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Dreamy Collar Styling

Styling Dreamy Collar

I have recently completed a very detailed crochet CAL pattern for my Dreamy Collar with a vintage feel and a contemporary look.

I thought I’ll show you some ways I am going to style it, so as to give you an idea of how it could be worn.

Did you know that removable collars like this are back in fashion in 2021? Although I don’t think they ever went out of fashion in the crochet world 🙂 🙂 🙂

How to wear your Dreamy Collar.

  1. Play with contrasting colours. If your collar is light, then wear it with a dark blouse or shirt.
Dreamy Collar Styling - on a black blouse tied up on the side.

You can tie the collar up on the side, like in the picture above, or centered in the front, like in the picture below.

Dreamy Collar Styling - on jeans shirt, tied up in the front.

2. Wear your Dreamy Collar on a matching colour background. If your collar is light, like mine, wear it with a cream shirt. The collar will give the whole outfit a very subtle finish and dress up even a very casual top.

3. The fashion now seems to turn around the idea of matching items that at first sight don’t match. I matched my Dreamy Collar with a leather jacket and keep thinking I should buy a leather shirt and wear it with that.

4. Wear it with other accessories such as a faux fur collar or a long necklace.

You can get a very detailed pattern CAL for this Dreamy Collar

Get it on Ravelry

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Tools and materials used:

Anchor Freccia mercerized thread, 100g/570m approx. (For this Dreamy Collar I used up less than one 50g ball of the thread.)

1mm size hook.
You can use any size of yarn and hook, but keep in mind that the larger the hook and yarn size, the chunkier your collar will be.

Parchment paper and a measuring tape for collar shape cut out.

Soft board or a flat cushion for pinning your collar cut out and individual motifs on and assembling the collar with the lace.

Pins, needle, scissors.

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2 Ways to Make a Magic Circle

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How to make a Magic Circle and why do we need it?

Beginning crocheters often wonder, how to start crocheting in a circle so as it would come out neat and tidy every single time.

Magic Circle is the answer.

In the videos below I show you two ways how to make a magic circle. Choose the one that you find easier, the finished item will look exactly the same.

Variation 1

I sometimes use this first variation when I work with thicker yarn.

Variation 2

As a rule, I usually go for this second variation, especially when crocheting with fine thread and a small hook. I find that by doing it this way, I use up less yarn.

This technique is used when starting all sorts of projects – hats, round napkins, amigurumi toys or anything else where you need to start a circle with no hole in the middle.

Here’s a Dreamy Collar project where I used magic circle to start most of the circles apart from one type. Click HERE

It doesn’t matter how fine or chunky yarn you are crocheting with, your circle will look neat and tidy every time!

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How to Crochet Spiky Snowflakes?

Spiky Snowflakes Pattern

Crochet Spiky snowflakes and decorate your Christmas tree, home or office this Holiday Season!

Spiky snowflakes

These spiky snowflakes also make a beautiful unique gift for anyone who appreciates handmade items.

To get your FREE Spiky Snowflake pattern:

Click here for Spiky Snowflakes pattern

Spiky Snowflakes

I created this spiky snowflakes pattern after looking at lots of real snowflake photography online. So this pattern resembles a spiky snowflake variety in real life.

But to be honest, I found so many real snowflake variations that I realized, you can crochet almost any kind of imaginary snowflake and it will resemble a real-life one.

One common snowflake feature though, is that each snowflake always has 6 ‘branches’. That’s apparently, a scientific fact. But don’t quote me one that! I am only a crocheter and not a snowflake scientist J

If you want to learn to crochet these beautiful Spiky Snowflakes, you can get a FREE PATTERN HERE.

Level: Beginner friendly.

It is a very easy snowflake to crochet and is perfect for beginning crocheters because you need to know only very basic stitches – slip stitch, chain, double crochet (US terminology).

Materials and tools you will need:

You may also like to crochet:

Sunshiny Snowflake, pattern HERE

Ornate Snowflake, pattern HERE.

Finishing Stage for Spiky Snowflakes

If you want to use your Spiky Snowflakes as a hanging décor element, you have to stiffen them after you have completed crocheting them.

