Hi guys! Designing a crochet dream catcher has been on my list of goals for a year, but everything I tried never worked out. I woke up one day, and decided to have a fun crochet day, where I binge watched a show, and let myself be creative with no end goal in mind. I started watching, “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” which tells the story of Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of the famous author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Let me tell you, it was dramatic, but it was the perfect background noise I needed to crochet.
This dream catcher pattern looks complicated, but it’s made with simple stitches and short rounds. The trick is to check your stitch count at the end of each round to make sure your numbers line up. It’s also a great project to use up scrap yarn and fabric from your stash. You can be as creative as you want with colour and texture because the possibilities are endless! I included a list of fabric and scrap yarn that I used to get your creativity flowing. I hope you all enjoy the pattern, and if you need more of a visual, I have included a video tutorial for each step. You can find the free pattern below, or purchase an ad-free printable PDF here.
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- Approximately 200 yards of any medium 4 worsted weight yarn
- Scrap Yarn
- Scrap Fabric
- 5.0 mm crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
- 4″ Hoop (metal or embroidery hoop)
- 12″ Embroidery Hoop
- Steamer (optional)
- A: 1 Skein of Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Print Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% acrylic, 186 yd/ 170 m, 4 oz/ 113 g) – Ivory Stripes (approx 80 yards used)
- B: 1 Skein of Knit Pick’s Brava Sport Weight 2 Yarn (100% premium acrylic, 273 yd/ 250 m, 3.5 oz/ 113 g) – White (approx 40 yards used)
- St(s) – stitch(es)
- YO – yarn over
- Sk – skip
- Ch – chain
- Sp – space
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Sc – single crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Dc – double crochet
- Tc – triple crochet
- Ps – puff stitch
- Picot – tutorial provided below!
-  – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
Gauge: Approximately 10.5” in diameter
This crochet dream catcher is designed to fit a 12” embroidery hoop. It measures 10.5” in diameter, and 5” from the inner edge of the puff circle center to the outer edge of the main circle.
The Puff Stitch Photo Tutorial:
YO, and insert the hook in the st.
YO and draw up a loop – there should be 3 loops on the hook.
Rep Step 2, two more times – there should be 7 loops on the hook.
YO and pull through the first 6 loops on the hook – there should be 2 loops remaining on the hook.
YO and pull through the last 2 loops to close the st.
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Video Tutorial for the Crochet Dream Catcher:
I’m not a professional videographer – yet – but I tried my best to make this video clear and easy to understand.
To make it easier to navigate through the video, there are title pages that pop up at the beginning of each new round or step. I have included the times for each round/step below, so can skip to the part you need!
- Puff Stitch Center: 1:04
- Main Circle Round 1 – 8: 6:30
- Attaching the Puff Stitch to the Main Circle: 21:58
- Attaching the Main Circle to the Embroidery Hoop: 24:51
- Adding the Fringe: 26:12
- The beginning chain of each round does not count as a st, EXCEPT Round 9!
- Do NOT turn at the end of each round.
- The Puff Stitch Center is made first, set aside, and sewn on to the main circle later.
- Here is a video tutorial if you need more of a visual.
Puff Stitch Center:
With Colour A, ch 12. Join with a sl st to make a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, [Ps, ch 1] 14 times in ch-ring. Join with a sl st. (14 Ps + 14 ch 1)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, [(Ps, ch 1, Ps, ch 1) in ch-1 sp, (Ps, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] 7 times. Join with a sl st. (21 Ps + 21 ch 1)
Fasten off and set aside to attach to main circle later!
Attach Colour B to the 4″ hoop.
Rnd 1: Sc around hoop 76 times. Join with a sl st. (76 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, [hdc in 20 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 3 times, hdc in last 13 sts. Join with a sl st. (79 hdc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, (dc, ch 3, dc) in first st, [sk 3 sts, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next st] 19 times, sk last 2 sts. Join with a sl st. (40 dc + 20 ch 3)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, [3 sc in ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 2 sts] 19 times, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in last st. Join with a sl st. (100 sc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, 1 tc in first 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st, [1 tc in 4 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st] 19 times, 1 tc in last 2 sts. Join with a sl st. (80 tc + 20 ch 1)
With Colour A:
Rnd 6: Sl st into next st, ch 1, [dc in st, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 sts] 20 times. Join with a sl st. (80 dc + 20 ch 1)
Rnd 7: Ch 1, [sc in 4 sts, 2 sc in ch-1 sp] 20 times. Join with a sl st. (120 sc)
Rnd 8: [(Ch 1, Picot, ch 1), sk 1 st, sl st in next st] 60 times. Make a sl st into the 1st st of the rnd. (120 ch 1 + 60 Picot)
Fasten off and leave a 60” tail to attach to the embroidery hoop.
Attach Puff Stitch Center to the Main Circle
Before attaching the main circle to the embroidery hoop, attach the puff stitch center to the main circle.
- Thread the yarn needle with the puff stitch center tail, and weave it through the 1st 2 stitches, until reaching the chain-1 space.
- Insert the yarn needle through the ch-1 sp of the puff stitch center, and a sc st in the main circle to start. Pull it through.
- Weave the needle through the back of the next ch-1 sp (puff stitch center), and into a sc about 3 or 4 sts apart from the last st. Continue this method all the way around the circle to join.
- Insert the needle into the 1st ch-1 sp of the round to finish it off.
Attach Main Circle to the 12″ Embroidery Hoop
Weave yarn into the nearest picot stitch to start. *Insert the needle/yarn underneath the embroidery hoop, bring the it over the hoop, and into the next picot stitch from behind.* Make sure that your weaving isn’t too tight, and leave an inch gap between the hoop and mandala (Picture 4, 5, 6) – this ensures that your mandala won’t be overly stretched. Repeat the * instructions all the way around the hoop to join the main circle to the embroidery hoop.
Attach Fringe to the Crochet Dream Catcher
Adding fringe to your crochet dream catcher is a great way to add texture and colour to the piece, while using up some scrap yarn and fabric from your stash. Here is a list of the yarn and fabric that I used to give you some ideas:
- Knit Pick’s Brava Sport – White (3 Strands held together)
- Lion Brand Jeans – Top Stitch (5 Strands held together)
- Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Print – Ivory Stripes (4 Strands held together)
- Caron Latte Cakes Yarn – Earl Grey (4 Strands held together)
- Red Heart Soft Essentials – Biscuit
- Wavy Crimped White Yarn (thrift store find) (4 Strands held together)
- Tiny Flower Fabric Strips
- White Upholstery Fabric Strips
To attach the fringe to the crochet dream catcher, use the Reverse Lark’s Head Knot. Here is a quick photo tutorial to show you how to make this knot!
The Reverse Lark’s Head Knot Tutorial:
This knot is used to attach each strand of yarn to the hoop. If you prefer to learn through videos, here is a link to a great tutorial by Modern Macrame.
- Begin by folding your yarn strand in half, making a loop at one end.
- Take the loop portion of the strand and insert it underneath your hoop.
- Pull the loop up with your finger.
- With your thumb and index finger, open the loop wide, while moving the two yarn strands up towards the loop, with your other hand.
- Pick up the two yarn strands with your thumb and index finger, and begin to pull it through the loop.
- Continue pulling the two strands through the loop until the ends are outside of the loop.
- Grab the ends of the strands and slowly pull to close the loop. This will create a knot.
- Tighten the loop as much as you can. You’ve just made a reverse lark’s head knot!
Optional Step: Steaming and Trimming the Fringe
Steaming and trimming the fringe of your dream catcher is optional, but it gives the piece a polished look. Steaming the fringe will smooth the yarn and fabric of any wrinkles or curls, so it hangs straight. To steam your fringe, move the steamer across the fringe from top to bottom, making sure that it is 1″ – 2″ away from the fabric/yarn. Run your hands over the fringe to remove any curls, and gently pull it.
Trim the fringe by cutting it straight across to make all of the ends the same length, or trim it in a bowl shape where the center is the longest point. Your dream catcher is now complete!
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Thank you guys so much for following along. I can’t wait to see how your dream catchers turn out! I love seeing what you make, so please tag me in your posts if you share them. 🙂