Thursday, December 14, 2023

Chunky Maple Leaf Scarf - free crochet pattern

What feels like eons ago, I had a "Last Minute Gifts" series here on the blog, and lately I've been thinking about it once and again. I loved the time spent brainstorming ideas of gifts that could literally be whipped out in no time, picking the projects and materials, and making everything come to life. Very fond memories indeed. 
That's why I am continuing the series with a first after so many years, and this time it is going to be a scarf. 
The Maple Leaf Scarf is a great project which you can do while watching your favourite show, because the pattern is fantastically easy and the chunky yarn makes it grow truly fast. 
Now, before we begin, please note that: The written  pattern in its entirety along with the photos are for personal use only. All property rights belong to Maya Kuzman of The Little Treasures.

Yarn and hook: 200 gr of bulky/chunky yarn of your choice, a 10mm (UK:3 /US P) and an 8 mm hook (UK: 1/0 /US:L-11).

Mind that you can use whatever yarn size/weight (and relevant hook for that weight) you have at hand; that will only influence the size of your scarf – hence smaller weights of yarn will yield thinner scarves. 
Other: Scissors and tapestry needle for weaving ends.
Stitches in US terminology: stitch (st.), skip (sk), chain (ch), chain space (ch-sp), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc).  

Foundation and row 1: With a 10mm hook, ch17. Change to a 8 mm hook, and dc1 in 4th st from hook. Ch2, sk5, and in next st. dc1,ch1,dc1,ch3,dc1,ch1,dc1, ch2, then sk5 and dc1 in last 2 sts. Ch3 and turn work
(this ch3 counts as the 1st dc).
Row 2: Dc1 in 2nd st, ch2 and in the central ch-sp (the ch3 we made below) dc1,ch1,dc1,ch3,dc1,ch1,dc1, ch2, and dc1 in the last 2 sts. Ch3 and turn work. 
Rows 3- desired length: repeat row 2.
End row: Dc1 in 2nd st, ch5, sc1 in central ch-sp, ch5 and dc1 in the last 2 sts. Cut yarn and work tails. 
To finish it off, add fringes at the ends.
Hope you have fun, and I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Crochet Summit at You.Make

Happy creative Monday dear crafty people!
The crochet summit over at YOU.MAKE (former Rebecca Page) has started today.
It's never late to register. Each day the classes begin at 9am Eastern (New York). They will be live each day for 24 hours. Once they end, they will only be available for our VIP All Access Pass holders. 
Registration is FREE


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

My Customers Are Talented People #1

 Gordana's amazing granny square cardigan

I've been running my yarn shop / crochet studio for 6 months now, and boy! It has been an incredible and exciting experience! I've met tons of people, and connected with many artists, designers, various craftspeople. Several have become good friends. And I love that - I love the amazing exchange of creative energy, sharing ideas and sourcing inspiration.
My customers love sharing pictures of their work made with yarn they bought from the shop, and I on the other hand, re-share them on my shop's Facebook page. The benefit is mutual and rewarding. 

Today I am sharing some of them here. The above cardigan is made with cotton yarn - a mix of several cotton brands, and it is a true eye-candy! Gorde also shares my love for the grannies and she delightfully plunged into this tremendously time-consuming, but highly satisfying project. The result is mesmerizing! Granny squares will never get out of fashion!

Slavica is just starting to learn crochet (she works with quilling and decoupage), but her mother (who is in her 70s) rediscovered the joys of crochet and made these amazing shawls lately.
Anita has been a regular since the beginning and has made from home decor to garments, but I am sharing her latest pocket shawl. 

I hope you too get inspired by these beauties!

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Framed Flower Brooches - pattern release

My newest pattern features an imaginative way to make flower brooches using frames to which the flowers can be attached, or precisely - tied to the frame instead of sewing them onto it, which in turn- results in different flower arrangements with the same frame. 
The set of brooches can be made in whatever yarn weight you desire. Heavier weights will yield bigger brooches / flowers, and smaller weights will yield tinier brooches/flowers.

This tutorial contains patterns for 4 types of flowers and 2 frames. By combining them you can get a wide variety of beautiful and eye-catching brooches.  

What you'll need to make these:

*sport cotton yarn of your choice (I can recommend Phil Cotton 3 and Tango) and a 3.00 mm hook (UK11) (US 10/3).  Left over yarn is best for this project.

Also needed: tapestry needle for weaving ends, st-markers, sewing needle and thread, scissors, brooch pin.

Stitches: chain (ch), chain space (ch-space), skip (sk), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), treble (tr). American terminology used. 

The pattern is in my etsy, ravelry shops.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Exercise Block - granny square



1. Place block on floor 
2. Walk around it.
3. Sit down and relax.
You have just walked around the block! 
I found this on Pinterest and thought too funny not to share. When work is slow in the shop, I work on my granny collection. This unedited, unblocked and unfiltered granny square is the latest I made. 
Happy and creative day, friends!

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Holiday Crafts Summit Begins

(Day 3) Crochet Holiday Gift Card & Thank You Holders
 Video class by Ashlee Elle 
Over at Rebecca Page, we are all excited for the holiday crafts summit which starts tomorrow!
Five days filled with many classes for every crafter. 
Just to give you an idea of the projects: there will be paper crafts, sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilling, etc. 
Some of the projects, include Christmas Tree Gift Clips, Festive Ribbon Wreath, Origami Mandala Ornaments, Embroidered Mini Christmas Wreath, Crochet baby blanket, I-Cord Christmas Tree Ornaments, and many more.