Thoughts About Reading Crochet Patterns

Lately, Mom will say to me, "To bad that I don't read crochet patterns."  Which seems very strange to me, as my Mom is where I get my 'can do' attitude, and were I learned to crochet.

There is the fact that I taught myself to read patterns back in the early 2000's, so I guess. And, does this mean that she freeform crocheted all that she ever made? Yes, yes she did. 

Wow, Mom! She made so many crochet things! Even made her own Christmas Tree, and repeated her design. One Christmas she even me a barbie sweater that was my favorite gift that year, and a huge King size zigzag blanket another year. Thinking back, it is true, all the items that we had crocheted or knitted together, not one of them was from reading a pattern.  

Mom was always more into fabric. In 2001, I was starting to get hooked on yarn. I had found a fantastic book at a local thrift store that was a crochet, knitting, and tatting dictionary, and when I found the crochet section in the book, I was fascinated. I had never seen so many crochet stitches!  I began to learn crochet stitches, one by one, both by written instruction, as well as the diagrams in the book, that are exceptionally drawn. I attribute these diagrams to the ease that I later had figuring out how to read crochet graphs, which are actually much easier than even written patterns. I think that my Grandmother read the square crochet graphs.

At the yarn store, I would pick up a free pattern here or there, and would figure out what it was saying, even if I did not make the item, it was good practice reading the patterns.

Fearlessly crocheting with my trusty book, I added to my stitch knowledge, and began to write my own patterns. Knowing stitches was great, but I wanted things that I could not find patterns for, like a bikini, so I created my own, like my Mom πŸ’œ. 

Now we have the internet, so there is way less excuses, and way more resources. 

'I don't read patterns.'    I say, Mhhh, 'If you want to, you probably can, it really isn't that difficult.' Having a hook and yarn on hand would be the biggest hurdle for most.

With crochet, there are not as many hard and fast rules that you must follow to create something, so you have more freedom to freeform crochet, and it still turn out beautiful. This is one reason that I've preferred crochet to knitting from the beginning of my hooked on yarn journey. Silly me, I like to color outside the lines, sometimes. If you know basic crochet stitches, you can usually make something simple.

With all of the many resources available in this technology age, there really isn't much excuse, except maybe you just really don't want to, and that is okay, maybe later. You can still grab a hook and crochet away, like Mom, with her can do attitude.

For those that Do want to read crochet patterns, there are many great resources. Searching for specific stitches and tutorials, patterns free and paid, all a breeze with so many great crocheters having shared a treasure trove of information on Youtube, they're blogs, and more. A yarn lovers dream. Though that is another story, i didn't always like yarn. The 70's had to pass for that to happen ;) .

Check the list of links here on Doily Designs to find some of my favorite crocheters to draw inspiration from. One of these fantastic crocheters sharing on Youtube is Naztazia. Donna has great stitch tutorials for beginners and advanced crocheters.

My Mom is also my inspiration for making my patterns readable for all, and she inspired the addition of lots of photos, graphs, and videos coming soon.

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Best wishes, and happy crocheting!

Americana Diverse Stitch Doily

 Absolutely LOVE this share of SarahCraftCreation patriotic doily!

Sarah captured the American Spirit, with such beauty, in her lovely photo of her crochet Americana Diverse Stitch Doily creation. 

This Memorial Day, Independence Day, or to share your American Pride year round, crochet 1 Americana Doily for a centerpiece, or a whole set of patriotic placemats.

Chunky crochet pattern is made with worsted weight yarn, and works up quickly for a festive gift or decoration. Colors can be changed to alter the pattern theme for year round use.

Check out more cute creations from Sarah in her Etsy shop SarahCraftCreation.

And pick up the crochet pattern in Doily Designs Etsy shop, and get started crocheting your own patriotic doily centerpiece.

One of the greatest joys that I find in life, is people sharing their creations made from Doily Designs patterns. Thank you so much Sarah, and to all those who share!

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Best wishes, and happy crocheting!

Firecracker Pop Decoration

                                                     Firecracker Pop

Fun putting Dollar store pieces together for Memorial Day, and Independence Day Holiday Decorations.

Some metallic pipe cleaners, and foil stars, coupled with a few flags, and pinwheels, put in blue glasses and vases, for this easy festive centerpiece.

Pipe cleaners were twisted around a large dowel to make it spiral, and added to stars with ribbon, and secured to a pen (for mutli-purpose decoration).

Another decoration that is super easy, is this star garland. Stars are cut in various sizes and colors from foam board, cardboard, and construction paper, as well as star stickers, and layered together for this great look.

These are a fun addition to the festive decorations for a photo shoot of the American Flag Crochet Collection.

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Best wishes, and happy decorating!

Junior vs King/Queen American Flag Blanket

American Flag Blanket Junior size is smaller than the Queen/King, but still fits a king size bed!

Junior measures approximately 48 x 68 inches (121 x 172 cm) 

While King/Queen measures approximately 68 x 80 inches (172 x 203 cm)

Find blankets and blanket patterns on Etsy.

Original design was 48 x 68, but pattern was written for 68 x 80.
While the King/Queen is great, I will say, the Junior has so much to offer; less yarn needed, less time needed to be invested, lighter, and because of size, more useable, just to name a few reasons.

After numerous requests for the smaller size, Junior blankets are available on Etsy, as well as we are working on the smaller size pattern to be available soon.

New 2.0 Junior American Flag Blanket Pattern uses some great new stitch techniques, as mentioned, less yarn, with the same design flexibility and aesthetic.

Check back soon for Junior pattern, or hop over to Etsy, and grab an already made blanket for yourself or a friend.

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Best wishes, happy crocheting, and God Bless America!

More Crochet for Mom

 Crochet Rose Scrubby and Washcloth

This Mother's Day I wanted to give flowers that would not die, plus something useful, so, I made a simple rose with leaves, and loop to hang, to create a decoration or scrubby. Then I coupled the rose with a washcloth from the Americana Washcloth Pattern, but made in yellow, to create this fun kitchen/bath set. 

Set makes a nice gift, coupled with some special soap or face cream. Great for Mom, teachers or friends.

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Best wishes, happy crocheting, and Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Crochet

Mothers Day 2024

A favorite for Mother's Day, the Cranberry Pineapple Christmas Tree Skirt pattern. Crochet pattern gives Mom something to get started on way ahead of Christmas, or for you to start on, for Ma, if you are the crocheter. :) 

Unique take on the traditional crochet pineapple design, using chunky crochet style. 

Original 43" tree skirt, and Large 60" tree skirt patterns, available as a bundle, or sold separately. 

This and every Mother's day, I am so grateful for my WONDERFUL Mother πŸ’– and Grandmother πŸ’–πŸ’– 
My life would not be the same without their guidance, inspiration, encouragement, and LOVEπŸ’–   
My Awesome Mom learned to crochet from her Mom, and I learned from her. For her, to see me still crocheting, and the tradition go on, makes Mom happy, and that makes me happy πŸ’–  I am glad to tell her one of her granddaughters has finally decided to pick up the hook! :)

The Cranberry Pineapple tree skirt pattern was inspired in part by my Grandmother and her lovely crochet.  πŸ’–


Crochet is great for mind, body, heart, and soul.

Best wishes, happy crocheting, and Happy Mother's Day! 

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Americana Crochet

Get started decorating for Memorial Day, 

Celebrate 4th of July early,

Share your American Pride Year round!

Start on the flag collection with a taste of Doily Designs patterns with the fun Americana Coaster pattern. Work your way up, and share your American pride in a warm and snuggly way with the Boho Granny American Flag Blanket. Set the table with the Diverse Stitch Doily, Watermelon Doilies, and make clean up is a breeze with the Patriotic Dishcloth. 

Items and patterns are part of the Boho Granny Crochet American Flag Pattern Collection and can be found on Doily Designs Etsy

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Best wishes, and happy crocheting!

Americana Water Bottle Tote

Wine & Water Bottle Holder in Americana design

We definitely have a new addition to the Boho Granny American Flag Pattern Collection!

Americana Style Water Bottle Tote

The water bottle holder is even more fun and interesting done in red, white, and blue. With this festive Americana style tote, you can stylishly and functionally show your American Pride. The only down side to this pattern is all the pesky ends that you get to weave. 

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Best wishes, and happy crocheting!

Water Bottle Holder

 Wine & Water Bottle Tote Pattern now available on Doily Designs Etsy.

Adjust pattern sections for different size holders.

Past post of this favorite water bottle holder design. 

Find the pattern for Water bottle tote pattern on Etsy. Holder works great for a beer bottle with a cozy.

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Best wishes, and happy crocheting!

Seamless Crochet Stitch Combination;

Great stitch from Naztazia Crochet by Donna Wolfe This stitch combination is so great that you will definitely be seeing it in a few of my patterns. 

Donna Wolfe does a stitch combination that gives you a nearly perfect beginning Dc stitch, giving you nearly seamless join, and straight edges on rows.

 Watermelon Doilies below, one made with the old Ch 3 method, and the other with the new 2 Sc method (BegDc). Can you tell the difference?  

The old method wasn't that bad in the first place, but this new stitch definitely has it beat. If you notice, it is even straighter than the Ch 3 method!

Of the 2 Watermelon Doilies, the new BegDc join is the one on the right ;)

This new favorite, simple combination of stitches keeps your edge straight, seamless, and makes crocheting into sides easier. 

Once you use the new stitch combination, you may want to apply it to all your crochet projects that use Hdc, Dc, or Tr to begin a rnd or row.

There are a lot of different methods I've tried, and some work better than others. Donna Wolfe, in my opinion, has come up with the best solution. Its elegant simplicity, function, and ease, give it an A+ in my book.  This stitch combination works for Dc as well as Hdc.  Donna uses other methods for Hdc and Htr, but I find her method to work great as;

2 Sc = Dc or Hdc

3 Sc = Htr or Tr

I like to refer to this stitch as  2Sc/Hdc or 2Sc/Dc in my patterns to reduce repetition. 

But I would bet it is called BegDc, or is this what is refer to as standing Dc? πŸ€” 

(Not a standing Dc, though, that seems to work just as well. Find how to do a standing Dc on Moogly's Blog)

(May 11, 2024, Okay, so I take it back and will be using Beg Dc, Beg Hdc in my patterns. This just looks better, and sounds familiar πŸ€” . Sorry for any inconvenience.)

To do;

Do not ch 1,  Sc into the top of last stitch, ScFlo of sc just made, and you have just made the best ever beginning stitch for Dc. When working into this stitch on next rnd/row, crochet into the top sc.  So elegantly simple.

1) Sc in top of stitch

2) ScFlo in sc just made

Done! = Hdc or Dc

To use for Tr, just add another ScFlo to the above steps. 

3Sc/Tr = Sc in stitch, ScFlo, ScFlo = Tr

Visit Youtube to see Donna explaining her cool stitch combo.

Visit Etsy for  Watermelon Doilies pattern.

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Best wishes, and happy crocheting!

Americana Coasters

Adding the American Coaster Pattern to the Boho Granny American Flag Pattern Collection

We are loving the fun edge that gives these coasters their interesting, and unique look.

American Coaster Pattern

Fun, easy coaster pattern works up quickly, and feels amazing. Photos do not do them justice.

For some festive Americana decor, try this intermediate skill crochet pattern, and create a useful gift for that special Patriot in your life, or for yourself.

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Best wishes, and 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 ...