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Tag: 5mm hook
We are so excited to be kicking off the Friendship Blanket CAL today with the Friendship Square!
We have teamed up with no less than 29 of our designer friends to bring you this CAL. Each designer has designed at least 1 square that should be 9″ square and easily assembled to make this blanket. Of course, you can use the squares for whatever you desire. You can find out more about how this CAL works here.
The theme for the blanket is texture, and I hope you agree that this square certainly ticks that box!
Skill level – beginner
It is a simple square so is suitable for a beginner as long as you can sc. hdc and dc. If you are new to front and back posts we have a video tutorial to show you how to do this. By the time you have done a row you will be a pro at the post stitches!
Use it as a washcloth?
So you don’t want to make the blanket? That’s OK! Use this square as a washcloth or a dishcloth! There are other ideas of things that you can make with these squares which will be posted nearer the end of the CAL but I will link it here.
Don’t forget you can sign up for our Events and CALs emails and never miss a square or one of our events! Just click the button below
If you are making this as part of the CAL please use the code from our roundup post and if you have the code you can download it using the buttons below!
You can get a pdf version of this pattern in all of our shops:
Our shop here
Let’s get started!
- 100 yds #4 weight yarn of your choosing.
- 5.00mm hook
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Tapestry needle
8 sts and 7 rows = 2 inches
This is important if your square is to be 9″ If it works out slightly smaller you can always block it.
- sc – single crochet
- YO—yarn over
- FO—fasten off
- Sc – single crochet
- FPDC – front post double crochet
- BPDC – back post double crochet
- Fdc – foundation double crochet
- Written in US terms.
- Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
You can find our tutorial on the foundation stitches:
You can find the left handed version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqkTFzCja-A
I find this has a more aesthetically pleasing finish than the chain starts to projects, but it is not necessary to start this project!
YO and insert hook between the posts of the previous st and the one you want to work and bring the hook back to the front (between the posts of the stitch you want to work and the next st).The hook should not be positioned horizontally behind the dc that you are working. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on your hook, YO and draw the yarn through two loops on the hook, yo and draw yarn through the last two loops. Stitch is complete.
You can find our left handed YouTube video on this stitch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biHxNSKo5Vw&t=10s
YO and insert your hook from the back to the front between the posts of the first and the second dc on the row below, and then from the front to the back again between the posts of the second and the third stitches, The hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the dc that you are working. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on the hook, YO and draw through 2 loops on the hook, yo and draw through 2 loops on the hook. Stitch completed.
You can find our YouTube video tutorial on this stitch on our YouTube Chanel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTPKAPQblkE&t=51s
Row 1 – Fdc 35
Ch 37 dc in third ch from hook (ch3 counts as a st) and each ch across.
Row 2 – Ch1, turn, sc in the first st, *fpdc in the next st, bpdc in the next st * Rep from * to * until you reach the last st, sc in last st.
Rows 3-24 Repeat row 2 until square measures 9” in height.
FO and sew in ends if desired (depending on what you are using the square for!)
It really is that easy. And isn’t it an effective texture? I love it!!
Dont forget to share your Friendship blanket kinship square with us as you make them!
Iris Headband Crochet Pattern
For the summer months, we’ve designed the Iris Headband to add to your crochet pattern collection.
I really like how this headband isn’t too thick, yet it holds my hair out of the way. It’s classic design is made lacy and vintage looking by the pretty shell stitching.
Quick to work up, the Iris Headband crochet pattern requires scrap yarn, and so it’s the perfect scrap buster! Because you can make so many of these in short order, they would be a great product for a craft fair!
This pattern was borne out of necessity last year when I had my hysterectomy. I was in the hospital bed after the surgery and my hair was just all over the place.
My yarn and hooks were with me (of course!), so I started making myself a headband. So, in about 10 minutes, I had it done and took a quick picture for Helen. Helen sent back that we should make a pattern for it!
Anyway, it’s been sitting in our “ready to go” list for ages. Now we’re finally ready to introduce it to you.
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I had used Stylecraft yarn that Helen had sent me to try out, which I LOVE, by the way. Their yarn feels like an anti-pill yarn naturally, tho they do not advertise it that way.
There are no fancy tricks to making this pattern. No sewing needed. Just tuck in your ends when done!
You can easily change the sizing of this pattern to fit just about anyone (excluding small children), simply by chaining more or less chains for the ties at the end.
That’s it! It’s that simple!
Finished piece measures approx. 26”x 1.5”
You can find this pattern on all of our stores:
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Learn To Do The Floret Stitch
In our Stitch of the Week this week we have the perfect stitch for the colder weather setting in – the floret stitch.
Do you recognise the stitch?
We have used this stitch in a few of our designs so far (for example, the highland wrap and the men’s highland scarf). Its a warm cosy stitch with an easy two row repeat. The texture is created by using the varying heights of the double crochet and the slip stitch. If you have never tried this stitch before I would highly recommend adding it to your crochet arsenal!
For those of you new to our Stitch of the Week:
The cute free pattern that we have to go with the floret stitch Stitch of the Week is our Highland Ear Warmer. Ear warmers are great practical gifts and super stash busters! Just working a swatch to learn a new stitch can get boring. Lets face it, we want immediate gratification when we crochet, even if we are learning. You get so much more confidence and a sense of achievement when you actually create something usable – even if its just a dishcloth!
That is why we try to link each stitch of the week with a little free project. At this time of year the ear warmer is a great idea – its practical and is a great stocking filler for a loved one, or even fabulous to add to your donation box! My sister is a runner and so hats are most often not added to her running outfits – even in the cold you sweat. Ear warmers she loves! The ears are protected from our North Sea winds but its not overly warm because the top of the head is still exposed.
Let’s get started!
You can find the free ear warmer pattern in the usual places:
Follow our YouTube video for this project here.
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What you will need:
I made mine 4” tall and 18” circumference to fit a woman – direction is given on how to amend the size in the pattern.
You will need to know how to chain, turn, double crochet and slip stitch. And that is pretty much it!
Written instructions for the floret stitch:
The floret stitch is worked over a simple two row repeat.
Row 1 – ch3, dc in each stitch across
Row 2 – ch1, sk1, *dc in the next st, ss in the next st* around.
It really is that simple! You will need to turn your work at the beginning of each floret stitch row otherwise the texture will be on the inside of your ear warmer! The pattern tells you exactly when to do this.
Lets make the ear warmer!
For the women’s size, finished product is approximately 4’’ tall and 18’’ circumference to fit a head around 21-22 inches.
- dc–double crochet
- hdc—half double crochet
- ss–slip stitch
- Fhdc – foundation half double crochet
- FO – fasten off
NOTE: In order for the floret stitch to have good definition you do need to turn your work on each row as indicated.
Round 1— Either ch64 and hdc in third ch from hook, hdc in each ch across (62)
SS to join.
Round 2— Ch2 (counts as a st). Hdc third loop only in the next st and each st around. (62)
Round 3— Ch1, turn. Note, you will be working on the wrong side of your work
Sk first st, Dc into next st, *ss into next st, dc into next st* around.
SS to join
Round 4 – Turn your work (so you are working on the right side again.)
ch3 DC in each st around. SS to join.
Rounds 5-8 — Repeat rounds 3 and 4 twice more
Round 9 – Repeat round 3.
Round 10— Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next st and each st around (62)
Finally, Round 11 – Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc third loop only in each st around.
FO and weave in ends.
And VOILA! A really lovely stitch and ear warmer for you to gift this festive season, or just keep for yourself! You can embellish it any way you like – nip the ear warmer in half between the top and bottom and sew, add buttons or crochet flowers to it for that extra pizazz.
How will you embellish yours? Do share your projects with us on our Facebook group page!
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