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Crochet Pattern for 4th of July

Crochet Pattern for 4th of July

Crochet 4th of July Garland or Bunting Pattern Tutorial I want to share with you a crochet pattern that we released last year at this time that had rave reviews from our testers.  The 4th of July Bunting.  When I created this pattern, I had…

Woven Stitch Bookmark Crochet Pattern

Woven Stitch Bookmark Crochet Pattern

Learn to crochet the Woven Stitch with our Bookmark pattern! This week we are learning the Woven Stitch a little differently than normal—we’re using our Bookmark pattern!  You’ll learn how to crochet this stitch along with a free pattern. I like this stitch because it…

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern

crayon pencil case crochet pattern

I was thinking about what would make a good back-to-school themed pattern when this idea just popped into my head.  I quickly checked Pinterest to make sure no one had done a crayon shaped and colored pencil case.  Not finding anything,  I then set out to start crocheting it.  As I went along (it was just crocheting itself, basically), I wrote down very basic notes, such as “Row 3–sc –>”, and so on.  Poor Helen…. She had to decipher my notes rather than using an actual pattern!

I really loved how the use of different shades of the same color made this work out so well, with the perfect placement of black lines to make it look just like a crayon!

About the Pattern:

I knew that anything crocheted might have some holes in it so I designed this to be lined and have a zipper installed as well.  You can use craft felt or any fabric you have on hand.  I also recommend hand sewing rather than trying to push all that through your sewing machine however, I have put my little Brother sewing machine through the test and I did break one needle but the machine still works!

I personally loved how it came out and would use this for more than a pencil case.  Hook case, make up bag, just about anything!

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Materials:

Abbreviations:

Ch—Chain

SC –single crochet

St(s)—Stitch(es)

Sk – skip

BLO – Back loop only

SS – slip stitch

Sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a1irlGWy04

Rep—Repeat

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

FO – fasten off

Links:

You can find this pattern in all of the usual places:

Our Shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

From 8th – 14th June 2020 you can get the pdf for this pattern for free as part of the Summer Stitch Along event. Get yours by clicking on the button below and using the coupon code from our roundup post.

 

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Spider Stitch Crochet Tutorial

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Learn how to crochet the Spider Stitch with this tutorial! Welcome back to another crochet tutorial with Stitch of the Week; this week it’s the Spider Stitch.  Just in time for Halloween, too!  Though I have to admit, I dislike spiders and that’s putting it…

Wattle Stitch Handbag Free Crochet Pattern

Wattle Stitch Handbag Free Crochet Pattern

Our Pattern of the week, featuring the Wattle Stitch–free crochet pattern–Wattle Stitch Handbag Along with our Stitch of the Week, we’re including a Pattern of the Week that goes with the corresponding stitch of the week.  This week, it’s the Wattle Stitch and this is…

Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Stitch of the Week: Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

wattle Stitch tutorial

This week’s Stitch of the Week tutorial is on the Wattle Stitch.

I feel that this stitch is super easy but creates a very nice texture, especially when more than one color is used.

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You ready to learn this stitch?

Materials:

You will need a few things to get started, as per usual.

  • Yarn—I used Red Heart Super Saver, as I usually do for these Stitch of the Week tutorials. White and Cherry Red are the colors in the picture above.
  • 5mm hook. You can use any hook that the yarn you’re using recommends.
  • Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

Ch(s)—chain(s)

St(s)—stitch(es)

YO—yarn over

FO—fasten off

Rep—repeat

DC—double crochet

SC—single crochet

Notes:

The wattle stitch is another paired stitch, combining a single crochet and double crochet which are linked by a chain 1 between them.  Being paired means they are worked into the same stitch.

The foundation row is always the hardest row as you’re working into a little chain, but afterwards, it is quite quick to work up.  Just be sure to check and make sure you have the correct number of groups of stitches at the end of each row and that you do not miss working into the turning chain.

I also feel that this is a great stitch for cotton project such as kitchen and bath as well as purses and bags.  Be sure to check for the Stitch of the Week pattern using the Wattle Stitch, which launches right after this post the following day.

