Paint the Snow blanket



The first design of the year 2023 is here! And it is a blanket. We are in the middle of the winter here, in the Czech Republic. The days are short, and even in the daylight it feels greyish outside. Luckily, we, crafters, have lots of other means to brighten our days. With yarn in different colors, for example! “If the snow does not want to come to us this year, I will paint it myself” – I told myself. 

Paint the Snow Blanket crochet pattern is available on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE

This winter has been weird in many ways. Much warmer than average, with so little snow even in the mountains. And even if we are lucky to see some snowfall, it melts out during the night or the same morning. And it’s frightening. 

A few days ago, I shared my thoughts about climate change on my FB page, and I was surprised to hear people in different corners of the world are experiencing the same thing. The weather forecasts surprise with the news that temperatures go down in the warmer regions, while the countries, which are normally used to the cold, have mild winter this year. 

On the one hand, today with the rising pieces of energy, it should be a relief not to heat the houses at the most. And we all know that this year higher temperatures and no freeze is a blessing to some countries. But when I am thinking about this issue on a global scale, knowing it might get even worse with each new year, it makes me sad. 


It’s not really about lack of snow or no possibilities to go skiing. It’s about understanding that mother nature needs our help. Paint the Snow Blanket has become a remind to myself that I should not take everything for granted, and that everyone is able to make small steps to the better climate sustainability. 

Small facts about the Paint the Snow Blanket 

I chose bright shades of Scheepjes Whirl yarn for my sample (2 cakes in the same color – so, 4 cakes in total). Whirls are always the best choice when you want a project with many colors, but do not want to bother picking them yourself. One Whirl cake carries several gorgeous shades with soft transitions. And you can also opt for an ombre look. 

You can find Whirls in your local Scheepjes shop, or purchase them via online retailers (affiliate links): Wool Warehouse (UK, international shipping), Caro's atelier (NL, Europe), Taemombo (US, Canada).

However, consisting of hexagon motifs, the blanket allows using us leftovers in different colors from your stash. Freeing your creativity at the same time. 

My finished blanket measures approx. 125 x 150cm/ 49¼ x 59in after blocking, but of course you can easily adjust it in size adding or reducing the number of the motifs. 

Paint the Snow Blanket uses tapestry crochet technique, and a cute snowflake pattern can bring your memories back to Rozeta CAL. Which also brings up the thought that Scheepjes Our Tribe could also be a great choice for this project for those who prefer warmer woolly blankets. 

 
 
For this pattern, I have created a detailed photo-tutorial showing the stitches on literally every round. And additionally, I have recorded several videos explaining tapestry crochet technique and showing the first rounds of each motif.

Paint the Snow Blanket crochet pattern is available on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE

Hope you enjoy! 

  

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Polar Swoncho: FREE crochet pattern



The swoncho (a mixed shape between the sweater and poncho) has been on my designing list for a couple of years now. And today I am excited to say that I have finally brought this idea to life. Let me introduce – a Polar Swoncho. A comfy and snaggy garment for everyday wear. The pattern is free on my blog below, but if you prefer an ads-free version in one printable pdf file, you can find it HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy

Materials: 

Scheepjes Terrazzo (70% Recycled Mulesing Free Wool x 30% Recycled Viscose; 50g/175m) 

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

Here is the list of the colors and yarn amounts for some colors. As you can see, only 1/2 skein was used for some colors, so you can play around and use less colors for your swoncho. Or go creative and use leftovers from your stash.

Yarn A: 741 Cenere (747 Tortora) x8 balls / 13 balls 

Yarn B: 745 Pergamena (740 Piuma) x1 ball /1 ball 

Yarn C: 735 Fontana (749 Caffe Nero) x1 ball (21g) / 1 ball (25g) 

Yarn D: 736 Bolle (746 Sabbia) x1 ball / 2 balls (52g) 

Yarn E: 720 Sangria (710 Pera) x1 ball (25g) / 1 ball (27g) 

Yarn F: 712 Sassolino (756 Guscio d'Uovo) x1 ball / 2 balls (57g) 

Yarn G: 730 Melanzana (748 Cioccolato) x1 ball (30g) / 1 ball (33g) 

3mm, 3.5mm and 4mm crochet hook (or the size to obtain correct gauge) 

Sizes: 1 (2) 

Size 1 will fit XXS-L 

Size 2 will fit XL-3X 

Lower body circumference: 172 (205) cm/68¼ (93¼) in 

Sleeve circumference at elbow: 28 (42.5) cm/11 (16 ¾) in 

Gauge for beginning of the yoke: 24 sts x 22 rows to measure 10 x 10cm/ 4 x 4in, blocked (every sc and every ch1 and will count as 1 st) 

