Thursday, 5 October 2017

Happy 4th Birthday, Crochet Between Worlds!

Hey everyone!

Happy birthday to us! Today is Crochet Between World's 4th Birthday, and we have come such a long way since our first introductory posts in October 2013. 



On the numbers, in the last 4 years we have achieved ...


271 Published Posts 
2505 Comments
2069 Facebook Likes
8752 Instagram Followers 
23 Free Patterns
7 Paid Patterns
7 Tutorials
3 Pattern Translations

... not too bad for two busy girls on opposite sides of the world! This year is also a bit special for us, as it is 15 years since we met for the first time!


Michelle & Anne in 2002
Anne & Michelle in 2017


There have also been some really exciting moments in the last year:


- We finally got to see each other again in February when Anne and Alex visited Australia! It was amazing to sit and crochet together, play with colour swatches and catch up on allll the talking that is hard to do over messenger, email or skype

- Being chosen to join the Stylecraft Blogstars team! This group of bloggers is so inspiring and we are still pinching ourselves a bit to be included!

- Selling 500 copies of one pattern, the Bargello Wave Baby Blanket! 


So, to thank you all for your support, comments, pattern purchases, projects, and general cheering, we have TWO gifts for you:

1. A SALE on all our paid patterns! Get 30% off to celebrate our 30 collective years of knowing each other on any pattern in our Ravelry Store with the code BIRTHDAY https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/michelle-westlunds-ravelry-store 



2. A GIVEAWAY! The Winner will receive a Cross your Heart Teddy in Stylecraft Batik plus another ball of Batik to make your own! These little dudes are totally adorable and huggable, and just beg to be carried around by little ones. 

You can enter in lots of different ways, so maximise your chances!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
The give-away and the pattern sale end on the 12 October 2017, 11:59pm German time. 
 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

PATTERN: Bargello Wave Baby Blanket!

Hey everyone! 

My brand shiny new Bargello Wave Baby Blanket pattern has been published!!


You can find it, buy it, queue it and favourite it here on Ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bargello-wave-baby-blanket

There is a discount coupon running until Monday night, you can find it by checking out Crochet Between Worlds on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/crochetbetweenworlds/) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/crochetbetweenworlds/) ;) 

But for now I'm just going to post heaps of photos, because I am so in love with this design and the pretty colours <3 <3 <3





Friday, 1 September 2017

Bye, bye, August!

Hi there!

Where has August gone? 


I feel like it just began and now it is over already. And with it the summer. When I leave for work, it's dark and the air smells like autumn. Don't get me wrong, I like autumn but I miss the long summer days with an early sunrise and a late sunset. It is funny that I seem to forget about the late sunrises every year and am surprised when they happen again. That said... Each spring I am delighted to notice the sun rising earlier and earlier every day, as I forgot during the winter time that I could leave the house in the morning in daylight. So I guess, I will get used to the dark mornings again too. Doesn't mean, I won't miss them of course. 



Work was really busy for the first two August weeks but it got a bit quieter afterwards which was really good. I was terribly exhausted after several weeks of working on a rather big project which is now over (well, mostly). I finally found the time to pick up my crochet hook for more then just a late evening a week afterwards and man, that felt great!



My dad's 62nd birthday would have been on the 17th. We drove up to Northern Germany to his grave and I can't even put in words how much I miss him. Almost two years since we lost him and the wound is still so fresh. I wish he was here.


After seeing my dad, the husband and I managed to squeeze in a mini-holiday in Hamburg. I gave him ticket to the new Elbphilharmonie and we saw an amazing concert where they played the James Bond music with a classical orchestra. Wow, just wow! It was stunning! The Elbphilharmonie itself is rather special too: the architecture is surprising and different, the sound is wonderful and so full. I can really recommend hearing a concert there and I hope we manage to get tickets again some day. Getting tickets is really hard as everyone wants to see the new opera house. 


