Mindful Crochet for #craftastherapy

Hi folks 🙂

Why do you craft?  Does it calm you? Does it take your mind of things that aren’t going well? Is it just for fun?  No matter the reason, engaging in craft is a good thing.  Mandy from RedAgape Style and Design blog, a self professed Instagram addict like myself, posted a few pictures of her crafty persuits and tagged them with #craftastherapy.  Well, that hashtag has taken off!

Here’s what Mandy has to say about it all

What is Craft as Therapy?  I have always loved craft and often bounced from one hobby to another, but it wasn’t until I was experiencing a particularly stressful period of my life, that i began to craft as a form of therapy. A self diagnosed ‘instagram addict‘ i began to tag some of my projects with #craftastherapy. I was stunned by the response i received and shortly afterwards many fellow crafters started using the tag. It became apparent to me how important craft is as a form of therapy, not just for me, but for many others. The hashtag continues to grow, as does the number of followers for @craftastherapyand a beautiful community has blossomed. Does craft make you happy? Relieve stress? Distract you from illness? To read more on how to join our supportive community visit my blog post about craft as therapy.

One of Mandy of RedAgape Style & Design's projects tagged with #craftastherapy

One of Mandy of RedAgape Style & Design’s projects tagged with #craftastherapy

I sometimes tag my crochet with the #craftastherapy tag, and recently, I was in a bit of a design hole.  My plans just weren’t working out, so I decided to do something really simple and repeated it a couple of times.

Mindful Crochet Pattern for #craftastherapy by Shelley Husband

Mindful crochet pattern

I posted it with a factious comment over on Instagram, but I really did see it as a meditative pattern and I thought perhaps others in the #craftastherapy community may be interested in trying it out so here it is.

If you want a PDF download of the pattern, just click on your preferred terms below and the pattern will download :

US Terms  UK Terms

Otherwise, read on!  The UK terms will be above the picture and the US terms below the picture of each Round.

Mindful Crochet Pattern for #craftastherapy

This is a simple 4 round repeating pattern.  Once you have memorised the pattern, you can continue to make the square as big as you like or stop after Round 4 to make a small square.

I wrote it with the intention of using one colour only so you can really get in the groove and hook away without stopping.  However, if you want to change colours, simply end a round with “ch 2, join with ss” and attach your new colour to any corner space with a standing stitch.  Videos for this and all stitches used are on my YouTube Crochet Channel  I used 2 colours in the pitures so you could see what was happening.

Please note that the (st ch) counts as a stitch and is included in the stitch count for each round.

UK Terms Abbreviations                  US Terms Abbreviations

ch = chain                                                                                              ch = chain
ss = slip stitch                                                                                        ss = slip stitch
st/s = stitch/es                                                                                       st/s = stitch/es
st ch = starting chain                                                                            st ch = starting chain
dc = double crochet                                                                             sc = single crochet
htr = half treble crochet                                                               hdc = half double crochet
tr = treble crochet                                                                                dc = double crochet
dtr = double treble crochet                                                                 tr = triple crochet

Begin with a magic circle, or ch 4, then join your last chain to the first with a ss to form a ring.

Round 1

UK Terms
ch 4 (st ch), *ch 1, dtr, ch 1**, dtr, ch 3, dtr*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, dtr, ch 1, join with htr to 4th ch of st ch.

{3 sts & 2 x 1 ch sps along each side and 4 x 3 ch corner sps}

Mindful crochet by Shelley Husband

Mindful crochet Round 1

US Terms
ch 4 (st ch), *ch 1, tr, ch 1**, tr, ch 3, tr*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, tr, ch 1, join with hdc to 4th ch of st ch.

{3 sts & 2 x 1 ch sps along each side and 4 x 3 ch corner sps}

Round 2

UK Terms
2 dc over joining htr, *2 x [dc in next st, dc in 1 ch sp], dc in next st**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 3 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, 2 dc in same sp as first sts, ch 1, join with dc to first dc.

{9 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

Mindful crochet by Shelley Husband

Mindful crochet Round 2

US Terms
2 sc over joining hdc, *2 x [sc in next st, sc in 1 ch sp], sc in next st**, (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in 3 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, 2 sc in same sp as first sts, ch 1, join with sc to first sc.

{9 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

Round 3

UK Terms
ch 3 (st ch), *tr in next 9 sts**, (tr, ch 2, tr) in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, tr in same sp as first st, ch 1, join with dc to 3rd ch of st ch.

{11 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

Mindful crochet by Shelley Husband

Mindful crochet Round 3

US Terms
ch 3 (st ch), *dc in next 9 sts**, (dc, ch 2, dc) in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, dc in same sp as first st, ch 1, join with sc to 3rd ch of st ch.

{11 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

Round 4

UK Terms
dc over joining dc, *dc in next 11 sts**, (dc, ch 2, dc) in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, dc in same sp as first st, ch 1, join with dc to first dc

{13 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

Mindful crochet by Shelley Husband

Mindful crochet Round 4

US Terms
sc over joining sc, *sc in next 11 sts**, (sc, ch 2, sc) in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, sc in same sp as first st, ch 1, join with sc to first sc

{13 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

Round 5

UK terms
ch 4 (st ch), *6 x [ch 1, skip 1 st, dtr in next st], ch 1, skip 1 st**, (dtr, ch 3, dtr) in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, dtr in same sp as first st, ch 1, join with htr to 4th ch of st ch.

{15 sts along each side and 4 x 3 ch corner sps}

Mindful crochet by Shelley Husband

Mindful crochet Round 5

US Terms
ch 4 (st ch), *6 x [ch 1, skip 1 st, tr in next st], ch 1, skip 1 st**, (tr, ch 3, tr) in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, tr in same sp as first st, ch 1, join with hdc to 4th ch of st ch.

{15 sts along each side and 4 x 3 ch corner sps}

To continue on…

From here on in, you are simply repeating Rounds 2 – 5.

The changes for each round will be :

Round 2

The number before the […] increases by 5 each time you repeat it so Round 6 would be *7 x […] and Round 10 would be *12 x […] etc.
The stitch count number along each side will increase by 10 sts each repeat.

Round 3

How many sts you are working into increases by 10 each time you repeat it so Round 7 would be *.. in next 19 sts** and Round 11 would be *..in next 29 sts** etc.
The stitch count number along each side will increase by 10 sts each repeat.

Round 4

How many sts you are working into increases by 10 each time you repeat it so Round 8 would be *.. in next 21 sts** and Round 12 would be *..in next 31 sts* etc.
The stitch count number along each side will increase by 10 sts each repeat.

Round 5

The number before the […] increases by 5 each time you repeat it, so Round 9 would be *11 x […] and Round 13 would be *16 x […] etc.
The stitch count numbers along each side will increase by 5 sts each repeat ie 5 more sts & 5 more ch sps.

And that’s all there is to it.  Mandy has done a post about the pattern too you can find here.

Please tag your work with #craftastherapy if sharing over on Instagram.  I’d love to see what you create 🙂

Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Mindful Crochet for #craftastherapy

  1. Mandy

    Thank you again Shelley for sharing this pattern with all of the #craftastherapy users. I’m sure they will find it to be meditative and relaxing. Xx

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  2. Alison

    I wanted to say, although you say a simple pattern, it is very stunning, especially in two tone.
    Crochet for me is ‘my time’, yes it can be relaxing, fun that small things can be made in a short space of time and so satisfying when a blanket is finished and so appreciated by the receiver.

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  3. Kay

    I may just be a dunce, or still too new to crochet to understand, but I am having trouble with comprehending what it means when you say “sc over joining sc”. I’ve not encountered that before so I’m a bit confused. If you could explain what I am meant to do when you say that, I’d be extremely grateful. This pattern is lovely and I appreciate you sharing it!

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    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      You are definitely not a dunce Kay 🙂 It’s how I do things to help make the beginning and end of a round as invisible as possible 🙂 I have written a post about it you can read here or watch my YouTube video explaining it here

      Please let me know if neither of those help and I’ll try to explain more 🙂

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      1. Kay

        That is a bit helpful in understanding why you do it, but my problem is more the how. I don’t quite understand what I’m meant to do.

        I’ve started over, and here’s where I got stuck the first time (and decided to just do my best to continue because I didn’t understand). I’ve done round 1 and joined with a hdc to 4th ch of st ch. http://i.imgur.com/ksIi9S7.jpg It looks like your photo so I think I’ve done it correctly enough so far. Round 2 says 2 sc over joining hdc. I’m not entirely sure what exactly I am supposed to do, where I’m supposed to be putting the scs, and if that is the same sort of idea as the round 4 sc over joining sc.

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        1. Shelley Husband Post author

          OK so imagine the hdc join as half of the ch sps of the corner. EG the other corners have 3 ch in them. Joining with a hdc puts you in the middle of what would be 3 ch in another corner. Imagine you have attached a new cololur yarn to the middle of a corner. You will work your first sts over that hdc, pretending its ch sp.

          I’ve put a dot on your pic showing where you insert your hook for the first sts. You’ll do the last sts of this corner over the 1 ch you did before you joined with a hdc.

          dot where to place hook

          If that doesn’t help, let me know and I’ll email you with more info 🙂

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          1. Kay

            I would appreciate more help, if that’s not too much of a bother, because I still don’t feel like I’ve done it correctly. I did two sc stitches where I thought I was supposed to and based on the pattern I should have 3 stitches and 2 ch1 spaces before I get to the ch3 space. I only have 2 stitches and 1 ch1 space if I’m counting correctly. Unless I need to scoot the scs over some more? http://i.imgur.com/CfVrQO7.jpg

          2. Shelley Husband Post author

            You’ve done it right 🙂 Your first st of the side is in the 3rd ch of the st ch of the first round, your next st is in the 1 ch sp between the st ch and the middle st, then a st in the middle st, a st in the 1 ch sp & a st in the last st before you do the first full corner. 🙂

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  5. Pamela Holmes

    Hi Shelley, I too am feeling confused. I have learned a lot about crochet I. The last couple of years but when I got to only ‘round 2’ of this pattern I come across “2 sc over joining hdc,” My question is “What hdc?” I haven’t done one so how can I do anything over them. This is not making any sense at all. Or am I supposed to be doing a hdc? There doesn’t seem to be any other reference to them in this round. Very confusing.

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    1. Pamela Holmes

      Oh dear, it helps if I read things properly doesn’t it. I’ve got it now. Sorry to have been a bother and thank you for your tips they are great and I’m going to use them a lot in the future. It’s lovely when there are people out there willing to share.
      Thanks again. Pamela.

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      1. Shelley Husband Post author

        I am glad you have figured it out Pamela 🙂 It’s a technique borrowed from the old doily patterns of many many years ago. It really helps give a seamless look without having to slip stitch to the right spot to start the next round 🙂

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