Flower Motif Scarf

Few weeks ago I bumped into my friend and she told me that she was looking around for colorfull crochet scarf for her friend’s bday. After quick chat we agreed to exchange pics/ideas over email and I said that I’ll look for pattern in my web stash.

I checked my own pattern stash, then I surf web and of course good place for pattern searching – Ravelry;) There I found perfect match … it was hiding in my favorites ~ Free Motif Scarf by Pierrot Yarns ~

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This one thanslated in English, but if you can read crochet diargams it doen’t mater what language it is;) This is why I love japanies patterns ~ simple, clear & detailed!

My friend loved floer scarf pattern and asked me  if I could make it for her friend.  Oh Yes, perfect fix for crochet addict – new pattern, colorful yarn and I get paid for this pleasure!!!

I send my friend link to select yarn colors and she came back to me with her choice: Candy, Lipstick, Ivory, Rose, Lilac, Orange and Moss in Premier Natural Cotton  4 ply.  I bought 7 skeins in each color and it took me a bit of thinking to combine all the colors together, because I had more colors to work with and not like it was suggested in pattern.

It was fun and easy project, just one thing that isn’t fun when you use so many colors … you end up with loads of threads to knot & hide! So I’m WaRnInG  You,  there is a price to pay if you choose too many colors … but I guess its all worth it. Look at my final result…

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I must say that I’m pretty happy with flower scarf and I really hope she likes it too.

Have a beautiful week.

Love, Yuli xx

 

Quick hello

Hey hey…

Last week of holiday we had a little road trip to Ceres & Tulbagh to visit 0ur friends. It was so nice to spend time with friends… we had loads of lovely&yummy meals togeher (way to many…my jeans were getting tight))), late nights and lazy mornings and just good family time.  Nothing beats a little holiday away, even if its only few days!

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Tulbagh

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Travelling basket with new project

 

Winter school holidays is over… we already  2nd week into 3rd term ~ getting closer to summer! This year winter season was very mild so far, we had beautiful warm days and even few hot ones… Love South African winter;)

I’m slowly getting back into week days routine and enjoying my extra creative time. Busy working on new order for a wedding… little sneak peek.

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I’ll post more about it later.

Have a lovely week.

Love, Yuli xx

 

~ Coastal Breeze ~ crochet top ~ Free pattern

“Coastal Breeze” crochet pattern as I promised last week;)

Its been raining here all day and its looks like there 2 more day like this to come… so I took advantage of this cold day and finished top pattern.

I crochet this top in middle of our summer / February… so my colours also inspiared by summer ~ Coast ~ Sea ~ Sky ~ Bougainvillea flowers!

Image below beautifully reflects my colour inspiration

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photo from Google Images

 

Coastal Breez

Size S/M (see end of this post)

You will need:

-7 balls(50gr) of Vinnis Colours, Nikkim – Kingfisher ( K );

-1 ball (50gr) of Vinnis Colours, Nikkim – Apple Green ( G );

-1 ball (50gr) of Vinnis Colours, Nikkim - Royal Blue ( B );

-1 ball (50gr) of Vinnis Colours, Nikkim – Red Violet ( V );

-4 mm crochet hook;

-tapestry needle (for weaving in ends);

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Abbreviation:

ch – chain; 

sc – single crochet;

dc – double crochet;

st – stitch

sl.st. – slp stitch;

tog – together;

rep – repeat

2dctog – 2 double crochet together – decreasing

2dc – 2 double crochet in same stitch

2dc1ch2dc – 2 double crochet + 1 ch + 2 dc in same stitch

3dc – 3 double crochet in same stitch

Gauge 10x10cm = 20 st x 8 rows

 

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Back/Front

Tip: 3 chains in the beginning of each row counts as 1 dc.

With ( K ) Chain 95. or **.

1 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 94 ch or **work using foundation double crochet technique. Total – 95dc.

2 row – 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* to the end of this row.

3 row – 8 row – rep 1 row and 2 row x 3 times

Pattern

9 row – with ( V ) 3 ch, 2dc into base of 3 ch, * skip 4 ch, 2dc1ch2dc* rep *-* 17 times., finishing with – skip 4 ch, and 3c into last st of this row.

