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Crochet Keychains

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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Crochet Pot Holders (Free Patterns)

Crafts January 14, 2017

Crochet Pot Holders (Free Patterns)

Can you ever really have too many pot holders? There’s always a new, pretty potholder just asking to be made, and this spring-inspired Pretty Petals Potholder is the perfect way to brighten up as winter begins to disappear. You’ll want to make this in a variety of colors from plum to teal to yellow. You can mix and match or coordinate the colors with your teapot, casserole dish, or pie plate for a super cute look.

This pattern is labeled “Easy” so it’s a perfect intro into a more complicated looking crochet pattern without being too intimidating. Impress your friends and family with your skills by showing off these potholders or presenting them with their own!

To make your own bevy of beautiful flower pot holders, you’ll need an “E” size crochet hook and one skein of your preferred color in a size three fashion crochet thread. There are extra supplies needed if you want to make the potholders even safer to handle, including wool felt, cotton quilt batting, thread to match the felt (or coordinate with it if you’re feeling fancy), and scissors.

This is a pattern where you’ll want to insure that you have the correct gauge, so crochet the first three rounds and then measure it. If it’s around 2 1/2″, you’re good to go. If not, simply move up or down a crochet hook size and try it again to make sure you’re on the right path.

There aren’t many stitches required in this pattern – you’ll only need to know chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), and half double crochet (hdc). These potholders don’t take up much time so you may want to make two or three in succession so that you have a range to choose from next time you’re in the kitchen.

If you’d like to make your own Pretty Petal Potholders, you can find the free crochet pattern at Red Heart. Be sure to check out their other free crochet patterns as well!

Crochet Pot Holders (Free Patterns)

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Crochet Pretty Window Topper (Patterns)

Crafts January 14, 2017

Crochet Pretty Window Topper (Free Pattern)

Whenever I think about curtains, the first thing that comes to mind is Scarlett O’Hara’s iconic drape dress from Gone With The Wind. There aren’t many curtains in use today that would suffice in a fashion emergency – except for, of course, crochet curtains, which could be turned into something chic at a moment’s notice. Of course, you probably won’t need them for your own wardrobe, but you might want to dress up your house with some of these clever, creative crochet patterns.

If you want to start with something small that will up the elegance factor in your living room, bedroom, or dining room, you might want to try the Feather Stitch Valance from E-Pattern Central. It was first featured in Easy Living Crochet, and can be purchased and downloaded for a minimal fee. If you’re looking for something vintage-inspired with some cottage charm, then this pattern is for you.

Of course, there are dozens of other patterns to choose from, including the next few free patterns from Guide Patterns. Their collection of nineteen free crochet curtain patterns includes something for every skill level, with a wide variety of options for every decorating style.

There’s a Big, Bold Chevron Curtain pattern for the person who wants a bright, fun curtain with plenty of “white space” but enough coverage to use in the bathroom. It’s also adjustable so if you need a longer or shorter curtain, it’s easy to customize.

Or, if you’d rather try something that’s even more of a throwback, you could try the Hairpin Lace Cafe Curtain pattern, which recalls to mind the 1960’s and 1970’s, especially if you use colors like yellow, white, orange, and brown (It is a little more complicated than beginner or easy patterns so be prepared to put in a little more work).

The Yawaraka Lace Cafe Curtain pattern is also a lovely design, perfect for the breakfast nook or bathroom. There are photos as well as grids and instructions, as this is a delicate, more difficult piece, but the results are stunning. You’ll need to know how to do a magic ring to get started on this one.

If any of these curtains have caught your eye, you can try out the patterns at the following websites: The Feather Stitch Valance pattern can be purchased at E-Patterns Central. The other patterns can be found in the list of 19 Cool Patterns For Crochet Curtains at Guide Patterns.

Crochet Pretty Window Topper (Free Pattern)

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Tiny Pincushion Crochet Patterns

Crafts January 12, 2017

Tiny Pincushion Crochet Patterns

If you’re a crafter, you’re no stranger to finding tiny objects all over the floor after a project is complete. For me, that means a lot of sewing pins dropped everywhere, in danger of poking one of my toes while I cross the floor for another pair of scissors or measuring tape. No matter how many boxes, magnets, or pincushions I have, there are always more pins and needles to find a home for – and what better than an adorable crocheted pincushion that doubles as a cute amigurumi figure? Even if you’re not the one walking on pins and needles, this makes an excellent gift for friends who craft with sharp objects.

