Sunday, August 31, 2014

Beginner Crochet Easy Crochet Flowers

Beginner Crochet Easy Crochet  Flowers

Did you ever have some old boring piece of clothing that you felt just needed a little something to be pretty. Well here is a quick and easy way to do it, Just crochet some pretty flowers to add a little  flair to any item of clothing.

You can embellish hats, scarves, headbands, bags, home decor, jackets (any piece of clothing). You can attach a pretty flower to anything. A word of caution though, once you start crocheting flowers you just might find that, that is all you want to do.

Crocheting flowers is easier than you think and just as fast. 

I have taken a number of easy flower patterns and assembled them together for you to try.

1. Pretty Primrose Flower  taken from  LisaAuch  blog

This is a pretty little yellow flower that can be put on a hairpin, hairband. It could be sewn onto a purse, cellphone cover, pencil bag the uses are endless.

Size 2 or 1.75mm steel hook, or size preferred

Flower pattern:
Rnd 1: With contrasting color thread, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc. Cut off thread.
Rnd 2: Attach main color, [ (ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, sl st) in the same sc, sl st to the next sc], 5 times, making 5 petals. Cut off.

Leaves pattern:
Rnd 1: With green, ch 10, slip stitch into 3rd stitch from hook, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, trc, trc, chain 3 slip into last chaning on hook. DO NOT TURN, working back along the foundation chain.
Ch 3, trc, trc, trc, dc, dc, sc,sc, ch 1 and slip into top point of leaf (row 1s 2nd ch.)

Sew leaves to the back of flower.

Small Flat Crochet Flower Applique - Click Here to See an Enlarged Photo. Photo © Michael Solovay

2.  Easy Flower Applique With Treble Crochet Petals    Taken from About Home
 and is Designed By: Amy Solovay.

 You can use this pattern for crocheting a small flower applique that lies flat. It could adorn small projects such as hair clips, headbands and gadget cozies, or you could crochet bunches of these flowers to stitch onto larger projects.

  Supplies Needed:

Yarn or Crochet Thread: You can try making this project using any yarn or crochet thread. I recommend smooth yarns but it could also be interesting if crocheted in textured novelty yarns if you want to experiment. I used Pale Blue Bernat Softee baby yarn to crochet the sample flower.

Crochet Hook Size / Finished Flower Size: 
Flower measures a bit shy of 2 inches (5.5 cm) when crocheted with Bernat Softee and a size F hook.
Flower measures about 2 1/4 inches (6cm ) when crocheted with Bernat Softee and a size H hook.
Your finished flower sizes will vary based on the yarn and hook you use (plus other factors such as your unique way of crocheting.)

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Design Note:

Brackets [] denote a set of instructions within the pattern that should be repeated.

Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

beg = beginning
ch = chain
ch-3 = 3 chain stitches
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
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Flower Instructions:

Ch 6. Join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Work 12 sc sts in ring. Join the work to the beg of the round with a sl st.

Round 2: [ch 3, work 2 dc sts in the sc st that touches the ch-3, ch 3, sl st in same sc st, sl st in next st, sl st in next st.] Rep sequence in brackets 5 more times for a total of 6 flower petals.

End off. Weave in Ends.

Use the flower however you like! I think it's lovely on its own, but even prettier when layered on top of this easy flower motif. There are many possibilities for interesting things you can do with it. 


3.  Cream daisy flower  Taken from Stich of Love

 This flower was used to make a brooche, Just another use of a pretty crochet flower.

Make two alike in different colors)

Magic circle. 
Round 1: 5 sc in the loop. Do not join.
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around (10 sc)
Round 3: 1 sc in the next stitch, 2 sc in the next stitch (15 sc in total)
Round 4: * Slip stitch to the next sc, ch 2, 4 dc in the next stitch, ch 2, slip stitch to the next stitch to complete the first low petal. Repeat from * for the remainder (5 petals in total).
Round 5: * Slip stitch to the 1st chain of the first ch-2, sc in the next chain, work 1 hdc in the first dc, 1 dc in the same stitch, dc increase in each of the next 2 stitches, 1 dc in the 4th dc, 1 hdc in the same stitch, sc in the next ch-2 space, sl st in to the previous sl st. Repeat from * for the remainder.
Round 6: * Sc in the next sl st, ch 2, 3 dc increase in the next 3 stitches, 1 dc in the next st, 1 hdc in the same stitch, 1 hdc in the next stitch, 1 dc in the same st, 3 dc increase in the next 3 stitches, ch 2, sc in the previous sl st. Repeat from * for total of 5 petals. 
Cut the tail, fasten off and weave in ends.

