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..

February 28, 2008

Free Crochet Patterns: Shawls

It is still blustery and cold in Wisconsin. So I will share some links for free crochet patterns: shawls. Sit down by the warm fire and crochet yourself one of these cosy warm patterns. Some of these are vintage shawl patterns (I love vintage!), Some are tunisian. And you can even find some lovely free hairpin lace shawl patterns!

This is a pattern I've wanted to make for YEARS. Sidewalk Shawl When will I get around to it?!


Fancy Fans Stole

Spider Lace Shawl

All Shawl (Another Ravelry link. My mom has made this pattern several times and raves about it! Highly recommended!)

Triangele Connected Hearts Shawl

Concerto

Lyric Shawl

Waltz Shawl Pattern

Fantasy Shawl

Wilshire Shawl

La Louisian Shawl

Alpaca/Vivaldi Shawl

Pax Shawl (This is a free Ravelry download. If you aren't a member of Ravelry, it's FREE! And the best website you'll find for knitters and crocheters alike!)

Sidewalk Shawl (I try not to drool on my keyboard every time I see this pattern. I.WANT.ONE.)

Hope you enjoy a few of these free crochet shawl patterns. I plan to add more to the links section on my blog, so be sure to bookmark my blog and check back for more free crochet patterns.

Also, be sure to check out my website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns. We are launching our first pattern on March 10th.



You can win a FREE copy of this pattern.


Just suggest a name for this hat pattern. If we select your name, you will receive a copy of this pattern for FREE. Check back on previous blog posts for the versatility of this pattern. It's really like getting 10 in one.

February 26, 2008

More St Patricks Day Crochet Patterns

Did anyone seen a little green leprechaun in my backyard??



Well, I suppose not, but I've seen plenty in stores lately!



Have you been looking for St. Patricks day crochet patterns right now? I know I've been searching for some to get ready for the day, and I thought my fellow blog readers would love to come and see what I've been looking at!



There are so many St. Patricks day crochet patterns out there, and today I bring you the ones I think are most worthy to be made into great decorations!



http://www.karpstyles.com/crochet/shamrock1.html

http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa031403.htm?nl=1

http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/march8.html

http://www.crochetnmore.com/shamrockcoaster.htm

http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/march6.html

http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/march2.html

http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/lffunt/shamrock.htm

http://www.yarncat.com/shamrockpin.html

http://chezcrochet.com/page63.html

http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2006/03/my-shamrock-pin-pattern.html

http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/jewelry/f107003fourleafclover.shtml

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art4183.asp

http://members.aol.com/cillcrochets/shamrockph.html

http://crochet.about.com/library/blshamrock.htm

http://www.geocities.com/granniegroup/Luck_of_the_Irish.html?1002303300510

http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/shamrockpin.html

http://www.fortunecity.com/millenium/abbeydale/183/clover.htm

http://www.cm-crafts.com/cloverbarretteandpin.htm

http://www.cm-crafts.com/cloverbookmarker.htm



If you haven't heard yet, in honor of my new website, we're having a naming contest for our crocheted hat pattern that is going to be launched on March 10th. Please leave a comment with your name suggestion, and if we pick yours, you'll get this very versatile hat pattern FREE! To see the many great things you can do with our hat pattern, please look at some of our archived posts, as well as the post's that have the label "hat."

You can see our website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns.



Happy Crocheting!

Chelsea

February 23, 2008

Easy Crochet Hat



Here is another hat that is similar to the last hat. This hat's length was shortened to just cover the ears. The plain, easy crochet hat can be worn under a jacket hood. I do not care for jacket hoods alone as ears can still get a drafty breeze on them.

100% washable wool was used in this hat. I like to use washable wool for children's projects because they tend to need extra laundering. Washable wool can be thrown in the washer and the dryer without the fear of felting.
The trim around the edge was done in the same manner as the other hats (single crochet edge) however an extra row was added to give a scallop edge. This edge gives this hat a slight feminine touch.

We have a couple more hats to share that are done up in 100% wool. One of the hats actually features wool that we handspun ourselves! So be sure to sign up for our email mailing list so you will be able to see it!

Also, we are having a contest to name our easy crochet hat pattern. So far we have only had one suggestion. Please post a comment and give us your suggestion for the very versatile hat pattern. If we select your name idea you will receive a FREE copy of this hat pattern when it is released in two weeks!


We are trying to get our best crochet website noticed at the Crochet and Hook List. Please take a moment to click on the link at the top of our blog and vote for us!
Also be sure to check out our website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns.