Multiple:

The multiple for this stitch is 3sts + 2, plus 1 for the foundation chain.  Basically, 3 sts plus 3 for the turning chain.

Wattle Stitch Tutorial:

Let’s get down to it:

Step 1: (row 1) Skip 2ch (counts as 1sc).

Step 2: (row 1 cont.) *[1sc, ch1, 1dc] in next ch, skip 2ch; rep from * to last ch, turn.

Step 3: (row 2) Ch1 (counts as a sc), skip first sc and next dc, *[sc, ch1, dc] into the next ch sp, skip next sc and next dc; rep from * to last ch sp, [sc, ch1, dc] in turning chain, turn.

Another way to explain it is to put [sc, ch1, dc] into each ch1 space across the row, being sure to put that same combo into the turning chain.

Step 4: Repeat step 3, which is the repeat for each row onward.

Links:

Don’t forget to check out the YouTube Video of this stitch for even more help with learning how to do this.  You can also download a copy of this post on our Stitch of the Week section of the site to keep a copy for yourself!

Please be sure to like the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel, this helps us out a lot!  If you can, we’d also love you to leave a comment on this blog post to let us know what you think of this stitch and of Stitch of the Week in general!

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As always, thank you for joining us in our crochet journey!

Up and Down (Houndstooth) Crochet Tutorial

Up and Down (Houndstooth) Crochet Tutorial

Stitch of the Week #7: Up and Down (Houndstooth) Stitch Tutorial Welcome back to Stitch of the Week!  This week’s stitch is the Up and Down stitch.  This stitch is more often referred to as the “Houndstooth” stitch.  It really does end up looking like…

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…

Crochet Granny Square Tutorial

Crochet Granny Square Tutorial

Crochet Granny square tutorial–the right way

crochet granny square tutorial

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 rest of the blanket, but off center?

Are you looking to learn how to do the traditional granny square for the first time?

I have a great tutorial for you then, and it covers both new learners and those that want to learn something new.

Several years ago, when I had picked up the crochet hook again after a long break, I (like most people) started out with the granny square.  I decided I wanted to make a blanket with one and started right away.

When I was on about round 30, I spread the blanket on the bed and looked at it and then I saw it…

The center was no longer in-line with the rest of the blanket!!

I thought I had done something wrong but I could see that I hadn’t.  Then why was the center….off center?

Apparently, when you work a traditional granny square and slip stitch to the next corner to the left, it makes the center start to turn.

I didn’t like this and besides, the giant granny is just a huge square and not suitable for a blanket or bed cover.  It still sits mostly done in my craft room to this day…

So what’s the fix?

There is a way to work a traditional granny square and not have the center move on you, as well as having only one slip stitch instead of 2 or 3.

Let’s take a look in the tutorial below. As a side note, this post includes affiliate links at no extra cost to you.

What you need:

  1. Yarn (of course)
  2. Hook
  3. Scissors
  4. Stitch Marker (optional)
  5. Yarn Needle (large eye blunt needle)

To start:

There are two ways to start working in the round:

  1. Magic Ring (magic circle) video here
  2. Chain 4, join to first chain made with a slip stitch, and put your stitches in that tiny hole

I personally prefer the magic ring/circle.  I will explain both methods, you pick what works for you best.

Abbreviations:

Ch(s)–Chain(s)

Ss—slip stitch

St(s)–stitch(es)

DC—double crochet

Sk—skip

MR—magic ring

Chain 4 Method

To make a ring to work your stitches into–

  1. Ch4
  2. Ss to first ch made
  3. Ch3



Magic Ring Method

This is easier to see done than explain but I will certainly try–

  1. Using your index finger and your middle finger of your left hand (if you’re right handed), hold them together undersides facing up.
  2. Lay the yarn across the two fingers and hold in place with your thumb.
  3. Take the working yarn (the part coming from the ball/skein/cake) and wrap it around those two fingers


4. When you come back around to the starting point, cross the yarn

5. Wrap the yarn once more around your fingers, stopping at the side of your middle finger.

6. Hold the yarn in place with your ring finger pressed up against your middle finger.


7. Insert your hook under the first loop

8. Grab the second loop and pull it through

9. Twist the loop

10. Chain 3


Yes, 10 steps.  I know it seems lengthy and difficult to understand, especially written form, which is why I have the video for you, here.

Now that you have your circle to work into, make sure you have a chain 3 to start out with

The chain 3 counts as a DC here and throughout the tutorial.

To get the center worked:

  1. 2dc, ch2
  2. 3dc, ch2
  3. 3dc, ch2
  4. 3dc, ch2
  5. Pull the ring closed if you did the MR method. Join to the ch3 at the start of the round with a ss

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You should now have 4 3dc clusters and 4 ch2 spaces.

Round 2

To work round two, we’re going to simply create 4 more corners, but they will be expanded by an extra cluster in each one.

  1. Ch1, turn your work. Ss to the ch2 sp right next to you.
  2. Ch3, 2dc in that ch2 sp (we will come back to this, don’t worry)
  3. Skip to the next ch2 sp—do not ch1 to get there, just jump right over to it. This helps to keep the square from being loosey goosey and gap-y.
  4. [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in the ch2 sp
  5. Jump over to the next ch2 sp
  6. [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in the ch2 sp
  7. Jump to the next ch2 sp
  8. [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in the ch2 sp
  9. Jump to the starting ch2 sp
  10. [3dc, ch2] in that same ch2
  11. Ss to the top of the ch3 of the round.


 

Your work has how grown and you will notice that there is a space between the corners.  We will need to work into those spaces.  As you also noticed, we start a corner at the beginning of the round but do not finish it until we come back around to join.

All of this helps to keep the center in place.

Round 3

Just like before…

  1. Ch1, turn your work. Ss to the ch2 sp right next to you.
  2. Ch3, 2dc in that ch2 sp
  3. Sk to the next space along the side edge
  4. 3dc in that side edge sp
  5. Jump to the next corner ch2 sp
  6. [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in that ch2 sp
  7. Jump to the next sp along the straight edge
  8. 3dc in that sp
  9. Jump to the next corner ch2 sp
  10. [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in that ch2 sp
  11. Jump to the next sp along the straight edge
  12. 3dc in that sp
  13. Jump to the next corner ch2 sp
  14. [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in that ch2 sp
  15. Jump to the last sp on the straight edge
  16. 3dc in that sp
  17. Jump to the starting corner to finish it
  18. [3dc, ch2} in that same sp
  19. Ss to the top of the ch3 of the round


Round 4

Traditionally, granny squares are a mere 4 rounds long however, some people like to make them 5 rounds.  If this is the case for you, simply carry on after round 4 as you have been, increasing the 3dc clusters along the straight edges each round by one cluster per side.  You will see how many you need as you need to put a 3dc cluster into each open space until you reach the corner.

  1. Ch1, turn. Ss to the ch2 sp right next to you.
  2. Ch3, 2dc.
  3. Jump to the first sp along the side
  4. 3dc in that sp
  5. Jump to the next sp along that same side
  6. 3dc in that sp
  7. Jump to the corner
  8. [3dc, ch2, 3dc} in the ch2 sp at the corner
  9. Jump to the next sp along the side
  10. 3dc in that sp
  11. Jump to the next sp along that side
  12. 3dc in that sp
  13. Jump to the next corner
  14. [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in the ch2 sp at the corner

Continue in this method until you have reached the final corner where you started the round.  Finish by doing 3dc, ch2 and ss to the top of the ch3 of the round.

Now you can fasten off.

To change colors

Changing colors in a granny square is quite easy.  You would simply fasten off after you ss to the top of the ch3 for whichever round you want to finish your currently color with.

Cut the yarn and attach new yarn (however you like to attach new yarn) to that same corner you fastened off at.

Trap the tails under your stitches by doing your ch3, 2dc right over the tails, then drop the tails and continue on around as normal.

You can change colors every round, every 3 rounds, however you like.

That’s it for today’s tutorial, please watch the YouTube video on how to do this and be sure to like the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel.  Hit the little bell icon if you would like to be notified when we upload a new video.

Next tutorial:

Next tutorial is on the solid granny square, so don’t miss out!  Be sure to check out our pattern tutorials as well and keep checking back because we’re always uploading new stuff!

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Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern

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