Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Swirl and Pineapples Doily, Free Crochet Pattern by Olga Poltava




Thank you so much for all of your kind comments on my previous pineapple doily

I've been bitten by a crochet doily bug, or maybe I've been blessed with inspiration. I'm quite satisfied (read proud) with myself for creating another doily. 

This doily involved a lot of frogging. And I mean A LOT, but I didn't give up!

And now I'm so pleased with the final result!



I was thinking about putting this pattern for sale in my shop, but then I changed my mind.
This is the Holiday Season, one of the most magical times of the year. It's time for giving and being grateful!

I'm so grateful for my readers and followers of my blog. I'm grateful for my customers who support my work by buying my patterns. I'm grateful for the friends I've made through blogging. I'm so grateful for all of you!

This is one of my best patterns so far, and I'm gladly gifting it to anyone who would like to make this doily! 




This is a very long pattern (over 30 rounds), so I'm breaking it into two posts. I will post the second part of the pattern in my next post. 



Swirl and Pineapples Doily Crochet Pattern
Olga Poltava © December, 2017
This pattern is my original design and it cannot be distributed in any form. You are welcome to make items for sale or personal use from this pattern. This pattern is written using US crochet terminology. 

Skill Level: Advanced
Measurements: about 19 inches across
Materials:
Steel hook 1.5 mm
Crochet cotton thread size 10, about 360 yards 

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
tr: treble crochet
dc2-tog: 2 double crochet finished together (also known as dc 2 decrease)
dc3-tog: 3 double crochet finished together (also known as dc 3 decrease)
dc4-tog: 4 double crochet finished together (also known as dc 4 decrease)
sl: slip stitch 
* * instructions between asterisks should be repeated as many times as there are stitches to accommodate them.
{ } instructions within brackets should be repeated as many times as stated.



Ch 7, join with sl st in ring. 

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

Round 2: ch 2, dc-2 tog over next 2 dc (counts as 1st dc3-tog), ch 4, *dc3-tog over next 3 dc, ch 4* around; join to 1st dc3-tog. 

Round 3: sl st in next ch-space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 4 dc in same ch-space, ch 3, *5 dc in next ch-space, ch 3* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.

Round 4: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 5: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 6: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 7: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 8: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 9: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 10: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 11: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 10 dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-space, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 11 dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-space, ch 3* around; join.

Round 12: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 9 dc, ch 3, {sc in next ch-space, ch 3} twice, *skip next dc, dc in next 10 dc, ch 3, {sc in next ch-space, ch 3} twice* around; join.

Round 13: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 8 dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-space, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 3rd ch of next ch-3 (shell made), sc in next ch-space, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 9 dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-space, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 3rd ch of next ch-3, sc in next ch-space, ch 3* around; join.

Round 14: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 8 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join.

Round 15: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 1st ch-2 space of the shell, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 2nd ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 7 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 1st ch-2 space of the shell, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 2nd ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join.

Round 16: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 6 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join.

Round 17: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 5, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 5, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join. 


Round 18: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 4 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Pineapples and Fans Doily, Table Topper, My New Crochet Pattern



The Holidays are just around the corner, and I am sure many of you are working on gifts for family and friends.

I wanted to make a big doily for a friend. I've made so many doilies in the past and I have lots of patterns on my blog, but I didn't want to use any of them. I wanted something new!

So I came up with something new!



I made the white doily first and wrote down the pattern. Then I made the pink one to test my pattern. 

So one of these doilies will be for my friend, and the other one for me. 




 The white one is classic. The pink one looks great on my dresser!




So not only I made a Christmas gift for my friend, but also for myself!


I named this doily pattern Pineapples and Fans. There are 33 rounds, and the finished doily measures about 21 inches in diameter. It's a pretty big size doily or table topper. 

About 380 yard of cotton thread size ten, such as Aunt Lydia's, are needed. That's a little bit more than a standard roll, which is 350 yards. 

The hook is 1.5 mm. 

The skill level is intermediate. It's not so much about difficult stitches (there aren't any really), but about being able to read each row very carefully and following the instructions. 

The pattern is available for sale in my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry shops. 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Round V Stitch Dishcloth with Scalloped Trim, Grace by Patons Yarn, Free Crochet Pattern




A friend asked for help making a round dishcloth. She said she searched all over the Internet, but couldn't find exactly what she wanted - a round dishcloth made with V-stitch and possibly with a scalloped edging.

That felt like a challenge! Can I come up with such a dishcloth? 

Sure I can! 

*smile*


I hope my friend Ann and others will enjoy this pattern!

I used one skein of Grace by Patons yarn, which is 100% mercerized cotton, color Lavender, about 130 yards, and a size F/5 (3.75 mm) hook. 

My dishcloth came out 11 inches across. To make it smaller, simply skip a few rounds and go straight to the last one (the scallop round).


V-stitch: (dc, ch 1, dc) worked all in the same space or stitch.
  
In this pattern, V-stitches are worked either 
  • into V-stitches of the previous round (that is, into ch-1 space between 2 dc) or
  • into space between two V-stitches of the previous round (that is, into space prior to next V-stitch).


Ch 5, join in ring with sl st.

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

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same space as joining, 2 dc in each dc around; join. (32 dc)


Round 3: ch 4 and dc in same space as joining (counts as 1st V-st), skip next dc, *V-st in next dc, skip next dc* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (16 V-st)




Round 4: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space (counts as 1st V-st), V-st in next 3 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st in next 4 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* around, join. (20 V-st)

Round 5: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space (counts as 1st V-st here and in the following rounds), V-st in next V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st in next 2 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* around, join. (30 V-st)


Round 6: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in each V-st around; join. (30 V-st)





Round 7: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in next 2 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st in next 3 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* around, join. (40 V-st)

Round 8: same as Round 6. (40 V-st)

Round 9: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in next 3 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st in next 4 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* around, join. (50 V-st)

Rounds 10-11: same as Round 6. (50 V-st)

Round 12: sl st in next ch-1 space, (ch 3, 2 dc, hdc) all in same ch-1 space, *(sc, ch 3, 2 dc, hdc) all in next V-st* around; join to 1st scallop. (50 scallops)


Fasten off. 

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Post update: My friend Ann sent me a picture of her V-stitch dishcloth made it two solid colors. I just love the way it looks! 
Thank you Ann!




Saturday, November 4, 2017

Simple Crochet Hooded Scarf




I made myself a hooded scarf.
Here in Northern California I hardly ever wear hats. The weather is hardly ever that cold.
But I also don't like hats as they mess up my hair. 



But this hood will be useful! When I walk my youngest son to school at 7:45 each morning, it's so cold out there. By noon, it gets much warmer, and afternoons are summerlike.
That's the weather we have right now!


My Mom took these pictures. She visited my last week. 
It was so nice to have her here. I cherish every moment spent with my Mom. 



The pattern is available in my shops: Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Caron Simply Soft Lace Scarf Free Crochet Pattern




I had some leftover Caron Simply Soft Yarn in peach color, so I made a lacy scarf.

I can't say exactly how many yards it took. I don't think it was a full skein. If I had a bit more of the yarn, I would've made my scarf longer and added some fringe. 

As it is, my scarf measures 57 inches long and 9.5 inches wide. 

I worked with size H/8 (5 mm) hook.



The lacy pattern looks somewhat complicated, but it's quite easy actually. After the first couple of rows, you only need to repeat one row. 

The pattern looks the same on both sides. 



Ch 45. 

Row 1: dc in 7th ch from hook (skipped ch count as 1st dc and ch 1), *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch* across.

Row 2: ch 5, turn (count as 1st dc and ch 2), skip next (second) dc, *(sc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next dc, skip next dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, skip next dc* across, sc in last dc. 







Row 3: ch 5, turn (counts as 1st dc and ch 2), *skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, dc in each of next 3 ch, sc in next ch-5 space, ch 5* across, ending with sc in last dc (don’t make the last ch 5 of the repeat pattern. 



Repeat Row 3 until desired length.

Next Row: ch 5, turn (counts as 1st dc and ch 2), *skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip next ch-3 space, sc in next ch-5 space, ch 3* across, ending with sc in last dc. 

Last Row: ch 4, turn (counts as 1st dc and ch 1), *dc in 2nd (middle) ch of next ch-3, ch 1, dc in next sc, ch 1* across, ending with dc in last dc. 

Fasten off. 

Add fringe if desired. 

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Caron Big Cakes Cozy Fall Lapghan



I made a rippled lapghan to keep me warm and cozy on chilly autumn evenings. I love the colors! 
I used two skeins of Caron Big Cakes in Cranberry Crips color.

I'm not very good at choosing color schemes, and I don't like connecting and weaving in the yarn ends, so this yarn was perfect for me. It's 100% acrylic, and my finished afghan is nice and warm.  

Experienced crocheters would probably recognize this ripple pattern crocheted in back loops only for those beautiful textured ridges. 




It's so enjoyable to snuggle up with a book and my lapghan in the evenings after the kids go to bed and enjoy some peace and quiet. 
Simple life's pleasures!




The pattern is available in my Etsy shop. It is an easy one and can be adjusted to any size. It can be made with any yarn an in any color. 

The pattern is available on Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry

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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