Grinda MAL: Part 2 (English US)

Our sea journey continues and Part 2 of Grinda MAL is here. We have left the Stockholm city and our boat is heading to the open sea. The boat was a bit slow while sailing along the city vein between old charming buildings. But now when the city is left behind the speed is faster and we can enjoy fresh wind playing with the hair.

Whether you are sitting on a wooden bench inside the boat or standing on the open deck outside, you can enjoy the magical sea view. And honestly I have never seen anything like this before.

Stockholm Archipelago consists of numerous islands of different sizes and shapes. Some of them are as small as, I don’t know, a playground maybe? With just one house, several trees and a boat parked in the waves. These tiny islands look especially fragile when huge ferries are passing by. And there are lots and lots of them.

Part 2 of Grinda shawl repeats the same lace pattern as in previous part, but with textured popcorns, symbolizing tiny islands in the open sea :)

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Translations:


An original Lilla Björn Crochet Design (Tatsiana Kupryianchyk). Copyright 2014-2018. All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold, shared, republished (online and off-line), redistributed, translated without permission or edited in any way – in part or in a whole. Please, always credit me as a designer. Thank you!

 

PART 2


Dimensions (after Part 2, blocked): approx. 90cm/35.4” wide, 40cm/15.7” high
Approx. 54-56g of yarn used (Part 1 + Part 2)

Row 18. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1dc in next st] till corner, ch1, V-st in corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, [ch1, skip st, 1dc in next st] till end, ch1, one more dc in last st, turn. (36 dc and 35 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 19. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, skip sp, 1dc in next st] x2, repeat lace st till corner, ch1, V-st in corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, repeat lace st till 2 dc left, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (16 dc, 11 sc, 4 ch1-sp and 22 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 20. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] x5,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, ch1, 1pc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, V-st in corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1pc in next st,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st] x5,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x4, ch1, one more dc in last st, turn. (34 dc, 6pc and 39 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)




Row 21. Ch4, 1dc in same st, ch1, 1dc in next st, repeat lace st till corner making last dc in ch2-sp in corner, ch2, 1dc in same ch2-sp, ch3, 1sc in next sp, ch3, 1dc in next pc, repeat lace st till 1 dc left, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (16 dc, 13 sc, 2 ch1-sps and 26 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 22. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] x6,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1pc in corner, ch1, 1dc in next st,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st] x6,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, ch1, one more dc in last st, turn. (37 dc, 6pc and 43 ch1-sps on each side, pc in the corner)

Row 23. Ch4, 1dc in same st, repeat lace st till corner, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, V-st in pc in the corner, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st, repeat lace st till end, ch1, one more dc in last st, turn. (18 dc, 14 sc, 3 ch1-sp and 28 ch-3 sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 24. Ch4, 1dc in same st, ch1, 1dc in next st,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] till 2 dc left before the corner,
[ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] till last st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (41 dc, 7pc and 47 ch1-sps, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 25. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, repeat lace st till corner, ch1, V-st in corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, repeat lace st till 2 dc left, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (20 dc, 15 sc, 4 ch1-sps and 30 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 26. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, pc in next st,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in sp, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st] x7,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, 1pc in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] x7,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, ch1, 1pc in next st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, ch1, one more dc in last st, turn. (43 dc, 8pc and 51 ch1-sps, 1 pc in the corner)

Row 27. Ch4, 1dc in same st, ch1, 1dc in next st, repeat lace st till 1 dc left before the corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, V-st in pc in the corner, ch1, 1dc in next sp, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, repeat lace st till last st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (22 dc, 16 sc, 5 ch1-sps and 32 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 28. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st] till 3 dc left before corner,
[ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, ch1, 1pc in next st,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, ch1, 1dc in next st,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] x7,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, ch1, one more dc in last st, turn. (48 dc, 8 pc and 55 ch1-sps, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 29. Ch4, 1dc in same st, repeat lace st till 1dc before corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, repeat lace st till end, ch1, one more dc in last st, turn. (22 dc, 18 sc, 3 ch1-sps and 36 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)




Row 30. Ch4, 1dc in same st, ch1, 1dc in next st,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st] till 2 dc left before corner,
[ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, 1pc in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, 1pc in next st,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1pc in next st] x8,
[ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (50 dc, 9pc and 59 ch1-sps on each side, 1pc in the corner)

Row 31. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, repeat lace st till 2 dc left before the corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, V-st in pc in corner, ch1, 1dc in next sp, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, repeat lace st till 2 dc left, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (26 dc, 18 sc, 7 ch1-sps and 36 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 32. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, [ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] till 4 dc left before the corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x4, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x5, [ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] till 3 dc left, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (64 dc and 63 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 33. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] till corner, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] till end, ch1, one more dc in last st, turn. (66 dc and 65 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 34. As Row 16. (135 dc on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 35. As Row 17. (139 sts on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

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Indigo Shrug: join my After Party

Designing garments is something I started to do only recently. With creating mandalas and interior accessories I felt a bit insecure about garments' shaping and sizing. And this is weird, because making my own garments was the first thing I started to do when I learned crochet at the age of 6. But there is a huge difference between making something for yourself and releasing a crochet pattern for everyone... So I decided to take small steps, and first try my hand in designing one-size garments, or the ones which are very easy to adjust. And Indigo Shrug is one of them.
Indigo Shrug - crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

The story of Indigo Shrug is long. Really long. I got inspired by Scheepjes Whirl yarn and from the beginning I knew this design would be a commission for YARN the After Party leaflet. So I made the first sample in almost no time and got ready to type the pattern down. And then I suddenly realized the joining of rounds was not perfect and could be done better. I thought I could actually join the rounds in the corners, and not on the sides. :)
Indigo Shrug - crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

So I frogged the entire garment and started from scratch. And when I was half way through I frogged it once again because I thought of a better way to shape the shrug. Making it a rectangle and not a square, which also meant the shrug would fit more sizes without becoming too long. It was a true crochet adventure and a kind of exam in designing for me. And now I am safe to say I am HAPPY with how Indigo Shrug turned out. And I am proud to present it as a part of YARN the After Party series.






 Indigo Shrug - crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

What is YARN the After Party, you may ask. It’s a small leaflet with just one pattern published by Scheepjes once in two weeks. It comes in print and is available in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers (affiliate): Wool Warehouse, Black Sheep Wools, Deramores, Caro’s Atelier. And also as a digital version on Ravelry in different languages. The price is symbolic, and the patterns are wonderful. If you choose a print copy, you get a very stylish piece printed on a thick matt paper with two metal clips, and you can put your own collection using a Scheepjes holder designed especially for the After Party leaflets.
YARN the After Party by Scheepjes

YARN the After Party is an addition to YARN book-a-zines which are released twice a year. If you follow my blog, you might have seen reviews on all YARN issues. If not, make sure to check them HERE. I am seriously in love with them.
YARN the After Party by Scheepjes





And coming back to my recent Indigo Shrug... This pattern is very easy to follow, and it’s very simple. I would say it is aimed to a beginner. The stitch pattern is repetitive, and once you remember it, you can complete the shrug without the pattern, even. It requires one cake of Whirl and one cake of Whirlette. And if you want to enlarge it for a bigger size, you might need one more Whirlette. Check Simy’s post to see which Whirls and Whirlettes match. …And you can also use Woolly Whirl, or Frosted Whirl!
YARN the After Party by Scheepjes
 
The color possibilities are huge! Both yarns are available for purchase in local Scheepjes shops. Or via online retailers: Wool Warehouse*, Deramores* and Black Sheep Wools* (UK with international shipping), Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe), Knotty House* (Canada).

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And just to mention my personal YARN The After Party favourites, they are: Shawl of Secrets, Wild Forest Cushions and Read Between the Lines shawl, of course (and its crochet version).

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Grinda MAL: Part 1 (English US)

 Welcome to Grinda MAL! As you probably know this design was inspired by a boat trip to Stockholm Archipelago we took together with my husband last summer (read full story HERE). If you visit Stockholm, going out to the sea is a must-do. Not only because a boat trip offers a nice change from the city life. But because it’s a small adventure itself. And the sea scenery with small islands is amazing.

