Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border

YAY! Spirits of Life CAL is almost finished! This week is the last one. You will be making a simple border and then your wrap will be finished! I have mixed feelings about this week. It is a little bit sad that our crochet adventure is almost over. But on the other hand I am somewhat happy as well… This CAL was taking every single day of my life during last 2 months. I could hardly think of something else, and several new designs were put on hold. But now I will have more time to work on them and bring them to you soon.
Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border! Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

If you missed previous parts of Spirits of Life CAL, please check General Information, Important Notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8.

Last week was very relaxed I hope. And today’s border is very simple, too. It consists of only rounds with single and double crochet stitches (US terms) and almost no counting is involved. So after you finish first round you can grab a cup of tea and continue with the pattern watching your favourite TV shows.

Why do I mention first round? Because on that round you will work evenly around entire wrap (it should be blocked already). I know many people I scared by “work evenly” instructions. To make it easier for you, I have given exact stitch count for every part of the wrap. So first round is broken into smaller sections, and hopefully it will be easy to be on track.
Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border! Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

Please, note that my stitch count is perfect for the size and gauge given in the pattern. If your gauge was different, you might need to improvise a bit. The main rule is that your border must not ruffle. And it should not be pulling, too.

In case you don’t have enough yarn to finish the border as per pattern – don’t worry. You can absolutely join a new color in the middle of the round and continue to work with it. I would say different colors of yarn in the same round will make your wrap look very authentic.

 

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**Errata** in some translations it was written to join Yarn F in the final stitch. It was an error. Please, make first round of the border with Yarn H :)

Part 9 - Afrikaans
Part 9 - Czech
Part 9 - Danish
Part 9 - Dutch
Part 9 - English (UK)
Part 9 - English (US)
Part 9 - Finnish
Part 9 - French
Part 9 - German
Part 9 - Hebrew
Part 9 - Norwegian
Part 9 - Polish
Part 9 - Portuguese
Part 9 - Spanish
Part 9 - Swedish
Part 9 - Russian






And if you have plenty of yarn left, here is my placement of colors for each of three colorways.
Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border! Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes


Here is a short video showing how the rounds begin and finish with a “needle join” (a nice opportunity to practice invisible join, isn’t?)



If you purchased an official Scheepjes kit you might be curious what is the metal ring for. And now I can tell you! It’s for a bonus pattern – a mandala wall hanging – which will be made with leftovers. The mandala design is created already and will be put to test this week. But since many of you are behind with the CAL and Christmas is almost here, I thought I would release bonus pattern early in January. When everyone will be back from holidays, fresh and ready for the new challenges!

Are you making this wrap for yourself or as a gift? :) I would love to hear from you in comments!!

Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border! Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes


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In-Between Crochet Hook Organizer: FREE pattern by Hilde Tindlund

When I started to design four years ago I could not even imagine how many new friends I will have very soon. I feel so lucky and happy at the same time. Almost all my new friends are virtual. And one of them is Hilde Tindlund (aka RoadRash), a lovely lady from Norway who is helping me a lot with pattern testing. Hilde has designed a cute and very handy crochet hook organizer. And she kindly gave me permission to publish it on my blog. And I am proud and happy to share it with you today. It can make a lovely last minute gift for Christmas, don’t you agree?
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

 *Purchase an ad-free and ready-to-print PDF of this pattern (including complete Stitch Guide with pictures, Important Notes, material list, complete written instructions and photo tutorials) HERE on Ravelry - in English and Norwegian. Hilde has another lovely Christmas pattern in her Ravelry shop, at a very reasonable price. So make sure to check it out as well as her website RoadRash with lots of beautiful crochet mandala bags!!

 

You will need


  • Scheepjes Soft Fun (DK yarn: 60% Cotton/40% Acrylic, 50g (1.76 ounces)/140m (153 yards) in shades: 2604 (2 skeins), 2515 (1 skein or ca 10 g scrap), 2519 (1 skein or ca 10 g scrap), 2516 (1 skein or ca 10 g scrap), or any colors of your choice!
SoftFun yarn is available via Wool Warehouse* HERE (UK with international shipping)  and via Knotty House* HERE (Canada)

Gauge

22 sc x 10 rows/rnds = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 in

Measurments


Width: 19cm / 7.5in
Height: 24cm / 9.5in
The width of the crochet hook cover can easily be adjusted by adding more or less stitches in 3-stitch increments.

Abbreviations and Stitch Guide (US terms)

 

ch chain stitch
ss slip stitch
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
st/sts stitch/stitches
rnd round
yo yarn over
lp/lps loop/loops
* ... * repeat between * and *as many times as indicated
sc2tog single crochet 2 together (insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, insert hook in next indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, pull through 3 lps on hook)
BLO back loop only
FLO front loop only
3rdLP third loop
FPdc front post double crochet (yo, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yo,draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* twice see pictures for rnd 7)
 In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

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Color key: MC- 2604 • A - 2515 • B - 2519 • C - 2516

*COPYRIGHT* Hilde Tindlund (www.RoadRash.no). 2017. All rights reserved! This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold, shared, republished (on-line and off-line), redistributed and translated without permission, or edited in any way - in part or a whole. 

*Purchase an ad-free and ready-to-print PDF of this pattern (including complete Stitch Guide with pictures, all Important Notes, material list, complete written instructions and photo tutorials) HERE on Ravelry - in English and Norwegian.


INSTRUCTIONS


NB! Crochet through both loops unless other is stated in the pattern

First pocket 

NB! Leave 100 cm yarn tail. You need it for crochet together the bottom of the pocket.

Ch84 with MC. Join with ss in first ch. Make sure not to twist the ch row!

Rnd 1: ch1, 1sc in each st (first sc in same st as ch1 - see first pic for rnd 7), join with ss in first sc (see two last pics for rnd 7) (84 sc)
Rnd 2-6: as rnd 1
Rnd 7: Change to color A in first ch1. NB! There are always 2 sts skipped on rnd 4 between 2 FPdc.

Ch1 (doesn’t count as sc), *2sc (first sc in same st as ch1), 1FPdc around st of rnd 4 directly below, skip 1 st on rnd 6* repeat around, join with ss in first sc after ch1 (28 FPdc + 56 sc)
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Rnd 8: Continue with color A. As rnd 1
Rnd 9: Change to MC in first ch1. As rnd 1
Rnd 10: As rnd 1
Rnd 11: Change to color A in first ch1.

Ch4, *1FPdc around st of rnd 8 directly above next FPdc of rnd 7, ch3* repeat around, 1FPdc around st of Rnd 8 directly above last FPdc of Rnd 7, join with ss in ch4-sp (28 FPdc + 28 ch3-sp)
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Rnd 12: Change to MC. Cut color A. NB! Some sc on this rnd are attached in rnd 10 and some in rnd 11. All sc attached in rnd 10 are made in front of ch3-sp.

Ch1 (doesn’t count as sc), *1sc in next 2 sts of rnd 10 visible under ch3-sp,1sc in next FPdc of rnd 11* repeat around, join with ss in first sc after ch1 (84 sc)
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

 Rnd 13-14: as rnd 1

Space between first and second pocket

Row 15: ch1, 42sc (first sc in same st as ch1), turn (42 sc)
Row 16: ch1, 42 sc in BLO (first sc in same st as ch1), turn (42 sc)
Row 17-20: as row 15






Second pocket

Rnd 21: ch1, 42sc in FLO (first sc in same st as ch1), turn with yarn in front of work, 42 sc in the available loops on the other side, join with ss in first sc (84 sc)
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Rnd 22-26: as rnd 1
Rnd 27-32: as rnds 7-12 - replace color A with color B
Rnd 33-34: as rnd 1


Space between second and third pocket

Row 35: as row 15
Row 36: as row 16
Row 37-44: as row 15 - don’t fasten off

Third pocket

Rnd 45: as rnd 21
Rnd 46-50: as rnd 1
Rnd 51-56: as rnds 7-12 - replace color A with color C
Rnd 57-58: as rnd 1- don’t fasten off

Flap for third pocket

Row 59: ss in next st, ch1, 42sc in 3rdLP (first sc in same st as ch1), turn (42 sc)
Row 60-61: as row 15
Row 62: ch1, 1 sc (in same st as ch1), sc2tog, 36sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, turn (40 sts)
Row 63: ch1, 1 sc (in same st as ch1), sc2tog, 34sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, turn (38 sts)
Row 64: ch1, 1 sc (in same st as ch1), sc2tog, 32sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, turn (36 sts)
Row 65: ch1, 1 sc (in same st as ch1), sc2tog, 30sc sc2tog, 1 sc,
change to color C in last sc. Cut MC. (34 sts)
Row 66: ch1, 5 sc (first sc in same st as ch1), 2 hdc, ch3, skip 1 st, 2 hdc, 14 sc, 2 hdc, ch3,
2 hdc, 5 sc, turn (24 sc + 4 hdc + 2 ch3-sp)
Row 67: ss to first ch3-sp, 5 sc in ch3-sp, ss to next ch3-sp, 5 sc in ch3-sp,
ss to the end of the row. Fasten off.
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Flaps for first and second pocket

Attach the first row in the available loops right above the pockets (row 16 and row 36).

Row 1: Keep the bottom of the cover against you and attach the yarn in the first available loop, from bottom to top.

Ch1, 42 sc (first sc in same st as ch1), turn
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Row 2: Ch1, 42 sc (first sc in same st as ch1), turn
Row 3-8: as row 62-67, but replace color C with color A/B.

Ties

Ch80, ss around a st in center of the row where the second pocket flap was attached, ch80.
Make ss through one lp in each chain st, turn, ch1, make ss down the other side of the chain sts.
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Finishing

• Close the bottom of the first pocket with ss through both layers using the 100 cm yarn tail.
• Weave in all tails.
• Attach buttons.
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

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I hope you will enjoy the pattern and I have started to make one organizer for myself!

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Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Final Edge!

Welcome to Part 8 of Spirits of Life CAL. This week is the final one before a simple border will be added. And I also hope it will bring you lots of relaxation after endless counting on previous parts. And… very soon your wrap will be finished, yay!
Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

If you missed previous parts of Spirits of Life CAL, please check General Information, Important Notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7.

This week’s instructions are short. You know so much already and I am not sure what else I can add.

Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

The only important thing I would like to draw your attention to is yardages! I know that many of you were very careful and precise, and you checked yardages after each new part of the CAL was finished. But some of you preferred to live dangerously. :)

If you are not very much on track with yardages and you feel like you are running out of some colors, don’t worry! We can fix it this week and hopefully you will not need to order additional skeins of yarn.






Part 8 is more or less the same as very first week of the CAL. We will be making colorful stripes again with a tiny touch of overlay crochet. I used a certain order of colors for my wraps, but it’s not really necessary to follow it exactly. If you run out of some shades, please, feel free to replace the colors according to your taste. It will not have a great impact on the final look of your wrap.

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IMPORTANT: Please, be aware that all my patterns (free or paid) are protected by copyright. You are not allowed to copy, reproduce, redistribute (online or off-line), sell and edit them in part or as a whole. You are welcome to sell your finished items made by my patterns, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as the designer of these patterns. You are not allowed to share pdf-files created from my posts with anyone. If you would like more people to join my CAL – please, share a link to my blog with them. You can check Copyright page for more information.

Part 8 - Afrikaans
Part 8 - Czech
Part 8 - Danish
Part 8 - Dutch
Part 8 - English (UK)
Part 8 - English (US)
Part 8 - Finnish
Part 8 - French
Part 8 - German
Part 8 - Hebrew
Part 8 - Norwegian
Part 8 - Polish
Part 8 - Portuguese
Part 8 - Spanish
Part 8 - Swedish
Part 8 - Russian

Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

And if you were very careful with yarn amounts on previous parts, then you should have enough yarn to finish Part 8 and border as it’s written down.

**IMPORTANT** Don't forget to block the entire wrap ;-)

Here is a short video to help you with placement of overlay stitches. Please, make ch1 in the beginning of every row (not shown int he video...)


Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

    Looking forward to see pictures of your wraps! And see you next week.

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    Creative Gift Guide

    Holiday season is here! I don’t know how it is in your part of the world but here (where I live) we have long queues in the stores already: people are looking for gifts for their relatives and friends. It might be not so easy to choose gifts for crafters (who create stuff themselves) and simply creative people. Of course you can always buy yarn for crocheters and knitters… But there are many other wonderful options, except of yarn. I am not a blogger who creates gift guides often. Actually it is my fist post of this kind. I just thought I would share my treasuries with you, because I think all these items are wonderful gifts for crafters. Some of them were given to me as gifts. And some of them I bought myself.
    Looking for a Christmas gift to a creative friend? A gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com


    Exclusivity by Cohana


    Not long ago I was gifted a set of Cohana accessories. Cohana is a Japanese brand creating high quality hand-made items for crafters. Each and every of them is beautifully packed in bright gray stiff paper boxes with cute ribbons and leather labels. The items are hand made by local artisans from different parts of Japan. The whole story of a brand is filled with a special spirit.

    “The brand name 'Cohana' is derived from the goddess Konohanasakuya-hime from Japanese mythology. Konohanasakuya-hime is beautiful like the blooming of cherry tree blossoms, and worshipped as a goddess of Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan, and symbolises prosperity.” This is written on Cohana’s website.






    Cohana uses traditional Japanese colors that reflect the changing of the seasons: bright yellow color of daffodils, color of roses, blue color with a hint of green, color of Asiatic dayflowers, bright grey with a hint of blue (sky gray). Altogether they have a very calm and gentle impression.

    Cohana (Japan) creates high-quality craft items for creative people. Gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    I am not a kind of crochet designer who exclusively uses brandy and expensive tools. But when I look at Cohana products and use them I get a very special feeling of “one of a kind”. The exclusivity of these tools adds a certain exclusivity to my own finished projects, if it does make any sense.

    Only high quality materials are selected for Cohana products. This canvas project bag, for example, is made of very stiff and nice to touch fabric.
    Cohana (Japan) creates high-quality craft items for creative people. Gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    Marking pins are decorated with handmade glass beads and pincushion is made of Cypress and Banshu Textile and is filled with special material preventing metal pins from rusting. Shozaburo Thread Clips are super sharp and they are wrapped with Iga braid, a material made primarily for use in armor making since long ago. Carefully dyed silk threads are very gentle to hands. Can you imagine the pleasure of using these clips?

    You can order all these beautiful items directly from Japan, or if you are in Europe you can purchase them via Black Sheep Wools – one of the very few retailers stocking exclusive Cohana products.

    Goodies by Scheepjes


    It’s not a secret that I am an official Scheepjes blogger, and as a member of bloggers’ team I have early access not only to new yarns, but also to other products produced and sold by Scheepjes (yes-yes, they produce not only yarn!).

    Have you already spotted cute canvas totes with yarn related prints? I have a granny square bag at home. Love it! And also dreaming about the one with a bicycle.
    Canvas Tote by Scheepjes with granny square print. Gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    Another yarn related accessory I use a lot (and if not used it is proudly displayed on a shelve together with other goodies) is wooden bowl. Great tool for those who think a lot about saving yarn from dust, or hiding it from pets. Very elegant and useful item, in my opinion. If you are stuck with a present idea for a crafty friend – think of a yarn bowl.
    Yarn Bowl by Scheepjes. Greative gift guide from www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    Or what about a colorful mug with a design print? Every year Scheepjes releases a new mug. There are two mugs in Scheepjes limited collection and both will become wonderful gifts to a friend who is obsessed with yarn, crochet or other crafts.
    Scheepjes mugs. Creative gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    All items shown in this blog post are available in your local Scheepjes shop and via Wool Warehouse (with international shipping): canvas totes*, yarn bowls*, mugs*.

    Capture by Lucy


    And here is something else I would like to show you. I made an early Christmas gift for myself and ordered four new photo backdrops from Lucy, the owner of Capture by Lucy brand. They arrived a week ago and when I opened the packaged my heart jumped up to the ceiling.

    Lucy creates vinyl backdrops with different textures and patterns which can be used in photography. I have been using them for a year already and will probably purchase more samples in the future (all pictures in this blog post are also made with them). Lucy’s backdrops are high-quality and very handy to use and storage. I just roll mine into a tube and hide in the closet.
    High-quality vinyl photo backdrops from Capture by Lucy. Gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    The prints come in several collections representing natural textures of wood, metal, stone, fabric… Backdrops are printed with real pictures Lucy is taking with her camera: old wooden doors and floors in her house, watercolor paper, linen canvas… Well, what to add. I use them a lot! And they work excellent for blog pictures, and Instagram. So if you would like to make a present for someone who is much into object photography – you might think about Lucy’s photo backdrops.

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