Free pattern :: Rainbow Crochet Collar

 “Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.” -- Amit Ray

“Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.” -- Amit Ray

Aren't you the gold at the end of the rainbow?   As swing into craft gear for St. Patrick's Day, I tend to think leprechauns and rainbows rather than a suit of green. With that in mind and dead tired of winter and in desperate need of a spring. I crocheted a warm rainbow collar. Not quite cowl.  Not quite jewelry, but something comfortably in the middle.

You will Need:

1 package of Lion Brand BonBon's the acrylic collection in the Crayon color way
1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in white
1 H Crochet hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
button
Sewing Thread
Sewing needle
 

Gauge:
4 DC to the inch

Let's Create:

  1. Using White, chain 65.
  2. Break yarn and switch to yellow Bonbon, 1 DC in each chain.
  3. Break Yarn and switch to green Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  4. Break yarn and switch to Turquoise Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  5. Break yarn and switch to Royal Blue Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  6. Break yarn and switch to Pink Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  7. Break yarn and switch to Red Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  8. Sew in all tails.
  9. With White, 9sc along edge of collar at corner 2sc and then 1sc in each stitch, at corner 2 sc and 9 sc along the edge.
  10. Turn and work a 7DC scallop along the white sc. When  get the end  chain 11 and make a ring by slip stitch to the collar.
  11. Sew in all tails.
  12. Sew on a button on the side opposite from the loop. 

An Irish Blessing!

May the road rise to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face. 
And rains fall soft upon your fields. 
And until we meet again, 
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

How to block your knit and crochet.

If you have time to knit, if you've taken up knitting, it means you're not worried about the essential stuff.  --- Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee

This video was recorded during a live stream on Periscope. You may hear me talking to someone.  I am able to read peoples comments as I stream.  Part two is below.

The things you will need to properly block a granny square.

A craft blocking board. (They are available at Michaels, Amazon as well as your local yarn store.)
T-pins
Spray bottle
lavender essential oil is optional

I like to add two drops of lavender essential oil to my spray bottle, so when I spray the granny squares, they are lightly protected by moths.  My great grandmother always did this and then redid after every washing.  She never used moth balls and I still have all her crochet work.  I store her zillions of doilies in acid free paper in a cedar chest.  It helps to keep the yarn from yellowing and being eaten by pesky moths.

Granny Square blocking

  • Line up one corner to the edge of one grid.  
  • Pin it on an angle.
  • Line up the edge along the line of the grid.
  • Pin the next corner. 
  • Continue all the way around and then when all 4 corners are secure. Mist the fabric lightly with cool water.  Allow to dry overnight.  Then unpin to easy sew together into a blanket or jacket.

Knit garment pieces work the same way.  And yes it is worth the time to block all your pieces before sewing them together.  

Super quick DIY Gift :: Hand-Knit or Crochet a Bookmark

 "Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time." -- Douglas Coupland

"Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time." -- Douglas Coupland

Well, Christmas is in less than a month and you need a quick gift.  You like to personalize what you give.  A book is a great gift, but you can make it stellar with a hand-knit or crocheted bookmark. These are super simple, beginner basic and will take less than one hour each.

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To make the knitted one with the button -

You will need: 

Patons Grace Cotton
size 4 knitting needles
tapestry needle
scissors
button
 

Cast on 55 stitches. Work in Seed Stitch. Continue working in seed stitch until you've knitted an inch. Bind off all stitches. Sew in the ends with a knitting needle.  Stitch on a large button. This tagua nut one is from a friend's company - One World Button Supply Co.  Lucky me to have such a friend, she sent me a box of buttons for Christmas one year.  I love each of them.  You may want to block your bookmark or iron it lightly with a steam iron. This will make it look crisper.

The crochet one is nearly as simple:

Patons Grace Cotton
Size B crochet hook.
tapestry needle
scissors

Chain 50.  Turn and work a DC into each chain. *Chain 2 at end of row, Turn and work a DC into each stitch.*  Work from * to * for one more row.  Then turn and work a row of scalloped stitches. Make 1ch, 1sc into first st * Miss skip 1, 7DC into next stitch, skip 1, 1sc into next st ** repeat from * to **.  Cut thread, pull through last loop, sew in all tails.  Again, press or block. 

Tie Dye Your Yarn

 "The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts." --  Marcus Aurelius

"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts." --  Marcus Aurelius

There are the more commonly known tie dyed t-shirts showing up in every store, as well as those with ombré and shibori patterns. A friend stopped by today and though she would never consider herself trendy, she was wearing a t-shirt with patches of tie dye in shades of indigo.   I had a Tulip tie dye kit from I Love to Create  on hand and decided to give it a go myself, but instead of working with flat fabric, I dyed some cotton yarn.  

The process couldn't have been simpler.

You need:

Tulip Tie Dye Kit
DK weight 100% cotton yarn (8-16oz)
acrylic yarn
scissors
swift (or a chair)
plastic wrap
plastic tarps (I used a plastic pinic table cloth and trash bags)
bucket
water
apron

If your yarn is in ball form, you will need to make a skein out of it.  To do so, use either a swift and wind it around or turn a chair upside down and wind the yarn in a circle form around the legs.  Once completed tie the ends together.

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Cut 3 pieces of acrylic yarn.  Each should be 6" long.  Tie them in intervals around the skein.  The key is create a figure 8 at each point which holds the yarn together, yet prevents it from tangling.  Don't pull too tight!

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You should have 4-8 bundles depending on the amount of yarn you had on hand and the size of the skeins you made.

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To prepare the yarn for maximum absorbtion of the dye, soak it in a bucket of warm water until completely saturated.  

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Cover your work surface with another tarp.  I used trash bags.  Prepare your dye as per instructions in the kit and begin!  

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Tie dye is a resist method of dying.  Everything under the resists stays the original color while everything else is dyed.  Ikat is a Japanese form a tie dying warps for the loom.  I didn't want to be quite so sophisticated.  I simply squirted the die onto the yarn.

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I used too much die on my first sample.  The stripes didn't retain their shape, but as I used an analagous color scheme the results were lovely with over over 15 variations of green from spring green to forest green.  (Any other color scheme would have resulted in mud.)  As you can see I experimented.  For my second sample I drizzled blue on the yarn and followed up with dashes of green and yellow.

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My daughter loves tie dye and I mean loves it. Her 2nd grade birthday party had a tie dye theme and we've even planted roses with variegated flowers said to have a tie dyed look. When she saw me dying the yarn, she grabbed a few t-shirts.

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I used the Tulip tie dye kit this summer with kids in our circus camp to create clown costumes. Honestly, it was super easy and only moderately messy with 20 children working on them. My suggestion is to have a tarp on the table and on the floor.  Have plastic Ziploc bags ready to go to hold the wet and dyed t-shirts for transfer home to be washed.  

 

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Random color fact- The first synthetic dye was mauve.  Until the mid-1860's all colors were derived from natural sources such as indigo, madder, and marigolds.

crochet a napkin ring

 The belly rules the mind.  --  Spanish Proverb

The belly rules the mind.  --  Spanish Proverb

Hebe Cord is  a nylon cord from Sullivan's USA that is great for knitting,  knotting, braiding, tatting and crocheting.  The fabric it makes feels quite substantial.  Thinking about wanting to have a few friends over for dinner, I used it to make some napking rings in order to give my table a more polished look.  

Guage: 5sts=1", 3 rows=1"

Finished napkion ring when flat is 7" x 1"

To create 4 napkin rings you will need:
2  packages of Hebe Cord ( I used medium pink).
4 buttons (vintage from yoru stash or a novelty one of choice)
B crochet hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Sewing thread.

1.    Chain 33 stitches.  Turn and insert hook into 4th chain from the hook.  The first 3 chains = 1dc.  1dc in each chain until the end.

2.      Chain 3, turn and 1dc in each chain, inserting your hook under both halves of the stitch.  

3.       Repeat step 2 until you have completed 3 rows, approximately 1". 

4.      When you have completed the final row, complete 2more dc in the same chain.  This will make a scallop on the coner.  1sc into final row edge.  3dc into the next row along the edge, 1sc into the final row and then 3 dc into next corner.  *Skip a stitch and 1sc into the next stitch.  Skip a stitch and 3dc into the next stitch. *  Repeat from * to * ending with 3 dc in the next corner. 1sc into the row edge.  3dc into the next row along the edge.  1sc into the fianl corner and then 3dc into the next corner. Repeat from * to * ending with 3dc in the next corner.  Slip stitch along the ttop of the first scallop.  Wehn you are at the top of the scallop, chain 8, slip stitch to teh top of the scallop along the next corener.  Turn and  work 10 sc obe the 8 chains.  (This creates the loop for the closure.) Slip stitch to the top of  the scallop. Fasten off.

5.  Sew in all tails.

6.  Sew a button onto the ring opposite from the loop.  Block the piece flat if stitches are slightly distorted.  Button and use for dinner. 

7.  Hint!  Make the rings in Gold, Orange or Red and use a button shaped like a turkey to add a festive touch to your Thanksgiving table.

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Hint - This pattern also makes a nice bracelet cuff as my 8 year old niece pointed out.  Add chains to make a  length to fit your wrist, otherwise this size is suitable for a young child. 

Disclaimer: Material for this post was provided by the company.

Free Pattern :: Crochet Twist Necklace

 "Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles."  --  Sonja Henie

"Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles."  --  Sonja Henie

Weather is fickle.  When there isla chill in the air and you are bored with scarves, make this twisted, crocheted choker. It adds a warm dash of color.

You will need:  
Lion Brand® Yarn's BonBons in Celebrate - use the light and dark blues
Buttons Galore & More's Granny's Button Box in Teal
Westcott Craft Titanium Bonded 3" Scissors
D crochet hook
tapestry needle


Let's Create!

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Row 1: With light blue, chain 120.  Turn work, chain 1, skip the first stitch, work the rest in single crochet.

Row 2: Attach dark blue, *chain 1, skip the first stitch. Single crochet the first  10 stitches. Chain 100.  
Single crochet the last 10 stitches of the light blue base. Turn work, chain 1, skip the first stitch.  Single
crochet 10 stitches, chain 100 and then work the last 10 stitches.*  

Row 3: Switch back to light blue, repeat Row 2 from * to *. 

Row 4: Switch to dark blue, repeat Row 2 from * to *.

Row 5: Switch to light blue, repeat Row 2 from * to *.

Row 6: Switch to dark blue, repeat Row 2 from * to *.  After the final 10 stitches are worked, chain 10 and
attach to Row 3 with a slip stitch. Chain 1 and work 18 single crochets in the loop.  Fasten off.

Sew in all ends.  Sew on the button.

Hold both ends of the necklace and twist it a few times.  Fasten it around your neck.  You can vary the look
based on whether you wear the button in the back, the front or to the side.  

The above listed companies provided product for me to use in this pattern.    

 

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Quick Gift :: Crochet Collar

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One year for my neices birthday, I settled on a cute crocheted collar for her to wear
with t-shirt and jeans.  Margo is a fashionista!  Her favorite color combo is hot pink and lime green.  

You will need:
Bonbons Yarn: Celebrate by Lion Brand® Yarns (I used the light green and pink.)
3/4" button with shank (I used one from the Haberdashery Natural collection from Buttons Galore & More.)
size F / 3.5mm crochet hook
tapestry needle
sewing needle
pink thread
scissors

Let's Create!

Work up a swatch in single crochet (sc).  You should get 5 stitches  & 6 rows to the inch.  Note: I crocheted the yarn slightly tighter than recommended on the manufacturer's label to get the fabric I desired.

Work the collar base.
Chain 71 in the light green.  *Turn, skip the first stitch, work the rest in sc, end with a chain 1.*  Repeat from * to * for 10 rows.  Fasten off light green.  Sew in tails using the tapestry needle.

Add the frills.
With right side facing, fasten on the pink with a slip stitch at the far right side.  Work a sc into every stitch across the top of the collar.  When you reach the corner work 3 double crochets (dc) in the same stitch, skip the next stitch, work one sc, skip a stitch, work 1 sc. In the next corner *work 5 dc in the same stitch, skip the next stitch, work
one sc, skip a stitch.*   Repeat from * to * across the bottom of the collar.  This stitch sequence forms the scallop stitch. When you reach the third corner, finish this sequence with a 5 dc in the same stitch.  You then skip a stitch, work a sc, skip a stitch, work 3 dc and skip a stitch.

Time for the closure loop.
You should be just 2 rows from the top of the collar.  Work a sc, chain 6, work a sc.  Turn your work and now work 14 sc into the loop you've formed. Fasten off the pink.  Sew in tails using the tapestry needle.

Sew on the button.
Cut a 16" length of sewing thread.  Double it over and tie a knot with a long tail at the end.  Position the button opposite the loop and sew it in place.  Tie a knot.  Sew in tails.

Block the collar. 
Pin the collar straight on your ironing board.  Lightly mist it with water and allow to dry.  

Note:  This collar was designed for a child.  To make a larger version, simply measure your neckline and multiply by 5. 
For example - 16" x 5sts per inch = 80 stitches, so chain 81 to begin.  The rest is worked the same.

 I wrote this pattern 5 years ago, so if it looks familiar and you wrote me a comment. In my migration of my blog from one platform to the next, I've lost all comments.  So please, leave me a new one! Thank you!

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Free Pattern :: Crocheted T-shirt Yarn Rag Rug

 My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton

My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton

I love my dogs.  They protect me, watch over me, and provide an endless amount of joy and amusement.  Their favorite perch in the house is in the bench window seat of my studio on the second floor of our house.  They love to watch all the action on the street, barking their warning of approaching dogs and humans.  The bench seat was getting a bit torn up by their claws, so I need to add some protection and with my ever growing stash of t shirts, I decided to upcycle them into t-shirt yarn that I could crochet into a rag rug.  I wanted the rug to be substantial, machine washable and yet a  soft spot for my dogs to hang out.  As you can see above, Josie loves her new spot.  Miss Toony was jealous and decided to move in on Josie's territory.  Missing from the pic was their ensuing dog spat of snarling and snapping at each other.  Josie wanted the rug to herself.  

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Want to make one for your dogs?  This is what you will need to make a rug 14" x 36".  

6 adult t-shirts
6 balls of worsted cotton (I used a variegated Sugar and Cream.)
Scissors
Ruler
Tapestry needle
H crochet hook

First, you need to cut your t-shirts into yarn. Save all the extra bits for a dog toy following in my next blog post.

Here is a great video on how to make the yarn from Upcycled Stuff.

Now to get started, you chain the width you want the project to be.  So I initially chained 14 inches.

Insert your hook into the second stitch from the hook and work a single crochet while wrapping the yarn up an around the t-shirt yarn.

Work your way along single crocheting as you go, pulling and catching the t-shirt yarn as you go. If you run out of T-shirt yarn, add more by simply overlapping the ends and working right over both.  

You will bend the t-shirt yarn as you turn to work your way across the row. Insert your hook into the last stitch of teh first row to begin.

Work your way along single crocheting as you go, pulling and catching the t-shirt yarn as you go. If you run out of T-shirt yarn, add more by simply overlapping the ends and working right over both.  

That all there is to it.  Work until you get to the desired length of your project.  To finish off, crochet one row without the t-shirt yarn to give it a nice finished edge.  Sew in all ends.  Trim off all dangling t-shirt yarn.  I know there are projects out there to crochet with the actual t-shirt yarn, but I found this process was easier on my arthritic hands and I like the extra dash of color from the cotton yarn.  Think of how cute this would be in a little girls bedroom?!   Or as a rug in the bathroom. If you are a marathon runner and have collected t-shirts from your runs, this is a fun way to repurpose them.  I do advise that you use a non-slip mat underneath it to keep it in place or if for a bench seat.  I staple gunned mine into place, so my dogs wouldn't constantly knock it off the bench when jumping up.

I've been working with the young company Cotopaxi on developing this blog post.  Their mission is sustainability and the repurposing of materials into great outdoor gear and hiking backpacks  They are a public benefit corporation based in Delaware, which means part of their corporate mission is not only sustainability but poverty alleviation.   I love it when companies take on positive change in the world as their mission!!  They've offered additional projects for you to make by upcycling your clothes into new projects. 

That all there is to it.  Work until you get to the desired length of your project.  To finish off, crochet one row without the t-shirt yarn to give it a nice finished edge.  Sew in all ends.  Trim off all dangling t-shirt yarn.  I know there are projects out there to crochet with the actual t-shirt yarn, but I found this process was easier on my arthritic hands and I like the extra dash of color from the cotton yarn.  Think of how cute this would be in a little girls bedroom?!   Or as a rug in the bathroom. If you are a marathon runner and have collected t-shirts from your runs, this is a fun way to repurpose them.  I do advise that you use a non-slip mat underneath it to keep it in place or if for a bench seat.  I staple gunned mine into place, so my dogs wouldn't constantly knock it off the bench when jumping up.

I've been working with the young company Cotopaxi on developing this blog post.  Their mission is sustainability and the repurposing of materials into great outdoor gear and hiking backpacks  They are a public benefit corporation based in Delaware, which means part of their corporate mission is not only sustainability but poverty alleviation.   I love it when companies take on positive change in the world as their mission!!  They've offered additional projects  for you to make by upcycling your clothes into new projects. 
  

   

Free Pattern :: Beginner Crochet Beanie

  Cock your hat- angles are attitudes -- Frank Sinatra

Cock your hat- angles are attitudes -- Frank Sinatra

I've been having fun this winter making hats for my church ministry to be distributed at local cancer centers.  As a a child I had cancer and experienced 2.5 years of chemo.  It was awful when my hair fell out until my gam made me a hat.  She made them for every day of the week.  They made me feel special.  While I made this hat for a pattern I posted on ehow.com out of acrylic, a cotton yarn is a better choice for a chemo cap.  Skin during treatment is very sensitive.

 

Free Pattern :: Beginner Level Crochet Baby Hat for Little Hats, Big Hearts

  Our hearts are lamps for ever burning... -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our hearts are lamps for ever burning... -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I designed this hat in honor of the American Hearts Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign to bring national attention to Congenital Heart Defects.  Make one for a loved little one, make one to give.  These are simple and quick to make.  A fun Sunday afternoon project.  This is sized for a 16" diameter hat, 6-12 months old.

To get started you will need

2 skeins of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice acrylic yarn, 1 each of  Red and White.
Size G crochet hook
Ruler or tape measure
locking stitch marker
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Guage: 4 sts and 2.5 rows to the inch.

Stitches you will need to know: Double-crochet, single crochet, slip stitch

Let's crochet!

Start with a magic circle.  But rather than use single crochet stitches. Chain 2 and Double crochet 12 sititches into the circle.  Once finished, tighten the circle.  This closes it firmly at the top.  

Round 1: Add a stitch marker, Ch2,1 dc in the same place,  2Dc into each stitch. Slip stitch the last stitch to the fi=the top of the chain-2 for a total count of 24.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round.

Round 2: Ch2,  *2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat from *to* , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain-2 for a total of 36 stitches.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round

Round 3: Ch2, Chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same place, 2 double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 48 stitches.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round.

Round 4: Ch2, Chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same space, 3 double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 60 stitches.  The circle should be 5" in diameter.

Ch2, 1 dc into into the same space. 1dc into each stitch fro the entire round, end with a a slip stitch into the top of the Cha2.  Repeat this round until the hat measure 7- 8 inches. At the 6th inch, switch to white and work for 1 inch in white to add a bold horizontal stripe.  

Scallop Edge:  *Skip 1st, 1sc in next st, skip next st, 5 DC in next st.*  Repeat from * to .* End wth a slip stitch to the the first single crochet.

Heart Embellishment: Use white to match white stripe.

Chain 4. Work 3 tr (triple crochet) into first ch(center), 3 dc into the same space (center)., ch 1, 1 tr into center, ch 1, 3 dc into center, 3 tr into center. Ch 3, sl st into center and fasten off. Use tails to sew heart to the hat.  

Sew in all tails.

Download Our hearts are lamps for ever burning - Excuse the crazy title to this file, but it is a PDF of this pattern for you to download and print.  Happy Crochet!

This post is from January 2016. I switched blogging platforms and migrated my most popular posts.   I lost all the comments in the process.  So if you've seen this pattern and made a comment in the past, I do apologize.  Leave me a new one!  As always, if you see an error or have a suggestion, let me know.

 

Free Pattern :: Crochet Christmas Stocking

 He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Sm

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Sm

I don't know about you, but my favorite bit about opening Christmas presents was always the Christmas stocking.  Great things come in Little Packages -right?!!  I enjoy it even more now that I get to play Santa Claus to my daughter.  One needs a Christmas stocking to fill with all those fabulous tiny presents.   This is an easy crochet pattern and will take an average of two weekends to make.  

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Size: 15" from top of boot to bottom of heel and 11.5" from back of heel to tip of toe.

Gauge: 5sts and 2 rows per inch (always do a gauge swatch)

Stitches you will need to know: Double-crochet, single crochet, slip stitch

You will need:
1 skein of Red Heart Mistletoe Ombre
H /5mm crochet hook
tapestry needle
scissors
tape measure
locking stitch marker

Let's crochet!

