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Boho Fringe – Free Pattern

Fringe is in this year!  Would you like to up-date the look of your favorite scarf or shawl?

I took an antique design and modernized it by adding picot points, and then crocheted it around three sides of my shawl.

I used medium weight yarn with a J Hook( 6 mm for our friends up north and across the pond)

Picot Point:  ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1.

  1.  Attach yarn to the corner.  I just happened to have some left-over yarn that matched, but a contrasting color would work as well.            Ch 7.


2.  Work a picot point:



3.  y/o 5 times, insert hook into next st:



4.  draw up a loop, (y/o, draw through 2 loops on hook) 6 times.  Note that you have to pull through 2 loops a little further than you are used to with dc and tr stitches, or you will end up with too much extra yarn at the top.   Here is what it looks like after you pull through 2 loops 3 times:


Repeat 2 – 4 for each fringe in each st around your scarf or shawl.  When you get to the corner, work 2 fringes in each of the 3 corner points:


Continue around 3 or 4 sides, fasten off, and weave in ends.

Pin it on your ironing board to block it, if you want.  If you like a casual look, skip this step.   Cover with a cloth and press on low heat, taking care not to burn or melt your yarn.

Put it on and enjoy!







Polish Star Potholder

I just had to learn how to do the Polish Star pattern, after seeing the one Lisa posted on her blog, My World of Crochet.  She chose such pretty colors that it stood out in my mind.

I found a free pattern for a pot holder by Dot Drake on Free Patterns.com.  That is a great site, by the way!

Here is what I have so far:

IMG_1150I had a bit of trouble visualizing the next step, so I found a video that helped me:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaYKM8BfvTs

I can’t wait to start weaving!


Decreasing – dc2tog

1.  To decrease double crochet stitches, y/o, insert hook, and draw up a loop.  You have 3 loops on your hook:


2.  y/o and draw yarn through two loops only.  You now have 2 loops on your hook:


3.  y/o and insert hook into the next st and draw up a loop.  You now have 4 loops on your hook:


4.  y/o and pull yarn through two loops, leaving you with 3 loops on your hook:


5.  y/o and pull yarn through the remaining 3 loops:


Done!  This is what 4 in a row looks like:


Decreasing – sc2tog

To decrease, you crochet more than one stitch together.  The one I use the most is crocheting 2 single crochet stitches together.

1.  Insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop:


2.   Insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop:


3. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook:

IMG_0900This is what it looks like after completing 3 more sc2tog:



Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

With a row of foundation single crochet stitches, you work a row of chains and a row of single crochet stitches at one time.

Begin with ch 2, leaving a 4 inch tail:

IMG_0793Stitch 1 – Insert hook into 1st ch, y/o and pull up a loop for the “chain” part of the stitch:


Then for the “single crochet” part of the stitch, y/o, pull up a loop:


y/o, draw through both loops on hook to complete the stitch :


I found that it helps to hold the “chain” while working the sc so that you can crochet the second stitch more easily.

Stitch 2 – Insert hook into the “chain” of the first stitch:


IMG_0840Y/o, pull up a loop for the second chain:


Hold the ch, and y/o, pull up a loop, y/o and draw through both loops to complete the second single crochet.  This is what 2 FSC will look like:


And this is a row of 5:


When joining for a round, like when making an eternity scarf, you sl st in the “sc” part of the stitch, using the tail  to attach the “chains”.


Magic Circle X Method Tutorial

Here is another way to make a magic circle.

Hold the end of the yarn:


Wrap yarn around your 2 fingers, making a circle and forming an X:


Insert hook in between your fingers, and yarn over:


Pull a loop through your fingers and through the circle of yarn:


Chain one, and you are ready to complete the first round of your pattern:


Back Post Double Crochet Stitch

In the pic, I am working on a base row of double crochet stitches:


To begin the back post double crochet(bpdc), y/o, insert hook from the back on the right side, guiding it over the post of the stitch on the previous row, and back on the left side:



This is what it looks like from the back:








(Y/o, pull through 2 loops)twice to complete the stitch:


This is what 4 stitches looks like: