Black Crochet Inspiration

A few crochet items that I've created through the years.  You can find the shawl pattern on Ravelry.   Others are Doily Designs creations.

Shells and Lace Mandala Doily Rug (2013)

Crochet Lotus Mandala Doily Rug (2013)

Black Mandala Doily Blanket (2013)

 Black Mandala Wall Clock (2012)

Black Aphrodite Shawl with Extension (2011)

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Hope that you find joy and inspiration.
Happy crocheting!

Crochet Pumpkin Leaf Pattern

 ๐Ÿ‚Crochet Pumpkin Vine Leaf Pattern๐Ÿ‚

This easy crochet leaf works up very quickly and makes a great addition to lots of Fall accessories, like these cute crochet Pumpkin Cup Cozies by Okie Girl Bling n Things (pictured above and below).

Follow Doily Designs Pumpkin Leaf pattern below to create these useful little leaves to go on your latest Fall crochet accessories.

๐ŸCrochet Pumpkin Leaf Pattern ๐Ÿ

The following is a general guide to share this fun little leaf.  

Try different yarns and different hooks, for various size leaves. 
Leaf is worked on first one side of the chain, then on opposite side of this same chain.

H hook (8 - 5mm)
Size 4, worsted weight yarn
Measures approximately 2.25 inches with stem.
Graph and written pattern, in English crochet terms.

Ch 8, Sc in 2nd ch from hook, Ch 1, 
Sl st in next ch, Ch 2, 
Hdc in same ch, Ch 2, 
Sl st in next ch, Ch 3, 
Dc in same ch, Ch 3, 
Sl st in next ch, Ch 4, 
Htr in same ch, Ch 4, 
Sl st in next ch, move tail (slip knot and 2 ch) thru and on top of working strand, crocheting over ch on the opposite side, letting the tail drop back, and working on other side of the ch,
(2nd side)
Ch 4, Htr in same ch as previous Htr but on other side, Ch 4, 
Sl st in same ch, Ch 3, 
Dc in next ch, Ch 3, 
Sl st in same ch, Ch 2, 
Hdc in next ch, Ch 2, 
Sl st in last ch.
Fasten off, weave last used strand, use 'stem' strand to attach to whatever you like (if desired) or weave this end as well.

Please, let me know if you have questions, comments or would like to share your crochet leaves.

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Halloween Graveyard Cake

๐Ÿฅฎ๐Ÿ‘ป  Halloween  ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿฅฎ 

๐Ÿ‘ป  Graveyard Cake  ๐Ÿ‘ป

Tasty, decorative Halloween treat.

Inspired by Pinterest, back in 2012, when the kids were very little, we made this cute graveyard cakeThese old pictures are pretty bad, but you get the idea and I am sure that YOU could nail it!

This cake was so much fun to make and EAT.

Cake uses:
Chocolate cake base, cake mix works great and children can help mix. 
Chocolate icing, in a thin layer for sticking stuff to the cake.
Stuff like; 
Oreo cookies, crumbled for 'dirt'. Children enjoy this job. We used plastic baggy and a rolling pin to crush the Oreo's into a fine 'dirt'.
Milano cookies for 'tombstones', with "Rip" and "Boo", written with 
icing tube,
Licorice, split apart for 'trees'. You could reinforce these with toothpicks, even create a fence with licorice pieces.
Marshmallows (various sizes) for ghosts, eyes dotted on with icing tube.
Pumpkins could be sugar pumpkins like those from BRACH's holiday mix;

I wanted something the kids could play with afterwards, and something crafty for myself to do, so we gathered oak galls, (or other nut for Fall inspiration), and painted them with acrylic paint to look like jack-o-lanterns, and topped them with a good clear coat. These are still one of my favorite Fall decorations. Such fun getting out old decorations and reminiscing about old crafts. Handmade decorations are so much more treasured.

Back to the cake...
We were going for pumpkin vines but the icing did not want to work with me. With more time and skill, I think the vines could look cool on this cake.

Don't feel like making the whole cake? For a simpler, but still fun, decorative and delicious treat, try making chocolate cupcakes in silver foil linings. Decorate with chocolate icing, topped with marshmallow ghosts, Milano 'tombstones' and/or Brach's pumpkins.

Happy Halloween!

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Fall Cozy

These cozy pumpkin cozies were just the thing to get me in the Autumn crochet mood.

Kylee Keller has a great video and pattern shared free on Okie Girl Bling n Things blog, or support Kylee's art and purchase her pattern on Etsy

Grab your favorite fall colored yarn and join along in the fall inspiration!

Once you start this cute pattern, it is hard to make just one!

  Her little leaves are cute and work great, but while I was adding leaves to other things, I came up with this Pumpkin vine leaf pattern that you can find the free pattern for, right here on Doily Designs blog.

Don't you just love all the beautiful colors of Fall!  

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Best wishes & happy crocheting!

Cranberry Pineapple Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

⭐  Doily Designs Cranberry Pineapple  Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern One of a kind tree skirt  is an eye catching take on the classic ...