Crochet

The Isla Scarf by Darling J’Adore

isla scarf

After coming back from our little holiday in Finland this August, I was desperately looking for a new CROCHET project to change things up a bit and challenge myself. I had thought about a crochet scarf pattern for a while but felt like I hadn’t yet found the right one for me. I had scrolled through Pinterest and multiple blogs until it finally hit me – why am I not looking through my favorite designers on Instagram?! So I found my way to the beautiful feed of Darling J’adore and knew instantly I’d come to the right place! Sierra is such an amazing maker and designer, and ALL her patterns are like pieces of art.

isla scarf

So I decided to grab myself a copy of the Isla Scarf crochet pattern, and it was SO GOOD I finished my first scarf in a few days and have already started a second one. The different textures look incredible together and nothing was too difficult for an adventurous beginner like me!

isla scarf

Yarnwise I went with Phil Rustique by Phildar – I had already used the yarn for a knit shawl I made earlier this spring and knew it worked perfectly for projects like this. It’s a mixture of cotton, linen and viscose, and super easy to work with. The texture of the finished product is airy and light, and the yarn really brings out all the different details of the scarf!

isla scarf

I’ve taken my time with the second scarf as I find crocheting it exceptionally relaxing and soothing, and I secretly wish I could keep this project forever. Or I guess I’ll just start a third one once I’m finished! I often find myself knitting instant gratification projects that take an afternoon to finish, so reaching out to the world of crochet and really enjoying the process have definitely been some of the best things with the Isla scarf!

Xx, Kati

Crochet

Fabulous hooks by Luxy Loops

luxy loops

(The crochet hooks in this post are gifted from Luxy Loops!)

Hello again guys! So as you might’ve noticed already, knitting is definitely my jam. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was a kid and it’s such an amazing hobby I get to share with her. But every now and then I like to shake things up a bit and crochet instead! Now I’m definitely not an expert at crochet, but I know enough to follow adventurous beginner patterns and love the feeling of not having to worry about dropping stitches off needles. Also crochet scarves = LIFE!

luxy loops

So when the sweetest Koleen from Luxy Loops asked if she could send over one of her GORGEOUS crochet hooks I obviously said yeeeeeeeeesss girl yes! And can you imagine my surprise when the package finally arrived and she had sent not one but TWO hooks? And not any two hooks but hooks that both look So. Much. Like. Me (pink, purple, sparkles, need I say more). The happiness is real!

luxy loops

luxy loops

The thing that’s so great with these hooks is that they’re legit SOLID. I can be a bit of an aggressive crocheter and in consequence I’ve already broken one of my favorite wooden hooks. But Koleen told me breaking these hooks has turned out to be basically impossible, so now I can calmly have zero chill while crocheting!

luxy loops

This smaller hook is a 4mm one and it’s perfect for crocheting scarves and, my personal favorites, alpacas.

luxy loops

This blush pink is 8mm in size and it’s perfect for crocheting GIANT ALPACAS (my crochet pattern selection is a little limited).

luxy loops

So all in all, I’m beyond excited to continue my adventures in the world of crochet with these hook babies and I’m sure they’ll serve me for years to come – thank you so so much Koleen!

xx, Kati

Knitting

Instagram friends are real friends

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Coucou everyone! What an exciting week it’s been so far – I released my Kielo Beanie pattern on Friday and it was welcomed with so much love it’ll carry me throughout the cold and dark winter (don’t get me wrong tho I can’t wait for colder weathers and crispy mornings)! So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who’s already purchased the pattern, you can be sure I’m doing a little happy dance every time I hear that cha-ching sound from my Etsy app. Also I reached 100 sales on Etsy, how crazy is that!

But anyway, back to today’s post which is all about Instagram friends and how they’re DEFINITELY your real friends too! Me and Lisa from @purlmore go waaaaaay back and I think she was one of the first people I connected with in the maker community. Lisa lives in Austria and, as you probably knew already, I live in France, so we’re in the same continent and all but haven’t gotten the opportunity to meet up yet (I know, it’s SAD!). But we have definitely been talking about a little European knitter-get-together (think stitch & sip in a café, not European Our Maker Life), and I hope we’ll be able to get together someday soon!

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The reason I’m talking about Lisa is because she went to the States over summer, and bought me a SOUVENIR aka this yarn!! She said the color reminded her of me, and honestly this is only the sweetest thing ever and made me cry for days. So this luscious yarn is Crane from Quince & Co in the colorway Frisco, and I’m not even joking when I say it’s the softest, squishiest and most comforting yarn I’ve ever come across. I haven’t even started knitting yet, and a part of me doesn’t even want to open the skein and turn it into a cake, but I can only imagine the pure bliss of this yarn in a ready item. I’ve been thinking long and hard and I believe I’ll be turning this baby into a pair of socks – they’ll be perfect for the winter and I’m sure wearing them will feel like a warm and cozy hug. Also it’ll fit perfectly in my collection of blush pink knit socks!

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The yarn is a 50/50 blend of super kid mohair and South African superfine merino, it’s worsted weight and the skein has 208 yards / 190 meters of yarn in 100 grams. The website describes the yarn as Crane is irresistibly soft, warm, and seems to glow from within, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a description so accurate.

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I’ll go squish the yarn a little more now, so bye for this time!

xx, Kati

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Pattern: The Kielo Beanie

kielo beanie

Want to make your own Kielo Beanie? Head over to my Etsy shop where you can purchase the pattern!

Suomenkielinen neuleohje nyt saatavilla, klikkaa tästä Etsyyn!

Coucou everyone! You know how sometimes designs just seem to come to you and you feel like you’ve created something REALLY SPECIAL? That’s exactly what happened to me with The Kielo Beanie! I had knit this cable + lace combination on a pair of socks earlier this summer, and after posting it on Instagram a follower asked “How about a matching beanie?” and the idea definitely stuck with me. So after coming back from Finland I headed to the yarn shop and got knitting, and in an afternoon I had finished the aht and was beyond excited of how it turned out!

kielo beanie

Yarns: Phil Looping by Phildar (beige) & Alaska by Bergère de France (dark orange)

The name of the beanie – Kielo – is the Finnish word for lily of the valley. I love the sound of the word and it’s a perfect match for my beanie name theme, that being it’s also a first name!

kielo beanie

This pattern calls for bulky yarn from the lighter side of the category (don’t go for the bulkiest bulky), 6mm/US 10 circular needles and only a few hours of your time! I’d say it’s the perfect design for market prep, Christmas gifts or when you’re looking for a quick & fun project for a Knitflix afternoon.

kielo beanie

kielo beanie

If at any point you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post or send me an email at kati@katimaaria.com!

Also if you share a picture of the beanie on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #kielobeanie – I can’t wait to see your designs! You may also sell the finished product but please give credit to the designer.

Find this pattern on Etsy by clicking here!

Add this pattern to your Ravelry library by clicking here!

So get your yarn and needles ready and happy knitting!

kielo beanie

kielo beanie

kielo beanie

xx, Kati

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Pattern: The Louna Beanie

louna beanie

// Pattern update: All my previously free patterns have moved to my Etsy shop where they can now be purchased as PDF’s! I felt like it was time to start growing my business and giving more credit to my designs and hard work. So I hope you find your way to my shop and thank you for all the love and support you guys have shown me so far on my maker journey! //

Suomenkielinen neuleohje nyt saatavilla, klikkaa tästä Etsyyn!

Hi guys! Anybody else design only hats in the middle of summer or is it just me? Okay I know it’s definitely not only me because beanies are the best instant gratification projects and bring so much joy to my soul. So let me introduce to you The Louna Beanie, a quick, simple and fun hat that knits up in an afternoon (I’m looking at you simple brim) and makes you wish it were beanie weather already! Louna is a women’s first name in Finnish, although a relatively new one and I have yet to meet anyone with this first name!

louna beanie

But back to the beanie! This design combines cables and seed stitch, do I need to say more or are you already hooked? I can’t get enough of cables and simple stitches, and my love for them will never die. If you love this design you should DEFINITELY check out all my other beanie patterns as well (Vilja, Hilla, Aava and Onni are waiting for ya)!

louna beanie

If at any point you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post or send me an email at kati@katimaaria.com!

Also if you share a picture of the beanie on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #lounabeanie – I can’t wait to see your designs! You may also sell the finished product but please give credit to the designer.

Find this pattern on Etsy by clicking here!

Find this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here!

So get your yarn and needles ready and happy knitting!

louna beanie

louna beanie

xx, Kati