Every Puppy Needs a Home: free crochet pillow pattern



It all started a year ago. I found a little puppy in the streets of Minsk. She was so small, and lonely. And scared, and cold. I could not leave her alone under the rain and took her home hoping to find her a new family. We gave her a name Milana. Thanks to support and help of my friends and readers she got everything she needed: a proper food, vaccination, a collar and a bed. she was livinf in a foster family for almost two months. And then, one happy August day last year she was adopted by a wonderful people. Today she is called Arti. And she is one of the happiest dogs in the world.

 

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I visited her this summer in Minsk, to give a hug. And also to bring the rest of the money we could raise for her and other stray animals in Belarus. The money was spent on vaccinations and food for dogs and cats in need. And they are sending many thanks to people who were helping us a year ago. Arti’s story had a happy end. And I truly believe that every puppy in the world deserves a loving home.

Last year I designed a “doggy pillow” in tapestry crochet for Inside Crochet magazine to celebrate this belief. And now, when copyright is back to me, I decided to republish this pattern on my blog. Hope you’ll enjoy!

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MATERIALS

Scheepjes Stone Washed and Scheepjes River Washed yarn, 78% Cotton x 22% Acrylic, 50g/130m

Yarn A: Stone Washed 829 Obsidian x 3 balls
Yarn B: River Washed 962 Narmada x 1 ball
Yarn C: River Washed 961 Mersey x 1 ball
Yarn D: River Washed 959 Ural x 1 ball
Yarn E: River Washed 952 Rhine x 1 ball
Yarn F: River Washed 960 Murray x 1 ball

Clover Amour 4mm hook
Yarn needle
Cushion pad, 50 x 50cm/19.5 x 19.5in
Scheepjes olive wooden button 3cm x 3

Stone Washed and River Washed yarns are available in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers:
Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK with international shipping), Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe), Knotty House* (Canada), Taemombo (US and Canada).

TENSION

Work 19sc and 20 rows to measure 10 x 10cm/4 x 4" using 4mm hook, or size required to obtain tension.

MEASUREMENTS

Finished cover measures 50 x 50cm/19.5 x 19.5in

PATTERN NOTES


The pattern uses sc throughout. The front panel is worked in tapestry crochet using the pattern chart, with each square representing one stitch. Read the chart from the bottom upwards, odd rows from right to left and even rows from left to right. Each row begins with Yarn A. Change yarn always on the last yarn over when there are still two loops on the hook, then place previous yarn on the top of stitches and work with new colour over it.

If you haven't tried tapestry crochet before, please, check THIS step by step tutorial.

TIP: beginning and end of each row are made with Yarn A only. Drop another colour in the end of the colourwork on the WS and grab it again on the way back. Make sure floats of yarn stay on the WS. At the end of each row turn the work and make a turning chain which will not count as a stitch.

a) beginning and end of the row on WS (contrast yarn stays in front of work):


b) beginning and end of the row on RS (contrast yarn stays behind work):

Abbreviations (US terms)


st(s) - stitch(es)
sp(s) - space(s)
ch - chain
yo - yarn over
sc (single crochet): insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook
dc (double crochet): yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops* twice
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
*…….; rep from * to ….. work the instructions after * and then repeat that section as instructed

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INSTRUCTIONS


An original LillaBjörnCrochet Design (Tatsiana Kupryianchyk). Copyright 2014-2019. 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 without permission. 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!

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Cushion Front

With Yarn A and 4mm hook ch91.

Row 1: 1sc in second ch from the hook, 1sc in each ch to end, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 2-8: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st – here and throughout), sc in each st to end, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 9-88: follow the chart. After Row 88 cut contrasting yarn. Continue with Yarn A only.
Rows 89-104: ch1, sc in each st to end, turn.
Row 105: ch1, 15sc, ch3, skip 3 sts, 25sc, ch4, skip 4 sts, 25sc, ch3, skip 3 sts, 15sc, turn.
Row 106: ch1, 15sc, 3sc in next ch-3 space, 25sc, 4sc in next ch-4 space, 25sc, 3sc in next ch-3 space, 15sc, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 108-110: ch1, sc in each st to end, turn.
Row 111: ch1, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 sts, ss in next st; repeat from * to end, fasten off – 15 “petals”. Weave in ends.


Cushion Back

With Yarn F and 4mm hook, ch91.

Row 1: 1sc in second ch from the hook, 1sc in each ch to end, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 2-8: ch1, sc in each st to end, turn – 90 sc.

Repeat Row 2 for pattern. Work 6 more rows with Yarn F. Continue in pattern working stripes as follows:

Eight rows with Yarn B
Eight rows with Yarn C
Eight rows with Yarn D
Eight rows with Yarn E
Eight rows with Yarn F
Eight rows with Yarn B
Eight rows with Yarn C
Eight rows with Yarn D
Eight rows with Yarn E
Seven rows with Yarn F
Six rows with Yarn A
Three rows with Yarn E. Fasten off, weave in ends.


FINISHING


Embroider your pet’s name on the cushion front using leftovers of contrast yarn (optional - you can make embroidery later, watch this blog soon for instructions). Place front and back with WS facing each other, align the bottom and join them together along three sides (leaving top open) with contrast yarn and slip stitches. Sew three buttons onto the back panel. Make sure they align with the holes.



Congratulations!! Your new pillow is now finished!

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Rozeta Scheepjes CAL 2019: Introduction



Hey! I know you have been impatiently waiting for the new Scheepjes CAL to be announced. And believe me, I have been waiting for this very moment even more impatiently. After almost two years of secret work finally here it is. Rozeta CAL! My pride, my dream and probably my most epic design!

What is the Rozeta CAL


Rozeta CAL is a rectangular blanket inspired by stained glass Gothic windows and magic of Northern Lights. Two different techniques were used to design this blanket: tapestry and overlay crochet. Round “flower” mandala is first framed with textured border and then squared up with corners. A rectangular tapestry panel is added at the bottom of the blanket. And finally, a stained glass border is crocheted around entire piece.

Inspiration


I’ve been a part of Scheepjes bloggers tribe for 4 years now (can you imagine it’s been 4 years already?!), and every year I enjoyed seeing and being a part – in a way – of annual Scheepjes CAL’s. I was observing from a distance and admiring all stunning designs and skills put into creating them.

Before Scheepjes approached me with a new CAL offer two years ago, I already had a few design ideas in mind which, I thought, would work nicely as crochet-a-longs. But after I felt brave enough to take this challenge and responsibility, I made quite a few swatches and apparently none of my ideas worked…

It felt like Rozeta was waiting for me from the very beginning. A picture of a stunning cathedral window literally “jumped” on me one day from Pinterest. And from that very moment I knew for sure I wanted to design a large stained glass mandala.

Word “Rozeta” is a Czech term in architecture describing large round stained glass window usually placed above the entrance of the buildings.

After first small test samples were finished, I thought that Our Tribe yarn would be perfect for this design. Its soft and beautiful color changes reminded me of Northern Lights which I have never seen in real life, but have been dreaming of. And suddenly I felt that it would be great to create my own “northern lights”, like looking at them through a beautiful “rozeta” window in different times of the day.

Here are several close-up to show magic colour changes and texture. And hopefully you’ll feel the drape of Rozeta blankets.

Not that I got a chance to create a design of my dream, I also developed a special colorway of Our Tribe yarn especially for Rozeta CAL – it’s called Lilla 2.

Our Tribe colorways were then “translated” into a brighter version with Colour Crafter yarn. I tried to keep the same look (each Our Tribe shade is presented with two Colour Crafter shades), with even bigger splash of colourful happiness! Both versions are very soft and drapey, and Colour Crafter blankets are a little bit bigger in size. I am in love with both!

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Official Rozeta CAL Kits


There are 2 kits (Our Tribe and Colour Crafter) each available in 4 colour ways: Dawn, Twilight, Dusk and Midnight.

Colour Crafter: Price Dawn, Twilight, Dusk: €39 / £29.99 / $45, price Midnight: €35 / £25.99 / $40
Our Tribe (luxury): Price Dawn, Twilight, Dusk: €99 / £89 / $115, price Midnight: €89 / £79 / $105

All kits contain a Rozeta CAL special edition label, a wooden decorative ornament, a skein of embroidery thread, an embroidery needle and a letter from the designer. The Our Tribe kit also contains a Special Edition Scheepjes Project Bag.

Kits will be on sale via most Scheepjes retailers from September 18th 2019:

local Scheepjes Shops (support your local stockists)
Wool Warehouse* (International)
Black Sheep Wools* (International)
Deramores* (International)
Caro’s Atelier* (Netherlands and Europe)


Finished Blanket’s size


Rozeta blanket comes in one size:

Our Tribe - approx. 118 x 148cm/ 46.5 x 58.3” after blocking
Colour Crafter - approx.145 x 175cm/ 57 x 69” after blocking

Dates and Pattern release


Rozeta CAL begins on the 9th of October 2019 (following pre-CAL week on the 2nd of October, 2019) and it will run for 11 weeks - until mid December.

Each pattern piece will be made available as a downloadable pdf on Wednesdays 13:00 Dutch time / 12:00 UK time. You can access these from the official Scheepjes Facebook Groups or via the Scheepjes website: International CAL Group, Dutch CAL Group, Scheepjes Website

Pattern Support


I will follow Rozeta along and post mini photo tutorials for every week to help with the most difficult stitches and places. But please, note that in order the pattern is not revealed with progress pictures, there will be no complete photo-tutorial available.

However, Esther Dijkstra will provide detailed video tutorials at It’s All in a Nutshell every week (UK terms and Dutch).

Translations


Official PDFs will be available in English (UK and US terms), Dutch and German.

In coming weeks more information about Rozeta CAL will be published on my blog and in Scheepjes Facebook groups. So stay tuned not to miss the details!

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Metropolis Cardigan: new crochet pattern



We are approaching my favourite time of the year – the fall! I am eagerly waiting for cooler days, more colors outside, moisture in the air. And even the light October rains! This is the time when I can breathe fully, take long walks in the woods with my dog and wear my favourite warm clothes. And I can predict that one of my most worn garments this autumn will be a freshly finished Metropolis Cardigan. Its crochet pattern has been released today, hurray!
credit: frozen-photo.com

Metropolis Cardigan is already the fourth (!) garment in my series of top down crochet designs. It’s following Esja sweater with brioche yoke, Huldra sweater with overlay colorwork and Fjell cardigan with extended mosaics.

New cardigan is featuring a simple lace and open yoke with a possibility to choose from two different cuffs: a small lacy border (can be also added as the bottom hem) or a “balloon” cuff for an even more gentle and feminine look.
credit: frozen-photo.com

The pattern is available online on Etsy and Ravelry and is offered with 20% discount through the first release weekend (until Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019). The pattern has been discounted already and the price you see is final, so no additional codes are needed.
credit: frozen-photo.com

The name “metropolis” was inspired by a brand new yarn of Scheepjes. It’s a fingering weight yarn with wool blend (75% Merino extra fine x 25% Nylon) coming in balls of 50g/200m and 80 (!!) gorgeous colors! Each color is named after a world’s famous city. For my two samples I chose shades 017 Multan and 019 Marseille. You can either crochet the cardigan in just one color, or combine different shades to give extra accents to the yoke and cuffs.

And I believe that “Metropolis” is a perfect name for a casual city garment which can be worn every day. 
credit: frozen-photo.com

We had a lot of fun with Vitali Frozen (frozen-photo.com) taking pictures in the very center of Prague in June. The caves we found were artificially built but they look very authentic. It almost felt like being in Italy or Greece. And it was also the hottest day this summer with +34C!! But surprisingly woolly Metropolis didn’t make me too hot.
credit: frozen-photo.com

Because of the lacy yoke I would rate this pattern as advanced beginner or “light” intermediate. As with every crochet garment, the gauge is very important for the perfect fit and size. But otherwise the stitches are pretty general and simple.

The pattern contains full written instructions, three charts (for the yoke and two cuffs options) and progress pictures to guide you through the short rows and all lacy elements.
credit: frozen-photo.com

Metroplis cardigan is easy to adjust as-you-go to perfectly fit your body. All you need, is to try it on from time to time to see if extra increases or decreases are needed somewhere.

If you’d like to use the same yarn as I did, please, find Metropolis yarn in local Scheepjes stores and via online retailers: Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK with international shipping), Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe) and Temombo* (Canada and US).
credit: frozen-photo.com

Looky look at the wonderful pieces created by my magic testers. I’m pretty sure all of them will be used a lot!

1. Long sleeved version by Sandra Veneman (L size, Scheepjes Metropolis)
2. Summer version with ¾ sleeves and small lacy detail by Loele Van Den Bergh (S size, Scheepjes Skies Light*)
3. Light sleeveless version by Sarah Fabbri (L size, Scheepjes Skies Light*)

1. Longer version with ¾ sleeves by Esther Schippers (2X size, Scheepjes Metropolis)
2. Long sleeved version by Claire Shipton (M size, Sock Yeah yarn)
3. Colorful version by Laura Jackson (S size, Scheepjes Metropolis in 3 colors)
4. “Balloon sleeved” version by Faye Pike (XL size, Scheepjes Metropolis in 2 colors)
credit: frozen-photo.com


And just a remind, Metropolis Cardigan pattern is available online on Etsy and Ravelry and is offered with 20% discount through the first release weekend (until Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019).

Hope you enjoy!

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Happy Granny Square Day 2019!



It’s Granny Square Day today! And I am so proud of myself for not only being on time this year, but also for being able to design a special contribution. I called it just “A Sea Square”. Because of the blue shades I chose. And because a long-awaited sea vacation is waiting for me next week.

I don’t know if you feel the same, but for me the summer always feels like a “short life”. Everything is slowed down on one hand. In summer I am always traveling to Belarus, my home country, to see my parents and to reunite with my family and friends. Usually, there is no much time for design and crochet. This summer I have picked up my hook maybe twice in two long months.

And later, when I am back home from all travels, it’s quite difficult to get back to a creative mood again. Somehow summer is the most relaxed, but the most busiest time as well.

When I returned from Belarus two weeks ago a small package from Scheepjes was waiting in my mail box. The package contained three skeins of newly release Chunky Monkey yarn – in cream and two shades of blue. 
Premium acrylic yarn in aran weight with anti pilling quality

And because there is no better way to re-start designing than to grab the hook, a cup of coffee and to actually start crochet – I decided to play with new yarn a bit to see what happens. And… a new square was brought to life.

I started with a simple center with linen stitch and used only two colors for a “false brioche” look, as I call it. Then a small border was added around the center. And then I thought I’d play with linen stitch and cables for a textured fabric. 

This was my first time trying Chunky Monkey yarn by Scheepjes. It’s a heavier version of existing Colour Crafter line – premium acrylic in aran weight. I’ve made several blankets with Colour Crafter yarn, and I am very happy with their softness and drape. They were washed several times in a washing machine already, and I am still pleased with how they look and feel.
Premium acrylic yarn in aran weight with anti pilling quality

New Chunky Monkey yarn was improved with anti-pilling quality for even more durability and perfect look. The yarn is super soft, it doesn’t split and stitch definition is nice. Just a perfect choice for quick chunky projects – both in knitting and crochet.
Premium acrylic yarn in aran weight with anti pilling quality

Chunky Monkey yarn comes in 100g balls with 116m/127yards. 5mm crochet hook is recommended but I’ve noticed that bigger hook gave my square a better drape. Of course, everything depends on the exact type of the projects, but I would choose 5.5-6mm hook for cables and such.

Scheepjes Chunky Monkey yarn is available in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers: Wool Warehouse and Black Sheep Wools (both in UK with international shipping), Caro’s Atelier (NL and Europe).

A Sea Square pattern will come soon!

And for now – Happy Granny Square Day!

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Baby Henry’s Heirloom Afghan: an overlay crochet masterpiece



Exciting news! New crochet-a-long is in the town. For almost two years I have been patiently waiting for Baby Henry’s Heirloom Afghan pattern to be released. Jessica Wifall, the designer, first introduced it in 2017 and after a huge positive response she kindly agreed to put all notes together, so that everyone who wanted could create their own beauty. And after two years of hard work (pattern writing, testing, organization) the pattern is ready to meet the world! The CAL, crochet-a-long, will begin in just two days – on August 1st, 2019.
This crochet masterpiece combines three patterns in overlay crochet by different designers
Phot credit: Jessica Wifall

Introduction


Although this fantastic blanket was designed by Jessica Wifall, this project is precious for me personally as a designer in several ways.

First of all, because my own pattern – Dandelion Border – was used as a part of this design.

Secondly, because Baby Henry’s Heirloom Afghan is based on the Overlay Crochet Mandala No 6 by Carola Herbst of CAROcreated. My own designing journey began 5 years ago with overlay crochet mandalas. I bought one of the Carola’s designs on Etsy, made my first ever overlay crochet mandala, and fell in love with this technique.

Over a hundred designs have been created since then, but I remember very well how it all started. And I can’t thank Carola enough for giving me a huge source of inspiration and confidence in my own designing skills.
This crochet masterpiece combines three patterns in overlay crochet by different designers
Phot credit: Jessica Wifall

And thirdly, this CAL is special for me because it also uses a part of Sophie’s Universe blanket designed by my dearest friend Dedri Uys of Look At what I Made. I was very lucky to become a part of Scheepjes Bloggers team, meet Dedri and make friends with her in real life. She is my forever crochet mentor.

As you have guessed already, Baby Henry’s Designer Heirloom Afghan CAL incorporates three patterns from different designers: Overlay Crochet Mandala No 6 by Carola, Sophie’s Universe Part 4 by Dedri and Dandelion Border by me. Two of these patterns including mine are paid, so to join the CAL you will need to purchase them, either on Ravelry or Etsy.

Jessica Wifall put all three patterns together (and I can’t believe she could adapt mandala pattern so well!) and wrote her own notes which are available as a free download (HERE or HERE).
This crochet masterpiece combines three patterns in overlay crochet by different designers
Phot credit: Jessica Wifall

 

General Information


Infromation: Baby Henry’s Designer Heirloom Afghan CAL will be hosted in Facebook in CAL – crochet A long group where you will connect with other makers from all over the world. You can ask questions and share your pictures there.

Pattern: All notes can be downloaded either from Ravelry HERE or from CAL – crochet a long blog HERE.

Instagram: If you share photos of your Henrys, please use #babyhenrysdesignerheirloom

Yarn and Colorways


There are no official yarn packs for this CAL. You can either use your stash or buy the yarn in separate skeins.

Baby Henry’s Heirloom Designer Afghan comes in three colorways. The original was made with Catona yarn by Scheepjes (100% cotton sport weight yarn) and 3mm hook.
This crochet masterpiece combines three patterns in overlay crochet by different designers
Phot credit: Jessica Wifall


The size of the finished blanket will depend on the yarn and hook you use and also on your personal crochet style. Jessyca’s afghan turned out 114cm/45”.

You can purchase Catona yarn in local Scheepjes shops or via online retailers (affiliate links are marked with *): Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping), Black Sheep Wools* (UK, international shipping), Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe), Knotty House* (Canada), Taemombo* (Canada and US).

Here are the colors and yardages for the original version:

Jet Black (110) – 7 x 50g balls
Bridal White (105) – 5 x 50g balls
Champaign (248) – 4 x 50g balls
Dark Olive (387) – 4 x 50g balls
Light Silver (172) – 3 x 50g balls
Metal Grey (242) – 3 x 50g balls
Black Coffee (162) – 2 x 50g balls
Mercury (074) – 2 x 50g balls
Charcoal (393) – 2 x 50g balls
Anthracite (501) – 1 x 50g balls
Root Beer (157) – 1 x 50g balls
Caramel (506) – 1 x 50g balls
This crochet masterpiece combines three patterns in overlay crochet by different designers
Phot credit: Jessica Wifall

Another colorway is called Henry’s Voyage. It also uses Catona yarn, but in fewer colors:

Ultramarine (124) – 9 x 50g balls
Champaign (248) – 8 x 50g balls
Light Navy (164) – 8 x 50g balls
Dark Olive (387) – 6 x 50g balls

And you can also choose your own colors. To help you visualize the look of the finished blanket, the organizers have created colouring pages for you. Print them out, take the pencils and color your own blanket in any palette you like.

If you rather wish to use DK or even aran yarn, please, check yardages in the Official information post HERE
This crochet masterpiece combines three patterns in overlay crochet by different designers
Phot credit: Jessica Wifall

 

Techniques


This Afghan pattern uses overlay crochet technique. If you have never tried it, the patterns might be a bit difficult to read and follow, at first. But after you are used to the pattern style, everything will become smoother.

All three patterns contain heavy photo-tutorials with loads of progress high quality pictures.
If you are still unsure, please check general information about overlay crochet HERE on my blog. And practice with one or two squares from Circles of the Sun CAL.

Timeline


Baby Henry’s Designer Heirloom Afghan crochet-a-long will begin on August 1st, 2019 and will run for 16 weeks, with parts being released weekly on a Thursday. Enjoy!

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