Rozeta CAL: Week 1



I still can’t believe Rozeta is out there already. I’ve been keeping it for myself for such a long time (for over two years). And suddenly it went LIVE last week. And you even started to make gauge swatches. I am happy, scared, nervous and excited – all in one! But there is no way to go back, haha. So today we begin!

Part 1 of Rozeta CAL is done in tapestry crochet – we will be growing a cute flower. If you made a gauge swatch last week, just continue with it, as your swatch is also a part of Week 1.

And if this is the first time you hear about Rozeta, please check General Information HERE and a photo-tutorial for Special Stitches and Techniques HERE.

If you are late to the party, there are still kits available for purchase, through they are flying fast.

Kits are available from most Scheepjes retailers:

local Scheepjes stockists (Please, support your local yarn shop!!)
Wool Warehouse* (International)
Black Sheep Wools* (International)
Deramores* (International)
Caro’s Atelier* (Netherlands and Europe)

I hope you did a thorough home work last week and organized your colors according to the color key. Week 1 is a great opportunity to double check your gauge as you will find exact yarn amounts of each color you should use to complete it.

Please, carefully weigh your skeins (without the labels) before and after work to see how much yarn you used. And also measure your piece after you are done. Then you can be sure you are “on track” with gauge and yardages, and yarn in the kit will be enough to finish the blanket successfully.

Here is a couple of extra notes for you:

  • Relax! The tension of the inner yarn should be relaxed and even. If you pull it (even a little bit), it may result in shrinking of your mandala and it will become smaller.
  • Make sure your stitches are even throughout. Tighten a loop a bit after every color change.
  • Don’t try to make your piece look perfect. The inner yarn WILL be seen through the stitches, especially if you work with Our Tribe yarn.
  • If you missed an increase on previous round, just add extra increase on the current round without frogging and remaking. In wide sections with one color these extra increases will not be noticeable. Though ideally you should be careful, count well and not miss anything :)
  • IMPORTANT! To make sure your gauge doesn’t change throughout the pattern, please check it after every few rounds: the mandala must stay flat! Approximate measurements of every part are given in the pattern to help you. For an easy check: one row with dc (in tapestry) measures approx. 1cm/0.39” in height in Our Tribe yarn and 1.115cm/0.44” in Colour Crafter yarn.

Find complete written instructions on Scheepjes website HERE. And don’t forget to check videos by Esther of It’s All in A Nutshell: UK right handed, UK left handed, NL right handed, NL left handed

     

Photo-Tutorial


Round 1. First two rounds are worked with main color only.

Round 3. On this round we start using new color and continue to work in tapestry crochet.

Rounds 4-6

Round 7. Please, note that first two dc (increase) will be made in same stitch as join. Slight cupping after this round is normal. Please, gently stretch your mandala with hands to see if it’s flat. In the end of this round you will change to another color for Colour Crafter version.

Round 8

Round 9

Round 10

Round 11. Don’t miss a slip stitch in the beginning of the round!! The repeat section on this round will start and end differently – in the middle of main color.

To make the join invisible, don’t grab contrast yarn up when joining the round, but do it with only Yarn A. the join on the right side will be neater, and you’ll have floats of yarn on the back side.

Round 12

Round 13

Round 14

And we are done with Part 1. See you next week :)

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Rozeta CAL 2019: Special Stitches and Techniques



In this blog post you will find a list of special stitches and techniques used in Rozeta CAL pattern. Please, take your time to study it carefully and maybe even try with the hook. Pay special attention to the gauge information!

Before you start working on a gauge swatch, please make sure you organize the colors according to the color key given in Tips & Tricks file. In every part you will find yarn amounts of every color used. To make sure you have enough yarn, please take your time to weigh every skein (without a label) before using it, and make accurate notes of how much yarn in every color was used. Simple kitchen scale will work fine for that.

Color changes


The pattern is written for all colorways at the same time. Please, pay extra attention to which color should be used on the next round, as colors for Our Tribe and Colour Crafter versions will differ.

!!! IMPORTANT: for two color version (Midnight - Black & White) – Yarn A is used for Yarn A throughout and Yarn B is used for ALL other color changes.

GAUGE and Tapestry Crochet


Rozeta blanket begins with the central mandala in tapestry crochet. If you haven't tried tapestry crochet before, check THIS step-by-step tutorial.

Before making an actual gauge swatch with kit yarn, please first try with leftover yarn from your stash. When you feel confident with the technique, use yarn from the kit to make the actual gauge swatch for your blanket. The gauge circle will be a beginning of week 1 - so once you get it right, don't frog it!

