Optical Illusion Baby Blanket

optical illusion baby blanket- free crochet pattern on Stitch11

 

The Optical Illusion Baby Blanket is designed for my new baby cousin Gracie. But, with a change of colors, you can customize this free blanket crochet pattern for any baby or even change up the size!  <3

NOTE- You can choose to use the joining method and “join as you go” to minimize your yarn ends for weaving in. I didn’t do this.. because I wasn’t sure how I was going to join until after I finished the squares. But using and learning the Scallop Join, made me realize I could have saved time and yarn by just doing it before finishing off the yarn after the last round of each square.

To crochet the Optical Illusion Baby Blanket, you will need to crochet you desired amount of THIS SQUARE PATTERN. I made 12.

Optical Illusion Square

The first edging before joining your squares.
Join yarn to corner TR. CH 1, SC into same stitch. CH 3. SC into same stitch.{ *CH 3, skip 2 stitches, SC into next stitch. Repeat from * 5 more times. SC into TR. CH 3. SC into same stitch.} Repeat from { to } 2 more times.   **CH 3, skip 2 stitches, SC into next stitch. Repeat from ** 5 more times. Join to first SC.
After finishing your first edging, You will use this —-> SCALLOP JOIN by Gourmet Crochet. You will continue with the same edging you used with the first square, besides on the sides you are joining.. that is where you need the Scallop Join.
NOTE- After the first row of joining. When joining in corners, I slip stitched into the same slip stitch as previous corners.
Below is a progress photo from after I joined my squares.

Stitch11

Border
Round 1: Starting in any CH 3 space, CH 1. 3 SC into CH 3 space. You will be putting 3 SC into every CH 3 space (while skipping every SC). In the corner CH 2 spaces, you will {SC, CH 2, SC} all into the corner CH 2 space. When you reach each area of joins, you will work 1 SC into each of the 3 spaces. (The Ch space, the side of the SC that joins the CH space and the next CH space.) I have a photo below to help.
Once you get back to your starting stitch, join to the first SC.

Optical Illusion - first round of border - Stitch11
Round 2: CH 3 (counts as first DC). DC into each SC around. On the corner CH 2 spaces, you will {2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC} all into the CH space. Once you get back to the starting CH 3. join to the top CH.
Round 3: CH 3 (counts as first DC). DC into each DC around. On the corner CH 2 spaces, you will {2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC} all into the CH space. Once you get back to the starting CH 3.
Round 4: CH 1. SC into each stitch around. On the corners you will be crocheting 3 SC into the CH 2 spaces. Join to first SC.
Weave in your ends. 

optical illusion baby blanket- free crochet pattern on Stitch11

optical illusion baby blanket- free crochet pattern on Stitch11

 

Star Bright Square

Star Bright - 6 inch crochet square

 

I’m excited to be joining the Mystery Lapghan CAL! I’ve teamed up with 29 other crochet designers to share 36 free crochet square patterns for a one-of-a-kind lapghan!
Each pattern will be a 6-inch square using a worsted or aran weight yarn – yarn symbol 4 and a size US-I/9 (5.5 mm) hook.

The Star Bright crochet square isn’t scheduled to release for the CAL until 8/27/2015. But, you can start early to stay ahead!

NOTE – I have noticed that a lot of the people following the CAL are having issues with not all squares being the same size. Since I had used Caron Simply Soft yarn, my measurements may not be the same as some. If you find that you need to make your square smaller, you can skip round 7 (and even round 6 if needed) and go straight to the last round, where you SC into each stitch and {HDC, DC, HDC}-into the corner CH spaces.

Supplies 
Medium Weight yarn. I used Caron Simply Soft.
1/9-5.5 mm crochet hook
Yarn needle for weaving in your ends.

Stitches used
Magic Circle
CH – Chain
Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet

Note- This square measures 6 inches.

Round 1: Magic circle. CH 1. *HDC into magic circle. CH 5. Repeat from * 3 more times. Join to first HDC. (4 HDC)
Round 2: Slip stitch into next 3 chains. CH 1. HDC into same CH. CH 5. HDC into same CH. *CH 5. HDC into 3rd CH of next loop. CH 5. HDC into same CH. Repeat from * 2 more times. CH 5. Join to first HDC. (8 HDC)
Round 3: Slip stitch into CH space. CH 3 (counts as first DC). 3 DC into same CH space. CH 2. 4 DC into same CH space. CH 2. SC into next CH space. CH 2. * 4 DC into next CH space. CH 2. 4 DC into same CH space. CH 2. SC into next CH space. CH 2. Repeat from * 2 more times. Join to top of CH 3. (36 stitches not including chains)
Round 4: CH 1. SC into same stitch and next 3 stitches. SC into CH space. CH 2. SC into same CH space. SC into next 4 stitches. CH 1. SC into SC. CH 1 *SC into next 4 stitches. SC into CH space. CH 2. SC into same CH space. SC into next 4 stitches. CH 1. SC into SC. CH 1. Repeat from * 2 more times. Join to first SC. (44 stitches not including chains)
Round 5: CH 3 (counts as first DC) DC into each of the next 4 stitches. DC into CH space. CH 2. DC into same CH space. DC into each of the next 5 stitches.  SC into SC. *DC into next 5 stitches. DC into CH space. CH 2. DC into same CH space. DC into next 5 stitches. SC into SC. Repeat from * 2 more times. Join to top of first CH 3. (52 stitches not including chains)
Round 6: CH 1. SC into same stitch and next 5 stitches. *HDC into CH space. CH 2. HDC into same CH space. SC into next 13 stitches. Repeat from * 2 more times. HDC into CH space. CH 2. HDC into same CH space. SC into next 7 stitches. Join to first SC. (60 stitches not including chains)
Round 7: CH 1: SC into same stitch and next 6 stitches. HDC into CH space. CH 2. HDC into same CH space. *SC into next 15 stitches. HDC into CH space. CH 2. HDC into same CH space. Repeat from * 2 more times. SC into last 8 stitches. Join to first SC.  (68 stitches not including chains)
Round 8: CH 1. SC into same stitch and next 7 stitches. {HDC, DC, HDC}-all into CH space. *SC into next 17 stitches. {HDC, DC, HDC}-all into CH space. Repeat from * 2 more times. SC into last 9 stitches. Join to first SC. (80 stitches)
Finish off and weave in your ends. 

HOW TO JOIN IN THE MYSTERY LAPGHAN CAL?
Every week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from August 17th through November 6th, a new square will be released.  You can join the Facebook online group at “Mystery Group CAL” to keep up with each release date.

Click the photo below to visit Stitches n Scraps who will be scheduled to release her square by 8/31/2015! unnamed (9)

 

Optical Illusion Square

Optical Illusion Square

Supplies 
Medium Weight yarn. I used Caron Simply Soft.
I/5.5 MM crochet hook
Yarn needle for weaving in your ends.

Stitches
Magic Circle
Slip Stitch
CH- Chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TR – Treble Crochet
DTR – Double Treble Crochet
TRTR – Treble Treble Crochet

Don’t understand the tall stitches? Click the photo below to use Moogly’s tutorial and make learning the tall stitches EASY!

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*Note* This square measures 7 inches.
*Note* On the corners you will be making a {CH 3, Slip stitch to first CH} These are picot stitches. When working the next row around, you will want the picots to be pushed towards the front of the square.
*Note* Final stitch count at the end of each row does not include picots.

Round 1: Magic Circle. CH 3 (counts as first DC).  2 DC into magic circle. CH 3. Slip stitch into first CH. 3 *3 DC into magic circle. CH 3. slip stitch into first CH. Repeat from * 2 more times. Join to top of CH 3. (12 DC)
Finish off. Join new color to the back loop of the first DC after corner picot.

YOU WILL BE WORKING IN BACK LOOPS THROUGH THE ENTIRE PATTERN

Round 2: CH 1. SC into same stitch. HDC into next stitch. DC into same stitch. CH 3. Slip stitch to first CH. DC into same stitch. HDC into same stitch. SC into next stitch.  Skip picot stitch and push it to the front. *SC into next stitch. HDC into next stitch. DC into same stitch. CH 3. Slip stitch to first CH. DC into same stitch. HDC into same stitch. SC into next stitch.  Skip picot stitch and push it to the front. Repeat from * around. Join to first SC.  (24 stitches)
Finish off. Join new color to the back loop of the first DC after picot. 

Round 3: CH 1. SC into same stitch. HDC into next stitch. DC into next stitch. TR into same stitch. CH 3. Slip stitch into first CH. TR into next stitch. DC into same stitch. HDC into next stitch. SC into next stitch. Skip picot stitch and push it forward. *SC into next stitch. HDC into next stitch. DC into next stitch. TR into same stitch. CH 3. Slip stitch into first CH. TR into next stitch. DC into same stitch. HDC into next stitch. SC into next stitch. Skip picot stitch and push it forward. Repeat from* around. Join to first SC. (32 stitches)
Finish off. Join new color to the back loop of the first TR after picot. 

Round 4: CH 1. SC into same stitch. HDC into next stitch. DC into next stitch. TR into next stitch. DTR into same stitch. CH 3. Slip stitch into first CH.  DTR into next stitch. TR into same stitch. DC into next stitch. HDC into next stitch. SC into next stitch. Skip picot stitch and push it forward. *SC into next stitch. HDC into next stitch. DC into next stitch. TR into next stitch. DTR into same stitch. CH 3. Slip stitch into first CH.  DTR into next stitch. TR into same stitch. DC into next stitch. HDC into next stitch. SC into next stitch. Skip picot stitch and push it forward.  Repeat from * around. Join to first SC. (40 stitches)
Finish off. Join new color to the back loop of the first DTR after picot. 

Round 5: CH 1. SC into same stitch.  HDC into next stitch. DC into next stitch. TR into next stitch. DTR into next stitch. TRTR into same stitch. CH 3. Slip stitch into first CH. TRTR into next stitch. DTR into same stitch. TR into next stitch. DC into next stitch. HDC into next stitch.  SC into next stitch. Skip picot stitch and push it forward. *SC into next stitch.  HDC into next stitch. DC into next stitch. TR into next stitch. DTR into next stitch. TRTR into same stitch. CH 3. Slip stitch into first CH. TRTR into next stitch. DTR into same stitch. TR into next stitch. DC into next stitch. HDC into next stitch.  SC into next stitch. Skip picot stitch and push it forward.Repeat from * around. Join to first SC. (48)
Finish off. Join new color to the back loop of the first TRTR after picot. 

Notice in the next round, you will be putting 3 stitches into both corner stitches on all 4 corners. When following the pattern a second time, I had to keep reminding myself! (I kept thinking I was a stitch short so I figured it would be worth a note just in case others do the same.) 

Round 6: CH  1. SC into same stitch. HDC into next stitch. DC into next 2 stitches. TR into next stitch. DTR into next stitch. 2 TRTR into the same stitch. CH 2. 2 TRTR into next stitch. DTR into the same stitch. TR into the next stitch. DC into next 2 stitches. HDC into next stitch. SC into next stitch. Skip picot stitch and push it forward. *SC into next stitch. HDC into next stitch. DC into next 2 stitches. TR into next stitch. DTR into next stitch. 2 TRTR into the same stitch. CH 2. 2 TRTR into next stitch. DTR into the same stitch. TR into the next stitch. DC into next 2 stitches. HDC into next stitch. SC into next stitch. Skip picot stitch and push it forward. Repeat from * around. join to first SC.  (64)

DO NOT FINISH OFF. YOU WILL BE WORKING IN BOTH LOOPS FOR EDGING ROUND.

Round 7: CH 1. SC into same stitch and next 7 stitches. { HDC, DC,TR, DC, HDC} all into CH space. *SC into next 16 stitches. {HDC, DC,TR, DC, HDC} all into CH space. Repeat from * two more times. SC into last 8 stitches. Join to first SC. (84)

Moogly Reviewed by Stitch11 – Learning the Tunisian – Free Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern – Review

Moogly reviewed by Stitch11 - Free Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern - review

First of all, you can get your copy of the free Infinity Scarf pattern HERE.

Follow Moogly on Facebook HERE.
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View the Moogly video tutorial that helped me figure out the Tunisian stitch HERE.

There comes a point in almost every season, when I know I am ready to learn a new stitch. When the desire of learning something new hit’s me, one of the first places I check out is www.mooglyblog.com. She never fails me!

When I first laid eyes on her Tunisian Infinity Scarf crochet pattern.. I knew it would be my next project. I had never used the stitch for anything… and I was finally ready!
Just by reading through her simple pattern, I had a really good idea of how to pull the stitch off. To be safe, I watched her video which just gave me all the confidence I needed.

After completing just a few rows, I was able to close my laptop and crochet while watching Netflix. I love taking a mental break from time to time… and after learning the stitch, my hook flowed quickly and with ease. I didn’t have a Tunisian hook, so I just used a regular hook. It worked fine, but I’m sure the hooks Moogly has linked with the pattern would make it even better!

I used Red Hearts Boutique Infinity yarn. It’s colors are soft, deep, and bright all at once. The sparkles in the yarn are gorgeous! It has just the right thickness and fluff that I prefer when using Bulky weight yarn. You can purchase  your own Red Heart Boutique Infinity Yarn through my affiliate link here. –> Red Heart Yarn, Infinity Enchanted 

Free infinity scarf crochet pattern - review

Mother Daughter – Child/Teen-Adult Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

Mother and Daughter Ear Warmers - AdultTeen - Child sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

Supplies
One skein of Red Heart Boutique Twilight – Super Bulky 6 – 59 yds (one skein is enough to make two headbands with yarn to spare)
P/16 11.5 mm crochet hook
Yarn needle

You can purchase the hook through my Amazon affiliate link. Plastic Crochet Hook-Size P16/11.5 mm

You can purchase the yarn through my Amazon affiliate link. Red Heart Boutique Twilight Yarn Romantic

Makes sizes Child/Teen-Adult

Stitches Used 
FSC – Foundation Single Crochet 
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet 
DC – Double Crochet 

Round 1: FSC 30/33. Join to first FSC.
Round 2: CH 3 (counts as first DC) 2 more DC into same stitch. Skip 2 stitches. **3 DC into next stitch. skip 2 stitches. Repeat from ** around. Join to top of CH 3.
Round 3: CH 1. SC into same stitch and each stitch around. Join to first SC.
Round 4: CH 3 (counts as first DC) 2 more DC into same stitch. Skip 2 stitches. **3 DC into next stitch. skip 2 stitches. Repeat from ** around. Join to top of CH 3.
Round 5: CH 1. SC into same stitch and each stitch around. Join to first SC.
Finish off and weave in your ends. You will have to secure your starting end to your last FSC of your first round.