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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))))



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


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
  • – slip stitch;
  • rep – repeat;


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


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


Yuli xx





Mahala Mandala crochet square


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;) 


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


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;
  • – slp stitch;
  • rep – repeat;


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 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 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 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 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 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.


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;)


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.

crochet xmas ornament

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 into 3rd chain from begining.

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

crochet ornament

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

4 – 6 round – crochet as 3rd round.


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

8th round – 1ch, 1 sc in each stitch. Finish with  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;)


Yuli xxx

Crochet flower tutorial


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


ch – chain;

sc – single crochet;

dc – double crochet; – slip stitch;

~ Pattern ~

Big flower layer

1st round – into magic loop: 3 ch + 15 dc. Join with 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 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 into 1 ch from beginning of this round. Big layer of flower ready. 


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, * into missed dc from 1st round of big flower, ch 3* rep *-* 7 times. Finish with into 1st chain of this round. 

Small flower - 1st round

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!?

little L1

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











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…

3 (Large)

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


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!

slippers 1

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!!!  

Interweave Crochet, Summer 2012

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


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


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


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.

neckwarmer round

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

Happy New Year and Ojo de Dios Mandala

Hey hey and Happy New Year!!!

I hope you having a great time with people you love and New Year will bring you luck, light and hapiness!

2013 Moto

~ Live Now ~ Be Kind ~ Share ~ Enjoy ~ Create ~ Smile ~ Laugh ~ Help People ~ Love ~

Its summer here and my boys on school holiday!!! LOVE IT… we having such a great family time… We trying to stay at home, especially this time of the year…people everywhere and its gets a little too crazy for us. Thankfully we live in small holiday village and beach closest to us is huge and it’s doesn’t get over crowded, enough space for every one.

For a last 3 weeks most of our days been in this order:

Sleeping in! Well mostly me, I’m not a fan of early morning and I have to wake up at 6 am most of the year… so this is what my body needs and its getting it))) My boys are early birds… they up and busy from 6 am, but they so good and independent…always keeping themselves busy, making breakfast and letting mama sleep a bit;) Lucky me!!

Beach twice a day…salty hair and lots of vitamin D. We make our way to the beach at about 9ish…before its gets cooking hot; and second session at about 4ish… warm water and gentle sun. Our house only few blocks away from the beach, so we only bring our towels and water to drink…simple. Times of big beach bags with kids goodies, snacks and other things that we mite need (and hardly ever use) is over! Yay!

Mid day siestas! Its too hot outside… we keep ourselves busy around our house  playing, reading, drawing, baking, watch movies or just taking easy and enjoying lazy time!

In the evening we make braai, South African word for BBQ; yummy meal around the fire with sound of waves and night sky.

Life is Good and I feel hugely grateful and blessed! So nice to know that it’s still another 2 week of holidays…Yay!

My creative side also been on holiday, I hardly touched my crochet and my head and hands deserved a little brake ;) I have whole New Year ahead.

But there is something that I made with yarn and would love to show you.

I love mandalas and was searching for crochet mandala patterns on the web…instead I found this – Ojo de Dios or God’s eye Mandala!

Love it! That afternoon I got my colorful yarn and kebab sticks (love to work with what I have at home, no need to go and buy stuff). It was very easy to follow tutorial and I found it very meditative & calming, which is always NICE! So here is my Mandalas:



Our friends invited us for braai/BBQ on New Years day and it was perfect little gift to give as thank you and Happy New Year!

I’m looking forward to make more Mandalas with deferent colour and patterns!

If you wish to make one or more…here is a links to Ojo de Dios tutorials

Tutorial in English:

Tutotial in Russian / Мастер Класс на русском:

Big Thanks to amazing people that made & shared Ojo de Dios tutorial with us!

And Big Thanks to you for visiting my blog and reading my post;)

Happy New Year!!!

Love, Yuli xxx


Needle felt… exploring new creative grounds

Few months ago on one of my numerous Internet surfing for new creative inspirations I stumbled upon beautiful work made with needle felt technique. Most amazing thing you can do with this technique…life like flowers, toys, 3D sculptures, accessories and I can go on and on. So of course I decide that I’ll give it a try at any given opportunity.

Here is a little description about needle felting from Wikipedia:

“Needle felting is a popular fibre arts craft created without the use of water. Special needles that are used in industrial felting machines are used by the artist as a sculpting tool. While erroneously referred to as “barbed” needles, they in fact have notches along the shaft of the needle that grab the top layer of fibers and tangle them with the inner layers of fibers as the needle enters the wool. Since these notches face down towards the tip of the needle, they do not pull the fibers out as the needle exits the wool. Once tangled and compressed using the needle, the felt can be strong and used for creating jewelry or sculpture. Using a single needle or a small group of needles (2-5) in a hand-held tool, fine details can be achieved using this technique, and it is popular for 2D and 3D felted work.”

I hope it gave you an idea and if you still not sure what I’m talking about – well Google is your oyster;)

Unfortunately I couldn’t buy stuff I needed in our local wool shops (don’t forget I live in small coastal town ) and I could’t find much on SA online shops either…unless I wasn’t looking in right places. If you know were I could get it locally (SA)…please, please, please let me know, I’ll really appreciated!

My search for wool and felting needles brought me home, my first home – Kiev. Wow…there are so many online shops that supply with everything you need for needle felting…Paradise!!

With help of my parents, thank you mama and papa xxx  I did some shopping over there and luckily for me… Russian friend of mine was visiting Kiev and she brought for me my parcel with wool and needles.

feltting wool

my wool treasure xx

I did more “Googling” and researching on this new craft that I “felt” in love with…so much to learn!!! And made me think that we are so lucky to have all this knowledge at our fingertips… thanks to Internet!

my first needle felt - Orchid

And here is my first flower… it was fun making it, but need more practice…I poked my fingers few times((. I’m sure I’ll get better at aiming))

Have few other felt thing that I almost finished with…so hopefully will post by the end of this week.

I’m off to bed now… tomorrow is another day to create.

Love, Yuli xxx


Its been a while…

Time flies… busy time of the year… no time for updating ): so horrible that I didn’t post for such a long time.

Here it is New Year 2011 so I better start with my new year resolutions (; : 1st on the list – writing at least once a week!!! 2nd – sort my creative space and stuff – its ciaos in here… I’m all the time looking for something… frustrating ): 3rd – don’t know yet…

Ok, I’m been busy making stock for my friend Xmas Market on the lovely farm. Hehe – stock sounds very serious, let say couple of nice things to sell… So I decide to make things for kids (especially for girls, maybe just because I don’t have one;) Here is some pics:

Wand…crowns…tutu’s…and cupcake T-shirts


Crochet flowers hair clips… elastics for pony tails… alicebands… and head bands


 And this is only picture I could find of my felt pirate crown and sword ): Also I made cool T-shirts for boys with funky aliens and skull & cross bones …Next time I MUST take pics before my stuff get sold =) 

That it for now, but look out for more pics soon xxx

 And of course Happy New Year!!! May it bring you lots of love, happiness, wealth…and exciting opportunities… Cheers!!! Salut!! Wooh Hooo