Not a Christmas CAL: Week 1. Brioche Bauble



Welcome to the first week of Not a Christmas crochet-a-long. Today we begin with small and cute baubles worked in brioche crochet. If you have no idea what this CAL is about, please check introduction and general information in this post. 


The crochet-a-long is hosted as a mystery one, so every new pattern is a surprise. The event will run for 4 weeks with new instructions released every week on Friday. 

The complete set of four patterns is available HERE on Ravelry with a special price only during the CAL. And after the CAL is finished, the patterns will be added to Etsy. If you already own the pattern, please come to your Ravelry library and the pattern should be there. 

Today we will make small baubles. I’ve become a bit addicted to brioche crochet lately. You probably remember Coral Story Blanket, Helios Mandala and Brioche Hearts, which are actually perfect match for today’s baubles. 

 

Brioche crochet is not as intricate as it looks. Here we only use front post stitches and chains. And random increases and decreases create stunning stitch patterns. Well, they can look random, but of course I thought of them very well, and they are placed just where they should be. 

For one bauble you will need two 10g skeins of Scheepjes Catona in contrast colors and 3.5 mm hook (or leftovers from your stash). 

Scheepjes Catona cutie packs as well as individual skeins (in 10g, 25g and 50g) are available in your local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers:

Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK, international shipping)

Caro's Atelier* (NL, Europe)

Taemombo (US and Canada)

One color will be used for each round, and you will not cut the yarn at the end of the rounds, but will carry it up on the wrong side to the next rounds. No ends to weave, which is obviously an advantage. 

The gauge is not important for this pattern, but stitches should be tightened enough so that the stuffing is not seen through them. I stuffed my baubles firmly to give them a stable spherical shape. 

Instructions are available in English only with US crochet terms. And they also include lots of progress pictures to help you with mastering the technique and to guide you through every round. 

If you need help, please post your question in my Facebook group HERE. A progress picture is always helpful to see what is going on and where possible mistake is. 

See you there? 

And definitely see you next week with a new pattern! Exciting! 

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Not a Christmas Mystery crochet-a-long: Announcement



Festive season is just around the corner. In these unsure and dark covid days, with lockdowns in many countries in the world our winter holidays will probably not be the same as they used to be. Many of us stay at home and don’t see our loved ones often. But still it doesn’t mean we can’t cheer ourselves up. Crochet is a powerful tool. Both for the mind and for the soul. We can create small and cute little things to decorate our homes and give them away to our family and friends. Today I am happy to announce a Not a Christmas Mystery CAL (crochet-a-long)

I called it “Not a Christmas” because Christmas is not here yet, and also because not everyone celebrates it. But nice crochet decorations will add a festive touch to every home. And “mystery” means you will not know what will be coming before actual release. I thought I would host this CAL as one big surprise :-D

The crochet-a-long will start next week when the first part will be reveled on my blog and Ravelry. The CAL will run for 4 weeks with a new pattern coming out every Friday. So totally we will make four decorations (or presents). 

Every pattern will use a different crochet technique (overlay, tapestry, brioche and mosaic). The decorations will be small and doable in just one week. But of course you can create many more using the patterns. 

WHAT 

Four crochet patterns for festive home decorations in different crochet techniques: mosaic, overlay, brioche and tapestry. Great chance to learn something new and join fellow crocheters for online celebration. 

WHEN 

Not a Christmas Mystery CAL will begin next week, on Friday November 20th, 2020. And then every new pattern will be released on a weekly basis. 

WHO 

Everyone who loves crochet, knows basic stitches and wants to learn something new. 

HOW 

This CAL is a paid one and will run on Ravelry only. I know many of you are used to Etsy, but unfortunately this platform doesn’t allow adding the files with automatic update. To participate in the CAL you will need to purchase instructions on Ravelry HERE

The CAL has not started yet, and a pre-order is running right now. First pattern will be added to your Ravelry library next Friday, on November 20th, 2020. The patterns will be offered at a reduced price during the CAL, and then will be updated to a full price (and added to Etsy). 

Official support for this CAL will be offered in my Facebook group HERE where I will be happy to see all your pictures! Join now our friendly community with 22K+ members. Please, be aware that you will have to answer a simple question upon a sing up. Without answering it your request will not be approved. 

WHAT YOU NEED 

To participate in the Not a Christmas Mystery CAL you will need yarn, hook, and your happy mood :) I have opened my Scheepjes Catona pack with 100+ mini skeins (10g each). 

