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Mummy, baby…& me scarf

Few months ago, I happened to know a nice coincidence that links my colleague to her daughter. They were born on the same day, obviously in different years. So while my colleague is happily enjoying her thirties, her daughter blew out her first candle. My colleague set a wonderful b-day party hoping to make that day unforgettable for her and her baby. I wanted to contribute in making their day special as well, so I thought to gift them with matching mummy and baby scarves.

mummyscarfbaby-scarfscarvesSince my colleague is a very sporty type, I wanted an easy to pair color and this blue jeans yarn from Rugby (colour n.14) was just the perfect match. I have used 3 and a half balls (350 grams) and my 8 mm crochet hook.

yarnsFor the toddler scarf, instead, I used some yarn left from my Valerie scarf I really love the creamy color of this yarn and the fact that is extremely soft , antiallergic and delicate on baby skin. For it I used less than a ball and my trusty 6 mm hook.

Here are the patterns I made up for these beautiful scarves. They are very simple, and considering that I ended them in less than a week working on them only in the evening after work, I may say they are really quick.

Mummy scarf

For this pattern we are going to need an even number of chains. I made a foundation of 150 chains

row 1: ch1, 1 hdc into the second ch from the hook, *ch1, skip the chain below , 1hdc into the next chain*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row.

row2-18 : ch1 and turn your work. *Ch 1, skip the stitch below and do 1hdc into the next ch 1 space*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sc into the very last stitch

Once you are happy with the fitting of your scarf, join the two ends of it and start sewing them. Now your scarf should be ready to be wrapped around your neck and keep you extra warm!!!

Baby scarf

Begin your project by making a foundation of 146 chains. It may seem a little weird the fatc that for both the mummy and the baby scarf, the number of initial chains is almost the same, but it’s only due to the fact that the yarn we use for the toddler scarf is thiner .

row 1: ch1, 1 hdc into the second ch from the hook, *ch1, skip the chain below , 1hdc into the next chain*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row.

row2-12 : ch1 and turn your work. *Ch 1, skip the stitch below and do 1hdc into the next ch 1 space*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sc into the very last stitch

My colleague really liked their matching gift and her baby too, since she kept moving her head toward, proudly taking all the compliments of the party guests.

It’s been a long time since I haven’t made something for myself as well. For years my knit like infinity scarf it’s been my daily winter accessory but I really wanted a renewing. This is why I decided to crochet the ‘mummy scarf’ even for myself using this beautiful dusty rose yarn from Rugby.

my-scarfI really love the color of this yarn and was surprised to see how versatile it is. It matches perfectly my brownish coat and I think it will look adorable even with a giant, oversized neutral cardigan for more springy outfits.

me2mevalerioI am so proud of how these gifts turned out and the happiness on my colleague’s face when she received them was just priceless. She really liked the idea of her and her baby walking around , wearing the same accessory. For sure now they’ll have even something more to share together.

Anyway talking about sharing and coincidences, I have a similar story too since I share my birth date with my grandpa. Do you have similar stories too and do you think there’s some kind of explanation between them? I am really curious to know your experiences and opinions, in the meantime I wish you a happy crocheting time and keep tuned since sooner I’ll be sharing my first spring project!!!! Love you all byeeee

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‘Valerie’ infinity scarf

I decided to name this scarf after a person who was very close to me during the most difficult time of my life. Her name is Valeria and she is the daughter of my mum’s best friend. Like me, she is an engineer and a strong woman who made her way through all the challenges and difficulties that life placed before her. One day, we were having a tea at my house and, talking about fashion and other ‘feminine topics’, she told me a warm white scarf was just what was missing into her wardrobe. That immediately rang a bell into my head, since I couldn’t think to any better way to show her all my gratitude for all her support and encouragement, than just making her wish come true.

