Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: General Information

Welcome to Spirits of Life Wrap CAL! First part will be released next week already. On Wednesday, October 18th to be precise. And now it’s the right time to give all details about the CAL, materials, gauge and everything. I’ve tried to make this blog post as short as possible. So please (!) read carefully through every paragraph not to miss anything.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: General information. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes


Introduction


Spirits of Life Wrap CAL was inspired by Native American fiber and textile art. It consists of several parts worked in different styles and crochet techniques. The wrap comes in three colorways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. You can see more pictures of the wrap HERE. Spirits of Life Wrap CAL was kindly sponsored by Scheepjes who produced and nicely packed official kits.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate (see paragraph about techniques)

Size: approx. 63cm x 180cm rectangle

Materials: Fingering/Sport yarn, 3.25mm (D) crochet hook. I used two different Scheepjes yarns – Spirit and Catona – in 8 corresponding shades (see paragraph about Materials) and Amour Clover Hook*.

IMPORTANT: Please, be aware that all my patterns (free or paid) are protected by copyright. You are not allowed to copy, reproduce, redistribute, sell and edit them in part or as a whole. You are welcome to sell your finished items made by my patterns, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as the designer of these patterns. You are not allowed to share pdf-files created from my posts with anyone. If you would like more people to join my CAL – please, share a link to my blog with them. You are not allowed to make video-tutorials using Spirits of Life CAL patterns. Please, check Copyright page for more information.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: General information. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

Resources:


  • Tutorials. Each new Part (details written instructions with pictures) will be released weekly here on my blog. Around 10am (Easten European time). The patterns will be forever free with life-time access.
  • PDF. Each part will be available as a downloadable pdf file – in several languages. Additionally a new blog post will be published every week (in English), explaining general things about the pattern. You can use a green Print-Friendly button (at the bottom of every post on my blog) to convert blog post into a pdf-file to print it out. If you wish. If you are not sure how to use this button, please, check a very helpful tutorial HERE. ALSO, please feel free to use a TRANSLATE button on my blog to automatically translate texts to your own language.
  • Video. Every written tutorial will be accompanied by video on my YouTube channel HERE. All video’s will be also inserted in the blog posts, so no need to search for them separately. But you can subscribe to my channel to be up to date! Please, note that video’s are meant as an additional help to understand written patterns. They partially illustrate the most tricky places.
  • Newsletter. If you haven’t done this yet, be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter not to miss a single part of this CAL. I also offer a free pattern of Macaron Pin Cushion exclusively to my subscribers. If you have some problems with subscribing, please feel free to do it on any page of my blog.
  • Ravelry. Please, add this CAL to your Ravelry queue. You can also join my official group on Ravelry where the information about each tutorial will be published and where you can also share your finished projects or ask questions.
  • Facebook. Don’t forget to join my Facebook club. And be sure to join Official CCC Social Group which will host this CAL and where you will find necessary support and can ask questions.
  • Pinterest. I’ve created a new board on Pinterest HERE where all the tutorials of this CAL will be added after being published on my blog.
  • Instagram. Please use hashtag #SpiritsOfLifeCAL along with the pictures of your projects on Instagram. So that we all can find them and admire :)
  • Languages. This CAL will be translated into Dutch, German, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, French, Russian, Portuguese, Norwegian, Afrikaans, Polish, Czech and Hebrew.
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: General information. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

 

Materials: Yarn and Hook


As already mentioned, I used Spirit and Catona yarn by Scheepjes (reviewed HERE and HERE) in 8 corresponding shades. If you want to have all yarn in one place, you can order an official kit (still in stock at the time of posting). Read more about kits HERE.

Spirits of Life Wrap kits are available for purchase in local Scheepjes stores and via international retailers, such as Wool Warehouse HERE and Deramores HERE (both located in UK with international shipping), Lovektnitting HERE (US) and Knotty House HERE (Canada).

If you would like to support me and my blog, please, purchase the kits via links provided above. These links are affiliate, and I might be compensated with a tiny amount from each order. While you will not pay anything extra. Thank you in advance! :)

You can also purchase the skeins separately or use your own stash. Please, check exact yardages in the image below.

3.25mm (D) crochet hook is recommeded, but because your style of crochet might differ, you may need to go one or two sizes up or down. Please, make a swatch and see how it goes. Then you know which exactly hook you need. 
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: General information. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes


 

Gauge


This part is probably the most important! The gauge for Spirits of Life CAL is:

20 stitches x 16 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) with one row of double crochet and one row of single crochet (US terms). In other words, every 2 rows should measure approx. 1.25cm (1/2”) in height.

The gauge is valid for both Spirit and Catona. But because Spirit is a little bit difficult to frog, maybe you should practice with Catona. But the CAL will begin with Spirit yarn. And first several rows will give your wrap necessary width.

PLEASE (!!!) take your time to practice and obtain as closest gauge as possible. I do understand that everyone has his/her own style of crochet. But Spirits of Life Warp was designed around certain gauge. The entire pattern is worked in different directions: from bottom to top, in squares, with C2C panels which are crocheted diagonally. And gauge is important for all parts to fit perfectly, so that in the end you get and ideal rectangle shape.

If your gauge is off, you will obviously need more yarn, and you will probably need to block every part more “aggressively” to fit given measurements. And if your gauge is totally off – you will need to improvise…:)

Please, don’t be scared, or worried, or concerned too much. It’s not that difficult to correct your gauge. Please watch this video by Esther Dijkstra explaining what “golden loop” is and what impact it has on the height of the stitches.


If your sample is getting too high, while completing the stitches you need to lift every loop a little bit less than you usually do, and that should help your stitches to become shorter. And vise verse for too short stitches.

If you can’t do anything about the gauge – please make sure it is bigger or smaller proportionally. It means if you sample is higher, it should also be wider. Then there is a better chance all parts will fit together well. But again, you will need more yarn.

In Part 1 I will give you exact amounts of each shade used for every part. PLEASE, carefully take notes about your own yarns to be on track. But I will also come back to this later, when Part 1 is released next week.

Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: General information. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

 

Techniques


Three different crochet techniques were used to create Spirits of Life Wrap pattern (exciting, right?): Overlay crochet, Mosaic crochet and Corner-to-corner crochet (C2C). I would highly recommend you to check Important Notes HERE (in different languages) and try making a small sample in every technique. Please, use your stash (not the kit yarn) to practice!
Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: General information. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

Spirits of Life CAL Timeline


(Links to all the tutorials as they become available)

Part 1    October 18th, 2017
Part 2    October 25th, 2017
Part 3    November 1st, 2017
Part 4    November 8th, 2017
Part 5    November 15th, 2017
Part 6    November 22nd, 2017
Part 7    November 29th, 2017
Part 8    December 6th, 2017
Part 9    December 13th, 2017

And that’s it! See you next week!

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Spirits of Life GIVEAWAY: the Winner!

I can’t even tell you how excited I am. Thank you very much for the love and attention you gave my newborn YouTube channel. And thank you very much to everyone who participated in the giveaway. 1627 unique comments! And even more on my blog, Facebook page and in other groups. I feel truly loved! THANK YOU!
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The giveaway was closed just an hour ago, and I already have the name of the winner. It was automatically selected from the unique comments left below presentation video on YouTube. And the winner is…. KREATIV TULLE with the comment: “So pretty. Can’t wait to try these tecnics”. Congratulations!! If you read this, please contact me with your address details so that I could ship the kit. And I am very excited to know which country it will be. :)

I am hugging all of you. I felt your love, and your comments inspired me a lot! Yesterday I was making new video’s (since the beggining of the CAL is so soon!!), and will make them today! Thanks to your support I now feel much more confident. I feel like I can do it!

Later this week new details about Spirits of Life CAL will be released. I will give you all information in order you can finally start swatching.

See you soon!

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Spirits of Life CAL: GIVEAWAY!

As already mentioned in the latest blog post HERE Spirits of Life kits have arrived to stores and are already available for purchase. Scheepjes kindly shipped me Spirit of the Volcano kit to write an “open the box” blog post. But unfortunately it arrived too late, at the time when kits announcement was LIVE already. I thought it’s a pity to open such a beautiful box, and instead I’ve come up with a better idea! A Giveaway!
Spirits of Life CAL_kits and giveaway

I am constantly receiving private messages and e-mails asking if there will be a video support for Spirits of Life Wrap CAL. And today I am not only happy to say YES! But also to introduce my brand new channel launched literally yesterday. Come and see my first ever video HERE introducing the CAL.

