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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Trick or Treat Doily: A Free Crochet Pattern For You

Several years ago I designed the Trick or Treat Doily as the gift pattern that came with the purchase of my Stella Luna Doily. It was not the design I had originally planned to create, but my first  idea just didn't want to work out for me.  After almost a week of frustration, I finally gave up on it and started a new design. The second doily seemed to flow easily, and Trick or Treat was born. You can read about how it came to be here:
The Doily That Got Away
But when the patterns were released, much to my surprise, Trick or Treat began to take on a life of its own, and was actually much more popular than Stella Luna. People began to ask if I would sell it as a single pattern, and it quickly became one of my best sellers. 
Today, I am pleased to offer it to you as a free pattern.
I hope you will find it a 'treat' and not a 'trick' to create!

Trick or Treat Doily
By Elizabeth Ann White
For BellaCrochet
Size: About 12” across

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread:
 125 yards Black
 100 yards Orange
 75 yards  Yellow
Heavy Spray Starch
Size 7 (1.65 mm) Steel Crochet Hook

Special Stitches
For shell: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch sp indicated
For fleur de lis picot: (ch 6, sl st, ch 7, sl st, ch 5, sl st) in top of last dc made

Doily
Rnd 1: With orange, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring; ch 1, (sc in ring, ch 2) 8 times, join with sl st in first sc. (8 ch-2 sps made)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-2 sp around, join. (8 petals made)

Rnd 3: Working behind petals, ch 3, (sl st between next 2 petals, ch 3) around, join with sl st in first ch of beg ch-3.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, 5 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-3 sp around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 5: Working behind petals, ch 4, (sl st between next 2 petals, ch 4) around, join with sl st in first ch of beg ch-4.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, 7 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-4 sp around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 7: Working behind petals, ch 5, (sl st between next 2 petals, ch 5) around, join with sl st in first ch of beg ch-5.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, 9 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-5 sp around, join with sl st in first sc.  Fasten off.

Rnd 9: Join yellow with sc in second  dc of any petal, ch 15, (skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 15) 2 times, *sc in second dc of next petal, ch 15, (skip next 2 dc on same petal, sc in next dc, ch 15) 2 times; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (24 ch-15 sps made)

Rnd 10: Join black with sc in first ch-15 sp, ch 10, (sc in next ch-15 sp, ch 10) around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 11: (Sl st, ch 3, 5 dc, ch 3, 6 dc) in first ch-10 sp, (6 dc, ch 3, 6 dc) in each ch-10 sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3.

Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in each dc around with (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in each ch-3 sp, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.

Rnd 13: Join yellow with sl st in first st, ch 3, dc in each dc around with (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in each ch-3 sp, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.

Rnd 14: Join orange with sc in first st, sc in each dc around with (sc, ch 3, sc) in each ch-3 sp, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 15: Join black with sl st in first ch-3 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp as joining (beginning shell made), ch 6, *shell (see Special Stitches) in next ch-3 sp, ch 6; repeat from * around, join with sl st in top of ch-3.


Rnd 16: Sl st across into ch-2 sp of first shell, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp of first shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-6 sp, ch 3, *shell in ch-2 sp of next shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-6 sp, ch 3; repeat from * around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. 

Rnd 17: Sl st across into ch-2 sp of first shell, (ch 3, 3 dc, fleur de lis picot--see Special Stitches--4 dc) in ch-2 sp of first shell, ch 4, sc in next sc, ch 4, *(4 dc, fleur de lis picot, 4 dc) in ch-2 sp of next shell, ch 4, sc in next sc, ch 4; repeat from * around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off. 
Trick or Treat!

Special thanks go to E. J. Miller, Jolene Ortiz and Jewel Fernley for testing this pattern.
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Friday, September 25, 2015

The Littlest Witches: A Free Crochet Pattern For You

Last November,  I released my Littlest Angels as a free pattern, and it quickly became the most visited page on my blog. I thought it would be fun to do a variation on them for Halloween, so I have designed the Littlest Witches for you. 
I had a lot of fun creating them, and 
I hope you will enjoy them!
The Littlest Witches 
By Elizabeth Ann White
For BellaCrochet


Size: About  6” tall including Hat

Materials for One Witch and One Pumpkin:
Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread:
  100 yards Black
   50 yards Rust or Dk. Orange for Hair
   50 yards   Peach  
   Small amounts Lt. Brown and Dk. Brown for Broom
   20 yards Orange for each Pumpkin
   Small amount Dk. Green for Pumpkin Leaf
Stitch markers  or scrap of thread to mark rounds
Small amount of fiberfill (to stuff head and pumpkin)
3” Piece of Chenille Stem (for arms)
3” Twig (for Broom handle)
1” square of cardboard (for wrapping Broom Straw)
Toothpick (for pumpkin stem)
Brown Craft Paint (to paint pumpkin stems)
Craft Glue
Size 7 (1.65mm) Steel Crochet Hook

Special Stitches:
For Vst: (dc, ch 2, dc) in st or ch sp indicated

For beginning shell (beg shell): (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st or ch sp indicated

For shell (shell): (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st or ch sp indicated

Witch
Note: Work Rnds 1-9 in rnds, do not join. Mark first st of each round.

Rnd 1: Starting at top of head, with peach, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc made)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around. (18)

Rnds 4-6: sc in each st around. (18)

Rnd 7: (Sc next 2 sts tog, sc in next st) around. (12)

Stuff head with small amount of fiberfill, being careful not to stuff too tightly.

Rnd 8: (Sc next 2 sts tog) around. (6)

Rnd 9: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 10: Sc in each st around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 11: Join black with sl st in first st, (ch 3, 2 dc) in same st as joining, 3 dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (Ch-3 counts as first dc; 18 dc made)

Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in each of  next 2 sts, ch 2, skip next 4 sts for first arm opening, dc in each of next 5 sts, ch 2, skip next 4 sts for second arm opening, dc in each of last 2 sts, join. (10 dc, 2 ch-2 sps made)

Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in each st and in each ch-2 sp around, join with sl st in first sc. (12 sc made)

Rnd 14: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (24)

Rnd 15: (Ch 5, dc) in first st (counts as beginning Vst), skip next st, *Vst (see Special Stitches) in next st, skip next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch-5.  (12 Vsts made)

Rnd 16: (Sl st, beginning shell- see Special Stitches) in ch sp of beginning Vst, shell (see Special Stitches)  in ch-2  sp of each Vst around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (12 shells made)

Rnds 17-19: Sl st across to ch-2 sp of first  shell, beg shell in ch-2 sp of first  shell,  shell in ch-2 sp of each  shell around, join.

Rnd 20: Sl st across to ch-2 sp of first shell, sc in ch-2 sp of first shell, ch 1, (dc, ch 1) 7 times in ch-2 sp of next shell, *sc in ch-2 sp of next shell, ch 1, (dc, ch 1) 7 times in ch-2 sp of next shell; repeat from * around,  join. (6 scallops made)

Rnd 21: (Sl st, ch 1, sc) in first ch-1 sp on first scallop, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, *sc in first ch-1 sp on next scallop, (ch 3, sc n next ch-1 sp) 7 times; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc.  Fasten off.

Sleeves
Note: Work in rounds, do not join. Mark first st of each round.

Rnd 1: With black, ch 10, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, sc in each ch around. (10 sc made)

Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around.

Repeat Rnd 2 until Sleeves measure 2 ½”.  At end of last round, sl st in first st of last round, fasten off.

Hand (make 2)
Note: Work in rounds, do not join. Mark first st of each round.

Rnd 1: With peach, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc made)

Rnd 2: Sc in each st around. (6 sc)

Repeat Rnd 2 until Hand measures  3/4.  Fasten off.

Hat
Rnd 1: With black, ch 4, 5 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 6 dc made)

Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (9 dc made)

Rnd 3: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) around, join. (12 dc)

Rnd 4: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 3 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts) around, join. (15 dc)

Rnd 5: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 4 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts) around, join. (18 dc)

Rnd 6: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 5 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts) around, join. (21 dc)

Rnd 7: Working this round in front lps only, (ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each dc around, join. Fasten off. (42 dc)


Broom
For Straw, wrap lt. brown thread 30 times around 1” square of cardboard. 
Cut all strands at one fold; carefully remove strands from cardboard. 
Wrap a 10” strand of dk. brown thread tightly around folded strands 12 times, placing about 1/2” below remaining fold.
Secure ends of dk. brown strand. 
Cut all strands of lt. brown at remaining fold. 
Trim all ends of lt. brown strands.

Glue to end of stick as shown in photo.


Pumpkins
Small Pumpkin
Rnd 1: Starting at the top of the Pumpkin, with orange, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 12 dc made)

Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around, join. (18 dc made)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (18 dc) Stuff with fiberfill.

Rnd 4: Ch 2 (not worked in or counted as a stitch), dc in next dc, (dc next 2 dc together) around, join with sl st in first dc. Fasten off. (Note: the bottom of the Pumpkin will not be completely closed; a small opening will remain. This opening will be the base on which the Pumpkin will sit.) 

Large Pumpkin
Rnd 1: Starting at the top of the Pumpkin, with orange, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 12 dc made)

Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around, join. (18 dc made)

Rnds 3&4: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (18 dc) At end of last round, stuff with fiberfill.

Rnd 5: Ch 2 (not worked in or counted as a stitch), dc in next dc, (dc next 2 dc together) around, join with sl st in first dc. Fasten off. (Note: the bottom of the Pumpkin will not be completely closed;  a small opening will remain. This opening will be the base on which the Pumpkin will sit.) 

Pumpkin Leaf (make one for each Pumpkin)
Note: For picot, (ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook)
With green, ch 3, in 3rd ch from hook work  (dc, picot,—see Note--  ch 3, sl st.) Fasten off.

Finishing
1: For Hair, cut 60 strands of Hair Color thread, each 6” long. Wrap a separate strand of thread around center of all strands and tie securely. Fold top portion of strands down over tie. Arrange and shape upper portion of strands to cover lower portion. When you have the desired shape, glue to head of Witch. When glue dries, trim ends of all strands evenly if desired (see photos.)
These photos are from my Littlest  Angels  pattern, but the hair for the Witches is made exactly the same way (Guess who was too lazy to do another set of photos?) 
2: Insert Sleeves through Arm Openings on Witch. Insert 3” piece of chenille stem into Sleeves. Place one hand on each end of chenille stem, tucking ends of Hands inside openings of Sleeves.


3: To assemble Pumpkins, break 1” pieces from ends of toothpick. Paint about ½” at broken end with brown craft paint and allow to dry.
Insert pointed end of toothpick into center of Rnd 1 of Pumpkin.
Glue one Pumpkin Leaf to stem. Allow to dry.       




4: Place Hat on Witch’s head and glue in place if desired. Shape Witches arms as desired.


This little cutie was made by Rosina Smith.
Thank you for letting me share your photo, Rosina, she is adorable!

Every effort has been made to ensure this pattern is as accurate, clear, and complete as possible. All instructions have been checked and double checked and are presented in good faith. However, BellaCrochet makes no warranty and assumes no responsibility for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work.

Add the Littlest Witches to your Ravelry queue: Littlest Witches. 

Special thanks go to Rosina Smith, Karen Misiunas and  Jolene Ortiz for testing this pattern.

Copyright BellaCrochet 2015. All rights reserved. Please do not redistribute or share this pattern; do not post it on any website. DO NOT make videos or tutorials of it for distribution on YouTube or any other site. You may share the link to the pattern only (and link shares are greatly appreciated, please tell your crocheting friends who might enjoy this pattern!)
This pattern has been tested for accuracy and clarity, and I can offer no additional information, photos or help with it.
If you have enjoyed this design, I hope you will check out my other free patterns:


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Radiant Rose Mandala Doily: A Free Crochet Pattern For You

Radiant Rose Mandala Doily 
By Elizabeth Ann White 
For BellaCrochet

Size: About 11” across

Skill Level: Intermediate- for those who are familiar with working with size 10 thread and steel hooks, and who have a thorough understanding of the basics of crochet

Materials:
Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread:
 25 yds. light pink
 35 yds. each lavender and rose
 50 yds. each yellow and shaded purple
 75 yds. each shaded rose and aqua
Heavy Spray Starch
Size 5 (1.90mm) steel hook

Special Stitches
For Vst: (dc, ch 2, dc) in st or ch sp indicated
For Shell: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in st or ch sp indicated

Doily
Rnd 1: With yellow, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring; ch 1, (sc in ring, ch 2) 8 times, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.  (8 ch-2 sps made)

Rnd 2: Join light pink with sc in first ch-2 sp (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc) in same ch-2 sp as joining, (sc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc) in each remaining ch-2 sp around, join. (8 petals made)

Rnd 3: Working behind petals, ch 3, (sl st between next 2 petals, ch 3) around, join with sl st in first ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Join rose with sc in first ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 5 dc, ch 1, sc) in same ch-3 sp as joining,  (sc, ch 1, 5 dc, ch 1, sc) in each remaining ch-3 sp around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 5: Working behind petals, ch 4, (sl st between next 2 petals, ch 4) around, join with sl st in first ch of beg ch-4.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, 7 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-4 sp around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 7: Working behind petals, ch 5, (sl st between next 2 petals, ch 5) around, join with sl st in first ch of beg ch-5. Fasten off.

Rnd 8: Join shaded rose with sc in first ch-5 sp, (ch 1, 9 dc, ch 1, sc) in same ch-5 sp as joining, (sc, ch 1, 9 dc, ch 1, sc) in each remaining ch-5 sp around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 9: Working behind petals, ch 6, (sl st between next 2 petals, ch 6) around, join with sl st in first ch 0f beg ch-6.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, 11 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-6 sp around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 11: Join yellow with sc in 4th dc of first petal, ch 6, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 6, *sc in 4th dc of next petal, ch 6, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 6; repeat from * around, join. Fasten off.

Rnd 12: Join aqua with sl st in first ch-6 sp, (ch 3, 7 dc) in same ch-6 sp as joining, 8 dc in each remaining ch-6 sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.

Rnd 13: Join yellow with sc in first st, ch 4, skip next 3 dc, *sc in next dc, ch 4, skip next 3 dc; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 14: Join shaded purple with sl st in first ch-4 sp, (ch 3, 4 dc, ch 1) in same ch-4 sp as joining, (5 dc, ch 1) in each remaining ch-4 sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.

Rnd 15: Join yellow with sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 5, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 5) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 16: Join lavender with sl st in first ch-5 sp, (ch 3, 4 dc, ch 1) in same sp as joining, (5 dc, ch 1) in each remaining ch-5 sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.

Rnd 17: Join yellow with sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 6, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 6) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 18: Join shaded purple with sl st in first ch-6 sp, (ch 3, 6 dc, ch 1) in same sp as joining, (7 dc, ch 1) in each remaining ch-6 sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.

Rnd 19: Join yellow with sl st in first ch-1 sp, (ch 5, dc) in same ch-1 sp as joining, skip next 3 dc, Vst (see Special Stitches) in next dc, skip next 3 dc, *Vst in next ch-1 sp, skip next 3 dc, Vst in next dc, skip next 3 dc; repeat from * around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch-5. Fasten off.

Rnd 20: Join aqua with sc in ch-2 sp of first Vst, ch 1, shell (see Special Stitches) in ch-2 sp of next Vst, ch 1, *sc in ch-2 sp of next Vst, ch 1, shell in ch-2 sp of next Vst, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 21: Join shaded rose with sc in ch-2 sp at center of first shell, ch 1, (tr, ch 1) 9 times in ch-2 sp of next shell, *sc in ch-2 sp of next shell, ch 1, (tr, ch 1) 9 times in ch-2 sp of next shell; repeat from * around, join. Fasten off. (16 scallops made)

Rnd 22: Join yellow with sc in first ch-1 sp of first scallop, (ch 2, sc in next ch-1 sp) 9 times, *sc in first ch-1 sp of next scallop, (ch 2, sc in next ch-1 sp) 9 times; repeat from * around, join. Fasten off.

Rnd 23: Join aqua with sc in first ch-2 sp, (ch 2, dc) in same ch-2 sp as joining, (sc, ch 2, dc) in each of next 7 ch-2 sps, sc in next ch-2 sp, *(sc, ch 2, dc) in each of next 8 ch-2 sps, sc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.






 
Rosina Smith made this gorgeous doily in yellow, green,  blue and pink.

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Every effort has been made to ensure this pattern is as accurate, clear, and complete as possible. All instructions have been checked and double checked and are presented in good faith. However, BellaCrochet makes no warranty and assumes no responsibility for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work.


Special thanks go to Jewel Fernley, Jolene Ortiz,  and Rosina Smith for testing this  pattern.

Copyright BellaCrochet 2015. All rights reserved. Please do not redistribute or share this pattern; do not post it on any website. DO NOT make videos or tutorials of it for distribution on YouTube or any other site. You may share the link to the pattern only (and link shares are greatly appreciated, please tell your crocheting friends who might enjoy this pattern!)
This pattern has been tested for accuracy and clarity, and I can offer no additional information, photos or help with it.
If you have enjoyed this design, I hope you will check out my other free patterns: