River Washed: new yarn in a famous family

What innovative can be about yarn? Feels like nothing. Yarns differ in composition, they differ in colours. Different kinds of fibre are used to produce different yarns. They can be hand spun, or manufactured in large scales by machines. They can be hand dyed, yes. But still yarns remain yarns and seems like nothing can be invented. Right? Not really… And new River Washed yarn* by Scheepjes is a very nice example.

River Washed - new yarn by Scheepjes with unique colors. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
It took more than 3 years to develop River Washed yarn – a new addition to famous Stone Washed line by Scheepjes (reviewed HERE). It’s same in weight, and same in construction. But very different in colour. It’s dyed differently: the cotton “cord” is dyed in one color and acrylic fluff has different, similar or very contrast, shade. And this is what makes River Washed yarn unique.
River Washed - new yarn by Scheepjes with unique colors. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

First I saw it at Bloggers Days several weeks ago but unfortunately didn’t have chance to play with, though my hands were itching in excitement. I was looking at this yarn and was trying to guess if it’s more “knitting” or “crochet”. And yesterday (finally!) a parcel with samples came to my city. Scheepjes was very kind to send me skeins in all 14 shades to play with and maybe to design something. (…and just to prevent possible questions – YES! I have a design in mind already!)
River Washed - new yarn by Scheepjes with unique colors. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com






River Washed has the same feel as Stone Washed - cotton blend 70% cotton, 30% acrylic (50g/1.76 ounces with 130m/142 yards). And also comes in XL version - aran weight for warm, winter, chunky projects (50g/1.76 ounces, 75m). The stitch definition is perfect. I made a few samples in both knit and crochet to show you “magic” of the colors. I only tried regular version so far, but XL will look exactly the same, just larger size of the hook and needles will be needed.
River Washed - new yarn by Scheepjes with unique colors. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

 So crochet. Because River Washed is a bit fluffy, and fluff fills gaps between the stitches, I would say 4mm (G) crochet hook is best. At least I would not recommend a smaller hook, especially if you want to make shawls or garments. The crochet fabric might turn out quite stiff. Here are three samples:
River Washed - new yarn by Scheepjes with unique colors. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

…and a close up for you to see the play of two shades in each skein. This yarn is perfect for beginners who are not very experienced with different types of stitches. As you can see even with basic crochet (or knitting) stitch the fabric looks unique. River Washed is a self patterning yarn, I would say. But it will definitely look great with some intricate stitches and techniques as well. Brioche maybe?
River Washed - new yarn by Scheepjes with unique colors. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

And knit! Though I am primarily a crocheter but I should admit River Washed yarn is perfect for knitting. I tried 3mm and 4mm needles, and both fabrics are very draping and super soft – either in garter or stocking stitch.
River Washed - new yarn by Scheepjes with unique colors. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Shade 951 (Amazon) is my favourite so far… Or maybe not… I am lost! I love all of them!
River Washed - new yarn by Scheepjes with unique colors. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

As mentioned above River Washed yarn by Scheepjes comes in 14 shades (and each one is named after a famous river). Not so many you would say. But because every skein is in fact a mixture of two colors, the color variations can be many. I expect long hours of swatching and I am very curious to see how different skeins will look together.
River Washed - new yarn by Scheepjes with unique colors. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

River Washed yarn is already available in local Scheepjes shops and via larger retailers: Wool Warehouse* (international shipping) and Knotty House* (Canada).

And I will be back to swatching now. Wip of a new design will come soon!

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Scheepjes Bloggers Days, and My First Steps in Freeform Crochet

Freeform crochet is something I have been observing for a very long time. If you open the web you will see enormous number of shawls, bags, cardigans, hats… anything! Made in freeform crochet. It is a truly unique way to express yourself, as no pattern is needed. And you just follow the sound of your soul. Though there are no strict rules, I have noticed that some shapes and stitches are repeated often, and I have always wanted to try them out. And the concept of freeform crochet in general.

Do you dream of something? Then there is a chance your dreams will come true one day. And that happened to me. At the moment I am sitting at the Copenhagen airport, after an impressively creative weekend spent with my blogger friends at Scheepjes HQ in the Netherlands. Yes, that was another Bloggers Days time full of fantastic yarns, lots of crochet, learning and… laugh. I am in love with these ladies! They all are true inspiration!
From left to right: Maria, Jellina, Carmen, Esther, Tammy, Esther, Susan, Dedri, Christa, Nerissa, me (wearing Kirsten's Stormy Day shawl), Kirsten. Photo credit: Scheepjes

I could go for a walk down in Copenhagen center or could take an immediate train to Malmö. But instead I decided to sit down for a few hours, and to write this blog post. To share my feelings and impressions about the people I met, and new things I’ve learnt.
Maria, Tammy and Carmen are discussing spinning

The agenda of Bloggers Days was known in advance and I was very looking forward to both workshops: a chart making by Kirsten of Haak Maar Raak. And freeform crochet by José Dammers. You may know Kirsten’s work already, she creates very stylish designs full of color and geometry. And she is also the designer behind latest Scheepjes CAL – Hygge.
José Dammers, Christa, Susan and Dedri

And José Dammers was a new name to me, I have not seen her work before. And when I saw it – I could not really believe she started to crochet just 2 years ago. And from the very beginning she looked into freeform crochet. I had a chance to see her stunning shawls and bags for real. And also her recent art objects – crochet portraits of David Bowie and Frida Kahlo. Don’t they look amazing? You should check out José's Instagram page HERE for more beautiful projects.
Frida Kahlo's portrais by José Dammers

Guess who is behind the crochet face in the picture below. A small hint – she is a veeeeeeery known blogger. And a fantastic crochet designer. And you know her for sure!
Photo credit: Tammy of Canadutch

(Ok! It’s Dedri Uys)

After an introduction we were invited to try freeform crochet ourselves. To make a test sample (which can absolutely grow into a finished crochet project in the end) you need five different yarns in several shades. In close or contrast shades – it doesn’t matter, but the key idea is to use yarns in different weights and with different texture: thick, fluffy, lace. Anything!
Scheepjes Bloggers practicing at freeform crochet :)

You also need a special kind of a crochet hook to complete bullion stitches. Because I only had a hand luggage I didn’t dare to bring one on the airplane, as it reminded me of a surgery instrument. And I was afraid I would not be allowed to bring it onboard. Want to know how much time it took me to master bullion stitch? I am not sure myself, but it felt like forever! Other ladies were very excited too. And we didn't really pay much attention to anything around us... Just look at the table after an hour of "practice"...

What else do you need for a freeform crochet? Nothing! No pattern, no rules, no right and no wrong. Just the mood. Which you should follow with your hands. For my highly organized nature it was not easy at all to switch off and not to think about stitch count or gauge. The only important thing is that your motifs should stay flat. In my opinion freeform crochet artists have achieved a certain level of freedom of mind. And I am making tiny step towards it.

And here is lucky Carmen together with José.
Photo credit: Scheepjes

Anyway. I have finished my first freeform motif! A good start I think. And now I am dreaming about making a shawl in this technique. And as I know already, if you are dreaming your dreams come true at some point. Time for a cup of coffee. Next week is all mine. It’s time for me and for the sea. I might be not in touch for a while. But promise to come back sooooon.

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Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: Important Notes

As promised I continue to post about Spirits of Life Wrap CAL coming soon. This article contains Important Notes about technique used in the pattern and a list of abbreviations (links to translations are given below). Before you actually join the CAL or purchase the kit, I would HIGHLY recommend you to study this information thoroughly and try your hand on each technique.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com.
Photo credit for all pictures in this post - Oleg Ignatovich

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Since reveal of Spirits of Life Wrap a few weeks ago (you can see pictures HERE), I have received lots of questions about the difficulty level of this project. I can’t tell you exactly if this project is right for you or not, as all intermediate and even beginner patterns vary and differ a lot.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com.

To help you find the answer, I have created a list of techniques used in my CAL. I didn’t use any intricate or very difficult stitches. All stitches are usual and very common, but sometimes their placement can be tricky. Please, study the information below and make small samples in each technique. I would say that most of intermediate crocheters should handle them without any problem. Is you are an “adventurous” beginner who like challenges and to learn new things – you can absolutely try this out as well.

Note: translations to other languages are being revised at the moment and will be added shortly. Thank you for being patient.

Important Notes - Afrikaans
Important Notes - Czech
Important Notes - Danish
Important Notes - Dutch
Important Notes - English (US)
Important Notes - English (UK)
Important Notes - Finnish
Important Notes - French
Important Notes - German
Important Notes - Hebrew
Important Notes - Norwegian
Important Notes - Polish
Important Notes - Spanish
Important Notes - Swedish
Important Notes - Russian

Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com.

Three techniques were used to create this pattern: Overlay crochet, Mosaic crochet and C2C (corner-to-corner crochet). If you make a small sample in each technique and feel comfortable with following instructions – then you can be sure Spirits of Life CAL is right for you. If you have any difficulties, you still have enough time to practice and improve your skills.

A very important note for those who will be doing the CAL with official kits by Scheepjes. As in any other CAL the gauge plays a VERY important role. In each part of the pattern I will give you exact amount of every shade used (in grams). If you stay within this amount – you will be fine and yarn will be enough. If you use more yarn, you have a risk to run out of some shades…
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com.

I know that many of you are interested in exact shades and yardages of Spirit and Catona used for Spirits of Life Wrap. At the moment I am not free to reveal this information, but it will be released later. So please, be patient.

Just to remind you, Spirits of Life wrap comes in three colour ways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Each sample is made with mixture of two Scheepjes yarns: Spirit and Catona (reviewed HERE and HERE).

You add can this project to your Ravelry Queue.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com.

Official kits produced and nicely packed by Scheepjes in all three colorways are already available for pre-order via some local stockiest (also at Knotty House* (Canada) and will be available for purchase at large retailers, such as Wool Warehouse HERE* and Deramores* (both in UK with international shipping), Loveknitting* (US) on September 27th, 2017.

The CAL will be hosted in Official CCC Social group on Facebook which will provide you with needed information and support. However to join the CAL you don’t need to be on Facebook or member of this group, as each part will be published in free access on my blog.

I will give you more details about the CAL soon (like materials, gauge and other). And we begin on October 18th!

See you soon!

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Brioche Crochet: to support the trend

Have you noticed that brioche patterns are very trendy nowadays? I can see knitted brioche shawls, scarves and clothes everywhere. As well as brioche interior accessories, such as rugs and pillows… If you search for “brioche” (on Pinterest, for example) you will see loads of knitting projects. And not so many crochet… I thought it’s unfair and decided to recreate brioche looking pattern in crochet.
Brioche Waves crochet pattern can be used for everything: blankets, cowls, scarves, trivets, potholders, rugs... you name it. The pattern comes in two versions: "airy" with holes and well draped, and "overlay" which creates a firm and sturdy fabric. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com


Actually this is not my first attempt. Earlier this year two Labyrinth patterns were released – for a mandala which later was grown into a rug. I used overlay crochet for that, and crocheted fabric turned out very sturdy and stiff. Just great for pillows and rugs, but maybe not very suitable for blankets, and no good at all for wearable accessories.

So this time I decided to go further and develop a slightly different technique which allows crochet light, airy and well draping pieces. And more than that – I wanted to figure out how to make brioche crochet in rows (and not in rounds as you can usually see). And Ta-dah!!! Here is my newest Brioche Waves crochet pattern.
Brioche Waves crochet pattern can be used for everything: blankets, cowls, scarves, trivets, potholders, rugs... you name it. The pattern comes in two versions: "airy" with holes and well draped, and "overlay" which creates a firm and sturdy fabric. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
 
You can find the pattern both on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE. Hurry up as it is discounted only this weekend (through Monday, August 28)!! And you will save 25% (no coupon code needed).

