Thursday, December 3, 2020

Crochet pullover - free pattern

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Hey everybody, I'm here after a long time with a free pattern for you. It's a pullover that's named Nora. Nora is written in 3 sizes - small, medium and large. The pattern is pretty easy and if you are a newbie who wants to try their hand on crocheting a garment this might the right pattern for you provided you are familiar with the basic crochet stitches along with working around posts (fpdc and bpdc stitches). These stitches are used only for neck ribbing. 

The pattern is also available in a PDF format which could be purchased for a small amount from here.

Now to the pattern

Materials

  • Light worsted weight/3/DK weight yarn (12 wpi) approximately 
    • 1190 yards for small
    • 1225 yards for medium 
    • 1260 yards for large
  •  G/4 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle 
  • Stitch markers

Size

Small
Your bust size - 28-30 inches (71-76 cm)
Finished chest circumference - 31.5 inches (80 cm)
Length - 23.5 inches (60 cm)

Medium
Your bust size - 32-34 inches (81-86 cm)
Finished chest circumference - 35 inches (88 cm)
Length - 24 inches (62 cm)

Large
Your bust size - 36-38 inches (91.5-96.5 cm)
Finished chest circumference - 37.7 inches (96 cm)
Length - 24.75 inches (62.75 cm)

The measurement given above is the measurement without blocking. If you are blocking, depending on the type of yarn used, your finished item may increase 1 or 2 inches. Length can be increased or decreased by increasing or decreasing the number of rows worked in section 1. 

Gauge 

19 dc and 9.5 rows = approximately 4 inches

Abbreviations/crochet terms (US terms) 

** - Repeat instructions within asterisks as many times as directed
[ ] - Work instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as directed
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble 

Note

  • The pattern is written in standard American terminology.
  • The pattern is written for size S (small). Changes for other sizes are given within parenthesis. Size M (medium) is given in blue and size L (large) is given in red.


Instruction 
Front 
Section 1 

Ch 90 (98/106
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, **skip next 3 ch, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next ch, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch** Repeat from ** to ** across. Turn. 
Row 2: Ch 4, skip 2 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, tr in last sc. Turn. 
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, **sc in the space between next 2 dc, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc** Repeat from ** to ** across, sc in last space. Turn. 
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the length is about 15.5 to 16 inches finishing with row 2. Turn. 

Please note that your work will appear a few inches wider than the intended size in the first few rows. You will get the correct size only when you reach about 1/4th of the total height. 

Section 2 
Shaping armholes

Row 1: Sl st in the space between the tr and next dc, sl st in next 3 ch and sl st in next sc, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same st, sc in space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** 8 (9/10) more times, 3 dc in next sc. Turn. 
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, **ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** 8 (9/10) more times. Turn. 
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same space, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across. Turn. 
Row 4: Ch 4, skip 2 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, tr in last sc. Turn. 
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, **sc in the space between next 2 dc, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc** Repeat from ** to ** across, sc in last space. Turn.

Size S 
Row 6: Repeat row 4. Continue with section 3. 

Size M 
Row 6 and 7: Repeat rows 4 and 5. 
Row 8: Repeat row 4. Continue with section 3. 

Size L 
Row 6 to 9: Repeat rows 4 and 5 twice. 
Row 10: Repeat row 4. Continue with section 3.

Section 3 
Shaping shoulders and neck 
Right 

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, **sc in the space between next 2 dc, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc** Repeat from ** to ** 1 (1/2) more times, sc in the space between next 2 dc. Turn. Row 2: Sl st in 3 dc, sl st in next 2 ch, ch 1, sc in same space, **ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space** Repeat from ** to ** (1/2)  more times, ch 3, dc in next dc, tr in last sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** (1/2)  more times, 3 dc in last sc. Turn. 
Row 4: Ch 3, **skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** (1/2) more times, tr in last sc. Turn. 
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** (1/2) more times. Turn. 
Row 6: Ch 4, skip 2 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** (1/2) more times, tr in last sc. Turn. 
Row 7 and 8: Repeat row 5 and 6. Cut off yarn. 

Left 

Skip six (eight/six) ch-3 spaces and join yarn in the space between next 2 dc, 
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same space, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** 2 (2/3) more times. Turn. 
Row 2: Ch 4, skip 2 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** 1 (1/2) more times, dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-5 space. Turn. 
Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, sc in the space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** 1 (1/2) more times. Turn. 
Row 4: Ch 4, skip 2 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** 1 (1/2) more times, dc in last st. Turn. 
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in same space, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** 1 (1/2) more times. Turn. 
Row 6: Ch 4, skip 2 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** Repeat from ** to ** 1 (1/2) more times, tr in last sc. Turn. 
Row 7 and 8: Repeat row 5 and 6. Cut off yarn. 

