Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse: new design

I have been thinking of a coin purse design for quite a long time. I wanted to create a small purse with metal frame and probably mandala medallion. In overlay crochet, of course. I started designing a few times but then put work aside, because finished medallions did speak to me at all. Something you need to be patient and keep your idea for a while. Before it get independent enough to finally be born.
Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse. Original design in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.
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 This summer we made a trip to Crete with the whole family: my husband and our son. It was my first vacation by the warm sea in probably… 20 years. And it was my first visit to Greece as well. We spent long lazy hours on the beach…
 
But suddenly I felt like start crocheting. I was inspired by wonderful Creatan flowers. And decided to make a butterfly medallion with colorful wings. And then when it was finished I thought it might be a nice idea to frame it and make a coin purse. So let me introduce a new design in overlay crochet to you: Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse.
Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse. Original design in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

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The pattern is available HERE on Ravelry and you get 25% off with the code BUTTERFLY. The code is valid through Monday, September 26.

I like small and colorful crochet projects because they are relatively quick to make and help to use up your stash. I used such a small amount of each shade for my Cretan Butterfly Coin Purses, and my leftovers worked very well for this.
Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse. Original design in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

I used 100% cotton Sport weight yarn Catona by Scheepjes*, and 2.5mm (C) Clover Soft touch crochet hook. In my opinion Catona is one of the best yarns for projects in overlay crochet in general. Please, check my review about this yarn HERE. I have used it for a number of my design, for example African Mandala Necklace or Northern Lights Potholder (both pattern are free), and for Oceanic Rose 12” square (available on Ravelry, Etsy and Loveknitting).




 Advantage of Catona yarn is that it comes in balls of 50g and 25g! So with a very good price you can order just the right amount of yarn you need. Catona is available for purchase on Deramores HERE*, Wool Warehouse HERE*, Paradise Fibers (US) HERE* or in your local Scheepjes shop. You will need around 10-12g of yarn for one medallion in total! So it’s around 25g for one coin purse. A really tiny amount.
Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse. Original design in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

At first I wanted to choose 3 shades for my butterfly, but it looked a bit unhappy and boring. So I decided to “color” the edges of her large wings with 4th shade. To add a watercolor effect to the whole design. And I am very pleased with how it worked. You can make both medallions for your coin purse just the same. Or you can change the order of the colors on each side to make it look unique!
Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse. Original design in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

I would recommend to fist finish your butterfly medallion, measure it and then order a coin purse metal frame. Half circles curved frames work best for this pattern. And if you have several sizes to choose from – try bigger frame than small. Just insert your medallion into it and check if it lies flat or curls a little bit. And it you are satisfied with the shape or not.
Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse. Original design in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

The pattern has been thoroughly tested by 8 crafters and after some changes and editing it was approved! The difficulty level is Intermediate. And if you are already familiar with overlay crochet and my other patterns – there will be no problems for you to handle this one. If it’s your first time when you hear about ovelay crochet and you think about yourself as an intermediate crocheter (or you are advanced beginner but happy to learn new things and techniques), please absolutely try this pattern. I would just warn you to be very careful with placement of every stitch and counting. If you like to count – this pattern is right for you!!
Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse. Original design in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

 It may take a bit longer to make the very first medallion. But once you finish it and are familiar with the pattern, next butterflies will be made quickly and smoothly. You will not even notice how you suddenly have lots of nice and colorful Christmas gifts for your friends and relatives!

Each butterfly medallion is 10cm (4") large across. I wonder if this butterfly medallion can also work as a coaster… What do you think?
Cretan Butterfly Coin Purse. Original design in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

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Peacock Tail Bag CAL: Part 6 (Final!!)


Today is the day with very mixed emotions. It’s Wednesday again, and time for last crochet part of Peacock Tail Bag CAL to be released. It feels sad… a little bit. But very happy at the same time, as every day I can browse hundreds of your beautiful peacock bags! And I just enjoy looking at them. Please, don’t stop posting them! Today’s part is probably the easiest but very important. You will finally join front and back of your bag together, add a band and attach D-rings. It also means you can start using your bag at once. Or wait for one more week and line it with fabric.

