Saturday 23 December 2017

Crochet Advent Meditation Part IV

Hello hello!

Christmas is almost here! Didn't time fly by? It certainly did for us.

We wish you a very merry Christmas with lot of wonderful hours with your loved ones (and yarn). :)

The Christmas Advent Meditation ends with today's post. We hope you enjoyed it and we would love to get your feedback and see your pictures as a christmas present. It makes our day whenever we find a new picture!!

Just like last week, there are three different ways to access the meditation:

Take care 
Michelle & Anne

Saturday 16 December 2017

Advent Crochet Meditation III


Glad you are here for the third Crochet Advent Meditation! We hope you enjoyed last week's episode and are looking forward to see your pictures! There now is a Ravelry page for the coaster, so hop over there if you haven't already. 

Some people were wondering who  was reading the meditation - well that mystery is easy to solve! It is Michelle, the Australian part of Crochet Between Worlds. 

We are now little over a week away from Christmas. Time flies, doesn't it? We hope with meditation helps you to relax during this busy days and gets you in spirit for Christmas!

Like last week, there are several different ways available to access the podcast. Note that Googledrive will most likely be out of bandwidth at some point, so if that happens, use one of the other options. 

We hope you enjoy this weeks meditation! If you have any questions, post them here or on Facebook. Please note that Anne - the German part of Crochet Between Worlds - is on holidays til Thursday, so there might be some delays. 

We tried very hard to eliminate any mistakes in the pattern but as you know, we are only human... if you find a mistake, tell us about it and we will start an errata list.

Take care, 
Michelle & Anne

Saturday 9 December 2017

Advent Meditation Part II

Hello lovelies!

We hope you have enjoyed making your first coaster and are ready for the second Advent Meditation!    We would absolutely love to see your makes from last week (well and the ones of these week as well), so post them on Facebook, Instagram or wherever we can see them (we might need the link...). 

Tomorrow is the second of Advent and we hope this meditation helps you to take some time out of your normal busy day and reflect.

This weeks download can be found in different place. As you might recall, we had some problem with the bandwidth of our google drive last week (a lot more of you wanted to download the meditation which made us very happy!) and this might happen again this week. Therefore we have prepared alternative listing/download ways for you ahead which can we found below! If one doesn't work, please try another one.

Enjoy this week meditation! If you need help, you can find us on Facebook. Just a quick reminder: We are doing this for free in our free time. We tried very hard to avoid mistakes but hey, we are only humans, so there might be some. If you find one, write us and we will start a errata list. 

Take care
Michelle & Anne

Saturday 2 December 2017

Advent Meditation Part I

Hello Hello!

The first part of the Advent Meditation is here! We are sooo excited about it and can't wait to hear how you like it! General information about the idea can be found here

For the first pattern, you need about 20 grams of DK yarn (we use Stylecraft Classique Cotton), a 4mm crochet hook, scissors and a yarn needle.

It is a very easy pattern, however you need to know how to crochet sc, dc and ch stitches. The pattern begins with a magic circle. We simply adore that technique but if you can't do a magic circle (yet), you can also crochet 4ch and close them to a circle. When you finished the pattern, remember to sew in all the ends securely! 

Remember to take your time, don't be afraid to pause or rewind if you need to, and above all don't get stressed about it - this is meant to be a relaxing, mindful, creative activity.

You can listen to the podcast via Youtube. The video can be found here

Please post pictures of your finished coasters on our Facebook page or on instagram (hashtag #cbwadvent)! We can't wait to see them. :) We do ask you however to wait for 1-2 days til you post pictures, so others will have the moment of surprise too! Thank you :)

Feel free to ask us questions, we will try to reply as soon as possible. Please note that we are doing this for free in our spare time for you to enjoy, that is please be kind and give us the time needed.

Should you find a mistake (we hope there are none, but we are only human after all), please message them to us directly. If needed, we will have an errata list here. 

Enjoy and happy first Advent Sunday!!

Take care
Michelle & Anne

Thursday 30 November 2017

REVIEW: Round and Round the Crochet Hook by Emily Littlefair

Hi everyone!

Today I have something a bit special for you - a peek at Emily Littlefair's new book, Round and Round the Crochet Hook. It is a gorgeous book of patterns with things you can crochet for your home, such as table runners, blankets, decorations, coasters and doilies. 

It was so hard to choose which pattern to try out - I don't need more blankets, my husband can't stand doilies, the coasters would come out huge in the DK yarn that I had to work with... but I just kept flicking back to the "Stars in the Night Sky" pattern. Yes it's a doily, but I figured I could make the beautiful stars individually as coasters instead of joining them together!

I used Drops Cotton Merino, which is soft enough to be lovely to work with, and firm enough to be able to hold up to being used as coasters.

The pattern is very clearly written, and I had no problems following the instructions or the chart.  

The finished stars did require steam blocking with the iron to get them to sit flat, but no pins were needed, just gentle coaxing with my fingers to straighten up the points. 

Aren't stars just perfect for this time of year? The coasters came out the ideal size for our oversize mugs, and even the little snowman got the opportunity of a comfy seat!

Overall this is a beautifully written, charted and photographed book. Thank you Emily!! 

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Advent Meditation - Getting Ready

Hi there!

This Advent we bring something special to you: An Advent Meditation. 

We love Advent, the time before Christmas but we do know that it can be a very hectic and stressful time. So why add something to do during this time, you might ask. Well, we had the idea that because life is so hectic during these days, it is all the more important to take some time to calm down and to focus. So, the idea of the Advent Meditation was born.

For us, crochet can be like a meditation, that is a time where you live in the moment because you focus on the task at hand and don't let your mind wonder. However, when one follows a written pattern, it is very easy to get distracted (hello phone, hello family, hello housework... you get the picture). It is also easy to skip ahead, to read ahead and thus not focus on the task as hand (in this case the row or round you are working on). While thinking about this dilemma, Michelle had the idea of a crochet meditation podcast, that is, a pattern which can only be heard but not read. The pattern is read out in the podcast and one has to crochet the rows/rounds as one listens to the instructions. No worries, it is not read at super speed but at a decent crochet time (we had it tested). 

We will post the links and extra information for each meditation here on the blog, so make sure to come back by the 2nd of December!

Part 1 can now be found here.
Part 2 can be found here


What will we crochet?
A set of 4 different coasters. So there can be another nice side effect (aside from taking some time for yourself to relax) - you will crochet a coaster set which you could give away as a Christmas present!

Will there we a written pattern or a graph?

There will be no written pattern. There will be no graph. There will be nothing which you can see. Nada. You will have to listen to create the pattern. 

How do I participate?

28.11: Attention! We won't have a iTunes download after all. If everything works out, you will be able to download the podcast from our blog. Please check back on the 2.12. to find the link/download!

Then you will have to find the time to listen and crochet as you listen to the meditation.

What do I need?

About 100g of DK/8 ply cotton yarn. We recommend you use cotton yarn and if you are in a festive mood, you might want to choose christmas-y colors. We both used Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK in the following three colors: Poppy, Ivory and Leaf. You will also need a 4mm crochet hook, scissors and a yarn needle. 

How many meditation podcasts will there be?

Four. One in each week of Advent.

How long is each podcast?

Each podcast is less than 30 minutes long - Michelle can make three or four of each coaster in that time so we are confident you will be able to make one! 

When will the meditation podcasts be published?

Each Saturday of Advent: 2.12., 9.12., 16.12., 23.12.

Will there be pictures of the coasters available beforehand?

No. We want you to focus on the process and not to think ahead what might come next. We fear that a picture might be a distraction. We will probably publish pictures one or two days after the podcast episode was released. 

Can I post pictures of my finished items?

Of course! In fact, please do - we looovvee to see what you made with our patterns. If you're on instagram or Facebook, use the hashtag #cbwadvent so we can find your pictures easily.

Are the patterns hard to follow?

No, at least we don't think so. They are suitable for intermediate beginners. That is, you need to know how to crochet the basic stitches and be able to crochet at a steady pace. Don't forget you can always pause the podcast to catch up, or rewind and listen again. 

Which crochet terms will you use?

U.S. crochet terms. 

What if I find a mistake in the pattern?

Please contact us right away, so we can start a errata list. We try very, very hard not to have any mistakes in the pattern but oh well, it might happen. 


Friday 17 November 2017

FREE PATTERN: Enchanted Violets Scarf/Wrap

Hey everyone!

How on earth can it possibly be 5 weeks to Christmas!? 2017 has positively flown by. I am really looking forward to the holidays this year though, because my siblings who moved away from Sydney during the year will be back to visit :D Kathryn has been working in Japan for Google, and James and Jess moved to Melbourne for a Masters degree, and it has been very quiet here without them! 

We are doing something a bit special for the Advent season this year - a weekly Crochet Meditation Podcast! The idea is that you take half an hour out of your week during this crazy time to create something mindfully, with only a spoken pattern. No written pattern, no charts, no option to race ahead; you just have to hook what you're told, when you're told to do it, and at the end you'll have a neat set of coasters! If you are interested in taking part, all you'll need is about 100g DK cotton yarn and a 4mm hook. The first pattern will be posted on Saturday 2 December, but keep an eye out next week for more information.

But today, we have a special treat for you - a free pattern! 

Several months ago I was gifted this glorious cake of cotton/acrylic/filament yarn to play with, and it just immediately screamed FLOWERS at me, and I am not usually a flowery person! Sadly you won't be able to get this exact yarn, but any slow colour change yarn such as Wolltraum will have a similar effect! In fact, this pattern will work with any yarn - just change to an appropriate hook size, and you may also have to increase/decrease the number of starting stitches to get the right length. 

With 200g/800m, and at around 4ply/fingering weight, a scarf was the obvious choice, and I was inspired to adapt MyPicot's adorable butterflies into textured 5 petal flowers, which just worked so well with the yarn.

Without further ado, the Enchanted Violets Scarf!

You can queue or favourite this pattern on Ravelry here:

Finished Size: 165cm x 16cm (65" x 6")


200g 4ply long self-striping yarn such as Wolltraum (aim for 200g/800m)
3.5mm/E hook
Yarn needle

All stitches are in US/American terminology

fdc - foundation dc (photo tutorial here
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
slst - slip stitch
fptr - front post treble crochet
ssdc - stacked standing double crochet (video here): sc into target stitch. Insert hook under two leftmost strands of sc, yarn over hook to do a second sc. 


Row 1: 357fdc, ch1, turn. To make your scarf longer or shorter, add or subtract fdc in multiples of 11. 

Row 2: sc in each st. ch1, turn.

Row 3: ssdc in first st. dc in each st, turn. 

Row 4: (violet row - see below for detailed photo tutorial) sc in next 13 st. *in blo of next st, (slst, ch3, 3dc, ch3) twice, turn work clockwide and in flo, (slst, ch3, 3dc, ch3) 3 times. slst in flo. continue turning work clockwise and sc in next 21 st.* repeat * to * to end of row, omitting 8sc from final repeat. 
ch1, turn.

Row 5: ssdc in first st. *dc to violet st, fptr in same st as violet*, repeat to end of row. ch1, turn. (see below for photo tutorial). 

Row 6: sc in each st. ch1, turn.

Row 7: 
ssdc in first st. dc in each st, turn.

Row 8: 
(violet row) sc in next 24 st. *in blo of next st, (slst, ch3, 3dc, ch3) twice, turn work clockwide and in flo, (slst, ch3, 3dc, ch3) 3 times. slst in flo. continue turning work clockwise and sc in next 21 st.* repeat * to * to end of row, adding 3sc after final repeat. ch1, turn.

Rows 9-11: Repeat Rows 5-7

Repeat Rows 4-11 until you have 6 rows of violets, or to size desired! 

Weave in ends and block aggressively with many pins to spread the violet petals out properly.


(note: I've worked this tutorial sample in two separate colours so it's easier to see the stitches) 

sc up to the stitch you need to work the violet into.

This is your target stitch - note the front loop and back loop, as you'll be working into each loop separately.

Work the first two petals into the back loop only. 

Now, turn your whole work clockwise, so it is upside down. You'll be working into the front loop next, continuing in in an anti-clockwise direction. 

Finish Petal 2 by slipstitching into the front loop only. 

Complete your last three petals in the front loop only. It'll look kinda stretched and crowded, and that's ok. 

Now keep turning your work clockwise so the working edge is up the top again. 

Fold the violet forward and locate the next empty stitch that you're going to need to sc in. If everything is a bit tight and squished, wriggle the violet stitches around until you can see that next stitch clearly.

Ta-dah! One violet completed :) 


It can be a little challenging sometimes to locate the right dc to fptr into because working so many stitches into the top loops of that dc can make the post short, stubby and weird looking.

dc up to the stitch before your violet. Remember, because we're working back the other way, the top loops are to the left of the post, not the right (as they would be if we were working in the round). See that stumpy little post there under the violet? That's where to put the fptr. 

You can see it a bit more clearly here.

Just do your fptr arouns that post, and then carry on with your dc stitches. 

Easy peasy! 

Friday 10 November 2017

Star Blankets

Hi there!

Hope you are all doing well! I miss the long summer days but oh well, autumn/winter means cozy crochet time on the couch, doesn't it? 

Some weeks ago I felt like doing another Star Blanket from Celeste Young's pattern. I made three of these blankets last year and they were such a joy to make! So off I ventured and pulled some skeins of Stylecraft Special DK from my stash. I did that just before we left for a weekend at my mum's and the light wasn't perfect, so the colors didn't turn out to be the ones I thought they were when I pulled them out of the bag the next day. Oops! With the help of my husband (who is much better with colors than I am) I managed to put together a blanket color order which worked very well together in the end. Phew! One skein traveled in vain though - there was no vain it actually fitted with the other colors (it did in dim light...).

When I finished the first blanket, I had quite a bit of yarn left over and thus I decided to make other of the star blankets with the same yet of colors just in reverse order. To tell the truth, I played yarn chicken with the last two colors but it worked out in the end! I used one skein of each color except for the white (1,5 skeins). 

I adore the blanket pattern. I fell into a rhythm very quickly and thus crocheting these rows was so relaxing. The finished look of the blanket is something really as well! I think I will make another one soon just because it is such a joy to crochet the pattern. I would like to make a larger one at some point but for that I would need more yarn for the outer rows.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Take care

P.S. I know that the blankets need a good blocking at some point... I will get there. Eventually. 

Saturday 4 November 2017

Captain Poprocks' Trip to Oslo

Hi there!

2017 being the year of the anniversary of the Reformation meant that Germans got an extra public holiday on the 31st of October. As I live in a state which also has a public holiday at the 1st of November, I was in the lucky position to get a 5 day weekend with just one vacation day used. As I have very little vacation days left over for this year (... after all we spent four weeks in Australia earlier this year), this was a very lucky coincidence. In late summer, my mum and my sister suggested that we spent the time together on a holiday and found a mini-cruise from Kiel (Germany) to Oslo (Norway) with two nights spent on board and one night in a hotel in Oslo. 

As you might guess, Captain Poprocks insisted on coming. He was very cross with me anyway because I didn't take him on an adventure since August (gasp!) and thus I was very relieved to finally be able to offer him another trip...

We began our short trip in Kiel which is a sea town in North Germany. There was a huge storm coming and we surely felt the wind when we left the harbor! The wind was so strong that I could lean against it. The Captain had to stay in my handbag most of the time (he was not happy!) but he got to try the life belt... It stayed really windy but fortunately that didn't result into much unsteadiness (I get seasick sometime). 

We had a lovely cabin with a porthole and an really great dinner buffet with all kinds of scandinavian food. Best was the dessert part though - really yummy creme brûlée and creme catalana (two of my favorite dishes ever! I can make creme brûlée but I haven't yet mastered creme catalana. Does any of you have a good recipe by any chance?).

Due to the summer time ending we got an extra hour of sleep and when we got up, the ship just started to pull into the Oslofjorden. What an amazing view! After breakfast we spent all the time outside just watching the sunset and the stunning landscape! I had been to Norway before but never on this route. 

After checking into our hotel in Oslo, we went all tourist-y. We walked everywhere and man, by the end of the day my feet hurt. 

The Captain was lucky enough not to have to walk himself... We were incredible lucky with the weather. It was cold (as expected in Norway) but sunny all the time! The Captain missed his poncho though. 

So at some point he tried to hide in a gun barrel (it wasn't much warmer though. Sighs. The little trouble maker!).

The hotel was really, really good - in fact, my husband and I agree that we never had such a good breakfast in a hotel (and we have seen quite a few). The Captain made new friends right away...

I am really fond of Oslo! It has just the right size for a city, is located at the sea and a stunning landscape, has wonderful food shops and there are very few cars in the city (and if there are lots of them are electronic cars, so it is really quite!). 

In the end we wished we had booked and extra night but oh well, I guess that just means we have to come back! I am sure the Captain agrees... 

Take care
Anne (and Captain Poprocks)

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Stylecraft Elements Blog Tour - Jewelled Pebbles Blanket

Hi everyone! 

We are so excited to be part of the Stylecraft Blogstars, and participating in this 2017 blog tour! Hopefully you all visited Polly Plum at Every Trick on the Hook yesterday and entered the yarn pack giveaway there ;)

As you know, we absolutely adore the Stylecraft Batik yarn, and the new Elements yarn is just as pretty and squishy! 

Our chosen pack for the blog tour is called Rainforest, using the Platinum colourway of Elements and matching and contrasting colours Teal, Old Gold, Pistachio, Violet, Plum and Raspberry.

We wanted to do something a bit quirky with this yarn, so developed a pram blanket that finishes about 80cm by 85cm, made from tesselating heptagons and pentagons. You could easily make it bigger with more yarn. 

The blanket is all Join-as-you-go, so no sewing a million motifs together, and we have provided a colour chart of the blanket to help you get the colour spread nice and random! 

And those colours... all we could think of was looking at pebbled pools through the water, with precious jewels instead of boring rock pebbles. Hence, the Jewelled Pebbles Blanket!

Want to win a Rainforest Yarn Pack to make this pram blanket? The giveaway is open until 10am GMT tomorrow!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For the next stop on the blog tour and another chance to win a yarn pack, make sure you visit Cherry Heart tomorrow!

All the blogstars are participating in the blog tour, and you can visit them at 

Queue or favourite the Jewelled Pebbles Blanket on Ravelry here:


Finished size: 80cm x 85cm


One Rainforest Yarn Pack, including:
   4 balls Batik Elements in Platinum
   1 ball each of Batik in:
   - Teal
   - Old Gold
   - Pistachio
   - Violet
   - Plum
   - Raspberry 
4mm/G hook
4.5mm/H hook
yarn needle

All Stitches are in US/American terminology

ch - chain stitch
dc - double crochet 
slst - slip stitch

Special Stitches

- Magic Circle (MC) - tutorial here
- JAYG - motifs are only joined in corners, not along sides. Replace one chain of corner with slipstitch into adjacent corner ch space (replace both chains when joining to two adjacent corner ch spaces).


Pentagon (all pentagons are made with the Platinum Elements yarn)
Row 1 - MC. ch3, 2dc, *ch2, 3dc* four times, ch2, slst to top of first ch3. (5 x 3dc groups with 2ch between)
Row 2 - ch3. *in next corner space, (3dc, 2ch, 3dc)* 4 times. In first corner space, (3dc, 2ch, 2dc) and slst join to top of first ch3. finish off. (6dc per side).

Row 1 - MC. ch3, 1dc. *ch1, 2dc* 6 times. ch1, slst to top of first ch3. (7 x 2dc groups with 1ch between)
Row 2 - ch3. *in next corner space, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc)* 6 times. In first corner space, (2dc, 2ch, 1dc) and slst to top of first ch3. (2 x 2dc groups on each of 7 sides)
Row 3 - ch3, dc in same sp. *in corner, (2dc, ch2, 2dc), 2dc in next space* 7 times, omitting final 2dc in last repeat. slst to top of first ch3. finish off. (6 dc per side)

Starting in top left corner, join each shape with JAYG during final row, in corners only. 


The first three rows are crocheted in Platinum.

Row 1: Join the yarn in the pentagon on the left side bottom. 1ch and then 1sc into the same stitch. Crochet 1sc into every st, except into the tops of the heptagons and the pentagons. Crochet 3sc into these. At the end of the row, sl st into the first sc. 1ch.

Row 2 + 3: 1sc into every st with two exceptions: a) crochet 3sc into every top of the heptagons and the pentagons b) 2sctog across the 2st at every dip where two pieces very joined. At the end of the row, sl st into the first sc. 1ch. Finish of at the end of row 3. Weave in the ends.

Row 4: The row is crochet like row 2. You will change color in the middle of each side. Use the following color order: Teal, Old Gold, Raspberry, Plum, Teal, Old Gold, Violet, Pistachio. Finish off and weave in the ends.


Maße: 80cm x 85 cm.


Ein Rainforest Garnpaket. Dieses enthält:

   4 Knäule Batik Elements Platinum

   Jeweils ein Knäul:

   - Teal

   - Old Gold

   - Pistachio

   - Violet

   - Plum

   - Raspberry 

4mm Häkelnadel

4.5mm Häkelnadel




Lm = Luftmasche

fM = fest Masche

Stb = Stäbchen

Km = Kettmasche

Besondere Maschen

Magischer Kreis – Hier findest du eine Anleitung

JAYG (Join as you go) – Die Motive werden nur in den Ecken verbunden und nicht an den Seiten. Ersetze eine Lm der Ecke mit einer Km in die angrenzende Eckenlücke (ersetze beide Lm mit einer Km, wenn du ein Motiv mit zwei angrenzenden Eckenlücken verbindest).

(Grafik zur Anordnung der Motive weiter oben in diesem Blogpost)


(alle Pentagone werden mit Platinum Elements gehäkelt)

Reihe 1: Magischer Kreis. 3Lm, 2Stb, *2Lm, 3Stb* x 4, 2Lm, Km oberste Lm der Anfangs-3Lm. (5 x 3Stb-Gruppen mit je 2Lm zwischen ihnen)

Reihe 2: 3Lm. *in die nächste Ecke: (3Stb, 2Lm, 3Stb)* x 4. In die erste Ecke: 3Stb, 2Lm, 2Stb) und dann Km in die oberste Lm der Anfangs-3Lm. Abmaschen (6Stb an jeder Seite).


Reihe 1: Magischer Kreis. 3Lm, 1Stb, *1Lm, 2Stb* x 6. 1Lm, Km in die oberste der Anfangs-3Lm. (7x 2Stb-Gruppen with je 1Lm zwischen ihnen)

Reihe 2: 3Lm. *in die nächste Ecke: (2Stb, 2Lm, 2Stb)* x 6. In die erste Ecke: (2Stb, 2Lm, 1Stb) und dann Km in die oberste der Anfangs-3Lm. (2 x 2Stb-Gruppen an jeder der 7 Seiten)

Reihe 3: 3Lm, Stb in dieselbe Lücke, *in die Ecke: (2Stb, 2Lm, 2Stb), 2Stb in die nächste Lücke* x7, überspringe die letzten 2Stb in der letzten Wiederholung. Km in die oberste der Anfangs-3Lm. (6Stb an jeder Seite)

Beginne in der oberen linken Ecke und verbinde die Motive jeweils in den Ecken mit dem JAYG in der 3.Runde (Siebenecke) bzw. 2.Runde (Fünfecke).

Die ersten drei Reihen werden in Platinum gehäkelt.

Reihe 1: Beginne in der unteren linken Ecke. 1Lm und dann 1fM in dieselbe Masche. Häkle 1sc in jede Masche, außer an den Spitzen der Fünf- und Siebenecke. Häkle dort 3fM in die Spitzenmasche. Am Ende der Reihe: Km in die erste fM. 1Lm.
Reihe 2 + 3: 1fM in jede Masche mit zwei Ausnahmen: a) Häkle dort 3fM in die Spitzenmasche der Spitzen der Fünf- und Siebenecke. b) 2fM zus abm in jedem Tal, d.h. dort, wo zwei Motive verbunden wurden. Am Ende der Reihe kM in die erste fM. Am Ende von Reihe 3 abmaschen und Enden vernähen.
Reihe 4: Die Reihe wird wie Reihe 2 gehäkelt, aber du wirst die Farbe jeweils in der Mitte einer Seite wechseln. Benutze hier die folgende Farbreihenfolge: Teal, Old Gold, Raspberry, Plum, Teal, Old Gold, Violet, Pistachio. Am Ende abmaschen und die Enden vernähen.