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..

March 31, 2008

Free Crochet Bead Necklace Patterns

Three Strand Necklace



28 Gauge Wire
G hook (we experimented with a variety of hooks and we liked how the G hook loops looked the best)
assortment of beads (I prefer the beads to be the same size or have slightly larger beads toward the front)

string your bead onto the wire before you crochet (amount of beads will vary with the length you want your necklace to be)

leave about 5 inches of wire to work with for your closure on your necklace

Ch 3, move bead up to where you are working and chain that bead in, ch 3, move bead up to where you are working and chain it in.....continue until you have the desired length. Leave 5 inches wire to work with for the closure.

Make at least three of these chain lengths. You can make more or less. You can also space beads closer together or further apart if you prefer. I have made this pattern by varying the lengths of the wire -- by making each length slightly longer, the necklace will lay more flat, but may not look as full.

Length will vary depending upon the size of the neck, but you have the jist of how to make the necklace.

The 5 inch lengths at the back of the necklace get twisted together and are fastened to a toggle closure. Carefully trim the wire. You do not want any sharp, poky ends scratching the back of your neck. (It may seem a little wasteful having 5 inches on the ends, but it is much easier to work with longer ends than short ends and you can get a nice clean cut with a good jewelry wire cutter.)



Single Strand Choker and Bracelet



28 Gauge Wire

G hook
small beads of your choice

Load your beads onto your wire.
Leave a five inch tail and then chain how many stitches you need to get to the length you want your choker to be. You will sc into about 5 to 7 stitches without using beads (you will do this on the other end of the necklace as well -- or you can use beads all the way around if you prefer). Then sc using one bead for every other sc stitch. If you want the choker to look more like the bracelet and not show as much wire you can put a bead into every sc stitch, but we like it with every other. Push the bead up to your work and sc it directly to your chain. When you finish your last stitch leave about 5 inches of wire so you have plenty to work with to attach to your closure.

We use toggle closures for our jewelry. Make sure you use a good jewelry cutter to cut your wire so you don't have a sharp end poking out and scratching your neck.

I prefer to leave an inch or two on both sides by the closure without beads just to economize on the cost of the necklace.

Work the bracelet the same way as the necklace (of course this will be smaller), but use beads all the way around, from closure to closure, and put a bead into every stitch.

Enjoy!

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March 30, 2008

Make Your Own Market Bag

Do you want to make your own market bag? I have been wanting to for quite some time. I feel guilty everytime I haul more useless plastic bags home from the grocery store. Well, today I finally found a free pattern for making your own market bag that I just fell in love with. This is the pattern for me.

Here is the link. I would make this bag with the larger squares so it will fit more groceries in it. If you are like me, you may need to make several to get all of your groceries home. However, even if you only decide to make one, it is sure to draw attention to your craft. Make sure you carry business cards along with you. You never know when you'll get a special order or request!

Please let me know if you make your own market bag. I'd love to see a picture and see what type of fiber you use!!

Enjoy!

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March 27, 2008

FREE Easy Crochet Patterns

I am listing some FREE Easy Crochet Patterns. I don't know what you think, but doesn't it seem like our country is in a recession -- even though nobody will acknowledge that we are? Do you agree? The price of a grocery trip is going up, the price of gas is going up, taxes are going up, everything seems to cost more. So finding ways to trim the budget are good. Gift giving is one area where you can trim you budget by significant amounts! Using free easy crochet patterns and economy yarn (see my economy crochet yarns post), you can create most of your gifts this year for virtually nothing (but your time of course -- and most of us have more of this than money!)

The kind of patterns you will find here are quick and easy and make thoughtful gifts. They are focused on simplicity, so if you are looking for a pattern that is more advanced, you won't find it here. These patterns are EEEzzzz!

Four Hour Scarf

Circle Pendant Necklace *I love this one!

Seed Bead Necklace

Simply Hoops Earrings

Beaded Shells Choker

Summer Beaded Choker

Heart Photo Fridgie

Pot Holder

Kitchen Towel

Flower Petal Napkin Ring

Pan Scrubbie

Easy Crochet Afghan

Baby Booties

Coasters

Scrunchie 1

Scrunchie 2

Scrunchie 3

Flip Flops

Back Scrubber

Loaf Pan Tote

Plastic Bag Keeper

Can Cozy

Dog/Cat Sweater

Cross Bookmark

If you know of another free easy crochet pattern that you think I should list here, please let me know. I am always searching and will be adding more!

I tried to list a wide variety of free easy crochet patterns so that you can find something you would enjoy making for yourself or someone else. Most people are delighted with small homemade gifts and many of these patterns fit that description.

Please visit my website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns.

March 26, 2008

Free Crochet Patterns for Mile-a-Minute

Today I am bringing you FREE crochet patterns for mile-a-minute accessories, afghans, and more! I love all of these free crochet patterns for mile-a-minute projects, and my very favorite piece is the Mile-a-minute sequins and beaded purse. I've added it to my ravelry queue, I like it so much!
Take a look at these free crochet patterns for mile-a-minute projects, you'll surely find something that you want to make! Out of all of these patterns, this is what I would like to make most:

This is the Mile-a-Minute Sequins and Beaded Purse Pattern. Sequins are all the rage right now!

Beaded Mile-a-Minute Bracelet

Mile-a-Minute Afghan

Mile-a-Minute Scarf

Mile-a-Minute Afghan Pattern

Mile-a-Minute Sequins and Beaded Purse --GORGEOUS!!

Mile-a-Minute Afghan

Mile-a-Minute Granny Afghan

You can also find great Free Crochet Patterns for Mile-a-Minute patterns at your local library! Mom and I were doing a joint mile-a-minute afghan many years ago, which, unfortunately, was never finished. I also have a pretty baby mile-a-minute baby afghan that I was making, and got exactly 1/2 way through it, and lost interest. I'll be posting a picture of it in the next few days. I think I'm going to be taking it to my grandma's house tomorrow, to see if I can find the pattern again. I'll also see if she might finish it for me, and possibly sell it at a craft show =)

Happy Mile-a-Minute Crocheting!
Chelsea

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March 25, 2008

Magic Square Crochet

I have a magic square crochet potholder that my mother-in-law made for me several years ago. I absolutely LOVE IT! and still use it because it is very thick and durable. Some cheap store bought potholders have burned my fingers and I have dropped entire hot casseroles from burns through a cheap potholder. But the magic square crochet has always held up and washed like a charm. I have a link to a magic square crochet pattern. It is a very nice descriptive pattern with a lot of pictures so I know making one will be easy!

This pattern calls for cotton yarn, but my mother-in-law made hers with acrylic. The one draw back with acrylic is that it can melt, but I have never had that problem with my potholder. Still, there are a lot of nice cotton yarns on the market now (many more than there used to be), so I would probably stick to cotton.

Enjoy!

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March 23, 2008

Cotton Yarns for Knitting and Crochet

Spring is just around the corner, and it's time to start putting your wool sweaters and yarn back in the closet and switching to great cotton yarns for knitting and crochet projects! Cotton is also a great choice for those who are allergic to woolens. I know I love to use cotton yarns for knitting and crochet, the feel of the yarn is nice and crisp, smooth, and cool. Cotton yarns are also a good choice when you're looking for things you're going to use in the kitchen. Dish towels always seem to last longer when you are using cotton yarn! Acrylic yarn always starts to pill up after you've washed it several times. And any lint, especially if you're washing new towels, starts sticking to your yarn, making extra work for you to pick it off.
Overall, I think using cotton yarns for knitting and crochet projects is a great choice! You can add some yarn to your stash by looking through my
I've got many great cotton yarns for all of your upcoming knitting and crochet projects!


Have you seen my new website yet?? You can check it out at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns! We're launching our very first pattern at the end of the month! There's still time to participate in our Hat Naming Contest! Leave a comment with your suggestion, and if we pick yours, you'll win a FREE copy of the pattern!!

Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea

Cotton Yarn Store

Illustrated Crochet Stitches

Many people find illustrated crochet stitches to be helpful in learning a new crochet technique. I am going to show you how to crochet with any stitch in back loops only.

First I want to tell you why you would want to only stitch into the back loops. By stitching only into back loops the front loop is left out and creates a long ribbing stitch down your row. If you continue this process through out the project, you will have these long ribbing stitches going down both sides of your work.

I like these ribbing stitches because they create visual interest. This ribbing also gives the crocheted project more "give" or "stretch" which is perfect for a variety of patterns; like hats that need to fit a variety of size heads, or cuffs where you want flexibility to get your hand through, but a snug fit around your wrist.

I mentioned that you can crochet with any stitch into the back loops. Some examples are using single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. These are the most basic crochet stitches and your project will have a nice ribbing effect if you choose to use any of these stitches. I posted another article Easy Afghan Crochet Instructions where I show you how to create a beautiful afghan using the back loop method and only a chain and single crochet stitch.

Please note that you loose this visual interest when you use a variegated type of yarn. The color pattern of the yarn hides the textural pattern.

This picture shows going through both loops like you normally do when you crochet.











This picture shows going through only the back loop.

Back loop crocheting is very easy and allows the beginner more design skill without increased stitch knowledge.

We will be adding more illustrated crochet stitches to our blog. If you have found this one helpful, please post a comment letting us know.

You can also check the links to the right and look under the illustrated crochet stitches "category" to find more posts!



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Easy Afghan Crochet Instructions

A dear friend of mine made this lovely afghan for my third daughter when she was born.


It is a great example that you can use for easy afghan crochet instructions.


This afghan uses a very heavy weight yarn and a large hook. Checking a yarn weight scale, this yarn is a 6 on a scale of 6 which classifies it as "super bulky". I would use an N size hook to reproduce this blanket. There is only one stitch, single crochet, so if you can chain stitch and single crochet, you can make this lovely blanket.




Easy Afghan Crochet Instructions:


Use super bulky weight yarn and N hook.

Entire afghan is made by working in the back loops only.
Note: If you have never worked in back loops only check out the picture at the bottom.


Chain76


Row 1: Single crochet in second stitch from hook and in every stitch across, chain 1 and turn (there are 75 stitches total)


Row 2: Single crochet in every stitch, chain 1 and turn
(there are 75 stitches total)

Note: I had crocheted for over thirty years before I discovered that when you single crochet and turn, you chain one, but it does NOT count as your first stitch. You should single crochet directly into the very first stitch on every turn. Count your stitches to make sure you keep 75 stitches.


Rows 3 - 50: Repeat row 2


Finish off and work loose end into your afghan to hide.


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Below is an example of working through the back loop only, rather than going through both yarns for your stitch like you normally do.



Working through the back loop only through out the afghan creates the nice ribbing effect that you will see on both sides of the afghan. It makes the afghan more visually interesting even though you are only using one basic stitch.

If you choose a yarn that is variegated, you will get a different look that has lots of visual appeal, however the texture of the blanket will be lost in the color. This is fine as long as you realize this ahead of time and are not disappointed when your back loops do not pop out like they do in the solid color.

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March 22, 2008

Economy Crochet Yarns YES!!!


A few days ago I posted an article about economy crochet yarns. I listed a variety of places to find them. Today I stumbled upon my own find.....and yes.......it was FREE!!!
This is a moss green micro fiber (chenille) type of yarn. Inside the cone it says 2500 (I think it is 2500 yards/meters). This cone is HUGE!
I found this free item from "freecycle" You can google this term and find a "freecycle" group near you. The main rule with freecycle is that there is no transaction at all. The items wanted or offered must be free.
The lady that listed this yarn on freecycle said she bought it for $20 on e.bay. She planned to knit a sweater from it. Having never gotten around to using it, she is now selling her house and needs to get rid of stuff.


I am thinking this cone will make a million crocheted, beaded necklaces, bookmarks, and possibly even my bedroom curtains! Yippee!!
I love economy crochet yarns!
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March 21, 2008

Homemade Gift Basket Themes

It's Spring. Have you begun thinking about your gift giving ideas for Christmas this year? Perhaps you have been thinking about creating homemade gift baskets. You will want each gift basket to be unique and reflex the tastes and personality of the receiver. You may also want to consider how to keep the gift baskets affordable. Here are a few Homemade Gift Basket Themes for the yarn enthusiast and ideas how to save money making them:

  • Yarn Basket -- collect several different types of yarn in a variety of textures and colors
  • Needle Basket -- collect a variety of hooks and needles, stitch markers, scissors, etc.
  • Pattern Basket -- collect pattern magazines, booklets, and books
  • Crochet Basket -- more emphasis on crochet items
  • Knitting Basket -- more emphasis on knitting items
  • Everything Hats (or mittens, or scarves, or dish towels, other item) -- patterns, yarns, and items to make the specified object
  • Wool Basket -- wool yarn, wool books, old wool sweaters for felting
  • Felting Basket -- similar to the wool basket, but include instructions on felting
  • Cotton basket -- cotton yarn and threads, doily patterns, pillowcase edgings

These are just a few ideas to get you started!

Most yarn enthusiasts enjoy a good hand lotion, mug of tea or coffee, chocolate or other sweet treats. They also watch movies or listen to music while they hand craft. These items can fill in the gaps in your theme basket.

Decide on your theme this spring and watch during the year for special clearance sales on the items that fit your theme. Many times there are close outs on cool yarns at specialty yarn stores or at craft stores. You can often find unused or like new items at thrift stores and garage sales. Baskets definitely abound at both garage sales and thrift stores. Remember, even a basket in less than perfect condition can be fixed or painted to look good as new. The bargain hunter can generally come up with a beautiful basket filled with goodies for a few dollars.

The key to good Homemade Gift Basket Themes is advanced planning and then watching for sale items to fill your basket with. You will soon have a beautiful homemade gift for a fraction of what a store would charge!

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Crochet Beginner Hat

A hat is a perfect beginner project for someone learning how to crochet. I will share a few free crochet beginner hat patterns with you. Several of these patterns can be made in a few hours (or less), so a beginner will feel successful from the very beginning. You can find the hats at

All of these patterns are very easy and fast to make up. They are all different so you should be able to find one that suits your needs. This past year we made hats for Christmas gifts -- everyone loved them. Would a crochet beginner hat would make a very nice gift for someone on your gift list this year? You may be able to make a couple in an evening! Wouldn't that be great!
Please check out our website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns where we are adding our own original hat designs! You can never have enough hats (kind of like shoes!) And for a limited time, sign up for my email newsletter and you can get a FREE Crochet Beginner Hat Pattern! Sign up with your facebook profile here
  

March 19, 2008

Crocheting with TLC Wiggles Yarn

Today I started crocheting with TLC Wiggles Yarn. It is a very interesting yarn to work with.



I LOVE all the flecks of color you get within the sea of green yarn. However, if you are a beginning crocheter I would recommend that you first crochet with a more basic yarn or else you will end up being frustrated. Here is why....





When you first look at the yarn you will notice the little wiggles in the yarn. This is what makes the yarn so interesting.



However upon closer inspection you will see the tiny little thread that is wound around the main acrylic thread. This tiny little thread can easily get caught on your hook when you are pulling your yarn through your loops.



In addition, it is sometimes tricky to pull the wiggle through your loops (depending upon how tight you crochet).

I like how this yarn looks in my project and am really looking forward to accenting the hat with several of the wiggle colors. I'll post a picture when I finish the hat. I am crocheting it to fit a small child.

Please check out my website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns where we are selling this easy hat pattern and many other original designs. We are also featuring many FREE crochet patterns!

Crocheting Edges on Baby Blankets

I will show you how to crochet edges on baby blankets. This is a basic fleece blanket you can get for a couple of dollars at Walmart. It is 30 x 40 inches in dimension. It has a blanket stitch running around the perimeter of the blanket. It is on this blanket stitch that we are going to attach our crochet work.





How to crochet edges on baby blankets is very simple. It is not an exact science and that is okay. Your blanket may differ slightly from the one shown above. But the overall process will be the same.





I am using an acrylic worsted weight Redheart yarn and a size G crochet hook.





First you will attach your yarn to the blanket stitch with a slip stitch and then ch 1 (chain one). You will then sc (single crochet) in each stitch of your blanket stitch all the way around the blanket. I added a few extra stitches in the corners so the blanket would lay flat. Again this is not an exact science, but a good way to do this would be make 2 sc in one blanket stitch, then only 1 sc in the next stitch (repeat this three or four times in each corner).


Once you are all the way around your blanket then attach to the first stitch with a slip stitch. This ends Row 1

Row 2 will be your scalloped edge.
To create scallop: From your slip stitch you want to sk 2 st (skip two stitches--the sc in Row 1) and dc (double crochet) into the third stitch. You are going to double crochet into this same stitch a total of five times. This becomes your scallop. Then you are going to sk (skip) 2 sc (from Row 1) and sc (single crochet) into the third stitch from where you put all of your double crochet stitches.

You are going to repeat this scallop all the way around your blanket. Before you actually get all the way to the end, you may want to count your stitches and be sure that you are going to end evenly. If not, I would make a few scallops by skipping only one single crochet (in Row 1) here and there until you see that you will end evenly. No one will notice this adjustment and you will NOT have to count your stitches when you sc (makes for very easy crocheting).

When you are all the way around, attach your last scallop with your first and finish off.



Your finished product will be a beautiful gift that was made in only a fraction of the time that a traditional afghan would have been made. Hopefully you can see that crocheting edges on baby blankets is simple and easy and this idea can be applied to just about anything ready-made. What else can you add a crocheted edge to?
If you like this idea, be sure to check out my website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns
We are creating and adding new original crochet patterns all the time. We are also building our library of FREE crochet patterns.

