Calligraphy · Cricut · Procreate

From ink to pixels

I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t interested in learning calligraphy or “just” in having a nice looking handwriting.

Over the years I developed chronic tendinitis due to double writing my notes in high school, draft and then onto their proper notebooks, but this didn’t stop me from wanting to improve my skills. My handwriting didn’t develop much until later on when I started selling online and using calligraphy textas, then calligraphy pens with ink cartridges and it worked very well until I realized I could be using dio pens which led me to a whole lot of spending and learning!

This is how I address the envelopes for my clients. This is a fake address

There is so much to learn and sometimes it feels like there is no progress at all; but I keep going, why? Because it’s pretty, because drawing words is very satisfying.

Then I discovered that I could be doing lettering using a program called Procreate, it this had to be done using a later generation iPad or iPad Pro, because these have the sensitivity to recognise the Apple pencil and the different pressures applied to the screen.

You can click on this end download the PNG file

The best part of all this is that I can use the created artwork into files that then I can upload to Cricut design space and make pretty things!

Best one to date! – Click/tap on the image to download the file

Yes, I can make projects using files bought from online or just using the fonts I have in my computer/iPad, but I really like feeling that the project is my creation! Don’t you?

I finally was able to get an iPad Pro and i started using the app Procreate as well this week.

Would you like to try these files?

Just click/tap on the pictures and grab the freebies!! I will probably end up selling my designs later in, but for now I want to share them for free with all of you.

Please share this with your friends! And please show me your finished projects♥️♥️♥️

Have a wonderful creative week and make the best of your every second of your life.


Craft Room · Diy

How to organize your Vinyl rolls

From the moment I bought my Cricut Explore Air 2 I started to accumulate vinyl and also lots of blanks such as bottles, glasses, T-shirt’s … but that’s another set of problems! Or set of hoarding? 🤔

At first I thought I could organize my material using 12”x12” wallets I purchased at The Reject Shop and so I cut all my vinyl (including the ones I had bought by the meter) at first it was great and because I had wallets for iron-on, others for metamark 7, others for cricut vinyl, etc you get the idea.


  • Minimal use of space
  • Ready to go vinyl, all nice and flat
  • Cheap storage (aud$2.00) per case


  • Hard to find or not to remember the range of colors you have
  • They get messy quite easily; with all the left over bits and the sheets themselves.
  • You will end up with several wallets and you will also definitely need some kind of box to organize them all in the end.

So, after a while I gave in and I purchsed the quite famous IKEA plastic bag dispenser , the very same ones at  first I thought they were too popular for my style.

I had seen a great way to arrange them, which was in my opinion the best option for me and for many others, and that’s why I’m sharing this with you.


  • Cheap
  • Stores a lot of material in little space, so space productive.
  • Easy access to all of your material
  • you are able to see all what you have at one glance


  • You need to allocate some room for this storage unit
  • All your material will be on sight, which is probably what I don’t like the most, because I try too keep as tidy as possible due to all the crafting materials and tools I have (I have a problem Hahahah! “My name is Mariella and I’m a craftoholic, I love trying all crafts…”

To build one of these you will need:

  1. Using the wood burning tool (or anything like that) make three holes in the positions shown, on the bottom of each bad dispenser. In this way you will be able to attach the “tiers” of your storage unit. The dispenser can stick to each other “back to back” but not bottom to top, that’s why you need to make these holes.
  2. Using the cable ties join the tiers of the storage, putting them through the holes you made and the openings of the dispenser themselves.
  3. Peel off the doubles sided mounting tape that comes with the bag dispensers and attach them back to back, all three. They will now become one whole 6 piece storage unit.
  4. Using double sided mounting tape glue the bottom of the storage to a lazy Susan. So you can move your storage around!
  5. your unit is ready!
  6. the inner openings can hold a full sized Cricut vinyl roll, but you won’t be able to use the outer openings for full rolls instead you can use these (well, I do) to roll my smaller bits, cut outs and sometimes bigger ones without the center cardboard, that makes it impossible to use them.

I have “divided” my unit into parts, for instance the bottom part is for iron-on material and the top ones for Metamark 7 which is my favourite vinyl so far – I get mine from Vinyl Loft Australia. The big roll you can see, near my logo, is my contact paper, that I now place in between inner rolls and it works great!

