My Esja Sweater

And so it is – we have reached the end of 2018, but not before I share one more project with you. 

This morning I finally finished my Esja sweater. 

Isnt it a beauty? This is the Esja Sweater (You can purchase the pattern here), by Tatsiana, of Lillia Bjorn Crochet.  It uses Linen stitch and Brioche crochet and its is just gorgeous. 

The Brioche does initially look a little difficult but actually it couldnt be easier and creates a wonderful squishy fabric. As long as you know how to do double crochets and chains then you know everything you need to know. 

I really would reccomend this pattern – it is really well written and has pages of photographs to help explain some of the more tricky bits. And the good news is that Tatsiana is hoping to create more icelandic style jumpers! I for one, will definately be keeping an eye out in the future.

Have a wonderful new year everyone! 

WIP Wednesday (26/12/18)

I hope you all had a wonderful christmas full of love and laughter. Its Boxing day now, and its the last WIP wednesday of the year! 

I am crocheting monogomously at the moment – now all of the gifts are finished I am determined to complete my Esja sweater by new year. I have added a good 4 inches since I last shared it with you, but we are now at the boring bit which just goes round and round and round until its long enough. Then onto the sleeves. It currently sits an inch below my bust so I reckon I need another 12 inches at least – but I am on night shifts for the next 7 nights so at least I will have plenty of time to do it! 

Before that though, its time for the best bit of boxing day – my signature leftover pie! Have a lovely day everyone!

Esja MAL Week 5

Today marks the last official day of the MAL. By this point I was supposed to have finished the jumper. However, with christmas crafting completely taking over, I have little time to crochet other stuff! However, I have now completely finished the brioche section and the short rows and have seperated for the body. 

I will continue to post weekly, to see how much longer it takes, but I am determined to finish by the end of the year. 

This is the Esja Sweater (You can purchase the pattern here), by Tatsiana, of Lillia Bjorn Crochet. This is a month long Make along which Tatsiana is holding on her facebook group here

WIP Wednesday (05/12/18)

Christmas is fast approaching so I got craching on my second to last christmas gift – another Hotel Of Bees shawl. 

And I have done a few more rows on my Esja sweater since sharing it yesterday!

What have you got on your hooks. Are you scrabbling away in a last minute panic to finish by christmas or are you relaxing? 

Esja MAL Week 4

Whoopsy! I am getting further behind with the MAL. By this point I was hoping to be at the point of seperating the front and back for the sleeves. Unfortunately I am only just finishing brioche section 2. But I still hope to finish by Christmas! But now I need to focus a bit on christmas gifts! 

This is the Esja Sweater (You can purchase the pattern here), by Tatsiana, of Lillia Bjorn Crochet. This is a month long Make along which Tatsiana is holding on her facebook group here

Esja MAL Week 3

Whilst there is no rigid breakdown of the parts of the MAL, I didnt quite reach the rough goal set for this week. 

I managed to make the next row of increases and a few rows past that but this is very much a crochet at home project at the mo (what with the multiple strands and all) and I have been working nights so havent had much time for crocheting in the evening. Very good for my christmas projects but not so much for this. Hopefully I will catch up next week. 
This is the Esja Sweater (You can purchase the pattern here), by Tatsiana, of Lillia Bjorn Crochet. This is a month long Make along which Tatsiana is holding on her facebook group here

Esja MAL Part 2

Part 2 of the Esja MAL saw me beginning the brioche portion of the pattern. 


I have to say, I think I have a new favourite technique! Brioche is so lovely! Squashy and luxurious! 
Next week we move on to the Brioche increases and finishing the Brioche section!
This is the Esja Sweater (You can purchase the pattern here), by Tatsiana, of Lillia Bjorn Crochet. This is a month long Make along which Tatsiana is holding on her facebook group here

Esja MAL part 1

For the first week of the Esja Sweater MAL, we constructed the yolk. 


I did have a little issue with stitch count at one point, but managed to fudge it so that by now the shape and stitch count are correct.
In the next part we will begin the Brioche section. 
This is the Esja Sweater (You can purchase the pattern here), by Tatsiana, of Lillia Bjorn Crochet. This is a month long Make along which Tatsiana is holding on her facebook group here

A New Project, a New Concept and a New Technique

Oooh I may have bitten off more than I can chew here. But I am going to give it my best shot. 
Flash back to the weekend. I was idly scrolling through social media when I come across the most lovely jumper on the Black Sheep Wool page. It looked lovely but also looked Knitted so I almost scrolled past it. My eyes glanced quickly over the text and I was very excited when I read it was crocheted. I showed it to my Fiance and he too thought it was Knit. 
It is the Esja Sweater (You can purchase the pattern here), by Tatsiana, of Lillia Bjorn Crochet. A designer I had heard of but never really exolored. I warn you though, click on the link and you may too be in love! 
 I clicked the link that Black Sheep Wool had put in their post to Tatsiana’s blog and was delighted to see she was running a MAL. I have never participated in a Make Along before, so this was new to me but I think it will be great to keep me on track. The make along started yesterday on Tatsianas social media group and will run weekly for a month. All the details can be found here
This pattern also has a new technique for me. I have worked with Linen Stitch and I love it. But i have never done Brioche Crochet before. So this should be a learning curve. 

Down to the yarn. I stuck to the suggested yarn, which is Scheepjes Our Tribe. I chose Silver Birch for the brioche design and The Boy and The Bunting for the body. I cant wait to share this jumper with you and hope to be able to wear it at christmas to impress my family!