Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

Here’s my county fair afghan entry, slowly, slooooowly coming along. I think this will be the fourth or fifth year I’ve been working on it, a little at a time. I wrote about this a little bit before (here if you want to read about it), and while I’m still plugging away at it, it seems that sometime between when I started this and now that the pattern has gone out of print.

I got a request a few days back if I could share the pattern since it’s not readily available. Mindful of copyright laws, I did my best to search on Amazon, eBay, and elsewhere on the internet to see if I could find a legal copy to direct the searcher to, but I found nothing. Finally, I decided to call Herrschener’s directly to see if they had back copies in stock or anything like that.

Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

I talked with them for a bit, and when they confirmed that the pattern was out of print and that they couldn’t direct me to another place I could purchase it from, I asked them if it would be all right to share the pattern. I was told that yes, I could share the pattern as long as I was not making any profit off of it. So, I am happy to share with everyone this free Tropical Delight crochet pattern.

Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

This is one of the most beautiful squares I’ve ever crocheted, and the assembled afghan is even more spectacular. I found it originally in Herrschener’s More Blue Ribbon Afghans – it was the first pattern in the book and it caught my eye instantly. To make a pdf file, I took photos of the copy in my book and compiled them together to download. The pages are not perfect – there are coffee and paint stains, but the pattern is clear and legible.  See note below. 

Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

Again, I want to reiterate that this is not my pattern, and I was given permission to share it for free.

Update Feb 16, 2015.  Download file has been temporarily removed in order to convert it from photocopy to text, so as to avoid publisher copyright.  I apologize for any inconvenience.  The pattern should be back online soon. 

Update Feb 26, 2015: Pattern is back – still the pattern, but not photocopies of the book.  The pattern was originally published through Herrschner’s before it was included in the Blue Ribbon book I own.  Hopefully this clears any concerns!

Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

^^^ click here for printable pdf ^^^

Edit 3/9: If you’re looking for a photo tutorial of the stitches,  you can find them here

Edit 3/31:  I can’t post photos of their illustrations for the Figures, but I will describe them the best I can here below:

Figure 1 shows the chain-4 worked just underneath the next two loops of the stitch, instead of into the two loops of the stitch.

Figure 2 and Figure 3 shows the stitch being worked into the space that is created by the first sc (so basically, all popcorn stitches are worked into the one sc) for the former. For the latter, they’re worked into the bottom of the trc instead of the sc – so, the first wrap of the trc from the bottom. In both cases, they’re not worked into the foundation, but a tiny bit up from that, on the bottom space of whatever stitch is called for.

Figure 4: after you’ve made the 1 trc and 2 dc into the stitch specified, you’ll take the hook off of the yarn and insert it into the front and back loops of the trc. Pull up the yarn, put your hook back in, and then pull the yarn from the end of the second dc through. You’ll have a 3-stitch puff that comes is slightly pointed at the end.
sh-pc-B is essentially the same, with the hook removed and put into the trc, and then finishing the stitch.
sh-pc-C is the same, worked into the beginning triple crochet.

Figure 5 shows the center stitch in the petal. It says: “Work in front of petal in the same dc as two previous rounds. Insert hook behind st, come to front in the center of st. Yo, pull through lp on hook, sl st made. Insert hook back through center of st again. Come to front, left of st. Yo, pull through lp on hook. Sl st made.”
The picture is of the center petal, with a slip stitch in the center and an sc on top of that. On either side (one on the left, one on the right), there is a slip stitch.
So what you’re doing here is making the base in between each white outer petal, where it connects to the round 4 of petals below. You make two slip stitches in the stitch of the center petal stitch of round 4, behind the round 5 slip stitch outline. The two slip stitches make the end of one petal and the beginning of the next, both in the same stitch.

Figure 6 is simply an invisible join, which can be found on youtube and a good deal of crochet sites.

Let me know if you have any problems accessing it, and I’ll do my best to help out.  Enjoy!
~Mellie ★



Free Pattern Crochet Apple Dishcloth

Free Apple Crochet Pattern

As promised:  my free pattern Crochet Apples!  After all the apple picking, apple baking, and apple eating, I was inspired to make up a dishcloth to go along with it.  That led to the idea that I also needed a hotpad as well.  And then my kids noticed that I was crocheting up all these apples, and so they asked me to make one for each of them.  The end result?  Lots of crochet apples!  And so it only made sense to write the pattern down and send a copy to my friend to see if she wanted to make some crochet apples too.  And since the pattern was written down, why not share it with everyone?  And so here you are, a free pattern crochet apple dishcloth, which can also be made into a hotpad.  Or, if you like, just the apples, which can be used as an applique.

