Beginners Crochet Baby Blanket

Hello Everyone

Welcome to this easy crochet baby blanket pattern.  This pattern is ideal for very beginners as it only uses treble crochet and chains.

This pattern is written in UK Terms

To begin, chain in multiples of 34 (for my blanket I chained 102). Add one chain (ch).

Round 1 – Treble Crochet (tc) into each chain. Ch1, turn.

Round 2 – *Tc into the next 16 stitches, ch2, skip (sk) 2 stitches, tc into the next 16 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 3 – *Tc into the next 14 stitches, ch2, skip 2, 2tc into the chain space, ch2, skip 2, tc into the next 14 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 4 – *Tc into the next 12 stitches, ch2, skip2 stitches, 2tc into the chain space, 1tc into each tc from previous round, 2tc into chain space, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, tc into next 12 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 5 – *Tc into the next 10 stitches, ch2, skip 2 stitches, 2tc into chain space, tc into next 6 stitches, 2tc into the chain space. tc into the next 12 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 6 – Repeat round 5

Round 7 – *Tc into the next 10 stitches, ch2, skip 2 stitches, 2tc into next 4 stitches, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, tc into next 4 stitches, chain2, skip 2 stitches, tc into the next 12 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 8 – *Tc into the next 10 stitches, 2tc into chain space, ch2, skip 2 stitches, tc into next 2 stitches, 2 tc into chain space, tc into next 2 stitches. chain 2, skip 2 stitches, 2tc into the chain space, tc into the next 10 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 9 – *Tc into the next 12 stitches, 2tc into chain space, tc into next 6 stitches, 2tc into chain space, tc into the next 10 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Repeat rows 1- 9 until tour blanket has reached desired size.

Find my video tutorial here –

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Baby Bonnet Pattern

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Hello Everyone,

This baby bonnet pattern is part of my baby set and is suitable for intermediate beginners.  For this pattern you will need –

  • 4mm Crochet Hook
  • DK Cotton Yarn (I used Peter Pan Baby Cotton)

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Find the video here, the written pattern is below –

This pattern in written in UK Terms

Abbreviations

  • st/sts – Stitches
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • htc – half treble crochet
  • tc – treble crochet
  • ss – slip stitch

Start by making a magic circle or ch 4 and ss into the 1st ch

Round 1 – ch 1, work 10 tc into the magic circle, ss to join (10 st).

Round 2 – ch1, work 2tc into each stitch, ss to join (20 st).

Round 3 – ch1, work 2tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next. Repeat until the end. Ss to join (30 st).

Round 4 – ch1, work 2tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 2 st. Repeat until the end. Ss to join (40 st).

Round 5 – ch1, work 2tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 3 st. Repeat until the end. Ss to join (50 st).

Round 6 – ch1, work 1 tc into each st (50st).

Round 7 – ch1, 1htc, *skip 2 st, work 2tc, ch3, ss all into the same stitch*. Repeat *to* 16 times. 1htc into the last st. Turn (50 st)

Round 8 – ch1, 1htc, * work 2tc around the ch3 from the previous round, ch3, ss into the 3rd ch from the previous*. Repeat *to* 16 times. 1htc into the last st. Turn (50 st)

Round 9 – 17 – Repeat round 8. Fasten off and secure your yarn.

Strap

Chain 42 then join with a slip stitch to the main part of the bonnet. Work dc’s evenly around the bottom edge of the bonnet. When you reach the opposite edge, ch42, turn, work 1dc into each chain, along the bottom edge of the bonnet and into each of the 42 chains on the opposite side. Fasten off and sew in all your ends.

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Congratulations, you have made yourself a baby bonnet!

Happy Crocheting!

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Crochet And Mental Health

Hello Everyone!

It has been so long since I’ve blogged! I have had a crazy few months with placement and Uni, but have no fear! New patterns are coming soon!  In the meantime, I have made this short video on how Crochet has helped my mental health. You can find it here.

The Magic Knot

Hello Everyone!

Have you ever struggled to attach new yarn or wondered how to change colours?? Well have no fear, the magic knot is here to help you!  It is so easy and simple and you will be changing colours in no time!  Have a watch of the video below to see how its done!

 

 

I love to see your makes so don’t forget to tag me on Instagram – @Lexie_Loves_Stitching

Take care and happy crocheting!

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Sew a Book Sleeve

Hello Everyone

As well as making things I also love to read.  I hate it when I carry my book in my bag and the front cover gets damaged and pages get creased.  I have come up with a super easy pattern for a book sleeve.  This project is suitable for beginner sewers and also makes an easy project for kids to have a go at.

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Find the video on how too make your book sleeve here –

 

I love seeing your makes so don’t forget to tag me in them on Instagram @Lexie_Loves_Stitching

Happy Sewing!

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Easy Crochet Friendship Bracelet

Hi Everyone!

Its been ages since I have done a blog post! I’ve been really busy with my University course and have had loads of work to do so I haven’t been blogging as much as I should at all!