Use a contrast colored thread to sew 2 layers together with petals are alternate to each other. Sew the center as it looks like in the picture. 

Crochet a tiny flower to sew it in the center (magic circle, * ch 5, sl st into the loop. Repeat 4 times from * to finish) or just simply sew a button in center to complete the pistil.
Let me know if you have tried any of the three flower patterns and tell me how you used the flower.

Beginner Crochet 15 Minute Headband 


As the heading says this headband takes about 15 min to make depending on how fast or slow you crochet. In an hour you could crochet 4 headbands. Headbands are not only stylish but they are practical as well. You could crochet a headband in all the colors of the rainbow and more and you will always have something to give yourself a finished look. 

You could crochet three in your friends favorite colors and give it as a gift. The pattern for this headband I got from

and it was created by Created by Brittany for CreativeMe!

Aren't we luck to live in this day and age where we can get as many crochet patterns as we want. From beginner to the pro.

The Pattern:

5.5mm hook
measuring tape

Make a chain about 120 inches longs (if the recipient is a child, chain around 80-95 inches.) tie off.

For those who work in cm like me 120 inches is 305 cm.
80 inches = 203 cm
95 inches = 240 cm

 I used a book to wrap the chain around.

  Wrap a separate piece of yarn around to make the 'knot'.

  Tie a knot and weave in the ends. Cut off an loose pieces and voila! You're done :-)

  Look how it just neatens up your hair.

This is a very inspiring pattern. You could also just chain your 120" then slip stitch it to make a circle, then you can do a head wrap. Just an idea!

Beginners Crochet Socks Pattern

Beginners Crochet Socks Pattern

As a beginner to crochet you might feel that crocheting socks is out of your league but you will be able to do so without any problems.

Dec: To decrease in crochet, you work the first stitch (the type of stitch -- sc, dc, etc -- should be designated in the pattern) as you normally would, skipping the final step of that stitch (skip the part of the stitch process where you draw a final loop through the loops on your hook and end up with one single loop on your hook, ready to work the next stitch), leaving the worked loops on the hook. Then work the next stitch as you normally would, with the previous stitch's loops still on the hook. When you get to the end of making this second stitch, draw your yarn through ALL of the loops of both the first and second stitch to draw them together. You will see that you now have one less stitch in the current row than you did in the previous row.
Inc: To increase in crochet, you simply work more than one stitch (number of stitches specified in the pattern) into the same hole, thereby increasing the number of stitches in the current row versus the previous row. To see this being done, please see this video:

How to increase 


Learn to Crochet: how to decrease

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inch - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.

DROPS 120-35
DROPS design: Pattern no Z-458
US: 5/6½ - 7½/9 - 9½/10½ 
EU: 35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43
Foot length: 22-24-27 cm / 8¾”-9½”-10½”
Leg length: approx 19-20-20 cm / 7½"-8"-8"

Materials: DROPS ALPACA from Garnstudio
100-150-150 g color no 2110, wheat 
50-50-50 g color no 0100, eco off-white. 

For a more hard wearing sock use DROPS Fabel or DROPS Delight.

DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 2 mm / B/1 - or size needed to get 28 dc x 16 rows and 28 sc x 35 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''. 

Dec 1 st as follows: Crochet 1 sc/dc but wait with last pull-through (= 2 sts on hook), work next sc/dc and when doing the last pull-through pull thread through all sts on hook – 1 st dec.

Replace first sc on round with ch 1.
Replace first dc on round with ch 3. 
Finish each round with 1 sl st. 
On heel turn each row with ch 1.