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seed-stitch-scarfTo make this scarf, I used 3 balls of the soft Relax yarn in a candid white color and my trusty 6 mm crochet hook. It always get my smile the fact that this yarn is named ‘Relax’, since it is just as Latin people would say ‘ in nomen omen’ , a name that just explains itself.

relax-yarnI wanted to make this scarf very unique, using a pattern I never tried before and that looked light and elegant. Well, looking here and there, I found out it is possible to achieve the beautiful knitted seed stitch look even with crochet and so I went straight for it.

seed-stitchI studied a bit this stitch and after some trials, I understood that the better way to work with it is in rows back and forth. Generally you have seen me work infinity scarves in round , (Infinity scarf , knit-like infinity scarf, infinity bubble scarf) , but this time the only way to make your scarf look exactly the same on both sides is to work it in rows.

To start off , you will need an odd number of chain stitches, then  I chained 171.

row 1:  *1 sc into the second ch from the hook, 1 dc into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way along.

seed-st-tutorial1row 226: ch1 and turn your work. *Skip one stitch and work 1 sc and 1 dc into the next same stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

seed-st-tutorial2seed-st-tutorial-3Once you have completed, join the two ends of your scarf and start sewing them to form a loop.loop-scarfinfinity-scarfThis scarf will always hold a special place into my heart, since it became for me a symbol of strength, courage and determination. This is the reason why I want to dedicate it to all the ‘super-women’ out there, all the women worlwide who everyday face challenges, but for whom giving up is not an option. To the women who always show their best side even if life shows them its worst. To the women who make mistakes and try to learn from them and improve themselves. To moms, who at the same time are wives and have succesfull career, but they always find the time to lovely kiss their children. A special thought is for all the people who suffered a loss, and always look at the sky with a smile and continue to live their life with enthusiasm, because they know this is how their beloved ones want to see them. This scarf is for all of us heart

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Stripes & cape…

When I first took a crochet hook into my hands, my dream was being able to create my own pieces of fashion. Even if at the beginning, when all I was able to make were flowers and doilies, this sounded like a quite ambitious project, I didn’t loose my hopes. Little by little, trying and failing, I became more aware of patterns, crocheting techniques, I understood the process of counting, increasing, reducing  and that brought me to today when I am so proud to show you the last arrival into my handmade collection.

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This beautiful cape is a combination of all my favourite fashion trends ever. The turtleneck is so comfortable, elegant and keeps you warm without wearing any other layers.

The cape has always been one of my favorite accessory. I consider it the final touch to any outfits. You can wear it on a coat during the winter colder days or it looks gorgeous on a shirt during those springy days when you can feel the air getting warmer, but it is still too soon to go out without any layer on.  

My last but not least favorite is the pattern..stripes never go out of fashion! You will notice they have been making their appearance on the fashion runaways since forever. Wheter they are horizontal or vertical, they always add such an energetic feeling to any items.

cape5To make my cape I mixed 3 different colors to create kind of a melange effect. I started with a light black to make the collar and the part approaching the shoulder. I continued with a pale brown, then I added white for a bit of brightness and I ended with brown again. I love how this combination came out!!!

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Don’t you think it's funny that this yarn is branded RELAX ? smiley Anyway I have used it in the following amount :

2 balls of black yarn;

2 balls of brown yarn;

1 ball of white yarn

My trusty 6 mm hook helped me in the adventure. Now take yours and get ready to follow this easy pattern.

Stitches used :

  • chain : ch
  • double crochet : dc
  • half double crochet : hdc 
  • front post double crochet : fpdc
  • back post double crochet : bpdc
  • slip stitch : sl st

With the black yarn start chaining 72 loosely. Making sure not to twist your work join to the first ch with sl st.

Collar

row1: ch3 (it counts as the first dc). 1 dc in each ch around, then sl st to the top of ch 3. (72 sts).  

row2-20:ch2 (it counts as the first hdc). *Fpdc into the next stitch, bpdc into the next one*. Keep repeating from *to* untile the end of the row, then sl st into the top of ch 2. (72 sts)

Body

row1: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 8 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (80 sts)

row2: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 9 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (88 sts)

row3: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 10 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (96 sts)

row4: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 11 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (104 sts)

row5: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 12 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (112 sts)

row6: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 13 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (120 sts)

row7: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 14 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (128 sts)

row8: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 15sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (136 sts)

Fasten off your black yarn and take your brown one

row9: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 16sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (144 sts)

row10-12: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (144 sts)

row 13 : ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 17sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

row14-16: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

Fasten off your brown yarn and take your white one

row17-25: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

Fasten off your white yarn and take your brown yarn again

row26-33: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

I took advantage of the first day of Spring to wear my cape and go to the park where I took some pictures for you.  

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Between a picture and another, Valerio and I just stopped in a farm in the countryside and had lunch. This kind of places are called ‘osmiza’ which is a Slovenian word that means eight. Eight are in fact the days these farms can be open and sell their products to the customers. The food was amazing, everything was homemade, we had hardboiled eggs, cheese, meat, ham, cakes and last but not least red wine!

osmizaWe had such an amazing time there, we ate on the porch with a timid warming sun that made the atmosphere around so peaceful and relaxing. There were children playing, guys enjoying their time lying on the lawn, playing cards or other traditional games and a lot of people laughing because of too much wine!! Ahahahah I was totally amazed, so if you ever have the chance to visit the nord-est of Italy, be sure to check these places. It can be a nice way to spend some time far from the city chaos and enjoy nature and its products.

osmizaa3I hope you guys liked this pattern and all this blog post in general. I thought it would be nice to share with you not only my passion for crafts and crochet, but also for life and everything that makes me feel happy and good. I send you an enormous hug and wish you an amazing time with your beloved and..your crochet..see you to the next post, bye heart

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Slouchy beanie for man

I’ve lost count of all the times my boyfriend asked me to make something for him! Mainly what kept me from doing it was the fear that a crochet item, even if for a man, would always look a bit feminine. At the end, the back post double crochet stitch came to my aid and vanished all my fears. Here is what I got from alternating double crochet and back post double crochet stitches…a slouchy beanie with a nice ribbing look, not too fancy, not too simple, but sporty and perfect for our boys!!

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I have used 3 balls of Filatura di Crosa Charly yarn and my trusted 6 mm hook, an essential for every winter project. To give my beanie more personality I chose to use two shades of  grey, a darker one for the band and a lighter one for the body of the beanie.

beanieIIThe pattern to follow for this hat is really easy, relaxing and totally beginner-friendly. It starts with chaining 6 to make the band.

row1-end : ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loops of each stitch along.

My trick to give the band the perfect fit is to measure the head of the person who is gonna wear the beanie and subtract 3 cm from that measure. For example, my boyfriend has an head circumference of 58 cm, then I repeated row1 till my band was 58-3=55cm long.

Once you have reached your length, join the first and last row with sc stitches.

The pattern for the body of the beanie is here below :

row1 : ch2, dc into the same stitch. Dc in each stitch around, then sl st into the second ch.

row2: ch2, back post double crochet (bpdc) into the same stitch. Bpdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the second ch.

row3-14: repeat the sequence row1-row2 and your last row has to be a bpdc type.

row15: ch2, *2 dc joined together into the next stitches, 1dc*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the second ch.

row16:ch2, bpdc in each stitch around. Sl st into the second ch.

row17: ch2, 2dc joined together in each stitch around. Sl st into the second ch.

row18: ch2, bpdc in each stitch around. Sl st into the second ch.

After row 18 you have almost done. Fasten off your yarn leaving a long tale which we are going to use to close the top of the beanie. With a yarn needle simply go in and out of each stitch around and once you have finished pull it tightly. You will be left with a small hole on top which you are going to close definitely by sewing it. In my previous blog post, I linked a video that shows clearly this technique.

And that’s my boy wearing my first crochet beanie made for him! He looks adorable, even if a bit shy to end up on my blog blush

beanieIIIbeanieIVbeanieVI hope you guys enjoy this pattern, let me know if you are going to make this beanie for your boys too and if they like it. My boyfriend was enthusiastic and I promise from now on to meet more his requests and create something more for my beloved…I love you all and see you to the next post heart

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Crochet bracelets…

Hello my dear friends, today I am going to share with you the ‘craft attack’ I have been working to, all week long. Being a lot into jewelry lately, I spent the last Sunday thinking and thinking about a nice pattern for some pretty and stylish bracelets and I finally came up with an idea. Have you ever thought about using cord instead of cotton thread to make your crocheted jewelry? Well I did it and I fell absolutely in love with the result!

crochet tube braceletThis cute, half-rigid bangle is worked using the tube spiral technique, which is an effortless pattern consisting on not ending each row with slip stitches but on working them in a continuous way. This means that you won’t be bothered by any stitch counting or markers placing and that will make this technique so ridiculously simple and extremely easy to do.

