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How To Crochet The Tunisian Smock Stitch

How To Crochet The Tunisian Smock Stitch

Welcome back to another Tunisian Stitch tutorial: the Tunisian Smock Stitch.  This is a super gorgeous stitch that looks a bit like lattice-work.  In fact, I’m pretty sure that it’s also known as the Lattice Stitch. To work the Smock Stitch, you will need to 

Elegant Hairscarf

Elegant Hairscarf

Something came over me one day and I just had to design an elegant headscarf. I know! It’s not my usual kind of design. When I think of head scarves I think of the 1950’s and old movies with (not so fast) open top cars, 

Picot Fan Wrap Crochet Pattern

Picot Fan Wrap Crochet Pattern

Picot Fan Wrap Pin

Our latest shawl crochet pattern is here: the Picot Fan Wrap!  As the name implies, we used picot stitches and “fans” (shells with spacing) to get the look.  I love this wrap because it is so very pretty and lacy yet it was actually pretty warm against the chill air in Kansas when I took it outside to take pictures!

I love the idea of wrapping up in this by the fireplace or even outside around a bonfire!  The best part about this pattern is that it doubles as a Super Scarf!

picot fan wrap
Worn as a Super Scarf

Picot Fan Wrap



I really like a pattern that is versatile like this.  Which is why the Paige Mod Scarf is one of my favorites, too.  They can be worn in so many ways!



What I Used

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I used Lion Brand’s Mandala yarn in Pixie (shown in the pictures) to make this wrap.  I used 2 cakes, which was around 1000 yards of DK/Light weight #3 yarn.  And of course, I also used my Furls Streamline Galaxy 4mm hook.

You will also need scissors, tapestry needle, and you might want some stitch markers to mark the first and last stitches to make sure your edges are straight.

I personally really love Mandala yarn however, this would look equally as gorgeous in a single color of light weight yarn.  Maybe one with sparkles?



Gauge Needed

To get the gauge, I worked up a 4″ x 4″ swatch of double crochets.  I came up with 15 double crochets in 8 rows to get the 4″ square measurement.  To get this gauge, either work 15 foundation double crochets (we have a video here) or chain up 14+3 (17), and double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook–your 3 skipped chains will count as a double crochet.

Continue working double crochet rows until you reach 8 rows and measure your square.  If you are at or near 4″, then you’re spot on!  If you’re a little small, go up a hook size–4.5mm or 5mm–or tighten your tension a bit with the 4mm.  If you’re too big, go down a hook size–3.75mm or 3.5mm–or loosen your tension a bit with the 4mm.


The sizing for this amazing wrap is 75″ long by 28″ high.  This is the standard sizing for a rectangle shawl, and not far off for a super scarf.  You can make this narrower or longer if you like.  Even wider or shorter!

Special Stitches Used

The only special stitch I used for this was the Picot.  To work a Picot,  [dc in next dc, ch3, insert hook down through top of dc just made, slip stitch to close]. In other words…
Step 1: DC in next stitch
Step 2: Ch3 (figure 1)
For Step 3: Insert hook down through top of dc just made and finish a slip stitch to close (figures 2-4)

picot stitch how to
Figure 1: Chain 3
picot stitch how to
Figure 2 Insert into top of DC
picot stitch how to
Figure 3 (different angle of figure 2)
picot stitch how to
Figure 4 Completed Picot





Ch(s) – chain(s)

Ss – slip stitch

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Sk – skip

Rep – Repeat

FO—fasten off

Sc – single crochet

DC—Double Crochet

Picot Fan Wrap Pattern

Row 1— Ch290. Sc 2nd ch from hook, *ch5, sk 3ch, sc in next ch; rep from * to end, turn. (72 ch-5 spaces)

Row 2— Ch5 (counts as dc and ch2), *sc in next ch5 arch, 8dc in next arch, sc in next arch, ch5; rep from * to last arch, sc in last arch, ch2, dc in last sc, turn. (24
shells, 23 ch-5 spaces)

For Row 3— Ch1, sc in first st, sk [ch2, sc], *make a Picot by working [dc in next dc, ch3, insert hook down through top of dc just made, ss to close] 7 times, dc in next dc, sc in next arch; rep from * to end, turn. (24 Picot fans, 25 sc)



