How to Crochet the Mini Bean Stitch

Mini Bean Pinterest pic

The mini bean stitch (aka Elizabeth stitch) is a fun little stitch that gives you a nice subtle texture within a solid fabric. The stitch basically consists of a cluster of a single crochet and a double crochet stitch.You can use this fun and easy stitch to make a bag or a blanket or anything that calls for a fairly tight fabric. I personally get a lot of joy and satisfaction from working this stitch because it’s so fun and simple, yet becomes a luxuriously textured fabric. So, let’s make some mini beans! Continue reading “How to Crochet the Mini Bean Stitch”

How to Crochet the Moss Stitch

Pinterest pic How to Moss stitch

Whether you call this stitch Moss, Granite, Linen, Woven, or something else it makes a nice looking, solid fabric. I know I say this about every other stitch, but it’s easy! If you know how to single crochet, you can learn the Moss stitch. You can learn to single crochet here in case you need a lesson or just a refresher.

Supplies you’ll need to learn the moss stitch

A number 4 weight worsted yarn is good to practice with. It’s easier to work with than a fine yarn or a heavy yarn. I’m using a size H/ hook for the same reason. It’s not too big and not too slim. I can concentrate on learning the stitch without the challenge of handling extreme size hooks or  yarn.

Let’s learn the moss stitch!

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How to Crochet the Seed Stitch!

Pinterest pic How to seed stitch

Not too seedy! The seed stitch provides a sturdy warm, luxuriously textured fabric that’s good for wash cloths, handbags and anything else that calls for a closed stitch fabric. It’s super easy too! If you already know how to single crochet and double crochet, you are well on your way to mastering the seed stitch. In case you need a refresher on how to single stitch, you can find it here. If you need to learn how to double crochet, you can do so here.

Supplies you’ll need to learn the seed stitch

A number 4 weight worsted yarn is good to practice with. It’s not too chunky and not too fine. I’m using a size H/ hook for the same reason. It’s not too big and not too slim. I can concentrate on learning the stitch without the challenge of handling extreme size hooks or more challenging sizes of yarn.

Let’s get seedy!

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Dark Shadows Afghans: The Two Graces

Dark Shadows the 2 graces

Isn’t it wonderful that Dark Shadows, the gothic soap opera that aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971, used two granny square afghans as props? Not only did they use them as props, but they turned up often, in almost every house in Collinsport! Were they placed as cozy homespun contrasts to the darkness and evil that relentlessly lurked in Collinwood? Or were they just an inexpensive prop used for convenience?

I like to think that these afghans, masterfully created with love (what crochet project isn’t?) lent comfort and security to whichever character needed it the most.

Afghans to sooth the pain

For example, are you incapacitated and near death from a vicious voodoo attack? Have Barnabus Collins cover you with a granny square afghan.

Dark Shadows Quentin, Barnabus, Maggie
Quentin in parallel time: the victim of voodoo

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How to Crochet the Picot Stitch

How to picot stitch

Crocheted picots are the finishing touch of many designs. They’re the delicate lacy tips on motifs, the elegant finish on lacy edging, the fancy touch that adds extra beauty and sophistication to your crocheted piece. And they’re really easy to make!!

Supplies you’ll need to crochet picots

Although you usually see picots on the edges of thread work like doilies, curtains, table runners and jewelry, you can make them with yarn if you’re more comfortable working with yarn. I used #10 crochet cotton and a steel hook #9 (1.25mm) on the top example of the picture above. But I used a baby weight yarn and my trusty H/8 ( hook for the bottom example.

I made a small foundation row of single crochet (sc) before starting the row of picots to give it some body. You can make a foundation of a different stitch like double crochet if you want. Single crochet came to mind first, so that’s what I went with. If you need help with single crochet, you can find instructions here.

Let’s crochet some picots!

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How to Crochet a Pineapple Motif

Small pineapple and a large pineapple
Small pineapple made with #10 crochet cotton. Larger pineapple made with medium weight yarn. Same pattern!

Welcome! Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality that welcome guests into your home in an inviting and gracious way. Welcoming guests and loved ones into your home using classic home decor never goes out of style, so you’ll see pineapples in vintage crochet patterns as well as in fresh new patterns. Because pineapples are a symbol of welcome you’ll see them in abundance in crocheted home decor and they’re also really cool and fun to make. It’s so much fun to watch them “grow!”

