Friday, April 22, 2016

Lots of Free Crochet Patterns Today

by M. J. Joachim



It's been a while, I know, but I've been working overtime editing and updating pages and patterns on here recently. There's a lot to be done, since I started blogging so many years ago. I'm finding a few glitches, which likely happen when technology gets updated so fast and furious.

For whatever reason, researching how to understand a few things, and how to fix some others, for site maintenance and all that, I ended up checking on the Lots of Crochet Stitches Website, which is a vast library of free crochet stitches and patterns for anyone looking for something new and exciting to try for their next project.

Please take a look at all the pages I've created there. I'm sure you will find something wonderful to add to your crochet pattern library. 





I'm currently working on a project with loads of single crochet stitches. There's something about single crochet that seems to delight me right now. If you'd like to share what you're working on, please send an email to 

mjjoachimswriting@gmail.com


Thanks for stopping by and checking in today. I hope you enjoy the website.

M. J.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Autumn Falling Leaves Doily


by M. J. Joachim

Note: This is an original pattern and design by M. J. Joachim. Please feel free to make the pattern, but remember, all copyright laws apply. ©2015 All Rights Reserved

Size 10 orange doily thread and size 7/1.65mm hook were used to make doily

Doily measures approximately 10 inches by 10 inches, from leaf point to leaf point around

Step 1: Chain 10, slip stitch into 1st chain to make a ring

Step 2: Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc); make 17 more dc in center of ring, join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 3: Chain 3, make (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in next stitch

Step 4: Make 1 dc in next stitch, make (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in next stitch

Repeat Step 4 around, join with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 5: Slip stitch into each of next 2 dc and in chain 1 space

Step 6: Chain 3, make (1 dc + 1 tr + 2 dc) in same place

Step 7: Chain 2, sc in 3rd stitch from hook, chain 2

Step 8: Make (2 dc + 1 tr + 2 dc in next chain 1 space

Repeat Steps 7 & 8 around, ending with chain 2; join with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 9: Slip stitch in next dc; make 1 sc in next triple

Step 10: Chain 3, sc in next sc; chain 3, sc in next triple around, ending with chain 3 and joining with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 11: Chain 1, sc in same place

Step 12: Chain 3, sc in next chain 3 loop (twice); chain 3, sc in next sc

Repeat Step 12 around, ending with chain 3 and slip stitching to 1st sc in round

Step 13: Slip stitch into next chain 3 space; chain 1 and sc in same place

Step 14: Chain 3, make 3 dc in next chain 3 space, chain 3, make 1 sc in next chain 3 space (twice)

Repeat Step 14 around, ending with (chain 3, sc in chain 3 loop, chain 3), and joining with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 15: Slip stitch not next chain 3 space; chain 1, sc in same place

Step 16: Single crochet in next dc; make (2 tr + chain 1 + 2 tr) in next dc; make 1 sc in next dc and in next chain 3 loop

Step 17: Chain 3, make 3 dc in next chain 3 loop, chain 3, make 1 sc in next chain 3 loop

Repeat Steps 16 & 17 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 18: Slip stitch in each of next 2 tr and into chain 1 space

Step 19: Chain 3, make large beginning bead stitch in same space

Yarn over, inter hook, draw up a loop in space (9 times); yarn over, draw through all loops on hook, chain 1 (push chain 3 behind)

Step 20: Chain 10, make (2 tr + chain 2 + 2 tr) in 2nd dc from hook, chain 10; make large bead stitch in next space

Yarn over, insert hook, draw up a loop (10 times), yarn over, draw through all loops on hook

Repeat Step 20 around, ending with chain 10 and joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st bead stitch in round

Step 21: Slip stitch into next chain loop; chain 4 (counts as 1 dc + chain 1)

Step 22: Make (1 dc + chain 1) 8 times in same loop, followed by 1 more dc in same loop = 10 dc + 9 chain 1 spaces in chain loop

Step 23: Make (2 tr + chain 2 + 2 tr) in next chain 2 space

Step 24: Make (5 dc + chain 2 + 5 dc) in next chain loop

Step 25: Make (dc + chain 1) 9 times, + 1 dc, in next chain loop (10 dc + 9 chain 1 spaces)

Repeat Steps 23 - 25 around, ending by joining to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4 in round

Step 26: Slip stitch into 1st chain 1 space, chain 1 and make 1 sc in same space

Step 27: Chain 3, make 1 sc in next chain 1 space (8 times)

Step 28: Make (2 tr + chain 2 + 2 tr) in next chain 2 space

Step 29: Make (5 dc + chain 2 + 5 dc) in next chain 2 space

Step 30: Make (1 sc + chain 3) in each of next 8 chain 1 spaces, followed by 1 sc in last chain 1 space of section

Repeat Steps 28 - 30 around, joining with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 31: Slip stitch into next chain 3 space, chain 1, make 1 sc in same place

Step 32: (Chain 3, make 1 sc in next chain 3 loop) 7 times

Step 33: Make (2 tr + chain 2 + 2 tr) in next chain 2 space

Step 34: Make (5 dc + chain 3 + 5 dc) in next chain 2 space; make 1 sc in next chain 3 space

Repeat Steps 32 - 34 around, ending by joining with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 35: Slip stitch not next chain 3 space; chain 1, sc in same place

Step 36: Chain 3, sc in next chain 3 space (6 times)

Step 37: Make (2 tr + chain 2 + 2 tr) in next chain 2 space

Step 38: Make (5 dc + chain 3 + 5 dc) in next chain 3 space; sc in next chain 3 loop

Repeat Steps 36 - 38 around, ending by joining with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 39: Repeat Steps 35 - 38 around, adjusting Step 36 to 5 times, instead of 6

Step 40: Repeat Steps 35 & 36, adjusting Step 36 to 4 times, instead of 6

Step 41: Make (2 tr + chain 2 + 2 tr) twice in next chain 2 space

Step 42: Make (6 dc + chain 3 + 6 dc) in next chain 3 space; sc in next chain 3 loop

Step 43: Chain 3, sc in next chain 3 space (4 times)

Repeat Steps 41 - 43 around, ending on Step 42 & joining with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round, instead of making last sc there.

Step 44: Slip stitch into next chain 3 loop, chain 1, make 1 sc in same space

Step 45: Chain 3, sc in next chain 3 loop (3 times)

Step 46: Make (3 tr + chain 2 + 3 tr) in each of next 2 chain 2 loops

Step 47: Make (6 dc + chain 3 + 6 dc) in next chain 3 loop; sc in next chain 3 loop

Repeat Steps 45 - 47 around, ending with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 48: Repeat Step 44, followed by Step 45, adjusting to only 2 times instead of 3

Step 49: Make (3 tr + chain 2 + 3 tr) in next chain 2 space; sc in space after next 3 tr; make (3 tr + chain 2 + 3 tr) in next chain 2 space

Step 50: Make (6 dc + chain 3 + 6 dc) in next chain 3 space, sc in next chain 3 space

Step 51: Chain 3, sc in next chain 3 loop (twice)

Repeat Steps 49 - 51 around, ending on Step 50 with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 52: Slip stitch into next chain 3 space; chain 1, make 1 sc in same place; chain 3, make 1 sc in next chain 3 space

Step 53: Make (3 tr + chain 2 + 3 tr) in next chain 2 space; sc in next sc; make (3 tr + chain 2 + 3 tr) in following chain 2 space

Step 54: Make (7 dc + chain 4 + 7 dc) in next chain 3 space

Step 55: Single crochet in next chain 3 space, chain 3, sc in following chain 3 space

Repeat Steps 53 - 55 around, ending with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 56: Slip stitch into next chain 3 space, chain 1, sc in same place (3 times)

Step 57: Single crochet in next sc and in each of next 3 tr; make 2 sc in following chain 2 space, followed by 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc

Repeat Step 57 one more time for next 7 stitches and chain 2 space between them

Step 58: Make 1 sc in each of the next 7 dc, followed by 4 sc in chain 4 loop, followed by 7 sc in each of following 7 dc; sc in next sc, make 3 sc in next chain 3 loop

Repeat Steps 57 & 58 around, joining with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round.

Finish off, weave in loose ends.

Be careful when steaming this doily to relax the stitches. Do not press iron or steamer directly on top of it. Gently shape doily as you are relaxing its stitches, so the leaf patterns puff up and look 3 dimensional.

Thank you so much for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches today. I hope you truly enjoy this new pattern and have a wonderful time making it. I’m off to start working on my next big project for you, so I’ll see you again as soon as I’m able.

Best to all,

M. J.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Award Ribbon or Package Bow

by M. J. Joachim




1/2 inch ribbon and size N crochet hook

Step 1: Make loop to start beginning chain
Step 2: Chain 2, make 6 dc in first chain, join with slip stitch to 1st dc
Step 3: Chain 1, make 1 sc in same stitch
Step 4: Chain 3, make 1 dc in same stitch,
Step 5: Make 1 sc in next stitch, repeat Step 4

Repeat Step 5 around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 6: Slip stitch into very 1st stitch in pattern. Finish off, leaving a tail even with starting tail.

Use different size ribbon and hooks to make all sorts of bows for your gift giving treasures.

Thank you so much for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches today. It’s been a crazy year, and I’m slowly trying to finish it out with a bang.

M. J.

©2015 All Rights Reserved Photo credit: M. J. Joachim, ©2015 All Rights Reserved

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stand Stitch (also known as Ridge Doubles)

by M. J. Joachim




Foundation: Make any number of chain stitches (+3 more chain stitches)

Step 1: Turn, so you work in the back of your foundation chain; make 1 dc in each chain across, including 1st chain stitch

Step 2: Turn; work in back loop only, and make 1 dc in each stitch across, including 1st stitch in row

Repeat Step 2 for pattern

Thank you so much for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches!

M. J.

©2015 All Rights Reserved Photo credit: M. J. Joachim, ©2015 All Rights Reserved

Spider Crochet Stitch

by M. J. Joachim



Foundation: Make an even number of chain stitches (+2 more chain stitches)

Step 1: Make (1 sc + chain 1 + 1 sc) in 3rd chain from hook

Step 2: Make (1 sc + chain 1 + 1 sc) in 2nd chain from hook

Repeat Step 2 across rose to last chain stitch; make 1 sc in last chain

Step 3: Chain 2, turn

Step 4: Make (1 sc + chain 1 + 1 sc) in each chain 1 space across row; make 1 sc in top of turning chain at end of row

Repeat Steps 3 & 4 to continue all over pattern

Thank you so much for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches!

M. J.

©2015 All Rights Reserved Photo credit: M. J. Joachim, ©2015 All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Square Motif Pattern 102214B

by M. J. Joachim



Step 1: Chain 4; make 3 double crochet stitches in 1st chain (3 skipped chain count as 1st dc)

Step 2: Chain 4, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook to make picot, chain 2

Step 3: Make 4 dc in 1st chain ever made - see Step 1 - This will be the center of your square

Repeat Steps 2 & 3 around so you have 4 sets of 3 dc in 1st stitch; end with Step 2 and join with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 4: Chain 1, make 1 sc in same space; sc in next stitch

Step 5: Chain 5, make 1 sc in each of next 2 dc

Triple Crochet Cluster Stitch

a. yarn over (twice), insert hook where indicated

b. yarn over, draw up a loop

c. yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook (twice), leaving 1 loop remaining on hook from stitch

d. Repeat Steps a - c until you have desired number of stitches as indicated, with remaining loops from them on your hook

e. yarn over, draw through all loops on hook

Note: You should have 1 more loop on hook than stitches you made, so for a 2 stitch triple crochet cluster, you will have 3 loops on your hook, and for a 7 stitch triple crochet cluster, you will have 8 loops on your hook


Step 6: Make one 2 stitch triple crochet cluster in next chain 2 space (before picot), chain 10, make one 2 stitch triple crochet cluster in following chain 2 space (after picot)

Step 7: Make 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, chain 5, make 1 sc in each of next 2 dc

Repeat Steps 6 & 7 around, ending with Step 6 and joining with a slip stitch to 1 sc in round

Step 8: Slip stitch in next sc and into chain 5 loop

Step 9: Chain 4 (counts as 1st triple); make a 7 stitch triple crochet cluster in chain 5 loop, chain 1 to close cluster

Step 10: Make 7 dc + picot (chain 2, slip stitch in 1st chain) + 7 dc in next chain 10 loop, to make corner

Step 11: Make one 7 stitch triple crochet cluster in next chain 5 loop + chain 1 to close cluster

Repeat Steps 10 & 11 around, ending on Step 10; join with a slip stitch to top of 1st cluster in round

Finish off.

It’s always such a pleasure to share my crochet patterns with you. Thanks so much for stopping by, commenting and sharing my work with others through your generous links to Lots of Crochet Stitches.

M. J.

Please note that this is an original pattern meant for your personal use and pleasure only. You are welcome to link to this pattern and share it, but please do not copy any content here. Thank you. ©2015 All Rights Reserved Photo credit: M. J. Joachim ©2015 All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Square Motif Pattern 100814

by M. J. Joachim



Step 1: Chain 8 (+3 more chain stitches)

Step 2: Make 1 dc in 5th chain from hook, followed by 1 dc in 4th chain from hook, working over the 1st dc to make the second one

Step 3: Make 1 dc in 2nd chain from hook, followed by 1 dc in missed chain, working over 1st dc to make 2nd dc

[Repeat Step 3 across row, ending with 1 dc in last chain]

Step 4: Chain 1, turn; sc in each stitch across and in top of turning chain; chain 3, turn

Step 5: Make 1 dc in 2nd sc from hook, followed by 1 dc in missed sc, working over 1st dc to make 2nd dc

[Repeat Step 5 across row, ending with 1 dc in last stitch

Step 6: Repeat Steps 4 & 5 one more time

Step 7: Chain 1, (Working around perimeter of square) make 2 sc around each dc on side; make 1 sc in each sc on side, until you reach the corner

Step 8: Make 3 sc in corner

Step 9: Make 1 sc in each stitch across until you reach the next corner; make 3 sc in corner

[Repeat Step 7 (omitting chain 1 at beginning); Repeat Steps 8 & 9 one more time, ending with 3 sc in corner and slip stitching into 1st sc of round

Note: Work corner (3 sc) in last chain from bottom corner

Step 10: Chain 1,make 1 sc in same stitch

Step 11: Chain 3, sc in next stitch

[Repeat Step 11 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 12: Slip stitch into next chain 3 space; chain 1, sc in same place

[Repeat Step 11 around, Repeat Steps 12 & 11 around one more time]

It’s always such a pleasure to share my crochet patterns with you. Thanks so much for stopping by, commenting and sharing my work with others.

M. J.

Please note that this is an original pattern meant for your personal use and pleasure only. You are welcome to link to this pattern and share it, but please do not copy any content here. Thank you. ©2015 All Rights Reserved