FREE PATTERN …TWO IN ONE OPEN SHELL SNOWFLAKE/ COASTER…. STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL

I saw a decal snowflake stuck to the glass at one of the shops in the mall . Inspired, I made my own interpretation of the snowflake.

I wanted to keep it as simple as possible and so there are no fancy stitches.

Skill Level:
 
 Easy
 
Materials:
Size 10 thread ( I used a Crochet cotton 2ply satin from a company called Sullivan)
Or 
Sports weight yarn
 
Hook:  1.75 mm/3.75mm
 
This pattern is written in American Terms
 
Stitches:

Ch=Chain

Slst=slipstitch

Sc= Single Crochet

Dc= Double Crochet
 
Shell Stitch= 2dc ch2 2dc
Bigger shell stitch = 3dc ch3 3dv
 
For starting shell, start with 3ch which counts as first dc
 
Picot= 3ch ,insert hook in the third chain from hook, yarn over , draw through the stitch. For a bigger picot, 5ch .
 
Pattern:
 
Round 1: Ch 4, in the 4th chain from hook, make 17 more dc ( count as 18dc). 
                    Pull the tail tight , close with a sl st on to the 3rd chain of the beginning Ch3.
 
Round 2: Ch3, Dc in the same space, Ch2, 2dc, skip2dc, in the next dc, make shell stitch, around .(6 ,shell stitch )
 
Round 3:Sl st in to the ch 2  of the previous round, Ch3,2dc,Ch3,3dc. In the next Ch2 space, make the bigger shell stitch, around. Close with sl st on the 3rd Ch of the beginning Ch3.
 
Round 4:Sl st into the Ch3 sp of the previous row . Ch3, 1dc,3chain picot, 2dc,Ch4, sl st into the 3rd Ch from hook ,(3 ch picot) , Bigger picot, (5ch picot) ,3ch picot, sl st into the first picot base,Ch 1,2dc, Ch3 picot, 2dc, Ch3, dc in the 3rd ch from hook,2dc in the next 3ch space,Repeat around. Finish off , Block.
 
Now for the step by step:
 

Round 1: Ch 4, in the 4th chain from hook, make 17 more dc ( count as 18dc). 

Pull the tail tight , close with a sl st on to the 3rd chain of the beginning Ch3.
Round 2: Ch3, Dc in the same space, Ch2, 2dc, skip2dc, in the next dc, make shell stitch, around .(6 ,shell stitch )
Round 3:Sl st in to the ch 2  of the previous round, Ch3,2dc,Ch3,3dc. In the next Ch2 space, make the bigger shell stitch, around. Close with sl st on the 3rd Ch of the beginning Ch3.
Round 4:Sl st into the Ch3 sp of the previous row . Ch3, 1dc,3chain picot, 2dc,
Ch4, sl st into the 3rd Ch from hook ,(3 ch picot) , 
Bigger picot, (5ch picot) ,
 
3ch picot, sl st into the first picot base,
 
Ch 1,
2dc, Ch3 picot, 2dc, 
Ch3, dc in the 3rd ch from hook,
2dc in the next 3ch space,
Repeat around. Finish off , Block
.
I haven’t gotten around to blocking my snowflakes, but the pattern is here for you make and Enjoy.
Here is the one I made with Bali cotton yarn and 3.75 mm hook into a coaster

Merry Christmas ,my dear friends.

HOW TO MAKE…. HILLAFLAKE – FREE PATTERN

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This pattern has been in my head for quite sometime now. I really liked the end result
Super excited , I decided to share the pattern with you all.
Skill Level:
 
 Easy
 
Materials:
Kirakira Cotton ( from Daiso) * of course you can use any cotton yarn corresponding to the hook size * 
 
Hook:  2mm 
 
This pattern is written in American Terms
 
Stitches:

Ch=Chain

Slst=slipstitch

Sc= Single Crochet

Dc= Double Crochet

3dc bobble =3dc bo

 {For a 3 double crochet Bobble stitch, do each double crochet without completing the the last step in the same stitch 
(you would have 2 loops after the first dc, 3 loops on the hook after the  second dc, and 4 loops on the hook when all all three dcs are completed. Then yarn over and draw through all the loops. That is the Bobble stitch.
 
For starting bobble, start with 3ch which counts as first dc}
 
Shell Stitch= 2dc ch2 2dc
 
For starting shell, start with 3ch which counts as first dc
 
Picot= 3ch ,insert hook in the third chain from hook, yarn over , draw through the stitch. For a bigger picot, 4ch .
Round 1:Start with magic ring , make the starting  3dc bobble,into the magic ring ,( 3 ch,3dc bobble 3ch) , repeat five more times. Join in the top of the starting bobble  (6 (3dc bobble, 3 ch ) )
Close the magic ring by pulling the thread.
 
Round 2:On top of the bobble stitch of the previous round, Make a  starting shell 2 ch 2dc shell. Skip the next 3 ch and make a shell on top of the next bobble around. Join In the third ch of the beginning shell.
 
Round 3:Sl st in to the ch 2  of the previous round, starting shell in the 2ch space , 2 ch, sc in the space between the shells of the previous row , shell in the next shell . (shell Stitch,2ch, sc, 2ch) around. Join in the third st of the starting chain .
 
Round 4:Sl st into the 2ch sp of the previous row . Sl st, 3chain picot, 4 ch picot, 3 ch picot , slst, 3ch, sc, 3ch picot, sc in the sc of the previous row, 3 ch {(slst, 3ch picot, 4ch picot,3ch picot ,slst). 3ch( sc 3chpicot,sc) 3ch} repeat { }  around. Sl st into the sl st of the beginning picot. 
Finish off.
In an effort to make it easier for people to follow, incase my written instructions don’t make sense, I  decided to do a photo tutorial of the pattern too.
Round1: Start by making a magic loop .Into the magic loop, make a starting 3dc bobble, 3 ch ,( 3dc bobble ,3ch) five times around.( 6( 3dc bobble 3 ch). Close magic ring by pulling the thread.
Join with sl st on top on the first cluster
Round 2 : On top of the bobble, starting shell ,2ch,2dc shell.Skip the next 3 ch and make a shell on top of the next bobble. Repeat around.
Join in the third st of the beginning shell.
 
Round 3:Sl st into the ch2 space, Starting shell in the ch 2 space , 2ch , sc in the space  between the shells of the previous round, (shell in the next shell , 2ch , sc , 2ch) repeat around.
Join in the third st of the starting shell.
 
Round :4
Sl st into the 2ch space of the shell of the previous round.
Sl st , 3ch picot, 4ch picot, 3ch picot, sl st, 3ch,

sc, 3ch picot, sc in the sc of the previous round

3ch ( slst 3chpicot,4chpicot,3chpicot slst)
{3ch (sc 3chpicot sc) 3ch (sl st 3ch picot, 4 ch picot, 3ch picot, sl st,) 3ch }* repeat around
Sl st in to the sl st of the beginning picot.

Finish off.
Enjoy! If you find any mistakes, please feel free to let me know.

 

EASY PEASY SNOWFLAKE – Free Snowflake pattern

 This is just  a two row snowflake that I made on a whim. I wouldn’t have written the pattern down had not a liker on my Facebook page asked if there was a pattern online. I did not know of any. So thought I ‘d share what I did.
Skill Level
Easy
Materials 
 Laura Knitting Cotton
Hook F/5- 3.75 mm
This pattern is written in American Terms
Stitches :
Ch=Chain
Slst=slipstitch

