Yarn Talk | Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop

Universal Yarn


One of hundred reasons why I just love to work with Interweave, it’s discover new yarn. Recently I finished another project and had an absolute pleasure deal with Bamboo Pop! Fifty-Fifty, or 50% cotton/50% bamboo to be exact—could I ask for more? ;o) I wish to tell you more details, but we should wait until Summer 2018…

Anyways, Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop is definitely in my favorite-yarn-list ….more projects to come ;o)

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Brand: Universal Yarns
Yarn Name: Bamboo Pop
Weight: Dk weight (#3 Light)
Fiber Content: 52% Cotton, 48% Acrylic
Yardage: 292 yd (267 m)/3.5 oz (100 g)
Care Instructions: Machine washable. Do not bleach, dry flat, do not iron.
Price: $9.50

Rampion Pin | Free Crochet Pattern

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Let me introduce Rampion Pin pattern. Such a fun technique to create flowers or whatever you can think of …even if you don’t knit. Just minimal crochet skills required!

Rampion Pin

Crafted in a graceful spiral and trimmed with contrasting slip stitch, this elegant pin mimics the flowers Rapunzel’s mother craved. Wear it in your hair or pinned to your dress …or make a bunch of flowers, join and turn them into a scarf!

This pattern is available for download for FREE (to download: simple click at highlighted in green meadow_flowers_v01.pdf file on the right ) >>>

Download: rampion_pin_v01.pdf
Updated: September 27, 2017
Size: 5.1 MiB

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3.5” (9 cm) in diameter

Worsted weight (#4 Medium)
Shown: Sheep(ish) from Caron (70% Acrylic, 30% Wool; 167 yd [153 m]/3 oz [85 g]): 1 skein each of #0021 lime(ish) (MC), #0019 olive(ish) (CC).
Option 2: Cascade Pacific (40% Superwash Merino Wool, 60% Acrylic; 213 yd [195 m]/3.5 oz
[100 g]): 1 skein of each main color (MC), contrasting color (CC).

Size G/6 (4 mm)

•  Three green padded velvet leaf appliques
•  One 2” (5 cm) safety catch brooch back or hair pin
•  1.5” (4 cm) ruler or piece of cardboard
•  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

12 pages, 2 photos, crochet stitch diagram, tutorial, technical pages: Glossary, Magic (Adjustable) Ring Tutorial, Conversion charts, Yarn Substitution Chart, Yarn Care Symbols Chart.


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.



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Types of Yarn Packaging

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What do you call your yarn balls? Do you know of another ball or hank type that I’ve missed? I LOVE hearing from you guys.

For my part I was surprised with donut-ball and cake – even I realize that there are some difference ;o)


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The Winner!!!

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Hi Hi Hi my dears!

My apologies for the delay with announcement of the Winner – I just wanted to give a little more chance to my new Insta-friends. Please apologize me for that <3


Oh, wow!!!! IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME to read all your comments, and I am SO SURPISED to find that here are such many Fall-lovers!!!

…. But you know what randoms.org fun is about?! They are really don’t care… and our Winner is Winter-lover, Jeannette!!!


My CONGRSTULATION dear Jeannette!!! I will contact you shortly!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn GIVEAWAY!



I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever for this moment…my first autumnal post of the year, yay! ;o) Now, as much as I love long summer nights, picnics in the park, hiking, and traveling, I’m no natural summer lover…. Autumn has always been, and always will be, one of my favorite time of the year!

Bye bye Summer, Hello delicious Autumn! It’s a new season. A perfect opportunity to do something NEW and BOLD, something beautiful!

…And it’s a Labor Day weekend! So, let’s go for some deals I have for you! ;o)

♥ ♥ ♥ First, a SPECIAL DEAL: get 35% off your entire purchase of $24.95 or more. Use code AUTUMN35 at checkout.

* This coupon is applicable to myShop, Ravelry and Etsy stores. Offer runs through September 10th, 2017 (11:59 pm PST).


And now, it’s a giveaway time!



One lucky from anywhere in the world will win 3 hanks of such luxury and my absolute favorite Cascade Yarns Venezia Sport (70% merino wool, 30% silk; 307.5 yd [281 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]) OR Venezia Worsted (70% merino wool, 30% silk; 218 yd [199 m]/3.5 oz [100 g])  in colors of Your choice!


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You can enter the contest in 3 ways:

  • Mandatory Entry: Just share what is your favorite season or simple leave any comment on this post here—mylittlecitygirl.com. No other action is required ;o)
  • Optional Entry # 2: Blog about this giveaway, linking to this post, and leave another comment to this post with a link to your blog post.
  • Optional Entry # 3: Share this post on any of your accounts: Instagram, Google+, Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter, Yahoo, etc., leave one more comment on this post (if possible, with your link, but here is no any obligations). You also can just share my original Google+ and Facebok posts. Share on more networks for more entries! (one additional entry per one network).


