Forest hideout scarf

Forest hideout scarf

This scarf reminds me of the forest, with the subtle greens and blues. It is a relatively airy scarf, making it the perfect project for the upcoming months. The yarn is a yarn cake by Sostrene Grene, a Danish company which slowly takes over Europe ūüôā I love their yarns, this is a 100% soft cotton cake. The pattern is suitable for a-little-more-than-beginners, especially those familiar with the stitches featured in the pattern (including dc2tog, but the pattern provides a video for this)

Please refer to the Abbreviations and Stitches post for more information. Repeats are indicated using e.g. *pattern* twice or ^pattern^ four times: meaning repeat everything between the marks until you have as many repetitions as stated behind the mark. Changing colors at the start of some or all rounds is optional. For this pattern, work all stitches through both loops.

 

Row 1. Set up foundation single stitches; set up a even number of stitches to obtain your chosen width. Ch3.
Row 2. *dc2tog in first and third foundation sc. ch1, dc2tog in third and fifth foundation sc, ch1*. Repeat, skipping 1 foundation sc between each dc2tog. After the last dc2tog, ch1 and dc in last foundation sc (together with the second ‘leg’ of the last dc2tog). Ch3
Row 3. *dc2tog in first and second ch1-sp, ch1, dc2tog in second and third ch1-sp, ch1*. Repeat, using each ch1-sp for two dcs, the last dc made in the ch3-sp of round 2. ch1 and dc in same ch3-sp, Ch3.

Repeat row 3 until desired length or out of yarn, whichever comes first ūüėČ ¬† ¬†

Vintage Mandala Potholder

Vintage Mandala Potholder

This pattern I want to share with you, has been passed down in a family for over three generations, and I was asked to replicate this potholder. Although the pattern is not my creation, I think it is so special to appreciate work that would otherwise be forgotten with time. So although the pattern isn’t mine, I would still like to share it with you ūüôā

So here it is: the pattern.

Please refer to the Abbreviations and Stitches post for more information.

Repeats are indicated using e.g. *pattern* twice or ^pattern^ four times: meaning repeat everything between the marks until you have as many repetitions as stated behind the mark.
Changing colors at the start of some or all rounds is optional. For this pattern, work all stitches through both loops.

Round 1.           Make a magic circle; ch2 (counts as 1st dc) and 19 dc in magic ring; NJ in the 1st dc after ch2. (20)

Round 2.           Attach yarn in any dc of round 1, *2 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), ch2* 10 times. NJ in the 1st dc after ch2. (20 + 10 ch2)

Round 3            Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 2, *2 dc inc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), ch2, sk underlying ch2* 10 times (40 + 10 ch2)

Round 4            Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 4, *1 dc inc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), 2 dc, 1 dc inc, ch2, sk underlying ch2* 10 times (60 + 10 ch2)

Round 5            Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 6, *1 dc inc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), 4 dc, 1 dc inc, ch2, sk underlying ch2* 10 times (80 + 10 ch2)

Round 6            Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 8, *1 dc inc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), 6 dc, 1 dc inc, ch2, sk underlying ch2* 10 times (100 + 10 ch2)

Round 7            Attach yarn in 2nd dc in a group of 10, *8 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space, ch2* 10 times (90 + 20 ch2)

Round 8            Attach yarn in 2nd dc in a group of 8, *6 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ twice, ch2* 10 times (80 + 30 ch2)

Round 9            Attach yarn in 2nd dc in a group of 6, *4 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ three times, ch2* 10 times (70 + 40 ch2)

Round 10         Attach yarn in 2nd dc in a group of 4, *2 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ four times, ch2* 10 times (60 + 50 ch2)

Round 11         Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 2, *1 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ five times, ch2* 10 times (60 + 60 ch2)

Round 12         Attach yarn in any ch2 space *1 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ five times, ch2, 1 dc in the previous ch2-space, ch2* 10 times (60 + 50 ch2)

Follow this pattern twice. You will now have 2 flower mandalas.

SC around the flower’s petals on one (or both) pieces, this side becomes the outside

Put the insides together and join by working 2 sc in every ch2 of both mandalas (simultaneously), with the decorated side facing you.

Congratulations! You just finished your own Vintage Mandala Potholder!

To the best of my knowledge, this pattern is no longer copyrighted. Please reach out to me if you do have the rights to this pattern or know a rightful owner.

 

Perfect gifts: crochet painting

Perfect gifts: crochet painting

Hi everyone,

I want to show you how to make a crochet ‘painting’ within a couple hours of work. Use it to show the world your love of crochet, to commemorate a special occasion, or to create a very personal gift!

What you’ll need:
-some scrap yarn in different colors
– an IKEA Ribba frame
– double-sided adhesive tape
– a 9’/19.75′ paper square in the color of your choice

How to create your own painting:Here comes the fun part: this is all up to you? What do you want to create? Try to stick to simple shapes. In this piece, I almost exclusively used little round pieces which are very easy to make. For a little reminder how to create a flat circle.

Round 1: Work 6 sc in a magic circle
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc of round 1
Round 3: Work 2 sc in every second sc of round 2. Sc in the other sc of round 2
Round 3: Work 2 sc in every third sc of round 3. Sc in the other sc of round 3

The possibilities are endless! Stick your crochet to the paper with the double sided tape (for the little strings I cut the tape up in tiny lines) and insert into the frame. You could even insert something like confetti when you’ve inserted the bottom half, to create an extra special effect.

That’s it! It is that easy. I would advise you to just play around a little with different shapes, and if you face any problems creating a specific shape, let me know!

 

Pattern review: butterfly-stitch prayer shawl

Pattern review: butterfly-stitch prayer shawl

Hi again! Today I will discuss my other finished project from last week.

It’s another shawl I’ve been working on, namely the wonderful butterfly stitch prayer shawl. I’ve never worked this type of shawl before, but the instructions were very clear on how to set up your first stitches, and after that it is ‘just’ a four row back-and-forth repetition, ideal for combining with your favorite TV show ūüėČ I was stunned by the intricate pattern created in four rows! It really does look like a butterfly.

This shawl was a little more difficult than the XY scarf, because it involves a lot more counting and the mastery of a tight treble crochet, so I consider it of easy to intermediate difficulty. After a number of repetitions I chose to use a simple shell stitch for the edges. I used one yarn cake, a mixture of cotton and acrylic, of 200 grams/800 meters. I would definitely recommend this pattern, as I love my light, breezy shawl which I sense I will be using a lot!

Next time I will update you on a scarf I’m designing myself!

Love,
Vera

Pattern review: XY scarf by mijocrochet

Pattern review: XY scarf by mijocrochet

Hi ūüôā For those who don’t know me, this is me!

The summer in Holland has been exceptionally hot up until now, so I thought it wise to crochet a couple of scarves! ūüėČ
This pattern is one of my favorites so far because of its simplicity and drape (it definitely feels knit!). The pattern was designed by
Johanna Lindahl from Mijocrochet, and can be found for free on her website.

The recommended yarn, which i did indeed use, is the Scheepjes Skies light collection, which accounts for the gradual color changes. Johanna used both 117 Circumcumulus and 116 Cumulonimbus, while I made two scarves, one with two skeins of Circumcumulus and one with two skeins of Cumulonimbus (last one pictured), because I found that the color variations in the same skeins were beautiful as is. I would absolutely recommend this pattern, especially for confident beginners, as it is not as hard as it might seem! You need to know sc stitches and how to work in the back loop of your work. That’s basically it!

Right now all I need is some colder weather, so I can actually wear it ūüôā

Love,
Vera

Ocean Ripples Blanket

Ocean Ripples Blanket

This blanket reminds me of the ocean, with its waves and multitude of blue hues. It is perfect for a baby boy, but may make a pretty gift on every occasion. It is a basic pattern, but with a couple touches to make it that much more beautiful.

  

Please refer to the Abbreviations and Stitches post for more information.

Repeats are indicated using *‚Ķ.*: repeat everything between the marks until you have as many repetitions as stated behind the mark. This pattern switches color every two rows, but you can obviously increase or decrease this to your liking. The foundation single stitches make for a flexible first row which won’t pull when you add rows. By alternating crocheting back loops and both loops, you will add a textured ripple to every color wave.

Row 1. Set up foundation single stitches; set up a multiple of 18 stitches (your own chosen width n) + 15 stitches (18*n + 15). Ch2.
Row 2. Both loops: 7 dc, *3 dc in next stitch, 7 dc, dc3tog. 7 dc* n, 3 dc in next stitch, 7 dc, ch2.
Row 3. Both loops: dc2tog, 6 dc, *3 dc in next stitch, 7 dc, dc3tog, 7 dc *n, 3 dc in next stitch, 6 dc, dc2tog, switch color, ch2.
Row 4. Back loops: dc2tog, 6 dc, *3 dc in next stitch, 7 dc, dc3tog, 7 dc *n, 3 dc in next stitch, 6 dc, dc2tog, switch color, ch2.
Repeat rows 3 and 4. 

Endless waves… kind of calming!

 

That’s it! Once you get the basics, it works up really easy. Have you finished yours? Please share! I would love to see them ūüôā

 

Colorful Mandala Set

Colorful Mandala Set

These mandalas are very easy to make and very colorful to have around the home. I added tones of grey to add a little calmness, but you can use any color combination! As always, I would love to see your own creations.

The pattern of these mandalas is very simple and perfect if you’ve just started to crochet ūüôā By adding extra rows, you can even transform your mandala into a basket! So, on with the pattern:

Please refer to the Abbreviations and Stitches post for more information.
Repeats are indicated using *….*: repeat everything between the marks until you have as many repetitions as stated behind the mark. For this pattern, work all stitches through both loops.

Round 1: Make a magic ring. ch2 and 11 dc in the magic ring. Cut the yarn, close with a needle join. (12)
From now on, every first stitch consists of ch2 with the new color, then a dc in the same stitch, together forming your first dcinc.
Round 2: dcinc in every underlying dc, NJ (24)
Round 3: *dcinc, 1 dc* 12 times, NJ (36)
Round 4: *dcinc, 2 dc* 12 times, NJ (48)
Round 5: *dcinc, 3 dc* 12 times, NJ (60)
Round 6: *dcinc, 4 dc* 12 times, NJ (72)
Round 7: *dcinc, 5 dc* 12 times, NJ (84)
Round 8: *dcinc, 6 dc* 12 times, NJ (96)
Round 9: *dcinc, 7 dc* 12 times, NJ (108)
Round 10: *dcinc, 8 dc* 12 times, NJ (120)
Round 11: *dcinc, 9 dc* 12 times, NJ (132)
OPTIONAL: Creating a basket
Round 12-30 132 dc, NJ (132)
Instead of stopping at row 20, you can of course make your basket taller or 
shorter. 

That’s all there is to it! Add some more color to your days ūüôā