Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crochet Star Stitch Baby Afghan with Scalloped Trim



This is the second blanket that I was commissioned to make.

I love the way it turned out! It looks simple, yet beautiful!



I used Snuggly Wuggly yarn in ivory color and a size G/6 (4.25 mm) hook.



I already mailed the blankets to the lady who commissioned them and she was happy with my work. 

She wrote: "Thank you for helping me out and making them for me. God Bless you. I will keep in touch for other blankets."

It's such an amazing feeling when people like and appreciate your work. Feels great!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Lacy Baby Blanket with Ruffled Trim and a Matching Hat


I often get emails or messages through my Etsy shop from people asking whether I take crochet commissions. Most of the time I don't. 

I always have so many crochet (and now knitting!) projects of my own, that I can hardly find time for commissions. In addition, I've had some negative experiences in the past when the commissioner would just disappear.

Someone contacted me recently, and I was really moved to help this lady. It turned out she used to live in my city though now she lives in a different state. She needs two baby blankets for her friends' babies. 
And I absolutely love working on baby items. There is just something very special and heartwarming about crocheting for new little angels. 

She was also very kind to pay me upfront, which any crocheter who takes commissions greatly appreciates. 

So this is the first set that I made!



Those of you who follow my blog would probably recognize the Lacy Baby Blanket pattern. It is the most popular pattern on my blog. And it also was the very first pattern that started me on my pattern writing path!


The pattern for the matching hat in size 3-6 months is also available free on my blog.

And I also have the pattern for the same hat in size 0-3 months

But you will notice that I made a different edging both on the blanket and the hat (my customer wanted a ruffled border). I don't have a written pattern for that, but this link could be useful




The yarn I used was Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads, which is one of my favorite yarns for baby blankets. I used size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook for the blanket. For the trim I used a bigger, size G/6 (4.25 mm) hook as I wanted it to be very light and airy. 

I am now working on the second blanket!



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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Leaves Vine Crochet Lace Edging






This leaves vine edging looks complicated, but in reality there are only two repeating rows. 

I used size ten crochet cotton thread and a steel hook 1.25 mm. 

The width of the finished piece is about 2.5 inches, but the length can vary. 



If you make it about 8 inches long, you'll have a lovely bookmark! 

Or you can make it any other length and use as a trim for other craft projects. 





I'm thinking if done with yarn, this can even be a scarf! 




The pattern is available in my Etsy and Craftsy shops, as well as on Ravelry



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Monday, May 1, 2017

Coats and Clark Hearts Doily





This is a quick post regarding the Coats and Clark Hearts doily pattern.

The other day I got an email from someone asking about the pattern for this doily. I believe it is THIS doily the lady asked about. 

I opened the email on my phone and unfortunately it disappeared. I suppose I accidentally swiped my phone screen and the email got deleted. I wasn't able to recover it :(

So yes, I believe it was this doily the lady asked me about. She mentioned that the link to the free pattern on the Coats and Clark website no longer works. She asked me if I have the pattern saved on my computer. And as a matter of fact I do. 

I hope she will see this post and contact me again. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lace Spiders Crochet Stitch Pattern and Tutorial



You probably have seen this stitch (or a variation of it) before. I used a very similar one (though not exactly the same) to make my Spider Stitch Shawl

This open stitch would work great for a light afghan, a lacy baby christening shawl, a table runner, a summer blouse, etc. 

I made a detailed, step-by-step photo tutorial. I hope it will be useful. 






Multiple of 17, plus 4

I started with ch 55. 

Row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook, *ch 5, skip 5 ch, sc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, ch 5, skip 5 ch, dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch* across, ending with dc in last 2 ch. 




Row 2: ch 3, turn, *dc in next dc, 3 dc in 1st ch of next ch-5, ch 4, skip next sc, sc in next (middle) sc, ch 4, 3 dc in 5th ch of next ch-5, dc in next dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc* across, ending with 3 dc in 5th ch of last ch-5, dc in next dc, dc in top of turning ch. 




Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in same begging space, *ch 4, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in 1st ch of next ch-4, ch 2, skip sc, 3 dc in 4th ch of next ch-4, dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in 2nd (middle) ch of next ch-3* across, ending with ch 4, sc in top of turning ch.




Row 4: ch 8, turn, *skip next 4 dc, 2 dc in each ch of next ch-2, ch 5, skip next 4 dc, sc in 4th ch of next ch-4, sc in next sc, sc in 1st ch of next ch-4, ch 5* across, ending with ch 5, dc in last sc. 




Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in same beginning space, *ch 4, 3 dc in 5th ch of next ch-5, dc in next dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in 1st ch of next ch-5, ch 4, skip next sc, sc in next (middle) sc* across, ending with 3 dc in 1st ch of last ch-8, ch 4, and sc in 3rd ch (counting from bottom) of turning ch-8. 




Row 6: ch 5, turn, *3 dc in 4th ch of next ch-4, dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in 2nd (middle) ch of next ch-3, ch 4, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in 1st ch of next ch-4, ch 2, skip sc* across, ending with 3 dc in 1st ch of last ch-4, tr in last sc. 





Row 7: ch 3, turn, dc in same beginning space, *ch 5, skip next 4 dc, sc in 4th ch of next ch-4, sc in next sc, sc in 1st ch of next ch-4, ch 5, skip next 4 dc, 2 dc in each ch of next ch-2* across, ending with ch 5, 2 dc in top of turning ch. 





Repeat Rows 2-7 for the pattern. 




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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Simple Granny Stitch Crochet Dress, Size 2-3 Years Old, Free Crochet Pattern


I'd like to share my free pattern for this simple crochet dress. It is very easy to make.

It can be made in solid color or in multiple bright colors. It can be decorated with bows or crochet flowers. 





This pattern is written using US crochet terminology. 

Size: 2-3 Years Old

Finished Measurements: 
chest - 26 inches
length - 21 inches 

Skill Level: Beginner






Materials: 

US Hook size E/4 (3.5 MM) 

Category 2, fine yarn, cotton and acrylic blend, about 630 yards

For the dress shown I used Cotton Fair by Premier Yarns (52% cotton, 48 % acrylic), two balls (317 yards each) 

Gauge: 
in first round, 9 dc and 2 ch-spaces between them = 2.5 inches; 
2 rounds = 1 inch in height


  



Abbreviations:

ch chain

sl st slip stitch

dc double crochet

* * Instructions between asterisks should be repeated as many times as there are stitches to accommodate them or as many times as stated. 


Ch 88, join in ring with sl st, be careful not to twist the chain. 

Round 1: ch 4 (counts as 1st dc and ch 1), skip next ch, dc in next 3 ch, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next 3 ch* four times, {ch 3, dc in same st where previous dc was made (corner made), dc in next 2 ch, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next 3 ch* five times} repeat the instructions within { } three times, ch 3, dc in same st where previous dc was made (last corner made), dc in next ch, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. 

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in 1st ch-1 space, {ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1* across to corner, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) all in corner ch-3 space} repeat the instructions within { } four times, join with hdc to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3 (this brings hook and yarn in position for next round).

Round 3: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in space formed with hdc, {ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1* across to corner, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) all in corner ch-3 space} repeat the instructions within { } four times, join with hdc to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3 (this brings hook and yarn in position for next round).

Rounds 4-6: Repeat Round 3.


Round 7: same as Round 3 to first corner, 3 dc in corner ch-3 space, ch 1, skip to next corner, 3 dc in corner ch-3 space, continue to next corner the same way as in Round 3, 3 dc in corner ch-3 space, ch 1, skip to next corner, 3 dc in corner ch-3 space, join with dc to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. 



Round 8: ch 3, 2 dc in space formed with hdc, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1* across to 1st underarm, 3 dc in underarm ch-1 (in ch, not ch-1 space), ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1* across to the second underarm, 3 dc in underarm ch-1, join with hdc. 

Round 9: ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in space formed with hdc, ch 1, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next ch-1 space, ch 1* around; join with hdc. 

Round 10: ch 3, 2 dc in space formed with hdc, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1* around, join with hdc. 

Repeat Round 10 until the dress measures 21 inches (or your desired length). 

Fasten off. 

I'm linking this post to
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The Homemaking Party @ Hope in Every Season
Clever Chicks Blog Hop at The Chicken Chick
The Real Crafty Link Party at Keep It Real
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

White Lace Spiders Baby Blanket, Baby Afghan, Baby Christening Shawl


I can't believe I haven't updated my blog for more than a month! 

Time goes by so quickly, and now that it's spring and the clock was switched to the day light savings, my children and I spend a lot of time outdoors. 

But I still manage to get some crochet done, here and there. 


My last complete project is this lace baby blanket, or christening shawl. 

I like this stitch. It looks so delicate in white. I think it will look even better made with a finer yarn. 





I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads, and a size G (4.25 mm) hook. 

The finished blanket measures about 36 by 30 inches, but it can easily be adjusted to a bigger size. 



The pattern is available in my Etsy shop, and in my Craftsy shop, and on Ravelry.





Happy Spring! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bright Spring Doily for My Dresser



I continue working on clearing out my yarn stash and making things with leftover yarns. 

Here is a bright spring doily that I made with cotton yarn (Grace by Patons) and a size D/3 (3.25 mm) hook. I had small amounts of this yarn left in three colors, which I think go well together.  

I found the pattern (symbol chart) on Pinterest. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough yarn to make the last round. Even so, I like my spring doily.







I will keep my new doily on display on my bedroom dresser till summer. Then I will probably make something new. 




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Friday, February 24, 2017

Newborn Hats for Charity


I am working on reducing my stash and since I have a lot of leftover acrylic baby yarn (small amounts left from making bigger projects like blankets and baby dresses), I decided to make a bunch of newborn hats to donate.




I have made tons of baby hats before, but this is yet another new pattern.

I like the ribbed texture it has. It can be made in one color, or a multitude of colors. 


I've made half a dozen hats so far. But there is still so much yarn left. I will be making more! 



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Small Doily Free Vintage Pattern



Very easy doily pattern. And yet, I managed to make a mistake!

I noticed it just now, looking at the photo. I don't think I would've noticed it from the doily itself.

There are only eleven rounds, and it took me about forty minutes to make the doily this morning. 

I used size ten cotton thread and a 1.25 mm steel hook. My doily came out ten inches in diameter. 


Rnd 1: Ch 7, sl st in first st to form a ring. Ch 1, 12 sc in ring. 

Rnd 2: Ch 5 (for a dc and ch 2), dc in next st, * ch 2, dc in next st, repeat from * around, join last ch 2 to third st of first ch 5. 

Rnd 3: Ch 7 (for a dc and ch 4), dc in dc, * ch 4, dc in next dc, repeat from * around, joining last ch 4 to third st of first ch 7. 

Rnd 4: Ch 9 (for a dc and ch 6), dc in dc, ch 6, dc in next dc, repeat from * around, joining last ch 6 to third st of first ch 9. 

Rnd 5: Ch 16 (for a dc and ch 13), dc in dc, * ch 13, dc in next dc, repeat from * around, and join last ch 13 to third st of first ch 16. 



End 6: Sl st in each of first 2 sts, ch 3 (for first dc), dc in each of next 3 sts, * ch 7, dc in each of next 4 sts of same lp, ch 3, sk 2 sts of next lp, dc in each of next 4 sts, repeat from * around, end with a ch 2 and hdc in top of first ch 3 made. This brings thread in position to begin next rnd. 


Rnd 7: Ch 5, * (4 dc, ch 7, 4 dc) in lp between dc groups below, ch 2, dc over ch 3 below, ch 2, repeat from * around, end with a ch 2, sl st in third ch of eh 5 first made. 


Note: Thread over hook 4 times for a tr tr in next round. 

Rnd 8: Ch 9, * 5 dc over ch 7 lp, ch 3, (tr tr, ch 9, tr tr) in dc, ch 3, repeat from * around, end with a ch 3, tr tr at base of ch 9 first made, ch 9, sl st in 6th ch of ch 9 first made. 

Rnd 9: Sl st in each of 3 sts and first dc of 5 dc group, * sc in each of next 3 dc, ch 4, dc in sccond st of ch 9 below, (ch 1, dc in next st) 6 times, ch 4, sk first dc, repeat from * around, end with a ch 4, sl st in first sc made. 


Rnd 10: Sl st to middle of next sc, ch 4, * dc over ch 1 sp between dcs, (ch 5, dc over next sp) 5 times, ch 4, sc in middle sc of 3 sc group, ch 4, repeat from * around, join at beginning. 


Rnd 11: Sl st to center of lp between 2 dcs, ch 11 (for a dc and a ch 8), * dc in each ch 5 sp with ch 8 between, ch 2 between each scallop, repeat from * around, join and fasten off. Block and shape. 




Saturday, February 11, 2017

Crochet Pink Lace Summer Dress




I had wanted a crochet lace dress for a long time. Some day, I thought, I will make myself a gorgeous dress! 

But crocheting a dress is not an easy project. I never really got to it. Springs and summers were passing by, and I was telling myself: some day...

Then last month, I was browsing Etsy and came across a beautiful pink dress; I instantly fell in love with it.

I bought it the same day, and here it is!




This dress was designed and made by Marina Tsareva, who lives in Ukraine. The dress is made of mercerized organic cotton.

It is a pricey dress, but I thought it's okay to splurge on myself once in a while. 

Besides, knowing that my money went to a talented and hardworking woman in Ukraine (which is my native country, so I know firsthand how hard life is there) actually makes me feel good and happy!



Please, visit Marina's Etsy Shop simply to admire her work and perhaps give her beautiful creations a like or two, so that more people can learn about her amazing work. But be warned that just like me, you might see something you won't be able to walk away from. 

As for me, I cannot wait for spring, so I can wear my lovely dress. 

Thank you Marina! 


Monday, February 6, 2017

Baby Doll Crochet Peach Dress



My doll Lucy got a new dress. Isn't she a lucky girl?


I made this dress with one skein of Baby Bee Delight Yarn (60% acrylic, 40% polyamide) and a size F (3.75 mm) hook. 

I had just a tiny bit of the yarn left, just enough to make a simple headband.


This doll is so beautiful. I bought her a few years ago from a consignment doll shop. She is a Marie Osmond baby Ashley doll, but I named her Lucy.


Isn't she adorable? She even has a cute dimple on her chin. 


The pattern for Lucy's dress in available in my Etsy shop.




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Crochet Lace Summer Top



I recently reorganized my craft supplies, and I realized I have lots of crochet acrylic thread. 

Something must be made with it! The thread is perfect for summer crochet items. 

This is the first one I made. It's a simple pineapples and shells summer top. 


I found the symbol chart on Pinterest (see it here).

I worked with a size D/3 (3.25 mm) hook, and the work went along quite fast. I did have to frog it a few times as I realized I made a mistake a few rounds back. You know how sometimes you just crochet absent-mindedly? That was the case with me. 


 I am pretty comfortable with both written patterns and graphs, so I didn't have any trouble with this pattern. 

When working with a graph pattern, you don't have a given gauge, so I had to adjust the pattern a bit to make it my size.

The only problem with this graph is that you need a very good eyesight. It's especially difficult to see right in the beginning (the middle) of the chart.

So here are the first few rounds:

Ch 6, join in ring with sl st.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 15 dc in ring, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. 

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same space as joining, 2 dc in each dc around; join. 

Round 3: ch 3, dc in same space as joining, ch 2, 2 dc in next 2 dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, *2 dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc* three times, 2 dc in next dc, join.

Round 4: sl st in next ch-2 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-space, ch 1, 10 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 1, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 1, 10 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 1* three times, join. 



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Peach Lace Infinity Crochet Scarf




Tomorrow is my friend's birthday, and her present is finished!

I made her a light, lacy infinity scarf. 




I used a super fine (category 1) yarn and a size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook. The yarn that I used is Cria Lace by Knit One Crochet Too; it's a blend of 65% fine alpaca and 35% Tencel.

The scarf is very light and airy in texture.

You can see the stitch that I used in my previous post.

Or the entire scarf pattern is available in my Etsy shop



I had a bit of the same yarn left, so I also made a rose (from this pattern) and swirls (simply a chain of desired length, then 5 double crochets in each chain) to decorate the gift wrap. 

Looks lovely!




I secured a pin to the back of the flower, so it can be worn as a brooch too.