To make a gauge swatch:

  • Use two colors at the same time.
  • Always change to new color when you still have 2 loops on the hook (to finish last stitch in new color).
  • After color is changed, place previous yarn on the top of crocheted piece, carry the tail behind the work and continue to crochet with new color over it.
  • Each round should be joined with the same color as used for the beginning of the round. Before join always change to same color as first stitch of the round.
  • Ch2 in the beginning of the round doesn’t count as a stitch. So first stitch of the round is made in same stitch as join.

If done correctly, your gauge swatch will look the same on right and wrong sides. And carried yarn should not be visible (much) through the stitches. Don’t freak out to make it totally invisible – that might be impossible, especially with Our Tribe yarn which is fingering weight.

Please, find instructions for a gauge swatch in the Tips & Tricks file HERE.

Wonderful Esther Dijkstra of It's all In A Nutshell made helpful videos for you: English UK (right handed), English UK (left handed), Dutch (right handed), Dutch (left handed).

!!IMPORTANT!! Gauge is important for this pattern! To make sure it doesn’t change throughout the pattern, please, make checks after every few rounds. The mandala must stay flat! Approx. measurements of every part are given in the pattern to help you.

For an easy check: one row with dc (in tapestry - US terms) measures in height approx. 1cm/0.4in in Our Tribe yarn and 1.12cm/0.44” in Colour Crafter.

Punctuation


* An asterisk indicates pattern repeats. You will need to repeat all the instructions between asterisks the number of times specified. This is a hard-core repeat and will consist of multiple instructions. Due to the complex nature of the instructions for the Diamonds, these instructions will be highlighted in grey in the first 3 parts of the pattern.

Parentheses ( ) indicate repeats. You will need to repeat the instructions between parentheses the amount of times specified. This is a lower level repeat. Parentheses are also used to indicate a group of sts to be worked into the same st/sp.

Square Brackets [ ] are used to indicate a group of sts to be worked in the same st/sp when using parentheses would be too confusing.

SPECIAL STITCHES


Please, note that US terms are used in this photo-tutorial

Most of the stitches used in Rozeta pattern are very common and simple. You’ll find their complete list in the Tips & Tricks file. For basic stitches and techniques, please, see a photo-tutorial from Ubuntu CAL (created by Dedri Uys). However some trickier stitches are also used throughout. Please, see photo tutorial for them below.

Dc2tog (Double crochet 2 together): *yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, draw up a lp, yarn over, pull through 2 lps; repeat from * once more, yarn over, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

Dc3tog (Double crochet 3 together): *yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, draw up a lp, yarn over, pull through 2 lps; repeat from * 2 more times, yarn over, pull through all 4 lps on hook.

FPtr (Front post treble crochet): yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps] 3 times.

Some places in Rozeta pattern require keeping your FPtr stitches straight. You should play a bit and see what is the best place for it to be “anchored”. Usually this will be the stitch from two rows below (unless otherwise stated in the pattern) lying a bit forward from the current stitch.

FPtr2tog (Front post treble 2 together): *yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lps] twice; repeat from * once more around the post of the same st, yarn over, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

You can either make both legs of FPtr2tog around the post of the same stitch, or complete FPtr2tog in a so called “modified way” (for a neater look). Make first leg as usually around the post of the indicated stitch. And then make a regular tr into the hole at the bottom of the leg just made.

FPtr4tog (Front post treble crochet 4 together): *yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lps] twice; repeat from * 3 more times, yarn over, pull through all 5 lps on hook.

Tr4tog (Treble crochet 4 together): *yarn over twice, insert hook in next st (or sp), yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lps] twice; repeat from * 3 more times, yarn over, pull through all 5 lps on hook.

“Modified” tr4tog (treble 4 together): yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of the indicated st, yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lops] twice, *yarn over twice, insert the hook to the hole at the bottom of stitch just made, yarn over, draw up a lp, [yarn over, pull through 2 lps] twice; repeat from * 2 more times, yarn over, pull through all 5 lps on hook.

The idea of making “modified” tr4tog is the same as modified FPtr. First leg is made around the post of indicated stitches below, and next 3 legs are added into the hole of the leg just made. Please, more information about front post clusters HERE.

Pc (Popcorn Stitch): Make 5 dc in the same st/sp. Remove your hook from the last st and insert it into the first dc of the 5-dc group. Grab the last st with your hook and pull it through the first st, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st).

“Modified” pc: Make FPtr around the post of indicated st, make four more tr into the hole at the bottom of the post of the first FPtr. Remove your hook from the last st and insert it into the first FPtr of the 5-dt group. Grab the last st with your hook and pull it through the first st, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st).

