Saturday, 22 March 2014

How to Crochet a Mitered Square

Here is my version of the basic instructions for mitered crochet square.

HOW TO Mitered Crochet Squares using single crochet:
1. Decide what size square you wish to make. 
2. Start with a chain double the length of one side of the square.
3. For a 3in square, length of chain needs to be 6in. 
4. Even number of stitches plus one stitch for centre.

Simple Crochet Mitered Square
ABBREVIATIONS:  USA (American) Crochet Terms
ch = chain, st = stitch, sc = single crochet, sc3tog = single crochet 3 stitches together.

Row 1:  Ch25.
Row 2:  Ch1, sc in 11ch, sc3tog, sc in next 11ch. Turn. (23sts)

Row 3:  Ch1, sc in 10sts, sc3tog,  sc in next 10sts. Turn.  (21sts)
Row 4:  Ch1, sc in 9sts, sc3tog, sc in next 9sts. Turn.  (19sts)

Keep decreasing in same manner for each row as follows:

Row 5:  Ch1, sc in 8sts, sc3tog, sc in next 8sts. Turn.  (17sts)
Row 6:  Ch1, sc in 7sts, sc3tog, sc in next 7sts. Turn.  (15sts)
Row 7:  Ch1, sc in 6sts, sc3tog, sc in next 6sts. Turn.  (13sts)
Row 8:  Ch1, sc in 5sts, sc3tog, sc in next 5sts. Turn.  (11sts)
Row 9:  Ch1, sc in 4sts, sc3tog, sc in next 4sts. Turn.  (9sts)
Row 10:  Ch1, sc in 3sts, sc3tog, sc in next 3sts. Turn.  (7sts)


Row 11:  Ch1, sc in 2sts, sc3tog, sc in next 2sts. Turn.  (5sts)
Row 12:  Ch1, sc in 1sts, sc3tog, sc in next 1sts. Turn.  (3sts)
Row 13:  Ch1, sc3tog.
Fasten off.

You can change colour after every 2nd or 4th row.

You can make your mitered squares individually or "join as you go".  If you plan to create different patterns with the squares then you will want to join your squares later.  

Have a play, and have some fun!


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

How to Crochet Spider Stitch - Swatch Four

How to crochet SPIDER STITCH - using single crochet, chain one, single crochet.  

This Swatch stitch pattern creates a lovely dainty textured stitch.

This swatch uses:
  • single crochet (or double crochet for the British) and
  • chain one
This stitch pattern uses:  odd number of sts (add 2 extra sts for foundation ch).

Make your swatch:
Row 1:  Ch27, [1sc, 1ch, 1sc] in 3rd ch from hook, *miss 1ch, [1sc, 1ch, 1sc] in next ch, rep from * to last 2ch, miss 1ch, 1sc in last ch,  turn.
Row 2:  Ch2, miss first 2sc, [1sc, 1ch, 1sc] in each 1ch sp, ending 1sc in 2nd of 2ch, turn.
Rep Row 2 until desired length is reached.

HOOK:  3mm (E-4)
YARN:  Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply Cotton - (Fingering weight)

USA - American Crochet Terms
Abbreviation
Description
[ ]
work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
*
repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
ch
chain stitch
cm
centimetres
in
inches
rep
repeat
sc
single crochet
sp
space
st(s)
stitch(es)




Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Swatch Three - How to crochet offset filet

How a simple double crochet and chain one, can make a filet net or mesh.  This Swatch stitch pattern creates an easy offset (slanted) filet net.


This swatch uses:


  • double crochet (or treble crochet for the British) and
  • chain one
This stitch pattern uses:  even number of sts (add 3 extra sts for foundation ch).


Make your swatch:

R1:  Ch27, 1dc in 5th ch from hook, *1ch, miss 1ch, 1dc in next ch, rep from * to end, turn.
R2:  Ch4, *1dc in next ch sp, 1ch,  rep from * to end, work 1dc in ch4 sp, turn.
Rep R2 until desired length is reached.

This is a great stitch pattern for a stretchy market bag or water bottle carrier.

HOOK:  3mm (E-4)
YARN:  Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply Cotton - (Fingering weight)

USA - American Crochet Terms
Abbreviation
Description
*
repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
ch
chain stitch
dc
double crochet
R
row
rep
repeat
sc
single crochet
st(s)
stitch(es)




Friday, 21 June 2013

SWATCH TWO - HALF DOUBLE CROCHET PAIRED


How to make a half double crochet (half treble crochet) into a decorative and interesting stitch pattern.

This swatch uses:

  • half double crochet only (or half treble crochet for the British)
This stitch pattern uses:  any number of sts (add 2 extra sts for foundation ch)

Make your swatch:
R1:  Ch24, hdc2tog in 3rd and 4th ch from hook, *hdc2tog in same ch as last st, then in next ch, rep from * to end, turn.
R2:  Ch2, *hdc2tog in top of first and second hdc2tog, * hdc2tog in same st as last st, then in top of next hdc2tog, rep from * to end, work last st in top of ch2, turn.
Rep R2 until desired length is reached.

This is a great stitch pattern for a sturdy wash cloth.

HOOK:  3.5mm (E-4) 
YARN:  Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply Cotton - (Fingering weight) 


USA - American Crochet Terms
Abbreviation
Description
*
repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
ch
chain stitch
hdc2tog
half double crochet two together (see below)
R
row
rep
repeat
sc
single crochet
st(s)
stitch(es)


hdc2tog
half double crochet two together:-  yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
























© 2008-2013 Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet. All rights reserved. 

Monday, 10 June 2013

Face Cloth or Wash Cloth How to Crochet

face cloth, wash cloth, crochet how to, crab stitch

Super simple pattern for a face cloth or wash cloth using SWATCH ONE

Yarn:  Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply cotton (Fingering weight yarn)
Hook:  3.5mm (E-4)

With MC
R1-2: Ch48, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st to end, turn.
Change to CC
R3-4:  Ch1, *sc in BL of next st, sc in FL of next st, rep from * to end, sc in last st, turn.
Change to MC
R5-6:  Rep R3-4

Rep R3-6,  two (2) rows in each colour, and carry the yarn up the side of work.

Rep until desired length has been reached, finish with last row in MC.  Do not turn, do not cut yarn.  Continue with Edging round.

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Edging Round
Rnd 1:  3sc in corner st, sc down side of work (1sc in each row), 3sc in corner st, sc in each st of foundation row, 3sc in corner st, sc up other side of work (1sc in each row), 3sc in corner st, sc in each st of last row, join with sl st, TURN.
Rnd 2:  Ch1, rev sc (crab st) in each st, around perimeter of wash cloth, join.  
Finish, cut yarn and hide end.


washcloth, face cloth, how to crochet, swatch one

NOTE:  My face cloth measures 9in (23cm) X 9in (23cm).  Stitch count 47sc in each row.  Total row count 50.

USA - American Crochet Terms
Abbreviation
Description
*
repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
BL
back loop only
CC
contrast  colour
ch
chain stitch
FL
front loop only
MC
main colour
R
row
rep
repeat
rev sc
reverse single crochet
Rnd(s)
round(s)
sc
single crochet
st(s)
stitch(es)



© 2008-2013 Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet. All rights reserved.