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Keeping Your Crochet and Knitwear Safe from Moths: A Crafters’ Guide

Protect knitwear from moths

Ladies, it’s that time of year again – moth season is upon us! As crafters, we know the devastating effects these pesky insects can have on our precious crochet and knit items. But fear not, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve to keep your creations safe and sound.

Here’s my 4min youtube video about this, if you prefer watching to reading: click HERE

Natural Remedies are Key

I swear by natural materials when it comes to moth protection. Dried lavender is my go-to, and I source mine from Amazon in generous 500g packets for the best value. I use small cotton bags filled with dried lavender, placing them alongside my knitwear in larger cotton bags. If your bag is bursting with items, don’t hesitate to add an extra lavender sachet. Lavender is a powerhouse when it comes to keeping moths at bay!

A Thoughtful Touch for Gifts

For those crochet items that are destined to be gifted, I’ve recently started slipping in a small lavender bag alongside the gift. Not only does it add a lovely, fragrant touch, but it also serves a practical purpose in protecting the crochet piece from moth damage.

Extend the Protection to Your Yarn Stash

My vigilance doesn’t stop at finished items; I also safeguard my yarn stash using the same method. Storing yarn in cotton bags with lavender sachets, which are then placed in boxes, has proven to be a foolproof strategy. Thanks to this routine, my yarn collection remains moth-free and ready for my next project.

Share Your Wisdom

Do you have any tried-and-true tips for keeping your knitwear safe from moths? Share your insights with us! Let’s build a community of crafters dedicated to preserving our creations from these unwelcome visitors.

Together, we can outsmart those moths and ensure our crochet and knit items remain in pristine condition for years to come. Happy crafting and moth-proofing!

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Review – Lydia’s Cozy Sweater

Lydias Cozy Sweater Crochet Pattern

Introducing Lydia’s Cozy Sweater Pattern: Your Winter Wardrobe Gem! 🧶

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Review Lydia's Cozy Sweater

Are you ready to elevate your winter wardrobe to a whole new level of comfort, style, and uniqueness?

Look no further than Lydia’s Cozy Sweater – a true gem among crochet patterns that promises to become your favorite go-to project for the chilly season!

Instant Download Bliss

Crafters, rejoice! This instant downloadable PDF pattern is here to save the day – dive headfirst into your next creative adventure.

Whether you’re an eager beginner or an experienced hook enthusiast, these step-by-step how-to instructions will guide you effortlessly. And let’s not forget the close-up process photos that make every stitch a breeze to follow.

A Design Worth Celebrating

Lydia’s Cozy Sweater isn’t just a garment; it’s a work of art that’s designed to make you feel confident, cozy, and oh-so-stylish.

The loose fit ensures comfort without compromising on style, giving you the freedom to move while flaunting a chic silhouette.

Lydia's Cozy Sweater - a crochet pattern

The texture of this sweater? Prepare to be enchanted by the depth and dimension it adds to your creation.

And those sewn-on sleeves? They’re the thoughtful touch that takes your sweater from casual to oh-so-stylish.

Crafting at Warp Speed

Let’s talk about speed – the kind that takes your crochet journey from zero to stunning in record time.

Thanks to the combination of thick yarn and a 6.5mm hook, Lydia’s Cozy Sweater works up faster than you can say “hook and loop.”

It’s the perfect project for crafters of all levels, from novices to seasoned pros.

Witness the magic as your unique handmade top takes shape at an impressive pace.

Your Pattern, Your Way

I know that every crafter has their favorite online crafting community, and I want everyone to have access to Lydia’s Cozy Sweater pattern.

That’s why I’ve made it available on multiple platforms – Ravelry, Etsy, Ribblr, LoveCrafts, and this website.

No matter where you like to connect, create, and share, you can snag this pattern and embark on your crochet journey with ease.

Winter Wardrobe Essential

Say goodbye to grey cold-weather woes and embrace the cozy vibes with Lydia’s Cozy Sweater.

Whether you’re a seasoned crochet pro looking for a satisfying project or a newbie eager to impress, this pattern is tailor-made for you.

Experience the joy of crafting a beautiful and versatile sweater that promises warmth and style throughout the colder months.

But don’t just take my word for it – take a cue from our delighted testers, who can’t wait to make another in a different color.

Lydia's Cozy Sweater

That’s right – the love for Lydia’s Cozy Sweater is real, and it’s waiting for you to join in the fun.

So why wait? Grab your hooks, your favorite yarn, and let Lydia’s Cozy Sweater pattern lead you on a crochet adventure like no other.

Create, wrap yourself in comfort, and showcase your unique style with every stitch.

Your winter wardrobe will thank you! 🧶❄️

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Review of Baltic Vibes Hat & Cowl Patterns – Inspiration, Technique, Materials, Colours

Here’s a review of Baltic Vibes Hat & Cowl patterns.

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Design Inspiration Review

With this pattern I continue to celebrate my Lithuanian heritage, a beautiful country by the Baltic Sea.

Review of Baltic Vibes Hat and Cowl  Patterns

I often get inspiration from traditional Lithuanian weaving and embroidery designs, as well as other traditional crafts and try to create variations for a contemporary wardrobe and home. Some of my designs and patterns even get to see the light of day!

My Baltic patterns series also includes Baltic Flowers Fingerless Gloves and Cowl, Baltic Sun Fingerless Gloves and Earwarmer, Baltic Vibes Cushion Cover, Baltic Vibes Coaster and Baltic Blooms Coaster patterns.

Technique Review

This hat and cowl pattern uses mosaic crochet technique, which lends itself beautifully to timeless traditional designs.

If you have never crocheted in mosaic technique before, this is a good project to dip your toes in.

The pattern document includes special photo tutorial for mosaic crochet beginners, and has detailed step-by-step instructions, explanations, charts and videos to help you successfully complete this project.

Also there are no complicated special stitches, all you need to know to successfully crochet the Baltic Vibes Hat & Cowl are the most basic crochet stitches – chain, single crochet, double crochet and slip stitch.

Tools and Materials Review:

3mm hook

Two contrasting colour yarns (TIP. The pattern will look best when there is high contrast in colours.)
Weight: 4-ply (also known as fingering, sock or baby yarn), 50g (1.8oz)/210m (230yds).
Yarn used here: DROPS Flora 50g skeins 100% wool.

I got the yarn HERE

It is also available on Amazon HERE

If you have a different yarn that you would like to use, watch this short video on how to substitute yarn for crochet projects.

Colour Review:

In mosaic crochet patterns we usually work with two colours. If you want the pattern to stand out, use high contrast colours, such as white and dark grey as in my case.

See other colour combinations from some of my testers here:

Linda chose a wine/grey colour combination.

Gayla’s choice was gold/white combination.

Louise, in the meantime, decided sky blue and white would look best for her:

But if you want to create a very subtle textured look, you may consider using pastel colours, like Kathleen did here:

As you can see, the choice of colours and their combinations lends the pattern a totally different look and feel.

So what colour combinations will you go for? Is it something very classic like black and white, or something totally unexpected?

Let me know!

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Ways to Wear the Lavender Fields Lace Dress

Ways to Wear Lavender Fields Dress

Ways to Wear my Lavender Fields Lace Dress.

After the recent launch of my Lavender Fields Lace Dress crochet pattern, I ran into a dilemma.

I completed the dress in the summertime, and it made a perfect outfit for those balmy late August and early September evenings.

But by the time my lovely team of testers finished testing the pattern, October has arrived.

You can get the pattern on ETSY | RAVELRY |THIS WEBSITE | RIBBLR (coming soon)

Hence the dilemma:

How can I wear my lace dress in autumn and even later into the cold season? Is it even possible? Is this dress just for warm season or can it be realistically worn during the chilly months of the year?

So to answer these questions, I grabbed my Lavender Fields Dress and headed for the shops.

My plan was to find at least two warm undergarments that I could easily pair with my lace dress.

So here are the results of my little ‘Ways to Wear’ experiment in the changing rooms:

  1. Black knit pullover and a black slip paired with black suede boots.
Ways to Wear Lavender Fields Dress Black Background

I really love this look where black background makes the lace texture stand out.

The turtleneck keeps me warm and cozy, and I do not have to think whether or not it sits well. Yes, am keeping this set, it’s a winner!

Other dark monochrome colours would also work very well, and they would be really effective, if you could keep the footwear in the same colour.

Ways to wear Lavender Fields Dress

2. Ribbed jumper dress in nude colour and brown suede boots.

Before going into the shops, I actually thought I will simply buy a few knit jumper dresses in different colours and be done with my experiment. Turns out, they are not so easy to find!

I found this dress in nude colour, a size smaller than what I would normally wear, but it doesn’t really matter, because the material stretches and my intention is to only wear it as an undergarment.

Ways to Wear Lavender Fields Dress nude ribbed Background

As you can see, a simple swap of colours, lends the lace dress a totally different look and feel.

This time, the dress seems more toned down, definitely a casual daytime outfit.

As you can see from a close-up picture below, the nude colour dress has a basic ribbed pattern, which is not ideal for wearing it with my lace dress. The reason, I think, I can just get away with it because of the totally neutral colour which does not draw attention to itself. 

Another aspect to keep in mind if choosing a nude fabric as an undergarment for this dress, the first impression can be that you are not wearing anything underneath. So you may sometimes get some startled looks…

Apart from the two variations above which I’ve decided to keep, I tried on a number of different tops and dresses and took some close-up pictures to see how different fabrics, textures, colours and knits work with the lace of Lavender Fields Dress.

Here are some more pictures and conclusions from my fitting rooms adventures.

One important conclusion – my black knit pullover works the best, because the knit is very fine and plain, there isn’t any pattern on it.

The minute a garment has some sort of pattern, even a simple ribbed one, it starts clashing with the lace. Sometimes, like with my nude coloured dress, one can make it work, but very often, it’s not the best option.

Another discovery is the choice of fabric. This jersey pullover (picture below), for example, seemed like a good option while it was on a hanger. The minute I put it on, I realized it was not. It has strange, messy folds around the neck and in the chest area. So it was a NO from me.

A maroon T-shirt dress (below) seemed like an option while I was in the lovely fitting room with dimmed lights.

Ways to Wear Lavender Fields Dress synthetic marron background

When I got into the daylight though, I changed my mind. This is because the shade of the dress looked totally different and the synthetic material seemed very cheap.

So another lesson learnt – always check an item in the daylight. Especially, if it is something you will be wearing during the day.

Another discovery I’ve made is about the shape of the neckline.

So for example, I thought it would be a good idea to layer my warm tailored vest on top of the dress, just to have a different option for chillier days.

Ways to Wear Lavender Fields Dress neckline

You can judge for yourself, but to my mind, having a pullover, a V-shaped and a round neck line on the same neck at once, does not look like the best option out there. So I am not going down this road either.

So there you have it, my ‘Ways to Wear’ adventures 🙂

I hope that my little experiment will give you some ideas of how you could wear your Lavender Fields Lace Dress (or any other lace item) during the colder months.

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Aline’s Neck Warmer Variations

Aline's Neck Warmer variations

Aline’s Neck Warmer pattern design came about for practical reasons.

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While I love a straightforward cowl like this one, and wear mine very often, I found that whenever I have a V-neck top on, my chest gets somewhat chilly.

So to solve this problem, I simply created a dicky-like Aline’s neck warmer, with a triangular bib in the front, which will cover the chest without adding any bulk to an outfit.

Bib like Aline's Neckwarmer

I intended this dicky-like neckwarmer to be worn only under other garments. I am wearing it on top of my sweater in the above picture only for demonstration purposes.

This very soft and luxurious-looking Aline’s neck warmer can be worn instead of a scarf under a coat, a jacket or a blazer or as a pullover imitation paired with V-neck tops.

Aline's Neck Warmer Variations.

I like wearing mine under my jeans or leather jackets, because I normally keep the first few buttons open and need my chest to stay cosy.

Quick project

This is a very quick project worked with 5mm and 6mm hooks.

I chose superwash classic wool 3.52oz (100g)/ 219yds (200m) yarn.

I used soft, machine washable Ella Rae yarn, but any equivalent will do (check that the yardage is the same or similar).

You can easily adjust the pattern even if you do not have the right weight yarn. If you decide to go for a chunkier yarn, you will simply reduce number of stitches.

One of my pattern testers did exactly that, see image below. I love how a thicker yarn shows off that Alpine stitch!

Gayla’s chunky neckwarmer.

With a finer yarn you will have to increase the number of stitches to achieve the size you want.

I included size increase/decrease explanations in the downloadable pattern, tehy are very easy to follow.

I originally created Aline’s Neck Warmer with a slit in the turtle neck and a button fastening. But it seems a lot of people prefer a full turtle neck without a slit. A family member asked me for a cowl like this, but with a full turtle neck. I really love how it turned out in this light blue colour (see picture below).

You can see that it is a bit loose on me as it is a larger size than the cherry one above.

Aline's Neck Warmer

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