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Knit a Plant Cozy (Free Pattern)

Crochet August 3, 2017

Crochet a Plant Cozy (Free Patterns)

If you weren’t aware that the 1970’s had returned, let me assure you they have returned in a big way – from colors to fashion to crafts, the 70’s are back with a splash. If you’re a fan of that fantastic decade, you might want to think about how to add a little 70’s flair to your home. If you’re a knitter, you’re probably familiar with the macrame plant holder that was so popular back in the day. And if you don’t know how to macrame, you’re in luck – you can knit your own plant cozy, thanks to Pam Powers Knits.

If you’ve ever hankered after having your own succulents, this is the perfect beginning. You’ll be able to show off your green thumb and your knitting skills with the knitted terrarium. To complete the project, you’ll need to know how to knit, purl, and combine these with such stitches as yarn over (yo), slip-slip-knit (ssk), and knit two or more stitches together (k2tog). You’ll also be knitting in the round. Most of these are common sense stitches and can be followed without having to look up picture or video tutorials. Of course, if you do want a reminder of how all these stitches work, there are plenty of online resources with which to brush up before you begin.

The materials for the knitted terrarium include size 8 double-pointed knitting needles, a tapestry needle stitch markers, and clips, along with the glass bowl, rocks, plants, and a ring to hang it by. The type of yarn is up to you, but Pam Powers recommends using natural cooking twine, as it is inexpensive, easy to use, and holds up well for projects of this sort. You might also want to try rope, nylon cord, or hemp, but be aware of gauge and size and be sure to use a corresponding needle.

The pattern is a professional quality PDF with plenty of pictures to illustrate the step-by-step process of knitting the terrarium, along with attaching the ring and placing the materials inside. The written instructions are clear and concise, allowing for easy reading and a quick work-up. Once you’ve made the first one you might have to make a few more for friends and family who also appreciate a throwback or growing green things. These would make great gifts for teachers, office co-workers, and the boho hippies in your life. The terrariums would look great on a patio, in a kitchen, or bathroom, or even a front porch or back deck. If you want to brighten things up even more, you could always find some colorful cooking twine or other strong fiber to use, in a sunshine yellow or sky blue. Whatever you do with these cute little guys, they’ll be sure to bring a smile to your face.

If this knitted terrarium looks like something you’d be interested in, you can find the free PDF pattern on Pam Powers Knits – you might also want to check out her other offerings, including a store, tutorials, patterns, and links to her Ravelry and Pinterest accounts. You can also sign up for e-mail news and updates to ensure you never miss another free pattern.

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DIY Hooded Owl Blanket (Pattern)

Crochet August 3, 2017

While some crazes come and go in the blink of an eye, there are those that come in and stay a while. People have been obsessed with owls for quite a long time now, perhaps due in part to a popular children’s series…whatever the reason, it’s never a bad idea to add a few of these big-eyed birds to your collection. There are plenty of options, too, like owl hotpads or beanies, pillows or sweaters, or plushies – but what about those of us who wish we had wings?

If you, like me, always wished for your own set of wings with which to soar, then you might want to take a look at this DIY Hooded Owl Blanket pattern for sale on Ravelry by MJ’s Off The Hook Designs. It’s the perfect gift for the person who still likes to pretend, whether they’re wearing it at home or cosplaying at a convention. The color scheme is customizable, which makes it easy to morph into your favorite owl character, like Owl from Winnie the Pooh, Hedwig from the Harry Potter series, or Soren from the series Guardians of Ga’Hoole.

Even if you aren’t planning on wearing this as part of a cosplay, it’s a quirky, whimsical blanket that would make a great throw for the media room, playroom, or art room. You could add to it with ribbon, buttons, and felt, either embroidering or sewing on the details. However you decide to make it, the result is the same: a comfy, cozy blanket for those cool days when all you want to do is cuddle up on the couch and watch some nature documentaries.

