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Crochet Slippers – Free Pattern

Crafts October 27, 2016

Crochet Slippers - Free Pattern

When the first snap of cold air hits, many of us find ourselves grabbing for a pair of slippers to keep our toes toasty. If you’re in need of a pair this season, these Cloud Nine Slippers fit the bill to a tee. They’re a quick project, medium difficulty, and are both comfy and cute.

To make your own pair of these delightfully cozy slippers, you’ll need a size “N” crochet hook and the secret ingredient, Bernat Blanket yarn, which is the reason why these slippers feel so luxurious.

You’ll also need to know the following stitches: chain, slip stitch, single, double, half double crochet, and both front post and back post double crochet, as well as “sc2tog” and “hdc2tog” and “dc3tog” (single crochet two stitches together, half double crochet two stitches together, and double crochet three stitches together). These are standard crochet stitches and can be learned quickly from a variety of tutorials and videos.

The pattern, which is free, comes in three sizes: 5-6 1/2, 7-8 1/2, and 9-10 1/2. The slippers are worked from the sole up in ten rounds – a chart at the end of the pattern is available for your convenience.

These slippers would make a perfect gift for charities during the holidays, as well as family (particularly older relatives), friends, and of course, yourself.

You can find the free pattern at Dorianna Rivelli’s site, The Lavender Chair.

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White Rose – Free Crochet Pattern

Crafts October 21, 2016

The only sad part about receiving a bouquet of flowers is the knowledge that their time is limited. Petals drop, colors fade, and all too soon the beautiful gift is gone. If you’re wondering how to avoid this and present a friend with a congratulatory gesture that will last, you might consider crocheting one or more of these beautiful white roses.

According to the people over at ProFlower , white roses are used to represent love and hope for new beginnings and are often used in formal ceremonies such as christenings, graduations, weddings, and anniversaries. They can be used in bouquets, boutonnieres, arrangements, or as embellishments on cakes, presents, and clothing.

These crocheted roses are even more versatile, and are a simple on-the-go project (just remember to keep a bag for the finished petals). You’ll need to know the following stitches: single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and increase (both single and double). There is also a simple chart that lists the terminology in US terms, as well as photo tutorials for each of the stitches. Since this pattern was not originally in English, it uses diagrams to illustrate.

A fun thing about this project is that you can choose any needle size, meaning you can make the roses as large or small as you choose. This would also apply to the type of yarn. You can also adjust the fullness of the rose depending on how many petals you crochet, which would allow each to be unique, and, when completely assembled, would result in a more realistic bouquet.

If, of course, you’d prefer a bouquet of non-white roses, there’s nothing stopping you from using whichever dye lot or variegated yarn you choose.

You can find the pattern, chart, tutorials and diagrams at ErgaHandmade, along with plenty of pictures for inspiration. For more from ProFlower, click here. UPDATE: It looks like the ErgaHandmade site is not being hosted right now (it was before, so maybe they discontinued it). Here is another site we found with ErgaHandmade patterns (hopefully just as good!). Here’s some pictures to give an idea of how they’re made:

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Crochet World Records

Crafts October 15, 2016

The Guinness Book of World Records holds some fascinating information about people all over the world who have beaten the odds and had the honor of holding a world record. Most of the ones we see or hear about are the athletic or odd world records, but there are in fact several crochet world records, held by people around the world from the USA to India. Read on to learn some facts about the fastest crocheter, the longest crochet chain, and the biggest crocheted blanket ever made.

#1 Fastest Crocheter – Lisa Gentry
In 2005, Lisa Gentry landed the world record as fastest crocheter when she showed up to a Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store in Louisiana and began hooking shell stitches. The number of stitches per minute? 170 – for a total of 5,113 stitches in just half an hour.

#2 Longest Crochet Chain – Anne Vanier-Drussel
In 2008, Anne Vanier-Drussel of France began working on what would become the longest crochet chain in the world, measuring a total of 130 kilometers (or just above 80 miles). Once completed, it was taken to Aniane, France to be measured and presented for the world record.

#3 Largest Display of Yarn Sculptures – Craft Club (UK)
In 2014, the Craft Club of Thundersley, Essex put together a display of 13,388 yarn sculptures. Craft Clubs are part of a national campaign to keep crafts and hobbies in schools and began in 2009. If you’d like to know more, visit their website: www.craftscouncil.org/uk

#4 Most People Crocheting Simultaneously – American University of Nigeria
In 2015, students attending the American University in Yola, Nigeria got together and crocheted for 20 minutes. They won the world record with a count of 485 people, beating the previous record of 426 people crocheting simultaneously for 15 minutes. If you’d like to read more of their story, you may do so at the following: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/195554-american-university-of-nigeria-enters-guinness-world-record.html

#5 Largest Crochet Blanket – 67 Blankets For Nelson Madela Day, The Department of Correctional Services and the Nelson Mandela Foundation
In 2016, the largest blanket ever crocheted was made by 1,500 inmates in 30 correctional centers around South Africa, measuring 185,016 square feet. Drakenstein Correctional Center, where the final assemblage took place, had housed Nelson Mandela for a short period prior to his release.

If you’d like to read more about crochet world records, The Guiness Book of World Records (online) has even more information here: Guiness World Records (search “Crochet”)

By Kaitlin Cone

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Crochet Baby Slippers

Crafts October 11, 2016

If you’ve ever tried to dress a small child, more than likely you’ve dealt with wriggly little feet that didn’t want to be stuffed down into shoes. Socks can sometimes be a challenge as well – which is why Whistle & Ivy’s “Crochet Baby Strap Flip-Flop Sandals” are a great item to have in a baby’s wardrobe, as they let tiny toes breathe but keep them warm and safe too!

These darling slippers, perfect for both spring and summer, are easy to customize in both size and color, and work well for all babies, size 0-12 months. A PDF pattern is available for sale but the instructions are free on the website, in sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 month.If you’re more comfortable watching someone over reading the pattern, there is a video tutorial available (the link is included on the instructions) for the slippers in 3-6 month size.

You’ll need the standard tools (a medium-weight yarn, an “F” size hook and a yarn needle) and you’ll need to know a few basic stitches, including slip stitch, double crochet and half double crochet. It should be noted that the pattern uses American terms.

After you’re done making a pair (or two), you can easily show off your creation via Whistle & Ivy’s Facebook group or tag the photo on Instagram. It’s always fun to connect and see how others added their own twist to the pattern. Who knows, you may get inspiration for your next pair!

The pattern for these cute, easy-to-make sandals can be found at the Whistle & Ivy’s website (click here).

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DIY Ribbon Animals! Videos

Crafts October 1, 2016

DIY ribbon animals

How to make this DEER RIBBON bow! Video tutorial. By the way, we started a Ribbon Art Facebook page, which you can easily join and get updates when we do free ribbon art tutorials, click here.

Have you ever thought about making animal ribbon art? Now’s your chance to learn how, as we’ve put together this set of ribbon art tutorials. In this one, you learn how to make a deer ribbon, which can be used in a number of ways, from a bow on top of a present to a hair or clothing decoration, to a table decoration for a festive gathering. This decoration would look especially fitting during the Christmas season, especially when you use green red ribbons. But just change the colors to orange and red or yellow, and you have fall colors!

Here’s a bunch of video tutorials on various animal ribbons. If the videos are too fast, click on the little gearwheel and select a slower speed.

There’s also a gallery of images down at the bottom. These are to show what the ribbon animals look like when finished, and also are good for sharing on social media.

DIY Deer Ribbon: Learn to Make This VIDEO!

Horse Ribbon DIY Tutorial!

Rabbit Ribbon Tutorial

Mouse Ribbon Tutorial

Panda Ribbon DIY Tutorial

Fox Ribbon Tutorial

Bird Ribbon Tutorial

Scottie Dog Ribbon Tutorial

Rabbit Ribbon DIY Tutorial (Alternate)

 

Ribbon Art Facebook page, click here.

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DIY Halloween Decor You Can Enjoy All Season

Crafts September 26, 2016

Halloween is probably my favourite holiday out of all of them. Theres something so wonderful about the diversity in decor, from cute to downright frightening. The one downside to Halloween is its only one day out of the entire year! Rather than waiting all the way until the middle of October to decorate, I’ve decided this year I’m going to make some decorations that are cute and appropriate to be enjoyed for the entire season.

Perhaps the most neutral Halloween symbol that can also be enjoyed all Autumn long is a pumpkin. While black cats, vampires, witches and ghosts are all incredible, they simply don’t make sense to showcase them from September 22nd all the way until its time to decorate for Christmas (or Winter if you don’t celebrate Christmas in your home!)

To help you bring the Halloween beauty to your home early this year, I’ve collected my three favourite pumpkin-inspired decorations for you to make. They are simple, adorable, and can definitely pass all season long.

1. Make a pumpkin “snow” man.

Take two pumpkins (one small, one medium) and make them into jack-o-lanterns. Instead of replacing the top on the medium pumpkin, fit the small pumpkin there. Decorate with a scarf (or twine), a hat, and anything else you desire (such as twig arms, a corn cob pipe, etc.)

DIY Halloween Decor You Can Enjoy All Season

2. Crochet Some Mini Pumpkins.

You can find tutorials all over google for festive crochet and knitting patterns. Find yourself some colourful yarn, and a crochet hook, and create as many (or as few) pumpkins as you desire! These can be decor on their own, or added to a large item, such as a center piece or vase, to make them extra enjoyable.

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3. Fancy pumpkin decor.

Collect a pumpkin in any size you desire, fake or real. Mist it with fake snow spray you can purchase in any craft store and decorate it with a couple of fake leaves. You could make these in a few different sizes and arrange them on a side table, as a center piece, or even on the front patio.

DIY Halloween Decor You Can Enjoy All Season

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Chair Socks protect your Floors (free pattern)

Crafts September 12, 2016

Chair Socks protect your Floors (free pattern)

Do you want to know how to make these crochet chair socks? Maybe you rent an apartment and the landlord warned you when you moved in about the hard wood floors, or maybe you own your own house and want to care for your own. Hardwood floors are expensive and many people (not myself) like them completely smooth and unscratched. Here’s a DIY crochet pattern for those who want to protect their floors while also doing a creative crochet project!

The person who came up with the idea — Shahnaz at Wool Street Studio — thought of this crochet idea out of practical necessity, but then it developed into an exercise in attractive crochet.

Level: Beginner crocheter

Needed for this DIY crochet chair sock project:

hook (3mm), any yarn, scissors, sewing needle (probably one of the least demanding

Crochet techniques:

Single, Slip, and Chain

Now there are pattern considerations for making these in solid colors or stripes. The idea is you start in the center of the bottom of the sock and crochet a continuous spiral around and around until you have a crochet chair sock of your desired height. For this crochet pattern, visit Wool Street Studio (click here). Article printed here with permission of Blogunity, the original location of this blog. We are associated with Blogunity.

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Crochet Beenie (Free Pattern)

Crafts September 12, 2016

Does your little oneses heads get cold in the fall and winter? Does your head? Maybe you don’t have a crochet beenie to wear. And if you’re going to wear one, why not have it be one you made yourself? You can give them as gifts. And they’re interesting crafting projects. You can learn how to scale your pattern by head size as you work on things like crochet beenies. Note: may also work as a tea cozy.

Are these cute? What color do you think looks good? You could use up some odd ball yarn making these. Crocheters say it’s easy to crochet these, too. One even said she made preemie ones for her hospital. The crochet patterns are from newborn head size up to adult size 7 head size.

The free pattern comes to us by way of Mango Tree Crafts. It uses a 5 millimeter hook (H) and the ones in the picture used just Caron Simly Soft Acrylic yarn. Any weight of worsted should work, according to Mango Tree Crafts.

It uses several stiches, though. Single crochet, slip stich, cluster stich, and yarn over. Click here for the pattern. Article printed here with permission of Blogunity, the original location of this blog. We are associated with Blogunity.

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How to find crochet patterns online

Crafts September 5, 2016

How to find crochet patterns online

Finding a simple, clear crochet pattern can be difficult. There are plenty of options, but do you really have time to comb through them all to find the ideal project? If you’re stuck and want some help sifting through the thousands upon thousands of blogs, websites, youtube videos, and pins, there are three websites that are concise, user-friendly, and have specific search engine options.

The first website is Ravelry which can be used to search and store patterns in a queue or “library”. I’ve used Ravelry for several years and prefer it over all other websites because I can be very specific with my search, even down to how much yarn I have and the size of the needle I want to use.

Ravelry also allows you to showcase your work, upload patterns to sell, and connect with other fibre artists. It’s the complete package – without costing a dime in membership fees. I also appreciate that they don’t send out e-mails to clog your inbox.

The next site is Lion Brand, which is crisp, professional, and has several free patterns available. When I want to browse free patterns and read through them, I’ll visit this site. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Ravelry, I do like its pristine look and quality options.

It’s also helpful because you can buy your materials on the site, and if you sign up for their e-mails, you’ll receive alerts about their deals and new patterns.

The last site is Happy Berry, run by Laura Eccleston, who also produces crochet video content on YouTube. If you want help learning a new stitch or following a pattern, this is the site for you. She has several fun patterns available for free on the site, including holiday projects, amigurumi, and baby clothes.

I enjoy Laura’s beautiful photography, the bright, cheery tone of the website, and the clear instructions in the videos.

When searching for free patterns or new projects online, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Find two or three sites you really like, join a forum, and see how far you get with those. You can always branch out and discover more later.

By Kaitlin Cone

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These Cozy Crocheted Slipper Boots (Free Pattern)

Crafts August 12, 2016

crochet slipper boots free pattern

In wintertime or even in fall when the wind starts to get frosty and crisp, one of the pleasures is pulling on a crisp, clean pair of cozy knitted or crochet slippers from the closet or drawer. The great thing about slippers is you can wash them just like socks, and you can have several pairs, and you can make them yourself, and you can get them as gifts from friends, and you can… wait, was that just ONE great thing? Bottom line: people enjoy crocheted slippers.

Here we are again at that time of year when a t-shirt isn’t enough, and crocheters get a new opportunity to crochet nice gifts for their friends, as well as custom clothing for themselves. This pair of slippers is a free pattern from SMPCraft. One of their crafters Sarah Goldstein created this pattern as a crochet pattern. She found the pattern herself in one of her old books on her bookshelf on crocheting. The book was called “Simple Crocheting” and it has a bunch of patterns.

Here’s the free crochet pattern: It’s on the SMP website. We have a backup version saved as well, but why not get it from the crafting, crocheting lady herself?

This crafting pattern is rated level 9 for difficulty — that’s pretty difficult. But the project should also, according to the book, help crocheters learn to “decrease working a simple single crochet and increase designing to fit your shoe size.”

It’s a single-crochet stitch pattern, and uses 10 sts and 14 rows to 4 inch (10 centimeters) measured over a single crochet using a K-10 1/2 (7 millimeter) hook.

She calls it a “firm, dense single crochet using a robust, hardwearing British sheep’s breed wool” and calls the slipper-boot the “ubiquitous twenty-first century footwear.”

The slipper boot were modelled from sheepskin boots originally, and were originally made to be worn outdoors as well, and these crochet slipper boots, although they are obviously not rough out of doors wearing footwear, could be modified with simple leather soles in order to be somewhat outdoor — maybe patios and garden paths?

It seems she makes hers using a traditional wood shoemakers foot. Actually, some of the best bootmakers do this as well, rather than the no-foot-model shoes and boots available in most stores.

The size for these crochet slippers is a woman’s 9 and a half (24.5 centimeters), but she includes directions on how to adjust the size.

The pattern: Cozy Crocheted Slipper Boots (Free Pattern). SMP website here. Article printed here with permission of Blogunity, the original location of this blog. We are associated with Blogunity.

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