Friday, April 26, 2019


After I made my first Tunisian Shell design, it occurred to me that being "in the shell" is the perfect expression to describe an introvert's desire of being left alone in a comfortable and safe place. That's how my In the Shell Introvert's Collection started.

My favorite Tunisian shells are worked in the short-row technique using a regular crochet hook. The stitch pattern is simple and it was a lot of fun to play with while thinking about various possibilities of using it: increases for the hexagonal-shaped blanket, a half-circle element for the straight edge of the shawl, and finally, a more complicated challenge, a garment design.

In the Shell Top is worked in the round, and its upper part is worked side to side. It uses half-circle elements for the bottom edge, half-shells for the straight armhole line, and partial shells to tighten the neckline on the back.

The yarn was a pure joy to work with! Lace Merino by Ella Rae is a fingering/4 ply 100% merino. When worked in Tunisian simple stitch with a U.S. G (4mm) size hook, this yarn creates a light and delicate fabric, perfect for a summer top or a light vest.

Tunisian Shells Patterns:

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Monday, April 22, 2019


My mom loves my sweaters and textured accessories but is not very fond of the lace shawls because she cannot find a proper use for them. One day she took one of my very airy lace shawls, folded it many times until it looked like a narrow scarf and put it around her head in a beautiful manner. I was very impressed and a new era of wearing shawls began for me.

Since then, I wear the small shawls as a kerchief, wrap lace-weight shawls around my head and keep an eye out for YouTube videos of new tips and tutorials on how to tie them :) As I am not a hat person, I adore this solution.

Pattern: Tunisian Shell shawl
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in shades Ochre and Natural

Tunisian Shells Patterns:

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Friday, April 19, 2019

TUNISIAN SHELL: Tunisian Shell Shawl

Tunisian Shell Shawl is my second design worked in this Tunisian crochet technique.

The shawl is worked side to side in rows of shells with the front side always facing up. The process looks like pure joy from the very beginning!

The shawl uses two colors, and the pattern includes additional diagrams which show different color and wave variations.

The possibilities are, in fact, endless, because each shell element of the shawl can be worked in a new color :) The pattern also includes a blank template to colorize and visualize your own version before you start!

Pattern: Tunisian Shell shawl
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in shades Ochre and Natural

Tunisian Shells Patterns:

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Monday, April 15, 2019

TUNISIAN SHELL: Tunisian Shell Blanket

Tunisian Shell Blanket was my first Tunisian Shell pattern.

The idea for the Tunisian Shells was actually a long and winding journey.

I have quite strong feelings now when I hear "I hate... picot / crab st / bobbles, etc", as I don't think that the stitch is the problem. Saying we "hate" a stitch is just a way to express our frustration at the lack of skill for that stitch, isn't it? Would we say "hate" if we knew how to work it fast and easy and got the result we loved?

Friday, April 12, 2019

TUNISIAN SHELL: Patterns and Tunisian Shell Stitch Tutorial

There are some extremely enjoyable stitch patterns, which are easy, quick and fun to make and which can challenge your crochet knowledge but still keep you relaxed like those st patterns which can be done in front of the tv. Tunisian Shell stitch is such a stitch pattern for me and I hope you enjoy it too!

The designs listed below are worked in the Tunisian crochet technique and do not require a Tunisian hook. Each shell element is small enough to place all of your stitches on a regular crochet hook. It is also fast and easy to complete, which gives you a pleasant feeling of accomplishment, and working element after element relaxes your mind.

I have released the Mermaid Tail Blanket pattern, published previously in Crochet Now magazine, and updated the Tunisian Shell Shawl, the Tunisian Shell Blanket, and In The Shell Top patterns. You will find more details on each pattern on the pattern pages.

You may give this stitch pattern a quick try right now, using any yarn and a regular crochet hook. It will probably take you less than 5 minutes:

Set-up Row: Ch 7, starting from second ch from hook, pull up a loop from each ch. 7 loops on hook.
RetP: *Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, repeat from * across, leave last loop on hook.
Row 1: Tss in next 4 sts. 5 loops on hook. RetP.
Row 2: Tss in next 2 sts. 3 loops on hook. RetP.
Row 3: Tss in next st, [Tss in next 2 sts of row below] twice, pull up 1 loop from last base ch. 7 loops on hook. RetP. [see pic below]
Rows 4-12: Rep Rows 1-3 three more times.
Bind off: Sl st in each st and last base ch. Shell complete.
The shells from the patterns are joined to the elements of the previous row in a special manner while working the last row.

If you need some basic help, find Tunisian crochet tutorials at

Tunisian Shells Patterns:

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Monday, April 8, 2019

RIFT: Modifications

Let's talk about custom sizing!

When I crochet a design sample, despite the given instructions (which are written having industry-standard average sizes in mind), I, anyway, tend to make changes which will compliment my own figure. I mean, my own figure's features and size mismatchings, like size S for the bust and size L for upper arms and hips. The average size S doesn't require the wide sleeves I need.

But, as said, the pattern sizing is based on very average measurements and I think that's good since it provides us with a base from which we can adjust however we want.

Friday, April 5, 2019

RIFT: Final Version

Rift sweater has been released and is available as an individual pattern download in my pattern store on Ravelry!

Rift is a casual and cozy everyday sweater worked seamlessly from the top down. It features relaxed shaping at the body, a round neckline with a higher back neck, sleeves which taper toward the cuff, side slits and an on-trend longer back.

The pattern uses the simplest crochet stitches: single crochet, chain and slip stitch.

Available sizes: S (M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) to fit: 33⅞ (37¾, 41¾, 45⅝, 49⅝, 53½)″ / 86 (96, 106, 116, 126, 136) cm bust circumference with 2⅜″ (6 cm) of positive ease.

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in shade Ravelry Red
Pattern: Rift by Lena Fedotova

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Monday, April 1, 2019

RIFT: Edging

The stitch pattern I used for the edging uses slip stitches. It is actually a pretty cool stitch pattern which mimics the rows of garter knit st (see pic 3). The other side (which I chose as a right side) looks like a solid and dense knit-like fabric. The thickness of the stitch pattern makes it perfect for an edging, which should be heavy enough to hold its shape.

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