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Does the idea of crocheting your own wardrobe additions seem intimidating? It doesn’t have to be. With this in-the-round poncho comprised of simple crochet stitches, you could have a new, stylish piece in your closet in no time.
You’ll need two skeins of Red Heart Love yarn (black is a solid choice but you could branch out into jewel tones, earth tones, or even pastels), a size “K” hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle. There are alternate instructions if you choose to use a different type of yarn or another size hook, as the pattern was created for sizes L-XL.
The only stitches you’ll need to know are chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc) and half double crochet (hdc), although you’ll need to figure out how many chain stitches you’ll need to begin with (the pattern adds that it should be a multiple of 8 + 1). A chart is included with the pattern.
The finished product is a chic, simple piece that will go with anything from a t-shirt and jeans to a blouse and dress pants. With such an easy pattern, you may want to make two or three in different colors for those days when you want a splash of color to brighten up your outfit.
You can find the free pattern with chart and photos over at Twin Stitches.
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If you like making jewelry as well as crocheted items, we’ve found the perfect combination for you in this crochet leather bracelet. With a few additional parts and a pair of pliers, you can create the perfect accessory for any outfit.
You’ll need the following supplies:
- Two packages of leather cording (size suggested: .5mm)
- Four Hole Latch Clasp
- Jump Rings
- Two crochet hooks (sizes suggested: “C” and “E”)
- Jewelry Pliers
You can find the other supplies at craft stores such as Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s, or online at Amazon.
The only stitches called for in this pattern are single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc) unless you want to add some fancy stitches yourself.
The finished bracelet is about six inches around so make sure you try it as you go along to make sure it’s the perfect fit. The clasps are crocheted on, but you’ll attach the tassels with jump rings and your jewelry pliers. If you need help, there are photos to go along with the written instructions.
If you’re interested in making this tassel bracelet, the free pattern from Alexis is available on Persia Lou. If you’re interested in making other pieces of crochet jewelry, she also has a pattern for crochet earrings, which can be found here.
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Plaid is one of the few patterns that never seems to go out of style. It remains a staple whether it’s on scarves, flannel shirts, kilts, bags, blankets, or coats. Every year when fall arrives, the plaid comes out and makes us all feel a little warmer. If you feel you need more plaid in your life (and who doesn’t?) you might want to try this free plaid cowl pattern.
You’ll need four colors of chunky yarn (suggested: grey as the main color, and blue, chartreuse, and cream as accent colors) and a size “N” or “P” crochet hook. The cowl is made in-the-round, with a striped base which is then crocheted over the top to produce the plaid pattern. There are some photos to help illustrate the technique.
There’s a helpful chart you can use to ensure the right color placement, and if you’ve chosen different colors, you’ll simply plug those colors into the chart instead of using the original colors. Quite simple to do and will afford you a host of options!
The stitches you’ll need to know are: single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st), chain one (ch1), chain two (ch2), and you’ll also need to know how to crochet in the spaces as well as the stitches.
If you’d like to try this out for yourself, you can find the free plaid cowl pattern over at Make My Day Creative.
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That steaming cup of coffee in the morning sure hits the spot – or would if you could pick it up! When your mug or to-go cup is too hot, you need a coffee sleeve. And not the thin cardboard kind. One you can trust to keep your hands pain-free. If you’re a regular coffee or tea drinker with a need for a more permanent coffee sleeve situation, we’ve got you covered with these free patterns.
Cup cozies or sleeves are a quick, easy project with dozens of variations available to suit your needs, whether you’re imbibing at home or on the go. Different stitches add interest and the details are up to you, whether you want to add buttons, beads, or baubles.
One of our favorite patterns is the Basket Weave Coffee Sleeve from Just Be Happy. It was made to fit a 16 oz to-go cup using worsted weight yarn and a size “G” hook (after you chain 30, check and see if it fits your cup. If not, you can go up a hook size).
You’ll need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (dc), fasten off (FO), yarn over (YO), front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet (bpdc), the last two of which are explained in the pattern with a photo tutorial. The pattern is crocheted in the round.
The Basket Weave Coffee Sleeve pattern can be found on Just Be Happy Life (if you prefer a PDF, it is available as a free download on Ravelry from Just Be Happy – follow the link on their blog).
If you’d like more information on free sleeve and cozy patterns, you can find more options at Everything Etsy.
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What’s cozier than a pair of warm, handcrafted moccasins? Even if you don’t have the multiple tools or skills to make yourself a pair of real leather moccasins, there are ways around that – like these crochet patterns, which require nothing more than yarn, a hook, and scissors.
The patterns are easily tailored to fit any foot size, and only require a larger hook and thicker yarn that suits (The pattern calls for two strands of acrylic DK yarn and a size “I” crochet hook but does walk through what you’ll need to do in order to make sure the moccasins are the right fit).
You can mix and match colors, stick with one or a monochrome scheme, or use a variegated yarn for some interest. You could also included bead work, fringe, or tassels. The instructions for adding fringe are included in the pattern.
You’ll need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), sc (single crochet), single crochet decrease (sc dec) and blo (back loop only).
The pattern includes a photo tutorial as well as written instructions, and is available as a free PDF at Umme Yusuf.
If you’d like a little more of a challenge, you could also try the Tribal Moccasin variation found on Just Be Crafty.
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This might be the cutest ghost ever to say “Boo!” And with the free, simple pattern from Super Cute Designs, it isn’t even scary to put together. If you’d like a little ghost or two to haunt your house, you’ll need the following materials:
- White yarn (either cotton, acrylic, or a mixture – the recommended yarn is Tilda, a 50/50 blend)
- A “D” size crochet hook (or a size that complements the yarn weight)
- A tapestry needle
- Polyester stuffing (available at craft, hobby, or fabric stores)
- Black and pink embroidery floss
You’ll also need to know the following stitches: Magic Ring, single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), one stitch increase (1 inc), one stitch decrease (1 dec), chain (ch) and slip stitch (sl).
The ghost is crocheted in the round, with the addition of ruffles at the bottom. You’ll also be making tiny hands that will be sewn on later. After the ghost is assembled, you’ll need to embroider sleepy little eyes and pink cheeks.
These would make perfect little additions for a kawaii Halloween party or someone’s ghoulish collection of creepy cute amigurumis.
If you’d like the free pattern, you can find it at the Super Cute Designs website in English, with U.S. crochet terms.
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Who doesn’t love a candy bowl? If you’d rather not have the temptation of real candy however, you could always crochet a bowl of these cute candy amigurumis from Jennifer at Super Cute Designs.
The pattern is free on the Super Cute Designs website, and it is in English, using U.S. crochet terms. You’ll need two colors of yarn (you can use cotton, acrylic, or a mix), a size “D” crochet hook (it will depend on the yarn you’re using), a tapestry needle, polyester stuffing, and black embroidery floss.
You’ll also need to know the following crochet stitches: Magic Ring, chain (ch), single crochet (sc), one stitch increase (1 inc), and one stitch decrease (1 dec).
The middle of the candy is crocheted first in alternating colors, followed by the two sides of “wrapped paper” that will be attached later. You’ll also be sewing in the details of the eyes and mouth, if you want to include them. You could also just leave them out and make the candy look more realistic.
You could combine any number of colors making these candies appropriate for various seasons (red, orange and yellow for fall, for example) or holidays (pink and purple for Easter, red and white for Christmas, etc.).
If you’d like to try your hand at making one or a whole batch of these cuties, you can find the free pattern at Jennifer’s site, Super Cute Designs.
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There’s nothing cuter than a little bundle of joy – especially if they’re all wrapped up in a warm creation of yours! If you’ve got a tiny tot in your life or one on the way, you might want to make a few of these snuggly cocoons for them. With a variety of free patterns available, you can customize to your heart’s content, making each cocoon unique just like the baby human that will be inhabiting it.
The basic pattern for this cocoon and its accompanying hat says you’ll need the following: worsted weight yarn (any color), a “J” hook, a tapestry needle, and scissors. The only stitches you’ll need to know are the magic ring and treble crochet (tc).
This project works up quickly, so if you’ve got time, you might want to try out some other patterns, such as the Snowman Cocoon (complete with a snowman face hat) or the Tulip Cocoon (which includes a tulip blossom hat). There are also Teddy Bear, Owl, Football, Caterpillar, and Mermaid cocoons on Pinterest (type in “cocoon crochet pattern” to see all the variations and free patterns available!).
If you want to try out the basic pattern, you can find it at The Knitless Knitter. The Snowman Cocoon pattern is available on Repeat Crafter Me, and the Tulip Cocoon is on Sallie’s Tiny Pushes (which includes a link for the tulip blossom hat, found on Suzie’s Yarnie Stuff)
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Do you ever wonder what to do with yarn leftovers? If you’ve got a stash of yarn from old projects spilling out all over the place that you’d like to use up in a cute, quick project that can be used in a dozen different ways, then this crochet flower pattern is for you. You can use one, two, or three colors to create unique flowers that resemble those in nature or buds that spring from your own imagination.
The free Five Petal Tropical Flower pattern suggests using a “G” hook and worsted weight yarn (you’ll also need scissors and a tapestry needle). It also has instructions for using one or two colors, as well as center detailing ideas (like adding buttons or beads), along with photos. You’ll need to know the following stitches: the Magic Ring, slip stitch (sl), single crochet (sc), and double crochet (dc).
After you’ve crocheted a few of these beauties, they can be attached to scarves, hats, bags, bookmarks, cards, blankets, or slippers. You can string them together for a festive island garland, or scatter them across the table for a spring brunch – the possibilities are practically endless!
Visit Little Monkeys Crochet for the free pattern and some inspiration!
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“The late 1960’s are never entirely out of fashion, they just need a fresh angle to make them de jour.” – Bob Stanley
While bohemian fashion did in fact originate prior to the 1960’s (it originally was used in lieu of “gypsy”, indicating an unfashionable style of clothing worn by poverty-stricken artists after the French Revolution in 1799), it was the 1960’s that made this a lasting style.
Many styles have branched off of the original bohemian look, including “boho-chic”, “hippie”, and “hipster”. A mainstay in all of these styles, however, is crochet – whether it’s used as an accent or focal point. If you’re a boho-look lover, there are plenty of ways to add it to your wardrobe and your home.
You might want to start small, such as adding crochet edging to your shirts, shorts, or bag. You could step up to something bigger like chunky jewelry, a wall-hanging, a bag, or a vest. Or you could take it further and crochet a dress, tunic, shawl or skirt.
Too many choices? Not sure where to begin? Below are three boho-styled projects to choose from:
#1: Broomstick Lace Crochet Bracelet
You’ll need a fine yarn (bamboo cotton suggested), a small crochet hook (G) and a large crochet hook (P), as well as scissors and three buttons. While the broomstick stitch may take a try or two to get right, it’s simple enough that it won’t take long to learn. The finished result is an elegant, bohemian cuff.
#2: Boho Tassel Crochet Bag
For this project you’ll need worsted weight cotton yarn, a crochet hook (I), a purse handle or old belt, and unbleached muslin for the inside of the bag, along with scissors and sewing supplies. You’ll also need to know the Half Treble Crochet stitch (htrc) and the magic loop, along with basic stitches. You’ll be adding fringe accents as well. The completed bag looks effortlessly chic and ready for summer.
#3: Pineapple Top
If you’re a little more ambitious, you might want to try making this beautiful, breezy tank top with pineapple motif. You’ll need to use size 10 cotton crochet thread, plus two different crochet hooks (D & F). Luckily, there aren’t any fancy stitches to learn – just single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), and treble crochet (tc).
If you’d like to try the Broomstick Lace Cuff, Ink Flamingoes has a photo tutorial on their site. If the Boho Tassel Crochet Bag is more your speed, Persia Lou has a free pattern with photos for your convenience. The Pineapple Top and instructions for making it can be found at Impromptu Crochet.
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