Saturday, April 29, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern...Beach Grass Placemat and Coasters!


The Beach Grass Placemats and Coasters are fresh, fun, and the perfect addition to you home for the warmer months.  Try placing one in the center of the table too for a modern take on a traditional doily!

Need a little help? There's a full video tutorial below too!

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Beach Grass Placemat and Coasters
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Click below to watch a full video tutorial on how to make the placemat:


Click below to watch a full video tutorial on how to make the coasters:


Materials:
  • 4.0 mm "G" crochet hook
  • 2 balls of Twist by Mango Moon in the "Lime" colorway (I used one for the placemats, and another for the coasters)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Sizing:
  • Placemat is 15 inches across at its widest points.
  • Coasters are 5 inches across at their widest points.

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:

Instructions for Coasters:

Chain 4 and join into a ring with a slip stitch.

Round 1: Chain 4 (counts as a dc), then work (a dc into center of ring, chain 1) 11 times. Join to close with a slip stitch.

Note: If you want to make each round in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch 1 space and keep going. If you want to switch colors...cut yarn and join the new yarn at one of the ch 1 spaces and tie securely.

Round 2: Chain 3 and work a dc in the same space. Chain 1, then work two double crochet in the next (chain 1) space. Keep doing this all the way around, working 2 dc in each space, then a chain 1. Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 3: Chain 4th work 2 dc in the same space, then chain 1. In the next space, work three dc, then chain 1. Keep doing this all the way around the circle...3 dc, then a chain 1 in each space. Join with a slip stitch to close.

Round 4 (circle becomes hexagon in this round): Chain 4, and in the first space work 2 dc, chain 1, then 3 dc all in the same space. This creates the first hexagon corner. In the next space, to work the hexagon side, chain 1, then work 3 dc in next space. Keep going in this manner, working a corner of two "clusters" and a side of 1 cluster (each cluster being separated by a chain 1). Join with a slip stitch to close.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Instructions for Placemat:

Chain 4 and join into a ring with a slip stitch.

Round 1: Chain 4 (counts as a dc), then work (a dc into center of ring, chain 1) 11 times. Join to close with a slip stitch.

Note: If you want to make each round in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch 1 space and keep going. If you want to switch colors...cut yarn and join the new yarn at one of the ch 1 spaces and tie securely.

Round 2: Chain 3 and work a dc in the same space. Chain 1, then work two double crochet in the next (chain 1) space. Keep doing this all the way around, working 2 dc in each space, then a chain 1. Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 3: Chain 4th work 2 dc in the same space, then chain 1. In the next space, work three dc, then chain 1. Keep doing this all the way around the circle...3 dc, then a chain 1 in each space. Join with a slip stitch to close.

Round 4 (circle becomes hexagon in this round): Chain 4, and in the first space work 2 dc, chain 1, then 3 dc all in the same space. This creates the first hexagon corner. In the next space, to work the hexagon side, chain 1, then work 3 dc in next space. Keep going in this manner, working a corner of two "clusters" and a side of 1 cluster (each cluster being separated by a chain 1). Join with a slip stitch to close.

Repeat round 4 until your hexagon has a total of 12 rounds or until placemat is desired size.

Fasten off and weave in any ends that remain.



© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern...Home All Day Slipper Socks!



For those easygoing days at home, here are a cute and comfy pair of slipper socks that you can stitch up in no time flat!  I created this pattern in response to several requests to make the same slippers in a lighter version for this time of year.  If you'd like a bulkier pair, try the Strawberry Blossom Slipper Socks too!  If you use one of the popular cake yarns like I did, it's fun to see how the random stripes and color blocking plays out too!

Need a little help? There's a full video tutorial below too!

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Home All Day Slipper Socks
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:

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Sizing:
  • 16 inches tall
  • 8 inch circumference


Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Instructions:

Ch 4, join in the furthest ch from the hook with a sl st to create a ring. (If you prefer the magic ring technique, feel free to do that instead)
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as a dc) then work 11 dc into the center of the ring. Join with a sl st to close round.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc). Work a dc into the fist st. *Work 2 dc into the next st. Repeat from * to the end of the round. Join with a sl st to close round.
Round 3: Ch 3, then work a dc into each st. Join with a sl st to close round.

Repeat round 3 for a total of 16 inches or until desired height.
Fasten off and weave in any ends that remain.



© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How To Make Crochet Tablecloth Weights



Keep that tablecloth from blowing around outside with these easy to crochet tablecloth weights!  Made from any yarn you already have on hand and simple items from the hardware store, you'll keep your tablecloth neat and in place for effortless outdoor dining.  Perfect for camping and parties too!

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Crochet Tablecloth Weights
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • 5.0 mm "H" crochet hook
  • Yarn of your choice (I used Lily Sugar 'n Creme from Yarnspirations in "Psychedelic")
  • Large metal washers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Sizing:
(Depends on the size washer you have)
  • 2 inches wide

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:
Instructions:
Tie a knot onto a washer.
Round 1: Ch 1, then work a series of single crochets into the center of the washer, sliding stitches over until no metal is exposed in between stitches. Continue around the entire washer until it is completely covered. See below for several ways to hang your weights.

4 ways to attach your weights to the tablecloth (both permanent and temporary):

  • Sew the washer to each corner edge or on the back of each corner (permanent)
  • Poke a small hole in the tablecloth then work a slip stitch into the tablecloth before fastening off (permanent)
  • Clip weights onto tablecloth with binder clips, chip clips, or curtain hook clips (temporary)
  • Hot glue weights onto each corner...use with caution on a vinyl tablecloth, may melt it! (permanent)

© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern...Maui Blossom Scarf!


The Maui Blossom Scarf is like a fresh tropical breeze!  Gorgeous blossoms will cascade around your neck like a Hawaiian lei and a generous length can be styled in lots of ways.  This scarf is super easy to crochet too...flowers are worked in just two rounds using the join as you go method (JAYGO).

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Maui Blossom Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson




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Materials:
  • 5.5 mm "I" crochet hook
  • 1 Cake of Sweet Roll by Premier Yarns in "Raspberry" (note: if you need to substitute yarn look for a medium/4 on the yarn weight scale and a yarn that recommends the 5.5 mm I crochet hook)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or tape measure (optional)

Sizing:
  • 3.5 inches wide
  • 120 inches long
  • Each flower is 3.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Part One-Instructions for first flower:
Ch 4, join in the furthest ch from the hook with a sl st to create a ring.
Round 1: ch 4, then work (dc, ch 1) 11 times into the center of the ring.
Round 2: Slip stitch into the first space to get to the right spot, then ch 3. In the space work (3 dc, ch 1). *Slip stitch in the next space, then work (4 dc, ch 1) in the next space. Repeat from * to end of round and join to close round with a slip stitch in the chain at the base of the first petal.

Part Two-Instructions for second flower and every flower thereafter:
Note: each flower after the first flower is joined onto the scarf on round 2 using the join as you go method.
Ch 4, join in the furthest ch from the hook with a sl st to create a ring.
Round 1: ch 4, then work (dc, ch 1) 11 times into the center of the ring.
Round 2: Slip stitch into the first space to get to the right spot, then ch 3. In the first space work (3 dc, ch 1). *Slip stitch in the next space, then work (4 dc, ch 1) in the next space. Repeat from * until just two spaces remain. In the next space work 2 dc, then you're ready to join your flower onto the previously made flower(s). Join into the previously made flower by working a slip stitch into the center of one the petals (in center of the 4 dc that make up each petal). Then work 2 more dc to complete the petal. Work a sl st into the last space, then join to close round with a slip stitch in the chain at the base of the first petal. If you've never done a project where you join as you go, I highly recommend checking out the video, where I do each part of the scarf step by step.

Repeat part two for the remaining flowers (see pictorial below) until the scarf is as long as you'd like for it to be (mine had a finished length of 120 inches). Weave in any ends that remain. If you like to block your scarf a little, proceed below for instructions/videos.


If your flowers are looking a little curly, you can block them to flatten/straighten them out a bit. Below are two videos to help you with blocking depending on the yarn you used for your scarf...

If you used acrylic yarn, you can gently steam block you flowers:


If you used natural fibers (wool, alpaca, bamboo, cotton, etc) you can steam block (see above) or wet block your pieces, bee below for the full tutorial on wet blocking:


Happy stitching lovelies!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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