Maria Zilakou

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eBook : 2 patterns

A couple of light, airy shawls to knit and wear during the summer: Avrilia, an easy and quick knit that will make good use of the DK cotton variegated yarn of your taste and Sikinos,

eBook : 3 patterns

3 popular patterns for free, in order to celebrate my 2-year anniversary as a Ravelry Designer! Enjoy!

eBook : 3 patterns

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Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Aeráki ( the Greek word for “gentle
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The pattern is scheduled to be
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
All incoming sales this pattern for
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
EARLYBIRD PRICE: you can purchase the
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
I cast on this pair of socks on August 15 and so, I had to name the pattern Ferragosto Twist. August 15 is my nameday and it is a holiday in several European countries. In Italy, as in Greece, the day has its own special name : Ferragosto (mid-August holiday). Twisted stitches did the rest. I combined a slipped sts pattern with some twists for ...
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
Kérkyra is a narrow shawl or a wide scarf (depending on how you choose to wear it) made out of one skein of fingering weight yarn. It is triangle-shaped, a long, isosceles triangle, that is worked from its tip towards its base, with increases placed at every 7th row when working on the main lace pattern and the same stitch count for some rows w...
Knitting: Cowl
This 3 color cowl is the result of some spontaneous knitting I did during the 2020 lockdown. It’s a lucky thing I had all this wonderful stash leftovers to chose from and create some accessories, because I reall cannot set my mind to long-scale projects these days.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sunday Belle is an asymmetric shawl with an interesting construction. In fact, it is made of 2 parts; you start with creating a triangle and when you BO the sts of this first part, then you pick up and knit sts alongside the garter stitch edge to work a trapeze.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Hug 2020 is a very easygoing, beginner-friendly shawl pattern. The beauty of this hand-dyed luxury yarn needs no complicated stitch patterns to help it bloom; it is just shiny and soft and it will make a great New Year’s project with an optimist message! A crescent shape, garter and stockinette stitch and small, easy-to-remember mosaic motifs a...
Knitting: Cowl
Energy Flow Cowl is a very easy, beginner-friendly pattern for an “Infinity Cowl”. The hand-dyed gradient yarn by Le Tinte del Bosco and the transition from one colorway to the other inspired both the stitch patterns I used as well as the name of the cowl.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
A pair of toe-up socks that knits up quickly and beautifully; I knit my prototype while on vacation at Iria Beach, one of the many beautiful beaches in the Peloponnese. As this was an “on-the-go” project, I opted for an easy, yet elegant, eyelet pattern with knits and purls alternating for some extra fun. The sts repeat is easy-to-memorize, so ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Its name means “gracious” and hopefully you can see why. It is light and airy; it is an extremely quick knit, which makes it the perfect project for a last-minute gift. The lace motif is so easy to memorize, you will be happy to take it with you as a vacation project! The side eyelet border is not only decorative; it adds a surprise element mak...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The pattern is already available in French, Spanish and Italian (thanks to Betta, birbabetta69 ! Happy knitting!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Tolerante is the second shawl pattern from the series The Peace Trilogy. Its name refers to tolerance, of cource; the more tolerant we are with ourselves and the others, the happier the world will be. Embracing diversity is an art we must cultivate if we want to live free from prejudice and in peace with ourselves. As I was working this strange...
Knitting: Cowl
I love brioche stitch. I DO indeed. I love 2-color brioche stitch even more. It gives such an interesting, versatile knit, reversible and colorful, just like Distinto.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
There has been a lot of talk about
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Finished Sock Circumference: 5 (5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10) inches
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
NOTE: This pattern will be availble for free download until December 29, 2018! I am so thankful to Ravelry for being there for us indie designers from around the globe and to my Ravely pals, this extraordinary community of generous people who knit and/or crochet! Thank you, thank you all for giving life to my patterns!
