Monday, July 12, 2021

Bernat Softee Chunky Lacy Hat and Scarf Crochet Set, Video Tutorial and Written Pattern

It is still summer in the Northern hemisphere, but I am already working on fall/winter crochet projects!

This chunky lacy hat is the variation of the baby lacy hat that I made a couple of years ago. Since then, people have been asking me how to adjust that pattern for the adult size. 

The pattern is very easy, and there are only nine rounds. 




The yarn is Bernat Softee Chunky in color Forest. Only one skein is needed for the hat. Hook size K (6.5 mm)

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I loved how the hat turned out, so I decided to make a matching scarf. I wasn't sure how chunky lacy fabric will drape when wearing the scarf, but it drapes quite nicely! 







The scarf took three skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky yarn, and the color that I used is Seagreen. 

And with a fourth skein, I got a lovely set! 



 

Video tutorials for both hat and scarf and available on my Youtube channel. 

Monday, June 28, 2021

How I Wet Block and Spray Starch my Lacy, Crochet Motifs Tablecloth


Hello crochet friends!

In this post I want to share my very simple process of wet blocking a crochet lacy tablecloth or crochet doilies. 

There are only five easy steps:

1. Soak the tablecloth in lukewarm water. Gently squeeze out the water.
2. Place a towel on a flat surface. Lay the tablecloth on the towel.
3. Gently stretch, shape, and straighten the motifs and the stitches.
4. Use spray starch such as Niagara. Shake well. Spray generously onto the tablecloth.
5. Leave to dry.

I also filmed a video of each step! 



 

Thank you for stopping by! 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Crochet Lace Motifs Tablecloth, My First Ever Tablecloth Design, Crochet Pattern and Video Tutorial

Happy Summer! I hope you are enjoying it! I certainly am!

After a year and a half of lockdowns, social distancing and isolations, it feels so wonderful to be out and about again! I really enjoy going on day trips exploring my state!

Last month I visited Lincoln, a small town in Northern California. Walking downtown, I noticed this stunning, vintage, crochet tablecloth outside of a small business! 

I snapped a picture, which I later shared on the community tab of my Youtube channel! 

And so many people loved it and encouraged me to create a similar one! 


And here is the tablecloth of my own! Yes, yes, I know, it's not as gorgeous as the one above, but considering that it's my first attempt ever at designing a tablecloth, I think it's not that bad! 

I wanted to keep it simple because like I said, it's my first attempt, and I didn't want to take forever to make it or to get too overwhelmed!

Instead of using crochet thread, I used 100% mercerized cotton yarn (category 3). Specifically I used Patons Grace. To make a five by five motifs tablecloth (about 40 by 40 inches), 7 skeins of yarn needed. 

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I worked with a hook size F (3.75 mm)


Each motif is quite simple and has only five rounds. The motifs are joined together in the fifth round. Then in the space between the joined motifs I added fill-in lace. 

Do you see the mistake I made in my tablecloth in the picture bellow? When I noticed it, it was way too late to fix it! Oh well! 


 I wrote a detailed pattern for this tablecloth and I filmed a video tutorial as well!



The written pattern is available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops! 



Happy summer and happy crocheting! 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Lacy Diamonds Square Baby Blanket, Video Tutorial and Written Pattern, Feels Like Butta Lion Brand Yarns

Connecting with other people who practice and/or appreciate this wonderful art of crochet is one of my greatest joys! Going through the social distancing and isolation over the past year and a half was not easy, but through crochet I stayed connected to so many other people around the world! 

I am so blessed to a be a part of this amazing online community of crocheters!  


A couple of weeks ago, a fellow crocheter Juanita sent me not one, not two, not three... but six, six boxes of yarn! 

It felt like Christmas! I got so excited! The majority of the yarns that I received are new to me, and it's always fun to try next textures and new looks! 

One of these new-to-me yarns was Feels Like Butta by Lion Brand Yarns, and I used it to make this baby blanket! 

This is a category 4 yarn, 100% polyester, and it feels so soft to touch! I used four skeins in lavender color, and I worked with a hook size H (5 mm). 

The finished measurements of the blanket is about 34 by 34 inches. 



I will be sending this lovely blanket back to Juanita because she and her family are expecting a great grand baby! 

I will be crocheting more of baby items from the Feels Like Butta yarn! I still have several skeins in different colors! 



 
The video tutorial for this blanket is on my Youtube channel! 



And the written pattern is available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops! 



Happy crocheting Friends! 


Monday, April 12, 2021

Lacy Butterflies Crochet Scarf, Video Tutorial and Crochet Pattern

I can't believe it's already spring! Warm days, blue sky, flowers and butterflies! What can be more cheerful?



Inspired by spring, I crocheted a light cotton scarf with butterflies! If you follow my blog for a while, you might remember the butterfly bookmark I made years ago. I used the same pattern, but adjusted it for a scarf! 

The pattern is here and here


To make the scarf, I used seven skeins of Patons Grace by Yarnspiration (950 yards or 350 grams), which is 100% mercerized cotton. Buy this yarn on Amazon (affiliate link)! 

Alize Bahar 100% mercerized cotton will work for this project too (4 skeins will be needed). Buy it on Amazon (affiliate link)!

I worked with a hook size D (3.25 mm)

The finished measurements of the scarf are about 63 inches long and 12 inches wide. 



I have a step-by-step video tutorial for this crochet scarf on my Youtube channel! 
 



The written pattern for this scarf is available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops! 




Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Mohair and Silk Lacy Scarf, Big Treble Shells, Crochet Video Tutorial and Pattern

Hello fellow crocheters and blogging friends,

This is my latest scarf, made of kid mohair and silk blend yarn. I had two balls in my stash (460 yards or 50 grams), which I finally used up!

Working with mohair yarn has its challenges, so I chose a very simple pattern of big shells made with treble crochets. There is only one repeating row in the pattern. 

I worked with a hook size H (5 mm), and the finished measurements of my scarf are about 64 inches long and 14 inches wide.


Kid Mohair and Silk blend yarns (Amazon affiliate links):







 


The written pattern is available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. 



Tuesday, February 2, 2021

My Tree of Life Afghan, Crochet Pattern from Lion Brand Yarn

Hello blog friends, 

I am excited to share with you the project I recently finished! It's the Tree of Life Afghan from the Lion Brand Yarn website! 

I am really into trees! Somehow trees make me very happy! 

This afghan had been on my mind for a long time! You too probably have seen it online! So many people have made it! And now I join the ranks!

I did it! I crocheted myself a Tree of Life Afghan!


 I didn't use the recommended Lion Brand yarn, but instead I used what I already had in my stash - Impeccable by Loops & Threads.  My afghan took about 3500 yards of yarn, which is about 13 balls of 4.5 oz each.

I made my afghan a bit longer than the one in the pattern (I simply added more rows of flowers in the middle panel). I worked with a hook size H (5 mm). 



 


I absolutely love the way my afghan turned out! This was a long process, which took over half a year! 

I started this project in summer of 2020 and finished it in January 2021!

Here is a video of me working on this afghan back in September 2020. 






Friday, January 15, 2021

Easy Beginner's Crochet Baby Blanket with Puff Stitches, Crochet Video Tutorial and Written Pattern

This year I want to create more of beginner friendly crochet patterns and tutorials! 

This baby blanket is quite simple and beginners who know the basic stitches such as chains, slip stitches, single crochets, and double crochets. The only advanced stitch used here is the puff stitch! 

I made the puff stitches in this pattern tilted, but they are not too difficult to make. 

But the time you finish this blanket, you'll fully master puff stitches! 

I made my blanket 33 by 33 inches, but the pattern can be easily adjusted to any custom size. 

I used light worsted (category 3) 100% acrylic yarn and I worked with a hook size G (4.25 mm).

Specifically I used Snuggl Wuggly by Loops & Threads (1200 yards in total). 

Worsted weight yarns (category 4) yarns should work too! 


The design of this blanket is suitable for baby girls as well as baby boys! I think it looks lovely in any color, and possibly even in stripes! 



 

The video tutorial is available on my YouTube channel, and the written pattern is in my Etsy and Ravelry shops! 




Happy crocheting! 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Lacy Scarf with Double Crochet Clusters, Crochet Video Tutorial and Written Pattern

 Happy New Year! 

What is on your crochet hook in 2021? I have a few crochet projects on my hooks, and I have several more as ideas in my head! 

Crochet lacy scarves were a huge theme for me last year! Lacy scarf tutorials were the most popular on my YouTube channel! And lacy scarf written patterns were also a big a hit in my pattern shops! 

This year I will continue creating new lacy scarves, but I also have ideas for other projects!

This white lacy scarf is the first one of the year 2021!



In this pattern I used four-double-crochet-finished-together (aka 4dc-tog) clusters. They look like flower petals, and together with chain spaces, they create a beautiful, lacy design.

The are only two repeating rows in the pattern for the lace design, but I started and finished the scarf with a row of double crochet to create straight edges on both ends. 



For this scarf, I used light worsted, category 3, 100% acrylic yarn. Specifically I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads. I used up two skeins, which is approximately 850 yards in total. 

I worked with a hook size G (4.25 mm).

The finished size of my scarf is about 78 inches long, and 11 inches wide. 

The pattern can be easily adjusted to any custom size!





The written pattern is available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops!