I like to offer free patterns once in a while, mainly because it allows some to try my patterns before committing to buy any. Plus, it feels like I'm sharing a part of me, and that's a great feeling to have. So today I offer to you "Tilda." I drafted this up during the 2016 Christmas break. 

Important Note

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Pattern Details

Finished size: 9-inches
Thread: size 10, 200-250 yards
Hook: 1.75mm
Terminology: U.S. terms
Level: 'advanced'

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Stitches & Terms

  • SLST = slip stitch
  • SK = skip
  • CH = chain
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • TC = triple crochet
  • DTR = double treble crochet
  • CSDC = chainless starting double crochet
  • FP = front post
  • BP = back post
  • BLO = back loop only
  • Cluster = holding back the last loop of all stitches in cluster set, complete the number of stitches into the stitch or space indicated, then y.o. and pull through all loops on hook
  • Popcorn = complete the number of stitches into the stitch or space indicated, then drop the loop from the hook; place the hook in the first stitch of the popcorn set, grab the dropped loop, and pull it through

Pattern Notes

  • Join all rounds with a SLST to the first stitch of the round, unless otherwise indicated.
  • If a round begins with a "CSDC" you may choose to work a CH 3 instead.
  • I recommend crocheting over your starting thread as you work the beginning rounds.
  • Pattern repeats are marked with an asterisk (*).
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"Tilda"

CH 7. Join to form a circle.

Round 1 = CSDC, 15 DC into the circle. Join. Mark the 1st stitch of this round for round 5; mark the 2nd stitch of this round for round 3. [16 DC]

Round 2 = CH 1, SC in first stitch, CH 4, sk 1 stitch, *SC in next stitch, CH 4, sk 1 stitch* around. Join. [8 SC, 8 spaces]

Round 3 = CH 1, SC in first stitch, SC in next space, FP-2TC-cluster around 2nd marked DC below from round 1, SC in same space as last SC made, *SC in next SC, SC in next space, sk 1 DC of round 1, FP-2TC-cluster around next DC, SC in same space as last SC made* around. Join. [24 SC, 8 clusters]

Round 4 = CH 1, SC in first 2 stitches, 2 SC in next cluster, *SC in next 3 stitches, 2 SC in next cluster* around, SC in last stitch. Join. [40 SC]

Round 5 = CH 1, FP-DTR around 1st marked stitch of round 1, sk 1 SC of round 4, SC in next 2 stitches, CH 3, SC in next 2 stitches, *FP-DTR around next unworked DC of round 1, sk 1 SC of round 4, SC in next 2 stitches, CH 3, SC in next 2 stitches* around. Join. [32 SC, 8 FP-DTR, 8 ch3 spaces]

Round 6 = CH 1, SC in first stitch, (DC, CH 2) three times in next space, DC in same space, *SC in next FP-DTR, (DC, CH 2) three times in next space, DC in same space* around. Join. [8 SC, 32 DC, 24 spaces]

Round 7 = CH 1 FP-2DC-cluster around first stitch, 3 SC in each of the next 3 spaces, *FP-2DC-cluster around next SC, 3 SC in each of the next 3 spaces* around. Join. [8 clusters, 72 SC]

Round 8 = SLST in next stitch, CSDC, CH 2, sk 1 stitch, *DC in next stitch, CH 2, sk 1 stitch* around. Join. Mark the 2nd DC of this round for round 10; mark the 3rd DC of this round for round 11. [40 DC, 40 spaces]

Round 9 = SLST into first space, CSDC, DC in same space, *2 DC in next space* around. Join. [80 DC]

Round 10 = CH 1, SC in first two stitches, FP-4TC-popcorn around 2nd  marked stitch of round 8 below, *SC in next 4 stitches of round 9, sk 1 DC of round 8, FP-4TC-popcorn around next DC* around, SC in last two stitches. Join. [20 popcorns, 80 SC]

Round 11 = CH 1, SC in first two SC, SC in next popcorn, SC in next 2 SC, FP-2TC-cluster around marked DC below of round 8, *SC in each of the next 5 stitches of round 10, FP-2TC-cluster around next unworked DC of round 8* around. Join. [100 SC, 20 clusters]

Round 12 = SLST into next 2 stitches, CH 1, SC in same stitch, CH 3, HDC in 3rd ch from hook, sk 2 stitches, *SC in next stitch, CH 3, HDC in 3rd ch from hook, sk 2 stitches* around. Join. [40 SC, 40 spaces]

Round 13 = SLST into first ch3 space (see graphic below; purple arrow indicates where you place your hook), CH 1, 2 SC in same space, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next space, *2 SC in next space, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next space* around. Join. [40 SC, 80 DC, 20 spaces]

Round 14 = CSDC, CH 5, DC in next stitch, (SC, CH 3, SC) in next ch1 space, *DC in next SC, CH 5, DC in next SC, (SC, CH 3, SC) in next ch1 space* around. Join. [40 DC, 40 SC, 20 ch3 spaces, 20 ch5 spaces]

Round 15 = SLST into first space, CH 1, 3 SC in same space, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next ch3 space, *3 SC in next ch5 space, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next ch3 space* around. Join. [80 DC, 60 SC, 20 spaces]

Round 16 = CH 1, SC in first 5 stitches, (SC, CH 3, SC) in next space, *SC in next 7 stitches, (SC, CH 3, SC) in next space* around, SC in last 2 stitches. Join. [180 SC, 20 spaces]

Round 17 = CH 1, SC in first 6 stitches, (SC, CH 3, SC) in next space, *SC in next 9 stitches, (SC, CH 3, SC) in next space, around, SC in last 3 stitches. Join. [220 SC, 20 spaces]

Round 18 = SLST up and into the first space, CH 1, SC in same space, CH 11, *SC in next space, CH 11* around. Join. [20 SC, 20 spaces]

Round 19 = SLST into the BL of the next 2 ch stitches, CSDC, BLO-DC in each of the next 8 ch stitches, sk last ch stitch of same space, 2TC-cluster in next space of round 17 (perform the first TC before the SC in that space and then perform the second TC after the SC in that space--see the graphic below), *sk next SC of round 18, sk first ch stitch of next space, BLO-DC in each of the next 9 ch stitches, sk last ch stitch of same space, 2TC-cluster in next space of round 17 (perform the first TC before the SC in that space and then perform the second TC after the SC in that space)* around. Join in BLO. [180 BLO-DC, 20 clusters]

Round 20 = CH 1, BLO-SC in each of the first 9 stitches, (SC, CH 5, SC) in next cluster, *BLO-SC in each of the next 9 stitches, (SC, CH 5, SC) in next cluster* around. Join normally. [180 BLO-SC, 40 SC, 20 spaces]

Round 21 = SLST in next 2 stitches, CH 1, SC in same stitch and next 4 stitches, sk 3 stitches, 9 TC in next space, sk 3 stitches, *SC in each of the next 5 stitches, sk 3 stitches, 9 TC in next space, sk 3 stitches* around. Join. [180 TC, 100 SC]

Round 22 = SLST in next 2 stitches, CH 1, SC in same stitch, sk 2 stitches, (BPDC around next TC, CH 1) eight times, BPDC around next TC, sk 2 stitches, *SC in next stitch, sk 2 stitches, (BPDC around next TC, CH 1) eight times, BPDC around next TC, sk 2 stitches* around. Join. Mark the 1st SC of this round for round 25. [20 SC, 180 BPDC, 160 spaces]

Round 23 = CH 1, SC in first stitch, 2 SC in each of the next 8 spaces, *SC in next SC, 2 SC in each of the next 8 spaces* around. Join. [340 SC]

Round 24 = CH 1, sk first SC, *SC in each of the next 16 stitches, sk next stitch* around. Join. [320 SC]

Round 25 = CH 1, FP-2TC-cluster around marked SC below of round 22, sk first stitch of round 24, SC in each of the next 7 stitches, CH 3, SC in each of the next 7 stitches, *FP-2TC-cluster around next SC of round 22, sk 2 stitches of round 24, SC in each of the next 7 stitches, CH 3, SC in each of the next 7 stitches* around. Join. [20 clusters, 280 SC, 20 spaces]

Cut thread, fasten, weave in all ends, and block.