Anyway, I have come up with a really east and super quick make that even the kids can do and will soon be making lots for their friends.  Find the video here –

I love to see all your makes so don’t forget to tag me in your pictures on Instagram – @Lexie_Loves_Stitching.

Take care and happy crocheting!

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Cute Crochet Bag Tutorial

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying the summer and the sunny weather!  I have made this super cute crochet bag in the style of a camera.

Find the Youtube tutorial here

For your bag you will need

  • 4 colours of DK yarn (including black and white)
  • 4mm Crochet Hook
  • A Button
  • A pair of scissors
  • A darning/tapestry needle

This pattern is written in UK TERMS

Main Bag, make 2

Chain 31

Round 1: Start from the second chain from the hook. 1 half treble crochet (htc) in each stitch to the end of the round (30 stitches)

Round 2 – 18: Chain 1, turn, 1htc in each stitch (30 stitches). Fasten off yarn at the end of round 18 and cut.

Round 19: Attach contrasting colour yarn, chain 1, 1htc in the same stitch, 1 htc in remaining 29 stitches.

Round 20 – 24: Chain 1, turn, 1htc in each stitch (30 stitches). Fasten off yarn at the end of round 24 and cut.

Join your 2 panels together using slip stitches.

For the Camera Lens

Start with a magic ring (or ch4 and join with a slip stitch).

Round 1: 3ch, 5htr into ring. Join to third ch of initial 3ch with a slip stitch, pull the magic ring to close. [6st]

Round 2: 3ch, 1 htr into same stitch, 2 htr into each stitch, join to third ch of initial 3 ch with a slip stitch. [12st]

Round 3: 3ch, 1htr in same st, 1 htr in next st, *2 htr in next stitch, 1 htr in next; rep from * around. [24st]

Round 4: 3ch, 1 htr in same st, 1 htr in next 2st, *2htr in next st, 1 htr in next 2st; rep from * around. [36st]

Round 5: 3ch, 1 htr in same st, 1 htr in next 3st, *2 htr in next st, 1 htr in next 3st; rep from * around. [48st]. Fasten off yarn and cut.

Round 6: Attach white yarn, 3ch, 1 htr in same st, 1 htr in next 4st, *2tr in next st, 1tr in next 4st; rep from * around. [48st]

Round 7: 3ch, 1 htr in same st, 1 htr in next 4st, *2tr in next st, 1tr in next 4st; rep from * around. [60st]. Fasten off and cut yarn.

For The Flash

Using the black yarn, chain 7, 1 htc in the second chain from the hook and 1 htc in each chain space (6 stitches). Chain 1 turn. 1 htc in each stitch (6 stitches). Chain 1 turn. 1 htc in each stitch (6 stitches). Fasten off and cut yarn.

For The View Finder

Crochet 2 squares (one smaller then the other), one in black and one in white, sew the white on top of the black using white yarn.

Stitch all your appliqué pieces onto your bag.

For the handle, using three colours of yarn, chain a strap to the required length and attach to your bag.

 

 

Congratulations, you have made your bag!

Until next time, happy crocheting!!

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No Fuss Fish Pattern

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Hello Everyone and welcome to my No Fuss Fish Pattern!

This easy crochet amigurumi fish works up really easily and you can use your scraps of leftover yarn to make him.  If you’re not very confident at following patterns, find my YouTube tutorial here –

 

To make this little chap you will need –

  • 2 contrasting colours of DK Yarn (I used cotton DK but acrylic is fine)
  • A 3mm Crochet Hook
  • Toy Stuffing (or yarn scraps)
  • Safety Eyes or black yarn
  • A stitch marker
  • A darning needle
  • Scissors

This pattern is written in UK TERMS, do not turn your work between rounds.

Start with a Magic Circle, if you’re not sure how to do the magic circle, find a video here –

Round 1 – 6 dc into the magic circle, pull your magic circle closed,slip stitch to join to your first dc.

Round 2 – Ch1, *1dc into the first stitch, 2dc into the next* Continue * – * until the end of the round (9 Stitches).

Round 3 -Ch1, *1dc into the first 2 stitches, 2dc into the next* Continue * – * until the end of the round (12 Stitches).

Round 4 -Ch1, *1dc into the first 3 stitches, 2dc into the next* Continue * – * until the end of the round (15 Stitches).

Round 5 -Ch1, *1dc into the first 4 stitches, 2dc into the next* Continue * – * until the end of the round (18 Stitches).

Round 6 -Ch1, *1dc into the first 5 stitches, 2dc into the next* Continue * – * until the end of the round (21 Stitches).

Round 7 -Ch1, *1dc into the first 6 stitches, 2dc into the next* Continue * – * until the end of the round (24 Stitches). Fasten off yarn.

Round 8  – Attach contrasting yarn colour, 24 dc around. Fasten off yarn.

Round 9 – 17 –  Attach original yarn colour, *24 dc around, slip stitch into the 1st stitch of the round, chain 1*. Repeat * – * for each round.

Its now time to stuff your fish and attach his safety eyes (see video above for best placement of eyes).

