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 with 30% discount through Monday, May 29 (no coupon code needed).
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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.

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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)

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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

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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. 
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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
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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)
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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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My first ever crochet dress: a promised reveal!

What does inspire you to crochet? I don’t think I have one and permanent source of inspiration. It can come from everywhere and anytime. Sometimes I am inspired by nature, sometimes it is a drawing. And sometimes it is yarn! If you are reading my blog regularly you may know that I am totally obsessed with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes*. I am finishing one project after another and I really hope to stop at some point and come back to overlay crochet and mandala art.
Whirl crochet dress - designed by Lilla Bjorn
 
Last week I showed you sneak peeks of my new Whirl project. It was not very difficult to guess as teasers were too obvious. Yes, you guessed it right! I have a new crochet dress. And it’s first ever crochet dress I have ever made (and designed, of course) in my life.






As you can see the shape is very simple. I didn’t want to make anything too intricate, and lacy, and “festive”. I don’t go out often (ok, I often go to the fields and forests with my dog…), so I would not use a festive dress very much. So I wanted something simple, and casual. And not too slim fit, as I am a true fan of oversized clothes.
Whirl crochet dress - designed by Lilla Bjorn

And here is what I’ve come up with. Two cakes of Whirl yarn (reviewed HERE) were used for this dress (in my favourite shade Green Tea Tipple). And I believe finished measurements should fit sizes S to L. Free pattern will be coming next week and I will try to make some adjustments for bigger sizes. Though, please, be aware that the dress will become shorter. So if you prefer the same length you will need 3 cakes of Whirl.
Whirl crochet dress - designed by Lilla Bjorn

My dress weights only 450g, it’s very open and airy. In the process of designing I didn’t have a clear idea of how lacy it would be in the end. And I was not sure how I could wear it. So I went to store and bought an underwear black tank/dress. It’s a little bit too mini for me, so I will either find something longer or wear leggings together with short tank.

Whirl crochet dress - designed by Lilla Bjorn

Next week I hope to release the pattern. I will give you exact measurements and complete instructions. And for now I just wanted to share my happiness with you. I think I will wear this dress all summer!

And of course I am sending many thanks to my friend Xenia who is able to catch me with a camera in a nice way (as I am not fond of being photographed…)
Whirl crochet dress - designed by Lilla Bjorn

If you are looking for Whirl yarn, it’s available in your local Scheepjes stores and at Wool Warehouse HERE* (UK, international shipping).


See you next week! UPDATE: Free pattern of Nori Dress is available HERE.

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WIP Wednesday: My Whirl project is growing…

It’s Wednesday and time for a sneak peek. Last week I told a love story of me and Whirl yarn by Scheepjes*, which you can read HERE. And today is right time to show you what I‘ve come up with. No, it’s not a full reveal yet as I need to polish some details. But from pictures below you may guess what it is about. Don’t be shy to leave your comments with guesses under this post!
Crochet dress pattern with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes, designed by Lilla Bjorn

As you already know I am working with most popular (and also my favourite) shade of Whirl yarn which is called Green Tea Tipple. As official Scheepjes blogger I was very lucky to get several cakes of this gorgeous yarn for my new project. And I am super excited about what is going on here.
Crochet dress pattern with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes, designed by Lilla Bjorn

Ok, if you are still not sure what I am cooking, here are the hints: it’s garment, and it’s long and lacy… Well length actually depends on your height. I am pretty small so for me it’s long. But anyway my new garment design should fit any height. And it should also be ok for sizes S to L.
Crochet dress pattern with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes, designed by Lilla Bjorn

I will fully reveal this project next week, and free pattern will follow. I will try to add modifications to the pattern, so that it fits larger sizes.

That’s all for now ;-)
Crochet dress pattern with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes, designed by Lilla Bjorn

If you haven’t tried Whirl yarn before, be sure to check my review HERE. Yarn is available in your local Scheepjes stores and at Wool Warehouse HERE* (UK, international shipping).






