Saturday, November 29, 2014

Let's Play Favourities with Maya Kuzman

There is one thing we both, Yuliya and I, dislike doing: taking the photos of our designs! Honestly, it's the hardest part of the entire self-publishing process for me. So we were very excited to find a designer who loves photographing her work! And she does it beautifully!

Our guest today is Maya Kuzman (sewella on Ravelry), a designer with a wide portfolio of  crocheted jewelry: necklaces, cuffs, bracelets, earrings, which are vintage, flower-ish and colourful, just the way we (girls) like it!

Let's Play Favourities!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New Publication: Merezhka Top

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

I have just released my November design, a crocheted top called Merezhka. It takes its name from a Ukrainian traditional embroidery stitch (hem-stitch). This stitch is worked by pulling out strands of thread, which are used to create lacy lines in the fabric (merezhki). Here is what merezhki look like:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Let's Play Favourites! with Lily Go

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

Lily Go (lprajogo on Ravelry, site) is another wonderful crochet designer participating in this year's Indie GAL on Ravelry. If you like crochet shawls, you definitely know her exquisite and unique designs. One of them, Gathering Leaves, was my first love on Ravelry. I am very happy that Lily is sharing her favourities with us today.

Let's play favourites!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Let's Play Favourites! with Justyna Kacprzak

What we love about GAL most of all is meeting new fabulous designers! 

Our guest today is Justyna Kacprzak (Just-in on Ravelry, website:, a mom of two boys and a crochet designer. Justyna has a wide portfolio of patterns of lovely and funny creatures and anyone can find a toy to fall in love with!

Let's play favourites!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Let's Play Favourites! with Darleen Hopkins

Our guest today is Darleen Hopkins (DarleenHopkins on Ravelry,, a crochet designer from the United States.

You may have seen some of Darleen's designs in Crochet Today!, Crochetvolution, Tangled, Crochet 1-2-3 and ILikeCrochet magazines and can recognise her signature fun hats and beautiful blankets.

Let's play favourites!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's Play Favourites! with Rachel Henry

This Indie Gift-A-Long season we are having a series of interviews with some fabulous independent crochet and knitting designers participating in this Ravelry event.

Our first guest is Rachel Henry (remcat on Ravely) of Remily Knits: Thoughtful Patterns for Avid Knitters (, who has kindly agreed to chat with us about her designing and knitting favourites. Thank you, Rachel!

Let's play favourites!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Projects: Lazy Halyna

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

This design by Yuliya (MsWeaver) is not a piece of cake to crochet, but all my efforts have been rewarded. Here is my luxury and feminine Lazy Halyna:


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gift-A-Long 2014

We are happy to announce an exciting event which has just started on Ravelry!

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a two-month-long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. Join this Ravelry group to participate.

From November 13 - November 21, 2014 almost 300 of indie knit and crochet designers will be discounting between 4 - 20 of their patterns for this event. The final number of participating patterns in the discount period is 3,822!

Both of us, Lena and Yuliya, are also offering 25% off select patterns this week. Simply enter "giftalong2014" as the coupon code to get money off the eligible patterns.

We have put together our handy “Cup of Stitches” bundle with 35 patterns included in this sale from both of us. Or you can have a look at our personal bundles instead:
Lena’s bundle
Yuliya’s bundle

We have also created a Pinterest board dedicated to the participating crochet designs and started a special GAL topic in our Cup of Stitches group, where you can share your GAL plans and projects created from our patterns, ask questions and get help. See you there! Happy gifting!

Interested what we've picked for ourselves?
See Lena's Pinterest board: My wishlist of GAL patterns
See Yuliya's Pinterest board: Indie GAL Wishlist

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Projects: Pink Cookies

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

I love "tasty" crochet when everything about it (the color, the photos, and the name) remind me of something yummy! If you share this love with me, enjoy these photos of Yuliya's Pink Cookies


Friday, November 7, 2014

New Tunisian Crochet Publication: Listopad Stole

by Yuliya Tkacheva (MsWeaver)

Do you remember my Purple Gold Scarf, crocheted in a simple Tunisian chevron lace stitch? 
Take that stitch pattern, get rid of the stripes, stagger the eyelets and you arrive at nothing less than a Tunisian version of the well-known knitting leaf stitch!

This is the stitch pattern I used to create my new design Listopad, a Tunisian crochet lace stole.

Instead of the customary approach of using a lacy stitch pattern to border a plain body, I decided to do just the opposite: the leaf stitch pattern forms the main body of the stole and sections of the plain lacy chevron edge it on both sides. It is worked as one piece from one end to the other with no joining in the middle. Since it is worked in one direction, the two ends are not exactly the same, but similar enough to match and look symmetric. 

You can get 25% off the price of this pattern with LISTOPAD25 coupon code. This offer is valid until 12 November, 2014.


Purple Gold Scarf
Listopad Stole

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Crochet Mode: Halyna Cardigan

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

Do you wear your crochet tops with canvas shoes or sneakers? Try pairing them in your outfits and you will be surprised how great they look together. You can create many different outfits with the perfect balance of sporty and chic:

Light Floral: Crochet and Keds
Banana Girl

Fast Cherry

Fast Cherry by ravliki  featuring Halyna Cardigan