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Lotus Bud Stitch: A new stitch, Spa Set pattern, and video tutorial

I've been holding on for a little while to tell you about this new pattern release because I asked my lovely friend Tasha, over at Startdust Gold Crochet, if she would feel like making a video tutorial for my newly invented crochet stitch. My what?! Yes yes, I believe I invented a crochet stitch! 💝

How often does one get the chance to invent a stitch? For me, probably once in a lifetime. Here she is: the Lotus Bud Stitch (Lbs), so named because its texture is reminiscent of a lotus bud.

The stitch is really simple, check out Tasha's blog about it here and her video tutorial on YouTube as well. And while you're there, Tasha is releasing stitch tutorials every week, maybe you'd like to sign up for her channel?



So after inventing the stitch, I wondered how I could show what this stitch has to offer. Depending on how you use it, you can make a wide variety of textures and I wanted to show you the different effects of working in the round or in rows. The Lotus Bud Spa Set
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Samurtasuna

March already! The sun has surprised us early this year and here on the homestead, that means getting out, seeding the veggies, turning the ground, building a poly tunnel and taking care of the terrain. Lots and lots to do in the coming months but that doesn't keep me from crocheting! I am full of colourful inspiration and you will hear a bit more from me this month because there are some exciting things going on here.

This time, I worked something new: a rectangular wrap, which you can customize to either a shawl, an infinity scarf or a ruana, as you like. And on top of writing up the pattern, I charted the stitch pattern for the very first time! Many hours went into getting to know the crochetchart software but it was all worth it. Because really, once you have your project started, repeating rows becomes so much easier when glancing at a chart than reading lines and lines of abbreviations, don't you think?

If you are not familiar with crochet charts... this is your chance t…

Bubbly Cushion

The year has started really well for me with lots of new designs on my hooks and lots of new techniques I'm exploring. Now all I have to do is write up all those patterns! ;-)

I also received a request from Lammy Yarns to work with their new Highland 12 yarn. I have to admit, this was a challenge. I'm not used to working with yarn that bulky. But when they send me their colour range, I was absolutely in love with it. Plus the yarn is ultra soft to the touch.

Now what to make... I tried a cowl... too bulky, no drape. A blanket then? Too heavy (100 grams on 40 meters, you can imagine...). How about a carpet? Too boring. Haha! I've been frogging a lot before creating something I liked.

But finally, Bubbly cushion bubbled up. And I knew this had to be it. Bubbly cushion is inspired by the retro colour hues of the 60s and 70s combined with this modern feel of super soft and super bulky yarn. Easy to use and fast to work up!

The pattern is quite versatile, you can easily us…

Crochet and Colours a little introduction (CAL 2019)

We are about to start with the CAL for the Collar Cowl Capelet! I am really excited, looking forward to all the beautiful makes 💕.

Many of you have the pattern now and might be wondering about the colours to choose. Working with colours is one of the things I love best in designing crochet. I used to wear mostly black and dark blue, but since I design, my bold side has come out and now, I try to wear splashes of colour. This particular pattern is one of my most colourful ones and every time I wear the cowl, I feel a little shy ;-).

So let me tell you a bit about basic colour theory. A colour wheel, based on primary colours, is traditional in the field of art. Sir Isaac Newton developed the first circular diagram of colours in 1666. This is what a basic colour wheel can look like:


Primary Colours: Red, yellow and blue It all starts with primary colours: the 3 pigment colours that cannot be mixed or formed by any combination of other colours. All other colours are derived from these 3…

El Capuchon

Hello lovely people! Here is my very last release of the year and my first release, especially designed for men. Well... to be completely honest with you... especially designed for The Man in my life 💗! Isn't he looking stunning?! 😍

I am going to keep it short today because so far, the holidays have been tough on us. We are both floored with a heavey flu since over a week and there are so many things piling up which I'd like to do before this year ends... I feel a little rushed, need to keep going!

A ‘capuchon’ is the French, Spanish and Dutch name for a hood. As I said, this particular one was designed for ‘him’, but don’t let that keep you from making one for her as well 😉. The hooded cowl pattern is worked in one piece, from the bottom of the neck upwards, up until the chin and then downwards again on the inside of the cowl, to finally create the hood upwards. Slightly rounded shaping is added, making sure the hood is not ‘just’ an enormous rectangle falling off th…

Skylining Poncho

Last winter, my design adventure started with a poncho pattern. This year, I decided to make another. While this poncho is completely different in design and construction from my Secret Paths and Hidden Daisies poncho, it has that same warm and snug feeling when wearing it. I really think ponchos are my most preferred winter wear. Easy to throw on when there is a chill in the air, and just as easy to take off again when the chimney starts working overtime!

With every design I made this year, I tried new techniques. I have learned a lot because of that, and I love to keep on working in different ways to be able to offer something new and interesting with every pattern. This poncho pattern is worked sideways, which makes it incredibly easy to adjust in length as well as circumference. You can make this poncho in such a way to fit your body precisely.The pattern gives you options for sizes XS to 5X. But don’t let that keep you from working out your own size. See pattern notes and sch…

Hiedra Triangle Wrap

It is October, my most preferred month of the year. Here where I live, October means, chestnuts, walnuts, edible mushrooms, the smell of leaves decaying in the forest and colours. Many many colours!

I had to make something inspired by what we see all around us and so here it is: the Hiedra Triangle Wrap. Hiedra is Spanish for Ivy, the last flowering plant to nourish our bees. Although Ivy is not always changing colours, it does belong to autumn. In our forest, Ivy is now happily covering up the ground, making our search for mushrooms rather a challenge! ;-)

The wrap is worked as a mesh with added surface crocheting to obtain the woven colour effects. It is a very simple technique to obtain interesting colour results and is explained in the special stitches section as well as with a photo tutorial at the end of the pattern.

How long you make this wrap is up to you. I used this pattern as a stash buster of leftover yarns, starting off with gradients of yellows, via beige and brown t…