Friday, July 5, 2019

Stone Washed Apple Blossom Dream Afghan - Listed

The Apple Blossom Dream Afghan in Stone Washed Colors
 crochet pattern supplement
 is now included with the original pattern and can be found in my Etsy shop by clicking here.
Please note that in the event that you purchased this pattern before the Stone Washed supplement
 was produced, then please email me at astri.bowlin@gmail.com and
 I will be happy to send it to you at no cost.
This apple blossom granny pentagon mimics nature, complete with stamen and five petals.
It's fun and happy!!!
This afghan was crocheted in Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn.
An old-fashioned vintage look with a modern ombre feel.

A BIG thank you to all of who purchased this pattern;
it keeps me designing, crocheting and able to purchase yarn.
That is pure happiness for sure!

And to all of you,


Warmly,

Astri




Monday, July 1, 2019

Apple Blossom Dream Afghan in Stone Washed Colors

Border/Edging for the Apple Blossom Dream Afghan
 in Scheepjes Stone Washed colors is finally finished!
💮💮💮💮💮💮💮

I think of it as an old-fashioned vintage look with a modern ombre feel.
The "Apple Blossom Dream Afghan" pattern is available in my Etsy shop by clicking here.

 At this point, the pattern is written with Stylecraft Special DK or Scheepjes Colour Crafter
but once I finish writing this stonewashed version I will include
 the colors, yarn quantities, and placement at the end of that pattern. 
If you want to get started now, the pattern will instruct you
 with everything else and it includes four video links. 


If you choose to purchase the pattern now, but would like to make the stone washed version, 
send me a note (astri.bowlin@gmail.com) and I will forward you the supplement once it's finished.
💮💮💮💮💮💮💮💮
IWishing
Wishing you a warm and wonderful summer full of

Warmly,

Astri


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Back in the USA!

Home Sweet Home!
After three wonderful months in Scandinavia we are in back in the USA to the
Koselig Heklerhus (Cozy Crochet House)! 

I'm inspired and motivated by all that we experienced; lots of crochet ideas coming your way.

I hope you have all had a happy spring and lots of:

Warmly,

Astri

Monday, May 20, 2019

Mitered Dishcloth with Rose in Pastels

 While travelling, I've been working on a few small projects that are easy to transport. 
This one is my good old standby: the mitered dishcloth.
The pattern can be found in my Etsy shop by clicking here.
For this particular variation, I worked in both loops with a fingering cotton yarn, a 3.5 mm hook, and extra rows due to yarn weight.
Then a picot edge was added.
It's pretty like this, but if you'd like a little extra pizzazz from the garden, a rose is a nice touch.

Start with the rose pattern by clicking here.

Then add leaves like this:
On the back, crochet and connect eight 3ch loops even with the petals with a SLST.

In each loop (SC, HDC, DC, 2ch picot, DC, HDC, SC)
SLST to first leaf, leaving ends for attaching to the dishcloth.
Finish by sewing onto the dishcloth with the ends:

These make the best gifts! 
They can be paired up with a pretty and/or coordinating bottle of dishwashing soap or a dozen roses. 😉
The handle makes it easy to hang for drying.

I'm looking forward to returning home at the end of the month and crocheting from dawn til dusk!

Wishing you all a day of dawn til dusk crocheting!

Warmly,

Astri
🌸🌸🌸





Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Norway 2019

To celebrate the NVO's retirement, we've been on a three month sabbatical in Norway. 
We are homeward bound at the end of the month. 

In the meantime, here are a few spots we've visited:
 Bergen
Malmefjorden
Veiholman, Smøla
Molde
 Kristiansund
 Geiranger
  Ålesund
 Åndalsnes
Tromsø

It's been so fun and quite an adventure, but I look forward to getting home and starting on at least one of a hundred crochet ideas. It's interesting how the ideas come when your mind is quiet.
 I have; however, been working on small projects along the way, and if you'd like a peek at those please see my Instagram (click on link above).

I hope this post finds you all well and that your lives are full of love and crochet!

Warmly,

Astri




Friday, March 1, 2019

Stone Washed Apple Blossom Dream Afghan WIP

Currently on my hook...
The Apple Blossom Dream Afghan
 in 
Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn. 
  I'm in love with these colors.

Stamen: Citrine
Petals: Pink Quartzite 🌸
Petals: Rose Quartz 🌸
Petals: Tourmaline 🌸
Leaves: Canada Jade 🌿
MC: Crystal Quartz, Moonstone 

The pattern can be found on Ravelry by clicking here
or
on Etsy by clicking here.

The pattern is written and measured for Scheepjes Colour Crafter or Stylecraft Special DK yarn,
 but I'm loving it in these Scheepjes Stone Wash colors, as well! 

Since this is still a WIP, I don't know how much yarn the total blanket
 will call for in the washed yarn; in the meantime, here are the yarn quantities by motif for
 the Scheepjes Stone Wash yarn, which comes in 50-gram 100m skeins,
 in the event that you would like to get started with the washed yarn:

Blossom motif:
Stamen: 2 meters
Petals: 4.5 meters
Leaves: 4 meters
MC: 11.5 meters

Diamond motif:
MC: 8.5 meters

Please remember extra yarn will be needed for joining and the border.

My favorite place to purchase yarn is at:
(Quick shipping to and from the US and overseas)

Most of the Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn colors listed here
 can be purchased at LoveCrochet by clicking *here.

Thanks for stopping by and


Warmly,

Astri

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however, I do receive a small commission. Your support allows me to continue creating, designing and writing, and for that I am grateful.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Apple Blossom Dream Afghan - Published and Listed!

The pattern for the
"Apple Blossom Dream Afghan"
has been published and listed!
Whew, this one was a doozy, the design has been eight years in the making!
Spring is coming!
The "dream" for this design was to create a five petal apple blossom
(with stamen) motif, trying to imitate nature as close as possible. 
A pentagon granny motif worked for the blossom; 
however, pentagons joined together eventually created a round ball.
That was not going to work for the afghan, maybe a pillow, but not an afghan.
Armed with the NVO and his math skills, and a little creativity, the afghan dream came true!
 🌸🌸🌸
And it's finally here!
 You can find the pattern at either my Etsy shop by clicking here
or
in my Ravelry store by clicking here.

Here's how the listing reads:

Let this pattern guide you in making this lovely apple blossom afghan. Its fresh and soft design is also ideal for many applications. The finished size is approximately 47" x 62" (119 cm x 158 cm) which is perfect for napping or displaying. 
Cozy on up for cooler days/evenings or wrap baby snuggly for a stroll. 
Oh, and think of the color possibilities!

This instantly downloadable 20-page pattern includes plenty of step-by-step photos, as well as, links to videos for extra added assistance. The last two pages of the pattern is a condensed "crochet short-hand" version of the pattern. The pattern is written and verbalized in US crochet terms.

Ideal for an intermediate crocheter. General knowledge of crocheting a granny square is helpful.

And here's the yarn I used:


My favorite place to purchase the yarn for this project is at:

(Quick shipping to and from the US and overseas)

Click here for Stylecraft Special DK*
Click here for Scheepjes Color Crafter*


Warmly,

Astri

*This post contains affiliate links. Clicking on these links does not increase your cost; 
however, I do receive a small commission. Your support allows me to continue creating, designing and writing, and for that I am grateful.