The Susan Set was designed for you to make for yourself. Of course, you can make it to gift or donate, but I think as crocheters we should make more for ourselves! Most of the crocheters I know make things and gift them. Or they …
We are so excited to be kicking off the Friendship Blanket CAL today with the Friendship Square!
We have teamed up with no less than 29 of our designer friends to bring you this CAL. Each designer has designed at least 1 square that should be 9″ square and easily assembled to make this blanket. Of course, you can use the squares for whatever you desire. You can find out more about how this CAL works here.
The theme for the blanket is texture, and I hope you agree that this square certainly ticks that box!
Skill level – beginner
It is a simple square so is suitable for a beginner as long as you can sc. hdc and dc. If you are new to front and back posts we have a video tutorial to show you how to do this. By the time you have done a row you will be a pro at the post stitches!
Use it as a washcloth?
So you don’t want to make the blanket? That’s OK! Use this square as a washcloth or a dishcloth! There are other ideas of things that you can make with these squares which will be posted nearer the end of the CAL but I will link it here.
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If you are making this as part of the CAL please use the code from our roundup post and if you have the code you can download it using the buttons below!
You can get a pdf version of this pattern in all of our shops:
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Let’s get started!
- 100 yds #4 weight yarn of your choosing.
- 5.00mm hook
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Tapestry needle
8 sts and 7 rows = 2 inches
This is important if your square is to be 9″ If it works out slightly smaller you can always block it.
- sc – single crochet
- YO—yarn over
- FO—fasten off
- Sc – single crochet
- FPDC – front post double crochet
- BPDC – back post double crochet
- Fdc – foundation double crochet
- Written in US terms.
- Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
You can find our tutorial on the foundation stitches:
You can find the left handed version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqkTFzCja-A
I find this has a more aesthetically pleasing finish than the chain starts to projects, but it is not necessary to start this project!
YO and insert hook between the posts of the previous st and the one you want to work and bring the hook back to the front (between the posts of the stitch you want to work and the next st).The hook should not be positioned horizontally behind the dc that you are working. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on your hook, YO and draw the yarn through two loops on the hook, yo and draw yarn through the last two loops. Stitch is complete.
You can find our left handed YouTube video on this stitch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biHxNSKo5Vw&t=10s
YO and insert your hook from the back to the front between the posts of the first and the second dc on the row below, and then from the front to the back again between the posts of the second and the third stitches, The hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the dc that you are working. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on the hook, YO and draw through 2 loops on the hook, yo and draw through 2 loops on the hook. Stitch completed.
You can find our YouTube video tutorial on this stitch on our YouTube Chanel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTPKAPQblkE&t=51s
Row 1 – Fdc 35
Ch 37 dc in third ch from hook (ch3 counts as a st) and each ch across.
Row 2 – Ch1, turn, sc in the first st, *fpdc in the next st, bpdc in the next st * Rep from * to * until you reach the last st, sc in last st.
Rows 3-24 Repeat row 2 until square measures 9” in height.
FO and sew in ends if desired (depending on what you are using the square for!)
It really is that easy. And isn’t it an effective texture? I love it!!
Dont forget to share your Friendship blanket kinship square with us as you make them!
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.
This particular stitch looks pretty in a single color however, when using two colors to create a striping affect, it looks even better!
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.
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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.
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.
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Grit Stitch Crochet Tutorial Have you tried the grit stitch yet? Under-rated and under-used! The grit stitch is such an under-rated and under-used stitch! It is such a versatile stitch! You could literally use it for anything – garments, bags, washcloths, baskets, blankets …. Just …
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 ….
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:
- Chain 31
- 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.
- 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
- Repeat row 3 until your washcloth is as long as you would like it to be. Fasten off and sew in ends.
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.
- 80 yards of #6 worsted weight yarn of your choosing for the large basket- less for the other two
- 9mm hook
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Tapestry needle
- 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!
You can find the Robins Nesting Baskets in all of the usual places:
Our shop here
Watch out for other patterns using we have upcoming using the crunch stitch! We have the Richard Wrist Warmers waiting in the wings which would make a great gift for the men in your life.
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