Rozeta CAL: Week 2



Hello and welcome to Week 2 of Rozeta CAL 2019. To be honest I was a little bit nervous about the previous week when we only started. I know some of you have never tried tapestry crochet before and I was anxiously waiting for the first Rozeta flowers to pop up in my social media feeds. But you did just great! I love seeing all the beautiful and unique color combinations. And I love watching your Rozeta flowers grow.

This week we will continue to work with the tapestry. So all important notes and tricks from Part 1 will be valid this week as well. Please check a detailed photo tutorial below and pay extra attention to the notes. They will help you to avoid mistakes. And will prevent you from frogging.

The first part was relatively fast to make. It was aimed to warm you up a bit and give you enough time to master tapestry crochet and polish your gauge. The next parts will become longer and more intense. And I hope you will have lots of fun!

If this is the first time you hear about Rozeta, please check General Information HERE and a photo-tutorial for Special Stitches and Techniques HERE. Find Part 1 here.

Find complete written instructions on the Scheepjes website HERE. And don’t forget to check videos by Esther of It’s All in A Nutshell: UK right-handedUK left-handedNL right-handedNL left-handed.

PHOTO-TUTORIAL


Round 15. The tapestry pattern continues to flow. We are working with Yarn D now. Please, note that the first 2 dc (US terms here and throughout) are made in the first stitch as join.

Round 16. The pattern continues to flow with an unusual color change at the end of the repeat.

Round 17. Nothing unusual happens in this round.

Round 18. Pay extra attention to the end of the round. After final ss, you should end up in the first stitch with Yarn A.

Round 19. The very first dc2tog of this round is made over the same stitch as ss and next stitch. For an easy count, please make sure you make the first dc2tog over first 2 stitches in Yarn A. The rounds again will be joined in the same way as at the beginning of the mandala – you should change to Yarn A at the end of the last repeat.

Round 20. At the end of this round change to Yarn E (for Colour Crafter version only).

Round 21. We will continue with Yarn E for the Colour Crafter version. Because the pattern is becoming more detailed, the repeats in the written instructions are getting longer. Don’t be scared. Just continue following them word by word as you did it before.

Round 22. After this round is completed, you will have visible waves on the edge. This is normal!

Round 23.

Round 24.

Round 25. There are three small color changes inside every repeat. Please, pay attention to them.

Round 26. There are no unusual changes in the colors on this round. The pattern continues to flow smoothly. Don’t forget to cut contrast yarn at the end of this round.

Congratulations!! You have just completed week 2 of the Rozeta CAL! See you next week.

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Rozeta CAL: Week 1



I still can’t believe Rozeta is out there already. I’ve been keeping it for myself for such a long time (for over two years). And suddenly it went LIVE last week. And you even started to make gauge swatches. I am happy, scared, nervous and excited – all in one! But there is no way to go back, haha. So today we begin!

Part 1 of Rozeta CAL is done in tapestry crochet – we will be growing a cute flower. If you made a gauge swatch last week, just continue with it, as your swatch is also a part of Week 1.

And if this is the first time you hear about Rozeta, please check General Information HERE and a photo-tutorial for Special Stitches and Techniques HERE.

If you are late to the party, there are still kits available for purchase, through they are flying fast.

Kits are available from most Scheepjes retailers:

local Scheepjes stockists (Please, support your local yarn shop!!)
Wool Warehouse* (International)
Black Sheep Wools* (International)
Deramores* (International)
Caro’s Atelier* (Netherlands and Europe)

I hope you did a thorough home work last week and organized your colors according to the color key. Week 1 is a great opportunity to double check your gauge as you will find exact yarn amounts of each color you should use to complete it.

Please, carefully weigh your skeins (without the labels) before and after work to see how much yarn you used. And also measure your piece after you are done. Then you can be sure you are “on track” with gauge and yardages, and yarn in the kit will be enough to finish the blanket successfully.

