Tag: crochet

How to Crochet a Basic Granny Square

So the Basic Granny Square pattern has been around forever!  I would say it’s a Classic!  I just LOVE  how versatile it is!  It’s perfect for beginners too!  You can make so many cute things with it.  I learned along time ago how to make it.  I was also in several what they called “Friendship” Square swaps. It’s where you would make a certain amount of squares and send them out to the person Organizing the swap and in return you would get Squares from others. The Friendship Square blanket. I’ve got about 3 of them. One was a Christmas Theme, Spring and Any Occasion theme.  They were fun to make.  Once you got them all you’d crochet them all together to make your  Blanket.  You could also make Baby “Lovey’s”, you could just keep going and make one Big Giant Square til it’s as big as you want it to be. Change colors etc….ideas are endless!

Well my first video of the  year is “The Basic Granny Square”.  At the middle school I work at we have a Crochet Club and at the end of last year I had promised them a video and I finally got around to making it.  So I’ll share it here also.  I’ve got many more projects that are in the making so stay tuned.  Below the video I’ve got the Basic Instructions for The Granny Square.

As always thanks for stopping by and…
Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

The Basic Granny Square

Materials:
Yarn
Hook
Scissors
Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
Slst = Slip Stitch

NOTE: Ch 3 counts as your 1st DC unless otherwise noted

Instructions:

There are a few ways to start – here are my 2 favorite

  1. Do a Magic Circle/Ring
  2. Start with a Slip Knot, ch 4 and join to make a circle
    Either one is fine to do, your choice

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 DC into the ring ch 2, (*3 DC into the ring, ch 2) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.
*I call these 3 DC – Clusters*

Round 2: Ch 3, 2 DC into the ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, (*3 DC into the next, ch 2 space, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.
*We just made our 4 Corners

Round 3:  Ch 3, 2 DC into the ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1 (*3 DC into the next, ch 2 space, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.
*We are now growing our Square

Round 4: Round 3:  Ch 3, 2 DC into the ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1  (*3 DC into the next, ch 2 space, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1  ) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.

Repeat the process til you get the desired size you want.

What Hooks do I use?

Hey All! I wanted to share a question that I get asked a lot.  “What Crochet Hooks do I use?”  Well I use many of them Boye Brand was what I started out with many years ago along with Susan Bates. But I have found a New Brand “Clover”.  I was looking for something with a little more comfort as I do crochet A LOT!  I tried Clover Soft Touch it was comfy BUT I fell in LOVE with Clover “Amour” – These are my all time FAVORITE Hooks!  If you watch my videos I use them ALL the time! I love the soft grip and I do crochet much longer with them. I have one more set to collect but I’ve got just about ALL of them!  Below I’m adding the ones that I do have (Amazon Affiliate)

If you are looking for something new and crochet a lot TRY them – I tried the “J” Hook first then ordered my set!   You won’t be disappointed!  I’ve got more goodies to share with you all a little later as things have slowed down here. I plan on Blogging more and doing more videos in 2018!

As always thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
Yvonne Metz

Time to get your Jolly on….

How adorable are these Santa Hats?  Super FUN and Perfect for the Holidays!  That’s right it’s that time to get your Jolly on!

This pattern was shared on a Facebook Group by Sarah Zimmerman from Repeat Crafter Me.  You can find the pattern HERE.

UPDATED: I used Clover Amour L Hook – (Amazon Affiliate Link)
I did modify it to fit a Teen/Adult hat. Here is what I did -With the L Hook I started with a chain of 44 and that measured 20″ –  I switched to M Hook when it changes to Red. After round 3. Then after 4th round it says to Repeat it 4 more times – I ended up doing 8 more times for Adult size. Giving me a total of 12 rows –
Then when we get to the Shape top: This is what I did (You’ll see in the pattern is says next rnd: I changed it up)
R1 – ch1 *(Sc2tog), sc in next 20, repeat* once, join, ch 1 (42)
R2-3 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (41)
R4 – (sc in next 5, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (36)
R5-6 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (36)
R7 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (30)
R8-9 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (30)
R10 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (25)
R11-12 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (25)
R13 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (20)
R14-15 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (20)
R16 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (16)
R17-18 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (16)
R19 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (12)
R20-21 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (12)
R22 –  (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (10)
R 23-32 – sc in each around (10) From here you’ll follow the pattern Even though you’ll have 20 stitches instead of 16. It will still work out fine!
Should you have any questions please let me know – If you are not a crocheter and would like to order a Santa Hat click on the Etsy link in the top right hand corner.  OR message me and I can send you a Paypal Invoice.

Thanks for stopping by and as always,

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz
Vista, Ca.

A New Design “Just Chillin” Beanie

Seriously, not sure what’s gotten into me. I’m no Designer but these just keep coming! Totally inspired by ALL the AWESOME talent out there!  So here is my latest “Just Chillin'” Beanie! It’s so laid back and it’s got that slight Slouch to it and of course a POM POM!  I’ve got a video in the works and will post it as soon as it’s loaded.

But for now here is the Free PDF pattern – Just Chillin Slouchy
As I said I’m not a Designer by any means and this was made to fit a Teen/Adult I’m sure you can do any size just by measuring the length of the band.  I’ll try and experiment with different sizes later OR if you have any ideas leave me a comment!  Questions about the pattern let me know this too!

Well Grandson is here so I’m off! Thanks for stopping by and as always…..

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

The BoHo Messy Bun Beanie

So as promised here is my new Messy Bun Hat Design! So this is very rare that I create a Design I normally test patterns for others! LOL! But here they are straight from my brain and inspired by so many hats I’ve seen!  Super warm and cozy.

I’m calling this The “BoHo Messy Bun Beanie”.  Which was inspired by a member of a FB Group I’m in. I originally thought “Bohemian” but was like hmmm. I thought BoHo then as I saw a comment on my post suggesting the same name! Great minds think alike right?  Anyway I’m working on a video for this hat. Hopefully this week! It’s super easy and FUN to make!

This one I used Red Heart with Love yarn #4 worsted in color Mango! Doesn’t it just POP!  You can’t tell from the photo but it’s super squishy!  I’m just in love with this look.  It’s got that casual but also Elegant look about it.  I’m thinking I see a matching scarf to go with maybe?  Oh yes I see it and Infinity style?  Hmmmmm…..sounds like another Design pattern in the making!

If you are interested in purchasing a Beanie these will be in my Etsy soon. If you are a fellow crocheter you can download your copy here! BoHo Messy Bun Beanie If you have any questions about the pattern or you find mistakes please let me know. Once you get the hang of it they are pretty fast to make.  As mentioned above I’ll be doing a video soon so if you want to see the video (some of us are visual – I LOVE videos) then subscribe to me on YouTube so you know when I load the video.  The link is up above on the right.

Lastly, here is a Messy Bun version which is in the pattern.  I mean you can’t make a hat now a days without it being a Messy Bun too right?  This one uses Red Heart Essentials  yarn!

Stay tuned for the next one I’m going to share it’s another one that was in my brain.  I will be sharing this a little later today so come back and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by & as always…
Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

Hats…Hats and more Hats

Hey All! Just a real quick post to share what I’ve been up to!  It’s been crazy in this house with all the goodies I’ve been making!  Here are a few Hats that I’ve been making for the shop at the Outlet Mall in San Clemente – Gift Boutique & Home Decor!  We are getting ready for the Holiday’s and let me tell you if you haven’t been and you are in the area you’ve got to check it out!  So many Unique Gifts!  I’ll be working this Sunday and will take some pics of the new items and share here. These are just a few of the “Messy Bun” Beanies that I’ve got in there. There are more colors this one is “Cupcake”!   I’ll share some more styles with you a little later.

If you are a crocheter and would like the pattern you can download it- Mindless Messy Bun Hat.  I’ve also done a video which you can watch by clicking the YouTube button at the sidebar. Or you can see it below.

 

Thank you for stopping by and I’ll be sharing more hats soon! I have designed 2 hats of my own.  I’m happy with the way they turned out! I’m so not a Designer, tester yes, Designer not so much!  Til next time….
Happy Craftin’
Yvonne Metz

Teddy Bears in the house

Seriously, How adorable are these Teddy Bears???!!! After making the 1st one I had enough yarn over to make the 2nd one! Not bad for 1 ball of Caron Sprinkle Cake! Which is a brand new line of yarn. Love this in Birthday Cake color and it’s self striping so you don’t know what color will be next. So in LOVE with how they came out.  I’ll for sure be adding these to my Etsy shop also! Thanks again to Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me for a GREAT Project!

If you are in the San Clemente area I’ll be adding them there too!  Of course went into work at Michaels last night and picked up some more. I got a new color too! I’ll show you that one a little later! Now to get ready for my Sons Baseball Tournament in San Clemente this weekend! I’m for sure packing my yarn! Let’s see what I get done!  Have a great weekend and until next time…..

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz
Vista, CA.

Just sharing a little something

So just a little Sneak Peek of what I was working on yesterday…..I’ll share more later promise! Of course if you follow my Facebook page then you’ve already seen them! LOL!   I saw this pattern from another “Crocheter” Blogger that I’ve been following since forever. I want to say it started with her cute Owl Hat Pattern. Sarah Zimmerman at Repeat Crafter Me shared this super adorable Bear and I just had to make one.  If you are a fellow crochet check out her Blog for the pattern. It works up super FAST and EASY!  She’s got some awesome patterns on her Blog and they are absolutely awesome!  I’ll post the finished project tomorrow morning.  Until then thanks for stopping by!
Happy Craftin’
Yvonne Metz

Something new in my Etsy Shop

Just when you thought it was save to get back in the water! LOL!  I’ve been wanting to make one of these Shark Blankets in like forever! I mean I’ve got the Mermaids down….now it’s time for the Sharks. Love how this came out and it is now in my Etsy Shop. In time for any Shark Lover. With Christmas around the corner and all!  Click HERE to get to the listing.  Click the photo for a larger image.  I’ve got more to share so check back soon!  Thanks for stopping by and as always….

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz
Vista, Ca.

What’s been happening you ask?

A whole heck of alot! Wow it’s been extremely busy here in my house with Crocheting and Stampin’ and now Baseball – OH and Yes Back to school! LOL!  But it’s ALL be absolutely Awesome!  My last post “Life Happens” I told you about the Store in San Clemente (Outlet Mall) well it’s been going awesome!  I’m going to share with you a few of the things that have in the store!  Here are some of my goodies!  I’ve got more items, hats, Mermaid  Blankets….maybe even a Shark Blanket – Which I just finished! Will share soon! Thanks for stopping by and if you are in the San Clemente area head over to the Gift  Boutique &  Home Decor store next to Levi’s – There are some AMAZING Vendors and nice Handcrafted items! If you are looking for that Unique gift – you’re bound to find something there!

Have a great day!
Yvonne Metz