Kits for Peacock Tail Bag are almost here!

Kits for upcoming Peacock Tail Bag CAL are almost here! They are exclusively sold via Wool Warehouse and are available HERE* and HERE*. You can read introductory information about my new CAL in overlay crochet in this blog post. And today I will answer all possible questions about the kits.
Kits for Peacock Tail Bag CAL include everything you need for finishing the bag. This CAL is orginally designed by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

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Peacock Tail Bag is presented in two different color ways. I wanted to make one of them in true peacock (deep) colors. And then duplicated the bag in pastel palette. In my opinion Linen Soft yarn is the best choice for this bag design. And I am very thankful to Scheepjes (and DeBondt) for sponsoring me with yarns and other materials and supplies.




If you would like to have all of them in one place (except of sewing pins, tapestry needle, sewing thread and crochet hook) – purchasing the kit will be the best option. As I’ve already mentioned, kits are available for purchase via Wool Warehouse* (with international shipping).

Every kit includes:


1. Yarn. Every kit contains 5 shades of Linen Soft yarn – 6 skeins in total. If you have never tried this yarn – please, read my review HERE.
Kits for Peacock Tail Bag CAL include everything you need for finishing the bag. This CAL is orginally designed by Lilla Bjorn Crochet
Kits for Peacock Tail Bag CAL include everything you need for finishing the bag. This CAL is orginally designed by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

2. Bag handle. It might be tricky to find appropriate handle for a crocheted bag and it took me some time before I chose one. I decided to use combined strap long enough to wear the bag as a crossbody. The handle’s length is easily adjustable. And I just love combination of chain and faux leather braid (black for deep version, and cream for pastel).

3. Fabric Lining. I believe that crocheted bags get a more professional look and a better hang when they are lined with fabric. I chose floral pattern for both versions of the bag. Pastel one is lined up with a very gentle jeans looking fabric with flower pattern. And bright lining in matching colors is offered for deep “peacock” kit.
Kits for Peacock Tail Bag CAL include everything you need for finishing the bag. This CAL is orginally designed by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

4. Magnetic clasp. I normally use button for clasps on my crocheted bags. But this time I decided to make the clasp invisible.
5. Two metal D-rings for attachment of a bag handle.
6. Two pieces of white medium interfacing to strengthen the bag’s band.
Kits for Peacock Tail Bag CAL include everything you need for finishing the bag. This CAL is orginally designed by Lilla Bjorn Crochet


If you are afraid of sewing or you don’t feel comfortable with it (as me) – please, don’t worry. I am preparing a very detailed photo-tutorial on how to sew fabric lining for Peacock Tail Bag. My good friend Kate Tikota (a founder and designer behind the brand TIKOTA UNIQUE) will guide you through each and every step. As we tried to make the lining in as easy way as possible.
Kits for Peacock Tail Bag CAL include everything you need for finishing the bag. This CAL is orginally designed by Lilla Bjorn Crochet
In TIKOTA UNIQUE studio...

If you don’t feel like purchasing the kit or if you would like to come up with your color combination, you can choose your own shades of yarn at Wool Warehouse* (HERE), Paradise Fibers* (US/CA – HERE) or in your local Scheepjes stores. All other supplies and materials should also be available in your local craft shops.

Just to remind you, the 1st part of Peacock Tail Bag will be released on Wednesday, August 17. So it’s enough time to decide about your own colorway. But if you are located outside UK and would like to purchase the kit – please, hurry up! :)

See you soon!






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Peacock Tail Bag CAL: coming soon…

Today is a big day as I am revealing the biggest secret I have been keeping for almost 7 months. It may sound like I will have a kid, and in a way it’s true. As I will run new CAL very soon. And yes, it is my kid! :) My new CAL will be in overlay crochet and it will be about the bag. “Peacock Tail Bag” I called it. First part will be released in mid August. 
Peacock Tail Bag - new FREE CAL in overlay crochet designed by Lilla Bjorn.
Model: Kate Tikota, founder and designer behind TIKOTA UNIQUE

I’ve created two versions of this bag: one in true peacock colors (deep version) and another one in pastel palette. There will be kits available for purchase at Wool Warehouse for both versions HERE and HERE on July 20. (These links are affiliate, I may be compensated with a tiny amount from purchases made via them. My CAL will be free. If you would like your friends to learn more about this CAL and kits – please, give them the link to my blog, instead of sharing kits links. Thank you in advance for support!) If you would like to read more details about the kits and their composition - please, check THIS post.

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Each kit will include 6 skeins of Linen Soft yarn by Scheepjes, bag handle, magnetic clasp, fabric lining, interfacing and D-rings… Just everything you need (except of the crochet hook) to finish up your own bag. I am very grateful to Scheepjes and DeBondt for sponsoring this CAL and providing me with all materials. Linen Soft is one of my favourite yarns. Please, read my review about it HERE.

UPDATE: CAL pattern will be translated and available in Dutch, German, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, French and Hebrew.
Peacock Tail Bag - new FREE CAL in overlay crochet designed by Lilla Bjorn.

If you feel like choosing other shades for this project - you can look at the colors chart and choose yours at Wool Warehouse* (international shipping) and Paradise Fibers* (US). You will need 2 skeins of main color (the same shade as for the bag's band) and 1 skein in 4 more colors. And you can find other materials and supplies in your local craft store.

The story behind Peacock Tail Bag design

 Peacock Tail Bag - new FREE CAL in overlay crochet designed by Lilla Bjorn.

Last year after my first ever Circles of the Sun CAL was finished, I knew already I will design something else in the future. And give it away as a CAL. Circles of the Sun were aimed to introduce overlay crochet to you, and to give an opportunity for mastering this technique with small and simple square projects.

The response was unbelievable! I am so happy you loved overlay crochet as much as I do. I got many e-mails and private messages with pictures of different overlay crochet projects. And I decided to continue introducing this fantastic technique to you. If you haven’t heard about overlay crochet before, please, read all the information, tips and tricks HERE.
Peacock Tail Bag - new FREE CAL in overlay crochet designed by Lilla Bjorn.

To be honest this bag design was not born at once. At first I didn’t even think about the bag. This idea belongs to Esther from It’s All In A Nutshell, whom you may know very well since my previous CAL and many other CALs she is making video’s for (by the way Esther has kindly agreed to help me with my new CAL as well (yay!!!), so please, expect very quality, detailed and professional videos!). Another great news is that CAL will be hosted in Official CCC Social group on Facebook - many thanks to Kimberly Slifer and Susan Cutler Cutrer.




The other day we were chatting with Esther on Facebook and I told her about my idea. She said, yeah, cool, but don’t design something large and busy. Keep your project simple but nice. Something that is made quickly, with no extra large effort but what can be really used. And I thought about the bag. With mandala shape. Something that doesn’t look like anything else. And then the stroke happened! And I imagined my bag in the shape and colors of a peacock tail.
Peacock Tail Bag - new FREE CAL in overlay crochet designed by Lilla Bjorn.

I crocheted endless number of samples before I was satisfied with the pattern. And then I remade it endless number of times again, before I was satisfied with the shape. So this bag design is a kid of hard work, lots of thinking and many sleepless nights. :)

 

What you should know


Release of first part of this CAL is planned for Wednesday, August 17. Closely before this date I will publish detailed information and everything you need to know: how the CAL will be run, where to find the posts, which tutorials to look for and so on.

If you like my Peacock Tail Bag and would like to purchase the kit but have never tried overlay crochet – please, check patterns for Circles of the Sun first. The style and pattern writing of coming CAL will be exactly the same. So already now you can see what to expect.
Peacock Tail Bag - new FREE CAL in overlay crochet designed by Lilla Bjorn.