Add this pattern to your Ravelry Queue

What is so special about this pattern? First of all I like the feel very much. When I show my new blanket to friends, they like it. But when they touch it – they love it. I wish I were a skilled writer to describe the feeling with words… Maybe pictures will help? The fabric is made up with two layers which are interlocked. The wrong side of the blanket reminds me of fish gills. It is very soft and touchable. And secondly, you can use this pattern for almost ev-ry-thing! Blankets, cowls, pillows, trivets, potholders, rugs, bags… you name it. You will easily adjust it for any width and length.

Brioche Waves pattern contains two versions: “airy” – which I used for a blanket, and “overlay” – with no chains and holes. Great for home accessories. You can see the difference of the wrong sides below.

The pattern also includes complete instructions to finish the blanket and the cowl shown in this post.
Brioche Waves crochet pattern can be used for everything: blankets, cowls, scarves, trivets, potholders, rugs... you name it. The pattern comes in two versions: "airy" with holes and well draped, and "overlay" which creates a firm and sturdy fabric. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Because in fact you crochet the entire piece with only front post stitches, it is better to choose very soft and light yarn for this project. Heavier yarns will work well for smaller project (like my Brioche Cowl for example made with Merino Soft* yarn by Scheepjes – reviewed HERE). But for the blanket I would recommend yarn with very good yardage.
Brioche Waves crochet pattern can be used for everything: blankets, cowls, scarves, trivets, potholders, rugs... you name it. The pattern comes in two versions: "airy" with holes and well draped, and "overlay" which creates a firm and sturdy fabric. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I wanted to play with colors and for my blanket I chose Colour Crafter* (reviewed HERE) and Colour Crafter Velvet* yarn by Scheepjes. They both are premium acrylic and come in the same yardage and in nicely matching colors. The only difference is that dying process for Velvet yarn is a bit different, and it makes Velvet a bit stiffer than regular Colour Crafter. Ideally you will need equal amount of two shades for Brioche Waves pattern. But because of this difference you will need a little bit more of Velvet.
Brioche Waves crochet pattern can be used for everything: blankets, cowls, scarves, trivets, potholders, rugs... you name it. The pattern comes in two versions: "airy" with holes and well draped, and "overlay" which creates a firm and sturdy fabric. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com






Let me show you examples of what Brioche Waves pattern can be used for.

1. The stitch pattern was specially designed for a blanket, so you can of course make a blanket with it. I should warn you that because you make lots of front post stitches this project is not quick. Even for me it was a bit slow but the final result is worth it! The huge advantage is that you are using both yarns at once. No need to break the yarn and weave in tails. So your time is saved already!
Brioche Waves crochet pattern can be used for everything: blankets, cowls, scarves, trivets, potholders, rugs... you name it. The pattern comes in two versions: "airy" with holes and well draped, and "overlay" which creates a firm and sturdy fabric. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

2. You can use Brioche Waves pattern for smaller projects, like cowls and scarves. I made one for myself.
Brioche Waves crochet pattern can be used for everything: blankets, cowls, scarves, trivets, potholders, rugs... you name it. The pattern comes in two versions: "airy" with holes and well draped, and "overlay" which creates a firm and sturdy fabric. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

3. As already mentioned, the pattern contains “overlay version” which creates a sturdy and stiff fabric. Good for different kinds of trivets and potholders.
Brioche Waves crochet pattern can be used for everything: blankets, cowls, scarves, trivets, potholders, rugs... you name it. The pattern comes in two versions: "airy" with holes and well draped, and "overlay" which creates a firm and sturdy fabric. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I made a small sample in overlay crochet (with Stone Washed* yarn - reviewed HERE) and then played with it on computer to see how it may look as a rug. Pretty nice, isn’t it?
Brioche Waves crochet pattern can be used for everything: blankets, cowls, scarves, trivets, potholders, rugs... you name it. The pattern comes in two versions: "airy" with holes and well draped, and "overlay" which creates a firm and sturdy fabric. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

4. Overlay version is also perfect for bags. Hilde Tindlund was helping me to test the pattern. And look what a wonderful Zebra Clutch she made! You will find all details (and more pictures) on Hilda's project page HERE on Ravelry.
Zebra crochet clutch by Hilde Tindlund.

