Sunday, June 30, 2013

Quick Crochet Flowers



I already have a bunch of crochet flowers that I don’t have immediate use for. But it’s nice to have them on hand to use for gift wrap. I have flowers in different sizes and colors, so that I can pick one that matches the wrapping paper.

I just added another three flowers to my bunch. They are quick and easy to make.

I made them with thick cotton thread, but I think the pattern should work with yarn as well. My flowers came out about 3 inches in diameter.




Ch 10, join into ring with sl st.



Round 1: ch 1, 14 dc in ring, sl st to join the round.



Round 2: *ch 10, skip 1 sc, sc in next ch* 6 times, ch 10, sk 1 sc, st st into next sc.



Round 3: sl st to 1st ch of ch-10, *ch 3, sl st into next ch* around the petal. Make the remaining 6 petals in the same way. Fasten off.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Spider Stitch Triangle for a Shawl, free pattern



For those of you who like making triangular shawls here is a fancy spider stitch.

However, I must warn you that it’s not a beginner level pattern! 

Even though the stitch itself involves only double crochets, single crochets, and chains, there are lots and lots of “skipping”, which makes the pattern complicated. In addition, there are repeating instructions within repeating instructions, which might be confusing if you’ve never worked with such patterns before. 

To make the sample shown in the picture, I used leftover cotton yarn from my stash. But I think it will look much better in acrylic or wool yarn.  

Of course, your shawl will need some edging. You might want to check out the simple edging I used for this spider-stitch shawl.  




Row 1: Ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, ch 1, skip 1 dc, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 4: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, **ch 1, dc in next dc** 3 times, ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 5: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, **ch 1, dc in next dc** 5 times, ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 6: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, ch 7, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next {ch, dc, ch}, dc in next dc, **ch 1, dc in next dc** 3 times, ch 1, skip next {ch, dc, ch}, 3 dc in next dc, ch 7, skip next dc, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 7: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, ch 3, sc in 4th ch of ch-7, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next {ch, dc, ch}, **dc in next dc, ch 1** 2 times, skip next {ch, dc, ch}, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in 4th ch of ch-7, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 8: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, ch 4, sc in last ch of ch-3, sc in next sc, sc in next ch, ch 4, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next {ch, dc, ch, dc, ch}, 3 dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in last ch of ch-3, sc in next sc, sc in next ch, ch 4, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 9: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, ch 5, sc in last ch of ch-4, sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in next ch, ch 5, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 5, sc in last ch of ch-4, sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in next ch, ch 5, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 10: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, *ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 4, skip next ch-space and next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 4, 3 dc in next dc* across,  end with ch 1, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 11: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, *ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, skip next ch-space and next sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc* across, end with ch 1, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 12: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, *ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, **ch 1, dc in next dc** 3 times, ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, 3 dc in next dc* across, end with ch 1, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 13: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, **ch 1, dc in next dc** 5 times, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space , *ch 1, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc, **ch 1, dc in next dc** 5 times, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space * across, end with ch 1, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 14: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, *ch 7, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next {ch, dc, ch}, dc in next dc, **ch 1, dc in next dc** 3 times, ch 1, skip next {ch, dc, ch}, 3 dc in next dc* across, end with ch 7, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 15: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, *ch 3, sc in 4th ch of ch-7, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next {ch, dc, ch}, **dc in next dc, ch 1** 2 times, skip next {ch, dc, ch}, 3 dc in next dc* across, end with ch 3, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 16: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, *ch 4, sc in last ch of ch-3, sc in next sc, sc in next ch, ch 4, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next {ch, dc, ch, dc, ch}, 3 dc in next dc* across, end with ch 4, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 17: Ch 3, turn; 2 dc in same beginning space, *ch 5, sc in last ch of ch-4, sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in next ch, ch 5, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space* acrpss, end with ch 5, 3 dc in last dc.

Repeat Rows 10-17.


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Lovely Shells Stitch Tutorial


One of the readers, a beginner crocheter, asked for help with the stitch that I used for my Lovely Shells Baby Blanket

So here is the photo tutorial! I hope it will be useful.




The amount of chains for this stitch must be divisible by 5, plus 1 additional chain.

For example, to make the sample shown in the pictures I started with ch 31.

Row 1. Skip 7 ch (remember that the chain on the hook doesn’t count) and make (dc, ch 3, dc) all in 8th ch.



Ch 1, skip 4 ch, and again make (dc, ch 3, dc) all in next ch.



Again ch 1, skip 4 ch, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in next ch. Continue in the same manner across.



At the end of the row, skip 2 ch, make dc in last ch.



Ch 3, turn.



Row 2. In the next ch-3 space, make (dc, ch 1) four times, and additional dc. That’s how a shell is made.


In the same manner, make shells in each ch-3 space across.  



At the end of the row, skip 1 ch, and make dc into next ch.


Ch 4, turn.

Row 3. Make (dc, ch 3, dc) all into the 3rd dc of dc-5 group.



Then make ch 1, and again (dc, ch 3, dc) all into the 3rd dc of next dc-5 group. Continue in the same manner across.

At the end of the row, make ch 1, dc in last dc.



Ch 3, turn. Next just repeat Row 2 and Row 3.



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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Crochet Flower Bookmark




I made this flower bookmark from simple thread flowers. See the flower tutorial here.



I simply stitched seven flowers together in a row.



Next I used DMC size 8 pearl cotton thread and size 10 steel hook to connect all the petals with ch 9 loops.





Finally, I made 7 sc in each loop around.



Voila! I now have one more crochet bookmark in my collection!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Crochet iPhone Case


This is totally a non-lacy crochet project, and I wasn’t sure whether I should post it on my blog. It doesn’t really fit in with all my romantic doilies and soft baby blankets. But the truth is I really wanted to show off my new iPhone case.

I made it with leftover Vanna’s Glamour by Lion Brand yarn and size D (3.25mm) hook.

As I was crocheting it, I thought of making a flap with a button, but then I thought by the time I manage to unbutton it, I will probably miss the call. So I kept it as a simple small bag. I also wanted to decorate it with a small flower, but I changed my mind about that as well. I must say I like its simple look. The yarn has a metallic strand, which adds a bit of sparkle to the case. Good enough for me!




I have a 3G iPhone (yes, when it comes to the latest technology gadgets, I linger behind), but I think this case would fit the later models as well.



Here is my super easy pattern:

Round 1: Ch 13, dc in 4th ch from hook (3 skipped ch count as 1st dc), dc in each ch across, 2 dc in last ch. Continue along the other side of the starting chain, dc in each ch across. Join the round with sl st to 1st dc. (25 dc).

Round 2: ch 3, dc in back loop only of each dc around. Join the round with sl st to 1st dc. (25 dc).

Repeat Round 2 additional nine times; that will give you 11 rounds in total.

Fasten off.  

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Lacy Shells Baby Hat Size 3-6 Months



This baby hat is made using the same shells stitch that I used for my Lovely Shells Baby Blanket. And I used the same leftover yarn as well.

The hat measures 14 inches (about 35.5 cm) in circumference and 6 inches (about 15 cm) in height.



This pattern is my original design. It cannot be posted on other sites or distributed in any other form. If you would like to share this pattern, you can post ONE image on your site with the link to my original post. You can use this pattern to make items for personal use or for sale. If you sell finished items from this pattern, you must give design credit to Lacy Crochet blog (lacycrochet.blogspot.com). Please, respect my work. Thank you!

Pound of Love by Lion Brand

US Crochet Hook Size E/4 (3.50 MM)

Gauge: first 3 rounds = 3.5 inches (almost 9 cm)

V-st in this pattern: (dc, ch 1, dc) all in same space.

Ch 5, join with sl st into ring.


Round 1: Ch 4, *dc in ring, ch 1* 11 times. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 2: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in each ch-1 space around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 3: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, ch 1, *3 dc into next V-st, ch 1* around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.

Round 4: Sl st to 2nd dc of dc-3 group, ch 6, dc in same space, ch 1, *(dc, ch 3, dc) all in 2nd dc of dc-3 group, ch 1* around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-6.

Round 5: Sl st into next ch space, ch 3, 4 dc in same space, 5 dc in each next ch-3 space around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.

Round 6: Sl st to 3rd dc of dc-5 group, ch 6, dc in same space, ch 1, *(dc, ch 3, dc) all in 3rd dc of dc-5 group, ch 1* around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-6.

Repeat Round 5 and Round 6 until you have 13 rounds in total.

Fasten off.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Crocodile Stitch (Alternating Scales) Tutorial


Do you like Crocodile Stitch? I do, though I haven’t made any crochet items using it yet (just a few trial swatches).



However, I made a tutorial for this lovely stitch to share on my blog. Perhaps it will be useful to beginner crocheters. 



Besides, once I have the pattern all written out and photographed, it will be much easier for me to adjust it for a complete project pattern if I get inspired in the future :-)



Multiple of 6 plus 4. To make the swatch shown in this tutorial, I started with ch 28.

The first row is simple:

dc in 4th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, skip 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch* across.


Next, I’m using bright pink yarn to demonstrate how a “scale” is made.

5 dc around 1st dc-post (half the scale is made).


Then ch 1, 5 dc around 2nd dc-post (first scale is made).


Turn your work to the wrong side


and make sc into next dc.


Turn the work back to the right side, and finish the rest of scales in similar manner:

* 5 dc around next dc-post, ch 1, 5 dc around next dc-post, turn your work to the wrong side, sc in next dc, turn work to the right side* across.





This is what the first row of scales looks like in main color. 


The end of the row is a bit tricky. 

In the second half of the last scale, make only 4 dc (instead of 5) around the last dc-post. Then make ch 3 and sl st into the middle of the scale.


The third row is simple:

Ch 4, *2 dc in next space between 2 scales (that’s a sc that we made on the wrong side in the previous row), ch 1, dc in middle of scale, ch 1* across, ending with dc in middle of last scale.


Again, I’m using pink yarn to demonstrate Row 4:

Skip 1st dc, 5 dc around next dc-post, ch 1, 5 dc around next dc-post.   Turn the work, sc in next dc.





Continue across in the same manner.



At the end of the row, turn the work to wrong side, make sc into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, then turn back to right side.



Row 5 : ch 3, dc in same space, *ch 1, dc in middle of scale, ch 1, 2 dc in next space between 2 scales* across.



At the end of row, make the last 2 dc into the end of the last scale.



Next you simply repeat Rows 2 – 5.





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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Small Doily in Cream Color




Here is another doily pattern that I came up with. The doily is slightly bigger than my previous doily and measures 8.5 inches (about 21.5 cm) in diameter.



I used size 10 crochet cotton thread in cream color, and size 5 Boye crochet steel hook.



The pattern has 10 rounds and employs chains, slip stitches, single crochets, double crochets, and treble crochets. Nothing too difficult!


I didn’t have anyone test the pattern, so if you see any mistakes or something doesn’t make sense, please let me know.




Ch 9, join into ring with sl st.



Round 1: ch 3, 23 dc in ring.



Round 2: ch 3, dc in same space, ch 2, *skip 1 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2* around; sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.



Round 3: ch 4, tr in next dc, ch 4, *2 tr in next 2 dc, ch 4* around; sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 4: ch 4, tr in next tr, ch 6, *2 tr in next 2 tr, ch 6* around; sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 5: ch 3, dc in next tr, *ch 3, 2 dc in next ch-6 space, ch 3, 2 dc in next 2 tr* around, ending with 2 dc in next ch-6 space, ch 3; sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.



Round 6: ch 4, tr in next dc, *ch 4, 2 tr in next 2 dc* around; sl st into 4th ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 7: ch 4, tr in next tr, ch 5, *2 tr in next 2 tr, ch 5* around; sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 8: sl st to space between 2 tr, ch 4, 6 tr in same space, *ch 5, sc in space between next 2 tr, ch 5, 7 tr in space between next 2 tr* around, ending with sc in space between 2 tr, ch 5; sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 9: ch 6, tr in next tr, {ch 2, tr in next tr} 5 times, ch 3, sc in next sc, *ch 3, {tr in next tr, ch 2} 6 times, tr in next tr, ch 3, sc in next sc* around; ch 3, sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch-6.



Round 10: ch 3, dc in same space, {ch 5, 2 dc in next tr} 6 times, *2 dc in next tr, {ch 5, 2 dc in next tr} 6 times * around; sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.



Fasten off.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer Baby Blanket in Variegated Yarn, Free Pattern



This is the seventh baby blanket I’ve made this year. I used Bernat Baby Sport yarn, and my blanket came out very light and airy. I think it’s perfect for babies born in summer as it is not as warm as blankets made with worsted yarn.



The edging is quite simple; it’s only one round of single crochets. The reason for that is that I didn’t have enough yarn to make a fancier edging. This blanket took exactly one ball of yarn (892 yds/8.5 oz), and I only had a few yards of yarn left.

But I think even with a simple border, the lacy stitch and variegated yarn make this blanket quite lovely.

The stitch pattern is very easy and quick to work. In fact, I made this baby blanket in only three days.




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Skill Level: Easy


Approximately 32 inches (81 cm) square.



Bernat Baby Sport, Tiny Tulips, 1 ball (892 yds/816 m)


US Crochet Hook Size E/4 (3.50 MM). This is not the recommended hook for this yarn, but I like using smaller size hooks, so that my stitches come out a bit tighter.



Ch 141 loosely.



Row 1: (4dc, ch 3, dc) all in 5th ch from hook, *skip 5 ch, (4 dc, ch 3, dc) all in next ch* across, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.



Row 2: *(4 dc, ch 3, dc) all in next ch-3 space* across, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3. Ch 3, turn.



Repeat Row 2 until you have 56 rows in total. Don’t make turning ch 3 in last row.



Trim:



Working in last row: Ch 1, turn. *3 sc in next ch-3 space, skip next dc, 2 sc in next 2 dc* across.



Working in end of rows: *3 sc in next end of row, 2 sc in next end of row* across. Make 5 dc in corner space.



Working in original chain: *sc in next space where 4 dc of Row 1 where made, 4 sc in next ch-space* across. Make 4 dc in corner space.



Working in end of rows: *3 sc in next end of row, 2 sc in next end of row* across. Sl st to join the round.



Fasten off.




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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

White Newborn Hat






I found the free pattern for this hat at Alli Crafts. It’s very easy and quick to make. Alli has a few other free baby hat patterns on her blog, which I hope to try.

I used Red Heart Shimmer white acrylic yarn and size E/4 (3.5mm) hook.

I adorned my baby hat with a pink flower from the previous post (you can see the flower pattern here).


Sunday, June 2, 2013

One Pattern, Two Flowers



I recently made a baby hat and was looking for a flower to adorn it. I didn’t want to use any of the flowers I already used, so I experimented and came up with a new flower pattern.

The two flowers shown in the pictures are basically the same pattern with one difference – chain ring vs. magic ring as a start.




The flower on the right was made starting with a chain 5 joined into a ring. I wasn’t too happy about the big hole in the middle. Though it works nicely if a cute button is added (I didn’t have a cute button on hand, so I used the only one I could find simply for the sake of taking a picture).

So, to fix the problem of the big empty flower center, I tried a magic ring. It worked out perfectly! The flower on the left is the one I will be using for my baby hat (which I’ll show you later this week).

If you are not familiar with the magic ring technique, this tutorial might be helpful.  




I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops and Threads and US size H/8 (5.00 mm) hook. The flowers turned out almost three inches (about 7.5 cm) in diameter.



I give the patterns for both versions below.



Empty Center Crochet Flower


Ch 5, join in ring with sl st.

Round 1: ch 1, *2 dc, sc in ring * 5 times, sl st into first ch-1 to join the round.

Round 2: ch 2, turn the flower to the wrong side and work into original ring, sc in between next 2 dc, ch 3, *sc in between next 2 dc, ch 3* 4 times, sl st into first sc to join the round. You should have five ch-3 loops on the wrong side of the flower.

Continue working on the right side of the flower into the ch-3 loops made in Round 2.

Round 3: ch 1, *5 dc in next ch-3 space,  sc in next sc* 5 times.

Fasten off. 





Closed Center Crochet Flower

Magic ring

Round 1:  ch 1, *2 dc, sc in ring * 5 times, sl st into first ch-1 to join the round. Don’t pull the magic ring yet!

Round 2:  ch 2, turn the flower to the wrong side and work into original ring, sc in between next 2 dc, ch 3, *sc in between next 2 dc, ch 3* 4 times, sl st into first sc to join the round. You should have five ch-3 loops on the wrong side of the flower. Pull the ring tightly!

Continue working on the right side of the flower into the ch-3 loops made in Round 2.

Round 3: ch 1, *5 dc in next ch-3 space,  sc in next sc* 5 times.

Fasten off.