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The Elizabeth Stitch – Easy Crochet Tutorial

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The Elizabeth stitch is absolutely beautiful in my opinion - it's an easy stitch to crochet and once you get going, you'll be able to do it in your sleep.Crochet Stitch of the Month – The Elizabeth Stitch

I’m really excited this week to share a new type of blog post that I’ll be posting each month – the crochet stitch of the month. 

One of my favorite things about crocheting is learning new stitches and figuring out how I can implement them in my patterns. I’m always on the search for lovely but easy stitches, just like the Elizabeth stitch.

Over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing some crochet projects with you that incorporate the Elizabeth stitch. 

The Elizabeth stitch is absolutely beautiful in my opinion. From my research, I’ve also heard this referred to as the Mini Bean stitch (but I think the Elizabeth stitch sounds a little more refined and chic – befitting this gorgeous stitch). It’s sweet, elegant and has a gentle criss-cross look to it. I also love the slightly bumpy texture. More importantly, it’s a really fun and easy stitch to work up and once you get going, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep.

Elizabeth Stitch

Start by chaining multiples of 2 + 4 to the desired length.

Row 1: Insert your hook into the 4th chain from the hook and pull up a loop, yarn over, back into the same stitch and pull up another loop, yarn over and pull through all four loops on the hook. *ch1, skip 1 ch, insert your hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, back into the same stitch and pull up another loop, yarn over and pull through all four loops on the hook. Rep from * until the end of the row, turn.

Row 2: ch 3, *insert your hook into first ch 1 space, pull up a loop, yarn over and back into same space, pull up another loop, yarn over and pull through all four loops on the hook, ch 1; repeat from * across the entire row with the last stitch being worked under the turning chain, turn.

Continue Row 2 until you have reached the desired length for your project. 

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Done In A Day Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth, Colorful Solid Granny Square DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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15 Easy Chunky Crochet Cowls to Keep You Cozy and Warm

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15 Easy Chunky Crochet Cowls to Keep You Cozy and Warm

It’s getting to that time of year. The time of year when you start noticing the leaves falling and the evenings getting shorter and cooler. It’s also the perfect time to break out your cozy cowls.

If you don’t have a cowl, why not make one you love. They’re easy and work up in a few hours at the most – especially when they’re made with chunky yarn.

To help you in your search for the perfect cowl crochet pattern, I’ve created this list of 15 easy chunky crochet cowls to keep you cozy and warm.

Fiona Button Scarf

The Fiona Button Scarf is a lovely piece for both fall and winter and is crocheted lengthwise in a slightly modified granny stripe. Two buttons join it together to create a long loop like an infinity scarf or wear it unbuttoned for a traditional scarf. Versatile and pretty, lofty and warm!

Via Fiber Flux

 

Bulky Cross Stitch Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

This bulky crochet cowl is fast and easy to make, yet rich in texture. It is unisex (can be worn by both women and men) and great for gift giving.

Via Mango Tree Crafts

 

Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern

Inspired by Claire’s cowl in the TV show Outlander, this crochet cowl pattern is quick and easy to make, even for beginners.

Via Dabbles and Babbles

 

Round Shell Stitch Cowl

This cowl is created using the shell stitch. The shell stitch gives such a beautiful and elegant look, and it is extremely easy to do since it simply consists of four double crochets and a chain 1 in between!

Via All About Ami

 

Basic Chunky Cowl – Beginner Crochet Pattern

This quick and simple crochet pattern is perfect for showcasing your favorite yarn.

Via Hopeful Honey

 

Large Chunky Infinity Crochet Scarf

This Large Chunky Infinity Crochet Scarf pattern is so easy to whip up and will keep you warm all winter long! Promise!

Via Rescued Paw Designs

 

Chunky Color Block Cowl

An incredibly cozy oversized cowl with great texture. This crochet pattern works up in just a couple of hours and promises to keep you warm and snuggly on even the coldest winter day.

Via Tangled Happy

 

Long Double Crochet Cowl

Rather than working in rounds and joining the ends at the completion of each round, this long cowl is crocheted row by row and then join the ends at the very end. Super simple!

Via All About Ami

 

Squish Cowl

This cowl uses the Split Bullion Stitch. It’s actually a bit easier than a standard bullion stitch, plus it makes this amazing super textured and squishy fabric! It does take a little practice, but it’s worth it.

Via Moogly

 

Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern

This cowl is the perfect pattern for the beginner or more experienced crocheter. It is super easy and quick to make – make it in one day. Crochet one for yourself and then make more for the special people in your life!

Via Dabbles and Babbles

 

Fluffy Clouds Infinity Scarf

This gorgeous crochet scarf truly works up quickly – in as little as two hours actually!

Via Croyden Crochet

 

Effortless Cowl

This is a wonderful cowl for beginners…or anyone who loves plushy and soft crochet projects.

Via Crochet in Color

 

The Bixby Crochet Cowl Pattern

This free crochet cowl pattern uses the herringbone double crochet stitch to create a deliciously chunky scarf with a modern look.

Via Make and Do Crew

 

Quick One Hour Cowl Crochet Pattern

If you’re looking for a quick and effortless crochet project, check out this adorable one-hour cowl crochet pattern.

Via Rescued Paw Designs

 

Sprinkles Cowl

This cowl uses one of our favorite simple stitches that produces amazing texture – the baby bean stitch.  This cowl will make a perfect, quick gift for the holiday season or a last minute cozy accessory for yourself.

Via Left In Knots

Looking for more great crochet patterns:  Done In a Day Crochet Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth, Colorful Solid Granny Square DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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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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Looking for more great crochet patterns: Outlander Cowl Pattern, Cross 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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