Friday, 30 October 2015

How to Crochet a Spiral Granny Square

Sometimes we just need that little something different when it comes to crocheting Granny Squares, so how about my retro Spiral Granny Square! Surprisingly easy to crochet once you get going, and you can make it as big as you like if you follow the maths.

You can also make this square in just two colours but still using four strands, just replace two colours with the same colours as the other two, and depending on how you order them will create different effects. I hope you enjoy.

You can watch the video tutorial here for this pattern;


You can use any yarn and hook size suitable for the yarn you are using that you like, but I chose to use DK / Light worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm E/4 crochet hook.

Pattern

Pick 4 colours you wish to crochet with, let's call them A, B, C and D and remember the first one you work with, this is so you find it easier to know when you're back to the beginning.

Round 1
Taking A, crochet a 4 chain loop by chaining 4, sl st in your first ch to form a loop, then *crochet 1sc, 1hdc, 2dc into the centre of your loop*, remove your hook and taking B repeat from * to *, remove hook and taking C repeat from * to *, remove hook and taking D repeat from * to *, remove hook. You should now have a small pinwheel of colours, with four loops to work with.

Round 2
Go back to A and *crochet 2dc in next st (working into B - you should have 4 sts), 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, skip last st for now, remove hook* and repeat from * to * for B, C and D, remove hook.

Round 3
Go back to A and *crochet 2dc in next st, 1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, skip last st for now, remove hook* repeat from * to * for B, C and D, remove hook.

Round 4
Go back to A and *crochet 2dc in next st, 1dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, skip last st for now, remove hook* repeat from * to * for B, C and D, remove hook.

Round 5
Go back to A and *crochet 2dc in next st, 1dc in next 7 sts, 2dc in next st, skip last st for now, remove hook* repeat from * to * for B, C and D, remove hook.

You can continue this pattern to make your square bigger if you like, just add two sts on each side, so for example the next round you would work 1dc in next 9 sts, and the next round 11 sts. Just make sure to crochet 2dc in the first and last st, skipping 1 st at the end just for that round.

Finishing (same for all sizes!)
Go back to A and *crochet 2dc in next st, 1dc in next st, 1hdc in next st, 1sc in next st, sl st in next st, remove hook* repeat from * to * for B, C and D, fasten off all yarns and sew in your tail ends.

And now you're done! For joining you could follow the same technique as with my Vintage Granny Square; https://youtu.be/fdXIBY6fNzM 

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© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in an offline crochet group. Items made from any of my patterns can be sold in your own stores however. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Free Halloween Crochet Ghost and Pumpkin Bunting Pattern

Another Halloween crochet pattern for you today, which is for my Pumpkin and Ghost Bunting. Very quick to make if you know the basics and also includes video tutorials.

You will need the following materials;

- Orange, Black, White, Brown and Green yarn, I used DK/Light worsted weight yarn
- 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook
- Yarn needle and scissors

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sk = skip

O = orange
B = brown
G = green
Bl = black
W = white

This pattern is in US terminology.

Pumpkin

Round 1
Using O ch4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop, ch1 (don't count as st here or throughout), crochet 10dc into centre of 4ch loop, sk ch1, sl st in 1st dc to join - (10)

Round 2
Ch1, 2dc in same st as previous sl st, *2dc in next st* rep from * to end, sk ch1, sl st in 1st dc - (20)

Round 3
Ch1, 1hdc in same st as previous sl st, *2dc in next st, 1dc in next st* rep from * another 3 times, [1hdc, sl st] in next st, [sl st, 1hdc] in next st, **2dc in next st, 1dc in next st** rep from ** another 3 times, [1hdc, sl st] in next st, sl st in centre of top of pumpkin joining B

Stalk

Ch10, sl st in centre of top of pumpkin again, this time joining G (creates loop).

Leaf

Ch6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next ch, 1hdc in next ch, 1sc in next ch, sl st in last ch, sl st in top of pumpkin again and then working back into your chains again repeat with sl st in 1st ch, 1sc in next ch, 1hdc in next ch, 1sc in next ch, sl st in last ch. Fasten off all yarns and tie in all tails.

Watch the video tutorial here for the Pumpkin



Ghost

Round 1
Using W ch7, 2hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in next 4 chs, 5hdc in last ch, turn your work clockwise with the same side facing you and crochet back into your chains again like you did with the pumpkin leaf with 1hdc in next 4 chs, 3hdc in last ch, sl st in 1st hdc to join - (18)

Round 2
Ch1 (don't count as st here or throughout), 2hdc in same st as your previous sl st, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in next 4 sts, 1hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in last 2 sts, sk ch1, sl st in 1st hdc - (26)

Round 3
Ch1, sl st in same st as previous sl st, sl st in next 5 sts, [ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next ch, 1hdc in last ch], sl st in next 7 sts on main body, 1sc in next st, 1hdc in next st, 3dc in next st, [ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next ch, 1hdc in last ch, then crochet 1dc through the centre of your last dc on main body], sk1 st, sl st in next 4 sts, [ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next ch, 1hdc in last ch], sl st in last 5 sts on main body, sk ch1, sl st to join, ch10, sl st in same st as previous sl st to finish. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Eyes

Take 2 strands of Bl and tie 3 knots on top of each other into the centre of each strand. Sew each end into your ghost and tie on the back, repeat for the other eye.

Watch the video tutorial here for the Ghost


Joining your appliques to make into bunting.

Using Bl ch40, add a ghost or pumpkin placing your hook from the back (or front but be consistent so they all face the same way) through the 10ch loop, secure with a sc, ch20 and repeat until you have used up all your appliques, finish with ch40.


And now you're done! Hang up and enjoy.

If you would like more Halloween crochet tutorials and patterns to enjoy then please do check out my channels here;

    

Visit my website at: www.happyberry.co.uk


© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in an offline crochet group. Items made from any of my patterns can be sold in your own stores however. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Halloween Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

It's that spooky time of year again and what better than starting out with a life-sized Pumpkin crochet pattern, which would also be great as a trick or treat basket! But if this pattern doesn't tickle your Halloween fancy then you can check out more of my Halloween crochet patterns via the links below.

For this pattern you will need the following materials;

- Super bulky/super chunky yarn in orange, green and black
- 6mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle and scissors
- Lots of toy stuffing

You can watch the video tutorial here if you prefer:


Written Pattern

This pattern is in US terminology.

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sk = skip
ea = each
sc = single crochet (in UK this is called a dc)
hdc = half double crochet (in UK this is called a htr)
dc = double crochet (in UK this is called a tr)
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together for decrease
dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together for decrease

Starting at the bottom with your orange yarn...

Round 1
Ch4, sl st in first ch to form a loop, ch1 (don't count as st here or onwards), 10dc into loop, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (10)

Round 2
Ch1, 2dc in same st as previous sl st, *2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (20)

Round 3
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (30)

Round 4
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (40)

Round 5
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, 1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (50)

Round 6
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, 1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (60)

If you want to make a bigger pumpkin then simply repeat this pattern of increases until you are happy with the size, so for example you would work *1dc in next 5, 2dc* for the next round.

Rounds 7 - 12 (work the same amount of length rounds as increase rounds, so in this case we do 6)
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, *1dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (60)

Now we work backwards with a decrease pattern to close our pumpkin!

Round 13
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, 1dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog, *1dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (50)

Round 14
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, 1dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog, *1dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (40)

Part 2 video tutorial can be watched here (this is where it starts);


Round 15
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, 1dc in next st, dc2tog, *1dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (30)

Stuff your pumpkin at this point, or stop here to make a basket!

Round 16
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, dc2tog, *1dc in next st, dc2tog* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc joining your green yarn - (20)

Round 17 - continuing with your green yarn
Ch1, starting in same st as previous sl st *dc2tog* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (10)

Rounds 18 - 20
Ch1, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, *1dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first dc to join - (10) Fasten off leaving a longish tail for sewing. Sew remaining hole closed.

Shaping
Take a very long length of your orange yarn and sew anywhere into your pumpkin and out of the bottom, then sew into the top of your pumpkin just before the green stalk, allowing the yarn to 'catch' on the outside of the pumpkin. Pull tight (holding on to tail end of course) to pull in and shape your pumpkin. Sew out through bottom and repeat another 9 times. See video if unsure.

Want to add some eyes and a spooky mouth? You can of course cut out some felt shapes and glue them on or you can crochet the following additional pieces and sew them on.

Eyes (make 2)

Row 1
Using your black yarn, ch5, 1sc in 2nd st from hook and in ea st along - (4)

Row 2
Ch1 (don't count as st here and onwards), turn, sc2tog twice - (2)

Row 3
Ch1, turn, sc2tog - (1)

Mouth

Row 1
Using your black yarn, ch12, 1sc in 2nd st from hook, 1hdc in next st, sk1, sl st in next st, [ch3, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in next ch] sk1, sl st in next 2 sts, *[ch3, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in next ch] sk1, sl st in next st* repeat from * to * once more.

And now you're done!

For more Halloween tutorials and patterns then why not check out the following;


Written Pattern - Devil Headband
For ages 6-12 months, 12months to 3 years and 3-10 years
Click here to download







Written Pattern - Spider Hat
For ages 6-12 months, 12months to 3 years and 3-10 years








Video Tutorial - Mini Pumpkin


Video Tutorial - Frankenstein Hat


Video Tutorial - Spider


Video Tutorial - Spider's Web


Video Tutorial - Halloween Masks



    

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© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in an offline crochet group. Items made from any of my patterns can be sold in your own stores however. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.