The difficulty level of this CAL is Intermediate. It should make no problem at all if you are already familiar with overlay crochet. But if you are a total beginner, please, make sure to check your skills first. I believe that with detailed videos this pattern will work well even for advanced beginner. But please, be aware that this project is not a “lazy” one, as it demands lots of attention, concentration and counting (as any other project in overlay crochet). But if you like challenges – I promise you will not be bored a single second, as your crocheted work will be changing and transforming after every stitch and row.
Peacock Tail Bag - new FREE CAL in overlay crochet designed by Lilla Bjorn.

Seems like this is everything I wanted to share with you today. If you have specific questions, please ask them in comments below.
Peacock Tail Bag - new FREE CAL in overlay crochet designed by Lilla Bjorn.

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Tapestry Circles Pillow: free crochet pattern

Last week I showed you a photo-tutorial on how to do tapestry crochet. You can check it HERE. I hope it was helpful and if you have never tried tapestry crochet technique, it was easy for you to master it. And today I would like to share my newest pillow pattern.My pillow cover consists of two squares joined together, with zip for easier taking care. Front part is made in tapestry crochet with circles pattern. And back has simple stripes made with single crochet stitches. I wanted this pillow to be reversible. But you can make both sides with tapestry circles if you wish.
Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)

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You will need:


  • Yarn in 10 shades. I used Stone Washed by Scheepjes in shades 802, 820, 816, 815, 806, 817, 808, 813, 805 and 801. One skein of each shade (but you can create your own color combination if you wish).
Please, read my review about this yarn HERE. You can choose and purchase your shades via Scheepjes local shops (NL), Deramores* or Wool Warehouse* (both retailers ship yarn internationally) and Paradise Fibers* (US).

Finished Measurements


The size of finished pillow cover will depend on yarn and hook you choose, and also on your personal gauge. My pillow is approx. 44cm x 44cm (17 ½” x 17 ½”).

Gauge


Gauge for front and back differs a bit, because of additional yarn going through front.
Front: 20 sts x 21 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”)
Back: 19 sts x 21 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”)

Level


Intermediate (though I believe advanced beginners can absolutely try tapestry crochet as well).




 

Stitch guide and 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 native language.

rnd(s) - round(s)
st(s) - stitch(es)
ch - chain
sl st (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.
NJ – needle join
*…* *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated

Important Notes


  • If you have never tried tapestry crochet before, please, study THIS photo-tutorial first and make sure you understand the technique and can read the chart.
  • Ch1 in the beginning of every row doesn’t count as sc. So 1st sc of every row is made in 1st sc of previous row.
  • Change colour on the last yarn-over of the last sc of the relevant row. In the same way as in Windy Morning Shawlette (HERE).


INSTRUCTIONS


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Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)

FRONT


Front part of the pillow is made in tapestry crochet. Each repeat consists of 16 sts + 5sts to finish (for symmetry). I made 5 repeats, but you can make more (to make the pillow larger).

Each stripe with dots (18 rows) is made with yarn in 2 colors.
Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)

Row 1. Ch86 with 802 (C1). Starting in 2nd ch from hook sc in every ch to the end. (85sc) Turn.
Rows 2-3. Ch1 (doesn’t count as sc here and throughout), 85sc. Turn.
Row 4. You will start working with shades 802 (C1) and 820 (C2) at the same time.
Ch1, *8sc with C1 (change yarn on 8th sc), 5sc with C2 (change yarn on 5th sc), 3sc with C1* 5 times, 5sc with C1. Turn.

Row 5. Сh1, *7sc with C1, 5sc with C2, 2sc with C1* 5 times, 5sc with C1. Turn.
Row 6. Сh1, *6sc with C1, 9sc with C2, 1sc with C1* 5 times, 5sc with C1. Turn.
Row 7-12. Сh1, *5sc with C1, 11sc with C2* 5 times, 5sc with C1. Turn.
Row 13. As row 6.
Row 14. As row 5.
Row 15. As row 4. Cut C2 leaving 15cm (6”) tail.
Row 16-18. With C1 as row 2. Change to 816. Cut C1 leaving 15 cm (6”) tail.

Next stripe (rows 19-36) will be worked with shades 816 (C3) and 815 (C4).

Rows 19-21. With C3. As row 2.
Row 22. Ch1, *5sc with C4, 11sc with C3* 5 times, 5sc with C4. Turn.
Row 23. Ch1, *6sc with C4, 9sc with C3, 1sc with C4* 5 times, 5sc with C4. Turn.
Row 24. Ch1, *7sc with C4, 7sc with C3, 2sc with C4* 5 times, 5sc with C4. Turn.
Rows 25-30. Ch1, *8sc with C4, 5sc with C3, 3sc with C4* 5 times, 5sc with C4. Turn.
Row 31. As row 24.
Row 32. As row 23.
Row 33. As row 22. Cut C4 leaving 15cm (6”) tail.
Rows 34-36. With C3 as row2. Change to 806. Cut C1 leaving 15 cm (6”) tail.
Rows 37-54. Repeat rows 1-18 working with shades 806 (C1) and 801 (C2).
Rows 55-72. Repeat rows 19-36 working with shades 808 (C3) and 813 (C4).
Rows 73-90. Repeat rows 1-19 working with shades 805 (C1) and 817 (C2).

Note: after row 90 you should get a square shape.

After row 90 change to shade 808 and crochet around the whole square making 85sc on each side and 3sc in each corner (for even and neat work - make 17sc into every stripe on the sides). Finish with sl st in 1st sc of this rnd or with NJ in 2nd sc. Cut yarn and weave all tails in.
Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)

BACK


You have two options for the back. To make it easier, you can begin with the same stitch count as for front (ch86 and 85sc on each row) and make necessary amount of stripes to match the front in height. Since you will have the same stitch count on the bottom and top, it will be easy to join both parts together.
Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)

I wanted the back of my pillow to be composed of stripes which are later squared up with simple striped border. To imitate quilt. So I began with a smaller stitch count. Here is what I did:

Row 1. Ch75 with 802. Starting in 2nd ch from hook sc in every ch to the end. (75sc) Turn
Row 2-90. Ch1 (doesn’t count as sc here and throughout), 75sc. Turn.

Color way:

Rows 1-9. Shade 802
Rows 10-18. Shade 820
Rows 19-27. Shade 815
Rows 28-36. Shade 816
Rows 37-45. Shade 806
Rows 46-54. Shade 808
Rows 55-63. Shade 817
Rows 64-72. Shade 813
Rows 73-81. Shade 801
Rows 82-90. Shade 805

After row 90 the back is approx. 40cm x 39 cm (16” x 15 ½”). To bring stitch count of the back to the same amount as front, change yarn to 808 after row 90 and start working around the whole square.

Rnd 1. 75sc on the top, 3sc in the corner, turn quarter and work 75sc on next side (you will make 7sc and 8sc in every other stripe), 3sc in next corner, 75 sc on the bottom, 3sc in corner, 75sc on next side (same as previous), 3sc in corner. Join with sl st in 1st sc of the rnd. Mark central sc in every corner.
Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)


Rnd 2. Ch1 (not a st), sc in same st. Continue crocheting around the square and make 3sc in every marked st in the corner. Join either with sl st in1st sc after ch1, or with Needle (invisible) Join into 2nd st after ch1 (see tutorial HERE). Fasten off. (77sc on each side + 3sc in every corner)
Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)


Rnds 3-4. Join shade 815 in any st after central st in the corner (by simply pulling a loop and making ch1) and sc around making 3sc in central st in each corner. Join as on rnd 2. Fasten off. (After rnd 4 you’ll get 81 sc on each side + 3 sc in every corner)

Rnds 5-6. With shade 817 repeat rnds 3 and 4. (After rnd 6 you’ll get 85 sc on each side + 3 sc in every corner. And this is the same stitch count as on front!)