Overall, I’m very happy with this organization storage and now it’s up to you! Please share your pics with me! I can’t wait to hear to building storage succes stories!

Messy room but tidy vinyl!

Until next time!

Have a fantastic day ahead 😉



With a bit of bling!

When I heard that the “social club” from work wasn’t doing well and they were calling for ideas to raise some funds I started getting excited about the idea of creating something 😊

I have been wanting to work on a couple of projects and this was the best excuse to practise and also to donate them to work and raffle them all in a bundle.

The first thing was creating some “glittered stemless wine glasses” and I had a pretty good idea of what kind of vinyl decoration I wanted for them; the second was a board, I thought of a cheese board, but the. I saw these awesome mandala and also some dream catcher svg cut files and I was in love!

My Cricut machine did the cutting of the vinyls used. For the lady mandala board that I finally chose to use it took 70 minutes to be cut!! And another 80-90 minutes to weed (taking all the small bits with Cricut tools).

After the weeding was done and the image stuck to the clean board I gave it 2 layers of clear Micador spray to give it an extra Sealed finish to the project.

Starting weeding and finished project

As for the process of the glasses it took 3 layers of 1- Mod podge applied with foam brush 2- glitter the glued surface 3- brush off excess glitter and repeat these three steps twice more.

Finished project “Mandala Lady Board”

After all the layers of glitter were applied I brushed a new layer of Mod podge and Dyer it was dried I gave it 5 layers of Micador spray to seal the glitter. These products (the finished glasses) are not supposed to be washed in the dishwasher and only hand washed (without soaking it) te fun part was to add the phrases!!

Today I took these three and a basket to work and told them what my idea was and they were very pleased with it and so we will add a bottle of wine, some crackers or nuts and the bundle will be ready for the raffle!

I intend to make these for my shop, if you would like to order any of these, please let me know 🙂

Have an awesome week ahead!


Chilean Hands

Welcome my new “charming” companions

Since I started selling “my Charms” and then creating them I found out that it gives me so much joy to share them with my amazing clients. What starts with the best drawing I can do hahahaha!! It ends as the mean to reach to all of my friendly customers who love them as much as I do.

It takes so much time to go from the pencil lines to the rubber product you get to have at home, but it is all worthy!

Jamie was a hard one to achieve , due to all the details around his waist, I had to let go of a few of them to get a god “charming” result!
Claire’s drawing was the easiest to do and I hope you love the rubber result!
and finally Brianna has her Roger!!

But the best part of all is that I get to sell these today on my “brand new” website!! Well, not too brand new, I have had it for years, but after working on it for a long time adding a shop to it and in this way starting my slow transition from Etsy I am finally able to LAUNCH my website!!

The new charms are only available in here (for sets of 7 and the earrings) I will have the set of all 12 charms available in Etsy soon, and also the latest 3 in my own shop very soon; for the meantime you can purchase sets of 7 and earrings in here!

I have also created a coupon that will give you 10% in my shop “CHLAUNCH” as for Chilean Hands launch and int will available for use until 31st of January.


Easter Bunny Basket

From now you can buy the complete pattern on my Ravelry site < click there!

This pattern in English and one in Spanish

The videos are available for those who buy the pattern.

Long ago I had really wanted to make my tutorials videos, edit them and make them available to you; but there were things to be resolved… My James gave me a camcorder JVC super good! and clear that was the idea to use, but the tripod was not appropriate, legs were of the trying to record and that was very annoying, the other was that my computer was very slow and edit 5 or 10 minutes turned in 4 or 5 hours of work, because he was paralyzed and could do absolutely nothing in long time!

Then I made videos on my iPad because you buy a bra, but ultimately not turned out very well and as the quality of the recording is not as good the moment already publish the quality gets worse a lot!

What left me without and with option! and was to adjust the tripod of my james my yt use after seeing videos of people who what to, I decided to fix mine, but since it is old I had to devise them until you achieve it! After days of work and many trips to the hardware store.  The part that was now playing was entertaining, record and publish =; but the other problem was the computer, so I decided to use the computer of my James, a regio MAC what I mean learning how to use the camera with iMovie since these computers do not work with the program d eme camera, but thank God it turned out perfectly!

and that has to do this story with bunny and Easter?

Well, great!

A few weeks ago to after a nice Spanish, working in a Community Centre I wonder if I could make a basket to crochet so I thing taught in some classes and that motivated me to make them! and take them to the Centre and wait anxiously to see if this time it was (that’s another story) mid-week last week calls me to tell me that Community Center fire! so there is eager to earn a little money and ensebar crochet 😦

But the good thing is that since I wrote the pattern and I think it put on sale that would help my financial situation, but how you benefit? Because before you post the pattern I’m posting videos explaining how to make this basket for Easter eggs

You must hurry, because just publish it on sale videos will be deleted for using public, available only to those who buy the pattern.

To start the video on how to make the base do Click ACA this video did it using my iPad, then you will notice the difference with the following videos!

then the video on how to make the body of the basket in another video that I shared on my page Facebook Click Aca

The following video is to explain how to make this basket handle, and I did it using the method of Romanian lace which I explain step by step in my video, if another video recorded with my excellent camera! Click here

Also teach them to decorate them and to make boy or girl rabbit!

Has been super entertaining edit and make the video using this computer and my new camera, so say the pride that I mean to use my own tripod!

And the link to the ears! ACA!

How is it going?

follow my Facebook page to see the rest of the videos just published

I hope that they are already organizing the materials for this super fun Easter project!

Materials used:

100 grams of wool acrylic white (main colo)

secondary color – 50 grams

crochet of 6.5 mm and 4mm

needle for wool

machine to make PomPoms or cardboard cut into donut shape

some black thread

Not be forget they can still vote by my and earn a chance to win a crochet made by me, click here

Crochet giveaway

Craft Room · crafts · Crochet

Canasta de Conejito de pascua de resurrección

Desde ahora pueden comprar el patrón completo en mi sitio Ravelry  << click ahi!

el patron esta en ingles y otro en Español

Los videos están disponibles para quienes compren el patron.

Desde hace mucho tiempo que tenia muchas ganas de poder hacer videos de mis tutoriales , editarles y ponerlos a disposición de ustedes; pero había cosas por resolver… Mi James me regalo un camcorder JVC super buena! y claro esa era la idea para usar , pero el trípode no era el adecuado, se veían las patas de el al tratar de grabar y eso era muy molesto, lo otro era que mi computador estaba muy lento y editar 5 o 10 minutos se convertían en 4 o 5 horas de trabajo, porque se quedaba paralizado y no podia hacer absolutamente nada en mucho rato!

En seguida hice videos en mi iPad ya que compre un sujetador , pero al final no resulto muy bien y como la calidad de la grabación no es tan buena la momento de publicarla la calidad ya empeora un montón!

Lo que me dejo sin y con opción ! y era adecuar el trípode de mi james para mi uso yt después de ver videos de gente que lo hacia , decidí arreglar el mío, pero como es viejito tuve que ingeniármelas hasta que lo logre! después de días de trabajo y muchos viajes a la ferretería.  La parte que tocaba ahora era entretenida , grabar y publicar =; pero el otro problema era el computador , así que decidí usar el computador de mi James, un regio MAC lo que significo aprender a como usar la cámara con iMovie ya que estos computadores no trabajan con el programa d eme cámara, pero gracias  Dios resulto a la perfección!

y que tiene que ver esta historia con el conejito e pascua de Resurrección?

Bueno , mucho!


Hace unas semanas a tras una simpática española que trabaja en un centro comunitario me pregunto si podia hacer una canastilla a crochet para que yo lo ensenada a realizar en unas clases y eso me motivo a hacerlos! y los lleve al centro y espere ansiosa a ver si esta vez resultaba (eso es otra historia) A mitad de semana de la semana anterior me llama para contarme que el centro comunitario se incendio! así que ahi quede con ganas de ganar un poco de dinero y ensebar crochet 😦

Pero lo bueno es que ya que escribí el patrón y lo pienso poner a la venta eso ayudara a mi situación financiera , pero como se benefician ustedes? Porque antes de publicar el patron estoy publicando videos explicativos de como hacer esta canastilla para huevitos de Pascua de Resurreccion

Debes apurarte , porque apenas lo publique a la venta los videos serán borrados para el uso publico, estarán solo disponibles para quienes compren el patron.

