September 2017 archive

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 crochet blog post that I’ll be posting each month. I’ll be highlighting certain crochet stitches every month that I think are worth learning.

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

Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared some crochet projects with you that incorporate the Elizabeth stitch along with some detailed stitch pictures. The first project I shared was the Easy Elizabeth Stitch Fingerless Gloves. Following that we did the Elizabeth Stitch Crochet Hat Pattern and finally the Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs.

While there are many different crochet stitches I love, 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). This is also one of the easy crochet stitches compared to others out there. Which is why I chose it for this crochet tutorial.

If you look in the crochet stitches tutorial, you’ll see that the stitch is 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. This is the perfect crochet tutorial for beginners.

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 stitch patterns: the Primrose Stitch, the Aligned Cobble Stitch, the Cross-Over Block Stitch, and the Star Stitch Crochet tutorial.

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Colorful Crochet Triangle Scarf Pattern

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Colorful Crochet Triangle Scarf

Now that school is back in session and fall is here, it’s fun to make some accessories for the cooler weather – a crochet scarf certainly fits the bill!

While it seems to be the trend, fall usually means a much darker color palette for clothing. I understand this trend but it doesn’t mean you can’t add a pop of color to those darker, drab colors.

I was inspired to make something colorful when I came across the Caron Cakes yarn ‘Rainbow Sherbet’. Wow, will this exciting yarn help to brighten up an outfit! 

When my daughter Noelle saw the Caron Cakes yarn she asked me to make her something that she could wear to school. I have fallen in love with the adorable triangle scarves I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest so I decided that would be my new project.

This triangle crochet scarf pattern is ridiculously easy to make and uses the simple granny square stitch. It’s so easy in fact, you’ll be able to whip it up in an hour or two. I would even go so far as saying it’s a beginner-friendly crochet pattern. It makes perfect one-skein crochet project too!

It’s also customizable for sizing – if you want a smaller scarf (for a small child), then don’t crochet so many rows and if you’d like it larger, crochet more rows.

Colorful Crochet Triangle Scarf

SKILL LEVEL: EASY

MATERIALS:

  • Hook: U.S. H/5mm
  • Yarn: Caron Cakes (size 4 medium yarn) in Rainbow Sherbert – approx. 240 yards
  • Button
  • Darning Needle & Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sl = slip stitch
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • ch-sp = chain space

PATTERN:

Ch 4, leaving a minimum 6” tail (this becomes the center point of the scarf).

ROW 1: 2 Hdc in the 1st chain (4th from the hook). Ch4.

ROW 2: Turn, (hdc, ch 1) into the ch-sp directly below the ch 4 you just made, 2hdc in the top of the ch 4.Ch4.

ROW 3: Turn, (hdc, ch1) into the ch-sp below directly below the ch 4 you just made, (2hdc, ch) in next ch-1 sp. 2hdc in the top of the ch 4. Ch4. Turn.

ROW 4 – 40: Turn, (hdc, ch1) into the ch-sp below directly below the ch 4 you just made, *(2hdc, ch) in next ch-1 sp.* repeat across row ending with 2hdc in the top of the ch 4. Ch4. Turn. Work until row 40 or desired height.

Break yarn, weave in ends.

Add Tassel

Make and attach the tassel to the center point of the triangle. If you don’t know how to make a tassel, check out this great tutorial for making tassels.

Add Fringe
Cut yarn (holding both strands of yarn weights together) in 13” strands. Fold the strands of yarn for one fringe in half, forming a loop at one end. Match the cut ends of the yarn on the other end. Take your hook and draw the loop through the stitch that you’re attaching the fringe to. Draw the loose ends of the yarn through the loop. This step creates the knot. Holding the top of the fringe in one hand, pull gently on the fringe ends with your other hand, tightening the knot until it’s secure. To finish, trim the ends of the fringe so that they’re even.

Add Button
Sew your chosen button to the top corner tip of your scarf.

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 crochet cowls.

If you don’t have a cowl, why not make one you love. These crochet cowl patterns are easy to make and work up in a few hours at the most – especially when they’re made with chunky yarn. Crochet scarves and cowls are probably the most popular patterns to crochet because they’re simple and quick to make and provide almost instant satisfaction.

To help you in your search for the perfect crochet scarf pattern, I’ve created this list of 15 easy chunky crochet cowls to keep you cozy and warm. If you’re just learning how to crochet a scarf, pretty much every scarf on this list is perfect for newbies.

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 crochet cowl is created by 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 crochet 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 Crochet Cowl Pattern

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 beginner crocheters…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 Crochet 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 round-ups: 20 Easy and Adorable Crochet Toys66 Free Crochet Patterns for Every Skill Level20 Basic Crochet Stitches25 Crochet Flower Patterns30 Crochet Scarf Patterns25 Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns, 25 Free Crochet Afghan Patterns21 Easy Crochet Patterns to Make This Summer

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Easy ‘Done in a Day’ Crochet Baby Blanket

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This crochet baby blanket is about as easy as it gets. As long as you can chain and double crochet, you can whip up one of these blankets in no time flat.

Easy ‘Done in a Day’ Crochet Baby Blanket

One thing I love about crochet is the ability to gift it to others. I’m constantly making gifts for others. But most recently, I wanted to tell you about a crochet baby blanket I made for some family friends. I found out that the couple who have been helping to clean our Airbnb suite was going to be taking a break. They had a great reason – they’re having a baby!
 
Crochet baby blanket patterns are so versatile. They come in different sizes and colors and shapes. That’s why they’re such great presents.

This pattern is perfect if you don’t know how to crochet a blanket. It’s very beginner-friendly. This easy crochet baby blanket is super fast to make. Hence why it’s called “Done in a Day.” In under 24 hours, my project was complete and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out – especially with yarn that I already had and in such a short amount of time.

It was the perfect baby blanket crochet pattern for me because I only had a couple of days to prepare something.  It was important that we show our appreciation and I decided a baby blanket crochet gift was the perfect way to do so.

This chunky blanket is about as easy as it gets. As long as you can chain and double crochet, you can make this baby blanket. Feel free to change up the colors and customize this for either gender or to go with the nursery decor.

Easy ‘Done in a Day’ Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

NOTE: Pattern in U.S. crochet terminology

SKILL LEVEL: EASY

MATERIALS:

  •        Hook: U.S. L/8.00mm
  •        Size 5 Bulky Weight Yarn (Loops & Threads Charisma used) –  You need approx 750 yards
  •        Darning Needle & Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet

FINISHED SIZE:  32” x 32”

 

PATTERN:

Chain 66 in White (made in multiples of 2 if you’d like it smaller or larger)

Row 1: 2dc in the 4th ch from the hook, *skip 1 ch, 2dc in next ch*, repeat across entire row ending with a dc in the last ch. turn.

Row 2: Ch 3. Skip the first dc and dc twice into the space between the next group of 2 dcs. *Go to the next group of 2 dc’s and dc twice into the space between*, repeat until the end of the row ending with a dc in the last dc.

Rows 3 – 52: Repeat row 2. Bind off and weave in ends.This crochet baby blanket is about as easy as it gets. As long as you can chain and double crochet, you can whip up one of these blankets yourself.

COLOR CHANGES:

  • Rows 5-6: Taupe
  • Rows 7-8: Denim
  • Rows 9-12: White
  • Rows 13-14: Taupe
  • Rows 15-16: Denim
  • Rows 17-20: White
  • Rows 21-22: Taupe
  • Rows 23-24: Denim
  • Rows 25-28: White
  • Rows 29-30: Taupe
  • Rows 31-32: Denim
  • Rows 33-36: White
  • Rows 37-38: Taupe
  • Rows 39-40: Denim
  • Rows 41-43: White
  • Rows 44-45: Taupe
  • Rows 46-47: Denim
  • Rows 48-52: White

Looking for more crochet baby blanket patterns: Heart Graphgan Baby BlanketPrimrose Baby BlanketStar Stitch Striped Baby Blanket, and the Crochet-over Block Stitch Baby Blanket Pattern.

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