Learn Embossed Crochet

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I’m trilled to let you know that my newest book, “Learn Embossed Crochet” made #1 in sales at my publisher, Annies Catalog. To celebrate the occasion, I designed a special Embossed Crochet Hexagon motif to introduce you to this fun, knit-look technique.

To further sweeten this happy moment, I’m hosting a giveaway: Three of my books, and three amazingly beautiful Furls Hooks that I used to crochet all the samples in my book. 

 

Enter the giveaway at the end of this post. Good luck!! 

 

 

 

 

What is Embossed Crochet?

I am what I like to call “bi-stitchual;”  that is, I love both knitting and crochet. However, crochet will likely always have the edge, because, unlike knitting, I learned crochet as a child and it still feels like second-nature (and, I’m really fast at it). I learned knitting much later, as an adult, and although I jumped into it with gusto and have so far mastered a number of advanced techniques, I’m still much slower at it than I am at crochet.

I have never knitted an afghan, and most probably never will, because I can crochet one in a third the time, or even less. However, there are many knitting techniques that that I adore for their look and texture, like cables and leaf patterns…but gosh, with my current knitting speed it would take me forever plus day and a half to knit a blanket or a garment featuring them! 

It’s this blanket’s fault!

antique pattern, fully updated by Sarah Bradberry at Knitting-and.com
Antique pattern, fully updated by Sarah Bradberry at Knitting-and.com

Here is a sample of one of the knitting techniques I love. This is the gorgeous vintage knitted baby blanket that inspired my Embossed Crochet technique–I just had to figure out a way of achieving a similar texture in crochet.

Original knitting pattern HERE.

 

 

But, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Since I rarely have the free time I’d need knit pieces with this beautiful technique, and I just had to have it, I decided that I simply must translate it into something easier for me.  

And, with time and tinkering, so I did! (But not without, I might add, a considerable amount of profanity-laced frogging while figuring it out!)  

 

The result: my latest book: Learn Embossed Crochet which includes 10 fashion designs such as a scarf, cowl, vest, handbags, blankets and hats, made using #3 light- and #4 worsted-weight yarns. Written instructions as well as illustrations and photos are included to help you with this exciting new technique. 48 pages all color.

What reviewers are saying:

“This is the most awesome crochet pattern I have ever came across during my 70 plus years of crocheting. It is so easy using back double crochet and front double crochet. I am in the process of crocheting the beautiful Leaves afghan and then going to crochet a couple of pillows to match using the same pattern blocks.”

Marjorie M.

“Hands down, these patterns are absolutely fabulous!! With the instructions being clear and concise it will have a beginner crocheter feeling like a professional crocheter in no time!! If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check out this designers other patterns after purchasing this book!! Without a doubt she is my favorite designer!!!”

Acquanlan H.

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Embossed Crochet Garden Leaves Purse Embossed Crochet Daisy Vest Embossed Crochet Daisy Handbag Embossed Crochet Daisy Blanket

I hope by now you are excited as I am to give this technique a try and create highly textured knit-look designs in crochet. To give you a sample of this technique I made this hexagon motif so you can see for yourself how fun it is to make Embossed Crochet.

This pattern is rated as intermediate, but I often say that if you are an adventurous beginner you can make any of my patterns. The skills required to complete this project are: crocheting in the round (rnd), chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), V-stitch (V-st: dc 1, ch 1, dc 1), front post double crochet (FPdc) and back post double crochet (BPdc).

 

 

Embossed Crochet Hexagon
Embossed Crochet Hexagon

Materials:                                

1 skein of Bonita Yarns Solid Colorful Dream in Light Green, worsted weight (UK, AU: 8 ply); 100% acrylic, 100g, 229 yds/ 210 m. 

Size H (5.00 mm) crochet hook. I used Furls Crochet Hook Odyssey.

Finished Measurement:  8” across

Special Stiches:

Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc) – yo and insert hook from the back to the front around the post of the st of previous row. Complete as for a regular dc stitch.

 Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc) – yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the st of previous row. Complete as for a regular dc stitch.

Front Post Double Crochet Two Together (FPdc2tog) – * Yo, insert hook from front to back around post of next dc; yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through two loops on hook, rep from * once more, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. – 2 fpdc decreased into 1 fpdc.

V-st – dc 1, ch 1, dc 1.

 

Gauge swatch:

With size H (5.00 mm) crochet hook in pattern:

Row 1: Ch 12, dc in 4th ch from hook (ch does not count as dc),

and across, turn. (10 sts)

Row 2: Ch 3 (does not count as st throughout for gauge

swatch only), FPdc across, turn. (10 sts)

Row 3: Ch 3, BPdc across, turn. (10 sts)

Row 4:  Rep Row 2. (10 sts)

Row 5: Rep Row 3. (10sts)

Gauge: 7.5 sts and 5 rows = 2″ x 2”

 

Abbreviations:

Beginning (beg)

Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc)

Chain (ch)

Double Crochet (dc)

Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc)

Front Post Double Crochet Two Together (FPdc2tog)

Repeat (rep)

Slip Stitch (sl st)

Space (sp)

Stitch (st)

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Ch 4, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring or use a magic adjustable ring. You can find a great photo tutorial for the magic ring here: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/09/demystifying-the-magic-ring/

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (count as dc), 17 dc in in ring, join with sl st in first dc. – (18 dc).

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (count as a BPdc here and throughout unless stated otherwise), BPdc in same st as beg ch, 2 BPdc in next dc, (FPdc, ch 1, FPdc) in next dc, * 2 BPdc in next 2 dc, (FPdc, ch 1, FPdc) in next dc, rep from * around, join with sl st in first dc. – (36 sts + 6 ch-1 = 42 sts).

Rnd 3: Ch 3, BPdc in next 3 BPdc, FPdc in next FPdc, V-st in next ch 1-sp, FPdc in next FPdc, * BPdc in next 4 BPdc, FPdc in next FPdc, V-st in next ch-1 sp, FPdc in next FPdc, rep from * around, join with sl st in first BPdc. – (48 sts + 6 ch-1 = 54 sts).

Rnd 4: Ch 3, BPdc in same st as beg ch, BPdc in next 2 BPdc, 2 BPdc in next BPdc, FPdc in next 2 FPdc, V-st in next ch 1-sp, FPdc in next 2 FPdc, * 2 BPdc in next BPdc, BPdc in next 2 BPdc, 2 BPdc in next BPdc, FPdc in next 2 FPdc, V-st in next ch 1-sp, FPdc in next 2 FPdc, rep from * around, join with sl st in first BPdc. – (72 sts + 6 ch-1 = 78 sts).

Rnd 5: Ch 3, BPdc in next 5 BPdc, FPdc in next 3 FPdc, V-st in next ch 1-sp, FPdc in next 3 FPdc, * BPdc in next 6 BPdc, FPdc in next 3 FPdc, V-st in next ch 1-sp, FPdc in next 3 FPdc, rep from * around, join with sl st in first BPdc. – (84 sts + 6 ch-1 = 90 sts).

Rnd 6: Ch 3, BPdc in same st as beg ch, BPdc in next 4 BPdc, 2 BPdc in next BPdc, (FPdc2tog over next 2 FPdc) 4 times * 2 BPdc in next BPdc, BPdc in next 4 BPdc, 2 BPdc in next BPdc, (FPdc2tog over next 2 FPdc) 4 times, rep from * around, join with sl st in first BPdc. – (72 sts = 72 sts).

 

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Rnd 7: Ch 3, BPdc in next 7 BPdc, (FPdc2tog over next 2 FPdc) twice, * BPdc in next 8 BPdc, (FPdc2tog over next 2 FPdc) twice, rep from * around, join with sl st in first BPdc. – (60 sts).

Rnd 8: Ch 3, BPdc in same st as beg ch, BPdc in next 6 BPdc, 2 BPdc in next BPdc, FPdc2tog over next 2 FPdc

* 2 BPdc in next BPdc, BPdc in next 6 BPdc, 2 BPdc in next BPdc, FPdc2tog over next 2 FPdc, rep from * around, join with sl st in first BPdc. – (66 sts).

Rnd 9: Ch 3, BPdc in next 9 BPdc, FPdc in next FPdc, * BPdc in next 10 BPdc, FPdc in next FPdc, rep from * around, join with sl st in first BPdc. – (66sts).

Rnd 10: Ch 3 (doesn’t count as FPdc), 2 FPdc in same st as beg ch, FPdc in next 8 BPdc, 2 FPdc in next BPdc,  (FPdc, ch 1, FPdc) in next, FPdc, * 2 FPdc in next BPdc, FPdc in next 8 BPdc, 2 FPdc in next BPdc, (FPdc, ch 1, FPdc) in next, rep from * around, join with sl st in first FPdc. – (84 sts + 6 ch-1= 90 sts ).

Rnd 11: Ch 3 (doesn’t count as FPdc), FPdc in first FPdc, FPdc in next 12 FPdc, V-st in next ch-1 sp, FPdc in next FPdc, * FPdc in next 13 FPdc, V-st in next ch-1 sp, FPdc in next FPdc, rep from * around, join with sl st in first BPdc. Fasten off– (96 sts).

I hope you enjoy it and try the designs on my book “Learn Embossed Crochet” 

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Lianka Azulay is the owner and creative force behind Bonita Patterns, creator of beautiful crochet and knitting designs. Check out the free pattern library!

17 thoughts on “Learn Embossed Crochet

  • March 14, 2017 at 11:22 am
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    Says contest has not yet started

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    • March 31, 2017 at 9:27 am
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      You logged in earlier than the time I set to start. We might live in different time zones.

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  • March 14, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this pattern! You are fabulous!

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  • March 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm
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    OMG that was so fun! I love the squishy-ness of the finished hexagon. I really enjoyed crocheting this. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the book to arrive (I already ordered it before the live show). I am anxious to try the one with the puffy center.

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  • March 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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    Congratulations on your book! What a great pattern! The .pdf only gave me up to page 5 which didn’t include the pattern.

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    • March 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm
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      I’m going to have someone looking at it. Meanwhile you can print out straight from the page or copy and paste just the pattern section.

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  • March 15, 2017 at 10:28 pm
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    Thank you for sharing the quality pattern. This pattern stitches can be used in many ways .

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  • March 16, 2017 at 10:21 am
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    Looove the pattern and seeing you live on facebook! I hope I win!

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  • March 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm
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    Lovely…I’ll do bag! Thx so much!

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  • March 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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    Beautiful patterns! I am looking forward to trying this block.
    But the download button only provides the first half of the post.

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  • March 16, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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    I love this design. Thanks for the chance. Airamaria is my ravelry name.

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  • March 18, 2017 at 2:07 am
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    Hi,
    The pdf file does not have the instructions for the patter/motif. This is what is listed:

    “Materials:
    1 skein of Bonita Yarns Solid Colorful Dream in Light Green, worsted weight
    Size H (5.00 mm) crochet hook. ”

    The remaining instructions are missing. It would be helpful to have the instructions without the ads in between the steps.
    I came to this webpage from Revelry. I really would like to make the hexagon before I consider buying the book.
    I hope you can correct/revise the pdf version of this page/post.

    Thank you!

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  • March 31, 2017 at 6:51 am
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    Wow! This is beautiful – and couldn’t have come at a more timely moment.
    My mother is, sadly, no longer able to knit or crochet, so she’s recently started passing on some of her WIPs to me to finish off. One of them is half-made knitted bedspread with a design very similar to the Sarah Bradbury one. I love the embossed look but, like you, I do prefer crochet, so I am thrilled to discover that I can do the same effects in crochet. How clever you are – thank you!

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  • May 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    I’m happy that I found the book on Google Books (will be purchasing when I get a new Google Play card). I love pdfs so I can keep them on my tablet. I fell in love with the knit version of this square but knitting takes forever for me. This is just so pretty!

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  • May 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    Please have a print friendly button. paper and ink are very expensive. I cancelled print after 4 pages of stuff. would love to learn. can you please fix? thank you so much

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  • May 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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    I do not see the part 2 of the pattern. Can you please send it to me?

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  • May 24, 2017 at 2:38 am
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    I can call myself bi-stitchual. But love crocheting more, may be because i have seen my mom crocheting all my life, so have learned many patterns from her. Would love to be the part of the giveaway to win Learn Embossed Crochet.The vintage knitted baby blanket is beautiful and i will make it for my sister’s baby who is going to arrive in Aug. Thanks for the pattern from Raverly. I have also downloaded the pdf. Keep going. Will shared finished blanked once i will be done.

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