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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pineapple, pentagon and fringe

Hello,
All last month I was crocheting a new pineapple vest and writing the pattern for it. I like circular patterns very much, but it is hard sometimes to make the vest or cardigan to sit properly on the body. You have to make it loose so it is comfortable, but not too loose so it slips from the shoulders all the time.
A Pentagon shape may be the solution for you. It definitely sat better on my body.
When I made it, I followed the pattern and it was much easier than actually designing and writing the pattern for it.
But I think I got it finally the way I like it. What do you think?






I’m confident the written pattern is suitable for a dedicated beginner as well.
There are many pictures to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern for this vest.
I am providing the pattern for this very elegant "Pentagon/pineapple vest with fringe" for symbolic price only, and you can find it here:


Happy crocheting
Clara


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Early January

The first couple of January days welcomed us here with a beautiful weather. I’m being a bit sarcastic here. It did look very pretty from inside of warm house. The temperature was around –15°C and we were considering ourselves lucky. This is the warmest part of the country, and the temperature elsewhere in this part of Europe was even –35°C. What a start to a New Year.
 



























Phone Case/Cover tutorial

























My little daughter drew a picture of phone cover she would like. As you can see, she made very detailed description. She only just started first grade, so the writing is a bit wobbly and in foreign language.


























I looked at my leftover yarn stocks -it doesn’t need much, and you can use practically any material. I used E/3,5mm crochet hook.
Ch-chain, slst.-slip stitch, sc- single crochet.
I started at the bottom and worked in rounds. I ch23, sc in second ch from the hook, sc in each of next 20ch, 3sc in last, sc in each of next 20ch on the other side of the initial ch23, 2sc in last, slst. in first ch. I ended up with 46sc and I worked my way up trying to tapestry crochet according to the picture I had from my daughter. I wasn’t hard but it took a few attempts to get it as right as possible. You can see, how I did.

It took one picture only and she has got now an unusual phone cover she designed and nobody else has.
It is just simple way to cover and carry your phone, tablet etc. and stay original.

Have a nice week
Clara


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Dear readers,
Thank you for all your visits and comments this year. Thank you for dropping by to share my crochet life, and to all those who bought my patterns throughout the year. Your support means so much to me. Thank you all again.


Every New Year gives you the perfect chance to start something new and fresh. So do your bit this year and make the world a better place for yourself and others.

May God bless you and keep you protected and in good health so that you can witness many more New Years’! But first of all, enjoy this one and stay safe, healthy and happy!

Happy New Year 2017!

With much love to you all

Clara

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Multipurpose wreath – free crochet pattern

Hi,
In the last few days I was working on this wreath. I like wreaths a lot, so I came up with one I can use all year around. I made myself a promise that I would only use materials I had got at home. I have one left over skeins of all sorts of yarn, cotton, mohair etc, and its just taking space in my crocheting corner. I’m sure we all know about that scenario. And this is great way to use some of these “leftovers”.
Since it is Christmas time I used bells to decorate the wreath. You can replace the bells with an Easter motive at the Easter, or any other motive to suite your purpose, or just leave it as it is for all year around.



This pattern is suitable for any type of wreath polystyrene bases.
The one on the picture is 26cm(10,5”) in diameter

You need: 
Any yarn, cotton, mohair or any other kind of material of your choice
Crochet hook – I mainly used G/4mm and H/5mm
Yarn Needle
Polystyrene wreath base
And or anything you would like to decorate your wreath with.

Terms/Abbreviations: I used US terminology
ch         chain
slst       slip stitch
sc          single crochet
hdc       half  double crochet
dc         double crochet
tr/ddc    treble crochet
st          stitch


The wreath base:
 

I started with simple wreath base, using batik light mohair and Anchor metallic yarn together (you can see the pictures above). I was working with H/5mm.

I ch23, hdc into 3rd ch from the hook, hdc in next 20 st., turn.
Each of the next rows has got 2hdc’s.
This amount of stitches is my suggestion only. It depends on the size of wreath you are using.

The strip I made measured cca 85cm(34”) and I sewed it carefully together at the back of the wreath. It always looks all-wrong but you need to sew row to row and it will somehow bend nicely into a circle.

I used flowers and leaves you can see in detail below. You can use any kind of, and/or amount of flowers and leaves you feel like you may need.

Flower/Star: I made 13

























Round 1: Magic ring, ch3(counts as dc) and 14dc’s into the ring, slst. into 3rd ch from first ch3(15dc’s)
Round 2: */ch6, sc into 3rd ch from the hook, hdc into next, dc into next, tr into next, skip 2 dc’s from round 1, slst into next dc from round 1/*, repeat 4 more times. (5-pointed flower/star).

For the center of the flower I used material you can see on the picture below. I just made a knot and sewed it to the magic ring. You can crochet a little ball as well.


























Fern: I made 7

























Round 1: 
ch7, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc into each of next 3ch, 
ch6, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc into each of next 3ch,
ch6, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc into each of next 3ch,
ch5, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc into each of next 3ch,
ch5, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc into each of next 3ch, slst. into opposite single ch,
ch5, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc into each of next 3ch, slst. into next opposite single ch,
ch5, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc into each of next 3ch, slst. into each of next opposite single ch.


Small Holly Leaf: I made 5

























pic. – picot(ch2-slst. into 2nd ch from the hook)
Round 1: 
Ch9, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc into next ch, hdc into each of next 4ch, sc into next ch, slst. into last ch, ch2, slst. into the same ch from the opposite side, opposite side: sc into next st., hdc into each of next 4st., sc into next st., slst. into last st.
Round 2:
Slst. into each of next 2 st., pic., 
slst. into each of next 2 st., pic.,
slst. into each of next 2 st., pic.,
slst. into next st., slst. into ch2 from prev. round, ch2, slst. into same ch2,
slst. into each of next 2 st., pic.,
slst. into each of next 2 st., pic.,
slst. into each of next 2 st., pic.,
slst. into each of next 2 st..


