D is for Dishcloth…

Crochet dishcloths  free pattern I Do Declare, a Darling crochet Dishcloth is Definitely going to transform your Dreary Dish washing….  Delivering you and your Dishes from Dirty and Dull  to  Divine!

Crochet dishcloths  free patternI Dare you to find someone who Doesn’t Deserve a Delectable Dishcloth aDorning their kitchen, Dashing Duty into Delight.

Crochet dishcloths  free patternAnd Don’t despair, you can soon have a Dozen of these Decidedly Delightful Dishcloths too!

Delightful Dishcloths

Using a 5mm hook and worsted weight cotton, chain any multiple of 2 stitches + 2… I used 30.

  • Row 1: Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * to end.
  • Row 2 – 30: Chain 1, turn. Sc in the first space, *ch1, sc in the next space* rep from * to *  across. Remember to chain one at the end of each row and turn. Continue working in rows until your square looks square! Fasten off and join a new color.
  • Round one of edging: Repeat pattern, working AROUND the outside of your work (That’s sc in the chain 1 spaces, ch1) and work sc ch1 sc at each corner. Join with a ss to finish the round.
  • Round 2: sc in each stitch around putting 2 sc’s in each corner space. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

If this was in any way confusing, you can watch a video to see how to do this stitch in  more detail here (the pattern sc, ch 1 creates woven stitch – a very useful stitch pattern to have in your crochet repertoire! )

J xx

Crochet coaster free pattern

Crochet Coasters Tutorial

Crochet coaster free pattern I’ve had many, many requests for a crochet coaster pattern since I originally posted making coasters because the original pattern seems to have disappeared. If it does pop back up Ill link back to  it, but in the meantime, here’s a quick little tutorial for you to whip up some crochet coasters, for yourself or as a lovely gift!

To make these crochet coasters you will need…

  • DK (8ply) yarn – I like to use a cotton or cotton blend
  • 3mm or 3.5mm crochet hook – use a slightly smaller hook than usual because you want a nice firm fabric.
  • Needle to sew in ends

Crochet coaster free patternFirst up, chain 6 and join to form a ring:Crochet coaster free pattern

Chain 3 (counts as first DC) and DC 19 into the ring (20DC) Join with a SS into the top of the starting chain 3 to complete the round. Crochet coaster free pattern

Chain 3, DC in the next Stitch and Chain 2:Crochet coaster free pattern

DC in the next 2 Stitches, Chain 2 – repeat around. Join with a SS into the top of the starting chain 3 to complete the round:Crochet coaster free pattern

SS into the next Chain 2 space:Crochet coaster free pattern

Chain 3, DC, Chain 3, 2DC into the first chain 2 space:Crochet coaster free pattern

2DC, chain 3, 2DC into each remaining chain 2 space – repeat around. Join with a SS into the top of the starting chain 3 to complete the round:Crochet coaster free pattern

SS to next chain 3 space. Chain 3, 7 DC in space:Crochet coaster free pattern

8 DC into each chain 3 space around. Join with a SS into the top of the starting chain 3 to complete the round:Crochet coaster free pattern

Turn over and sew in the ends…Crochet coaster free pattern

Make just one, or a whole bunch. I love crochet coasters!Crochet coaster free pattern

Especially when accompanied by a cup of tea and a good book!Crochet coaster free pattern

Have a lovely weekend everyone! J xox

crochet cowl free pattern

Easy crochet cowl

I recently made this crochet cowl for a friend.

open weave crochet cowl free patternWarm, yet light…open weave crochet cowl 4Soft AND snuggly! Best of all its a super easy design, suitable for those new to crochet…crochet cowl free pattern

Lets begin shall we? This one is made using 2 strands of 4ply held together, because I wanted an 8ply/ DK weight cowl. I loved this color, so used the two strands to achieve the weight I was looking for with a 6mm hook. Really though, you could use and weight yarn and a suitably large enough hook.

Chain 35:

open weave crochet cowl 9Turn and DC in the fifth chain from the hook:

open weave crochet cowl 10Chain 1, skip 1 and double crochet in the next stitch:Crochet cowl free patternRepeat across until you reach the end of the row. Turn and chain 4:Crochet cowl free patternDC into first space:open weave crochet cowl 8Chain1 and double crochet into each space across:

Crochet cowl free patternKeep working until your cowl is the desired length…open weave crochet cowl 5Then slip stitch your two ends together:Crochet cowl free patternWeave in all ends (there should only be two!), and put on your new cowl! crochet cowl free pattern crochet cowl free patternThen take a photo or two and post it over on the Green Dragonfly Facebook page!

Have a very happy day 🙂 ~ Jxox

A new crochet hat

Crochet hat free patternI made a new hat for Maia, in pretty candy colors… love this yarn it’s super cute and crochets up so quickly because its a chunky (12 ply) knit. It’s discontinued but I stocked up last year at our local yarn shop sale 🙂

You can find the pattern here, and because Maia is getting bigger the hat had to get bigger too 🙂 so there are a couple more rounds of shells than when I first made this hat – original pattern had 5 rounds of shells, this time it has 9 – but less rounds for the band.

Crochet hat free patternMaia likes this hat, we don’t get extremely cold winters here so the holes mean that the hat is not too hot! Do you have a favourite hat pattern? Leave a comment and share it below…

Make a paper carry bag

Make a newspaper bag

Last week at church a woman was generously giving away kiwi fruit after the service. She had a stack of these nifty newspaper carry bags which she had made to put the fruit into, and I instantly fell in love with them (yes, such is my personality… I’m easily pleased by simple, useful, handmade things!).Make a paper carry bagShe gave me a very quick lesson in the making of the bags, and once home I un-made the bag and put it back together.  Simple, yet perfect for carrying all manner of things… I hope – like me – you too can find a million uses for these bags.

Here’s how you make your own newspaper carry bag:

First up you need a couple of sheets of newspaper – not the small tabloid sized pieces, but the big, old-school, full sized newspaper sheets.

Lay the paper down on a flat surface (kitchen table works well) and fold the top (long) edge down about 3 inches.Make a paper carry bagFlip the sheet over and fold it into thirds – first one side, then the other side.Make a paper carry bagNow ease the top third under the flap (folded over top) immediately below it.output_dQFIk6

Then flip the whole thing over and fold the bag in half (long ways) and tuck the bottom under the flap.Make a paper carry bag And there you have it, one all purpose newspaper carry bag… ready to fill and go! Make a paper carry bagCool huh?


A new tutorial… crochet granny bag

crochet granny bag If you’ve been reading for a while you will know I have a thing for crochet bags… or more to the point, crochet granny square bags.

From the single granny bag

Granny envelope bagto tiny granny…Crochet ipad caseAnd the giant granny…Crochet granny bag… It’d be fair to say I’ve made a few.

But you can never have too many granny square bags, right? So here’s a lovely quick bag to whip up using 13 of your favourite granny squares!crochet granny bag

Step one:

Crochet 13 granny squares. There are no rules to which granny square you use, what color it should be, or how big. But remember the size of the final bag will depend on how heavy your yarn is and many rounds the granny squares have.

I chose my favourite ‘plain’ granny. But there are so many amazing granny designs out there, this bag is only limited by your imagination (and your stash 🙂 )Crochet granny squaresMy granny squares were  made using a mix of dk/ light worsted and a 4mm hook. They are 6 rounds. I used the same color combination for all squares, but you don’t have to. If you choose to use different colors, keep in mind you are going to have to join them, and if you don’t want the join to show you will want to use a consistent color for the last round.

Step two:A new crochet granny bag 9Sew your granny squares together. I do this by holding wrong sides together and sewing a zig zag from one square to the other catching only a single strand from each square.

You want to sew together 5 squares to form an X (one x for the front and one x for the back), then add in three squares which get folded in half and sewn across the front and back:crochet granny bagWhen its finished, it should look like this:

A new crochet granny bag 8Step three:

Crochet the outer rounds of the handles….

Round one: join your yarn (in a trough not a peak) and single crochet around the entire upper edge.

Round two: SC in each stitch to the next ‘peak’ then chain 50. Skip the entire next ‘trough’ and join at the opposite peak, then continue with SC to the next ‘peak’, chain 50 and once again skip the next ‘trough’ join on the opposite side and complete the round with SC.

Rounds three and four:  SC in every stitch around (including the handles)

A new crochet granny bagStep four:

Crochet the inner rounds of the handles. Join yarn a stitch or two in from the handle on the inner edge:A new crochet granny bag 2Single crochet in each stitch around the inner edge of the handle, when you get to the bottom of the trough skip the very middle stitch (this keeps it from bulging) also skip the first and last stitch before the handle:

A new crochet granny bag 3Continue working around the inner edge for 3 rounds (total); skipping those three stitches on each round to keep it nice and neat.

A new crochet granny bag 11And that’s it, sew in all ends and you are finished! Stash it full of stuff and take it out!

I’m still debating lining this bag… Ill let you know what I decide – but don’t worry, it wont stop me enjoying it as it is in the meantime 🙂

A new crochet granny bag 5As always, let me know if you have any problems or questions. And if you make one, I’d love to see it – either send me an email or post it on the facebook page. J xox