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6 CROCHET GRANNY HANDBAG FREE PATTERNS

6 CROCHET GRANNY HANDBAG FREE PATTERNS

These are my 6 favourite crochet granny handbag patterns.  They are so easy and simple, but look great.  It makes a great gift, or accessory for yourself.  Everyone can use a new handbag.  These free patterns are exactly what you need to make a handbag […]

10 FREE CROCHET BABY BOOTIE PATTERNS

10 FREE CROCHET BABY BOOTIE PATTERNS

Baby booties are an excellent way to show someone you care.  They are just too cute.  Makes an excellent gift, or you can make it for your own little one.  Either way, you can’t lose with these 10 free adorable baby bootie patterns.  It is […]

How to crochet the Crunch Stitch Dishcloth

How to crochet the Crunch Stitch Dishcloth

After I learned how to do the Crunch Stitch with Beth Graham in her Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches Craftsy class, I love the textured stitches.  I have a tutorial “How to Crochet the Crunch Stitch”.  Then, I thought, what can I do with this stitch?  I had an idea to start with a dishcloth first, and I want to design more patterns with this stitch.

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If you want to take a quick peek at the Craftsy classes, they have free mini classes also, when you

sign up.  Then I started to enroll into more classes, and I learned so much from them.  Here are my

favourite classes.

1.  Crochet: Basics & Beyond with Kim Werker

It’s a good start for beginners.  From holding your hook to creating a beautiful granny square blanket

crochet basic and beyond

2.  Quick & Easy Crochet Cables with Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

For those of you who already know the basics and want to upgrade and develop your skill.

Quick & Easy Crochet Cables

3.  Modern Crochet Afghans: Color & Texture : Color & Texture by Salena Baca

Learn to make three stylish, modern afghans.

Modern Crochet Afghans

4.  Amigurumi: Woodland Animals with Stacey Trock

Make fun and cute bears, deer, raccoons, and bluebirds.  I’m going to make one for my daughter soon.

Amigurumi: Woodland Animals with Stacey Trock

Let’s get started with the dishcloths with the crunch stitch.

Materials:

Abbreviations:

CH – chain

SLST – slip stitch

HDC – half double crochet

SC – single crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Crunch stitch uses a combination of HDC and SLST. If you don’t do the SLST properly, it will be too tight.  If you crochet tight, you may want to upsize your hook to J[6mm]
  • This pattern is written in American crochet terms.

Dishcloth size for this pattern: 

Approximately 9”x9”

Foundation:

Multiples of 2 (+1 for foundation chain)

 

Pattern

Dishcloth Body:

CH 25

ROW 1: 1 SLST in third CH from hook (2 skipped CHs count as first HDC), *1 HDC in next CH, 1 SLST in next CH * – repeat across. Turn your work. (24 stitches)

ROW 2: CH 2 (counts as first hdc), 1 SLST in next HDC, *1 hdc in next SLST, 1 SLST in next HDC* – repeat across. Turn your work.

Row 3-26: Repeat Row 2

I have a tutorial “How to Crochet the Crunch Stitch”.  You can go to take a look.

Dishcloth Border:

Round 1:  Beginning with CH1 from the previous row, make 3SC in the first stitch, SC across until you reach the last stitch, make 3SC in the last stitch of the row, SLST with the first SC

Round 2: CH2, 3HDC in the same stitch as the CH2 (this is the corner stitch), HDC in each stitch until you reach the next center corner and make 3HDC. Repeat this process to the next two corners until you reach the end, and SLST with the first HDC of the round using Slip Stitch.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Did you make the can and bottle cozy?  Tag @myshevon on Instagram or send me a snap, I would love to see it. 

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoy.

 

10 Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

10 Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

A lot of ladies like me, who love crochet, have beautiful designs for crochet patterns.  Probabbly the easiest way to see a good pattern is with a dishcloth.  It also makes a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, which is just around the corner.  I’m making […]

How to crochet the Crunch Stitch

How to crochet the Crunch Stitch

I have been doing crochet a long time, but have been serious to do it on Etsy since 2014.  Even though I know how to crochet, I love to learn new stitches.  I have learned so much from Craftsy online classes.  This crunch stitch I […]

RECTANGULAR TISSUE BOX COVER

RECTANGULAR TISSUE BOX COVER

This is my rectangular tissue box cover.  It comes in two sizes, medium and large.  I used acrylic soft yarn on this project because its soft and velvety, I love the texture.  You can find the pattern for it in my Etsy shop, or the shop in this website.  This pattern can be made with any kind of worsted weight yarn.  It makes a great gift and is an ideal piece of home decor.  Its a simple, yet elegant look, good in any room.  Looks a lot better then just a plain tissue box.  It fits as a sleeve over the top of the cardboard tissue box.  The opening fits nicely with the oval opening of the box.

 

Owl Plastic Grocery Bag Holder

Owl Plastic Grocery Bag Holder

This is a unique, yet beautiful, plastic bag holder that will add a touch of style and sophistication to any home.   Excellent for organizing your old plastic bags.  Its approximately 11 inches long.  Comes with a handy loop on top, so you can hang […]

Crochet Can and Bottle Cozy

Crochet Can and Bottle Cozy

This is a can and bottle cozy, crochet knit look.  This is another easy pattern and finishes quick.  Nothing too fancy, but a great project for beginners, and people who want to learn new stitches, like the HDC (Half Double Crochet in the Third Loop).  […]

BASIC BABY BEANIE IN THREE SIZES

BASIC BABY BEANIE IN THREE SIZES

After I finished the newborn baby beanie pattern, I decided to make a basic baby beanie in three sizes.  Infant to three months, three to six months, and six to twelve months.  Ideal for beginners who just want to make something easy-to-make.  Everyone needs a good, basic baby hat in their portfolio.  Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom I have more time to do crochet and decided to make patterns to share with you.  These beanies are cute, and its really fun to play with the colors for boys and girls.

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Materials you will need to make newborn beanie:

Pattern Note:

  • The chain 1 or chain 2 at the beginning of each round doesn’t count as a stitch. At the end of each round, join to the first SC or DC with a slip stitch.
  • This pattern is written in American crochet terms.

Sizing:

0-3 months         Circumference 12”-14”                  Length 5”-5.5”

3-6 months         Circumference 14”-16”                  Length 6”

6-12 months      Circumference 16”-17”                  Length 6.5”

Abbreviations:

CH – chain

SLST – slip stitch

SC – single crochet

DC – double crochet

Gauge: With size I crochet hook in DC pattern: 7 DCs = 2″

BASIC BABY BEANIE IN THREE SIZES


Instructions for 0-3 months beanie hat:

Using main color, begin with magic circle.

Round 1: CH2, 12DC into magic ring, Join (12 stitches)

Round 2: CH2, 2DC in the same stitch as joining, * 2DC in next stitch * – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 3: CH2, DC in the same stitch as joining, 2DC in next stitch, * DC in next stitch, 2DC in next stitch *- repeat, join (36 stitches)

Round 4: CH2, DC in the same stitch as joining, DC in next 7 stitches,2DC in next stitch, * DC in next 8 stitches, 2DC in next stitch *- repeat, join (40 stitches)

Round 5-7: CH2, DC in same stitch as joining, DC in every stitch around (40 stitches)

Change to contrasting color.

Round 8-11: CH1, SC in the same stitch as joining, SC in every stitch around (40 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

BASIC BABY BEANIE IN THREE SIZES


Instructions for 3-6 months beanie hat:

Using main color, begin with magic circle.

Round 1: CH2, 12DC into magic ring, Join (12 stitches)

Round 2: CH2, 2DC in the same stitch as joining, * 2DC in next stitch * – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 3: CH2, DC in the same stitch as joining, 2DC in next stitch, * DC in next stitch, 2DC in next stitch *- repeat, join (36 stitches)

Round 4: CH2, DC in the same stitch as joining, DC in next stitch, 2DC in next stitch, * DC in next 2 stitches, 2DC in next stitch *- repeat, join (48 stitches)

Round 5-9: CH2, DC in same stitch as joining, DC in every stitch around (48 stitches)

Change to contrasting color.

Round 10-13: CH1, SC in the same stitch as joining, SC in every stitch around (48 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

BASIC BABY BEANIE IN THREE SIZES

Instructions for 6-12 months beanie hat:

Using main color, begin with magic circle.

Round 1: CH2, 12DC into magic ring, Join (12 stitches)

Round 2: CH2, 2DC in the same stitch as joining, * 2DC in next stitch * – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 3: CH2, DC in the same stitch as joining, 2DC in next stitch, * DC in next stitch, 2DC in next stitch *- repeat, join (36 stitches)

Round 4: CH2, DC in the same stitch as joining, DC in next stitch, 2DC in next stitch, * DC in next 2 stitches, 2DC in next stitch *- repeat, join (48 stitches)

Round 5: CH2, DC in the same stitch as joining, DC in next 4 stitches, 2DC in next stitch, * DC in next 5 stitches, 2DC in next stitch *- repeat, join (56 stitches)

Round 6-10: CH2, DC in same stitch as joining, DC in every stitch around (56 stitches)

Change to contrasting color.

Round 11-14: CH1, SC in the same stitch as joining, SC in every stitch around (48 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Crochet Newborn Beanie

Crochet Newborn Beanie

This pattern is very easy, and you’ll finish very quick.  For anyone who knows how to crochet, those stitches are very easy, but sometimes it isn’t the right size.  So, I hope this is helpful.  I measured a newborn baby by myself, so it should […]


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Dream Travel Destinations

Dream Travel Destinations

Almost everyone I know loves to travel.  I know I do, and so does my family.  That’s why we have a travel website.  I’ve traveled right across Asia and North America, but I still have a bucket list of places I want to travel.  Some you’ve heard of, and some you might not have heard of.  So, let’s get started.

Cambodia

Cambodia has been on my buckAet list of places to travel since 2004.  It’s right next door to my birth country of Thailand, but I’ve never found the time to get there.  However, there are a few places in Cambodia that have catapulted it to the top of my list of dream travel destinations.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a given.  It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the World, and is also the largest religious monument in the World.  Steeped in history and mystique, Angkor Wat would be the highlight of any trip to that region.

The Killing Fields

A trip to Cambodia wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t visit the Killing Fields.  Over a million people were killed in Cambodia between 1975 to 1979 and marks a very dark time in the countries history.  It can be found in Choeung Ek, just about 8 kilometers South of Phnom Penh.

Laos

Maybe one of the lesser known countries is South East Asia, Laos is a gem of a country and has only recently been touted as a tourist destination.  However, it has some places that shouldn’t be missed.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the reasons this makes my list as a dream travel destination.

Plain of Jars

Located near the town of Phonsavan, the Plain of Jars is still somewhat a mystery to archaeologists.  There you will find, if you care to visit, fields of huge jars made of stone.  Worth a quick trip to see, if you’re in the area.

Vang Vieng

At just 4 hours from the Capital City, Vang Vieng has lots of stunning beauty and scenery to behold, but tourists mostly visit for the party.  To sum it up for you quickly, it’s a huge river party, where you rent an inner tube, float lazily down the river, and visit bars that have set up along the river.  A haven for partying backpackers.

So, there you have it.  This is my dream travel destination list.  If you know anything about South East Asia, all these destinations are quite close together, and can be all taken in on one excellent dream vacation.

Other possible travel destinations to see when travelling to South East Asia would be Thailand, the jewel of the orient.  Burma, which is slowly opening its doors to tourism the last few years.  As well as Vietnam and Malaysia.  I had a friend that rented a motorcycle and travelled to all these countries and locations in a few weeks.  It would make for a great vacation for a younger person, but I’m not as daring as I use to be.

So, there it is, my dream travel destinations.  Just a quick trip from where I was born.  When I plan my next trip back to Thailand, I will guarantee to have stories to share with you about these places too.  After all, the Orient is one of the most interesting places to explore in the World.


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6 CROCHET GRANNY HANDBAG FREE PATTERNS

6 CROCHET GRANNY HANDBAG FREE PATTERNS

These are my 6 favourite crochet granny handbag patterns.  They are so easy and simple, but look great.  It makes a great gift, or accessory for yourself.  Everyone can use a new handbag.  These free patterns are exactly what you need to make a handbag […]

10 FREE CROCHET BABY BOOTIE PATTERNS

10 FREE CROCHET BABY BOOTIE PATTERNS

Baby booties are an excellent way to show someone you care.  They are just too cute.  Makes an excellent gift, or you can make it for your own little one.  Either way, you can’t lose with these 10 free adorable baby bootie patterns.  It is […]

How to crochet the Crunch Stitch Dishcloth

How to crochet the Crunch Stitch Dishcloth

After I learned how to do the Crunch Stitch with Beth Graham in her “Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches Craftsy class“, I love the textured stitches.  I have a tutorial “How to Crochet the Crunch Stitch”.  Then, I thought, what can I do with […]

10 Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

10 Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

A lot of ladies like me, who love crochet, have beautiful designs for crochet patterns.  Probabbly the easiest way to see a good pattern is with a dishcloth.  It also makes a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, which is just around the corner.  I’m making […]

How to crochet the Crunch Stitch

How to crochet the Crunch Stitch

I have been doing crochet a long time, but have been serious to do it on Etsy since 2014.  Even though I know how to crochet, I love to learn new stitches.  I have learned so much from Craftsy online classes.  This crunch stitch I […]