And today I got a very exciting news! If you are located in US Scheepjes yarns will become more affordable to you (and with NO international shipping) as Loveknitting (which has a US warehouse) has just added them to stock. Check current range of Scheepjes yarns HERE*, and more will be added soon. If you have been dreaming about trying them - now it's the right time to place an order. Scheepejs yarn will only be available from Loveknitting to US customers.
Crochet dress pattern with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes, designed by Lilla Bjorn

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Let me introduce: Lisa the Mouse (new crochet amigurumi pattern)

“Hi there! My name is Lisa. And I’m a new baby in Tatsiana’s modest amigurumi family. I have an elder sister and her name is also Lisa. We are friendly and very curious. We like to dance, to play all day long, and travel! Travelling is our passion. We would love to come to your country and make new friends!”

Lisa the Mouse - amigurumi crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn
Mandala crochet art is something I love to do most of all. But sometimes it’s nice to have a break and to switch to something else. Home décor is my main specialization, but you may have noticed that there are also several toys patterns available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. They are: Magnus Bear, Rikki the Bear, Dancing Owl, Dolly the Sheep and Sunny the Bunny.
Amigurumi crochet patterns by Lilla Bjorn

Since long ago I have wanted to create a Mouse pattern to add to my collection. So when I was contacted by Crochet Now magazine last year, I thought that might be a good challenge to take. Lisa the Mouse was designed especially for a magazine and now it’s also available as a stand-alone pattern in my Ravelry shop HERE.


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Lisa the Mouse - amigurumi crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Lisa the Mouse was born during vacations in the Netherlands, and maybe this fact explains her passion for travelling. We spent long hours in a café on a beach, enjoying the music of waves, calm and warm wind and fresh cold drinks. I knew I wanted to create a girl Mouse, in a dress, with big ears. And surprisingly Lisa turned out exactly as I was imagining her.
Lisa the Mouse - amigurumi crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

A colorful stitch pattern was requested by a magazine and I chose Spike crochet stitch for her dress. Small groups of spike stitches and changing yarn on every 3rd row gave her dress a nice “wavy” effect and a little bit of texture. When I look at Lisa’s dress I come back to calm and sunny afternoon on the beach.
Lisa the Mouse - amigurumi crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Soft Fun yarn by Scheepjes* was used for both toys, and I am pretty satisfied how it work for my new amigurumi pattern. It’s not so soft, I would say it has a certain stiffness. And when stuffed the toy keeps its shape very well.





You can take either 3.75mm or 4mm (G) crochet hook (I prefer Amour Clover hooks*), or any other size which allows you to obtain desired gauge. Gauge itself is not critical for this pattern, but I would recommend crocheting tightly so that stuffing is not seen through the stitches.
Lisa the Mouse - amigurumi crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

I used 5mm plastic safety eyes*, but if you intend to give a toy to a small baby, please note, that safety eyes can be dangerous, as they may fall out. Please, embroider the eyes instead.

As the majority of amigurumi crochet patterns Lisa the Mouse is aimed to Intermediate crocheters. But in practice Advanced beginners can also handle it without problems. No tricky stitches are used in the pattern. You will find full written instructions and a photo-tutorial in the end of the pattern showing how to make each detail and how to put the toy together.
Lisa the Mouse - amigurumi crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Looking forward to see more Lisa’s!! If you would like to share pictures on social media, please, use the tag #LisaTheMouse so that I could find them and admire. I will be also happy to see your pictures in my Ravelry group HERE.

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Facts about Lisa the Mouse pattern:

  • Level: Intermediate (or Advanced Beginner)
  • Materials: DK yarn in 4 colours (Soft Fun by Scheepjes), 3.75mm or 4mm (G) Amour Clover crochet hook*, 5mm safety eyes*, stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle to weave in ends and assemble toy.
You can find Soft Fun at Wool Warehouse (HERE*), Deramores (HERE*) and your local Scheepjes shops.
  • Size: The size of the finished toy depends on the yarn and hook you use. My Lisa the Mouse is approx. 30 cm (12 inches) tall.
  • 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. 
  • Lisa the Mouse pattern is available in my Ravelry store HERE.
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