I bought the tickets in February when we were waiting for our flight to Sydney at the airport. The whole ticket system basically collapsed when the tickets when on sale, so it was a nice surprise that I got through in the end! Captain Poprocks joined us in Hamburg of course and I think he drank a bit too much of the yummy coffee we had!


I am busy designing another amigurumi which kept my crochet time pretty occupied in August. The face still gives me troubles, so I wrote up the pattern and Michelle will see if she can do her magic! Fingers crossed! :) I have had this pattern in mind for a year at least, so I really hope it will work out in the end!


At the moment I am working on another corner to corner blanket! A dear friend of mine had her third child two weeks ago and somehow I always thought it would be boy. Well, it is not... A little girl was born and she needs a blanket which isn't completely blue! Usually I don't care about the "proper" colors for boys and girls but this time I felt that I wanted to make another blanket just for her! I will show you the complete blanket once it is done!


So now I am looking forward to September and I hope it won't fly by as fast as August did!

Take care
Anne




Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Adventures in Patchwork - Rainbow Bargello!

Hey everyone! 

We are having such a confused winter here - one day it's gloriously sunny, 25 degrees and shorts weather, the next it is literally raining ice and so cold I feel I will never be warm again :/ 

Fortunately I've had lots of inside projects to work on! I finished my second pair of socks (which deserve a post all of their own), wrote up two new designs, helped organise a fundraising High Tea for Days for Girls, and all the administration for our next batch of inbound and outbound exchange students. Phew! I also wanted to spend some time with my mum so we decided to make a king size rainbow bargello wave patchwork quilt for my new king size bed. 


Aren't these colours just glorious?! Most of them are the same print, a (now discontinued) fabric called Flutter, plus a few ring-ins to smooth out the rainbow gradient.

I think the thing I love most about making bargello patchwork is that it is as much about organisation as it is sewing. Sewing is not my greatest skill; I can do it, but not nearly as accurately or well as my mother can. But I can contribute to a bargello by doing the maths, organising the pieces, keeping track of where we're up to, and enabling mum to just concentrate on sewing! 


The first step in a bargello is making the strip sets. This involved cutting strips of each colour, then sewing them together in the right order to make panels of striped fabric. Then, we cut the strip sets into strips the other way, at different widths. 


The easiest way to keep track of each size (as they are only 1/4" different!) is to have a ziploc bag for each size! Then I can take out what I need for the next thing without having to keep track in my head of what's going on.


Once the strips are all cut and the ends sewn together to make a loop, the bargello fun begins! Each strip gets unpicked at the right spot, its row number pinned on, the correct edge pinned together, and then back to the sewing machine!



I made two mistakes with this quilt, fortunately both fixable but still irritating. 

My first error was, I very carefully calculated the width of the quilt and worked out how many strips of each size we would need; except, I forgot to account for seam allowances. So it was too narrow by 1/2" per column. SIGH. We ended up adding rows -3, -2, -1, 64, 65, 66 and 67 to make up the extra width.

My second error was caused by getting too excited about being finished, and I unpicked a few strips in the wrong place. This caused metres of unpicking but it was all worked out! Unpicking in sewing is even sadder than frogging crochet :'( 


The quilt grew bit by bit, wave by wave...



... until it was finished!! 



Now it's off to Goulburn to visit Yvonne and get quilted, with that glorious teal fabric on the back, and I cannot wait to get it onto my bed!! 


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

FREE PATTERN: Modern Heirloom Blanket by Tracey Cooper

Hi everyone!

We have a very special treat for you today - a guest post and free pattern by designer Tracey Cooper! You can find Tracey at Cooper's Craft Corner on Facebook and Instagram. We have watched this blanket grow over the last few months and it is just gorgeous - enjoy :)

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Thank you so much Michelle and Anne the help and support you have extended to a new designer. 

I have been a crochet addict for as long as I can remember. While I have over 20 years experience in designing my own patterns this is the first one I have shared. 

This pattern was designed for a client who wanted a timeless yet modern blanket. Versatile enough to be used as a throw or bed spread, modern enough to be seen by visitors.

