Evelyn Cowl - A FREE Pattern!

Today I have the great pleasure of announcing my first-ever Free Crochet Pattern!

Broomstick Lace!

Keep up with my New Years Resolution of learning Broomstick Lace!

Pleiades Shawl - Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012

Have you ever had a secret you wish wasn't a secret? That's how I always feel about my designs that are in the transit period between acceptance and publication!

Free Crochet Snowflakes

Snowflakes, Snowflakes, Snowflakes!! I'm seeing snowflakes in my sleep we have so much snow. So, what's a girl to do? Why......crochet snowflakes of course..

December 30, 2008

Free Simple Crocheted Mitten Patterns

Winter is here! It's only officially been here a week, but the huge dumps of snow we've had here would suggest otherwise. Anyway, it's time to be making the standard hats, scarfs and gloves...or mittens. Have you been looking for Free Simple Crocheted Mitten Patterns? Well, you've come to the right place! I've taken some time and found lots of free simple crocheted mitten patterns just for you!

I hope you enjoy your Free Simple Crocheted Mitten Patterns!!
Happy Crocheting!

December 23, 2008

Free Crocheted Pineapple Doily Patterns

Hi Everyone!

Looking for some great projects to start off the New Year? Check out these beautiful Free Crocheted Pineapple Doily Patterns! They're so pretty, I want to make them all myself (but then where would all the time go for making my resolutions come to pass?)

Crown of Pineapples Doily
Wow, a real stunner. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Easy Pineapple Doily
Like the name states, much easier than the last!

Glorious Gray Pineapple Doily

Granny's Antique Pineapple Doily

Free Crocheted Pineapple Doily Pattern
This one is very unique looking, and it's an oval shape.

Pineapple A L'Orange Doily

Have fun with your free crocheted pineapple doily patterns!

December 20, 2008

A majorly photographic post!

Hey everyone!

Since I never finished the blogging I was going to do about Interweave Crochet, I'm just going to go ahead and share pictures from my trip =D

Happy Crocheting!

Ellen Gormley's Beautiful driftwood cap

Drew Emborsky's Diamond Cable Pullover (trust me, this one looked much better in person than on a model!)

The Marvelous Stepping Stones Cardigan by Kirsten Omdahl, modeled by my fabulous mother!

I'm wearing the pretty little dolman designed by Annette Petavy, with maniquin dearest wearing the lovely spanish moss coat designed by Tracy St. John

And last but not least, my dear friend Marly Bird's Fino Mitones.

December 19, 2008

New Year Resolutions

First off! I'm sharing another picture from the Interweave Crochet Fall 2008 launch party! I'm modeling Robyn Chachula's beautiful cardigan who's name escapes me!

Secondly, I'm sorry for the long blogging break! School kept me very busy this Fall, and when I wasn't working on studying, I was crocheting!

I'm probably not the only one saying this right now, but where did this whole year go? I really don't know, but it has left me with being published in Interweave Crochet magazine, being able to meet IC's editor (who, unfortunately resigned a few weeks ago), and Knitting Daily's editor, along with many other great opportunities I will be able to share with you soon!

So, with only 11 days left in 2008, I've started thinking of New Years resolutions...Crochet style!

  1. I want to be published in at least 2 crochet magazines (I better get on that if that's gonna happen this year!)
  2. I want to be published in at least 1 crochet book
  3. I want to design at least 1 garment to sell online
  4. Design lots (maybe 10?) of accessories
That's really all I can think of at this point in time, although I'll add to it over the next 11 days!

What about you? What are your crochet style new years resolutions?

Happy Crocheting!

November 12, 2008

Happy Birthday to...ME!

Yep, that's right! Sunday I celebrated 16 sweet years of life.
Now on to the best part of that birthday (besides being legal to drive!) was the second part of my birthday present from my parents...A year long membership to the Crochet Guild of America! Now, you may be asking, "What's the use of a membership there?" Well, the biggest part of my wanting membership there is they have a very unique program for their members. Once you are a member in good standing, you can fill out an application to become a Professional member. The prerequisite for such a cool title is that you be working as a professional (making part or all your income off of crochet) in the crochet field for at least 2 years. While I haven't been crocheting on that professional level yet, CGOA also offers an Associate Professional status. What is very interesting about being an associate professional is that you may request a professional mentor to further your learning as a crochet designer (or whatever it is that you want...there are many things besides designing!). So, what did I do? Yup. I applied.

Ok, so I wrote the above about 1 whole month ago, and I've had great success in getting a mentor, and she's already helped me so much! I applied to a magazine with an electronic submission, and she showed me how she does submissions of that kind, and offered to let me copy her layout for my own business.

Thank You mom and dad for the best birthday present EVER!

Happy Crocheting!

October 31, 2008

I interupt our un-regularly scheduled brodcast to present...

Hey everyone! I've been really bad about trying to keep up with my blog. I've been studying for college CLEP tests lately, but have been very successful with them. I've earned 12 college credits in the past 1-1/2 months! I've got 12 more slated for before Christmas, but before that, I've got my 16th birthday to celebrate! Hurray!

Now, I'm interupting our normal crochet with a bit of something for the historical fashion lover. Sense and Sensibility patterns is now selling ePatterns! They have all of their Regency era patterns for sale in this online printable format, and also the Edwardian Apron. If you'd like to look (and please do, their patterns are SO incredibly beautiful!), you can follow this link: Sense and Sensibility ePatterns

Until Next time!

October 25, 2008

Where you Can Find Me

You Can find me in:

Stay Tuned in 2009 For More Publications!

So, You Want to Know More About Me?

So, you want to know more about your fellow crocheter? 

I'm a teenage crochet-a-holic (obviously). I'm in High School, but I've been taking CLEP exams and am 1/2 way through my Freshman year of College.

I've been crocheting since I was 5 years old, although the passion and vigour I have today wasn't ignited until I crocheted the trench coat that I'm proudly wearing in this photo.

I have been published in Interweave Crochet's Fall 2008 issue. I wrote an article encompassing growing up crocheting, and being a teenage crochet entrepreneur. Be on the look out for me in upcoming national and international crochet books and magazines...'cause I'll be there!

I have been designing crochet since I was 9 years old, and I've been working hard on being published in more books and magazines. My parents and I are quite confident that I can have a sucessful career crocheting. I have a list of resolutions for the year of 2009. They are:

  • Being published in at least 2 crochet magazines
  • Being published in at least 1 crochet book
  • I'm going to design at least 1 garment, and sell it online
  • I'm going to design at least 10 accessories to sell online 
  • Writing on this good ol' blog 2-3 times a week!

I have some other thoughts stewing about goals, but I can't remember them at the moment!

Is this enough to satisfy your curiosity about me? If there is something you think is missing, please leave a comment!!

Happy Crocheting, 

September 23, 2008

Interweave Journey - Part 2-1/2

Well, I don't have time tonight to do a whole long blog post, since I have to go to bed early, but I wanted to share another picture from the Party!! And lots of people are getting IC now, and I'm getting great feedback from my article!! HURRAY!!!!

Happy Interweave Crocheting - and go check out a copy of IC for yourself!

This is Doris Chan's beautiful Godet-ed Skirt (I'm too lazy at the moment to go and see the name of it again!). I'm definitely making this!! As you'll see below, it has a GREAT twirly bottom!!

September 22, 2008

The Interweave Journey - Part 2

So, my friends, we're on to day 2 of our series of Interweave Crochet. If you haven't read part 1 yet, please do so now!! You'll come out a lot farther in the end =)

While Kim was giving her walk Through of the new Fall Interweave Crochet magazine, she talked a little bit about the submission process at Interweave Crochet. Right now they have the call for submissions out for the Summer 2009 issue (which you can find here), which sounds so great!! If I had a little more time in my schedule right now, I'd definitely put something together. Things that Kim always looks for in a submission are:
  • The Swatch. The reason Interweave Crochet doesn't accept electronic submissions is because Kim wants to be able to see what the finished crocheted product is going to feel like, how it drapes, the thickness of the fabric, and if it has a "this definitely isn't your grandma's crochet" statement to it.
  • The appropriateness of the item for the season (again, read what they're looking for in a submission before you start dreaming!).
Oh, I know there's more, but do you think I can remember it at this time of evening? I'll be sure to add onto this post as I remember more!!

Now, for the special trunk show picture of the day:
While this isn't the best picture in the world of the beautiful Northern Dreams Pullover, There will be a much better picture in the Knitting Daily Gallery! Yes, I modeled this for the gallery, and if it were just a tad bigger (We determined that I should either try a very slightly bigger yarn and next size crochet hook, or just a bigger crochet hook, as the next size is TOO big!), it'd be PERFECT!! I'm SO DEFINITELY making this sweater!!

September 21, 2008

The Interweave Journey - Part 1

I don't believe that I've posted anything about my latest surprise...my first published piece of writing! Back last December, I wrote to Kim Werker (Interweave Crochet's editor) on her website CrochetMe, introducing myself, and asking about her job, etc. We wrote back and forth a bit, and she asked me if I'd write for Interweave Crochet! She said having the perspective of a teenage crocheter would be very fresh and exciting. That was the very beginning of my article that is now in print in the Fall 2008 Interweave Crochet Magazine.
This past Saturday, my mom and I traveled 430 miles from my home in Wisconsin to Lansing, Michigan for a very special event...The Interweave Crochet Magazine Fall 2008 issue launch party at Threadbear fiber art studio. Some of the biggest highlights of my day were meeting my two new best friends, Kim Werker, editor in chief of Interweave Crochet, and Sandi Wiseheart, editor of Knitting Daily-Interweave's online knitting publication. There was a trunk show of all of the garments featured in the brand new issue of Interweave Crochet, which everyone was allowed to try on. My mom and I had lots of fun trying on all the different kinds of beautiful crocheted clothing that the magazine offers. I learned so much from these two insightful women, that I'll be doing a 2 week series on everything that I learned! I'll also post a picture of some of the things I tried on at the launch party for your enjoyment.

Here is a picture of myself with Sandi Wiseheart

Me with Kim Werker!! I can't wait for my next opportunity to see her!

September 16, 2008

Beautiful Crocheted Sweater Coat!

It has been quite a while since I have posted anything on this blog (as a guest of Chelsea's), but I had to take a moment to brag. Today I received Chelsea's official picture from the Wisconsin Make It With Wool Competition and boy is it nice. Chelsea didn't win this year, but she sure did learn a lot in the process and is already inspired for next year's entry. Chelsea took a raw wool fleece (given to us by a friend), wash it, dyed it, had it carded in to roving, spun the roving into yarn, then crocheted this beautiful sweater coat! She also sewed the slacks from 100% wool fabric and even dry felted her earrings with fresh water pearls. This is one beautifully crafted outfit! (I want one!)
So......what is Chelsea up to now that this immense project is over?........well........we are washing raw sheep's wool (this time from our own sheep) at the very minute! More is sure to come.........
Chelsea's mom
a.k.a. partner in wool

September 10, 2008

Cleanup time!

I'm cleaning out my side bars, while keeping all my links at the same time!!

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July 07, 2008

An Amazing Piece of News!

Get this-

Crochet, according to ABC News, is now "in!"

They even interviewed Crochet Today! Editor Brett Bara!

Just kinda exciting, maybe that will make a few more people interested in crocheting!

Happy Crocheting-


p.s. You may be excited to hear that I'm about 1/2 way through my sweater coat...pictures are to come!!

June 28, 2008

Cardi-Wrap is Complete!

Hello my friends!!

I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the past month, June has absolutely sped away from me, but it has left me with a prized Finished Object: The Cardi Wrap! Thank you to my little brother Jacob, for taking the pictures for me!

Some eye candy for you:

Here is a rather silly picture of me showing my "wings," or the wonderful length of the wrap.

So, I guess I should say I'm very ashamed of my major procrastination, but I can also say I'm very proud of the gorgeous wrap!

So, I didn't tell everyone the last time that they should watch the roads: They have a new hazzard on them now...which is ME! I earned my drivers permit back in May! I've finished my drivers ed classes, and have 4 more hours of drivers instruction with my instructor, and about 3-1/2 hours of observation time left. I drove with my mom, and 2 brothers today. Jacob (11), was freaked out, and told mom that I needed to pull over and let her drive. Lets just say that he didn't get his wish, and made it home in one piece =)

Happy Crocheting!!


May 31, 2008

Announcing...Teens Unraveled!

Today I'm announcing the name of the brand new teen knitting and crochet podcast...Teens Unraveled!

Congratulations to Aunt Kathy, who suggested the name!

A HUGE thanks to everyone that submitted a name, I really loved them all, and it was SO hard to choose only one!

Enjoy the new podcast, I'll spend some time learning how to work it and actually get an episode up! In the meanwhile, you can check out the site for the podcast at:

One last note: I got my driver permit this week! I'm really enjoying getting to drive. It's very exciting, but it's a big responsibility at the same time!

Happy Crocheting!

May 23, 2008

Crochet Round Tablecloth Patterns

Greetings to my fellow crocheters on this cold, windy day! What the perfect day to get out some stash yarn, and look through your crochet round tablecloth patterns. What? You don't have any? Well, you've come to the right place!

Crochet round tablecloths can become beautiful family heirlooms, and I encourage you to put every drop of love into making one for yourself or your family, and you will enjoy seeing it on your table all the more.

Have you taken the time to check out my great new pattern? The Kaleidoscope hat is available on Ravelry, or at my website, Crochet and Knit Hat Patterns.

NOTE: Since writing this blog post, many of the patterns have become unavailable. I have updated the links so they all work on Google Chrome as of 12-15-10.


May 20, 2008

A new podcast!!

Hi Everyone!

I'm happy to announce that I am starting a podcast directed toward teen crocheters and knitters. I'm currently still in the beginning stepping stones, as I'm having troubles figuring out a name that is very catchy, yet perfect for teens. So, I'm having a contest! Leave a comment on this post with your name for the podcast, along with your blog address or email, and if I choose yours, I'll send you 150 yards of beautiful Pinkish Purple-y sparkly 100% hand spun (yes, by me!) and hand dyed (by mom!) wool yarn! Now who wouldn't want to try for some of that? I'm including a picture of the pre-spun roving. The pictures do not(!!) give justice to the beauty of this wool!
The Contest will end May 30th!!
Be sure to tell your friends about it!

Now, to help you on with another clue from my last post! I had a giggly fun time on an interview for this podcast. You're still going to have to wait for more info, but you're more than welcome to guess!

Happy Name-Thinking and Podcast-Guessing! And don't forget to take the time to crochet, in the meanwhile!


May 14, 2008

Half of the Cat!

Ok, so everyone knows the saying "I let the cat out of the bag," but today I'm changing that saying, and telling you I'm only letting half of it out.

My hint for you:
I am going to be an interviewee (lol, is there any other way to say that?!) on a podcast, but I'm not saying which one until...later.

