Monday, January 25, 2021

Flowing Cable Hand & Ear Warmers - pattern release


I cannot tell you how much I got addicted to the crochet cables!! 

For these warmers and headband I employed the cable pattern across and I am quite taken with the created effect. This time I used the green shades of my Papatya Batik yarn, which is surely becoming my favourite yarn from the stash.

More about the pattern in my etsy shop.



Saturday, January 23, 2021

Crochet Mori Girl Inspiration

 
Image credit: Kentaro Schiffer

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A little Mori romantic crochet inspiration for the weekend!
Have a beautiful and creative one!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Flower Decorated Collar

 

One of the projects I truly enjoyed working on is this collar. It has an interesting "fan" pattern that increases from the top down, but it was too plain for my taste  as a standalone piece, so I enriched it with anemones and added a couple of luxurious beads with golden accents as a touch of glam. 

Thinking of the flower arrangement as is, I am sure it would make a beautiful brooch. Maybe my next project?

What are you currently working on?

 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Inspiring Ideas to Use Crochet Flowers in Projects

You guys know that flowers of any kind are my passion and obsession, and there is hardly any project I delve into that hasn't got flowers included. I can strongly say they are the focal point of my work.

In this post I am sharing ideas as well as links to my free and paid patterns /tutorials for flower-related projects that I divided into three categories - jewelry, accessories, and home decor.

Crochet flowers in jewelry projects not only emphasize femininity, but enrich and beautify the whole appearance, making it vivacious and appealing. 

When talking about jewelry, my favourite projects include necklaces, closely followed by cuffs / bracelets and headbands. I have made quite many earrings, and some rings as well. 

I love a good challenge when making accessories, especially when scarves are in the picture. I always try to design unusual designs that would at certain point have flowers included. Here is a lovely flowered border to add to a scarf, and here I've combined squares and flowers. The challenge also includes warmers, and gloves which I am obviously also crazy about.

 
Flowers in home decor projects are absolutely delightful, whether it is a table runner, pillows or blankets. I love using them to make banners, wall hangings, wreaths, coasters and inspirational crochet art
 
How do you feel about crocheted flowers? Do you use them in projects? 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

How to Determine Yarn WPI (wraps per inch)


 

When working on a crochet project, it is very important to use the appropriate yarn size, because it greatly influences the final result. Yarn size, or yarn weight tells us how thick the yarn actually is.  

But sometimes, the label does not suggest the size/weight, or you acquire yarn without a label, and then it is important to know the thickness as to determine the right size. During all these past years of crocheting, I can recognize sizes just by looking and feeling the yarn, but it has sporadically happened to me, to not being  quite able to determine the size when it comes to chunkier yarns, especially sizes 5 and 6.

The solution for this is immensely easy. 

To determine the size of yarn or the Wraps Per Inch (WPI) you need yarn (of course), a ruler (or tape measure) and an ordinary HB pencil. 

 

Start wrapping the yarn around the pencil until the wraps measure an inch. That is how you determine the size. Above you have the table that shows how many wraps per sizes. 

Here it is important to know that when wrapping, the wraps must not overlap, there shouldn't be any gaps, and also the tension must not be too strong.




 I hope you find this useful. Happy crochet time!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Margot Crochet Hat


I love hats! Especially vintage ones, and if I have to choose a type, that would be a cloche hat, closely followed by the beret and the fedora. But because of my head shape (which I highly detest) and the wild mane that I have, I rarely wear one. 

Eva on the other hand, has such a lovely shaped head, and so far I haven't met a hat that didn't fit her perfectly. 

When designing this one, I wanted to make a simple hat where the accent would be on the gigantic flower, so here I present you the Margot hat! It is a beanie hat that has little folds at the crown part that narrow down into a perfect band at the end. 

The pattern employs basic crochet stitches and it does not go farther than my favourite double crochet. 

The pattern is here

Do you wear hats? What's your favourite type? 



Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Crochet Cable Warmers - free pattern

 

I thought it would be interesting to hit off the new year with a free pattern, so if you like wearing warmers, this might be the project for you.

Supplies:
*50gr of DK yarn of your choice (I used Papatya Batik) and a 5mm hook;
* tapestry needle 
 
Stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), skip (sk), double crochet (dc), front post double crochet (FPdc), back post double crochet (BPdc), {crossed} front post treble (FPtr), {crossed} back post treble (BPtr)

Measurements of finished warmers: 10cm in width and 13.5 cm in length 

Pattern:
Foundation and row 1: Ch26 and starting from 4th ch from hook, dc1 in all (24). Ch3 and turn work. We count this as the 1st dc. There are a total of 24 sts in every row.
Row 2: starting from 2nd st from hook, dc1 in all (24). Ch3 and turn work.
Row 3: starting from the 2nd st, dc1 in next 10 st (with the first 3ch - it's 11 sts), FPdc1 in next 4 sts., dc1 in rest 11 sts.  Ch3 and turn work.
Row 4: starting from the 2nd st, dc1 in next 10 sts (a total of 11), sk2, make a BPtr in the 3rd st, make another BPtr in the 4th, next go back a st and BPtr1 (in the 2nd st you skipped) and again BPtr1 in the 1st st you skipped. This will create a kind of flap, which is actually the shaping of the cable. Next, dc1 in next 11 sts. Ch3 and turn work.
Row 5: starting from the 2nd st, dc1 in next 10 sts., FPdc1 in next 4 sts., dc1 in rest 11 sts.  Ch3 and turn work. 
Row 6:  starting from the 2nd st, dc1 in next 10 sts., BPdc1 in next 4 sts., dc1 in rest 11 sts.  Ch3 and turn work. 
Row 7:  starting from the 2nd st, dc1 in next 10 sts (a total of 11), sk2, make a FPtr in the 3rd st, make another FPtr in the 4th, next go back a st and FPtr1 (in the 2nd st you skipped) and again FPtr1 in the 1st st you skipped. Next, dc1 in next 11 sts. Ch3 and turn work.
Row 8: repeat row 6
Row 9: repeat row 3
Row 10: repeat row 4
Row 11: dc1 in all (24)

 
 

 Leave a long tail which will be used to sew the warmers together. 

Thread the tail, fold crochet work with the face inside, align the sides and sew both parts together. Turn inside out. Make the second warmer. 

Enjoy crocheting these and do write if you have a question. 




Monday, January 4, 2021

Outlander Style as Inspiration

Have you watched the Outlander?

I love watching historical dramas mainly because of my love for history itself and my passion for vintage clothing, the accent always mainly on the Victorian fashion. However, I have never watched the Outlander series, although I am aware it has been going on for quite a while, and since I am on a hiatus from work, I plan to catch up on the series.

When planning my crochet designs for the winter 2021, I kept true to myself and  continued what I started last winter with the Little Women serving as continued inspiration, with shawls, capes and capelets, warmers and shrug being the core of my next small collection. This one differs to a great extent from the last because, as I've already mentioned in this post, it captures and focuses more on the woodland / mori spirit.

More outlander inspiring images on my board here



Saturday, January 2, 2021

Winter Wonderland Resolutions

Although I know that nothing will fundamentally change with the turn of the clock at midnight and the entry into a new year, I am still in love with the idea of a fresh start and the elevated feeling of hope it brings with itself. I like clinging to that invigorating  feeling and the set of emotions it comes with.  

After a year of collective uncertainty and anxiety, I am looking forward to a period of calmness accompanied with beautifully channeled inspiration, a period where I will focus more of celebrating small victories, give myself grace, and fill my life with lots of magic that everyday things give.

When it comes to my creative work, at the beginning of a year,  I always have a rough draft of what my blog and designs will be at the start of the year. This winter I want it to make it a wonderland. 

I've worked hard these couple of months towards achieving that and I can hint a lot of designs inspired by the outlander / highlander style with a dash of mori and a sprinkle of vintage.

What is your driving mode? Have you made any new year's resolutions?