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?

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Butterfly Necklace

I am closing the summer necklace collection with this one that I named "Butterfly" because while I worked on it, I couldn't escape the feeling that it does slightly resemble a butterfly and the name stuck with me. Unlike the others, this is not heavily beaded, but has specks of beads to give accent to specific parts of it. 

I am a bit sad I couldn't finish them all - there are 5-6 half-beaded necklaces, but although I consider beading highly relaxing and a joyful yoga for the brain, beading did take the best of me and left me exhausted in the end. So, they will just have to wait for better days :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Gobelin Tapestries Inspired Clothing

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I have always been fascinated by gobelin tapestries for their ability to quietly, yet marvelously capture a moment in time and tell a captivating story. 

I am even more intrigued when I come to think how people had invented gobelin tapestries ages ago out of pure necessity to ward off the cold by hanging them onto stone walls and the path they trod to become valuable possessions of the aristocracy. 

So, from this point in time, they have had quite an interesting evolution. To save them from the tooth of time and oblivion, and instead of filling the landfills with these once precious textiles, people have started repurpusing them and the finished items are truly astonishing. 

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There is a seller on etsy called Stars Wear, who uses them to create the most unique jackets and skirts that really push me into the mood to go out to thrift shops and maybe salvage something interesting I could put my hands onto.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Lace Wall Hanging - Earring & Brooches Display


Happy Friday! 
I end this work week with a new pattern I created for a lace wall hanging. I had this idea of an earring / brooches display swirling in my head for a while and it felt good when it became tangible in the end through my yarn and hook. 

Being addicted to crochet lace, I knew it would be perfect though a tad unusual to use lace for an earring display, but I was aiming to make something original and unique. 

Of course it can be used just as a simple decor / wall hanging  to add charm to a wall, but I love it for the purpose I created it. 
The pattern is on etsy, ravelry and lovecrafts.


Monday, September 7, 2020

Autumnal Color Coding


Happy Monday guys!
Have you noticed how gradually the nights have become chillier? 
There are still two and a half weeks before summer waves us goodbye, but my mind has already switched to an autumnal mode, and I am already dreaming about (and working on) fall projects. 

Lately I have been drawn more to palettes in terracotta, rusty orange, coral pink and dusty rose. So when I saw the above yarn I just couldn't contain myself. I have a ton of yarn in my studio, but there is always place for more, if you know what I mean :)

Both images below sum up my dream palette.
How about you? Do you have a preferred autumnal palette?