Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Girls Summer Crochet Hat


These summer hats are very easy and quick to crochet. They are made with Lily Sugar ’n Cream yarn, which is 100% cotton. Only one skein (2.5 oz) is needed to complete one hat. The hook used is size H/8 (5.00 MM).


The pattern comes in three sizes:

6-12 months (about 15.5 inches in circumference)
1-3 years (about 18 inches in circumference)
3-10 years (about 19.5 inches in circumference)



Only basic crochet stitches are used in this pattern; the pattern is suitable for beginner crocheters. 


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Ruffle Doily Vintage Pattern


Here is another vintage doily pattern from the late fifties. 
This pattern is from Star Doily Book No. 151 by American Thread Company. 



* Chain (ch) 5, keeping last loop of each treble crochet (trc) on hook work 2 ire in 1st st of chain, thread over and work all loops 2 at a time (rice st), ch 5, sl st in 1st st of ch for picot, ch 7, sl st in 1st st of ch for picot, ch 5, sl st in 1st st of ch for picot, sl st in base of 1st picot, repeat from * twice, trc in base of 1st picbi group, work a rice st, repeat from 1st * 5 times, join in 1st st of ch (6 scallops), working on the inside ch 7, * trc in next free space between rice sts, ch 3, repeat from * 4 times, join in 4th st of ch, cut thread.

2nd ROUND: With right side of work toward you attach thread in center picot at top of any scallop, * ch 20, single crochet (sc) in same picot, repeat from * twice, ch 5, trc in 1st st of ch, thread over hook 3 times, insert hook in center picot of next picot group of same scallop, thread over and work off 2 loops, thread over, insert hook in center picot of next picot group of next scallop and work off all loops 2 at a time, ch 5, trc in center of st just completed to complete cross, ch 5, trc in 1st st of ch, sc in center picot on top of same scallop, repeat from 1st * all around ending to correspond, join in 1st st of ch.

3rd ROUND: Slip (sl) st over next 4 sts of ch, ch 3, 4 double crochet (dc), * 5 trc, 5 dc in same loop, 5 dc, 5 trc, 5 dc in next loop, repeat from * once, ** sc in next loop, * 5 dc, 5 trc, 5 dc in next loop, repeal from * twice, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join in 3rd st of ch.

4th ROUND: Sl st over next 2 dc, ch 5, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next st, dc in next st, ** ch 3, trc in next trc, ch 3, dc in next st, * ch 2, skip next st, dc in next st, repeat from * once, ch 2, skip next dc, keeping last loop of each dc on hook, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, thread over and work oft all loops 2 at a time, * ch 2, skip next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * twice, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join in 3rd st of ch. 5th ROUND: Ch 5, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ** ch 3, 1 trc, ch 5, 1 trc in next trc, ch 3, dc in next dc, * ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 5 times, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join in 3rd st of ch.

6th ROUND: Ch 5, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ** ch 3, skip next loop, 3 cluster sts with ch 5 between each cluster st in next loop (cluster st: keeping last loop of each trc on hook, 3 trc in same space, thread over and work off all loops at one time), ch 3, dc in next dc, * ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 5 times, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join in 3rd st of ch, cut thread.

7th ROUND: Attach thread in center dc between any 2 cluster st groups, ch 5, dc in next dc, * ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * once, ch 2, ** skip next loop, 2 cluster sts with ch 5 between in next loop, ch 5, 2 cluster sts with ch 5 between in next loop, * ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 3 times, ch 7, skip next 3 dc, next cluster st group, next 7 dc, next cluster st group and next 3 dc, * dc in next dc, ch 2, repeat from * 3 times, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join in 3rd st of ch.

8th ROUND: Ch 5, * dc in next dc, ch 2, repeat from * twice, skip next loop, * 2 cluster sts with ch 5 between in next loop, ch 5, repeat from * once, 2 cluster sts with ch 5 between in next loop, * ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 3 times, ch 3, sc in next ch 7 loop, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 2, repeat from 1st * all around ending to correspond, join in 3rd st of ch.

9th ROUND: Sl st to next dc, ch 5, * dc in next dc, ch 2, repeat from * once, skip next loop, * 2 cluster sts with ch 5 between in next loop, ch 5, repeat from * 3 times, 2 cluster sts with ch 5 between in next loop, * ch 2, dc in next dc, repeat from * twice, ch 2, 1 trc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, repeat from 1st * all around ending to correspond, join in 3rd st of ch.

10th ROUND: Sl st to next dc, ch 5, ** dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next loop, * 2 cluster sts with ch 5 between in next loop, ch 5, repeat from * 7 times, 2 cluster sts with ch 5 between in next loop, ch 2, * dc in next dc, ch 2, repeat from * once, 1 trc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join in 3rd st of ch.

11th ROUND: Ch 5, ** dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next loop, * cluster st in next loop, ch 5, repeat from * 15 times, cluster st in next loop, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, 1 trc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join in 3rd st of ch.

12th ROUND: Sl st to next dc, ch 8, ** skip next loop, * cluster st in next loop, ch 5, repeat from * 14 times, cluster st in next loop, ch 3, 1 trc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 3, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join in 4th st of ch.

13th ROUND: Ch 1, ** 3 sc in loop, * 3 sc, ch 5, 3 sc in next loop, repeat from * 14 times, 3 sc in next loop, repeat from ** all around, join, cut thread.

CENTER SCALLOP: Attach thread in dc preceding any ch 7 of 7th round, * 2 dc in next loop of 6th round, ch 7, sl st in 5th st from hook for picot, ch 2, 2 dc in same loop, skip next loop, repeat from * once, ch 3, 2 cluster sts with ch 2, picot, ch 2 between in next loop, ch 2, picot, ch 2, 2 cluster sts with ch 2, picot, ch 2 between in next loop, ch 3, * skip next loop, 2 dc, ch 2, picot, ch 2, 2 dc in next loop, repeat from * once, sc in base of next sc of 8th round, repeat from 1st * once, ending repeat with sl st in next dc of 7th round, cut thread. Finish all scallops in same manner.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Baby Boy Hooded Crochet Blanket


This was my first time working with bulky (category 6) yarn and a huge (for me) hook size K (6.5 mm). But I must say I really liked it. For one thing, my blanket grew in size in a matter of minutes. It's really fun to see your project growing so fast!





I also liked the soft texture of this yarn. The yarn is called Bernat Baby Blanket. For my project I used one big ball (10.5 oz) in main color and one small ball (3.5 oz) in second color for the hood and edging. 

The finished blanket  is approximately 27 by 27 inch square.



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Monday, July 20, 2015

Easy Ripple Crochet Stitch



Here is a simple ripple pattern that can be used for a variety of crochet projects such as baby blankets and afghans, scarves or rectangular shawls, table runners or place mats  (if you decide to use crochet thread), etc.

You can experiment with different colors and use them in different sequences. This also could be a good stitch for projects when you want to use up leftover yarn of different colors. For example, you can make a very colorful rug or bath mat.






Abbreviations:

ch chain

dc double crochet

* * Instructions between asterisks should be repeated as many times as there are stitches to accommodate them.

Multiple of 10, plus 2.

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 3 ch, *skip next 2 ch, dc in next 4 ch, ch 2, dc in next 4 ch* across to last 6 ch, skip next 2 ch, dc in next 3 ch, 2 dc in last ch.

Row 2: ch 2, turn; dc in same beginning space, dc in next 3 dc, *skip next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) all in next ch-2 space, dc in next 3 dc* across to last 5 d, skip next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in turning ch-2.

Repeat Row 2.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunburst Rose Doily, Vintage Pattern


Here is another vintage doily. I love the combination of white, pink, and green. This pattern is called Sunburst Rose, and it's from Star Gift Book No. 150.



With Pink or Pink Spangle chain (ch) 6, join to form a ring, ch 1. * single crochet (sc) in ring, ch 3, repeat from * 7 times, join in 1st sc.

2nd ROUND: Slip stitch (sl st) into loop, sc in same loop, *ch 3, sc in next loop, repeat from * all around, ch 3, join.

3rd ROUND: Sl st into next loop, ch 1, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc in same loop, * ch 4, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc in next loop, repeat from * all around, ch 4, join in 1st sc.

4th ROUND: Sl st into loop, ch 5, double crochet (dc), ch 2, 1 dc in same loop, *ch 2, sc in next loop, ch 2, 3 dc with ch 2 between each dc in next loop, repeat from * all around, ch 2, join in 3rd st of ch, cut thread.

5th ROUND: Attach Green or Chartreuse Spangle in next sc, ch 7, skip next dc, sc in next dc, * ch 4, dc in next sc, ch 4, skip next dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * 6 times, ch 4, join in 3 st of ch.

6th ROUND: Ch 4, 2 treble crochet (tr c), ch 3, 3 tr c in same space, * ch 3, sc in next loop, ch 3, sc in next loop, ch 3, 3 trc, ch 3, 3 tr c in next dc, repeat from * all around ending to correspond, join, cut thread.

7th ROUND: Skip next 2 loops, attach White or Silver Spangle in next loop, ch 7, tr c in same loop, * ch 6, sc in loop between next 2 tr c groups, ch 6, skip next loop, 1 tr c, ch 3, 1 tr c in next loop, repeat from * all around ending to correspond, join in 4th st of ch.

8th ROUND: Sl st into loop, ch 4, 2 tr c, ch 3, 3 tr c in same loop, * ch 3, sc in next loop, ch 4, sc in next loop, ch 3, 3 tr c, ch 3, 3 trc in next loop, repeat from * all around ending to correspond, join

9th ROUND: Sl st to next dc, ch 4, 2 tr c in same space, * ch 3, 1 tr c, ch 3, 1 tr c in next loop, ch 3, 3 tr c in center tr c of next tr c group, ch 3, skip next loop, tr c in next loop, ch 3, 3 tr c in center of tr c of next tr c group, repeat from * all around ending to correspond, join.

10th ROUND: Sl st to next tr c, ch 4, 2 tr c in same space, *ch 3, skip next tr c, tr c in next tr c, ch 3, 1 tr c, ch 3, 1 tr c in next loop, ch 3, tr c in next tr c, ch 3, 3 tr c in center of tr c of next tr c group, ch 3, 3 tr c in center trc of next 3 tr c group, repeat from * all around ending to correspond, join.

11th ROUND: Sl st to next trc, ch 4, 2 tr c in same space, * ch 3, skip next tr c, tr c in next tr c, ch 3, tr c in next tr c, ch 3, 1 tr c, ch 3, 1 tr c in next loop, ch 3, tr c in next tr c, ch 3, tr c in next tr c, ch 3, 3 tr c in center tr c of next tr c group, ch 1, 3 tr c in center tr c of next tr c group, repeat from * all around ending to correspond, join with an sc.

12th ROUND: Ch 1, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc over same sc, **ch 5, skip next 3 tr c, tr c in next tr c, * ch 3, tr c in next tr cm repeat from * 4 times, ch 5, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc over next ch 1 space, repeat from ** all around, join with a tr c.

13th ROUND: Ch 1, 4 sc over next tr c, ** 4 sc in next loop, * 3 sc, ch 3, 3 sc in next loop, repeat from * 4 times, 4 sc in next loop, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join in 1st sc

14th ROUND: Working in back loop of sts throughout, ch 1, sc in same space, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc * * skip next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sc, 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc in next loop, * 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, skip next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * 3 times, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, do not join. Place a marker at the beginning of each round.

15th ROUND: Ch 1, sc in same space, sc in next sc, ** skip next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sc, 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc in next loop, * 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, skip next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc in next loop, repeat from * 3 times, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sc, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond.

16th ROUND: Ch 1, sc in same space, ** skip next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc in next sc, & 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * 3 times, 1 sc in each of the next 8 sc, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, join, cut thread.

17th ROUND: Skip next sc, attach Pink or Pink Spangle in next sc, sc in same spacem 1 sc in each of next 8 sc, ** 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc in next sc, * 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, skip next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc in next loop, repeat from * 3 times, 1 sc in each of the next 9 sc, skip next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 9 sc, repeat from ** all around ending to correspond, do not join. Continue working in same manner having 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc in each loop, and 1 more sc on each side of each point. Work 3 more rounds Pink or Pink Spangle and 4 rounds Green or Chartreuse Spangle, join, cut thread.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Vintage Doily Pattern


Aren't these two doilies gorgeous? The vintage pattern is from Star Doily Book No. 151 by American Yarn Company.


With White or Silver Spangle
chain (Ch) 10, join to form (1) ring.

2nd Rnd:
* Ch 20, single crochet (Sc) in ring,
rep. from * 11 times.

3rd Rnd: 10 Sc, Ch 5, 10 Sc in each lp.

4th Rnd: Slip stitch (SLst) over next 10 Sc to next Ch 5 lp, Ch 4, 4 treble crochet (Tr) in same lp,
* Ch 5, 5 Tr in next lp,
rep. from * 10 times,
Ch 5, join in 4th st of Ch.

5th Rnd: Ch 4, Tr in same sp, 1 Tr in each of the next 3 Tr, 2 Tr in next Tr,* Ch 5, Sc in next lp,
Ch 5, 2 Tr in next Tr, 1 Tr in each of the next 3 Tr, 2 Tr in next Tr,
rep. from * all around - end to corr, join in 4th st of Ch.

6th Rnd: Ch 4, Tr in same sp, 1 Tr in each of the next 5 Tr, 2 Tr in next Tr,* Ch 5, Sc in next lp,
Ch 4, double crochet (Dc) in first st of Ch, Sc in next lp, Ch 5, 2 Tr in next Tr, 1 Tr in each of the next 5 Tr, 2 Tr in next Tr,
rep. from * all around - end to corr, join in 4th st of Ch.

7th Rnd: SLst to next Tr, Ch 4, 1 Tr in each of the next 6 Tr,
* Ch 5, Sc in next lp, Ch 4, Dc in first st of Ch, Sc in next lp, Ch 5, skip next Tr, 1 Tr in each of the next 7 Tr,
rep. from * all around - end to corr, join in 4th st of Ch.

8th Rnd: SLst to next Tr, Ch 4, 1 Tr in each of the next 4 Tr,
* Ch 5, Sc in next lp. work (1) rice-st (rice-st: Ch 5, Tr in first st of ch), Sc in next lp, Ch 5, skip next Tr, 1 Tr in each of the next 5 Tr,
rep. from * all around - end to corr, join in 4th st of Ch.

9th Rnd: SLst to next Tr, Ch 4, keeping last lp of each st on hook, 1 Tr in each of the next 2 Tr, yarn over and work off all lps at (1) time,
* Ch 7, Sc in next lp, work (1) rice-st, Sc in next lp, Ch 7, skip) next Tr, keeping last lp of each st on hook, 1 Tr in each of the next 3 Tr,
yarn over and work off all lps at (1) time (cluster st),
rep. from * all around - end to corr, join.

10th Rnd: Ch 3, Dc in same sp,
* rice-st, 2 Dc in next lp,
rep. from * once,
rice-st, 2 Dc in next cluster-st,
rep. from first * all around - end to corr, join in 3rd st of Ch.

11th Rnd: Ch 4, Tr in next st,
* rice-st, skip next rice-st, 1 Tr in each of the next 2 sts,
rep. from * all around - end to corr, join in 4th st of Ch.

12th Rnd: Same as 11th Rnd.

13th Rnd:
* Work (1) 2 Tr rice-st (2 Tr rice-st: Ch 5, keeping last lp of each st on hook. 2 Tr in first st of Ch, yarn over and work off all lps at (1) time),
rep. from * 3 times,
Dc between 2nd and 3rd Tr rice-sts, 2 Tr rice-st, Tr between first and 2nd Tr rice-sts, 2 Tr rice-st, skip next rice-st,
Sc between next 2 Tr (scallop).

Work all scallops in same way, join, cut yarn.

INSIDE EDGE: With right side facing, attach Shaded Pinks or Red Spangle in any
Ch 5 lp of 3rd Rnd to right of 5 Tr group, Sc in same sp, working around Tr groups,
* Ch 5, Sc in next lp,
rep. from * 5 times,
Ch 5, Sc in same lp after 2 Dc, Ch 5, Sc in next lp, Ch 5, Sc in same lp after 2 Dc,
* Ch 5, Sc in next lp,
rep. from * 4 times,
Ch 5, Sc in same Ch 5 lp of 3rd Rnd, Ch 3, Sc in next Ch 5 lp of 3rd Rnd and complete edging all around Tr groups in same way,
Ch 3, join, cut yarn.

OUTSIDE EDGE:
Attach Shaded Pinks or Red Spangle in sp between rice-sts at top of any scallop, Ch 7,
* double treble crochet (Dble-Tr: 3 times over hook) in same sp, Ch 3,
Triple-Treble crochet (Triple-Treble: 4 times over hook) in same sp, Ch 3, Dble-Tr in same sp, Ch 3, Tr in same sp,
Ch 5, 1 Dc, Ch 3, 1 Dc in next Dc, Ch 5, 1 Dc, Ch 3, 1 Dc in next Tr, Tr in next Sc between scallops, 1 Dc,
Ch 3, 1 Dc in base of next Tr, Ch 5, 1 Dc, Ch 3, 1 Dc in base of next Dc, Ch 5, Tr in sp between rice-sts at top of scallops, Ch 3,
rep. from * all around - end to corr, Ch 5, join in 4th st of Ch.

Next Rnd:
* 3 Sc in next lp, work (1) picot (picot: Ch 5, SLst in top of last Sc), 3 Sc in next lp, Ch 5, SLst in first st of Ch,
Ch 7, SLst in first st of Ch, Ch 5, SLst in first st of Ch, SLst in last Sc made for 3 picot group, 3 Sc in next lp,
Sc in next lp, picot, 2 Sc in same lp, Sc in next lp, picot, 4 Sc in same lp, 2 Sc in next lp, picot, Sc in same lp,
5 Sc in next lp, insert hook in next lp, pull yarn through, insert hook in next Tr, pull yarn through, insert hook in next lp,
pull yarn through, yarn over and work off all lps at (1) time,
5 Sc in next lp, 2 Sc in next lp, picot, Sc in same lp, 5 Sc in next lp, picot,
rep. from * all around - end to corr, join, cut yarn.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Crochet Pot Holder, Easy Pattern


Today I want to share my pattern for this simple two-color potholder. 



Measurements: about 8.5 inch square



Skill Level: Beginner




Materials:



US Hook size G/6 (4.25 MM)



Worsted weight 100% cotton yarn




Gauge: not important




Abbreviations:



ch chain



sl st slip stitch



sc single crochet



dc double crochet





* * Instructions between asterisks should be repeated as many times as stated or as many times as there are stitches to accommodate them.




Ch5, join in ring with sl st.



Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in ring, ch 2, * 2 dc in ring, ch 2* seven times; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.



Round 2: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-2 space, 6 dc in next ch-2 space, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, 6 dc in next ch-2 space* three times; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.



Round 3: Attach the second color yearn next ch-2 space. Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-2 space, dc in next 10 dc, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, dc in next 10 dc* three times, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.



Round 4: Attach first color yarn into next ch-2 space. Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-2 space, dc in next 14 dc, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, dc in next 14 dc* three times, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.



Round 5: sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-2 space, dc in next 18 dc, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, dc in next 18 dc* three times, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.



Round 6: Attach second color yarn into next ch-2 space. Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in same ch-2 space, dc in next 22 dc, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 space, dc in next 22 dc* three times, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.



Make two squares.



Hold the squares with wrong side together. Work through both thicknesses. Attach first color with sc in corner ch-2 space, ch 12, sc in same ch-2 space (loop for hanging is made), sc in each st across to the next corner, *3 sc in corner ch-2 space, sc in each st across to the next corner* around, join with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Baby Boy Crochet Vest


Welcome to my new blog Smile and Crochet! Here I plan to share not only my crochet projects, but other simple things in life that make me smile, and make me happy. 




I learned to crochet from a very young age, around nine years old. It was my mom who taught me this skill. Now many years later I consider it one of the best gifts she has given me in life.




I enjoy making all kinds of crochet items, but crocheting for babies is one of my favorite. What can warm your heart better than knowing you are creating something for a new little angel, to keep him or her warm, comfortable and cozy? I love making baby blankets and have designed a bunch of them (you can see my free baby blanket patterns at my "old" blog by clicking here), but now I'm exploring making tiny clothes as well. 

This vest is very easy and quick to make and is suitable for beginner crocheters. In fact the stitches used are only single and double crochets, along with chains and slip stitches of course.

The hook used is size G/6 (4.25 MM), and the yarn is Bernat Softee Baby.

The size is 3-6 months. 

The pattern is available in my shop.


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