10 row – with ( V ) 3 ch, 2dc into base of 3 ch, * skip 4 ch, 2dc1ch2dc in 1 ch space from 9th row* rep *-* 17 times., finishing with – skip 4 ch, and 3c into last st of this row.

11 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *2 ch, 1 tr into space between two 2dc1ch2dc from 9 row, 2 ch, 1 sc in 1 ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times

12 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *3 ch, miss 5 ch and work following into 1 tr space from previous row: ( 1sc, 2ch, 1ch) * rep *-* 18 times. Finish row with – miss 5 ch, 3ch and 1 sc into last st.

13 row – with ( G ) 3 ch, *2dc1ch2dc into 2ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times and finish with 1dc into last st.

14 row – with ( G ) 3 ch, *2dc1ch2dc into 1ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times and finish with 1dc into last st.

15 row – with ( K ) 5ch, *1 sc into 1 ch space from previous row, 2 ch, 1 tr into space between two 2dc1ch2dc from 13 row, 2 ch * rep *-* 17 times. Finish with 1 sc into 1 ch space from previous row, 2 ch, 1 dc into last st.

16 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, * 3ch, miss 5 ch and work following into 1 tr space from previous row: ( 1sc, 2ch, 1ch) * rep *-* 17 times. Finish row with – miss 5 ch, 3ch and 1 sc into last st.

17 row – with ( B ) 3 ch, 2dc into base of 3 ch, * skip 4 ch, 2dc1ch2dc* rep *-* 17 times., finishing with – skip 4 ch, and 3c into last st of this row.

18 row – with ( B ) 3 ch, 2dc into base of 3 ch, * skip 4 ch, 2dc1ch2dc in 1 ch space from 9th row* rep *-* 17 times., finishing with – skip 4 ch, and 3c into last st of this row.

19 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *2 ch, 1 tr into space between two 2dc1ch2dc from 9 row, 2 ch, 1 sc in 1 ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times

20 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *3 ch, miss 5 ch and work following into 1 tr space from previous row: ( 1sc, 2ch, 1ch) * rep *-* 18 times. Finish row with – miss 5 ch, 3ch and 1 sc into last st.

21 row – with ( V ) rep 13 row

22 row – with ( V ) rep 14 row

23 row – with ( K ) rep 15 row

24 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *4 ch, 1 sc into 1 tr space from previous row* rep *-* 17 times. Finish with 4 ch, 1 sc into last st.

25 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *4sc into 4ch space, 1 sc* rep *-* 18 times. Finish with 3sc into 4ch space, 1 sc into last st.

26 row – with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* to the end of this row.

27 row – with ( K ) 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 94 ch. Total – 95dc

28 row – with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* to the end of this row.

29 row – with ( K ) 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 94 ch. Total – 95dc

30 row – with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* to the end of this row.

31 row – with ( G ) 3 ch, 2dc into base of 3 ch, * skip 4 ch, 2dc1ch2dc* rep *-* 17 times., finishing with – skip 4 ch, and 3c into last st of this row.

32 row  - with ( G ) 3 ch, 2dc into base of 3 ch, * skip 4 ch, 2dc1ch2dc in 1 ch space from 9th row* rep *-* 17 times., finishing with – skip 4 ch, and 3c into last st of this row.

33 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *2 ch, 1 tr into space between two 2dc1ch2dc from 9 row, 2 ch, 1 sc in 1 ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times

34 row –with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *3 ch, miss 5 ch and work following into 1 tr space from previous row: ( 1sc, 2ch, 1ch) * rep *-* 18 times. Finish row with – miss 5 ch, 3ch and 1 sc into last st.

35 row – with ( B ) 3 ch, *2dc1ch2dc into 2ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times and finish with 1dc into last st.

36 row – with ( B ) 3 ch, *2dc1ch2dc into 1ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times and finish with 1dc into last st.

37 row – with ( K ) 5ch, *1 sc into 1 ch space from previous row, 2 ch, 1 tr into space between two 2dc1ch2dc from 13 row, 2 ch * rep *-* 17 times. Finish with 1 sc into 1 ch space from previous row, 2 ch, 1 dc into last st.

38 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, * 3ch, miss 5 ch and work following into 1 tr space from previous row:

( 1sc, 2ch, 1ch) * rep *-* 17 times. Finish row with – miss 5 ch, 3ch and 1 sc into last st.

