Stella Mandala: new overlay crochet pattern



Are you looking for a new gem to your mandala collection? Here it is! Let me introduce a Stella Mandala. It uses overlay crochet which might look intricate at the first glance, but instructions are easy to follow thanks to lots of progress pictures in the pattern. But I am happy to say that all testers successfully finished their mandalas even without the pictures. 

A Stella Mandala crochet pattern uses overlay technique

I will never be tired of repeating that overlay mandala brought me to the world of crochet design 8 years ago. I first learned overlay crochet with the patterns from other designers, and then dared to design the first mandala myself. 

Quite a few mandalas have been created since then, and I still come back to this shape again and again. As I find something very relaxing and satisfying about crocheting a mandala. 

Stella Mandala came to life unplanned. The other evening, I felt like playing with new Terrazzo yarn from Scheepjes. I received several colorful balls as a gift and had nothing special in mind. I am often asked about my creative process, so this was just one of the typical evenings. I picked up the hook, the yarn and simply started adding round after round. 

Overlay crochet technique

The pattern for Stella Mandala is available on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE and is offered with 20% discount through Monday, August 1st, 2022. There is no code needed, as the discount has already been applied to the price. After this date, the pattern will be listed at a regular price. 

Overlay crochet is like painting with yarn. Even though the colors are changed on every round, it looks like the change happens after every few stitches. That because the long, complex stitches are added on top of the background, usually worked with single crochet stitches in back loops only. 

So basically, the base and the textured stitching are growing at the same time. And I cannot find a better word than “magic” to describe this process. 

I am very happy with how the Stella Mandala turned out. And it’s probably one of my favourite mandala designs up to date. It was a pure joy to make, and not only for me, but also for my lovely testers team. Some even made several mandalas in a row. Addictive! 

I have created two mandala samples, one with Scheepjes Terrazzo* yarn and one with Scheepjes Metropolis*. Terrazzo version ended up being a bit bigger, as the yarn itself is slightly thicker than Metropolis (40cm/15¾in against 48cm/18¾in). But both mandalas are in generous size, and can be used as wall hangings, chair pads, place mats or pillows (if you join two mandalas together). 

You can check the colors and yarn amounts on Ravelry and Etsy.

As already mentioned, testers have enjoyed this project and here is the proof – a wonderful gallery of the colorful masterpieces created by Elizabeth Kalka, Loele van den Bergh, Macarena Marskell, Esther Schippers, Sarah Fabbri, Laura Jackson and Ruth Bracey. It's amazing what a different color combination can do to an entire look of the mandala. They are all different, and all equally beautiful, aren't they?


And here is a little feedback from the testers they left on their Ravelry project pages (I'm blown away, thank you!).

Macarena Marskell:

The intricate designs are so easy to follow, giving you a fantastic sense of achievement. Love the colour possibilities with this mandala and how you can make it totally yours.  

Sarah Fabbri: 

This pattern was a BLAST! . . no complicated stitches, just grows row by row into an incredible kaleidoscopic wonder. Very fun.

I think I will make one more mandala in either Metropolis or Terrazzo yarn and turn them into a pillow throw. If you wonder where to find the round pillow foam in a custom size, this post might be helpful (spoiler – you can create a pillow foam yourself). 

 

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Bee Calm shawl: FREE knitting pattern



And here it is, a free knitting pattern for the new Bee Calm Shawl. The shawl has a slightly asymmetrical triangular shape and lovely drape. With love to Terrazzo yarn by Scheepjes. Hope you enjoy!

Purchase ads free printable pdf file on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE.

Materials 

Scheepjes Terrazzo 745 Pergamena x 8 balls (30% Viscose, 70% Wool; 50g/175m) 

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).

3.25 mm and 3.75 mm needles

Gauge for body: 22 sts x 30 rows to measure approx. 10 x 10 cm over seed stitch using 3.25 mm needles, after blocking 

Gauge for honeycomb: 22 sts x 26 rows to measure 10 x 10 cm over honeycomb stitch using 3.75 mm needles, after blocking 

Measurements 

Bee Calm shawl measures approx. 100 x 255 cm/39 x 100in 


Abbreviations and stitch guide 

approx. approximately 

k knit 

kfb knit front and back to increase by 1 st: insert needles into the next st, knit-wise; knit as you normally would but do not slip st from needle, instead bring needle around to the back and knit through back loop of same st 

RS right side

st(s) stitch(es)

p purl 

WS wrong side 

1/2 LPC slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in front, p2, k1 from cable needle 

1/2 RPC slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k1, p2 from cable needle 

Repeat format 

[…] rep instructions in […] s many times as indicated in the pattern 

 

INSTRUCTIONS 

Copyright

An original Lilla Björn Crochet 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 credit me as a designer of this pattern. Thank you! 

Purchase ads free printable pdf file on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE. 

Body 

Beg with 3.25 mm needles and cast on 1 st. 

Row 1 (RS): Kfb, turn – 2 sts. 

Row 2: P2, turn. 

Row 3: Kfb, k1, turn – 3 sts. 

Row 4: P3, turn. 

Row 5: Kfb, k2 – 4 sts. 

Row 6: P4, turn. 

Row 7: Kfb, k3, turn – 5 sts. 

Row 8: P5, turn. 

Row 9: Kfb, p1, k3, turn – 6 sts. 

Row 10: P3, k1, p2, turn. 

Row 11: Kfb, p1, k4 – 7 sts. 

Row 12: P4, k1, p2, turn. 

Pattern repeat 

Row 13: Kfb, p1, [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k3, turn – 8 sts. 

Row 14: P3, [k1, p1] rep to last st, p1, turn. 

Row 15: Kfb, [p1, k1] rep to last 3 sts, k3 – 9 sts. 

Row 16: P4, [k1, p1] rep to last st, p1, turn. 

End of pattern repeat 

Rep rows 13-16 until you get 176 sts. 

Row 17 (RS): Kfb, p to last 3 sts, k3, turn – 177 sts. 

Row 18: P3, k to last st, p1, turn. 

Row 19: Kfb, k to end, turn – 178 sts. 

Row 20: P to end, turn. 

Rows 21-22: Rep rows 17-18 – 179 sts. 

Rows 23-30: Rep rows 13-16 twice – 180 sts. 

Rows 31-32: Rep rows 17-18 – 184 sts. 

Rows 33-38: Rep rows 19-20 three times – 187 sts. 

Rows 39-40: Rep rows 17-18 – 188 sts. 

Rows 41-42: Rep rows 19-20 – 189 sts. 

CHART for shawl's body




 Honeycomb panel 

Change to 3.75 mm needles. 

Row 43 (RS): Kfb, p1, k2, [p4, k2] rep to last 5 sts, p2, k3, turn – 190 sts. 

Row 44 (WS): P3, k2, [p2, k4] rep to last 5 sts, p2, k2, p1, turn. 

Row 45: Kfb, [1/2 RPC, 1/2 LPC] rep to last 3 sts, k3, turn – 191 sts. 

Row 46: P4, [k4, p2] rep to last st, p1, turn. 

Pattern repeat 

Row 47: Kfb, [k2, p4] rep to last 4 sts, k4, turn – 192 sts. 

Row 48: P4, [k4, p2] rep to last 2 sts, k1, p1, turn. 

Row 49: Kfb, p2, [1/2 LPC, 1/2 RPC] rep to last 3 sts, k3, turn – 193 sts. 

Row 50: P3, k2, [p2, k4] rep to last 2 sts, p2, turn. 

Row 51: Kfb, k1, [p4, k2] rep to last 5 sts, p2, k3, turn – 194 sts. 

Row 52: P3, k2, [p2, k4] rep to last 3 sts, p3, turn. 

Row 53: Kfb, p1, 1/2 LPC, [1/2 RPC, 1/2 LPC] rep to last 3 sts, k3, turn – 195 sts. 

Row 54: P4, k4, [p2, k4] rep to last st, p1, turn. 

Row 55: Kfb, p4, [k2, p4] rep to last 4 sts, k4, turn – 196 sts. 

Row 56: P4, [k4, p2] rep to end, turn. 

Row 57: Kfb, [1/2 LPC, 1/2 RPC] rep to last 3 sts, k3, turn – 197 sts. 

Row 58: P3, k2, [p2, k4] rep to last 6 sts, p2, k3, p1, turn. 

Row 59: Kfb, p3, k2, [p4, k2] rep to last 5 sts, p2, k3, turn – 198 sts. 

Row 60: P3, k2, [p2, k4] rep to last st, p1, turn. 

Row 61: Kfb, p1, k1, [1/2 RPC, 1/2 LPC] rep to last 3 sts, k3, turn – 199 sts. 

Row 62: P4, [k4, p2] rep to last 3 sts, k2, p1, turn. 

Row 63: Kfb, p2, [k2, p4] rep to last 4 sts, k4, turn – 200 sts. 

Row 64: P4, [k4, p2] rep to last 4 sts, k3, p1, turn. 

Row 65: Kfb, k1, 1/2 RPC, [1/2 LPC, 1/2 RPC] rep to last 3 sts, k3, turn – 201 sts. 

Row 66: P3, k2, [p2, k4] rep to last 4 sts, p2, k1, p1, turn. 

Row 67: Kfb, p1, k2, [p4, k2] rep to last 5 sts, p2, k3, turn – 202 sts. 

Row 68: P3, k2, [p2, k4] rep to last 5 sts, p2, k2, p1, turn. 

Row 69: Kfb, [1/2 RPC, 1/2 LPC] rep to last 3 sts, k3, turn – 203 sts. 

Row 70: P4, [k4, p2] rep to last st, p1, turn. 

End of pattern repeat 

Rep rows 47-70 four more times – 251 sts. 

Then rep rows 47-54 once more – 255 sts. 

CHART for honeycomb panel


 Edge 

Change back to 3.25 mm needles.

Rows 71-72: Rep rows 17-18 – 256 sts. 

Rows 73-78: Rep rows 19-20 three times – 259 sts. 

Rows 79-80: Rep rows 17-18 – 260 sts. 

Rows 81-88: Rep rows 13-16 twice – 264 sts. 

Rows 89-90: Rep rows 17-18 – 265 sts. 

Row 91 (increase): Kfb, [k9, kfb] rep to last 4 sts, k4, turn – 292 sts. 

Row 92: P to end, turn. 

Row 93: Kfb, [k2, p2] rep to last 3 sts, k3 – 293 sts. 

Work approx. 5 cm in the established 2x2 ribbing. In the beg of RS rows, always work kfb and introduce increased stitched to the existing ribbing pattern on the next rows. After the ribbing is finished, cast off. Block the shawl. 

Congratulations! Your shawl is now finished!

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Terrazzo shawl: Reveal



While we are getting prepared for the Spring Whispers blanket make-a-long (have you seen it already? Check this post!), I thought I should finally share the reveal of the new shawl design. It has been finished for a while now, and we even managed to organize a photo-session. But I was always in a middle of somewhere and did not have enough time and mental space to show it to you. But anyway, here it is! 

Photo credit for all pictures and a video - @evakobz

Terrazzo shawl is not an official name. It is a draft named after the Terrazzo yarn from Scheepjes which I used. It’s felted tweed, natural and gorgeous. And you can read my thought about this yarn HERE


First, I wanted to use several colors for this shawl, but then thought that the yarn itself is so wonderful and carries so much magic, so that it would be a pity not to show it off in its natural beauty. 

Being a tweed yarn, every color carries the background shade together with tiny specks of the contrast color. The shade I picked for my new design is called Pergamena (745). It is a very gentle light grey with tiny bits of blue. 


The contrast between the background and accent colors in this particular shade is very high. So, I figured I should not introduce complicated texture into the pattern, as small blue dots (being quite bright) might draw attention away from the textured fabric. 

On the other hand, I didn’t want the shawl to look too simple. So, I decided to design it in a way “a bit of everything”. 

 

This design uses two textured stitch patterns: the seed stitch and the honeycomb stitch, together with plain sections, garter ridges and the ribbing on the edge to finish. Carrying quite a few different panels, I think the shawl turned out elegant with not much going on. 

The shape is slightly asymmetrical, and you can use the slim corner for a cute knot 😊 


The size is very generous! It measures approx. 100 x 255cm/39 x 100in. And I used 8 balls of Scheepjes Terrazzo yarn. 

And the drape is just perfect, too!


The free knitting pattern will follow soon. If you would like to get your needles ready, 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).

Ah, yes! I’ve already mentioned that there is still no official name for this pattern. So, any suggestions are very welcome! 

 UPDATE: find the pattern HERE on my blog.

 

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Spring Whispers Blanket: make-a-long



It has become a tradition to host a make-a-long every year. You might remember or even participated in the Sunny Blanket and Labyrinth Blanket MALs. And this year we have prepared something as well. Please, welcome a Spring Whispers blanket

Photo credit: @evakobz

 

Introduction 

Spring Whispers blanket was inspired by a Wintery Octagon mandala – a standalone crochet pattern released a few years ago. I have always wanted to grow it into something bigger. And this is how an idea for a new blanket came to life. A central floral square, as well as a couple of borders and joining elements were additionally designed to put a mosaic of the blanket together. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

For the original sample, I have chosen Scheepjes Whirls and Whirlettes* in vibrant colors, to mimic a stained-glass effect. Laura Jackson (aka @taemombo) has created her own colorway for the dark Stone Washed & River Washed version with black background and a collection of greens and blues for the contrast. 

Photo credit: Laura Jackson

When both blankets were finished, I thought of trying other colors, with white background this time. Lovely Esther Schippers was kind to make a new blanket with these color for a photography. And when Laura saw this second sample, she got inspired and repeated it as well in Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed* yarns. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

As a result of the hard work of our tiny team (and with many thanks to our testers' tribe!), now we have two colorways for the Spring Whispers blanket: two of them use Scheepjes Stone Washed & River Washed yarn (22% Acrylic x 78% Cotton; 50g/130m), and two others are done in Scheepjes Whirl & Whirlette yarn (60% Cotton x 40% Acrylic; 220g/1000m or 100g/455m). 

Photo credit: Laura Jackson

Please, note that Stone Washed & River Washed blanket does not use the last 2 borders. The reason is that we wanted both versions to be approx. the same size. However, you can feel free to add the final borders to your Stone Washed & River Washed blanket. But because we did not test it, the yarn amounts for each color are unknown. The list of materials given in the pattern is for the exact blankets you see in the pictures. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

Where to find the patterns 

Spring Whispers blanket is a combination of two patterns: Wintery Octagon Mandala and Spring Whispers pillow. Both are available as standalone patterns on Ravelry and ETSY

If you do not have a Wintery Octagon mandala pattern in your library, you can purchase a complete eBook for the Spring Whispers blanket via Patterns by Lilla Bjorn website HERE. The eBook is exclusively sold via website only and is not available on other platforms. 

And if you already own a Wintery Octagon mandala, you only need to purchase the Spring Whispers pillowcase pattern, and additionally you will receive an extra file with a complete tutorial on how to put the blanket together using both patterns. 

This tutorial contains a complete list of materials and colors for every sample, you will also find an exact placement of colors for each colorway. As well as instructions for joining elements, and a link to a video tutorial for joining. 


If you do not feel like completing the whole blanket, you can make a nice fresh pillow with the Spring Whispers pillowcase pattern. And still join the make-a-long. 

I used Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn in four colors for mine. The square turned to be approx. 58cm larger, and I stitched it by hand onto a ready fabric pillowcase from IKEA. 

Where to find the yarn 

The yarn for Spring Whispers blanket can be found in your nearest local Scheepjes store (check the pattern for an exact list of yarns, colors and amounts). And if you are in Canada & US, you can purchase a yarn kit from Taemombo. The price includes yarn and an eBook you need to make this blanket. So, no need to purchase the patterns separately! 

Photo credit: @evakobz

Make-a-long 

Spring Whispers blanket is an intermediate pattern; however, an advanced beginner can also give it a try. Big central squares and octagons are created with a combination of linen stitch and overlay crochet. Sometimes written instructions might get a bit tricky to follow (they are written row-by-row and indicate skipped stitches and exact placement of the overlay stitches). But step-by-step pictures will provide all necessary help and visual support. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

To make the Spring Whispers blanket even a smoother journey, we will host a make-a-long in our Facebook group. That will be an informal event with no strict deadlines. The blanket will be divided into some doable parts, which will be announced weekly. But because you will receive a complete pattern from the beginning, you can start crocheting right away. 

Photo credit: Laura Jackson

The make-a-long will last for a couple of months, and you will have time and space to share your progress pictures and ask questions if you are stuck at some point. 

I will be checking the group daily and will try to provide the participants of the MAL with help and encouragement. 

Photo credit: @evakobz

We have pencilled the beginning of the Spring Whispers MAL for June 3rd, 2022. It should give you enough time to get ready with the pattern and materials. 

Find a complete eBook for the Spring Whispers blanket on Patterns by Lilla Bjorn website HERE

See you there? 

 

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Terrazzo Shawl in progress



I should have shared this with you last week, but a short trip to Vienna and then Easter preparations and celebrations mixed the plans (and yay, I could catch up for a coffee with Martin Up North!). I was still working on my current wips in the late evenings, but no time was left for blogging during the day. 


But anyway! Today, I can show you something. 

As I already mentioned, my friends of Scheepjes have released a new yarn recently. It is called Terrazzo, and it is a felted tweed yarn with 100% natural composition. 

I have made quite a few swatches in crochet, but thought that first I need to knit up something with this gorgeous new yarn. And a shawl jumped onto my needles. 

Well, it is really satisfying to spend a couple of weeks with knitting after so much crochet. And also, I was dying to finally try my new Chiaogoo interchanable needles (affiliate link) which were bought months ago and were waiting in the desk. And not a surprise that I love them! I have both sets: a regular one for 13 sizes, and also the one with mini-needles. Both are great. 

First, I tried 3mm, 3.5mm and 4mm and felt like 3.5mm was the best for my new project. Though, while it was growing and while I was switching from one stitch pattern to another, I had to change to 3.75mm needles for some parts. 

So here is a quick sneak peek of the shawl. It was finished already; I only need to block it and arrange a photo-session. And then it can meet the world! 😊 

See you soon! 

 

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