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How to pick "random" colours for granny motifs - Tutorial

How to pick "random" colours for granny motifs
At first sight, you may think that the colours on those beautiful crochet grannies blankets are completely random and that the people crocheting them simply and randomly picked up the colours they had at hand. Well, that's not entirely true. The "oh-so-random-look" of the granny squares is often intentional, i.e., most crocheters like their colour choices to appear random, but they plan it that way... What? Planning randomness? What is this madness, I hear you ask? Well, it is the truth. But have no fear, I'll guide you through the easy, simple process.

(Note: if you need help choosing the colours to begin with, there are some tools I find helpful:
Always choose one colour for the last row of every motif. White is often the colour of choice for this, but, for a baby blanket, for instance, you may opt for the classical pink or blue or even a light grey;Choosing the remaining colours:COLOURlovers: Website with m…

Angel Wings Pinafore

I can't believe this is my first take on this all-time-favourite classic pattern! Couldn't be happier with the result, so much so that I'm actually considering increasing it to fit Little A. Pattern can be found here. Nem acredito que foi a primeira vez que fiz este modelo, clássico e o favorito de toda a gente nas internets. Não podia estar mais satisfeita com o resultado, de tal forma que estou a considerar aumentar o modelo para servir à Little A. O modelo, em inglês, pode ser encontrado aqui.

Yarn Giveaway

YARN GIVEAWAY! To help the page reach 500 likes, I am hosting the very first Yarn Giveaway! For a chance to win this skein of Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca, here's what you need to do: 1. 1. Like the page (;
2. Join the event (;
3. Invite friends who might be interested both in the page and in the event. The winner will be selected randomly via Fanpagekarma when we reach 500 likes! Any queries, please send me a private message. Good luck!
OFERTA DE FIO Para ajudar a página a atingir os 500 likes, estou a organizar o primeiro "Yarn Giveaway! Para poder ganhar este novelo de Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca, tem de: 1. Gostar da página (;;
2. Juntar-se ao evento
3. Convidar amig@s que possam ter interesse quer pela página, quer pelo evento.
O vencedor será seleccionado aleatoriamente através do Fanpagekar…

The problem with having loads of sweaters / O problema que é ter montes de camisolas

Here's the problem with having loads of crocheted/knitted things for your baby, particularly if you opt for doing something larger in size, for the future: you forget about things. Luckily, Little A. is extremely curious and is now going through a phase "oh-let-me-find-out-what-hidden-treasures-lie-hidden-in-this-drawer". Today, she pulled out this little number: an adorable crocheted sweater. It's a free pattern (even better) by Laura Tegg, available as a free Ravelry download (find it here). The yarn used is by a very cool Portuguese brand - Rosarios4. Check out their website here. O problema de ter montes e montes de camisolas em crochet/em tricot, especialmente se decidimos fazer alguma coisa num tamanho acima, para o futuro, é este: esquecemo-nos das coisas. Felizmente, a Little A. é extremamente curiosa e anda numa fase de "oh-deixa-me-ver-que-tesouros-escondidos-estão-guardados-nesta-gaveta". Hoje, tirou este coelho da cartola: uma camisola em croc…

Granny, Meet the Stripes - Free Crochet Pattern for a 8" Granny Square

I'm sure it's not new. I'm sure that someone, somewhere, has had the same idea. But yesterday, as I was playing with yarn, I decided to entertain this idea: what would you get if you mixed a "traditional" granny square with the "solid" granny square? The answer is a very cool motif. I decided to called it "Granny, Meet the Stripes", because it does create a nice stripey effect. The next step will probably attempt to make an baby afghan out of this (I only need to find out where I should just continue with the pattern - thus creating a 24" square, for instance - or to make several squares and sew them (oh, the horror) together. For the time being, we have this:

And unto to the pattern we go.

Granny, Meet the Stripes - An 8" Square Materials - 25 gr of worsted weight yarn, in Colour A (CA); - 50 gr of worsted weight yarn, in Colour B (CB - the solid section); (Obviously, you can choose to use as many colours as you like. It's a fre…

Neckwarmer for Little A./Gola para a Little A.

Little A. has a kind-of-problem with sleeves. Always had. So, to keep her warm, one needs to be inventive. I came across this glorious idea by Drops Garnstudio and I couldn't be happier with the end result. Everyone turns their head to look at the neckwarmer and yesterday at the yarn store I even had to do a quick workshop on how to make the cowl. I'm not totally crazy about the colours (self-striping sport yarn by Ice Yarns), but I think I'm in love with the piece, nevertheless. The pattern is free and can be found here: A Little A. tem uma-espécie-de-problema com mangas. Sempre teve. Por isso, para a manter quente, precisamos de ser inventivos. Encontrei este fantástico modelo da autoria da Drops Garnstudio e não posso estar mais satisfeita com os resultados finais. Toda a gente fica a olhar para a gola e ontem, na retrosaria, até tive de dar uma aula rápida sobre como fazer a gola. Não gosto particularmen…