  • This contest starts today, September 1st, 2017 and will end on September 10th, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.
  • I’ll select the winner with random.org’s random number generator. A Winner will be notified by email on Monday, September 11th, 2017.


To enjoy more fall deals, please visit my Etsy, Ravelry, Amazon and ImagicalSeasons.com stores!!
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You are Invited! | My Instagram


Did I tell you that recently I was impressed with lots of amazing examples of stylish Instagram… and must admit that I totally hooked!

I met so many beyond talented people and find daily inspiration here! But first of all, for me Instagram is kind of a story-of-my-creative-world-in-the-pictures, which I try to tell beautifully…

I am @allakovaldesigns on Instagram and you are invited!

I even have an insta portfolio: @info.allakovaldegigns ;o)



Come to join me!

P.S.: Sure, I’ll continue post here on my blog and maintain my Facebook Page.


Have a fantastic day!!

Dryad Scarf | Pattern Update + 4 Days Deal!


Oh, I can’t describe how I am happy to find that my Dryad Scarf released in 2012 is still loved, and my heart is totally melt with such your amazing comments and interest! Thank you so much my dears from bottom from my heart!!!

“Fun, lovely scarf! The different textures make it interesting to crochet and to look at. In terms of the printed pattern itself – it’s the most thoughtfully designed of any I’ve ever purchased.”

“Alla, you have done it again! You’ve designed a unique, beautiful, creative pattern to transport away from the ordinary! I can’t wait to make it!”

“While I sat at the hospital waiting for my Mother who was having surgery, I made up this scarf in a variegated teal and solid teal. (Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 thread, I live in Texas so I don’t need a warm scarf). It was so much fun to do and it turned out absolutely wonderful! Now I have to make 2 more for the sweet nurses who took care of my Mother!! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us. I will return for more purchases as I have a new Granddaughter on the way!!”

“I am absolutely in love with this pattern and will be purchasing!!! — Never thought green could look so good, lol, but I love it!!! Thank you!”

“I love loVE LOVE this scarf! And other things you do. I am a fine artist and when not painting I love to crochet. Right now I am a starving artist. LOL. But as soon as I sell another painting you will see me back to get the pattern for this scarf and the ” My Little CityGirl” one. Have a wonderful day and keep creating! Skye”

“I made this scarf for my daughter at Christmas – it turned out absolutely beautiful. Thank you for continuing to provide such lovely patterns! You’re amazing!”

“Cada día me es mas grato ver sus MARAVILLOSOS tejidos,los colores que usted utiliza hace que den ganas de tejer y crear aunque no queden tan hermosos como los suyos Cariños desde Chile”



I decided to make a little “makeup” to the pattern:

  • Scarf Stitch Diagram and layout were adapted to my current style
  • Were added 2 tutorials: How To Carry Yarn in Crochet, Two Ways To Crochet Picot & technical pages: Glossary, Terms, Conversion Chart, Yarn Substitution chart, Yarn Care Symbols Chart.
  • Writing instruction without the changes, which mean there are no any typos or mistakes still.

The pattern in the process to be sent to everyone who purchased it at Ravelry, Etsy and my Pattern shop. I’ll do my best to sent an updated version to everyone, but in case if I miss someone, please let me know, and I’ll be glad to send your updated version right away.

… AND, I have a DEAL for You!! For 4 Days Only, this pattern is available for FREE download on Ravelry! This offer expires Sunday, August 27th at 12:59 pm PST time.


Dryad Scarf

Be a tree spirit for the day when you wrap yourself in this enchanting two-tone scarf! Made to match the Dryad Vest, this lovely accessory features elegant openwork stitches and shell patterns. Loops of chain stitches are worked down the center of the piece for a striking contrast, while picot trim adorns the straight edge and the shells on the opposite side. Fringe or pompoms attached at the scarf ends will ensure a perfect drape!

The design is suitable for any sport weight yarn, and made with pima cotton or bamboo blend it will have a wonderfully soft and smooth texture. Watch it reflect the light like leaves in the sun!



7” (18 cm) wide x 60” (152 cm) long without

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]): 3 skeins of #6561 green apple, 2 skeins of #6315 peapod.

18 dc x 8 rows = 4” (10 cm).
Gauge is not critical for this design.

* This pattern crochet skills only.

15 pages, 2 pictures, 1 diagram, 2 tutorials: How To Carry Yarn in Crochet, Two Ways To Crochet Picot; technical pages: Glossary, Terms, Conversion Chart, Yarn Substitution chart, Yarn Care Symbols Chart.

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Copyright: All graphics, template and photos are copyrighted. All rights reserved. Please be respectful of the designer’s rights to this pattern. No portion of this work may be photocopied or reproduced by any means without written authorization from Alla Koval Designs.
Unauthorized distribution or duplication is a violation of applicable laws. You are more than welcome to sell items made from AllaKovalDesigns™ patterns. Credit to the designer is greatly appreciated (example: pattern is designed by www.AllaKovalDesigns.com) but not required.

This pattern is available in myLCG Pattern Shop, Etsy, Raverly, Craftsy and LoveKnitting.

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CHAINGE Chain-Effect Turtleneck Scarf | The Winners!!


First of all, my apologies that I did not post yesterday – it was really not easy decision to pick up just one name from list of such lovely and brilliant suggestions! Thank you so much my dears for participating and your help!! It was a pleasure to read all your such lovely and neat ideas!


And now for the Winners! The Winners of Visa Gift Card of $35 value (plus Chainge Chain-Effect Turtleneck Scarf pattern for free too) are Robyn Tailor with suggestion posted on Instagram at @allakovaldesigns:

COOL CHAINGE! It’s time for a cool CHAINGE with this beautiful coral creation from Alla Koval Designs! Simple stitches and large CHAINS combine to make this beautiful scarf just in time to welcome fall in style!



… and Marie for such great name-idea for searching. I goggled “Chain-effect crochet” and it’s work perfectly for my scarf too ;o) Thank you, Marie!

Hi Alla, My name idea is “Chain-Effect Cowl Poncho-Scarf”. Or “Chain Reaction Cowl Poncho-Scarf” You could also add the word “Convertible” as in “Chain-Effect Convertible Cowl Poncho-Scarf”. I think “Chain Reaction sounds more funky and cool…but that “Chain Effect” tells the maker some important DESIGN information in the title right away. Lots of people are looking for “Chain or Braid effect” in their searches .In other words, in searching for a design to buy, they are more likely to put in the word EFFECT, as not as likely to type “Chain Reaction”. Love this design!

I also would love to offer $35 Gift Card to my Pattern shop to Judy Orrego for awesome idea for Turtleneck Scarf, I love it!!

My Congratulation dear ladies and Thank you so much for such brilliant ideas!! I’ll contact yu shortly!

A pattern Winners…
I would love to nominate every participant, because here is everyone winner!! And even if I will not use all your amazing ideas for this Blanket, I may use some of them in a future. SO… the Winners of Chainge Chain-Effect Turtleneck Scarf pattern are: Anne Westbrook, Novi, Maria Kaufman, Terry Spears, Aditi, Tamara, Lana, Helen King, Melinda Lent, Loura, Linda, Judy Orrego, Cindy, Shelly, Chris, Dora, Cheryl Houston, Mary from Australia.

My Congratulations dear ladies!! Your pattern will be emailed in PDF format right after pattern release!


P.S: I’ll work on pattern right after a deadline August 30th and plan to release the pattern in a middle of September.

So far, below is yarn info:

Sizes Child (Young, Adult): 2 (3, 5) balls of #27-07 bright peach and 1 ball of #27-14 black:

Brand: Premier® Yarns 
Yarn Name: Cotton Fair® Solids and Multis Yarn
Weight: Sport weight (#2 Fine)
Fiber Content: 52% Cotton, 48% Acrylic
Yardage: 317 yd (290 m)/3.5 oz (100 g)
Care Instructions: Cool iron. Machine Washable.
Price: $4.99


Have happy and lovely Sunday!!

A la Koval Best Practices | Spike (Long) Stitch

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One of the many reasons I love the Spike Stitch is how versatile a stitch it is, meaning you can creating a variety of different textures and designs using this simple technique!

I’ll show you a few projects using this unique stitch when I finish them ;o)

Scarf-Poncho Preview & Contest Time!



I am thrilled to introduce my newest scarf-poncho design. Suitable for wearers of all ages, there will be few times you and your loved ones won’t find an excuse to wear this fun scarf-poncho, crocheted with soft and light weight Premier® Cotton Fair®! Opt for wool blends for winter and early spring time. Wear it with belt under jacket or coat, wrap in many ways …or just crochet it without turtleneck collar to turn into a stylish scarf.












… And now it’s a C O N T E S T time!

I am looking for a catching name (and short description if possible) for this scarf-poncho. In English only please ;o)
Any suggestions?


  • To enter the contest, please post the scarf-poncho name ideas and short description here. Feel free to post as many entries as you would like. 
  • The Winner will get Visa Gift Card of $35 value (for US residents only!) or $35 via PayPal/Western Union (WORLDWIDE) + a scarf-poncho pattern for free right after release.

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  • All participants, who will post a name suggestion(s) will receive the pattern for free right after release.


  • This contest starts today, August 14th, 2017 and will end August 21th, 2017 at 12:59 pm PST time.
  • The Winner will be announced and notified next day – Tuesday, August 22nd.



    P.S.: If you are not interesting in this contest, please feel free to leave the comments anyway. I just love to receive them and every comment is much appreciated!! Well, I bet You know ;o)



    Have a lovely and happy Monday!!

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