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!

Continue reading “How to Crochet the Picot Stitch”

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!

Continue reading “How to Crochet a Pineapple Motif”

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!

Continue reading “How to Crochet the Loop Stitch!”

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.

Continue reading “Crochet the x-stitch!”

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!

To learn the pattern, we’ll start with chain(ch) 24. Continue reading “How to Crochet a Basket Weave”

How to Crochet a Corner Square

How to Crochet a Corner SquareSquares are fun to work with and make! Really fun! There seems to be infinite variations of squares. You have granny squares, lacy squares, solid squares, tiny squares, huge squares the size of a blanket! We are going to make a corner square. Huey Lewis and the News may say it’s hip to be square, but we know it’s hip to make squares!

What you need to make a square

Also known as a crocheted mitered square, a corner square begins in its corner and works outward from there. So, don’t think you need to know anything about miter saws or math to make a square! Some scrap yarn and a comfortable hook is all you need to learn how to make a corner (mitered) square.

Of course, squares are very versatile too. You can sew small squares together into a fabric to make apparel or home goods or you can make one big square to use, as previously mentioned, a blanket! That’s one big square! In fact, if you search crochet squares on Pinterest, I’m pretty sure the results are almost infinite. Isn’t it great!

Here’s a very basic crochet square using only single crochet although you can make squares using other stitches as well. If you don’t know how to single crochet, you can learn how here. If you already know how to single crochet, grab some yarn and a crochet hook and let’s crochet! Continue reading “How to Crochet a Corner Square”

Crocheted Baby Doll Bonnet

Baby Doll Head with bonnet
Beautiful bonnet for the baby doll head!

Buried in a shallow grave for ten years or more, the baby doll head lay alone, crushed by neglect and stacks of firewood. Her baby doll body mysteriously missing, leaving only a tattered polyester onesie as proof that she was once whole and perfect.

Rescued by a lucky laborer, the disembodied baby was washed and reformed. Years of dirt scrubbed from her eyes and nostrils, her flattened head pushed back out as far as years under an oaken woodpile would allow. Aside from a body, she just seemed to need something… something crocheted.

From dirt blanket to crocheted lace

The baby doll head now enjoys the comforts of home and the luxury of lace bonnets and satiny hats.

Her latest head décor is a Victoria Rose Baby Bonnet designed by Kirsten Holloway Designs and crocheted by me. I simply adjusted my gauge to turn this FREE beautiful baby bonnet pattern into a doll bonnet. I used #10 crochet cotton and a #9 (1.25mm) steel hook. Continue reading “Crocheted Baby Doll Bonnet”

Crochet a Magic Circle

I love this century! Magic can be used freely with no fear of being burned at the stake! When I first started looking for crochet related posts online after a couple of decades away from the “craft” (stitch craft/witch craft-are they related now?) I noticed mysterious terms for certain things. For example, I was ready to begin a granny square pattern and instantly perplexed when the first round called for a “magic circle.” We’re using magic to make granny squares now! What happened to chain 4 and join to form a loop? Who cares, I want to know what a magic circle is! It sounds so mysterious! Continue reading “Crochet a Magic Circle”

How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch

Close up of bobbles

Bobbles add a nice texture to your work, much like the popcorn stitch. Bobbles are made like a cluster stitch where you hold a loop from each of a series of stitches on the hook and pull yarn through all of them at once. Except bobbles are all created within one stitch from the previous row. Clusters are created within several stitches from the previous row. Confusing? No, not at all! Continue reading “How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch”