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Crocheted Box Stitch Pattern

Box Stitch pattern   
As a knit and crochet teacher I have to solve "puzzles" for my students quite often. Please understand, that word "puzzles" may refer to helping others to read graphs, fix errors, or "translate" written pattern to a simple/understandable version. On Thursday, I was asked to solve one of those "not-completely-clear-patterns", when my very talented and very advanced student, Sarah (who by the way makes beautifully crocheted toys, blankets, etc.), brought in a print of crochet directions from "my picot" website - FYI, it was THIS ONE. I wanted to help her out, but due to several distractions, we had to abandon the idea of trying to decipher the written pattern right then and there. Other ladies needed my help and there was not enough time for me to do it. So I told her I'd figure it at home and show her how to do it at our next meeting.

But then, at home, I thought - I should make an educational video! Not just for Sarah, but for all my fab virtual artsy and crafty fans.

As I was reading the above mentioned written pattern (click on the link to see it) and looking at its chart, I realized that I would like to alter the pattern - simplify it. When I started to do repeats I realized, there will be no need for one of the rows. It only not eliminated the usage of some of the yarn, but also the crocheting got less time-consuming. Then according to a chart, I was supposed to turn my crocheted piece at the end of each row. But I changed that too - I just kept crocheting in the rounds, which meant to "rewrite" the pattern in my head (and now also on the virtual paper).

If you want to crochet my altered pattern, see my Step-by-Step Directions below. If you'd like to crochet the original box stitch pattern, click on the link mentioned above.

To crochet along with my educational video, RIGHTIES CLICK HERE, while LEFTIES SHOULD CLICK HERE

Huge "thank yous" to all my wonderful followers for sharing my projects.
Enjoy, and have fun knitting or crocheting :-)

Size:
Varies - depending on how many rows you will make

Materials (if you shop via affiliated links below you could help fund my future projects TXS):
Michaels on line store, OR Hobby Lobby, OR Jo-Ann Fabrics, OR Walmart 

Scissors

Gauge:
4"x4" = 13 sc sts x 7 sc rows

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
bpsc - crochet sc through back post of dc from prev. row
cluster - into the same stitch crochet: *(4 dc, ch1, 4 dc)*
join - join with a slip stitch
prev. - previous
ch1-sp - one chain space
ch2-sp - two chain space
cl ch1 sp - cluster's chain 1 space (in the middle of the cluster)
"V" stitch - 1dc, ch2, 1dc (Note: "V" stitches will represent each side)

Box Stitch pattern - right side and wrong side

Step-by-Step

Set up:
Foundation - magic circle

Work with yarn color A
Rnd 1           ch3 (counts as dc), then 2 dc, ch2, *(3dc, ch2*) - 3x, join into 3rd ch of initial ch3

Rnd 2           ch1, then *(1sc into 1st dc from prev. row, ch1, 1sc into 3rd dc from prev row, ch2)* - 4x, join into sl. st

Rnd 3           ch1, *(1sc into ch1-sp from prev. row, cluster over both ch2-sp from Rnd 1 and Rnd 2 (= into space between 3 dc-s in the first row)* - 4x, join

Rnd 4           work 1 bpsc sts around each st from prev. row as such: *(1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch1, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, 1 bpsc around sc)* - 4x, join

Work with yarn color B
Rnd 5           in the same 1st st: *(ch3, 2dc, ch2, 1dc)*, ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3, then *(skip 4 bpsc, in next st work: "1dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 1dc", ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3)* - 3x; finish row with 1dc into 1st st, ch2; join (total 4 repeats)

Rnd 6           ch1, bpsc around middle dc of 3 from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp (1/2 of the corner), 1 sc into sc from prev. row; *(work cluster into ch2-sp, bpsc around middle dc of 3 from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp, 1 sc into sc from prev. row)* - 3x; finish with cluster into ch2-sp at the beginning of the row, join

Rnd 7           work 1 bpsc sts around each st from prev. row as such: ch1, *(1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch11 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, 1bpsc around sc)* - 7x, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch1, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, join

Work with yarn color A
Rnd 8            in the same 1st st: *(ch3, 2dc, ch2, 1dc)*, ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3, then skip 4 bpsc and work "V" stitch into next st (between the clusters/corners),  ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3 *(skip 4 bpsc, in next st work: "1dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 1dc", ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3, "V" stitch into next st (between the clusters/corners, ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3)* - 3x; finish row with 1dc into 1st st, ch2; join (total 4 repeats)

Rnd 9           ch1, bpsc around middle dc of 3 from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp, 1 sc into sc from prev. row; work cluster into ch2-sp of "V" stitch, sc into sc; *(work cluster into ch2-sp, 1 bpsc around middle dc of 3 from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp, 1 sc into sc from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp of "V" stitch,  sc into sc from prev. row)* - 3x; finish with cluster into ch2-sp at the beginning of the row, join

Rnd 10           work 1 bpsc sts around each st from prev. row as such: *(1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch1, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, 1 bpsc around sc)* - 11x, finish with 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch1, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, 1bpsc around sc, join

Continue working as many 3-row repeats as you wish in a similar manner as in Rnds 8-10, except keep in mind that in each first round of 3-round repeat you will have always one extra "V" stitch between corner clusters. The corners will always have 2 clusters, while "V" stitches will have only one cluster. These extra "V" stitches will make your item bigger and bigger.
Please see my video to crochet along and to see Rnds 11-13.

If you want to make a blanket then just keep adding the "V" stitches on the sides in each first row of a 3-row repeat. When you are finished, weave in all the ends.


DID YOU FIND ERRORS? Let me know on what page and in which row by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
Also if you haven't subscribed to my HandmadeRukodelky Channel, you can do it HERE. There are many videos to be seen, too.

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Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Baby Blue Blanket and Green Scarf (lacy pattern)
Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Other crocheted items you may want to check out if you crochet too

Easy Lacey Bracelet With Pearl Beads
Crocheted Boobies (Prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Crocheted or Knitted Baby Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)
Crown Knitted On Straight needles (pattern & video)

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Candy Blanket

In my last post, I told you about a lady who donated a bag of yarn, which a couple of my knitting and crocheting ladies and I are utilizing for the gift prizes for summer reading in Bridgeport Public Library.
Today I share with you another free pattern where I used 2 big skeins for my project - a blanket (a lap blanket's usual size is about 35″ by 40″ and a kid's/baby blanket usually measures about 30″ by 36″.)
I chose these two skeins because they looked nice together, and as I progressed with my knitting I was loving the blanket more and more. The blanket colors look so yummy, and the pattern looks actually 3D - almost like I knitted cables.

I started on 158 sts and I was a little scared that I would not have enough yarn. Especially because the yarn was donated and I was not sure if I would be able to buy same yarn if I would run out. I am now finished and it turned out OK (see the measurements below). If you want to start on the same number of stitches and you would like to have your blanket a bit longer, you may need to buy more yarn than just one skein of each color (2 skeins total). You could also start with a lower number of repeats and make the blanket narrower.

Below is the written pattern, including few images of my finished project. AND - if you want to learn how to read charts and at the same time knit along (the pattern below) CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE MY VIDEO.

BTW - you could use this pattern for a scarf too because the wrong side looks very nice also. It is reversible. You would have to knit about six to nine "6-stitch" repeats (depending on how wide you would want your scarf) plus few extra stitches for the side edges and as many 12-row repeats as you want (again depending on how long you'd want to make your scarf).

ENJOY.
A donated bag with yarn


Gauge:
2" x 2" = 6 sts x 8 rows (in stockinette with 6mm knitting needles)


Size:
Width - 42" (158 stitches)
Height - 29.5" (148 rows = eleven 12-row repeats + two 8-row edges)


Materials (if you shop via affiliated links below you could help fund my future projects TXS):

Abbreviations:
Close-up of the pattern - each stripe is 12-row/6-stitch repeat
CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
MC - main color yarn (yellow)
CC - complimentary color (peach)
pm - place marker
mm - move marker
BO - bind off


Step-by-Step:

This pattern requires 12-row/6-stitch repeats. Note: This pattern is written for 24 6-stitch repeats. However, you can choose your own # of 6-stitch repeats

With MC yarn CO multiple of 6 sts plus 14 sts for 2 edges (each edge will have 7 sts). I casted on 158 sts (24 repeats of 6 sts = 144, plus 7 sts for each edge; 144 sts + 14 sts = total 158 sts)

Row 1-?       (MC) K158
Note: Knit as many rows of your bottom edge as you wish, I knitted 8 rows

Pattern:

Repeat the below pattern as many times as you want - alternating 12 rows in CC with 12 rows in MC, and finishing with 12 rows in CC.
I  will start row count from the beginning again (from #1). As you are knitting the first row, place markers for reference between your repeats - it will be easier to keep the track of your repetitions and what stitches you are supposed to knit. This work requires attention and concentration on your knit and purl stitches - great for our brains. I made my markers from a different color yarn, but you can use your preferred markers.


