Sunday, March 10, 2019

Wanda's Square

Wanda’s Square






Notes

  • H/5.0 mm hook – using an H/5.0 mm hook with 4-weight yarn creates a square that is approximately 12-inches by 12-inches.
  • Ch 4 counts as a dc plus a ch
  • Ch 3 counts as a dc
  • When working dc’s across, 2 dc are worked in the ch-2 spaces of the previous round


Ch 4 and sl st into first ch to create loop

Rnd 1: Ch 4; *(4 dc into loop, ch 1.)  Rpt from * twice.  3 dc in loop and sl st into third ch of initial ch 4.

Rnd 2: Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(Dc across to next corner and 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner.)  Rpt from * twice.  Dc across and sl st into top of ch 3.  Each side will have 4 dc not including corners

Rnd 3: Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 3 dc.  2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.)  Rpt from * twice.  3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 3 dc.  Sl st into top of ch 3.  Each side will have 6 dc and one ch-2 space not including corners

Rnd 4: Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 2 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 3 dc.  2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.)  Rpt from * twice.  3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 2 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 3 dc.  Sl st into top of ch 3.  Each side will have 8 dc and 2 ch-2 spaces not including corners

Rnd 5: Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 6 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 3 dc.  2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.)  Rpt from * twice.  3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 6 dc, ch 2 sk 2 st, 3 dc. Sl st into top of ch 3.  Each side will have 12 dc and 2 ch-2 spaces not including corners

Rnd 6: Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 10 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 3 dc.  2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.)  Rpt from * twice.  3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 10 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 3 dc. Sl st into top of ch 3. Each side will have 16 dc and 2 ch-2 spaces not including corners

Rnd 7: Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 14 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 3 dc.  2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.)  Rpt from * twice.  3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 14 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 3 dc. Sl st into top of ch 3. Each side will have 20 dc and 2 ch-2 spaces not including corners

Rnd 8: Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(5 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 14 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 5 dc.  2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.)  Rpt from * twice.  5 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 14 dc, ch 2 sk 2 st, 5 dc. Sl st into top of ch 3. Each side will have 24 dc and 2 ch-2 spaces not including corners

Rnd 9: Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(7 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 6 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 6 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 7 dc.  2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.)  Rpt from * twice.  7 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 6 dc, ch 2 sk 2 st, 6 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 7 dc.  Sl st into top of ch 3. Each side will have 26 dc and 3 ch-2 spaces not including corners

Rnd 10:  Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(11 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 1 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 4 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 1 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 11 dc.  2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.)  Rpt from * twice.  11 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 1 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 4 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 1 dc, ch 2, sk 2 st, 11 dc.  Sl st into top of ch 3. Each side will have 28 dc and 4 ch-2 spaces not including corners

Rnd 11:  Sl st over to corner sp.  Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in corner sp.  *(Dc across to next corner sp.  2 dc, ch 1, dc in corner sp.)  Rpt from * twice.  Dc across and sl st into top of ch 3. Each side will have 40 dc not including corners

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You can download a copy of the pattern from my Ravelry page here



This is an Original Design by Doug Speeckaert. Feel free to make and sell for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog https://dcspeeckaert.blogspot.com/

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Alma's Square




Alma’s Square







The Alma’s Square is a variation on the Grannies Square. The solid and traditional granny stiches alternate sides of the square with the with a pattern of solid, traditional, solid, and traditional. The square can be made as small or as large as desired due to repeating rounds.



Notes:

· Size H/5.00 mm hook**
· Ch 3 counts as a dc
· Shell = 3 dc and ch 1

**Any size hook and yarn of choice can be used



Ch 4 and sl st in first ch to make a loop

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc into loop, ch 2; *(3 dc, ch 2).  Rpt from * twice and sl st into top of ch 3.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc into next 2 dc; 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch-2 corner sp.  Ch 1; 3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 corner space.  Dc in next 3 st; 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch-2 corner sp.  Ch 1; 3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 corner sp.  Sl st into top of ch 3.

Rnd 3: Ch 3; *(dc across to ch-2 sp; 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch-2 sp; ch 1, shell into ch 1 sp, 3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp.) Rpt from * once.  Dc in next 2 st and sl st into top of ch 3.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, *(dc across to ch-2 sp; 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch-2 sp; ch 1, shell in each ch 1 sp to next ch-2 sp. 3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp).  Rpt from * once.  Dc across to beg ch 3 and sl st into top of ch 3.

