{Crochet} Spike Granny Cowl

granny spike crochet stitchThis modern granny spiked cowl is a simple crochet project that can easily be finished in a weekend. It uses a simple granny stripe stitch with a slight alteration – a spike! A spiked treble is simply a treble that is worked into the top of a stitch two rows below. If you’re unsure of what this means, the images below should help to explain it more clearly. You will see the term ‘spk tr’ wherever you need to work this stitch. All stitches are in UK terms. I have used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK for this cowl because it is so soft and squishy! You can find this yarn online at www.yummyyarnandco.com.au There are lots of delicious colours for you to choose from. Have fun!!

What you’ll need

  • Debbie Bliss Rialto DK – Yarn A (White), Yarn B (Petunia), Yarn C (Grey), Yarn D (Tangerine)
  • 4mm, 3.5mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measures approx 15cm wide and 105cm around

Stitch Guide

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble
  • skp tr – spiked treble stitch

You’ll be working in rows to create your granny spike cowl. Once you have finished your rows, you will twist the cowl before joining.

To start, make a slip knot with the yarn A and using the 4mm hook and ch172 – Foundation ch. Feel free to chain an few extra stitches if you’re not sure you’ve counted correctly. You can always undo them at the end. If you’d like your cowl longer or shorter, alter your number of chains in the foundation row and sticking to multiples of 4.

  1. First Row – tr into the 4th ch from the hook, tr into the next st (counts as 3tr). * Ch1, skip a ch and work 1tr into the next 3 ch, ch1. Repeat from * until you reach the end of the row.granny spike crochet stitch
  2. Second Row – Attach Yarn B and cut Yarn A leaving a generous tail (You will be using the tail to attach one end to the other to form a cowl). Ch4 (counts as 1tr, ch1) and then work (tr, spk tr, tr) into the next ch-1 sp : t0 create the spiked treble, the middle tr is worked into the empty ch from the foundation ch below (see image below) In the following rows the spk tr will be worked into the top of the middle tr from 2 rows below.  * Ch1, (tr, spk tr, tr) into the next ch1 sp. Repeat from * to end. Ch1, tr into the top of intital ch3 from Row 1.granny spike crochet stitch
  3. Third Row – Attach Yarn C and cut yarn B leaving a generous tail. Ch3 (counts as first tr), tr into the middle tr (spk tr) from round one (see image), tr into same sp. * Ch1, (tr, spk tr, tr) into the next ch-1 sp. Repeat from * to end.granny spike crochet stitch granny spike crochet stitch
  4. Forth Row – Attach Yarn D and cut yarn C leaving a generous tail. Ch4, (counts as 1tr, ch1) and then work (tr, spk tr, tr) into the ch-1 sp. * Ch1, (tr, spk tr) in each ch-1 sp across the row. Ch1, tr into the top of intital ch3 from Row 1. Finish with a tr into the top of the beg ch3 from the previous row.granny spike crochet stitch granny spike crochet stitch
  5. Fifth Row – Attach Yarn A and cut yarn D leaving a generous tail. Ch3 (counts as first tr), spk tr,   tr into same sp. * Ch1, (tr, spk tr, tr) into the next ch1 sp. Repeat from * to end.

Repeat rows 2 – 5 three more times and fasten off.

Making up the cowl

  1. Twist your work before laying the two ends side by side (see image)modern crochet cowl
  2. Using the generous tails, join the ends by threading a yarn needle and weaving them together. The cowl doesn’t have a designated right side, so twisting it won’t effect the design. You will notice that pink and orange don’t match up, but the grey and white will, making it almost seamless in appearance. If you want them to match exactly, don’t twist your cowl. I prefer a twist as it sits nicely.
  3. After you have joined your two ends, using your 3.5mm hook and Yarn A work a border of dc around the cowl. Attach Yarn A at the join, working over the top of the tr stitches first. Work 1dc into each tr and ch sp. When you get to the start of the foundation chain work 1dc into each ch stitch. Because the cowl is twisted, you will continue to work dcs until you reach where you began. SS into the intial dc and fasten off. All done! granny spike crochet stitchgranny spike crochet stitchmodern crochet cowl

 

 

 

 

{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} Chunky Monkey Rug

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When our DMC Natura Just Cotton XL arrived in store at Yummy Yarn and co, i just knew i needed to design a pattern for a chunky floor rug. The beautiful thing about this yarn is that it is 100% cotton and so soft! It is an easy project to complete on the weekend as this chunky yarn works up quite quickly. This rug can be used as a little floor rug, a lap blanket or even as a fancy bath mat. It’s a very versatile project. Personally, i wouldn’t use it high traffic areas as it’s more of a decorative piece. I’ve got mine on the ground near my bed and it feels so good stepping onto it in the mornings. Anyway, enough chitty chatty blah blah – here’s the pattern in UK terms. I’ll have some US instructions at some stage when i get spare moment. Don’t forget if you make this rug i’d love to see it, so please use #chunkymonkeycrochetrug on social media. :)

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You will need

  • 6x balls of DMC Natura Just Cotton XL (makes a rug around 93cm)
  • 1 crochet hook size 6.5mm
  • yarn need and scissors

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Round 1 – Begin with a ch6, then ss into the first ch to make a loop. Ch2, tr2tog (counts as 1xtr3tog), then ch1. Work 7 more (tr3tog, ch1) into the loop and then ss into the top of the first tr3tog. (8x tr2tog, 8ch)

 

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Round 2 – ss into the ch-1 space and ch3, tr (counts as tr, ch1, tr). Work (tr, ch1, tr) into each ch-1 space around. Ss into the top of the first tr. (8 x tr, ch1, tr).

 

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Round 3 – ss into the ch-1 space, ch2, tr2tog (counts as 1tr3tog), then ch2. Work another tr3tog in the space between the two (tr, ch1, tr) groups then ch2. Continue to work (1tr3tog, ch2) in every ch-1 space and into each space between the (tr, ch1, tr) groups. Ss into the top the first tr3tog (16x tr3tog,ch2 groups)

 

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Round 4 – ss into the next ch-2 space, work ch4, tr (counts as tr, ch2, tr). Continue to work (tr, ch2, tr) into each ch-2 space. Ss into the top of the first t. (16 x tr, ch2, tr groups)

 

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Round 5 – ss into the first ch-2 space, ch2, tr2tog (counts as 1tr3tog), then ch1. Work 1tr,ch1 into the space between the (tr, ch2, tr) groups from the previous round. Continue to work (1tr3tog, ch1) into each ch-2 space and (tr, ch) into the spaces where there are two tr side by side. That is, (tr3tog, ch1, tr, ch1) repeat around.  Ss into the top of the first tr3tog. (16x tr3tog, ch1, tr, ch1)

 

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Round 6 – ss into the next ch-1 space and ch4 (counts as 1tr, ch2). Continue to work 1tr, ch2 into each ch-1 space around. Ss into the top of the first tr. (32x tr, ch2)

 

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Round 7 – ss into first ch-2 space and ch4, tr (counts as tr, ch2, tr). Continue to work tr, ch2, tr into every ch-2 space from the previous round. Ss into the top of the initial tr. (32x tr, ch2, tr)

 

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Round 8 – ss into the next ch-2, ch5 (counts as 1tr, ch3). Continue to tr, ch3 into each ch-2 space from the previous round. ss into the top of the initial tr. (32x tr, ch3)

 

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Round 9 – ss into the first ch-3 space and work  4dc. Continue to work 4dc into each ch-3 space from the previous round. ss into the first dc. (128dc or 32groups of 4dc)

 

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Round 10 – ss into the next 3dc and then into the space between the 4dc groups. Ch4, tr (counts as tr, ch2, tr) then ch1. Continue to work tr, ch2, tr, ch1 into each space between the 4dc groups. Ss into the top of the first tr. (32x tr, ch2, tr, ch1).

 

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Round 11 – ss into the ch-2 space and ch2, 2tr (counts as 3tr). Then work 1tr into the ch-1 space. Continue to work 3tr into each ch-2space and 1tr into each ch-1space around. Ss into the top of the first tr. (128tr)

 

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Round 12 – ch2, (counts as one tr), then work 1tr into each of the next 2 stitches. Work 2tr into the next stitch. Continue to this pattern of 1tr, 1tr, 1tr, 2tr  alternating into each stitch around. Ss into the top of the first tr. (160tr)

 

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Round13 – Work 1dc into the next four stitches and then 2dc in the fifth. Continue this patter of 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc around. Ss into the first dc. (192 dc).

 

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Round 14 – ch5, skip 3dc and ss in the next stitch. Continue to ch5, ss in every 4th stitch around. (48x ch5)

 

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Round 15 – ss into the 3rd ch of the first ch5 group, then ch5, ss into the next ch5 group. Continue to ch5, ss into each of the ch5 groups around. (48x ch5)

 

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Round 16 – ss into the next ch-5 space and ch4 (counts as one tr, 1ch ), then work (tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr) into the same space. *Ss into the next ch-5 space. Work (tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr) into the following ch-5 space.* repeat from * to * around. Ss into the top of the first tr. (24x tr groups).

 

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Round 17 – ss into first ch-1 space, ch2 (counts as 1tr), then (tr, ch1, tr) into each of the next two ch-1 spaces, tr in the last ch-1 space. Work 1htr into the spaces either side of the ss from the previous round. Repeat this pattern around – tr, (tr, ch1, tr), (tr, ch1, tr), tr, htr, htr. Ss into the top of the first tr. (24x groups).

 

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Round 18 – ss into the centre of the ‘petal’, ie. In between the two (tr, ch1, tr) groups. Ch5, then tr in between the two htr, ch5, ss into the top of the ‘petal’. Repeat from * to * around. (48x ch-5, 24htr, 24ss)

 

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Round 19 – ss into the 3rd ch of the first ch-5 space. *Ch5 then ss into the next ch-5 space. * Repeat from * to * around. (48x ch-5, 48ss).

 

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Round 20 – ss into the first ch-5 space, ch3 (counts as 1tr, ch1). Then work tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr into the same space. *Ss into the next ch-5 space, then in the following ch-5 space work, tr, ch, tr, ch, tr, ch, tr, ch, tr, ch, tr. * Repeat from * to * around. (24x petals)

 

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Round 21 – ss into the first ch-1 space, ch2 (counts as 1tr), then (tr, ch1, tr) into the next 3 ch-1 spaces. Work 1tr into the following ch-1 space and then htr on both sides of the ss from the previous round. Repeat this pattern around – tr, (tr, ch1, tr), (tr, ch1, tr), (tr, ch1, tr), tr, htr, htr. Ss into the top of the first tr. (24 Petals)

 

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Round 22 – ss into the first ch-1 space and ch2, 2tr, ch1 (counts as 3tr, ch1). Work 3tr into the next ch-1 space, ch1 and then 3tr into the following ch-1 space. Into the space between the two htr from the previous round work (1tr, ch1, 1tr) ss into the top of the first tr. (24x petals)

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Round 23 – For the final round work one dc into each st to finish. Fasten off. Hooray!

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