Thank you scarf

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Thank you Scarf!

I love to make gift for friends and family rather than just buying something from shops, and when I do I try to buy local. Of course there is not always time for it but I try to make time to create something special with lots of love and care.

This time I needed to make a gift for my very good friend N… she is amazing woman – strong, warm, caring, giving, great mother and makes most amazing food (I always over eat in her house coz its tastes so good).

She helped me a lot during busy months of May and I wanted to thank her for all that she done for me and my boys.

I ordered yarn and decided to make a lacy scarf and after I couldn’t choose pattern on the web… I came up with my own pattern. First I showed  scarf to girls from Get hooked class … they loved it and ask to share pattern. So it’s been written and then tested (but if you find mistakes please let me know).

P.S. –  my friend love her new scarf!!

And now I’m sharing it with you… I’m sure you have someone special in your life … daughter, sister, mother, aunt, girlfriend… that you would like to make this scarf and say – Thank you for been part of my life xx … Oh dear! It sounds like TV ad)))) … at least I’m not trying to sell you stuff))))

Enjoy!

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You will need

  • 3  balls of Eco cotton (50gr) by Nurturing fibers (Bordeaux) or other yarn of your choice in DK;
  • 3.5 or 4 mm hook –size of your hook depending on your tension. I used 4mm;
  • tapestry needle
  •  scissor

Abbreviation

This pattern uses American Standard Abbreviations

  • ch – chain;                                                                 
  • sc – single crochet;
  • dc – double crochet;
  • tr – treble:
  • dc4tog –double crochet 4 together = yarn over, insert hook in next stitch (or 3ch space), yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 4 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook; see it here
  • sl.st. – slip stitch;
  • rep – repeat;

Pattern:

Chain 37.

1 round – 1 ch, 1sc in to 2nd ch from hook, * 5ch, miss 3 ch, 1sc * – rep *-* 9 times.

2 round – 7 ch, *1sc into 5ch space, 2 ch, 7dc into next 5ch space, 2ch, 1sc into next 5ch space, 5 ch* – rep *-* 2 times. Finish row with 1sc into next 5ch space, 2 ch, 7dc into next 5ch space, 2ch, 1sc into next 5ch space, 2ch, 1tr into last sc from previous row.

3 round – 1ch, 1sc into tr, *2ch, 1dc in to each of the next 3dc from previous row, (1dc, 3ch, 1dc) into next dc, 1dc in to each of the next 3dc from previous row, 2ch, 1sc into 5ch space* rep *-* 3 times , just in your last repeat you will make 1sc into 7ch space from previous row.

4 round – 5ch, * dc4tog into next 4dc from previous row, 5 ch, dc4tog into 3ch space, 5ch, dc4tog into next 4dc from previous row, 1ch* – rep *-* 3times. Finish with tr into sc from previous row.

5 round – 1ch, 1sc into tr, *5ch, 1sc into 5ch space, 5ch, 1 sc in to next 5ch space, 5ch, 1sc in to next 1ch space * rep *-* 3 times , just in your last repeat you will make 1sc into 5ch space from previous row.

See diagram #1

Now work repeating rows 2 – 5 to make desired lengths. 3 balls of eco-cotton was enough for 30 repeats in total, but it depends on your tension.

diagram 1

Edging

From last row –
3 ch, *1sc into 5ch space, 9 ch, (little flower – 4ch, sl.st. into 9th ch, 6 ch, sl.st. into 9th, 4ch, sl.st. into 9th ch), 8ch, 1sc into same 5ch space, 3ch* – rep *-* 9times in each 5ch space. Finish row with sl.st. into 1 sc from previous row.

See diagram #2

From beginning of your scarf – same as above, just work in 3ch space instead of 5ch space.

diagram 2

Weave in ends and don’t forget to block to give it a nice shape.

Printable version click DOWNLOAD

Love,

Yuli xx

 

 

 

 

Shawl ~ free pattern

Hello

Lately only thing that I post on my blog here are my patterns, so once again… it me & new pattern! 

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I always want to make me some triangle scarf/shawl… so one weekend I had a bit of free time and 3 balls of Eco-cotton in Adventurine. I went through my stitch patterns, played with yarn, made some samples, frogged few times and this is what I came up with… 

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You will need

  • 3  or 4** balls of Eco cotton (50gr) by Nurturing fibers or other yarn of your choice in DK;
  • 3.5 or 4 mm hook –size of your hook depending on your tension. I used 4mm;
  • tapestry needle
  •  scissor

Abbreviation

This pattern uses American Standard Abbreviations

  • ch – chain;                                                                 
  • sc – single crochet;
  • tr – treble;
  • tr2tog – 2 trebles together; 
  • sl.st. – slip stitch;
  • rep – repeat;

Pattern:

Chain 15.

1 row – 1sc in 2nd ch from the hook, 2ch , miss 6ch, work following in to next chain (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr), miss 6ch, 1sc in to last chain.

2 row – 1ch, 1sc in to sc from previous row, 1ch,  1sc into 2 chain space, 5ch, miss following (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), tr2tog in 1ch space (between 4tr from previous), miss next (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), 5ch, 1sc into 2ch space, 1ch, 1sc into last sc from previous row.

3 row – 7ch, (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr) into 1ch space, 2ch, 1sc in to tr2tog from previous row, 2ch, (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr) into 1ch space, 2ch, 1tr in to last sc from previous row.

4 row –  1ch, 1sc into tr, 1ch,  1sc into 2ch space, 5ch, miss (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), tr2tog in 1ch space, miss next (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), 5ch, 1sc into 2ch space, 1ch, 1sc into next 2ch space, 5ch, miss (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), tr2tog in 1ch space, miss next (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), 5ch, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in to 7 chain space.

5 row – 7ch, (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr) into 1ch space, 2ch,*1sc in to tr2tog from previous row, 2ch, (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr) into 1ch space, 2ch,*  – repeat *-* 2 times. Finish with 1tr in to last sc from previous row.

6 row –  1ch, 1sc into tr, 1ch,  1sc into 2ch space, 5ch, miss (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), tr2tog in 1 chain space, miss next (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), 5ch , *1sc into 2ch space, 1ch, 1sc into next 2ch space, 5ch, miss (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), tr2tog in 1ch space, miss next (1tr, 1ch, 1tr), 5ch,* – repeat *-* 2 times. Finish with  (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in to 7ch space.

7 row – 7ch, (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr) into 1ch space, 2ch,*1sc in to tr2tog from previous row, 2ch, (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr) into 1ch space, 2ch,*  – repeat *-* 3 times. Finish with 1tr in to last sc from previous row.

Carry on working by following row 6 and 7. Only changes that will be in each row is that your *-* repeats will increase by 1. Example: row 5 and 6 you have repeat *-* 2 times and in row 7 and 8 you going to have *-* repeat 3 times and so on in your following rows.

If you prefer working with diagram… see my drawing below ;) … just excuse quality of the image(((… one day I’ll get myself diagram software… so for now its handmade ;))

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You can make it as many rows as you like or till your yarn runs out.

**I finished my shawl on 47th row… it was big enough for me and I also run out of eco-cotton (3 balls of 50gr each).

I decided that lacy pattern of the shawl didn’t needed edging… it was pretty as it is and I also I didn’t want to over do it with to much “frills”. But if you feel its missing something… go ahead and have fun and please send me pictures!

I would love to see your version of this shawl/scarf.

Love,

Yuli

Mahala Mandala crochet square

Hello!

Its me again with free pattern / photo tutorial. 

This time I would like to share with you crochet Mandala that I made last summer but it was put away in one of my many baskets and forgotten((((( . Because I can be very disorganized… not sure if its part of being creative person or is it just one of my character minuses or pluses (depending how you relate to chaos)))) So few months ago while browsing through my stash…ta da I found it!!!

I quickly pulled out Vinnis cottons, made few different color combinations… the flower shape of this motif can create awesome summer shawl, can be used as applique or table runner/coasters… and many other pretty things!

Then I decided that it will look great as a square motif, so I  re designed it and now it can be used in many different strait and square ways – blankets, cushion, vests, tops, bags… you know what I mean;) 

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So here it is Mahala Mandala! I love how its sounds and also because in South African slang – mahala – means for free or for nothing and gratis – just like this pattern!

 

 ~ Mahala Mandala  crochet square ~

You will need

~ DK yarn or any other yarn of your choice (I used Nikkim cotton “Vinnies Colors”) 6 colors of your choice;

~ 4 mm hook;

~ tapestry needle

~ scissor

Abbreviation

This pattern uses American Standard Abbreviations

  • ch – chain;
  • sc – single crochet;
  • hdc – half double crochet;
  • dc – double crochet;
  • hdcsp – half double crochet spike; see Note.
  • st – stitch;
  • sl.st. – slp stitch;
  • rep – repeat;

Note: 

sc rounds – 1 chains in the beginning of every row counts as a sc. Finish each round with 1 sl. st. in 1st sc from beginning of this round.

hdc and dc rounds – 3 chains in the beginning of every row counts as a dc.  Finish each round with 1 sl. st. in 3rd ch from beginning of this round.

“Spikes” are made by inserting the hook further down into the fabric than usual, either below the next stitch or to one side of it. A loop is draw through and up to the height of the current row; stitch completed normally.

Spikes tip – its important to work “spikes” loops loosely enough to avoid squashing the fabric, but with sufficient tension to maintain the stability of the fabric.

 

1st round – Color A – into magicloop – 3ch, 11hdc. Total = 12 st.

Mahala Mandala crochet square by Yuli

2 round – color B – 3ch, 1 hdc in same space as 3ch, *2 hdc in to next st. * – repeat *-* 11 times. Finish with sl.st in 3rd ch from beginning of this round. Total = 24 st.

Mahala Mandala crochet square by Yuli

3rd round – color C – 1ch, 1 hdcsp into st of the 1st round, 1 sc into next st,*1sc into next st., 1 hdcsp into st of the 1st round, 1 sc into next st,* – repeat from *-* 11 times. Finish with sl.st into 1st ch from beginning of this round. Total = 36 st.

Mahala Mandala crochet square by Yuli

4th round – color C – 1ch, 1 sc in each st. Finish with sl.st. into 1st ch from beginning of this round.  Total = 36 st.

Mahala Mandala crochet square by Yuli

5th round – color D – 5 ch, dc in same space as your 5 ch, *1ch, miss 2, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) into next st* – repeat from *-* 11 times.  Finish with 1ch and  sl.st. into 3rd ch from beginning of this round.  

Mahala Mandala crochet square by Yuli

6th round – color E – join yarn in 2 ch space work – (3 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc, ) 1 ch, *1 sc in 1 ch space, 1 ch, (1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc) in 2 ch space, 1 ch,* repeat from *-* 11 times. Finish round with  1 sc in 1 ch space, 1 ch, (1 hdc, 1 dc) in 2 ch space and sl.st. into 3rd ch from beginning of this round.

Mahala Mandala crochet square by Yuli

~ Making it into a square ~

7th round – color F – join yarn in 2nd dc (middle) of the flower petal from previous round. 1 ch (counts as 1 sc), 3 ch, 1 dc in next sc from round 6, 3 ch, *(1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 3 ch, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc) in 2nd dc from round 6, 3 ch, 1 dc in next sc from round 6, 3 ch, 1 sc in 2nd dc from round 6, 3 ch, 1 dc in next sc from round 6, 3 ch, 1 sc in 2nd dc from round 6, 3 ch, 1 dc in next sc from round 6, 3 ch,* – rep * – * 2 times. Finish with *(1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 3 ch, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc) in 2nd dc from round 6, 3 ch, 1 dc in next sc from round 6, 3 ch, 1 sc in 2nd dc from round 6, 3 ch, 1 dc in next sc from round 6, 3 ch and sl. st into 1st ch from this round.

8th round – using same color F – 4 ch, miss 3, 1 sc into dc, 3 ch, miss 3, *1 sc into next dc, 3 ch, miss 1 ch and 1 dc, ( 1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) into next 3 ch space from previous round (corner of your motif), 3 ch, miss 1 ch and 1 dc, 1 sc into dc, 3 ch, miss 3, 1 sc into next dc, 3 ch, miss 3, 1sc into next sc, 3 ch, miss 3, 1 sc into next dc, 3 ch, miss 3, 1 sc into next sc, 3 ch, miss 3, 1 sc into next dc, 3ch, miss 3 * – rep * – * 2 times. Finish with 1 sc into next dc, 3 ch, miss 1ch and 1dc, ( 1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) into next 3 ch space from previous round (corner of your motif), 3 ch, miss 1ch and 1dc, 1 sc into dc, 3 ch, miss 3, 1 sc into next dc, 3 ch, miss 3, 1sc into next sc, 3 ch, miss 3, 1 sc into next dc, 3 ch, miss 3, sl. st. into 1sc ch from beginning of this round.

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Joining squares as you go with 8th round – replacing every 2nd ch (middle ch of 3 ch group from round  8) with sl. st and sl. st it into 3 ch space of another finished square.

I hope my pattern and drawings are clear and easy to understand:)

And please share with me what you planning to do with Mahala Mandala squares! Would love to see it.

I must say that I’m still not sure what will it be… summer shawl or throw, so I just keep making more and more squares and will decide later;)

Love, 

Yuli xxx

 

Crochet Bell tutorial

Hi there;)

My busy & creative ladies from Get hooked class asked me if I could show them how to make lace bells as a Xmas ornament…coz its this time of the year again!

I found many beautiful patterns and diagram on the web, tried some and some didn’t look like bells and more like doilies)))))) but I figured that people just use round motifs diagrams and just take 1 or 2 repeats out to make a cone shape. As they say you learn on mistakes;)

After testing and searching I finally found this one… its simple and elegant.

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I remade diagram in color for my class to make it user friendly, took few pics… and its all I needed to wright crochet tutorial for you.

Now you can make your own ornaments to decorate home & tree or it will make a lovely Xmas present { 4 or 6 of them in pretty box } ;)

So here we GO!!!

~ Crochet Bell Tutorial ~

You will need:

~ yarn (I used 4ply mercerized Premier Natural cotton by Elle)

~ 2.5 mm hook

~ Bell ~

* – leave long tail before you start with magic loop!

1st round – into magic loop: 3 ch + *2ch, 1dc* – rep *-* 6 times. Finish with 2 ch and  sl.st into 3rd chain from begining.

2nd round – sl.st. into 2ch space from round 1. 3ch, 1dc into 2 space ch, *2ch, 2dc in next 2ch space* – rep *-* 7 times. Finish with sl.st into 3rd chain from beginning.

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3rd – round – sl.st into next 2ch space. (3ch, 1 dc, 3ch, 2dc) into 2ch space, *(2dc, 3ch, 2dc) into 2ch space * – rep *-* 6times. Finish with sl.st into 3rd chain from beginning.

4 – 6 round – crochet as 3rd round.

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7th round – sl.st. into dc. 3 ch, 7 dc into 3 chain space, *8 dc into 3 chain space* – repeat *-* 6 times.  Finish with sl.st into 3rd chain from beginning.

8th round – 1ch, 1 sc in each stitch. Finish with sl.st  into 1st chain from beginning.

Using long tail from beginning of you work – crochet chains as long as you wish to make a loop. Weave and hide all the loose threads.

If you would like your bell to hold better shape starch it with spray starch which you can buy in any of your local supermarket in laundry section.

After its all ready and starched you can add your personal touch – ribbon, beads, crystals or any other fun stuff;)

Get busy crafty people… silly season is almost here;)

Love,

Yuli xxx

Happy Flower Granny Square Tutorial

Hi there;)

I put together another photo tutorial that I would love to share with you. I use my Yuli Flower to created Granny Square and as you know there is so many ways to use it.

Be creative and use this square to make cushions, blankets and other accessories. And don’t forget to share pictures of your work with me… I would love to see it.

 

Happy Flower Square

~ Happy Flower Granny Square ~

You will need

~ DK yarn or any other yarn of your choice (I used Nikkim cotton “Vinnies Colors”);

~ 4 mm hook;

~ tapestry needle

~ scissor

Abbreviation

ch – chain;

sc –single crochet;

dc – double crochet;

sl.st. – slip stitch;

~ Tutorial ~

Crochet ~ Yuli Flower ~ using my previous tutorial.

