{Crochet} Easy Peasy Chunky Beanie

crochet beanie patternBeanie weather is upon us and this Easy Peasy Chunky beanie pattern is fun and QUICK to make. The pattern is written UK Terms, but i have included shorthand instructions at the end of this tutorial in both UK and US terms. I have already made four of these beanies this week and the week isn’t over yet! Soft and stretchy – this beanie will fit a child from about 12 years to your average adult. I have used the same pattern for all of my family members and they range from age 12 to ffff….excuse my stutter…fforty. This pattern is written for 1x ball of DMC Natural XL and is available at Yummy Yarn and co. 

Hook – 7mm

Stitches  –

  • magic ring
  • ss – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • tr – treble
  •  htr – half treble
  1. Using a size 7mm crochet hook, form a magic ring.
  2. Work 10dc into the magic ring and ss into the first dc to finish round. (10dc)
  3. Ch2 (counts as 1tr), work a tr into the same stitch. Continue to work 2tr into each stitch from the previous round. Ss into the top of the initial ch2 to finish round. (20dc)
  4. Ch2 (counts as 1tr), work a tr into the same stitch. Work 1tr into the next stitch. Alternate between 1tr and 2tr into each stitch from the previous round. Ss into the intial ch2 to finish the round. (30tr)
  5. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr from the previous round. Ss into the top of the initial ch1 to finish the round. (30htr)
  6. Ch1 (counts as 1htr), work 1htr into the same stitch. Work 1htr into the next stitch. Alternate between 2htr and 1htr into each stitch around. Ss into the initial ch1 to finish the round. (45htr)
  7. Ch2 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into each stitch from the previous round. Ss into initial ch2 to finish the round. (45tr)
  8. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr from the previous round. Ss into initial ch1 to finish the round. (45htr)
  9. Ch2 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into each htr from the previous round. Ss into initial ch2 to finish. (45tr)
  10. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr from the previous round. Ss into initial ch1 to finish the round. (45htr)
  11. Ch2 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into each htr from the previous round. Ss into the initial ch2 to finish the round. (45tr)
  12. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr rom the previous Ss into initial ch1 to finish the round.
  13. Ch2 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into each st from the previous round. Ss into initial ch2 to finish the round.
  14. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr from the previous round. Fasten off! Finished! For smaller heads, work a dc around for the final round.

Depending on your tension you should have enough yarn leftover for a small pom pom. Use your favourite method for making pom poms  – I  like using clover pom pom makers or the old fashioned cardboard donut works a treat too. Or you can follow my very easy pom pom making tutorial here.

Shorthand Instructions for Clever Chooks

UK

  1. Magic Ring
  2. 10dc into ring (10dc)
  3. 2tr into each dc (20tr)
  4. 2tr, 1tr around. (30tr)
  5. 1htr into each tr (30htr)
  6. 2htr, 1htr around (45htr)
  7. 1tr around (45tr)
  8. 1htr around (45htr)
  9. 1tr around (45tr)
  10. 1htr around (45htr)
  11. 1tr around (45tr)
  12. 1htr around (45htr)
  13. 1tr around (45tr)
  14. 1htr around and fasten off (45htr) (or 45dc for smaller heads)

 

Shorthand Instructions for Clever Chooks

US

  1. Magic Ring
  2. 10sc into ring (10sc)
  3. 2dc into each dc (20dc)
  4. 2dc, 1dc around. (30dc)
  5. 1hdc into each dc (30hdc)
  6. 2hdc, 1hdc around (45hdc)
  7. 1dc around (45dc)
  8. 1hdc around (45hdc)
  9. 1dc around (45dc)
  10. 1hdc around (45hdc)
  11. 1dc around (45dc)
  12. 1hdc around (45hdc)
  13. 1dc around (45dc)
  14. 1hdc around and fasten off (45hdc)(or 45sc for smaller heads)

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{Crochet} Jewel Miner Granny Square

jewel miner crochet square Granny squares are the most versatile motif of all crochet motifs. Make just one or two to create washcloths and potholders, five to ten for scarves, table runners and cushions, or more for larger projects like blankets, bags and shawls. I’m calling this granny square the Jewel Miner Square for its colours and shape.

You’ll need –

Size 4mm hook

4 different colours of 8ply cotton yarn from your scraps. I’ve used heirloom Cotton 8ply, which is available from Yummy Yarn and co. The pattern is in UK terms. I’ll include US shorthand instructions soon.

A – Parchment

B – Pink Rose

C – Green

D – Navy

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Round 1 – with colour A, form a magic loop and ch2 (counts as 1htr, ch1). Work a (htr, ch1) five times and then fasten off with needle and thread into the top of the inital ch2. (6htr, 6ch).

Round 2 – with colour B, ss into any ch-1 space from the previous round. Ch2 (counts as one tr) and then work two more tr into the same st. Continue to work 3tr into each ch-1 space around. Ss into the top of the initial ch-2 to finish this round. (6x 3tr)

Round 3 – Ch4, then ss in between the two 3tr groups. Continue to ch4, ss in between 3tr groups around. (6x ch-4)

Round 4 – ss into the ch-4 space, ch1, then work 5dc into this space. Work 5dc into each ch-4 space around finished with a ss into the initial ss. (6x 5dc)

Round 5 – ch 3, ss into 3rd dc of the first 5dc group, ch3 and then ss into the space between two 5dc groups from the previous round. Continue to ch3, ss into 3rd dc, ch3, ss in between tr groups around. (12 x ch-3 spaces). Fasten off.

Round 6 – with colour C, ss into any ch-3 space, ch1 and then work 4dc into this space. Continue to work 4dc into each ch-3 space around. Ss into initial dc to finish this round. (12x 4dc)

Round 7 – ch1 (counts as first htr). Work 1htr into each dc from the previous round. Fasten off with a needle stitch into first htr. (48htr)

Round 8 – with colour D, ss into first any htr, ch1 and then dc into this stitch. Work 1dc into each htr from the previous around. Fasten off with a needle into the first dc. (48dc)

Round 9 – squaring off the circle. With colour A, ss into any dc from the previous round and ch3 (counts as 1dtr), into the next 11 stitches follow this pattern  – 1tr, 1htr, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr and then ch3. Repeat this pattern of 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr x 3 more times.Then ss into the top of the inital ch3. (4 x groups of 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 6dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch3)

Round 10 – ch1 (counts as 1htr), and then work 1htr into each of the stitches along the side, then work (2htr, ch2, 2htr) at corners. Continue this pattern of 1htr into each of the 12st along the side, (2htr, ch2, 2htr) at corners. That is, three more times and then fasten off with a needle into the first htr. (16htr along each side)

Round 11 – with Colour B, ss into any corner space, ch1 then work 2dc into this space. Work a dc st into each of the 16 stitches along the side, then (2dc, ch2, 2dc) at corners. Repeat this pattern around the square until you reach the last corner, as there are already 2dc in this corner you just need to work 2dc and then ch2, ss into the first dc that you made. (20dc along each side)

Round 12 – ch2 (counts as 1tr) then work 1tr into each of the 20 stitches along the sides from the previous round. (tr, ch2, tr) at the corner. Repeat this pattern of 1tr into each stitch of the previous round along the side and then (tr, ch2, tr) at the corners. Finish by fastening off with a needle into the top of the initial ch2. (22tr along each side)

Round 13 – With D, ss into any corner space and ch1, then work 2dc. Work a dc into each of the 22 stitches along the side from the previous round and then (2dc, ch2, 2dc) into the ch-2 space at the corner. Continue this pattern around until you reach the last corner. As there are already 2dc in this corner, you just need to work 2dc and ch2. Fasten off the a needle into the intial dc. All done!

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{Crochet} Easy Crochet Stars

Crochet star patternThis is a super sweet and easy crochet star pattern. Perfect for Christmas or other celebrations, they can be made into garlands, gift toppers or tree decorations. I’ve used 100% Heirloom Cotton and a 4mm hook. This instructions are in UK terms but there are some shorthand instructions for both UK and US at the end of this tutorial. Enjoy! #mandyssuperstarsCrochet star patternStep one – ch4 and then ss into the first chain to form a loop. Work 10htr into the loop. Ss into the top of the first htr. (10htr)Crochet star patternStep 2 – Ch2, tr2tog in the first st (counts as 1x tr3tog). Ch3, tr3tog in each of the following stitches. Ss into the top of the first tr3tog. (10x tr3tog, 10x ch-3)
Crochet star patternStep 3 – Work 4dc into each ch-3 space and leave the last stitch open. (10x 4dc)
Crochet star patternStep 4 – *ss, dc, htr, tr in the next 4 stitches (ie, the first 4dc from the previous round). Ch3 then tr, htr, dc, ss in the next 4 stitches*. Repeat from * to * four more times. (4x ss, dc, htr, tr, ch3, tr, htr, dc, ss)
Crochet stars Step 5 – Ss into the top of tr3tog from Step 2 (this will form a nice sharp indent) *Work 1dc into the dc, htr and tr from the previous round. Work (3dc, ch3, 3dc) into the ch-3 space. Work 1dc into the tr, htr, and dc from the previous round. Ss into the top of the tr3tog from Step 2. * Repeat from * to *  3 more times. Then work 1dc into the dc, htr, tr from the previous round. Work (3dc, ch3, 3dc) into the ch-3 space. Work 1dc into the tr, htr, and dc from the previous round and then fasten off.

