Saturday, December 16, 2017

Circular Placemats - FREE Crochet Pattern

Inspiration and original free pattern from petalstopicots.com. LINK
Please visit her website for main pattern details. Below I detail the specifics of how I used her pattern.

I just LOVE this pattern! It works up fast and was easy to memorize the stitch patterning. Wandering from the traditional natural fiber yarns, I decided to use Caron Pound, an acrylic yarn. After trying different sizes of hooks, the J hook size gave me the density I was happy with.

The look I wanted was a layered look, though the placemats can be used separately, with the size and colors to compliments my dishes.
For the smaller mat, which is 13" in diameter, I added two extra rounds before the final round of scallops; a total of 10 rounds.

This change was done by simply repeating round 6 as my round 8 and repeat round 7 as my round 9 but working 4 sets of 2DCs and then the single DC.

For the larger mat, which is 17" in diameter, I added four extra rounds before the final round of scallops; a total of 12 rounds.

This change was done by simply repeating round 6 as my rounds 8 & 10 and repeat round 7 as my round 9 & 11 but working 4 (Round 9) or 5 (Round 11) sets of 2DCs and then the single DC. No blocking or steaming seemed to be needed.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Moss Stitch Blanket - FREE Crochet Pattern

A FREE Pattern, Designed and Written by Patty Kubitzki
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Whether you are a beginner or more advanced with your crochet skills, this project will yield professional looking results using only the most basic crochet stitches.


Difficulty Level: Easy
Size: 35” x 55”
Yarn: Caron Pound, weight 4
Color A = White
Color B = Soft Grey Mix
Color C = Medium Grey Mix

Hook Size: I
Gauge: 8 sts = 2”; 20 rows = 5”

Abbreviations and Terms Used (U.S. Crochet Terms)
Beg = beginning; ch(s) = chain; ea = each; rep = repeat; rnd(s)= round(rounds);
sc =single crochet; sk = skip; sl st = slip stitch; sp = space; st(s) = stitch(stitches)

Pattern Notes
The entire blanket and the border are worked using the Moss St.

Moss St = (sc, ch 1, sk 1) rep ( ), working a sc in the 1st st and the last st of ea row.

Color Sequence:
Color A: Work 20 rows
Color B: Work 1 row
Color C: Work 1 row
Color A: Work 2 rows
Color C: Work 1 row
Color B: Work 1 row

Blanket Body
Starting Ch: With Color A, Ch 144.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook; (ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch) rep ( ), with sc in last ch.

Rows 2 – end of body: Ch 1, turn. Work in Moss St through the Color Sequence above until eight(8) Color A 20 row sections have been completed.
Do not fasten off.

Border
! Note - Do not turn at the end of Rnds.
Rnd 1 - Using Color A: Ch 1. Turn to work along the edge of the blanket. Continue working the Moss St except when making the sc st insert the hook 1 further row down or 1 further st away from the side. Be sure to pull the 1st loop of the sc st far enough to eliminate bunching. At the corners, work an extra ch1, sc as needed to keep corner smooth and flat. Work this elongated Moss St pattern around the entire blanket body. Join at beg with sl st.

Rnds 2-4: Work the regular Moss St around, adjusting the corners as needed with an extra ch 1, sc. Join with sl st. At the end of Rnd 4, change to Color B to make joining st.

Rnd 5: With Color B work the Moss St around. Change to Color C to join with sl st.

Rnd 6: With Color C work the Moss St around. Join with sl st.
Fasten off.

Weave in and trim all ends.
Lightly steam block, as needed.

Enjoy your beautiful new crocheted blanket!
It will surely be a treasured piece.
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