|February 27, 2016||Filled under Creations|
The Marguerite pattern is almost done and on testing now. Oh my, I think it was most intricate pattern to write so far, but I tried hard to make it easy to read and follow ;o) I wrote very detailed instructions and ended up with 13 stitch diagrams so far to make crocheting this jacket a pure pleasure for you!
I was too optimistic to release the pattern by end of February, but this one will come really-really soon. Thank you so much for your patience with me!
A Wonderful and lovely weekend everyone!!
|February 10, 2016||Filled under Creations, Giveaway|
I am so excited to introduce my newest blanket design. Crocheted in one piece, this blanket features a rows of 3D flowers, satin ribbon and detachable Strawberry pin. So girly and delicate! it can be made with any yarn weight, in any colors combinations and turned into any theme you can think of! We had pretty rainy this fall/winter, so I feel in love with this such bright and sunny yellow Isuela by Omega yarns. Strawberry pin can be a cute addition to mom’s wardrobe or a hair/bag accessories for older sister ;o)
… And now it’s a C O N T E S T time!
I am looking for the name and short and clear description for this blanket. In English only please ;o)
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Have a Fun and Good luck!
P.S.: If you are not interesting in this contest, please feel to leave comments anyway. I just love to receive them and every comment is much appreciated!! Well, I bet You know ;o)
|September 10, 2015||Filled under Creations|
WARNING, cuties overload!! ;o) Yesterday we had an absolute pleasure to deal with two most adorable “pair” of little and oh-so-charming wonders we ever met! Many thanks to precious brother and sister and their amazing mom! We had a blast!
So, above is a sneak peak of Dream Catcher Hat…. which can be worn as neck warmer:
… or even made in a different style:
The possibilities are endless… and yes, all options shown (+ some more!) will be included in a pattern, which is coming pretty soon. Stay tuned!
Oh, and below is a very final photo of white version of Dream Catcher Blanket!!!! …I warned you, remember?! My heart is totally melted away…….
A lovely and wonderful Thursday everyone!!
|August 14, 2015||Filled under Creations|
I am so excited to introduce you my very first mini collection for boys!!! I started with a blanket in very nice blue color made with gorgeous Cascade Yarns Pacific (40% superwash merino wool, 60% acrylic; 213 yd [195 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]). I made the sample in size 47”x57” great enough for 13 years old, and was not surprised that my Kristin laid hands on it immediately. She’s never was a big fun of pinks and this blanket is exactly in the same blues as her room ;o) It was absolute fun to work on this blanket and I just can’t resist and made a gift for one precious newborn boy with delicate Omega Isuela (100% cotton; 295 yd [270 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]). …And then I created matches hat with very fun using ribbons and then… a neck warmer. I still need to take pictures of them ;o)
What I love about these blankets is that they can be made in any custom size (up to throw or bedspread… or even a scarf by working first 23(+) rows of blanket) and with any yarn weights to be great for any seasons and occasions; features a different finishing edgings (both will be included in a pattern). Borders designed to be very easy applied to ANY custom size of blankets without any adjustments and re-calculating. And most exciting news that I already finished the pattern for blue blanket, and I just still need to add instructions for border or white blanket and take some details/close up pictures. So, this pattern is coming really soon!
A lovely and terrific weekend everyone!!
|July 29, 2015||Filled under CGOA, Creations|
This year I decided to participated to 2015 CGOA Design Competition for first time, and I got an Honorable Mention award in “Fashion” category, sponsored by Interweave Crochet/Love of Crochet! YAY!! I’ll take it! ;o) Thank You!!
To see all winners in the 2015 CGOA Design Competition, click here. Many thanks to Susan Lowman for her hard work with organization and taking some pictures from event.
Also Susan mentioned that when she will send back our entries, she will include the judges’ comments on each of our entries. I can’t wait to see what the judges had to say about my entire (either good or bad or both) in order to help me improve the designing skills!
A wonderful and lovely Wednesday everyone!
|February 18, 2015||Filled under Creations|
Finally… I am to glad to show you Scarlet tunic, modeled by gorgeous and so lovely Genia! And it’s a 4th pattern in a row on my what-to-do-next-hurry schedule ;o) I’ve just finished the pattern and sent the garment for modeling to Interweave Crochet Scene 2015, and now I work on Snowdrop coat and Pink Marguerite jacket patterns. Looking forward to release them soon! OK, I’ll better hurry back to work ;o)
|February 11, 2015||Filled under Creations|
Blue Poppy Lace Coat
A third design from my Spring 2015 Flower collection …most off-the-cuff one ;o) Well, all garments from this mini collection were totally improvisation, and a kind of a little “escape” from that endless-very-last book’s polishing, patterns routine, the deadlines …
Since Scarlet tunic is still on my schedule, I decided to crochet some swatches for pattern and play a bit with one of my favorite, really gorgeous and versatile lace stitch patterns I used for the tunic… so here is how the two coats and Pink Marguerite jacket were born ;o)
I just crocheted it without thinking about stitches, listened only my feelings. I am very happy you like this mini collection. But you know, writing a pattern is completely different thing. I was unsure if I could make Scarlet tunic once again – but this time – with counting every stitch, with the sure, that I could write in that way, that anybody could make it. And now the tunic got three beautiful sisters… and not alone desperately waiting for the pattern (kidding ;P) I may change some little details I wasn’t satisfied with, and want to try find the yarn which is available worldwide, and I hope you will like it. Wish me luck!
See you next Wednesday! Curious what is next? Below is a sneak peek. I bet you recognized it… and yes, now it’s modeled, finally ;o)
|February 4, 2015||Filled under Creations|
Is there really need any words to introduce anything modeled by absolutely charming and so lovely little Princess Lera? ;o) Marguerite lace crochet jacket is a second design from my Spring 2015 Flower collection. I can’t promise that this pattern will be released this month, but I’ll do my best to make available EAP version as soon as possible.
See you next Wednesday! Can’t wait to share a third design with you all ;o)
P.S.: Oh, an amazing and beyond talented Lena Doubivko just sent to me this fantastic description she created:
Pink Marguerite / Marguerite Daisy
Think springtime sweetness, think fields and meadows filled with daisy flowers! Capture the soft, girly pink of spring and adorn your little Princess with this delicate and festive top! This piece boasts a stylish buttoned front with sweet contrasting trim and darling tiers of ruffles for extra flair. But turn around and add more panache to the already exciting look! A delicate silky ribbon woven in the back of the jacket adds the perfect finishing touch to delight the lucky wearer. Perfect for an Easter egg hunt or for visiting the Easter Bunny, this jacket keeps chilly weather at bay and is sure to become a favorite to be worn again and again.
I LOVE her name suggestions. Hmm, now is dilemma which one is the winner…. I like them both. Pink Marguerite is perfectly “matches” the jacket, and Marguerite Daisy is a great name for search ;o) What is your favorite?
|January 28, 2015||Filled under Creations|
Camellia Trench Lace Crochet Coat and Vest
Enjoy springtime sweetness year-round with this intriguing lace crochet coat—it looks intricate, but is actually easy to make!
One of my new designs of Spring/ Summer 2015 collection based on such lovely lace patterns with accent details on the back/skirt of garments ;o) EAP pattern will be available in a couple weeks.
Its refreshing beauty is sure to delight the lucky wearer, especially when made in her favorite color! Done in fine weight yarn (100% cotton; 164 yd [150 m]/1.76 oz [50 g]), this splendid piece will add a touch of spring to both casual and formal attire.
…. Or just make it without sleeves for summer sunny days and fun (instructions for vest are included in the pattern).
The perfect year round, this coat will be also a great addition to her holiday outfit. And yes, this pattern will be included in Imagical Seasons™ Winter book ;o)
|November 6, 2014||Filled under Creations, Trade Secrets à la Koval|
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?
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