2014!

colorful crochet granny squares

I am wishing you a happy New Year, dear friends!

May it be blessed, lucky and amazing for you all!

My first days of the new year have been filled with a lot of beautifully relaxing crochet. And knitting too.

I have actually realized that I have 3 projects in progress these days.

First of them, my Color Burst Blanket, is gaining its ‘square power’ rather quickly. What a delightful work that is!

 

knitted basket stitch scarf

I started a green knit scarf. I admit, I love knitting simple scarves just like this basketweave one. I have also realized that when it comes to scarves, I quite often find myself reaching for color green. Who knows why… Anyhow, the basketweave stitch is inspired by my sweet childhood memory – a sweater that my sweet Mom made for me as a present. I loved it so much and will never forget the moment I received it.

 

crochet earflap beanies with braids

And then, I tried my hand at my first crochet earflap beanies. It’s a fun project. And really easy as well. I see more of these in my life, I guess. Perhaps I’ll make a pattern too.

Do you have any handmade work in progress right now? Do tell! I would love to know.

With love,
Petra

 

My Most Favorite Free Crochet Patterns

free crochet pattern - slippers

As the seasons change and the weather gets colder these days, many of us become more and more tempted to enjoy the cosiness of our homes and devote time to our favorite hobbies.

If crocheting is your thing, then you might find inspiration in some of the following projects. They are all free patterns that I have put together and enjoyed over the past few years. I thought it could come in handy to list them in one post.

Enjoy!

 

free crochet pattern - slippers

Simple Crochet Slippers.
 
 

free crochet pattern - slippers

I made many variations of the slippers pattern. I liked these pink ones a lot.

 
 

free crochet pattern - slippers

And these Halloween ones were a lot fun to make too.

 
 

free crochet pattern - Halloween Ghost

A Crochet Halloween Ghost.

 
 

free crochet pattern - mini slippers ornaments

Mini Crochet Slipper Ornaments.

 
 

free crochet pattern - happy crochet sun

Happy Little Crochet Suns.

 
 

free crochet pattern - spring placemat with flower

A Crochet Spring Placemat.

 
 

free crochet pattern - Easter egg

A Crochet Easter Egg.

 
 

free crochet pattern - Easter placemat

An Easter Placemat.

 
 

free crochet pattern - crochet flower

A Crochet Flower.

 
 

free crochet pattern - crochet swirls

Crochet Swirls.

 
 

free knitted pattern - simple knit infinity scarf

And I have a knitted bonus for your too – it’s A Simple Knit Infinity Scarf … I could make these forever.

Happy crafting!

Love,
Petra

(To find more colorful and fun crochet patterns, feel free to visit my online shop.)

 

Some Cute Sweaters My Mom Knitted

cute knitted sweaters and vests

Earlier this week I went to visit my parents after a couple of months.

When a visit like this takes place, me and my Mom always share the results of our current crafting adventures with each other. Thanks to this happy tradition I was allowed to see the knitted sweaters and vests that my Mom managed to finish during the months of this past winter. I have to admit, that sight left me in a state of complete amazement for quite a while… there were so many items and they were so… well… beauuutiful!

To make her sweaters, Mom almost never uses patterns and her knitted or crocheted products are usually the result of her own imagination.

Would you like to see these beauties in some more detail? Well, I will be happy to show them to you then… 

green knitted sweater

I love this color.

 
 

black and orange long knitted vest

Mom fell in love with vests like this one.

 
 

black and orange long knitted vest neck detail

Oh, how I love all these details. They are truly fascinating to me. I could study her work for hours.

 
 

white long knitted vest front side

As far as I can remember, Mom has been really great with various pattern and shape combinations.
 
 

white long knitted vest back side

The back parts of her sweaters tell their own stories. They usually look more or less different from the front parts.

 
 

purple long knitted vest

Ah, magnificent!

 
 

purple long knitted vest back side

And again, the back side of the vest shown above.

 
 

pink long knitted vest

I like this one too. It looks so comfy.
 
 

white long knitted vest with pockets

And this I call a masterpiece. It took me quite some time to figure out how it had been done.

 
 

white long knitted vest with pockets back side

The back side – just wonderful, in my humble opinion.

 
 

stirped pink grey and white long knitted vest

And this is the last one I snapped. Just waiting to be finished. Love the choice of yarn. My Dad chose it, as I’ve heard… great job, Dad :).

I hope you enjoyed this little presentation. I myself am looking forward to many more knitted and crocheted items from my beloved Mom!

With love,
Petra and Gitka

 

Simple Knit Infinity Scarf

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

(365/10) Hi guys!

Have you noticed how popular infinity scarves have become recently?

I am one of those people who have fallen completely head over heals in love with them. They are on my neck all the time. Almost.

Actually, my love for infinity scarves has grown so big that I used some free time during the Holidays and made my own one. And you know what? It’s really simple.
 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

This is what I did: I cast on 60 stitches and following a simple ribbing pattern (knit 1, purl 1) I created a scarf that was about 70 inches (180 cm) long.

Pure therapy!

 
 

simple knit ifinity scarf tutorial

I used this yarn. It was a last year’s Christmas present from my Mom and I finally found the right project for it.

 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

The yarn looks really interesting, like a chain of crocheted stitches, actually. It was a pleasure to work with. Thank you, Mom!!

 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

I then bound off all stitches, lined up the cast-on edge with the cast-off edge and sewed the ends together.

 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

The scarf is now a complete circle and ready to wear.

 
 

simple knit infinity scarf tutorial

So, so simple, indeed.

I think I might make a crocheted version too. Soon. Yay!!

Lots of love,
Petra