The Simon Square Baby Blanket

I love projects that are quick, great stash busters, and don’t require any counting, and this blanket fits the bill perfectly!

I made a baby blanket version for my bestie’s new baby, but this pattern lets you keep adding rows until the blanket is as big as you’d like! It can also be adjusted for any yarn weight, so grab your stash and get stitching!

THE SIMON SQUARE BABY BLANKET CROCHET PATTERN

Materials:

  • 575 yards of Level 6 Super Bulky yarn (pictured is Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Succulent, Butterscotch and Fisherman, 6 balls total)
  • Size M/13 9mm crochet hook
  • Large eye sewing needle
  • Scissors

Stitch abbreviations:

-Chain- (CH)

-Single Crochet- (SC)

-Skip- (SK)

-Invisible Slip Stitch- (ISS)

-Stitch(es)- (ST(s))

-Magic Circle- (MC)

Gauge:

4×4” = 10 rows x 10 stitches

Notes:

  • This pattern is done in Moss Stitch (also known as Linen Stitch or Granite Stitch). This is simply a sequence of two stitches, the single crochet and chain, where the single crochets are made in the chain spaces of the previous row. I begin and end each row with a single crochet to make neat edges.
  • This pattern uses a technique called “Invisible Slip Stitch” to create a seamless join at the corners of each row. This is done by removing your hook from your final stitch, inserting the hook from back to front in the stitch you want to connect to, and grabbing the loop and pulling through from front to back (see pictorials). This stitch can be subbed out with a regular slip stitch.
  • Change colors by finishing the final CH with the next color and completing the Invisible Slip Stitch with the next color. Color changes are not denoted in this pattern and can be made at any time!
  • The size of the blanket can be adjusted by simply continuing with the rows until the desired size is obtained.

Pattern:

Begin with a Magic Circle.

Row 1: In MC, CH 2, SC, CH 2, SC, CH 2, SC, CH 2, SC. ISS to beginning CH 2. (12 STS)

R2: Without making a CH, in the CH 2 space SC, CH 2, SC. *CH 1 and SK SC, in next CH 2 space SC, CH 2, SC.* Repeat from * to * twice more, ending with ISS in first SC. (20)

R3: Without making a CH, SC, CH 2, SC into CH 2 space. *CH 1, SK next SC, SC into CH space, CH 1, SK SC, in corner CH 2 space SC + CH 2 + SC.* Repeat from * to * twice more, end row with an ISS in the 1st SC. (28)

R4: Without making a CH, in CH 2 space SC, CH 2, SC. CH 1, SK SC, SC in next CH space. Repeat around, with SC + CH 2 + SC in each corner, and ending with an ISS in the 1st SC. (36)

R5-R46: Repeat row 4, changing yarn colors whenever you wish (see notes/pictorials).

Finished baby blanket is 46 rows total, but you can keep going to make the square as large as you’d like!

Final measurements:

Baby Blanket 36” x 36”, 46 rows total

This is an original pattern by Christina of February Sky Designs.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to it but please do not reprint it on your site or sell it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Christina of February Sky Designs, and link to my blog februaryskydesigns.com. Thank you for respecting creators and their work!

The Cozy Crochet Cat Bed

As an animal lover and someone who is trying to save some money, diying as many items as possible for my new kitties was a no-brainer. We crocheters can do some incredible things with yarn, and making practical items is one of those things!

This is the perfect stash-buster project for your kitty or small dog. All you need are a couple skeins of super bulky yarn (I used Hometown by Lion Brand) and some poly fill stuffing. You could even use some old T-shirt’s for stuffing if you wanted! I’ve also included instructions for a faux fur insert to make the bed extra cozy. Whatever yarn you choose your furry friends are sure to love their new handmade bed as much as mine do!

One bed is the perfect size for one cat, or two kittens who love to snuggle!

What you’ll need:

-about 240 yards of super bulky/level 6 yarn (three skeins of Hometown USA by Lion Brand)

-one skein faux fur yarn (optional)- Go For Faux yarn by Lion Brand

-N/15 10mm crochet hook

-poly fill stuffing

-ruler or tape measure

-scissors

-large eye sewing needle

FINISHED DIMENSIONS:

-starting square 24 x 24”

-bed 20 x 20”

-fur insert 10.5 x 10.5”

NOTES:

-Any yarn and hook size can be used, just make sure the starting square is 24 x 24”.

-The size of the bed is customizable. Start with any even number of chains and make the starting square bigger or smaller as needed.

-Sewing up the back isn’t an exact science. You just want puffy edges to rest their head on!

PATTERN:

-CH 60

Row 1: SC in the second CH from the hook. CH 1, SK 1 CH, SC. Repeat across, ending with a SC. (59 ST)

Row 2: CH 1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in next CH space. CH 1, skip SC, SC in next CH space. Repeat across until last CH space. SC in final SC. (59 ST)

Row 3: CH 1, turn. SC in first ST. CH 1, SK 1, SC in next CH space. Repeat across, SC in final SC. (59 ST)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 52 rows, or until square is an even length on all sides. Fasten off yarn.

SIDES:

Fold edge up 4” on one side. Attach yarn about 8” from one side with a slip stitch. Surface crochet across the edge and back of the panel until you’re 8” away from the other edge.

Fold next edge over 4”, make corner into a point and continue to surface crochet along the next edge until you’re 8” from the next edge. Repeat twice more until all four edges are attached to the back. SL ST to the first SC and fasten off yarn.

In the example I SC’d around the edge points.
This isn’t necessary, but it’s an option.

You now have a square with four pointed corners and four tunnels on the sides. Fill the tunnels with polyfil until the sides are round but not bulging. Once all tunnels are filled stitch the corners vertically with a few stitches to secure the filling and square off the corners. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Faux Fur Insert:

With the N hook and faux fur yarn, CH 21.

SC in 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH across (20 ST).

CH 1, turn. SC across (20 ST).

Repeat until square measures 10.5 x 10.5”. Fasten off and weave in ends.

I hope you have as much fun making this bed as your furry friend will have sleeping in it! If you make one and share it on Instagram I’d love if you tagged me and use the hashtag #cozycrochetcatbed so I can see what you make!

Cozy Christmas Cottage Planters

If you’ve been on my Instagram in the past year you know I’m obsessed with my Cozy Cottage planters. My collection of cottages continues to grow, and I’m so excited to add these little gingerbread houses to the mix!

Since I released the pattern for my Cozy Cottage planters earlier this year, I’ve made cottages for all seasons!

Winter:

SpringSummer:

Fall:

But from the beginning I had these gingerbread cottages planned for Christmas! My inspiration for these planters was partially the ceramic village I put up on my mantle for the holidays, and these fit right in!

This post serves as a supplement to my Cozy Cottage Planter pattern and will go over the changes and additions I made for the gingerbread version. So, before you continue reading, go grab the pattern here, then come back and create your own cozy gingerbread cottages for your tiny trees (real or fake!).

Yarn used (per cottage):

-45 yards of super bulky yarn in your brown shade of choice (pictured is Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in Chocolate)

-a few yards of super bulky yarn in white (pictured is Loops & Threads Lush Alpaca in White)

-a few yards of super bulky yarn in red (pictured is Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in Claret)

-a few yards of another color, like green (pictured is Buttercream Alpaca in Green)

I used a 6 mm hook for both the cottage and the wreath additions.

Changes to pattern:

No changes are made until you finish the main body and are ready to move onto the roof. Your brown yarn will be Color A, and then you can choose which colors to make your details with.

Change to the roof section: Instead of detaching Color A and continuing with Color B, detach and continue the roof section with Color A (brown) per the pattern. Instead of crocheting around the edges of the roof and sides with the brown yarn, detach and complete the second side of the roof up to the edging. Detach brown yarn and attach white yarn to a corner next to a roof side. Single crochet evenly around the roof sides and the cottage sides, then tie off and weave in all ends. Move onto wreaths and details below.

“Icing” on the top of the front window and door:

Using your white yarn, thread a sewing needle and whip stitch along the top of the door and window, keeping the stitches loose and fluffy. Add a doorknob if desired.

Wreath directions:

Using a color other than brown, make two wreaths for each cottage.

Circle Wreath:

Using super bulky yarn and a 6mm hook, chain 6. Slip stitch to 1st chain to create a ring. Chain 1 and make 14 single crochets inside the chain ring. Slip stitch to the first single crochet and leave a medium length tail. Attach a short strand of red yarn and tie a bow. Attach the wreath to the top of a roof side using the two tails.

Heart Wreath:

Using super bulky yarn and a 6 mm hook, make a magic circle. Into the MC, CH 2, 2 DC, 3 HDC, CH 1, DC, CH 1, 3 HDC, 2 DC, CH 2. Pull magic circle partially closed and slip stitch into the center. Tighten MC and attach wreath to the second roof side using the two tails.

I hope you love your gingerbread cottages as much as I love mine! If you need the link to the pattern, it’s here. And if you make your own cottages, please share them on Instagram with the hashtag #cozycottageplanters and tag me @Februaryskydesigns. Happy Holidays!

The Golden Hour Pumpkins

As soon as Labor Day passes I’m officially in Fall mode (and let’s be honest, sometimes it hits before then!). I love decorating my space with cozy fall decor, and I’m always looking for cute pumpkin patterns to add to my collection. Well, this year I thought it was high time I made a pumpkin pattern of my own! Thus, the Golden Hour Pumpkins were born.

These pumpkins use the same stitch as my Golden Hour throw, so if you enjoy this quickie project head over and check out your next cozy blanket!

All you need is about 45 yards of your favorite bulky yarn (I used an assortment of Eco Cozy colors from Michaels) and a size L hook. But, of course, these pumpkins can be made using any yarn! The sizes will vary, but that’s part of the fun of making your own little pumpkin collection.

Let’s get started!

GOLDEN HOUR PUMPKINS CROCHET PATTERN

Stitch abbreviations:

-Chain- (CH)

-Single Crochet- (SC)

-Half Double Crochet- (HDC)

-Stitch(es)- (ST(s))

Materials:

  • 45 yards of any level 5 Bulky yarn (pictured is Eco Cozy by Loops & Threads from Michaels)
  • Size L/11 8mm crochet hook
  • Large eye sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Poly-fil stuffing
  • Cinnamon stick for the stem

Gauge:

4×4” = 9 rows x 11 stitches

Notes:

  • The chains at the beginning of each row do not count as stitches.
  • The SC rows are done in the third loop of the HDC’s. This loop is behind the top two loops of the HDC, and will be the loop closest to you on the wrong side of the pumpkins..
  • Adjust the size to your liking! Any length chain can be used to start, and the two row repeat can be added to or subtracted from as needed!

PATTERN:

CH 13.

Row 1: HDC in the 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (12 STs)

R2: Ch 1. SC in the 3rd back loop of each HDC (see notes). (12 STs)

R3: CH 1. HDC in each SC across. (12 STs)

R4-24: Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 24 rows total. Do not fasten off.

With wrong side up, bring beginning CH and final SC edges together. Surface crochet the sides together, working through both loops of the SC’s. Fasten off yarn, leaving a long tail (at least 12 inches).

Using a large eye sewing needle, whip stitch along the edge in the raised HDC stitches. Pull tight to close and work around the hole a couple times to secure.

Thread the needle through the center and pull through. Add Poly-fil stuffing around the tail, making sure not to fill too much so that it shows through the fabric.

Once the pumpkin is filled, whip stitch around the edge. Pull to close, but leave a small hole in the center. Work around the hole a couple more times to secure and fasten off.

Cut a cinnamon stick in half and hot glue it into the hole on the top of the pumpkin.

Final measurements:

Before sewing: 4 1/2 x 11”

Finished pumpkin: 2 1/2” tall, 5” across

I hope you enjoy this pumpkin pattern and add your own cozy decorations to your home to celebrate this wonderful season! If you make some and share to Instagram make sure to tag me and use the hashtag #goldenhourpumpkins so I can see your beautiful creations!

This is an original pattern by Christina of February Sky Designs.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to it but please do not reprint it on your site or sell it. 

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Christina of February Sky Designs, and link to my blog februaryskydesigns.com. Thank you for respecting creators and their work!

The Cody Corner to Corner Blanket

When I’m looking for a new project, I usually fall into two camps- trying something I’ve never experienced before (new yarn, new stitches, new construction), or a simple project that I can do almost without thinking. This lovely blanket falls into the second category for me, and it was a relaxing pleasure to work on. It has: one stitch throughout, no color changes, only a few ends to weave in, and it can be easily customized to any size you want. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

The only technique you need to be familiar with is Corner to Corner crochet. This is done using a set of double crochets and chains, and once you get the hang of it you’ll be flying through this project. It’s actually the one stitch I can do consistently without looking, so I’m able to bring projects like this on road trips and not get carsick!

The optional border is still using double crochets, but you’ll grab a contrasting colored yarn and make a nice ribbed edge by working front and back post DC’s. Don’t worry, I have all the picture tutorials you need to make this blanket. Just grab your striped yarn and let’s get started!

Materials:
-850 yards of worsted yarn- suggested Lion Brand Mandala Tweed Stripes (2 skeins)- Pictured is Wish Bone
-100 yards of worsted yarn in contrasting color for border- Pictured Lion Brand Basic Stitch in Charcoal
Size J/10 6mm hook, or size needed to obtain gauge

Stitch abbreviations:
-Chain (CH)
-Double Crochet (DC)
-Corner to Corner (C2C)
-Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC)
-Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC)

Gauge: 3” by 3” = 4×4 squares
Measurements: Blanket with border 36” by 36”, 44×44 squares

Notes: This blanket is easily customizable by continuing the base to the desired length before starting to decrease. Any yarn and hook can be used, but I recommend creating a 4×4 square gauge to determine how many squares you’ll need for the full blanket.

Pattern:

See photos below pattern for step-by-step C2C instructions.
Using striped yarn, begin C2C pattern. Continue until base sides reach 44×44 squares before decreasing, or continue until desired size. Fasten off and continue to border.


Border:
See pictures for more details.
Attach contrasting yarn to one corner of blanket. CH 3, DC 2 in CH 3 space. Continue to DC across, making 3 DC in each block.

After final DC of the row, CH 3. Work 2 DC in the last DC of the row. Turn and work 3 DC in each block across next side. Repeat corner (CH 3, DC 2 in last DC of row).

After the last corner is turned, SL ST into 1st CH 3 of the border foundation row. CH 2. Alternate FPDC and BPDC in each DC. After last FP or BP of the side, CH 3, turn, and continue FP/BP in each DC across. The CH 3 will create the corner.

Continue around until reaching the beginning CH 2. SL ST into CH 2 space. CH 2 and make 2-3 more rows of Fp/BP border. F/O and weave in ends.

Corner to Corner Pictorials:

Border Pictorials:

This is an original pattern by Christina of February Sky Designs. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to it but please do not reprint it on your site or sell it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Christina of February Sky Designs, and link to my blog februaryskydesigns.com. Thank you for respecting creators and their work!

The Better Days Crochet Pillow

Every year when January rolls around and the Christmas decorations are finally put away I look around my living space and feel like it looks…boring. All the pretty lights and ornaments are gone and I’m craving brightness and something new. This year in particular I want to make my home as cozy as possible, and what’s better than a new set of throw pillows to brighten up the couch!

This pattern is beginner-friendly and uses the same stitch pattern as my Golden Hour Throw. You’ll use super bulky level 6 yarn (I chose Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick), so this is a fast project that you can finish in a day. The stitch repeat gives the pillow a subtle cable/knit look, and the color combinations are endless! I chose a muted rainbow for my pillows because rainbows are a symbol of hope. When times are tough it’s good to be reminded that there are better days ahead!

***I have a beautiful, low-cost version of this pattern available on my Etsy that includes pictorials and is printer-friendly. You can find the PDF here! ***

The technique used in this pattern that gives the raised braided texture to the pillow is single crocheting in the third back loop of the previous row of half double crochets. If you haven’t worked in this loop of a half double crochet before, you can see it pointed out with an arrow below when working on the back side of each panel.

