As a handmade seller, every once in awhile you become friends with someone on Instagram who truly inspires you. Someone who loves to crochet so much, creates from the heart, so giving and wants to share their beautiful talents with all those around them from family, neighbors and friends. Without telling you her name, I will just tell you... I enjoy all her photos so much, but it's her videos that I really love tho... because she's just so real and honest with what she's doing and whatever she's working on. I love that! I've been following her for sometime now, so I have gotten to know her a little bit. I know she's shared that she does not follow patterns because she doesn't know how to read them. However, by looking at her creations-you would just never know that. As I have stated in the past, that is how I used to crochet myself before I learned to read patterns. So a few weeks ago, when I saw this friend (that I will call "J") state in a video that she wanted to learn to read patterns, but hadn't gotten around to it... a little light bulb went off in my head! And I would like to dedicate this blog post to J! :D
Yes! I was encouraged to go more in dept about how reading patterns is really as easy as you make it. When I first started crocheting, it was hard finding "Easy Patterns" that were 'easy' for me. So when I found one.. that was all I would crochet! So I pulled one that I know that will not disappoint! Here is a 'step by step' photo tutorial of a pattern that is so easy, once you make one.. you will make many more, change the stitch, change the size gauging from the hook/yarn and you will be well on your way to making Ponchos/Shawls for everyone! (well maybe not everyone, but this pattern is guaranteed to give your crocheting heart warm fuzzies. You can DOWNLOAD it here, so get ready!
Before you begin, you should know.. I did not use the suggested yarn. I used Baby Bee Yarn. I did use the suggested size hook. Here are the materials needed:
Once you have completed the first Row, just remember to single crochet in the first and last stitch. As you begin the 2nd Row, single crochet in the first stitch, ch 1 and single crochet in the first "chain space" which is the chain 1 in the previous row.
Just don't forget to single crochet in the first and last stitch at the beginning & end of every row! (yes, I know that I am repeating myself here.) Also remember, You will always chain 1 at the end of every row.
Now that your pieces are ready for sewing, place them as shown. Once folded, whip stitch with your pieces laying flat so they don't move and/or fall out of place. You can also use your markers to hold them in place. Remember that once you whip stitch the first piece, turn your work over so the seams are on the Wrong Side. (shown below)
Once your Poncho is complete, you can created your own border. I singled crocheted all around for the first Row, slip stitch at the end to join, then single crocheted, chain 1, single crochet in the next stitch all around. So easy!
Again, after you make your first Poncho... you will want to play around with this pattern like crazy! I remember selling a ton of these once I got this pattern down. It also encouraged me to read other patterns. I added all sorts of embellishments, too!
I just had a lot of fun with it and I know it will for you, too!
Well, J... I pray this helps you get going on reading patterns! I hope it helps anyone who is wanting to learn!
Until next time.
Those that know.. Do. Those that understand.. Teach.
Hello to all! I'm finally able to post the info on this Cutest Sweater that I finished/shared on my Instagram early last week. It can be found in the April 1990 issue of The Workbasket and Home Magazine. It is a part of a complete Layette Set which I do intend to share.
The first thing about this pattern is, you really need to gauge the size you want by the size of the hook and yarn. I chose Baby Bee, 3 ply using the smallest hook I could (3.75mm) that would work with the yarn. My sweater turned out to be bigger than a size 3 months. :\
:: Pattern Note : Research "Coats & Clark Red Heart baby yarn" Alternative. I did not do this, this time. ::/PN::
Also, I did try to create an image of all 3 pages for 1 download, but the text turned out too blurry, so you can find this pattern in 3 Pages/Parts. Page 1, Page 2, & Page 3.. all there. Don't let this pattern fool you, it is very simple-just time consuming. That fancy little stitch is just a "Cluster Stitch"! If you can make a double crochet, you can master this stitch!
These first 3 photos (above) are Rows 1-25, which includes the front of the sweater, the back, and both shoulder Plackets. Once you have the front and back of your sweater completed, you will whip stitch them together on the sides, remember not to whip stitch the tops of the shoulders, as you will need to sew on your buttons.
These 3 photos (above) are Sleeves Row 1-20. Once you complete the first row of 40 dc stitches, the rest is easy sailing with all those double crochets. Yes, it is that simple... ya just gotta do it twice! :O
All in all, despite my yarn of choice being completely "off", I think it turned out super cute! My most favorite thing ever is that this sweater looks so fancy. Honestly, I was so afraid that it was just gong to be another pattern I would have to put aside for another day when I could wrap my brain around it. So yay!
There you have it! I hope you enjoy this one! I look forward to making another one... just the right size next time. lol
Thanks to all who read!
Until next time, #happycrocheting
"And if you don't believe the sun will rise, stand alone and greet the coming night in the last remaining light." RIP Chris Cornell, 1964-2017
Happy Monday to all! Here's to a new week and a new vintage pattern for all to enjoy. You know I can't pass up sharing a very Beginner Friendly Crochet Pattern. This one can be found in the 1967 booklet from Coats & Clark's Booklet No. 181, "Baby Sets Knit & Crochet". The Pattern calls for 3 ply Yarn and a Hook size F. I used one of my favorites: Yarn Bee Sweet Delight yarn found at Hobby Lobby.
Click photos for captions regarding this pattern. DOWNLOAD PATTERN HERE.
Once you have sewn the seam, you will now need to sew up the sides then single crochet 2 rows around each leg opening before starting the pebble stitch. So easy!!!
I have started the cute little dress that comes with this set, however I am not sure if I will complete it. I am finding it kind of difficult right now, but if and when I do finish it- I will share a picture of it!
I will tell you though, if I made this one again.. I will probably change a few things-mainly because it just seems a bit large for a 6 month old baby. But I will save all the details about that for another day.
Once again, thanks to all who have subscribed to my blog and signed up for emails!
Have a wonderful week and be blessed,
Well, I didn't think it was possible... but I think it is.. YES, I finally found a Coiled Rose crochet pattern diagram that is "PERFECT!" I just LOVE it to pieces!!! Of course, yall know what I love most about it... it's super easy and only 2 Rows for the rose!!!
Here's the crochet pattern diagram I found on Pinterest.
I used the finer threads and a 1.75mm hook.
If you come across any trouble understanding my instructions, refer back to the graph. But here's how I understand it all:
The Rose Diagram:
Row 1: Ch 18, dc in 4th from hook, 2dc in same stitch, ch 1, skip 2. *3 dc in the next stitch, ch 1, skip 2. The diagram shows skipping 1, I skipped 2. *Repeat. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: *1 dc in the first stitch, 2 dc in the next stitch, 1 dc in next, ch 2, sc in the ch 1 space. *Repeat. Fasten off. Coil up to whip stitch close and shape by pressing down the petals. Now onto the three leaves diagram-working in the round.
The Triple Leaf:
Row 1: Ch 9, single crochet 2nd from hook, sc in the next 6 stitches-this is the first base of the first leaf; *ch 8, single crochet 2nd from hook, sc in the next 6 stitches-this is the base of the 2nd leaf. *Repeat for the base of the 3rd leaf. You will end at the row at the top of the 3rd leaf.
Row 2: *sc in the first stitch, hdc in the next stitch, dc in the next 3 stitches, hdc in the next stitch and sc in the last stitch. *Repeat this step all around on each side of the leaves.
Row 3: *ch 1, sc in the first stitch, ch 2, sc in the next stitch to the end of, ch 2, sl stitch to finish tip of leaf. *Repeat this step till all leaves are complete. Again, you will end by chaining 2 at the end of each leaf, sl st to begin on each side of the leaf.
Please remember, I am just reading this diagram to best of my crochet abilities that I believe to be right, so if you have question regarding my instructions, please feel free to contact me. I do hope this helps and inspires you to make a rose-which is something that I love to do! :)
Until next time, Rose
It’s a good day to have a good day!
Happy Friday! Once again, I feel that I need to express how much I love making baby booties. I don't know if it's because I just love the challenge of making things differently or if I just love shoes in general. This week's pattern is called "Lace Top Baby Booties" that was printed in the little booklet "Quick & Easy Crochet" May/June 1991 Issue, which is the same little book where I found those "Q&E Booties". I remember when I first read this pattern after looking at the picture and I thought it was going to be easy... yeah, no. So I need to let you know this pattern was very difficult for me. Actually, this was my second attempt at making these booties. Now that I accomplished making them, I know the pattern is very well written. You can download Page 1 here and Page 2 here. Now let's see if I can explain it all to where it makes sense:
First, the yarn I chose for this project is Premier Yarns' Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight based on the gauge of the hook size that the pattern requires, which is a size C/2-2.75mm Hook. This yarn, however calls for a 3mm sized hook, but I honestly didn't have any problems using my yarn of choice. Yay! Good to know!
The first 2 rows of this pattern are relatively easy, which you can see in Photo 1.
Photo 2 is Rows 4-5 which create the top lace part of the booties. Row 6 is all single crochets across the top of the lace, as you can see in photo 3. Looking at photo 4, you can see Rows 1 & 2 of the "Sock Portion" of the pattern. Photo 5 is where you will create the Top of the Foot part of this pattern.
Once you've got the Tops of the Feet done, you can see in Photo 6 how it will look when you lay it flat. Now you are ready for the "Sides" of the booties which is 8 Rows of 59 single crochets across, as shown in Photo 7. Upon completion of the Sides in photo 8, you are ready to sew them together by simply folding the cuff of the bootie with the top lace edges meeting evenly. Don't forget to whip stitch the sole of the booties to each side once the back of the cuff is sewn. In photo 9, you can see that I left a small space at the bottom of the cuff to whip stitch to the sole/heel inward as much as I could. I am not recommending you do this, but it does help with the heels not being so "boxy" once they are complete, shown in photo 10. Yay for being done with these!
More power to you if you decide to take on this project! Overall, I am happy with the way they turned out, but I can't say that I would ever make these again, though. But if I chose to, I might have to question my sanity. lol. Keep in mind, just because I found this pattern most difficult, I know some of you could whip these up in no time at all!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who has subscribed to my blog... I'm making a List for something special for each of you!
Until next time,
keep calm and croch-yay all day.
Greetings to all! Most of you may not know that I love old stuff. It only made sense for me to share what I have in my Crochet Library. My Mother has been giving me Vintage Crochet books for so many years. I've never made anything from them because naturally I have my new go-to pattern books that I have picked up myself... especially if I have an order! So this has really encouraged me to really sink into my first two loves: crocheting and vintage items. So I thought I would share the full pattern sets that I have blogged about so far:
The full pattern for "Aunt-ticipating" is 3 pages. You can download them all here starting with Page 1, then Page 2 and Page 3.
Since I have only made the Mittens, I can not confirm if the rest of the pattern is as Beginner Friendly. I do wish you luck if you decide to make this set!
Remember the 1094's baby Crochet Baby Layette?
You can find the full pattern here! 1 Page only!
I made the Bonnet and Booties! And I'll have you know, I actually sold the set once I posted it on my Instagram! How cool is that?
Remember that crazy stitch? Wowzers, it was crazy hard for me to wrap my mind around, but it sure is a beauty! Actually, the more I stared at it, the more it reminded me of the Star Stitch, but I don't know if it is the actual star stitch because that is a stitch I have yet to figure out. :\
This super cute Pink Daisy Set is simply adorable and would make such a perfect gift for the summer baby in your life! The Pattern is in 3 pages that you can find it here by clicking Page 1, Page 2, and Page 3. I only made the bonnet that you can read about it here. After making the bonnet, I sure would love making the whole outfit!
Who remembers when I made these super cute and so adorable baby booties that I totally am keeping for my future grandchild?! Oh dear, after putting those most perfect Poms on them... I kept them close so I could just stare at them all day. lol
You can download the whole set here! This set will not disappoint at all! I am planning to complete this set when the time is right, for sure! <3
I really hope everyone has enjoyed these patterns as much as I have loved sharing them. I'm very thankful my Mother (who also crochets) still brings me old crochet books and pattern books. I hold each one very dear to me because they are all truly treasures. I still have a huge stack of books and magazines that I have already picked out patterns from to share with you all. Again, feel free to tag me in your photos! I would love to see what you create and would love to share your masterpiece on my IG feed!
On a side note, since I am having issues with picking one day out of the week and sticking to it, I have decided to just share one once a week-whatever day-I can get it done. So here's to next week!
Thank you for reading and Lord bless,
Hey, y'all! Hope everyone is doing well! This week I'm sharing this adorable baby sweater that is so incredibly quick and easy! It can be found in Crochet Fantasy Magazine, 1985 November issue. You can download the pattern here.
In Photo 1, you can see it is the first 19 Rows creating the neck line. Photo 2 is the beginning of the body. Photos 3 & 4 shows how to fold the collar in half in order to continue the body with the Shell Stitch, which continues until Row 34. In Photos 5 & 6, you can see I chose to single crochet around the whole piece.. mainly because I prefer straight edges always.
In these next set of photos, I begin the sleeves. You will have a total of 9 shells around the whole arm and 12 Rows down the arm. However, I did make the mistake of getting too happy about finishing the first sleeve and only got to 9 rows. I also failed to finish the collar border properly for the ribbon. :\ But that happens with me, sometimes... just more proof that crochet is always forgiving even in our mistakes. :)
Look! It's just so super cute! It would make the perfect gift and you could whip it up in no time at all!
Until next time, I hope you enjoy this one! Remember if you decide to make this, please tag me in your photo on Instagram so I can Re-post it!
Happy Friday! Here's another great crochet baby pattern called "Aunt-ticipating?" which can be found in the American Thread Company, Star Book No. 186 "I Love You Baby", it does not have the year it was published inside, but it is a true gem! I have to tell you, this was not the first time I picked up this pattern... I don't remember what was going on with me at the time, but I just could not understand it and I would crochet, start over, crochet again... only to find myself so frustrated that I finally put it away. Am I the only one who does this?
First up, you can find the pattern HERE. Second, this pattern calls for a 3.75mm/F hook size, but I used a 3.5mm/E hook with my favorite yarn Cascade Yarn in Lavender. As you can see in the photos 1-3, once you get done crocheting the first 9 Rows of Shells, you simply slip your draw string through the top of the mitten with a whip stitch needle to pull it/close it and continue to whip stitch down the seam. Also, I would suggest only chaining 1 at the end of each row. I chained 3 which created an uneven seam. Afterwards, you will simply begin the last row which is the border where you will place your ribbon, but in the pattern is referred to as the "Next Row". When adding the border, you will need to skip one stitch in order to achieve the 12 meshes counted at the end of the pattern. (pictures 4-5). So then you are ready to make the second one! Yay!
This pattern is easy and a super cute quick little project you can probably finish within 45 minutes. Remember, if you would like a Preemie and/or Newborn size, I would suggest using a smaller hook. This set would comfortably fit a 3-6 month old infant. Although, I'm not big on having ribbon, bows and buttons on anything for a baby over 3 months old, but the ribbon does add a cute touch.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern as much as I did... even though, it took me the second time around! I would LOVE to know if you complete any of these patterns on your Instagram by tagging me in your photo so I can Repost your photo.
Until next time... keep croch-yaying!!
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone has been having a great week so far and are nose deep in crochet orders, creating new crochet projects and busy crocheting gifts! So if you haven't figured out the purpose this blog yet, it's to keep you inspired on learning how to read crochet vintage patterns and how easy it can be. I am nowhere near of being an expert crocheter even though I've been crocheting since 2002 and I am still learning. Every time I pick up one of these old crochet patterns, I just never know how it is going to turn out. And I've got a huge stack of them all planned out, but this week I went back to my Star Book No.43 Baby Book. This Pattern download is called "Crocheted Soaker" and it's truly the cutest Diaper Covers I think I've ever seen!
If you download the pattern, you will see a couple of things (in red) I did change in order for to it to be Newborn size-up to 7 lbs (in order to use my yarn of choice.) :
1. I used a 3.25mm crochet hook along with Baby Bee Sweet Delight Yarn.
*Note : Remember, you can always use a bigger hook to create a bigger Soaker.
2. I made the waistband approximately 12.5" long (*not noted on the pattern download-pic2)
3. I crocheted in the Back Loop Only every row of the waistband (to create the ribbing).
4. I whip stitched with my hook and not a whip stitch needle. (pic 3)
Once the waistband is complete, I single crocheted around the waistband on the right side of the crochet piece before starting the simple Griddle Stitch. Once you've created the edged border, you will keep crocheting/decreasing each row until you are left with 2 stitches on your hook (pictures 1 & 2 photos below). Before whip stitching together, I single crocheted all around the bottom piece (pictured 1 & 2 photos below). Turning the crochet piece inside out, I whip stitched the soaker together-I measured 1.5" instead of the 5.5" per Pattern instructions. I simply measured/counted the stitches which is 6 and just stitched it up to the tip, whip stitched down the other side-counting 6 stitches again then once more all across the top. (pictures 3-5 in the photos below).
Last change, I crocheted a cord 30" instead of 20" and of course added my poms!
As I stated in my IG post regarding this pattern... how sweet would it be to give a few of these as a gift with a few boxes of pampers to the new mom in your life? I really love that idea so much, I really want to do this for someone. Until I am able to do that, I am considering adding a set or two to my Etsy with some matching mittens. This pattern really inspired me to create my own pattern, but we will see how that goes!
I really hope y'all enjoy this one! In my never-ending quest to find the perfect Diaper Cover, I've never stumbled upon anything quite like this one! Unfortunately, my photos do not give this little crochet piece the justice it deserves and I do apologize. You should make it and see what I mean though.. super cute, adorable and not hard at all!
Until next time-Keep Croch-yayin'!!!
Happy Thursday, er'body! Sorry I missed last week, not that anyone is waiting on the edge of their seat for the next pattern, but it was bound to happen sooner or later. I'm happy to be here now to share this next pattern with yall! This pattern is called Pink Daisy Set and can be found in the Summer Issue 1983 of Crochet Magazine. This Bonnet Pattern is in FOUR PARTS all posted on my Flybii, so I will link each part with my explanations of the pattern, starting with the Bonnet. You will find complete pattern at the end of this blog entry. First, you must know I used Cascade Yarns Cherub Baby series yarn with 3.50mm Size E hook because I did not have the 3.25mm Size D hook that the pattern calls for.
You will first crochet all the Motifs. Once you get all your squares crocheted like in Picture 1, you will whip stitch them together-as you can see in Picture 2 so you can crochet the body part of Sacque until this part of the bonnet measures 4.5", which are simple crochets of alternating rows of double crochets with one row skipping one stitch, chaining one and double crocheting into the next stitch-all the way across-shown in Picture 3. So easy!
Once your bonnet measures 4.5"-as seen in Picture 3 from first group of photos, you will then fold bonnet in half and whip stitch along the back, so you can crochet the edging, as you can see starting Picot Stitch all around in Picture 1 in this second group of photos. After it's all sewn up, it explains how to crochet a draw string to be fed around the base of the bonnet-as shown in Picture 2 here of this group of photos. If you're not sure how to feed your draw string through your work, I usually take a larger hook, grab the draw string and feed it through every other double chain space.
As you can see in the last picture, the final product is just precious. It is light and airy yet still so very soft and cozy- super perfect for Spring!
I am not the best at explaining but you can find the full pattern here with a few helpful reminders/hints as you begin to create this little gem. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me-I'd be happy to help! firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next week... or the next.. I do hope you have a wonderful Croch-day!
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Growing up with a love for sewing, I enjoy crocheting and all around crafting. I will be sharing recipes, past/current projects, my favorite patterns, tutorials on crochet/knit patterns I use, Free Patterns from my collection of Vintage Patterns given to me from my Mother and Giveaways. It's my prayer, my readers will be blessed my blog entries.