Friday, November 30, 2012

My New Warm and Comfy Boot Inserts

I recently bought a lovely 100% wool dress in a gorgeous shade of purple called Byzantium. It’s my favorite garment this autumn. It looks great with boots and black tights, but I felt like that outfit needed more accessories in the same color palate.
Boot inserts came to mind!

I’ve seen so many beautiful and chic ones on Pinterest; I especially liked knitted ones with cables. But since it has been a few years since I held knitting needles, I decided to go with crocheted ones.

I used Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) yarn (70% acrylic, 30% wool), Plum(ish) color and E/4-3.50MM hook. One ball was enough.

I started with ch 28 loosely. Sc in back ridge of second ch from hook and in each ch across (27 sc), ch 1 turn.

Then just sc in back loop only of each sc across (27 sc), ch 1 turn. I repeated this row until I got a piece long enough to fit around my calf (40 rows in total). 

I folded the piece in half, right side inside, and stitched together using sc. Fastened off and turned the right side out.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wrist Warmers for a Little Girl

For these lacy wrist warmers I used Red Heart Shimmer white (snow) yarn and size 4 (3.5 mm) hook. These wrist warmers would fit a 7-8 year old girl.

Ch 30  

Row 1: Sk 4 ch, *2 dc tog in next 2 ch, (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) all in next ch, sk 2 ch * five times, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: (3 dc tog, ch 3, 1 sc) all in next 3-ch space, *ch 2, (3 dc tog, ch 3, 1 sc) all next 3-ch space, * four times, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3. Ch 3, turn.

Row 3: (3 dc tog, ch 3, 1 sc) all in next 3-ch space, * ch 2, sk next ch-2 space, (3 dc tog, ch 3, 1 sc) all in next 3-ch space, * four times, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3. Ch 3, turn.  

Rows 4 – 10 same as Row 3.

Stitch together the longer sides leaving a hole for the thumb.  

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish a wonderful Thanksgiving to the USA readers of Lacy Crochet! 

And since it’s the day of thankfulness, I want to express my gratitude to all my readers around the world. Your visits, comments and e-mails are my biggest motivation for writing this blog. 

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mini Christmas Wreath Free Pattern

These mini wreathes are only slightly bigger than an inch in diameter. They are easy and quick to make. It took me only ten minutes to make one.

They will be great for Christmas card making, decorating wrapped presents, or as Christmas tree ornaments (just add a string for hanging). You can also use a pin and wear one as a Christmas brooch.  

Size ten green and red cotton thread. Size ten hook.

Using green thread, ch 15, join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 1, 25 sc in ring, join with sl st in first sc.

Round 2: ch 1, sc in next sc worked in back loop around, join with sl st in first sc.

Round 3 same as Round 2. Fasten off.

Using red thread, ch 45. Fasten off. Tie the chain into a bow. Using a needle and red thread, attach the bow to the wreath.

If you don’t know how to crochet into back loop, learn about it here.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Gift Wrapping with Doilies

Have you started your holiday shopping? What about holiday gift wrapping? I have started both as I don’t want to be overwhelmed by these tasks as the Holidays approach.

I hardly ever buy gift wrapping paper as there are so many materials in my home that can be used for that purpose.

For instance, I used a brown paper bag to wrap these three presents. I added small doilies and a few other simple decorations that I found in my storage box labeled “Christmas Decor”. And voila! The presents are now awaiting their recipients.

The symbol chart for this doily can be found in my old post here.

And you can see the symbol charts for the other two tiny doilies here (designs 1 and 2). 

For those of you in the USA, please check out my tabletop fountain giveaway on my other blog.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Small Autumn Doily

I am so enjoying autumn this year. It’s fun to walk around the neighborhood, to look at the trees changing colors, and all the beautiful fall decorations people put out. On our morning walk today my children and I picked some leaves.

I thought those leaves were a perfect complement for my new doily.

I stumbled upon the symbol chart for this doily on Facebook. I couldn’t figure out how the last two rounds are supposed to be crocheted, so I finished my doily a bit differently.  

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lacy Crochet is One Year Old

This month I’m celebrating Lacy Crochet’s first anniversary!

It is through this blog that I met many wonderful and talented people from around the world who share the love of crocheting. I appreciate you visiting my blog and all the support and encouragement you give me!

I must say it has been a productive crochet year for me. Before I started this blog, I could only follow symbol chart patterns or written instructions in Russian (my native language).  But once I started this blog, I learned the English crochet language and completed many projects following patterns written in English.

What is more, I even wrote several patterns myself! Yes, I definitely expanded my crochet knowledge this past year. 

I collected some of my favorite crochet works from the past year in these collages.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Little Bear Toddler Beanie, Free Pattern

This is not at all a lacy project, but I thought it was worth sharing.

It seems that autumn finally arrived in California too. And it’s time to bring out warmer clothes and hats for little ones!

I made this beanie for my eighteen months old son. I came up with the pattern myself. It’s not at all elaborate, which makes it easy to crochet. I believe even beginning crocheters can make it.  

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 ( Please, respect my work. Thank you!

The hat measures 16 inches at the crown. 

I used Country yarn by The color was Deep Taupe (#15). It’s a 75% acrylic and 25% merino wool mix. The hook was 3.5 mm.

Ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join with sl st in the third ch of beg ch-3.

Round 2: ch 3, dc in same space, *2 dc in next dc* around, join with sl st in the third ch of beg ch-3.

Round 3: ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc* around, join with sl st in the third ch of beg ch-3.

Round 4: same as Round 3.

Round 5: ch 3, dc in each dc around, join with sl st in the third ch of beg ch-3.

Rounds 6-14: as Round 5.

Round 15: ch 1, *sc in space between next 2 dc* around, join with sl st in the beg ch-1.

Round 16: ch 1, *sc in next sc* around, join with sl st in beg ch-1. Fasten off.

To make ears:

Ch 7, ring.

Round 1: Ch 3, 15 dc in ring, join with sl st in the third ch of beg ch-3.

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in each dc, join with sl st in the third ch of beg ch-3.

Round 3 as Round 2.

You will have a tiny hat. Stitch the opening together using sc. Fasten off. Cut the yarn leaving it long enough to attach the ear to the hat.

Using a tapestry needle, attach the ears to the hat.

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