Monday, October 19, 2020

Crochet Fall Decorating Ideas

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This year I am more concentrated on using "organic"  fall decor like  leaves, pine-cones, chestnuts, acorns and berries to decorate around the house, though as a crocheter I find it hard not to include some of my both fabric and crocheted pumpkins, mushrooms and leaves
I also love to see what others have used to fall-decorate their homes and I selected a handful of ideas I think everyone would enjoy.  The links to the free patterns for the lovelies in the post below each picture, include instructions for a garland, pillow, jar cozies, and a wreath.
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Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Daphne Baby Dress - pattern release

Good evening all! I have a new shop just for kids' things (it has been opened for a while but I had a just a couple of things in it and didn't promote it at all) - and it's called Marika's Closet.
I plan to fill it in with baby patterns and actual items, and that is mostly what I have been working on for the past month. 
The first pattern to be added is this one for the dress I named Daphne and it includes sizes 0-3 and 3-6 months.  
If you, or somebody you know would love baby patterns,  I would appreciate a referral. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Jacob's Scarf - crochet pattern release

Stepping out of my routine to concentrate on girls' crochet stuff, I made my son Jacob this scarf as a personal / handmade gift for his 15th birthday, which was yesterday. To his mama's delight, he was eager to model it for me.

The pattern, which can be found in my etsy, ravelry; and lovecraft shops, uses a mix of two patterns: crossed double crochets and bobbles. 

I would love to have some free time on my hands and try it in cotton for Eva.


Monday, October 5, 2020

Crochet Foliage Shrug - pattern release


This my newest pattern for a shawl turned shrug / bolero.

For this shawl/shrug I used 1.5 skeins of Nako's Vals worsted variegated yarn (100 gr/skein) and a 3.00 mm (UK11) (US 10/3) hook.
Used terms (American terminology): chain (ch), chain space (ch sp), skip (sk), double crochet (dc), treble (tr), picot.
*tapestry needle for weaving ends.

Finished measurements: 95 cm (37.4”) long and 53 cm (20.8”) wide (at the widest point).

Tip: The tutorial shawl /shrug is made as a rectangle that fits sizes S / M. The rectangle is folded at the center in the shape of a triangle and each of the two panels is sewed so as to make it a shrug/bolero. Please consider this if you want to make it more generous in volume (length and width) and not as closely fitting at the arms. The pattern uses additions of 5, so consider this when calculating your foundation stitches if you want to make it bigger in length. I recommend you measure yourself arm to arm across your back (or wrist to wrist to be more precise, and chain as much, but be careful that you have a stitch count of 5 (additions of 5). The pattern for the foundation of this one is made with 130 stitches. 

Pattern: Etsy, Ravelry & LoveCrafts

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The "Penelope" Scarf


Around this time last year, we were on the road, traveling to Istanbul and during the car-ride I made this scarf and named it after the city, but when we came to the photo-shoot location, Eva's posing reminded me of the Penelope-in-waiting, so the name stuck with me. 

So here it is - the Penelope scarf which is immensely versatile and can be styled in numerous ways, but we like it best wrapped around the neck, with the fringes falling in layers. The lace crochet  pattern gives it a rich and textured appearance and makes for a truly unique piece.