Knitting: Cowl
Πριν από 5 χρόνια, δημοσίευσα το σχέδιο «Ο ΓΙΑΚΑΣ ΤΟΥ ΝΟΝΟΥ». Είχα πλέξει τότε ένα δώρο για τον νονό του γιου μου κι έγραψα τις οδηγίες, για να μπορούν να πλέξουν ένα όμορφο και γρήγορο δώρο και άλλοι. Τώρα σας δίνω οδηγίες για να πλέξετε τον «ΓΙΑΚΑ ΤΟΥ ΜΠΑΜΠΑ» που έπλεξα για τον άνδρα μου (ένα δώρο προς εκείνον από μένα και τον γιο μας), σε πλ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
One year after its release as part of
Knitting: Tutorial
Τα τετράγωνα πασπαρτού ( στα Αγγλικά mitered squares) ονομάζονται έτσι γιατί το σχήμα τους θυμίζει την «ένωση» στην γωνία μιας κορνίζας (αυτό στην ξυλουργική τέχνη ονομάζεται passe-partout) πλέκονται εύκολα, γρήγορα και μας δίνουν πολύ ενδιαφέρον αποτέλεσμα.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
“All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Here comes the rain again
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Hello darkness, my old friend
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
La Mer , the emblematic French song of the ’40s by Charles Trénet inspired this colorwork pattern and so, the hat is named after it. I must admit that the Breton colorway that I used to knit the prototype influenced a lot in making up my mind about the name, too. I think this pattern is totally unisex and can be worn by adults and children equa...
Knitting: Cowl
This cowl is knit back and forth, at a loose gauge, to enhance drape and create a beautiful fabric that hugs your neck and offers warmth. If you want, you can just not graft the two edges together, so this makes it a nice scarf for you. I strongly encourage that you read the whole pattern before starting to work on it. It is a very easy, beginn...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Chiaroscuro Shawl will be available
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Top-down, triangular-shaped and made out of cotton, a summer shawl to enjoy knitting and wearing. The name comes from the fresh, pink color I used for the prototype.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Are you looking for an excuse to -finally- make use of that gorgeous luxury skein of yarn you purchased at the spur of the moment? Do you have room for another silky, lustrous, soft shawl, one to wrap around your shoulders and make you feel like a “royal”?
Knitting: Ankle Sock
This pattern came as part of my “Leftovers’ Challenge”, a challenge I decided to take so that I make use of small balls of yarn I used in past projects and that can be used together to create a sort of “fade” effect. Small amounts of yarn can make great socks and I bet you can find lots of wonderful sock weight yarn leftovers in your stash to p...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
NOTE: when you purchase the pattern you get a .pdf with the dates and info about the pattern so that you get ready when it is officially released. You will also get links to YouTube videos with tips and tutorials that I have created for your eyes only!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Do you remember the famous scene from Gilmore Girls when Lorelai wakes up to the “smell of the snow”? Well, although
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Byzance c’est un châle merveilleux créé spécialement pour notre fil dentelle Céleste par la créatrice Maria Zilakou.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
NOTE: Upon purchase of the pattern you receive the .pdf with all the necessary info for you to get ready for the MKAL.!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is the pattern for the Ultimate Stashbuster Shawl!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Beach Hut Shawl is meant to give you a happy, cool knitting project with an interesting (yet easy-to-memorize) and summer-ish eyelet motif and some fun colorwork in stripes to help you relax for some rows between working those eyelet pattern repeats.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
The second shawl of the “Van Gogh - Sunflowers” collection is here!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I love Italian coffee, can’t you tell? In fact, one of the most vivid memories I have from my trips to Italy is the taste and aroma of the fine Italian coffee. Freddo Macchiato is my favorite “summer” coffee and the yarn I used for this project does remind me of it.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
If there is a pattern that comes from the bottom of my heart, this is it. Sarakatsana, the woman of the Sarakatsani tribe was one of the rare Greek women to knit her legwarmers and handwarmers, using double pointed needles and 3 basic colors: black, white or rather off-white and deep, crimson red.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Magari is a shawl with a wishful name and a purpose. “Magari” is an Italian word (and the yarn I used for the prototype comes is hand-dyed by an Italian yarn artist, Sara Sol), but the “roots” of the word ‘magari“ are 100% Greek, in fact we use the word exactly as it is, but for one letter: Makari=I hope it happens!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
IFrom time to time I spend the day washing and blocking my knitting treasures ( aka prototypes).
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Theta, aka |Θ’ita|, is the eighth letter of the Greek Alphabet and this hat is named after it, since the colorwork motif reminds me of this letter.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
I know the majority of knitters start knitting their Christmas gifts as early as in August (and I do, too) but there is always some last-minute-gift knitting to do and this MKAL is here to cater for that need.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sharing the TreLiz post, I quote:
Knitting: Cardigan
FALL OFFER: Upon purchase of 3 of my patterns, you get the least expensive one for free! Offer valid until November 30, 2016!
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
“Gocce di nostalgia” è uno scialle romantico che ho creato con il bel filato “Butterfly Cocoon” di filati Sara Sol, in collaborazione con il Centro Singer, Arezzo.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Kynthia (or Cynthia) is an epithet attributed to Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt, wild animals, and wilderness; the daughter of Leto and Zeus; the sister of Apollo. The legend says she was born in Mount Kynthos, in the island of Delos, hence the name.
Knitting: Cowl
I love Brioche Stitch, who doesn’t? Many years ago, I even created a whole sweater in Brioche Stitch … to give away to a friend; yes, I know, what was I thinking of? Back in those days, long ago before the Internet, in Greece where I live and create, we hadn’t even heard of the term “Brioche Stitch”. We used to call this family of stitches the ...
Knitting: Scarf
This is my second pattern in the series meant to initiate Brioche knitting to hesitant knitters. In fact, it’s the …”sequel” to Briochelle Cowl, since it is based on the same Half – Brioche stitch pattern as the one used in the cowl. What’s the point in applying the same stitch pattern again? Well, I have my reasons for doing so and let me expl...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Vap’oria is a versatile scarf/shawl with an original shape, that you can easily knit at any gauge and any size, using the yarn that suits you best!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
FALL OFFER: Upon purchase of 3 of my patterns, you get the least expensive one for free! Offer valid until November 30, 2016!
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
Bougainville is a versatile scarf/shawl pattern that you can easily knit at any gauge and any size, using the yarn that suits you best! In fact, I knit the prototype in a sport-weight cotton yarn and I’ll be knitting my second shawl along with you in a lighter and larger version, using a fingering weight silk yarn and hoping for a more luscious...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
FALL OFFER: Upon purchase of 3 of my patterns, you get the least expensive one for free! Offer valid until November 30, 2016!
Knitting: Cowl
Well, yes, another cowl to make use of that beautiful Malabrigo yarn in your stash, what do you say?
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
FALL OFFER: Upon purchase of 3 of my patterns, you get the least expensive one for free! Offer valid until November 30, 2016!
Knitting: Cowl
A really quick and relaxing project to knit, ideal for a quick gift and a stash-buster project, this cowl is friendly to beginners in stranded colourwork! You will be using only 2 colours per round and working on a 4 sts repeat, so you can easily memorize the pattern and carry your knit with you to work wherever you wish. So, pick up your needl...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
FALL OFFER: Upon purchase of 3 of my patterns, you get the least expensive one for free! Offer valid until November 30, 2016!
Knitting: Cardigan
CELEBRATION TIME: To celebrate 5 years as a Ravelry designer, I’m offering this pattern for free; offer valid from September 25 to September 28, 2017! Download, knit, enjoy!
Knitting: Cowl
NOTE:This .pdf file contains 3 patterns for 3 quite different cowls that you can knit using similar yarn!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
FALL OFFER: Upon purchase of 3 of my patterns, you get the least expensive one for free! Offer valid until November 30, 2016!
Knitting: Poncho
Knitting: Knee-highs
The soft pink sock yarn I used for the prototype gave these socks their name: knee-high socks with an easy eyelet pattern and some ribbing in the ankle area to help them stay in shape and hug your leg in style. You can easily change size by adding or omitting 8sts.
Knitting: Afghan block
All 5 square patterns are now (08/31/2015) released, so, please, check that you have the updated version of the pattern!
Crochet: Baby Blanket
“Ilitominon brings together parents of premature neonates with scientists, aiming at providing care to premature newborns. In order to achieve its aim, Ilitominon organizes and supports social,scientific and educationalactivities through social, scientific and educational activities that contribute to the promotion and solution of medical and s...
Knitting: Scarf
Are you a novice knitter struggling with increases and decreases and wondering if there is a way to assimilate all this stuff and actually make something useful out of it? Well, these patterns are meant for you. When working on the basic version, you’ll do your knits and purls and distinguish between garter st and stockinette st, while learning...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A shawl to hug your shoulders:
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves, Beanie, Toque
This is a pattern that came up out of the need for a quick, relaxing project to work on right after the Holidays Season. It’s the time of year with a lot of plans and projects ahead, so I thought it shouldn’t be too time-consuming. Nevertheless, it has to be a fun project, so I added some easy lace pattern for that extra elegant detail. I hope ...
Knitting: Scarf
Are you in for an End-of-the-Year Adventure? Yes, it’s about knitting but I promise it will be a lot more than that!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The pattern has been tested by a wonderful group of test-knitters, during a MKAL that took place here and lasted from 10/17/2014 to 11/17/2014.
Crochet: Cowl
A very simple easy-to-crochet cowl, a quick project to finish in 1,5 hours. The tutorial is in Greek only for the time being, it will be available in English in a few days.
Knitting: Scarf
I guess one could say Mediterranea is a wide scarf or a narrow shawl, depending on how you choose to see it. The idea was to make the most out of a beautiful, variegated sock yarn, with a rather easy-to-memorize pattern recipe, so that I could carry my project in my bag and outdoors and I hope that you will be able to do the same. You can opt ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Adelina is the second in a series of knitting patterns inspired by the embroidery motifs found in the traditional Greek women outfits. Sikinos was the first one and it was quite successful.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Avrilia is a really quick and easy knit, a shawl that is named after April.
Knitting: Poncho
This is the Greek language version of this patterns. It will soon be released in English.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is a recipe to knit a basic, triangular shawl. It is written in Greek and includes tips in chart-reading as well as suggestions to encourage the novice knitter to go further. I hope it proves useful and will soon release it in English, too.
Knitting: Cowl
Caramella is named after the beautiful, caramel yarn colors I used to knit it. A bulky, luxurious yarn, in great colors and thick enough to avoid needing small needles. So it’s a “neck candy” that is worn as a cowl or a small cape or even as a hood to protect us from the cold. You knit it flat, using straight needles, as if it were a long scarf...
Knitting: Tee
A top you’ll knit in a few hours’ time and you‘ll be happy to wear and show off! It is named after the yarn, PANDORA by LANAS STOP and, in fact, it’s the yarn that guarantees the impressive result! Instructions are given for 2 sizes (Small-Medium {32’-36’bust} & Medium-Large {38’-44’bust}). When only one number is given, it applies to both ...
Knitting: Cowl
A Christmas gift to a dear, dear friend who is also my son’s godfather, this cowl is supposed to be knitted in a soft, chunky yarn. The stitch used is beginner – friendly, I’m going to use this pattern as a teaching supplement for my knitting classes, so it has to be easy, yet challenging enough. It is knitted in the round, of course, and it is...
Knitting: Vest
The colour of the yarn I chose in order to knit this vest reminds me of good, old Burgundy wine and that’s why the vest is named “brusco”. You get to choose the yarn and colour you like and I really hope you’ll enjoy knitting as well as wearing it!!!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Mohair and paillettes for a luxurious, soft, elegant stole! It’s a lace pattern, but it’s the kind of lace even a novice knitter can perfectly knit!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A romantic, lace shawl with an unusual construction, Rodanthe makes the best out of this luxury yarn you’re saving for a special pattern.
Crochet: Tote
An easy summer bag you can make in no more than 2 hours!!!
Crochet: Tote
This is the Greek version of the pattern. The pattern will be released in English shortly.
Knitting: Shrug / Bolero
Lime is my favourite colour!!! that’s why this summer bolero had to be lime!
Crochet: Scarf
This simple lace scarf takes its name after the famous Bata De Cola, the well-known Flamenco Dancers Ruffled Skirt. Designing it started as a crochet-shawl exercise and ended up with the pleasure of this asymmetrical heart-shaped scarf or should I call it shawlette? Anyway, it reminds me of my love for Spain and everything Spanish, the hours I ...
Crochet: Scarf
This simple lace scarf takes its name after the famous Bata De Cola, the well-known Flamenco Dancers Ruffled Skirt. Designing it started as a crochet-shawl exercise and ended up with the pleasure of this asymmetrical heart-shaped scarf or should I call it shawlette? Anyway, it reminds me of my love for Spain and everything Spanish, the hours I ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sikinos is a small, windy island in Southern Kyklades, Greece. A place described to be a natural stress reliever, but to me it is much more than that: it is the sea and the sun and the unspoilt beauty of the land and its people.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This is the hat to match the Lazy Knitter’s Cowl, a quite popular pattern I developed in September 2012. I hope you ‘ll enjoy it as much as I did!!!
Knitting: Scarf
It will take you only a few hours to knit one, even if you’re a novice knitter. Depending on the yarn you choose, it can be an accessory that you can wear all day long.
Knitting: Cowl
This is a very quick and easy project! The eyelet pattern is just interesting enough to keep you from getting bored and at the same time simple enough, so that you don’t have to count all the time! I made this using DK yarn from my stash leftovers, but I believe you can also use thicker yarns to do it! So, go ahead and surprise me!!!
Knitting: Cowl
A flattering, lace cowl, a project that takes only a few hours to knit!