Thursday, October 3, 2019

Pumpkin house with witch hat roof - free crochet pattern

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Hi, how are you all? It's fall and I'm seeing pumpkins in various forms everywhere on the internet. For my share I  made a pumpkin house. Interestingly the house is not stuffed. It's hollow inside so that you can use it to store candies or other knick-knacks. The roof is removable and it also has a door that can be opened!



Size

The pumpkin house measures approximately 7 inches wide and 9.5 inches high.

Materials

  • One skein of worsted weight yarn in orange, green and black
  • Little amount of brown and white worsted weight yarns for the door and window
  • Crochet hook size G/4 mm
  • Yarn needle
  • stitch markers
  • dollhouse door hinges (optional)

Abbreviations/Crochet terms used:

[ ] - repeat instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as instructed
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (UK - half treble)
sc2tog/sc3tog - single crochet worked together in 2/3 consecutive stitches (sc decrease)

Note:

  • The pattern is written in standard US terms
  • You can use any yarn but the size of the hook should be one or two sizes smaller than the suggested size for that particular yarn so that your house stays firm

If you wish to purchase a PDF version of this pattern you can buy it from here

Instruction
Pumpkin base

Note: Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round. Use a stitch marker to identify the 1st st of every round. 

Using green ch 4, join the last ch with a sl st to the 1st ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc into ring
Round 2: 2 sc in each st (16 sc)
Round 3: Repeat [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] around (24 sc)
Round 4: Repeat [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (32 sc)
Round 5: Repeat [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (40 sc)
Round 6: Repeat [sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (48 sc)
Round 7: Repeat [sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (56 sc)
Round 8: Repeat [sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (64 sc)
Round 9: Repeat [sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (72 sc)
Round 10: Repeat sc in each st around (72 sc)
Join orange. Do not fasten off green, we’ll continue with it later.

Pumpkin house
Round 11 (work into back loops only): Using orange sc in the back loops of 62 sts, leave rest of the sts unworked for the door. Turn.
Round 12: Ch 1, sc in 2 sts, repeat [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] across. Turn (92 sts)
Round 13: Ch 1, sc in 2 sts, repeat [2 sc in 4 sts, sc in 8 sts, 2 sc in 4 sts, sc in 2 sts] 5 times. Turn (132 sts)
Round 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, repeat [sc in next 24 sts, sc2tog] 5 times. Turn (126 sts)
 (I have placed markers to identify the ridges)
Round 15 to 21: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn (126 sts) 
Round 22: Ch 1, sc in each st across, ch 6.
From here onwards start working in continuous rounds without turning at the end. Place a marker at the 1st st of a round to easily identify the beginning of the round.
Round 23: sc in the 1st sc after the space left for the door, sc in rest of the sts and each of the 6 chs. (132 sts)
Rounds 24 and 25: sc in each st around.
Round 26: sc2tog 2 times, sc in 16 sts, repeat [sc2tog 5 times, sc in next 16 sts] 4 times, sc3tog 3 times, sc in next 2 sts. (108 sts)
Round 27: sc in 6 sts, sc2tog 4 times, repeat [sc in 5 sts, sc3tog, sc in 5 sts, sc2tog 4 times] four times, sc in rest of the 10 sts (80 sts)
Round 28: sc in 5 sts, sc2tog 3 times, repeat [sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in sc3tog, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog 3 times] 4 times, sc in rest of the 9 sts (57 sts) 
Round 29 and 30: Sc in each st around. Cut off yarn.



Witch hat roof

Using black ch 60, join the last ch with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring, being careful not to twist the chains.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc (60 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, repeat [sc2tog, sc in next 28 sts] twice. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (58 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, repeat [sc2tog, sc in next 27 sts] twice. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (56 sts)
Round 4 to 11: Repeat the rows decreasing 2 sts in every round so that you have 40 sts in the 11th row.
Round 12: Ch 1, repeat [sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts] 4 times. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (36 sts)
Round 13: Ch 1, repeat [sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts] 4 times. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (32 sts)
Round 14: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join (32 sts)
Round 15: Ch 1, sc in 28 sts, sc2tog 2 times. Join (30 sts)
Round 16: Ch 1, sc in 26 sts, sc2tog 2 times. Join (28 sts)
Round 17: Ch 1, sc in 24 sts, sc2tog 2 times. Join (26 sts)
Round 18: Ch 1, sc in 22 sts, sc2tog 2 times. Join (24 sts)
Round 19: Ch 1, sc in 12 sts, sc2tog 2 times, sc in 6 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts. Join (24 sts)
Round 20: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st and 2nd sc, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog 4 times, sc in 5 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts. Join (24 sts)
Round 21: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st and 2nd sc, sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog 3 times, sc in rest of the 8 sts. Join (23 sts)
Round 22: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st and 2nd sc, sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog 4 times, sc in 5 sts. Join (21 sts)
Round 23: Ch 1, sc in 2 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog 4 times, sc in 3 sts. Join (19 sts)
Round 24: Ch 1, sc in 4 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog 2 times, sc in 3 sts. Join (19 sts). Cut off yarn and close the opening by sewing the edges together.

