Jun 112016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Today’s article will show you how to crochet an Anchored Stitch. Why anchored, you might wonder? Well we thought about how to name the stitch and we noticed that the mixture of double crochet stitches in V and one other on top of them looks like an anchor. We admit that renaming crochet stitches requires quite a bit of imagination.

This is a very easy pattern that you can use to make ponchos and scarves.

Take a look at the picture below see how this pattern looks like.

How to crochet the Anchored Stitch

Abbreviations:

[ ] – work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
ch – chain
ch-sp – chain-space
dc -double crochet
sc -single crochet
sp – space
tr – triple (treble) crochet

Level: beginner

Tip: This stitch has very loose and mixed edgings. Make sure you learn how to add various borders to make these edgings look prettier.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 6, plus 3 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: work [ 2dc, 2ch, 2dc] in 6th ch from the hook; * skip next 5ch; work [ 2dc, 2ch, 2dc ] in next ch *; repeat from * to *; finish the row: skip next 2ch, work 1dc in the last ch from the foundation ch, 1ch to turn.

Row 2: work 1sc in last dc from previous row; * 3 ch; skip next 2dc; work 1dc in next ch-2-sp; 3ch; skip next 2dc; work 1sc in the sp between the 2 groups of 4dc *; repeat from * to *; finish the row: work 1sc in the last ch-sp from previous row, 4ch to turn.

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

Repeat rows 2 to 3 to complete the pattern.

Happy anchoring,
The Coolorburbians.

Jun 092016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

This post will show you how to crochet a variation of the Arcade Stitch, which is one of the easiest stitches, even if it looks fancy and complicated. However, this particular variation is not for those of you who are faint at heart, because it requires a lot of attention and following many steps. But, if you try your best and practice, practice, practice you will end up learning an awesome stitch and creating lots of crochet items such as sweaters, cardigans, ponchos, shawls, scarves and purses.

Take a look at the picture below to see how this variation of the Arcade Stitch looks like.

The Arcade Crochet Stitch variation 1

Abbreviations:

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

Level: intermediate

Tip: This variation of the Arcade Stitch is a yarn eater. Please make sure you have enough yarn to complete a project.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 8, plus 7 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: work 1sc in 8th ch from hook; * 5ch; skip next 4 ch; 1sc in next ch; 5ch; skip next 2ch; 1sc in next ch *; repeat from * to *; to finish: work 2ch, skip next ch, 1dc in last ch, 1ch to turn.

Row 2: work 1sc in 1dc from previous row; * work 9dc in next ch-5-sp; 1sc in next ch-5-sp *; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1sc in last ch-sp, 5ch to turn.

Row 3: * skip 3dc in 9dc from previous row; 1sc in next dc; 5ch; skip next 2dc from same 9dc group; 1sc in next dc; 2ch; skip last 2dc of the same 9dc group; 1dc in next dc; 2ch *; repeat from * to *; finish: 1dc in last sc, 3ch to turn.

Row 4: work 4dc in first ch-2-sp from previous row; * 1sc in next ch-5-sp; 4dc in next ch-2-sp; 1dc in next dc; 4dc in next ch-2-sp *: repeat from * to *; finish: 5dc in last ch-sp from the row, 5ch to turn.

Row 5: work 1sc in 3rd dc from previous row; *2ch; skip next 2dc; 1dc in next sc; 2ch; skip first 3dc of the 9dc group; 1sc in 4th dc; 5ch; skip next 2dc of the same 9dc group; 1sc in next dc*; repeat from * to *; finish: 2ch, skip 2dc from last 5dc group, 1sc in 3rd dc, 2c, 1dc in last ch of the row, ch 1 to turn.

Row 6: work 1sc in dc from previous row; * skip next sc; work 4dc in next ch-2-sp; 1dc in next dc; 4dc in next ch-2-sp; 1sc in next ch-5-sp*; repeat from * to *; finish: 1sc in last ch-sp, 5ch to turn.

Repeat rows 3 to 6 to complete the pattern.

We hope that our instructions were helpful. We kindly ask you to upload photos of your finished items using this crochet stitch on our Facebook page that you can find in the side bar.
Happy arcading,
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.

