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Crochet Patterns from the Outside In!

Crafts March 12, 2017

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Does it ever feel like you’ve run out of projects and patterns to try, and you feel like you need a little bit of a challenge? Do you like unraveling the mysteries of crochet patterns? If so, you might consider attempting a little bit of sleuthing and re-working patterns that come in other languages.

This Polish Star crochet pattern from a Russian baby blog might be just the thing to pique your interest. And of course, the rest of us who wish we had an English version of this pattern would love it if you posted the results! The Polish Star may look complicated, but from the tutorial video I watched, it might not actually be that difficult.

The stitches look simple enough, it’s the joining and working around the color scheme that seem to make it look complicated or detailed at the end. It’s a gorgeous pattern, which I’m sure could be cobbled together from a few other patterns, like a star pattern and a hot pad.

What’s unique about this pattern is that it’s crocheted from the outside in – you begin the pattern by creating the edges and then slowly work your way up to the star in the middle. Which means the beginning of the pattern would be relatively simple.

If you’re curious about this Polish Star pattern and want to try your hand at either translating the video’s pattern from its original language into English, or if you’re intrigued by the video and want to write out your own pattern based on your experience creating a Polish Star, you can find the video tutorial at Baby Blog.

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Crochet Flower Starburst Hot Pad (Free Pattern)

Crafts March 12, 2017

Crochet Flower Starburst Hot Pad Free Patterns

You can always use one more hot pad in the kitchen. Older pads are burned, singed, or have questionable spots on them. Newer ones may not be to your taste but you just picked them up to have a couple more around when you need them. But what if you could make your own unique hot pads that would never be mistaken for someone else’s at the next potluck, BBQ, or reunion?

This free crochet hot pad pattern from Loretta Schepp hits all the right points. It produces unique, beautiful, cost-effective, and simple hot pads you can tailor to your own liking by choosing various colors, textures, and ways to join the motifs together.

With plenty of photo inspiration on her Ravelry account, and a free video tutorial from Anel Gomez, this free pattern is one you’ll have put together in no time flat. The pattern calls for the following items: 1 1/2 oz. of 4-ply worsted yarn (variegated or whatever color you choose) for Color A, and 1/2 oz. of 4-ply worsted yarn for Color B (the pattern suggests using a solid color for this one), a “G” size crochet hook, and a tapestry needle.

Stitches you’ll need to know include chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), and treble crochet (tc).

You’ll want to crochet a little beforehand to make sure the gauge is correct. Two lines of crochet should measure 2 inches. The finished product will measure 8 inches in diameter, but of course you can tweak the pattern to make it a 6 inch or a 10 inch if you need a different size.

The starburst effect is created by crocheting five individual motifs and joining them together.

Once you’ve created one or two of these, it’s easy to mix and match with colors to create your own look for these beauties. You can combine jewel tones, natural colors, pastel hues, and more in order to personalize your hot pads, or make sets for your family and friends. You can also add a loop onto them for easy storage on a rack or for display purposes.

If you’d like to try making one of these Starburst Hot Pads, you can find information at DIY How-To and Loretta Schepp’s Ravelry page. You can find the pattern at Crochet Memories, and if you want to watch the instructional video, you can find it at Anel Gomez’s YouTube channel.

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Crochet Edging

Crafts March 11, 2017

Crochet Edging

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like being a little more fancy. I’ll set out real silverware, the good plates, and some nice glasses, and then remember that I don’t have any fancy cloth napkins. Once I have them, though, I might feel the need to add a little something to make them my own, like a crochet edging in a matching or coordinating color. Upping the fancy just a little can make dreary days seem a little brighter, and who doesn’t love a pretty table?

There are dozens upon dozens of crochet edging choices for your napkins, tablecloths, blankets, handkerchiefs, scarves, and other plain items in need of a makeover, but one of the prettiest edgings, I think, is this crochet edging from Filomena Crochet Tricot Costura.

The stitch itself is light, letting the fabric stand out above the stitches, blending into the overall look as a simple, elegant finish. It’s also pretty simple to do and with the photo tutorial and Google Translate (the original blog post is in Portuguese), following along is a breeze.

To make your own edging, you’ll need the yarn and crochet hook size of your choice (depends on what you’re adding edging to – if you’re adding to a handkerchief, you’ll want a small size, but if you’re adding onto a blanket, you’ll want a bigger size), and the item you’re adding onto, which in the tutorial is a dish cloth.

Filomena’s simple instructions and photos will guide you through the process and the results will be beautiful and make you feel a little extra fancy.

If you want to try this variation of crochet edging, you can find the free crochet pattern by visiting Filomena Crochet Tricot Costura. Be sure to check out her other free patterns as well, there’s plenty to choose from and more than one item in need of crochet edging!

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Arm Knit a Blanket in 45 Minutes

Crafts March 5, 2017

Arm Knit a Blanket in 45 Minutes

Do you have a favorite blanket? The one you always curl up with on the sofa after a long day, or the one you grab when you’re going on a late-night adventure or camping trip, or the one you always fight over because it’s that soft? Even if you already have a favorite blanket, this arm knit blanket just might tip the scales in its own favor once you learn that you can make your own blankets using whatever yarn material you’d like – all in under forty-five minutes.

Simply Maggie recommends using Premiere Yarns’ Couture Jazz, though of course you can use any bulky or chunky yarn your heart desires. The pattern uses a size 6 bulky yarn, and you’ll probably need around 11 balls of yarn.

If you’re interested in seeing just how easy it is, follow along with Simply Maggie’s tutorial on YouTube. It’s just five simple steps:

  • Create a long tail cast-on, about five feet. Then make a slipknot. Use whichever arm you’re comfortable with. The pattern is created starting on the right arm, but you will be using both of them as you would with two knitting needles.
  • Cast on your stitches. This might be a little complicated at first but try watching the video and then following along. You want to make tight stitches so that the blanket has small holes, but do make sure that you can still slide them along your arm as you add more stitches. (You can make any size blanket you want, although this blanket’s size is about 5′ x 3′ approximately)
  • Now it’s time to arm knit! If you’re having trouble watching and listening to the instructions at the same time, you might try muting the video while you watch it the first time, or turning the video away and listening to the audio by itself, whichever is easier for you.
  • Bind off – this part should come a little easier now that you’ve learned how to knit with both arms. The pattern calls for about 32 rows before binding off. Remember to bind off loosely or else you’ll have a skinny end and a wide end.
  • Weave in the ends and voila! You have a beautiful, cozy, snuggly blanket to wrap yourself in for any occasion! Be sure to tailor the knots you made when joining the yarn so that they are somewhat hidden. (Just cut the extra material close enough to where they aren’t glaringly obvious)

This can be quite a workout for your arms, so be sure you’re somewhere you can be comfortable and that you have enough time to complete the blanket in one sitting – it can be difficult fitting the loops back onto your arm, though of course if you need to, you can find a way to make that work, like sliding a dowel through the loops to keep them in order.

If this piques your interest and you’d like to try making your own arm knit blanket in under forty-five minutes, check out Simply Maggie’s YouTube tutorial (there are also bloopers at the end to show that no one’s perfect and it’s all in good fun) and follow along to create your own. You can also check out her Etsy shop and her social media channels on Instagram and Facebook.

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Crochet a Circular Rug – No Sewing Needed

Crafts March 5, 2017

Crochet a Circular Rug - No Sewing Needed

Who doesn’t love to sink their feet into a warm, cozy rug? And of course it’s even better if you’ve made your own rug, and with this no sewing required finger crochet circular rug, you’ll be able to make a houseful in no time! ExpressionFiberArts on YouTube has created an easy, beginner pattern in her video tutorial using a merino wool roving – which is a bundle of fiber used for spinning that can also be used to create specialty knit and crochet items.

Of course you could also try this with a super bulky yarn, but if you want to try the wool roving, you can purchase it through places like Amazon or Etsy. The pattern calls for a single color, but of course once you get the hang of it you might want to try adding in a variety of colors or even a variegated roving.

The pattern uses mostly single crochet, which is easy enough with a crochet needle but might take some practice if you haven’t finger crocheted before. The video tutorial moves slowly enough for you to match the pace, so I’d recommend watching it first and then attempting to follow along. You’ll crochet six single crochet stitches into the first stitch and then start creating rows.

Of course, with the roving and your fingers, it is best to move slowly and gently since the roving can be pulled apart easily until it’s crocheted. A large stitch marker (something like a large safety pin or even a hanger) will make it easier to tell where the rows end as the pattern is worked up into a spiral (the pattern multiplies, creating six new stitches in each round).

The pattern ends with two slip stitches (sl st) and a fake loop, which effectively hides the tail, hidden underneath. The rug is about 3 feet around, and it takes about 7 1/2 pounds of wool roving to complete the project. Of course, you can make it as big as you like as long as you remember to increase each row by six stitches.

The resulting rug is a thick, hardy rug you can use in a living room, bedroom, or sun room, but it could also be used as a play mat or yoga mat. If you experiment with different types of yarn (like t-shirt yarn, perhaps, although she mentions using cotton or bamboo, blue-faced Leicester, or Corriedale wool – it will all depend on your budget as merino wool is quite expensive, but fabric yarn will be quite cheap, especially if you can collect enough t-shirts to make it yourself) it could also be used for camping, sitting by the fire, or on the beach.

If you’d like to try making your own wool roving finger crochet rug, visit ExpressionFiberArts on YouTube for the free pattern and video tutorial. You can also find a link to her blog with both the materials list and instructions if you’d rather read instead of watch. You might also want to visit her website for free promo codes and other goodies, such as her newsletter.

If you do end up making a rug, follow ExpressionFiberArts on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest, all of which are linked in her video description) – she enjoys seeing the results.

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Croche Bath Scrubby (Free Pattern)

Crafts March 3, 2017

Crochet Loofah (Free Pattern)

I’ve never understood the concept of loofahs. I’ve often wondered how long people keep them and worried about the drying time and mildew. So I’ve never bought them. But this Crochet Loofah pattern explains how to address the issues I was worried about, and it actually has me interested in trying out a loofah for myself.

Unfortunately, the “perfect yarn” for loofahs, the Bernat Cool Crochet, no longer exists. But there does seem to be a formula to match and there are plenty of sport weight yarns to try out. The type of yarn to look for is a 70/30 mixture of cotton to nylon, in a sport weight. The mixture allows some absorption and prevents mildew, and it creates a lightweight, quick dry loofah. It also (bonus) can be washed, though of course you should probably let it air dry or put it on low heat tumble.

If you happen to have Bernat Cool Crochet yarn to use, then good for you. But if you don’t, another cotton/nylon blend or even a cotton/acrylic blend will do well. You’ll also need an “I” size crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle. You won’t need to know any special stitches, just the regular stitch, chain, slip stitch, and double crochet.

The instructions are very simple and short. You won’t need much yarn either, which means this project is a breeze to complete, and if you find the right yarn, you might be tempted to make a half dozen of these to hand out to the family and friends. Of course, you might want to experiment a little and see what works best for you in terms of texture, size, and weight. (You can also experiment with color and create designs like stripes or variegation in the loofah)

If you’d like to try this pattern out for yourself, it’s available for free from BeFriendMantic’s Blog O’ Crafts.

Crochet Loofah (Free Pattern)

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Crochet Body Scrubber (Free Patterns)

Crafts March 3, 2017

Crochet Body Scrubber (Free Patterns)

My problem with loofas, body scrubbers, and washcloths is that they never seem to have the right texture or size. They’re either too harsh on my skin, or too soft to do any real cleaning, and they’re either too small or too large to hold and use. Fortunately, the solution to my problem can also be the answer to yours – crocheting your own body scrubber that doubles as a soap holder. These crochet body scrubbers can be thrown in the wash, and they’ll always be the right texture. They’re also inexpensive, and you won’t have to waste money buying replacements every few months.

If you want to try out a free, simple crochet body scrubber pattern first to see if it’s something you’ll want to make more of, Let’s Knit has a free pattern from Susie Johns that is perfect for a beginner. It creates an openwork design that can be used to both hold your favorite soap and massage your body while you wash. Sounds wonderful, right?

There are patterns for both a small and large soap holder, and both patterns are simple and elegant, and you won’t need to know any fancy stitches, just the basic chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet stitches. All you’ll need for the project is yarn (I’d recommend using a cotton yarn), a hook, a sewing needle, thread, and scissors. (The pattern recommends a 4mm size hook for both the small and large sizes so you might want to try making both sizes since they work up so quickly. You’ll be done in a couple of hours!)

The pattern from Let’s Knit would be a perfect one to use to make coordinating crochet soap holders for a guest bedroom or a His & Her’s situation, or even for each of the kids (each one gets a different color). This can be helpful if one or more of the family has allergies and needs to avoid certain brands. They also make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, and friends, especially if you’ve got some special homemade or organic soap to include with it.

If you’re up for a bit more of a challenge, you could also try Moogly’s Pampering Massage Soap Saver, which has several massage “bumps” crocheted onto the soap saver so that you can keep massaging even after the soap has lost its bumps. The pattern recommends a size “I” crochet hook and cotton yarn, as well as a pair of scissors. Of course, if you don’t want a bumpy soap holder, there are instructions for leaving them off of the pattern. There’s also a video tutorial for the Puff Stitch used in the pattern if you need a little extra help. If you enjoy the Moogly site, you might also want to check out their Facebook page. They also recommend purchasing Bean Tree Soap to put in the Soap Saver.

If you’d like to make one or both of these patterns, the free crochet Soap Holder pattern is available from Let’s Knit, and the Pampering Massage Soap Saver is available on the Moogly Blog. Be sure to follow or bookmark their sites for other free crochet patterns.

Crochet Body Scrubber (Free Patterns)

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Crochet Socks (Free Pattern)

Crafts March 3, 2017

Crochet Socks (Free Pattern)

Socks aren’t just for knitters anymore! Now that crochet has expanded and people are experimenting with different and evolving techniques, there are a lot of projects that were off-limits that are now easily turned into crochet patterns. If you’ve ever wanted to try making your own socks, but don’t want to mess with multiple double pointed needles, this free Crochet Socks pattern is the best place to start.

Kim Kotary’s Tropical Punch Crochet Sock Pattern is available for free from Free Crochet, but you’ll need to sign up for an account to access it (they have dozens of other patterns and a search engine, plus free newsletters and updates from various craft sites that you might also want to sign up for). Once you activate your account, you’ll be able to open up and save the PDF for your convenience.

The Tropical Punch Crochet Sock Pattern is for intermediate crocheters, so it’s not something you’d want to try if you were new to crochet. For the veterans though, this should be a little challenging and a lot of fun. The finished product looks high quality (due to the worsted weight yarn and tight stitches).

For the project, you’ll need the following: light worsted weight yarn, size “F” crochet hook, a tapestry needle, scissors, and stitch markers. It might be wise to try a gauge swatch first to ensure that the stitch size is right before beginning. You’ll want to make sure that 19 single crochet stitches are about 4 inches, or 21 single crochet rows measure about 4 inches. There are also some special stitches to learn, but they are explained at the beginning of the pattern.

There are a few pictures for the pattern, but you’ll mostly be following the written tutorial, which is helpfully broken down into small pieces.

Most of the time, intermediate patterns aren’t as complicated as they sound, but they do require more focus and you’ll need to check things more often as you go along in order to ascertain whether it will be a good fit or not. Take a breath, go step by step, and soon enough you’ll have your own pair of crochet socks.

If you’d like to try this free crochet pattern, you can sign up for an account and access the free PDF at Free Crochet.

Crochet Socks (Free Pattern)

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Crochet Slippers (Free Pattern)

Crafts March 3, 2017

Crochet Slippers (Free Pattern)

“Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.” – Anonymous

While you may not be on the lookout for the perfect pair of riding boots, kitten heels, or running shoes, there’s always room for one more pair of slippers, especially if you can make them yourself. The best thing about crocheting your own shoes is that you can tailor patterns to your exact size and always, like Cinderella, have a perfect fit!

Crochet slipper patterns are often easy and a good way for a beginner to start learning how to alter patterns. They also take little yarn to complete and can be made in an afternoon. You can also spruce them up with bits of lace, buttons, straps, ribbon, or variegated yarn. You can make these slippers exactly the way you please and show them off to family and friends, who might request their own pair.

One of the easiest crochet patterns (to follow or alter) is Zoomy Yummy’s Crochet Slipper Pattern. It’s the pattern I started with and have kept over the years because it’s so easy and so much fun to dress up. You’ll only need to know basic crochet stitches (chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet), and there are photos for each step to walk you through the process.

The end result are a pair of soft, comfy slippers that will keep your feet cozy for ages. You’ll want to make sure that you use yarn that won’t stretch (or that will shrink back to original size when washed), or else you’ll be making yourself a new pair when the other ones get too big from so much use.

I don’t know that these slippers will change your life dramatically, but they definitely changed my mind about going out and buying a new pair of slippers when I had the know-how to make my own. It’s a good feeling to be able to make something for yourself and have it turn out well. And if you ever get tired of them, you can always change up the way they look with a few embellishments. (Or you can crochet yourself another pair…they’re easy to store too!)

Of course, if you want to further explore the world of crochet slippers, there are plenty of options available on the web. Sugar Bee Crafts has compiled a ten-pattern roundup of free crochet patterns, including Zoomy Yummy’s Slipper pattern and others like Slipper Moccasins and Mary Janes. There are also several free crochet slipper patterns available on sites like Ravelry and Pinterest. Once you get started on these, though, they can be a little addicting. They’re great projects to take on the go as they’re small enough to slip into a purse, and they work up so quickly it’s tempting to start a new pair right away!

To begin, however, I highly recommend Zoomy Yummy’s Crochet Slipper Pattern as a starter, as it is the best and easiest crochet slipper pattern I’ve found. You might also want to check out the ten free crochet slipper patterns on Sugar Bee Craft’s roundup post.

Crochet Slippers (Free Pattern)

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Crochet Placemat (free patterns)

Crafts March 3, 2017

Crochet Placemat (free patterns)

A fancy dinner calls for all the accoutrements – cloth napkins, extra forks, name cards, a tablecloth, and of course, placemats. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or a holiday get-together, placemats serve to keep your table clean, and to provide a space for glasses and silverware where they won’t make too much noise and drown out the conversation.

Of course, buying placemats is always an option, but there are environmental concerns with purchasing plastic placemats, and finding the right type of fabric placemats that can be thrown in the wash over and over again without losing their color or feel can become a hassle. If you’d rather forego all of that, you can make your own placemats from a quality cotton yarn that will retain its color and texture through multiple washings.

Little Monkeys Crochet has a free Color Block Placemat pattern labeled “Easy” if you want to make pretty placemats without a lot of fuss. The recommended yarn is Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton which is made to withstand plenty of washings while remaining the same color as the day you bought it. There are dozens of colors to choose from, whether you’re looking for classic neutrals or bright, bold seasonal colors.

You’ll need the following items to complete this project: a “G” size crochet hook, four different colors of yarn (unless you decide you want two or three colors instead of four), and a yarn needle. You’ll also need to know the following stitches: stitch (st), slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), skip (sk), single crochet (sc), and half double crochet (hdc). Please note that the pattern is written in American Standard crochet terms. The finished placemat will measure 13″ x 18″.

Of course, if you are eager to try something with a little more pizazz, you could try Wendy Harbaugh’s Clover Patch Placemat (bonus pattern: Hot Pad). It’s an “Intermediate” project for either seasoned professionals or ambitious beginners. It also recommends using a cotton yarn (something like Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co.’s worsted weight cotton yarn), about four skeins total. You’ll need an “I” size hook for this placemat, which, when finished, will measure 12 1/4″ by 17 1/2″ inches. The bonus Hot Pad measures around 10″.

There are special stitches included in this pattern, ranging from the “small shell” to “medium shell” to “large shell”, but there are detailed instructions for each which make this pattern pretty smooth sailing. There’s also a conversion chart if you’re used to metric  or UK measurements for the sizing and size of needle needed for the project.

To use this pattern, you’ll need to register with www.freepatterns.com – which means you’ll be getting access to a lot more free patterns you can use to spruce up your dinner table, bathroom, bedroom, and more. There are also other craft projects and patterns for beading, knitting, and cross-stitch, to name a few. You can also opt out of these if you just want the free crochet patterns.

If you’d like to make your own placemats, you can try the Color Block Placemat from Little Monkeys Crochet, or the Clover Patch Placemat from Wendy Harbaugh at Free Patterns.

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