Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hello Fall and a New Doily, Free Pattern



Finally, the signs of Fall are showing up around my neighborhood! 

Some of the trees are turning yellow, brown, and red. At night, the temperature drops to 50s, even high 40s, but during the day it's still very warm, even hot.

I took out my fall decorations and was in the mood to make a new doily in a soft cream color. 

It didn't turn out as pretty as I hoped. Not too great of a design for a doily, but I think this design would work nicely for crochet placemats if done with a cotton yarn. I'd have to try that!





Steel hook size 1.25 mm
A small amount of crochet cotton thread size 10, such as Aunt Lydia's

Finished measurements: 11 inches across 

Ch 8, join in ring with sl st.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 23 dc in ring; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 2: ch 4 (counts as 1st dc and ch 1), *dc in next dc, ch 1* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 3: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in same ch-1 space, ch 2, *skip next ch-1 space, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 2* around; join.

Round 4: sl st in next dc (this is the middle dc of dc-3 group), ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same dc, ch 1, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in second (middle) dc of next dc-3 group, ch 1* around; join.

Round 5: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-2 space , ch 3, sc in next ch-2 space (it’s the ch-space of the next shell), ch 3, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space (ch-space of next shell), ch 3, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 3* around; join.
Round 6: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-space, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 3, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space (that’s the ch-space of the next shell), ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 7: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-space, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 sapce (ch-space of next shell), ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 8: sl st to next ch-2 space, beginning shell as in previous round, ch 2, dc in 2nd ch of next ch-3, ch 2, shell over next shell as in previous round, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *shell over next shell, ch 2, dc in 2nd ch of next ch-3, ch 2, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 9: sl st to next ch-2 space, beginning shell, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *shell over next shell, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 10: sl st to next ch-2 space, beginning shell, ch 5, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in ch-1 space (it’s the space between 2 dc), ch 5, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *shell over next shell, ch 5, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in ch-1 space, ch 5, shell over shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 11: sl st to next ch-2 space, beginning shell, ch 3, dc in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 3, shell in next ch-3 (it’s the space between 2 dc), ch 3, dc in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in 5th ch of next ch-5, ch 3, shell in next ch-3 space, ch 3, dc in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 12: sl st to next ch-2 space, beginning shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in ch-space of next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in ch-space of next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 





Round 13: sl st to next ch-2 space, beginning shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell in next ch-2 space (it’s the first ch-space of the double shell), ch 1, shell in next ch-2 space (second ch-space of the same double shell), ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *shell over next sell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell in next ch-2 space (it’s the first ch-space of the double shell), ch 1, shell in next ch-2 space (second ch-space of the same double shell), ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 14: sl st to next ch-2 space, beginning shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 15: sl st to next ch-2 space, beginning shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in 2nd ch of next ch-3, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in 2nd ch of next ch-3, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 16-17: sl st to next ch-2 space, beginning shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3, *shell over next shell, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Round 18: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, 3 dc) all in same ch-space, ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, *(3 dc, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of next shell, ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3* around; join. 

Fasten off. 




Friday, October 6, 2017

Crochet Baby Dresses by Karen


Today I would like to present you a beautiful collection of baby dresses made by Karen Staley. 

Even though they all were made from the same basic pattern, each dress is unique and beautiful in its own way. 


This one is called Sugar Plum! 
I love the yellow and pink striping at the hem line.




This one is Spring Blossom!
Pink and green color combination is so delicate. 




This is Trendy! 
Another great color combo - yellow and grey! 




This one has the cutes name ever - Baby Elephant Walk!
I love the name and the dress! 



This one is called Sweetheart!
Wouldn't it be perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas?
I love the colors and the heart button. 




This one is Beach Baby!
The tiny shells and seahorse beads make such cute accents. 




This is Buttercup! 
It has a fun fur around the collar. 




Cotton Candy also has a bit of fluffy fur. 
So sweet!




This is Party Mint! 
It has fur and also picots at the hem. 




This one is called Red Velvet!
It has bead at the change of color (see a detailed picture below).




I love all of Karen's dresses, but if I had to choose a favorite I would go with the Sweetheart and Beach Baby. 

Which one is your favorite?

A few more pictures with details!







I hope you enjoyed seeing all these gorgeous baby dresses.
They might serve as inspiration! Christmas is not that far away; it's time to start crocheting gifts.

But they are also available for purchase directly from Karen. 




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Friday, September 15, 2017

Lacy Pineapple Bookmark Free Crochet Pattern


I don't know why, but I can no longer stick with reading the old-fashioned way, you know, when you have an actual paper book! The last book I checked out from my local library, I returned half-read. 





I don't like that! Reading used to be a great way to relax and escape the world for me. I want to go back to it. I want to start reading again.





I made myself a new crochet bookmark. Isn't it pretty? 

I'll keep it on my dresser as a decoration and a reminder of how pleasant and calming reading can be. And hopefully, I will be using it in a book soon!





Pineapple Bookmark Free Crochet Pattern
Olga Poltava © September, 2017


Skill Level: Beginner
Measurements: about 12 inches long, 3 inches wide

Materials:

Steel hook 1.25 mm
Crochet cotton thread size 10, such as Aunt Lydia's, small amount

Gauge: not very important, but the tighter you crochet, the better your bookmark will look

Abbreviations:

ch: chain
dc: double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
dc3-tog: 3 double crochet finished together (also known as dc 3 cluster)
* * instructions between asterisks should be repeated as many times as stated  

Ch 4.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped 3 ch count as 1st dc), (3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in same 4th ch from hook; turn. 

Rows 2-16: sl st to ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in same ch-2 space; turn. (one shell).

Row 17: sl st to ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in same ch-2 space; turn. (double shell).

Row 18: sl st to ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in same ch-2 space, (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in next ch-2 space; turn. (two shells).

Row 19: sl st to ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in same ch-2 space (beginning shell made), dc in space between two shells of previous row, (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in next ch-2 space (ending shell made); turn. (two shells and 1 dc between them).

Row 20: beginning shell, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 space, ending shell, turn.

Row 21: beginning shell, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in next ch-1 space, ending shell, turn.

Row 22: beginning shell, 9 dc in next ch-3 space, ending shell, turn.

Row 23-24: beginning shell, dc in 1st dc of dc-9 group, *ch 1, dc in next dc* eight times, ending shell, turn.

Row 25: beginning shell, ch 2, dc3-tog in next ch-1 space, *ch 2, dc3-tog in next ch-1 space* eight times, ch 2, ending shell, turn.

Row 26: beginning shell, ch 2, dc3-tog in ch-2 space between 1st and 2nd clusters, *ch 2, dc3-tog in next ch-2 space* six times, ch 2, ending shell, turn.

Row 27 beginning shell, ch 2, dc3-tog in ch-2 space between 1st and 2nd clusters, *ch 2, dc3-tog in next ch-2 space* five times, ch 2, ending shell, turn.

Row 28: beginning shell, ch 2, dc3-tog in ch-2 space between 1st and 2nd clusters, *ch 2, dc3-tog in next ch-2 space* four times, ch 2, ending shell, turn.

Row 29: beginning shell, ch 2, dc3-tog in ch-2 space between 1st and 2nd clusters, *ch 2, dc3-tog in next ch-2 space* three times, ch 2, ending shell, turn.

Row 30: beginning shell, ch 2, dc3-tog in ch-2 space between 1st and 2nd clusters, *ch 2, dc3-tog in next ch-2 space* two times, ch 2, ending shell, turn.

Row 31: beginning shell, ch 2, dc3-tog in ch-2 space between 1st and 2nd clusters, ch 2, dc3-tog in next ch-2 space, ch 2, ending shell, turn.

Row 32: beginning shell, ch 2, dc3-tog in ch-2 space between two clusters, ch 2, ending shell, turn.

Row 33: beginning shell, ch 2, ending shell, turn.

Row 34: sl st to ch-2 space, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-2 space,  3 dc in ch-2 space of next shell. Fasten off. 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Puff Triangles Afghan, Lapgan, Baby Blanket, New Crochet Pattern





I haven't crocheted much recently as so many things are happening in my life right now (some good, some bad, and some just scary). 

Then one day I felt a crochet itch. I felt crocheting and doing nothing else.

So I crocheted! I made this blanket in two days only!




I worked with size H/8 (5 mm) hook and Soft Baby Steps yarn by Red Heart. One would think that because of all those puffs, the texture would be dense. But no, the blanket came out soft and airy. 





The pattern can easily be adjusted to any size and made in one, two, or more colors!

My new pattern is available on Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry. Please, like/favor to help me promote it. Thank you!