Wednesday, April 9, 2014

V-Stitch with Triple Crochet Shells

By M. J. Joachim

The V-Stitch with Triple Crochet Shells pattern is fairly easy. It can be used for lots of different things, including clothing, tablecloths, lamp shade overlays and pretty afghans.

V-Stitch = (1 dc + 2 chain + 1 dc) Triple Crochet Shells = 5 triple crochet stitches

Foundation: Make a multiple of 5 chain (+6 more chain stitches)

Step 1: Make (1 dc + 2 chain + 1 dc) in the 8th chain from your hook

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

[Repeat Step 2 across row to last 3 chain stitches; chain 2, make 1 dc in last chain]

Step 3: Chain 4, turn; make 5 triple crochet in chain 2 space between dcs of V-Stitch

[Continue making Shells in each chain 2 space between dcs of V-Stitches across row. Complete row by making 1 triple crochet in 3rd chain from hook, after last dc in last V-Stitch.]

Step 4: Chain 5, turn; make V-Stitch in 3rd triple of next group of 5 triple crochet stitches – (center stitch of shell)

Step 5: Chain 3, make V-Stitch in center stitch of next shell

[Repeat Step 5 to the last group of 5 triple, ending with chain 2 and 1 dc in top of turning chain

Repeat Steps 3 – 5 for pattern

I hope you enjoy this crochet stitch tutorial and find lots of good uses for it. Please remember, all copyright rules apply, but links to this post and any post on this blog are more than appreciated.

Thank you for visiting and commenting on Lots of Crochet Stitches.

M. J.

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Arched Lace Stitch 040814

By M. J. Joachim

I can see this stitch used for a lovely table runner that can easily be made in time for Easter. It would also make a pretty cowl to accent any top or outfit.

Foundation: Make a multiple of 8 chain stitches (+2 more chain stitches)

Step 1: Make 1 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in following chain

Step 2: Chain 5, make 1 single crochet in 6th chain from hook, and in each of the next two chain stitches

[Repeat Step 2 to end of row, ending with only 2 single crochet at end of row]

Step 3: Chain 1, turn; make 1 sc in 1st stitch

Step 4: Chain 3, make 3 double crochet in next chain 5 loop, chain 3; make 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook

[Repeat Step 4 across row, ending with 1 sc in last sc of row]

Step 5: Chain 6, turn; make 1 sc in each of the next 3 dc

Step 6: Chain 5, make 1 sc in each of the next 3 dc to end of row, ending with chain 2 + 1 triple crochet in last sc of row

Step 7: Chain 3, turn; make 1 dc in first chain 2 space

Step 8: Chain 3, make 1 sc in 2nd sc from hook

Step 9: Repeat Step 4 across row, ending with 1 dc in each of 2nd & 3rd chain stitches in last chain 6 loop

Step 10: Chain 1, turn; single crochet in 1st stitch

Step 11: Chain 5, make 1 sc in each of next 3 dc

[Repeat Step 11 to end of row, ending with 1 sc in last dc and 1 sc in top of turning chain]

Repeat Steps 3 - 11 for pattern

I hope you enjoy this open weave stitch pattern today. It’s a very easy pattern that can be made into lots of lovely projects.Please remember, copyright rules apply, but links to my blog are always appreciated.

Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

M. J. 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cross Cluster with Single Crochet Rows 040814

By M. J. Joachim

By combining yesterday’s cross cluster pattern with horizontal rows, you achieve a different look when making cross cluster vertical rows in your pattern. For this pattern you will follow yesterday’s pattern through Step 2, then add a third step. 

Foundation: Make a multiple of 8 chain (+4 more chain stitches); single crochet in 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 3, turn

Step 1: Working over 2 stitches, make a cross cluster stitch:

Skip 1st stitch, yarn over and insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop (two times, so you have 5 loops on your hook); yarn over, draw through all loops on hook

Repeat the cross cluster stitch in the previous stitch you skipped.

Step 2: Make 1 double crochet in each of the next 6 stitches; make 1 cross cluster stitch over the next 2 stitches, until you get to the last 3 stitches; make 1 cross cluster over the next 2 stitches and 1 dc in the last stitch (top of turning chain); chain 3, turn

Step 3: Chain 1, single crochet in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across, including 1 sc in top of turning chain; chain 3, turn

Repeat Steps 1 – 3 for pattern.

