Friday Balaclava



Year 2023 is right behind the door. I hope you had a relaxing holiday and time to meditate and reflex on the passing year. I do not make resolutions for a new year, as I think life does not finish on December 31st and does not start again on January 1st. And I do not really believe that it is possible to become a different person overnight. Though of course the last days of the year kind of force to think of what you’d like to bring to a new year. And what new achievements you’d like to make. 

I’d like to become a better person. I’d like to find peace for my soul. I’d like to better balance my work and personal life. I’d like to finish my second book. I’d like to design more. And I’d like to design more simple patterns, stylish and wearable. 

There is one pattern that I finished in December and planned to release before New Year's Eve. But in the holiday rush with a One Evening Mystery make-a-long (which was a huge success – thank you for all the love you gave my tiny patterns) I felt like that new pattern can wait for a while. And be released in January. 

So… Here it is. A Friday Balaclava! 

Find the pattern on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE

Balaclavas and all kinds of hoods have been popular for quite a long time now. And it feels like this trend will stay with us for a while. And yes, I know there are plenty of balaclava patterns out there. Mostly knitted, but also crochet. But I could not help myself and try my own hand in something simple and wearable like this. And I should admit, I am very happy with how it turned out. 

I’ve made four Friday Balaclavas, and they have already been claimed by my friends. Which makes me even happier and proves that I’ve designed something nice. I managed to save one balaclava for myself. Just in time for frosty weather. 

The pattern is simple with only basic stitches used. And I am safe to say it is aimed for crochet beginners. The pattern does contain some special techniques (like short rows), but I have recorded a video tutorial explaining everything in detail. 

Friday Balaclava pattern is written for one size, and keeping consistent and correct gauge is critical for accurate sizing. Though, some gauge variations are not too important. Just to assure you, all my four balaclavas turned in slightly different sizes. But they all fit just fine. 

As for the yarn, I figured that merino yarn works the best for this pattern. I made two balaclavas with Scheepjes Merino Soft yarn (fantastic feel) and one balaclava for myself with Scheepjes Metropolis and Scheepjes Rhythm Mohair held together. 

The gauge for the latest was a little bigger, but I love the roomy shape, as slim fitted hats and hoods do not suit my face. And if you cannot wear wool, then Scheepjes Stonewashed is also an option. The stitch definition with this yarn looks great and the fabric is warm enough to protect from cold and wind. 

Check all colors of Scheepjes yarns in your local Scheepjes store, or via online retailers: Wool Warehouse* (UK & international shipping), Caro’s Atelier* (NL & Europe), Taemombo* (US & Canada). 

Find the pattern for Friday Balaclava on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE

Coming back to New Year's resolutions, it feels satisfying to enter the new year with a new design. And hopefully, more designs to come. 

   

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One Evening Coaster



Welcome to Week 4 of the One Evening Mystery make-a-long. Time flies fast, and we are on the last part of the MAL already. In the previous three weeks we made a mug wrap, a colorful bauble, a fragile snowflake. And this week we will be making a coaster in a beloved brioche crochet technique. 

If you purchased the MAL listing on Ravlery, the last pattern has already landed to your library, and you can download the instructions (again, there will be 2 files available for download, with one of them containing detailed progress pictures). 

And if you do not own the patterns yet, but would like to join, you can grab your copy on Ravelry HERE and newly on Etsy HERE. 

And if you would like to make even more small and cute hanging ornaments, check out an e-book with 7 patterns HERE on our website

One Evening Coaster is a compact design with a practical ridge preventing glasses and cups from sliding off the coaster. It is small, but also big enough to get a nice introduction into the brioche crochet technique, with a helpful video tutorial accompanying the pattern. 

And except of learning the technique, you will also get a chance to practice making modified crochet clusters. For a better result, choose a light and dark color for the center of the coaster, with a bright accent color for the last rounds. 

And make a set of several coasters by switching placement of the colors for each new motif. 

Brioche has been one of my most favourite crochet techniques over the last couple of years. If you want to check more patterns in this wonderful technique, have a look at my Brioche Masterclass HERE

To hide the back side of the coasters, you can optionally sew a piece of felt to the bottom of them. Or you can turn them into hanging double-sided ornaments by making two circles in joining them together with some stuffing inside. 

And of course, the beads will add a final festive touch. I sew the beads only along the last rounds of the coaster to keep the centre flat, as I am going to use those as coasters. 

Hope you enjoyed the One Evening Mystery make-a-long. 

See you next year with the new adventures. 

   

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One Evening Snowflake (and a star)



Welcome to week 3 of the One Evening Mystery make-a-long. Last week’s project was a bit intense, but hopefully you could manage and complete the bauble with the help of video tutorials and progress pictures. I am thankful that you share your gorgeous pictures on social media, so that I can see and admire them. This week we are making a small and charming hanging ornament. Let me introduce you to One Evening Snowflake (and a bonus little star). 

Don’t own the MAL pattern yet? Grab your copy on Ravelry HERE

I should admit that this week’s pattern was a bit of a designing challenge for me. All 4 projects for the make-a-long were designed and ready to go long ago. But suddenly, last week, my inner perfectionist decided that the project I prepared for this week was not good enough. 

So, while you were busy with the baubles, I literally redesigned the snowflake from scratch, recorded the video and made progress pictures. I kind of joined the MAL but was running one week ahead of you.

Designing lace patterns is not my strongest part. I have always admired lovely textured doilies other designers created. And wished I could do something similar one day. But well, to grow into something you need to start with something small. 

I took this challenge and created a small textured snowflake, with popcorns, front post stitches and picots. And I am very happy with how it turned out. You can use this snowflake as a separate hanging ornament, or assembly a few of them into a wall decoration. 

Surprisingly, we have got some snow in the Czech Republic over the last couple of days, and slow falling snowflakes against the dark sky inspired me to create a wall hanging. 

The other day we went for a walk to the forest in search of the fallen branches which I could use for this project. The air was still, the trees looked romantic, we met some wild birds and rabbits. Just the perfect winter mood. 


 And I hope I could translate the same feeling through my One Evening project. 

This week’s pattern comes with two parts. One is for a snowflake, and another one is for a little star. It will also make a cute hanging ornament, or a gift tag. 

And you can easily turn it into a bookmark – perfect as a last-minute gift. 

Do not forget to block your snowflakes and star before gifting them. Blocking does the whole magic. It gives a snowflake a precise shape and fragile look. And the lace opens nicely. 

You can still join the fun. Find your own copy of the pattern on Ravelry HERE. Hope you enjoy! 

See you next week with the next (last) project from the One Evening make-a-long. 

   

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One Evening Bauble



Welcome to the second week of the One Evening Mystery make-a-long (MAL). Hope you got a smooth start with last week’s mug wrap. I know that to some of you it looked a little too easy, but I thought it would be nice to mix up different skill levels and techniques. And no doubt that today’s pattern will keep you energized and focused! 

Let me introduce One Evening Bauble to you. 

The bauble pattern has now landed in your Ravelry library and is ready for download. And if you do not own the pattern yet but would like to join our One Evening Mystery MAL, you can grab your copy HERE on Ravelry

As you probably know, I am a bit obsessed with making mandalas and round shapes are just my favourite of all the shapes. This time of the year gives an excuse to crochet more circles and baubles to decorate our homes. 

And if you are not in a holiday mood, making a cute colorful bauble can become a sort of relaxation. My dog loved to play with crochet baubles, too! (well, of course, under a strict supervision) 

One Evening Bauble uses overlay and brioche crochet techniques at the same time. So, if you haven’t tried none of those yet, here is the chance to upgrade your crochet skills. 

You will need a small amount of yarn in 4 colors. I am using Scheepjes Catona, which is 100% mercerized cotton. And if you bought a ready kit from Taemombo, then you should have enough yarn to make 4 baubles (as well as 4 mug wraps, and more of the projects which will come in next weeks). 

Again, the pattern includes a detailed photo-tutorial to help with the color placement, and a video tutorial explaining both techniques. 

I have also recorded a short video about embroidery with beads, which you can also add to your projects from the make-a-long. All links are in the pattern. 

See you next Friday again, with a new mystery something 😊 

   

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One Evening Mug Wrap



Welcome to the first week of the One Evening Mystery make-a-long (MAL). Today we begin with a cute mug wrap in the very effective slip stitch crochet technique. If you have not heard of the make-along yet, please, check THIS blog post

If you follow my designing work for a while, you might know that every year we are hosting a fun project, which is joined by many people from different parts of the world. Though it is always introduced in winter around Christmastime, we do not tie it with specific celebrations, as projects from the MALs can be used and can decorate your homes throughout the year. 

We’ve had three make-a-longs in the past: Not a Christmas, Scandi Winter and Geometry&Texture MAL, and all of them ran with a huge success and lots of positive feedback. 

Because crafters are usually busy by the end of the year making custom orders for their clients and gifts for family and friends, this year we have decided to create small but effective crochet projects. All doable in just one evening. Just like a small, satisfying break from the current work you are doing (finishing) right now. 

The first pattern in the One Evening series is a mug wrap. If you have already bought the mystery pattern, then instructions for a mug wrap have been automatically added to your library, and you can download the pattern. 

It’s a simply shaped wrap with a wonderful texture. The size for both width and length is fully adjustable, and if you like the stitch pattern, you can use it for a variety of other projects, like blankets, bags, pillows… you name it. 

This year I tried to design simple patterns but still with a certain interest for the advanced crocheters. The pattern comes with written row-by-row instructions, progress pictures and a detailed video-tutorial. I believe, with all kinds of support, this mug wrap is doable for a crochet beginner. 

 To complete One Evening mug wrap, you will only need yarn and crochet hook. And optionally, you can add some beaded embroidery for a shiny and festive look. I chose the tone-on-tone beads not to draw attention from the gorgeous texture. 

Hope to see your finished mug wraps in our Facebook group HERE. And, on Instagram. Please, use the hashtag #Oneeveningmal, so that I can find you and admire your work. 

See you next Friday with a new mystery One Evening pattern. 

   

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