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Spider Stitch Coaster Free Crochet Pattern

Spider Stitch Coaster Free Crochet Pattern

Jorja Spider Coaster Free Crochet Pattern Welcome to Pattern of the Week!  This week’s Stitch of the Week is the spider stitch and we fixed up this pattern for you to use that stitch with!  Quick and easy, makes a great gift or even a […]

Spider Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Spider Stitch Crochet Tutorial

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

free crochet pattern for 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 the handbag pattern to go with it!

We like to include these as a free pattern to you, so that you have something to make with that new stitch you just learned.  

These patterns are also usually small and do not require a lot of yarn or time to do.  We hope you enjoy this pattern and the Wattle stitch as much as we do!

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Materials:

Sizing:

My bag was 7 inches x 8 inches

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • dc–double crochet
  • sc–single crochet
  • ss–slip stitch
  • sk—skip
  • FSC – foundation single crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Ch1 does not count as a stitch

Special Stitches:

WATTLE STITCH–

The wattle stitch consists of a [sc, ch1 and a dc] all into the ch1 spaces of the previous row.

We have a how to video on our YouTube channel that will show you exactly how to do this stitch. You can find it here

FOUNDATION SINGLE CROCHET–

This is a really nice alternative to using a chain to start and, in my opinion, will give a much better finish on the vast majority of projects.

You can find a good tutorial on how to do this here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuFVhhE37Os

Pattern:

Row 1— FSC 36.

Working along the bottom of the fsc row you have just created sc across 36 stitches and ss to the first fsc you made.

Row 2— Ch1, sc around, ss to join (72 stitches)

Row 3— Repeat row 2

Row 4— Ch1, *[sc, ch1, 1dc] in the same st, sk2* rep between * and * around, ss to first sc

Row 5— Turn, ss Into the next ch1 sp, *[sc, ch1, 1dc] in the same st, sk2* rep between * and * around, ss to first sc

Rows 6-19— Repeat row 5

Rows 20-22— Ch1, sc In each st around, ss to join (72 stitches)

Row 23— Note: this Is where you create the handles

Ch1, sc In next 10 stitches, ch15, sk15, sc In next 22 stitches, ch15, sk15, sc In last 10 stitches. SS to join

Row 24— Ch1, sc in each st around and 15sc in each ch15 space. SS to join.If you find that your starting stitch has moved around whilst you have been working – It happens to a lot of people! – then lay your work flat before doing this row, work out where the middle 15 stitches are on both sides of the bag and use stitch markers to denote the first and last. SC around to the first stitch marker, ch15, sc from second stitch marker to the third marker, ch15 and sc from the fourth marker to the beginning of the row. ss to join.

FO, weave in ends.  Embellish as you please 🙂

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Stitch of the Week

Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Stitch of the Week: Wattle Stitch Crochet 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. This post contains […]

Up and Down Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Up and Down Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Stitch of the Week #7: Up and Down Stitch Tutorial Welcome back to Stitch of the Week!  This week’s stitch is the Up and Down stitch. This stitch is best worked in light or neutral colors so you can see the texture better.  It’s also […]

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Learn How To Crochet The Solid Granny Square in this Tutorial

crochet solid granny square 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 square.  It’s recognizable right off, even by beginners.  But what if you don’t want the gaps?  What if you’d like a more solid look, but the freedom that granny squares give you when creating your masterpiece?

I think that granny squares in general do give a certain amount of freedom—you can make them any color or multiple colors that you want.  Mix and match, create a design by arranging the granny squares in a certain way (pixel crochet), and so on.

The solid granny square just offers another way to achieve this.

What you will need:

Abbreviations:

Ch(s)—chain(s)

St(s)—stitch(es)

DC—double crochet

SS—slip stitch

MR—Magic Ring (video tutorial here)

FO—fasten off

Magic Ring vs Chain 4 and Slip Stitch:

There are two types of people in the “working in the round” crochet community: the magic ring (or circle) and the chain 4, ss to the first ch made. 

Is one better than the other?  It’s a long-time debate.  My answer is: no.  Both of them trap the tail end for easy ends weaving.  Both of them provide a circle to work into (albeit one is larger than the other).  And both of them form the same end result: a ring. A circle.  It looks the same in the end.

So start this project with whichever method you use to make a circle.  No judgement here.  If you don’t know how to do the magic ring and want to learn, visit the Traditional Granny Square tutorial either on the blog here, or on the YouTube video here.

The Method:

As I mentioned above, create a ring and chain 3 to get started.  Ch3 does count as a stitch for the entire pattern.

ROUND 1

  1. 11 dc into the ring (12 total)
  2. SS to top of ch3 to join.
Inner point of solid granny
Inner point of solid granny

Round 2:

  1. Ch3, dc in same place as ch3, ch1, 2dc—all in the same joining space.
  2. Dc in the next two sts.
  3. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  4. Dc in the next two sts.
  5. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  6. Dc in the next two sts.
  7. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  8. Dc in the last 2 sts.
  9. Ss to top of ch3.
The first corner of solid granny after middle ring
2 corners and one side of the second round of solid granny
solid granny tutorial
Completed 2nd round of granny

Round 3

Now we’re just growing the square since in the previous round, we created the center and established corners to a rounded area

  1. Ch3, dc in the next st
  2. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  3. Dc in the next 6 sts
  4. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  5. Dc in the next 6 sts
  6. [2dc, ch1, 2cc] in the next ch1 sp
  7. Dc in the next 6 sts
  8. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  9. Dc in the last 4 sts
  10. Ss to the top of the ch3.
Start of the 3rd round of granny
finished 3rd round of solid granny

Round 4

It’s round 4 of the granny square  where I like to stop if I’m not making a giant granny square.  I personally prefer 4 round grannies to 5 rounders.  A lot of people do.  The repeat isn’t any of the rounds, but the technique involved in making the granny. 

  1. Ch3, dc in the next 3 sts
  2. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  3. Dc in the next 9 sts
  4. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  5. Dc in the next 9 sts
  6. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  7. Dc in the next 9 sts
  8. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  9. Dc in the last 5 sts.
  10. Ss to the top of the ch3. FO and weave in ends.
first corner of 4th row solid granny
crochet solid granny square
completed 4th row solid granny

How to Continue on the Pattern:

As you can see, your granny gains stitches each round to make it bigger and bigger.  All you need to do to continue growing it, is after you have done your ch3, dc in each stitch over to the first chain 1 space, where you will complete a corner [2dc, ch1, 2dc], and then dc in each stitch along the next side until you come to another corner and make that corner pattern (instructions in the brackets) in the next ch1 space.

Continue on in this manner until you have come all the way around to your starting ch3, and slip stitch to join the round to the top of that ch3.

The solid granny makes a very cool throw pillow, especially if you change colors at some point in the pattern.

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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 […]

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 […]

Paired Single Crochet

Paired Single Crochet

Paired Single Crochet–A Stitch of the Week crochet tutorial

 

 

 

Welcome to Stitch of the Week! This week’s tutorial is the paired single crochet stitch.

Also known as the interlocking single crochet stitch, this is a quick and easy stitch to do. It is worked by single crocheting two-together across the row. To keep the stitch count, each stitch will be worked twice, as well as starting each row with a single crochet in the first stitch.

Sound confusing??

 

 

I promise, once you get into it, you will find it easy peasy!

To get a free PDF download, click here.

 

The fabric created with this stitch is a fairly rigid fabric that is not suitable for garments or blankets. I recommend using cotton yarn and making kitchen and bath projects with it, or even home decorations such as throw pillows or Christmas stockings.

 

Alright, let’s get started!

 

To begin, you can use any type of yarn and any hook that is recommended by the yarn label however, I recommend keeping it simple and using a worsted weight (#4 or Aran) yarn and a 5mm H8 crochet hook.

 

 

Stitch Multiple:

The multiple for this stitch is any number plus 1 for the turning chain.

 

Abbreviations:

YO–yarn over

SC–single crochet

St(s)–stitch(es)

Ch(s)–chain(s)

PSC–paired single crochet

 

 

Instructions:

To create the sample swatch for practice, let’s do a short chain so you can get the hang of it quickly.

Ch11, sc in 2nd ch from hook. Insert hook into the same stitch you just worked and pull up a loop. Hold. Insert hook into the next st and pull up another loop. You now have 3 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 3 loops. First PSC made.

Continue down the chain as follows: Insert hook into the same st, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next st and pull up another loop, yo, pull thru all 3 loops on hook.

Row 1: Ch1 and turn. SC in first st, *insert hook into same st and pull up a loop, insert hook into next st and pull up a loop, yo, pull thru all loops.* Repeat from *to* to the end.

That’s it!

 

 

This is a nice and easy stitch to do. Here’s a video to help you along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs3BmAcI_JY&t=54s

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