Here is a couple of extra notes for you:

  • Relax! The tension of the inner yarn should be relaxed and even. If you pull it (even a little bit), it may result in shrinking of your mandala and it will become smaller.
  • Make sure your stitches are even throughout. Tighten a loop a bit after every color change.
  • Don’t try to make your piece look perfect. The inner yarn WILL be seen through the stitches, especially if you work with Our Tribe yarn.
  • If you missed an increase on previous round, just add extra increase on the current round without frogging and remaking. In wide sections with one color these extra increases will not be noticeable. Though ideally you should be careful, count well and not miss anything :)
  • IMPORTANT! To make sure your gauge doesn’t change throughout the pattern, please check it after every few rounds: the mandala must stay flat! Approximate measurements of every part are given in the pattern to help you. For an easy check: one row with dc (in tapestry) measures approx. 1cm/0.39” in height in Our Tribe yarn and 1.115cm/0.44” in Colour Crafter yarn.

Find complete written instructions on Scheepjes website HERE. And don’t forget to check videos by Esther of It’s All in A Nutshell: UK right handed, UK left handed, NL right handed, NL left handed.

     

Photo-Tutorial


Round 1. First two rounds are worked with main color only.

Round 3. On this round we start using new color and continue to work in tapestry crochet.

Rounds 4-6

Round 7. Please, note that first two dc (increase) will be made in same stitch as join. Slight cupping after this round is normal. Please, gently stretch your mandala with hands to see if it’s flat. In the end of this round you will change to another color for Colour Crafter version.

Round 8

Round 9

Round 10

Round 11. Don’t miss a slip stitch in the beginning of the round!! The repeat section on this round will start and end differently – in the middle of main color.

To make the join invisible, don’t grab contrast yarn up when joining the round, but do it with only Yarn A. the join on the right side will be neater, and you’ll have floats of yarn on the back side.

Round 12

Round 13

Round 14

And we are done with Part 1. See you next week :)

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Rozeta CAL 2019: Special Stitches and Techniques



In this blog post you will find a list of special stitches and techniques used in Rozeta CAL pattern. Please, take your time to study it carefully and maybe even try with the hook. Pay special attention to the gauge information!

Before you start working on a gauge swatch, please make sure you organize the colors according to the color key given in Tips & Tricks file. In every part you will find yarn amounts of every color used. To make sure you have enough yarn, please take your time to weigh every skein (without a label) before using it, and make accurate notes of how much yarn in every color was used. Simple kitchen scale will work fine for that.

Color changes


The pattern is written for all colorways at the same time. Please, pay extra attention to which color should be used on the next round, as colors for Our Tribe and Colour Crafter versions will differ.

!!! IMPORTANT: for two color version (Midnight - Black & White) – Yarn A is used for Yarn A throughout and Yarn B is used for ALL other color changes.

GAUGE and Tapestry Crochet


Rozeta blanket begins with the central mandala in tapestry crochet. If you haven't tried tapestry crochet before, check THIS step-by-step tutorial.

Before making an actual gauge swatch with kit yarn, please first try with leftover yarn from your stash. When you feel confident with the technique, use yarn from the kit to make the actual gauge swatch for your blanket. The gauge circle will be a beginning of week 1 - so once you get it right, don't frog it!

To make a gauge swatch:

  • Use two colors at the same time.
  • Always change to new color when you still have 2 loops on the hook (to finish last stitch in new color).
  • After color is changed, place previous yarn on the top of crocheted piece, carry the tail behind the work and continue to crochet with new color over it.
  • Each round should be joined with the same color as used for the beginning of the round. Before join always change to same color as first stitch of the round.
  • Ch2 in the beginning of the round doesn’t count as a stitch. So first stitch of the round is made in same stitch as join.

If done correctly, your gauge swatch will look the same on right and wrong sides. And carried yarn should not be visible (much) through the stitches. Don’t freak out to make it totally invisible – that might be impossible, especially with Our Tribe yarn which is fingering weight.

Please, find instructions for a gauge swatch in the Tips & Tricks file HERE.

