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

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M. J.

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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.

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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

Square Motif Pattern 102214A

by M. J. Joachim



Step 1: Chain 4, make a ring by slip stitching not 1st chain

Step 2: Chain 6 (counts as 1 dc + 3 chain stitches)

Step 3: Chain 3, make (1 dc + chain 3) in center of ring 3 times

Step 4: Join with slip stitch to 3rd chain from bottom of 1st chain 6

Step 5: Make a bead stitch {yarn over, insert hook in desired space, yarn over (draw up a loop 3 times), yarn over, draw through all except last 2 loops on hook, yarn over, draw through last 2 loops on hook} around post of same dc where slip stitch was joined

Step 6: Make 5 triple in next chain 3 space, followed by a bead stitch around post of next dc

[Repeat Steps 6 around, ending with 5 triple in last chain 3 space and joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st bead in round

Step 7: Chain 3, make 2 more dc in same stitch

Step 8: Chain 2, make 3 more dc in same stitch at top of bead - Steps 7 & 8 make 1st corner in round

Step 9: Chain 2, make 1 sc in 3rd triple from hook, chain 2

Step 10: Make corner (3dc + chain 2 + 3 dc) in top of next bead stitch

[Repeat Steps 9 & 10 around, ending with Step 9 and joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round]

Step 11: Slip stitch into each of next 2 stitches and into chain 2 space

Step 12: Chain 3, make 2 dc in same place; chain 2, make 3 dc in same place (beginning corner made)

Step 13: Chain 2, make bead stitch in next chain 2 space (twice)

Step 14: Chain 2, make corner (3 dc + chain 2 + 3 dc) in next corner

[Repeat Steps 13 & 14 around ending with Step 13 and joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st chain 3 in round]

Step 15: Repeat Steps 11 & 12 to make corner in next round

Step 16: (1st side) Chain 2, make 3 triple in next chain space; make 1 bead in space between 2 beads in previous round, make 3 triple in last chain 2 space, chain 2

Step 17: Make corner (3 dc + chain 2 + 3 dc) in chain 2 space at corner

[Repeat Steps 16 & 17 around, joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round]

I hope you enjoy this newest square and make lots of pretty things with it.

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Square Motif Pattern 100514B

by M. J. Joachim




Step 1: Chain 4, join with a slip stitch to 1st chain to make a ring

Step 2: Chain 1, make 16 sc in center of ring; join with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 3: Chain 4 (counts as 1st stitch); make (1 dc + chain 1) in each sc around; join with a slip stitch to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4 in round

Step 4: Slip stitch in next chain 1 space; chain 4

Step 5: Make a triple crochet cluster (tr cl) in same space

Triple Crochet Cluster
a. yo (twice)
b. insert hook in space
c. yo, draw up a loop
d. yo, draw through 2 loops (twice)
Repeat Steps a - d until you have 10 loops on your hook
e. yo, draw through all 10 loops on hook, chain 1 to secure cluster

Step 6: Chain 3, make (1 tr + chain 1) in next 2 chain 1 spaces; make 1 tr in following chain 1 space

Step 7: Chain 3, make 1 tr cl in next chain 1 space

Repeat Steps 6 & 7 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st tr cl

Step 8: Chain 3, make (1 dc + chain 2 + 1 dc in same space

Step 9: Chain 1, make 7 dc in 2nd tr from hook

Step 10: Chain 1, make corner (2 dc + chain 2 + 2 dc) in top of next tr cl

Repeat Steps 9 & 10 around, ending with chain 1 and joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 11: Slip stitch into next dc and next chain 2 space; chain 4 and repeat Step 5 in chain 2 space (beg. tr cl mad in corner)

Step 12: Skip 2 dc at corner; chain 3; make (1 tr + chain 1) in each of next 6 dc; make 1 tr in las dc of 7 dc from previous round

Step 13: Chain 3, make tr cl in next chain 2 space at corner

Repeat Steps 12 & 13 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st cluster

Step 14: Chain 1, make 3 sc in same space

Step 15: Make 3 sc in next chain 3 space; make 1 sc in next tr

Step 16: Chain 2, make 1 sc in next tr (6 times)

Step 17: Make 3 sc in next chain 3 space and 3 sc in top of next tr cl

Step 18: Slip stitch into next sc; chain 3, make (1 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in same stitch

