Crochet Club: Anna Nikipirowicz’s Spring Lace Bunting
Meet Anna Nikipirowicz, author of the fabulous blog, Moochka! We have been fans of Anna’s patterns for a long time – and today we’re thrilled to share one with you, exclusively on the LoveCrochet blog – Spring Lace Bunting!
Anna Nikipirowicz is a crochet and knitwear designer and teacher with a great heritage! She teaches and works for Rowan, designs her own incredible collections and is the author of Search Press’s 20 to Make: Crocheted Purses. We’re delighted that she’s uploaded her Spring Lace Bunting pattern exclusively to LoveCrochet!
Anna’s blog Moochka is full of her trademark fun designs and techniques – but we wanted to ask her a few questions about her love of crochet!
When did you learn to crochet?
I was taught to knit and crochet by my very talented mum, but without practise, my skills were quickly forgotten. About 12 years ago I rediscovered my skills, and an obsession was born!
Anna, what do you love to make?
I LOVE to accessorise! Shawls, purses, scarves, corsages – anything at all that can jazz up a plain outfit, I’ll design it! I concentrate the most on accessories as I find them the most enjoyable to design and make. Working on my book, 20 to Make: Crocheted Purses was such a joy, as all the projects were purses so I could really experiment with textures and different yarns.
What is your favourite yarn at the moment?
What are you working on?
A very delicate and lacy shawl called Harriet! She is a thing of beauty! Keep your eyes open for the pattern release in September! Also, on some lovely brooches and chunky socks.
Who inspires you?
In crochet definitely Jane Crowfoot and Nicki Trench, they both have an amazing eye for colour and are just superb. In knitting – Kim Hargreaves, I knit most of her garments, her style is timeless and very feminine.
If you were a yarn, which one would you be?
Rowan Kid Classic! Solid in the middle and a bit fluffy on the outside – sums me up pretty well!
To purchase and download Spring Lace Bunting, click on the image below! Follow Anna’s FREE tutorial instructions below to help you with turning and crocheting into chain spaces!
Demystifying Crochet Terms
Crochet patterns can be a little bit daunting at times and we often get stuck at the most simple instructions. I’m going to try and demystify some of the most common terms that get some of you baffled. (For our handy crochet conversion chart for US terminology, click here!)
Found at the end of a row pattern. It simply means that when you came to the end of your row (fig 1) simply rotate your crochet piece, clockwise halfway around so that the last stitch you worked now becomes the first stitch in the row below (fig 2).
In my bunting pattern I use this term a lot as each piece is worked in half circles, which basically means that when you work a row instead of slip stitching to first stitch to form a circle we turn our work and work back just as we would do if we were working in straight rows (fig 3).
Turning chain and how to work into them on next row
Crochet stitches come in different heights. When you begin a row of any stitch, you must make the correct number of chains to give you the correct height of your stitch. This chain is called the turning chain.
Double crochet: one chain
Half treble crochet: two chains
Treble crochet: three chains
Double treble crochet: four chains
Most of the time the turning chain takes the place of the first stitch of the row, only from half treble and above, it does not count as a stitch in double crochet. After working the turning chain, you will not work another stitch in the first stitch and when you come to the end of the row, you will treat the turning chain as a stitch and work in it. For example:
At the end of your row, your pattern states: 1 tr in top of 3 ch.
What this means is that you will work your last treble into third chain (the top one) of your turning chain.
Very often in crochet patterns we will be instructed to work into a chain space. What is it? Well…A chain space is the gap/hole in between stitches created on previous row by making few chains (fig 1). In most patterns it will state the number of chains the space was created by: ch-2 sp (chain two space). A space which was created my making two chains on previous row. So on the next row when you are instructed to work into chin spaces, it means to work directly into that space (fig 2).
All of those terms are used in my Spring bunting pattern, why not have a go, practice your newly learned terms and make a stunning bunting.