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Colorful Solid Granny Square Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

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Free Colorful Solid Granny Square Dishcloth Crochet Pattern includes a video tutorial. A fun, lively and super simple crochet pattern. Click for pattern.Colorful Solid Granny Square Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

Another year of school has come to an end and I think it’s important to always give thanks to the amazing teachers who shape our child’s educational and extracurricular life. Last year I started my own personal tradition of making homemade soap and dishcloths for all of my daughter’s teachers and coaches. In 2015 I made the Easy Thick Crochet Dishcloth and this year I decided to create a new fun and lively granny square pattern.

This crochet pattern is so fun and really easy to make. Once you learn the pattern, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep. I’ve also included this helpful video tutorial for those who find it easier to follow crochet patterns visual.

Click here for the video tutorial.

COLORFUL SOLID GRANNY SQUARE DISHCLOTH CROCHET PATTERN

Pattern in U.S. terminology

SKILL LEVEL: EASY

MATERIALS:

• Hook: U.S. H/5.00mm
• Cotton yarn in 4 colors – 4 skeins (Bernat Handicrafter used in photos)
• Darning Needle & Scissors
*NOTE: Using the incorrect hook and yarn size will likely cause the finished project to be too large or too small.

ABBREVIATIONS:
st = stitch
ch = chain
sl = slip stitch
dc = double crochet

PATTERN DETAILS
FINISHED SIZE: 8″ x 8″

PATTERN
Make a slip knot and chain 4, insert hook into the first chain and join with a slip stitch to make a circle.

ROUND 1: COLOR A – Ch 5, working into the center of the ring make 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc into the ring, ch 2, 3 dc into the ring, ch 2, 2 dc into the ring, join using a sl into the third ch from the ch 5 we started the round with. (will have 3 dc per side after the round is complete)

ROUND 2: COLOR A – Ch 3, [2 dc into the corner space, ch 2, 2 dc into the corner space, 5 dc into each of the dc below],repeat pattern for next 2 sides. After the 2 dc in the last corner, make 2 dc into the dc below, join using a sl into the third ch from the ch 3 we started the round with. (will have 7 dc per side after the round is complete)

ROUND 3: COLOR B – Ch 3, 2 dc into each of the dc below, [2 dc into the corner space, ch 2, 2 dc into the corner space, 7 dc into each of the dc below],repeat pattern for next 2 sides. After the 2 dc in the last corner, make 4 dc into the dc below, join using a sl into the third ch from the ch 3 we started the round with. (will have 11 dc per side after the round is complete)

ROUND 4: COLOR B – Ch 3, 4 dc into each of the dc below, [2 dc into the corner space, ch 2, 2 dc into the corner space, 11 dc into each of the dc below],repeat pattern for next 2 sides. After the 2 dc in the last corner, make 6 dc into the dc below, join using a sl into the third ch from the ch 3 we started the round with. (will have 15 dc per side after the round is complete)

ROUND 5: COLOR C- Ch 3, 6 dc into each of the dc below, [2 dc into the corner space, ch 2, 2 dc into the corner space, 15 dc into each of the dc below],repeat pattern for next 2 sides. After the 2 dc in the last corner, make 8 dc into the dc below, join using a sl into the third ch from the ch 3 we started the round with. (will have 19 dc per side after the round is complete)

ROUND 6: COLOR C- Ch 3, 8 dc into each of the dc below, [2 dc into the corner space, ch 2, 2 dc into the corner space, 19 dc into each of the dc below],repeat pattern for next 2 sides. After the 2 dc in the last corner, make 10dc into the dc below, join using a sl into the third ch from the ch 3 we started the round with. (will have 23 dc per side after the round is complete)

ROUND 7: COLOR D – Ch 3, 10 dc into each of the dc below, [2 dc into the corner space, ch 2, 2 dc into the corner space, 23 dc into each of the dc below],repeat pattern for next 2 sides. After the 2 dc in the last corner, make 12dc into the dc below, join using a sl into the third ch from the ch 3 we started the round with. (will have 27 dc per side after the round is complete)

ROUND 8: COLOR D – Ch 3, 12 dc into each of the dc below, [2 dc into the corner space, ch 2, 2 dc into the corner space, 27 dc into each of the dc below],repeat pattern for next 2 sides. After the 2 dc in the last corner, make 14dc into the dc below, join using a sl into the third ch from the ch 3 we started the round with. (will have 31 dc per side after the round is complete)

Fasten off and weave in any ends.

If you enjoy crocheting dishcloths as much as I do, here’s a book that will keep your crochet addiction fed for a long time: A Year of Dishcloths

Looking for more great crochet patterns:  Elegant Capelet Wrap PatternOutlander Cowl PatternCross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern, Easy Modern Crochet Patterns, Crochet Beach Bag Pattern, Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dish Clothes, Crochet Boot CuffsCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

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Add some Christmas cheer to your mantle with this free crochet Christmas stocking pattern. The stunning stripped design can be easily made in only two days.

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern – While I was off recovering from knee surgery I had a lot of time to sit around. Of course, I had prepared for my down time by making a little bin of yarn and hooks to keep beside my bed so that I could crochet. One day, not too long after my surgery, my daughter suggested that I crochet a Christmas stocking…for our cat (um ya, our cat). While I’m pretty sure our cat had no need or desire for a stocking, I liked the idea of trying something new to crochet. I have to say that I’ve never been a huge fan of crochet socks and slippers – mainly because of all the counting you usually have to do.

I set about researching patterns and came across this really cute sock pattern by Maria over at Pattern Paradise that looked relatively easy. After reviewing the pattern, I thought I’d give it a try, turning it from sock into a Christmas stocking. Maria’s pattern is super easy to understand and she goes into great detail and has nice photos to help with the dreaded heel. Seeing as I wasn’t mobile yet I had to use the colors I had on hand so I came up with this slightly unconventional Christmas color palette but I think it works.

This pattern may look complicated but trust me, once you get in the rhythm, you could practically do it in your sleep. I never bother with complicated patterns so I wouldn’t have bothered finishing this if it was too challenging. It took me two evenings to make it so it’s not a huge investment in your time. I love the new crocheted Christmas stocking for our cat (Milo is ever so excited) and think it will be a wonderful addition to our mantle.

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

TERMINOLOGY: Pattern in U.S. crochet terminology

SKILL LEVEL: MEDIUM but definitely not hard

MATERIALS:

  • Hook: The original pattern calls for a US I/5.50mm but in the end I think a US J/6.00mm would give the sock a little extra size – better for a stocking.
  • Worsted weight size 4 Yarn – 4 skeins each in 4 different colors  (I used Red Heart Soft -256 yrds – in white, grey, berry and leaf).
  • Darning needle & scissors

Size: From toe to heel 7″ long, from heel to top of sock (when folded over) 10″, 4.5″ wide.

Abbreviations:

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sl = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
  • Xst = Modified X Stitch
  • Color A = Color choice 1
  • Color B = Color choice 2
  • Color C = Color choice 3
  • Color D = Color choice 4

Special Stitch: Modified XSt – X Stitch – Worked over two stitches crossing the second stitch in front of the first stitch and encasing the first stitch within it – think of it as the second stitch hugging the first stitch!  Skip next st, dc in next stitch, working around stitch just made, work dc in skipped stitch.

Crochet - Modified X-Stitch Tutorial. Add some Christmas cheer to your mantle with this free crochet Christmas stocking pattern. The stunning stripped design can be easily made in only two days.

Crochet – Modified X-Stitch Tutorial

Notes:

  • Weave ends as you work
  • Ch1 at beginning of round/row does not count as stitch.
  • Stitch count is in ( ) at end of the round. Stitch count is same as previous round, unless noted.
  • Work instructions in [ ] as designated
  • When a number precedes a stitch, such as 3hdc, work that number of stitches in the next stitch.

Tips:

  • Join each round with sl st to first st. Start each round in the join.
  • Do not fasten off at each color change, instead carry the unused color along inside.
  • Make color change in last pull through of last st before the color change.
  • Refer to Maria’s slipper sock pattern here if you’re having any challenges.

