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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The Florence Dress

Hello Everyone!

I am so so sorry that I have not posted for ages!  I have been super busy with University, my youngest taking her GCSE’s and life in general!  I have designed this little dress which I have named the “Florence Dress” after the gorgeous little princess that I made it for. It consists of a crochet bodice and a fabric skirt.  You don’t have to be an amazing dressmaker to fit the skirt to the bodice either.  If you don’t have a machine you can easily hand stitch it on.  This dress is suitable for advanced beginners/intermediate crocheters and is aged 18-24 months.

 

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For your Florence Dress you will need – 

  • DK Yarn in your choice of colour. I used Wendy Supreme Cotton in shade 1975
  • Fabric to match or compliment your yarn
  • Thread that matches your yarn
  • 4mm Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • A yarn needle to sew your ends in.

 

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This pattern is written in UK TERMS

Start by chaining 64

Round 1: In the second chain from hook, treble crochet (tc) and continue with a treble crochet (tc) until you reach the end of your chain (63 Stitches).  (63 tc)

Round 2:  Chain 1 (ch) and turn. 1 tc into each of the next 2 stitches, 2tc into the next stitch. Repeat this until you get to the end of the round. (84tc)

Round 3: ch 1 turn. 1 tc into each of the next 3 stitches, 2tc into the next stitch. Repeat this until you get to the end of the round. (105tc)

Round 4: ch1 turn. 1tc into first stitch, skip 1 stitch, *V stitch into next stitch (tc, ch 2, tc), skip the next stitch* Repeat * to * until end. Tc in final stitch.

Round 5: ch1, 1 tc in first stitch.  In v stitch chain space we are going to do a shell. For this you need to do –  2 treble crochet together (2tctog) ch1, 2 tctog, ch1, 2tctog. Next, move on to the tc from the previous round and do 1tc into this stitch.  Repeat this until end. 1tc into the last remaining stitch.

Round 6: ch 1 turn. 1tc in first stitch. *Into the chain space of the shell from the previous round, V stitch– (tc, ch1, tc) repeat in next ch1 space of the shell. Next, move on to the tc from the previous round and do 1tc into this stitch*.  Repeat * to * until end. 1tc into the last remaining stitch.

Round 7: ch 1 turn, 1 tc in first stitch.  In v stitch chain space we are going to do a shell. For this you need to do –  2 treble crochet together (2tctog) ch1, 2 tctog, ch1, 2tctog. Next, move on to the tc from the previous round and do 1tc into this stitch.  Repeat this until end. 1tc into the last remaining stitch.

Round 8: ch 1, turn. 1tc in first stitch. *Into the chain space of the shell from the previous round, V stitch– (tc, ch1, tc) repeat in next ch1 space of the shell. Next, move on to the tc from the previous round and do 1tc into this stitch*.  Repeat * to * until end. 1tc into the last remaining stitch.

Round 9: ch 1, turn, 1 tc in first stitch.  In v stitch chain space we are going to do a shell. For this you need to do –  2 treble crochet together (2tctog) ch1, 2 tctog, ch1, 2tctog. Next, move on to the tc from the previous round and do 1tc into this stitch.  Repeat this until end. 1tc into the last remaining stitch.

Now its time to create the arm holes!

Round 10: ch 1, turn. 1 tc into the next 5 stitches,  2tc in the next stitch. Repeat this 4 times. Chain 3, skip 30 stitches (don’t forget to count the chains in your shells as stitches!) In the 31st stitch (which should be an individual tc), 1tc. 1 tc into the next 4 stitches, 2 tc into the next stitch. *1 tc into the next 5 stitches, 2tc in the next stitch*. Repeat * to * another 7 times. Chain 3, skip 30 sts, In the 31st stitch (which should be an individual tc), 1tc. 1 tc into the next 4 stitches, 2 tc into the next. *1 tc into the next 5 stitches, 2tc in the next stitch*. Repeat * to * another 3 times. Slip stitch into the first tc from the round to join. (119 stitches)

Round 11: ch 1, turn. 1 tc into every stitch including the chain stitches of the under arms. Slip stitch into first tc of the round.

Round 13: ch 1, turn. 1 tc into every stitch. Slip stitch into first tc of the round.

Round 14: ch 1, turn. 1 tc into every stitch. Slip stitch into first tc of the round.

Round 14: ch 1, turn. 1 tc into every stitch. Slip stitch into first tc of the round.

Round 15: This round is for the scalloped edge.  If you want a straight edge, feel free to omit this round.  Chain 3, 4tc into the first stitch, skip 1 stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch, skip one stitch, *5tc into the next stitch, skip 1 stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch*. Repeat *to * until the end. Fasten off your work and sew in the ends.

Congratulations!! You have finished your bodice!!!

For the skirt part of your Florence Dress, measure the width of the bottom of your bodice (just measure one side then multiply it by 2 to make your life easier!).  Take this measurement and multiply it by 1.5.  If you want a more gathered skirt, multiply the measurement by 2.

To make the gathers, tack or machine sew some basting stitches into the top of the fabric approximately 2cm from the top of your fabric.  Make sure the stitches are long and also leave a long tail at the start and end of the row of basting stitches. DO NOT FASTEN THE STITCHES OFF!!! Pull one end of the stitches using the tail and your fabric should begin to gather.  Keep pulling the thread until the fabric has gathered to the length that you need.  Don’t forget to even out the gathers otherwise your Florence dress will not hang properly.  Pin the fabric to the inside of your bodice and either machine or hand sew it in place.

Once your skirt is attached, remove your basting stitches, sew up the back seams (use pinking shears to finish the raw edge)

For the skirt hem, turn the bottom of the skirt up by 1cm and iron.  Repeat this process once again. pin the hem in place and either machine or hand sew your hem.  I used an embroidery stitch on my machine and made it look fancy but a plain stitch will be fine.

To finish off your dress just attach some buttons to the back opening and you are good to go!!!!!

 

CONGRATULATIONS! You have made your very own Florence Dress!

I would love to see your makes so feel free to tag me on Instagram (@lexie_loves_stitching) or send me pics via the contact page which you can find in the mail menu.

Happy Making!

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Please be kind and do not copy my work as your own.  You are free to use this pattern for personal use.  If you wish to make this dress to sell, please be kind and credit me.  Thank you xxxxxx

Heart and Flower Pattern In Memory of Emily Anderson.

Hello Everyone.

As many of you on Crochet Beginners Group will have heard, one of our members – Emily and her 2 year old daughter Kaylee were tragically killed yesterday.  Emilys family have asked for us to crochet hearts and flowers so that they can be handed out to other family members to show how much the crochet community are thinking of them at this awful time.  I know how amazing and compassionate our community can be so feel free to get involved.

Here is the written and video patterns for the Heart and Flower Call To Hooks on  Crochet Beginners Group. Once you have finished your hearts and flowers, please message the CBG Admin Page and we will send you the address of where to send your hearts and flowers.

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Written Heart Pattern (UK TERMS)

Terminology
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
dtr = double treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
Round 1
Ch4, sl st in 1st chain to form a loop (alternatively you can make a magic circle), ch4, [4tr, 2dtr] in loop, ch4, sl st in loop, ch4, [2dtr, 4tr] in loop, sl st in top of ch4 to joinRound 2
Ch4, 1tr in same st as previous sl st, 2tr in next 3 sts, [1tr, 1dtr] in next st, 2dtr in next st, 3dtr in next st, 1tr in top of next 4chs, ch4, sl st in centre of ch4 loop, ch4, 1tr in top of next 4 chs, 3dtr in next st, 2dtr in next st, [1dtr, 1tr] in next st, 2tr in next 2 sts, [1tr, 1dtr] in last st, sl st in top of ch4 to join.

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Written Flower Pattern

Step 1
Ch7, sl st into first ch to form a loop

Step 2
*ch4, 3dtr into centre of loop, ch4, sl st into loop* repeat from * to * another 4 times to make 5 petals.

Videos

Easy Beginners Crochet Baby Jumper

Hello Everybody and welcome to my blog!

This week I am going to teach you how to crochet a simple jumper for a baby.  This pattern is really simple and only uses treble crochet.  The size that is in this pattern is for a 6 to 12 month old baby. If you would like the pattern in a bigger size, then please contact me and I will send you the pattern.  I have also done a YouTube video for this pattern so if you are not a confident pattern reader then I have popped the link to the video at the bottom of the page.

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For this pattern you will need –

  • A 4mm Crochet Hook
  • DK (Double knit) Yarn, I have used Robin DK Shade Pale Rose (111)
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle (for those pesky ends!)
  • Tape measure
  • A cup of tea and lots cake to keep you going

 

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This pattern is written in UK Terms

Abbreviations:

Approx = Approximate(ly)
Beg = Begin(ning)
Ch = Chain(s)
Rem = Remain(ing)
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
Sl st = Slip stitch
Sp(s) = Space(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)

Tc = Treble crochet
Tc2tog = Treble crochet 2 together
Tcbp = Treble crochet back post
Tcfp = Treble crochet front post
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)

Note: This jumper is worked in one piece from neck edge down.
A chain 3 at the beginning of a round counts as a treble crochet.

Start your jumper by chaining 56 stitches. Make sure you chain loosely as this foundation chain will need to pull over baby’s head. Join with slip stitch to first chain, taking care not to twist your chain (Check out my YouTube video for this pattern for a handy hack to stop your chain from twisting).

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Round 1: Ch 3. 1 tc in the next 7chains. In the 8thchain, we are going to do a V stitch –  1 tc. Ch 1. 1 tc (all in that same 8thchain). 1 tc in each of next10chains. V-st in next ch. 1 tc in each of next 16ch. V-st in next ch. 1 tc in each of next 10ch. V-st in next ch. 1 tc in each of last 8 ch. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

 


Rounds 2 – 9: Ch 3. *1 tc in each tc to ch-1 sp of next V-st. V-st in ch-1 sp of next V-st. Rep from * 3 times more. 1 tc in each tc to end of rnd. Join. 124 tc and 4 ch-1 sps at end of 9th rnd.

 

 

Dividing the Jumper Sleeves and Body:

Round 1: Ch 3. 1 tc in each of next 16tc. 1 c in ch-1 sp of next V-st. Ch 3 for underarm. Skip next 28tc. 1 tc in ch-1 sp of next V-st. 1 dc in each of next 34tc. 1 tc in ch-1 sp of next V-st. Ch 3 for underarm. Skip next 28 tc. 1 c in ch-1 sp of next V-st. 1 tc in each of last 17tc. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 3. 1 tc in each tc or ch around. Sl st to top of ch 3. 78 tc.

Round 3: Ch 3 1 tc in each tc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 4: Ch 3. 1 tc in each tc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. Rep last rnd until your jumper measures 11 cm from the under arm to the bottom of your jumper.

Ribbing:  Ch 2. *tcbp around post of next st. tcfp around post of next st. Rep from * to last st. Tcbp around post of last st. Join with sl st to top of ch 2. Rep last rnd times more. Fasten off at end of last rnd.

Sleeves (Optional):

 Round 1: (RS). Join A with sl st to centre of underarm ch. Ch 3. 1 tc in each ch or tc around. Join with sl st to top of ch3. 31 tc.
Round 2: Ch 3. 1 tc in each tc around. Rep last rnd until the sleeve from underarm chain measures 10 cm.

Next Round: Ch 3. 1 tc in each of next 15 dc. Tc2tog. 1 tc in each tc to end of rnd. 30 tc.

Sleeve Ribbing:

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first st). *Tcbp around post of next st. Tcfp around post of next st. Rep from * to last st. Tcbp around post of last st. Join with sl st to top of ch 2. Rep last rnd 4 times more. Fasten off at end of last rnd.

Congratulations!  You have finished your jumper.  For a nice touch to finish off your jumper, how about going around the neck line and the bottom of your jumper in a contrasting colour? Just attach your yarn, chain 2, then double crochet into each stitch around and when you reach the starting chain 2, simply join into this with a slip stitch.

Happy Crocheting!

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