Rocking star stitch





The rocking star stitch is an easier variation of the star stitch. The pattern repeat is quite simple and easy to remember and you need to know only sc and ch st. If you look for easy textured stitch try it out.





This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Abbreviations:
ch -chain
st - stitch
yo - yarn over


Pattern:





Make a starting chain with even numbers of ch.

Row 1:

Insert the hook in the second st from the hook and pull a loop, then insert the hook in the next ch and pull a loop. Now you should have 3 loops on the hook. Yo and pull through all, ch1 . *Insert the hook in the last worked ch and draw a loop, then insert the hook in the next two ch and pull a loop (4 loops on the hook, yo and pull through all, ch1*, repeat * - * till only 1 st is left, insert the hook in the last worked ch and pull a loop then insert the hook in the last st and pull a loop, yo and pull through all loops on the hook. Turn.


Row 2: 

Ch 1, insert the hook in the same st and draw a loop, then insert the hook in the next st and draw a loop. You should have 3 loops on the hook. Yo and pull through all of them, now make one ch. * Insert the hook in the last worked st and draw a loop, then do the same for the next 2 st (4 loops on the hook),  yo and pull through all the loops, make a ch *. Repeat * - * till one st is left. Insert the hook in the last worked st and pull a loop, then in the last st left and pull a loop (3 loops on the hook). Yo and pull through all loops. Turn.

Repeat row 2 to desired lenght.


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Diamond Bracelet




Bracelets are not only fast and easy to make but they are nice addition to any  garment when you choose the right colour(s).


This bracelet design will attract everyone's attention.








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This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Yarn: Super fine, 100% cotton
Hook size: 3mm (C or D) (hook size conversion chart)
Stitches used: ch, sc
Finished size: to fit woman hand
Colours used: green, white and grey

Note: Only chain and sc are used for this pattern.

Pattern:

First I have made a guirland of crochet squares.

Each square is made:
Ch 5, sc in second hook from st, sc till the end(4st). Turn.
Row 2-5: ch 1, sc in same st, sc till end (4 st). Turn.
First square is made. 




If you did not end up with square you may adjust the pattern for the square:
- add or remove stitch from the starting chain
- add or remove a row of sc

Do not cut the yarn when you finish the square but continue with the next square (ch 5, then make a square), make 7 squares or less/more depending on the hand.





Join white and make a row of sc all around the bracelet. On the top corners make sc, ch, sc in the top st. End with ss in the first sc.





Join grey and make another round of sc around the bracelet, skip the corner sc down, on the top corners stitch make sc, ch 2, sc to make straight edges.




Before cutting the yarn ch 5-6 and end with ss at the first chain. It will be used as button hole. Sew small button at the other side of the bracelet.






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Bamboo Dishcloths





I found a little ball of multicolored bamboo yarn in my stash left from other projects and I did not know what to do with it until I started to crochet new dishcloths for my kitchen.

The bamboo yarn is perfect for the kitchen - it is natural, it is considered antibacterial, it absorbs better than cotton and it is very soft. The only disadvantage is it is more expensive than cotton unless you get it on discount (like I did).

So this ball of bamboo yarn is now my new very soft dishcloths and I am very happy with them both. 








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This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Yarn: 100% bamboo
Hook size: 3mm/C or D (hook size conversion chart)
Stitches used: ch, sc, dc
Finished size: 7.5x9in (19x23cm) for the big dishcloth, 6.5x6.5in(16x16cm) for the small one

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet




Pattern:
The good thing with the dishcloths is you can test any new stitches or new yarn and get something useful at the end - like kitchen dishcloths, washcloths or simply new hotpads or coasters.

The stitch pattern used for these two dishcloths is very simple combination of basic stitches that creates amazing texture.





Big dishcloth (7.5x9in)

Row 1: Ch 66 (or any multiple of 4 + 2 as starting chain), sc in the second st from hook, sc in each ch (65st)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, * skip 3 st, (sc, 3dc) in same stitch*, repeat * - * till there are only 4 st left, skip 3 st, sc in the last st, ch2, turn. 

Row 3: 3 dc in the first st, * skip 3 st, (sc, 3dc) in same st *, repeat * - * till there are only 4 st left, skip 3 st, sc in the last st, ch 2, turn.

Repeat Row 3 till you have the lenght you need.

Finishing row: Ch 2, dc in the same st, * sc in the next 3 st, dc*, repeat * - * till the end of the row, finish with dc.




Note: For the small dishcloth the pattern is the same but with the starting chain is 54ch.

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Toddler Pants




This is the first time I make crocheted pants and I am very happy with the result. Why pants - well, my toddler refuses to use any blankets at night. Every time I wrap him up with a blanket he wakes up and throw it angrily away. So I gave up and decided to make him warm crocheted pants for the cold nights instead of waking up every one, two hours just to wrap him up.

The pattern is for 4-5 years old kid. If you need for smaller kid you may go a size down of the hook or just remove few stitches from the starting chain.











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This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Yarn: 100% merino wool, machine washable. 
Hook size: 5.5mm/I (hook size conversion chart)
Stitches used: ch, sc, hdc, ss, dc, dc increase, tr (or linked tr)
Finished size: 21in(53cm) long without the ribbing, 23in(58cm) with the ribbing on the bottom, 8.5in(22cm) wide at the waistband, 13in(33cm) at the widest part around the hips.
Colours used: black, brown, white, green (around 100gr green, 200gr brown, small amount of black and white)
Gauge: 13dc x 8rows of dc makes a swatch of 4.5in x 4.5in (10cm x 10cm)


Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
ss - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
dc increase - double crochet increase
dc2tog - double crochet decrease
tr - treble/tripple stitch
ltr - linked treble/tripple stitch, there are few ltr st used in the pattern, if you are not familiar with ltr st you may check my tutorial or just replace them with simple tr stitches.


Notes: 
- For the yarn - it is important to make swatch not only to check the gauge but also to ensure the yarn is soft enough. The pants are also wide enough for  some thin soft lining (I have added thin fleece for additional warmth and softness).
- The pants are worked top down, the waistband and the elastic around the leg are crochet separately and then sewn.
- You may put whatever appliques you like but the upper part of the pants is designed to simulate a road.
- You may also leave the pants straight, no elastic on the legs. If you do so make sure they fit the height of the kid. With added elastic the pants may be slighly longer as they won't stumble the kid.


Pattern:

Waistband:

Ch 10, sc in second st from hook, sc till end (9st).
Row 2 - ch1, hdc in the the same st, hdc in the back loop only till end, turn.
Repeat row 2 till the piece measures 17in(43cm) long.
Sew both ends to form the waistband.  


I have added elastic to the waistband at the very end so the pants don't fall off the kid.



Round 1: Join brown and make a row of sc around the waistband (don't sew the elastic yet, leave it for the end). End with ss. I have ended up with 88 st - few more or less will not matter. Just make sure when you do next increase row you end up with 100 st at round 7 (round 4, 6 and 7 are increase rounds).

If you want to follow exactly the pattern you may first make the pants and then sew them to the waistband - just ch 89, sc in second st from hook, sc around and continue with the rest of the pattern. Sew the waistband to the pants at the end.

Round 2, 3: Ch2, dc is the same st, dc in each st around, ss at the end.

Round 4: Same as round 2 but with 4 dc increases spread evenly (2 at start and every 1/4th of the round).

Round 5: same as round 2

Round 6, 7: same as round 4 - round of dc with 4 dc increases spread evenly (100 st). Do not cut the yarn here, you may just transfer it after one row.

Round 8: Join white - ch1, hdc in the same st, hdc in next 5 st, *ch 4, skip 4 st, hdc in the 5th st, hdc in next 5 st*, repeat * - * till end, ss in ch 1.

Round 9: With brown ch2, dc in same st, dc in next 6 st, *tr, linked tr in the next 3 st - where the chain of previous round is, dc in the next 6 st *. Repeat * - * till the end of the round, ss at the end.
You may replace the linked treble st with a simple tr. However the ltr will hide perfectly the white chain from the previous round. 

Round 10 - 15: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each st around. End with ss.

Round 16: Join black and repeat round 10. 

Round 17: Join green and repeat round 10.

Legs: Spread the stitches equally for both legs - put a marker on the 25th and 76th st. This is the border between the legs.

Ch 2, dc in the same st, work dc in the next 23 st, yo and insert the hook in both marked st, make dc. The next dc should be in the 77th st, continue working dc in every st after the 77th to form the first leg. You will have 49st for each leg.

Follow this pattern for the first leg, then repeat it for the second:
Round 1, 2, 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each st around, end with ss (49 st)

Round 4: Same as round 1 but with 2 dc2tog spread evenly in the beginning and the middle of the round, end with ss (47 st)

Round 5: repeat round 1.

Round 6: repeat round 4, decrease round (45 st).