ROW 1 (= RS): Crochet 19-20-22 sc, 7-8-8 sc now remain on row, dec 1 sc – SEE DECREASING TIP = 20-21-23 sc, turn piece. 
ROW 2 (= WS): Crochet 13-13-15 sc, 7-8-8 sc now remain on row, dec 1 sc = 14-14-16 sc, turn piece.
ROW 3 (= RS): Crochet 13-13-15 sc, dec 1 sc, turn piece. 
Repeat row 3 a total of 10-12-12 times, i.e. until all sts on each side of the middle 14-14-16 have been dec. 
Crochet in the round. 
Ch 75-80-85 with hook size 2 mm / B/1 and off-white and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch. Crochet a round as follows: ch 3, then 1 dc in each of the next 3 ch, skip ch 1, * 1 dc in each of the next 4 ch, skip 1 ch *, repeat from *-*, finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round = 60-64-68 dc.
Change to wheat and continue as follows: 
ROUND 1: ch 3 + 1 dc in first dc, skip 1 dc, * 2 dc in next dc, skip 1 dc *, repeat from *-* and finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round = 30-32-34 dc-groups.
ROUND 2: ch 3, 2 dc between the first 2 dc-group, * 2 dc between the next 2 dc-groups *, repeat from *-* and finish with 1 dc between the last and the first dc-group (i.e. where the 3 ch were crochet) and 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round. 
ROUND 3: ch 3, 1 dc between the first 2 dc-groups, * 2 dc between the next 2 dc-groups *, repeat from *-* and finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round. 
Repeat round 2 and 3 alternately (crocheting round 2 only would cause the piece to twist). REMEMBER THE TENSION/GAUGE!
When piece measures approx 14 cm / 5½'' crochet sc back and forth on the first 26-28-30 sts on round for heel. Continue until heel measures approx 5-5.5-6 cm / 2''-2¼''-2 3/8''. Insert a marker – NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE! Now dec for heel – see HEEL DECREASES. After heel dec continue as follows: 1 dc in each of the 14-14-16 sc on heel, 14-15-16 dc along the side of heel, 1 dc in each of the 34-36-38 dc on upper foot and 14-15-16 dc along the other side of heel = 76-80-86 dc on round. Insert a marker each side of the 34-36-38 dc on upper foot. Continue in the round with dc, AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 dc each side of the 34-36-38 dc on upper foot – SEE DECREASING TIP, and repeat the dec on every round a total of 10-10-11 times = 56-60-64 dc. Continue until piece measures 18.5-20.5-23 cm / 7½"-8 1/4"-9" from marker on heel (= approx 3.5-3.5-4 cm / 1 1/4"-1 1/4"-1½" remain). Change to off-white, insert a marker each side with 28-30-32 dc on upper foot and under foot. Continue as follows: 1 round with 1 sc in each dc, then 1 sc in each sc, AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 sc each side of both markers – SEE DECREASING TIP, and repeat the dec on every round a total of 10-11-12 times = 16 sc left. On next round crochet 2 sc tog all the way round. Cut the thread, pull through remaining 8 sc, tighten and fasten.

Pattern taken from       DROPS Design

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beginners Crochet Baby Booties Pattern

Beginners Crochet Baby Booties Pattern

This is a great project if you are going to a baby shower and need to make something fast. It should take the beginner about two hours to complete but will look as if you had spent days on the project.

Beginner Baby Bootie
Beginner Baby Bootie
I got this pattern from

You will need:

Crochet Hook: D/3 or 3.25 mm hook
Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Experience: beginner +
To fit new born baby
Hook size: 3 mm
Yarn 8 ply approx 20 gm
US terms used
Time to make, approx 2 hours
Medium tension
Stitches used:
Back loop sc
Back loop dc
Excellent stitch instructions for blsc, bldc, fpdc and bpdc
Front post dc
Back post dc

Bootie is worked in one piece , beginning at the top of the cuff, down 1 side of the leg, heel and foot part, then the other side of the leg part and up to the other top of the cuff. 
The cuff has a simple ribbed look by using the bpdc and fpdc st.

Special notes:
The turning ch 3 is the first st of each and every row
Do not break off yarn until the final row, leaving your self a long length of yarn to sew up booties

To begin ch 11
First side
Row 1. work 1 dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across (9 st’s,) ch 3 and turn (the turning ch 3 is the first st of each and every row)

*( ribbing)* Row 2. work 1 bpdc around the post of the next dc, *work 1 fpdc around the post of the next dc, work 1 bpdc around the post of the next dc*,  rep from *to* to last dc, work 1 dc in the top of the ch 3, (9 st’s) ch 3 and turn

Row 3. work 1 dc in the back loop of each dc across, work 1 dc in the top of the ch 3, (9 st’s), ch 3 and turn