After rnd 6 back part should be the same size as front!


JOINING


Place front and back with wrong sides facing (I liked the wrong side look of the border on the back, so I decided that wrong side will be right. But you may join the pillow as you like). You will crochet joning row on the back! With shade 813 start joining both parts on the bottom approx 5cm (2”) before the corner – for an appropriate size of the zip opening.


Important! Find central sc in the corner on both front and back and make sure you begin joining in the right st on front and back (the amount of sts till the corner should be the same!)


Crochet with sc till the 1st corner (insert the hook under all 4 loops), continue crocheting along 3 next sides, and make the same amount on another edge of the bottom as in the beginning. Don’t fasten off and continue to crochet with sc on the back only. When you come to the beginning of joining row, cut yarn leaving approx 50cm (20”) tail and NJ in 1st sc of joining row.

Now crochet with sc along unworked part of the zip opening (on the wrong side of the Front part).
Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)

When you come to the beginning of joining row, again - cut yarn leaving approx 50cm (20”) tail and finish with NJ to the beginning of joining row.
Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)

 

INSERTING ZIP


Pin zip to the opening on the bottom of the cover with a few sewing pins and sew it along the opening using yarn tails with running stitch. Secure the tails and cut yarn.
Crochet pillow cover with colorful circles made in tapestry crochet. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn )with step-by-step pictures)

Ta-dah!!! Your very own Tapestry Circles Pillow cover is now finished!

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How to do Tapestry Crochet: step-by-step photo tutorial

If you haven’t tried tapestry crochet technique yes, you definitely should. You have probably come across lots of wonderful pictures of projects made in tapestry crochet. And they may have looked too advanced or tricky to you. Mainly because of multiple color changes and detailed images. But the truth is tapestry crochet doesn’t differ much from traditional one. It uses ordinary single crochet stitches (US term) but with yarns of several colors used at the same time. So you crochet in usual way but change yarns from time to time to create a colorful pattern. I've tried to explain tapestry process with pictures in a photo-tutorial below. And I hope it will be helpful!
How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet

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Usually there are two types of instructions available for tapestry crochet patterns: written explanations and charts. I personally find it easier to work from the charts. They are the same as for cross stitch embroidery: you can clearly see where the change of the color happens and it’s easier to count.





The majority of tapestry projects are worked in round – so all the rounds are made on the right side. But you can also work in back and forth (as I did for my Tapestry Circles Pillow). Some very skillful crafters crochet all the rows on the right side, changing right and left hands. I am not so skillful, so I just crocheted my pillow cover in usual way. I got stripes on each side (as you usually do with single crochet), but I kinda like them!

How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet

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What you should keep in mind: 


  • If you are new to tapestry crochet, choose thick yarn and larger hook to learn this technique. The yarn should not be fluffy, as you will not be able to see each and every stitch.
  • Don’t crochet loose. I would say you should crochet tight. You will use several yarns at the same time, and crochet with one color over another one. And if you crochet too loose, another color will be seen through the stitches. And you want to avoid it.
  • Your crochet hook should match yarn very well. If you feel like you don’t get the right tension, try to change hook to a smaller (or larger) one until you are satisfied with the look of your tapestry fabric.

 

Tapestry process and Important Notes:

 

1. Put yarn C2 on the top of previous row. Now you will continue crocheting with yarn C1 in the usual way - but at the same time over C2. Hold C2 with your left hand (if you are right-handed) together with crocheted piece, so that it’s easier for you to insert the hook.
How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet

2. The color is always changed when you still have 2 loops on the hook. So you will do it on the last yarn over (to finish last stitch in previous color). Now, after color is changed, place yarn C1 on the top of crocheted piece and continue to crochet with C2 over it.
How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet


3. If you do everything correctly, the yarn of different color will not be seen either on right or wrong side.
How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet

4. If you see the yarn through the stitches, try to pull the (inside) yarn a bit before every color change. But don’t pull too much, as your work may wrap! The width of your project should stay the same after every row.