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About Brioche Waves crochet pattern in brief:

  • Difficulty Level: Intermediate (front post stitches)
  • The size (width and length) can be easily adjusted to your taste and needs
  • The pattern contains two versions: “airy” – good for blankets, scarves and cowl; and “overlay” – perfect for pillows, rugs, bags, trivets and potholders.
  • The pattern also includes complete instructions to finish the blanket and the cowl shown in this post. 
  • Brioche Waves crochet pattern is on SALE right now with 25% off. The offer only valid this weekend (through Monday, August 28) and then it will be listed at a regular price. You can find Brioche Waves pattern on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE.
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Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: reveal!

I know that since last week you have been waiting for a full reveal of my new Spirits of Life CAL. Thank you very much for a very warm and lovely feedback. And thank you for being patient. I’ve got lots of questions, and I will try to answer at least some of them in this post.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

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Spirits of Life CAL was inspired by Native American textile and fiber art. Recently I have been looking a lot into this theme. My aim was not to copy exact patterns and to reproduce them. Instead I was trying to translate the same feeling through my wrap. Each element and pattern doesn’t have any meaning. It’s just my own perception and imagination. :)
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
Photo credit for all pictures in this post: Oleg Ignatovich

As you may probably know this CAL will be about the wrap. In fact it is a large (approx. 63cm x 180cm) rectangle shawl which can be worn both as a wrap and as a scarf, for example. In the pictures below you can see that the length is enough to wrap it around the shoulders.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Spirits of Life wrap comes in three colour ways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Each sample is made with mixture of two Scheepjes yarns: Spirit and Catona (reviewed HERE and HERE), to imitate mute and semi-colored effects of traditional textile pieces. I have worked with both yarns before and truly love their look and the feel. The mixture of soft and slightly fluffy Spirit and stiffness and rich colors of Catona gave the wrap a very nice warmth and excellent drape!
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Official kits produced and nicely packed by Scheepjes in all three colorways are already available for pre-order via some local stockiest (also at Knotty House* (Canada) and will be available for purchase at large retailers, such as Wool Warehouse HERE* and Deramores* (both in UK with international shipping), Loveknitting* (US) on September 27th, 2017.

And while waiting for the start date, you can add this CAL to your queue on Ravelry HERE.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - kit

Just to remind you, the CAL will begin on October 18th, 2017 and will run for 9 weeks. Last part will be released on December 13th, just in time to finish your wrap for Christmas – for yourself or for friends and family members.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

The patterns/tutorials will be released here on my blog weekly. They will be FREE and translated at least to 10 languages: English UK and US, Dutch, Spanish, German, French, Hebrew, Swedish, Afrikaans, Polish and Finnish. Tutorials will include written instructions, charts and progress pictures and will be accompanied by partial video’s to guide you through every step. The CAL will be hosted in Official CCC Social group on Facebook (by Susan Cutrer) where you will find the answers to all questions and get full support from admins and other members.






You were asking which crochet level this CAL is aimed to. This is a very difficult question. Spirits of Life is definitely not a total beginner’s project. But no intricate stitches were used to crochet this wrap. All stitches are very basic and only their placement can be tricky sometimes. If you are an “adventurous beginner” and like to learn new things, you can try this CAL out.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Three different techniques were mixed together: Overlay Crochet, Mosaic Crochet and C2C (corner-to-corner) crochet. In coming weeks I will keep you posted with details about the techniques and will give you links to tutorials, so that you can practice and see if this CAL is right for you.

I hope I could answer your possible questions. More information and details will come in next weeks. And here is the picture of me wearing Spirit of the Orchid. I am sending many thanks to my friends @Oleg Ignatovich (photographer) and @Natasha Zus (model) for such atmospheric pictures. Be sure to check their Instagram to see lots of other wonderful pictures!

