My Current Project Updates

One more pattern I want to finish before start to work on a secret project for Fall 2019 issue of my lovely Interweave Crochet 🥰

Can you recognize this design?! Oh, yes. It took a long time to get back to this design 🙈 But I am so glad I did it!

Below are back details and a question for you:

Which version of back insert do you like more if any?
1 – like on white coat
2 – like on turquoise one
3 – no any

P. S.: Curious what’s the final one?! 🤓


For more details and progress pictures and more news, please visit my Instagram’s page @allakovaldesigns. You are heartily invited and very welcome to join me! Let’s stay connected: https://www.instagram.com/allakovaldesigns/

Snow in Seattle :)

Seattle’s first snow of the season ❄️☃️ Snow isn’t that common here and city tends to slow or even shut down with mere inches of snow. So, schools are still closed. And I started this morning with thawing nectar in the hummingbird’s feeders 🙃

If you are curious, below are some interesting facts about Seattle’s snow:

The most snow that Seattle has ever had was 64 inches. This record was made back in 1880. Usually, however, the average is about five inches of snow every season. In some years they don’t get any snow. Other notable snow seasons include the 21.4 inches back in 1950 and the 21.5 inches in 1916. Getting snow of this amount is really rare in Seattle.

I am just back from walking and so enjoyed sun and snow ❄️ What is your weather today?😉

Crest of a Wave Crochet Blanket Pattern | Sizes: Baby/ Toddler/ Throw/ King

Crest Of A Wave Blanket

Relax in style by the seaside listening to a rhythmic and soothing wave dance on this light-weight yet sturdy luxurious blanket! Or embrace your special summer memories of melodious waves and wrap up in this soft blanket during the chilly season.

This versatile blanket features a charming cluster waves pattern that can be crocheted 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!

Because the blanket size is so easily adjusted, make it a baby blankie, a throw or even a bedspreadthe possibilities are endless with this fun and easy pattern. Instruction for Baby (Toddler, Throw, King) sizes are included!

SKILL LEVEL
Easy

SIZES
Baby/ Toddler/ Throw/ King

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
32 (43, 52, 96)” (81 [109, 132, 243] cm) wide by 32 (51, 62, 92)” (109 [129.5, 157.5, 234] cm) long. Sample shown is size Toddler.

YARN
Dk weight (#3 Light).

Shown: Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop (50% cotton, 50% bamboo; 290 yd [266 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): 7 (10, 14, 25) balls of #106 turquoise, 1 (1, 1, 2) ball(s) each of #108 lime green and #101 white.

Option 2 (doesn’t shown): PremieCotton Fair® (52% cotton, 48% acrylic; 317 yd [290 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): 7 (10, 14, 25) of #2704 turquoise.

CROCHET HOOK

Size E/4 (3.5 mm); size D/3 (3.25 mm).

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

GAUGE
21 hdc x 16 rows = 4″ (10 cm) made with larger crochet hook.
Gauge is not critical for this design.

* This eBook involves crochet skills only.
14 pages, 2 photos, 2 stitch diagrams, 3 tutorials: How to Crochet Into Third Loop of Half Double Crochet, Reverse Single Crochet Stitch, Making a Tassel; technical pages: Glossary, Conversion charts, Yarn Substitution Chart.

This pattern is available in myLCG Pattern ShopEtsyRaverlyCraftsy and LoveKnitting.

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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.

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Blanket Sizes Chart

This year I decided to challenge myself and not only design easy-adjustable-size blankets, but also include in my patterns instructions for 3-4 blanket sizes and couple yarn options 🧶
I googled to double check if here any standards for blanket sizes and found that just baby blanket has at least 7 of them 🙃The good news is that these measurements are just guidelines. Sure crochet blanket’s size can be determined by gauge, stitch pattern, or motif size.
What is your favorite blanket sizes to knit or crochet? My are baby and lapghan because it works up quickly and isn’t too big and bulky.
P.S: Tomorrow the first blanket pattern of 2019 will be released. Stay tuned 😉

Imagical Seasons™ Crochet Pattern Books | News

Do you know that my Imagical Seasons™ crochet pattern books are available in Kindle format too? And seems as Kindle version is best sellet especially for my Japanese customers 🧐😊
To look inside Imagical Seasons™ crochet pattern books and order Kindle or paperback versions, please visit my Amazon storeThe books in PDF and paperback formats are also available at ImagicalSeasons.com, Ravelry and Etsy.
If you are new here and wonder what I am taking about… this was my very first experience in book-writing and a true labor of love. From the very first pages I was simultaneously absorbed and exhilarated by all the ideas that kept coming and demanding to be shared.
This book grew so fast that soon it got too big to be a single volume, so instead it turned into a series of four books, one for each season… even if I still need to finish Fall and Winter volumes 🤔
 
P.S.: Wonder what is new happens on “You Made This!” page?! Check my next post. I’ll so proudly share your beautiful creations made with my books! 🥰

Living Coral | Color of 2019 by Pantone

I love coral with all its shades and how elegant it look with traditional white/blacks/grays. But oh my, just look how fresh and happy are combinations of coral with mint, aqua and greens! Below are my most favorited:

Not to mention that it’s a flattering color for lots of different skin tones, so I’m really excited about this Color of the Year! And found fantastic yarn in some exciting coral shades 😉

What is your relationship with coral

1️⃣ Yay!
2️⃣ We have never met
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Yarn Talk | Jade Sapphire Silk Cashmere

My very first experience with silk & cashmere yarn. Seriously. After over 30 years of knitting and crocheting…
Seems I just did not come across a good reason to try my hands on cashmere. For kids designs I love high quality cotton, bamboo and silk blends without wool because of sensitive skin and allergy little cuties may have. For myself, just about month ago I crocheted a first tunic in last 10 years. Many thanks Interweave Crochet team for motivation!
So, searching yarn for a sweater for our good friend I fell in love with Jade Sapphire silk & cashmere 2 ply yarn immediately… even if my first experience with this yarn was not such successful 😎
🙈 First, I found only 5 hanks in color I wanted (I needed about 6-6.5).
🙈 Then I was lucky to find one more hank, but from different lot. I knew that shade may vary, but I did not expected that here will be such a huge difference. So, I ordered a hank of contrasting black and got a new design idea 💡
🙈 Last, and totally my fault – I made not enough bid swatch to notice the difference in size after wet blocking. The result is loose fit sweater instead of slim fit.
Anyway, I am still in love with this yarn and:
👌🏻Found a perfect gauge, which is after blocking almost didn’t change.
👌🏻Ordered and tested two more yarn-options for this project: Jade Sylph (linen & cashmere blend for more strength) and CoBaSi (cotton/silk/bamboo blend for summer version and not that expensive yarn)
👌🏻 Wrote the pattern for size M, but I need to resize and test it first with CoBaSi 🧶. Seems, our friend will get another sweater in near future – probably a bit in different style …and slim fitted as we planned 😉
Brand: Jade Sapphire
Yarn Name: Silk Cashmere
Weight: Fingering (#0 Lace)
Fiber Content: 55% silk 45% cashmere
Yardage: 400 yd (366 m)/1.94 oz (55 g)
Care Instructions: Hand wash.
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One more sneak peek and more dogs ;o)

One more sneak peek and more dogs as I promised 😉

Yep, we had 3 dogs last weekend 🥰 Our chihuahua Pixie (red one) hosted a sleepover party with Simba and Honey while their parents were out of town.

I still need to write a sweater’s “saga” and edit more pictures. But oh my, I am in trouble – here are so many awesome shots to choose from!
Thank you so much Sergey!! You are the BEST! 🔥
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Happy New 2019 Year & Sneak Peek

Hello in new 2019 my dear friends!!
Let me introduce our oh-so-handsome models and new sweater design with pretty long but funny story ;o)
 
More details, photos  …and dogs are coming. Stay tuned!
 
To our local friends: Can you recognize these lovely guys?!
 
Ah, and Happy-happy New 2019 Year!
I am so excited how creative and productive this new year is for me. Can you believe that I already:
☑️Finished this men’s sweater and Crest of a Wave blanket (well, they were almost finished but “almost” doesn’t counts, right?!)
☑️Wrote pattern for blanket and on now on half way with pattern for the sweater
☑️Crocheted a secret project for one book I was invited to join
☑️Ordered yarn for 2019 (most hard but most exciting task)
☑️Crocheted about 1000+ exciting swatches for future projects
…. to be continued 😎

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!!

And my last post before Christmas …and a gift for you:

🎁 My Owleta Crochet Collection is available on Ravelry for free limited time download!

This offer runs for 5 days only and expires December 26th, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

I hope that everyone has a very special and awesome holidays!

This is the second year in a row when I finished all scheduled projects until December 20. My husband is going to take a vacation next week. Not to mention that tomorrow our best friend from CA will arrive to enjoy this magic holidays time with us. Could we ask for more?!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
All the best to you and your family,
Yours.

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