Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket [Free Pattern]

In celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday today, I decided to reread all the books while working on a special scrap blanket. I’m calling this the Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, because I can imagine Hermione stitching away on all her scrap yarn (with her magic knitting needles [or crochet hook in this case] of course) while reading a good book.

This pattern is slightly different from my Straight Granny Blanket Pattern, because I wanted something with a tighter weave. Because I have not actually finished my blanket yet, this pattern will be a work in progress. I’ll continue to add to it when I get to the border, and might offer it as a free PDF download once it’s finished. My main reason for posting this pattern is because I wanted to make this blanket with a larger hook size. I’m not claiming to be the first person to ever come up with this, I’m just wanting to offer my version of how I’m making this blanket, and I hope you find it helpful!

If you would like to make your own Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, feel free to use the hashtag #hermionegrannystripe on Instagram and tag me @kountingsheep because I’d love to see what you come up with! So with a big Happy Birthday to Harry, let’s get this blanket party started!

Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket

Size J crochet hook (6mm)

Worsted weight yarn scraps (examples include Vanna’s Choice, I Love This Yarn, Red Heart Soft, Caron One Pound)

Scissors, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: not essential for this project

Note: I am using each color for two rows. If I end up running out of a color mid-row, I’ll just switch to a new color. I’m also just sort of grabbing colors randomly when it’s time to change colors.

With first color, Ch 155. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. 154 sc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1 dc in same stitch, *skip next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st (known as 3dc group here and throughout). Repeat from * across to last 3 sts. Skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, changing colors in last dc. Turn. 50 3dc groups.

Row 3: With new color, ch 3. Skip next st, and working between the skipped st and the 3dc group, 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last two sts. Skip next st, dc in last st. Turn. 51 3dc groups.

Row 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in between the first st of the previous row and the first 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last 4 sts. Skip next 3dc group, 1 dc in between the last two st. Dc in last st, changing colors to new color. Turn. 50 3dc groups.

Repeat Rows 3-4 until Blanket reaches desired length. [my finished measurements coming soon] Fasten off. Weave in all the millions of ends (or work them in as you go, which is my preferred method. It means more work as you crochet, but then all the ends are taken care of when you’re done).

Border: [instructions coming soon]

For a video tutorial on how to crochet this pattern, watch this video on my YouTube channel.

See more of my patterns in my shop and on Ravelry!

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WIP Wednesday: Loggy Squares Blanket

I am slowly making progress on crocheting one of my old patterns in order to update it. I’m loving these bright cheery squares! These colors together make me so happy. 

For a project like this, I would normally wait until all the squares are made to see them together. However I needed to be able to visualize what they would look like in a row as well as take some measurements, so I’ll be assembling them as I go. It will be fun to see this blanket take shape one row at a time. 

Check back soon to see when the Loggy Squares Blanket Pattern goes live. 

Scrappy Squares Blanket Pattern

Introducing the newly revised Scrappy Squares Blanket Pattern. Knit up all your scrap and leftover yarn into this fun and whimsical blanket. Easy to follow instructions with tips on how to create your own fun Scrappy Squares Blanket. 

Available to download from Ravelry here

Available to download from my Etsy shop here

Big Heart Baby Blanket Pattern

Big Heart Baby Blanket Pattern

It’s been several years since I have released a new pattern, so now is the time! Introducing the new Big Heart Baby Blanket pattern! This digital pattern will help you crochet your own Big Heart blanket for the little ones in your life. Pattern includes written instructions and a color chart for the heart. You can grab a copy of the pattern in my shop here or on Ravelry here.

Big Heart Baby Blanket Pattern

Something new also available with this pattern is permission to sell finished items that you make using this pattern. Please remember that the pattern itself is for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished blankets that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: “Made using a crochet pattern from Kounting Sheep Shop by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com

Anna’s Shawl

imageA few months ago my friend was going through a hard time. Being the knitter/crocheter that I am, I always feel the need to make a “comforting” gift when I see my friends hurting. It’s a way for me to express my love and concern, and I usually spend the time praying for them while I’m making their gift. And that was how my new crochet shawl design was born.

Available as a free download:

Approx. 700 yards of yarn
Size I crochet hook
Techniques include increasing, chain spaces, V-stitch

Make Anna’s Shawl for yourself or someone who needs a little bit of comfort in her life.

Want more patterns? Visit my shop here to see my available designs, like the Swiss Cross baby blanket pattern.

Straight Granny Blanket [Free Pattern]

The first free pattern I ever posted on my blog was the Straight Granny. Having crocheted for numerous years, I had come up with my own formula for the traditional square granny, but sometimes the square shape seemed awkward for a blanket. So I came up with a recipe to make a straight granny square. Using this again after so long, I decided to revamp the pattern and offer it in PDF format for free. It’s now sized for a baby blanket, with instructions for sizing to any desirable width and length. Click on the link below to download the free pdf pattern.

Download Now You can also link to Straight Granny on Ravelry here.

(Post last updated with new revised pattern May 2016)
Want more patterns? Visit my shop here to see my available designs, like the Big Heart baby blanket.

Hoodlet Pattern

My first free pattern, published back in 2007 on my blog, is now available for free in pdf format!

Click on the above link to get the free downloadable pdf version of the Hoodlet. This version has been updated with a few changes to make finishing easier and the needle size more practical. You can link to it on Ravelry here as well.

First Blogiversary Pattern

Guess what? Today is Kounting Sheep’s blogiversary. One year ago today, I started this blog with no idea how much I would become connected to the yarn community and not knowing that people would actually be reading my blog. And now, here I am a year later, celebrating with a free pattern that I know people will actually see.
Meet Ellie, the first Kounting Sheep. She may look shy, but her coat would suggest otherwise. This isn’t your ordinary sheep, she’s a Kounting Sheep with personality. She’s here to help celebrate being “one;” maybe more Kounting Sheep will join her in the years to come?
Ellie The Kounting Sheep
Amigurumi Crochet

Materials:

  • Small amounts of wool in two colors: Main Color (MC) and Contrasting Color (CC)
  • Size F Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle
  • Small amount of Polyester Fiberfill for stuffing


Gauge: Not essential for this project. If you notice your stitches are too loose, change to smaller hook to ensure stuffing will not come out.

Head:
With MC, Ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around. Do NOT join, place marker to mark end of rnd, continue working in spiral.
Rnd 2: (1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around.
Rnd 3: (1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around.
Rnd 4: (1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around.
Rnd 5: 1 sc in each sc around. Change to CC in last sc.
Rnd 6-9: 1 sc in each sc around.
Rnd 10: (sc in next sc, dec) around to last 2 sc, dec.
Rnd 11: Dec around, sc in last st.
Start Body:
Rnd 12-13: 2 sc in each st around. Change to MC in last sc.
Rnd 14: Sc in each sc around. Change to CC in last sc.
Rnd 15: Sc in each sc around. Change to MC in last sc.
*Note: Continue alternating colors every round from here to the end, including decreasing rounds.
Rnd 16-23: Repeat Rnd 14-15 4 times more.
*Note: Stuff sheep while decreasing.
Rnd 24: (Sc in next 2 sc, dec) around to last 2 sc, sc in last 2 sc.
Rnd 25: (Sc in next sc, dec) around to last 2 sc, dec again.
Rnd 26-27: Dec around. Fasten off. Sheep should be fully stuffed and completely closed.

Ears (Make 2):
Ch 5, 2 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across to last ch. 4 sc in last ch, turn so bottom row is facing up. 2 sc in each loop across. Join to first sc.

Tail:
Ch 4, 2 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across to last ch. 4 sc in last ch, turn so bottom row is facing up. 2 sc in each loop across. Join to first sc.
Legs (Make 2 in MC, 2 in CC)
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 8 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 2-7: Sc in each sc around. Fasten off.
Finishing:
Sew on ears to each side of the head and tail onto bottom, using pictures for placement. Stuff legs firmly and sew legs onto underside of sheep, with the 2 MC legs as front legs and the 2 CC legs as back legs. Embroider face onto sheep using CC. Tie bow around one ear.

Note: Due to the nature of Amigurumi crocheting, your finished piece may vary from my finished piece. Feel free to change pattern to fit your style, and make sure to send your crochet friends to this link. If you have any questions or find any errors, please let me know.

Winter Grass: The Crochet Version

A couple of weeks ago I came across Mochimochi Land. I immediately fell in love with Anna’s knit plush designs. On Thursday night last week, I was in a crochet mood, but I wanted to make some Grass. So I printed the free pattern and converted it into crochet, which only took a couple of hours. And I figured since I had done all the work anyway, I might as well offer it to the designer to share with others.

So here is the crochet alternative.
Winter Grass: The Crochet Version By Jennifer Galusha-Luna
Adapted from Grass Pattern by Anna Hrachovec/ Mochimochi Land 2007

Finished size: Approx. 7″ tall

Materials:

  • Felt-able wool yarn [I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease (3oz/85gm, 197yds/180m): #180 Forest Green Heather. I did not felt the end piece, but it should work fine if felted.]
  • US Size F Hook (3.75 mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Embroidery thread and needle or beads for eyes
  • Polyfil for stuffing

Gauge: Doesn’t really matter, but your stitches shouldn’t be too tight or loose

Crochet Abbreviations/Stitches:
Ch: chain
Sc: single crochet
Dec: decrease ([insert hook in next st, YO, pull up 1 loop] twice, YO, draw through 3 loops on hook)

Joining with Sc: Make a new slipknot on the hook. Insert hook in desired stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook: sc formed.

Pattern starts here! Front:
Row 1: Ch 33, sc in second ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (32 sc)
Row 2 and all even rows unless otherwise indicated: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in first sc, dec, sc in each sc across to last 3 sc, dec, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (30 sc)
Row 5: Rep Row 3. (28 sc)
Row 7: Rep Row 3. (26 sc)
Row 9: Sc in first sc, dec, sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (25 sc)
Row 10: Sc in each sc across to last 3 sc, dec, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (24 sc)
Row 11: Rep Row 9. (23 sc)
Row 12: Rep Row 10. (22 sc)
Row 13: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each sc across to last 3 sc, dec, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (22 sc)

Blade 1
Row 15: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, dec. Ch 1, turn. Leave remaining sc unworked. (11 sc)
Row 17: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, dec. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 19 and 21: Rep Row 17. (11 sc)
Row 23: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each sc across to last 4 sc, (dec) twice. Ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 25: Rep Row 23. (9 sc)
Row 27: Sc in first sc, (2 sc in next sc) twice, dec to end. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Rows 28: (Dec) twice, sc in next sc, (2 sc in next sc) twice, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 29: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, (dec) 3 times. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 30: (Dec) 3 times. Fasten off. (3 sc)

Blade 2
Row 15: With right side facing, join with sc in center sc (next to end of Blade 1 Row 15). Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 16-18: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 19: Dec, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 21: Rep Row 19. (11 sc)
Row 22-24: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 25, 27, 29, and 31: (Dec) twice, sc in each sc across to last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (7 sc, at end of Row 31)
Row 33: (Dec) 3 times, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)

Row 34: (Dec) twice. Fasten off. (2 sc)

Back (everything is reversed from first side):
Row 1: Ch 33, sc in second ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (32 sc)
Row 2 and all even rows unless otherwise indicated: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in first sc, dec, sc in each sc across to last 3 sc, dec, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (30 sc)
Row 5: Rep Row 3. (28 sc)
Row 7: Rep Row 3. (26 sc)
Row 9: Sc in each sc across to last 3 sc, dec, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (25 sc)
Row 10: Sc in first sc, dec, sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (24 sc)
Row 11: Rep Row 9. (23 sc)
Row 12: Rep Row 10. (22 sc)
Row 13: Sc in first sc, dec, sc to last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (22 sc)
Blade 1 Row 15: Sc in next 11 sc. Ch 1, turn. Leave remaining 11 sc unworked. (11 sc)
Row 16-18: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 19: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, dec. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 21: Rep Row 19. (11 sc)
Row 22-24: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (11sc)
Row 25, 27, 29, and 31: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each sc across to last 4 sc, (dec) twice. Ch 1, turn. (7 sc, at end of Row 31)
Row 33: Sc in first sc, (dec) 3 times. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 34: (Dec) twice. Fasten off. (2 sc)
Blade 2 Row 15: With right side facing, join with sc in center sc (next to end of Blade 1 Row 15). Dec, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 17: Dec, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc)
Row 19 and 21: Rep Row 17. (11 sc)
Row 23: (Dec) twice, sc in each sc across to last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 25: Rep Row 23. (9 sc)
Row 27: (Dec) 3 times, (2 sc in next sc) twice, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Rows 28: Sc in first sc, (2 sc in next sc) twice, (dec) twice, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 29: (Dec) 3 times, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 30: (Dec) 3 times. Fasten off. (3 sc)

Finishing: Weave in loose ends. Felt pieces by running them through a washer and dryer. After felting, embroider on each eye by “drawing” a circle in backstitch and filling it in with satin stitch. (Beads can also be used for eyes, though not suitable for small children.) With right sides facing, sew two sides of body together using whipstitch, leaving opening large enough to flip piece right-side-in. Flip piece right-side-in, stuff with polyfil, then sew rest of opening toget
her.