Stockholm Archipelago is a group of islands situated together in a kind of a cluster. And they are as many as tens of thousands! Every island is different in size and shape. Some of them are larger and thus have become city suburbs linked to the mainland with bridges and ferries. For tourists taking a ferry out to the sea is a part of relaxed sightseeing. And for many local people it’s just another, very convenient, way to get to work, for example.

Ferries leave regularly in small intervals. And tickets are available at the boat station. Each ferry has its own name, which I find very charming. So today we are leaving Stockholm and take the boat to the islands. Take your seat (preferably outside to enjoy fantastic sea views), breath out, order a cup of tasty coffee and get your hook and Whirl ready. Our adventure begins… now!

… By the way, which color Stockholm is, what do you think? It seemed yellow-ish and pale-orange-ish to me. A very nice contrast with dark grey and heavy clouds.

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Translations:


An original Lilla Björn Crochet Design (Tatsiana Kupryianchyk). Copyright 2014-2018. All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold, shared, republished (online and off-line), redistributed, translated without permission or edited in any way – in part or in a whole. Please, always credit me as a designer. Thank you!

Materials:

Whirl (Woolly Whirl or Frosted Whirl) yarn by Scheepjes – 1 cake. (225g/7.94 oz., 1000m/1094 yds)
Yarn weight: Fingering (14 wpi)

!! Important:
The shawl uses approx. 210g of Whirl. To be safe you might want to order one matching cake of Whirlette by Scheepjes. Leftovers can be used to extend the shawl (directions given in the pattern) or to make a fringe.

Alternative yarn: 3 cakes of Whirlette yarn by Scheepjes.

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Both Whirl and Whirlette yarn are available for purchase in your local Scheepjes shops or via online retailers: Deramores* has put together kits for all samples shown in this blog post (UK, international shipping), Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK, international shipping) 
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe),
Knotty House* (Canada).

3mm/3.25mm crochet hook* (or the size needed to obtain correct gauge), scissors, tapestry needle to weave in tails.

Gauge: after Row 6 the triangle is approx. 5cm/2in high.

Size: the size of your finished shawl will depend on the yarn and hook you use, and on your personal gauge. My shawl is approx. 180cm/70.8” wide across and approx. 85cm/33.5” high.
Extended version is 208cm/81.8” wide and 95cm/37.4” high.

Abbreviations (US terms) and Stitch Guide:


beg - beginning
ch - chain
st(s) – stitch(es)
sp(s) – space(s)
yo – yarn over
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
sc (single crochet) – insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, yo and pull through both lps on hook.
dc (double crochet) – yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* twice.
FPdc (front post double crochet) – yo, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* twice.
pc (popcorn) – *yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps] twice* 5 times in same st, drop lp from hook, insert hook from front to back through top of first dc made, place dropped lp on hook and pull through st.
[…] [crochet following directions] as many times as indicated

Special stitches:


V-st – (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in same sp
“lace st” – ch3, skip next sp and dc, 1sc in next sp, ch3, skip next dc and sp, 1dc in next dc
Picot – ch3, 1 slip stitch in first ch.

Pattern Notes:


  • Grinda Shawl is worked in rows back and forth
  • Feel free to place stitch marker in ch2-sp in the central corner to easily find it. Move marker to new rows as you progress.
  • Ch4 in the beginning of every row counts as 1dc and ch1-sp. So when making sts in last st of every round – make them into third ch of beginning ch4.






INSTRUCTIONS

PART 1

Dimensions (blocked): approx. 42cm/16.5” wide, 18cm/7” high
Approx. 12 g of yarn used

Row 1. Make magic ring, ch4 (counts as first dc and ch1-sp – here and throughout), (1dc, ch2, 1dc, ch1, 1dc) into ring, tighten the ring, turn. (4dc, 2 ch1-sps, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 2. Ch4, 1dc in same st, ch1, skip sp, 1dc in next st, ch1, V-st in corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st (third ch of the beg 4 ch – here and throughout), turn. (4 dc and 3 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 3. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, skip sp, 1dc in next st] till corner, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] till last st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (6 dc and 5 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 4. Ch4, 1dc in same st, ch1, skip sp, 1dc in next st, 1 lace st, ch1, skip sp, 1dc in next st, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] twice, 1 lace st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (6 dc, 1 sc, 4 ch1-sps and 2 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 5. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, skip sp, 1dc in next st] x2, [ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, [ch1, 1dc in next sp] x2, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (10 dc and 9 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 6. Ch4, 1dc in same st, repeat lace st till corner, ch1, V-st in corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, repeat lace st till end, ch1, one more dc in last st, turn. (6 dc, 3 sc, 2 ch1-sp and 6 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

At this point triangle should be 5cm/2in high.

Row 7. Ch4, 1dc in same st, ch1, 1dc in next st, [ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] till one dc before the corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, [ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next dc] till last st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (14 dc and 13 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 8. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, skip sp, 1dc in next st] x2, repeat lace st till 2 dc left before the corner, [ch1, skip sp, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, repeat lace st till 2 dc left, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (10 dc, 3 sc, 6 ch1-sps and 6 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 9. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, [ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] till 3 dc left before the corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x4, [ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] till 3 dc left, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (18 dc and 17 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 10. Ch4, 1dc in same st, ch1, 1dc in next st, repeat lace st till 1dc left before the corner, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, repeat lace st till 1 dc left, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (10 dc, 5 sc, 4 ch1-sps and 10 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 11. Ch4, 1dc in same st, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, [ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] till 2 dc left before the corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x2, ch1, V-st in corner, [ch1, 1dc in next st] x3, [ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next sp, ch1, 1dc in next st] till 2 dc left, ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in last st, turn. (22 dc and 21 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 12. As Row 6 (10 dc, 7 sc, 2 ch1-sps and 14 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)





Row 13. As Row 7. (26 dc and 25 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 14. As Row 8. (14 dc, 7sc, 6 ch1-sps and 14 ch3-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 15. As Row 9. (30 dc and 29 ch1-sps on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 16 RS. Ch3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in same st, [1dc in next sp, 1dc in next st] till corner, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner, [1dc in next st, 1dc in next sp] till end, 3 more dc in last sp, turn. (63 dc on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)

Row 17 WS. Ch3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in same st, 1FPdc around each st till corner, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner, 1FPdc around each st till last ch3-sp, 3dc in last sp, turn. (67 sts on each side, ch2-sp in the corner)



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Stained Glass Lantern: new crochet square pattern

To try design something in stained glass crochet has been on my to-do list for a long time. What is “stained glass crochet” you may wonder. This category doesn’t exist officially (though I think it must be introduced as a separate and unique type of crochet), but usually these are crochet projects with one main color for patterning and different colors for the background. Just the same as in traditional stained glass craft. Cathedral windows are perfect examples. And I have always thought they would look fabulous when translated into crochet.
Stained Glass crochet square - pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Stained glass crochet can be practiced with different colors, but black always looks the best – perfectly framing other shades and making them pop-up. White color also gives a very interesting effect.






I gave it a try and designed my own stained glass square. It has not been released for a while because I didn’t have a perfect name for it. I am so grateful for your response in my FB group, and for 800+ suggestions. Many of them referred to Stained Glass, and this is how I wanted to call the pattern from the beginning, as it is type of crochet. Some names were inspired by Cathedral windows, and orange color - sunset, volcano, sun... I LOVE them all. But I really like the one about lantern :) And decided to name my new pattern Stained Glass Lantern. Isabel Cress, Andrea Muller and Jay Bray suggested "lantern". Thank you very much! And I also liked "windala" by Bettina vag der Jagt. I might steal this name for future designs.

Stained Glass crochet square - pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
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Stained glass crochet projects are wonderful stash busters. You only need enough yarn in one color for patterning and background can be made with leftovers in different shades. And of course stained glass crochet is perfect for variegated yarns – with long or short color repeats.
Stained Glass crochet square - pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

For my own Stained Glass Lantern blanket I used what I had in my stash: two skeins of black Colour Crafter* (1002 Ede) and two skeins of Wanderlust* (467 Amsterdam). And four skeins in total were enough for 70cm x 70cm (27.5”) baby blanket. Of course, it is possible to make it in any size. Each square requires approx. 25g of Colour Crafter and 15g of Wanderlust (with 4mm (US6/G) crochet hook*) and measures approx. 23cm (9”) after blocking.

You can find both yarns (100% acrylic and very affordable) in your local Scheepjes shops or via online retailers:

Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping),
Caro’s Atelier * (NL and Europe),
Knotty House* (Canada).
Stained Glass crochet square - pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I like the idea of using variegated yarn as with only one skein you get a kaleidoscope effect. Amstedam shade of Wanderlust has hints of purple, red, yellow, orange and brown. And it makes each square looking different.
Stained Glass Lantern crochet square - pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Stained Glass Lantern pattern is not tricky and if you are advanced beginner, you can absolutely take the challenge. Each round is worked with one colour only, and with variegated yarn there are almost no ends to weave in. Instead the yarn in carried on the back of your work from one row to the next one.

I was very curious to try the same pattern with white main color, and leftovers in different shades, and here is a pillow I made. All with different colors of Colour Crafter.
Stained Glass crochet square - pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Hilde Tindlund was helping me with the test and opened her Catona box of cutie pies* especially for this project. Hilde mixed mini skeins of Catona with different shades of Stone Washed* yarn by Scheepjes, and her squares look so charming! My personal favourites are the ones made with Smokey Quartz color.




Stained Glass crochet square - pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

It was meant to be a pillow but I am secretly hoping Hilde will make more squares and join them together into a blanket.
Stained Glass crochet square - pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

And Laura Jackson (again!) used the pattern in a very creative way. She enlarged two squares by repeating several rounds, and joined them together with original squares into an asymmetric blanket. Jump to Laura’s Ravelry page HERE to read about all adjustments of the pattern she made.
Stained Glass crochet square - pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

And what about you? :) Do you like stained glass crochet? Have you tried it? Would you use black or white color for your own project?

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Grinda MAL: General Information

Grinda MAL will start in two weeks and I hope you will like it as much as I do. For me this design is connected with precious memories about visiting Stockholm Archipelago. But I am sure you can find something that relates personally to you. We begin on July 11th, 2018 and below you will find all important information necessary to get prepared.
Grinda Shawl MAL. This design is about the sea and wild nature of small island. #Free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

 

Introduction


Grinda shawl design was inspired by a boat trip to Stockholm archipelago. The MAL consists of 5 parts. Each celebrating the love for the sea and wild nature of a small Grinda island. Grinda MAL was kindly sponsored by Scheepjes.

Difficulty Level: Beginner – Advanced Beginner. No tricky stitches, easy crochet fabric.

Size: the size of your finished shawl will depend on the yarn and hook you use, and on your personal gauge. My shawl is approx. 180cm/70.8” wide across and approx. 85cm/33.5” high.
Extended version is 208cm/81.8” wide and 95cm/37.4” high.
Grinda Shawl MAL. This design is about the sea and wild nature of small island. #Free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Full Reveal


Last week sneaks peeks and the story behind Grinda shawl were published, and I am grateful for the love your gave this design. Even without seeing a full reveal. But today I will finally show it to you, and I hope you will not be disappointed.

As you can see, Grinda shawl is a pretty simple and straightforward design. Each part represents something connected to the sea and islands, and I will tell you a new story every week. I wanted to play with filet crochet, but to create a filet fabric in a little bit different way.






I made three samples in total. One of them uses just one cake of Whirl 769 Blackberry Mint Chip. This is a small version of Grinda shawl. And if you choose to make it, you should be very careful with the gauge not to run out of the yarn.
Grinda Shawl MAL. This design is about the sea and wild nature of small island. #Free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com


My second sample uses Woolly Whirl 472 Sugar Sizzle and Whirlette 854 Blueberry. I couldn’t find a 100% matching Whirlette, and just took a similar colour. Even though the gradient colour change is not smooth, the shawl still looks very organic. And this is also an example of extended, or plus-size shawl.

Check a complete guide on how to match Whirls and Whirlettes on Simy’s blog HERE. But again, if you don’t find matching colors, you can use similar ones.
Grinda Shawl MAL. This design is about the sea and wild nature of small island. #Free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

And my third sample was made with three different Whirlettes: 852 Frosted, 860 Ice, 865 Chewy. I had lots of leftovers, but not enough in one color to make a full extension of the shawl. So I decided to make a fringe instead.
Grinda Shawl MAL. This design is about the sea and wild nature of small island. #Free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com






And here are four samples completed by wonderful ladies who helped me testing the pattern:

1. By Hilde Tindlund. Whirl 789 Tasty Nom Nom, Whirlette 855 Grappa. Extended Version. Photo credit - Ida Christin Foss
2. By Laura Jackson. Whirl 758 Lavenderlicious. Small version.
3. By Nina Mayer. Whirl 767 Melting Macaron, Whirlette 866 Bubble. Extended version
4. By Lori Baran. Whirl 755 Blueberry Bambam, Whirlette 860 Ice. Extended version.
Grinda Shawl MAL. This design is about the sea and wild nature of small island. #Free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Materials



Yarn. Grinda Shawl uses one cake of Whirl (or Woolly Whirl, or Frosted Whirl) yarn by Scheepjes. Depending on the gauge and personal crochet style more yarn can be required to complete the shawl. To be on the safe side it is recommended to add one cake of Whirlette yarn in matching color. Leftovers can be used for a shawl extension (given in the pattern) or a fringe. Solid version of Grinda Shawl uses three cakes of Whirlette (see above).
#Scheepjes Whirl


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Both Whirl and Whirlette yarn are available for purchase in your local Scheepjes shops or via online retailers:

Deramores* has put together kits for all samples shown in this blog post (UK, international shipping),
Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK, international shipping) 

Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe),
Knotty House* (Canada).

Crochet hook. I used 3mm-3.25mm (C/D) Amour Clover Hook*, but you can go one/several sizes up or down to obtain correct gauge.
Grinda Shawl MAL. This design is about the sea and wild nature of small island. #Free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

 

Resources:


  • Tutorials. Each new Part (written instructions row by row) will be released weekly here on my blog. Around 3pm (Easten European time). The patterns will be forever free with life-time access. Each part will be accompanied with the chart.
  • PDF. Each part will be available as a blog post – in several languages. You can use a green Print-Friendly button (at the bottom of every post on my blog) to convert blog post into a pdf-file to print it out. If you wish. If you are not sure how to use this button, please, check a very helpful tutorial HERE. ALSO, please feel free to use a TRANSLATE button on my blog to automatically translate texts to your own language.
  • Video. Please, note there will be NO VIDEOs available for Grinda MAL.
  • Newsletter. If you haven’t done this yet, be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter not to miss a single part of this MAL. If you have problems with subscribtion, please feel free to do it on any page of my blog.
  • Ravelry. Add Grinda MAL to your Ravelry queue. You can also join my official group on Ravelry where the information about each tutorial will be published and where you can also share your finished projects or ask questions.
  • Facebook. Grinda MAL will be officially hosted on Facebook in OFFICIAL Scheepjes - International Group and in OFFICIAL Scheepjes – Dutch group. You will find necessary support and can ask question there. Don’t forget to also join my Facebook club. ;-)
  • Pinterest. I've created a new board on Pinterest HERE where all the tutorials of Grinda MAL will be added after being published on my blog.
  • Instagram. Please use hashtag #GrindaMAL along with the pictures of your projects on Instagram. So that we all can find them and admire :)
  • Languages. Grinda MAL will be translated into Dutch, Swedish, Portuguese, Norwegian and Czech languages.
    IMPORTANT: Please, be aware that all my patterns (free or paid) are protected by copyright. You are not allowed to copy, reproduce, redistribute, sell and edit them in part or as a whole. You are welcome to sell your finished items made by my patterns, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as the designer of these patterns. You are not allowed to share pdf-files created from my posts with anyone. If you would like more people to join my CAL – please, share a link to my blog with them. You are not allowed to make video-tutorials using Grinda MAL pattern. Please, check Copyright page for more information.
    Grinda Shawl MAL. This design is about the sea and wild nature of small island. #Free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    Grinda MAL Timeline


    (Links to all the tutorials as they become available)

    Sneak peeks and story behind Grinda MAL
    Part 1 July 11th, 2018
    Part 2 July 18th, 2018
    Part 3 July 25th, 2018
    Part 4 August 1st, 2018
    Part 5 August 8th, 2018

    And this is all for now! See you soon!

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