Saturday, December 24, 2016

Now LIVE: Star-Over

We are very excited to announce new addition to our ever-growing Cup of Stitches collection of garments! 

Meet Star-Over, an oversized poncho-style top which features a boxy shape with a boat neckline, dropped shoulders and cute cuts at the sides. 

The colorwork and unusual construction ensure a satisfying level of challenge while crocheting it up! Happy crocheting!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Little Grey Top

We are excited to introduce a brand new crochet pattern from Yuliya: The Little Grey Top!

Clean, minimal and chic, this simple straight top will take the place of “the little black dress” in your wardrobe.

It will become that ultimate sleeveless top which can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Make it any colour you fancy and add it to your favourite outfits as a third piece and an extra layer of warmth.

The pattern will give you plenty of guidance to make sure you create this top to a high standard of craftsmanship and get those all-important seams and edgings just perfect so you can wear your handmade garment with pride.

Read more about this design:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

My shades of white

Every time I see a granny square project, with bright colors against a white background, I am amazed how gorgeous and cheerful it looks. It seems that there is no better color than white for pairing and bringing any bright colors together. Any color you pick for your project will work great on a pure white background.

However, every time I finished my own project with white as the background color, I felt disappointed with it. It didn't fit me or my living space. It looked like a foreign object, an eyesore. It took me some time to realize, that as great as this combination was, it didn't work for me.

There are many factors which put me off using white as a background color. Speaking of garments and accessories, the color theory of four seasons, which places each person into one of the four seasonal types (and their subtypes), doesn't recommend using white for those who belong to Spring and Autumn types. We, spring and autumn girls, need other neutrals, not as clear and crisp as white.

The high contrast created when white is combined with other colors is another issue. Style is all about harmony and balance, and dressing according to your natural contrast is important. Wearing high contrast items with low contrast face (or vice versa) creates an imbalance in the overall look. I didn't pay much attention to this, but the feeling that something was wrong was enough to make me put my newly crocheted scarf on the shelf.

Speaking of home crochet items, I realized that projects with bright colors on a white background needed much more work and taste to make them fit my room. This color combination is as beautiful and cheerful, as it is naughty and demanding. It emphasized the flaws of my room instead of making it look better.

Now, whenever I am about to start another colorful project, I force myself to forget about oh-so-cheerful-white color and pick some other quite boring neutrals: light grey, soft beige or cream. And this makes wonders.

Colors still pop, but in a subtle way which compliments my appearance and fits my home. Here are three examples of when I switched to another neutral color:

After Rain (pattern on Ravelry)

Granny Fish (pattern on Ravelry)

Sunset Echo (pattern on Ravelry)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gift-A-Long 2016!

We are happy to announce an exciting event which has just started on Ravelry!

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a two-month-long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. Join this Ravelry group to participate.

From November 22 - November 30, 2016 more than 300 of indie knit and crochet designers will be discounting between 5 - 20 of their patterns for this event.

Both of us, Lena and Yuliya, are also offering 25% off select patterns this week. Simply enter "giftalong2016" as the coupon code to get money off the eligible patterns.

Find 38 patterns included in this sale from both of us in our bundles:
Lena’s bundle
Yuliya’s bundle

Happy gifting!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mental Vacation: Zzz Top

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravlery)

This summer my inner introvert went through some tough times and to feel fresh again all I could do was to jump into the sea, lie on my back and mindlessly look at the sky. This relaxed me and made me feel fresh and calm.

Imagine this. The hot summer air makes everything look shaded and soft. The sky is grey, the water is teal. Nothing like crystal spring colors, or bright saturated autumnal colors. Your body weighs nothing, your ears are covered with water, you can barely hear anything. These were the best moments of my summer!

With these memories in mind, I created the Zzz Top, a new design within my Mental Vacation collection:

This pattern is written for three sizes (S, M and L) and has lots of possibilities for custom sizing. It also is a perfect “be your own designer” pattern, because of all the possible modifications which can be done easily and without any complicated calculations.

  • the construction (a top-down raglan) allows making this top as wide and long as you wish on-the-go (simply put it on and stop once you are happy with the length).
  • working from the top down also makes choosing yarn easier: pick the yarn you prefer to work with and work to desired top dimensions. Only you decide whether you want it to be a light-weighted top or a cozy thick sweater.
  • create a unique look by choosing your favorite colors and use them for one, two, or more rows (an empty grid for sketching is provided, as well as a couple of coloring examples).

Happy crocheting!