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 :)

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Sunny Mandala: new life of an old overlay crochet pattern

I discovered overlay crochet almost 4 years ago, and it was love from the first glance. It changed my thoughts about crochet in general and inspired to take first steps in my own designing. I was impressed by overlay crochet mandala’s and could not stop staring at the variety of stitches and unexpected changes of colors. Sunny Mandala was one of my own first creations, and still one of my favourite.
Sunny Mandala - overlay crochet pattern - original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Sunny Mandala overlay crochet pattern was released in late 2014, in the times of my early steps of designing and learning photography. I decided to remake it with different yarns and to provide a new photo-tutorial in better quality (with many more pictures in happy rainbow colors). Written instructions have been also edited and improved. And I believe that now the pattern is easy to follow, and mandala better keeps the round shape.
Sunny Mandala - overlay crochet pattern - original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Another reason why I have decided to republish this pattern is that I wanted to adjust stitch counts on some rounds to make Sunny Mandala suitable for Dandelion Border and Joana’s Border. With the revised copy of the pattern you can square this mandala up (tom make it a center of a blanket) or enlarge it into a round rug.

Revised pattern is available both on Ravelry and Etsy and you will save 30% through Monday, June 26. No coupon code needed. If you purchased this pattern previously on Ravelry – an updated copy will be automatically added to your library. And if you purchased it on Etsy – please, contact me and I will e-mail you new copy of this pattern.
Sunny Mandala - overlay crochet pattern - original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Stone Washed yarn by Scheepjes was chosen for a new birth of Sunny Mandala. If you haven’t heard about this yarn before – please, check my review HERE. New shades were released not long ago and I used some of them for my mandala. Now Stone Washed palette is not so mute and dusty anymore, and I thought it’s a good choice for a bright overlay mandala.
Sunny Mandala - overlay crochet pattern - original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com






You can have a look and purchase Stone Washed yarn in local Scheepjes shops and also at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* (both are UK with international shipping), Loveknitting* (US) and Knotty House* (Canada). You can create your own Sunny Mandala in any color combination. For mine I used the following shades: 805, 807, 816, 833, 827, 830 – exact yardages are given in the pattern.
Sunny Mandala - overlay crochet pattern - original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Sunny Mandala overlay crochet pattern is aimed to intermediate crocheters, but “adventurous” beginners should also handle it without major problems, as only usual stitches are used here. And the only difference is in the way you attach them (see all information about overlay crochet technique HERE).

I hope you will enjoy the pattern!

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Extreme crochet in traffic jams: birth of a new blanket design

Do you often crochet in a car? I don’t have driving license, and we usually don’t travel far by car. Two-three hours at maximum. But last month our family made a first long journey by car. My almost 6 years old son is a huge fan of LEGO. And when I say “huge fan”, I mean it. We have Lego pieces literally around the entire apartment. I find them every day in unexpected places. And I gave up to clean them… We have been thinking about going to Legoland for quite a while already. And last month we finally did it.
Baby Blanket - crochet design by www.llillabjorncrochet.com

Nearest Legoland from us is located in Germany, which is 6-7 hours drive. I wanted to be prepared for such a long journey and packed big bag with yarns hoping to work on something new. My husband was very happy about this idea, as I was too busy to distract him from driving and didn’t ask hundreds of questions every second.





We got into several traffic jams in the Czech republic and then in Germany, so I had plenty of time to crochet. And apparently I came up with a new design. Below you can see pictures from our drive on the way to and from Legoland (I made lots of progress and got a clear idea of what I want to make, and how to combine the colors).
Baby Blanket - crochet design by www.llillabjorncrochet.com


I was planning to design a baby blanket, and I chose premium acrylic yarn Colour Crafter by Scheepjes. I worked with this yarn a few times already, and it changed my thoughts about acrylic yarns in general. You can check my Birthday in Malmö blanket. Me and my son are using it every day and there are no signs of pilling. It’s not scratchy and very soft and warm. We all love it!
Baby Blanket - crochet design by www.llillabjorncrochet.com