Feb 252015
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Welcome to yet another pattern for a fancy stitch. We know that Halloween has already passed, but even so, adding a new stitch to your crochet dictionary is always a bonus. Today’s written instructions will show you how to crochet the spider stitch. You can use it to crochet scarves, cardigans, sweaters, even ponchos, etc.

You can take a look at the image bellow to see how the spider stitch looks like:

How to crochet the spider stitch, written instructions

Abbreviations:

ch– chain
ch- – chain from previous row
sc– single crochet stitch
dc– double crochet stitch
tr– triple crochet stitch

Level: beginner-intermediate.

Tip: The spider stitch is mostly based on the triple crochet stitch. Working this stitch requires you to keep a steady tension, so that the swatch will look even. Otherwise, the spiders will turn out messy.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 14 plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: 1dc in the 6th ch from the hook; * ch1; skip next ch from foundation ch; 1dc in next ch * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return (counts as a dc + ch1sp here and throughout).

Row 2: 1dc in the 2nd dc from previous row; * ch3; 1tr in each of next 4dc from previous row; ch3; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 3: 1dc in 2nd dc from previous row; * ch3; 1sc in each of next 4tr; ch3; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 4: 1dc in 2nd dc from previous row; * ch3; 1sc in each of next 4sc; ch3; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 5: repeat row 4.

Row 6: 1dc in next 2nd dc from previous row; * ch1; 1tr in 1st sc; ch1; 1tr in 2nd sc; ch1; 1tr in 3rd sc; ch1; 1tr in 4th sc; ch1; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 7: 1dc in 2nd dc from previous row; * ch1; 1dc in 1st tr; ch1; 1dc in 2nd tr; ch1; 1dc in 3rd tr; ch1; 1dc in 4th tr; ch1; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Repeat rows 2-7 to compete the pattern.

As usual, if you prefer the video instructions, you can watch the one below, that will show you how to crochet the spider stitch.

Photo gallery:

Happy spidering,
The Coolorburbians.

Dec 182014
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Winter has come and my mom was looking to make a few beanies for me and my sister and she didn’t know where to start. She used to be an avid crocheter, but since taking a break for a few years, she doesn’t remember patterns and things like that. I remembered I had written a pattern on how to crochet an urban slouchy beanie last year, but never got around to write then down on the website, so I told my mom to start with this beanie first.

The beanie will fit most adult sizes. Our beanie is 29cm long (approx. 11,4″) and 23cm wide (approx. 9″). We don’t know the measurements of the beanie for a child.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain;
ch- – refers to chain previously made;
sc – single crochet;
dc – double crochet;
sl st – slip stitch;
st(s) – stitch(es)

Level: beginner – intermediate .

Needed time: 3-6 hours.

There are a few tips I’d like to share with you before you begin your beanie.

The beanie should look like the ones in the images below.


1. You will need a small amount of yarn to crochet the beanie. You can use up to 5 colors, just like my mom did. We will name these colors A, B, C, D and E. The yarn can be leftovers from your previous crochet projects. Mom used approximately 30 g (approx. 1 oz) for each ball of yarn. So approx. 150 g (~ 5 oz) in total.

2. The texture of the yarn is very important. I mean, getting the right type of yarn is imperative. For this beanie you will need light yarn which you can also find under the name DK and worsted yarn. Mom tried using fine yarn and the beanie was far too slouchy. If you use thicker yarn, the beanie will be too tight and not slouchy enough.

3. You will need a 4mm and a 5mm crochet hook and a pair of scissors. Rounds 1-20 will be completed using the 5mm crochet hook. Rounds 21-30 will be completed using the 4mm crochet hook.

All this materials are shown in image 1:

How to crochet  an urban slouchy beanie, written instructions

Image 1

4. You need to know how to crochet the single crochet stitch, the double crochet stitch and how to slip stitch. Try crocheting these stitches a little tighter and even. Otherwise, the beanie will look too airy.

5. A lot of colors will be changed. A new color will be attached to the crochet hook through a slipknot (image 2) and then attached to the beanie with a slip stitch (image 3). There will be a lot of loose ends. Do not leave them out. Sewing loose ends is more difficult, I believe. Conceal these loose ends while crocheting (image 4).

