How To: Crochet The Back And Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch - Easy Tutorial


With a few flicks through Pinterest it's plain to see that woven art has quickly become a new trend. Personally, I've not the most experienced weaver, but that wasn't going to stop me from jumping on board the bandwagon and experimenting with my handy crochet hook and a ball of cotton yarn.

After fumbling around for a bit, I suddenly realised that you could easily create an interesting pattern that looks somewhat woven, all just by alternating single crochets in the back and front loops of your work!

The Back & Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch has one of the most pleasant textures I've seen in a while, whilst still remaining a pretty easy crochet stitch to learn, perfect for any crochet newbies to give a go... Just imagine all the lovely (yet simple) cosy blankets and chunky oversized scarves you could crochet using this stitch!


If you're just as invested into your crochet-future as I am, and equally eager about soaking up some extra crochet knowledge, this helpful video will guide you through all the necessary steps to learn the "Back & Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch" (in an easy to follow speed), as you continue on your ever-growing crochet adventure!


Materials:
Crochet Hook - 5.00mm (H)

Foundation:
Chain in multiples of 2 + 1.

Pattern:
Row 1- Skip 2 ch (counts as 1st sc), 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 sc in every ch. Turn your work.
Row 2- Ch1 (counts as 1st sc). *1 sc in next st, but only into the back loop. 1 sc in next st, but only into the front loop. Repeat from the * all across. 1 sc in turning ch. Turn your work.

Repeat:
Row 2 until you have reached your desired length.



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Cocoa Baby Ankle Booties - Free Crochet Pattern


With the autumn months upon us, the weather has been so glorious this past week, that I’ve been leaving my desk at every available opportunity, making the most of these last few weeks of warmth before the cold sets in.

Whenever I think of autumn, cosy nights by the fireplace instantly come to mind. There's nothing I love more than snuggling underneath a fluffy blanket, with a mug of hot cocoa keeping my icy fingers nice and toasty, and crochet project laying readily by my side.

Is there anything quite as nostalgic as the smell of hot cocoa? The smell takes me back to when I was just a little girl and my mum would make my brother and myself each a warm mug, filled to the brim, as we enjoyed a snuggly evening in the fort we had just built from a mountain of blankets and pillows.

Hot cocoa is as much a part of every childhood is, as playing in a sandbox or flying a kite. Recently I was feeling a bit sentimental and decided to whip up a quirky pair of ankle baby booties, inspired by the warm tones on display every autumn.
I happened to have some Sirdar Cotton DK in my stash, which was the perfect fit for this little project... Not too chunky, and the skeins came in the most beautiful neutral shades!

If you have a little pair of tootsies that need to be kept warm, make sure to crochet an adorable pair of Cashmere Avocado Booties or a darling set of Autumn Blaze Booties!


What You'll Need
3.00mm (11) Crochet Hook
120 - 140yds DK Yarn (8ply) - Sirdar Cotton DK
Tapestry Needle

Size:
Pattern is made for 0 - 6 months old. Changes for size 6- 12 months are in [ ]. 
Finished Measurements (Sole Length)
 0 - 6 month old – 9cm 
6 - 12 month old – 10cm

Gauge
5 rows & 6 stitches in hdc  = 1 inch

Stitches & Abbreviations
st(s) - stitch(es)
ch - chain stitch
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
dc – double crochetdc2tog – double crochet 2 together
camel sc – camel single crochet
sp st – spike stitch

Pattern
Click here to Download the "Cocoa Baby Ankle Booties Pattern"!





Hope you all enjoyed the pattern for these cosy little baby booties.
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Have a lovely day crocheting,


Secret Garden Toddler Cardigan - Giveaway + Crochet Pattern


One of the most tranquil places to pass time is sitting on a rustic park bench, surrounded by flowers, listening to the birds chirping away. It's no secret at all that I love gardens, flowers and honeybees, so when I read "The Secret Garden" for the very first time as a little girl, I instantly fell in love with the idea of a private sanctuary, overflowing with an array of brightly coloured blossoms. 

Throughout Spring, there is nothing more enjoyable than adding a a touch of whimsical charm to your little lady's wardrobe in the form of a sweet Secret Garden Cardigan!.. Don't you think every girl would look incredibly sweet as she skips through a garden in this vintage outfit? If so, it's your lucky day as I've just added the pattern for this design to my Craftsy Shop and Etsy Shop!

Crocheting adorable outfits and quirky accessories for children is one of my favourite ways to pass the time. If you're exactly the same, be sure to crochet this Cuddly Puppy Hat and Bootie Set, or a chic pair of Swiss Coffee Baby Booties!


You can find the pattern HERE!

Size:
9-12 Months , 18-24 Months , 24-36 Months 

Materials:
6.00mm (10/J) Crochet Hook
345 - 540yds DK Yarn (8ply) - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK
3 Wooden Buttons (0.4")
Tapestry Needle




If you'd like the chance to win a copy of this pattern (I'm giving 10 copies away), 
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There are no country restrictions, ANYONE can enter. 
The giveaway closes Saturday February 25th at 12:00am AEST,
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