About Labyrinth Celtic mandala blanket

Designing is a magic process. Really! Sometimes when I get an idea I feel my hands and my head don’t belong to me anymore. They are guided by some powerful, inspiring energy – till the end, when new crochet design is finally finished. And I truly believe creative ideas live on their own, and choose people (designers, artists and crafters) with whom they “want to work”. And this becomes even more obvious when I see what other people create with my patterns. Last week there was one of those moments when you silently look at the picture and can hardly say anything. Last week I saw Labyrinth Celtic mandala blanket finished by Taemombo (that's a Ravelry name as the author asked not to use her real name in the post).
Labyrinth Celtic Mandala Blanket (overlay crochet)

I have been following Taemombo's work in my Ravelry group. I remember when she first posted and told she would like to combine several mandala’s and make a blanket. That’s sounded very interesting, though I couldn’t really imagine how it would turn out in the end! And today I am so happy to host Taemombo on my blog. She has kindly agreed to answer my questions and share her creative journey with us (all pictures are credited to Taemombo and used with her permission).

- Your blanket looks amazing!! How did you come up with this idea?

- I was looking for a pattern without flowers and not too girly so I could make a blanket for my husband. Every blanket I had made before I gave away. He has always been so supportive with the compliments and money for yarn, I decided it was his turn to get one. I have always liked the looks of the patterns people make using Scheepjes Stone Washed* yarn, and found Stylecraft Batik* yarn more affordable and on sale. I bought some and he liked the colors so decided they would be for his blanket.
Labyrinth Celtic Mandala Blanket (overlay crochet)

When I saw the Labyrinth Mandala come up on Ravelry I was so excited. It was perfect!! I made the first mandala and he loved it, so I just kept making them. I had already made one Celtic Mandala which I enjoyed the challenge and figured I could work it into the blanket as well. So I had all these mandalas growing but wasn’t sure how to turn them into a blanket.
Labyrinth Celtic Mandala Blanket (overlay crochet)

First I thought I would square them but since I’m not a designer and just a crocheter I needed a pattern especially since it was big and I didn’t want to ruin it now. I needed more stitches per round to square and decided Joana’s Mandala suited the Celtic Mandala, so added the last 14 rounds. I put all the notes about mandala modifications on my Ravelry project page, and you can check them HERE.

Still not convinced how to turn ready mandalas into a blanket I went back to Ravelry scouting for ideas. I came across the Summer Mosaic pattern by Julie Yaeger and figured, hey, this would work. After the Labyrinth Mandala’s were finished I laid them out on the floor. Looking at that picture all of a sudden I remembered a Waldo’s Puzzle square I had seen, so added that into the equation. Next was the border and Labyrinth Border had come out in the mean time. It was so fitting, and I had to use it! I added the last border section to the blanket with a few minor alterations to keep it square (without increases).
Labyrinth Celtic Mandala Blanket (overlay crochet)

- How many blankets have you made in your life? What do you do with finished items?

The first blanket and mandala I had ever made was Mandala Madness CAL by Helen Shrimpton, which my best friend convinced me I should do with her. I was one of those people who said they would never make a blanket, never say never. While I was doing the CAL it was just too much time between releases so I added another blanket to my project list for my son. My niece got engaged as well so another blanket added to my project page! I was hooked! Made 7 blankets so far. They make excellent hugs to give away.




Always admired Tatsiana’s mandalas and didn’t know if that might be way beyond my ability but as I kept going and loved learning new stitches and techniques I decided it was time to tackle one which turned into two. My best friend’s blanket deserved the best. I chose Mint Coffee Mandala, then enlarged it with bits of Spanish Mandala and added Dandelion Border using Sophie loves Lilla Bjorn winter blanket pattern.
Labyrinth Mandala Blanket (overlay crochet)

- When did you learn to crochet?

- I started crocheting by accident really. My sister did lots and told my daughter she should get her to teach her. She just laughed at me and said I should learn and make her things. Since her birthday was just a few weeks away and she was going away for a week I decided to surprise her by learning how to crochet and make her something for her birthday. So got my sister to teach me the chain and single crochet, then I went home and found a video tutorial for a mouse, my first project. That was December 2014.


- Do you also knit?

- Knitting, no! Grandma tried when I was about 8-10 but I couldn’t cast on or off and tension was all over the map as well as the number of stitches. I failed, never tried since.

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Tree of Life pillow – new overlay crochet pattern

To Celebrate National Crochet Month


Did you know that March is a National Crochet Month? Yes, it’s almost end of month – that’s true. But still it’s not too late to join the celebration. Today I am happy to be a representative of 5th Annual NatCroMo Blog tour. Please, visit their official page HERE to get acquainted with other participating designers. And HERE you can read a short interview with me.
Tree of Life pillow - overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn


To celebrate National Crochet Month I have just released a new overlay crochet pattern. Recently I have been under influence of Celtic designs, and I have created several Celtic patterns (check my Celtic Mandala and Celtic Tiles Blanket). I have been in love with crochet cables for a while now and got an idea of a new design. I wanted to “draw” a tree. A lonely but hoping tree.

Three months ago together with my family and friends we spent a week in the mountains, enjoying true winter with freezing temperatures and lots of snow. We went skiing in the mornings and enjoyed evenings in front of the fireplace. And we made lots of walks around the neighborhood with our dog. During these long walks I saw lots of lonely trees in the fields, frozen and covered with snow. They looked magic.
Tree of Life pillow - overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn


In one of the evenings I draw a sketch of a tree on a napkin. I felt so inspired and wishing to recreate this drawing into crochet when I returned home. And it worked!!! Later I added two cabled panels to frame a tree square, and to turn it into a pillow throw.

So here is my new Tree of Life pillow pattern! It is available for purchase HERE on Ravelry.

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Tree of Life pillow - overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Tree of Life pillow - overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

I used Stone Washed XL yarn* (aran weight) in shade Crystal Quartz (854) to express my feelings about last winter. And when the pattern was ready, I decided to make another pillow in light green color New Jade (859) – 8 skeins for complete pillow throw. Because of gauge difference you will need two hooks for this project – 4.5mm (7) and 5mm (H). The clasp includes 2 wooden buttons in appropriate size (I used Scheepjes olive wood buttons* - 30mm).
Tree of Life pillow - overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Because of multiple front post stitches the crochet fabric is pretty tight and dense, so no lining is not needed.






Central Tree panel can be used as a separate decoration – for an old fabric pillowcase, for example. Or as a motif for an afghan (and if you use soft yarn, the square will not be so stiff). I thought it can also work nicely for a potholder, so I made one for myself with Catona yarn* in shade Kiwi (205) with Petal Peach (263) for the edge. To complement my new potholder, I made another one with Celtic Tiles free pattern. And lined both pieces with natural linen fabric (just stitched it by hand to crochet).
Tree of Life potholder - overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Tree of Life pillow pattern is aimed to intermediate crocheters who already know how to make front post stitches and keep the gauge under control. There are lots of progress pictures and complete stitch guide in the pattern. A print friendly copy is also available for download. The pattern has been thoroughly tested by 11 testers. I hope you will enjoy it, and of course I am always here to help you.
Tree of Life pillow - overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

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Brief information about Tree of Life pillow pattern:

  • Level: Intermediate (front post stitches)
  • Materials: aran yarn in one colour (Stone Washed XL by Scheepjes - available via Wool Warehouse HERE*, Deramores HERE*, Paradise Fibers (US)* and in your local Scheepjes shops), 4.5mm (US7) and 5mm (H) crochet hooks, stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle to weave in ends.
  • The size of finished pillow depends on the yarn and hook you use. My pillow is approx. 40 cm (16 inches) large.
  • Language: English
  • Instructions: US crochet terms and abbreviations (including complete stitch guide), written instructions, step-by-step pictures. Print friendly copy of the pattern is available (with no pictures)
  • Tree of Life pillow pattern is available HERE on Ravelry. Use code TREE to get 25% off through Monday, March 27. 
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Whirl Mandala Cardigan - FREE crochet pattern

Crochet round vests (or circle jackets) can be very different. Whirl Mandala Cardigan is my own version of this beloved garment shape. Plain circle instead of lace mandala in the center gives it a classical look, and soft gradient color changes of Whirl yarn by Scheepjes make this garment unique. With just one skein you will create a fresh accessory for yourself or a gift for your relatives or friends. This free crochet pattern is aimed to beginners! Enjoy! (You can see more pictures of Whirl mandala cardigan HERE).

