Thursday, January 26, 2023

Brique cowl - free crochet pattern

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This is an adult sized cowl with a lovely texture. The pattern would be suitable for an experienced crocheter with an advanced skill level as the stitches used are mostly worked around the posts such as bpdc and fptr.  The pattern is written in American terms. If you want a bigger sized cowl add chains in multiples of 6 to the initial chains and if you want a smaller size decrease chains in multiples of 6.


Skill Level:

Advanced

Materials Required:

Light worsted weight/DK weight/category 3 yarn approximately 250 to 275 meters

Crochet hook size H/5 mm

Yarn needle

Measuring tape

Size:

Adult. Approximately 12.5 inches wide and 9 inches high

Gauge:

15 dc and 8 rows = approximately 4 inches

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:

** - Repeat instructions within asterisks as many times as directed

ch - chain

st/sts - stitch/stitches

sl st - slip stitch

dc - double crochet 

bpdc - back post double crochet

fptr - front post treble crochet

Note:

  • The pattern is written in standard American terminology
  • For a custom size, make initial chs in multiples of 6
WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE


Instruction

Ch 102, join the last ch with a sl st to the 1st ch to form a ring being careful not to twist the ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in rest of the chs around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch at the beginning of round. (102 sts)

Rounds 2 and 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), bpdc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch.

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), fptr in the 2nd st of round 1, **skip the st right behind it and work bpdc in next 5 sts, skip 5 sts after the previous fptr and work fptr in next st in round 1,** Repeat from ** to ** around, bpdc in the last 4 sts. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch.

Rounds 5 and 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), bpdc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch.

Round 7: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), bpdc in next 3 sts, skip 2 sts after the 1st fptr in round 4, fptr in the next st, **skip the st behind it and work bpdc in next 5 sts, skip 2 sts after the next fptr in round 4 and work fptr in the next st** Repeat from ** to ** around, bpdc in the last st. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch.

Repeat rounds 2 to 7 up to about 9 inches high.

Last round: Sl st in each st around. Join and cut off yarn.




Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Diamond patterned sling bag - free pattern

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Skill Level:

Advanced

Materials:

  • Sport weight/category 2 yarn in 2 colors (light and dark blue) 100 meters each
  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • measuring tape
  • button
  • yarn needle
Size:
The bag measures about 7.5 inches wide and 8 inches high not including the strap

Stitches/Abbreviations Used:
** - Repeat instructions within asterisks as many times as directed
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
fptr2tog - front post treble crochet 2 sts together 

Watch the video tutorial here

Technique

To make the fptr2tog, yarn over twice, insert hook around the post of the st (taking hook from front to back and bringing to front again), **yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, again yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook**, yarn over twice, skip the next 3 sts, insert hook around the post of the next st and repeat the same steps from ** to ** , you will have 3 loops on the hook now, yarn over and pull through all the three loops. This completes the stitch.

Instruction

Round 1: Using color A (light blue), ch 38, skip 3 ch and work dc in the 4th ch from hook and in rest of the chs except the last, 4 dc in the last ch, dc in the next 34 ch on the other side, 3 dc in the next ch (this will be in one of the 3 skipped chs, the other 2 ch will count as your 1st st). Join with a sl st to the 1st st. (76 sts) 



Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (76 sts)


Round 3: Pull color B (dark blue) through the loop, sc in 2 sts, fptr2tog in the 1st and 4th st of round 1, **skip the st next to the last sc, which is right behind the fptr2tog st, work sc in next 3 sts, fptr2tog in the 4th and 8th st of round 1** Repeat from ** to ** around working fptr2tog in the 8th and 12th, then 12th and 16th sts and so on. The last fptr2tog will be worked over the 73rd and the 1st st. You will finish the round with 1 sc worked after the last fptr2tog. 

Round 4: Pull color A through the loop, ch 3, dc in next sc, dc in next fptr2tog, **dc in next 3 sc, dc in next fptr2tog** Repeat from ** to ** around, dc in last sc. Join with a sl st to the 1st st. (76 sts)

Round 5: Pull color B through the loop, fptr2tog around the previous fptr2tog in round 3 and the next fptr2tog, sc in next 3 sts, **fptr2tog around the previous fptr2tog in round 3, skip the st next to the last st which is right behind the fptr2tog and work sc in next 3 sts** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 1st fptr2tog.

