Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Publication: City Break Hat

by Yuliya Tkacheva

When I created this design, I wanted to whip up a quick hat I could wear on my short trip to Amsterdam. A slightly slouchy simple rib beanie with a store-bought look, which would pair easily with a wide variety of looks. No fancy stitch patterns, nothing too laborious. Something I could crochet in a couple of evenings during the busy holiday season in time for my city break in early January.

This is how I came to own my City Break hat and I absolutely loved wearing it in Amsterdam! So much that I felt it deserved a pattern. Who wouldn't like having a classic rib hat in their wardrobe?

Worked in fingering-weight yarn, entirely with post-stitches, it is stretchy and comfortable, while being warm and stylish. The slightly slouchy shape gives a contemporary touch to this otherwise classical rib design. This is definitely a hat I would want to make in a variety of different colours.

To keep myself sufficiently entertained while crocheting it I added a narrow section of basketweave stitch pattern, which breaks the vertical ribs rather nicely, but this can be omitted completely if you want a plain rib beanie.

The pattern is fully written out and contains charts for a more visual crocheter. It offers three sizes, from baby to adult, to fit any head size.

And if you are on Ravelry, you can get 25% off this pattern until the end of January 2015 with CITYBREAK25 pattern code.

Links: City Break Hat (pattern)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Projects: Four Days in Amsterdam

The first project in our Temperature CAL is ready!

This is Yuliya's Four Days in Amsterdam bracelet and the colors represent the highlights of each of the 4 days she recently spent in Amsterdam:

Red - excitement of the first day
Yellow - Van Gogh Museum
Green - a trip to the countryside
Blue - feeling a bit blue having to say good-bye to the beautiful city.
Pattern: Happy Day Bracelets by Elena Fedotova

Friday, January 2, 2015

Are you ready for Weekly UFO Sightings?

Tired of having piles of unfinished craft projects, I decided to give them a push this year.

If you are like me and tend to start projects and leave them unfinished for many moons, if you have made a New Year's resolution to become more organized this year and to reduce the number of your UFO's, join me and get your projects finished in a fun and friendly company!

The rules are simple:
- Anyone can join in.
- Any craft is welcome. (Yes, that's right, anything! A piece of knitting covered in cobwebs or dusty needlepoint, let's revive them all!)
- You can join with one project at a time ONLY.

How to join:
1. Show us in this thread the UFO you will be working on. Tell us its story.
2. Be ready to work on it during each week as much as you wish (any progress is counted: be it one motif, one row, a couple of stitches).
3. Show us your progress each week any day before Friday (deadline).
4. Repeat each following week until your UFO is finally finished!

If you fail to show your progress picture three times, your UFO will be expelled. But you can join in again with another UFO and after finishing it come back with the failed one.

I will be summarizing our results each week on Friday. Let's do it!

Topic on Ravelry Weekly UFO Sightings