Para empezar el video de como hacer la base hagan Click ACA  este video lo hice usando mi iPad, luego notaran la diferencia con los siguientes videos !

enseguida el video de como hacer el cuerpo de la canasta en otro video que comparti en mi pagina Facebook Click Aca


El siguiente video es para explicar como hacer el asa de esta canasta, y lo hice usando el método del cordon Rumano que explico paso a paso en mi video, si otro video grabado con mi excelente cámara ! Click ACA

También les enseñare a como decorarles y para hacer niño o niña conejo!


Ha sido super entretenido editar y hacer los video usando este computador y mi cámara nueva, para que decir el orgullo que significo usar mi propio trípode!

Y el link de las orejas! ACA!

Que tal?

sigue mi pagina de Facebook para ver el resto de los videos apenas sean publicados

Espero que ya estén organizando los materiales para este super entretenido proyecto de Pascua de Resurrección!

Materiales a usar:

100 gramos de lana acrilica blanca (colo principal)

color secundario – 50 gramos

crochet de 6.5 mm y de 4mm

aguja para lana

maquina para hacer pompones o carton cortado en forma de rosquilla

poco de hilo negro

No se Olviden que todavía pueden votar por mi y ganar una oportunidad de ganar un crochet hecho por mi, hagan click ACA






Exaggerated Rustic slouchy beanie with straight needles

This post is quick and useful.

For a while now I wanted to make myself a pair of rustic style knitting needles , like the crochet hooks I make, but when I made them I couldn’t think of anything to use them for! What a dilema!!

I needed a project for individual needles and I then thought of a beanie, a slouchy beanie!

After it is finished we will join it using a crochet hook! (You could USA yarning needles and use a mattress stitch ti do so as well!)

I Looked around just to find the exact yarn for my 8 mm needles !

This is the pattern I want to share with you.

Exaggerated Rustic slouchy beanie with straight needles

Thanks Alia from @thelittlebeenz for inviting me to show #widn !! I'm glad to say that I finally started and ended a project in one sitting! I made this slouchy as a gift and to make it I used the knitting needles I made!! And they were a pleasure to work
Materials :
100 grams of chunky yarn that calls for 8 mm needles
8 mm straight needles or circular if you prefer 🙂
Pompon maker or 2 donut shaped cardboard cut outs to make Pompon
Crochet hook size , 6 or 7 mm to join the beanie
Yarning needle

Gauge :
10 stitches and 12 rows to 10 cm x 12 cm

Cast on 58 stitches
2 knits, 2 purls , ribbing for 7 rows
Next you will work in stockinette starting with a purl row. Row 8 is the right side and it should look like the purl side of the stockinette,
*R8: rights side. Purl,
R9: Knit
R10: purl
The next 4 rows are also stockinette BUT with the knit side to the right side of the beanie. For this you will again Purl the next row.
Repeat from Row 8 to 16 , twice more.

R49: purl
R51: purl 17, purl 2 tog, purl 18, purl 2tog, purl 17, purl 2 tog.(55 sts)
R52: Knit 26, Knit 2 tog, Knit 27 (54 sts)
R53: *purl 7, purl 2 tog* x 6 (48 sts)

R54: purl all
R55: *knit 6, k2tog* x 6 (42 sts)
R56: purl all
R57: *knit 5, k2tog* x 6 (36 sts)

R58: purl all
R59: *knit 4, k2tog* x 6 (30 sts)
R60: purl all
R61: *knit 3, k2tog* x 6 (24 sts)
R62: purl all
R63: *knit 2, k2tog* x 6 (18 sts)

Now you will cut a 20cm piece of tail of your working yarn and thread through all the stitches and pull it, go through the stitches again and this time pull tightly.

Finish off and knot it securely.
Now we will use a new yarn and using a 6 or 7 mm crochet hook we will join the seams into a pretty and comfortable beanie!
Working from the top down; slip knot and purl one side of a right side stitch and one from the left side, yarn over and slip stitch (go through all the loops on the hook)
Check this illustration to clarify this process.

After you have finished, please weave all ends using a yarn needle.

Make a pompon using a pompon maker or two donut shaped cardboard cut outs and attach to your exaggerated slouchy beanie.

And that’s it!
It should take you more than a couple of hours !
Happy knitting!

Love and Light

Chilean Hands · Tejidos

Gorro flojo exagerado a palillos

Este post es uno rapido y útil.

Hace mucho que quería hacerme un par de palillos como los crochets que hago y cuando los hice me encontré con el dilema, En que los usare?

Necesitaba un proyecto que usara agujas individuales y pensé en hacer un gorro ya que luego se puede coser y unir.

Busque entre mis lanas y tenía justo lana para ser usada con palillos de 8 mm, el número exacto de mis palillos rústicos!

hoy quiero compartir este patrón fácil y simple !

Gorro Rústico Exagerado con agujas individuales

Thanks Alia from @thelittlebeenz for inviting me to show #widn !! I'm glad to say that I finally started and ended a project in one sitting! I made this slouchy as a gift and to make it I used the knitting needles I made!! And they were a pleasure to work
Materiales :
*100 gramos de lana chunky o gruesa , para palillos de 8 mm
*Palillos de 8 mm individuales o circulares si prefieres
*Artefacto para hacer Pompones o dos trozos de cartón cortados como rosquilla
*Crochet del 6 o 7 que usaremos para unir ambos lados del gorro, o puedes optar por cerrar usando aguja y lana en vez del crochet , a gusto tuyo!!
*Aguja lanera

Medida/ muestra :
10 puntos y 12 corridas = 10 cm x 12 cm

Urde 58 puntos
2 derechos, 2 revés , guarda por 7 corridas
Enseguida trabajar en punto de media , comenzando por una corrida revés (que es el lado derecho del trabajo)

*V8:lado derecho. Todo revés
V9: derecho
V10: revés
V11: derecho
V12: revés
Las próximas 4 corridas son también en punto de media pero el lado liso es Lara el lado derecho.
Para esto debes volver a hacer revés

V15: revés
Repetir corridas 8 a 16 , dos veces más.

V49: revés
V50: derecho
V51: 17 revés, 2 revés juntos, 18 revés ,2 revés juntos, 17 revés , 2 revés juntos.(55 pts)
V52: 26 derechos,2 derechos juntos, 27 derechos (54 pts)
V53: *7 revés, 2 revés juntos* x 6 (48 pts)

V54: revés
V55: *6 derechos, 2 derechos juntos* x 6 (42 sts)
V56: revés
V57: *5 derechos, 2 derechos juntos* x 6 (36 sts)

V58: revés
V59: *4 derechos, 2 derechos juntos* x 6 (30 sts)
V60: revés
V61: *3 derechos, 2 derechos juntos* x 6 (24 sts)
V62: revés
V63: *2 derechos, 2 derechos juntos* x 6 (18 sts)

Ahora corta unos 20’cm de la lana que trabaja y pásala por todos los puntos , tira un poco y vuélvelos a pasar por cada punto m esta vez tira bien apretado y remata.
Usando un crochet de 6 o 7 mm unirás las orillas armando el gorro.

Trabajando desde arriba hacia la guarda; punto deslizado y tomando una vuelta de un punto de la derecha y otro de la izquierda , da una vuelta y saca todo.
Mira esta ilustración para clarificar el proceso.

Después que hayas terminado , entrelaza todos los finales de lana con la aguja.

Haz un pompón grande usando una máquina o con cartón cortado en forma de rosquilla, luego coselo a tu otro flojo exagerado.

Y listo!!
No te debiese tomar más de un par de horas para realizarlo!
Feliz tejido!!!

Amor y luz



Mariella’s Mandalas

La verdad es que me encantan todas las manualidades y me empeño en intentarlas lo mejor que puedo.

Me entretiene aprender las técnicas y ver variados resultados, muchas veces los resultados me dejan bien decepcionada, pero otras me entusiasman a seguir trabajando y aprendiendo más.

De dibujante no tengo mucho y eso que mi abuelo paterno era dibujante técnico de la Marina, excepcional en su trabajo del que no herede nada! Pero eso no impide a intentarlo y como bien sabemos “practice makes perfect” la práctica lleva a la perfección!

Asi es que me propuse hacer mandalas.  La palabra en si significa “círculo” en Sanskrit y representa el universo en las ideologías Hindúes y Buddhista.  Trabajar en una Mandala ya sea dibujándole, pintándole, tejiendo le (crochet) o como es tradición por los monjes hacerlas con polvo de arena o tiza molida, este trabajo lleva días en hacer y se hace en grupo, luego al ser terminada se limpia la tiza y se lleva a esparcir en algún lugar de mucho significado.

Por mi parte me encanta hacer mándalas a crochet , de hecho tengo dos en camino , el famoso Universo de Sophie y también he creado dos; uno es un triángulo y El Segundo es un hexágono , ambos han sido un placer de tejer y de crear.



Skat, la estrella tipo Mandala


Esta semana quise comenzar a hacer mándalas a mano, dibujadas 🙂 con la idea de compartir los diseños y en un futuro próximo hacerlas en un libro!

Y luego coloreada.

Para bajar los tres modelos que he realizado inscríbete en el “Newsletter – Mariella’s Mandalas” haciendo click en el cuadrado a la derecha o ACA !.  Recibirás un email , al confirmar puedes descargar el mini libro llamado “Mariella’s mandalas ‘Relax’ “con tres mandalas para que imprimas y pintes a tu gusto!

Espero que sean de tu agrado.

Tomate el tiempo que quieras para relajarte , de apoco o de una sentada o como desees.

Respira profundo y colorea a tu gusto.



“Spiders’ nap” an easy Summer’s cardigan

Long ago, probably years! that I wanted to make myself a very loose summer cardigan ; for one reason or another I had not done it.  Not having the “just right” material and pattern for it were these reasons.

thankfully this summer I found a solution for both these problems, when I went to another  yarn shop and found the perfect cotton and in regards of the pattern I just followed the basics of raglan.

That is why this is not a proper pattern but more like a guide.

I decided to call it spiders’ nap because it is so very simple!

“Spiders’ nap” a simple summer cardigan 

This design is very adaptable to any measurement, the only thing you have to do is to follow some steps to make sure the cardigan fits right.


200 grams (depends on size , this is what use for mine) of cotton, in my case use Patons “Sorrento” – this has been discontinued instead you could use any cotton blend with viscose that calls for 3.5 mm needles.  Sorrento cotton blend is thick and thin and makes it so nice; it’s the feature of the cardigan itself.

100 grams of cotton Yarn , one that is heavier than the main material.

6 mm circular needles

2 stitch holders (or wool remnant)

10. Stitch markers – you can find lovely ones here at this link

5 mm Crochet hook


This part is very important, your cardigan right measurements depend on this.

Work 20 stitches for 20 rows In stockinette stitch (One row in Knit the other in purl) this is the stitch used for the cardigan, if you wish to use a different one , then work your sample with the chosen stitch.

When you finish the sample check that amount of stitches used per centimeter (or in two centimeters if that’s easier to measure) also check the number of rows per centimeter and writes the results in a notebook.


Measure around neck and shoulders (from where you want your cardigan to begin) , for this you will probably need someone else to assist you.

Now you have your neck measurement and you can calculate the amount of stitches needed using your conversion the sample.

Example: 2 stitches = 1 cm

neck measures = 45 cm

90 Stitches needed to start your cardigan from neck.

Dividing the raglan cardigan 

This cardigan works from the neck down , which also includes sleeves which you will leave on a hold once reeaching the armhole depth (under arm).

To divide this work you will need (8) stitch markers, located after and before the four increases.

the stitches will form some kind of C shape for the cardigan.

There are 6 spots that will have a certain amount of stitches that will remain unchanged.

1 stitch per front side and one in between increases around the arms.

I will use my own cardigan measurements as an example:

Number of stitches = 48 stitches (after using my sample to convert) 6 which will remain 1 all along, split the remaining 42 in proportions here explained

Front: 1 stitch

 stitch marker – 1 stitch in between raglan increases  – stitch marker

Sleeve: 9 stitches(21.42%)

stitch marker – 1 stitch in between raglan increases – stitch marker

back: 24 stitches (57.14%)

stitch marker- 1 stitch in between raglan increases – stitch marker

Sleeve: 9 stitches (21.42%) 

stitch marker – 1 stitch in between raglan increases – stitch marker

front: 1 stitch

To make your calculations in stitches you only need to use this conversion table:

Sleeve = 21.42 X (the number of  total stitches taking away 6) / (divided by) 100 = amount of stitches  per sleeve, if The result is not a whole number round it up

Back = 57.14 X (the number of total number of stitches taking away 6) / (divided by) 100 = amount of back stitches , if The result is not a whole number round it up

Knitting instructions 

With all the stitch markers in place you are ready to Knit away!

How to make the increases? 

increases are only made when we do Knit rows , purl rows are worked without any increases.

DO NOT forget to make good use of the stitch markers.  When you Knit and you approach a stitch marker you have to do a yarn over , pass the stitch marker over , Knit the ONE stitch in between markers, pass the other stitch marker to the right needle and do another yarn over.

On the purl row , the yarn overs will be worked as purl accordingly.

Keep working like this until you reach the under arm.  Measure yourself around the arm making sure it fits.

When you have reached the measurements get ready to separate the arms using stitch holders or yarn pieces.

Knit until you reach the first raglan arm increase; and place all the arm stitches on a stitch holder.  Knit all through out the back and place all stitches that belong to the arm on another stitch holder. I decided to include the one isolated stitch (in between increases) to the arm stitches.  Remember trying to knit quite tightly in between the arms, front and back , in order to avoid a big space under the arm, which will be also stitched up in the end , so don’t stress too much about it.  In the following rows you can keep on working on this, too.

Front increases

even though the main increases (arms ) have been done, we need to keep increasing in the front.  We will do this until reaching the same amount of stitches we have in the back.

Increases take place always Knit rows.

First stitch is knitted, make an invisible increase, kNotting one stitch but using the right loop from the stitch just below, then Knit the same stitch as a knit, keep knitting until one stitch is left, and make another invisible increase in the same way. Do this until having enough stitches (both sides should sum up the same amount or close to , the amount of stitches of the back).

IMPORTANT! leave a stitch marker on each side on the very last increase you do. This will help you when crocheting the edge of your cardigan.

Arriving at the desired height, change to the other cotton and work in stockinette for another 15 rows and another 3 in garter stitch.

Cast off : knit first two stitches, pass the first over the second, leaving just one on the right needle, Knit one more and donthe same thing, pass the first stitch over the second, keep working this way until you have cast off all of them.

It is time to resume the sleeves

Place stitches from the sleeves to the circular needles.  Make sure you leave the inside of the arm (as oposite to the shoulder) at the start of your work if you are comfortable work it it’s the magic loop and two at once.

Resume knitting for 10 cm , after this we do decreases at the start and end off the round.

*Knit 1, Knit 2 together, Knit until 3 sts are left , slip next st to the right needle without knitting it, Knit the one after and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted one, Knit the last one*

Knit 5 more rounds

decrease on the next one

knit 3 more

decrease again for the last time(unless you prefer more decreasing)

change to heavier cotton for the last 15 rounds in stockinette and the very last 3 in garter stitch

when working with magic loop garter stitch or the effect of garter stitch has to be done like follows:

round 1: purl

R2: knit

R3: purl

cast off as shown above.

Cast off : knit first two stitches, pass the first over the second, leaving just one on the right needle, Knit one more and donthe same thing, pass the first stitch over the second, keep working this way until you have cast off all of them.

Crochet Edge

For this part, we will use the friend crochet.  Using single crochet

starting at the bottom of the cardigan:

ODD ROWS: 2 single crochet  where you left the stitch marker (where the last increased occurred) around the bust.

Single crochet 2 together where the raglan increasing happened.  (4 spots)

EVEN ROWS: single crochet all round

Total of rowls 5. OR more if you prefer, you can also work button holes if you want to add buttons to your cardigan.

divide the amount of stitches from where the last increase was(around the bust)  make one every 12 cm , and instead of working two single crochets replace them with 2 chains, you will single crochet in those on the next round and you will have button holes!

it is a very simple cardigan!

I hope you make it and share with me your results!

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