Blanket - for baby, kid, or for your lap

Use CC yarn:

Row 1          K7, pm; *[P2, K4, pm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 2          K7, mm; *[P4, K2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 3          K7, mm; *[P2, K4, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 4          K7, mm; *[P4, K2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7

Row 5          K7, mm; *[K2, P2, K2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 6          K7, mm; *[P2, K2, P2 mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 7          K7, mm; *[K2, P2, K2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 8          K7, mm; *[P2, K2, P2 mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7

Row 9          K7, mm; *[K4, P2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 10        K7, mm; *[K2, P4, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 11        K7, mm; *[K4, P2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 12        K7, mm; *[K2, P4, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7

Now repeat 12 rows above in MC yarn, after that again repeat 12 rows above in CC, and so on... Finish 12-row repeats with CC yarn.



12-row/6-stitch repeat (without edges)

Finishing:

Finish the blanket with the same number of rows as in the beginning. Let's start row count from 1 again.

Row 1-?       (MC) K158
Note: Knit as many rows for the end edge as you wish, I knitted 8 rows as in the beginning. BO last row. Finish crocheting single crochet stitches (or back stitches) around the entire perimeter with CC and to conceal your color changes of each 12-row panel as well. Do not make your edge too tight. 

Crochet around the side edges

Both sides look nice - I consider this blanket reversible

DID YOU FIND ERRORS? Let me know on what page and in which row by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
Also if you haven't subscribed to my HandmadeRukodelky Channel, you can do it HERE. There are many videos to be seen, too.

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Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Baby Blue Blanket and Green Scarf (lacy pattern)
Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Other crocheted items you may want to check out if you crochet too

Easy Lacey Bracelet With Pearl Beads
Crocheted Boobies (Prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Crocheted or Knitted Baby Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)
Crown Knitted On Straight needles (pattern & video)

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Knitted Griffindor Hat For Teens

Griffindor Hat for teens
I teach knitting and crocheting at one of the Bridgeport Public Library's branch. Anyone can come to our class and if they are stuck with their project, I will help them to solve their problem. In-between helping knitters and crocheters with their projects I occasionally teach beginners to knit.

The other day someone was cleaning their closets, and the nice person brought a bag of yarn to our library. Yippie!

I talked to Michele, the head of our branch, about the use of the yarn. She had a grand idea - to knit or crochet items that the librarians can give as prizes to kids for their summer reading. And knit something for our senior citizens too, while we are at it. I liked the idea so much that I presented it to my ladies who come to knit or crochet on Thursdays. A couple of my wonderful, talented young ladies decided to make some toys for five-to-eight-year-olds. Then we decided that we will make some lap blankets for our senior citizens with rest of the yarn.

In the bag, we also found a maroon, and yellow colored yarns - ideal for a "Griffindor" hats. As you see in the images below, there is plenty of yarn for two hats. So today, I decided to write a simple pattern for anyone that would like to knit this hat. Enjoy.





Gauge:
2" x 2" = 8 sts x 11 rows (stockinette)

Size:
Circumference - 18"
Height - 8"

Materials:

  • Yarn - 1 big ball of yarn in Aran weight #4 (unknown company/kind - use your preferred yarn); Main Color - Maroon; 
  • Several yards of yarn in Aran weight #4 (unknown company/kind - use your preferred yarn); Complimentary Color - Orangy Yellow
  • Long Knitting Needles - size #8 (5 mm)
  • Double Pointed needles OR Circular Needles - size #8 (5 mm)
  • Hook 5mm
  • Yarn Needle for weaving in the ends (optional, you could use your hook instead)

Abbreviations:
CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
m1 - increase by making one extra stitch
DPN - double pointed needles
MC - main color yarn (maroon)
CC - complimentary color (yellow)
k2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together
BO - bind off

Step-by-Step:

CO 66 sts on long knitting needles (or circular needles) - start knitting with "Main Color".

Row 1                    (MC) *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to *, move stitches onto 3 DPNs (22 sts on each DPN, or keep them on circular needles), do not twist the knit while you are connecting it into a circle and start knitting in the round
Rnd 2-10                (MC) *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to *
Rnd 11                    (MC) *[K10, m1, K1]* - 6x (Note: you increased by 6 sts total; total 72 sts)
Rnd 12-20              (MC) K72
Rnd 21-22              (CC) K72
Rnd 23-25              (MC) K72
Rnd 26-27              (CC) K72  
Rnd 28-39              (MC) K72
Rnd 40                   (MC) *[K4, k2tog]* - 12x (total 60 sts)
Rnd 41-42              (MC) K60
Rnd 43                   (MC) *[K3, k2tog]* - 12x (total 48 sts)
Rnd 44                   (MC) K48
Rnd 45                   (MC) *[K2, k2tog]* - 12x (total 36 sts)
Rnd 46                   (MC) K36
Rnd 47                   (MC) *[K1, k2tog]* - 12x (total 24 sts)
Rnd 48                   (MC) K24
Rnd 49                   (MC) *[k2tog]* - 12x (total 12 sts)
Rnd 50                   (MC) BO by pulling yarn through all the remaining stitches with use of a hook -                                    make a 5" long loop and leave also a 5" long tail (see image below) - you will use                                the loop and tail to attach your yellow pom-pom
5" long loop with 5" long tail

Finishing:
Wrap your yellow yarn many times around your pom-pom maker (or around a cardboard, or your hand), wrap the 5" long loop around the middle of the pom-pom maker (or around the yarn that you slide off your cardboard, or your hand) and tie it with the other tail really tightly (at the base of the hat top) a couple of times. Pull both ends inside the hat. Cut all the pom-pom loops to make a pom-pom shape. If there are any longer ends, cut them to create a nice "ball shape". Lastly, weave in all the ends.

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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page)

Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Other crocheted items you may want to check out if you crochet too

Easy Lacey Bracelet With Pearl Beads
Crocheted Boobies (Prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Crocheted or Knitted Baby Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)
Crown Knitted On Straight needles (pattern & video)

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Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you who finds an error in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.

Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
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Red Hot Sox


I adore Japanese lacey patterns. I have a collection of many exquisite "stitch patterns" by very talented designers. Some are fairly easy to knit, some are very complex.
The lacey socks in the image on this page are knitted with Plymouth "Happy Feet" sock yarn. But, you can use any sock yarn of your choice. The socks are knitted for a US shoe size 6.5 to 7.5 - however, one extra repeat of the lacey pattern, which is a 25 stitch/8 row repeat, could accommodate 1 size bigger foot. The toe part is knitted more slanted on one side than on the other.

If you are a person that knows how to knit in the round, can concentrate on yarn overs and decreases (k2tog and ssk) then you should not have any problem knitting these socks.

The PDF file, which you can buy by clicking on either link below, includes 10 pages of a detailed step-by-step written pattern, a chart, and images.

Copyright:
You may not sell/share my written pdf pattern to/with anyone, and you may not publish it as your own.
However, you may sell finished product (socks) made by you.

Thank you.




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Baby Blue Blanket and Scarf (2 lacey patterns)

See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page)



Mayflower Summer Barefoot Beach Sandals

I had a request for adult triangular barefoot beach sandals. I wanted to make something easy, yet elegant looking. For that, I decided to incorporate costume pearl beads. I have no idea what kind of yarn I used because someone gave me a leftover from their project. But I know that this yarn is cotton, it is wound on a cone and is soft. The thickness is slightly thicker than sock yarn, but not that much thicker - I would say it is probably a "sport weight." I call these sandals "Mayflower Sandals" because the name of the cotton yarn is Mayflower - a charming pink color.

These sandals are crocheted only with six rows, which can be done very fast. All you need to know is how to crochet chain stitch, double crochet stitch, and slip stitch. If you know how to crochet these stitches you can make a very nice gift for someone. If you would like to knit these sandals for a child all you need to do is crochet lower number of rows.
Would you like to crochet along? Crochet along video for Righties HERECrochet along video for Lefties is HERE.