Economy Crochet Yarns

There are many ways to find economy crochet yarns. I will list a few places:

  • Free!! - This is the best. Does everyone know that you crochet? Put out the word. Many times people have yarn that they intended to use, but never did (or started a project and didn't finish it -- YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!). Rather than throw it out, or donate it, they may give it to you if they know you are always in the market for yarn.
  • Garage sales - This is the best place to find economy crochet yarns. Many times you can get a box or bag full of yarn for one dollar (or two). Buy this yarn! Remember, yarn can be washed, so even if it looks a bit dusty or dingy, most times it can be hand washed and will look good as new.
  • Thrift Stores - This is generally the second best place to find economy crochet yarn. It usually costs more than garage sales, but is usually less than half the price of new yarn.
  • Clearance Shopping - This is hit or miss. Always check out the clearance areas of every craft store you visit. Sometimes they sell close out yarns for under one dollar a skein. Buy everything they have!!!

The main economy crochet yarn that I purchase new is RedHeart Yarn. It is acrylic and very versatile. It machine washes and wears well making it suitable for a variety of projects (esp. for babies and children -- which usually need to be washed frequently).

I hope this gives you a few ideas for economy crochet yarn. The bottom line is.......never pass up a deal! You never know what you next project will need!

Please check out our website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns. You can use a variety of economy crochet yarn to crochet up our first original hat pattern we are listing!

Enjoy!

March 18, 2008

Free Crochet Grape Doily

I have a collection of doilies in my hope chest. Some were made by my Grandma, and others were lovingly made by others and now I am the lucky recipient (i.e. garage sale finds). I have found three free crochet grape doily patterns to share with you. Many thanks to the authors who provided these patterns for free.

Wild Grape Doily

(There were more Grape Doily patterns available online when I wrote this blog post several years ago. The links have since gone bad and I haven't been able to find anymore patterns, which is quite unfortunate. Chelsea, 12-15-10)
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TLC Wiggles Yarn

This is the donated yarn I picked up from the Madison Crochet Guild. It is green TLC Wiggles Yarn.



I have never crocheted with the wiggles yarn before and am excited to see how my hat pattern looks with it. The requirement for taking the donated yarn was to make something and donate it back to the community. I can't wait to work with this yarn.



Have any of you used the TLC Wiggles Yarn before? If so....please post a comment and let me know what you crocheted and if you enjoyed using the yarn.



Also, be sure to participate in our hat naming contest! We will be selecting a name soon and posting our very first pattern on our website at Knit and Crochet Hat Pattern.

March 17, 2008

Crochet Hat Instructions

It is still cold out and we are still working on our crochet hat instructions.

Yesterday we attended our very first Crochet Guild meeting. We had a great time. It was fun to see projects that others had finished up and some works in progress. We took some donated yarn home to crochet into one of our hats. The only requirement is that the hat needs to be donated back to the community. The yarn is green with wiggly flecks and will be a nice quick project.

We also taught a new beginning crocheter how to do some basic stitches and gave her general beanie crochet hat instructions. Crochet as an art form is so much fun because it is very organic in nature. Your crochet can grow in various directions with changes wherever you wish -- it's so much fun!

We are still looking for more names in our hat naming contest, so if you haven't submitted a name for our hat yet, please post a comment and give us your idea. We will give one hat pattern FREE to the person whose name we select. You will have to look through the posts labelled hats on the blog to see the versitility of this cute hat idea. This pattern will be the first pattern we upload to our website at Crochet Hat Instructions.

March 14, 2008

FREE Crochet Pattern for Kids Slippers

I have been making these slippers for years. My original pattern came from an Annie's Attic Book. However, the book was lent out and lost, so I no longer have that pattern. I found this FREE Crochet Pattern for Kids Slippers online. I have made these for everyone in the family and they definitely keep your feet warm. I like to make them using one solid color and one varigated color. I have even used scraps for the varigated part. I really cannot see any difference in this pattern than the original one I always made, but here is the credit for this pattern. From L.A. Crochet Basics 1976, designed by Sharon Klinsky, Glenview, IL.




Sizes for men, women and children.


Men's: Fits shoe sizes 8-12
Materials: Worsted weight yarn. 8 oz; size J crochet hook (Canadian size 3) or size needed for gauge.
Gauge: in sc, with 2 strands of yarn. 5 sts and 5 rows = 2".


Women's: Fits shoe sizes 5-10
Materials: Worsted weight yarn, 8 oz. size I crochet hook (Canadian size 4) or size needed for gauge.
Gauge: in sc, with 2 strands of yarn, 3 sts and 3 rows = - 1".


