Pixie & Me

It’s that moment when you are a little embarrassed that you grabbed your daughter’s sweater for a photo shoot … and “hid” behind the dog.

Happy and productive Monday anyone!
Are you ready for VERY first VIP pattern? Any guesses which one will be released tomorrow?

Rus 🇷🇺
Это тот момент, когда ты “стырил” свитер дочери для фотосессии… и ненавязчиво прикрылся собакой

Готовы к первой VIP инструкции, которая “выйдет в свет” уже завтра? Угадайте что это будет?!

VIP | Visual-Style International Patterns

I have some exciting news for my dear crochet and knit crafting followers.
 
To make my patterns more easy to dive into for visual crafters, and also make my patterns accessible to a wider international audience, I am launching a new style of pattern called “Visual-Style International Patterns”. Or VIP for short!
 
“VIP” patterns combine minimal wording along with my usual detailed crochet stitch diagrams, schematics, and photo/video tutorials that enable visual crafters to follow my patterns with greater speed. My VIP patterns will be translated into several languages.
 
In addition, the “VIP” style of pattern gets my new designs out to you faster, with fewer delays.
 
Written pattern lovers, please don’t worry, I will continue to release my traditional-style patterns  (US English standard) that combine detailed row-by-row written instructions with stitch diagrams and schematics, as always! Because creating row-by-row instructions takes more time to prepare, I will release the “Visual-Style International Patterns” version first, followed by the traditional, written-out pattern. 
 
And, to make my patterns even more accessible, I am also happy to announce that my “VIP” patterns will be available in US English and Russian immediately, and in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and UK/Australian English in the near future. 
 
Of special note, in the VIP patterns, stitch diagrams will be customized for each language version, as there are small differences for each country. Each VIP international language pattern will also come with the English language version, so 1-2 PDF(s) in total. I want to make sure my customers get accurate instructions, and I cannot judge the translation accuracy for all the languages I plan to offer except for Russian. So by giving my international customers their language plus the English version, I can be sure they will get 100% accurate instructions.
 
Remember, my patterns already have crochet stitch diagrams, so purchasers of either the “Traditional” or “VIP” version will get all the stitch diagrams and schematics necessary. The main difference will be the “VIP” version has less written instructions, which suits the visual crafter’s way of making and will be available in multiple languages.
 
If you are a beginning crocheter (or master!) and have not used symbol crochet yet, I encourage you to give it a try! Because not only will it speed up your crocheting, you will also be able to understand and create beautiful contemporary designs from all over the world. In many countries, symbols and charts predominate. Imagine that without having to learn another language, suddenly you can “read” and make gorgeous designs from patterns that use international symbols.
 
Why not give it a go? In fact, for first-time “VIP” purchases, if you find you still prefer fully written instructions, I will gladly provide you with a replacement pattern written in the “traditional style” at no extra charge. 
 
I also plan to launch my patterns in Amazon Kindle and Apple store formats, for those of you that like to use your phone or tablet to read.
 
Whew, that’s a lot of announcements for one day!
 
Thank you, everyone, for your support of my designs and my new developments! It means a lot to me.
Alla
P.S. 
In addition to new patterns, I will be creating “VIP” versions of my previously published patterns, as time allows.

Strawberry Delight Crochet Blanket & Strawberry Pin | Featured Pattern

Have you noticed any regularity in the choice of yarn color for the first spring project? It was always white for me, no matter what project I’m planning. But last time, I noticed that yellow is my new addiction. Lack of vitamin “sun” ?! ☀️🤗 If you are on the same page with me and looking for a fun weekend project, let me introduce…

Strawberry Delight Set
Have you ever longed for those deliciously warm summer days, when nothing seems sweeter than that fresh-picked strawberry that just brought a huge grin to your face? Now you can bring that feeling of sunshine, happy babies, family picnics, pretty flowers, and of course—strawberry-induced joy—to every day with the Strawberry Delight Blanket. Lovingly designed with eye-popping 3D flowers and “garnished” with a beautiful strawberry with leaves pin, this blanket would be perfect for a summer-born baby or just anyone who deserves more sunshine in their life!

IMAGINE THIS: Crochet just first 2-3 pattern repeats for a fun and unusual Scarf. Crochet it with cotton thread to turn it into eye-catching and delicate choker necklace or skinny scarf. Opt for wool or mohair yarn to make a neckwarmer, or even a cowl suitable for colder weather.

Coming Soon…

Something exciting coming soon! ;o)

Crochet Along Challenge

Crochet along challenge 🧶
Just got my kit for first “Crochet along challenge” by WeCrochet. Can’t wait to start!

Anyone else joining the #bravabeaniecal with #WeCrochet?

Kristin Sweater | Final Photos

About 45% of the pattern done ✅ But I should take a little pause to work on project for magazine and to meet deadline.

 

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!! 😘😘😘 ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

Kristin

Our Kristin 😍😍😍
… when sweater modeling went into a portrait photo shoot. Just can’t resist to share.

When You Out of 1 Skein…

One of thousand reasons why I adore craft community and so blessed to be a part of it! ⠀

Usually I buy more than enough yarn for any project, but I did not expected that Kristin will ask for pretty boxy sweater so I run out of a skein – one… single skein of CoBaSi in natural color 003 from dye lot #17. I did not see any problem and ordered couple skeins from same Little Knits yarn store. But oh my, the skeins from lot #21 looked too different and so pinkish than my original. ⠀ ⠀

I tried to find yarn from the same lot, but no luck. So, I found and ordered yarn from several places: Webs, Ravelry, eBay, Jimmy Beans Wool with a hope that at least one of them will match. Can you the differences? ⠀

And… while waiting my yarn orders, I got a note from Linda Lynn (Abundant Yarn Online, www.abundant-yarn.com), that she has 2 partial leftover skeins from dye lot 17, totaling 65 grams, that she would be happy to send me! YAY! So, I was able to finish Kristin’s sweater right before Christmas! Oh, and Linda refused to charge me for yarn, just shipping costs. ⠀

And, then ladies from LittleKnits.com found two skeins from the same dye lot 17 too! ⠀

Thank you so much dear ladies from me and my Kristin!!! You are the best!!!😍😍😍 ⠀ ⠀

Kristin’s Sweater

… It’s that moment when your 18 years old (not a big fan of handmade) daughter asked for a sweater—something very basic and no pink 💙🤓
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It was the last and most lovely project of 2019, and the first one made with CoBaSi (I posted about this yarn few posts below). Not to mention that I am on half way with a sweater for myself in the same style. I changed some details and mine is going to be in teal color—stay tuned!

Yarn Talk | HiKoo CoBaSi

Meet HiKoo CoBaSi—a cotton, bamboo and silk blend that also has a generous amount of elastic nylon. It comes in a wide range of colors, making it a perfect candidate for warm weather color work. Soft and machine-washable, this will also be a go-to for hardy baby garments.

Not to mention that this yarn is also available in dk and worsted weights!

Brand: HiKoo
Yarn Name: CoBaSi
Weight: Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine)
Fiber Content: 55% Cotton/ 16% Bamboo/ 8% Silk/ 21% Elastic
Yardage: 220 yd (201 m)/1.75 oz (50 g)
Care Instructions: Machine Wash Gentle, Tumble Dry Low.
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🛒 https://www.littleknits.com/yarn/hikoo.html?cat=2601– $5.96 (25% off sale )
    Yarn at Webs :  $7.95

https://www.yarn.com/products/hikoo-cobasi

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