Friday, December 6, 2019

How to Crochet Lace Scarf, Luxurious Knitology Yarn by Knitcrate, Get 20% Off Your First Subscription Box


Just look how luxurious my latest scarf looks! 

And it feels even better! 



The stitch pattern itself is quite simple, but the quality of the yarn makes a huge difference! 

I used Knitology yarn by Knitcrate! 

This yarn is 40% Superwash Merino, 30% Silk, and 30% Alpaca, which makes an incredibly soft, deluxe blend! 


The scarf has a really nice drape which most of the time you simply can't achieve with acrylic yarns. 


I am thrilled that Knitcrate gave me a chance to try their yarns! 

This was the first subscription box I received from them, and I am so much looking forward to trying their other yarns! 


The video tutorial for this scarf is available on my Youtube channel! 

And Knitcrate gave me an opportunity to promote their yarns and earn a commission! 


Use coupon code OLGA20 to get 20% off your first subscription box! 



The written pattern is available in my Etsy shop! 

Happy crocheting! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Crochet Lace Scarf with Puff Stitches That Looks Like Heart, Crochet Video Tutorial


Hello Crocheting Friends! 

I hope you are doing well, staying cozy, and enjoying November! 

I'm still in the "lacy scarf with puff stitches" mood, and I have another pattern to share with you! 



Those double puff stitches look like tiny hearts, don't you think? 

There are four repeating rows in the pattern! It's not a super complicated pattern though; I'd say an advanced beginner who is comfortable with puff stitches should be able to complete it! 



The yarn is Caron Simply Soft and a hook is size H (5 mm). 

If you choose to buy this yarn from Michael's through my affiliate link, I'll get a small commission. Every little bit helps, you know! Thank you! :) 





The free video tutorial is available on Youtube



And the written pattern is available for purchase in my Etsy and Ravelry shops! 




Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Crochet Baby Blanket and Hat Set, New Crochet Patterns





I have two new patterns fresh off my hook! 

And it was a big size hook! 




Which is surprising as oftentimes I use smaller size hooks, so that my stitches come out neat and tight! 

Well, not this time! I purposefully used a larger size hook (size I, 5.5 mm) with a baby sport (category 2) yarn to achieve a soft, lacy texture! 



And I'm really happy with the results! 

Both the blanket and hat turned out soft and airy! 




The video tutorials for the hat and blanket are available on Youtube! 




And the written patterns are available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops!  



Sunday, October 13, 2019

Lacy Scarf with Puff Stitches Crochet Video Tutorial


I find something really comforting in crocheting puff stitches! 

I've made quite a bunch of scarves with lace and puff stitch designs recently, and now I've made just one more! 



The pattern for this scarf has only two repeating rows! The pattern can be easily adjusted to many other crochet projects! 

I'm thinking of trying this pattern using crochet cotton thread size 10, and perhaps making a lacy table runner. 


The yarn that I used for this scarf is Soft Yarn by Red Heart, and the hook is size I (5.5 mm). 




My video tutorial is available on Youtube! 


And the written pattern is available in my Etsy shop




Thursday, October 3, 2019

Easy Crochet Vest with Big Collar, Crochet Video Tutorial


Hello, hello crocheting friends! 

Are you ready for fall? I certainly am! 

Not only I made myself a comfy and cozy popcorns sweater (see my previous post here), but also a nice and stylish vest with a big collar! 


The pattern is very easy! And the construction of this piece is a simple tube with holes for arms! That's it! 

What plays a big role here is the yarn! We need a very stretchy and soft texture for this vest to fit nicely! But not every yarn will create such texture! 





The yarn that I used is Unforgettable by Red Heart! 


This vest can be made in any size! 

I created a detailed vide tutorial, and the written pattern is available in my Etsy shop



Happy October and Happy Crocheting! 



Monday, September 30, 2019

Oversized Crochet Popcorn Sweater for Chilly Autumn Days


Hello Crocheting Friends! 

Autumn finally arrived to Northern California! And it was quite sudden! The temperature dropped from 90s to 70s! 

But that's ok! I'm ready for fall!


I crocheted myself several garments to keep me warm and cozy during chilly days! 

And one of them is this chunky, oversized crochet sweater with popcorns! 


Crocheting popcorns is so much! Yes, they are yarn-eaters, but they create such lovely texture and look! 


At first, I intended to make this sweater as something to wear around the house on cold autumn and winter days. But I really like the way it turned out! 

With jeans and boots, this is a quite decent outfit for running errands as well! 


I created a detailed video tutorial on how to crochet this sweater! 


And also the written patten is available in my Etsy shop

Happy crocheting and happy fall! 



Thursday, August 22, 2019

Crochet Women's Beanie Hat to Match the Cardigan, Free Crochet Video Tutorial


I really liked working with this stitch when I made my cocoon cardigan

So I didn't stop there, and made a matching hat too! 




I used the same yarn - Impeccable by Loops & Threads, and the same size hook - H (5 mm). 


Only about 150 yards of yarn are needed to make this hat! 



I filmed a detailed video tutorial on how to make this hat! 


And the written pattern is available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. 




BUY THIS YARN! 


Happy Crocheting Friends! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Crochet Cocoon Cardigan, All Sizes, Plus Sizes


Hello Crochet Friends! 

I hope you are all enjoying summer! I'd say it's going by way too fast! 

Autumn is going to be here before we know it! So it's time to start crocheting warmer garments! 

Today I'd like to share my recent creation - a cocoon cardigan! 


I'm sure you've seen cocoon cardigans before; they are quite popular right now! 

But this is the first that I ever made! I chose my own stitch and made all the calculations for different sizes (from XS to 4XL). 



I worked with category 4, worsted weight (10 ply) yarn and a hook size H (5 mm). 

The specific yarn that I used is Impeccable by Loops & Threads. 

You can purchase it at Michael's, and right now it's actually on sale. 

The amount of yarn you will need is 2000 to 4000 yards, depending on the size. 

I created a super detailed video tutorial for this cardigan. 


And the written patter is available in my Etsy and Ravelry Shops. 




Happy crocheting Friends! 

Enjoy the summer before it's over! 


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

How to Crochet Lace Scarf with Clusters Design, Free Crochet Video Tutorial


I have a new crochet scarf video tutorial to share! 

I so much enjoyed making this scarf. I love the texture of the clusters, and the deep blue color!


This scarf is made using treble clusters, chains, and slip stitches. The pattern can be easily adjusted to a bigger size or other crochet projects. 

Skill level: Advanced Beginner 

Materials: 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft yarn (315 yards), hook size H (5 mm) 

Finished size: about 59 inches long, 8 inches wide 



The written pattern for this scarf is available for a small price in my Etsy shop. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

How to Crochet Lace Scarf with Flowers Design, Mile a Minute, Crochet Video Tutorial


Hello Crocheting Friends, 

I can't believe it's June already! Where does the time go? I feel like the older I become, the faster time flies by! 

I've been super busy over the last three month as I started working full time outside of home. 

Not only I'm busy with my full-time day job, I've been working hard on my Youtube channel

I now reached 5,000 subscribers! And I was also approved for the advertisement on my channel.  So hopefully, my hard work will start paying soon. 



I am excited to share my most recent project with you! 

I so much enjoyed making this lace scarf with flowers design! I also want to try this pattern with cotton thread size 10 to make delicate curtains. I think it will look lovely! 

This pattern works in long strips. I believe such technique is called mile a minute. 

It was easy for me to show it in a video, but a written pattern would be to complicated to follow. So no written pattern this time, only a video!

And actually, now that I have a Youtube channel, I am considering doing only videos for my free patterns. 

I've shared so many of my free, written patterns on my blog over the last several years. And I often see my patterns being misused, posted on other sites without my permission, etc. 

It's not fair that other people are making money from my work while I struggle to pay my bills. So right now I'm rethinking my crochet business strategy and exploring new ways to monetize my work. 

Wish me luck! :) 




The video tutorial for my Lace Scarf with Flowers Design is available on my YouTube channel

Happy Crocheting! 





Friday, May 17, 2019

Beautiful Crochet Lace Stitch for a Baby Blanket, Free Pattern and Video Tutorial



Here is a beautiful lacy stitch for a baby blanket or a scarf! 

The skill level is intermediate. I'd say this stitch is a bit complicated, but I filmed a detailed video tutorial! 

Multiple of 8, plus 3

Row 1: (dc, ch 2, dc2-clustser) all in 3th ch from hook, skip next 3 ch, sc in next ch, *skip next 3 ch, (dc2-cluster, ch 2, dc2-cluster, ch 2, dc2-cluster) all in next ch, skip next 3 ch, sc in next ch* across to last 4 ch, skip next 3 ch, (dc2-cluster, ch 2, dc2-cluster) all in last ch. 

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in top of 1st cluster, ch 3, dc in next sc (make dc right in the middle of sc, because if you simply make it in the top two loops, the stitches on the right side of your work will be shifted; see my video tutorial for visual help), *ch 3, sc in top of 2nd (middle) cluster of next group of clusters, ch 3, dc in next sc* across, end with ch 3, sc in top of last cluster. 

Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in 1st sc, *(dc2-cluster, ch 2, dc2-cluster, ch 2, dc2-cluster) all in next dc, sc in next sc* across.

