Thursday, November 13, 2014

Small Star Doily, Free Pattern



This doily measures about 7 inches in diameter (across). I used size ten cotton thread and 1.2 mm hook. My free pattern is below.  





Ch 8, join in ring with sl st.

Round 1: ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), 2 tr in ring, ch 3, *3 tr in ring, ch 3* five times; join with sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 2: ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), 2 tr in same space, tr in next tr, 3 tr in next tr, ch 3, skip next ch-3 space, *3 tr in next tr, tr in next tr, 3 tr in next tr, ch 3, skip next ch-3 space* five times; join with sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 3: ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), 2 tr in same space, tr in next 5 tr, 3 tr in next tr, ch 3, skip next ch-3 space, *3 tr in next tr, tr in next 5 tr, 3 tr in next tr, ch 3, skip next ch-3 space* five times; join with sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 4: ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), 2 tr in same space, tr in next 9 tr, 3 tr in next tr, ch 3, skip next ch-3 space, *3 tr in next tr, tr in next 9 tr, 3 tr in next tr, ch 3, skip next ch-3 space* five times; join with sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 5: sl st to 3rd tr, ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), tr in next 10 tr, ch 7, skip next 2 tr, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 7, *skip next 2 tr, tr in next 11 tr, ch 7, skip next 2 tr, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 7* five times; join with sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 6: sl st to 3rd tr, ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), tr in next 6 tr, ch 7, skip next 2 tr, {sc in next ch-7 space, ch 7} twice, *skip next 2 tr, tr in next 7 tr, ch 7, skip next 2 tr, {sc in next ch-7 space, ch 7} twice * five times; join with sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 7: sl st to 3rd tr, ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), tr in next 2 tr, ch 7, skip next 2 tr, {sc in next ch-7 space, ch 7} three times, *skip next 2 tr, tr in next 3 tr, ch 7, skip next 2 tr, {sc in next ch-7 space, ch 7} three times * five times; join with sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 8: sl st to middle of next ch-7 loop, *ch 3, picot, ch 4, sc in next ch-7 loop* around; join with sl st in middle of first ch-7 loop.

Fasten off.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Bit of This and That


Hello Crafty Friends,


Just look at this gorgeous baby blanket!  


One of the readers, whose name is Sharon, sent me these photos. She used my Fancy Shells pattern as the main stitch for this baby afghan. Then she added several rounds of border in three colors (green, white, and pink) and a final round of beautiful shells. Notice the roses and leaves; don’t they make a lovely detail?


When I saw these photos in my mail box, it really made my day. It’s rewarding to know that my patterns are useful to other crocheters. Thank you Sharon for sharing your work with me and for allowing me to share the photos on my blog with others.

Another reader asked me to post a close-up photo for the motif used in this vintage crochet piece, which I gladly do.





And this is a project in progress. I’m working on a pattern for a doily, which I will share soon.




Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Two New Patterns: Baby Dress and Girls Hat



Hello fellow crafters,

I recently added a couple of new patterns to my Etsy and Craftsy shops.




The first one is a baby dress made with crochet cotton thread size ten in two strands and crochet hook size D (3.25 mm). This pattern involves 2-dc clusters and 3-dc clusters. The size is approximately 3-6 months. The dress has an opening with a small button on the back. I wrote a very detailed pattern including stitch count for each row and round.




The second pattern is for a crochet girl's hat size 3-5 years old, made with 100% acrylic yarn. The skill level for this hat is beginner. The hat itself is very easy to make (the pattern is very detailed and includes stitch count). However, the flower is a bit complicated.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Things are Getting Better and My New Baby Blanket Pattern


Dear Friends, hello!

First of all I want to thank you all for your positive thoughts and prayers on my father’s surgery. It went well and now he is slowly recovering and gaining back his strength.



I have a new pattern in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. This baby blanket is super easy and quick to make. The stitches involved are only chains, single crochets, and double crochets. And what can be easier than that?



The pattern looks slightly different, but equally pretty, on the right and wrong sides. I used my favorite 100% acrylic yarn Snuggly Wuggly by Loops and Threads, but other acrylic yarns of your choice should work well



I also have a new pattern for a baby dress, but I still need to put it all together. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a nice week!