Step 19: Skip 1 sc, make 1 dc in each of next 4 sc

Step 20: Chain 2, make 1 dc in each sc (6 times)

Step 21: Make 1 dc in each of next 3 sc; skip 1 sc, make corner (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in next sc

Repeat Steps 19 - 21 around, ending by joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 22: Slip stitch into next dc and chain 1 space; chain 4

Step 23: Make (1 tr + chain 1 + 2 tr) in same corner space

Step 24: Skip next 2 dc; make (chain 1 + 1 tr) in each of the next 13 dc

Step 25: Chain 1, make corner (2 tr + chain 1 + 2 tr) in next chain 1 space

Repeat Steps 24 & 25 around, ending with chain 1 and joining to top chain of 1st chain 4 in round

Note: The clusters tend to make this square bunch up a bit when working it. Once you relax the stitches by steaming or blocking it, it will lay flat.

Thanks so much for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches today. I hope you enjoy this new pattern. Please note that this is an original pattern and design. Links to my posts are highly encouraged, but copying content from here is strictly forbidden. All patterns posted are for your pleasure and personal use only.

M. J.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Square Motif Pattern 100514A and Thanks a Million!

by M. J. Joachim


It all started as an original book of crocheted squares I was writing, which I hoped to publish and share with all of you. That was last fall; my hopes were to finish the book by the end of the year which came and went in a hurry, a bit of a flurry and to put it mildly was all rather blurry. Kids moving out, kids moving in - life has been busier than I ever had planned.

One of those days in the last two months when I found a moment to log in and check my blogs, I noticed this blog had reached more than a million page views. I smiled. Tears filled my eyes. I sighed about the book I’ve been working on for you, the one that needs so much more time before being ready to publish. I scratched my head and for a few weeks mulled over what to do.

I can’t hold out on all of you amazing followers any longer. The book will be dismantled. The original patterns will be turned into blog posts for you. It’s part of my personal philosophy anyway, you know, the one that says, “Don’t hold out on your friends. Follow the path of least resistance and trust your heart to let love lead the way.”

And now without further ado, here’s the very first pattern.

Square Motif Pattern 100514A (©2015 All Rights Reserved)

Step 1: Chain 4, make 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each of next 2 chain stitches

Step 2: Chain 1, turn; make 1 sc in 1st stitch and 1 sc in each of next 2 stitches

[Repeat Step 2 one more time]

Step 3: Chain 4 (counts as chain 1 + 1 dc), make 1 dc in 1st chain of chain 4

Step 4: Chain 1, make 2 more dc in same stitch

{Note: Steps 3 & 4 make first corner}

Step 5: Chain 2; slip stitch into next corner of sc from steps 1 & 2

[Repeat Steps 3 & 4 to make next corner; Repeat Step 5 (2 more times) to make all 4 corners of square, ending with chain 2 and slip stitching to bottom of chain of 1st chain 4]

Step 6: Slip stitch around 1st chain 4; chain 3, make 1 dc around same chain 3

Step 7: Chain 1, make (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in next chain 1 space

Step 8: Chain 1, make 2 dc in next chain 2 space

Step 9: Chain 1, make 2 dc around next chain 3

[Repeat Steps 7 - 9 around, ending with chain 1 (omitting last 2 dc in Step 9), and slip stitching to top of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 10: Chain 3, make 1 dc in next dc; chain 2, make (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in chain 1 space of next corner

Step 11: Chain 2, make 1 dc in each of 3rd & 4th dc from hook, followed by 1 dc in each of next 2 dc

Step 12: Chain 2, make (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in chain 1 space of next corner

[Repeat Steps 11 & 12 around, ending with 1 dc in each of the 3rd & 4th dc from hook, and joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round]

Step 13: Chain 3, make 1 dc in next dc

Step 14: Chain 3, single crochet in next chain 2 space, chain 3

Step 15: Make corner (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in chain 1 space of next corner

Step 16: Repeat Step 14; make 1 dc in each of next 4 dc

[Repeat Steps 14 - 16 around, ending with 1 dc in each of last 2 dc from previous round; join with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round.

Finish off.

This blog wouldn’t be what it is without all of you, so thank you for being such amazing followers, people who have encouraged and inspired me every step of the way!

M. J.

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