Peacock Tail Bag CAL, Part 6: joining and adding the band. Free pattern in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

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If it’s the first time you hear about this CAL, please check page with General Information HERE, and also Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

Important Notes



I don’t really have any important notes to share with you today. Maybe just a small remind that you should work quite tight on the band, so that it is stiff enough to keep its shape. It is especially important if you don’t intend to line your bag with fabric.

The band is made with single crochet stitches. If you feel it’s not getting stiff enough – please, change to a smaller hook. I know that for someone it will be a painful pain, as you already work with a smallest possible hook. Don’t worry about it. You can also stay with the same hook. Just do what you are comfortable with.

Tags on Ravelry. Do you know that you can use tags for your projects on Ravelry? They help your projects to pop-up higher in an advanced Ravelry search. If you haven’t attached any tags to your Peacock Tail projects, please, do that. Here are just a few tags you can use: peacock-tail-bag, CAL, bag, overlay, colourwork, phototutoroal…

EDIT: ok! Just decided to add another note. After you join front and back togehter you will notice that they don't fit with the shape at 100%. I did my best to bring the bag's shape to the best possible symmetry... After you add the band everything should work itself out and your bag should look nicely. BUT! Because of your personal crochet style the wings can be much higher than mine. If you feel you don't like it and if you feel like correcting bag's opening, please, TRY first to make a straight line with surface crochet slip stitches (tutorial is HERE) around the bag's opening. And then crochet 1st round of the band in these stitches (and on round 2 you will probably not need to make any hdc). 

Just a small remind. I am using Linen Soft yarn by Scheepjes and 2.75mm (С) Clover Soft Touch hook*. Linen Soft is available for purchase via Wool Warehouse HERE* (international shipping), Paradise Fibers (US) HERE* or in your local Scheepjes shop. Separate bag handles, magnetic clasps and D-rings are available via Wool Warehouse HERE*. Also if you are located in the Netherlands you can purchase ready kit in De Breibar* yarn shop.

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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. If you own a yarn store and would like to sell kits for this CAL - please, contact me for details. You can check Copyright page for more information.

INSTRUCTIONS: PART 6

 

Some translations are delayed but will be added soon. Please, be patient :)


English - US terms
English - UK terms
Afrikaans
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Korean
Persian
Spanish
Swedish

VIDEO for this part was kindly recordered by wonderful Esther from It's All In A Nutshell. Please, see it in end of this post.




Abbreviations (US 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 language.

rnd round
st(s) stitch(es)
sl st slip stitch
ch chain
sc single crochet


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Putting bag together



Before starting to join front and back parts of your bag – carefully weave all yarn tails in (if you haven’t done this before). The edges will look neat if you unweave all slip knots in the beginning of each row.
Peacock Tail Bag CAL, Part 6: joining and adding the band. Free pattern in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

To join front and back parts of your bag, place them together with wrong sides facing and start joining with single crochet using C4 (C6) in sts of row 33 (145 sts in total). Insert the hook through both layers (under 4 loops).
Peacock Tail Bag CAL, Part 6: joining and adding the band. Free pattern in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

Now turn work a quarter and start crocheting around opening of the bag.

Rnd 1. First you will be crocheting on the front part which consists of 3 parts: two “wings” and round center. Work evenly 27sc on first “wing”, then 1sc in each of 15 sts of circle center and 27sc on next “wing”. Sc in joining row on the side and continue on the back part: 27sc, 15sc, 27sc and 1sc in joining row (140 sc in total on round 1). Mark the last stitch and move marker to the last st of each new round as you progress.

