Peacock Tail Bag CAL: Part 2

For those of you who follow Peacock Tail Bag CAL – here is the Part 2. This part is a little bit more intricate than previous one. You will make many more front post stitches. And clusters will also be added today. If you have joined the CAL just now, please, first check General Information HERE. And Part 1 is available HERE.
Peacock Tail Bag - Part 2. FREE crochet pattern and original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

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I will not overload with lots of information today. I suppose that if you completed Part 1 you have also read all the important notes. But for today’s part there is something more you need to know and keep in mind.

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Important Notes:


  1. !!! I have noticed that some of you decided to make overlay design for both front and back... Please, DON'T do that!!! The pattern is written in mirror way  - for front and back to match in the end. If you make two fronts - they will not match each other in shape!!!
  2. PLEASE, keep your gauge correct on this and next parts. If you are using ready kits you can run out of certain shades if your bag is turning out to be bigger. If it happens, please, take a smaller hook or try to crochet tighter.
  3. This part (and all the rest) is crocheted in rows on the right side. And all the rows are started with standing hdc. There are several ways of making them, but I would recommend to begin with a slip knot. It’s important because next rows will either begin in 1st or 2nd hdc, and if you have a slip knot in the beginning, then it is very easy to identify very first stitch. Esther from It’s All In A Nutshell has a video tutorial on this (HERE).
  4. Note, that some rows are started in 1st stitch, and some of them - in 2nd stitch. Please, be attentive and careful about that.
  5. If you prefer to weave in yarn tails “as-you-go”, please note that the edges will look neat if before weaving you unweave slip knots in the beginning of each row.
  6. Except of front post stitches (which should be made to the height of working round – as in Part 1) you will be making clusters today. Or to be more precise – treble crochet 4 together. But instead of usual clusters I used “modified” in the pattern. Please, check THIS tutorial to see how they should be attached correctly.
  7. If you are using kits – the color way for Deep and Pastel versions are not the same on some rows.
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.

And seems like this is everything I wanted to draw your attention to. Let’s jump to Part 2 now!

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: PART 2


English - US terms
English - UK terms
Afrikaans
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
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
yo yarn over
lp(s) loop(s)
NJ needle join
sk skip st(s)
*…* *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated

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FRONT PART


Row 8. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Make 1st (standing) hdc in 1st hdc of hdc increase of rnd 7 that comes after group of 13 sc. Modified tr4tog’s are used on this row and throughout the pattern. Please, check this tutorial about how to attach them around the post.

Make a slip knot (here and throughout), hdc in next 5 sts, *tr4tog in FPtr below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 sts, FPtr around 3rd of 5 hdc of rnd 6 lying between 2 FPtr’s, sk no sts, hdc in next 3 sts* 8 times, tr4tog in FPtr below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 5 sts, fasten off. (75)
Peacock Tail Bag - Part 2. FREE crochet pattern and original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

Row 9. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Start in 1st hdc of row 8.
Hdc in each of 75 sts, fasten off. (75)
Peacock Tail Bag - Part 2. FREE crochet pattern and original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

Row 10. Change to yarn C1 (C6). Start in 2nd hdc!
Hdc in next 5 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts, tr4tog in FPtr below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 sts* 8 times, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in last st, fasten off. (84)

Peacock Tail Bag - Part 2. FREE crochet pattern and original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

Row 11. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Start in 1st hdc.
Hdc in each of 84 sts, fasten off. (84)

Row 12. Change to yarn C1 (C9). Start in 2nd hdc!
Note: all increases are made directly above tr4tog’s of row 10.

Hdc in next 2 sts, *hdc in next 3 sts, FPtr around 1st hdc of hdc increase of row 10 below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc in next st* 8 times, hdc in next 3 sts, FPtr around 1st hdc of hdc increase of row 10 below, sk 1 st, hdc in next 5 sts; fasten off. (91)
Peacock Tail Bag - Part 2. FREE crochet pattern and original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

Peacock Tail Bag - Part 2. FREE crochet pattern and original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

Row 13. Change to yarn C4 (C6). Start in 1st hdc.
Note: you will get 8 “U” on this row. After this row your piece should measure 20cm (8”) in widest place.

Hdc in next 3 sts, *hdc in next 5 sts, ch4, FPsc around 3 sts on row 11 (find tr4tog on row 10 below. Make FPsc into the st of row 11 that goes into the st before this tr4tog, in this tr4tog and the one after it), ch4, sk 5 sts* 8 times, hdc in next 8 sts; fasten off. (91)
Peacock Tail Bag - Part 2. FREE crochet pattern and original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.


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BACK PART

 


Row 8. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Make 1st (standing) hdc in 1st hdc of hdc increase of rnd 7 that comes after group of 13 sc.
Hdc in next 5 sts, *hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts* 8 times, hdc in next 6 sts; fasten off. (75)

Row 9. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Start in 2nd hdc of row 8.
Hdc in next 73 sts, 2hdc in last st, fasten off. (75)

Row 10. Change to yarn C1 (C6). Start in 2nd hdc!
2hdc in 2nd st, hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next st, *hdc in next 7 sts, 2hdc in next st* 8 times, hdc in next 5 sts, fasten off. (84)

Row 11. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Start in 2nd hdc!
Hdc in 82 sts, 2hdc in last st, fasten off. (84)

Row 12. Change to yarn C1 (C9). Start in 2nd hdc!
Hdc in next 9 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 8 sts* 8 times, hdc in next 2 sts, fasten off. (91)

Row 13. Change to yarn C4 (C10). Start in 2nd hdc!
Hdc in 89 sts, 2hdc in last st, fasten off. (91)

Congratulations!!! Part 2 is finished!!
Peacock Tail Bag - Part 2. FREE crochet pattern and original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.
And here are video's made by Esther from It's All In A Nutshel.

Front:


Back:


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Andromeda Mandala Rug: new pattern release

This year my crochet dreams are slowly coming true. I’ve dreamed of being published. And wow, two my designs were features in the YARN book-a-zine. Since then I have finished several other patterns which will be published soon (I will certainly keep you updated). For a long time my another dream has been to create something with T-shirt yarn, which I have never tried before. And I have been also dreaming to design a rug. With yarn in just one shade. And with combination of cabling and open lace parts. And ta-dah! Here it is! When my mom saw this rug for the first time, she said: Andromeda! I liked the sound of this name. So this is how my new rug is called.
Andromeda Mandala Rug combines textured stitches with open, lace parts. The pattern can also be used for a doily when lighter yarns and small hook are used. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

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The pattern was freshly released today and is available HERE on Ravelry.

Andromeda Galaxy (Source: Wikipedia)

I used Mini Nooodle* yarn by Scheepjes for this rug. As you can see from the yarn’s name, it’s not a usual T-shirt yarn. At least not the same size, but a bit smaller. It is a cotton blend (50% Polyester, 50% Cotton) which goes together with 10mm hook. This yarn is very nice in touch, really stretchy and due to high percentage of polyester it is sliding on the hook very well. I believe projects made with this yarn will last for a very long time. You can have a look at complete color chart of Mini Noodle at Wool Warehouse HERE*.
Andromeda Mandala Rug combines textured stitches with open, lace parts. The pattern can also be used for a doily when lighter yarns and small hook are used. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

Very often I could hear that working with T-shirt yarn is very hard for hands. But this is definitely not the case of Mini Nooodle. I mean of course it takes more efforts to work with it (because of the bigger size), but the yarn itself is not scratchy and it didn’t bring any harm to my hands. No need to say the rug was growing very fast. And I made it (already knowing the pattern) in less than 10 hours.





I believe this rug will perfectly suit in a bedroom (by the bed), bathroom, in a smaller room or in a zoned living room (to mark the space in front of the chair for example). It will greatly suit childrens' room! Due to a very intensive structure, it is very nice to walk on. And it will give a nice massage to small feet.
Andromeda Mandala Rug combines textured stitches with open, lace parts. The pattern can also be used for a doily when lighter yarns and small hook are used. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

But please, be sure to use anti-slippery material underneath to prevent your rug from being slippery, as it may be very dangerous. You can ask for a professional advice in your local carpet or craft store.

You can crochet this mandala with lighter yarns – DK, Sport or even Fingering. And it will turn into a nice doily. You can also use it as a decoration for a pillow (I would sew mandala’s onto each and every pillowcase I have!!). I believe round pillow in contrasting shade would look especially beautiful with Andromeda mandala.
Andromeda Mandala Rug combines textured stitches with open, lace parts. The pattern can also be used for a doily when lighter yarns and small hook are used. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

The size of my rug is 88cm (35in) across, but depending on the yarn and hook you use, and also on your personal style of crochet and gauge – you may get a larger or smaller finished project. I only used one shade, but wonderful ladies, who helped me with testing, added a few more shades to make their Andromeda’s colorful.
Andromeda Mandala Rug combines textured stitches with open, lace parts. The pattern can also be used for a doily when lighter yarns and small hook are used. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

As all my patterns, Andromeda Mandala Rug contains written instructions (with US terms) together with tons of progress pictures to help you find the right placement for every stitch. But if you prefer to only work from written text – there is a print friendly copy available. With no pictures.
Andromeda Mandala Rug combines textured stitches with open, lace parts. The pattern can also be used for a doily when lighter yarns and small hook are used. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

The pattern is aimed to Intermediate crocheters who already know how to make front post stitches. But if you are not afraid of challenges and would like to learn something new – this pattern may be right for you.

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Peacock Tail Bag CAL: Part 1


Today is the day! I am so happy, excited, nervous and thrilled to share Part 1 of my new Peacock Tail Bag with you. If it’s the first time you hear about it – please check my blog post with all the details and general information HERE. I will add links to every part as they are published.
Peacock Tail Bag CAL - Part 1. Original design by Lilla Bjoen Crochet

Before you start crocheting, I would like to share a few things with you. Please, check Important Notes where I gathered all the abbreviations, stitch guide and explanation about all the techniques which will be used during the CAL. As well as CAL in general, these notes are translated into 12 languages by a wonderful team of enthusiastic translators (you will find their names in each part). I send many thanks and hugs to all of them and Massiel Lago and Laurene Leeseberg Bluder in particular!

Important Notes are available as pdf-files for download. PLEASE, please, (please!!!) read them carefully before you start crocheting and make sure you understand everything. If you have any doubts, please feel free to ask your questions in Official CCC Social group on Facebook HERE (many thanks to Susan Cutler Cutrer) where my CAL is officially hosted, or in my Ravelry group HERE (you will find a separate thread for asking questions, commenting and sharing the pictures of your finished projects).

Important Notes are available here:

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

Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Original design by Lilla Bjoen Crochet

GAUGE


Hopefully after reading these notes you will find the answers to all possible questions. But I would like draw your attention to the importance of keeping correct gauge.

  1. If you are using kits or your own colors of Linen Soft* by Scheepjes yarns the gauge is especially important for you as your yardages are limited and you should be very precise with the gauge not to run out of some shades. In case it happens – don’t worry. You can always change colorway for bag’s back (as it’s not important) and to add the shades you have left. But to prevent it, please, make sure the size of your crocheted pieces is exactly as stated in the pattern.
  2. I used 2.75mm (C) Clover Soft Touch* hook but you can go one or several sizes up or down. Just, please, find the most comfortable tension.
  3. It’s also extremely important to have front and back of your bag the same size after each part. There are lots of front post stitches used for the front (which may pull a bit – please, keep an eye on that) while the back is relaxed. So please, check the size of front and back after every part (or ideally – after every round/row).

 

COLOUR WAY


And the last thing I wanted to tell you – the colorways for Deep and Pastel versions are not the same. So please, be careful and don’t mix them. The colors for a pastel version are given in bracket on each round/row. If you chose your own colors – feel free to experiment with them and choose the best colorway for you.

Part 1 is very short and the most easy. It’s meant to introduce you to the techniques but also gives you the chance to practice front post stitches…

Ok… Seems like this is everything! Are you ready? So… let’s begin!

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: PART 1


English - US terms
English - UK terms
Afrikaans
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
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. 

Color Key DEEP VERSION:

C1 – emerald (608 – 1 skein), C2 – green (606 – 1 skein), C3 – purple (603 – 1 skein), C4 – dark blue (611 – 2 skeins), C5 – light blue (614 – 1 skein)

Color Key PASTEL VERSION:

C6 – grey (619 – 2 skeins), C7 – light blue (629 – 1 skein), C8 – purple (612 – 1 skein), C9 – lavender (624 – 1 skein), C10 – off white (613 – 1 skein).

Important!! If you are familiar with overlay crochet, you may probably know that stitches of the background are usually made in back loops only. But for this pattern please work all rounds and rows on back AND front – through both loops!!!

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 
FPtr front post treble crochet
yo yarn over
lp(s) loop(s)
NJ needle join
sk skip st(s)
*…* *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated

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FRONT PART


Rnd 1. Start with yarn C1 (C6). Make magic ring, ch2 (counts as 1st dc) and 11dc in magic ring; NJ in 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (12)
Peacock Tail Bag CAL - Part 1. Original design by Lilla Bjoen Crochet

Rnd 2. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Attach yarn in any st of rnd 1. First dc increase will be ch2+dc in same st where yarn was attached.

*2dc in next st* 12 times, NJ in the 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (24)
Peacock Tail Bag CAL - Part 1. Original design by Lilla Bjoen Crochet

Rnd 3. Change to yarn C3 (С8). Attach yarn in 1st st of any dc increase of rnd 2.
*dc in next st (1st dc of the rnd will be ch2), 2dc in next st* 12 times, NJ in the 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (36)
Peacock Tail Bag CAL - Part 1. Original design by Lilla Bjoen Crochet

Rnd 4. Change to yarn C1 (С6). Attach yarn in 1st dc of any dc increase of rnd 3.
*dc in next 2 sts (1st dc of the rnd will be ch2), 2dc in next st* 12 times; NJ in the 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (48)
Peacock Tail Bag CAL - Part 1. Original design by Lilla Bjoen Crochet

Rnd 5. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Attach yarn in 2nd dc after any dc increase of rnd 4.
*dc in next 3 sts (1st dc of the rnd will be ch2), 2dc in next st* 12 times; NJ in the 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (60)

Peacock Tail Bag CAL - Part 1. Original design by Lilla Bjoen Crochet

Rnd 6. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Attach yarn in 2nd dc of any dc increase of rnd 5.

Note: please, feel free to replace FPtr’s with FPdtr’s if they pull too much. Front post stitches should be made to the height of working round, and they should be not too tight and not too loose.

*hdc in next 4 sts (1st hdc of the rnd will be ch2), 2hdc in next st* 3 times, *hdc in next 5 sts, FPtr around 2nd dc of underlying increase of rnd 4, sk no sts on rnd 5* 9 times; NJ in 1st hdc of the rnd after ch2. (72)
Peacock Tail Bag CAL - Part 1. Original design by Lilla Bjoen Crochet

Rnd 7. Change to yarn C1 (C6). Attach yarn in 2nd hdc of hdc increase of rnd 6 after last FPtr.

Sc in next 13 sts (1st sc of the rnd will be a ch), *hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts* 9 times, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts; NJ in the 1st sc of the rnd after ch1. (82)

Your piece should measure 12 cm (4 ¾”) after rnd 7.

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BACK PART


Please, try to keep the same gauge as for front. Check measurements after rnd 7.

Rnd 1. Start with yarn C1 (C6). Make magic ring, ch2 (counts as 1st dc) and 11dc in magic ring; NJ in 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (12)

Rnd 2. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Attach yarn in any st of rnd 1. First dc increase will be ch2+dc in same st where yarn was attached.
*2dc in next st* 12 times, NJ in the 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (24)

Rnd 3. Change to yarn C3 (С8). Attach yarn in 1st st of any dc increase of rnd 2.
*dc in next st (1st dc of the rnd will be ch2), 2dc in next st* 12 times, NJ in the 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (36)

Rnd 4. Change to yarn C1 (С6). Attach yarn in 1st dc of any dc increase of rnd 3.
*dc in next 2 sts (1st dc of the rnd will be ch2), 2dc in next st* 12 times; NJ in the 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (48)

Rnd 5. Change to yarn C2 (C7). Attach yarn in 2nd dc after any dc increase of rnd 4.
*dc in next 3 sts (1st dc of the rnd will be ch2), 2dc in next st* 12 times; NJ in the 1st dc of the rnd after ch2. (60)

Rnd 6. Change to yarn C3 (C8). Attach yarn in 2nd dc of any dc increase of rnd 5.
*hdc in next 4 sts (1st hdc of the rnd will be ch2), 2hdc in next st* 12 times; NJ in the 1st hdc of the rnd after ch2. (72)

Rnd 7. Change to yarn C1 (C6). Attach yarn in 2nd hdc of any hdc increase of rnd 6.
Sc in 13 next sts (1st sc of the rnd will be a ch), *hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts* 9 times, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts; NJ in the 1st sc of the rnd after ch1. (82)

Congratilations! Part 1 is now finifshed! :)

Peacock Tail Bag CAL - Part 1. Original design by Lilla Bjoen Crochet

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

Front:


Back:


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Peacock Tail Bag CAL: General Information



I can’t believe it’s only one week before my new Peacock Tail Bag CAL begins! And I am so excited about it. Seems like it’s right time to give you all the details about this project. If you haven’t chosen yarn and shades yet – that’s also the right time to do that.
Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

DISCLOSURE: This blog contains affiliate links. If you purchase a product via a link on my blog, I get a small percentage contribution from the store which enables me to keep providing you with free patterns. It costs you nothing extra to visit the store via my link, but ensure I get the credit for the sale. Thank you for your support!

 What is this CAL about?


As you can see from the name and pictures this CAL is about a bag. From the very beginning I wanted it to look like a peacock tail. So I chose certain colors and tried to build exact shape.

The front of the bag is made in overlay crochet technique and is covered with front post stitches and clusters. And the back is very simple – with colorful stripes. This bag has a fabric lining with small pocket and magnetic clasp. Adjustable strap allows to wear it as a cross-body bag or just over one shoulder.

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.

Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Resources:


  • Tutorials. Each Wednesday a new Part (detailed tutorial with written instructions and pictures) will be published here, on my blog. Around 4pm (Easten european time).
  • Printing/PDF. You can find a green Print-Friendly button at the bottom of every post on my blog. You can use it to print the tutorials (with or without pictures) and also to convert them to pdf’s. If you are not sure how to use this button, please, check a very helpful tutorial HERE.
  • Newsletter. If you haven’t done this yet, be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter not to miss a single beat of this CAL. I also offer a free pattern of Macaron Pin Cushion exclusively to my subscribers. If you have some problems with subscribing, please feel free to do it on any page of my blog.
  • Ravelry. Please, add this CAL to your Ravelry queue. You can also join my official group on Ravelry where the information about each tutorial will be published and where you can also share your finished projects or ask questions.
  • Facebook. Don’t forget to join my Facebook club. And be sure to check Official CCC Social Group which will host this CAL.
  • Pinterest. I’ve created a new board on Pinterest HERE where all the tutorials of this CAL will be added after being published on my blog.
  • Instagram. Please use hashtag #PeacockTailBagCAL along with the pictures of your projects on Instagram. So that we all can find them and admire :)
  • Video. All videos for this CAL will be kindly recordered by Esther Dijkstra from It’s all in a Nutshell. You can view each video in the end of each post!
  • Languages. This CAL will be translated into Dutch, German, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, French and Hebrew. As planned at the moment, translations will be available for download as pdf files.

 
Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

 

Yarn and Kits


I used Linen Soft yarn by Scheepjes in 5 shades for my bags (both Deep and Pastel version) – 6 skeins in total for each bag (two skeins of one “main” shade which is also used for the bag’s band). In my opinion, Linen Soft is ideal yarn for this project as it’s very natural in look and touch, the colors are rich and it’s also quite stiff. With just a perfect sturdiness for the bag. 

Shades for Deep version: 1 x 603, 1 x 606, 1 x 608, 1 x 614 and 2 x 611
Shades for Pastel version: 1 x 612, 1 x 613, 1 x 624, 1 x 629 and 2 x 619
Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet


There are complete kits available for purchase at Wool Warehouse* HERE and HERE (international shipping) and De Breibar yarn shop HERE (Netherlands). Each kit includes yarn pack, lining, bag handle, magnetic clasp, metal D-rings and white medium interfacing. The kits are being sold very fast, and new batch is in stock again (at the time of posting).

!!! UPDATE: Because kits are so popular both types of lining were totally sold out. According to official information from Wool Warehouse, after current batch of kits is sold out - new kits will no longer be available for purchase via this retailer. But good news is that you can now purchase separately bag handles, magnetic clasps and D-rings HERE and create your own kits (with the lining of your own choice).
Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Linen Soft is DK weight yarn. If you haven’t tried this yarn before – please, check my review HERE. If you would like to create your own colorway, you can use your own shades and purchase separate skeins on Wool Warehouse* HERE, Paradise Fibers* (US) HERE or in your local shop. If you intend to use different yarns - please, choose solid and contrasting colors to make overlay image vivid!

You will also need a 2.75mm or 3mm (C) crochet hook. I used Clover Soft Touch* and am very happy with it. Exact size of your hook will mostly depend on your personal style of crochet and gauge (see Gauge below).
Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet


Stitch Abbreviations


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. There will be detailed instructions about how to make every stitch given in the pattern for each week.





Skill level: Intermediate (or Adventurous Beginner)


Very often I am asked if this CAL (and overlay crochet technique in general) is suitable for beginners. This is a very difficult question and I am not sure if the answer really exists. Last year I wrote about my own opinion and you can read it HERE.

Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

If you have never tried overlay crochet before – please, make sure to check Circles of the Sun CAL (HERE) before you jump into Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Please, make 2-3 squares using written instructions and video’s. This will give you a very clear idea of what my coming CAL will look like. You will get acquainted with the pattern style and special techniques. Like “needle join” for example. If you make several squares and feel confident with front post stitches, skipping stitches, keeping correct tension – then yes. Peacock Tail Bag CAL is right for you.

If you haven’t done this yet – please, check Overlay Crochet section on my blog. I published all the important information about this technique. I would recommend to you to have a look at it before you start the CAL.
Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet


Size


The size of your bag will naturally depend on yarn and hook you use. My bag is approx. 39 cm (15 ½”) wide in widest place and 35 cm (13 ¾”) tall.

Gauge


After 6 rounds circle with double crochet stitches measures 10cm (4”) in diameter.

The gauge is important here in two aspects. If you, like me, use Linen Soft yarn you should really keep an eye for gauge because if you crochet too loose, you can run out of certain shades and will not have enough yarn to finish the bag. Also you should be careful while making front post stitches – they are always made to the height of working round/row. They should not pull or be too loose.
Peacock Tail Bag CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Peacock Tail Bag CAL Timeline 


(Links to all the tutorials as they become available)

Part 1                      17 August 2016
Part 2                      24 August 2016
Part 3                      31 August 2016
Part 4                      7 September 2016
Part 5                     14 September 2016
Part 6                     21 September 2016
Part 7 (Lining)       28 September 2016


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Exploring Holland: Windmills and Clogs


Notes from the Netherlands. Part 5


Last week I came back from a very short but intensive vacation in the Netherlands. For the very first time I was there in April, meeting with other members of Scheepjes Bloggers Team. And after my trip a series of notes were published. You can find them HERE. For quite a long time my husband had been talking (and talking, and talking) about visiting Holland, so we finally decided to go there together. I made lots of pictures during this stay. Not all of them are crochet or yarn related. But I decided to share them with you. And also to keep my own memories in this way. Who knows: maybe you will read my notes and want to visit Holland as well. In the summer it is beau-ti-ful!

