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Work in progress

As promised, I will provide a sneak peek of my current projects. I’ve been designing for about a year now, and although I like the idea of creating something truly unique, I am also grateful to learn from truly talented designers, so I try to balance this in my projects.

The first project is one I’ve been working on forever (ok, a year, but it feels like forever). It is a bedspread in one of my absolute favorite color combinations, and is made using the technique of overlay crochet. This takes much longer than regular crochet, because most stitches are back loop stitches, which allows for anchoring stitches in the front loops, essentially adding another layer to your work. This creates endless possibilities, and another advantage (at least to me) is that it becomes quite heavy, especially when using cotton, which remains my go-to yarn until I one day get rich enough for hand-spun merino wool or something; keep dreaming, right? 😉 A sneak peek:

These squares are the circles of the sun from the incredibly talented Lilla Björn Crochet. Obviously I came up with more than this in a year, but I’ll share more later on, so stay tuned 😉

My second project has been to make myself a very warm, comfy sweater. Since it’s for me only, I didn’t mind it being heavy and chose a high-density stitch. It took a number of internal temper tantrums to finish it, because you don’t know whether your project will work out until the last minute, which my internal control freak absolutely dislikes. It turned out great though! I will soon take you through the process of creating your own sweater.

This is my favorite detail; the ends of my sweater look knit, but aren’t! It is a not too difficult crochet stitch.

The third project is my first multi (alright, two)-colored C2C pattern. C2C stands for corner to corner and is built up of tiny squares, almost like pixels. By varying your colors you can create every picture, text or other design you wish! It requires a lot of patience though, I swear I’m spending more time weaving in ends than actually crocheting. When not switching colors it is a very calming project, and I can’t wait to see it completed 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this tour! To finish, I would like to emphasize that what you see here are the nice projects, the projects I know how to do and that work out the way I want them. For every successful project, there is at least one I can’t show because it didn’t exist long enough to have it’s picture taken, or a project that has been sitting on a shelf for ages. Nobody’s perfect.

Downloadable worksheets for crochet artists

Downloadable worksheets for crochet artists

Yes, I said it. Crochet Artists. Because what may seem so easy to us, is by no means ordinary. We take yarn and our tools and create the most beautiful and diverse objects, which would make any house glow.

To make our work a little easier, I devised two downloadable worksheets. One to keep track of any project, especially if you need to put it down for a while and don’t remember which yarn or hook size you used.

The other worksheet is a little positivity in your day: a crochet bucket list. You can list any projects and crochet techniques you want to be working on, and keep track of who and what inspires you to create your projects.

So tadaa! Here you go. You can find each worksheet below, and I included a printer-friendly greyscale option for both:

I hope these will make your creative processes easier and even more fun. Stay tuned for a post about my current and previous projects!

The worksheets, as everything on this site, are copyrighted. Personal use only, please.

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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 🙂 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 🙂

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 *….*: 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 🙂

Donovan the Baby Elephant

Donovan the Baby Elephant

Here it is… my first ever pattern. I’ve been wondering what to do with this yarn for ages, and it just clicked! I used Scheepjes Stonewashed yarn (Blue apatite) and Catona (off-white). But you can use any yarn, with the crochet needle described on your yarn label. You will be needing two colors, as well as an embroidery needle to attach the different parts. Good luck!

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, unless indicated otherwise. Start with your main color, unless stated otherwise.

Front legs (Make 2) (Start with white)
Round 1            Make a magic ring; make 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
Round 2            2 sc in every sc from the previous round (12)
Round 3            *2 sc in the next sc; 1 sc*6 times (18)
*Switch color*
Round 4 18 sc in BL (18)
Round 5-6 18 sc (18)
Round 7 7 sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, sc2tog, 6 sc (16)
Round 8 6 sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, sc2tog, 5 sc (14)
Round 9-14 14 sc (14)
Round 15-16 3 sc, 7 hdc, 4 sc (14)
Round 17-23 14 sc (14)
Stuff and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to attach the legs to the body.
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Hind legs (Make 2) (start with white)
Round 1            Make a magic ring; make 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
Round 2            2 sc in every sc from the previous round (12)
Round 3            *2 sc in the next sc; 1 sc*6 times (18 sc)
*Switch color*
Round 4 18 sc in BL (18)
Round 5-6 18 sc (18)
Round 7 6 sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, sc2tog, 7 sc (16)
Round 8 5 sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, sc2tog, 6 sc (14)
Round 9-14 14 sc (14)
Round 15-16 3 sc, 7 hdc, 4 sc (14)
Round 17-20 14 sc (14)
Round 21 *1 sc, 1sc inc* 7 times (21)
Round 22 *1 sc, 1sc inc* 10 times, 1 sc (31)
Stuff and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to attach the legs to the body.
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Tail
Create a magic ring with a tail long enough to attach the elephant’s tail to its body.
Round 1            Make a magic ring; make 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
Round 2-7 6 sc (6)
Round 8 *1 sc, sc2tog* twice (4)
Round 9-16 4 sc (4)
Optional: securely attach loose strands of yarn to the tail’s end.
Fasten off.
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Body
Round 1.           Make a magic ring; make 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
Round 2.           2 sc in every sc from the previous round (12)
Round 3            *2 sc in the next sc; 1 sc*6 times (18)
Round 4            *2 sc in the next sc; 2 sc*6 times (24)
Round 5            *2 sc in the next sc; 3 sc*6 times (30)
Round 6            *2 sc in the next sc; 4 sc*6 times (36)
Round 7            *2 sc in the next sc; 5 sc*6 times (42)
Round 8            *2 sc in the next sc; 6 sc*6 times (48)
Round 9-24 48 sc (48)
Round 25 *sc2tog, 6 sc* 6 times (42)
Round 26 *sc2tog, 5 sc* 6 times (36)
Round 27 *sc2tog, 4 sc* 6 times (30)
Round 28 *sc2tog, 3 sc* 6 times (24)
Round 29 *sc2tog, 2 sc* 6 times (18)
Attach all 4 legs and tail, stuff the body.
Round 30 *sc2tog, 1 sc* 6 times (12)
Round 31 sc2tog 6 times (6)
Fasten off, closing the remaining gap.
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Head (start with white)
Round 1            Make a magic ring; make 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
Round 2            2 sc in every sc from the previous round (12)
Round 3            *2 sc in the next sc; 1 sc*6 times (18)
*Switch color*
Round 4            18 sc in BL (18)
Round 5-24       18 sc (18)
Round 25          *2 sc in the next sc; 2 sc*6 times (24) 
Round 26          *2 sc in the next sc; 3 sc*6 times (30)
Round 27-31      30 sc (30)
Round 32          *2 sc in the next sc; 4 sc*6 times (36)
Round 33-37      36 sc (36)
Round 38           *sc2tog, 4 sc* 6 times (30)
Round 39           *sc2tog, 3 sc* 6 times (24)
Round 40           *sc2tog, 2 sc* 6 times (18)
Stitch the eyes in round 26, stuff the head.
Round 41           *sc2tog, 1 sc* 6 times (12)
Round 42             sc2tog 6 times (6)
Fasten off, closing the remaining gap. Attach the head to the body.
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Ears (make 2)
Round 1            Make a magic ring; make 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
Round 2            2 sc in every sc from the previous round (12)
Round 3            *2 sc in the next sc; 1 sc*6 times (18)
Round 4            *2 sc in the next sc; 2 sc*6 times (24)
Round 5            *2 sc in the next sc; 3 sc*6 times (30)
Round 6            *2 sc in the next sc; 4 sc*6 times (36)
Round 7            *2 sc in the next sc; 5 sc*6 times (42)
Round 8            *2 sc in the next sc; 6 sc*6 times (48)
Round 9            *2 sc in the next sc; 7 sc*6 times (54)
Round 10            *2 sc in the next sc; 8 sc*6 times (60)
Round 11           *2 sc in the next sc; 9 sc*6 times (66)
Fold and stitch the ears, leaving a tail long enough to attach to the head.
Colored semicircles (white)
Row 1 Make a magic ring; 4 sc in magic ring, ch1 (4)
Now turn your work, as you will crochet the semicircles in rows. Ch1 after each to keep the number of stitches equal.
Row 2            2 sc in every sc from the previous round, ch1 (8)
Row 3            *2 sc in the next sc; 1 sc*4 times, ch1 (12)
Row 4             *2 sc in the next sc; 2 sc*4 times, ch1 (16)
Row 5           *2 sc in the next sc; 3 sc*4 times, ch1 (20)
Row 6            *2 sc in the next sc; 4 sc*4 times, ch1 (24)
Row 7            *2 sc in the next sc; 5 sc*4 times, ch1 (28)
Stitch the semicircles onto the folded ears; attach the ears to the body.

That’s it! You just made yourself a baby elephant. Enjoy your work.

Vintage Mandala Potholder

Vintage Mandala Potholder

This is the first pattern I want to share with you. It has been passed down in a family for over three times, 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. Obviously, I won’t make a profit from someone else’s creation. But we can all use some more flowers in our life 😉

So here it is: the pattern.

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

Repeats are indicated using *pattern* twice or ^pattern^ four times: 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.

How it all started

How it all started

(part of) Sophie’s Universe, pattern by Dedri Uys

So this is it! Finally I’ve decided to join in on the online crochet community. What started as a simple hobby, crocheting stuffed animals every once in a while, has grown into a kind-of-obsession which is absolutely time- and money consuming, but oh so worth it. Scouring Pinterest for new patterns (even though my to-crochet-list is ever-growing), playing with (and buying waaay too much) all kinds of yarns and many dark winter evenings accompanied by several yarn skeins and a couple of crochet hooks (and chocolate milk, of course). With practice came self-improvised patterns for winter gloves and a small backpack, and now it’s time to share into the world which already gave me so much. I crochet to wind down, to pass time when I feel down and to celebrate life by bringing more colors into the world around me. I particularly like mandalas and overlay crochet, and I will soon link you to the patterns and blogs which inspire me. Here’s to a creative 2019!