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!