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Happy Holidays!

A very, very quick post to wish all my readers Happy Holidays!
My Holiday gift for you this year is a new free TC pattern, named "Cheiron". As you can see it's for a neckwarmer that suits both men and women, worked in the round in two different colors. If you wish to try your hand at TC in the round, this might be the item for you.
Besides this small present, I wish you all a marvelous time these next days, and a bright 2017!

Un post velocissimo per augurare Buone Feste a tutti i miei lettori!
Il mio regalo per voi quest'anno è un nuovo modello ad uncinetto tunisino, "Cheiron". Come potete vedere si tratta di uno scaldacollo adatto sia agli uomini che alle donne, lavorato in tondo con due colori. Se volete cimentarvi con l'uncinetto tunisino in tondo, potrebbe fare per voi.
A parte questo regalino, vi auguro di passare giorni stupendi in queste feste, ed un buon 2017!




A "TC Pfeilraupe" Fall

Our "TC Pfeilraupe" pattern has become incredibly popular: it's now in the Top 10 Hot Right Now Tunisian crochet patterns on Ravelry, and Brunella and I are so proud of our little one, and so so glad all these fellow crocheters enjoy it this much.

I've been busy making some of these scarves for friends these last weeks, and I thought it'd be nice to show them all in a roll to you. So, there you go, all my "TC Pfeilraupe" scarves:




What do you think? Are they pretty enough? :)

Time to think about presents already? / Già tempo di pensare ai regali?

Who would've thought? It's December already, typically a month for presents, either for beloved ones or for ourselves. I've been writing about Tunisian crochet almost all year long, so of course now I have to make another post on the subject, and more specifically on TC-related presents. If you think it's time to purchase some long hooks and books to study and make practice, allow me to help you through the many choices out there. As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm enjoying a collaboration with Italian blog "Maglia-Uncinetto.it" with my reviews and opinions about TC books and such (and in the future I'll write about other crafty subjects, too), but I still haven't been able to translate my reviews in English. Though, since there are many English reviews about these books, so far I'll tell you briefly about the ones I really like, and I suggest you go and search for other reviews on the web.
Now, about the presents.
Let't think about t…

Fancy a risotto?

Well, if you do, don't miss my brand new free pattern for a Tunisian crochet scarf, "Mushroom Risotto": I made this scarf with one skein of bulky yarn and a 15 mm hook, so as you can imagine it grows quickly. It's the perfect project for beginners because I haven't used the simple stitch but other stitches that combined together create an interesting fabric; depending on how you block it the fabric can be dense or airy, almost lacey, without efforts. Also, it's perfect for both women and men, so it might be a nice idea for some Xmas gifts! If you're waiting for the right project to try this technique, think about this scarf: it won't disappoint you.





"November Shades"

Well, hello readers! Thanks for all your nice comments about my article that's been published: I still haven't had time to translate it in good English, but I'm working on it and on the other ones, so I hope to post them here soon. Today I'd like to show you a new project instead, a cowl called "November Shades", whose pattern is available both on Etsy and Ravelry. It's made once more with Tunisian crochet but this item is worked in the round! TC in the round is lots of fun: you have to work with two strands of yarn and a double-ended hook, so if you're an absolute beginner it can get tricky, but after a bit of practice it gets really enjoyable. Plus, if you take advantage of the double-ended hook to use two contrasting colors it creates a marvelous effect with pretty little effort. I'd really like to hear your opinions about this item: I'll be honest, I'm quite proud of it and how it turned out, so I hope y'all like it as much as I d…

I've been published! / Mi hanno pubblicata!

Now that's some title, isn't it? Well, to tell the truth I *have* had an article, a review about TC book "Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide" by Kim Guzman, published on one of the most famous Italian websites about knitting and crochet, Maglia-Uncinetto.it. I'm so sorry my readers from other countries won't be able to read it due to language issues, but don't worry: I'm translating this (and the other articles that will follow!) in English to publish on my blogs, so if you're interested you'll have your chance to read them anyway! =D
Dopo tanto, torno a scrivere un post in italiano: segnalo ai miei lettori che una mia recensione su un famoso libro ad argomento uncinetto tunisino, "Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide" di Kim Guzman, è stata pubblicata sul famosissimo sito Maglia-Uncinetto.it. Non so descrivervi l'emozione, anche l'onore, di vedere un mio articolo comparire su questo sito: un sito che ho seguito fin da quando mi sono avv…

New pattern and two beanies

So, I've finally managed to publish my latest pattern, a nice Tunisian crochet cowl named "Pumpkin Skin". Since it's worked flat then sewn and it uses only one stitch besides the simple stitch it's an ideal project for beginners, for people who've tried TC, found it interesting and would like to try something different but not too hard. I rate it as an easy pattern, from an advanced beginner level on. You can download a digital copy of it from both my Ravelry and Etsy stores (so far only English is available, Italian version will be there soon!).

