Happy New Year! Top 10 of 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to another year of free patterns and crochet talk!

I wanted to write up this post yesterday, but for various reasons I just didn’t have the time. But today I am free to do what I want to do, and so here I am.

I thought that I would share with you the most clicked on patterns from over the course of 2017 here on Crochet On The Brain. As always, I’m amazed at how many hits this blog gets, and from where in the world these hits come from! There were 11, 269 views from 75 different countries!

I guess I’ll start with the least viewed pattern out of the top 10, and work my way to #1. (Just click on the photos to bring you to the pattern).

#10-

Minty Winter Children's Hats

Minty Winter Children’s Hats

#9-

You Are My Sunshine Infant's Hat

You Are My Sunshine Infant’s Hat

#8-

Merry-Go-Baby Hat

Merry-Go-Baby Hat

#7-

Toddler Hat & Mittens Set

Toddler Hat & Mittens Set

#6-

Little Souls Newborn Beanie & Thumbless Mittens

Little Souls Newborn Beanie & Thumbless Mittens

#5-

Textured Washcloth

Textured Washcloth

#4-

Really Easy Ear Warmer Headband

Really Easy Ear Warmer Headband

#3-

Winter Baby Hats

Winter Baby Hats

#2-

Sandscapes Scarf

Sandscapes Scarf

and #1-

 

Cluster Love Slouchy

Cluster Love Slouchy

Thanks to each and every one of you who have made Crochet On The Brain the success that it is.  It is “just a hobby” of mine, but having so many wonderful people around the world supporting me in my endeavor gives me the encouragement needed to continue on with it. In this new year, I hope that Crochet On The Brain, as well as myself, continue to grow and evolve, and that you reap much pleasure out of everything I have, and will have, to share with you!

Thank you!!!

Amanda ❤ 🙂

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.

QUEUE OR FAVORITE ❤ THIS PATTERN ON RAVELRY!

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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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QUEUE OR FAVORITE ❤ THIS PATTERN ON RAVELRY!

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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