Thursday, 31 March 2016

Spring time Crochet - Airy Cotton Top

Hi again,

An airy Cotton Top

Today I want to show you what happens when you find an intriguing crochet chart on pinterest and then start trying it out and liking it. I didn't even peek at the original website, but I got excited simply working it out!

PS ; This was photographed upside down!

One row soon leads to another and it makes you think: wow, it is growing so fast!

Link to the pin which originates here.

ABC knitting patterns call this pattern : Prayer shawl.

Here is a copy of the stitch pattern which is found via the same link: (copyright

You can easily work out your own pattern, you need a multiple of 6 chain stitches + 3 extra stitches (which are the first stitch and the first 2 chains of the second row)

I'm using Pingouin crochet cotton again in a lovely leaf green (or a pale olive green), it is actually called Papyrus.

Laid double - I love how the holes line up exactly 

Maybe you like to give this pattern a try yourself? Of course you could easily make a scarf from it if you want to.

I look forward to your comments!

Knitting post - the Barcelona Alpaca Jumper is finished!

Hello dear Blog friends,

Today another catch up post about something that I recently finished.

The Barcelona Jumper by Julie Jaeken

I started this jumper last year and worked on it on and off. The pattern came from Julie, the owner of the wonderful Julija's Woolshop here in Antwerp.

I previously blogged about this jumper in a post here.

Since we were planning on visiting England in early March, I realised that it would be great if I managed to finish off this jumper in time so I could take it along and finally hand it over to my daughter there!

Here are some photos that show the final steps.

Adding the sleeves

Finally, the finished jumper!

The neck line

extra long sleeves in rib pattern

simple neck line
Pattern from the book and my own version

my youngest daughter trying on the finished jumper
Together with my second oldest daughter on Mother's Day

My daughter loves her new jumper!
I made the sleeves a bit longer so the could be worn up or down to keep extra warm!

This is a great pattern and lovely in the soft and cosy Drops Alpaca Boucle yarn.

I did start a second jumper (for myself) which will have to wait.... Right now I want to work on more things for the coming warmer season.

Looking forward to reading your comments!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Crochet Updates: A Cobalt Blue Crochet Windowpane Cowl

Hello again!

A Cobalt Blue Windowpane Crochet Cowl

This is my last finished project. I really enjoyed making it! The pattern is the windowpane scarf, you can find it here on ravelry: Windowpane scarf. It is a free pattern.

I first found this on the lovely Dutch blog: and I had saved this to my favourites ever since (which is almost 2 years ago). I knew I just had to make this one day!

I decided to turn it into a cowl and make it for a friend in my class. The pattern is really quite easy and can be adapted to make something in the size you want.

This time I actually made a proof square to see how many stitches there were to 10cm. In my case this was 24 stitches which worked out well for a pattern of multiples of 6 stitches.

Swatching for correct size

I just love this pattern! It looks great in this pure cotton yarn, but it would look equally good in wool! The electric blue looks stunning! The stitches show up clearly.

Here is the finished Windowpane cowl!

Trying it on!

 And here is my friend modelling her new cowl. She is very pleased with it!

The finished cowl measures 140 cm round x 30 cm deep. It weighs around 400g.

 Here it is photographed against the light.

I hope you found some new inspiration and visit again soon! Feel free to leave your comment below.


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Would you like a free crochet shawl pattern today?

Hello my dear friends,

How are you doing? Did you have some nice Easter days?

Are you planning on making a crochet shawl but lack inspiration? Do you wish you had a nice new exciting pattern?

Well, look no further!

Here is just a very quick note to alert you right now that you can download these two 'flaming red' crochet shawl patterns for free - but hurry, this is only for a very short time, then they will cost money!


The Heatwave Cowl by Zoë Clements

How : You can find the link to download here on Ravelry. (you might have to join Ravelry if you are not a member yet, but it is free and totally worth it for the access to so much inspiration and information!)

How long : free until 8 April 2016 - don't wait too long!

Do I need a code? YES! Use the code: Heatwave

I first found it via Zoë's lovely blog - pernickitywitch. Do check it out!

Heatwave Cowl

Photos taken from Zoe's blog so you can see the lovely cowl pattern (Copyright Zoë Clements)

Red Velvet Rose Wrap by Chandi Agee

How : Here is the Ravelry Link or go directly to their  Expression Fiber Arts website.

How long : free until 31 March 2016 - so please hurry!

Do I need a code? NO. The page shows the price as 0.

Image result for red velvet rose wrap chandi agee

These photos taken via Google search of the images published on Ravelry. Copyright Expression Fiber Arts.

Well, I thought these two wonderful patterns look amazing and different and I just had to share them with you all.

I already downloaded mine, don't delay or forget! And feel free to pass on to others if you do blog, just make sure you respect the authors' copyrights and mention where the patterns/photos came from.

I'm already thinking about which yarn would suit each pattern. However, I have other current WIPs that are demanding attention, so it will have to wait!

I hope you enjoyed this different sort of post, I'm planning on sharing other inspirations from time to time as well as my own makes!

Happy crocheting!!!!
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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Easter Greetings!

Hello my dear Blog Friends,

I know it has been quite a while since I last posted. Time to do something about it and get back into the swing of regular blogging!

First of all, let me wish you all a very Happy Easter, hope you get the chance to relax together with your loved ones!

Here are some festive makes just right for Easter. They were made by some lovely ladies in the Femma craft group in Aartselaar.

The bunnies were made from a knitted square each. Of course you could just crochet a square as well!

Here is the link to the easter rabbit tutorial on pinterest.

The amazing chickens were made from a light bulb that was painted white, decorated with a pattern and glued on feathers. Their combs, mouths and legs are made from felt and they are seated in a cut of tube of a toilet roll. Ingenious, isn't it?

A walk in the Leisure Domain Hofstade near Mechelen

Yesterday afternoon we went for a relaxing walk around the Lakes at Hofstade. We have been there before. I always love being near water. The weather was mild and sunny, though a bit windy.

Last, not least, have a slice of our Easter cake.....

Enjoy your Easter time!

I look forward to reading your comments!