Monday, May 27, 2013

Crochet Pattern Books and Free Kindle Info

by M. J. Joachim

Look what my mother-in-law lent me to play with this summer! I love pineapple doilies and I’m eager to get my hooks into these intriguing crochet magazines. I’ll be sure to post my work as I go along.
I also wanted to tell you about thispost I published on my Writing Tips blog today, because it provides a link for you to download a kindle to your pc for free. Once you do that, you can browse the crochet section on Amazon. I just downloaded a few free patterns into my desktop kindle today, in fact.
Happy Memorial Day, dear people. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
M. J.
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Purple Star Doily 052713

by M. J. Joachim



It took several days of mulling this doily pattern over in my mind, before finally working it out with thread and hook. Obviously you can make your doily any color you want and rename it accordingly. I used a size D crochet hook and size 3 doily thread.
Size 3 thread is a good thread to make light, close-knit garments and warmer weather items. From my experience, most doilies are made with size 10 or finer thread. Size 3 is suitable for coasters and works well under potted plants.
As a side note, this doily could technically be finished. However, I want a larger doily, so I’m going to put it aside and think about my design for a while more, so I can make it bigger, which is why I didn’t finish off in the display picture for this post. You can make this doily as is, or start it and wait to see what else I come up with to make it bigger.
Step 1:  Chain 3, join with slip stitch to form a ring; chain 3 (counts as 1st dc); make 14 more dc in center of ring; join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc in round
Step 2:  Single crochet in next stitch; *Chain 11, single crochet in 3rd dc from hook
[Repeat Step 2 from * 3 times; chain 11, join with slip stitch to 1st sc]


Step 3:  Single crochet in front loop only of next 5 chain on chain 11 loop; make 3 sc in 6th chain and 1 sc in last 5 chain of loop
[Repeat Step 3 for each chain 11 loop; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round]


Step 4:  Slip stitch through each of the next 5 stitches; make 3 sc in next stitch (center of 3 stitches on point of star)
Step 5:  Chain 10, make 3 sc in center stitch of 3 stitches on next point of star
[Repeat Step 5 three more times; chain 10, join with slip stitch to center stitch of 3 stitches of next point of star]


Step 6:  Slip stitch in next stitch; sc in next chain 10 space
Step 7:  Make 3 half double crochet in same space; make 9 dc + 3 hdc + 1 sc in same chain 10 space
Step 8:  Make following sequence in remaining chain 10 spaces around
{1 sc + 3 hdc + 9 dc + 3 hdc + 1 sc}; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round
Note:  Star will bunch up a bit in center of doily at this point. Lay flat and gently stretch stitches to keep shape even while working


Step 9:  Chain 1, single crochet in same place
Step 10:  Chain 3, sc in 2nd stitch from hook
[Repeat Step 10 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with slip stitch to 1st sc in round]
Step 11:  Single crochet in next chain 3 space; chain 3, sc in next chain 3 space around, ending with chain 3 and slip stitching to 1st sc in round
Step 12:  Slip stitch into next chain 3 space; chain 1, sc in same place
Step 13:  Chain 3, sc in each chain 3 space around, ending with chain 3 and joining with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

 

Step 14:  Chain 1, sc in same place, make 2 sc in next chain 3 space
Step 15:  Make 1 sc in each sc and 2 sc in each chain 3 space around, ending with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round.
Optional:  Finish off. Weave in loose ends.
Or you can stop here and wait to see further instructions as I make this doily bigger.
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Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sunrise Doily 052213


by M. J. Joachim

I debated a long time about making a wider ecru border on this particular doily. I chose to keep a narrower border, as I visualized joining multiple squares to make a larger project – perhaps a tablecloth or dresser scarf. If I were to do so, I might incorporate a 5th color, leaning toward a deep blue or rich brown, to make wider bands joining all motifs together.
You Will Need
1/2. 75 mm steel crochet hook
Size 10 doily thread – orange, pink, red and ecru
Step 1:  Make one orange Lacy Square Motif
Step 2:  Join pink to center side loop (on any side); chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), double crochet twice in same place; chain e3 make 3e dc in next chain loop, chain 3


Corner
Step 3:  Single crochet in 1st dc in corner; chain 3, sc in 2nd dc; chain 5, sc in 3rd dc, chain 3 sc in 4th dc in corner
Step 4:  Chain 3, make 3 dc in next side chain loop; repeat to corner, followed by Step 3 for corner
[Repeat Step 4 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc]
Step 5:  Slip stitch in next dc; chain 6, make 3 dc in next chain 3 space
Step 6:  Chain 3, dc in 2nd dc from hook
Corner
Step 7:  Chain 5, make {2 dc + chain 1 + 1 triple + chain 1 + 2 dc} in next chain 5 corner space
Side
Step 8:  Chain 5, dc in 2nd dc of next group of 3 dc’s
Step 9:  Chain 3, make 3 dc in next chain 3 space; chain 3, dc in 2nd dc from hook (twice)
Repeat Steps 7, 8 and 9 for corners and sides around, ending with chain 3 and joining with a slip stitch to 3rd chain of 1st chain 6 in round
Step 10:  Slip stitch into next chain 3 space; chain 1, single crochet in same space; chain 5, sc in next chain 3 space
Step 11:  Chain 3, sc in next chain 5 space, chain 3
Corner
Step 12:  Make {2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc} in next chain 1 space (twice)
Step 13:  Repeat Step 11
Side
Step 14:  Single crochet + chain 3 in next chain 3 space for each chain 3 space along side
Repeat Step 12 – 14 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with slip stitch to 1st sc in round
Step 15:  Slip stitch into next chain 3 space; chain 1, sc in same place; (chain 3 + sc) in next chain 3 space twice
Corner
Step 16:  Make {2 dc + chain 2 + 2 dc} in next chain 1 space – between 2 dc’s; chain 2, repeat sequence in next chain 1 space between 2 dc’s
Side
Step 17:  Chain 3 + sc in next chain 3 space to corner
[Repeat Steps 16 & 17 for side and corners, ending with chain 3 and slip stitching to 1st sc in round]
Step 18:  Slip stitch into next chain 3 space; chain 1, sc in same space; cahin 5, sc in next chain 3 space, chain 5
Corner
Step 19:  Make {3 dc + chain 2 + 3 dc} in next chain 2 space; make {3 tr + chain 3 + 3 tr} in center chain 2 space; make {3 dc + chain 2 + 3 dc} in last corner chain 2 space
Sides
Step 20:  Chain 5, sc in next chain 3 space
[Repeat Step 20 for each side, ending with chain 5, followed by Step 19 for corner]
Finish off pink


Step 21:  Join red to any corner; chain 4 (counts as 1st triple), make 6 triple in same corner
Step 22:  Make 3 dc in next chain 2 space; make 4 dc in each chain 5 loop along side
Corner
Step 23: Make 7 dc in 1st corner chain 2 space; make 7 triple in corner, followed by 3 dc in nnnext chain 2 space; ake 4 dc in each chain 5 loop along side
[Repeat Step 23 around, ending with 3 dc in last chain 2 space and slip stitching to top chain of 1st chain 4 in round]
Finish off red


Step 24:  Join ecru to center triple of any corner; chain 1, make 3 sc in same place
Step 25:  Single crochet in each stitch around; make 3 sc in each center triple of each corner
Step 26:  Slip stitch into center corner stitch; chain 1, make 3 sc in same place; single crochet in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round, make 3 sc in each center corner stitch
Step 27:  Slip stitch into next stitch (to make corner even) and finish off. Weave in loose ends; steam doily and lay flat to dry, pinning and starching as desired.


Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Kitchen Washcloth Durability


by M. J. Joachim
This post has been inspired by Tina’s question on my last post. Tina over at Life is Good shares some amazing stories on her blog. I’m sure you’ll have fun following her if you don’t already. She’s wondering how well Lots of Crochet Stitches kitchen washcloths do on greasy pots and pans, or if they are just for wiping counters and the like.
A photo speaks a thousand words…
The kitchenwashcloth set pictured was made a year ago last April. It has been used heavily since that time. I usually make my kitchen towel sets out of 4-ply cotton yarn. It is sturdy and durable. Once they’re in my kitchen, anything goes. Once they’re in the wash, same rules apply. As you can see, they hold up pretty well.
I’m determined to get to that doily, Diana (DianaWilder…about myself, by myself)…regarding another comment from the same post. I’m looking forward to having it finished and being able to share it with you too.
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. Until next time, happy crocheting!
M. J.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Simple Single Crochet Washcloth 051513


by M. J. Joachim
It’s been a while since I last posted. During that time, my oldest daughter graduated from college and family played center stage. One of the things I did during our family time was start teaching my son’s girlfriend how to crochet. We went shopping for yarn and hooks and spent a few hours at my kitchen table working on kitchen washcloths together.
The pattern is simple enough. Begin by taking one of your standard washcloths. Measure it and make a foundation chain that is approximately the same width. Make single crochet stitches in each chain across, and continue making single crochet rows until you have a rectangle that is about ¾ of the size square you need for your washcloth.
Change colors and make a shell border on one end. Begin by making one single crochet stitch in the first stitch. Skip the next stitch, make a shell (5 double crochet stitches) in the following stitch, skip the next stitch and make a single crochet stitch in the following stitch. Continue working this sequence across your row – [sc + skip + shell + skip + sc + skip + shell + skip + sc etc…]
My washcloth ended with one stitch left over, so I made a single crochet decrease for the last stitch. It is easy to use this pattern with any number in your foundation chain, and simply adjust the shell border accordingly, so it still looks nice. That’s one of the reasons I like this simple kitchen washcloth pattern, because it allows and responds well to the flexibility of the person crocheting it.
I’m still working on a couple of doilies to share with all of you. One is so close to being finished. I just need to sit down and spend a couple hours finishing it up and writing the instructions for you. Now that things are settling down around here a bit, I’m betting I’ll have time to do just that in the fairly near future.
Thank you so much for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. I hope you enjoy this washcloth. You can even make a matching kitchen towel. Simply make your cloth much longer before adding your final trim.
All my best to each of you. I hope you and yours are well and you’re finding lots of time to crochet and do all the things you love to do.
M. J.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers


by M. J. Joachim
Happy May Day everyone!


Here it is, a vase full of A – Z flowers per +Glory Lennon's  request.
See you again soon.
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
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