How To – Crochet Ribbing/Ribbed Stitch

Having a ribbed edge on a project is perfect for all sorts of making including: hats, cowls, gloves and sleeves for jumpers. Its something I have often been asked on how to do so I thought i’d put together little how to…..

How To’ guide for starting a ribbed stitch using sc stitches.

Make a ch of stitches to the length/thickness of ribbing required, then add an extra sc.

Row 1: sc into the 2nd ch from the hook and sc along the rest of the row.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), in the back loops only: sc along the row.

Repeat row 1 until you reach the desired length. Fasten off.

Notes:

  • To work into top edge of the ribbing sc along the top edge placing an sc stitch into the end of each row.
    • You can do this without joining the start and end of the ribbing together and not joining at all/joining at the end of the project, or join the ends together (sew to join or join using sc stitches to make a round before continuing in the round.

Crochet Block Stitch Ear Warmer Pattern – Perfect For Keeping Warm This Winter

As the weather starts to get colder I realise its time to get the hats and gloves out from their summer storage spaces and do a check on whether I need to make some more for the colder months ahead. This check highlighted that I need to make quite a few new hats, scarfs and gloves. Luckily I have had a few ideas in mind for some hats etc. that I haven’t yet had a chance to make, so I decided it was time to get these ideas made!

First up is a crochet ear warmer – its been too long since I made a project using block stitch so decided to combine these two together to make a crochet block stitch ear warmer.

I had some wool left from another project which was perfect for this project as it was nice and fluffy: Rowan Cosy Merino in Glacier (005). I continued this with another wool I had as the colours looked really nice together: Stylecraft Special DK in Spearmint (1842). You could use any wool colours and could always do a mix of different colours too.

Crochet Block Stitch Ear warmer Pattern:

Materials:

  • 4mm crochet hook.
  • Wool: 2 colours. I used Spearmint for my colour 1 and grey for my colour 2.
  • Scissors.
  • Darning needle.

Notes:

  • Change colour in the last yo of the previous stitch.

Ear warmer pattern:

4mm hook, using colour 1.

Row 1: ch20, sc into 2nd ch from hook, (ch2, skip 2, sc into the next stitch) 6 times.

Row 2: ch4, 3tr/dc into ch2 gap, (ch1, 3tr/dc into ch2 gap) 5 times, ch1, tr/dc into final sc. Change to colour 2.

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), sc into top of tr/dc, sc into ch1 gap, (ch2, sc into ch1 gap) 6 times, sc into 3rd ch of the ch4 at the start of the previous row. Change to colour 1.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the band is long enough to go comfortably around your head, ensuring you finish on a row 3.

Fasten off.

Fold the band in half right sides together, cast on using 4mm hook and colour 2:

Insert hook, pull up loop, ch1, sc into same stitch. Then complete sc stitches along the row to join the ends together.

Fasten off. Turn out the right way.

All finished!.

Crochet Christmas Bunting Pattern, Complete With Santa, Reindeer And An Elf!

While working on my Christmas decorations/mats over the last few weeks I have been thinking about making some into bunting. I could have used these previous Santa decoration/mat, Elf decoration/mat, and Reindeer decoration/mat patterns that I had already completed to make some but I wanted to do some that were slightly different as I had an idea in mind to have the hats as the flat top edges rather than having the hats at the point!.

This pattern is available free for my members over on Patreon.

Crochet Reindeer Christmas Decoration/Mat: Little Christmas Twist On A Triangle Granny

After completing my Christmas granny triangle Santa and Elf decorations/mats I decided to make a reindeer themed one next – complete with red nose!

These Christmas themed granny triangles are perfect for decorating with this Christmas they would make great mats/coasters and could easily be made into bunting by attaching the to a crochet chain or ribbon.

These little makes are also perfect for using up leftover wool too.

Crochet Granny Triangle Christmas Reindeer Decoration/Mat Instructions

Materials

  • 4.5mm crochet hook.
  • Wool, small amounts (around 25g) of:
    • Red.
    • Light Brown.
    • Brown.
    • Black.

Notes:

  • Push bobbles out to the front after completion.
  • Change wool colour on the last yo of the previous stitch.

Bobble stitch (bob):

To make the bobble stitch (bob):

(yo, insert hook into ch2 gap, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops – picture 1) 4 times (picture 2), yo then pull through all loops on hook (picture 3).

Picture 1.
Picture 2.
Picture 3.

Making the Christmas Reindeer decoration

Main decoration:

Starting in red using 2 strands at the same time:

ch4, ss into sc at start of row to make a round.

Round 1: Into round: ch3 (counts at a stitch) bob, tr/dc, [ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, change to 1 strand of brown, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 2: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr] in next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 3: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc, into next ch2 gap, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 4: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to black [tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, change to brown, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to black [tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, change to brown, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch gap twice, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 5: ch1 (counts as a stitch) sc into ch2 gap, sc around the edge – placing an sc into each tr/dc and 2sc into the ch2 gaps, ss into top of ch1 at start of round.

Fasten off.

Antlers:

In the 3tr/dc above the eyes:

Right antler: insert hook into top of tr/dc closet to the eye.

Left antler: insert hook into the tr/dc furthest from the eye.

Light brown wool:

Row 1: Insert hook, pull up loop, ch1 and sc into the same stitch. 2sc.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.

Row 3: ch8, htr/hdc in 2nd ch from hook, htr/hdc 5 more times, ss into stitch at the base of the ch. sc into next stitch, ss into last stitch, ch8, htr/hdc in 2nd ch from hook, htr/hdc 5 more times, ss into stitch at the base of the ch.

Fasten off.

Repeat for the other antler.

Sewing Tutorial: Quick Make Christmas Large Holly Decoration, Complete With Pom Pom Detail

This large Christmas holly decoration is a perfect last minute sewing make

I always end up near Christmas in a frantic rush as I have forgotten to make something or something will happen that I need a make for, this year I am ahead and I have made a couple of extra things that I can use if needed. First up is a large Christmas holly decoration – I have had something like this in mind for a while now and am really happy I have finally managed to get one made. This is perfect if your needed a last minute make as it does’t take long to put together and can be made using leftover fabrics.

I made this using some leftover fabrics from the Colourful Christmas fat quarters set gifted to me by The Craft Cotton Company – The rest of the fat quarter set was used to make a Christmas themed tutorial for their blog.

Large Christmas Holly decoration:

Materials:

  • 2 Fabric fat quarters, you could also join smaller fabric pieces together to make a patchwork holly.
  • A4 piece of paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Thread.
  • Needle.
  • Pins.
  • Red wool.
  • 3.5cm pom pom maker, or two pieces of card with a 3.5cm diameter.

Making the Christmas holly decoration:

Step 1: Take the paper and pencil and draw out a large holly shape, cut out to make your template and then use to cut out 4 pieces of fabric leaving a 0.5 cm seam allowance. Make sure when cutting that the front pieces are cut with the fabric facing right side up and for the back pieces that the fabric is paced right side down. This will give you two front and two back pieces.

Step 2: Take a front and back piece and place right sides together, sew around leaving a 6cm gap for turning. Turn out the right way and sew the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining front and back piece.

Step 3: Add detail to the leaves by sewing a line down the middle of the leaf and then add some extra lines starting from the middle line and going out towards the edges.

Step 4: Place the leaves together with one slightly over-lapping the other and sew along the edges to join.

Step5: Make the pom poms using the red wool and the pom pom maker/card circles. Then sew to the holly leaves.

Crochet Elf Christmas Decoration/Mat: Little Christmas Twist On A Triangle Granny – Part 2!

It started with a crochet Santa Christmas decoration based on a granny triangle and next up is an Elf themed version! I have really liked making these decorations/mats – they work up very quickly too so are ideal for any last minute makes/gifts. I still have a couple more of these left to make and will share them over the next few weeks.

Crochet Elf Triangle Christmas Santa Decoration/Mat Instructions

Materials

  • 4.5mm crochet hook.
  • Wool, small amounts (around 25g) of:
    • Pink.
    • Dark pink.
    • Red.
    • Green.
    • Black.

Notes:

  • Change wool colour on the last yo of the previous stitch.

Making the Christmas Elf decoration

Main decoration:

Starting in pink:

ch4, ss into sc at start of row to make a round.

Round 1: Into round: ch3 (counts at a stitch) 2tr/dc, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 2: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr] in next ch2 gap, ch2, change to pink, [3tr/dc , ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 3: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to green, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to red, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to pink, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc,] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2 ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 4: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 3tr/dc into ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to green, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to red, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to pink, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, 3tr] into next ch2 gap three times, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 5: ch1 (counts as a stitch) sc into ch2 gap, sc around the edge – changing colours when needed so the sc colour matches the previous round colour, placing an sc into each tr/dc and 2sc into the ch2 gaps, ss into top of ch1 at start of round.

Fasten off.

Eyes:

Black wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring. 

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach. 

Sew the eyes onto the decorations. 

Cheeks:

Pink wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring. 

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach. 

Sew the cheeks onto the decorations.