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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Little Star Dish Cloth or Wash Cloth: a Free Pattern for You

In honor of Independence Day, July 4th, I have designed this sweet little dish cloth, which can also be used as a wash cloth if you prefer.It is quick and easy to make, and looks very patriotic in red, white and blue. But I think it makes a very cute little wash cloth made in other colors, too. I know a little boy who will be getting some new washcloths soon!

Little Star Dish Cloth or Wash Cloth

Size: About 9” across at widest point.
Skill Level: Easy
Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn (Peaches & Crème from Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc. was used for models- one ball each of #95 Red, #26 Light Blue and #1 White made 3 cloths)
½ oz. Center Color
1 ½ oz. Main Color
1 oz. Edging Color
H (5.00mm) crochet hook
Special Stitches:
For 2 dc cluster: Yo, insert hook in st or ch sp indicated, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, insert hook in same st or ch sp, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook
For 3 dc cluster: Yo, insert hook in st or ch sp indicated, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, (yo, insert hook in same st or ch sp, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) 2 times, yo, pull through all 4 lps on hook
Rnd 1: With Center Color, ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 2, 2 dc cluster (see Special Stitches) in ring, ch 3, (3 dc cluster-see Special Stitches- in ring, ch 3) 4 times, join with sl st in top of 2-dc cluster. Fasten off. (One 2-dc cluster, four 3-dc clusters, five ch-3 sps made)
Rnd 2: Join Main Color with sl st in any ch-3 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-3 sp as joining, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each remaining ch-3 sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (Ch-3 counts as first dc; 30 dc, 5 ch-2 sps made)
Rnd 3: Sl st into next (the second) st, ch 3, dc in next st, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next 2 sts, *dc in each of next 2 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (50 dc, 5 ch-2 sps made)
Rnd 4: Sl st into next st, ch 3, dc in each of next 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 4 sts, skip next 2 sts, *dc in each of next 4 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 4 sts, skip next 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (70 dc, 5 ch-2 sps made)
Rnd 5: Sl st into next st, ch 3, dc in each of next 5 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 6 sts, skip next 2 sts, *dc in each of next 6 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 6 sts, skip next 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off. (90 dc, 5 ch-2 sps made)
Rnd 6: Join Edging Color with sc in any ch-2 sp, 2 more sc in same ch-2 sp as joining, sc in each of next 8 sts, skip next 2 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, *3 sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in each of next 8 sts, skip next 2 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!!

Copyright BellaCrochet 2010. All rights reserved. This pattern may not be shared or redistributed in any way.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ripples, Ruffles and Roses

I have finally finished writing the patterns for the Ripples, Ruffles and Roses Doilies set. They are not hard, it just seemed like I couldn't get focused in on them the way I needed to. But I think they turned out very pretty; I am really loving these colors right now. Here is the finished Flutter-by Doily. This pattern will be a free gift with the purchase of the Ripples, Ruffles and Roses set.

If all goes well, this set should be available on my new site by the end of July. If you haven't seen it yet, I would love for you to stop by and check it out. http://bellacrochet.com/ And please sign up for the newsletter while you are there; in addition to being notified when I add new products, I have lots of fun things planned for it (including free patterns!)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Crochet Obsession

When it comes to crochet,
I have to confess,
I have been accused
Of being obsessed.
Just one more stitch!
Just one more round!
I just can't seem to put my hook down.
What's that, Dear? You're hungry?
Yes, yes, Dear, I know,
Just, please, let me finish
This one last row.
What did you say, Dear?
You're ready for bed?
My doily's almost finished;
You go on ahead!
What? The house is on fire?
Alright, I'm on my way,
But first let me gather
All my books on crochet.
And my yarn and my hooks
And my WIP's and......
Oh dear!!!!
So, tell me St. Peter,
Are there any crochet groups up here?
Copyright Elizabeth Ann White 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Flutterbys

It seems like I just can't get enough butterflies and roses lately. I have just finished all the crochet work on this doily, which I am calling "Flutterbys" which is what my daughter called butterflies when she was small. The bright colors of lavender and pink make me think of a little girl, so I thought the name was appropriate. Today I will block it and glue it together, then tomorrow I will start working on the pattern (ugh!) It will be the gift doily that will come with a set of doilies I am making called "Ripples, Ruffles and Roses" which should be out around the end of July.
Hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far!