Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads
As I prepare class materials to teach “A Star Stitch for Every Purpose” at this year’s national crochet guild conference, I celebrate a 19th century Star stitch with this scarf. It’s designed to offer maximum color fun because there are zero ends to weave in, and no switching between attached colors. It’s finished w...
Crochet: Cowl, Cape
I’m delighted to share my discovery of a special type of 19th century Star stitch in the form of this veil-like “smoke ring.” Unlike the usual Star stitch projects, Starwirbel is stretchy and weightless, yet holds its shape. I’ve enhanced its starry texture with a spiraling construction, twinkly yarn, and a bit of invisib...
Crochet: Necklace, Craft - Other
This is a “booster pack” of six little patterns that includes three methods for crocheting with beads. I designed them to be a wearable, visual catalog of how beads from one’s bead stash combine with one’s yarn stash colors. Although I had DesigningVashti.com Lotus yarn samples in mind, many other yarns and color combinat...
Crochet: Bracelet, Craft - Other
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Crochet: Fingerless Gloves
Luckyslip is a delightfully snug and stretchy texting mitt that is quick to crochet and easy to customize, in two sizes (for luckymen and luckywomen). It satisfies my primary requirement for fingerless mitts: a comfortably snug fit at the finger opening and a stretchy cuff. I thought maybe I was just picky, but others who have tried them on ment...
Crochet: Shrug / Bolero, Scarf
My goal with Fish Lips is to bring out a bold, modern side of Love Knot stitches (a.k.a. Lover’s Knots, Solomon’s Knots). I started with a scarf, then also liked it worn sideways like a pullover shrug; so I joined two shorter scarves with a “rosebud bridge” seam. The wide seam also softens the bateau neckline for a comfor...
Like its cousin the Thaxton Hooded Cowl, Notch is luxuriously stretchy, squishy, and toasty-warm. Experiencing how the notched short-row wedges take shape is fun -- it’s the textural highlights of the Thaxton Hooded Cowl, repeated for decorative impact.
Crochet: Washcloth / Dishcloth, Component (stitch, edge) - Other
I developed this strategic four-edge stitch shaping combination from scratch because common shaping methods don’t work well for diagonal Tunisian crochet. My goal was to find a uniformly finished solid edge for Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss) that’s also symmetrically stretchy. I researched 100 or so sources and I know of no one else us...
Crochet: Necklace, Bracelet
You might like to see the newsletter issue I just sent out about this stitch and design here.
Crochet: Scarf, Cowl
This simple scarf & wrap pattern is really all about one powerful Tunisian crochet stitch. It’s an all-season pattern: crochet easy reversible scarves and shawls that are as lacy or as solid as you like, based on the yarn and hook size you choose.
About this Limited Edition PDF: this pattern series was first described in Crochet Inspirations Newsletter #32. The instructions for this Sparkle Love Knot Lariat crochet pattern are complete and have been professionally tech edited. The pattern bogged down at the publishing stage merely because I couldn’t stop imagining more variations fo...
Crochet: Cup / Mug
I’ve crocheted and used almost fifty different coffee cozies and other beverage sleeves over the years, and this simple version remains one of my favorite cup cozy designs to use in real life. This pattern includes my design tips for optimizing a cozy’s safety and usefulness. It’s one of my $1.99 picks for December.
This quick pattern for the hippie in (most) all of us uses a beefier Love Knot variation that I developed (although surely someone else has before me). Crocheting these “Buffalo Knots” with two strands of medium weight cotton yarn held together gives them even more heft than they usually have.
This hyperbolic 100% slip stitch crochet ruffled scarf pattern features self-edged short rowing. Crochet the ruffle scarf edging as you go, thanks to a second type of slip stitch that helps to create a pearly scallop. Fine yarn gives it a delicate fluttery weight. Using a large hook size means you make progress faster than you might expect.
Crochet: Scarf, Cowl, Shawl / Wrap, Snood, Headwrap
This Tunisian crochet lace pattern pleasantly edges itself as you work each offset group of rows. It is crocheted with no shaping, then seamed into a ring scarf (a.k.a. Snood, Shoulder Cowl Wrap, and Eternity scarf).
The Trailing Vine Lariat is a stitch sampler that combines old and new crochet cord stitches. I wrote it in steps rather than rows or rounds, because you’ll need no foundation chain, and sometimes you don’t even crochet into another stitch (it depends on the fancy stitch used). Crochet one ‘row’ and you’re done.
Crochet: Toy Game, Toys and Hobbies - Other
May this Cheerful Chores activity bring to your family the enjoyment and long-range benefits that it has brought to mine. It made simple lessons in money concepts charming to my young child.
