Thursday, August 28, 2014

PATTERN RELEASE: Honey Weather scarf

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

These two projects are one year apart and I can now see how differently I felt about this design a year ago. :) This year I was thinking about sun glitter, warmth and sweet smells in the air - meet Honey Weather, a wider version of the blue scarf.

The beautiful bubbles in the stitch pattern are Lover's knots, combined with standard crochet stitches. Not a complicated stitch at all as you can see here: How to crochet Lover's knot.

Honey Weather album on Flickr

This scarf is very easy to crochet and, as such, is a perfect travel project. If you are experienced in crocheting Lover's knots, the wider version of this scarf will take you less than 10 hours (I spent 6 hours in total).

Even the finishing stage is exciting, as the edge and blocking work wonders with this design. The one-row edging gives it a perfect "wow-effect" finish, and the inner lines become wavy as soon as the longest sides of the scarf are blocked straight. Alternatively, you can straighten the inner lines and let the border remain wavy instead.

Happy crocheting! Enjoy the lovely honey weather! :)

Honey Weather pattern on Ravelry

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CROCHET MODE: Sun Powder, A Thin Layer of Crochet

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

Can a crochet top be a staple piece in your summer wardrobe and fit many of your outfits? Yes, of course! I say "yes" to having this summer experience under my belt . :)

In my opinion, there are two factors which should be borne in mind for a win-win multi-pairing of a summer crochet garment:

1. Color. This should fit the rest of your summer wardrobe. White and black are always the champions, of course, but I personally prefer bold bright colors. And the bolder the better! 

2. Texture, which should be as soft as possible, without any overwhelming individuality. This allows you to combine your crochet piece with clothes of different styles, which don't make you look "boho" all the time.
These are the two things I kept in mind, while designing my Sun Powder top. It is bright in color and has a delicate stitch pattern, which makes it suitable for many outfits.

Here are a few ideas for wearing this top:

Sun Powder

Pannochka: Crochet and Keds

San Tropez

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