How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet

5. You should crochet over yarn of different color while making EVERY stitch. Don’t miss any. Otherwise you will get floats of yarn on the right (or wrong side).

How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet

6. When you work in rows it is important that you decide on which side is right and which is wrong. It has nothing to do with the pattern, as it will be reversible. But it is important to know how you should begin each row. When starting row on the wrong side, you should hold second yarn in front of your work. And starting row on the right side - hold 2nd yarn behind the work. It will give small colorful waves on the wrong side, while right side will look nice and neat.
How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet
 How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet

 

Instructions (Triangle Tapestry Sample)  


For this tutorial I used Stoned Washed* yarn by Scheepjes in shades 815 (C1) and 820 (C2). And 3.25mm Clover Soft Touch* crochet hook. The definition of the stitches with this yarn is very neat. And I would say it is great for tapestry crochet. The only disadvantage is that it is a bit difficult to frog. So you may want to use other yarn (scraps) to practice. But I would definitely recommend Stone Washed for your finished projects in tapestry crochet. I used it for my newest Tapestry Circles Pillow design. You can see the pictures HERE. And HERE is my review about Stoned Washed yarn.
How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet

I will show you the basics of tapestry crochet on the example of simple triangle. Here is the chart:
How to do Tapestry crochet. Detailed tutorial with step-by-step pictures. By Lilla Bjorn Crochet

This small sample uses 2 colors of yarn. As you see first 4 rows are made in one color (C1 - aqua), and then the triangle pattern with C2 (pink) begins. Ch1 in the beginning of each row doesn’t count as sc, so make 1st sc of each row in 1st st of previous row.

So, let’s try? :)

Row 1. Ch22 with yarn C1 (aqua). Beginning in 2nd ch from hook, sc in every ch till the end. (21sc) Turn.

Row 2-4. Ch1 (doesn’t count as sc here and throughout), 21sc. Turn.
Row 5. On this row and next rows till 11th you will use C2 (pink) together with C1. Place C1 along the top of your crocheted piece and start crocheting over it, as shown above.

Ch1, 5sc with C1 (change color on 5th sc), 11sc with C2 (change color on 11th sc), 5sc with C1. Turn.

Row 6. Ch1, 6sc with C1, 9sc with C2, 6sc with C1. Turn.
Row 7. Ch1, 7sc with C1, 7sc with C2, 7sc with C1. Turn.
Row 8. Ch1, 8sc with C1, 5sc with C2, 8sc with C1. Turn.
Row 9. Ch1, 9sc with C1, 3sc with C2, 9sc with C1. Turn.
Row 10. Ch1, 10sc with C1, 1sc with C2, 10sc with C1. Turn.

Now you can either cut C2 and work next rows with C1 only, or you can continue crocheting over all the stitches with C1 (over C2). In this way your crocheted fabric will have the same thickness.

In my sample I cut C2, because Stone Washed yarn seems thick enough to me, and the difference in thickness between the parts is not critical at all.

Row 11-14. Ch1, 21sc with C1. Turn.

Congratulations!!! Your first sample in tapestry crochet is finished! Did it work well for you? Please, share your opinions with me!

If you would like to learn more about Tapestry Crochet and try some free and paid patterns – be sure to check art work of Carol Ventura and her web-site HERE. And FREE pattern of my Tapestry Circles pillow will be very soon available here on my blog.

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Tapestry Pillow with Circles: new crochet design

Ta-dah!! I love the days of these “big reveals” so much! Because I can finally share new design with you. And because I don’t need to keep silence any longer. Let me introduce my new Tapestry Circles Pillow. It is made in tapestry crochet and it is also reverse, as patterns for front and back differ and you can turn the pillow the side which speaks to your mood at any time.
Crochet tapestry pillow cover with colorful circles. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

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I have been thinking about trying tapestry crochet for 3 years already. I did learn it some time ago and used for reproducing cross stitch embroidery charts into crochet pillow covers. I liked the effect very much but was not sure if I can ever write my own pattern in tapestry crochet. But you know… I love challenges. So I took this one. And here is what I’ve come up with.
Crochet tapestry pillow cover with colorful circles. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

When I was thinking about pillow cover, I imagined it as a mixture of different shapes and colors. I wanted to include triangles, diamonds, circles and squares. But sometimes what seems great in your mind is not so great in real life. The magic rule “less is more” works pretty well for me (though sometimes I still continue to struggle and argue) and I gave up all the shapes except of the circles. And I don’t regret it at all!
Crochet tapestry pillow cover with colorful circles. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

With the colors it was a bit different. Here I didn’t measure myself at all. I just wanted to use as many shades as possible, and mix them in unpredictable way.



This pillow is made with Stone Washed - one of my most favourite yarns by Scheepjes. In my opinion it is great for making interior decorations. The pillow cover turned to be thick enough and stiff. Just with a very good feel of “tapestry fabric”. I am very happy with the choice.
Crochet tapestry pillow cover with colorful circles. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

You can have a look at Stone Washed yarn at Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* (both ship worldwide), Paradise Fibers* (US) or in your local Scheepjes shops.

My pillow cover consists of two parts with different patterns (circles on front and stripes framed into a square – on the back), but you can duplicate tapestry circles on both.
Crochet tapestry pillow cover with colorful circles. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

I also used zip to make it easier to take care of the pillow. But you can use buttons, if you wish!
Crochet tapestry pillow cover with colorful circles. Free pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Free pattern of this pillow will be published here, on my blog next week. And later this week I will also share with you a photo-tutorial on how to do tapestry crochet.

UPDATE: step-by-step tutorial about how to do tapestry crochet is HERE. And free pattern os this pillow is already HERE.

See you soon!

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Tapestry Circles: new project

If you follow me on Facebook, you may already know that I have started to work on a new project. And it is in Tapestry crochet. I tried this technique a few times and I mainly used charts for cross stitch embroidery and translated them into crochet to make pillow throws. Every time I post about tapestry crochet it’s a huge success, but very often I hear you don’t know how to do it. So I decided to create my own design in this technique and to show you its basics.
Pillow cover in tapestry crochet with circles pattern - by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

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Tapestry crochet is used for designing many different kinds of projects. Those can be bags, rugs, pillows, wallets, and even some garments – like stiff coats, scarves. Every time I search for an inspiration I come across many mandala’s made in tapestry crochet with multiple color changes. These are truly advanced projects, but maybe one day I will become brave enough to design my own. 
Pillow cover in tapestry crochet with circles pattern - by Lilla Bjorn Crochet


But to begin I decided to choose something not so intricate. So I am making a pillow cover with repeated circle pattern. I chose Stone Washed yarn for my project in 10 different shades. The definition of stitches with this yarn is great and I believe it is a very good choice to start mastering tapestry crochet. The yarn is thick enough, and stitches become very neat and even.You can see my chosen palette HERE.
Striped pillow cover made with Stone Washed yarn by Scheepjes. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

You can purchase your own shades of Stone Washed yarn via Wool Warehouse* and Deramores*(international shipping), Paradise Fibers* (US) or in your local Scheepjes shop.
Tapestry pillow cover made with Stone Washed yarn by Scheepjes. Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

This project is a kind of challenge for me, as probably for the first time I didn’t think much about the colours. I wanted them to be bright, contrast and, how to say, not so matching. I wanted this pillow to become a bright accent. But it is of course possible to make in just 2 shades. And with not so many contrasts…

Next week I will show you finished pillow (fingers crossed that you will like it). And there will be also a photo-tutorial published about the basics of tapestry crochet. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: you can see pictures of the finished pillow HERE.And free pattern is available HERE.
Colorful stripes with Stone Washed yarn by Scheepjes

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