Colour Crafter yarn also comes in an enormous number of shades, so you can create lots of color combinations: from calm and pastel, to “crazy” and vibrant. You can have a look at color charts and choose your own shades at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* (both in UK with international shipping), Loveknitting* (US), Knotty House* (Canada) or in your local Scheepjes shops.
Baby Blanket - crochet design by www.llillabjorncrochet.com

I will not tell you more by now. Except of that new pattern will be free (on my blog) and made in a very interesting and new technique for me. Come to my blog next week to see reveal of my new blanket.

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Crochet Potholders: art in small (FREE pattern)

When I only began creating my own designs they were primarily crochet coasters. One of my testers who helped me with several tests wrote to me one day: Why coasters? Why not potholders? They are so great and can be used in many ways! And I thought – really, why not? And since then I have something special for creating potholders. For me each of them is a complete small “art” object. They are usually made very quickly and make perfect gifts.

Tulip Potholder - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet

Do I use potholders in the kitchen myself? No, I don’t! I would not stand spoiling beautiful cotton yarns. And I would not stand seeing them dirty, and “washed out”. I would rather hang them on the wall, and enjoy looking at them.






I have designed quite a few potholders already. For example, Mandala Potholder, Stained Glass potholder, Kaleidoscope potholder, Wheel of Magic potholder, Mint Coffee Mandala potholder, Nothern Lights potholder... All patterns are available in my Ravelry and Etsy shops.
Mandala Potholders - crochet patterns by www.LillaBjornCrochet.com

My latest creation is Tulip potholder designed for April Issue, 2017 of Knotions Magazine. It has a square shape and can be made in any size. In fact it’s an “endless square” and you can use the pattern to create larger pieces, like cushions or even blankets.
Tulip Potholder - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet
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I used 100% cotton yarn Catona (by Scheepjes) in 4 shades: 251 (46g – for 2 layers), 205 (16g), 263 (14g), 257 (10g). Of course, you can choose more colors, and use leftovers from your stash. Clover Soft Touch* crochet hook 2.75mm (C) worked best for me. But since gauge is not critical for this pattern, you can choose different sizes. Just please be aware that potholder should stay flat.

Catona yarn is available at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* (both in UK with international shipping),  Knotty House* (Canada), Loveknitting* (US), and in your local Scheepjes shops.
Tulip Potholder - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet

I like when potholders are “lined” with the bottom layer, and have a loop for hanging on a wall. I chose pink yarn for bottom layer of Tulip potholder.
Tulip Potholder - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet

The pattern contains written instructions and step-by-step pictures. It’s available for FREE on Knotions Magazine website HERE. Enjoy :)
Tulip Potholder - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet

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Indian Star Basket (or pillow): new overlay crochet pattern

Indian Star Basket design was inspired by Native American textile and fiber art. I don’t really know if it’s a global trend at the moment, but I have noticed that today more and more designing companies (making clothes and interior accessories) look into the “tribal” theme. I can see lots of geometry in today’s design. I browsed images on Pinterest and fell in love with these geometrical ornaments. And decided to create something myself.
Indian Star Basket overlay crochet pattern can be also used to make a pillow throw or a small pouch. Original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Just to make it clear, I didn’t intend to recreate real Native American patterns or symbols. And my own design doesn’t have any deep meaning. It’s just a colorful ornament I had fun with.

My first idea was to create a basket. Baskets and other containers, boxes are always good. They help to keep yarn and wips in order, they can be used in the kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms in the kids rooms. They help to organize everyday’s chaos and at the same time add beautiful colorful accents to our interiors.
Indian Star Basket overlay crochet pattern can be also used to make a pillow throw or a small pouch. Original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

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Indian Star Basket is made in overlay crochet technique with lots of front post stitches which give it a nice structure and create ornamental pattern on the plain background. The basket’s size can be easily adjusted, and you can make a smaller/taller one (which can also serve as a crochet vase), or wider and bigger.

Indian Star Basket pattern is available in my Ravelry store HERE on Etsy HERE with 30% discount through Monday, May 29 (no coupon code needed)

So that basket keeps its shape well and its sides don’t collapse (it’s important especially for large pieces) it is recommended to line it with a sturdy fabric. One the testers, Lori Baran, who helped me to polish the pattern, used old jeans fabric to line her basket. And it worked out just great!
Indian Star Basket overlay crochet pattern can be also used to make a pillow throw or a small pouch. Original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Stiff and sturdy yarns are recommended since it’s a basket and it should be sturdy. I used Bloom (worsted yarn) by Scheepjes, which is 100% cotton and comes in a range of bright and happy colors. You can check this yarn in local Scheepjes shops, at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores*. 4.5mm Amour Clover hook* worked best for me but you can of course choose any other size which will give you acceptable gauge.






As I mentioned, Indian Star overlay crochet pattern can be used not only for baskets. When my own basket was finished I thought it might be nice to try the same pattern for a pillow. It is worked in the same way as the basket (in rounds) but the bottom part is skipped. To save yarn I only made star ornaments on the front of my new pillow throw. And the rest was crocheted with just single crochet stitches (US term) and ribbed stripes.
Indian Star Basket overlay crochet pattern can be also used to make a pillow throw or a small pouch. Original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

A complete tutorial about how to make a pillow is also included to the pattern. I used Soft Fun* (DK) yarn by Scheepjes and 4mm (G) crochet hook, and the pillow turned to be approx. 40cm/16” large.
Indian Star Basket overlay crochet pattern can be also used to make a pillow throw or a small pouch. Original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

After pillow throw was ready I thought why not to try something with just ribbed stripes. And this is how my make-up pouch was created. I just followed instructions for ribbed stripe and crocheted in round. When the desired height was reached, I sew the bottom with tapestry needle and yarn in same color as first rounds and inserted a zip into the upped edge (same as for pillow). Ta-daaah! Here it is!
Indian Star Basket overlay crochet pattern can be also used to make a pillow throw or a small pouch. Original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I just love when crochet patterns can be used in many ways and I always try to adjust my own patterns. And I think Indian Star Basket is a very nice example.

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About Indian Star Basket pattern in brief:

  • Level: Intermediate (front post stitches)
  • Materials: Worsted yarn in 4 colours (Bloom by Scheepjes), 4.5mm Amour Clover crochet hook*, stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle to weave in ends and assemble toy.
You can find Bloom yarn at Wool Warehouse (HERE*), Deramores (HERE*) and your local Scheepjes shops.
  • Size: The size of the finished basket/pillow depends on the yarn and hook you use. My basket is approx. 82cm/32in in circumference - 25cm/10in wide across the bottom, and 21cm/8 ½ in high. The pilllow is approx. 40cm/16” large.
  • Language: English
  • Instructions: US crochet terms and abbreviations (including complete stitch guide), written instructions, step-by-step pictures showing how to make each detail and put the toy together. 
  • Indian Star Basket pattern is available in my Ravelry store HERE and on Etsy HERE.
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Feeling Tropical? New Issue of YARN book-a-zine: review

New issue of YARN book-a-zine by Scheepjes* is here again. This time it’s all about colors and textures. And is called Tropical Issue. My own pouf design was also included together with 14 other crochet, knitting and sewing patterns. Excited? I am!
YARN book-a-zine - Tropical Issue, by Scheepjes

YARN book-a-zine is a publication by Scheepjes which combines the features of a magazine and a book. Impressive style, quality mat paper, perfect pictures and exclusive patterns – it’s all is about YARN. It is released twice a year, always with a new theme. You can check overviews of two previous Sea Issue and Midnight Garden Issue HERE on my blog.