A few more details about the project: the pattern is available in both child and adult sizes, and uses US terminology. The recommended crochet hook sizes are Q, M, and N. The pattern calls for bulky yarn (the pattern recommends using Bernat Chunky Solids, Bernat Chunky Ombres, or Bernat Softee Chunky Solids). You’ll also need materials for the eyes, beak, and ears. The blanket is made from the top down and works up quickly due to using two strands of yarn at a time. If you’d rather use worsted weight yarn, you can substitute that and crochet with four strands at a time, though of course this is not a recommended technique for a crochet beginner.

The PDF pattern is available for sale for $5.00 (USD), and includes both written instructions and a photo tutorial. Once you purchase the pattern you will be sent a download link. There’s also a video tutorial for the stitches on the creator’s YouTube channel. If you’d rather pay someone else to make the blanket, it is noted that there are people available on the original website and Etsy who are willing to sell their versions.

Want the chance to make your own winged blanket? If so, you can purchase the pattern from MJ’s Off the Hook Designs on Ravelry. Be sure to check out her site as well, which includes links to social media (including Instagram, YouTube and Facebook) and a newsletter signup where you can receive free patterns by e-mail.

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Crochet Tunisian Feathers (Free Pattern)

Crochet August 3, 2017

Crochet Feathers (Free Pattern)

Have you ever wanted to try a new crochet technique and been intimidated by the project patterns? How about starting with something smaller, something still useful but small enough to just dip your toe into a new technique? If you’ve been itching to try the Tunisian crochet stitch but have looked in vain for a smaller project to begin with, you’ve come to the right place. With these Crochet Tunisian Feathers, you can try out the Tunisian stitch without having to commit to a lot of yarn or time.

There are a variety of patterns for this project, and we’ve collected video, photo and written tutorials to help you perfect those pretty feathers. Whether you’re going to make one for a bookmark or keychain, or string a bunch together for a garland, or make an entire tail of feathers for a wall hanging, we’ve got you covered.

If you want to watch a video tutorial before you begin, look no further then Craft Addict’s YouTube video on crocheting reversible Tunisian feathers. The video is in Spanish with English subtitles. You’ll need a crochet hook, yarn, scissors, and a tapestry needle for the project.

If you’d rather look at photos and read a tutorial, Poppy & Bliss have an in-depth tutorial and pattern to make your own Tunisian feathers, along with several ideas on how to use them, including using them to adorn gifts, making them into jewelry or scarves, adding them to blankets, pillows, and bags, attaching them to greeting cards, and framing one or a collection.

If you prefer to purchase a pattern that utilizes the feathers in a project, Erin Black has a PDF pattern available for sale on Ravelry called the Dreaming of Feathers Wall Hanging, which can be altered to create a child’s mobile.

To make the feathers, you will need to know the following beginner crochet stitches: chain (ch), stitch (st), yarn over (yo), slip stitch (sl st) and loops (lp/s). In addition to those simple stitches, you will need to learn both the Make 1 – Top Bar stitch (M1tb) and the Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss).

Poppy & Bliss included a short photo and written tutorial for those who are not familiar with these stitches. The M1tb might be a little trickier than the Tunisian, but with some practice it will get easier as the pattern continues. After you’ve made a few feathers, you’ll fly through the pattern with ease and you’ll have enough feathers to fluff out a pillow! There are plenty of other uses as well, such as a suitcase tag, a hair accessory, hot pads (stitch a few together), napkin rings, or even for cosplay purposes. You could even join several feathers together to make a lap blanket or a table runner. Whatever you decide to do and however you use these Tunisian feathers, these beauties will be sure to catch peoples’ eyes.

If you want to make your own Tunisian Crochet Feathers, you can find the video tutorial at Crochet Addicts, the photo and written tutorial at Poppy & Bliss, and the Dreaming of Feathers Wall Hanging/Mobile is available for purchase on Ravelry.

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Hand Crochet Your Own Rug

Crafts August 1, 2017

It’s always the most beautiful handmade items that you can’t find a pattern for – no matter how long you comb through the internet, weed through Pinterest photos or how many craft sites you sign up for, there’s always that one item that eludes you. Until today, that is – if you’ve been dreaming of making your own rugs and mats, you might have seen this crochet doily rug in your search. Luckily for you, someone took the photos as inspiration, created their own version, and wrote it down so the rest of us could follow suit.

Always Rooney’s beautiful doily rug is made using hand crochet, a technique that makes big projects less formidable, as it conserves both time and effort. The rug is constructed from cotton piping, which is cheap (Courtney on Always Rooney purchased hers for 37 cents a yard) and hardy material for a comfortable yet elegant rug.

While the pattern does begin with a hook, once the first circle is complete, the hand crochet begins and from there it takes about four hours from start to finish. If you like the idea but don’t love the pattern, this one would be easy to alter as it is basically a giant doily. Find a small doily you like and use the piping and hand crochet instead of a hook and yarn and you’ll have your own variation on the rug in no time.

For this pattern, however, you’ll only need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (dc), single crochet (sc), skip (sk), and treble crochet (tr). There are only ten rounds to the rug, but if you’re wanting a smaller or larger size, it’s a cinch to leave off a row or add on a few more. You might want to measure the space you plan on occupying with the rug before you begin to ensure the right fit.

If you haven’t tried a hand crochet project before this, there are plenty of options for tutorials available on YouTube. You can, of course, jump right in and craft this rug, but if you prefer to start small, you can hand crochet a scarf before you commit to something larger.

This rug would look adorable in a bedroom, guest bedroom, living room, sunroom, or even on a porch. You could try it in any number of different colors (spring or fall colors, holiday colors, stripes, or variegated would all make for an interesting rug), shapes, and sizes. You could even use this (in a smaller size) as a tabletop decoration, a wall hanging, or a couch throw. And with how easy it is to make, you could always add to your collection as you find different shades and uses. Of course, with how beautifully it turns out, you might be asked to make some of these for friends and family.

Ready to make your own living room rug? Head over to Always Rooney to get started. You might want to check out other areas of the site too, such as the personalized leather goods store or the digital print shop for ideas, inspiration, or even a little shopping spree.

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DIY Rustic Farmstool

Crafts August 1, 2017

So you’re out poking around in an antique shop, a flea market, an evening auction, or a thrift store, and you come across the perfect stool. There’s just one problem – the fibers need to be re-strung. Normally, you’d just pass it by and wish that it were in better condition, or briefly wonder if it would be worth the money to get it reupholstered or redone. And then you’d say goodbye and think no more of it.

But wait – what if you could re-finish the stool on your own? What if there were an easy way to make it look brand new, a beautiful DIY addition to your cozy home? What if all it took were a few hours and a few materials to create a like-new footstool?

Anderson + Grant have just the thing to help you, a DIY farmstool tutorial that will help you turn your cheap find into a chic footrest. The only materials you’ll need to bring this item back to life are the following: a footstool, 4-ply jute twine, an electric stapler, and craft scissors (Anderson + Grant recommend purchasing via Amazon and Home Depot).

Even if you have an ugly stool sitting around, you can cover it with this weaving technique and create a beautiful new piece out of a plain bit of wood. And if you don’t want a natural hue, splash it with color! Jute twin comes in all sorts of colors and you could even create an ombre effect with three different shades.

Itching to get started on integrating some crafting knowledge with DIY refinishing? Visit Anderson + Grant, scroll through the tutorial, then roll up your sleeves and get ready to work. You’ll be proud of the results and eager to show it off to your friends and family – it will perfectly complement a relaxed dinner party atmosphere.

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Crochet Summer Watermelon Coasters (Free Pattern)

Crochet August 1, 2017

Crochet Summer Watermelon Coasters (Free Pattern) (1)

Looking for a new project that won’t take up much time or space but will be useful? Look no further than these adorable summer watermelon coasters, perfect for the backyard BBQ, the beach trip, or a movie night. With a minimal amount of yarn and a little bit of your time, you can whip up a set of these for yourself or a friend in no time.

To make these watermelon coasters, you’ll need the following materials: a 4mm crochet hook; pink, green, and white yarn; scissors; an embroidery needle; and black embroidery thread. You’ll crochet the entire coaster and then add in the “seed” stitches at the end.

The pattern only requires the following stitches: Magic ring, slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc). If you have not learned how to do a magic ring, you can find several video tutorials on YouTube. It’s an incredibly useful stitch to know and can be used in other projects, such as hats, doilies, and rugs.

If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, you can also grab a larger crochet hook and bulky yarn (or other material such as cord, rope, or t-shirt yarn) and make a watermelon rug for the back porch, the deck, or to take to the beach as a seat cushion. It could also be used as a table topper, a bathroom rug, or if you make two, you could turn them into a pillow by joining them and sewing up the sides.

Whatever way you choose to utilize this watermelon pattern, it’s guaranteed to make a splash at all your summer events. If these breezy summer coasters look like something that you need to add to your collection, you can find the free pattern on Ravelry – it’s available as a free PDF download.

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Happy Hexagons Free Crochet Afghan Pattern

Crochet August 1, 2017

Happy Hexagons Free Crochet Afghan Pattern

Have you ever wanted to try crocheting an afghan but felt too intimidated by the size of the project? What if you could tailor an afghan to just the right size for a lap blanket, baby blanket, or couch cover? You could gradually work your way up to a regular size blanket one small piece at a time. Sound good? Then this Happy Hexagons Crochet Afghan pattern is for you.

Make & Do Crew’s Happy Hexagons Afghan pattern is comprised of (you guessed it) multiple hexagons and provides the crocheter with plenty of options such as size and color. You can make an afghan all one color, or as an ombre, or with coordinating or contrasting colors. You can make small, medium, or large size blankets, depending on your comfort level, and they’ll all turn out beautiful.

To make the Happy Hexagon Afghan, you’ll need the following materials:

  • cotton yarn (recommended: “I Love This Cotton”) – in whatever color(s) you choose. One skein equals about seven hexagons, so plan accordingly.
  • Size “H” hook (5mm)
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • Blocking board (if you don’t already have one there’s a link to a tutorial for one you can make)
  • Spray bottle with water (for blocking)

While you will have to block each hexagon, the upside is that by doing this you will be making each of them the same size so that they are easier to join together, instead of having to put extra stitches or fewer stitches here and there fore the ones that aren’t quite the same size. You’ll also be using an invisible seam to join the hexagons together. The border of the afghan is simply single crochet.

You’ll also need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), and double crochet (dc). These stitches are all simple which makes this a fantastic project for a beginner who wants to take on something a little more challenging without having to learn several new stitches. It could even become a teaching project for a beginner and a more seasoned crocheter, as both of them will be able to complete hexagons, therefore shortening the time in which the blanket is made.

The great thing about this pattern is that you’ll never have to carry around a massive blanket. If you want to take this project on the road, or to games, or to a friend’s house for a craft night, all you need is a small bag to hold your crochet hook and a few hexagons. They’ll even fit in your purse.  You can stuff a few pieces, a skein of yarn, and a crochet hook in the bag and be ready to go anywhere, even if it’s in the car for a day trip.

If this happy hexagon afghan looks like something you’d love to include in your home decor, you can find the free crochet pattern over at Make & Do Crew’s website. Also, if you make the afghan, be sure and share it on social media and tag it so Jess (@MakeAndDoCrew) can see the results!

Happy Hexagons Free Crochet Afghan Pattern

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Crochet YoYo Puff Blanket

Crochet August 1, 2017

If you’ve ever spent time crocheting an afghan or even contemplating the enormity of the project, you might have gotten bored with the repetition. Crocheting the same thing (either squares, circles, or 3-D shapes) over and over in large quantities can get tedious. So how about crocheting smaller things that build up quickly and allow you to feel a bigger sense of accomplishment?

The Macaron Parquet Blanket is the perfect project for someone who enjoys detail work that works up fast. You can whip out several motifs at a time while you’re watching a TV show, or while you’re in the car, or when you’re waiting at the doctor’s office. To make an 80cm x 80cm blanket, you’ll need to crochet about 400 motifs. The recommended yarn for this project is wool (worsted weight would be best).

