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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

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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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This Chunky Crochet Beanie (Free Pattern takes 30 Minutes to Make)

Crafts April 14, 2016

This Chunky Crochet Beanie (Free Pattern takes 30 Minutes to Make)

Looking for a quick, easy project that will result in something you or a friend will actually wear? How about this adorable chunky crochet beanie? Bonus, it only takes 30 minutes to make!

In order to make your comfy beanie, you’ll need some bulky yarn (the pattern suggests using one skein of Bernat’s Mega Bulky) and a size “S” or “Q” crochet hook, as well as a pair of scissors. Depending on which hook you use, the beanie will either be a snug fit or a slouchy fit.

It should be noted that the pattern uses American crochet terms.

If you prefer to watch your instructions rather than read them, Persia Lou has created a video tutorial available on YouTube as well as the pattern page. I find reading the pattern and then watching the video extremely helpful, especially if there are stitches I haven’t used much.

The great thing about this hat is that it’s completed in seven rounds, leaving you with enough time to adorn it with a pom pom if you so desire. There aren’t any difficult stitches, and they should all be familiar to any crocheter regardless of skill level. It’s a simple, quick, cute beanie that’ll help you bust your stash and give you something cozy to wear on those windy days.

Of course, if you’re up for more of a challenge, you could try alternating colors, using two different types of yarn, or adding ribbon or buttons to the beanie after it is complete. Customizing is part of the fun once you’ve gotten the hang of something and this beanie in particular is easy enough that you can experiment with it and come up with your own variations to the pattern. You could even add a brim or earwarmers.

This super cozy crochet pattern only takes half an hour, and you get to use a giant crochet hook. If this beanie sounds like something right up your alley, check out the free 30 minute pattern over at Persia Lou. You might also want to sign up for the newsletter to keep updated on new free patterns.

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Crochet this Basket with Handles (Free Pattern)

Crafts March 13, 2016

If you’re looking for the perfectly sized basket that will house a few skeins of yarn, a project or two, and some needles without being bulky and cumbersome, you’ve found just the right pattern – “Red’s Goodie Basket” from Uncommon Crochet: Twenty-Five Projects Made From Natural Yarns & Alternative Fibers, uploaded (with permission) to Craft Foxes.

The free crochet pattern utilizes leather cord (the pattern shows a red, but you can choose whichever color you fancy, something that will coordinate with your craft room, or you can use multiple colors and create a pattern), which makes the basket hardy and able to retain its shape more easily than felted wool or even cotton.

To make the basket, you’ll need the following materials:

  • 12 spools of leather cord (suggested size: 2mm)
  • Size “K” hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Large eye yarn needle

You’ll also need to check the gauge, which the pattern says is 10 sc x 13 rows (equal to 4 inches). The only two special stitches are single crochet two together (sc2tog) and slip stitch front loop only (sl st flo), which are explained in the stitch guide above the pattern.

This pattern may be a little difficult for a beginner, but the intermediate and advanced crocheters should find this mildly challenging. The handles require some shaping, and the bottom is worked as a flat circle and then the rest of the basket is worked in concave circles, all of which is explained in the design notes section.

Of course, if you don’t want to use leather, there are a variety of alternative fibers to use. The pattern suggests trying jute, but you can also try cord and rope – be sure to use a sturdy alternative, however, or you risk the basket being less hardy and more difficult to shape.

The resulting basket is perfect for the craft room, the car, or a classroom, and can be made in various sizes to accommodate your needs.

If you’re interested in crocheting one of these baskets for your craft room (or someone else’s), you can find the free pattern as well as a stitch guide, materials list, and finished size information at Craft Foxes.

Crochet this Basket with Handles (Free Pattern)

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Crochet Swoofer (Free Pattern)

Crafts January 1, 2016

Crochet Swoofer (Free Pattern)

Ever think about how much money we spend on replacement cleaning items? There are so many plastic, chemical components to our cleaning routines that we can afford to quit replacing and make our own, cleaner options. One of these simple replacements is to trade out the quickly-used, often expensive cleaning pads for a crocheted cover that can be washed and re-used over and over again. It’s so easy, and you’ll save money and the environment by not having to throw out store-bought refills after one use.

It’s really that easy. With a free pattern, some cotton yarn and a hook, and an hour or so, you can crochet up two or three of these and have them ready for your next cleaning bout. They’re especially helpful for hardwood floors, as the cotton won’t scratch the floors while they’re being polished.

Here’s what you’ll need according to the free patterns we found: 100% cotton yarn in any color (though it is noted that grey or green hides the dirt really well and won’t ‘bleed’ out in the wash – Peaches ‘N Cream is suggested, as it comes in a good size and many colors), a corresponding size crochet hook, a tapestry needle, and scissors. You’ll need to measure your cleaning equipment and work out how big to make your cover, though there are some guidelines provided in the patterns.

The stitches most often used are chain (ch), double crochet (dc), front post double crochet (fpdc), and back post double crochet (bpdc).

There are a variety of patterns to choose from, including Inhabitat.com’s list of free pattern options, or Stitch 11’s free cover pattern, or DragonFaeriee’s free pattern on Ravelry. Each one of them is simple enough that you can create your own bevy of cleaning supplies in no time flat without ever having to spend more of your hard-earned time or money on purchasing refill packets ever again.

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