Multi-Purpose Cotton Mesh Bag- Free Pattern

I first created this simple Mesh Stitch bag to be used as a laundry bag for little crocheted face scrubbies, so they wouldn’t get lost amongst the other items in the washing machine. However, as I was busy crocheting, my mind started thinking of other uses for the bag. Depending on the size, you could also use the bag to wash your delicates/lingerie (ie/ bra straps not becoming tangled up with other items in the wash), a bath toy bag, or even a bag to hang dry your camping dishes in.  This would also make a lovely gift bag! Myself, I will be using the smaller bag for laundering face scrubbies, and the larger bag, I will buy some suction cups with hooks on them, and hang the bag in the bathtub for bath toys!

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Multi-Purpose Cotton Mesh Bag

© 2018 Amanda Bryant

Materials Used:

Peaches & Cream cotton yarn (I had about a ½ cone of yarn- about 7 oz worth- leftover from another project, and I was able to make two of these bags from it, with plenty remaining for *probably* a third bag)

Size 5.75 mm hook

Stitch markers

Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- chain

Dc/Dcs- double crochet/s

Sk- skip

St- stitch

Sp/Sps- space/spaces

Ch Sp- chain space

Gauge: in (dc, ch 1) pattern, 8 stitches= 4 inches, and 8 rounds= 4 inches

Finished Measurements:  smaller bag- 5 inches wide x 9 ½ inches tall; larger bag- 7 ½ inches wide x 9 ½ inches tall

Instructions:

For the smaller bag- Ch 23; (for the larger bag- Ch 33). To make a bag of a different size from the pattern below, simply make a foundation ch of any even number + 3. Then follow the pattern instructions as written.

Round 1- Dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as dc, ch 1, dc), ch 1, *(sk next ch, dc in next ch, ch 1) repeat from * across row. Turn work to work in other side of foundation chain. Sk the first ch, dc in first skipped ch of foundation chain , ch 1, **(dc in next skipped ch, ch 1), repeat from ** across, join with a sl st in the beginning dc (the 2nd ch of the foundation chain)  = 20 ch sps & 20 dcs (30 ch sps & 30 dcs) around.

Round 2- sl st in the first ch sp, ch 3 (counts as a dc, ch 1), *(dc in the next ch sp, ch 1), repeat from * around. Join with a sl st in the second ch of the beginning ch-3

Repeat round 2 until desired length (on both of my bags I repeated round 2 for a total of 18 rounds)

**Optional Hanging Loop (if you don’t want a hanging loop, skip this step and proceed to “last round”)– Place a st marker in a ch-sp where you want the hanging loop to be (or on either side of the bag if you want 2 hanging loops, for example if you want to use the bag as a bath toy bag- in which case you could hang it off of 2 suction cups)- SEE PHOTO BELOW *the safety pins are my stitch markers!

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Next, ch 2 (counts as a dc), then dc in each ch-sp and in each dc up to the stitch marker. *Dc in the sp where the st marker is placed. Ch 10 (or longer, if you want a bigger hanging loop), sl st in the first ch (-the ch furthest from the hook, which will form a loop). Dc in next dc, and in each ch-sp and dc around (if making 2 hanging loops, repeat from * to end of round). Join with a sl st to the beginning dc. Fasten off. Your bag should resemble the photo below:

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Last round (only if you did not make a hanging loop)- ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each ch-sp and dc around, join with a sl st to beg dc= 40 dc around (60 dc around).  Fasten off. Your bag should resemble the photo above, minus the hanging loop.

**Optional- Chain tie/drawstring- for the smaller bag ch 70, for the larger bag ch 100

Weave ch tie through the ch spaces in the round before the last round. Or, instead of making a chain, you could use a long shoe lace as the tie. If you are using it as a laundry bag,  I don’t recommend using ribbon as it would fray in the wash. But ribbon would look nice if you are using it as a gift bag!

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Weave in all loose ends.

 

 

Olivia’s Chocolate Milk Hoodigan- Done!

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Catchy name, huh? lol

I’m happy to announce that this sweater is finally DONE! Yippee! I am very, very, very, VERY excited about it, as it’s my biggest crocheting accomplishment to date, aside from actually learning to crochet. It is the first sweater that I’ve designed on my own, and it wasn’t as painstaking to do as I had originally thought it would be.  And I finished it while there’s still a chill in the air! Woot! Woot! lol. Although it was in the low 80’s for a couple of days this past week, yesterday it cooled down to the 50’s and isn’t suppose to get really warm again for at least a few more days 🙂

My intention was to publish the pattern for it here as soon as it was completed, but there are a few things that need to be worked out and changed about it. But all in all, it looks great (gotta love my humbleness, lol), despite any flaws in the pattern.

It took about 1 1/2- 14 oz cones of Peaches & Creme cotton yarn (so, approximately 21 oz/600 g; 1059 yards/967.5 meters), using a size J-6.00 mm hook and the “Moss Stitch”. The colorway is called “Chocolate Milk” (obviously how I came up with the name for this sweater). Oh, and 7- 3/4 inch buttons. I can’t help but wonder if an odd number of buttons looks ok? It’s the only way I could work out the buttonhole band so that all of the buttons were evenly placed.

I would like to attempt to make this sweater again, but perhaps using acrylic yarn instead. This would mean working out the gauge again with the slightly different yarn. I would use the same weight class, but of course that doesn’t mean it would be the same thickness.  Having said this, I need a break from this “big” project for a while, so I will be working on simpler, and more mindless, projects until I get the ambition to make this sweater again.

Here are a few more photos.  See the bunny in this first one?

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It was a wonderful afternoon for a stroll in the new sweater. Olivia’s very pleased with it. In fact, she gave me two thumbs up!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this read.

Until next time, Happy Hooking!

Amanda

Easter Gift Bag (free pattern)

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Easter Gift Bag

© Amanda Bryant 2018

 

Materials Used-

Peaches & Creme 100% Cotton worsted weight 4-ply yarn, 2 oz/56.7 g, approximately 95 yards/86 meters, color “Sweet Pea Stripes” (2 ½ balls)

Size J/10- 6.00 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle

Measurements– about 8 ½ inches tall, 23 inch circumference at base, 18 inch circumference at top

Gauge– in puff st pattern 4 rounds and 4 puff sts = 2 inches; in hdc pattern 4 rounds and 8 hdc’s= 2 inches

Abbreviations/Terms Used (US Terminology)

Ch- chain

y/o- yarn over

st/sts- stitch/stitches

Sp/sps- space/spaces

Sl st- slip stitch

Hdc- half double crochet

Hdc2tog- half double crochet two stitches together

Puff Stitch Group- where there are 2 puff sts in one space (which makes the st increases in each round. The increase is made by working 2 puff sts in that one space.)

Special Stitches

Puff Stitch- *(y/o, insert hook into st, y/o and pull loop up) 4 times, y/o and pull loop through all 9 sts on the hook, ch 1 to secure the top of the puff st (leave a bit of slack when doing the y/o and pulling up loop, as the work could get a bit stiff and hard to manipulate)

Instructions:

Ch 4, sl st in first ch to make a ring

Round 1- ch 1, make 6 puff sts in the ring, join with a sl st to the top of the first puff st (6 puff sts)

Round 2-  make 2 puff sts in the sp between the first 2 puff sts, and make 2 puff sts in between each of the next puff sts around to the end, join with a sl st to the top of the first puff st (12 puff sts)

Round 3- make 2 puff sts in the sp in the middle of the first puff st group, make 1 puff st in each space until the next puff st group, *(make 2 puff sts in the sp in the middle of this puff st group, make 1 puff st in each space until the next puff st group), repeat from * around to the end, join with a sl st to the top of the first puff st (18 puff sts)

Rounds-4-6-  Repeat Round 3, making 6 increases in each round. (Round 4= 24 puff sts, Round 5= 30 puff sts, Round 6= 36 puff sts)

Rounds 7-11- make 1 puff st in each sp around,  join with a sl st to the top of the beginning puff st (36 puff sts)

Round 12- Ch 2 (counts as a hdc here and throughout), hdc in the first sp,  hdc in the top of the next puff st,  hdc in each of the next puff sts and sps. Join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2. (72 hdc)

Round 13- Ch 2, hdc in ea of the next 9 hdc, hdc2tog,  *(hdc in each of the next 10 hdc, hdc2tog), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (66 hdc)

Round 14- Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (66 hdc)

Round 15- Ch 2, hdc in ea of the next 8 hdc, hdc2tog,  *(hdc in each of the next 9 hdc,  hdc2tog), repeat from * around,  join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (60 hdc)

Round 16- Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around,  join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2  (60 hdc)

Round 17- Ch 2, hdc in each of the next 7 hdc,  hdc2tog,  *( hdc in each of the next 8 hdc, hdc2tog), repeat from * around,  join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2  (54 hdc)

Rounds 18-23- Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (54 hdc)

Round 24- Ch 3 (counts as hdc and ch-1), sk next hdc, *(hdc in next hdc, ch 1, sk next hdc), repeat from * around to the end, join with a sl st to the 2nd ch of the beginning ch-3 (27 hdc and 27 ch-1 sps)

Round 25- Ch 2, hdc in first ch sp, *(hdc in next hdc, hdc in next ch sp), repeat from * around to the end, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (54 hdc)

Round 26- Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (54 hdc)

Next- Ruffle Edging- Ch 3, sl st in the same st, (sl st, ch 3, sl st) in each hdc around to the end, sl st into the beginning sl st, fasten off.

Drawstring-

ch 108, fasten off. Weave in through ch sts from round 24. Pull drawstring tightly and tie to close.

Weave in all yarn tails with the yarn needle, and fill with goodies for someone special!

 

 

 

 

 

Textured Washcloth #2 (free pattern)

As I mentioned a few times recently, I’ve been frantically working on using up my stash of cotton yarn (in between toddler times of course, which is all the time, so luckily washcloths don’t take up much time to make, lol).

…so here’s another pattern for a textured washcloth 🙂  It’s a very basic pattern, again ideal for a beginner. It consists of only sc and dc stitches, and creates a very simple but pretty texture. It reminds me a bit of a quilted texture, actually.

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Textured Washcloth #2

©Amanda Bryant 2017

Materials:

Peaches & Creme cotton yarn, worsted weight 4-ply, 2.5 oz/70.9 g; approx. 120 yards/109 meters. Colors used- “White” and “Navy”. Each washcloth uses about 90-100 yards of yarn.

5 mm hook

large eye blunt sewing needle for weaving in yarn tails

Gauge: (in pattern) 4 sts and 4 rows= 1 inch

Finished Measurements: approximately 10 inches square

Abbreviations Used (US Terminology):

ch- chain

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

RS- right side

WS- wrong side

Notes/Helpful Hints:

  • the beginning sc of each row is made in the same st as the ch-1 turning chain
  • for help with working in the back bump of the starting chain (row 1), click here (working in the back bump makes the starting edge and the finishing edge look the same)

Instructions:

Ch 40,

Row 1 (RS)- working in the back bump of the starting chain, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (39 sc)

Row 2 (WS)- make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, dc in the next sc, *(sc in the next sc, dc in the next sc), repeat from * across to the last 2 sc, make 1 sc in each of the last 2 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 3 (RS)- make 1 sc in each st across to the end of the row, ch 1, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until washcloth is 10 inches in length, fasten off and weave in yarn tails.

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Textured Washcloth (Free Pattern)

As I mentioned a few days ago in my last post which you can read here, I’ve been working hard, and as quickly as I can, to make a dent in my yarn stash before we move out of state (there is an update I need to address in regards to our move, but I will write about that in a separate post).  Because, like many, if not most other crocheters, I have a yarn hoarding problem, lol. I see all these beautiful fibers and colors in the store and I JUST HAVE TO HAVE IT ALL!!  In the end (once I return home from the store) all the pretty yarns get tucked away in a tote bin or reusable shopping bag (in this case, a large bag full of cotton yarns, at one point all of them having a distinct purpose which is now long forgotten).

While I’ve been making many dishcloths, washcloths and hot pads lately, following other designer’s patterns (which will also be talked about in a separate post later on), I decided to get creative and design my own washcloth. I realize this washcloth pattern probably already exists SOMEWHERE out there, as it’s very simple using basic beginner skills. In fact, if you can make a single crochet you will have no problem whatsoever making this washcloth.

Knowing that this stitch pattern DOES exist (sc in alternating front loops and back loops), I didn’t have a name for it. So I Googled it, of course. While many websites showed designs using this stitch pattern, I only found one website where it was given an actual name. That name being the “Alternating Front & Back Porch Pattern”. I provide a link to this stitch pattern in the Notes/Helpful Hints portion of this post below, but to save you from scrolling and looking for it you can click here. I love how this stitch pattern works up. The end result, in my opinion, makes something so simple look so pretty.

Now that this pattern is done, I will be working diligently on other designs, and hopefully before too much longer that big bag of cotton yarn will be a thing of the past (I’ll keep you updated!)

Until the next post (which will hopefully be before the New Year), keep on stitching and Happy Hooking!

Amanda

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Textured Washcloth Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2017

Materials Used:

Peaches & Creme Brand cotton yarn, worsted weight 4-ply, 2.5 oz/70.9 g balls, 120 yards/109 meters, in the colors “Sunshine”, “Bright Orange”, “Bright Pink” and “Royal”

Peaches & Creme Brand cotton yarn, worsted weight 4-ply, 14 oz/400 g cone, 706 yards/645 meters, in the color “Limeade” (which is the green/white variegated yarn, shown in the photos of washcloths further down this page)

**Each washcloth uses less than 100 yards of yarn. The “Limeade” washcloth was made using left overs from previous pojects. I don’t know for certain if this color can be purchased in smaller balls, but I’m pretty sure it’s available in only the large 14 oz cone (I did a search online and couldn’t find smaller balls of it).

5 mm hook

large eyed blunt needle for sewing in the ends

Gauge: (in pattern) 4 sts and 4 rows= 1 inch

Finished Size:  Approximately 9.5″ square

Abbreviations Used (US Terminology):

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

RS- right side

WS- wrong side

Notes/ Helpful Hints:

* the first sc of each row is made in the same st that you made your ch-1 turn in

* the right side of the work always starts with a sc in the front loop, and the wrong side of the work always starts with a sc in the back loop

* to make it easier to remember which is the wrong side and which is the right side, try placing a safety pin through the right side of the work. Also, the yarn tail from your foundation chain will be on your left hand side (if you are right handed) while working the stitches in the right side row (and opposite if you are left handed).

*For helpful information, including a diagram of this stitch pattern, read about the”Alternating Front & Back Porch Pattern” here.

*For helpful information on working in the back bump of the starting ch (row 1 of pattern) read here

*This stitch pattern creates straight vertical rows of texture. Here is a close-up view of the stitching, comparing a variegated color yarn (top)  with a solid color yarn (bottom):

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Instructions:

Ch 41

Row 1 (RS)- (in the back bumps of the starting ch) sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (40 sc)

Row 2 (WS)-  sc in back loop of first st, sc in front loop of second st, *(sc in back loop of next st, sc in front loop of next st), repeat from * across to end of row.  Ch 1, turn

Row 3 (RS) – sc in front loop of first st, sc in back loop of second st, *(sc in front loop of next st,  sc in back loop of next st), repeat from * across to end of row. Ch 1, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you’ve reached approximately 9 inches, and then repeat row 2 one more time.

Next- working in both loops, sc in each st across to the end of the row (40 sc).

Now, you can either fasten off here, tie in your loose ends and call it a washcloth, or, you can make a border around the entire washcloth. To do this, simply start with a ch 1, and then work sc all around the entire washcloth, making sure you have 3 sc in one stitch at each corner (for a nicely rounded and even corner). When you get back to the beginning sc, join to it with a sl st and then fasten off and weave in all your loose ends.

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