Children's: Fits shoe sizes 9-12
Materials: Sport weight yarn. 4 oz., size I crochet hook (Canadian size 4) or size needed for gauge.
Gauge: in sc. with 2 strands of yarn, 3 sts and 7 rows = 1".


Size Note: Instructions are written for children s size with changes for women's and men's in parentheses.


Note: All Sizes are worked with 2 strands of yarn.


INSTRUCTIONS
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 5 sc info 2nd ch from hook to form a circle. Mark last st of this rnd with a pin, then move pin to mark the end of each succeeding rnd.
Rnd 2: Work 3 sc into each sc around: you should have 15 sc.
Rnd 3: * 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, rep from * around: 20 Sc.
Rnd 4: For men's and women's sizes only. * 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of the next 3sc, rep from * around 25 sc.
Work even on 20 (25-25) sc for 12 (12-14) rnds more. Do not finish off.
Back: Ch 11.
Row 1: Using both loops, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 9 ch; sc in each of next 20 (25 - 25) sc; sc in each ch on opposite side of beg ch; ch 1, trun.
You should have 40 (45-45) sc.
From now on, sc in the back loop (loop away from you) of each sc.
Rows 2-9: Sc in back loop of each sc across; ch 1, turn.
Dec Row 1: Sc in each of next 18 (20-20) sc, dec over next 2 sts as follows: draw up a loop in each of the next 2 sts: 3 loops on hook, YO and pull through all 3 loops on hook, work 0 (1-1) sc, dec as before over next 2 sts, sc in each of next 18 (20-20) sc, ch 1, turn.
Dec Row 2: Sc in each of next 17 (19-19) sc, dec over next 2 sts, work 0 (1-1) sc, dec, sc in each of next 17 (19 -19) sc, ch 1, turn.
Dec Row 3: Sc in each of next 16 (15-18) Sc, dec, work 0 (1-1) Sc, dec, sc in each of next 16 (18-18) sc; ch 1, turn.
Finishing: Fold back section in half, carefully matching sts. Sl St inside loops of sides tog. Finish off


I found this pattern on several different websites and never saw anything about copyright or linking to the original source. If I am incorrect, please let me know and I will make the correction.

I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern for kids slippers. We are adding free patterns as well as our own original designs to our website at Free Easy Crochet Patterns. Please check us out!

March 13, 2008

Crochet Hat Instructions

I am still working on my crochet hat instructions. Our whole family has been sick with pneumonia, ear infections and the nasty viral coughing thing. I had planned to release the pattern tomorrow, but I am still behind schedule with needing more rest. So I am giving myself to the end of the month to finish up my crochet hat instructions. The naming contest is going to continue. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. We have had several interesting ideas -- it's neat to get so much feedback!

If you would like to give us your idea on a name for our new hat pattern, just post a reply. You can see the versatility of this fun pattern by clicking on hats in the archives. There are lots of posts and pictures. One person -- the person whose name we select for our hat name--will win a FREE copy of our pattern.

We will have patterns up soon at our website Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns.

March 12, 2008

Locker Crochet Rug

The last post reminded me that I also started another rug -- a locker crochet rug. I haven't made much progress on this item yet, but was inspired to try this technique after watching a wool artist working on a project using wool rather than fabric strips. My rug is made with fabric strips, but my brain is now thinking it may be a great idea to try this with roving or very loosely spun wool yarn and felt the rug. That would make for a very durable and beautiful rug. I found a cool video on U tube that very clearly demonstrates the technique for locker crochet rug making. You can check out the video HERE.

Do you have tons of extra yarn in your stash? Or lots of bits and scraps left over from other projects? You could use up any scraps of yarn using this technique. I would probably put several strands (like 3 or 4) of yarn together to give the rug more substance. What a fun way to use up your leftovers! Have fun making your very own locker crochet rug!

PS Most quilt stores carry locker crochet rug supplies!
PPS Be sure to check out our website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns

Crochet Rag Rug


I started to "unearth" all of my unfinished projects and today I worked on my crochet rag rug. This rug was started over a year ago to use up the old knit fabric that was being stored in the basement. I began tearing some of the fabric, but the fabric really started falling apart and some of the strips became too thin, so then I cut the rest of the fabric into 1 1/2 to 2 inch strips. I tried to make one long continuous piece, so sometimes I cut close to corners and turned the fabric, but with knit fabric this really isn't a big deal.