This tiny cactus from Ana Paula does just the trick, housing as many pins as you can stuff in it, and with its cute little smile, it does so quite happily with no fear of injury. With a few different colors of worsted weight yarn, some fiberfill and some pellets or glass beads, this little guy whips up in no time. And if you’re up for an extra mini challenge, there’s an option to crochet a tiny red bow to top it all off.

You’ll need the following: worsted weight yarn in green, brown, and tan; an F size crochet hook; fiberfill for the cactus body; poly-pellets or glass beads (dry rice or small beans will work too in a pinch) for the planter; two 6mm eyes with backings; scissors; black embroidery thread for the mouth; and a tapestry needle to sew it all together.

There aren’t many stitches involved either, just a simple single crochet (sc), decrease (dc), back post decrease (bpdc), and chain (ch) to make this tiny buddy.

If you are already a fan of amigurumi or try this project out and find that you want to make more adorable, tiny creatures, Ana Paula has plenty of options for you on her Ravelry page, such as a bear with a pot of honey, a couple of cupcakes, or a jellyfish ornament. You can also find the free pattern for this cactus pincushion at her site, Amigurumi Patterns.

Tiny Pincushion Crochet Patterns

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Crochet Boots with Flip Flops (Free pattern)

Crafts January 12, 2017

Crochet Boots with Flip Flops (Free pattern)

Do you ever wish you could make your own shoes? It can be difficult to find a pair of shoes that fits, feels comfortable, and comes at a decent price, especially if you need to buy shoes each season as the weather changes. But never fear! With this free pattern, you can create your own shoes with the help of an old pair of flip-flops and some soft, chunky yarn. You’ll look stylish and warm in these crochet boots and you won’t have to spend a lot of time or money putting them together!

This pattern is available for free, along with a video tutorial, but if you’d like an advertisement-free pattern with a ruler grid to help figure out the spacing between the stitches on the flip-flops, you can purchase it for a mere $2.50. Whichever pattern you choose to go by, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • two skeins of chunky yarn (the pattern suggests Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick)
  •  ten yards of worsted weight yarn (the pattern suggests using Vanna’s Choice)
  • a tapestry needle
  • crochet hooks in sizes B, K, & L
  • one pair of flip-flops (it’s suggested that you use a size smaller than you’d normally wear, which means you can use old ones that you’ve grown out of or get a free pair from a friend who doesn’t need them anymore! You could also find a cheap pair at the dollar store)
  • a tool to make holes in the flip-flops – such as a skewer, a tapestry needle, or a knitting needle)
  • six buttons (suggested size: 3/4″)
  • stitch markers
  • needle and thread (make sure the thread matches the yarn color)
  • scissors
  • measuring tape or ruler (the ruler grid is included in the pattern for purchase)
  • glue (suggestion: E6000, but it’s also listed as optional in the free pattern)

The gauge is six holes per two inches of the flip-flops, with the boot base consisting of six single crochet stitches equaling two inches, and six rows equaling two inches. This will ensure that the boot fits you without being too loose or too snug. (It is highly recommended that you ensure you’ve got the correct gauge before beginning the project)

You’ll also need to know the following stitches for this project: single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), skip (sk), slip stitch (sl st), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet back loop only (scblo), chain (ch), and single crochet two stitches together (sc2tog). There are also some other abbreviations in the pattern you’ll need to be aware of, such as main color (MC), sole color (SC), right side (RS) and wrong side (WS).

If you’d like to make your own cozy pair of crochet boots to wear around the house or even outside (the pattern promises if you have a sturdy enough flip-flop, they will hold up even in cold weather), you can find the free pattern, video tutorial, and PDF pattern for purchase at Make And Do Crew.

Crochet Boots with Flip Flops (Free pattern)

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Crochet Stars (Free Pattern)

Crafts January 12, 2017

Crochet Stars (Free Pattern)

Looking for a simple, meaningful way to decorate your home for the holidays? How about adorning your tree, presents, or front door with stars? Stars hold meaning for nearly every person around the globe. We stare up at them and make wishes. We use them to guide us from one point to the next. We carry them on us in the form of pendants, or put them in our homes as a symbol of illumination. They remind us to look up, to wonder, to stay curious, to seek answers.

The five-pointed star is an easy shape to replicate, especially with Persia Lou’s Star Ornament pattern which only takes two rounds – you can make your own constellation or even galaxy, whether you decorate your tree with individual stars, string them together and hang them over the fireplace or along the wall, or you put a few in the wreath over your front door.

To make your own stars, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Size 5 Bulky Yarn (suggested: Darice Folklore, Wool Ease Chunky, or Patton’s Classic Wool Bulky)
  • Size K Crochet Hook
  • Yarn/Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Stiffener
  • Jute Cord
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Rust Proof Pins

The pattern uses American terms and begins with a magic circle. You’ll also need to be familiar with the following stitches: slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), and triple crochet (trc). After the star is complete you’ll shape it and then spray it with fabric stiffener to help it retain its starry shape (this is where the plastic wrap, pins and cardboard come in, as you’ll be creating your own miniature blocking mat). The last thing you’ll need to do is create a tie from the jute cord so that you can hang them wherever you please.

If you’d like to try this free pattern, please visit Persia Lou’s website — check out the other free patterns as well!

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Crochet Rose (Free Pattern)

Crafts January 3, 2017

Crochet Rose (Free Pattern)

Roses might just be the most popular flower in the world. We use them in a variety of situations, from honoring achievements (recitals, performances, etc.) to celebrating occasions like weddings and anniversaries and as everyday reminders of love, romance, and beauty. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, though of course red roses are the most traditional.

If you’ve got a little time on your hands and some pretty yarn in your stash, you might want to make a bouquet of these for yourself or a loved one to commemorate an occasion or just to say, “I love you”. It’s a simple gesture, but it holds a lot of meaning and sometimes, all one needs to brighten one’s day is a single rose.

Kati Crafts has a fantastic tutorial with photos for a standard rose, as well as some ideas for alterations if you want a larger or smaller size rose, which would be useful if you were making a bouquet, as you’d want to vary the sizes a little, as well as the fullness. With her tutorial you’ll need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), and double crochet (dc). She also has some unique abbreviations, such as space (sp) and stitch (st).

There’s no limit on what kind of yarn to use, but Kati Crafts suggests using a thinner yarn, such as Novita’s. You might also want to experiment with texture, such as mohair, alpaca, and angora, though the pattern uses cotton yarn, and the color options are endless. You might want to start out with a traditional color, such as red, pink, or yellow, and then branch out into using variegated yarn or even something like black or yarn with fringe or beads.

The only materials you’ll need are yarn, a crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle to stitch up the rose at the end. You can also shape it to the desired fullness. These roses would make great additions to other projects such as embellishments for purses, hats, and cowls, or could be strung together as a garland, or added to a centerpiece or bouquet with other crocheted flowers. Use your imagination!

If you’d like to try this free pattern out, it is available at Kati Crafts (click here)

Crochet Rose (Free Pattern)

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How to Crochet Star Stitch

Crafts December 31, 2016

How to Crochet Star Stitch

Have you ever heard of the “Margeurite Stitch”? Or the “Spiked Cluster”? Or the “Daisy” and “Jasmine” stitch? Well, they’re actually all the same stitch, which most closely resembles a star, hence its most well known name, the “Star” stitch. It’s a beautiful stitch, and can be used to create sturdy household items such as potholders, socks, scarves, and gloves, or it can be used for more fragile items, such as lace.

The pattern creates a cluster of stars, and once you’ve gone through the stitch a few times, it will get smoother and faster, allowing you to craft a variety of items without having to struggle through it too much. There are several tutorials and videos online with which you can learn this lovely stitch. The entire “star” is created by the following stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), and half double crochet (hdc).

About.com has a great written tutorial with handy photos alongside, as does Michelle from Book People Studio, but if you’re more of a video person, there’s a great video tutorial from BlogLovin that is helpful as well.

Of course, once you learn the stitch, you’ll want to incorporate it into your upcoming projects. There’s a simple free potholder pattern comprised of star stitches from Petit Bout de Chou, or the stunningly gorgeous tri-color cowl from Sarah Palacios on Ravelry available as a free download, or the elegant Lacy Star Stitch Cowl from Crochet Cowls (which is available for purchase and comes with a photo tutorial).

There are also dozens of projects, patterns, and photos available on Pinterest and Ravelry to inspire you on your own journey with this stitch. You can add it as an edging to projects like purses and coasters, shawls and vests, you can use it to make beanies, fingerless gloves, and belts, or you can make squares with it to add up to one big, warm afghan.

If you’d like to read or watch tutorials on how to make the Star Stitch, you can find them at About.com, BlogLovin, or People Book Studios. If you want to try out the stitches in a pattern, there’s a free potholder pattern from Petit Bout de Chou, the cowl from Sarah Palacios, or Crochet Cowl’s lacy pattern.

