Evelin Cardigan – new brioche pattern



The first pattern of the year 2022 is here! And I named it an Evelin Cardigan. After the last year's release of the Alma Sweater, I have received lots of requests for a similar garment. But this time you were asking for a cardigan, which would also use a brioche technique. It took me a year, but finally here it is.

Brioche crochet pattern by lillabjorncrochet
photo credit for all pictures - @evakobz

A gave it a draft name, “Alma’s sister”. Same as Alma, the Evelin is worked from top down in rows. First the brioche yoke is crocheted, then it is divided for the body and the sleeves, and then the lower body and the sleeves are finished separately. 

Brioche crochet cardigan

The Evelin Cardigan pattern is now available on Etsy HERE and Ravelry HERE with a 25% discount through Monday, January 31st. You do not need any codes, as the discount has been already applied and the price you see is final.

Although designed with ¾ sleeves, their length is easily adjustable. And brioche cuffs with the same brioche pattern are added at the bottom. The lower body is finished with several short rows for shaping, and with invisible small pockets which can be omitted if you wish so. 

invisible crochet pocket

In the process of testing with our testing team, we concluded that a very small ease works the best for this pattern. The cardigan is designed to fit with 5-7.5cm (2 – 3in) of positive ease at the bust, and 2.5-3.5cm (1 – 1 ½in) for the upper arm. If you wish, you can opt for even a smaller ease, and make your garment fitted. 

round yoked crochet sweater in brioche technique

The Evelin Cardigan pattern comes in 10 sizes to fit bust 32 (34, 36, 38, 40) (42, 44, 46, 48, 50) in. The finished bust (including ease) is 89.5 (94, 97.5, 103, 106.5) (112, 115.5, 126.5, 128, 133.5) cm/ 35 ¼ (37, 38 ¼, 40 ½, 42) (44, 45 ½, 50, 50 ¼, 52 ½) in.

The stitch pattern in the brioche yoke is imitating the fallen leaves, or maybe transparent wings of the dragonfly. I wanted a very gentle and romantic look, and I think it worked out well. 

Evelin Cardigan worked with Scheepjes Stardust yarn

The brioche technique is easy once you understand the logics of the stitches’ placement. If you have not tried it before, please, check the Brioche Masterclass HERE on my blog with short videos explaining basic stitches, increases and decreases. 

Fine fingering yarn with a bit of a fluff will work the best for this design. I have made several samples myself. 

First is done with Scheepjes Metropolis yarn in two colors: 017 Multan and 019 Marseille

crochet cardigan with 3/4 sleeves

Back of the round yoked top down cardigan

For another sample, I also used Metropolis yarn as a contrast, but this time together with Scheepjes Whirlette

Evelin Cardigan worked with Scheepjes Whirlette and Metropolis yarns

Although I love the fabric of the lower body worked with Whirlette, this is a tricky combination, as Whirlette is finer than Metropolis with no fluff. This can result in a not so vivid stitch definition of the brioche. But if you are an adventurous crocheter, you can try those two yarns together. 

Textured yoke and cuffs, invisible pochet in crochet

And my third sample uses Scheepjes Stardust yarn – something I have wanted to try for a long time (colors 656 Andromeda and 654 Pisces).

Stardust is mostly acrylic yarn (75%) with mohair (11%), wool (11%) and metallic polyester (3%). The latter adds silver or golden sparkles. I was afraid this yarn might be a bit scratchy against the skin but works just fine for me. Through if you have a very sensitive skin, you might want to check the yarn at your local store before you buy it. 

 A sample made with Stardust is a kind of glamour version of my Evelin Cardigan. :) 

You can find your chosen yarn in local Scheepjes shops around the world, or order it via online retailers: Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping), Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe), Taemombo* (US&Canada).

Same as with any other knitted or crochet garment, the correct gauge is vitally important for obtaining the right sizing. The gauges for the brioche yoke and the lower body differ, and you should be careful when proceeding from the yoke down to the separation for body and sleeves. 

The lower body is worked in a more relaxed way, so the gauge becomes bigger naturally. To adjust, you might need to switch to a smaller hook. 

And here are samples made by our testers team, in a variety of the colors and sizes: Laura Jackson, Lisa Marlow, Jenna Bowers, Macarena Marskell, Esther Schippers, Sandra Veneman, Ruth Bracey.

 

The Evelin Cardigan pattern is now available on Etsy HERE and Ravelry HERE.


 
 

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New year with a new project



Today I suddenly realized that I did not write any conclusions for the year 2021, and no resolutions for the year 2022… Last year I did not do lots of things I usually do. The covid era put a firm, transparent film around my life, and it felt like I was sitting inside my cell, just looking out and not interacting much. There was not much of travelling and not much change from a daily routine. Some exciting things also happened, though. 

One of the brightest achievements of the last year was the publishing of A Sea Story book, for sure. It brought lots of excitement, and the feeling of accomplishment. As, what can be better than a finished wip? We, crocheters and knitters, know this better than anyone else. 

Hundreds of copies found their new homes in different parts of the world. And the end of the year for my family was about packing, going to the post office, tracking, answering emails, packing again. A whole new dimension of the work of a crochet designer. And such a nice learning curve, and acquaintance with lots of new people. Virtually. 


When I was not sure about a certain address, or it looked incomplete to me, I was searching online in the 3D maps, virtually walking in many streets of many countries. Felt great! 

Now the life is coming back to its normal routine and the process of packing and shipping is kind of automated, I can finally come back to designing and crochet. By the way, if you do not own a copy of A Sea Story book, we still have them in stock, and you can order one for you or your friends via our website HERE

January has been a month of swatching. Honestly, I do not even know how many swatches I made. With no time for a big conceptually thought project, the swatching still felt like I have been designing something. I wish I could show you the whole basket of those yarny sketches, but they look ugly as I used leftovers of yarns in different colors. Not matching at all, very often. 

One of them has jumped onto my plate right away, and I am going to grow it into a blanket. I can’s wait to share progress with you, but first let me show you the yarn I picked. 

Have I even written about Scheepjes Metropolis yarn here on my blog? It was launched several years ago and has become one of my absolute favourites (together with Whirl and Whirlette). 

I used Metropolis for many projects already, including garments and home accessories. It feels equally great for sweaters and blankets. The quality and composition are very nice: 75% Extra fine merino wool and 25% Nylon. 

The yarn is very soft and comes in 80 yummy heathered shades. So each color carries three colors in it. It is quite difficult to catch those nuances with the camera, but I hope you can see those tiny color shades in the skein. 

You can find Metropolis yarn at your local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers: Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping), Caro’s Atelier* (NL, Europe), Taemombo* (US&Canada). 

So far, I have not decided which exactly color I will pick for my new projects, and if it will be solid or colorful. I guess I just continue swatching and play, and will see where it brings me. 

Stay safe,

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Winter Scandi MAL. Part 3. Overlay Mandala



Hello and welcome to the final part of the Winter Scandi make-a-long. I hope you enjoyed previous parts with an Embossed Mandala and Brioche Pillow. And today we will be making a small overlay crochet motif. 

Photo credit @evakobz

Overlay crochet is one of my beloved techniques. While looking intricate, it is not that difficult to master, as you only use one color per round. 

Photo credit @evakobz

In the classic way of doing an overlay mandala, you break the yarn and weave in ends after every round. But for the purpose of this make-a-long, I designed a small motif without cutting yarns. So, small floats of yarn are visible on the wrong side. 

Photo credit @evakobz

This mandala will make a colorful coaster or hanging ornament. You can also stop at some point and make your motifs smaller. You can also create several mandalas in different sizes, join couples of them (in same size) together and stuff. This way they will make a nice decoration for a Christmas tree, or a garland. 

Photo credit @evakobz

Small mandalas will also become perfect last-minute gifts, or special wrapping elements for gifts. 

I made a set of coasters for myself with Scheepjes Catona yarn and 3mm hook. As you can see, I could not stop, and made a few more motifs in three sizes. And joined them together into a garland, with wooden beads and a tassel. 

The gauge is not important for this pattern, as well as yardages. Just dive into your stash and choose leftovers in three colors. 

Hope you will have fun! If you have not joined the make-a-long yet, you can now purchase all three patterns HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

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Winter Scandi MAL. Part 2. Brioche Pillow



Hello and welcome to the second week of the Scandi Winter mystery make-a-long. Today we will be making a brioche pillow. And if this project is too big for you (you might be very busy with making last minute gifts these days), you can still make a small sample with a few stitch pattern repeats. To try out the technique. And who knows, maybe you will fall in love with it as much as I. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

The Brioche Pillow pattern has been added to your Ravelry library. Please, refresh it and download the instructions. As always, you will see two files. One is full of progress pictures and another one is with text only. 

If you do not see anything in your library, that might be that you purchased Winter Scandi MAL listing without being logged into your Ravelry account. But no worries, please send me a message mentioning your email and Ravelry name and I will add the pattern manually. 

UPDATE: Winter Scandi MAL patterns are also available HERE on Etsy.

So, today we learn brioche crochet. I must admit that Brioche Pillow is not a beginner level. And probably not even an intermediate one. If you worked in brioche crochet before, today you will do something different, as we will work in the rows this time. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

As usually, you will use only one color for each row, without cutting. The yarn will be brought up to the next rows along the edge. You will work 2 rows on the right side, and two rows on the wrong side, so you will turn the work after every 2 rows (except for the very beginning). 

Changing/attaching new colors might be tricky at the first glance. To help you, I have included loads of progress pictures. As well as the link to a video tutorial explaining basics of brioche crochet. Please, watch this video, as it will surely answer all your questions, and will help you with understanding of the written pattern. 

You can also check a brioche masterclass here, on my blog.

Brioche crochet is all about front/back post stitches and chains, increases and decreases. Working on the wrong side might be a bit tricky, as you should work all back post stitches behind the chain spaces from the previous row. So, the basic rule is to work stitches around stitches of the same color from 2 rows below in such a way, so that chain spaces always stay on the wrong side. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

Again, a video tutorial should answer most of your questions (if not all of them). And if you are still not sure, you can post your progress picture in our Facebook group and ask questions there. 

As for my pillow, I used Scheepjes Chunky Monkey* yarn together with 5 mm hook. I made two squares in reversed colors and joined them together with single crochet stitches. 

I wish you good luck and can’t wait to all the finished pillows! Or smaller samples 😊 This brioche stitch pattern can be used for table runners, dishcloths, pot holders, and anything else you can think of. 

And see you next week for the last part of the Winter Scandi MAL! 

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Winter Scandi MAL. Part 1: Embossed Mandala



Welcome to the first part of the Winter Scandi make-a-long. As announced, each of three patterns will use a new crochet technique, and today we will be making an Embossed Mandala. Technically, this pattern is not entirely embossed, but uses some embossed elements together with regular crochet to give you a gentle introduction into the technique. 

Photo credit @evakobz

If this is the first time you hear about Winter Scandi MAL, please check THIS post from the last week. To participate, you need to order instructions via Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE, and a new pattern will be added automatically to your library weekly. If you have already purchased the patterns, then just refresh your library, and instructions for Embossed Mandala should be sitting there and waiting for you. 

What is embossed crochet? It’s a technique that uses a combination or front post and back post stitches with shapes inspired by nature (usually, leaves). If you make a quick search about embossed crochet online, you will see lots of floral designs. My Embossed Mandala also uses curved lines, but no puffy leaves, though. And in my opinion, this technique can be much more than just vines and leaves. Front post and back post stitches can be used for great textured pieces. 

Photo credit @evakobz

After the announcement of the Winter Scandi MAL I have received many messages about the yarn amounts. My idea was that you use up your stash for these projects. The patterns you will receive during the MAL are versatile and can be used for a variety of projects. Depending on which type and weight of the yarn you choose, and which hook size you use. 

For example, today's Embossed Mandala can make a place mat, a wall hanging, a pillow and even an area rug. I have completed two projects to show you. 

Here is a place mat I made with Scheepjes Legacy 100% cotton yarn (Nr 8 and color 089) together with 3 mm hook. It turned out to be approx. 34cm/13½ in across after blocking. Just the perfect size for regular plates. 

Photo credit @evakobz

 You can even use yarns in a new color for each mandala, to make your table setting colorful and happy. My only recommendation here is to use yarn in solid colors (or gradient yarn with long color changes, such as Scheepjes Whirl). Texture is the main player here, and you do not want to draw attention away with too many colors or variegated yarn with short repeats. 

Photo credit @evakobz

And another project I would like to show you is a large pillow made with Scheepjes Chunky Monkey yarn (100% Premium Acrylic with anti pilling effect) and 5 mm hook. You will need 4 skeins for one mandala. I made two in different colors and joined them together with double crochet stitches. For e reversible look. 

Obviously, with finer yarn (like DK or Worsted) and smaller hook, your pillow will become smaller. And with bulky yarn you can create a nice area rug. 

Photo credit @evakobz
 

I hope all your questions have been answered now, and we can give a start to Winter Scandi MAL. For pattern support, please join our group on Facebook, where this make-a-long is officially hosted. 

Happy crocheting! And see you next week!

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