Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

We had a great crochet year and enjoyed your lovely company. We hope the new year will be just as good or even better! Happy 2015 to you and yours!

MsWeaver's Christmas Granny Placemat

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Temperature CAL: Stage 1 (Choosing the Project)

Come and join our fun new Crochet-A-Long in the Cup of Stitches group on Ravelry!

Temperature CAL means that each day you crochet one row of your chosen project in a color which is assigned to that day's temperature. Depending on temperature fluctuations in your area, you can choose smaller or larger ranges and pick a colour for each range.

Another option (great for those who love shades of blue!) is to use the yarn which matches the color of the sky each day.

At the end of the year (or your project, because you can stop whenever you reach your desired size) you will get a masterpiece created by both you and nature.

The following is a list of eligible patterns from the Cup of Stitches partnership:

1. Happy Day Bracelets (easy Slip-Stitching)
2. Color Therapy (easy Tunisian crochet)
3. Tunisian Shell Blanket (Tunisian crochet, but regular hook!)
4. Purple Gold Scarf (fairly easy Tunisian crochet) 
5. Jazzy Patchwork Blanket (more advanced Tunisian crochet)
6. Sea Wave Afghan (regular crochet, free pattern)


If you don't have these patterns yet, you can buy them from Lena's or Yuliya's stores (as applicable) and get 25% off the price with temperatureCAL coupon code (valid through December 16, 2014 - January 6, 2015).

The CAL will officially start on 1 January, 2015, for those who want to have a whole year's temperature representation in their project. Depending on the pattern you choose, you can also go month by month (with smaller projects), or season by season, or any other meaningful to you period of time.

In the meantime, join our friendly company, share your ideas, plans, yarn and color choices with us! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Publication: ZigZag Blues Cowl

by Yuliya Tkacheva
MsWeaver

It is probably no secret to some of you that I am not a monogamous crocheter. I can't stick to the same crochet technique for too long and I am rather promiscuous when it comes to crochet methods. Well, let me introduce you to my new passion: post-stitch crochet!


I doubt it really is considered a separate crochet technique as such, but I do think it should be, since the fabric crocheted working around stitch posts, rather than in their tops, looks and feels completely different to regular crochet and has a different structure. It has this unique woven look and, if you work in the round with the right side always facing, it is also perfectly balanced and symmetrical. No diagonal biasing or alternate “wrong side" rows!

After working a few rounds you feel like crocheting around the posts is the only natural way to crochet. Why would anyone even consider such nonsense as crocheting in the tops of the stitches?! (Only joking!) Having said that, you do need to be careful with your yarn choice, since the resultant fabric can be very bulky when crocheted with thicker yarn. 

The cowl pictured is my new design, ZigZag Blues, which uses this method. Alternating front post stitches with back post stitches creates a wonderfully subtle, yet gorgeous texture.

The pattern is both written out and charted. You can easily adjust the size to your liking by changing the number of horizontal and vertical repeats.



And if you are a Cup of Stitches Ravelry group member, there is a special offer (valid until 11 December, 2014) exclusively for you in the announcement thread!






Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Let's Play Favourites with Betty Fay Wallace

Our guest today is Betty Fay Wallace (Duffay on Ravelry, CielosCloset shop on Etsy). We adore her lovely baby patterns, share her love for bi-craftual designs, and admire her morning design routine!


Let's Play Favourites!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Let's Play Favourities! with Melinda Miller

Our next guest is Melinda Miller (MelindaMiller on Ravelry, MoCrochet). We love her cozy afghan square designs and lovely dishcloths!

Find Melinda on Facebook or in her group on Ravelry.


1. Which of your designs is your most favourite?

I really love them all, but if I had to choose I guess it would be Katharine's Rose. Most of my designs are themed, and this was one of my early ones. I was inspired by a photo of my granddaughter Katharine, who was wearing a rose behind her ear. The rose came from a 100+ year old rose bush growing in my family cemetery. The rose bush was planted in 1905 by my great-grandmother beside the grave of her infant daughter (my grandmother's sister). I had always loved this rose bush as I was growing up and thought it was such a beautiful gesture of love from a grieving family that has endured through the years. When I saw Katharine, who was about a year old at the time, wearing that rose, it just made the feeling more special. How can one deny inspiration such as that? Photos of the rose bush and Katharine wearing the rose can be seen on the Ravelry pattern page for Katharine's Rose.

