Nya Mosaic Blanket: reveal

Last week I told you a story about our family trip to Germany, to Legoland. It was our first long trip by car and I didn’t want to be too bored, so I chose to crochet instead. Luckily lots of skeins in different colors were with me, and new blanket design was born. I know I promised you the pattern soon, but we’ve just arrived to Belarus to see my parents, and life became a bit chaotic. I will share free pattern with you very soon. But so far I thought you would like to have a look at a completed blanket.
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I truly enjoyed working on this blanket and playing with colors. I have discovered a new (to me) crochet technique recently. It allows to work from charts, as in corner-to-corner for example. So in fact it opens endless designing possibilities, as you can create your own chart, and your own unique blanket.






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I don’t know a name for this technique. You were trying to guess what it is, and it does look like interlocking crochet, indeed. But I think it’s not. I believe the idea of interlocking crochet is to create reversible fabric with same pattern on both sides but in different order of colors. And this blanket has right and wrong side, so I think it’s not interlocking. It reminds me of an overlay crochet with just a small difference. Chain stitches are involved here, and fabric is not stiff at all. And you can crochet from chart. Well, you will see everything yourself when the pattern is finally released (and I hope it won’t take long).
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I didn’t have much time to finish the sample, so I went for a baby size, and my blanket is approx. 84 cm x 104 cm (33” x 41”). The blanket consists of several geometrical stripes and dividers, and can be made in any size (width or length).
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I used Colour Crafter yarn by Scheepjes* (DK weight) in 7 colors, but you can of course choose more or less shades. I would recommend taking soft yarn in solid shades for this blanket.

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

UPDATE: the pattern is published and available HERE.

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Nya Mosaic Blanket: FREE crochet pattern

Nya Mosaic Blanket is made in a special crochet technique with only basic stitches involved. It can be crocheted either by following chart or written instructions. With a little bit of attention and concentration you will create a bright and unique gift for yourself or your friends. The blanket is adjustable and can be made in any size. To see more pictures of the finished project, please, click HERE.

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 *Purchase an ad-free and ready-to-print PDF of this pattern (including all Important Notes, material list, stitch guide, complete instructions and photo tutorials) HERE on Ravelry*

 

You will need:


  • DK yarn in 7 or more/less colors. I used yarn “Colour Crafter” by Scheepjes (100g/3.53oz., 300m/328yds.)  
Colour Crafter yarn is available at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* - UK with international shipping, Knotty House* (Canada), Loveknitting* (US) and in your local Scheepjes shops. And if you are in Canada, you can purchase a ready yarn pack from Knotty House* HERE.

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Finished size


The size of the finished blanket depends on the yarn and hook you use. My blanket is approx.
84 cm x 104 cm (33” x 41”). The blanket can be made in any size.

Gauge: 


19 sc and 24 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”).

Abbreviations and Stitch Guide

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.

st(s) stitch(es)
sp(s) space(s)
ch chain
yo yarn over
sc single crochet (insert hook in indicated stitch, yo,
draw up a loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook)
dc double crochet (yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops* twice)
RS right side
WS wrong side
*…* *crochet following directions* as many times as
indicated
SPsc (single crochet spike stitch) The spike stitch is almost the same as single crochet, but placed one round below the working round and drawn up to the height of a working round. Insert a hook in indicated st, draw up a loop to the height of the stitches at a working rnd, yo, pull through both lps on hook. Skip the sc of current rnd which is located behind a SPsc just made. Check complete tutorial HERE.
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Pattern Notes


• Nya Mosaic Blanket is a repeating pattern of geometric stripes (chart) and dividers. Each geometric stripe is made with yarn in two shades.

• You can either follow the chart or written instructions.

• Ch1/ch2 in the beginning of each row doesn’t count as a st. So first sc/dc of each row is made in first stitch of previous row.

• All dc’s are made in sts of same color from 2 rows below – always in front of work.

• Change color on the last yarn over when there are still 2 loops on hook. Yarn is changed after every 2 rows.

Reading the Chart


• Chart is read from bottom to top. Each row in chart represents two rows of same color. Rows on the RS (1,2,3, etc.) are read from right to left, and rows on WS (1a, 2a, 3a, etc.) are read back across from left to right. The first square of each row shows which color is used for 2 rows (1-1a, 2-2a, 3-3a, etc.)

• Each square of the chart shows 1 stitch or 1 skipped stitch. When squares of different colors appear in the row – they should be skipped. So instead of working them – make a number of ch (always 1 ch more than a number of skipped sts – to prevent your work from pulling) and skip needed sts. So for 1 skipped st you will ch2, for 2 skipped sts – ch3, for 3 skipped sts – ch4, etc.

• On next row on RS when you will crochet with different color – you will make dc in these skipped sts from two rows below. Dc’s are always made in front of your work, in front of chains of previous rows, so spacs are always skipped. (see pics below).
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Following chart: start with “Begin” section, then repeat “One Repeat” six or more times (for a larger blanket), and finish with “End” section.
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Common Mistakes:


• When working on RS it is very important to skip correct number of stitches. The mistakes can appear when you finish dc, make several chains and then skip wrong number of stitches (or don’t skip them at all) behind or just next to dc. (pic 1)

• When working on WS be sure to make sc in EVERY st without missing any. Sometimes dc can be “hiding”, so be sure not to miss them. (pics 2-3)
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INSTRUCTIONS

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Color Key (1 skein in each shade; for a larger blanket you will most likely need more yarn:

Yarn A – 2004 (Brussel), Yarn B – 1029 (Breda), Yarn C – 2015 (Bastonge), Yarn D – 1062 (Dordrecht), Yarn E – 1034 (Urk), Yarn F – 1822 (Delfzijl), Yarn G – 1425 (Deventer)

The amount of sts for this pattern is multiple 12 (one repeat) +3 sts.







Divider 1


Row 1 (RS) With Yarn D - ch125, 1dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end, turn. (123 sts)

Row 2 (WS) Ch1 (doesn’t count as sc), 1sc in each st to end, change to Yarn G in final st (cut Yarn D), turn. (123 sts)

Row 3. Ch2 (doesn’t count as dc here and throughout), 1dc in each st to end, turn.
Row 4. Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, change to Yarn F in final st (don’t cut Yarn G), turn.
Row 5. Ch1, [2sc, 1SPsc] repeat till last 3 sts, 3sc to end, turn.

Row 6. Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, change to Yarn G (cut Yarn F), turn.
Rows 7-8. As rows 3-4. After row 8 change to Yarn D (cut Yarn G), turn.
Rows 9-10. As rows 3-4. After row 10 change to Yarn A (cut yarn D), turn.

Geometric Stripe 1 – work with Yarns A and B


Foundation row 1. Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, turn.
Foundation row 2. Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, change to Yarn B in final st (don't cut Yarn A), turn.

Rows 1-1a (chart). Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, turn. After row 1a change to Yarn A in final st.

Row 2. Ch1, 1sc, *ch2 (skip 1 st), 3sc* repeat to last 2 sts, ch2, skip 1 st, 1sc in last st, turn.
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Row 2a. Ch1, 1sc, *ch2 (skip sp – here and throughout), 3sc* repeat till last sp, ch2, 1sc in last st. Change to Yarn B in final st, turn.

Row 3. Ch1, 1sc, *1dc, ch2 (skip sp behind dc+next st),2sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 1sc, ch2 (skip 1 st),1dc (skip sp), 2sc, ch2 (skip 1 st)* repeat till last sp, 1dc (sk sp), 1sc in last st, turn.
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Row 3a. Ch1, 2sc, *ch2, 3sc, ch2, 1sc* repeat till last st, 1sc in last st. Change to Yarn A in final st, turn.

Row 4. Ch1, 2sc, *1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 2sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 1dc (skip sp), 2sc,ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc (skip sp), 1sc* repeat till last st, 1sc in last st, turn.
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Row 4a. Ch1, 3sc, *ch2, 3sc* repeat to end. Change to Yarn B in final st, turn.

Row 5. Ch1, *3sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 2sc, 1dc (skip sp),2sc, ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc (skip sp)* repeat till last 3 sts, 3sc to end, turn.


Row 5a. Ch1, 4sc, *ch2, 5sc* repeat to end making 4sc instead of 5sc in the end. Change to Yarn A in final st, turn.

Row 6. Ch1, 1sc, *ch2 (skip 1 st), 2sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 3sc, ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc (skip sp), 2sc* repeat till last 2 sts, ch2 (skip 1 st), 1sc in last st, turn.
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Row 6a. Ch1, 1sc, *ch2, 3sc* repeat till last sp, ch2, 1sc in last st. Change to Yarn B in final st.

Row 7. Ch1, 1sc, *1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 2sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 1sc, ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc (skip sp), 2sc, ch2 (skip 1 st)* repeat till last sp, 1dc (skip sp), 1sc in last st, turn.
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Row 7a. Ch1, 2sc, *ch2, 3sc, ch2, 1sc* repeat till last st, 1sc in last st. Change to Yarn A in final st, turn.

Row 8. Ch1, 1sc, *ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc (skip sp), 2sc, ch2 (skip 1 st),1dc (skip st), 1sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 2sc, 1dc (skip sp)* repeat till last 2 sts, ch2 (skip 1 st) 1sc in last st, turn.
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Row 8a. Ch1, 1sc, *ch2, 3sc* repeat till last sp, ch2, 1sc in last st. Change to Yarn B in final st, turn.

Row 9. Ch1, 1sc,*1dc (skip sp), 2sc, ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc (skip sp), 3sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st),  2sc* repeat till last sp, 1dc (skip sp), 1sc in last st, turn.
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Row 9a. Ch1, 4sc, *ch2, 5sc* repeat to end, making 4sc instead of 5 in the end. Change to Yarn A in final st, turn.

Row 10. Ch1, *3sc, ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc (skip sp), 2sc, ch2 (skip 1 st), 2sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st)* repeat till last 3 sts, 3sc to end, turn.
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Row 10a. Ch1, *3sc, ch2* repeat till last 3 sts, 3sc to end, change to Yarn B in final st, turn.

Row 11. Ch1, 2sc, *ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc (skip sp), 2sc, ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+ next st), 2sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 1sc* repeat till last st, 1sc to end, turn.
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Row 11a. Ch1, 2sc, *ch2, 3sc, ch2, 1sc* repeat till last st, 1sc to end, change to Yarn A in final st, turn.

Row 12. Ch1, 1sc, ch2 (ckip 1 st), *1dc (skip sp), 2sc, ch2 (skip 1 st), 1dc (skip sp), 1sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st), 2sc, 1dc, ch2 (skip sp+next st)* repeat till last st, 1sc to end, turn.
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Row 12a. Ch1, 1sc, ch2, *3sc, ch2* till last st, 1sc to end, change to Yarn B in final st, turn.

Row 13. Ch1, 1sc, *1dc (skip sp), 3sc* repeat till last sp, 1dc (skip 1 st), 1sc, turn.
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Row 13a (end of chart). Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, change to Yarn A in final st (cut Yarn B), turn.

Rows 14-15. Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, change to Yarn C in final st (cut Yarn A), turn.

Here is my finished sample with 27 stitches (two repeats).

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Repeat Dividers and Geometrical stripes (chart) till you get desired length of the blanket.

My colorway:


Divider 2:
Rows 1-2 with Yarn C
Rows 3-4 with Yarn D
Rows 5-6 with Yarn E
Rows 7-8 with Yarn D
Rows 9-10 with Yarn C

Stripe 2: Yarns F and G

Divider 3:
Rows 1-2 with Yarn D
Rows 3-4 with Yarn B
Rows 5-6 with Yarn A
Rows 7-8 with Yarn B
Rows 9-10 with Yarn D

Stripe 3: Yarns E and C

Divider 4:
Rows 1-2 with Yarn G
Rows 3-4 with Yarn A
Rows 5-6 with Yarn D
Rows 7-8 with Yarn A
Rows 9-10 with Yarn G

Stripe 4: Yarns F and B

Divider 5:
Rows 1-2 with Yarn C
Rows 3-4 with Yarn G
Rows 5-6 with Yarn E
Rows 7-8 with Yarn G
Rows 9-10 with Yarn C

Stripe 5: Yarns E and D

Divider 6:
Rows 1-2 with Yarn F
Rows 3-4 with Yarn C
Rows 5-6 with Yarn B
Rows 7-8 with Yarn C
Rows 9-10 with Yarn F


Border


The pattern for the Border is the same as for Divider – worked along two long sides of the blanket. Color for another side of the blanket are given in brackets.

Note: while working along the sides of the blanket, insert the hook under the floats of yarn on the side to hide them.

Row 1 (RS) Attach Yarn D (F) with ss in the corner before long side of the blanket. Ch2, 1dc along the side evenly, turn.
Rows 2-10. Same as for Divider:
Row 2 – continue with Yarn D (F),
Rows 3-4 with Yarn G (C),
Rows 5-6 with Yarn F (B),
Rows 7-8 with Yarn G (C),
Rows 9-10 with Yarn D (F).
Fasten off, weave in ends, block blanket to measurements.

Congratulations!!! Your Nya Mosaic Blanket is now finished!

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Nuts about Squares CAL: Border

If you are reading this blog post, you are most likely following Nuts About Squares CAL. And if not – be sure to check it out! This CAL is about incredibly beautiful blanket made of squares by different designers and put together by Esther Dijkstra of It’s All In A Nutshell. Esther chose each square carefully, so that altogether they “play” in harmony. This CAL is about structure, texture and different techniques. A true crochet adventure! Read my interview with Esther HERE to learn more about her idea.
Nuts About Squares CAL - Border (week 15). Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
Nuts About Squares CAL. Photo credit: Scheepjes

When Esther asked me to design a border for her blanket, I couldn’t resist. Of course! Such a honor! Esther asked for something textured but simple at the same time to frame the entire blanket and to support square patterns. And I gave it a try in overlay crochet.

This border was designed especially for Nuts About Squares CAL (squares with 44 stitches on each side) but you can use it for any blanket! The only important thing you should keep in mind is that stitch count on the first round, which should be multiple 4 plus one stitch.
Nuts About Squares CAL - Border (week 15). Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
Nuts About Squares CAL. Photo credit: Scheepjes

You will need yarn in 4 shades for this border. Please, check Esther’s blog HERE to get complete information about colors and yardages for each of three color ways (and just to remind you, kits for NAS blanket are available at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* (both are located in UK and ship orders internationally).

Video tutorial for the border is available HERE.
And you can also download Dutch translation of the pattern (Nederlands patroon) HERE.

Abbreviations (US terms)


US standard abbreviations are used in this pattern. Please check this Crochet Translation Project which might be helpful in translation to your native language.

BL(O) – back loop (only)
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
FL – front loop
FPtr – Front post treble crochet
FPdtr – front post double treble crochet
FPtr2tog – front post treble 2 together
FPst2tog – front post “stitches” 2 together (each leg is a different stitch)
NJ – “needle join”
rnd – round
sc – single crochet
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
SPsc – spike stitch
[...] - [crochet following directions] as many times as indicated
*...* - *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated
 

Pattern Notes:


1. New yarn is attached by simply pulling a loop into indicated st.
2. Ch1 in the beginning of each round counts as first sc.
3. Work all rounds in BLO unless otherwise stated on the pattern.
4. Finish every rnd with “needle join” (or “invisible join”).
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Nuts About Squares CAL. Photo credit: Scheepjes


INSTRUCTIONS


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Rnd 1. With C1 work through both lps. Attach yarn in first st after ch2-sp in any corner of large rectangle.
Ch1 (counts as first sc), [44sc, 1sc in ch2-sp, 1sc in seam, 1sc in next ch2-sp, 44sc, *1sc in ch2-sp, 2sc in seam, 1sc in next ch2-sp, 44sc* repeat till next corner, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next ch2-sp in the corner] 4 times; NJ in first sc after ch1 in beg of the rnd. (1140 sc: 333 sc on long side, 237 sc on each short side and 4 ch2-sps)

Rnd 2. Change to C2. Attach yarn in BL of any st. Work this and ALL next rnds in BL!!!
Ch1 (counts as sc), sc around making (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in each ch2-sp in the corner, NJ in first sc after ch1. (1148 sts: 335 sts on each long side, 239 sts on each short side and 4 ch2-sps)

Rnd 3. Note: skipped st in the end of last repeat on each edge counts as worked.
Change to C3. Attach yarn in first sc (BL) after ch2-sp.

*3sc (first sc is ch1), dc (FL) in 3rd st after ch2-sp of rnd 1, skip 1 st,
[3sc, skip 3 sts on rnd 1, dc (FL) in next st on rnd 1, skip 1 st on rnd 2] till you come to next corner leaving 3 unworked sts before ch2-sp, 1sc in next 3 sts, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next ch2-sp* 4 times, NJ in first sc after ch1. (1156 sts and 4 ch2-sps)






Rnd 4. Change to C4. Attach yarn in first sc (BL) after ch2-sp.
*1sc (first sc is ch1), 1tr (FL) in 2nd sc after ch2-sp of rnd 1, skip 1 st on rnd 3, 1sc,
[3sc, 1SPsc] till you come to the next corner leaving 6 unworked sts before ch2-sp, 4sc, 1tr (FL) in 2nd st of rnd 1 before ch2-sp, skip 1 st on rnd 3, 1sc, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next ch2-sp* 4 times, NJ in first sc after ch1. (1164 sts and 4 ch2-sps: 2tr in each corner)

Rnd 5. Change to C2. Attach yarn in first sc (BL) after ch2-sp.
*1sc (first sc is ch1), 1tr (FL) in first sc of rnd 2 after ch2-sp, skip 1 st on rnd 4,
[3sc, SPsc] till you come to the next corner leaving 5 unworked sts before ch2-sp, 3sc, 1tr (FL) on rnd 2 in first st before ch2-sp, skip 1 st on rnd 4, 1sc, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next ch2-sp* 4 times, NJ in first sc after ch1. (1172 sts and 4 ch2-sps: 2tr in each corner)

Rnd 6. Change to C3. Attach yarn in first sc (BL) after ch2-sp.
Note: legs of each FPtr2tog will be made around dc of rnd 3 lying to the right and to the left. After this rnd EVERY dc of rnd 3 will be covered with 2 FPsts.
Skipped st in the end of last repeat on each edge counts as worked.

