Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lacy Infinity Scarf Free Pattern and Video Tutorial

I created this pattern back in 2013 and since then I have been getting multiple requests for a video tutorial. But I was reluctant (read scared) to start my YouTube channel. But eventually I did! 

And here is the video that so many people asked about! I'm sorry it took me so long! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

White Hooded Baby Blanket, My New Crochet Pattern

 A new baby blanket is ready! 

A hooded baby blanket was on my to-do list for a long time as I've been getting a lot of requests for such pattern! And finally here it is! 

The size is about 33 by 33 inches, but it can be easily made smaller or bigger. I included the instructions on how to make a different size in the pattern. 

I used I used Craft Smart Never Enough Yarn, about 1400 yards (that's 2 skeins 716 yards each) and a hook size H/8 (5 mm). 

And the blanket shown below was made by one of my wonderful testers Debbie. 

She used Size H crochet hook and Stitch Studio by Nicole Pound of Stitches yarn (#4 Medium Weight) in the color Creamy Vanilla (amount used: 1 pound + a small amount of second skein).

Thank you Debbie, your work is beautiful! 

(c) dayzybell on Ravelry

My new pattern is available on Etsy and Ravelry. And as always with my new patterns, it is 50% off for the first few days. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Crochet Baby Vest with Cables, New Crochet Pattern

I have a new crochet design! It's a pullover baby vest, size 0-3 months. 

I have one very simple baby vest pattern in my shop, and women have been writing to me asking for more. So here it is!

To make those cables one needs to be comfortable with front post stitches. Also in this pattern, one needs to count the stitches very carefully. I included stitch count for every row. 

And here are photos of this vest made by my wonderful testing team! Thank you so much ladies! 

(c) Jovette 

(c) Ashita

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 0-3 months

Finished Measurements: 17 inches around chest; 10 inches in height

US hook sizes G/6 (4.25 mm), E/4 (3.5 mm)
Light worsted 100% acrylic yarn, about 220 yards (I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads)

The pattern is available on Etsy and Ravelry. And as always with my new patterns, it's 50% off for the first few days.  

Friday, February 22, 2019

Anastasia Square Doily, My New Crochet Design

On the New Year 2018, I made a resolution to design 100 doilies! 

I haven't fulfilled my resolution in one year, but I continue working on it. 

This is my doily design number 18! 

Until now I was designing round doilies, but I wanted to try something different! 

So I made a square doily! 

My challenge was to make it look like a doily, not just a square crochet motif. 

Crochet square motives usually look like they need to be connected to form a bigger piece. A crochet motif has an unfinished look on its own. 

But a square doily should look complete on its own. I think my Anastasia doily does!

There aren't any fancy or complicated stitches in this pattern; however, I wouldn't recommend it to beginners! 

There are lots of repeating instructions within repeating instructions, which make the pattern long and complicated. 

But I did try to make it as detailed as possible, and I included lots of explanatory notes, as well as pictures for visual help. 

The pattern is written using the US crochet terminology.

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Measurements: about 13 inches square

Materials: steel hook 1.5 mm; crochet cotton thread size 10, about 300 yards

My pattern is available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops: 

Also, did you know that I started a YouTube channel? I even made one video in Russian, and plan to make one in Spanish! Isn't that cool? :) 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Simple Beginner's Doily, Crochet Video Tutorial

This small doily was one of my very first attempts at designing doilies and writing patterns. I made it back in 2013. 

Now that I started my youtube channel, I wanted to film a video for it. 

Oh boy, there were quite a lot of mistakes in the pattern! But I fixed them all now! 

It's a very simple doily, measures about 8.5 inches after blocking. 

My original written pattern is here: Small Doily in Cream Color

Friday, February 15, 2019

Caron x Pantone Newborn Dress, Free Crochet Pattern and Video Tutorial

I discovered Caron x Pantone yarn just recently even though it’s been around for a while! 

I must say this yarn is somewhat pricey at $7.99, but there are always options to buy it with a coupon or on sale/clearance. I bought three braids on clearance for $4 each. 

I am fascinated with this yarn! The colors are beautiful and the texture is soft!

I challenged myself to come up with a crochet project idea that would only require one braid of this yarn! 

And this is the result!

This newborn dress requires only one braid! Because it’s a chunky yarn (category 5), it works up quickly and the entire dress can be made in about an hour! 

I made it in two color variations - Bright Orchid and Wistfully!

I filmed a very detailed video tutorial! I only recently started my YouTube channel and I have lot’s of ideas for upcoming videos. 

If you enjoy this pattern and my video, please take a moment to subscribe to my channel and/or leave me a comment! Knowing that my patterns and videos are useful to other crocheters is a huge motivation and encouragement for me!

The free written pattern is available on my website olgapoltava.com

Happy crocheting! 

I'm linking this post to Crafting Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Buttercups Lace Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

It's almost spring here in Northern California, and wild Bermuda Buttercups are blooming in my back yard again! 

I was inspired by these bright, cheerful flowers to make a baby blanket, which I named Buttercups Baby Blanket!

The blanket measures about 38 by 31 inches, but it can be adjusted to any custom size. 

About 1200 yards of light worsted acrylic yarn and a hook size G/6 (4.25 mm) will be needed to make this blanket. 

The skill level is beginner, and the pattern is written in English, using the US crochet terminology. 

I also included a detailed photo tutorial. 

The pattern is available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. It is 50% off for the next couple of days.

I'm linking this post to Crafting Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Rabbit Tracks Baby Blanket, Crochet Video Tutorial

I am quite enjoying making crochet videos now! 

At first it felt intimidating and scary, but with all the support that I got from my followers and fellow crocheters, it really feels great! 

Here I made a video tutorial for my recent baby baby blanket pattern called Rabbit Tracks Baby Blanket! 

It's very easy and seasoned crocheters will probably get bored, but I hope it will be useful to beginners! 

I'm linking this post to Crafting Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ninfa Doily, My New Crochet Pattern

I am excited to present my new doily design! 

It is a small doily (only 10 inches across after blocking), which features lots of popcorns.

This doily is quick and easy to make, and only takes about 100 yards of thread. 

I name my doilies after my friends, so I named this doily Ninfa after my very good friend. 

I only met Ninfa last year, but we became instant friends. We live in the same neighborhood, go to the gym together, occasionally meet for coffee at our local Starbucks, go hiking, and text each other every day! 

Yesterday we went on a hike up on the foothills behind my house. We've been having a lot of rain here in Northern California, and the hills turned so lusciously green! What a joy to go for a walk with a good friend to enjoy the nature and fresh air! 

My Ninfa Doily pattern is available in my shops on Etsy and Ravelry

Friday, January 11, 2019

Crochet Lacy Leaf Bookmark New YouTube Video

Wow, just wow!

I didn't expect to get such positive response to my first YouTube video

I greatly appreciate all the supportive and encouraging comments and likes! I even got subscribers! 

It just feels so great to know people out there appreciate my work!

So of course I was inspired to make my second video! 

I shared the pattern for this Lacy Leaf Bookmark back in 2014. Now I can share my video tutorial for it too! 

Thank you so much! 

More crochet video tutorials coming soon! 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Olga Poltava YouTube Channel

I am so excited to share that I finally made my first ever crochet video! 

For many years, I had been getting questions and requests regarding crochet video tutorials, but I was reluctant to give it a try. 

If you think about it, it's quite intimidating putting yourself out there. It's not an easy step. 

It was especially not easy for me. English is not my native language. I speak with an accent and make grammar mistakes. I am extremely self-conscious! You can hear in the video (especially in the beginning) that my voice is trembling. I do hope it will get easier with time, and my future videos will be of better quality. 

The first video that I made is for the Caron Simply Soft Lace Scarf that I shared the pattern for a couple of years ago. 

As I was uploading this video on YouTube, my seven-year old son walked into the room. "What mommy? You are a youtuber now?" he was so surprised. If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he'll answer without hesitation: "A youtuber!" 

"Mommy, you set the comments on? Bad choice, mommy! Don't you know who trolls are? Trolls are people who will post nasty things in the comments. They will say really hurtful things, mommy!" 

Isn't it sweet how how my son is concerned about someone hurting my feelings? 

But life of full of trolls, in one way or another. But it's also full of wonderful, kind-hearted people, who will support you and cheer up for you. I am putting myself out there with these kind people in mind. And trolls, well, I'll have to learn to ignore them. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Rabbit Tracks Baby Blanket, My New Free Crochet Pattern

Hello Crocheting Friends, 

Happy New Year! I wish you all lots of creativity and fun crochet projects in 2019! 

I have a new crochet pattern to share! 

I named this pattern Rabbit Tracks Baby Blanket! It's a very simple pattern. If you know how to make chains, single and double crochets, and slip stitches, your are good to go! 

Skill Level: Beginner 

Finished Measurements: approximately 30 by 30 inches


US hook size G/6 (4.25 mm)

Light worsted 100% acrylic yarn, about 1000 yards (I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads)

The pattern is available for free on my website 

Happy Crocheting!