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This shawl is one of those totally unexpected projects. Like, you work on something completely different, and then an idea in some way related to the thing you’re working on, pops up in your head, and you just have to try it out. You don’t want to let it go. That happened to me with this shawl. I was working on figuring out a border for a blanket, and when I finished it, I saw that if repeated, that border could be used in a simple triangle shawl. Needless to say, I immediately grabbed my crochet hook and some pale greenish yarn from my stash, and started to build this shawl. It went so smoothly that I really enjoyed the whole process.

There are some patterns which are very hard to give birth to, and there are patterns which are so easy and effortless. Kaya shawl is definitely the latter kind of the pattern. Maybe that’s the main reason I decided to name it Kaya shawl, after my paternal grandmother who I loved so much, so effortlessly. I probably spent my happiest childhood days in her house, playing with my sister, and our neighbors. She gave me that incredible feeling of protection and unconditional love, and I’m forever grateful to her for that.

Let’s say a few words about the shawl. I love how simple it is, but interesting at the same time, which is a quality I appreciate very much. It has a beautiful texture created with popcorn stitches and empty spaces. It can be made with any yarn. I used 100% cotton yarn, 170m/50g. The pale blue-green version is made with Maja yarn by Bimtex, and the pink version is made with Cotton 8 by Stoff & stil. I used 3.5 mm crochet hook.
The finished shawl measures approximately 158 cm x 77 cm (62” x30”). I would say it’s an ideal project for an intermediate crocheter or even an ambitious beginner who wants to improve their crochet skills and learn new stitches.

The pattern is written in English using US crochet terms. There are 20 step-by-step pictures, and 2 crochet charts for all of you who prefer charts. I personally love charts. When you take a look at it, you can instantly see what stitches are used, and know everything you’re supposed to do to accomplish the pattern. You have the picture of the whole pattern in front of you. I really like that.

The pattern is now available in Dada’s place shop, here (Payment options: credit cards and PayPal), in my Ravelry shop, and in my Etsy shop. (Payment option: PayPal)

If you make Kaya shawl, please share it on your favorite social media platform, using #kayashawl

I would really like to see what you will do with the pattern!
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I bet that you love free crochet patterns! But maybe doilies are not exactly your jam. I know. I’ve been there. But, doilies are so fun to make! Believe me! I think that they are ideal crochet projects for any beginner, because they are quite quick to make, and you can have that sweet feeling of accomplishment after just several hours of your effort. Plus they are beautiful! 

Simple and elegant, this doily is the perfect crochet project for beginners. Or ideal project for a lazy and relaxing weekend… You can make this doily to treat yourself, or you can tell someone how important he/she is by gifting them this beautiful handmade doily.

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Skill level: Beginner
Stitches: magic ring, slip stitch, chain stitch (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tr), 4tr bobble stitch, 3tr bobble stitch, picot-4 stitch, standing single crochet
Crochet hook: 2mm (USA – size B1)
Size: 18 x 18 cm (7” x 7”)
Crochet terms: standard US crochet terms
Yarn: thread for doilies 100% cotton, 530m/100g – you will need approximately 10 g of the main color.

So, let’s get started!

Start with a magic ring. Make ch-4 in ring (counts as dc + ch-1) (1),

dc in ring, ch-1 (2),

[dc in ring, ch-1] x 6 (3);

pull the yarn tail and close the ring. You should have 8 dc with ch-1 between each dc (4);

Join with slip st to the third chain of the initial ch-4; Fasten off (5).

Take the yarn you want to use for the petals. Attach the yarn in any ch-1 space and make ch-4 (counts as the first tr in bobble stitch) (6);

Now, we’re going to make an “incomplete” tr – yo twice, insert the hook into the same space, yo, pull up a loop, [yo, draw the yarn through 2 loops] twice. You should have two loops on the hook (7);

make two more “incomplete” tr (itr henceforward) in the same space; now you have four loops on your hook (8);

yo (9),

and draw the yarn through all four loops on the hook. This is our first 4 tr bobble stitch (10);

make ch-5 (11),

then 4 itr in the next ch-1 space; now you have five loops on the hook (12);

yo, and draw the yarn through all five loops on the hook, ch-5 (13);

make * 4 tr bobble stitch in the next ch-1 space, ch-5 (14);

repeat from * five more times; you should have 8 bobble stitches with ch-5 between each bobble (15).

join with slip st to the top of the beginning bobble (16);

Fasten off. We’re going to make a standing sc, so take the background color and make a slip knot on your hook (17).

Make standing sc – (Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, and draw yarn through both loops on the hook) at the beginning of any ch-5 spaces (18).

Make 6 sc in the same space – 7 sc in total (19),

make 7 sc in the next ch-5 space (20),

then 7 sc in the next 6 ch-5 spaces (21);

join with slip st to the standing sc and make ch-9 – counts as hdc + ch-7 (22);

* skip the next 6 sc, and make hdc in the next sc, then make ch-7 (23);

repeat from * six more times (24);

Join with slip st to the second chain of the initial ch-9 (25);

make 9 sc in the next ch-7 space (26);

make 9 sc in the next 7 ch-7 spaces (27);

join with slip st to the first sc and make ch-5 – counts as tr + ch-1 (28);

skip the next sc, make tr in the next sc (29);

[ch-1, skip the next sc, tr in the next sc] x 3, ch-3 (30);

make * tr in the next sc, [ch-1, skip the next sc, tr in the next sc] x 4, ch-3 (31);

repeat from * 6 more times (32);

join with slip st to the fourth chain of the initial ch-5 (33);

make slip st in the next ch-1 space (34).

Now, we’re going to make another bobble stitch. This time 3 tr bobble, so, make ch-4, 2 itr in the same space (35);

yo, and draw the yarn through all three loops on the hook (36);

make [ch-2, bobble in the next ch-1 space] x 3 (37);

ch-3, tr in the next ch-3 space, ch-3 (38);

make * [bobble in the next ch-1 space, ch-2] x 3, bobble in the next ch-1 space, ch-3, tr in the next ch-3 space, ch-3 (39);

repeat from * six more times (40);

join with slip st to the top of the beginning bobble (41);

slip st in the next ch-2 space, make the beginning bobble, [ch-2, bobble in the next ch-2 space] x 2 (42);

ch-3, tr in the next tr, [ch-1, tr in the same tr], x 2, ch-3 (43);

make * [bobble in the next ch-2 space, ch-2] x 2, bobble in the next ch-2 space, ch-3, tr in the next tr, [ch-1, tr in the same tr], x 2, ch-3 (44);

repeat from * six more times (45);

join with slip st to the top of the beginning bobble, slip st in the next ch-2 space, make the beginning bobble, ch-2, bobble in the next ch-2 space (46);

ch-3, tr in the next tr, ch-1, tr in the same tr, [ch-1, tr in the next tr, ch-1, tr in the same tr] x 2, ch-3 (47),

make * bobble in the next ch-2 space, ch-2, bobble in the next ch-2 space, ch-3, tr in the next tr, ch-1, tr in the same tr, [ch-1, tr in the next tr, ch-1, tr in the same tr] x 2, ch-3 (48);

repeat from * 6 more times (49);

join with slip st to the top of the beginning bobble, slip st in the next ch-2 space, make the beginning bobble, [ch-1, tr in the next tr, ch-1, tr in the same tr] x 6, ch-1 (50);

make * bobble in the next ch-2 space, [ch-1, tr in the next tr, ch-1, tr in the same tr] x 6, ch-1 (51);

repeat from * 6 more times (52);

join with slip st to the top of the beginning bobble; fasten off (53).

Make a slip knot on your hook with a contrasting color, then standing sc in ch-1 space before any bobble, make sc in the same space (54);

Now, we’re going to make a picot-4 stitch, so make ch-4; I marked the stitch where you should make slip st. It’s the fifth stitch from the hook (55);

so, pull the hook through both loops of that stitch (56),

yo, and draw the yarn through the stitch and through the loop on your hook (57).

Make 2 sc in the next thirteen ch-1 spaces (58);

* make picot-4, 2 sc in the next thirteen ch-1 spaces (59);

repeat from * five more times (60);

make picot-4, 2 sc in the next twelve ch-1 spaces; We’re going to make an invisible join, now. Cut the yarn and pull it through the stitch (61).

Thread a tapestry needle. Skip the standing sc, and insert your needle under both loops of the next sc, from back to front, and pull it through (62);

Insert your needle back, in the last sc you made, through the back loop only, from front to back, and pull it through. Weave in the yarn end (63).

And now you have it! Simple to make, beautiful and modern doily pattern! Hope you will like it! I would love to see your finished creations, so please share them on the Internet, tag me and use #followmedoily hash tag.

Although this pattern is free, it is copyright protected, so please don’t sell or publish this pattern anywhere, don’t translate it, or make YouTube videos without my permission. Thank you for respecting my work.
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If you’d like to have a printable pdf version of the pattern, you can get it for only $3.97 in Dada’s place shop, here.
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Happy crocheting!

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Looking at the big pile of little baby sweaters I’ve been making for the last two months, I think about what a rollercoaster I had to go through, to finally cross the finish line. The road from the idea about the little teddy bear sweater to the finished pattern was very long, and unpredictable, and I must admit that I didn’t always enjoy the ride. But I’m happy that the pattern is finally finished and I hope that I will see the pictures of cute little babies wearing this teddy bear sweater all around the Internet! So, if you make your version of “It’s a bear!” sweater, please, please, please post your picture on the Internet and tag me, wherever you publish it. I would really love to see all your creations! The best way for me to see your pullover is to use hash tag #itsabearsweater on Instagram, or to tag me (on Instagram and Facebook). I will share the best pictures in my Instastories.

The pattern comes in four sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-18 months. The sweater is quite warm and stretchable. My intention for this pattern was to make a beautiful, simple baby garment with clean lines, but very practical and wearable at the same time. The sweater is worked from the top down. It is made in one piece; no assembly is needed.

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I designed this sweater making sure that the collar is big and stretchable enough for a gentle baby’s head.

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The pattern is very detailed, with more than 120 step-by-step pictures. There is a crochet chart for teddy bear applique, as well as step-by-step tutorial, and written pattern. All main parts of the process of making a sweater (how to make chainless foundation, how to separate sleeves from the body, how to make sleeves, how to decrease with hdc) are given in step-by-step tutorials. I tried once again to make the pattern which will guide you easily and effortlessly from the beginning to the end. Hope I succeeded in doing that.

As for the majority of my crochet project, I used “Tango” yarn from St. George. Since it isn’t available on-line and you can’t get it if you live anywhere outside Serbia I would like to recommend two alternatives to “Tango” yarn. They’re both 100% cotton yarn, the same weight as “Tango”, and they’re gorgeous!
The first one is “Catona”, manufactured by Scheepjes, which you’re probably very familiar with, especially if you live in Europe. “Catona” has a very rich and beautiful color palette (somewhere over 100 shades!), you can check it out, here.

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The second one is “Catania” from Schachenmayr. It also comes in a variety of colors (105 to be exact!), and looks beautiful. Click here to check it out.

I would say that this pattern is suitable for intermediate crocheters who have already had some experience in making crochet garments, or can follow successfully complex crochet patterns from the beginning to the end.

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Now, when I learned a few lessons about making crochet garments, I’m thinking about designing the whole series of cute, animal inspired baby clothes. I’d appreciate it if you let me know in the comments your thoughts about it. Is it a good idea? Or should I turn my attention back to designing crochet blanket patterns?

I know that what you would probably like most is to see more free patterns on my blog. I promise that I will publish the next free crochet pattern by the end of March, at the latest. Probably sooner.

“It’s a bear!” baby sweater pattern is now available in all my shops. You can buy it in Dada’s place shop. Click here to buy the pattern.

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It is also available in my Etsy shop, as well in Dada’s Ravelry shop.

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Happy crocheting!

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Do you remember my Vintage style blanket? I noticed that it’s very popular on Pinterest, and the blog post about it with a free pattern is one of the most visited posts on my site. I don’t know how many of you tried the pattern, but I received several emails from inexperienced crocheters who asked me to make a step-by-step tutorial. Since I really love that pattern and think that every beginner could make it with a detailed pattern, I decided to make a step-by-step picture tutorial. I made some minor changes to the pattern during the process, added one round, so it is not exactly the same pattern as my Vintage style crochet blanket.

I named it Fenya blanket. Fenya was my first dog. My first big victory. My sister and I have always loved animals, and since we were little we wanted to have a dog. Our working parents didn’t want any additional obligations, like walking a dog when their daughters get bored with an active puppy full of energy. They always categorically rejected us when we asked to get a dog. But we were persistent. We went to dog shows, read dog magazines, and we asked and begged. Again and again. My older cousin told me once that when you want something so badly you have to think, pray and to draw it. So I thought about my future dog, and I drew it. And one day our parents relented: “Yes, you can have a dog” Just like that! I was 16 at the time, and I couldn’t believe that after so many years of asking and begging our prayers were answered! So, we bought an Airedale terrier. Our first dog. Her name was Fenya.

She was my first big victory. Something I had to fight for. For years. And let me tel you, our parents didn’t have to walk or feed her, or to do anything for her. Never. We didn’t get bored with her.

Fenya blanket measures approximately 105 cm x 105 cm (41” x 41”) and it consists of 16 squares. You can make the blanket bigger simply by adding more squares. The squares are quite big, 22 x 22 cm (8,7” x 8,7”). The whole blanket weighs 940g.

I made it with 100% cotton yarn “Cotton Classic” by St. George – 120m/50g but you can use whatever yarn you like. I chose this yarn primarily because of that pale powder pink color which I seriously adore.

I used Alize “Cotton gold” yarn for my previous blanket. It is a mix of cotton and acrylic, very soft and fluffy. And it looks great in this blanket.

I made a pdf pattern and step-by-step tutorial with more than 90 photographs. The pattern includes detailed explanation on how to make the squares, join the squares and make a border. I also made a crochet chart for the square.

The printable pdf pattern is now available in Dada’s place shop (payment options: PayPal and credit cards), and my Etsy shop (payment option: PayPal).

I would really, really like to see your finished blankets, to see your own versions, so if you post it anywhere on the Internet please tag me and use hash tag #fenyablanket

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Click here to get Fenya blanket pattern for only $3.99!

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Do you remember my boho-chic bags? I really love that pattern, and decided to make one for myself. Although I love the colors from the pattern, I must admit that when it comes to my dressing style I’m not a very adventurous person. I prefer neutral colors and maybe some shades of pink in the summer. That’s all! So, I decided to make a boho-chic bag in some neutral color, and found the perfect yarn for that project. It is Eco-cotton by Yarn Art, color 768, 220m/100g, 85% cotton, 15% polyester. Made in Turkey. I really like that shade of dark beige. It looks like nature! if you know what I mean… I spent 2 skeins of 100g.

The great thing about making a bag, is that you need to make only 8 granny squares (at least in this case), which is quite easy and fast to do. So it might be an ideal project for a crafty weekend. I finished all crocheted parts very quickly, but I procrastinated with lining the bag, because sewing isn’t something I’m eager to do. But, after some time, maybe a week, I really wanted my bag finished and ready to wear, so I sit down and did a quite simple job of lining the bag. It took me maybe an hour. Actually, it took me one week and an hour. The lesson – learned! Procrastination does not pay off! “Life is short, don’t be lazy” to quote Sophia Amoruso from #girlboss. (by the way, the book is great!)

The bag is a bit larger than my previous bags, it’s 30 cm (11,8″) x 32 cm (12,6″), and the strap is 112 cm (44″) long.

I used a plain cotton fabric for the lining, and that’s all!

You can check out my Boho-chic bag pattern (and many others…) in Dada’s place shop or in my Etsy shop. I’m offering 25% off the boho-chic bag pattern in my shops through Monday, November 5th. The discount is already calculated in the price, no codes needed.

Click here to buy the Boho-chic bag pattern with 25% discount.

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Today is a gorgeous sunny day, and I would really like to go outside and enjoy the gentle autumn sunrays on my face, and maybe to take my dog to a park, but. I promised myself that I will write this post first. So, here I am, sitting at my computer, mulling over how to start this post. I think this won’t be a long one.

I’ve been working on the new, improved version of my existing teddy bear baby blanket pattern, and was experimenting with different squares. Made lots of them, and wanted to use them in some crochet project. Since crochet cushions are my second favorite crochet things, (right after crochet blankets) I decided to make one. This is my second animal cushion. A few years ago I made a little owl cushion, and you can find more about it (including the link to the free pattern) in this blog post.

I used 100% cotton yarn “Tango” from St. George – 125m/50g. I made 12 granny squares and joined them together with single crochet. As with all of my previous crochet cushions, I didn’t crochet the back side. I made it with a plain cotton fabric. I also added a zipper for easier washing. Nice and clean. I love how the fabric prevents the cushion from stretching.

One of my followers on Instagram asked me if I make the bears at the end and then sew them on the blanket. The answer is of course not, because it would be too complicated for me. I always try to find the simplest solution. Maybe this teddy bear square doesn’t look as if it’s simple to make, but it really is.

Although I adore bright, happy colors, this time I wanted to reduce my color palette. I chose only three colors. The beige, and two shades of blue for this project. And I like it! From time to time I just want things to be as simple as that! If only we could apply this in all areas of our lives. To make it (our life I mean) as simple as it can be. I would really like that!

The border is very simple. It’s a shell stitch border. Just make 5 dc in the same stitch, skip the next st, sc in the next st. Repeat that around the cushion, or blanket, or anything actually.
I’m very excited because the new version of my teddy bear baby blanket pattern is coming soon!

In the meantime you can check out my old version of the pattern (my bestselling pattern of all times) here, or my Vintage style teddy bear blanket pattern, here.
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Have a nice day!

P. S. This teddy bear cushion is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop, here.

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I must admit that at the beginning of my crochet adventure I had never thought that I would ever make any doily. I thought that they are outdated and boring. I wanted to make colorful, interesting and modern stuff. And I did make many colorful, interesting and modern crochet items. But then, somehow, I made my first doily. It was colorful, interesting and modern. And I really enjoyed making it!

So, after that first enjoyable experience, I changed my mind about crocheting doilies, and made many more colorful and fun doilies. I always followed somebody else’s pattern. But, recently, I wanted to make a lacy square for the scarf I had in my mind. Although, I tried, and tried, and tried some more to do that, I always ended up with a circle, not a square.

Then, it came to my mind that it might be a simple little doily. Why not? And my very first doily pattern was born! Unexpectedly and unplanned. Still, I think it’s a great addition to my existing pattern collection.

It’s a beginner friendly pattern, and probably the ideal crochet project for someone who is inexperienced, but would like to make something useful and beautiful, and to see the results quickly. Because, this is very simple and easy crochet project. You could probably make several doilies during a weekend, or even during an afternoon, if you’re a little more experienced crocheter.

For each of these doilies I used a thin, 100% cotton thread for doilies, 530m/100g – and you would need approximately 10 g of the main color for one doily. I used 2mm crochet hook which is size B1 in the US, and size 14 in the UK.

The pattern is written in English using both US and UK crochet terminology.

Like all my patterns, this one is also very detailed (as you can see in the picture above), with lots of step-by-step pictures.

The Follow Me Doily pattern is now available in Dada’s place shop, here (payment options: Credit card and PayPal) and in my Etsy shop, here (payment option: PayPal).

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Have a nice and creative week and happy crocheting!

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Yes, I know, this probably looks familiar! That’s because I already have the pattern for the lion granny square, which is a part of my Little lion baby blanket. But, I couldn’t resist playing with that pattern, because let’s be honest, it’s so cute! Besides, I wanted to improve it a bit and to make it compatible with a classic granny square. So, I designed this new little lion granny square. It is very similar to my previous lion square, but they’re not completely the same. Also, I wanted the square pattern which I could sell separately for only half the price of the blanket pattern.

I love the fact that you can combine this square with a classic granny square (as I did in this blanket above) and make some interesting combinations. Also, you can make it in any size. It could be as small as 8.5 – 9 cm or as big as 15 – 20 cm, and even bigger, there is no limit to how big you can make this square, because you can add as many rows as you like.

