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Urban Gypsy Boho Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet August 8, 2017

Urban Gypsy Boho Bag

Have a Boho beauty in your life? Are you, yourself a Bohemian? Then how about show that side of you off with this free crochet pattern for an Urban Gypsy Boho Bag? The Make & Do Crew provides this pattern free of charge, or – if you’d rather have a printable PDF without the ads – you can purchase the seven page pattern with accompanying step-by-step photos for a small fee. This is the perfect bag for the summer, whether you’re attending a music night at the park, going on a road trip to a boho mecca, or simply shopping at the local farmer’s market.

The Urban Gypsy Boho Bag is just one of a collection of patterns from the Make & Do Crew inspired by the 1970’s hippie generation. It features granny squares as well as plenty of fringe accents. You can crochet a strap for the bag if you wish, but if you want to go full-on retro, you can attach a vintage belt instead (there are instructions for both so pick your favorite) If you want an accompanying accessory or clothing item for the bag, you can try their other patterns, like the crochet moccasins, the hooded cowl, DIY boots, and cardigan. There are links to each of these patterns on the bag pattern page.

To make your own boho bag, you’ll need the following materials:

  • 5 skeins of yarn (the pattern calls for Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton in “Vanilla”)
  • Size “K” crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • 30″ x 24″ piece of muslin fabric (optional for the inside of the bag)
  • Sewing needle and thread to match muslin fabric (again, this is optional)
  • Toggle button
  • Leather belt or strap (optional)
  • D-rings and rivets (optional – these are for use with the leather belt or strap)

While gauge is not as important in this particular project, if you want to make sure you’re staying within the pattern’s parameters, each square should measure 8.5 inches. There are also some stitches you should be familiar with in order to complete this project: magic ring, single crochet (sc), skip (sk), slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), double crochet (dc), right side (RS), treble crochet (tr), space (sp). There are also a few special stitches: two double crochet cluster (2DcCl), three double crochet cluster (3DcCl), and four double crochet cluster (4DcCl), all of which are explained in the pattern. The bag is crocheted by holding two strands of yarn together at a time, and the pattern is basically two squares and two triangles worked together with the later inclusion of a strap and plenty of fringe.

Most of these should be known to beginner crocheters, which means this pattern is a good fit for most everyone. It might be a new challenge for those who have not made granny squares in the past, but it won’t be so difficult that it can’t be mastered.

If you would like to add this Urban Gypsy Boho Bag to your collection, you can find the list of materials, pattern notes, complete pattern, and photo tutorial for free at the Make & Do Crew’s website. Be sure and sign up to receive their weekly newsletter – it comes with free patterns.

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Crochet Block Blanket (Free Tutorial)

Crochet August 8, 2017

Crochet Block Blanket (Free Tutorial)

Whether you’ve never done a blanket before or you’ve done so many you’re looking for a new challenge, there’s one blanket you need to try: the 3-D block blanket. It’s a fun project whether you’re an artsy person, a math whiz, or both. With just three colors, a crochet hook, a tapestry needle and a pair of scissors, you can make your own unique, interesting blanket to show off your skills. When you cozy up in your cuddly new blanket, you can be proud of your new ability.

The video tutorial is available on YouTube in both English and Spanish (there are two different videos so make sure you pick the right one for you), walking you through each step clearly and concisely. The pattern calls for three colors (the original uses navy, light blue and white but you can mix it up and use primary colors, pastel colors, or an ombre effect if you’d prefer) and there are a variety of yarns you can use for this project, but make sure it isn’t scratchy.

Feel a hankering to try this 3-D blanket for yourself? You can do so by watching the Crochet Diamond Blanket Tutorial with Lanas Y Ovillos on YouTube – the video tutorial is only thirteen minutes long, and once you’ve mastered that, you can find other patterns on the channel for a myriad of crochet projects. Be sure and subscribe so that you never miss a video – they release new videos every Tuesday. There are plenty of projects to suit everyone, including clothes, amigurumi, kitchen accessories, and household items.

Here’s a gallery of what this looks like when you’re working on it and when its done.

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Granny Flower Square (Free Pattern)

Crochet August 8, 2017

Granny Flower Square (Free Pattern)

Are you one of those people who feel like you belong in another decade? Do you pine after the 1960’s and 1970’s styles that can’t be found except in vintage stores nowadays? If you’re one of the hippies or boho babes that would like to throw some older influences into your interior design, then you might want to take a look at this Granny Flower Square blanket from ByHaafner. Depending on which colors you choose, you can go completely retro with shades of brown, yellow, and orange, or you can take it even further back and do a 1960’s inspired blue, yellow, and green. Whichever colors you choose, it doesn’t take much, so this is a great project if you have a bunch of small skeins in your stash.

There are some pattern notes on this square and it would behoove you to read them over and make sure you understand before beginning. Planning out or experimenting beforehand can save a lot of time (and a headache) later. The specific notes are about beginning rounds (either chain two or make a double crochet, though the author does indicate that the chain two option is her preferred method) and joining (the pattern calls for a blunt needle in order to do this, or you can do a slip stitch, though the author writes that joining by needle is her go-to tactic).

To make a blanket out of Granny Flower Squares, you’ll need to measure out the surface you wish to cover (whether it’s used as a rug, blanket, or picnic surface) and do some simple math to figure it out. Each square is 4 x4 inches, and the original blanket is 285 squares total. Depending on the type of yarn you use (the pattern does not specify so this is up to you), you’ll need a corresponding hook. The hook used in the pattern was a 4mm size, so worsted weight yarn is a likely candidate.

After you’ve done the math, gathered your materials, and read over the instructions, you will be using the following stitches to make your Granny Flower Square: magic ring, slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), double crochet (dc), space (sp), and treble crochet (tr). Most of these stitches are, of course, in a beginner’s repertoire, so this square should be easy for advanced crocheters and a good challenge for beginners. Joining the squares (should you choose to make more than one) simply requires a join-as-you-go stitch.

While there are written instructions for the Granny Flower Square, there is also a chart that illustrates which stitches go where. If you’ve never followed a chart (or seen one – I’ve mostly seen them used overseas), you may want to go through and figure out what each symbol stands for before you begin the project. You can, of course, share this pattern, but be sure and provide a link to the original so that the owner gets credit for her beautiful work.

If the Granny Flower Square looks like it might be your next project, you can find the written tutorial as well as the stitch chart at ByHaafner’s website. Groovy, baby.

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Lacy Crochet Boots Pattern For Adults (Made with Flip Flops!)

Crochet August 8, 2017

Lacy Crochet Boots Pattern For Adults (Made with Flip Flops!)

Don’t know which shoes to wear to that music festival? Want to wear something that’s more comfortable than a pair of sweaty socks and some old sneakers? How about these bohemian, gladiator sandal inspired lacy crochet boots? You can even re-use last year’s flip-flops and turn this into a green DIY recycling project – only this one will turn out cute.

The Make & Do Crew free pattern is available on their site, but if you’d prefer to look over an ad-free, printable PDF with a photo tutorial, you can purchase it from the website for a small fee. The bonus to buying the PDF is that it comes with a ruler to ensure you get just the right fit when sizing your flip-flops and crocheting the boots. Whichever pattern route you choose to go, you’ll have the makings of an adorable pair of crochet boots your friends and family will love. You may even have to make your sister, friend, mom, or aunt a pair!

If you make yourself a pair of these lacy crocheted boots with flip-flop soles, you might want to check out the other flip-flop sole shoe patterns available from the Make & Do Crew – there are plenty of options to choose from, including the Cabin Boots, Moccasins, Breckenridge Boots, and Lightweight Slippers. You can also sign up for the Make & Do Crew newsletter, which arrives in your inbox each week with free patterns, tips, and tricks for all your crochet needs.

While the lacy crochet boots are made for womens’ sizes 5-10, you can make larger sizes by adding additional rows to the boot foot base (there are instructions in the pattern). If you want to sell these, you can do so with permission from the author, but be sure and link back to the original post. You may not, of course, sell or distribute this pattern as your own. Always be sure to link back to the original source when sharing.

To make your lacy crochet boots, you’ll need to gather the following materials:

  • 4 skeins of cotton yarn (the pattern recommends using Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in “Ecru”)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Size “B” and “H” crochet hooks
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Flip-Flops (one size smaller than you’d usually wear)
  • Sharp tool (the pattern recommends an awl, skewer, or drill bit)
  • Sharp scissors
  • E6000 glue (available at most craft stores)
  • Stitch markers (these are optional but always a good idea to keep track of where you are in the pattern)

Gauge is important in this pattern to ensure the right fit, so be sure and work  up some stitching before you jump into the project. Make sure that for 13 stitches, it equals 4″, and just under 9 rows should also equal 4″ (this is for the ankle shaft portion of the pattern). You’ll also need to be familiar with the following stitches: single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), skip (sk), slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), wrong side (WS), right side (RS), main color (mc), single crochet two together (sc2tog). All of these should be familiar to a wide range of crocheters, so even if you’re a beginner, these should not be too difficult to make.

Want a pair of these beautiful lacy crocheted boots? You can find the free pattern at the Make & Do Crew’s website.

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Crochet bobble stitch (Free Patterns)

Crochet August 8, 2017

Crochet bobble stitch (Free Patterns)

Ever wonder how many blankets a new parent can use for their newborn? How many of those blankets end up getting put in the donation bin? If you want to make your friend or family member a baby blanket to welcome their new little one, you can make yours stand out (and avoid the Goodwill pile) with the crochet bobble stitch. Whether you choose to use one color, two, or use a variegated option, this stitch gives whatever project it’s used in a pop. It stands out but doesn’t take a lot of time to learn, making it a useful, practical stitch to spice up those favorite projects.

If you’re new to the bobble stitch, there are plenty of tutorials around, including options on the Free Patterns, Yarn, and Crochet Blog, where they’ve collected resources from around the web, including a chart (if you’ve never used charts before, you should learn how to read them for those difficult to impossible to find items that don’t come with instructions), a video tutorial, and several photos for inspiration (the bobble stitch is not limited to newborn items – they can be used to dress up a sweater, adorn a hat, or make a chic scarf).

Now that you’re considering the bobble stitch, give it a few practice tries before you incorporate it into a pattern. It’s a simple enough stitch for a beginner to learn, but it does take a few rounds before it becomes familiar enough to use on a project. You can start with something small, like an evening clutch, a hair accessory, or even something like a bookmark. This stitch is versatile and can be included in many patterns and projects. However you choose to use it, the bobble stitch is one you’ll likely return to again and again as a simple, yet effective stitch that catches the eye.

If you’re looking for bobble stitch baby blanket patterns, you might want to check out what Crochet Patterns For Beginners has to offer – there are plenty of video tutorials to choose from, including an easy bobble stitch chart project to a simple baby blanket that utilizes the stitch to create raised designs. You can either create a design (or use a chart for one) or just make a row of bobble stitches around the edges of the blanket. Crochet Patterns For Beginners collected quite a few photos for inspiration, and the bobble stitch has been used for a variety of things, from abstract shapes, to letters, to animals (like butterflies and dragonflies).

If you like what Crochet Patterns for Beginners has to offer in terms of bobble stitch baby blankets, you might want to check out their other offerings, including their e-books and embroidery section. They also have a search function that allows you to look for patterns if you’re having difficulty finding a specific item.

Want to try your hand at the crochet bobble stitch? Head over to Free Patterns, Yarns, and Crochet to watch their video tutorial, and then try out one of the baby blanket patterns chosen by Crochet Patterns for Beginners. Make sure the next baby blanket you give becomes a family heirloom.

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Crochet these Wrap Slippers (Free Patterns)

Crochet August 4, 2017

Looking for that perfect pair of cozy slippers? Something you can slip into when you get home and relax into the softness of some friendly fibers? How about a classic pair of wrap slippers that you can crochet yourself?

With the crochet wrap slipper, you can customize to your heart’s content. Do you want to add leather soles? Include some buttons for a bit of interest? Fancy stitch work? Straps? A dash of color? You can add whatever you want – there are plenty of options.

The wrap slippers crochet up quickly due to the use of bulky yarn (one pattern suggests using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick), in one or two colors. You’ll also need a size “N” crochet hook, a tapestry needle, stitch markers (or if you don’t have stitch markers, you can use safety pins), buttons, thread to match the buttons and/or yarn, and the materials for the soles if you’re going to add those.

While the adult-size slippers are typically sized for women ranging from 5 to 10, it is easy to size up by crocheting additional rows. It’s best to check the gauge first and then keep adjusting as you go along to ensure the perfect size. There aren’t too many complicated stitches either, with most patterns utilizing the following: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), single crochet two together (sc2tog), slip stitch (sl st), space (sp), right side (RS), wrong side (WS), and repeat (rep).

The patterns we found are both written and photo tutorials, allowing for an easier time following along. There are a few notes to read before starting, such as how to make a left and right slipper (some patterns will be the same up to a point and then switch), while some will not change at all. Some patterns are all in the round and some are crocheted in the round at the toe and then worked flat. For slippers, stitches are worked tight in order to create a good fit. You might also need to know a few basic stitches for sewing up the heel. One of the patterns calls for the mattress stitch. There are also instructions for changing out colors if you decide to use more than one color.

