Crochet Patterns

Free Pattern: Easter Bunny Pin Cushion

By on April 14, 2017

Easter Bunny Pin Cushion

This pattern is pretty simple (read : I didn’t have to redo much). I needed a pin cushion & I was also in the mood for something easter hence I thought of merging the two. At about 2.5 inches long, it turned out to be a bit smaller than I had planned (miscalculated my gauge), but the design should hold irrespective of gauge.

Materials needed

  • White Crochet Thread
  • Pink Crochet Thread
  • Black Crochet/Embroidery Thread
  • Crochet needle with a slightly smaller size (I used 1.1mm instead of  the 1.5mm that would be appropriate for the thread)
  • Tapestry Needle/Wide-eye needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers
  • Stuffing ( Cotton/Synthetic cotton)
  • Beads for eyes (optional)

Free Pattern

The bunny head is made in three parts: the face & two ears. You will also need to make appliques for the ears & nose & stitch the eyes, whiskers & mouth.

Face

Make with white thread

  • Magic Ring : 10sc, pull ring close, DO NOT sl. st. close
  • R2 : [2sc, sc,2sc, sc,2sc]x2 (16)
  • R3 : [sc,2sc,sc,2sc,2sc,sc,2sc,sc]x2 (24)
  • R4 : [sc, 2sc, scx8,2sc,sc]x2 (28)
  • R5 : [sc, 2sc, scx10,2sc,sc]x2 (32)
  • R6 : [sc, 2sc, scx12,2sc,sc]x2 (36)
  • R7 : sc in each st (36)
  • R8 : [sc, red2sc, scx15]x2 (34)
  • R9 : [scx15, red2sc]x2 (32)
  • R10 : [sc, red2sc, scx13]x2 (30)
  • R11 : [scx13, red2sc]x2 (28)
  • R12 : [sc, red2sc, scx11]x2 (26)
  • R13 : [scx11, red2sc]x2 (24)
  • R14 : [sc, red2sc, scx6, red2sc,sc]x2 (20)
  • R15 : [sc, red2sc, scx4 , red2sc,sc]x2 (16), sl.st. & close

Nose

Pink Thread : Magic Ring : sc, dc, sc, sc, dc, sc (x2) , sl st & pull close.  ( This automatically gave me a triangular shape, but if your piece looks more oval, ch1 & close)

Face Assembly

Using a needle & black thread, sew the shape of mouth & teeth on the face.

Place nose at top of mouth, and sew on with pink thread with base of the triangle on top

Using the same needle & black thread, sew on the whiskers at the other two vertices of the nose.

For the eyes, you can sew on beads if you have them, or sew on the eyes with black thread. I used crochet thread, but in retrospect, I may have been better off with embroidery thread.

Stuff the face  till it holds shape, and leave aside.

Ears

Inner Ear (make two with pink thread)

  • Ch 9
  • sl. st. in 2nd ch from hook, sc, sc, dc, dc, sc, sc, 4 sc in last chain, turn to other side
  • sc, sc, dc, dc, sc, sc, sl.st., close & weave in ends

Ear Base (make two with white thread

  • Magic Ring : 6 sc in ring, pull close , DO NOT sl.st
  • R2 : sc in each stitch (6)
  • R3 : [sc, 2sc, sc] x 2 (8)
  • R4 : sc in each stitch (8)
  • R5 : [sc, sc, sc, 2sc] x2 (10)
  • R6 : sc in each stitch (10)
  • R7 : [sc, 2sc, sc, sc, sc] x2 (12)
  • R8 : sc in each stitch (12)
  • R9 : [sc, sc, sc, sc, red2sc] x2 (10)
  • R10 : [sc,red2sc,sc, sc] x2  (8)
  • Pause here to a) stitch on inner ear with pink thread & b)fill ear with stuffing
  • R11 : [sc, sc, red2sc]x2 (6)
  • R12 : [sc, red2sc]x2 (4)
  • R13 : [red2sc] x2 (2), sl.st, ch 1 & close. weave in ends

Final Assembly

Using white thread & needle, close the face opening with the base of the ears in the middle. Weave in ends

If you make this, comment below & share images of your work!

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Crochet Patterns

Free Pattern: Boat Bookmark with Anchor

By on April 5, 2017

They say necessity is the mother of invention. So true in this case. I was at the end of the nautical theme : I only had 1 anchor  bead left, having used the others in these two pairs of earrings:

                     

I thought I’d make another pair of earrings, but having done a ball and a square, I was at my wits end as to what shape to make this time.  Anchors aren’t the friendliest shape to work into earrings , and these ones were too big to be used as anything but the centre of attraction. I was messing around with designs with waves in the background, when I realised a boat just works so well with anchors! And since a boat + anchor will be too big for earrings , ta-da! The Boat Bookmark was conceived.

Bookmarks generally make great gifts, and this one is pretty quick to make as well. I completed the design in about an hour, and it took another hour to dry.

Free Pattern : Boat Bookmark with Anchor

There are three sections to this bookmark : the anchor, the oars, and the boat. As everything is attached the boat, I made the anchor and the oars first.

The materials I used:

  • White crochet thread for the boat and anchor rope , with 1.1 mm hook
  • Blue Crochet thread for the boat edge, with 1.1 mm hook
  • Brown Embroider thread (2 ply) for the oars, with 0.75mm hook
  • Anchor Bead
  • Cotton/ Synthetic cotton for stuffing
  • Starch (I use diluted Fevicol, similar to Mod Podge)

Anchor

Measure out the length of the bookmark. For me it was about 8 inches. Measure double the length and add a few more inches in the white thread (I used about 24 inches). Fold it in half and attach the mid point loop to the anchor bead using a girth hitch. Ensure that both tails are equal in length and measure atleast the length of the bookmark+ a few inches. As we will be twisting the two, we will lose a bit of length so adjust accordingly.

Oars

You will make two of these

  • Chain 4
  • R1 : Sc in second chain from hook, sc in next 2 chains, turn. (3)
  • R2 : Sc in next 3 stitches, turn. (3)
  • R3 : Decrease all 3 stitches into 1 stich(Red3sc) (1)
  • Double Chain x 7, ch1, close. weave in ends.

If you need help understanding how to do the double chain, Moral Fiber has a very helpful post here.

Starch these together, so that they are uniform in shape, and let it dry.

Boat

The boat is made in four steps : The bottom, the top, the sides & joining.

For both the bottom & the top, we will be starting at the flat side on the back of the boat.

For the bottom:

  • Ch 7
  • R1 : sc in second chain from hook, sc in the next 5 stitches, turn. (6)
  • R2 – R5 : sc x6, turn (6)
  • R6 : sc, sc, red2sc, sc, sc, turn (5)
  • R7 : sc, red3sc, sc, turn (3)
  • R8 : red3sc (1) , close

For the top

  • Ch 7
  • R1 : sc in second chain from hook, sc in the next 5 stitches, turn. (6)
  • R2 – R5 : sc x6, turn (6)
  • R6 : sc, sc, red2sc, sc, sc, turn (5)
  • R7 : sc, sc, red2sc, sc, turn (4)
  • R8 : sc, red2sc, sc, turn (3)
  • R9 : red2sc, sc, turn (2)
  • R10 : red2sc , close (1)

The sides are stitched on the bottom piece, starting from the first stitch flat side on the back, i.e. the starting chain.

  • R1 : sc in the front post for the first 6 stitches (i.e. the flat side). sc 1 stitch in each row x 7 till you reach the last row. 3sc in the last row (so that you reach the other side), sc 1 stitch in each row x 7 till you reach the flat side (23), sl.st into first stitch, ch1,
  • R2 : sc in same stitch as sl.st., sc in each stitch x 13 (i.e. flat side & one curved side till you reach the nose), 2sc, sc x 8 (24), sl.st. into first stitch, ch 1
  • R3 : sc in same stitch as sl.st. , sc in each stitch x13, 2sc, 2sc, sc x 8 (26), sl. st. into first stitch, ch1
  • R4 : sc in same stitch as sl.st. , sc in each stitch x25 (26), close

Align the bottom to the sides so that the flat sides are together. Start from the flat side, using the blue thread.

  • Sc through the first stitch on the flat side for both the top & the sides. Repeat for the next 5 stitches. Ch1
  • Sc through each row of the top & corresponding stitch on one side x 9
  • sc through the last row of the top & corresponding stitch on the side, ch1, sc through last row of top on the other side& corresponding stitch below.
  • Sc through each row of the top & corresponding stitch on one side x 5. *PAUSE*
  • Attach the end of the anchor rope & the oars to the top, ensuring the knots are on the inside. Stuff cotton/synthetic cotton, till the shape seems sturdy.
  • *Continue* sc through each row of the top & corresponding stitch on one side x 4, ch1 , sl.st . & join to the first stitch. close.  Weave in ends.

Finishing

Starch & Twist the the threads holding the anchor to make it look like a rope. Hold it in place as it dries to prevent it from unravelling.

If you feel that the boat isn’t holding its shape, then you can add some starch from the outside, and pinch it into shape.

 

Hope you have fun making this! Do send me pictures of your creations or post them on my page , I’d love to see your work!

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Changing colors in a ring

By on March 28, 2017

I recently made these pair of danglers, inspired by Lifebuoys, as part of a nautical theme I was going for.

The pattern itself is fairly simple. I used a pair of plastic rings as the base. I measured and found that I could fit 27-30 single crochet in the ring. As I wanted a total of 4 colors with equal number of stitches, my pattern was:

[White : sc x7 , Red : sc x 7] x 2 (28)

However changing colors on such a small design was a bit tricky, as a bit of extra thread in the wrong place was quite conspicuous.

Hence I made this video to share my tips on how I did a color change neatly.

 

This is my first video, so it is pretty rough around the edges. Do comment below if you have any feedback on either the design or the video, and please share pictures if you make this pattern. Have fun!

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Crochet Basics

The Basics : Understanding my terms

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Although I am in India, I learned crochet from the internet, and it seems that I learnt the stitches with the US terminology.

Most of my patterns will use abbreviations of these terms, so here’s a glossary for your ready reference.

Standard terms

 

ch: Chain

sl.st. : Slip Stitch

sc : Single Crochet

hdc : Half Double Crochet

dc : Double Crochet

tc : Treble Crochet

If you need help on the above stitches, this link has a great illustrated guide to basic crochet stitches

Uncommon terms

There are a few more stitches that I use that are not necessarily standard, but I use them quite often

htc : Half Treble Crochet

This is a mix between half double crochet & treble crochet, as the name suggests. Yarn over twice and insert into stitch, as with a treble crochet. Pull through the first two loops as usual. However, pull through the last three loops at one time, as you would with a half double crochet.

red2sc : Reduce 2 single crochet

I use this to decrease stitches with single crochet, most commonly with crochet balls or similar shapes. Insert into stitch and pull up a loop as you would with single crochet. Then insert into the next stitch and pull up another loop , to have a total of 3 loops on hook. Pull through all three loops to complete.  Hence you will have stitched through two stitches on the bottom row, but will only have one corresponding stitch on top.

The term can be applied as red3sc or red4sc , depending on how many stitches on the bottom row are being collapsed into one stitch on top, but the process is the same.

red2dc : Reduce 2 double crochet

Similar to red2sc, this is the double crochet version of decreasing stitches, most commonly with curved or wavy shapes. Yarn over, as with a double crochet, and insert into stitch. Pull up a loop, and pull through once( you should have two loops on the hook at this point). Then yarn over again and insert into next stitch. Pull up a loop and pull through once, so as to have three loops on the hook. Then pull through all three loops.

Pattern notations

Any pattern usually has several variations such as multiple stitches in a single stitch or repetition of the same combination multiple times. Here’s how I differentiate between the two.

<stitch>, <stitch>, <stitch>

When there is only one stitch type per bottom row stitch, I usually separate them with commas. For instance, the following pattern

sc, dc, sc

means that there’s a single crochet in the first stitch, a double crochet in the next stitch and another single crochet in the third stitch. A variation of this style is

sc, 2dc, sc

which means there’s a single crochet in the first stitch, TWO double crochets in the next stitch and another single crochet in the third stitch.

If there’s a pattern for

sc,sc,sc

which is one single crochet in each stitch for the next 3 stitches, I will simplify this as

sc x3

Note that sc x3 means one single crochet per stitch for the next 3 stitches, but 3sc  means 3 single crochet in the same stitch

{<stitch>,<stitch>,<stitch>} in next stitch

If there is a combination of stitches in a single stitch, I usually club them with curly brackets. For example

{sc,dc,sc} in next stitch

means that you should do these three stitches in the same stitch.

 

[<stitch>, <stitch>] xN

Patterns in crochet often repeat sequences, especially when working in a circle. I denote a complete sequence in box brackets, with the xN denoting the number of times it should be repeated. For example,

[sc, dc] x3

This means you should do a single crochet in one stitch, followed by double crochet in the next stitch, three times, i.e. for a total of 6 stitches.

A variation of this could be

[sc, {hdc,ch1,hdc}, dc] x5

which would mean a sequence of one sc in a stitch, then a (hdc,ch1,hdc) all in the next stitch, and followed by one dc in the third stitch. This sequence is to be repeated by times for a total of 15 stitches.

To help you keep track, I usually add the total no of stitches in a row in regular brackets. So in the above example, it would be written as (15) at the end of the row.

 

These may seem a bit confusing, but between my videos and patterns, it shouldn’t be too confusing

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Misc

Once upon a time…

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Welcome to Thread Story! I have been playing around with crochet, and now tatting, for a a few years now. I have always been intrigued more my new designs , and honestly I haven’t had the patience to complete big projects like bed covers. So I focused my energy on applying crochet to smaller items such as earrings and bookmarks. I love making new designs, but no one to share them with, hence this blog. I will be sharing posts and videos with new patterns, tips and tricks or even my experience with existing patterns, and the resulting modifications.  All my patterns are free to use, all I ask is you share a link back to this blog in your posts. I had a blast making these and I hope you do too!

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