Teaching and knitting are keeping me busy in the last few months. It’s been four years since I started teaching and running workshops. On May 2017 – this time two years ago, I started knitting socks and just a few months after, I had my first socks knitting group of students. It was a strong demand and I just couldn’t resist. Today my workshops are a mixture of crochet and knitting which for me, is too good to be true.
I have finished knitting a few projects. Started with simple projects followed by more complicated ones. I wrote a Brioche workshop, where we got to know this addictive puffy stitch. These workshops and the craving for knitting made me write my own knitting patterns for my students. After all it’s not just me craving for knitting around here…
Naturally, my patterns were all written in Hebrew up till now. Teaching and writing patterns go together for me. So, it was just a question of time till I started writing my first knitting pattern in English, for you, my far away followers.My first knitting pattern in English is a simple Cotton Stripe Baby Hat. it’s a basic hat pattern. I knitted Four of them, using my Granny Kit cotton, in just one weekend. It’s a real fun and quick knitting project. Perfectly suitable for beginners. All you have to know is just Knit and Purl, just the basics of crochet. If you are a beginner, then this is a great project to start with. You can find a lot of help on YouTube if you look for ‘how to knit for beginners’ or ‘ how to knit in a round for beginners’. Go for it, give it a try. And if you are an advanced knitter, you can be sure that this little project is a lot of fun. It’ll make a quick sweet gift and will provide some comforting knitting time. Within the pattern you’ll find links for specific knitting tutorials, to help you make it.
So, My first ever knitting pattern is now available in my Etsy shop as well as on my Ravelry page. YES finally, I’ve been working on my Ravelry page after years. It’s just about time don’t you think so? Thank you for those of you that wrote and pushed me to do it. You were so RIGHT. So now you can link your projects to my Ravelry !
As a blog Subscriber, you are the first to know about the Introductory coupon code! Use COTTONST on checkout to save 20% on The Cotton Stripe Hat. This coupon code will be available from now till May 5th 2019 at midnight EST! You can shop for your pattern Here!THE COTTON STRIPE HAT INTRODUCTION I designed this baby hat for a few new babies, mothers and grandmothers around our workshops table. The Cotton Stripe is a basic hat, knitted in the round, from the rib up to the crown shaping. It’s an addictive play with stripe and makes a perfect project for beginners. Knit up in 2 colors of Granny Kit cotton in a few hat sizes. The two colors cotton Stripe makes it light & stylish for both girls and boys.
SIZES The Cotton Stripe Hat is available in a few sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4) Premature ( 0 – 6, 6 – 12, 12 -18 ) month
You can easily make it bigger by adding 12 sts to your CO sts.
YARN I used my Granny Kit Cotton but you can use any Sport weight – 4 ply cotton OR any other yarn you have in stash. You will need two colours. In the picture you can see the four hats I knitted using my Granny Kit cotton using colours: Baby pink & Rose, Pale Blue & Denim, Pistachio & Moss, Shale Grey & Loft.
SUGGESTED NEEDLES You will need two sizes needles.
Main Fabric – 3mm / US 2.5 – 16″/40 cm or 32”/80 cm to 40”/100 cm circular and preferred needles for small circumference (Magic Loop or DPNs)
Ribbing – 2.5mm / US 1.5 – 10″/25 cm or 32”/80 cm to 40”/100 cm circular and preferred needles for small circumference (Magic Loop or DPNs)
Use the needle size you need to achieve gauge, going down two sizes for the ribbing.
GAUGE 26 sts & 34 rows = 4”/10 cm on larger needles.
Measured over stockinette stitch in the round after blocking.
SUGGESTED NOTIONS You will need one stitch marker, row counter, tapestry needle and crafty scissors.
You can find more details about this Pattern on my Etsy shop and Ravelry page.
I just can’t wait to see your Cotton Stripe Hats. Use #crochetobjet and #cottonstripehat on social media. I check these hashtags every few days and share your projects on my Instagram stories.
Can’t tell you how excited I am with this first knitting pattern. I would love to here what you think and if you like it. xxxMo
It was bright and shiny earlier this week so I thought I would give my Bloom blanket a wash and lay it flat to dry on our balcony table. I washed it using delicate cycle in the washing machine and as I spread it flat on the table I thought why not share the colour layout of all 165 squares in this blanket now, NOW?
I haven’t gotten down to write for a few weeks, for many reasons, although I really wanted to. Somehow, more ‘important’ things came by my ‘to do’ list. Today I’m here to share something you’ve been asking for and I was hoping to share for a while. As many of you purchased both Bloom Blanket pattern and the kit recently I thought it might be helpful, to have the squares colour layout of this crochet blanket project. I know some of you have been waiting for it and I’m happy to finally share it with you.
I made the Bloom Blanket back in summer 2013. It just bloomed out of my hands without any colours layout pre-plans. I just had a box full of cotton colours next to me and I dived into granny square making – as simple as that. I started by making two rounds granny squares and than joined them on the 3rd round. It was made spontaneously, with only one thing in mind – I wanted it to be as colourful as possible. I was looking for a blanket made out of all these cotton colour. The colours made my heart BLOOM, I was totally in love with my work. The process of making was as joyful as the finished blanket.
Back than, I didn’t have a clue that one day there will be someone that would like to create the same colour work created on my Bloom Blanket. I thought it might be a blanket to work with a free choice of colours, but your reactions on the colours and all the love sent from all over, made me create the Bloom Blanket kit with all the cotton colours crocheted in my original blanket. I also wrote a blog post with 10 COLOURING TIPS TO MAKE YOUR BLOOM BLANKET ROCK to help you colouring your projects.
Today I will be sharing the exact scheme / layout of all these colourful squares. Which means if anyone wants to create the exact same Bloom Blanket as mine, it is all here available for you. With this colour table you can make your colourful granny squares centre piece and then frame it just as instructed in the pattern.
As you know I made my Bloom Blanket out of Granny Kit cotton. It is made out of 165 (15 X 11) three rounds squares – a rich and colourful centre work, framed by 13 rounds. In this Colour Table I listed the colours worked in each round of each and every square in the blanket centre. The table shows the squares worked from right to left, top to bottom – this is the direction you need to work the join-as-you-go method. You start by working two rounds squares and join-as-you-go on the 3rd round.
The blanket as I made it is about 108 X 80 cm (42.5″ X 31.5″). The yarn pack can make a much bigger blanket but you might need to change the framing, playing with the yarn given in the kit. You can work this project with any other yarn (4 ply cotton or any other fibre) you like. If you use other yarn but you still want your Bloom Blanket with same colours as mine, you can take a look at my colour card to see the colour names and match your own yarn to these colours.
Thank you so much for reading, hope this blanket inspires you to go get some yarns and hook and start your own Bloom journey. Please share your WIPs and creations with #Bloomblanket and #crochetobjet I will check these hashtags every few days. xxxMo
For the last few weeks or so, I’ve been working on this special custom project. Luckily, I haven’t made it all by myself. My sweet and talented student Hilla, jumped into the making with me . Hilla wasn’t just a big help in terms of working hands, but also huge fun and creative company. Well I really pushed my personal self limits when saying yes to this job order and I knew from the first moment it would take a lot of time and effort. So when Hilla offered to help I was so happy. At the very beginning of this process I realized I enjoy each and every moment so much. I think that when saying yes to this job I knew, at the back of my mind or somewhere deep deep inside my stomach that I needed this kind of job. A job that would provide hours of meditative single crochet stitches, in which there is not so much ‘brain space’ required. It was exactly what I needed in order to get a little peace of mind. Hilla and myself were working on this project in very limited time slots, in between workshops and Mondays and kids and… you know this list doesn’t stop…. We spent hours of laughing and chatting together while working on this cheerful crochet Angie’s and Benji’s project. But I also had a bunch of hours crocheting by myself, having some meditative hooky times right in the centre of my comfort zone – which was perfect for me.
It was such a cheerful WIP that I just couldn’t skip sharing it. While working on a few bunnies and bears at the same time, the production line started looking like a candy shop and it got sweeter and sweeter in every step along the way. The making of these cotton bunnies and bears is a pure pleasure to crochet and brings JOY inside ones heart.
I had a little packing play time, when I found myself taking pictures and enjoying the Angie Benji gang. I could spend time taking pictures of them forever. Really it was too much to ask from me to wrap them and put them in these cotton project bags.
A few days ago, while they were all packed inside these bags, it suddenly jumped out of my head. I thought it can be a great project for you to crochet during your Holidays or during the winter, in those everyday quiet moments. SO, I decided to go on a Winter Sale in my Etsy shop, just in case your fingers start to make this jump-y dance, seeing all these bunny legs… At first I thought of patterns sale only, but why not to make it on everything on the shop? This is my opportunity to gift you and say Happy New Year.
The Winter Sale offers 20% off on 3 items or more, including everything in the shop: Kits, Patterns, Cotton balls & notebooks. No special code is needed, it’s all set so that whenever you have 3 items in your cart the 20% will automatically go through. The Winter Sale will be available till January 26th 2019. NOTE: some of the kits are in limited quantities so if there’s anything that lighten up your creativity don’t miss out.
It really makes me happy to think that my patterns and kits brings some extra delightful moments in your every day life. Makes me so HAPPY! I wish you all lots of happy moments during your holidays wherever you are. HAPPY NEW YEAR and a blessed 2019 to us all. xoxMo
October 18 was very creative around my workshops table, full of yarn-y goodness, cotton colours, crochet, socks knitting, and many happy chatty moments. It’s been a while since I last visited here, as it took me a whole lot longer than I imagined to write a new blog post. Ever since we came back from our dreamy vacation in Vietnam, things were utterly busy here and I’m still struggling to get myself into my normal balance. It feels very good and special to finally be here again at my little blog corner, with some of those happy October moments. Starting with those cheerful Love Gardens in progress, I can’t imagine any other project to start with. The Flower square pattern is a pleasure to work and turning it into a Love Garden Sq. in the next step is so fun and easy to do. ES is just starting to learn how to Flower Sq, for the first time while GA has all the Love Garden squares ready for Joining. This special project spreads it’s calm energies into our workshops every time one of the girls brings it to the table. This is such a blissful project and it means the world to me to see the joy it brings while working on it. The Yarn Pack is available in my Etsy shop.Hello Yellow bag was made by a first timer here in my workshops – always exciting to have a new member around the table. This young lady has done quite a nice job. Look how balanced her sts are, can’t wait to see her finished bag and to share her progress. And ho YES some good news: The Hello Yellow bag is now available at my shop as a separate PATTERN and not just as a CROCHET KIT.
Benji the Bear, YA is working on her 2 Benji bears closing up the last head sts, connecting the ears and jumping right into the making of a woolly knitted scarf . She used some sock yarn oddments and my bamboo sock DPN’s. Just like I made for one of my Benji bears, she started with cast on 22 sts on a 2.5 mm hook, followed by stockinette st all the way back and forth till she’ll reach the desired length for the scarf. You can see more of this mini knitting on my Monday’s posts.
See my Benji with his woolly scarf? sitting right next to the cashier at the corner of my little candy shop? Told you, this bear it very good at maths and all kind of accounting things, he is a big help. HL is turning the Alice Blanket Pattern into a shawl using Granny Kit cotton colour Denim. It’s not an easy job to turn a blanket pattern into a triangle shape but we she did great after just one short explanation and her WIP looks so delicious.ML has been working on few projects and one of them is this cotton-y Flower Tote which is a free pattern on Ravelry. She used Granny Kit cotton in colours: Spicy for the base (she needed 1 ball for the base) and Alice colour for the flower pattern (I think she’ll need 2 balls). We will add the handles once she’s ready. I also made one and a few of the Monday girls made one, it’s my Yoga tote for the last few weeks and I really enjoy using it. So, in total you’ll need 3 cotton balls to make it, if you think of giving it a go. EN has just started up her new Soft Ripple cotton blanket, while at the same time she is working on socks. of course. We all love to have a few WIP, it makes us feel a lot better to have a few on the go projects. The table is happily busy and I really love (if I have a moment) to stop and take a picture like the above one, where you can almost smell the coffee and hear sound of the girly-hooky-chat. There were a few Vietnamese treats on the table during October workshops. Here you can see YA’s hands in the front, staring up her Granny Kit cotton socks and she just got her new copy of Lazy Sunday socks by lovely Jane, VERY yummy. Talking about socks, we had quite a lot of sock making here lately. For quite a while, our table is a mixture of both crochet and socks knitting, which really, I can’t believe I’m writing it. It’s like a dream, it really is. It started up with a little group of my students that stood up with a strong demand to have a sock knitting workshop with me, which at first made me a little nervous, to be honest. But not long after, they were sitting here casting on their very first pair of socks. It was about a year ago and after a while more and more students wanted to join my sock table so my workshops slowly became a mixture of both crochet and socks knitting. So, let’s take a look at some loopy socks moments.We had many things ‘sockish’ going on here during October. On the above pictures I teach how to Afterthought Heel, Which is fascinating. We use hand dyed wool for our sock knitting as well as some industrial painted wool. On the above photo RT uses a BEAUTIFUL Must Stush Yarn which I can easily see as a blanket colour combination or sequence. I would love to tell you more about it… maybe in the future. There are so many things on my ‘want to wrote a blog post about it’ list… YL has been following the (one more brilliant) Cable Socks Pattern form clever and generous Christine Perry. LOVE these sooooooo much. Thank you Winwick Mum. Just in a quick but very important note, I learned how to knit socks and all the super important things about it from Christine’s Super Socks book – which I strongly recommend you get yourself a copy if you don’t have one. You can read all about it in my socks knitting journey. As for this first socks group, we still meet for socks once a month, can you tell? these fabulous ladies made me start up my socks workshops and a lot after they learned how to knit the basic socks they still come to learn more and more new things. So, for our October meeting I purchased each and every one of them the pretty Souls Sisters pattern by Jooles Hill & Ami Lowden to learn for the first time how to TOE UP socks!!! YES and they did quite well. At the above pictures you can see how lovely and precious is the very start of the toe on their DPN’s. You can also see the brilliant needle cases my beloved mom made for them when we just started up our socks meetings. My sweet mom was the most creative person I’ve ever met. And here is this ‘start-up group’ all together around my workshops table, learning how to Toe Up socks, enjoying each and every moment together. We plan to meet again this Friday to continue the Soul Sisters pattern. This time we’ll meet mainly for the heel making because in this Toe Up pattern it works in a new way for us. Love love L O V E learning and teaching new things. Can’t wait to show you the new pattern I’ve purchased for them, it’s a secret for now, but once they get it I will share some photos on Instagram, plus some happy moments from this upcoming meeting on Friday. Just one more thing before I’m off to my motherly activities. I thought you might need to get prepared with some gifts for Christmas so I had this idea that might help you with this mission. During November, I will run a special pattern sale in my Etsy shop and it goes like this: Every few days, during November, I’ll put ONE of my crochet patterns for 1$ ONLY. ONE pattern for 1$. Every few days I’ll put ONLY ONE of my patterns for ONLY 1$. So make sure you don’t miss this opportunity. Don’t worry I will post on both my Instagram and FB pages every time I have a pattern is on special, to make sure you don’t miss out. What do you think? Will that help you a little to be prepared with Christmas gifts? I’m sure your crafty hands can make some Angie Bunnies gifts or Chamomile bouquet… or….OK OK you got my idea already. SO, starting Tuesday Nov 6th Ending Friday Nov 30th 2018, ONE pattern for 1$ ONLY, one at a time. See you soon at my Etsy sale, xxxMo
This is really exciting, there is a > > G I V E A W A Y << winner announcement, a ‘shop on vacation update’ and a new travel project bag, all to be shared on this post. Where should I start ???
