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Giant Knit Bobble Sheep Pillow (Free pattern)

Crafts December 8, 2016

Have you ever actually tried counting sheep in order to fall asleep? How many do you have to count before you’re bored to tears and still wide awake in the middle of the night? While this method doesn’t seem to produce great results, there is one sheep that might be able to help you drift off to dreamland. This soft, squishy giant sheep pillow from Purl Soho just might do the trick.

You’ll need ten skeins of the main yarn (suggested: Gentle Giant 100% merino wool), and one skein of the contrast yarn (suggested: Flax Down, which is comprised of 43% baby alpaca, 42% merino wool, and 15% linen); you’ll also need US size 17 circular knitting needles (32″), US size 17 double-pointed needles, and US size 10 double-pointed needles, and a crochet hook to help cast on the beginning stitches; polyester stuffing (suggested: Fairfield’s Polyfil Stuffing); and scrap yarn, as well as stitch markers, the usual pair of scissors, and a tapestry needle for sewing or weaving in the ends.

Knitting a gauge swatch first is highly recommended. You’ll want to make sure that eight stitches equal four inches in garter stitch with the larger needles, and that fifteen stitches equal four inches in stockinette stitch with the smaller needles (this is for the contrast yarn).

There are a few stitches to learn (for instance, MB, or “make bobble”, which is explained in the pattern), but most of them are simple, beginner stitches such as knit and purl, knit two together (k2tog) and skip.

The completed sheep will measure twenty-eight inches long by fifteen inches high, perfect for adorning a couch, chair, or your bed in hopes of sweet dreams and plenty of sleep.

There is a smaller pattern if you prefer to try it out first (this sheep measures nineteen inches wide and fourteen inches tall), with adjustments made to the pattern for the larger size. You can find the original pattern here, or the larger size pattern adjustments here, both from Purl Soho.

If you enjoy this pattern, you might want to look at Purl Soho’s other offerings, which include free patterns for both knitting and crochet, as well as craft ideas for sewing, embroidery and weaving projects. Pearl Soho also offers fabric, yarn, books, tools, and patterns for sale.

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Crochet Boots (Free pattern)

Crafts December 8, 2016

Crochet Boots (Free pattern)

If you like to cozy up to a crochet project when the weather turns chilly, then a pretty pair of crochet boots is the perfect project for a winter evening by the fire or with a piping hot mug of your favorite warm beverage. The Audrey Boots from Mamachee on Ravelry are adorable, especially with the two-tone coloring.

These would make a great gift for tweens, teens, and adults, as house slippers or dorm shoes. Pair them with some thick wool socks and everybody’s toes will remain toasty throughout the winter season.

You’ll need bulky yarn (suggested: Lion Brand Jiffy Solid), two sizes of crochet hooks (sizes “I” and “L”), scissors, and a tapestry needle. You’ll also want to crochet a gauge swatch of seven stitches and four rows, which should equal about two inches. If you want to add some detail, a few buttons can be sewn on after the boots are complete.

The pattern comes in Women’s sizes 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. The Audrey Boots pattern can be purchased on Ravelry as a PDF.

However, if you’d prefer to use a free pattern, there are several to choose from on Pinterest as well as Ravelry.

We found a pattern for re-using flip-flop soles to create a more durable boot at the Make & Do Crew, who not only provided a photo tutorial, but a video tutorial as well. Their pattern calls for Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn, Vanna’s Choice yarn, three sizes of hooks (“B”, “K”, & “L”), a tapestry needle, a sharp tool, stitch markers, buttons, thread, a ruler, glue, and scissors.

There’s also a free pattern for slipper boots from Yarn Inspirations that come in sizes for the entire family (suggested yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky). You’ll also want to crochet a gauge swatch of ten stitches and nine rows for a measurement of four inches with a “K” size hook.

All of these patterns are listed as “Easy” so don’t let the look of the project intimidate you. These boots may take a little time to shape but the extra work is worth it, and you won’t have to learn any new, complicated stitches in order to make them. You will, however, impress everyone with your shoe-making abilities!

If you want to purchase the Audrey Boots pattern from Mamachee, you can do so on her Ravelry page. If you’d like to try the flip-flop sole crochet boots, you can find the pattern and video tutorial at Make & Do Crew. And if you’re interested in crocheting several pair of easy-to-make boots for the family, Yarn Inspiration’s pattern is available as a PDF.

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Crochet Cable Sock Patterns

Crafts December 8, 2016

Crochet Cable Sock Patterns

While the “cable” stitch in the past has been mostly reserved for knitted projects like socks and sweaters, over the last several years it has begun to crop up in crochet patterns for all sorts of things: phone cases, hats, bags, scarves, blankets, and the usual socks, stockings, and sweaters. It’s a beautiful criss-cross stitch, resulting in a thick, comfy piece of crochet that works well for all manner of visual interest pieces and cold-weather needs.

If you’re just starting out with the crochet version of the cable stitch, you might want to focus on something reasonably simple and practical, such as a pair of socks or stockings – like the Parker Cable Socks from Lakeside Loops on Ravelry. They’re the perfect project for someone beginning to learn more complicated crochet stitches, and the end product is sure to please any recipient.

The socks are crocheted from the bottom up, in the round, and bonus – unlike with knitting, you won’t be using multiple, double-pointed needles! The pattern comes with a photo tutorial and includes eleven sizes so that you can make a pair to fit every family member or friend, from babies to children, teenagers, and adults.

Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have all the necessary materials and tools: DK weight yarn, an “E” size hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle.

There are a lot of options when it comes to patterns for crocheting cable socks like this. The image above happens to be from the Lakeside Loops pattern, which you can find and purchase on Ravelry for $5 at Lakeside Loops‘ personal page — Lakeside Loops also has an Etsy store for those interested in purchasing other patterns or finished items.

But if you’d like to try out some free cable sock patterns — we always like to try to find free options because the honest truth is a lot of us don’t have that much to spend on patterns — before committing to something more challenging, here are the free patterns: you can crochet a pair of Cabled Cottage Socks from Nicole Cormier on Ravelry (you’ll need two skeins of fingering weight yarn, such as the Bernat Sox Multi and a size “C” hook which produces a pair of socks to fit a women’s US Size 9). Here’s one from All Free Knitting (click here). And here’s Nancy Bush’s free cable sock pattern (click here). And here’s another free crochet cable sock pattern from the Yarn Loop (click here). There are also patterns for a host of other cable crochet projects on Pinterest as well as Ravelry.

Crochet Cable Sock Patterns

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Lacey Trellis Poncho (Spiral Version)

Crafts December 3, 2016

Does the idea of crocheting your own wardrobe additions seem intimidating? It doesn’t have to be. With this in-the-round poncho comprised of simple crochet stitches, you could have a new, stylish piece in your closet in no time.

You’ll need two skeins of Red Heart Love yarn (black is a solid choice but you could branch out into jewel tones, earth tones, or even pastels), a size “K” hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle. There are alternate instructions if you choose to use a different type of yarn or another size hook, as the pattern was created for sizes L-XL.

The only stitches you’ll need to know are chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc) and half double crochet (hdc), although you’ll need to figure out how many chain stitches you’ll need to begin with (the pattern adds that it should be a multiple of 8 + 1). A chart is included with the pattern.

The finished product is a chic, simple piece that will go with anything from a t-shirt and jeans to a blouse and dress pants. With such an easy pattern, you may want to make two or three in different colors for those days when you want a splash of color to brighten up your outfit.

You can find the free pattern with chart and photos over at Twin Stitches.

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Crochet Leather Bracelet – Free Pattern

Crafts December 3, 2016

If you like making jewelry as well as crocheted items, we’ve found the perfect combination for you in this crochet leather bracelet. With a few additional parts and a pair of pliers, you can create the perfect accessory for any outfit.

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • Two packages of leather cording (size suggested: .5mm)
  • Four Hole Latch Clasp
  • Tassels
  • Jump Rings
  • Two crochet hooks (sizes suggested: “C” and “E”)
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Scissors

You can find the other supplies at craft stores such as Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s, or online at Amazon.

The only stitches called for in this pattern are single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc) unless you want to add some fancy stitches yourself.

The finished bracelet is about six inches around so make sure you try it as you go along to make sure it’s the perfect fit. The clasps are crocheted on, but you’ll attach the tassels with jump rings and your jewelry pliers. If you need help, there are photos to go along with the written instructions.

If you’re interested in making this tassel bracelet, the free pattern from Alexis is available on Persia Lou. If you’re interested in making other pieces of crochet jewelry, she also has a pattern for crochet earrings, which can be found here.

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Free Plaid Cowl Crochet Pattern

Crafts December 3, 2016

Plaid is one of the few patterns that never seems to go out of style. It remains a staple whether it’s on scarves, flannel shirts, kilts, bags, blankets, or coats. Every year when fall arrives, the plaid comes out and makes us all feel a little warmer. If you feel you need more plaid in your life (and who doesn’t?) you might want to try this free plaid cowl pattern.

You’ll need four colors of chunky yarn (suggested: grey as the main color,  and blue, chartreuse, and cream as accent colors) and a size “N” or “P” crochet hook. The cowl is made in-the-round, with a striped base which is then crocheted over the top to produce the plaid pattern. There are some photos to help illustrate the technique.

There’s a helpful chart you can use to ensure the right color placement, and if you’ve chosen different colors, you’ll simply plug those colors into the chart instead of using the original colors. Quite simple to do and will afford you a host of options!

The stitches you’ll need to know are: single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st), chain one (ch1), chain two (ch2), and you’ll also need to know how to crochet in the spaces as well as the stitches.

If you’d like to try this out for yourself, you can find the free plaid cowl pattern over at Make My Day Creative.

