corner to corner afghan part one

November 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm (corner to corner afghan tut, free patterns) (, , , )

Diagonal Shell Stitch Corner to Corner Afghan Tut

By request, here’s how to make the corner to corner shell stitch afghan. All photos are clickable.
Use any yarn of choice, and appropriate size hook. I’m using scraps of worstened weight yarn and a 5 mm hook. Finished size can be adjusted depending on how big you make it (which is why it’s a favorite pattern of mine) or how much yarn you have, etc.

Chain 6.

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In fourth chain from hook, make one double crochet. In the next two chains, make one more double crochet in each of the two chains. This means you have the turning chain where you skipped your first few chains, and 3 double crochets. This forms your first shell block.

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Chain 6.

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Make one double crochet in the fourth chain from hook & in the next 2 chain spaces.
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Now, turn that first shell a bit, and slip stitch into the very first chain space (where you skipped the very first stitches). Chain 3, and make 3 double crochet into that chain space.

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Do you see what we are doing? Each row adds one more “shell”.

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Chain 6, double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook & into the next two chains. Turn work, slip into chain space that you skipped on the row before. Chain 3, and make 3 double crochets into the same chain space.

Slip into next chain space, chain 3, and make your 3 double crochets as before.

And just keep going, for as long as you want, changing colors whenever you like/run out of yarn.

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The rest of this series will include how to turn the square into a rectangle, and how to do the decreases.


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Newsboy Hat

November 5, 2008 at 4:48 pm (free patterns) (, , , , , )

newsboy hat

Free Image Hosting at <a href=Uses just over a skein of Knit Picks Crayon, 100% pima cotton.
50 grams/128 yards.

Hook: Size F or size to give gauge
Gauge: 3 sts=1″
Scrap of plastic canvas, in color to match yarn or piece of cardboard (for brim)
about 30″ thin elastic

Foundation Row: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook.
Rnd 1: Mark beg of round, crochet 2 sc in each sc around.
Rnd 2: Make 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, work around.
Rnd 3: sc in first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, work around.
Rnd 4: sc in first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, work around.
Continue in established pattern, keep increasing every round until circle is 9.5″ across.

Work even for two rounds.
Decrease round: Sc in the next two stitches, dec next two stitches, work around.
Work even for four rounds. Do NOT end off!

Sc in next 15 stitches, mark place, then work back across 15 stitches just worked. Sc into last sc from first round and sc into the original round. Work back across all stitches just worked, sc across end of rows, and work sc into original round. Continue back and forth until brim measures size desired, or about 3″, ending with a sc on original row. End off.

Second piece of brim: Ch 16, work one sc in each chain across. Work back, and work 1 sc at end of row. Work back, and work 2 sc at end of row. Work back and forth, adding sc at the end of rows. Work until same size as brim on hat. End off. Weave in end.

Cut piece of plastic canvas or cardboard to same size as brim. Work 1 sc into each sc in both pieces of hat, and continue working around hat, work 1 sc in each stitch across. Cut long tail, and sew the seam of the hat brim carefully on the inside.

Take piece of elastic and weave into stitches of the decrease round. Pull snugly to fit, tie, and weave in ends.


My mom’s modeling the hat, by the way!

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granny square coasters – great for bazaars!

November 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm (free patterns) (, , )

granny square coasters

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I hook & cotton yarn
Ch 5, join with a slip stitch.
*3 dc in lp, 2 ch*; Repeat * to * 4 times ; slip stitch to first dc.

*(3dc, 2ch, 3 dc) = corner in next sp, 1 ch*; Repeat * to * 4 times ; join with slip st.
Ch 1, sc in every dc around, working 3 sc in every corner.

end off.


Feel free to use this pattern to make items to sell at local craft shows & bazaars. Do not sell online. If using for charity, please let me know which one!

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Alpaca Shawl

November 5, 2008 at 4:20 pm (free patterns) (, , , )


Alpaca Shawl


Yarn: Knit Picks alpaca/silk lace weight
Size F crochet hook
Gauge: what makes you happy, it’s a shawl!
Size: what makes you happy, it’s a shawl! 🙂
Skeins: I used 6 skeins in total, I believe, for a size that keeps on growing

Chain 5, join with a slip st.

Row 1- Chain 3, make 3 double crochet in the ring, chain 2, then four more double crochet. Ch 3 and turn.
Each 3 double crochet group is called a shell.
Row 2- Make 3 double crochet IN BETWEEN the first and second double crochet of the previous row. Skip three double crochet, work in your chain 2 space the following: (Shell, chain 2, Shell), SKIP NEXT 3 double crochet, make 4 double crochet in the space BETWEEN the 3rd AND 4TH double crochet. Chain 3 and turn.

Row 3 – Make 3 double crochets in between each shell, as before, and make 4 double crochets in the last group. Ch 3, and turn.

Continue for as long as you want to, until you get bored…

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Beginner’s simple crochet dishcloth

November 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm (free patterns) (, , )

Cotton “dishcloth” yarn

Size h hook

Gauge: doesn’t matter, it’s a dishcloth!

Ch 32.

Row 1: in second chain from hook, sc. * Ch 1, skip next ch space, sc in next space. * Repeat across row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in first sc, sc in first ch space. *Ch 1, skip sc, sc in next ch 1 space. Repeat across row, ending with a sc in ch 1 space & sc in the last sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in first sc, * ch 1, skip next sc, and sc in ch 1 space. Repeat across row.

Repeat row 2 & 3 for desired number of times. 

This pattern looks especially nice in the self-striping cottons or using up scraps!

Feel free to use this pattern to sell at craft shows & boutiques.  Do not sell online. If using this pattern for charity, please let me know what one!

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