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If you’re a crafter, you’re no stranger to finding tiny objects all over the floor after a project is complete. For me, that means a lot of sewing pins dropped everywhere, in danger of poking one of my toes while I cross the floor for another pair of scissors or measuring tape. No matter how many boxes, magnets, or pincushions I have, there are always more pins and needles to find a home for – and what better than an adorable crocheted pincushion that doubles as a cute amigurumi figure? Even if you’re not the one walking on pins and needles, this makes an excellent gift for friends who craft with sharp objects.
This tiny cactus from Ana Paula does just the trick, housing as many pins as you can stuff in it, and with its cute little smile, it does so quite happily with no fear of injury. With a few different colors of worsted weight yarn, some fiberfill and some pellets or glass beads, this little guy whips up in no time. And if you’re up for an extra mini challenge, there’s an option to crochet a tiny red bow to top it all off.
You’ll need the following: worsted weight yarn in green, brown, and tan; an F size crochet hook; fiberfill for the cactus body; poly-pellets or glass beads (dry rice or small beans will work too in a pinch) for the planter; two 6mm eyes with backings; scissors; black embroidery thread for the mouth; and a tapestry needle to sew it all together.
There aren’t many stitches involved either, just a simple single crochet (sc), decrease (dc), back post decrease (bpdc), and chain (ch) to make this tiny buddy.
If you are already a fan of amigurumi or try this project out and find that you want to make more adorable, tiny creatures, Ana Paula has plenty of options for you on her Ravelry page, such as a bear with a pot of honey, a couple of cupcakes, or a jellyfish ornament. You can also find the free pattern for this cactus pincushion at her site, Amigurumi Patterns.
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Do you ever wish you could make your own shoes? It can be difficult to find a pair of shoes that fits, feels comfortable, and comes at a decent price, especially if you need to buy shoes each season as the weather changes. But never fear! With this free pattern, you can create your own shoes with the help of an old pair of flip-flops and some soft, chunky yarn. You’ll look stylish and warm in these crochet boots and you won’t have to spend a lot of time or money putting them together!
This pattern is available for free, along with a video tutorial, but if you’d like an advertisement-free pattern with a ruler grid to help figure out the spacing between the stitches on the flip-flops, you can purchase it for a mere $2.50. Whichever pattern you choose to go by, you’ll need the following supplies:
- two skeins of chunky yarn (the pattern suggests Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick)
- ten yards of worsted weight yarn (the pattern suggests using Vanna’s Choice)
- a tapestry needle
- crochet hooks in sizes B, K, & L
- one pair of flip-flops (it’s suggested that you use a size smaller than you’d normally wear, which means you can use old ones that you’ve grown out of or get a free pair from a friend who doesn’t need them anymore! You could also find a cheap pair at the dollar store)
- a tool to make holes in the flip-flops – such as a skewer, a tapestry needle, or a knitting needle)
- six buttons (suggested size: 3/4″)
- stitch markers
- needle and thread (make sure the thread matches the yarn color)
- measuring tape or ruler (the ruler grid is included in the pattern for purchase)
- glue (suggestion: E6000, but it’s also listed as optional in the free pattern)
The gauge is six holes per two inches of the flip-flops, with the boot base consisting of six single crochet stitches equaling two inches, and six rows equaling two inches. This will ensure that the boot fits you without being too loose or too snug. (It is highly recommended that you ensure you’ve got the correct gauge before beginning the project)
You’ll also need to know the following stitches for this project: single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), skip (sk), slip stitch (sl st), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet back loop only (scblo), chain (ch), and single crochet two stitches together (sc2tog). There are also some other abbreviations in the pattern you’ll need to be aware of, such as main color (MC), sole color (SC), right side (RS) and wrong side (WS).
If you’d like to make your own cozy pair of crochet boots to wear around the house or even outside (the pattern promises if you have a sturdy enough flip-flop, they will hold up even in cold weather), you can find the free pattern, video tutorial, and PDF pattern for purchase at Make And Do Crew.
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Looking for a simple, meaningful way to decorate your home for the holidays? How about adorning your tree, presents, or front door with stars? Stars hold meaning for nearly every person around the globe. We stare up at them and make wishes. We use them to guide us from one point to the next. We carry them on us in the form of pendants, or put them in our homes as a symbol of illumination. They remind us to look up, to wonder, to stay curious, to seek answers.
The five-pointed star is an easy shape to replicate, especially with Persia Lou’s Star Ornament pattern which only takes two rounds – you can make your own constellation or even galaxy, whether you decorate your tree with individual stars, string them together and hang them over the fireplace or along the wall, or you put a few in the wreath over your front door.
