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May 2018

Summer Crochet Free Pattern Roundup

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Hello everybody! Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet!

If you’re working on the Changing Chevrons CAL, don’t forget to share it with me on Instagram or Facebook! Some of you who are working on the Crochet Along have said you have too much time in between sections (for some two weeks is too long in between). I thought I’d take a quick peak around the internet and maybe give you all some inspiration or ideas for a couple of new projects to try in the down time!

Since summer is right around the corner here in Tennessee, it is getting pretty warm and humid already. I like to make smaller projects in the summer. And I tend to use a lot more cotton during this time because it’s easier to work with when it’s hot outside.

Here are a few quick and easy patterns I found that seem perfect for the summer!

1. This adorable Water Bottle Carrier. This cutie is perfect for hiking, camping, really just about any awesome outdoor activity you can think of when the weather is gorgeous. This will help keep your hands free when you are out and about. They also make perfect end-of-year teacher gifts!

2. Cotton Sandals made from upcycled flip flops! I’ve got so, so , so many flip flops around my house. I can’t wait to make a few pairs of these as soon as possible in all sorts of colors. I think I’ll try out this Lily Sugar n’ Cream yarn that I just got at the last mega sale at Michaels.

3. While we’re talking about shoes, check out these boots! I absolutely love wearing my ankle boots, but man are they too hot to wear in the summer time. I think this pattern solves that problem perfectly!


4. This cotton potholder is simply stunning. I especially love that color way, but I can picture it in so many different shades! I’m definitely making a few of these to give out as gifts (and a few to keep for myself)!

5. Why not go all in on the gift idea and make all the items in this basket! I love this handmade spa gift basket idea sooo much! I think these would be a big hit with a lot of people in my life.

I’m going to get started on a couple of these things as soon as I get the time this weekend!

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If you make any of these items I would love to see your progress and finished pieces. Half the joy of creating is sharing it! You can post your work here in the comments, on my Facebook page, or you can join the Couch Surfer Crocheters FB Group!

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Changing Chevrons CAL – Week 4

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Welcome back to the Changing Chevrons Crochet Along! This blanket pattern has been so much fun to create. We are now on Week 4, which means we are now halfway done!! It’s been so cool to see all your versions of this pattern!

In case you are just finding us, let me get you up to speed. This Crochet Along started on Monday, March 26th. Every two weeks (every other Monday), I will be posting 10 – 15 rows of the pattern, including all stitches and variations required. I’m posting every two weeks to give you plenty of time to learn the new stitches and complete all of the rows for that section.

Week 1: March 26
Week 2: April 9
Week 3: April 23
Week 4: May 7
Week 5: May 21
Week 6: June 4
Week 7: June 18
Week 8: July 2

This week we will be doing Rows 40 – 52.

If you’d like to see different variations of this blanket, join me in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group. Members there are sharing their creations as we go, and it so cool to see so many different color combinations for this pattern!


This row is the “Criss Cross” Stitch

R40 (color 4):   Ch 3 (counts as dc), *[sk 1 st, dc into next stitch, dc into stitch before (criss cross made)], repeat from * twice (Side section has 3 criss crosses), *dc3tog. criss cross 6 times, 3 dc in next stitch, criss cross 6 times, repeat from * across, criss cross 3 times, dc in ch st, turn

R41 (color 1):   Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of the next 5 ch, *dc3tog in next three chains, dc in each of the next 12 chains, 3 dc in next chain, dc in each of next 12 chains, repeat from * across, dc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 dc in ch st, turn

R42 (color 1):  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of the next 5 ch, *dc3tog in next three chains, dc in each of the next 12 chains, 3 dc in next chain, dc in each of next 12 chains, repeat from * across, dc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 dc in ch st, turn

R43 (color 2):   Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in each of the next 5 ch, *hdc3tog in next three chains, hdc in each of the next 12 chains, 3 hdc in next chain, hdc in each of next 12 chains, repeat from * across, hdc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 hdc in ch st, turn

The next 2 rows are the “Herringbone Stitch.” (hbdc in pattern)
hbdc – Yarn over, insert hook into the next

st, yo and pull through st and first loop on hook, yo and draw through one more loop on hook, yo and draw through two remaining loops on hook.

hbdc3tog – yo, insert hook into next st, yo and pull through the st and first loop on hook, yo and draw through one more loop on hook, yo insert hook in the next st and pull through st and first loop on hook, yo and draw through one more loop on hook, yo insert hook in the next st and pull through st and first loop on hook, yo and draw through one more loop on hook, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook.

