A while ago I stumbled upon a crochet diagram on Pinterest without a title or a designer. Upon doing a reverse image search I found out that this type of pattern is called a magic lantern. I still haven’t found out who created the diagram but I’m still searching!
Here are some of the lanterns that I made loosely following the mystery pattern :
After playing around with the crochet diagram, I started to make my own pattern by modifying the different stitches found in the diagram. The result is a smaller, more compact looking magic lantern.
- Chain 2 at the beginning of each row, this counts as the first half double crochet.
- I cut the yarn at the end of each round and re-attach a new color in the chain space to begin a new round.
- I used Paintbox Yarns DK weight cotton yarn and a 2.75 mm crochet hook.
- In rows 2 & 3 you are only crocheting in the chain spaces.
- In row 4 you want to crochet in both the chain spaces and the spaces between groups of half double crochet. Any space is indicated by parenthesis.
hdc – half double crochet
mc – magic circle
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
Magic Lantern Granny Square Pattern
Row 1: 18 hdc in mc
Row 2: *3 hdc, ch 2* repeat from *to* 6 times in each ch space
Row 3: *3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc* repeat from *to* 6 times in each ch space
Row 4: *(3 hdc, ch 4, turn, dc in third ch from hook, dc in next ch, 3 hdc) (3 hdc)
(4 hdc, 2 dc) (3 dc) (2 dc, 4 hdc) (3 hdc)* repeat from *to* 2 times
Row 5: sc around increase in the highlighted areas
Cut your yarn and weave in any loose ends.
Stay tuned for more magic lantern posts! I plan to make a bunch more and sew them together to create a much needed laptop sleeve.
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I hope you enjoyed both of these crochet patterns! Be sure to share any of your finished magic lanterns with me on Instagram with #picotpals. I’d love to see what you come up with!
Have a great week!
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They have tons and tons of amazing free crochet patterns!