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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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My bag was 7 inches x 8 inches


  • 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:


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


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:



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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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

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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:




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.


  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

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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?

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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 https://sunflowercottagecrochet.com/stitch-of-the-week-paired-hdc/

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.

FHDC – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9Og5cd2L0o


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!

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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.

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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…