2013/02/26

Pastel Eyes Shrug - Crochet Pattern

I've been a bit obsessed with this "eyes" stitch pattern lately. I think it has the potential to become the new crocodile stitch in the crochet world - only more simple, less time and yarn consuming. I am planing to release a series of eyes stitch pattern incorporated in different kinds of accessories and garments. What do you think of it?


This particular shrug/cowl/shawl is the last pattern of February as I had to postpone another pattern.



The pastel colored piece is so versatile. It will be perfect for your spring style as well as cover up for the beach. You can wear it in numerous ways:

  • as infinity cowl,
  • as triangle scarf,
  • as poncho / shrug.
The basic stitches used make it a great project for beginners, and nonetheless chill-out piece for intermediate and advanced crocheters to whip it up in front of tv in few hours.



The pattern is written using US crochet terms,
and includes a schematic.

Buy it for just 4$:
HERE (Etsy),
HERE (Ravelry),
HERE (Craftsy),
HERE (Patternfish).

  
 
Photos by ChrissBanzai
 

2013/02/25

Crochet on the Runways of Fashion Weeks



Let’s put the spring aside for a bit and look into the future. It’s not a secret I’m a fan of fashion weeks. It is impossible to go through all of the pictures, but I have spotted crochet pieces in some of the fall-winter 2013/2014 collections. 
 

It can be pretty hard to tell if it is actual crochet from pictures, but I’m 90% sure these are actually crocheted (I zoomed them in).

 

Some of my favorites included these John Rocha dresses – crocheted vertically sideways. 

John Rocha AW 2013 @ London Fashion Week




I also liked his motif dresses.  

John Rocha AW 2013 @ London Fashion Week




And what would you say about these pieces by Rodarte? I’d like to point out that the blonde one is latvian model Ginta Lapiņa. So – yay! for latvians (again).  :)

Rodarte FW 2013 @ New York Fashion Week




As always – Catherine Malandrino is including feminine crochet pieces in her collections.

Catherine Malandrino FW 2013 @ New York Fashion Week




Crochet sweaters by Company of Strangers. 

Company of Strangers AW 2013 @ New Zealand Fashion Week




Although the rest of Leandro Cano's collection was very wearable, this crochet piece definitely stood out with its’ avant-garde vibe.

Leandro Cano FW 2013 @ Berlin Fashion Week




What do you think? Any favorites?

2013/02/20

Errata for Triangle Cowl



This post is no longer valid: the pattern has been completely updated and re-written. To see the details. visit THIS post.

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I hate to do this, but here it is: 

Original version:
 

Round 17: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc + ch 3 loop), 1 dc in the same 1st st. *Ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd next ch-1 loop, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch-1 loop, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd next ch-1 loop, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch-1 loop, ch 3, 1 dc in next ch-3 loop, ch 3, 1 dc in same loop.* Rep from * to * 3 more times.
**Ch 3, 1 sc in 5th next st, ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd next st, ch 3, 1 sc in 4th next st, ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd next st, ch 3, 1 dc in 5th next st, ch 3, 1 dc in same st. Rep from ** 7 more times.
Ch 3, 1 sc in 5th next st, ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd next st, ch 3, 1 sc in 4th next st, ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd next st, ch 3, sl st to the top ch of beg ch 3.
 

The new corrected version (first part corrected - corrected parts are in bold): 
 

Round 17: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc + ch 3 loop), 1 dc in the same 1st st. *Ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd next ch-1 loop, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch-1 loop, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd next ch-1 loop, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch-1 loop, ch 3, 1 dc in next ch-3 loop, ch 3, 1 dc in same loop.* Rep from * to * 2 more times.
Ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd next ch-1 loop, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch-1 loop, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd next ch-1 loop, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch-1 loop, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next tr.
**Ch 3, 1 sc in 5th next st, ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd next st, ch 3, 1 sc in 4th next st, ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd next st, ch 3, 1 dc in 5th next st, ch 3, 1 dc in same st. Rep from ** 7 more times.
Ch 3, 1 sc in 5th next st, ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd next st, ch 3, 1 sc in 4th next st, ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd next st, ch 3, sl st to the top ch of beg ch 3.

I am planing to re-write the pattern in the near future with more clearer instructions + some photos and additional schemes.  

Twitter goodness

Are you on Twitter? I am
 

I'm actually spending a lot of time there - taking a minute off here and there to tweet about my work, expressing my joy, and sometimes also mobbing... it's all there. 
 
And I also enjoy reading what other people have been up to - it's a great way to stay in touch and present even if you're thousands of miles away. 

So today I wanted to share some great crochet related tweets that I have collected over past weeks. And I highly recommend to consider following those people. 



I hope you enjoyed this post! 
 
You're welcome to follow me on Twitter @ElevenHandmade

 
 

2013/02/18

Galactic Orbits Top - Modified

I'm always doing a happy-dance (in my mind) every time I see someone has made a project out of my patterns. Well, this time I was totally blown away by what Truly Hooked did with my Galactic Orbits Top - she modified it and made a dress. Isn't it amazing?!

© TrulyHooked

She writes in her blog: "I knew I wouldn't wear it as it was. Don't get me wrong, this is a stunning design and I have to give all the credit to the amazing designer Eleven Handmade, but I needed to add my own touch to it. After a good nights sleep and a bit of gardening with my mum, I grabbed another ball of yarn & my trusty hook and kept going. I picked out bits of the pattern that I thought looked good, and repeated them adding a further 18 rows to the original top. A little light blocking overnight, and this was the result…"

© TrulyHooked

See the full post and more gorgeous pics in TrulyHooked BLOG.

2013/02/14

Patternfish feature

Some of you may have noticed that my patterns are now available also on Patternfish - knitting and crochet pattern online store. 

I am also very excited to be featured in their February newsletter. Each month they are featuring the new designers that join Patternfish.

 
Read the full newsletter HERE.  

 

2013/02/12

Circles and Squares Cowl - Crochet pattern

Perfect project for beginners who have mastered basic stitches (ch, dc, sc, tr and popcorns).



The textured cowl is very versatile and can be worn in numerous ways.



Skill level: Easy


Find the pattern
HERE (Etsy),
HERE (Ravelry),
HERE (Craftsy),
HERE (Patternfish).

Photos by Chriss Banzai

2013/02/11

Rockin' the blogosphere

Just a quick squee about latest features - both on Bleached Shoulders Tunisian Sweater pattern. 



It has been featured on two blogs lately - Crochet Concupiscence and on Knitted Art
 
I think these are really cool blogs, and I'd like to encourage you to check them out.

2013/02/06

Bleached Shoulders Tunisian Sweater - Crochet Pattern

I'm happy to offer you the first crochet pattern of February - Bleached Shoulders Tunisian Sweater
 
My very first tunisian crochet pattern. The sweater is very simple, all the hard work is done by the color change in the shoulder part - which gives it a modern look. If not you - your daughter, granddaughter or niece will be thrilled to wear this trendy sweater.






 Find the pattern
HERE (Etsy);
HERE (Ravelry);
HERE (Craftsy);
HERE (Patternfish).

Photos by Chriss Banzai

 
PS - I hope you enjoyed the newsletter yesterday, if not - you can sign up for the next one in the left upper corner of the blog. 

2013/02/01

Galactic Orbits Top featured on Ravelry

Just wanted to let you know that Galactic Orbits Top is one of the featured crochet patterns on Ravelry.
(refresh the link if you don't see it there)


I really love this top - its' one of my best designs, I think. Now is the best time to start working on it if you'd like to wear it for spring and/or summer. I see the top as an all-seasoner - you can wear it under a jacket any time (but why hide such beauty?!). Other benefits that should be noticed - the top is one-piece and seamless. 
  

Find the pattern 
HERE (Ravelry);
HERE (Etsy);
HERE (Craftsy).