For this step I use fabric stiffener called Mod Podge Stiffy, you can get it HERE. It works perfectly for me.

But you can also use homemade stiffeners such as water and glue mixture. Make sure the stiffener is strong enough to hold delicate branches and elements of this Spiky Snowflake.

For laying out and drying my snowflake, I use a soft board (a flat cushion will also work), put a piece of cardboard on top of it with a plastic bag covering.

For ease of access, I also use a small painting brush to apply the fabric stiffener. You can also apply your fabric stiffener with your fingers.

In many cases crocheters first apply the fabric stiffener and then lay out their snowflake to dry. In this case, I reverse the process because the snowflake has lots of small details, and it takes time to lay them out and pin them down precisely, the way I want them to look.

So I first lay out my snowflake and pin each detail in the way I want it to look in the final version. I prefer to lay it out with the wrong side facing up. This particular snowflake design has lots of small spikes, so I need quite a few pins to keep each spike in shape.

Spiky Snowflakes pinned

I then take my paint brush and apply the fabric stiffener quite generously, especially around the base of each branch. Make sure that each corner, each little spike and each branch vein have enough stiffener on them, so as the snowflake would hold its shape perfectly when dried.

Leave it to dry out.

24 hours later (or maybe even less)…

Voila! Your snowflake is ready for beautiful winter décor!

Get you FREE Spiky Snowflakes Pattern HERE

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What Is Mercerized Cotton Yarn?

What is mercerized cotton?

When you go shopping for cotton yarn or thread, you may have noticed that sometimes the label says 100% cotton while other times it says 100% mercerized cotton.

So what is mercerized cotton? And why is it important for your handmade projects?

I filmed this short video explaining what mercerization process means and how it affects the final finish of your crochet or knit item.

I often use this type of cotton thread in my projects. By the way, pearl or perle cotton has also gone through mercerization process.

I find that accessories or dressy outfits made from mercerized cotton look particularly good.

Here are the projects where I used this type of thread:

Chrysanthemum Flower Brooch

Choker Collar

Barefoot Sandals

Tropical Monstera Leaves

Irish Crochet Dress

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Auntie Monika’s Granny Squares

Auntie Monika's Granny Squares PDF Pattern

A little story about this granny square pattern, which I have called Auntie Monika’s Granny Squares.

A couple of years ago, I inherited a couple of small handmade items when my Auntie Monika passed away. Among them, there was a set of crochet granny square napkins with a table runner. They were made from a very simple, crude-looking thread.

The set was lying there peacefully in my cupboard until one day I came rummaging around looking for some napkins for my glass dining table.

At first, I couldn’t find anything suitable, but then I noticed Auntie Monika’s set of granny square napkins…

I picked them up and thought to myself they will have to do for now until I find something better…

…and placed them on my glass table.

Suddenly, an unexpected transformation!

Auntie Monika's granny squares

These granny square napkins transformed from something ordinary-looking, something I had seen a million times before, to unique table decor enhancing my contemporary and somewhat eclectic setting.

And it didn’t matter that the napkins were about 50 years old, made from the crudest thread you could find.

Suddenly, from an interim fill-in item, Auntie Monika’s granny square napkins transformed into something I absolutely love!

Auntie Monika's granny squares on tablecloth

I use them on my glass dining and coffee tables, I use them in my caravan. I use them as napkins for coffee cups as well as for placing hot items such as coffee pots or hot serving bowls.

And a huge bonus to all this experience is that every time I pick up the napkins, I spare a little thought to my auntie Monika, who crocheted these delightful napkins all those years ago.

My auntie didn’t leave the pattern. In fact, crochet and knitting was something she did but didn’t really talk about. For people of her generation, it was something ordinary, something everyone could do, like cooking a meal or weeding one’s garden.

But I think, these delightful granny squares deserve to be shared with the world!

Auntie Monika's granny squares made from DK yarn

So I reverse-engineered the pattern, wrote it down, took lots of process pictures and am happy to say the pattern is available now! Click HERE.

Auntie Monika's granny squares mint green napkin

These granny square napkins are so quick and easy to make. Plus, as any granny square, they have lots of potential uses!

For Step-by-step instructions downloadable PDF pattern:

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