Friday, December 19, 2014

FREE PATTERN: Christmas Sweet Heart

There are not many days left until Christmas but there is still plenty of time to make some Christmas Sweet Hearts to decorate the tree, give to a friend or make as a garland.

The pattern is based on my simple Sweet Heart Pattern and I have added festive shiny beads and an extra row to make the heart more bigger and a bit more stable. Lets get started!



Time approx. 15 minutes
- Level ♥♥ (Intermediate)

You will need:
♥︎ Shiny red beads that can be threaded on your yarn.
♥︎ Christmas red Sport Weight/4ply yarn (I have used Tilda yarn, a cotton/acrylic mix from my Yarn Shop.)
♥︎ Crochet hook 2,5mm-3 mm/ C-D (US)
♥︎ Darning needle
♥︎ A pair of scissors

Abbreviations UK/US
ch - chain UK/US
dc/sc - double crochet UK/single crochet US
dtr/tr - double treble UK/treble US

sl st - slip stitch
st/sts - stitch/stitches

Left picture: Thread 9 shiny beads on to your yarn and push them down towards the yarn ball out of the way.
Middle picture: Follow the Sweet Heart Pattern making Row 1 and almost finishing Row 2.
Right picture: When at the last corner of Row 2 it is time to add a bead. See the illustration above where beads will be inserted in the next row.

Left picture: At the last corner ch1 and then lead a bead up to your hook.
Middle picture: Make sure to have the bead close to your chain stitch and make another chain stitches around the bead.
Right picture: Finish with another chain stitch after the bead, all snug and neat. Continue to follow the Sweet Heart Pattern for Row 3 (dc/sc in every stitch until next corner, slip stitch in corner - 3 dtr/tr in fourth stitch from hook...)

Left picture: Pull up another bead close to your stitch
Middle picture: Yarn over twice for the next dtr/tr.
Right picture: Insert your hook in the same stitch as your previous 3 dtr/tr stitches.

Left picture: Fetch yarn (4 loops on your hook).
Middle picture: Fetch yarn and pull through 2 loops, repeating this twice and making sure the bead stays at the top for the last pull-through movement.
Right picture: Finish the heart curves making 2dtr/tr in between every added bead (Right curve: 3dtr/tr - add bead - 2dtr/tr - add bead - 2dtr/tr - add bead- 2dtr/tr -add bead - 2dtr/tr). Slip stitch in corner from previous row (see Sweet Heart Pattern) and repeat for the next curve (Left curve: 2dtr/tr - add bead - 2dtr/tr - add bead - 2dtr/tr - add bead- 2dtr/tr -add bead - 3dtr/tr). Slip stitch in last corner. Now all beads are on the back side of your work but we will fix that in a second.  

 Push the beads to the front, I twist them slightly in place.

Last Row:
• Ch1 (doesn't count as a stitch), dc/sc in next 7 stitches.
• 1htr/hdc - 1tr/dc in space in front of bead - ch1 above bead - 1tr/dc - 1htr/hdc in space after the bead. 
• Dc/sc in next 11 stitches up until the first bead in the curve.
• Make 2dc/sc in every bead stitch and 1dc/sc in stitch between beads.
• Finish curve with dc/sc in last 2 stitches - slip stitch in stitch in between heart curves.
• Make dc/sc in next 2 stitches.
• Make 2dc/sc in every bead stitch and 1dc/sc in stitch between beads.
• Finish curve with dc/sc in last 3 stitches.

Cut yarn and make a neat finish by securing the last stitch by stitching from the front to the back in the first dc made and then back into your last stitch. Fasten off on the back. 

Your heart is finished! Now you can either make a loop to hang your heart on the Christmas tree (Join yarn between the heart curves, crochet 20-30 chains and slip stitch in between the heart curves to create a loop for hanging.) or you can make many and turn them into a garland following the instructions for the Maybelle Flower Garland or use them to decorate your gifts as they are. Try blocking and starching them for better appearance on the tree!

Thank you for visiting today and I really hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Please use hashtag #ChristmasSweetHeart and #myrosevalley or if you share in social media.  I would love to see your interpretations. Imagine these Sweet Hearts in silver for New Years eve... Or in white with pearls...


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Everyone is asleep but me...

I tossed and turned and tried my best to go back to sleep with no success. I got up, put my cozy socks on and tip toed down stairs. I lit the star and some candles. The clock on my kitchen wall showed no more than 3 am.

I've said it before and I say it again. It is something special to be up all alone while the rest of your dear ones are still fast asleep. There is a comfort in knowing that they are all there, cuddled up in their beds nice and warm, dreaming the dreams... And now suddenly I have some bonus hours to spend all on my own. :)

A bad back woke me up and once up my mind just started to work overtime. Strings of things I want to do and things that has to be done in a certain time before that BIG day comes. You know which one I'm talking about...

So instead of fighting it I enjoyed the silence and the candles, a cup of hot tea and spent some time working on my blog make over... And without even taking notice it was soon 6.30 and my oldest Nelly Bo sat down for breakfast with me. She is the first one up usually and soon the rest of the bundle started to roll in. Roof lights got turned on, the TV were flashing, the coffee maker were making noise... The moment was gone but remains special in my memory.


PS 1: So did I get tired later? No.
PS 2: So did I take a nap in the afternoon? No.
PS 3 : So did I at least go to bed early that night? No.
PS 4: Surprisingly the day became a super efficient day with a lot accomplished and maybe just a little bit of a grouchy mum appeared around dinner time or just before, but that was all. Maybe I should become an early bird?

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Featured in Simply Crochet - Out Now!

I am proud to show you I am on the News page of the December issue of Simply Crochet, for sale in shops right now. My Popcorn & Lace Pillow Crochet Kit is high lighted with the sweetest words, making me blush all over! Oooops! Modest me...

The Popcorn & Lace Pillow Crochet Kit is available in my Etsy Shop, a perfect gift for a crochet friend or just something extremely pretty to keep your hands busy between Christmas nibbles and drinks. I can imagine it in Christmas red or denim blue with a white border, or why not granny pink with a berry border, or light purple with deep lilac border... The combinations are endless. Look in my Yarn Shop for a alternative color combination on the Tilda Yarn chart. Give me a shout if you want other colors than the original creamy white and pink.

For your advantage I will ship Priority Mail up until Tuesday 16th of December for you to receive your parcel before Christmas - without extra cost!
(Fingers crossed postal service will do their job too...)


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A walk makes wonders for a stressed soul

I let my thoughts go when walking. I think about life, projects, work, relationships, holidays, dreams, problems and just anything bothering me. Sometimes I feel heavy in my mind when leaving my house, but I always feel light and energized when returning.

I think we all need a moment of alone time like this, preferably every day, where we can release all the stress we carry and lighten up the pressure we put on ourselves. Because when I walk there, on this narrow curvy road, things suddenly don't seem that problematic anymore. Being one with nature does that to you.

You become present and you see the beauty of real life. Outside the doctor appointment that needs to be made. Outside the laundry room that really should be organized and de-cluttered. Outside the pain of misunderstandings and frustration in your relationship with your spouse, children, parents or friends. Outside the fact that you are getting older and turning a bit worn and rough on the edges,  and it feels like you don't get ANYTHING done and is this really where you want to be in life or how on earth shall you deal with your teenage daughter in the best possible way... Or that upcoming visit from your Mother in Law, how are you gonna cope?

We put so much pressure on ourselves and we live in such a high speed environment with Internet and everything instant - may it be instant coffee or Insta gramming or instant food making... We receive so much information daily and it is hard to sort what is important and what can be ignored. But walking on that hill with the blue bird sky above, the sun warming my face and a little baby cow distracting me from all these thoughts, I feel alive. And my problems and my stress diminishes. Life ain't that bad. Life is pretty good, I am thinking. And I come back home with a light heart and a smile on my face. Ready to tackle it all.


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