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Saturday, 18 November 2017

HOW TO CROCHET A MESSY BUN BEANIE HAT FT. THE SUZETTE STITCH - FALL/WINTER FASHION - TUTORIAL

THINGS YOU NEED:

Yarn: colour of your choice - I used red heart Latte Stripes, No. 4
crochet hook - I used 5:00 mm
scissors
yarn needle
scrunchie or elastic band
ABBREVIATIONS:
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
beg - beginning
st or sts - stitch or stitches
Suzette stitch - work a sc and a dc in same stitch
sk - skip
dec 2 dc tog - decrease 2 double crochet together
dec 2 sts tog - decrease 2 stitches together
 fpdc - front post double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet
Rnd - Round

Ch 74, join with sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 1: ch 3, 1 dc in each st around, joint with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 2: ch 3, fpdc around the dc post of previous rnd, bpdc around the next dc post, fpdc around the next dc post, repeat around, join with a sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Rnds 3 - 5: Repeat Rnd 2.

Rnd 6: ch 1, sc in same st, work a suzette stitch (see abbreviations for guidance) in the next st, sk next st, work a suzette stitch in the next st, sk the next st, repeat, ending with a sl st in first sc. (you should have 37 suzette stitches on this round).

Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in same st, work a suzette stitch in the next sc, sk the next dc, work a suzette stitch in the next sc, sk the next dc, repeat, ending with a sl st in first sc. (you should have 37 suzette stitches).

Rnds 8-15: Repeat Rnd 7 (on each rnds you should still have 37 suzette stitches). Decrease Rnds:

Rnd 16: ch 1, sc in same st. dec 2 sts tog, make a suzette st in the next sc, sk the next dc, make a suzette stitch in the next sc, repeat 15 more times; dec 2 sts tog, make a suzette in the next 18 sc, ending with a sl st to first sc.

Rnd 17: ch 2 (this ch 2 does not count as a stitch), dc in same st, 1 dc in each st all around, ending with a sl st in first dc.

Rnd 18: ch 2, dc in next dc, dec 2 dc tog, 1 dc in next dc, dec 2 dc tog, dc in next dc, repeat, ending with sl st in beg dc.

 Rnds 19 - 20: Repeat Rnd 18 (At the end of rnd 20 you should have 22 sts). single crocheting around the scrunchie (watch video for guidance)

 Rnd 21: ch 1, sc in each of the 22 sts working around the scrunchie, ending with a sl st in beg sc. FASTEN OFF.

 Tie in all loose ends.


Thursday, 9 November 2017

HOW TO CROCHET A ROLL NECK PONCHO - FALL/WINTER FASHION - FT. THE SUZETTE STITCH AND CRAB STITCH - TUTORIAL



You will need: yarn of your choice (I used red heart super saver stripes, color LATTE STRIPE crochet hook: (I used 4:00 mm)
scissors
yarn needle
 
ABBREVIATIONS:

dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
fpdc - front post double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet
suzette stitch - a sc and dc in same stitch
st - stitch
sl st - slip stitch
beg - beginning
Rnd - round
crab stitch (or backward single crochet)

 THE PATTERN ROWS ARE (ROUND 18, the increase row)

AND (ROUND 19, the suzette stitches). REMEMBER, when completing the second round of the suzette stitch, always put your sc and dc in the sc on the previous round, which means you will skip the dc in every case. Hope this is clear.

 COMMENCE: For a longer or shorter Poncho, you can increase or decrease the amount of rows to suit you. This Poncho will fit M - Large, which is my size.

 ch 96, join with sl st to form a ring.
 Rnd 1: ch 2, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to beg. hdc. (96 sts ).

Rnd 2: ch 3, fpdc in next st., bpdc in next st, fpdc in next st, repeat and end with sl st in beg. ch 3.

Rnds 3 - 16: Repeat Rnd 2, putting a fpdc around the previous fpdc and bpdc around the previous bpdc, (alternating them)do this row until your desired length for your roll collar. (I made 15 rows).

Rnd 17: ch 3, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of the next 12 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of the next 12 sts, repeat, 1 dc in each of the 2 last sts, sl st in beg ch 3.(increase row).

 Rnd 18: ch 3, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of the next 13 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of the next 13 sts, repeat, 1 dc in each of the last 3 sts, sl st in beg ch 3. (increase row).

Rnd 19: ch 1, sc and dc in same place (suzette stitch made), sk next st, sc and dc in next st, sk next st, repeat and end with sl st to beg sc.

 Rnd 20 - 21: Repeat Rnd 19.

 Rnd 22: Repeat Rnd 18, and 1 dc in each of the last 5 sts. (increase row)

 Rnd 23-25: Repeat Rnd 19.

Rnds 26 to end (according to your preference in length): Repeat Rnds, 18( instead, where you have 1 dc in each of 13 sts, it will be in the next 14 sts, (for all other increase Rounds you will add 1 which means the other increase row will be 1 dc in the next 15 sts, etc. also, you will always have a few extra stitches at the end of these increase rounds, just put 1 dc in each of those extra stitches. Hope this is very clear. Always make only 1 Row of Round 18 which is the increase Row. AND Rnd 19 (the suzette stitch row, always make 3 rows of this rnd).

End your project with an increase row.

Edging:

Use the backward single crochet (sometimes called the crab stitch).  Please refer to this video for guidance as to how to make the backward single crochet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubbsqlGW8Nc&t=65s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4soVs8ycQQ&t=28s

Monday, 6 November 2017

PALEO BANANA/COCONUT BREAD - HEALTHY RECIPE

DRY INGREDIENTS: 1 cup paleo flour 1 cup quick oats (blended) 1/4 cup flax meal 1 cup coconut flakes 1 tbl spoon cinnamon 1 tbl spoon baking powder 1 pk stevia 1 tsp salt WET INGREDIENTS: 2 large eggs 2 tbl spoon coconut oil 2 tbl almond butter 1-1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk 2 very ripe bananas Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls, then mix them both together until the batter is well incorporated. Pour into a well greased baking dish (I used coconut oil to grease the dish). Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown. ENJOY!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

HOW TO CROCHET A BABY HAT - FT. THE BEAD STITCH - TUTORIAL

For the project you will need:

crochet hook:  I used 4:00 mm
crochet yarn: I used Bernat Baby Sport
yarn needle
scissors

Abbreviations:

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
sts - stitches
st - stitch
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
sk - skip
dec 2 sc tog - decrease 2 single crochet together
crab stitch - make a dc, work 3 dc around that dc post, holding all loops on hook (you should have 7 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all loops.  See video for guidance.


This hat should fit 0-6 month old baby

Starting from band of hat:

Row 1: Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: working in back looks of each ch, make a sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 - 47: repeat Row 2 until your band is the length you require to fit the baby's head.  (I did 50 rows). Join both ends together.

Row 48:  ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st all around, sl st in beginning sc. (you should have 50 sc if you use this pattern).

Row 49: ch 3, dc in next sc, work bead stitch around the post of the dc just made (see video), sk next sc, dc in next sc, work bead stitch around the dc post, repeat 48 more times, end with sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rows 50-52: repeat Row 49

Row 51: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st all around, end with sl st to beginning sc.

Row 52:  ch 1, sc 2 tog, sc in next sc, sc 2 tog, repeat, (you should have 2 sts left at end), sc in each of the last 2 sts, end with sl st in beginning sc.

Row 53: ch 1, sc 2 tog, sc in each of next 2 sts, sc 2 tog, repeat (you should have 3 sts left at end) sc in each of last 3 sts, end with sl st in beginning sc.

Row 54: ch 1, sc in each st all around, ending with sl st in beginning sc.

Row 55: repeat Row 52.

Row 56: ch 1, sc 2 tog, repeat all around ending with sl st to beginning sc.

Row 57: repeat Row 56, (you should have 4 sc in total at the end of this round).  Leave a length of yarn, use your yarn needle to close up that small hole. Tie in all loose ends.

I hope you find this pattern helpful.







Thursday, 19 October 2017

HOW TO CROCHET BABY BOOTIES FT. THE CRAB STITCH - TUTORIAL

What you will need:

Crochet yarn
Crochet hook
Yarn needle
Scissors
Embellishment of your choice

Abbreviations:

ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
hdc- half double crochet
sc- single crochet
Dec 2 tog - decrease 2 dc together
Crab stitch - check the description box under the video you will find the link to the blanket showing you how to make the crab stitch.


Ch 12, sc in 2nd st from hook; sc in next 9 sts, 5 dc in last st, (these 5 dcs are the toe or front area);(now work on opposite side); sc in each of the next 10 sts, sl st in first sc.

Row 2

Ch 1, sc in same st, 1 sc in each of next 10 sts, 2 dc in each of nest 5 dcs, 1 sc in each of the last 10 sts, sl st in beginning sc.

Row 3

Ch 1, sc in same st, 1 hdc in each of the next 10 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 10 dcs, 1 hdc in each of the last 10 sts, sl st in beginning sc.

Row 4

Ch 1, sc in same st, 1 hdc in each of the next hdc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, 2 dc in each of the next 4 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, 1 hdc in each of the last 10 hdc, sl st in beginning sc.

Row 5

Ch 1, sc in same st, 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, (we are now going to decrease stitches); dec 2 dc tog, repeat 6 more times (you should now have 7 dcs at the toe area); 1 sc in each of the last 10 sts, sl st in beginning sc.

Row 6

Ch 1, sc in same st, 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 7 dcs, holding all loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all loops, (those 7 dcs become 1 dc); 1 sc in each of the last 10 sts, (you should now have a total of 21 dcs on this round), sl st in beginning sc.

Rows 7-16

Ch 1, sc in same st, 1 sc in each st all around , sl st in beginning sc, (on all rows make sure you have 21 sc). DO NOT BREAK YARN.

EDGING

Working backwards, you will sc in each st (this stitch is know as backward sc or crab stitch).  Check the abbreviations above and you will be directed to a video show you how to complete this edging.




Tuesday, 10 October 2017

HOW TO CROCHET A BABY BLANKET - FT. THE BEAD STITCH AND CRAB STITCH - TUTORIAL

https://youtu.be/o4soVs8ycQQ



Things you will need:

Crochet yarn (I used Bernat baby sport)
Crochet hook ( I used 4:00mm)
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:

St - stitch
sc- single crochet
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
Sk- skip
sl st - slip stitch

Crab stitch and
Bead stitch - watch video for guidance

Row 1
Commence with ch 82, dc in 4th ch from hook; make 3 dc around that dc just made, holding all loops on hook (you should have 7 loops on hook); yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on hook; (bead stitch made), ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st, make bead stitch around this dc; repeat to end, you should have 2 sts remaining, sl one st and dc in the last st. (You should have 38 bead stitches on this row AND ALL OTHER ROWS). Ch 3 turn
Row 2
Make bead st in first sp before the first bead stitch; repeat making a bead st in every sp between bead stitches; end with dc in top of beginning ch 3, ch 3 and turn
Repeat Row 2 until you reach the desired length of your blanket (I made 30 rows). DON'T BREAK OFF YARN

EDGING:
Row 1
ch 1, sl st in same place, sc in each st around the blanket, putting 3 sc in each corner st; end with sl st to beginning sc.

Repeat for 4 more rows.

Last Row

Working the crab stitch (or backward sc) all around the blanket (watch the video for guidance).