Big Holly Leaf: I made 5

























Round 1: 
Ch14, slst. into 2nd ch from the hook, slst. into next, sc into next ch, hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, tr into each of next 2 ch, dc into each of next 2 ch, hdc into each of next 2 ch, sc into next ch, 3sc into last ch, opposite side: sc into next st., hdc into each of next 2 sts., dc into each of next 2 sts., tr into each of next 2 sts., dc into next st., hdc into next st., sc into next st.,
Round 2:
Ch1 to get to the other side - see picture above
Slst. into next st., sc into next –ch2 –sc into same st., slst. into each of next 2 sts.,
hdc into next –ch2 –hdc into same st., slst. into each of next 2 sts.,
hdc into next –ch2 –hdc into same st., slst. into each of next 2 sts.,
(sc into next –ch2 –sc into same st.) into next 3 sts.,
slst. into each of next 2 sts., hdc into next –ch2 –hdc into same st.,
slst. into each of next 2 sts., hdc into next –ch2 –hdc into same st.,
slst. into each of next 2 sts., sc into next –ch2 –sc into same st.,
slst. into each of next 2 sts..




















































You can leave the wreath as it is and use it all year around. It was just for Christmas that I added the bells.


Bells: I made 2

























Inc 1 sc by working 2 sc in next sc.
Worked in the round in a circle. 
Round 1: Work 6 sc in the magic ring 
Round 2: Inc 1 sc in every sc (12 sc). 
Round 3: *(1 sc in next sc, inc 1 sc in next sc)*, repeat from *-*(18 sc).
Rounds 4-7: Work 1 sc in every sc. (you can make more or less rounds depending on how tall you would like the bell to be).
Round 8: *(1 sc in next sc, 2hdc in next sc)*, repeat from *-*(9 sc/18 hdc).

I have made some more free patterns for Christmas decorations in past and you can find another bell (bigger) or snowflake in this post:


There it is. You should have nice, versatile and multipurpose wreath now, or an inspiration for one at least.
I’m sure even dedicated beginner can follow this pattern.
If you come up with any problems or difficulties, write to me, and I’ll be more than happy to help.

Have a nice week
Clara



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Autumn/Winter Poncho – free crochet pattern

Hi,
I found beautiful free pattern for a blanket and I decided to use it as part of poncho I was going to make. And here it is for all of you.








































Autumn/Winter Poncho – Free pattern

One size fits most (side cca 60cm/24”, front cca 90cm/36”)
One square cca 48cm x 48cm (19”x 19”)

You need: (for this size poncho)
I used 560g (cca 1200 meters) of 100% acrylic yarn (I used “Nako colormatik” and 2 different colored acrylic yarns of the same strength)
Crochet hook G/4mm
Yarn Needle, marker

Terms/Abbreviations: I used US terminology
ch              chain 
slst.            slip stitch
sc               single crochet
dc               double crochet 
st                stitch 
2sctog.        two single crochet together

Squares:
At first you need to make 4 squares. For the front one I used a free pattern for the blanket I found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/square-and-ripple-blanket .
The final size of the square is 48cm x 48cm (19”x 19”). You can see in the picture below.


























For the back square and side squares I used a moderated granny square. You can see the picture with color combinations above and a simple chart below. You can use any square you like. This one just suited my purposes.


























Joining the squares:
I joined the squares by 2sctog, from each of the two squares, ch1, skip 1 on each of the two squares (green writing). You can see the detail and chart on the pictures below. Again, you can use any stitch for joining the squares you like. 





















Edging/border around the poncho:



I went around the whole poncho using the same pattern as you can see on the basic chart (pictured above) – round 3 and 4 (red writing). I made one more “picot” round – Starting in any of ch2 corners, join the yarn, ch4, slst. in the same ch2, (slst. over next 6 st., ch4, slst. in the same st.), repeat () all the way around. You may need to moderate the number of sls. between ch4’s a little towards the end.

Edging neckline:

I worked the neckline in the same way as the corners on the main front square. I made a link to the pattern above. I think it’s a very well written pattern, with lots of charts, easy to understand, and it has many variations to choose from.
Then I finished with a “picot round”.


























And there it is - a very noticeable Poncho. The main square is interesting, with many variations and the pattern is suitable for dedicated beginner as well.
If you come up with any problems or difficulties, write to me, and I’ll be more than happy to help.
Have a nice week
Clara

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cute little Ponchos – free crochet pattern

Hi,
I made couple of little ponchos for two girls, 2 and 4 years old. The customer chose the colors. What a good idea – exactly what is needed for these autumn days. The pattern is very simple, easy and fast to make.
It is a great little project if you like to use yarn “leftovers” as well. The color combinations are endless.

































































Have a nice week 
Clara

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Multipurpose Hooded Cardigan – full written crochet pattern

Hi,
All last month I was working on this Cardigan and the pattern for it. I really like wearing things with hoods, but it is not 100% practical all the time. I came up with this hood type which can be turned into a collar or a turtleneck, just by doing up or undoing a few buttons. I think it is handy.


































This full pattern is written for size M, but I have written instructions for all sizes, so you can adjust it, as you need. There are many pictures plus a chart to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern for this cardigan. I’m sure that even a dedicated beginner can follow this pattern without problems.
I am providing the pattern for this cardigan for symbolic price only, and you can find it here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hooded-cardigan-24












































































Happy crocheting
Clara