Round and Round the Crochet Hook by Emily Littlefair Review with Sunny Citrus Cushion Pattern

Sunny Citrus Cushion free crochet pattern by The Loopy Stitch via Underground Crafter - Round and Round the Crochet Hook book cover

Do you love to crochet motifs? Are you looking for some bright projects to welcome spring into your home? Then, you’ll want to check out my review of a crochet pattern book by Emily Littlefair, including the excerpted pattern for the Sunny Citrus Cushion!

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Book Review

Round and Round the Crochet Hook: Patterns To Inspire and Admire by Emily Littlefair is a delightful collection of 18 projects that are crocheted in the round. The book opens with an introduction from Emily, where she explains that all of the patterns used DMC Natura Just Cotton or DMC Natura XL yarns, and that you can switch a pattern made in the thin yarn to one made with the thick yarn and vice versa to create different looks. (You’ll need to switch your hook size, too, of course.)

Sunny Citrus Cushion free crochet pattern by The Loopy Stitch via Underground Crafter - inner circles of motif

The book moves on to a visual table of contents with lovely pictures of each project. There are 6 pillows, 5 table decorations (placemats, doilies, centerpieces), 3 wall hangings and garlands, 1 blanket, 1 coaster, 1 bag, and 1 rug pattern included. You can see pictures of all of the patterns on the book’s Ravelry page. Each project includes full-page photographs along with a description from Emily. The patterns include measurements, a supply list including the color names and numbers used, and written explanations of any special stitch patterns used. The patterns are written using international stitch symbol charts as well as U.S. crochet abbreviations. A key for the international stitch symbols used is included with each pattern. Some patterns, such as the Winnie’s Wonderland blanket, are made with one continuous motif; others, like Stars in the Night Sky, are made with smaller motifs joined together.

The book ends with a 5-1/2 page Crochet Basics and Techniques chapter, which includes written and illustrated instructions for basic crochet stitches; written instructions for the magic ring and standing stitches; written and illustrated instructions for different ways to insert the hook into the crochet (such as back loop, front loop, third loop, and back ridge of chains); and finishing tips.

The patterns are very pretty, and the bright photography inspires you to pick up your hook. While the patterns do not include a difficulty level and Round and Round the Crochet Hook: Patterns To Inspire and Admire does include helpful tips for beginners, since most of the patterns include special stitches, I would say this book is best suited to advanced beginner or intermediate crocheters who are comfortable with crocheting in the round, changing colors (and weaving in ends), and reading patterns.

Sunny Citrus Cushion

Crochet Pattern by Emily Littlefair

Published in Round and Round the Crochet Hook: Patterns To Inspire and Admire.
Pattern © 2017 Tuva Tekstil ve Yayincilik Ltd. Shared with permission from Tuva Publishing.
Sunny Citrus Cushion free crochet pattern by The Loopy Stitch via Underground Crafter - cushion on chair

Note from Underground Crafter

When I was making the motifs for this cushion, I was constantly reminded of citrus fruits. Yep, in the yellow tones I used, they looked like slices of lemons. I was aiming for the sun, but citrus fruit was close enough. This cushion will add the warmth of the sunny day to any room. As a thought… More of these motifs joined together would make a lovely blanket.

Finished Size

  • To fit 16” (40.5 cm) Pillow Form
  • Each Motif – About 6 3⁄4” (17 cm) square
  • Each 4-Motif Block (excluding Border) – About 13 1⁄4” (34 cm)

Materials

  • DMC Natura Just Cotton
    • Color A – Ble (#83)
    • Color B – Tournesol (#16)
    • Color C – Giroflee (#85) 2 balls
    • Color D – Nacar (#35)
    • Color E – Blue Jeans (#26)
    • Color F – Azur (#56)
    • Color G – Ivory (#02)
  • One ball of each color was used, except for Color C.
  • Hook: Size E-4 (3.50 mm)
  • Scissors & Yarn Needle
  • 16” (40.5 cm) square Pillow Form

Pattern Notes

  1. A Magic Ring can be used instead of the chain ring in Round 1.
  2. All joins are slip stitches, unless otherwise indicated.
  3. All new colors are joined with right side facing, unless otherwise indicated.
  4. Weave in all ends as you go.
  5. Standing stitches can be used to start a round with a new color.
  6. An invisible join can be used at the end of a round to finish a color.

Special Stitches

  • Join With Single Crochet (join with sc): With slip knot on hook, insert hook into stitch or space indicated and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook (first single crochet made).
  • Double Treble (dtr): Yarn over hook three times, insert hook in stitch or space indicated and draw up a loop (five loops on hook). [Yarn over and pull yarn through two loops on hook] 4 times, until only one loop remains on hook.
  • Back Post Treble Crochet (BPtr): Yarn over hook twice, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up loop, [yarn over and pull through 2 loops] three times (treble crochet made).

Cushion Cover

Motif (Make 8)

  • ROUND 1: (Right Side) Using Color A, ch 5, join with sl st to first ch to form ring; ch 4 (counts as first tr, now and throughout), tr in ring, ch 2, [2 tr in ring, ch 2] 7 times; join to first tr (4th ch of beg ch-4). (16 tr & 8 ch-2 sps) Fasten off Color A.
  • ROUND 2: Using Color B, join with sc (see Special Stitches) to sp between any 2 adjacent tr-sts, [skip next tr, 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, skip next tr, sc in sp between tr-sts] around, omitting last sc on final repeat; join to first sc. (8 sc & 8 shells) Fasten off Color B.
  • ROUND 3: Join Color C with sl st to any sc, ch 5 (counts as first dc & ch 2), [skip next 2 dc, sc in next (center) dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in next sc] around, omitting last dc on final repeat; join to first dc (3rd ch of beg ch-5). (8 dc, 8 sc & 16 ch-2 sps)
  • ROUND 4: Ch 1, [4 sc in next ch-2 sp] around; join to first sc. (64 sc) Fasten off Color C.
  • ROUND 5: Join Color B with sl st to first sc, ch 3 (counts as rst dc, now and throughout), [dc in next sc] around; join to first dc (3rd ch of beg ch-3). (64 dc) Fasten off Color B.
  • ROUND 6: Using Color D, join with sc to first dc, [sc in next dc] around; join to first sc. (64 sc) Fasten off Color D.
  • ROUND 7: Join Color E with sl st to first dc, ch 5 (counts as first dtr), dtr (see Special Stitches) in same st, *2 tr in next sc, tr in next sc, dc in each of next 4 sc, hdc in each of next 2 sc, dc in each of next 4 sc, tr in next sc, 2 tr in next sc, 2 dtr in next sc, ch 2**, 2 dtr in next sc; rep from * around, ending at ** on final repeat; join to first dtr (5th ch of beg ch-5). (20 sts between each ch-2 corner – 4 dtr, 6 tr, 8 dc, 2 hdc) Fasten off Color E.
  • ROUND 8: Join Color F with sl st to any corner ch-2 sp, ch 2, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in same sp, *hdc in next dtr, sc in each of next 18 sts, hdc in next dtr**, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending at ** on final repeat; join to first hdc. (24 sts between each ch-2 corner – 6 hdc & 18 sc) Fasten off Color F.
  • ROUND 9: Join Color G with sl st to any corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, dc in each of next 24 sts, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 24 sts] around; join to first dc (3rd ch of beg ch-3) (112 dc & 4 ch-2 sps – 28 dc between corners) Fasten off Color G.
Sunny Citrus Cushion free crochet pattern by The Loopy Stitch via Underground Crafter - international stitch symbol chart for pattern

Assembly of Motifs – Use photo as guide

Horizontal Seam

  • Holding 2 motifs with right sides facing (wrong sides together), matching shaping and stitches, working through both thicknesses, using Color G, join with sc to corner sp, sc in same sp, working in back loops of stitches only on both motifs, *sc in each of next 28 dc, 2 sc in corner ch-2 sp*, pick up next 2 motifs and work 2 sc in corner sp; rep from * to * once. (4 motifs joined across 2 sides) Fasten off Color G.

