16 December 2016

Java Peacock Feather Motif Blanket: Free JAYG Instructions

crochet peacock feather pattern free blanket instructions

The Java Peacock Feather motif was one of the first Peacock Feathers I designed and is one of the largest. It has always been one of my favourites and for that reason I also use it as my designing business' logo.
crochet peacock feather pattern free blanket instructions
I knew that the Java motif would be very suitable as a join-as-you-go motif for a blanket but I never got around to actually adjust the design for that purpose. I was focused more on single motifs for coasters, garlands, appliques and bookmarks. So I was very happy and surprised when Cassie, one of my lovely customers, sent me a picture of a Java motif blanket! Isn't it stunning? And guess what.....the instructions for joining and for the trim are now available for FREE on Ravelry (details below). 

Another thing that surprised me is that using different colour combinations can make the feather look so completely different. My feather and the one in the blanket may look as two dissimilar designs but they are definitely the same! I'm really inspired now to work them in the colours of the blanket too. Details on the yarn used can also be found in the free instructions.
crochet peacock feather pattern free blanket instructions
In order to make this blanket, you'll first need my Java Peacock Feather motif, which is for sale on both Etsy and Ravelry, and then combine that pattern with the one available for free on Ravelry (for all the links see below). You'll need to adjust the final round of the motif to make it suitable for the join-as-you-go method, which is explained in detail in the free instructions. After that you can join as many motifs as you want.

Links to the Java Peacock Feather Pattern and the Free Instructions:

Java Peacock Feather pattern on Etsy
Java Peacock Feather pattern on Ravelry
Free join-as-you-go blanket motif instructions on Ravelry by Cassie1979

crochet peacock feather pattern free blanket instructions

16 November 2016

Squishy Popcorn Cushion: Free Crochet Pattern

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Popcorn Cushion Pattern
Hi everyone. Perhaps you've been looking out for the pattern of this very squishy popcorn cushion cover. The publication is a bit overdue because I'm working on so many different things at the moment and I simply forgot to post it. It's a very beginners-friendly design with a striking result. It's so tactile! I'm going to use it as a yoga cushion; very soft on the you know what ;-)
Enjoy!

For the Dutch version of this pattern, click the flag.
Voor de Nederlandse versie van dit patroon, klik je op de vlag.
For the Spanish version of this pattern, click the flag.

Para la versión en espagnol de este patrón, hagan clic en la bandera.




General Information & What You Need
Skill level: easy / beginners
Hook: 4 mm
Tapestry needle
Cushion pad: 40 x 40cm
Yarn: Scheepjes Merino Soft Brush 50% merino wool, 25% microfibre and 25% acrylic / 50gr/105m
3 balls of 254 Israëls (aqua blue)
3 balls of 255 Breitner (mint)
3 balls of 257 Van Der Leck (cream)
Scheepjes Merino Soft Brush is available at WoolWarehouse and Deramores (international shipping).*

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Measurements:
Square:  23 x 23 cm / 9.2 x 9.2 inch
Cushion cover: approx. 45 x 45cm

Crochet Terms used in this pattern: US
Stitches used in this pattern:
  

US Crochet Terms
UK Crochet Terms
ch
chain
ch
chain
dc
double crochet
tr
treble crochet
dc2tog
double crochet 2 together
tr2tog
treble crochet 2 together
popcorn
popcorn stitch
popcorn
popcorn stitch
sc
single crochet
dc
double crochet
slst
slip stitch
ss
slip stitch
trc
triple crochet
dtr
double treble


Pattern Notes
  • Each popcorn consists of 5 trc.
  • Each square consists of 8 rounds but you can of course make the square as large or as small as you'd like.
  • Colour scheme: I always like the front and back of the cover to be different so I changed the order of the colours around. Please note that if you want the sides to be exactly the same, you'll need more than 3 balls of the colour you use for rounds 4 and 8.
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Start with a magic ring
Round 1
Beginning dc2tog (= ch 1 on top of magic ring chain, 1 half-finished dc, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook), ch 1, *dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog, ch 1*; repeat *-* 3 more times
Total of 12 x dc2tog, 4 x ch-2 space for the corners, 8 x ch-1 space.

Round 2
(Popcorn, ch 2, popcorn) in any ch-2 space (= corner), ch 2, skip next dc2tog and ch 1, popcorn in next dc2tog, ch 2, skip next ch 1 and dc2tog, (popcorn, ch 2, popcorn) in next ch-2 space. Repeat all around.
Total of 12 popcorns 12 ch-2 spaces.

Round 3
Start with (3 trc, ch 2, 3 trc) in any corner ch-2 space, 3 dc in each of the next 2 ch-2 spaces, (3 trc, ch 2, 3 trc) in next ch-2 space, 3 dc in each of the next 2 ch-2 spaces. Repeat all around.

Round 4
(Popcorn, ch 2, popcorn) in any corner ch-2 space, ch 2, skip next trc, popcorn in next trc (= middle trc of 3), ch 2, skip next trc and dc, popcorn in next dc (= middle dc of 3), ch 2, skip next 2 dc, popcorn in next dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, popcorn in next dc, ch 2, skip next dc and trc, popcorn in next trc, ch 2, (popcorn, ch 2, popcorn) in next corner. Repeat all around.

