Crochet Yourself a Sophie’s Universe Today

What a beautiful pattern by Dedri Uys! This is the second Sophie’s Universe I have done and it is so much fun! There is so much variety and creativity in this pattern that it’s hard to believe a mere human could have written it. Genius!!!

Did I mention that it’s actually not that hard? I mean, if you are a beginner with some experience in reading patterns and you want a challenge, you can do this! Dedri Uys explains each round in so much detail and includes pictures of each step along the way.

Oh, also, Sophie’s Universe is available for free online! Just google it. Buy a bunch of yarn in colors that you love and do this. You will have such a sense of accomplishment afterwards and your self-confidence as a crocheter will be sky high. And, of course, you will have a priceless one-of-a-kind heirloom afghan!

My crochet buddy Dave. 😄
Sophie’s Universe #1 (2019)

Little Scrappy Bag (free pattern)

These cute little satchels are so easy and quick to make! They only take about a half hour to crochet, and have only the most basic stitches. I made one for my son as a way to carry around those small toys that he needs to have with him at all times, and it was so fun that I spent the next two days making a whole bunch more. These little satchels are a great way to use up even really tiny scrap yarn balls, and are also a great way to experiment with color combos.

Note: This pattern is written so that the bag can be made as one continuous piece, without having to cut the yarn. If you want to change colors, do so at anytime with whatever method you prefer. As you work the pattern, the side that is facing you – the front – becomes the outside of the bag, so your stitches will all be facing the same way and will have that uniformity. 🙂

Base:

Ch 17

Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 14 ch, 4 sc in last ch, [On the other side of the ch, sc in next 14 ch, 4 sc in next ch, sl st to 1st sc]

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 15 st, 3 sc in each of next 2 st, sc in next 17 st, 3 sc in each of next 2 st, sl st to 1st sc

Round 3: Ch1, sc in same st, sc in next 16 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 19 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, sl st to 1st sc

Body:

Round 4: Ch4 (counts as 1st dc and ch1), *sk st, dc in next st, ch1, rep from * all the way around, sk st, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4, sl st into next ch sp

Round 5: Ch4 (counts as 1st dc and ch1), *sk st, dc in next ch sp, ch1, rep from * all the way around, sk st, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4, sl st into next ch sp

Rounds 6-15: Rep round 5

Round 17: Ch1, 2 sc in same ch sp, 2 sc in each ch sp all the way around, sl st to 1st sc, sl st into next sc

Strap:

Ch110, sl st to sc directly across from where ch started, sl st to next st, sc in each ch of the 110, sl st to sc next to the sc where ch110 is anchored.

Cut yarn, weave in ends.

Good! Now grab some more scraps and make another one. 😉

Colorful C2C Border

You know when you finish a blanket, not because you think it’s big enough, but because you know you don’t have enough yarn left to do another row and do a border? Yeah? Well that’s the situation I was in when I did my patchwork C2C blanket with leftover yarn. There was just a tiny bit left of each of the five colors, so I designed a small colorful border that incorporated the colors and style of the blanket. Here’s the free pattern:

Change color every round.

Round 1: Join in any corner with a sl st, ch3, sl st in same corner, *[ch3, sk 3 st, sl st bet c2c groups] across the side, ch3, (sl st, ch3, sl st) in corner, repeat from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 1st sl st, break yarn

Round 2: Join in any corner with standing sc, (sc, ch 2, 2sc) in same corner, *3sc in each ch3 sp across the side, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to standing sc, break yarn

Round 3: Join in any corner with sl st, ch3, sl st in same corner, *ch3, sk 2 st, sl st bet groups of sc, (ch3, sl st bet sc groups) across the side, ch3, sk last 2 sc, (sl st, ch3, sl st) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 1st sl st, break yarn

Round 4: same as Round 2, except in the corners just do 3sc

Round 5: Join anywhere with *sl st, (ch1, sk st, sl st in back loop of next sc, ch1, sl st in same back loop again, ch 1, sk st, rep from * all the way around.

Note: I got the pattern and tutorial for the patchwork c2c blanket without the border from https://www.thepatchworkheart.co.uk/2018/06/c2c-jayg-corner-to-corner-join-as-you.html, and it’s very well done!

Very Simple Flower Granny Square

This pretty flower square is so simple – it will let whatever colors you choose take center stage! I elected to do the squares in bright colors with a gray background…however I think pastels with a white background would be stunning as well. Here’s the free pattern:

Color A

Make a magic circle

Round 1: Ch2, (counts as 1st hdc), 11 more hdc in circle, sl st to ch2

Color B

Round 2: Join in any hdc, ch2, dc, (counts as 1st dc2tog), ch1, * dc2tog in next st, ch1, rep from * 10more Xs, sl st to 1st dc2tog

Round 3: Sl st to ch sp, ch2, dc3tog in same ch sp, (counts as 1st dc4tog), ch3, *dc4tog in next ch sp, ch3, rep from *10 more Xs, sl st to 1st dc4tog

Color C

Round 4: Join in any ch sp, ch3, 2dc in same ch sp, *ch2, 3dc in next ch sp, ch1, 3hdc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, rep from * 3 more Xs, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch3

Round 5: Sl st over to corner sp, ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc in corner, *ch1, 3hdc in each of next 2 ch sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in corner sp, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch3.

Sea Spray Square

So this blanket came about because I had a lot of scrap yarn (as usual). I used all blues and neutrals, and alternated stripes of back loop half doubles with stripes of the Sea Spray Square.


Here’s the free pattern for the Sea Spray Square:

Start with a magic circle

Round 1: ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), 11 more hdc in circle, tighten circle and sl st to ch2 to join

Round 2: Join in any stitch with a standing dc, ch1, *dc in next st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 3: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, 2sc in same sp, 3sc in each of next 11 ch sp, sl st to standing sc

Round 4: Join in any st with standing dc, dc in next 2 st, ch1, *dc in next 3 st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 5: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, sc in same sp, ch4, *2sc in next ch sp, ch 4, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing sc

Round 6: Join in 1st sc of any pair with sl st, ch1, *sc2tog over both sc, (hdc, dc, htrc, dc, hdc) in ch4 sp, rep from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st sc2tog

Round 7: *Fphdc around any sc2tog, ch2, sk 2 st, sc in htrc, sk 2 st, repeat from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st fphdc

Round 8: Join in any ch2 sp with standing dc, 2 more dc in same sp, ch 2, *3dc in next ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3sc in each of next 2 ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3dc in next ch sp, ch2, rep from * 3 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 9: Join in any corner ch 2 sp with standing tr, (2tr, ch2, 3 tr) in same corner. Now you will be working in sp bet groups of 3 st. *3dc, 3hdc, 3sc, 3hdc, 3dc, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs omitting last corner, sl st to standing tr

Grace Elizabeth Square

The Grace Elizabeth square is named after my niece because like her it is beautiful and ever changing. It’s a 12 inch square made with 2 colors of worsted weight yarn. (I used a light up crochet hook size 5.0, which you will see in the photos.) Here’s the free pattern:

Skill level: Intermediate

Special stitches:

Dc cluster: (dc3tog) yarn over and insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook

Htrc: (half triple crochet) yarn over twice, insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook

Puff: yarn over and insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on hook, chain 1

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Hdc – half double crochet

Dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

Rep – repeat

St – stitch

Sl st – slip stitch

Dc – double crochet

Sp – space

Sc – single crochet

Htrc – half triple crochet

Blosc – back loop only single crochet

Beg – beginning

Bet – between

Sk – skip

Bpsc – back post single crochet

Color A

Make a magic circle

Round 1: ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), 11 hdc in circle

Round 2: ch2, dc2tog in same sp (counts as 1st dc cluster), ch1, *dc cluster in next st, ch1, rep from * 11Xs, sl st to 1st dc cluster