Yuli Flower tutorial

Working with your finished Yuli Flower, hold it with right side facing you.

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Work all sl.st. in to back loops of sc (between flower petals).

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Step 1 –  *sl. st. in sc, ch 4* rep *-* 8 times. Finish with sl.st. in sc from beginning of this round.

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Step 2 –  sl.st. into next 2 ch of your first 4 ch space, 3 ch , 2 dc in first 4 ch space, *1 ch, (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in next 4 ch space, 1 ch, 3 dc in next 4 ch space,* rep *-* 3 times. Finish with 1 ch, (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in next 4 ch space, 1 ch, sl. st. in 3 ch from beginning of this round.

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Step 3 – ch 3, 1 ch, 3 dc in 1 ch space,* 1 ch, (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in 3 ch space, 1 ch, 3 dc in 1 ch space, 1 ch, 3 dc in 1 ch space, * rep *-* 3 times. Finish with 1 ch, (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in 3 ch space, 1 ch, 2 dc in 1 ch space (where you started with 4 ch), sl. st. in 3rd ch from beginning of this round.

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Happy Flower Granny done… but of course you can make your granny square as big as you like;)

Here is a cushion I made with this Happy Flower Granny Square…

Crochet cushion by Yuli

 

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. 

 Enjoy!

Love, Yuli xx

 

 

Crochet flower tutorial

Hi…

I would love to share with you my crochet Flower tutorial. 

I came up with this pattern last year… but only now I got my act together to write & post this tutorial for you. You see, coz I’m not driving around so much;) 

I hope its easy to understand and if you have any questions please leave a comment or send me e-mail;)

~ Yuli Crochet Flower ~

You will need

~ 2 colors of DK yarn or any other yarn of your choice;

~ 4 mm hook;

~ tapestry needle

~ scissor

Abbreviation

ch – chain;

sc – single crochet;

dc – double crochet;

sl.st. – slip stitch;

~ Pattern ~

Big flower layer

1st round – into magic loop: 3 ch + 15 dc. Join with sl.st into 3rd chain.

1st round

Big flower ~ 1st round

2nd round – 5 ch, dc into same space as 1st chain. * 1ch, miss 1, [dc, 2ch, dc] into next st * – rep 7 times. finish with 1 ch and sl.st into 3rd ch from beginning of this round.

2nd round

Big flower ~ 2nd round

3rd round – 1ch, 7 dc into 2ch space from previous round, *1sc into 1ch space, 7 dc into 2ch spac* – rep *-* 7 times. Finish with 1 sc into 1ch space and sl.st. into 1 ch from beginning of this round. Big layer of flower ready. 

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Big flower ~ 3rd round

Small flower layer

1 round – Insert your hook in to dc st that we missed from 1st round of big flower and pull out loop and make 4 ch, * sl.st. into missed dc from 1st round of big flower, ch 3* rep *-* 7 times. Finish with sl.st into 1st chain of this round. 

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Small flower – 1st round

2nd round – *into 3chain space [1sc, 1ch, 4dc, 1ch, 1sc]* – rep *-* 8 times. Cut and fasten yarn. Flower completed ;)

Small flower ~ 2nd round

Small flower ~ 2nd round

 Love this flower… you can use it on beanies, as a brooch or decorate cushions & blankets. I created granny square using this flower and looks great… another cushion in the making, so watch this blog coz new pics coming soon.

And here is a picture of my friend’s baby girl wearing beanie I designed for her over weekend and you see I used flower;) My friend loves beanie and I love this little model… isn’t she just gorgeous!?

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Oh and meet my ” big baby ” … our 6 months old bulldog Mr. Z. I love him to bits… even when he snores like I never heard before)))

Enjoy making flowers! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to like my Facebook page for more posts and ideas.

Love, Yuli xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ Nina ~ fingerless gloves pattern

Fingerless gloves pattern inspired by ~ Nina and fresh cup of coffee from Blue Shed.

 

For this gloves I used:

-3 – 4 ply yarn

– 2.5 mm crochet hook 

– tapestry needle

~ Abbreviation ~

ch – chain;

sc – single crochet;

dc – double crochet;

sl.st. – slip stitch;

Note:  

sc rounds – 1 chains in the beginning of every row as a replacement for sc. Finish each round with 1 sl. st. in 1st sc from beginning of round.

pattern rounds – 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.

