Thursday, July 15, 2010

Free Pattern: "I got a rock" Doorstop

Here is my new pattern, you can download it here.
Also, many of you have had difficulty downloading my PDF files.  So, until I can figure out how to fix this (if ever...), then I have posted the pattern below for your convenience.

“I got a rock” Doorstop
©Ashley Loring
Do not sell items made with this pattern. It may be shared/posted on other websites, but please link to me on ravelry and give me credit.
(Since all rocks are different, some of this pattern will have to be adjusted according to the size of your rock.)
Small amount of worsted weight yarn, in a rock color of your choice, maybe ¼ skein
Size E (3.5mm) crochet hook
Rock from the yard (approx. 4-5 inches in diameter), washed and dried thoroughly
Saran wrap and tape (optional)
Start with preparing your rock: After you have washed and dried it, wrap it in the saran wrap until it is
somewhat sealed. Then wrap the tape around the rock until it is covered in tape. This step is to ensure that
there is no mold growth/moisture that makes your rock smell bad in the future. I also wanted to keep from
scratching/roughing up my hook, since part of this project is worked directly on the rock.
To begin:
Sc 6 st in magic loop. (in this project, you will not join rounds with a sl st, just keep going. If you lose count, it
is not the end of the world, just estimate your progress and pick up where you can.
Rd 1: 2sc in each sc
Rd 2: (1sc in 1st sc, 2sc in next sc), repeat until end of row
Rd 3: (1sc in 1st and 2nd sc, 2sc in next sc), repeat until end of row
Rd 4: (1sc in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd sc, 2sc in next sc), repeat until end of row
Keep increasing in this fashion until your circle almost covers the rock. I worked until I could see about ¼ inch of the rock on every side of the circle when I placed it over the rock. Your project will stretch a bit to fit the odd shape of the rock, so it is better to make it too small than too big.
Once your circle is big enough, do several rows of sc until you have a bowl shape that comes about 1cm from
the bottom of the rock when you put it over the rock.
This is when you start decreasing. At this point, you will be working with the rock in your “bowl” for the rest
of the project—so put your rock in there.
Start to sc around your rock. You will notice that it is kind of tight to get your hook in, and the fabric should be tense around the rock. When you get to a point where the fabric is not clinging to the rock as tightly as it is
everywhere else, decrease by sc2tog. Depending on the shape of the rock, you may need to do 2 or 3 sc2tog
to get the fabric tight against the rock.
Continue in this fashion until you reach the end of your rock. Sc3tog for last stitch. Tie off your yarn and weave in the end. I just used my crochet hook to pull the end into the bottom of the rock, and it makes it almost invisible.
Enjoy your new doorstop/Halloween treat.


  1. I have to ask since you put the name in parenthesis. Do you happen to play the game Munchkin?

  2. I think that it's a quote. When Charlie Brown goes trick-or-treating he always gets a rock in his bag. It's adorable.

  3. It's a quote from Charlie Brown's Halloween special.