Copenhagen Cardigan: crochet pattern



End of the year is the time to make resolutions and put some goals for the coming year. I haven’t put any strict goals or must-do-s for myself, as I know my creativity will bring me somewhere else anyway. But what I really want to accomplish this year is to design more crochet garments. My modest collection is slowly growing. And today I would like to introduce a new addition. Copenhagen Cardigan.
Photo credit to all pictures (except of the testers' work): www.frozen-photo.com

The pattern is available online on Etsy and Ravelry and is offered with 30% discount through the first release weekend (until Monday, January 27th, 2020). The pattern has been discounted already and the price you see is final, so no additional codes are needed.

This is the fifth garment design following Esja Sweater, Huldra Sweater, Fjell Cardigan and Metropolis Cardigan. Same as all previous designs, Copenhagen Cardigan is also worked top down without the seams. But this time I tried something new and used a raglan shape for sleeves.

Round yoked sweaters are very trendy and hot right now, but they don’t fit equally well everyone. And kind of “set-in”, “controlled” sleeves might be a better option for someone.

I should admit that designing a cardigan with shaped neck together with growing raglans and cabled mesh pattern on fronts was a bit of a designing struggle for me. But in the end I won this battle! And it’s proved by the fantastic testres’ work.

Copenhagen Cardigan is designed to fit with 4-10cm (2-4in) of positive ease at the bust. This cardigan is worked seamlessly from top down. First the raglan yoke is worked in rows to separation for body and sleeves. The lower body is worked in rows to bottom. Sleeves are worked top down to the cuffs. The length of the body and sleeves is easily adjustable.

I made two samples myself. One is long sleeved in a natural brown-ish color – cozy and casual. And another one is in deep blue with short sleeves – perfect as a summer version for warm days (if made with linen, cotton or bamboo yarns). And a nice fit for a dress, for example.

The name to Copenhagen Cardigan was given by the name of the shade I used for the very first (natural brown) sample. Have I ever shared my love for Scheepjes Metropolis yarn* with you? I’ve already used it once for Metropolis Cardigan last year, and I am pretty sure I’ll choose it again and again. Because this yarn is on top of my favourites.

Metropolis is 4ply yarn targeted as the sock yarn (it was released with the picture of socks hand knitted in all colors). It contains 75% Merino extra fine and 25% Nylon, but because it is very soft, in my opinion it is just great for knitted and crochet garments!

Not to mention 80 gorgeous heathered colors. Each of them contains 3 different shades which are blended together tastefully. I chose shades Copenhagen (066) and Cairo (070) for my samples. And my testers decided to crochet their cardigans with Metropolis yarn as well. Looky look at their color choices (just to be precise, some of the testers used stash yarn, and two cardigans were made with Scheepjes Bamboo Soft – a nice option for those with allergy to wool).

1. Sandra Veneman (size XL, Scheepjes Metropolis)
2. Esther Schippers (size 2X, Scheepjes Metropolis)
3. Elizabeth Kalka (size M, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft)
4. Loele van den Bergh (size S, Scheepjes Metropolis)
5. Laura Jackson (size S, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft)

1. Sarah Fabbri (size L, stash yarn)
2. Lisa Marlow (size S, Scheepjes Metropolis)
3. Faye Pike (size XL, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft)
4. Elizabeth Barraclough (size M, Scheepjes Metropolis)

If you’d like to have a look at all the shades of Metropolis yarn, check it in local Scheepjes shops worldwide, or via international online retailers:

WoolWarehouse*, Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK, international shipping)
Caro’s Atelier* (NL, Europe)
Taemombo* (Canada and US)

I’d say Copenhagen Cardigan is a classy design and everyday wearable. It has mesh decorative panels on both fronts with cables and lace. I first tried of lace and cables for Living Lagom shawl, and liked it very much.

I played with the stitch pattern a bit and used different stitches for front and back. Please, keep in mind that the pattern has two gauges and they should be very similar. If you fails to keep the same gauge for the front and the back, your fronts will be growing faster – good for the big bust owners  For the others, like me, longer fronts will result into a modern stylish fit.

And just to remind you, Copenhagen Cardigan pattern is available online on Etsy and Ravelry and is offered with 30% discount through the first release weekend (until Monday, January 27th, 2020).

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Creating a Cloud, or About Continental Russian Speed Knitting Style



If you ask me what I learnt first – knitting or crochet – I’ll have to think for a while. Because I honestly don’t remember. I know I learnt both crafts at nearly the same age, when I was 5 years old. But no idea what was first. I used to knit very much in the past, before one day I saw a picture of an overlay crochet mandala. And this is how my love affair with crochet restarted.


For the last 6 years I’ve been mostly designing crochet. Because it took a while to learn crochet terms in English, and the difference between the US and UK temrs. It also took a while to learn how to write a good crochet pattern. And it took a while to just get the hang of designing.

But in a meanwhile I was also doing knitting, now and then. And my new wip is also about knitting.
If you know me as a crochet designer, please, don’t worry. I won’t leave crochet and that will be my main designing stream. But sometimes it’s nice to have a little change. And also some yarns are asking for knitting. Like Scheepjes Furry Tales.

Not that it’s impossible to crochet with fur yarn – of course, you can absolutely do that, and I know that my fellow designers are working hard at the moment on new crochet fluffy projects. But I honestly think that knitting works a bit better for furry yarns, because it’s easier to see (or better to say “feel”) the stitches. And the better chances are you’ll stay on track with the stitch count.

So… my new design is about knitting. And do you know what I’ve figured out about my knitting recently? That I am an alien. “I am a little alien in the world of knitting”. This is what I discovered when I tried to follow English knitting patterns for the first time (as you may know, I am from Belarus. And I am using Russian language in my daily life. And of course I used to follow only Russian patterns in the past).

What I’ve discovered is that I purl in a very weird way. After purling the stitches appear to be placed differently on a needle for the next knit row. And instead of knitting them in front loops, as you would normally do, I have to knit them in the back loops.

Reverse purl and knit makes the knitted fabric look just normal. That’s why I have never questioned myself if I am doing this “right” or not.

I’ve recorded a short video with a gauge swatch for my new design to show you what I mean.


I was struggling to read knitting patterns in English, because some knitting terms didn’t work with my style – I had to reverse everything. But the charts work just fine, as I am making the same stitches as drawn in the charts but in my own way, without following the description.

And just a few days ago I occasionally saw a video on YouTube about “Continental Russian Speed Knitting”. And yay! This is exactly what I am doing. So obviously I am not the only one in the world. And this is probably how we all were taught to knit in the former USSR. You can actually search for more videos about Russian knitting style. There are lots of them out there.

After seeing the video I felt brave enough to share my knitting style with you. I thought maybe you would like it, and would decide to try. Because you make minimum movements with your fingers and wrists, this style is really speedy. And for me this is just the only way I can knit :)
 

P.s. And regarding my new design, it will be double-layered and reversible. With cables on top and fluffy cloud at the bottom. But you will have to wait a little bit to see the reveal!

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Furry Tales: new year’s adventure begins



I’ve always thought about myself as very conservative when it comes to yarns. I’ve always wanted solid colors, preferably DK weight which goes together well with a certain hook size, no fancy content… But being a blogger and collaborating with a yarn company means that new yarn samples land on my table from time to time (quite often to be honest). And then of course you want to try them! 
Faux fur yarn by Scheepjes

This is what happened to Whirl*. I was pretty sure that gradient or variegated yarn is not a good match to my crochet esthetics. But then I tried Whirl and a new love affair began (remember my Whirl Mandala Cardigan?). And it has been lasting for a few years now.

In last November soft fluffy coziness landed in my mail box. Those were four skeins of brand new Scheepjes yarn called Furry Tales. I decided to give it a try and design a baby bear (free crochet pattern) for the launch of this yarn. And it felt so incredibly soft. So… of course I knew I need to use it again, somehow.
free crochet pattern

Furry Tales is obviously not the first faux fur yarn out there. They’ve been presented on the yarn market for a while now, and became especially popular last year with all the fluffy madness in interior and fashion design.

brand new faux fur yarn

To stand out Scheepjes introduced different colors – very bright and even rainbow – to aim not only for interior and adults fashion, but also for the kids. I have a son, and rainbows with unicorns are not for him. But I thought I would use Furry Tales to design something for an adult. A cute and cozy accessory for both women and men, to keep us warm during cold times.
shade card

I’m thinking of the knitting cables. But because they will be not visible with furry yarn, I decide to combine it with something else – River Washed*, for example. I wanted to go for greens, or blues…
 different color combinations

It was not an easy task to choose and match the shades. But I think I am ok now – 950 Wheaton in River Washed* and 975 Prince Charming in Furry Tales* they will be.
perfect color match

If you are wondering about Furry Tales yarn and would like to put your hands onto it, here are some brief facts. It’s Super Bulky yarn sold in 100g skeins with 57m each (22 colors are available). The content is 100% polyester. 9mm hook and needles are recommended by the label, but I think I will try smaller needles – 8mm. Will see how it works.

Furry Tales yarn is available from local Scheepjes stockists and international retailers:

Wool Warehouse*, Black Sheep Wools* (UK, international shipping)
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe)

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Rozeta CAL: bonus pattern



Hello and welcome to the very last bit of Rozeta CAL. I hope you had a very good rest during holidays with lots of time to finish your Rozeta. Most likely you have yarn in some colors left. And you were probably guessing why there was wooden ornament and embroidery thread included into the Rozeta kits. So today I will answer your questions! We will be using leftovers and wooden ornament to create a small hanging decoration – a micro Rozeta, as I called this pattern.

Micro Rozeta pattern uses same stitches as you practiced a lot during the CAL. The textured flower is made in overlay crochet technique. The pattern is not tricky, and I hope that with the help of progress pictures below you will have no difficulties to finish it.

Hanging ornament consists of two parts. The top is decorated with flower, and the bottom is plain. I added very simple embroidery onto the bottom. You received plenty of embroidery thread in your kits, and you can go a bit “wild” and creative with embroidery. And hopefully Rozeta leftovers will be enough to finish several micro hangings.

The pattern below uses US crochet terms. And you can also download pdf files in English (both US and UK) and Dutch. The pdfs contain only written instructions, and progress pictures are available for viewing on my blog. Please, note that there is no video available for this pattern.

Hope you’ll enjoy the pattern! And I can’t wait to see your pictures.

 

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 Micro Rozeta hanging decoration - FREE crochet pattern

 

PDFs


Materials

Yarn in two or more colors (leftovers from Rozeta CAL)
3mm crochet hook for Our Tribe yarn*,
3.5mm crochet hook for Colour Crafter yarn*
Wooden ornament, yarn needle, embroidery thread

Gauge/Tension

The gauge is not important for this pattern

Measurements

Approx. 10cm/4” across with Colour Crafter*
Approx. 9cm/3.5” across with Our Tribe*

Abbreviations (US terms)

dc double crochet
FPtr front post treble crochet
FPtr3tog front post treble crochet 3 together
rep(s) repeat(s)
RS right side
sc single crochet
st(s) stitch(es)
WS wrong side

Repeat Formats

*…….; rep from * once more/twice more/3 more times Work the instructions after * and then repeat that section a further number of times as stated. The same applies to any number of asterisks: **…….; rep from ** etc

Pattern Notes

Micro Rozeta hanging ornament consists of two parts: top with textured overlay flower, and plain bottom. Wooden ornament is stitched onto the bottom part, a little embroidery is optionally added onto the bottom part, then both parts are crocheted together (and stuffed if desired).

Every round of the top flower is made with just one color. The yarns are not cut after every round but are carried up to next rounds on the wrong side. The colors are changed in the joining slip stitch (unless otherwise stated in the pattern).

The color key for Yarn A and B is just for the needs of this pattern and doesn’t correspond with the key for the Rozeta CAL blanket. Please, use the colors according to your taste, and use more than two colors per ornament, if you like.

All sc stitches are made into back loops (BL). Front loops (FL) stay unworked and overlay stitches from next rounds are anchored to them by inserting the hook from the bottom to top (see pics in the pattern). Stitches of the previous round are skipped (or not skipped) behind overlay long stitches as stated in the pattern. Please, be careful with skipping stitches.

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INSTRUCTIONS



Copyright. An original LillaBjörnCrochet 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 note me as a designer of this pattern. Thank you!


TOP MANDALA with FLOWER

Round 1. With Yarn A. Make magic ring, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), 8sc into magic ring, join with ss in first sc – 8 sts

Round 2. On this and all next rounds all sc are made in BL.

Continue with Yarn A. Ch1, 2sc in same st as join, 2sc in each st around, join with ss in first sc (change to Yarn B) – 16 sts

Round 3. All eight FL on Round 1 will be occupied with one dc.

With B. Ch1, 1sc in same st as join, *1dc (FL) in a st of Round 1 directly below, skip no sts behind dc, 2sc; rep from * 6 more times, 1dc (as prev), skip no sts, 1sc, join with ss in first sc (change back to Yarn A) – 24 sts

Round 4. First sc is made in same st as join.

With A. Ch1, *3sc, 1dc (FL) in a st of Round 2 visible between two dc below, skip no sts; rep from * 7 more times, join with ss in first sc (change to B) – 32 sts

Round 5. First skipped st will be same st as join.

With B. Ch1, *1FPtr around dc of same color below, 2dc into the hole at the bottom of FPtr just made, skip 3 sts, 1sc in next dc of prev round; rep from * 7 more times, join with ss in first FPtr, ss in next dc (change to A) – 32 sts

Round 6. First sc is made in same st as last ss.

With A. Ch1, *1sc, 1FPtr around next dc of same color below, skip 1 st, 2sc in next st, 1FPtr around same dc below, skip 1 st; rep from * 7 more times, join with ss in first sc (change to B) – 40 sts

Round 7. First skipped st is same st as join.

With B. Ch1, *1FPtr3tog over FPtr and 2 dc of same color below, skip 1 st, 4sc making first sc in next FPtr; rep from * 7 more times, join with ss in first FPtr3tog (change to A) – 40 sts

Round 8. First skipped st is same as join.

With A. Ch1, *1FPtr2tog around two FPtr of same color below lying to the right and to the left of FPtr3tog below, skip 1 st, 2sc, 2sc in next st, 1sc; rep from * 7 more times, join with ss in first FPtr2tog (change to B) – 48 sts

Round 9. First sc is made in same st as join.

With B. Ch1, *2sc, 2sc in next st, 3sc; rep from * 7 more times, join with ss in first sc (change to A) – 56 sts

Round 10.First skipped st is same as join.

With A. Ch1, *1FPdc around FPtr2tog of same color below, skip 1 st, 7sc, 1FPdc (as prev), skip no sts, 6sc; rep from * 3 more times, join with ss in first FPtr (change to B or any other color, cut A) – 60 sts


BOTTOM

Round 1. With Yarn A. Make magic ring, ch2 (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), 12dc into ring, join with ss in first dc – 12 sts

Round 2. Ch2, 2dc in same st as join, 2dc in each st around, join with ss in first dc – 24 sts

Round 3. Ch2, 1dc in same st as join, 2dc in next st, *1dc, 2dc in next st; rep from * 10 more times, join with ss in first dc – 36 sts

Round 4. Ch2, 1dc in same st as join, 1dc, 2dc in next st, *2dc, 2dc in next st; rep from * 10 more times, join with ss in first dc – 48 sts

Round 5. Ch2, 1dc in same st as join, 2dc, 2dc in next st, *3dc, 2dc in next st; rep from * 10 more times, join with ss in first dc – 60 sts

If after this round bottom is the same size as top with flower, please, fasten off. If bottom is smaller (or doesn’t fit wooden ornament in size), please, make one more round with sc (insert the hook through both loops), and then fasten off.

Finishing

Sew wooden ornament onto the bottom part using yarn needle and embroidery thread. (Optional) Make embroidery as shown in the pictures.