Photo credit: It's All in A Nutshell

Those tiny babies are perfect for small crochet projects. And you also have lots of colors to choose from and to combine. Every pattern will use just 2-5 skeins (10g). Some of them will use just leftovers from previous skeins. 

If you don’t plan to make many decorations, then 15-20 x10g skeins in different contrasting colors will be enough. You will also need 3 mm and 3.5 mm crochet hook, yarn needle, a button, scissors and stuffing. And beads (optional). Everything will be revealed during the CAL. 

Scheepjes Catona cutie packs as well as individual skeins (in 10g, 25g and 50g) are available in your local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers:

Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK, international shipping)

Caro's Atelier* (NL, Europe)

Taemombo (US and Canada)

This is all for now! 

Hope to see you in a week. 

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UPDATE for pattern timeline:

PART 1

 

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A Very Rainbow Blanket: FREE crochet pattern



A Very Rainbow Blanket is here! Please, find a free pattern below. For my colorful version I used a Scheepjes Metropolis pack with 80 x 10g mini skeins. But the pattern is a perfect stash buster – you can use all leftovers lying around your house. The pattern can be easily adjusted for any width and height. And you can also mix and match two mosaic patterns according to your taste. Hope you enjoy! 

Purchase a print-friendly version of A Very Rainbow Blanket pattern HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy. The copy contains material list, pattern notes, charts, full written instructions and all step-by-step pictures in English US terms (a copy without pictures is also available to download). With no ads. 

And there is another version of the blanket using Scheepjes Stone Washed pack together with 12 x 50g balls of black Stone Washed. It was created by Laura Jackson. Check all notes about this version on Laura’s Ravelry page. And you can also order yarn for this version in her Taemombo shop (for US and Canada).

Materials:

  • Scheepjes Metropolis yarn pack (75% Merino Wool Extra Fine x 25% Nylon; 80x10g) 
  • 080 Hamburg x 1 ball (50g) 
  • 3.5mm hook, tapestry needle to weave in ends, scissors 

For two colored version I used two shades of Scheepjes Metropolis:

Yarn A: 019 Marsielle x9 balls

Yarn B: 024 Cota x8 balls

 

Purchase yan in your local Scheepjes shop, or via online retailers:

Wool Warehouse*, Black Sheep Wools (UK, international shipping) 

Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe) 

Taemombo (US and Canada) 

Gauge: 

19 sts and 22 rows to measure 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 in, blocked 

Size:

Finished blanket measures approx. 105 x 145 cm/41.3 x 57”, blocked 

Abbreviations (US terms) 

ch chain stitch 

lp(s) loop(s)

rep repeat 

sc single crochet 

sc2tog (single crochet 2 together): [insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a lp] x2, yo, pull through all three lps on hook 

ss slip stitch 

st(s) stitch(es) 

sp(s) space(s) 

prev previous 

yo yarn over the hook 

[…] [rep instructions as many times as indicated] 



Special stitches 

mdc (mosaic double crochet): regular dc worked into skipped/unworked st from 3 rows below in front of chains; chains will stay behind mdc and will be skipped. 

 

Pattern Notes 

You can either follow the chart or written instructions. 

Use one color for 2 rows unless otherwise instructed and change color at the end of the row in last yo of the last st. Don’t cut the yarn, carry it up to next row. You’ll have floats of yarn along one edge. Make sure they don’t pull or are too loose. 

When one color (A or B) is over, attach next one from the list below: 

Yarn A: 80, 69, 1, 2, 3, 53, 49, 50, 54, 55, 6, 56, 15, 5, 4, 17, 70, 7, 10, 13, 12, 11, 9, 14, 18, 19, 23, 21, 22, 20, 16, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 79. 

Yarn B: 35, 34, 39, 25, 73, 72, 68, 33, 48, 47, 77, 46, 76, 74, 75, 65, 64, 62, 42, 41, 57, 43, 58, 44, 45, 59, 51, 60, 52, 61, 67, 66, 63, 71, 24, 30, 78. 


 

How to Read the Chart 

Chart is read from bottom to top. Each row in chart represents two rows of same color. Odd rows are worked on the RS (1, 3, 5, etc) and are read from right to left. Even rows on WS (2, 4, 6, etc) are read back across from left to right. The first square of each row shows which color is used for 2 rows (1-2, 3-4, 5-6, etc). 

Each square of the chart shows 1 stitch or 1 skipped stitch. When squares of different color appear in the row, they should be skipped. So instead of working them, make the same number of chs as the number of skipped sts plus 1 ch. For 1 missed st you will have ch2. 

