Sunday, December 22, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern: Seashells Infinity Scarf

Seashell Infinity Scarf crochet pattern in now available for free! This is a nice project for those who want to learn to crochet.

You can use this pattern as a basis, and with your imagination it can be transformed into many beautiful scarves, wraps.. It takes me a few evenings with a movie to finish this beautiful scarf. Pattern available through ravelry as a PDF download.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sea of Roses Blanket

I love crocheting blankets lately, and you can probably tell! If you think about it, learning how to make a crochet blanket is quite easy. Even as a beginner, you can pick a quite complicated crochet blanket pattern, practice making a motif using scrap yarn until you are confident making it, and then do it! Take your work to coffee shops, public transport, breaks at work. You can crochet anywhere, until you get enough pieces to arrange a whole blanket.
The sea of roses blanket kept me busy during the last semester as a nursing student. Crocheting is my therapy, it keeps me sane! It is my way to relax, keep my hands busy while I am listening to audio books or infinite amounts of TED talks and such..
So enough rambling, I present to you Sea of Roses Blanket!
(Links to the Sea of Roses Blanket pattern: on etsy, on Ravelry)

Here are Sea of Roses blanket and Blueberry blanket side by side:
(Link to Blueberry blanket pattern on Etsy, on Ravelry)
And here are Rose Field Blanket and Sea of Roses blanket side by side:
(Link to Rose Field blanket pattern on Etsy, on Ravelry)

I enjoyed making these immensely! I hope you love them too!!

-Tanya from Crocheterie

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pinwheel Blanket Free Pattern

This is the pattern I created after I realized how many left over yarn scraps I had just sitting in my basket. This pattern is perfect for using up the yarn you already have, and create a nice lap blanket, throw, or baby blanket.

Consider making a car seat blanket for a newborn baby. This would make a terrific baby shower gift, and so many moms love having a small blanket that just covers the car seat. No more blankets that drag on the floor or fall off the car seat. 

The way I wrote this pattern is to enable all levels of crocheters to follow it. There are many step-by step photos, explanations, and instructions. You will not be disappointed.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Purple Hat free pattern

Introducing to you the purple hat!

I've created this hat to support the initiative of BC Women's and Children's Hospital to inform patents of the period of PURPLE crying. Many newborns discharged from the hospital receive a tiny purple hat, with information booklets to remind them that sometimes inconsolable baby crying is normal, and that it is never ok to shake a baby. These purple hats are donated by knitters and crocheters, and may be a fun theme to your usual knit get together with friends.

A few words about the PURPLE Program:

The letters in the word PURPLE describe the properties of normal infant crying that are frustrating:

P for Peak of Crying - Crying peaks at around 2 months, then decreases at around 3 to 5 months;
U for Unexpected - Crying comes and goes unexpectedly, for no apparent reason;
R for Resists Soothing - Crying continues despite all soothing efforts by caregivers;
P for Pain-like Face - Infants look like they are in pain, even when they are not;
L for Long Lasting - Crying can last as much as 5 hours a day, or more;
E for Evening - Crying occurs more in the late afternoon and evening.

Changing behavioural responses to crying, both to less severe and to more intense and inconsolable crying, are very important for SBS prevention. The Period of PURPLE Crying offers the following actions steps for coping:

1. Increase the carry, comfort, walk and talk behaviours with your baby. Unfortunately, what may work one day may not necessarily work the next and what may work for some babies, may not work for others. It is important to keep in mind however, that close contact with your baby may reduce the length of crying bouts by up to 50%;
2. If the crying is very, very, frustrating for you, it is OK to walk away. This step recognizes the caregiver's feelings of frustration and their need for relief. Placing the infant in a safe
place and taking a break for 5 to 10 minutes results in the caregiver not being in direct contact with the infant during times when they are most likely to shake or abuse;
3. Never shake or hurt a baby. This is an important clear reminder that under no circumstances is it okay to shake or hurt an infant

Purple Hat Pattern (0-3 m.)

You have my permission to make as many hats as you need, however do not re-post the pattern. Feel free to post direct links to the source.

Yarn: worsted weight, 33 gm, 70 yards (64 m)
Hook: 5 mm (H)
Gauge: 14 dc & 9 rnds = 3x3” square
Hat circumference 12 ½”


bpdc - back post double crochet
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
fpdc - front post double crochet
rnd - round
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
sts - stitches

Pattern notes:
Starting chain does not count as st in this pattern.

