Sunday, August 21, 2016

Simple Crochet Square, Free Pattern








I tried to recreate the crochet square pattern for this vintage afghan. Hmm, looks like I made the beginning chain ring too big. I started with chain 8, but chain 5 would probably work better. 

Anyway, I'm sharing my pattern below.





Ch 8 (or better 5), join with sl st in ring.

Round 1: ch 2, dc2-tog in ring (counts as 1st cluster), ch 5, *dc3-tog, ch 2, dc3-tog, ch 5* three times, dc3-tog, ch 2, join with sl st to 1st cluster.

Round 2: sl st in next ch-3 space, ch 2, dc2-tog (counts as 1st cluster), ch 3, dc3-tog in same ch-3 space, *ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, (dc3-tog, ch 3, dc3-tog) all in next ch-3 space (corner)* three times, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, join with sl st to 1st cluster.

Round 3: sl st in next ch-3 space, ch 2, dc2-tog, ch 3, dc3-tog in same ch-3 space, *ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, (dc3-tog, ch 3, dc3-tog) all in next ch-3 space (corner)* three times, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, join with sl st to 1st cluster.

Round 4: sl st in next ch-3 space, ch 2, dc2-tog, ch 3, dc3-tog in same ch-3 space, *ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next each dc across, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, (dc3-tog, ch 3, dc3-tog) all in next ch-3 space (corner)* three times, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in each dc across, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, join with sl st to 1st cluster.

Round 5: same as Round 4, but you will have more dc across. 

You can actually add more rounds if you wish. Simply continue crocheting as Round 4, but in each round you'll have more and more dc across. 




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flower Clusters Diaper Cover



I had another request for a diaper cover pattern that would match the blanket and the hat. So here is its. 

It's quite simple and quick to make. 








Monday, August 15, 2016

Delicate Lace Crochet Baby Hat, Free Pattern from Pinterest




I think this is one of the most beautiful crochet items I've ever made!

I made this hat for a friend's baby. I'm sure it will look adorable on her. I was thinking about adding a flower, but this lacy stitch is so beautiful, it doesn't really need any other embellishments.

I came across this symbol chart (crochet diagram) for this hat on Pinterest. Click here to see it.





I used super fine, category 1, cashmere yarn and a size D/3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook. 
I can't say exactly how many yards of yarn I used. Not many, as the stitch is very open and light in texture. 

My hat came out about 16 inches in circumference and 6.5 inches in height.  

I made a trim different from the one in the original pattern. I tried that one and I didn't like it. So I simply made a few rounds of single crochets.

This is not an easy pattern. It involves front post double crochets and crossed double crochets. And of course, it involves the ability to read/follow crochet charts.