How to Make the Linked Treble Crochet Stitch




The linked treble crochet stitch(LTC) is a variation of the treble/tripple crochet stitch that creates a much closed fabric than the regular tr stitch. It is easy to crochet and makes a perfect choice for winter garments or any project where you want a tight fabric with no holes.  






This pattern uses US crochet terms.

The LTC has completely different look on the right and the wrong side. If you want to keep the same look you may add a row of sc in between the rows. You may also make a row of ss instead - this will create a railway look between the rows of LTC.


This is how the work looks on the wrong side.




And here is how to make the LTC stitch step by step:


1. Chain any number of chains.

 

2. Insert the hook in the second ch from hook and pull a loop.

 


3. Now do the same in the next 2 stitches - insert the hook in each of the next 2 chains and draw a loop.



 

4. Now it is time to finish the first LTC st - yarn over the hook (5 loops on the hook) and finish off like every other tr. Pull through the first 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the next 2 loops, yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops. First LTC made.


 

 5. Now insert the hook in the first horizontal loop of the LTC that you just made and pull a loop. See 1. on the picture above, the loop is pulled and there are 2 loops on the hook, make the same for the loop marked with 2. Insert the hook there and pull a loop - 3 loops on the hook. Now insert the hook in the next chain and draw a loop from there. Finish off like a normal tr crochet st. Yo, pull through the first 2 loops, yo and pull through the next 2 st, yo and pull through the last 2 st. Continue with step 5. till the end of the chain.



 

6. Turn the work - you will see it has completely different look at the wrong side. To make it consistent on right and the wrong side just add a row of sc.

You may choose to continue with the LTC rows if you want to.

 

7. Chain 3, insert the hook into the second stitch from hook and pull a loop, insert the hook in the 3rd st from hook and pull another loop, now insert the hook into the next st and pull a loop (4 loops on the hook). Finish off like normal tr st.


 

8. Continue with step 7. till the end of the row. Make another row of sc.



This is all :)



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Jeep




This crochet jeep will make every little boy(or even girl) happy. It is a nice addition to every hat or any toddler garment and takes only a small amount of yarn (if you have scrap yarn left from another project this is where to spend it).

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This pattern uses US crochet terms.


Yarn: The yarn does not matter for this project. I have used 100% cotton with  hook in matching size
Hook size: 3mm (hook size conversion chart)
Stitches used: sc, ss, mc
Finished size: around 3.5in wide (9 cm)
Colours used: whatever you want for the jeep body, I have used blue and dark blue. You will also need yellow, red and white for the lights and the windows. Black, beige and white are used for the wheels.


Note: You need to know how to change the colours in the middle of the row. It is not really hard - it just need some practice. The general rule is simple - before working the last stitch and when you have only 2 loops on the hook grab the new color with your hook, then pull it through the 2 loops to finish off the stitch. And the colour is now changed to the new one you need.

You may also decide to transfer the yarn from the same colour or use few small balls of yarn for each section and crochet with the same yarn ball when you turn the work and make the next row.




Pattern:
Row 1: Ch 21, sc in second st from hook, sc in each ch till the end (20 st). Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in each st till end (20 st). Turn.
Row 3 and 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: Repeat row 2 with dark blue.
Row 6: Repeat row 2 with blue.
Row 7: Repeat row 2 with dark blue.
Row 8 and 9: Repeat row 2 with blue.

Now the top part of the jeep. You will need here 2 small balls of white (or just transfer the white) and 3 blue (or again just transfer the blue). Do not cut the yarn between the different sections of white and blue but leave it free, make sure you don't twist it.

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, join white and work sc in the next 5 st, just before finishing the last of the 5 sc grab blue yarn and pull it through the last 2 loops of the 5th sc. Make one sc with blue then work sc with white in the next 5 st. Join blue and make 3 more sc with blue. Turn.

Row 11: Now you need to do the same but on the opposite side - start with blue sc in the first 3 st, then 5 sc with white, 1 sc with blue, 5 sc with white and finish with 2 sc in blue. Turn.

Row 12 and 14: Repeat row 10.

Row 13 and 15: Repeat row 11.

Row 16, 17 and 18: With blue ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in each st till end. Turn.

Make a row of sc with blue all around the jeep body.

Wheels: 
Round 1: With white in mc ch 1, sc in the mc, make 7 more sc and join with a ss in the ch 1 (8 st)
Round 2: Join beige. Ch 1, sc in the same st, work 2 sc in each st, end with ss (16 st)
Round 3: Join black. Ch 1, sc in the same st, *1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st*. Repeat * - * till the end of the round, end with ss (24 st).
Round 4: Ch 1, sc in the same st, * 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*. Repeat * - * till the end of the round, end with ss (32 st).

Make one more wheel and sew them on the jeep.

Rear wheel:
Ch 8, sc in the second st from hook, sc till end. Turn.
Ch 1, sc in the same st, sc till end. Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.
Sew the wheel on the "back" of the jeep.

With yellow and red yarn sew some lights and that's all :)


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Police Car



This crocheted police car is a nice finishing touch to every project for little boys. It can be made for hats, vests, bags or any boy garment.





*** This pattern is free. You may sell the products you make from my patterns but not the pattern itself. If you sell items from this pattern please link back to this post. Do not copy and repost this pattern or any of the photos and claim them as your own. ***


This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Yarn: 100% cotton 
Hook size: 3mm or any suitable for the yarn (hook size conversion chart)
Stitches used: sc, ss, mc, sc2tog
Finished size: 3in (8 cm) wide
Colors used: small amount white, blue, dark blue, black, yellow and red


Abbreviations:
sc - single crochet
ss - slip stitch
mc - magic circle
sc2tog - single crochet decrease


Pattern:

Row 1: With white ch 23, sc in second st from hook, sc in each ch till end (22 st), turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st till end (22 st), turn. Join blue.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st till end (22 st). Turn.
Row 4 and 5: Repeat row 3
Row 6: Join white again. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st till end. Turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in next st. Sc in each st till only 2 st left, sc2tog. Turn (20 st).
Row 8: Repeat row 7 (18 st). 
Now make a round of sc with white around the "body" of the car.


It's time to make the upper part. Count 4 st from both sides and mark them with stitch markers, this is where the upper part will be attached.



Join white in one of the markers and ch 22, ss in the marker of the other side.
Turn the work and make a ss in the next st (in the inner st). 


Now make one sc in each ch and finish with a ss in the st next to the first where the chain started (inside the top part again).

Now join yarn in the middle st of the top row (5-6th st if you count the stitches inside the top of the car). See the picture below. Ch 7 and join it in the middle of the cars top (around 11th st).



That's for the car body. 

Wheels:
With white colour - in mc ch 1, sc in the mc, make 7 more sc, end with ss in ch1.
Join black - ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in each st (16 st).
Ch 1, sc in same st, repeat *sc, 2 sc* till end of the round, join the circle with ss.

Lights:
The front and back lights are simply sewn with yellow and red yarn.

Police lights on the top: with red ch 3, sc in second from st from hook, sc.
Join dark blue and ch 2, sc in second st from hook. Now sew it on top of the car.


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