First st of ea round is made into the base of starting chain.

ch 9
Rnd 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next st, hdc in 2 st, sc in 2 st, sl st,  ch 2, (continue working on other side of chain) sl st in same st as last sl st, sc in next 2 st, hdc in 2 st, dc in 2 st, ch 2, sl st in same st as last dc.
Rnd 2: ch 3, sc in 4 sts,  sl st in 4 sts, picot (ch 3, sl st in 1st ch), sl st in next 4 sts, sc in 4 sts, ch 3, sl st in base of last dc. (Do not fasten off.)

ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. join with sl st.(6 sc.)
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in ea st, join with sl st. (12 dc.)
Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in ea st, join with sl st. (24 dc.)
Rnd 4: ch 2, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] 12 times, join with sl st. (36 sts.)
Rnd 5: ch 2, [dc in next st, fpdc, 2 dc in next] 12 times, join with sl st. (48 sts.)
Rnd 6: ch 2, [dc in next st, fpdc, dc in next st, 2 dc in next] 12 times, join with sl st. (60 sts.)
Rnd 7-14: ch 2, [dc in next st, fpdc, dc in next 3 sts] 12 times, join with sl st. (60 sts.)
Rnd 15: ch 2, [dc in next st, fpdc, dc in next st, bpdc in next 2 sts] 12 times, join with sl st.  (60 sts.)
Rnd 16-17: ch 2, [bpdc in next st, fpdc, bpdc in next st, fpdc in next 2 sts] 12 times, join with sl st.  (60 sts.)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How big is your stash? (AND FREE PRINTABLE)

I find that I buy about 10 times more yarn than I really need at the moment... Are you guilty of this too?
I don't think I will ever change, but I've made this picture big enough for you to save it and print it out or put as a background on your desktop as a reminder of a guilty pleasure we all have :)
As I look at this picture though, all I want is to buy some more yarn.. Weird..

Enjoy increasing your stash!

I am back!

After 4 weeks of being away I am finally back home! I am working on a secret project, which involves strawberries (for my consuming) and green, grey and ivory yarn (for the actual project). What do you think it can be?
Stay tuned!
I'm going back to work now, talk to you soon!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Candy Roll Phone Sweater - Crochet Pattern

It's been a long time since I posted last, hasn't it? So I decided to start posting again with a free pattern to make up for the time lost.. This is my way of bribing you. :)
The pattern is pretty easy, and I hope you will like it as much as I do. Make it to fit your own phone, as the pattern can be easily changed for custom size (hey, you can even make one for your iPad or laptop).

The phone case is made by working in spiral, and I am warning you that I will be used many words and explanations, aiming this tutorial for beginners, who may be not as familiar with working in spiral.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Roasted potato spirals

It has been a while, hasn't it? My life has been very busy lately, and I had to put on hold creating new patterns for now. But the one thing I haven't stop doing is making food. After all, I need to eat to survive :)

I've tried making these beautiful roasted potato spirals, and I just had to share the recipe, because it will turn any plain and simple dinner to fine dining experience at home :) 

For 2 people:
8 large white potatoes
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dry parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dry rosemary
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Make potato spirals using spiral cutter, and arrange the spirals into little nests. My mom brought me one a while ago, and frankly I didn't know what to do with it, until I tried cutting a potato with it a few days back. I was absolutely amazed by the beautiful potato ribbon, and here are the results of my experiments. This is what the spiral potato cutter looks like:

All you have to do is to drill this thing into the center of the potato, and keep drilling until you have drilled through the whole thing. Ah, I sound so professional! Apologize my language, please, I only know how to cook, I am not used to writing about cooking yet!

Mix the rest of the ingredients and evenly spread them over potato spirals with silicone basting brush.

Bake potatoes for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!! I really loved how they turned out, both taste-wise and appearance-wise.


 The leftovers of the poor potatoes can be grated, blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes, and frozen in small portions for easy morning hash browns.

Monday, March 26, 2012

And the winners are:

Thank you to those who participated in the giveaway!! I've used Random.Org to generate numbers:

First prize goes to reply #34 by Little Things Blogged (Tania) - Congratulations! I will send you the three patterns of your choice shortly!

Second prize goes to reply #35 by Alicia C - Congratulations! I will contact you via your etsy account!

Third prize goes to reply #28 by AbraKassSandra - Congratulations! I will send you the pattern of your choice shortly!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Crochet Pattern Octopus Bracelet (free)

Why octopus? I've been crocheting the bracelet in a cafe with a friend of mine. She asked me, "what are you making? an octopus?" I guess with all the turquoise strings the bracelet did look like an octopus a bit. So here it is, octopus bracelet pattern: