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DIY Rustic Farmstool

Crafts August 1, 2017

So you’re out poking around in an antique shop, a flea market, an evening auction, or a thrift store, and you come across the perfect stool. There’s just one problem – the fibers need to be re-strung. Normally, you’d just pass it by and wish that it were in better condition, or briefly wonder if it would be worth the money to get it reupholstered or redone. And then you’d say goodbye and think no more of it.

But wait – what if you could re-finish the stool on your own? What if there were an easy way to make it look brand new, a beautiful DIY addition to your cozy home? What if all it took were a few hours and a few materials to create a like-new footstool?

Anderson + Grant have just the thing to help you, a DIY farmstool tutorial that will help you turn your cheap find into a chic footrest. The only materials you’ll need to bring this item back to life are the following: a footstool, 4-ply jute twine, an electric stapler, and craft scissors (Anderson + Grant recommend purchasing via Amazon and Home Depot).

Even if you have an ugly stool sitting around, you can cover it with this weaving technique and create a beautiful new piece out of a plain bit of wood. And if you don’t want a natural hue, splash it with color! Jute twin comes in all sorts of colors and you could even create an ombre effect with three different shades.

Itching to get started on integrating some crafting knowledge with DIY refinishing? Visit Anderson + Grant, scroll through the tutorial, then roll up your sleeves and get ready to work. You’ll be proud of the results and eager to show it off to your friends and family – it will perfectly complement a relaxed dinner party atmosphere.

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Surface Crochet – Why Crocheters Need to Try It

Crafts June 13, 2017

Surface Crochet - Why Crocheters Need to Try It

Ever finish up a project and feel like it looks a bit dull? What do you do with a project that doesn’t turn out quite like you imagined? How about adding in some decoration after the fact? I’m not talking about detachable decorations like buttons, ribbon, or lace. How about some additional crochet?

With surface crochet, you can add stripes, shapes, edging and letters to scarves, blankets, hats, purses, sweaters, whatever you wish to spruce up with additional stitching. It’s a simple technique that takes the plain and simple to another level.

Surface crochet is basically using slip stitch on top of completed crochet to create additional patterns and textures. While it works best in the round, it works on flat patterns as well, and with just a little practice, you’ll soon be adding extra special stitches to several projects.

Read through the tutorial we found at The Snugglery and look at the photos of surface crochet (there are examples with both in the round and flat patterns) to see how simple this stitch can be – whether you’re adding a stripe or two to a rug, edging to a sweater, or a star to your scarf. It’s up to you how detailed you want to get with the surface crochet additions, but it’s definitely worth trying out on at least a few projects, especially if you have some that you’re not quite satisfied with. There’s always room for improvement, right?

If this technique piques your interest, visit The Snugglery and try some surface crochet to spice up your past and present projects. If you prefer viewing a video on the subject, visit Tamara Kelly’s YouTube channel for some pointers.

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Crochet Hat (Free pattern)

Crafts June 2, 2017

Crochet Hat (Free pattern)

Want the comforting slouch of a beanie without having to make one out of the same old boring pattern as every other beanie? You should try the Go With The Flow Hat, which is made simple by repeating the same four rows, but looks chic and unique due to its special stitches (never fear, there’s a step-by-step photo tutorial for each of them).

The way the hat is made without increasing or decreasing, relying instead on the single crochet and slip stitches to create back and forth rows that are joined together at the end by a (mostly) invisible seam. Sound like something you want to try? You’ll need the following items:

  • Chunky yarn (recommended: Red Heart’s Chunky Soft, 1 skein)
  • Crochet hook (8mm)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

The gauge should measure around 4 inches for every 10 single crochet stitches. The pattern is sized to fit most adult women but you might want to read the instructions and measure before committing to the wrong fit. You’ll also need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), back bump of chains (see the included tutorial), single crochet (sc), single crochet in back loop only (sc blo), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), stitch (st), and back loop only (blo).

If you aren’t familiar with the following stitches, there is help available online: yarn over slip stitch (yo-sl st), yarn over slip stitch back loop only (yo-sl st-blo), back cross double crochet (bcr dc), back cross half double crochet (bcr hdc), front cross double crochet (fcr dc), and front cross half double crochet (fcr hdc).

Once you’re familiar with these variations on the back loop and double crochet stitches, you’ll have an easy time reading through the pattern. Make sure you look through the photo tutorials and that you’ve got a strong understanding of how each of the stitches work prior to jumping into the pattern to avoid confusion and frustration.

The end result, however, is well worth the effort. It’s a soft, breezy, elegant beanie that’s designed to turn heads and keep yours warm! Show off your best stitches and style with the Go With The Flow Hat — and if you’re up for it, you can add an extra challenge and make the Go With The Flow scarf.

Of course, if you find yourself wanting to make more of these delectable hats, you can always find someone else to wear your lovely creations. These make great gifts for friends, aunts, moms, grandmothers, teachers, and caretakers. You can adorn each hat with various additions (such as ribbon, buttons, or beads) to make them extra special. You might want to make a bevy of these beanies and present them as gifts during the holidays or for an upcoming excursion. Have some handy and get creative with a variety of patterns, spots, stripes, and colors.

If you’d like to make your own Go With The Flow Hat, you can find the free pattern at My Hobby Is Crochet. Be sure to share a picture of your finished product on the My Hobby Is Crochet Facebook Page, and if you want to pair the hat with the Go With The Flow Scarf, you can find a link to the free pattern on the hat’s instruction page.

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Crochet Twist Headband (free pattern)

Crafts May 28, 2017

Crochet Twist Headband (free pattern)

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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Use nylon rope from home depot to crochet outdoor rug

Crafts May 13, 2017

Use nylon rope from home depot to crochet outdoor rug

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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Crochet Animal Rugs (Free Patterns)

Crafts May 13, 2017

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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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.

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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.

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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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