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Try These Knee Highs On For Size (free crochet pattern)

Crochet December 8, 2017

Try These Knee Highs On For Size (free crochet pattern)

I always get really excited when I find knee highs. There’s something about long socks that makes me feel fancier — and they keep you warmer, especially if they’re under jeans. Cold jeans are the worst. It has been more difficult to find thick, comfy knee highs of late, but I discovered the other day that there are quite a few free crochet patterns for knee highs, which is great since I don’t knit often and find the thought of using four or six needles at a time quite intimidating.

The Lavender Chair’s knee high socks not only look comfortable, but they are stylish as well — I would want to show them off with a fun skirt or a pair of shorts in the springtime. Whether you’re looking to make some delicate knee highs for a special occasion or a pair of rugged knee highs for mountain wear, this pattern is easy to customize with various yarns and stitches.

If you’re a beginner crocheter, this might be a little difficult, but it’s worth a shot. Just remember to read the entire pattern beforehand, learn whatever stitches you didn’t know before (or practice the ones you don’t have much practice with), and go slowly. The pattern says it’s for intermediate crocheters, but you’ll never get past beginner status if you stick with beginner projects. So if you’re new to crochet and still want to dive in, I say go for it. The pattern has several sizes available, so you might want to write out the changes if you’re going up a size.

You’ll need to gather some supplies, including worsted weight yarn, a size “I” crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle. If you want to check the gauge, crochet 8 half double crochet stitches and check to make sure it measures 2 inches. As far as stitches go, you’ll need to know the following: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), chain space (ch sp), decrease (dec), and v-stitch.

There are various sections of the sock that you will need to pay close attention to, such as the heel, cuff, and toe. As long as you’ve read the pattern over beforehand and are willing to slow down if it gets confusing, you will be able to make these stunning socks. The finished product would make an excellent gift for friends or family. Depending on how comfortable you are with the pattern you could also re-size it to make presents for children.

If you’re making these for the first time it might be wise to stick to a single color, but of course when you get more comfortable with the pattern you may want to branch out and explore options like adding ribbon, buttons, and lace, or various colors.

Do these look like they belong in your wardrobe? Do you know someone that loves a good pair of knee highs? Then you’ll want to make sure you have ready access to the free Valerie’s Knee High Crochet Socks pattern from The Lavender Chair. You can also sign up for her newsletter for access to hundreds of free crochet patterns.

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Make This Car Seat Cloak To Keep Your Kid Cozy (free crochet pattern)

Crochet December 8, 2017

Car Seat Cloak

If you live anywhere near cold weather, you know the unpleasant feeling of slipping into a cold seat. No matter how many layers you have on, your back gets chilly, your legs get clammy, and your whole body tenses at the cold. Little children may not realize how cold they are, but the rest of us are very aware of just how much heat we’re losing. Luckily, at least for the kids, there’s another option — the car seat cloak (though you may want to adapt this pattern and make one for yourself). Sure, it’s one more layer, but it’s a thick, cozy, layer that will protect your little ones from the chill while you wait for the car to warm up.

The Car Seat Cloak is a free crochet pattern that you can save to your queues on Ravelry and Pinterest, but there is also an ad-free version available for $2.00 (USD). You can also follow Left In Knots on her website, Facebook page, Pinterest, and Instagram. If you love free crochet patterns, then you should definitely add her links to your bookmarks. You can also sign up to receive her free newsletter if you’d rather get free patterns sent to your inbox.

What’s so nice about the cloak is that it can be used with a toddler-size carseat. Toddlers aren’t supposed to wear thick jackets in car seats because of safety hazards, which leaves these little ones cold in the wintertime. With the car seat cloak, you can slip it over them and the car seat and avoid getting the chills. (Of course, you could buy a car seat cloak, but where the fun in that when you can customize it with your child’s favorite colors?)

To make your own car seat cloak, you’ll need eight skeins of yarn (the pattern suggests using something like Vanna’s Choice), a size “H” crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle. If you want to follow the pattern exactly you’ll need six skeins of yarn in one color and one in each of the other two colors, but of course you can mix it up and do an ombre, chevron, or one color cloak as well.

This pattern is excellent for beginner crocheters, as the only stitches required are the magic ring, chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), slip stitch (sl st), and reverse single crochet (rsc) — also known as the crab stitch. If you’re concerned about the gauge, you can check it by crocheting 14 half double crochet stitches for 10 rows and then measuring it — it should equal about 4 square inches.

If you want to make these to sell, you can do so but you must link back to the original pattern and give credit to the designer. Is this something your little one needs to keep warm in the winter? Or do you want to make one for yourself (there are notes on how to do this in the pattern)? You can find the original free crochet pattern with video links to tutorials (for the magic ring, for instance), as well as a link to the PDF for sale, at Left In Knots.

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Owl I Want For Christmas Is This Super Scarf (crochet patterns)

Crochet December 8, 2017

Owl I Want For Christmas Is This Super Scarf (crochet patterns)

When “super scarves” started becoming a thing I got excited. There’s nothing cozier than a huge scarf that you can wrap half your body in while running errands or playing outside in the snow. What makes these scarves even better is when they include animals in the design, and I don’t think there has been a more popular animal in the last couple decades than the owl. Whether it’s due to the Harry Potter series, the Pinterest hipsters, or propaganda from the owl community itself, I’m thrilled that people continue to incorporate these wise birds into wearable designs.

While some of us may glance longingly at the complicated patterns we’ve found on Pinterest, the free pattern from Repeat Crafter Me is great for those of us who aren’t quite comfortable with the “advanced” label but have progressed beyond “beginner”. So if you’re in the intermediate area of crochet, like myself, this should be easy enough that you don’t feel overwhelmed, but challenging enough that you feel really proud of yourself once it’s done!

In order to make your own Crochet Owl Super Scarf, you’ll need 9-10 skeins of yarn (the pattern suggests using Bernat Softee Chunky in a variety of colors). If you want to go subtle you can use shades of the same color, but if you want to go bold, I highly recommend using the suggested colors or at least choosing a bright color for the body of the scarf.

Apart from crochet you’ll also be sewing the two sides of the scarf together and making pom-poms for the owls’ feet. If you haven’t made pom-poms, there is a handy video tutorial available on the pattern page. For the crochet sections, you’ll need to know the following stitches: Magic Ring, chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), slip stitch (sl st), chain space (ch sp), half double crochet (hdc), and v-stitch. You’ll also need to know the mattress stitch to use when sewing the owl together and joining the scarf halves.

If you are unfamiliar with the mattress stitch, or need some reminders about various stitches, YouTube and Pinterest are super helpful in this regard. Just remember to save the pins you used so you can reference them later for other projects.

Once you’re done with the owl scarf, be sure and show it off! It makes a fabulous gift for an owl-lover in your life, whether they’re a parent, grandparent, kid, cousin, or sibling (or yourself). If you end up using this pattern, Repeat Crafter Me wants to see it — tag @RepeatCrafterMe and @Yarnspirations in your Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest posts.

Are super scarves your new thing? Then you’ll definitely want to check out the Super Scarf Guide, which has new free patterns, tutorials, and more(Check back here soon because we’ll be posting about a bunch of free animal super scarf crochet patterns to make and share). You can sign up for access on the Repeat Crafter Me site. First things first, though. You can find the free pattern for this Owl Super Scarf, along with plenty of photos and a video tutorial on the Repeat Crafter Me site. You can also share it and print out the pattern using the links at the bottom of the page.

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Shrug This Sweater On — A Free Beginner Crochet Pattern

Crochet December 8, 2017

Shrug This Sweater On -- A Free Beginner Crochet Pattern

Making your own clothing can be intimidating. I remember spending several hours sewing, knitting, and crocheting only to be extremely frustrated that my skills didn’t match my ambitions. I tried to make dresses, skirts, and pajamas for myself and realized I needed to dial it back and stick with hats, scarves, and socks. However, I’ve never given up hope that one day I’ll be able to make my own sweater, and with this free pattern from the Make & Do Crew, I just might be able to pull it off. Or shrug it on.

While the Make & Do Crew recommend the Lionbrand “Jeans” yarn, you can use any medium weight yarn for this sweater shrug. You’ll need 5-7 skeins (depending on sizing), and if you want you can switch up the colors for an ombre effect, choose two colors for contrast, or make the whole thing in one color. The other materials you’ll want to gather for the project are a size “I” crochet hook, stitch markers, a tapestry needle, and scissors.

If you’re still concerned about being a beginner and starting what looks like an ambitious project, let me put your mind at ease. There are no complicated stitch patterns to learn. All the terminology you need to know are chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), double crochet in back loop only (dc in blo), skip (sk), space (sp), chain 1 space (ch 1 sp), right side (RS), wrong side (WS), turning chain (tch), repeat (rep), main color (mc), and accent color (ac). With only four stitches to know (all of which are common in beginner patterns) and self-explanatory terminology, this project practically makes itself.

You will want to check the gauge, however, since you’ll be wearing this shrug once it’s completed. For eight rows of double crochet, it should measure four inches. It’s also a good idea to check as you go that it will fit the way you want it to. Alterations can always be made as you progress, but rarely once the project is complete.

If you are making this for someone else (a friend, a sibling, a parent, etc.), you might need to take their measurements beforehand to ensure the perfect fit. The nice thing about this shrug is that it can be made to fit anybody. The original sizes are S/M and L/XL, but there are notes in the pattern that allow for customization, including the width and length of the shrug.

There is some sewing, as the shrug is joined by seaming the body and sleeves together. If you are not familiar with the stitch used in this project (the mattress stitch), there is a link provided that will show you how to complete this part of the pattern. Take it slow, practice a little beforehand if you’re unfamiliar with this technique, and don’t worry about it too much, as it isn’t the showy part of the shrug.

If you decide that you enjoy making sweaters, there are several other free patterns available from the Make & Do Crew as well, including the The Dwell Sweater, the Navajo Shrug, and the Campfire Cardigan, all of which have links on the free pattern page. You can find the original free Lightweight + Easy Crochet Shrug Pattern on the Make & Do Crew’s site.

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These Crocheted Hand Warmers Will Keep You Warm On Winter Nights

Crochet December 8, 2017

These Crocheted Hand Warmers Will Keep You Warm On Winter Nights

Yesterday I was at the store ostensibly to purchase felt and thread when I spied the yarn aisle and had to take a stroll and feel all the beautiful yarn. I of course had to purchase two skeins of soft yarn in navy and gold, and though I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, I knew I wanted to make something cozy for winter. When I got home I looked on Pinterest for ideas and found these beautiful hand warmers. They’re beautiful, warm, and small enough that I can probably make them in a few hours. I’m planning to sit by the fire and listen to an Agatha Christie audiobook while I crochet.

With something like these hand warmers, there are a myriad of free patterns available, but what drew me to this particular pattern was the simplicity of the pattern and the fun added touch of the buttons. They’re soft, elegant, and will go with anything I wear when I have to duck out for some soup ingredients. This is a great pattern for beginners, and if it’s a pattern you enjoy, you can make several pair of hand warmers in very little time. They would make great stocking stuffers for Christmas, or a lovely present for teachers, co-workers, grandparents, parents, kids, and neighbors (the pattern comes in sizes from baby to adult).

Slugs On The Refrigerator’s pattern for these hand warmers was part of their Crochet Camp program, and if you want more patterns from them, I recommend bookmarking the site and checking back often. This particular pattern is available as a free PDF, and has plenty of pictures to illustrate the puff stitch used in a major portion of the pattern. If you haven’t tried puff stitch yet, try it out before attempting the hand warmers. It’s a great stitch to learn and one of my favorites, but it did take a little time for me to master.

Making a pair of these handwarmers requires some DK weight yarn (the pattern suggests using wool), a 4mm crochet hook, 2 buttons (1 cm diameter), and some scissors. The only stitches you need to know are the chain (ch), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st), and puff stitch. Yarn over and chain space are also used in this pattern.

With only 9 rounds for the hand and 3 for the wrist, this project won’t take very long, especially after you get the hang of the puff stitch. You’ll be creating a loop for the buttons near the end, and once you’re finished with the crocheting you can weave in the ends and attach the buttons. Experiment with different types of yarn (wool can be a bit scratchy, but some others will not be as warm), various colors (variegated yarn vs royal tones or pastels), and buttons (toggles, wooden buttons, square buttons, etc.). Each pair of handwarmers can be unique and special to the wearer whether you’re making a pair of these handwarmers for yourself or a few pair for the family.

If you’d like to make these cozy crocheted handwarmers, you can find a link to the free PDF on Slugs On The Refrigerator.

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This Crochet Beanie Is Brimful With Cool (free pattern)

Crochet December 8, 2017

I remember when the beanie with a brim became popular. I wanted one so badly, but I wasn’t able to get one until college, and by then the fad had died down. Imagine my surprise and delight, then, when I discovered that these hats are making a comeback! I’ve spotted them in stores from Wal-Mart to REI, and I’m thrilled because now I can finally wear one and be in style. Of course, now that I’m able to knit and crochet, I’ve been scouring the internet for patterns and instead of purchasing one, I can crochet one in a few hours and customize it to my tastes.

Where I live we have a lot of cold weather, so a hat like this is perfect for stepping outside, whether it’s to run errands or go on a winter hike. The beanie part will keep your head warm, and the visor will help shield your eyes from the sun, which can be exceptionally bright in the wintertime, especially when it snows. Pair it with a cozy sweater, light jacket, or a scarf and you will be warm in any weather.

To make your own beanie with a brim, you’ll need the following supplies: one skein of yarn (the pattern suggests using Red Heart “Soft Yarn” but you can use any 4-weight yarn), a size “H” crochet hook, scissors, a tapestry needle, stitch markers, and either heavy interfacing or plastic for the brim. If you decide to forego those, the brim will be floppy. You will also want to check your gauge to ensure that the hat will be the right fit. A row of sixteen single crochet stitches should equal four inches. The only stitches needed are chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), and double crochet (dc). Remember to use stitch markers and to ensure that you are crocheting on the correct side, whether it’s “Right Side” (RS) or “Wrong Side” (WS).

This pattern is marked “Easy” which means it’s perfect for beginners and intermediate crocheters. It doesn’t take very long (a few hours at most) and would make a great present for family members and friends, especially those who love winter activities like sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. It’s a snug fit which means it won’t get lost easily, and unique enough that they won’t lose it in a jumble of snow-ridden clothes. You can also customize it by adding buttons to the sides of the brim, or a ribbon or strip of leather where brim meets beanie, or you can use variegated yarn to make it multicolored. You can also make a scarf, boot cuffs, or fingerless gloves to make a matching set.

Does this sound like the perfect hat for you or someone you know? If you’d like to make one or more of these stylish beanies, you can find the free pattern over at RedHeart.com. If you download the free pattern (which comes with a few pictures along with the written instructions), you will receive a 15% off coupon on your next online purchase — just remember to write down the code they provide.

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Crochet Your Own Zoo With These Animal Scarves

Crochet December 8, 2017

When I was very small, about three or four years old, my dream was to own a zoo when I grew up. Now, over twenty years later, I still love animals, but my zoo consists of a 3-year-old sheltie and the wildlife I spot around our house — deer, antelope, elk, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and dozens of birds. That being said, I enjoy having more animals around, and when I found these animal scarves I got excited about bringing another animal into the family, even if it was just a crocheted version!

There are of course dozens of animal scarf patterns for sale — dogs, cats, elephants, lions, bears, etc., but I’ve found quite a few adorable free crochet patterns as well for animals as domesticated as sheep and as fantastical as dragons. If you’re looking for a cute gift for a kid or another animal lover, these would make excellent holiday or birthday presents.

If you or the recipient of your gift loves springtime, woolly lambs, and soft pastels, you might want to make the Sheep Scarf from Michelle Taylor. With a “G” size crochet hook, two off-white yarn colors, eyes (buttons will do), scissors, and a tapestry needle, you can crochet up this simple pattern in no time. The only stitches you’ll need to know are the single crochet (sc), front post double crochet (fpdc), back post double crochet (bpdc), and chain (ch) stitches.

Or, if you know someone who adores reptiles, you might want to present them with a gator scarf (this also works if they are Florida football fans). A “K” size crochet hook is needed here, along with knowledge of the following stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double chain (DC), triple chain (TC), and back loop only (blo).

Of course, a mischievous family member or friend might enjoy a foxy scarf from Monica Gallardo. It’s a hat and scarf combination and available as a free pattern on Ravelry. With a size “H” crochet hook and some simple stitches such as single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), single crochet 2 together (sc2tog), increase, and front post double crochet (fpdc), you’ll be wrapping this scarf around them in no time.

For the couch potatoes, the sloth scarf from Knot Bad Ami is the most adorable little companion on the planet. You can use either an “M” or “N” crochet hook and if you know these stitches, you can work this little guy up in a flash: magic ring, back loop only (blo), front loop only (flo), chain (ch) and single crochet (sc). Pick 3 colors of yarn and settle down in your favorite comfy chair to bring this baby animal to life.

If your tastes run more toward fantasy, you can always make the Dragon Scarf from Six Little Mice. Using only single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), triple crochet (tc), and increase and decrease stitches, two crochet hooks (sizes “F” and “G”) and some patience, this dragon will protect your hoards of craft supplies as well as your neck from the cold.

There’s nothing stopping you from making them all, of course, and adding them to your scarf collection. Most of them will work well as beginner projects, although a few of them are listed as intermediate. If you’re ready to get started, you can choose the lamb, gator, fox, sloth, or dragon to get started on your way to becoming the next Dr. Dolittle.

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This Woodsy Hooded Cape (free pattern)

Crochet December 8, 2017

What is it about capes that makes everything feel more mysterious and magical? I’ve always loved capes, ever since I was a tiny kid growing up in the wild woods of Tennessee. As I grew up I wondered why more people didn’t take advantage of these cozy better-than-coats options. A friend of mine made me a new cape a few years ago, a dark green, floor-length version that made me feel like royalty. But of course, I can’t wear it as part of my normal, everyday wear (although I’m considering it). Looking for alternatives, I spotted this crocheted hooded cape from Linda Kaye Smith on Ravelry and fell in love. It’s perfect for those chilly morning or evening strolls, or to keep warm in the office, or to lounge around at home.

However and whenever you choose to wear it, it can be modified pretty easily. If you want ruffles, they’re an option, but if not, they aren’t an integral part of the pattern so you can add something else, like fringe. To make the hooded cape, you’ll need 14 skeins of chunky yarn (recommended: Wool-Ease Chunky #5), a size “K” crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle. Make sure you check your gauge beforehand, as this is something you’ll wear and want to fit you snugly. Crochet 9 double crochet stitches in 5 rows. The size should be 4 inches.

Once you’ve checked the gauge, you can begin the pattern. There are only two stitches used in the entire pattern: chain (ch) and double crochet (dc). While that might seem easy, there are some things that make this less of a beginner pattern and more of an intermediate pattern, although an advanced beginner should have no trouble assembling this project. The cape and hood are made separately and then stitched together, so there is some sewing required. After you join the cape and the hood, you will need to decide whether or not you want ruffles. If you decide to forego the ruffles, you will not need as much yarn, unless you’re adding something else like fringe.

If you are going to add the ruffles, they are made with slip stitches (sl st), single crochet (sc), chain (ch) and double crochet (dc). Fringe doesn’t require any knowledge of crochet stitching but it might be a little more time consuming. You could forego any sort of decoration and have a plain hooded cape.

Fastening the cape can be done in a variety of ways, including a belt, or a frog, or a toggle, buttons, or even a chain. Experiment with different fasteners and see which one suits the cape best. It might depend on the color or sizing as well, so if you have a few options, try each of them and see which one feels more natural. I myself prefer toggles.

Do you need a cape to swish around as you walk through the woods, neighborhood, or local grocery store? You can find the free pattern from Linda Kaye Smith on Ravelry. There are a few photos as well so you can get a visual before you begin. There are also several sizes available.

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Keep Warm While Traveling With This Crocheted Wanderlust Scarf

Crochet November 17, 2017

Kirsten Holloway’s Wanderlust scarf might be the most beautiful, luxurious, comfortable scarf I have ever seen. I’m currently scouring nearby shops to see if I can find yarn I love enough to use for this pattern. While the scarf looks like it belongs in a fancy boutique, it is considered an easy pattern with repetitive rows, which means that even if you’re a crochet beginner, you shouldn’t find this pattern too difficult to tackle. The most important thing is to read the pattern beforehand, learn the stitches you may not be familiar with, and then take the pattern one step at a time.

One of the best things about this scarf pattern is that it comes in both a long scarf version and an infinity scarf version, and if you still can’t get enough, there’s a beanie version so you can make a complete set. These would make excellent gifts for friends and family members, especially if made in their favorite colors.

To make one of these beautiful scarves, you’ll need to collect the following: a size “I” crochet hook, 350-375 yards of Lion Brand Heartland yarn, a yarn needle, and a pair of scissors. The stitches used in the crochet pattern include chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), front post double crochet (FP dc) and back post double crochet (BP dc). There’s also a special stitch: half double crochet in the third loop (hdc in 3rd loop), but the pattern walks you through it clearly and concisely.

If you’re wanting to check the gauge, you can do so by crocheting thirteen double crochet stitches and then measuring to make sure the swatch is about four inches. The entire scarf should measure about six feet once complete, with a width of six inches. Of course if you’re making the infinity scarf, it will be a little different as you’ll be crocheting in the round. There are instructions for the infinity scarf just below the original pattern.

After you’ve completed the scarf, you can decide whether you want to include extras like tassels or fringe. There are steps to do that as well beneath the pattern. Personally I think the scarf looks great either way, though I do have a penchant for fringe. Without the fringe it looks more boutique, but with the fringe it carries a more cozy vibe.

Does this sound like a project you’d enjoy? You can find the tutorial for the regular scarf and infinity scarf on Kirsten Holloway Designs, as well as the tutorial for the beanie. The tutorials are free, but if you’d prefer an ad-free pattern you can purchase one from Kirsten’s Ravelry store. If you want to keep up with the latest designs and patterns, you can follow her on Facebook, Ravelry, Instagram, and Pinterest. You might also want to bookmark her website — she has a section for Crochet-A-Longs, which provides a work-along tutorial, and if you have a question you can post it on her Facebook page. This year’s project is the Art ‘n Soul Scrappy Scarf, which looks like plenty of fun wrapped up in an easy-to-make package.

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Make a Big Crochet Bag

Crochet October 2, 2017

Make a Big Crochet Bag

It’s difficult to find the right big bag — you don’t want anything too bulky, but you also don’t want a bag that’s flimsy – after all, you’re going to be carrying groceries, library books, craft projects, snacks, and the necessities and you need something you can depend on, that won’t snap or tear or wear out. While it might be difficult to find such a bag in stores (unless you’re willing to hand over a lot of your hard-earned cash), there is a simple solution: you can try making one of these beautiful big bags with your crochet skills.

The nice thing about big bags is that you can use a bulkier yarn or wind two or three stands of thinner yarn together, making your bag super tough. It will endure a lot. It can be tossed in the car, dropped on the floor, slung over your shoulder, all without you worrying about your important stuff falling all over the place. Using bulkier yarn will also make the bag stretchier, which is nice if you’re going grocery shopping and just need a little extra room for that piece of produce you just spied on your way out.

There are a variety of patterns to choose from, and whether you choose to buy a pattern or find one for free, we have you covered. If you’re looking for a fancier big bag, you can purchase a book of patterns on YesAsia and make the P.8 Motif Bag by Naoko Shimoda, and for inspiration you can look at the Salmon Lace Bag from chalklegs on Ravelry, who was inspired to make her bag after seeing the P.8 Motif.

If you want a trendy tote bag with a bit more heft, you can try the striped Stylin’ Tote Bag from LuvMaxine on Craftsy – her free pattern is available on her site. It’s a thicker bag that uses worsted weight yarn, so it won’t be as stretchy as some others. Remember to keep in mind what you’ll be using the bag for in order to find the right fit for you.

Of course, if you’re the kind of person who enjoys looking at inspiration and then jumping into your own pattern creation, you could look at the gallery below and go ahead and get started – we particularly liked this bag. It uses what appears to be a softer yarn, perhaps mohair or alpaca or even angora. Be aware, however, that these materials are more expensive, so this big bag would need to be used a little more carefully than the Stylin’ Tote Bag.

Whichever pattern you choose, there are an array of colors to choose. You could make a bag with stripes or chevron, add ribbon or buttons, a pocket, and you could cover the inside of the bag with fabric to make it even sturdier. The choice is up to you. It would be wise to make such decisions before beginning the project.

If you’re interested in making one or more of these purses, you can find the patterns on Ravelry (the Salmon Lace and P.8 Motif are both on here), and Craftsy (the free Stylin’ Tote Bag pattern link). You can also find inspiration here.

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