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Crochet a Sleep Mask (Free Pattern)

Crafts February 9, 2017

Crochet a Sleep Mask (Free Pattern)

A crochet pattern for those who need darkness to get a good sleep. For those of us who have a hard time forgetting how bright it is on the other side of our eyelids, if you’re wanting to take on a small crochet project you can DIY your own solution, and make it custom to the colors you like. For those of us without crochet experience, maybe you know someone who wouldn’t mind a new project.

This is a crochet accessory that comes to us by way of Tanya at the Little Things Blog, who made the mask you see in the picture above in mint-colored yarn, and she said it was a fun crochet project to do.

For this DIY crochet sleeping mask project, you will need (crochet supplies):

– 3.5 crochet hook (E/4)
– Yarn in 2 colors (Tanya used mint cotton yarn with silver for the borders in the picture).
– Tapestry needle
– Scissors

Understanding of the pattern:

This isn’t one of those crochets where you start in the middle and do a whorl around to add size. Instead, you’ll start at the top and crochet your way down to the bottom.

In the middle of this is the nose gap, which you have to think about as you go.

At the end, you don’t fasten off; instead, single crochet around the entire mask twice.

Then crochet around 2X more with your second color of yarn (see the double border in the photo above to get an idea).

Fasten off and weave in the end parts. You’re done. For the full crochet pattern, visit Tanya at Little Things Blogged (click here).

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Crochet Kitty Camper House Idea

Crafts February 5, 2017

Crochet Kitty Camper House Idea

If you’re looking for a new, cute kitty house, look no further. We’ve found the one. It’s retro, adorable, and small enough that it can be moved and cleaned, and it won’t break the bank either.

The Crochet Kitty Camper by BuddyRumi is a fun, whimsical take on nostalgic pet housing. Instead of having to buy something big, ugly, and plastic, or something that will be destroyed sooner rather than later, why not try this? It’s roomy enough for one cat (although two might want to try squeezing in) and will delight both human and furry visitors alike.

If you want to try making your kitty their own camper, you can purchase the PDF pattern from BuddyRumi on Etsy. You’ll need a few colors of yarn (suggested: white, gray, and blue – but you could also do a cream, green, and silver combo if you want to make it look even more retro), and with all the extra little bonuses like windows, silver airstream strips, and a pop-out striped awning, your furbaby will be living in the lap of luxury.

The PDF pattern can be bought on BuddyRumi’s Etsy and there’s another Etsy page here. You’ll also want to look at the other amigurumi and crochet projects and patterns for sale, especially the other cat houses, like the mushroom, the log, or the cat face.

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How to Crochet Easter Marshmallow Bunnies (Free Pattern)

Crafts February 3, 2017

How to Crochet Easter Marshmallow Bunnies (Free Pattern)

Food has always been a popular choice for art projects, whether in the form of still life paintings or cute, pastel amigurumi versions of real life food. It symbolizes a lot of things for us, and we immortalize it in our art as a way of recognizing the importance of its place in our lives. It sustains us, brings us together, and inspires us.

Of course, some food is better off staying in our fond memories than being put in our tummies, especially as we get older and have to watch what we eat. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t still appreciate the part it played in our childhoods – like these crocheted Easter Marshmallow Bunnies.

Whiskers and Wool’s free crochet pattern is a fun take on these soft, bright treats and you’ll want to make several in a variety of colors in order to appreciate the full effect. These would also make a great centerpiece for a springtime party, layered together in a basket full of fake grass, green ribbon, or raffia.

To make one or more of these cuties, you’ll want to assemble the following crochet materials:

  • 12 yards Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Acrylic)
  • 3 Beads
  • Fiberfill
  • Size G (4.25mm) Crochet Hook
  • Black Sewing Thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Yarn Needle

You’ll also need to know the following stitches: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and regular stitch.

Each of these little guys will measure 4″ tall and 1 3/4″ wide.

The pattern calls for a front and back piece, and then using whip stitch, the sides will be sewn up as the fiberfill goes in (the ears do not need stuffing, just the body).

If you’d like to create your own bevy of Easter bunnies, you can find the pattern Whiskers and Wool and there’s another version on Ravelry, courtesy of Dani Speigle.

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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.

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