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 !

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)

Nov 252017
 

Dear Artsy&Crafts Friends,

In today’s photo tutorial I am going to show you how to crochet a colorful sweater using the Traditional Solid Granny Square, as shown in the picture below.

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

You might think it is hard, but that’s not the case. So let’s get started.

Abbreviations:

ch- – chain
ch-X-sp – chain X space
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Level: beginner

Size: L, 40

Tips:

1. To make your sweater as colorful as possible, you will need a variety of colors. So make an inventory of all the leftover yarn or buy new ones. Or you can make it with as many colors as you want, even two or just one, in which case you won’t have to cut the yarn and fasten off the yarn as much. The instructions will be the same. All in all, you will need about 800 grams ( approx. 29 ounces) of yarn in total.

2. For this project, we used 100% light worsted acrylic yarn. If you use a thicker yarn, the size will differ.

3. You will need a 4mm EU size (7-I9), 5mm EU size, a pair of scissors, tape measurement, like in the photo below (imag.1).

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.1

4. Try to keep a steady tension when crocheting the stitches to make the project look even and neat.

5. If you decide to work with multiple colors, be aware that you will have lots of loose ends. When working solid Granny squares, you will attach the new color as follows: make a knot, (imag. 2) join with sl st ]n ch-2-sp (imag. 3), which is the corner of the solid granny square. You will do the same when working the sleeves, chest or back.

6. Don’t forget to hide all the loose ends as you crochet ( imag. 4). If you leave them for later, it will be a lot more difficult and time consuming.

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.4

7. You will crochet 2 big solid Granny squares, one for front, one for back. Each square will have 20 rows. When you finish working one square, you will add 15 rows of double crochet to each square to complete the chest and the back. Then, you will work the sleeves, an edge using the single crochet and, finally, the collar.

Having said that, let’s get to work.

Part 1: How to crochet the two solid Granny squares

Row 1: with first color work 2ch (imag.5); work [ 3dc in 1st ch; 2 h (imag.6,7)] x 4; join with sl st last ch-2 with first dc; cut the thread and fasten off; you will have: 3dc on each side, 12 dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp (which represent the corners of the square)(imag. 8)

Row 2: join a new color with sl st in any of the 4 ch-2-sp; work 3ch (this counts as a dc here and throughout); work 1dc in same ch-sp as the 3ch (imag. 9); work 1dc in each of next 3dc from previous row (imag 10); * work [2dc, 2 ch, 2dc] in next ch-2-sp (imag. 11); work 1dc in each of next 3dc from previous row *; repeat from * to * two more times; to finish the row work: 2dc in first ch-2-sp, 2ch, join with top of first ch -3 with sl st; cut the thread and fasten off . You will have: 7dc on each side, 28dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp. (imag.12)

Row 3: join a new color with sl st in any of the 4 ch-sp; work 3ch, 1dc in same ch-2-sp as 3ch (imag.13); work 1dc in each of next 7dc from previous row (imag. 14); * work [2dc, 2ch,2dc] in next ch-2sp, (imag. 15) and 1dc in each of the next 7 dc from previous row *; repeat from * to * two more times; to finish the row work: 2dc in first ch-2-sp, 2ch, join with top of first ch-3 with sl st, cut the yarn and fasten off. You will have: 11dc on each side, 44dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp.(imag. 16)

Row 4: join new color with sl st in any of the 4 ch2-sp; work 3ch, 1dc in same ch-2sp as ch-3 (imag. 17), and 1dc in each of the 11dc from previous row; * work [2dc,2ch,2dc] in next ch-2-sp, (imag.18), and 1dc in each of next 11dc from previous row *; repeat from * to * two more times; to finish the row: 2dc in first ch-2-sp, 2c, join with top of first ch-3 with sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off. You will have: 15dc on each side, 60dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp. (imag.19)

Row 5: join new color with sl st in any of the 4 ch2-sp; work 3ch, 1dc in same ch-2sp as ch-3 (imag. 20), and 1dc in each of the 15dc from previous row; * work [2dc,2ch,2dc] in next ch-2-sp, (imag.21), and 1dc in each of next 15dc from previous row *; repeat from * to * two more times; to finish the row: 2dc in first ch-2-sp, 2c, join with top of first ch-3 with sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off. You will have: 19dc on each side, 76dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp. (imag.22)

The square will increase in size in the ch-2-sp corners which each row. Each side of the square will have 4 extra dc (16dc in total on each row). Following this principle and the instructions from the previous rows, please work the next 15 rows. To give you extra help, will count the number of dc for each row.

Row 6: you will have: 23dc on each side, 92dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 7: 27dc on each side, 108dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 8: 31dc on each side, 124dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 9: 35dc on each side, 140dc in total, 4ch-2-sp.

Row 10: 39dc on each side, 156dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp. (imag. 23)

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.23

Row 11: 43dc on each side, 172dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 12: 47dc on each side, 188dc in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 13: 51dc on each side, 204 in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 14: 55dc on each side, 220 in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 15: 59dc on each side, 236 in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 16: 63dc on each side, 252 in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 17: 67dc on each side, 268 in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 18: 71dc on each side, 284 in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 19: 75dc on each side, 300 in total, 4 ch-2-sp.

Row 20: 79dc on each side, 316 in total, 4 ch-2-sp. (imag.24)

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.24

Part 2: How to crochet the chest and the back

The pattern is the same for both chest and back. You work the rows horizontically on either side of the squares.

Row 1: join new color with sl st in any of the 4 ch-2-sp ; work 3ch (this counts as 1dc here and throughout)(imag. 25); work 1dc in each of the next dc from previous row of the square, 1dc in next ch-2-sp; cut the yarn and fasten off. You will have 81dc in total. (imag.26,27)

Rows 2-15: join new color with sl st in last dc from previous row; work 3c, and 1dc in each of the next dc from previous row; cut the yarn and fasten off. You will have 81dc in total. (imag. 28, 29)

Part 3: How to join the front and the back

Join the two sides of the sweater, front and back, with sl st. Insert crochet hook in any ch-2-sp from opposite side of the one you worked the 15 rows, simultaneously in both squares and start to sl st. Insert hook in next dc, simultaneously in both squares and sl st. Repeat until end of rows. Cut the yarn and fasten off. (imag 30)

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.30

Part 4: How to join the shoulders

Join the shoulders the same as the front and back, with sl st. Don’t forget to leave enough space for the neck. (imag. 31)
At this point, your project will look like a vest.

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.31

Part 5: How to crochet the sleeves

Row 1: join new color with sl st in any dc in the space designed for the sleeve; work 3ch (this counts as 1dc here and throughout), and 1dc in same dc as ch-3; work 2dc on the horizontal side of each dc in the sleeve space until you finish; join last dc with top of beg. ch-3 with sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off. You will have 60dc in total ( imag. 32)

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.32

Rows 2-35: join new color with sl st in any dc from previous row; work 3ch, and 1dc in each of next 59dc from previous row; join last dc with top beg ch-3 with sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off. There will be 60dc in total (imag. 33).

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.33

Part 6: How to work the edges

You will need the 4mm crochet hook. You will use single crochet stitches and work in circle.

a)The edge at the bottom of squares:

Row 1: join new color with sl st in any ch-2-sp from bottom side of the Granny square; work 1ch, 1sc in same space as ch-1; work 1sc in each 79dc from the bottom side of square1; 1sc in next ch-2-sp; 1sc in next 79dc from bottom side of square2; 1sc in next ch-2-sp; join with first sc with sl st; cut and fasten off. You will have 162sc in total. (imag 34, 35)

Rows2-5: join new color with sl st in any sc from previous row; work 1ch, 1sc in same space as ch-1; work 1sc in each 161sc from previous row; join with first sc with sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off. You will have 162sc in total. (imag.36)

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.36

b)The sleeve edge:

Row 1: join new color with sl st in any dc from previous row; work 1ch; insert hook in same space as ch-1 and pull out a loop; insert hook in next dc from previous row and pull out a loop; yarn over hook once and pull out through all the 3 loops on the hook (imag. 37, 38); * insert hook in next dc from previous row and pull out a loop; insert hook in next dc from previous row and pull out a loop; yarn over hook once and pull out through all 3 loops on the hook (imag. 39,40) *; repet from * to *; join last sc with first sc with sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off. You will have 30sc in total. (imag. 41)

Row 2: join new color with sl st in any sc from previous row; work 1ch, 1sc in same space as ch-1; insert hook in next sc from previous row and pull out a loop; insert hook in next sc from previous row and pull out a loop through all 3 loops on the hook; * insert hook in next sc from previous row and pull out a loop, insert hook in next sc from previous row and pull out a loop, insert hook in next sc from previous row and pull out a loop through all 3 loops *; repeat from * to *; join with first ch-1 with sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off. You will have 20 sc in total.

Rows 3-5: join new color with sl st in any sc from previous row; work 1ch, 1sc in same space as ch-1, and 19sc in each of the next 20sc from previous row; join with sl st with first sc; cut the yarn and afsten off. You will have 20sc in total. (imag.42)

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.42

Part 7: How to work the collar

Join desired color with sl st in any of dc from within the collar space; work 1ch, 1sc in same space as ch-1, and 1sc in each of the next dc from previous row within the collar area; join wih sl st with first sc; cut the yarn and fasten off. (imag. 43)

How To crochet A Super Colorful Sweater Using Solid Granny Square

Imag.43

Congratulations! You’ve just finished a super colorful sweater. Enjoy it.

Happy joining colors,

The Coolorburbians.

Nov 052017
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

It has been far too long since I last posted an article or crochet instructions for different stitches or projects . But the time has come to teach you once again how to crochet the simple things , like circles , squares and other shapes , motives and appliques . This is because I downgraded to a beginner crocheter myself after the stroke that made me blind nearly four years ago . So all these written instructions are now posted as they come along in my mind and memory . Today’s article will show you how to crochet the solid granny square , like the ones in the images below .

Level : beginner

Abbreviations :

ch – chain

ch-sp – chain space

dc – double crochet

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

Ch 4 ; join with sl st to form a ring .

Row 1 : Ch 3 ( counts as dc here and throughout ) ; 2dc in the ring ; ch 2 to form a corner ; 3dc in the ring ; ch 2 ; 3dc in circle ; ch 2 ; 3dc in the ring ; ch 1 ; join with top of beg ch3 with 1sc . ( 12dc and 4 corners on row 1 )

Row 2: Ch 3 ; 1dc in same ch1-sp as ch3; 1dc in each of next 3dc from previous row ; [ 2dc in next ch2-sp ; ch 2 ; 2dc in same ch2-sp ] ; 1dc in each of next 3dc ; [ 2dc in next ch2-sp ; ch 2; 2dc in same ch2-sp ] ; 1dc in each of next 3dc ; [ 2dc in next ch2-sp ; ch 2 ; 2dc in same ch2-sp ] ; 1dc in each of last 3dc from previous row ; 2dc in next ch1-sp ; ch 1 ; join with top of beg ch 3 with 1sc . ( 7dc on each side ; 28dc in total ; 4 corners on row 2 )

Row 3 : Ch 3 ; 1dc in same ch1-sp as ch3 ; *1dc in each of next 7dc from previous row ; [ 2dc in next ch2-sp ; ch 2 ; 2dc in same ch2-sp ] *; repeat from * to * 2 more times ; 1dc in each of last 7dc from previous row ; 2dc in last ch1-sp ; ch 1 ; join with top of beg ch3 with 1sc . ( 11dc on each side ; 44dc in total and 4 corners on row 3 )

Row 4 : ch 3 ; 1dc in same ch1-sp as ch3 ; * 1dc in each of next 11 dc from previous row ; [ 2dc in next ch2-sp ; ch 2 ; 2dc in same ch2-sp ]* ; repeat from * to * 2 more times ; 1dc in each of next 11dc ; 2dc in last ch1-sp ; ch 1 ; join with top of beg ch 3 with 1sc . ( 15dc on each side ; 60dc in total and 4 corners on row 4 )

Row 5 : Ch 3 ; 1dc in same ch1-sp as ch 3 ; * 1dc in each of next 15dc from previous row ; [ 2dc in next ch2-sp ; ch 2 ; 2dc in same ch2-sp ]* ; repeat from * to * 2 more times ; 1dc in each of next 15dc ; 2dc in last ch1-sp ; ch 1 ; join with top of beg ch 3 with 1sc . ( 19dc on each side ; 76dc in total and 4 corners on row 5 )

Cut the yarn and fasten off . However if you want to increase the size of your solid granny square , continue working more rows just like you crocheted the previous 4 rows , never forgetting that each row will grow in size with 16dc as the previous one .

I hope my written instructions helped you learn how to crochet the solid granny square and that this motivates you to start a crochet project , such as a blanket or a purse or a sweater . Or the simplest project I can think of , colorful and cheerful doilies . And don’t forget to post and share your crochet and handmade ideas on my Facebook page that you can find in the sidebar .

If you prefer visual instructions, you can watch the video tutorial bellow.

Happy crocheting solid granny squares ,

Cătălina (from The Coolorburbians).

Sep 262016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Today, we are going to teach you how to crochet a square around a circle.
There are many ways to crochet a circle. Also, there are lots of variations in the number of rounds you can crochet for a circle, for instance, a circle with two rounds, a circle with three rounds, or more. Crocheting a circle with 2 rounds is different from crocheting a circle with 3 rounds. This is based on the number of double crochet stitches you are using on the first round. There are video tutorials showing both types of circles on my YouTube channel, which you can find by following the links below:
How to crochet a circle with 2 rounds: part 1 and part 2.
How to crochet a circle with 3 rounds: part 1, part 2 and part 3.
We had to reconfigure the number of stitches on each round so as to have an even number of stitches to match a square.

How to crochet a square around a circle

Let’s get started!

Abbreviations:
beg ch – beginning chain
ch – chain
ch-x-sp – chain x space
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch

Level: beginner.

Part 1: How to crochet a circle with 3 rounds

Ch 4. Join with first ch with sl st to make a ring.

Round 1: ch3 (counts as a dc here and throughout); 11dc in the ring; join with top beg ch3 with sl st. (12dc in total)

Round 2: ch3; 1dc in same st as ch3; (2dc in next dc from previous round) X 11 times; join with top of beg ch 3 with sl st. (24dc in total)

Round 3: ch3; 1dc in same st as ch3; 1 dc in next dc; [2dc in next dc, 1dc in next dc] X 11 times; join with top of beg ch3 with sl st; (36dc in total)

If you want to continue with a different color, fasten off and attach the new color in any of the dc from previous round. We continued where we left off.

Part 2: How to crochet a square around a circle

Round 4: ch3; 1dc in same st as ch3; ch2; 2dc in next dc from previous round; * 2hdc in next 2 dc; 3sc in next 3 dc; 2hdc in next 2dc; 2dc in next dc; ch2; 2dc in next dc*; repeat from * to * two more times; finish the round: 2hdc in next 2 dc, 3sc in next 3dc, 2hdc in next 2dc; join with top of beg ch3 with sl st; (44dc and 4ch-2-sp in total).

Round 5: ch3; 1dc in next dc; (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch-2-sp; * 1dc in each of next 11dc from previous round; (2dc, ch2, 2dc in next ch-2-sp)*; repeat from * to * two more times; finish the round: 1 dc in each of next 9dc from previous round; join with top of beg ch3 with sl st; ( 60 dc and 4ch-2-sp in total).

Cut the yarn and fasten off.

If you want to make the square larger, you can crochet an extra round following the same instructions showed in row 5, making sure you enlarge the square size in corners.

If you prefer video instructions, here is the link showing you how to crochet a square around a circle.

Part 1: Hot to crochet a circle with 3 rounds

Part 2: How to crochet a square around a circle with 3 rounds

When you are done crocheting your project using our instructions, please share your photos on our Facebook page, in the sidebar.

Happy squaring circles,
The Coolorburbians.

Jul 062016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

I thought I should tell you that I’ve finally managed to overcome the lethargy after the stroke. In fact, even my sister, Ana-Maria, is feeling much better. We were both struck with apathy and with this sense of futility. But for the past few months I’ve started crocheting again and my sister started to learn how to crochet. I feel this overwhelming joy that I can hold the crochet hook without feeling frustrated that I can’t crochet double crochet stitches like I used to. I’m still limited to a few techniques and stitches, because of my blindness, but it’s better than nothing. Ever since I started crocheting I’ve been making shawl after shawl. Seven, to be more precise. Some of them I offered to friends as gifts, and the rest I intend to sell. But, even if I want to sell the complete project, that doesn’t mean that you do not have the right to know “the secret” behind the project. So, we decided to teach you how to crochet a shawl in a triangle shape, like the one in the image below.

How to crochet a shawl in a triangle

You can also watch the video tutorials below on how to crochet a shawl in a triangle shape:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Let’s get started!

Abbreviations:

() – work instructions within parentheses as may time as instructed

[] – work instructions within parentheses as may time as instructed

beg ch – beginning chain

ch – chain

ch-x-sp – chain-x-space

dc – double crochet

sl st – slip stitch

Level: beginner.

Tips: Read my next article on tips and recommendations about how to crochet a shawl in a triangle shape.

Work a loose ch of 5. Join 1st ch with last ch with a sl st to make a ring. (Tip: work around the ring and the loose end to avoid sewing).

Row 1: work 4ch (this represents 1dc and ch-1-sp here and across); 3dc inside the ring; 3ch to work the tip of the shawl; 3dc inside the ring; 1ch; 1dc inside the ring; 4ch to turn.

Row 2: work 3ch in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; (3dc,3ch,3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; (3dc, 1ch,1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Row 3: work 3dc in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; 3dc in next ch-1-sp; 1ch; (3dc,3ch,3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; 3dc in next ch-1-sp; 1ch; (3dc, 1ch, 1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Row 4: work 3dc in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; [3dc in next ch-1-sp, 1ch] X 2; (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp, 1ch] X 2; (3dc, 1ch, 1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Row 5: work 3dc in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp] X 3; (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp, 1ch] X 3; (3dc, 1ch, 1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Row 6: work 3dc in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp] X 4; (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp, 1ch] X 4; (3dc, 1ch, 1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Rows 7-40/50: repeat row 6 following the same steps as shown in this row.

That’s it. Seriously. We are not going to write instructions for the next rows because it would be redundant. All you have to do is follow the instructions for rows 4-6. The only difference is that each side of the row will have an additional set of 3dc. This is how the shawl increases: on the sides and not on the tip, as you might think.

Don’t forget to read the article about tips and recommendations about how to crochet shawls in a triangle shape. We will also post an article to show you how to attach the tassels to a shawl. And lastly, feel free to post photos of your finished projects on our Facebook page.

Happy crocheting,
The Coolorburbians

Jun 182016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

In this post we will teach you how to crochet the Granny on the Straight stitch.

This stitch originates from the Traditional Granny Square. Unlike the traditional Granny square, the Granny on the Straight stitch is worked on the long or on the wide in straight rows (thus the name). It is one of the easiest and frequently used stitch. You can crochet a variety of projects with the Granny on the Straight, such as blankets, shawls, scarves, sweaters, blouses, handbags and much more. You just have to use your imagination.

Abbreviations :
ch – chain
ch-x-sp – chain x space
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sp – space

And now let’s continue with some technical information:

– this stitch is worked in multiples of 4;

– because the foundation chain tends to stretch a lot because it is looser, we recommend crocheting a row of single crochet stitches for consolidation;

– the double crochet stitch is the main stitch used across the project; it is worked in sets of 3 double crochet stitches called shells (Note: shells are not necessarily crocheted with a fixed number of stitches, the number may vary from 3 to 9 , such as in the Catherine Wheels stitch);

– the shells are separated by a ch-1-space, which creates a space between the sets.

When learning a new stitch, always crochet small swatches before committing yourself to bigger projects.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 4. Then work a row of single crochet stitches.

Row 1: work 3ch (they count as a dc here and across the project); work 2dc in the same sc as the ch-3; * 1ch; skip next 3sc from previous row; 3dc in 4th sc from previous row*; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1ch, skip next 3sc, 3dc in last sc from previous row; work 4ch to turn (this counts as 1dc + ch-1 here and across).

Note: If you decide not to work the row of single crochet stitches, the instructions are the same. You will work the shells in the chains on the foundation chain and not in the single crochet. Here it goes: work 3ch; 2dc in 4th ch from foundation ch; *1ch; skip next 3ch; work 3dc in 4th ch from foundation ch*; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1ch, skip 3ch from foundation ch, 3dc in last ch from foundation ch; work 4ch to turn.

Row 2: skip 1st shell of 3dc; work 3dc in next ch-1-space; * 1ch; skip next set of 3dc; work 3dc in next ch-1-space from previous row*; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1ch, 1dc in last ch-3 from previous row (this sp is the same as the ch-4-sp from the beginning of the row); work 3ch to turn.

Row 3: work 2dc in 1st ch-1-sp from previous row (these 2dc + ch-3 make a shell); *1ch; skip next set of 3dc; work 3dc in next ch-1-sp from previous row*; repeat fro * to *; finish the row: 1ch, 3dc in last ch-1-sp from previous row; work 4ch to turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to complete the pattern.

If you worked a row of single crochet stitches at the beginning you need to finish the project with a row of single crochet stitches as well. So, work 1sc in each dc from previous row, including the ch-1-sps as well.

We hope that our instructions will help you learn the Granny on the Straight stitch.

We would be happy if you uploaded photos of your finished projects using this stitch on our Facebook page, which you can find in the right column.

If you prefer video tutorials, you can watch them following the links bellow:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Happy crocheting,
The Coolorburbians.

Jun 082015
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

It has been a long time since we last posted instructions for crochet stitches. We are going through major changes, but once in a while, we like to get our hands on crochet tools and play. Today we are posting instructions on how to crochet a pairing of single and double crochet stitches. It is a simple, yet very good looking to the eye stitch.

How to crochet a pairing of single and double crochet stitches

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
chxsp – chain x space
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet

Level: beginner.

Tips: Because it is summer and the stitch is a solid one, we would recommend using it to crochet a bag or a purse to go to the beach with. Also, make sure to keep the tension of the thread constant, so that your project will look even.

Work a loose chain from a multiple of 8 plus 4 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: work 2dc in 4th ch from the hook; * skip 3ch; in next ch work [1sc, 3ch, 1sc]; skip next 3ch; in next ch work [2dc, 2ch, 2dc]*; repeat from * to *; to finish the row work 3dc in last ch of the foundation ch; work 3ch to return.

Row 2: work 1sc on top of last dc from previous row; *in the next ch3sp work [2dc, 2ch, 2dc]; in the next ch2sp work [ 1sc, 3ch, 1sc]*; repeat from * to *; to finish the row work [ 1sc, 3ch, 1sc] in top of beginning ch from previous row; work 3ch to return.

Row 3: in the first ch3sp from previous row work 2dc; * in the next ch2sp work [ 1sc, 3ch, 1sc]; in the next ch3sp work [ 2dc, 2ch, 2dc] *; repeat from * to *; to finish the row work 3dc in the last ch2sp; work 3ch to return.

Repeat rows to and 3 to complete the pattern.

How did you like the crochet stitch? Pretty easy, right!? We hope you enjoyed it and that you are going to use it to create many wonderful crochet projects.

Happy crocheting,

The Coolorburbians.