To be honest, I have always thought I will never ever make any video in my life. I am so afraid of technology, and very often I feel like I can’t find common language with it. But when a new CAL idea came to my mind 9 months ago, I thought: Well, I will probably have to learn making videos. No more excuses here. And today (YAY!) I have uploaded my first video.

I still have to go a long way to make my channel something nice and useful. But now when I know how to use my camera and how to edit video clips – everything feels much easier. So at the moment and in next weeks before the CAL I will be putting video instructions together and I hope you will find them helpful. I also plan to add more videos in the future featuring crochet tips, tricks and (of course!) video tutorials for my patterns. A few ideas have been queued already.
Spirits of Life CAL_kits and giveaway

***UPDATE: the Giveaway is CLOSED and winner will be announced shortly.***  So GIVEAWAY! If you would like to win a Spirits of Life Volcano kit, please, a) subscribe to Lilla Bjorn YouTube channel and b) leave a comment below THIS presentation video - on YouTube (not on my blog).

The Giveaway will run through Monday, October 9th, 2017. And the winner will be randomly chosen and announced the next day.
Spirits of Life CAL_kits and giveaway

Please, note that this giveaway is open to people worldwide but I will be shipping the kit myself from Europe. It means it will take it longer to be delivered to remote parts of the world and you might not receive it just on time when Spirits of Life CAL begins. And just to remind you, it will happen on October 18th. Pretty soon!

Spirits of Life Wrap kits are available for purchase in local Scheepjes stores and via international retailers, such as Wool Warehouse HERE* and Deramores HERE* (both located in UK with international shipping), Lovektnitting HERE* (US) and Knotty House HERE* (Canada).

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Spirits of Life Kits Arrive!

It was a long wait… and finally kits for Spirits of Life CAL have started to arrive to participating stores worldwide and should be available for purchase on October 6th, 2017 at latest. But some shops are selling kits right now! So if you are interested in buying one, please, contact your nearest Scheepjes shop or check international retailers asap!
Kits for Spirits of Life Wrap CAL come in three colorways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

What is Spirits of Life CAL about?


Just to remind, Spirits of Life CAL will begin on October 18th, 2017. It will be about large rectangle wrap inspired by Native American textile and fibre art. Check THIS post to read more details about the project and to see the pictures. And if you would like to join, don’t forget to read Important Notes HERE (ideally before you actually purchase the kit!).

The CAL will be free! Every new part will be published weekly on my blog here. There is no official sign up for the CAL, but you can subscribe to my blog for any future updates about the CAL and other designs from Lilla Björn.
Kits for Spirits of Life Wrap CAL come in three colorways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com




 Spirits of Life Wrap CAL was kindly sponsored by Scheepjes. And just to prevent your doubts – no, it’s not an official Scheepjes CAL. But it was designed and prepared in collaboration with Scheepjes who produced and nicely packed yarn kits.
Kits for Spirits of Life Wrap CAL come in three colorways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

What’s inside the kit?


I chose two different yarns for this project, as I think they play together perfectly. And they also translate a certain mood. It’s Spirit and Catona (reviewed HERE and HERE). These yarns are very different in look and feel, but together they create a very light, warm, draping and textured fabric.

Spirits of Life CAL comes in three colorways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Each of them contains 4 shades of Spirit and 4 corresponding shades of Catona.
Kits for Spirits of Life Wrap CAL come in three colorways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

You will also find a ring inside the kit which we will use for a bonus project with yarn leftovers. Exciting? …But I cannot give you any further details on this… Let’s keep it a secret!
Kits for Spirits of Life Wrap CAL come in three colorways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com


Where to find the kit?


If you would like to support me and my blog, please, purchase the kits via links provided below. These links are affiliate, and I might be compensated with a tiny amount from each order. While you will not pay anything extra. Thank you in advance! :)

Spirits of Life Wrap kits are available for purchase in local Scheepjes stores and via international retailers, such as Wool Warehouse HERE and Deramores HERE (both located in UK with international shipping), Lovektnitting HERE (US) and Knotty House HERE (Canada).
Kits for Spirits of Life Wrap CAL come in three colorways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

And if you are in UK you might be excited to know that Black Sheep Wools will be selling Spirits of Life kits (lots of them and in different colors!!!) at Alexandra Palace event in London next weekend – 11-15th of October, 2017 (stand C15). Come and join!

UPDATE: if you would like to create your own color combination, here are yardages used for every color in every kit. I know many of you were waiting for them. Thank you very much for patience! But please note that if you decide to use different yarn your amounts will be different, too!


Kits for Spirits of Life Wrap CAL come in three colorways: Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Originally designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Next week I will give general information about Spirits of Life CAL with complete details about materials, gauge, resources and other. See you then!

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A Different Granny Square: overlay and draping!

For me crochet design is about colors, stitches and shapes. And shape is probably the first thing I decide about, then choice of the colors comes, and then a perfect combination of stitches is looked for. There are quite a few shapes used in crochet design (and with freeform crochet you can basically create any shape at all): circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, octagons… But in my opinion square shape is the most basic and widely used. What do we try first when we want to learn crochet? A granny square, of course! It teaches us how to crochet flat and in round, how to join rounds and how to make increases in the corners. Granny squares use basic crochet stitches, but crochet squares can be more than that!
A Different Granny Square uses overlay crochet technique with very soft and draping background. Perfect for blanket! Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

When I started to design crochet three years ago I looked into round shapes and overlay technique. I have created several mandala’s (Dandelion, Joana’s, Spanish, Sunny, Labyrinth) which can be either enlarged into bigger circles or squared up with Dandelion Border. I’ve always thought about mandala’s as round pillows, chair pads, pillow decorations, maybe. But I was amazed by the amount of blankets people have created using overlay crochet mandalas. Look at Sophie Loves Lilla Bjorn Winter Blanket (by Emma Aldous), or Celtic Mandala Blanket (by Laura, aka @Taemombo on Ravelry), for example.
A Different Granny Square uses overlay crochet technique with very soft and draping background. Perfect for blanket! Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Generally pieces created in overlay crochet are quite stiff, because background is worked with single crochet stitches and long, complex stitches are added above. Unless very soft and draping yarn is used, entire blankets in overlay crochet might feel too stiff and heavy. And I was wondering how it is possible to solve this “problem”.
A Different Granny Square uses overlay crochet technique with very soft and draping background. Perfect for blanket! Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

And I came up with an idea of square pattern which uses overlay crochet with a very draping background, and lacy parts. And this is how A Different Granny Square pattern was born. It is already available for purchase via Ravelry (HERE) and Etsy (HERE) and is offered with 30% discount through Monday, October 2, 2017 (no coupon code needed). After that date the pattern will be listed at a regular price.





A Different Granny Square uses overlay crochet technique with very soft and draping background. Perfect for blanket! Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

A Different Granny Square consists of three parts: floral center, lacy border and overlay zig-zag border. They give you lots of possibilities to play with sizes. I believe this square is PERFECT for blankets, and I wish I have time in the future to complete one for myself. You can either crochet and join entire squares (each approx. 37cm (14.5in) large when made with DK yarn and 4mm crochet hook). Or another option is to leave out the border and only use central floral motifs which are very draping as well.
A Different Granny Square uses overlay crochet technique with very soft and draping background. Perfect for blanket! Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

You can of course use A Different Granny Square in a variety of other ways: as decorations for pillows and chair pads (with crochet fabric stitched onto the ready foam), as trivets, and other. I have hand stitched one of the squares onto ready fabric throw from IKEA to make a pillow for my friend.

I've made squares in different color palettes and also with one colour only (off white). And all of them play differently. Lori Baran who helped me with test, made her square in solid grey, and it looks amazing!
A Different Granny Square uses overlay crochet technique with very soft and draping background. Perfect for blanket! Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

If you are interested, I used Soft Fun yarn* (DK weight) by Scheepjes and 4mm (G) Amour Clover hook* (my favourite brand and type). For one square you will need approx. 88g of yarn which is almost 2 skeins if only one shade is used. And here are shades for grey and emerald square (you will find all information about “Fall” version of this square in the pattern): Yarn A - 2515, Yarn B - 2532, Yarn C - 2531, Yarn D - 3535, Yarn E - 2466.
A Different Granny Square uses overlay crochet technique with very soft and draping background. Perfect for blanket! Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

The pattern is intermediate. Full version contains lots of detailed pictures so you have no chance to be lost. It doesn’t take long to finish, and finished project can make a wonderful (Christmas?..) gift.

Find A Different Granny Square pattern on Ravelry and Etsy with 30% discount through Monday, October 2 (no coupon code needed).

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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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