Round 5
Repeat round 3.
Round 6
Repeat round 4.
Round 7
Repeat round 3.
Round 8
Repeat round 4.
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Joining the squares
Put the squares with the right sides together and at the back work 3 sc in the ch-2 spaces in between each popcorn. 
To join the 2 sides of the cover, place them with the wrong sides together and again work 3 sc in the ch-2 spaces in between each popcorn.
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*Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarn for me to try out. As always, any opinions expressed are my own. The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 

28 October 2016

Long to Wander Through a Dreamy Midnight Garden? YARN 2 Craft Book-a-Zine Will Take You There

crochet coaster pattern by thecuriocraftsroom


I'm so excited writing this blog post because Scheepjes has just released issue 2 of their fabulous Craft Book-a-Zine YARN. In it you'll find crochet, knitting and sewing patterns accompanied by the most wonderful photos. It is really something different and I'm not just saying that because one of my designs is in it ;-) As some of you may know, I've been collaborating with Scheepjes as a blogger and designer for over a year now and I'm so proud that together with a fabulous group of other bloggers and designers, we have put together a wonderful collection of designs.

You may have seen the first issue of YARN that had many light and breezy patterns all linked to the overall theme of the SEA. This time the theme is Midnight Garden and it has many romantic, bohemian-style projects in blues, greens, mustard gold and pastels. But it's not only the projects that stand out, the photography and graphic design of YARN are also very special, creating a dream-like atmosphere that really sparks inspiration and creativity.

The photo below shows my contribution: The Firework Coasters. The yellow in them is really going to stand out when you use them as coasters for tea lights.

crochet coaster pattern by thecuriocraftsroom

Other projects below are a gorgeous lapghan and several stunning shawls. These are just a few sneak peeks; you'll have to see the book-a-zine yourself to get that 100% dream-like feel.

crochet coaster pattern by thecuriocraftsroom shawl blanket

Let me just give you a bit more information about YARN in general. It's a bi-annual publication (April/October but this is not set in stone) published by Dutch yarn manufacturer Scheepjes. Each issue has one specific theme and caters to crafters in general, not just the yarn lovers amongst us. Original sewing designs are also part of it as are interviews with artists who create very special work.
Scheepjes has really thought things through and at the back of the book has provided pages where you can write down notes, stick your swatches and loop yarn through specially punched out holes!

YARN is available in both Dutch and English and it shouldn't be difficult to get your hands on a copy because there are many outlets that sell it. Below I'll provide some links, also the the first issue in case you'd like to have a look at that one too.


YARN 2 available at WoolWarehouse and Deramores (both international shipping)*


YARN 1 available at Deramores and WoolWarehouse (both international shipping)*
*The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing the book-a-zine or any yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 

27 October 2016

How do you like your Popcorns? Squishy for me please


Here it is, the squishy result of the heap of popcorns I showed you in the previous post. I made a super soft cushion cover with 4 large squares on each side. It's so soft because I used Merino Soft Brush, a new yarn in Scheepjes' Merino Soft line*, a yarn you may already be familiar with because it was used in The Last Dance on the Beach CAL. But now there is a lovely new addition with little flecks both dark and light brushed through the main colour. It's 50% merino wool, 25% microfibre and 25% acrylic and comes in 50gr/105m balls and it's suitable for 4 to 5mm hooks.

The cushion measures 45 x 45cm / 18 x 18inch and as you can see in the pic below, I alternated the colours. I think I like the colour order in the pic on the right best but I always like to make two different sides when making a cushion cover.


I'm going to use it as a meditation cushion because I can't get used to the hard round ones that seem to be standard yoga and meditation equipment. It's nice and soft (did I mention that already?) and firm enough to sit on. Next week I'll share the pattern with you. Hope you're in the mood for popcorns and Merino Soft Brush. It's available at WoolWarehouse and Deramores (international shipping).*


Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarn for me to try out. As always, any opinions expressed are my own. The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 






5 October 2016

WIPping Up Popcorns


crochet popcorn stitch free patterns
Who's up for some TV detectives and a whole lot of popcorn?

I've been "watching" DCI Banks while working on quite a few rounds of relaxing popcorn stitches. You know what I mean with the inverted commas, right......I mainly heard him and missed some of the plot but that doesn't matter. Somehow, it's extremely relaxing to have a great British series playing in the background while working numerous trc 5 (US) and turning them into popcorns.

I really wanted a project with long rounds and not a lot of counting. Any idea what I'm working on? Well, obviously I'm making squares, but what are they for? I can tell you that they're really really soft because I'm using a new yarn in the Scheepjes Merino Soft line called Brush*. It has lovely flecks of tweed but for the rest, it's exactly the same as the regular Merino. It glides through your fingers and I for one couldn't stop crocheting.
crochet popcorn stitch free pattern

So far, I've only these two pics to show you. The design is very versatile because you can make squares of either 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 rounds. No, it's not confusing at all; it's just a question of what you prefer. For my project, I'm making 8-round squares. I'll show you the end result next week and of course I'll share the pattern here as well.

If you'd like to try this super soft yarn yourself, it's available at WoolWarehouse and Deramores will stock it soon too*.

Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarn for me to try out. As always, any opinions expressed are my own. The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 

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