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!

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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.

 

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… 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?

HOW TO ENTER

  • 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.

          TERMS

  • 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.

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    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)

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    Have a lovely and happy Monday!!

    OOAK Baby Alex Blanket | Crochet Pattern

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    This very special blanket for me inasmuch was designed and made for one absolutely precious baby boy! And yes, the pattern is just released, yay ;o)

     

    OOAK Baby Alex Blanket
    Your baby is one of a kind. Crochet the blanket that your baby deserves!
    It’s a perfect gift for boys and girls alike—just trim it in blue, pink, or any color of your choice, and watch little eyes grow wide in delight before Baby snuggles into the clouds for a nap!

     

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    SKILL LEVEL
    Easy

    YARN
    Sport weight (#2 Fine).
    Shown: Premier® Cotton Fair® (52% cotton, 48% acrylic; 317 yd [290 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): 5 balls of #2702 cream, 1 ball each of #2703 baby blue and # 2716 cocoa.

    CROCHET HOOK

    Size D/3 (3.25 mm)

    NOTIONS
    •  4″ (10 cm) long piece of cardboard
    •  4 stitch markers
    •  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

    FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
    33″ (84 cm) square

    GAUGE
    18 sc x 20 rows = 4″ (10 cm) after blocking
    Gauge is not critical for this design.

    * This eBook involves crochet skills only.
    17 pages, 2 photos, 2 stitch diagrams, 4 tutorials: How To Carry Yarn in Crochet, Two Ways To Crochet Picot, How To Make a Tassel; 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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    Inspiration | My Beautiful Orchid

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    My beautiful orchid in a bloom… such inspiration and pure eye candy!!

    I wish to find a yarn company that would offer such a choice of shades of green and pink, or better to say – a palette as DMC threads have ;o)

     

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    Have a wonderful and lovely weekend!!

    Goodbye July, Hello August!

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    Dear July, thank you for all memories, adventures and everything. See you next year!

    Hello August!!!

    New month.
    New beginning.
    New mindset.
    New focus.
    New start.
    New intentions.
    New results.

    Be as amazing as you are always been!

    A la Koval Best Practices | Gauge Swatch

    If you find so boring to crochet a gauge swatch and mostly skip on it praying that things turn out fine, take a look at solution I found for myself ;o)

    Making sure your stitches are consistently the right size is very important when crocheting. And even if I perfectly understand it, I always hated to do that boring part – checking the crochet gauge… until I found for myself pretty comfy and easier (and much faster!) way to do it. 

    See how-to below:

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    Happy Monday everyone! Have a wonderful week, even if according to rumors…

    5 days

    Yarn Talk | Premier® Yarns Cotton Fair®

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    If you new to my blog, I want to introduce you Yarn Talk (formed “Featured Yarn”) category. Yarn Talk is a category about everything about yarn… favorite kinds, new yarn finds, weights and substitutes, storage, etc.

    I recently had the pleasure of trying Premier® Yarns Cotton Fair® Solids Yarn for the very first time and it is fantastic to work with. This is a fine weight yarn and the fiber content is a mix of cotton and acrylic; making it durable, soft and light weight. Cotton Fair® Yarn is very easy to crochet with and the stitches slide smoothly along your hook. Can’t wait to show you my newest blanket and some fall/winter accessories made with this lovely yarn!

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    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

    OOAK Baby Boy Blanket | Crochet Pattern

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    Guess what?! ;o) Thank you so much dear Edie for such prompt turnaround, perfect tech editing and suggestions as always!!

    So, let me introduce…

    One of a Kind Baby Boy Blanket

    Your baby is one of a kind. Crochet the blanket as unique as your baby is!
    It’s a perfect gift for any little boy in your life—make it in any color of your choice, and watch little eyes grow wide in delight before Baby snuggles into the clouds for a nap!

    IMAGINE THIS: Turn this comfy and fun blanket into activity mat. Just fill owl’s appliqués with various textures, and let your little one explore and play with eye-catching-cutes. Made with soft and high quality cotton, this blanket is machine washable, meaning it’s super easy to clean.

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    SKILL LEVEL
    Intermediate

    YARN
    Sport weight (#2 Fine).
    Shown: Omega Isuela (100% mercerized cotton; 295 yd [270 m]/3.52 oz [100 g]): 4 skeins of #1 white (MC), 3 skeins of #75 turquoise (CC1), 1 skein of #41 red (CC2).

    Thread weight (#0 Lace).
    Owl appliques:
    DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss (100% cotton; 8.7 yd [8 m]): 14 hanks* of #3846 Light Bright Turquoise (CC3), 4 hanks of #321 red (CC4), 2 hanks of #B5200 white (CC5), 1 hank of and #743 yellow (CC6).
    * Or 5 hanks of DMC Cotton Perle 5 (100% cotton; 27 yd [25 m]/5 g).

    CROCHET HOOK
    Size D/3 (3.25 mm); size C/2 (2.75 mm)

    NOTIONS
    •  2 size 20 mm sew-on eyes (shown by Darice)
    •  fiberfill
    •  4 stitch markers
    •  Sewing needle and coordinating thread
    •  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

    FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
    33″ (84 cm) square

    GAUGE

    18 sc x 20 rows = 4″ (10 cm) after blocking
    Gauge is not critical for this design.

    * This eBook involves crochet skills only.
    22 pages, 2 photos, 9 stitch diagrams, 4 tutorials: How To Carry Yarn in Crochet, Two Ways To Crochet Picot; technical pages: Glossary, Terms, Conversion charts charts, Yarn Substitution 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.

    AK_Sticker etsy1 ravelrycraftsy lovetnitting

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    To enjoy AllaKovalDesigns™ deals, please visit my Etsy, Ravelry, Amazon and ImagicalSeasons.com stores.
    To look inside Imagical Seasons™ crochet pattern books, please visit my Amazon store.

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    OOAK Baby Blanket | Sneak Peek

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    Finally!

    This is the blanket that I started back in February ….and finally I got a change to finish it and write the pattern, which will be released pretty soon.

    Not to mention that I ended with one more blanket using this fun stitch pattern in different way, and girl version for your OOAK (one of a kind) baby is scheduled too!

    Wonderful and lovely Tuesday everyone!!

    Candy Clouds | Baby Blanket/Throw Crochet Pattern

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    Final version of EAP Candy Clouds Blanket pattern is just released! A final version was emailed to you this morning. Please let me know if you did not get yours, and I’ll re-send it right away at email address you provide.

    Candy Clouds Blanket
    The sky’s the limit! Give Baby the sweetest of sleep and the best of dreams with this unbelievably luxurious and fun afghan. No matter what time of year Baby is expected to arrive, this blanket is suitable for any season—just add a ribbon in appropriate color, and watch little eyes grow wide in delight before Baby snuggles into the clouds for a nap!

    IMAGINE THIS: Because the blanket size is so easily adjusted, make it a baby blankie, a king-size comforter, or crochet just first two-three pattern repeats to make a pretty and delicate scarf for yourself. Even more, crocheting two repeats of both sides of Blanket with a ribbon in a middle, will make a playful-any-season accessory for your little one! But why stop here?! Crochet it with gorgeous merino wool yarn for cold days, or use any yarn weights for other seasons and occasions. Make an equally stunning blanket in colors of your choice!

    Below are some season-ribbon-inspiration from my stash… but why stop here?! Crochet with gorgeous merino wool yarn for cold days, or use any yarn weights for other seasons and occasions. Make an equally stunning blanket in colors of your choice!

    SPRING:

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    SUMMER:

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    FALL:

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    WINTER:

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    SKILL LEVEL
    Easy

    YARN

    Dk weight (#3 Light).
    Shown: Omega Trigo (100% cotton; 295 yd [270 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): 4 balls of #201 white and 2 balls of #273 turquoise

    CROCHET HOOK
    Size D/3 (3.25 mm)

    NOTIONS

    •  2.2 yd [2 m]) of 7/8” (22 mm) wide satin ribbon
    •  Sewing needle and coordinating thread
    •  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

    FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
    36” (92 cm) wide x 35″ long (89 cm) long after blocking

    GAUGE

    1 pattern rep x 4 rows = 3” (8 cm) after blocking
    Gauge is not critical for this design.

    * This eBook involves crochet skills only.
    20 pages, 5 photos, 4 stitch diagrams, a schematic, 4 tutorials: Spike (Long stitch), Two Ways To Crochet Picot, Weaving a Ribbon, Reverse Single Crochet (a bonus ;o); technical pages: Glossary, Terms, Conversion charts charts, Yarn Substitution 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.

    AK_Sticker etsy1 ravelrycraftsy lovetnitting

    _______________________

    To enjoy AllaKovalDesigns™ deals, please visit my Etsy, Ravelry, Amazon and ImagicalSeasons.com stores.
    To look inside Imagical Seasons™ crochet pattern books, please visit my Amazon store.

    Banner_order_now Amazon_logo etsy-buttonravelry-logo

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