Something About Me and Whirl by Scheepjes – yarn review

What can be better than yarn? And what can be better than gorgeous and high-quality yarn? Today I would like to tell you something about Whirl – brand new yarn product by Scheepjes. It’s very different from what I have ever been working with. It differs in look, in construction, in size and in colours!
Whirl is a new yummy yarn by Scheepjes. Inspired by flavours of ice cream it comes in 12 gorgeous and soft gradient shades. Yarn review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

As an official Scheepjes blogger I get samples of new yarns to try, to test and maybe to design something. I saw a cake of Whirl back in November when I was visiting Scheepjes HQ in Tynaarlo (the Netherlands). Being a quite conservative and not very spoiled fiber designer I never saw a real *cake* of yarn before. It looked fantastic, yes. With all colour changes… I would display it in a glass cabinet as a piece of art. But because I mainly work with solid shades, not a single idea came to my mind when I saw Whirl. I thought: It’s really beautiful, but maybe not for me. I am not sure I can find any use for this yarn. So later, when samples were ready, I didn’t ask for one to try…
Whirl is a new yummy yarn by Scheepjes. Inspired by flavours of ice cream it comes in 12 gorgeous and soft gradient shades. Yarn review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

But a month later a postman knocked at my door and he had a small package for me. With one cake of Whirl inside. In black and white! YAY! And that was THE moment when I felt something. Something very strong.

The same evening I grabbed my hook and started to crochet. Just a plain circle with double crochet stitches. I had no idea what I am doing. I was just very excited about how the colours are being changed and was literally “running” from one colour section to another. And can you imagine? In three evenings my new design was almost finished! I need one more or two days – and I will show it to you!



Whirl is a new yummy yarn by Scheepjes. Inspired by flavours of ice cream it comes in 12 gorgeous and soft gradient shades. Yarn review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

So Whirl… I LOVE this yarn. As other Scheepjes products it has a story behind. The 12 colours were inspired by different flavours of ice cream, and looking at the colour chart makes me happy. I worked with shade 751 (Liquorice Yumyum). And I am also very excited about the look of Green Tea Tipple (754) and Blueberry Bambam (755). And what is your favourite flavor?
Whirl is a new yummy yarn by Scheepjes. Inspired by flavours of ice cream it comes in 12 gorgeous and soft gradient shades. Yarn review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Here are some facts about Whirl yarn:

Construction and Composition 


Whirl is 60% cotton/ 40% acrylic blend created for lightweight and breathable projects. It has a very interesting construction which allows to create long and “soft” gradient sections and is absolutely non-split at the same time. The repeats are not painted but every new shade is added by twisting a fine thread of a new colour. Scheepjes did great job with construction of this yarn: the transitions between new shades are almost invisible. You will probably notice a little bit of fluff in the places where new thread is attached, but it will be hidden in your stitches and not visible in finished project. It’s absolutely invisible in mine.
Whirl is a new yummy yarn by Scheepjes. Inspired by flavours of ice cream it comes in 12 gorgeous and soft gradient shades. Yarn review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Whirl yarn is winded into a cake and you can start working either with colour from inside or outside. You can even crochet or knit with both colours at the same time – alternating them. Whirl doesn’t have an Easy Start label, but it is not difficult to find a yarn tail inside the cake.
Whirl is a new yummy yarn by Scheepjes. Inspired by flavours of ice cream it comes in 12 gorgeous and soft gradient shades. Yarn review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

I decided to use black colour for the beginning of my project and pulled yarn tail from inside of the cake. I was a little bit worrying about how it will behave by the end. But I was very careful and my cake kept its shape till the end. No knots or vomits were found. To make sure your own cake is not smashed in the end, you can put a tall glass inside to secure it.
Whirl is a new yummy yarn by Scheepjes. Inspired by flavours of ice cream it comes in 12 gorgeous and soft gradient shades. Yarn review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Yardage


Whirl cake is huge. Below you can see a picture with a crochet hook which can give you an idea of a scale. It’s Fingering weight yarn and each cake comes in 215-225g with 1000m (!!). Yes, it’s literally one kilometer of yarn and it’s enough for one finished project – a shawl, scarf, lace baby blanket, or even a garment.
Whirl is a new yummy yarn by Scheepjes. Inspired by flavours of ice cream it comes in 12 gorgeous and soft gradient shades. Yarn review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

3.5mm – 4mm crochet hook is recommended, but you can go for a smaller or bigger size, depending on how dense or open effect you want to achieve. I used 3.25mm (C) for my new design which I will show you very soon.
Whirl is a new yummy yarn by Scheepjes. Inspired by flavours of ice cream it comes in 12 gorgeous and soft gradient shades. Yarn review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet
 

Price and Where to buy


Whirl yarn will be available for purchase on March 6th (I will keep you updated) via large retailers and in your local Scheepjes shops. The price will be £20.99 / €24.50 / $25.99 for one cake.

I will for sure work with Whirl in the future. And I have one more idea already…

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Squares and Cables… wip in progress

You may probably know I have been working on a new blanket design using Stone Washed XL yarn by Scheepjes. I had a few more sleepless nights and I am very close to writing the pattern down. Next week I will be busy making a photo-tutorial and hopefully I will also show you finished blanket. Oh yes, the pattern will be free!
Celtic crochet square - free pattern by Lilla Bjorn

What is my blanket about? It is about cables again. Cables and squares. Last year my Celtic Cabled Mandala design was released and it had a huge success. And this showed me crochet cables are very trendy right now. Patterns with front post stitches are not lazy and require lots of attention. And they are fun to follow and to make. Very often they call for just one colour, and there is no need to weave in endless yarn tails. And that’s a big advantage, don’t you agree?



Celtic crochet square - free pattern by Lilla Bjorn

I chose Stone Washed XL yarn because it’s very tactile, very nice to touch and perfect for blanket designs. It’s Aran weight and blankets made with this yarn give a nice heavy feel. I can’t wait to join my squares together and to snuggle under this blanket.
Celtic crochet square - free pattern by Lilla Bjorn

As I noted last week, I am using Crystal Quartz for my own blanket. But Stone Washed XL by Scheepjes has a very nice range of colours, and you can choose what you like the most. I made several samples to show you – in Moon Stone, Boulder Opal and Smokey Quartz. There will be one more sample in Amazonite, I will finish it and show you next week. I think cables look equally good when made with both light and dark shades. It’s even possible to mix them.
Celtic crochet square - free pattern by Lilla Bjorn

In free pattern I will give you exact yardages for each square, and you will be able to compose your own blanket.

In a meanwhile you can have a look at colour charts at Wool Warehouse (HERE*) and Deramores (HERE*) – both retailers ship orders worldwide. Stone Wahsed XL yarn is also available at Paradise Fibers* (US) and in your local Scheepjes shops.

And now I am back to my crochet again… See you soon!

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Talking to Winter: a new crochet pattern is being born…

Recently I’ve entered the mode of hard and non-stop designing. It happens sometimes that after a long and not very productive pause you suddenly feel a constant stream of creative energy. When ideas stay in long line and you want to take all of them at once. I literally didn’t sleep and eat for last 3 days and I feel a kind of empty. But! The result is here! I have come up with new designs and I am so impatient to show you all at once. But maybe I should better do it one by one… and today I will begin telling you about one of them.

Stone Washed XL yarn by Scheepjes

As you may know I am in love with overlay crochet and everything structured, textured and cabled. I have been using many colors in my work, but recently I started to think it would be nice to show the structure first. And not just the colors. So for my new design (which will involve lots and lots of cabling) I chose plain shades of Stone Washed XL* yarn by Scheepjes. Have you tried it? If not, you definitely should!




Stone Washed XL yarn by Scheepjes

Stone Washed XL is an Aran version of famous and very well known regular Stone Washed yarn by Scheepjes (reviewed HERE). It has exactly the same structure, and comes in same (23) shades. But it calls for a larger needles and crochet hook (5mm/H). This is a cotton blend (70% Cotton x 30% Acrylic) and though it is Aran, finished projects are not too heavy.
Stone Washed XL yarn by Scheepjes

Stone Washed XL comes in balls of 50g with 75m yardage. It’s available for purchase via UK retailers Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* (both are shipping orders internationally), Paradise Fibers* (US) and in your local Scheepjes shops. And if you like the yarn bowl in the picture, it's produced by Scheepjes too (check it HERE*).

I chose Crystal Quartz for my new project. And I am pretty happy with how it looks. This shade is light but at the same time it’s very practical. I really love cables in white or cream, but as far as I am making a blanket (yes, it will be a blanket!) I want it to last as long as possible without washing. It’s snowing a lot these days in the Czech Republic. We haven’t had so much snow since long ago. And Crystal Quartz perfectly speaks to this winter. And perfectly reflects the view I am seeing from my window.

Other shades will work well for this design too. I will show you different samples next week.
Stone Washed XL yarn by Scheepjes

I can’t reveal anything else, let’s keep it a secret. But be sure to check my blog next week as you will see new updates. And… this new design will be published on my blog for free!

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Welcome to My Labyrinth: new overlay crochet design

First mandala design of the year 2017 is here! Or technically it is second design as last week my UFO pillow was published… But that was just an experiment with Camel crochet stitch and through it’s round and reminds of a mandala a bit, I would say that my true mandala was born today. Let me introduce: Labyrinth Mandala pillow.
Labyrinth Mandala - original overlay crochet design by Lilla Björn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com
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I feel magic when designs are being born fast. When true inspiration comes and you just need to grab yarns and hook at once and start crocheting immediately. I felt something similar when Spanish mandala was created. The same strong stream of creative energy and a few sleepless nights.




The story behind Labyrinth mandala is very simple. I was browsing black and white vector graphics on Pinterest the other day. Late at night of course. And I was amazed by how many graphical mandalas are out there. Suddenly those illustrations reminded me of a knitting brioche stitch. And ta-dah! Idea was already standing behind me. It was probably a very powerful idea because instead of going to bed, I went to bedroom to pick yarns. Not that I chose the yarns. I just grabbed first two skeins that came to my hands in the darkness (everyone in the house was sleeping already…). And started to crochet. After 2 hours it was clear my idea can work (and I could finally fall asleep, haha).

When next day my husband saw the wip he said: Labyrinth.
Labyrinth Mandala - original overlay crochet design by Lilla Björn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com

So here is my Labyrinth Mandala. I’ve made quite a few already trying different color combinations. And the possibilities of this design are really huge. You can make it with many shades, or only 2 shades. My dream is to try crocheting it once again with just black and white. As I take lots of progress pictures for all my patterns, black yarn would not work well as the stitches would not be seen. But one day when I have more time I will definitely recreate Labyrinth Mandala to make it look exactly like a black and white vector illustration.
Labyrinth Mandala - original overlay crochet design by Lilla Björn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I really-really wanted to imitate brioche knitting stitch, and to obtain a knit-look effect. And I think it worked well thanks to front post stitches and working in 3rd loops on some rounds. I used the same technique for UFO pillow, you can check a detailed tutorial HERE.
Labyrinth Mandala - original overlay crochet design by Lilla Björn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I made 2 pillow covers using Labyrinth Mandala. Both are reversible, with different color combination (or colourway) on each side. So that it’s easy to wash my pillowcases I inserted a zip closure. But if you don’t feel like sewing you can just join two mandalas by crocheting around, with single crochet stitches, for example.
Labyrinth Mandala - original overlay crochet design by Lilla Björn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com

For my pillow I used Soft Touch Clover hook (4mm/G)* and Soft Fun cotton yarn by Scheepjes. This yarn is available in a wide range of shades, so you can create bright or pastel versions. Or you can even mix unexpected colors together. Whatever palette you choose, it’s better to use only two shades for each of three sections. Exact yardages for each section are given in the pattern. You can find Soft Fun at Wool Warehouse (HERE*), Deramores (HERE*) and your local Scheepjes shops.
Labyrinth Mandala - original overlay crochet design by Lilla Björn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com


And here is another version with Bloom yarn* by Scheepjes:
Labyrinth Mandala - original overlay crochet design by Lilla Björn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com

If you don’t need another pillow, there are many more ways to use Labyrinth Mandala pattern. You can make stool covers, trivets, wall hanging… and even a purse maybe? I am actually thinking about attaching two handles and adding fabric lining to one of my mandala’s. If you do so, please don’t forget to share pictures with me. I LOVE to see finished projects (please, use #labyrinthcrochetmandala to share them on social media).

The pattern is available for purchase in my Ravelry store HERE.
Labyrinth Mandala - original overlay crochet design by Lilla Björn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com
 

Here is brief information about the pattern:

  • Level: Intermediate (front post stitches, working in 3rd loop)
  • Materials: DK yarn in 2-6 colours (Soft Fun by Scheepjes*), 4mm (G) crochet hook, stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle to weave in ends, zip (optional), ready pillow form. You can make one yourself using THIS tutorial.
  • Size: The size of the finished mandala depends on the yarn and hook you use. My mandala is approx. 39 cm (15 ½ inches) in diameter.
  • 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)
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    Hygge CAL 2017 is almost here!

    Something very special will be happening in almost 2 weeks. Have you heard about Hygge CAL? It’s a new (very beautiful and just fantastic) crochet project introduced for year 2017 by Scheepjes, together with designer Kirsten Ballering of Haak Maar Raak. If you haven’t heard anything about this CAL before, today is the right day, as kits went for sale. So if you would like to add this project to your collection and use the same yarns, you should hurry up!
    Hygge Scheepjes CAL 2017
    Photo credit: Scheepjes

    So what’s Hygge CAL (crochet-a-long) about? As Kirsten explains on her blog, the word “Hygge” is Danish and it’s translated to English as “cosiness”. It’s about a rectangle shawl (or wrap). And I have never seen anything like this before! Hygge CAL is about mixture of yarns and techniques. Together with classical crochet you will do lots of embroidery, a little bit of tapestry and surface crochet, and you can line your finished shawl with fabric, if you like.
    Hygge Scheepjes CAL 2017
    Photo credit: Scheepjes

    The size is approx. 36cm/14in wide and 180-190cm/75in long, depending on your gauge of course. I was very lucky to see this masterpiece for real back in November in the Netherlands, on Scheepjes Days. And I even tried it around my neck! It’s so soft, and warm, and truly cozy! And the length is very generous. I could easily wrap it around my neck (and I even had a thought to steal it…) and Christa of The Curio Crafts Room made a picture of me (thank you very much!).
    Hygge Scheepjes CAL 2017
    Photo credit: The Curio Crafts Room
    Two different yarns are used for this shawl, but both of them are cotton. No wool! Good news for those who have wool allergy. The background is crocheted with Stone Washed (reviewed HERE) – the most famous yarn by Scheepjes, and colorful accents and embroidery are made with Catona (reviewed HERE), another my favourite yarn which I very often use for my own overlay projects.



    Kits are now on sale and you can choose from several colour ways: Rainbow, Pastel, Jewel and the Limited editon Simy's choice kit. They are available for purchase at your local Scheepjes shops as well as from large retailers who ship orders internationally: Wool Warehouse*, Deramores* and Loveknitting* (for US customers).
    Hygge Scheepjes CAL 2017
    Photo credit: Scheepjes

    Starting date for Hygge CAL is February 15. A week earlier Tips&Tricks will be released to give you necessary information to complete this gorgeous shawl successfully. CAL will last for 13 weeks, and every week a new part will be released. Written instructions and charts will be accompanied by high-quality video’s made by Esther of It’s All In A Nutshell. So you will be carefully guided through every step, and you should feel safe!

    For a true CAL spirit you can join one of 2 groups on Facebook (very active and friendly): Dutch (here) or International for English speaking people (here). If you would like to share wips and finished shawls on social media, please, use hashtag #ScheepjesHyggeCAL so that we all could find your masterpiece and admire!

    UPDATE: the kits are sold very fast! In case you are not lucky to order your own - here is a complete list of yarns and shades used for each colour way. You can purchase them on Wool Warehouse (Catona* and Stone Washed*), Deramores (Catona*and Stone Washed*) and Paradise Fibers (US) (Catona* and Stone Washed*).
     

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    UFO Pillow: free crochet pattern

    Decorative pillows can never be enough. Don’t you agree? Today I am happy to share a free crochet pattern for my new UFO pillow (check more pictures HERE). With this pattern you will not just make a new accessory for your interior, but you will also practice Camel stitch and get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet. Enjoy!
    UFO pillow - free crochet pattern by Lilla Björn. With this easy to follow pattern you will get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet and will learn how to make Camel stitch

     

     You will need:

    • T-shirt yarn in 3 colors. I used Mini Nooodle yarn (reviewed HERE) by Scheepjes in shades 004, 035 and 259 - 2 skeins of each. You can purchase this yarn at Wool Warehouse HERE* or in your local Scheepjes shops.
    • Crochet Clover Amour hook 10mm*
    • Stuffing. You can use old duvet
    • Zip. I made a closure with zip so that pillow throw is easy to take care of.

    Measurements

    My pillow is approx. 50cm (20in) large across.

    Gauge

    Gauge is not critical for this pattern but try not to work too tight because then it will be difficult to insert the hook into 3rd loops. There are overlay stitches added on the surface of mandala – please, always make them to the height of working round. They should not pull.

    Important Notes

    • This pillow is made with Camel crochet stitch. To obtain a look knit effect insert the hook into a 3rd loop. You can find a complete tutorial about how to work this stitch and how to join the rounds with a less invisible joining seam HERE.
    • Because of tight tension, it may be difficult to insert the hook into a 3rd loop, so please don’t crochet too tight. If you still find it impossible, feel free to switch to a smaller hook and crochet loosely than usually.
    • Ch1 in the beginning of each rnd doesn’t count as sc. 1st sc of every rnd is made in the same st as ss join.
    • Don’t cut yarn after each round but carry it behind your work. To change color make ch1 in the beginning of each rnd with new shade (unless otherwise is stated in the pattern).
    • Don’t forget to skip 1 stitch of previous round behind every “overlay” dc on rnds 18 and 23.

     

    Stitch guide and Abbreviations (US terms)

    rnd round
    st(s) stitch(es)
    ch chain
    yo yarn over
    lp(s) loop(s)
    sk skip st(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.
    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
    UFO pillow - free crochet pattern by Lilla Björn. With this easy to follow pattern you will get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet and will learn how to make Camel stitch

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    INSTRUCTIONS

    Color Key: C1 - 004, C2 - 259, C3 - 035

    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.



    Mandala (make two)


    Rnd 1. With C1 make a magic ring, ch1 (doesn’t count as sc here and throughout) and 6 sc into a magic ring. Join the round with slip stitch (ss) in 1st sc of the round after ch1 (insert the hook under both loops (front and back).
    UFO pillow - free crochet pattern by Lilla Björn. With this easy to follow pattern you will get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet and will learn how to make Camel stitch

    Rnd 2. Change to C2 making ch1 with new color (here and throughout).
    NOTE: On this and next rnds you will be working in 3rd loops of the stitches from previous rnd (unless otherwise stated in the pattern). 1st sc is made in the same stitch as join (here and throughout).

    Ch1, 2sc (3rd lp) in each stitch around; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (12 sts)
    UFO pillow - free crochet pattern by Lilla Björn. With this easy to follow pattern you will get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet and will learn how to make Camel stitch

    Rnd 3. Change to C3. Ch1, *1sc, 2sc in next st* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (18 sts)
    Rnd 4. Change to C1. Ch1, *1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (24 sts)
    Rnd 5. Change to C2. Ch1, *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (30 sts)
    Rnd 6. Change to C3. Ch1, *1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (36 sts)
    Rnd 7. Change to C1. Ch1, *1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 3 sts* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (42 sts)
    Rnd 8. Change to C2. Ch1, *1sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (48 sts)
    Rnd 9. Change to C3. Ch1, *1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 4 sts* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (54 sts)
    Rnd 10. Change to C1. Ch1, *1sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next st* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (60 sts)




    Rnd 11. Change to C2. Ch1, *1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 5 sts* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (66 sts)
    Rnd 12. Change to C3. Ch1, *1sc in next 10 sts, 2sc in next st* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (72 sts)
    Rnd 13. Change to C1. Ch1, *1sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 6 sts* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (78 sts)
    Rnd 14. Change to C2. Ch1, *1sc in next 12 sts, 2sc in next st * 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (84 sts)
    Rnd 15. Change to C3. Ch1, *1sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 7 sts* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (90 sts)
    Rnd 16. Change to C1. Ch1, 90sc; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (90 sts)
    Rnd 17. Continue with C1. Work in both lps!
    Ch1, *1sc in next 14 sts, 2sc in next st* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (96 sts)
    UFO pillow - free crochet pattern by Lilla Björn. With this easy to follow pattern you will get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet and will learn how to make Camel stitch

    Rnd 18. Change to C2. Work all sc in BL.
    Note: on rnd 15 you will have 2 sts skipped between dc’s.

    Ch1, *1sc on rnd 17, 1dc a st of rnd 15 (in both lps) which is directly below next st of rnd 17, skip 1 st on rnd 17 behind dc just made, 1sc in next 2 sts of rnd 17* repeat to the end; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (96 sts)
    UFO pillow - free crochet pattern by Lilla Björn. With this easy to follow pattern you will get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet and will learn how to make Camel stitch

    Rnd 19. Change to C1. Work in 3rd lp.
    Ch1, *1sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st, 1 sc in next 8 sts* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (102 sts)
    Rnd 20. Change to C3. Work in 3rd lp. Ch1, *1sc in next 16 sts, 2sc in next st* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (108 sts)
    Rnd 21. Change to C3. Work in 3rd lp. Ch1, *1sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next st, 1 sc in next 9 sts* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (114 sts)
    Rnd 22. Continue with C3. Work in both lps! Ch1, *1sc in next 18 sts, 2sc in next st* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (120 sts)

    Rnd 23. Change to C1. Work all sc in BL and attach dc’s in the same way as on rnd 18.
    Note: on rnd 20 you will have 2 or 3 sts skipped between dc.

    Ch1, *1sc on rnd 22, 1dc in a st of rnd 20 (in both lps) which is directly below next st of rnd 22, skip 1 st on rnd 22 behind dc just made, 1sc in next 2 sts on rnd 22* repeat to the end; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (120 sts)
    UFO pillow - free crochet pattern by Lilla Björn. With this easy to follow pattern you will get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet and will learn how to make Camel stitch

    Rnd 24. Change to C3. Work in 3rd lp. Ch1, *1sc in next 9 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 10 sts* 6 times; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (126 sts)
    Rnd 25. Change to C2. Work same as on rnd 24. (126 sts)
    Rnd 26. Continue with C2. Work through both lps. Ch1, 126sc; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (126 sts)

    If you want you can make your pillow larger by adding a few more rounds:
    Rnds. 27-30. Same as Rnd 26 (I used C1 for rnds 27-28, C3 for rnds 29-30). Join with ss in 1st sc after ch1. (126 sts) Fasten off.

    Congratulations! Your mandala is finished!

    Putting pillow together

    If you don't wish to make any closure, join two mandala’s together using a “flat zip” method and yarn C2. Leave s small opening and stuff your pillow. Then continue to join, fasten off and weave in yarn tail in.

    For a zip closure - pin zip to front mandala with a few sewing pins and then sew it with running stitch using a needle and yarn of the same color as on the last round of mandala. Because T-shirt yarn is too big for sewing, I used Sport weight cotton yarn of the same shade.
    UFO pillow - free crochet pattern by Lilla Björn. With this easy to follow pattern you will get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet and will learn how to make Camel stitch


    Then pin another half of the zip to the back part of your pillow. Make sure you cover with zip exactly the same amount of stitches (of the last round) as on the front mandala. Sew zip to the back with the same yarn.

    Place front and back parts with wrong sides facing each other. With C2 make a slip knot and start joining both parts with "flat zip method" inserting the hook in back loops on both front and back part. The 1st stitch is made right after the zip ends. When you come to the beginning of zip, fasten off and weave all yarn tails in.
    UFO pillow - free crochet pattern by Lilla Björn. With this easy to follow pattern you will get acquainted with basics of overlay crochet and will learn how to make Camel stitch

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    Something About New Books in the World of Crochet

    Today I would like to share a happy news with you. I participated in first book in my life. I mostly self-publish crochet patterns via pattern marketplaces, and some of my designs have been published in magazines. But there is nothing to be compared with the joy of carrying a real printed book with your own designs. Just before New Year’s Eve I got a mail from Great Britain. With a newly published Bold Baby Crochet book inside.
    Bold Baby Crochet book with 30 modern and colorful patterns for babies. Review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet


    Bold Baby Crochet Book


    Almost a year ago my friend Dedri Uys (a creative mind behind Look At what I Made) asked if I would like to participate in a new book with baby crochet designs. I silently jumped up to the ceiling and said “Yes, of course I would love to!” And today I can tell you everything about this wonderful project.

    Bold Baby Crochet book contains 30 colorful and modern crochet projects for babies: clothing (booties, socks, cardigans, hats and other), gifts and toys and decorations for nursery (wall hangings, baskets, organizers). The patterns mostly call for an easy level, with several Intermediate and Advanced projects.
    Bold Baby Crochet book with 30 modern and colorful patterns for babies. Review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

    The book was published by Quantum Books Ltd. and several authors, well known crochet designers, contributed in its creation. And I am happy to say some of them are my friends! The authors are Kirsten Ballering (Haak Maar Raak), Carolyn Christmas (Pink Mambo), Sophie Cormier (Illumikniti Designs), Shelley Husband (Spincushions), Carmen Jorissen (Crafty Queens), Doroteja Kardum (Croby Pattern Designs), Rhondda Mol (Oombawka Design Crochet), Amy Ramnarine (The Stitchin' Mommy), Pia Thadani (StitchesNScraps) and of course Dedri Uys (Look At What I Made) who put everything together and contributed beautiful patterns!

    “I firmly believe that there is no greater gift for a baby than an item handmade with love. When I had my first son, a friend of ours made him a little octopus toy out of an old T-shirt. I cherished that toy right up until the day we lost it in the outing. There was something so comforting and special about the fact that she had taken time to create a gift. It spoke of love and carried meaning”. From Introduction by Dedri Uys
    Bold Baby Crochet book with 30 modern and colorful patterns for babies. Review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

    I designed a medium sized Monster pillow (with Stone Washed XL* yarn by Scheepjes) which can also be used as a storage for toys, and baby clothes. And Rainbow Waves Stroller Blanket – with Merino Soft* by Scheepjes. Pillow pattern is very easy to follow and crochet beginners should be able to handle it with no problems at all. A little of embroidery is included but all stitches are very simple. And blanket pattern calls for a little bit more experience. I used front post stitches to create textured waves on the surface. The same stitch pattern is repeated through the whole blanket so it’s not difficult to make.

    “The projects of this book have been designed with babies and toddlers in mind. Three dimensional pieces are crocheted seamlessly or securely fastened in place. Buttons, beads, sequins, and other plastic components have been avoided as often as possible”. From Disclaimer of the book

    Though the publisher and authors warn readers to ensure all elements are joined securely to prevent a choking hazard.
    Bold Baby Crochet book with 30 modern and colorful patterns for babies. Review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

    In the end of the book you will find a list of techniques, special stitches used in the patterns and advice how to block finished items to make them look professional. Written instructions are accompanied by high quality step-by-step pictures. So even a crochet beginner will receive all information to handle the patterns.

    Bold Baby Crochet book is already available for a pre-order via Amazon US* and Amazon UK. It will be officially released and go for sale on March 1, 2017.


    Sophie’s Universe Book


    Of course I should mention another fantastic news which literally exploded the world of crochet a week ago. Dedri’s Sophie’s Universe Book was finally published and went live for sale!

    Sophie's Universe Book by Dedri Uys
    Photo Credit: Dedri Uys (Look At What I Made)

    If you haven’t heard about this epic and one of the most amazing blankets – please, check Dedri’s blog. Sophie’s Universe is a CAL (crochet-a-long) introduced back in 2015. It was the first CAL of that kind, no one else had made anything like this before. Dedri created a quite intricate pattern of a large blanket, with a mixture of techniques and stitches. Her idea was to invite people to a crochet journey where they can learn something new, increase crochet skills and build up self-confidence.

    Literally thousands and thousands of people from all over the world joined this CAL and completed their blankets in a wide variety of colors. The CAL was translated to many languages, and there are also video’s available for each part (made by Esther from It’s All In A Nutshell). Step-by-step tutorials with huge amount of progress pictures are still available in free access on Dedri’s blog. But she also wanted to publish a book, a beautiful modern book where all tutorials, and Sophie’s Universe story, would be kept in one place. And her dream came true thanks to Scheepjes.
    Photo credit: Dedri Uys (Look At what I Made)

    If you fell in love with this blanket, you can use the same yarns as Dedri. Yarns packs are available for purchase at her Wool Warehouse shop HERE*.

    Sophie’s Universe book is a true gift to all fans of this CAL. First bunch of copies was sold in no time. But next wave will come soon. The price is £16.95/€19.95. The book will be available via Amazon US* (not available yet) and Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping). You can leave your e-mail at Wool Warehouse web-site and you will be notified as soon as books are back in stock. I signed up myself and am patiently waiting for them to arrive…

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