Simple hotpad and potholder





This pattern is quite easy - it uses only 3 basic stitches- ss, sc and ldc. If you are not familiar with linked double crochet stitch now it is time to try it - it is simple and unlike most of the other stitches leaves no holes making it perfect for hotpads, potholders and winter crochet projects. 

I have made 2 squares and then sew them together with a row of sc around thus making sure I'm not going to burn my hands when I use it in the kitchen next time :)



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This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Yarn: worsted weight yarn - any combination of color
Hook size: 5 mm(hook size conversion chart)
Stitches used: ss, sc, dc
Finished size: 7.5 x 7.5 in/19 x 19 cm 

Abbreviations:
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
ldc - linked double crochet

How to make LDC - if you are not familiar with this stitch check this photo tutorial.

Pattern:

The linked double crochet creates a solid structure that looks different on the different side of the crochet work. I have added a row of single crochet between each row of linked dc so the rows looks the same on the right and wrong side of the work.

Row 1 - start with 31 chains, sc in second stitch from hook. Turn.

Row 2 - ch 3, ldc in each st. Turn. 

Row 3 - ch 1, sc in each st till the end. Turn.

Repeat row 2 and 3 ten more times. This is the first square. Make one more and join them with a row of sc acround.

This is it.




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How To Do The Linked Double Crochet Stitch




Are you looking for a new stitch to try? Or are you a beginner in crochet searching for a new but simple stitch pattern? Have a look at linked double crochet stitch (ldc - US crochet terms).







This is quite simple stitch - modification of the classic double crochet stitch. It creates solid texture with no holes so it is perfect for different crochet projects, winter garments or simply those patterns where you want a different look or a crochet work with no holes. 

Note: As the stitches are 'linked' the final work is not as elastic as the normal double crochet stitch project, so have it in mind when measuring your work. 

A row of linked double crochet stitches looks different on the both sides.


A row of LDC from the right side of the work:




And this is how it is looks like on the wrong side of the work:



If you turn the work at the end of each row the final look will be like this:




Repeating pattern every two rows.


Here is a photo tutorial how to make LDC


Start with a chain (the number of chains is not important, add 3 more for the starting chain on the next row). Then insert the hook in the second chain from the hook and pull a loop.


Insert the hook in the next chain and draw a loop through (3 loops on the chain). Now finish like you normally would finish a double crochet - yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through the rest 2 loops. 

Your work will now look like the one below:


Ok, this is the most important part to make a linked double crochet st. Look at the marked loop. Insert the hook there and draw a loop through (2 loops on the hook). See the picture below.


Insert the hook in the next chain and draw a loop through (3 loops on the hook) and finish off like a normal dc st - yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through the rest 2 loops.  


This is the second ldc.


Now continue the same way. Insert the hook in the selected loop and draw a loop (2 loops on the hook). Then insert the hook in the next chain and draw a second loop (total of 3 loops on the hook). 



Finish like you would finish a dc st.



This is 3 ldc made.


Continue till the end of the row. If you work in rounds all rounds will look the same on the right side. However if you work in rows and turn at the end of each row your work will look different every two rows.


Here is how the second row will look like.



If you want to keep the look of the work the same each row then you have to do a filler row - a row of single crochet or ss row. 


Row with ldc and a row with ss - right side


And the wrong side.

Projects using linked double crochet:

       






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Royal Bracelet/Anklet




Enjoy this season with handmade accessories - bracelet or anklet - whatever you want. Lovely and beautiful they can be made in many colors to fit your mood and style.

This is a very easy and fast project that uses only basic stitches and can be made even from beginners in crocheting.





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This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Yarn: Fine
Hook size: D/3mm(hook size conversion chart)
Stitches used: ch, sc, ss
Finished size: Easily adapted to fit all sizes - see the notes in the pattern
Colors used: 2 colors - color A and color B


Abbreviations:
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
ch - chain








Pattern:
(for bracelet, for anklet you have to add around 20 more stitches)

Ch 43 (multiple of 4 + 3) with color A, join color B and sc in second ch from hook, sc till the end (42 st). Turn.

Check whether the bracelet/anklet size will fit, if needed add/remove chains (just make sure the starting chain is multiple of 4 +3).

