Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star




Soft Twinkle is the name of my new baby blanket! 

For this blanket I used super fine (category 1, aka lace, fingering) yarn. To be specific I used two skeins of Woolike by Loops & Threads. This yarn is 85% acrylic and 15% nylon, but it almost feels like cashmere. I'm absolutely in love with this yarn, and I have used it for other crochet projects as well. 

The price is $2.99 per skein, so the total cost of my blanket (including the sale's tax) is under $7. Of course, all the work and love that went into creating this blanket are priceless. Nonetheless, it is a great deal for a baby/newborn shower gift. 


The blanket is very soft and light in texture. It's perfect for the newborn angles that are born in summer months. 

I made mine in blue, but it will look great in other colors as well. 
And the pattern will work with worsted weight yarns too. 


I wrote and shared the pattern for the twinkle stitch here. You are welcome to use it. 

But the pattern for the entire blanket is available in my shop. It's very detailed and easy to follow. 

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!



Friday, December 18, 2015

Victorian Crochet Baby Dress and Hat





Crocheting baby dresses and hats is so much fun. Then dressing up my doll Lucy and taking pictures is even more fun. I love how she looks in this lace outfit. 


This is not a vintage pattern; this is my own pattern. This baby set has such an old-fashioned and angelic look to it, so I named it Victorian. 


The dress and hat are made of super fine (category 1, fingering, lace) yarn. I used size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook. The size is newborn. 

The pattern is available in my Etsy shop. Right now it's 50% OFF, but only for a limited time. 

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Petunia Ruffled Scarf


I just love, love, love how my new scarf turned out!

It was a very beautiful (and actually quite inexpensive) yarn that I started with - Boutique Unforgettable by Red Heart. It's a soft, acrylic yarn that comes in several beautiful colors. 



I used a big hook (size J/10, 6.00 mm) and the scarf came out very light in texture. It would be suitable for all seasons. 





I'm going to wear my new scarf with a pink cardigan and jeans for a casual yet elegant look. 



The pattern (which is very easy) is available in my Etsy shop
All of the patterns in my shop are reasonably priced (read cheap), but I would like to give my blog readers a chance to get this pattern even cheaper. So for the next few days the price is 50% OFF. 

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Flower Border Crochet Pattern and Tutorial




Do you love browsing crochet pins on Pinterest the way I love it?

I came across a pin for a lovely flower border. The pin led to someone's blog, but there weren't any descriptions on how to make this border, only pictures.

So, since the ideas are not copyrighted (but exact patterns and pictures are), I decided to try replicating this border. I think I was quite successful as my border looks very similar to the original one (see the original pin here).



It's actually quite easy. 

I started with a filet crochet mesh.


Attach green thread to 3rd cell of filet crochet mesh.

Then make: ch 4, tr3-tog


 ch 10, sl st in 6th ch from hook, ch 4, tr4-tog in same cell. 


Skip next 3 cells.

In the next cell make *tr4-tog, ch 10, sl st in 6th ch from hook, ch 4, tr4-tog in same cell, skip next 3 cells*




Repeat the instructions between the asterisks across. Fasten off. 


Now let's make the flowers.

Attach thread into ch-5 loop. Ch 4, tr3-tog, ch 4, sc in loop. (1st petal made)


Make the other four petals in same manner. Fasten off.


So as you can see, each flower is made separately. It is a tedious job.  


but the final result is beautiful!



I hope this pattern and tutorial would be useful to you!

Happy crocheting! 


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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Open Lacy Stitch Tutorial





This crochet stitch is simple to crochet and the pattern is easy to remember as only two rows are repeated. 

Multiple of 6, plus 5 (to make the sample shown in the pictures I started with ch 41).

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 5, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch* across. 


Row 2: ch 3, turn; 4 dc in next ch-5 loop, *ch 3, sc in next ch-5 loop, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch-5 loop* across, dc in last sc.


Row 3: ch 1, turn; sc in same beginning space, *ch 5, sc in next ch-3 space* across, end with ch 5, sc in last dc.


Repeat Rows 2-3. 




That's it there is to it!


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Monday, December 7, 2015

Big Vintage Doily Free Crochet Pattern



Happy Holidays! 




In the original publication (Priscilla Doily Book No. 101 by Coats & Clark's, 1958) this doily is called Midsummer Moon. But I'm going to use it as a Winter Holidays decoration.

This doily is very big; I couldn't even get it all into a picture. I used size ten crochet cotton thread and a 1.25 mm steel hook. My finished doily measures 22 inches across.  It took me about a week to finish this doily. 



Starting at center, ch 4. 1st rnd: 15 dc in 4th ch from hook. Join with sl st to top of starting chain.

2nd rnd: Ch 4, * dc in next dc, ch 1. Repeat from * around. Join to 3rd ch of ch-4 (16 sps).

3rd rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc in same place as sl st, * ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, 3 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 1. Join to top of ch-3.

4th rnd: Ch 3, * dc in next 2 dc, (ch 2, dc in next dc) twice. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 2. Join.

5th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

6th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 3, 2 dc in next dc; in next dc make dc, ch 1 and dc (V st made); 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

7th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, ch 3, * dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, dc in next V-st sp, ch 1, (dc in next 3 dc, ch 3) twice. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

8th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

9th rnd: Ch 3, dc in same place as sl st, * V st in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

10th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc.  Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

11th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * (ch 3, dc in next 3 dc) twice; ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

12th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 4, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

13th rnd: Work as for 12th rnd, making 8 ch-5 sps (instead of ch-4 sps).

14th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 3, 3 dc in 3rd ch of next ch-5, (ch 3, dc in next 3 dc) twice; ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

15th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, V st in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

16th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * (ch 4, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc) twice; skip next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

17th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * (ch 5, dc in next 3 dc) 3 times; ch 3, (holding back- on hook the last loop of each dc, dc in next 2 dc, thread over and draw through all loops on hook- 2-dc cluster made) 3 times, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

18th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 5, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 5, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, 3-dc cluster over next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join.

19th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 5, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, V st in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 5, dc in next 3 dc, ch 2, dc in tip of cluster, ch 2, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 2. Join.

20th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * ch 5, (dc in next 3 dc, ch 3) 3 times; dc in next 3 dc, ch 5, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 1. Join.

21st  rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * (ch 5, dc in next 3 dc, ch 4, dc in next 3 dc) twice; ch 5, dc in next 7 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with dc in last 4 dc. Join.

22nd rnd: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, * (ch 5, dc in next 3 dc) twice; ch 7, dc in next 3 dc, (ch 5, dc in next 3 dc) twice; skip next dc, dc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with dc in next 3 dc, skip last dc. Join.

23rd rnd: Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, * (ch 5, dc in next 3 dc) twice; ch 9, (dc in next 3 dc, ch 5) twice; make 3 2-dc clusters over next 6 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with 2 2-dc clusters. Join to first dc.

24th rnd: Ch 10, * dc in next 3 dc, ch 7, dc in next 3 dc, ch 9, (dc in next 3 dc, ch 7) twice; cluster over next 3 dc, ch 7. Repeat from * around, ending with cluster over last 2 dc. Join to 3rd ch of ch-10.

25th rnd: Ch 8, * (sc in center ch of next loop, ch 5, cluster over next 3 dc, ch 5) 4 times; sc in center ch of next loop, ch 5, dc in tip of next cluster, ch 5. Repeat from * around, ending with sc in center ch of last loop, ch 2, dc in 3rd ch of ch-8.

26th rnd: * Ch 5, sc in next loop, 5 dc in next sc (shell made), sc in next loop. Repeat from * around, ending with shell, sl st in last dc.

27th rnd: Sl st in first ch of next loop, ch 1, in same loop make sc, ch 5 and sc; * ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell, ch 5, in next loop make sc, ch 5 and sc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 2, dc in first sc.

28th rnd: * Ch 5, sc in next loop. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 2, dc in dc.

29th rnd: Ch 5, sc in next loop, * shell in next sc, sc in next loop, (ch 5, sc in next loop) twice. Repeat from * around, ending as before.

30th rnd: Ch 5, sc in next loop, * ch 5, sc in center dc of shell, (ch 5, sc in next loop) twice. Repeat from * around, ending as before.
31st to 39th rnds inch Repeat 28th, 29th and 30th rnds 3 times.

40th rnd: Repeat 28th rnd.

41st rnd: Ch 1, sc in loop just formed, * shell in next sc, sc in next loop. Repeat from * around, ending with shell, sl st in first sc. Break off. Starch lightly and press.



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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Delicate Shells Newborn Crochet Dress and Hat



Fresh off my hook a new baby dress! 


I made this dress to match the hat from the previous post


This is the first baby dress that I made using a super fine (category 1, aka fingering) yarn. It was Woolike by Loops & Threads.
I worked with a size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook.



The dress and hat have very soft texture; absolutely perfect for little angels. The skill level is beginner, and only basic stitches are used - single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and chains.




The finished size of this set is newborn. 

The pattern is very detailed and easy to follow. It's available in my Etsy shop. 

This is a new pattern in my shop, and to promote this listing, the price is 50% off for a limited time only. Hurry!


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Delicate Shells Newborn Hat, My New Pattern



To make these hats I used category 1, super fine (fingering) yarn, and size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook.

The hats turned out super soft and delicate. They measure about 13 inches in circumference, and 4.5 inches in height, which would fit a newborn baby. 

To make a bigger size baby hat, use a bigger size hook and heavier yearn. 


The skill level for this hat is beginner, and only basic stitches are used - single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and chains.

The pattern is very detailed and easy to read/follow. It's available in my Etsy Shop



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Old Snowflakes, My Written Crochet Pattern



crochet snowflakes

I made these snowflakes back in 2011, when I just started this blog.
Back then I wasn't good with written patterns, but I wanted to share my snowflake design, so I sketched a symbol chart (you can see it here).

Fast-forward four years, and now not only I write crochet patterns, but sell them too. Writing a blog is a great learning experience because your readers constantly motivate and inspire you! 

Today I looked at my old symbol chart, and wrote out the pattern.  


Ch 5, join in ring with sl st.

Round 1: ch 4, *2 dc in ring, ch 1* five times, dc in ring; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 2: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in this same ch-1 space, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-1 space* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.

Round 3: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in this same ch-2 space, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 1* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.

Round 4: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in this same ch-2 space, ch 3, *(4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 3* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.

Round 5: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in this same ch-2 space, ch 5, *(4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 5* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.

Round 6: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 1, 4 dc) all in this same ch-2 space, ch 4, sc in next ch-5 space, ch 4, *(4 dc, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 1, 4 dc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 4, sc in next ch-5 space, ch 4* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.


Fasten off, block and starch. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Simple Snowflake, Easy Crochet Pattern


Here is another Holiday crochet project!

I made this snowflake using size ten crochet cotton thread and 1.25 mm hook.

The snowflake measures 3.5 inches across. 



Ch 8, join in ring with sl st.

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

Round 2: ch 5 (counts as 1st dc and ch 2), *dc in next dc, ch 2* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-5.

Round 3: sl st in next ch-2 space, sc in same space, ch 8, *sc in next ch-2 space, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 8* around; join with sl st to 1st sc.

Round 4: sl st in next ch-8 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), {6 dc, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, 7 dc} all in this same ch-8 space, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, *{7 dc, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 7 dc} all in next ch-8 space, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.


Fasten off, block and starch. 

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Crochet Angel, My Free Pattern







Ta-dah! Here is my little crochet angel!

 I'm not sure if I like it or not! It is somewhat cute, but the wings look more like hands, and I think my angel lucks majesty! I've seen some 3-D crochet angels on Pinterest; those are truly majestic! But I couldn't find the patterns. 

Anyway, my little angel will have its place on my Christmas tree this year!


I used size ten crochet thread, and 1.25 mm crochet steel hook. The angle came out 5 inches in height.


Ch 5, join in ring with sl st.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as 1stdc), 15 dc in ring; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. (16 dc)

Round 2: ch 3, dc in same beginning space, *2 dc in next dc* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. (32 dc)

Round 3: sl st in next 9 dc, ch 20, skip next 14 dc, sl st in next dc, sl st in next 8 dc. (halo is made)

Continue crocheting in rows.

Row 4: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 4 dc in same beginning space. (5 dc)

Row 5: ch 3, turn (counts as 1st dc), (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in same beginning space, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next dc* across. (5 shells)

Row 6: turn, sl st to next ch-1 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) all in same ch-1 space, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) all in ch-1 space of next shell* across.

Row 7: turn, sl st to next ch-1 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in same ch-2 space, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-1 space of next shell* across.

Row 8: turn, sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in same ch-2 space, *ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of next shell* across.

Row 9: turn, sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in same ch-2 space, *ch 5, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of next shell* across.

Fasten off. Attach thread in ch-2 space of second shell.

Row 10: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in same ch-2 space, *ch 2, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of next shell* across, but leave the last shell unworked.

Row 11: turn, sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in same ch-2 space, *ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of next shell* across. (5 shells)

Row 12: turn, sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in same ch-2 space, *ch 5, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of next shell* across.

Row 13: turn, sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in same ch-2 space, *ch 3, sc in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of next shell* across. Fasten off.

Row 14: Attach second color thread in 1st dc, sc in each dc and each ch across. Fasten off.


Attach second color thread in 1st ch of halo; sc in each ch. Fasten off. 


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Monday, November 16, 2015

Snowflake Doily Vintage Crochet Pattern





Have you started working on any Christmas crochet projects? 

I made a Snowflake Doily! I love it; it's so cute and festive. 



I used size ten crochet cotton thread and 1.25 mm crochet steel hook. My doily came out 15 inches across.

The pattern is from Woman's Day Crochet Annual, 1948. 



Starting at center, ch 10. Join with sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: 24 sc in ring. Join.

2nd rnd: Ch 12, ** skip next sc, sc in next sc, ch 1, turn; sc in next 8 ch. Ch 1, turn. * Make sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat from * until 6 rows of sc are completed, skip next sc of ring, tr in next sc, ch 8. Repeat from ** around, ending with 6th row of sc, sl st to 4th ch of ch-12.

3rd rnd: Ch 12, * sc in free tip of next sc-section, ch 8, tr in next tr, ch 8. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 8, sl st in 4th ch of ch-12.




4th rnd: Ch 3, * dc in next 8 ch, dc in next sc, dc in next 8 ch, dc in next tr. Repeat from * around. Sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3.

5th rnd: Ch 12, ** skip 4 dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, turn, sc in next 8 ch, ch 1, turn. * Make sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat from * until 6 rows of sc are completed, skip next 3 dc, tr in next dc, ch 8. Repeat from ** around, ending with 6th row of sc, sl st in 4th ch of ch-12.

6th rnd: Ch 4, tr in same place as sl st, * ch 7, sc in free tip of next sc-section, ch 7, 2 tr in next tr. Repeat from * around. Join. 

7th rnd: Ch 3, dc in next tr, * dc in next 7 ch, dc in next sc, dc in next 7 ch, dc in next 2 tr. Repeat from * around. Join.

8th rnd: Ch 4, tr in next dc, * ch 7, sl st in 4th ch from hook (picot made), ch 3, skip 4 dc, dc in next 7 dc, ch 7, picot, ch 3, skip 4 dc, tr in next 2 dc. Repeat from * around. Join.

9th rnd: Ch 11, sl st in 4th ch from hook (picot made), ch 3, * tr in next tr, ch 7, picot, ch 3, skip first dc of next dc-group. dc in next 5 dc, ch 7, picot, ch 3, tr in next tr, ch 7, picot, ch 3. Repeat from * around, sl st to 4th ch of ch-11.

10th rnd: Ch 11, * picot, ch 3; in next picot make tr, ch 7, picot, ch 3 and tr; ch 7, picot, ch 3, tr in next tr, ch 7, picot, ch 3, skip first dc of next 5-dc group, dc in next 3 dc, ch 7, picot, ch 3, tr in next tr, ch 7. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3, sl st in 4th ch of starting chain.

11th rnd: Ch 11, * picot, ch 3, tr in next tr, ch 7, picot, ch 3; in next picot make tr, ch 7, picot, ch 3, and tr; (ch 7, picot, ch 3, tr in next tr) twice; ch 7, picot, ch 3, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 7, picot, ch 3, tr in next tr, ch 7. Repeat from * around. Sl st in 4th ch of starting chain.

12th rnd: Ch 11, * picot, ch 3, tr in next tr, ch 7, picot, ch 3, tr in next tr, ch 7, picot, ch 3; in next picot make tr, ch 7, picot, ch 3 and tr; (ch 7, picot, ch 3, tr in next tr) 3 times; tr in next tr, ch 7. Repeat from * around, sl st to 4th ch of ch-12. Join and break off.



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Lacy Shells Baby Blanket and Hat



This is the same kind of stitch that I used for the Avocado Green Shawl. When I finished the shawl, I thought: "Hmm, this stitch would be nice for a light, lacy baby blanket." So after some readjustments, I was able to use this stitch to make a baby afghan.

This blanket wouldn't be ideal for wrapping a baby as tiny fingers might get stuck in the open stitches. But this blanket will be perfect as a stroller cover or a photography prompt. 



I also made a matching baby hat in size 0-3 months.

I used Snuggly Wuggly Big by Threads and Loops. One ball was enough for the blanket and the hat, and I actually have a bit of the yarn left.


The patterns for this blanket and hat are available in my Etsy Shop. 



Friday, November 6, 2015

Irish Rose Baby Headbands




Crochet Irish roses are so beautiful and easy to make. They look lovely on so many crochet projects. 
Here I used them for baby headbands.  

I made three baby headbands in sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months. The measurements of the finished items are 14, 16, and 18 inches in circumference.

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



A friend of mine is expecting a baby in February. I hope it will be a girl. I would be so glad to gift her all these headbands. 





The pattern is available in my Etsy and Craftsy Shops. 

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Small Doilies as Gift Wrapping Decorations


With the Holiday Season not far away, I want to share today the idea of decorating gift wraps with small doilies. 

This is how I decorated some presents back in 2012. 

You can find free patterns for small doilies in my Free Doily Patterns Section









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