I can’t tell how much excited I am to be a part of this project together with other Scheepjes bloggers – crochet and knit designers and just wonderful and friendly ladies. We, as you, readers, don’t know anything about coming issue of YARN before it’s actually released. We are teased with sneak peeks and are dying to see it all for real. And every time it’s a great surprise.

YARN book-a-zine - Tropical Issue, by Scheepjes
Summer Cover-up by Sarah Knight

New Topical Issue includes 15 crochet, knitting and sewing patterns. But inside you will find more than that. YARN 3 introduces textile artist Kaffe Fassett and designing Studio Roof. You will learn about the art of ribbon embroidery (with a list of recommended books to start mastering this craft) and history of scissors! How many pairs of scissors do you have? Did you know that to obtain a perfect result you should choose a certain type of scissors for every craft? And finally YARN 3 gives an insight into creative personality of Christa Veenstra, a crochet designer behind TheCurioCraftsRoom.
YARN book-a-zine - Tropical Issue, by Scheepjes

My own contribution is a crochet pattern for a Tropical Flower Pouf. Based on a textured mandala design it will add a pop of color to any interior. The pouf is reversible with different order of colors for each mandala on top and the bottom. Practical handles on the sides make it very easy to move the pouf around the place. And of course, the pouf can be made in any color palette! I used Bloom yarn* by Scheepjes, which is also one of my favorites. Being 100% cotton with a nice stiffness it comes in a range of bright and happy shades.
YARN book-a-zine - Tropical Issue, by Scheepjes

I am not going to show you each and every design included into a newest YARN issue (let it be a little surprise, but I can guarantee you will not be disappointed). But I just have to tell about my own favorites.

Pina Colada Shawl by Nerissa Muijs (Miss Neriss)! What do you think? I think it looks fantastic. With simple lines and semi-colored shades. I haven’t seen it in person but I know how Secret Garden yarn looks and feels, and I can just imagine what a joy is to wear this shawl. It’s definitely on my to-do list.
YARN book-a-zine - Tropical Issue, by Scheepjes

Amazon Blanket by Rachele Carmona (Cypress Textiles). Just WOW! I have been following Rachele’s work on Instagram for a while and I am impressed what everything she is able to make with small crochet motifs of different shapes. And at what incredible speed new blankets are born. I am not sure I personally can make anything like this, even following the pattern. As I will probably lack patience to produce so many small pieces and join them together. But I would not mind if someone made this blanket for me as a gift! (dreaming, dreaming…)
YARN book-a-zine - Tropical Issue, by Scheepjes

Want to see more? Tropical Issue of YARN book-a-zine is available in your local Scheepjes stores, at Wool Warehouse* (in UK with international shipping), Knotty House (Canada)* and should be soon available at Loveknitting* (for US only).

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NORI Dress: FREE crochet pattern

Nori Dress free crochet pattern is here. I’ve spent last three days covered with math, and I made more calculations than in all my designing life, I think! I got many requests about different sizes and I tried to do my best to please everyone. Yarns with one long gradient change of colour will work best for this pattern. But you can use any other Fingering yarn. If you missed my previous posts, please, click HERE to see more pictures of the finished dress.

Nori dress - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet.com

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Překlad návodu do češtiny je ZDE.

Materials


  • Scheepjes Whirl (60% cotton, 40% acrylic 225g/1000m)
Shade 754 Green Tea Tipple x 2 balls (yarn amount is only valid for size S/M and given length. If you want to make a bigger size you will probably need more yarn, or your dress/top will be shorter. Yarn amounts for other sizes than S/M were NOT tested)

Whirl yarn is available in local Scheepjes stores and from large international retailers: Wool Warehouse HERE*, Deramores HERE*, Knotty House (Canada) HERE*.
  •  3.25mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle to weave in tails
Nori dress - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet.com

Level:  Beginner


Gauge

20 sts and 10 rows to 10 x 10cm (4” x 4”) over double crochet stitches using 3.25mm hook and Fingering yarn






Finished size


Whirl dress is designed with a slight oversized effect. Please, carefully choose the size. Instructions for larger sizes are given in brackets.