Free Apple Crochet Pattern

Now when it comes to patterns, I find myself sometimes on a blog that only lists the directions on the webpage when I desperately need it as a pdf, for whatever reason.  And on the flip side, there are some times when I’m just browsing the internet and come upon a pattern that I just want to look over without downloading.  So I decided that I would offer this here both as a pdf download and with directions listed below.  You can use either or both.  To download the PDF pattern, click right here below here in the grey box, or continue scrolling down for the pattern written out here on the blog. 

CLICK HERE FOR PDF DOWNLOAD: Free Crochet Apples Dishcloth / Hotpad Pattern

Free Apple Crochet Pattern





Pattern by Mellie Blossom

Free Apple Crochet Pattern


Hook size: 5.00mm (H)

Yarn: Cotton worsted (such as Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream, Bernat’s Handicrafter, KnitPicks’ Dishie)


Finished Size:

Apples alone are approximately 6” by 4 ½”

Dishcloths and Hotpads are approximately 8” square

Size may vary slightly due to individual crochet tension styles.


Color A – White, or another color for the background of the dishcloth or hotpad

Color B – Red, lime, or another color for the apple

Color C – Brown, or another color for the stem

Color D – Green, or another color for the leaf


Free Apple Crochet Pattern


For the Background:  

For dishcloth, make 1. For hotpad, make 2

With Color A, chain 28.

Row 1: Skip first 2 stitches from hook and hdc across (26 hdc and 1 turning chain)

Row 2: Ch 2 and turn. BLO hdc in first (turning) stitch and all across (26 hdc)

Repeat [Row 2] 12 more times for a total of 14 rows altogether, or until you have a 6 to 6 ½” square.

Inner Border: With same color, chain 1 and sc around the sides of the square. There should be 24 stitches along each sides to the corner and then 3 sc in each corner stitch. The side row ends will not align perfectly with stitches, just manage them in there as evenly as you can. For every two row endings, try alternating 3 and 4 stitches up the sides. Finish off (104 stitches)

Finish off yarn, weave in ends.

Free Apple Crochet Pattern


For the Apple:

With Color B, chain 3 (counts as first dc)

Round 1: In third stitch from hook, dc 9. Connect to top of beginning chain to make 10 stitches (10 stitches)

Round 2: chain 3 (counts as first stitch). Dc in the same stitch, and 2 dc in each st around (20 stitches)

Round 3: chain 3 (counts as first stitch). [2 dc in the next stitch, 1 dc in the next] around (30 stitches)

Round 4: * this row shapes the apple – follow carefully.

As follows in the first 15 stitches:

Chain 1, sc in the same stitch.

hdc, dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, 2hdc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc, 2 hdc, dc, 2 dc, [dc, hdc].

Slip stitch into the next stitch. You should be at the bottom of your round. For the other side, work the other half in reverse as follows:

[hdc, dc], 2 dc, dc, 2 hdc, sc, sc, hdc, hdc, 2hdc, dc, dc, 2 dc, dc, hdc,

Connect to first sc with a slip stich. (40 stitches)

Free Apple Crochet Pattern
Round 4 completed

Round 5:

As follows in the first 15 stitches:

Chain 1, sc in sc

[hdc, dc], 2 dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, 2 hdc, sc in next 8, 2 hdc, dc, 2 dc, dc, [dc, hdc]

Slip stitch into the next stitch. You should be at the bottom of your round. For the other side, work the other half in reverse as follows:

[hdc, dc], dc, 2 dc, dc, 2 hdc, sc in next 8, 2 hdc, dc, dc, 2 dc, 2 dc, [dc, hdc]

connect to first sc with a slip stich. (54 stitches)


Round 6: sl st around (54 stitches)

Finish off yarn, weave in ends.

Free Apple Crochet Pattern
Round 5, completed


For the Stem:

With Color C, chain 5.

Row 1: In second stitch, sc in each across. Finish off yarn, leaving a long tail. (4 stitches)


For the Leaf:

With Color D, chain 6

Round 1: in second chain, make an sc. In next chain, make a hdc. In next two chains, make 2 dc in each. In last chain, make 3 sc.

Now you will work up the opposite side of the chain without turning.

In next two chains, make 2 dc in each. In next chain, make a hdc. In next chain, make a sc. Chain 2, then sl st to beginning stich. Finish off yarn, leaving a long tail.


For the Hanging Loop

Optional, if you want a loop to hang the dishrag or hotpad with

With Color A, chain 18

Row 1: Skip first two stitches and hdc across (16 stitches)

Finish off yarn, leaving a long tail.

*Note: the loop will be attached after the final border is put on.


Free Apple Crochet Pattern



To assemble, attach stem and leaf to apple using the long tails to sew together. Leave remaining tails in the back of the apple to use to attach to dishcloth.

Place apple diagonally on dishcloth as shown. Sew around the edge of the apple onto the dishcloth (if making a hotpad, sew onto only one). Use the remaining tails to sew stem and apple onto dishcloth as well. Weave in any leftover ends.

Free Apple Crochet Pattern



If making a hotpad, at this point place both squares together with both front and back matching with the hdc rows. The border will go through all four stitches of both hotpads all the way around. If desired, you can use a basting stitch and sew the two pieces together using Color A before adding the border, but this is optional. Work the border through the stitches of both squares so that they are joined all the way around.

Round 1: With color B, sc in each stitch around with 3 sc in the corners. Finish off and weave in ends.

If using a hanging loop, use long tails to attach loop on back side of hotpad in the corner that is closest to the apple’s stem. Weave in leftover ends.

Free Apple Crochet Pattern

Copyright Notice

This is a free pattern is intended for personal use.

You may use this pattern for charity crochet.

You may use my patterns to sell online, at craft shows, or in the real world so long as attribution is credited.  If selling online, provide a link back to with credit for the design.  If you’re selling at a craft show or in a shop, include the link to on the tag with credit for the design.

Please do not reproduce or sell this pattern. Anyone wishing a copy can be directed to

Free Apple Crochet Pattern


 Happy crocheting!

~Mellie ★

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

I joined in a Christmas Ornament Swap this year over on the Crafty Hookers group on Ravelry.  The idea is to make crochet Christmas ornaments (or any other craft too, I suppose) and include a little gift and card and send it to your swapmate.  (Swapmate, if you’re reading this right now, turn away!)

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

Last year after the holidays, I picked up a few of these Heart and Sole skeins of yarn on sale in the color “Christmas”.  I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with them, but sale + yarn + Christmas = I’m buying it.  I brought them home and stashed them away with the rest of my yarn hoard and knew that the perfect opportunity would arise to use it.  And it did.

After I contemplated all the different kinds of crochet Christmas ornaments I could make for this swap, the yarn came to mind and I knew right away that this was my chance to use it.  But as I searched among the patterns online, I couldn’t decide what exactly I’d do with it.  Variegated yarns often make complicated patterns look so messy and busy, and I wanted something simple and elegant.  I finally decided that a simple hanging ball would perfectly complement the design of the yarn and work for all sorts of Christmas decorating styles.   I picked up a bag of Styrofoam balls at my local craft store and just started crocheting a circle.  When it got to be the size of the ball, I stopped increasing and did a few rounds around and then decreased to the top, adding a simple loop to hang it on the tree.

You would be surprised at how happy this little hanging ornament made me!  I even went on to make half a dozen more for my own tree.  I think next time I would use a smaller hook (I used an F, and you can see in the pictures that in some spots the Styrofoam still showed through).  But from where they hang on the tree, it’s not at all noticeable so I’m not too concerned.

  Crochet Christmas Ornaments

For those interested, although I didn’t write out a pattern for this ornament, here’s the basic idea:  You can use any size hook or yarn, whatever you’re comfortable with.  Pick up some Styrofoam balls (sizes will vary, so alter your pattern to fit).  Chain 2.  In the second chain, begin with the pattern:

Round 1 – In the second sc from the hook, make a round of 8 sc. (move on to the next round without joining, so that it is made in a spiral)

Round 2 – Make 2 sc in each sc (16 sc)

Round 3 – Make [1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in stitch after] around (20 sc)

Round 4 – Make [1 sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in the stitch after] around (24 sc)

Round 5 – Make [1 sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in the stitch after] around (28 sc)

Round 6 – Make [1 sc in next 4 stitches, 2 sc in the stitch after] around (32 sc)

From this point, keep increasing by one extra stitch around until you reach the size that fits snugly around the Styrofoam ball’s middle.  This will vary depending on the size of your Styrofoam ball and the hook and yarn size that you’re using.  Once you reach the middle, make a few rounds.  Your goal is to have the top half and bottom half of the ball be symmetrical.  So count back from the middle round and then start decreasing.

To decrease, note the number of stitches from your last increase row and skip that many before decreasing.  So, if your last row was the same as my Round 6 above [1 sc in next 4 stitches, 2 sc in the stitch after], you will instead [1 sc in the next 4 stitches, 1 dec in the next 2 stitches].  Basically you’re just stepping your rounds down instead of up.  Continue until you have only 8 decreases and then pull a knot through the last one, closing tightly.  Leave a tail of a few inches, and then tie a loop, weaving the ends in tightly.  Voila!  Your new Christmas ornament!

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

I know that’s a little vague, but since my bag of Styrofoam balls were a variety of sizes, I just kind of winged it.  There’s a lot of flexibility though, so little mistakes here and there weren’t even noticeable.

It’s a fun little pattern and a pretty yarn.  I have one all tucked away for my swapmate along with the rest of her gift.  All I need to do is run out and grab a little bit of chocolate to include in the package (plus a little extra chocolate for me, of course) and this will hopefully reach her before December 1st with enough time to deck the halls.

~ Mellie ★

Free Pattern: Easiest Crochet Project Ever

Easiest Crochet Project Ever

I crochet all the time.  When I get together with friends, I usually either bring along a little project to work on, or I’ll bring a small crocheted hostess gift along.  Because of this, many of my friends have at one time or another asked me to teach them to crochet.  Now when people learn to crochet, naturally they want to actually make something, not just practice making stitches.  This, what I call my Easiest Crochet Project Ever is the first project I use when I teach crochet.

This pattern has a lot of good stuff going for it.  Besides being technically simple, it’s a super pattern for scrap yarn, especially all the yarns that aren’t so intuitive for other projects (Rainbow eyelash yarn that I just couldn’t resist?  Yes! The ten skeins of fuzzy blue Fun Fur yarn that I got for a buck? Yes! All those variegated yarns that looked so beautiful on the shelves of the store that I brought home only to have no idea what to use them for?  Yes!)  The only real requirement is that the yarn is all relatively the same weight.

Easiest Crochet Project Ever
Yep, there’s the rainbow eyelash yarn

I have a basket for all my aforementioned yarn scraps, and when I’m done with a project or when I know a yarn will sit on a shelf for an eternity to come without being used, I’ll throw it in there.  Then, from time to time, I’ll get motivated and crochet a few rows onto this scrap-ghan.  My version of this blanket is huge.  I originally made it to fit over and down the sides of a king-sized bed (which I don’t even have anymore), but whenever it is finished, it will be big and snuggly nonetheless.  The pattern below makes a much smaller version, about 5’ across or so, but you can vary it to any size you like.

  Easiest Crochet Project Ever

This is a typical stitch used in many granny squares.   The best thing about making a scrap-ghan like this is that you don’t have to worry about when or where you’re going to run out of your color.  Just tie it off and add the next color, even if it’s right in the middle of a row.  All the fancy, furry yarns look great in this, and the more colorful, the better.  This is really a no-rules kind of blanket, which is why it’s so great for beginners.

Easiest Crochet Project Ever

Usually when you crochet, you want to avoid making any kinds of knots at all, gently weaving the yarn back and forth securely.  I don’t do that with this blanket.  Instead I just tie a good solid knot when I run out of yarn, leaving a small tail to tighten in case it ever comes loose.  I probably won’t even weave these ends in either.  I like the raggedy look of little pieces of yarn hanging out.  You can choose to do either.

For this pattern, you will need to know how to make a chain (ch) and a double crochet (dc).  There are lots of great youtube videos that can help you out with these.  Here are two good ones to start:

How to make a chain.

Now for the pattern:

Basic Granny Stripe Blanket

~easiest crochet project ever ~

You will need:

Worsted weight  yarn (like Red Heart Super Saver, Caron One Pound, Vanna’s Choice Colors, etc)

H (5.0 mm) hook


Start by chaining 250.  (You can make this smaller or larger as you desire, but keep it so that it’s divisible by 2 – so, an even number. )  At the end, make 3 extra chains.  Turn.

Easiest Crochet Project Ever

Row 1:  in the 4th loop from your hook (so, skipping the 3 extra chains), make 1 dc.  Skip the next stitch, and make 2 dc in the following one.  Repeat across until you get to the end.  There should be one stitch leftover.  Make 1 dc in that.  Chain 3.  Turn.

Row 2:  In the space (not the stitch) between the groups of 2 dc in the row below, make 2 more dc.  Repeat this all the way across. When you get to the last stitch, make 1 dc into the top chain.  Chain 3 more, and turn.

Row 3 – end: Repeat row 2.  Make as large as you would like.

When you’re done, weave in ends (or don’t) and enjoy snuggling up or giving away your brand new blanket. See, it’s easy to crochet!

Easiest Crochet Project Ever


~ Mellie ★