Thursday, December 31, 2015

STORY: Summary 2015, Yuliya

by Yuliya Tkacheva

2015 is drawing to a close and it's been a great year for the Cup of Stitches team. Following Lena's summary, here is what I have been up to during this year.

It started with a trip to what is now one of my favourite cities in the world, Amsterdam, and the City Break Hat was made for that trip. At the end of the year, I created two more post-stitch accessories, Winterlaced Cowl and Winterlaced Hat, also combined together in an ebook, so this technique has "framed" my year rather nicely:

My growing Tunisian crochet portfolio now includes two more designs, Of Sails and Waves stole and Tri cowl:

I had a lot of fun playing with lacy shawls this year and created two ebooks, containing a pair of shawls each.

Two Summer Stories with One Summer Day and One Summer Night:

Linen Letters with Hugs and Stitches and Very Truly:

I am also very proud to have added two more garments, Olga Top and Liza Pullover, to my clothing portfolio:

I hope your crocheting year has been just as much fun as mine and the upcoming 2016 will bring you lots of crafty joy. Thank you so much for supporting our indie work, following us here and on Ravelry and creating your gorgeous projects from our patterns. Happy 2016 to you all!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

STORY: Summary 2015, Lena

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

It's time to look back and summarize what I've done in 2015! This year has been wonderful! 

Two two-pattern ebooks, Winter Sailing and Anise&Liquorice, are the result of my search of stitch patterns based on short stitches, such as single crochet, chain or slip stitches, which would allow me to create finer-looking and intriguing fabric even with thick yarn. Winter Sailing patterns allow to use yarn with short-color sections and Anise&Liquorice patterns would look fabulous with thick yarn (the thicker, the better!)

I completed and published five crocheted shawls: the airy Velvet Rose, the lace-weight Parsley Field made of motifs, and the lacy Pressed Violets, based on the filet crochet technique. The colorful Sunset Echo is worked in granny quilt technique and the last one, Zirka, is worked in the classic filet technique.

Two summer tops in yummy fruit colors made of crochet motifs brightened my summer!

I started a new Tunisian crochet collection (entrelac), Mental Vacation, and continued working on another one, In the Shell. Introvert's collection (shell motifs). Two patterns have been added to each collection. I was also fascinated with possibilities of Tunisian crochet and the idea of crocheting motifs with this technique. The result is my Tunisian Flowers shawl pattern.

An old pattern of mine, knitted Bosnian Slippers, has been re-written, tech edited and published again this year too (and I am wearing them right now!). Have a wonderful, comfy, warm and cheerful New Year! Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

I am very thrilled to show you my last design of this year, Zirka. It is a triangular shawl worked from the bottom up in the filet crochet technique. Its lace star pattern is a well-established classic, that never goes out of style.

To support the idea of Christmas gift giving, starting from December 15 until December 25, 2015, anyone who purchases "Zirka" for a friend, will receive it for themselves as a gift from me. The copy of the pattern will be sent manually within 24 hours to your Ravelry library.

This design is my attempt to push the boundaries of traditional crochet stereotypes. In Ukraine the filet crochet technique has been used for centuries to make lace borders to decorate clothes, table cloths, linen or curtains. Such lace is worked using the tiniest hooks (1mm or less) and mostly sewing thread. 

Filet lace ("proshva") on traditional blouse.
My idea to use a larger size hook and squishy merino wool to crochet a filet shawl with a Norwegian-like star pattern was quite a challenge!

But filet crochet is one of those techniques that looks great no matter what. It is timeless and always looks trendy and charming, whether it was made by your grandmother with thread or by you with merino wool.

I chose some views of an empty beach for my photo-shoot to highlight this harmony.

The shawl can be made to any size since it is worked from the bottom corner up. Simply keep crocheting until you reach your desired size. This also means that you can use yarn of any weight, starting from thread and lace, depending on your personal preferences.

Happy crocheting!
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