~ Pattern ~

1 round – start with 42 foundation single crochet or just chain 42. Join with sl.st to  1st sc or ch  to create round.

2 – 5 rounds – sc in each st = 42 sc

6 round –  3ch, 2 dc into same space as 3ch, *miss 2, 1dc into next st, miss 2, 5dc into next st, rep. *-* till the end of this round and finishing with – miss 2, 1dc into next st, miss 2, 2 dc in to same space as 3ch  from beginning of this round, sl.st into 3rd chain. See picture 1.

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7 round – 3ch, *miss 2, 5dc into next st, miss 2, 1 dc*, rep – *-* till the end of the round and finish with miss 2, 5dc into next st, miss 2, sl.st into 3rdch from beginning of this round. See picture 1.

8 – 13 rounds – rep rounds 6 and 7.

14 round  – 3ch, miss 2, 5dc into next st, miss 2, 1 dc. Then to create opening for thumb we will skip 5dc, crochet 5 sc base chain or make 5 chains, and 1 dc above next 5 dc see Picture 2.  Carry on with pattern till end of this round. 

15 round – 3ch, 2 dc into same space as 3ch, *miss 2, 1dc into next st, miss 2, 5dc into next st, rep *-* – 6times. See picture 2. Finish with – miss 2, 1dc into next st, miss 2, 2 dc in to same space as 3ch from beginning of this round, sl.st into 3rd chain.

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16 – 19 round – work pattern as in 6 and 7 round.

Finish glove by weaving ends with tapestry needle.

In this glove pattern I used crochet stitch “The Fans” from Mon Tricot “500 motifs, patterns and stitches” crochet dictionary.

“The Fan” stitch – multiple of 6 + 4 if work in rows and multiple of 6 if work in rounds.

When I made first pair of gloves with DK yarn I started with 36 ch ;) You can adjust pattern to suite thickness of your yarn, just remember that pattern must multiple of 6.

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first pair in DK

Have fun and play around with different yarn to create your own pair… and please don’t forget to share your pictures with me on my FB page or via e-mail;)

Have a beautiful week,

Yuli xx

New home & new pattern

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It’s been a long long time since my last blog((( I been more active on my FB page. So if its quiet here please come and visit my FB posts;)
 
Lots happened since last year …Biggest thing for our family that we moved to Mossel Bay and we love it!!! Now we close to school (only 5 min) and I don’t have to hang around and plan ahead… Now I drop kids at school and go strait home! I know its seem not a big deal, but for a last few years I would stay around Mossel bay or  visit my mom in law while kids at school. I had to plan every evening of what to take with to work on and my car was always loaded with bags and baskets of my projects, snacks, extra clothes for kids for after school activities… now even thinking about it makes me tired.   So now you could just imagine how happy I’m to come home, make a cup of coffee and get busy behind my desk! Yep…now I even have my own space to create;)
Life is good!
 
On my crochet side of life… new orders, dresses, skirts, blankets and crochet classes. Yes, few months ago I started teaching crochet again, but this time in Mossel bay at a new coffee roastery Blue shed. What an amazing place… it is literally Big blue rusty shed over looking sea side with antique fittings and furniture, freshly baked cakes, snacks and of course best coffee in town! So every Thursday morning we get together to learn new crochet stitches, share ideas and drink lots of fresh coffee;)  If you ever come to Mossel Bay you simply must visit Blue Shed!
 
 
During one of our crochet classes ladies asked me to show them how to make fingerless  gloves… I didn’t have pattern with me and with quick look through old crochet stitches book I came up with this easy pattern;) First we made it with DK yarn, it came out nice, but a bit chunky. Then at home I made pair with 3-4 ply old yarn from “long time ago” stash. I must say I love thinner yarn ~ pattern looks more define and elegant… its little bit more work, but in the end its worth it.
 
 
So get your hooks ready!! In my next post I’ll share with you this pattern… its almost done;)
 
Enjoy weekend,
Yuli xxx
 
 

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 ~

motif scarf

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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2 (Large)

1 (Large)

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