Shop update first. On this vacation I decided (after a lot of thinking), to leave my Etsy shop open with patterns only. Kits and Granny Kit cotton will not be available till I’m back. You can still purchase patterns, which are digital files. I will have all my patterns files with me on my e-mail so if you have any problems with the automatic downloads (which rarely happens), you can always e-mail me and I’ll send it to you right away. Thank you for your understanding and for supporting my little Etsy shop.
Giveaway WINNER announcement are you ready??? It makes me so happy to give away the Love Garden sample piece. This piece was made while I was writing down my Love Garden tutorials which includes: The Love Garden Square, The Love Garden Joining & The Love Garden Edging and Blocking. This is a small piece of infinite love filled with optimism. I can easily see a cushion made out of it, and so many other nice options. This small piece of Love Garden is 50 X 36 cm’. I am so thrilled and excited to send it to: here is a winner announcement coming……And the WINNER is: Carrie Fisher – YUHOO. Thank you so much for the nice comment you left on my Love Garden Edging And Blocking tutorial and THANK YOU for joining in this giveaway. Please let me know if you received my e-mail and if not please just send me an e-mail. I’ll need your full address so I can pack it in one of those sweet bunny bags and send it to you, before we’re of on vacation. Thank you everyone who joined in on this GIVEAWAY – thank you for all the nice comments you left on my Love Garden blog posts. I promise there will be more of those giveaways in the future which you might win. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to send this piece of ‘love for my mom’ to one of you.
My new travel project bag I was thinking of what projects to take with me to our vacation. I had some options in mind but I wasn’t sure in what bag will I put them. We have a long flight to Vietnam plus some domestic flights plus some very long car drives, and I might also like to crochet or knit in many other opportunities . So, I plan to take some yarns and hooks, of course, and I have to have a bag to carry them. I was about to order myself one of Bookhou’s lovely bags, but it was a little tricky with the shipping timetable. It was very spontaneous and I started making myself one. I had no idea what will it look like. The one and only thing I knew for sure was that it will be made out of stripes & cotton. I didn’t have a clue of what size or shape it would take. I started to crochet a flat round, using Loft colour and a 2.5 mm hook. A simple round that started from 6 sc’s into a magic lp, increasing in every round to make it bigger. As you can see in the right picture above, it started to curl a little as the rounds grew bigger so I had to tell myself the ‘Don’t Panic’ words. I blocked it and oops – Magic happened, it was all flat again and I was happy enough to continue. I just worked endless rounds of sc’s, alternating Loft and Shale Grey Granny Kit cotton colours. The more it grew bigger the more I liked it and I could clearly see what was it going to look like.Early morning crochet time and I’m just about to finish my new stripe-y freind. LOVE is in the air.I found a removable strap from another bag, which I thought would be nice on my new traveling project bag. I created these side holes to which the clips could be easily attached and there you go. On the final round I used Cassis colour to sl st in each st around. This obsession for details is kicking off again. What say you? Is it my new Travel Project Bag? YES it is and I’m very happy with it, with it’s shape, size, colour and with the way it looks when I wear it. It’s exactly what I was looking for and what I needed for this trip to Vietnam. I haven’t blocked it yet and I’m not sure it’s really necessary but I’ll decide later on that one. Now in case you wonder what project(s) I’m gonna take with me. Up to this moment I’m thinking of: 1. another pair of socks from Jane’s book. 2. Sand cotton for Smitten squares making – I plan to share my Smitten edging pattern when I’m back. 3. More Sand colour and yarn oddments for Benji/ Angie / soft animal making. It might change 3 million times till we’re off but this is it for now. Plus I take my hooks and needles organizer (made by my forever loved mom) with me. And yes a tiny tin box for bear eyes and stitch markers.My travel project bag is ready to go. A little stuffed, but more is more when you need to fill in your hands and soul with yarns and hooks/needles. I prefer it stuffed than short of supply. So, that’s it for today. I’ll go pack now, there are still a few things that I want to do before we leave. I will try to post beautiful things from our trip in Vietnam whenever wifi is available. Thank you for visiting me here and once again thank you for all your nice comments. xxxMo
YA, we’ve been doing some sock knitting here. And this is pair #14 for me, believe it or not. A while ago, I’ve ordered a few copies of ‘Lazy Sunday’ socks book, by Jane Burns. I discovered Jane Burns while browsing the Instagram and I just fell in love with her patterns. 10 copies of her lovely book arrived here the other day and they made some workshop girls VERY happy. There are 5 simply indulgent beaded socks to knit in this book and we have planed to start with the first one on our next meeting. I started knitting mine just a few days before our upcoming meeting. Accidentally I discovered I have the very same sock wool from Eden Cottage Yarns, as Jane used for her first pattern in the book and you can imagine how this event made me SOOOO happy. I put it on my knitting umbrella and winded it up onto my wool winder and I was ready to go. I wanted to make my first trials with the beads before my upcoming workshops. It’s not that complicated to use beads while knitting I have to say, though it’s something you have to stop your knitting rhythm to do and get very concentrated for the beading moment if you don’t want your yarn to split. The pattern is very easy to follow and on the last pages of her book, Jane gives a very clear and simple explanation of how to place the beads. When the workshop started the girls were all so happy to start their own first beaded sock. It was such a delightful morning. I have to say this first beaded sock and this sock workshop were just after my mom passed away and it helped me so much on my first steps to try and put myself back on track. My workshop girls have became part of my life and they all are a source of happiness for me and I’m very grateful for that. I hope to share more of these finished pairs on future posts.I was enjoying my sock knitting breaks during the past few weeks and I even used this pair to be a model while I was photo shooting my new project bags to list on my Etsy shop. It wasn’t out of the blue of course, this cotton bunny bag was the one that carried this woolly project. My sock knitting needle case, made by my beloved mom is a pleasure to work with. I take it out and about with me as a little portable studio. My mom was so clever to make such a case for me. She made some for my first sock group – each one of the girls that has one of these feels so lucky to own such a perfect needles organizer.About two weeks ago, my 14th pair was off the needles and on my legs for this silly dance I do every time I finish another pair of hand knitted socks. This yarn was a pleasure to work with and feels incredibly soft on the skin. Even though it was mid August when I finished them, I couldn’t resist wearing them right away, and enjoy this loveliness. It was air conditioned here so don’t worry guys, I had to wear them. Look at those tiny little sparkles. I am SO in love.Yesterday morning I washed them and blocked them for the first time and now they’re even softer and smell like mmmmm delicious. Blocked and ready for this picture.I love the way the beads sparkle out of this woolly texture. So, together with the pair I knitted for E, I have knitted 14 pairs by now. Fourteen pairs means Twenty Eight hand knitted socks indeed. Go me! My socks basket is starting to get a little too crowded, don’t you think so? I might find another one on our up coming visit to Vietnam (can’t wait). For those of you who asked me, I knit my socks using short circular needles, I find Addi sock wonder/ Easy knit super perfect for me. I also use 15 c”m DPN’s in some parts as I learned from Christine Perry in her Super Socks book. How do you knit your socks? what needles do you use? I am really thrilled to be a sock knitter, it’s a dream. Thank you for joining my sock journey, hope you enjoy. I love sharing this journey, you can read more of it here. xxxMo
P.S This is NOT a sponsored post, I just share my sock journey and Jane’s book is part of it as well as Eden Cottage Sock Yarn.
P.S.S My Etsy shop will be offering patterns only Sep. 4th – Sep. 26 due to a family vacation.
Earlier this summer I added two new cotton project bags into my Etsy shop, which were in fact, the first steps for new kits I have been working on for the last few months. Making candy-crochet-kits is one of my favorite activities in my little CrochetObjet world. I just LOVE creating them and I love to be a ‘kits maker’. Today I’m here to share the first new and so delightful Benji fun kit and I really hope you’ll like it too. This crochet kit is a fun box made for you to enjoy some craft time but it can also make a very special gift for a craft lover. You’ll get everything you need to crochet your own Benji The Bear with two variations of his stripe-y shirt. Do you want to see what’s inside? There are a few new little things which I’m so thrilled to be able to include in my new kits.What’s in the kit?
• Crochet pattern – printed copy included
• 6 Granny Kit cotton balls (50 gr’ each) colours: Royal, Lace, Plum, Lilac & 2X Sand
• Black & Brown cotton yarn for nose making
• soft stuffing to fill in your bear
• 4 safety bear eyes + 5 stitch markers in a Benji NEW tiny tin box
• Benji cotton project bag
• A colour card of my cotton collection
• Crochet hook – optional (you can choose with or without a crochet hook)
The crochet pattern is a step-by-step tutorial and very easy to follow – even for beginners. The pattern is written in English US terms. You can read more about the pattern here. The size of the finished Bear is about 27 cm (10.5 inch) long.
The tiny tin box is a sweet little box I designed especially for my kits and for my workshop girls. We use them to put not just stitch markers but also safety eyes. In this tiny Benji box you will get: 5 Rose-Gold safety pins which are the most perfect stitch markers. I love these bulb safety pins, as they are so comfortable to work with and so stylish. + 2 pairs of safety Bear eyes. This lovely illustrated tin box makes it so easy to keep them together. Sweet as a candy.
Your DIY crochet kit comes with a lovely cotton project bag, with a Bear illustration printed on, designed by me. It will keep all your crochet goodies while WIP. It can also be a perfect gift wrap to give away your finished Benji. Within the new kit you will get 6 Granny Kit cotton balls to create the two different variations of Benji’s stripe-y shirt, just like my two original bears. BUT, if just like Yael, my talented student (and also the one who helps me pack your kits), you may feel inspired to make your own colour combinations, all you have to do is:
Go to the colour card here or on Etsy,
Choose your own colours
Leave me a note, while checkout, with a list of colours you want to get.
Note: in my original Benji the body of the bear is made of Sand colour. If you want to keep this body colour you will ONLY have to change the stripes colours. You can change the body colour as well if you like. Please feel free to choose your own colours as long as you keep your list with 6 cotton balls as included in the original kit.
What do you think? Do you like this Benji fun box? Do you know someone that this box can make happy? In case you do like this new candy-crochet-kit you can find it here.
As I mentioned in my previous posts, my Etsy shop will be offering Patterns only starting on September 5th due to a family vacation. So, if you plan on making this project or any other project from my CrochetObjet little world please place you orders before September 4th, so I can send it to you, right before we leave. Thank you from me and from Benji for being so kind and reading our crochet kit news, xxxMo
While you enjoy your Love Garden WIP, making colourful squares and joining them, I’ll be writing the Love Garden Edging for you. By the time you are ready with all your joined squares, it will wait for you here as a step-by-step tutorial. This is the last part of the Love Garden project that I made with my mom in her last weeks. I designed this edging to hold together the Love Garden story in all it’s special aspects and moments. It was very important to me to frame this blanket in an optimistic way. It was not very easy for me, at that time and I struggled to find the right edging. At first I just left my joined squares folded in my project bag for a while. When I finally got back to it, it was after my mom passed away and THE Love Garden edging just flew out of my hands in no time. Even after all the samples I made before, I still wasn’t sure about the colours. I just picked them up one after the other and designed it all on-the-go with a heart full of thankfulness for the mom-love I had all those years. The final colours I used came out reflecting my mom’s Love-Life personality. I was so sure she went to a better place and with all the sadness I felt in my broken heart, I knew sun will always shine above us all, no matter what. This is what I had in my head in those hours of framing my blanket and this is how it all came out. My Love Garden edging came out light and optimistic, with a tonal radiation between bright colours. The Love Garden edging is made out of: positive thinking, nine rounds & seven different cotton colours. I just LOVE the combination of tiny little details, created by Linen Stitch, with fine stripes and solid dc’s. It makes it so delicate and fresh but most of all optimistic. It holds the whole story of my last journey with my mom in a positive way, facing the future. I have put here a step-by-step pattern so you can frame your Love Garden blanket just as I did. I know there are so many other beautiful possibilities that you may think of and I will definitely understand if you choose to frame your blanket differently. I believe this Love Garden edging can be framed with many other projects you’re busy with so please feel free to use this pattern in whatever project you find fits in. For those of you who like to make the same edging just as in my original blanket, this is how I made it.In case you don’t need the whole detailed instructions, I’ll put a ‘just words’ pattern at the end of this post. I will be using the 6 Love Garden squares from my joining tutorial for this tutorial. Lets get started.WHAT DO YOU NEED The Love Garden Yarn Pack
Love Garden Squares joined piece.
Crochet hook – 3 mm Crafty scissors & A tapestry needle.ABREVIATIONS AND STITCHES (US crochet terms)
ch = chain stitch
st(s) = stitch(s)
rnd(s) = round(s)
lp(s) = loop(s)
ch sp = chain space
sk = skip
BLO = Back loop only
sp(s) = space(s)
sl st = slip stitch = insert hook, yo, pull the lp back through the st and through the lp on your hook.
sc = single crochet= insert hook, yo, pull the lp back through the st (2 lps on hook), yo and pull through both lps on hook.
dc = double crochet = yo, insert hook, yo, pull the lp back through the st (3 lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps on hook (2 lps left on hook), yo and pull through remaining 2 lps.The Love Garden Edging is made out of only nine rounds and seven colours (left to right): Festive, Sand, Violet, Lilac, Daisy, Citron & ShaleGrey. Take these colours out of your yarn pack to be prepared. If you have the yarn pack you can see that there are some extra balls of Sand, Citron and Shale Grey, that’s because we will be using them now to frame the blanket. For those who asked me, I didn’t block my blanket after joining all squares together. I only blocked it after framing.
TO START get ready with Sand colour.
rnd 1: You will need about 27 gr of Granny Kit cotton for this rnd. Attach Sand colour in any corner space in your work ch3 and make another dc into the same sp, as seen below.Work over the yarn tail and dc in each st around as follow: First, DO NOT dc between clusters, dc in each st. When you reach the point where 2 squares are meeting make: 2 dc’s into corner sp, 1 dc into the st between 2 corners, 2 dc’s into next corner sp – that’s what you do at every meeting point between 2 squares. It will look like the next picture. The sewing pin shows the dc I made at the ‘meeting point’ between 2 squares. Continue making dc’s all the way. When you reach a corner make: 2 dc’s + ch2 + 2dc’s into the corner sp. Don’t miss the first st right after the corner, pull back the corner sts to see it clearly. Your corners should look like the next picture.When you reach the point you started from make: 2 dc’s + ch 2 into the first corner sp to complete it. To close this rnd sl st in the 3rd ch of the initial ch3, where I show in next picture.Break the yarn and weave in the tails. This is how it looked like when I finished this rnd.rnd 2: You will need about 12.2 gr of Granny Kit cotton for this rnd. We will be making a Linen st now. Attach Festive colour into any corner sp around. Make a sc in the same place attached. Now ch3, sk 4 dc’s and sc between 2 next dc’s, as seen in next picture, as seen in next picture. You can’t work over the yarn tail in this rnd, we will weave it in later.Continue working *[ch3, sk 3 dc’s, sc between next 2 sts] repeat between […] till you stand 4 dc’s before next corner sp, as in next picture.Ch3, sk 4 next sts and make: sc + ch3 + sc all into the next corner sp. Can you see how this Linen stitch is framing both previouse rnds? I just love LOVE it. Now ch3, sk 4 sts and sc between next 2 sts* repeat between ** till you reach the starting point again.When you meet the sp you started from, sc + ch2 into the same sp to complete the corner. To close the rnd sl st into the first sc made in this rnd, where I show in next picture. Cut the yarn. You can weave in the tails now or leave them for later. My work look like the next picture in the end of this rnd.rnd 3: You will need about 39 gr of Granny Kit cotton for this rnd. Attach Sand colour into any corner sp around. Ch3 + dc into the sp where attached. *sk next sc, make 4 dc’s in next ch sp, till you reach next corner sp.When you reach next corner make: 2 dc’s + ch2 + s dc’s into the corner sp* When you meet the yarn tails from previous rnd, work over them.Repeat between ** till you meet the starting point again. Make 2 dc’s + ch2 into the first ch sp – corner completed. To close sl st into the 3rd ch of your initial ch3. Break the yarn.My work looked like this when I finished rnd 3. OMGosh do I love details? crazy about them. rnd 4: You will need about 12.2 gr of Granny Kit cotton for this rnd. We will be making the Linen st again. Attach Violet colour into any corner sp around. Sc in same place attached – seen in next picture. Now ch3, sk 2 dc’s and sc between next 2 dc’s, as seen in next picture.Continue working *[ch3, sk next 4 dc’s, sc between next 2 sts] repeat between […] till you stand 2 dc’s before next corner sp. Ch3, sk 2 next sts and make: sc + ch2 + sc all into the next corner sp. Ch3, sk 2 sts and sc between next 2 sts* repeat between ** till you reach the sp you started from. When you meet the sp you started from, sc + ch2 into the same sp to complete the cornet. To close the rnd sl st into the first sc made in this rnd.And here id my work at the end of rnd 4. Now I didn’t weave in ends at this point, I picked it up on the next rnd. We have just completed the first part of the Love Garden Edging. On the next part we will be making a flat rnds of sc in each st around. We will be working the next rnds sts in back lp only, BLO, so from now on you crochet in BLO in each st. Keep your tension even and make sure you don’t crochet the next rnd too tight PLEASE.
rnd 5: You will need about 15.2 gr of Granny Kit cotton for this rnd. Attach Lilac colour in any corner sp, insert your hook under the corner ch sp. Sc in same place where attached. Make a sc in BLO of next st, now sc in each of the next ch3 sts, insert your hook into each individual ch st where I show below.Continue sc in BLO of each st and in each ch st around. When you reach the corner make: 3 sc’s in corner ch sp (insert your hook under the ch sp). You can work over the yarn tail and when you meet the yarn tails from previous rnd, work over it as well. To make sure you’re not missing any stitch you can count in heart: 1,1,2,3,….. 1,1,2,3,….. 1,1,2,3,…… it will help you not skipping any st, especially the st right after the corner. Can you see this detailed beauty? do you love it just like I do? I AM IN LOVE!!! When you reach the starting point make 2 more sc’s into the same ch sp to complete corner.
Close this rnd with an invisible join as follow:
1. Cut the yarn leaving about 20 cm yarn tail and pull out the lp.
2. Thread a tapestry needle onto the yarn tail.
3. We are going to create an extra st so: skip the next sc and insert your tapestry needly into the next st as shown here:4. Pull the yarn all the way through the st.
5. Insert your needle back in the last st made, insert your needle in the middle of the st and also through the back bar lp, as seen below.
Hello again. Here I am, siting in my little blog corner, having some quiet time to put together this special post. In today’s post I am going to tell the story of the Love Garden blanket journey. It’s so important to me to bring it here in my personal blog. This journey was a very unique opportunity I had with my mom. There is so much to document in this journey and so many special moments to remember. Moments that I want to keep here as part of my little blog corner. This is a Must-Have post for me. It might be too long for you or in some parts not very easy to read, PLEASE feel free to skip. I am very happy to have you here and to be able to share all the beautiful and inspiring things with you, but in this case it’s not just about that. If this is too much for you I suggest that you enjoy the photos without reading the long story tale. In case you feel inspired I will give all the essential links at the end of this post, scroll down and jump right into these links to start your own Love Garden creation.
