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Hooked on Summer Event Week 2

Hooked on Summer Event Week 2

Did you participate in the Hooked on Summer Event Week 2? This one was sponsored by Carroway Crochet For this event Sara and I brought you the lemon drops kitchen set. It was a four part set with one part being released each week during this…

Hooked on Summer Event week 1

Hooked on Summer Event week 1

Did you participate in the Hooked on Summer Event? This one was sponsored by Carroway Crochet For this event Sara and I brought you the lemon drops kitchen set. It was a four part set with one part being released each week during this event. Week…

Splash of Color Washcloth Crochet Pattern

Splash of Color Washcloth Crochet Pattern

crochet washcloth pattern

Splash of Color Crochet Washcloth Pattern!

I am excited to share with you our latest pattern: Splash of Color Washcloth.  There was a stitch tutorial I had done quite a while back (last year sometime) called the Staggered Double Crochet Pairs.  I really liked how this stitch looked and even better, how it felt when worked up.

It felt like a pliable cloth.  Lacy yet not lacy.  Playing around with it, I discovered that it would be a great stitch for a washcloth, among many other things.

Color Choices

This particular stitch looks pretty in a single color however, when using two colors to create a striping affect, it looks even better!

splash of color washcloth                                 

Originally, I had made the cloth in a varigated yarn from Peaches and Creme in the colorway, Strawberry Lemonade.  This is where I got the name, Splash of Color Washcloth.

The Stitch and Video Tutorial

The Staggered Double Crochet Pairs stitch is actually easy to work but can be a little confusing as to where to start the next stitch if you haven’t seen the video we have for it, which you can find here.  The “V’s” created with this stitch in one row look like they are open at the top, yet in the next row, open at the bottom.  When you work two colors and create a striping affect, it looks like ric-rac.

I like that the stitch feels very pliable yet not so lacy that it wouldn’t work well as a washcloth or even a towel.  I have plans to make some larger projects with this stitch as well.  Possible baby blanket in the future?  Maybe a wrap?  The possibilities are endless because I really just love how the fabric feels with this stitch!

You can also learn about how to do this stitch here if you don’t like to watch videos.  There is a great tutorial on that post which fully explains how to work the stitch.

Materials Needed

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You will need 100% cotton yarn in #4 medium/worsted weight yarn, such as Lily Sugar N Cream or Peaches and Creme.

5.5mm hook

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Coming up…

We have a great June planned here at Sunflower.  Some of our patterns are being featured which we will have more information about in our newsletter!  We also just launched our own Testers Group on Facebook, which if you would like to test for us, please feel free to join here.

Join our Facebook Community here.  We have hit 1000 followers on our main Facebook page and when we have 1000 likes, we will host an awesome giveaway that we have been planning for a while!  Picture this: yarns from both the US and the UK!  We have a big yarn haul planned!

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Be sure to grab the pattern featured in this blog post on our store, here.

You can also get our patterns in the following areas:

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An Introduction to the Crunch Stitch

An Introduction to the Crunch Stitch

Today we are providing you with an introduction to the crunch stitch.

Have you seen the Crunch stitch before? What projects have you used it in?

The crunch stitch is a great stitch for a beginner or a more confident crocheter. It has a fabulous but simple texture that would be great for anything from washcloths, to bags, to baskets and garments! It really is that versatile so is a great stitch to have in your stitch library!

Don’t believe me? Take a look at this photo of the crunch stitch ….

The crunch stitch worked up

An Introduction to the Crunch Stitch: Written tutorial for a quick washcloth!

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To work up a crunch stitch washcloth you need:

any aran weight cotton

Hook

Yarn Needle

Scissors

  1. Chain 31
  2. slip stitch in third chain from hook (2ch at beginning count as a hdc), *hdc in next st, ss in next st. Repeat from *  until you complete the row. Note: you will end the row with a slip stitch.
  3. ch2 (counts as a hdc) , sk the first st, slip stitch in the next stitch (which will be the hdc from the previous row), *hdc in the next st (which will be the slip stitch from the previous row), slip stitch in the next st. Repeat from * until you complete the row
  4. Repeat row 3 until your washcloth is as long as you would like it to be. Fasten off and sew in ends.
Handy hint:

Don’t work your slip stitches too tight. If you do it will make it difficult to work your hdc’s into them in the next row.

YouTube Tutorial links:

We are now doing videos for both right and left handed crocheters! The crunch stitch video has a step by step of how to work the crunch stitch in rows. You can find the links here:

 

Robin’s Nesting Baskets

Our Robin’s nesting baskets make the perfect gift baskets for any occasion! We have made them into fruit baskets, baby baskets which are perfect for baby showers or gifts, chocolate hampers, bath / home related hampers… the list really is endless. They would also make a cute gift filled with household items for a first home. You can literally let your imagination run wild with how to use this one.