Pattern

Round 1: Color A, Ch2 (does not count as st), 8hdc in 2nd ch from hook, join. (8)

Round 2: Ch1, 2hdc in each st around, join. (16)

Round 3: Ch1, [2hdc, hdc] repeat around, join. (24)

Round 4: Ch1, [2hd, hdc next 2] repeat around, join. (32)

Round 5: Color B, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Rounds 6 – 7: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 8: Color C, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 9 – 10: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 11: Color D, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 12 – 13: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 14: Color C, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 15 – 16: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 17: Color B, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 18: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

You will work heel gusset in rows and then continue working remainder of sock in rounds (see Maria’s photo here to help give you a visual idea of how this works).

Heel Row 1: Ch1, sc in next 18 sts. (18)
Heel Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in each st. (18)
Heel Row 3: Ch1, turn, sc next 6 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 6 sts. (16)
Heel Row 4: Ch1, turn, sc next 7 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 7 sts. (16)
Heel Row 5: Ch1, turn, sc next 5 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 5 sts. (14)
Heel Row 6: Ch1, turn, sc next 6 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 6 sts. (14)
Heel Row 7: Ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 4 sts. (12)
Heel Row 8: Ch1, turn, sc next 5 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 5 sts. (12)
Heel Row 9: Ch1, turn, sc next 3 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 3 sts. (10)
Heel Row 10: Ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 4 sts. (10)
Heel Row 11: Ch1, turn, sc next 2 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 2 sts. (8)
Heel Row 12: Ch1, turn, sc next 3 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 3 sts. (8)

Continue working in rounds.

Round 19: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc next 4 sts, sc2tog, working down side of gusset, work 6sc (approximately one every other row), working along stitches from Round 18, work sc in next 14 sts (you should be at the beginning of the other side of the gusset), work 6 sc up side of gusset, join. (32)

Rounds 20 – 44: Repeat rows 5 – 18 two times, excluding row 5 the second time around (see photo for color change example).

Round 45 – 64: With color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32). Note: In row 35, at the back edge of the sock, I chained 12 and then slipped stitch back into the same stitch to create a little loop for hanging the stocking but this is completely optional.

Round 65: sc in first st, [Ch 4, slip st into st, sc in next st], repeat across row.

Break yarn, weave in ends.

Download the free Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern here.

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Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

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Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

Yummy and fun to make campfire toasted cinnamon rolls.

Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls – In my last post, I mentioned that our family recently had our inaugural camping trip of the year. We went with some friends and had so much fun camping in the Pacific Northwest rain forest along the coast of Vancouver Island (see last post for some photos of our trip). I love trying new camping recipes and this time I’d seen some orange/cinnamon rolls cooked in orange peels over a fire on Pinterest that looked intriguing. Loved the idea but my daughter doesn’t like oranges at all so I had to take another route…what about simply cooking them on a roasting stick? I really wasn’t sure it was going to work and honestly I kind of forgot about them until our last camping night. Once I remembered, I asked the kids if they had any interest in trying a roasted cinnamon bun experiment and they were all over it.

We cracked open a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and carefully put them on some roasting sticks. We tried a few different methods but in the end the best way was to simply insert the roll (as is straight out out of the can) on a small double pronged roasting fork. We tried on a single prong but they kept twisting and almost falling off – too much stress. We also discovered that you needed to keep turning them to make sure they were cooked all over, especially in the center. You definitely want some hot, glowing embers to cook the cinnamon rolls, a roaring fire wouldn’t work well at all. As a final surprise, I discovered that these particular cinnamon rolls came with a little container of icing…truly the icing on the cake (or cinnamon roll). Sweet, fluffy, warm and toasty – why does camping food always seem to taste extra delicious! So in the end, it turned out that our campfire cinnamon rolls experiment was a huge success and I would highly recommend it.

Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

What you need:

  • Can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
  • Roasting prongs (preferably with the prongs close together)
  • Campfire with hot embers

Directions:

  1. Pop open can and carefully divide the cinnamon rolls.
  2. Gently insert the prongs through the side of the cinnamon roll in the center of the bun making sure it’s near the back of the prongs.
  3. Slowly place your roll over hot embers, rotating frequently and on all sides.
  4. Depending on the heat in your campfire, it should take anywhere from 8-12 minutes to toast your rolls so that they are cooked all the way through.
  5. Remove from campfire and allow to cool slightly before carefully removing the roll from the roasting prongs. Eat and enjoy!

You can download and print the directions here.

Preparing quick meals on camping trips is easy if you have the right recipes and ingredients. Check out this great book for your next camping trip: 100 Easy Camping Recipes

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Check out some of my other posts that would be great for camping including: DIY Fire StartersDouble Chocolate Pecan Cookies,  No Bake Energy BallsPerfect Chocolate Chip CookiesBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

Camping Cinnamon Rolls

Toasted Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket – a great pattern for beginners.

There’s still a nip in the air at this is the time of year, so it’s a perfect time to grab a cozy blanket and cuddle up on the couch with a good book. I was getting a bit bored of always making baby hats so I decided I needed a new project. When my daughter Noelle saw me looking at blanket ideas she begged me to make her a blanket.  I knew Noelle would really enjoy and appreciate a blanket that I made just for her. So I formulated a plan and took Noelle to the store to pick out some yarn. She picked out this fun and colorful yarn by Bernat that’s super chunky and has great colors.  I also picked up a size P/11.5mm crochet hook and went to town on my newest project.

This blanket was inspired by Melanie Ham’s “Easy Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Tutorial” on YouTube. It’s the same basic crochet pattern but I’ve changed the size and added some detailing. Her original baby blanket pattern can be found here. I highly recommend Melanie’s video tutorial – it’s fabulous, especially for beginners.

This blanket is super easy and crochet’s up really quickly. I’m not a fast crocheter and it took me a little less than a week to finish it off. Noelle loved the finished blanket and uses it all the time now. It’s great because its cozy without being too warm. Noelle tends to get hot quickly so the loose weave in this blanket is perfect for her. I’ve used this blanket on occasion myself and it really is the best of both worlds. My finished blanket is 44″ x 55″ which is the perfect size for my daughter.

One last thing, if you’re new to crocheting and would like to learn from some great instructors, you may want to check out some of the great classes at Craftsy. Their classes are great and very reasonably priced.

Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket Pattern 

Materials:

  • Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn – the number of balls you need depends on the size you make the blanket (I used 4 x 300 grams balls (255 yds) of peachy ombre colored yarn for my44″ x 55″ blanket).
  • Crochet Hook – US P/11.5 mm.
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

If you choose to make this blanket smaller or larger, for the initial chain, just be sure that the number of chains you use is divisible by 6. 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72. etc.

To join a new ball of yarn, tie the end if the yarn to the end of the 2nd ball and continue crocheting. Trim any ends that are sticking out.

  1. Make a slip stitch and chain 60 stitches together, keeping tension even through the chain.
  2. Not turning your work, count back 4 stitches from the hook and do 2 dc in the same spot, skip a chain, 2 dc and continue in the same manner along foundation chain until the end.
  3. Once you reach the end, 1 dc in the last chain.
  4. Ch 3 and turn.
  5. 1 dc in first chain, skip 1 ch, 2 dc and repeat until the end (the 2 dc should be in between the “v” stitches front the first row)
  6. Using the top chain on the end, place 1 dc. ch 3 and turn.
  7. Continue steps 5 and 6 until you’ve made the blanket as long as you’d like. I made my blanket 50 rows.
  8. Fasten off.
  9. When adding the fringe, cut the yarn to about double the length you want the fringe to be (mine were 8 inches each total length). Fold your yarn in half and take the side with the loop and push it through the gap on each side of the 2 dc along the border of your blanket. Then get the side with the loose ends of the yarn and pull them tightly through the loop to secure. Continue until both ends of your blanket have fringe across the entire width of the blanket.

Download the Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket pattern here.

If you love crocheting blankets, check out this fantastic book: Afghan Lover’s Collection

Looking for more great crochet patterns:  Crochet Boot CuffsCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

Quick and Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

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