To illustrate the general pattern of a crocheted pineapple, this post shows how a simple standalone crocheted pineapple is made. The pineapples above are cute, but they are more commonly worked into a larger design, so they don’t usually stand alone like the pineapples in the picture. Even when a single pineapple is the focus of a project, it will be worked inside a beautiful lacy border.

For example, below is a section of a doily I made that has a pineapple border:

Pineapple border
Trilogies from Magic Crochet: April 1991, designed by Chantal Chevallier

Supplies needed to crochet a pineapple

The picture shown at the beginning of this post demonstrates that pineapples can be created with medium size yarn and a comfortable hook (I used size H (5mm)) as well as with cotton and a steel hook. However, more often than not, you’ll see pineapples crocheted with crochet cotton and a steel hook. I used #10 crochet cotton and a #9 steel hook for the small pineapple in the picture.

So, if you’re not comfortable working with a steel hook and thread, you can  make some cute pineapples with medium weight yarn.  I’m using a baby weight yarn and my trusty H (5mm) hook. By the way, the picture of the two pineapples is also a good demonstration on gauge. Look at the difference in size using drastically different weight materials and hooks with the same pattern!

Let’s make a pineapple!

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How to Crochet a Granny Square

Life is definitely good when the modern world views granny squares as cool, fashionable and fun. The crochet world at least! What used to be considered plain (yet fun to make!) squares crocheted by your grandma in her rocker are now rockin’ color, creative designs and a variety of cool stitches! Do a web search for granny squares and you’ll find a seemingly endless variety of granny square designs and color combinations! It’s not your old stereotypical granny’s granny anymore.

Start with the basic square

If this is your first time crocheting a granny square, this is the square for you! It’s a basic small granny that gives you the general idea of how granny squares are made. Some of them can get really challenging and intricate, so start with this simple basic square first. Once you’re comfortable with this one, move on to more elaborate squares. Simple squares are cool too!

To get started, grab some yarn and a hook that’s easy to handle and chain 6. If you need help with the chain stitch, you can find help here. Continue reading “How to Crochet a Granny Square”

How to Crochet the Loop Stitch!

Loop Stitch Pinterest image

If you like shaggy fabric with lots of loopy texture, you’ll love crocheting the loop stitch! It might look complicated, but it’s not! It’s fun and easy! It’s easier than finding your way out of a time loop, getting your neck out of a loop, or even writing a  computer programming loop! And way more fun!

You can use the loop stitch for all kinds of nice things like handbags, rugs, pillows, vests and more. Whatever your imagination can come up with! For this tutorial, the only stitch you need to know is single crochet (sc). If you need help with single crochet, you can find help here.

Let’s start getting loopy!

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Crochet the x-stitch!

The letter x may not be very useful during a game of Scrabble, but it’s a great letter to make in crochet. Instead of causing stress like the letter x can in daily life, especially when seen as a symbol of failure, death, or something to solve for; crocheted x’s make a nice x over x pattern! So, don’t let the x stress you out because crocheting the x-stitch is fun and relaxing!

Let’s make your first x!

To begin your first row of x’s, I chained a length of 20 stitches. Then, skip the first 6 stitches. Double crochet (dc) in the next chain, chain (ch) 1. If you need instructions for double crochet, click here.

Ch 20, skip 6 sts, dc in next stitch
Ch 20, skip 6 sts, dc in next stitch.

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How to Crochet a Basket Weave

How to basket weave stitch V2

When you feel like you’re becoming a basket case, do some basket weave! If you’re stressed out and need to find something cheap, easy and relaxing to do, crochet yourself a nice basket weave afghan. The steady reliable rhythm of the pattern will calm you down and keep you from becoming a basket case. You don’t have to make a big afghan if you don’t want to. You can make yourself a nice set of place mats or whatever else you can dream up.

Why basket weave stitch?

The basket weave pattern is the most fun using my favorite stitch, double crochet. It creates a nice cozy solid fabric that’s great for afghans if you live in a cold climate. That’s how I got hooked on basket weave crochet. I needed an afghan that was pretty, fun to make and didn’t have a lot of holes or spaces for heat to escape. My basket weave afghan got so much use that I wore it out. I no longer have it, but I sure got a lot of use out of it!

These how-to instructions are for double crochet basket weave. If you don’t know how to double crochet, you can learn here. If you already know how to double crochet, you’re halfway to basket weaving! It’s that simple!

Let’s get started!

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