Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Swirl and Pineapples Doily, Free Crochet Pattern by Olga Poltava




Thank you so much for all of your kind comments on my previous pineapple doily

I've been bitten by a crochet doily bug, or maybe I've been blessed with inspiration. I'm quite satisfied (read proud) with myself for creating another doily. 

This doily involved a lot of frogging. And I mean A LOT, but I didn't give up!

And now I'm so pleased with the final result!



I was thinking about putting this pattern for sale in my shop, but then I changed my mind.
This is the Holiday Season, one of the most magical times of the year. It's time for giving and being grateful!

I'm so grateful for my readers and followers of my blog. I'm grateful for my customers who support my work by buying my patterns. I'm grateful for the friends I've made through blogging. I'm so grateful for all of you!

This is one of my best patterns so far, and I'm gladly gifting it to anyone who would like to make this doily! 




This is a very long pattern (over 30 rounds), so I'm breaking it into two posts. I will post the second part of the pattern in my next post. 



Swirl and Pineapples Doily Crochet Pattern
Olga Poltava © December, 2017
This pattern is my original design and it cannot be distributed in any form. You are welcome to make items for sale or personal use from this pattern. This pattern is written using US crochet terminology. 

Skill Level: Advanced
Measurements: about 19 inches across
Materials:
Steel hook 1.5 mm
Crochet cotton thread size 10, about 360 yards 

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
tr: treble crochet
dc2-tog: 2 double crochet finished together (also known as dc 2 decrease)
dc3-tog: 3 double crochet finished together (also known as dc 3 decrease)
dc4-tog: 4 double crochet finished together (also known as dc 3 decrease)
sl: slip stitch 
* * instructions between asterisks should be repeated as many times as there are stitches to accommodate them.
{ } instructions within brackets should be repeated as many times as stated.



Ch 7, join with sl st in ring. 

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc here and throughout), 23 dc in ring; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 2: ch 2, dc-2 tog over next 2 dc (counts as 1st dc3-tog), ch 4, *dc3-tog over next 3 dc, ch 4* around; join to 1st dc3-tog. 

Round 3: sl st in next ch-space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 4 dc in same ch-space, ch 3, *5 dc in next ch-space, ch 3* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.

Round 4: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 5: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 6: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 7: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 8: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 9: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 10: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch of next ch-3, ch 3* around; join.

Round 11: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 10 dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-space, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 11 dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-space, ch 3* around; join.

Round 12: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 9 dc, ch 3, {sc in next ch-space, ch 3} twice, *skip next dc, dc in next 10 dc, ch 3, {sc in next ch-space, ch 3} twice* around; join.

Round 13: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 8 dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-space, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 3rd ch of next ch-3 (shell made), sc in next ch-space, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 9 dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-space, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 3rd ch of next ch-3, sc in next ch-space, ch 3* around; join.

Round 14: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 8 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join.

Round 15: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 1st ch-2 space of the shell, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 2nd ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 7 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 1st ch-2 space of the shell, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in 2nd ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join.

Round 16: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 6 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join.

Round 17: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 5, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 5, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join. 


Round 18: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, *skip next dc, dc in next 4 dc, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, dc) all in 3rd ch of next ch-5, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space of the shell, ch 3* around; join.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Pineapples and Fans Doily, Table Topper, My New Crochet Pattern



The Holidays are just around the corner, and I am sure many of you are working on gifts for family and friends.

I wanted to make a big doily for a friend. I've made so many doilies in the past and I have lots of patterns on my blog, but I didn't want to use any of them. I wanted something new!

So I came up with something new!



I made the white doily first and wrote down the pattern. Then I made the pink one to test my pattern. 

So one of these doilies will be for my friend, and the other one for me. 




 The white one is classic. The pink one looks great on my dresser!




So not only I made a Christmas gift for my friend, but also for myself!


I named this doily pattern Pineapples and Fans. There are 33 rounds, and the finished doily measures about 21 inches in diameter. It's a pretty big size doily or table topper. 

About 380 yard of cotton thread size ten, such as Aunt Lydia's, are needed. That's a little bit more than a standard roll, which is 350 yards. 

The hook is 1.5 mm. 

The skill level is intermediate. It's not so much about difficult stitches (there aren't any really), but about being able to read each row very carefully and following the instructions. 

The pattern is available for sale in my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry shops. 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Round V Stitch Dishcloth with Scalloped Trim, Grace by Patons Yarn, Free Crochet Pattern




A friend asked for help making a round dishcloth. She said she searched all over the Internet, but couldn't find exactly what she wanted - a round dishcloth made with V-stitch and possibly with a scalloped edging.

That felt like a challenge! Can I come up with such a dishcloth? 

Sure I can! 

*smile*


I hope my friend Ann and others will enjoy this pattern!

I used one skein of Grace by Patons yarn, which is 100% mercerized cotton, color Lavender, about 130 yards, and a size F/5 (3.75 mm) hook. 

My dishcloth came out 11 inches across. To make it smaller, simply skip a few rounds and go straight to the last one (the scallop round).


V-stitch: (dc, ch 1, dc) worked all in the same space or stitch.
  
In this pattern, V-stitches are worked either 
  • into V-stitches of the previous round (that is, into ch-1 space between 2 dc) or
  • into space between two V-stitches of the previous round (that is, into space prior to next V-stitch).


Ch 5, join in ring with sl st.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 15 dc in ring, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. (16 dc)

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same space as joining, 2 dc in each dc around; join. (32 dc)


Round 3: ch 4 and dc in same space as joining (counts as 1st V-st), skip next dc, *V-st in next dc, skip next dc* around; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (16 V-st)




Round 4: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space (counts as 1st V-st), V-st in next 3 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st in next 4 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* around, join. (20 V-st)

Round 5: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space (counts as 1st V-st here and in the following rounds), V-st in next V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st in next 2 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* around, join. (30 V-st)


Round 6: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in each V-st around; join. (30 V-st)





Round 7: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in next 2 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st in next 3 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* around, join. (40 V-st)

Round 8: same as Round 6. (40 V-st)

Round 9: sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 4 and dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in next 3 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st in next 4 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* around, join. (50 V-st)

Rounds 10-11: same as Round 6. (50 V-st)

Round 12: sl st in next ch-1 space, (ch 3, 2 dc, hdc) all in same ch-1 space, *(sc, ch 3, 2 dc, hdc) all in next V-st* around; join to 1st scallop. (50 scallops)


Fasten off. 

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Post update: My friend Ann sent me a picture of her V-stitch dishcloth made it two solid colors. I just love the way it looks! 
Thank you Ann!




Saturday, November 4, 2017

Simple Crochet Hooded Scarf




I made myself a hooded scarf.
Here in Northern California I hardly ever wear hats. The weather is hardly ever that cold.
But I also don't like hats as they mess up my hair. 



But this hood will be useful! When I walk my youngest son to school at 7:45 each morning, it's so cold out there. By noon, it gets much warmer, and afternoons are summerlike.
That's the weather we have right now!


My Mom took these pictures. She visited my last week. 
It was so nice to have her here. I cherish every moment spent with my Mom. 



The pattern is available in my shops: Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy

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