Easy Lacy Crochet Shawl Pattern: Patina Lace Shawlette

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet lace shawl on faux white brick background

The Patina Lace Shawlette is an easy, lacy crochet shawl with a simple stitch pattern repeat that is easy to remember. This rectangular shawl uses an easy lace stitch pattern in different directions to create a beautiful, color-blocked accessory.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Supplies for this project were generously provided by Terra Fibres and Pastiche Accessories. Camera and vinyl backdrop were generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

You may remember seeing these beautiful skeins of handspun yarn in my Instagram feed a few months back.

I love to work with handspun yarns, so I was thrilled with Terra Fibres agreed to provide me with three skeins of her lovely handspun (in two solid colors and a marled skein combining both solids).

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet lace shawl on faux white brick background

I really wanted the yarn to be the star of the story of this rectangular shawl, so I picked very simple and easy-to-remember stitch patterns for this design.

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet stitch detail on faux white brick background

You can see the construction best in the photo just above this one. The project starts with several wide rows in the first color. Then, you turn the project perpendicular and work the same stitch pattern in narrower rows across the side of your original rows. It gives the appearance of using two different stitches but you don’t have anything new to remember! Finally, a border is crocheted across the long edge, bringing the whole piece together.

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet lace shawl on hanger on faux white brick background

You may be wondering about the inspiration for the name of the Patina Lace Shawlette. Patina is that greenish film that forms on bronze or copper (think: the Statue of Liberty), and the colors Terra put together for me reminded me of the look of aged metals. By the way, if you aren’t loving one of the colors that Terra Fibres already has in stock in the shop, not to worry! Terra now has an option where you can pick your own color and she will spin the yarn to order. How awesome is that?

If you make your own Patina Lace Shawlette project, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Patina Lace Shawlette

Easy Lacy Crochet Shawl Pattern by Underground Crafter

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet lace shawl on faux white brick background

A simple, rectangular shawl uses an easy lace stitch pattern in different directions to create a beautiful, color-blocked accessory.

Finished Size

  • 9.5” (24 cm) wide x 56” (142 cm) long after blocking.

Materials

  • Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn (100% Merino wool, 3.5 oz/100 g, 164 yd/150 m) – 1 skein each in Caramel (CA), Caramel/Mint Marled (CB), and Mint (CC), or approximately 164 yd (150 m) each in 2 solid colors and in 1 marled colorway in any handspun, light weight yarn.
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge. I used a hook with sunflower lady bug polymer clay handle by Pastiche Accessories.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 16 sts in pattern = 4” (10 cm) across, unblocked. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Use a hook size larger than your typical choice for the yarn’s thickness for better drape.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • tr – treble (triple) crochet
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • () Repeat instructions between parentheses in same stitch or space.

Pattern Notes

  • Shawlette is crocheted in flat in rows in 3 sections in one piece. Each section is crocheted in 1 color.
  • When choosing colors, note that CA is worked across in wider rows, CB is worked across in narrower rows, and CC is the border.
Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Terra Fibres yarn wound
  • Change colors in final yarn over of last stitch on designated rows.
  • Chain spaces count as stitches.

Pattern Instructions

Shawlette

Section 1 – Wider Rows

  • With CA, ch 133, or any multiple of 5 sts, + 8 sts.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 12 ch (counts as tr + ch-4 sp), tr in next ch, *ch 4, skip 4 ch, tr in next ch; rep from * across. (121 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 5 (counts as tr + ch-1 sp), tr in same st, *skip ch-4 sp,** (tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1, tr) in next tr; rep from * across, ending after ** before final st, (tr, ch 1, tr) in last st.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 8 (counts as tr + ch-4 sp), skip (next ch-1 sp, next 2 tr, next ch-1 sp), tr in next st, *ch 4, skip (next ch-1 sp, next 2 tr, next ch-1 sp), tr in next st; rep from * across.
  • Rows 4-9: Rep Rows 2-3, 3 more times.
  • Row 10: Rep Row 2 once.
  • Row 11:Turn project perpendicular to work along short edge, ch 1, 4 sc in side of each row across to first row, 5 sc in side of first row, changing to CB in last yarn over of final sc. Fasten off CA. (41 sts)

Section 2 – Narrower Rows

  • Continue to crochet in CB along short edge.
  • Row 12: Rep Row 3.
  • Rep Rows 2-3 until project measures approximately 52” (132 cm) long unblocked, or approximately desired length, ending after a rep of Row 3, changing to CC in last yarn over of final tr. Fasten off CB.
  • Row 13: Turn project perpendicular to work along long edge, ch 1, 4 sc in side of each row in CB across to Row 11, sc in side of Row 11, sc in each st and each ch-1 sp in CA across.

Section 3 – Border

  • Continue to crochet in CC along long edge.
  • Row 14: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1 sp), skip 1 st, dc in next st, * ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 15: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1 sp), skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next st, * ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Rows 16-19: Rep Row 15, 4 more times.
  • Row 20: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-1 sp,** skip next st; rep from * across, ending after ** before last st, sc in last st. Fasten off CC.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
  • Spray or wet block to open up lace.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/19/easy-lacy-crochet-shawl-pattern-patina-lace-shawlette/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants

Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter

Are you looking for a cuddly crochet lovey with an adorable amigurumi character a child can hug? Then you’ll love this guest post by Shehla from The Blue Elephants! This adorable Hippo Lovey is crocheted in one piece, leaving fewer ends to weave in and making the head even more secure for repeated huggings and washings.

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About The Blue Elephants

Shehla Ahmed from The Blue Elephants

Shehla Ahmed started knitting and crocheting in high school with the help of tutorials on YouTube. Since then, she’s created The Blue Elephants blog to share her designs and new projects, and to help others. You’ll learn how to crochet, knit, and get access to patterns that are fun and modern – but more than that, you’ll be part of a community of makers. A community of strong women who make things happen and empower each other to grow and share their unique gifts. Shehla’s goal here is to guide and teach you how to take your passions and create a business with them, to find joy in doing what you love no matter what others think, and to reach for the things you want in life.

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Hippo Lovey

Crochet Pattern by The Blue Elephants

Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter

Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be here sharing a pattern with you. For me, crocheting has always been about creating fun and unique pieces, so I always try to incorporate bright colors and little details in a way that beginners can enjoy, too. Some of my favorite things to make are plushies and crochet baby blankets, and today’s pattern is a combination of the two! 

Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter

This adorable hippo lovey is a simple pattern that uses basic shapes and stitches. I sold these at my first craft fair a few months ago and they were a big hit, plus they’re quick to work up. Unlike most loveys that crochet the blanket part and the plushie part separately and seam them together, I wanted to work the head and blanket in one piece and eliminate that extra step. I also found that it made the join much more secure since you never break the yarn. 

You could easily adapt this pattern for different animals, just by using the head of your favorite plush pattern and working the blanket in matching colors. You can even make the blanket different sizes if you want! I have a guide to sizing blankets available in my crochet planner, the Make It Happen Resource Pack on Etsy.

Materials

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • DC – double crochet
  • SC – single crochet
  • sl – slip stitch

Pattern Notes

Instructions

Head

  • Round 1: With your main color of yarn and smaller hook, create a magic loop (see Pattern Notes) and work 6 SC into it. Pull the loop closed and use a stitch marker to mark the first space. You’ll be working in continuous rounds for the entire pattern.
  • Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).
  • Round 3: *SC, inc* around (18).
  • Round 4: *SC 2, inc* around (24).
  • Round 5: *SC 3, inc* around (30).
  • Round 6: *SC 4, inc* around (36).
  • Round 7: *SC 5, inc* around (42).
  • Rounds 8-16: SC around for 9 rounds. 
  • Insert the eyes on the 6th round from the last increase round and about 4 stitches apart. You can play around with the placement, but once you’re happy with it, secure the backings. Start to add in the stuffing now.
  • Round 17: *SC 5, dec* around (36).
  • Round 18: *SC 4, dec* around (30).
  • Round 19: *SC 3, dec* around (24).
  • Round 20: *SC 2, dec* around (18). Finish adding stuffing.
  • Round 21: *SC, dec* around (12).
  • Round 22: Decrease around (6). Do not cut the yarn!

Blanket

  • Work the blanket from the bottom of the head to keep it all in one piece. This is going to be a basic granny square pattern that’s anchored at the base of the head.
  • Switch to larger hook and ch 2.
  • Round 1: DC twice by going through the opening of the bottom of the head and catching the space on the opposite side. This is to bring the sides together and close the hole. *Ch 2, DC 3 through the next space and the space across it*, twice. Ch 2, and work 3 DC into a space on the head, ch 2 and slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 that started the round. You’ll have 3 blocks around the 6 stitches from the opening and 1 block just anchored to a stitch.  
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
  • Round 2: Ch 2 and turn. DC 2 into the next ch-2 space, ch 2, DC 3. *Ch 2, DC 3 into the next ch-2 space, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and slip stitch to the beginning of the round.  (8 blocks)
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
  • Round 3: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and slip stitch to the beginning of the round.  (12)
  • Round 4: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 2 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (16)
  • Round 5: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 3 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and slip stitch to the beginning of the round.  (20)
  • Round 6: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 4 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (24)
  • Round 7: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 5 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (28)
  • Round 8: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 5 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (32)
  • Round 9: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 6 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (36)
  • Round 10: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 7 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (40)
  • Round 11: Switch to the yarn for the border. Ch 2 and turn. DC 4 into the middle DC of the block, then SC into the next ch-2 space. DC 5 into the middle of the next block, and SC into the next ch-2 space. Work from * around and bind off at the end of the round. Use an invisible bind off (shown below/see Pattern Notes) for a clean finish. 
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter

Snout

  • Round 1: With your main color of yarn, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into in. Pull the loop closed and use a stitch marker to mark the first space.
  • Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).
  • Round 3: SC, inc around (18).
  • Round 4: SC 2, inc around (24).
  • Round 5: SC 3, inc around (30).
  • Rounds 6-10: SC around for 4 rounds. 
  • Round 11: SC 3, dec around (24).
  • Round 12: SC 2, dec around (18). Add a small amount of stuffing and bind off leaving a long tail for sewing the snout onto the face.

Ears (make 2)

  • Round 1: With your main color of yarn, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into in.
  • Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12). Bind off leaving a long tail.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Now let’s assemble the features. Start by positioning the snout just below the eyes and using the tail yarn and a tapestry needle to sew it into place using a whip stitch. Then bring the remaining yarn through the snout to embroider a few straight stitched as the nostrils. Fasten off and weave the tail into the snout to hide the end. 
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
  • Fold the ears in half and position them onto the head. Use the tail yarn and a few simple stitches going through the ear and 2 spaces on the head to sew it into place. Weave in all the ends and trim the excess yarn to finish!
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
  • And you’re done! I hope you enjoyed making this crochet hippo lovely. If you make her, tag me @_theblueelephants on Instagram so I can see your versions. I’ll be sharing a pattern for a full-bodied plushie of this hippo on my blog soon so be sure to head over there and subscribe so you don’t miss it. 
Free crochet pattern: Hippo Lovey by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
© 2019 by Shehla Ahmed (The Blue Elephants) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Shehla’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/15/crochet-pattern-hippo-lovey-by-the-blue-elephants/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Stop and Smell the Flowers Granny Square

Stop and Smell the Flowers Square free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - floral granny square on faux white brick background

Stop and Smell the Flowers is a floral crochet granny square that combines different textures and stitches for a beautiful look. It was originally designed for the Mini-Mystery Crochet Along (MMCAL) #14 with A Crocheted Simplicity but is now available after the big reveal! These crochet alongs are short, mysterious, and free. And, they end with giveaways (yay!). Read on for more details.