February 21, 2008

Stylish Sweater Coat Crochet

Hi Folks,


Because Chelsea isn't the type to go around tooting her own horn, her mother thought she should post this article so all you fellow crochet enthusiasts could see a bit of Chelsea's excitement a few weeks ago. Some of you may know that she won the Wisconsin Make It With Wool Competition and competed at the National level in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. It was very exciting for her and it has stretched her vision with what she can accomplish in her passion for crocheting. You can see the excitment in her face as we arrive at the air port to leave for Las Vegas.






While Chelsea was busy competing the first morning, her mom and dad went sight seeing and managed to be right in the area where the Monte Carlo was on fire. They were fortunate to take a cab back to the hotel before everything was road blocked!







That afternoon we all ate lunch in Paris, went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, then made our way to NY, NY to ride the roller coaster. We ended the sight seeing adventure with Chelsea making it to the highest point west of the Mississippi. This was in addition to her full day of competing and style show practice. I think Chelsea was pretty exhausted. We logged a lot of miles sight seeing!




Here is Chelsea before the style show with her state director, Carol Battenburg.




You can see what a stylish sweater coat she crocheted. I know that she is happy she can actually wear the coat now that the competition is finished. Chelsea found this stylish sweater coat crochet pattern in a back issue of "Crochet Today" which is a great magazine for beginning crocheters.





Chelsea didn't win the national competition, but had an enriching and fulfilling experience none-the-less.


On another note, Chelsea is still working hard on getting the initial patterns on our website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns. While she is completing things, she is having a contest for the name of the very versatile hat pattern (see the past few posts) she has been blogging about. Please post your idea for our hat name in a comment!




Chelsea's mom


a.k.a. crochet partner in crime

Easy Crochet Hat Patterns



Today's hat is as basic as it gets -- the easiest of easy crochet hat patterns!! This 100% wool hat is put together without any fancy trim at the top and only has one contrast trim edge on the lower egde. This is a classic (although a bit longer to allow for the turned up edge) beanie style hat. I like the longer length on the hat because the turned up lower edge makes for a double covering over the ears area. This makes the hat snug and warm for this Arctic cold weather we have been having.

This hat is essentially the same basic hat as all the others. All it takes is a change of yarn, color, and details to edges to change this hat and make the pattern versatile enough so that you have a great hat for every member of the family.

Tomorrow we will show another hat we have made up. It is closer in line to the style of this hat, again with a few minor changes.

Do we have anyone adventurous enough to submit an idea for the name of this hat? You will receive a FREE pattern when it goes on-line!

Be sure to check out our website where we feature easy crochet hat patterns at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns.

February 19, 2008

St Patricks Day Crochet Patterns

St Patricks Day is soon approaching. Do you have your Green of the Irish yarn ready to go? I've found some wonderful FREE St Patricks Day Crochet Patterns for you. Check these links to find your next project -- just in time for St Patty.


http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/stpatricksday.php


http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa031503.htm


http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/march6.html



I'm sure I'll find more, so I'll post those later! In the mean time check out our website where you will be able to find our own unique patterns as well as free easy crochet patterns.

How to Crochet a Hat Part 5



This hat is similar to the first hats in some ways. It is crocheted in a varigated Red Heart Yarn. I love this yarn because the colors in the yarn have very short lengths and it crochets out more like some of the self striping knitted items. The varigation in the very first pink/red hat had the same varigated pattern as this blue yarn.

The hat is again trimmed in a different color, but the color blends so well with the varigated yarn that it doesn't stand out or draw attention at all.

The top of the hat is finished in looong chain loops. There is nothing frilly about this hat and it is perfect for a man or a little boy. The chain loops match the bottom edge trim. This hat was made a little longer so the top doesn't fit down tight on the head. This can be intentional for two reasons: first to allow for growth, and secondly for a less fitted look. By now you are beginning to see that you can create a multitude of different hat styles with the same hat pattern. Supposing you come up with a good name for this pattern (Oh.....like.....10 in 1 hats or something very clever). If your name suggestion is selected you will receive a FREE copy of this pattern when it is released in March. Remember to check out our new website where we feature our own unique patterns and Free Easy Crochet Patterns.

February 18, 2008

How to Crochet a Hat Part 4

Today's hat is the same basic hat pattern as the others that you have viewed, but the special feature of this hat is the face that is crocheted and applied. Our model is fond of a little blue train engine. We used the color of Thomas (medium blue) as the main color and trimmed the lower edge in black. Black curly Qs adorned the top of the hat and the same light grey as the face is used in the chain loops at the top to give the curly Qs dimension. The smile was slip stitched onto the grey circle. The eyes have a shank on the back and were sewn onto the grey circle. Then the circle was stitched onto the hat with a tapestry needle and grey yarn.

This idea is just the tip of the iceberg as far as creativity goes. What other kinds of ideas can you think of? Leave a comment for me.



Check out our brand new website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns .

February 17, 2008

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.

I have found some fabulous FREE CROCHET SNOWFLAKES for your crocheting delight!

I have always had an interest in crochet snowflake patterns because my cousin loves them so much. It is amazing to think that no two snowflakes are alike when there are billions just outside my window today. Yes, it is blizzarding again and we passed the world record snowfall total for our area over a week ago, and more snow is in the forecast!

There are soooo many links for free crochet snowflakes that I get dizzy just looking at them all.

Please browse through these beautiful free crochet snowflake patterns. My favorites are at the top!

You can also see my blog post Free Crochet Snowflakes!




Don't forget to checkout our new website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns!

Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea

A Note As Of 12/22/12 - All links should be working!! :)

February 16, 2008

How to Crochet a Hat Part 3

This hat is very similar to the last hat I shared with you. A few features that are different would be the trim and the top. When I trimmed around the lower edge of the hat (where it is turned up) I single crocheted once around the bottom edge and then on row two I chained three and single crocheted in every third stitch. This gave the edge a little scallop.

The top yarn matches the trim yarn. How is the top different from the previous hat? Well, instead of little chain loops we have little "dreadlocks." These are more noticeable than the chain loops and give the hat a bit of extra whimsy.

I also want to point out that this hat was crocheted with Strata self striping yarn. Yesterday's hat was crocheted in a varigated. The self striping yarn gives larger areas of color blocks. I have to say, however, that these striping yarns are (in my humble opinion) created for knitting. Because crochet stitches are built so much bigger and thicker than knitting stitches, the yarn never really looks striped when it is crocheted (big disappointment). Anyone for designing a yarn that self strips for crochet?

Be sure to look for this pattern coming soon at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns

February 15, 2008

How to Crochet a Hat Part 2


Part 2 in "How to Crochet Hat" features a couple nice details. First, the lower edge has a lavender ribbon crocheted on as a trim. This color compliments the hat and the different texture of the ribbon allows the trim to stand out more than if it was yarn. Usually I just use a coordinating accent yarn, but you can use ribbon or even a specialty yarn to edge the hat. You can leave the hat without an edging, but I generally like the look better with one, so if I don’t want a contrast trim, just edge in the same main color as the hat.


The top of the hat has curly Qs and also small chain loops to give the curly Qs more dimension. The curly Qs and the small chain loops were attached to the hat before the top was closed, making them easier to apply evenly. Originally we had ribbons attached to the top as well. There were little jingle bells attached to the end of the ribons. The kids loved these jingle bells. Unfortunately they had a tendancy to fall off. This is not a good thing for young children. So we removed the ribbons from the top of the hat.


This style hat has drawn more attention and comments than any other hat my kids ever wore. I enjoy making these hats because I can start and finish this project in one evening and I really feel a sense of accomplishment. I gave several away this year for Christmas. Last year my Grandmother gave a hat to every child in her church. They LOVED them!

We'll be back again with part 3 in the saga "How to Crochet a Hat." There is sure to be a hat design somewhere here for you!


Don't forget to look at our new website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns!

Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea

February 14, 2008

How to Crochet a Hat


We are going to cover a few ideas in the next few weeks on how to crochet a hat. What's fun with crochet is the ability to leap around on your item and add a little of "this" here and a little of "that" there. The hat pattern that we are featuring is no exception. I am including a picture of the base of our crochet hat pattern.

From this base you can do all sorts of things. You can add an accent trim around the turned up bottom edge, or leave the hat longer and do not turn up the bottom edge, close the top of the hat as a beanie or add cute details to the top to make the hat truly original, or even apply extra details on the main body of the hat.

You will see what I mean by these details in the few weeks as we share several different completed crocheted hat patterns. I think these ideas will inspire you to learn how to crochet a hat for yourself, or a friend, or a relative. Be sure to check out our website at
Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns

February 12, 2008

Cardi Wrap, days 2-4

Hey everyone!

I've got a 3 day update for my cardi wrap! Unfortunately, I've been unable to find the camera cord since this afternoon, so I can't get my pictures uploaded to my computer =(
I've been greatly on track up to today, and I just could NOT find anytime for it. I'll have to play catch-up another day, or it'll just be done one day later, which isn't a horrible thing!
It's looking great though, and the back pannel is just about finished. I'm hoping to have enough time to finish it tonight.
Tommorow I have my first "future fashion designers" art class, yay! I'm really excited to start it, I hope I'm able to learn a lot. What would be great is if I could impliment some of it for my crocheting!

Happy Crocheting!!
Chelsea

Explain how to read a crochet pattern

Hey Everyone!

Today you'll have two posts for your reading pleasure!

First, I am going to explain how to read a crochet pattern.

I know many beginning crocheters have troubles reading patterns they would like to make. Although it may seem like a daunting task at first, it is really quite simple! And before you know it, you'll be reading patterns very fluently.

So, assuming you know your basic crochet sititchs, the list is:
Chain(s) - ch(s)
Slip Stitch - sl st
Single Crochet - sc
Half Double Crochet - hdc
Double Crochet - dc
Treble Crochet - trc

Then some of the longer terms have abbreviations too, which can get confusing...
Beginning - Beg
Stitch(s) - st(s)
Round - rnd
Hook - hk

I hope my explaination of how to read a crochet pattern helps you, especially if you don't have a more advanced crocheter as a mentor.

Have you checked out my new crochet website? You can find it at knit and crochet hat patterns.

Happy Crocheting!

Chelesea

February 10, 2008

Cardi Wrap, Day 1


Hey fellow blog readers!

I hope everyone here in the midwest is staying warm today...BRRRR!
Here is yesterday's progress on the cardi wrap! I was able to finish 7 inches of the back of it. I did really well, too! I only had to frog(the crochet and knit term for ripping out) once, and it was only back one row!
I've been calculating about how long it will take me to finish, and here are the results:
If I crochet 5 inches/day, I will have it done in about 3 weeks. That seems a little too long for me right now. Then, if I crochet 10 inches/day, it'll be done in 9 days. Wow, that is a little extreme for me to be going that rate, I am an active teenager, you know! So, now I calculate 7 inches, which is what I finished yesterday, and we get more around 13 days, which sounds absolutley reasonable! So, I am now accountable to you to be done on February 23 or 24.
Have you checked out my new website yet? We're not completly finished yet, but we've got a great start! Take a peek at knit and crochet hat patterns
I'll be back tomorrow, with 14 inches of a back done!
Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea

February 09, 2008

Progress, People!


A chilly hello!


I am happy to say that the yarn for the cardi wrap came yesterday!


After it came, I sat down and started my gauge swatch, and I needed to change my hood size by 1, so instead of a I hook, I am using a H hook.


I really like how the yarn (I'm using TLC armore) makes the swatch look like it's not even crocheted. The stitch pattern is a spiderweb lace, and 1 stitch repeat = 3 rows.


I'll be able to start the actual wrap today, after I'm done picking up to mom's satisfaction =)

I'll be sure to keep everyone updated on my progress, and after my cold has come to an end, I'll be starting my first video tutorials. You can leave comments to let me know what kind of tutorials you would like to see.


Happy Crocheting!

Chelsea

February 08, 2008

Cardi Wrap Sale

Hi Everyone!

I've got great news!
Back when I was in Las Vegas, dad got an email from one of the gals at the place where we've been having our website stuff set up. She asked if mom or I would be able to crochet her a cardi that was like a blanket. Well, back in September of '06, I picked up my first issue of Crochet Today (which just happens to be the best crochet magazine I've ever read!), and it had a pattern for this Cardi Wrap pattern. We sent her the link, and she liked it! So, I'm going to be paid to make her the cardi wrap. I'm really excited to get the yarn in the mail so I'll be able to start on it. I'm going to save the money for business costs that may occur in the future, like paying for the yarn before I get the actual money, and such. I'll be sure to post my progress on it as I work!

Have you checked out my new website yet? You can find it atKnit and Crochet Hat Patterns.

Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea

February 06, 2008

Make it With Wool Planning

Hello!

I have been busy taking care of my new puppy this past week, so I haven't had a ton of time to work on posting!
About 2 weesk ago now, I competed in the National Make it With Wool Contest with a trench coat I crocheted back in August for our state contest. I didn't place, but my roommate who I shared a bed with, got top honors! I'm already planning next years outfit, but I'm going to have to decide alot. I think'll be entering two different things, since I've gotten a big head start on my Sweater Coat from Crochet Today's November/December '07 issue. I think I'm also going to do an outfit based around this Textured Cardi from the current Crochet Today issue. All I need to get started are some improved sewing skills, and the wool! The sweater coat is being made from wool that we were given from my mom's good friend, and we washed it, and over dyed some of it orange. The wool's natural color is brown, and the orange compliments it really beautifully! We had it carded into roving after it was washed, and had a copper mylar added to it. Folks, I tell you, this is going to be the most gorgeous coat I have ever made! You can't really see the mylar unless it's in the right light, and then it has the most beautiful shimmery effect. To go under the coat, I think I'm going to make a cream color top. I'm not sure what kind of bottoms I'm going to make for either of the garments yet. I'll take some pictures of my WIP's, so you can see them.

I'm also in the designing stages of a hooded capelet that will be felted. I have to do all of the work for it yet, but it will be coming soon!

For all those in the Midwest, have a great snow day!
And those everywhere else, happy crocheting!
Chelsea

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