The natural fibers chosen by the client give this blanket a soft and silky feel while providing the warmth and cosy feeling of wool. I love the way natural fibers breathe, they keep the warm in while letting the sticky feeling out. 

This pattern is super easy and a great piece to work on while 'netflix and chilling' on these cool winter evenings.

 

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MODERN HEIRLOOM BLANKET by Tracey Cooper
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View or Download PDF here: Modern Heirloom Blanket 

Difficulty: Easy / Beginner

Materials:

7 x 200g balls Bendigo Woollen Mills Stellar 8ply in 154 Malachite

4mm/G crochet hook

Tapestry needle

Stitches:

This pattern uses US terminology.

dc = double crochet

ch = chain

fdc = chainless foundation double crochet. There is a fantastic tutorial for foundation half double crochet here. The foundation double crochet is done exactly the same way except you dc instead of hdc.

In this pattern I have used the chainless turn. When starting a new row, pull your loop up to the height of a DC stitch, then dc in the first stitch. Alternatively you can turn and chain 2 as the first dc in each row, skipping the first stitch.  


Gauge doesn't really matter for this pattern. My gauge was 25 stitches per 20cm of fdc unblocked, which gave a finished and blocked size of 162cm x 172cm. 

Thie pattern can be sized up or down by starting with a multiple of 3 + 2 fdc starting stitches.

INSTRUCTIONS

Row 1: 299 fdc. This will give you a first row of 299 dc (299)

From now on you will work all your stitches through the front loop only of the below stitch. 


Row 2: Turn. dc in the next 2 stitches going through the front loop of the stitch only, *ch1, skip 1 stitch. dc in the next 2 stitches* repeat to end of row. You will end up with 100 groups of 2dc and 99 ch1 spaces (200dc + 99ch).

Row 3: Turn. dc in the front loop of each stitch (299)

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you have 115 rows, ending on a Row 3.

Weave in all your ends and block for best results.


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Thank you so much Tracey for sharing your gorgeous pattern with us <3 

Friday, 28 July 2017

FREE PATTERN: Origami Mystique Bag!

Hey everyone!

I'm so excited to share this pattern with you! Stylecraft sent me a bunch of their new-ish Mystique tape yarn (one ball of each colour) to have a play with, and as soon as I picked it up, the idea for this bag immediately popped into my head. I wanted to make something with flat, shaped pieces that then folded up like origami (Japanese paper craft) and crocheted together - so now I present the Origami Mystique Bag! Using just 4 balls of Mystique, this lovely no-sew bag is just the right size for 4 balls of Tweedy yarn ;) 



A little bit about the yarn first... Mystique is a non-woven tape yarn, made of polyester and viscose. It looks like a ribbon, and feels like someone put the fabricky-papery stuff hospital gowns are made of through a shredder. Don't let that put you off though - it is super soft, washes well, and crochets very nicely as a worsted/12 ply yarn. 

I have used four different colours as that's what I had and I quite like the ombre effect, but this bag would also be lovely in just two colours, one for each piece!




This is the first completed and published pattern I used my design journal for; it works! :D 



I hope you have as much fun making this bag as I did :) Queue or favourite it on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/origami-mystique-bag

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FREE PATTERN: ORIGAMI MYSTIQUE BAG
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Finished size: 27cm x 8cm base, 12cm(centre)-20cm high, +65cm strap

Materials

- 4 balls of Stylecraft Mystique (50g each)
- 5mm/H hook and 6mm/J hook
- 1"/2.5cm button
- Large yarn needle
- Scissors

All stitches are in US/American terminology

fsc - foundation sc (tutorial here)
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
slst - slip stitch


Instructions

Make two identical pieces, which we will then fold together to make the origami bag!

(Base)
Row 1: 10fsc. ch1, turn.

Rows 2-39: sc in each sc. ch1, turn.

Row 40: sc in each sc. DO NOT TURN.

