Step-by-Step Crocheted Dogwood Flower

August 22nd, 2014

Crocheted Dogwood Flower

Blooming dogwood is beautiful sign of spring!

Dogwood trees don’t grow in our part of Texas, so I studied photos of dogwood flowers, in hopes of including the pattern for one in Crochet Garden: Bunches of Flowers, Leaves, and Other Delights. Shaping the petal correctly was a challenge, but adding the dark notch at the petal end stumped me…for a while.

Crochet your own dogwood blossoms with the instructions found on pages 40-41 of Crochet Garden. I hope you enjoy making a tree-full! These step-by-step photos should help.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

Each petal is made with three rows of crochet. To make the curved end at Row 1, you will “hdc-dc-htr-tog across the 3rd, 4th, and 5th ch from hook.” Let’s break that down:

  • Yo, draw up a loop in the 3rd ch from hook (3 lps on hook).
  • Yo, draw up a loop in the next ch, yo, draw through 2 loops (4 lps on hook).
  • Yo twice, draw up a loop in the next ch, yo, draw through 2 loops (6 lps on hook).

The photo shows how the decrease looks at this point. Now you’re ready to finish off this decrease: yo and pull through all lps on hook.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

Finish Row 1, using decreases and different heights of stitches as instructed. This photo shows Row 1 finished, just before turning.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

Here’s where we introduce the accent color, which will comprise the dark notch at the end of the petal. For the first petal, leave a reasonable-length yarn end, and begin crocheting over the accent color with the original yarn. As you crochet Row 2, you are looking at the wrong side of the petal.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

When the final dc of Row 2 is done, drop the main petal yarn, remove the hook from the loop and enlarge the loop, so it won’t come unraveled as you do the next few steps. Turn back to the right side of the petal. Find the stitch in which you made the dc. Then go to the next st of Row 1, and insert the hook in that stitch, as in the photo.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

To make the dark notch in the petal, yo with the accent color and draw through the stitch. With the accent color, make 2 slip sts in the side of the dc of Row 2. It’s right there, where you need it. You’ll easily be able to find 2 loops on the side of this stitch. Drop the accent color.

Insert your hook into the enlarged loop that you dropped earlier. Tighten the loop. You’ll have 2 loops on the hook, as you see in the photo above.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

With the main color, chain 1, drawing the loop through both loops on the hook. Then chain as instructed for Row 3.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

Remember how you decreased three stitches to make the curve on Row 1 of the petal? To make the mirror-image curve on this side of the petal, you do the opposite: increase by placing 3 stitches into the 3rd chain from the hook.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

As you crochet Row 3, watch for the instruction to begin crocheting over the accent color again. That will bring it back down to the center of the flower, where it will be ready for the next petal.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

Cut a 1/2″/1.3cm strip of stiff card to make the loopy center of the flower. I cut mine from a cereal box. Wrap the accent yarn carefully around the paper strip. Placing the wraps next to each other will make them all the same size. Insert your threaded tapestry needle under the wraps.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

Pull the thread under the wraps, remove the needle, tie the ends of the thread as tightly as you can to hold the wraps. Remove the cardboard and tighten the knot.

Crocheted Dogwood Flower Photo Tutorial

Tie the yarn ends again to lock the knot in place. Use the ends to sew this piece onto the flower. For the wrap ends, you can trim them and hide them among the loops, or you can bring them to the wrong side of the flower and weave them in.

Cozy Home Features

August 7th, 2014

Crocheted House Tutorial

Time to customize our Cozy Home! Page 136 of Cute Crochet World gives instructions for these add-ons: gable vent, window boxes, shrubbery, lintels, and chimney. The first three are crocheted separately and sewn on.

Lintels can be embroidered or crocheted. Here’s how I like to crochet them:

Crocheted House Tutorial

The thread is under the work. Insert hook from the right side of the work to the underside.

Crocheted House Tutorial

On the underside of the house, yarn over hook.

Crocheted House Tutorial

Draw the loop to the right side of the work.

Crocheted House Tutorial

When you have enough stitches, cut the yarn, leaving an end of about 10″/30cm.

  • Draw the loop completely out so the end of the yarn is on the right side.
  • Insert the hook from the underside to the right side of the work, in the same space as the yarn end comes out, making sure that your last loop will be caught by the yarn.
  • Yarn over with yarn end, and pull through to the underside of the work, catching the last loop as you go, so that it can’t come unraveled.

Now you can use that long yarn end to crochet the rest of the lintels—fewer yarn ends to weave in! Yay!

Crocheted House Tutorial

Embroider flowers and leaves or use beads to represent them. I like French knots for flowers and straight stitches for leaves.

Crocheted House Tutorial

Welcome to your new Cozy Home!

Step-by-Step Cozy Home

August 3rd, 2014

Crocheted Yellow House

I’ve always been a very home-oriented person. The day I started working from home, in 1993 I think, was a great day. December 19, 2013 was another wonderful day—we moved into our earthen home, much of it built by me with the help of friends and family. Would you be surprised to learn that “Cozy Home” is one of my favorite designs in Cute Crochet World?

Luckily “Cozy Home” won’t take you as long to build as our earthen house did. (Thank goodness!) To help you along, here’s a step-by-step photo-tutorial. Written instructions are on pages 133-136 of Cute Crochet World.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

This is the beginning of the Walls, Row 3. Remember that the ch-2 turning chain at the beginning of a row counts as a stitch. It is the stitch that corresponds to the “first stitch” in the photo. The pattern asks you to hdc in the next 3 sts, so you will place your first of the three hdc sts in the “next stitch” indicated in the photo.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

The yellow dots show where to place the stitches of Row 4.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

On Row 5, you chain to make the other side of the door opening. The chain includes enough stitches to turn and begin Row 6.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

A Front Post hdc (FPhdc) of Row 8 in progress here. Look for the yo for the hdc (this is the second loop from the right on the hook). The hook is inserted from the front of the work around the post of the next stitch and is coming out the front of the work again. Finally, there’s a yo which will be drawn up.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

That final yo from the last photo is drawn up here and we have 3 loops on the hook. To finish the hdc, yo and draw through all loops on hook.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

This is the very beginning of Row 9. On this side you can see how the FPhdcs of Row 8 formed the “corner” of the house.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

The window rows are created with dc sts and ch-spaces. This shows the hook at the very beginning of Row 11.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

After Row 15, you’ll work an outline of sl sts around the other three sides of the house. Along the bottom edge of the house, sl st 12 to the “corner” formed by Row 8, then sl st 3 to the door opening, chain 4 to go across the door opening, and sl st 3 to the next corner.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

The hook is positioned to sl st up the side of the house, into the free loops of the foundation chain.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

Now I’m ready to sl st across the top of the house (top left of page 135). The instructions call for a marker at this corner. I forgot to use a marker, but it will definitely help you find the stitch later when you add the gable and the roof edge.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

The walls are finished! Now it’s time for the gable end (the triangular piece between the roof and top of the house wall).
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Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

For the picot gable end, turn to page 136. Counting the base of each picot and the ch-sts between the picots, you have 11 stitches, which is exactly how many sl sts you have along the top of the section above the door.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

To join the picot trim to the top of the wall, insert hook into the base of the picot and into the BL of the first sl st along the top of the house. Finish the stitch as instructed. For the next stitch, insert the hook into the next ch of the picot trim and the next sl st along the top of the house, and finish stitch as instructed.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

The roof begins with a chain, which is attached by inserting hook into the chain and into the next sl st along the top of the roof.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

Here’s the first row of the roof, finished. You will be increasing and decreasing on each row to shape the roof.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

The finished roof looks like this.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

The Roof Edge (instructions lower right on page 135), finishes the other side of the gable and joins to the tip of the roof. Use the yarn ends to sew the roof and gable edges together.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

Remember the long chain you made in Row 5? You have already crocheted into this chain to make the house walls. To make the door, sc into the free loops of this chain, as directed on page 136, “Door.” Begin the row with an sc, which means to place a slip-knot or loop onto your hook, draw up a loop in the appropriate stitch, as shown in the photo. To finish the sc, yo and draw through both loops on hook.

Crocheted House Photo Tutorial

Here’s Door Row 1, almost finished. In the next post, we’ll do some features to make the house a home.

Step-by-Step Frost Flower

July 24th, 2014

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

The Frost Flower on pages 112-113 of Crochet Garden doubles as a snowflake if you crochet it all in white. The pattern is pretty straightforward, but a few pictures will help you visualize it. Watch for a Frost Flower project in an upcoming issue of the online magazine Happily Hooked.

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

Round 1 of the Frost Flower sets up the six petals. The large loop will be completely covered by the stitches of the next round.

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

Round 2 includes clusters of hdc, dc, and tr. Note that the instructions for the clusters (“Special Abbreviations” on page 113) include a ch-st to close the cluster. So when the pattern says “2 dc-CL, ch 3,” you make the dc-cluster, ch 1 to close it, and ch 3.

Why did I write it that way? I don’t know. It must have seemed correct at the time.

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

I crocheted Round 3 in light blue yarn, so you could see it better. The bumps are hdc-picots: ch 3, hdc in 3rd ch from hook. If you want the Basic Frost Flower, you’re done after this round!

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

Now for Round 4, which changes the Basic Frost Flower into a Fancy Flake. First, take a close look at the middle of the flower. The yellow lines in the photo show the small triangles formed by the ch-2s of Round 1 plus the ch 2 between petals of Round 2.

Each petal of Round 4 is worked around one triangle, which comprises

  • the ch 2 at the end of a Round 1 petal,
  • the ch 2 between petals of Round 2,
  • and the ch 2 at the beginning of a Round 1 petal.

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

To begin Round 4, locate the ch 2 at the end of a Round 1 petal. Fold the flower at this point, so you can work around the ch-2. Begin at the centermost edge of the ch-2 and work toward the outside of the flower: with a slip knot on your hook, insert hook under the ch-2, draw up a loop, yo, complete the first sc, sc 1, hdc 1.

Now you’ve finished the first part of the first petal.

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

The next part of the petal is worked around the ch-2 between petals, which in my flower is white.

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

Crochet the final part of the petal around the ch-2 at the beginning of the next Round 1 petal. Then go on to the next petal of Round 4. Getting into position to crochet the next petal feels uncomfortably tight, but it will work.

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

Round 4 is finished, and we have a Fancy Flake.

Crocheted Frost Flower or Snowflake Tutorial

Here’s the Fancy Flake, seen from the underside. You can see the bottoms of the stitches of Round 4 in six little triangle shapes around the center.

The Search for a New Planet Continues

July 13th, 2014

In the last installment of our #cutecrochetworld story, Rog and Pam were looking for new planet, where they could settle down. Finding the perfect planet was more difficult than they thought.

The perfect planet for crocheted life as we know it must not be too close to the sun (too hot), nor too far away (too cold). This sun is way too close! The planet’s distance from the sun has to be just right.

“Our new home planet can’t be too large, because the gravity would be crushing,” said Rog. “Nor too small, or we might come completely unravelled in the low gravity,” added Pam. Together they said, “What we need is a Goldilocks planet.” “Here I am!” said this beautiful metallic fish. No, dear fish, not Goldi-LOX!

“Hi Pam and Rog. My name is Goldilocks. I’m not a planet, but I’m an interplanetary real estate agent. I can help you find the perfect new home. I can manage your relocation, from selling your present home, to hiring movers, to making sure your new home is in good working order when you move in.” Pam and Rog said, “Alright!! Please, Goldilocks, plan it!”

Goldilocks previewed dozens of planets before reporting back to Pam and Rog. “I think I’ve found the right planet for you!” she said. “Its size, its distance from the sun, and the size of the sun are all just right! Not only that, it has abundant wool and other fibers, upon which all crochet life depends.”

“Also,” interplanetary real estate agent Goldilocks told Rog and Pam,”this planet is protected from collisions with asteroids and comets, by a larger planet nearby. It is called Cute Spoon Doll World.” Rog and Pam met some folks from Cute Spoon Doll World. They were really nice!

“What’s the name of this Goldilocks planet?” asked Rog and Pam. Their interplanetary real estate agent said, “Cute Crochet World.”

Find instructions for making all these motifs and more in Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food and More. Follow Rog and Pam on Instagram @cutecrochetworld for more frequent updates.

Many thanks to the book Earth Matters, ed. David de Rothschild, for teaching me about Goldilocks planets, among other things. Earth is a Goldilocks planet, too.

Giveaway at Lark Crafts!

July 10th, 2014

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Cute Crochet World and a motif from the book!

To enter, visit the Lark Crafts blog, and leave a comment by Friday, July 11, 2014.

The motifs are the Vintage Television, a Martian Costumed Kid, and Gingerbread People. The gingerbread people are wrong-side-up in this photo—see the book for a better picture. The patterns for all these motifs are in the book.

Good luck!

Step-by-Step Baby Carriage

June 18th, 2014

Crocheted Baby Carriage from Cute Crochet World

Louanne is going to crochet a Baby Carriage for a baby shower gift. Great idea! She needed help visualizing how the pattern worked, so here are some photos. Find written instructions for crocheting the Baby Carriage on pages 106-107 of Cute Crochet World.

Step-by-step photos for crocheted baby carriage

Even though you begin the Baby Carriage with a chain loop, work the pattern in rows. At the end of Row 1, the piece looks like this. The shaping is accomplished with stitches of different heights. Once you have finished the stitches of the row, ch 4 and turn.

Step-by-step photos for crocheted baby carriage

The first treble stitch of Row 2 goes into the first stitch of the previous row, because we are increasing on this row. So essentially, the first stitch has two stitches in it—the turning ch, which counts as the first tr and another tr. The pink dots show each stitch that you will work into. Some have two sts in them, some only have one.

Find help making treble sts on YouTube. Go to Crochet Spot for instructions on making the htr (half treble).

Step-by-step photos for crocheted baby carriage

When you’re finished with Row 2, the piece looks like this. The hood and bed are curved, because you increased in those areas. The bottom of the carriage is flat, because you used short stitches and you didn’t increase.

Step-by-step photos for crocheted baby carriage

Once again, after you ch 3 and turn, work the first dc into the first stitch as instructed in the pattern and shown in this photo. Then work around as noted in the pattern.

Step-by-step photos for crocheted baby carriage

When Row 3 is done, you have the shape of the baby carriage.

Step-by-step photos for crocheted baby carriage

Row 4 adds the handle. To make lovely edges, you will be slip stitching along the top of the bed and the edge of the hood, as shown in the picture. To finish this piece beautifully, stop your slip stitches at the 2nd st of the turning ch-3 at the beginning of Row 3. Cut the yarn and pull the end of the yarn out of the last sl st.

Step-by-step photos for crocheted baby carriage

Skip the 3rd st of the turning ch of Row 3, bring needle under the chain of the next stitch as shown in the photo.

Step-by-step photos for crocheted baby carriage

Insert the needle into the top of the last sl st, bringing it out toward the back of the piece. Adjust the stitch you just made to be the same size as the rest of the sl sts.

Step-by-step photos for crocheted baby carriage

Weave the yarn end in at the back of the work. Add wheels and you’re done!

Step-by-Step Byzantine Beauty

June 7th, 2014


Thank you to Johanna from Bavaria, who asked for help with the Byzantine Beauty (pages 66-67 of Crochet Garden). I hope these step-by-step photos will help.

The Byzantine Beauty begins with a ring of chain stitches, worked with a waste yarn This piece helps keep the petals in place. You will remove the waste yarn when the flower is almost finished.

When Petal Round 1, Row 1 is complete, it looks like this. It is attached to the ring in three places.

Here, Petal Round 1, Row 2 is finished.

Petal Round 1, Row 3 includes decreases and increases to shape the petals.

This shows the beginning of Petal Round 2, Row 2. You begin the row by single-crocheting in the first 6 sts. To begin a row with sc, start with a slip-knot on your hook, insert hook into first stitch, and draw up a loop. Yarn-over and finish the sc as usual.

When you are finished with Petal Round 1, Petal Round 2, the Inner Ring, and the optional Outer Ring, you are ready to put the flower together.

Weave Petal Round 2 under and over the petals of Petal Round 1. In this photo, I have just started weaving under and over the first petal.

Notice how Petal Round 2 goes under and over the sides of each petal of Petal Round 1. When you finish weaving, sew the ends of Petal Round 2 together.

Adjust the petals so they are evenly spaced.

Do you see where the Petal Rounds cross each other? They cross at the center of the flower. Weave the Inner Ring outside of the crossed strands. Pay attention to how the strands cross.

The Inner Round is finished, and now it’s time to…

Cut away the waste yarn! Make sure you only snip the waste yarn.

That looks better! You can stop here or add another ring.

Weave Outer Ring, so that if the Inner Ring goes under the petal, the Outer Ring will go over the petal.

Sew the ends of the Outer Ring together, adjust the petals, and you’re finished!

A Crochet Charm Lace Project in Noro Knitting Magazine!

May 28th, 2014

Look for this lovely scarf pattern in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Noro Knitting Magazine! Crocheting flowers is even more fun as you watch the yarn changing gradually from one lovely color to the next. Whenever you get to a green section, crochet leaves!


Credit: Noro Knitting Magazine Spring/Summer 2014, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

Here is the scarf in progress:


Flowers and leaves drying after blocking.


Arranging flowers and leaves on the scarf template.

The flowers and leaves were adapted from patterns in Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers.

Rog and Pam Search for a Place to Settle Down

May 27th, 2014

Cute crochet Martians, Rog and Pam Regnar, want to retire from leading top-secret intergalactic missions. If only they could find the perfect planet to settle down on…

With lots of solar systems to choose from, Rog and Pam are looking for one whose star is not too large. Large stars tend to burn out too fast for life to develop on their planets.

Rog and Pam’s new solar system mustn’t have too small of a star, either. Small stars are too stormy and they often scorch the planets nearby.

The size of Rog and Pam’s new star has to be just right!

Find instructions for all these motifs in Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food and More. Follow Rog and Pam on Instagram @cutecrochetworld for more frequent updates.