Monday, 9 January 2017

Love is in the air..

Yesterday I was asked about the hearts made for Yarndale 2016. I planned to write a pattern but totally forgot about it. Thus, several months after the festival my notes and sketches appeared to be illegible even to myself. So, after a few attempts to revive them and a couple of trials, I came up with a similar but not exactly the same heart.

The heart is made with the DK yarn leftovers and a 2.5 mm crochet hook (how predictable, huh?), but the gauge is not very important here, just make sure that the stitches are tight enough. I usually choose a hook that has approximately the same thickness as the yarn.

The pattern is written in US crochet terms and has one tricky unfamiliar stitch - htrc. The stitch is worked like a treble crochet, but you pull the yarn through 2 loops first and then through all 3 remaining loops on the hook. This stitch helps to gradually increase/decrease the height without crumbling or using chains. Plus I added charts as usual.



For the heart you'll need:

- 2.5 mm crochet hook (or B/2),
- DK scraps in red (-ish) or pink (-ish), or any colour you like,
- scissors,
- tapestry needle,

Rnd - round,
ch. - chain,
st(s) - stitch(es),
sl st - slip stitch,
sc - single crochet,
hdc - half double crochet,
dc - double crochet,
htrc - half treble crochet (described above),
trc - treble crochet.

1 Rnd: ch. 2, work into the 2nd ch. from the hook the following sts: 2sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 htrc, 1 trc, 1 htrc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 2 sc = 15 sts,

2 Rnd: skip the first sc (it will already be half hidden under the last sc); (1sc, 1hdc) into the next sc; 2 hdc into the next hdc, (1 hdc, 1 sc) into the next dc; 3 sc; (1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc) into the trc; 3 sc; (1 sc, 1 hdc) into the next dc; 2 hdc into the next hdc; (1 hdc, 1 sc) into the next sc; sl st into the last sc = 22 sts,

3 Rnd: skip the first sc; 2 sc into each of the next 4 hdc; 5 sc; (1 sc, ch. 2, 1 sc) into the dc; 5 sc; 2 sc into each of the next 4 hdc; sl st into the next sl st and into the central hole of the heart = 30 sts, 1 ch.-2 space. Finish off, cut the yarn, weave in the ends.

You can decorate the last Rnd with contrasting yarn and crab stitch or (ch. 1, sl st) into each st around. Or give your heart a pair of wings. Do you want me to write the pattern for them or you can figure them out yourselves?

Friday, 16 December 2016

December Recap

I haven't been very active here recently. Somehow, Instagram caught me into its net. But, actually, there's hardly anything crochet-related that I can share. I haven't written any patterns because the last 2 months were filled with the exhibition preparation, crafting for the fair and random amigurumi presents. The exhibition package got lost somewhere along the way and the toys never made it in time for the opening. I requested the search, but with no results yet.

Meanwhile, I made a huge batch of pinecones for the New Year fair (the pattern by June Gilbank can be found here).


Plus, there was a Fluffy Unicorn by LittleYarnFriends for my colleague's niece (get the free pattern here).



And Mo for IG's #getyouryarnwishesgranted. Somehow, the bigger The Woodland Friends get, the cuter they look (crochet hook 3.5 mm, double strand of DK). I'm deeply satisfied with how universal the patterns turned out. Mo got an infinity scarf instead of his usual bow-tie (ch.-100, 5 rounds of camel stitch, crochet hook 3.5 mm, DK) and a couple of simple baubles to decorate his antlers. Maybe, there will be a whole Christmas bunch next year (for now, the free pattern is here, the inexpensive ad-free pattern bundle is here. Don't forget about the Advent discounts).


Plus, Mr F's Persian Tiles is nearing its half and I really want to finish it this week. Next week at the latest.

I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do next year, where I want to move with crochet. I'm planning on a pattern subscription, but it won't be a quick thing to do and I might disappear for longer. But, at the same time, I want to make physical objects from other people's patterns (and, maybe, from my own, too), because there exists so much nice stuff out there already. To me, it feels amazing when people make something from my patterns, as it means that my work wasn't in vain, that it has made some child (or an adult) happy and warm. Perhaps, other designers feel the same. Plus, I've got pregnant relatives who will desperately need baby afghans for the spring/summer/autumn (underline the best variant). And booties. And caps. And I've got a pattern for an awesome doggie onesie/coat. Beware, in short :)

And a random question: Does anybody know any nice yarn store in Helsinki or Espoo that will be open around New Year?