UK Shorthand

  1. ch4 and form a loop. 10htr into loop
  2. 10x (tr3tog, ch3)
  3. 4dc into each ch-3 space
  4. Work *ss, dc, htr, tr, ch3, tr, htr, dc, ss* repeat from * to * around.
  5. *Ss into tr3tog, dc in the dc, htr, and tr, then (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in Ch-3 sp , dc in tr, htr and dc* repeat from * to * around and fasten off.

US Shorthand

  1. ch4 and form a loop. 10hdc into loop
  2. 10x (dc3tog, ch3)
  3. 4sc into each ch-3 space
  4. Work *ss, sc, hdc, dc, ch3, dc, hdc, sc, ss* repeat from * to * around.
  5. *Ss into dc3tog, sc in the sc, hdc, and dc, then (3sc, ch3, 3sc) in Ch-3 sp , sc in dc, hdc and sc* repeat from * to * around and fasten off.

 

{Crochet} Simple Crochet Lazy Daisy Flower

free crochet flower patternCrochet flower patterns don’t get much easier than this simply daisy, which I’m calling Lazy Daisy. This pattern uses 8ply Patons cotton blend and a 4mm hook. This pattern is in UK terms with some shorthand US instructions at the end.
free crochet flower pattern

Step 1.  Ch6, ss into first ch to make a loop

free crochet flower pattern

Step 2 – Ch1, then work 12htrs into the loop. Fasten off. (12htr)

free crochet flower pattern

Step 3 – Swap colour -join with a ss into any htr , ch8 and ss into the same htr, *ss into the next st, ch8, ss into same st* repeat from * to * around. Fasten off. (12 X ch8 petals)free crochet flower patternUS Shorthand 

1. Ch6, ss into first ch to form a loop.
2. 12hdc into the loop. Fasten off (12hdc)
3. With new colour – ss, ch8, ss into each hdc. (12x ch8 petals).

All done. Don’t forget to tag your #crochetlazydaisy. I’ve designed a few more really simple flower patterns that I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks. Enjoy. Xx

free crochet flower pattern

{Crochet} Flower Power Granny Square Free Pattern

crochet square flower pattern

If you’ve made my Flower Power crochet coasters before, then you’ll love this free pattern which turns them into a granny square by adding three simple rounds. You’ll find the Flower Power coaster pattern here. Once you have made your coaster, simply follow these instructions to turn them into squares. Crochet squares are brilliant for making blankets, scarves and cushions. I’d love to see your Flower Power Granny Square creations, so please tag them with #flowerpowergrannysquare if you’re posting pictures on social media.

The following instructions are in UK terms, using 8ply cotton yarn and a 4mm hook. You’ll find the US and UK shorthand instructions at the end of this post. Have fun!

free crochet square pattern

UK Flower Power Granny Square Instructions

free crochet square pattern

Round 1 – take your flower power coaster and sl st into the top of the dtr (petal top) ch3 and then htr in between the two dcs at the base at the petals. This stitch should be right in the middle of the two petals, then ch3. * Sl st into petal top (dtr), ch3 and htr in between dcs at petal base, ch3 * repeat from. * to * around then sl st into first petal top. (12htr, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3).

 

free crochet square pattern

Round 2 – sl st into the ch-3 space, ch1 (this doesn’t count as a st) *Work 2htr, 1tr and 1dtr into this space then ch2. In the next ch-3 space, work 1dtr, 1tr and 2htr. Work 3dc into each of the next four ch-3 spaces.* repeat from * to * 3 more times. Sl st into first htr. (48dc, 4X groups of 2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr).