R44 (color 4):   Ch 3, hbdc in same st, hbdc in each of the next 5 ch, *hbdc3tog in next three chains, hbdc in each of the next 12 chains, 3 hbdc in next chain, hbdc in each of next 12 chains, repeat from * across, hbdc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 hbdc in ch st, turn

R45 (color 4):   Ch 3, hbdc in same st, hbdc in each of the next 5 ch, *hbdc3tog in next three chains, hbdc in each of the next 12 chains, 3 hbdc in next chain, hbdc in each of next 12 chains, repeat from * across, hbdc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 hbdc in ch st, turn

R46 (color 3):   Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 st, *sc3tog in next 3 st, sc in each of the next 12 stitches, 3 sc in next chain, sc in each of next 12 stitches, repeat from * across, sc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 sc in ch st, turn

R47 (color 3):   Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 st, *sc3tog in next 3 st, sc in each of the next 12 stitches, 3 sc in next chain, sc in each of next 12 stitches, repeat from * across, sc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 sc in ch st, turn

This week’s section is from the white “criss crosses” at the bottom, to the thick white stripe (3 rows of herringbone) at the top!

 

This next row is the “Bead Stitch.”  (bead st in pattern)
***see Special Stitches page for step by step photos

[yarn over, insert hook around post of previous dc from right to left, yo and pull loop through] 3 times in same place (7 loops on hook), yo and pull through first 6 loops on hook, yo and pull through last 2 loops.

R48 (color 2):   Ch 3, dc in same st, dc, bead st, sk sp, dc, dc, bead st, sk sp, dc3tog, *dc, dc, bead st, sk sp, repeat from * to peak, 3 dc in peak, repeat again from * to valley, dc3tog, repeat from * across, 2 dc in ch st, turn

R49 (color 1):   Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of the next 5 ch, *dc3tog in next three chains, dc in each of the next 12 chains, 3 dc in next chain, dc in each of next 12 chains, repeat from * across, dc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 dc in ch st, turn


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The next 3 rows are the “Herringbone Stitch.” (hbdc in pattern) — see Special Stitches page for a video link.

R50 (color 4):   Ch 3, hbdc in same st, hbdc in each of the next 5 ch, *hbdc3tog in next three chains, hbdc in each of the next 12 chains, 3 hbdc in next chain, hbdc in each of next 12 chains, repeat from * across, hbdc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 hbdc in ch st, turn

R51 (color 4):   Ch 3, hbdc in same st, hbdc in each of the next 5 ch, *hbdc3tog in next three chains, hbdc in each of the next 12 chains, 3 hbdc in next chain, hbdc in each of next 12 chains, repeat from * across, hbdc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 hbdc in ch st, turn

R52 (color 4):   Ch 3, hbdc in same st, hbdc in each of the next 5 ch, *hbdc3tog in next three chains, hbdc in each of the next 12 chains, 3 hbdc in next chain, hbdc in each of next 12 chains, repeat from * across, hbdc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 hbdc in ch st, turn

 

This finishes Week 4! Week 5 will go up on May 21st!

R40:   Criss Cross, Color 4
R41:   DC, Color 1
R42:   DC, Color 1
R43:   HDC, Color 2
R44:   Herringbone, Color 4
R45:   Herringbone, Color 4
R46:   SC, Color 3
R47:   SC, Color 3
R48:   Bead, Color 2
R49:   DC, Color 1
R50:   Herringbone, Color 4
R51:    Herringbone, Color 4
R52:   Herringbone, Color 4

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I hope you all are having fun with this crochet along pattern. It is a joy to create and to share these ideas with all of you! I would love to see your progress and finished pieces. Half the joy of creating is sharing it! You can post your work here in the comments, on my Facebook page, or you can join the Couch Surfer Crocheters FB Group!

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