39 row – with ( V ) 3 ch, 2dc into base of 3 ch, * skip 4 ch, 2dc1ch2dc* rep *-* 17 times., finishing with – skip 4 ch, and 3c into last st of this row.

40 row – with ( V ) 3 ch, 2dc into base of 3 ch, * skip 4 ch, 2dc1ch2dc in 1 ch space from 9th row* rep *-* 17 times., finishing with – skip 4 ch, and 3c into last st of this row.

41 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *2 ch, 1 tr into space between two 2dc1ch2dc from 9 row, 2 ch, 1 sc in 1 ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times

42 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *3 ch, miss 5 ch and work following into 1 tr space from previous row: ( 1sc, 2ch, 1ch) * rep *-* 18 times. Finish row with – miss 5 ch, 3ch and 1 sc into last st.

43 row – with ( G ) 3 ch, *2dc1ch2dc into 2ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times and finish with 1dc into last st.

44 row – with ( G ) 3 ch, *2dc1ch2dc into 1ch space from previous row* rep *-* 18 times and finish with 1dc into last st.

45 row – with ( K ) 5ch, *1 sc into 1 ch space from previous row, 2 ch, 1 tr into space between two 2dc1ch2dc from 13 row, 2 ch * rep *-* 17 times. Finish with 1 sc into 1 ch space from previous row, 2 ch, 1 dc into last st.

46 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *4 ch, 1 sc into 1 tr space from previous row* rep *-* 17 times. Finish with 4 ch, 1 sc into last st.

47 row – with ( K ) 1 ch, 1 sc, *4sc into 4ch space, 1 sc* rep *-* 18 times. Finish with 3sc into 4ch space, 1 sc into last st.

48 row  - with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* to the end of this row.

49 row– with ( K ) 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 94 ch. Total – 95dc

Neck shaping

Right shoulder:

50 row – with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* 10 times.; 1 ch, skip 1 ch,

2 double crochet together while skiping 1 ch between 2 dc.. Total – 25 st.

51 row – with ( K ) 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 24 ch. Total – 25dc

52 row – with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* 9 times.; 1 ch, skip 1 ch,

2 double crochet together while skipping 1 ch between 2 dc.. Total – 23 st.

53 row – with ( K ) 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 22 ch. Total – 23dc

54 row – with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* 10 times.; Total – 23 st.

55 row – with ( K ) 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 22 ch. Total – 23dc

Fasten off.

Left shoulder: same as right in mirror image.

Start with skipping 41 st in the middle of your work and repeat row 50-55 (making 2dctog decreases in the beginning of 50 and 52 rows.).

Fasten off.

Back shaping

Right shoulder

50 row  - with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* to the end of this row.

51 row– with ( K ) 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 94 ch. Total – 95dc

52 row – with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* 9 times.; 1 ch, skip 1 ch,

2 double crochet together while skipping 1 ch between 2 dc.. Total – 23 st.

53 row – with ( K ) 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 22 ch. Total – 23dc

54 row – with ( K ) 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* 10 times.; Total – 23 st.

Fasten off.

Left shoulder: same as right in mirror image.

Start with skipping 45 st in the middle of your work and repeat row 52-54 (making 2dctog decrease in the beginning of 52 row)

Fasten off.

Note – Back 1 row shorter then front.

Sleeves

Pattern decrease (dec) –  2 double crochet together while skipping 1 st in between 2 dc.

1 row – with ( K ) Chain 75..

2 row – 3ch, * 1 ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* to the end of this row.

3 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 74 ch. Total – 75dc.

4 row – 1 (dec), * 1 ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep. *-*. Finish with 1 ch, 1 (dec). 71 dc..

5 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 70 ch. Total – 71 dc..

6 row – 1 (dec), * 1 ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep. *-*. Finish with 1 ch, 1 (dec). 69 dc..

7 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 70 ch. Total – 69 dc..

8 row – 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep *-* to the end of this row. Total – 69 dc..

9 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 70 ch. Total – 69 dc..

10 row – 1 (dec), * 1 ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep. *-*. Finish with 1 ch, 1 (dec). 65 dc..

11 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 70 ch. Total – 65 dc..

12 row – 1 (dec), * 1 ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep. *-*. Finish with 1 ch, 1 (dec). 61 dc..

13 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 70 ch. Total – 61 dc..

14 row – 1 (dec), * 1 ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep. *-*. Finish with 1 ch, 1 (dec). 57 dc..

15 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 70 ch. Total – 57 dc..

16 row – 1 (dec), * 1 ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep. *-*. Finish with 1 ch, 1 (dec). 53 dc..

17 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 70 ch. Total – 53 dc..

18 row – 1 (dec), * 1 ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch* – rep. *-*. Finish with 1 ch, 1 (dec). 49 dc..

19 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 70 ch. Total – 49 dc

20 row – 3ch, * 1ch, skip 1 ch and 1 dc into next ch*- rep *-* to the end of this row. Total – 49 dc..

21 row – 3ch, 1 dc across rest of 70 ch. Total – 49 dc..

From 22 row to 37 row – rep row 20 – 21 (8 times)

Fasten off..

Finishing:

Block each piece if desired. Sew front to back at the shoulder seams. Sew side seams from hem towards shoulder – about 34 cm. And leaving about 21 cm open for armhole opening. . Sew sleeve at seams and sew them to armhole opening. Weave in ends. Neck – crochet 124 sc around neck opening, then sl. st around 124 sc. Fasten off and weave ends. Sl.. st. around edges of sleeves and hem. Fasten off. Weave in ends

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Size – Small / Medium:

Neck widths – 25cm;

Armhole depth – 21 cm;

Front/back length – 55cm;

Half bust circumference – 51cm;

2 x armhole depth -  42cm;

Under arm length – 46 cm;

Sleeve cuff circumference – 12cm;

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Little bit of my summer memories in the middle of South African winter;)
Enjoy.
Love, Yuli xx

~ Winter Solstice Cowl ~ Free pattern

Winter Solstice Cowl

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You will need:

- 2 skeins of Manos Silk Blend (50 gr)  
- or any other DK yarn of your choice;
- 4 mm crochet hook
- tapestry needle
neckwarmer round

Abbreviation:

ch – chain;
sc – single crochet;
dc – double crochet;
sl.st. – slip stitch;
blo – work this round in back loops only;
Note:  
3 chains in the beginning of every row as a replacement for dc.  
Finish each round with 1 sl. st. in 3rd ch from beginning of round.

Directions:

Round 1 – Start with Foundation double crochet = 82 dc. Join to 1st dc with sl. st.

Round 2 -3 – blo – ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 81 st. Total = 82 dc.

Rounds 4blo – ch 4, miss 1, *1 dc, miss 1, ch 1, 1 dc * – rep *-* till end of the round., finishing with 1 ch. . Total = 82 st.

Round 5blo – ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 81 st. Total = 82 dc.

Round 6 – 7 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 81 st. Total = 82 dc.

Rounds 8blo – ch 4, miss 1, *1 dc, miss 1, ch 1, 1 dc * – rep *-* till end of the round., finishing with 1 ch. Total = 82 st.

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Round 9blo – ch 3, 1 dc, 2 dc in 1, * 3 dc, 2 dc in 1 * – rep *-* till end of the round, finish with 3 dc, 2 dc I into 1st ch from beginning of this round. Total = 103 dc.

Round 10blo – ch 3, 1 dc, 2 dc in 1, * 4 dc, 2 dc in 1 * – rep *-* till end of the round, finish with 1 dc.. Total = 124 dc.

Round 11blo – ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 123 st. Total = 124 dc.

Rounds 12blo – ch 3, miss 1,  ch 1, * 1 dc, miss 1, ch 1 * – rep *-* till end of the round.. Total = 124 st..

Round 13blo – ch 3, 9 dc, 2 dc in 1, * 10 dc, 2 dc in 1 * – rep *-* till end of the round, finish with 3 dc.. Total = 135 dc.

Round 14 – ch 3, 7 dc, 2 dc in 1, * 8 dc, 2 dc in 1 * – rep *-* till end of the round.. Total = 150 dc.

Round 15 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 149 st. Total = 150 dc.

Rounds 16blo – ch 3, miss 1,  ch 1, * 1 dc, miss 1, ch 1 * – rep *-* till end of the round.. Total = 150 st.

