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

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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UFO pillow is ready to land

If you come to my apartment you will see no signs of crochet. I mean you will definitely understand I have something in common with yarn and crochet hooks, as they are literally everywhere. Such a colorful mess of started and unfinished wips. But for some (no) reason I don’t use my own creations as decorations for my home. I create them, finish them, and hide them in a cabinet. Where tens of other finished items are sleeping. Forever. The same story is with my handmade sweaters. I never wear them… And if you ask me why, I will not be able to answer you. I simply don’t know…
UFO crochet pillow made with Camel stitch. Original design by Lilla Bjorn

Two weeks ago my best friend from Belarus was visiting me in Brno. She is admiring handmade in general and every time is trying to “steal” something from me. I was showing her my latest mandalas, and pillows, and blankets. When she saw my Space pillow I made some 5 years ago, she took it out of the box and said: “I think it will be pretty cool on your sofa, and I think you should not hide it again for another 5 years”. And she put it on my sofa, and, yes, it looked pretty cool with all my dusty greys.
UFO crochet pillow made with Camel stitch. Original design by Lilla Bjorn

Today I finished a new pillow. If you have been following my blog recently you could see some sneak peeks. I normally have difficulties with giving names to my new designs. But this time it was obvious that the pillow reminds of an UFO. So I called it an UFO pillow. And when I put it on my sofa next to Space pillow – they made a wonderful couple. And seems like I will be using them both a lot! 
UFO crochet pillow made with Camel stitch. Original design by Lilla Bjorn



While making UFO pillow I was practicing Camel Crochet stitch. Or its tighter version, better to say. You can check my photo-tutorial HERE. This stitch and color changes on every round helped to obtain a very nice look-knit effect. But at some point I got bored to just repeat the same pattern, and decided to add a small touch of overlay stitches. And they made the whole pillow look even more like UFO.
UFO crochet pillow made with Camel stitch. Original design by Lilla Bjorn

I used almost 6 skeins of Mini Nooodle* yarn by Scheepjes, 2 skeins in each of 3 shades: 004, 035, 259 and 10mm Clover Amour crochet hook*. And my finished pillow is approx. 50cm (20in) large across.

Be sure to come back to my blog next week, as I will publish a free pattern for UFO pillow!
UPDATE: UFO Pillow free crochet pattern is available HERE.
UFO crochet pillow made with Camel stitch. Original design by Lilla BjornUFO crochet pillow made with Camel stitch. Original design by Lilla Bjorn

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Playing With Camel Crochet Stitch

After a short but very nice holiday break I am entering year 2017 with a new design. You may have read about this in my previous post HERE. I am playing with Mini Nooodle* (T-shirt) yarn by Scheepjes and this time I am working on a new round pillow design. It will be free and soon published on my blog.
How to crochet Camel Stitch: photo-tutorial by Lilla Bjorn

Nowadays crochet that looks like knitting is very popular, and I decided to try my hand in designing something very simple to contribute to this trend. I am playing with a Camel crochet stitch, working in rounds with colour changes on each round.
How to crochet Camel Stitch: photo-tutorial by Lilla Bjorn

Camel stitch is very widely used in crochet wear design. Usually combined with half double crochet stitches (hdc - US term). But I thought it might be nice to try a bit “tighter version” with single crochet stitches (sc).




Camel stitch is very simple. The only difference is in a way you insert the crochet hook. If you are a beginner you may only have worked through both loops so far. You can also crochet in front loops or back loops only. And you can also crochet in 3rd loop – to obtain a “knit look” effect.

I’ve made pictures below to give you an idea of what “loops' anatomy” looks like. In 2nd picture you can see that 3rd loop lies just behind back loop on the wrong side of your work. And this is the one you need for a Camel stitch. It might be easier to see it in hdc stitches. If you would like to practice, you may use a free hat pattern recently released by Miss Neriss (available HERE).
How to crochet Camel Stitch: photo-tutorial by Lilla Bjorn

Camel Crochet Stitch Tutorial


For my new pillow project I work in rounds and change colours on every round. I decided to write this short photo-tutorial to show you the tips I have come up with (especially for joining the rounds). US terms and abbreviations are used here.

Round 1. To begin make a magic ring, ch1 (which doesn’t count as sc) 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).
How to crochet Camel Stitch: photo-tutorial by Lilla Bjorn

Round 2. Change yarn making ch1 with new colour. Now you will be working in 3rd loops of the stitches from round 1. The 1st sc is made in the same stitch as join.

Ch1, 2sc (3rd lp) in each stitch around; join with ss in 1st sc after ch1.
How to crochet Camel Stitch: photo-tutorial by Lilla Bjorn

If you just join with ss, there might be a joining seam visible on right side. I was thinking of how it is possible to avoid it, and here is the tip I have come up with: after you join the round with ss, drop loop of yarn from the hook (pic.1 below), then insert the hook under back loop of same stitch as join (from back to front – pic.2), put the loop on the hook again and pull it under back loop to the wrong side of your work (pic.3). It should help to make the seam less visible.
How to crochet Camel Stitch: photo-tutorial by Lilla Bjorn

Round 3. Change yarn again in the same way as on Round 2 and work again in 3rd loops of the stitches.
How to crochet Camel Stitch: photo-tutorial by Lilla Bjorn

 To make a flat circle, make 6 increases on each round. I will post complete instructions together with the pattern of my new pillow in 2 weeks. UPDATE: UFO pillow free crochet pattern is available HERE.
How to crochet Camel Stitch: photo-tutorial by Lilla Bjorn

If you would like to try Mini Nooodle yarn, it's available via Wool Warehouse HERE* or from your local Scheepjes shops.

Have a nice weekend,
 

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Year 2016 Brought Lots of Crochet Inspiration to Me...

It’s hard to believe but one more year is almost gone… For me it almost flied. Really fast. It seems like only a few weeks ago I was sitting in front a computer and typing the same post about results of year 2015… And year 2017 is almost knocking at my door. Already! I hope it was a good year for you. And if it was sad for some reason, I hope new year will bring you joy, peace and happiness.
Original crochet designs by Lilla Bjorn. www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Right now I am sitting upstairs in a small house in the middle of Czech mountains Beskidy. My friends from Belarus are visiting us. And we decided to escape from the city, and celebrate New year eve in the nature. There is a fire in a fireplace. And I can hear kids laughter outside. Together with my husband they are trying to set up a fire outdoors and to cook something to eat… It’s a nice moment to stay alone for an hour. And to think of passing year and about what it brought to me.

I’ve made a collage using crocheted projects designed in year 2016. I believe these are not all of them, are they? (all available in my Ravelry shop HERE). When I put them together I was surprised to see that colour palette is not so bright and vibrant as it was last year. It's  more into calm and blue blues and pastel. And I wonder what it will look like in a year again.
Spanish mandala in overlay crochet technique. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet
Spanish Mandala

So what did year 2016 bring to me?.. It was a nice year. I am thankful for my family, parents and friends being healthy. I don’t see them often. But it’s always great to think of them and know they are well.

I am continuously trying to grow as a crochet designer. And I continue to work in overlay crochet and to create mandala’s. This year two wonderful designs were born. It’s Spanish Mandala and Joana’s Mandala and Border. And I finally created a true Celtic Mandala (and I am sure more Celtic designs will come in the future).
Overlay crochet mandala patterns by Lilla Bjorn

This year a few of my designs were published for the first time!! They are Stepping Stones pouf cover, Striped Top and Moonlight Butterfly Blanket published in YARN book-a-zine. Lisa the mouse amigurumi pattern was published in November issue of Crochet Now magazine (unfortunately I haven’t got hard copy of this magazine yet to show you, but I will as soon as a I get it!). And 2 my designs were published in a freshly printed Baby Rainbow Book. I got a copy 2 minutes before I left my home and went to the mountains. I just looked through it very quickly (it’s amazing!!) and I will share more details and pictures with you when I come back home.
Striped Top. Knitting pattern with mohair and Alpaca Scheepjes yarn

Being a journalist in my past life I had several hundreds of articles and interviews published in newspapers and magazines. But it felt absolutely differently to be published as a crochet designer. You know I am not an educated designer, or an artist… I am just a crafter who has been crocheting and knitting for entire life. And to see my design and my name in printed magazine… it feels WOW! Like a recognition.




I continued to collaborate with Dutch yarn producer Scheepjes. Being a part of their Bloggers team I visited the Netherlands twice this year (if you search my blog with “Notes from the Netherlads” you can read my reportages about these stays). And I was lucky and proud to participate in Last Dance on the Beach CAL as a designer. Just 2 weeks ago I finished my own Dance in the Rain blanket. And I am so happy with it! In collaboration with Scheepjes company I have created a few free patterns. And I will continue to give them away next year as well.
Last Dance on the Beach Blanket. Made by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Thank you very much for staying with me and reading my blog. And joining my CAL’s! I almost forgot to mention Peacock Tail Bag CAL which was running in the summer. I got lots of lovely messages and e-mails, and I am so happy you are loving overlay crochet technique as much as I do. I am thinking about a new CAL for the next year. I hope my creative energy will be enough to accomplish what I have planned.
Peacock Tail Bag. CAL in overlay crochet. Original design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

My blog has almost hit 2.000.000 views! WOW! We should definitely celebrate this. With a new free pattern maybe? ;-)

What else to say… I don’t know. It was a nice year. Full of inspiration and ideas. And I hope next year will be the same. At least.

Happy New Year!

And let all your dreams (and plans) come true!
With love,


T-shirt Yarn in Mini Version

End of the year is almost here. And it’s time to make some analyzing, and conclusions. I believe it’s right time to finish current crochet projects (I feel sooo wonderful when I finally can finish a new wip!). But I think it’s also a good time to start working on something new. So that my beginning of year 2017 is not “empty”.
Mini Nooodle yarn by Scheepjes is a mini version of a regular T-shirt yarn. Review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

I decided to design something with T-shirt yarn again. And I chose three shades of Mini Nooodles* by Scheepjes. It would be better to say this yarn is a “mini” version of a normal T-shirt yarn you are probably used to work with. The stripes are only 1.5cm wide (approx. ½ in) while regular T-shirt yarn is 2.5cm (1in).
Mini Nooodle yarn by Scheepjes is a mini version of a regular T-shirt yarn. Review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

10mm (N/P) hook is recommended for Mini Nooodles and I think it’s an optimal size. I have worked with this yarn several times before and used it for my Stepping Stones pouf cover pattern (available in 1st Sea issue of YARN book-a-zine). And also I chose this yarn from my Andromeda rug. And Clover Amour crochet hook 10mm* worked perfectly for both projects.
Stepping Stones crochet pouf cover. Original Design by Lilla Bjorn Crochet
Stepping Stones pouf cover (from YARN boo-a-zine)

Very often I can hear that T-this yarn is difficult to work with. That it’s very hard on hands and you get very tired after a short time of crochet. To be honest I didn’t try regular T-shirt yarn, and I have no opinion here. But I would say Mini Nooodles is just ok!




It’s 50% cotton and 50% polyester. It’s very stretchy and “slippery” if I can say like this. The stitches slide very well on a crochet hook without being stuck. Of course it takes a little bit more efforts to crochet with this yarn, but I personally can crochet for 2 hours in a row with no problems at all.
This Andromeda Rug is crocheted in overlay technique. Designed by Lilla Bjorn Crochet
Andromeda Rug

Mini Nooodles is a super chunky yarn. It comes in skeins of 160g with 80m yardages. The skeins are not very big but it also gives a great opportunity to order exact amount of yarn you will need for your project. I believe I will use 6 skeins for my new design (which will be FREE and soon available here on my blog) – 2 in the following shades: 004, 035 and 259.
Mini Nooodle yarn by Scheepjes is a mini version of a regular T-shirt yarn. Review by Lilla Bjorn Crochet
Wool Warehouse stock a wide range of Mini Noodle yarns by Scheepjes and you can check them HERE*. This yarn is also available in “print” version and in neon shades. This yarn can also be found in your local Scheepjes shops.

I am very excited about my new project and I will keep you updated about how it progresses. UPDATE: UFO pillow free crochet pattern is available HERE.

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3 Ways to Protect Your Yarn and Wips From Pets

If you like to crochet and you have kids and/or pets – you will feel my pain. My kid is 5 years old already and now he understands he must not touch my yarns and wips. But it’s very difficult to explain it to my dog who sometimes gets very bored and start to look for “toys” everywhere. Once I left my half finished scarf on the sofa over the night. I went to bed very late and couldn’t wake up early. And what did I see when I came to a dining room in the morning? Well… Almost entire scarf was frogged and yarn was everywhere around the place. My dog literally killed the skein! And this made me think about how I can secure my work in the future.
Yarn House will keep your yarn safe and clean

“Well, you can just hide your wips and yarns” – you might say. Yes, but with many projects going on at the same time it’s not always possible. Unfortunately I am not very well organized and when I start something new, the traces of my creative thinking are everywhere. And then it’s too late to hide them, because I need to hurry to a kindergarten to pick my son up, or somewhere else.

But I’ve come up with several ideas, which might be helpful for you as well.

1. How to prevent crochet wip from unexpected frogging. The answer is quite simple: you should just secure the loop. My friend Nerissa from Miss Neriss inspired me to make stitch markers with small clasps and silver charms (you can see her beautiful picture on Instagram).
Custom stitch markers can be made with silver chamrs, transparent thread and beads. Easy and unique!

I used transparent thin thread and beads to make mine. I think they look very cute, and now I can safely leave my wip on the sofa without worrying it can suddenly frog because my kid is jumping besides.
Attach stitch marker to the loop of your crocheted wip, and it will be secured from unexpected frogging

If you don’t feel like making stitch marker yourself, you can purchase them. Loveknitting (HERE*) and Amazon (HERE*) have very nice examples.




But if you don’t have any charms and well closed stitch markers and don’t want to purchase them, you can use this small trick. Just make your loop larger and tie it into a knot. Don’t pull too tight so that you can untie it later. But with a knot your loop and wip will be well secured.
Easy trick on how to prevent your crochet wips from unexpected frogging.

2. Yarn bowl is another wonderful way to protect your skeins from being attacked by your cat or dog. Today there are many wonderful wooden yarn bowls on the market, and you can choose anything you like (HERE* for example).
Wooden yarn bowls will not only save your yarn but will also become wonderful interior accessories fro your home

Scheepjes started to produce nice wooden accessories, including these yarn bowls. I got mine on Bloggers Day and I am truly in love. Not that it helps to keep yarn safe, it is also a wonderful interior decoration!
Wooden yarn bowls will not only save your yarn but will also become wonderful interior accessories fro your home

3. Together with yarn bowl I also got a Yarn Ball House. I have never seen anything like this before. But it looks like a great idea to protect the yarn.
Yarn House will keep your yarn safe and clean

This Scheepjes yarn house has a stick inside on which you can “wear” the skein, and two small sticks to fasten from outside. After yarn is inside the house you should just pull the tail through the hole, close the “door”, click the clasp – and your yarn is very well hidden and secured... But I personally found it a bit difficult to pull the yarn while it was worn on a stick inside, so I think it’s even better just to put ball or skein into the house and close the door.
Yarn House will keep your yarn safe and clean

Scheepjes yarn houses and bowls are available for purchase via Wool Warehouse HERE* in your local Scheepjes stores.

These were my tips on how to secure your yarn and wips. Do you have your own? Please, share them in comments!

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