Thursday, November 29, 2012

Persian Crochet Stitch


by M. J. Joachim
It took me some time to figure out how to make the Persian stitch, and to be honest, I’m not even sure I’m making it the way the instructions intend. However, whatever I am doing makes a nice pattern just the same. One thing of note, aside from the foundation row, the Persian stitch is worked on the front side of the fabric.
I believe this stitch is nice as an overall pattern, but I also think you could probably use it in place of a single crochet or half double crochet stitch, to add a bit of fancy detail to any number of crochet patterns you might like. That will likely be an experimentation of sorts – but you know me by now, and I’m all for playing with yarn J
Foundation:  Make a row of single crochet by making a chain (+1 more chain); single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across row.
Step 1:  Chain 1, turn


Step 2:  Insert hook in back loop only of next stitch; yarn over, draw up a loop


Step 3:  Insert hook in front loop only of same stitch; yarn over, draw up a loop


Step 4:  Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook
[Repeat Steps 2 – 4 across row]


Step 5:  Chain 1, do not turn; keep yarn on top of (in front of) fabric
Step 6:  Work under back loop only and repeat Step 2


Step 7:  Repeat Steps 3 & 4


[Repeat Steps 6 & 7 across row]
Step 8:  Repeat Step 5, then Steps 2 – 7
Repeat Step 8 throughout for continuous pattern.


That’s all for now, kind people. Thank you for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog. Until next time, happy crocheting J
M. J.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Snowflake Crochet Pattern 112712


by M. J. Joachim
It’s that time of year again! Hang ‘em on the tree, in the windows and wherever it suits your fancyJ
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
This is a fun pattern, because you can actually finish it off in different places, making a few unique snowflakes, all by using the very same instructions.
Foundation:  Make 8 chain stitches and form a circle by slip stitching into the 1st chain
Step 1:  Chain 1
Step 2:  Make (1 single crochet, 3 chains, 1 triple crochet, 3 chain) in center of ring


[Repeat Step 2, seven more times] Join last chain 3 with a slip stitch to 1st single crochet in round. (8 petals)
Step 3:  Slip stitch in each of the next 3 chain stitches and also in the next triple.


Step 4:  Chain 12, make 1 double crochet in the 9th chain from your hook
(I count up from the base – 4 chain stitches)


Step 5:  Chain 3, slip stitch in top of next triple


[Repeat Steps 4 & 5, seven more times]
Note:  Finishing off is optional here.


Step 6:  Slip stitch into each of the next 4 chains; chain 3 (counts as 1st double crochet)


Step 7:  Make (1 half double crochet, 7 single crochet, 1 half double crochet) in next chain loop; make 1 dc in next dc


Step 8:  Make 1 dc in bottom half of next dc; repeat Step 7


[Repeat Step 8, six more times around, ending with a slip stitch to the top chain of the 1st dc in round.]
Note:  Finishing off is optional here.
Step 9:  Chain 1; single crochet in space between last 2 double crochets


Step 10:  Chain 3, single crochet in 2nd single crochet from hook (skipping 1 hdc and 1 sc in between)
Step 11:  Chain 3, make (1 sc, 4 chain stitches, 1 sc) in 2nd single crochet stitch from hook.
Step 12:  Chain 3, single crochet in 2nd sc from hook; chain 3, sc in space between next 2 double crochet stitches


[Repeat Steps 10 – 12 around, ending with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round]
Finish off and weave in loose ends.


That’s all for now, kind people. Until next time, happy crocheting J

M. J.


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Ladder Crochet Stitch


by M. J. Joachim
The ladder crochet stitch is a very easy combination of chain single crochet stitches. It can be dressed up by weaving ribbon through either the large or small loops. You can also weave a more sturdy material through the loops to make a visor, basket frame or anything else that might need a little more structure to it.
Foundation:  Make a multiple of 6 chains (+ 2 more chain stitches)
Step 1:  Single crochet in second chain from hook


Step 2:  Chain 5, make (1 sc, 3 chain, 1 sc) in 6th chain from hook


[Repeat Step 2 across row to the last 6 chains; chain 5, single crochet in last chain]


Step 3:  Chain 1, turn, single crochet in 1st single crochet


Step 4:  Chain 5, make (1sc, 3 chain, 1 sc) in next 3 chain loop


[Repeat Steps 3 and 4 across row, ending with 5 chain and 1 single crochet in last single crochet of row]
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for pattern.


That’s all for now, kind people. Until next time, happy crocheting J

M. J.


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Announcements and Things to Share


If you enjoy writing, competing and the possibility of winning a little extra Christmas cash, have I got a link for you!


by M. J. Joachim
The other day, Bindu cheerfully shared the Sunshine award with me. I’ve been all tied up in tangles and knots ever since. Favorite time of year, festive movie, passion, color etc… They’re all good questions. I simply don’t know how to answer them, other than to say, depends on my mood and whether or not my creative energy has been inspired…which it usually has, so I’ve got no complaints at all.
As for narrowing down only 10 bloggers to receive this award … not gonna happen! I’ve tried and tried and tried…they’re all good, and there’s no way I can choose one above another to receive this award. 

Suffice to say, claim your award, fellow bloggers, because this one is from me to you J Thanks for your continued excellence in the blogosphere!


Other than that…
If you enjoy writing, competing and the possibility of winning a little extra Christmas cash, have I got a link for you!
SoWrite just announced its first writing contest today, and you’re all invited to join the fun!


I hope you’ll join me, and compete in this exciting competition! May the best entry win! Good luck to all participants!
That’s all for now, kind people. Until next time, I wish you only good things J
M. J.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Zig Zag Lozenge Stitch Pattern


by M. J. Joachim
Uses 3 Colors:  A, B and C; alternate making 1 row of each color in turn
Note:  Carry last color used up alongside of work.

Special Instructions

Change colors by making ½ of the stitch you need, and drawing other color through, as you finish the other ½ of your stitch.

Special Stitches

Double Crochet Decrease

a.  Yarn over, insert hook in stitch or space
b.  Yarn over, draw up a loop; 
c.  Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook
d.  Repeat a, b and c once more
e.  Yarn over, draw through all loops on hook

 

 

Foundation:  (Using Color A) Make a foundation chain divisible by 2 (+3 more chain stitches)
Step 1:  Make 1 half double crochet in 3rd chain from hook
Step 2:  Skip next chain; make (hdc, chain 1, hdc) in next chain
[Repeat Step 2 across row to last two chains. Skip second to last chain.]


Step 3:  Make ½ hdc in last chain, and join Color B to finish last hdc


Step 4:  Using next color, chain 3; turn
Step 5:  Make 1 double crochet in 1st stitch
Step 6:  Chain 1, double crochet decrease in next chain 1 space
[Repeat Step 6 across row. End with chain 1 + 1 double crochet decrease in top of turning chain. Join next color, as you finish row.]
 

Step 7:  Using next color (and carrying it up the side of your work), chain 2, turn

Step 8:  Make (hdc, chain 1, hdc) in next chain 1 space
[Repeat Step 8 across row, ending with 1 hdc in top of turning chain, and switching colors.]

Step 9:  Chain 3, turn
Step 10:  Work double crochet decrease in next chain 1 space; chain 1
[Repeat Step 10 across row, ending with 1 double crochet in top of turning chain.]

Step 11:  Using next color, chain 2, turn
Step 12:  Make 1 hdc in 1st stitch, skip next chain 1 space; repeat Step 8 across row
Repeat Steps 4 – 12 for pattern.

That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Checker Crochet Stitch Pattern 111212


by M. J. Joachim
Uses 2 colors: Color A and Color B
Foundation: Make a chain divisible by 5 (+ 1 more chain)
Note:  You will hold unused color along back of work, single crocheting over it as you work.
Step 1:  Using Color A, make foundation chain
Step 2:  (Color A) single crochet in 3rd chain from hook and in next 2 chain stitches


Step 3:  Join Color B by making ½ single crochet in next chain
     >>> insert hook in chain
     >>>yarn over, draw up loop
     >>>make slip stitch with Color B
     >>>place Color B on hook
     >>>yarn over with Color B
     >>>draw through all loops on hook


Step 4:  (Color B) single crochet in next 5 stitches, holding color A behind work and single crocheting over it.
Step 5:  Repeat Step 4, using Color A
[Repeat Steps 4 & 5 across row; turn]


Step 6:  Continue using same color you finished using on Row 1; single crochet in next 5 stitches; switch to Color B and single crochet in next 5 stitches
[Continue switching A and B, every 5 stitches, repeating pattern as you did in Steps 4 & 5 across row.]
Note:  At the end of row, be sure to single crochet in last 2 chain stitches. Remember, you started your 1st row in the 3rd chain stitch from your hook.
*When you reach row 6, switch colors to begin new square. Work through row 10.
Step 7:  Switch to other color and follow pattern to make alternating color squares, which will form your checker pattern


*Continue pattern, working 5 rows at a time, to continue making checkers.

That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Quad and Quin Treble Leaf Pattern 110912


by M. J. Joachim
This post is inspired by my garden. It’s a leaf design that makes twists and turns throughout the pattern. Rest assured, even if you twist and turn a little differently, while following the pattern, you’ll undoubtedly still end up with a unique and festive leaf.

This leaf will make a great applique piece, magnet and hair bow. Of course, with Christmas coming, it also makes sense to weave several of these leaves onto some glistening red ribbon, and make beautiful strands of garland to brighten up your home. You can even spray them with red and gold glitter paint, if you want.



I’m introducing two new stitch tutorials you haven’t seen here before on this blog, the quadruple and quintuple treble stitches. These stitches are easy enough to make. It’s a simple matter of wrapping your yarn around your hook a couple more than you do when you make a triple crochet, and drawing through a few more loops on your hook, just like you do when you make a triple crochet.

While the quad tr and quin tr are traditional crochet stitches, the leaf pattern is an original. Please abide by all copyright rules, noting that while you can’t directly copy my pattern, I’m positively thrilled when you link to it.

Quadruple Treble Tutorial (quad tr)

>>>yarn over 4 times
>>>insert hook where desired, pull up a loop
>>>yarn over, draw through 2 loops on your hook (5 times)

Quintuple Treble Tutorial (quin tr)

>>>yarn over 5 times
>>>insert hook where desired, pull up a loop
>>>yarn over, draw through 2 loops on your hook (6 times)

Quad and Quin Treble Leaf Pattern Tutorial

Step 1:  Chain 8; make a ring by slip stitching into 1st chain

Step 2:  Single crochet in center of ring
Step 3:  Chain 6, quad tr in center of ring

Step 4:  Chain 6, single crochet in center of ring
Step 5:  Chain 7, quin tr in center of ring
Step 6:  Chain 7, single crochet in center of ring

Step 7:  Slip stitch in 1st single crochet of Step 2, to fold over leaf

Step 8:  Turn and single crochet in center of ring

Step 9:  Repeat Steps 5 & 6

Step 10:  Repeat Steps 3 & 4
Step 11:  Repeat Steps 5 & 6

Step 12:  Slip stitch in 1st single crochet of Step 10
Step 13:  Turn, single crochet in center of ring; repeat steps 3 – 6

Step 14:  Cross over next 2 leaves and slip stitch in last single crochet of 2nd leaf


Finish off and weave in loose ends.
That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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