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If you’re looking for a new, cute kitty house, look no further. We’ve found the one. It’s retro, adorable, and small enough that it can be moved and cleaned, and it won’t break the bank either.
The Crochet Kitty Camper by BuddyRumi is a fun, whimsical take on nostalgic pet housing. Instead of having to buy something big, ugly, and plastic, or something that will be destroyed sooner rather than later, why not try this? It’s roomy enough for one cat (although two might want to try squeezing in) and will delight both human and furry visitors alike.
If you want to try making your kitty their own camper, you can purchase the PDF pattern from BuddyRumi on Etsy. You’ll need a few colors of yarn (suggested: white, gray, and blue – but you could also do a cream, green, and silver combo if you want to make it look even more retro), and with all the extra little bonuses like windows, silver airstream strips, and a pop-out striped awning, your furbaby will be living in the lap of luxury.
The PDF pattern can be bought on BuddyRumi’s Etsy and there’s another Etsy page here. You’ll also want to look at the other amigurumi and crochet projects and patterns for sale, especially the other cat houses, like the mushroom, the log, or the cat face.
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I’ve lived in my own space long enough to know that it’s never easy to find the right linens, curtains, or covers. It can take weeks, months, or even (heaven forbid) years to find that one perfect shade for the sofa cover, or the matching set of sheets and cases that you saw that one time on Pinterest. It can be a big headache, which is why the simplest solution is to always make things yourself. It won’t necessarily be as expensive, either, since you can tailor to your budget and talent and time.
If you, like me, have trouble finding exactly what you’re looking for, the make-it-yourself option works most of the time. There are dozens of great patterns to suit every decorating need, budget, and style, and one of the easiest projects and patterns to start with are pillow covers.
Of course you can buy handmade pillow covers (and even commission them if you can describe in detail exactly what you want) and there’s no shame in that. If you don’t have the time but prefer that handmade look, this option will work best for you.
But it’s always (at least) just a little more fun to make your own things, so if you’ve got the time, you might want to give these cozy crochet pillow covers a try.
Jo-Ann’s has created several free patterns for various sizes of pillows, with beautiful stitches that work up pretty quickly with thick and bulky yarn. The pattern notes that this is for advanced knitters, mostly because of the special stitches you’ll need to master: double crochet two stitches together (dc2tog) and front post double crochet (fpdc). You’ll also need to be comfortable crocheting with two strands of yarn at a time.
That being said, these patterns are straightforward – basically, you’re crocheting two squares, rectangles or circles and then putting a pillow form inside. The pattern includes specific materials (including the brand of yarn to use) but of course you can try out the pattern and use your own materials or buy something similar (especially if it’s on sale).
You’ll need to do a bit of hand sewing as well, though it is pretty minimal. You can also use a sewing machine if you’d prefer.
If you’d like to purchase pillow covers or find inspiration for creating your own, you can visit Lyly Craft. Or, if you’d like to try one of the free patterns, you can find all of them, as well as other free patterns, at Jo-Ann’s.
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It’s the eternal, age-old question: where did the remote go? While technology has sprinted past a lot of trouble spots (we don’t have to stay chained to the wall with the phone anymore, for instance), we’re still digging through couch cushions, upending side table drawers, and wracking our brains trying to remember where the remote was last.
Fortunately, where technology has failed us, crochet has proffered a solution: the living room caddy, otherwise known as the organizer and remote holder. If you want everything in its place, then this is the place where the remote goes, and you’ll never have to look for it again.
Of course, you can purchase these remote holders and caddies from Ebay, but where’s the fun in that (unless you need one poste-haste)? You can also find both knit and crochet patterns for purchase from sites like Ravelry – they even make caddies for walkers and recliners, and most are easy enough for the beginner to make.
FitzBirch Crafts has another option: a Loom Knit Remote Caddy that you can customize to the size and specifications of your own remote. If you’d like to try out this option, you’ll need a Long Loom Knitter and a few balls of yarn (any type of yarn can be used, though the pattern suggests using something like wool in a variegated pattern), along with some scissors, a sewing needle, and thread.
If you’ve never used a Long Loom Knitter, FitzBirch Crafts has you covered with a video tutorial of how to use it. If you enjoy using it, FitzBirch has several other knit loom projects you can try, such as a scarf, leg warmers, or market bag. Once you’ve gotten the hang of loom knitting, it’s simple enough to create a piece and then sew it up in any way you like.
Find the free loom knitting remote caddy pattern at FitzBirch Crafts, and if you want to keep up with their free patterns, follow them on Facebook as well.
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If you browse through Pinterest or DIY blogs on the internet or even cooking tutorials on YouTube, you know about the love people have for glass jars. You might even feel the same way. Glass jars are relatively cheap and incredibly versatile. They’re used for pickling and preserves, as vases, organizers, and drinking glasses. They’re spruced up to become centerpieces or dressed down for casual cocktails.
Glass jars are also used as candle holders, and with this free mason jar cover crochet pattern, you can combine your love of both glass and crochet to make a beautiful nightlight to take outside for a night on the porch or deck, or take it inside for a cozy evening.
Little Monkeys Crochet has crafted an elegant free jar cover pattern for two sizes of mason jars, the 32oz and 16oz, respectively. To make either of these, you’ll need light cotton yarn (suggested: Sinfonia) and a 5mm crochet hook. Please note that the patterns use American Standard terminology and that they are both crocheted in a seamless round, which means you’ll need to use stitch markers to mark your rounds. Although this might seem a little intimidating, the patterns are labeled “Easy” and come with lots of photos to help you through. The only stitches you’ll need to know are Magic Ring, single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), and half double crochet (hdc).
Love Crochet has also created a free jar cover pattern for the express purpose of turning jars into nightlight holders, but with a more standard crochet stitch pattern that adapts easily to any size of jar you might have on hand. The pattern calls for a 2.5mm crochet hook and cotton yarn (suggested: Rico Essentials Cotton DK), along with some ribbon to tie around the top to fit snugly around the opening. Please note that the pattern uses UK terminology. You’ll need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (dc), blo (back loop only), treble crochet (tr), and half treble crochet (htr). Love Crochet’s pattern uses multiple colors, so you’ll need a few different yarns, or you can use a variegated yarn.
Whichever pattern you choose to use (you can always experiment with both), the end result is a unique, beautiful cover for glass jars that you can use all spring and summer while you sit outside enjoying the cool breeze as you wait for the stars to appear.
If you’d like to try making your own nightlight covers, you can find the patterns at Little Monkeys Crochet and Love Crochet. You can also follow them on various social media sites or directly on their blogs, if you prefer. Be sure to check out their other free patterns as well.5
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There are plenty of unconventional materials used to crochet, such as rope, wire, and t-shirts, but oftentimes to use these items you have to prep them yourself, which can be a bother. With the rise of creative uses for crochet and the need for more unconventional materials, however, there has been an upswing in new types of acrylic yarns, such as Knitlon, which is made up of 100% nylon knitting ribbon. What’s that mean? Simply put, it’s an already woven ribbon made up of nylon, useful for weaving, knitting, and crochet. A bonus side effect to using nylon means it dries quickly, which makes it perfect for the following crochet body scrubber, unlike some conventional materials such as wool (and even cotton, which takes longer to dry).
FitzBirch Crafts has created a free crochet pattern for you to make your own personal scrubbies using Knitlon, and it’s a perfect project for a beginner, since it only requires the use of three stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), and double crochet (dc).
You’ll need some Knitlon in your color of choice (pastels are always a good option) and a 5.5mm crochet hook, plus some scissors to complete this project. The result is a cute bathroom scrubbie perfect for the guest bath, or as part of a gift basket, or as a little treat for yourself. With how quickly these work up, you could make several in no time.
If you’re interested in trying out this free pattern, you can find it at FitzBirch Crafts. Check out their other free patterns as well – they’ve got everything from clothing (wraps, shawls & scarves), to accessories (hair comb, brooch), to housewares (covers, table mats, etc.) and more. You can also find and follow them on their various social media pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Ravelry.
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Food has always been a popular choice for art projects, whether in the form of still life paintings or cute, pastel amigurumi versions of real life food. It symbolizes a lot of things for us, and we immortalize it in our art as a way of recognizing the importance of its place in our lives. It sustains us, brings us together, and inspires us.
Of course, some food is better off staying in our fond memories than being put in our tummies, especially as we get older and have to watch what we eat. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t still appreciate the part it played in our childhoods – like these crocheted Easter Marshmallow Bunnies.
Whiskers and Wool’s free crochet pattern is a fun take on these soft, bright treats and you’ll want to make several in a variety of colors in order to appreciate the full effect. These would also make a great centerpiece for a springtime party, layered together in a basket full of fake grass, green ribbon, or raffia.
To make one or more of these cuties, you’ll want to assemble the following crochet materials:
- 12 yards Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Acrylic)
- 3 Beads
- Size G (4.25mm) Crochet Hook
- Black Sewing Thread
- Sewing Needle
- Yarn Needle
You’ll also need to know the following stitches: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and regular stitch.
Each of these little guys will measure 4″ tall and 1 3/4″ wide.
The pattern calls for a front and back piece, and then using whip stitch, the sides will be sewn up as the fiberfill goes in (the ears do not need stuffing, just the body).
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You can always use one more basket, right? How about a big, tough basket to handle all the gardening tools? Or a medium-size basket for all the things you don’t have a place for in the living room? A small basket by the door that can hold all the important stuff you’re likely to forget?
Whatever you need a basket for, this free crochet pattern has you covered. No need to find another pattern for different sizes, simply choose a larger size yarn and bigger hook and you’re good to go. You can try making these in different colors for a subtle ombre effect or grouping colors together like primaries, pastels, or jewel tones.
The first basket is created with rope or cord, making it tough enough to withstand a lot of wear and tear. You’ll need a size “Q” crochet hook to go along with the more durable material. You’ll also need to know the following stitches: Magic Circle, slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), and single crochet (sc). If you want to use cotton yarn, simply double up on the yarn to help retain its shape (the pattern suggests using an “L” hook if you decide to go this route). The pattern for the cotton yarn basket uses the same stitches as the first one.
Along with the free pattern, you’ll find plenty of photos to help out with any trouble spots, as well as a video tutorial, all available on the same page for easy reference. There’s also a photo to pin on your Pinterest page.
If you’d like to share your creation with the author of the free pattern, you can do so by adding and tagging her on her Instagram account or following her Facebook page and uploading photos to her wall.
All pattern, photo and video instructions for making your own baskets can be found on Melanie K Ham’s website.
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Crochet continues to evolve in unique ways, and one style of crochet that has become more and more popular in recent months is hand crochet – that is, crochet that only utilizes your fingers, no needle required. What’s the point? It allows you to use bigger, thicker, chunkier yarn but takes less time than using a crochet hook. Most of the time, people use this type of crochet to make afghans, blankets, and throws.
Want to try your hand at making one of these cozy, comfy projects?
Flax And Twine have a spiffy PDF pattern and video tutorial available for a small fee, or you can purchase the entire kit (which comes with everything you’ll need for the project, including the yarn). The result is a 36″ by 42″ chunky blanket that is sure to make you the envy of all your friends. Imagine tucking yourself in for a cozy night at home with some wine, snacks, and this luxurious blanket.
If you’re a little unsure about how crochet works with just your hands, you can find a free hand crochet tutorial and blanket pattern at Simply Maggie. The finished blanket measures 53″ by 46″ and includes tassels on each corner for a comfy chic look. DIY Everywhere also notes that once you’ve got the gist of the hand crochet technique, you can try out Simply Maggie’s free video tutorial for a blanket using the basket weave stitch for an even more impressive end result.
Whichever pattern or video tutorial you choose, hand crochet is a fun skill to learn and creates beautiful results. You can use the technique to develop more projects, like rugs, baskets, and cushion covers.
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If you, like me, get too excited when dinner looks ready, you might also have a little collection of blisters and scars from grabbing the too-hot handle of a pot, pan or skillet. However, there is a simple solution: these adorable little crocheted pan handle holders!
This is a great project for “stash-busting” when you need to use up yarn leftovers, and they can be made in any color of any yarn size or texture, though of course you’ll probably want to use something more durable and less flimsy, or pair the flimsy with something stronger. Cotton is always a safe choice. You could make these with lines and stripes, variegated yarns, or with complimentary colors to match your potholders.
Rene’ Catron’s free panhandle crochet pattern calls for cotton yarn and a 4.25mm crochet hook, along with knowledge of the following stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), and decrease (sc2tog). There’s a small size and a large size for you to use, as well, along with some excellent photos. This pattern has a nice edging to the handle holder, which provides a thicker shield between the hot handle and your fingers.
She’s Crafty Crochet also has a free crochet pattern for cast iron handle covers, which uses worsted-weight cotton yarn and a 4mm crochet hook, along with these stitches: chain (ch) and single crochet (sc). If you use Lily Sugar ‘N Cream cotton yarn, it comes in an array of beautiful colors, and it’s thick enough to protect your fingers from further burns.
The Firefly Hook also has a great free pattern for pot handle cozies, which can be adjusted to fit any size handle. The pattern suggests using a yarn like Wool & The Gang’s Shiny Happy Cotton, along with a 5.5mm crochet hook and all of the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc). This pattern is unique because it doubles up on the yarn to provide even more space between heated handles and fingers.
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If you’ve ever had to rush to get ready, you know how easy it is to drop things, miss items, and generally create a big mess that will have to be cleaned up when you get home. How about making things easy on yourself and utilizing one of these bathroom organizers? With several sizes to choose from, you’re sure to find one that works for you, whether you want one for all your makeup brushes, or your lotions and shampoos, or your soap, washcloths and razors.
So where do you begin? How about a bathroom door organizer? It uses a hanger to attach to the door, and it’s the perfect size for mid-range items like a scrub brush, shampoo bottle, facial cleanser, sponge, and washcloths. You can find the link through Thrifty DIY Diva, Annie’s Catalog or the Crochet World magazine. You can also download the pattern for a small fee.
Or, if you find you have more difficulty keeping track of all the body wash, shampoos, conditioners, scrubs, and soaps in the shower, you could try the shower organizer from Patrones Asgaya, which has a handy chart to illustrate the pattern. Please note, the pattern is in Spanish so Google Translate or Babblefish might come in handy.
If you’re always rushing to find your keys, phone, and chapstick, you might want to try the doorknob organizer from Debra Arch. It was originally published in Crochet World but is available for a minimal fee through Annie’s Catalog and Ravelry. You’ll need an “F” size hook and nylon cord for the project, along with a tapestry needle, a metal carabiner, a one-inch metal key ring, and a three-inch metal ring for the handle.
There’s also a free bathroom organizer crochet pattern from Lilla Bjorn on Notey that uses knitting needles (metal suggested if you’re storing heavier items) to hold up the pockets instead of letting them droop. It’s a cute, unique look for those who love everything fibre arts. If you want to try this pattern, you’ll need yarn (suggested: Bloom yarn by Sheepjes), a 4mm crochet hook, three curtain rings, two knitting needles, scissors, and a tapestry needle to complete it.
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