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If you’re new to A Crocheted Simplicity’s Mini-Mystery Crochet Alongs (MMCALs), please read the Information Guide in this blog post HERE. You’ll find all important MMCAL information and FAQs!

Mini Mystery Crochet Along 14 with Underground Crafter

This MMCAL was posted in three segments, but all three are now available.

I crocheted my sample with Red Heart With Love because it comes in great colors, it’s soft, and it’s an easy-care yarn. If you don’t have any available, choose another medium weight (worsted/#4/aran) yarn that is easy to wash. If you don’t like to use acrylic, cotton would be a nice (but weightier) alternative. You can see the colors I used in the image below, arranged from left to right as Color A, Color B, and Color C.

MMCAL with A Crocheted Simplicity 14 via Underground Crafter - yarn used

Scroll down for the pattern and a complete materials list!

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Stop and Smell the Flowers

Crochet Granny Square Pattern by Underground Crafter

Stop and Smell the Flowers Square free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - floral granny square on faux white brick background

This floral granny square combines different textures and stitches for a beautiful look. It was designed for Mini-Mystery Crochet Along #14 with A Crocheted Simplicity and is now available as a complete pattern. Learn more about the Mini-Mystery Crochet Alongs here.

Finished Size

  • Motif = 12” (30.5 cm) square.

Materials

  • Red Heart With Love yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g/370 yd/338 m) – 1 skein in 1939 Papaya (CA), 1 skein in 1441 Light Grey (CB), and 1 skein in 1502 Iced Aqua (CC), or approximately 80 yd (73 m) in CA, 35 yd (32 m) in CB, and 50 yd (45.5 m) in CC in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge. (I used my Laurel Hill Trai wooden hook.)
  • Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker set, or locking stitch markers.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 7 = 5” (13 cm) square in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • cdc – crossed double crochet – Skip st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st. Each cdc counts as 2 sts. New Stitch a Day has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice. A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
  • () Instructions between parentheses are worked into same stitch or space.

Pattern Notes

  • Most of this project is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing up. One section is crocheted flat in rows.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds and Rows does NOT count as a stitch.
  • In Rnd 12, you will work into skipped stitches from previous rounds. Work over the ch-sp and make sure to draw up loops to the same height as current round.

Pattern Instructions – Center Floral Square

  • With CA, ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring. Begin working in the round.
  • Rnd 1: (Right Side) Ch 1, 16 hdc in ring, sl st to first hdc to join. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, starting in same st, [FPdc around next st, 3 dc in next st] 8 times, sl st to first FPdc to join. (32 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, starting in same st, [FPdc around next FPdc, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st] 8 times, sl st to first FPdc to join. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Sl st in first 2 sts, ch 1, starting in same st, [3 dc in next 2 sts, skip 1 st, sl st in next FPdc, skip 1 st] 8 times, sl st to first st to join. (56 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Working behind petals of Rnd 4, [*ch 4, skip 6 dc,** sl st in next sl st] 7 times, rep from * to **, sl st in first ch-4 sp to join. Fasten off CA. (8 ch-4 sp)
  • With Right Side facing, join CB with sl st to any ch-4 sp.
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, 6 sc in same ch-4 sp and in next 7 ch-4 sp, sl st to first sc to join. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 7: Ch 1, 2 dc in same st, *dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st; rep from * around twice more, rep from * to **, 2 dc in first st, ch 1, sc (counts as second ch in ch-2 sp) to first dc to join. Fasten off CB. (60 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)

Pattern Instructions – Corner Triangles

  • ✪With Right Side facing, join CC with sl st to any ch-2 sp. Begin working flat in rows.
  • Row 1: Ch 1, dc in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st, [3 dc in next st, ch 1, skip 3 sts] 3 times across row, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in ch-2 sp. (14 sts + 5 ch-1 sp)
  • Row 2: Turn, sl st into first ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp, [ch 1, skip 3 sts, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] 3 times across row, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip last dc. (11 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)
  • Row 3: Turn, sl st into first ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp, [ch 1, skip 3 sts, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] twice across row, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip last dc. (8 sts + 3 ch-1 sp)  
  • Row 4: Turn, sl st into first ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 3 sts, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip last dc. (5 sts + 2 ch-1 sp)
  • Row 5: Turn, sl st into first ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, place stitch marker in ch-1 sp just made, skip 3 sts, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip last dc. Fasten off CC. (2 sts + 1 ch-1 sp)
  • Rep from ✪ on next 3 sides of square.
  • With Right Side facing, join CB with sl st to any marked ch-1 sp at tip of Row 5. Begin working in the round.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, 3 dc in same st, *skip side of this stitch, 2 dc in side of next row, 3 dc in side of next 2 rows, 2 dc in side of next 2 rows (on current triangle and on next triangle), 3 dc in side of next 2 rows, 2 dc in side of next row,** skip side of next row, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next marked st; rep from * around twice more, rep from * to **, 3 dc in first st, ch 1, sc (counts as second ch in ch-2 sp) to first dc to join. Do not fasten off CB. (104 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)

Pattern Instructions – Border Rounds

  • Continue crocheting in the round.
  • Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same st, *sc in each st across to corner ch-2 sp,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to **, sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 2, sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CB. (112 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • With Right Side facing, join CC with sl st to any ch-2. Continue working in the round.
  • Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, sc in next st, *ch 2, skip 2 sts, [sc in next 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts] across to st before corner ch-2 sp, sc in next st,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-2 sp, sc in next st; rep from * twice more, rep from * to **, sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 2, sl st to first sc to join. (64 sts + 32 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 11: Ch 1, dc in same st and in next st, *[ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts] across row to corner ch-2 sp, ch 4, skip ch-2 sp,** dc in next 2 sts; rep from * twice more, rep from * to **, sl st to first dc to join. Fasten off CC. (64 sts + 28 ch-2 sp + 4 ch-4 sp)
  • With Right Side facing, join CA with sl st to next dc after any ch-4 sp. Continue working in the round.
  • Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in same st and next st, (see Pattern Notes)*[(working in front of ch-2 sp, cdc in next 2 skipped sts on Rnd 9), sc in next 2 sts] across to ch-4 sp, in ch-4 sp, work [2 sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in skipped ch-2 sp on Rnd 9, 2 sc],** sc in next 2 sts; rep from * twice more, rep from * to **, sl st to first sc to join. (144 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 13: Ch 1, dc in same st and next st, *cdc, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * across to 3 sts before ch-1 sp, dc in next 3 sts, ch 2, skip ch-1 sp,** dc in next 5 sts; rep from * twice more, rep from * to **, dc in next 3 sts, sl st to first dc to join. Fasten off CA. (144 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/12/crochet-pattern-stop-smell-flowers-granny-square/ . Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Heirloom Crochet Pattern: Calm Dreams Baby Blanket by Malloo

Free crochet pattern: Calm Dreams Baby Blanket by Malloo in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran yarn for Underground Crafter

Are you looking for an heirloom crochet baby blanket pattern that works just as well for boys as it does for girls? Then you’ll love this guest post by Lou from Malloo! This beautifully textured, modern crochet baby blanket is worked in one piece, so you’ll have fewer ends to weave in and can easily adjust the size.

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About Malloo

Free crochet pattern: Calm Dreams Baby Blanket by Malloo in Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn for Underground Crafter | Lou from Malloo | woman's profile looking to the right

Marialena Karofili (Lou) is the crochet/knitwear designer and blogger behind Malloo. She is based in Greece. She learned to crochet on a whim in 2012, and immediately began to create her own patterns. She loves to play with different techniques and materials to create texture and always tries to recreate some of her favorite knit stitches with a crochet hook! Her interests expand in everything that has to do with fiber arts, such as weaving, knitting, macrame, dyeing yarn, etc. 

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Calm Dreams Baby Blanket

Heirloom Crochet Pattern by Malloo

Free crochet pattern: Calm Dreams Baby Blanket by Malloo in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran yarn for Underground Crafter

I always loved baby blankets as a project. Even before I had a baby to use them. It is a great way to practice new stitches, use leftover yarn, keep your interest long enough — but not so long that you want to get it over with.

I have many of them — much more than my baby will ever be able to use –and, I don’t think I will stop making them. New babies always come in our family and there is always the donation option.

Free crochet pattern: Calm Dreams Baby Blanket by Malloo in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran yarn for Underground Crafter

If you need to know one thing about me is that I love texture. And this blanket is full of it. From the wavy look to the bobbles on the trim.

This blanket is worked sideways. That means your rows are the length of the blanket not the width. If you would like to make this blanket bigger just add 14 stitches (in the initial chain only) as many times as you like until you are satisfied with the length of your blanket. As for the width, just keep adding rows until you reach the desired result.

You can pretty much make this blanket in any size you like. And since 14 stitches is 4 inches you will be adding 4 inches of length for each repeat.

Are you ready to dive into the pattern?

Free crochet pattern: Calm Dreams Baby Blanket by Malloo in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran yarn for Underground Crafter

You will need:

  • Aran weight yarn (I used Paintbox Cotton Aran, 11 skeins of the main color and ½ a skein for the edging)
  • US I/5.50 mm, US J/6.00 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Gauge:

  • 14 st and 12 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in pattern

Yardage:

  • 930-950 m (1017- 1038 yds) of Color A
  • 40-50 m (43-54) of Color B

Dimensions:

  • 30″x35″ (76×89 cm)

Abbreviations:

  • ch: chain
  • dc: double crochet
  • Fpsc: front post single crochet (see Special stitches and tutorial, below)
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • Psc: picot single crochet (see Special stitches, below)
  • R: row
  • sc: single crochet
  • tr: treble crochet

Notes:

1. The chain in the beginning of every row does NOT count as a stitch.
2. The pattern is written in standard US terms.
3. Color A is Granite Grey (607) and Color B is Mustard Yellow (624) in Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn.

Special stitches and tutorial: FPsc

  • In all even rows you will be doing a Fpsc. Although it is technically a front post single crochet you will not be going around the post but near the top, just underneath the v. I have a couple of pictures for you to show you the correct placement of the Fpsc as well as how to perform them.
  • The first Fpsc will be around the first stitch and not the initial chain.
Free crochet pattern: Calm Dreams Baby Blanket by Malloo in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran yarn for Underground Crafter
  • The last Fpsc of the row will be around the initial chain. Can you see the crochet hook that is sticking out of the row?
Free crochet pattern: Calm Dreams Baby Blanket by Malloo in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran yarn for Underground Crafter
  • This way your blanket will have straight edges!

Special stitches: Psc

  • Insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, * yarn over and pull through one loop on your hook** repeat from * to ** 2 more times. Repeat once more but this time pull through all loops (2) on your hook.
  • This is called a picot sc. If you add a sc in the next stitch it is called the granule stitch. This combination of sc and Psc is what we are going to use as a trim for our blanket.

Calm Dreams Baby Blanket Pattern

  • With 6 mm crochet hook and Color A.
  • R1: ch 113, *sc in second chain from hook, sc, hdc 2, dc 2, tr 3, dc 2, hdc 2, sc ** repeat from * to ** across, ch 1, turn  (112)
  • R2: Fpsc in each st across (see Pattern note and tutorial), ch 3, turn  (112)
  • R3: * tr 2, dc 2, hdc 2, sc 3, hdc 2, dc 2, tr ** repeat from * to ** across, ch 1, turn  (112)
  • R4: Fpsc in each st across, ch 1, turn (112)
  • R5: * sc 2, hdc 2, dc 2, tr 3, dc 2, hdc 2, sc ** repeat from * to ** across, ch 1, turn  (112)
  • R6-80: repeat rows 2-5
  • R81 as well as the trim, are going to be rounds, going around the whole blanket.
  • R81: sc 4, hdc 9, * sc 5 hdc 9 ** repeat from * to ** 7 more times, 3 sc in last st, do not ch or turn, just continue going around the blanket. Sc evenly on the bottom of the blanket (99 sc), (2 sc, hdc) in the corner st, hdc 3, sc 5, + hdc 9, sc 5 ++ repeat from + to ++ 7 more times, hdc 5, 2 sc in the same st as last hdc, sc evenly on the top pf the blanket (99 sc), 2 sc in the same st as first sc, sl st. Fasten off Color A.
Free crochet pattern: Calm Dreams Baby Blanket by Malloo in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran yarn for Underground Crafter
  • With 5.5 mm crochet hook and Color B.
  • Trim:
  • Turn the wrong side of the blanket facing up. Join the yarn at any corner you like.
  • R1: ch 1, * sc, Psc ** repeat from * to ** around, sl st. Fasten off Color B.
  • Weave in all your ends.
  • That’s it! You are done! Enjoy your new baby blanket.
© 2019 by Marialena “Lou” Karofili (Malloo) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Lou’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/08/heirloom-crochet-pattern-calm-dreams-baby-blanket-by-malloo/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Amigurumi Pattern: Spot Dog Pillow Pal

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on couch

Spot Dog is the final of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This adorable crochet amigurumi dog is easy to crochet, and the round pillow form makes stuffing easy peasy, too. Customize your version by adding more spots, or choosing different colors for the ears and spots.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Clover USA and NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - Theodore Bear, Spot Dog, and Wilbur Pig Pillow Pals on bed

Theodore Bear was the first pattern in this series and Wilbur Pig was the second. Today, I’m finishing the collection with the Spot Dog Pillow Pal!

My version of Spot Dog is relatively simple, but you can make as many spots as you’d like for your version.

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on faux fur background

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
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Spot Dog Pillow Pal

Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by Underground Crafter

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on couch

Spot Dog is the third of three amigurumi animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form.

Materials

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • bl – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, yo and drawn through all 3 loops on hook. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch by Fiber Flux is available here.
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Project is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing up.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Unless otherwise directed, move stitch marker up each Round to mark position.
  • When choosing colors, note CA is the main color of the Face and Back; CB is the color of the Eye Spot and Nose; and CC is the color of the Smile.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with the whipstitch is available here.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with a single crochet seam is available here.
  • Crochet Spot has a helpful surface crochet tutorial here.

Pattern Instructions

Nose

  • With CB, ch 4, skip 3 ch, sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, pm in last st to mark position, join with sl st to first dc. (12 sts)
  • Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Eye Spot

  • With CB, rep instructions for Nose.

Ears (Make 2)

  • Starting with a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming, with CB, ch 18.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 17 ch. (17 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next 16 sts.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog, dc in next st and in each st across. (Decreases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-9: Rep Row 3, 6 times until 10 sts remain.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog twice, dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog twice. (6 sts)
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog 3 times. Fasten off CB. (3 sts)

Back and Front

Assembly

  • Tip: Use locking stitch markers to “pin” pieces into position before sewing in place.
  • Position Eye Spot and Nose on Front.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Nose and sew Nose to Front.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Eye Spot and sew Eye Spot to Front.
  • Position safety eyes. Attach firmly by securing washers on back.
  • Position first Ear on right side of Front. Join with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Position second Ear in relation to first Ear on Front. Join with whipstitch seam to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Use CC to create a mouth. I used a crochet hook to surface crochet on the unworked front loops (see Pattern Notes) for my version but you can also embroider on a mouth with yarn needle.
  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of Front.
  • Position Front and Back so the wrong sides are touching with the right side of the Front facing you. Join Front and Back with sc seam (see Pattern Notes) working through both layers, stopping once pillow is about half joined to insert pillow form. Continue to join with sc seam. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CA.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/07/crochet-amigurumi-pattern-spot-dog-pillow-pal/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!