Want to try these wrap slippers yourself? If you want a child-size pattern for the toddlers in your life, you can check out the free wrap slipper pattern over at All Day Chic. If you’re more in need of adult-sized wrap slippers, you can find a free pattern over at Joe’s Toes or at The Make & Do Crew. If you’d rather purchase the pattern there’s one for sale in Annie’s Catalog – and if you want to make the slippers without the hassle of going through a yarn stash and trying to come up with materials, you can purchase a crochet kit from Craftsy, which comes complete with a pattern and a few skeins of yarn.

Below you’ll find a gallery of photos to inspire you, whether you purchase the pattern, try out the free options, or want to make up your own slipper pattern.

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Crochet Evening Clutch Bag (Free Pattern)

Crochet August 4, 2017

Do you ever find something you want to crochet but then don’t know how to use it? Something cute that doesn’t seem to have a practical application? There’s a solution: turning the disparate parts into a whole. Caught On A Whim has done this with her delightful daisies. Once you crochet a couple dozen daisies, you can use them to make an elegant evening clutch.

To make the daisies, you’ll need both worsted weight yarn and fingering weight yarn, but don’t feel like you have to stick to the original colors of white and yellow. Feel free to experiment with pastel blues and pinks, or something darker like royal tones, or even primary colors.

You’ll need to know how to make a magic loop, as well as the following crochet stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), and back loop only (blo). Most of these are beginner stitches so the daisies are a good project for someone wanting to try making something smaller and more delicate without a big fuss.

Then, once you get the hang of making the daisies, you can turn them into a cute clutch with another of Caught On A Whim’s patterns (though the pattern is for Mollie Flowers, it’s easily adaptable), the Flower Power Clutch, which is done by seaming the flowers together and then covering a zippered pouch. If you don’t sew regularly and don’t feel up to learning how to insert zippers (which can be difficult), you can purchase a plain zippered pouch from a craft store for cheap and use that instead. You can also add a strap if you choose (either by braiding several strands of the same yarns, or by crocheting a strap, or adding a leather detail or ribbon).

If these daisies are calling your name, you can find out how to make them at Caught On A Whim. If you want to try out the Mollie Flowers or the Flower Power Clutch, you can find those here.

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Yoga Socks (Free Crochet Pattern)

Crochet August 4, 2017

Yoga Socks (Free Crochet Pattern)

These are one of my most favorite crochet projects that I’ve ever made. They’re beautiful, practical, and fun to make and can be made with so many different textures and colors, and fit a variety of sizes. It’s one of those patterns you’ll return to often, whether to make a gift for a friend or another pair for yourself or a family member.

The yoga sock is different than a regular sock in that it doesn’t have a heel or a toe, which makes it a quick project as well as an easy project since you don’t have to have four double-pointed knitting needles that you need to wrangle. This also makes it a good sock to wear when you’re exercising (yoga, of course, but also other activities where you need a non-slip surface), as well as when you don’t want to wear shoes but don’t want to go completely barefoot.

To make your own pair of yoga socks, you’ll need some worsted weight yarn (I recommend a bright color that brings a smile to your face), a crochet hook (depending on your shoe size you can use a 5mm, 5.5mm, or 6mm crochet hook), a tapestry needle, scissors, and stitch markers. If you don’t have stitch markers, you can use safety pins instead.

If you want to check your gauge you can work up three rows of four half double crochet stitches and measure it – it should be one inch by one inch. Once you’ve got the gauge right, you’ll need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), foundation half double crochet (fhdc), and slip stitch (sl st). There are also two special stitches, the shell and spike, but both are explained in the pattern. There’s also a note about rounds and beginning chains.

Want to make your own yoga socks? You can find the free pattern at Cre8tion Crochet. Namaste!

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Knit a Plant Cozy (Free Pattern)

Crochet August 3, 2017

Crochet a Plant Cozy (Free Patterns)

If you weren’t aware that the 1970’s had returned, let me assure you they have returned in a big way – from colors to fashion to crafts, the 70’s are back with a splash. If you’re a fan of that fantastic decade, you might want to think about how to add a little 70’s flair to your home. If you’re a knitter, you’re probably familiar with the macrame plant holder that was so popular back in the day. And if you don’t know how to macrame, you’re in luck – you can knit your own plant cozy, thanks to Pam Powers Knits.

If you’ve ever hankered after having your own succulents, this is the perfect beginning. You’ll be able to show off your green thumb and your knitting skills with the knitted terrarium. To complete the project, you’ll need to know how to knit, purl, and combine these with such stitches as yarn over (yo), slip-slip-knit (ssk), and knit two or more stitches together (k2tog). You’ll also be knitting in the round. Most of these are common sense stitches and can be followed without having to look up picture or video tutorials. Of course, if you do want a reminder of how all these stitches work, there are plenty of online resources with which to brush up before you begin.

The materials for the knitted terrarium include size 8 double-pointed knitting needles, a tapestry needle stitch markers, and clips, along with the glass bowl, rocks, plants, and a ring to hang it by. The type of yarn is up to you, but Pam Powers recommends using natural cooking twine, as it is inexpensive, easy to use, and holds up well for projects of this sort. You might also want to try rope, nylon cord, or hemp, but be aware of gauge and size and be sure to use a corresponding needle.

The pattern is a professional quality PDF with plenty of pictures to illustrate the step-by-step process of knitting the terrarium, along with attaching the ring and placing the materials inside. The written instructions are clear and concise, allowing for easy reading and a quick work-up. Once you’ve made the first one you might have to make a few more for friends and family who also appreciate a throwback or growing green things. These would make great gifts for teachers, office co-workers, and the boho hippies in your life. The terrariums would look great on a patio, in a kitchen, or bathroom, or even a front porch or back deck. If you want to brighten things up even more, you could always find some colorful cooking twine or other strong fiber to use, in a sunshine yellow or sky blue. Whatever you do with these cute little guys, they’ll be sure to bring a smile to your face.

If this knitted terrarium looks like something you’d be interested in, you can find the free PDF pattern on Pam Powers Knits – you might also want to check out her other offerings, including a store, tutorials, patterns, and links to her Ravelry and Pinterest accounts. You can also sign up for e-mail news and updates to ensure you never miss another free pattern.

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DIY Hooded Owl Blanket (Pattern)

Crochet August 3, 2017

While some crazes come and go in the blink of an eye, there are those that come in and stay a while. People have been obsessed with owls for quite a long time now, perhaps due in part to a popular children’s series…whatever the reason, it’s never a bad idea to add a few of these big-eyed birds to your collection. There are plenty of options, too, like owl hotpads or beanies, pillows or sweaters, or plushies – but what about those of us who wish we had wings?

If you, like me, always wished for your own set of wings with which to soar, then you might want to take a look at this DIY Hooded Owl Blanket pattern for sale on Ravelry by MJ’s Off The Hook Designs. It’s the perfect gift for the person who still likes to pretend, whether they’re wearing it at home or cosplaying at a convention. The color scheme is customizable, which makes it easy to morph into your favorite owl character, like Owl from Winnie the Pooh, Hedwig from the Harry Potter series, or Soren from the series Guardians of Ga’Hoole.

Even if you aren’t planning on wearing this as part of a cosplay, it’s a quirky, whimsical blanket that would make a great throw for the media room, playroom, or art room. You could add to it with ribbon, buttons, and felt, either embroidering or sewing on the details. However you decide to make it, the result is the same: a comfy, cozy blanket for those cool days when all you want to do is cuddle up on the couch and watch some nature documentaries.

A few more details about the project: the pattern is available in both child and adult sizes, and uses US terminology. The recommended crochet hook sizes are Q, M, and N. The pattern calls for bulky yarn (the pattern recommends using Bernat Chunky Solids, Bernat Chunky Ombres, or Bernat Softee Chunky Solids). You’ll also need materials for the eyes, beak, and ears. The blanket is made from the top down and works up quickly due to using two strands of yarn at a time. If you’d rather use worsted weight yarn, you can substitute that and crochet with four strands at a time, though of course this is not a recommended technique for a crochet beginner.

The PDF pattern is available for sale for $5.00 (USD), and includes both written instructions and a photo tutorial. Once you purchase the pattern you will be sent a download link. There’s also a video tutorial for the stitches on the creator’s YouTube channel. If you’d rather pay someone else to make the blanket, it is noted that there are people available on the original website and Etsy who are willing to sell their versions.

Want the chance to make your own winged blanket? If so, you can purchase the pattern from MJ’s Off the Hook Designs on Ravelry. Be sure to check out her site as well, which includes links to social media (including Instagram, YouTube and Facebook) and a newsletter signup where you can receive free patterns by e-mail.

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