Patriotic Summertime Placemat… Free Crochet Pattern!!

Patriotic Summertime Placemat… Free Crochet Pattern!!

Patriotic Summertime Placemat

Patriotic Summertime Placemat... Free Crochet Pattern

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This fun, seasonal placemat is similar to the Tea Time Placemat…  Easy stitching and added  embellishments make this a perfect project for a Forth of July or Patriotic  Barbecue!!  Whip a set of 4 Patriotic Summertime Placemats up in no time for a great gift set too!


Materials:

Worsted weight yarn ~ 200 yards main color & 25 yards of accent color per placemat.  Red Heart with Love was used in this pattern.

Color A ~ Red(Berry Red)

Color B ~ White(Eggshell)

Color C ~ Blue(Peacock)

Hook ~ I

Yarn Needle

 

Size:

Approximately 19″ x 15″

Stitches:

Sk ~ Skip      St ~ Stitch     Sl St ~ Slip Stitch     Ch ~ Chain     Sc ~ Single Crochet     Dc ~ Double Crochet

Ch1 Twist Stitch: Ch 1, turn project completely around one time to twist st and continue with pattern

Instructions:

With Color A~

Ch 45

Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each across. = 44 sts

Row 2:  Ch 1, turn, sk 1st st, (sc, dc) in next st, * sk st, (sc, dc) in next st*, repeat * * across. =44 sts

Row 3:  Ch 1, turn, (sc,dc) in each sc across, skipping all the dc’s. =44 sts

Rows 4-29:  Repeat Row 3

Row 30:  Ch 1, turn, sc across. = 44 sts

Edging:

Round 1:  2 sc in same st as last st of row 30(1st corner), sc 29 sts evenly down the side of the rows, 2 sc in same st as 1st st of  beginning of placemat row 1(2nd corner), join with sl st to the 1st st of row 1. Finish off.

Round 2:  Join with sl st in the same space as the last st of row 1(44th st), 2 sc in same st(3rd corner), sc 29 sts evenly up the side of rows, 2 sc in same space as the  1st st of row 30, join with sl st to 1st st of top of placemat(4th corner).=154 sts

Round 3:  Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, 3 sc in next st(1st corner), sc in next 31 sts, 3 sc in next st(2nd corner), sc in next 22 sts, 2 sc in next st(increase is needed to end with odd number of sts), sc in next 21 sts, 3 sc in next st(3rd corner) sc in next 31 sts, 3 sc in next st(4th corner), sc in next 21, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 21 sts, join to beginning sc. =164 sts

Change to Color B

Round 4:  Join yarn in top right corner st(middle of 3), ch 1, {(sc, dc, ch1, dc, sc) in same st as joining, sc in next st, *(sc,dc,ch1,dc,sc) in next st, sk st, sc in next st, sk st*, repeat * * 10 more times,(sc,dc,ch1, dc, sc) in next st, sc in next st, (sc,dc, ch1, dc, sc) in next st(2nd corner), sc in next st, ^sk st, (sc, dc, ch1, dc, sc), sk st, sc in next st^,repeat ^ ^ 7 more times, }, repeat { } starting in the 3rd corner. Join to beginning sc. Fasten off.= 44 (sc, dc, ch1, dc, sc)

Change to Color C

Round 5:  Join yarn in any ch1 sp of a corner, ch 1, 3 sc in ch1 sp, *sc in next 2 sts, sk st, sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next ch1 sp*, repeat * * around to last 5 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sk st, sc in last 2 sts, Join to beginning sc. Finish off.

Change to Color A

Round 6: Join yarn in middle st of any corner, ch 1, *3 sc in st, sc in next 2 sts, sk 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts*, repeat * * around, join to beginning st. Finish off.

Weave in all ends.

Star ~ 

Make 3

Make magic circle

Round 1:  Ch 1, 9 sc in circle, join to beginning sc. = 9 sc

Round 2:  Ch 1, *(sc, dc, ch1 twist st, dc, sc) in st, sk st*, repeat * * 5 times, join to beginning, finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew stars in place.

Congratulations, you now have a Patriotic Summertime Placemat!!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena



©Copyright 2016 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All my, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may contain affiliate links/ads. If you purchase something from a link in this post, I may be compensated.

Blue Bell Teething Lovely… Free Crochet Pattern!!

Blue Bell Teething Lovely… Free Crochet Pattern!!

Blue Bell Teething Lovely

Blue Bells Teething Lovely... Free Crochet Pattern

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The Blue Bell Lovely is a perfect crochet project for a sweet little baby gift!!  Lots of textural crochet stitching and a wooden teething ring makes this Lovely great for newborns – toddlers! The Popcorn Dangle Edging is enticing for the little fingers to play with too!!  Soft BabyHugs Yarn by Red Heart makes an awesome feel to the project as well…


Project Instructions and Materials

Materials ~

Approximately 250 yards of light worsted weight yarn rated #3.  Pictured here is Red Heart BabyHugs Yarn Light Weight #3 in the color Bluie

Hook size ~ H

Wooden Teething Ring

Stitches~

St ~ Stitch     Sl St ~ Slip Stitch     Dec ~ Decrease     Sk ~ Skip     Ch ~ Chain     Sc ~ Single Crochet     Hdc ~ Half Double Crochet     Dc ~ Double Crochet     Trc ~ Treble Crochet     Bphdc ~ Back Post Half Double Crochet    X stitch ~ Sk 2 sts, trc in next st, ch 1, trc in 1st sk st.

Popcorn Stitch ~ In designated stitch, make 4 dc, remove loop from hook, insert hook in 1st dc, place free loop back on hook and draw through  stitch.

