Monday, April 20, 2020

Holt Bag

A Free Crochet Pattern



My great grandma Holt loved a good accessory. She had an extensive collection of rings, handbags and scarves. Oh the joys of being a little girl and getting permission to go in her closet to look at it all. When I was asking my sister what I should name this bag she suggested I name it after Grandma Holt. I'm pretty sure she would have loved this bag and the fact that I even make things for a profit. She herself was a very independent woman, and I am always thankful of the example she made.

This is a fun belt bag, that has a great art-deco look to it. My favorite kinds of bags are bags that are hands free. It is a quick project. I'm able to complete it in under 4 hours, and that is including putting in a liner.


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Pattern Details

Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Any 100% worsted cotton yarn. you will need 4 oz. or 200 yards
Hook: H/ 8 5mm
Notions: Tapestry needle, regular sewing needle, 3 small buttons, 2 in belt buckle, fabric for liner
Size: 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches
Gauge: 6 sc x 7 rows = 4 inches
Stitches Used: Chain (ch), Slip Stitch (sl st), Single crochet stitch (sc), front post double crochet (fpdc), sc 2 stitches together (sc2tog), sc 3 stitches together (sc3tog) 
Copyright: Julia Schwartz.

Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.


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Pattern Instructions


Bag Front and Back (repeat section twice)

Row 1: Ch 27, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across for a total of 26 sc.

Row 2 and every even row: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. (26 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, {sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding sc of row 1, sk 1 st}, repeat {to} 7xs, sc in each of the last 2 sc. (8 fpdc, 18 sc)

Row 5:  Ch 1, turn, {sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc, sk 1 st}, repeat {to} 2 xs, sc in next sc, fpdc around next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 4 sts, fpdc, around the next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in the next st, fpdc in the next fpdc, {sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc, sk 1 st}, repeat {to} 1 x, sc in each of the last 2 sts. (8 fpdc, 18 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, {sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc, sk 1 st}, repeat {to} 2 xs, fpdc around next fpdc, sk 2 sts, sc in each of the next 6 sts, fpdc around each of the next 2 fpdc, sk 2 sts, {sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc, sk 1 st}, repeat {to} 1 x, sc in each of the last 2 sts. (8 fpdc, 18 sc)


Row 9: Ch 1, turn, {sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresonding fpdc, sk 1 st}, repeat {to} 1 xs, sc in each of the next 2 sc, sk 1 fpdc, fpdc in the next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 8 sts, fpdc in the next fpdc, sk 1 st,  sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc, sk 1 st}, repeat {to} 1 x, sc in each of the last 2 sts. (6 fpdc, 20 sc)

Row 11: Ch 1, turn, {sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc, sk 1 st}, repeat {to} 1 xs, sc in next st, fpdc in next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 10 sts, fpdc in next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in next st, {fpdc around the next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 2 sts}, Repeat {to} 1 x. (6 fpdc, 20 sc)

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, {sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc, sk 1 st}, repeat {to} 1 xs, fpdc in next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 12 sts, fpdc in next fpdc, sk 1 st, {fpdc around the next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 2 sts}, Repeat {to} 1 x. (6 fpdc, 20 sc)

Row 15: Ch 1, turn, sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 2 sts, sk 1 fpdc, fpdc in the next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 14 sts, {fpdc around the next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 2 sts}, Repeat {to} 1 x. (4 fpdc, 22 sc)

Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in next st, fpdc in the next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 16 sts, fpdc in the next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in next st, fpdc in the next fpdc, sk 1 st, sc in each of the last 2 sts. (4 fpdc, 22 sc)

Row 19-31: Repeat rows 17 and 2. At the end of row 31 finish of with a long tail.

When finished with both sides, determine which will be front and which will be back. For the back add the strap as follows:




Row 1: Skip10 stitches in row 31, attatch yarn at st 11 with a ch, sc in same st, sc in each of the next 4 sts. (5 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1 turn, sc in each of the next 5 sts. (5 sc)

Repeat row 2 for 44 rows:

Row 47: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog for last 2 sts.

Row 48: Ch 1 turn, sc in 3 sc, (3 sc)

Row 49: Ch 1 turn, sc3tog. finish off. and Weave in your ends.

Front of bag




Add the buttons and belt buckle. See picture for reference on where they go.

Sew the sides of the bag together with a wip stitch and sides facing together. 

Flip the bag to right side out and add a liner if wanted. 


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Monday, April 6, 2020

Floral Fanfare Cowl

A Premium Stranded Knitting Pattern



I wanted to give you a quick update. My Newest knitting pattern is now live on Ravelry and LoveCrafts.

I'm sorry it is late on Posting on the blog. I'm still getting used to this quarantine schedule, as I am sure most of you are too.

The Floral Fanfare Cowl was inspired by all the floral patterns coming out of fashion week. Doesn't that already feel like forever ago. I have always loved the vintage French toile patterns, so I was excited to see a revival of it this year.





Designer: Julia Schwartz


Yarn:
Color A: Rowan Super Fine Merino 4 ply, Fingering weight, 100% wool, 50grams/ 1.8 oz (you will need 2)
Color B: Drops Fabel Long Print, Fingering weight, 75% wool 25% Polyamide, 50 grams/ 1.8 oz (get two just to be safe)
Needles: #5 3.75 16 inch circular needle (used an extra one for the provisional cast on.
Notions: Yarn needle to weave in your ends and finishing kitchener stitch, stitch marker to mark the start of a round
Gauge: 8 to 9 stitches per inch
Size: 7 by 15 inches (folded in half)
Stitches used: k (knit), Pm (place marker, Sm (slip marker)
Notes:
  • Make sure your floats are no more than 5 stitches wide.
  • This pattern is worked in the round starting with a provisional cast on and finishing with the kitchener stitch.
  • Make special note about which yarn color is your dominant color
  • All stitches are knit, slip marker at the beginning of every round. 

Copyright: Julia Schwartz.
Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact me through e-mail.



I think we are all in need of some freshness and beauty and this cowl brings it all. I chose blue, but I think this cowl would look fabulous with a cream and green or a yellow scheme.

The construction is very simmilar to my other stranded work cowls. It makes it easy and you don't have to worry so much about tension. The design is pretty forgiving; if you miss a wrong color somewhere no one is going to know.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Sweet Pea Diaper Cover

A Free Crochet Pattern






It has been forever since I have designed a baby pattern. It's one of my favorite things to do, so I have no idea why I don't do it more often. My cousin recently had a baby and that got me in the mind to make a few baby things. Also the world is a bit crazy right now so why not do what I love the most.

The pattern below is for the newborn size only, but I have graded the pattern to include sizes up to 12 months. Those sizes are available in the PDF in my shops. This diaper cover is designed to be a high wasted diaper cover.  If you want something a little shorter then you will need to reduce your rows.

This is a quick pattern I was able to complete it in under 4 hours, so if you need something quick this will be a great pattern to use. I won't say that it is beginner friendly but it is pretty close.

This pattern also uses some Tunisian crochet. The stitches are used for the waist and leg bands. You don't need any special hook for the stitches the hook you always use will be great. But I wanted you to be aware that those stitches are in the pattern so you can prepare if you don't know how to make the Tunisian knit of Tunisian purl stitch. Even I you don't know there is a full description of how to make those stitches in the pattern and this would be a great practice piece because there are not very many.

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Designer: Julia Schwartz

Yarn: Lion brand Feels Like Butta, 100% polyester, weight 4, 218 yrds, 3.5 oz
Hook: G/ 4mm
Notions: tapestry needle
Size: newborn, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 12 months
Gauge: 16 st x 20 rows = 4 inches
Stitches used: ch, sl st, sc, TPS, TKS
Special Stitches
  • TPS (Tunisian Purl stitch): (forward pass) Place yarn in front of your work, insert your hook into the left vertical bar of the st below, yo and pull your yarn through. (Return pass): Follow instructions in the pattern.
  • TKS (Tunisian Knit stitch): (Forward pass)working with the yarn behind your work, insert your hook between the vertical bars below the horizontal bars in the st below, yo, pull the yarn through, keep your loop on the hook.(Return pass): Follow instructions in the pattern.
Copyright:


Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.





Pattern Instructions 


Front bottoms


Row 1: Ch 11 sc in second ch from the hook, sc in each ch for a total of 10 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc.

Row 3: Ch 1 turn, sc in first sc, 2 sc in the next sc, sc in each sc to the last 2 sc, 2 sc in the second to last stitch, sc in the last st. (12 sts)

Row 4- 18: Repeat row 2 on even number rows and follow row 3 on odd number rows. Two stitch increase on odd rows. (end with 24 sts)

Row 19: Ch 1 turn, sc in first sc, (2 sc in the next sc) repeat (to), sc in each sc to the last 3 sc, 2 sc each in the third and second to last stitch, sc in the last st. (28 sts)

Row 20-26: Repeat row 2 (28 sts)

Finish off

Back bottoms

Row 1: Ch 11, (13, 13, 15) sc in second ch from the hook, sc in each ch for a total of 10 sc

Row 2-3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc.

