Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Design Story (and Video!): Pour Homme Kerchief

by Yuliya Tkacheva
(MsWeaver on Ravelry)

Last winter was not the easiest for my husband, with medical tests, followed by an urgent operation on his thyroid. He was a trooper throughout and we are hoping that “winter is not coming yet” (those of you watching “Game of Thrones” would know this phrase :).

He was asking me for a long time to make him a new kerchief, ever since he accidentally lost his Metro, and, although I hardly ever make crochet gifts (which are way too precious to be carelessly lost!), I felt that this year he deserved something special for his birthday.  Here is my kerchief “for him”:



Pour Homme is a triangular shawl worked sideways from a corner in alternating sections of textured Tunisian crochet stitch patterns. The gorgeous Malabrigo sock yarn in Eggplant is perfect to showcase the beauty of Tunisian crochet stitches and oh so soft!


For those familiar with Tunisian crochet, it should not present a huge challenge. The only thing you may find new is the way I work increases at the end of the forward pass. I have provided a step-by-step tutorial which will guide you through the first few rows and most of the stitches used are also included in my Tunisian crochet glossary. And if you prefer to work from a chart, this has been provided too.

Have you got anyone special in your life to make this kerchief for?

Pour Homme Kerchief on RavelryLove Crochet and Etsy

Friday, March 25, 2016

Design Story: Yoga Top

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

I took just a few yoga classes in my life, but I still remember that feeling of happiness which stayed with me for days. This top remained named as a "blue-green top" in all my notes for a long time, almost a year, until the final photo shoot. Its fresh colors, relaxed fit, and matching yoga pants reminded me of those happy yoga days. Also, to have my hands free I had to push the remote control button with my toe, which was quite tricky!


Usually I am very careful with the item until the pattern is released. I immediately take it off after the photo shoot, because I never know how many times I will shoot it again and again. It needs to be in an excellent condition: no cat's hair, no coffee spills, no snagged threads. But for the first time I found myself wearing this top all day long. The fabric made of Malabrigo Silkpaca is a pure joy for the skin! The top is silky, airy and very soft. It is not too hot, or too cold, or itchy, or whatever something, it just feels like a second skin!


This top is T-shaped and worked bottom up to the armholes in rounds. The upper portion (starting from the armholes) is worked separately, side to side. Custom sizing is easy and is done as-you-go.

Since it is worked in the round, you can change the length of the top by working fever or more rounds. You can make the sleeves longer the same way by keeping crocheting each sleeve until the desired length. I regulated the width of the sleeve opening while working the last edging row by making tight stitches and skipping a few of them.


Another possible modification is the armhole depth. It is different for sizes XS/S and M/L, but you can easily change it by reducing or enlarging the total number of rows in the upper portion. Bear in mind, that in this case the neckline depth changes too, so you will need to think where to start the neckline beforehand.

The neckline can be made deeper (if you start it a few rows below) or turned from a V-shape to a boat-neck neckline. In this case you will need to work in rows to your desired neckline height and finish it the same way as the back neckline using triangular elements, which will create a straight edge.


The pattern also includes an empty layout grid to colorize and create your own top design and provides a few coloring examples. This empty layout grid can be used for custom modifications as well. Use it as a template and draw future modifications before you start.

The width of the top is changeable too. This can be done in several possible ways. If your gauge is similar to the gauge given in the pattern, change the starting number of triangular elements. Or you can use thinner/thicker yarn or smaller/larger size hook to archive smaller/larger gauge and choose a matching layout diagram with appropriate number of elements which will fit your bust circumference.

Note: It is suggested to have an even number of elements per row, so you can half it for the front and the back.

Have fun and don't be afraid to make changes and create your own unique pieces! Happy crocheting!

Links:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tunisian Crochet: Pour Homme and Yoga Top

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

The best part of working as a team is the different ideas we come up with while being inspired by the same theme.

Last winter both Yuliya and I got hooked on a new stitch, the spike single crochet, and published three designs using this stitch: Polka Dots Mood (a kerchief and a cowl) and When Skies Are Grey (a rug). The former use spike stitches to create flat fabric and a polka dot pattern, while the latter is a flower design made of spike stitch motifs.

This spring we decided to go back to one of our all-time favourites, Tunisian crochet. Spring weather is so unpredictable and it is too early to start lacy projects, so Tunisian crochet fabric seems to be just what's needed for this in-between season.

Having this theme in mind, we designed two patterns and look how different they are!

Yuliya is known by her gorgeous textured stitch patterns. This time she came up with an asymmetrical unisex kerchief, full of interesting stitches, which will keep you engaged throughout the entire project.



And I continued to explore Tunisian entrelac, so mindless and easy (just a few stitches on the hook at a time!), and I am pleased to show you my Yoga Top:




More detail about each design yet to come!

Links:


Make sure to look for a special offer inside each pattern! 

Happy crocheting!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

National Crochet Month at Crochetville

by Yuliya Tkacheva
(MsWeaver on Ravelry)

March is the National (International?) Crochet Month and Crochetville is again running their annual NatCroMo Blog Tour. If you haven't yet done so, join their virtual train visiting crochet designers, yarn companies and stores from around the world!

I am honored to be part of this event this year and you can read my interview on their website tomorrow, 16 March.


There are so many wonderful designers being interviewed as part of this blog tour. Share something exciting you learned about your favourite designer/designers in the comments to this post and you can win a gift pattern from either my or Lena's portfolio. On 23 March (2016) I will randomly draw a winner from all of the comments, so please make sure to check back to claim your prize! (This draw is now closed.)

Happy crocheting!

UPDATE

1 - GreenSphereStudio, 2 - jackie-tn, 3 - Astrid, 4 - needlekrafter, 5 - charu, 6 - Nadia, 7- Adeline Darlington-Bernard, 8 - Leslie Mansfield, 9 - I-hook, 10 - jessie2247, 11 - girliefriend, 12 - Marsha Lavoie, 13 - Mona Whitten, 14 - Heather R, 15 - sskcraftshop @ Hooks, Needles and Brushes, 16 - Grammy H., 17- Ann G, 18 - Liz Ray, 19 - Anonymous (Ravelry ID: bpeterzak5), 20 - Marie Drewitt, 21- sherry craig, 22 - Carmen N, 23 - Lynlee Weber, 24 - Shauna C, 25 - Ana Luisa, 26 -Cindi120, 27 - madhooker - 

Thank you all so much for sharing and all your wonderful compliments! It has been such a great event and your support means a lot to all of us.

The winner of this giftaway is ...


Shauna C!

Shauna, please pick your gift pattern!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Design Story: Down The River

I am not into magic and mysticism. I love maths, formulas and logic, and enjoy reading quantum mechanics literature more than any non-realistic fiction books.

But sometimes magic does happen in my life and I can't deny it (even if I want to :). Sometimes a swatch with a new pattern starts a life of its own and I become its tool. I am not a designer and creator anymore, I just follow the nature of the pattern and do what it tells me to do. 

This is quite an odd feeling, because I realize that I can't even control my own hands any more. This is exactly what happened when I was working on my newly published pattern Down The River.

Printfriendly