Back 
Section 1 

Same as front. 

Section 2 

Row 1 to 5: Same as front.

Size S 
Row 6 to 11: Repeat rows 4 and 5. 
Row 12: Repeat row 4. Continue with section 3.

Size M
Row 6 to 13: Repeat rows 4 and 5. 
Row 14: Repeat row 4. Continue with section 3. 

Size L 
Row 6 to 15: Repeat rows 4 and 5. 
Row 16: Repeat row 4. Continue with section 3.

Section 3 
Shaping neck 
Right

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to **  1 (1/2) more times. Turn. 
Row 2: Sl st in 3 dc, sl st in 2 ch, ch 1, sc in same space, **ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space** Repeat from ** to ** 0 (0/1)  more times, ch 3, dc in next dc, tr in last sc. Cut off yarn. 

Left 

Join yarn in the corner st at the other end and repeat the 2 rows. 


Sleeves (make 2) 

Ch 42 (50/58
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, **skip next 3 ch, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next ch, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch** Repeat from ** to ** across. Turn. 
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as tr), tr in same st, skip 2 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, 2 tr in last sc. Turn. 
Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), sc in the space between the tr and dc, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, **sc in the space between next 2 dc, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc** Repeat from ** to ** across, sc in space between last dc and tr, ch 1, dc in last st. Turn. 
Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), dc in same st, skip 2 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the last space. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), dc in same st, sc in the space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the last st. Turn. 
Row 6: Ch 3, dc in same st, skip 3 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the last st. Turn. 
Row 7: Ch 5, 2 dc in same st, sc in the space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, [2 dc, ch 1, tr] in the last st. Turn. 
Row 8: Ch 4, dc in ch-1 space, skip 4 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, [dc, ch 2, sc] in the last space. Turn. 
Row 9: Ch 6, 3 dc in same st, sc in the space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, [3 dc, ch 2, tr] in the last space. Turn. 
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip 4 dc, dc in next dc, **ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, ch 3, sc in last space. Turn.
Row 11: Ch 7, 3 dc in same st, sc in the space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, [3 dc, ch 3, tr] in the last st. Turn. 
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in same space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip 4 dc, dc in next dc, **ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, ch 3, sc in last space. Turn. 
Row 13: Ch 8, 3 dc in same st, sc in the space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, [3 dc, ch 4, tr] in the last st. Turn. 
Row 14: Ch 1, sc in same space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip 4 dc, dc in next dc, **ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, ch 3, sc in last space. Turn. 
Row 15: Ch 3, dc, ch 5, 3 dc in same st, sc in the space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, [3 dc, ch 5, 2 dc] in the last st. Turn. 
Row 16: Ch 4, sc in ch-5 space, **ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space** Repeat from ** to ** across, ch 2, sc in last st. Turn. 
Row 17: Ch 1, sc in same st, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, **sc in the space between next 2 dc, [3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc** Repeat from ** to ** across, sc in last space. Turn. 
Row 18 to 33: Repeat rows 2 to 17 
Row 34: Ch 4, skip 2 dc, **dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, tr in last sc. Turn.

Sleeve cap 

Row 35: Sl st in the space between the tr and next dc, sl st in next 3 ch and sl st in next sc, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same st, sc in space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** 6 (7/8) more times, 3 dc in next sc. Turn. 
Row 36: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, **ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** 6 (7/8) more times. Turn. 
Row 37: Ch 1, sc in same st, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** 6 (7/8) more times. Turn. 
Row 38: Sl st in 3 dc, sl st in next 2 ch, ch 1, sc in same space, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, **ch 3, sc in ch-5 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 7 dc, dc in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** 4 (5/6)  more times, (do not make the last ch-3) sc in the last ch-5 space. Turn. 
Row 39: Ch 1, sc in the space between next 2 dc, **[3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc] in next sc, sc in the space between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across. Turn.

Size S
Row 40 and 41: Repeat row 38 and 39 reducing one repeat of the sts within parenthesis. Turn. 
Row 42: Sl st in 3 dc, sl st in next 2 ch, ch 1, sc in same space, **ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space** Repeat from ** to ** one more time. Cut off yarn and weave in the ends. 

Size M
Row 40 to 43: Repeat row 38 and 39 two times reducing one repeat of the sts within parenthesis each time. Turn. 
Row 44: Sl st in 3 dc, sl st in next 2 ch, ch 1, sc in same space, ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space. Cut off yarn and weave in the ends. 

Size L
Row 40 to 43: Repeat row 38 and 39 reducing one repeat of the sts within parenthesis each time. Turn. Row 44: Sl st in 3 dc, sl st in next 2 ch, ch 1, sc in same space, **ch 3, dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in ch-5 space** Repeat from ** to ** one more time. Cut off yarn and weave in the ends.

Assembling

With the wrong side out sew the shoulder joints together. Using stitch makers secure the center of the sleeve cap to the shoulder joint and both the edges of the sleeve caps to the armhole parts of the pullover as shown in the image. Starting from one edge of the armhole sew the two pieces together along the sleeve cap until the other edge.

Similarly sew the other sleeve. Then sew the sleeve edges together starting at the bottom and moving up to the armhole, then moving down along the edge of the body. Repeat for the other side. Weave in all the loose ends. Pull the right side out. 

Neck edging 

Round 1: Join yarn anywhere in the neck, ch 3 and sc around the neck edge spacing them evenly. 


Round 2: Sl st in the 1st ch-3 space, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same space, work 3 dc in each ch-3 space around. Join with a sl st to the 1st st. 
Round 3: Ch 3, repeat [fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st] around. Join with a sl st to the 1st st. 
Round 4 to 6: Ch 3, repeat [fpdc in fpdc, bpdc in bpdc] around. Join with a sl st to the 1st st. 

Weave in all the loose ends. I hope you enjoy the pattern.




 


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Laurel wreath pullover - new pattern

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My latest pattern is this gorgeous pullover which is called the Laurel wreath pullover. This is absolutely one of my favorites and I can't wait for winter to wear this beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed designing this round yoke sweater.

The pattern is now available in my Etsy shop and will soon be available in other shops too.
The pattern is written for 6 adult sizes - S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXL with finished chest circumference ranging from 32 to 54 inches. The sweater is worked from top down and the skill level is intermediate. I'm sure you'll love this pattern.


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Stash busting and missing

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I finished the scrap yarn hexagon blanket that I started ages ago. I used the hexagon pattern from here and gave it a simple border using hdc stitches worked into the back loops. I love the way it turned out. 
I used all sorts of yarn in this. Some were fingering weight and some heavy worsted weight, but mostly DK weight.

Though I managed to use up hundreds of tiny leftover balls of yarn I still had a lot more, so I started another stash buster and it is almost complete. Images in another post but just a sneak peek here...
I noticed only today that my last post was exactly two months ago. I have been neglecting my blog and Instagram lately but I do have a reason for it. We have moved house again, this time to our own. On top of that my computer broke down, actually the computer broke down even before we moved, so I have been using a laptop and it took me forever to get used to it. I'm still not able to type fast on a laptop as I used to using a desktop. So now that I have somewhat settled in my new routine I hope to blog more frequently.

Though I'm happy to have moved out of our previous home (I felt that house was bad luck for me), I do miss a few things.

I miss the greenery there. There were many huge trees close to our house and it was very relaxing to watch the birds and squirrels that lived there. Here there are only houses, people and vehicles. I miss those birds and squirrels who were not only bold enough to venture inside our house but also felt safe enough to build a nest. Unfortunately we moved out before the squirrel babies came.
We also had an open courtyard, so it was free entry for pigeons. Sometimes they were fun to watch and sometimes they annoyed us by pooping everywhere. 
I really don't know how many eggs were laid and how many chicks were hatched there. There was always a pair rearing a baby or two. 
Finally it was heartbreaking to say goodbye to these two sweet doggos. They live on the streets and befriended us. Almost everyday they came to visit us. If the front door was closed they'll bang on the door to be let in. 
Black was a sweet girl, shy and timid, at the same time very alert and watchful.  Brown was very playful and naughty and a heavy sleeper. Once he lays his head down to sleep nothing will bother him, not food, not stranger, not even an earthquake. From the look of those two sitting together in the last image you might think that they are best buddies, but no, they are enemies who can't stand one another. They used to be okay with each other initially but the black started feeling jealous when Brownie too started to visit us regularly. (Initially it was only Blacky). So she refused to let him in while she was in the house. This led to a fight between both of them and from then on Blacky will not enter the house if Brownie was inside. Blacky had such an attitude. 

