October 01, 2014

Fall Crochet Pattern ~ Sunset Placemat and Coaster Set

To be completely honest, I am a summer person, I love the warmth, the sun and the long days. With that said we are upon the Fall season and I am not happy. The only aspect that I like are the yarn colors to celebrate this time of the year.  I choose orange, yellows, browns and rust colors for this crochet placemat and coaster set. Everywhere in my house you can find some sort of placemat. This lends itself to even an orange background, just switching the colors around.  The edgings make it a modern meets vintage crochet project.

I hope that you enjoy crocheting this placemat for your home. Pattern is below.

Until Next Time,


Fall Sunset Placemat & Coaster Set

Single crocheted cotton placemat and coaster set with ribbon yarn embellishment

Sizes Included in Pattern:

Gauge is not important. Rectangle shape for the placemat and square for the coaster
Difficulty Level:  Beginner / Intermediate
Materials Used:

·        (Main color) Lily’s Sugar n’Cream Cotton yarn: yellow (Sunshine)2.5 oz, (Second color) Peaches & Crème 2.5 oz.: (Edging) Earthy Orange and
·        Lion Brand Incredible Ribbon Yarn Autumn Leaves (as the flower and edging)
·        Hook Size (s):   H and I
·        Tapestry Needle  
·        Scissors
WPI = 10
Photographed placemat measures 16.5 inches across and 11.5 inches long
Rows = 11.5 inches
Edging = 1 inch
Stitches & Abbreviations Used:
·        Ch (Chain)
·        Sc (Single Crochet)
·        Dc (Double Crochet)
·        Ss (Slip Stitch)
·        St (Stitch)
·        F/O (Finish Off
Special Stitches:
Special stitch:  Twisted Edging –  video tutorial
1. Using the ribbon yarn and beginning 2 single stitches from the corner, ch 2 and sc in the first sc of the  first space, ch 3, *remove hook from last ch and insert hook under the next ch-3 of the previous row;  pick up the dropped chain of the ribbon yarn* .
2.   Ch 3 , repeat from *  to * around the entire placemat edge, ending with a ch 3 and sc in the last sc. Finish with a slip stitch.
* Specific method to change colors:  video tutorial
Using the first color, single crochet each stitch across to the next-to-the last stitch of the row.
Work the last single crochet to the point where only 2 loops are left on the hook. Drop the first yarn color and pick up the second color. Wrap the end of the second color around the hook. Draw the second yarn color through the 2 loops of the first yarn color that are on the hook,

Pattern Beginning:  Starting point (Single foundation crochet stitch,  see my Foundation single crochet stitch tutorial
Row 1:  Ch foundation single crochet for 51 chains.  (See note in pattern beginning) Ch 1 . Turn
Row 2:   Sc across row , ch 1, turn. Repeat for 20 rows
Row 3:  (Change colors) to single crochet band for 6 rows.
Row  4:  Change back to main color single for 7 more rows.
Edging for placemat:
1. Two hdc into corner of mat, then sc into space, * sc, hdc * , repeat around edging of mat.  At end ch 2 (or 3), join in top of first hdc with a sc stitch.
2.  See  Special stitch:  Twisted Edging
3.  Beginning at edge: sc 1, then * ch 6, skip 2 ribbon spaces join to mat with a sl stitch*.  Repeat from * to * around edge of mat.
4. Chain Edging: *Using same color as band of placemat) Beginning at edge of mat sc in corner, * ch 6, skip 2 ribbon spaces , sl st * ,  repeat from * to * around edging of coaster.
Flower:  Join ribbon yarn near top about row 5 by sc ribbon onto mat. Ch 10, join with sl st into first sc. Continue pattern to make 5 petals.
Coaster: Use H crochet hook -
1. Begin with Single foundation crochet stitch for 18 single stitches. Ch 1. Turn.
2.  Single crochet for 15 rows (See gauge notes)
3.  Edging is the same as for placemat.
Finishing Instructions/Assembly:. Weave in all loose yarns.  Blocking video placemats and coaster.

September 10, 2014

Crochet Home Decor Project

Gorgeous African print material plus black yarn = crocheted home decor

I have had this piece of gorgeous African fabric for quite awhile. (I also sew). Looking at it the other day I decided it would be a great crochet project. Planning a video tutorial to show you the outcome.

Until Next Time ~ Keep the Faith,


August 27, 2014

Product Review: Ottlite Craft Caddy

I received the Ottlite Craft Caddy to review and the first thing I noticed was how lightweight it is (don't want anything heavy to carry around) and the compartments. I love the compartments because I am always searching for a place to keep my crochet hooks and other tools nearby when working. To learn about the other things I feel make this a great crochet tool view my Youtube video. To purchase: there is a sale here (there is a 20% off for your first order), here is another place to purchase (also a sale)  or you can click the picture to your right under Recommendations.
Ottlite Craft Caddy

I received the product mentioned above for free using  Ottlite.com via Facebook. It came about as I was trying to order a replacement bulb for my task lamp and was asked if I would like to try this product.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally own and believe will be good for my readers. In addition I own the Ottlite Task Lamp.



August 14, 2014

Crochet Pattern: Cable Stitch Headwrap / Headband

   Crocheted Cable Stitch Headwrap

Difficulty Level:  Easy
Gauge / Finished Size:
Measure your head, or the head of the intended wearer; this will be the measurement around the head in the spot where you anticipate the headband will be placed on the head. When I measure this area on my own head, I came up with an approximate measurement of 22 inches.
Gauge:  Not important. After making your beginning chain, measure to make sure it goes around your head. Sizes Included in Pattern: One size fits most

Materials Used:
·       Cotton yarn or cotton/blend
·       I used Lily Sugar’ n Cream  (120 yards/109 meters)
·       Hook Size (s): H or I
·       Three plastic pearl beads or bead of your choice medium or large
·       2 ½ inch loop and tape or 2 (size 4) sew-on snaps
·       Tapestry Needle or sewing needle
·        thread color to match yarn color
·       Scissors

Stitches & Abbreviations Used:
·       Ch (Chain)
·       Sc (Single Crochet)
·       Dc (Double Crochet)
·       Ss (Slip Stitch)
·       St (Stitch)
·       Cable stitch (no abbreviation)

Special Stitches or Techniques Explained:
Cable Stitch 
Chain a multiple of 4+3.  Single crochet in the second chain from your hook, and in each chain across. Chain 3, turn. [Skip the next stitch, and double crochet in the next 3. Insert your hook (from front to back) in the stitch you skipped, and pull up a (very) loose loop. Yarn over, bring loop to front and draw through both loops on your hook.]
For consecutive rows of the Cable Stitch, you should put a row of Single Crochet between each cable stitch row, and repeat the instructions in brackets.

Pattern Beginning:  Starting point chain to length to fit comfortably around your head plus over lap for space to add snaps or Velcro. (I crocheted  24 plus 3 (since the cable stitch is in multiples of 4) as to fit my head.
 Row 1:  Single crochet (SC) in each stitch.  Chain one and turn.
 Row 2:  Single crochet across row.  Chain two and turn.
 Row 3
:  Double crochet in each single crochet stitch.  Chain 2 and turn.  
Row 4:  Begin the Cable stitch: Single crochet in the second chain from your hook, and in each chain across. Chain 3, turn. [Skip the next stitch and double crochet in the next 3. Insert your hook (from front to back) in the stitch you skipped, and pull up a (very) loose loop. Yarn over, draw through both loops on your hook.]  End with a double crochet. 

Row 5:  Single crochet across the row.  Chain 1, and turn.

Row 6:  Repeat row 4, end with a double crochet stitch.  Chain 2. Turn

Row 7: Then crochet a row of single crochet. Chain 1, turn.

Row 8Repeat row 4 then a row of single crochet.

Row 9:  Single crochet across row.

Row 10:  Cable stitch across row. End with a double crochet. Chain  2. Turn

Row 11:  Double crochet across the row.

Row 12:  Single crochet across the row.

Finish Off   (F/O).  Use crochet hook to tuck in loose ends of yarn.

Finishing Instructions/Assembly:  Cut hook & loop tape to sew on end. Make sure it overlaps.  (Check my blog post for tutorial)
Sew on two snaps to ends.

Crocheted Flower

Pattern BeginningMeasure 7 inches of yarn, knot the beginning, then using a size 9/1.40 mm OR size 10/1.30mm size crochet hook, thread 3 beads on the yarn.  Push beads to the end.  Measure up 5 inches and begin the foundation crochet stitch. Do not cut off yarn holding the beads.
***You may decide to skip this part and sew your beads onto the    flower when you have finished crocheting the flower. ***

Row 1: Single Crochet Foundation Crochet Stitch:  Check my video tutorial Foundation Crochet Stitch Tutorial.  I crocheted 35 (thirty-five) stitches (You may want your chain short or longer)

Row 2:  Chain two. Half double crochet around the foundation row (1x). Double crochet (2X) Triple crochet (2x). Double crochet (2x). Half double crochet. Then single crochet into chain.

Repeat row 1 across the length of the foundation row to form the petals.

Form row of “petals” in a spiral so there are as many rows that you want your flower to have. (My flower had four rows) Sew petals onto the headband/head wrap.  Add your beads to the center.

If there are any questions please send me an email:  Pbcrochet@gmail.com

                                                        Until Next Time,


August 06, 2014

Crocheted Plarn Mat and Basket

crocheted plarn mat - bottom of crocheted cotton yarn basket

crochet, plarn, basket, yarn, plastic

*Using plarn and crochet cotton yarn, basket is worked in rounds and using single and double crochet.

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:   About 6 plastic bags:  grocery store, or other store plastic bags
Scissors (very sharp), crochet hooks: size I/9 (5.50MM) or J/10                                         (6.00MM
          I skein of cotton crochet yarn I used this.  

          1 Stitch marker

          Optional: plastic liner for inside of basket

Stitches Used:
Single crochet (sc)

Double crochet (dc)

Preparation:  Cut plastic bags into plarn. See my video tutorial  for explanantion:

  Cut off the bags’ bottom and handles

                          Cut into ½ inch to 1 inch wide strips


                              knot the plastic strips together

  All knotted and ready to crochet with

Be sure to check the video for further explanation!

Basket Pattern:
Round 1: Crochet 3 or 4 chains. Join with a slip stitch
Round 2: Single crochet in each chain.
Round 3:  *Single crochet in single crochet, then 2 single crochet in next chain, continue around. There is no joining b/c we will crochet in the round.
Continue pattern until circle is the width you want for your basket.

Round 1: Join yarn to plarn and sc  around the circle.
Round 2: Sc around the circle.
Round 3: Dc crochet in each sc around the circle.
***If you want to change colors you can do so. **
Round 4: Continue round 3 alternating 2 rows of dc with 2 rows of single crochet until your basket is the height you desire.

Until next time

~~ Keep the Peace~ ~