Month: August 2014


Heart Mandala: Octagon to Square

  This Heart Mandala is absolutely addictive and completely, divinely beautiful! I’m in love with it 🙂 Check out the related links at the end of this post.  Square Off Heart Mandala Special Stitches (American terms) DC Cluster:  In the same stitch, work 2 DC stitches up to the final step, leaving behind a loop each time. YO and draw yarn through all 3 loops on hook. TR Cluster: In the same stitch, work 3 TR stitches up to the final step, leaving behind a loop each time. YO and draw yarn through all 4 loops on hook. DTR stitch: Wrap yarn around hook 3 times. YO and pull through 2 loops on hook until all loops are used (4 times total). 2DCdec: Make a DC cluster, but instead of working both “legs” in the same stitch, work them in the two stitches indicated. 2SCdec: Decrease the 2 indicated stitches together by working (insert hook in first stitch, YO, draw up a loop, insert hook in second stitch, YO draw up a loop, YO, draw yarn through all 3 …


What’s New in Town?

I love the crochet community in my little area of the Internet. Get to know some of my neighbors!   See the latest projects that folks are making from some of my most popular patterns: Geometric Lace || Gumball || Chevron2.0 Visit my collaborative post “Free Alternatives to My Paid Patterns” for some great ideas, or to share a link Head to to meet some awesome folks who are crocheting along with me and my pals Join in the discussion by posting a comment, heading to Instagram, or jumping over to Facebook


Free Alternatives to My Paid Patterns!

If you’ve been looking for some free patterns which are similar to my paid patterns, I’ve started a list of some great ones to try. It’s not much right now, but as I make time to research more, I’ll be linking them here. Have you stumbled upon additional free alternatives out there? Please comment with the link. I’d love to add more to my list, and there are so many fabulous free patterns out there by some truly lovely designers! – Rachele C. Xx PS: To purchase any of my patterns listed on this page, or browse my growing archive of free patterns, head over to my Complete Pattern List!   My Design: Painted Hexagons Or try these similar freebies! Pattern: Ruby Hexagon Blanket ||  Designer: Nova Seals Or, browse the 113+ FREE crochet patterns under the search term “Granny Hexagon Blanket” My Design: Polka Dot Or try these similar freebies! Pattern: Polka Dot Baby Blanket || Designer: Red Heart Design Team My Design: Gumball Or try these similar freebies! Pattern: Happy Colors Blanket Tutorial || Designer: Just Do Pattern: Bear’s Rainbow Blanket || Designer: Purl …


Zipper Stripe Blanket

The Zipper Stripe Blanket came about when I wanted to make a unisex design – it’s kind of like a Granny Stripe, but I didn’t want to use the word “Granny” 🙂 To make the blanket, I like to use the yarn held double, but it isn’t necessary. Pattern (US Terms): Foundation Chain: Start off by chaining an even number of stitches plus 3 (for turning) I make my chain a tad smaller than what I want my final measurement to be because this blanket has a tendency to expand on row 2. Row 1: DC in the 3rd chain from hook and in all chains across. You should have an odd number of stitches. Chain 2 and turn work. I also recommend an alternate method: Turn work without chaining up, work SC in first DC and chain 1. This is what I do. Row 2 (Pattern row): Work DC *between* the first and second DC of the row below. Skip 2 DC, and 2DC between the DC of the row below. Repeat across blanket until you reach the final …