To make your own stars, you’ll need the following materials:
- Size 5 Bulky Yarn (suggested: Darice Folklore, Wool Ease Chunky, or Patton’s Classic Wool Bulky)
- Size K Crochet Hook
- Yarn/Tapestry Needle
- Fabric Stiffener
- Jute Cord
- Plastic Wrap
- Rust Proof Pins
The pattern uses American terms and begins with a magic circle. You’ll also need to be familiar with the following stitches: slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), and triple crochet (trc). After the star is complete you’ll shape it and then spray it with fabric stiffener to help it retain its starry shape (this is where the plastic wrap, pins and cardboard come in, as you’ll be creating your own miniature blocking mat). The last thing you’ll need to do is create a tie from the jute cord so that you can hang them wherever you please.
If you’d like to try this free pattern, please visit Persia Lou’s website — check out the other free patterns as well!
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Roses might just be the most popular flower in the world. We use them in a variety of situations, from honoring achievements (recitals, performances, etc.) to celebrating occasions like weddings and anniversaries and as everyday reminders of love, romance, and beauty. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, though of course red roses are the most traditional.
If you’ve got a little time on your hands and some pretty yarn in your stash, you might want to make a bouquet of these for yourself or a loved one to commemorate an occasion or just to say, “I love you”. It’s a simple gesture, but it holds a lot of meaning and sometimes, all one needs to brighten one’s day is a single rose.
Kati Crafts has a fantastic tutorial with photos for a standard rose, as well as some ideas for alterations if you want a larger or smaller size rose, which would be useful if you were making a bouquet, as you’d want to vary the sizes a little, as well as the fullness. With her tutorial you’ll need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), and double crochet (dc). She also has some unique abbreviations, such as space (sp) and stitch (st).
There’s no limit on what kind of yarn to use, but Kati Crafts suggests using a thinner yarn, such as Novita’s. You might also want to experiment with texture, such as mohair, alpaca, and angora, though the pattern uses cotton yarn, and the color options are endless. You might want to start out with a traditional color, such as red, pink, or yellow, and then branch out into using variegated yarn or even something like black or yarn with fringe or beads.
The only materials you’ll need are yarn, a crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle to stitch up the rose at the end. You can also shape it to the desired fullness. These roses would make great additions to other projects such as embellishments for purses, hats, and cowls, or could be strung together as a garland, or added to a centerpiece or bouquet with other crocheted flowers. Use your imagination!
If you’d like to try this free pattern out, it is available at Kati Crafts (click here)
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Have you ever heard of the “Margeurite Stitch”? Or the “Spiked Cluster”? Or the “Daisy” and “Jasmine” stitch? Well, they’re actually all the same stitch, which most closely resembles a star, hence its most well known name, the “Star” stitch. It’s a beautiful stitch, and can be used to create sturdy household items such as potholders, socks, scarves, and gloves, or it can be used for more fragile items, such as lace.
The pattern creates a cluster of stars, and once you’ve gone through the stitch a few times, it will get smoother and faster, allowing you to craft a variety of items without having to struggle through it too much. There are several tutorials and videos online with which you can learn this lovely stitch. The entire “star” is created by the following stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), and half double crochet (hdc).
About.com has a great written tutorial with handy photos alongside, as does Michelle from Book People Studio, but if you’re more of a video person, there’s a great video tutorial from BlogLovin that is helpful as well.
Of course, once you learn the stitch, you’ll want to incorporate it into your upcoming projects. There’s a simple free potholder pattern comprised of star stitches from Petit Bout de Chou, or the stunningly gorgeous tri-color cowl from Sarah Palacios on Ravelry available as a free download, or the elegant Lacy Star Stitch Cowl from Crochet Cowls (which is available for purchase and comes with a photo tutorial).
There are also dozens of projects, patterns, and photos available on Pinterest and Ravelry to inspire you on your own journey with this stitch. You can add it as an edging to projects like purses and coasters, shawls and vests, you can use it to make beanies, fingerless gloves, and belts, or you can make squares with it to add up to one big, warm afghan.
If you’d like to read or watch tutorials on how to make the Star Stitch, you can find them at About.com, BlogLovin, or People Book Studios. If you want to try out the stitches in a pattern, there’s a free potholder pattern from Petit Bout de Chou, the cowl from Sarah Palacios, or Crochet Cowl’s lacy pattern.
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What do you think of when you picture a hammock? A late summer afternoon, or perhaps a pitcher of lemonade, a soft breeze, the sound of someone mowing the lawn? Hammocks are the epitome of relaxation, the ultimate in luxury. But most of us don’t have access to a large hammock and a couple of trees, or even a porch or backyard to put a hammock stand in. Our next best recourse, then, is to find a smaller version that we can hang up inside, like a chair swing.
Ramador Custom Crochet has created a beautiful mandala-like chair swing to this end, using paracord instead of yarn to make it tougher and more stable. You can purchase paracord at your local hardware store. You’ll need a super bulky option (about 170 yards of it), and a P or Q size crochet hook. You’ll also need to ensure that the gauge is correct – two stitches, one row to equal one inch.
If you’d like to try something smaller, however, with more familiar materials, there are quite a few options for chair swings, hammocks, and similar items for fruit, pets, and babies (for photography props, not actual use).
We found a fruit hammock from Heart, Hook, Home that provides a safe place for fruit to avoid bruising, while also opening up counter space. It can hang beneath cabinets or adorn the wall.
If you’re looking for a way to give a pet somewhere to relax, the pattern at Ashley Knits & Crochets is just the right size for mice, hamsters, gerbils, and rats. It can attach to the bars of their enclosure. Using worsted weight yarn and an F size hook, this works up quickly and brightens up a bland space.
As a photography prop, baby hammocks are pretty popular – and there’s a free pattern from Sunset Family Living that’s the perfect size (please note: there is a warning about leaving a baby unattended in the hammock. Supervision required). A soft yarn is a must (Sunset Family Living suggests a chunky weight yarn like Lion Brand Homespun), and with an N size hook and the special stitch information, this cute prop will be ready in no time.
You can find inspiration for hammocks, chair swings and more at Retextil and Pecsma (Hungarian language), or purchase the PDF pattern for the mandala crochet swing from Ramador Custom Crochet at their Ravelry site. If you want more mandalas to crochet, you can check out ideas and patterns at Craftsy. You can find the free fruit hammock pattern at Heart, Hook, Home, the animal hammock at Ashley Knits & Crochets, and the baby hammock at Sunset Family Living.
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Most people tend to prefer either knitting or crochet over the other, but this often leads to difficulties over wanting to make something that only comes in the opposite form of fibre art that you’re comfortable with. Luckily, however, this owl pattern is available to knitters and crocheters (and of course to those of you who know how to do both).
This hat from Julie Measures would be a perfect gift for someone with a love of owls, birds, nature, or the Harry Potter series, and provides the creator with enough of a challenge to make it interesting with the cable owls, whichever way you decide to go, although the crochet pattern does have a note that doing the cables is a bit trickier than in the knitting pattern.
There’s also a YouTube video for the crochet stitching as it does require a little more effort. It walks through the various stitches, including skipping stitches, working in the front and back of skipped stitches, until the cable owl is complete. You can subscribe to the channel for more help with the various stitches in multiple projects from Julie Measures.
Of course, depending on which pattern you use, you’ll need various sizes of crochet hooks, double-pointed needles, or circular needles, as well as an array of yarn (worsted seems to be a popular choice) and buttons, in addition to scissors and a tapestry needle.
If you want the knitting or crochet pattern for the owl hat, they can be purchased and downloaded on Julie Measures (knitting pattern available here, and crochet pattern available here). Remember to watch her how-to video for the cable stitches on the Julie Measures YouTube channel. We also found a few free patterns as well, including a free knitting pattern for the Give A Hoot Beanie from Blue Betty’s Blog, and a free crochet pattern for the Double Crochet Hat with Cable & Owl Variations from Coudre de Couer.
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Have you ever actually tried counting sheep in order to fall asleep? How many do you have to count before you’re bored to tears and still wide awake in the middle of the night? While this method doesn’t seem to produce great results, there is one sheep that might be able to help you drift off to dreamland. This soft, squishy giant sheep pillow from Purl Soho just might do the trick.
You’ll need ten skeins of the main yarn (suggested: Gentle Giant 100% merino wool), and one skein of the contrast yarn (suggested: Flax Down, which is comprised of 43% baby alpaca, 42% merino wool, and 15% linen); you’ll also need US size 17 circular knitting needles (32″), US size 17 double-pointed needles, and US size 10 double-pointed needles, and a crochet hook to help cast on the beginning stitches; polyester stuffing (suggested: Fairfield’s Polyfil Stuffing); and scrap yarn, as well as stitch markers, the usual pair of scissors, and a tapestry needle for sewing or weaving in the ends.
Knitting a gauge swatch first is highly recommended. You’ll want to make sure that eight stitches equal four inches in garter stitch with the larger needles, and that fifteen stitches equal four inches in stockinette stitch with the smaller needles (this is for the contrast yarn).
There are a few stitches to learn (for instance, MB, or “make bobble”, which is explained in the pattern), but most of them are simple, beginner stitches such as knit and purl, knit two together (k2tog) and skip.
The completed sheep will measure twenty-eight inches long by fifteen inches high, perfect for adorning a couch, chair, or your bed in hopes of sweet dreams and plenty of sleep.
There is a smaller pattern if you prefer to try it out first (this sheep measures nineteen inches wide and fourteen inches tall), with adjustments made to the pattern for the larger size. You can find the original pattern here, or the larger size pattern adjustments here, both from Purl Soho.
If you enjoy this pattern, you might want to look at Purl Soho’s other offerings, which include free patterns for both knitting and crochet, as well as craft ideas for sewing, embroidery and weaving projects. Pearl Soho also offers fabric, yarn, books, tools, and patterns for sale.
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If you like to cozy up to a crochet project when the weather turns chilly, then a pretty pair of crochet boots is the perfect project for a winter evening by the fire or with a piping hot mug of your favorite warm beverage. The Audrey Boots from Mamachee on Ravelry are adorable, especially with the two-tone coloring.
These would make a great gift for tweens, teens, and adults, as house slippers or dorm shoes. Pair them with some thick wool socks and everybody’s toes will remain toasty throughout the winter season.
You’ll need bulky yarn (suggested: Lion Brand Jiffy Solid), two sizes of crochet hooks (sizes “I” and “L”), scissors, and a tapestry needle. You’ll also want to crochet a gauge swatch of seven stitches and four rows, which should equal about two inches. If you want to add some detail, a few buttons can be sewn on after the boots are complete.
The pattern comes in Women’s sizes 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. The Audrey Boots pattern can be purchased on Ravelry as a PDF.
However, if you’d prefer to use a free pattern, there are several to choose from on Pinterest as well as Ravelry.
We found a pattern for re-using flip-flop soles to create a more durable boot at the Make & Do Crew, who not only provided a photo tutorial, but a video tutorial as well. Their pattern calls for Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn, Vanna’s Choice yarn, three sizes of hooks (“B”, “K”, & “L”), a tapestry needle, a sharp tool, stitch markers, buttons, thread, a ruler, glue, and scissors.
There’s also a free pattern for slipper boots from Yarn Inspirations that come in sizes for the entire family (suggested yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky). You’ll also want to crochet a gauge swatch of ten stitches and nine rows for a measurement of four inches with a “K” size hook.
All of these patterns are listed as “Easy” so don’t let the look of the project intimidate you. These boots may take a little time to shape but the extra work is worth it, and you won’t have to learn any new, complicated stitches in order to make them. You will, however, impress everyone with your shoe-making abilities!
If you want to purchase the Audrey Boots pattern from Mamachee, you can do so on her Ravelry page. If you’d like to try the flip-flop sole crochet boots, you can find the pattern and video tutorial at Make & Do Crew. And if you’re interested in crocheting several pair of easy-to-make boots for the family, Yarn Inspiration’s pattern is available as a PDF.
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While the “cable” stitch in the past has been mostly reserved for knitted projects like socks and sweaters, over the last several years it has begun to crop up in crochet patterns for all sorts of things: phone cases, hats, bags, scarves, blankets, and the usual socks, stockings, and sweaters. It’s a beautiful criss-cross stitch, resulting in a thick, comfy piece of crochet that works well for all manner of visual interest pieces and cold-weather needs.
If you’re just starting out with the crochet version of the cable stitch, you might want to focus on something reasonably simple and practical, such as a pair of socks or stockings – like the Parker Cable Socks from Lakeside Loops on Ravelry. They’re the perfect project for someone beginning to learn more complicated crochet stitches, and the end product is sure to please any recipient.
The socks are crocheted from the bottom up, in the round, and bonus – unlike with knitting, you won’t be using multiple, double-pointed needles! The pattern comes with a photo tutorial and includes eleven sizes so that you can make a pair to fit every family member or friend, from babies to children, teenagers, and adults.
Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have all the necessary materials and tools: DK weight yarn, an “E” size hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle.
There are a lot of options when it comes to patterns for crocheting cable socks like this. The image above happens to be from the Lakeside Loops pattern, which you can find and purchase on Ravelry for $5 at Lakeside Loops‘ personal page — Lakeside Loops also has an Etsy store for those interested in purchasing other patterns or finished items.
But if you’d like to try out some free cable sock patterns — we always like to try to find free options because the honest truth is a lot of us don’t have that much to spend on patterns — before committing to something more challenging, here are the free patterns: you can crochet a pair of Cabled Cottage Socks from Nicole Cormier on Ravelry (you’ll need two skeins of fingering weight yarn, such as the Bernat Sox Multi and a size “C” hook which produces a pair of socks to fit a women’s US Size 9). Here’s one from All Free Knitting (click here). And here’s Nancy Bush’s free cable sock pattern (click here). And here’s another free crochet cable sock pattern from the Yarn Loop (click here). There are also patterns for a host of other cable crochet projects on Pinterest as well as Ravelry.
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