Row 4— Ch8 (counts as dc and 1 ch-5 arch), sk next 2 Picots, *sc in next Picot, ch5, sk 1 Picot, sc in next Picot, ch5 sk 2 Picots, dc in next sc**, ch5, sk 2 Picots; rep from * ending last rep at **, turn. (72 Ch5 spaces)

Row 5— Ch5 (counts as dc and ch2), *sc in next ch5 arch, 8dc in next arch, sc in next arch, ch5; rep from * to last arch, sc in last arch, ch2, dc in 3rd ch of ch-8, turn. (24 shells, 23 ch-5 spaces)

Rows 6-40— Repeat rows 3-5 until wrap measures about 28” high, blocked. I got 40 rows. FO, weave in ends.

Video Tutorial for Picot Fan Stitch

Here’s a quick video on the basics of the stitches needed for this pattern:

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How To Do The Single Crochet Join Method

How To Do The Single Crochet Join Method

How to do the Single Crochet Join Method Today we’re going to learn how to do the single crochet join method.  In a previous “how-to” post, I showed you how to do the slip stitch join method. The single crochet join method is very similar 

How To Crochet the Slip Stitch Join

How To Crochet the Slip Stitch Join

How To Crochet The Slip Stitch Join Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet the slip stitch join? There are many ways to join crochet projects.  Join-as-you-go (JAYG) is probably the most popular one, but also one of the hardest to understand at 

Hooking With… Sweet Potato 3

Hooking With… Sweet Potato 3

Welcome back to Hooking With…
Sweet potato 3

In this week’s Hooking With, we interviewed Christine Naugle of Sweet Potato 3.  Helen and I have had the pleasure of working with Christine in the recent past, for a Crochet Cancer Challenge, when we featured our Samantha’s Hope Beanie.  

We really enjoyed getting to know Christine!  Here’s her Hooking With interview, below:


Hey everyone, Christine, here!  I am the designer behind Sweet Potato 3 crochet patterns.

Everyone has their own story about learning to crochet and each one makes it a fun and meaningful craft.  For me, the love was passed down from my Great Grandmother.  She was amazing and I will never forget how her hands would work with the yarn and thread to create amazing pieces of art that are still treasured by all those that were fortunate enough to receive one of her masterpieces.

I began designing my own patterns in 2011 and haven’t looked back and I keep plugging along whenever I can work in a few minutes from my “real” job.  I am fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom and have 3 energetic, busy, fun and loving kids and a supportive husband that I cherish.  They are my pride and joy and will always be my top priority in life.

Here are a few other tidbits about me:

1. I grew up on a potato farm in Easter Idaho and currently live in the largest city in Idaho.

2. I have my bachelors degree in Social Science and Public Affairs.

3. Before being a stay-at-home mom I was a manager in the corporate world.

4. I have received multiple awards for providing customer service, including a trip to company headquarters to snooze with CEO’s.

5. My family spends the weekends camping, hiking, white water rafting, kayaking, or downhill skiing.

6. I transport and cheer on my kids at baseball/softball games, orchestra/band/piano concerts and track meets, girls count events, golf tournaments, ski races, and the list goes on!

7. I love crocheting, but what I love most, is designing.

Here’s my answers to the Hooking With interview questions:

Q: When did you start designing?

A: my first pattern was released in 2012, but I started officially designing as a business in 2013.

Q: Do you have a blog? If so, when did you start that up?

A: My blog, Sweet Potato 3, began in 2014.

Q: What were your initial plans with your blog and designs?

A: I initially started designing newborn photography props and children’s hats, this was the stage of life I was in with my own family so it was a natural beginning.

Q: How have your designs and designing process evolved?

A: As my children have grown, my designs have grown as well.  I focus a little bit on everything.  I feel like I design for the “crochet patterns for lovers of all-the-things!”

Q: What designs do you specialize in?

A: Lately, I feel like my focus has been on hats, blankets, scarves, wraps, and such.

Q: Do you have a favorite few stitches you like to use or do you always try to do new ones?

A: I love texture, so you will usually find some new stitch or tutorial for something unique in most of my pattern releases.

Q: When you come up with an idea, does it come first from yarn you have or do you find yarn to fit the ideas?

A: I generally find yarn that fits my idea.  I have so many ideas in my mind and when I see a new yarn released, I am excited because I know it will work for a specific design.

Q: When did you start crocheting?

A: I am not sure how old I was when I learned to crochet, I believe I was in later elementary or early junior high.  The love of crochet was passed down to me from my Great Grandmother.  She was amazing and I will never forget how her hands would work with the yarn and thread to create masterpieces that were treasured by her family that received them.

Q: What made you decide to become a designer?

A: I had a photographer request a soccer ball hat and couldn’t find a design I liked.  So I sat down and figured out a crochet pattern, it turned out super cute.  When the photographer shared her image, I received so many requests about where I found the pattern.  I decided to write it up and received amazing feedback so I decided this was the direction I would take my business.

Q: Are there any patterns not your own that you just love?

A: I love Briana K designs, her unique style and love of what she does shows through in everything she releases (plus she’s super sweet and nice and from my home state of Idaho).  I think my favorite of hers is the Gaudi Sidewalk Blanket, it is a true masterpiece.

Q: Who/what inspired you?  Does this still inspire you?  Why?

A: Nature inspires me a lot, the colors and textures in nature gives me many of my ideas.  My children inspire me as well with their loving and caring personalities.  And of course, my Crochet & Conversations group on facebook inspires me a ton, they let me know what they love and what they struggle with, what they wish they could do better or what they would like to learn.

Q: Of your patterns, which is your favorite and why?

A: The Deerly Beloved Blanket.  This pattern was designed in a short timeframe and I worked really hard to meet a deadline.  When a group of designers saw the photos, the reaction was overwhelming.  It made me realize that I can do this, I can design and people will like what I come up with.  The Deerly Beloved Blanket has been a top seller for over 3 years and I am really proud of it.

Q: Are there any crochet techniques/stitches you wish to learn this year?

A: Funny you ask, I am organizing designers that have skills that I do not have, to come and talk to my facebook group this year to help us ALL learn and broaden our crochet skills.  The few of the topics that will be covered are:  Tunisian crochet, crochet garments, crocheting jewelry, Amigurumi tips, hairpin lace and broomstick lace, and planned pooling. So the list is long!

Q: What are your biggest crochet challenges and how do you plan on overcoming that?

A: My biggest challenge is finding the time to crochet.  Raising 3 kids who are all really involved in extra curricular activities makes my time limited.  But, this year I have invested in a great planner and am working hard to schedule my time well and be as productive as I can be.  When Momma is happy (AKA crocheting), everyone is happy!

Q: Have you ever lost your “crojo” and how did you overcome that?

A: I think everyone loses their crojo occasionally, especially when it is your “job”.  But, all I have to do is sit down and do some computer work and within about 5 minutes, I am longing for my yarn and hook again.

Q: What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?

A: 1. Enjoy your time crocheting, if you aren’t enjoying a project, set it down but make sure to come back to it within a week or it will never get done.  2. Mix in a small project between big ones.  Finishing a project will encourage you to get back to the big ones.  3.  Crochet for Charity.  Find something that allows you to crochet and give back, it is the most rewarding thing you can make.  If you need some inspiration, check into the Crochet Cancer Challenge I host every October—it really is the most rewarding month and everyone’s hard work inspires me to do more.

Wrap up

Christine, thank you so much for doing this interview!  It was a pleasure getting to know you a little more.

Christine has provided a video tutorial for How To Make a Twist Headband.

Sweet Potato 3 has provided a 30% off discount in their Etsy and Ravelry shops with code “Sunflower” through the end of February (2/29/20)



We have so many wonderful designers lined up so stay tuned as we will feature two each month!

Thank you for joining us on Hooking With!

More Hooking With Interviews:

Hooking With Crochetpreneur

Hooking With Fosbas Designs

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 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 

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.  However, 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!

Also be sure to check out the YouTube video below.

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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.


Crochet Phone Case Pattern

Crochet Phone Case Pattern

Crochet Cell 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