Friday, February 23, 2018

PATTERN RELEASE: Aystra

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

Here is a new addition to our crochet garment collection!


Aystra is a poncho-like sweater with a generous collar and short dropped sleeves. It is made with motifs worked in the Tunisian crochet technique.


Each motif is worked separately in short rows, using a regular crochet hook, and joined to other motifs as you go. The pattern assumes basic familiarity with Tunisian crochet, specifically how each row is worked as two separate passes and how to work Tunisian simple stitch (You may find this glossary helpful!).



Aystra is 15% off the price until February 25, 2018. No coupon code required, the discount will apply automatically.

Happy crocheting!

Friday, February 2, 2018

CAL: Ice Bubble Shawl

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

I’ve got a pre-release CAL for my Ice Bubble Shawl starting in just a few days in the Cup of Stitches group on Ravelry!

The pattern will be released by the end of February, but all CAL participants will receive this pattern for free. There is no deadline there; I will be just more than happy to see your finished shawls or your projects in progress.





To join the CAL, please leave a comment in this thread and PM me your e-mail address. You are very welcome to join until Monday, February 5, 2018. The pattern will be sent on Monday.

Monday, January 29, 2018

PATTERN RELEASE: Crosshatched Cowl

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)



Crosshatched Cowl, originally published in Crochet Now magazine, Issue 7, is now available as an individual pattern download in my pattern store on Ravelry. The pattern has been tweaked a little, updated, and now uses U.S. crochet terminology.



Crosshatched Cowl is a simple textured cowl worked in the round. It features a beautiful and easy stitch pattern that is quick to learn and creates a thick squishy fabric. It is worked in Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4 ply and uses 3 balls in Dove. The hook size is US E (3.5 mm).



The cowl is worked in the diamond stitch pattern which uses front post dc stitches. It is important to work these stitches in a proper way to prevent the fabric from the tightening. There are several different ways to do this:
  • work the front post stitches loosely, pull up a longer loop;
  • work the front post stitches not around the posts of the stitches, but right under their tops;
  • use the front post tr stitches instead of tr stitches.
I prefer the first two options and use them both at the same time; I work FPdc around the tops of the stitches and pull up the loop (which determines the length of the stitch) as long as needed.



You can get Crosshatched cowl pattern for FREE, when you purchase Oliwin, Cherry Jar, or Kafa patterns. If you already purchased any of these patterns in your library, simply add Crosshatched cowl pattern to your cart and the price will be taken off automatically (no coupon code required).

Happy crocheting!

Friday, December 29, 2017

PATTERN RELEASE: Oliwin

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

I am excited to introduce my last crochet pattern for this year, Oliwin!


Oliwin is a casual and cozy everyday sweater worked seamlessly from the top down. It features relaxed shaping at the body, a crew neck with a higher back neck, and sleeves which taper toward the cuff.


I used 100% alpaca in DK weight (175 yards/160 m per 50 g ball) and 4 mm size hook (US G) to achieve soft and comfy result because the textured post stitch pattern worked too tight could make the fabric too dense and heavy.


I marked this project as "difficult" on my project page on Ravelry.

Besides it is worked in the round from the top down and seamlessly, the yoke includes several extra rows worked across the back to create a higher back neck, and the underarm bridges are added before joining the body in the round.

The sleeves taper toward the cuff with the help of the decreases, which are evenly placed along each sleeve. And don't forget about the textured pattern which is being worked at the same time! But the result should please you :)

The sweater is shown in size M with approx. 4''/10 cm positive ease.

  • Oliwin pattern is 50% off price until the end of this year. No coupon code needed, the discount will apply automatically.
Happy crocheting and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

FREE PATTERN: Tunisian Entrelac Motif #6

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

The last block Matilda is the most difficult one. It is worked in rows starting from one corner and uses two colors in several rows.




MATERIALS
Rialto DK by Debbie Bliss, 100% wool, 105 m per 50 g skein, in shades Ecru, Citrus, Navy, and Pool
Regular crochet hook 4mm
Yarn needle to weave in ends

FINISHED SIZE
15 cm x 15 cm

ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
C – color, ch(s) – chain(s), RetP – return pass, sl st – slip stitch, sp(s) – space(s), st(s) – stitch(es), Tss – Tunisian simple stitch, YO – yarn over

INSTRUCTIONS


START (Beginning Square)
With ะก1, ch 5.

Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook and working in back ridge (bump) of chains, pull up 4 loops (5 loops on hook). RetP: YO and draw through 1 loop on hook, *YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, repeat from * across, leave last loop on hook.
Rows 2–3: Tss in next 4 sts, RetP. 
Bind off: Sl st in next 4 sts. 
Cut yarn and fasten off.

SECOND ROW OF SQUARES

First Square (Top Square) 
With C1, join yarn in last ch of starting ch-5. Ch 4.

Row 1: Working in back ridge (bump), pull up 3 loops across ch and 1 loop from 1st border st (5 loops on hook). RetP (for this and all remaining squares except Last Squares): *YO, draw through 2 loops on hook, repeat from * across, leave last loop on hook. 
Rows 2-3: Tss in next 3 sts, pull up 1 loop from next border st (5 loops on hook), RetP. 
Bind off: Sl st in next 3 sts, sl st in last border st used.

Last Square 

Row 1: Pull up 4 loops from next edge (5 loops on hook). RetP (for this and all remaining Last Squares only): YO and draw through 1 loop on hook, *YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, repeat from * across, leave last loop on hook. 
Rows 2–3: Tss in next 4 sts, RetP. 
Bind off: Sl st in next 4 sts. 
Cut yarn and fasten off.

THIRD ROW OF SQUARES
With C2, join yarn in last ch of starting ch-4. Repeat Top Square instructions.

Second square (Corner Square) 

Row 1: Pull up 3 loops across next edge and 1 loop from first border st of next square, RetP. 
Rows 2-3: Tss in next 3 sts, pull up 1 loop from next border st, RetP. 
Bind off. 
Do not cut yarn.

Last Square 
Repeat Last Square instructions.

FOURTH ROW OF SQUARES
With C1, work one Top Square, two Corner Squares and finish with Last Square. Cut yarn and fasten off.

ROWS 5-7
With C1 (for Rows 5 and 7) and C2 (for Row 6), repeat Fourth Row instructions, working 3 (4, 5) Corner Squares for 5 (6, 7) squares in total.

ROWS 8-9 (BEGIN DECREASING)
With C1 (for Row 8) and C3 (for Row 9), pull up a loop from left border st of the first square of the previous row. Work 6 (5) Corner Squares per row in total.

ROW 10
With C3, pull up a loop from left border st of the first square of the previous row. Work one Corner Square. Do not cut yarn. Join C2 by pulling a loop through the loop on hook. Tighten C1 loop. With C2 and working over C3 yarn (to bring it closer to its next starting point), work two Corner Squares. Switch to C3 and work one Corner Square.

ROW 11
Repeat Row 10 instructions, working first and last Corner Square in C3 and second Corner Square in C1 for three Corner Squares in total.

ROWS 12-13
With C2 (C3), work 2 (1) Corner Squares.


LAYOUT DIAGRAMS (3x3 motifs)


1. Original motif layout (left). It turns out not very good because the flowers merge with the yellow stripes.

2. The solution is to change the color of that row (right).


3. You can also use a contrast color for the flowers (left).

4. Another option is to turn and rotate motifs and create another spectacular geometric pattern (right).


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Happy crocheting!

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