Little Lacey Square

Good evening!
As promised here is the pattern for my little lacey square. I’m only going to give instructions for the actual square and a border around it, joining it together is a little tricky for me to word so that will be another post (sorry, I’m not very good with describing how to do something I’m only new at).

For these particular ‘squares’ in the photos, I used cotton and cotton blend yarn and a 4mm hook.

Materials:
– Yarn of your choice (I only used a very small amount of colour for each square)
– Hook to go with yarn
– Scissors
– Yarn needle

Notes:
– This pattern is written in US terms- Each square is worked in rounds, joining round with a slip stitch

Stitches/Abbreviations:
– ch: Chain
– sc: single crochet
– dc: double crochet
– sl st: slip stitch- tr: treble
– picot: in this pattern the picot stitch is worked on the last round in between the treble stitches; 7tr, (ch5, sl st to top of last tr made) picot made, 7tr
-st: stitch
-jss: join with slip stithc

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Pattern:

Round 1:
Make a magic ring, 8sc in ring, jss to 1st sc (8)

Round 2:
*Chain 3, sl st in next loop*, repeat around making 8 loops (8 loops)
Round 3:
Sl st into 1st ch st in 1st loop, sc in middle of loop, *ch5, sc in next loop*, repeat around and jss into top of sc made in round 2 (8 bigger loops)

Round 4:
Sl st into the 1st 3 ch sts made in 1st loop of round 3, sc in middle of loop, ch 4, sc in next loop, ch6, sc in next loop, *ch3, sc in next loop, ch6, sc in next loop*, repeat around 3 more times and jss to 1st sc made instead of making a sc. (Now there should be 4 obvious corners and 4 middle loops in between – you need to pull it out into the shape of a square with four fingers to see it in a square shape though, hope that part makes sense)

Round 5:
Sl st into the 1st 2 ch sts made in 1st loop of round 4, sc in same loop, *(7tr, picot, 7tr) in next loop, sc in next loop*, repeat around and finish with a jss instead of a sc into the 1st sc made in this round. (4 pretty loopy things)

This pattern has been written by myself by looking at the little lacey square, and whilst continually trying to put Mr 3 yr old back to bed time after time. I apologise if there are any errors in advance. Now for the little border, which I usually do in the colour I want to join these ‘squares’ together with.

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Adding a little border:

Grab the yarn you want to use to join these squares with, or any colour you like, start by making a *sc in any little picot st made in round 5, ch4, sk 3 sts and sc into the middle tr st (count 4 sts from either end), ch4, sc into sc of round 5, ch4, sc into 4th tr st, ch4, sc into picot st, ch6, sc into other side of picot st (you make a little border around the picot, so there will be 2sc in each picot st)*, repeat around by finishing with a sc, ch6, jss into the very 1st picot st you started in. Ta daaa finito.

When I join these squares together, I usually start with one completed border on a square, then grab another square that needs to be joined (no border) and join it to the 1st one. This is where I get all mumble jumbled and cannot describe it properly. I know that there is probably a link out there in web-land or youtube world. But I cannot remember what kind of join it is. I’ll attach a photo of my cushion as well so you can see what I mean.

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I hope to find the right words for joining these together, but I’m sure in the mean time you’ll have fun making these gorgeous little squares. Please remember that if you use Instagram and have a public account (I can’t see it if it’s private) hashtag #littlelaceysquare #theloopystitch so I can see your beautiful creations.

Have a lovely night, I’m off to have a lavendar bath and enjoy the quiet time now that both kids are asleep. Winning 😀 xo

Just another mandala

Just Another Mandala has been updated and brought to life lol. Well I’ve given her a new lease on life with a prettier edging.

For the new mandala I used DMC Natura Just Cotton in 5 colours (I will get back to you on their names lol) and a 3.75mm hook, its finished size is 17cm without blocking.

For the ‘older/original’ mandala, I used a cotton blend yarn and a 3mm hook. It measures approximately 5 3/4 inches or 15cm in diameter.

Notes:
– I use the standing stitch method for each round click here to see how to do it
– I use an invisible join for finishing each round click here to see how to do it
– I used 5 colours for this mandala and 6 for the one below
– Pattern is written in US terms
– **For this new version, and the ones below, cut yarn and end of each round.
– Where it states to join with a slip stitch, you can use an invisible join 

 
**** THIS IS THE UPDATED VERSION, ORIGINAL ONE IS BELOW  *****

Materials:
– Yarn of your choice
– Corresponding hook size for yarn
– Scissors
– Yarn needle

Stitches Used:
– sc: single crochet
– dc: double crochet
– hdc: half double crochet
– ch: chain
– sl st: slip stitch
– tr: treble
– dc2tog: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, draw hook back, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, (one loop still remains on hook), yarn over, insert hook into same st, yarn over, draw hook back, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 3 loops. For this pattern this stitch is made in the same space.
– picot: ch3, sl st in front loops of original sc
– C1 – C5: Colour 1 to Colour 5
– For round 10, make all sc into both back loops (see photo at round 10)

*** UPDATED VERSION: ***

Pattern:

Round 1: Using C1, make a magic ring, 8 sc in magic ring (8sc)

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Round 1 complete

Round 2: Using C1, make a standing dc2tog, in any st, ch3, *dc2tog, ch3*, repeat around, join with slip stitch to 1st dc2tog. (8 dc2tog’s)

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Round 2 complete

Round 3: Using C2, make a standing sc in any space between dc2tog, (hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in same sp, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in each space around, join with slip stitch to 1st sc made. (8 ‘petals’)

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Round 3 Complete

Round 4: Using C3, make a standing sc in dc made in round 3, ch6, *sc in dc, ch6*, repeat around, join with slip stitch to 1st sc made. (8 loops created)

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Round 4 Complete

Round 5: Using C3, make a standing sc in any loop sp created, (hdc, dc, 3 tr, dc, hdc, sc) in same sp, (sc, hdc, dc, 3 tr, dc, hdc, sc) in each loop sp around, join with slip stitch to 1st sc. (8 petals)

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Round 5 Complete

Round 6: Using C4, make a standing sc in top of middle tr made in round 5, ch 9, 8 sc in middle tr, ch 9*, repeat around, join with slip stitch to 1st sc made. (8 loops created)

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Round 6 Complete

Round 7: Using C4, make a standing sc in any loop sp, 9 sc in same loop, 10 sc in each loop sp around, join with slip stitch to 1st sc made. (8 loops, 80 sc)

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Round 7 Complete

Round 8: Using C5, make a standing sc in 1st sc made in any loop from round 7, ch 6, sk 4 sts, sc in next st, ch 6, *sk 4 sts, sc in next st, ch 6*, repeat around, join with slip stitch to 1st sc made. (16 loops, 96 ch, 16 sc)

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Round 8 Complete

Round 9: Using C5, make a standing sc, (hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc) in same sp, [sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc], in each ch-6 sp around, join with slip stitch to 1st sc made. (144 sts)

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Round 9 Complete

Round 10:  ***NOTE*** Work all sc stitches in both back loops (see photo below)
Using C2, make a standing sc in the middle dc (3rd one of 5 dc), picot st, sc in same st, sc (back loops) in next 3 sts, sk st, fphdc around sc from round 8, sk st, sc in next 3 sts, *(sc, picot, sc) in next st, sc in next 3 sts, sk st, fphdc around sc, sk st, sc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, join with slip stitch to 1st sc made. (128 sc, 16 picots, 16 fphdc)

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Working through both back loops (keeps everything positioned nicer)

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Round 10 Complete

I’ll add some more photos because I think they are beautiful lol.

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I hope you love the updated version as much as I do 🙂 Please see below for the original pattern.
I would also love to see your Just Another Mandala, so please use the hashtag #notanothermandala or #crochetjustanothermandala OR better yet, if you have Ravelry, you could add your project there so I can see your beautiful creations.

Thanks for reading and happy hooking,
Much Love, Em xoxo

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NOTES:
This particular design, the last 2 rounds gives it a slight ruffled look. You can try and flatten it out as much as possible with your hands. That’s what I did 🙂 or block it or see below for an updated older version lol.

Pattern:

Round 1: Using C1, make a magic ring, 8 sc in magic ring (8sc)

Round 2: Using C1, make a standing dc2tog, in any st, ch3, *dc2tog, ch3*, repeat around (8 dc2tog’s)

Round 3: Using C2, make a standing sc in any space between dc2tog, (hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in same sp, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in each space around (8 ‘petals’)

Round 4: Using C3, make a standing sc in dc made in round 3, ch6, *sc in dc, ch6*, repeat around (8 loops created)

Round 5: Using C3, make a standing sc in any loop sp created, (hdc, dc, tr 3, dc, hdc, sc) in same sp, (sc, hdc, dc, tr 3, dc, hdc, sc) in each loop sp around. (8 petals)

Round 6: Using C4, make a standing sc in top of middle tr made in round 5, ch9, *sc in middle tr, ch9*, repeat around (8 loops created)

Round 7: Using C4, make a standing sc in any loop sp, 9 sc in same loop, 10sc in each loop sp around (8 loops)

Round 8: Using C5, make a standing sc in 1st sc made in any loop from round 7, ch5, sk4, sc in next st, ch5, *sk4, sc in next st, ch5*, repeat around (16 loops created)

Round 9: Using C5, make a standing sc in top of any sc made in round 8, dc7 in loop, *sc in top of sc made in round 8, dc7 in loop*, repeat around (16 petals)

Round 10: Using C6, make a standing lsc into the same space as the sc in round 6, ch2, *sk1, (sl st, ch2, sl st) in next st, ch2, sk1, (sl st, ch2, sl st) in next st, c2, sk1, (sl st, ch2, sl st) in next st, ch 2, lsc into same space as the sc in round 6, ch2*, repeat around (16 bordered petals) ** updated older version below **

Ta daaa and you’ve finished this little mandala. Good luck I cannot wait to see your creations. Remember to hashtag #theloopystitch and #notjustanothermandala if you are using Instagram. Feel free to make as many as you like. Thanks for taking time to read this pattern and my blog.

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UPDATE:

This morning I made a few changes to this pattern to see if they last couple of rounds would sit a little flatter. And they do, but still have a very slight ruffled look to them, which to me adds a nice texture. Here are the pattern changes if you want it to lay a little flatter, I have also changed the ‘border’ round as well.

Round 6: Using C4, make a starting sc in top of middle tr made in round 5, ch10, sc in middle tr, ch10*, repeat around (8 loops created)

Round 7: Using C4, make a starting sc in any loop sp, 11 sc in same loop, 12sc in each loop sp around (8 loops)

Round 8: Using C5, make a starting sc in 1st sc made in any loop from round 7, ch6, sk5, sc in next st, ch6, *sk5, sc in next st, ch6*, repeat around (16 loops created)

Round 9: Using C5, make a starting sc in top of any sc made in round 8, dc7 in loop, *sc in top of sc made in round 8, dc7 in loop*, repeat around (16 petals)

Round 10: Using C6, make a starting lsc into the same space as the sc in round 6, ch1, *sk1, picot in next st, ch1, sk1, picot in next st, ch1, sk1, picot in next st, ch1, lsc into same space as the sc in round 6, ch1*, repeat around (16 bordered petals)

Here is what the new pattern works up like… don’t forget to hashtag #notjustanothermandala if you crochet one and upload it to Instagram xo

 

My Temperature Blanket 2016 Pattern

Happy New Year to you all. I hope it’s a wonderful year for everyone. 

On new year’s eve I read a post about a temperature blanket and thought it sounded like a great idea. So I jumped on the band wagon and decided to make one for this year.

Basically you make a blanket up according to the temperature of the day (derr lol), I decided to go with a low and high temp one as in Queensland it doesn’t get very cold during winter and my blanket would have been rather plain looking.

On January 1st I decided on some colours and wrote a pattern to go with it. Wasn’t really a fan of how harsh the dark brown border was so this morning I changed it. Luckily we are only in day 3 and I didn’t have to redo a heap of squares.

There are many designs out there which I came across in search of inspiration. Most are made up of rows in all sorts of stitches and when you work out the math, would have made quite a big blanket, even if just single crochet was used. I know that some crocheters decided on multiple blankets for this reason.

366 squares! Easy, well for me I like to pump out as much as I can, as quick as I can. I like to compete against myself as odd as that sounds. Be the best I can be! Haha sort of thing. But I’ll have to take my time with this one. 366 doesn’t work nicely into a square or rectangle I hear you say… no, no it doesnt. So to even things up a little,  I’ll be crocheting special squares for special events such as this baby’s birth, other children’s birthdays, celebrations etc.

I will show you a photo of my previous design and obviously the new one with the pattern. It stems from my Spinosa Square just without the ldc stitches and a join as you go method is used to add the daily square to the previous one.

So here is the old design….

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As you can see here I have nominated a colour for each 2 degrees. There are lucky people out there who would have such beautiful rainbow blankets because of the climate they live in. And as we all know, I am a green fan (which wouldn’t work well if I had used the ‘traditional’ colour scheme,  because of where I live). 

Anywho… here is the new pattern and square….

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For this blanket am using 8ply (dk) acrylic from Spotlight and Big W as that is what is in my stash and a 4mm hook. You will also need a yarn needle and some scissors.

I also used the starting stitch method and joined without a slip stitch.  You can find both methods here on the blog.
Round 1: Make a magic ring, ch3, 11dc in ring.

Round 2:  Make a starting sc in any st,  2sc in next st, ch2, *2sc, sc, 2sc, ch2*, repeat around finishing with 2sc in last st.

Round 3: Make a starting dc into the starting st from round 2, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in corner, *dc in next 5 sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in corner*, repeat around finishing with dc in last 2 sts.

Round 4:  Make a starting sc into the starting st from round 3, sc in next 3 sts, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner, *sc in next 7sts, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner*, repeat around finishing with sc in last 3 sts. 

For joining as I mentioned earlier I used the join as you go method, you can see this in my Sunshine Cushion pattern. You will need to border one square first,  here’s how: make a starting sc into starting st from round 4, sc in next 5 sts, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner, *sc in next 11 sts, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner*, repeat around finishing with sc in last 5 sts.

I used the lowest temp of the day for round 1, a neutral colour to add some ‘pop’ in rounds 2 and 4, the hottest temp for round 3, and the border colour for round 5 (joining colour ).

Each square measures approximately 8cm or just over 3 inches. Once I have crocheted all the squares, I plan on adding a few more rows for a bigger border in the two neutral colours.

I hope you enjoy making one if you do or just using this pattern for a blanket, cushion etc.

Have a lovely day xo

Starting Stitch / Foundation Stitch

Starting Stitch

Joining Without Slip Stitch

Join without slip stitch

Spinosa Square

I have a plan, a dream, a desire.  Call it what you will but I want to see this through till the end… if there ever is an end. I want to design different granny squares and then make one awesome blanket (or more) from all of them. So in saying that, here is the first one the ‘Spinosa Square’. I just have to make sure that I don’t run out of creativity juice, wishful thinking and I’m going to be positive.

The squares will most likely be suited to different crochet abilities, I’m going to try and aim for that anyway. That way, if you are a beginner, you’ll be able to make some too, and hopefully in the process, take your skills to the next level and learn some new stitches and techniques.

I am no professional.  Pretty much self taught, so my techniques and explanations may not be what the ‘proper’ way to do it. I do have a hard time trying to explain how to do certain stitches (not in this pattern), so I may use photos more or break each step down a fair bit.

So without further ado… let’s start with the very first square…. enjoy (and pretty please share your pieces of work with me)

Spinosa Square

Materials:

Yarn and hook of your choice. I used 8ply/dk yarn and a 4mm hook.

Stitches used US terms & abbreviations

Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Ldc -long double crochet (basically just dc into mentioned st from a previous round)
Jss – join with sl st
Sl st – slip stitch
Ch – chain
Sk – skip

Notes:

This pattern is probably not best suited for beginners.

I crocheted these squares without the use of jss or beginning each round with a ch. I think I used what’s called as a foundation or starting st, depending on what st was needed for the first st on that row. I also started anywhere as well to give it a more even feel. I have written this pattern as if you had to jss and ch at each round.

Please crochet the ldc st with a looser tension than normal. This will help with the overall look of the square and not make it tighter on the sides.

I have not mentioned any gauge measurement as each square will be different depending on the yarn and hook you use.

In my opinion, this granny square design is best suited for at least two colours. By using just one colour, the ldcs seem to vanish not giving it that ‘pop’ effect.

I used four colours in the square below let’s call them C1, C2, C3, C4 (colour one, etc) each round if using different colours, will require a colour change.

Pattern:

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Showing the finished rounds

Round 1. Using C1–  Make magic ring, ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 11 more dc in ring, pull tight and jss (12 sts)

Round 2. Using C2 – Ch1, 2sc in same st, sc, 2sc, ch2, * (2sc, sc, 2sc, ch2)*, repeat 2 more times, jss to 1st sc (20 sts)

Round 3. Using C3 – Ch3, dc in next 2 sts, ch1, sk1, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in corner (ch2 sp from round 2), *dc in next 2 sts, ch1, sk1, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in corner*, repeat 2 more times, jss to top of ch3 (24 sts)

Round 4. Using C2 – Ch1, sc in same sp, sc, ldc into the next sc made in round 2 (where the sp is), sc in next 3 sts, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner, *sc in next 3 sts, ldc into next sc made in round 2, sc in next 3 sts, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner*, repeat 2 more times, sc in last st, jss to 1st sc (44 sts)

Round 5. Using C4 – Start by sl st to next st, Ch4 (counts as dc+ch1), sk1, dc, ch1, sk1, dc, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in corner, *dc in next 3 sts, ch1, sk1, dc, ch1, sk1, dc, ch1, sk1, dc, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in corner*, repeat 2 more times, dc in last 3 sts, ch1, jss to ch3 of ch4 made (40 sts)

Round 6. Using C2 – Ch1, sc in same sp, ldc into next sc made in round 4, sc, ldc, sc in next 4 sts, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner, *sc in next 4 sts, ldc, sc, ldc, sc, ldc, sc in next 4 sts, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner*, repeat 2 more times, sc in next 4 sts, ldc, jss to 1st sc (64 sts)

Round 7. Using C1 – Ch4, sk1, dc, ch1, sk1, dc, ch1, sk1, dc, dc in next 3 sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in corner, *dc in next 4 sts, (ch1, sk1, dc) 5 times, dc in next 3 sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in corner*, repeat 2 more times, dc in next 4 sts, ch1, sk1, dc, ch1, jss to 3rd ch of starting ch4 (56 sts)

Round 8. Using C2 – Ch1, sc in same st, (ldc, sc) 3 times, sc in next 4 sts, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner, *sc in next 5 sts, (ldc, sc) 5 times, sc in next 4 sts, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner*, repeat 2 more times, sc in next 5 sts, ldc, sc, ldc, jss to 1st sc (92 sts)

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I would like to give a big thank you to all of the lovely pattern testers that gave me feedback. I have loved seeing your finished squares, and cannot wait to see more.

So as always, if you do make a square I’d love to see it!

Instagram – use #spinosagrannysquare and/or tag @theloopystitch  – or you can dm me.
Facebook – post to my wall The Loopy Stitches Crochet Designs
Or you can comment here 🙂

 

Kaleidoscope Granny Square

As promised I’m trying to catch up with writing out my patterns in order to share them with you. Here is one I did today and I hope you like it, I really look forward to seeing the creations you come up with, all the different colour combinations, colours etc and what you actually make with the squares 😀

So here is the pattern:

Materials:

  • Yarn of your choosing (I used 8ply aka dk yarn and a 5mm hook)
  • Corresponding hook size
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms
  • I used 7 colours for this design, starting at one certain colour and then ‘ordering’ them in what colours I thought go best from one to the other. I can’t really word that properly as my baby brain is tiring (almost bed time) Each new square, I flipped the order of the colours (see photos), then chose a new start colour and did the same again… trying to make sense lol
  • Fpdc together – yarn over, insert yarn behind st to the right of the hook, pull hook back, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, insert yarn behind st to the left of the hook, pull hook back, yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through three loops.

 

Crochet Stitches Chart with fpdc

 

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From top left to right rounds 1&2, 3, 4, middle row rounds 5, 6, bottom row rounds 7, 8 and first round of squaring off.

Using colour of your choosing; Start with the magic loop/ring

  1. 8 sc in loop, join with sl st (8 sts)
  2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st (16 sts)
  3. Change colour, ch 4, (dc, ch 1) in each st around, join with sl st (16 sts)
  4. Change colour, ch 3, *fpdc around dc sts from previous round, dc in next st*, repeat around, join with sl st (32 sts)
  5. Change colour, ch 3, dc in next st, fpdc around previous fpdc, *dc 2, fpdc*, repeat around, join with sl st (48 sts)
  6. Change colour, ch 2, hdc in next st, *fpdc together in previous fpdc (see notes), hdc behind the fpdc st you just made, hdc 2*, repeat around ending with a fpdc, hdc, join with sl st (64 sts) {see photo below pattern}
  7. Change colour, ch 2, hdc in each st around, join with sl st (64 sts)
  8. Change colour, ch 2, hdc 3, *fpdc, hdc 4*, repeat around, join with sl st (80 sts)
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Showing fpdc together stitch

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Squaring off

  1. Attach yarn in fpdc st, ch 4, tr in same st, *tr, dc 2, hdc 3, sc 7, hdc 3, dc 2, tr, (2tr, ch 2, 2tr) in same sp (creating the corner), repeat around leaving out the last 2tr, join with sl st (92 sts)
  2. Ch 3, dc 22 *(2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in corner sp, dc 23*, repeat around ending with (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in final corner, join with sl st to top of ch 3 (108 sts) {If you prefer you can do (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in each corner space, entirely up to you}

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Happy Crocheting! Remember I’d love to see what you make #theloopystitch #kaleidoscopegranny on Instagram. Have a lovely night, I’m off to bed, I can feel restless legs and heartburn coming… argh lol.

November, you flew by…

As we step into December steadily, please not too fast, I’d like to share with you what I got up to in November. I’m still so very new to this blog thing and quite frankly I do neglect it a bit, and still have no idea what I’m doing lol. As I prefer photos over my words, I will let the images do most of the talking. If you want to follow me more frequently than what I post here, you can do so on Instagram @theloopystitch is my account. So without further ado… here is November…

 

And there you have it, all my original designs for the month of November with a sneaky snowflake popping in from today. I hope to get the patterns written up for all of these designs during this month. Some will be paid for patterns, and the others will be free ones.

Keep an eye out for my future posts xo.

Sunny Snowflake Pattern

Hey there! ‘Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la laa la la la laa, okay I don’t want to get too carried away. So with that in mind, I came up with a snowflake pattern and here it is…

Materials:

  • Crochet yarn of your choosing
  • Hook size to correspond with yarn
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Blocking materials if wanting to block (something to pin snowflake to, pins, iron {or your method and materials for blocking})

Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • It is made up in rounds (not continual)
  • Each snowflake will be a different size, depending on yarn, hook and tension.

Stitches Used:

Forgot to add space (sp) and skip (sk)

Crochet Stitches

Make a Magic loop/ring

  1. Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to ch 3 (12 sts)
  2. 2sc in between each sc around, join with ss to first sc (24 sts)
  3. Ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 1, sk 1, *(2dc, ch 4, 2dc) in next st, ch 1, sk 1, sc* repeat around and join to first sc with sl st (6 points)
  4. Sc in sp, *(3dc, ch 4, 3dc) in ch 4 sp from previous round, sc in sp, ch 3, sc in sp* around, join with sl st to first sc (6 points)
  5. Sl st in next 3 sts, *(sc, ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc, ch 6, sc, ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc) in loop, ch 4, sl st into ch 3 loop from previous round, ch 4* repeat around, join with sl st to first sc (6 points) cut yarn and weave in ends.

This would be the perfect time to block the snowflake if that’s what you plan to do 🙂

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I made this design in anticipation of making a few garlands for around the house, but these would look great as decorations on the tree, coasters, etc. Feel free to follow me on Instagram @theloopystitch and fb The Loopy Stitch Crochet Designs. And if you do make these I’d love to see please hashtag #sunnysnowflake  (living on the Sunshine Coast, I will never see a snowflake here) if you use Instagram or please leave a comment 🙂 would love to know what you think.

Happy Crocheting xo

Wheel of Hope Mandala Pattern

Here is my first mandala pattern. I think I have caught the bug making these beautiful designs. I already have another pattern in the works and hope to share that with you once it’s finished.

So here it is…

Materials:

  • Your choice of yarn
  • Appropriate size hook for yarn
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Notes:

  • This mandala is made up by crocheting in rounds
  • Each mandala will be finished in a different size, depending on what yarn and hook is used.
  • This pattern is written in US terms with UK terms in brackets ( )

Stitches:

Crochet Stitches Chart with fpdc

  • Front Post Double Crochet:

Placement of fdc p

Yarn over, insert hook behind stitch.

Placement of fdc part 1

Yarn over, and pull through.

Placement of fdc part 2

Yarn over, and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through both loops.

Placement of Fdc

Ta daa, finished fpdc (fptr).

  • Picot Stitch in this pattern is made by making ch 4 then sl st back into the 1st ch made.

Pattern:

Round 1:

Round 1 Finished

Start by making a magic loop, ch 3, 14dc (tr) in loop, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (15 sts)

Round 2:

Round 2 Finished

Ch 4 (dc + ch1), dc (tr) and ch 1 in each st around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch. (15 sts)

Round 3:

Round 3 Finished

Sl st to ch sp, ch 1, *2hdc (htr) in ch sp, hdc (htr) in next st*, repeat around making the last hdc (htr) in the ch st from previous round. (45 sts)

Round 4:

Round 4 Finished

Ch 5 (dc + ch 2), dc in same st, skip 2 sts, *dc, ch 2, dc in same st* repeat around, join to the ch 3 of ch 5 made at the start. (30 individual sts, 15 v sts)

Round 5:

Round 5 Finished

Sl st to ch sp, ch 3, 4dc (tr) in ch sp, *5dc in ch sp* repeat around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (75 sts)

Round 6:

Round 6 Finished

Ch 4, skip st, *dc, ch 1, sk st, dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk st, dc*, repeat around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of first ch. (45 sts)

Round 7:

Round 7 Finished

Ch 1, sc (dc) in same sp, *2sc (dc) in sp, sc (dc) in st, 2sc (dc) in sp, sc (dc) in next 2 sts*, repeat around crocheting a sc (dc) in the last st, join with sl st to the starting ch 3. (105 sts)

Round 8:

Round 8 Finished

Ch 3, dc (tr) in next 2 sts, fpdc (fptr) around dc (tr) from round 6 (see stitches for step by step explanation), *dc (tr) in the next 6 sts, fpdc (fptr)* repeat around, dc in the next 3 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (105 sts)

Round 9:

Round 9 Finished

Ch 5 (dc + ch 2), dc in same st, skip 2 sts, *dc, ch 2, dc in same st* repeat around, join to the ch 3 of ch 5 made at the start. (70 sts, 35 v sts)

Round 10:

Round 10 Finished

Ch 1, *3hdc (htr) in sp, fpdc (fptr) around top of the dcs (trs)* from round 9 (see photo below for placement), repeat around and join with sl st to first hdc (htr). (140 sts)

Front double crochet placement

Round 11:

Round 11 Finished

Sl st 3 to top of fpdc (fptr) made in previous round, ch 1, sc (dc) in same sp, *ch 4, sc (dc) in top of fpdc (fptr)*, repeat around, ch 4, join with sl st to sc (dc). (35 loops)

Round 12:

Finished

Ch 1, *2 sc (dc), picot (ch 4, sl st to 1st ch), 2sc in loop*, repeat in each loop, join with sl st to first sc (dc) made. (140 sts, 35 picot sts)

And ta daa it’s finished.

This pattern looks lovely in different or solid colours.

I would love to see your finished mandalas. So please either comment with a photo or #wheelofhopemandala on Instagram. Follow and tag me @theloopystitch. Enjoy xo