Rows 4. and 5. (repeat row 3), at the end of row 5 ch 7, (instead of the ch 3)

Foot part
Row 6. work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, work 1 dc in next 5 ch, work 1 dc in the back loop of the next 8 dc, work 1 dc in the top of the ch 3,  ch 3 and turn ( 1 sc, 14 dc, 15 st’s total)

Row 7. work 1 dc in the back loop of the next 13 dc. Work 1 sc in the back loop of the last sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 8. work 1 sc in the back loop of the next sc, work 1 dc in the back loop of the next 13 dc, work 1 dc in the top of the ch 3, ch 1 and turn

Middle of Sole:
Row 9. work 1 sc in the back loop of each st across, ch 1 and turn (15 sc)

Foot Part:

Row 10. work 1 sc in the back loop of the next sc, work 1 dc in the back loop of the next 14 sc, ch 3 and turn ( 1 sc, 14 dc, 15 st’s total)
Row 11. work 1 dc in the back loop of the next 13 dc. Work 1 sc in the back loop of the last sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 12. work 1 sc in the back loop of the next sc, work 1 dc in the back loop of the next 13 dc, work 1 dc in the top of the ch 3, ch 3 and turn

Opposite Side:

Row 13. work 1 dc in the back loop of the next 8 dc, ch 3 and turn ( 9 st’s)
Row 14. work 1 dc in the back loop of each dc across, work 1 dc in the top of the ch 3, ch 3 and turn
Row 15. work 1 dc in the back loop of each dc across, work 1 dc in the top of the ch 3, ch 3 and turn
Row 16. work 1 dc in the back loop of each dc across, work 1 dc in the top of the ch 3, ch 3 and turn

Row 17. work 1 fpdc around the post of the next dc, *work 1 bpdc around the post of the next dc, work 1 fpdc around the post of the next dc, * repeat from *to* 2 times more, work 1 dc in the top of the ch 3, break off yarn leaving your self enough yarn to sew around the entire bootie

To sew up one piece bootie, it is best not to crochet the bootie closed, a simple whip st makes a finer finish for the inside of the bootie, gentle on the baby's feet.

Sew one piece bootie up all in one go, pick the side you like the best to show on the out side, then make the fold so that is on the in side of the bootie. Sew down the side of the leg, across the top of the foot around the toe part, run the yarn neatly through the middle of the sole (row 9 in pattern), then continue to sew up the other leg side, secure yarn and finish off.

Turn the one piece bootie right side out, turn the little cuff over and there you have it.
You can finish off with some ribbon or a length of chain threaded through through the row above the foot piece or any where of your liking.

 I thought you may like some insight in how I planned this one piece bootie, firstly I did a simple sketch of what I had in mind, I did make a bootie off the  top sketch but is was like one of those Christmas stockings you make, so I had to refine it with a bit of shape and I made the bootie off the second sketch after I refined that a little more too.

Good luck with your bootie, I’d love to hear your feed back.

Check out the video tutorial for these by Bobwilson123, be sure to give her the thumbs up, better still subscribe to her you tube video tutorials, new tutorials up loaded weekly.

Let me know if you tried this beginner crochet baby bootie pattern and how it worked out for you.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Beginner Crochet Patterns Baby Blankets

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Beginner Crochet Patterns Baby Blankets

If you have never crocheted before and have no idea how to begin we will start off with the chain stitch as all of crocheting is done with a chain stitch to start. It is very easy to do and I will show you step by step.
The abbreviation for chain stitch is ch.

How to hold your yarn and crochet needle

how to hold a crochet hook       how to hold a crochet hook

1. The first and recommended grip for the crochet needle is like a knife.

2. The second hold of the crochet needle is like a pencil.

holding the yarn   holding the yarn

Watch the video It is a how to beginner video on how to hold your crochet needle. 

Step 1

CrochetChainStitch Step 1.jpg

Form a slip knot and hold the hook inside the slip knot.

Step 2

CrochetChainStitch Step 2.jpg

Slide the hook between yarn and your finger, pulling the yarn through the slip knot. You now have made one chain stitch.

Step 3

CrochetChainStitch Step 3.jpg

Repeat to form more chain stitches
This chain of stitches is called the starting chain and every crochet pattern has one. It is the foundation of every crochet pattern.
 There are a number of different  crochet stitches and techniques but the two basic stitches are the single crochet (sc), I have put in the abbreviation so that you can start learning them, and double crochet (dc).
It would be best if we do not start off with a large blanket as you are just a beginner, so I have selected a receiving baby blanket as the first pattern.
The Receiving blanket  is 36" x 36" or about 92cm. 
A baby blanket is an object that is cherished forever therefor do not be in a hurry to make one, take your time to do it right and you will reap the reward. 
Once you have decided the color of the yarn you would like to make the baby blanket with you must decide what yarn to choose. As you are a beginner it would be best to start off with the normal smooth yarn, a  Light Worsted or DK (Double Knit): good for warmer, but light articles such as baby blankets.
The Crochet Hook
As with knitting needles, crochet needles come in different sizes, for the Light Worsted or DK it is best to use the H hook.
Now that you have everything let us get started:

1.  Make a starting chain, this is what you have practiced on the first set of pictures.
Make a slip knot and loop it over the crochet hook. Leave at least a 6"  or 15cm tail on the end of the knot. Make sure the front of the chain is facing up. The front of the chain looks like a row of nesting "V"s. The back of the chain looks like a row of bumps
2. Make a chain of 150 stitches.  Try to keep your stitches as even as possible as you work.
3. After making the 150 stitches you need to make a turning chain.  A turning chain connector between the rows. Each pattern will give you the amount of stitches needed to make the turn stitches. For this pattern we will only use one stitch so crochet one stitch the skip one stitch on the chain and crochet back into the second stitch.

Flip your work over so that the back side of the fabric is facing you, and your crochet hook is at the right. The last stitch of row 1 now becomes the first stitch of row 2. Insert your hook into the first stitch of row 2, and work a single crochet stitch.
Continue all the way to the end of the row. Keep on doing this until you have crocheted the desired length of the baby blanket.
Count to make sure you are making the same number of stitches in each row. 

If you notice a mistake Slip your hook out of the yarn loop and pull gently on the end of the yarn. Your work should start to unravel.
Keep gently unraveling the yarn until you get to the point of your mistake. Unravel back to one stitch prior to your mistake.
Insert your hook into the loop for that stitch, and begin crocheting from that point.

This baby blanket is crocheted using Lion Brand Baby’s First bulky yarn with a large crochet hook so is thick and warm, and works up in a jiffy. You can use other yarn, but I made it specifically for the bulkier Baby’s First yarn because I hadn’t used that yarn before and wanted to try it. I was very pleased with the results, as the combination of acrylic and cotton in this yarn also makes it a bit stretchy.

This is a good go-to pattern if you need a baby gift quickly, perhaps for the shower you forgot you were invited to. The pattern calls for the same stitch throughout and I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s simple and very versatile. (I use it for scarves, hats, blankets, and even a variation for dishcloths -- see some of my other patterns linked below). The color used in the accompanying photo is called Beanstalk, which is a very pretty pea-green.

The pattern completed as written measures approximately 32 x 30” but is very easy to adjust to a smaller or larger size by adjusting the number in your starting chain (the stitch requires a multiple of two plus one, so your chain should be any odd number). Using six skeins of Baby’s First yarn, I was able to complete this blanket and have enough left to make a matching hat (which I failed to write down the instructions for as I made it. Oops).

Materials used

Lion Brand Baby's First Yarn, 6 skeins to complete pattern as written. Color used in photo is Beanstalk, which is a pretty pea-green color.

Size M (9.0 mm) crochet hook

NOTE: There was a disparity in the hook size that has been corrected. The pattern calls for an M hook with the bulky yarn.


Ch = chain
Sk = skip
St = stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet

Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket Pattern

With size M crochet hook and Baby’s First yarn, ch 79.

Row 1: DC in third ch from hook, *sk 1 st, SC and DC in next stitch (both in same stitch), repeat from * across, ending with sk 1 st, SC in last stitch. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: DC in first st (turning ch counts as the SC), *sk 1 st, SC and DC in next stitch (both in same stitch), repeat from * across, ending with sk 1 st, SC in last stitch/turning ch. Ch 2, turn.

Repeat row 2 for entire pattern until you reach the desired length. Cut yarn, weave in ends.

An edge is worked directly on a piece of crochet, unlike a trim, which is worked separately then attached into position on the fabric (crocheted or not).