Wonderful Esther Dijkstra of It's all In A Nutshell made helpful videos for you: English UK (right handed), English UK (left handed), Dutch (right handed), Dutch (left handed).

!!IMPORTANT!! Gauge is important for this pattern! To make sure it doesn’t change throughout the pattern, please, make checks after every few rounds. The mandala must stay flat! Approx. measurements of every part are given in the pattern to help you.

For an easy check: one row with dc (in tapestry - US terms) measures in height approx. 1cm/0.4in in Our Tribe yarn and 1.12cm/0.44” in Colour Crafter.

Punctuation


* An asterisk indicates pattern repeats. You will need to repeat all the instructions between asterisks the number of times specified. This is a hard-core repeat and will consist of multiple instructions. Due to the complex nature of the instructions for the Diamonds, these instructions will be highlighted in grey in the first 3 parts of the pattern.

Parentheses ( ) indicate repeats. You will need to repeat the instructions between parentheses the amount of times specified. This is a lower level repeat. Parentheses are also used to indicate a group of sts to be worked into the same st/sp.

Square Brackets [ ] are used to indicate a group of sts to be worked in the same st/sp when using parentheses would be too confusing.

SPECIAL STITCHES


Please, note that US terms are used in this photo-tutorial

Most of the stitches used in Rozeta pattern are very common and simple. You’ll find their complete list in the Tips & Tricks file. For basic stitches and techniques, please, see a photo-tutorial from Ubuntu CAL (created by Dedri Uys). However some trickier stitches are also used throughout. Please, see photo tutorial for them below.

Dc2tog (Double crochet 2 together): *yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, draw up a lp, yarn over, pull through 2 lps; repeat from * once more, yarn over, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

Dc3tog (Double crochet 3 together): *yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, draw up a lp, yarn over, pull through 2 lps; repeat from * 2 more times, yarn over, pull through all 4 lps on hook.

FPtr (Front post treble crochet): yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps] 3 times.

Some places in Rozeta pattern require keeping your FPtr stitches straight. You should play a bit and see what is the best place for it to be “anchored”. Usually this will be the stitch from two rows below (unless otherwise stated in the pattern) lying a bit forward from the current stitch.

FPtr2tog (Front post treble 2 together): *yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lps] twice; repeat from * once more around the post of the same st, yarn over, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

You can either make both legs of FPtr2tog around the post of the same stitch, or complete FPtr2tog in a so called “modified way” (for a neater look). Make first leg as usually around the post of the indicated stitch. And then make a regular tr into the hole at the bottom of the leg just made.

FPtr4tog (Front post treble crochet 4 together): *yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lps] twice; repeat from * 3 more times, yarn over, pull through all 5 lps on hook.

Tr4tog (Treble crochet 4 together): *yarn over twice, insert hook in next st (or sp), yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lps] twice; repeat from * 3 more times, yarn over, pull through all 5 lps on hook.

“Modified” tr4tog (treble 4 together): yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of the indicated st, yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lops] twice, *yarn over twice, insert the hook to the hole at the bottom of stitch just made, yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lps] twice; repeat from * 2 more times, yarn over, pull through all 5 lps on hook.

The idea of making “modified” tr4tog is the same as modified FPtr. First leg is made around the post of indicated stitches below, and next 3 legs are added into the hole of the leg just made. Please, more information about front post clusters HERE.

Pc (Popcorn Stitch): Make 5 dc in the same st/sp. Remove your hook from the last st and insert it into the first dc of the 5-dc group. Grab the last st with your hook and pull it through the first st, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st).

“Modified” pc: Make FPtr around the post of indicated st, make four more tr into the hole at the bottom of the post of the first FPtr. Remove your hook from the last st and insert it into the first FPtr of the 5-dt group. Grab the last st with your hook and pull it through the first st, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st).

Using Stitch Markers


Sometimes the pattern will ask you to mark certain stitches or increases. Don’t underestimate this and mark as much as possible. In overlay crochet border it is very important to make stitches in correct places to keep the pattern flowing straight and smoothly. Even one stitch shift will cause the leaning of the petals on one of the sides.