*2sc (first sc is ch1), 1FPst2tog (make first leg (FPtr) around first sc of rnd 3 after ch2-sp, and make 2nd leg (FPdtr) around next dc of rnd 3), skip 1 st on rnd 5, 2sc,
[3sc, FPtr2tog, skip 1 st on rnd 5] till you come to the next corner leaving 8 unworked sts before ch2-sp, 5sc, 1FPst2tog (make first leg (FPdtr) around last dc of rnd 3 on this side, and make 2nd leg (FPtr) around first sc of rnd 3 just before next ch2-sp, skip 1 st on rnd 5, 2sc, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next ch2-sp* 4 times, NJ in first sc after ch1. (1180 sts and 4 ch2-sps)

Rnd 7. Change to C1. Attach yarn in BL of any st.
Ch1 (counts as sc), sc around making (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in each ch2-sp in the corner, NJ in first sc after ch1. (1188 sts and 4 ch2-sps)

Rnd 8. Change to C4. Attach yarn in first sc (BL) after ch2-sp.
*4sc (first sc is ch1), 1SPsc, [3sc, 1SPsc] till you come to the next corner leaving 4 unworked sts before ch2-sp, 4sc, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next ch2-sp* 4 times, NJ in first sc after ch1. (1196 sts and 4 ch2-sps)

Rnd 9. Change to C2. Attach yarn in first sc (BL) after ch2-sp.
*[3sc, 1SPsc] till you come to the next corner leaving 3 unworked sts before ch2-sp, 3sc, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next ch2-sp* 4 times, NJ in first sc after ch1. (1204 sts and 4 ch2-sps)

Rnd 10. Change to C1. Attach yarn in BL of any st.
Ch1 (counts as sc), sc around making 1sc in each ch2-sp in the corner, NJ in first sc after ch1. (1208 sts)

And here is video made by Esther to help you:

Ta-dah!!! You can’t even imagine how excited I am to say this: your Nuts About Squares Blanket is now finished!!!

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Sunny Mandala: new life of an old overlay crochet pattern

I discovered overlay crochet almost 4 years ago, and it was love from the first glance. It changed my thoughts about crochet in general and inspired to take first steps in my own designing. I was impressed by overlay crochet mandala’s and could not stop staring at the variety of stitches and unexpected changes of colors. Sunny Mandala was one of my own first creations, and still one of my favourite.
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Sunny Mandala overlay crochet pattern was released in late 2014, in the times of my early steps of designing and learning photography. I decided to remake it with different yarns and to provide a new photo-tutorial in better quality (with many more pictures in happy rainbow colors). Written instructions have been also edited and improved. And I believe that now the pattern is easy to follow, and mandala better keeps the round shape.
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Another reason why I have decided to republish this pattern is that I wanted to adjust stitch counts on some rounds to make Sunny Mandala suitable for Dandelion Border and Joana’s Border. With the revised copy of the pattern you can square this mandala up (tom make it a center of a blanket) or enlarge it into a round rug.

Revised pattern is available both on Ravelry and Etsy and you will save 30% through Monday, June 26. No coupon code needed. If you purchased this pattern previously on Ravelry – an updated copy will be automatically added to your library. And if you purchased it on Etsy – please, contact me and I will e-mail you new copy of this pattern.
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Stone Washed yarn by Scheepjes was chosen for a new birth of Sunny Mandala. If you haven’t heard about this yarn before – please, check my review HERE. New shades were released not long ago and I used some of them for my mandala. Now Stone Washed palette is not so mute and dusty anymore, and I thought it’s a good choice for a bright overlay mandala.
Sunny Mandala - overlay crochet pattern - original design by www.lillabjorncrochet.com






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

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

I hope you will enjoy the pattern!

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

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

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





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


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

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

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

UPDATE: the pattern is published and available HERE.

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Crochet Potholders: art in small (FREE pattern)

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

Tulip Potholder - FREE crochet pattern by LillaBjornCrochet

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






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

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

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

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

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

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