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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…

X’s Coffee Beanie Cozy … Stitch of the Week and Pattern!

X’s Coffee Beanie Cozy … Stitch of the Week and Pattern!

Learn how to crochet the X Stitch (cross stitch) with our free coffee beanie pattern! The X stitch is such a useful stitch to know. We have used it in quite a lot of our designs. It also looks great paired with the bean stitch!…

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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SC –single crochet


Sk – skip

BLO – Back loop only

SS – slip stitch

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


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

FO – fasten off



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

Our Shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

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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 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

up and down stitch crochet

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 a bit of an alternating stitch, because you work single crochets on top of double crochets from the previous row, and double crochets on top of single crochets from the previous row.

I believe that the fabric this stitch creates is better for cotton homewares projects, such as kitchen and bath items.

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Dc—double crochet

Sc—single crochet

Yo—yarn over


Yarn—best to use cotton yarns but for the swatch, you can use any worsted weight yarn such as Red Heart Super Saver

Hook—I used 5mm to go with my yarn

Yarn Needle (for weaving in ends)



The multiple for this stitch is any even number of stitches.  For the purpose of the tutorial, I did a chain of 20.

Make your chain of 20 and follow the instructions below.

Up and Down Tutorial:


  1. Dc in 2nd ch from the hook 2. *Sc in next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * to the end.


  1. Ch1, turn, skip first dc, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc; repeat from * to end, dc in turning chain.

The repeat for this stitch pattern is row 2.


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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 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…

Stitch of the Week: Alternate Stitch

Stitch of the Week: Alternate Stitch

Welcome back to stitch of the week: Alternate Stitch 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…

Stitch of the Week: Staggered HDC Pairs

Stitch of the Week: Staggered HDC Pairs

Welcome to Stitch of the Week #3–Staggered HDC Pairs

staggered hdc pairs stitch tutorial

Now we’re all caught up on stitch of the week!

Last time, we talked about Paired HDC and the time before that, Paired SC.  It seems we’re hung up on pairs!

I have one more for you: The Staggered HDC Pairs stitch.  You would think that the people that name these thing would do better than that….

Thoughts on Stitch:

This is a super plush, squishy stitch that I feel will be well suited for a baby blanket.  It doesn’t lend itself to much drape however, so I do not recommend using it for garments.  You could also grab some cotton yarn and go to town for your kitchen or bath!


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Ready to learn this thing?

You will need some yarn of course, and I recommend using a medium weight yarn to get the hang of things.  Red Heart Super Saver is a nice choice since most people can get it just about anywhere.

You will also need a 5mm hook or one that the yarn label suggests you use if you are not using a medium yarn.




YO–yarn over

HDC–half-double crochet

SHDCP–staggered half-double crochet pairs


*to*–repeat the instructions that appear between *’s

HDC2TOG–half-double crochet two together


Keep in mind that this stitch is worked as an HDC2TOG over two stitches, typically starting your work with the stitch you just finished working in however, the repeat for the rest of the pattern is not established until row 2.

Row 1 will be the set up row for each project you make using this stitch pattern.

For the purposes of making a swatch, chain any even number, plus 2.

Row 1–HDC2TOG over the 3rd and 4th chs from the hook.  Ch1.

*Yo, insert hook into the same stitch just worked and pull up a loop, hold it.  Yo, insert hook into next stitch and pull up another loop.  Yo, pull thru all 5 loops on the hook, ch1*.

Repeat *to* until you have one stitch remaining: hdc in final stitch.

Row –ch 2, turn.  HDC2TOG over the 1st and 2nd ch1 spaces as follows:

Yo, insert hook into 1st ch1 space and pull up a loop.  Hold it.  Yo, insert hook into next ch1 space and pull up a loop.  Yo, pull through all 5 loops on the hook. Ch1.

*Yo, insert hook into same ch1 space as last stitch worked and pull up a loop.  Hold it.  Yo, insert hook into next ch1 space and pull up a loop.  Yo, pull through all 5 loops on the hook.  Ch1.*

Repeat from *to* across the row until you reach the final stitch: hdc in final stitch.

Row 2 is the repeat row for the entire rest of the swatch or project you are working.

A free PDF download is available here.

If you are a more visual learner, please refer to the YouTube video on our channel.  Link here.

I hope this tutorial was helpful for you!  Please refer back to our blog and YouTube channel for more tutorials like this one in the future!

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…