First spot of our stay was, of course, Amsterdam. And I found a huge difference between how it feels here in late April (with unpredictable cold and strong rains) and the summer (with warm weather and the same unpredictable rains). Amsterdam was blooming. Every narrow street was covered with small cute benches surrounded by endless bowls with flowers. I really liked the idea of flowers in bowls outside. And not only flowers but also trees! Need to think of something like this for my own tiny garden.

Amsterdam is the face of the Netherlands in many ways and I could write the whole post about it. But I better start with something else. With a bit of history and Dutch symbols. I will tell you about visiting Zaanse Schans – a small village near Amsterdam which is still breathing old history.

Only a century ago there were almost thousand manufacturing windmills in this area, a huge manufacturing zone was created here – by the way the very first in the world. Because of fires, war and just time many windmills were broken by the middle of XX century. And the very few which survived, were brought to the small village Zaanse Schans. And this is how the story of museum started.





Today the Zaanse Schans is one of the most bright and popular touristic sightseeing. The village (where people are living and working) gives a unique possibility to touch the atmosphere of Dutch village of XVII-XVIII centuries, and to see ancient crafts which made Holland famous.

You can see 6 working windmills. Except of them there are old warehouses and houses of local people. You can also see unique workshops where the old traditions of Holland are being carefully kept.

One of probably most interesting places (at least for me) was a museum of clogs. Together with cheese and windmills clogs have become a beloved souvenir by tourists from the whole world. And I am not surprised at all. Aren’t they just beautiful, cute, wonderful… how many more epithets can I add? Thousands of these wooden shoes are brought as souvenirs to different parts of the world every year. And today they are still used by some modern farmers.
 


I had a chance to see how they are made. Surprisingly the whole process is absolutely automated. I could imagine a crafter who is working with wood and knife by hands. But no. An unshaped piece of wood is just put into a special (already programmed) machine, and in less than 5 minutes a rough shape is ready! Then a few human touches are needed: to bring the shape to the end, cut the front and back, polish… and paint, of course!! But before paining each clog should be left to completely dry out for approx. 4 weeks.

Our guide (a very fun and engaged crafter) told that because clogs are quite hard to walk in, they should be worn with wool socks. I got a chance to shortly walk in them in Haage :) It was much fun, and not so hard. I would not choose them as my everyday pair of shoes, but I believe they would be great for the garden: strong, light weight and warm.

In Zaanse Schans you will have lots, and lots… and lots of clogs to choose from. Endless variations of sizes and colors.

But I chose the ones which were already made during the workshop. They were roughly shaped, still very wet and sold by 2 euros each. An excellent price for an original gift from Holland.

I haven’t decided yet what I will use them for. I will probably paint them with oil, fill in with plastic bag and plant a small flower inside. The clogs with flowers look magic on the wall of the house.

The museum of clogs gives an idea of how they looked in the past. There are some very old examples and also very modern. What do you think about the clog with wheels? Or bride’s clogs? Or a “Fisherman Fantasy” clog? 

Or (wow) a Diamond Clog?

The Zaanse Schans is a very nice place to spend a day in. Windmills and some museums and worshops are open for a fee, but if your budget is short you can just take a walk around, look into a handmade soup shop, eat home-made waffles or a sandwich with Dutch herring (omg, it was so tasty! I want another one right now).

You can take painteresque selfies in front of the windmills or buy a small paining from a local artist. Who, by the way, speaks 18(!) languages and can accept payments by a credit card. Just outside one of the windmills. On the grass. :)

Well, what more to add… If you are in the Netherlands – make sure to visit the Zaanse Schans!

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