Crochet: Vest, Shawl / Wrap
Alzannah is a quick to crochet vest that converts easily to an asymmetrical & ruana-type wrap. The pattern includes choices for customizing both length and width, crocheting larger sizes, and converting the vest into a ruana or wrap. It’s a pleasure to try it on as you go; it’s constructed from the center out to each sleeve opening.
Crochet: Scarf, Cowl
A scarf like Pallas might typically be crocheted from the center column out to each edge for the symmetrically ribbed look, but this one was begun at one long edge and crocheted continuously to the other edge. It’s just more fun when the yarn needn’t be cut and re-attached.
Crochet: Cowl, Collar
The soft pleats of this Tunisian Knit Stitch fabric create plush and stretchy insulation. It’s a quick, one-skein crochet pattern written for two yarn weights: a light-to-regular worsted weight (heavy DK) version (shown in purple) requiring an L/8mm Tunisian hook, and an aran (heavy worsted) weight version (shown in heather grey) requiring...
Crochet: Sleeveless Top, Vest
Wear the large rectangle in front and it’s a sleeveless top; wear it in back and it’s a vest. Wear it upside down for a trendy ‘cocoon’-looking vest. Waterlily is a twist on 3 seamed rectangles; the sportweight yarn makes the Waterlily stitch pattern bold-looking without being overly dramatic or chunky.
Crochet: Shawl / Wrap
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Crochet: Scarf, Cowl
I am very pleased to finally be able to make this pattern available to all the crocheters who have ever wished they could crochet their own super-stretchy “magic” tube scarves that stretch every which way into hoods, cowls, even tube tops! The “magic” is in the combination of stitch, hook size, and yarn type.
Crochet: Pillow, Animal Toy, Home - Other
New updated & downloadable version! Pattern now includes instructions to crochet the forked tongue as shown in the photos. It’s now also formatted as a part of my DesigningVashti pattern line. I’ll be adding it to my pattern website when I figure out how to configure my shopping cart for free downloading :-)
This beginner’s Tunisian crochet pattern works up quickly and results in a sumptuous gift for a man. It’s a simple stitch, and comes out looking spectacular in this yarn and gauge, effortlessly (it only took me two hours to crochet it). I love when that happens. I’m not sure if any of my photos do it full justice.
Crochet: Shrug / Bolero
The most elementary and historic of crochet stitches – the Slip Stitch – has modern effortless style. For a “pullover shrug” the stitch has a stretch and drape to rival knits, resembles garter stitch in this pattern, and works up quickly with a large hook.
Crochet: Toy Plant, Puppet, Toy Game
This fly-or-be-trapped educational toy is apparently irresistible to elementary school children. Slide your hand into the back and when a bug gets close, snap it shut! Pattern includes instructions for flies too). The loops around the edge can be interlocked to zip it closed for complete fly digestion (see 3rd photo). This step seems to fascinat...
My goal was to make lavish, extravagant use of one skein of lace weight pure undyed cashmere yarn. I normally avoid using a lot of picot stitches when I crochet for fun, yet the yarn looked and felt like it wanted to be crocheted into picots. It became a personal challenge: what if I packed in the maximum amount of picots I could muster? The res...
Crochet: Bag - Other
This is my all-time favorite water bottle tote. Those who have seen me at crochet conferences over the years know that I carry it with me everywhere. It’s designed to look good toting most water bottle sizes, to recover gracefully from being repeatedly bunched up in carry-on luggage, and most of all, to feel good on the shoulder.
Use a 395-yd. cone of extra-thick (“double worsted”) Peaches ‘n Creme cotton yarn, or work two strands together of regular Peaches ‘n Creme (double the yardage = up to 800yds). The aran-style stitch pattern is pretty without being too lumpy under bare feet.
No beads, no metal clasps, just pure crochet. Every kind of smooth worsted weight yarn (#4 Medium Weight category) seems to work well. You can also use sport weight yarn by crocheting it with two strands held together. The purple one shown is crocheted with two strands of sport weight yarn.
Crochet: Shawl / Wrap
This breezy corner-start triangular wrap, worked side to side, is an uncommon way to experience Tunisian crochet. Some people seem to think of Tunisian crochet as dense or stiff, but this airy net-like stitch has been around long enough to be known by more than one name: Tunisian Corded Stitch, Tunisian Extended Stitch, and Tunisian Single Croch...
This design is handy for the medium-sized (8mm) beads with small holes most of us can’t resist buying but which get buried in our bead stashes because they’re too unusual for standard stringing and crocheting. It’s also one of my most popular classes in my local yarn shop.
Once you try a few ridgy rounds of this stitch pattern and see how a dramatic color-changing yarn comes alive, you may find it as hard to set down your hook as I did! I keep this bag on display as home decor when not in use. In fact, I think it would look great as a throw pillow, and I’m curious how it would look felted.