The single crochets push the top two loops of the half double crochet down, so you get the great texture that looks a bit like knitting!

Once you complete two panels you’ll single crochet them together, insert a pillow form, and finish the pillow off with some cute tassels! Let’s get to the pattern.

If you’d like a printable, ad-free PDF of this pattern, you can grab that here!

BETTER DAYS PILLOW COVER PATTERN

Stitch abbreviations:

-Chain- (CH)

-Single Crochet- (SC)

-Half Double Crochet- (HDC)

-Stitch(es)- (ST(s))

Materials:

  • For one pillow: 2 balls of Super Bulky Level 6 yarn in main color, about 10 yards each of 6 assorted colors of Super Bulky yarn.
    • Shown is Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman for the main off white color, then for the rainbow Spice, Pumpkin, Butterscotch, Cilantro, Succulent, and Charcoal.
  • Size N/15 9mm crochet hook
  • 16×16” pillow insert
  • Large eye sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Notes:

  • The SC rows are done in the third loop of the HDC’s. This loop is behind the top two loops of the HDC, and will be the loop closest to you on the wrong side of the blanket. See photos above for more details.
  • The chains at the beginning of each row do not count as stitches.

Final measurements:

Fits a 16×16” pillow form.

Gauge:

4×4” = 7 rows x 7 stitches

Pattern:

Using main color, CH 31.

Row 1: HDC in 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (30)

R2: CH 1. SC in third back loop of each HDC across (see notes). (30)

R3: CH 1. HDC in each SC across. (30)

R4-7: Repeat rows 2 and 3 twice more with main color.

R8-9: Join yarn that will be the bottom of your rainbow (color 2). Repeat R2 and R3.

R10-11: Repeat R2 and R3 with color 3.

R12-13: Repeat R2 and R3 with color 4.

R14-15: Repeat R2 and R3 with color 5.

R16-17: Repeat R2 and R3 with color 6.

R18-19: Repeat R2 and R3 with color 7.

R20-26: Repeat R2 and R3 with Main Color. Cut yarn.

Right side of one panel.
Wrong side of one panel.

Make second panel. Do not cut yarn.

Holding the two panels with the wrong sides together, SC along the sides with 2 CH’s at the corners, 26 SC along each side and 30 SC along the top and bottom. When you’ve done three sides insert your pillow form and then SC the pillow cover closed.

Optional Tassels:

Using any of your colors, wrap the yarn around a 6” book 12 times. Tie a piece of yarn around the top of the bundle and cut the other end. Tie a second piece of yarn an inch from the top of the bundle and trim the bottom strands. Add a bead to the top piece of yarn and tie securely to the corner of the pillow. Make four tassels for each pillow.

I hope you enjoy this pattern and use it to add some color to your space! If you make one please tag me on Instagram because I love to see and share your work!

This is an original pattern by Christina of February Sky Designs.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to it but please do not reprint it on your site or sell it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Christina of February Sky Designs, and link to my blog februaryskydesigns.com. Thank you for respecting creators and their work!

Golden Hour Throw Blanket

January is here, and there’s nothing I want more than to snuggle up under a cozy blanket during these long winter nights. I was inspired by the beautiful Caron Swirl Cakes yarn to update my home décor and add some beautiful color and texture to my living room. The acrylic wool blend makes this blanket very warm without being too heavy or scratchy, and the gold, cream and gray tones are perfect for adding some brightness to these cold and dreary days!

The great thing about this throw, besides the lovely yarn, is the texture. Using just two simple stitches, you can achieve a knit look crochet blanket with a dense texture that will keep you warm all winter.

All you need for this pattern is Caron Swirl Cakes yarn, or a comparable bulky weight yarn, a size N crochet hook, and to know how to single crochet and half double crochet. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Let’s get to it…

GOLDEN HOUR THROW CROCHET PATTERN

Stitch abbreviations:

-Chain- (CH)

-Single Crochet- (SC)

-Half Double Crochet- (HDC)

-Stitch(es)- (ST(s))

Materials:

  • 7 balls of Caron Swirl Cakes in the color Gold Fusion, or 1750 yards of any level 5 Bulky yarn (acrylic wool blend)
  • Size N/17 9mm crochet hook
  • Large eye sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Gauge:

4×4” = 8 rows x 10 stitches

Special Notes:

  • The SC rows are done in the third loop of the HDC’s. This loop is behind the top two loops of the HDC, and will be the loop closest to you on the back of the blanket.
  • Adjust the size to your liking. Any length chain can be used to start, and the two row repeat can be added to or subtracted from as needed!
  • The chains at the beginning of each row do not count as stitches.
  • The blanket will curl a bit on the sides due to the tension of the stitches. This is normal and will flatten as the blanket gets larger. A border can be added at the end to flatten it completely.

Pattern:

CH 122.

Row 1: HDC in the 3rd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (120 STs)

R2: Ch 1. SC in the 3rd back loop of each HDC (see notes). (120 STs)

R3: CH 2. HDC in each SC across. (120 STs)

R4-140: Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 140 rows, or until desired size. Cut yarn, weave in ends and enjoy!

Final measurements:

-52” (132 cm) wide, 70” (178 cm) long

I hope you enjoy this pattern! If you make a Golden Hour throw be sure to tag me in your pics on Instagram because I love to see your creations!

This is an original pattern by Christina of February Sky Designs.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to it but please do not reprint it on your site or sell it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Christina of February Sky Designs, and link to my blog februaryskydesigns.com. Thank you for respecting creators and their work!

The Big Bauble Tree Skirt

Last year I published my popular Mini Bauble Tree Skirt pattern, and this year I had a lot of requests for a full-size version! I’m thrilled to introduce your perfect squishy tree accessory, the Big Bauble Tree Skirt! This crochet pattern uses simple stitches, fun bobbles, and optional pom-poms to make a big and cozy skirt that adds texture and warmth under your tree!

I’ve created a Bauble Tree Skirt Collection, which includes the patterns for the Mini and Big Bauble tree skirts in one beautifully formatted, add-free PDF! Grab it here.

It’ll even be a favorite for your furry friends!

The pattern alternates rows of double crochet, single crochet, and single crochet with bobbles. Each row increases by 6 stitches, making a circular skirt. I opted not to tie the back together, but you can definitely add ties if you want to keep your skirt secure around the tree!

Rows 1-4 are shown below:

Without further ado, let’s get to the pattern!

THE BIG BAUBLE TREE SKIRT PATTERN

For the low-cost, ad-free PDF of this pattern (which includes the Mini Bauble skirt pattern!), click here.

What you’ll need:

  • 11.5/12 mm P/15 crochet hook
  • 630 yards of Super Bulky (Level 6) yarn (pictured is Lionbrand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman, 6 balls)
  • Scissors
  • Optional- stitch markers
  • Optional- 1 skein of contrasting color super bulky yarn for the pom-poms
  • Optional- Pom-pom maker

Stitch abbreviations:

-Chain (CH)

-Single Crochet (SC)

-Double Crochet (DC)

-Bobble (B)

-Increase (INC)

-Bobble Increase (BInc)

Final measurements:

45” (114 cm) diameter, 20” (51 cm) from center edge to outer edge

Notes:

-There are three size options written out for this pattern, which are all for a large (4.5-9 foot) tree. If you are looking for a skirt for a mini tree (2-3 feet), then check out my Mini Bauble Tree Skirt pattern here.

  • Size Options:
    • For a smaller skirt, about 34.5” diameter, stop after row 21. This uses about 4 balls of Wool Ease Thick and Quick.
    • For the skirt pictured, continue to row 27.
    • For a bigger skirt, 4 additional rows are written out (rows 28 to 31), about 50” diameter.

-The chains at the beginning of the rows do not count as stitches.

-For rows 16 and 24, the increase stitches count as stitches in the bobble spacing. For all other bobble rows, the increases do not get included in the spacing count.

-An increase (INC) is two stitches made in the same stitch, increasing the row count. Each row increases by 6 stitches. The bobble increases (BInc) mean to make a bobble and a single crochet in the same stitch. The single crochet always comes before the bobble except in row 24, when it needs to come after to keep the spacing correct.

-The last increase in each bobble row is a single crochet increase (two SC in the last ST).

Special Stitches:

– Bobble: Yarn over (YO), insert hook into stitch, YO and pull up a loop. YO, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO, pull up a loop. YO, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO, pull up a loop. YO, pull through 2 loops. YO, pull through remaining 4 loops on hook.

PATTERN:

CH 38.

Row 1: DC in the 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (36)

R2: CH 1. SC 5, INC. Repeat to end. (42)

R3: CH 2. DC 3, INC, *DC 6, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 3. (48)

R4: CH 1. *SC 7, BInc*. Repeat from * to *, end with SC INC. (54)

R5: CH 2. DC 4, INC, *DC 8, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 4. (60)

R6: CH 1. SC 9, INC. Repeat to end. (66)

R7: CH 2. DC 5, INC, *DC 10, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 5. (72)

R8: CH 1. *SC 5, B, SC 5, BInc*. Repeat from * to *, end with SC INC. (78)

R9: CH 2. DC 6, INC, *DC 12, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 6. (84)

R10: CH 1. SC 13, INC. Repeat to end. (90)

R11: CH 2. DC 7, INC, *DC 14, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 7. (96)

R12: CH 1. *SC 7, B, SC 7, BInc*. Repeat from *to *, end with SC INC. (102)

R13: CH 2. DC 8, INC, *DC 16, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 8. (108)

R14: CH 1. SC 17, INC. Repeat to end. (114)

R15: CH 2. DC 9, INC, *DC 18, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 9. (120)

R16: CH 1. *SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC, INC, SC 2, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 4, INCBobble*. Repeat from * to * two more times, end with SC INC. (126)

R17: CH 2. DC 10, INC, *DC 20, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 10. (132)

R18: CH 1. SC 21, INC. Repeat to end. (138)

R19: CH 2. DC 11, INC, *DC 22, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 11. (144)

R20: CH 1. *SC 7, B, SC 7, B, SC 7, BInc*. Repeat from * to *, end with SC INC. (150)

R21: CH 2. DC 12, INC, *DC 24, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 12. (156)

R22: CH 1. SC 25, INC. Repeat to end. (162)

R23: CH 2. DC 13, INC, *DC 26, INC). Repeat from * to *, end with DC 13. (168)

R24: CH 1. SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 3, INC, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 2, INC, SC, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC, INC, SC 2, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, INC, SC 3, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, BInc, SC 4, B, SC 5, B, SC 5, B, SC5, B, SC 4, INC. (174)

R25: CH 2. DC 14, INC, *DC 28, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 14. (180)

R26: CH 1. SC 29, INC. Repeat to end. (186)

R27: CH 2. DC 15, INC, *DC 30, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 15. (192)

Extra large size (50”):

R28: CH 1. SC 7, B, SC 7, B, SC 7, B, SC 7, BInc. Repeat sequence, end with SC INC. (198)

R29: CH 2. DC 16, INC, *DC 32, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 16. (204)

R30: CH 1. SC 33, INC. Repeat to end. (210)

R31: CH 2. DC 17, INC, *DC 34, INC*. Repeat from * to *, end with DC 17. (216)

From here you can add optional pom-poms for some color and extra bauble-goodness. For my skirt I made 16 3″ poms and attached them about 7.5″ apart around the edge of the skirt.