How to Crochet Star Stitch

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Crochet Swing (Patterns)

Crafts December 31, 2016

What do you think of when you picture a hammock? A late summer afternoon, or perhaps a pitcher of lemonade, a soft breeze, the sound of someone mowing the lawn? Hammocks are the epitome of relaxation, the ultimate in luxury. But most of us don’t have access to a large hammock and a couple of trees, or even a porch or backyard to put a hammock stand in. Our next best recourse, then, is to find a smaller version that we can hang up inside, like a chair swing.

Ramador Custom Crochet has created a beautiful mandala-like chair swing to this end, using paracord instead of yarn to make it tougher and more stable. You can purchase paracord at your local hardware store. You’ll need a super bulky option (about 170 yards of it), and a P or Q size crochet hook. You’ll also need to ensure that the gauge is correct – two stitches, one row to equal one inch.

If you’d like to try something smaller, however, with more familiar materials, there are quite a few options for chair swings, hammocks, and similar items for fruit, pets, and babies (for photography props, not actual use).

We found a fruit hammock from Heart, Hook, Home that provides a safe place for fruit to avoid bruising, while also opening up counter space. It can hang beneath cabinets or adorn the wall.

If you’re looking for a way to give a pet somewhere to relax, the pattern at Ashley Knits & Crochets is just the right size for mice, hamsters, gerbils, and rats. It can attach to the bars of their enclosure. Using worsted weight yarn and an F size hook, this works up quickly and brightens up a bland space.

As a photography prop, baby hammocks are pretty popular – and there’s a free pattern from Sunset Family Living that’s the perfect size (please note: there is a warning about leaving a baby unattended in the hammock. Supervision required). A soft yarn is a must (Sunset Family Living suggests a chunky weight yarn like Lion Brand Homespun), and with an N size hook and the special stitch information, this cute prop will be ready in no time.

You can find inspiration for hammocks, chair swings and more at Retextil and Pecsma (Hungarian language), or purchase the PDF pattern for the mandala crochet swing from Ramador Custom Crochet at their Ravelry site. If you want more mandalas to crochet, you can check out ideas and patterns at Craftsy. You can find the free fruit hammock pattern at Heart, Hook, Home, the animal hammock at Ashley Knits & Crochets, and the baby hammock at Sunset Family Living.

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Coffee Cup Cozy

Crafts December 17, 2016

Coffee Cup Cozy

Recently my boys school was robbed of some substantial PAC funds. It was quite devastating for the community, as the funds were for the needed playground equipment. Several fundraisers have been launched and succeeded and slowly the funds are starting to be replenished. My husband wanted to do a fundraiser at his work, the community Postal Station.

The only thing is we couldn’t figure out a fundraiser premise. This gave me an idea, why not a crocheted good’s fundraiser? I may not be able to bake or run to raise funds. However, I can crochet something and maybe people will buy them.

So, I know I am going to crochet something but, what? In the past I have crocheted hats, scarves, beanies for preemies and donated them directly to the people who would use the items. This would have to be something people would want to donate money towards. Then the save grace of them all came to mind, the Coffee Cup Cozy. Versatile, easy, trendy and a great gift.

With the basic pattern (see bottom of article) you can create a gift, a fundraising item or something for personal use. I used a heart applique in the first picture below to make a pocket to hold tea or sugar packets. You could use any small applique to make the pocket. You could simply use a monogram initial or a support ribbon for your favorite Foundation.

By adding a simple heart applique, this gives this little cozy a pocket for tea or sugar packets. I added Safety teddy bear eyes (at your local craft store), a set of Ears and a trunk to make a whimsical elephant.

Coffee Cup Cozy

The sky is really the limit. This is just two examples of what you could potentially with this basic Coffee cup cozy pattern. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend project, a fundraiser project or a gift you should give the Coffee cup cozy a try.

PATTERN:

Using 6mm hook and any yarn. You will also need a sewing needle to connect the two ends.

Chain 28

Row 1: Chain 2 (counts as single crochet); single crochet in 3 rd chain from hook, and each chain across (27 single crochet)

Row 2: Chain 3 (counts as double crochet); double crochet in 4 th chain from hook, and each sc across (27 double crochet)

Row 3: Repeat Row 1

Row4: Repeat Row 2

Row 5: Repeat Row 1

Row 6: Repeat Row 2

Row 7: Repeat Row 1

Row 8: Repeat Row 2

Row 9 : Repeat Row one and tie off, leaving enough to attach the two ends by sewing with plastic yarn needle.

By Virginia McDougall

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