Katharine's Rose 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Let's Play Favourities with Maya Kuzman

There is one thing we both, Yuliya and I, dislike doing: taking the photos of our designs! Honestly, it's the hardest part of the entire self-publishing process for me. So we were very excited to find a designer who loves photographing her work! And she does it beautifully!

Our guest today is Maya Kuzman (sewella on Ravelry), a designer with a wide portfolio of  crocheted jewelry: necklaces, cuffs, bracelets, earrings, which are vintage, flower-ish and colourful, just the way we (girls) like it!


Let's Play Favourities!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New Publication: Merezhka Top

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)



I have just released my November design, a crocheted top called Merezhka. It takes its name from a Ukrainian traditional embroidery stitch (hem-stitch). This stitch is worked by pulling out strands of thread, which are used to create lacy lines in the fabric (merezhki). Here is what merezhki look like:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Let's Play Favourites! with Lily Go

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

Lily Go (lprajogo on Ravelry, site) is another wonderful crochet designer participating in this year's Indie GAL on Ravelry. If you like crochet shawls, you definitely know her exquisite and unique designs. One of them, Gathering Leaves, was my first love on Ravelry. I am very happy that Lily is sharing her favourities with us today.


Let's play favourites!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Let's Play Favourites! with Justyna Kacprzak

What we love about GAL most of all is meeting new fabulous designers! 

Our guest today is Justyna Kacprzak (Just-in on Ravelry, website: cuteandkaboodle.com), a mom of two boys and a crochet designer. Justyna has a wide portfolio of patterns of lovely and funny creatures and anyone can find a toy to fall in love with!


Let's play favourites!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Let's Play Favourites! with Darleen Hopkins

Our guest today is Darleen Hopkins (DarleenHopkins on Ravelry, http://crochetbydarleenhopkins.com), a crochet designer from the United States.

You may have seen some of Darleen's designs in Crochet Today!, Crochetvolution, Tangled, Crochet 1-2-3 and ILikeCrochet magazines and can recognise her signature fun hats and beautiful blankets.
  



Let's play favourites!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's Play Favourites! with Rachel Henry

This Indie Gift-A-Long season we are having a series of interviews with some fabulous independent crochet and knitting designers participating in this Ravelry event.

Our first guest is Rachel Henry (remcat on Ravely) of Remily Knits: Thoughtful Patterns for Avid Knitters (remilyknits.com), who has kindly agreed to chat with us about her designing and knitting favourites. Thank you, Rachel!


Let's play favourites!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Projects: Lazy Halyna

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

This design by Yuliya (MsWeaver) is not a piece of cake to crochet, but all my efforts have been rewarded. Here is my luxury and feminine Lazy Halyna:




Links:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gift-A-Long 2014

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 13 - November 21, 2014 almost 300 of indie knit and crochet designers will be discounting between 4 - 20 of their patterns for this event. The final number of participating patterns in the discount period is 3,822!

Both of us, Lena and Yuliya, are also offering 25% off select patterns this week. Simply enter "giftalong2014" as the coupon code to get money off the eligible patterns.

We have put together our handy “Cup of Stitches” bundle with 35 patterns included in this sale from both of us. Or you can have a look at our personal bundles instead:
Lena’s bundle
Yuliya’s bundle

We have also created a Pinterest board dedicated to the participating crochet designs and started a special GAL topic in our Cup of Stitches group, where you can share your GAL plans and projects created from our patterns, ask questions and get help. See you there! Happy gifting!

Interested what we've picked for ourselves?
See Lena's Pinterest board: My wishlist of GAL patterns
See Yuliya's Pinterest board: Indie GAL Wishlist





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Projects: Pink Cookies

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

I love "tasty" crochet when everything about it (the color, the photos, and the name) remind me of something yummy! If you share this love with me, enjoy these photos of Yuliya's Pink Cookies




Links:

Friday, November 7, 2014

New Tunisian Crochet Publication: Listopad Stole

by Yuliya Tkacheva (MsWeaver)

Do you remember my Purple Gold Scarf, crocheted in a simple Tunisian chevron lace stitch? 
Take that stitch pattern, get rid of the stripes, stagger the eyelets and you arrive at nothing less than a Tunisian version of the well-known knitting leaf stitch!

This is the stitch pattern I used to create my new design Listopad, a Tunisian crochet lace stole.


Instead of the customary approach of using a lacy stitch pattern to border a plain body, I decided to do just the opposite: the leaf stitch pattern forms the main body of the stole and sections of the plain lacy chevron edge it on both sides. It is worked as one piece from one end to the other with no joining in the middle. Since it is worked in one direction, the two ends are not exactly the same, but similar enough to match and look symmetric. 


You can get 25% off the price of this pattern with LISTOPAD25 coupon code. This offer is valid until 12 November, 2014.

Links:

Purple Gold Scarf
Listopad Stole


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Crochet Mode: Halyna Cardigan

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

Do you wear your crochet tops with canvas shoes or sneakers? Try pairing them in your outfits and you will be surprised how great they look together. You can create many different outfits with the perfect balance of sporty and chic:


Light Floral: Crochet and Keds
Banana Girl



Fast Cherry

Fast Cherry by ravliki  featuring Halyna Cardigan


Links:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Christmas Quilt CAL

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

It is almost November and for those who celebrate Christmas it is a good time to start getting into the Christmas mood! To brighten this holiday I have designed and published a colorful and fun-to-make blanket, Christmas Granny Quilt.

Would you like to make one for yourself or for someone very special? Then join us for our Christmas 2014 CAL and get a full cup of Christmas stitches!

All items made using the layouts given (the color choice is up to you) are eligible for this CAL. All blankets finished until December 31, 2014 will win a coupon for a free pattern from either Lena’s or Yuliya’s stores and all smaller items will receive a single use 50% off coupon code.
Christmas Granny Quilt will be on sale for 25% off until November 9th. Use QUILT25 coupon code at the checkout on Ravelry to receive this discount.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Around the World in 80 Skeins: Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

Join us at "Around the World in 80 Skeins", a worldwide blog tour with Kimberly Golynskiy (aka 80skeins)!

She interviews designers from all over the globe and talks about how culture and environment inspires design. There have already been designers from Kuwait, Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, Malaysia, Mexico, Sri Lanka.

Come and meet Lena talking about Montenegro and Ukraine.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cozy Cookies and Pond Ripples Collection

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

Yesterday I released the final design of my Pond Ripple Collection, Cookies cardigan. The simple beauty of the pattern of circles (which are, in fact, hexagonal motifs) and the illusion of needlepoint embroidery, (which I am so fond of) got me hooked for more than a whole year and made me finish 5 projects based on the same motif.

The first design, Pond Ripples, is a sweater, which can also be a sleeveless top if you prefer it that way. This was the first time I had added a pentagonal motif to the construction of the shoulders, which made this sweater fit like a second skin. This pattern also suggests a few possible modifications with extra layouts for a sleeveless version, a bolero and several neckline options.

Pond Ripples

The second design was Cookies, but I took some time to release it and instead, having itchy hands, started another ripple project, Ink Ripples wrap. This pattern includes four layout diagrams for a scarf, a stole, a shawlette and a shawl.

Ink Ripples

And, finally, Cookies is now live! This cozy cardigan is based on the classic raglan construction, while strategically placed pentagonal motifs are used to create smooth, flowing lines on the fronts, to achieve a straight neckline, and to taper the bottom of the sleeves while still maintaining the continuity of the circular pattern.

Cookies

All three designs are combined into an ebook or can be purchased individually. Happy crocheting!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tips on Crochet Slip-Stitching

by Yuliya Tkacheva (MsWeaver)

Slip-stitching is one of my most favourite techniques, which I have used in a number of designs. Testing these patterns in our Ravelry group, I have realised that there are a number of recurring issues, which crocheters seem to encounter when they start out with this technique. I thought that grouping them in one blog post could be a helpful resource for those trying my patterns featuring this technique for the first time. So here we go!

Issue No1: Tightening of Fabric


This seems to be the most common concern with this technique. I believe the key here is to think of a slip stitch as a valid crochet stitch, just like a single crochet, or a double crochet or any other crochet stitch, rather than something you use when tightly joining crochet rounds. So if your fabric does not shrink horizontally when you work a row of single crochet or double crochet, there is no reason why it should with slip stitches. There should be a nice even row of ”V’s” on top, just like there is in a row of single crochet or double crochet, except that the row will be shorter in height, since slip stitches effectively have no “legs”.


To think of it, I have created my La Mar stitch pattern based on the difference in height of various crochet stitches, with slip stitch being the shortest. The longer legs of taller stitches create a beautiful wave in the fabric and each two rows of ”V’s” stacked on top of each other form those textured knit-like “ribs” or “ridges”:




So, when you work the base chain and then the first row of slip stitches on top, if it seems tighter than your base chain, you might be working too tightly. Try again, but this time work your slip stitches as if you were still chaining. It is, in fact, the same row of chains, except that you are joining it to something below. So don’t think about the extra loop on the hook and pretend you are chaining. If your base chains are loose and uniform, there is no reason why your first row of slip stitches should not be.

Issue No2: Not Working Efficiently


I also noticed in a few videos available online that some crocheters tend to stop after they pull through the loop of the row below. So they insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch, stop and only then they pull the same loop though the loop on the hook. This looks a lot less efficient and might cause the extra tightening. It is much quicker when you pull through both the stitch below and the loop on the hook in one single motion, just as you would when closing any other stitch. 


Some people compare slip stitching to “crocheting air”. I think what they mean is that it is exactly the same scooping motion you make when crocheting
 the last “YO, pull though two” of any stitch and get that nice and neat “V” on top.

Issue No3: Not Working in Correct Loop 

Depending on which loop you work into and which way you insert your hook when slip-stitching, you can get different-looking results with this technique. In my patterns I have only used one single way of slip-stitching so far: working in the back loop. 

Since there are no legs to separate the top “V”, it might not be immediately clear which one is the back loop. When you work flat (back and forth rows, turning at the end of each row), the simple solution is to mark a few front loops while working the last stitches of the previous row, which, once you turn your work, will become the back loops.


Issue No4: Missing Stitches


Marking the first stitch in a flat row is also a good idea because it is so easy to miss it when you get to it in the next row and when it becomes your last stitch. If you continuously miss it for a few rows you will notice a gradual shrinking in width of your piece as it will become narrower and narrower. So make sure to keep a regular stitch count until you know exactly where that last loop is hiding and you don't miss any stitches.


Issue No5: Messy Edges

While some people do not make raising chains when working rows of slip stitches, I personally do and I also suggest doing that in my patterns. These raising chains, if worked loosely, can look a bit messy on the edges of the fabric. The obvious solution here is to simply tighten them up before working the first stitch of the next row. Also, always turn your piece in the same direction when going from one row to another for an even uniform edge.

Should you prefer not to make raising chains, make sure to mark the first stitch as per the tip above not to miss it.

What Resultant Fabric Should Look and Feel Like


The resultant fabric should not be tight, but plush and squishy. I have been slip-stitching for a while, so I can achieve nice, loose and uniform loops with a fairly small hook. If the hook I listed in my pattern doesn't give you this lush look and feel, go up a hook size or two. We all have different personal techniques, which is why you don’t always get the designer gauge with the same hook size even if you are using the exact same yarn. 


When worked flat in back loops, the fabric should also have plenty of stretch. And this is exactly what I took advantage of when creating my most recent La Mar Cowl:




It is based on the same La Mar stitch pattern featured above, which fuses regular crochet with rows of slip stitches to create a beautiful texture. I have previously used this stitch pattern in my La Mar Hat and have now bundled the two patterns into an ebook, for those who might be interested in both. Although the two patterns are very similar, unlike the hat pattern, which calls for sport- to DK-weight yarn, the cowl pattern suggests using DK- to worsted-weight yarn, so the suggested gauge is different.

If you are only interested in the cowl pattern, there is still an active introductory discount on the individual La Mar Cowl pattern, which is going to be valid until 14 October, 2014.

Happy slip-stitching!

Links:

Cup of Stitches Group on Ravelry
La Mar Cowl
La Mar Hat
La Mar Collection





Friday, October 10, 2014

Color Questions and New Pattern Release

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

There is one thing that always makes me rack my brain as soon as I put my designer hat on. The color! I always ask myself plenty of questions regarding the color, like:
  • How fresh is this color?
  • Is it trendy or not?
  • Is there too much of this color, perhaps?
For example, many people love shades of blue (me including), so sometimes I feel that I want to avoid it in my designs, simply because there are too many blue designs out there. I love finding fresh colors or unexpected color combos, and enjoy seeing projects in dirty muted colors, which still look wonderfully fresh.