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Coffee Cozy Crochet Patterns – Free

Crafts December 3, 2016

Coffee Cozy Crochet Patterns - Free

That steaming cup of coffee in the morning sure hits the spot – or would if you could pick it up! When your mug or to-go cup is too hot, you need a coffee sleeve. And not the thin cardboard kind. One you can trust to keep your hands pain-free. If you’re a regular coffee or tea drinker with a need for a more permanent coffee sleeve situation, we’ve got you covered with these free patterns.

Cup cozies or sleeves are a quick, easy project with dozens of variations available to suit your needs, whether you’re imbibing at home or on the go. Different stitches add interest and the details are up to you, whether you want to add buttons, beads, or baubles.

One of our favorite patterns is the Basket Weave Coffee Sleeve from Just Be Happy. It was made to fit a 16 oz to-go cup using worsted weight yarn and a size “G” hook (after you chain 30, check and see if it fits your cup. If not, you can go up a hook size).

You’ll need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (dc), fasten off (FO), yarn over (YO), front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet (bpdc), the last two of which are explained in the pattern with a photo tutorial. The pattern is crocheted in the round.

The Basket Weave Coffee Sleeve pattern can be found on Just Be Happy Life (if you prefer a PDF, it is available as a free download on Ravelry from Just Be Happy – follow the link on their blog).

If you’d like more information on free sleeve and cozy patterns, you can find more options at Everything Etsy.

Coffee Cozy Crochet Patterns - Free

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Make Moccasins out of Sandals – Crochet Pattern

Crafts December 3, 2016

Make Moccasins out of Sandals - Crochet Pattern

What’s cozier than a pair of warm, handcrafted moccasins? Even if you don’t have the multiple tools or skills to make yourself a pair of real leather moccasins, there are ways around that – like these crochet patterns, which require nothing more than yarn, a hook, and scissors.

The patterns are easily tailored to fit any foot size, and only require a larger hook and thicker yarn that suits (The pattern calls for two strands of acrylic DK yarn and a size “I” crochet hook but does walk through what you’ll need to do in order to make sure the moccasins are the right fit).

You can mix and match colors, stick with one or a monochrome scheme, or use a variegated yarn for some interest. You could also included bead work, fringe, or tassels. The instructions for adding fringe are included in the pattern.

You’ll need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), sc (single crochet), single crochet decrease (sc dec) and blo (back loop only).

The pattern includes a photo tutorial as well as written instructions, and is available as a free PDF at Umme Yusuf.

If you’d like a little more of a challenge, you could also try the Tribal Moccasin variation found on Just Be Crafty.

Make Moccasins out of Sandals - Crochet Pattern Make Moccasins out of Sandals - Crochet Pattern

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Super Cute Ghost Crochet Design

Crafts November 28, 2016

Super Cute Ghost Crochet Design

This might be the cutest ghost ever to say “Boo!” And with the free, simple pattern from Super Cute Designs, it isn’t even scary to put together. If you’d like a little ghost or two to haunt your house, you’ll need the following materials:

  • White yarn (either cotton, acrylic, or a mixture – the recommended yarn is Tilda, a 50/50 blend)
  • A “D” size crochet hook (or a size that complements the yarn weight)
  • A tapestry needle
  • Polyester stuffing (available at craft, hobby, or fabric stores)
  • Black and pink embroidery floss
  • Scissors

You’ll also need to know the following stitches: Magic Ring, single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), one stitch increase (1 inc), one stitch decrease (1 dec), chain (ch) and slip stitch (sl).

The ghost is crocheted in the round, with the addition of ruffles at the bottom. You’ll also be making tiny hands that will be sewn on later. After the ghost is assembled, you’ll need to embroider sleepy little eyes and pink cheeks.

These would make perfect little additions for a kawaii Halloween party or someone’s ghoulish collection of creepy cute amigurumis.

If you’d like the free pattern, you can find it at the Super Cute Designs website in English, with U.S. crochet terms.

Super Cute Ghost Crochet Design

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Super Cute Candy Crochet Design

Crafts November 28, 2016

Super Cute Crochet Designs

Who doesn’t love a candy bowl? If you’d rather not have the temptation of real candy however, you could always crochet a bowl of these cute candy amigurumis from Jennifer at Super Cute Designs.

The pattern is free on the Super Cute Designs website, and it is in English, using U.S. crochet terms. You’ll need two colors of yarn (you can use cotton, acrylic, or a mix), a size “D” crochet hook (it will depend on the yarn you’re using), a tapestry needle, polyester stuffing, and black embroidery floss.

You’ll also need to know the following crochet stitches: Magic Ring, chain (ch), single crochet (sc), one stitch increase (1 inc), and one stitch decrease (1 dec).

The middle of the candy is crocheted first in alternating colors, followed by the two sides of “wrapped paper” that will be attached later. You’ll also be sewing in the details of the eyes and mouth, if you want to include them. You could also just leave them out and make the candy look more realistic.

You could combine any number of colors making these candies appropriate for various seasons (red, orange and yellow for fall, for example) or holidays (pink and purple for Easter, red and white for Christmas, etc.).

If you’d like to try your hand at making one or a whole batch of these cuties, you can find the free pattern at Jennifer’s site, Super Cute Designs.

crochet candy design

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