Crochet Patterns

How to Crochet: Fixing a Too-Loose Hold

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Whenever someone is continually struggling with crochet, at any point in the process, I generally find that they’ve lost tension in their grip, as seen above.  Once that happens, your fingers just aren’t long enough to save you.  I’ve been harping on the proper static left hand grip (I suppose there could be others, but […]

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How to Crochet: Working Into the Chain

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Apart from getting the chain started, the hardest part of crochet is working the first row of stitches into the blasted chain. Again, however, the left hand grip is very important. So let’s review. 1. Grab yarn with bottom two fingers. 2. Turn hand over and point that pointer, under and away from you. 3. […]

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Crocheted Washcloth: Double Lace

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so here’s a new washcloth pattern.  Before we get started, here’s a close up of the pattern stitch: Double Lace Washcloth ch 30 Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook. Dc to the end. Row 2: ch 3 , turn, *skip 2 dc, (1dc, ch […]

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How to Crochet: Chaining

by Ivory Soap Crafts

This post is in no way to intended to replace a crochet book, however, after teaching several folks to crochet, I’ve run up on a few things that are often missing from the print lessons. The main issue is the GRIP in the left hand (these are right handed lessons), so let’s start with that. […]

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Ladder Stitch Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Ladder Stitch Dishcloth G needle, worsted weight cotton ch 33 row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, (ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch) 4 times. row 2:  ch 1, turn, sc in first dc, skip 2 […]

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Treble Shell Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I like dishcloths that dry quickly and aren’t too good at trapping food particles.  I don’t mind the cloth removing particles, just that I don’t want the weave to be tight enough to get them stuck up in there for good.  Anyway, like TL, I have four kids jumping on my head all day, so […]

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Make Fleece Yarn

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner.  I have GIANT piles of fleece.  You can do this with any material that you want to become yarn. First, figure out which direction of your fleece is the stretchy direction, then fold along the dotted line as shown below. Second, using a rotary blade (or […]

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Treble Scrubbie Cloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Easy Treble Scrubbie Cloth ch 28 Row 1:  tr in 5th chain from hook, tr across. Row 2:  ch 4 , turn, fptr across Row 3: ch 4, turn, tr across Repeat rows 2 and 3 four times. Tie off and weave in ends.

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Shelly Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Shelly Dishcloth ch 31 Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, *skip next ch (4 dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch, skip next 3 ch, dc in each of next 5 ch; rep from * across, ending with dc in each of last 2 ch, turn. Row2 : ch3 (counts as dc), skip […]

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Filet-ish Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Filet-ish Dishcloth 1.  ch 32 2.  dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch, rep from *, turn 3.  ch 4 (counts as dc + 1ch), skip next ch space, dc in next dc, ch 1 dc in next dc.  *(dc in next ch space, dc in next […]

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Chaplet Pattern

by Ivory Soap Crafts

It’s been a while since we posted a new pattern.  TL is convinced that the hot weather just sucks the afghan-will right out of us.  But, my gears are revving up as the temperature drops, so here’s my first little project of the season. Sacred Heart Chaplet *This pattern is similar to my rosary pattern, […]

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Doeling Bonnet

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve never been one to stitch for my chicks, but my baby goat’s horn removal wounds looked like they could use a little cushioning. So, here’s the most ridiculous pattern I’ve ever written: Ivory’s Little Goat Bonnet Lilly worsted weight, G needle Bonnet: Ch 10 and join in a circle with sl st. Ch 20 […]

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Tawashi Cloth

by Daisy Crafts

Not absorbent, but scrubs like nothing I’ve ever seen. Especially good if you have any of that leftover baby yarn with the fine thread woven in. Texture is everything. And in case you’ve guessed my secret, yes, this was going to be a baby blanket gift originally. But I *hate* patterns that expect me to […]

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Seed Stitch Hot Pad (or “Trivet” for you fancy folks)

by Daisy Crafts

I. Love. This. Pad! Or THESE pads, I should say. I’m making a bagillion (read: five.) I am not a fancy table setting lady, so I use potholders as hot pads. By the time all of the dishes are on the table, I’m pulling things out of the oven with a wadded denim apron. Not […]

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Crocheted Corner Bookmark

by Daisy Crafts

Another corner bookmark! But, it’s different if it’s thread and not seed packets, right? RIGHT? I find that they take an extra second to adjust, but once installed, will hold no matter how hard you shake it. Crocheted Corner Bookmark No. 10 mercerized cotton thread, No. 10 steel needleMAKE TWO OF BELOW PATTERN Ch4R1-Put two […]

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Child’s Snuggie

by Daisy Crafts

Materials: -Child that watches too much Qubo (kids’ channel with exclusively As Seen on TV ads) and begs for a Snuggies, Slider Stations, and Smart Clips. -Crapload of yellow yarn -Big honking needle cause you’re not spending weeks on something that you suspect she only wants because the lady on the commercial has pretty hair. […]

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Scrubby Rows Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

This is the unbordered, unadorned, workhorse of the kitchen. And no cemented blob of counter-adhered oatmeal shall prevail against it!! Scrubby Rows Dish Cloth Worsted Sugar and Cream, H needle Ch 37 Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across Front Post Single Crochet (FPsc) follow these directions, only […]

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Child’s Furry Purse

by Daisy Crafts

When I first tried out working with fun fur, I made this quick and easy purse for my little girl. Easy Furry Purse H hook, WW pink acrylic yarn, clearance Mango Fun Furpattern worked holding one strand of each Ch 20 Row 1. Dc in fourth chain from hook and every ch after that. Row […]

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Loosey-Goosey Market Bag

by Daisy Crafts

What happens when you find ten balls of fun fur at 80% off? I know that there are lots of great bag patterns out there, however, none of them seem to take into account the fact that I can’t count to ninety-seven twice without skipping or adding a few stitches. So, out of concern for […]

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Rosary Pouch

by Daisy Crafts

I made these AGES ago, (to go with some baptism rosaries), but we’ve quite a few requests for the pattern, so I had to accost a previous recipient and ask to see it. Embarrassing! This pattern uses afghan stitch, but I used a regular needle since the work is only 15 stitches wide. If you […]

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