I have found that it isn't always easy to make the rug flat as I tried to follow a set pattern of increasing. So far I have been able to stretch the rug to make it flat and know that when I block it at the end it will be okay, but I am thinking of not increasing the next row or so to make it easier in the end. I guess this crochet rag rug making isn't an exact science because it probably depends on the type of fabric, the width of your strips, the size of your hook, and the tension you crochet with.


Also, if takes a bit more muscle than your typical crocheting project. My muscles get sore from working with fabric. So if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome at all, this is probably not the crochet project for you. But it is definitely worth the effort. I showed this project to my friend today -- who was drooling all over it. I guess I'm excited to get it done now!




If you would like to work on a basic crochet rag rug, all you need to do is prepare your fabric in strips (the longer the better) and know how to chain and single crochet.


I used an N crochet hook.


Chain 4

Slip stitch into the first chain to form a loop.

Row 1

Chain one(counts as first sc)

7 SC (Single crochet) into loop

Row2

2 SC in each st (stitch)

Row 3

*2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next stitch (*repeat 7 times)

Row 4

*2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st (*repeat 7 times)

continue increasing one more 1 sc in next stitch until the rug is as big as you want it.


I continued increasing as planned above and have found that I could have done with a few less increases, so you will have to gauge your item. If you are finding that your rug is laying flat, no problem, but if you have an issue with your crochet rag rug starting to buckle a bit, then put a decrease in your row. (I would opt for keeping the 2 sc in the 8 corners of you want that shape, and decrease in the long sc stretches -- if you want a circle then go ahead and eliminate some of the 2 sc and only sc in them instead -- I know this is kind of scary for some people, not having EXACT directions, but trust me........it's better to feel your way through your project, than be disappointed with your results!)
So.......what unfinished project have you "unearthed" today?
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Crochet Hook with LCD Light

Guess What??

I got the present of my dreams this Christmas!

Can you possibly guess what it could be?

I got a Crochet Hook with a LCD Light!!!

My amazing aunt, who unfortunately -well not quite unfortunately- got the opportunity to go to Belize on a adventure trip with her friend, and was unable to see the most joyous yelps and expressions that were uttered from my lips at that exact moment in time.

Boy, I tell you, if there was anything I wanted that I was without before then, it was most definately a crochet hook with a lcd light. It's so versatile, I can crochet almost as efficiently in the dark as in the light! It is also a great help when I'm using a dark yarn, because I am able to see my stitches better than in the plain light.

I highly recommend you get yourself a crochet hook with a lcd light if you don't have one, you definately won't regret it!

Have you participated in our hat pattern naming contest?? Take a peek at our hat patterns, by clicking HERE. Leave a comment with your suggestion, and come back on Friday, the 14th of March, to see the winner of our contest! The winner receives a FREE copy of our very versatile hat pattern.

And don't forget to check out our new website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns. When we launch our hat pattern on Friday, you will be able to purchase it here.

Happy Crocheting!

Chelsea

March 08, 2008

Unfinished Crochet Projects!

How many unfinished projects do you have laying around? I tend to put ours out of sight, so they are not laying around everywhere. But then what happens.............we forget about them. We were doing a little house cleaning today and stumbled upon an afghan that was lovingly started several years ago. It is crocheted with a Q hook and uses a lofty yarn that crochets up quickly. Perhaps today is the day to get that project going again. It will most likely be a gift for someone, so what a great way to start finishing up this next year's Christmas presents.

I get a little overwhelmed when I think about how many unfinished projects there really are around here. I think the enthusiasm fades when we wee how the yarn will crochet up--that is unless there is a significant deadline (and even then we sometimes don't get them finished).

I have to admit that as a young crocheter I made two special Christmas pillows one for each of two sisters. They were made with the afghan stitch and then cross stitched onto. One of my sisters received her finished pillow and had it adorning her bed for many years. My other sister wasn't so lucky. She received her partially finished pillow with a promise -- a promise to have a finished product. I did finish it.........only 10 years later. It became a standing joke every Christmas. That little pillow travelled all over with me as I moved from one apartment to another, from one house to another. Oh well.........

Perhaps it is time to revive one of your unfinished projects. How many unifished projects do you have? I have too many than I care to admit (I'm sure there are more than a baker's dozen!) Perhaps if I start documenting all these unfinished projects, I'll motivate myself!

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March 07, 2008

How to Crochet Scalloped Edging

Here is a picture of a basic fleece blanket you can get for a couple of dollars at Walmart. It is 30 x 40 inches in dimension. It has a blanket stitch running around the perimeter of the blanket. It is on this blanket stitch that we are going to attach our crochet work.





