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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! ­čÖé

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 ­čÖé

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 ­čÖé

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 “N├╝sschen” 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 ­čÖé

Pl├Ątzchen “N├╝├čchen”

  • 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!

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Christmas Cookies Free Crochet Pattern

I continue introducing original German cookie recipes to you. Crocheted version you can use as Christmas decorations! And today’s cookie is the Nougat Rings!

This recipe is very special to me because I am making it for the first time this year! Usually I am quite conservative if it’s about Christmas recipes but this year is so different in many ways, so I have tried something new.

At the end of the pattern you can also find the real recipe!

You will need:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • dark brown yarn
  • light brown yarn
  • scissors
  • sewing needle
  • colourful yarn leftovers for decorating

Abbriviations

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

Note:

  • Every next round is crocheted in the back loop only!!!!
  • Colour change tails can be used as stuffing

The pattern:

Dark brown Ch 6, change to the light yarn and ch 6, sl st to the first ch to join the circle.

Now the colours will be kept as in the chain. So change the yarn to the light one after a half of the circle and change back to the dark yarn at the end of every round. The tails can be left here to serve as a stuffing of the cookie. Remember to crochet in back loops only!

Rounds 1-2: sc in all st (12)

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

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

Rounds 5-6: sc in all st (24)

Now you crochet using the light yarn only.

Round 7: (dec, sc in next 2 st) X 6 (18)

Round 8: (dec, sc in next st) X 6 (12)

Now use colourful short yarn leftovers to make the sugar.

Sew the round 8 with the base chain.

Congratulations, the cookie is finished!

And as promised, here is the real recipe of the Nougat Rings Cookies:

  • 40 g nougat
  • 120 g soft butter
  • 120 g powdered sugar
  • 160 g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 90 g instant flakes
  • chocolate and colourful sugar for decorating

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven 200┬░C, soft butter and nougat mix together, add sugar.
  • Add flour, eggs and flakes to the dough and put it in a fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Put the dough in a plastic bag with a small hole (around 1 cm diameter).
  • Press the dough out of the bag in ring shapes on a baking sheet.
  • Bake 12 minutes and let the cookies cool down.
  • Decorate with chocolate and sugar. Enjoy!

I hope you had fun baking and crocheting these beauties with me!

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Christmas Chocolate Cookies Free Crochet Pattern

You might have noticed that I was baking a lot lately. Christmas atmosphere at home is especially important this year, when we don’t have a Christmas market to go to… And baking Christmas cookies is the best and the most tasty way to create the atmosphere. And you know what, I was not only baking cookies but also crocheted them!

To introduce original German cookie recipes to you, I have decided to design a crochet pattern for every kind. And at the end of the pattern tutorials you can also find the real recipes!

So the first ones to go are chocolate cookies (Schneeb├Ąllchen Pl├Ątzchen). This recipe is one of the very special to me. 2 years ago I had a baking date with a friend of mine and we both brought our favourite cookie recipes. On this day she introduced this recipe to me and now it has become my favourite, too!

So, the crochet “recipe” first!

Ingredients:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • dark brown yarn
  • scissors
  • sewing needle

Abbreviations:

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

The pattern:

Note: the cookie will be “inside out”. This means that you crochet around but hold the cookie in the way that the front side looks to the inside. Place a stitch marker in the first st on every round as you go.
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Rounds 4-5: sc in all st (18)
Round 5: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Round 6: dec X 6 (6)
Sew the hole.

All done!!! Easy, right?

And now, as promised, the real recipe:

Ingridients:

  • 250 g – butter
  • 250 g – cornstarch
  • 75 g – flour
  • 50 g – cacao power
  • 1 package – vanilla sugar

Instructions:

Pre-heat the oven (180 degrees C) and smash the soft butter. Now add all the dry ingridients (sieve them in) and mix everything together.

Shape small balls (2 cm diameter) and bake them around 12 min. Enjoy!

What was easier, crochet recipe or the eatable one?

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The Nutcracker Story: Ballerina Marie Amigurumi Pattern

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