Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ripple Stitch Tutorial

By M. J. Joachim

The ripple stitch creates a closely woven fabric that is perfect for inserting into the center of a table runner, or as an all-over design for warmth. It could make a nice hat brim, shawl or even a delicate lace for the edges of pillows and towels.



Foundation: Make a multiple of 3 chain stitches (+1 more chain stitch)



Step 1: Chain 2, make 2 dc in 3rd chain from hook

Step 2: Make {1 sc + 2 dc} in 3rd chain from hook

[Repeat Step 2 across foundation chain, ending with only 1 sc in last chain]

Step 3: Chain 2, turn; make 2 dc in 1st sc

Step 4: Make {1 sc + 2 dc} in next sc (3rd stitch from hook)

[Repeat Step 4 across row, ending with 1 sc in top chain of previous chain 2 at end of row]

Repeat Steps 3 & 4 for pattern


Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches today. I hope you find this stitch tutorial helpful, as you design and create all sorts of neat projects, to meet all your crocheting needs.


M. J. 


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Monday, December 2, 2013

Doggie Sweater Pattern 120213

By M. J. Joachim
Ever get tired of having the same project lurking around in your yarn basket? It’s just waiting to be finished, but you have so many other projects to start. Plus the holidays have begun and you honestly have lost a bit of interest in that project you started quite some time ago. Or maybe you looked at that project and decided you wished you had planned to make something else with it instead.

It happens. When I saw the yarn in this project, all I could think was, “What a great way to practice my knitting skills.” Practice I did, and put it aside to work on things that didn’t need practice too. After making my first doggie sweater, I knew this piece was perfect for my second one. Not only that. It was a great way to stop making the knitting practice scarf that should have been finished months ago.

Step 1:  Knit a rectangle to fit around your dog like a tube. Cast off, so you have one loop remaining on your hook. Insert crochet hook (as close to same size as your knitting needles as possible). Join short ends together to make a seam, creating a tube. Do not finish off.

Step 2:  Open tube and single crochet approximately ¼ around end of tube. Chain a few chain stitches – think about the size of your dog’s arm here. This will be the armhole. Join directly to back part of sweater, leaving hole for arm. Single crochet along back of sweater, to placement of other armhole. Measure carefully, so armholes are opposite each other and match. Chain same amount of stitches and join to front of sweater, the same way you joined to back of sweater when you made the first armhole. Single crochet to seam and join to first sc in round.



Step 3:  Chain 1, single crochet in each sc around, and around each chain you made to create armholes.

Step 4:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc); dc in each stitch around, joining to top chain of first dc
Step 5:  Chain 1, (sc + chain 1 + sc) in same place; (sc + chain 1 + sc) in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc
{This round makes the ruffle collar.}

Finish off. Weave in loose ends.

I used homespun yarn, size US 17 – 12.75 knitting needles and size K crochet hook. Because the yarn is a bit bulky, it’s a little difficult to see the detail in the pics. Sorry about that, but as you can see, Luna looks positively marvelous.

Wishing you all fun filled crochet projects and lots of happy stitches.

M. J.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Doggie Sweater Debut 112013

By M. J. Joachim

This next project was so much fun! I never thought I’d actually make a doggie sweater, but our little rescue pooch gets cold, and doggie sweaters are pretty expensive. Plus, as cute as they are in the store, you’ll never find a designer crocheted doggie sweater like the one I just finished making today.

Luna (nickname Lunatic) loves it! She simply couldn’t wait to try it on and prance around the house and yard in it. The girl is a little missile, full of energy and all sorts of antics, enough to keep us all in stitches most of the time. Makes sense I would find time to make a new designer sweater for her. Because it was so much fun, I’ll probably make at least one or two more before the cold weather departs too.

Basics for Making Doggie Sweaters

After studying pet sweaters I’ve seen in stores, this is my most basic theory for how to make dog sweaters.

Step 1:  Make 1 large rectangle for back panel
Step 2:  Make 1 smaller rectangle for tummy
Step 3:  Join at sides, leaving 2 holes for arms
Step 4:  Add collar and embellishments

Note:  Measurements will vary, depending on the size of your dog/pet.

Doggie Sweater Pattern 112013

I made this sweater specifically for Lunatic. Use it as a general guideline when making your own, and include personal adjustments to your specific project as necessary.

Back Panel

Foundation:  Make a multiple of 14 chain (+ 1 more chain)
Step 1:  Make 1 sc in next 4 chain stitches
Step 2:  Chain 7, sc in 8th chain from hook; make 1 sc in each of the following 6 stitches
[Repeat Step 2 across row, ending with 1 sc in each of last 4 stitches in row]
Step 3:  Chain 1, turn; sc in next 4 sc; chain 7, sc in next 7 sc
[Repeat Step 3 across row, ending with 1 sc in each of last 4 sc (three more times)]
Step 4:  Chain 1, turn; sc in next 4 sc
Step 5:  Chain 3, sc around previous 4 rows of seven chains, chain 3
Step 6:  Make 1 sc in each of next 7 sc
[Repeat Steps 5 & 6 across row, ending with 1 sc in each of last 4 sc]
Step 7:  Chain 1, turn; sc in 1st four sc
Step 8:  Chain 7, sc in next 7 sc
[Repeat Step 8 across row, ending with 1 sc in each of last 4 sc]
Repeat Steps 4 – 8 for pattern, ending with last row being 1 row only of Step 8, so that ther is only 1 row of chain 7 and sc in next 7sc.
Do not finish off.

Top Collar of Back Panel
Chain 1, turn, sc in each sc and in each chain across row. Finish off.

Belly Panel
Make a smaller rectangle of single crochet stitches only.

Doggie Sweater 112013 Assembly
Step 1:  Make 1 Back Panel and 1 Belly Panel
Step 2:  Join both panels together on one side. Single crochet a seam down one side for approximately 1/3 of belly panel. Finish off.
Step 3:  Skip center 1/3 of belly panel. Join yarn 2/3 down belly panel, joining both sides together evenly, for the bottom 1/3 of belly panel. Back panel will be longer. Keep edges straight when joining back and belly panel together.
Finish off. Repeat on other side of sweater, making sure seam edge matches. You may have to measure or count your stitches to get an accurate, even seam on both sides.
Step 4:  Join yarn at the top corner where back panel is joined to front panel. Single crochet around entire collar, decreasing over 5 stitches at both seams.
[Join rounds and repeat Step 4 three more times to finish making collar.] Finish off.
Step 5:  Make 3 rows of single crochet along bottom edge of back panel.
Finish off. Weave in all loose ends.
Then take a picture of your dog in his or her brand new designer crochet sweater.
I hope you enjoy this delightful doggie sweater pattern. I used lightweight yarn and a size I hook to make mine.


Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. I hope to see you again real soon.
M. J.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Doily Pattern to Share

By M. J. Joachim

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks designing a new doily for our website. It turned out pretty. Don’t you agree? I think it kind of looks a bit like a holiday candle. You could easily add thin strips of red and green ribbon to embellish it. I also think a pretty orange bead would go great at the top, to give the appearance of a flame.
Here’s the link to the pattern. I kept the title simple  - Doily Pattern 111213.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me here. Your encouragement is what keeps this site active and going strong. You’re the best!

M. J.
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Snowflake Ornament 110813


By M. J. Joachim 
I had a little fun experimenting with crochet technique for today’s snowflake ornament. At first you don’t join rounds, and then you do. Follow the directions closely. Notice the slight spiral effect in the center of the ornament that gradually becomes full circle.
Step 1:  Chain 2, make 6 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook – do not join
Step 2:  Chain 4, triple crochet in front loop only of 1st single crochet
Step 3:  Chain 2, hdc in next sc; chain 2, triple crochet in front loop only of next sc
[Repeat Step 3 one more time; slip stitch into 1st chain 4 loop]
Step 4:  Chain 7, slip stitch into next chain 2 loop (five times around)
[Repeat Step 4 for next round, slip stitching into each chain 7 loop]
Step 5:  Chain 1, make 3 sc in last chain 7 loop, chain 5
Step 6:  Make 3 sc in next chain 7 loop, chain 5 (five times for each loop around); join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round
Step 7:  {sc + picot (chain 2, ss into first chain) + sc} in next sc
Step 8:  Chain 3, {sc + picot + sc} in next chain 5 loop; chain 3, repeat sequence in 2nd sc from hook; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round
Step 9:  Single crochet into center of 1st picot; chain 15, sc in same place to make hanging loop
Step 10:  Alternate sc and hdc in back loop only of each chain around hanging loop; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in hanging loop
Finish off. Weave in loose ends.
This ornament works up quickly and easily. It’s a lot of fun to make. Embellishing it with ribbon, bead and other accessories would really make it stand out.
Thank you so much for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches today. I always enjoy it when you stop by, especially when you leave such lovely and appreciated comments.
M. J.
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No part of this blog or pattern may be reproduced or copied for monetary gain without written permission. Thank you.