S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL)
To fit bust/chest 81-107cm/32-42” (108-117cm/42.5-46”, 122-136/48-53.5”)
Actual bust/chest 114cm/45” (126cm/49.5”, 138cm/54”)
Actual length 112cm/44”. This length is valid only for S/M size and 2 cakes of Whirl yarn. If you would like to get same length for bigger sizes, you will need 3 cakes of Whirl yarn.


Abbreviations (US crochet terms)


US standard abbreviations are used in this pattern. But if you are used to other terms, please check this Crochet Translation Project which might be helpful in translation to your native language.

ch chain stitch
dc double crochet
ss slip stitch
RS right side
WS wrong side
yrh yarn round hook
NJ needle join, or "invisible join" (check tutorial HERE)

Nori dress - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet.com

Pattern Notes



Each part of yoke (front and back) is worked with 1 ball of Whirl yarn, then after sides are joined together the work is continued in round with alternation of two balls "as-you-go" (marked as yarn A and B in the pattern) as stated in the pattern.

Ch2 in the beginning of each row/round doesn’t count as st. So first dc is made in same st as join (unless otherwise stated in the pattern).

Changing yarn. Because dress is worked with two alternating balls, the floats of yarn can appear on wrong side. To minimize this effect, when making ch5 in the beginning of the round – make each ch with new yarn (see pictures below).

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INSTRUCTIONS

Copyright LillaBjornCrochet 2017. All rights reserved. This pattern is for unlimited personal use only. Do not reproduce or sell the pattern. The pattern may not be translated other than for persoanl use, copied in any way (print or digitally), in part or in full. Items may be sold that are made from this pattern as long as the designer is credited. Shop owners, if you wish to make a kit with yarn using this pattern, please request permission and copyright details from me before offering any kits for sale. Please, read Copyright page for more information.

Yoke


With yarn A ch156 (ch180, ch204), join with ss in 1st ch.

Foundation Round 1 (RS) Ch2 (does not count as st here and throughout), 1dc in same ch as join, 1dc in each of next 155ch (179ch, 203ch), join with ss on top of 1st dc – 156 (180, 204) sts.

Foundation Round 2 Continue with yarn A.

Ch5 (counts as 1dc and ch2-sp), skip st at a base of ch and next st, *1dc in next st, ch2, skip next st* repeat around, ss in 3rd ch in the beg of round – 78 (90, 102) dc, 78 (90, 102) ch2-sps
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Now front and back of yoke will be worked separately in back and forth.

Front


All rows are worked with Yarn A. Ch2 in the beg of each row doesn’t count as dc, so 1st dc is made in 1st st of previous row.

!!Important Note:!!! On this and ALL NEXT ODD rounds every ch2-sp of previous row/rnd counts as st. So each dc and increase is either made in dc or ch2-sp.

Row 1 (RS). Ch2, 11(13, 13) dc, 2dc in next sp, [10 (12, 14) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 5 times, 12 (12, 14) dc, turn – 85 (97, 109) dc
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Row 2 (WS). Ch5 (counts as 1dc and ch2-sp here and throughout), skip same as at a base of ch and next st, [ch2, skip 1 st, 1dc in next st] repeat to end, turn – 43 (49, 55) dc, 42 (48, 54) ch2-sps
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Row 3. Note: Last dc on this and next odd rows is made in 3rd ch of last ch5-sp

            Ch2, 1dc in each st/sp – 85 (97, 109) dc
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Row 4. As Row 2
Row 5. Ch2, 12 (13, 14) dc, 2dc in next sp, [11 (13, 15) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 5 times, 12 (13, 14) dc, turn – 91 (103, 115) dc
Row 6. As Row 2 – 46 (52, 58) dc, 45 (51, 57) ch2-sps
Row 7. As Row 3 – 91 (103, 115) dc
Row 8. As Row 2 – 46 (52, 58) dc, 45 (51, 57) ch2-sps
Row 9. Ch2, 13 (13, 15) dc, 2dc in next sp, [12 (14, 16) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 5 times, 12 (14, 14) dc, turn – 97 (109, 121) dc
Row 10. As Row 2 – 49 (55, 61) dc, 48 (54, 60) ch2-sps
Row 11. As Row 3 – 97 (109, 121) dc
Row 12. As Row 2 – 49 (55, 61) dc, 48 (54, 60) ch2-sps
Row 13. Ch2, 13 (14, 15) dc, 2dc in next sp/st, [13 (15, 17) dc, 2dc in next sp/st] 5 times, 13 (14, 15) dc, turn – 103 (115, 127) dc
Row 14. As Row 2 – 52 (58, 64) dc, 51 (57, 63) ch2-sps
Row 15. As Row 3 – 103 (115, 127) dc
Row 16. As Row 2 – 52 (58, 64) dc, 51 (57, 63) ch2-sps
Row 17. Ch2, 14 (15, 16) dc, 2dc in next st/sp, [14 (16, 18) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 5 times, 13 (14, 15) dc, turn – 109 (121, 133) dc
Row 18. As Row 2 – 55 (61, 67) dc, 54 (60, 66) ch2-sps
Row 19. As Row 3 – 109 (121, 133) dc
Row 20. As Row 2 – 55 (61, 67) dc, 54 (60, 66) ch2-sps
Row 21. Ch2, 14 (15, 16) dc, 2dc in next sp, [15 (17, 19) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 5 times, 14 (15, 16) dc, turn – 115 (127, 139) dc
Row 22. As Row 2, do not fasten off (secure loop from unravel)! – 58 (64, 70) dc, 57 (63, 69) ch2-sps


Optional (to prevent neck opening from stretching): With Yarn B work around neck opening with slip stitches, join with NJ in 1st ss, fasten off. Don’t work too tight so that slip stitches don’t pull.
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Back


Attach Yarn B with ss in same st of Foundation row 2 where last dc of Row 1 of front was made.

Repeat Rows 1-21 as for Front. (On Row 1 last dc is made in same st of Foundation Row 2 where 1st dc of Front was made).
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Row 22. As Row 2. Line Front and Back together with WS facing you and make ss (on WS) in 3rd ch of ch5-sp in the corner (bottom) of Front to join Front and Back together, turn.

In the pictures below you will see yarn in 2 colors. Yarn A (front of Yoke) is white and Yarn B (Back) is green.
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Bottom of the Dress


Bottom of the dress is worked in rounds on RS.

Rnd 23 (RS). Continue with yarn B. Ch2, 1dc in 1st dc of Back, 113 (125, 137) dc, 1dc in both 3rd ch of last space on Back and 1st dc of Front, 113 (125, 137) dc, ss on top of 1st dc – 228 (252, 276) dc.
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Rnd 24. Ch5 (counts as 1dc and ch2-sp), skip st at a base of ch and next st, *1dc in next st, ch2, skip next st* repeat around, ss in 3rd ch in the beg of round, fasten off – 114 (126, 138) dc, 114 (126, 138) ch2-sps

Armholes of your dress are now finished. If they are too big, sew sides together (from bottom to top) using tapestry needle and Yarn B to desired size.
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Then attach Yarn B with ss into the seam of the armhole, make ch1 and work with sc evenly around armhole. Join with ss in 1st sc (or NJ for invisible join), fasten off. 
Nori dress - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet.com

Repeat for another armhole.

Rnd 25. Insert hook on top of dc nearest to loop of Yarn A (yarn is behind work) and pull a loop through top of dc.
Ch2, [18 (20, 22) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 240 (264, 288) dc
Nori dress - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet.com

Rnd 26. Continue with Yarn A. As Rnd 24 – 120 (132, 144) dc, 120 (132, 144) ch2-sps
Rnd 27. Change to Yarn B. Ch2, 240 (264, 288) dc, ss on top of 1st dc – 240 (264, 288) dc
Rnd 28. Continue with Yarn B. As Rnd 24 – 120 (132, 144) dc, 120 (132, 144) ch2-sps
Rnd 29. Change to Yarn A. Ch2, [19 (21, 23) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 252 (276, 300) dc
Rnd 30. Continue with Yarn A. As Rnd 24 – 126 (138, 150) dc, 126 (138, 150) ch2-sps
Rnd 31. Change to Yarn B. Ch2, 252 (276, 300) dc, ss on top of 1st dc – 252 (276, 300) dc
Rnd 32. Continue with Yarn B. As Rnd 24 – 126 (138, 150) dc, 126 (138, 150) ch2-sps

On all next Rnds (to end) change yarn after every Rnd.

Rnd 33. Change to Yarn A. Ch2, [20 (22, 24) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 264 (288, 312) dc
Rnd 34. As Rnd 24 – 132 (144, 156) dc, 132 (144, 156) ch2-sps
Rnd 35-37. Ss in next sp, ch5, [1dc in next sp, ch2] repeat till end, finish with ss in 3rd ch in the beg of the round – 132 (144, 156) dc and 132 (144, 156) ch2-sps (after Rnd 37)
Nori dress - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet.com

Repeat Rnds 33-37 till you reach desired length. In every repeat of Rnd 33 increase the number of dc in each repeat by one (see example below - increased amounts of dc are underlined!):

Rnd 38. As Rnd 33 +1dc in each repeat
Ch2, [21 (23, 25) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 276 (300, 324) dc
Rnds 39-42. As Rnds 34-37 - 138 (150, 162) dc, 138 (150, 162) ch2-sps (after Rnd 42)

Rnd 43. As Rnd 33 +2dc in each repeat
Ch2, [22 (24, 26) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 288 (312, 336) dc
Rnds 44-47. As Rnds 34-37 - 144 (156, 168) dc, 144 (156, 168) ch2-sps (after Rnd 47)

Rnd 48. As Rnd 33 +3dc in each repeat
Ch2, [23 (25, 27) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 300 (324, 348) dc
Rnds 49-52. As Rnds 34-37 - 150 (162, 174) dc, 150 (162, 174) ch2-sps (after Rnd 52)

Rnd 53. As Rnd 33 +4dc in each repeat
Ch2, [24 (26, 28) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 312 (336, 360) dc
Rnds 54-57. As Rnds 34-37 - 156 (168, 180) dc, 156 (168, 180) ch2-sps (after Rnd 57)

Rnd 58. As Rnd 33 +5dc in each repeat
Ch2, [25 (27, 29) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 324 (348, 372) dc
Rnds 59-62. As Rnds 34-37 - 162 (174, 186) dc, 162 (174, 186) ch2-sps (after Rnd 62)

Rnd 63. As Rnd 33 +6dc in each repeat
Ch2, [26 (28, 30) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 336 (360, 384) dc
Rnds 64-67. As Rnds 34-37 – 168 (180, 192) dc, 168 (180, 192) ch2-sps (after Rnd 67)

Rnd 68. As Rnd 33 +7dc in each repeat
Ch2, [27 (29, 31) dc, 2dc in next st/sp] 12 times, ss on top of 1st dc. – 348 (372, 396) dc
Rnds 69-72. As Rnds 34-37 - 174 (186, 198) dc, 174 (186, 198) ch2-sps (after Rnd 72)

If at some point you run out of yarn but would like to make a longer dress, attach third cake of Whirl - use end of the same color as last rounds of your dress. This will help to keep the colour change gradient, but in another direction.

Next Rnd after you reach desired length: Ch2, 1dc in each st and sp, ss in top of 1st dc.

Next Rnd: repeat Rnd 24.
Next Rnd: *ch3, ss in next dc* to the end, fasten off, weave ends. Block to measurements.

Ta-dah!!! Your Whirl Dress is now finished!!!

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