On RS rows, when you will crochet with a different color, you will make mdc in these skipped sts from three rows below. Mdc are only worked on RS rows and are always made in front of chains of previous rows, so the ch-sps are always skipped. On WS (even numbered rows) you will only make sc and chs. Please note that sc are made in sts of the previous row, and chs are made over chs. 

Chart 1: False brioche body


 Chart 2: Mosaic Panel



INSTRUCTIONS 

An original Lilla Björn Crochet Design (Tatsiana Kupryianchyk). Copyright 2014-2020. All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold, redistributed or edited in any way. Translations and video tutorials are not allowed. You can sell your finished products, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as a designer of this pattern. Thank you!  
 
Purchase a print-friendly version of A Very Rainbow Blanket pattern HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy. The copy contains material list, pattern notes, charts, full written instructions and all step-by-step pictures in English US terms (a copy without pictures is also available to download). With no ads. 

False Brioche Body 

Row 1 – RS: Begin with Yarn A. Ch201, 1sc in second ch from hook, 1sc in each ch across, turn – 200 sts 

Row 2 – WS: Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st – here and throughout), 1sc in each st across (change to Yarn B in last st), turn. 

Pattern repeat 1 

Row 3 - RS: With B. Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk 2 sts, 2sc] rep across to last 3 sts, ch3, sk 2 sts, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 4 - WS: Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk sp, 2sc] rep across omitting last sc (change to A), turn. 

Row 5: With A. Ch1, 1sc, 2mdc, [ch3, sk 2 sts, 2mdc] rep to last st, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 6: Ch1, 3sc, [ch3, sk sp, 2sc] rep to last st, 1sc to end (change to B), turn. 

Row 7: With B. Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk 2 sts, 2mdc] rep to last 3 sts, ch3, sk 2 sts, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 8: Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk sp, 2sc] rep to last sp and sc, ch3, sk sp, 1sc to end (change to A), turn. 

Rep Rows 5-8 until the desired length of brioche panel. Mine panels are all different in heigh t and measure between 7-18cm. 

Row 9: With A. Ch1, 1sc, [2mdc, 2sc] rep across omitting last sc, turn.

Row 10: Rep Row 2. 

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Pattern repeat 2 

Row 11 - RS: With B. Ch1, 3sc, [ch3, sk 2 sts, 2sc] rep to last st, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 12 - WS: Ch1, 3sc, [ch3, sk sp, 2sc] rep to last st, 1sc to end (change to A), turn. 

Row 13: With A. Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk 2 sts, 2mdc] rep to last 3 sts, ch3, sk 2 sts, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 14: Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk sp, 2sc] rep to last sp and sc, ch3, sk sp, 1sc to end (change to B), turn. 

Row 15: With B. Ch1, 1sc, 2mdc, [ch3, sk 2 sts, 2mdc] rep to last st, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 16: Ch1, 3sc, [ch3, sk sp, 2sc] rep to last st, 1sc to end (change to A), turn. 

Rep Rows 13-16 until the desired length of brioche panel. 

Row 17: With A. Ch1, 3sc, [2mdc, 2sc] rep to last st, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 18: Rep Row 2 

Rep Rows 3-18 alternating the height of brioche panels until your blanket measures approx. 2/3 of desired length. If you are using Metropolis pack the blanket will measure approx. 92cm/36.2” at this point. Make 1sc2tog approx. in the middle of last rep of Row 2 – to accommodate new stitch count to multiple of 6 sts + 1 st. Then proceed to Mosaic Panel. 

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Mosaic Panel Pattern 

Pattern repeat 

Row 1 – RS: Continue with Yarn A. Ch1, 1sc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 3sc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc] to to end, turn. 

Row 2 – WS: Ch1, 1sc, [ch2, sk sp, 3sc, ch2, sk sp, 1sc] to end (change to B), turn. 

Row 3 – RS: With B. Ch1, 1sc, 1mdc, 1sc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc, 1mdc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 1mdc, 1sc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc, 1mdc] to last st, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 4 – WS: Ch1, 3sc, [ch2, sk sp, 2sc] to last st, 1sc to end (change to Yarn A), turn. 

Row 5: With A. Ch1, 2sc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1mdc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc, 1mdc, 1sc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1mdc] to last 3 sts, ch2, sk 1 st, 2sc to end, turn. 

Row 6: Ch1, 2sc, [ch2, sk sp, 1sc, ch2, sk sp, 3sc] to end working 2sc instead of last 3sc (change to B), turn. 

Row 7: With B. Ch1, 1sc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 1mdc, 1sc, 1mdc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc] to end, turn. 

Row 8: Ch1, 1sc, [ch2, sk sp, 3sc, ch2, sk sp, 1sc] to end (change to Yarn A), turn. 

Row 9: With A. Ch1, 1sc, [1mdc, 1sc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc, 1mdc, ch2, sk 1 st] to end working 1sc instead of last ch2, turn. 

Row 10: Ch1, 3sc, [ch2, sk sp, 2sc] to last st, 1sc to end (change to B), turn. 

Row 11: With B. Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk 2 sts, 1mdc] to end working 1sc instead of last mdc, turn. 

Row 12: Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk sp, 1sc] to end (change to A), turn. 

Row 13: With A. Ch1, 1sc, [2mdc, 1sc, 2mdc, ch2 sk 1 st] to end working 1sc instead of last ch2, turn. 

Row 14: Ch1, 6sc, [ch2, sk sp, 5sc] to last st, 1sc to end (change to B), turn. 

Row 15: With B. Ch1, 6sc, 1mdc, [5sc, 1mdc] to end working 1sc instead of last mdc, turn. 

Row 16: Ch1, 1sc in each st across (change to A), turn. 

Row 17: With A. Ch1, 6sc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 5sc] to last st, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 18: Ch1, 6sc, [ch2, sk sp, 5sc] to last st, 1sc to end (change to B), turn. 

Row 19: With B. Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk 2 sts, 1sc, ch3, sk 2 sts, 1mdc] to end working 1sc instead of last mdc, turn. 

Row 20: Ch1, 1sc, [ch3, sk sp, 1sc] to end (change to A), turn. 

Row 21: With A. Ch1, 1sc, 2mdc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 2mdc] to last st, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 22: Ch1, 3sc, [ch2, sk sp, 2sc] to last st, 1sc to end (change to B), turn. 

Row 23: With A. Ch1, 1sc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc, 1mdc, 1sc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1mdc] to end working 1sc instead of last mdc, turn. 

Row 24: Ch1, 1sc, [ch2, sk sp, 3sc, ch2, sk sp, 1sc] to end (change to B), turn. 

Row 25: With A. Ch1, 1sc, 1mdc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1mdc, 1sc, 1mdc] to end omitting last mdc, turn. 

Row 26: Ch1, 2sc, [ch2, sk sp, 1sc, ch2, sk sp, 3sc] to end omitting last sc (change to B), turn. 

Row 27: With B. Ch1, 2sc, 1mdc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1mdc, 1sc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc, 1mdc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1mdc, 1sc] to last st, 1sc to end, trun. 

Row 28: Ch1, 3sc, [ch2, sk sp, 2sc] to last st, 1sc to end (change to A), turn. 

Row 29: With A. Ch1, 1sc, [ch2, sk 1 st, 1sc, 1mdc, 1sc, ch2, sk 1 st, 1mdc] to end working 1sc instead of last mdc, turn. 

Row 30: Ch1, 1sc, [ch2, sk sp, 3sc, ch2, sk sp, 1sc] to end (change to B), turn. 

Row 31: With B. Ch1, [1sc, 1mdc, 3sc, 1mdc] to last st, 1sc to end, turn. 

Row 32: Ch1, 1sc in each st across (change to A), turn. 

End of Pattern Repeat 

Continue with Pattern Repeat until desired length (or until you have no yarn left).

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Border 

A Very Rainbow Blanket uses a double (or “envelope”) border from a Havana CAL designed by Tinna Þórudóttir Þorvaldar. Check her video tutorial on YouTube.

With RS facing you, attach black yarn with ss in any corner. Work with ss evenly around the entire blanket, join with ss in first ss. Continue to work around the blanket inserting hook under two lps of ss as foll: Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st), *(1sc, ch2, 1sc) in corner ss, 1sc in each ss to next corner; rep from * three more times, ss in first sc, fasten off. 

With WS facing you, attach black yarn in BL of ss in any corner and continue to work around the entire blanket inserting hook into BL of ss. Rep from * four times, join with ss in first sc, don’t fasten off and continue working with ss through top lps of both sc rnds joining them together. When the join is finished, fasten off and weave in all ends. 

Congratulations! Your Very Rainbow Blanket is now finished! 

Purchase a print-friendly version of A Very Rainbow Blanket pattern HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy. The copy contains material list, pattern notes, charts, full written instructions and all step-by-step pictures in English US terms (a copy without pictures is also available to download). With no ads.

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