Peacock Tail Bag CAL, Part 6: joining and adding the band. Free pattern in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

Rnd 2. On this round you will work with hdc on central part (between beginning and end of row 12). For ease, mark beginning and end of row 12 on front and back.
Working on front: Continue with sc till row 12 (in my case 20sc), continue with hdc till beginning or row 12 (in my case 29 hdc), and then continue with sc till the other side of front (20 sc).
Work on back in the same way as on front.
Peacock Tail Bag CAL, Part 6: joining and adding the band. Free pattern in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

Rnd 3-12. 140 sc around. After rnd 12 join with sl st in next st, fasten off and weave yarn tail in.


Attaching Handles



Make two rectangles with the same yarn as for the band.

Row 1. Ch7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5ch. Turn. (6 sts)
Row 2-10. Ch1 (doesn’t count as st), sc in next 6 sts. Turn (6 sts)

Sc around making 3sc in each corner. Finish with sl st, fasten off leaving 25cm (10”) tail. Pull D ring on a rectangle, fold it and sew to one side of the band using yarn tail. Sew 2nd rectangle to the other side of the band. Weave in all yarn tails.
Peacock Tail Bag CAL, Part 6: joining and adding the band. Free pattern in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

 Congratulations!!! Your new Peacock Tail Bag is now finished!! Your can either start using it already or wait till next week and line it with fabric.

Peacock Tail Bag CAL, Part 6: joining and adding the band. Free pattern in overlay crochet by Lilla Bjorn.

Please, also check video made by Esther from It's All In A Nutshell.


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About Yarn Retreat in Malmö and New Design


Do you remember a small and happy collection of Bloom yarn by Scheepjes I showed you last week? It was traveling with me to Malmö, we both enjoyed this trip very much and new design is almost finished.
Bathmat with Bloom yarn by Scheepjes. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

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If you follow my blog for a while, you might know I have a very special relation with Sweden, and with Malmö. I come here almost every year to visit friends. And it always happens in late August when my birthday is. Last year I created a blanket in the colors of Malmö beach which is called “Birthday in Malmö”. I used wonderful pattern “Summer in Swanage” by Dedri Uys (from Look At What I Made) and just came up with a different color combination. If you missed it, please, read the story behind this blanket HERE (by the way color packs for this blanket are available at Wool Warehouse* with international shipment of order).
Beach in Malmö

I am not really the kind of person who likes to vent and complain, but last few weeks were extremely hard in my life. Several unpleasant and sad things happened one after another and I felt totally damaged and exhausted. I even felt like stop designing at all. Thank you very much for your lovely and kind words and comments you sent me. They encouraged me a lot!

Shortly after Part 4 of Peacock Tail Bag CAL was published, I packed my suitcase, left my husband with a dog and kid at home… And went to Sweden. To switch off. To go to the sea. To recharge. And to become happy again.
Beach in Malmö


This time it was not my birthday, but still I was on time for a birthday cake. My very good friend Fredrik had birthday on the day I arrived. I am not really a public type of a person, and you have probably noticed I don’t share much about my life. But today I feel like telling you something about my friend, who actually inspired me to start designing and to launch my own crochet brand.



It was just one of the times when I came to Malmö. I didn’t have work for several years already, as we moved to Czech Republic from Belarus and I couldn’t find a job as a journalist. So I was staying at home, with not so many friends around. And I was feeling like I become to be “no one”. If you ever felt you are not demanded, and if you ever felt lonely – I totally understand what you felt. As I was in this kind of mood for 4 years.
Trees in Höllviken in Sweden

So once in Malmö we went out for a beer with Fredrik, and I started to vent about how poor and sad my life is and that I don’t know what to do and who to be. I was not a journalist anymore, and I couldn’t get a job as a singer. Absolute failure in everything. And he said: “Well, you are a professional crafter… But this is probably not what you want to be…” And I had a stroke. “Why not?” – I thought.

