Crochet Blog

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I think it's so difficult to crochet beanies - just an inch too much or too little makes a huge difference for fitting. I crocheted tighter than in the pattern and it is also difficult to measure the gauge exactly enough. Anyway, it turned out into a really nice beanie for my lovely daughter, which she is sporting in her alway positive way. The double crochet makes the beanie thick, fluffy and nice to wear. One side has a star pattern and the other one a squarish pattern.

The used yarn is Lamana Nazca in the colours cream and grey and it's from LouLous garner in Nora, Sweden. The yarn is wonderfully thick and soft and is 40% alpaca, 40% merino and 20% polyamid.garn yarn ull wool lamana nazcaThe pattern is  LAMANA 03 22.virkad vändbar mössa lamanaThe pattern is simpler than it looks. You crochet two layers of lattice (1 dc and 1 sc). The front layer is the grey lattice and the back layer is the cream lattice and the dc are shifted by one, so you can see the dc from the other layer through the open square. You switch colour each round. To connect the layers you pick up the dc in one of the squares. It's really a lot of fun seeing the pattern evolve while knitting.

There was a link in the pattern explaining the technique, but it was not that easy to understand how to create the stars on one side and the squares on one side.

The pattern says to crochet the dc in front or the back. It took me a while to figure out the technique.

Here is one row of stars made. The last grey round consists of all dc (with a sc between) in the front layer. You can clearly see the grey lattice pattern.


The next round is in cream and you shall crochet 3 dc in the back layer and 1 dc in the front layer. The dc in the front layer has to be crocheted through one of the open grey squares.


Once you have caught the yarn, finish the dc as normally.


Here you can see how the cream dc is made from the front.


This picture shows quite cleary that you are working with two parallell layers.



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crochet tunic dress lace pattern virkad klänning tunika med spetsmönsterI'm a member of a Swedish Crochet Facebook group for us who crochet clothes: Vi som virkar kläder <3 One initiative is to crochet a dress and help each other alongthe way. It's called a r Crochet Along (= CAL).

The starting point was this pattern which was a sleeveless Summer dress. I also found another variety, which was the one I used for my tunic.

I used the yarn Alara Emerald Green från Yarn Paradise (50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic, 140 m/50 gram) and crochet hook 4,5 mm. It's a great yarn to work with: Soft and a nice structure to it.


The body is made in a simple pattern, which is one of my favourite pattern to crochet:
v1  1 dc in every dc and chain.
v2.1 dc, 1 ch, skip one dc.

The body came out a little bit too slim, so I just added an extra part along the armholes.


This is the diagram I used for the skirt.






I admit!
Just to show you that everyting doesn't come out perfectly the first time. When doing crochet you have to count, measure, crochet, measure again and then frog. This is how the body and skirt looked in i failed state. The lace pattern didn't come out as wide as the body part, so I frogged and added neede stitches to make it match.


Pictures during the work process



Skärmavbild 2015-09-04The yarn in Turkey is so much cheaper than in Europe - and especially Sweden. Lot's of the skeins are only a third of what you'll have to pay where I live. Turkey has a large national production of yarn.

The yarn bazaar in Istanbul is called Tarihi Kürkçü Han. It's located in a small narrow street. Stop at the train station Çemberlitaş and follow the map to Mahmutpaşa Yokuşu.

Our first attempt to visit the shops was in a Sunday, when most of the shops in the street were closed, so also this yarn bazaar. We could only look at a closed door.

tarihi kurkcu han garnaffär istanbul turkietTry number two was far more successful and you could say that I in seconds entered the yarn heaven. There were plenty of small yarn shops from floor to ceiling. The clerk made some funny noices when I wanted to buy enough yarn for a knee-long thick cardigan. Obviously they knit or crochet smaller projects in Turkey and don't fill up a whole suitcase with just yarn.


vit tunika järbo 8/4 bomull garn virkad crochet tunic top dress cotton bomullsgarn

This is my white Summer tunic. The pattern is from a Thai magazine, so I'm sorry to say that I'm not able to share it with you. My intention was to make only a top, but eventually the project became a sleeveless tunic or short dress.

The yarn is Järbo 8/4 in white and the crochet hook is 2,5 mm. Järbo 8/4 is a wonderful yarn to crochet with - the yarn slides so easily over the hook and it's more thread than yarn. Thread is the perfect thing to use for crochet and the mercerized finishing makes the result shiny and lyxurous. I'ts also wery comfortable to wear. It's easy to wash and looks great even though it has been washed several times. I just love this 100 % cotton thread/yarn.

vit tunika järbo 8/4 bomull garn virkad crochet tunic top dress cotton bomullsgarnThe body is a lacy pattern.

vit tunika järbo 8/4 bomull garn virkad crochet tunic top dress cotton bomullsgarnI made the body a little bit longer by adding some rounds with double crochets.

vit tunika järbo 8/4 bomull garn virkad crochet tunic top dress cotton bomullsgarnThe skirt is a tradtional pineapple pattern and is slowly getting wider.

vit tunika järbo 8/4 bomull garn virkad crochet tunic top dress cotton bomullsgarn

The Thai patterns are constructed using another body shapes than our Nordic viking ones, så the written measurements are petite and tiny. However, since I used a heavier thread and thicker hook, I was able to follow the diagram as is in width. I had to make it a bit longer, though.

vit tunika järbo 8/4 bomull garn virkad crochet tunic top dress cotton bomullsgarn


virkad vit kofta sommarkofta white crochet summer sweaterI made a unbuttoned cardigan with short sleeves.

virkad vit kofta sommarkofta white crochet summer sweaterThe diagram is the same as for this cardigan. I've used the same basic design as in this cardigan. For the back, I've used a diagram found in one of my Thai crochet magazines. Then I just kept expanding the work.

20150104_224303The yarn is an 100% acrylic from Falkgarn. I prefer acrylic or cotton yarn over wool nowadays, since the don't dust too much. Less fibres to go irritating my eyes. I used crochet hook 5 mm. I really liked to crochet with this yarn. It was soft and nice to work with.