It’s official

Kristin's BDay

Our baby girl just turned 13… can you believe it?! ;o) Kristin is not just a beautiful and lovely teen, she’s the most amazing thirteen year old we have ever seen. Happy Birthday sweetheart!!!

To celebrate 13th Birthday, Kristin with her 8 best friends went to Laser  Quest Federal Way (official part). And sure, after that girls had a sleepover fun. Girls had a blast …and Igor and I survived ;o)

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Girls liked the picture below the most – who’s legs are under Kristin and Vika (left side of photo)?

Well, I definitely have a “gift” to photography hehe;o)

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A lovely and fabulous week everyone!!!

You Made It! | Page Update

It has been awhile since I updated You made this! page. I enjoy receiving your pictures and celebrating your great successes with you!!! Please continue sending pictures of your creations to me, whether you used my patterns, or just got inspired in making something new. I will be delighted to place your photos on this page!

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The Perfect Brim

Anastasia Hat 01

 

If you noticed, I’m a big fan of brimmed hats for girls of any age ;o) I have Rose Buds, and two another hat patterns with brim, which are available for free downloads: Garden Party & Design you Own Hat.  BTW, the hat above is just an idea how you can turn Anastasia Beanie into hat with any size of brim. Anastasia Beanie + Brim = Hat.

Actually the hats crocheted with cotton yarn like Omega Sinfonia, Tahki Cotton Classic, King Tut holds the brim in place. But for hats made with thread or soft yarn, using craft wire on the outer edge prevent to flopping the brim down into your eyes and you can shape the hat to your liking. The way I got the brim to stand out like using 1/16 wire (found at local hardware store) that I crocheted into the hat during the last row.

Recently, after some research, I discovered millinery wire is the real stuff used on hats. My shipment arrives tomorrow and can hardly wait to try it out! Has anyone ever used this type of hat wire?  If so, what has been your experience? Good or bad?

I’ve ordered 1.35 mm wire and nylon wire joiners at Judith M Millinery Supply House, such a nice and very informative place!

 

Using wire may be a bit tricky first time, but you will became a guru pretty fast. Oh, and if you would like me to share my way to work with wire, just hint, and I’ll glad to write a tutorial for you.

 

A Wonderful and productive Thursday everyone!!

 

Alla Koval Designs

Anastasia Crocheted Beanie | Free Pattern for Kids and Adult

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While I was overwhelmed  with my current projects, I decided to step aside to start the holiday season with this free pattern ;o) So, let me introduce…

 

Anastasia

Make the ultimate in fine lace for your little one! Simplicity and sweetness come together in this elegant beanie, suitable for ladies of all ages! Its refreshing beauty is sure to delight the lucky wearer, especially when made in her favorite color! Need a last minute gift? This beanie will make for that nice touch.

Opt for wool or mohair yarn to make a beanie suitable for colder weather. You can even add metallic or silvery threads to make this beanie the perfect holiday gift!

 

This pattern is available for download for free (to download: simple click at highlighted in green primrose_motif_v1.pdf file on the right ) >>> 

Download: anastasia_beanie_v1.pdf
Updated: October 23, 2014
Size: 2.2 MiB
Beanie 2Web

 

SKILL LEVEL
Easy

SIZES

Small/Toddler (Medium/Child, Large/Youth,
X-Large/Adult).
Hat shown is a size Large/Youth. Beanie shown is size Medium/Child.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
16.5 (18.5, 20.25, 22.25)” (42 [47, 51.5, 56.5] cm) circumference, unstretched. 

YARN

Thread (#1 Super Fine).
Shown: Omega Cotton Thread #5 (100% cotton; 164 yd [150 m]/1.76 oz [50 g]): 1 (1, 1, 2) ball(s) of #50 white.

CROCHET HOOK
Size B/1 (2.25 mm) or size to obtain correct gauge

NOTIONS

• Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

* This pattern involves crochet skills only.

6 pages, 2 pictures, 1 diagram

Anastasia Pages

 

Please read and follow my copyright info. THANK YOU! Also, this pattern has not been tech edited, so if you find any mistakes or typos, please let me know and I will fix it.

 

A wonderful and lovely day to You all!!

With love,
yours.

 

Alla Koval Designs

Sylvan Crocheted Necklace | Free Pattern for Kids and Adult

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Sylvan

Walk in woods any time of the year with the Sylvan Necklace, suitable for wearers of all ages!
This free pattern is very versatile. Crochet the chains in equal length to create a fun headband or even belt! Or just crochet the flowers to create a cute Flower pin or brooch. The necklace can be made using a wide range of yarn weights, from fine to medium and bulky weight yarns, for any season or occasion. Work it in jewel tones or pastels, in solid colors or softly variegated shades for a one-of-a-kind accessory! A perfect gift idea!

