Zeta Snowflake

Do you need a quick and easy holiday/winter gift idea? You’ve come to the right place.

My Zeta Snowflake is at least 3 different projects within the one design. Depending on the size yarn that you pick you can have a coaster, a holiday tree ornament, or a set of earrings.

I hope you enjoy this snowflake as much as I do. Below you can find all the details and supplies you’ll need to make some for yourself, or friends and family.

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30 Days of Cozy

I’m so excited to be participating in 30 Days of Cozy 2020 hosted by Made With A Twist.

For the month of September, Pam Grise of Made with A Twist is featuring over 30 crochet designers from the Crochetpreneur Business Academy offering at least one FREE PDF downloads each day. Listed below are all the participating designers.

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Pattern Notes

A stitch count has been provided at the end of each round.

By switching the yarn and hook size, you can make earrings and/or ornaments. (Size 10 crochet thread and a 1.5mm hook; #3 light weight yarn and a H hook; #2 sport weight yarn and E hook)

Blocking isn’t necessary for the coasters but advised. To get an ornament or earrings to look their best, you will need to block the finished items using Aleene’s Stiffen Quik or a similar product.

The Yarn

To make the coasters, you will need 100% cotton worsted weight yarn and a 5.50mm crochet hook. For the yarn, I used Lily’s Sugar ‘N Cream, but you could your own favorites from your local craft store.

The Zeta Snowflake as a coaster using Lily’s Sugar ‘N Cream.

To make the ornament, you will need a sport weight yarn and 2.75mm crochet hook. I used Premier’s Cotton Fair available at Michael’s Arts & Crafts.

The Zeta Snowflake as an ornament using Premier’s Cotton Fair.

To make the earrings, you will need size 10 crochet thread and a 1.5mm hook. I used Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread, available at Michael’s Arts & Crafts.

The Zeta Snowflake as an earring using Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread.

Supplies Needed

– 25 yards of 100% worsted weight cotton yarn
– I/5.50mm crochet hook
– Scissors
– Measuring tape
– Yarn needle
– Blocking materials
– For ornament; ornament hook
– For earrings; earring findings

Stitches Used

Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Mc – Magic Circle
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slips Stitch
Sp(s) – Space(s)

Special Stitches

Picot – Ch 3, Sl St into 1st Ch.

The Pattern

Coaster: make 4
Ornament(s): as many you’d like
Earrings: make 2

Round 1: 10 Hdc in MC, connect to 1st Hdc with Sl St. (10)

Round 2: Ch1, 2Hdc in next St and each St around.  Join with Sl St to 1st Hdc. (20)

Round 3: Ch 1, *Hdc in next St, Ch 2, * repeat around. Join with Sl St to 1st Hdc. (20 Hdc)

Round 4: Ch1, *Sc in next Ch 2 space, (Sl St, Ch 3, Sl St) in next Ch 2 Sp, * repeat around. Join with a Sl St to 1st Sc. (10 Ch 3 bumps)

Round 5: Ch1, Sc in same Sc as join, Ch 5, Sk Ch 3 bump from previous row, *sc in next sc, Ch 5, Sk Ch 3 bump from previous row, * repeat around. Join with a Sl St to 1st Sc. (10 Ch 5 Sps)

Round 6: Ch 1, *(3Hdc, Picot, 3Hdc) in Ch 5 Sp, * repeat around. Join with Sl St to 1st Hdc.  (10 Picots)

Finish off and weave in ends.  Block if necessary.

Availability

A PDF download is available to purchase on both Ravelry and Etsy.

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XOXO Eco-Mini – Free Crochet Pattern – Guest Designer – Eco-Minded Stitches


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I’ve been friends with Krystal of Eco-Minded Stitches for a while now. I like to think that my influence has helped her step out of her comfort zone and start her crochet designing journey.

We’re both members of the Crochetpreneur Business Academy and trying to learn all the things about being a crochet business owner. We’ve come to learn a lot about ourselves and the dreams we have as designers in the crochet world.

I’ve asked Krystal if she’d be interested in having a guest post on my blog to help each other. Life is always a little easier when a friend is by your side when starting something new. I haven’t had another designer featured on my site before and she doesn’t have a blog to send her followers to for a free pattern.

Be sure to follow Krystal on social media and to sign up for her newsletter, all links can be found at the bottom of the page. Now, for the heartfelt memory of Krystal’s inspiration behind the XOXO Eco-Mini.

The XOXO Eco-Mini

Krystal of Eco-Minded Stitches

Krystal is the maker and designer behind Eco-Minded Stitches. She and her family reside in Michigan. She is a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters.

She learned to crochet on a short weekend trip out of state in 2015. Since then, Krystal has been perfecting her crochet stitches and techniques. She enjoys making items for the home to support sustainable living.

Besides crocheting Krystal enjoys gardening, hand lettering and reading. The beach is her happy place. 

The Inspiration Behind The XOXO Eco-Mini

My parents divorced when I was young. My paternal grandmother, who we called GG, always made a point to send my brother and I mail quarterly. Over the years I have kept some of the letters and cards she has sent. 

For my 16th birthday she sent me a wonderful card and gift as well.

A few things have always stuck out to me. She always wrote in cursive. Her cursive and my own mother’s handwriting were completely different from one another. I remember spending hours analyzing their writing…and not to forge a signature either. I found it fascinating that it was the same…cursive…yet so different. 

I believe this is where my love for writing came into play as a teen. I was already journaling. I remember changing up my writing within my journal from printing to cursive. I also remember many pages being scribbled out due to the fact that I was practicing letters and they didn’t look like my own mother’s cursive or even my GG’s. I unfortunately do not have any of my journals from when I was a teen (insert sad face here). 

Sadly my GG passed away last year at the age of 94. We recently moved into a new home. While packing I found where I placed her gift she sent me for my 16th birthday. I was then reminded of her as I often am and had an idea. I have designed the XOXO Mini with her in mind. She always made me feel important and special by speaking to me as she would anyone else. As a child being spoken to by an adult as if you were one too was one of the best feelings ever.

The stitches used in this design resemble the XOXO she signed her letters with.

Availability

You can find this pattern for free here on Trista’s blog or an ad-free version in my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I enjoyed designing it.

Stitches Used

~ cdc – sk 1 st, dc in next st, crossing in front of the dc just made work 1 dc in last sk st.

~ pf – yo, insert hook into st, yo pull loop up to desired height (yo, insert hook into same st, yo pull up loop to height of previous loops) twice, yo, pull through all 7 loops, ch 1 to close pf.

Supplies

– Approximately 1 oz of  #4 worsted weight cotton yarn. I used I Love This Cotton 3.5 oz/ 100 gm 180 yds 165 m to make one cloth. Color Shown: Buttercup
– US size I crochet hook ( 5.5mm )
– Measuring Tape
– Scissors
– Stitch Markers
– Tapestry Needle

The Pattern

Ch 23

Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and each st across. (22)

Row 2: Turn, ch 2, dc in 1st st, *cdc, * repeat across, dc in last st. (22)

Row 3: Turn, ch 1, hdc in 1st st and each st across. (22)

Row 4: Turn, ch 2, dc in 1st st, *pf, sk,* dc in last st. (22)

Row 5: Repeat row 3.

Row 6-13: Repeat rows 2-5.

Optional Loop: ch 20 and sl st to same st.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy making this pattern as much I enjoyed designing it! Be sure and subscribe to my Newsletter for monthly Eco-Tips, what’s happening with Eco-Minded Stitches and a bit of real life. I’d love to see what you’ve made! Use #ecomindedstitches on Instagram and I’ll be sure and see what’ve you created.

Thank you,

Krystal

Other Designs From Eco-Minded Stitches

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Frosting Collection – A Set Of Free Dishcloth Crochet Patterns

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Now that the Frosting Collection is complete I wanted to put all 6 of the FREE patterns in one easy to find location.

Below you will find each design listed in order of release and a brief summery of the dishcloth. You can find a more details from each dishcloth its main link, which will be provided too.

Supplies Needed

For each of the dishcloths you will need 60-70 yards of 100% cotton yarn. I used Lily’s Sugar ‘N Cream, but you could use Caron Cotton Cakes.

Lily� Sugar 'n Cream� Yarn, Solids By Sugar & Cream in White | 6 Pack | 2.5 oz | Michaels�

You’ll also need a I/9 5.50mm crochet hook. I used my Tulip Crochet Hook from Leither Co., but you can use whatever hooks you have.

Other supplies you’ll need include: scissors and a yarn needle. I purchased mine at ” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow”>Michael’s Arts & Crafts.

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Notes

Each dishcloth should be square. To see if its square, simply fold a bottom corner diagonally to the opposite corner. If the sides line up, its square; if not, you’ll need to continue on with the pattern until the sides do line up.

An optional border has been provided for each design. Keyword being ‘optional,’ I personally don’t do the border for my own dishcloths, but if I’m selling them I do.

Stitches Used

Listed below are all the stitches I used for the whole collection, NOT for just one design.

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Ehdc – Extended Half Double Crochet
Esc – Extended Single Crochet
Hhdc – Herringbone Half Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Lhdc –Linked Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
SDc – Starting Double Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
YO – Yarn Over

Stitch definitions have been provided for each of the advanced stitches in their corresponding pattern.

The Patterns

Buttercream

Buttercream was the first design of the collection. It uses the same stitch pattern as my Winter Hills Cozie.

Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese uses a stitch pattern very similar to my Garnet Cowl. I love the texture the stitches provide and the great job of cleaning my dishes it does.

Marshmallow

Marshmallow uses the Herringbone Half Double Crochet. I love the detail of this stitch and how the final dishcloth looks.

Meringue

Meringue uses a stitch I haven’t used in a design YET. I learned about this stitch, the extended single crochet, when I tested a pattern for another designer.

Whipped Cream

Whipped Cream uses a similar stitch to the Meringue. Instead of doing an Extended Single Crochet, you use an Extended Half Double Crochet.

White Chocolate Ganache

White Chocolate Ganache uses my favorite stitch, the Linked Half Double Crochet. I use this stitch in at least 2 upcoming designs.

Availability

All six patterns are available for free at Crochets By Trista. You could purchase individual ad-free PDF’s on Ravelry. The whole Frosting Collection is available in one ad-free PDF on Ravelry and Etsy.


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Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern – Frosting Collection – White Chocolate Ganache – Part 6

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Welcome to the Frosting Collection, presented by Crochets By Trista.

I wanted to offer a set of FREE dishcloths patterns to help introduce the stitches I use in my designs.

Frosting Collection Patterns:

Buttercream – Part 1 – Here
Cream Cheese – Part 2 – Here
Marshmallow – Part 3 – Here
Meringue – Part 4 – Here
Whipped Cream – Part 5 – Here
White Chocolate Ganache – Part 6 – Below

If you couldn’t tell, each dishcloth is named after a different type of white frosting. I prefer white dishcloths because one, they go with my kitchen, and two they are easy to bleach if needed. Obviously you can do any color of your choosing.

Stitches Used

Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Lhdc –Linked Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
YO– Yarn Over

Stitch Definition

Lhdc – Linked Half Double Crochet: Insert hook through the bottom leg (foot) of the previous stitch.  YO and pull up a loop (2 loops).  Insert hook into next stitch, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops), YO and pull through all 3 loops.

Tutorial

I’ve included a photo tutorial on how to do the Linked Half Double Crochet.

I start my row differently than most other designers, I’ve found my way easier and leaves a cleaner edge.

Start the row with a normal Hdc; Turn, Chain 1, yarn over (1), insert hook into the first stitch (2), yarn over and pull through the stitch (3), you’ll have 3 loops on your hook (4), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. Completed Hdc (5).

(1) Yarn over
(2) Insert hook into first stitch
(3) Yarn over and pull through the stitch
(4) You’ll have 3 loops on your hook
(5) Completed Hdc

To make the Lhdc – Linked Half Double Crochet; Insert hook through the bottom leg (foot) of the previous stitch (1), YO (2) and pull up a loop (3), insert hook into next stitch (4), YO (5) and pull through the stitch (6), YO (7) and pull through all 3 loops. You’ve now completed the Lhdc (8).

(1) Insert hook through the left foot of previous stitch
(2) Yarn over
(3) Pull through, 2 loops on the hook
(4) Insert hook into the next stitch
(5) Yarn over
(6) Pull through the stitch, you should now have 3 loops on the hook
(7) Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops
(8) Completed Lhdc
Completed swatch of 15 stitches and 9 rows

Pattern Notes

A stitch count has been provided at the end of each row.

The border is optional. I personally make mine without, but I know that some like the border.

The finished dishcloth should measure to be approximately a 9″ x 9″ square. To make sure it is square, simply take a corner and fold it diagonally. I tend to line up the sides to estimate how many more rows I need to do, if any.

Supplies Needed

60-70 yards of 100% cotton yarn
I/5.50mm crochet hook
Measuring tape
Scissors
Yarn needle

I can usually get 2 dishcloths (without a border) from a small 2.5 ounce/ 120 yard ball of Sugar N’ Cream in a solid color.

Lily� Sugar 'n Cream� Yarn, Solids By Sugar & Cream in White | 6 Pack | 2.5 oz | Michaels�

Availability

An ad-free version of this pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry.

An ad-free version of all six patterns of the Frosting Collection is available to purchase on Ravelry and Etsy.

Pattern

Ch 31

Row 1.) Hdc in 2nd Ch from the hook, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (30)

Row 2.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, Lhdc in next St and each St across. (30)

Repeat row 2 until square.

Continue to optional border.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Optional Border

Ch 1, turn, Sc evenly around with 3Sc in each of the 4 corners, Sl St to 1st Sc.

Finish off and weave in ends.


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Crochet hook used in photo tutorial:
Tulip Crochet Hook – Leither Co.
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Yarn used in photo tutorial:
Caron Simply Soft – Purchased at Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Yarn used for project:
Lily Sugar ‘N Cream – White – Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern – Frosting Collection – Whipped Cream – Part 5

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Welcome to the Frosting Collection, presented by Crochets By Trista.

I wanted to offer a set of FREE dishcloths patterns to help introduce the stitches I use in my designs.

Frosting Collection Patterns:

Buttercream – Part 1 – Here
Cream Cheese – Part 2 – Here
Marshmallow – Part 3 – Here
Meringue – Part 4 – Here
Whipped Cream – Part 5 – Below
White Chocolate Ganache – Part 6 – Here

If you couldn’t tell, each dishcloth is named after a different type of white frosting. I prefer white dishcloths because one, they go with my kitchen, and two they are easy to bleach if needed. Obviously you can do any color of your choosing.

Whipped Cream

So I’ve tempted you with all these pictures of the dishcloths with a bowl of fresh juicy strawberries. What goes with those strawberries better than fresh whipped cream?

I’m going to tell you, or should I just show?! It’s fresh cream puffs!!!!

Yes, they were as good as they look. They were so easy to make but took a lot of work, I couldn’t crochet for almost an hour because my arm was so tired.

Pattern Notes

A stitch count has been provided at the end of each row.

The border is optional. I personally make mine without, but I know that some like the border.

The finished dishcloth should measure to be approximately a 9″ x 9″ square. To make sure it is square, simply take a corner and fold it diagonally. I tend to line up the sides to estimate how many more rows I need to do, if any.

Supplies Needed

60-70 yards of 100% cotton yarn
I/5.50mm crochet hook
Measuring tape
Scissors
Yarn needle

I can usually get 2 dishcloths (without a border) from a small 2.5 ounce/ 120 yard ball of Sugar N’ Cream in a solid color.

Michaels Knitting & Crochet

Stitched Used

Ch – Chain
Ehdc – Extended Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch

Stitch Definition

Ehdc – Extended Half Double Crochet: YO, insert hook in to stitch, YO and pull (3 loops), YO and pull through 1st loop (3 loops), YO and pull through all 3 loops.

Availability

An ad-free version of this pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry.

An ad-free version of all six patterns of the Frosting Collection is available to purchase on Ravelry and Etsy.

The Pattern

Ch 31

Row 1.) Ehdc in 2nd Ch from the hook and each St across. (30)

Row 2.) Turn, Ch 1, Ehdc in 1st St and each St across. (30)

Repeat row 2 until square.

Continue to optional border.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Optional Border

Ch 1, turn, Sc evenly around with 3Sc in each of the 4 corners, Sl St to 1st Sc.

Finish off and weave in ends.


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