Saturday, September 29, 2018

Scarlet Crochet Skirt, Size 3 Crochet Cotton Thread, New Crochet Pattern

Hello crochet friends and fellow bloggers! 

What a busy, busy summer! But I'm happy to share with you my latest project. 

I started working on this skirt back in June. And now in end of September it's finally finished! 

Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread Fashion Size 3 was perfect for this project. It created a fabric that is thick enough to hold shape, but it isn't too heavy or bulky.

I made this skirt in size Small, and it took me 7 balls of thread (150 yards each); that was about 1000 yards of thread in total. 

The skirt is crocheted in one piece. It fits loosely over the hips, then adjusted and tied at the waist with a thin cord. 

I worked with a hook size D/3 (3.25 mm). 

And I chose treble crochets instated of doubles, so that there would be fewer rounds to make. 

I loved the way my skirt looks on the mannequin. But then, pretty much everything looks great on a mannequin! 

But I must say I'm quite satisfied with the way it looks on me. 

I wore it with a black slip underneath, a black top, and black shoes. Red and black looks good together.  

The pattern for this skirt is available in my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops. 

The pattern is written for size Small, however it can be easily adjusted to a custom size (the instructions are included in the pattern). 

Since it's a new pattern that I'm trying to promote, for the next few days it's available for 50% off. 

I'm joining this link party:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fairy of Roses Baby Dress Pattern by Preetha Jeyaram Mohan

This adorable baby dress was designed by Preetha Jeyaram Mohan, and I had the pleasure of testing it. 

I used Caron Simply Soft Light yarn and a hook size E/4 (3.5 mm). 

The pattern is well written and easy to follow. The instructions for the headband are also included in the pattern. 

The pattern is written for size 0-3 months. I was delighted to see that it fit my dolly Lucy (Marie Osmond Baby Ashley collectible doll) perfectly. 

As a little girl, I loved it so much playing with my dolls, making them outfits, dressing them up, making their hair. 

And with the crochet work that I do now, I still sort of get to do that! It was such a delight to dress up my doll in this adorable dress and take these photos!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Simple Lace Bookmark Free Crochet Pattern

I have a big collection of crochet bookmarks. And there used to be time when I actually used them! 

Unfortunately, no more! 

No matter how many times I've promised myself that I'll get back to reading, somehow I just can't. I start a book to read, and never finish it. 

But I continue making crochet bookmarks! It's just fun! 

I use the leftover thread from the doilies I make. 

This bookmark is super easy. No fancy stitches here. But still cute. 

I hope you'll enjoy this pattern! 

Simple Lace Bookmark, Free Crochet Pattern
Olga Poltava © August, 2018

Skill Level: Beginner

Measurements: about 8 inches long, 2 inches wide

Steel hook 1.25 mm
Crochet cotton thread size 10, such as Aunt Lydia's, small amount

Gauge: not very important, but the tighter you crochet, the better your bookmark will look.

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet

Ch 24.

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, ch 2, skip next 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 2, skip next 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch, ch 2, skip next 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch, ch 2, skip next 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 2, skip next 2 ch, dc in last 3 ch.

Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 5, dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in next 2 dc, ch 5, dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.

Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc in 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 2, sc in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 2, dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, sc in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 2, dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.

Repeat Rows 2-3 until the bookmark measures about 8 inches long (or your desired lengths), ending with Row 3.

Fasten off. 

Thank you so much for all of your support, prayers and good wishes for my dad and my family. 
I'm happy to share that my dad is doing much better now. He is in a rehabilitation center right now. He's going to stay there until the end of the month, which is a long time, but the good thing is he is getting 24/7 medical care that he needs there. 

Again, thank you so much! Your comments meant a lot to me. I read and re-read them many times! 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ziva Doily by Preetha Jeyaram Mohan

Textured doilies have become quite popular in the last few/several years. I've made probably over a hundred doilies, but I had never made a textured one until now!

This is my first textured doily! 

The pattern is Ziva by Preetha Jeyaram Mohan.

Preetha has tested a lot of my crochet patterns, and I was glad and excited to test a pattern for her. 

This was a challenging project and I learned a couple of new interesting stitches along the way. 

I absolutely love the way my Ziva doily turned out! I used aunt Lydia's classic thread in size ten and a 1.75 mm steel hook. My doily turned out 10 inches.

I was worried that when I block my Ziva doily, the dark blue color might bleed. And it did!

But I actually like the way it looks! 

You can also follow Preetha and see more of her crochet work on Facebook


In my previous posts I've shared some personal struggles that my family and I are going through. A lot of you have been very supportive. I greatly appreciate that! 

This summer has been very difficult for me. I live in constant state of stress and anxiety. And now there is also so much worry and sadness in my heart. 

About a month ago, my father had an open heart surgery. The doctors said it went well, but his recovery has been very difficult. He was admitted to the hospital twice after the surgery. He had fever for many days and was very weak and fatigued, yet the doctors were saying it's just a part of the recovery process. 
Finally, when he was back at the hospital for the third time, they discovered there was an infection and they had to perform another urgent surgery. 

It's been a few days now, and my dad is still in the hospital in a critical condition. 
I'm really scared and worried. And I just don't know how to deal with all these feelings and emotions! 

Crocheting doesn't help at the moment as I can't focus and keep making stitching mistakes. 
I did a lot of gardening today. That seemed to help a little. 

Tomorrow I'm going to drive two hours to visit my dad. 

Please, keep my dad, my family, and me in your prayers and positive thoughts. Just knowing you are there for me helps. Thank you! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Watermelon Toddler Summer Dress

I designed this toddler dress a year ago, but I've made some slight changes/improvements to the pattern and had a great team of crocheters to test my pattern! 

I made the dress shown below with Cotton Fair yarn by Premier Yarns, which is 52% cotton and 48% acrylic. 

And this one I made with Dreambaby DK yarn by Plymouth Yarn, which is 50% acrylic and 50% nylon. 

Both dresses turned out lovely! 

When one of my testing team members sent me photos of her dress, I was absolutely stunned at her creativity. 

She turned this dress into a true watermelon one! Isn't it just gorgeous? 

Ravelry (c) Preetha Jeyaram Mohan of Pretty Expressions 

And here are some other variations of this dress pattern. 

Ravelry (c) jovetted

Ravelry (c) Ashita-Husbana 

Ravelry (c) Jonash2004

A huge thank you to all of my wonderful crochet testers! You gals are amazing!

The pattern for my Watermelon Toddler Dress is available in my shops: EtsyCraftsy, and Ravelry!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

My New Website

I am so excited to share with you that I now have a new website with my own domain name -

I feel like it's a big and significant step for me as an independent crochet designer!

I created my website through SquareSpace. They have beautiful and easy to use templates, so one can build a website/blog/online store completely on their own! 
Isn't that awesome?

My new website is easy to navigate! On the main page there is a clickable gallery of my paid crochet designs. Each photo redirects to a Ravelry page, from which my pattern can be purchased!

If you go to the navigation menu, you will see that my website has five pages in total and a list of categories for my paid patterns, as well as free ones.

I started a blog on my new website, but I still plan to continue this blog too. I hope I'll manage them both! 

The other pages on my new website are About Me, a brief narrative of how I started crocheting, blogging, and selling my patterns; Contact Me gives info on how to reach me through email; and Terms lists my website rules and copyright policy.

That's it! 

I like the simple, clear, and easy to navigate look of my new website. 
And I intend to keep  free of any advertisement (other than my own paid patterns, of course! :))

So come and take a look around and wish me good luck with my new website! 

Thank you! :) 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Summer and Vintage Doily

It's the first day of summer! Hooray! 

I'm in a very cheerful and high spirited mood! 

Look what I found tucked away in my craft box! A beautiful vintage doily that I made a few years ago!

I did a post about it and shared the free vintage pattern back in 2015. You can see it in this old post!

But I honestly don't like the pictures I took back then. So creepy! They don't do any justice to this beautiful doily!

Thus, I wanted to take new photos, bright and cheerful! And the first day of summer is perfect for it! 

The gladioluses are from my garden! Many years ago I bought five bulbs from a dollar store, and since then I have beautiful, cheerful gladioluses every year! Good investment! 

The apples are not from my garden! I just thought they would fit nicely in the pictures! 

But I do have some golf ball sized apples on the tree in my backyard! I'm so excited and cannot wait for them to grow and ripen! 

Happy First Day of Summer! 

What's going on in your garden? 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Katrina Doily, New Crochet Pattern

First of all, I want to thank you for your kind comments, advice, suggestions, and virtual hugs in respond to my previous post! 

I read and re-read your comments several times! It helps! Your kindness and support mean a lot to me! Thank you!

And now I want to share my new doily design! 

All those picots were very tedious to make. Then they were even more tedious to block!

But the final result is worth it! I love how airy and light my new doily is!

It's a medium size doily that measures about 15 inches across (after blocking). I used Aunt Lydia's classic cotton thread size ten and a 1.5 mm steel hook. 

The pattern is available in my shops: Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry

I'm linking this post to
Craft Schooling Sunday @ Crative Jewish Mom
Link Your Stuff @ Annamarie's Haakblog

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Coloring to Keep My Mind Calm

When I started this blog back in 2011, I couldn't have imagined that crochet will become such a huge part of my life.
Back then it was simply a relaxing activity, something I did just for fun!

But now it's my job! I am grateful for my blog and my pattern shop, for people who follow me, buy my patterns, encourage and support me! 

Crocheting is still highly enjoyable for me, but it's no longer relaxing. Now there is always some pressure present - to make a new post with a free pattern, to release a new paid pattern, to get back to a customer who needs help as soon as I can, etc. But all of these issues are just a part of having a small online business, so I'm not complaining, not at all. 

But over the past year I've been dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety related to my personal life, which greatly impact my mental and emotional health. 

One of the biggest issues is that I have trouble sleeping at night. There are always so many thoughts racing through my mind, keeping me awake! 

I've been trying to find activities that could help me stay calm. 
I tried meditation, but it's very difficult actually. I do keep trying. 
And now I found one activity that is calming and enjoyable just the way crocheting used to be. 


I find it very soothing. I do it just for the sake of doing it. No pressure! 

I bought a book of 20 postcards, and I color every day. When I finish a card, I write a short note and send it to a family member or a friend, just wising them a good day or thanking them for being in my life. That too helps to calm myself, just knowing that I am not alone, that I have a lot of people who care about me. 

I gave up drinking coffee, and now I mostly drink tea. A lot of tea! 
But black tea still has caffein, so I should probably switch to green tea.

I hope this post wasn't too depressing. If you have any advice, please do share. 

The doily in the photo above is the Spring Bloom Doily, a free design that I posted earlier this year. You can see my free pattern here.

Stay calm and happy!   

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lilacs in Bloom Baby Afghan, Baby Lace Blanket, New Crochet Pattern

I can't believe May is almost over! Where did it go? 

I had one post in the beginning of the month, and now I have another one at the end! 

A few several years ago, there actually was time when I was blogging twice a week. But back then, I was simply crocheting and sharing my projects. Now I design and write my own patterns, which takes way more time and energy. But no, I'm not complaining! Not at all!

I have a new baby blanket design! I named it Lilacs in Bloom! 

A simple lace pattern that works pretty quickly. 

Pattern Details
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner 
Finished Measurements: approximately 37 by 32 inches (can be adjusted to any other size)  
US hook size G/6 (4.25 mm) 

Light worsted 100% acrylic yarn, about 1100 yards (I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads)

The pattern is available in my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Crochet Lace Flower Coaster

Lace coasters look so delicate and pretty. I made one set back in December, and now I made a few more in a different design. I will mix and match them. 

The coasters measure about 4.5 inches across. I used crochet cotton thread size 10, and a 1.5 mm steel hook. 

The pattern is available in my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops. 
Right now it's only $1.39