Saturday, June 30, 2018

PATTERN UPDATE: Bargello Blanket

I just revised Bargello Blanket pattern, published in 2013. A few formatting changes have been made and a chart has been updated.

I love this pattern very much, this is one of my most favorite ones. It includes instructions for a single-motif and a multiple-motif blanket. The smaller size motifs can be used as coasters, potholders, pillow covers, or chair cushions. I made all of them a couple of times.

Colorful Bargello in rainbow colors

Light as a feather Bargello made in mohair

Original Bargello in three colors

And a multiple-motif version!

Turned my acrylic leftovers into another Bargello blanket

Made a dozen potholders and coasters

I am in love with this delicate flame-stitch pattern, which can be made with two, three or more colors. But it also has much more options than I could imagine and which one day I suddenly discovered. These are Bargellos too!

This stitch pattern can look completely different if using the colors in different order.

  • The red-yellow motif shows an original stitch pattern, worked in three colors and using one color for two rounds. 
  • The center part of the green-yellow motif uses one color (green) for dc rounds and another color (yellow) for ch rounds. 
  • The colorful motif uses one color (blue) for all ch rounds and different colors for all dc rounds.
to be continued! I plan on experimenting with this stitch pattern more!
Bargello blanket pattern is 20% off the price now and until July 5. No coupon needed, the discount will apply automaticaly. Happy crocheting! 

Friday, June 29, 2018

FREE PATTERN: Blue Roses and a CAL!

Blue Roses rug, originally published in the UK magazine Crochet Now, Issue 17, is now available as an individual pattern download in my pattern store on Ravelry! The pattern is free until the end of June 2018, no coupon needed :)

This little rug (or a chair cushion) is made with richly-textured hexagons created using only basic single crochet stitches. The motifs are joined as-you-go while crocheting the last round.

Join us for Blue Roses Creative CAL in the "Cup of Stitches" group on Ravelry! There are a variety of projects which can be made using these motifs (check our Pinterest board for inspiration) and they all are welcome.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

FREE PATTERN: Mindfulness Shawl

Lena's Mindfulness shawl design has been featured in the latest issue of Malabrigo's newsletter and is available as an individual pattern download. Just click on the "download Mindfulness" below and get it for free!

Mindfulness is a triangular shawl worked from the top center back to the edge. The shawl consists of three stitch patterns worked in sections: single crochet ribbing, diamond stitch, and a colorful richly-textured stitch.

Finished measurements: length: 55¼''/ 140 cm; depth: 22½''/ 57 cm.

The sample above uses orange (Mechita in shade Dried Orange) as a bold contrast color which is used only for the textured section for a vivid but unassuming shawl. The second sample highlights the choice of contrast color (Mechita in shade Piedras) by using white for the diamond stitch section only, giving the shawl a bigger and braver splash of color.

Happy crocheting!

Friday, June 1, 2018

INTERVIEW: Craft Business magazine

by Lena Fedotova

In May I was featured in Craft Business magazine, the UK's largest-circulated trade magazine for the craft industry, covering all aspects of craft. You can download the digital issue here: I was asked a few questions for guidance and here I'd like to share the full version of the interview, my thoughts and story :)  

I am a crochet pattern designer for the last six years. My designing journey has taken a few different paths, I have designed classic lace shawls, lightweight motif garments, explored colorwork and 3D effects in crochet as well as rare crochet techniques, like Lover's knot and hairpin lace. I am still very excited about Tunisian crochet. At the moment my focus is on casual garments and textured accessories.

My patterns can be found on Ravelry and LoveCrochet. I spend most of my crochet social time in the Cup of Stitches group on Ravelry. I can be also found posting my newest designs and other fun yarny things on Instagram, @ravliki.

What gives you the edge over your competitors? What makes you stand out from similar offerings?

My business strategy is fairly simple, I have a vision of what I'd like to create and then decide on the best way to bring that vision to life. I do not do any market research and do not know who my competitors are or design for the latest fad. While this may not work for everybody, it works for me and keeps me happily designing things I love. 


When did you first discover your passion for crocheting?

When I was nineteen and already pretty skilled in knitting, I saw a piece of crocheted lace which my friend was working on to make her bridal dress. I had never seen crochet before and it was love at first sight! I am a self-taught crocheter and consider myself to still be learning.

Lover's knots, bobbles, ripples, textures!

What do you love about crocheting and what are your favorite things to crochet?

Crocheting brings challenge into my life. Being an introvert who does not want to attract a lot of attention to my clothes, I tend to create garments and accessories which do not cause the “did you do this?” reaction (at least the first reaction!). I consider my designs to be a frame to myself and my personality, as well as a frame for those who choose to crochet my designs; the designs do not play the major role in the complete picture of ourselves. The nature of crochet is to be quite expressive; it is not easy to find a way to put it on the sidelines and I love solving this puzzle.

Bee Top and Oliwin

What's your favorite ever make?

My favorite project is always the one I have just finished or am close to completing. I am just so excited about it and have to share, which brings even more joy as I see that I am not alone in my excitement.

Any particularly exciting projects in the pipeline?

At the moment, I am in process of switching from single pattern releases to collections, sets of designs inspired by a particular theme. Going Sailing and Vitamin collections' mood is in the air!

What would be your top tip for taking crocheting skills to the next level?

Be patient, curious and pay attention to the details. In my opinion, this makes the bigger difference in skill level over how many years one has been crocheting. Being attentive and observant helps you to understand the process and nature of crocheting and allows for continued growth in the art and skill of crochet no matter if you are a newbie or very experienced. I can best sum it up by saying: when curiosity ends, progress in one's skill level will likely end, too.

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