 

crochet square flower pattern

Round 3 – ch 3 (counts as 1tr) work 1tr into each stitch until you reach the corner ch-2 space. *In the ch-2 space work 1tr, ch1, 1tr. Then 1tr into each of the stitches from the previous round. (20tr). * repeat from * to * 2 more times. Work 1tr, ch1, 1tr into the last ch-2 space, then 1tr into each st until you reach your initial ch3 (tr). Sl st into the top of this initial ch3 and fasten off. (22tr along each side = 88tr)

crochet square flower pattern

Ta da! Your Flower Power Coaster is now a funky granny square. Don’t forgot to tag your makes #flowerpowergrannysquare

Shorthand UK 
1. Sl st into petal top, ch3, htr in between petals – repeat around. (12htr, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3)
2.  At the corners work (2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch 2 in first ch-3 space, then 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr in the next ch-3 space).  Work 3dc into each of the 4 x ch-3 spaces along the sides. (48dc, 4X groups of 2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr).
3. Work 1tr into each st at the sides and then 1tr, ch1, 1tr at corners. Fasten off. (22tr along each side = 88tr)

Shorthand US
1. Sl st into petal top, ch3, hdc in between petals – repeat around (12hdc, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3)
2. At the corners work (2hdc, 1dc, 1tr, ch 2 in first ch-3 space, then 1tr, 1dc, 2hdc in the next ch-3 space). Work 3sc into each of the 4 x ch-3 spaces along the sides. (48sc, 4X groups of 2hdc, dc,1tr, ch2, 1tr, 1dc, 2hdc).
3. Work 1dc into each st at the sides and then 1dc, ch1, 1dc at corners. Fasten off. (22dc along each side = 88dc)

{Crochet} Fleur Square Crochet Pattern

Free crochet square pattern

Here is the tutorial for my crochet Fleur Square. Crochet squares are so versatile and can be used to make cushions, blankets, scarves, bags and the list goes on. I’ve used 8ply Patons Cotton Blend and a 4mm hook for this pattern. The instructions are in UK terms and there are both UK and US shorthand instructions at the end of the tutorial. Don’t forget to tag #fleursquare once you’ve made your square. I’d love to see them!

UK Instructions (US instructions at the end)

Free crochet square pattern

Step 1 – With colour A, Ch6, Sl st to first ch to form a loop.

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 2 – Ch3, tr2tog (counts as 1tr3tog) ch2. *tr3tog, ch2* repeat from * to * 7 times (8 x tr3tog, 8 x ch-2 spaces). Fasten off.

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 3 – With colour B, Sl at into any ch-2 space and work 3dc. Skip to the next ch -2 space and work 2dc,2ch,2dc (to form a corner) *In the next ch-2 space work 3dc and then 2dc, ch2, 2dc in the following ch-2 space * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Sl st into first dc (4 x 3dc groups, 4 x 2dc,ch2,2dc groups).

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 4 – *Ch5, sl st in the stitch just after the 3dc group from the previous round. Ch4 then sl st in the ch-2 space at the corner, ch4, sl st just before the next 3dc group from the previous round.* repeat from * to * 3 more times (8 x ch-4 spaces, 4 x ch-5 spaces).

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 5 -Sl st into the first ch-5 space, * work 5dc into the ch-5 space. 4dc into both of the ch-4 spaces at the corners. * repeat from * to * 3 more times (8 x 4dc groups, 4 x 5dc groups)

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 6 – *Sl st into the 3rd dc (or middle dc) of the 5dc group from previous round. Ch5 then tr, ch3, tr at corner. Ch5 * then repeat from * to * 3 times and then Sl st to 3dc of 5dc group and fasten off. (8 x ch-5 spaces, 4 x tr, ch2, tr groups)

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 7  – Switch to colour A. Sl st into any ch-3 corner space then * in the corner work 2tr, ch1, 2tr. Then 6tr in the next two ch-5 spaces* repeat from * to * 3 times and fasten off. (4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 8 x 6tr groups)

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 8 – Switch to colour C. Sl st into any corner space and * work 2tr, ch1, 2tr into the corner. 1tr in the next 16 stitches.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Fasten off. (4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 16 trs along each side)

 

Free crochet square pattern

I added another round of white trebles to each of my squares and then i joined them together to form the centre of a cushion. A round of green and another couple of rounds of trebles in white finished off my cushion nicely.

Free crochet square pattern

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Here are the shorthand instructions for all of you clever crocheters.

Fleur Square (UK)

  • 1 – Ch 6, sl st to first ch to from a loop
  • 2 – 8 x tr3tog with ch2 in between.  Fasten off (8 x tr3tog, 8 x ch-2 spaces)
  • 3 – New colour: 3dc along the sides. 2dc, ch2, 2dc at corners. (4 x 3dc groups, 4 x 2dc,ch2,2dc groups)
  • 4 – Ch5 and then sl st over each 3dc groups. Ch4, sl st into ch-2 space, ch 4 at corners (8 x ch-4 spaces, 4 x ch-5 spaces)
  • 5 – 5dc in ch-5 spaces and 4dc in ch-4 spaces (8 x 4dc groups, 4 x 5dc groups)
  • 6 -Sl st into 3rd dc in 5dc group, ch5 then tr,ch3,tr at corners, ch 5. Repeat 3 more times. Fasten off (8 x ch-5 spaces, 4 x tr, ch3, tr groups)
  • 7 – New Colour: 2tr, ch1, 2tr at corners and 6tr into each ch-5 space. Fasten off. (4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 8 x 6tr groups)
  • 8 – New Colour – 2tr, 1ch, 2tr into each corner and 1tr into each of the 16 stitches along the sides. Fasten off.(4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 16 trs along each side) Fasten off.

Fleur Square (US)

  • 1 – Ch 6, sl st to first ch to from a loop
  • 2 – 8 x dc3tog with ch2 in between.  Fasten off (8 x dc3tog, 8 x ch-2 spaces)
  • 3 – New colour: 3sc along the sides. 2sc, ch2, 2sc at corners. (4 x 3sc groups, 4 x 2sc,ch2,2sc groups)
  • 4 – Ch5 and then sl st over each 3sc groups. Ch4, sl st into ch-2 space, ch 4 at corners (8 x ch-4 spaces, 4 x ch-5 spaces)
  • 5 – 5sc in ch-5 spaces and 4sc in ch-4 spaces (8 x 4sc groups, 4 x 5sc groups)
  • 6 -Sl st into 3rd dc in 5sc group, ch5 then dc,ch3,dc at corners, ch 5. Repeat 3 more times. Fasten off (8 x ch-5 spaces, 4 x dc, ch3, dc groups)
  • 7 – New Colour: 2dc, ch1, 2dc at corners and 6dc into each ch-5 space. Fasten off. (4 x 2dc, ch1, 2dc groups, 8 x 6dc groups)
  • 8 – New Colour: 2dc, 1ch, 2dc into each corner and 1dc into each of the 16 stitches along the sides. Fasten off.(4 x 2dc, ch1, 2dc groups, 16 dcs along each side) Fasten off.

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{Crochet} Mindful Pattern by Shelley Husband from Spincushions

crochet block pattern

Image Credit – Shelley Husband
Mindful Crochet Pattern

When super crocheter Shelley from Spincushions said she wanted to gift one of her patterns to @craftastherapy i was touched by her generosity. Shelley is an extremely talented crochet designer, who loves designing crochet squares and blankets. She is also just slightly obsessed with seamless crochet. Seriously, her crochet designs are just perfection!

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Image Credit – Shelley Husband Shelley’s crochet block bag pattern that was featured in Handmade Magazine

 

crochet mandala pattern

Image Credit – Shelley Husband Shelley’s version of my crochet pattern Mandy’s Mandala

Mindful Crochet

Shelley has created a beautiful repetitive 4 round square, called Mindful, which is fitting for meditative crochet and crafting as therapy. She described the pattern herself as ‘mindlessly meditative’ and therefore ideal for relaxing. It’s beautfully simple little block that can be made as small or as large as you like. Perfect for blankets, scarves or crochet project that uses squares. The options are endless! And in true Shelley style she has written the pattern in both UK and U.S. terms so everyone can have a play!!! Yay! Click on the images below to download the Mindful Pattern.

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A massive thank you to Shelley for sharing this pattern with us. And if you’d like to find out more about Shelley and her patterns you can find her in the following places –

 

 

 

Crochet Star Garland

easy crochet starsI found a really easy tutorial for crochet stars on a blog called Jelly Wares. It’s a gorgeous blog and after losing half an hour looking at all the pretty images, i decided to give the crochet stars a whirl! easy crochet starsThe tutorial is brilliant! Nice clear images and instructions, which are perfect for a beginner like me. I was surprised to find myself with a completed yellow star after 30mins (I’m slow, still learning). 
crocheted star garlandI was so chuffed with my first star! It wasn’t too dodgy looking at all! Yay! And now it’s official that i am hooked….addicted. #crochetaddict #starcrochet #ilovecrochet #yarnlover #hookedoncrochet #icantstop

easy crochet starsSo, yesterday i spent the day in bed with a cold, watching Mr Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) and making crochet stars. I managed to finish my first very first crochet project. :)
easy crochet garland