 

This pattern is available for download for free (to download: simple click at highlighted in green primrose_motif_v1.pdf file on the right ) >>> 

Download: sylvan_necklace_v1.pdf
Updated: September 10, 2014
Size: 2.0 MiB

 

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SKILL LEVEL
Easy

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
18″ (46 cm) in diameter. Adjustable by ribbon ties to any size.

YARN
Sport weight (#2 Fine).
Shown: Knit Picks Shine Sport (60% pima cotton, 40% Modal® natural beech wood fiber; 110 yd [100 m]/1.75 oz [50 g]): 1 skein of #6561 green apple, 1 skein of #6315 peapod.

CROCHET HOOK
Size D/3 (3.25 mm)

NOTIONS

• 25″ (64 cm) of 1/4″ (6 mm) wide lime 100% polyester ribbon (shown by Celebrate It )
• 3 beige and one brown 0.5″ (1.3 cm) wooden beads with approx. 0.25″ (0.5 cm) hole (shown by Creatology)
• 3 size 2″ (2.5 cm) padded green leaf appliques
• Sewing needle and coordinating thread
• Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

 

* This pattern involves crochet skills only.

4 pages, 2 pictures, 2 diagrams

Sylvan Pages

Please read and follow my copyright info. THANK YOU! Also, this pattern has not been tech edited, so if you find any mistakes or typos, please let me know and I will fix it.

My New Publication | Crochet! 70+ Crochet Gifts 2014

Crochet! 2014

 

I can’t believe I did not post about my new publication yet ;o) I have a new published pattern for 70+ Crochet Gifts in 1-2-2, a special issue of Crochet! magazine.

The paper and digital versions are available at Annie’s Crafts. This issue includes 70+ beautiful, cost-saving and time-friendly crochet patterns. Make sure to check them out!

 

Crochet! 2014 Design

Icing on the top scarf Just like mascarpone makes a fancy frosting on a classy desert, this gorgeous scarf, stitched in the same rich color in a silky-look yarn, will be an elegant accent for a dressy coat or sweater.

 

In the other news. I just realized that did not release any single patterns for you this year yet, even if done many for publications and my books. It’s not right, don’t you think so too? ;o) So, in a couple days I’ll release a new pattern, which I decided to offer for free – just a little gift for You! Stay tuned!

 

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Publishing The Books | Covers Update

We’ve polished the book covers, and here is a final version:

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There’s no limit to perfection ;o)

 

And we got spine and back cover too! What do you think?

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A wonderful and lovely Thursday everyone!!

Baby Hats by Annastasia Cruz | The Winner

Baby Hats Winner

 

Dear ladies,

I am so excited to name our Winner – Vanessa (comment #5)!! My CONGRATULATIONS, Vanessa!! I’ll email your eBook just in a second ;o)

Thank you so much everyone who participated in the contest! Oh, and make sure to order your own book, you will love it!!

Book Review | Baby Hats by Annastasia Cruz & Giveaway

My first book review, how exciting! ;o)

Baby Hats

 

Delicious book by Annastasia Cruz Iris Schreier, Baby Hats, has 32 pages of 10 beautiful crochet hat projects for babies 3-12 monts. Annastasia is the wonderful and talented designer behind My Treasured Heirlooms. She loves knitting, crocheting, sewing, cross stitch and other embroidery, smocking, and am learning to tat.

 

All designs are lovely and very wearable, and will be just adorable for little wonders in your life (and what a precious models)!!. Each design is sized for 3, 6, and 12 months, is quick and easy to make with pretty clear instructions. Projects using medium weight yarn include Brimmed Hat with Flower; Cap with Brim; Bunny Hat; Cloche; Striped Hat; Folded Brim Hat; Spiral Hat; Pixie Bonnet; and Bear Hat. Heirloom Hat is made using lightweight yarn.

In addition to the such adorable crochet patterns, this book includes online technique videos, which will be just great and helpful for novice crocheters.

 

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Oh, and, I am having a GIVEAWAY of this book! Annastasia kindly provided a copy of the eBook for my readers.

Just comment to this post here (on mylittlecitygirl.com).

This contest starts today, August 6, 2014 and will end on August 14, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.
I’ll select the winner with random.org’s random number generator. The winner will be notified by email on Tuesday, August 15, 2014.

 

Do not miss all other wonderful blogs on this tour. Next stop is tomorrow at Petals to Picots.

The Winner!!

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Dear Ladies,

I am so excited to name our Winner – Mary Ann (comment #32)!! My CONGRATULATIONS, Mary!! I’ll contact you shortly.

Thank you so much everyone who participated in the contest, your kind of words and such sweet comments!! I’m truly happy that you enjoy everything and MUCH MUCH appreciate all your support and love! You are the Best!!

 

Sincerely,
yours.

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