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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 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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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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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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How to find crochet patterns online

Crafts September 5, 2016

How to find crochet patterns online

Finding a simple, clear crochet pattern can be difficult. There are plenty of options, but do you really have time to comb through them all to find the ideal project? If you’re stuck and want some help sifting through the thousands upon thousands of blogs, websites, youtube videos, and pins, there are three websites that are concise, user-friendly, and have specific search engine options.

The first website is Ravelry which can be used to search and store patterns in a queue or “library”. I’ve used Ravelry for several years and prefer it over all other websites because I can be very specific with my search, even down to how much yarn I have and the size of the needle I want to use.

Ravelry also allows you to showcase your work, upload patterns to sell, and connect with other fibre artists. It’s the complete package – without costing a dime in membership fees. I also appreciate that they don’t send out e-mails to clog your inbox.

The next site is Lion Brand, which is crisp, professional, and has several free patterns available. When I want to browse free patterns and read through them, I’ll visit this site. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Ravelry, I do like its pristine look and quality options.

It’s also helpful because you can buy your materials on the site, and if you sign up for their e-mails, you’ll receive alerts about their deals and new patterns.

The last site is Happy Berry, run by Laura Eccleston, who also produces crochet video content on YouTube. If you want help learning a new stitch or following a pattern, this is the site for you. She has several fun patterns available for free on the site, including holiday projects, amigurumi, and baby clothes.

I enjoy Laura’s beautiful photography, the bright, cheery tone of the website, and the clear instructions in the videos.

When searching for free patterns or new projects online, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Find two or three sites you really like, join a forum, and see how far you get with those. You can always branch out and discover more later.

By Kaitlin Cone

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