Beanies & Berets Crochet Fall Wearables

Keep SHINE-ing Beanie – Crochet Pattern that looks like knit. Shine on!

The Keep SHINE-ing beanie is a great addition to any wardrobe. It’s easy to create and has so many color possibilities! tag #KeepShiningBeanie and show me your SHINE!

When I was a teenager, I had this beautiful 😍 shirt that said SHINE. I wore it all the time because it made me feel good to spread some 💡 light, in a dark 🌎 world. I hope this pattern brings out your shine!
Pattern is up on Ravelry!

Pattern is FREE for one day only! 12/11! So share away, and tag #KeepShiningBeanie

If you make one! I’d love to see it!

Remember to always #SHINE, #makers with #love  <3  #crocheteveryday

How to get that knit look with crochet

I’ve fallen in love with the knit stitch.  I used it my recent Fair Isle Beanie, it’s a great stitch that creates a nice thick fabric without holes.  Which is great for warmth in the Fall & Winter.  I’m working on a series of beanies that will be a lot of fun – I hope you enjoy them all, so keep an eye out over the next few weeks :).

Check out the video at the bottom of the post to help you work the stitch!

Knit / Waistcoat Stitch Tutorial

A whole new world opens up for you when you dive into learning this simple stitch.  You will be amazed at how easy it is.  Here are a few tips on keeping your stitches looking good and even.

Tension – this stitch requires you to loosen up a bit.  If you are a tight crocheter, you’ll have to consciously loosen or “pull-up” on each stitch to make sure it doesn’t get too tight.

Consistency – when you make color changes using this stitch, you have to be consistent on how you work the color changes.  It will make a big difference in the back of your work.  This pattern requires a consistent band otherwise, when you flip up the brim, it will look messy!  No one wants that :).

Patience – learning this stitch takes time and practice.  The first time I created a pattern with it, I got calluses on my fingers because my stitches were too tight!  I even wore down one of my fingernails.  So just be patient and take your time.  This stitch is one that takes patience and as you practice more, your speed will increase. 

I also created a video on how to change colors using the knit stitch, which is super helpful with creating this pattern.  You can find that video here.


Hope you enjoy the pattern!  Happy crocheting,

Beanies & Berets Christmas Crochet Fall Wearables

Fair Isle Snowflakes & Hearts Slouchy Beanie – Crochet-a-Long (CAL) – Pattern Release

Yes, my friends, this is crochet.

Fair Isle has to be one of my favorite designs in both crochet & knit. This slouchy beanie is perfectly cozy, soft, and easy to make – even though it looks hard!

PDF available on Ravelry & Etsy

Use Coupon code THANKYOU on Ravelry for a 20% discount

Don’t worry if you missed the CAL!  You can join the group at any time – the CAL will be within the units.

Join the Fun and crochet along with me on November 25th for the Fair Isle Snowflakes & Hearts CAL

November 25 – December 8th

I am happy to announce, I will be hosting a crochet along for the Fair Isle Snowflakes & Hearts Beanie in our new CAL group! We have 18 wonderful designers who’ve come together to keep your crochet addiction alive! We will be hosting new CAL’s every few weeks. Premium patterns from beginner to intermediate to advanced! Hope you come join and crochet-a-long with us!

Click photo to Join

Pattern includes helpful links to video tutorials, and pictures to help you work through the pattern.

I would love to see your finished patterns, if you have Instagram, Facebook, or a blog, please use hashtag

#stardustgoldcrochet   #FairIsleSnowflakesBeanie.

+Skill Level:

Advanced beginner to Intermediate

+Techniques You Will Learn:

Fair Isle Style of Changing color (floating the yarn)

Front & Back Post Stitch Knowledge

+Materials:

Suggested Yarn:

I Love This Cotton!

color in photos:  Burnt Sienna / White

Yarn Substitution:

visit yarnsub.com

Yarn Weight:

Suggested yarn is worsted, but it is considered a light aran, so if you use anything other than suggested yarn, I would recommend going with a 3 (light worsted) or one that will obtain around 14 wpi (wraps per inch), as you can see from the photo below, the wpi for the recommended yarn is around 14 wraps! 😮

Yardage Needed:

approximately 420 yards (384 m)

Hook Size:

6.0 mm (K) hook

Scissors

Darning Needle

+Size(s):

Adult:  Small, Medium, Large | Toddler

PDF available on Ravelry & Etsy

Hope to see you in the CAL!

Happy Crocheting,

Stitch Tutorials Video Tutorials

How to Crochet: Knit | Waistcoat Stitch | This is a knit-like stitch you can work graphs & fair isle patterns with ease!

The knit stitch is a crochet stitch that looks like a knit stitch.  It’s sooooo simple, you won’t even believe how simple it is.  I’ve fallen in love with it. 

It’s also known as the waistcoat stitch.  I’m not sure why there are so many names for it, but either way – It’s a lot of fun.

I’ve created two videos – the first one works the knit stitch in the round.

The second video covers how to add and change colors and gives you a few tips on how to keep your yarn from twisting while you work alternating colors.

I used this stitch in the Keep SHINE-ing Beanie & Fair Isle Slouchy beanie patterns.

I would love to see all your creations using this stitch.  Head over Instagram or Facebook and post some pics!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, I would love to talk crochet!

So…….

What is your favorite stitch?

What is your favorite type of crochet project?

I recently asked some of my crochet groups what they like to crochet the most and I was surprised to find out it was Afghans!  Then hats & beanies were a close second.

I haven’t delved into the world of Afghans very often, but I absolutely love creating C2C graphs.  I only wish I had more time to design, and create ALL my patterns for graphs.  Soon I will be uploaded a bunch of C2C graphs.

What do you want my next pattern to be?  Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to create something fun for you to make!

Challenge me!

Happy Crocheting!

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Snowflake Frenzy! Mystery CAL by Becky Dirlam

It’s so exciting to share our latest CAL!  This one is interesting because it’s a mystery!  There will be a new snowflake pattern everyday to work on throughout the 10 days!  Check out the details below, directly from the designer herself.  Join our CAL group on Facebook to participate in the all the antics and meet the designer.  😀

Details of the CAL

Hi, and welcome to the ​Snowflake Frenzy Crochet-A-Long​​, hosted in ​Crochet-A-Long with us on Facebook.

I am Becky Dirlam, and I will be guiding you through this wonderful adventure. 

Beginning December 9, 2018, through December 18th, a new PDF with a single snowflake pattern will be added to the Ravelry listing.

You will get an update telling you an updated file has been added. On December 18th, We will discuss creating the Garland to display all of your snowflakes. On December 19th, We will have the opportunity to show off our creations, and play some games, with prizes for those who are participating.

When our CAL ends on December 19, 2018, All of the patterns will be compiled in a single PDF for easy storage in your Ravelry Library.
Within the group, I will be available to offer tips, and tricks to help you achieve the pretty display you are after. To that end, I want you to think about how you want to use your snowflakes.

Do you want to add them to your Christmas Dining Table? Hang them on your tree? Strung across a doorway? OOODLES of them from the ceiling? Maybe you have thoughts to add to a pillow, for simple decor updates.

Just because we think of them as dainty little gems does not mean we have to run out and grab thread so small we need a magnifying glass to see where the hook goes. But, those are beautiful too.

Select product to work with based on your use, Perhaps you will use several different products. Once you see the photo of the day, you may decide this one is for coasters for the cookie exchange party, Or I want to give my daughter a set of these for her family tree.

Please be open to a variety of things, because, after all, A White Christmas means a lot of different things.

Now, One last note. I live in North Carolina, and as it would happen, it is forecast that we will be hit hard with a snowstorm that could knock out power. The snow is expected to start Late this evening, and continue through the day on Sunday.

If this happens, and I am unable to upload the PDF, I will update any, and all missing flakes as soon as I am able to get back online. In advance, I apologize for any hassle this may cause.

Just to tease; This is our first Snowflake Pattern, to be delivered to you on Sunday Morning.


I look forward to getting to know you in our Facebook Group
Becky

I hope to see you in our crochet-a-long and looking forward to a great holiday this year!

Happy crocheting!

Beanies & Berets Cardigans & Ponchos Crochet Fall Headbands & Ear Warmers Scarves & Cowls Socks, Leg Warmers & Slippers Wearables

20 Most Beautiful Fall & Winter Crochet Patterns from Around the World – Holiday Crochet Pattern Round-Up!

Hi friends, hope the holiday season is treating you well!

I’ve been wanting to put together a round-up post for a while now, and I’m finally getting around to it.  I’ve been super busy with the Fair Isle Beanie Crochet-A-Long.  It’s my first crochet along and I absolutely love it, so keep and eye out for more – or better yet – join our CAL group!

In the meantime, I’ve put together some great cold weather patterns to make during these cold winter months.  Some are so easy, you may even get to create a few for gift giving!

Let’s get to it!

Here are 20 great crochet patterns to get your fingers tingling and wrapped around those crochet hooks.

 

1.   Valentine Crochet Pattern Set-Wrapped in Love Crochet Pattern Set-Pattern by Jo’s Crafty Hook

Joey has some beautiful designs, but this one just popped for me.  I love the little hearts and it just looks so cozy – I think I’ll be making this one soon ;).  This pattern would be great for kids and adults alike! – – you can find the pattern on Etsy here for $5.00!

Wrapped in Love Crochet Pattern

2.  Crochet Christmas Lights Blanket Pattern by ChristaCo Designs

Crystal’s designs are unique and creative.  She has a way of bringing out the warm and fuzzies in me with her cute patterns.

“I designed this Christmas Lights Blanket as a gift for my Aunt. Her birthday is just a few days before Christmas, so one of their family traditions is to go and see Christmas lights on her birthday. And isn’t that just the perfect way to celebrate a December birthday?”

This is such a cute blanket – Free – you can find the pattern on her blog here.

Crochet Christmas Lights Blanket

3.  1920’s Style Winter Sun Hat by Grammy’s Creations

Becky’s designs are tried and true.  She has such a flare for the creative, and has been doing this a long time – she knows what she is doing!

This is just such a cute design, I love it.  It comes in adult and child too!  You can find this pattern on Ravelry – here.

1920’s Style Winter Sun Hat

1920’s Style Winter Sun Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Bewitching Braids Cape Free Crochet Pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home

Tonya has a way of just making the most beautiful, easy to follow patterns.

This is just a stunning addition to any crochet wardrobe arsenal.  Beautifully crafted design – this a free pattern on her blog and you can find that here.

Bewitching Braids Cape

5.  Caribou Tracks Hat by Canoe Mountain Designs

Audrey has some really beautiful hats, and just about any style you want, you can find in her Ravelry store.  This one stuck out to me because I love the subtle cable design, so elegant, and classic in the ivory – find the pattern here.

Caribou Tracks Hat

6.  Fair Isle Snowflakes & Hearts Beanie – by Yours Truly (I know, I know, tooting my own horn here, but it’s my favorite creation to date)

Tested, tried, and true Fair Isle Crochet.  This beanie is easy to make, and looks just like knit.  The pattern has video links to teach you a few new tricks too.  Sizes come in adult small, medium and large – there is a toddler version too!  You can find this pattern on Ravelry or Etsy.

Fair Isle Snowflakes & Hearts Beanie

Fair Isle Snowflakes & Hearts Beanie

7.  Cliffs of Moher Triangle Scarf, triangle scarf crochet pattern by The HomeMaker by Emily.

This is a classic design with easy to follow instructions and simple stitches.  Emily has a way of creating classic designs, and even came up with her own crochet font!  It’s pretty cool.  You can find this pattern on Etsy, here.

Cliffs of Moher Triangle Scarf

8.  Cutie Cake Beanie by Natalia Johnson

Do I even need to create a reason to make this beautiful beanie?  Simply adorable pattern by Natalia.  You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

9.   Men’s Boozie Boots/Beer Mugs by Tammy Murray

Tammy’s beer booties have to be one of the best bootie patterns I’ve seen in a while.  So cute!  I think I know a few guys (and girls) that would sport these like a rockstar!  You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

Men’s Boozie Boots Beer Mugs

Men’s Boozie Boots/Beer Mugs

10.  The Darling Baby Dress Coat by The Crocheted Baby aka Crystal Widger

I actually helped Crystal test this pattern and it was so easy to make!  The design reminds me of the 1960’s style vintage children’s coats, and it is absolutely gorgeous.  It works up fast too.  You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

The Darling Baby Dress Coat

The Darling Baby Dress Coat

11.  The Whirldwind Blanket by Rebecca Mattison

This blanket is just so cool.  I love the warbled design, it makes it feel like I’m spinning, but in a good way.  You can find Rebecca’s pattern on Ravelry here.  Check out all the different variations you can make with this one design!

Whirlwind Blanket

12.  Asymmetric Awareness & Hope by Heather McKay

Heather has an arsenal of absolutely beautiful cancer awareness patterns.  I chose this one because of the colors and the beautiful flow of the wrap.  I think you’ll enjoy making this one and also bring awareness to the awful disease that is cancer.  You can find this pretty pattern here.  Enjoy 20% off use the code ROUNDUP 🙂

Asymmetric Awareness & Hope Wrap

Asymmetric Awareness & Hope Wrap

13.  Hiedra Triangle Wrap by Lilinette Crochet

Ledwij’s designs are incredible.  Such unique style and original design aspects make this wrap a must have in your pattern collection.  You can find this pattern (and others) on Ravelry – here.

“Hiedra is Spanish for Ivy, which in turn was the inspiration for the colour scheme of this wrap. Isn’t October the most beautiful season in the Northern Hemisphere in terms of colours?”

Hiedra Triangle Wrap

Hiedra Triangle Wrap

14.   Summer Memory Cardigan by Anna Piskorz

Wow.  Just jaw dropping wow.  This design by Anna has be thinking I need to up my game! lol  Absolutely beautiful design.  You can find this ethereal design on Ravelry, here.

Summer Memory Caridgan

Summer Memory Cardigan

15.  Snowman Mason Jar Topper by  Deanna Rahill

Deanna’s created a beautiful snowman pattern for mason jars.  I love my mason jars, what a great way to decorate for the holidays with a personal touch.  You can find this pattern on Ravelry, here.

Snowman Mason Jar Topper

 

16.  Deer/Buck hat and shorts newborn set by Katherine Rombold

THIS IS SOOOO CUTE!  You better believe if I had a newborn, I’d be making this pattern.  Even the hat would be cute for a toddler!  You can find this adorable pattern on Katherine’s Ravelry page here.

Deer/Buck hat and shorts newborn set

Deer/Buck hat and shorts newborn set

18.  Crochet Elf Ear Hat and Shoes by Angie’s Crocheting

This is the ONLY item on our list that isn’t a pattern, but it’s so darn cute I couldn’t resist adding it to the list.  Need I say more?  Maybe if you message Angie, she will send you along to the pattern ;).  She is selling the set for $40.00 on Etsy – here.

Crochet Elf Ear Hat and Shoes

19.  Striped Elf Hat Holiday Hat Pattern by Ava Girl Patterns

Another adorable design for the holiday arsenal! You can find the pattern here.

20.  Neapolitan Scarf by Maria Keffler

Maria is a wonderful designer who primarily knits, but she is delving into the crochet world with abandon.  You can already tell she is going to be a star.  This scarf just stands out and is gorgeous.  You can find the pattern here.

Neapolitan Scarf

Well that’s it!  I hope you enjoy creating with these lovely patterns.

Happy Crocheting!