Row 4: ch 6, turn, sc in top of 2nd (middle) cluster of next group of clusters, ch 3, dc in next sc, *ch 3, sc in top of 2nd (middle) cluster of next group of clusters, ch 3, dc in next sc* across.

Row 5: ch 2, turn, (dc, ch 2, dc2-cluster) all in same 1st dc, sc in next sc, *(dc2-cluster, ch 2, dc2-cluster, ch 2-, dc2-cluster) all in next dc, sc in next sc* across, end with (dc2-cluster, ch 2, dc2-cluster) all in 3rd (counting from bottom) ch of turning ch-6. 

Repeat Rows 2-5 for the pattern. 



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Crochet Rose Granny Square Afghan, Baby Blanket, My Free Pattern and Video Tutorial


This is the first ever granny square afghan that I made! 



I first made a bunch of crochet roses, which I used for squares! 

Then I connected all the squares together using the slip stitch method. I made a simple border of single crochets in two colors - green and pink. 



The written pattern is available on my website 


And I also made video tutorials. 







I hope my pattern and videos will be useful! 

Happy crocheting! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

It's My Birthday! Crochet Patterns Sale On Etsy, Everything is 50% OFF


Hello Friends, 

It's my birthday! OMG, I'm turning 38! 
Isn't that great?



I'm running a big sale in my Etsy patterns shop!

Everything is 50% OFF just for one day! If you enjoy my crochet tutorials and free patterns, and would like to show your support, please visit my Etsy shop and consider buying a pattern from me! 



Thank you and Happy Crocheting!


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

How to Crochet Rolled Up Rose, Crochet Video Tutorial



Here is a video tutorial for a quick and easy way to make a beautiful crochet rose! You can make it with different yarns to achieve different sizes and textures. 

If you make it with cotton yarn, this could be a lovely face scrubby. 









Happy Crocheting! 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Puffs and Crossed Double Crochets Scarf, Free Crochet Pattern and Vidoe Tutorial


I have a new scarf pattern to share!

In this pattern, I used puff stitches and crossed double crochets! 



The pattern can be easily adjusted to other projects too, such as a baby blanket. I included the multiple for the stitch in the pattern. 



The free written pattern is available on my website:




And I also made a video tutorial: 





Happy crocheting! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Freehand, Freestyle, Freeform Crochet Lace Technique, Crochet Lace Coasters, Crochet Video Tutorials


I made myself a set of new coaters! I like how my coasters have irregular shape, which gives them a modern look!


I used crochet cotton thread size 10 and a steel hook size 1.25 mm. 

Usually when I work with size 10 thread, I used 1.5 or 1.75 mm hook, but for this project I wanted my stitches to be especially tight and neat, so I went with a smaller size hook. 



The technique for this crochet lace involves using chains, slip stitches, and single crochets. 



I made a detailed video tutorial for this freehand/freestyle crochet technique, and I also made a video on how to make such coasters. 

I hope you'll enjoy them! Happy Crocheting! 






Monday, April 15, 2019

White Lace Spring Scarf, Free Crochet Pattern and Video Tutorial


Hello Crocheting Friends,

Today I present you yet another lacy scarf made with chains, puff stitches, and single crochets. 

The pattern is quite easy, and there are only two repeating rows. 


This stitch is very light and airy and I think it will work nicely for a baby blanket too!







White Lace Spring Scarf

Olga Poltava © April, 2019

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner 

Finished measurements: about 64 inches long and 8 inches wide

Materials: 
Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads, one skein, 446 yards 
Crochet hook size G/6 (4.25 mm)

Special stitches: 
puff stitch: (yarn over, insert hook, draw up a loop) 3 times in same stitch, yarn over, draw through 7 loops 

Multiple of 6, plus 2.

Ch 38. 

Row 1: (puff stitch, ch 3, puff stitch, ch 3, puff stitch) all in 6th ch from the hook, *skip next 5 ch, (puff stitch, ch 3, puff stitch, ch 3, puff stitch) all in next ch* across to last 3 ch, skip 2 ch, dc in last ch. 

Row 2: ch 6, turn, sc in top of 2nd puff stitch of next group of puff stitches, *ch 5, sc in top of 2nd puff stitch of next group of puff stitches* across, end with ch 3, dc in top of turning ch. 

Row 3: ch 3, turn, *(puff stitch, ch 3, puff stitch, ch 3, puff stitch) all in next sc* across, end with dc in 3rd ch (counting from bottom) of turning ch-6.

Repeat Rows 2-3 for the pattern until scarf measures about 63 inches (or your desired length), end with Row 2.

Last Row: ch 3, turn, *(puff stitch, ch 1, puff stitch, ch 1, puff stitch) all in next sc* across, end with dc in 3rd ch (counting from bottom) of turning ch-6.

Fasten off.