The return of the Freeform Unicolor cardigan

My Freeform Unicolor Cardigan has been hibernating for a long time, due to a lack of courage to restart the project. I had to rip both the front panels, because i made a crucial error in the templates. I was so frustrated, i threw it in a corner of my stash.

Recently i picked it up again, because i wanted to wear the cardi to a yarn fair (to show off:). I redid the front panels, and finished the sleeves.

Now i was ready to sew it together. 

A side note for myself and others: pay attention to the weight of the pieces, after i had sewn it together, the sleeves were sagging and were too long. I had to rip the bottom part and make them shorter.

And finally, the finished cardi... my sweet daughter took the pictures. I am really happy and above all proud of the result!

This last symbol is the secret symbol, which i made when the whole cardigan was done. This is my initial, i have used it in all my work since 1969, so in a way, this symbolizes me:)

Another blanket: Autumn Tile Overlay

Yet another blanket i just finished, my Autumn Tile Overlay Blanket. This blanket is made from Fenna acrylic yarn, it has a beautiful color flow. When i bought the yarn, in the story i loved the colors, but after coming home, i wasn't that much sure anymore. Since I am not a fan of green and brown shades, but not willing to return the yarn, i decided, to make a blanket size 1 x 2 meters.

I took a picture on this old chair, it's a wonderful photo prop. Unfortunately the colors aren't correct, IRL the shades are much darker.

Some detail photos of the overlay work. I finished by making a border of one round back post single crochet, and a second round of back post half double crochet.

Boy's Tile Overlay Baby Blanket

I am so in love with my design of overlay crochet, i decided to make a boy version as well. I rarely work with green colors, because i don't like them very much, but it's almost inevitable in boy's colors.

The color combination works very well, and the dark blue spikes make the tiles even more look like stained glass windows. This blanket will hopefully be sold in my Easy shop -to-be.

About overlay crochet

There is a CAL going on with overlay crochet, Sophies Garden, a gorgeous pattern, it can be found on It inspired me to go search for overlay crochet, a technique i haven't been exploring. After 'Pinteresting" i found a pattern on YouTube, in Portuguese, but a very clear movie on how-to. You can find it under the name Flor Harmonia.

After making the original pattern to get an understanding of overlay crochet, i changed the pattern and added some rounds.

Trying out different color variations.

It seems, i cannot crochet something, without turning it into something 'usable", this turned into a baby blanket.

I showed this to a niece, who is pregnant with a baby girl, and offered her a blanket like this. She opted for a blanket in just baby pink, grey and white.

I love the blanket, it's sweet and posh:) She hasn't seen it yet, i am hoping they will like it.

Fan Ripple Rainbow Blanket

Ever since i watched "Breaking Amish" and saw the gorgeous blanket the mother was crocheting, i wanted to try the pattern. I found a diagram on pinterest, here is the picture.

I tried it, and it worked! Of course there were some things, i had to change, because i was not satisfied with the original pattern. I turned my project into a baby blanket with rainbow colors.

I love the way it turned to! This will be a gift for a friend of my daughter, she has seen the pictures already, and she can't wait to wrap her baby in it:)

My other daughter loved the pattern too, and asked me to crochet her a hat and scarf. No problem dear:)

I especially love the way the crown of the hat turned out, making decreases turned into a star. She was very happy with her new set!

Last projects 2014

Since my granddaughter is very into dressing dolls at the moment, i could pick up an old hobby of mine, crocheting for Barbie dolls.This is the 3rd time around i can do this, first, when i was 10, making my own, second time for my daughters, and now the next generation. I so love doing this! My skills have grown considerably in 50 years:)

Because the yarn i used has a little sparkle in it, the princess look is guaranteed:) The top Barbie is mine from childhood. I bought a new Barbie, because the vintage Barbie dolls have a very different body shape. Since the dolls stay at my place, she can play with both of them. She loved the dresses!

Purple Tablerunner

I am a member of several crochet groups on Facebook, and every once and a while, something comes along, i get inspired by.

This table runner for instance, i thought was gorgeous. I showed it to my youngest daughter, she wanted one in purple.It took some time, before i could start with it, because most purple candles are scented with lavender, and she hates the smell! 

But here it is, all done! The rings of the runner i made by wrapping a thicker yarn a couple of times around the candle bowl, and crocheting over it. It makes it possible to wash in case of staines or other mishaps:) She hasn't seen it yet IRL, but she already loved the photo i send her.

Secret project

I wanted to do a yarn bomb project in my street. There is this fence, that screams for some crocheted ornaments. Here's the story.

First i gathered some crocheted snowflakes diagrams on my pinterest. They can be found under the name of Hyke van der Meer, the pinboard is called Russische haaksels (sorry for the Dutch name:). I made 12 ornaments. I soaked them in a mixture of half wood glue and water, to prevent them from sagging. They even are water-resistant now! Note: i pinned them to block, and used normal iron pins, but they stained rust on the ornaments. Next time better to use stainless steel pins!

The next 2 ornaments are slightly bigger.

The bottom one says "Happy Holidays"

Last night at 01.30 i put them up.

This morning i took a picture with much better light:)

I hope they won't be stolen and/or taken down by maintanance.....

Orders are up

My bucket list is shortening:) I had 2 orders waiting, a happy winter hat for my niece, and a granny square cardigan for my oldest daughter.

The hat is made of Stylecraft Special DK, my niece picked the colors herself.

The cardigan is made of Alize yarn, Burcum Batik, ordered at yarn
This is a wonderful acrylic yarn, and available in many self striping colors. My daughter picked this combination. Her cardigan is a bit longer, and has no buttons. She hasn't seen it yet, it's a surprise:)

Happy receivers

My sweet granddaughter visited yesterday, and she was over the moon with her new hat and mittens. She wanted to wear them, even though it's still not cold outside:)

I customized the mint cardigan for my sister, and as you can she, she's very happy too:)

The tale of 2 cardigans...

In the beginning.....

My daughters are going to be hosting a stand on Flavourites, a fair for internetshops. My daughter Anke is a graphic designer, and will show her products at that fair, my other daughter will help her. Their booth is next to the entrance of the hall, and the event will take place at the end of november.
10 week ago i was crocheting a poncho for my granddaughter with a granny flower square, and my daughter asked me, if i could make a cardigan like that for them for the fair, to shield them from the cold, instead of wearing a coat. Of course, no problem, 2 cardigans coming up.....

On Pinterest i found this granny square coat, which they both liked very much. I found the designer, Oma Koppa on Facebook, and she is an amazing artist! Her Facebook link is: - please check her work!

Being who i am, i didn't want to simply copy the pattern, but started looking for an alternative square. Soon enough i found a nice looking one, and crocheted it. (Unfortunately i deleted the source of this square, so i can't give a link to that pattern) After making a couple of squares, i didn't like it enough, but used the rejected squares to make a blanket for the doll's bed.

I started playing with the pattern, and designed a new one. I loved it, and we chose a color scheme in purples and blue. After making a bunch of squares, we didn't like the way it turned out. Again the rejected squares turned into a project, a baby blanket.

I bought some cheap yarn, and started designing the actual cardigan. It's always better to make try-outs with cheap yarn, since there's a lot of ripping involved:) This went smoothly, the result was a form fitted cardigan in my size.

The second try in order to see if the pattern was correct, made from a selfstriping yarn, turned out even more beautiful.

Finally we reached the point of choosing the designated yarn. The choices of yarn are limited, because my daughter is allergic to wool. We went for acrylic yarn, Alize Burcum Batik bought at in selfstriping pink-purple-white.

The yarn arrived a week later, it was really pretty! But.... the label said needle 4-5 mm, when i ordered it i presumed it would be the same as the ones i already used. Bummer! the yarn was totally different from the previous ones... I had to redesign the cardigan to the new yarn. Oh well, time well spent:)

The present day... the cardigans are crocheted, fitted to their specific wishes, and all done! I am so proud of the results! It was a long journey, but i learned a lot along the way. For me, that's the merit of designing, testing and learning new things.

A little extra: a flower clip to match the cardigan.

My other daughter has ordered such a cardigan as well, i still have to finish some ongoing projects, but this pattern for sure will return in my work!