The Love Garden Blanket was a journey I made with my beloved and so special mom, Eva. This blanket holds so much Mother – daughter love in each and every stitch. I feel so lucky that I had this opportunity to spend with my mom in her last weeks making a blanket with her. In the middle of April 18 my mom was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor. From that moment on I spent most of my days next to her. I felt that I want to do everything for her, and to help her with everything she needed in her last months. I just couldn’t fight my soul’s need to be next to her as much time as possible. I wanted to be close to her 24/7. I spent hours sitting at her bedside. At first I didn’t feel any need in me to crochet or knit but luckily at some point the creative bug came back. While finishing two socks projects next to my mom I understood that my creative hands bring the much needed happiness in our days together and that she enjoys this creative activity next to her. It made me understand I need to start a new project to be made next to her and with her. I was looking for a new cheerful crochet project. I looked for something colourful and not too complicated. One day just before I left to my parents house, I only had a few minutes to put some nice cotton colours in a bag. I just picked up a group of colours “happy-together”, without thinking too much, and went out. I made a very happy bag to start with – something that when you look at it, your heart will make this little happy jump. I started crocheting colourful Flower Squares. The Flower Squares pile got bigger and bigger and it became a colour festival – my mom just loved them, she looked at them and touched them with her happy eyes. Theses colourful squares became our Love Garden Blanket journey.
I crocheted Flower squares next to my mom for hours and every evening when I came back home to be with my family, I spread all of the squares I made with her, on the carpet to take an over all look at our work. Every morning, using the morning light, I took a photo of the lay-out and printed it so I can show her the progress when I was back with her. As the days went by it got harder for her to communicate, but we found our way. She showed me with her fingers what needs to be moved, what area is too hot and where more blue is needed. My mom had a sharp eye for colour and her creativity strongly existed till her very last moments. She loved the process of this blanket . It was a very creative routine that drew so much love and care from both of us one to each other. I am so thankful for those memories. When I finished crocheting all the Flower squares and started framing them with 3 more rows of solid dc’s, I wasn’t sure regarding the colour for framing. I tried a few options on how to turn them into Love Garden squares and she helped me make this decision. She said all the beautiful words on earth while looking at these squares. One morning I found this A4 printed paper folded under her pillow, I will never ever forget that moment, she asked my aunt the night before to put it under her pillow, before she went to sleep. I could hardly hold my tears. My heart was full of THANKFUL feelings till this moment and forever.
At a certain point I realized this project is going too fast, I was afraid in so many ways to finish it. I decided to add one more row to our Love Garden. The final blanket ended up with 9 columns X 7 rows = 63 squares. I also decided to create a lay-out so that there are no two flowers in the same colour in any row or column. My mom was very positive about this idea, we both liked the challenge and felt ready for it. The lay-out story in the Love Garden blanket is not just about not having the two of the same colour flower in any row or column but also about a strong memory I have connected to my mom. It was the first ‘real’ set of colours she bought me when I was a little girl. It was a very special set of colours, bigger than the usual basic ones. I was a young kid but I strongly remember that I was totally in love with this pack. What attracted me the most was the way the colours were arranged in the box, it was that very rich rainbow colour flow. I was in love with this box of colours. I loved using it and felt I own a special thing. I remember trying so hard to keep the original order of colours in that box. I was afraid to lose this magical rainbow flow. Now take a closer look at the order of the squares. Look at the colours that frame the flowers. Can you see the way I arranged them? Just like in the box of colours, where a few shades of the same colour were placed next to the each other, the inner squares in each column are made out of two shades of the same colour. Like if you look at the first left column you will see four Turquoise squares on the top of the column continued by three Teal squares. I tries to keep them all arranged in that rainbow flow. The flowers that sit on top of that flow show the mess created in my colour box after using the set so many times:)
My first ever ‘colour talk’ was with my mom. I was about 3-4 years old and I painted something. She looked at my painting and said that it is really fresh and clever to put Magenta next to Citron and Lime Green. This was the first time I realized colours have so many more names then just Red, Blue or Green. The Love Garden blanket holds all these sweet memories and my heart is full of thankfulness for being raised by such a special mom.When we were both happy with the layout and all 63 squares were ready, I put each of the 7 rows in a pile to get ready for the joining. I really liked the idea of graduating from Platinum colour to Shale Grey and than to the Sand colour on the joining. So Sand was picked for the joining – all included in my Love Garden Yarn pack.As I shared in my Joining tutorial, I worked by rows, starting to join from the top row, using Sand colour for the joining. Thank G-d at this point she could still recognize me but her memory was gradually effected. She could still communicate, but it wasn’t easy for her. I could understand everything she tried to say even if she used some broken words. I made almost all the joining next to her, and she was still with me in the making. I could feel that just like me, she was excited seeing it all come together to one piece. Our Love Garden blanket is one special happy piece. When I finally made my last joining stitch and spread it all next to her bad she could barely talk but her eyes told me she loved it. I knew she loves it, It was so clear. When I came back home that day I spread our Love Garden on the carpet and I was so happy she had the opportunity to see it all joined. It was even prettier than what I could except and I was glad we made it all together up to here. This special project brought gazillions of happy moments into her last weeks. It’s really hard to describe how I felt at that moment, it was a very mixed-emotional moment. All 63 Love Garden squares became one piece and their fresh colours popped up from the Platinum framing and on the other hand I knew that it is not sure at all she would still recognize me tomorrow. The squares where all joined and it was the time for framing, but I just couldn’t make it. I left it folded in it’s bag for a while without being able to make any progress on the framing. The only thing I could do was to keep on with the same Sand colour and make the first dc’s round, around the whole blanket. It was just like a therapy, crocheting dc’s around without too much thinking or designing needed. I didn’t know what kind of framing I was going to design but I knew it would need my creative brain in it’s full capacity. It was too much for me to search for the right framing at that point.