Later Fredrik and his girlfriend Elly were the first who made a custom order of crocheted pillows and blanket from me. And he was the first who bought a crocheted bear from me. And this is how I started to build my own confidence.
Flowers in Höllviken. Sweden.

Why am I telling all this? I want you to know that even if you feel very bad, and if you can’t find the job, and if you feel like becoming no one – don’t give up! There is for sure something you are very good at. And you can develop yourself in this direction.

…So my trip to Malmö. It was won-der-ful. For the first time I was not staying at my friend’s place but rented a small and very cozy apartment on my own. And I was spending all my days by the sea. Crocheting and absolutely switched off. I was watching people swimming, playing with the kids on the beach and walking the dogs. And I envied every single dog that it can come to the beach every day and not just once in a year, as me.
Beach in Malmö

I’ve made a lot of progress on my new project. As you may know, it will be a bathmat. I used two shades of pink-purple, two shades of blue and grey. And I know that I am in love with Bloom yarn by Scheepjes. If you haven’t tried it yet – please, read my review HERE. And Bloom can be found at WoolWarehouse* HERE, Deramores* HERE and Paradise Fibers* HERE, or in your local Scheepjes shop.
Bathmat with Bloom yarn by Scheepjes. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

My favourite part of Malmö is called Västra Hamnen. It’s an area by the sea where famous Turning Torso building is situated. And from here you also have a wonderful view on Örresund Bridge. I was coming here every morning, had a cup of coffee at a café and then was sitting for hours with my crochet. At some point one skein of blue didn’t want to be pictured and jumped to the sea, and I couldn’t continue to grow my project. So instead I was sleeping on the beach and took the walks making friends with local dogs.
 
I can’t really remember how many times I was in Malmö. But surprisingly it was the first time I saw the sunset by the sea. First time in 14 years. And it was amazing. How I wish I could swim…
Sunset by the sea in Malmö

Here is a short video from my last day in Malmö. :) And I will be back next year...

video

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Peacock Tail Bag CAL: Part 5

You know what? I almost forgot it’s Wednesday today and I should publish Part 5 of the Peacock Tail Bag CAL for you. I checked my e-mail box in the morning and saw files with translations, and I almost had a heart attack! But luckily there were still 2 hours to prepare everything, so here it is!! If it’s first time you hear about this CAL – please, check general information HERE and also Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

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I have a good excuse for having bad memory though. Yesterday I returned from Sweden, where I spent almost 5 days – all of them sitting by the sea for long-long hours. Totally switched off. I thank you very much for support and lovely comments you gave me last week. They helped me a lot. Shortly after Part 4 was published, I packed my suitcase, left my husband with a kid and a dog and went to Malmö. You might know I have a very special relation with this place, and it already became a tradition to come there every year in late August-early September. I will for sure tell you more about my trip. But now it’s probably better to come back to the CAL.


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Important Notes


1. Yardages and Colors. Today’s part is final before the bag will be joined and put together. So after you finish Part 5 you will know exactly the size of your bag. If your gauge was off and you put back part aside for a while to see how much yarn in each shade will be left, now you can finish both front and back. You should have plenty of C4 and C6 left – and you will use it for the band next week.

2. Special techniques. You will work with short rows on this part – please, be careful when you count the stitches to place 1st stitch of every row correctly. You will attach new yarn by simply pulling a loop in indicated stitch and making ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch). And each row will be finished with a slip stitch.Please, use “modified clusters” again. Tutorial is HERE.

3. Shape and “cupping”. On this part both your back and front will start “cupping” at the bottom. Don’t worry – this is on purpose: to shape the bag’s bottom nicely.

4. Wings and symmetry. You may have already noticed, that wings of you bag are not 100% symmetrical. I tried very hard to bring them to exactly the same shape. But because all the rows are worked on the right side, a turning effect appears, and it was very difficult to get rid of it, and to keep pattern symmetrical at the same time. After you finish part 5, please, try to block both parts to almost the same shape (so that they match nicely when put together with wrong sides). It will NOT work at 100%. But don’t worry. After the band is added, the shape should work itself out.

5. Social Media. Don't forget to share your creations on Instagram and Pinterest. Please use the tag #PeacockTailBagCAL.

Just a small remind. I am using Linen Soft yarn by Scheepjes and 2.75mm (С) Clover Soft Touch hook*. Linen Soft is available for purchase via Wool Warehouse HERE* (international shipping), Paradise Fibers (US) HERE* or in your local Scheepjes shop. Separate bag handles, magnetic clasps and D-rings are available via Wool Warehouse HERE*. Also if you are located in the Netherlands you can purchase ready kit in De Breibar* yarn shop.

If you have any questions, please, check in Official CCC Social group on Facebook or in my Ravelry group.

COPYRIGHT


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. If you own a yarn store and would like to sell kits for this CAL - please, contact me for details. You can check Copyright page for more information.



INSTRUCTIONS: PART5

 

Edit: some translations are not ready at the moment. they will be added in next days or even hours. Sorry for delay. the files are in proof-read at the moment.

English - US terms
English - UK terms
Afrikaans
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Korean
Persian
Spanish
Swedish

VIDEO for this part was kindly recordered by wonderful Esther from It's All In A Nutshell. Please, see it in end of this post.

Abbreviations (US 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 language.

rnd round
st(s) stitch(es)
sl st slip stitch
ch chain
sp(s) space(s)
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
dc double crochet 
tr4tog (modified) treble crochet 4 together cluster
FPtr front post treble crochet
FPtr2tog front post treble 2 together
yo yarn over
lp(s) loop(s)
sk skip st(s)
*…* *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated

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FRONT PART

 

Row 26. Change to yarn C4 (C6). Attach yarn in 18th st.

Ch1 (doesn’t count as st here and to the end), sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, *FPtr2tog (work 1FPtr around each of 2 FPtr’s below), sk no sts, hdc in next 16 sts* 5 times, FPtr2tog (as previous), sk no sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 5 sts, sl st in next st; fasten off. (103 sts + ch1 + sl st)
Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

Row 27. Change to yarn C5 (C9). Attach yarn in 5th st after ch1.
Note: as in previous parts, make “modified” tr4tog’s here and throughout.

Ch1, sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next st, *hdc in next 4 sts, tr4tog in 4th hdc of row 25 before next FPdtr, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 sts, tr4tog in same FPdtr below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 sts, tr4tog in 4th hdc of row 25 after same FPdtr, sk 1 st, hdc in next 4 sts* 5 times, sc in next 5 sts, sl st in next st; fasten off. (95 sts + ch1 + sl st)
Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

Row 28. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Attach yarn in 5th st after ch1.
Note: Each tr4tog of row 27 “hides” two hdc’s of previous row. Legs of FPtr2tog’s are made around hdc of row 26 lying to the right and to the left of tr4tog of row 27 below (but not around the hidden ones).

Ch1, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, *[FPtr2tog, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 sts] 3 times, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts* 4 times, [FPtr2tog, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 sts] 3 times, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st; fasten off. (91 sts + ch1+sl st)
Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

Row 29. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Attach yarn in 4th st after ch1.

Ch1, sc in next 7 sts, hdc in next st, *hdc in next 14 sts, tr4tog in hdc of row 27 visible at the bottom of “V”, sk 1 st, hdc in next 2 sts, tr4tog (as previous), sk 1 st* 3 times, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sl st in next st; fasten off. (84sts+ch1+sl st)
Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

Rnd 30. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Attach yarn in 14th st after ch1.
Note: legs of FPtr2tog’s are made around FPtr2tog’s of row 28 lying to the right and to the left of tr4tog of row 29 below.

Ch1, sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, FPtr2tog, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 sts, FPtr2tog, sk 1 st, *hdc in next 13 sts, FPtr2tog, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 sts, FPtr2tog, sk 1 st* twice, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 6 sts, sl st in next st. (59 sts+ch1+sl st)
Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

Row 31. Change to yarn C1 (C6). Attach yarn in 5th st after ch1.

Ch1, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, tr4tog in 1st of 2 sts of row 29 visible at the bottom of underlying “V”, sk 1 st, *hdc in next 17 sts, tr4tog (as previous), sk 1 st* twice, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts, sl st in next st; fasten off. (49 sts+ch1+sl st)
Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

Row 32. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Attach yarn in 4th st after ch1.
Note: legs of FPtr2tog’s are made around FPtr2tog’s of row 30 lying to the right and to the left of tr4tog of row 31 below.

Ch1, sc in next 2 sts, FPtr2tog, sk 1 st, *sc in next 17 sts, FPtr2tog, sk 1 st* twice, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st; fasten off. (41sts+ch1+sl st)
Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

Row 33. Change to yarn C4 (C6). Begin with standing hdc in 1st hdc of row 25.
Note: always make hdc in the same st where yarn was attached, and next hdc in next sc – on one side. Make hdc in last sc of each row and then in the same st of previous row where sl st was made (placing hdc after sl st) – on the other side.

Hdc in 145 sts, fasten off. (145)

After this row your piece should measure 29cm (11 ½”) from top to bottom.
It may happen that your amount of stitches will differ a bit. This is not critical at all. You will only need to take it into consideration while joining front and back parts together. And if the number of stitches differs on both parts – you will need to make several decreases evenly.
Part 5: Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn.

Back Part


Please, try to keep the same gauge as for front. Check measurements after row 33.

On this and all next rows new yarn is attached by simply pulling a loop into indicated st.

Row 26. Change to yarn C1 (C9). Start in 19th st!
Ch1, sc in next 5 sts, *hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 13 sts*, 5 times, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 5 sts, sl st in next st, fasten off. (103 sts + ch1 + sl st )

Row 27. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Start in 3rd st after ch1!
Ch1, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 86 sts, sc in next 4 sts, sl st in next st, fasten off. (95 sts + ch1 + sl st)

Row 28. Change to yarn C4 (C9). Start in 3rd st after ch1!
Ch1, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 14 sts, *hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 15 sts* 4 times, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st, fasten off. (91 sts + ch1 + sl st)

Row 29. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Start in 3rd st after ch1!
Ch1, sc in next 7 sts, hdc in next 70 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sl st in next st, fasten off. (84 sts + ch1 + sl st)

Row 30. Change to yarn C1 (C9). Start in 11th st after ch1!
Ch1, sc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 49 sts, sc in next 4 sts, sl st in next st, fasten off. (59 sts + ch1 + sl st)

Row 31. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Start in 5th st after ch1!
Ch1, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 41 sts, sc in next 3 sts, sl st in next st, fasten off. (49 sts + ch1 + sl st)

Row 32. Change to yarn C2 (C9). Start in 4th st after ch1!
Ch1, sc in next 41 sts, sl st in next st, fasten off. (41 sts + ch1 + sl st )

Rnd 33. Same as front! Don’t fasten off!

Block front and back parts to the same size (and possibly shape). Wings are not completely symmetrical, but the band will ease things into place.

And here are video's made by Esther from It's All In A Nutshell.

Front:


and Back:


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September. Malmö. And birth of new design...

Recently I have been very busy with a Peacock Tail Bag CAL which is going on at the moment. And I didn’t really have time to design something new. But the CAL is half finished and it’s time to take my hooks and yarns out of the closet again. Let me see what I have… A wonderful small collection of Bloom yarn by Scheepjes!
Bloom yarn by Scheepjes

Since I released a free pattern of Bloom Bathroom organizer, this yarn has been added to the list of my favourites. As you may have noticed I mainly design interior accessories. And Bloom is absolutely perfect for this purpose: natural, sturdy, and with a wide range of colors. Check my review of this yarn HERE.


Bloom yarn by Scheepjes

When I finished bathroom organizer, I felt it might be a good idea to design a small bathmat, to match it. I don’t think that interior accessories should be necessarily of the same color - to make a couple. And I chose 4 happy shades and just added one gray to build a “bridge” to my bathroom organizer.
Bloom yarn by Scheepjes

This post is super short, because I am in Malmö right now. The weather is fantastic and I am SOOOO looking forward to go out, have a cup of coffee in a park café and then run to the beach and sit there for long hours playing with the yarn.
Bloom yarn by Scheepjes

I promise to come back to you very soon and show what I’ve come up with (at the moment I have no idea myself how it will look).
Bloom yarn by Scheepjes

In case you would like to have a closer look at Bloom yarn it is available via Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* (both retailers ship order internationally), Paradise Fibers* (US) or at Scheepjes website (NL and BE).

Have a nice weekend!



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Peacock Tail Bag CAL: Part 4

Hi there! Is it Wednesday again and time for Part 4 of a Peacock Tail Bag? Yes and Yes! Not very many important notes for today as you know almost everything already. And you will be just repeating the same elements you used in previous parts. To make it easier for you – here are the previous parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and General Information about this mini CAL can be found HERE.
Part 4: Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Original design of a nice colorful bag by Lilla Bjorn Crochet. FREE crochet pattern!

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Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue!

Part 5 can be found HERE.


I should tell you something… I am coming through a very tough time these days. I can’t understand how the world can be so unfair and wrong. If only I could, I would just stay in a small circle of my family and friends, and with you – who support me and help me to keep designing. Last two days were extremely difficult and I was almost about to quit designing at all. But then I came to Instagram, and browsed latest posts. And saw your wonderful pictures of the Peacock Tail Bag, and read your lovely comments. Really… This vibrancy of colors and your love almost made me cry. Thank you very much for staying with me, for reading this blog and for supporting me.

Well… anyway. Here is what I wanted to tell you before we jump to Part 4.

Important Notes


1. Today’s part is critical for your bag’s width, because next part will be worked in short rows (and Part 6 will be only about joining and putting your bag together). We’ve discussed the importance of correct gauge already. But I was also asked about the kits and if interfacing and fabric will be enough for lining in case your bag is turning out to be bigger.

Well, if your bag will get not more than 48cm deep (which can hardly be possible), then the fabric is ok. You also have two pieces of interfacing (10cm x 40cm). If after Part 4 your bag is not wider (on the top, from side to side) than 37cm (14 ½ inches) than you are ok with interfacing, too.

2. Please, use the same techniques as for previous two parts, it means “modified clusters” and standing hdc for beginning of the rows. Just to remind you, the tutorials can be found HERE and HERE.

3. If you use Instagram and Pinterest, please, mark all your posts with #PeacockTailBagCAL so that I could find them, and love them.

Just a small remind. I am using Linen Soft yarn by Scheepjes and 2.75mm (С) Clover Soft Touch hook*. Linen Soft is available for purchase via Wool Warehouse HERE* (international shipping), Paradise Fibers (US) HERE* or in your local Scheepjes shop. Separate bag handles, magnetic clasps and D-rings are available via Wool Warehouse HERE*. Also if you are located in the Netherlands you can purchase ready kit in De Breibar* yarn shop.

If you have any questions, please, check in Official CCC Social group on Facebook or in my Ravelry group.

And (surprisingly) this is everything I wanted to tell you today! :)
Let’s begin!!



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INSTRUCTIONS: PART4


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VIDEO for this part was kindly recordered by wonderful Esther from It's All In A Nutshell. Please, see it in end of this post.

Abbreviations (US 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 language.

rnd round
st(s) stitch(es)
sl st slip stitch
ch chain
sp(s) space(s)
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
dc double crochet 
tr4tog (modified) treble crochet 4 together cluster
FPtr front post treble crochet
yo yarn over
lp(s) loop(s)
sk skip st(s)
*…* *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated

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FRONT PART



Row 20. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Start in 2nd hdc!

Hdc in 2nd st, *hdc in next 7 sts, FPtr around st of row 18 which was made in FPtr of row 17 below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 5 sts, FPtr around st of row 18 which was made after FPtr of row 17 below, sk no sts* 8 times, hdc in next 8 sts, 2hdc in last st; fasten off. (123)
Part 4: Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Original design of a nice colorful bag by Lilla Bjorn Crochet. FREE crochet pattern!

Row 21. Change to yarn C4 (C6). Start in 1st hdc.
Hdc in 123 sts; fasten off. (123)

Row 22. Note: as in previous parts, make “modified” tr4tog’s here.
Change to yarn C5 (C9). Start in 2nd hdc.

Hdc in 2nd st, *hdc in next 7 sts, tr4tog in FPtr below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, tr4tog in FPtr below, sk 1 st* 8 times, hdc in 9 next sts; fasten off. (130)

Part 4: Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Original design of a nice colorful bag by Lilla Bjorn Crochet. FREE crochet pattern!

Row 23. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Start in 2nd hdc.
*Hdc in 11 sts, FPtr around directly underlying hdc of row 21, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 sts* 8 times, hdc in next 8 sts, 2hdc in last st; fasten off. (130)
Part 4: Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Original design of a nice colorful bag by Lilla Bjorn Crochet. FREE crochet pattern!

Row 24. Change to yarn C4 (C6). Start in 2nd hdc.
Hdc in 4 sts, *hdc in next 4 sts, FPtr around tr4tog below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 4 sts, FPtr around tr4tog below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc in next st* 7 times, [hdc in next 4 sts, FPtr around tr4tog below, sk 1 st] twice, hdc in next 10 sts; fasten off. (136)
Part 4: Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Original design of a nice colorful bag by Lilla Bjorn Crochet. FREE crochet pattern!

Row 25. Change to yarn C1 (C10). Start in 2nd hdc.
Note: Feel free to replace FPtr’s with FPdtr’s if needed. After this row your piece should measure 35cm (14”) in widest place.

Hdc in 10 sts, tr4tog in FPtr below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 15 sts, *tr4tog in FPtr below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 7 sts, FPtr around 4th of 7 hdc of row 22 between 2 tr4tog’s, sk 1 st, hdc in next 7 sts* 5 times, tr4tog in FPtr below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 15 sts, tr4tog in FPtr below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 12 sts to end; fasten off. (135)

Part 4: Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Original design of a nice colorful bag by Lilla Bjorn Crochet. FREE crochet pattern!

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Back Part


Please, try to keep the same gauge as for front. Check measurements after row 25.

Row 20. Change to yarn C1 (C9). Start in 2nd hdc!
2hdc in 2nd st, hdc in next 8 sts, 2hdc in next st, *hdc in next 12 sts, 2hdc in next st* 7 times, hdc in next 13 sts, fasten off. (123)

Row 21. Change to yarn C4 (C10). Start in 2nd hdc!
Hdc in 121 sts, 2hdc in last st, fasten off. (123)

Row 22. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Start in 2nd hdc!
Hdc in 2 sts, *hdc in next 10 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts*, 8 times, hdc in next 8 sts, fasten off. (130)

Row 23. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Start in 2nd hdc!
Hdc in 128 sts, 2hdc in last st, fasten off. (130)

Row 24. Change to yarn C4 (C10). Start in 2nd hdc!
Hdc in 20 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 14 sts* 7 times, hdc in next 4 sts, fasten off. (136)

Row 25. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Start in 2nd hdc!
Hdc in 135 sts, fasten off. (135)
Part 4: Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Original design of a nice colorful bag by Lilla Bjorn Crochet. FREE crochet pattern!

And here are video's made by Esther from It's All In A Nutshell.

Front:



and Back:


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