Using Stitch Markers


Sometimes the pattern will ask you to mark certain stitches or increases. Don’t underestimate this and mark as much as possible. In overlay crochet border it is very important to make stitches in correct places to keep the pattern flowing straight and smoothly. Even one stitch shift will cause the leaning of the petals on one of the sides.

Also make sure to read instructions carefully and try not to miss slip stitches in the beginning of some rounds. If you have any doubts, always refer to Esther’s videos. That will save you lots of time and will prevent of frogging.

See you next week. Aaaaaand... we'll begin!!


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Rozeta CAL 2019: General Information



Welcome to Scheepjes Rozeta CAL 2019! Today is the pre-week and it means I will share all details and important information together with tips & tricks you need to know for a successful completion of your Rozeta blankets. Please, don’t worry too much if you don’t understand anything. During the CAL I will be posting helpful progress pictures with comments to some trickiest places on my blog. And you will be provided with detailed video tutorials. So really, there will be no chance to get lost. And if you still have questions, you can ask for a support in official Scheepjes Facebook groups (find all links below).

Introduction


The Scheepjes Rozeta CAL will begin next week, on October 9th, 2019 and will run for 11 weeks. Every Wednesday a new portion of the pattern will become available via Scheepjes website and in official Scheepjes groups.

We will be creating a rectangular blanket based on large tapestry mandala in the center with overlay round border and tapestry panel at the bottom. The blanket is asymmetrical. It was inspired by stained glass gothic windows and the magic lights of Aurora Borealis. Read more about the story behind Rozeta and my inspiration HERE.

Useful Links


  • Tips & Tricks PDF: You can find the Tips & Tricks PDF HERE. It contains all the information you need to successfully finish the blanket, including gauge, sizing, materials, and special stitch instructions. If you have ordered the kit, please make sure to pay EXTRA attention to the gauge information.
  • Video Tutorials: Esther Dijkstra of It’s All in a Nutshell has made step-by-step video tutorials for each part of the Roseta CAL. You will be able to find all the videos HERE as they become available.
  • Facebook: Rozeta CAL is hosted by Scheepjes and official support will take place in both Scheepjes groups on Facebook: International (English language) and Dutch. Please, join one of the groups to share your progress pictures and ask questions. Group admins will crochet along with you and some of them have already completed their Rozetas. So they are ready to help, and of course I will be present in the groups as well!
  • Ravelry: Add Rozeta CAL to your Ravelry Queue. If you don't use Facebook, please check Rozeta thread in my Ravelry group. You can follow Rozeta CAL there as well. But please, note that this is an inofficial CAL thread.
  • Instagram: If you are on Instagram, you can find me HERE. Please add your photos using #scheepjesrozetacal2019.
  • Special Stitches and Techniques: If you would like to get prepared for Rozeta CAL and try your hand in some techniques used in this project, please see THIS POST.

Translations


Rozeta CAL patterns will be available in English (both UK and US terms), Dutch and German. You can find all the translations HERE on the Scheepjes Website. I am sending my thanks to Christa Veenstra and Theresa Pearson.

Difficulty


Rozeta CAL is an intermediate pattern. It uses tapestry and overlay crochet. If you have never tried your hand in any of those techniques, don’t worry! The pattern contains lots of additional notes to help you stay on track with the stitches.

Special Stitches and Techniques

 

Please, find a photo-tutorial for Special Stitches and Techniques HERE. Gauge is VERY important for this pattern, especially if you will be using the kits. Please, take your time to practice with tapestry before CAL begins next week.

Rozeta Kits


There are two kits for Rozeta CAL, each in four different colourways: Twilight, Dawn, Dusk and Midnight. Find all details about content of the kits HERE.

Kits are available from most Scheepjes retailers:

local Scheepjes stockists (Please, support your local yarn shop!!)
Wool Warehouse* (International)
Black Sheep Wools* (International)
Deramores* (International)
Caro’s Atelier* (Netherlands and Europe)

Timeline


Each Wednesday new portion of the Rozeta pattern will be released on Scheepjes website. The patterns will contain written row-by-row instructions. You will also find progress pictures on my blog and very detailed video tutorials by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell.

Pre-Cal: 2 October 2019 General Information (this post), Special Stitches and Techniques
Week 1: 9 October 2019 - Central tapestry mandala Part 1
Week 2: 16 October 2019  - Central tapestry mandala Part 2
Week 3: 23 October 2019 - Central tapestry mandala Part 3
Week 4: 30 October 2019 - Overlay border Part 1
Week 5: 5 November 2019 - Overlay Border Part 2
Week 6: 13 November 2019 - Overlay Border Part 3
Week 7: 20 November 2019 - Overlay Border Part 4
Week 8: 27 November 2019 - Corners
Week 9: 4 December 2019 - Bottom tapestry panel Part 1
Week 10: 11 December 2019 - Bottom tapestry panel Part 2
Week 11: 18 December 2019 - Stained glass border
Bonus pattern: Coming in January 2020…

Testers


I am sending many thanks to wonderful testres who helped me polishing the Rozeta pattern and who made gorgeous sample blankets: Hilde Tindlund, Fiona Kelly, Theresa Pearson and Mark Roseboom.

See you next week!

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Rozeta kits are almost here!



Are you getting ready for Rozeta CAL 2019? I can’t believe only 3 weeks left and we’ll begin!! I better hurry up and crochet faster than I can to finish progress pictures and helpful tip&tricks for you. If it’s the first time you hear about Rozeta, please, check all information about this CAL HERE. And if you would like to purchase official kit with all yarn you need to make a blanket – it’s just about right time to contact your local stockist or order online. Because kits will be shipped out tomorrow!!

Rozeta design was inspired by gothic stained glass windows and the magic lights of Aurora Borealis. It was not very tricky to choose the right Scheepjes yarn for this project. It should has been Our Tribe, obviously. With it's fantastic colour changes. I even got a chance to develop a new colourway for Rozeta!

Later Our Tribe kits were translated with Colour Crafter yarn. I tried to keep the same colour palette in both yarns, but of course they look a bit different.

I’ve been asked a lot about the difference between Our Tribe (OT) and Colour Crafter (CC) kits. Well, first of all it is fiber composition. OT is wool blend yarn and CC is 100% premium acrylic. OT is fingering yarn (so a little bit finer and a smaller hook is needed; as a result, finished OT blanket is smaller).  
This is just an example of Our Tribe colors. NOT the actual colors of the kits

OT is a variegated yarn. It means it contains several “muted” shades within one skein and they are changing softly. And CC comes in solid colours – that’s the reason why we have more colours in CC kits. Each OT shade is “translated” into two shades of CC, and also CC colours are brighter!
Twilight colours (Colour Crafter)

If you would like to learn more details about both yarns, please, check my reviews HERE and HERE.

So, there are two kits available for Rozeta, each in four different colourways: Twilight, Dawn, Dusk and Midnight. 

The Luxury Kit contains 11 Balls of Scheepjes Our Tribe (70% Merino Superwash, 30% Polyamide, Sport weight), and the Colour Crafter kit contains 15 balls of Scheepjes Colour Crafter (100% Premium Acrylic, DK weight). The final Our Tribe blanket measures 115 x 145cm / 45 x 57” and the Colour Crafter blanket measures 118 x 148cm / 46.5 x 58.3”.


Aaaaaand, as always, Scheepjes included extra gifts in every kit! YAY! All kits have a Rozeta label, a decorative wooden ornament (which one - it will be a surprise!), a darning needle, and a string of embroidery yarn. The luxury Our Tribe kits also contain an exclusive large bag to carry all your Rozeta yarn goodies (with a logo!).

If you ask me what we will make with extras…. Emmm, you have to wait! :) Let’s keep it a secret for a while. ;-)

The kits will be shipped out tomorrow, on September 18th, 2019. You can find them in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers. Thank you very much for supporing my work and using my links below to purchase the kit. I might be compensated with a tiny amount while you will not pay anything extra:

local Scheepjes stockists (Please, support your local yarn shop!!)
Wool Warehouse* (International)
Black Sheep Wools* (International)
Deramores* (International)
Caro’s Atelier* (Netherlands and Europe)

See you VERY soon!

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Every Puppy Needs a Home: free crochet pillow pattern



It all started a year ago. I found a little puppy in the streets of Minsk. She was so small, and lonely. And scared, and cold. I could not leave her alone under the rain and took her home hoping to find her a new family. We gave her a name Milana. Thanks to support and help of my friends and readers she got everything she needed: a proper food, vaccination, a collar and a bed. she was livinf in a foster family for almost two months. And then, one happy August day last year she was adopted by a wonderful people. Today she is called Arti. And she is one of the happiest dogs in the world.

 

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I visited her this summer in Minsk, to give a hug. And also to bring the rest of the money we could raise for her and other stray animals in Belarus. The money was spent on vaccinations and food for dogs and cats in need. And they are sending many thanks to people who were helping us a year ago. Arti’s story had a happy end. And I truly believe that every puppy in the world deserves a loving home.

Last year I designed a “doggy pillow” in tapestry crochet for Inside Crochet magazine to celebrate this belief. And now, when copyright is back to me, I decided to republish this pattern on my blog. Hope you’ll enjoy!

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MATERIALS

Scheepjes Stone Washed and Scheepjes River Washed yarn, 78% Cotton x 22% Acrylic, 50g/130m

Yarn A: Stone Washed 829 Obsidian x 3 balls
Yarn B: River Washed 962 Narmada x 1 ball
Yarn C: River Washed 961 Mersey x 1 ball
Yarn D: River Washed 959 Ural x 1 ball
Yarn E: River Washed 952 Rhine x 1 ball
Yarn F: River Washed 960 Murray x 1 ball

Clover Amour 4mm hook
Yarn needle
Cushion pad, 50 x 50cm/19.5 x 19.5in
Scheepjes olive wooden button 3cm x 3

Stone Washed and River Washed yarns are available in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers:
Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK with international shipping), Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe), Knotty House* (Canada), Taemombo (US and Canada).

TENSION

Work 19sc and 20 rows to measure 10 x 10cm/4 x 4" using 4mm hook, or size required to obtain tension.

MEASUREMENTS

Finished cover measures 50 x 50cm/19.5 x 19.5in

PATTERN NOTES


The pattern uses sc throughout. The front panel is worked in tapestry crochet using the pattern chart, with each square representing one stitch. Read the chart from the bottom upwards, odd rows from right to left and even rows from left to right. Each row begins with Yarn A. Change yarn always on the last yarn over when there are still two loops on the hook, then place previous yarn on the top of stitches and work with new colour over it.

If you haven't tried tapestry crochet before, please, check THIS step by step tutorial.

TIP: beginning and end of each row are made with Yarn A only. Drop another colour in the end of the colourwork on the WS and grab it again on the way back. Make sure floats of yarn stay on the WS. At the end of each row turn the work and make a turning chain which will not count as a stitch.

a) beginning and end of the row on WS (contrast yarn stays in front of work):


b) beginning and end of the row on RS (contrast yarn stays behind work):

Abbreviations (US terms)


st(s) - stitch(es)
sp(s) - space(s)
ch - chain
yo - yarn over
sc (single crochet): insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook
dc (double crochet): yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops* twice
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
*…….; rep from * to ….. work the instructions after * and then repeat that section as instructed

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INSTRUCTIONS


An original LillaBjörnCrochet Design (Tatsiana Kupryianchyk). Copyright 2014-2019. All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold, redistributed or edited in any way. Translations and video-tutorials are NOT allowed without permission. You can sell your finished products, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as a designer of this pattern. Thank you!

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Cushion Front

With Yarn A and 4mm hook ch91.

Row 1: 1sc in second ch from the hook, 1sc in each ch to end, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 2-8: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st – here and throughout), sc in each st to end, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 9-88: follow the chart. After Row 88 cut contrasting yarn. Continue with Yarn A only.
Rows 89-104: ch1, sc in each st to end, turn.
Row 105: ch1, 15sc, ch3, skip 3 sts, 25sc, ch4, skip 4 sts, 25sc, ch3, skip 3 sts, 15sc, turn.
Row 106: ch1, 15sc, 3sc in next ch-3 space, 25sc, 4sc in next ch-4 space, 25sc, 3sc in next ch-3 space, 15sc, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 108-110: ch1, sc in each st to end, turn.
Row 111: ch1, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 sts, ss in next st; repeat from * to end, fasten off – 15 “petals”. Weave in ends.


Cushion Back

With Yarn F and 4mm hook, ch91.

Row 1: 1sc in second ch from the hook, 1sc in each ch to end, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 2-8: ch1, sc in each st to end, turn – 90 sc.

Repeat Row 2 for pattern. Work 6 more rows with Yarn F. Continue in pattern working stripes as follows:

Eight rows with Yarn B
Eight rows with Yarn C
Eight rows with Yarn D
Eight rows with Yarn E
Eight rows with Yarn F
Eight rows with Yarn B
Eight rows with Yarn C
Eight rows with Yarn D
Eight rows with Yarn E
Seven rows with Yarn F
Six rows with Yarn A
Three rows with Yarn E. Fasten off, weave in ends.


FINISHING


Embroider your pet’s name on the cushion front using leftovers of contrast yarn (optional - you can make embroidery later, watch this blog soon for instructions). Place front and back with WS facing each other, align the bottom and join them together along three sides (leaving top open) with contrast yarn and slip stitches. Sew three buttons onto the back panel. Make sure they align with the holes.



Congratulations!! Your new pillow is now finished!

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