Zohara top Crochet Pattern

The Zohara top is a fabulous spring top made with super fine Egyptian cotton.

This jumper is ideal to wear on cold spring days!

Crochet top

This crochet top feels great to wear. It gives you just that extra bit of warmth. It’s a super comfy top and has little ease. Usually I wear size M/L but because I like a loose fit, I made an XL version.

The pattern is written for 7 different sizes from XS to XXXL to fit bust cm 71-76, 81-88, 91-98, 102-107, 112-117, 122-127, 131-137

You’ll start with making a front- and back panel from the bottom up. First you’ll make the ribbing and when you’ve finished making the panels, you sew them together.

Then you’ll make two sleeves. They’re worked in rows again from the bottom up, starting with the cuff. You sew them together over the length of the sleeve. After finishing them you’ll attach them to the body.

The pattern is suitable for the adventurous beginner. I’ve made a photo tutorial to make it easier. One tip: watch your gauge! Some crocheters tend to crochet looser after a while.

Hobbii Baby Cotton Organic

The cotton I used is a 100% clean, delightful cotton of outstanding quality. It is spun from the finest Egyptian cotton fibers and it is environmentally friendly produced just for Hobbii.

Egyptian cotton is the most exclusive cotton there is. It is loved for being strong, soft, and incredibly durable.

I’ve chosen to work with a non dyed yarn. Baby Cotton 15 is completely untreated, natural, and undyed. Please be aware that the nuances can vary more than usual from batch to batch.

Baby Cotton is GOTS certified (Nr. ICEA-TX-273) which is your guarantee that the fiber has been manufactured with respect for the environment – completely without the use of chemical pesticides and artificial fertilizers etc.

The work of my testers:

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Jannik Baby Blanket – Crochet Pattern

The Jannik baby blanket is a lovely patchwork crochet blanket with a beautiful border that will keep your baby warm in winter and cool in summer.

It’s a fun and fairly quick project and it makes a great gift!

Staying warm and cool with a woolen blanket

For the blanket I used Hobbii Highland Wool which is a classic, lovely wool yarn spun from 100% very high quality wool. It’s lightweight which means that it’s also perfect in summer. Why? Because wool is temperature regulating!

This comes from the natural rippled structure of the fibers. In cold weather the natural crimp in wool fibers creates tiny pockets of trapped warm air that act as insulators, holding in heat next to the body.
This same process has a cooling effect in warm weather, as wool releases moisture it absorbs heat from the wearer and the tiny pockets of air, created by the crimp in the fiber, trap cool air and insulate the wearer from warmer outside temperatures.

Nature never ceases to amaze me!

Stranded Colourwork Technique

You’ll use the Stranded Colourwork technique to make seven strips of five squares each. This technique, which involves leaving the old colour hanging at the back of your work when changing to a new colour, minimizes the ends you need to weave in, making the process smoother and easier.

Herringbone hdc Border

For the border I used a technique that I saw over on ‘It’s all in a nutshell’’s account. In short, it creates a straight edge on a rough edge. After that you’ll make a few rounds of Herringbone hdc stitches. The Herringbone hdc is a variation of the regular hdc stitch (my favourite stitch ever!), which creates offset V’s that resemble… a herringbone. At first you might struggle with pulling the first loop through the second loop, but after a while the stitches will fly off your hook! Then you’ll make a round of beautiful treble crochet stitches and to top it off, you’ll end with a round of twisted single crochet stitches.

Hobbii Highland wool

The Hobbii Higland wool yarn, used in four different warm shades, lends an autumnal touch to the blanket, but with 31 different colours available, the customization options are endless.
It is a soft and light wool yarn spun from 100% very high quality wool from the Peruvian highlands (one of the most remote parts of the world).
A special cross between Merino and Corridale sheep thrive tremendously in the tough landscape – and the special climate and thin air makes it possible to produce a wonderful and unique type of wool. The wool is durable enough to last for many years, even with frequent use.

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Lucy Scarf – A Must-Have Crochet Accessory

This beautiful crochet scarf is by far the smallest I’ve designed so far. Or should I say, it could be the smallest? Because this crochet scarf can be as BIG and as small as you like. Just follow the instructions in the pattern.

Moss stitch

As we were entering Spring I felt I needed a smaller crochet scarf. Not too warm, but still a hip accessory and something to complement my outfit.

I already started a moss stitch scarf design twice, but they got too wide to my liking so I knew I had to revisit those in- and decreases. And so I did. I figured out a unique way to make the increases so that the scarf would stay rather narrow. This narrower design is perfect for a smaller scarf.

The scarf is worked tip to tip in rows in an asymmetrical way (The way I like it). The first part you’ll increase and the second part you’ll decrease. After you’ve finished the rows, you’ll crochet twice around the piece.

The pattern is suitable for the advanced beginners and intermediate crocheters. The most important stitches are the single crochet and chain. I’ve made a photo tutorial to make it even easier. Mind you, the moss stitch, in all its simplicity, can be rather tricky. Pay attention to where you make your stitches and use stitch marker

Fluffy yarn

I’ve made two scarves using Drops Sky, which is a Dk yarn, in Curry and Light beige and one using Hobbii Fluffy Day, a worsted weight yarn, in Rust. I think the fluffiness of both yarns really adds to the design. I used a 4.5 mm hook for all versions.

Measurements finished scarf:
Curry: approximately 100 x 21 cm
Light beige approximately 110 x 24 cm
Rust: approximately 106 x 25.5 cm

At the moment I’m making one using Borgo de pazzi Giza. This is a 100% cotton yarn and it also has a wonderful fluffiness. This is going to be the XXL version!

The Palomine Poncho, Crochet for Comfort

The Palomine Poncho is a colourful crochet poncho that works up quicker than expected! (The secret ingredient for that is the hdc!)

Crochet poncho

The energy crisis was my inspiration for this crochet poncho.

As many people, we decided to turn the heating lower. In our case lower meant going from 18.5 to 17.5 degrees.

Brrr! Yes, I know! My ten year old daughter who is very active, is never cold, but as a crocheter I spend many hours on the couch, barely moving. I needed an extra layer! As wearing two jumpers is not very comfortable, I put a blanket around my shoulders for extra warmth, but that wasn’t comfortable at ALL! I could barely move my arms and I basically felt very restricted. Getting up from the couch I’d lose all the warmth because I had to leave the blanket behind.

The Palomine Poncho is like a small blanket but it has the necessary openings for you to not feel stifled. You can wear it whilst crocheting and stay mobile at the same time. Basically, she is a true pal!

You’ll start the Palomine Poncho from the bottom which makes it very easy to add extra rows to your poncho if you’d like it to be longer.

The pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner. The most important stitches are the double crochet, half double crochet and single crochet. I’ve made a photo tutorial to make it even easier. You will have some ends to weave in.

Half double crochet stitch

As mentioned before this crochet poncho consists for a big part of half double crochet stitches! It’s my favourite crochet stitch because it’s so smooth, easy and fast!

On the other rows you’ll make double crochet stitches in the back loop to create that awesome texture.

I chose to change colour every two rows, but you can easily change the look of the poncho by playing with colours. What about making a unicoloured one? I included my colour scheme in the pattern!

Colorful Creativity with Hobbii Amigo Yarn

Hobbii Amigo Yarn

Yarn selection: Hobbii Amigo

Hobbii’s No Shades Of Grey challenge came along when I had the idea to design a poncho. I turned out to be a match made in heaven! I chose to work with Hobbii Amigo in a variety of colours.

Amigo is a DK weight acrylic yarn that’s soft as a feather. It has a wonderful, airy volume. It is produced from 100% HB acrylic of a very high quality and comes in a big selection of colors.

By the way, HB stands for High-bulk. It is a production technique that uses steam and pressure to make the fibers contract a little and curl so that they become fuller. The result is a light and soft yarn that is both comfortable to work with and to wear on the body.

The Mighty Tote Bag

The Mighty Tote Bag is a crochet bag full of texture and it’s super sturdy. This bag is an easy carryall and it can do some heavy lifting.

Crochet bag

I designed a crochet bag that’s sustainable (I mean, who wants to be seen carrying a plastic bag these days?) and at the same time it’s looking supercool. Those front post stitches simply look incredible, don’t they? The bag is perfect for school, work and of course for shopping.

The pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner. The most important stitches are the single crochet, half double crochet and Front post treble crochet. That last stitch is responsible for creating the amazing texture this bag has.

You’ll start the bag making the bottom that I designed especially for this bag. It’s a mandala like pattern and I love it. You’ll definitely enjoy working on it!

Yarn selection: Scheepjes Amigo and Eco Barbante

The first version of the Mighty Tote bag I made with Scheepjes Mighty (hence the name). This is a very strong but soft yarn. It’s available in 11 natural hues.

Alternatively I’d recommend to make the bag with Hoooked Eco Barbante. I made two Mighty Tote bags with it! I love this yarn because it’s 100% recycled and it’s produced in a sustainable way. It’s of high quality, very sturdy but soft and it doesn’t stretch. It’s a lot heavier than the Mighty yarn though! Although I love natural colours I also their other colours. By the way, I also designed a handbag, The Sun and Moon bag, using this yarn. Together they make a great couple!

As a last resort you could use any aran cotton yarn as both my testers did. Just make sure it’s 100% cotton as that doesn’t stretch.

Billy Balaclava, Crochet to stay Warm

The Billy Balaclava is a super hip and trendy crochet accessory and not only that, it works up in NO time! Which is a good thing because spring is around the corner! (But planning my crochet projects is not my forte. Apparently. Haha.)

Crochet balaclava

This crochet balaclava has everything I want from a balaclava. It’s not only fashionable, it’s also practical. In my opinion a balaclava shouldn’t be to loose. I mean, it should keep us warm after all!

Another thing that’s really important to me, is that a balaclava should protect my forehead. Here in Amsterdam we use our bicycles all year through and when the rain’s drizzling down and there’s a strong wind, oh my, my forehead can literally hurt from the cold! Oh, an my ears! They need to be covered too!

You’ll start the Billy Balaclava from the top, increasing every round to create a hat of sorts. Then you’ll make the visor and lower part of the balaclava. The balaclava mostly consists of granny stitches!

The pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner. The most important stitches are the double crochet, half double crochet and single crochet. I’ve made a photo tutorial to make it even easier. You will have some ends to weave in, but maybe this is the opportunity you were waiting for to use up your scraps!

Granny stitch

As mentioned before this crochet balaclava mostly consists of granny stitches! The Granny stitch is a classic but it’s so fashionable these days! The Leah cowl turned out to be my bestseller ever and I think I’ve got the granny stitch to thank for that. Of course this inspired me to design the Billy Balaclava!

I chose to change colour every round and row, but you can easily change the look of the balaclava by playing with colours. What about making a unicoloured one as my tester Sarah did? I included my colour scheme in the pattern!

Yarn selection: Hobbii Amigo

Amigo is an acrylic yarn that’s soft as a feather. It has a wonderful, airy volume. It is produced from 100% HB acrylic of a very high quality and comes in a big selection of colors.

By the way, HB stands for High-bulk. It is a production technique that uses steam and pressure to make the fibers contract a little and curl so that they become fuller. The result is a light and soft yarn that is both comfortable to work with and to wear on the body.

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