Whirl Mandala Cardigan - FREE crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn


What you’ll need


  • Yarn in one color. I used cotton blend yarn “Whirl" by Scheepjes (reviewed HERE)  in shade Liquorice Yumyum (751). One skein for entire cardigan. Please note that depending on your gauge you might need more yarn.
          Whirl yarn is available at Wool Warehouse* (HERE) or in your local Scheepjes shops.
  • Clover Amour crochet hook 3.25 mm (D)* or size needed to get an acceptable gauge.
  • Stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle to weave in yarn tails.


Level

Beginner

Gauge


Gauge is only critical for this pattern if you are using Whirl yarn and want to stay within one skein. After Round 5 the piece measures approx. 10cm/4in across.

Finished size


One size (S to L). Cardigan measures approx. 40cm (15 ½ in) between arm holes (the shoulders). And approx. 82cm (32in) long measured on the back from neck to the bottom.

Abbreviations and Stitch Guide (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 native language.

st(s) stitch(es)
beg beginning
ch chain
yo yarn over
lp(s) loop(s)
ss (slip stitch) – insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw yarn up and pull 2nd lp through the 1st lp on hook.
sc (single crochet) – insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, yo and pull through both lps on hook.
hdc (half double crochet) - yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, yo, pull through 3 lps.
dc (double crochet) – yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* twice.
*…* *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated
[…] [crochet following directions] as many times as indicated


Pattern notes


  • Whirl Mandala Cardigan is crocheted in round on right side, each round is joined with ss.
  • Ch2 in the beginning of each round doesn’t count as dc. So 1st dc is made in the same st as join.
  • Ch5 in the beginning of the round counts as 1dc and ch2.
Whirl Mandala Cardigan - FREE crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

INSTRUCTIONS

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Copyright LillaBjornCrochet 2017. All rights reserved. This pattern is for unlimited personal use only. Do not reproduce or sell the pattern. The pattern may not be copied in any way (print or digitally), in part or in full. Items may be sold that are made from this pattern as long as the designer is credited. Shop owners, if you wish to make a kit with yarn using this pattern, please request permission and copyright details from me before offering any kits for sale. Please, read Copyright page for more information.





 

Central mandala


Round 1: Working with yarn tail from the center of the skein. Make magic ring, ch2 (doesn’t count as dc here and throughout) and 12dc into ring. Tighten the ring and finish with ss top of 1st dc after ch2. (12 dc)

Round 2: ch2, 2dc in each st around (1st dc increase is made in the same st as join), finish with ss top of 1st dc. (24 dc)

Round 3: Note: first dc is made in same st as join (here and throughout)
ch2, *1dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (36 dc)

Round 4: ch2, *1dc, 2dc in next st, 1dc* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (48 dc)
Round 5: ch2, *3dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (60 dc)
Round 6: ch2, *2dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (72 dc)
Round 7: ch2, *5dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (84 dc)
Round 8: ch2, *3dc, 2dc in next st, 3dc* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (96 dc)
Round 9: ch2, *7dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (108 dc)

Lace part


Round 10: ch5 (counts as dc and ch2), skip same st as join and next st, *1dc, ch2, skip 1 st* repeat around, finish with ss in 3rd ch in the beg of the round. (54 dc and 54 ch2-sps)
Whirl Mandala Cardigan - FREE crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Round 11. !!!Important Note:!!! on this and ALL NEXT ODD rounds every ch2-sp counts as st. So each dc and increase is either made in dc or ch2-sp. 1st dc is made in same st as join.

ch2, *3dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (132 dc)
Whirl Mandala Cardigan - FREE crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Round 12: As Round 10 (66 dc and 66 ch2-sps)
Round 13: ch2, *4dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (156 dc)
Round 14: As Round 10 (78 dc and 78 ch2-sps)
Round 15: ch2, *5dc, 2dc in next st, 6dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (180 dc)
Round 16: As Round 10 (90 dc and 90 ch2-sps)
Round 17: ch2, *6dc, 2dc in next st, 7dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (204 dc)
Round 18: As Round 10 (102 dc and 102 ch2-sps)
Round 19: ch2, *7dc, 2dc in next st, 8dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (228 dc)
Round 20: As Round 10 (114 dc and 114 ch2-sps)
Round 21: ch2, *8dc, 2dc in next st, 9dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (252 dc)
Round 22: As Round 10 (126 dc and 126 ch2-sps)
Round 23: ch2, *9dc, 2dc in next st, 10dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (276 dc)
Round 24: As Round 10 (138 dc and 138 ch2-sps)
Round 25: ch2, *10dc, 2dc in next st, 11dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (300 dc)
Round 26: As Round 10 (150 dc and 150 ch2-sps)
Round 27: ch2, *11dc, 2dc in next st, 12dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (324 dc)
Round 28: As Round 10 (162 dc and 162 ch2-sps)
Round 29: ch2, *12dc, 2dc in next st, 13dc, 2dc in next st* 12 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (348 dc)

Shaping arm holes


At this point your mandala should measure approx. 57cm/22 ½ in across (when stretched).

