Free Crochet Pattern: Flowers In The Window Afghan Square

Today I’m sharing my second square for the Blog Hop Crochet Along! You can read the full details about the crochet along in my previous post here, and find links to the other squares at the bottom of this post!

 

● Size G (4.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
● Yarn needle for finishing.
● Worsted Weight Yarn in 4 colors

Yarn used in example: Lion Brand Wool-ease in Eggplant (CA), Dark Rose Heather (CB), Grey Heather (CC), Violet (CD)

Thank you to Lion Brand for sending me Wool-ease to create these squares with! Admittedly, I’d never tried it before but it really is perfect for afghans!

 

sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
pf – puff stitch
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
rep – repeat
rnd – round
ea – each
sp – space
st – stitch
FO – finish off
CA, CB, CC, CD – color A, B, C, D

 

● Invisible join: video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsHggQGFq3A

● Puff stitch: video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWNovo_3FsA  Please note: this tutorial shows how to make the puff stitch used in this pattern however, it does not show the ch 1 after the puff. rnd 1 of this pattern requires you to ch 1 after each puff.

 

This square is made by first making 4 smaller squares and then assembling them to make one large square. Work rnds 1-4 four times to create the four smaller squares.

Be sure to check your gauge!

Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch. Each smaller square, after rnd 4 should measure approximately 4  1/4″ across.

You will definitely need to block the square when finished to get it to lay flat. I have a simple tutorial here:http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=7929

Finished size: 12 inch square

 

Rnds 1-3, make 2 with CA & 2 with CB:

rnd 1: ch 2 (does not count as part of the stitch). [1 pf & ch 1] 8 times in 2nd ch from hook. sl st to 1st pf to join. (8 pf)

rnd 2: ch 6 (counts as 1 dc + 3 ch). [1 dc in next ch sp. 1 dc in next pf. ch 3.] 7 times . 1 dc in next ch sp. sl st to join. (16 dc)

rnd 3: ch 1 (does not count as part of the stitch). [3 dc in next ch sp. ch 2. 3 dc in same ch sp. 1 sc between next 2 dc.] rep around.  invisible join & FO.  (48 dc)

With CC:

rnd 4: [1 sc in ch sp. ch 1. 1 dc in next sc. ch 1. 1 dc in same sc. ch 2. 1 dc in next ch sp. ch 4. 1 dc in same ch sp. ch 2. 1 dc in next sc. ch 1. 1 dc in same sc. ch 1.] rep around. invisible join & FO.  (32 dc)

*join all 4 squares by whip stitching with CC & FO. Be sure not to whip stitch too tightly!*

rnd 5: starting in corner ch sp: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in same ch sp. ch 3. 2 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. [1 dc in next st. 1 dc in next ch sp. ] 4 times. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. 2 dc in next ch sp. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. [1 dc in next st. 1 dc in next ch sp. ] 4 times. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. 1 dc in next st.

*2 dc in same ch sp. ch 3. 2 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. [1 dc in next st. 1 dc in next ch sp. ] 4 times. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. 2 dc in next ch sp. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. [1 dc in next st. 1 dc in next ch sp. ] 4 times. 1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next ch sp. 1 dc in next st.

rep from * twice. invisible join & FO.  (152 dc)

With CD:

rnd 6: starting in corner ch sp: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in same ch sp. ch 3. 2 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in ea of the next 38 sts. [2 dc in next ch sp. ch 3. 2 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in ea of the next 38 sts.] 3 times. invisible join & FO.  (168 dc)

With CA:

rnd 7: starting in corner ch sp: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in same ch sp. ch 3. 2 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in ea of the next 42 sts. [2 dc in next ch sp. ch 3. 2 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in ea of the next 42 sts.] 3 times. invisible join & FO.  (184 dc)

You are welcome and encouraged to sell any items you make using this pattern! All I ask in return is that when selling online, please credit Julie King / Gleeful Things & provide a link to www.gleefulthings.com.

You may NOT sell the pattern, distribute it in any form, repost it online, or alter it to claim it as your own (this includes charts & translations to other languages). Copyright © 2014 Julie King / Gleeful Things. All Rights Reserved.

 

If you use this free pattern, please consider supporting me by purchasing a pattern from my shop.  Your support will help ensure that I’m able to continue making new patterns to share. Thanks for considering! :)

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My Crazy Birthday Backpacking/Camping Trip

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any of my weekend adventures. I have a bunch of pictures from various places that I’ve just been slacking on posting! Anyone wanna nag me to post more of them? haha! :P

Last weekend was my birthday and all I wanted to do was go camping! My friends and I talk about going all the time and it never happens so I was dead set on using my birthday as an excuse to make it actually happen! I almost gave up on the idea though, after realizing that none of the state parks around here allow you to have fires. To me, camping and fires go hand in hand so without a fire it just wouldn’t be as fun. After hours of internet searching, I eventually found a campground that sounded too good to be true! The only catch was that getting there required a 3 mile uphill hike!

I’ve never been backpacking so I did not have the right equipment at all! But regardless, I was SO excited to go! After all, I do hike nearly every weekend so it seemed like no big deal. Just another hike where I’d just happen to be carrying more than usual.

I stuffed my 10 pound tent in my backpack and crammed whatever else I could in there, bungeed my sleeping bag to the straps of my backpack and I was good to go! Ghetto style backpacking at it’s finest! And of course I had to get a picture of this so I could show everyone how ridiculous it was!

This is the view from the top, when we finally made it to the campground. I’ve gotta say, this was easily the longest 3 miles I’ve ever walked. It took at least 4 hours to reach the top. It was so much harder than I ever imagined to carry everything the way I did on a hike that was 100% uphill! I got a lot of crazy looks too, from people hiking past us!

It was all worth it though because the campground was great! We cooked bacon wrapped turkey dogs over the fire and made s’mores. In the morning we attempted to make cinnamon rolls. I saw on pinterest that you can cook them inside orange peels but ended up just laying them on foil instead. The entire bottom half was blackened and not edible, haha! So I guess next time I’ll use the orange peel method!

I absolutely love cooking stuff over the fire, so if you have any good recipes or ideas for campfire meals, I’d love to hear them! :)

I really wish I had more (and more interesting) photos to show you. It was a really quick trip so I didn’t take as many as I wish I had. I really can’t wait to go back, more prepared, and hopefully for longer!

I’m so excited to say that as a birthday gift, my dad took me to REI and bought me an actual real backpacking pack! I cannot wait to go use it! And I’m going to be slowly buying other equipment too, as I can afford it.

Here’s one more from halfway down. You can see downtown on the horizon. I wish it had been a clearer day because the view would have been amazing!

If you’re from Southern California, I’d love to hear what your favorite places to camp are! Especially if you’re into backpacking. I can tell this is going to be my new favorite weekend activity!

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New Work In Progress: The Heartbeat Slouchy Hat

I published my Heartbeat Skully Hat pattern in January 2013 and fully intended to make a slouchy version too. I suppose it’s about time that I get around to that right?! heh! I’m kinda rolling my eyes at myself for how long this has taken me but I didn’t like how it was working out at first so I set it aside and worked on other patterns. Lots of other patterns. For almost two years… geez. Anyway! This is it. It’s being tested right now and I should have it up for sale in the first week of December.

I couldn’t decide on how slouchy to make it so I’m giving you two options. First I made the black/gray one but it’s more slouchy than I like so I made the green one less slouchy. I think I tend to like my slouchy hats, not suuuper slouchy but from the feedback I’ve gotten from people who have used my patterns, it seems like some want more slouch!

What do you think? How much slouch do you like in your slouchy hats?

I was excited to get to try two new (to me) yarns for this hat! Elegant Yarns Kaleidoscope in Cheesecake & Cascade 220 in Cedar Green. Originally I intended to use the Cascade 220 with a different multi-color yarn and for a different project but it ended up in my yarn basket next to the Kaleidoscope and I thought they looked perfect together! I have so much of both left though, I need to make something else with them. I’m thinking maybe my Peachy Arm Warmers.

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Blog Hop Crochet Along Giveaway: Win $100!

As part of the Blog Hop Crochet Along, we have 3 fun giveaways planned! Soon, you’ll have a chance to win some yarn from Lion Brand or even our completed afghan! But today the designers have teamed up to give you a chance to win $100! Who doesn’t want an extra $100?! Use the widget below to score up to 19 entries!

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P.S. Have you been participating in the crochet along? It’s never too late to start! Come join our Facebook group to see everyone’s progress and get inspired! :)

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Free Crochet Pattern: Floral Kaleidoscope Afghan Square

Welcome Blog Hop Crochet Along-ers! I’m so excited to be sharing my first square with you today!

And for anyone who hasn’t been following, I’m participating in the Blog Hop Crochet Along with 9 other bloggers and we’re giving you a new afghan square pattern every day this month! You can read the full details about it in my previous post here, and find links to the other squares at the bottom of this post.

 

● Size G (4.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
● Yarn needle for finishing.
● Worsted Weight Yarn in 4 colors

Yarn used in example: Lion Brand Wool-ease in Natural Heather (CA), Dark Rose Heather (CB), Seaspray (CC), Eggplant (CD)

Thank you to Lion Brand for sending me Wool-ease to create these squares with! Admittedly, I’d never tried it before but it really is perfect for afghans!

 

sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
trc – triple/treble crochet
pf – puff stitch
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
rep – repeat
rnd – round
ea – each
sp – space
st – stitch
FO – finish off
CA, CB, CC, CD – color A, B, C, D

 

Invisible join: video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsHggQGFq3A

Puff stitch: video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWNovo_3FsA  Please note: this tutorial shows how to make the puff stitch used in this pattern however, it does not show the ch 1 after the puff. rnd 1 of this pattern requires you to ch 1 after each puff.

 

Be sure to check your gauge!

Gauge: 4 dc or trc = 1 inch.

You will definitely need to block the square when finished to get it to lay flat. I have a simple tutorial here: http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=7929

Finished size: 12 inch square

 

With CA:

rnd 1: ch 2 (does not count as part of the stitch). [1 pf & ch 1] 8 times in 2nd ch from hook. sl st to 1st pf to join. (8 pf)

rnd 2: ch 6 (counts as 1 dc + 3 ch). [1 dc in next ch sp. 1 dc in next pf. ch 3.] 7 times . 1 dc in next ch sp. sl st to join to 3rd ch. (16 dc)

rnd 3: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). [3 dc in next ch sp. ch 2. 3 dc in same ch sp. 1 sc between next 2 dc.] rep around.  invisible join & FO.  (48 dc)

With CB:

rnd 4: starting in any ch sp: [1 sc in ch sp. ch 1. 1 dc in next sc. ch 4. 1 dc in same sc. ch 1.] rep around. sl st to join. (16 dc)

rnd 5: [4 dc in next ch sp. ch 2. 4 dc in same ch sp. 1 sc in next sc.] rep around. invisible join & FO.  (64 dc)

With CA:

rnd 6: [1 sc in ch sp. ch 2. 1 trc in next sc. ch 2. 1 trc in same sc. ch 3. 3 trc in next ch sp. ch 4. 3 trc in same ch sp. ch 3. 1 trc in next sc. ch 2. 1 trc in same sc. ch 2.] rep around. invisible join & FO.  (40 trc)

With CC:

rnd 7: starting in the 1st sc of rnd 6: ch 6 (counts as 1 trc + 2 ch). 1 trc in same sc. [1 trc in next ch 2 sp. ch 2. 1 trc in same ch sp. ch 2. 1 trc in ea of the next 3 trc. 3 trc in ch sp. ch 4. 3 trc in same ch sp. 1 trc in ea of the next 3 trc. ch 2. 1 trc in next ch 2 sp. ch 2. 1 trc in same ch sp. 1 trc in next sc. ch 2. 1 trc in same sc.] 3 times.

1 trc in next ch 2 sp. ch 2. 1 trc in same ch sp. ch 2. 1 trc in ea of the next 3 trc. 3 trc in ch sp. ch 4. 3 trc in same ch sp. 1 trc in ea of the next 3 trc. ch 2. 1 trc in next ch 2 sp. ch 2. 1 trc in same ch sp. invisible join & FO.  (68 trc)

With CA:

rnd 8: starting in corner ch 4 sp: ch 4 (counts as 1 trc). 2 trc in same ch sp. ch 4. 3 trc in same ch sp. 1 trc in ea of the next 6 trc. 2 trc in next ch sp. 3 trc in ea of the next 3 ch sps. 2 trc in next ch sp. 1 trc in ea of the next 6 trc.

[3 trc in next ch sp. ch 4. 3 trc in same ch sp. 1 trc in ea of the next 6 trc. 2 trc in ch sp. 3 trc in ea of the next 3 ch sps. 2 trc in next next ch sp. 1 trc in ea of the next 6 trc.] 3 times. invisible join & FO.  (124 trc)

With CB:

rnd 9: starting in corner ch 4 sp: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 2 dc in same ch sp. ch 4. 3 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in ea of the next 31 sts. [3 dc in ch sp. ch 4. 3 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in ea of the next 31 sts.] 3 times. invisible join & FO.  (148 dc)

With CD:

rnd 10: starting in corner ch 4 sp: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 2 dc in same ch sp. ch 4. 3 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in ea of the next 37 sts . [3 dc in ch sp. ch 4. 3 dc in same ch sp. 1 dc in ea of the next 37 sts.] 3 times. invisible join & FO.  (172 dc)

You are welcome and encouraged to sell any items you make using this pattern! All I ask in return is that when selling online, please credit Julie King / Gleeful Things & provide a link to www.gleefulthings.com.

You may NOT sell the pattern, distribute it in any form, repost it online, or alter it to claim it as your own (this includes charts & translations to other languages). Copyright © 2014 Julie King / Gleeful Things. All Rights Reserved.

 

If you use this free pattern, please consider supporting me by purchasing a pattern from my shop.  Your support will help ensure that I’m able to continue making new patterns to share. Thanks for considering! :)

 

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