To make this granny square you will need 5 mm plastic beads with a hole in the middle large enough to pull the yarn through easily. You will need some yarn. I prefer cotton yarn for this kind of crochet projects. I used 100 % cotton yarn “Tango” from St. George, 125m/50g. I know that if you live outside Serbia, you aren’t able to buy this yarn, so I would like to recommend two other yarn brands. They’re both the same weight as “Tango” and as I can see, of similar quality. And they’re available online. The first one is Catania by Schachenmayr, and the second one is Catona by Scheepjeswol.

As always, the pattern is very detailed. There are more than 60 step-by-step pictures, a crochet chart, explanation on how to string beads onto yarn, as well as the written pattern. I think that any ambitious beginner who mastered the basic stitches like: magic ring, single crochet, double crochet and treble crochet would be able to make it effortlessly.

I’m very curious to see what are you going to make with this square, so I decided to host a yarny giveaway. I would like you to post your finished crochet projects made using this pattern on Ravelry, and I will choose the project I like best. The winner will receive these 16 skeins of “Tango” yarn. Actually 15 skeins of “Tango” + 1 skein of “Tanja” yarn.

To enter:
1. use at least four Dada’s lion squares in your project,
2. make something useful. You can’t just make four squares and join them together,
3. post your project on Ravelry, by August 18th. You don’t have to buy the pattern on Ravelry, though.

The pattern is now available in my shop, so if you’d like to check it out, click here.

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Yes, I know. It seems that after “Shawlmania” I’ve caught another bug. This time it’s “Pillowmania”! This is my third post in a row about crochet pillows! I really don’t know how to explain that, but apparently I have been in a mood for making pillows, lately.

Probably, because they are so decorative, mood lifting and easy to make! Plus, when it comes to yarn, you probably won’t have to buy any, because I bet you have plenty in your yarn stash that you can use to make a simple pillow.

This pillow was particularly easy to make, because I used the simplest and maybe the oldest granny square pattern ever – the classic granny square pattern. Which I appreciate on so many levels. First, it’s very suitable for playing with colors. Actually, it makes playing with colors such an easy task, because honestly, you can’t go very wrong with it. You can chose some neutral color, like gray (like I did), add another three basic colors, and that’s it! You have a winner!

For this granny square pillow I used the same yarn (leftovers) I used for my Lily’s blanket. It’s Yarn Art – Ecco-cotton, 100g/220m, 85% cotton 15% polyester, and I especially like that sparkly “Una” yarn (from St. George, 50g/115m 50% acrylic, 45% cotton, 5% metallized polyester), I used for the edge. It raises the pillow to a whole new level.

If you’re bored with my posts about crochet pillows, please don’t worry. I promise the next time I will be writing about something completely different. About something quite bigger, with eyes and smiles.

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In my previous post I presented you with my flowery cushion. Which you, as it turned out, really liked. I started to work on the pattern for that flowery square, and in the meantime I finished this cushion. I really wanted to try out these colors and see how they would go with each other. I quite like the result! And I like the fact that I finished my flowery square pattern and step-by-step tutorial!

I wanted to try something new with this crochet pattern. Since my patterns are very detailed and making them requires a lot of time, I decided to make the pattern only for the square and not for the whole cushion. I also noticed that many of my customers are experienced enough to manage to make a cushion or blanket if they only have a square pattern. And this may be the answer. The pattern for the square will cost only half the price of the pattern for the whole cushion. If you have a building block you can make whatever you’d like. Just like with Lego blocks. You can use the same square to make completely different things, by changing the way you join them together, or by making different items. You can use this square to make cushions, blankets, bedspreads, bags, scarves, shawls, ponchos…

I really like to play with colors and to achieve completely different look with different colors. I find working with colors so fulfilling and enjoyable. Actually, choosing colors for the next crochet project is my favorite part of the process.

The flowery square pattern is very detailed; there are 42 step-by-step photos which guide you through the process, crochet chart, written pattern, and the stitch guide. I think that the pattern is suitable for beginners who have mastered the basic stitches, like: magic ring, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet.

The good thing about this square is that you can combine it with the classic granny square.
Dada’s flowery square is now available in my shop. Click here to get the pattern.

P.S. My Vintage style Teddy Bear Blanket pattern is now available in German, too! You can get it here.

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