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DIY Craft Slippers – How To

Crafts April 14, 2017

DIY Craft Slippers - How To

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.

DIY Craft Slippers - How To

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Lacy Crochet Slippers (Free Pattern)

Crafts April 14, 2017

Lacy Crochet Slippers (Free Pattern)

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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Triangle Box Stitch Shawl (Free Pattern)

Crafts April 14, 2017

Triangle Box Stitch Shawl (Free Pattern)

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.

Triangle Box Stitch Shawl (Free Pattern)

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Chunky Icelandic Blanket (Free crochet pattern)

Crafts April 14, 2017

Chunky Icelandic Blanket (Free crochet pattern)

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.

If the Chunky Icelandic Blanket is calling to you, you can find the free pattern (or the ad-free PDF for a minimal fee) at Mama In A Stitch — where you can also find the blanket sizing guide.

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These Amazing Crochet Baskets (Free Pattern)

Crafts April 13, 2017

These Amazing Crochet Baskets (Free Pattern)

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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Crochet baskets of varying sizes (Free pattern)

Crafts April 13, 2017

Crochet baskets of varying sizes (Free pattern)

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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Stepping Texture Crochet Hat (Free Pattern)

Crafts April 7, 2017

Stepping Texture Crochet Hat (Free Pattern)

What’s better than a warm, fuzzy hat for those windy, early spring days? The Stepping Texture Crochet Hat made with Bernat’s Softee Chunky yarn is just the thing when you want to go for a walk and enjoy the breeze without experiencing chilly ears and a brain freeze.

The pattern, which can be found on Ravelry or Yarnspirations, is available as a free PDF and is marked as an “Easy” project, which means this beautiful beanie can be created quickly, just in time for that afternoon drive or stroll through the woods.

All you’ll need to make your own Stepping Texture Crochet Hat is a crochet needle (size 11), yarn (2 balls), a tapestry needle, and a pair of scissors. The pattern includes a graph as well as photos and sketches, so in case you need something more visual, there are tools available. However, if you’d prefer reading the pattern, it’s very detailed and well laid out. There are several abbreviations familiar to beginner crocheters (included in an abbreviation library), such as the usual slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), and double crochet (dc), as well as other, less familiar abbreviations such as double crochet front/back posts (dcfp/dcbp), right side (rs), wrong side (ws), and yarn over hook (yoh).

You’ll be working the hat in rounds once you’re past the ribbed brim, so you may want to add a few stitch markers to the list of materials needed, though of course it isn’t necessary. If you like, you can forego the stitch markers and use paperclips instead, or even bits of differently colored yarn. Whatever works for you – feel free to experiment.

The Stepping Texture hat is a great project for beginner crocheters who want items that look more polished, as it starts out with a ribbed rim, then switches to the stepping texture before completing the hat with a handmade pom-pom (instructions are also included on how to make this using only your hand and a pair of scissors), showcasing several stitches in one item which means you might have to make a few of these for your friends if you don’t want them “borrowing” it!

One size fits all according to the pattern, especially if you’re using a looser gauge and chunky yarn. You might, however, want to check it as you go along to ensure that it is of the right proportions.

Of course, as with every pattern, if you feel comfortable enough crocheting your hat by adhering strictly to the directions, there are plenty of opportunities to go “off-pattern” and create a unique hat based on your own preferences for stitches and additions like buttons, ribbon, or variegated yarn.

If you want to try this pattern out and make your own beautiful Stepping Texture Crochet Hat, the Bernat Design Studio has it available on Ravelry. They have several other patterns available as well so if you like the way their patterns are written, or their subject matter, you might want to consider joining Ravelry, following Bernat Design Studio and Yarnspirations, and adding their patterns to your PDF library. They have a wide range of patterns offering everything from childrens’ clothes, hats, and bags to pillows, blankets, and rugs.

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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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