Butterfly Stitch fever


I found a couple of weeks ago on YouTube a cute slouch hat pattern from a lovely lady, Meladora,  and I had to make 2 for myself 🙂 You can also find the pattern here. She has many wonderful patterns, beautiful bags and hats with free tutorials, you might want to check it out.

I also made a poncho (my creation) using the butterfly stitch. I did two long pieces worked in butterfly stitch, chained 121, crochet hook 5 mm, medium worsted weight yarn.

R1: Sc

R2: Begin Butterfly stitch patt. When starting row 2, insert the hook in the last Sc from previous row, not like you usually do in the next stitch from the beginning. I hope I’m not confusing you 😀

Work for about 90 cm or how long you want the poncho,  join the two pieces (on the WS) at their narrower sides, and then try it on and see where you want it to fall off the shoulder, mark the place and then join  working slip stitches on the wrong side until you reach the point where you want your forearm to pop out so it can move freely without having the poncho in the way.

You might want to use a lighter yarn because it gets a little heavy given the fact that most of the poncho falls on the side of your body. That’s it and this is how they look like. Thank you, Meladora for your wonderful patterns!

Butterfly Stitch hat abd poncho2 Butterfly stitch hat and poncho1 Meladora's Butterfly stitch slouch hat2 Meladora's Butterfly stitch slouch hat3 Meladora's Butterfly stitch slouch hat4 Meladora's Butterfly stitch slouch hat5

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One purse a day keeps the boredom away


It is quite a challenge of what to make next from lots and lots of leftover yarn so I thought I should make a purse. I had one in mind with flowers that pop so I got down to business 🙂

I’ve always loved the look of puff stitch flowers so I made 17 puff stitch granny squares.

This is the pattern for the puff stitch granny square:

Start with a slip knot, ch 4, join to form a ring. Ch 1, 12 Sc in the ring, Sl St to join. Ch 3, (YO, go into the same st, pull yarn through) 3x (make sure to pull up the loops so that they are bigger than usual to form the petals right); go into the next stitch , (YO, pull up a loop) 3x, YO, pull through ALL 13 loops on hook, Ch 4, Sl St into the same stitch, Sl St into the next stitch to the left, Ch 3. Repeat until the end (You’ll have 6 petals). Sl St to the back of the flower, Ch 4, Sl St (one petal and a half over) behind a petal post 4 times, (remember, you are now working on the back of the flower :D). You will now have 4 ch 4 chains on the back.

It’s time to change color for the granny square or leave it the same, it’s up to you.

Sl St into the first Ch 4 space, (Ch 2, 3 Hdc, Ch 2, 4 Hdc) in the same Ch 4 sp (first corner).; 4 Hdc , Ch 2, 4 Hdc (second corner) into the next Ch 4 space; 4 Hdc, Ch 2, 4 Hdc (third corner) into the next Ch 4 sp.; 4 Hdc, Ch 2, 4 Hdc into the last Ch 4 space  (fourth corner). Join with Sl St into the top of Ch 2 at the beginning of the round.

R2: Ch 2, Hdc in each  Hdc with 1 Hdc, Ch 2, 1 Hdc in the corners.

R3: Ch 2, Hdc in each Hdc with (1 Hdc, ch2, 1 Hdc) in each corner. Join with slip stitch, cut yarn.

Make 17 granny squares. Join the squares to form the purse, make 2 handles (I used foundation Hdc for the handles). Sew them on, add fabric on the inside for sturdiness and that’s it.  The most annoying part for me  is when I have to sew on the fabric (yuck :D). I hope it’s easy to follow, enjoy 🙂

Puff stitch granny square purse Collage

To dress or not to dress


As you’ve probably noticed there aren’t many dress patterns on the web, at least that’s what I’ve found, so I decided to make my own. Actually, I wasn’t trying to make a dress but a bustier top. As I was working it I thought: well, my body is a bit out of shape, how am I going to wear this?? I should have cut down those French fries the last time 😀 Oh, well…

All of a sudden I was crocheting and crocheting and couldn’t stop. A slap on the wrist would be nice from time to time, don’t you agree? So, my bustier became a dress that I was pretty proud of, considering I’ve learned to crochet less than a year or so, and I started to create my own patterns pretty soon after, although it was a bit of a challenge, a little scary too.

I will show you more of my designs but it’s sort of drag because I’m pretty lazy at writing patterns. I usually write them down on paper in a very cryptic form (he he) and sometimes even I don’t understand what I write.

Dress for success

Steps to make the dress if you’re interested:

I used cotton and a 5mm hook.

I measured my breast in the widest part and chained accordingly.

Row 1: Ch 27, Sc in every ch except the first. Turn.

Row 2: Ch1 (first Sc), continue with Sc for 7 cm (or how much it’s needed) until you reach the widest part of the breast. Work only half of the stitches, turn.

Next rows work only that half with Sc until you get an L shaped piece. Join the two legs of the “L” with slip stitch on the wrong side. Now you have the first cup.

Work 2 rounds of Sc around the cup with 3 Sc in the corners of the triangle.

Next round: start on the side that comes between the breasts of the cup  * Ch3, sk1 st, 1Sc; Repeat from * until you complete that side, work Sc on the exterior of the cup and the base.

Next round: Slip st in the first ch3 space, ch3 (counts as first Dc) 6Dc, Sc in the next ch3 sp, 7 Dc in the next space, Sc in the next ch3 space, 7 Dc in the next space until the end of the Ch3 spaces, work the other two sides Sc. Fasten off. You will have something like this:

Bustier cup

Work the second cup mirrored. Add straps to each cup (work a chain with the desired length, Sc in each chain.). Join the two cups and work Sc in the round increasing for how many times you need to fit your figure.

On the “mannequin”

At the bottom of the dress I’ve added some crochet motifs that I’ve found here .

Motif border

I hope it makes sense 🙂

For the love of freebies


It’s time for a little freebie, don’t you think? It is a very cute simple knitted pattern that I’ve created and I hope you will find useful. If you find mistakes or something wrong, please, let me know. Feel free to comment and give me some feedback if you try it 🙂 Enjoy!

Knitted Smartphone Cover