My First Crochet Washcloth- Free Pattern

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Well, this isn’t MY first crochet washcloth, as I’ve made millions of them (ok, maybe just 20 or so, lol), but I wanted to publish an easy pattern to go along with my SC Tutorial.  Since washcloths are usually one of the first projects a new crocheter makes, I thought this would be an appropriate pattern. Everyone can use a washcloth, right?

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My First Crochet Washcloth

Free Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2018

Materials Used:

Peaches & Creme 100% cotton medium weight (“4”) yarn; 2.5 oz/70.9 g; approx. 120 yards/109 meters- 1 ball- Color “Navy”

size H/ 5 mm crochet hook

scissors

Measuring tape or ruler (to check your gauge as well as the size of the finished piece)

yarn needle (for weaving in yarn tails)

Gauge: 4 sc= 1 inch, 4 rows= 1 inch (hold a ruler or measuring tape next to your work. There should be 4 sc measuring 1 inch, and 4 rows should measure 1 inch. Following the gauge will help to ensure that your washcloth will be the same size as the one in this pattern. If your gauge is larger than what is shown here- for example, you have 3 sc in 1 inch-,  use a smaller crochet hook [try a 4.5 mm hook]. If your gauge is smaller than what is shown here- for example you have 5 sc in 1 inch-, use a larger crochet hook [try a 5.5 mm hook]. Always try to get as close to the correct gauge as possible, especially in garments, so that your work will turn out the same size as shown in the pattern.)

Finished Measurements:  about 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ (square)

Abbreviations Used (US Terminology):

Ch- chain

sc- single crochet

FC- foundation chain

RS- Right side (of work)

WS- Wrong side (of work)

Instructions:

Ch 35,

Row 1 (RS)- make 1 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook, and make 1 sc in each of the next ch’s of the FC, ch 1, turn (34 sc)

Row 2 (WS)- make 1 sc in the first sc, and make 1 sc in each of the next sc across to the end of the row, ch 1, turn (34 sc)

Repeat Row 2 until 9 1/2 inches long (Or desired length), finishing with a WS row (your last row worked will be a WS wrong row).

Fasten off, weave in yarn tails.

And there you have it! Your first washcloth! Congratulations!

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Learn to Crochet- How To Make A Foundation Chain (FC)- Photo Tutorial

Welcome to the first of many of my planned Tutorials!

In this first tutorial, you will find instructions on how to make the Foundation Chain (FC), which is the first step for most people when learning how to crochet.

There are a few different methods for how to begin a crocheted project, however, learning how to make a basic Foundation Chain (FC) is, I believe, the best and most important first method to learn. It is the most basic method, and the simplest.

The FC (also called a base chain or a starting chain), as the name implies, lays the foundation for what you are going to make. It is the FC in which your crochet stitches will be made.

In the instructions below, I used Peaches & Creme 100% cotton worsted weight 4-ply yarn and a size I/9 5.5 mm crochet hook.

If you are right-handed, hold the crochet hook in your right hand and the working yarn in your left hand. Likewise, if you are left-handed, hold the crochet hook in your left hand and the working yarn in your right hand.  I am right-handed, so my instructions are shown accordingly. The instructions for crocheting are the same for either hand, just working in the opposite direction.

I hold my hook kind of like how I hold a knife, with my index finger against the handle of the crochet hook, close to the the hook, as shown in this photo:

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How to hold a crochet hook

In the photo in Step 3 below, you can see how I hold the working yarn. Most crocheters hold their hook and yarn in a fashion such as this, but as you get use to crocheting, you might find a way more comfortable and more suitable for yourself.

When making your FC, be sure to not pull on the yarn too tightly. The tension needs to be a bit loose so that it’s easy to pull your stitches through. If you find your tension to be a bit too tight, just start over and try again. In the beginning, I think that every crocheter (even those who are now professionals) have dealt with tension issues. As you practice you will find your natural tension, and then will be able to adjust your hook sizes accordingly.

Now, get your hook and yarn ready and let’s learn how to crochet!

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1. Make a slip knot
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2. Insert the hook into the loop of the slip knot
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3. Wrap the yarn around the hook, and then pull the wrapped yarn (following the arrow) through the loop that is on the hook
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This is what your first chain will look like. The red “V” shows where the first chain is. Repeat Step 3 until you have the amount of chains that you need for your project.
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This is what your work will look like with 2 chains made. Again, the red “V” shows where the chains are.
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And this is what 10 chains looks like in a Foundation Chain

Now, practice, practice, practice.

Once you’ve mastered how to work a Foundation Chain, you are then able to move on to learning the basic crochet stitches, which I will cover in future posts! Keep your eyes on this space, as I will update you when the next tutorial is published!

UPDATE JUNE 23, 2018: The next tutorial, for learning the Single Crochet, is here!  Learn To Crochet- How To Make A Single Crochet (SC) & Weave In Ends- Photo Tutorial

Happy Hookin’!

~Amanda~

 

 

Keychain Pouch With Drawstring FREE PATTERN

Since I’ve fallen behind this week, I thought I’d fill the gap in blog posts by resharing this old pattern, which I made about 6 years ago. I know in the original post I wrote that it would be good for beginners, however, I think I’ll clarify that it’s good for those who are beginning with crochet thread. Of course, you can use a larger yarn and hook size and make the pouch bigger in doing so. But then it might be too big to put on a keychain…but maybe you’re somebody who likes big keychains!
Anyway, enjoy and have a great Saturday!
~Amanda~

Crochet On The Brain

I was just browsing through my old bookmarks online and came across the link to one of my old blogs which contains some of my first original patterns. I believe this is the first pattern I ever posted online, back in May 2012. You can find the original post at the following link ( http://amandascomfortcreations.blogspot.ca/2012/05/keychain-pouch-with-drawstring.html ), but I’ve also copied and pasted it below to make it easier.

KeychainPouchwithDrawstringKeychain Pouch With Drawstring ©Amanda (Mills) Bryant 2012

A very easy project, ideal for beginners.

Materials Needed:
Size 10 Crochet Thread (one skein will make MANY pouches)
2.75 mm hook/U.S. size…
keyring
tapestry needle

Instructions:

Make a magic ring (or ch3, slip st in 1st ch to form a ring), 10 sc in ring. Pull ring closed, join with sl st to 1st sc in ring.

Next: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (20 sc)

Next: sc in 1st sc…

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Scrap Busting Cotton Facial Scrubbies- Free Pattern

This is a very simple, basic pattern. There are no special stitches, and there is nothing fancy whatsoever in their appearance. If you just want a quick project, you want to use up your little cotton leftovers, or you are just beginning to learn how to crochet in the round (and want tons of practice!), then this pattern is perfect for you!

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Pincushion (Free Pattern)

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Pincushion Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2018

This is a very simple pattern and requires only a small amount of yarn.  It is ideal for those who are just learning to crochet in the round, as it is a very basic pattern using only a single crochet stitch, and works up quickly. It is also a great way to use up your left-over scraps of yarn. You could also whip up a basket full of these little pincushions to sell at a craft fair for $1 or $2 each, and attach your business card to them. You can improvise with unlimited colour variations and any weights and sizes of yarns, threads and hooks.

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Materials Used:

Scrap amount of Red Heart Super Saver (Color Minty)

Fabric flower shaped button (any button will work)

Polyester Fiberfill

Sewing needle that will fit through the button holes; yarn needle

3.75 mm crochet hook

stitch marker to mark end of rounds

Gauge- gauge is not important. Just make sure you use a small enough hook to make sure your stitches are close together so the fiberfill does not pop through the stitches.

Finished Measurements: 9 inches circumference, 3 inch diameter, 1 1/2 inch height

Special Notes:

Do not join at the end of each round. This item is worked in a continuous spiral.

Remember to move your stitch marker up as rounds progress.

Stuff the pincushion lightly so that pins can be placed into the cushion with ease.

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Sc2tog- single crochet 2 single crochet stitches together (decrease)

Instructions:

Ch 2

Round 1: make 8 sc in the 2nd ch from hook (8 sc)

Round 2: make 2 sc in each sc around (16 sc)

Round 3: (make 1 sc in the first sc, 2 sc in the next sc) around (24 sc)

Round 4: (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) around (32 sc)

Round 5: (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) around (40 sc)

Rounds 6- 11: sc in each sc around (40 sc)

Round 12: (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog in the next) around (32 sc)

Round 13: (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog in the next) around (24 sc)

Round 14: (make 1 sc in the the first sc, sc2tog in the next) around (16 sc)

Stuff.

Round 15: (sc2tog) around (8 sc)

Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving long tail.  Using yarn needle, draw yarn tail through the 8 sc from the last round, pulling tightly to close up the hole. Secure with a knot.

Using the same yarn tail, attach button to the top of the pincushion, pulling the yarn through the middle of the pincushion tightly, and secure the yarn with a knot on the bottom side of the pincushion. Cut off excess yarn tail and weave in end.