Happy Tuesday! I'm a day late, but I finally made it here! I know y'all aren't waiting on the edge of your seat or anything, but I'm still just as happy. ;)
I've spent the last couple of weekends picking out a vintage crochet pattern to make and share. I had planned to share more flowers, but I was just thumbing through books, magazines and actual patterns... when I came across this baby bootie pattern. I couldn't believe how short it was!? I was so intrigued! I love making baby booties! I love learning different styles of making them because that was the first thing I learned to make from an actual pattern. This Pattern is definitely Beginner Friendly! I used Cascade Yarns Cherub Baby and a Sally Bates 3.5 US4 Crochet Hook.
I did make 1 pair then made a second pair with a few changes.
Here's what I did on the second go around:
1) After the 8 Rows of 8 single crochets (the square), I chained 26 loosely. I also made a slip stitch in the first and last stitches of the last Row of chain 8 (the square). Before you "join to the beginning of the last row" of 8 single crochets (the square). Be careful not to twist the yarn so you can start the sides. This should create 50 stitches all around. (as pictured below.)
2) On the 5th Row of the single crochets around the sides, I sctog2 starting on the 9th stitch which should be the first point of the square, plus 4 more times across the top of the square. (I continued this for the next 3 Rows, as there are 8 Rounds for the sides and sole of each bootie.)
3) On the 6th Row, sctog2 on the 8th stitch, 3 more times at the top of the square. sctog2 on the 16th stitch to decrease at the heel.
4) On the 7th Row, sctog2 on the 10th stitch just one time, as your hook should be in the middle of the tip toe then one more sctog2 on the 16th stitch at the base of the heel.
5) On the 8th Row, the last row, sctog2 all around. Then Whip Stitch on the inside of the bootie to close. If your Stitches are off by a number, that's okay.. just remember you are working in the middles of the top of the toes and base of the heels. Also, you don't have follow my instructions! I've just found the decreasing works much better.
(Whip Stitching pictured below)
The pattern calls for the draw string to be 14 inches long, which I crocheted 90 chains. I also used Sally Bates Pom Maker for the poms, which I love because you can make a bunch with no fuss!
You can download this Pattern here! It does call for the Solid Shell Stitch, which the instructions are not included in the pattern, but it's so very easy-you could do it with your eyes closed, I promise!
1) *5 Double Crochets in one stitch, skip the next 2 stitches, Single Crochet in the next stitch, skip the next 2 stitches. *Repeat.
2) Single Crochet in the middle stitch of the 5 Double Crochets (3rd DC of the 5DC), skip next 2 (of the 5 DCs), 5 DCs in the Single Crochet (which is in between each Shell Stitch). Here's a Moogly tutorial here just in case you need a visual and better explanation.
I hope you enjoy making this pattern as much as I did! It's so perfect, cute, easy and a great quick project for any day of the week! If you decide to make it, please let me know by sharing your post with the #sewsorose hashtag on Instagram. I would love to see what you share!
Take care and until next time,
Like every other Crocheter in America, yes... I have been making some Messy Bun Beanies. I know I've already mentioned it before, but I've only been making them because I have had a few Order Requests. I have been seeing them all over Instagram, so many beautifully made with the most beautiful crochet stitches. I do love the textures of all the different stitches and how they capture the true beauty of the yarn being used. And I have seen many say "you don't need a pattern for this!" and honestly you don't. But when I'm filling any type Crochet order ... I feel 100% better about myself, my product and my client when I use a really good pattern that I know I will use again. So when I find a pattern that is easy, fun, perfectly written, I want to share it. This pattern is so easy, you can make several in one day.
This pattern is great if you're wanting to learn how to read Crochet Patterns. I know some prefer not to "read patterns" and I understand this, as I used to think the same way. I felt it to be intimidating and frustrating. But trust me, it only takes one good pattern to change your way of thinking about crocheting and reading patterns. So I encourage you to download this Pattern. It's a FREE PDF! Who doesn't love the heck out of a crochet pattern that is "free" and a "PDF"? It's clearly my favorite! :D
Now you should go make a few! Spend a Saturday watching your favorite shows and just crochet away... because by the end of one of these easy beanies, you won't need to look at the pattern anymore. Yes, it's THAT EASY!
Until next time,
Every time I make a crochet rose, I always tell myself, "there has to be something better out there" usually as I am rolling up my work to create the rose. Don't get me wrong, the coiled concept of roses is beautiful thing and I love it because it is super easy. But to be honest, I am just not that good at making them look pleasing to my eye. So what do I do? I do what every crocheter does... hit Pinterest, of course! I've only been able to found one... here. However, I just can not get my rose to look as beautiful as the one in the video. It's frustrating to me because I know, as someone who has crocheted for many years, this is a GREAT video! So what's my next plan? I start pulling out every vintage crochet book I have in my library! And there ya go... I found one! So I closed my eyes for a minute, cleared my mind, asked The Lord to work through my hands... (I know this sounds silly to some, but it works for me because reading vintage patterns does not come natural to me.) ... and just started crocheting as I read the pattern. I was able to do it! I did it!
I would really like to share this pattern with y'all, too! It's so easy! There's no rolling, just a simple re-arranging of the petals and they all just naturally lay perfectly once you're done with the 3 Rounds. Only 3 Rounds!? How much do I LOVE THIS?!!
I only made a couple of changes.
Here's what I did :
1) Instead of chaining 7, I chained 10.. because I got flustered trying to squeeze 20 loops of 14 chains into a 7 chain ring.) Just being honest!😬
2) Instead of making 20 loops, I made 14. It looks like a big glob, but that's okay! It will fold out once you're done.
3) In Round 3, instead of slip stitching in the Top of the first Triple crochet, I slipped stitched in between at the bottom of the petals.
Here is the Rose, all complete with a little bling. The pattern does call for Stamens, but I did not have any spare ones. You can find the PATTERN HERE!
Make sure you come back for more Free Vintage Patterns every Monday! If you happen to try any of these patterns, please tag me in your Instagram photos and/or use the hashtag #sewsorose. I'd LOVE to see what you've created!
Until next time, Rose
Some of you may already know that I am having my first Giveaway this month! I will be randomly choosing a Winner this Friday, January 13th. If you haven't visited my Instagram, please let me invite you to do so. You can find the Rules there, as well!
My first Giveaway handmade item is a cute Kitty Cat beanie sized for a 6-9 month baby girl or boy. It is crocheted in one of my favorite yarns Caron Simply Soft. I love the texture of the stitch used in the pattern too. The simply beautiful griddle stitch!? Why, yes it is!!
I do hope you check it out! Always, feel free to contact me anytime!
Until next time,
As I begin the new year, I decided to delete all my blog entries-if you haven't noticed. I understand it's frowned upon, but I just wanted to start fresh-like brand new in order for me to stay focused on the new year.
The one thing I would like to do is share what's going on in my Sewing Room. I've had a couple of visitors this week, too! My sister Anna stopped by and my Mother brought me the most beautiful scarves as well as more vintage sewing patterns-because goodness, I can never have enough of them. I absolutely love all the scarves, too! I mean, just look at them!!
I'd also like to share my custom orders that I'm working on, Crochet patterns I've found/love, Vintage Crochet patterns from my library and so much more.
It's my hope you'll find all this info helpful and inspiring.
With that being said, I do thank you for stopping by my blog!
Until next time,
I'd rather be in my Sewing Room.
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.