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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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Crochet Socks like THIS – Free Pattern

Crafts November 10, 2016

When the air grows cooler and we begin to pull out our warmer winter clothes, it’s nice to have a pair of toasty, interesting socks to display – like these boot slipper socks comprised of granny square hexagons. With only six hexagons and a sole needed for each foot, this easy pattern is sure to warm your toes in no time!

You’ll need to choose three complimentary colors of worsted weight acrylic yarn (Red Heart is suggested, as it is stiffer) – you could crochet a pair of holiday-colored socks, or choose your favorite colors, or even decide on one color and pick three shades.

From there you’ll need to determine your size in order to find out which hook will suit. If you’re a small, you’ll need an “F” hook, a medium will be a “G” hook, an “H” will make a large pair of sock slippers, and “I” will result in an extra large.

There aren’t too many complicated stitches (mostly basic stitches such as sl st, sc, dc, and trc), though the free pattern does walk through a few yarn over and front/back loop stitches.

It should be noted that there is some assembly required, as the hexagons and sole, once complete, will either need to be crocheted or sewn together (if sewing, remember you will need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle). This pattern is still labeled “Easy”, however, because it is worked flat and then assembled.

If you’d like to try your hand at a pair of these swingin’ sock slippers, you can find the instructions on the Free Pattern page at Priscilla’s Crochet.

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Minnie Mouse Crochet Patterns

Crafts November 7, 2016

Minnie Mouse Crochet Patterns

Who doesn’t love classic Disney? If you’ve got a precious little bundle in your life that needs an introduction to the wonderful world of Mickey & Minnie, this Minnie Mouse ensemble is the perfect project – it’s sure to turn some heads!

For the complete project, you’ll need the following:

  • Worsted weight yarn (black, red, and white)
  • Two crochet hooks (size D and H)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

You’ll also need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet together (sc2tog), double crochet together (dc2tog),  and back loop only (blo).

While this might seem a bit intimidating at first, the work is all done at the beginning with gathering the materials. Once you have everything together, you’ll only need to know basic stitches to complete this project. Also, since each piece is so small, they won’t take hardly any time at all to whip up. You might even want to make a couple sets!

The end result? A mouse cap, a polka-dot skirt, and little dress shoes. The patterns are also easy to customize, which can be done utilizing varying colors, buttons, and bows (The pattern recommends bows on the shoes and beanie).

All the patterns are for size 0-3 months, though of course if you want a larger size, you can commission a set from the provider of these patterns, Knotty Knotty Crochet.

You can find the instructions for the patterns as well as the links to the tutorials on Knotty Knotty Crochet.

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Crochet Jungle Animals

Crafts November 3, 2016

Crochet Jungle Animals

Crocheting stuffed animals is an exciting pass-time with an adorable outcome.

There are thousands upon thousands of unique patterns you can follow to make any stuffed friend you desire. From a fun spin on the classic sock monkey, to several takes on teddy bears and other animals, and even adorable pieces of food complete with smiling faces and huggable arms, there is something for everyone. These projects make for a fun way to decorate your craft room, or a cute homemade gift to make for a special someone.

This post is the first of a three-part series for crochet stuffed animals. Dedicated to jungle animals, here we are going to take a look at four wonderful projects: a hippo, a lion, a monkey and a tiger.

The hippo is a small project that is easy for any skill level. It features one main colour, and a very small amount of a secondary colour (typically black) to create the face details. This project shouldn’t take longer than a day, and is a wonderful place to start when learning to crochet animals.

The lion we’ve chosen is a larger cuddly friend that uses four colours in total. There is a significant amount of detail in the head, so it is a project that is better suited for those with a bit of experience with crocheting. His curly mane and 3D cheeks make him as charming as he is.

A jungle post wouldn’t be complete without a monkey! This pattern has been called “Poncho the Monkey”, and he is a tiny, sweet little monkey pal. This project is also excellent for beginners, and shouldn’t take longer than a day or two to complete. He uses three different colours, and features a fair amount of detail to make him appealing to any recipient.

Another animal that must be included in a jungle post is the tiger! This fancy tiger has one primary colour (orange), and features black stripes, and a white nose. This particular pattern uses doll eyes, but you could always make your own using black yarn. He is a good project for those who have previous experience with crocheting.

Find the patterns here! Hippo by Sheep of DelightTiger by Andraya’s CrochetLion by Crafty Mama SanchezPoncho the Monkey by Hooked on Fauna

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Crochet Turtle Shell Blanket and Cap – Patterns

Crafts October 27, 2016

Baby blankets make the perfect gift for expectant parents – they’re soft, wear well, and are made with lots of love. However, if you’ve made two, three, four or more with the same basic, unimaginative pattern, you might want to try something new.

How about this tri-color turtle shell blanket and beanie? The finished look is adorable, perfect for newborn photo ops or a costume party.

Labeled an “Easy” project, this blanket-and-beanie duo are quick work with a medium weight worsted yarn (make sure it’s soft and non-itchy! Machine washable is always a bonus too) and size “G” (6) and “I” (9) needles.

You’ll also need a pair of scissors and a yarn needle to tie up those loose ends. There aren’t any fancy stitches (the pattern uses slip stitch, chain stitch, single crochet and half double crochet), although the pattern does begin with a Magic Circle.

You’ll be using three different colors of yarn (recommended colors are two shades of green and another earthy, natural, complimentary color like brown or yellow) and creating six pentagons to sew together for the shell. The beanie is crocheted separately with one color of yarn, although you could mix it up if you want a challenge.

This Etsy listing from Easy Peasy Grandma allows you to purchase the pattern for both blanket and beanie. You can find a similar pattern by Corina Gray for free on the Stitch11 site if you’re looking for something sans price tag.

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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.

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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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