What you’ll need :

  •  4.5 mm cord of the color you prefer
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • needle
  • scissors
  • charm
  • jump rings

Pattern :

row1 : ch 5, then sl st into the first one

row2-end : sc all the way around

As you can see there’s not so much to say about the pattern. Starting from a 5 chains loop you are going to sc into all the stitches without closing any row. Keep repeating it until you are able to wrap your tube around your wrist comfortable. Once you’ve done join the two ends of your long tube to form a circle and fasten off your cord thread. That’s it!crochet tube braceletsNow have fun  playing with colors, charms (golden or silver ones), materials, dimensions to make your bracelets more personal. I am sure you will do your best in it! Remember that to change the dimension of your tube you only need to increase or decrease the initial chains number if you want your bracelet to look thicker or thiner.foto3

4You can also crochet a tube as long as the half of your wrist size and adding to the other half a chain. Make everything look more precious by adding some charms.

56Well I hope you guys liked this pattern , give those bracelets a try and I am sure once you’ll start you won’t never get enough ! There are so many ways you can customize it and I will look forward to see your pictures as always! I love you all and see you to the next post…bye!!!!

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Slouchy beanie…

Looking at my hats collection I then realized I do not have one in a black color. This surprising observation came with the unexpected finding of two balls of black yarn completely new into my yarn storage box. Just coincidence? My mum would probably call it ‘a cosmic mess’ , but anyway I decided to kill two birds with one stone giving to those balls a reason to exist and filling my closet gap 🙂

basco1To make this beret I have used 100 gr of Witico black yarn ( 50% wool, 50% acrylic) and my 3.5 mm crochet hook.

basco2The final size that came out fits an adult head circumference of approximately 54-56 cm. Here below is the pattern I made up for this cute beanie, give it a try and let me know if it is clear enough. Personally I found it a bit difficult writing the pattern in words, but I did my best! However if you are more a ‘chart-type’ I will improvise a drawn pattern! Have fun my loved crocheters and see you to the next post ! XX

row1: in a magic loop ch 3 (it counts as the first dc). *Ch 1, dc into the loop*. Repeat from * to * 13 times (16 stitches). Sl st into the third ch.
row2 : ch 3 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the same stitch. 2 dc into the next stitch. Repeat all the way around until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row3 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 2 dc into the next stitch. *1 dc into the next stitch, 2 dc into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row4: ch3 (it counts as the first dc). *Ch1, skip the very next stitch, 1dc into the next one, ch1. Dc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row5 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the ch 1 space and the next stitch, 2dc into the next one. *Dc into the next three stitches, 2dc into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row6 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the next three stitches, 2dc into the next one. *Dc into the next four stitches, 2dc into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row7 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc). [Ch 1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one] (2 times). Ch 1 and dc into the very next stitch. *Dc into the next stitch, [ch1, skip the very next stitch] (2 times) , ch 1 aand dc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, sl st into the third ch.
rows8-9: ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc all the way around. At the end of the row sl st into the third ch.
row10: ch3 (it counts as the first dc), ch1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
rows11-12 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc all the way around. At the end of the row sl st into the third ch.
row13 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), [ch1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one] (12 times). Ch1, skip the next 2 stitches (decrease) , dc into the next one. Repeat all the way around, then sl st into the third ch.
row14 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 11 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row and then sl st into the third ch.
row15 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 10 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row , then sl st into the third ch.
row16: ch3 (it counts as the first dc), [ch1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one] (9 times). Ch1, skip the next 2 stitches (decrease) , dc into the next one. Repeat all the way around, then sl st into the third ch.
row17 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 8 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row , then sl st into the third ch.
row18 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 7 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row , then sl st into the third ch.
row19: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), sc into the next 2 stitches, 2 sc joined together into the next one. Repeat until the end of the row, sl st into the first ch.
row20: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), sc into the next stitch, 2 sc joined together into the next one. Repeat until the end of the row, sl st into the first ch.
rows21-23 : ch1 (it counts as the first sc), sc all the way around. At the end of the row sl st into the first ch.

