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. 


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Lilac Lace Spring Scarf Free Crochet Pattern and Video Tutorial


I am really enjoying making scarves in beautiful lace designs and delicate spring colors right now. 

For my next scarf I chose soft lilac color. I used one skein of Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads yarn and a hook size G (4.25 mm).


For the stitch pattern I used a combination of chains, double crochets, and puff stitches. 


The scarf can be easily made into an infinity scarf. Don't make the last row, and simply stitch the ends together. Make sure to flip one end to the other side to form a twist. 



I hope you will enjoy my pattern. I filmed a video tutorial for it as well. I only recently started my Youtube channel, and I greatly appreciate my new followers and supporters! Thank you! 

Feel free to leave me comments either here or on Youtube regarding what kind of crochet videos you would like to see in the future! 

Happy crocheting! 




Lilac Lace Spring Scarf

Olga Poltava © April, 2019

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner 

Finished measurements: about 67 inches long and 7.5 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) 4 times in same stitch, yarn over, draw through 9 loops 

Multiple of 10, plus 3.


Ch 33. 

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, skip next ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next 3 ch, 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, skip next ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch* across, end with dc in last ch. 

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st , ch 3, (puff, ch 2, puff, ch 2, puff) all in next ch-1 space, ch 3, *sc in next ch-1 space, ch 3, (puff, ch 2, puff, ch 2, puff) all in next ch-1 space, ch 3* across, end with sc in top of turning ch. 

Row 3: ch 4, turn, skip next ch-3 spaces, 5 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 1, 5 dc in next ch-2 space, *ch 1, skip ch-3 spaces, 5 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 1, 5 dc in next ch-2 space* across, end with tr in last sc. 

Repeat Rows 2-3 for the pattern. End with Row 2.

Last Row: ch 3, turn, 2 dc in next ch-3 spaces, dc in top of next puff stitch, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 1, skip next puff stitch, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in top of next puff stitch, 2 dc in next ch-3 space, *ch 1, skip next sc, 2 dc in next ch-3 space, dc in top of next puff stitch, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 1, skip next puff stitch, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in top of next puff stitch, 2 dc in next ch-3 space* across, end with dc in last sc. 

Fasten off. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Lacy Leaves Spring Scarf Free Crochet Pattern and Video Tutorial


Spring has already arrived to Northern California! We've been getting a lot of rain lately, and everything around is beautifully green and blooming!


For my most recent crochet project I chose delicate mint green, a color that is perfect for spring!


For the stitch, I chose a combination of clusters and open spaces, a beautiful lacy design that is perfect for spring as well!






Lacy Leaves Spring Scarf

Olga Poltava © March, 2019

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner 

Materials: 
Caron Simply Soft Yarn 
Crochet hook size G/6 (4.25 mm)

Multiple of 12, plus 1.

Ch 37.

Row 1: (tr4-cluster, ch 4, sc, ch 4, tr4-cluster) all in 7th ch from hook, *ch 4, skip next 5 ch, sc in next ch, ch 4, skip next 5 ch, (tr4-cluster, ch 4, sc, ch 4, tr4-cluster) all in next ch* across to last 6 ch, end with ch 4, sc in last ch. 

Row 2: ch 5, turn, (tr4-cluster, ch 4, sc, ch 4, tr4-cluster) all in top of next tr4-cluster, ch 4, sc in top of next tr4-cluster, *ch 4, skip next 2 ch-spaces, (tr4-cluster, ch 4, sc, ch 4, tr4-cluster) all in top of next tr4-cluster, ch 4, sc in top of next tr4-cluster* across. 

Repeat Row 2 for the pattern until you have a scarf of your desired length. (I used one skein of Caron Simply Soft, 315 yards, and my scarf came out about 51 inches long).

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Small Doily Crochet Video


This small doily was literally my very first attempt at writing doily patterns years ago. I've come a long way since then. 

But we all start somewhere when just learning or trying ourselves at something new. 


This is a very simple pattern and maybe it will be someone's very first attempt at thread or doily crochet. 

This doily measures about 5 inches across. I used Aunt Lydia's crochet cotton thread size 10 and a steel hook 1.5 mm. 




The written pattern is here: Small Flower Doily 

and I also made a video tutorial on Youtube. 





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

Materials:
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! 

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