The Coolorburbians

Jul 112019
 

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Dear artsy Craftsy Friends ,

Now that you practiced the steps into how to crochet a pretty little flower , it’s about time you learnt how to add a rounding to this flower in order to make a square from it which you can use for blankets and other beautiful items . Let us remind you that this flower requires basic knowledge in the art of crocheting since it is nothing but a pretty mix of chain spaces , single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches . However the square will ask more effort because it needs clusters when executed . How to crochet double and triple clusters is explained in the ‘Abbreviations’ section below . Let’s begin !

How to Crochet a Pretty Flower Granny Square by coolorful.com

Abbreviations:

ch – chain;
sc sp – chain space;
st – stitch ;
sc – single crochet stitch ;
dc – double crochet stitch ;
sl st – slip stitch ;
dc cluster – double crochet stitch cluster; uses one ch-5 sp; * YO; insert hook in ch-5 sp indicated, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through two loops on hook *; repeat from * to * two times more, YO and draw through all four loops on hook;
tr cluster – triple crochet stitch cluster; uses one ch-5 sp; * YO twice, insert hook in ch-5 sp indicated, YO and pull up a loop, (YO and draw through two loops on hook) twice *; repeat from * to * two more times, YO and draw through all four loops on hook.

( For the sake of practice , the instructions on how to crochet the flower in the center of the square are given below which will be followed by a few more steps which will show you how to continue making the square around the flower . )

With color A, chain 4; join with first ch with sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 1, (sc in ring, ch 3) 8 times; join with sl st to first sc. (8 ch-3 sps)

Round 2: * ch 1, (sl st, sc, 2dc, sc, sl st) in next ch-3 sp *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to first ch. (8 petals)

Round 3: ch 3, working behind petals, skip first petal, * sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, skip next petal *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to st at base of beg ch-3 sp. (8 ch-3 sps)

Round 4: * ch 1, (sl st, sc, 4dc, sc, sl st) in next ch-3 sp *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to first ch. (8 petals)

How to Crochet a Pretty Flower Granny Square by coolorful.com

Round 5: ch 4, working behind petals, skip first petal, * sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, skip next petal *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to st at base of beg ch 4. (8 ch-4 sps)

Round 6: * ch 1, (sl st, sc, 5dc, sc, sl st) in next ch-4 sp *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to first ch. (8 petals)

Round 7: ch 5, working behind petals, skip first petal, * sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 5, skip next petal *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to st at base of beg ch-5 sp, finish off. (8 ch-5 sps)

Round 8: With right side facing join color B with sl st in any ch-5 sp; ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 4, work (dc cluster, ch 4, tr cluster, ch 4, dc cluster) in next ch-5 sp, ch 4, * sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 4, work (dc cluster, ch 4, tr cluster, ch 4, dc cluster) in next ch-5 sp, ch 4 *; repeat from * to * two more times; join with sl st to first sc, finish off. (16 ch-4 sps)

Round 9: With right side facing join color C with sl st in any tr cluster; ch 3, (dc ch 3, 2dc) in same st, 4dc in each of next ch-4 sps, * (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in next tr cluster, 4dc in each of next ch-4 sps *; repeat from * to * two more times; join with sl st to top of beg ch-3 sp, finish off.

That’s all you need to know on how to crochet a pretty little flower and a square around it ! Now go on and flower up your handmade work !

The Coolorburbians .

Jul 092019
 

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Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

Here are the written instructions on how to crochet a pretty little flower which uses the most basic stitches when executed . It’s nothing but a pretty mix of chain spaces , single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches . You can also add a rounding to this pretty flower to make a square from it which you can use to make blankets and other beautiful items .

How to Crochet a Pretty Little Flower by coolorful.com

Abbreviations :

ch – chain;
sc sp – chain space;
st – stitch;
sc – single crochet stitch;
dc – double crochet stitch;
sl st – slip stitch.

With any color you prefer , chain 4 ; join with first ch with sl st to form a ring .

Round 1 : ch 1 , (sc in ring , ch 3) 8 times ; join with sl st to first sc . (8 ch-3 sps)

Round 2 : * ch 1, ( sl st, sc, 2dc, sc, sl st ) in next ch-3 sp *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to first ch. (8 petals)

Round 3 : ch 3, working behind petals, skip first petal, * sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, skip next petal *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to st at base of beg ch-3 sp. (8 ch-3 sps)

How to Crochet a Pretty Little Flower by coolorful.com

Round 4 : * ch 1, (sl st, sc, 4dc, sc, sl st) in next ch-3 sp *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to first ch. (8 petals)

Round 5 : ch 4, working behind petals, skip first petal, * sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, skip next petal *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to st at base of beg ch 4. (8 ch-4 sps)

Round 6 : * ch 1, (sl st, sc, 5dc, sc, sl st) in next ch-4 sp *; repeat from * to * around; join with sl st to first ch. (8 petals)

That’s all you need to know on how to crochet a pretty little flower! Now go on and flower up your handmade work!

The Coolorburbians .

Oct 052018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

My sister and I put together a new photo tutorial on how to crochet the double crochet stitch which is one of the most basic crochet stitches . Many patterns are based on the double crochet stitch , along the single , half double and triple crochet stitches . We decided to put together this series of photo tutorials to those of you who face difficulties while watching videos . We truly hope our photo tutorial is of help to you .

Photo Tutorial How To Crochet The Double Crochet Stitch By Coolorful.com

For practice only , use any type of yarn you prefer and an appropriate crochet hook . However when you decide to follow a pattern we recommend that you respect the specific instructions and use the suggested yarn and crochet hook size .

We truly advise you to only commit yourself to a large project ( such as a blanket , a cardigan or even a shawl ) using this basic stitch only after you got to completely master it . Many people write to us complaining that their throws and wraps turn up curly , wavy and uneven . You surely need to understand that crocheting is an art that requires a lot of time , a lot of practice , patience , commitment and so much love and passion ! It took us many years , trials and errors to learn to keep our tension steady while crocheting and to progress from beginner to intermediate then to advanced crocheters . And even after so many years of hooking we still do not consider us as real advanced crocheters .

Abbreviations :

ch – chain ;

dc – double crochet stitch ;

YO – yarn over hook ( it refers to the step when you are told to wrap the yarn around the hook while executing a stitch ) .

Let’s start ! Work on a smaller piece to begin with . Chain 12 for your foundation chain ( see image bellow ) This will give you 10 double crochet stitches on first row and throughout unless you decide to increase or decrease the project .

Photo Tutorial How To Crochet The Double Crochet Stitch By Coolorful.com

Row 1 : Skip first three chains of the foundation chain ( these 3 chains count as as a double crochet stitch here and throughout ) ; YO once ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) and insert your hook in the 4th ch from the hook ; YO once and pull the yarn through the ch of the foundation chain ( now you have 3 loops on your hook ) ; YO once and pull the yarn through first 2 loops on your hook ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) ; YO one last time and pull the yarn through last 2 remaining loops on your hook to complete the double crochet stitch . ( see following images )

Let’s make a second dc together : YO once ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) and insert your hook in the next ch of the foundation ch ; YO once and pull the yarn through the ch ( now you have 3 loops on your hook ) ; YO and pull the yarn through first 2 loops on your hook ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) ; Yo one last time and pull the yarn through last 2 remaining loops on your hook to complete a second dc . ( see images below ) This is how the first 2 completed dc look like . However do not forget that the first 3ch that you skipped at the beginning of the row also count as a dc . Which means there are 3dc in total so far on first row .

Let’s make another dc together : * YO once ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) and insert your hook in the next ch of the foundation chain ; YO once and pull the yarn through the respective ch ( now you have 3 loops on your hook ) ; YO and pull the yarn through first 2 loops on your hook ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) ; YO one last time and pull the yarn through last 2 remaining loops on your hook to complete another dc * . ( see next images )

Now please repeat the steps given between * and * in the previous paragraph in order to finish the first row . The images below will give you visual support while crocheting the last 6dc on first row following the written instructions given above .

When you finish off the last dc in the last ch of the foundation chain , chain 3 and turn your work on the back . We repeat that this beginning ch3 counts as a dc . Take a look at the below image and notice that the position of this beginning ch3 is above the last executed dc on row 1 . This is a very important detail you need to be aware of and get used to . Many beginner crocheters tend to make mistakes at this point in their work , mistaking the chains and stitches . They usually end up increasing their work on the sides .

Row 2 : YO once ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) and insert your hook in the second dc from row 1 , below the 2 loops on top of the stitch ; YO once and pull the yarn through the stitch ( now you have 3 loops on your hook ) ; YO once and pull the yarn through first 2 loops on your hook ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) ; YO one last time and pull the yarn through last 2 remaining loops on your hook to complete a dc on row 2 . ( see images below )

Let’s continue making more dc together : * YO once ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) and insert your hook in the next dc from previous row , below the 2 loops on top of the stitch ; YO and pull the yarn through the stitch ( now you have 3 loops on your hook ) ; YO once and pull the yarn through first 2 loops on your hook ( now you have 2 loops on your hook ) ; YO one last time and pull the yarn through last 2 remaining loops on your hook to finish another dc on row 2 * . ( see next images )

There are 3dc completed on row 2 , if you did not forget to count the beginning ch3 . Now please repeat the steps between * and * in the previous paragraph six more times to complete 9dc on second row . Crocheting the last dc on this row requires further explanation so we shall meet at the end of this row . You should continue taking a look at the following images which will give you visual support while practicing the written instructions .

Making the last dc on this row is just a little delicate because its position is above the first beginning ch3 that you skipped when you began your work on row 1 . When you get at this point in your work , follow the same steps we hope you got used by now , but instead of inserting your hook in the respective dc , below the 2 loops on top of the stitch , now you need to insert your hook in the first ch of the beginning ch3 , behind the front 2 loops of that chain . Sometimes this step is quite challenging because you could tend to execute these chains a little too tightly . Which is why we recommend that you use a smaller hook to insert in this chain and continue making the last dc using your usual/recommended hook . Do not forget to chain 3 and turn your project on the other side .

From now on your work is a repeat of row 2 so we suggest that you go back to the instructions given previously in order to make more rows . However we attached further photos to give you more visual support for more completed rows .

You may have noticed by now that the sides of your work are turning slightly ugly because of the beginning ch3 which is replacing a dc . Do not worry about this issue , There are many ways and techniques to add a border/edge to your project to make it look prettier . My sister and I will come up with an article showing you a few ways to make various borders around your work .

Photo Tutorial How To Crochet The Double Crochet Stitch By Coolorful.com

We truly hope our tutorial was of help to you . We kindly ask you to spread the word around about our website through sharing and liking ! We kindly thank you for your support !

Happy hooking ,
The Coolorburbians .

Jun 272018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

How are you all doing ? Are you set to begin a new crochet project ? This time around the pattern today I will show you how to crochet an afghan/throw/lap blanket using the laziest waves stitch , which is nothing but a combination of single , half double and double crochet stitches . There is no increasing and decreasing in the peaks and the valleys when it comes to this particular stitch , as you normally do in the case of the wave/zig-zag/chevron stitch which uses large peaks and valleys . Despite the fact that it is summer and you would prefer to crochet light and small items , I decided to put down the written instructions for this blanket before all details are completely erased from my memory . I made this laziest wave afghan a very long time ago , before losing my sight at the end of 2013 , but even so I still remember the steps and materials used . So Here it goes .

Crocheted wave stitch blanket by coolorful.com

Materials and tools needed : I remember using a 6mm European size crochet hook . I used leftover yarn from other projects . I undid a white brownish scarf to get the white that you see in the image . I undid a sweater to get the black yarn and leftover purple yarn from another project . But if I were to recommend a certain amount of yarn and type , then be sure you have plenty of yarn for your project . You should get three of your preferred colors , 4-6 skeins for each color . It should be worsted to chunky or bulky yarn to make the lazy waves as visible as possible . My throw turned about 150cm by 180cm . Thankfully this stitch is not so much of a yarneater . You should crochet this blanket on the wide and not on the long . Otherwise the lazy waves motif will look awkward .

Abbreviations :

ch – chain ;

beg ch – beginning chain ;

sc – single crochet stitch ;

hdc – half double crochet stitch ;

dc – double crochet stitch .

Let’s begin . If you are learning this stitch for other projects , then you should know that it is done in multiples of 12 , plus 4 extra chains to complete this pattern . Chain 160 chains to make a blanket similar in size as the one I made .

Row 1 : Work 1sc in first ch from the hook ; 1sc in next ch ; 1sc in next ch ; * 1hdc in each of next 3ch ; 1dc in each of next 3ch ; 1hdc in each of next 3ch ; 1sc in each of next 3ch * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; make sure you finish with 3sc in last 3ch of the foundation chain ; cut the yarn , but don’t fasten off , you should have two loops on your hook from the last unfinished sc on row 1 .

Crocheted wave stitch afghan by coolorful.com

Row 2 : Attach the second color through the two loops left on your hook and chain 3 ( this counts as a dc here and throughout ) ; 1dc in each of next 2sc ; * 1hdc in each of next 3hdc ; 1sc in each of next 3dc ; 1hdc in each of next 3hdc ; 1dc in each of next 3sc * ; repeat from * to * across the row , making sure you finish with 3dc in last 3sc from previous row ; work the last dc as you normally do ; cut the yarn , but don’t fasten off and turn ; you should have two loops left on your hook .

Crocheted wave stitch afghan by coolorful.com

Row 3 : Attach the third color through the two loops on your hook with a sl st and ch1 ; 1sc in each of the 3dc on the side ; * 1hdc in each of next 3hdc ; 1dc in each of next 3sc ; 1hdc in each of next 3hdc ; 1sc in each of next 3dc * ; repeat from * to * across the row , making sure you finish with 3sc in last 3dc on the side , including 1sc in top of beg ch3 from previous row ; cut the yarn , but don’t fasten off , leave two loops on your hook .

Now repeat rows 2 and 3 until the afghan is 180 cm long .

Sew the loose ends across the rows . I did not add any extra edging to my blanket and don’t recommend using one unless necessary . If you hid your loose ends well , then you should be fine . Besides your last row will also have the lazy wave look and the pattern does not require to make an extra row to straighten this side of the blanket .

I hope you are enjoying this new pattern . Please send photos of your finished afghans on our Facebook page that you can find in the sidebar !

Crocheted wave stitch afghan by coolorful.com

Happy hooking !

Jun 152018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

I came up with a pattern for a crocheted market bag using the granny on the straight stitch as the main stitch some time ago . I asked my mom to put my instructions to practice and here is what she made ! A beautiful , handy , practical bag just perfect to be used while at the market , for shopping and grocery , from light to medium weight items and products . It won’t be able to carry a few kilos of potatoes or tomatoes , but it is absolutely perfect for plants like parsley and dill , for your newspaper and magazines and even for your yarn shopping !

Materials and tools needed : Mom used about 4 skeins of bulky/chunky yarn , a blend of acrylic and cotton yarn . As a matter of fact , I recommend using yarn with the highest composition of cotton , preferably 100% cotton . Each skein my mom used was about 100 meters long . She used a 7mm European size crochet hook for the main body of the market bag and a 6mm one for the upper band and handles . Working with such small hook sizes for such a chunky yarn might be slightly awkward , but it is necessary in order to avoid the bag from stretching in time .

Abbreviations :

sl st – slip stitch ;

ch – chain ;

ch sp – chain space ;

beg ch – beginning chain ;

sc – single crochet stitch ;

dc – double crochet stitch .

The base of the market bag is done in rounds and has the shape of a circle .

Crocheted Granny Market Bag by Coolorful.com

Here is how you should crochet the base :

Round 1 : Using the 7mm hook , chain 4 and join with beginning of the chain with a sl st to form a ring ; ch3 ( counts as a dc here and throughout ) ; 11dc in the ring ; jooin with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 12dc on round 1 )

Round 2 : Ch3 ; 1dc in same stitch as ch3 , which is beg ch3 from previous round ; 2dc in each of the following 11dc from round 1 ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 24dc on round 2 )

Round 3 : Ch3 ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 36dc on round 3 )

Round 4 : Ch3 ; 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in next dc ; 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 48dc on round 4 )

Round 5 : Ch3 ; 1dc in next dc ; 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in each of next 3dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 60dc on round 5 )

Round 6 : Ch3 ; 1dc in each of the next 3dc ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in each of the next 4dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 72dc on round 6 )

Make sure that you made the right number of stitches on each round . This detail is very important ! Now that the base of the bag is finished , let’s continue to the main body of our project .

Crocheted Granny Market Bag by Coolorful.com

You can see from the photos that this part of the bag looks a little lacey . That is because I instructed my mom to use the granny on the straight stitch which uses lots of chain-1 spaces and sets of 3dc . There is no need to make any increase of the bag from now on . Continue working with the 7mm hook .

Round 7 : Sl st in next dc from previous round ; ch3 ; 2dc in same dc as beg ch3 ; ch1 ; skip next 3dc ; * 3dc in next dc ; ch1 ; skip next 3dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st ; ch3 annd turn the project on the inside . ( 18 sets of 3dc annd 18 ch-1 sp on round 7 )

Round 8 : 2dc in same ch-1 sp as beg ch3 ; ch1 ; skip next set of 3dc ; * 3dc in next ch-1 sp ; ch1 ; skip next set of 3dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st ; ch3 and turn the bag on the other side . ( 18 sets of 3dc and 18 ch-1 sps on round 8 )

Round 9: Repeat round 8 until the bag measures 31 cm in length .

Do you see your market bag taking size ? Don’t worry about it looking like it is going to grow too big ! My mom was utterly scared that the bag would end up too long and big and slouchy , but eventually she realized it turned just perfect ! But if you think it is growing too big , you can stop making the granny on the straight rounds at any point , reducing the size of the bag to suit your taste better . Only a few more steps left and voila ! You’ll be the proud owner of a crocheted bag that you made . Now switch to the 6mm hook .

Round 20 : Repeat round 8 , but skip making the ch1-sp between the sets of 3dc .

Round 21 : Sl st in the second dc of the set of 3dc , where you just ended the previous round ; ch1 ; 3sc in same dc as ch1 ; skip last dc of this set and the first dc of the following set ; * 3sc in the second dc of the set of 3dc ; skip last dc of this set and the first dc of the next set * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with first sc with a sl st ; sl st once mor in the second sc ; ch1 .

Round 22 : 3sc in same sc as ch1 from previous round ; skip third sc of the set of 3sc and first sc of the next set ; * 3sc in the second sc of the set of 3sc from previous round ; skip third sc of the set and the first sc of the following set of 3sc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with first sc with a sl st ; sl st once mor in the second sc of the set of 3sc ; ch1 .

Round 23-30 : Repeat round 22.

Crocheted Granny Market Bag by Coolorful.com

Now let’s go to making the two handles for your market bag . Follow the next instructions to make two pieces alike . Continue using the 6mm hook .

Chain 6 , but leave a long tail . You will need this to saw and attach the handle to the bag ; 1sc in each chain across , 5sc in total ; , ch1 and turn : * 1sc in each of the 5sc from previous row ; ch1 and turn * ; repeat from * to * until the handle is 42cm long . Cut the thread and leave a long tail for sewing .

Crocheted Granny Market Bag by Coolorful.com

I used the term ‘sewing’ to explain the way you will attach the handles to the market bag , but I am sure you noticed yourself that sewing a yarn so thick and frisky might be a challenging task . I only have plastic needles around the house that I use for sewing and mom already broke a few of them while sewing lighter yarn . As a result , I recommend that you use a crochet hook , preferably a smaller size , like 5mm or 5.5mm to help you during this last step Using this hook , attach 2cm of the handle on one side to the inside of the bag , on the band of sc. Use sl sts to do this , as many as you can . Make sure you don’t pull the yarn on the front . Keep it on the back as much as possible . Do the same with the other side of the handle , then attach the second one following the same steps . Use the same crochet hook to ‘saw’ and conceal/hide any other tail of your yarn resulted after knotting the thread .

That is all , dear friends ! Now go show off your new bag at the market ! You can also teach others to make one of their own ! This way we can help reduce the usage of plastic bags at the market ! I would be very happy if you shared pictures of your market bag on our Facebook page that you can find in the sidebar !

Thank you for following these instructions and don’t forget to share !

Jun 042018
 

Dear Arttsy Craftsy Friends ,

I can’t stop myself from trying new patterns and ways to use the crocodile stitch , now that I began mastering it , even with my eyes closed , which is not a figure of speech . Don’t forget that I still can’t see, which is sort of forcing me to try a certain type of crochet stitches . And the crocodile stitch is one of my favorite nowadays . I came up with three patterns using the crocodile stitch . They are easy , clear and are addressed to beginner-intermediate crocheters . These patterns include instructions on how to crochet a pair of mittens , a scarf and a hat .

Crocheted Crocodile Hat Scarf Gloves Set by Coolorful.com

Here is how you should make the pair of mittens :

Materials needed : I used a 5.5 mm European size crochet hook and a fine , light yarn , a blend of wool and acrylic yarn . Depending on the size of the mittens you plan to crochet , you will need between 250-350 meters of yarn . That is about a skein of yarn weighting around 75gr. .

I made three pairs of mittens so far . Two of them are a M size , whereas the third is a L size . The M ones are 8 cm in diameter and 24 cm long . The L ones are 9 cm in diameter and 24 cm long . My advice to you is to meassure your hand around your wrist using a centimeter to get the right size for yourself .

Abbreviations :

ch – chain ;

ch sp – chain space ;

sc – single crochet ;

dc – double crochet ;

V-st – V stitch ( insert hook in next space recommended and work a set of 1dc,1ch,1dc ) ;

crocodile scale – working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st, ch-1, working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st .

Let’s begin .

Rows 1 and 2 : Chain 5 ; join with beginning chain with a slip stitch to form a ring ; chain 1 ; work 5dc in the ring ; ch6 ; work 5dc in the ring ; ch4 ( counts as a 1dc+ch1-sp here and throughout ) ;

Row 3 : Work 1dc in same sp as beg ch4 , in top of last executed dc from previous row ; ch1 ; V-st in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; V-st in top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the side ; ch1 . ( 3 V-st on row 3 )

Row 4 : Working from top to bottom , make 5dc around the first post of the V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top make 5dc around second post of V-st ; ch1 ; skip next V-st ; work a second crocodile scale around last V-st ; ch4 and turn . ( 2 scales onn row 4 )

Row 5 : Work 1dc in same space as beg ch4 ; ch1 ; V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of V-st , making sure you also grab and work around the ch1 between the scales from previous row ; ch1 ; V-st in next ch1-sp , in thee middle of second scale ; ch1 ; V-st in top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the side ; ch1 to turn . ( 5 V-st on row 5 )

Row 6 : Working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; ch1 ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around next V-st ; ch1 skip next V-st ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row ; ch4 to turn . ( 3 scales on row 6 )

Row 7 : 1dc in same space as beg ch4 ; ch1 ; 1 V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; * 1 V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of next V-st , making sure you also grab and work around the ch1 between the scales from previous row ; ch1 ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale * ; repeat from * to * once ; ch1 ; 1 V-st in top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the side ; ch1 to turn . ( 7 V-st on row 7 )

Row 8 : Working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; ch1 ; * skip next V-st ; 1 scale around next V-st ; ch1 * ; repeat from * to * once ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row ; ch4 to turn . ( 4 scales on row 8 )

Row 9 : 1dc in same space as beg ch4 ; ch1 ; 1 V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; * 1 V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of next V-st , making sure you also grab and work around the ch1 between the scales from previous row ; ch1 ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale * ; repeat from * to * twice ; ch1 ; 1 V-st in top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the side ; ch1 to turn .( 9 V-st on row 9 )

Row 10 : Working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; ch1 ; * skip next V-st ; 1 scale around next V-st ; ch1 * ; repeat from * to * twice ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row . ( 5 scales on row 10 )

At this point , you should take a look at the size of the triangle you made so far to make sure it fits your arm . To do verify this , wrap the triangle around your wrist . Are you able to join the ends of row 10 in one large ring ? If the triangle is too small , then you should work two extra rows , which will be a repeat of rows 9 and 10 , but making sure you enlarge the size of the triangle on the sides . If this is not neccessary , then continue the following steps for the size M mittens .

Row 11 : Join the last dc you just finished with top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the other side of row 10 with a slip stitch to form a ring ; ch4 ; 1dc in the same spacee as beg ch4 , between the two joined scales on the sides ; ch1 ; * V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of V-st , making suree you also grab and work around the ch1 between the scales * ; repeat from * to * around ;; ch1 ; join with third ch of beg ch4 with a slip stitch ; ch3 and do not turn . ( 11 V-st on row 11 )

Row 12 : Working from top to bottom , make 4dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; * ch1 ; skip next V-st ; 1 crocodile scale around next V-st * ; repeat from * to * around ; ch1 ; join with top of beg ch3 of the first executed scale with a slip stitch ; do not turn . ( 6 crocodile scales on row 12 )

Row 13 : Ch4 and work 1dc in same space , making sure you insert your hook in the middle of the V-st on the back of the work , grabing the ch1 between the two scales on the front as well ; ch1 ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; * ch1 ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the midle of next V-st , making sure you also grab and crochet around the ch1 between the two scales as well ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale * ; repeat from * to * around ; ch1 ; join with third ch of beeg ch4 with a slip stitch ; ch3 . ( 11 V-st on row 13 )

Row 14 : Working from top to bottom , make 4dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; * ch1 ; skip next V-st ; 1 crocodile scale around next V-st * ; repeat from * to * around ; ch1 ; join with top of beg ch3 of the first executed scale with a slip stitch ; do not turn . ( 6 crocodile scales on row 14 )

Repeat rows 13 and 14 as many times as you like , in case you prefer your mittens to b shorter or longer . I stopped at row 36 . To end your work , please add an extra row of sc around . This is important because it secures your work properly and helps avoid your work to loosen up with time .

So that’s it , folks ! Was it hard ? I am sure it wasn’t at all , since even I was able to crochet this pair of mittens and I do not see ! Despite my disability , I would be very happy if you shared your pictures with your finished mittens on our Facebook page . You can find it on the sidebar .

My sister , Ana Maria , did all the photo shooting , correcting the errors in my written instructions and many more . Like translating the pattern in our native language , Romanian .

In case , you should also take a look at the patterns on how to crochet a scarf and a hat using the crocodile stitch , just so that you have the full set of accessories for the upcoming fall season !

Happy crocheting !

May 082018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

Welcome once again to a new photo tutorial that my sister , Ana Maria , and I put together for you . Today’s written instructions follow the series of photo tutorials for the most basic crochet stitches which , if mastered , will allow you to experiment all sorts of other crochet stitches , from the simplest to more advanced and complicated stitches . Today we will show you how to crochet the half double crochet stitch . If you prefer video instructions instead , you can follow my old tutorial on my crochet channel on YouTube that you can find bellow .

The half double crochet stitch is a stitch between the single crochet stitch and the double crochet stitch . Practically it looks like an elongated single crochet stitch or like a reduced double crochet stitch . Even as a beginner crocheter , you should be already familiar with terms like loops and chains which will be used frequently throughout the pattern . Our photo tutorial will show you lots of illustrative images in order to give you sufficient visual support while you practice the written instructions .

How To Crochet The Half Double Crochet Stitch by coolorful.com

The half double crochet stitch is abbreviated as hdc in most patterns . YO is the abbreviation for yarn over hook .

Let’s begin learning this basic stitch on a smaller sample . While you practice this stitch and you feel more comfortable crocheting it , keeping your tension steady , you can commit yourself to a larger project . Let’s start with 10 hdcs at the moment . To get 10hdc on first row , chain 12 .

How To Crochet The Half Double Crochet Stitch by coolorful.com

Row 1 : Skip first 2ch from the hook ( these 2 chains count as the first hdc ) ; * YO once ( now you have two loops on the hook ) , insert your hook in the third chain from the hook , YO once and pull the yarn through the chain of the foundation chain ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO one last time and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook to complete your first hdc * ( see images bellow )

Let’s do a second hdc on first row . * YO once ( now you have two loops on your hook ) , insert your hook in next chain of the foundation chain , YO once and pull the yarn through the foundation chain ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO one last time and pull the yarn through all three loops on the hook to complete a new hdc * . ( see next photos )

Continue working the next 7hdc following the instructions given between * and * . Don’t forget that the first 2ch we skipped at the beginning of the row count as a hdc . The following images will show you a repeat of the previous given steps and are meant to help you practice . They will also show you how to finish the first row . At the end of this row , chain 2 to turn ( these two chains also count as a hdc on 2nd row ) .

Row 2 : * Yo once ( now you have two loops on your hook ) , insert your hook in the second hdc , bellow the two loops which are visible in the images , YO once and pull the yarn through the hdc ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO again and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook * .

Let’s repeat these steps to crochet a new hdc on second row . * YO once ( now you have two loops on your hook ) , insert your hook in next chain , bellow the two loops at the top , YO once and pull the yarn through the chain ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO again and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook * .

Don’t forget that the beginning chain 2 counts as a first hdc on second row . So we have three hdc completed on second row . Now repeat the given instructions between * and * 6 more times , 9 hdc in total . See next images for visual help .

How To Crochet The Half Double Crochet Stitch by coolorful.com

To crochet the last hdc on second row you should do as follows : * YO once ( now you have two loops on your hook ) , insert your hook in top of beginning chain , YO and pull the yarn through the chain ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO one last time and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook * . ( see next images )

That is about it with the half double crochet stitch . To continue your work , you need to repeat second row as many times as necessary . The next given photos will show you more completed rows of the hdc .

Notes :

1. I know that this stitch tends to turn really ugly on the sides because of the beginning chain 2 which is replacing a normal hdc at the beginning of a row . There are different techniques to add pretty edges when a project is nearly finished . I will compile an article with possible ways to add pretty edges in the future .

2. Also , many people ask for instructions on how to increase or decrease the hdc either on the sides or across a row . This is also going to be shown in a next article .

Happy learning , everyone ,
The Coolorburbians .

Apr 302018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

Glad to meet you once again for a catch up on my crochet blog . I’ve been abusing the crocodile stitch quite a lot lately to make baby blankets , pillow cases , shawls , hats , scarves and mittens . Up until the moment my inner voice whispered to me that I should give the shell stitch a try because it might surprise me at how easy it is to crochet it . And so I did and let me tell you that it was quite fun to relearn it . So here are the written instructions for this lovely stitch . They will include a slight modification in the pattern in comparison to the instructions shown in the video tutorial posted on my old YouTube Channel that you can find here .

I did so because I still find quite difficult to crochet a foundation chain and work a stitch across the foundation chain . What I did here was to add an extra row of single crochet stitches at the beginning for a more solid foundation . Let’s get started .

How to crochet the Shell Stitch by coolorful.com

Abbreviations :

ch – chain ;

sc – single crochet stitch ;

dc – double crochet stitch .

Level : beginner .

Usage : blankets , pillow cases , cardigans , sweaters , purses , etc.

Make a foundation chain from a multiple of 6 plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern . Crochet an extra row of sc across the foundation chain to make it more solid and give your item a nicer look .

Row 1 : Work 1sc in the first sc ; * skip next 2sc ; work 5dc in the next sc ; skip next 2sc ; 1sc in the next sc * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; make sure that you end up the row with a sc in the last sc from previous row ; ch3 to turn ( counts as a dc here and throughout ) .

Row 2 : Work 2dc in the last sc from previous row ; * skip next 2dc ; 1sc in top of the third dc from the set of 5dc from previous row ; skip next 2dc ; 5dc in next sc * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; skip next 2dc ; 1sc in next dc ; skip next 2dc ; 3dc in last sc from previous row ; ch1 to turn .

Row 3 : Work 1sc in top of first dc from the set of 3dc from previous row ; * skip next 2dc ; 5dc in the next sc ; skip next 2dc ; 1sc in top of the third dc from the set of 5dc * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; make sure you end up the row with 1sc in top of beg ch3 on the side from previous row ; ch3 to turn .

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to complete the pattern .

That is about all with the crochet shell stitch . Don’t forget to like and share this pattern if you found it helpful . Also , don’t forget to share images of your work on the Facebook page that my sister , Ana Maria , and I manage . You can find it in the sidebar .

Happy shell-ing , everyone !!

Cătălina (from The Coolorburbians)

Mar 232018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

The photo tutorial on how to crochet the single crochet stitch was originally published in late 2013 , but the written instructions were lost during the time spent in the hospital , when I did not renew the hosting for this website . So the photos have been pending and waiting in my old computer for more than 4 years for me to repost them . So what I will try to do is give the steps on how to crochet the single crochet stitch while my sister will try to synchronize the photos to my instructions .

The single crochet stitch is one of the basic stitches in the art of crocheting , along with the half double crochet stitch , the double crochet stitch , the triple crochet stitch , the slip stitch and obviously , the foundation chain . If you know these simple stitches , then you will know how to crochet many other stitches , fancier and more complicated patterns .

The Single Crochet Stitch Written Instructions

The single crochet stitch is abbreviated as sc in all crochet patterns . It is necessary that you also learn that the term “yarn over hook” is abbreviated as YO . Also note that the term “loop” will be used quite often . I remember showing all these loops and YOs extensively in the photos . To begin learning this stitch I recommend that you try it on a smaller swatch before committing yourself to a larger project . So let’s give the single crochet stitch a try .

There is a small particularity to this stitch . No matter the number of single crochet stitches you want to make on your first row , you will always need to add an extra chain to the foundation chain to complete your desired number of stitches . So if you want to have 20 sc on row 1 , then you will need to chain 21 chains for your foundation chain . But let’s try working 10 sc on a few rows together .

Therefore chain 11 , as seen in the image bellow .

The Single Crochet Stitch Written Instructions

Row 1 : There is already a loop on the hook which is visible in the photo; to crochet the first single crochet stitch , insert your hook in the very first chain of the foundation chain which is also called “first chain from the hook” ; YO once and pull the yarn through the chain of the foundation chain ; now you have two loops on your hook ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook ; that’s it , you just completed your first single crochet stitch . ( see images bellow )

Let’s crochet another stitch together : there is already a loop on your hook ; insert your hook in the next chain of the foundation chain ; YO once and pull the yarn through the chain of the foundation chain ; you have two loops on your hook ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both the loops on the hook to complete the second single crochet stitch on row 1 , as you can see in the images bellow .

Repeat the following steps to complete 10 sc in total on this first row : * insert hook in next chain of the foundation chain ; YO once and pull the yarn through the chain ; you have two loops on your hook now ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both the loops on your hook to complete another single crochet stitch * . At the end of this first row don’t forget to chain 1 to move on to the next row , which is a step that needs repeated here and throughout . ( see images bellow )

The first row was completed on the right side of the project , whereas the second one will be executed on the back side (also called the wrong side), so at this point you need to turn the project on the other side . Take a look at how the stitches look on row 1 . Notice that every stitch has two loops on top , one in front and the other on the back of your work , as you can see in the image bellow .

The Single Crochet Stitch Written Instructions

Row 2 : To crochet the first single crochet stitch on this row work as follows : there is already a loop on your hook from previous row ; insert your hook in the first sc from row 1 , bellow the two loops pointed out earlier ; YO once and pull the yarn through sc ; you have two loops on the hook now ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both the loops on the hook ; now you have a first sc on row 2 and a loop on the hook . ( see images bellow )

Let’s try again for a second sc : insert your hook in the next sc , bellow the two loops of the respective stitch ; YO once and pull the yarn through the sc , bellow the two loops ; now you have two loops on your hook ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both the loops on the hook to complete the second sc ; you now have one loop on your hook . ( see images bellow )

Repeat the steps written earlier to complete the whole set of 10 sc on row 2 . Take a look at the following photos to make sure you don’t lose track along the way , especially at the end of the row . At this point you surely should remember to crochet a chain at the end of this row which is necessary to move on to the next row . Lastly ,turn to the other side of the project , which is now the right side . ( see gallery bellow )

Guys , that’s about it with the single crochet stitch . From now on each row is only a repeat of the second row , which I am sure you already know how to crochet . But to make sure you have visual support in learning this basic stitch you can continue following the gallery bellow which shows a few more completed rows .

Alternatively , you can also take a look at my old video tutorial on my crochet YouTube channel that teaches you how to crochet the single crochet stitch in a few minutes .

I hope this helps . Don’t forget to like and share if you found my instructions useful .

Happy hooking , dear fellow crocheters,

Cătătlina (from The Coolorburbians)

Feb 272018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

I am so glad you came across my new pattern that will show you how to crochet a combination of single crochet stitches , double crochet stitches , chain spaces and clusters . Please note that the following instructions do not teach you how to crochet an actual pattern for an item , but it will guide you in the usage of the cluster stitch in a pattern . It is up to you how and where you are going to use the following combination of stitches .

How to crochet a combination of single crochet, double crochet and cluster stitches

Level: intermediate.

Abbreviations and how to :

ch – chain ;

ch sp – chain space ;

sc – single crochet ;

dc – double crochet ;

YO – yarn over ;

cluster – combination of 3dc only partially completed , worked in the same space recommended in the instructions ; ( YO , insert hook in sp recommended , YO and pull out a loop , YO and pull a loop through first two loops on the hook , do not complete the double crochet as usual , two loops left on the hook ) X 3 times ; YO and pull out a loop through all 4 loops on the hook .

Work a loose foundation chain from a multiple of 6 chains , plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern .

Row 1 : Work 1sc in the 2nd ch of the foundation chain ; * skip next 2ch of the foundation chain ; work ( cluster , 3ch , cluster ) in the next ch of the foundation chain ; 1ch ; skip next 2ch of the foundation chain ; 1sc in the next ch of the foundation chain * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; ch4 ; turn .

Row 2 : Work 1dc in the last 1sc on the side from previous row ; * skip next set of ( cluster , 3ch , cluster ) ; in the next 1sc work a set of ( 1dc , 4ch , 1dc ) * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; work a set of ( 1dc , 1ch , 1dc ) in the 1sc on the side from previous row ; 1ch ; turn .

Row 3 : Work 1sc in the last 1dc on the side from previous row ; * in the next 1dc work a set of ( cluster , 3ch , cluster ))) ; 1ch ; 1sc in the next ch-4 sp from previous row * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; 1sc in the beg ch4 on the side ; 4ch ; turn .

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to complete the pattern .

That is all , dear friends . Please let me know how you used these instructions and post photos of your crocheted items on our Facebook page that you can find in the sidebar . Also you can try out our patterns in the many categories on our site . Thank you for sharing our work with other artsy people as well .

Happy hooking,
The Coolorburbians