Repeat Rnd 4 until desired size of square is reached.



You can download the free pattern from my Ravelry site here

This is an Original Design by Doug Speeckaert. Feel free to make and sell for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog https://dcspeeckaert.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Crochet Afghan Sizes

One of my favorite crochet items to make is an afghan.  Afghans allow for so much creativity, use of color, design and so forth.  I often find myself having to search for the suggested guidelines and sizes for afghans.  So, to save myself some time, I pulled together a quick reference list of afghan sizes from kid's sizes to adult sizes.

Please note that these sizes are pulled from the The Crochet Crowd website (a very valuable source for patterns, information, etc).



Crochet Afghan Sizes

(Information extracted from The Crochet Crowd website: http://thecrochetcrowd.com/afghan-sizes/ )


Kid Sizes

Receiving Blanket – Usually Square starting at 24″ to 36″
Small Cradle – 15″ x 30″
Large Cradle – 18″ x 33″
Baby Blankets Typically Range – Minimum 24″ – 30″ width
Toddler Afghans – Minimum Range from 30″ – 36″ width
Young Child – Minimum Range from 42″ – 48″ width
Teenagers – Minimum 48″ – 60″ width

Other Afghans for Decor


Throw Afghans – 60″ width – 48″ to 60″ length
Lapghan – 36″ width – 48″ 

Mattress Top Sizes without Drape

Twin – 39″ x 75″
Full / Double – 54″ x 75″
Queen – 60″ x 80″
King – 76″ x 80″
California King – 72″ x 84″

Mattress Sizes with Drape Over Sides


Twin – 69″ x 90″
Full / Double – 84″ x 90″
Queen – 90″ x 95″
King – 106″ x 95″
California King – 102″ x 99″

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pet Themed Crochet Ideas

Pet Themed Crochet


Whether it is for the holiday, life celebrations or just for any reason or occasion, the receiver of any pet-themed crochet items will appreciate and love such items.  When looking around for inspiration and ideas, there is a multitude of sites, patterns and ideas both free and paid.  Here are a few ideas to get you going for some inspiration.

Cat Crochet



Dog Crochet



Paw Prints

  • Meandering Paw Prints patterns by Amy B Stitched that include
    • Puppy Love afghan
    • Meandering Paw Prints Scarf
    • Meandering Paw Prints Over the Rainbow Bridge Afghan
    • Meandering Paw Prints Heart of Duchess
    • Meandering Paw Print Cup Cozy
    • Meandering Paw Prints Pet Scarf 



Saturday, October 6, 2018

Holiday Gift and Bazaar Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas and Holiday Bazaar Ideas

It's that time of year to start thinking of holiday gift items and also holiday bazaar items. I'll update this post as time goes on with other ideas as I come across them.

One item that I think is a great idea is a bowl cozy - great for holding bowls of hot food and also for cold food while sitting in front of the TV, etc.  I've made and use this cozy and it really works great!  You can find the pattern here on the A Stitch At A Time for Amy B Stitched blog.

Another idea for both the holidays and bazaar items is a crocheted gift bag.  I made some of these last year and loved them as they are different from the standard store bought gift bag and they are reusable!  Check out Down the Chimney Gift Bags  here.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Grannies Rectangle

The Grannies Rectangle




The Grannies Rectangle is a family member to the Grannies Square!  The rectangle is a variation on the square for those who would like to work the pattern in an elongated version versus a square.  This pattern, like the square, can be made to any desirable size.

The Grannies Rectangle is a combination of the traditional granny square with a solid granny square.  The rectangle can be made as small or as large as desired due to repeating rounds.
Notes:
·      Size H/5.00 mm hook
·      Ch 3 counts as a dc
·      Lg cluster = 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc
·      Sm cluster = 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc
·      Round 3 begins the Lg cluster rounds
·      In the solid granny rounds (Round 4), dc in the ch 1s instead of the ch 1 spaces
·      Rnd 4 is the solid granny round and Rnd 5 is the traditional granny round.

