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Do you ever wish you could combine your crafting talents to make things? You’re in luck. If you’re a crocheter and a sewer, you can put both of those skills to use when making this Crochet Twist Headband from All About Ami, which utilizes single crochet, whip stitch, and running stitch. And not to worry if you aren’t a sewer – you can learn these stitches and add them to your repertoire in no time.
You’ll also be using (or learning) foundation single crochet, for which there is a handy link in the pattern. Once you’ve got that down, you’ll simply follow along as the pattern takes you through the steps of crocheting, twisting, and then sewing it all together (the foundation single crochet eliminates the need to start with a crochet chain with the added bonus of making the headband stretchier).
Collect the following materials before you begin: 1 skein of yarn (recommended: Bulky Level 5, such as the Lion Brand Woolspun), a 6.5mm crochet hook, scissors, and a yarn needle. All About Ami has provided some suggestions from Amazon if you need to purchase materials before you start crafting the headband.
As far as sizing goes, you won’t need to make a gauge first, as the foundation single crochet will be measured against your head as you go. Just remember, it will stretch a bit, so plan accordingly. There are notes at the bottom of the pattern about sizing if you’re unsure.
Once the foundation single crochet is complete, you’ll simply add six rows of single crochet. Easy, right? (There are also variations, if you prefer a side-to-side stitch instead of a long running stitch) The next part is creating the twist, which involves some sewing, including a whip stitch and a running stitch. If you’re unfamiliar with those, there are several YouTube videos that can assist with learning these stitches, and then you’ll be able to incorporate them into other projects. Being able to use them with crochet (and knit) projects opens up a lot of possibilities, so if you haven’t yet tried incorporating, be sure and give it a go. They’re basic sewing stitches and will not take long to learn.
When the sewing is complete, you’ll have a fashionable, cozy headband to wear when the weather gets nippy. They also make great gifts for friends and family, teachers, and people working outside during colder months.
You can also spruce these headbands up if you like. Try adding some ribbon in a coordinating color, some large wooden or pewter antique buttons, or sequins in and around the twist and see how many different looks you can create. Maybe add a brooch instead or try making a larger cowl version of the headband (you could also make matching or coordinating headbands and cowls).
If the Crochet Twist Headband looks like the perfect project to add to your crafting queue, visit All About Ami and find out how you can add this beautiful band to your wardrobe! Be sure to check out her other free patterns (there are two more free headband patterns if you’re looking for fashionable headgear), and if you want to keep updated on new projects and patterns, sign up for her newsletter.
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Want a fun, easy, but practical crochet project for the next item in your crafting queue? Look no further than this Nylon Rope Crochet Outdoor Rug. Aesthetic Outburst’s hot pink rug will wear well in the summer, and is hardy enough to even withstand a few winters. Of course, you don’t have to make your own rug hot pink, but wouldn’t a bright color put some pep in your step?
Whatever color you choose, you’ll also need to find some scissors that will cut through the rope (be careful and gentle, especially on the first try. You don’t want any pinched fingers!), as well as a crochet hook that will allow you to crochet without being too unwieldy. You might have to try out a few different sizes before finding the right one, but it shouldn’t take more than few minutes to locate the exact size that will make this project a breeze. Remember, the bigger the nylon rope and hook, the shorter the completion time.
You can add in whatever fancy stitches you like, but if you’d rather just whip it up quick, you need use nothing more than a single crochet (sc). Just make sure the stitches are somewhat tight so the rug retains its shape. You can, of course, also elaborate and create variations on this rug, using other materials (if you want an inside rug, how about using t-shirt yarn? Or you could try nylon cord, plastic, or jute), as well as different colors and patterns. This rug was made for tailoring and tinkering, giving you enough options to create several outdoor rugs and mats for all your outside activities.
Where to get the rope? Besides your local home depot or other hardware store, we found some good ones on Amazon. We’ve been using Amazon Prime (because it’s free shipping and only takes a couple days to arrive right to your door, and since we haven’t had any issues so far with like 30 or so orders this year we have no problem recommending them (Learn more about Prime or try it for 30 days free). … Here’s a spool of a bunch of colors of nylon rope. Here’s the orange kind of nylon rope. And if you want to look for some other kind, click here. You can also use this rope for a bunch of other crochet and knitting projects (we put some in the picture gallery below).
Fancy giving this pattern a go? Collect your sturdy, bright colored rope and an appropriately sized crochet hook and get going! You might want to take a peek at Aesthetic Outburst before you begin. If you’d rather have a look at a more rigid pattern, try looking through Craft Gawker and see what you can come up with – there’s bound to be a rug shape and size that fits your needs.
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Looking for just the right rug to go with your decor? Having a difficult time finding something that clicks? How about making your own? Sure, there’s plenty of boring old rug patterns to be had, but what about a fun, unique rug that expresses your love for animals? What’s not to love?
The Whoot has compiled a fantastic list of animal rug crochet patterns, some of which are free. There are also patterns available for purchase, patterns that can be translated into English, and photo inspiration if you’re one of the more daring crocheters who decides to make your own patterns (and if you’re so inclined to share, it would be a great idea to note down the pattern and post it at your own website so the rest of us can benefit).
There are several options to choose from, in all different sizes, all different types of yarns, and many, many different colors. You could even pick out a wild color scheme and make an animal rug the likes of which Lisa Frank would envy. With so many choices, you may want to scroll through and save your favorites for later. Who knows when you’ll need a new rug and decide to add another to your collection?
Make sure to read the patterns ahead of time and collect the proper materials – starting a big project can be intimidating but if you take things one step at a time and prepare ahead, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is and how simple it can be to create something on a larger scale.
Want to try making your own crochet animal rug? You can find free patterns, patterns available for purchase, and inspiration all on the same page at The Whoot. There are lots of options (bugs, birds, domesticated and wild animals) available, so be sure and look through them all before you decide!
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This How To for DIY Craft Slippers was meant for those of you who like exploring off the edges of the map, so to speak. Not for those who enjoy the ritual of reading the pattern, gathering the materials, and slipping into a comfortable rhythm as the project comes together.
That being said, if you feel like stretching yourself a little (or you’re one of those aforementioned explorers), you might want to take a look at this How To and gather some ideas for projects later on down the road. Or maybe you’re ready to jump into a new project today and you want to bash some patterns together and see what happens?
Even though the How To is in Spanish, there are plenty of pictures to follow along with, and the idea itself is cobbled together from various popular patterns floating around the web. You might even want to try combining other slipper patterns until you get just the right look.
You can add pattern pieces until you reach the perfect design, and then go all out with it and alter it however you please. The idea shows lots of color, stripes, and ankle loops so there’s plenty of room for innovation. Once you get started down this road, it can be difficult to stop. It’s so much fun!
If you want to try this DIY How To for slippers (which includes links to patterns for soles and slippers as well as plenty of photos to fuel your inspiration), you can check it out at De Todo Crochet.
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Searching for that perfect combination of cute and comfortable? If you’re looking for a new pair of slippers and have despaired at finding just the right fit and feel, look no further! The Lacey Wool Crochet Slipper pattern is just the thing. It uses chunky yarn and a big hook, which means less time crocheting and more time enjoying the warmth and softness on your feet. And with the lacey look, you don’t have to be embarrassed about answering the door in your slippers!
These slippers are crocheted all in one piece from the bottom up, and you can also add soles if you like, either with flip-flop bottoms, felt, or by crocheting a sturdy sole from leftover yarn scraps, like the author of the Lacey Wool pattern did.
The pattern can be purchased for €5, and comes complete with written instructions, a photo tutorial and additional instructions for making and adding your own crocheted soles to the slippers once they’re finished. There are four sizes of slippers so that you can be sure of the perfect fit, and they’re also made a tad roomy in case you want to wear them with your favorite pair of socks.
These slippers would also be adorable in a variety of colors, stripes, ombre, and other patterns, or adorned with buttons, lace, ribbon, pom poms, or whatever your heart desires. Spruce them up however you please and make them unique. If the hankering strikes again, of course, you can always make yourself another pair or send them off with friends and family.
If you want to try out a similar, free pattern before purchasing the Lacey Wool Crochet Slippers pattern, we found the Lily Sugar ‘N Cream pattern here. And when you’re ready, you can buy the Lacey Wool PDF from Sophie & Me on Ravelry.
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The Triangle Box Stitch is one of those beautiful stitches that isn’t often used because it looks complicated, and it can be difficult to find a way to make it practical for everyday use. However, as a shawl, it becomes an elegant piece to dress up your wardrobe, or as an addition to linens, either in a bedroom, kitchen, or living room.
It’s also one of those stitches that you can make as simple as you like or give it an extra challenge by adding in different colors. The shawl is beautiful as a single color, but it becomes even more stunning with an ombre effect or a specific color scheme, such as a peacock tail.
The pattern comes complete with a photo tutorial so you can see how the shawl comes together one row at a time, which is especially helpful if you’re using more than one color. You’ll be using the following stitches: chain stitch (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), front post single crochet (fpsc), and the shell stitch. The pattern uses both American and British terms to make it easier for international pattern viewers.
There are sixteen steps (or rows) to the pattern, which you will then repeat until you’ve reached the desired length for your shawl. The result is a beautiful, shell-edged triangle shawl that will keep you cozy in all sorts of weather. It’s a unique piece, sure to catch admiring glances from passersby wherever you go. You might even have to make a few for envious friends and family!
If you want to give this free triangle box stitch shawl pattern a go, you can find the link to it over at Crochet News. There are also some photos to provide inspiration in case you’d like to take the pattern up a notch and try out your own variations.
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Want to try a new crochet stitch but don’t want to spend the time learning one that’s too complicated for a simple project? Look no further – we’ve got you covered with a dream project: the Chunky Icelandic Blanket from Mama In A Stitch. It uses the Lemon Peel stitch, which alternates single and double crochet. Sounds great, right? It also creates a great, cozy texture, perfect for winter gear, and in this case, the warmest, snuggliest blanket imaginable.
While the crochet pattern is available for free on Mama In A Stitch, there’s also a PDF pattern available via the Etsy shop. You’ll also find (for free) the blanket sizing guide which will help you determine how much yarn to purchase to complete your own chunky Icelandic blanket. You’ll need to make sure you’ve got a bigger crochet hook than you’d normally use (which is what helps create the blanket’s unique texture). The pattern recommends a size “P”. You’ll also need a tapestry needle, scissors, and at least 6 skeins of wool yarn (recommended: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, or something similar).
The pattern has plenty of helpful photos to guide you through the process, but once you get the hang of alternating the stitches, the pattern’s a breeze. And when you’ve completed the blanket, you can add whatever little finishes you like, such as tassels or pom-poms on the corners, or even fringe if you prefer.
You can upload pictures of your completed project to Facebook or Instagram and tag @mamainastitch, who enjoys seeing the different takes on her chunky Icelandic blanket. The blanket would make a perfect Christmas present or addition to a guest room, living room, or camping trip.
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Tired of having your chairs scrape up your floors? Aggravated that the felt stoppers you put on keep peeling off? Don’t like the look of rubber stoppers? Not to worry, Crochet Bug has just the thing – a simple, easy fix to making sure your floor remains scratch free – chair leg socks. You can match the color of the chair, you can try out bright or pastel colors, or you can switch up the colors to reflect specific holidays.
The pattern calls for the following: a 3.75mm crochet hook, Red Heart Super Saver yarn (in whatever color or colors you choose), a yarn needle, scissors, and a removable stitch marker. You will also need to make sure that you are crocheting the correct gauge. The pattern notes that if you crochet loosely, you should be fine using the 3.75mm crochet hook, but if you crochet a tight stitch, you might need to try going up a size or two in order to make sure the socks are the right fit for your chairs.
Chair socks are crocheted in continuous rounds but instead of joining them every round you’ll be using the stitch marker to keep track of where the rounds end. The pattern is simple enough, using just the following stitches: single crochet (sc), single crochet two stitches together (sc2tog), slip stitch (sl st), and chain (ch).
The end result are chair leg socks that will protect either your chair feet or the floor from getting damaged. (If you have more delicate patio chairs, the socks may be crocheted with alternative materials that will withstand weather and prevent the chairs from being damaged by the patio floor)
If you’ve got chairs that need some leg socks and want to try your hand at crafting your own, you can find the free Chair Leg Socks crochet pattern at Crochet Bug. You can also see the finished product here.
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Crochet In Color (Elizabeth Pardue)’s free crochet basket pattern is a great place to start if you’ve never made a basket. There are dozens of uses for one (in the kitchen for utensils, in the bathroom for necessities, in the craft room for supplies, etc.), and this pattern’s simple enough for everyone to try. You might also want to look at her other original patterns on Ravelry – there’s a lot of options to choose from, including more basket patterns.
You’ll need the following supplies: a crochet hook (size “L”), 3 skeins of super bulky yarn (the pattern recommends Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick), scissors, and a tapestry needle. The pattern is crocheted from the bottom up, in the round as one piece, and the website includes both written directions and a photo tutorial.
While you might be tempted to use a larger hook (after all, you are using larger yarn), resist the temptation. The smaller hook ensures that the stitch is stiff, which helps the basket retain its shape. Of course if you don’t want to use super bulky yarn, you can use a worsted weight yarn and up the strand count to four. This will produce the same effect, though the texture will vary slightly. You can of course use different materials as well, such as hemp, ribbon yarn wrapped around clear tubing, or t-shirt yarn. After you complete the basket, you can also add on finishing touches such as buttons, ribbon, or pom-poms.
If you’ve been looking for a crochet basket pattern you can modify by using something like t-shirt yarn, ribbon yarn, or other alternative materials, you can try this free pattern at Ravelry – you do have to have an invite to Nurin Kurin (and you’ll most likely have to use Google Translate for help, though there are photos of the alternative “yarn” materials) in order to see those alterations, though there’s a great picture on Tumblr if you want a peek.
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Sometimes you just need a basket in a specific size. And the more specific you get, the more difficult it is to find the one you want. But what if you could make the perfect size basket for a specific purpose? All About Ami has you covered with several free patterns for crocheted baskets in every size, ranging from simple one color baskets to the more complicated ombre effect basket. She’s also included her modifications to the patterns so you can make sure you have the exact size you need.
You’ll want to use a super bulky yarn to ensure that the basket holds its shape, and in some cases, you’ll use two strands of yarn throughout the pattern. However, if you want to experiment, you can use a smaller weight yarn and simply add more strands (start with three or four) to make sure it stays a stiff texture that you can shape into a basket. One of the patterns recommends using Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick if you’re going to use a super bulky yarn. If you’re wanting to try the ombre basket, however, you’ll simply use four strands of a worsted weight yarn to get the effect you desire.
Another thing to be aware of is the size of the crochet hook you’re using — too large, and the texture won’t be stiff enough to retain its shape. While it might seem like a good idea to use a larger hook with super bulky yarn, the basket might become more of a bag if you do.
None of these patterns are overly complicated. All you need to do is check that your crochet hook and yarn weight are the right fit so that your basket doesn’t slouch or succumb to being pulled in all directions because of its contents. Once complete, a set of these baskets would make great gifts for the people in your life who love to organize. They also make a thoughtful welcome present. Of course, you can always keep them for yourself and use them to hold all your yarn, crochet hooks, and other craft supplies.
Want to try your hand at making one or more sizes of these crocheted baskets? All About Ami has links to each pattern (whether you want small, medium or large) on her site.
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