Friday, May 19, 2017

Lacy Baby Blanket with Ruffled Trim and a Matching Hat


I often get emails or messages through my Etsy shop from people asking whether I take crochet commissions. Most of the time I don't. 

I always have so many crochet (and now knitting!) projects of my own, that I can hardly find time for commissions. In addition, I've had some negative experiences in the past when the commissioner would just disappear.

Someone contacted me recently, and I was really moved to help this lady. It turned out she used to live in my city though now she lives in a different state. She needs two baby blankets for her friends' babies. 
And I absolutely love working on baby items. There is just something very special and heartwarming about crocheting for new little angels. 

She was also very kind to pay me upfront, which any crocheter who takes commissions greatly appreciates. 

So this is the first set that I made!



Those of you who follow my blog would probably recognize the Lacy Baby Blanket pattern. It is the most popular pattern on my blog. And it also was the very first pattern that started me on my pattern writing path!


The pattern for the matching hat in size 3-6 months is also available free on my blog.

And I also have the pattern for the same hat in size 0-3 months

But you will notice that I made a different edging both on the blanket and the hat (my customer wanted a ruffled border). I don't have a written pattern for that, but this link could be useful




The yarn I used was Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads, which is one of my favorite yarns for baby blankets. I used size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook for the blanket. For the trim I used a bigger, size G/6 (4.25 mm) hook as I wanted it to be very light and airy. 

I am now working on the second blanket!



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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Leaves Vine Crochet Lace Edging






This leaves vine edging looks complicated, but in reality there are only two repeating rows. 

I used size ten crochet cotton thread and a steel hook 1.25 mm. 

The width of the finished piece is about 2.5 inches, but the length can vary. 



If you make it about 8 inches long, you'll have a lovely bookmark! 

Or you can make it any other length and use as a trim for other craft projects. 





I'm thinking if done with yarn, this can even be a scarf! 




The pattern is available in my Etsy and Craftsy shops, as well as on Ravelry



I'm linking this post to
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Coats and Clark Hearts Doily





This is a quick post regarding the Coats and Clark Hearts doily pattern.

The other day I got an email from someone asking about the pattern for this doily. I believe it is THIS doily the lady asked about. 

I opened the email on my phone and unfortunately it disappeared. I suppose I accidentally swiped my phone screen and the email got deleted. I wasn't able to recover it :(

So yes, I believe it was this doily the lady asked me about. She mentioned that the link to the free pattern on the Coats and Clark website no longer works. She asked me if I have the pattern saved on my computer. And as a matter of fact I do. 

I hope she will see this post and contact me again. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lace Spiders Crochet Stitch Pattern and Tutorial



You probably have seen this stitch (or a variation of it) before. I used a very similar one (though not exactly the same) to make my Spider Stitch Shawl

This open stitch would work great for a light afghan, a lacy baby christening shawl, a table runner, a summer blouse, etc. 

I made a detailed, step-by-step photo tutorial. I hope it will be useful. 






Multiple of 17, plus 4

I started with ch 55. 

Row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook, *ch 5, skip 5 ch, sc i next ch, sc in next 2 ch, ch 5, skip 5 ch, dc in next ch, dc in next 3 dc* across, ending with dc in last 2 ch. 




Row 2: ch 3, turn, *dc in next dc, 3 dc in 1st ch of next ch-5, ch 4, skip next sc, sc in next (middle) sc, ch 4, 3 dc in 5th ch of next ch-5, dc in next dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc* across, ending with 3 dc in 5th ch of last ch-5, dc in next dc, dc in top of turning ch. 




Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in same begging space, *ch 4, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in 1st ch of next ch-4, ch 2, skip sc, 3 dc in 4th ch of next ch-4, dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in 2nd (middle) ch of next ch-3* across, ending with ch 4, sc in top of turning ch.




Row 4: ch 8, turn, *skip next 4 dc, 2 dc in each ch of next ch-2, ch 5, skip next 4 dc, sc in 4th ch of next ch-4, sc in next sc, sc in 1st ch of next ch-4, ch 5* across, ending with ch 5, dc in last sc. 




Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in same beginning space, *ch 4, 3 dc in 5th ch of next ch-5, dc in next dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in 1st ch of next ch-5, ch 4, skip next sc, sc in next (middle) sc* across, ending with 3 dc in 1st ch of last ch-8, ch 4, and sc in 3rd ch (counting from bottom) of turning ch-8. 




Row 6: ch 5, turn, *3 dc in 4th ch of next ch-4, dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in 2nd (middle) ch of next ch-3, ch 4, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in 1st ch of next ch-4, ch 2, skip sc* across, ending with 3 dc in 1st ch of last ch-4, tr in last sc. 





Row 7: ch 3, turn, dc in same beginning space, *ch 5, skip next 4 dc, sc in 4th ch of next ch-4, sc in next sc, sc in 1st ch of next ch-4, ch 5, skip next 4 dc, 2 dc in each ch of next ch-2* across, ending with ch 5, 2 dc in top of turning ch. 





Repeat Rows 2-7 for the pattern. 




I'm linking this post to
Craft Schooling Sunday @ Crative Jewish Mom
The Homemaking Party @ Hope in Every Season
Clever Chicks Blog Hop at The Chicken Chick
The Real Crafty Link Party at Keep It Real
Link Your Stuff @ Annamarie's Haakblog