Round 30: ch5 (counts as dc and ch2), skip same st as join and next st, *1dc, ch2, skip 1 st* 46 times, 1dc in next st, 46ch loosely, skip 43 sts, *1dc in next st, ch2, skip 1 st* 36 times, 1dc in next st, 46ch loosely, skip 43 sts, *1dc in next st, ch2, skip 1 st* to the end (47 times), finish with ss in 3rd ch in the beg of the round. (132dc, 2 46ch-sps, 130 ch2-sps)
Whirl Mandala Cardigan - FREE crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Round 31: ch2, *13dc, 2dc in next st, 14dc, 2dc in next st* 3 times, 8dc till next ch46-sp, 1dc in each of next 46ch, 73dc till next 46ch-sp, 1dc in each of next 46ch, 6dc, 2dc in next st, [13dc, 2dc in next st, 14dc, 2dc in next st] 3 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (367 dc)
Whirl Mandala Cardigan - FREE crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

If you are working with Whirl yarn, the color will continue to change. I recommend to break yarn now and crochet around each of two armholes with 2 rounds of sc (make 46 sc on each “front” and “back” and 2sc in each of 2 ch2-sps – 94 sc in total). Then join yarn with ss in the same st as join of Round 31.

Shaping neck


Round 32: ch5 (counts as dc and ch2), skip same st as join and next st, *1dc, ch2, skip 1 st* 72 times, 72sc, ch2, skip next st, [1dc, ch2, skip 1 st] 73 times, finish with ss in 3rd ch in the beg of the round. (147dc, 72sc, 148 ch2-sps)

Round 33: ch2, *14dc, 2dc in next st, 15dc, 2dc in next st* 4 times, 14dc, 2dc in next st, 6dc, 2hdc, 1sc in next sp, 72sc, 1sc in next sp, 2hdc, 6dc, 2dc in next st, [14dc, 2dc in next st, 15dc, 2dc in next st] 4 times, 13dc, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (307dc, 74sc, 4hdc)

Round 34: ch5 (counts as dc and ch2), skip same st as join and next st, *1dc, ch2, skip 1 st* 78 times, 70sc, ch2, skip next st, *1dc, ch2, skip 1 st* 78 times, finish with ss in 3rd ch in the beg of the round. (157dc, 70sc, 158 ch2-sps)

Round 35: ch2, *15dc, 2dc in next st* 10 times, 2hdc, 17sc, 2sc in next st, 24sc, 2sc in next st, 17sc, 2hdc, 2dc in next st, [15dc, 2dc in next st] 10 times, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (342 dc, 4hdc, 62sc)

Lace Edge


Round 36: As Round 10. (204 dc and 204 ch2-sps)
Round 37: ch2, *16dc, 2dc in next st* till end, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (432 dc)
Round 38: As Round 10. (216 dc and 216 ch2-sps)
Round 39: ch2, *17dc, 2dc in next st* till end, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (456 dc)
Round 40: As Round 10. (228 dc and 228 ch2-sps)
Round 41: ch2, *18dc, 2dc in next st* till end, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (480 dc)
Round 42: As Round 10. (240 dc and 240 ch2-sps)
Round 43: ch2, *19dc, 2dc in next st* till end, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (504 dc)
Round 44: As Round 10. (252 dc and 252 ch2-sps)
Round 45: ch2, *20dc, 2dc in next st* till end, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (528 dc)
Round 46: As Round 10. (264 dc and 264 ch2-sps)
Round 47: ch2, *21dc, 2dc in next st* till end, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (552 dc)
Round 48: As Round 10. (276 dc and 276 ch2-sps)
Round 49: ch2, *22dc, 2dc in next st* till end, finish with ss top of 1st dc. (576 dc)
Round 50: As Round 10. (288 dc and 288 ch2-sps)
Round 51: 2sc in next st, ch5 (counts as dc and ch2), [1dc in next sp, ch2] 10 times, (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in next sp, ch2, *[1dc in next sp, ch2] 11 times, (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in next sp* repeat till end (23 times), finish with ss in 3rd ch in the beg of the round. (312dc and 312 ch2-sps)

Note: depending on how much yarn is left you can leave out Rounds 52 and 53.

Rounds 52-53: 2sc in next st, ch5, [1dc in next sp, ch2] repeat till end, finish with ss in 3rd ch in the beg of the round. (312dc and 312 ch2-sps)
Round 54: *ch3, ss in next dc* to the end, fasten off, weave ends. Block to measurements.


Congratulations!!! Your Whirl Mandala Cardigan is now finished!

Whirl Mandala Cardigan - FREE crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

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Celtic Love. Simple, quick, unique.

Have you tried Celtic Tiles overlay crochet pattern yet? It is FREE and you can find it HERE (there is also a video available HERE - made by Esther of It's All In A Nutshell). This pattern was written with blanket in mind. But as far as it’s about a crochet square, it can be used in many other ways. And one of them is to make a pillow.
Celtic Tiles pillow - FREE overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

I have been a little bit addicted to making Celtic squares recently, so I finished more pieces than I actually needed. Four of them were made with Stone Washed yarn* by Scheepjes in Amazonite shade (813). I also had a new pillow cover from IKEA in nice cream shade. So I thought it might be nice to join squares and to stitch finished crocheted decoration onto ready pillow cover. And here is the result!




As you can see large crocheted square is a little bit smaller than the pillowcase. So I centered my Celtic decoration leaving a narrow fabric border. Quick and easy. And unique gift (for yourself or your friends) is ready in almost no time.
Celtic Tiles pillow - FREE overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

If you are curious about how much yarn was used – each square weights approx. 40g (valid for Stone Washed and 4mm Clover Soft touch hook*).

I am sometimes asked what is the best way to stitch crocheted pieces to fabric. I don’t really know what is the best way, but I always do that by hand with running sewing stitch. I use a needle and yarn of the same color as the border of my crocheted decoration.
Celtic Tiles pillow - FREE overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

Crocheted blankets are wonderful, but sometimes it takes forever to finish them. But on the other hand making 1 small square now and then can be a very nice break from a large project. And if your blanket is never finished you can still use ready squares. To make a pillow, for example. :)

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Me and crochet garment?.. Hm… Why not!

Me and designing crochet garments?.. If someone told me 2 years ago I would create my own garments, I would only smile in respond. No way! But life and inspiration have their own plan. And ta-dah… here is my new creation! I haven’t decided about the name yet (maybe you could help me?). But it’s a mandala vest, or round circle jacket.
Crochet mandala vest - made with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes - original design by Lilla Bjorn

Several weeks ago I told you about new Scheepjes yarn – Whirl (reviewed HERE). It’s a cotton blend yarn cake coming in 12 gorgeous shades – all inspired by ice cream flavours. The good news is that Whirl is already available for purchase. You can find it on Wool Warehouse (HERE)* (ships orders internationally) and in your local Scheepjes shops, of course.

I have a special feeling about this yarn, as I fell in love with it at the first glance. When I received a sample cake in black-and-white I just started to crochet a plain circle with double crochet stitches. I didn’t really have any clear idea in mind. Yarn cake itself looked crazy wonderful and I wanted to copy the shape and all the gradient changes of colors.
Crochet mandala vest - made with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes - original design by Lilla Bjorn

After central circle was finished, I changed to a more open pattern thinking it might make a nice summer baby blanket. And suddenly that feeling came. A Mandala Vest! I wanted to turn my new design into a round sleeveless jacket.





To be honest I was not sure if 1 skein of Whirl yarn would be enough or not, but I was hoping. And it worked just perfect! Perfect one size which fits all (S to L). My finished vest measures approx. 40cm (15 ½ in) between arm holes (the shoulders). And it’s approx. 82cm (32 in) long measured on the back from neck to the bottom.
Crochet mandala vest - made with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes - original design by Lilla Bjorn

To say I am not fond of being a photo-model is to say nothing. But since I didn’t have anyone to model for me (and I was so excited to show you my finished vest), so I had to give it a try. I am sending many thanks to my friend Xenia who did a great job. I like some of these pictures very much.
Crochet mandala vest - made with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes - original design by Lilla Bjorn
Crochet mandala vest - made with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes - original design by Lilla Bjorn

I call it a Mandala Vest though there is no true mandala in the center of a circle. I could of course remake it from beginning and start with some lacy mandala design. But I didn’t do it on purpose. Whirl yarn is so gorgeous, and soft gradient colour changes are just amazing. It would be a pity to take attention away from the yarn. So let’s call it a modern version of traditional Mandala Vest. I also think that in this interpretation the jacket can fit a wider number of outfits. It’s simple and looks classical. Though it has a modern shape.
Crochet mandala vest - made with Whirl yarn by Scheepjes - original design by Lilla Bjorn

I will do my best to release the pattern (FREE) next week. So if you would like to make a fresh accessory for yourself, be sure to stop by on my blog again! UPDATE: free pattern for Whirl Mandala Cardigan is HERE.

