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Christmas Chocolate Cookies Free Crochet Pattern

You might have noticed that I was baking a lot lately. Christmas atmosphere at home is especially important this year, when we don’t have a Christmas market to go to… And baking Christmas cookies is the best and the most tasty way to create the atmosphere. And you know what, I was not only baking cookies but also crocheted them!

To introduce original German cookie recipes to you, I have decided to design a crochet pattern for every kind. And at the end of the pattern tutorials you can also find the real recipes!

So the first ones to go are chocolate cookies (Schneebällchen Plätzchen). This recipe is one of the very special to me. 2 years ago I had a baking date with a friend of mine and we both brought our favourite cookie recipes. On this day she introduced this recipe to me and now it has become my favourite, too!

So, the crochet “recipe” first!

Ingredients:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • dark brown yarn
  • scissors
  • sewing needle

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

The pattern:

Note: the cookie will be “inside out”. This means that you crochet around but hold the cookie in the way that the front side looks to the inside. Place a stitch marker in the first st on every round as you go.
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Rounds 4-5: sc in all st (18)
Round 5: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Round 6: dec X 6 (6)
Sew the hole.

All done!!! Easy, right?

And now, as promised, the real recipe:

Ingridients:

  • 250 g – butter
  • 250 g – cornstarch
  • 75 g – flour
  • 50 g – cacao power
  • 1 package – vanilla sugar

Instructions:

Pre-heat the oven (180 degrees C) and smash the soft butter. Now add all the dry ingridients (sieve them in) and mix everything together.

Shape small balls (2 cm diameter) and bake them around 12 min. Enjoy!

What was easier, crochet recipe or the eatable one?

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10 Reasons Why I was Scared to Try Crocheting Irish Lace

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One of the crochet goals I have had for a long time is to try irish lace. It looks so pretty and complex and very different from other crochet styles.

But I was pushing it forward for almost 3 years… Why?

I thought about it and wrote the reasons why I was so afraid to try the irish lace technique. I have counted 10 reasons!

  1. I have not found a clear tutorial for beginners. It looks so complicated and I had the impression that it is assumed that I have to be an expert to follow the instructions.
  2. Most of the tutorials I could not understand because of different languages and/or styles to present the information.
  3. I like tutorials with pictures and not video tutorials, so my search was hopeless. Most of the irish lace elements patterns are presented in schemes, which is fine for me but they can be written in different terms and the terms should be indicated. Often it is not the case and the schemes are presented as screenshots and the quality is usually not the best.
  4. I dont really have time for searching instructions/learning. I have a job, family, real life.
  5. Please do not judge me but I did not want to pay for a tutorial. First of all, I was not sure if I like the technique. Second, there are so many pretty free patterns so I did not really feel like buying classes or anything like that.
  6. Irish lace is used for clothes and I cant really design clothes and cuts. I love crochet, not sewing or designing cuts.
  7. Most of the video tutorials start with showing weird tools I am supposed to have.
  8. I dont really have a small hook. I used to crochet winter accessories and home decorations so I did not really need it.
  9. I dont have so thin yarn. Why? It is usually expensive and I suspect it takes forever to crochet it. Should I buy it just for trying a technique I cant even understand?
  10. The most important: would I even enjoy crocheting Irish lace as much as I am enjoying regular crochet? It seems so defferent and I want that my hobby bring more pleasure than stress.

So all these points were holding me from even trying the IL until now, when I realized that it doesn’t have to be perfect or exactly in the way others do that.

So I just decided to try by myself and see how it turns out. So I call it Lazy Irish Lace, maybe real experts will think that it doesnt even have anything to do with real IR, but it is good enough for me.

If you find yourselves in any of these points, I invite you to make your first steps in IL with me.

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Baby Yoda with a PhD Hat

This one was a gift for a friend of mine, who had his PhD defense during the quarantine. Of course, no guests were allowed and he was supposed to wear a community mask as well as the professors!

You will need:

  • 3,5 mm and 6 mm crochet hook (I have crocheted the hat top with the smaller hook to make it harder and more stable)
  • black, white and green yarn, yellow string for the hat
  • scissors
  • stitch marker
  • 5 mm safety eyes (I crocheted them, using thiner black yarn)
  • sewing needle
  • fiberfill (I used yarn leftovers to stuff)

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in 1 st
  • dec – crochet 2 sc together
  • X N – repeat N times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

If it is your first amigurumi attempt ever, you might want to have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi and ideas for interesting amigurumi stuffing. Also there are some tips how to crochet “zero waste”.I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!

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The pattern

Good news first: now you can find nicecrocheting and my pattern on Instagram!

The hat sides (black yarn):
ch 10, sl st
dc in all 10 st, sl st, fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

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The hat top (black yarn, smaller hook):
12 ch
Rounds 1-12: sc in all st, 1 ch, turn (11)
Crochet around the square one time with sc.
Fasten off and cut the yarn, weave in the ends.
Pull a yellow string through the centre of  the square.

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Ears (green yarn, make two):
ch 4
Round 1: sc in the 2 nd from the hook st, sc in next 2 st (3)
Round 2: sc in all st (3) 1 ch turn
Round 3: inc in next st, sc in next st, inc in next st (5) 1 ch turn
Round 4: dec in next st, sc in next st, dec in next st (3) 0 ch turn
Round 5: dec sl st (2) 0 ch turn
Round 6: skip 1 st, sc in next st (1) 1 ch
Fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

The head (green yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4-6: sc in all st (18)

Sew the hat sides, ears to the head, insert the safety eyes.
Round 7: (sc in next 1 st, dec) X 6 (12)
Fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing the head to the body.
Embroider the mouth using black yarn.

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The body (black yarn):

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Rounds 5-10: sc in all st (24)
Round 11: dc in all st (24)

Bottom part of the body (black yarn):
Round 1: 12 dc in magic ring (12)
Round 2: (2 dc in next st) X 12 (24)
Fasten off, cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

Stuff the head, sew it to the body. Stuff the body and “close” it sewing the bottom part.
Sew the top part of the hat to the hat sides from the top, weave in all ends.

Because of the current situation, you should take care fo your baby Yoda and make a community mask for him.

Community Mask (white yarn):
8 ch
dc in the 2nd st from the hook, dc in next 5 st (6) 2 ch, turn
dc in next 6 st, 21 ch, insert the hook on the right bottom corner of the mask, sc in next 6 st, 21 ch, join with the last corner. Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in all ends.

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Your Dr. Baby Yoda is finished!!! Congrats!

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Last Minute Easter Decoration: Crocheted Egg

If you have not enough time to order any Easter decorations and shops are closed, grab your hook, couple of actual eggs and save the situation!

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You will need:

  • 3,5 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • velvet yarn
  • scissors
  • an egg

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

First prepare the egg:
Make two small holes in the egg and blow in one of them to get out the insights of egg (hold the egg over a plate while doing that). Put the egg in an egg holder for an hour so the leftover eggwhite can drop out.

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The pattern:
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: sc in all st (18)
Round 5: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 6: sc in all st (24)
Round 7: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Rounds 8-10: sc in all st (30)
Round 11: (sc in next 3 st, dec) X 6 (24)
Round 12: sc in all st (24)
Place the egg in the crochetness, we will crochet around the egg from now on.

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Round 13: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 6 (18)
Round 14: sc in all st (18)
Round 15: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Round 16: (3 sc together) X 4 (4)
Fasten off, cut the yarn and pull the end in the egg. That’s it!

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Enjoy the Easter days!

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My four favourite crochet ribbings

About 20 years ago when I learned crochet in school, we were told that ribbing can be only knitted and not crocheted. Luckily things are different now and there are plenty of methods to crochet ribbing. Here I am writing about my four ribbings.

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1. Single crochet ribbing

This is the easiest and the most popular method. This kind of ribbing will look good on smaller hats, baby clothes and everything, where you are going to make a narrow ribbling stripe.

How to:
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Round 1: single crochet in all stitches
Every further round: single crochet in a back loop of a stitch of the previous round.

Examples:

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2. Double crochet ribbing

This is a broader ribbling that will save you a lot of time. Would be perfect for bigger things: scarfs, oversized mittens and beanie bodies.

How to:
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Round 1: double crochet in all stitches
Every further round: double crochet in a back loop of a stitch of the previous round.

Examples:

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3. Half  double crochet ribbing

This is very elegant, knitted-looking ribbling. Looks especially good on gloves, or in a combination with sophisticated stitches and designs.

How to:
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Round 1: Half  double crochet in all stitches
Every further round: Half  double crochet in a loop below next stitch of the previous round.

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Examples:

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4.Front-back post double crochet ribbing

This ribbling can be stretched much better that all other types and it looks very cozy. The method is used a lot in cardigans, socks and ear warmers.

How to:
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Round 1: Double crochet in all stitches

Every further round: front post double crochet (basically, a regular double crochet which goes through and around the double crochet of the previous round) in the next stitch, back post double crochet (the same idea as the front one, but the hook goes around the double crochet from the back side) in the next stitch. Keep going until the end of the round and take care that a back post double crochet goes on the front post double crochet of the round before (and the other way around).

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Examples:

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