 

Start with a magic circle.  But rather than use single crochet stitches. Chain 2 and Double crochet 12 sititches into the circle.  Once finished, tighten the circle.  This closes it firmly at the top.  

Round 1: Add a stitch marker, Ch2,1 dc in the same place,  2Dc into each stitch. Slip stitch the last stitch to the the top of the chain-2 for a total count of 24.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round.

Round 2: Ch2,  *2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat from *to* , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain-2 for a total of 36 stitches.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round

Round 3: Ch2, , 1 double crochet in the same place, 2 double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 48 stitches.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round.

Rounds 4-11:  CH2, 1 dc into each stitch, end by slip stitch last stitch to top of Ch2. Move Stitch marker to beginning of next round.  Repeat for each round until 11 rounds total.

Rows 12- 20:  You will begin to work in rows now.  #Ch2, skip first st, work in to next st.  1 dc into each stitch for 24 stitches ( which is half of a full round. ). Turn. # Repeat from # to # .  Break yarn (leaving an 8 inch tail  and pull tail through last loop.) Sew back heel flap closed.  Sew in all ends.

Leg rounds 1-21: Slip stitch to the top of the heel flap of it.  #Chain 2, 1 dc into each stitch along the heel and instep.  You will need to work 2dc at the corner point where the heel gusset and instep meet.  When you reach the CH2, slip stitch to the top of the chain 2.# Repeat from # to # until leg is 10.5" (21 rounds).

Finish off the top by working a scallop edge.  Break yarn and pull tail through last loop.  Sew in all ends.  

Slip stitch yarn to attach at top back or leg,  chain for 4 inches and attach with a slip stitch where you started. Break yarn and pull through last loop. Sew in all ends (this is the loop to hang the stocking.

Download Crochet Christmas Stocking Printable Pattern   

This post is from July 2016. I switched blogging platforms and migrated my most popular posts.   I lost all the comments in the process.  So if you've seen this pattern and made a comment in the past, I do apologize.  Leave me a new one!  As always, if you see an error or have a suggestion, let me know.

Free Pattern :: Easy, Quick Crocheted Floral Dishcloth

 Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

These quick dishcloths are made using basic double crochet stitches in rounds. The rounds increase gradually to keep the circle flat and finish with a pretty scalloped edge to give them the appearance of a flower. These cloths are soft and absorbent. They are a cute addition to the kitchen and make a great hostess gift. Use them as a hand wash cloth and give as part of a spa gift with gorgeous smelling soap and bath salts.  Consider helping others and make these to donate to a woman's shelter.

For the smaller dishcloth which is nearly 7” in diameter with out the scalloped edge:

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You will need:

2 balls of Sugar ‘n Cream in contrasting colors.

Size F crochet hook

Tapestry needle
Scissors
measuring tape

Begin with a magic circle / adjustable ring

Round 1: Chain 2, Work 11 DC into the ring. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of the Ch2. – total 12 stitches

Tighten up adjustable ring.

Round 2: Chain 2, work 1DC into same stitch. Work 2 DC into all other stitches. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 24 stitches.

Round 3:Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the following stitch. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 36 stitches.

Round 4: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the next two stitches. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 48 stitches.

Round 5: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the next three stitches. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 60stitches.

Round 6: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the next four stitches. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 72 stitches.

Round 7: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the next five stitches. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 84 stitches.

Switch colors.

Slip stitch new color onto circle. *Skip next stitch. 5DC into next stitch. Skip next stitch. 1 sc into next stitch.* Repeat from * to *. Work 1 sc on first slip stitch.

Sew in all tails.

HINT: If the circle is bending into a bowl shape, then your stitches may be too tight, Switch to a hook one size larger. Or loosen up the adjustable ring, you may have pulled it too tight.

If the circle is ruffling a bit along the edges, you can go down one hook size to tighten things up. As this is cotton yarn, some ruffles may be steam ironed flat at the end. Try adjusting your hook size first or titghten the adjustable ring.

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For the larger  dishcloth which is nearly 8” in diameter with out the scalloped edge:

 

You will need:

3 balls of Sugar ‘n Cream in contrasting colors.

Size F crochet hook

Tapestry needle
Scissors
measuring tape

Begin with a magic circle / adjustable ring

Round 1: Chain 2, Work 11 DC into the ring. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of the Ch2. – total 12 stitches

Tighten up  the adjustable ring.

Round 2: Chain 2, work 1DC into the same stitch. Work 2 DC into all other stitches. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 24 stitches.

Switch colors.

Round 3: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the following stitch. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 36 stitches.

Round 4: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the next two stitches. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 48 stitches.

Round 5: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the next three stitches. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 60stitches.

Round 6: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the next four stitches. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 72 stitches.

Round 7: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the next five stitches. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 84 stitches.

Switch colors.

Round 8: Chain 2, *Work 2 DC into next stitch and then 1 DC into the next six stitches. * Repeat from * to *. Slip stitch the last DC to the top of Ch2. – total 96 stitches.

Slip stitch new color onto the circle. *Skip next stitch. 5DC into next stitch. Skip next stitch. 1 sc into next stitch.* Repeat from * to *. Work 1 sc into first slip stitch.

Sew in all tails.

 

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Free Pattern : Crochet Christmas Coasters

  Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.--- Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.--- Norman Vincent Peale

There are only 177 days until Christmas.  After years of being the family scrooge, I've decided to follow in  my mother's footsteps.  She started preparing for Christmas in July.  This was partly due to nostalgia.  Christmas was her favorite holiday and the one with the happiest memories.  She also started in July as she owned a catering company and she was working 12/7 from the week before Thanksgiving until the week after New Year's.  She didn't have time to go shopping or prepare the homemade crafts in December, so she got started in July when her business was slower.  

Every year Christmas catches me off guard.  I never seem to have enough time to do all I want to do, so this year, I am getting a head start.  I thought you might like to as well.  The projects I will be rolling out over the next few months will be great for travel and will make good gifts.  Well, at least that is my intent. So let's get started with these quick to crochet coasters.  Each one takes about a half hour to complete.  

You will need:

1 ball of Sugar 'n Cream in Mistletoe and one in red (This will make 4 coasters.)
size H crochet hook
Tapestry needle
scissors

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Gauge:  3DC per inch and 2rows per inch

Round 1: Start with a sliding/magic loop.  Chain 3. Work 11 DC into the loop.  Attach the final DC to with a Sl st to the top of the CH#. Pull the tail of the loop tight to close up the circle.

Round 2: Chain 3.  Work 1DC into the same space.  Work 2DC into each stitch. Attach the final DC with a SL ST to the top of the CH3. Total 24sts

Round 3: Chain 3.  *Work 2DC into the next st and the 1DC into the next stitch.*  Proceed in this manner from * to * until you have completed the round.  Attach the final DC with a SL ST to the top of the CH3. Total 36sts.

Round 4: Chain 3.  *Work 2DC into the next st and the 1DC into the next 2 stitches.*  Proceed in this manner from * to * until you have completed the round.  Attach the final DC with a SL ST to the top of the CH3. Total 48sts.

Your Circle should have a diameter of about 5 inches. You may end your coaster here, but to add the picot trim continue with Round 5.

Round 5:  Change to the red.  Attach with a SL.   CH-1.  *Work 1SC into each of the next 3 sts. C-3, Sl ST into the 1st CH (makes 1 picot).*  Continue in this manner from  * to* until you complete the round. Finish by attaching SL ST to the original CH-1. Cut tail and pull it through.  Sew in all ends.  

These coasters are extra thick and absorbent.  I love them worked in cotton. Sure you could work them in work and felt them down, but you will need to adjust the number of rounds to accommodate the shrinkage.  Do a test first before committing.  

HINT #1:  If your circle is not staying flat and wants to curl up into a bowl.  Try going up a hook size to adjust the tension.  

Hint #2: If your circle is ruffling like a potato chip, then first try pulling the tail of the magic loop a bit tighter.  If that doesn't help, then go down a hook size to adjust your tension.

These make a  great hostess gift.  Make them a year round usable gift by working them in Brown with a yellow picot edge for a sunflower or work the rounds in a chartreuse green with hot pink or orange picot edge for a Gerber Daisy look.  

This post is from July 2016. I switched blogging platforms and migrated my most popular posts.   I lost all the comments in the process.  So if you've seen this pattern and made a comment in the past, I do apologize.  Leave me a new one!  As always, if you see an error or have a suggestion, let me know.

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