The Winner!!

The Winner

Our giveaway time is over, and  I would like to thank you all so much for participation and sharing your favorite stitches! It was so interesting to know and looks I love more stitches than I mentioned ;o) One of them is 3rd loop hdc. I think it’s my most favorite so far ;o)

 

And our winner is…… Lani Juarez (comment #23). My CONGRATULATIONS Lani!! I’ll contact you shortly.

 

Lovely and wonderful Tuesday everyone!!

Interweave Crochet Summer 2017 | My New Publication

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One of my goal-dream for 2017 was to be published in every issue of my most beloved Interweave Crochet magazine. I am so happy that my dream come true! Now I work on a project for Spring 2018 issue, yay! Not to mention that it’s such a pleasure to find that my crochet stitch diagrams were worthy enough of being printed in a magazine. Did you I tell you that drawing stitch diagrams in Adobe Illustrator is my absolute favorite part of any pattern?! ;o)

So, let me introduce…

Jardin Hat

This lovely garden hat is worked in the round from the top down. Concealed wire creates a wide brim that will protect your face from the summer sun.

YARN Nazli Gelin Garden 5, distributed by Uviversal Yarn.

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Interweave Crochet Summer 2017 captures the spirit of adventure. Travel to the ocean with seven light and airy projects that let in the ocean breeze. Our Summer by the Seaside story features tops, wraps, a glamorous dolman cardigan, and a beret that’s perfect for taming those tresses after a windy walk by the surf. Continue the adventure in your own backyard and throw a crochet garden party! Make twelve exciting projects perfect for garden gatherings. Brush up on the filet crochet technique with “7 Tips and Tricks for Perfect Filet Crochet.” Read about the crochet culture of Mexico and the story of family-owned Omega Yarn. Also, get a sneak peek and free pattern from Interweave’s newest book, Modern Bohemian Crochet.

This summer issue includes SO MANY wonderful projects!! Make sure to check it out!

 

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Stay tuned for Fall 2017, Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 issues!

To be continue…

A la Koval Best Practices | New Category + Friday Deal!

Template Best Practices

Please let me introduce a new category—à la Koval Best Practices. I always loved to learn something new, and so happy to share with you my experience. This category is for knitters and crocheters, as well as for designers too! As completely self taught knitter and crocheter, and then knit and crochet patterns and books writer, I have plenty of tips, how-to-do and special stitches tutorials, drawing crochet charts in Adobe Illustrator, working with long documents in InDesign… and much more!

So, let’s go…

Today’s tutorial is how to crochet into third loop of half double crochet stitch—my most favorite stitch for the second year in a row ;o)

The third loop is required for “camel crochet.” It has also been called the hump, bump, nub, lower loop, back-back loop, and lower horizontal bar of the single crochet or half double crochet. The patterns that result from using this loop in different ways have been called Camel Crochet™.

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You aren’t going to see that ribbing yet, unless you turn the work over. The row you are working on creates the ribbing on the opposite side. Crochet a few rows to see a beautiful pattern emerge!

Below are some designs using 3rd loop hdc stitch. All pattern are available at: my Pattern Shop, Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy and LoveKnitting.

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And last but not least, I have a Friday Deal for You – get any of patterns shown above for FREE!!

HOW IT WORKS: just share this post on your accounts: Facebook, Ravelry, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Yahoo, etc., and leave a comment on this post here, (if possible, with your link, but here is no any obligations). You also can simply share my original Instagram, Facebok or Google+ posts.

To get 2 patterns, share this post on 3 or more your networks!

Please email me at allakoval@gmail.com with info which pattern of 4 designs shown you would like and I’ll ship your pattern right away at email you provided.

*** This offer last through July 14th 2017 at 11:59 pm PST time.

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Have a wonderful and lovely weekend everyone!

Happy Independence Day & GIVEAWAYS for You!!

Hello my dear friends! I miss you so much! I know, it’s not a good idea to disappear from your own blog for so long, but that doesn’t mean I did nothing. I have a lot of news, new projects, publications, got new skills in patterns writing and designing (for example, – some designs you wanted to have in adult sizes will be available in the near future ;o) … and more & more things to share. Stay tuned!

But for now, let’s leap into Independence Day with some special deals and giveaways I have for you!!

First, for 4 days ONLY, get extra 44% off on all my patterns and crochet patterns books + free shipping on books within US.

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Coupon code is USA2017. This coupon is applicable to myShop, Ravelry and Etsy stores. This offer last through July 7th 2017 at 11:59 pm PST time.
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Next, I am offering Fluffy Clouds Blanket pattern for only $4.00 + 44% off coupon (code: USA) = $2.24 total. Not only this blanket is the bestseller pattern since was released in 2010, but also a very special for me. It’s my first blanket I even made, and it was designed and crocheted as a gift for one absolutely precious baby girl of our friends.

Fluffy Clouds Blanket

Below is Fluffy Clouds blanket made in winter theme, just for inspiration ;o) Oh, and this so adorable furry doll designed and made by incredible talented and my amazing friend Aduska! Aduska, you are the BEST, I love you!!

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Fluffy Clouds pattern is available in my Patern Shop, Etsy and Raverly. This offer last through March 31th 2017 at 11:59 pm PST time.

 

And now, it’s a GIVEAWAY time!! One lucky one from anywhere in the world will win:

Imagical Contest

ImagicalSeasons Spring & Summer


TO ENTER THE CONTEST

You can enter the contest in 3 ways:

  • Mandatory Entry: Please let us know if you have any favorite crochet or knit stitches? My favorites are hdc, puff stich and picot for borders. Mainly because they are “reversible” and look great on both sides. Or just leave any comment here, on the blog—mylittlecitygirl.com. And that’s all, no any ;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 your accounts: at 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).

TERMS

  • This contest starts today, July 3rd, 2017 and will end on July 10th, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.
  • I’ll select the winner with random.org’s random number generator. Winners will be notified by email on July 11th, 2017.

Good luck everyone and lets fun begin!

Happy and safe July 4th from Seattle!

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To enjoy more summer 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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Happy Mom’s Day!!!

Mother's Day 2017

 

… Love is blind because our mothers starts loving us before seeing us.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you, awesome and lovely moms out here. You are the best!!

Happy Easter!

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Easter gives hope for tomorrow, As after the winter comes Spring. Our hearts can be filled with gladness As hearts rejoice and sing.

May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday. Happy Easter!

Bouquet de Fleurs | Two Hat Styles Crochet Pattern Sizes Child (Youth, Adult)

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IMAGICAL GARDEN COLLECTION™

Turn either of these two pretty basic-and-easy-to-crochet hats into a playful statement by adding your own lovely details! A great addition for any outfit, season, holiday, portrait and photo prop – you name it! Both hats are worked in rounds with simple sc and dc rows, and then the magic begins…

IMAGINE THIS: Pink hat features a brim with brimlock and white buttons sewn in “polka dots” pattern. Tiny white flowers crocheted around hair elastic ring and can be easily attached onto buttons. Imagine this hat with colorful buttons or flowers crocheted in different colors and even in different styles. Just make sure to allow your little princess to decorate her own hat! White hat features lace up details and detachable crocheted flowers. Even if the white hat designed with Easter in mind, it is sure to become the perfect addition to many other occasions and outfits. Just crochet it in fall shades or make it in some bold summer colors – the possibilities are endless with these unique and so playful hats!

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SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

SIZES
Small/Child (Medium/Youth, Large/Adult)
Samples shown are size Medium/Youth.

FINISHED MEASURENTS
16.5 (20, 23)” (42 [51, 58.5] cm) circumference.

YARN

Dk weight (#3 Light).
Option 1:
Cascade Yarns Sunseeker (48% acrylic, 47cotton, 5% metallic yarn; 237.3 yd [217 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): 1 hank each of #02 Pink and #35 White.
Option 2: Cascade Yarns Sunseeker (48% acrylic, 47cotton, 5% metallic yarn; 237.3 yd [217 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): 1 hank of #35 White.

Thread weight (#0 Lace).
Option 1: DMC Cotton Perle 5 (100% cotton; 27 yd [25 m]/5 g): 1 hank of #648 white.
Option 2: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss (100% cotton; 8.7 yd [8 m]): 1 hank of #704 green.

CROCHET HOOK
Size D/3 (3.25 mm) or size to obtain correct gauge; steel hook size 7 (1.65 mm)

NOTIONS
• Option 1: 16 (16, 20) size 5/8″ (16 mm) white buttons (shown: Crafting with Buttons by BlumenthalLansing company, item #570000015)
• Option 2: 9 (11, 23) size 3/8” (9 mm) pearl buttons (shown: La Mode, style #4612)
• Option 2: 3 yd (2.7 m) size 3/8″ (9 mm) multi green satin ribbon
•  Sewing needle and coordinating thread
•  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE
17 sts x 17 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Hat pattern.
Take time to check gauge.

* This eBook involves crochet skills only.
24 pages, 5 photos, 11 crochet stitch diagrams, 2 schematics, 2 tutorials, technical pages: Glossary, Magic Ring Tutorial, Reverse Single Crochet Tutorial, 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 at my Pattern Shop, Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy and LoveKnitting.

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You Made This! Page Update

Happy Monday dear friends!

What a busy March I got! I have couple new patterns and designs to share with you, and …some secret projects as well. I am happy that I met all deadlines, so I decided to spoil myself this morning and spent such delightful and pleasant time to update my absolute favorite You made this! page. What a treasure!! If you’ve made something from my patterns or just got inspired by some of my designs, please feel  free to share the pictures and I’d honored to show off Your wonderful creations!!

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Patterns Update

Four EAP patterns were updated this week, and final versions will be emailed to you shortly.

Please let me know if you did not get an update of your EAP version and I’ll email it right away.

Patterns released this week:

Owleta Scarf01

Owleta Scarf with Collar

 

Owleta

Owleta Hat

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Sova Amigurumi

 

Petalline BlankeF01

Baby’s Breath Blanket

 

A lovely and and wonderful weekend everyone!!

Meadow Flowers Appliqués | Free Crochet Pattern + MORE!

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Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s party!” —Robin Williams

YAY, March is here!!! Spring in the air and I am so ready for Spring to come. I can’t wait for the sun to shine, the flowers to bloom, and to put away rain coats. It’s a time of rebirth, a time of enjoying the great outdoors and breathe in clean spring air. And it’s National Craft Month and I want to celebrate with You!

Check out of the all ♥ ♥ ♥ SPECIAL DEALS ♥ ♥ ♥ I have for You!

First, let me introduce my newest Meadow Flowers Appliqués crochet pattern, I am offering for download for FREE…

Meadow Flowers

Think springtime sweetness, think fields and meadows filled with wild flowers!
Made with sport weight yarn, any of these delicate flowers will make a lovely addition to a hat, handbag, headband, pin, scrapbook layout or any other project you can think off.
Double the layers, double the fun—just add crochet two Marguerite flowers, and turn appliqué into beautiful two layers pin or hair accessory!

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: meadow_flowers_v01.pdf
Updated: March 1, 2017
Size: 5.3 MiB

 

SKILL LEVEL
Easy

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Dandelion
Flower: 2.5″ (6.5 cm) in diameter
Leaf: 6″ (15 cm wide) x 1.5″ (4 cm) wide
Marguerite (Black-Eyed-Susan)
3.5” (9 cm) in diameter
Forget-Me-Not
Flower: 2” (5 cm) in diameter
Leaf: 6” (15 cm wide) x 0.5” (1 cm) wide

YARN
Sport weight (#2 Fine).
Shown: Nazli Gelin Garden 3 Yarn (100% Egyptian Giza Mercerized Cotton; 136 yd [125 m]/1.75 oz [50 g]).
Dandelion: 1 ball of each #300-3 yellow (MC), #300-02 white (CC1) and #300-17 fern (CC2).
Marguerite: 1 ball of each #300-3 yellow (MC) and #300-02 white (CC1).
Black-Eyed-Susan: 1 ball of each #300-3 yellow (MC) and #300-22 dark brown (CC1).
Forget-Me-Not: 1 ball of each #300-11 medium blue (MC), #300-3 yellow (CC1) and #300-17 fern (CC2).

CROCHET HOOK
Size C/2 (2.75 mm)

NOTIONS
•  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

* This pattern involves crochet skills only.
16 pages, 2 photos, 7 crochet stitch diagrams, 3 tutorials, technical pages: Glossary, Terms, Two Ways To Crochet Picot Tutorial, Magic (Adjustable) Ring Tutorial, Making a Pompom Tutorial, Conversion charts, Yarn Substitution Chart, Yarn Care Symbols Chart.

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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.


…. And very  ♥ ♥ ♥ SPECIAL DEAL, get 30% off on all my patterns and
Imagical Seasons crochet pattern books* in both paperback and digital formats + Free Tax (US) and Free Shipping (within US) …. for the entire month!! Use promo code MARCHLOVE at checkout. This coupon is applicable to my Patterns Shop, Etsy, Ravelry and ImagicalSeasons.com.

This offer last through March 31th 2017 at 11:59 pm PST time.

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