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.

New Crochet Charm Lace Scarf, Starring Televisions

May 18th, 2014

For crocheters and fans of word play, here is the TelevisionStars Scarf. The motifs are from Cute Crochet World: “Vintage Television” (with regular antenna) and the Simple and Elementary School Stars of “Starry Night.”

The TVs are made with Classic Elite Liberty Wool. My stash of golden color yarns came in handy for the stars. You can use a wide range of weights and fibers of yarn in a Crochet Charm Lace scarf.

After finishing and blocking all the TVs and stars, I arranged them right-side-down on my scarf template (mine is a strip of burlap, but any sturdy fabric will do). Think of trying to fit a lot of oddly shaped pieces into as small an area as possible, and you’ll understand what arranging motifs for Crochet Charm Lace is like. The arrangement was fairly good, but a lot of spaces were too small to fit another star into, but too large to leave open.

I chose Lion Brand Cotton Bamboo “Cherry Blossom” for the filler motifs, because its pretty vintage color looked great with the old-fashioned televisions. Some filler motifs are single crochet sts worked into a ring; the others are half double crochet sts worked into a ring.

Once all the motifs were in place, I safety-pinned each motif onto the fabric template. It was time to sew. Through trial and error, I have learned that yarn makes sturdier seams than sewing thread. I split sewing lengths of one of the gold 4-ply yarns into two 2-ply strands and used the for sewing.

After sewing about six inches of motifs together, I couldn’t wait to look at the finished product. Wow! I loved it!

On my way home from New York, one of my flights was cancelled because of storms in the Dallas area. While waiting for the next flight, I sewed stars and TVs. Our altered route took us around the storms, adding 45 minutes to our travel time. I sewed TVs and stars.

Back at home, I took out all the safety pins. The next step is my favorite part of Crochet Charm Lace: turn the finished piece right-side-up.

The Adventure Continues in New York City

May 11th, 2014

The alarm went off at 3:26 a.m. on Monday the 5th. I was on my way to New York City.

First stop was Lion Brand Yarn Studio, to drop off one of my wall hangings called Passionate Heart. The Yarn Studio will be its home through July 2014. Now I can say that my artwork has been exhibited in New York. Yippeeeeee!

New York is a town for walking, and I did. The Martians of Cute Crochet World hung around with the southernmost lion at the New York Public Library. He was a little stony faced, but otherwise imposing and friendly toward little crocheted persons.

Another day brought me to Sterling Publishing, new home to Lark Books and their authors. I met with Josh, the publicist for Cute Crochet World, and dropped off three new book proposals. Fingers crossed.

I found a Barnes & Noble Bookseller on East 17th Street. Crochet Garden was among the crochet books on the fourth floor. I turned both copies face-forward on the shelf. It’s what authors do.

Cute Crochet World Debuts in Indianapolis

May 7th, 2014

Thank You, Unicorn Books!

The timing was perfect for Cute Crochet World to be introduced to the world at The National NeedleArts Association summer trade show in Indianapolis.

Unicorn Books & Crafts sponsored a book-signing for me—yay! I enjoyed meeting the yarn store owners and fellow designers who came by for an autographed copy.

Meanwhile the denizens of Cute Crochet World were out enjoying the sights of beautiful downtown Indianapolis. The Martian couple, Pam and Rog (rhymes with nog, as in eggnog), visited the Indiana Statehouse, an imposing building with lovely, carved wooden doors.

Cute Crochet World’s car chatted with the famous Pink Zink, winner of the 1955 Indianapolis 500. The story goes that the racecar’s color is really ‘tropical rose,” but this is a minor technicality. The car is quite obviously pink. We love it!