How to crochet a scalloped edging around this blanket is very simple. It is not an exact science and that is okay. Your blanket may differ slightly from the one shown above. But the overall process will be the same.





I am using an acrylic worsted weight Redheart yarn and a size G crochet hook.





First you will attach your yarn to the blanket stitch with a slip stitch and then ch 1 (chain one). You will then sc (single crochet) in each stitch of your blanket stitch all the way around the blanket. I added a few extra stitches in the corners so the blanket would lay flat. Again this is not an exact science, but a good way to do this would be make 2 sc in one blanket stitch, then only 1 sc in the next stitch (repeat this three or four times in each corner).




Once you are all the way around your blanket then attach to the first stitch with a slip stitch. This ends Row 1

Row 2 will be your scalloped edge.

To create scallop: From your slip stitch you want to sk 2 st (skip two stitches--the sc in Row 1) and dc (double crochet) into the third stitch. You are going to double crochet into this same stitch a total of five times. This becomes your scallop. Then you are going to sk (skip) 2 sc (from Row 1) and sc (single crochet) into the third stitch from where you put all of your double crochet stitches.

You are going to repeat this scallop all the way around your blanket. Before you actually get all the way to the end, you may want to count your stitches and be sure that you are going to end evenly. If not, I would make a few scallops by skipping only one single crochet (in Row 1) here and there until you see that you will end evenly. No one will notice this adjustment and you will have to count your stitches (makes for very easy crocheting).

When you are all the way around, attach your last scallop with your first and finish off.




Your finished product will be a beautiful gift that was made in only a fraction of the time that a traditional afghan would have been made. Hopefully you can see that it is easy to learn how to crochet scalloped edging to just about anything ready-made. What else can you add a scalloped edge to?

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We are creating and adding new original crochet patterns all the time. We are also building our library of FREE crochet patterns.


March 06, 2008

Easter Egg Ornaments Crochet Pattern

Easter is just around the corner. I cannot believe it! There is still a pile of snow on the ground and the highs today are only 17 degrees fahrenheit. So how can you bring a little spring to your day? Begin thinking about Easter. You may like to begin an easter egg ornaments crochet pattern. A nice basket of these on your kitchen table would surely bring a bit of spring into your home. And, yes, all of these patterns are FREE!

Plastic Easter Egg Cover


Victorian Easter Egg Ornament


Victorian Egg Covers


Easter Eggs


Egg Snuggie


Marabu Easter Egg


I hope you find one easter egg ornaments crochet pattern to work on. It is always a great feeling to tackle a small project that is easily finished in a day or day. Remember, we will be adding more free patterns to our website at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns. We are launching our first original pattern on March 10th. If you visit the website, be sure to leave me a comment for our hat naming contest. YOU could be the lucky winner of a FREE hat pattern.

March 05, 2008

Free Crochet Hanger Patterns

Today I am bringing you FREE Crochet Hanger Patterns that I have found. There are many nice ones and these make lovely inexpensive gifts for family members, friends, teachers, etc. There is always something special about a small handmade gift versus something you just pick up at the store. I hope you enjoy these. Also, please check out my website at easy crocheted hat patterns where we are busy adding our own original crochet patterns.

Kitten Coat Hanger

Lace Coat Hanger Cover

Crochet Covered Coat Hangers * This is the one I have made!!

Plush Hanger Cover * This is the one I want to try to make next!!

Hope you can find one you like!

March 02, 2008

Crochet Baby Set Pattern

Today I am sharing some free crochet baby set patterns with you. Spring is just around the corner and with it comes newborn animals, newborn life celebrated in the resurrection of the life the Lord Jesus Christ, newly budding plants, and a fresh breezes blowing through the laundry on the line (can you smell it?)
Please enjoy these free crochet baby set patterns. I think they are adorable! And some of them are even vintage. (did I mention I love vintage?!)


4 Piece Baby Set: Jack Frost


Jack Frost Baby Set #6001


Jack Frost Baby Set #6002


Baby Set #203


Sacque Hood and Booties Crochet


Doreen Baby Set #206


First Love Layette


Baby Girl Sleeper Set


Bev's Newborn Baby Jacket


Forget Me Not Set


Robin's Baby Onsie


Long Gown with Matching Cap


Easy Baby Beanie


If you enjoyed these free patterns, please visit my website where I will be adding more free pattern links for your enjoyment at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns.

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