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Crafts, Uncategorized January 28, 2017

Crochet Keychains

Why are tiny things so cute? I find the smaller the thing, the cuter it is, especially if it has really big eyes or if it’s a piece of food. This crochet pattern manages to combine both into something that’s also useful – a keychain! Yarntistry has created an adorable little ice cream cone to serve as a marker for your keys as well as a reminder that really, you probably need to treat yourself to a little more dessert.

Yarntistry’s YouTube channel has begun a “Tutorial Tuesday” for the express purpose of sharing free, cute patterns for you to follow along at home. You can also gather inspiration from Yarntistry’s other social media accounts (links will be shared below).

To make your own cute cone, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • DK yarn (in three colors)
  • A 3mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn/Tapestry Needle
  • Blush & brush
  • 6mm safety eyes
  • Keyring

What I love about Yarntistry’s YouTube tutorial is that it’s easy to follow, with both verbal instructions and written instructions. The video is clean, clear, and interesting, with a focus on the hands (and therefore stitches), while also being colorful and compelling enough to watch on its own. It’s about a half-hour long, with a few pauses indicated so that you are able to keep up with the pace set.

You can also try Happy Berry Crochet’s Ice Cream Cone Tutorial, or to mix it up a bit, combine cute animals and food with Flying Mio’s Kitty Ice Cream Cone Tutorial in pastels like blush pink and mint green.

You’ll be guided through each step in the process, from the stitching to inserting the eyes and stuffing the ice cream shape to applying the blush to make your shy little cone even cuter and then inserting the keychain so it’s ready to go. If you’re a fan of the video, you can sign up to follow the channel and receive updates each time there’s a new tutorial. You can also follow Yarntistry on their website and several social media websites.

There’s all sorts of inspiration (and, if you like, items for purchase) to be found on Yarntistry, all of it sweet and small, from tiny puppies to food to plants, with unique twists such as the use of pom-poms, specialty yarn, and makeup.

If you like, you can find the YouTube tutorial on Yarntistry’s channel, and follow Yarntistry on the following sites: Etsy, Instagram, Facebook, and Yarntistry.com. Be sure to also follow Flying Mio and Happy Berry Crochet on YouTube.

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Baby Blanket (Free Patterns)

Uncategorized November 11, 2016

There’s nothing cuter than a little bundle of joy – especially if they’re all wrapped up in a warm creation of yours! If you’ve got a tiny tot in your life or one on the way, you might want to make a few of these snuggly cocoons for them. With a variety of free patterns available, you can customize to your heart’s content, making each cocoon unique just like the baby human that will be inhabiting it.

The basic pattern for this cocoon and its accompanying hat says you’ll need the following: worsted weight yarn (any color), a “J” hook, a tapestry needle, and scissors. The only stitches you’ll need to know are the magic ring and treble crochet (tc).

This project works up quickly, so if you’ve got time, you might want to try out some other patterns, such as the Snowman Cocoon (complete with a snowman face hat) or the Tulip Cocoon (which includes a tulip blossom hat). There are also Teddy Bear, Owl, Football, Caterpillar, and Mermaid cocoons on Pinterest (type in “cocoon crochet pattern” to see all the variations and free patterns available!).

If you want to try out the basic pattern, you can find it at The Knitless Knitter. The Snowman Cocoon pattern is available on Repeat Crafter Me, and the Tulip Cocoon is on Sallie’s Tiny Pushes (which includes a link for the tulip blossom hat, found on Suzie’s Yarnie Stuff)

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Bohemian Crochet (Free Patterns)

Uncategorized November 11, 2016

“The late 1960’s are never entirely out of fashion, they just need a fresh angle to make them de jour.” – Bob Stanley

While bohemian fashion did in fact originate prior to the 1960’s (it originally was used in lieu of “gypsy”, indicating an unfashionable style of clothing worn by poverty-stricken artists after the French Revolution in 1799), it was the 1960’s that made this a lasting style.

Many styles have branched off of the original bohemian look, including “boho-chic”, “hippie”, and “hipster”. A mainstay in all of these styles, however, is crochet – whether it’s used as an accent or focal point. If you’re a boho-look lover, there are plenty of ways to add it to your wardrobe and your home.

You might want to start small, such as adding crochet edging to your shirts, shorts, or bag. You could step up to something bigger like chunky jewelry, a wall-hanging, a bag, or a vest. Or you could take it further and crochet a dress, tunic, shawl or skirt.

Too many choices? Not sure where to begin? Below are three boho-styled projects to choose from:

#1: Broomstick Lace Crochet Bracelet

You’ll need a fine yarn (bamboo cotton suggested), a small crochet hook (G) and a large crochet hook (P), as well as scissors and three buttons. While the broomstick stitch may take a try or two to get right, it’s simple enough that it won’t take long to learn. The finished result is an elegant, bohemian cuff.

#2: Boho Tassel Crochet Bag

For this project you’ll need worsted weight cotton yarn, a crochet hook (I), a purse handle or old belt, and unbleached muslin for the inside of the bag, along with scissors and sewing supplies. You’ll also need to know the Half Treble Crochet stitch (htrc) and the magic loop, along with basic stitches. You’ll be adding fringe accents as well. The completed bag looks effortlessly chic and ready for summer.

#3: Pineapple Top

If you’re a little more ambitious, you might want to try making this beautiful, breezy tank top with pineapple motif. You’ll need to use size 10 cotton crochet thread, plus two different crochet hooks (D & F). Luckily, there aren’t any fancy stitches to learn – just single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), and treble crochet (tc).

If you’d like to try the Broomstick Lace Cuff, Ink Flamingoes has a photo tutorial on their site. If the Boho Tassel Crochet Bag is more your speed, Persia Lou has a free pattern with photos for your convenience. The Pineapple Top and instructions for making it can be found at Impromptu Crochet.

You can also find bohemian inspiration and free crochet patterns at either Pinterest or Ravelry.

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