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!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Popcorns Baby Sweater and Baby Blanket Set



Those popcorns are so much fun to make! 



I used Bernat Baby Sport yarn and a size E/4 (3.3 mm) hook. 


The sweater is made in one piece. Crocheting starts at the bottom of the front and ends at the bottom of the back. 


The front has an opening with a small button. 


And the blanket is very simple to make. It can be adjusted to other sizes (mine was about 38 by 27 inches).


The patterns are available on Ravelry and Etsy



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lace Toddler Hat with Ruffled Trim, Free Crochet Pattern


Here is a pattern for a toddler girl's summer hat made with a lace stitch and ruffled trim. 






Olga Poltava © June, 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. 

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Size: 1-2 Years Old
Measurements: about 17 inches in circumference, and 7 inches in height  

Materials:

US hook size G/6 (4.25 mm)


Light worsted 100% acrylic yarn, about 200 yards (I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads) 

Gauge: first 3 rounds = 4 inches in diameter 






Abbreviations:
ch chain
sl st slip stich 
dc double crochet
V-st: (dc, ch 1, dc) all in same space.
* * instructions between asterisks should be repeated as many times as there are stitches to accommodate them or as many times as stated.  
When I refer to “shell”, I mean 3 dc in same space.

Ch 5, join with sl st into ring.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1st dc and ch-1), *dc in ring, ch 1* 11 times; join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (12 dc, 12 ch-1 spaces)

Round 2: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space (counts as 1st V-st), V-st in each ch-1 space around; join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (12 V-st)

Round 3:  Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space (counts as 1st V-st), V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st into next 2 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* 5 times, V-st into next V-st; join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (18 V-st)

Round 4: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space (counts as 1st V-st), V-st into each V-st around; join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (18 V-st)

Round 5: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space (counts as 1st V-st), *V-stitch into next space between 2 V-st, V-st into next 4 V-st* 4 times, V-st into next V-st; join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (22 V-st)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st (each dc and each ch-1 space) around; join with sl st to 1st sc. (66 sc)

Round 7: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *skip 4 sc, 3 dc in next sc, ch 3, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, skip 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc* around, ending with ch 3; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (6 pattern repeats) 

Round 8: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *skip 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with ch 3; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Round 9: same as Round 8.

Round 10: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *ch 3, sc in space between next 2nd and 3rd dc (it’s the space between two shells), ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip ch-spaces, 3 dc in next dc*  around, ending with 3 dc in next dc. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Round 11: Sl st to last dc of shell, ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with 3 dc in next dc. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Round 12: same as Round 10.

Round 13: sl st to last dc of shell, ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in space between next 2nd and 3rd dc (it’s the space between two shells), ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Round 14: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *skip 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with ch 3; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Round 15: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 dc, *2 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next 6 dc* around, ending with 2 sc in ch-3 space. Join round with sl st. (66 sc)

Round 16: ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each sc around; join round with sl st. (122 hdc)

Round 17: ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each hdc around; join round with sl st. (244 hdc)

Fasten off.  

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

White Spider Lace Crochet Baby Blanket or Christening Shawl with Wide Ruffled Trim





Does this spider stitch looks familiar to you? It might be because you've seen the tutorial for it that I shared recently. 





This stitch is perfect for a light baby blanket or a christening baby shawl. 

The size of my finished blanket is about 40 by 31 inches. But it can easily be made in a different size. 

I used Snuggly Wuggly Big! yarn by Loops & Threads. And I worked with a size G/6 (4.25 mm) hook.



I'm sure an advanced crocheted could easily make this blanket simply from the stitch pattern

But also, my full detailed pattern is available in my shops: 




Happy crocheting! 

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Watermelon Toddler Summer Dress, My New Crochet Pattern




It's summer time! 

Time for bright sun dresses! 

This one is for a toddler girl, 12-18 months old. 

It's made of light cotton and acrylic blend yarn (Cotton Fair by Premier Yarns).


It's made of ripples and lace shells in between. Quite easy!

And quick!




My new pattern is available in my shops:





Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy the summer!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Candy Cane Ripple Crochet Lapghan My New Pattern



A couple of weeks ago I was at Michael's, and that day they had a 60% off one item coupon on the website. I was looking at Impecable Big! yarn by Loops&Threads, which is sold for $10 a skein. But by some reason, the red one was on clearance for $4. And I used my coupon for the white one. 

So the total cost of yarn came to $8, plus sales tax. That's awesome for two big skeins, which I then used to make this lapghan. 



I worked with a hook size I/9 (5.5 mm). It only took about a week to make this lapghan. 

I love how pointy the edges are. I'm think fringe would look great on them. But I actually very much dislike making fringe. Such a tedious and boring work! 




The finished size is about 54 by 34 inches. The pattern is quiet easy, and can be adjusted to different sizes. 




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




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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crochet Star Stitch Baby Afghan with Scalloped Trim



This is the second blanket that I was commissioned to make.

I love the way it turned out! It looks simple, yet beautiful!



I used Snuggly Wuggly yarn in ivory color and a size G/6 (4.25 mm) hook.



I already mailed the blankets to the lady who commissioned them and she was happy with my work. 

She wrote: "Thank you for helping me out and making them for me. God Bless you. I will keep in touch for other blankets."

It's such an amazing feeling when people like and appreciate your work. Feels great!

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