2014/77 – a new stitch

Here’s a quick one – a weird looking stitch I’ve not seen before, though you might have. 

Tell us what you think! I think it would look good for a jumper.

Also, don’t forget about our competition – post a comment with your blog title and tell us what free pattern you want us to promote.

Find the original pin here:

http://www.duitang.com/people/mblog/139683091/detail/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/42 Genius invisible joining for crocheters and knitters

This clever lady has made me feel a bit daft for not thinking of this myself!! Join your crochet pieces invisibly … wish I’d seen this before I starting joining the squares of my giant curtain with zipper stitch!

Visit doyoumindifiknit for the beautiful photo tutorial! Prepare to have your crochet mind blown!

2014/20 Red, white and black slouchie hat, inspired by Pokeballs – onsite

I wrote this pattern at someone’s request. It’s a really basic slouchie beanie pattern that you can use to make slouchie beanies of any colour, not just nerdy Pokeball hats for your adult children who can’t let go of their childhood.

NB: there is a photo in this post but WordPress seem to be having image issues atm. I’ll leave it as is for now so if you can see the name of the image, sorry about that! IF you can see the image, fab!

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6mm hook

Tapestry needle

Red yarn

White yarn

Black yarn

UK terms used throughout, so a DC = US SC and a TR = US DC.

This pattern used front post triple crochets BUT you can crochet ordinary triple crochets if you prefer.

Front post triple crochet: click here for a video tutorial from bobwilson aka aussiecrochetchick.

Here’s the url if the link doesn’t work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djh1zxnPUPg

Start by chaining 66 with white yarn (or enough chains to go around the head). Join with a slip stitch, taking care not to twist yarn.

Row 1: Chain 1. Crochet a double crochet into the next stitch and then all the way around. This is the brim of the hat.

Row 2: Chain 1. Crochet a front post triple crochet into the next stitch and then all the way around.

Rows 3 – 14: Repeat row 2.

Rows 15 – 18: Change to black yarn and repeat row 2.

Rows 19 – 30: Change to red yarn and repeat row 2.

After you have completed row 30, leave a long tail and cut yarn. Use a tapestry needle to weave yarn all the way around the edge of the hat and then pull yarn like a drawstring to close hat. Sew in ends. Tie knots to ensure secure closure if needed.

Next, using your white yarn, create a magic ring.

Round 1: ten triple crochet into ring. Pull ring shut securely.

Round 2: Chain 1. 2 triple crochet into each stitch from previous round.

Round 3: Switch to black yarn. Chain 1. *1 tr into first stitch, 2 into next*. Repeat from * to * all the way round.

Round 4: Chain 1. *1 tr into first stitch. 1 tr into next stitch. 2 into next*. Repeat from * to * all the way round.

Round 5: Chain 1. *1 tr into first stitch. 1 tr into next stitch. 1 tr into next. 2 into next*. Repeat from * to * all the way round.

Fasten off and sew onto hat in correct position. And you’re done!

Chainless Starting Triple Crochet from Moogly

This is a clever little trick that’s worth taking the time to learn. The picture on the right from Moogly will show you why!

Bear in mind that she uses US terms so whenever she says “double crochet”, you and I would use a UK TRIPLE CROCHET.

Photo and video tutorial here.

2014 number 13 – Fresh as a daisy (see what I did there?)

This stunning photo tutorial will show you how to make these gorgeous daisies! Don’t you love them?!

The pattern is not in English (Swedish) BUT the photos are so helpful, no foreign language skills are required.

They make us feel all Spring-like!

Visit BautaWitch for the tutorial. She’ll even blow you a kiss.

2014 number 10 – the Bobble Blanket

We think this is a work of art. It’ll keep you busy for the rest of the year, that’s for sure!

It’s from the hook of the Haekelmonster which means “crochet monster” in German, a description that probably covers all of us!

The pattern comes in German terms as well as US English.

sc = UK DC

dc = UK TR

Visit the Haekelmonster for the pattern.

And here’s how to crochet the Bobble stitch using the UK TR (called the US double crochet in the video).

 

Popcorn stitch scarf pattern – DEAD easy!

This cute, quick and easy  scarf is all in UK TR, with popcorn stitches (aka bobble stitch) to add a bit of flair. It includes a video tutorial in case you haven’t seen the stitch before.

It’s an easy way of livening a project up and is also the stitch used to make crochet lego blocks.

And in time for a Christmas gift too!

Click here for the pattern.

Multipurpose Wings – pattern translation

I’m still making this dragon for The Tall Daughter for Christmas, but thought it would be useful to post the pattern the designer used for the wings. They’re a go-to pattern that you could use for almost anything relevant, posted on a blog filled with Pokemon patterns. They’re suitable for any size yarn and hook, plus you could stiffen them with wire to make them free-standing (I’m thinking angels?).

Click here for the pattern.

Stitch translations:

sc = UK DC

hdc = UK HTR

dc = UK TR

trc = UK triple treble (yarn around hook twice)

dtr = UK double triple treble (yarn around hook three times)