Friday, November 17, 2017

White & Grey Chunky Scarflette

Hello guys! I present my newest scarflette. Actually, it's not that new. I think I made it last year, but as it happens with a lot of my work, it doesn't get to see the light of day immediately. This one is going to join my bohemian collection of scarves and there will be several other forgotten ones join the pile.
The scarflette is made out of chunky yarn and edged with boucle yarn. It is irregular in shape - a little bit funnel resembling. It closes with a big pearly button and the holes in the pattern allow different buttoning options that add up to the varying looks it can have.  
Well, that would be all for today! Have a lovely weekend. Signing off...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to read Crochet Charts: Free Mandala Pattern


Welcome to another chart reading. This time I thought a break from my crochet routine in the shape of a mandala would be nice. Needed something quick and relaxing and again tried to use color combinations I never take into consideration. Challenging myself feels great :)
The chart I found on pinterest:
The pattern:
With yarn size and relevant hook by choice
Ch 10 and join to make ring.
Round 1: Ch3 (counts as the 1st dc) and make 23 dc in the ring. Sl st with initial chain to end.
Round 2: ch3 (counts as the 1st dc) +3, sk 1, dc in the next st. Ch 3, sk1, Dc in next st.Work this pattern around. There should be 12 dc (including the initial 3-ch). Sl st with initial chain to end.
Round 3: ch3 + 1. dc4 in the first ch-space of rnd 2. Ch 1 and dc4 in the next space. Repeat this pattern to the end of the round. In the end space dc only 3 because the initial 3-ch counts as a dc. Sl st with initial chain to end.
Round 4: (slight variation) ch 5, sc in the st between the dc sets of the round below. Repeat this pattern around. Sl st to end round.
Round 5: ch1 and in the 1st ch-space - dc3ch1, dc3, ch1 and sc over the sc st of the round below. ch1 and repeat the pattern in bold. Sl st to end it.
Round 6: ch2 and in the 1st ch-space - dc3ch1, dc3, ch1 and sc over the sc st of the round below. ch2 and repeat the pattern in bold. Sl st to end it.
I hope you like this!


Monday, November 13, 2017

Insta Love - zamhandmade

One of my recent instagram finds include zamhandmade. An account ran by Camilla, a talented girl who makes incredible knits entirely by hand, knits that "speak the language of nature, a language that has now been lost".

I love the way she combines colors and mixes patterns to achieve captivating textures, something I am quite obsessed with lately.

Each of her posts is a true eye-candy so I  invite you to drop her a visit.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Crochet Rose Pendant- new pattern

There is a new pattern in my shops for a sweet rose pendant necklace. The rose is the eye-catching focal point of the pendant having two other flowers and leaves accentuate its attractiveness and charm.
Quite small but head turning.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DIY Bead & Ribbon Romantic Necklace

With the holidays peeking on the horizon this insanely easy DIY is certainly going to be handy if you want to whip up presents for your dearest or treat yourself with a beautiful necklace.
Roll up your sleeves and gather these supplies:
This photo does not show the exact number of things you will need, because you are going to make a custom necklace, but I will give the numbers for the... let's call this - tutorial necklace.
For the tutorial necklace I used:
* 37 (9mm) beads
* 74 filigree bead caps
* 4 (10mm) rings
* 1 (3 mm) ring
* 1 big filigree cap
* 37 eye pins (I didn't have such so used ordinary head pins instead)
* 1 lobster clasp
* 1 ribbon end crimp
* velvet ribbon (23 cm in length)
(nose pliers + cutter)
Making the beads / beading it up
Take the cutter and cut the head pin take the nose pliers and make an eye (a)- if you have eye pins, skip this step. Insert the cap (b), the bead (c), the other cap (d), and make the other eye (e). When you make the next bead, insert the first one onto the pin before making the second eye (see second picture).
Bead on until you reach desired length. For the tutorial necklace I made two strands. The first was smaller - I used 17 beads while the second had 20. Attach both onto the big rings. Those are for the closure.
The ribbon is 23 cm long. Double it and pass it through a single ring you've attached the strands of beads on the bottom part.
      Finishing up
On the other side of the ribbon attach the ribbon crimp. Because I didn't want the ribbon exposed / showing at the end, I added a decorative cap over it.
Attach the small ring with lobster clasp on it and you are done!
It is as easy as it sounds, isn't it? Have fun making this!

*** This tutorial was created by me for our baby The Little Treasures

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

8 Free Plaid Crochet Projects


I don't know if you've noticed but plaid patterns are becoming more and more popular, and though not much of a plaid person, I must admit all these projects look fantastic. I gathered a collection I want saved in my archives for future reference.

Are you a plaid person? What projects would you make? For me that would be a plaid scarf and definitely a blanket.



Monday, November 6, 2017

Insta Love - Flower Embroidery

Here's to another new week!
I wanted to start the week with some extraordinary embroidery art I found on instagram. As you know, embroidery is one of my loves too, along with crochet, so I follow quite a great number of embroidery artists and embroidery enthusiasts.
What I might conclude is that many of these crazily talented people have taken embroidery to a whole new level, making it mind-blowing art.
I hope you too get inspired by these four ladies.  
Embroidery art by girls.embroidery

Embroidery art by luckulala7

Embroidery art by gulushthreads

Embroidery art by oandystudio

Sunday, November 5, 2017

What I have Pinned Lately #6

Happy Sunday!
I pin tons of things but for this post I chose these:
This wonderful cardigan by Gea Crea

The Frozen Aghan by Donna

Learn to knit the Bamboo Stitch

Knit the Grain Shawl.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Happy Weekend!

Happy weekend!
I'll see you on Sunday with a new "What I have Pinned Lately" post.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How to Read Crochet Charts - Crowns & Tiaras - free pattern

Hello and welcome to another chart reading post!

This time I found an interesting crochet chart and the pattern looks like the right fit for a scarf and maybe a throw, though personally I like denser patterns for a throw or a blanket.
I named it Crowns & Tiaras.

The Chart

The Pattern

{With desired yarn size and adequate hook} Ch 51

Row 1: sc1 in 3rd st from hook. Next, ch 2, sk 3, tr1 ch2 tr1 ch2, tr1 all in the 4th st, ch2, sk3 and sc in the next st. Repeat this pattern to the end of the row.

Row 2: ch1 turn work and sc1 in the chain space (ch sp) you made last.
Ch3 and sc in the next ch sp, ch 5 and sc in the next ch sp, ch 3 and sc in the last ch sp.  Sc in the 1st ch sp of the next fan and repeat the pattern in bold to the end.

Row 3: ch5 and dc8 in the center ch sp of the fan. Next, dc 8 in the next and so on to the end. To finish the row tr1 in the sc st you started the row below with.

Row 4: ch7 and sc in the 3rd dc, ch3, sk3 and sc in the next (3rd) st. Repeat the pattern to the last fan, where after you make the last 3-chain tr1. 

Row 5: ch4 and on the ch sp below, dc1 ch1 three times and sc in the center ch sp of the row below. In the big 7ch sp below ch1 dc1 three times, ch3 and dc1, ch 1 three times. Repeat this pattern to the end where you finish the row with a dc (instead of a 4 ch as you started it).

Next repeat these 5 rows. The next 6th should be
ch 1, sc1, ch7 and sc in the 8th ch. Repeat the pattern in bold to the end.

Personally, I would make certain changes in rows4 & 5 in particular t make those fans (gaps) smaller, otherwise I think it's OK.

Happy hooking!

More chart reading here.