Row 4: Ch 1 turn, sc in first sc, (2 sc in the next sc) repeat (to), sc in each sc to the last 3 sc, 2 sc each in the third and second to last stitch, sc in the last st. (14 sts)

Row 5-12: Repeat row 3 on odd number rows and follow row 4 on even number rows. 4 stitch increase on even rows. (end with 30 sts)

Row 13-26: Repeat row 2 (30 sts)

Finish off.

Wip stitch the front and back together with front sides facing together. Sewing at the crotch, and on each side where the increases end.

Waist band

Row 1: (Forward pass), ch 7, turn, insert hook into second ch from the hook yo, and pull up a loop, continue to yo and pull up a loop from each ch, insert hook into first stitch of the waist, yo and pull up a loop, there should be 8 loops on the hook
Return pass: (yo and pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until there is 1 loop left on the hook

Row 2: (Forward pass): tps in the next 6 sts, insert hook into next st of row 28, 8 loops on the hook
(Return pass:) (yo and pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until there is 1 loop left on the hook


Row 3: (Forward pass): tks in the next 6 sts, insert hook into next st of row 28, 8 loops on the hook
(Return pass: (yo and pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until there is 1 loop left on the hook

Row 4- and continued: Repeat rows 2 and 3

When you come back around to the starting row, finish off with a long tail and sew up the first and last row with a wip st.

Leg Bands: Repeat instructions on both legs.

Row 1: (Forward pass), ch 4, turn, insert hook into second ch from the hook yo, and pull up a loop, continue to yo and pull up a loop from each ch, insert hook into first stitch of the leg down by the bottom of the crotch, yo and pull up a loop, there should be 5 loops on the hook
Return pass: (yo and pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until there is 1 loop left on the hook

Row 2: (Forward pass): tps in the next 4 sts, insert hook into next st, 5 loops on the hook
(Return pass:) (yo and pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until there is 1 loop left on the hook


Row 3: (Forward pass): tks in the next 4 sts, insert hook into next st, 5 loops on the hook
(Return pass: (yo and pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until there is 1 loop left on the hook

Row 4- and continued: Repeat rows 2 and 3

When you come back around to the starting row, finish off with a long tail and sew up the first and last row with a wip st.

Weave in all your ends.





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Monday, February 24, 2020

Isla Cowl

A Free Crochet Pattern


I love a good cozy cowl, don't you? I especially love one that I can manipulate and change to suit my needs. So I'm providing you a pattern for one. Cowls with button bands are so versatile and easy to make. You basically make a rectangle and add buttons. Easy Peasey. I have added some cabling for some visual texture. I have also used bulky yarn to make this a quick project.

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Pattern Information


Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: 
  • Classic Yarn Soft Tweed 56% Wool, 20% Viscose, 14% Polyamide, 10% Silk 50 g color loganberry 4 skeins needed
  • Lion brand yarn Wool Ease thick and quick, 80% acrylic 20% wool, 340g 1 skein needed
Hook: K/ 10.5 6.5mm
Notions: Tapestry needle, regular sewing needle, 6 buttons
Size: 27 by 14 inches 
Gauge: 10 sc x 10 rows = 4 inches
Stitches Used: Chain (ch), Slip Stitch (sl st), Single crochet stitch (sc), front post double crochet (fpdc)
Copyright: Julia Schwartz.

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Pattern Instructions


Row 1: With MC, Ch 40, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch for a total of 39 sc.

Row 2 and every even number: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc. (39sc)

Row 3: Ch 1 turn, sc in the first 3 sc, {(fpdc around the corresponding sc of previous row) repeat (to), sk 2 sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc in the corresponding sc of previous row, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the next 4 sc, fpdc in the corresponding sc previous row, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc} repeat {to} 2 xs (12 fpdc, 27 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in the first 3 sc, {(fpdc around the 2nd to the hook fpdc of row 3, fpdc around the skipped fpdc of row 3 (cable twist made), sk, 2 sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc, fpdc in the corresponding fpdc of previous row, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the next 4 sc, fpdc in the corresponding fpdc of previous row, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc} repeat {to} 2 times (12 fpdc, 27 sc)

Row 7: repeat row 5.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, {sc in each of the 2 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc of previous row, sk 1 sc}, Repeat {to} 11 xs, sc in the last 3 sc. (12 fpdc, 27 sc)

Row 11: Ch 1, turn, sc in sc, {fpdc around the corresponding fpdc of previous row, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the next 4 sc, fpdc around the corresponding fpdc of previous row, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc, (fpdc around the corresponding sc of previous row) repeat (to), sk 2 sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc}, repeat {to} 2 xs, sc in the last 2 sc. (12 fpdc, 27 sc)

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc in sc, {fpdc in the corresponding fpdc of previous row, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the next 4 sc, fpdc in the corresponding fpdc of previous row, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc, (fpdc around the 2nd to the hook fpdc of row 3, fpdc around the skipped fpdc of row 3 (cable twist made), sk, 2 sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc} repeat {to} 2 xs, sc in the last 2 sc. (12 fpdc, 27 sc)

Row 15: Repeat row 13.

Row 17: repeat row 9

Continue repeating rows 3- 18 until you reach your desired length or until 24 inches.



Button Bands

Row 1-2: With CC, ch 1, turn, sc in each sc. (39 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each of the next 4 sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc, {sc in each of the next 5 sc, ch 1 sk 1}, repeat {to} 5xs, sc in the last 3 sc. (6 ch 1 sps, 33 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc and sc in each ch 1 sp. (39sc)

Finish off.

Move to start of the project for 2nd button band

Row 1-4: With CC, ch 1, turn, sc in each sc. (39 sc)

Finish off

Weave in your ends.

Sew on 6 buttons to the second button band to match the button holes of the first button band. Make sure the buttons are on the front side of the cowl.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

I Heart You Hat


A free Knitting Pattern



Somehow it is already February, and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. I have a cute little hat to share with you today. It works the left and right twists to form layered hearts. I love the texture of this hat. The ribbing really adds some stretch and dimension to the design. It has been a while since I have shared a twisted stitch pattern. I'm so glad to have another one to share.

Today marks the day of  Designs by Diligence being around for 8 years. This coming year I'm going to hit 1,000,000 page views. Never would I have thought my little blog would hit that milestone. From a girl that barely passed typing class to a girl that has a blog that provides steady extra income is just amazing. Thank for coming to take a look and supporting my creativity.

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Pattern Information
Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Any aran weight yarn. Model used Red Heart Chic Sheep Yarn, 100% merino wool,
Needles: 7/ 4.5mm
Notions: yarn needle for sewing up the hat
Gauge: 18 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
Size: 19 inch circumference (stretches to fit adult head)
Stitches used: SM (slip marker), k , p, RT, LT, wrap and Twist,  kbl (knit through the back loop, k2tog (knit 2 stitches together), k2tbl (knit 2 stitches together through the back loop)
Special Stitches:
  • Right Twist (RT): Knit 2 together keeping both stitches on the left needle, knit into the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
  • Left Twist (LT): Knit through the back loop of the 2nd st, keep the stitch on the left needle, knit in the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.

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Instructions


Cast on Cast on 96 stitches to a circular needle using a long tail cast on. Place a stitch marker. Without twisting the cast on, complete the circle by putting your first stitch into the first cast on stitch (which will be a purl stitch). 

Round 1-10: (P, k) repeat around to marker. (96 sts here through round 46) Row 11: SM, (p, k, p, k, RT, k, LT, k, p, k ) repeat (to) 7 times Row 12: SM, (p, k, p, RT, k3, LT, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 13: SM, (p, k, RT, k5, LT, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 14: SM, (p, RT, k7, LT) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 15-17: SM, (p, KBL, k9, KBL) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 18: SM, (p, LT, k, RT, p, LT, k, RT) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 19: SM, (p, k, p, RT, k, p, k, LT, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 20: SM, (p, k, RT, p, k, p, k, p, LT, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 21-22: SM, (p, k), repeat (to) 7 times
Row 23: SM, (k, LT, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, RT) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 24: SM, (k2, LT, p, k, p, k, p, RT, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 25: SM, (k3, LT, k, p, k, RT, k2) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 26: SM, (k4, LT, p, RT, k3) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 27-29: SM, (k5, KBL, p, KBL, k4) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 30: SM, (p, LT, k, RT, p, LT, k, RT) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 31: SM, (p, k, LT, p, k, p, k, p, RT, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 32: SM, (p, k, p, LT, k, p, k, RT, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times
Row 33-34: SM, (p, k), repeat (to) 7 times
Row 35- 46: Repeat rounds 11-22

Hat should measure 7 1/2 inches at this point if you need more length
repeat round 34 until you reach your desired length.

