Crochet Crafts

Basic Granny Square Tutorial

Basic Granny Square TutorialAs you know, I was down for most of last weekend. I spent that wonderful time in bed, busy making Granny Squares. These squares will be for a later project, but as anyone who has ever made Granny Squares can tell you, just making the squares can get time consuming as well as monotonous. So I made TWO different types of squares.

Here is the crochet pattern that I used to make my Granny Squares.

*With my materials, each square came out to be 5-1/2×5-1/2. With each row you add it will make them larger.

Materials:

*Yarn (any kind will work. I am using up some worst weighted yarn)

*Crochet hook   

 

Key:

CH= Chain

M1= Main thread

M2= Alternative thread

A2= Accent thread 2

B3= Contrast thread 3

F4= Border Thread 4

SL=Slip Stitch

TC=Triple Crochet

Bassic Granny square 1PATTERN A:

Round 1: With M1, CH 4, SL into fist CH, CH1

Round 2: CH2, 2TC into the circle you created w/ Round 1, CH2, 3TC into circle, CH1, 3TC into circle, CH2, 3TC into circle, CH1, 3TC into circle, CH2, 3TC into circle, CH1, 3TC into circle, CH2, 3TC into circle, CH1, SL between the first and second TC.

Round 3: Pick a corner (where there is 3TC,CH2,3TC) start here. With M2, SL onto corner. CH3, 2TC into corner, CH2, 3TC, CH1, 3TC into next corner,  CH2, 3TC, CH1, 3TC into next corner,  CH2, 3TC, CH1, 3TC into next corner,  CH2, 2TC, SL between the first and second TC, finish off.

Round 4: Pick a corner (where there is 3TC,CH2,3TC) start here. With A2, SL onto corner. CH3, 2TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, , CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, SL between the first and second TC, finish off.

Round 5: Pick a corner to start on. With B3, SL onto corner. CH3, 2TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, SL between the first and second TC, finish off.

Round 6: Pick a corner to start on. With F4, SL onto corner. CH3, 2TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1,  3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, SL between the first and second TC, finish off.

Trim your tails to tidy it up.

Bassic Granny square 2PATTERN B

Round 1: With M1, CH 4, SL into fist CH, CH1

Round 2: CH2, 2TC into the circle you created w/ Round 1, CH2, 3TC into circle, CH1, 3TC into circle, CH2, 3TC into circle, CH1, 3TC into circle, CH2, 3TC into circle, CH1, 3TC into circle, CH2, 3TC into circle, CH1, SL between the first and second TC.

Round 3: CH4,3TC into first corner to your left, CH2, 3TC, CH1, 3TC into next corner,  CH2, 3TC, CH1, 3TC into next corner,  CH2, 3TC, CH1, 3TC into next corner,  CH2, 2TC, SL to bring first CH over, finish off.

Round 4: Pick a corner (where there is 3TC,CH2,3TC) start here. With A2, SL onto corner. CH3, 2TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, SL between the first and second TC, finish off.

Round 5: Pick a corner to start on. With B3, SL onto corner. CH3, 2TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, SL between the first and second TC, finish off.

Round 6: Pick a corner to start on. With F4, SL onto corner. CH3, 2TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1,  3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC into corner, CH2, 3TC into corner, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, 3TC in previous rounds next hole, CH1, SL between the first and second TC, finish off.

Trim your tails to tidy it up.

Please feel free to comment if you need further assistance.

I can’t wait to see what we end up making with these. Please post any pics of you granny squares.  Cheers!

~Gin

Easy Crochet Gift Baskets Pattern

Easy Crochet Gift BasketsSo in my previous tutorial I made some wire trees for my kid’s Hebrew teachers for Tu B’Shevat. I wanted to give them out in something nice and when i saw this yarn, I knew it was just the thing to make these little gift baskets. I have no idea wear I got this yarn, but its in the pile so it MUST GO!

Time to craft!

I’m using a worst weighted yarn for sure. I have long lost the original info on the yarn and based on its texture I would say it is WW. I post this with the impression that you have some basic understanding of crochet and reading their patterns. I’m not really a pattern girl myself and so I had to kind of wing this. I’m hoping that my pattern is clear enough for you to understand. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.

Key:yarn

CH=Chain

SC=Single Crochet

SS= Slip Stitch

*I used a H size hook with my yarn to have it slightly smaller. You can use a chunkier yarn with appropriate hook and get a similar result but your final product will be slightly larger.

Round 1: Make a Magic Circle, CH3, then make 12 SC into your circle. Pull to tighten.

Round 2: Make 2 SC in each loop, SS to first SC in round. (24)

Round 3: CH 1, *SC, 2SC. Repeat 12x from *  then SS to first SC in round. (36)

Round 4: CH1, *SC, SC, 2SC. Repeat 12x from *  then SS to first SC in round. (48)

Round 5: CH1, *SC, SC, SC, 2SC. Repeat 12x from *  then SS to first SC in round. (60)

Round 6-10: Ch1, *SC. Repeat all the way to SS of round then SS to first SC in round. (60)

Round 11-12: CH1, *SC into back of each loop. Repeat all the way to SS of round then SS to first SC in round. (60)

Round 13-14: Ch1, *SC. Repeat all the way to SS of round then SS to first SC in round. (60)

Round 15: CH1, *SC into back of each loop. Repeat all the way to SS of round then SS to first SC in round. (60)

***To Make handle:

Starting from where you left off in the round:

Row 16: CH 35, SS into the 30th loop in the round from for SS in round 15.

Row 17: SC in loop 31 of Round 15 (use this as your turn) then SC back on chain to loop 60 and SS

Row 18: SC in loop 59 of Row 15 and then SC back on chain to loop 59 and SC. Cut and pull tail through to bind off.

Tie in the ends to help reinforce the handle.

Also, do not forget to tie your ends for the magic circle to help prevent it from coming open.

I hope this works. My first pattern. Please feel to comment if you have any issues.

Cheers!

~Gin

Getting Started with Amigurumi

Getting Started with AmigurumiI’m always looking for new ideas to expand on the old one. Right now I have a ton of yarn in my stash and I would like to make something with it, however, winter is almost over. (At least here in Texas.) So it just seems silly to make scarves, gloves, and beanies right now. I recently came across this AWESOME Star Wars Amigurumi photo and besides “that’s cool!” I also thought, ” Hey,I can do that!”.star_wars_mini_amigurumi_patterns_1

Amigurumi uses crochet to make little toys. It is really simple if you know at least the basic crochet techniques. Since I’m use to making LARGER items with my crochet hook, I decide to start out with a simple ball. I followed You Tuber Naztazia, who made this simple Beginner Amigurumi Smiley Face. As you can see in the picture of my ball. I didn’t make the face, but she gives out some great advice on marking and creating good habits when starting in Amigurumi.
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My next step was to make something a bit more adventurous and I decided to make a penguin as it uses many of the techniques I see in most Amigurumi dolls. I used Stacey’s guide at Freshstiches.com to begin making my very first Amigurumi penguin. This actually took me a couple days, which is why you haven’t seen me blog recently.

Getting started with Amigurummi

LOL , as you can see it came out a bit lop side, but I love it all the same! (With just some of these basics you can expect to see some future projects this year using these techniques.

~Gin