Besides working on my own patterns I've also followed others' to make something: I've been asked for a couple of ladies beanies, and though the pattern's title suggests otherwise I've chosen Kim Guzman's "Favorite Beanie for Men". I've never enjoyed making hats and such, I get bored easily and I'm almost never satisfied by how they turn out, but Kim's pattern made me cha…

The discovery of "Railway Knitting"

Hi folks! Here's a small adventure that happened to me that I'm gonna tell you about, mainly because it brought me to a really interesting discovery. Some days ago I received a message on Ravelry from a lady who's made her own Tunisian crochet version of the "Pfeilraupe" scarf. She sent me a picture to show me her work, which was simply stunning: she managed to recreate the exact shape of the knitted one, with marvelous use of short rows, plus in honeycomb stitch, which I love (you can check out her project page here). We exchanged a few messages, and by checking her profile I discovered that I was talking to Dela Wilkins! When the sudden feeling of being a complete idiot for not recognizing her before was gone, I felt (and still feel!) SO privileged: a famous teacher, a published author, took time to write ME about an item we both tried to make in TC. Wow!! Well, of course I did some more searching and found that Dela's book on TC, "Railway Knitting W…

September: a finished project and a new one

Hello, crafters! I'm glad to tell you that our "TC Pfeilraupe" has had more than 900 downloads so far - I can't even describe how happy I am about it. Remember to tell me what you think about it, in case you decide to try it yourself: your opinions matter to me!
Since I can't keep my hooks still I've finished another project, this time by an incredibly talented designer you may have heard of, Sheryl Thies. I recently bought both her books about Tunisian crochet ("Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet" and "Tunisian Crochet Encore") and I must say I absolutely love them. Her way of explaining things is just so good, and her projects are beautiful yet practical items one can actually wear in everyday life. One of these items, from "TC Encore", is the "Ruffled Interlude" scarf, and this one is the project I've just finished. I made it 2 m long and about 2 cm wide, and I used about 200 g of cotton and linen yarn named "L…

It's officially "TC Pfeilraupe"!

Fellow crocheter Brunella Russo-Girard and I are very proud to announce that the Tunisian Crochet versione of the "Pfeilraupe" scarf is finally available! You can download it for free HERE, both in English and Italian. As I said in my previous post this is an easy project, suitable for beginners who know the Tunisian simple stitch and a bit about increasing and casting off - yeah, that's all you need to make it. I really hope some of you, my dear readers, will enjoy it!

Is it "Pfeilraupe"??

Why, yes - kinda. Let me tell you a story.
Some weeks ago a wondefully creative lady, Brunella Russo-Girard, shared some pics of her own interpretation of the popular Pfeilraupe scarf, not knitted but made in Tunisian Crochet. Trusting in a talent I myself didn't think I had, she asked me if I would've liked to give it a try, in order to make some design adjustements she tought were needed.
Now, that's some task.
I followed her instructions for the start and the main body, then I had to handle to most difficult part: the holes. As you can see I made 5, not 6, for no particular reason other than that I like uneven numbers better, lol. Apart from this, and from a completely different way of working, the scarf should be quite similar to the original, but worked in the characteristc Tunisian basic stitch.
Both Brunella and I are proud of the result and, with authorization from the author of the original, Alpi Alpenrose, I'm writing the pattern for the TC version of this l…

A glimpse of my Aloes

Hello folks! I've been away for a long time again, but here I am showing you some succulent beauties. These are some of my beloved Aloes, a genre of plants I've learnt to love: they're incredibly easy to grow, needing almost no cares, and even though they come from warm places they're not very much bothered by cold temperatures during Fall and Winter - some of these were outside when it was snowing, though not directly under the snow! So, enjoy these pretty leaves! : )













New blog on Wordpress

Hello everyone! Just a super quick post to tell you that from now on I'm on Worpress too, you can find me at: https://weavingoldenpatterns.wordpress.com/. I wanted to try my hand at another blog, so I'll update both at (almost) the same time, follow me on the one you like best - or both! : )

Feels like Spring

Hello fellow crafters! I can't believe March is almost over and April's on its way... I think I won't be making woolly items for some time, as right now I'm busy testing a pattern for a friend and I'm working on it with thread, and by the time I'll be finished (should I manage to get through it) it'll be quite warm, soo... well, not a big deal, as I already have some lovely cotton/linen/&such stashed just waiting for some nice projects, but before that I want to show you my latest wool items.  Today I'll write a bit about this Dragon tail scarf, or Drachenschwanz - doesn't that sound great? I've discovered it thanks to MariaGrazia Berno's FB group "Uncinetto tunisino, questo sconosciuto) and made it following an amazingly simple tutorial by the very talented Veronika Hug (Nata, you should find this interesting). I strongly recommend those of you interested in Tunisian crochet (and not only) to check out her YT channel: I don't …

February Snow Cowl - New pattern!

Hello readers! Snow has finally arrived, though late indeed, and it inspired me to create a new item with some yarn I had in stash. First, let me tell you a bit about this yarn: it's called "Kuki" by Borgo de' Pazzi, a pretty famous Italian brand which produces some lovely, high quality yarns. "Kuki" is made of wool (65%), nettle (20%) and hemp (15%), so a very interesting mix as you can see. It feels soft on skin but has great structure, so I really recommend to try it out should you happen to find it! Now, about the pattern. First, you can find it here. As you can see it's a quite huge cowl made in classic crochet, and it's pretty easy to realize too: all you need to know is how to crochet chains, simple and double stitches, and these instructions will guide you through the process in the most accurate way. So I would suggest this pattern to all kinds of crocheters: beginners might enjoy trying their hand at something easy to make but a bit diffe…