Sc= Single Crochet
Dc= Double Crochet
 Picot=3ch Insert hook in third ch from hook, Yarn over and draw though the stitch.(For a bigger picot,4ch)
Round :1   Make a magic loop and three chain  (Count as 1 dc )and work 1more dc then 2 chain , then work  2 dc , 2 ch . Repeat 4 more times into the loop.Close the ring by pulling on the tail, and join the round by slip stitching in the top chain of the starting ch3.( 6 (2 dc 2ch)) finish off.
Round :2  Sl st in to the   2 ch space,Ch 3 (count as 1  dc, )  make one more dc in the two chain space , Ch one, make a picot, next make a bigger picot with 4chain , ch3 picot,ch1, 2 dc. ( 2 dc,ch1, 3ch picot, 4ch picot, 3ch picot, Ch 1 ,2dc )Repeat around.Join the round with a slip stitch in the top chain of the starting Ch3. Finish off.
Enjoy! If you find any mistakes, please feel free to let me know.

Crocheting with mom

This was the first time I was visiting my mom after she retired. I decided not to take any of my yarn and hooks so that I could spend all my time chatting with her.Well, I was in for a surprise! A box full of Knit Picks Cotlin yarn was waiting for me in my room and my mom declared she wanted me to teach her to crochet from patterns.Was I thrilled or what!Now ,my mom knows all the stiches in crochet ,just does not know the terminology.

I tried to teach her what stood for what.Started the simple magic square potholder.

Pattern: Double-thick Diagonal Potholder

Hook: Local numberless steel hook

Yarn : Knit picks Cotlin 3/4 Skein of Island Coral Colur U700 Lot 2338

Halfway thro the square, she realized crochet was not her cup of tea and decided to go back to her first love embroidery. So she made me this teapoy cover.

Speaking of embroidery, my dad showed me this table cloth I made him a long time back.

The material I used, is actually  my old school uniform skirt !This design is from the Soviet Woman Magazine.Anyone remember that mag?

There was one for kids too I forget the name of that one.Only thing that remains in my memory from that magazine is the name Masha

Anyways I have made many of their designs and this is the only one I have left. Have no idea what happened to rest of them. I still have those design sheets tho’  🙂

I once really loved embroidery,_ Ofcourse,it was my mum’s doing, every quarterly , half yearly and annual vacation, she would make me do one of these and she made it so fun too_as I loved watching the design emerge into life. Now that I have come to  know the instant gratification that crochet offers, my patience wears thin before I can finish a tiny spray of flower 😦

Since we had plenty of  cotton yarn lying around, _

apart from the yarn my brother sent, my aunt who was visiting her daughters in the US,  also got me Sugar and Cream cotton yarn and I had no clue they were all bringing me yarn and cotton yarn at that!_  Mom suggested I make her new hotpads to replace her old ones and I happily obliged.

Pattern : Potholders

Hook : Local nameless hook

Yarn: Knitpicks Cotlin  Island coral U700 Lot 2338;Cre’me’ Brulee         Colour045 Lot 3087;KohlrabiColour U046 Lot 2336;GlacierU047 Lot 2337

Tidbits:

 

    • I only used this pattern as a
      guideline .

 

    • Since mine wasn’t lying flat, I added 2 dcs to the last stitch

 

    • I also added a row of scs before doing the scallops   and made the scallops as I liked.

 

    • it turned out exactly like in the pattern.

 

    • my mom loved it!

 

  • I made a few more using the same colours but different sequence just didn’t get their pictures.

I found this thread from Anchor at the local craft supplies store in my home town,(*gasp*)_ it actually stocks supplies for all sorts of crafts, not the fancy store cum sewing store one usually comes across but they donot have great yarn just threads_ and first I made edging for a hanky

.

Then thought it would look great tatted.So tried that as well.

I figured out how to read tatting patterns a little.  Its not exactly a pattern I followed,I  kind of went with the flow  , trying to do another pattern and ended up with this  🙂 .Still I like how it turned out.

Still need to work on the neat finishing techniques.

I thought I’d lost this painting,

imagine my surprise, when my mother inlaw gave it to me when I went to visit her. I don’t remember giving it to her at all, must have gone there when we were shifting from Pondicherry to come here.Its kind of  special,coz I finished it on the day before  I delivered A. Its acrylic on spathe from the coconut inflorescence.