Gauge for lower body: 22 sts x 22 rows to measure 10 x 10cm/ 4 x 4in, blocked (every sc and every ch1 and will count as 1 st) 

Abbreviations (US terms) 

beg begin(ning) 

blo back loop(s) only 

BOR beginning of the round 

ch chain stitch 

cont continue 

corr corresponding 

dc double crochet 

dc3tog double crochet 3 together

prev previous 

RS right side 

sc single crochet 

ss slip stitch 

st(s) stitch(es) 

sp(s) space(s) 

yo yarn over the hook 

pm place marker 

prev previous 

WS wrong side 

Pattern repeats: 

[…] repeat instruction inside […] as many times as indicated in the pattern. 

*…; rep instruction after * as many times as indicated in the pattern. 

Pattern notes: 

The Polar Swoncho (sweater&poncho) is designed in two sizes. It is worked seamlessly top down. First, the ribbing with slip stitches in back loops only is worked vertically, then some short rows are done to raise the back neck. Then the deep and wide mosaic yoke is worked down to separation for body and sleeves. The sleeves are ribbed, and you can make them longer for a cuffed version. Then the lower body is worked in rounds to the desired length and is finished with ribbing. 

INSTRUCTIONS 

An original LillaBjörnCrochet Design (Tatsiana Kupryianchyk). Copyright 2014-2022. 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! 
 
Purchase ads-free printable pdf with Polar Poncho pattern on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE. the file includes all written instructions and link to the video tutorial without ads.
 
Video tutorial:

 

YOKE

Beg with Yarn A and 3mm hook. 

Row 1: Ch7, 1ss in second ch from hook, 1ss in each ch across, turn – 6 ss. 

Row 2: Ch1 (does not count as a st here and throughout), 1ss blo in each st across, turn. 

Rep Row 2 until you have 68 (84) ridges (or 136 (168) rows in total). 

Join short sides of the ribbing with flat zip method on RS and cont working along the long edge of the ribbing. 

Round 1: Change to 3.5mm hook. Ch1, [1sc in next ridge, ch1] rep around, ss to beg sc – 136 (168) sts counting every sc and every ch1-sp as a st; or 68 (84) sc & ch-sps.

Round 2: Ch1, [1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc.   

SHORT ROWS 

Short row 1: Ch1, 1sc in next sp (pm for BOR – centre back), [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp] rep 16 (18) times, ch1, skip 1 st, 1ss in next sp, turn. 

Short row 2: Ch1, skip ss, 1sc in next sp, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp] rep to BOR, ch1 (pm), skip BOR, 1sc in same sp as BOR, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp] rep 16 (18) times, ch1, skip 1 st, 1ss in next sp, turn. 

Short row 3: Ch1, skip ss, 1sc in next sp, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp] rep to 4sc and 3 ch1-sps left before edge of prev short row (moving BOR m up to corr st/sp), ch1, skip 1 st, 1ss in next sp, turn. 

Rep Short row 3 three more times. 

Next row (RS): Ch1, skip ss, 1sc in next sp, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp] rep to last sc before marked BOR sp, ch1, skip 1 st, 1ss to marked sp, turn. 

Resume working in rounds. 

Next round (WS): Ch1, 1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st, [1sc, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around skipping the bumps/steps on the edges of the short rows and working sc in same sp as ss; at the same time work (1sc, ch1, 1sc) in any space at centre front, join with ss to beg sc, turn – 68 (84) sc & ch-sps.

IMPORTANT! Gauge check: at this point the gauge should be 24 sts per 10cm/4in (slightly stretched or blocked) – to Mosaic Panel 5. 

INC SET 1 (RS): Ch1, [1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st, (1sc, ch1, 1sc) in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn – 102 (126) sc & ch-sps. 

Next round (WS): Ch1, 1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st, [1sc, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn.

MOSAIC PANEL 1 

Round 1 (RS): Ch1 changing to Yarn B (do not cut Yarn A), 1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st, [1sc, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn. 

Rounds 2-4: Cont with Yarn B and rep Round 1 alternating RS and WS. 

Round 5 (RS): Ch1 changing to Yarn C (do not cut Yarn B), [1sc in next sp, 1dc in skipped st from 3 round below, 1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn. 

Round 6 (WS): Cont with Yarn C. Ch1, [1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next st, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn. 

Round 7 (RS): Ch1 changing back to Yarn B by grabbing it up on WS (make sure the float of yarn does not pull) and cut Yarn C leaving approx. 25cm/10in tail for safe weaving, [1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp, 1dc in skipped st from 3 rounds below] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn. 

Round 8 (WS): Cont with Yarn B. Ch1, [1sc in next st, ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn. 

Round 9 (RS): Change back to Yarn A (cut Yarn B), rep Round 1. 

INC SET 2: Ch1, *[1sc in next st, ch1, skip 1 st] twice, (1sc, ch1, 1sc) in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st; rep from * around, ss to beg sc, turn – 136 (168) sc & ch-sps. 

MOSAIC PANEL 2 

Rep Rounds 1-9 from Mosaic Panel 1 using Yarn D and Yarn E for contrast color. Then rep round 9 once more. 

MOSAIC PANEL 3 

Rep Rounds 1-9 from Mosaic Panel 1 using Yarn F and Yarn G for contrast color. 

INC SET 3: Ch1, *[1sc in next st, ch1, skip 1 st] three times, (1sc, ch1, 1sc) in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st; rep from * around, ss to beg sc, turn – 170 (210) sc & ch-sps. 

MOSAIC PANEL 4 

Rep Rounds 1-9 from Mosaic Panel 1. Then rep round 9 once more. 

MOSAIC PANEL 5 

Change to 4mm hook or stay with 3.5mm and work a little looser. The gauge should change to approx. 22sts per 10cm/4in, slightly stretched, or blocked. 

Rep Rounds 1-9 from Mosaic Panel 1 using Yarn D and Yarn E as contrast color. 

INC SET 4: Ch1, *[1sc in next st, ch1, skip 1 st] four times, (1sc, ch1, 1sc) in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st; rep from * around, ss to beg sc, turn – 204 (252) sc & ch-sps. 

MOSAIC PANEL 6 

Rep Rounds 1-9 from Mosaic Panel 1 using Yarn F and Yarn G for contrast color. Then rep round 9 once more. Then rep Round 1 from Mosaic panel 1 – seven more times, alternating RS and WS in the following order of colors: C, A, E, A, G, A, C. 

INC SET 5: Ch1, *[1sc in next st, ch1, skip 1 st] five times, (1sc, ch1, 1sc) in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st; rep from * around, ss to beg sc, turn – 238 (294) sc & ch-sps. 

Cont with Yarn A and rep Round 1 from Mosaic Panel 1 until yoke is approx. 50cm/20in measured on front down from neck opening (should be just below elbow). Work last round on WS. 

SEPARATION for BODY and SLEEVES 

Separation round (RS): Ch1, 1sc in next st, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp] rep 45 (53) times for half back, ch7 (13), skip 55 (81) sts for one sleeve, 1sc in next sp, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1 sc in next sp] rep 91 (106) times for front, ch7 (13), skip 55 (81) sts for another sleeve, [1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st] rep 46 (53) times, ss to beg sc, turn – 380 (452) sts for lower body counting both ch-bridges

LOWER BODY 

Round 1 (WS): Ch1, [1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around treating every underarm ch as one st, ss to beg sc, turn – 190 (226) sc & ch-sps. 

Round 2: Ch1, [1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn. 

Rep round 2 until lower body is approx. 20 (25) cm/7¾ (9¾) in measured down from the underarm, or 2cm shorter than desired length. Then proceed to ribbing. 

Ribbing for lower body 

Work horizontally (side to side) around the bottom of the body with 3mm hook. 

Row 1 (RS): Ch8, beg in second ch from hook, 7ss, 1ss in next sc lower body, turn – 8 sts. 

Row 2 (WS): Ch1, skip ss worked on lower body, 7ss blo, turn – 7 sts. 

Row 3 (RS): Ch1, 7ss, 1ss in next sc lower body, turn – 8 sts. 

Row 4 (WS): Ch1, skip ss worked on lower body, 7ss blo, turn – 7 sts. 

Rows 5-8: Rep Rows 3-4 twice. 

Row 9: Ch1, 7ss blo, 1ss in next sp on lower body, turn – 8 sts. 

Row 10: Ch1, skip ss worked on lower body, 7ss blo, turn – 7 sts. 

Rep rows 3-10 around. Join short sides of ribbing with flat zip method, fasten off. 

SLEEVES (both alike) 

With RS facing you, attach Yarn A with ss in a central space in the underarm. 

Round 1: Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st), 1sc in same sp as join, ch1, skip 1 st, [1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn – 31 (47) sc & ch-sps. 

Round 2: Ch1, [1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st] rep around, ss to beg sc, turn. 

Rep round 2 until sleeve is approx. 13cm/5in measured from underarm. Proceed to Ribbing. 

Ribbing for sleeves 

Work horizontally (side to side) around the bottom of the body with 3mm hook. 

Row 1 (RS): Ch32 (or more if you prefer a cuffed sleeve), beg in second ch from hook, 31ss, 1ss in next sc of lower body, turn – 32 sts. 

Row 2 (WS): Ch1, skip ss worked on lower body, 31ss blo, turn – 31 sts. 

Row 3 (RS): Ch1, 31ss, 1ss in next sc of lower body, turn – 32 sts. 

Row 4 (WS): Ch1, skip ss worked on lower body, 31ss blo, turn – 31 sts. 

Rows 5-8: Rep Rows 3-4 twice. 

Row 9: Ch1, 31ss blo, 1ss in next sp on lower body, turn – 32 sts. 

Row 10: Ch1, skip ss worked on lower body, 31ss blo, turn – 31 sts. 

Rep rows 3-10 around. Join short sides of ribbing with flat zip method, fasten off. 

Purchase ads-free printable pdf with Polar Poncho pattern on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE. the file includes all written instructions and link to the video tutorial without ads.

Congratulations! Your Polar Swoncho is now finished! 

  

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Mandala Coaster - Geometry & Texture MAL



It’s Friday, and it means that the next part of the Geometry&Texture mystery make-a-long (MAL) has been released. This week we are making a mandala coaster in overlay crochet technique. We are hosting the MAL together with Martin Up North, and he has already revealed two of his designs: a Rödön Pillow and See Me in A Crown Hat. Next Friday, Martin will release his final pattern, and that will be the official end of the make-a-long. 


If you missed the beginning, it is still not late to join. I would say, it is even the perfect timing now, as you can see almost all patterns in advance, and there is still left the space for one mystery design from Martin. 

If you are not sure how this MAL works, check all information on my blog HERE. And you might also want to see my already released designs: Early Waves Cowl and Gaudi Pillow. You can find Ravelry listing for three of my patterns HERE. And Martin’s patterns can be found HERE

See me in a Crown hat - by Martin Up North
 

Today’s design is small and cute. Hopefully, working on it will not take long, and you will be able to catch up with the previous projects. The Mandala Coaster is worked in overlay crochet, in its classical way. 

There are two copies of the pattern, one of which contains lots of progress pictures to accompany instructions for every round. And I have recorded a video tutorial as well (find the link in the pattern). I chose a mandala because they are always fun and satisfying to make, and they give peace of mind. A nice opportunity to take a short break from every day’s race. 

Also, they have a round shape (a circle), which I thought is a wonderful addition to our “geometry” collection, which already includes rectangles, squares, and triangles. And of course, overlay crochet is always about the texture, which is the theme of our make-a-long. 

You will need leftovers in three colors (I recommend using solid shades). For my mandalas, I used Scheepjes Catona yarn and a 3mm hook. Mini skeins of 10g will be enough. 

You can also choose more colors, and mix-and-match them as you like. 

What is great about this pattern is that you can stop at any round, and the mandala will look finished and balanced. That’s why you can use it in so many ways. As a coaster or wall hanging. 

You can make several motifs in different sizes and join them into a bunting. Or you can crochet two mandalas of the same together through the last round and stuff it to create a semi-bauble for your Christmas tree. 

These mandalas will make cute gift tags, too! 

I am already curious to see what you will do with them. This is all I wanted to share with you today. Please, do not forget to visit Martin’s blog next Friday to see his final release for our collaborative (and very fun!) make-a-long. 

And…. Some new crochet adventures to come 😊 Stay tuned! 

  

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Gaudi Pillow - Geometry & Texture MAL



Welcome to the next part of the Geometry & Texture mystery make-a-long. If you missed the previous release, check all information about this event HERE on my blog. And read details about the Early Waves Cowl HERE. Also do not forget to check out the gorgeous Rödön Pillow from Martin Up North which he released as the first mystery design from his pattern pack last week. 

Today’s design is the Gaudi Pillow, named after and inspired by the work of the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi. 

The first time I heard about him was at the art course we had at high school. I was fascinated by Gaudi’s talent and architecture. Many years later, in Vienna, I bought an album with pictures of his buildings. And kept hoping I could see the mind-blowing Sagrada Família one day. 

My dream came true last September. My friend suggested we could go to Barcelona for a few days, and I felt like the excitement was going to explode in my heart. I refreshed all my memories about Gaudi’s artistic work, I bought all possible entrance tickets online and two weeks in advance. And I simply could not wait! 

And the wait for almost all my adult life was worth it. I fell in love again. 

Antonio Gaudi was searching for inspiration in the shapes and forms of nature. And my pillow was inspired by the curvy lines of his famous fairy towers on the roof of La Pedrera-Casa Milà

Gaudi pillow uses embossed crochet technique with front and back post stitches. The pattern is straightforward, however some places might be tricky. But do not worry. I have recorded a full video tutorial for this pattern (you will find the link inside pillow’s instructions). 

I have made one square in approx. 50cm/21in and stitched it by hand onto the ready fabric pillowcase in the same size. The pattern is fully adaptable, and you can use the same stitch pattern for the project in any width and length. Saying that, I mean it will also make a great textured blanket. 

For one square I used around 2.5 balls of Scheepjes Scrumptious yarn, so for two sides (if you wish to make your pillow double-sided), you will need 5 balls of this yarn. Of course, you choose a different DK yarn, your yardages will be different. 

You will find Scrumptious yarn in your nearest local Scheepjes shop, or via online retailers: Wool Warehouse* (UK&worldwide), Carosatelier* (NL&Europe), Taemombo* (US&Canada).

Ceiling in Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)

If you are participating in the MAL already, the new file has been added to your Ravelry library (please, refresh it). And if you would like to join now, you will find Geometry & Texture MAL listing HERE. You will only pay once, and will receive all 3 patterns (the last pattern will be released in two weeks)

Rödön Pillow by Martin Up North

Make sure to check Martin’s pattern pack on Ravelry HERE, too. Next week, he will reveal his next mystery project. And I am quite sure you will like it 😊 I was lucky to get an early sneak peek, so I might show you my progress next Friday, on the day of his release. I will share my picture in Facebook group HERE, where we are officially hosting our make-a-long together with Martin. 

So, see you next Friday! 

  

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Early Waves Cowl – Geometry & Texture MAL



Hello and welcome to the first part of the Geometry & Texture make-a-long. As we probably know, we have teamed up with Martin Up North to bring you six exclusive and never published before patterns in different crochet techniques. And today we begin with an Early Waves Cowl in slip stitch crochet. 


If you have no idea what Geometry & Texture MAL is about, please read the announcement post HERE. And you might also want to check mystery projects from previous years: Not a Christmas CAL in 2020 and Winter Scandi MAL in 2021. 

This year’s make-a-long was inspired by geometry shapes and texture of nature and architecture. I cannot tell what Martin is up to (you remember it’s a mystery, right?), as we will reveal all six patterns weekly one by one. But I can tell you the story behind the first project. 

Early Waves Cowl was inspired by the sea, the greatest love of mine. I believe everyone has a special place in their life, where they feel the power, where they come to relax, recharge and to find the way back to themselves. For me, such a place is a wooden beach in the Västra Hamnen quarter of Malmö, in Sweden. 

Not everything can be explained in words, but here I can stop and breathe. Here I can be myself. And no wonder, I come here every year (or even twice a year, if I am lucky), and always travel on my own.

 

By the way, the pictures for A Sea Story book were also taken here, at the beachside of Malmö. We will have a few dozen copies back in stock in a couple of weeks, but you can also download a digital version of the book from our website HERE

But let’s come back to the Early Waves Cowl. 

Imagine an early, foggy morning by the sea. No wind, pale yellow sun. Tiny gentle waves. This is what the Early Waves Cowl is about. 


I used Scheepjes Terrazzo yarn in two colors (2 and 3 balls), and the pattern consists of two panels. One is done in one color with brioche waves, and another panel is ribbed with tow-coloured stripes. 

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

As well as all other patterns from a Geometry & Mystery MAL, this cowl can be adjusted in width and length. You can make it wider, or shorter. And you can also use the stitch patterns for other projects, too. Think blankets, pillows, bags… anything! 

Just to remind you, all my 3 patterns for this mystery MAL can be found on Ravelry HERE (you pay once, and each new pattern will be added to your Ravelry library every other week). 

And if you want a complete collection with all 6 patterns, you will also need to grab a MAL listing from Martin Up North HERE

That’s all I wanted to share with you today. Hope you will have fun with the Early Waves Cowl pattern. And do not forget to visit Martin’s blog next Friday to see what he has prepared for you. 

  

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