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Granny Hexagon Pattern – Blog Hop Crochet Along

I am so excited to share with you my hexagon pattern for the Blog Hop Crochet Along! I have loved working on this project and I am so, so excited I was asked to join!Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 3.18.00 PMAlso, a huge thank you to KnitPicks who so kindly sponsored the Crochet Along and is giving one of you the chance to win a $50 KnitPicks gift card!

Materials

  • KnitPicks Brava worsted weight
  • 6.0mm crochet hook

Stitches

  • slst – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet two together
  • dc3tog – double crochet three together

Before you begin, ch 5 and slst in first ch to create ring. You will work out of this ring for the first round.

Round 1: ch3 (counts as first dc), work 11 do in ring, join with slst in 3rd chain of beginning ch3, fasten off (12 dc total)DSC_0266

Round 2: join new color in any double crochet, sc in same stitch, ch3, skip dc, *sc in next dc, ch3, skip one dc* repeat between ** 4 more times, join with slst in first dc, fasten off (6 ch3 spaces)DSC_0269

Round 3: join new color in any ch3 space, ch2 (counts as first half of first dc2tog), dc, ch2, dc2tog, ch1. In next ch3 space, *dc2tog, ch2, dc2tog, ch1* repeat between ** 4 more times, slst in top of first dc2tog, fasten off.DSC_0278

Round 4: join new color in any dc2tog, sc in same stitch, *sc in next dc2tog, ch3* repeat between ** 10 more times, join with slst in first dc, fasten off (12 ch3 spaces)DSC_0282Round 5: join new color in any ch3 space, ch2 (counts as first dc of dc3tog), dc2tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch 1, in next ch3 space dc3tog, ch1, in next space work *dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch1, next ch3 space, dc3tog, ch1* repeat between ** 4 more times, join with slst in first dc3tog, fasten offDSC_0290

Round 6: join new color in ch2 space, ch2, dc2tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch1, in next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, in next ch2 space, *dc3tog, ch1, dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space, dc3tog, ch 1* repeat between ** 4 more times, join with slst in beginning dc3tog, fasten off.DSC_0293

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! And don’t forget to check out the hexagons of the other wonderful bloggers in the Blog Hop Crochet Along!

Lacy Crochet Flower Tutorial

Today I have a lacy crochet flower tutorial to share with you! I love making little flowers, and love the lacy center in these! They are really quick and fun to make, so you will soon be surrounded by a pretty pile of flowers! IMG_0490.JPGRound 1

1. Begin with a magic ring. Work 12 sc in circle. Here is a great tutorial for making a magic ring.

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Round 2

2. Chain 3, skip next dc. Slip stitch in next dc to form little loop. Continue until you reach last ch3DSC_9562DSC_9565

3. For the last chain 3, you will instead work one chain and the connect to the beginning ch with a double crochet (the starred stitch in the picture below). This allows you to have your hook in the right position for the next round. DSC_9569_FotorDSC_9572

 

Round 3

4. Chain 4, slip stitch in ch3 space from previous round. DSC_9583 DSC_95885. Continue until you reach the last ch3 space, join with slips stitch in dc from previous round.DSC_9594 DSC_9597Round 4

6. Ch4 (counts as first dc, ch2), dc in same stitchDSC_9601 DSC_96037. Ch1, sc in ch4 space, ch1DSC_96088. Work dc, ch2, dc in slip stitch between ch4 spaces of previous round. Ch1, sc in ch4 space, ch1DSC_9615 DSC_96169. Repeat step 8 three more times. Join with slip stitch in second ch of beginning ch4. DSC_9620 DSC_9623Round 4

10. Slip stitch into ch2 space. Ch2 (counts as first dc), dc, ch2, 2dc in same ch2 space. DSC_962711. ch1, sc in sc from previous round, ch1DSC_962912. In next ch2 space, work 2dc, ch2, 2dc. Ch1, sc in sc from previous round, ch1DSC_963113. Repeat step 12 four more times, join with slip stitch in 2nd chain of beginning ch1DSC_9639Round 5

14. Ch2, work 4 dc in same ch2 spaceDSC_964115. ch2, slip stitch in sc from previous round, ch2DSC_964416. Work 5 dc in next ch2 space from previous round. Ch2, slip stitch in sc from previous round, ch2DSC_964617. Repeat step 16 four times, join with slip stitch in 2nd chain of beginning ch2DSC_9650 DSC_9657It’s also really easy to change the color in these flowers. I just fastened off after the third round and joined with a new color.IMG_0493.JPGThere are so many things you can do with these little flowers! I love using little flowers as coasters. I also love making long flower garlands. All you have to do is chain your flowers together. They are great decorations and make great gifts!