If you want to follow the instructions to the letter, according to the YouTube video on Crochet Addict’s channel, you’ll need to gather these colors: cream, light yellow, light pink, pink, light purple, bamboo green, light blue, sky blue, blue, and flesh-tone. You’ll also need a 3mm crochet hook and a pair of scissors.

If you don’t want to start on something as large as a blanket, you can of course make a table runner, a rug, or even placemats. This would also look great as a scarf, and you could always start small with a bookmark. However small or large, all you need to know is how to make the macarons. After that, it’s up to you what you create.

While the Crochet Addict YouTube video isn’t available with English subtitles, there is a chart along with the step by step tutorial. If you want further instruction or want to learn how to make individual macarons, you can visit Jayda In Stitches for that, and if you want English instructions and a tutorial for the macaron blanket, you can find that over on Crochet Studio’s YouTube page.

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Crochet Celtic Coasters Pattern

Crochet August 1, 2017

Crochet Celtic Coasters Pattern

Want to try a new technique without learning a new crochet stitch? How about learning how to weave strips of crochet together to create a unique Celtic-inspired pattern? The Celtic Coaster pattern utilizes two or more colors to create a woven tapestry that looks good as a coaster, placemat, or table runner.

Now, although the stitches are simple, it is noted on the pattern that this is not for a beginner. You will be crocheting rectangular strips which will be woven together and it can be a little bit challenging. Once you get the hang of it though the squares come together pretty easily. You may want to fiddle with the rectangular strips for a little bit, but if you’ve ever done the kids’ craft project where you weave two different colors of paper together to make a heart, you’ll have a basic understanding of how the coasters are made.

This is a great stashbuster project as it uses very little yarn, and you can use whichever yarn you want as long as you have a hook that will give you the correct gauge. You don’t want a very loose or very tight stitch. The coasters should measure about 3 1/2 inches when completed. You can experiment with different textured yarns, various color schemes, and mixing the two to create coasters that match your event, whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or Halloween. You can even add in other materials – t-shirt yarn, lace, or buttons. These are highly customizable coasters, able to dress up or down as you please.

If this looks like something you want to try, you can purchase the pattern from Rainbow Junkie on Ravelry. Or, if you’d prefer to learn how to make the coasters for free, there’s a great video tutorial on GuideCentral English’s YouTube channel. It also has subtitles if you prefer reading and viewing.

Crochet Celtic Coasters Pattern

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Crochet a Creative Snail to Use as a Pincushion or Toy (Free Pattern)

Crochet June 21, 2017

Crochet a Creative Snail to Use as a Pincushion or Toy (Free Pattern)

Looking for a new amigurumi project that doubles as a tool for sewing projects? How about this adorable snail pincushion from Stip & Haak? This tiny cutie (affectionately called “Sofie”) is yours for the making with a free pattern (and a little help from Google Translate) provided for your crafting pleasure.

To make your own Sofie (or multiples for your family, friends, and co-workers who need a little partner for their fibre arts projects), you’ll need the following materials: yarn (the pattern recommends 40 grams of cotton yarn), crochet hook, scissors, 6mm size safety eyes, polyester filling (you can also substitute other materials, such as t-shirt strips, yarn, rice, or pellets), an embroidery needle, and felt.

If you’ve never attempted amigurumi before, the basic idea is that you’ll be crocheting various parts of the project and then assembling them together for the finished project. You’ll add the eyes in as you go, as well as some of the polyester filling. After you’re done creating the body of the snail, you’ll sew on the little polka dots using the embroidery needle.

Since the original pattern is not in English, you may have a little difficulty translating at first, but if you’ve read other amigurumi patterns in the past (or take a peek at some before you start this project), you’ll be able to figure it out – especially since many patterns are mostly stitch numbers.

The end result? An amigurumi that is both exceptionally precious and practical, able to bring a smile to your face while it holds your pins for the next sewing project.

If you need one of these little snuggle buddies in your life, visit Stip & Haak’s site for the free pattern. You might also want to check out their other free patterns (Google Translate does a decent job if you need interpreting).

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