I also always worry about how good the color is going to look in the photos. And whether or not there will be clothes in matching colors in my wardrobe for the final modeled photo-shoot. 

Finally, the most important question I ask myself is whether the color will fit the design and its future name. Sometimes the color tells its own powerful story and this is when I decide to change the design name. This is exactly what happened when I was designing my Ink Ripples.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

OPEN: Autumn Waltz CAL

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

My first project this autumn: Autumn Waltz Shawl by MsWeaver.
Yarn: Noro Sekku
Mood: apple green :)
Progress: just started

Join us in this CAL @ Cup of Stitches.




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pattern Release: Honey Weather scarf

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

These two projects are one year apart and I can now see how differently I felt about this design a year ago. :) This year I was thinking about sun glitter, warmth and sweet smells in the air - meet Honey Weather, a wider version of the blue scarf.

The beautiful bubbles in the stitch pattern are Lover's knots, combined with standard crochet stitches. Not a complicated stitch at all as you can see here: How to crochet Lover's knot.


Honey Weather album on Flickr



This scarf is very easy to crochet and, as such, is a perfect travel project. If you are experienced in crocheting Lover's knots, the wider version of this scarf will take you less than 10 hours (I spent 6 hours in total).

Even the finishing stage is exciting, as the edge and blocking work wonders with this design. The one-row edging gives it a perfect "wow-effect" finish, and the inner lines become wavy as soon as the longest sides of the scarf are blocked straight. Alternatively, you can straighten the inner lines and let the border remain wavy instead.



















Happy crocheting! Enjoy the lovely honey weather! :)

Honey Weather pattern on Ravelry

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sun Powder: A Thin Layer of Crochet

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

Can a crochet top be a staple piece in your summer wardrobe and fit many of your outfits? Yes, of course! I say "yes" to having this summer experience under my belt . :)

In my opinion, there are two factors which should be borne in mind for a win-win multi-pairing of a summer crochet garment:

1. Color. This should fit the rest of your summer wardrobe. White and black are always the champions, of course, but I personally prefer bold bright colors. And the bolder the better! 

2. Texture, which should be as soft as possible, without any overwhelming individuality. This allows you to combine your crochet piece with clothes of different styles, which don't make you look "boho" all the time.
These are the two things I kept in mind, while designing my Sun Powder top. It is bright in color and has a delicate stitch pattern, which makes it suitable for many outfits.

Here are a few ideas for wearing this top:


Sun Powder




Pannochka: Crochet and Keds




San Tropez


Links:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Crochet flower pattern

This is one of my favorite crochet flowers:


When I want to try out a new yarn (just for fun, because my hands get itchy), I usually make this flower and pin it on top of the ball. And all my cravings, yarnaholic and aesthetic, get completely satisfied. :)

 The instructions and the chart are attached:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Publication: Purple Gold Scarf


It’s been awhile since I last crocheted something simple and repetitive, something I could pluck at while semi-watching TV and answering my daughter’s increasingly deeper why-questions (such as, “Mummy, why are you not an astrophysiLcist?”).

So when I saw the purple and gold shades of Fyberspates Lace Scrumptious my designer-self screamed, “Combine!”, but my crocheter-self begged, “Please, keep it simple!” This is how the idea of a lacy Tunisian crochet chevron scarf, Purple Gold, was put together.

There are only a couple of stitches used in this design. Both of them can be found in my Tunisian stitch glossary and are referenced in the pattern for your convenience.

Once you get the initial row, you are pretty much all set and can simply enjoy the growth of the pretty lacy fabric. It is nice enough in a single colour and you might just as well keep it monochromatic (have a look at this gorgeousness by Amanda Ochocki!). But should your heart desire more entertainment, throw in some chevron stripes (more gorgeous projects here)! Stick to the colour sequence suggested in the pattern (it contains a few extra ideas to choose from) or create your own chevrons. And they don’t have to be two-colour! Neither do you have to have any particular plan in mind: simply add a new colour whenever you start feeling bored and see where it takes you.

The size of the scarf can be easily adjusted. Use cotton or any other “cooler” fibre to create a summer stole or go for “warmer” fibres if you want a cosy winter scarf. The design is unisex and suitable for any age.

Lastly, in case you have missed the newsletter, there is still one day left to use the discount code “CHEVRON25” to get a 25% off the price of the pattern (this introductory offer is valid until 30 June, 2014).

Happy chevrons,
Yuliya (Ms Weaver)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How to crochet: Lover's knot

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki)

Lover's knot is a very simple stitch. It consists of two stitches: a chain and a single crochet in the back ridge of this chain. 


Pic 1. Make a large chain (the size of this chain determines the size of the Lover's knot, so make 
sure it is at least the height of a double crochet stitch or taller)

Pic 2. Insert your hook under the back ridge of the chain. Yo, pull through (2 loops on the hook). 

Pic 3. Yo again, pull through 2 loops on the hook. Lover's knot completed.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Publication: Halyna Shawl

by Yuliya Tkacheva (Ms Weaver)

I love crochet motifs. Love the look, the geometry and the endless designing possibilities they bring. It is one of the things that make crochet so special and something that cannot be as easily and naturally created in other crafts.

However, I hardly ever crochet motif projects. And the reason for this is that I don’t enjoy weaving in ends. I can’t say I hate weaving them in, but on my personal fun scale they are somewhere between doing grocery shopping and filing paper bills. If I can procrastinate or delegate these jobs to someone, I will!

So when I had an idea of designing a motif shawl, I knew that the only way to make sure it saw the light of day, was either to find someone to weave in all those tails for me or to crochet it without "ending up with endless ends". Since tail-weaving addicts are pretty rare, it had to be option number two.

Fortunately, I did not need to invent any new technique as the tail-free motif method has now been around for quite a while. You might know it as "Japanese continuous crochet" from a stitch dictionary by Nihon Vogue Sha or as “seamless crochet” from Kristin Omdahl’s book. The idea is pretty simple: you work a partial motif with an incomplete last round and then make a long chain to reach the centre of the next motif on the right and “build” this new motif around this chain. You don’t complete the last round of this motif either, but make another long chain to start the next motif on the right and so on. Once you have the number of motifs you need for that row, you complete the tops of the motifs one by one, working in the opposite direction from right to left. You reach the first motif, make a long chain and start building the next row on top in the same way, all the while joining adjacent motifs are you go. Sounds long and gibberish, but it is truly ingenious!

So this is the method I used when creating Halyna Shawl. The shawl layout suggested in the pattern will only leave you a couple of ends to weave in: the starting tail and the ending tail. Depending on how you join new skeins, there might be a couple more ends from all additional skeins, but I used this method, which worked for my yarn, so I did not even have those!

You might want to ask me, whether or not someone completely new to this technique can work this pattern. I made every effort to make sure it is possible to crochet the shawl without any prior knowledge of this method. The pattern comes with charts, written out instructions and additional visual support. However, bearing in mind the complexity of the motif itself and the thinness of the yarn used, as well as the limitations of a single pattern (as opposed to a full-blown resource book) you do need to be prepared that this will not be a quick and easy project. But once you get the hang of it, it is easy sailing, and you would be qualified to tackle any other continuous motif project.

As wonderful as it sounds, the method does have a few downsides which I should warn you about. Well, everything comes with a price after all! The biggest one is that if you make a mistake somewhere and only see it after you have crocheted a whole row on top of it, it is hard to fix it without having to rip your work all the way back to where the error is (ask me how I know!). So you do need to be extra vigilant when using this method. (I am yet to try cutting out a continuous motif and removing/replacing it, but, perhaps, not in a Malabrigo Silkpaca shawl!)

Another downside is that after a few continuous rows of motifs it becomes harder to manipulate all this amount of fabric as it starts twisting around the beginning chain of every new motif in a completely unruly fashion.

The obvious solution to this is to instead break the layout into smaller “blocks” or “modules” and crochet them separately, joining them together in the last “pass” (thank you, Lena, for pointing it out!). There will be a few extra ends to weave in, but nothing in comparison to the regular “motif-by-motif” approach. Feel free to do just that!

If you are interested in purchasing this pattern, use coupon code HALYNA25, valid till May 31, 2014, to get 25% off the price.

Happy crocheting!