Video Playlist of all my Beach Sandal Designs for RIGHTIES is HERE & Video Playlist for LEFTIES is HERE


Materials:
any cotton Sport yarn - leftovers (several yards) - any color of your choice
hook - US size C,  2.75 mm
pearl beads 4 mm
scissors
sewing/yarn needle for weaving the ends in


Abbreviations:
ch - chain stitch
dc - double crochet stitch
sl st - slip stitch
bead A - slide bead all the way to the hook, make a chain, then make a slip stitch right below the bead in the third chain
bead B - crochet your third dc only through first two loops (half of the stitch), slide the bead all the way to the hook, then finish the third dc by pulling yarn through your remaining 2 loops, "locking the bead in"


Size:
Adult


Step-by-Step:

Make 2.
First string about 20 small beads onto the yarn for each sandal, or total about 40 beads.

Foundation for toes: ch20, join by overlapping first and last chain stitches

Row 1         ch3, work bead A, into the same base (= 2 ch sts) work 2 dc, then work bead B; turn (4 dc)
Row 2         ch3, work bead A, into the same base as ch3 work 2 dc; ch1 (space), into last ch st work 2 dc + work bead B; turn (two 3-dc clusters)
Row 3         ch3, work bead A, into the same base as ch3 work 2 dc; ch1 (space), 3 dc into next ch space, ch1 (space),  into last ch st work 2 dc + work bead B; turn (three 3-dc clusters)
Row 4         ch3, work bead A, into the same base as ch3 work 2 dc; ch1 (space), 3 dc into next ch space, ch1 (space),  3 dc into next ch space, ch1 (space), into last ch st work 2 dc + work bead B; turn (four 3-dc clusters)
Row 5         ch3, work bead A, into the same base as ch3 work 2 dc; ch1 (space), 3 dc into next ch space, ch1 (space),  3 dc into next ch space, ch1 (space), 3 dc into next ch space, ch1 (space), into last ch st work 2 dc + work bead B; turn (five 3-dc clusters)

Note: in the Row 6 we will incorporate beads between the "3-dc clusters"

Row 6         ch3, work bead A, into the same base as ch3 work 1 dc, work bead B, push the bead through both loops, then make ch1; 2 dc into next ch space, work bead B, push the bead through both loops, then make ch1; 2 dc into next ch space, work bead B, push the bead through both loops, then make ch1; 2 dc into next ch space, work bead B, push the bead through both loops, then make ch1; 2 dc into next ch space, work bead B, push the bead through both loops, then make ch1; into last ch st work 2 dc + work bead B; (six 3-dc clusters with beads in between them); do not cut yarn off yet.

Finishing:
Continue crocheting many chain sts - this will be your strap. Make it as long as you want (1.5' - 3'). When you have your desired length, cut the yarn off and make a knot at the end.
Crochet another strap of the same length on the opposite corner of your last row and make a knot at the end of your strap. Weave in all the ends. Have fun on a beach.


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Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you who finds an error in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.
Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
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Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)

Baby Blue Blanket And Scarf - Lacy Patterns

Many of you know that my passion lays in art, knitting, and crocheting. My brain is thinking about creating something all the time. Even in my dreams.
When I saw many different types of variegated yarns from various makers, I thought it would be wonderful to knit a beautiful baby blanket in a lace pattern with lovely color changes. I wanted a design that would make this baby blanket look luxurious yet that it would be relatively easy to knit for a wider group of knitters.
I found a chart for a beautiful lacy pattern and made a couple of changes to it; then I graphed it again. While I filmed a detailed video, I wrote a pattern simultaneously (in between the takes) for a blanket and a scarf.
You can use practically any yarn weight for this project. For my scarf and baby blanket, I used yarn of medium weight (#4) and US needles #8 (5 mm). If you decide to knit a blanket, scarf or any other item from a thinner yarn, you will have to do more stitch and row repeats.

Should you need a pdf of this written pattern, it is available for purchase. I priced it, so it is very affordable to many of you. Thank you to all of you who bought my patterns in the past, and thank you to anyone who will purchase them in the future. These purchases will help me finance future videos for my YouTube Channel and writing patterns.

To purchase 15-page pdf click on one of the links:


  • If you are on Ravelry, click "buy now" below:

 


  • You can also buy the "blanket/scarf" pattern from Oronjo on the icon below:




Visual knitters and knitters that like to knit along can click on either VIDEO link below (one is for righties and the other is for lefties). These are free links:

How 2 Knit Scarf Video 4 RIGHTIES: https://youtu.be/GPmQrZ3o4KU
How 2 Knit Scarf Video 4 LEFTIES: https://youtu.be/u0mNs-UG2pI
How to make TASSELS: https://youtu.be/9iLDxvi9u0o


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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page)

Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Other crocheted items you may want to check out if you crochet too

Easy Lacey Bracelet With Pearl Beads
Crocheted Boobies (Prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Crocheted or Knitted Baby Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)
Crown Knitted On Straight needles (pattern & video)

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Copyright page - click HERE

PLEASE, COMMENT ON YOUTUBE BELOW MY VIDEOS, AND/OR SHARE YOUR IMAGES OF YOUR RECREATED WORKS ON MY FB PAGE HERE :-)

Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you who finds an error in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.

Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
Also if you haven't subscribed to my HandmadeRukodelky Channel, you can do it HERE.


Socks Made With Two Knitting Needles For Advanced Beginners

Many knitters are discouraged from knitting socks because they have a hard time with either double pointed needles or circular needles or both. If you knit socks on double pointed needles, you need to know how to cast on stitches, then transfer them to 4 needles and connect them into a circle without twisting the knit otherwise, it will look awful. I actually made three videos how to start knitting on double pointed needles. The first video is about "how to hold double pointed needles" (click HERE). The second video is about "how to cast on stitches and immediately connect into a circle" (you can see it HERE). And the third video is about how to cast on, knit one row and then join into a circle" (you can see it HERE).

But socks can be knitted on two knitting needles back and forth and then sewed on the sides, which is the easiest technique of knitting socks for any seasoned beginner. There is another method of knitting socks on two needles and connecting sides as you knit, but that is slightly more complex. One of these days I may do a post about that as well.

Below you will find the easiest pattern for socks knitted on two needles (without the lacey part though), including steps how to put them together. The pattern is for a small foot - I would say shoe size 6-6.5
Also, I made a video, which should help some of you with assembling the socks together - to see it CLICK HERE


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Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you who finds an error in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.

Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
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Size:
Foot length 8" to 8.5"


Materials:
  • for small and short socks I used 1 ball of Loops & Threads, Luxury Sock, Super Fine Yarn, 75% Washable Wool/25% Nylon; 166 yds (152 m); 1.75 oz (50 gr), color "Autumn Fields" - (Note: for larger socks, and if you plan to knit socks with longer cuff buy 2 balls)
  • Knitting needles #1 (2.25 mm) 
  • Scissors
  • yarn needle (for thin yarn) to sew socks together 

Gouge (stockinette stitch):
  • on knitting needles #1 (2.25 mm) - 1"x1" = 8 sts x 10 rows

Size:

These socks are approximately for ankles about 6" around and will stretch up to 6.5" around (CO 24 sts). Add 2 extra stitches to make socks about 0.5" wider around the ankle (CO 26 sts), and 4 extra stitches will make the sock wide 1" around the ankle (CO 28 stitches). The length of these socks is 8.5", and can stretch a little. The pattern is for ankle socks - the height is 3" - unless you decide to make your cuff longer (= knit more rows).
Note: For shorter socks knit a lower number of rows between your finished heel and before you start knitting your toe area, also adjust the row count for the top of the foot area.


Abbreviation:

CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
pm - place marker
K2tog - knit two stitches together

SSK - slip slip and then knit them together through the back loop

incr - increase by knitting below your next stitch (Note: do not take the next stitch off your needle after you knit below it - you'll need to knit it, otherwise you would not make an increase); you can also make an increase by knitting two stitches in your next stitch = through the front loop and then without dropping the stitch knit one more stitch through the back loop, which is called knit front back (kfb) - but this type of increase will be more noticeable
st(s) - stitch(es)
BO - bind off


Step-by-Step Directions:

Make 2 pieces

IMPORTANT - place markers as indicated - it will be very helpful because they have to match when you fold the sock to crochet or sew first the heel and then sides together

Foundation: CO loosely 24 stitches for small socks {26 for medium, and 28 for larger socks}; you could use 1 size bigger needles just to CO (= 2.75 mm knitting needles) instead of loose CO


A - The Cuff #1

Row 1-20          *[K1, P1]* - repeat to end
Note: pm on the first and last stitches (= on both ends).  Also, you can adjust your rows to your specifications, but make sure you make a note of it because these rows will reflect in "F - The Cuff #2" AND the row count

Row 21              K24 {26, 28}
Row 22              P24 {26, 28}

Repeat Rows 21 and 22 five more times (total 12 rows combined)
Note: pm on the first and last stitches (= on both ends).  Also, you can adjust your rows to your specifications, but make sure you make a note of it because these rows will reflect in "E - The Top Of The Foot Area."


B - Forming The Heel

Note: we will start counting Rows from beginning


  • Decreasing for the heel


Row 1              K1, K2tog, K18 {20, 22}, SSK, K1
Row 2              P22 {24, 26}
Row 3              K1, K2tog, K16 {18, 20}, SSK, K1
Row 4              P20 {22, 24}
Row 5              K1, K2tog, K14 {16, 18}, SSK, K1
Row 6              P18 {20, 22}
Row 7              K1, K2tog, K12 {14, 16}, SSK, K1
Row 8              P16 {18, 20}
Row 9              K1, K2tog, K10 {12, 14}, SSK, K1
Row 10            P14 {16, 18}
Row 11            K1, K2tog, K8 (10, 12}, SSK, K1
Row 12            P12, {14, 16}
Note: pm on the first and last stitches (= on both ends); if you are knitting medium size socks do 1-2 extra decreases, and for larger socks 3-4 extra decreases - adjust your stitch count and row count!


  • Increasing for the heel


Note: if you are knitting medium size socks do 1-2 extra increases, and for larger socks 3-4 extra increases - adjust your stitch count and row count!

Row 13            K1, incr, K9 {11, 13}, incr, K2
Row 14            P14 {16, 18}
Row 15            K1, incr, K11 {13, 15}, incr, K2
Row 16            P16 {18, 20}
Row 17            K1, incr, K13 {15, 17}, incr, K2
Row 18            P18 {20, 22}
Row 19            K1, incr, K15 {17, 19}, incr, K2
Row 20            P20 {22, 24}
Row 21            K1, incr, K17 {19, 21}, incr, K2
Row 22            P22 {24, 26}
Row 23            K1, incr, K19 {21, 23}, incr, K2
Row 24            P24 {26, 28}
Note: pm on the first and last stitches (= on both ends)


C - Knitting The Sole Part (bottom of the foot)

Note: we will start counting Rows from beginning

Row 1              K24 {26, 28}
Row 2              P24 {26, 28}

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twenty nine more times (total 60 rows combined)
Note: pm on the first and last stitches (= on both ends). Also, if you adjust your rows to your medium or large socks, make sure you make a note of it because these rows will reflect in "E - The Top Of The Foot Area."


D - Forming The Toe Area

I knitted The Toe Area exactly same way as The Heel = see "B - Forming The Heel" to knit The Toe Area


E - The Top of The Foot Area

The socks in the image have a design spread over 72 rows. However, this PATTERN FOR SIMPLE SOCKS is written with just plain knit and purl rows to make it easy for knitters that would like to try knitting their first socks.
HOPEFULLY, one of these days I will find the time to write a pattern for "LACEY SOCKS KNITTED ON 2 NEEDLES".

Note: we will start counting Rows from beginning again

Row 1              K24 {26, 28}
Row 2              P24 {26, 28}

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 thirty one more times (total 72 rows combined)
Note: pm on the first and last stitches (= on both ends). Also, if you adjust your rows to your medium or large socks, make sure you make a note of it - you will need to add those stitches! Your TOP OF THE FOOT must equal to your SOLE + ANKLE PART (below the ribbing)

Socks in the image above are knitted with a lacey pattern, however, the pattern written above
is for beginners, so the top part has a simple stockinette stitch only


F - The Cuff #2

Row 1-20          *[K1, P1]* - repeat to end, then BO all sts. (Note: if you knitted your Cuff #1 longer, make sure you knit the same number of rows again)

   
Assembly:
  1. fold the heel area (right sides facing each other) and crochet or sew both sides (on the wrong side) to form the heel 
  2. fold the sock (again right sides facing each other), so all your markers are lined up and crochet or sew the sock on both sides from the cuff down to the toe area
  3. weave in all loose ends


If you find any errors, please let me know - click HERE

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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page)

Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)