Kroller stitch facecloth

The past week I've been busy finishing up the slouchy beanie obsession hats and getting those sent out - but I've been dying to make something new (and for me). So, I grabbed an issue of Simply Crochet magazine and decided to try out a new stitch -- the Kroller! I wanted to make something luxurious with texture, and this stitch was perfect to try out on the facecloth in Issue 25. While I can't share the entire pattern since it's a purchased one, I'll help by showing photos so you can customize and make this glorious facecloth all your own! 

Simply Crochet, Issue 25

Simply Crochet, Issue 25

What you'll need:

  • Lily Sugar 'n Cream 100% cotton yarn in 2 contrasting colors. I chose Potpourri and Warm Brown.
  • Next, you'll need to grab your 3.5mm hook and you're just about ready to go! 

To get started, create a foundation chain to your desired length and begin the 2nd row by adding hdc rows until it looks right to you.

Foundation chain and row 2 - oh, hi Sunny! 

Foundation chain and row 2 - oh, hi Sunny! 

Change to your contrasting color at about row 3, or whenever it feels right for you :) Now, you're ready to try the Kroller Stitch. This texture-filled stitch is pretty easy and once you're back to your original color (cream for me), ch 2 and then sc, hdc, and dc in each stitch across. By the time you get 2-3 rows into the stitch you'll really start to see how magnificent it looks!

See more Anne Eagan designs

See more Anne Eagan designs

I really had a lot of fun with this little project. Because of my arthritis, things take a little longer than the average crocheter, so it took me a few hours to complete, but it was totally worth it! I think the cats even had a little fun, too.

Meet Robert the Cat! 

Meet Robert the Cat! 

I finished off the facecloth in about 30 rows (what can I say, I crochet tight) and then beautified it with some lovely edging all around the sides. I think if I make this again, I might add some nice scalloped edging or something a little larger than the regular single crochets. 

All I can say is, I loved washing my face this morning:

Hello, beautiful

Hello, beautiful

I think I'll make another using the brown as my main color and contrast with the cream and have a sort of his and hers facecloth in the bathroom. I love how exfoliating the stitch is and the cotton yarn just makes it that much more luxurious! So grab your soap and your hook and get to it :)

What did you hook up this weekend?

Linking up with Daisy Cottage Designs


Mermaid Blanket Pattern

Leah Bee, blogger over at Leah Homemade, created a beautiful crochet mermaid blanket to share with you today! She's mommy to Sophie, craft enthusiast, and crochet designer who creates awesome projects in her spare-time -- she even made most of her wedding decorations! Check out her post below and her blog:

Lately I have just been on a spree of creative projects. I never thought that one day I would be crocheting a mermaid tail blanket! What kind of nerd does that? Oh yes, I’m that kind of nerd. I have a 6 month old daughter and thought that maybe one day she may enjoy pretending to be a mermaid, brushing her hair with a dinglehopper and singing about gadgets, gizmos, and thingamabobs. So off I went, to create a mermaid tail blanket.  Before I get into the details, let me first say that I am by no means a great crocheter.  I consider myself an amateur, I still have difficultly understanding how to read patterns. So basically, if I can do it, you can do it :) 

I started with a medium bulk yarn and used a size 5 hook.  This is the type that I used, it was sparkly so I thought it would be fun: 

I used a combination of purple, green, blue, and pink. Pink ended up being my main color with the others splashed in randomly. When I changed colors I just tied off from the previous color and continued on.  You can weave the colors in, but like I said earlier, I’m an amateur and I actually don’t know how to do that, so if you know how to, go for it!

STEP 1: Ch. until you find the width suitable. For example, I chained enough so that the chain could wrap once around my waist like a belt.  Adjust as you see fit and join the beginning and end of the chain with a slip stitch to create a large ring.  

STEP 2: The first row is the only one that you need to pay attention to where you place your stitches. After this it becomes more obvious. Ch. 2, work a single crochet (sc) into the second chain from hook. Skip next two chains and in the third chain work a double crochet (dc) in that same chain 5 times.  Skip the next two chains and SC in the next one over. 

STEP 3: Skip the next two chains, work 5 DC in the next chain over. Skip the next two chains, work a SC in the next chain over. Continue this until you reach where you started. (Before joining with the beginning make sure you have not twisted your chain).

STEP 4: You should now be beginning your second row. Ch. 2, this acts as your first DC in your second row, DC twice in that same place. Skip the next two DC and SC in the  third DC. Skip the next two DC and work 5 DC in the SC from the first row. Continue this until you reach the beginning again. Work another two DC where you did your first half of the first shell you began. 

STEP 5: Ch. 1, 5 DC in the SC from the second row, continue around as many times as you see fit.  To create that mermaid shape I reduced a few rows as I went. How I did that was I did a SC where I was supposed to do the 5 DC to create the shell and then continued on.  I would only do this once in a while until it came to a shape I liked.  If you do it too many times too close you get an awkward change in shape, so try to only reduce every other row or so. This is something that may take you some time to figure out exactly how you want the shape to be. I ended up with something like this. 

The Fin: 

Chain 41

Row 1: Half Double Chain (hdc) in second chain from hook and each stitch across, ch1, turn

Row 2: Hdc in next 38 stitches, ch1, turn (38 sts)

Row 3: Hdc in each stitch across, ch1, turn

Row 4: Hdc in next 36 stitches, ch1, turn (36 sts)

Row 5: Hdc in each st across, ch1, turn

Row 6: Hdc in next 32 stitches, ch1, turn (32 sts) You get the point, keep going until you find your fin is wide enough for one half (I did about 11 rows) Fasten off for the first side. Now repeat this same pattern for the other side, DO NOT FASTEN OFF.  I crocheted the two pieces together with slip stitches continued from the side I did not fasten off.  Fasten off and make sure the seam is in the back.  

You can sew the tail on any way you see fit, I closed off the bottom of the blanket with the tail. I folded the sides of the fin in to fit the size of the rest of the tail. Hopefully the picture helps you make sense of what I’m talking about. 

My daughter is obviously a little small for this blanket, but she looks happy doesn’t she? haha. I actually find that she looks more like a fish than a mermaid because it comes up so high on her but, the blanket seemed to have gone over well with my family and friends, so I’ll take it :)

--Leah @Leah Homemade 

Slouchy beanie obsession

Lately, I've been making a lot of beanies. I mean a LOT. Slouchy beanies have been hip for some time now, but finding a versatile and interesting pattern isn't all that easy. In the past, I've been afraid to try patterns - it's reading another language plus the fear of messing up and ruining the precious yarn (as if there's not a ton more in the stash) that would hold me back. 

Then, I found this post about the urban jungle slouchy beanie. It's super easy to follow and doesn't work in the round starting in a circle - something I was terrified of. I like my rows, thank you very much. But, what's so great about this pattern is that you can really change up the sizing and colors so easily that it almost becomes a brand new hat each time! 

The whole slouchy beanie came up when I was sitting over at my local coffee shop crocheting in public. Yes, how very awkward of me, but you should try it - someone might ask you to make them something great. And as I was sitting there working on a houndstooth scarf for my friend, a girl walks over to me and asks me if I could make her a hat. We talked about her style for a few minutes and I gave her a once-over and decided I was going to finally try out that slouchy beanie pattern. Lucky for me, she loves the color mustard, too and I thought it would look great with her dark brown hair. 

So, I immediately went over to my local JoAnn's and picked up this gorgeous mustard yarn from Lion Brand and got started. Once I got through the ribbed band, I started to crochet around the edge with this glorious puff stitch. I had never tried this stitch before, so it took some getting used to at first - but after making about 10 hats now, it's a lot easier to use. 

I found that the hardest part of the pattern is actually closing up the hat. Since we're not working in rounds from the top down, but rather large rounds around the band, you'll eventually be left with a flat hat. To stitch the top, you want to make sure you don't fasten off, and single crochet across the top to create a star shape.

Then you're finished!

We decided to add a pom for fun, and I think it looks awesome! Of course, I posted this online and my friends went CRAZY for it. 

Have you tried any cool hat patterns this winter? 

Crochet blogging adventure begins!

I've never thought of myself as crafty. A friend tried to teach me to crochet a few years ago and I blamed my left-handedness for not picking it up - oh, but it's mostly because I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. And I am known to get easily frustrated. 

It wasn't until I had my 2nd daughter, Wren, in May that I decided to pick it up again. Soon after she was born, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I was pretty sore most mornings, taking anywhere from 30 minutes-1 hr to really get moving, and as you can imagine, trying to take care of a 4-yr-old and newborn was almost impossible. It got to the point where I was having a hard time carrying her, unscrewing her bottles, dressing her, you name it. 

Once I finally got an appointment with the rheumatologist, we decided that a body in motion stays in motion. So, I got hookin' and I haven't stopped since. It's amazing because not only have I significantly increased my skills, but I've also gained a ton of mobility back in my hands. 

Now, I've got friends and family all over the place asking for my crochet creations. I'm hoping that this blog will allow you to learn and explore with me. Managing my arthritis isn't always easy, and I love being able to turn to my craft to relax. I can finally say that I have a hobby and I want to share my love of crochet with you!