Then place top and bottom parts together with WS facing each other and crochet them together with sc through BL of the last round. If you want to stuff ornament, please do it before two parts are completely joined. Join the round with ss into first sc, fasten off and hide the tail inside ornament. (Optional) Make a tassel.


Congratulations!! Your Micro Rozeta hanging ornament is now finished.

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Rozeta CAL: Week 11



Hello and welcome to Part 11 of the Rozeta CAL, aaaaannnd this is the last week in our Rozeta journey. Some of you are right on track and ready to add the final border around your blanket, some of you are a little behind. And some of you has just started not long ago or will receive the kit as a Christmas present. This or another way, I hope you are enjoying your journey. I am! A lot! It feels incredible to see your beautiful creations in all possible and impossible colors. And it feels incredible to know Rozeta is being crocheted right now in almost every corner of the world.

The last week is starting today, and we will be making a very easy and relaxed border around the blanket. If you are using the kit and your gauge was right on spot, and if you weighted your masterpiece after every part as asked in the pattern – you should be fine with the yarn. And you should have enough yarn to finish the border.

But if for some reason you have run of the main color, or any of the other colors, on this part you can work with any leftovers you have. You can even finish half of the round with one color and join another color for the rest of the round. It doesn’t matter at all!

Written instructions for Week 11 are available on Scheepjes website HERE. If this is the first time you hear about Rozeta, please check General Information HERE and a photo-tutorial for Special Stitches and Techniques HERE.

And don’t forget to check videos by Esther of It’s All in A Nutshell: UK right-handed, UK left-handed, NL right-handed, NL left-handed.


Photo-tutorial


Round 1. Yarn was not fastened off after last row of the bottom tapestry panel, so we will continue from there. If you don’t have Yarn A left, please choose another color.

The pattern gives exact number of stitches you need to make along the edges of the bottom tapestry panel. It might be tricky to space them evenly. Please, try to use this formula: 2dc in dc row, 1dc in sc row, 1dc in next dc row, 1sc in next sc row. Most likely you will need to make occasional increases (or decreases) to get a correct stitch count, but the formula mentioned above will give you a certain rhythm.

If for some reason you can’t get the exact stitch count, don’t worry and don’t frog too many times. Just make sure your edges are straight and don’t ruffle, and leave the first round as it is. You will play with skipped stitches on the next rounds to accommodate the stitch count.

TIP: to avoid visible holes on the edge, please, try insert the hook into the posts of the dc stitches (not under them). You will be “splitting” dc’s with the hook, and the holes won’t be so noticeable.

Join Round 1 in the corner as stated and change to Yarn D (E) in the last slip stitch.

Round 2. On this round we will be making small “scallops”. You should have 2 or 3 stitches left before the corner on each side. If you get different number (because of the different number of stitches on Round 1), you can just play and skip more or less stitches between some scallops. After joining in the corner, change back to Yarn A again grabbing it up behind your work.

Round 3. On this round we will be making V-stitches. They should be made over the edges of two scallops – not in front of them. V-stitches will pull the scallops down a bit, and they will get a kind of 3D shape.

Round 4. This round is about scallops again. They are made in ch1-spaces on top of the V-stitches from previous rounds.

Round 5. We will be making V-stitches again.

You can either fasten off after Round 7 or continue with scallops and V-stitches to make the border wider.

Annnd…. Your Rozeta is fully finished now!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

You can now block the blanket to give it a perfect rectangular shape. Please, first pin the large central mandala into a perfect circle. And then stretch a little bit the rest of the Rozeta’s body, and pin it. Please, don’t stretch too much, as it may pull the stitches and damage the texture.

And now… And now I don’t even know what else to add… Rozeta was such an experience for me – both as a crochet designer and the maker. It took a certain part of my life, and piece of my heart. And although Rozeta is out there already, it will still remain my little precious crochet baby. Thank you so very much for joining me. And for trusting the pattern.

p.s. I know you might be wondering what about those tiny wooden ornaments, and embroidery thread you got in the kit. I won’t reveal the secret yet. Let’s wait for January 8th, 2020 and see, what else is coming our way :)

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