 

 

 

 

 

Beanies & Berets Crochet Fall Free Crochet Patterns Scarves & Cowls Wearables

Winter Blush Beanie & Scarf – Easy Free Crochet Pattern Perfect Project for Beginner

I’m so excited about this new pattern.  I wanted to create something soft, in the latest 2018 Fall colors.  It’s soft, warm, and uses creative stitches that translates easily from scarf to beanie to create the perfect color coordinated set.  Available in sizes:  Toddler, Child, Adult: Small, Medium, Large.

If you have any questions about this pattern, please leave a comment below.  Someone else may have the same questions, we can answer them together.

Printed PDF includes chart for scarf is available on Ravelry & Etsy

I would love to see your finished patterns, if you have Instagram, Facebook, or a blog, please use hashtag #stardustgoldcrochet #WinterBlushBeanie.  Thank you!  Let’s get started!  😉

 

+Skill Level:

Easy or ambitious beginner – stitch videos can help you work this pattern for sure!

+Materials:

Suggested Yarn:

I Love This Cotton!

color in photos:  Warm Blush

Yarn Details:

100% Cotton.  (4) weight, 3.5 oz (100 g), 180 yards (165 m) per skein.

Yarn Substitution:

visit yarnsub.com

Care:

Machine washable and dryable.

Yarn Weight:

Suggested yarn is worsted, but it is considered a light aran, so if you use anything other than suggested yarn, I would recommend going with a 3 (light worsted).

Gauge:

8.5 rows of simple ribbing for brim = 2″

Yardage Needed:

a little under 780 yards for scarf, 180 (apprx.) for hat – total of 5-6 skeins at 180 yards per skein.

Hook Size (scarf):

6.5 mm (K) hook

Hook Size (Beanie):

4 mm (G), 5.0 mm (H)

Scissors

Darning Needle

+Size(s):

Toddler, Child, Adult:  Small, Medium, Large

Pattern works in multiples of 3 + 1

+Finished Measurements (in/cm):

  Will Fit Sizes
Beanie:
Toddler 17- 18” (58.42)
Child 19-20” ( cm)
Adult
Small 20 – 21” ( cm)
Medium 22” ( cm)
Large 23” ( cm)
Scarf (with border): 6” wide x 71” tall

+How to Read This Pattern

Stitch counts are in parentheses at the end of each row. Remember to count your stitches 😉.

It is highly recommended you use the suggested yarn, some of my pattern testers used acrylic and found it to throw the gauge off for the beanie.  The scarf is flexible, but if you would like a matching set, use recommended yarn or equivalent from the yarnsub site.  Suggested yarn is considered a light aran.

+Abbreviations:

sc – single crochet FPhtr – front post half treble crochet
fsc – foundation single crochet beg – beginning
rvsc – reverse single crochet rnd – round
dc – double crochet st(s) – stitch(es)
dc2tog – double crochet 2 together ch(s) – chain(s)
dc3tog – double crochet 3 together *…* – repeat from * to * however many times indicated
hdc – half double crochet lp(s) – loop(s)
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together yo – yarn over
hdc3tog – half double crochet 3 together ch sp – chain space
htr – half treble crochet prev – previous

Note:  Stitches in PINK are are clickable, and will take you to my easy to follow video tutorials on how to create these stitches.

+Stitch Guide

(click on underlined heading for full video stitch tutorials)

sc – single crochet

insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo draw through both loops on hook.

hdc – half double crochet

yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through all three loops on hook.

hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together

yo, insert hook in indicated st.  yo, draw up a loop.  yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through all five loops on hook.

fsc – foundation single crochet

create a slip knot.  ch 2, insert hook in 1st chain.  yo, draw up a loop.  ch 1, yo, draw through both loops on hook.  (2nd st) insert hook in bottom two loops of ch 1, yo draw up a loop.  ch 1, yo, draw through both loops (2 fsc created).

hdc3tog – half double crochet 3 together

yo, insert hook in indicated st.  yo, draw up a loop, *yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop* – repeat one more time, then yo, and draw through all loops on hook.

rvsc – reverse single crochet

don’t turn.  rvsc works left to right.  pull out loop on hook just a tad.  insert hook in indicated st.  yo, draw up a loop (make it loose), yo, draw through both loops on hook.

htr – half treble crochet

yo twice, insert hook in indicated st.  yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through 3 loops.

dc – double crochet

yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops* – repeat from * to * until you have one loop left.

dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop.  yo, draw through 2 loops.  yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops.  yo, draw through all three loops on hook.

dc3tog – double crochet 3 together

yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops.  *yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops* repeat from * to * one more time, yo, draw through all four loops on hook.

FPhtr – front post half treble crochet

yo twice, insert hook around indicated st(s).  yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

+Pattern:

Note:  pattern works in multiples of 3 + 1

+Scarf

Using a 6.5 mm (K) hook, and 2 strands of yarn… 

Note:  1st stitch of each round is made in same as chain, unless otherwise indicated.

Row 1:  fsc 19

Row 2:  ch 3, turn.  sk 1, dc 3 in next st.  *sk 2, dc 3 in next st* – repeat from * to * to end of row.  sk 1 st, dc in last st.  (19 sts – chain 3 does not count in stitch count for this row)

Row 3:  ch 3, turn.  sk 1st st.  *dc3tog**, ch 2* – repeat from * to * to end of row ending at **.  ch 1, 1 dc around ch 3 (not in the top of the stitch, but around it).  (19 sts) (ch 3 at beg of row will count in your stitch count for this row)

Row 4:  ch 1, turn.  sc 2 in ch 1 sp.  *sc 1 in top of dc3tog**, sc 2  in next ch 2 sp* – repeat from * to * to end of row, ending at **.  sc around (not in) dc at end of prev row. (19 sts)

Row 5:  ch 1, turn.  *sc 1 in 1st and 2nd sts, FPhtr around dc3tog from prev row*, sk 1 st* (skipped st is behind FPhtr) – repeat from * to * end of row, ending at **.  sk 1, sc 1 in last st.  (19 sts)

Rows 6 – X:  Repeat rows 2-5 until you have 25 diamonds (25 – 4 row repeats or 101 rows total)

You can make this scarf as long as you want by repeating rows 2 – 5 to desired length.

Don’t break yarn.

 

Scarf Border:

Top border:  Continue working with existing yarn and hook & ch 1, we will work from left to right and create reverse single crochets.  Insert hook in last completed st of row, yo, pull up a loop.  yo, pull through both loops (1st reverse sc created).  Continue working rvsc, left to right until you complete 19 (or the stitch count you decided on to start)

Side 1 of border:  ch1, turn. (you’ll be working right to left) *hdc 1 in 1st two side of rows, hdc 2 in next end of row ch sp, hdc 2 in next end of row ch sp* – *repeat* from * to * ending at row two by completing 2 hdc in last ch sp.

Join in end of row 1 with slip stitch.

Bottom border:  ch 1, turn. (you’ll be working left to right) 19 rvsc.

Side 2 of border:  Turn.  (you should be working down the other end of the scarf now) hdc 1 in the side of dc ch sp from row 1, then *hdc 2 in next ch sp, hdc 2 in next ch sp, 1 hdc in top of each next two rows* repeat from * to * to row 100.

Join with slip stitch in bar of rvsc. Cut, tie off, weave in tails.

 + Beanie

Using 4 mm (G) hook and one strand of yarn.

Sizing (using recommended yarn):

will fit sizes:

Toddler – 17-18”

Child – 19-20”

Adult Small –  20-21”

Adult Medium – 22”

Adult Large – 23-25”

If you are using the recommended yarn you can skip to the pattern.

+The following notes are for those using acrylic or anything other than the recommended yarn.+

Sizing for listed stitch counts will only be consistent if you maintain the proper gauge, and use the recommended yarn.  If you use anything other than the suggested yarn, you will need to match gauge of brim as shown in order to obtain the proper sizing.  The cotton I used has a good stretch to it.  I created medium size (as pictured) which fits average 22” head circumference (my head measures 22.5”).  I worked 96 rows for the band, and it measured around 18” prior to joining, which means it stretched about 4” and fits very gentle.  The fit of the brim is meant to be slightly loose, not super snug.

I learned from my testers that acrylic yarn doesn’t seem to stretch like the recommended yarn (or similar cotton), and the band seemed tight to them – so gauge and yarn choice is very important in this pattern for proper fit. 

Making adjustments is easy, and I’ll walk you through it here.

How to adjust for using acrylic yarn or any yarn other than suggested yarn, or different than average head circumference:

Adjusting the Brim Ribbing:

The entire pattern works in multiples of 3.  Simply work the number of rows you need to reach your desired circumference by working in multiples of 3 – here is a range of multiples of 3:  81, 84, 87, 90, 93, 96, 99, 102, 105, 108, 111, and I highlighted what I used for this pattern the first being toddler, then child, small, medium, large.  Remember to account for stretch, so if you are making a toddler hat, and the toddlers head measures 18” – create a band that around 16.5-17”.  A good way to test the stretch is take a ruler and lay it down.  Place one end of the band at 0 and stretch it out.  What is the difference between how wide it is just laying flat and how wide it is when stretched?  Also keep in mind, some yarns will stretch with wear – especially cotton.

Adjusting the Top of Beanie:

Because the pattern works in multiples of 3 – there will be no changes in the pattern from rounds 1 to 14.

Rounds 15 – 18:

work these rounds as close to the pattern as possible – you should only need to make minor adjustments

For the decrease rounds 19 – 22:

Rnd 19:  Decrease by 8 sts, using hdc.  If you are making a child/toddler, use sc.

Rnds 20 – 22:  Decrease by 6 – 7 sts each rnd using hdc for adult , or sc for child/toddler – until you have a small enough opening to easily sew together.

+Pattern:

Stitch counts listed in pattern as follows:

(toddler, child, small, medium, large)

Brim Ribbing:

Simple ribbing pattern;  work the slip stitch rows very loose, especially if you are using an acrylic yarn (which I don’t recommend)

Ch 7

Row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (6)

Row 2:  (no ch 1) turn, (very loose) sl st in each sc.  (6)

Row 3:  ch 1, turn.  sc in each sl st. (6).

(this can be a little tricky, but as long as you keep your stitches loose, you will be okay)

Rows 4 – x:  repeat rows 2 & 3 until you reach (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Joining:

Bring sides together with “wrong” side facing out (the right side is the side with the V ribbing).  sl st through both sides in one loop (6 sl st).

Don’t break yarn.

Top of Beanie:

Note:  1st stitch of each round is made in same place as ch st, unless otherwise indicated.

Using 4 mm (G) hook

ch 1, turn, and flip band so “V” rib pattern is facing you (this will be your right side(RS))

Round 1:  sc 1 in top of each row of brim until you reach beg of rnd.  Join with sl st in top of 1st sc from beg of rnd. (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Using 5 mm (H) hook

Round 2:  ch 2, hdc 2 in same st (creates a hdc3 V)  *sk 2 sts, hdc 3 in next st* – repeat from * to * until you reach beg of rnd, sk last 2 sts.  Join in top ch of ch 2 from beg of rnd. (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Round 3:  ch 2, hdc2tog (ch 2 & hdc 2tog creates a hdc3tog cluster), ch 2, *hdc3tog, ch2* – repeat from * to * until beg of rnd.  Join in top ch of ch 2 from beg of rnd. (do not count chain stitch in count for this row) (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Round 4:  ch 1, *sc 1 in top of cluster, sc 2 in ch 2 sp* – repeat from * to * to beg of rnd.  Join in top of sc from beg of rnd. (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Round  5:  ch 1, FPhtr around the cluster from rnd 3 (enclosing the ch 2 with the hdc2tog directly below the ch 1).  *sk st behind FPhtr, sc in each of next 2 sts, FPhtr around cluster from rnd 3* – repeat from * to * to beg of rnd.  (Two stitches left)  sc in each of last 2 sts.  Join in top of FPhtr from beg of rnd. (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Round 6:  ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc 2 in top of FPhtr from prev round.  hdc 3 in top of each FPhtr until you reach beg of rnd.  Join in top of ch 2 from beg of rnd.  (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Round 7:  ch 1, hdc3tog in 1st hdc from prev rnd.  ch 2, *hdc3tog, ch 2* – repeat from * to * until you reach beg of rnd.  Join in top of hdc3tog from beg of rnd.  (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Round 8:  ch 1, *sc in hdc3tog, sc 2 in ch 2 sp* – repeat from * to * until you reach beg of rnd. Join in top of sc from beg of rnd. (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Round 9:  ch 1, FPhtr around hdc3tog & chain from two rnds down, sk st (skipped st is same st where ch 1 is), *sc in each of next 2 sts, FPThtr around next hdc3tog from two rnds down, sk st* – repeat from * to * until you reach beg of rnd.  (two stitches left)  sc in each of last 2 sts.  Join in top of FPhtr from beg of rnd. (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Note:  for toddler & child beanies, you can omit rounds 10, 11, 12 & 13 if you want a less slouchy hat.  The toddlers in the photos include these rows.

Round 10, 11, 12 & 13:  Repeat rounds 6, 7, 8 & 9 (81, 87, 93, 96, 99)

Round 14:  repeat round 6.

Round 15:  ch 1, hdc2tog (see photos below).  *ch 1, sk 1, hdc2tog* – repeat from * to * until you reach beg of rnd (depending on the size you are working, you may need to ch 1 after the last hdc2tog to maintain st count.  Count your stitches to see if you need to or not, especially if you are customizing).  Join in top of hdc2tog from beg of rnd. (54, 58, 62, 64, 66)

 

Round 16:  ch 1, sc 1 in each of next 2 sts,  *sc 1 in ch sp, sc 1 in top of hdc2tog from prev rnd* – repeat from * to * until you reach beg of rnd.  Join in top of sc from beg of rnd. (54, 58, 62, 64, 66)

Round 17:  ch 1, FPhtr around hdc2tog & ch 1 from 2 rnds down.  *FPhtr around each hdc2tog from 2 rnds down* – repeat from * to * until you reach beg of rnd.  Join in top of FPhtr from beg of rnd. (27, 29, 31, 32, 33)

Round 18:  ch 1, hdc in each st around and join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (27, 29, 31, 32, 33)

The following are decrease rounds that will close up the top of the beanie

 Note:  1st stitch of each round is made in same place as ch st, unless otherwise indicated.

Round 19:

[toddler]  ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog*  repeat from * to * 6 times total.  hdc 1, hdc2tog.  Join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (20)

[child]  ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog* – repeat from * to 7 times total.  hdc in last st.  Join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd.  (22)

[small]  ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog*  repeat from * to * 7 times total.  hdc 1, hdc2tog over last 2 sts.  Join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (23)

 ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog * – repeat from * to * until you reach beg of round.  Join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (24)

[large]  ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog* – repeat from * to 8 times total.  hdc in last st.  Join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (25)

Round 20:

[toddler]  ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog* – repeat from * to * 5 times total.  Join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (15)

[child]  ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog* – repeat from * to * 5 times total (two sts left), hdc in last 2 sts.  Join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (17)

[small]  ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog* – repeat from * to * 5 times total (3 sts left), hdc 1, hdc2tog over last two sts.  Join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (17)

  ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog* – repeat from * to * 6 times total.  Join in top of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (18)

[large]   ch 1, *hdc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc2tog* – repeat from * to * 6 times total, hdc in last st. Join in top of hdc from beg of rnd. (19)

Round 21:

[toddler]  ch 1, *hdc2tog, hdc 1* – repeat from * to * 5 times total.  Join in top of hdc2tog from beg of rnd. (10)

[child]  ch 1, *hdc2tog, hdc 1* – repeat from * to * 5 times total.  hdc2tog over last 2 sts.  Join in top of hdc2tog from beg of rnd. (11)

[small]  ch 1, *hdc2tog, hdc 1* – repeat from * to * 4 times total (4 sts left) hdc2tog two times over next 4sts.  Join in top of hdc2tog from beg of rnd. (10)

  ch 1, *hdc2tog, hdc 1* – repeat from * to * 6 times total.  Join in top of hdc2tog from beg of rnd. (12)

[large]  ch 1, *hdc2tog, hdc 1* – repeat from * to * 5 times total.  hdc2tog 2 times.  Join in top of hdc2tog from beg of rnd. (12)

Round 22:

[toddler]  ch 1, *sc2tog* – repeat from * to * 5 times.  Join in top of sc2tog from beg of rnd.  (5)

[child]  ch1, sc2tog 4 times, hdc3tog.  Join in top of sc2tog from beg of rnd. (5)

[small]  ch 1, *sc2tog* – repeat from * to * 5 times.  Join in top of sc2tog from beg of rnd. (5)

  ch 1, *sc2 tog* – repeat from * to * 6 times.  Join in top of sc2tog from beg of rnd. (6)

 [Large]  ch 1, *sc2tog* – repeat from * to * 6 times.  Join in top of sc2tog from beg of rnd. (6)

cut a long tail and weave in, closing the tiny hole at the top together.

Congratulations!  You’re Finished!

Happy Crocheting,

 

 

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How to Crochet: Pineapple Puff Stitch | Easy Video Tutorial for Beginners

The pineapple puff stitch is one of my favorites.  It’s so easy to create and is so useful for all kinds of projects.  I’ve used it in scarves, hats, and blankets.  It works up super fast too and its versatile too!  You can yarn over as many times as you’d like to create a small or larger puff.

Please hashtag: #pineapplepuffstitch on Instagram with what you create with this stitch and I’ll enter you into the pool to win a free gift!

I used this stitch in my sequoia ridge slouch hat – pattern can be found on Etsy here and Ravelry here.

The pineapple puff stitch creates a great horizontal look to the puff, unlike traditional puff stitches which have a vertical look to them.  Keep an eye out for some new patterns using this pineapple puff, because I think I’m in love.

I would love to see all your creations using this stitch.  Head over Instagram or Facebook and post some pics!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, I would love to talk crochet!

So…….

What is your favorite stitch?

What is your favorite type of crochet project?

I recently asked some of my crochet groups what they like to crochet the most and I was surprised to find out it was Afghans!  Then hats & beanies were a close second.

I haven’t delved into the world of Afghans very often, but I absolutely love creating C2C graphs.  I only wish I had more time to design, and create ALL my patterns for graphs.  Soon I will be uploaded a bunch of C2C graphs.

What do you want my next pattern to be?  Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to create something fun for you to make!

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How to Crochet: Magic Circle | Learn in 2 Minutes!

Oh the DREADED magic circle you see in patterns.  It’s really easy to learn and I promise you, once you do learn it, you will never go back!  You will even stop using the chain 2 and work back into the first chain method again.

The magic circle is fabulous for all projects worked in the round because it creates the option to tighten or loosen the center hole – with ease.  I hope you enjoy this video tutorial, please share if you love it!

Happy crocheting,

 

 

 

 

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How to Crochet: FPdc2tog – Front Post Double Crochet 2 tog | Easy Video Tutorial for Beginners

Front post stitches can be a challenge for new crocheters.  Don’t be afraid!  They just regular old stitches, but where you place the stitch is the key.  So, the front post stitches are performed just like they sound – you work around the post of a stitch, instead of in the two top loops of the V.

The Front Post Double Crochet 2 Together is abbreviated as FPdc2tog and is a decrease stitch.  This means that you are combining two double crochets over two stitches to create one stitch.  This is helpful when you want a project to curve, or you want to create a textured look.  This technique is also used to create Mandala designs, ribbing for hats and cardigans, or even for scarfs.  If you want to use it as a design aspect and not actually as a decrease stitch, all you need to do is add the stitch back that your removed (example below).

The FPdc2tog is a step up from the Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc) because it creates texture as well as a decrease.  When you crochet any stitch “2 together” you are decreasing by one, which means you are making the garment smaller.  It is a helpful technique to learn for reading patterns.  It sounds like a mouthful, but it is really just the stitch placement that makes it different from a regular double crochet.

Using it as a design element:

Pattern:  FPdc2tog, chain 1. (That will leave you with the same stitch count as you started with).

Using it as a decrease stitch:

Pattern:  Just use the FPdc2tog as a stand alone, this will decrease your stitch count from 2 to 1)

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So…….🙃

What is your favorite stitch?

What is your favorite type of crochet project?

I recently asked some of my crochet groups what they like to crochet the most and I was surprised to find out it was Afghans!  Then hats & beanies were a close second.

I haven’t delved into the world of Afghans very often, but I absolutely love creating C2C graphs.  I only wish I had more time to design, and create ALL my patterns for graphs.  Soon I will be uploaded a bunch of C2C graphs.

What do you want my next pattern to be?  Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to create something fun for you to make!

Challenge me!

Happy Hooking!

Beanies & Berets Crochet Fall Wearables

Sequoia Ridge Slouch ~ easy slouchy hat crochet pattern

The inspiration for this slouch stems from the mighty Flint Ridge caves (They are the longest cave system in North America) and the giant Sequoias.  The Sequoias are the tallest, most beautiful trees in the world. I envision hiking trails wearing this beauty.  😊.  Even though I’ve never been there… lol…a girl can *dream*

PDF Written Pattern is available on Etsy & Ravelry

Thanks to my wonderful pattern testers. You can find her creations at Sparkled and Stitched on Etsy!

+Materials

Yarn Suggestions:

I used a few different yarns to create this pattern.  The sample is created using Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in the colorway Wheat.  Then I worked it up in Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in Ivory Tweed (I liked this one a little better, because it is softer).  The colorful sample I created using Lion Brand’s Mandala in the colorway Chimera.

Vanna’s Choice by Lion brand in Wheat

Lion Brand’s Mandala Yarn in Chimera

Hook Sizes:

Use recommended hook size for yarn you choose – I used a 5.5 mm (I hook) for the slouchy beanie I created with Vanna’s Choice, and a 5.0 mm (H hook) for the Ivory Tweed & Chimera beanies.

 +Pattern Details

This is a great ambitious beginner friendly pattern.  The stitch guide is there to help you work the pattern, and I’ve created several videos on my YouTube Channel that will help you work the pattern as well! 

I hope you enjoy this pattern.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions :).

Here are some of the samples my pattern testers created, they are wonderful!

Manda’s Crafty Corner

Sequoia Ridge Graphic

Sequoia Ridge Mandala

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How to Crochet: Dc2Tog – Double Crochet Decrease

HI everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

This is an easy How To video on how create a double crochet decrease, also known as dc2tog.

The double crochet decrease is abbreviated as dc2tog in most patterns. However, some designers will simply say “dec” or “dc dec” – these are all the same stitch! It can be confusing for sure, but as long as you learn it, you’ll remember for the next time you pick up a pattern.

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I can’t say enough about I Love This Cotton.  Even Prior to becoming an affiliate with Hobby Lobby, I sang the praises of this yarn left and right.  It’s so soft, and easy to work with.  The colors are lovely, and it’s the perfect yarn for everything from C2C baby blankets to scarfs, sweaters, hats, and ponchos.  It’s also reasonably priced for being 100% cotton, which is a plus!  So when it goes on sale I do a little happy dance!

It’s on sale for $2.65 a skein 😍.

I wanted to share this awesome sale with my fellow crafters because it doesn’t happen too often.

So prior to the release of the Blushing Winter Beanie & Scarf this Sunday, order up some I Love This Cotton, or head on over to Hobby Lobby and grab some skeins to make this beautiful set.

You will need about 5-6 skeins for this project and I used the colorway Warm Blush (hence the name Blushing Winter) 😉, but you can create this set in any color you’d like of course.

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How to Crochet: Honeycomb Stitch – Easy Crochet Tutorial

The Honeycomb stitch is a great stitch to create market bags, tops, skirts, and so much more.  It is an easy stitch for beginners to learn, and easily modified to create a smaller hole.

This is a modified version of the original Honeycomb stitch, I created this smaller version for the Honeycomb Mesh T – a free crochet pattern you can find here.

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Free Crochet Patterns Spring summer Wearables

Honeycomb Mesh Cropped T – Easy FREE Crochet Pattern

It’s still a little hot in Memphis, but this mesh T is perfect for any weather!  I used Lion Brands 24/7 cotton for this pattern because of it’s lovely colors and durability.  It’s cool and breathable, and has a great stretch to it.  Another positive is it is completely machine washable! For this pattern, I set out to create a simple mesh cropped tank that provides coverage, but is also cool, airy, and withstands all the summer elements.  I took this top canoeing and it was perfect!

Printable pattern PDF is available in my Ravelry & Etsy stores

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+Skill Level

Easy +Reading the Pattern ~ Because we are working with a mesh, we will count the squares, not the stitches . ~ Pattern is made by completing two panels and sewing them together working from top down.

+ Materials

Suggested YarnLion Brand 24/7 Cotton in colorway Denim. Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Hook:  4.5 mm Scissors, Darning Needle

+ Yarn Details

100% Mercerized Cotton, 186 yds per skein (3.5 oz/100g)  – care:  Machine wash and dry.

+ Available Sizes

Pattern works in multiples of 4 + 2 (add 3 for foundation chain).  If you use recommended yarn, this will stretch, so if it seems small at first, trust me, when you wear it stretches a bit. Child: (4-6), (6-8), (8-10) Youth/Adult:  XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, 1X, 2X, 3X
Yardage Needed   Skeins Yards
Child 4-6 1.5 279
6-8 1.75 325.5
8-10/XS 2.0 372
Adult S/M 2.5 465
  L 2.75 511.5
  XL 3 558
  XXL 3.5 651
  1X 3.75 697.5
  2X 4 744
  3X 4.5 837

+Abbreviations:

dc double crochet beg beginning
st(s) stitches ch chain
sp space ch sp chain space
sk st skip stitch *…* *repeat* instructions between *…*

+Stitch guide:

dc – double crochet yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop, (yo, draw through 2 loops) twice.

+Instructions:

Body Panels (make 2):

Using a 4.5 mm hook, chain the number of chains according to the table below:
Sizes   Chains
Child 4-6 125
6-8 129
8-10 133
Youth/Adult XS 137
Adult S 145
  M 149
  L 153
  XL 161
  XXL 165
  1X 173
  2X 181
  3X 193
Tip:  Counting for sizing – count each square, because of the mesh pattern, we work into the ch spaces of each square.

Honeycomb Mesh Stitch Video Tutorial Here

For all sizes:

Row 1:  dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 2, sk 2, dc in next chain* – repeat from * to * to end of row. Row 2:  ch 4, turn.  *dc in next ch sp, ch 2* – repeat from * to * until you reach end of row. Row 3 – X:  Repeat Row 2 – until you reach the desired number of rows or height in the table below.  note: The height of the rows listed in the table below is your armhole depth.  If you’d like, you customize this armhole depth by adjusting the number of rows, or you can use the following table, which is  a general guide for armhole depth taken from the yarn council guidelines.
Remember:  this yarn and stitch will stretch about 2”- 3″ when worn, and I’ve accounted for the stretch in the tables, if it seems small when you put it on, just give it a day – it will stretch to perfect fit.
Sizes   Rows Armhole Depth
Child 4-6 8 4.5”
6-8 9 5”
8-10 10 5”
Youth/Adult XS 11 6”
Adult S 12 6”
M 13 6.5”
L 16 7”
XL 17 7.5”
XXL 18 8”
1X 20-21 8.5-9”
2X 22-23 9-9.5”
3X 23-24 9.5-10.5
Once you reach the number of rows or measurement you wish, tie off, and weave in tails. Next, we are going to mark the neck hole opening and sleeves, this is where we will create the remainder of the body. You can use different colored stitch markers, one color for the neck, and another color for the body.

Creating the Neck opening:

Using the table below.  Starting with the 1st square at each edge, counting inward.  Mark the final square (in the chain space) with a stitch marker. Use the neck hole width guide to get an idea of how wide your neck hole should be (these averages are taken from the yarn council guides).  This will stretch, if it seems too tight, don’t worry ;).
Sizes   Sqs Neck hole width guide
Child 4-6 10 7”
6-8 12 8”
8-10 12 9”
Youth/Adult XS 14 11”
Adult S 15 12”
M 15 13”
L 16 14”
XL 16 15”
XXL 16 15”
1X 16 16”
2X 17 16”
3X 18 17”

Creating the body boundaries:

Place the garment with neck opening side closest to you.  Use the table below to find the number of squares you will need for your size – start with the 1st square on your right and count inward to the left.  Mark that final counted square with a stitch marker.  Repeat this working from the right side counting in to the left.
Sizes Sqs Sleeve depth from edge
Child 4-6 6 3”
6-8 6 3.5”
8-10 7 4”
Youth/Adult XS 7 4”
Adult S 8 4.5”
M 8 4.5”
L 9 5”
XL 9 5.5”
  XXL 10 6”
  1X 11 6.5”
  2X 12 7”
  3X 13 7.5”

Creating the rest of the body:

Attach yarn in the chain space with the 1st stitch marker (like photo below).  Then work the following rows:
Row 1:  ch 4.  *dc in next ch sp, ch 2* – repeat from * to * until you reach next st marker (the last dc of the row should be in the square with the stitch marker). Row 2 – X (see table below):  ch 4, turn.  *dc in ch sp, ch 2* – repeat from * to * until you reach the number of rows in the table below. Of course, the length of the top length is completely up to you!  You can create more rows if you’d like, just remember to switch to a larger hook before your reach the top of the hips to give you a little more stretch on the hips. The table below is how many body rows you’ll need to create a crop top.
Sizes Rows
Child 4-6 9
6-8 9
8-10 9
Youth/Adult XS 10
Adult S 10
M 11
L 12
XL 12
  XXL 13
  1X 15
  2X 16
  3X 17

+Assembly

You will have two panels.  Lay on top of each other and sew along the dotted lines as pictured below.
Congratulations!  You’re finished!

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How to Crochet: Half Treble Crochet Stitch (htr) | Easy Beginner Crochet Tutorial

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

This is an easy How To video on how create a Half Treble Crochet (htr). Half treble crochet is a stitch that combines a double crochet and a half double crochet into one stitch. It’s a great stitch to use working in the round, if you want to get the height, and also the knit effect a half double crochet creates when you work in the back loop only.

I recently used this stitch in a free pattern on my blog called the Winter Blush Beanie & Scarf set, you can find that here: http://www.stardustgoldcrochet.com

I used Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn for this tutorial.

I am in an affiliate program with Lion Brand, so if you happen to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission (win, win!). These commission helps me keep providing free video tutorials and free patterns on my blog (links below).

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Happy Crocheting!

 

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How to Crochet: Chainless Foundation Stitches – 4 video tutorials include single, double, half double, & linked double crochet stitches

Hi everyone!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create a chainless foundation chain?  I know you’ve looked at a pattern and the first row or starting point said “foundation single crochet,” then you think to yourself “what the heck is that???”   Oh noes!  😟 Don’t be afraid.  They are really easy to learn and once you learn them, I guarantee you’ll fall in love with it.

I didn’t understand the hype over this crochet technique until I started designing garments.  Chainless foundation chains help the garment stretch and prevent curling, which is so valuable for creating a garment that doesn’t bunch, or is too tight on your head, etc.

I have a feeling once you learn how to create these, you won’t ever create a normal chain again!

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They are also great because you create the chain and 1st row at the same time.  I use this technique in many of my patterns and hope these videos will help you create some of my lovely free patterns 😘, as well as conquer your fear of the dreaded chain-less foundation chains!

This video series covers the following:

Foundation (chainless) Single Crochet – abbreviated in patterns as fsc

Foundation (chainless) Double Crochet – abbreviated in patterns as fdc

Foundation (chainless) Linked Double Crochet – abbreviated in patterns as fldc

Foundation (chainless) Half Double Crochet – abbreviated in patterns as fhdc

So here are the videos!  I hope you enjoy them, and please leave any questions or comments in the comments section at the bottom of the page.  I am always happy to answer any questions you have!
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Chainless Foundation Single Crochet

Chainless Double Crochet

Chainless Linked Double Crochet


Chainless Half Double Crochet

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Crochet Fall Free Crochet Patterns Wearables

RAINY DAZE Oversized Crochet Poncho ~ FREE crochet pattern ~ super cozy crochet poncho

Who doesn’t love a cozy comfy rainy-day? I wanted to create something like Flashdance and Old Navy met at a coffee-house, drank too much coffee and had a crochet poncho baby!

I hope you enjoy making it, it is very simple to create. 😊

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Crochet Stitch Calculator – calculate your stitch multiples to fit your desired project size

Are you a crochet designer? | Are you a beginner who wants to learn to create your own designs? | Do you love crochet, but not good at reading patterns? | Do you want to create a design without worrying about a pattern and just wing it!

This is the calculator for you.

As a designer, I love to create patterns from scratch.  This takes a lot of trial and error for sure, but a few years ago I purchased the Crochet Stitch Bible for stitch inspiration and learn new, fun stitches. Continue Reading

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C2C Blanket Size Calculator will make you a C2C pro!

Ever wonder how big your C2C blanket will be? Me too!  So I came up with a calculation for that… 😉

We’ve all been there… the graph is 80 x 90 ~ 200 x 300 ~ 25 x 25 – but how BIG will that be?

The best way to figure it out is make a swatch, then do some math (ugggg).

With this calculator, you’ll still be making a swatch (but only a small one!) and I did the math for you (thank you Algebra 1B).

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More than a Market Bag ~ FREE crochet pattern and video tutorial

I love all crochet bags, well…most of them!  Some can be too bulky or too loose.  I wanted to design a functional market bag – but more than market bag – with beautiful color changes and most importantly, durable.  A bag that you can take to the beach, the market, or on a long walk at the park.  A bag that will hold *all* the stuff and not let it fall out!

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Rosie the Riveter Graph, C2C written, row by row written graph, “We Can Do It” blanket pattern crochet blanket ~ crochet pattern

Rosie the Riveter is a symbol of strength and unity for women everywhere.  According to History.com

“Rosie the Riveter was the star of a campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for defense industries during World War II, and she became perhaps the most iconic image of working women. American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during the war, as widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force. Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home.”

Rosie The Riveter

I’ve always loved this image and wanted to create a graph I can make into an awesome throw.  This will be my next long term project after I finish the mini-spiderman throw for my grand baby 🙂 !  I spent a lot of care to make it as easy as possible (with only 10 colors) and also decided to create a written pattern for both C2C and row by row if you want to work the pattern in single, double, or half-double crochet.

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Also included is a full grid graph, and close-ups of the graph, as well as 4 pages of a close-up the graph sectioned off for easier viewing.  The file is 14 pages.

You can find the full PDF version on Etsy by clicking the photo below.

Rosie The Riveter Thumbs

The graph is 85 x 109 stitches (color blocks).

I’ve made some yarn suggestions in the pattern, but you’re welcome to use whatever worsted weight yarn you’d like.

The pattern also includes detailed instructions on how to create a C2C blanket and links on how to make decreases.

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I would love to see your finished projects, links to my social media is located at the bottom of the last page :).

I’m always happy to help with patterns, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Happy crocheting

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Neptune Beach Dress ~ FREE crochet pattern

The inspiration for this beach dress came from a stitch I came up with using Tunisian crochet.  It was an accident actually, but I ended up falling in love with the stitch, and I’m calling it Tasha’s Tunisian Ribbing 😀 I wanted to create a tube top, but no other stitches out there gave me what I needed, so I made one up!  It creates a two-color vertical ribbing that is stretchy and easy to create.  Win!  I hope you enjoy this pattern and learn something new!

If you have any questions about this pattern, please leave a comment below – I’m happy to answer any questions!

An AD-free printable PDF is available on Etsy too!

Full Video Tutorial is at Bottom of Post <3

I would love to see your creations from this pattern, if you have Instagram, Facebook, or a blog, please use hashtag @stardustgoldcrochet #stardustgoldcrochet.  Thank you!  Let’s get started!  😉  Please read all notes!

How to Read This Pattern

I write my patterns for readability and make them beginner friendly.  The words in bold are stitches and actions.  Stitch counts are noted in the *notes* sections within the pattern and/or in parentheses at the end of each row. Remember to count your stitches 😉.

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Materials:

Suggested Yarn:

Lion Brand Heartland in Denali, Pink, Green & Purple Print I Love This Cotton! Yarn.

Sub for Heartland – Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Pink

Sub For I love This Cotton – Any ombre yarn colorway of your choice preferably cotton.

Yarn Details:

Lion Brand Heartland Denali – 251yds (230m)

I Love This Cotton – 180 yds (164 m)

Yardage Needed:

Lion Brand Denali – 2-3 skeins (500-600 yds (457 – 548 m)). I love This Cotton – 1 skein (180 yds (164 m)).

Hook Size:

5.5 mm (I-9) – double ended Tunisian crochet hook, regular 5.5 mm (I-9)

 

Size(s):

S/M/L/XL/XXL – Customization – Size adjustments are within the pattern.

Finished Measurements for Large:

If you follow the pattern exactly – you will get a size large – you can adjust the tube top to fit your perfect size, instructions are within the pattern.  Adjusting the circumference will automatically adjust the size of the mesh portion of the dress, the length of the dress is completely up to you :). Tube Top – Height 7.5-8” (19-22 cm)  Width Around 22” (55.8 cm)  without the lace. (the tube top stretches, fyi) Lace Area on Top – 5” (15.2 cm) Length from Top to Bottom – adjustable

Abbreviations:

 

TRS – Tunisian Rib Stitch / TLS – Tunisian Long Stitch / MC – main color / CC – contrasting color / ch – chain / ch sp – chain space / st(s) – stitches / yo – yarn over / sc – single crochet / beg – beginning / fwd pass – forward pass / rvs pass – reverse pass / lp(s) – loop(s) / sk st – skip stitch / *…* *repeat* instructions between *…*

 

Stitch guide:

sc – single crochet insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw through both lps on hook dc – double crochet yo, insert hook in indicated st, *yo, draw through 2 loops* – repeat from * to * until you have one loop left on hook.

Special Stitches

TLS – Tunisian Long Stitch – see video if this sounds confusing. fwd pass:  pull up a long loop with current loop on hook (3/4 – 1” tall), *insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a long loop* – *repeat* to end. rvs pass:  *yo, draw through 2 loops* – repeat from * to * back to beg of row. TRS – Tunisian Rib Stitch chain desired amount for foundation chain (in multiples of 2 for this pattern) Foundation Forward Pass (MC):  *insert hook in top of next chain and pull up a loop* – repeat from * to * to end of chain.  Below is an example of what your first foundation forward pass will look like. Foundation Reverse Pass (CC):  you will add your CC when working this reverse pass for the foundation row.  Turn hook then add CC over hook and pull through one loop (below). Ch 1. *yo, draw CC through 2 loops* – repeat from * to * until you reach the end and have only 1 loop left on the hook.  Don’t turn hook. Fwd Pass (MC):  let CC drop behind, pick up MC with your finger, *insert hook in next front bar, yo with MC and draw up a loop* – repeat from * to * to end.  Turn hook (remember to work into the last edge stitch by inserting through the 2 loops at the end – photo below)  Count your loops too to make sure you are on the right track. Rvs Pass (CC):  Drop MC, pick up CC and ch 1, *yo, draw through 2 loops*  – repeat from * to * back to beg.

You can slide it down and wear it as a skirt too 😍

 

 

Pattern:

To start…

We will use a Tunisian technique to create ribbing for the tube top.  Don’t be afraid of Tunisian crochet – it is almost easier than some regular crochet stitches believe it or not.  Please refer to the tutorial video for help with this ribbing stitch.  I will do my best to write it out in a way you can create without watching the video too, along with photos below.  So let’s get started!

NoteChaining 28 to begin will make a tube top that is around 8” tall (20 cm).  If you want to make this shorter, chain an even number, that when you subtract 1, will create multiples of 3.  (use 22, or 16 chains to start to make it smaller or 33 to make it taller).

Row 1 Foundation fwd pass (C1):  Chain 28 compete the foundation row for the TRS located in the stitch guide under special stitches. Row 1 Foundation rvs pass (C1):  complete the reverse pass of the foundation row for the TRS located in the stitch guide under special stitches. Row 2:  complete fwd pass according to special stitch guide under TRS. Row 2:  complete rvs pass according to TRS in stitch guide. Row 3 – to desired width:  Repeat Row 2.

NoteThe lace portion of the pattern will increase the circumference by around 5”. Below, I’ve recommended widths for the ribbing stitches to get the size you need – once you add the lace pattern to the end of the ribbing pattern, the total circumference of the tube top will be the number below + 5″ (12 cm) The ribbing stretches, so keep that in mind when deciding how wide to make your tube top piece.

 

S – 18” (45 cm) – M – 20” (50 cm) –

 

L – 22” (55 cm)  XL –  24”  (60 cm) – XXL – 26” (66 cm)

 

 

 

Lace and Joining:

 

NoteMake sure when working the lace, you have multiples of 3 to work into or the pattern will not work out properly, I explained this earlier in the pattern for casting on your foundation chain.

Row 1:  Cut CC, tie off.  Pick up MC, and ch1sc in each gap between vertical bars of each stitch – mine totaled 27 sc’s. Row 2:  ch 3, turn.  sk 2, sc in next st, *ch 2, sk 2, sc in next st* – repeat from * to * to end of row. Row 3:  ch 1, sc in 1st st, *sc 2 in ch sp, sc in next sc* – repeat from * to * to end of row (should end with sc in last stitch) (27) Row 4 fwd pass:   (TLS) ch 2, turnpull up a long loop, insert hook in 1st sc and pull up a long loop in each st across (make loops an even height and about .75 – 1” (1.9 cm) tall). Row 4 rvs pass:  (TLS) yo, draw through one loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops* – repeat from * to * until you have only one loop left on hook. Row 5:  ch 1, sc between each pair of front and back vertical bars to end of row. (27) Row 8:  Repeat rows 2 through 5 – 3 more times times, on the 3rd repeat – end after you complete row 2.

 

Joining:

ch 1, bring sides together and slip stitch into the the two loops of each stitch.

Body of Dress:

Note:  Don’t cut your yarn.    

Rnd 1:  ch 3, sc in 1st  CC row, *ch 2, sc in next CC row* – repeat from * to * to end.  When you reach the lace portion of the dress, continue the repeat pattern from * to * in the top of each of those rows.  Join with sl st.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3sl st into 1st ch sp *ch 2, sc in next ch sp* – repeat from * to * to end of round

Join with sl st in 1st ch 2 from beg of rnd.  Mark beg st with st marker.

Rnd 3:  *ch 2, sc in next ch sp* – repeat from * to * to end of rnd.  Join with sl st at tbase of 1st ch 2 from beg of rnd.

Rnd 4:  ch 3, sc in 1st ch sp *ch 2, sc in next ch sp* – repeat from * to * to end of rnd.  Join with sl st in base of ch3 from beg of rnd.

Rnd 5:  ch 1, sl st in 1st ch sp.  ch 2, [*yo, insert hook in same ch sp, yo and pull up a loop* – repeat from * to * two more times, then yo pull through all loops on hook, ch 1]  – repeat from [ to ] to end of rnd.  Join with sl st in top of ch 2.

Rnd 6:  ch 3, *dc in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1* – repeat from * to * to end of rnd.    Join in ch sp from beg of rnd.

Rnd 7:  ch 3, *dc in top of dc from R6.  ch 1, sk 1* – repeat from * to * to end of rnd.  Join with sl st in ch 3 sp from beg of rnd.    

Rnd 8 – desired length:  Repeat round 7.

Congratulations!  You’re finished!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern!  If you love it, please share ;).  Any questions?  Please leave me a comment below, or just say hi!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Happy Hooking,

 

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Beach Inspired Friendship Bracelets ~ FREE crochet pattern and video tutorial

Well, we just got back from Neptune beach, and it was awesome!  If you haven’t been to Hanna Park – definitely check it out, it’s worth your time.

While we were there, I didn’t crochet much because we were playing in the water or skating most of the time, but I did come up with a little cute pattern for beach friendship bracelets – because it was so hard to not crochet at all for a week! 😊


pattern is so simple and fun, you can make a bunch in just a few a minutes!

I wanted to create something simple, easy, and fun to make.  These cute bracelets are the perfect summer project.  Probably great to teach a beginner too or a perfect project for a child crocheter 😉

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I added some beads on the ends of the ties, and if you’re feeling ambitious, you can add more beads, or even a clasp and jump rings.

There is a full video tutorial at the end of the post – scroll down.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

Suggested Yarn:

Cashmere De Contone or any cotton DK weight (3)

colors:  0010, 0002, 0004, 0005, 0006, 0007

 

Yarn Details:

(10% Cashmere, 90% Cotton)

Hook Size:

4 mm (G) – or recommended hook for the yarn you are using Scissors Beads (optional) – I purchased the stars from Michael’s.

Sizing:

Pattern works in multiples of 4 + 3.  Using DK weight yarn with a 4 mm hook will result in a bracelet approximately 7″ long (excluding the ties and depending on your crochet tension).  Increase or reduce starting chain in multiples of 4 to increase or decrease size.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain / dc – double crochet / lsc – long single crochet / st – stitch / *repeat* – from * to *

Stitch guide:

lsc – long single crochet insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up loop to level of other stitches, yo, draw through both loops on hook. dc – double crochet yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through 2 loops.

PATTERN:

The pattern below shows a double crochet crossing the other double crochets – ignore that!  Unless you *want* to work it like that, that is okay too.!  The long single crochet is what we work into the skipped stitch for this pattern (lsc).

**updated**

I realized yesterday that I completely left out the long single crochet stitch in the written pattern below – it’s fixed now!  Ooops!

To Start:

ch 34 + 3

Row 1:  dc in the 5th ch from hook.  dc in next 2 sts (total of 3 dc’s). go back to the 4th chain from beginning chain, and lsc in that st.  Then, *sk st, dc in next 3 sts, lsc in skipped st* – repeat from * to * to end of row. (You should have 2 ch’s left).  sk st, dc in last st of row.

Finishing:

Cut a long tail (about 5 inches) pull through and tie starting tail and ending tails together with a knot.

Embellishing:

You can add beads to the tail ends by first tying a small knot, add the bead, then tie another knot to secure the bead in place.

To add the star beads:  use some clear thread and sewing needle to attach them through the end where you tied the knots (kind of hiding the knots).

You’re finished!

See how easy that was???

For the full crochet tutorial, see video below.

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