Crochet Love {Summer Cactus Crochet Blanket}

With our first baby girl on the way, I’ve been snatching up a ton of girl clothes! One of my favorite places to get outfits for the kids is Old Navy. They are SO spot on with their styles lately! 
A few months ago, I picked up some rompers that had a really cute cactus and succulent print on them (they seem to be out of that particular print, but here is a similar one!). The print then led me to come up with this fun blanket design! 
This crochet blanket is really SO easy to make because you really only need to know how to double crochet and read a simple chart to complete it! 
The blanket works up pretty quickly and isn’t the cactus design so perfect for summer!?
If you’d like to make one for yourself, follow along with the chart provided and the instructions below! 
**A printer friendly PDF version of the chart and pattern are also available in my shop, Love City Patterns!**
Supplies:           
                            
4 balls white bulky yarn                     
1 ball lavender bulky yarn                 
1 ball seafoam green bulky yarn        
Size L crochet hook                           
Small amount coral and green 3-DK weight yarn
Size G crochet hook
Scissors
Large eye needle

Abbreviations to know:
ch- chain
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
st/sts- stitch/stitches
fdc- foundation double crochet

Gauge:
1 inch = 2 ½ double crochet
1 row = ¾ inch tall

Blanket Instructions:
1. With white yarn: Fdc 64. Turn.
2. Ch 2. Dc in each st across. Turn.
3-12. Repeat row 2.
13. Ch 2. Dc in next 25 sts. Change to Lavender yarn. Dc in next 12 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 26 sts. Turn
14. Ch 2. Dc in next 23 sts. Change to lavender yarn. Dc in next 16 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 24 sts. Turn
15. Ch 2. Dc in next 21 sts. Change to lavender yarn. Dc in next 20 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 22 sts. Turn.
16-19. Ch 2. Dc in next 19 sts. Change to lavender yarn. Dc in next 24 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 20 sts. Turn.
20-21. Ch 2. Dc in next 25 sts. Change to seafoam green yarn. Dc in next 12 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 26 sts. Turn.
22. Ch 2. Dc in next 24 sts. Change to seafoam green yarn. Dc in next 14 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 25 sts. Turn.
23-25. Ch 2. Dc in next 22 sts. Change to seafoam green yarn. Dc in next 18 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 23 sts. Turn.
26. Ch 2. Dc in next 23 sts. Change to seafoam green yarn. Dc in next 16 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 24 sts. Turn.
27. Ch 2. Dc in next 25 sts. Change to seafoam green yarn. Dc in next 12 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 26 sts. Turn.
28. Ch 2. Dc in next 24 sts. Change to seafoam green yarn. Dc in next 14 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 25 sts. Turn.
29-30. Ch 2. Dc in next 23 sts. Change to seafoam green yarn. Dc in next 16 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 24 sts. Turn.
31. Ch 2. Dc in next 24 sts. Change to seafoam green yarn. Dc in next 14 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 25 sts. Turn.
32-33. Ch 2. Dc in next 29 sts. Change to seafoam green yarn. Dc in next 4 sts. Change to white yarn. Dc in last 30 sts. Turn.
34-45. Ch 2. Dc in each st across. Fasten off.

For Border:
With lavender yarn work evenly around edge of blanket. Work 2 normal single crochets. On the third stitch, work a double crochet down into the middle of the stitch to make a “point,” rather than working it into the top of the stitch like normal. Continue this around entire blanket, adding single crochets at the corners if needed to keep it from curling. Slip stitch into the top of the first single crochet and fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Cactus Flower Pattern:
1. With coral dk weight yarn and size G crochet hook: Ch 40. Work 2 dc into 3rdch from hook. Ch 2. Sc into 1st ch from that ch 2. Work 3 more dc in same ch. Skip next ch. Sc in next ch. Skip next ch.
2. In next ch, 3 dc. Ch 2. Sc into 1st ch from that ch 2. 3 dc. Skip next ch. Sc in next ch. Skip next ch.
3. Repeat step 2 until 2 ch remain. Sc in last ch.
4. Fasten off, but leave a long tail. Attach large eye needle to tail. Roll flower into a coil and use needle to sew in place from the back.
5. With green yarn: Ch 10. Work 2 dc into 3rd ch from hook. Ch 2. Sc into 1st ch from that ch 2. Work 3 more dc in same ch. Skip next ch. Sc in next ch. Skip next ch.
6. In next ch, 3 dc. Ch 2. Sc into 1st ch from that ch 2. 3 dc. Skip next ch. Sc in next ch. Fasten off, leave a long tail. Attach large eye needle to the tail and sew onto back side of coral flower. Fasten off.
7. Make another flower in the same fashion.
8. Attach flowers to blanket with large eye needle.


If you are more of a visual person, use the chart below!
The dark purple lines represent the outside edges of your blanket. Every block represents 1 double crochet! When the block changes color, you change your yarn color! Easy as pie!


Again, a printer friendly version is available HERE

And don’t forget to share your work! 

Simply tag @LindsayHaynie and #LoveCityCrochet on Instagram!

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Got questions? Email me over at LoveCityPatterns@gmail.com!

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Minted review plus a beaded crochet edge tutorial!

You wanna know what’s really hard to do? Taking pictures of a window that aren’t completely washed out!
But anyways, have you ever scrolled around on Minted.com? They curate some amazing artwork for different things like stationary, wedding stationary, art prints, and even home decor fabric! I tell ya, you could get lost in all the eye-catching beauty. Minted was so kind to allow me to pick something from their site to review and I spent way too long figuring out what to get! My first thought was to choose a couple fun art prints to decorate my dining room, but then I found the fabrics and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them!
I chose two amazing fabric prints and they were even more beautiful in person! And knowing that the prints were specially designed by independent artists made them feel even more special.

With the floral fabric, I decided to make some new curtains for our kitchen window. My sewing machine fell off the table a while back, so I knew that these would need to be “no sew” curtains! I cut the 1 yard of fabric in two long rectangles that fit the size of our window and used fabric glue to “hem” around all four sides. At the top of each curtain, I folded the edge over about 1 1/2 inches so that I could slip the curtain rod through it.

I also knew that I wanted to do something a little fun and different with these curtains, so I went with a crochet edging along the bottom. As I experimented with stitches, I decided to add some wooden beads to add more flair to the look! I am loving how it all turned out!

This edging is so easy to do! Let me show you what I did!
Supplies:
white cotton yarn from Lion Brand’s Bon Bons
size F crochet hook
scissors
large eye needle
wooden beads
Step 1: Thread your needle with the white yarn and sew a blanket stitch along the desired edge.
Step 2: Work 2 single crochet stitches in each blanket stitch along the edge.

Step 3: When you have completed your row of single crochets, chain 1 and turn your work. Single crochet in the next stitch. Double crochet in the next stitch then chain 3. Double crochet in the next stitch. Single crochet in the next 2 stitches. *Double crochet in the next stitch then chain 1. Gently slide the crochet hook out of the loop that is on the hook. Pull this loop, making it larger, until it is about 2 inches long. Slip desired wooden beads over this loop and then secure with a knot. Insert crochet hook into the chain 1 that you worked before adding the beads and chain 1 then double crochet into the next st. Single crochet in the next 2 stitches then repeat from * until you reach the end of the row. Fasten off.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for the second curtain.

Step 5: You can either leave the loops as-is, or snip them evenly across for a more fringe-like look.

I snipped mine, as you can see in the picture below!

I love how my beaded fringe crochet edge turned out and we have been enjoying gazing at the beautiful fabric ever since we hung them up! The fabric is just gorgeous and of great quality. I am anxious to start turning my abstract printed fabric into a fun headboard for our room next!
What would you add this fun crochet border to!?
I highly encourage you to hop on over to Minted.com today to see the huge selection of art and other products! I wish I had a website like this to look through back when we got married. There are some beautiful choices in their line of wedding stationary


**The fabric shown in this post was c/o Minted.com however all opinions included in this post are 100% my own. I had a great experience working with them and therefore have a ton of good things to say!**






crochet love {lacy bell caplet}

I originally created the pattern for this caplet last year. It has been a paid pattern in my shop, Love City Crochet, but I decided it was time to retire it and offer it free here on my blog! 
I have this love for capes and caplets and anything of the sort, which I think stems from my love of all things vintage and old fashioned. This lacy bell caplet is nod to those loves of mine. It is such a versatile piece as well. It can be worn for extra warmth over a winter coat, or as a light cover up over a spring dress. It also looks great bunched up as a cowl!

This patterns is written for a size small adult, but it includes instructions for adjusting to any size you may need!

This crochet caplet uses mainly double crochets worked in the round, in a series of shell stitches. This pattern gives the garment a beautiful lacy texture.

I used a worsted weight yarn and a size I crochet hook.

For the complete FREE crochet pattern, click the link below!

(If you are having any trouble downloading this pattern, please check to make sure your pdf reading software is updated.)

little crochet hearts and easy diy valentines decorations

A few of my friends and I decided to have a fun valentine’s day themed girl’s night. We planned to eat yummy treats, play funny games, and chat…a lot! I wanted to keep the cost of our festivities minimal so one afternoon last week, I went to town crocheting these cute little hearts! I didn’t really have a plan for them as I was making them. They actually looked really cute just sprawled out on the table, and a lot of friends suggested I make a garland, but I wanted to try something a little different. 
I ended up having the boys help me collect sticks on our weekly Wednesday adventure, put the sticks in a vase and hung the crochet hearts randomly along the branches. It is a fun, completely free, decoration and I think it turned out pretty cute!

And since the boys collected about 20 more sticks than I actually needed, I used some extras to make funny little cupid’s arrows. All I did there was hot glue a crochet heart to one end of the stick and some feathers to the other end.

There are so many cute ways to use these little crochet hearts. They are such a fun, cost effective way to decorate for valentine’s day, or any time you feel like expressing your love!
Below, I will share with you a crochet pattern so you can make your own hearts.
(Please note: There are SO many crochet heart patterns and tutorials out there, and I’m sure many of them are similar, if not the same. This pattern is what I ended up with after fiddling around on my own for a bit.)
Using any worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice), and a size H crochet hook:

Ch 3. Sl st in first ch to form loop.
Ch 3. Work 4 tr into center of loop. Work 3 dc into center of loop.
Ch 1. Tr into center of loop. Ch 1. 
Work 3 dc into center of loop. Work 4 tr into center of loop.
Ch 2. Sl st into center of loop. Fasten off.


……………..What would you do with your little crochet hearts!?…………….

crochet love {rustic crochet Christmas wreath}

I may have gone a little overboard with the Christmas tree trimmings this year. 
I made a garland for our mantel, put some in a vase, and then added them to this wreath for a little pizzaz.
The pine branches smell delicious, so how could I not put them everywhere!? With this wreath on our front door, we now get a big whiff of Christmas every time we walk up to the door, and I love that.
To make this rustic Christmas wreath, I made one sorta like the wreath that I made in this post. The only thing I did different was to work a row of shells around the outer edge rather than the (dc, ch 4, dc) that I did in that post. I used a Size K crochet hook and the Lion’s Pride Woolspun yarn in Mahogany. Man, this yarn is squishy, soft, and luxurious! I loved working with it.
For the pine branches, I clipped them to the size that I wanted and started sliding them into the yarn on the back side of the wreath. I didn’t use wire or string or anything else to attach them. I simply tucked them underneath the strands of yarn that wrap around the Styrofoam wreath form. I didn’t hot glue them down so that I can take them out as they brown and dry up. That way it will be easy to recycle the wreath to use again later!
I love the handmade craftiness mixed with a little bit of nature. Don’t you? It’s unique, and inexpensive, and special. 
How will you use your Christmas tree trimmings this year?

a long excuse and the perfect little toddler necklace

I haven’t blogged much lately and I really do miss writing in this space. I tend to be the type of person who dreams big and takes on a lot of tasks without being realistic about what I actually have time/energy to accomplish. The first thing on my list is always my family. I spend my mornings making sure the boys have something active and fun to do and I love doing that. The weather has been perfect for park play dates lately! The kids love playing with their friends, and I love chatting with mine!
During the sparse moments when I know that my family is taken care of (naptime and in the evenings), I’ve been working crazy hard writing new crochet patterns, knitting for my sanity, and working on new products. I also joined a local pop-up handmade market and I have loved being a part  of that (The Makers Market). Last month was only my second ever craft fair type gig. It was a lot of work, and I definitely have a lot to learn, but I really enjoyed it! It is empowering (and also terrifying) to stand there and show the world what I have made!
I never know how excited anyone else is going to get about the products I make but I certainly get excited about them! Sometimes I even sleep next to them
My latest design are these adorable crochet beaded toddler necklaces!

I spent a while trying to work out the right materials and the style/amount of beads that I liked. Thanks to a friend with a toddler daughter of her own and a lot of pondering I finally landed on a final decision. 

The suede cording is soft and doesn’t shed which makes these necklaces so comfortable for little baby skin! The beads are natural wood and the crochet thread is 100% cotton which makes them completely safe and even acceptable for little teething mouths to chew and slobber on (the necklaces are tied tight and secure, so no beads should be able to slip off)!
My favorite part is that you get to decide on your own color choices!

To purchase you can either stop by my shop, Love City Crochet, or simply shoot me an email with your preferred Paypal email and color choices and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice! (LindsayHaynie@gmail.com)

So there you have it… a glimpse into my jam-packed daily life. A lengthy (too lengthy?) excuse for my failure to entertain you more often with my ramblings and designs. And I didn’t even get into the whole “sewing machine broke so I haven’t even started the Halloween costumes yet” debacle, or the shows that I’m currently sucked into that are taking time away from what I should be doing, or the book that I started and love.

But we can save those for another day…

crochet love {dahlia doily scallop garland}

I’ve been dreaming up a white, doily-ish, scalloped garland for a while now. When I came up with the dahlia doily pattern, I realized that it would work perfectly as a garland!
So basically, each scallop is just a half of dahlia doily! It’s so simple, but let me tell you exactly what I did:
Supplies:
1 skein worsted or aran weight yarn, I used Vanna’s Choice in white
Size H/8 crochet hook
Scissors
Abbreviations:
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
sk- skip
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet

Begin:
Make 7 (or as many as needed)
1. Ch 3. Sl st in first ch to form loop. Ch 2. Work 5 dc in center of loop.
2. Turn. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 2 dc in each remaining st (12 total, first ch 2 counts as a dc).
3. Turn. Ch 5 (counts as a dc + a ch 3). Dc in next st. *Ch 3. Sk next st. Dc in next st. Repeat from * finishing with a dc in last st.
4. Turn. Ch 1. Sc in each st across (1 for every dc, and 3 in each ch 3 space). Finish with 4 sc in last ch 3 space.
5. Turn. *Ch 6. Sk next 3 sts. Sc in next st. Repeat from * around finishing with sc in last st.
6. Turn. Ch 1. *[3 dc, (ch 2, sc in first ch), 3 dc] in ch 6 space. Sc in next sc space. Repeat from * around, finishing with sc in last st. Fasten off, weave in loose ends.
7. When ready to join, ch 40. Sc evenly across flat edge of first doily (approx. 20 sc). Ch 3. *Sc evenly across flat edge of next doily. Ch 3. Continue from * until all doilies are connected. Finish with ch 4. Fasten off.

Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret!
I wanted the doilies to keep their shape. I just love the pretty little pointed “petals” and I didn’t want them to be all floppy. I took some spray starch (that we use on Curtis’ white Sunday shirts) and sprayed what I deemed to be the back side of the garland. I then ironed across the whole thing (still on the back side). Once good and dry, the garland was perfectly stiff! I was a little worried about the heat of the iron meshing all of the fibers together, but luckily the detail of the stitching on the front of my garland was still in tact! I think if I had used a wool yarn, it would have started to “felt” though, so take care if you try this!

I really like how the dahlia doily garland turned out! I especially love it in white. It looks great hanging along my mantle right now, but it would be so cute as party or wedding decor or even hanging in a little girl bedroom!
If you try it for yourself, I’d love to see how it turns out! And as always, email me with any questions @ LindsayHaynie [at] gmail.com!

crochet love {cloud and raindrops nursery mobile}

I’ve had the idea for this cloud mobile in my head for a while now, but I couldn’t quite figure out how I wanted to construct it. When I started working with triple and quadruple crochets to make the sunshine pillow that I’m sharing on I’m Topsy Turvy  today, I finally got the ideas flowing for this cloud.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Supplies:
2 skein any worsted weight yarn in grey and blue
(I used Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand)
1 size H crochet hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Pillow Stuffing

Abbreviations:
st- stitch
sl st- slip stitch
sk- skip
ch- chain
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
tr- triple (treble) crochet
dtr- double triple crochet
trtr- triple treble crochet

Let’s get begin:
Cloud piece (in grey yarn)
1. Ch 40 (including first ch created by fastening on). Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across.
2. Turn. Ch 2. Dc in each st across.
3. Repeat step 2 for 5 more rows.
4. Don’t turn! Ch 3. Working down short side of rectangle, space your sts as evenly as you can manage. 2 tr in next st. Dc in next st. Hdc in next st. Sc in next st. Dc in next st. Tr in next 2 sts. 2 dtr in next st. Tr in next 2 sts. Sc in next 2 sts. Working along bottom of rectangle now: sc in each st across. Working up short side of rectangle: Sc in next 5 sts. Dc in next st. Tr in next 2 sts. Dc in next st. Sc in next 2 sts. 3 dc in top corner. Working along top edge now: 2 tr in next st. 2 dtr in next st. 2 tr in next st. Dc in next st. Sc in next 2 sts. Dc in next st. Tr in next st. 2 dtr in next st. 2 trtr in next st. 2 dtr in next st. 2 tr in next st. Dc in next st. Sc in next st. 2 dc in next 3 sts. Sc in next st. (dc, tr) in next st. 2 dtr in next 2 sts. Tr in next st. Dc in next st. Sc in next st. Dc in next st. Tr in next st. 2 dtr in next st. 3 trtr in next st. 2 dtr in next st. 2 tr in next st. 2 dc in next st. Sc in next st. Sl st in top loop of ch 3. Fasten off. Weave in loose end.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 to make a second cloud piece. When finished, don’t fasten off.
6. Place two cloud pieces together, working through corresponding stitches of each cloud piece: sc in each st around, except sl st in every sc st. Before you get all the way around, stuff cloud with pillow filling. Continue around and fasten off. Weave in loose end.
7. Still with grey yarn, fasten on in a st on the top edge, ch 40, sl st in st on opposite side. Fasten off.

Raindrop pieces (with blue yarn):
Make 7:
1. Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form loop. Ch 2. 10 dc in center of loop. 2 tr in center of loop. Ch 2. Sc in first ch. 2 tr in center of loop. Dc in center of loop. Sl st in top loop of ch 2. Fasten off.
2. Using tapestry needle and blue yarn, thread two rain drops. Making sure to leave space in between drops. Fasten on to bottom of cloud on one side.
3. Repeat step 2 with 3 raindrops to place in the middle, and again with last two raindrops to place on the opposite side.

You’re done!



This mobile would be fun to hang on the wall in a nursery or child’s room, or hang it from the ceiling above their bed and let them watch the rain drops twist, turn, and dangle!

crochet love {easy gusseted zipper clutch}

(This post contains two affiliate links for Amazon.com)
I have a deep affection for bags, purses, and any sort of zippered pouch that I can put stuff in. It must be a genetic trait that comes with most of us girls. And now that I’m a mom to three snack obsessed and tiny car loving boys, having pouches of all shapes and sizes to organize my purse has become even more important!
I made this gusseted zipper clutch several months ago (and posted a tutorial for the tiny crochet pocket), and thought I’d finally write down how I made it. I knew I wanted a brightly colored zipper (I bought a bundle from BuzzyBeeShop a while ago, for no real reason except “all the pretty colors!”) and I knew I wanted a gusseted bottom. This type of clutch would give me lots of room for diapers, wipes, or a work-in-progress crochet project.
Here’s how I made it…
Supplies:
Remnants of Bulky size yarn (Hometown USA in Monterey Lime, and Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Fishermanaffiliate links)
Size L crochet hook
Zipper
Scissors
Large sewing needle
Need to know:
(sc) single crochet
(ch) chain
Blanket stitch (for sewing zipper)
1. Ch until length matches length of your zipper.
2. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. In last ch, work 2 sc instead of 1. Continue working sc in opposite side of ch. Sl st in top loop of first ch 1.
3. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Sl st in top loop of ch 1.
4. Repeat step 3 until you reach desired height (switching yarn after a few rows if you want a “color blocked” look). Fasten off.
5. Flip bag inside out. Pinch one corner flat and sew it down. Repeat with the other corner.

6. Pin zipper to top edge and sew using a blanket stitch. *Refer to my previous tutorial, How to add a zipper to a crochet clutch, for details if needed.

That’s it!

The fun thing about making crochet purses and clutches like this is that you can add all kinds of details. You can use different colors, add a pocket, add a flower or bow, or even add a shoulder strap. 
What would yours look like?

crochet love {lacy shell stitch shrug}

Today, I’m over at I’m Topsy Turvy sharing the pattern for this lacy shell stitch shrug
I always love having some sort of cardigan or scarf to bring along with me on date nights. Even during the summer, I usually end up freezing in the restaurant or movie theater. This shrug is a great little cover up that’s not too bulky. It also goes well with all of my summer dresses! 
The shrug may look pretty fancy, but the pattern is really simple to follow! Make sure to stop on by to take a gander at the pattern and say hello!