Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Granny Dishcloth

 
(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
The sun is bright and birds are chirping, which reminds me that Spring cleaning is right around the corner…or just after I finish up another crochet project! Now is the perfect time to make yourself some Spring Granny dishcloths using our free crochet pattern. Crochet a pretty dishcloth based on the solid granny square motif to use in the kitchen, for cleaning or share with a friend as a lovely homemade gift.

Create several crocheted dishcloths in colors to match or contrast with your kitchen d├ęcor. Lily Sugar’n Cream has all sorts of new colors out and many in a nice variegated color scheme too. I was able to make two dishcloths from 1 skein of Lily Sugar’n Cream, but any cotton yarn will do the trick. I changed color before Round 6 to add a distinct border, but you could simply continue to Round 6 without changing color if you prefer. Enjoy crocheting this pattern and your Spring cleaning!

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Skill Level:  Easy
Materials:  Cotton yarn, (I used Lily Sugar’n Cream.)

Hook size: I/5.50mm

Abbreviations:
CC = change color
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
JOIN = slip stitch to join
MR = magic ring
RND = round
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch


Instructions:
Magic Ring (Click for tutorial.)
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, *ch 2, 3 dc, repeat twice from *, join with sl st to 1st dc (ch 3 from beginning of round and throughout pattern). (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, *3 dc, [2 dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, repeat twice from *, join with sl st to 1st dc (ch 3). (28 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, 4 dc, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, *7 dc, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, repeat twice from *, 2 dc, join with sl st to 1st dc (ch 3). (44 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, 6 dc, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, *11 dc, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, repeat twice from *, 4 dc, join with sl st to 1st dc (ch 3). (60 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, 8 dc, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, *15 dc, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, repeat twice from *, 6 dc, join with sl st to 1st dc (ch 3). (76 dc)

CC
Rnd 6: Ch 3, 10 dc, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, *19 dc, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in ch 2 sp, repeat twice from *, 8 dc, join with sl st to 1st dc (ch 3). (92 dc)
Finish, weave ends. Or continue to optional finish round.


Optional Finish Round with Picot
*To form picot: ch 3, sl st to 1st ch
Rnd 7: Ch 1, 1 sc, picot, *3 sc, picot, repeat twice from *, 1 sc, [2 sc, picot, 2 sc] in ch 2 sp. *(3 sc, picot) 6 times, 1 sc, [2 sc, picot, 2 sc] in ch 2 sp, repeat twice from *. (This takes you completely around 3 sides of the dishcloth and back to the first side.) 1 sc, picot, *3 sc, picot, repeat twice from *, 2 sc, join to first sc of round with sl st.
Finish, weave ends.

Rock the hook,
Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Granny-Dishcloth.html

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Color Block Slouch Hat

http://www.craftown.com/Color-Block-Slouch-Hat.html

Hey Rockers!

I created and published a simple slouch hat over at Craftown that I think you'll enjoy crocheting and wearing. I paired an easy half double crochet stitch with color blocking in three colors with shimmer yarn to create a soft, relaxed-fit beanie (that I promise will become your favorite go-to hat).

Awhile back I create a Color Block Beanie pattern that I just couldn't get out of my head, no pun intended. Anyway, I loved how it fit and how easily it worked up, as well as how flexible the colors were. But for me I wanted something a little bit more relaxed, mainly because I don't like my head shape and shorter beanies only accentuate

Get the full free crochet pattern here.

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Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate

Materials:
Red Heart Yarn = any 3 colors (I used Red Heart Shimmer to add a little sparkle.)
Hook Size I/5.50mm

xx

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Shamrock Barefoot Sandals


Hey Rockers! 

I am loving the sunshine and breeze right out my front door. It makes me want spring to be just get here already! That's probably what inspired me to come up with this new barefoot sandals pattern featuring a lucky little Shamrock - that and the fact that my bestie wore sandals to dinner the other night. 

I was like "oh no, you didn't!" And she was like "oh yes I did!" She's totally a summer girl. Anyway, on to the pattern. If it's too cold to enjoy these for St. Patrick's Day, save them for summer or...wear them on your hands as funky, whimsical bracelet-ring things.

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Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate

Materials:
Worsted yarn
US Hook size I/5.50mm
Tapestry needle

Gauge: not needed

Key:
CH = chain
DC = double crochet
TRC = triple crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
MR = Magic Ring (tutorial here)



Instructions: (Make two.)

Start with a Magic Ring.
In your MR, [ch 3, trc, dc, trc, ch 3, sl st to MR] repeat 3 times. Ch 15, sl st to MR. Pull MR snug. You should have 4 clover leaves and one toe loop. Break yarn, weave ends. 






If you would like to add a second shamrock (which works best for women's feet size 8 and up) crochet a second shamrock connecting it to the first one at the two leaves as in the picture, via slip stitch. Or, crochet a second shamrock separately and then connect the two using yarn and a yarn or tapestry needle to sew the two together. 

Ankle Straps: Ch 50, sl st to the back of shamrock, opposite of toe loop, ch 50. Break yarn, trim ends.



If you would like the pattern for a baby or kids pair of Shamrock Barefoot Sandals you can find my version over at Craftown!


Baby & Kids Barefoot Sandals

May the luck of the Irish be with You!

xx

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Featured In Entwine Magazine March Issue


Hey Rockers, 

How's your March going? Mine might as well be madness (*snicker*) with all the comings and goings this month brings. February flew by quicker Cupid, with birthdays, holidays and pattern creation. Guess who's pattern got featured in Entwine Magazine's March Issue

It's me! My Top O' The Morning Beanie made the cut in the growing crochet magazine and I couldn't be more happy. If you are already a subscriber...do enjoy this beanie pattern that features the front post double crochet.


And I must say...what an adorable model I found for this photo shoot! You can find Entwine Magazine here or follow on Facebook here!

xx

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