This pattern is an original design by M. J. Joachim, so all copyright rules apply. However, links to this post are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. I’m so happy when you stop by for a visit.

M. J.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Cross Cluster Crochet Rows 040714

By M. J. Joachim

Cluster crochet stitches are made by adding multiple loops to the hook, before drawing the yarn through all the loops. Cross Cluster stitches are worked over two stitches, making a cluster in the second stitch, followed by a cluster in the first stitch. In this particular pattern, cross clusters are separated by double crochet stitches. The cross clusters are placed directly above each cross cluster in the previous row, giving the design a zigzag or braid type appearance.

Foundation: Make a multiple of 8 chain (+4 more chain stitches); single crochet in 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 3, turn

Step 1: Working over 2 stitches, make a cross cluster stitch:

Skip 1st stitch, yarn over and insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop (two times, so you have 5 loops on your hook); yarn over, draw through all loops on hook

Repeat the cluster stitch in the previous stitch you skipped.

Step 2: Make 1 double crochet in each of the next 6 stitches; make 1 cross cluster stitch over the next 2 stitches, until you get to the last 3 stitches; make 1 cross cluster over the next 2 stitches and 1 dc in the last stitch (top of turning chain); chain 3, turn

Repeat Steps 1 & 2 for pattern

Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches today. I hope you have lots of fun making all sorts of neat projects with the Cross Cluster Crochet Rows pattern.

This is an original stitch design, so all copyright rules apply. However, links to this post are more than appreciated.

M. J.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chevron Stitch Baby Blanket 031914

By M. J. Joachim

This is an original design, with all rights reserved. Links to this post are greatly appreciated. 

The chevron stitch is perfect for making a tightly woven baby blanket. I made mine with five panels of chevrons, followed by a border, with three small puff stitches in the top of each corner. My blanket measures approximately 22 inches long, by 18 inches across, perfect for a newborn little one.

I used an I crochet hook and approximately 408 yards of yarn. Stitch sizes vary between crocheters, so you will need 2 – 3 skeins of yarn. I used up all but a couple inches of 2 skeins myself. The yarn is Red Heart, Lemon Gumdrop.

Foundation is 82 chain (multiple of 16 + 2 more chain) followed by Chevron Stitch Tutorial, using a single color only, instead of switching colors as shown in the tutorial photo. Make 60 rows of chevron stitch for body of blanket.



Border

Step 1: Chain 1, turn; sc in each sc and in each row down sides around; join with slip stitch to first single crochet in round

Step 2: (top of blanket) Chain 2, make puff stitch (yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, draw up a loop – 3 times; yarn over, draw through all loops on hook, chain 1); single crochet in each single crochet to other corner at top of blanket; make puff stitch in this corner; sc in each single crochet stitch around, to 1st puff stitch, and join with a slip stitch to top of 1st puff stitch



Step 3: Chain 1, (single crochet + puff stitch + single crochet) in same place; sc in each sc to next puff stitch; (sc + puff + sc) in top of next puff stitch; sc in each sc around, joining with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

[Repeat Step 3 one more time, so you have 3 puffs in two top corners of blanket]

Step 4: Chain 1, make 2 sc in same place; sc in each sc to next puff; make 3 sc in next puff for corner; sc around to beginning of round; make 1 sc in top of puff (so you have 3 sc for corner in same place); join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 5: Chain 1, make 2 sc in same place; sc to 2nd sc in next corner @ top of puff – make 3 sc in corner; make 1 sc in each stitch around, followed by 1 more sc in 1st corner at beginning of round, so you have 3 sc in this corner; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Finish off. Weave in loose ends. Steam and lay flat to dry.

I’m still working on patterns to share with you, and while making this blanket, I came up with a few more ideas. Until next time, I wish you happy crocheting!

M. J.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Baby Needs a Hat - Pattern #021614

By M. J. Joachim


I designed this pattern while traveling in the car, to visit my daughter two hours away last weekend. It’s a quick and easy pattern that uses up some of those leftover yarn scraps. The brown hat, my prototype, used up about 1/3 of a skein of homespun yarn. I used two strands (one light purple and one white) of lightweight, sport yarn for the other hat, which I added a ruffle to, and I used US size K hook for both hats.

The brown hat measures approximately 16 inches in diameter; the purple and white hat is a little smaller at approximately 14 inches in diameter, so it will fit a newborn nicely, as the average circumference of a newborn’s head is 13 inches.

Hat Instructions

Step 1: Chain 37; join to first chain to make a circle. Keep your chain straight when you do this, so it isn’t twisted while you work.

Step 2: Chain 1, single crochet in each chain around, including first chain 1; join with slip stitch to first single crochet

[Repeat Step 2 once, skipping last stitch in chain 1 and joining to first sc in round.]

Step 3: Chain 4 (counts as 1 dc + chain 1); dc in same stitch – This is a beginning V-stitch.

Step 4: Make V-stitch (dc + chain 1 + dc) in 2nd stitch from hook

[Repeat Step 4 around, joining with a slip stitch to 3rd chain of first chain 4 in round]

Step 5: Chain 1, single crochet in first chain 1 space

Step 6: Chain 1, single crochet in next chain 1 space

[Repeat Step 6 around, ending with chain 1 and joining with slip stitch to 1st sc in round]

Step 7: Slip stitch into 1st chain 1 space; make beginning V-stitch; make V-stitch in each chain 1 space around; join to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4 in round

Step 8: Slip stitch into 1st chain 1 space; chain 1, sc in same place

Step 9: Single crochet in each chain 1 space around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 10: Chain 1, single crochet in same place

Step 11: Single crochet decrease over next 2 stitches; single crochet in following stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

[Repeat Steps 10 & 11 one more time]

Step 12: Cast on a loop from each of the next 7 stitches, so that you have 8 loops on your hook, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook

Step 13: Single crochet in next stitch.

Finish off. Weave in loose ends

Ruffle

Join yarn in any stitch at bottom of hat. Make beginning V-stitch (chain 4 + dc); make V-stitch in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 3rd chain of beginning V-stitch; finish off, weave in loose ends, steam to relax stitches as desired

I’m still working on another larger project; I hope to share it with you soon. Today’s pattern is an original design. All copyright rules apply. You may use this pattern for personal use only. If you’d like to share this pattern with others, please link to this page on my blog. Thank you.

Other than that, I published a post called Busy People are Happier People on Effectively Human today. I hope you check it out, because I think you'll really enjoy it. I also published a movie review for Winter's Tale on my Writing Tips blog. Busy is as busy does, but sometimes we go to the movies, and share what we think about them on our blogs.

M. J.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thank You to Followers, #atozchallenge, #blogblitz

By M. J. Joachim

First and foremost, I want to thank all of you amazing blog land friends, for consistently encouraging me with this blog. Your comments delight me like you wouldn’t believe. I’m thrilled to be sharing my work with you! 



For the last two years, Lots of Crochet Stitches participated in the A – Z Challenge. I had every intention of doing so again this year. Then life happened, and I was asked to be a Co-Host on the Challenge on January 1, 2014. I knew there was no way to do everything and do it well. I also knew I’ve wanted to take this blog in a different direction for a while – making larger projects that take more time. I’m currently working on one I simply know you’re going to love! It means posting less frequently, but as I build up the collection of projects, it will definitely be better for all of you.

So while I’m still planning to add stitch tutorials, I’m also planning to give you free patterns for all sorts of other neat projects too. Oh bother, it means this blog won’t be part of the 2014 Challenge. However, that’s no reason for you not to join. I hope you’ll consider the benefits of sharing your work with such a wide and diverse group of bloggers. I can assure you it’s worth it, since having this blog in the last two challenges gave it more exposure and followers than I ever could have hoped for, and I wasn’t even a Co-Host then.





Also, I want to take a moment to share the Blog Blitz with you. Simply add your link to the list, and wait to see when you get bombarded with comments from it. Doesn’t matter what your blog is about, if you’re on the list, people will stop and leave you a message, sharing some happy cheer with you and your blog.

Finally, for those who want me to post videos – I’m sorry, but it’s not going to happen. I work hard to produce well-planned tutorials and pictures for you to follow. It’s my comfort zone, and I’m not comfortable at all with making videos.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting here today. I hope to see you at the Challenge, and I hope to visit you in the Blog Blitz. Until next time, I wish you well.

M. J.

p.s. More stitch patterns are coming soon…and then that larger project I mentioned too.

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