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‘Knit-like’ infinity scarf…

Hi my lovely friends, it’ s been a while since my last post , but a lot has happened! As some of you may know, last September I graduated as a civil engineer and I started looking for a job. At the beginning I felt a little discouraged, I used to spend almost my entire days in front of my laptop searching for companies, sending CV and it seemed no one was looking for me. By the way I didn’t give up, I kept looking with a more positive attitude and now I am super excited to tell you that I’ve been working since almost two months!! I am officially a civil engineer in a private company, even if I still didn’t get used to people calling me in this way. I love my job, it makes me travel a lot and every day I can meet new people who can help me growing up personally and professionally. Even if my job makes me very busy and some days really tired, I always have time for my biggest passion, because as they say in one of my favorite movies ‘passion is what keeps us alive’. So today I am here to share with you my last project, which is a ‘knit-like’ crochet infinity scarf.

DSC_1117You know what I think about infinity scarves, I love them, they go with every outfit and enrich also the simplest ones, even a basic white T-shirt with a jeans. To make this infinity scarf I have used 5 skeins of Roby Hobby (it looks like the website is still under construction) yarn in the grey color and my 8 mm crochet hook.

DSC_1051The yarn is incredibly soft and warm, it is the chunky type and you’ll be able to make three rows with each skeins. Be sure to have an enough big yarn needle and then just make yourself comfortable, maybe with a hot cup of tea (considering how freezing is outside ) and enjoy my super easy pattern.

Row 1 : ch 100

DSC_1083Row 2: ch2, hdc in the back loop of the 3rd chain. *Hdc in the back loop of each stitch around*. Repeat ** until the end of the row.

Crocheting in the back loops only, is what will give the knit like look to your scarf.

DSC_1087back loopsRow 3-15: ch 2 and turn your work. *Hdc in the back loop of each stitch around*. Repeat ** until the end of the row.

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DSC_1096Once you have your long ‘rectangle’ just sew the two ends together and you’ve done !!! It couldn’t be easier, am I right? Now twist your scarf twice around your neck and you won’t be able to take it off.

DSC_1132I hope you guys like this pattern, as you have seen it is super easy and super super (other 100 super) quick. Since the yarn is very thick your work will go very fast and you’ll be able to end it in an afternoon if you have a free one. Moreover, since it’s holiday season, you can use this pattern to make scarves as a gift for your dearest friends. They will appreciate it because it didn’t come only from your heart, but also from your hands.

Now after this long talk , it’s time to wish you happy crocheting, happy holiday season and whenever you have any questions, or just want to say ‘hello’ feel free to leave me a comment.

I love all my readers…kiss u

P.S. The movie I was talking about is ‘Dead poets society’ aw *.*

 

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Timeless doily…

Hi my dear friends! Today I am here with a new project I made for one of my grandma’s friends. She wanted a white doily for a white long table in her dining room so I chose an oval shape with an edging pineapple motif and I tried it on the white furniture in my bedroom. I can say that she had a really good taste because I absolutely love the effect . It’s really delicate and elegant and I think I’m gonna make one for me too.

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Here is the free pattern I followed. It comes with some instructions on the left side of the page, but basically the work starts from the central 97 chain stitches and continues working around. (Just remember to fasten off your thread at rows 4 and 10). To make this doily I used 150 gr of white cotton thread crocheted with a 1.75 mm hook and the final size that came out is about 24’’x16’’ (60cmx40cm).

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I also took some extra pictures so that you can see the details of this work.

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I hope you guys enjoy this pattern. It’s really easy and it will take approximately one week of no hard working. Well, give it a try and if you have any questions or problems don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I will be more than pleased to help you. Happy crocheting and see you to the next post!!! Byeee

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