Thursday, April 11, 2024

Pattern Correction

 A typo was found and corrected in the c2c version of my Heart Gnome pattern. After row 90 the directions should read "Begin decrease RS", meaning you'll begin decreasing on the right side of the graph at that point. You'll continue increasing on the left side of the graph until you reach the next corner.

Pattern correction - If you have purchased the c2c Heart Gnome pattern please contact Kari for an updated pdf

If you have purchased this pattern please contact Kari with your Etsy order# for an updated pdf.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

New Pattern Release - Hunter's Star Mosaic Croquilt

 After a long delay it's finally pattern release time! I'm proud to introduce my new pattern Hunter's Star Mosaic Croquilt.

Hunter's Star Mosaic Croquilt

Hunter's Star Mosaic Croquilt pattern is now available for purchase on Etsy and Ravelry. This croquilt pattern was designed to be worked in overlay mosaic crochet and is my crocheted interpretation of a traditional Hunter's Star quilt.

Hunter's Star Mosaic Croquilt worked in rows 3 repeats wide by 3 repeats high
Hunter's Star Mosaic Croquilt Throw Size
Worked in rows 3 repeats wide by 3 repeats high

The versatile pattern can be worked either bottom up in rows or from the center out in the round. With a 64 stitch pattern repeat, the pattern can be used to create an endless number of projects including pillows/cushions, table runners, baby blankets, throw blankets, or even bed sized blankets.

Hunter's Star Mosaic Croquilt worked in the round
Hunter's Star Mosaic Croquilt
Lap or Baby/Toddler Size worked in the round
2 blocks wide by 2 blocks high

 The pattern includes basic mosaic crochet information, yarn and hook information, layout options and suggestions, charted graph with the pattern repeat clearly marked and Xs for dc stitches both in rows and in the round, written instructions both for working in rows and for working in the round, a tutorial for joining blocks made in the round, and border information.

Purchase on Etsy here or on Ravelry here.

Hunter's Star Mosaic
Single pattern repeat worked in rows
One repeat makes a pillow/cushion sized block

Several layout options are listed in the pattern file with yarn suggestions and estimated amounts for each layout. You'll need two contrasting colors of either worsted weight (category 4) yarn or DK weight (category 3) yarn with a size H/5mm or size G/4mm crochet hook. Worsted weight yarn was used for the red and white throw blanket and the aqua and white lap blanket. DK weight yarn was used for the blue and white table runner shown below.

Hunter's Star Mosaic table runner worked in rows 3 pattern repeats wide
Hunter's Star Mosaic Table Runner
Worked in rows 3 pattern repeats wide

Purchase the pattern on Etsy here or on Ravelry here.

Please contact me if you have any questions or need help. Several tutorials are available on this blog if you need help as well.


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Flat Braid Slip Stitch Crochet Join

 There are many good methods to join pieces of crochet or knit. My current favorite method is the Flat Braid Slip Stitch Join. This method is simple to do, looks nice, and creates a completely flat seam.

Flat Braid Slip Stitch Crochet Join 

How to work the Flat Braid Slip Stitch Join
Below is a short photo tutorial on the flat braid slip stitch join method, followed by a video tutorial.

The crochet block I'm using in the tutorial is my Hunter's Star mosaic blanket worked in the round. Since this block is worked in the round there are stitches on all four sides. If you're joining blocks that don't have stitches all the way around you'll want to make a round of single crochet all around so you have stitches to work into for the seam.

Materials Needed
Materials needed
You'll need:
  • Blocks/pieces of crochet or knit you want to join/seam together
  • Yarn to create the seam. In this tutorial I've used a contrasting color to my blocks as a design element and also to show the difference between the seam stitches and the block stitches. You could also use a matching color yarn.
  • Crochet hook in a size appropriate for your yarn. In this case I'm using a size H/5mm hook since I'm using a worsted weight/category 4 yarn.
  • Scissors
  • Needle to sew in your yarn ends
Begin by laying out your blocks how you want to join them. With two blocks side by side, start with a slip knot on your hook. (In the video I believe I said slip stitch. It should be slip knot.)

Insert hook into the back loop of the block on the right.

Insert your hook into the back loop of the next stitch of the block on the right. (If you're left handed you may find it easier to start with the back loop of the stitch on the left.)

Then insert your hook in the back loop of the next stitch of the block on the left.

Then insert your hook into the back loop of the corresponding stitch in the block on the left. (If you're left handed & started with the block on the left, insert into the block on the right in this step.)

Yarn over and pull through all loops on your hook to complete the stitch

 Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook to complete the stitch.

Flat Braid Slip Stitch completed

Stitch completed

When you join more than one row of blocks, make a chain stitch over the seam joining the blocks in the opposite direction

Continue in this manner all the way down your row. When you turn your work to make the seam in the opposite direction, make a chain over the seam when you come to it. The video shows this in more detail.

Back side of stitches

This is what the back side of the seam looks like. Notice how neat and flat the seam is.

If you're more of a visual learner, here is a tutorial video that shows this method in more detail.

I hope this helps! If you have questions please contact me or comment below.