Hey all! I’m so excited to jump right on in and get stitching this gorgeous mandala! A quick reminder, this is the free version of the pattern and DOES NOT INCLUDE the PDF pattern. You can purchase the PDF pattern HERE or the Yarn Kit from Lion Brand Yarn HERE, both of which include the pdf pattern.
Repeat 21 times.
Scalloped border is worked in rows, each scallop is worked individually. Weave in ends at the end of each scallop. Final border rounds are worked after all scalloped are complete. Also, sometimes stitch counts can get off, that’s okay. Adjusting the scallops by moving slip stitches will ensure all the scallops fit if needed. Don’t worry! I did it on my sample too!
Row 1: with RS facing, join Color B in any st around, ch 6, sk next 5 sts, sl st to next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sl st in next sc, turn.
Row 2 (WS): Work 12 dc in ch-6 sp from Row 1, sk next sc on Rnd 47, sl st in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sl st in next sc, turn. (12 dc)
Row 3 (RS): Dc in first dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc; rep from * across, sk next sc on Rnd 47, sl st in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sl st in next sc, turn. (12 dc, 12 ch-2 sps)
Row 4 (WS): Dc in first dc, *2dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc; rep from * across, sk next sc on Rnd 47, sl st in next sc. Fasten off. (36 dc)
Row 5 (RS): Join Color A with a sl st in next sc on Rnd 47, *Fptr around post of next dc on Row 3, sk st behind fptr just made, sc in next 2 dc (the dc in the previous ch-2 sp); rep from * across, ending with a fptr around the post of the past dc on Row 3, sl st in next sc on Rnd 47. Fasten off. (12 Fptr, 24 sc)
Row 6 (RS): Join Color C with a sl st in next sc on Rnd 47 (one stitch to the right of Row 5), *sc in next fptr, fpdc around posts of next 2 dc; rep from * around to last st, sc in last fptr, sl st in next sc on Rnd 47. Fasten off. (12 sc, 24 fpdc)
Row 7 (RS): Join Color D with sl st in next sc on Rnd 47 (one stitch to the right of Row 6), *3Fpdc around post of fptr from Row 5, rep from * across, sl st in next sc on Rnd 47. Fasten off. (36 fpdc)
Row 8 (RS): Join Color E with a sl st in next sc on Rnd 47 (one stitch to the right of Row 7), sc in next 2 fpdc, *sk next st, fpdc around post of next 2fpdc from Row 6, sk next st, sc in next fpdc; rep from * across to last 2 sts, sc in each of the last fpdc, sl st in next sc on Rnd 47. Fasten off.
Row 9 (RS): Join Color D with a sl st in next sc on Rnd 47 (one stitch to the right of Row 8), fpdc around post of next 2 fpdc on Row 7, *ch 1, fpdc2tog around posts of last and first fpdc of 3-dc groups on Row 7, ch 1, fpdc around post of next fpdc on Row 7; rep from * around to ast two fpdc, fpdc around post of next 2 fpdc. Fasten off.
The holidays are right around the corner and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already looking ahead toward decorating. This year, I’m going with a cozy minimalist theme but needed to add a bit of color. The color palette I chose featured a new color of Red Heart Super Saver but, more on that later.
The Design Process
Often, yarn choice influences my design process. Other times, I start with a clear idea and find just the right yarn. This design was definitely the latter.
I needed to pick a quick stitch because I just don’t have a lot of time to crochet lately but, I didn’t want to sacrifice warmth.
I chose tunisian crochet for two reasons:
I could use a larger hook to speed up the crochet process without sacrificing any warmth.
I could use a tunisian double crochet stitch which works up very fast and has wonderful drape.
Tunisian double crochet is similar to tunisian simple stitch. It’s worked almost exactly the same except, before inserting your hook from right to left into the next vertical bar, you place a yarn over on your hook. Then, when drawing the yarn through you complete the stitch exactly as you would a double crochet.
It’s quick, easy, and a lot of fun to stitch. The best part? This stitch doesn’t curl one bit. That means when you’re finished, you just need to weave in a few ends and you’re set to go!
The yarn came next. Red Heart Super Saver is my very favorite yarn to stitch afghans with. It’s hard wearing, colorfast, and made right here in the USA! How awesome is that?
It was also great timing because Red Heart Super Saver happened to release a few new colors. I ran to my local JOANN, grabbed a few skeins, and picked up this gorgeous array of colors! Look at that Pool color?! It’s just perfect.
I get asked all the time, Rohn…how do you choose your colors?!
Well, the truth is I don’t. I’m terrible at choosing colors. I need a guide that helps limit my scope. I love color. So much color. That’s a good thing – sometimes. Other times it can be overwhelming.
Here are a few tips:
Pinterest is your friend. Find a color palette you love and stick to it.
Stick with a limited palette. Too much color can be overwhelming.
If choosing colors for someone else, make a mood board to see what they like!
Red Heart Super Saver comes in over a hundred colors and is just perfect for creating a custom palette perfect for gifting.
You can always follow me on Pinterest where I share my fave color palettes from time to time!
12 sts and 5 rows = 4 inches in Tunisian Double Crochet
Ch(s) – Chain(s)
YO – Yarn Over
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Tdc – Tunisian Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
RetP – Return Pass
Tunisian Double Crochet (Tdc) – To work the forward pass in Tdc, beginning with the second vertical bar, yarn over, insert the hook form right to left under the front vertical bar and draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, leaving 1 loop on the hook. Repeat this in each vertical bar across. On the very last vertical bar in the row, work under both the front and back vertical bars to create a firm edge.
Traditional Return Pass: Ch 1, *yo, pull through 2 loops; rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook.
Loop already on hook at beginning of the forward pass counts as first stitch.
With A, Ch 101
Foundation Row: *insert hook into back bump of next ch, yo, pull up a loop; rep from * across. RetP. (101 sts)
Row 1: With A, ch 1, *(yo, insert hook from left to right through next vertical bar, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook); rep from * across. With B, RetP. (101 sts)
Row 2: With B, Tdc in each st across. With C, RetP.
Row 3: With C, Tdc in each st across. With A, RetP.
Rep Rows 1-3 until blanket is 32″ long or desired length.
Last Row: *Insert hook from left to right through next vertical bar, yo, pull up a loop, pull first loop on hook through second loop; rep from * across.
Edging: With B, join yarn in any corner, ch 1, 3sc in corner, *sc in each st across to next corner, 3sc in corner; rep from * around, join with a sl st to first sc.
Work 1 further round of single crochet.
Snowball Border: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in each of the next 2 sts, *(ch 6, in third ch from hook work puff st, ch 3, work puff st in ch-1 top of previous puff st, fold pom in half, sl st in same ch as first puff st, ch 1), ch 3, sk 2 sc, sc in each of the next 3 sts; rep from * around, sl st to first st.
Note: You might not end up with evenly spaced poms. That’s normal. Every side of my blanket had a different number of poms. It’s more important to keep them as evenly spaced as possible and fudge as you go!
I’m in love with this afghan! It works up so fast, it’s incredibly easy, and you’ll be guaranteed big smiles from everyone you gift it too!
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Read through my inspiration, design process, and more below!
I’m constantly inspired by modern rustic decor. It’s just so simple and chic. This month, I wanted to create something that could easily fit into any decor without overwhelmingly looking too ‘crocheted’
I love crochet, don’t get me wrong, but often the pieces don’t feel like they fit into a modern rustic home, this pillow changes that!
I decided to create a circular crochet pillow in a simple stitch and a shell border. It would be chic enough to fit into my home but not so much that it screams handmade.
I wanted to go with a yarn that was soft. Not just soft after you wash it but soft right from the skein. I chose Red Heart Yarns Hygge.
It comes in large enough skeins to need just a couple for a single pillow and the colors are beautiful. You can see the full line on the JOANN website here.
The pillow is quick to stitch and uses just three basic stitches.
Ch – Chain Sc – Single Crochet Dc – Double Crochet
That’s it. The perfect pillow for beginners and well seasoned crocheters alike! You just need to know how to work in the round! How cool is that?
Finished Pillow Side:
14″ in Diameter
Here are all the supplies you need, each available from your local JOANN:
Sample Pillow uses Red Heart Yarns Hygge in color Pearl
Pillow Cover (Make 2)
Rnd 1: Work 9 dc in 4th ch from hook, do not join. Place marker in last st worked to mark beg of rnd. (10 dc)
Rnd 2: 2dc in each st around. (20 dc)
Rnd 3: 2dc in each st around. (40 dc)
Rnd 4: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 3 dc) around. (50 dc)
Rnd 5: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 4 dc) around. (60 dc)
Rnd 6: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 5 dc) around. (70 dc)
Rnd 7: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 6 dc) around. (80 dc)
Rnd 8: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 7 dc) around. (90 dc)
Rnd 9: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 8 dc) around. (100 dc)
Rnd 10: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 9 dc) around. (110 dc)
Rnd 11: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 10 dc) around. (120 dc)
Holding the WS of pillow covers together, single crochet through both thicknesses of fabric around to last 10 sts. Place a stitch marker in the last loop to keep join from unraveling. Stuff pillow using fiberfill, massaging it into a circular shape. Finish crocheting remaining stitches to close pillow.
Shell Stitch Trim: *Sc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 5dc in next st, sk next 2 sts; rep from * around, join to first sc. Finish off.
Look. Sometimes, I just make pretty things and I cannot wait to share them with y’all. This is one of those times.
It just also happens to be my first project as a Joann’s Brand Ambassador. That means for the next year I’ll be making crochet, knitting, and quilting projects each month and sharing them with you as free patterns. I’ll be using our favorite products form Joann, highlighting different products each month! Some new and some tried and true.
The Modern Farmhouse Granny Afghan is a simple and quick to stitch modern granny square afghan perfect for any room in your home. It’s easy as pie to make and I have a full pattern and tutorial available for you below. As well as all the supply links so you can stock up on your fav Joann products.
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I come from the school of Joanna Gaines design. She said, ” At the core of the Magnolia brand is the desire to make homes beautiful but with a focus on family and practicality. We want to create spaces that families want to gather in.”
This afghan was born of that sentiment. I wanted to create something that was classic and clean but modern and practical. Honestly, it seemed like a task too great. Ha!
I decided to fall back on my love of quilting. While I adore crochet and it’s my first love, a few years back I discovered quilting and I’ve been unstoppable since. Of all the quilting blocks out there (and there are too many to count) I love stars the best. Why? I don’t know. I just don’t think that anything is as quintessentially quilt-ish as a star.
A few swatches later and I knew just what I needed to do.
This design had to have three things:
Easy to stitch.
Work with worsted weight yarn.
Must be a travel project.
February was all about travelling for me. Between California and Texas and Illinois…I was all over the country teaching crochet. With such a rigorous schedule, I knew that I needed a project that I could take with me and not have to think about too much. I also really wanted my first project to use Red Heart Super Saver, one of my favorite yarns ever.
Granny squares were the best option. They are quick to stitch and if you can double crochet – you can make a granny square. Really. It’s that flippin easy!
The challenge came in how to make the 2-color granny square. I’d seen a few solid version that looked like a half square triangle in quilting, but I wanted a classic granny look. After a test swatch or two – I managed it! Whew!
A few plane rides later and a couple of layovers – the afghan was done and packed in my carry on! Once I was home, I was able to whip this beauty up in just a day. Adding the border and weaving in all the ends.
All of them.
And there are quite a few. But those of you that have made granny afghans now how that is!
Here are all the supplies you need, each available from your local Joann!
Ch – Chain Sc – Single Crochet Dc – Double Crochet Sl st – Slip Stitch Dc3tog – Double Crochet three together Rep – Repeat Rnd(s) – Round(s)
Level 2 – Easy
Pattern listed is for one finished square. Squares can be combined and laid out in any order that you desire. I chose to work four squares for a baby size afghan. If a larger afghan is desired, combine squares as needed to reach the desired width and length.
Ch 3 counts as a Dc throughout.
All rounds should be joined with a sl st.
To change colors work until the last two loops on hook, then draw new color through.
All granny squares are worked in joined rounds.
Crochet Modern Farmhouse Afghan
Solid Granny Square
Ch 4 Rnd 1: (2dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2) in 4th ch from hook, join to 4th ch of beg ch-4, turn. Rnd 2: Ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, *ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around three times more, ch 1, join to beg ch-3, turn. Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2dc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around three times more, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, join to beg ch-3, turn.
End off. Weave in all ends.Trust me. Do it now. Don’t be like me.
Two Color Granny Square
Ch 4 With A, Ch 3. Rnd 1: (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in 4th ch from hook, join B, (ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch, ch 2, join to 4th ch of beg ch-4, turn. Rnd 2: Ch 1, sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2sc in next ch-2 sp, *ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, 3dc in next ch-2 sp, join B, ch 2, 3dc in same ch-2 sp, ch2, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, 3dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, join to beg ch-3, turn. Rnd 3: Ch 1, sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2sc in ch-2 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1. 3dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-2 sp, change to B, ch 2, 3dc in same ch-2 sp, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, join to beg ch-3, turn.
End off. Weave in all ends.
Large Granny Square
Work as for Solid Granny Square for a total of 6 rounds.
For each block you’ll need 4 Solid Granny Squares, 8 Two Color Granny Squares, and 1 Large Granny Square.
First, I recommend joining the Two Color Granny Squares as shown below. Ensure the white portions are facing and the triangles are mirror images.
You’ll need to do this for all four sets of two Two Color Granny Squares. Then lay the rest of the square out following the picture below.
Next, you’ll want to attach two of the white squares to each side of one of the Two Color units. Like this:
Alright, now, if I were you, I’d weave in ends at this point. Next we’ll lay out the block as follows:
Next we’ll attach the two remaining Two Color units to the center Large Granny Square.
Then, attach the three units together. Weave in all ends.
Next, you’ll want to crochet a border around each of these finished squares by working another round of granny stitches as in both the Large Granny Square and the Solid Granny Square.
Finish off, weave in all ends. Your block should measure about 17 inches at this point. Because I chose to make a baby blanket, I only needed four, which gave me a blanket about 34 inches by 34 inches BEFORE the border. Remember, you could make this as large or as small as you’d like just by working a larger border.
Alternately, you could work more squares to make this a twin, queen, or king size. Just combine the squares needed, then head to the border instructions.
With A, work 1 round as in the Solid Granny Square around the entire perimeter of the afghan. Join B, work another round.
Final Round: Ch 1, 3sc in first ch-2 sp, *sc in each of the next 3dc, dc3tog in each of the next 3dc in group 1 row below; rep from * across to next corner, (3sc in next corner); rep from * around. Join to first sc.