Monday, October 23, 2017

Tunisian Entrelac Motifs: Block #1

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

In summer 2016 I took part in the first KnitPro design-along, dedicated to Knit For Peace charity program. You can purchase an e-book which includes twelve knit and crochet motifs (plus ideas for blanket layouts using the squares and instructions for different borders) for £6.00 here.

I submitted eight Tunisian entrelac patterns and one of these motifs has been released (you can find it in the e-book). I am going to share the rest of the patterns for free in the Cup of Stitches blog. I gave them some simple names and sorted them depending on the difficulty level. The simplest ones use one color per round/row. The other ones use a couple of colors per round/row and I provide the detailed instructions for changing colors in a special manner (to avoid extra "cut&fasten off").

The patterns assume basic familiarity with Tunisian crochet, specifically how each row is worked as two separate passes and how to work Tunisian simple stitch. Each element of the motifs is small enough to place all of your stitches on a regular crochet hook.

Here is the first motif:

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

15 cm x 15 cm

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pattern Release: Cherry Jar Poncho

Brighten up your winter days while wearing this rich red-colored poncho! 

Cherry Jar Poncho pattern, originally published in West Yorkshire Spinners - Crochet Winter Warmers pamphlet distributed with Crochet Now Issue 10, is now available in Lena's store on Ravelry as an individual pattern download.

The poncho is worked from the top down in the round. The textured diamond pattern adds an interest to the front. The arm openings are embellished with the scalloped edging.

Yarn used: WYS Signature 4 Ply in shade Cherry Drop 529
Hook: D (3-3.25 mm)

Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Project: Oversized Skysail

I decided to make an oversized version of Skysail for myself. Here it is! Yarn: 4 ply cotton, hook 3 mm.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Now LIVE: Skysail

Lena's Skysail top pattern, originally published in Crochet Now, Issue 5, is now available in her store on Ravelry as an individual pattern download!

The pattern includes the original instructions, the construction schematic and the charts on pages 6-7.
To customize the size or to accommodate your individual gauge, see Step by Step Formula with pictures on the last pages.

The top construction allows for endless color options done in multiple ways. The only limit is the diagonally-oriented borders of your color blocks, since all rows are worked diagonally.

Choose your most beloved colors and use the blank templates provided as your sketchpad to create your own unique design!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Now LIVE: Star-Over

We are very excited to announce new addition to our ever-growing Cup of Stitches collection of garments! 

Meet Star-Over, an oversized poncho-style top which features a boxy shape with a boat neckline, dropped shoulders and cute cuts at the sides. 

The colorwork and unusual construction ensure a satisfying level of challenge while crocheting it up! Happy crocheting!