Color B

Round 3: join in any ch sp with a standing sc, 2 sc in same sp, 3 sc in each ch sp around, sl st to 1st sc

Round 4: ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc in same st, hdc in each of next 2 st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 st, rep from * 10 more Xs, join to 1st hdc

Color A

Round 5: join in 3rd loop of any st with a standing sc, sc in 3rd loop of each st around (3rd loop is horizontal bar behind stitch, visible from above), (should be 48 3rd loop sc), sl st to standing sc

Round 6: ch6 (counts as htrc and ch2), *in next 12 st, htrc, 2dc, hdc, 4sc, hdc, 2dc, htrc, ch2, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last htrc and ch2, sl st to 4th ch of beg ch6

Round 7: sl st into corner sp, {ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc, ch2, 2hdc in corner}, *being careful not to miss 1st hidden st, in next 12 st, 2sc, 2hdc, dc, 2htrc, dc, 2hdc, 2sc, (2hdc, ch2, 2hdc in corner), rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 2nd ch of beg ch2

Color B

Round 8: join in any corner sp with a standing dc, dc, ch2, 2 dc in same corner sp, *being careful not to miss 1st hidden st, in next 16 st, 2dc, 2htrc, 2dc, hdc, 2sc, hdc, 2dc, 2htrc, 2dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc in corner sp), rep from * 3Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to beg standing dc

Round 9: sl st into next st, sl st over to corner sp, ch1, *sc, ch2, sc in corner, then, in the next 20 st, 2hdc, 2dc, 2htrc, 2dc, hdc, 2sc, hdc, 2dc, 2htrc, 2dc, 2hdc, rep from *, 3 more Xs, sl st to beg sc

Color A

Round 10: join in any corner sp with standing dc, dc, ch2, 2dc in same corner sp, *in the next 22 st, 3dc, 2hdc, 2sc, 2hdc, dc, 2htrc, dc, 2hdc, 2sc, 2hdc, 3dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc in corner sp), rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to standing dc

Round 11: sl st into next st, sl st into corner sp, ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc, ch2, 2hdc in corner sp, *hdc in each st across (next 26 st), (2hdc, ch2, 2hdc in corner sp) rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to beg ch2

Color B

Round 12: join in any corner sp with standing sc, sc, ch2, 2sc in same corner sp, *sc in 3rd lp of each st across (don’t miss the 1st hidden st!), (2sc, ch2, 2sc in corner sp), repeat from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, (30 3rd lp sc each side), sl st to standing sc

Round 13: sl st into next st, sl st into corner sp, ch2, dc (counts as 1st dc2tog), ch1, dc2tog, ch2, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog in corner, *{sk 4 st, (1st st is very hidden!), (dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog) in next st} 5Xs, sk 4 st, (dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog, ch2, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog) in corner sp, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 1st dc2tog

Color A

Round 14: join in any corner sp with standing sc, sc, ch2, 2sc in corner sp, 2sc in each ch sp (bet dc2tog), puff st bet groups of 3dc2tog (over sp bet groups and anchoring bet middle 2 sc in round 12),(also, don’t forget to close the puff with ch1),continue in this manner until you get to corner sp, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner spaces, sl st to standing sc when you get all the way around

Color B

Round 15: join in any corner sp with standing sc, ch3, sc in corner sp, *{blosc in next 4 st, ch1, sk puff st (and ch1 that’s part of puff st)} 7XS, blosc in next 4 st, (sc, ch3, sc) in corner sp, repeat from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl to standing sc

Round 16: sl st to corner sp, ch1, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner, sc in next 5 st, ch1, (sc in next 4 st, ch1) 6Xs, sc in next 5 st, rep from * 3Xs, sl st to 1st sc

Color A

Round 17: join in any corner with standing sc, ch2, sc in corner sp, sc in next 6 st, sk st, ch3, *(sl st around puff st from round 14, ch3, sk ch sp and next st, sc in next 2 st, sk st, ch3) 6Xs, sk ch sp and next sc, sc in next 6 st, (sc, ch2,sc) in corner sp, rep from * 3more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to standing sc

Color B

Round 18: join in any corner sp with standing sc, ch2, sc in corner sp, sk st, sc in next 6 st, *{hdc in sk st from round 16, dc over and around both ch sp from rounds 15 and 16, hdc in sk st from round 16, bpsc around next 2 sc from round 17} 6Xs, sc in next 6 st, sk st, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner sp, rep from * 3 more Xs omitting last corner, sl st to standing sc

Crochet Hugs & Kisses Starshine Afghan

Finally! Someone I know is having a baby. Yay! My next door neighbor is expecting a boy and I am so happy for her. (And for me because I had an excuse to make a baby blanket. Heh!)

The pattern for this one was written by Jeanne Steinhilber of the Crochet Crowd, and it’s adorably called the Hugs & Kisses Starshine Afghan. I alternated 4 rounds of blue with 2 rounds of gray for the whole blanket.

It was an easy pattern that worked up quickly. Also, I think it’s ideal for a boy baby because it’s a cute star shape with no frills or ruffles.

And on to the next project!

Casual Granny Crochet Along

This bedspread is from a Crochet Along, or CAL. The idea behind a CAL is that the pattern is released incrementally over a period of time, such as every week or every month, and people all over the world can work on the same project at the same time. CALs are usually a little challenging and complex, however the results are reliably stunning. By joining a CAL, you can be part of a group of people that can inspire and support one another with the project.

This CAL, called the Casual Granny CAL, happened back in 2018 and, as that was two years ago, the patterns for all ten of the different squares are available for free on redagapeblog.com. So awesome! The blog’s creator, Mandy, has done a fantastic job of writing out all of the patterns in an easy to understand manner as well as including “tiny tutorials” for any tricky stitches. She says on her site that she wanted people doing her CAL to be able to go at their own pace, pick their own colors, and do any or all of the squares for their own project – hence the “casual” in the name. No pressure!

I chose to do the blanket in four colors – teal, mustard, coral, and light gray. I used the double crochet join-as-you-go (JAYG) technique – which I absolutely swear by. All of the joining and the entire border was done without breaking the yarn once!

My favorite of all ten squares was the trickiest to get the hang of – the heart granny square. The pattern calls for several mid-round color changes so you are instructed to carry the non-working yarn through the back of the square in order to pick it up when needed. I hadn’t done that technique before, but I picked it up readily enough thanks in no small part to the simplicity of the way in which the pattern is written. And it was worth it! Just look at those hearts – so super cute!

It’s a Girl! Blanket

This cute little baby blanket features the (slightly modified) Delilah square by Vanessa Smith of Hooked on Sunshine, and is put together using a braided continuous join.

I recently discovered the continuous join, or join-as-you-go (JAYG), method for joining squares, and just like that *snap* my aversion to granny squares is gone!

My problem with granny square blankets wasn’t making lots of squares – it was joining them. I hated sewing them together. I hated crocheting them together. I really hated weaving in all those ends! Never again! With the JAYG method I joined all the squares for the It’s a Girl! Blanket and did the whole border without cutting the yarn once. All thanks to the crochet genius who came up with JAYG!!

The Squiggly Square Blanket

(another scrap buster)

Like most of you, I had a big bag full of partial skeins of yarn – my scraps – and I wanted to use them up. I have done scrap blankets before, but this time I wanted to try something new and different. And so I made the Squiggly Square Blanket!

I found the pattern for the square here: http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2011/10/wiggles-square-for-sibol.html and I used a join-as-you-go (JAYG) method to put the whole thing together. If you have never tried joining squares this way, I will tell you that it’s worth learning because there are only two ends to weave in. The cute squiggly squares are super easy to make and really fun. Happy crocheting!