I hope you enjoy making the Big Bauble Tree Skirt, and if you do please tag me on Instagram! I love to see and share your work! Merry Christmas!

This is an original pattern by Christina of February Sky Designs.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to it but please do not reprint it on your site or sell it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Christina of February Sky Designs, and link to my blog februaryskydesigns.com. Thank you for respecting creators and their work!

The Autumn In Love Trio

Can you fall in love with a season? I find myself falling in love with all things autumn every year- the cooler weather that turns the air crisp and the leaves golden, not to mention pumpkin spice coffee, warm scented candles, fluffy blankets- to me, this is perfection. I want to savor this season, and creating beautiful accessories that capture this cozy and colorful time of year is how I like to do it! Read on to see how you can create three lovely and beginner friendly patterns that will help you feel the love this fall!

Introducing- the Autumn in Love Trio!

It started out with the shawl- a simple double crochet repeat that really lets the colors you pick become the stars of the show. I chose an early autumn palette using my favorite worsted weight yarn, Lion Brand Jeans, along with a blush yarn I found. The best part of this shawl, besides how meditative the repeats are (this is a perfect Netflix companion project!), is that the color changes happen whenever you feel like it! Grab a few different yarns from your stash and see where your creativity takes you.

Save your leftover yarn to make the next two patterns in the set- the matching hair scarf and mug cozy! The hair scarf uses the same stitches and increase technique as the shawl, and it’s the perfect accessory to tie your hair back while you’re apple picking or on a hayride (okay, I don’t think most people do hayrides every fall- but it gets windy where I live this time of year!). Then when you get home and it’s time for a chai tea to wind down you’ll have the perfect mug cozy to keep your hands cool and your drink warm! These two patterns are so quick, you’ll have them both done in a night!

The written patterns for all three items are below- keep scrolling to check them out!

THE AUTUMN IN LOVE SHAWL PATTERN

Have I gushed about this shawl enough yet? The great thing about this pattern is that every row is the same, so once you have the increases down you can sit and relax and watch the shawl come to life. I haven’t put in color changes in the pattern, because those are entirely up to you! You can also use one color and it’ll be equally beautiful-especially after you add tassels!

This wrap is not an equilateral triangle, it’s an isosceles- flashback to middle school geometry, that means the two sides are equal in length and shorter than the base side. This makes a shorter triangle, which will wrap around your neck really well when you wear it in front. That’s my favorite way to style a triangle scarf!

PROJECT SUPPLIES:

  • Approximately 550 yards of worsted (Level 4) weight yarn, in multiple colors if desired
  • Size J/10 6 mm crochet hook, or size to match gauge
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

GAUGE: 8 x 8 rows of pattern = 4″, 10 cm

SIZE: 80″ (203 cm) long by 24″ (61 cm) from top edge to bottom of triangle

TECHNIQUES USED:

Magic Circle (MC)

Chain (CH)

Double Crochet (DC)

PATTERN NOTES:

  • The pattern starts with a Magic Circle. One way to do an MC is to wrap the yarn in an “X” around your hand. Working into the top two strands of the X, push your hook under the first strand, grabbing the second strand and pulling it under the first strand. Take the loop off your hand, being careful to keep the loop on your hook. Begin R1.
  • Each row of the shawl has an equal number of DC’s and CH’s. For example, R1 has 6 DC’s and 6 CH’s, 12 stitches total.
  • The CH 4 at the start of each row counts as 1 DC and 1 CH. The CH 2 in the center of each row counts as 2 stitches.
  • The DC’s of each row after R1 are worked in the CH spaces of the previous row.
  • The center of each row after R1 has the same *DC, CH 2, DC* worked in the CH 2 space of the previous row.
  • Each row is increased by 8 stitches. There are 3 extra stitches on each end and 2 in the center. The first increase is made by chaining 4 (counts as 1 DC and 1 CH) and then working a DC in the first DC from the previous row. You then chain 1 and work a DC in the very next chain space. The other end is increased by working a *DC, CH, DC* into the 3rd chain of the turning CH 4.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:

Using a 6mm hook, begin with a Magic Circle (see notes).

Row 1: CH 4. Working into MC, DC, CH, DC, CH 2, DC, CH, DC, CH, DC. (12 ST, 6 DC and 6 CH)

Row 2: CH 4. DC in the 1st DC of the last row. CH, DC in 1st chain space. CH, DC in next CH space. CH, in the CH 2 space from the previous row, *DC, CH 2, DC*. CH, DC in next CH space, CH, DC in the CH space made by the CH 4 of the previous row. In the 3rd CH of starting CH 4, *DC, CH, DC*. (20 ST, 10 DC and 10 CH)

Repeat Row 2, with a DC in each CH space along each side, for a total of 46 rows, or until the shawl has reached your desired size. Keep it monotone, or change up the colors at the end of a row to create stripes! The options are endless.

Don’t forget the tassels! (See below.)

TASSELS:

You’ll create two tassels and attach them to each ends of the shawl.

Step 1: Using any color worsted yarn, cut 4 16″ lengths.

Step 2: Using a 9″ book, wrap 1 strand of yarn around 60 times (or hold 4 strands together and wrap 15 times).

Step 3: Slip yarn off book and use a 16″ yarn piece to tie a couple knots in the center of the yarn. Cut the loops on either end of the bundle.

Step 4: Fold the bundle in half so the ends are together. Using another 16 in. length, tie a few knots about 1.5″ from the top.

Step 5: Trim the ends so they’re even and attach the tassel to the end of the shawl securely.

Repeat steps for second tassel.

THE AUTUMN IN LOVE HAIR SCARF

Have you worn a hair scarf before? There’s no one correct way to do it- if you can think it up, you can wear it! I like to wear it as a headband, but I think it’s really cute as a bow too. You can even tie it to the strap of a bag as a pop of color!

PROJECT SUPPLIES:

  • Approximately 50 yards of worsted (Level 4) weight yarn
  • Size J/10 6 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

SIZE: 33″ long by 2.5″ wide

STITCHES USED:

Chain (CH)

Double Crochet (DC)

PATTERN NOTES:

  • The scarf is 33 inches long and will stretch when worn. To make it longer or shorter, change the starting chain by adding or subtracting 5 chains (always an odd number). To make it wider, continue adding rows past row 5 (knowing it will increase the length as well).
  • The DC’s of each row after R1 are worked in the CH spaces of the previous row.
  • The CH 4 at the start of each row counts as 1 DC and 1 CH.
  • Each row is increased by 6 stitches. There are 3 extra stitches on each end. The first increase is made by chaining 4 (counts as 1 DC and 1 CH) and working a DC in the first DC from the previous row, then chaining 1 and working a DC in the next chain space. The other end is increased by working a *DC, CH, DC* into the 3rd chain of the turning CH 4.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:

Using your 6 mm hook, CH 111.

Row 1: DC in 5th CH from the hook. *CH 1, skip the next CH, DC*. Repeat from * to * to end of chain, making sure you end with a DC in the last CH.

Row 2: CH 4, DC in the 1st DC, CH, DC in the CH space directly next to the 1st DC from the previous row. *CH, DC in next CH space*. Repeat from * to * across until you reach the starting CH 4. DC in the space made by the starting CH 4, CH, *DC, CH, DC* in the 3rd CH of starting CH 4.

Rows 3-5: Repeat Row 2 for 5 total rows. Cut and weave in ends.

THE AUTUMN IN LOVE MUG COZY PATTERN

I’ll admit, I’m an iced coffee every morning kind of girl- but in the evenings you can find me with a mug of hot tea more often than not! I love these little coordinating mug cozies because not only are they cute, but they’re also functional- no one wants to burn their hands on a hot mug! These use just a bit of yarn and whichever cute buttons you have on hand. They’d made great gifts or craft fair items. That is, after you’ve made a couple for yourself!

PROJECT SUPPLIES:

  • Worsted (Level 4) weight yarn
  • Size J/10 6 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Two .5″ buttons

SIZE: 10″ by 3.5″

STITCHES USED:

Chain (CH)

Single Crochet (SC)

Double Crochet (DC)

PATTERN NOTES:

  • The CH 4 at the beginning of Row 3 and each repeat counts as 1 DC and 1 CH.
  • Pattern as written fits a large mug, about 5″ tall and a 3.5″ diameter. For a taller mug, add to starting chain in multiples of 2 (always an odd number). For a thicker mug, continue repeating Rows 2 and 3, ending on a Row 3.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:

Using your 6mm hook and worsted yarn, CH 15.

Row 1: DC in 5th CH from the hook. *CH, SK, DC in next CH*. Repeat to end. (7 DC, including starting CH 4)

Row 2: CH 1 (does not count as a ST). SC in each DC and CH space across, ending with a SC in the 3rd CH of the starting CH 4. (13 SC)

Row 3: CH 4. Skip first 2 SC, DC in 3rd SC. *CH, SK, DC* across, ending with a DC in the last SC. (13 ST, 7 DC)

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for a total of 23 rows (ending on a Row 3).

Edge: CH 1, SC 4, CH 10, SC 5, CH 10, SC 4 (end of top edge).

CH 2, turn the corner, SC 2 in each DC row and SC 1 in each SC row. (35 SC)

CH 2, turn to the bottom edge, SC across. (13 SC)

CH 2, turn to last side, repeat SC pattern from 2nd side. (35 SC)

CH 2, slip stitch to the 1st SC of the top edge. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Buttons: Sew two buttons to the opposite side of the cozy from the CH 10 loops, spacing them so the buttons have 3 DC’s between them. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Thank you for your support (just by being here!), and I look forward to seeing your creations on Instagram- be sure to tag me @FebruarySkyDesigns and tag your pics with the hashtag #autumninlovepatterns!

This is an original pattern by Christina of February Sky Designs.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to it but please do not reprint it on your site or sell it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Christina of February Sky Designs, and link to my blog februaryskydesigns.com. Thank you for respecting creators and their work!

The Inselberg Backpack Pattern

I’m new to hiking, and one of the first things I realized I needed (besides bug spray!), was a bag to keep my hands free and hold the essentials. I didn’t want a full-size backpack, but it needed to be big enough for a water bottle and snacks. I figured I could make a bag that would check all the boxes, and that’s how the Inselberg backpack was created!

Having taken it out on the trails a few times now I can attest that it’s the perfect size to carry all the essentials, and the color possibilities are endless! Using Caron Cotton Cakes yarn and holding two strands together creates a durable and structured bag that’s still lightweight and won’t slow you down. Read on to see how to make your own Inselberg Backpack, and become the outdoorsy person you’ve always wanted to be! (And still have cute accessories.)

Inselberg Backpack Pattern

Stitch abbreviations:

-Chain (CH)

-Skip (SK)

-Stitch (ST)

-Single Crochet (SC)

-Two Single Crochet (2SC)

Materials:

  • J/10 (6 mm) Crochet Hook
  • I/9 (5.5 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Two skeins worsted weight level 4 yarn, 100% cotton or a cotton/acrylic blend, about 300 yards each. (Different colors are optional. Pictured is Caron Cotton Cakes in Silver Cloud and Fruit Tropical.)

Notes:

  • The Inselberg Backpack is made by holding two strands of yarn together simultaneously to create a stronger structure.
  • The rounds are joined by an invisible slip stitch and each round is started with a chainless single crochet, which counts as one SC. If you’re not familiar with these techniques you can see a more detailed tutorial here or use a standard slip stitch and chain 1 at the beginning of each row, which will not count as a stitch.
  • The chart below shows how to make the bag base. The instructions are also written out in the pattern directions with accompanying photos. The body of the bag is made in joined rows without any increases.
  • The oval base can be thought of as two half circles on either end of a rectangle. The middle of the rectangle will always be 11 SC’s, which is why they are written out separately in the pattern instructions to help keep track of where the increases go.
  • The colors of the bag are entirely up to you! I joined the Fruit Tropical yarn a couple rows above the base and then re-joined the Silver Cloud yarn at the top, but your version can be whatever you’d like!

Techniques used:

-Invisible Slip Stitch – Photo Instructions here.

-Chainless SC – Photo Instructions here.

-Crochet I-cord – Instructions by Yarnspirations

-Thermal Stitch – Youtube video by Sewrella

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:

Base:

CH 14.

Round 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC in the next 11 CH’s. 3SC in final CH. Turn, SC in the bottom CH strand of the next 11 CH’s. 2SC in last CH. Join to 1st SC of round with an invisible SL ST (see notes). (28 ST)

R2: 2SC, SC 11, 2SC in the next 3 ST, SC 11, 2SC in the next 2 ST, join. (34 ST)

R3: 2SC, SC, SC 11, 2SC, SC, 2SC, SC, 2SC, SC, SC 11, 2SC, SC, 2SC, SC, join. (40 ST)

R4: SC 2, 2SC, SC 11, SC 2, 2SC, SC 2, 2SC, SC 2, 2SC, SC 11, SC 2, 2SC, SC 2, 2SC, join. (46 ST)

R5: 2SC, SC 3, SC 11, 2SC, SC 3, 2SC, SC 3, 2SC, SC 3, SC 11, 2SC, SC 3, 2SC, SC 3, join. (52 ST)

R6: SC 3, 2 SC, SC, SC 11, SC 3, 2SC, SC 4, 2SC, SC 4, 2SC, SC, SC 11, SC 3, 2SC, SC 4, 2SC, SC, join. (58 ST)

R7: SC, 2SC, SC 5, SC 11, 2SC, SC 5, 2SC, SC 5, 2SC, SC 5, SC 11, 2SC, SC 5, 2SC, SC 4, join. (64 ST)

R8: SC 5, 2SC, SC 2, SC 11, SC 4, 2SC, SC 6, 2SC, SC 6, 2SC, SC 2, SC 11, SC 4, 2SC, SC 6, 2SC, SC 1, join. (70 ST)

Body:

R9-41: SC around. (70 ST)

R42: SC 3, CH 1, SK 1, *SC 6, CH 1, SK 1*, repeat from * to * 6 times, SC 3, join. (70 ST)

R43: SC around in all SC’s and CH spaces. (70 ST)

R44: SC around. Fasten off and weave in ends. (70 ST)

I-cord:

Using 1 strand of yarn and a I/9 5.5mm hook, create an iCord that is 42 inches long. See Techniques for tutorial link.

Weave the I-cord through the CH spaces you made in Round 42, making the ends stick out of the front two holes so you can cinch the bag closed.

If you’d like to make a loop for hanging the bag, make another I-cord that is 6 inches long and attach it to the top back center of the bag body, just below the cinch cord.

STRAPS:

For Thermal Stitch tutorial, see link in Techniques section.

CH 7.

SC in 2nd CH from hook and each CH across (6 ST).

CH 1, turn. SC thermal stitch until strap measures 30 inches (adjust to preference, as it will stretch a bit when used).

Make 2. Attach each strap to the top center of the back under the cord and on either side of the bottom just above the base oval (see photos).

Final measurements:

Width: 11”/28 cm

Height: 11”/28 cm from top of bag to start of base, 14”/36 cm from top of bag to center of base.

I hope you’ll make your own Inselberg backpack to take on all your outdoor activities this summer! If you do, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can share your work! Happy hiking!

This is an original pattern by Christina of February Sky Designs. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to it but please do not reprint it on your site or sell it.
You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Christina of February Sky Designs, and link to my blog februaryskydesigns.com. Thank you for respecting creators and their work!