Let’s begin.

Round 1: use the 5mm crochet hook; start with color A; ch2; work 12dc in 2nd ch from the hook; join last dc with first dc with a sl st (12 sts). (Images 5 to 8).

Round 2: ch3 (counts as a dc here and throughout); 1dc in the same st as ch-3 (image 9); 2dc in each st around; join last dc with top of beginning ch-3 with a sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off (24 sts).(image 10)

Round 3: attach color B with a sl st in any st from previous round (tip: does not need to be on top of the beginning ch-3 from previous round); ch3; 1dc in same st as ch-3; 1dc in each of next 2 sts from previous round; * 2dc in next dc; 1dc in each of next 2dc * ; (image 11) repeat from * to * ; join last dc with top of beginning ch-3 with a sl st (32 sts). (image 12).

Round 4: ch3; 1dc in same st as ch-3; 1dc in each of next 3 sts from previous round; * 2dc in next dc; 1dc in each of next 3dc * ; (image 13) repeat from * to * around; join last dc with top of beginning ch-3 with a sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off (40 sts). (image 14)

Round 5: attach color C in any st from previous round with a sl st; ch3; 1dc in same st as ch-3; 1dc in each of next 4 sts from previous round; * 2dc in next dc; 1dc in each of next 4dc * ; (image 15) repeat from * to * around; join last dc with top of beginning ch-3 with a sl st (48 sts). (image 16)

Round 6: ch3; 1dc in same st as ch-3; 1dc in each of next 5 sts from previous round; * 2dc in next dc; 1dc in each of next 5dc * ; (image 17) repeat from * to * around; join last dc with top of beginning ch-3 with a sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off (56 sts). (image 18)

Round 7: attach color D in any st from previous round with a sl st; ch3; 1dc in same st as ch-3; 1dc in each of next 6 sts from previous round; * 2dc in next dc; 1dc in each of next 6dc * ; (image 19) repeat from * to * around; join last dc with top of beginning ch-3 with a sl st (64 sts). (image 20)

Round 8: ch3; 1dc in same st as ch-3; 1dc in each of next 7 sts from previous round; * 2dc in next dc; 1dc in each of next 7dc * ; (image 21) repeat from * to * around; join last dc with top of beginning ch-3 with a sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off (72 sts). (image 22)

Round 9: attach color E in any st from previous round with a sl st; ch3; 1dc in next st; 1dc in each dc around; join last dc with top of beginning ch-3 with a sl st (72 sts). (image 23)

How to crochet  an urban slouchy beanie, written instructions

Image 23

Round 10: ch3; 1dc in next st; 1dc in each st around; join last dc with top of beginning ch-3 with a sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off (72 sts). (image 24)

How to crochet  an urban slouchy beanie, written instructions

Image 24

Rounds 11-20: repeat rounds 9, 10 alternating between colors A, B, C, D and E (72 sts on each round). Image 25 will show you 20 completed rounds.

How to crochet  an urban slouchy beanie, written instructions

Image 25

Round 21: switch to the 4mm crochet hook; attach color A in any st from previous round with a sl st; ch1; 1sc in same st as ch-1; (image 26) 1sc in next st; 1sc in each st from previous round; join last sc with first sc with a sl st (72 sts). (image 27)

Round 22: ch1; 1sc in same st as ch-1; 1sc in next st; 1sc in each of next sts around ; join last sc with first sc with a sl st; cut the yarn and fasten off (72 sts).

Round 23-30: repeat rounds 21, 22 alternating between colors B, C, D, E (72 sts on each round). (image 28)

How to crochet  an urban slouchy beanie, written instructions

Image 28

Cut last color and fasten off. Conceal the loose end around the last round with sl st (image 29).

How to crochet  an urban slouchy beanie, written instructions

Image 29

That’s all, folks!

I hope your urban slouchy beanie looks wonderful on you. If you wish to share photos of your finished beanie, you can do so on our Facebook wall that you can find in the right sidebar.

Happy slouching,
The Coolorburbians.

Dec 022014
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Welcome to yet another “name this stitch” written instructions. We thought the pattern looks like a rhombus, so we decided to name the stitch the elongated rhombus stitch. The pattern is composed from two parts: one that looks solid and one that looks like a lace. It can be used to make shawls, tops, scarves, shrugs, summer sweaters and many others.

How to crochet a beginner elongated rhombus stitch

How to crochet a beginner elongated rhombus stitch

Abbreviations:

chchain;
ch- – refers to chain previously made
ch-sp – chain space;
sc – single crochet;
dc – double crochet.

Level: beginner.

Tip: Because it tends to be a lacey stitch, we recommend that you use finer yarn and a smaller sized crochet hook (3,5-4mm).

Grab your yarn and crochet hook and let’s begin.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 4, plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: work 1sc in the 2nd ch from the hook; * work a ch5; skip ch3 from foundation ch; 1sc in next ch * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: work a ch3 to turn (counts as a dc here and throughout).

Row 2: work 2dc in the first sc from previous row; * work 1sc in the next ch5sp; in the next 1sc work [2dc, 1ch, 2dc] * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: work 1sc in the last ch5sp; 3dc in the last 1sc from previous row; ch1 to turn.

Row 3: work 1sc in the first dc from previous row; * work a ch5; skip next [2dc, 1sc, 2dc]; work 1sc in next ch1sp * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: work 1sc in the beginning ch3; work ch3 to turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to complete the pattern.

Happy crocheting,
The Coolorburbians.

P.S.: We are very interested in what you, guys, work with these new stitches. You can upload photos and share your projects with us and other crochet lovers on our Facebook wall that you can find in the right side bar.

Nov 152014
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

I, Cătălina, came across this stitch in one of my Romanian books with crochet patterns and, at first, didn’t know how to name it. While looking closer and closer to my swatch I was making, I realized that each row started looking like an arcade. Hence the name The Arcade Stitch. There are many variations to this stitch, so, don’t get confused in case you find a pattern that uses the same name but looks a little bit different. Don’t forget, crocheting is very creative and variety is welcomed.

Now, let’s get started with the instructions.

Abbreviations:
ch – chain;
ch- – refers to chain previously made;
ch-sp – chain space;
dc – double crochet;
sc – single crochet;

Level: beginner-intermediate.

Tip: Do not worry if your stitches look messy and uneven. When practicing a new technique, the stitches will look tighter and tighter.

How to crochet the Arcade Stitch, written instructions

How to crochet the Arcade Stitch

Work a loose chain of multiple of 8, plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: 2sc in the 2nd and 3rd ch from the hook; * ch5; skip next ch-5 from foundation ch; 3sc in the next ch-3 * ; Repeat from * to *; to finish the row: ch5; skip next ch5 from foundation ch; 2sc in the last ch2; ch1 to turn.

Row 2: 1sc in the first sc from row 1; * skip next sc; 9dc in the next ch-5-sp; skip next sc; 1sc in next sc * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: 1sc in the last sc from row 1; ch4 to turn (counts as 1dc+ch1 here and throughout).

Row 3: skip first 3dc; 3sc in next 3dc; * CH5; skip next [3dc, 1sc, 3dc]; 3sc in next 3dc * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: ch1; 1dc in last sc from previous row; ch3 to turn.

Row 4: 4dc in first ch-1sp; * skip 1sc; 1sc in next sc; skip next sc; 9dc in next ch-5sp * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: 5dc in last ch-4sp; ch1 to turn.

Row 5: 2sc in first 2dc from previous row; * ch5; skip next [3dc, 1sc, 3dc]; 3sc in next 3dc * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: 2sc in last dc and beginning CH-3; CH1 to turn.

Repeat rows 2 to 5 to complete the pattern.

Congrats! You just learned how to crochet the Arcade Stitch. You can use this stitch to make all sorts of things, but, especially, cardigans. We don’t have a pattern using the stitch, yet, but are working on something at the moment.

Below, you can watch the video tutorial on how to crochet the Arcade Stitch.

Happy arcading,
The Coolorburbians.

Photo Gallery of the Arcade Stitch: