Monday, November 25, 2013

Twinkle Crochet Stitch



One of the readers of my blog wrote to me asking help with this particular stitch. She would like to make a baby blanket similar to this one (click here), but doesn’t know how to go about it.

From what I can see in the picture, the blanket was made using double crochets and “twinkles”.







So I came up with my variation of "twinkles". 

I believe once you master making “twinkles” using my pattern below, you can measure your swatch, do some simple calculations, and start your Twinkle blanket.  

Good luck!




Ch 30.


Row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook, dc in each ch across. Ch 3, turn.


Row 2: dc in each dc across. Ch 3, turn.


Row 3: dc in next 11 dc, ch 4, skip next 3 dc, dc in next 11 dc, dc in turning ch. Ch 3, turn.


Row 4: dc in next 8 dc, ch 5, sc in ch-4 space, ch 5, skip next 3 dc, dc in next 8 dc, dc in turning ch. Ch 3, turn.


Row 5: dc in next 8 dc, dc in next 3 ch, ch 3, dc in last 3 ch of next ch-5, dc in next 8 dc, dc in turning ch. Ch 3, turn.


Row 6: dc in next 11 dc, dc in next 3 ch, dc in next 11 dc, dc in turning ch. Ch 3, turn.


Row 7: dc in each dc across.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Newborn Hat to Match the Dress


I made a newborn hat to match the dress from my previous post. I used the same shells as the ones used in the dress. The hat turned out stretchy and very soft. Now if made a pair of baby booties, I would have a lovely baby girl gift set.






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!

Measurements: 13 inches in circumference, 5 inches in height

Materials:

Bernat Softee Baby yarn

US hook G/6

Gauge: 3 first rounds measure 3.75 inches

Shell: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) worked all in same space.

V-stitch: (dc, ch 1, dc) worked all in same space or stitch.

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 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st into next 2 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* 5 times, V-st into next V-st. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.

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

Round 5: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-1 space, skip next V-st, *shell in next V-st, skip next V-st* around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.

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

Rounds 7-9 same as Round 6.

Round 10: Sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, 4 dc in same space, sc in next ch-1 space, *5 dc in next shell, sc in next ch-1 space* around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. 
Fasten off.



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Monday, November 18, 2013

Angel Wings Pinafore Newborn Dress









Isn’t this baby dress adorable? It was designed by Maxine Gonser, and the pattern is available for free. Click here for the pattern.

I so much enjoyed crocheting this dress. For me there is always something very special and touching about crocheting for little ones.

My husband and I have friends who are expecting their second child some time around Thanksgiving. They don’t know the gender of the baby as they want it to be a surprise. Their first child is a boy, so they have all the needed baby clothing for another boy. However, if they have a baby girl, a girl’s attire will be appreciated. 

So I secretly hope for a baby girl. I’d love to give this lovely dress to her (as well as a few other crocheted goodies).




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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fancy Shells Baby Afghan Free Pattern








This must be the 10th or 11th baby blanket that I made this year! I already lost the count, though I haven’t lost the interest in making/designing new ones.


 

The stitch for this baby afghan looks fancy and intricate, but it’s not that complicated. The pattern consists of only four repeating rows, which are easy to remember; after you’ve made a few pattern repeats, you won’t even need the written instructions.

I think it’s a cute blanket, though one thing is lacking. If you look carefully at the picture or read the instructions, you’ll see that this blanket has no trim. I tried different ones, but simply couldn’t find the one that would work.

My free pattern is below. You can definetly experiment and try to come up with the edging/trim of your liking.


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!



Finished size: 38 by 25.5 inches


Materials:


Snuggly Wuggly Big by Loops and Threads (1263 yards)


US size E/4 hook


Shell in this pattern: (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in same space.


In this pattern, I refer to turning chain as last double crochet.


Ch 143 loosely.


Row 1: shell in 6th ch from hook, *ch 3, skip 4 ch, sc in next ch, ch 5, skip 4 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, skip 4 ch, shell in next ch* across; dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.


Row 2: shell over next shell, *ch 2, sc in next ch-3 space, 7 dc in next ch-5 space, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 2, shell over next shell* across; dc in last dc. Ch 3, turn.


Row 3: shell over next shell, *dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) 6 times, shell over next shell* across; dc in last dc. Ch 3, turn.


Row 4: shell over next shell, *skip next ch-1 space, dc3tog in next ch-1 space, (ch 3, dc3tog in next ch-1 space) 3 times, shell over next shell* across; dc in last dc. Ch 3, turn.


Row 5: shell over next shell, *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 5, skip next ch-3 space, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, shell over next shell* across; dc in last dc. Ch 3, turn.


Repeat Rows 2-5 (ending with Row 5) until your blanket measures about 38 inches. Fasten off.







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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Alternating Shells Crochet Stitch



These are the same shells that I used for my Lovely Shells Baby blanket, but here they are arranged in an alternating manner creating an open and airy stitch. 






Multiple of 10, plus 5 for symmetry, plus 5

In this pattern, I refer to turning chains as last dc.

Row 1: (dc, ch 3, dc) all in 7th ch from hook, *skip 4 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 4 ch, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in next ch* across; dc in lst ch. Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: 5 dc in next ch-3 space, *skip 2 dc, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in next dc, 5 dc in next ch-3 space* across; dc in last dc. Ch 3, turn.

Row 3: skip 2 dc, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in next dc, *5 dc in next ch-3 space, skip 2 dc, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in next dc* across; dc in last dc.

Repeat Rows 2 – 3.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Crochet Scalloped Trim Tutorial







In this tutorial I will show you how to make the scalloped trim that I used for my Easy Blocks Baby Blanket shown bellow. One of the readers asked for help, but perhaps this tutorial will be useful to other readers as well as it can be used for many different crochet projects (you can easily adjust the amount of dc in each scallop to fit your project).



So here I made a small sample version of my Easy Blocks Baby Blanket. Now I will use a contrasting color yarn to demonstrate how the trim is made.


The pattern reads: Working in last row: *sl st into next ch-5 space, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-5 space* across.

So let’s begin.

Sl st into next ch-5 space.




Ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-5 space.




Sl st into next ch-5 space.



And again, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-5 space. From this point we just repeat in the same manner.



When we get to the corner, we continue working into the end of the rows. The pattern reads:

Working in end of rows: *sl st into next dc-space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space* across.


Because our “blocks” have a rectangular shape (not a perfect square), we are using only 2 dc for each scallop on this side.

Ch 3, 2 dc in same space.




Sl st into next dc-space.




And again, ch 3, 2 dc in same dc-space. We continue in same manner across.






Next, working in original chain: *sl st into next ch-space, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-space* across.




And finally, working in end of rows: *sl st into next dc-space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space* across. 




Sl st into corner to join the round. Fasten off.






In the picture above you can see that I didn’t cut the white and pink yarn tails. That’s because I’m going to unravel this piece. I solely made it for the demonstration purpose for this trim.

However, I think if it was made in cotton yarn instead of acrylic, it would’ve made a cute washcloth or a dishcloth.