That was supposed to be my big surprise, but now I've got one that's even better!! My business has it's first original pattern for sale!! Yes, the long awaited Kaleidoscope Cutie is availible for sale as soon as my website gets fixed. If you use Internet Explorer, I think you could probably get in there and buy it, but Firefox is a no go at this point. So, the link! You can get your very own copy of Kaleidoscope cutie at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns. Or, if you're on Ravelry, you can purchase your very own copy

And get this: until May 21st, you can get Kaleidoscope cutie 10% off!! Yes, that's right, I'm lowering my original price of $4.95 to $4.45 for ONE week!! Get your pattern while the sale lasts! Don't forget to tell your friends!!

Happy Crocheting!

May 12, 2008

Crochet Pattern Afghan Books

If you're a crocheter that is very much in love with afghans, I'll bet you love crochet pattern afghan books! I'm providing you a list today with some of my favorite crochet pattern afghan books.

These are just a few of the many, many books that are available for crochet pattern afghan books. I hope you take the time to peruse some of the books I've listed, and if you decide to buy any, please buy them off of my Amazon store (where the links lead to), as it gives me a little extra money for Drivers Ed and Gas for the car that's gonna start getting driven in the next few weeks. =) Don't forget to peruse the other crochet books in my store, too!

Don't forget to check back on Wednesday for a special announcement...one you're not gonna wanna miss!!

Happy Crocheting!

May 11, 2008

Crochet Pattern Teapot Cozy

Yum...Nothing like sitting on a lazy, chilly spring day, sipping a delicious cup of tea. If you love having elegant tea parties, I'm sure you'll love an elegant free crochet pattern for teapot cozy! I've done a bit of hunting to bring you these great patterns!!

Simple (very elegant) Teapot Cozy

Rosy Cozy

I'm going to keeping my eye out for more crochet pattern teapot cozies!! I hope you enjoy the few that I've given for now =)

Have a happy Mothers Day, and a great week!! Wednesday I'll be announcing something very, very neat. Be sure to stay tuned!!

Happy Crocheting!

May 08, 2008



Our hat pattern has a name at last! Thanks to everyone who sent me name suggestions, I had a very hard time picking the winner.

The pattern is just about finished with all of the testers, and I am hoping to have it available for purchase this month. Yes, yes, I know, It was supposed to be done back in March, but I don't think I knew the loops I was going to be thrown for! I had many difficulties writing the pattern, and even then, my pattern needed much morphing with my testers. I'm very thankful to have it almost complete and off my mind. Does anyone know that you could get 24 different hats out of this one pattern??

Be sure to stay tuned for more updates!

I'm also going to be announcing something VERY exciting next week...be sure to come and find out!!

Happy Crocheting =)

April 30, 2008

Yarn Thing Podcast - Cardi Wrap Progress!

Marly of the YarnThing podcast is having a super cool contest right now!! If you go take a peak at her blog, YarnThing Podcast, you can read all about it! Her podcast is one of my favorites, BTW!

Now, to fill in on some of the missing details concerning my Cardi Wrap! I only have about 3 inches left on the LAST panel!! HURRAY!! I'll finish it up tonight on a good movie, and sew it together tomorrow morning or afternoon.

Not much else new, BUT, I did send in an audition for Cathie Filian's new Untitled Teen Craft Show! If you want to read more about the casting, read HERE! What did I audition for?? Well, crochet of course!!

I have my first Fiddler on the Roof practice tomorrow evening, hurray! I'm very excited about it.

Happy Crocheting!

April 24, 2008

How to Crochet for Kids

I taught my kids to crochet in steps. I have found that teaching kids how to hold their yarn for proper tension is pretty difficult. But kids can have fun learning to control and maneuver their crochet hook with an adults help and have great success without frustration.

How to crochet for kids involves an adult who is willing to sit alongside a child. The adult must hold the yarn for the child while they learn how to use the crochet hook. I usually recommend using a G or H hook and worsted weight yarn for a beginner. Once the child has mastered a chain stitch there are a few projects they can work on with an adults help.

One project would be a hair scrunchy. The child can crochet all the chain stitches, and the adult can make the single crochets onto the hair band. This example uses 10 chains, but yours can have more or less chains. You can even vary the lengths of the chains or use a variegated yarn if you wish. I would avoid novelty yarns (unless it is a ribbon yarn) because they are harder for a new beginner to work with.

You will squish the single crochet stitches together (really squish them on tight) and finish off when you have the number of single crochets on the hair band that you want.

Another simple crochet project for a beginner is a book mark.

Leaving about 5 inches of yarn to work with on your ends, allow the child to make 6 or 8 or 10 inches of chain stitches. Then thread beads on your ends and tie off with knots.

This example only demonstrates one bead, but it is nice with several beads on the ends. How to crochet for kids means teaching them in steps and allowing them to create something simple they can be proud of. The yarn holding generally comes when they are movitated to crochet more than the adult has time to sit with them, Just be sure to demonstrate how you are holding your yarn everytime you put the yarn on your hand. They will eventually get it!

Another idea is to chain a necklace. You can thread beads onto the yarn before you begin and scatter them evenly through out the necklace. Or you can just crochet a long chain and add a pendant to it. I know you are probably more creative than I am and can come up with more ideas than I have listed here.

Please leave me a comment if you have found this crochet tip helpful and if you have other useful patterns for very very beginning crocheters (mostly chain stitch!)

Our new website will be up and running soon. You can view it at Crochet Collection

April 15, 2008

Crocheting with Fabric Strips

I went to the Rosemont Quilt Show this past weekend and saw something there that inspired me to crochet with fabric strips. I saw a purse that was knitted with 1/2 inch batik fabric strips. I thought.........hmm......I could make something like that with crochet -- only I didn't want a purse, I really wanted something more like a tote bag.

So, when I got home I dug out all my batik fabric and started cutting strips. I began with a few fabric selections. Then added more and more and more. I used most of what I had on hand. I was surprised at how much fabric I needed. Using quality batik fabric doesn't make this an inexpensive project, unless you can get a great deal on theprice of the fabric.

I haven't decided if I want to line the bag or not because I love how the inside looks so much and the weave is pretty tight.

You really want to use batik fabric for a project like this for a couple of reasons. First, the quality of the fabric is very good. It has a high thread count to hold up through the batiking process. Because of this, the fabric frays much less than other cotton fabrics.

Also, the dye penetrates the entire fabric and batiks look just as vibrant on the back as on the front.

You need to use a metal crochet hook to work with fabric strips. Plastic will break (ask me how I know!) Also, it requires a little more muscle to crochet with fabric, so be prepared to have sore hands/fingers if you are not used to working with fabric.

Lastly, crocheting with fabric strips could become a long term thing.......

My Mom saw my bag and promptly asked me to make her one. I know when I have it finished and people see my bag, I will get more requests. It's very cool and unusual. That's why I made one for me!

Leave me a comment about what you think of this bag. I am thinking about adding the pattern to the Crochet Collection website and possibly offering it as a kit. The kit would most likely need to retail for about $39.95, but all the fabric strips would be cut for the project. If I include fabric for lining the bag and a manufactured handle, then the kit would probably run more in the $49.95 range.


You can visit the website at Crochet Collection.

April 14, 2008

Still in Progress: Cardi-Wrap

Hey Everyone,

You may have wondered what ever became of that wonderful Cardi-Wrap that was supposed to be done by Feb 24th. Well, Today's the day I've come to you with an answer! I am about 85% done with it now. It has been much more labor intensive than I ever thought it would be, and I am itching for it to be done! I have finished the back, 1 front panel and 2 sleeves. I am currently about 1/5th of the way done with the 2nd front panel. After that is finished, all I have left is to sew in my loose ends, stitch it up and add the sleeve ruffles. Here are pictures of what I have completed at this point:

Front Panel
Sleeves (what?! You say they look short?! No, they're supposed to be that way)

Back Panel

2nd front panel - Still a WIP

In the past week I also tore out all progress that I had made in my Crochet Today Sweater Coat. I was very unhappy about it, as the pattern wasn't as clarified as I would have liked it to be, which made my row ends uneven. I knew if I didn't tear it out and fix it, I'd never wear it, be proud of it, or win a blue ribbon at the fair! So now as soon as my darling wrap is finished, I'll be plugging away with it!

I've been underway with planning for my Make it With Wool entry! I'm still staying on the plan of my last MIWW post, but I'm finding many more patterns to my suiting now! I've been looking for the "perfect" fabric for my sewing parts (boy, do you know how hard it is to find really pretty wool fabric? It's nearly impossible!), and thinking about the top that I can't decide on for my Sweater Coat Ensemble. I've had much fun and frustration in this process!

I also have more exciting news! Today while I was on Ravelry, I stumbled across a post in the Teen Knit and Crocheters group. The young lady who posted it was looking to expand the knitting magazine that she had created in the past. She was looking for other teens to submit patterns, be editors, and be column writers. I volunteered to be the crochet column writer, and crochet pattern editor. Who knows, this could be my crochet magazine career launcher =)

So things have been very busy in my part of the world! And we finally have beautiful spring weather here, we're supposed to be in the mid 60's tomorrow!! Hurray!

Happy Crocheting!

April 10, 2008

How to Crochet a Dishcloth

If you want to learn how to crochet a dishcloth, you only need to know a few simple crochet stitches and you will be on your way to creating a great gift or home project for yourself. I like a dishcloth that is created by making your stitches in the back loops of your previous row. I have a few pictures demonstrating this here. The reason I like this, is that it creates texture in your dishcloth. Texture makes it easier to scrub your dishes clean.

How to Crochet a Dishcloth
Basic instructions:

You will need worsted weight cotton yarn and a crochet hook (H, I, or J are fine)

Make a chain about 12 inches in length.
You can decide if you want your dishcloth to be single crochet, half double crochet or double crochet. Just pick one and stick to it.

Row 1: if you pick sc, begin in your first stitch -- if you pick hdc, begin in the third stitch from your hook -- if you pick dc, begin in the fourth stitch from hook
Make your stitches all the way across, then ch 1 for sc, or ch 2 for hdc, or ch 3 for dc, turn

Row 2: In BACKLOOPS ONLY, If you are using sc stitch, then begin sc stitching in the very first stitch and go all the way across, if you are using hdc stitch, or dc stitch, then your chain counts as your first stitch and you begin crocheting in the second stitch (remember BACKLOOPS ONLY)

Continue making Rows identical to row 2 until your washcloth measures 12 inches.

You could adjust this pattern to make your dishcloth bigger or smaller, but I like to make them a bit bigger because I throw towels in the dryer and my cotton dishcloths tend to shrink.

I hope you enjoy learning how to crochet a dishcloth. Bookmark my page and let me know how your dishcloth turns out!

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April 09, 2008

Crochet Market Bag Pattern Coming Soon!

Yes, you can crochet your own market bag!

This crochet market bag pattern will give you ideas for variations in your bag which will inspire you to create one-of-a-kind bags for yourself. The basic premise: to create a flat circle for the base, then extend your base upward an inch or so, and fill the rest of your bag with a mesh that will stretch with your bag's contents. It will be pulled back together at the top with handles added. There are several techniques to do this. I have experimented with many different techniques and will give you what I think works the best for me. (I'm in the process of getting this written out.)

First though, the benefits of using a crochet market bag.

  • You are saving natural resources by going "green" and not adding more plastic bags to our country's landfills.
  • Wide handles distribute the weight of your bag and do not cut into you hands like plastic does.
  • The mesh bag sides expand with your contents.....perfect for adding a couple more items to your bag!
  • Weave in the bag is small and most grocery store items will fit in this bag without falling out of the holes
  • Weave in the bag allows you to fold these bags up tight and carry many along with you to the store
  • Flat base allows for easier bag filling
  • Flexibility.....can be used for the market, the pool or beach, your carry along crochet project, and so much more!
  • Washable bags
  • Unique! People will definitely notice your bags!

We will post the pattern as soon as it is finished!

April 08, 2008

Cotton Yarns for Knitting and Crochet

Our order for 20 grab bag cotton yarns for knitting and crochet from Peaches and Creme

came yesterday. It was like Christmas in April!

Below is pictured just one of the grab bags. The cost for each grab bag was only $2.19 and with postage was approximately $3.00. We figured each item (including postage) cost about 50 cents. Everything looks very nice to work with.

We are planning to use this yarn for making eco-friendly market bags to sell at craft shows. We are also planning to use these yarns, along with Lily Elite Cotton yarn, pattern, and crochet hook to make up "Make your own Market Bag Kits." We plan to sell them on our website, Crochet Collection, and at craft shows. I did a little research earlier on themed gift baskets (which are very popular) and plan to put several of those together this year!

This is our first big effort using cotton yarn for knitting and crochet. Usually we use acrylic yarn, or 100% wool yarn, so it is a nice change.

April 04, 2008

Grocery Mesh Bag

I spent the day crocheting yesterday. My mother-in-law and I were talking about what the "new" item for craft show sales should be for this year. We determined that a crocheted grocery mesh bag would be perfect as people go from using the disposable plastic bags to a more eco-friendly option. Currently, grocery stores are beginning to offer sterile, boring canvas bags for sale. But a handmade crocheted grocery mesh bag has "purse"onality. I think the grocery mesh bag will reflect the taste and style of the individual.

We looked on-line for a pattern that would be fast and easy to make, but determined we would design our own. Wow, did we learn a lot about working with mesh. This is my first bag (at left) and I had it finished two times only to tear more rows out each time. Did that bag STRETCH!
We used old cotton-blend yarn that had been given to her and she had stored for a "someday" project. We ordered several grab bags from Peaches and Creme to use for making these bags.
My first bag, once loaded with what I thought would be a normal bag load from the grocery store, stretched to the ground. My husband said it would work for someone who was 6'6" tall. I tore out about 4 rows and it still hit the ground when I picked it up. So what we have now, is a perfect size. Although the bag looks smallish when unloaded, it expands and stretches perfectly for a load of groceries.

The handles I didn't want too long, because I didn't want that to contribute to the stretch of the bag. I like these handles because a heavy load of groceries in a plastic bag, cuts into your hand and hurts. These handles are wide enough to help distribute the weight of groceries.

Really, designing your own grocery mesh bag is easy. Make a circle for your bottom, and then chain mesh sides, and bring it back together at the top.

How unique will your next shopping experience be?

April 02, 2008

Floral Crochet Motifs

Today was the first spring -like day we have had in Wisconsin. The sun warmed the air, the grass turned greener and the birds sang gleefully. I found this free pattern that features one of many Floral Crochet Motifs. It so expressed the spring-like day that I thought I would link to it for your enjoyment. It features a bright floral square. The pattern is made in a placemat, but you could turn this into an afghan, or pillow, or use thread for a tablecloth or pillowcase edging -- you get the idea -- it's versatile!

Floral Crochet Square

I will look for more great floral crochet motifs to add to this post!

Please visit our website at Free Easy Crochet Patterns

April 01, 2008

Crochet and Knit for Charity

This is my finished charity item.

My daughter and I joined our new local crochet guild. They constantly receive donated yarn that members can take home to crochet and knit for charity. The last meeting I fell in love with this green TLC Wiggles Yarn. I knew it would make the cutest hat!

I had some left over bright variegated yarn from another project and decided to use it for the top and bottom edging. I have enough yarn left to make an accompanying scarf. I wish I could see the look on the face of the youngster who will get this!

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