UPDATE: you can find Important Notes for this project HERE.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL - designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

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New CAL is coming soon…

Today is the day! Can you keep the secrets? For me it’s an unbelievably difficult task. But I have been keeping a secret for almost 8 months working very hard behind the scenes. And today I can finally tell you: new CAL is coming soon!!! I have been working on this new design since early January. Lots of frogging and remaking was involved, but I am very happy with the final results. A full reveal will be waiting for you in a week here on my blog (so stay tuned not to miss it). And today I will show you a few sneak peeks.
Spirits of Life CAL by www.lillabjorncrochet.com. Free crochet wrap pattern

What will it be? It will be a wrap! A large, very soft and draping, cozy wrap made with two very different Scheepjes yarns: Spirit and Catona (reviewed HERE and HERE). Though I can’t take the full credit for this idea to mix two different yarns. When we were chatting with Esther of It’s All In A Nutshell a while ago I told her about my creative idea, and I also expressed my doubts about which yarn to choose.
Spirits of Life CAL by www.lillabjorncrochet.com. Free crochet wrap pattern






We have discussed it and came to a conclusion that since it’s a large wearable project, a light weight yarn with good yardage should work best for it. And Esther said: “Maybe you should look into Spirit?” And then: “Oh, and you can actually combine it with Catona. That will give a nice mixture of textures”. And I made my choice at once.
Spirits of Life CAL by www.lillabjorncrochet.com. Free crochet wrap pattern

I can’t tell you much about this project right now. Let’s save some excitement for later. But what I would like you to know is that coming CAL will be a true crochet adventure. I mixed several crochet techniques together, but still tried to keep the patterns easy enough, so that Advanced beginners can try them out.
Spirits of Life CAL by www.lillabjorncrochet.com. Free crochet wrap pattern

The CAL will begin on October 18th , 2017 and will run for 9 weeks. It will be FREE and each part will be released on my blog weekly. The CAL will be translated into several languages. And there will be ready kits available for purchase - produced and nicely packed by Scheepjes. The kits will be sold by local Scheepjes store as well as large retailers including Wool Warehouse (HERE)* (located in UK with international shipping). The kits will be available for sale on September 27. But you can sign up at Wool Warehouse web-site now and they will notify you by e-mail when kits are live.
Spirits of Life CAL by www.lillabjorncrochet.com. Free crochet wrap pattern

Excited?! I am excited SO MUCH!

But need to leave you now :) See you next week!

UPDATE: You can find Important Notes for this CAL HERE.

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Nya Mosaic Blanket: reveal

Last week I told you a story about our family trip to Germany, to Legoland. It was our first long trip by car and I didn’t want to be too bored, so I chose to crochet instead. Luckily lots of skeins in different colors were with me, and new blanket design was born. I know I promised you the pattern soon, but we’ve just arrived to Belarus to see my parents, and life became a bit chaotic. I will share free pattern with you very soon. But so far I thought you would like to have a look at a completed blanket.
Nya Mosaic Blanket - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I truly enjoyed working on this blanket and playing with colors. I have discovered a new (to me) crochet technique recently. It allows to work from charts, as in corner-to-corner for example. So in fact it opens endless designing possibilities, as you can create your own chart, and your own unique blanket.






Nya Mosaic Blanket - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I don’t know a name for this technique. You were trying to guess what it is, and it does look like interlocking crochet, indeed. But I think it’s not. I believe the idea of interlocking crochet is to create reversible fabric with same pattern on both sides but in different order of colors. And this blanket has right and wrong side, so I think it’s not interlocking. It reminds me of an overlay crochet with just a small difference. Chain stitches are involved here, and fabric is not stiff at all. And you can crochet from chart. Well, you will see everything yourself when the pattern is finally released (and I hope it won’t take long).
Nya Mosaic Blanket - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I didn’t have much time to finish the sample, so I went for a baby size, and my blanket is approx. 84 cm x 104 cm (33” x 41”). The blanket consists of several geometrical stripes and dividers, and can be made in any size (width or length).
Nya Mosaic Blanket - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I used Colour Crafter yarn by Scheepjes* (DK weight) in 7 colors, but you can of course choose more or less shades. I would recommend taking soft yarn in solid shades for this blanket.

The pattern is on its way! See you very soon :)

UPDATE: the pattern is published and available HERE.

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