Round 18 – Skip 8 stitches, slip stitch into 9th stitch. Slip Stitch through both sides of your fish to close the gap (see video above if you need help). When you have closed the space fully, chain 4, skip the first chain and dc into the next 3 chain spaces, slip stitch into the next stitch (on the main body of the fish). Fasten off and cut your yarn.

Round 19 – Attach your yarn, dc2tog, dc in the next 2 stitches, dc2tog. Ch1 and turn. 1dc in each stitch around, slip stitch through both sides of your work to close (see video). Fasten off and cut your yarn.

Fins (Make 2) – Start with a magic circle. 1dc into the middle of the circle, 1htc, 1tc, 1htc, 1dc. Fasten off and pull your circle closed.

Tail – With main colour yarn, chain 7. 1dc in each stitch starting from the second chain from the hook. Tie off and cut your yarn.  Attach your contrast colour, 1dc2tog, 1dc in the next 2 stitches, 1dc2tog in last 2 stitches, ch1, turn. 1dc in each stitch (4 stitches), ch1, turn, 1dc2tog, 1dc2tog (2 stitches), ch1, turn, 1dc in each to the 2 stitches, fasten off and secure your yarn.

Now sew all your parts together and you have made your fish!

Fill a large jar with gravel and decorate as you wish.  Attach some thread to the top of your fish and glue the thread to the inside of the lid.  When the glue is dry, pop the lid on and your fish will be ready to swim in his new home!!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial

Happy Crocheting

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Easy Crochet Market Bag

 

 

Hello Everybody!

Huge apologies that it has been sooooo long since I have published a new pattern! I have been so busy with Uni, work placement and life in general!  I have lots of patterns to write up but I thought I would start with this super easy market bag and as July is plastic free month it fits in perfectly!  I have also done a youtube tutorial for those that are not as confident at reading patterns so you won’t miss out!

 

FOR THE BAG YOU WILL NEED –

  • 3mm hook
  • 100g skein of Wendy Supreme Cotton

 

HANDY TIPS!

  • This pattern is written in UK terms.
  • The 3ch at the beginning of the first 4 rounds count as a UK tr (US dc).
  • If you have loose tension, try downsizing to a 2.5mm hook.
  • Do not turn your work when making the main body of the bag.

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PATTERN:

Start with a magic ring (or ch4 and join with a slip stitch).

Round 1: 3ch, 11tr into ring. Join to third ch of initial 3ch with a slip stitch, pull the magic ring to close. [12st]

Round 2: 3ch, 1tr into same stitch, 2tr into each stitch, join to third ch of initial 3 ch with a slip stitch. [24st]

Round 3: 3ch, 1tr in same st, 1 tr in next st, *2tr in next stitch, 1 tr in next; rep from * around. [36st]

Round 4: 3ch, 1 tr in same st, 1tr in next 2st, *2tr in next st, 1tr in next 2st; rep from * around. [48st]

Round 5: 1ch, 1dc in same st. *ch3, miss 1 stitch, 1dc in next; rep from * around until the second to last stitch. At this point make a half tr into beginning dc.  (Placing a stitch marker on the last stitch of each row from here will help a lot! If you are stuck, have a look at my YouTube video.) [24 chain spaces].

Round 6: *4ch, 1dc in next ch sp; rep from * around until second to last ch sp, 1ch, 1htr into the top of the last st of the previous round (ie, into the top of the htr of previous round).

Round 7: *5ch, 1dc in next ch sp; rep from * around until second to last ch sp, 2ch, 1htr into the top of the last st of the previous round.

Round 8: *6ch, 1dc in next ch sp; rep from * around until second to last ch sp, 3ch, 1htr into the top of the last st of the previous round.

Round 9: *7ch, 1dc in next ch sp; rep from * around until second to last ch sp, 3ch, 1 tr into the top of the last st of the previous round.

Round 10 -25:  Repeat Round 9

Round 26: Repeat round 8

Round 27: Repeat round 7

Round 28: 1ch, 1dc in same stitch, 2dc in space, 1dc in dc, *4dc in each ch sp, 1 dc in top of each dc of previous round; rep from * 2dc in last sp, ss to join to 1st dc [120]

Round 29-30: 1ch, 1 dc in same space, dc around, ss to join.

HANDLE – Chain 8 

Row 1: 1tr in second chain from the hook, 1 dc in next 6st, turn [7]

Row 2: 1ch, 1tc along the next 7 stitches, turn [7]

Repeat Row 2 until desired handle length or when nearing the end of the yarn (I made my handle approx 46cm/18″).

Turn your bag inside out.  Attach the handle to the bag using slip stitches. To attach to the opposite side, count how many stitches are around the top of the bag. I had 120 stitches. You want your handles evenly spaced, I counted 53 stitches along from the right side of my handle and stitch 54 was where I started to attach the other end of the handle. Make sure there are no twists in your handle before you attach it. I used simple slip stitches to attach my handle. Fasten off and sew ends in securely.

Congratulations!  You have made yourself a market bag!

Until next time, happy crocheting!!

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