Vertical Seam

  • Using same 4 motifs, repeat Horizontal Seam to create a block of 4 motifs – 2 motifs wide by 2 motifs long.
  • Repeat Horizontal and Vertical Seams on remaining 4 Motifs, ending up with 2 blocks of 4 motifs each.
Sunny Citrus Cushion free crochet pattern by The Loopy Stitch via Underground Crafter - cushion flat lay

Block Border

  • ROUND 1: With right side of one Block facing, join Color A with sl st to any outer corner ch-2 sp, ch 2, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in same sp, *hdc in each of next 28 dc, hdc in each of next 2 ch-2 sps (at seam), hdc in each of next 28 dc**, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next corner ch-2 sp; join to first hdc; rep from * around, ending at ** on final repeat; join to rst hdc. (248 hdc & 4 ch-2 corners – 62 hdc between corners) Fasten off Color A.
  • ROUND 2: Join Color B with sl st to any corner ch-2 sp, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in same sp, *hdc in each of next 2 hdc, BPtr (see Special Stitches) in each of next 58 hdc, hdc in each of next 2 hdc**, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending at ** on final repeat. (32 hdc, 232 tr & 4 corner ch-2 sps – 66 sts between corners) Fasten off Color B.
  • ROUND 3: Join Color C with sl st to any corner ch-2 sp, ch 4, (tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in same sp, tr in each of next 66 sts, [(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next corner ch-2 sp, tr in each of next 66 sts] around; join to first tr (4th ch of beg ch-4). (280 tr & 4 corner ch-2 sps – 70 tr between corners) Fasten off Color C.
  • Repeat Block Border on second Block of Motifs.
Sunny Citrus Cushion free crochet pattern by The Loopy Stitch via Underground Crafter - motifs joined

Assembly of Cushion Cover – Use photo as guide

  • Holding the two complete Blocks with right sides facing (wrong sides together), matching shaping and stitches, working through both thicknesses, using Color C, join with sc to any corner ch-2 sp, 3 sc in same sp, working in back loops of stitches only on both blocks, *sc in each of next 70 tr, 4 sc in next corner ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, insert Pillow form, sc in each of remaining 70 tr; join to first sc. (296 sc – 74 sc across each side) Fasten off Color C.

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Book Review: Crochet Blocks by Agnieszka Strycharska with Excerpted Patterns for Motif 2 and Skirt

Crochet Blocks by Agnieszka Strycharska (with excerpted patterns for Motif 2 and Skirt) via Underground Crafter | book coverIn today’s Granny Square Month post, I’m sharing a review of a gorgeous crochet book including patterns for 60 motifs and 15 projects usings these motifs by Agnieszka Strycharska. I’m also sharing an excerpted pattern from that book for a beautiful granny square skirt, so read on for details!

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Granny Square Month 2018 on Underground Crafter ] 30 days of granny square patterns, inspiration, and giveaways!

Book Review

Crochet Blocks: 60 Easy-to-Make Motifs & 15 Stunning Projects by Agnieszka Strycharska is a visually stunning, project-inspiring crochet motif pattern book. It opens with a preface from Agnieszka where she shares her inspiration. It continues on to a 12-page motif gallery. Motifs are photographed in groups on an colorful background (just as you see on the front cover). Each motif has a label tag with its number. Flipping through these pictures will make you want to get your hook out as soon as possible.

The book continues on to the Motifs section, which includes 60 patterns for motifs in a variety of shapes including 28 squares, 12 hexagons, 11 circles, and 10 triangles. Each pattern includes a materials list, the finished size, and a list of special stitches. The patterns are then written out in US crochet abbreviations with an international stitch symbol diagram. Most patterns are made with DMC Natura Just Cotton, while some are made with DMC Natura XL. Each pattern also includes at least one flat lay photo of the motif.

Crochet Blocks by Agnieszka Strycharska (with excerpted patterns for Motif 2 and Skirt) via Underground Crafter | Woman wearing granny square skirt walking outdoors with dogsThe next section, Projects, includes patterns that use the motifs from the previous section. There are 3 bags, 2 pillows, 2 neckwarmers, and a shawl, a skirt, a hat, a rug, a pair of legwarmers, a blanket, a doily, and a stool cover. Each project includes a materials list, finished project measurements, and detailed instructions for assembling the project. Each project includes several pictures, including styled, full page photos and assembly diagrams.

The book ends with a 5-page stitch guide that includes written and illustrated instructions for the slip knot, 7 basic crochet stitches, and 5 special stitches. The abbreviations list is a glossary of US pattern abbreviations. Color palettes with small thumbnails of yarn balls are included for DMC Natura Just Cotton and DMC Natura XL, in case you want to make color changes while using the same yarn.

If you have an extensive granny square book collection, like I do, you may not necessarily find unique, new patterns, but the beautiful layout and attractive projects will inspired you to get crocheting. If you don’t have many granny square books, this is a great one to start off your collection. If you like to crochet motifs, to make portable and functional projects, and to add some boho handmade touches to your wardrobe or home, then get a copy of Crochet Blocks: 60 Easy-to-Make Motifs & 15 Stunning Projects!


Motif 2 & Skirt

Crochet Patterns by Agnieszka Strycharska

Published in Crochet Blocks: 60 Easy-to-Make Motifs & 15 Stunning Projects.

Pattern © 2016 Tuva Tekstil ve Yayincilik Ltd. Shared with permission from Tuva Publishing.

Note from Underground Crafter: These patterns uses standard US crochet pattern abbreviations. You can find a master list of abbreviations here.

Motif 2

Crochet Blocks by Agnieszka Strycharska (with excerpted patterns for Motif 2 and Skirt) via Underground Crafter | Motif 2 flay layMaterials

Hook:

  • E-4 (3.50 mm)
  • DMC Natura Just Cotton:
    • Color A – N 51 Erica
    • Color B – N 85 Giroflée
    • Color C – N 74 Curry

Finished Size:

  • 2.75” (7 cm)

4-Bobble Stitch (4-bob):

  • Yo, insert hook into st or sp indicated, pull up lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook, [yo, insert hook in same st or sp, pull up lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times more (5 lps on hook), yo and draw through all 5 lps.

Note:

  • The first Bobble Stitch in a round is started differently to subsequent bobbles in round. Instructions for the first bobble are included within the pattern. For subsequent bobbles follow the directions above.

Pattern

Crochet Blocks by Agnieszka Strycharska (with excerpted patterns for Motif 2 and Skirt) via Underground Crafter | Motif 2 international stitch diagram

  • Base Round: Using Color A, ch 4; join with sl st to rst ch to form a ring.
  • Round 1: (Right Side) Ch 3 (counts as rst dc, now and throughout), 15 dc in ring; join with sl st to first dc (3rd ch of beginning ch-3). (16 dc) Fasten off Color A and weave in all ends.
  • Round 2: With right side facing, join Color B with sl st to same st as joining, ch 1 (NOT counted as first st), sc in same st, ch 1, skip next dc, 7 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, *sc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, 7 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc; rep from * around; join with sl st to first sc. (28 dc, 4 sc & 8 ch-1 sps) Fasten off Color B and weave in all ends.
  • Round 3: With right side facing, join Color C with sl st to last ch-1 sp on Round 2, ch 3, [yo, insert hook in same st as joining, pull up lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times (4 lps on hook), yo, draw through all 4 lps (first 4-bob made), ch 2, 4-bob in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc (center dc of 7-dc group), ch 2, skip next 3 dc, *[4-bob in next ch-1 sp, ch 2] 2 times, sc in center dc of next 7-dc group, ch 2; rep from * around; join with sl st to first dc. (8 bobbles, 4 sc & 12 ch-2 sps) Fasten off Color C and weave in all ends.

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Skirt

Crochet Blocks by Agnieszka Strycharska (with excerpted patterns for Motif 2 and Skirt) via Underground Crafter | Motif skirt detailMaterials

Hook:

  • E-4 (3.50 mm)

DMC Natura just Cotton:

  • Color A – N 51 Erica
  • Color B – N 85 Giroflée
  • N 75 Moss Green
  • Color C – N 74 Curry
  • Color D – N 05 Bleu Layette
  • Color E – N 64 Prussian
  • Ribbon or Cord for Waistband Tie

Finished Size:

  • 16.5” x 21” (42 x 53 cm)

This project uses Motif 2 (see above for pattern).

Pattern

  • Following instructions for Motif 2, use the following colorways to make a total of 84 motifs.
  • Block 1 – Make 42 Motifs
    • Color A – N 51 Erica
    • Color B – N 85 Giroflée
    • Color C – N 74 Curry
  • Block 2 – Make 42 Motifs
    • Color A – N 51 Erica
    • Color B – N 75 Moss Green
    • Color C – N 74 Curry

Assembly of Skirt

  • Use photo and layout diagram as guide.
  • With right sides facing, using 42 motifs, lay out 6 motifs across by 7 motifs down (either Front or Back of Skirt), alternating Blocks 1 & 2. Repeat with remaining 42 motifs so that both Front and Back look the same.

Crochet Blocks by Agnieszka Strycharska (with excerpted patterns for Motif 2 and Skirt) via Underground Crafter | Motif assembly diagramMotif Joining

  • For Front and Back, work across horizontal seams first.
  • ♥Holding first two motifs together, with right sides facing (wrong sides together), working through both thicknesses, matching sts, working in back loops only, using Color D, join with sl st to corresponding chs of corner ch-2 sps, ch 1, sc in same ch, *sc in each st or ch across to next corner ch**, pick up next two motifs and starting from corner ch of new motif, rep from * across seam, ending at ** on final repeat. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
  • Repeat from ♥ for the remaining horizontal seams.
  • Repeat from ♥ for all vertical seams.
  • Repeat the Motif Joining for the remaining Front/Back

Crochet Blocks by Agnieszka Strycharska (with excerpted patterns for Motif 2 and Skirt) via Underground Crafter | Motif skirt foldedSkirt Seams

  • Holding the finished Front and Back together, with right sides facing, using the same method established, starting from a corner, join across length of skirt (7 motifs). Fasten off and weave in all ends.
  • Repeat seam on the other side of Skirt.

Waistband

  • Round 1: With right side facing, working around top of Skirt, join Color D with sl st to ch-2 sp, ch 1 (NOT counted as first st, now and throughout), 2 sc in same sp, [2 sc in next ch-2 sp] around; join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off Color D and weave in all ends.
  • Round 2: With right side facing, join Color C with sl st to any sc, ch1, sc in same st, [sc in next sc] around; join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rounds 3-4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with sl st to first sc.
  • Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as rst dc), [dc in next dc] around; join with sl st to first dc (3rd ch of beg ch-3).
  • Rounds 6-7: Rep Rounds 3-4.
  • At the end of Round 7, fasten off Color C and weave in all ends.
  • Weave Ribbon or Cord through stitches in Round 5 and tie in front.

Hem Edging

  • Round 1: With right side facing, working around bottom of Skirt, join Color C with sl st to any st or sp, ch 1 (NOT counted as rst st, now and throughout), sc in same st, [sc in next st or sp] around; join with sl st to first sc.
  • Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off Color C and weave in all ends.
  • Round 3: With right side facing, join Color E with sl st to any sc, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each of next 2 sc, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next sc, *sc in each of next 3 sc, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next sc; rep from * around; join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off Color E and weave in all ends.

If you enjoyed these patterns, you can find more in Crochet Blocks: 60 Easy-to-Make Motifs & 15 Stunning Projects on Amazon.

Holiday Stashdown Challenge 2016 Sponsor Spotlight: Tuva Publishing

Announcing the Holiday Stashdown crochet-a-long 2016! #HolidayStashdownCAL2016In this post, I’m spotlighting the one of our sponsors for the March monthly giveaway for the Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-Long. (If you’re just learning about the CAL now, you can find more details here.)

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