Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Super Soft Layla Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

This super soft blanket is made with bulky yarn and a 9.0mm hook....and works up in one night. I loved working with the Yarn Bee Romantique, which adds the fuzzy look and texture to this blanket. If you wanted to substitute the yarn or make it a different size, I have instructions on how to do so in the pattern. I can't wait to gift this blanket and make another (just so I can use the yarn!). 







Materials:
Yarn Bee Romantique
Weight #5 Bulky Yarn
80% Acrylic; 20% Polyamide
87yd/3.5oz per skein
2 skeins: Ivory (Color A)
1 skein: Rose (Color B)
2 skeins: Mint (Color C)

N/9.0mm Crochet Hook

Legend:
Chain (ch)
Stitch (st)
Skip (sk)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Treble (tr)

Gauge:  4 sts x 2 rows in dc = 2” square
Notes:
1.      The blanket is made in rows.
2.      Weave in ends as blanket progresses.
3.      To change colors, finish all but last pull through on current stitch, drop current color, pick up next color and finish stitch.  
4.      If you want to use a different yarn, begin with the starting chain given and add 10 chains until desired length is reached. Follow pattern and increasing instructions for length. 

Measurement:
23” wide x 32” long


Special Stitch:
Cluster: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull yarn back through, yarn over, pull yarn through first 2 loops. * Keeping current loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into SAME stitch, yarn over, pull yarn back through, yarn over, pull yarn through first 2 loops, repeat from * one more time. Yarn over, pull yarn through all loops on hook to complete.

Increasing instructions:
Width:Every 2 chains will increase your blanket by 1 inch. So, increase by 10 stitches and it will add 5 inches.
If you increase the blanket, increase your yarn skein amounts. The written pattern uses all of the 2 skeins of Ivory, not all of the Rose and 1.5 skeins of the Mint. Just so you know how to increase your yarn.

Length:Repeat Rows 6-11 to increase to desired length.



Blanket:
Using Ivory, chain 42.
Row 1: Dc in the 4th chain from the hook and in each across. (39 sts)
Row 2: Ch 3 (first dc here and throughout), turn; dc in each st.
Join Rose, fasten off Ivory.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn; hdc in each st.
Join Ivory, fasten off Rose.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn; dc in the horizontal loop on hdc (it will be on front facing side) to last st, dc in last st of row.
Row 5: Ch 3, turn; dc in each st.
Join Mint, fasten off Ivory.
Row 6: Ch 4 (first dc and ch 1), turn; sk 1 st, * Cluster (see Special Stitch) in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, repeat from * to last st, dc in last st.
Join Ivory, fasten off Mint.
Rows 7-8: Ch 3, dc in each st.
Row 9: Ch 1, turn; hdc in each st.
Join Ivory, fasten off Rose.
Row 10: Ch 3, turn; dc in the horizontal loop on hdc (it will be on front facing side) to last st, dc in last st of row.
Row 11: Ch 3, turn; dc in each st.
Rows 12-29: Repeat Rows 6-11.
Fasten off.
  
Border:
Rnd 1:Join Mint in top right corner, ch 5 (first tr and ch 1), tr in same st, ch 1, sk 1 st, * cluster in next, ch 1, sk 1, repeat to corner, (tr, ch 1, tr) in corner, repeat from * to last corner, sl st to the 4th chain of the ch 5 to join. NOTE: Use the ends of rows as stitches when working on the edges. Fasten off.
Rnd 2:Join in any corner space, ch 1, * sc 4 in ch 1 space, sc in each st across, repeat from * to last st, sl st to the first st to join. Fasten off. 
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Triple Stitch Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

This is a great blanket and the pattern is actually pretty simple…but with a finish that will have others begging for more! I love to make these for gifts and props….and I keep telling myself that I want one for myself…and kids…needless to say--it’s a favorite pattern that is fast and easy.






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Glee Slippers Free Crochet Pattern

Do you need a cute and quick pair of slippers? Well, these are the ones for you! By using the basic stitches, these are created from the sole up. Mix and match colors to fit the style you want and crochet from there! I love these because they are 1) basic enough to try even if you're a beginner and 2) cute enough to make over and over for gifts! Enjoy this pattern and have fun watching your little ones wear them. 

Quick note, if you are intimidated by shoes, don't be! I've heard so many people say, " I can't make shoes," or "I can't do that, my shoes will turn out two different sizes." Well, let me tell you, this is easy. The stitches are basic, not surprises and if you can make your stitches consistently the same size, and match the gauge for the pattern--then you're good to go. So, give it a try and if you have any questions, post them below the pattern and I'll answer there. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lazy Day Blanket Free Crochet Blanket Pattern

Use this pattern as the perfect excuse to have a 'lazy day' at home! By using basic stitches, this blanket works up fast and easy. It has instructions on how to increase so you can not only make one for your little one, but for yourself, too! 


Materials:
Hook: G-4.0mm
Yarn: Medium Weight (weight 4) Yarn: I love this Yarn! 
1 skein each in these 3 colors: Greybeard, Graymist and Light Yellow


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Monday, August 1, 2016

I Like Crochet Aug 2016: 8 Featured Patterns

These are my featured patterns in ILikeCrochet Magazine for Aug 2016. I had a blast designing all of these! I hope you enjoy this issue and all of these patterns! Find out more here: www.ILikeCrochet.com

Your little one will certainly have the cutest back pack in her class! The triangle button adds the perfect touch to this little owl.
This cozy but open poncho is perfect for car rides in the sunshine. The motifs are joined as you go and it’s an easy project to throw in your bag. I used Caron Simple Soft to create this poncho, so it has minimal sheen, but a great soft feel!

Practice your stitches and work on each square wherever you go! This afghan is the perfect summer project and easily customizable to be whatever colors you would like.

Babies love texture and interesting pattern designs – this blanket has both! With cute little animals all over, this blanket is perfect for a baby’s room. This is actually one of my favorite designs! I had my sweet little unborn niece in mind when creating it...and then gave it to her for her first Christmas!

Keep it sweet and simple with this lovely baby blanket. The scallop edging is the perfect touch.

This little shawl is reminiscent of a dragonfly’s wing in both shape and color. Add this shawl to your summer wardrobe to brighten up your basic tops.

This scarf can be worn many ways and is easily adjustable with a buttoned loop.

Mix it up with some forest-y hues and stripes for your summer reading adventures.
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