June 29, 2015

Layered Skirt -free crochet pattern-

layered-crochet-skirt-free-pattern

You will be sure to catch some admiration with this beautiful crochet skirt!  Scalloped ruffled layers are the focal point of this garment, which give it a nice light summery look.

Designed By:  Jane/Beautiful Crochet Stuff

Skill level:  Intermediate

Materials:
  • Alize Cotton Gold 55% Cotton, 45% Acrylic, 360 yards / 100 grams, Sport / 5 ply – 2 skeins
  • Crochet Hook: 2 mm
Size: Small and up, Custom


June 26, 2015

Broomstick Crochet Top -free crochet pattern-


Broomstick crochet top

This is why you need to learn broomstick lace!  This pretty and colorful crop top uses both broomstick lace along with simple chains of mesh to create this design.  Don't let this special stitch scare you away from making amazing masterpieces, it's easier than you think!

Designed By: Christine Harvey

Skill Level: Advanced

Materials: 

  • Crochet Hook 5.5mm
  • Dk Weight yarn
  • 50mm "broomstick"
Size: 8-12




June 24, 2015

Wedding Petals Necklace -free crochet pattern-

Wedding Petals Necklace

Are you having a summer wedding?  Here's your necklace!  This beautiful crochet floral necklace is made using cotton crochet thread.  I love the detail and shape of this piece, and it would also look amazing with a simple summer dress!

Designed By:  Josie Griego Rabier

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials:

  • Aunt Lydia's  Classic Crochet Thread, Size 10: 1 ball 1 White
  • Steel Crochet Hook: 1.5mm [US 7]
  • Round-nose, chain nose and split ring pliers 
  • Wire cutter
  • Five 14mm pearls
  • Seven 10mm pearls
  • Two 2mm pearls
  • Two 4mm pearls
  • Two 8mm pearls
  • Two gold head pins
  • Two 7mm split rings
  • Fabric glue

June 23, 2015

Woven Stitch Zipper Pouch -free crochet pattern-



Small crochet bags always come in handy, they can be used for makeup, change, as a wallet, a crochet hook case, or for any accessories!  I really like this pattern, the woven stitch gives a professional appearance, and the zipper shows off a well made pouch.

Designed By:  My Hobby is Crochet

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • DK weight cotton yarn, approx 100 g total: in 2 colors 
  • 4 mm crochet hook
  • tapestry needle to sew in the ends
  • zipper 
  • sewing needle or Sharp Crochet Hook (or a sewing machine) to sew the zipper on
  • scissors.

Size: Width: 18.5 cm (7 inches) at the bottom and 16.5 (6.5 inches) at the top Height: 10.5 cm ( 4 inches)


June 22, 2015

White Summer Dress -free crochet pattern-



I love the look of crochet into fabric!  This dress is another great example of how to the two textures look so lovely together.  This pattern for the dress top is part written and part charted; it should be fairly simple.  So dig out your old clothing, find some matching yarn and get hooking!

Designed By:  EmmHouse

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • 100g (166m) of 100% cotton (Mandarin soft) 
  • Crochet hook H/5mm.
  • Yarn Needle, marker

June 20, 2015

Apricot Baby Bonnet -free crochet pattern-


I've been making a lot of baby bonnets lately, for people I know, and I'm going to have to show them this one because it is absolutely adorable!  I love the stitch work in this design, it is romantic and elegant, reminds me of the Victorian era.  

Designed By: Katherine Heise

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • Newborn- Hook: 3.5mm;Yarn: DK / 8 ply
  • 6 Months- Hook: 4.5mm; Yarn: Worsted / 10 ply

June 19, 2015

Beach Vacation Shawl -free crochet pattern-



I love how the waves of color worked out in this beautiful shawl pattern!  Lacy shawls are a nice summer accessory due to their versatility, wear it over your shoulders, as a scarf, belt, skirt, or as a beach cover-up.

Designed By: Sarah Sach

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 
  • Crochet Hook: I
  • Yarn: (4)Red heart Boutique Unforgettable - Tidal
  • 8oz ( 2.5 balls)

June 17, 2015

Outdoor Summer (Crochet!) Decor

Summer is almost here, and you've probably already been making plans for your backyard, deck, patio, poolside, balcony, or whatever you call your outdoor space.  From gardening to barbecuing, and all of those accessories in between, did you know that there is plenty of room for crochet?!

The greatest thing about crochet (besides the health benefits), is that the sky is the limit.  You can make things in the colors and textures that YOU want, and use the style that YOU like!  You get to achieve a bit of uniqueness, and bask in the glory of your accomplishment... and bask in the sun... which leads me right into this first free pattern!


My Hammock by JoAnne Leonard

In fact, there are several ways of crocheting up your outdoor seating space, as in these free patterns...

  



But not to be limited to cozies for your seats, you can also just crochet up a nice outdoor cushion, which is sufficient for adding a splash of color!

Patio Pillows  IMG_2835


That are only two patterns above, but if I added every single free cushion pattern that I love, that would be a whole entire new article!  Now, moving along to your patio table and/or side tables, another fun crochet idea is table decor!  Make a nice placemat, sit your drink down on one of your custom made coasters, and throw a cool crocheted bowl in the center...

Summer Waves Free Crochet Pattern





And what's a nice outdoor space without some nice soft lighting?  Free crochet candle jar patterns! (you will have to translate these, but they look pretty simple going by photos, ever try Google Web page Translate?)


Hekluð krukka - uppskrift waxinelichtjes-web


Speaking of outdoor lighting, you can also add some sparkle and shine during the daytime by adding some pretty suncatchers, wind chimes, mobiles, or mandalas.

  

  

Final product image  


And since we've been hanging stuff, a great way to decorate your outdoor space for an event, or just for fun, is adding a pretty bunting!





Hanging things, makes me think of hanging real plants, and you can crochet cute plant holders!  Check out these free patterns!


  



... and if you combine gardening and crocheting, here's what you get...

  Kneeling Cushion


Whether it be a large or small garden, accent rocks always make a statement.  But these are not limited to gardens, really, you can put them anywhere!

Garden Snowflakes 


After viewing so many great free patterns, I truly cannot wait to get started on my back yard!  Here's some more summery ideas...

 crochet-flowers Mirrored glass display of crochet water lilies - seamless pattern from makemydaycreative.com


Finally, if you want to do something really fun, give yarn bombing a go!  I've seen some very cool yarn bombed trees and fences!  If you want a small yarn bombing project you can just crochet over random things and create an accent piece!



Will you be crocheting outdoors this summer?  What are you going to make?  


Thanks to all of the amazing designers who let this article happen:)

June 16, 2015

Light n' Lively Tank -free crochet pattern-


Image of Light 'n' Lively Tank

This flattering crochet top pattern comes from Lion Brand yarn (sign up for free to get the pattern).  I have always loved an empire waist or babydoll style top because of its comfort.  This is a design that I would really like to make this summer!

Designed By: Lion Brand

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials:
  • 830-134 Cotton-Ease Yarn: Terracotta
  • Crochet Hook - Size G-6 (4 mm)
  • Split Ring Stitch Markers
  • Large-Eye Blunt Needle
Size: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X


June 14, 2015

Quarter Sunflower Square -free crochet pattern-


Check out this beautiful sunflower square!  The sunflower is my favorite flower, so this pattern obviously got my attention right away.  You could do so many things with this square; the designers pattern is designed as a pin cushion; but this could also be a pillow, an afghan square, wall decor, curtains, dish cloth, etc!

Designed By:  Suvi's Crochet

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials: 

  • fingering-weight cotton yarn
  • 2mm hook
  • OR worsted weight yarn
  • 5.5mm hook

June 12, 2015

Summer Escape Skirt -free crochet pattern-



Lacey crochet clothing is always a summer beauty, and this lovely skirt pattern Drops Design is the perfect example!  I love the pattern, the color, and the style!

Designed By: Drops Designs

Skill Level: Advanced

Materials: 
  • Drops Safran from Garnstudio  color no 18, off white
  • Hook size 3.5 mm/E/4 
  • Mother of Pearl Button: Loop (white)

Size: S - XXXL


June 11, 2015

Biba Style Beanie -free crochet pattern-


Biba Style Beanie

When thinking of summer accessories, crochet hats are usually not the first thing that comes to mind. However, this nice, and airy mesh style hat emits summer fun!

Designed By:  Red Heart

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Thread, Size 10: 2 balls 332 Hot Pink
  • Susan Bates® Steel Crochet Hook: 2.55mm [US 0]
  • Yarn needle


June 10, 2015

Skull Barefoot Sandals -free crochet pattern-


I was skimming through Ravelry this morning and stopped at this pattern and thought, "wow these look cool!... and somewhat familiar?"  The designer incorporated my Pineapple Up Barefoot Sandal Pattern with a skull pattern which resulted in this awesome hybrid!  I love it! 

Designed By: The Crafty Hooker

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 

  • #10 crochet cotton 
  • 2.5mm hook 
  • Sewing needle

June 9, 2015

Road Play Mat -free crochet pattern-


How awesome is this?!  Here's a fun project to make for your kids,(or yourself!) that consists of individual squares that when connected, create a fun play mat. This was a CAL (Crochet a long) and all parts are included on the designer's page.

Designed By:  Happy Berry Crochet

Skill Level:  Easy

Includes:

  • Long Grass and Straight Road Squares
  • Pond Square and Round Tree
  • Curved Road Square and Car
  • Wheat Field (with Hay Bails) and Ploughed Field Squares
  • Vegetable Patch (plus mini veggies) and Flower Field
  • Mini Fir or Pine Tree
  • Railway Track Squares
  • Roundabout
  • Curved Rail Track Square
  • T-Junction and Crossroads Squares


Materials:
  • DK / Light Worsted weight yarn in Green
  • DK / Light Worsted weight yarn in Grey
  • DK / Light Worsted weight yarn in White
  • 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook (or any hook size that is suitable for the yarn you are using)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • DK / Light Worsted weight yarn in: Yellow, Brown, Blue and some extra bright colours for smaller parts such as pink, orange and purple.
  • Some very minute amounts of toy stuffing.

June 7, 2015

G Squared Shorts -free crochet pattern-

If you can make a granny square, then you can make these shorts!  Actually, I’ve written out the granny square instructions to help you out, if you’re new to this popular, highly used, and awesome square motif! 

If you already know how to make a granny square, then you can just follow the color changes up until the last row.  The last row of each square is altered to add the “gusset” or crotch in the same fashion as denim shorts.  From here, the motifs are sewn together to form the shorts.  They will look big at this point, so here’s where the waist is shaped in 3 simple rows. 

You may add a drawstring if you wish, or go really crazy and continue on to full length pants.  (My next project!)

I chose navy, grey, and white worsted weight yarns, mainly because I had them in my stash already!  So get creative and use whatever colors you want.  These would look pretty nice in one solid color as well.

*Note, your MAIN Color (the one that you want to use the most of) should be the last color used in each granny square.  Adjust color changes accordingly, because for each size, there are different amount of rows and color)

Designed By: Farrah Hodgson aka Firene

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • 1 ball Bernat Premium Navy Blue; 1/2 ball Bernat Premium Grey; ¼ ball Red Heart Super Saver White.  (Worsted Weight, 4)
  • Crochet Hook Size 6.0mm (J)
  • Yarn Needle

Sizes: (pant sizes) X Small (4), Small (6), Medium (8), Large (10), X Large (12)

Stitches Used: Ch=Chain, Sl st=Slip Stitch, Sc=Single Crochet, Hdc=Half Double Crochet, Dc=Double Crochet, Dc2tog=Double crochet next 2 stitches together to decrease

Special Terms Used:
  • Shell=3dc in same stitch or space
  • Space=Space between 2 groups of shells


Useful Knowledge:
  • How to make a granny square
  • How to sew



THE PATTERN

Front – You will make 2 granny squares

Left Side

(Navy) Ch5, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop.

Rnd 1 (Navy): Ch5 (counts as 1dc and first ch2 space), (3dc-ch2 in loop) 3 times; 2dc in loop, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 2 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times; 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join (completes last shell).

Rnd 3 (White): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *shell in next space, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times; shell in next space, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 4 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) twice, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) twice, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 5 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 3 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 3 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

X SMALL ONLY (LAST RND) Rnd 6 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 4 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 4 times, (shell-ch2-3HDC) in next ch2 space; 3HDC in next space; ch2, TURN; 3HDC in next space, 3HDC in ch2 space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, 6dc in next space; (shell in next space –of last rnd-) 3 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 4 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE, and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 6 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 4 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 4 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

SMALL ONLY (LAST RND) – Rnd 7(Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-3HDC) in next ch2 space; 3HDC in next space; ch2, TURN; 3HDC in next space, 3HDC in ch2 space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, 6dc in next space; (shell in next space –of last rnd-) 4 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

MEDIUM, LARGE and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 7 (White): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 5 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

MEDIUM ONLY (LAST RND)Rnd 8 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-3HDC) in next ch2 space; 3HDC in next space; ch2, TURN; 3HDC in next space, 3HDC in ch2 space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, 6dc in next space; (shell in next space –of last rnd-) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

LARGE and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 8 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 6 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

LARGE and X LARGE ONLY (LAST RND) - Rnd 9 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 7 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 7 times, (shell-ch2-3HDC) in next ch2 space; 3HDC in next space; ch2, TURN; 3HDC in next space, 3HDC in ch2 space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, 6dc in next space; (shell in next space –of last rnd-) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 7 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.




Right Side

(Navy) Ch5, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop.

Rnd 1 (Navy): Ch5 (counts as 1dc and first ch2 space), [3dc-ch2 in loop] 3 times; 2dc in loop, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 2 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times; 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join (completes last shell).

Rnd 3 (White): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *shell in next space, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times; shell in next space, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 4 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) twice, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) twice, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 5 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 3 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 3 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

X SMALL ONLY (LAST RND)- Rnd 6 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 4 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 3 times, 3HDC in next space, 3HDC in next ch2 space; ch2, TURN; (3HDC in next space) twice; TURN; 6dc in next space, (shell-ch2-1dc) in ch2 space; shell in next ch2 space (of last rnd);  (shell in next space) 4 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 4 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE, and X LARGE ONLY- Rnd 6 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 4 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 4 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

SMALL ONLY (LAST RND)Rnd 7(Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 4 times, 3HDC in next space, 3HDC in next ch2 space; ch2, TURN; (3HDC in next space) twice; TURN; 6dc in next space, (shell-ch2-1dc) in ch2 space; shell in next ch2 space (of last rnd);  (shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

MEDIUM, LARGE and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 7 (White): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 5 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

MEDIUM ONLY (LAST RND)Rnd 8 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, 3HDC in next space, 3HDC in next ch2 space; ch2, TURN; (3HDC in next space) twice; TURN; 6dc in next space, (shell-ch2-1dc) in ch2 space; shell in next ch2 space (of last rnd);  (shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

LARGE and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 8 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 6 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

LARGE and X LARGE ONLY (LAST RND) - Rnd 9 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 7 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, 3HDC in next space, 3HDC in next ch2 space; ch2, TURN; (3HDC in next space) twice; TURN; 6dc in next space, (shell-ch2-1dc) in ch2 space; shell in next ch2 space (of last rnd);  (shell in next space) 7 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 7 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.



Back – You will make 2 granny squares

Left Side

(Navy) Ch5, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop.

Rnd 1 (Navy): Ch5 (counts as 1dc and first ch2 space), [3dc-ch2 in loop] 3 times; 2dc in loop, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 2 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times; 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join (completes last shell).

Rnd 3 (White): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *shell in next space, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times; shell in next space, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 4 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) twice, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) twice, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 5 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 3 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 3 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 6 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 4 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 4 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

X SMALL ONLY (LAST RND)Rnd 7 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** twice; shell in next space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, shell in ch2 space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, 6dc in next space; shell in next space –of last rnd, (shell in next space) 3 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join. Fasten off.

SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 7 (White): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 5 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

SMALL ONLY (LAST RND)Rnd 8 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** twice; shell in next space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, shell in ch2 space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, 6dc in next space; shell in next space –of last rnd, (shell in next space) 4 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join. Fasten off.

MEDIUM, LARGE and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 8 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 6 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

MEDIUM ONLY (LAST RND) Rnd 9 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 7 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** twice; shell in next space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, shell in ch2 space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, 6dc in next space; shell in next space –of last rnd, (shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 7 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join. Fasten off.

LARGE and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 9 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 7 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 7 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

LARGE and X LARGE ONLY (LAST RND) - Rnd 10 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 8 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** twice; shell in next space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, shell in ch2 space; ch3, TURN; shell in next space, 6dc in next space; shell in next space –of last rnd, (shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 8 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join. Fasten off.



Right Side

(Navy) Ch5, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop.

Rnd 1 (Navy): Ch5 (counts as 1dc and first ch2 space), [3dc-ch2 in loop] 3 times; 2dc in loop, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 2 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times; 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join (completes last shell).

Rnd 3 (White): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *shell in next space, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times; shell in next space, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 4 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) twice, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) twice, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 5 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 3 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 3 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

Rnd 6 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 4 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 4 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

X SMALL ONLY (LAST RND) Rnd 7 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, shell in next ch2 space; ch3, TURN; (shell in next space) twice; TURN; 6dc in next space, (shell-ch2-1dc) in ch3 space; shell in next ch2 space –of last rnd; (shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 5 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join. Fasten off.

SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE and X LARGE ONLY- Rnd 7 (White): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 5 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 5 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

SMALL ONLY (LAST RND)Rnd 8 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, shell in next ch2 space; ch3, TURN; (shell in next space) twice; TURN; 6dc in next space, (shell-ch2-1dc) in ch3 space; shell in next ch2 space –of last rnd; (shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 6 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join. Fasten off.

MEDIUM, LARGE and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 8 (Grey): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 6 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 6 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

MEDIUM ONLY (LAST RND) Rnd 9 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 7 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 7 times, shell in next ch2 space; ch3, TURN; (shell in next space) twice; TURN; 6dc in next space, (shell-ch2-1dc) in ch3 space; shell in next ch2 space –of last rnd; (shell in next space) 7 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 7 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join. Fasten off.

LARGE and X LARGE ONLY - Rnd 9 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; *(shell in next space) 7 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space** 3 times, (shell in next space) 7 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join.

LARGE and X LARGE ONLY (LAST RND) - Rnd 10 (Navy): Sl st in 1st ch2 space; ch5, shell in same ch2 space; (shell in next space) 8 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 8 times, shell in next ch2 space; ch3, TURN; (shell in next space) twice; TURN; 6dc in next space, (shell-ch2-1dc) in ch3 space; shell in next ch2 space –of last rnd; (shell in next space) 8 times, (shell-ch2-shell) in next ch2 space; (shell in next space) 8 times, 2dc in first ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch5 to join. Fasten off.



JOIN LEGS

1.       Line up one Front leg to matching Back leg (Right sides facing out) so that the gusset is facing each other.
2.       Sew gusset edge together, starting from bottom ch2 space, and through next 7dc.  Fasten off. Sew in end.
3.       Sew side edge together with long tail (from front leg), leaving the extra 3dc and ch2 of Back Leg at top unworked, so that the bottoms line up. Fasten off. Sew in end.
4.       Repeat Steps 1-3 for next leg.




JOIN CENTER SEAM

- Line up center (unsewn side) of legs toward each other (right sides facing out).  Using a long strand of your main color (Navy), sew evenly together, from the top of the fronts, down around the gusset (crotch) and up towards the top of the back.  Fasten off. Sew in ends.



*Note: Your shorts probably look really big right now!  And the back side is higher than the front side! Don’t worry, we will now shape the waist!


WAIST

-attach Main color to back (rear) seam in the left ch2 space of granny square, with a sl st.

Rnd 1: Ch3, (2dc in next space) (6, 7, 8, 9, 9) times, (dc, sc) in next ch2 corner space; *(See photo) work a dc2tog through center dc of side shell (of back leg square) and next ch2 space (of front leg square), dc in same ch2 space; (2dc in next space) (5, 6, 7, 8, 8) times, (dc in next ch2 space) twice; (2dc in next space) (5, 6, 7, 8, 8) times; dc in next ch2 space, work a dc2tog through next ch 2 space (of front leg square) and center dc of side shell (of back leg square), (sc, dc) in next ch2 space, (2dc in next space) (6, 7, 8, 9, 9) times, dc in last ch2 space, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch3 to join. (56, 64, 72, 80, 80)

*work a dc2tog through center dc of side shell (of back leg square) and next ch2 space (of front leg square)


Rnd 2: Sl st in space between next 2 dc sts; ch3, (dc in space between next 2dc) (7, 8, 9, 10, 7) times, (2dc in space between next 2dc) (12, 14, 16, 18, 24) times, (dc in space between next 2 dc) (8, 9, 10, 11, 8) times. (40, 46, 52, 58, 64 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join.  Fasten off. Sew in ends.



Optional Drawstring: Ch desired length of yarn, OR use ribbon or another material and weave through the dc sts of Rnd 2.






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