Well the summer is officaly here and it time to let our feet free! One of my joys in life is walking barefoot on the beach, the direct contact with nature is something special and makes lifes stresses not seem so important. My free crochet pattern today is for some beautiful boho barefoot sandles, you will be able to experience ' a little sand between the toes, always takes away the woes'. You can make up a set of these in one evening then decorate them in your own style or make a collection to match your bikinis! Click to see pattern:
Hello and Happy New Year! Things have been very busy here at Biquini de Croche over the last month with the arrival of summer in Santos. The season has changed to glorious days of sunshine with afternoon summer rain, although this is more like monsoon rain as suddenly the sky turns black and the rain comes down in sheets. I must admit it is such a joy when the rain arrives as it helps cool you down in the high heat of 35+! The rain quickly passes and sunshine is restored once more to give you a beautiful sunset. This is one of the things I love about Brazil, you experience the powerful force of nature, unlike in Europe where seasons & weather change gradually that you don’t realize they are happening.
December was an exciting time for me as my bikinis were published in a new On-line magazine Revista TU
We shoot the photos on the next island Guarujá in November, on a beautiful little beached called Sao Pedro which faces out to open sea.
Our model was the gorgeous Brazilian/Japanese Paula Sato. She modelled a small collection of my crochet bikinis for the magazine as well as my new Kiara crochet Tunic.
The Giovanna bikini modelled in pink by Paula is one of the original designs which started Biquini de Croche in 2015. The Giovanna bikini is crocheted with a delicate lace like edging and finished off with natural wooden beads. This bikini is perfect for everyone as it is made in the classic style of triangle bikini top and cheeky bum bikini bottoms.
To compliment Paula’s skin tone I created the Tanya which is a mix of dancing blues and whites inspired by the waves as they froth up against the shore.
Paula looks absolutely stunning in the Aphrodite bikini which is named after the Greek goodness of beauty. Designed to hug and accentuate your curves, the top is made with adjustable cleavage hugger ties while the ruched bottoms will ensure you are bootylicious as Paula demonstrates beautifully. In the Magazine as she is labelled as ‘Tu Gata’ which is slag in Brazilian Portuguese meaning she is very sexy.
To compliment the Aphrodite bikini Paula is wearing my new hooded Kiara crochet tunic which is perfect for all year round. Use it as beach cover or wear a classic tank top underneath and team it will some jeans and heels and your ready for the evening.
I am very pleased with the article and very greatful to the team at Revista Tu for choosing my brand to use in this seasons magazine. Take a look here to see the rest of my collection and read interesting articles about Brazil including interviews with local celebs, reviews on travel, restaurants and up and coming places to see here in Santos.
P.S. I am working on the next free pattern which is a must have for summer!
Today I will be sharing with you my first free pattern. To start with I have decided to go with a classic Boho Dream catcher. This is a pattern for everyone suitable for beginners as it only uses 4 types of stitches and for those of us who are already hooked it is a quick fun project to do for your home!
To start with you will need:
- A ball of yarn any colour any size ( I have used Brazilian yarn brand Circulo, Anne in white which is of fingering weight)
- A crochet hook suitable for the yarn ( I have used a 2mm)
- A embroidery hoop (mine is 25cm radius)
- A mix of pretty things – I have used some shells I had gathering dust my every growing draw of crafty things!
To start chain 6.
Slip stitch into the first chain stitch to create a circle.
Row 1: Chain 3 (count as a dc) dc 15 into the circle, slip stitch into the 3rd chain to create a full round.
Row 2: chain 4 (count as dc and 1 chain), *dc chain 1* 15 times, slip stitch into the 3rd chain to complete the round.
Row 3: Slip stitch under into first chain space, chain 3 (count as dc), dc 2 in the same chain space, *dc 3 in each chain space* 15 times, slip stitch into the 3rd chain.
Row 4: Chain 8 miss 3 stitches, *dc in next stitch, chain 5* repeat 11 times, slip stitch into the 3rd chain.
Row 5: Slip stitich into the chain space,chain 3 and dc 6 in the same chain space, *7dc in each chain space* 11 times. Slip stitch into 3rd chain.
Row 6: Chain 3 count as dc, dc in next 6 stitches and chain 1, *dc in next 7 stitches and chain 1* 11 times, slip stitch into 3rd chain.
Row 7: Chain 3 count as dc, dc in same stitch, dc in next 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch chain 1, *2dc in first stitch, dc in next 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, chain 1* 11 times. Slip stitch into 3rd chain.
Row 8: Slip stitch into previous chain space, chain 5 and sc in the 5th dc, *chain 5 sc in chain space, chain 5 sc into the 5th dc* 11 times chain 3 dc into the first slip stitch of the row.
Row 8: Chain 6 and sc in middle of the chain stitch of the previous round, *chain 6 sc into the middle of chain space* 22 times, chain 3 and dc into the first chainof the row.
If your embroidery ring is smaller than mine reduce the number of row to fit inside the hoop. Alternatively if your hoop is bigger continue with the patter from row 8 & 9 but increase the chain number by 1 for each additional row.
Once your crochet centre is done pull the yarn through on the last stitch and leave a long tail about 2 meters to be sure.
Place your crochet in the centre of the hoop and loosely sew it onto the hoop through weaving the tail end through each chain space then around the hoop once your reach the beginning tie off.
For the tassels cut lots of strands of yarn at double the length you wish your tassel to be ( I measured out 4, 1 meter lengths and folded it half to create a 8 strand tassel). Put the folded end through the hoop as shown and pull the other end through using your fingers or a large crochet hook) Continue until you have the desired amout of tassels.
Now the beautification starts in your style. I have used some sea shells as I had some laying around in a box but you can use anything you wish, feathers, beads, pasta what ever inspires you, let your creative side run free.
Ta daarrr, one beautiful boho dream catcher to adorn your home. Mine now hangs beautifully in our garden to give us a little bit of joy each morning as we have breakfast.
I would love to see your crochet creations, please tag me on Instagram @biquinidecroche to share your work.
Hope your enjoyed this post, please feel free to leave any comments. See you soon, Roseanna x
I am Roseanna the artist and designer behind Biquíni de Crochê. I am an English girl who now lives in Santos, Brazil with my husband, daughter and our lovely Romanian rescue doggy Ebony.
I am someone who loves to create with my hands whether it be crochet, sewing, gardening or cooking.
Through this blog I would like to create a space where I can share with you the wonderful world of crochet. You may think about crochet and the 70’s granny squares come to mind, but here I will take you ‘beyond the granny!’. Crochet is not just for blankets, we will discover together the versatility of crochet including crochet clothing, crochet for the home and various new forms being created today.
Each month I will post a free crochet pattern of my own design, which will include step by step tutorials on how to crochet with demonstration photos and videos to help you along the way.
I hope to inspire you to join the crochet world whether it be your first time or to entice you to pick up your crochet hook once again.
I would also like to use this blog to share with you my life as a ‘Gringo’ living in Brazil, or ‘the English Girl’ as I am know on the Art Market. Here I will share with you my experiences of life in Santos, Brazilian food and drink and most of all the beauty and abundant nature of this wonderful country.
And of course finally, I will be posting up sneak previews and news of my latest crochet bikinis.
I hope you will join me in this new online journey. If you would like some advice on crochet please leave a comment below and I will do my best to help. Or if you are also a fellow ‘gringo’ in brazil and would like to share your experiences, I would love to hear from you.
Thank you for stopping by Roseanna.