Round 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16: repeat round 1.

Round 12, 14: repeat round 4 - decrease round.

Round 17: Join black and repeat round 1.

Round 18: Join white, ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in each st around. End with ss.

Round 19 - 21: Join brown, repeat round 1.

Round 22: Repeat round 17.

Round 23: Repeat round 18.

Round 24 - 26: Repeat round 19.

Round 27: Repeat round 17.

Make the same for the second leg.

Elastic on the waist: cut around 20-21 in elastic and sew both ends so it makes a round. Sew it on the waistband as on the picture (the waistband is folded in two).




This is how the pants should look like now:



You may leave them this way or add elastics on the legs bottom.

Legs bottom:
Row 1: With black ch 9, hdc in second ch from hook, turn. Work in the back loop only.
Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in the back loop of the same st, hdc in each st around. Turn.
Repeat row 2 till the piece measures 8.25 in, sew both ends together.

Make one more elastic for the second leg.



Sew the elastics to the bottom of the legs. The easiest way is to put 4 markers spread evenly on the elastic and 4 markers spread evenly on the leg bottom.
Then sew the elastic so you join at the markers.

 



Appliques - the appliques are the most important part of those pants. My little one is so excited about his pants with cars that it is really hard to take them offhim :)

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Colorful coasters and hotpads




Finally spring - time to clean up, reorder ... and why not completely renew the kitchen with new crocheted coasters, hotpads and dishcloths:)
I have just finished this beautiful kitchen set in different colours. It is a fast crochet project where you can use the scrap yarn you have from other projects.  





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This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Yarn: 100% cotton. You can use any yarn, however the cotton is the most suitable for the kitchen - it absorbs well and can be washed in washing machine on high temperature. 
Hook size: 4mm/G or whatever is suitable for your yarn (hook size conversion chart)
Stitches used: ch, sc, ltc, reverse sc
Finished size: 10x10cm (4x4 in) for the coasters

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
rsc - reverse sc
yo - yarn over

Notes:
The linked treble crochet(LTR) is very easy stitch. There is detailed photo tutorial below how to make it, you may also check this post "How to Make Linked Treble Crochet".

Reverse single crochet is also very easy - it is just single crochet stitch but from left to right, check the photos in the pattern on how to make it.

Colours used - one for the base solid square, white for the inner border and grey for the outer border.

Only solid squares:




Pattern:

Row 1:Ch 19, insert the hook in the second ch from hook and pull a loop, then do the same for the next 2 chains (4 loops on the hook). Now finish like a normal tr - yo, pull through two loops, yo, pull through two loops, yo and pull through the last two loops. First LTR st made.


 


Now for the next - insert the hook in the first horizontal loop of the ltr you just made and pull a loop, do the same for the second horizontal loop and pull another loop, next insert the hook in the next ch and pull a loop - 4 loops on the hook. Finish like normal tr - yo, pull through two loops, yo, pull through two loops, yo and pull through the last two loops. This is the second ltr, now make ltr till the end of the row (16 st). Turn.

  




Row 2:
This a row of sc st. 
Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in the next st and in each st till the end of the row (16 st). Turn.

 

Row 3:
Ch 3, insert the hook in the second ch from hook and pull a loop, then insert the hook in the 3rd st from hook and pull a loop, insert the hook in the first st and pull a loop (4 loops on hook), finish like normal tr - yo, pull through two loops, yo, pull through two loops, yo and pull through the last two loops. First LTR st made.
 



Insert the hook in the first horizontal loop of the ltr and pull a loop, then insert it in the second loop and pull another loop, insert the hook in the next st and pull a loop (4 loops on the hook). Finish like normal tr. Make on ltr in every st till the end of the row (16 st). Turn.

Row 4, 6, 8: Repeat row 2.

Row 5, 7, 9: Repeat row 3.







Do not cut the yarn yet. Make a round of sc all around the square, then cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

Join white.
Row 1 (white): Ch 1 and make a row of sc with white all around the square. Work *sc, ch, sc* in the edge stitch, sc in each other st. End with ss in the first ch.
Row 2 (white): Ch 1, make a second row of sc with white around the square. Work *sc, ch, ch, sc* in each of the 4 edges. Finish off with ss in the first ch. Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

Join grey.
Ch 1, sc in the same st. Now make a round of reverse sc - instead of going to left your next st is the stitch to the right ( this way ---------->).
At the edges make losely rsc, ch, ch, rsc. End with ss in the first chain.


     

     





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