January 11, 2017

Bulky Cross Stitch Cowl Free Crochet Pattern



This bulky crochet cowl is fast and easy to make - I was able to crochet one in half an hour using a super bulky yarn (#6). I made it using a slightly modified single crochet stitch (it looks like cross stitch hence the name), but the result was very impressive! The crochet cowl is simple, yet rich in texture. It is unisex (can be worn by both women and men) and great for gift giving. This pattern includes a video tutorial on how to make the cross stitch single crochet.
Cross Stitch Cowl Crochet Pattern
Cross Stitch Cowl Free Crochet Pattern


Materials used:
Super bulky weight yarn (6) (I used Bernat Wool-up Bulky or Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick) about 90 g (half skein)
Hook L 8mm (you may want to use a larger hook if you crochet tight)


Abbreviations:
CH – chain
CSSC – cross stitch single crochet
SL ST – slip stitch


The finished cowl measures 
5 inch. heigh (12,5 cm)
12,5 inch. wide (31,5 cm)
25 inch. diameter (63 cm)




In this short video above I show and explain how to crochet a cross stitch single crochet (CSSC). (Written instructions following).

To work Cross Stitch Single Crochet – insert hook into next stitch. DO NOT make yarn over the hook, instead with hook pointing down grab the yarn and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook.

Pattern:

Round 1: CH 42 and SL ST at the end of the round to the first CH1, making sure not to twist the stitches. (42)
Round 2: CH 1 (does not count as stitch), CSSC 42 times around, DO NOT join with SL ST, continue working in spiral. (42)
Round 3-9: CSSC 42 times around. (42)
Finish round #9 with a SL ST. Cut off yarn and weave in ends.




Enjoy!
Lili
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December 21, 2016

Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern in 3 Sizes



Messy bun hairstyle has been a huge hit in 2016. Many crochet messy bun hat patterns have been circulating over social media since fall arrived, and I was asked by some lovely people if I could ajust my Basic Beanie Crochet pattern according to this trend, and I did!

Cluster Stitch Messy Bun Crochet Hat Pattern in three Sizes

Messy Bun Crochet Hat Pattern
Crochet messy bun hat has an opening at the top to fit bun or ponytail. If you prefer a traditional style pattern without the opening, please refer to my Basic Beanie Crochet Hat Pattern.

I created Messy Bun Crochet Hat pattern in three most popular sizes - Child, Preteen and Teen/Adult and published them as separate blog posts for easier reading. Click on the links below:









Messy Bun Hat Pattern - Size Adult - Click here for Free Online Pattern



Enjoy! Lili

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Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern Size Adult



Messy bun Hat pattern
Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern
Materials used:
Hair tie about 2" in diameter
Worsted weight yarn (I used Bernat Wool-Up Worsted)
Hook H (5mm)
Hook G (4mm)

Abbreviations:
CH – chain
ST – stitch
SC – single crochet
Sl ST – slip stitch
Cl ST – cluster stitch
YO – yarn over

In this short video I show and explain how to crochet a Cluster Stitch. (Written explanation following).

To work Cluster Stitch – YO, insert hook in next ST, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Cluster Stitch Messy Bun Crochet Hat Pattern, Size Teen/Adult

Finished hat measures approx.:
7 1/4 in (18cm) top to bottom, 
10 1/2 in (26 cm) across, 
for head circumference 22 in (56cm)

Use Hook H
Round 1: SC 30 around a hair tie, join with Sl ST (30)
Round 2: CH3, Cl ST in each ST around, join with Sl ST (30)
Round 3: CH 3*Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST 1 time in each of next 2 ST*, join with Sl ST (40)


Round 4: CH 3, Cl ST around, join with Sl ST (40)
Round 5: CH3, * Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST 1 time in each of next 3 stitches*, join with Sl ST (50)
Round 6-8: CH 3, Cl ST around, join with Sl ST (50)
Round 9: Ribbing: Change hook to G, place marker, work * 2SC in first ST, 1SC in next ST in back loops*, do not join, continue working in spiral (75)
Round 10 - 17: SC in each ST around in back loops (75). Join with SL ST at the end of the last round. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Enjoy! Lili

***Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***


Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern Size Preteen



Messy Bun Hat Pattern
Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern
Materials used:
Hair tie about 2" in diameter
Worsted weight yarn (I used Bernat Wool-Up Worsted)
Hook H (5mm)
Hook G (4mm)

Abbreviations:
CH – chain
ST – stitch
SC – single crochet
Sl ST – slip stitch
Cl ST – cluster stitch
YO – yarn over


In this short video I show and explain how to crochet a Cluster Stitch. (Written explanation following).

To work Cluster Stitch – YO, insert hook in next ST, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.



Cluster Stitch Messy Bun Crochet Hat Pattern, Size Preteen



Finished hat measures approx.:
6 3/4 in (17 cm) top to bottom, 
9 in (23 cm) across, 
for head circumference 18 in (46 cm)

Use Hook H
Round 1: SC 27 around a hair tie, join with Sl ST (27)
Round 2: CH3, Cl ST in each ST around, join with Sl ST (27)
Round 3: CH 3*Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST 1 time in each of next 2 ST*, join with Sl ST (36)

Round 4: CH3, * Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST 1 time in each of next 3 stitches*, join with Sl ST (45)
Round 5: CH 3, Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST in next 21 stitches, Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST in next 22 stitches, join with Sl ST (47)
Round 6: CH 3, Cl ST around, join with Sl ST(47)
Round 7-8: Repeat round 6 (47)

Round 9: Ribbing: Change hook to G, place marker, work * 2SC in first ST, 1SC in next ST in back loops*, do not join, continue working in spiral (71)

Round 10 - 15: SC in each ST around in back loops (71). Join with SL ST at the end of the last round. Fasten off, weave in ends.


Enjoy! Lili

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Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern Size Child



Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern
Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern
Materials used:
Hair tie about 2" in diameter
Worsted weight yarn (I used Bernat Wool-Up Worsted)
Hook H (5mm)
Hook G (4mm)

Abbreviations:
CH – chain
ST – stitch
SC – single crochet
Sl ST – slip stitch
Cl ST – cluster stitch
YO – yarn over

In this short video I show and explain how to crochet a Cluster Stitch. (Written explanation following).

To work Cluster Stitch – YO, insert hook in next ST, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Cluster Stitch Messy Bun Crochet Hat Pattern, Size Child


Finished hat measures approx.:
6 in (15cm) top to bottom, 
8 in (20,5 cm) across, 
for head circumference 16 1/2 in (42cm)

Use Hook H
Round 1: SC 22 around a hair tie, join with Sl ST (22)

Round 2: CH3, *Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST 1 time in next ST*, join with Sl ST (33)
Round 3: CH3, * Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST 1 time in each of next two stitches*, join with Sl ST (44)
Round 4: CH 3, Cl ST around, join with Sl ST (44)


Round 5 - 7: Repeat round 4 (44)

Round 8: Ribbing: Change hook to G, place marker, work * 2SC in first ST, 1SC in next ST in back loops*, do not join, continue working in spiral (66)
Round 9 - 15: SC in each ST around in back loops (66). Join with SL ST at the end of the last round. Fasten off, weave in ends.

For flower pattern please refer to this tutorial on my blog.

Enjoy! Lili

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Six Petal Flower Free Crochet Pattern and Photo Tutorial



Flower Crochet Pattern
Flower Crochet Pattern
This crochet flower is my to-go embellishment for crochet hats. Here is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make it:

Yarn used: Worsted weight yarn
Hook used: Hook H (5mm)

Abbreviations:
CH – chain
ST – stitch
SC – single crochet
DC - double crochet
Sl ST – slip stitch

Pattern:

Round 1: CH3, 6DC into the 2nd CH from hook, Sl ST to the 1st DC to join. (6)

Round 2: (Small petals):*CH2, 3DC into same ST, CH2, Sl ST to the same stitch, CH1, Sl ST to the next ST*. Repeat from * to * six times in total for six petals.


Round 3: (Foundation for next round of petals - work behind the petals): *CH3, Sl ST to the CH1 space of previous round*. Repeat from * to * six times in total.
Round 4: (Medium petals): *CH2, 5DC into same CH3-space, CH2, Sl ST to the same space, CH1, Sl ST to the next CH3-space*. Repeat from * to * six times in total for six petals.
Round 5: (Foundation for next round of petals - work behind the petals): *CH4, Sl ST to the CH1 space of previous round*. Repeat from * to * six times in total.
Round 6: (Large petals): *CH2, 6DC into same CH4-space, CH2, Sl ST to the same space, CH1, Sl ST to the next CH4-space*. Repeat from * to * six times in total for six petals. Weave in ends and leave a long tail for sewing the flower to hat.
Enjoy! Lili

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September 27, 2016

Ribbed Boot Cuffs Free Crochet Pattern


Boot cuffs crochet pattern
Ribbed boot cuffs
Fall is in the air and if you love crochet accessories as much as I do why not make these crochet boot cuffs? They can be worn over the boot for shorter boots and inside the boot for higher boots. You will find a free crochet pattern below. I made them using a crochet technique called 'slip stitch into back loops'. This technique makes your crochet look like knitted ribbing! Garments made using this stitch have rich texture and stretch nicely. This technique can be used for crocheting wrist warmers, coffee cup cozies, phone sleeves, you name it! These quick and easy crochet projects make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.

Yarn used: Caron Simply Soft Acrylic yarn. Any worsted weight yarn will work.
Hook used: 5 mm (H)
Abbreviations:
CH – chain
ST – stitch
SC – single crochet
Sl ST – slip stitch

Finished boot cuffs measure 4'' long. If you wish them to measure 6", chain 31 for the first row instead of 21.

Pattern: 
I have created a short video where I show how to crochet the first few rows of this pattern:




Row 1: CH 21
Row 2: SL ST into back loop of the 2nd CH from hook, SL ST into the remaining back loops till the end of the row, turn (20)
Row 3: CH1, SL ST into back loops till the end of the row, turn (20)
Rows 4-65: Repeat row 3.

Once you reach the desired width cut off yarn and sew sides together using mattress stitch:



Boot cuffs crochet pattern
Ribbed boot cuffs free crochet pattern


Enjoy! Lili

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October 26, 2015

Basic Crochet Ear Flap Hat Pattern in 7 Sizes





Crochet Hat Pattern
Basic Crochet Ear Flap Hat Pattern



Summer 2015 has been long and busy in my house. I welcome fall with a new design – this Basic Crochet Ear Flap Hat Pattern in 7 sizes which is a warmer version of my Basic Crochet Beanie Pattern. The latter pattern got a lot of support in the crochet social media community, and I want to thank all of you who used it, tagged me on Instagram and commented on my blog about it.

Basic Crochet Ear Flap Hat Pattern

Yarn used: Caron Simply Soft Acrylic yarn. Any worsted weight yarn would work.
Hook used: 5 mm (H)
Abbreviations:
CH – chain
ST – stitch
SC – single crochet
Sl ST – slip stitch
Cl ST – cluster stitch
YO – yarn over
SC2TOG – single crochet two together
In this short video I show and explain how to crochet a Cluster Stitch. (Written explanation following). 
To work Cluster Stitch – YO, insert hook in next ST, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Before I start with the actual pattern, I would like to mention one great advise from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me about how to join rounds when crocheting a hat:
Always start your rounds in the same stitch as your chain.
Always join your rounds to the first CL ST, NOT the chain.
Your last stitch should be in the stitch before your chain.

If you follow this advice the seam of the finished hat will be invisible on the right side of the hat. 
 
Pattern: 


Updated Oct. 13, 2016: I have created a short video showing how to start the hat and make the first round:
Size Preemie:
Use hook H
Round 1: CH 4 (or Magic Loop+CH3), Cl ST 10 times in 4th CH from hook (or in magic loop). Sl ST to complete round. (10)
Round 2: CH 3. Cl ST 2 times in each ST around. Join with Sl ST. (20)
Round 3: CH 3. *Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST 1 time in next ST*. Repeat from * to *. Join with Sl ST. (30)
Round 4-7: CH 3, Cl ST in each ST around. Join with Sl ST at top of CH 3. (30). Do not fasten off, continue the the first ear flap.

Ear Flap 1:
R. 1: CH1 (Does NOT count as ST). Work *Two SC in first ST, one SC in next ST* two times, 1SC. Turn (7)
R. 2: CH1. SC2TOG, 5SC. Turn (6)
R. 3: CH1. SC2TOG, 4SC. Turn (5)
R. 4: CH1. SC2TOG, 3SC. Turn (4)
R. 5: CH1. SC2TOG, 2SC. Turn (3)
R. 6: CH1. SC2TOG, 1SC Turn (2)
R. 7: CH1. SC2TOG. (1). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leave 10 SC between ear flaps in front part of the hat and crochet the second ear flap:

Ear Flap 2:
Attach yarn and work:
R. 1: *Two SC in first ST, one SC in next ST* two times, 1SC. Turn (7)
R. 2: CH1. SC2TOG, 5SC. Turn (6)
R. 3: CH1. SC2TOG, 4SC. Turn (5)
R. 4: CH1. SC2TOG, 3SC. Turn (4)
R. 5: CH1. SC2TOG, 2SC. Turn (3)
R. 6: CH1. SC2TOG, 1SC Turn (2)
R. 7: CH1. SC2TOG. (1) Do NOT fasten off, SC around the bottom of the hat including ear flaps. You want to work *2SC in next ST, 1SC in next ST* when crocheting around front and back trim of the hat. Fasten off and weave in ends.

For instructions on how to attach braids see bottom of this post.


April 02, 2015

Knitted Bunny Girl

Knitted Bunny Pattern

When I first saw this amazing pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits I immediately knew that I need to knit a little bunny or two using it. So I purchased this pattern last fall and started knitting. I wanted to make two bunnies: a bunny girl and a bunny boy for Christmas. And I was too slow and did not finish this project until now - just in time for Easter :-)


Her little dress is removable unlike her shoes and tights.
The pattern is written very well and I really enjoyed following it.


What have you knitted or crocheted for Easter? Please share in comments or on my Facebook page. Please follow me on Instagram @mango_tree_crafts where I post almost every day showing my progress in my current projects.



Happy Easter!
Lili

March 25, 2015

Crochet Square Pattern and Photo Tutorial




It's all about Easter knitting and crochet projects in my house today. I have been playing with some yarn in pastel colours and posting pictures on Instagram when I got a couple of pattern request for this pretty square motif.



I found the original pattern on Ravelry and here is the link to it. However I must say that this pattern did not work for the yarn and hook I was using: the motif turned out too crowded with stitches and won't lay flat. So I tweaked the pattern and reduced the number of double crochet stitches in the first round and I made this photo tutorial.


Yarn used: Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in colours "Robin's Egg", "Hot Green" and "Sunshine". Any worsted weight yarn would work.


Hook used: 4 mm (G) or 5 mm (H). I tried both hooks and preferred hook G.
Abbreviations:

MR - magic ring
CH – chain
ST – stitch
SC – single crochet
Sl ST – slip stitch
Cl ST– cluster stitch
DC - double crochet
YO – yarn over

To work Cluster Stitch – YO, insert hook in next ST, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.


Round 1: Start with MR. Work into MR: CH4, *DC, CH1* 11 times, SL ST at the top of CH4 to complete the round. You should have 12 DC ST now (CH4 counts as DC). See picture below for help.

Round 2:  CH3, YO, insert hook under CH1,  YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook. *CH3, CL ST* 11 times, CH3, SL ST at the top of CH3 to complete the round. You should have 12 CL ST now. See picture below for help.


Round 3: Insert hook under CH3 and work SC, CH5, SC in next CH3,

Insert hook under next CH3 and work 5 DC, CH4, 5 DC in the same CH3, SC in next CH3, CH5, SC in next CH3,
Repeat *5 DC, CH4, 5 DC in the same CH3, SC in next CH3, CH5, SC in next CH3* two more times, 5 DC, CH4, 5 DC and join with SL ST to complete the round.

Enjoy!
Lili
***Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***