Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TRADITIONAL NORWEGIAN SWEATER - IN CROCHET!

This crochet sweater is the adult version of the Fair Isle Cardigan for KIDS, inspired by the traditional, Norwegian stranded knitting-patterns. 
Being Norwegian, I’ve learned to appreciate them as part of my cultural inheritance. 
These sweaters were knitted in the wool’s natural shades. Fancy color combinations, like my red and white, have been used only the last 5 decennial or so. 


Yes I've made a matching hat for the cardigan!
Working on the pattern!
Not very traditional color-combination.
Any colors are great, but gray-shades and white,
or black/white was the the normal colors for these sweaters!
Then blue-shades/white became popular, now
I've seen them in  every combo you can think of!
The body is created as the traditional sweaters;
Straight like a tube, no shaping. 



Originally the sweaters are worked on the round,
and steeked for open front.
This one is worked forth and back, no steeking!
Note: Real pewter buttons!

Once you’ve got the hang of the pattern, the sweater 
works up real fast; In no-time, compared to a knitted 
sweater with stranded pattern!
Note that the pattern on the sweater is not stranded,
like for knitting (Worked with 2 strands on the same row)!
 

It’s a simple 2-row pattern-repeat. In addition to some sc-stripes.



I love this sweater! It IS possible to CROCHET a traditional sweater!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

PERMISSION TO SELL FINISHED PRODUCTS MADE OF ALL MY CROCHET PATTERNS!

GREAT NEWS!
FROM AUGUST-2014, I’M RELEASING ALL MY CROCHET PATTERNS FOR 
YOUR PERMISSION TO SELL YOUR FINISHED PRODUCTS  ANYWHERE YOU LIKE!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ASK FOR PERMISSION ANY MORE!

I WOULD HOWEVER LOVE TO RECEIVE PICS, LINKS AND NOTIFICATIONS OF YOUR ACTIVITY!
THE PERMISSIONS ARE VALID ALSO FOR ALL EARLIER PURCHASES!!
Above is not valid for wholesalers, they still have to contact me. 
So don't hesitate:
Buy the pattern for the item you'd LOVE to sell in your shop,
at your local market, to your family and friends, for charity,
on FaceBook, on your Blog, or wherever you have your activity!
See all my CROCHET PATTERNS HERE!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PINK FLOWER CROCHET CARDIGAN WITH FLOWERS - LITTLE GIRL-DREAMS!

This gorgeous little jacket I created 3 years ago. Still a super-cute jacket, but the pattern had British-English crochet terms, which I've replaced for all my crochet patterns with US terms.
The pattern is completely re-written, a lot of tiny (and huge!) errors are corrected, and the layout is changed.
If you ever have purchased this pattern, and have not received an automatic update, please contact me at pdfpatterndesign@live.no, and I'll send you the new pattern! Name and e-mail please! If you remember when you bought it too, even better.
The new pattern with new pics are here: PINK FLOWER JACKET 

Wavy borders and cute flowers.
Sophie is wearing the cardigan on top of a matching skirt

Adjustable sleeve-length and pretty collar.

The pattern have two sizes; 2-3 years, and 4-5 years.
Worked with lighter or heavier yarn, smaller or larger hook,
the jacket can be adjusted to baby- or big-girl sizes! 

The colors for edging and flowers are matching.
Tutorial for flowers in instructions.
I have seen the jacket in one-color, without the flowers;
It was gorgeous!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THE WHITE LACE TOP. Crochet top for HOT summer days!

My latest pattern, created this summer. 
Not too sweet, not too lacey! Simple stitches.
The vertical stripes and the A-line, are slimming and forgiving for any body shape- and size.
The bra-section is a nice and feminine detail.
The method is the most simple and adjustable I could come up with! Good fit for any cup-size. 
PATTERN HERE
White is always nice for a design like this.
I have made it in pale yellow too, very pretty!

The bra-section has a very good fit.

A little raised back-piece. Optional!

This top is not supposed to be sexy! Just a light
summer-top for any occasion.
Easy stitches, no complicated stitch-diagrams!


THE FAIR ISLE CROCHET CARDIGAN FOR KIDS, MADE INTO A GORGEOUS LITTLE SWEATER!


Warm all year cardigan for boys and girls. A heirloom! Look at the gorgeous photo of the little boy! It’s Lene from Denmark who has created a beautiful little sweater from this pattern. 
Worked on the round after finishing the yoke. One piece, top/down. Pattern HERE

What a heart-melter!
So cute in his little Fair Island-sweater!


The original sample, plain, closed in front with
traditional pewter-buttons.
This crochet cardigan is inspired by the classic, Scandinavian stranded knitting-patterns.
Being Norwegian, I’ve learned to appreciate them as part of my cultural inheritance. I’m always looking for methods to achieve the style in crochet!

As an optional final finish, I have added surface crochet- and embroidery embellish to the cuffs and hemline!
Another inspiration from the vintage Scandinavian knitted sweaters.
Full tutorial in pattern for the surface-stitches!






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CROCHET SLIPPER/SHOES WITH MATCHING SHOPPING BAG! NEW PATTERN!

THE PEARL-SLIPPERS
The slippers are as usual attached to my Cord-Soles, ready for street-wear!
Pattern for the basic-slippers HERE
The Cord-Sole pattern is HERE
The 2in1-pattern-pack for basics + Cord-Sole HERE

Like my Shopping Bag?
Pattern HERE

The basic Pearl-slippers.
Fresh off the hook, no soles.....yet!
Handmade and tailored fabric-covered insoles
with labels attached.
Same fabric as for bag-lining!

And... Cord-Soles!
Ready for street-wear!


Me and my new crochet shoes and shopping bag,
ready for the market!

Very comfy!
My new crochet shopping bag!
One large pocket on one side. Great for the I-Pad!
And two smaller pockets on the other side,
closed with fabric-covered buttons!
The handles are a white cord attached to D-rings,
protected with crochet-stitches on top. 

The large bag have a lot of inner-pockets.
Can't do without them!
Neither the zip closing the bag.



Sunday, June 15, 2014

BLUE-BOW CROCHET SLIPPERS

Last pair of crochet slippers, published this week! This was different and fun to work, with the blue straps creating a bow! Not difficult at all, promise! BASIC PATTERN HERE
As usual I have a PATTERN-PACK for the basic slippers, included the Cord-Soles! HERE

Fabric-covered insoles. Soles make a big difference for the slippers.
Makes them more comfortable to wear, keeps them in shape, and it looks pretty!

As usual I have attached my tailored Cord-Soles to the slippers!

So lovely to wear!

I have started to design all new slippers with a little bit wider  front-toe-piece.
Better fitting, and  keeps the shape better.

Integrated bow-straps visible.

Waiting for a stroll to town!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

FLAG-TAG SLIPPERS! KIND OF ODD PROJECT, BUT A LOT OF FUN!

FROM ITALY WITH LOVE! Flag-Tag -slippers.
Do you just love stripes and colors? Or are you a patriot? A fan? A follower, promoter, believer, enthusiast, devotee, admirer, sponsor, or a winner? 
What about slippers to go with it!

Link to the basic crochet pattern HERE
Link to the Cord-Sole Tutorial HERE
Link to the pattern-pack; Slipper-pattern included Cord-Soles HERE

THE BASIC SLIPPERS FRESH OFF THE HOOK!

Make a statement! Support your country,
your sport-team or other teams, clubs, associations,
and… you name it! 
Three vertical stripes for a three-colored flag or symbol.
Need only two colors? 

Flag dividable in two sections!

Very comfy!
This will be the first pattern I release for you,
free to sell the finished slippers in your net-shop,
or anywhere you like!
The simple design of Espadrilles, is my great inspiration
designing crochet slippers. 

Espadrilles are originally simple handmade canvas shoes
with rope-soles, produced in Spain for hundreds of years
(And other places world-wide, only named differently).
You can make your own Espadrilles, or Toms,
as they are called in US! 

As all my crochet slippers, also this pair is turned into street-shoes!
My tailored Cord-Soles are attached as a final finish.
Ready for streets of Rome!





Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BETWEEN PATTERNS - TRAVELLING AND THE BEAUTIFUL SPRINGTIME

According to myself, it's been too long since last pattern-release! But I had a 10-days trip to my homeland, Norway, and I HAVE been working with a new pattern! Which will bee published on Friday!


Spring comes with painting outside...every year! At the seaside all surfaces
get heavily shabby !
And then there is the garden!
Not complaining!
And then there was my yearly trip to Norway...
which is crazy beautiful in May!

Well folks.... this is where I grew up.....!
Not a bad place at all! Especially looking at it with older eyes!

Away is good, but the very best is HOME!
Finally ending up in my uncomfortable crochet-chair in my garden in Italy! AHH!!


Today I think we finally can say it's summer!
After a long and unstable spring, the weather is finally warm!
We had our first out-lunch today!
At the neighborhood lunch-bar. Lovely!

Monday, April 28, 2014

LACE- AND STRIPE ESPADRILLES/TOMS

New pattern listed!
White and grey in perfect harmony. 
Somehow most of us love laces! 
This one is bold and simple, romantic but modern; Lace combined with stripes! 
Wonderful to slip into on cool summer evenings.


The basic slippers, no soles ...yet!

Fresh off the hook!

Special tailored insoles, covered with fabric and labels.
Cord-Soles attached!
Pretty!!


Out walking my crochet shoes!

Real comfy!!