Round 6: Pull color A through the loop and ch 3, dc in next 3 sc, **dc in next fptr2tog, dc in next 3 sc** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 1st st. (76 sts)

Round 7: Pull color B through the loop, sc in 2 sts, **fptr2tog around the fptr2tog below it and next to it, skip the st right behind it and sc in next 3 sts** Repeat from ** to ** around finishing the round with 1 sc in the last st. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.

Repeat rounds 4 to 7 until the total height is about 7 to 7.5 inches finishing with round 5 or 7.

Next 4 rounds: Pull color A through the loop and work sc in each st around. Cut yarn off and weave in all the loose ends.

To make the strap, ch 160, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in rest of the chs across. Cut off yarn and weave in the ends.

Finishing

Sew both ends of the strap to the sides of the bag. Sew a button on the front of the bag at the center. Join yarn to the back of the bag right behind the button and make chs long enough to go around the button, sl st in the next st and fasten off. Weave in the loose ends. 




Saturday, January 7, 2023

Crochet leg warmers - free pattern

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This is an easy leg warmer pattern with a great texture and it is written for 5 adult sizes. However I have also included instruction to customize it to fit any size. 

Materials:
Light worsted weight/DK weight yarn 
Crochet hooks G/4 mm and H/5 mm
Measuring tape
Yarn needle

Gauge:
With the 5 mm crochet hook
15 dc and 8 rows = approximately 4 inches

Sizes: 

Actual calf circumference at widest point

Finished circumference

Length

13 inches (XS)

11.75 inches

18 inches

14 inches (S)

13 inches

18 inches

15 inches (M)

14.25 inches

20 inches

17 inches (L)

15.5 inches

22 inches

18 inches (XL)

16.75 inches

22 inches

 Abbreviations/stitches Used:

** - Repeat instructions within asterisks as many times as directed

ch - chain

st/sts - stitch/stitches

sl st - slip stitch

sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)

dc - double crochet

Notes:

  • The pattern is written in standard US terms.
  • The pattern is written for the 1st size (XS). Changes for the other sizes is given within parenthesis, red for S, green for M, brown for L and blue for XL.

For custom size

For a custom size, measure the widest part of your calf in inches and check gauge. Calculate how many stiches you need to make for your desired size. Round off the number to the closest multiple of 3 and add 2 to it. For example, if the calf circumference is 11 inches, you will need to have the finished legwarmer with a circumference of about 10 inches. According to gauge in 1 inch you will have 3.75 sts, so for 10 inches you should have 37.5 sts. If you take 36 as a multiple of 3 and add 2 to it you will have 38 sts. So the body of the legwarmer will have 38 sts and the lower ribbing should have 1 row less, which would be 37 rows for the lower ribbing. Then continue working the pattern as instructed.

Watch the video tutorial here



Instruction (make 2)

Lower ribbing

Row 1: Using G/4 mm crochet hook, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (10 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in the back loops of each st except the last, sc in both the loops of last st. Turn. (11 sts).

Row 3: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in the front loops of each st except the last, sc in both the loops of last st. Turn. (11 sts).

Row 4 to 46 (52/58/64/70): Repeat rows 2 and 3. You will be finishing with the right side. 

Body

Row 1: Change to H/5 mm crochet hook and ch 1 (does not count as a st), work 47 (53/59/65/71) sc along the horizontal edge of the ribbing working 1 st in each row and one extra at the end.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), **skip the next st, dc in next 2 sts, dc in the skipped st** Repeat from ** to ** across, dc in last st. Turn.

Repeat row 2 until the total height is about 16 (16/18/20/20) inches finishing with the right side. Turn.

Upper ribbing

Row 1: Ch 11, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in next 9 ch, sl st in the next 2 sts on the last row of the body of the legwarmer. Turn.

Row 2: Sc in the back loop of 9 sts, sc in both the loops of the last st. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the front loop of 10 sts, sl st in the next 2 sts of the last row of the body. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the end of row. Cut off yarn leaving a long tail to sew the edges.

Finishing

Thread the yarn through a yarn needle. Fold the piece into half vertically with the wrong side out and sew the open edges together starting from the top and finishing at the bottom. Cut off yarn and weave in the loose ends. Pull the right side out.  


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Crochet cable stitch scarf for men

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Almost always crochet patterns are designed for women. Only few designs suit men. This is one such pattern. This cable stitch is simple and looks great on a scarf for men.  


Materials Needed:
Medium worsted weight yarn approximately 400 meters
crochet hook H/5 mm
Yarn needle

Size:
Width is 7 inches and length about 56 inches. Length is adjustable.

Stitches/Abbreviations Used:
** - Repeat instructions within asterisks as many times as directed
st/sts - stitch/stitches
ch - chain
sc - single crochet 
dc - double crochet
fptr - front post treble crochet

Watch the video tutorial here

Instruction

Row 1: Ch 28, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (27 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in each st across. Turn. (27 sts).

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in next 2 sts, **skip next 2 sts, fptr in the next st one row below, dc in the skipped 2 sts working behind the fptr, skip the st where you worked the fptr, dc in next 3 sts** Repeat from ** to ** across. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in each st across. Turn. (27 sts).

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in next 2 sts, **skip next 2 sts, fptr in the dc one row below the next st, dc in skipped 2 sts working behind the fptr, skip the st where you worked the fptr, dc in next 3 sts** Repeat from ** to ** across. Turn.

 Repeat rows 4 and 5 until you reach the desired length. Fasten off and attach tassels. Weave in all the loose ends.



 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Christmas tree wall hanging

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Materials:

Medium worsted weight yarn in beige about 125 to 130 meters and small amount in brown

Boucle yarn in green about 10 meters

6 mm crochet hook

12 inch long wooden dowel

beads for decoration

yarn needle

Note:

  • The medium worsted weight yarns are worked in double strands while the boucle yarn in worked in single strand. 
  • The chart is read from bottom up. It is symmetrical so it can be read from left or right.
  • Each box represents as stitch horizontally. There are 25 sts in a row and there are 28 rows.
  • Start with 26 chains. 
  • The first two rows are worked using beige only and the colour change starts from the 3rd row.
  • Watch the video for details on changing colors.

WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE

After completing the 28 rows work the loops to hang the tapestry.

Ch 1, work sc in first 5 sts. Turn and work sc in each st. Repeat until the strip is long enough to wrap about the dowel. Cut yarn off. Skip next 5 sts and join yarn in the next st and repeat as previous. Skip the next 5 sts and make one more. Fold these strips behind and sew the edges forming loops to hang the tapestry. Insert the dowel through these loops. Weave in all the loose ends. 


Cut out strands of yarn measuring about 7 or 8 inches and make tassels on the lower edge using 3 strands for each tassel and attaching them in alternate stitches.


Decorate the tree with beads and buttons.



Saturday, December 10, 2022

Flower circle ornament - free crochet pattern

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 I have a very pretty Christmas ornament pattern for you. It's quick to whip up and you can use your scrap yarns to make these easy ornaments. 


WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE


Materials Needed:
Sport weight cotton yarn in 2 colours (or) any yarn of your choice
3 mm crochet hook or a suitable size
Beads for deccoration
Yarn needle

Size
About 9 cm in diameter

Stitches/abbreviations used:
[ ] - Repeat instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as directed
** - Repeat instruction within asterisks as many times as directed
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
2dc cluster - 2 dc sts worked together in the same stitch

Note:
The pattern is written in standard American terms.
Use any yarn and a suitable hook. Depending on the size of yarn and hook used the size may vary.



Instruction:
Flower Motif

Round 1: Using colour A, make a magic ring, ch 1, 12 sc into ring. Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, 2dc cluster in 1st st, repeat [ch 4, 2dc cluster in next st] around. Finish the round with ch 1  and dc in the top of 1st cluster.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 4, repeat [sc in next ch-4 space, ch 4] around. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Back Circle 
Round 1: Using colour B, make a magic ring, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 11 dc into ring. Join with a sl st to 1st st. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in same st, 2 dc in every st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st st. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), 2 dc in next st, repeat [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] around. Join. (36 sts)

Place the wrong side of the flower circle over the wrong side of the back circle. Insert hook into any ch-4 space of the flower circle and pull the loop of the back circle through it

Round 4: Ch 1, working through the ch-4 space work sc in 1st st of the back circle, 2 sc in the 2nd st and sc in the 3rd st. Repeat around working 4 sc through each ch-4 space into 3 sts of the back circle. You will have 48 sts. Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Picot - ch 3, sl st in 1st ch

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, [sc, picot, sc] in next st, **sc in next 3 sts, [sc, picot, sc] in next st** Repeat from ** to ** around, sc in last 2 sts. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. Fasten off and weave in the loose ends.

Finishing

Make a tassel by wrapping yarn around a rectangular piece of cardboard and cut it at one end. Tie yarn around the center of the yarn and tie it. Trim the uneven edge. Insert a bead at the top of the tassel and attach it to the ornament. Make a loop at the top to hang the ornament. 







 


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Crochet Christmas gnome - free pattern

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Materials Needed:

  • Sport weight yarn in red, white and grey
  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • synthetic cotton for stuffing
  • stitch marker
  • yarn needle
  • 12 mm wooden bead
  • Tiny pompom
  • scissors
  • A small piece of cardboard
Size:
Approximately 7 inches high and 4 inches wide

Stitches/abbreviations used:
[ ] - Repeat instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as directed
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch /stitches
sc2tog - single crochet in 2 consecutive stitches worked together/single crochet decrease

Note:
The pattern is written in standard American terms

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Instruction:

Body

Note: Work continuously without joining at the end of each round, so place a stitch marker at the beginning of each round and move it upwards as you progress

Round 1: Using grey make a magic ring, 8 sc into ring.

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (16 sc)

Round 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] around. (24 sc).

Round 4: [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] around. (32 sc).

Round 5: [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] around. (40 sc). 

Take a piece of cardboard and cut it to the size of the base and keep it aside.

Round 6: sc in the back loops of each st around. (40 sc)

Round 7: sc in each st around working into both the loops. (40 sc)

Repeat round 7 thirteen more times.

Round 21: Repeat [sc in 3 sts, sc2tog] around. (32 sts)

Place the cardboard circle inside the body and start stuffing as you progress. Stuff the body tightly but stuff the hat sparingly.

Hat

Round 22: Pull red through the loop, repeat [sc in 14 sts, sc2tog] twice. (30 sts)

Round 23: sc in the back loop of each st around. (30 sts)

Round 24: sc in each st around working into both the loops. (30 sts)

Round 25: [sc2tog, sc in next 13 sts] twice. (28 sts)

Round 26: sc in each st around. (28 sts)

Round 27: [sc2tog, sc in next 12 sts] twice. (26 sts)

Round 28: sc in each st around. (26 sts)

Round 29: [sc2tog, sc in next 11 sts] twice. (24 sts)

Round 30: sc in each st around. (24 sts)

Round 31: [sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts] twice. (22 sts)

Round 32: sc in each st around. (22 sts)

Round 33: [sc2tog, sc in next 9 sts] twice. (20 sts)

Round 34: sc in each st around. (20 sts)

Round 35: sc in 8 sts, sc2tog twice, sc in 8 sts. (18 sts)

Round 36: sc in each st around. (18 sts)

Round 37: sc2tog twice, sc in remaining sts. (16 sts)

Round 38: sc in each st around. (16 sts)

Round 39 to 46: Repeat rounds 37 and 38. You will have 8 sts in the 46th round.

Round 47: sc2tog twice, sc in 4 sts. (6 sts)

Round 48: sc in each st around. (6 sts)

Cut off yarn leaving a long tail and weave in the tail through all the sts and fasten off. 

Brim of the hat

Round 1: Join yarn at the first free front loop stitch of round 23 and repeat [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st st. Cut off yarn.


Arms (make 2)

Round 1: Using red make a magic ring and work 6 sc into ring.

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)

Round 3: sc2tog 6 times. (6 sts)

Round 4: Pull grey through the loop and work sc in each st around. (6 sts)

Round 5 to 11: sc in each st around. (6 sts).

Cut off yarn leaving a long tail. Flatten the opening and sew it shut.

Finishing

Cut a few strands of white yarn double the length of the body and attach one by one to the sts below the brim of the hat. Trim the sides and the bottom of the beard. 

Sew the wooden beard below the brim of the hat at the center of the beard. Sew arms on other side below the brim of the hat. Attach a tiny pompom at the top of the hat. Weave in all the loose ends of yarn.



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