I hope you like this tutorial! I would love to see any little lacy flowers you make! You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more updates!

 

Crochet Chevron Scarf!

Happy New Years Eve!! I just can’t believe 2014 is over. I have no idea where the time went! I had a great year, and I’m really excited to see what will happen in 2015!

Today I want to show you a chevron infinity scarf I just finished. I think it is one of my favorite things I have ever made! IMG_0446.JPGI started it several weeks ago in my effort to use up yarn I already have.  You may recognize it from this blanket I’ve been working on. I really need to get that one finished! I gravitate towards blues, greens and grays, as you can probably tell if you look through my projects. I keep making goals to branch out and try new colors, but I always come back to my favorites.
PatonsClassicWoolI used Patons Clasic Wool in Seafoam, Aran, Lemongrass and Grey Mix and a 5.5mm hook. This is a very simple pattern that can be customized to your liking so many ways. You can choose your favorite colors and make it as wide or as long as you want. I made mine long enough to make it an infinity scarf that can be wrapped around twice. You can easily just leave it as a long scarf and add a fringe or make it into a cowl. I love the versatility!ChevronScarf1Here is how I made my chevron pattern!

1. Start with a chain that is a multiple of 11. This is 33 chains wide as a sample. I like my scarves wider, so I actually made my scarf 55 chains to begin.

02. In second chain from hook, work 2 dc. Work one dc in next 3 chains. You should have 5 dc total. Skip next two chains and work one dc in each of the next 5 stitches. 13. Chain 2 and make a second dc in same chain stitch.24. Work one dc in each of the next 4 stitches. Skip two chain stitches and work a dc in each of the next 5 chains. Continue to the end of the chain. In the final part of the last chevron, work 2dc in the second to last chain stitch, and finish with a dc in the final ch stitch. 35. Chain 2 to turn (counts as first dc)46. Skip the first dc and work 2dc in the next stitch. Work one double crochet in each of the next two stitches.567. Skip the next 2 stitches and work one double crochet in each of the next 4 stitches. In the ch2 space from the previous round work dc,ch2,dc. Continue by working one dc in each of the next 4 stitches. 78. Continue working the same pattern until you reach the end. I think the most important thing is to make sure you have 5 dc in each section. It’s easy to accidentally skip a stitch and have your chevron’s end up a little crooked, so make sure you keep count!9_FotorIf you choose to make it into an infinity scarf, all you have to do is sew up the ends. I leave a long tail and just whipstitch the two ends together. I usually go over it twice to make it a little stronger.IMG_0419I made these stripes completely random and I love it! I think I will definitely make another scarf like this! I would love to see anything you might make with this pattern! You can follow me on Instagram or Twitter to share your projects!

A Blanket for my Sister

My sister Hannah has been after me for years to make her a blanket! I finally started one for her a couple months ago hoping to have it finished for Christmas. I was not able to finish it in time, so Hannah just had a partially completed blanket to open Christmas morning. I think she really liked the blanket, and I’m going to try really hard to have it finished soon to ship to her in Utah!IMG_0380.PNGI’m doing a completely random color pattern, which is something I don’t do very often. I like having a pattern to follow and I end up stressing about how colors will look next to each other. I found this Granny Square Color Pattern Generator, which is really awesome! I’ve talked about it before with this hexagon blanket, and I highly recommend it! You can choose what colors you are using, how big you want your blanket and how many colors you want to use in each square. It generates a grid that you can follow as you work on your blanket. It takes all of the guesswork and stress out of choosing what color to use next. You can redo the random pattern until you find a one you like best. I took a screenshot of the one I chose and also took a picture of it with my phone so I always have it with me when I’m working on my blanket. Here is the screenshot I took of my grid.Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 10.29.14 PMFor this blanket, I used KnitPicks Brava yarn in the colors in Solstice Heather, Tranquil, Cream and Peapod with a 6.00mm hook. This hexagon pattern is from Attic24 and is one of my favorites! I’ve also used it in this blanket and this blanket!IMG_0392.JPG IMG_0397.JPGIMG_0400.JPGI’m really excited about this blanket and I think I’m going to have a hard time letting it go! To see more updates on this blanket, and other projects, you can follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_) and on Twitter (@lizziebellablog)!

Pink Crochet Pillow

My goal this year was to make all of my Christmas gifts using yarn I already own. I guess that was a little too ambitious since I only succeeded in finishing a pillow for my sister Chloe. I have a blanket started for my other sister Hannah and a couple of pillows for my mom, which I will share with you over the next couple of weeks!DSC_9509A few years ago I made Chloe a blanket that she really loves. I decided to make a coordinating pillow using the left over yarn from her blanket. I used the same basic pattern as this pillow I made a couple months ago. It is a really simple pattern, but I really love the way it turned out! Once I had all of the squares joined, I did a border of half double crochet in cream on each side, and stitched both sides together in pink with single crochets. I really like the bright pink border!

Even little Lizzie likes the pillow!

Even little Lizzie likes the pillow!

I used left over pink and cream Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. I bought several of the giant skeins when I made her blanket, and had a lot left over. Bernat no longer makes the pink color yarn, which I think was called Watermelon. I think they only made it over that summer, and I have not been able to find it since then. I used a size 6.0mm hook and the finished pillow is 18in x 18in.DSC_9530I think the blanket and pillow look great together! I love that they go together, but are not exactly the same. As you can probably see, I used the same hexagon pattern from Attic24 that I used in this baby blanket and I’m also using in Hannah’s blanket, which I will show you soon! I really love hexagon blankets, and I think this pattern is wonderful!

 

Finished Chevron Crochet Blanket!

Happy Christmas Eve! I can’t believe Christmas is already here. I feel like I need another week or two to finish getting ready. December seriously flew by! Tonight we are having our annual Christmas Eve Bonfire with our family and friends. We’ve been doing this for about 20 years, and it is a really fun tradition. We have s’mores and hot chocolate and read Luke 2 to remind ourselves why we celebrate this holiday. It is one of my favorite things about Christmas!

Before all of the crazy Christmas preparation begins, I thought I would share with you the finished chevron blanket! I have been working on this for a while and I am so happy it is finally done! I love the blanket, but it was really tedious. IMG_0348.JPGEach stripe was six rows thick, and I worked only out of the front loops to give it more texture. I really like the thick stripes. Like I said in previous posts, I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in black and white. I really like this yarn for blankets because it is soft, and it washes really well in the washing machine. I’ve made several blankets out of this yarn, and they have all held up really well over several years. IMG_0349.JPGYou can learn more about this blanket here and hereIMG_0354.JPGI hope everyone is having a great holiday season! I really can’t believe it is already almost 2015! This year went by so fast! And remember, you can follow me on Twitter (@lizziebellablog) and Instagram (@lizzie_bella_)!

 

Crochet Christmas Trees!

I have been trying to use up some of the yarn I already own. I have way too much, but always feel like I don’t have the perfect kind for any new project I want to start. I’m trying to use up most of the yarn I already have before I buy any new yarn. I’m actually trying to make all of my Christmas gifts with yarn from my stash! One of my biggest problems is that I will buy a whole skein and only use a small part of it. I saw that I had a lot of half used balls of green yarn, so I decided I would find some way to use it this Christmas. I stumbled upon this Crochet Christmas Tree pattern from The Lazy Hobbyhopper and really loved it! If you are looking for a last minute Christmas decoration and have some spare yarn, I think these little Christmas Trees are perfect! IMG_0329.JPGThey are pretty quick to make, and it is really easy to customize the size. All you have to do is just add or remove rows from the original cone. IMG_0319.JPGIMG_0338.JPGIMG_0320.JPGI wish I had found this pattern sooner! I would have made myself an entire forest if I had the time!

 

 

 

Crochet V-Stitch Scarf!

DSC_9115Today I am sharing with you the pattern to this crochet v-stich scarf! There are so many different ways you can make this, but I love extra long infinity scarves that you can loop around a couple of times. This one is really simple, and works up pretty fast, and is super easy to customize however you want it!

1. To begin, make a chain that is a multiple of 3, plus 2. DSC_90602. Skip the first 3 chains (counts as first double crochet), and double crochet in 4th chain from hook. DSC_9063_FotorDSC_90643. Skip 2 chain stitches. Double crochet, ch1, double crochet in next ch stitch. DSC_90674. Skip 2 chain stitches. Double crochet, ch1, double crochet in next stitchDSC_90715. Continue steps 3 and 4 until you get to the final 4 chain stitches.DSC_9074Skip 2 chains, and work one double crochet in each of the last two chain stitches. DSC_9078DSC_90816. Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet of the next row) and turnDSC_9084_Fotor7. Double crochet in the second double crochet of previous round. I marked it with a star in the previous picture. Now you will be working out of the ch1 spaces from the previous round. In the first ch1 space, work double crochet, ch1, double crochet. DSC_90938. Continue working a double crochet, ch1, double crochet in the remaining ch1 spaces from the previous round. DSC_90969. When you reach the end, you will have a double crochet, and the beginning chain3 front the previous row and you will work a double crochet in each.

DSC_9097So each row will begin with two double crochets and end with two double crochets. Keep repeating steps 6-9 until it is as long as you like!DSC_9101DSC_9104I made mine with a 7 mm hooks from KnitPicks. I like the stitches looser and using a bigger hook made it go a little faster. DSC_9121The first one I made was solid gray and made from Caron Simply Soft and I used about two and a half skeins.. I loved the way it turned out! It is long enough to wrap around twice and is actually really warm. DSC_9105The navy, cream and gray color block scarf was made using Hobby Lobby’s Soft Secret yarn. I really liked the colors of the yarn, but I don’t know if I would use it again for this scarf. I feel like it stretches a little more than I would like, and it splits a lot while I worked.

There are so many different color combinations you can use. I started making a striped one, but haven’t finished it yet. Changing colors took more time than I realized and I got a little burnt out. But, I think it is really pretty, and plan on finishing it soon!DSC_8715I hope that this is easy to follow! If you have any questions, pleas let me know! And, as usual, if you make anything with this pattern, I would love to see it! You can follow me on Instagram at @lizzie_bella_ and on Twitter @lizziebellablog!

 

Christmas Granny Square Blanket

DSC_9033I started this granny square blanket last October. I thought I would definitely have it done by last Christmas, and over a year later, it is still unfinished! I honestly forgot about it until I found it recently as I was going through the closet. I really wish I had it finished for this year!
DSC_9025-001The alternating red and white granny squares reminds me of peppermint, which is honestly one of my favorite things about the Christmas season. I used a 5.5 mm crochet hook and Bernat Satin yarn in Crimson and Silk. This yarn is really soft, and I like the colors, but I do not like how much it splits as I work. However, I think it is a great yarn for blankets! I just made regular granny squares, alternating red and white, and used the join-as-you-go method. DSC_9036DSC_9020Hopefully next year I’ll be more prepared and take the time to finish it! I think it will be a wonderful blanket to bring out at the holidays!

Three Crochet Pillows Finished!

My cousin’s wedding is this Saturday, and I just finished her third pillow! I really love the way they all turned out and how nice they all look together! I’m excited to see how she uses them this weekend.

I used this pattern from Little Tin Bird to make the squares. They are very easy and quick to make. The squares alone were not big enough to fit the 14in x 14in pillow I had, so I added a thicker border around the edge. I did one round of half double crochet in black, a round of single crochet in cream and the final round of half double crochet in black. DSC_8957You can read more about the others pillows here and here! All three pillows were easy to make, and I think they are the perfect way to decorate any space. You can easily customize any of the pillows to fit in your home’s decorations. DSC_8960Shared at Link & Share Wednesday Party at Oombawka Design Crochet