Brim

Round 1: Join yarn in any st at the bottom and repeat [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] around. Join (90 sts)
Round 2: sl st in each st around. Cut off yarn.

Grass around the house

Round 1: Pick up green and sc in each of the 10 sts in the doorway, then sc in the free loop of each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (72 sts)
Round 2: Ch 1, repeat [sc in 11 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. Join (78 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, repeat [sc in 12 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. Join (84 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, repeat [sc in 13 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. Join (90 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join. Cut off yarn.

Make one circle and join both the pieces together working sc around the edges to have a firm base.


Door

Row 1: Using brown ch 9, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in rest of the chs across. Turn (8 sc)
Row 2 to 11: Ch 1, sc in each st across (8 sc)
Row 12: sc2tog, hdc in 4 sts, sc2tog. Fasten off
Join yarn at the right lower end and sl st along the edges.

Window

Row 1: Using white ch 7, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in rest of the chs across. Turn (6 sc)
Row 2 to 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across (6 sc). Cut off yarn.
Using black sc around the edges. Cut off yarn and weave in all the loose ends.

Attaching the door and window

I have used dollhouse door hinges to attach the door but you can also use a small piece of wire to secure the door to the wall. Sew a button to act as a door knob. Make a loop of 3 or 4 chains on the wall to close the door. Sew the window and decorate the house as desired.

Hope you enjoy the pattern!

Friday, September 13, 2019

A finish, some works in progress and a weekend sale!

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I started this tablecloth a few years ago. It was my vacation project. I worked on it only during my vacation. Rest of the days it was packed away. I managed to finish it this year. I used green and red along with white to add some color to it and am pleased with the way it turned out. 
This tablecloth was also started around the same time or maybe a year later and this is also my vacation project but somehow I forgot about its existence and it came as a surprise to me when I opened my vacation project bag. It has only a few more rounds left but I don't think I'll finish it anytime soon. 
There are also a few others in various stages of progress. I started it out as a raglan but gave up as I couldn't get my maths right, so I changed it into a cardigan with a round yoke. This cardigan now needs sleeves. I ran out of yarn, I think I'll need one more ball. I haven't placed the order yet. I hope to complete this soon. Sorry, the photo quality is not so good. It has gotten dark when I clicked this.
While waiting for the yarn I think I'll complete at least half of this one though I'm not revealing what it is now. It has lots of textures and patterns and I'm loving it.
I finished crocheting this baby dress but yet to take proper photos and finish the writing part. I won't be releasing it now because I'm thinking of transferring all my kids' patterns to a new shop and it's going to take time. 
This one was started about 2 years ago but it has become sort of an abandoned project because I lost the chart that I had prepared with great difficulty when my hard drive where I had stored it crashed. I do have the written pattern though, but still I felt disheartened after losing the diagram and abandoned it. Maybe I'll look into it when I have finished all the WIPs in my hands now.

That's it. Please note that there's a weekend sale with 15% off live in Etsy. Don't forget to check it out. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Crochet baby shoes - free pattern

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I completed this pattern few months ago but found time to post only now. The baby shoes pattern is written for 3 sizes (newborn to 1 year). You can embellish it however you want. I used buttons. If you are using buttons or beads please be careful. Don't leave the babies unattended because buttons and beads may pose a choking hazard for smaller kids. It's safer to embroider designs or sew on appliques on the shoes or just leave them plain.

Before going to the pattern I would like to introduce you to the latest pattern available in my shops- The Eliza baby dress pattern. This cute little dress pattern is available in 2 sizes - 3 to 6 months and 6 to 12 months. 