 

Popcorn stitch tutorial

Gauge~

2″ x 2″ = 6 hdc x 5 rows

Size ~

Each side measures approximately 11″ wide and 15″ long

Tip ~

The odd rows will be your right side, the popcorn stitching will be popping out on the right side.


Instructions~

Ch 39

Row 1.   Sc in 2nd ch from hook  and each across. = 38 sts

Row 2.  Ch 2(counts as hdc now and throughout), turn, hdc in each st across. = 38 sts

Row 3.  Ch 2, turn, bphdc around each st across.  = 38 sts

Row 4.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. = 38 sts

Row 5. Ch 3(counts as dc now and throughout), turn, *X st (sk 2 sts, trc in next st, ch 1, trc in 1st sk st(2 sts back))*, repeat * * 11 more times, dc in last st. = 12 X stitches and 2 dc

Row 6.  Ch 2, turn hdc in each st and ch1 across. = 38 sts

Rows 7-10.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. = 38 sts

Row 11.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in next st, *Popcorn st in next st, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat * * across. = 26 hdc & 12 popcorn sts

Rows 12-16.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. = 38 sts

Row 17. Repeat row 5

Row 18.  Repeat row 6

Row 19.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. = 38 sts

Row 20.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 32 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 36 sts

Row 21.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 30 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 34 sts

Row 22.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 28 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 32 sts

Row 23.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 26 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 30 sts

Row 24.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 24 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 28 sts

Row 25.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 22 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 26 sts

Row 26.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 20 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 24 sts

Row 27.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 18 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 22 sts

Row 28.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 16 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 20 sts

Row 29.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 14 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 18 sts

Row 30.  Ch 2, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, dec hdc over the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. = 16 sts

Rows 31-40.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. = 16 sts

Row 41.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 12 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =18 sts

Row 42.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 14 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =20 sts

Row 43.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 16 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =22 sts

Row 44.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 18 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =24 sts

Row 45.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 20 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =26 sts

Row 46.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 22 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =28 sts

Row 47.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 24 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =30 sts

Row 48.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 26 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =32 sts

Row 49.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 28 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =34 sts

Row 50.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 30 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =36 sts

Row 51.  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 32 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. =38 sts

Row 52.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. = 38 sts

Row 53.  Repeat row 5

Row 54. Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st and ch across. = 38 sts

Rows 55-58.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across.  = 38 sts

Row 59.  Repeat row 11

Row 60-64.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across.  = 38 sts

Row 65.  Repeat row 5

Row 66.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st and ch across. = 38 sts

Row 67.   Ch 2, turn, bphdc around each st across.  = 38 sts

Row 68.  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across.  = 38 sts

Row 69. Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. = 38 sts.

Do not finish off

Edging (you will repeat on both ends)

Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, *ch 3, popcorn st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in same ch as popcorn st, sk ch (1st ch of ch 3)and next st, sc in next 2 sts*, repeat * * across ending with 1 sc.  13 popcorn dangles.  The wrong side will be facing while working on this row.

Finish off.

Working on opposite edge, with wrong side facing – Join yarn to the first st with a sl st.

Repeat the edging and finish off.

Finishing Touches

Slip the project through the teether and make both sides even with wrong sides together. Join yarn on the far right side in a side row stitch below the teether, grabbing both front and back-stitch. Top Stitch Single crochet through both sides of the project around each stitch across. Finish off and weave in all ends.

Joining Teether Collage

 


Congratulations… You now have a Blue Bell Teething Lovely!!  I hope you have enjoyed this process and make sure to post your finished photos to my Facebook page and Ravelry project page

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


 

©Copyright 2016 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All my, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may contain affiliate links/ads. If you purchase something from a link in this post, I may be compensated.

Tuesday Night Crochet Tips…. Checking Gauge!!

Tuesday Night Crochet Tips…. Checking Gauge!!

When following a pattern do you check out the gauge suggestion?? It is very important to take the time to work up the gauge swatch.  Have you ever noticed you project doesn’t turn out the same size as the pattern or you run out of yarn??

Here are a few reasons why testing the gauge will help!!

yarn


  1. Hooks ~ I have all styles of hooks in my collection, different brands, different styles and different materials…  Some of my favorite hooks are my wooden collection… I love the way they feel!  I have hooks with handles that are good for easing the tension in hands… I have standard aluminum hooks,,, I have plastic and acrylic hooks too!!  I try to use a standard aluminum hook for designing patterns,,, If you use a different brand, style or material type than I’ve used,,, This could change your gauge.
  2. Yarn ~ Believe it or not… The word Bulky, Worsted or any other style of yarn #1,#2, #3, #4, #5 will not all give you the same result depending on the brand…  For instance, If I use a #4 Worsted Weight Yarn in my pattern, and I choose Red Heart with Love…  You choose #4 Worsted Weight Caron Simply Soft… Both great yarns!!!  Results in the end will vary greatly… The Caron Simply Soft is a slightly thinner #4 yarn and your project will turn out smaller and lighter.
  3. Tension ~ Most of you probably realize that each of us has a different crochet tension… This is by the way the yarn carries through our hands… over the hook and how we pull through the loops of the stitches… Most beginners have a tighter tension and with practice this can be easily fixed.  Remember.. Relax,, We love to crochet!!  But, over all any other slight tension issues are just a personal thing and can make your gauge different.

So… How do you measure gauge…  The pattern will indicate how many stitches by how many rows of a specific stitch pattern, then give you the dimensions…

Example ~ 7 sc x 7 rows = 2″ x 2″ – I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice worsted weight and an H aluminum hook.

Checking Gauge

You will work this up and measure to see how close your are!  If you are off, start with changing hook sizes. If it is still off – You may want to try a different brand yarn.  Make sure to crochet extra stitches and rows, measure in the middle… The top, bottom and sides may not have the same size stitching too!

Remember… Gauge is our friend!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


 

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