Month: July 2019

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Learn How To Crochet The Solid Granny Square in this Tutorial Welcome back to the Tutorial of the Week!  Last week we covered the traditional granny square.  This week, we’re covering the solid granny square. Why Solid? Most people are content with the traditional granny […]

DIY Crochet Hook Handles

DIY Crochet Hook Handles

Polymer Clay DIY Crochet Hook Handles Tutorial We all have those plain metal, boring and VERY uncomfortable to use hooks from when we first started crocheting.  Like this one: Sara asked me to test a pattern with a 3.5mm hook. My smallest comfy grip is […]

Extended Half Double Crochet Stitch

Extended Half Double Crochet Stitch

Stitch of the Week #7: Extended Half-Double Crochet

exhdc crochet tutorial

This week’s stitch of the week is the Extended Half-Double Crochet (exhdc).

This stitch makes a comfy looking fabric, ideal for blankets, scarves, cowls, and hats.  It also works up in any type of yarn weight and color.

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You will need any yarn weight and color, I used Red Heart Super Saver in white and Turqua

5mm crochet hook (what the yarn label recommended)

Needle (for weaving in ends)




Exhdc—extended half-double crochet

Yo—Yarn over

The Stitch:

To work the stitch, you will need to:

  1. Yo, insert hook into stitch instructed, pull up a loop
  2. Yo, pull thru 1 loop
  3. Yo, pull thru 3 loops

To make a swatch, follow the instructions below:

The multiple for this stitch is any number plus 2

To make the swatch, I did a chain of 22.  Do this to follow along in the instructions below:


  1. Yo, exhdc in 3rd ch from the hook, exhdc to end.


  1. Ch3, turn, (counts as a st), exhdc in the next st (not the first one below the ch3), exhdc to end, placing exhdc in the turning chain.

The repeat for this pattern is row 2.  Do this for as big as you want the swatch or project to be.


This creates a lightweight fabric with a little drape.  It looks best, in my opinion, with alternating a couple of colors.

To watch a video tutorial of this stitch, head on over to our YouTube Channel.  Be sure to subscribe to the channel and like the video!

Also be sure to check out our other tutorials and stitches of the week as we have a growing list!

Crochet Granny Square Tutorial

Crochet Granny Square Tutorial

Crochet Granny square tutorial–the right way Welcome to our first in the Crochet Techniques series, the Granny Square Tutorial. Have you ever worked up a large granny square blanket only to realize several rounds later that the middle is no longer in line with the […]

Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern

Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern

Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern. Our Pattern of the week featuring the Alternate Stitch We’ve got a great mug cozy crochet pattern for you this week that uses the Stitch of the Week: Alternate Stitch. As you can see in the picture, it’s a nice and […]

Stitch of the Week: Alternate Stitch

Stitch of the Week: Alternate Stitch

Welcome back to stitch of the week: Alternate Stitch

alternate stitch crochet tutorial

Welcome back!  This week’s Stitch of the Week is the Alternate Stitch.

This stitch is worked by putting 2 single crochets in one stitch.  But there’s a way to keep the stitch count.

Different from the previous stitches, the fabric created with the alternate stitch is really quite thin.  The past several stitches we have introduced have been fairly thick and squishy.

The alternate stitch is much thinner yet has little drape.  I do not recommend this for garments other than gloves or scarves.  I do like it for cotton yarn kitchen and bath projects.

Grab your yarn and any hook to get started with this tutorial

To get started, note that the starting chain is a multiple of any odd number.




Sc–single crochet




For swatch size:

  1. Ch21, 2sc in 3rd ch from hook.
  2. Sk 1 st, 2sc in next st
  3. repeat step 2 to the end of the chain.
  4. ch2, turn
  5. sk the first st, 2sc in next st
  6. sk the next st, 2sc in the next st.
  7. repeat this pattern to the end.

Notes on stitch pattern

The repeat for this stitch pattern is achieved early on, in the very first row along the chain.

It’s interesting how something so simple can make something very pretty and unique.

Be sure to check out the pattern we have uploaded to our blog and our Ravelry and LoveCrafts stores using this stitch.  We do this to get you started!

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Thank you for joining us today for this tutorial.  Be sure to check back often for lots more tutorials, techniques, patterns, DIY, and more.

First Place Win With Our Pattern!

First Place Win With Our Pattern!

Our Farmhouse Dishcloth pattern was used to get a 1st place win at a county fair! When we released the free crochet farmhouse dishcloth pattern, we didn’t expect anyone to use it as an entry to a local fair.  Much less win–and win FIRST PLACE! […]

Market Bag Crochet Pattern

Market Bag Crochet Pattern

Wenona Market Bag Crochet Pattern I am in love with crochet market bag patterns!  These market bags are eco-friendly and easy to clean when using cotton yarn (which I strongly recommend).  As a side note, this post may contain affiliate links, at no extra cost […]

Crochet Phone Case Pattern

Crochet Phone Case Pattern

crochet phone case patter

Crochet Phone Case Pattern using the paired half-double crochet stitch

When we started the stitch of the week the plan quickly became to get you guys a little pattern that goes with each stitch allowing you to practice it and actually make something at the same time

I mean, who just wants to make swatches?

Sometimes at Sunflower headquarters we look at a stitch swatch and think ‘That would make a great…..’ and the pattern just comes to you so vividly and quickly its awesome. Other times you look, and look, and look.

Or you come up with the same kind of thing that you have already done recently. We want to make learning new stitches more fun than that and mix it up a little.

So, for the paired half double crochet we looked at the swatch and thought that it would be perfect for a mobile phone case

You get ready to go out, make sure your keys, purse and other important items are in your handbag (tissues, gloves, umbrella just in case the wind changes and blows those thick clouds back our way…)

And then you throw in your phone, the one thing in your purse that contains everything you need to survive in the modern world – the facebook and pinterest apps, online banking app, the controls to your central heating system at home and the ability to see and talk to your pooches (who are at home doing their thing) wherever you happen to be that day….

You get the picture.

A phone case isn’t just a practical necessity, it can also look pretty and reflect your personality too

We have two options for you within this pattern.

The first is the pink case – very feminine. I had the button at home that a pen friend sent me from America. I loved the bling of it but could never find the right thing to put it on. A phone case seemed to fit the bill as it is something that will be used every day, so I get to look at the pretty sparkles whenever I like.

The multi coloured case is much sassier and definitely would not get lost amongst all the clutter we tend to keep in our handbags.

So which one are you?

For either case you will need:

Gauge is not important.



Hdc – half double crochet

FHDC – Foundation half double crochet

Phdc – paired half double crochet


SS – slip stitch


*to*–Repeat the instructions written between the two *

FO – fasten off

Note: ch1 does not count as a stitch unless specifically stated.

Special Stitches:

Phdc – you can find our video tutorial on this at

Ch 1, In the first stitch HDC, *yo pull hook into the stitch that you have just worked, yo pull through, yo and pull through all 4 stitches on hook.* Rep from * to * across.



Pattern for the pink case:

pink cell phone case crochet pattern

Row 1:

Fhdc as many as required to get the width of the phone plus 2 extra. I did 16


Ch as many required plus 1 and in second chain from hook HDC in each chain across

Rows 2-37 – ch1, turn,  Hdc in first stitch, Phdc in each stitch across (see special stitches

Repeat row 2 as many times as is required to get twice the length of the mobile phone plus an additional 1 row.

Row 38 – ch1, turn. Hdc in each st across.

Row 39 – turn, ss in each stitch across until you get to the middle one, Ch several times to create the loop that will fasten to the button. I chained 18 as I used quite a large button. I wanted it to be a focal point for the case as it was so pretty!

SS into the same st from the previous row (the one that you started your chain with) and continue to ss in each st across.

FO, leave long tail for sewing the sides of the case together.

pink phone case crochet pattern

Fold case in half. I left a few rows at the top so that I got a little flap on mine, but you don’t have to (see picture below)

phone case crochet pattern

Sew or ss down each side

Attach your button and you are done!

Download the free PDF version here

For the multi-coloured phone case:

cell phone case crochet patter

Row 1: FHDC 16 (or as wide as phone plus 2)

Rows 2- 40 : ch1, turn, hdc in first st, phdc across.

Note – I changed colour after 24 rows

Row 41 – ch1, turn, Hdc in first st, phdc in next 6 sts, ch2, sk2 (this will create the button hole), hdc in next st, phdc across

Row 42: ch1, turn, hdc in each st across including 2hdc in the ch2 sp.

Fasten off

Fold the bottom section so that it will nestle approximately ¾ of the phone and sew the sides together.

Sew in ends

Add button where desired.

Et viola!

An easy peasy phone case (or handy hook case!) using our stitch of the week.

Download the free PDF version here

Stitch of the Week: Staggered Double Crochet Pairs

Stitch of the Week: Staggered Double Crochet Pairs

Welcome back to stitch of the week. #4 in the series is the Staggered DC Pairs.  It looks like a V stitch but that’s just your eyes playing tricks on you!  It’s actually an upside-down V shape, completed by doing a double crochet two together […]