Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Join Us And Share The Love: 7th Annual Gift-A-Long!

A Gift-A-Long, the annual event on Ravelry, is officially started! 

What's a GAL?
- a 5-week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by independent designers
- a huge sale which includes more than 5000 designs this year. Get 25% off with the code giftalong2019 from Nov 26 till  Dec 2!
- fun, chat, Instagram challenges, games, prizes!

How to participate?
- Join this group, read Indie Design Gift-A-Long FAQ for more help!

Below you will find 40 crochet patterns by Yuliya and me which are 25% off the regular price now (the code is giftalong2019!). You may click directly on the pattern listed below or visit our sale bundles: Yuliya's bundle and Lena's bundle. Happy crocheting!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Monday, November 25, 2019

Tutorial: Foundation Cord

There are multiple ways to start your crocheting, I'd like to share my current favorite foundation method, which is super neat and quick to make!

I've not used the base chains since I learned how to do foundation stitches and almost stopped using foundation stitches when I realized that the crocheted cord can be an awesome foundation base as well. ⁠ ⁠

HOW TO:⁠ Leave the tail three times longer than the desired length of your foundation row.⁠ ⁠

Start: Place slip knot on the hook so the working end of the yarn is on the left (right for lefties), and the tail is on the right (left for lefties).⁠ ⁠
Step 1: With the tail, yarn over the hook and in front of the working end.⁠ ⁠
Step 2: With the working end, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook.⁠ ⁠
Repeat Steps 1-2: Yo with tail, yo and pull through both loops with working end. That's all!

foundation crochet cord tutorial

Working in rows: move the tail on WS over the working end, ch-1 with the working end, turn and proceed to the first row.
Working in rounds: simply join with sl st in first st with the working end, ch-1 and proceed to the first round.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

Maraska Top: Sleeve Options

While making my first Maraska sample in red, I could not decide which sleeve length I prefer, all of them looked so lovely!

So I finished my first sample with the long sleeves...

... and immediately started another one!

 However, it was still so hard to decide how short the sleeves should be!

After taking the photo above, I continued crocheting until I reached the desired length, slightly longer than the elbow-length sleeves. Voila!

The pattern includes directions, as well as yardage requirements for three sleeve options: short sleeves, elbow-length sleeves, and full-length sleeves. The length of the sleeves is easily adjustable!

Maraska Top pattern on Ravelry | Etsy | LoveCraft | Patternvine

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Maraska Top: Custom Sizing

⁠There are three distinct stages to creating the yoke and each of them allows you to modify and adjust each part of the top (back, front, and sleeves) in several ways. ⁠

🌱 The lace stage is worked in the round and its pattern repeats gradually enlarge in size, growing from tiny diamonds to large ones. All sizes, except the smallest, have a different number of PRs for the back and front (the back is narrower than the front). At this stage, you can modify the top by working fewer or more PRs in each section making it as wide or narrow as you wish. ⁠

🌱 The second stage is the textured divider (between the lace and solid stages of the yoke). The increases here are made by placing fewer or more stitches in each section. Generally, the front and back, for most of the sizes, gain more stitches than the sleeves at this stage. Custom sizing can be done, for example, by placing more stitches for the front and fewer stitches for the back. ⁠

🌱 The third stage is the classic raglan increase worked at four places to the end of the yoke. The increases are placed evenly each second round and gradually increase all parts of the yoke by one stitch at each side of each section. Normally, I do not recommend modifying this area of the yoke in order that you achieve accurate looking raglan lines, but if some correction is needed, there is still a chance to play with the stitches here by placing increases more often or not placing increase stitches in a particular area at all (for example, you may keep adding increases at the sleeves and the front, but work the back without increases (don't forget to use markers!).⁠

Maraska Top pattern on Ravelry | Etsy | LoveCraft | Patternvine

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Maraska Top: Pattern Release and Lookbook

I am very excited to present a brand new pattern and my new favorite sweater, Maraska!

The sweater is worked seamlessly in the round from the top down. It starts with a lace yoke worked in the round which ends with an eye-catching textured divider.

The yoke continues with raglan increases placed between the sleeves, back, and front. After completing the yoke, extra rows are added across the back section to finish the yoke shaping and create a higher back neck.

After the body is joined in the round and extra stitches are added to each underarm, it is then worked evenly in rounds to the bottom. The sleeves are then worked top down to the cuffs in a simple and smooth linen stitch pattern. The length of both the sleeves and body are easily adjustable.

The hem and cuffs are embellished with similar textured stitch patterns, worked with the help of modified front post stitches made over the linen stitch pattern.

You may take a look at this design by flipping through the pages of the lookbook here!

Feel free to share your finished projects in the Cup of Stitches group on Ravelry or hashtag them #cupofstitches (and #maraskatop for this particular design) on Instagram!

PROMOTION: The pattern is 20% off on Ravelry with the coupon code CHERRYONTOP until the end of Sunday, November 17, 2019. Happy crocheting!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

October WIP-Along and Report

Every month I start a new WIP-Along topic in the Cup of Stitches group on Ravelry. Everyone is welcome to share their work in progress (crochet, knit, weave, etc...) there, set up the goals, track your progress and stay motivated!

Here is my October report! Not so good, but not bad as well.

1) Seiche and Kambalda were updated and published!

2) Cherry top pattern: I had to complete the yellow top and take photos of both tops first of all.

So the yellow Cherry top is completed, both tops were photographed, the pattern is on tech-editing now, and I then had a huge desire to create a kind of a lookbook for it and started doing it yesterday. There is something very pleasing in flipping the pages :)

3. I have a long list of the old patterns to update and this is my main task for this year: every month I work on updating some old patterns to bring them to the current pattern standard. In October I updated the Porcelain Berry shawl pattern, it is on tech-editing now.
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