This pattern is available in my Etsy, Ravelry and Wix stores.



Coming back to the baby shoes, the pattern is written in standard American terms. The pattern is written for the newborn size, changes for other sizes are given within parenthesis - green for 3-6 months and red for 6-12 months

You can also purchase a PDF version of this pattern from here for $1.20.

Materials used:

Fingering weight yarn (16 wpi) about 50 gm
Crochet hook size E/3.5 mm
Yarn needle
Buttons, beads and ribbons for embellishing (optional)

Size:

Newborn - length of the sole is 3.75 inches
3 to 6 months - length of the sole is 4.25 inches
6 to 12 months - length of the sole is 4.75 inches

Abbreviations/terms used:

** - 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
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
hdc - half double crochet (UK - half treble)

Instruction

Round 1: Ch 11 (13/15), sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 8 (10/12) ch, 4 sc in last ch, sc in next 8 (10/12) ch on the other side, 3 sc in next ch. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc at the beginning of round. (24/28/32 sc)
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in same st and in next 2 (3/4) sc, dc in next 6 (7/8) sc, 2 dc in next sc, 3 dc in next 2 sc, 2 dc in next sc, dc in next 6 (7/8) sc, hdc in 2 (3/4) sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 3 hdc in next 2 sc. Join with a sl st to the 2nd ch. (36/40/44 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 9 (11/13) sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 3 times, sc in next 11 (13/15) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st. join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (42/46/50 sc)
Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in same st, hdc in next 6 (7/8)sts, dc in next 4 (5/6) sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] twice, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] twice, dc in next 4 (5/6) sts, hdc in 6 (7/8) sts, repeat [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st] twice, 2 hdc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st. Join with a sl st to the 2nd ch at the beginning of round. (54/58/62 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (54/58/62 sc)
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 12 (14/16) sts, sc2tog, sc in 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 16 (18/20) sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (48/52/56 sts)
Round 7: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 8 (10/12) sts, sc2tog, sc in 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog, sc in 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in rest of the 19 (21/23) sts. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (44/48/52 sts)
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 13 (15/17) sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in 15 (17/19) sts, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (40/44/48 sts)
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 7 (9/11) sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in rest of the 16 (18/20) sts . Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (36/40/44 sts)
Round 10: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 10 (12/14) sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in 14 (16/18) sts, sc2tog twice, sc in next st. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (32/36/40 sts)

Newborn size fasten off. Rest of the sizes continue with next round.

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc and cut off yarn. (32/36/40 sts)

Decorate as desired using buttons, ribbons, etc.





Saturday, August 3, 2019

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Baby cardigan - free pattern

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Hi, is anyone still here? I know I have been neglecting my blog and it shows in my stats. May and June is when I take my official break since we'll be visiting family during the summer vacation and even when I'm back, it takes me nearly 2 to 3 weeks to get into the groove. So here I'm back to blogging with a free pattern. It's a cardigan for babies 3 to 6 months old. 

Before going to the pattern I would like to let you know that the sidebar contains link to a discounted pattern which I would change every week. It could be my latest pattern or any other pattern. You can click on the link to avail the discount.

Also I'm offering huge discounts in both my Etsy and Ravelry shops when you buy in bulk.
If you buy patterns worth $10 to $19.99 you will get 10% off using coupon code OFF10
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You can also purchase a PDF version of this pattern. The PDF version will include pattern for 6-12 months. 

Click here to purchase the PDF version for $1.20

To make the cardigan I used sport weight also known as baby weight or fine yarn of 16 wraps per inch approximately 225 yards and size E/3.5 mm crochet hook. You will also need yarn needle and buttons.

Size:
Chest circumference of the finished cardigan is 19 inches and the length 10.5 inches which can be extended by repeating more rows of the pattern.

Gauge:
10 dc and 6 rows = approximately 2 inches
(You may change hook size to obtain gauge)

Abbreviations (US terminology):
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
fpdc - front post double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet

Note:
Ch 3 at the beginning of a row will be counted as the 1st dc of that row.

Instruction
Yoke:
Row 1: Ch 78, dc in the 4th ch from hook (skipped 3 ch will count as the 1st dc), dc in next 10 ch, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch (forms 1st corner), dc in next 12 ch, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch (forms 2nd corner), dc in 24 ch, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch (forms 3rd corner), dc in 12 ch, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch (forms 4th corner), dc in the remaining 12 ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), **dc in each st across until the next corner, [dc, ch 2, dc] in ch-2 corner space** Repeat from ** to ** until the last corner, dc in rest of the sts. Turn.
Repeat row 2 eight more times. 

Working armholes:
Ch 3, dc in each st across until the 1st corner increasing 1 st anywhere in the middle, 2 dc in the 1st corner, skip rest of the sts until the next corner, 2 dc in the 2nd corner, dc in each st across until the next corner increasing 1 st anywhere in the middle, 2 dc in the 3rd corner, skip rest of the sts until the next corner, 2 dc in the last corner, dc in rest of the sts across increasing 1 st anywhere in the middle. (You will have 99 sts)

Lower part:
Row 1: Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sc in next st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, **[dc, ch 1, dc] in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts** Repeat from ** to ** across, 2 dc in last st. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), 3 dc in same st, ch 1, sc in ch-3 space, ch 1, **[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 1**  Repeat from ** to ** across, [3 dc, ch 1, dc] in last st. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 2, **[dc, ch 1, dc] in next sc, ch 2, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch-3 space, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** across, sc in last ch-1 space, sc in last st. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-1 space, ch 1, **sc in next ch-3 space, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-1 space, ch 1** Repeat from ** to ** across, sc in last st. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st, ch 2, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch-3 space, ch 2, **[dc, ch 1, dc] in next sc, ch 2, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch-3 space, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** across, 2 dc in last st. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 to 5 until the total height is about 10 inches finishing with row 2 or 4. Do not fasten off, continue working the edging.

Repeat more rows if you want the cardigan to be longer.

Finishing:
Work sc neatly along the left side of the cardigan moving up (the number of sts do not matter)
When you reach the top edge make ch 3, now start working [fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st] around the edge of the neck. In each corner the 2 dc worked in a ch will be considered as one stitch. 
When you have reached the other end start working sc moving down the side of the cardigan. At the same time make loops for fastening the buttons. To do that first mark the places where you want the buttons to be. To make loops, just work any number of chains depending on the size of the buttons you are using (I made 7 ch), continue working sc along the side until the next loop, then continue working sc until you reach the bottom. Fasten off. Sew buttons. Weave in all the loose ends.


Happy crocheting!


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Crochet baby dress with bolero - new pattern

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Hi, this is going to be a hurried post to introduce my new pattern. I should have done it few days earlier but some unexpected incidents happened to cause the delay. My dear father-in-law fell down and broke his hips and after being hospitalized for about 5 days lost his life. Every year we visited our parents (my husband's and mine) around the middle of May but this year our vacation got delayed by a couple of weeks because of my son's extra classes. Had we left earlier as usual we would have had a chance to see him alive. He was such a kind soul and would be missed a lot.

This pretty baby dress with bolero pattern is now available in all my shops. I used sport weight/baby weight yarn with size D/3.25 mm and size E/3.5 mm crochet hooks. The pattern includes instructions for 4 sizes - 3 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months and 18 to 24 months. As almost always the pattern includes photos. You can find the pattern in my Etsy, Ravelry and webstore.

You can purchase it from here and get a discount of 20%

Me and my son are packing our bags and getting away the day after tomorrow, my husband has already left. Right now it is 45 degree Celsius here and I can't wait to escape the heat. Fortunately temperature down south is much more tolerable than here. My next update will be in July. Until then you all have fun and keep crocheting! Bye!   

Friday, May 17, 2019

Nasrin top - latest pattern

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I'm in love with this pretty pink top. There used to be a time long ago when I could never get myself to design anything larger than an adult sized hat. I didn't even venture into designing baby clothes for a long time. Now it's only clothing that interests me and I can't get back to designing hats. I haven't crocheted a hat in a very long time. 
 
The top was crocheted using light worsted/DK weight acrylic yarn and G/4.00 mm crochet hook so I could wear it only during winters. You can use cotton yarn to make a lovely summer top. The pattern is written for 3 sizes - chest circumference of 32 to 34 inches, 34 to 36 inches and 38 to 40 inches. 

The front, back and sleeves are crocheted as separate pieces and joined together at the end. The pattern includes photographs to describe how this should be done. The pattern is easy as only basic stitches are used and would be suitable for a beginner. The pattern is available in my webstore, Etsy as well as Ravelry. I hope you'll enjoy making this top as much as I did.

Have a lovely weekend!

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