My Inspirations

Tester Call “Dreamer Crochet Top”

Hey there!

I am looking for testers for my pattern “Dreamer Crochet Top”. The pattern is really simple and beginner-friendly – only basic crochet stitches are used!

Materials: I used sport-weight yarn (cotton/nylon) and a 6.5 mm crochet hook.

Timeline: application deadline is on Friday, July 30th 2021. I will choose the testers over the weekend and contact them on Monday, August 2nd. After that testers will have 8 weeks (for sizes XS-L) and 9 weeks (for sizes XL-2XL) to complete the pattern/provide feedback/send photos.

Sizes: Pattern is written for sizes XS-2XL. If your size is outside of this range, please apply anyway and I will work on additional sizes with your help 🙂

Thanks so much for reading! If you want to apply for testing, fill out the tester form.

If you have any further questions, contact me here or via instagram.

Your Ana

My Inspirations

Mosaic Crochet: My First Steps

One of my crochet new year resolutions is to learn mosaic crochet. I thought it will be complicated and hard with all the colours and yarn ends. So I was pushing forward my first attempt of mosaic crochet for months until I have told myself: I have to try it in 2021!

And directly in January I could test a beautiful mosaic crochet sock pattern by @yarnandfabric. So I am making my first crochet sock ever and I am learning mosaic crochet. Two “firsts ever” in one pattern! So far I love it and the mosaic part is really easy to follow and now I am so motivated to add a mosaic crochet element to all my creations.

What about you? Have you tried mosaic crochet? What is your favouring crochet technique?

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My Crochet Highlights 2020

The year 2020 is almost (finally) over and I want to share my biggest crochet achievements of the year with you! I am very sorry for all the typos in this post, I think I am already drunk (it is only 6 pm here!). I am just really looking forward to step into the new year! 🙂

But let’s stay positive and talk about crochet! So in 2020 I had 4 crochet goals:

  • to learn tunisian crochet;
  • to try irish lace;
  • to crochet a realistic bird;
  • to crochet a christmas cookie.

And I am sooooo proud to tell you that all these goals have been achieved! I am really glad because I tend to not finish very many of my projects.

Another thing I put in my crochet to-do list for the year is to take more care of my blog and to try to establish more contact with another creators. In January 2020 I have created an account in Instagram and I am so happy I did it! I can’t believe it had been only a year!

I have participated in so many CALs (thank you Eleonora! You were the first person I followed after signing up in Instagram :), giveaways (I even won one, yeeey!) and I have tested 5 patterns. I have found so many great people and I am so thankful for all of it.

Here some photos of the activities I have mentioned:

The Stained Glass Tunisian Sweater Pattern I have tested for @handmadebyroeska
Coastal Coasters CAL hosted by Coastal Crochet
Winter Warme Ohren CAL hosted by Yippieyippieyarn

So let’s get back to my crochet goals 2020:

  1. Tunisian Crochet. In February I have been testing a tunisian sweater pattern created by @inthestitchwithvix. This was the first pattern I have tested and my first tunisian crochet experience. I loved everything about this design and I got into tunisian crochet so much, so I crocheted the sweater again 🙂

2. Irish lace. Uuuuh this gorgeous technique gave me a hard time getting into it (I vene wrote a post about it, you can read it here). But it did work although I still have a long way to go for imroving my skills.

3. Realistic bird.

I crocheted a bullfinch as a gift for my friend. I followed this great youtube tutorial (it is only available in Russian).

4. Last but not the least, I have crocheted (and baked!!!) a bunch of Christmas cookies!! I shared several patterns here and you can find them in My Patterns.

The year was not that bad after all, right? But it is also good to move on 🙂

I have so many ideas, goals and inspiration for the next year and I hope to show it to all of you soon!

Thank you so much for reading it! I encourage you to see positive sides of 2020 and I hope you will have a great new year!

Happy New Year!

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German Christmass Cookies “Nüsschen” Free Crochet Tutorial

These cookies are very traditional German Christmas cookies every family bakes in December. This is my very first recipy and these cookies are my husband’s favourite! The crocheted version would be a cute decoration for your kitchen or a beloved toy for your kid!

Here you can find both the free crochet pattern and the original recipy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • dark brown and light brown (or even yellow) yarn
  • scissors
  • sewing needle
  • yarn leftovers for stuffing

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

The pattern:

Top part:

Start with dark brown yarn: 6 sc in Magic Ring

Round 1: Sc in each st (6)

Change to the light brown yarn.

Round 2: Inc X 6 (12)

Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)

Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)

Rounds 5-6: sc in all st (24). Fasten off and cut the yarn, weave in the end.

Bottom part:

Crochet with the light brown yarn: 6 sc in Magic Ring

Round 1: Sc in each st (6)

Round 2: Inc X 6 (12)

Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)

Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)

Round 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30). Fasten off, cut the yarn leaving a longer tail for sewing.

Sew two parts together, stuff it with yarn leftovers. Note: the bottom part has to be inside out (the “right” side should be inside, see the pics).

Taadaaaaa, finished!

Now check out the eatable recipe 🙂

Plätzchen “Nüßchen”

  • 300 g ground haselnuts
  • 300 g soft butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 300 g flour
  • 1 tea spoon baking powder
  • 2 packages vanilla sugar
  • about 100 whole haselnuts for decoration

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven 180°C, soft butter and sugar mix together, add other ingridients.
  • Mix everything in a homogeneous dough
  • Shape small balls (2 cm diameter) and put it on a baking sheet
  • Press a whole haselnut in each dough ball (until a half of the nut will be inside).
  • Bake 12 minutes and let the cookies cool down (When you get the cookies out of the oven, they will still feel very soft. Dont worry about it and let them cool down, they will ge harder very fast!).

Bon appetit!