Decreasing crown (Switch to double point needles).
Row 47: SM, (p, k, p, k, k2tbl, p, k2tog, k, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times (80 loops) Row 48: SM, (p, k) repeat (to) marker (80 loops)
Row 49: SM, (p, k, p, k2tbl, p, k2tog, p, k) repeat (to) 7 times (64 loops)
Row 50: SM, (p, k) repeat (to) marker (64 loops)
Row 51: SM, (p, k, k2tbl, p, k2tog, k) repeat (to) 7 times (48 loops)
Row 52: SM, (p, k2), repeat (to) marker (48 loops)
Row 53: SM, (p, k2tbl), repeat (to) marker (32 loops)
Row 54: SM, (p, k), repeat (to) marker (32 loops)
Row 55-56: SM, (k2tog) repeat (to) marker (16, then 8 loops)
Row 57: K last 8 sts, cut a long tail and weave it through the last 8 stitches and pull tight.
Secure in a knot and weave in your ends.


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Monday, January 20, 2020

Starburst Blanket

A Free Crochet Pattern


I have a new Scrapghan pattern for you today. If you have been around this blog for awhile you will know that I love a good scrap busting blanket. I have tried to make a new one every year. If you are on the lookout for more, I have a round-up of my favorite scrapghans here!   Some of the patterns are from my own collection and some are from my favorite designers. 

For this scrapghan I decided to visit the granny square and see how I could incorporate the use of scraps in a classic pattern. Have you worked with spike stitches before? They are a great way to add a pop of color to a project with a lot of extra effort. 

For my blanket I used 2 cakes of Lion brand Mandala yarn and 1 skein of Lion brand Pound of Love. With that amount I was able to get 60 granny squares and a good sized border.  Like with all good scrapghans you can swap out whatever yarn you would like to use for it. 

Get Ready there are a lot of pictures in this pattern so you can really see how this square comes together. 





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Starburst Blanket

Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: 
  • Lion brand yarn Pound of Love 4 medium,100% acrylic, 1020 yards/ 932 m, color Oxford grey one skein needed
  • Lion brand yarn Mandala 3 light, 100% acrylic, 590 yards/540 m, color Pegasus 2 cakes needed 
Hook: G/ 7 4.5mm 
Notions: Tapestry needle
Size: 6 by 6 inches per square
Gauge: Each square is 6 by 6 inches. 

Stitches Used: Chain (ch), Slip Stitch (sl st), Double crochet stitch (dc), Single crochet stitch (sc), spike stitch (spike stitch) 
Special stitches:
  • Spike stitch: Insert hook into stitch indicated in the pattern, yo, pull back through the stitch stretching the loop up to your current row, yo and pull through both loops on the hook. 

Instructions for the spike stitch granny square


Round 1: Ch 4, sl st in to beginning ch to form a ring, ch 1, 12 sc around the ring, sl st into beginning sc (12 sc)



Round 2: Ch 3(counts as a dc here and throughout), dc in starting st, 2 dc in each of the next 11 sts, sl st into beginning dc. (24 dc)



Round 3: With new color, Ch 1, sc in starting st, sc in the next st, spike stitch in the first stitch of round 1, {Do Not Skip a Stitch, sc in each of the next 2 sts, spike stitch in the next st of round 1}, repeat to last stitch, sl st into first sc. (24 sc sts, 12 spike sts)



Round 4: With Color A, ch 3, dc in each of the next 8 sts, ch 3, {dc in the next 9 sts, ch 3} repeat {to} 2xs, sl st into starting dc. (36 dc)



Round 5: With Color B, ch 1, {sc in the first 2 dc, (spike st in corresponding st of round 3, sk 1 st, sc in next st), repeat (to) 2xs (for a total of 6 sts), sc in each of the next st, 3 sc in the 3 ch sp}, repeat {to} 3xs, sl st into beginning st. (12 spike sts, 36 sc)



Round 6: With color A, Ch 3, dc in each of the next 9 sts, {(2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in the next st, dc in the next 11 sts}, repeat {to} 2xs, (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in the next st, dc in the last st, sl st into beginning dc. (60 dc)



Finish off both colors and weave in your ends.

Connecting the Squares

Arrange all the squares how you would like them. Take two squares together with their backsides facing each other and sl st through both the back loop of the square closest you and the front loop of square farthest to you. Continue to sl st the squares together until you have the two rows of squares stitched together.




When all the rows are stitched together, go back and sl st all the columns of squares together.

Blanket Border

Round 1: In any corner stitch, sl stitch, ch 1, 2 sc in corner sp, sc in each st and 2 sc in each ch sp down the sides (see picture for reference), and 3 sc in each of the corner spaces, sc in the last corner, sl st into the beginning st.



Round 2-3: Ch 3, dc in corner st, dc in each st and (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each of the corner sts, for the last corner st ( 2 dc, ch 2,) sl st into beginning st

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in each st, and 3 sc in each corner sp, sl st into beginning st.

Finish off and weave in all your ends (find a good show to watch while weaving in all your ends.) 




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