Also make sure to read instructions carefully and try not to miss slip stitches in the beginning of some rounds. If you have any doubts, always refer to Esther’s videos. That will save you lots of time and will prevent of frogging.

See you next week. Aaaaaand... we'll begin!!


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Rozeta CAL 2019: General Information



Welcome to Scheepjes Rozeta CAL 2019! Today is the pre-week and it means I will share all details and important information together with tips & tricks you need to know for a successful completion of your Rozeta blankets. Please, don’t worry too much if you don’t understand anything. During the CAL I will be posting helpful progress pictures with comments to some trickiest places on my blog. And you will be provided with detailed video tutorials. So really, there will be no chance to get lost. And if you still have questions, you can ask for a support in official Scheepjes Facebook groups (find all links below).

Introduction


The Scheepjes Rozeta CAL will begin next week, on October 9th, 2019 and will run for 11 weeks. Every Wednesday a new portion of the pattern will become available via Scheepjes website and in official Scheepjes groups.

We will be creating a rectangular blanket based on large tapestry mandala in the center with overlay round border and tapestry panel at the bottom. The blanket is asymmetrical. It was inspired by stained glass gothic windows and the magic lights of Aurora Borealis. Read more about the story behind Rozeta and my inspiration HERE.

Useful Links


  • Tips & Tricks PDF: You can find the Tips & Tricks PDF HERE. It contains all the information you need to successfully finish the blanket, including gauge, sizing, materials, and special stitch instructions. If you have ordered the kit, please make sure to pay EXTRA attention to the gauge information.
  • Video Tutorials: Esther Dijkstra of It’s All in a Nutshell has made step-by-step video tutorials for each part of the Roseta CAL. You will be able to find all the videos HERE as they become available.
  • Facebook: Rozeta CAL is hosted by Scheepjes and official support will take place in both Scheepjes groups on Facebook: International (English language) and Dutch. Please, join one of the groups to share your progress pictures and ask questions. Group admins will crochet along with you and some of them have already completed their Rozetas. So they are ready to help, and of course I will be present in the groups as well!
  • Ravelry: Add Rozeta CAL to your Ravelry Queue. If you don't use Facebook, please check Rozeta thread in my Ravelry group. You can follow Rozeta CAL there as well. But please, note that this is an inofficial CAL thread.
  • Instagram: If you are on Instagram, you can find me HERE. Please add your photos using #scheepjesrozetacal2019.
  • Special Stitches and Techniques: If you would like to get prepared for Rozeta CAL and try your hand in some techniques used in this project, please see THIS POST.

Translations


Rozeta CAL patterns will be available in English (both UK and US terms), Dutch and German. You can find all the translations HERE on the Scheepjes Website. I am sending my thanks to Christa Veenstra and Theresa Pearson.

Difficulty


Rozeta CAL is an intermediate pattern. It uses tapestry and overlay crochet. If you have never tried your hand in any of those techniques, don’t worry! The pattern contains lots of additional notes to help you stay on track with the stitches.

Special Stitches and Techniques

 

Please, find a photo-tutorial for Special Stitches and Techniques HERE. Gauge is VERY important for this pattern, especially if you will be using the kits. Please, take your time to practice with tapestry before CAL begins next week.

Rozeta Kits


There are two kits for Rozeta CAL, each in four different colourways: Twilight, Dawn, Dusk and Midnight. Find all details about content of the kits HERE.

Kits are available from most Scheepjes retailers:

local Scheepjes stockists (Please, support your local yarn shop!!)
Wool Warehouse* (International)
Black Sheep Wools* (International)
Deramores* (International)
Caro’s Atelier* (Netherlands and Europe)

Timeline


Each Wednesday new portion of the Rozeta pattern will be released on Scheepjes website. The patterns will contain written row-by-row instructions. You will also find progress pictures on my blog and very detailed video tutorials by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell.

Pre-Cal: 2 October 2019 General Information (this post), Special Stitches and Techniques
Week 1: 9 October 2019 - Central tapestry mandala Part 1
Week 2: 16 October 2019  - Central tapestry mandala Part 2
Week 3: 23 October 2019 - Central tapestry mandala Part 3
Week 4: 30 October 2019 - Overlay border Part 1
Week 5: 5 November 2019 - Overlay Border Part 2
Week 6: 13 November 2019 - Overlay Border Part 3
Week 7: 20 November 2019 - Overlay Border Part 4
Week 8: 27 November 2019 - Corners
Week 9: 4 December 2019 - Bottom tapestry panel Part 1
Week 10: 11 December 2019 - Bottom tapestry panel Part 2
Week 11: 18 December 2019 - Stained glass border
Bonus pattern: Coming in January 2020…

Testers


I am sending many thanks to wonderful testres who helped me polishing the Rozeta pattern and who made gorgeous sample blankets: Hilde Tindlund, Fiona Kelly, Theresa Pearson and Mark Roseboom.

See you next week!

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Rozeta kits are almost here!



Are you getting ready for Rozeta CAL 2019? I can’t believe only 3 weeks left and we’ll begin!! I better hurry up and crochet faster than I can to finish progress pictures and helpful tip&tricks for you. If it’s the first time you hear about Rozeta, please, check all information about this CAL HERE. And if you would like to purchase official kit with all yarn you need to make a blanket – it’s just about right time to contact your local stockist or order online. Because kits will be shipped out tomorrow!!

Rozeta design was inspired by gothic stained glass windows and the magic lights of Aurora Borealis. It was not very tricky to choose the right Scheepjes yarn for this project. It should has been Our Tribe, obviously. With it's fantastic colour changes. I even got a chance to develop a new colourway for Rozeta!

Later Our Tribe kits were translated with Colour Crafter yarn. I tried to keep the same colour palette in both yarns, but of course they look a bit different.

I’ve been asked a lot about the difference between Our Tribe (OT) and Colour Crafter (CC) kits. Well, first of all it is fiber composition. OT is wool blend yarn and CC is 100% premium acrylic. OT is fingering yarn (so a little bit finer and a smaller hook is needed; as a result, finished OT blanket is smaller).  
This is just an example of Our Tribe colors. NOT the actual colors of the kits

OT is a variegated yarn. It means it contains several “muted” shades within one skein and they are changing softly. And CC comes in solid colours – that’s the reason why we have more colours in CC kits. Each OT shade is “translated” into two shades of CC, and also CC colours are brighter!
Twilight colours (Colour Crafter)

If you would like to learn more details about both yarns, please, check my reviews HERE and HERE.

So, there are two kits available for Rozeta, each in four different colourways: Twilight, Dawn, Dusk and Midnight. 

The Luxury Kit contains 11 Balls of Scheepjes Our Tribe (70% Merino Superwash, 30% Polyamide, Sport weight), and the Colour Crafter kit contains 15 balls of Scheepjes Colour Crafter (100% Premium Acrylic, DK weight). The final Our Tribe blanket measures 115 x 145cm / 45 x 57” and the Colour Crafter blanket measures 118 x 148cm / 46.5 x 58.3”.


Aaaaaand, as always, Scheepjes included extra gifts in every kit! YAY! All kits have a Rozeta label, a decorative wooden ornament (which one - it will be a surprise!), a darning needle, and a string of embroidery yarn. The luxury Our Tribe kits also contain an exclusive large bag to carry all your Rozeta yarn goodies (with a logo!).

If you ask me what we will make with extras…. Emmm, you have to wait! :) Let’s keep it a secret for a while. ;-)

The kits will be shipped out tomorrow, on September 18th, 2019. You can find them in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers. Thank you very much for supporing my work and using my links below to purchase the kit. I might be compensated with a tiny amount while you will not pay anything extra:

local Scheepjes stockists (Please, support your local yarn shop!!)
Wool Warehouse* (International)
Black Sheep Wools* (International)
Deramores* (International)
Caro’s Atelier* (Netherlands and Europe)

See you VERY soon!

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