preferably)
* sewing needle for sewing the flowers, leaves and accents on, tapestry needle for weaving ends of mask.
Optional: glass / pearl beads, sequins.
Stitches: chain (ch), chain space (ch-space), skip (sk), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), single crochet 3together (sc3tog), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), treble (tr), picot. American terminology used.
Measurements of finished mask (without picots): 20cm (8”) across and 13cm (5.1”) down. 

I have included the poppy and leaves pattern as a gift pattern. 



Take care and stay safe!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Crochet Flower Face Mask


First, let me be clear on this - crochet masks are not proper replacement for medical masks.

When this epidemic started and people began making crocheted masks - I thought to myself "there is no way in hell, I am making one". And I was quite adamant about it even my family urged me to make some. I do sewed some (they are at the bottom of this post), because believe it or not - when the virus spread started we had a sudden shortage of masks and we couldn't buy any for a day or two. Hubs and Eva go to work, so they needed ones and that's when I decided to sew them. I know they are also not proper replacement - but better something than nothing, right? I am more keen on sewn masks, because you can wash and iron them (eco-friendly, yay!) and even wear an ordinary mask underneath for increased protection.  

But, a couple of days ago a friend sent me this picture which I reposted on Instagram. 

And it was then the idea of crocheting a flower mask started gnawing at me. Day by day, it tormented me and eventually I gave way! 
I have already made a narrower and more romantic version of this mask, and I plan to add both versions in my etsy shop.


Hubs teased me as what I am to do with it once the epidemic is over - to which I replied I am replacing the ties with longer ones, making another "mask" and having both joined into a unique bikini top. Ha!

Here are the masks I sewed - these are the only washed ones - each of us have 4-5. Mine and Eva's are the floral ones, the boys have them in... well... boyish patterns. 

The pattern is now in my shop!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Crochet a Round Pillow - free pattern


I wanted to make some round pillows as a refreshment for Eva's new room look, so I thought a bit of sturdy and heavy looking pillows might help, so I used t-shirt yarn. I used 2 sizes of this yarn - the yellow is much sturdier and heavier than the bluish one. But since they came without a label, I cannot exactly tell you what size they are.

The pattern is very easy and here it how it goes:

Foundation and round 1: Ch8 and join to make a ring.  Ch 3 (serves as 1st dc and you start every round with it),  and dc11 in ring (12).
Round 2: Ch 3 and dc1 in the same st. Dc2 in every stitch in the round (24). 
Round 3: Ch 3 in 1st st., dc2 in the next. Repeat this pattern around: dc1 in one st., dc2 in the next (35).
Round 4: Ch3, dc1 in second st, dc2 in third one. Repeat this pattern around: dc1 in next two sts, dc2 in the third (48).
Round 5: Ch3, dc1 in second st, dc in third one, dc2 in forth. Repeat this pattern around: dc1 in next three sts, dc2 in the next one (60). 
As you may have noticed, we have increased the number of single double crochets for 1 each round, so if you plan to make it bigger, then remember this increasing pattern.  

Make 2 pieces. For the side I crocheted a strip. For the side strip, chain 7 and then starting from the 4th st, dc1 in all (5).
Ch 3, turn work and dc1 in all sts. Work this pattern until the strip can go all around the crocheted circle. Now, you can use filling to fill this pillow, but I used an ordinary round pillow which I stuffed inside and when washing I would like to wash separately, so instead of closing / sewing the ends of the strip, I made a button closure - for that in the last row I ch3, dc1, chained 4 (depends on the size of the button), sk1 and dc1 in the two remaining stitches. I made the button from the same yarn. Sew the strip on both sides of the circles, and sew both ends together when done. 

I didn't sew all the way to the end - I left just enough space to put my hand inside to pull out said pillow.  


This is a great pattern to make a rug and a bag even!
Have fun!