Round 17blo – ch 3, 13 dc, 2 dc in 1, * 14 dc, 2 dc in 1 * – rep *-* till end of the round.. Total = 160 dc.

Round 18blo – ch 3, 14 dc, 2 dc in 1, * 15 dc, 2 dc in 1 * – rep *-* till end of the round.. Total = 170 dc.

Round 19blo – ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 169 st. Total = 170 dc.

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Using tapestry needle and thread from beginning of your work (there will be an little opening at the top part) – join round and weave in ends.

Weave in thread at bottom part of your work

This pattern availeble in PDF – Winter Solstice Cowl

This pattern free to share, and not to sell!

Booom…

My life is to busy to keep up with blog post most of the time…  I plan to write/share something and then boooom… kids stuff, orders, friends get together and other usual every day things. Hey… I’m not complaining;) Just grateful for Yuli FB page, easy&quick share when life goes Booom :P

Second school term is over ~ phew ~ so looking forward to spend some time with boys, free from early mornings school routine and lunch boxes! Yes, no more lunch boxes for 3 weeks… Crazy Happy Dance)))

Last day at school we miss for very good cause… all of us joint march to stop GM (genetically modified) trial crop in our area… its so scary whats happening to our food(((. I can no longer complain about it… I would like to be part of a solution and try to educate those who doesn’t know or chooses to ignore GMO issue.

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Stop GM trial crops March

On Thursday evening I swapped my crochet hook for some paint and brushes…we made few posters and I had 100 medical masks that I wrote – GMO with big X over it.

About 100 – 120 people took part in peaceful and passionate march, we shouted NO GMO slogans and handed over our petition to municipality… hopefully we can get reply from them soon. Every voice counts and every bit helps!

“The future depends on what you do today.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you to my friend from Your Foto Story for great photos. You can see more pictures from this march by clicking on to image above.

With kids being on school holidays I haven’t touched my hooks&yarn for good few days((( Boys had friends for sleep over… 4 kids in my house ~ busy times;) We took advantage of beautiful sunny days…had a lovely long play during low tide on our  beach, then next day we went to  strawberry farm – yummy food, train rides, horse rides and most favorite bumpy boat rides. Great fun!

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Winter day in South Africa…+25C

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Today my dearest friend having my kids for sleep over;))  So its my turn to have me time and catch up with blog and crochet! Very needed quiet time!

No time to waste… next post about new crochet top on it way.

Cheers, Yuli xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long weekend

 

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We had a great long weekend… so nice not to worry about school on Sunday afternoon,  coz Monday is a public holiday/ Youth Day…Yay! Extra lazy day.

And weather was sunny and warm as I hope it would be;) We visited friends, had yummy meals, good chats and walk in indigenous valley.

Yesterday we took boys for a long walk at one of our local beaches… Its a such a privilege to live were we are and have all of this beautiful places around us!  I took few pics to share with you.

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Little Brak river mouth

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Boys

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skipping stones

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Boys found someones driftwood “camp”

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Low tide

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On our way home we saw young leopard tortoise

One my chrochet side of life – this weekend wasn’t productive… my hooks & yarn stayed in the basket for 3 day! It was nice to give my hands some needed breake.

One  thing that I did over weekend for Yuli handmade is that I finally asked my friend to take some pictures of the crochet top I  designed for myself few months ago! Been meaning to do it for so long and I can’t wait to show it to you… will try to post them tomorrow. Super excited!

I hope you also had a great weekend.

Yuli xx

New project

Another beautiful week is almost over. And I’m so looking forward to a long weekend with family and friends, lets just hope it’s not going to rain… fingers & toes crossed for sunny weather;)

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While writing this post… ~ rainbow ~

Finished with few orders and lots more coming next week!

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Also been going trough my patterns stash ~ so many beautiful projects~ dresses, tops, vests. Prettiness overload! I have crochet cravings)))

And  I don’t know why I have a need to make summer things in winter and winter things in summer!? Winter only just started and I’m already missing warm  summer days .

My favorite by far is this dress from Interweave Crochet, Summer 2012… Pretty!!!  

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Interweave Crochet, Summer 2012

 

So here is it my next project ~  I’m on my 6th motif already~

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Got paid this afternoon and on the way home stopped at local wool shop to buy  more cotton for new dress. It remind me of this…hehe

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Yep…that’s me ))

Keep well. 

Love, Yuli xx

Monday blues

Weekend started with lovely sunny morning…by the lunch time it turned into very cold and rainy day… but it wasn’t as bad as Cape Town. Saw few of my friends status updates on FB and it looks like they had quiet a stormy weather – rain, strong wind and even snow/hail! Wow…Cape Town streets covered with snow! Crazy

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Yesterday evening I thought – “Oh no…Its Sunday already… we need another few days at home, please.”  This morning we discovered that Sasha not feeling well(( his nose looked very swollen and he had a bit of a fever… Oh dear, this is a price I have to pay to stay at home, not good(((  It remind me of old saying – ‘Be careful what you wish for”. I will try to be careful and clear of what I think and say from now on.  

Today weather wasn’t as bad as it was over weekend. Took kids to our doctor,  she said that he has nose infection and it doesn’t looks good, so antibiotic its our only solution((. After local pharmacy and little basic shop, we headed home to get cozy under a blankets, drink lotsa tea and watch movies.

For lunch I made flap jacks… with cinnamon and honey from our beautiful bees. Best get better soon kind of treat…mmmm

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While kids watched movie I tried to type/edit my new neck warmer pattern. Not my favorite part, it so easy to crochet something… but writing patter and make sure someone can actually follow it… not easy in the beginning. I hope after few patterns I’ll becomes easy and effortless. Quick sneak pic of  new pattern.

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Monday is almost over and we had a okeish day and one sick child…poor thing((. It not so much fun to be at home when  your kids not feeling well. I really wish Sasha gets better soon and we can get back to our week days with school, driving, lunch making, hokey practice and home work and all that everyday stuff.  

Keep well,

Yuli xxx

Wrap around crochet bracelet – Free pattern

~ Wrap around crochet bracelet tutorial/pattern by Yuli ~ Free to share

You will need:

  • DK mercerized cotton;

  • 3,5 mm crochet hook;

  • 170 medium beads;

  • button;

  • needle;

  • tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

 
 

Tip for threading beads on to the yarn:

I split yarn in half and tread it into needle from opposite direction, this makes threading easier. 

 

Push beads along the yarn; picking them up and use them as you crochet along.

Step 1 – Chain 2.

Step 2 – insert hook under 2 loops of the 1st chain. Yarn over.

Step 3 – Pull yarn through 2 loops of the 1st chain

Step 4 – Yarn over and pull through 1 loop.

Step 5 – Push 1 bead close to hook, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook.

Your bead will be placed at the back of your work

Step 6 – insert hook under base chain (2 loops)

Step 7 – Yarn over, pull through 2 loops of base chain

 Step 8 – Yarn over and pull through 1 loop.

Step 9 – Push 1 bead close to hook, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook.

Your bead will be placed at the back of your work

Repeat step 6 – 9 with rest of your beads

This is how your work looks like on other side

After you finish with all of your beads, repeat step 6-9 with out using bead x 1 time.

Turn you work around (beads side) and slip stitch along base chains.

At the end of this side – chain 7 for a button loop and slip stitch along other side of base chain.

 

After you slip stitch to the end of this side, cut yarn + allowing enough thread for sewing button. Weave ends with tapestry needle. 

Bracelet ready.  Have fun … Love, Yuli xx

 P.S. – I made this pattern in PDF format, but unfortunately its to big to upload on my blog(( So please use this link https://www.dropbox.com/s/gx4w1tsuzvijhfs/Wrap%20around%20bracelate%20by%20Yuli.pdf to get your PDF patter via Dropbox… and you don’t have to have Dropbox account to downloaded. Enjoy

 
 

Last day of summer holidays…

 
Today been last day of school holidays… I can’t believe that 5 weeks flew by. I’m going to miss late morning and routine free days…
 
Tomorrow is the beginning of 6AMs rises, lunch boxes, driving, waiting, homework and all of that back to school business. But on the bright side…we still have great weather for afternoon beach & walks and of course more creative time for me!
 
Kids school bags packed, uniform all clean & ready, hair been cut, bathed, bedtime story read and they nicely tucked in beds…Phew!
 
I’m almost finished in the kitchen… just need to bake 2 loaf of Ciabatta for boys lunch…it was an order ;) P.S. – I’m not super woman))) I have bread machine ;). It helps a lot.
 
So while bread in the oven…I have time to catch up with my blog and share something with you.
 
Few months ago I went to building store to buy some stuff for Peter and rustic looking yarn/rope caught my eye… and it was only R10 a ball. Yes, please.
 
It was lying in my stash basket and I couldn’t think of anything I could do with it. And during summer siesta time I looked at my stash and Ta Da…I knew what I want to do this this yarn… It will make perfect summer sling bag with bright flowers. It took me 2 day (well, I meant 2 siestas) to make it.
 
 
I post this picture on FB page and got so many likes and complement…thank you.
 
It had such a positive feedback, so I would like to give something in return – my Free  Sling bag pattern. Enjoy!
 
I didn’t include flower patterns, I thought you would like to do your own thing… just let your creativity flow ;) Possibilities are endless…
 
To download this pattern in PDF, click on link bellow.
Free Crochet Sling bag patten
 
Sling bag
 
Size 24cm x 22 cm
 
You will need:
- 120g chunky cotton or any other chunky yarn;
- 5,5 mm crochet hook
 
Abbreviation (American):
ch – chain;
sc – single crochet;
dc – double crochet;
sl.st. – slp stitch;
tog – together;
 
Note:
3 chains in the beginning of every row as a replacement for dc.
 End each round with 1 sl. st. in 3rd ch from beginning of round.
 
Directions:
 
Crochet base chain: 29ch + 3 ch and work in rounds (around base chain).
 
Round 1 – miss 4 ch from the hook and crochet 1 dc into each of next 27 ch; 3 dc in to last ch; Now work on other side of the base chain: 1 dc in to each of next 27 ch, 2 dc into next ch and sl.st into 3rd ch from beginning of round. You should have – 3 dc on each end of base chain and 27 dc on each side of the base chain. Total = 60 dc.
 
Round 2 – ch 3, 1 dc into same space, 1 dc in each of next 27 st, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st., 2 dc in next st, crochet 1 dc in each of next 27 st, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st. Sl.st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 68 dc.
 
Round 3 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 67 st. Sl.st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 68 dc.
 
Rounds 4 – 6 – Repeat 3rd round.
 
Round 7 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 31 st, 2 dc together, 1 dc into next 32 st, 2 dc together.  Sl.st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 66 dc.
 
Round 8 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 30 st, 2 dc together, 1 dc into next 31 st, 2 dc together.  Sl.st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 64 dc.
 
Round 9 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 29 st, 2 dc together, 1 dc into next 30 st, 2 dc together.  Sl.st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 62 dc.
 
Round 10 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 28 st, 2 dc together, 1 dc into next 29 st, 2 dc together.  Sl..st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 60 dc.
 
Round 11 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 27 st, 2 dc together, 1 dc into next 28 st, 2 dc together.  Sl..st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 58 dc.
 
Round 12 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 26 st, 2 dc together, 1 dc into next 27 st, 2 dc together.  Sl..st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 56 dc.
 
Round 13 – ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 25 st, 2 dc together, 1 dc into next 26 st, 2 dc together.  Sl..st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 54 dc.
 
Round 14 -  ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 53 st. Sl..st into 3rd ch from beginning of the round. Total = 54 dc. Done, but don’t cut your thread yet;)
 
Round 15 row (Edging and strap) – *ch 1, sl..st, * 3 times, then chain 250 ch for stap (or as long as you want your strap to be) and sl..st to the other side of your bag 33rd  dc from beginning of the round.
Turn and crochet 1 sc into next 250 st, sl..st into to bags edge. Turn your work and again crochet 1 sc into next 250 st of your strap, sl.st to other side of bags edge. One more time turn your work and now sl.st along your 250 st strap, sl..st to the bag and carry on along bags edge with *ch1, sl..st* to next strap; sl..st over base of the strap and continue with *ch1, sl..st* to beginning of your round..
Now you can cut thread;) Weave in tails on inside of the bag.
 
Your bag is ready to decorate as you wish…
 
Let me know if you have any problems… mistakes are possible, I’m not perfect ;) And please don’t forget to share your finale result with me…would love to see it.
 
My bread is baked and I’m ready for bed…tomorrow is early start ;)
 
Keep well…Love, Yuli xx