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Celtic Tiles Blanket: FREE overlay crochet pattern

Celtic Tiles Blanket consists of 20 squares made in overlay crochet technique with simple border. It’s not as well draping as other cabled crochet blankets, but it gives a very nice feeling of coziness and warmness. Perfect for winter times. Read more about this blanket in THIS blog post (with more reveal pictures).
Celtic Tiles Blanket - FREE overlay crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn

What you’ll need


  • Yarn in one color. I used yarn “Stone Washed XL" by Scheepjes (50g/1.76 oz.,130 m/142 yds.) in shade Crystal Quartz (854) 87g for one square; 38 skeins for entire blanket
  • Amour Crochet hook 5 mm (H)* or size needed to get an acceptable gauge.
  • Stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle to weave in yarn tails.

 

KITS 


If you would like to use Stone Washed XL yarn for your blanket, you can purchase a ready yarn pack at Wool Warehouse (HERE)* and Deramores (HERE)*. Both retailers are located in UK and ship orders internationally. And you can of course find Scheepjes yarn in your local Scheepjes store.

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    Gauge

    15 sts x 10 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4in x 4in) with one row of dc, one row of sc pattern

    Finished size

    Each square is approx. 30cm/12” large when blocked. The entire blanket is approx. 122cm x 152cm (48in x 60in)

    Abbreviations and Stitch Guide (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 native language.

    st(s) stitch(es)
    ch chain
    yo yarn over
    lp(s) loop(s)
    BL back loop(s)
    WS wrong side
    RS right side
    sk skip st(s)
    *…* *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated
    ss (slip stitch) – insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw yarn up and pull 2nd lp through the 1st lp on hook.
    sc (single crochet) – insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, yo and pull through both lps on hook.
    dc (double crochet) – yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* twice.
    FPtr (front post treble crochet) - yo, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* 3 times.
    FPtr2tog (front post treble 2 together) - * yo twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps] twice* twice, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.
    FPdtr (front post double treble crochet) – yo 3 times, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* 4 times.
    FPdtr2tog (front post double treble crochet 2 together) - *yo 3 times, insert hook from front to back around the post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp,[yo, pull through 2 lps] 3 times*, twice, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.




    Important notes


    1. Reading the pattern. This pattern contains written instructions and a lot of pictures showing to which sts the overlaid stitches should be added (these sts are marked by arrows). I would strongly recommend using both kinds of instructions. It will be easier to read and understand the written instructions after looking at the pictures. This pattern is written for right-handed people.

    2. Turning ch1/ch2. This square is worked in rows, back and forth. Ch1/ch2 in the beginning of each row doesn’t count as a st. So 1st st is always made in 1st st of previous row.

    3. Gauge. Overlaid stitches are used to crochet this square, that’s why it is very important to have their gauge under control: they should be neither too loose nor too tight, because this will lead to a deformation of the shape. The right tensioned overlay stitches should be made to the height of the working round. And width of your square should stay the same after each row.
    Tension of front post stitches

    4. Skipping sts. Overlaid stitches “hide” the stitches of background and this is the reason, why sc of the working round should be skipped. Please note that the number of overlaid stitches is always the same as the number of skipped sts. And stitch count after each row is the same.

    It might be tricky to keep track on skipped sts. Stitch markers can help you. After completing sc before each group of next FPsts, insert stitch marker in next sts. Then make indicated FPsts. And now 1st marked sts behind them will be counted at 1st skipped st.
    Use stitch markers to easily identify skipped stitches

    Because you always skip sts behind FPsts, you will have gaps behind them. They are adding drape to the square and prevent it from being stiff. If you would like to get rid of these gaps, you can “close” them working on wrong side. To do so, insert the hook in back loops of skipped stitches and under both loops of corresponding FPsts of previous row (see pics below).
    How to close "pockets" on wrong side in overlay crochet

    5. Inserting hook. If you make a front post stitch, the hook is always inserted from front to back and then again to front around the post (vertical part) of the indicated st. In other words, the hook will be inserted behind the post.
    How to make front post stitches



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    Instructions – Square (make 20)

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    To complete one square you will need approx. 86-87g of Stone Washed XL. Please, make sure you use not more than this amount, because otherwise yarn in the kit will not be enough to complete the blanket.

    Row 1. (WS) Ch38. 1dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to the end. Turn. (36 sts)

    Row 2. (RS) Ch1 (doesn’t count as st here and throughout), 1sc in each st to the end. Turn (36 sts)

    Row 3. Ch2 (doesn’t count as st here and throughout), 1dc in each st to the end. Turn.

    Row 4. Note: all front post stitches are made around sts from 2 rows below – here and throughout the pattern.

    Ch1, 3sc, 1FPtr around 6th sc from 2 rows below, 1FPtr around each of next 2 sts, skip 3 sts behind FPtr’s just made, 3sc, 1FPtr around same sc from 2 rows below, 1FPtr around next sc, skip 2 sts behind FPtr’s just made, 14sc, 1FPtr around 9th sc (from the end of the row) from 2 rows below, 1FPtr around next sc, skip 2 sts behind FPtr’s just made, 3sc, 1FPtr around same sc, 1FPtr around each of next 2 sc, skip 3 sts behind FPtr just made, 3sc; turn.
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    Row 5. As row 3.

    Row 6. Ch1, 5sc, 1FPtr around 1st FPtr below, 1FPtr2tog around next 2 FPtr, skip 2 sts, 3sc, 1FPtr around each of 2FPtr below, skip 2sc on row 4, 1FPtr around each of next 2 sc, skip 4 sts on row 5, 2sc, 1FPtr around same sc from 2 rows below, 1FPtr around next sc, skip 4 sc on row 4, 1FPtr around each of next 2 sc, skip 4 sts on row 5, 2sc, 1FPtr around same sc from 2 rows below, 1FPtr around next sc, 1FPtr around each of next 2 FPtr below, skip 4 sts on row 5, 3sc, 1FPtr2tog around next 2FPtr, 1FPtr around next FPtr, skip 2 sts on row 5, 5sc; turn.
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    Row 7. As row 3.

    Row 8. Note: on this and all next rows by “skipped sts” are meant sts of previous row, hidden behind front post stitches just made.

    Ch1, 7sc, 1FPdtr around 1st FPtr below, 1FPdtr around next FPtr2tog, *skip next 2 FPtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPtr, skip 4 sts, 2sc, 1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPtr below* 3 times, 1FPdtr around next FPtr2tog, 1FPdtr around next FPtr, skip 4sts, 7sc; turn.

    Row 9. As row 3.

    Row 10. Ch1, 6sc, skip 2 FPdtr below, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 2 sts, 2sc, *1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr placing them under FPdtr just made (see pics below), skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4 sts, 2sc* 3 times, 1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr placing them under FPdtr just made, skip 2 sts, 6sc; turn.
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    Row 11. As row 3.

    Row 12. Ch1, 4sc, 1FPdtr around each of 2 FPdtr below, skip 2 sts, 3sc, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 2 sts, 2sc, *1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4 sts, 2sc* twice, 1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr, skip 2 sts, 3sc, 1FPdtr around each of 2 FPdtr below, skip 2 sts, 4sc; turn.
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    Row 13. As row 3.

    Row 14. Ch1, 4sc, 1FPtr around each of 2 FPdtr below, skip 2 sts, 4sc, 1FPtr around each of 2 FPdtr below, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4sts, 2sc,
    1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr placing them under FPdtr just made, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4 sts, 2sc,
    1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr placing them under FPdtr just made, 1FPtr around each of next 2 FPdtr below, skip 4 sts, 4sc, 1FPtr around each of 2 FPdtr below, skip 2 sts, 4sc; turn.
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    Row 15. As row 3.

    Row 16. Ch1, 4sc, 1FPtr around each of 2 FPtr below, skip 2 sts, 3sc, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 2 sts, 2sc, *1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4 sts, 2sc* twice, 1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr, skip 2 sts, 3sc, 1FPtr around each of 2 FPtr below, skip 2 sts, 4sc; turn.
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    Row 17. As row 3.

    Row 18. Ch1, 6sc, 1FPdtr around each of 2 FPtr below, skip 2 sts, 2sc, 1FPtr around each of 2 FPdtr below, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4sts, 2sc,
    1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr below placing them under FPdtr just made, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4 sts, 2sc,
    1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr below placing them under FPdtr just made, 1FPtr around each of next 2 FPdtr below, skip 4 sts, 2sc, 1FPdtr around each of 2 FPdtr below, skip 2 sts, 6sc; turn.
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    Row 19. As row 3.

    Row 20. Ch1, 7sc, 1FPdtr around each of 2 FPdtr below, skip next 2 FPtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr below, skip 4sts, 2sc, *1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPtr, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4 sts, 2sc* twice, 1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPtr, skip 4sts, 7sc; turn.
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    Row 21. As row 3.

    Row 22. Ch1, 5sc, skip 2 FPdtr below, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 2 sts, 3sc, *1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr below placing them under FPdtr just made, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4 sts, 2sc* 3 times, 1sc, 1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr below placing them under FPdtr just made, skip 2 sts, 5sc; turn.

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    Row 23. As row 3.

    Row 24. Note: for a neater result instead of 2 FPdtr around same st, make 1FPdtr around indicated st and then 1tr inserting the hook in a hole at the bottom of FPdtr just made (see pic’s below).

    Ch1, 3sc, 1FPdtr around 1st FPdtr below, 2FPdtr around next FPdtr below, skip 3sts, 3sc, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 2 sts, 2sc, *1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr, skip next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4sts, 2sc* twice, 1FPdtr around each of 2 skipped FPdtr, skip 2 sts, 3sc, 2FPdtr around next FPdtr, 1FPdtr around next FPdtr, skip 3 sts, 3sc; turn.
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    Row 25. As row 3.

    Row 26. Ch1, 5sc, 1FPdtr around each of 2 FPdtr below, 1FPdtr2tog around next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around next FPdtr, skip 4 sts, 18sc, 1FPdtr around 5th (from the end of row) FPdtr below, 1FPdtr2tog around next 2 FPdtr, 1FPdtr around each of next 2 FPdtr, skip 4 sts, 5sc; turn.
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    Row 27. As row 3.

    Edge


    (RS) Ch1, 3sc in 1st st, 34sc, 3sc in last st, turn a quarter, 34 sc along the side evenly, turn a quarter, 3sc in 1st ch of foundation ch, 1sc in each of next 34ch, 3sc in last ch, turn a quarter, 34 sc along the side evenly. Join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. Fasten off, weave in tail. Block square to measurements.


    Joining and Border


    Join squares together using the ‘flat zip method’ into a grid of 5 x 4 squares:

    Place 2 squares to be joined next to one another, RS facing up. Insert your hook through the back loop of central st in the corner of the square on the right from front to back. Insert the hook through back loop of the central st in the corner of the other square from front to back, yo and draw through all 3 loops on the hook. Continue joining the back loops of each st with a ss in this way. The back loops of the stitches on each square will be the ones that are nearest the centre when you lay the squares side-by-side.
    How to join crochet squares with "flat zip" method

    After last join don’t fasten off, turn, make ch1 and 1sc in the joining seam. Then continue to crochet around the entire blanket with sc on the WS always making 1sc in each joining seam and 3sc in the central sc in each corner. In the end of this rnd join with ss in the 1st sc and fasten off.

    On RS make surface ss around the edge of the blanket inserting the hook in the sts of last round of small squares. Please, check THIS tutorial about how to make surface ss:
    How to make surface slip stitches


    Congratulations! Your Celtic Tiles blanket is now completed!!

    If you feel following written instructions is too difficult, please, watch Esther's video (It's All In a Nutshell):



    About Celtic Tiles Blanket in brief:

    • Level: Intermediate (front post stitches)
    • Materials: Aran yarn in one color (Stone Washed XL by Scheepjes - yarn packs (38 skeins) are available at Wool Warehouse HERE*, Deramores HERE* and in your local Scheepjes shops), 5mm(H) crochet hook, stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle to weave in ends.
    • Size: each square is approx.  30cm/12in large. Entire blanket is 122cm x 152cm (48in x 60in).
    • Language: English
    • Instructions: US crochet terms and abbreviations (including complete stitch guide), written instructions, step-by-step pictures. 
    • Ready-to-print ads free pattern in PDF format is available for purchase HERE on Ravelry.

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