Ch 1, sc in same st, sc till end. Turn. Repeat this row one more time.

Now change to color A - ss in each st till end. Turn.

With color A *ch4, skip 3st, ss in the 4th st*, repeat * - * till the end. Turn.
In each chain space work *3sc, ch2, 3sc, ss in next chain*, on the last chain space ss in last stitch of the row. Turn the piece and work sc on the narrow side. Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.



Now on the opposite side - join color A and work a row of sc (3-4sc). Turn. Now chain 5 or 6 (depending on the button size) and ss on the opposite side to form a button hole.

Enjoy!







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Gentle Pink Scarf




I have made this scarf to match this awesome hat. It is lightweight and soft and can be worn in the cool spring/autumn mornings or evenings. Both the hat and the scarf use the same combination of stitches - it is just the row starting that make the difference, so once you get used to it it is very easy to make them both.






The pattern for the hat can be found here:




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This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Yarnsport/fine (I have used 100% cotton, it took me around 100 gr of yarn).


Hook size: 3mm/C or D (hook size conversion chart)
Stitches usedss, sc, hdc, dc, picot and special cross stitch (see the explanation below)
Finished size: 6 in(15 cm wide) and as long as you wish
Colors used: two contrast colors - I used pink for base color and white for borders and flowers


Abbreviations:
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
yo - yarn over hook
st - stitch 
scs - special cross stitch (see the explanation below)
ch - chain

For the flowers:
mc - magic circle 
ch - chain
dc - double crochet




Special cross stitch (scs) :
Yo 2 times (3 loops on hook), insert the hook in the next st, yo, draw through the st, yo, pull through 2 loops(3 loops on hook), yo, skip 2 st, insert the hook in the 3rd st, yo, draw loop through st (5 loops on the hook), *yo, pull through 2 loops *, repeat * - * until only one loop left on hook, ch 2, yo, insert the hook in the middle of the half-cross made (see the second picture below), draw a loop through the st, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops - only one loop left on hook. 


 






Pattern:

Row 1 and 2: Ch 47 (or any number of multiple 4 + 3), sc in second st from hook, sc till end of the row (46 st).

Row 3: ch 5, repeat the special cross stitch (see the explanation above) till the end of the row. When only one st left yo hook 3 times, insert the hook in the last st of the row, yo, draw a loop through st, *yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat * - * till only one loop left on hook. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next st, *work 3 sc in the special cross stitch space, sc in the space between the special stitches*, repeat * - * till end of the row. Turn.

Repeat Row 3 and 4 till you reach the desired length.

Borders:
Join white and make a row with sc only. Turn
Second white row: * ch 4, ss in the first st of the chain (picot made), work 3 sc*, repeat * - *, end with picot in the last st.
Make the same for the other edge of the scarf.





Flowers: 
With pink color in mc work 6 sc, ss. Join white - repeat [ch 2, 2 dc in same st, ss in the next st] 6 times - for the 6 petals.
Create as many mini flowers as you wish :) 

Matching hat in white with pink flower:






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Cross Coaster





Fast project to use any scrap yarn left you have from other projects - those coasters can be made in single or multiple different colors.






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This pattern uses US crochet terms.


Yarn: worsted weight yarn
Hook size: 5mm (hook size conversion chart)
Stitches used: dc, sc, mc
Finished size: 4 in in diameter
Colors used: I used 3 colors - A, B and C


Abbreviations:
mc - magic circle
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
ss - slip stitch
cross stitch - dc, yarn over and make a dc but in the previous stitch

Note: There are 5 rounds - each round ends with ss in the top of the starting chain. You can switch the colors at the start of every row.




Pattern:

Row 1: In mc make 12dc, ss 
Row 2: ch 2, dc in prev st, , *ch2, skip one st, dc in next st, dc in prev st*, rep * - * 5 more times, ss at the end
Row 3: ch 2, dc in the next st, *3 dc in ch2 space, dc in next st, dc*, repeat * - *, end with 3 dc in last ch 2 space, ss
Row 4: ch 2, dc in previous st, * ch 1, skip one st, dc in next st, dc in previous st *, repeat * - *, ss in ch 2
Row 5: last row(sc row) - ch 1, sc in same st, sc, *2 sc in ch1 space, sc , sc*, repeat * - *, ss.





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