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Robin’s nesting baskets using the crunch stitch

Materials:

Pattern specifics

  • This pattern is written for all 3 baskets which nest inside of each other nicely.
  • Gauge is not important as long as it is consistent.
  • My large basket was approx 8” in diameter and 4” tall – which is plenty big enough to get a lot of stuff in there!
  • Stitches you need to know are – ch, back loop only, single crochet, hdc, slip stitch, crab stitch.
  • Our patterns are always written in US terms
  • Ch1 does not count as a stitch.
  • Remember to turn your work when the pattern tells you to! Even though you are working in the round. If you don’t the texture will all end up on the inside of the basket!

 

Pattern Links

You can find the Robins Nesting Baskets in all of the usual places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

 

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Mother’s Day Crochet Gift Idea–Spa Set

Mother’s Day Crochet Gift Idea–Spa Set

Farmhouse Spa Set

Create the perfect Mother’s Day gift with this spa set

I have the perfect pattern and gift idea for Mother’s Day! It’s the Farmhouse Spa Set pattern designed by yours truly. This pattern even comes with the instructions to make the basket to hold it all.

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I scoured my brain for an idea for what to give my mother and my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. I’ve given plants and pre-set up baskets of just…stuff, but this year, I wanted something more personal.

A Handmade Spa Set is perfect!

The washcloth is a lightly textured cloth using the N Stitch. Never heard of it? I found it on chance and saw that no one was using it! I just knew it would be great for a washcloth!

Three face scrubbies are the magic number here, one in each of the three colors you will pick to work up this pattern. They are well textured but still ultra soft, thanks to the quality cotton yarn I used–Lily Sugar ‘n Cream.

More than one pattern included

Included in the instructions is a soap saver. What’s that?! It’s this neat little baggy with a mesh body that you can place your favorite bar of soap into. This gives great exfoliation and keeps your bar of soap in it’s best form. Simply hang in the shower or tub to drip dry.

Did I mention this pattern has a collection of FIVE patterns? Here’s the 4th in this spa set: a pouf! They look like they might be difficult to make but when you read how to do it, you will laugh at yourself, I did. You will get rich lather (depending on soap) and soft yet exfoliating results using this pouf. Hang in the shower or tub to drip dry.

Finally, you need a basket to put this all in, especially if you’re making it as a gift for someone! I include a pattern to make a small-medium sized basket to display everything in. You will just need some jumbo yarn and a big fat hook like a size P/Q hook. It works up super fast and easy!

All this awesomeness and guess what? It’s all machine wash and dryable!

Yep, even the basket. I chose Bernat Maker Big to make the basket out of, which is 50% cotton and 50% nylon. Easy care makes this project even better!

Great Idea….but what’s the price?

Free on my blog however, you may purchase an ad-free version on my Ravelry store. 

To continue on with the pattern, scroll down!

The Pattern

Materials:

4 worsted/aran weight 100% cotton yarn such as Lily Sugar’n’Cream or Paintbox cotton (my favorite!) in three colors—a medium, a light, and a white are preferred, but ultimately up to you, but you will need one ball of each color plus a little extra of the medium color, and a Jumbo sized (#7 jumbo) yarn such as Bernat Maker Big, for the basket, one skein will be needed

• Size J-6mm hook and size Q15mm hook for basket

Scissors

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

 

Gauge

Not important for this pattern

 

Sizing

Also not important for this pattern as this is personal preference. Each pattern is written so that you can make it bigger or smaller, easily.

 

Pattern Notes

Chain 3 at the beginning does count as a dc unless otherwise stated.
Once you have created your starting chain, turn the chain over so that the back “hump” is showing and work your stitches into that. This creates a much neater edge to work with when doing a border.

Abbreviations

Ch—Chain
St(s)—Stitch(es)
Dc—Double crochet
IXS— Interlinked Cross Stitch
NS—N stitch
Sp(s)—Space(s)
Rep—Repeat
*to*–Repeat the instructions written between the two *
Tc—Turning chain
HDC—Half-double crochet
YO—yarn over
SC—Single Crochet
MR—Magic Ring
BLO—Back Loop Only
CS—Crab stitch (reverse sc)

 

Special Stitches

Interlocking Cross Stitch—In next stitch, work a DC, work another DC in the previous stitch going behind the DC just made. Two dc’s will share a spot, thus making it interlocking. Video here.


N Stitch—Skip one stitch, hdc in the next stitch, insert hook from top to bottom of front loop only of skipped stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru ONE loop, yo, insert hook back into the stitch you did the hdc, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.  Video here.


Puff stitch—Yo, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook into same st and pull up a loop rep to until you have 7 loops on your hook, yo, pull thru all 7 loops, ch1 to secure (the ch1 DOES count as a stitch so be sure to account for this when working with puff stitches).  Video here.


Magic Ring—Wrap the yarn around two fingers (forefinger and middle finger) crossing the first loop so that the second loop is behind the first loop; using your hook, place it under the front loop and grab that back loop, pull it up and twist the loop on the hook, yo and ch 1, turn the work so it is no longer twisted. You will work over all strands of yarn—this is so that you can pull the tail end to make the ring center tight. Watch the video here.


Crab Stitch—also known as the reverse SC stitch—insert hook in the stitch to the right instead of left, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. Continue in this fashion all the way around.  Video here

 

 

Washcloth Pattern

N stitch washcloth

With darkest color, ch 31
Row 1—Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across (30)
Row 2—ch1 and turn, hdc in first st, NS in ea st across until you reach the last st, hdc in last st

For Row 3—ch 1 and turn, sc in first st and in ea across
Rows 4-27—Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach 27 rows (or until you have made your cloth as big as you want, ending on a sc row). FO and weave in ends.

Border:
Row 1—attach white (or lightest color) to any corner and sc in that st and around, placing [sc, ch1, sc] in each corner, when you get to your first sc, ch1 and join. FO.
Row 2—attach medium colored yarn to any corner and sc in that st and in each across, putting [sc, ch1, sc] in the ch1 sp in each corner. When you get to the first sc you made, ch1 and join. FO and weave in all ends.

 

 

Face Scrubby Pattern

Dark Purple Face Scrubby
Light Purple Face Scrubby

Make one in each color (3 total)
MR: work 6 puff stitches in MR and ss to join to top of first puff st, pull tight to close.
Rnd 2—ch1, make IXS around using each st of the previous round (this includes the ch1 that is made when making the puff st see special sts on puff st. Join to first IXS st

 


Rnd 3—ch1, puff st in same st and in each around, join to top of first puff st
For Rnd 4—ch1, sc in same st and in each around. Join to first sc. FO. Weave in ends.

Soap Saver

Soap Saver Bag

This will use all 3 colors
MR— using dark color, ch3, 11 dc in ring (for a total of 12 counting the ch3), join to top of ch3 with a ss.

Rnd 1—ch3, dc in same st, 2dc in ea st around, join to top of ch3. FO, weave in ends.

Rnd 2—change to light color: ch3, sk 2 sts, ss in next, ch3, ss in next ch3 sp rep around—at this point you are working in continuous rounds and will stop creating mesh when your mesh section measures about 3” unstretched. FO. Weave in ends.

For Rnd 3—join dark color to any ch3 sp and ch3, dc in same sp, sk to next ch3 sp and *work 2dc in that sp, sk to next
ch3 sp*, rep *to* around, join to top of ch3.

 


Rnd 4—ch1, work IXS around, join to first IXS. FO, weave in ends.

Rnd 5—using white (or lightest color), leaving a little bit longer tail, ch 51 and FO leaving a little bit longer tail on this end, also. Attach yarn needle to one of the ends and weave the chain in and out of the 2dc row just before the IXS row of your bag—this is your draw string. Trim the ends to your desired length and tie together however you wish (I tied mine at the end of the actual chain stitches).

Pouf Pattern

Pouf

This pattern uses white and your medium color.
Rnd 1—with white, make a MR and make 20 sc in the MR. You won’t be able to pull the ring closed as there are just too many stitches, but you can pull it as closed as the stitches will allow. Join to first sc and chain 40. Join this ch with a ss to same st. FO, weave in ends. (this is the base and handle for the pouf)

Rnd 2—attach medium color to first sc to the left of the string handle, ch3 (counts as a dc), 3dc in same st, 4dc in next st, rep to around, ss to top of ch3.
Your work will be very curly here, which is exactly what we want.

 

 

For Rnd 3—ch3, 3dc in same st, 4dc in next st rep to around, join to top of ch3.
At this point, your pouf looks just like ….a POUF! You can twist the center section once or twice to make it a look the way you want it to.
FO and weave in ends.

 

Basket Pattern

Spa Set Basket

Using the Bernat Maker Big (jumbo) yarn and size Q-15mm hook, make a MR.

Rnd 1—make 6 hdc in the ring, pull tight and ss to first hdc.
Rnd 2—ch1, 2hdc in same st and in ea around, join to first hdc.

For Rnd 3—ch1, hdc in same st, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next rep to around, join to first hdc

Rnd 4—ch1, hdc in same st and in next st 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2, rep to around, join to first hdc

 


Rnd 5—ch1, sc in BLO of ea st around, join to first sc
Rnds 6-9—ch1, sc in both loops in ea st around.

Finally, Rnd 10—ch1, CS around. I slip stitched to the inside of the first st I made of this round (inside the basket) which closed it up nice and evenly. FO. Weave in ends.

 

Pattern links

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

Ravelry here

Our shop here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

There you have it…

A fantastic Mother’s Day gift–or a gift for any occasion! I hope you enjoyed this pattern and my blog. Please remember:

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