Saturday, August 3, 2019

70% off on Etsy & Ravelry

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Weekend offer!
Buy as many patterns as you want and use coupon code WKND70 to get 70% discount. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Baby cardigan - free pattern

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Hi, is anyone still here? I know I have been neglecting my blog and it shows in my stats. May and June is when I take my official break since we'll be visiting family during the summer vacation and even when I'm back, it takes me nearly 2 to 3 weeks to get into the groove. So here I'm back to blogging with a free pattern. It's a cardigan for babies 3 to 6 months old. 

Before going to the pattern I would like to let you know that the sidebar contains link to a discounted pattern which I would change every week. It could be my latest pattern or any other pattern. You can click on the link to avail the discount.

Also I'm offering huge discounts in both my Etsy and Ravelry shops when you buy in bulk.
If you buy patterns worth $10 to $19.99 you will get 10% off using coupon code OFF10
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You can also purchase a PDF version of this pattern. The PDF version will include pattern for 6-12 months. 

Click here to purchase the PDF version for $1.20

To make the cardigan I used sport weight also known as baby weight or fine yarn of 16 wraps per inch approximately 225 yards and size E/3.5 mm crochet hook. You will also need yarn needle and buttons.

Size:
Chest circumference of the finished cardigan is 19 inches and the length 10.5 inches which can be extended by repeating more rows of the pattern.

Gauge:
10 dc and 6 rows = approximately 2 inches
(You may change hook size to obtain gauge)

Abbreviations (US terminology):
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
fpdc - front post double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet

Note:
Ch 3 at the beginning of a row will be counted as the 1st dc of that row.

Instruction
Yoke:
Row 1: Ch 78, dc in the 4th ch from hook (skipped 3 ch will count as the 1st dc), dc in next 10 ch, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch (forms 1st corner), dc in next 12 ch, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch (forms 2nd corner), dc in 24 ch, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch (forms 3rd corner), dc in 12 ch, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch (forms 4th corner), dc in the remaining 12 ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), **dc in each st across until the next corner, [dc, ch 2, dc] in ch-2 corner space** Repeat from ** to ** until the last corner, dc in rest of the sts. Turn.
Repeat row 2 eight more times. 

Working armholes:
Ch 3, dc in each st across until the 1st corner increasing 1 st anywhere in the middle, 2 dc in the 1st corner, skip rest of the sts until the next corner, 2 dc in the 2nd corner, dc in each st across until the next corner increasing 1 st anywhere in the middle, 2 dc in the 3rd corner, skip rest of the sts until the next corner, 2 dc in the last corner, dc in rest of the sts across increasing 1 st anywhere in the middle. (You will have 99 sts)

Lower part:
Row 1: Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sc in next st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, **[dc, ch 1, dc] in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts** Repeat from ** to ** across, 2 dc in last st. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), 3 dc in same st, ch 1, sc in ch-3 space, ch 1, **[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 1**  Repeat from ** to ** across, [3 dc, ch 1, dc] in last st. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 2, **[dc, ch 1, dc] in next sc, ch 2, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch-3 space, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** across, sc in last ch-1 space, sc in last st. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-1 space, ch 1, **sc in next ch-3 space, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-1 space, ch 1** Repeat from ** to ** across, sc in last st. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st, ch 2, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch-3 space, ch 2, **[dc, ch 1, dc] in next sc, ch 2, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch-3 space, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** across, 2 dc in last st. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 to 5 until the total height is about 10 inches finishing with row 2 or 4. Do not fasten off, continue working the edging.

Repeat more rows if you want the cardigan to be longer.

Finishing:
Work sc neatly along the left side of the cardigan moving up (the number of sts do not matter)
When you reach the top edge make ch 3, now start working [fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st] around the edge of the neck. In each corner the 2 dc worked in a ch will be considered as one stitch. 
When you have reached the other end start working sc moving down the side of the cardigan. At the same time make loops for fastening the buttons. To do that first mark the places where you want the buttons to be. To make loops, just work any number of chains depending on the size of the buttons you are using (I made 7 ch), continue working sc along the side until the next loop, then continue working sc until you reach the bottom. Fasten off. Sew buttons. Weave in all the loose ends.


Happy crocheting!


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Crochet baby dress with bolero - new pattern

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Hi, this is going to be a hurried post to introduce my new pattern. I should have done it few days earlier but some unexpected incidents happened to cause the delay. My dear father-in-law fell down and broke his hips and after being hospitalized for about 5 days lost his life. Every year we visited our parents (my husband's and mine) around the middle of May but this year our vacation got delayed by a couple of weeks because of my son's extra classes. Had we left earlier as usual we would have had a chance to see him alive. He was such a kind soul and would be missed a lot.

This pretty baby dress with bolero pattern is now available in all my shops. I used sport weight/baby weight yarn with size D/3.25 mm and size E/3.5 mm crochet hooks. The pattern includes instructions for 4 sizes - 3 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months and 18 to 24 months. As almost always the pattern includes photos. You can find the pattern in my Etsy, Ravelry and webstore.

You can purchase it from here and get a discount of 20%

Me and my son are packing our bags and getting away the day after tomorrow, my husband has already left. Right now it is 45 degree Celsius here and I can't wait to escape the heat. Fortunately temperature down south is much more tolerable than here. My next update will be in July. Until then you all have fun and keep crocheting! Bye!   

Friday, May 17, 2019

Nasrin top - latest pattern

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I'm in love with this pretty pink top. There used to be a time long ago when I could never get myself to design anything larger than an adult sized hat. I didn't even venture into designing baby clothes for a long time. Now it's only clothing that interests me and I can't get back to designing hats. I haven't crocheted a hat in a very long time. 
 
The top was crocheted using light worsted/DK weight acrylic yarn and G/4.00 mm crochet hook so I could wear it only during winters. You can use cotton yarn to make a lovely summer top. The pattern is written for 3 sizes - chest circumference of 32 to 34 inches, 34 to 36 inches and 38 to 40 inches. 

The front, back and sleeves are crocheted as separate pieces and joined together at the end. The pattern includes photographs to describe how this should be done. The pattern is easy as only basic stitches are used and would be suitable for a beginner. The pattern is available in my webstore, Etsy as well as Ravelry. I hope you'll enjoy making this top as much as I did.

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Crochet owl applique - free pattern

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Hi everybody, I'm excited to share with you all a free pattern for this cute and colorful owl applique which you could use to embellish your kids' clothes, blankets, pillows, anything!

You can purchase the PDF version of the pattern from here

Materials

  • Fingering weight yarn (16 wpi) a small amount in a main color, white and two complimenting colors
  • Crochet hook size G/4.00 mm
  • Black embroider skein
  • Needle

Abbreviations/stitches used 

ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
sc2tog - single crochet worked together in 2 consecutive stitches (decrease)

Size

The finished owl measures approximately 2.75 x 3 inches

Note

The pattern is written in standard American terminology

Instruction

Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round. Place a marker at the beginning of each round moving it up as you proceed.

Round 1: Using the main color ch 4, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, 3 sc in last ch, sc in next ch on the other side, 2 sc in next ch. (8 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc (14 sc)
Round 3: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc]  2 times, sc in next 2 sc, repeat [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 2 times (20 sc)
Round 4: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times, sc in next 3 sc, repeat [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 2 times (26 sc)
Round 5: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times, sc in next 4 sc, repeat [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 2 times (32 sc)
Round 6: Sc in each sc around (32 sc). Continue working the ears.

Right ear

Row 1: Sc in next 4 sc. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog twice. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, ch 1, 3 sc along the side of the ear, sc in next 7 sc.

Left ear

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog twice. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, ch 1, 3 sc along the side of the ear, sl st in next sc and fasten off.


Left wing

Join a new color in the st next to where you fastened off, ch 1, 2 hdc in next st, dc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st and cut off yarn.

Right wing

Skip next 8 sts, join yarn in the next st, ch 1, sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, dc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next st and cut off yarn.



Cut a few short strands of yarn measuring approximately 2 to 3 inches. Fold the strands in half. Using a larger hook pull the center of the yarns through the corner of the ear to form a loop, using the hook pull the free ends of the yarns through the loop and tighten the loop. Repeat for the other ear. Trim the edges.

Feet

Skip 2 sts from each wing, join yarn, ch 3, sl st in same st and cut off yarn.

Eyes (make 2)

Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round.
Round 1: Using white ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sc)
Round 3: Sc in each st around (12 sc). Join with a sl st to the next st and fasten off.

Using black embroidery skein, embroider lashes on the eyes as shown.

Assembling

Weave in all the loose ends.
Sew the eyes.
Embroider beak and V on the body.
 Your applique is ready.
  


  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Kyra sweater - new pattern

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Hi everybody, how are you'all? Summer is here and it's killing me. I hate summers. It's 7.30 in the evening and the temperature is 37 degree C. The heat always makes me so lethargic and even the routine housework makes me very tired.
 Crocheting is the only enjoyable work even in summer. This is a top down pullover pattern that is very easy if you know to work around the posts (fpdc). I have written the instruction for 3 adult sizes - bust size of 34 inches, 36 to 38 inches and 38 to 40 inches. I have used light worsted/DK weight yarn and size G/4.00 mm hook.


Sleeves can be left short or made long. The pattern is now available in my webstore, Etsy and Ravelry. 



Thursday, March 28, 2019

Pastel confetti scarf - 40% off

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My latest pattern is a beautiful scarf in a beautiful mixture of colors. I love variegated yarn but I always prefer solid colors for my projects due to some unpleasant results with the variegated yarns. These yarns look attractive as balls or hanks but when used in a project they had never produced the desired result for me. So lately I had stayed away from buying these yarns because they almost always end up being stashed away but this one I couldn't resist. 



I'm glad I bought this yarn. This scarf turned out exactly as I visualized and the pattern is also very easy and suitable for a beginner. I have listed the pattern in my Etsy, Ravelry and web store.  You can purchase the pattern at a discounted price until the end of this month.  No need for any coupon codes. 
Your 40% discount will be applied at the time of checkout. 




   

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