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Crochet Sampler Blanket great for stash busting

Crochet Sampler Blanket great for stash busting

If you are an avid crochet person like myself, then you also probably have a ton of yarn that could go through some stash busting. I currently sitting on 3 totes with yarn that is waiting to become something new.

Something that I love for this is a crochet sampler blanket but even if you don’t go through your stash to do this, this kind of blanket is amazing for combining different stitches into something beautiful.

This can be a fun challenge to see how many crochet stitches you can master in one blanket or just select a few that you think will look great together! I love trial and error projects since they don’t have to be perfect because they’ll look amazing in the end. There are so many stitches, textures, and colors you can play with thus making it a great yarn stash-busting project.

This could also be a great #90daysofcreativity challenge by either doing 90 stitches or a row a day for 90 days. If you are not sure where to start, I have a crochet mini-course with a crochet stitch library inside the Crochet Bistro so you can learn new stitches or just start with crochet. The Sampler blanket makes a good beginner project because you get to explore as well as design your own blanket.

I will be kicking off a crochet-along in August using the stash of yarn scraps I have available. If you want to join me, you can sign up for my email list so you’ll stay in the loop.

The blankets you see below are available in my shop. I am also happy to crochet one made to order for you.

Hippie’s Comfort Crochet Top

Hippie’s Comfort Crochet Top

This hippie comfort crochet top, made out of cotton yarn and with two panels sewn together, this makes it a great beginner project.

comfort crochet top

Cotton yarn 5 ecru – 1 white

I used sugar n cream for this one

H-5.00 hook

My gauge is 10 rows = 4”

Ch= chain
St= stitch
Sc= single crochet
Sl st= slip stitch
Hdc- half-double crochet

Back:

In yellow, ch 51 (55, 60, 69)

Row 1:  hdc in second stitch from the hook and across (50)
Row 2: ch 1, hdc across
Row 3: ch 1, 3 hdc in yellow, change color to ecru, hdc across until the last 3 st, change to yellow 3 hdc
Row 4: Repeat Row 3 until it measures 4”

With ecru continue to ch 1, hdc across until the pieces measures 15” – about 36 rows. If you want this longer, just add more rows.

comfort crochet top

Armhole shaping:

Sl st 4 st, hdc across to last 4 st
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Ch 1, hdc across until armhole measures 6”
Ch 1, hdc 10 st
Sl st 1, hdc 9 st
Ch 1, hdc across until it armhole measures
Fasten off.

Last 10 st on the opposite side
Hdc 10 st
Sl st 1, hdc 9 st
Ch 1, hdc across until it armhole measures. Fasten off.

comfort crochet top

Front:

In yellow, ch 51 (55, 60, 69)

Row 1:  hdc in second stitch from the hook and across (50)
Row 2: ch 1, hdc across
Row 3: ch 1, 3 hdc in yellow, change color to ecru, hdc across until the last 3 st, change to yellow 3 hdc
Row 4: Repeat Row 3 until it measures 4”

With ecru continue to ch 1, hdc across until the pieces measures 15” – about 36 rows.

If you want this longer, just add more rows.

Armhole shaping:

Sl st 4 st, hdc across to last 4 st
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across –
Ch 1, hdc across for 19 st
Sl st 1, hdc across – sl st 1, hdc across
Ch 1, hdc across

On the neck edge:

Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across – Ch 1, hdc across
Sl st 1, hdc across – sl st, hdc across
Ch1, hdc across for four more rows. Fasten off.

Spider Stitch Halter Top

Spider Stitch Halter Top

Elevate your summer wardrobe with this Spider Stitch halter top and crochet this top giving it an airy flow for those hot summer days.

Material: Bramwell Duo Magic Cone Yarn (yarn has been discontinued)  

Substitute 3-ply acrylic – though you might be able to find some Bramwell online. 

You will be working with 2 strands at a time!  

Hook size: F (3.75 mm) 

Ch = chain 
Sc = single crochet 
Dc = double crochet 
CL = Cluster 

Bra – Make 2 Triangles 

Ch 5 and join with sl st in the ring.

Row 1: ch 3, 6 dc, * ch 3, 7 dc*, from * till * repeat once more, ch 3, join with sl st in ther 3rd ch at the beginning 

Row 2: ch 3, 6 dc in next 6 dc, * 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3-ch space, 7dc in next 7 dc*, from * till * repeat once more, 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in last 3-ch space, join with sl st in ther 3rd ch at the beginning 

Row 3: ch 3, 10 dc in next 10 dc, * 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in ch-3 space, 11 dc in next 11 dc*, from * till * repeat once more, 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in last 3-ch space, join with sl st in the 3rd ch at the beginning.

Repeat this pattern for the desired sizing. The one in the picture I have 8 rows. It will measure about 9 x 9 x 9. The diagram indicates the approximate inches it needs to be for your desired size! 

Joining: With the point of the cup facing left, join at right corner, ch 1, and begin working a sc edging around the cup; when you get to the point at the top, ch 90, then work sc in each ch, join with sl st back to the bra piece and continue working sc around the top until you are 6 st from finish. Place both pieces together and join with sl st.  

Sl st 6 st back to continue with edging, back to the top piece repeat strap and finish edging back to the bottom of the bra piece.  

Top 

Row 1-2: Ch 1, turn sc across 

ch 50 (50, 64, 64, 90) join ch with a sl st in the corner of the other cup. Make sure the back strap is not twisted when joining it to the front.   

Row 3: ch 1, go through st, *[yarn over, pull through (2 loops on hook), go through the next st, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook, go through same stitch], repeat from * around. Join with sl st, ch 4 

Row 4: Dc in next st,*chain 5, sk 2 dc, CL in the next dc; ch5, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc; rep from * across, join with sl st in 3rd ch from beg ch 4.  

Row 5: ch 4, dc in next dc; *ch 4, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, sk CL, sc in next ch-5 sp; ch 4 dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc; rep from * across, join with sl st in 3rd ch from beg ch 4.  

Row 6: ch 4, dc in next dc; *ch 4, sc in next in next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc; ch 4 dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc; rep from * across, join with sl st in 3rd ch from beg ch 4.  

Row 7: ch 4, Dc in next st,*chain 5, sk sc,  CL in the next dc; ch5, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc; rep from * across, join with sl st in 3rd ch from beg ch 4.  

Row 8: sc in dc, ch2, sc in dc; *9ch 1, sc) twice in next ch-5 sp; cg 1, sc in CL; (ch 1, sc) twice in next ch-5 sp; (ch 1, sc in next sc) twice; rep from * across, join with sl st to first sc.  

Repeat rows 4 through 8 for pattern and until desired length.

Bottom edge: 

Row 1: ch 1, sc around 

Row 2: ch 1, go through st, *[yarn over, pull through (2 loops on hook), go through the next st, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook, go through the same stitch], repeat from * around. Join with sl st and finish off.  

Hippo Earflap Beanie

Hippo Earflap Beanie

I love crochet animal hats and crochet character hats, like this Hippo Earflap Beanie. Back in 2011, I created what felt like a million character hats, and amazingly enough not only was I able to reduce a bunch of debt I had but provide an amazing Christmas for my kids. And let’s be honest, they are fun to make, and kids and adults love to wear them. Not only are they great for Halloween but they can be worn anytime you like!

Materials:
Hook: H (5.00mm)
Medium worsted weight yarn – I use Vanna’s Choice or Impeccable Yarn!
Fiberfill (optional)

Terms:
ch: chain
st: stitch
slst: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
tr: triple crochet
hdc2tog: hdc crochet two stitches together (decrease) dc2tog: dc crochet two stitches together (decrease
( ): repeat around
{ }: total number of stitches

Instructions:
Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.
Round 1: ch 1, 9 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc {9 sc}
Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in joining space, (2dc in each sc) {20 dc} Round 3: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc {30 dc}
Round 4: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next two dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) {40 dc} Round 5: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next three dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) {50 dc} Round 6: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next 4 dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) {60 dc}
Round 7-18: ch 3, (dc in each dc) {60 dc}
Fasten off.

EARFLAP
From final joining space count 9 st around the left side. Attach yarn (with the outside of the hat facing you);
Row 1: ch 3, dc in next 10 st {10 dc}
Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 6 st, dc2tog {8 dc}
Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 4 st, dc2tog {6 dc}
Row 4: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog {4 dc}
Fasten off, if you are going to add a tassel you can leave a tail if not weave in.
For the second earflap, count 21 st to the right (from the back seam), attach yarn, and repeat earflap directions.

With pink colors, sc around hat and earflaps. Ears – Make 2

With pink color
Row 1: chain 6- hdc in second chain and hdc in next 4 ch st, ch 1 – turn
Row 2: hdc in each st across, ch 1 – turn
Row 3: 2 hdc in first st, hdc across, 2 hdc in last st, ch 1 – turn Row 4: hdc across, ch 1 – turn
Row 5: hdc2tog, hdc across to last 2 st and hdc2tog, ch 1 – turn Row 6: hdc across, finish off.

With gray color – make 2 ears.
Crochet the same as the pink color. Hold two pieces together and sc around to join.

Eyes – Make 2

With black, ch 2
Round 1: 6 hdc in first chain {6 hdc}, fasten off.
Round 2: Join with white and 2 hdc in each stitch {12 hdc}

Snout/Nose/Mouth

With pink, chain 20
Row 1: Dc in 3rd chain from hook and dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 2: Dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 3: dc2tog, dc across to last 2 st, dc2tog
Row 4: Dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 5: dc2tog, dc across to last 2 st, dc2tog
Row 6: Dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 7: dc2tog, dc across to last 2 st, dc2tog

Sew on all parts to hat base – use photo as a guide. The Snout/Nose/Mouth can be stuffed with fiberfill to give it some dimension. Weave in all loose ends of yarn.

Teeth (make 2)

With white, join to the longer part of the pink piece. The placement of the teeth is up to you – close together or further apart.

Row 1: after join, sc in the same space, sc 2 more, ch 1, turn {3}, ch 1, turn {3}, fasten off. {3}
Row 2: sc across, ch 1, turn {3}
Row 3: sc across, fasten off. {3}

Nostrils: Embroider with gray 2 nostrils on the top of the pink piece (see picture)

Making Tassels

Cut chosen yarn for tassels about 40 inches in length. You could go longer if you want – I don’t recommend shorter because braiding will reduce the size a little. Depending on how many colors you want into your tassels will decide the number of strands you need. Remember that it needs to be able to be divided by 3 if you are braiding them so you can have the right proportions for the braid.

Each tassel:
2 colors: hold 2 strands together and cut equal pieces 6 or 12 times 3 colors: hold 3 strands together and cut equal pieces 6 times. Fold the yarn in half; put on hook pull through earflap; pull tails through the loop Pull tight Braid or finish however you prefer

Love the Hippo Earflap Beanie but don’t know how to crochet? No worries, you can order one!

Please do not copy and/or redistribute this pattern as your own – you can share the link or link into a blog post as long as credit is given back to me. You may make this top to sell it, again all I ask is that you link back to me, thanks! If you have any questions, please email me at contact at petramonaco dot com

The V-Stitch Pattern

The V-Stitch Pattern

The V-Stitch pattern is what I am using a blanket pattern that I will be sharing inside of the Crochet Academy that is to come in the coming weeks. It’s easy and simple that you could create squares for a blanket or use the pattern for a washcloth – which is one of my favorite patterns.

The V-Stitch pattern can be made flat for blankets, shawls, and shirts. It can also be made curly for borders, flowers, fluffy scarfs, or novelty decorations. You can use single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet, and treble crochet – just depending on what kind of look you’re going after!

Materials:

Hook: G (4.25mm)
Medium worsted weight yarn

Terms:

slst: slip stitch
ch: chain
st: stitch
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
V-St: V-Stitch

The V-stitch: To complete each V-stitch, work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st in the same chain or space. 

To get started with this create your slst and ch 50

Row 1: DC in 5th ch from hook (counts as first V-st); *sk 2 chs, V-st in next ch; rep from * across; ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), turn.

Row 2: DC in first ch-1 sp; *V-st in ch-1 sp of next V-st; rep from * across, end with V-st in last sp; ch 4, turn.

Repeat row 2 for pattern until you’ve reached your desired size.

Once you’ve mastered this pattern you can start creating your own blankets and scarves as mentioned earlier.

Begin with a chain multiple of 3+2 and then just follow the pattern as mentioned above.

V-Stitch made with a single crochet and cotton yarn for wash cloth

A quick note, if you want to be notified when the Crochet Academy opens, I invite you to the Crochet Bistro – where you can get started with some of the crochet basics and get access to the crochet stitch library.

Leprechaun and Shamrock for your car

Leprechaun and Shamrock for your car

St. Patrick’s day is around the corner and this Leprechaun and Shamrock for your car is a cute decoration to hang of your review mirror. You could even leave a side of the leaves open and add a piece of terra cotta with a drop of essential oil.

Material:

Sugar n’ Cream Solids:
White 1 ball
Green 1 ball
Caron Simply Soft – Chocolate 1 skein

Leprechaun Head

With white, ch 2.
1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to
first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 30 sc.**
6th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. Rep last rnd 6 times more.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – sc2tog made. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog over next 2 sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sc.
Stuff Head.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog over next 2 sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog over next 2 sts. Rep from * around.
Join with sl st to first st. Fasten off. 6 sc.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ub3qb11a5mntags/Screen%20Shot%202021-01-20%20at%206.04.14%20PM.png?dl=0

Hat

With Green, ch 2.
1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc
4th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.


5th rnd: Ch 1. Working in back loops only, 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
8th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
9th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
10th rnd: Ch 1. Working in front loops only, *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from* around. Join with sl st to first sc. 32 sc.
11th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Crochet a chain to desired length to attach leprechaun and shamrock. Attach the chain to the inside of the head before stuffing and sewing hat to head.

Finishing the Leprechaun

Stuff Hat lightly, sew to top of Head as shown in picture. With Black yarn, embroider eyes and mouth. Use acrylic yarn to attach and create the beard and hair for the leprechaun. I used Caron simply soft, latch-hooked it on and tied it in a knot. When finished I combed the yarn to create wavy beard and hair.

Four Leaf Clover (Make 8)
Row 1: ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from hook: 2 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next 2 sc: 4 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc: 6 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across- 6 sc
Row 5: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc: 8 sc
Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across- 8 sc
Row 7: ch 1, turn, skip 1, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc, (dc, hdc, sc) in next sc, sl st in next sc, ch 1, skip 1, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc, (dc, hdc, sc) in next sc, sl st in next sc, finish off.

Sew 4 leaves together to shape shamrock; this gives you 2 shamrock leaves. Then sew together the shamrock leaves to create a pillow, fill with fiberfill as you go. Attach the open end of the crochet chain to the shamrock leaves.