Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Chevron blanket / part II

Zig-zags of dark and light grey together with the white run through this classic ripple afghan. It is  going to look stylish in modern home. I crocheted it with 3mm hook and used 700gr of cotton yarn. Measures 80x120cm. 

I loved crocheting this pattern, it’s relatively simple, rhythmic and soothing. The written pattern is available HERE, and for the graphic pattern see the photo bellow.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Snowflake granny pattern

Snowflake granny is perfect holiday projects. Crochet yourself a garland to string over the mantle; embellish your holiday gifts with a snowflake granny; use them as Christmas tree ornaments; really, there are so many uses for them! Did I mention they only take about 20 minutes to make?

With white yarn Ch 6, sl st to the first ch to make a ring.
Ch 5, count as tr+2ch, *1tr, 2ch* 7 times, sl st to 3rd chain of beginning chain 5, in total 8tr
Sl st inti the first ch2 space. Ch3+3tr cluster into the same ch2 space, ch5, *4tr cluster into the next ch2 space, ch5. Repeat * 7 times. Sl st into the top of the first 3tr cluster. Fasten off.
Join red color into top of any tr cluster, ch 1, doesn’t count as a stitch.  *1dc into the same space, ch2, 1tr into the tr of the first round, ch2, repeat *7 times. Sl st into the ch1 of the beginning of the round.
Sl st into the ch2 space. 1dc into the same space, ch 3, dc into the next ch2 space, ch3 around, in total 16 dc and 16 ch3 spaces.
Sl st into the ch3 space. Ch 3, count as tr, work another tr, ch 2 and 2tr, all in the same space. You made a corner. *Ch 2, dc in next 3ch space, ch3, dc in next ch3 space, ch 3, dc in next ch3 space,ch 2, 2tr+2ch+2tr in next ch3 space. Follow this* scheme round.
If you want your square to have a diamond shape rather than square one, block it by stretching two diagonal corners. 

Pattern and photo tutorial for Christmas ball is HERE!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


My big crochet Christmas project this year is red and white Christmas tree.

Red and white cotton yarn
3.0 mm crochet hook
darning needle
ch – chain
slst – slip stitch
hdc – half double crochet
I worked this pattern in rounds, using two separate half circles to cover the ball. The two pieces are then slip stitched together.
Ch4. Sl st into the first chain to form a ring. Ch 2, work 9 hdc into the ring (10 stitches in total). Join with a sl st to the 2nd chain.
Ch 2 (counts as stitch). Hdc 2 times into each stitch (20 stitches total). Join with a sl st to the 2nd chain.

Ch 2 (counts as stitch). *Hdc 2 times in the next stitch and hdc once into the next stitch. Repeat from * around (30 stitches total). Join with a slst to the 2nd chain.

Ch 2 (counts as stitch). Hdc once into every stitch (30 stitches total). Join with a slst to the 2nd chain.

Ch 2 (counts as stitch). *Hdc in the next two stitches and 2hdc once into the next stitch. Repeat from * around (40 stitches total). Join with a slst to the 2nd chain.

Ch 2 (counts as stitch). Hdc once into every stitch (40 stitches total). Join with a slst to the 2n chain.
Repeat rounds 1-8 for the second half of the ornament.

Place the crochet half circles on the ball and pull it down as far as it will go. Line your joining seams for both halves to make your ornament look best..Sl st into the (back) loops of every stitch around the ornament.

Decorate your Christmas tree!

Monday, 26 October 2015

Chevron Blanket

Chevron patterns should be on every crocheters to do list. They create amazing design patterns and look great for all kinds of projects.

There's something captivating and thrilling about the way the ripple effect makes the colors hop and jump. 

For this blanket I used this pattern:
Foundation Row: Chain a multiple of 14 stitches + 2 stitches (I crocheted 182+2) and used crochet hook of 3mm.
Row 1:  2 dcs in 3rd ch from hook, *dc in each of the next 3 stitches, dc3tog 2 times, dc in each of the next 3 stitches, 3 dcs in next st 2 times*; repeat from * to * across, ending with 3 dcs in last ch.
Row 2:  Ch 2. Turn.  2 dcs in first dc, * dc in each of the next 3 stitches, dc3tog 2 times, dc in each of the next 3 stitches, 3 dcs in next st 2 times *; repeat from * to * across, ending with 3 dcs in turning ch. Repeat row 2 until blanket is to desired length.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Plan a #Weekend

Do you agree that weekends should feel different from the weekdays?

I know, you need to do things to be a good spouse, a good parent, a good friend — but aren’t you just a little tired of being “good” all the time? Schedule a weekend of things that make you really happy.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Halloween mandala - free pattern

1st Round: start with a magic ring (or ch 5 and sl st into the first chain to make a ring). Work 15dc inside the ring, sl st
2nd Round: work 2dc in each dc of previous round, sl st
3rd Round: work 2dc, 1dc alternately, (total 45dc)
4th Round: work 4ch, skip 2st, sc in third dc, repeat (total 15 ch4 spaces)
5th Round: in every ch4-space work 5hdc,
6th Round: sl st to the center of 5hdc group (in third hdc), work 5ch and sc in the center of the next 5hdc group
7th Round: in every ch5-space work 7hdc,
8th Round sl st to the center of 7hdc group (in fifth hdc), work 6ch and sc in the center of the next 7hdc group
9th Round in every ch6-space work 9hdc, sl st. Finish off.
10th Round (yellow): work 5ch, skip 3st, sc in fourth hdc (total 34 ch5 spaces)
11th Round (new color): work (2ch, 7hdc, 2ch) in every ch5-space. Finish off, and weave in all the loose ends.

Friday, 16 October 2015

#ColorKeeper pillow

A wonderful crocheted pillow case, both to make, have or give, made with fresh looking colors. My #ColorKeeper pillow pattern & step-by-step tutorial is finally available. 

The pattern is very detailed. It has 18 pages, more than 40 photos, detailed instructions on how to make flower square, how to join the squares and how to make a back with envelope opening. The pattern is written using U.S. crochet terms, and it's available only in English.

If you like the pillow case, the pattern is available HERE. If you have any questions or difficulties with the pattern, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Oh, Scraps!

There is nothing worse than wasted material! Do your scraps just piling up? Well, it’s time to use all of those little bits of yarn and bring them into play.

I decided to make a warm, cozy, colorful blanket with all my leftover yarn. This is an official announcement (in case I change my mind). Follow my progress. I would love to follow yours. #crochetyarnyoga

Monday, 12 October 2015

Sunday, 11 October 2015

#ColorKeeper tested!

My pattern for #ColorKeeper granny square is tested and finally released.
Today I would like to express my gratitude to fantastic ladies and true crochet companions. They worked magic out of my pattern. Ladies, I really appreciate your effort and time you put in this!

Mary from Mary’s Creative Activities, Ausra from Madametrico and Carol. Carol doesn’t have a blog of her own but her comments and suggestions helped me a great deal!
I would also like to thank Lucie from Lucie, Love and Anna from Foto&Hobby

Pattern for #ColorKeeper granny square is available here.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

A dish from Belgrade

Some day ago lovely people from Cut Out + Keep asked me to prepare a dish from Serbia. I decided to go with "Turkey with mlinci". Learn how here.

The best way to really get to know ‘mlinci” is to taste it. If Serbia is too far, please yourself and get into adventure which you won’t regret. Delicious, juicy and unusual dish, that’s what you’ll got.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

#ColorKeeper pillow

I love to crochet pillow covers, I really do. However, there's something slightly disheartening about crocheting a pillow back once you've already completed the front.
Anyway, the pattern testing is almost done. I can’t wait to show you the magic that my lovely crochet companions managed to work out! Meanwhile, here it is - my #ColorKeeper pillow. 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

My time

By activating your finger tips you stimulate brain activities.

Invest in your peace of mind #crochetyarnyoga.

Come along! Share your story! Get this community blossom! To join all you need to do is tag your image with #crochetyarnyoga.
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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Colorful, vivid garland

Uplift yours spirit and the spirit of loved ones. Fanny one hour project!

This is what you need: scraps of yarn, crochet hook, scissors and needle. I am quite certain that you have a lot of scraps lying around. Am I right? Use them to make a nice wrap for a present, to tie the curtain, decorate fireplace, brightened your home…..
I used cotton yarn and a 3mm hook.

So let’s get going. Tutorial is written in US terms.
Chain 4, slip stitch to make a ring and chain 1. Make 6 single crochets in the circle. Join with a slip stitch. Like in picture 1.
Ch 4 (picture 2), work tr2tog (Treble Crochet two stitches together). Don’t panic! It’s easy. Yarn over the hook TWICE.  Pull trough two loops. Yarn over the hook again, pull over two loops. Don’t finish the stitch. Start another incomplete treble crochet (picture 3).

When you have three loops left, pull the yarn trough them (picture 5). Chain 4 and slip stitch in the same stitch. One petal done.  Slip stitch to the next single crochet. Repeat 5 times. Sl st to the base of the first petal.You’ve finished your flower!! Isn’t it lovely?

Now finish off the loose ends. Make as much flowers as you like to make a garland. For this mini garland, I use 10.

It is time to make the garland. Ch 20, use the back loop of the middle tr2tog’s  from one of the petals and join the flower with a sc, *ch 20, join in the next flower*. Repeat * to *, then ch 20, cut your yarn and pull it through.

Enjoy! Share yours!