I hope these babies make new friends and live peacefully. We cannot have pets for various reasons, otherwise I would happily bring them both home. I miss them a lot.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Crochet bag - free pattern

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Hey, how are you all? How are you guys coping with the current situation? For me life is more or less the same before and during the lockdown. Lockdown in our country is supposed to end on May 4, but I'm not sure because the number of people affected by the virus only keeps growing day by day although it is comparatively much lesser than the US and European countries. Even though the numbers are fewer in my country, the lockdown has affected more people because majority of the population is employed in the informal sector and now their livelihood is lost, God knows for how many more months. Although I'm thankful that I need not worry where my next meal is going to come from, there are many who lead a hand to mouth existence. Though the government and several organizations are doing whatever they could to those in need, I don't think it reaches everyone, there may be many who are left out and helpless.
I hope we'll be able to put an end to this scary situation soon. 
Anyway, coming back to crochet, I'm happy to publish this free pattern for a lovely bag. Bring out all the scrap yarns that you have and make a colorful version of this bag. I used different types of yarns. For the main color I used two yarns of different weight and colors held together, the combined weight being worsted weight. You can use any type of yarn, but select a hook that is one size smaller than the hook suggested for that particular yarn because your stitches have to be tight without any gaps. 




You can also purchase a PDF version of this pattern for a small amount from here.

 

 Materials needed:

  • Worsted weight yarns in 3 colors, main color (I used blue and green held together) approximately 160 yards, two complementing colors (green and black) about 65 yards each.
  • Crochet hook size H/5 mm
  • Yarn needle

Size

The bag measures approximately 14 inches wide and 8.5 inches high excluding the handle.

Gauge

14 sc and 14 rows = approximately 4 inches

Abbreviations/crochet stitches used:

** - Repeat instructions within asterisks as many times as directed
[] - Work instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as directed
st/sts - stitch/stitches
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet

Note

The pattern is written in standard American terms

Instruction

Base

Round 1: Using main color (color A), ch 24, sc in the 3rd ch from hook, sc in next 20 ch, 3 sc in the last ch, sc in next 21 ch on the other side, 3 sc in next space formed by the 2 skipped chs at the beginning. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (48 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and in all rounds), sc in same st and in next 20 sts, 2 sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 21 sts, 2 sc in 3 sts. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. (54 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 20 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, sc in next 21 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. (60 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 20 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 3 times, sc in next 21 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 3 times. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. (66 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 20 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] 3 times, sc in next 9 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] 3 times. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. (72 sts)
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 20 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] 3 times, sc in next 21 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] 3 times. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. (78 sts)
Round 7: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 20 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 3 times, sc in next 21 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 3 times. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. (84 sts)
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 20 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts] 3 times, sc in next 21 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts] 3 times. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. (90 sts)
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 20 sts, [sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st] 3 times, sc in next 21 sts, [sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st] 3 times. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. (96 sts) 

Body

Pull color B (green) through the loop and tighten the loop by pulling at color A. Continue working the next round with color B into the back loops only.
Round 10: Ch 1, sc in same st, **ch 3, 3 dc in same st (all worked into back loops only), skip next 3 sts, sc in the back loops of next st** Repeat from ** to ** around and join with a sl st to the 1st sc.
Round 11: Join color A in the next ch-3 space, ch 1, sc in same space, 3 dc in next sc, **sc in next ch-3 space, 3 dc in next sc** Repeat from ** to ** around. join with a sl st to 1st sc. 
Round 12: Join color C (black) in same st, ch 1, [sc, ch 3, 3 dc] in same st, **skip 3 dc, [sc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next sc** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.
Round 13 to 23: Repeat rounds 11 and 12 alternating the 3 colors finishing with the main color A.
Round 24 to 26: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (96 sts)

Handle
Round 27: Ch 1, sc in 3 sts, ch 20, skip 15 sts, sc in next 33 sts, ch 20, skip 15 sts, sc in next 30 sts. Join with a sl st to the 1 st sc.
Round 28: Ch 1, sc in 3 sts, sc in each ch, sc in next 33 sts, sc in each ch, sc in next 30 sts. Join with a sl st to the 1 st sc.
Round 29: Ch 1, sc in 3 sts, sc in 5 sts of the handle, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts of the handle, sc in next 33 sts, sc in 5 sts of the other handle, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts of the handle, sc in next 30 sts. Join with a sl st to the 1 st sc.
Round 30: Sl st in each st around. Fasten off and weave in the loose ends.

 I hope you enjoy this pattern. Stay indoors and stay safe!



Thursday, April 23, 2020

Crochet flowers - new patterns

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Because of the lockdown I'm not able to buy any yarn, so I'm making use of the limited choice of yarns that I have to design small things. I designed a few flowers and listed them in my shops. I even have a free pattern for you of a lovely, delicate flower and leaf in my last post. If you haven't seen it click here. Like me I guess many of you also wouldn't have been able to buy any new yarns, So I hope these patterns would be of use to you with your limited supply of yarn at hand. Also, I'm running a 30% discount sale in my Etsy shop until the end of this month. I hope you'll all enjoy your quarantine time with lots and lots of crocheting! Stay safe and stay crocheting!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Crochet flower and leaf - free pattern

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Hi, how are you all doing? Unbelievable events are happening around us and the future has never felt so uncertain. Everything is getting scarier day by day and I refrain myself from watching the news as much as possible. How lucky we crocheters are to have something to keep ourselves distracted, something that we love doing day in and day out. My only regret now is that I don't have enough yarn to do any big projects. I do have a huge amount of yarn but not enough in each color or variety to design a garment, so I'm sticking to smaller projects. I was working on a cable stitch sweater which I have to put on hold indefinitely as I ran out of yarn. Now I've taken out all the small leftover balls of yarn to make beautiful flowers and leaves. Here is my free pattern for you.

Materials:

Use any yarn you have and a suitable hook.

Size:

The size of the flower may vary depending on the yarn and the size of hook used. The flower that is shown here was crocheted using lace weight yarn and 1.75 mm crochet hook and measures approximately 13.5 cm across.

Abbreviations used (US terms):

** - repeat instruction within asterisks as many times as directed.
[ ] - work instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as instructed.
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble
dtr - double treble

If you wish to purchase the PDF format of this pattern you can do so from here for a small price. 

Flower

Ch 10, join the last ch with a sl st to the 1st st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, 20 sc into ring. Join the last sc with a sl st to the 1st sc . Ch 1, sc in same st,
Petal: Ch 15, tr in 7th ch from hook, repeat [ch 2, skip next 2 ch, dc in next ch] twice, ch 2, sc in next sc in the ring. Turn.
Ch 2, skip 1st ch-2 space, repeat [dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2] twice, tr and dtr in the last space. Turn.
Ch 6, tr in next ch-2 space, repeat [ch 2, dc in next ch-2 space] twice, ch 2, sc in next 3 sc in the ring.
Repeat the instruction for the petal 4 more times finishing with sc in one last st and joining with a sl st to the 1st sc at the beginning of round.

Edging
Round 1: **2 sc in ch-2 space, sc in next st, [3 sc in next space, sc in next st] twice, 4 sc in next space, 9 sc in next space, 4 sc in next space, [sc in next st, 3 sc in next space] twice, sc in next st, 2 sc in next ch-2 space, skip next sc, sc in next st** Repeat from ** to ** around.
Round 2: Sl st in 3 sc, ch 1, sc in each st around the petal skipping last 2 sc in the petal, **skip 2 sc in next petal, sc in rest of the sc in the petal, skip last 2 sc of the petal** Repeat from ** to ** around Join with a sl st to the 1st st and cut off yarn. Weave in the loose ends. Block the flower for best result.

Leaf
Round 1: Ch 16, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across finishing with [sc, ch 6, sc] in last ch. Turn.
Round 2: [ch 7, dc, ch 3, tr, ch 3, dtr, ch 7, dtr, ch 3, tr, ch 3, dc, ch 4, dc] in ch-6 space. Turn.
Round 3: Ch 3, 5 dc in 1st space, dc in next st, [4 dc in next ch-3 space, dc in next st] twice, [5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc] in next ch-7 space, [dc in next st, 4 dc in ch-3 space] twice, dc in next st, 5 dc in last space, ch 3, sl st in same space. Cut off yarn and weave in the ends.


I have more flower patterns as well listed in my Etsy shop.
The spring flowers and leaves pattern is a set of 3 flowers and 3 leaves.
This flower applique looks very pretty and is also easy to make. Both these patterns are available in my Etsy shop. Also I'm having a 40% discount sale in my Etsy shop. Don't miss it.

Stay safe and take care!




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sweet hearts crochet top

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The sweet hearts top pattern was meant to be published long before Valentine's Day but had to be delayed because life got hectic due to some renovation work that we are carrying out in our house. We will be moving to our own house next month and until we settle down there I won't be able to work on any new patterns. Anyway, I managed to complete it and publish it in my Ravelry store.

This pattern is written for 3 sizes - small, medium and large. It is a close fit sleeveless top which uses the cable stitch technique involving front and back post stitches. It's an advanced level pattern and is not suitable for a beginner. I have included step by step photos as well.

I'm also offering 50% discount until Valentine's Day. Use coupon code VAL50 on Ravelry to avail this offer.
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