Ch 16
Rnd 1: In the 4th ch from your hook, [2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc]. *Ch 1, sk 2 ch; 3 dc in next ch st**. Rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, sk 2 ch. In the last ch [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc]. *Ch 1, sk 2 ch; 3 dc in next ch st**. Rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, sl st into top of ch 3.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc into next 2 dc; sm cluster in ch 2 sp; dc in next 3 dc, sm cluster in ch 2 sp).  Dc across and sm cluster in ch 2 space.  Dc in next 3 dc and sm cluster in ch 2 sp.  Dc across and sl st into top of ch 3.  
Rnd 3: Sl st to next dc and ch 3; 2 dc in same st, ch 1. Sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1; sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1. * Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1. Rpt from * 4 times.  Sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1; sk 3st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1. * Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1. Rpt from * 3 times.  Sl st into top of ch 3.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc across to ch 2 sp; sm cluster in ch 2 sp.  *(Dc across and sm cluster in ch 2 sp).  Rpt from * twice. Dc across to ch 3 and sl st into top of ch 3.
Rnd 5: Sl st to next dc, ch 3 and 2 dc into same st, ch 1.  Sk 3 st, 3 dc into next st, ch 1, lg cluster in corner ch 1 sp, ch 1. *([Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1] across to next ch 1 corner sp and lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1).  Rpt from * twice.  Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1 and sl st into top of ch 3.

Repeat rounds 4 and 5 until desired size is reached and end with a solid granny round as it can serve as a border round.

The PDF of the pattern can be found here










This is an Original Design by Doug Speeckaert. Feel free to make and sell the finished product for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog https://dcspeeckaert.blogspot.com/

Thank You!!! Doug

A lot of hard work goes into writing patterns. Please feel free to share the link to this blog, but DO NOT copy and distribute this pattern by any other means.





Thursday, August 30, 2018

Grannies Square

Grannies Square


The Grannies Square pattern is now available!



Many thanks to my testers who tested this pattern for me and shared their insights, thoughts, comments, etc.  I truly appreciate all your hard work and the time you committed to making this come full circle.

The Grannies Square is a combination of the traditional granny square with a solid granny square.  This pattern is one that shows with the use of color how a pattern can take on many different appearances/looks all with just using the same pattern.

You can find the pattern pdf here or as a Ravelry download here

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Grannies Square


The Grannies Square is a combination of the traditional granny square with a solid granny square. The square can be made as small or as large as desired due to repeating rounds.

Notes:
· Size H/5.00 mm hook
· Ch 3 counts as a dc
· Lg cluster = 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc
· Sm cluster = 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc
· Round 3 begins the Lg cluster rounds
· In the solid granny rounds (Round 4), dc in the ch 1s instead of the ch 1 spaces
· Rnd 4 is the solid granny round and Rnd 5 is the traditional granny round.


Ch 4 and sl st in first ch to make a loop

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc into loop, ch 2; *(3 dc, ch 2). Rpt from * twice and sl st into top of ch 3

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc into next 2 dc; sm cluster in ch 2 sp; *(dc in next 3 dc, sm cluster in ch 2 sp). Rpt from * twice and sl st into top of ch 3

Rnd 3: Sl st to next dc and ch 3; 2 dc in same st, ch 1. *(sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1; sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1). Rpt from * twice. Sk 3 st, lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1; sl st into top of ch 3.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc across to ch 2 sp; sm cluster in ch 2 sp. *(Dc across and sm cluster in ch 2 sp). Rpt from * twice. Dc across to ch 3 and sl st into top of ch 3.

Rnd 5: Sl st to next dc, ch 3 and 2 dc into same st, ch 1. Sk 3 st, 3 dc into next st, ch 1, lg cluster in corner ch 1 sp, ch 1. *([Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1] across to next ch 1 corner sp and lg cluster in ch 1 sp, ch 1). Rpt from * twice. Sk 3 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 1 and sl st into top of ch 3.


Repeat rounds 4 and 5 until desired size is reached and end with a solid granny round as it can serve as a border round.

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This is an Original Design by Doug Speeckaert. Feel free to make and sell the finished product for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog https://dcspeeckaert.blogspot.com/

Thank You!!! Doug

A lot of hard work goes into writing patterns. Please feel free to share the link to this blog, but DO NOT copy and distribute this pattern by any other means.