(Side panel)

Row 41: ch 41. turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and then each ch until you get back to the base. sc across end of base. 40fsc (start your first fsc in the side of the last base stitch). ch1, turn.


Row 42: sc in each fsc and sc of Row 41. ch1, turn.

Rows 43-62: skip first sc. sc in each sc. ch1, turn.

[At the end of Row 62 you should have 90sc]

Rows 63-72: skip first sc, slst in second sc, sc in third sc. sc in each sc, finishing in the 3rd last sc. ch1, turn.

[At the end of Row 72 you should have 10sc, and those 10sc will be in line with your base!]

(Strap)

Rows 73-111: sc in next 10sc. Ch1, turn.

Row 112: sc in next 10sc. Finish off.

For Piece 2, do not finish off after Row 112; rather we will join the two strap pieces together. 

Strap Join: Ch1, turn. *sc in next sc, slst into adjacent sc on the end of the strap of Piece 1*. Repeat * to * to the end of the row. Finish off.



Now you have a very long, very strangely shaped single piece of crochet fabric. This photo is just of one piece, before joining the strap.



Edging

With your joining colour, join yarn with an sc in the end of Row 41 (at the corner of the triangle). Sc along the diagonal edge of the triangle, then along the strap, and back down the other side, finishing off at the opposite corner of the opposite triangle. Repeat on the other side.

Time to do some origami!

Construction

Place the two base pieces on top of each other, mirror image (so, you have one side triangle on each end). Pin the bases together to keep them secure while we mess around with the side panels.



Take the corners of the side triangle and pin them to the opposite end of the base. You can put one piece on the outside and one on the inside, or one each way on each side - it's totally up to you. Pin these together as well. Next, take your joining colour and the 6mm hook and single crochet the base and sides together. This is a bit hard going as you're working through 3 or 4 stitches at a time! At the short ends, don't forget to catch the end of the base piece as you work through the folded fabric.



Now we need to join the side pieces together so that your bag can actually hold something! Using the 6mm hook, join your joining yarn with a slst in one corner of the base where a side edge is on the outside. slst the two side pieces together in a straight line up to the middle of your bag. Pull your working loop through to the inside of the bag. The next bit can be a bit tricky - slst the inside edging to the outside layer of the bag, but just using loops on the back so that it doesn't show through to the front. 

Outside

Inside
Repeat on the other side, but this time, before you pull your working loop through in the middle, ch10 and slst to the last slst you did. This creates your button loop! Continue slipstitching the two pieces together along the inside. 




Sew on your button, weave in the ends, and you're done!

Monday, 24 July 2017

July's Corner to Corner Blanket

Hi there!

As life is incredible busy at the moment, I needed an easy going crochet project to calm my mind and keep my hands busy in the evenings. So - of course - I turned to the corner to corner blanket pattern. My favorite blanket pattern of all time and my "meditation pattern". And since a very dear friends of ours told us that they expect a little girl later this year, the idea of a corner to corner baby blanket was born!


I finished the blanket last week and since then I can't decide if I should add a border or not. A border gives the blanket a neater look and also it may last longer. So that would speak for a border but... the blanket is so colorful, I can't quite decide which color to use. Usually I would add a moss stitch border but for this colorful blanket, it would be too much. Hmm. 




So for the moment the blanket remains "un-bordered". What is your take on this? 

I choose the colors for this blanket from my yarn stash. At first I wasn't 100 % sure they would work together but now I am very happy with it! I didn't note down the color names but if anyone wants to know, I will look it up. Just drop me a line! Oh, the yarn is Stylecraft Special DK of course. My favorite yarn for baby blankets because a) there are so many colors to choose from and b) it washes very well. 




Life is calming down a bit at the moment and man, I need that. Fingers crossed I can regain some of my energies over the next couple of weeks. At the moment I am working on a new amigurumi design idea. There is a vague notion that it might work, but I won't know until I crochet it up. Cross your fingers! What is on your hooks at the moment?




Take care
Anne