I have a few patterns that use the herringbone half double crochet stitch as the main stitch. So I thought it was high time I make a video tutorial for it! My brand new Charlotte Cardigan crochet pattern is one of those designs that uses this stitch, as well as a hhdc2tog (herringbone half double crochet 2 together) decrease. So I’ve made a video for both!
I am left-handed, so this tutorial will be slightly easier to follow for left-handed crocheters, but the steps are exactly the same for right-handed crocheters, just worked in the opposite direction!
I hope you find these tutorials helpful! If at anytime you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
*I am not affiliated with Red Heart Yarn or Micheals Stores in any way. This is my honest review.*
Red Heart has recently come out with a new yarn and when it went on sale at Micheal’s I knew I had to check it out! I knew I loved Red Heart Soft, a worsted weight yarn, so I had a feeling I would love the new Red Heart Soft Essentials Yarn too!
Soft Essentials Details:
Weight: #5 Bulky
Material: 100% Acrylic
Yardage: 131 yds
Suggested Crochet Hook: 6.5mm (K)
This yarn holds to it’s name. It is very soft! It’s also not a very thick bulky. I’d compare it to holding two strands of worsted weight yarn together. It’s not very heavy at all. When I purchased it I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. So I brought it home and got to work. This yarn is very easy to work with. It glides through the stitches very smoothly with no snagging and very little pilling. I really enjoyed working with it.
I knew when I saw and felt the Soft Essentials yarn that I wanted to design a cardigan! It just had that cozy feel to it that would be perfect for a simple cardigan. This crochet pattern comes with instructions for women’s sizes XS through 2X. It is a top down pattern with trim and sleeves added at the end. It is sew free, except for a small amount of stitching at the pockets, which are optional. This cozy cardigan is perfect for the cool spring mornings and evenings that are coming. And this yarn is the perfect yarn for it!
I’ve just released the Charlotte Cardigan in my Ravelry shop and you can get it for 50% off using coupon code “SoftEssentials” at checkout! The code is good through Friday, March 17, 2017.
Have you tried Red Heart’s Soft Essentials yarn yet? If so, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it!
I am so excited to once again be featured in Crochetville’s National Crochet Month designer feature! Every day this month they are featuring crochet designers, yarn/crochet product companies, and local yarn stores around the US!
To celebrate my feature on the site and National Crochet Month, I’m offering a special deal! When you purchase one pattern in my Ravelry Shop, you’ll get one free! No exclusions, no limits! Just use coupon code “NatCroMo17” at checkout! This code is good through March 10, 2017!
Thanks for helping me celebrate National Crochet Month!
This pattern is one of my very first patterns, and I’ve finally transferred it here to my website! This super cute and simple textured infinity scarf and boot cuff set is sure to be a crowd pleaser! It’s a very easy pattern that even beginners can follow using just the single crochet stitch and the double crochet stitch! Both pieces work up quick making it great for craft shows and/or gifts! I hope you enjoy and please share with your crocheting friends as well!
One skein or less of two or more colors of worsted weight yarn. (I used Loops and Threads Impeccable).
Size I (5.5mm) and J (6.0mm) crochet hook
Stitches Needed and Abbreviations
DC- Double Crochet
SC- Single Crochet
Sl St- Slip Stitch
CA- Color A
CB- Color B
** Repeat from
Gauge is not necessary for this particular pattern.
Directions for adjusting the size of the boot cuffs are at the bottom of the pattern.
With size J crochet hook
With CA chain 180
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. Change to Color B here.
Row 2: sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat across, ch 1, turn. Change back to Color A and alternate colors for each row.
Rows 3-11: Repeat row 2
Row 12: With Color A sc in first st and in each st around.
Weave in ends.
For 14-16” circumference boot cuffs.With size I crochet hook.
(Make 2)With color A Chain 7
Row 1: SC in 1st ch from hook and in each stitch across. (6 st)
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first DC), turn, DC in next 5 st (6 st)
Rows 3-30: Repeat rows 1-2
Finish off, leaving long tail for sewing.
With a darning needle stitch together the ends making a circle.
With Color B, join to circle on one side and ch 1.
Round 1: SC 45 around, join with sl st.
Round 2: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat around, join with sl st, change to Color A
Round 3: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st* repeat around, join with sl st.
Round 4: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat around, join with sl st. Change to Color B.
Round 5: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st* repeat around, join with sl st.
Round 6: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat around, join with sl st, change to Color A
Round 7: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st* repeat around, join with sl st.
Round 8: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat around, join with sl st.
**To adjust sizing for boot cuffs, just make the cuff part to desired length. Then sew ends together. With Color B, join to circle one one side, ch 1, and SC around. Be sure to remember how many SCs you stitched around for the next boot cuff. Then follow the pattern as written.**
If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that a lot of my crochet designs are clothing. I love to design sweaters and tops for both adults and children! But with a more complicated crochet project, like a sweater, comes a lot of questions and concerns. Mostly about fit and how to get it to fit your shape and size correctly. So I’ve decided to write this blog post to show you how you can take one of my garment patterns and create a crocheted piece of clothing that not only fits you, but fits you great!
Crocheting a piece of clothing like a sweater takes a little more preparation than something small like a hat or a scarf. Here are some tips for preparing for your project.
Choose the yarn called for in the pattern or a comparable yarn. At the very least, stay within the yarn weight that the pattern calls for. You will not get the same fit and look if you use a DK weight yarn if the pattern calls for Bulky yarn and vice versa.
Make sure you have the amount of yarn you need. I always get more than the amount needed for my size, just to be on the safe side so I don’t run out mid-project.
Get measurements. If you are making the clothing for yourself, it’s a little easier because you can try it on as you go. But if you are making the piece for someone else, it’s very important to take their measurements for a good fit.
ALWAYS check your gauge and match your hook size appropriately. Gauge is very important to check when working on a crochet clothing project.
Making Sizing Adjustments As You Crochet
Most of my patterns have multiple sizes for you to make, but what if you are slightly in between sizes, would like just a little bit more ease, or would like it a little tighter? There are ways to easily adjust the fit just slightly so that the garment can fit you exactly how you want it!
To adjust width: Go up a hook size or two (from the hook you met gauge with) if you’d just like a little more ease in your top. Go down a hook size or two for a slightly tighter fit.
If you are right in between sizes, I suggest going up a size, rather than down to the smaller size.
To adjust length: Almost all of my patterns are super easy to adjust the length. You can just do more or less rounds to make your garment longer or shorter. This same trick can also be applied for sleeves.
Neckline: If the pattern calls for chainless foundation single crochet (fsc) to start, but your tension is pretty loose for this stitch, you may want to just chain, join, and sc in each stitch around. This will make it less stretchy and loose around the neck. Or if it’s the opposite and it calls for a starting chain, but you want it to fit looser and be stretchier around the neck, fsc is a great option. If you just want a slight change in the neckline, going up or down a hook size will also help with this. Just remember, the weight of your sleeves, once added, will pull the neckline out just slightly.
Armholes: If the armholes come up too high and feel tight in your armpits, add a few more rounds of the last round you did (no increases) before going to the round that creates the armhole. This will cause the armhole to
sit lower and not be so tight around your underarms.
Sleeves: An easy fix for a slightly looser or tighter fit in the sleeves is, once again, going up or down a hook size. If the sleeves are very tight or very loose, try working the counts for the next size up or down. Also, if the sleeve tapers, and you would like it not to, just leave out any decreases throughout the sleeve. Or if you’d like it to taper more, do another round or two of decreases throughout the sleeve.
Bottom up garments: Most adjustments work the same way for a bottom up garment, but there are a few changes that you would have to make differently. If the armholes feel too small or too high in your underarm, just make your front and back panels longer before joining. For the neckline, if you’d like a looser fit, work less stitches when stitching your two panels together.
I was designing a new hat when I heard about the horrible wildfires that were sweeping through Gatlinburg and other parts of the Smoky Mountains. These fires were destroying homes, businesses, land, and even taking lives! I felt awful and wanted to do something to help! I’ve been naming my latest patterns after cities so I decided to continue that trend and name this pattern after the city of Gatlinburg. When I realized how bad the devastation was, I decided I had to somehow raise some money. Knowing the crochet community is an amazing, loving group of people, I decided what better way to raise money than to use the profits from this hat’s pattern sales to send!
All profits from the patterns sales from December 12-16th will go to the My People Fund created by Dolly Parton. Dolly will be using this money to provide every family who’s primary residence was destroyed with $1000 a month for 6 months to get back on their feet. For more information please visit https://dollywoodfoundation.org/. At the end of the week I will share how much money is being donated and will send it over the weekend!
This hat is made with fair isle crochet techniques. It’s very much like tapestry crochet except you float your yarn along the back instead of working around it in your stitches. I really love this technique to create different pictures within your crochet! This pattern is a great beginner pattern for those who have never done fair isle or tapestry crochet. The pattern includes written instructions, links to video tutorials, picture tutorials and a graph!
I hope you’ll join me in this effort to raise money for those devastated by the wildfires. Some lost everything, including loved ones! My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in that area and all the firefighters and volunteers who are working to get the area back on it’s feet. I hope this fundraiser is very helpful to those in need.
This week has been a crazy week! It’s nice to take a look at my weekly sales and listing clicks to see what is doing well this week! So here are my Friday Top 5 for the week! Remember, scroll through them all to find a coupon code at the end!
This is a forever FREE pattern and is SO easy, just like it’s name! The pattern has been recently updated to my new template with easy to read instructions!
You can get 30% off on any of these paid patterns by using coupon code “FridayTop5” at checkout! Each title of the pattern below the photo is linked to that particular listing on Ravelry. Have a great weekend!
Each week I like to look on Ravelry and see which of my patterns are being downloaded and sold the most! I’ve decided to create a segment here on my blog to share with your my Top 5 patterns of the week AND give you a little bit of a discount on them! Keep reading for details!
So my top 5 for the week of October 16- October 21st are:
This pattern was released this week and is FREE! The color possibilities are endless!
Click the titles of any of these patterns to be taken directly to the Ravelry listing. Use code FridayTop5 at checkout to receive 30% off any of them! (Excludes the Happy Herringbone Chevron blanket since it is already free.)
I LOVE the Herringbone Double Crochet stitch and I love sport weight yarn, so I combined the two to create this fun baby blanket! The pattern is FREE below or you can purchase the pdf for $1 on Ravelry.
I used Knit Picks Brava Sport for this pattern and it worked up beautifully! Brava Sport is one of my favorite yarns to work with because it is soft, sturdy, and very affordable at just $1.99/skein!
2-4 colors sport weight yarn (approximately 273 yards each color for 4 colors)
H/8(5.00mm) hook or hook to obtain gauge
14 herr-dc + 9 rows = 4”
Baby Blanket- 30” x 34”
Starting chain does not count as first stitch.
Make the blanket as wide as you like by chaining multiples of 16 + 2 until desired width.
Blanket pictured is made with 4 different colors, changing colors every 2 rows.
herr-dc- yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch and one loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through both loops.
herr-dc2tog- yarn over, insert hook into st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, insert hook into next st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, (3 loops on hook at this point), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.
herr-dc3tog- yarn over, insert hook into st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, insert hook into next st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, insert hook into next st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops.
Row 1: herr-dc in 3rd ch from hook and next 6 chains, 3 herr-dc in next ch, 1 herr-dc in next 6 chains, * herr-dc3tog over the next 3 ch, 1 herr-dc in next 6 ch, 3 herr-dc in next ch, 1 herr-dc in next 6 ch*, repeat across to last 2, herr-dc2tog. (113)
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, skip 1st st, 1 herr-dc in next 7 st, 3 herr-dc in next st, 1 herr-dc in next 6 st, *herr-dc3tog, 1 herr-dc in next 6 st, 3 herr-dc in next st, 1 herr-dc in next 6 st*, repeat across to last 2 st, herr-dc2tog. (113)
Rows 3- 72: Repeat round 2.
Finish off. Weave in ends.
Round 1: Ch 1, turn, sc evenly around entire blanket, working 2 sc in each corner, join to 1st st.
Rounds 2-3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st around, join to 1st st.
Finish off. Weave in ends.
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