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).


You can print this post out for personal use or save it as a PDF using the "Print" and "PDF" buttons below. Please do not distribute, sell, or reproduce this pattern in any form. Sharing the link is very welcome!

Happy crocheting!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

FREE PATTERN: Zirka Filet Blanket

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

I've got a question on Ravelry if Zirka shawl pattern can be adaptable to a rectangular shape. Zirka is a triangular shawl worked from the bottom up in the filet crochet technique:


There are several possible ways to achieve a rectangular (square) shape in filet crochet.

  • You can start from a corner and crochet a triangle by placing the increases on both sides until you reach the desired width. Then, decrease until you get a square (first picture).
  • You can work in the rounds from the center out until you reach the desired size (center picture).
  • Or you can simply work in rows (last picture).

The first option is perfect for making triangular filet shawls. I love it very much. It features an easy and quick start and allows you to stop as soon as you reach the desired size or until the end of your yarn. 

However, your piece will not (in most cases) be perfectly triangular; it depends on your chosen yarn, tension, the thickness and height of dc stitches and the length of chains. To get a perfect piece you have to have all cells perfectly square. 

In case of shawls, it is not a big problem, on my opinion. You can block your piece and get it nearly perfect.

But in case of the square-shaped blankets, such imperfection will be very visible. Actually, you will get not a square, but some sort of a diamond (picture at right). It can be fixed (a little bit) by blocking but not much.

Making a pattern for a blanket which perfect result depends on so many factors is not a good idea. The solution which might work for me (like making the chains longer, or switch dc to tr) could not be suitable for a fellow crocheter, who has a different tension or using a different yarn.

The second option is working in the round, which faces the same problems. Your piece will tighten in the center and have the flared (too wide) edges/sides. This option works for smaller motifs, but the larger your motif turns out, the more is its deformation.

The last option is working in rows. This is the simplest (but boring, maybe :) way of making the large and accurate piece in the filet crochet technique. And it requires much simpler blocking: you have to either stretch your piece in width or make it longer to achieve the square shape.

I recommend using the last option since it makes the finished result much more predictable. Here is the filet chart for Zirka blanket worked in rows. Hope you find it useful and it helps you to crochet your Zirka blanket.

Happy crocheting! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

PATTERN RELEASE: Kafa Kerchief

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)



My latest design Kafa Kerchief is a two-color, richly-textured, asymmetrical shawl, worked sideways from one corner.



The shawl is worked in three textured stitch patterns: horizontal ribbing, diamond (or zig-zag) stitch pattern and a vertical rib pattern. You can make your Kafa larger by working more rows within each of the three sections and customize the size of each section as desired (helpful notes are included in the written instructions!).



Happy crocheting!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

FREE PATTERN: Tunisian Entrelac Motif #5

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

The next block, Flower, is one of the most difficult. It uses two colors in several rows/rounds. 



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

FINISHED SIZE15 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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

FREE PATTERN: Tunisian Entrelac Motif #4

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)



MATERIALS
Rialto DK by Debbie Bliss, 100% wool, 105 m per 50 g skein, in shades Ecru 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

Friday, November 17, 2017

PATTERN RELEASE: Purplish Diamond Sweater

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

Purplish Diamond Sweater pattern, originally published in Crochet Now magazine Issue 11, is now available in Lena's store on Ravelry as an individual pattern download!


The pattern has been tweaked a little, updated, and now uses U.S. crochet terminology. It also includes more charts and helpful pictures.


Purplish Diamond sweater is worked seamlessly top down in the round with the right side always facing up.

The diamond stitch pattern uses only two of the most basic crochet stitches: double crochet and chains.

Available sizes: S (M, L, 1X, 2X) designed to fit with 2.4” / 6 cm positive ease. The width is 18⅞ (20½, 22, 23⅝, 25¼ )'' / 48 (52, 56, 60, 64) cm.

The sweater works up fast thanks to DK weight WYS Bluefaced Leicester (100% wool, 122 yards (112 m) per 50 g ball) and a hook US G (4 mm).


The blank layout templates of the yoke can be used as your sketchpad: choose your beloved colors and colorize them to visualize your own unique sweater before you start it!


Happy crocheting!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

FREE PATTERN: Tunisian Entrelac Motif #3

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

My beloved motif is Daisy. Its difficulty level is Intermediate because it uses two colors in one row. The instructions for changing colors in a special manner are included in this pattern.



MATERIALS
Rialto DK by Debbie Bliss, 100% wool, 105 m per 50 g skein, in shades Ecru, Citrus, 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

Monday, October 30, 2017

FREE PATTERN: Tunisian Entrelac Motif #2

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

The second motif is technically worked the same way as the first motif. But it creates the layouts which look so different, that I think it deserves to be posted here :)



MATERIALS
Rialto DK by Debbie Bliss, 100% wool, 105 m per 50 g skein, in shades Ecru, Navy and Citrus.
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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

PATTERN RELEASE: Foxtrot Shawl

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)


I have just released Foxtrot shawl, a new addition to my Shine On collection of the diamond stitch pattern designs. In these designs, you will alternate two colors at a time, but use only one color in each round/row.

Foxtrot shawl design is the most difficult one because it is worked in rows (the rest of my "diamond" designs are worked in the round with the right side always facing). You need to pay attention to where your stitches are since all dc stitches should be left on the right side (and create the diamond pattern) and all chains should be left on the wrong side. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

FREE PATTERN: Tunisian Entrelac Motif #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:


MATERIALS
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

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

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

Friday, June 30, 2017

PATTERN RELEASE: 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!



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PATTERN RELEASE: Tunisian Shell Shawl and a New CAL!

Ready for a new Tunisian crochet shawl? Have a look at Tunisian Shell Shawl, a quick and glamorous project.

The simple and very addictive shell stitch pattern does not require a special Tunisian hook. Just a regular crochet hook is all you will need!


The pattern includes three layout diagrams, which show different color and wave variations:
  • one-row waves 
  • two-row waves 
  • and a combo of the first two variations. 
The possibilities are, in fact, endless, because each shell element of the shawl can be worked in a new color. This stitch pattern also looks great in thicker or thinner yarn than suggested.

To see the variety of Shell Shawls, we are hosting a CAL in our Cup of Stitches Group on Ravelry.

If you need some basic help, find Tunisian crochet tutorials at www.msweaver.com/tutorials/tunisian-crochet/. And Yuliya and I will be available here throughout the CAL and will be happy to help you with your questions.

See you there and happy crocheting!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

PATTERN RELEASE: Sunset Echo Shawl

by Lena (ravliki)

Even after so many years of crocheting, the magic of turning yarn into a finished piece does not stop to amaze me... 

My January design, Sunset Echo shawl...


...made from these balls of yarn, a mix of alpaca, merino and nylon on cone in fingering weight:


Crocheting this shawl was so relaxing and the colors were so soft, that I had to fight the urge to continue adding more motifs to it even after I had reached the desired size. It turned out so large and cozy!


This design combines two popular craft ideas: crochet granny squares (what can be more popular in crochet?) and patchwork quilts.

Working on the actual pattern instructions was breathtakingly interesting too and I couldn't resist including six additional templates: Diamonds, Peacock, Lapland, Gypsy, Rainbow and City Neons (love them all!).

Have fun with this pattern!

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