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Monday, March 30, 2015

Garden Party Tic-Tac-Toe {Free Crochet Pattern}

What is more fun than a rousing game of Tic-Tac-Toe on a lazy Spring day? Taking it outside! After all, the weather is nice now, so who doesn't want to spend some time outdoors?

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You can, of course, use whatever colors you like, but I think the bright yellow and shocking pink of the flowers make the game more vibrant and fun. The best part about this project, in my opinion, is that the game board is a bag, to hold all of the pieces. It makes it so easy to take along on picnics, trips to the park, or even just in your own backyard!

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I hadn't, originally, written up a pattern for this game, as I was so new to pattern writing when I made it. When asked, I looked through my notes and jotted down some instructions and included them on my old blog. A little bout of "Spring Fever" prompted me to revisit the pattern, and seeing that it was a bit confusing, I revised it. This is a much more clear accounting of how to make the Garden Party Tic-Tac-Toe game.


Garden Party Tic-Tac-Toe

Supplies:
Size I crochet  hook
Yarn needle
Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn)
       For the bag: Color A: Hunter Green; Color B: Light Sage
       For the flowers: Bright Yellow and Shocking Pink


Pattern:
For the front of the bag/playing board:
(make 3)
Using color A, ch 10.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in next 8 ch. Turn. (9)
Row 2: ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (9)
Rows 3-9: repeat row 2.
Switch to color B.
Row 10 & 11: ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn (9)
Switch to color A.
Row 12-20: ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (9)
Switch to color B.
Row 21 &22: ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn (9)
Switch to color A.
Rows 23-31: ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn (9)
Switch to color B.
Sc across, ch 1,  work 31 sc evenly spaced up the side. Ch 1, work 9 sc across the back side of the foundation chain. Ch 1, work 31 sc evenly spaced up the side. Join with slip stitch to beginning ch 1. Finish off and weave in ends.

Sew Together:
Now, line up the stripes and sew the 3 panels together using a yarn needle and color B.

Back of the bag:
With color A, ch 32
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each across. Turn. (31)
Row 2-31: ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (31)
Do not finish off.

Put the bag together:
Line up the front and back pieces with wrong sides facing. Join the yarn to the ch 1 sp in the bottom right corner of the front piece of the bag. Ch 1, working through both pieces, sc across.
Finish off and weave in ends.

Sew the two sides up with yarn needle and color A.

For the top of the bag:
Join color A to the corner of the top opening of the bag.
Ch 1, sc around the entire opening of the bag. Join with sl st to beginning ch 1.
Ch 3, dc around the entire opening of the bag. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3.
Finish off. Weave in ends and turn to right side.

Make the tie:
With color A, ch 126. Sl st in second ch from hook, and in each ch. Finish off. Weave in ends.
Weave the tie through the dc spaces in the top of the bag.

Flowers:
Make 10 flowers- 5 of one color and 5 of a second color of your choosing.

Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to make a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, [ch 3, sc in ring] 5 times. (There should be 5 ch 3 spaces).
Round 2: [sl st into the next ch 3 space. ch 1, sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc all in the same ch 3 space.] Repeat in each ch 3 space around. Join with sl st,
Finish off and weave in ends.



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Friday, March 27, 2015

Tunisian Stitch Belt {Free Crochet Pattern}

Crochet belts are very pretty. Like most crochet projects, they can be made in a variety of stitches and sizes.

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For this belt, I chose a Tunisian stitch for a couple of reasons. First, it is a great project for practicing the Tunisian stitch, and it is small enough so that you don't need a special crochet hook. Second, the Tunisian stitch produces a sturdy fabric that is perfect for a belt.

Tunisian Stitch Belt

Supplies:
size G crochet hook
2 1-inch D rings
Worsted weight yarn (I used 100% cotton yarn in the same lavender that I used in the Toddler Skirt)




Special Instructions:
Tunisian Stitch: (on a sc foundation)
Insert hook in the first sc, draw up a loop, keeping loop on hook, continue to insert hook in each sc and draw up a loop for each, DO NOT TURN. 
Work the return- Yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. This loop will drop from the hook. Yo and draw through 2 loops. Continue yo and draw through 2 loops until there is 1 loop left on the hook. DO NOT TURN. 
Work the next row- Skip the first stitch and insert hook right to left under the first vertical strand of the next stitch of the row below, and draw up a loop. Continue to draw up a loop in this manner for each stitch across. 
Work the return as above.


Pattern: 
Join yarn to one corner of the D ring with a sl st and sc 25 around ring. Join to first sc with sl st.
Ch 1, sl st to second D ring and sc 25 around. Join to first sc with sl st.
*tip: make sure you start and end in the corner of the D ring.
Ch 1, place D rings together, working on the flat side of the rings, and working in the back loop only of the front ring and the front loop only of the back ring, sc 6. Turn.
Ch 1, sc 6. Do Not Turn.

Now, work the Tunisian Stitch to desired length. Do not finish off.
Now that you have the length you want, do not turn.
Working in the front vertical stitches, sc across. Turn. (6)

Ch 1 sc (normally) across. Turn. (6)
Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 4. Turn. (5) 
Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 3. Turn. (4) 
Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 2. Turn. (3) 
Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 1. Turn. (2) 
Ch 1, sc2tog. Turn. (1) 
Ch 1, sc, finish off and weave in ends.


The Tunisian stitch belt goes great with the toddler skirt that I made! 


Happy Crocheting!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Belt Loops {Free Crochet Pattern}

A couple days ago, I brought over my pattern for this toddler skirt. As promised, today I will show you how to add belt loops to the skirt. Also, make sure you check out my pattern for the awesome Tunisian stitch belt that goes with it.

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These pattern instructions are written for the Toddler Skirt, but they can easily be used for a number of crochet projects. If you need to alter the size, you can simply add or subtract one or more stitches and/or rows.

Belt Loops:
Supplies:
Size G crochet hook
yarn needle
more of the same yarn that you made the skirt out of

Pattern:
Mark where you want your belt loops, evenly spaced around the skirt.
Attach yarn with a slip stitch to a stitch in the top of the band of the skirt, in the place were you want the loop.
Row 1: Ch 1. Hdc in the same stitch as join, hdc in next stitch.Turn.
Rows 2-7: Ch 2, hdc across. Turn. (2)
Finish off leaving a 6 inch "tail" for sewing.
Using your yarn needle, sew the belt loop to the bottom of the band.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Repeat for all belt loops.





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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quick Infinity Scarf {Free Crochet Pattern}

Infinity scarves are hot right now!
It is no wonder why. They fulfill the need for warmth while acting as an awesome accessory to any outfit. Coziness AND style? Yes, please!

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Another plus, when it comes to infinity scarves, is that even a simple scarf like this one can dress up any outfit. Jeans and a plain sweatshirt? Add an infinity scarf, and you are ready for a casual date!
Or, wear one with your little black dress, for a more formal occasion. It is good to have a few of these little gems in your wardrobe.
(psst... have you seen the pattern for my Five Braid Infinity Scarf?)

This Quick Infinity Scarf is just that. Quick. You need one for an outing tonight, and it is well past noon? No problem! With a super bulky yarn and a large N hook, you can whip this up in no time.
Let's get started.

Quick Infinity Scarf

Supplies:
Size N crochet hook
Yarn needle
5 oz. Super bulky (6) yarn (I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in Tampa Spice)


Pattern:
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Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 3, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch* rep from * to * until you have 1 ch left. sc in last ch. Turn.
Row 2: *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp* rep from * to * until you have 1 sc left. sc in last sc. Turn.
Row 3-70: *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp* rep from * to * to end. Turn.
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Thread the tail into your yarn needle, and sew the ends together.
FO and weave in all ends.



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Toddler Skirt {Free Crochet Pattern}

I had been wanting to make a skirt for my daughter for quite some time when I made this. She was wearing a size 2T at the time, and this skirt was a bit roomy for her. I, later, added belt loops and a cute little Tunisian stitch belt to match.

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I used a 100% cotton worsted weight yarn in denim blue with a subtle lavender accent. I think the effect is quite nice. You can, of course, use any color you wish. I think an applique would make a pretty addition, as well. 
You can certainly make the skirt longer, just by following the same increase pattern. I'll bet it would even make a cute poodle skirt!

Toddler Skirt
(Approx. size: 3T)

Supplies:
Size H crochet hook
Cotton worsted weight yarn in color of your choice (Approx. 7oz. Denim-color A, and approx 1 oz. of Lavender- color B.)


Pattern:
For the band:
With color A, Ch 10
Row 1: Hdc in second ch from hook, and in each across. Turn. (8)
Rows 2-47: Ch 2, hdc through BL (through the back loop only) of each st across. Turn. (8)
Join the seam:
Bring up the bottom end and match it up to the last row, being careful not to twist it. Join with a slip stitch to the back side of the foundation chain. Slip stitch through the back loop only and the back side of the foundation chain, across. (this "sews" the seam and the band should be completely formed). (8)
Do not finish off.

Body of the skirt:
Turn the work to the side so that you are working along the edge. This will be the body of the skirt.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc 48 evenly around the entire band. Join to first sc with slip stitch. (48)
Round 2: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 5, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (56)
Round 3: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 5 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 6, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (64)
Round 4: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 6 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 7, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (72)
Round 5: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 7 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 8, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (80)
Round 6: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 8 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 9, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (88)
Round 7: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 9 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 10, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (96)
Round 8: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 10 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 11, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (104)
Round 9: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 11 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 12, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (112)
Round 10: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 12 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 13, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (120)
Round 11: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 13 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 14, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (128)
Round 12: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 14 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 15, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (136)
Round 13: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 15 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 16, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (144)
Round 14: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 16 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 17, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (152)
Switch to color B.
Round 15: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 17 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 18, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (160)
Switch back to color A.
Round 16: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 18 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 19, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (168)
Round 17: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 19 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 20, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (176)
Round 18: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 20 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 21, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (184)
Round 19: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 21 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 22, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (192)
Switch to color B.
Round 20: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 22 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 23, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (200)
Switch to color A.
Round 21: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 23 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 24, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (208)
Round 22: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 24 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 25, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (216)
Switch to color B.
Round 23: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 25 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 26, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (224)
Switch to color A.
Round 24: Ch 2, hdc in the same stitch as join, and in the next 4 sts, 26 hdc in the next st. *Hdc 27, 2 hdc in the next st* repeat from *to* around. Join with slip stitch. (232)
Finish off and weave in all ends.



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Friday, March 20, 2015

Sippy Strap {Free Crochet Pattern}

It never fails.
You give your toddler a sippy cup, and it ends up on the floor.
Not so bad if you're at home, but when you're out and about... yuck!
The solution: A Sippy Strap!

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This strap can be tied to a stroller, a high chair, or even a shopping cart. (Just make sure your child always has adult supervision while using the sippy strap... or any other sort of strap, for that matter.)

The sippy strap is quick and easy to make, and you can let your imagination go wild with color schemes and appliques.

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Supplies:
Size H crochet hook
Yarn (of your choice. I used cotton yarn)
A ponytail elastic that will fit snugly around a sippy cup.



Pattern:
Start with a ponytail elastic. 

Insert your hook through the center of the elastic and attach yarn to hook.

Work a slip stitch around the elastic by reaching the hook over the top of the elastic and yo to pull a loop through.


Work a sc around the elastic by reaching the hook through the center of the elastic and pull a loop through...  


...now put the hook over the top of the elastic, yo...

and pull through both loops on hook.


Continue to work sc around the entire elastic. Keep yarn attached to work on the strap part.


For the strap:
Row 1: Ch 2, hdc in same st, and in the next 7 sts. Turn. (8)
Row 2: Hdc in each st across. Turn. (8)
Row 3: Ch 2, hdc 2 tog, hdc 4, hdc 2 tog. Turn. (6)
Row 4: Ch 2, hdc 2 tog, hdc 2, hdc 2 tog. Turn. (4)
Row 5: Ch 2, hdc 4. Turn. (4)
Rows 6-34: Repeat row 5 29 times. Do not finish off.
For the ties:
Ch 31, slip st in second ch from hook, and in each ch.
Slip st in the 4 hdc, ch 31, slip st in second ch from hook, and in each ch. Join to the hdc with slip st.
Finish off and weave in ends.
You can attach a flower or other decoration, if desired.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Picot Necklace {Free Crochet Pattern}

Crochet jewelry can be very delicate and dainty looking. This Picot Necklace certainly fits into that category.


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You can use whatever color crochet thread you like, but I chose white, because of the simple elegance of this necklace.
This picot necklace is a fairly quick and easy project, which is good if you are making it as a gift, because you just might want to make another for yourself!

Picot Necklace

Supplies:
Size 7 (1.65 mm) steel crochet hook
Size 10 crochet thread (color of your choice)
1 button (1/2 to 3/4 inches across. Large enough to fit the button hole)


Pattern:
Button Hole:
Make a slip knot in your thread, leaving a 6-8 inch tail. Ch 12.
Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring. Do not turn. 
Ch 1. Make 24 sc inside the ring. Join with sl st to the first sc. 
Pick up tail, and working with the tail and the working thread together, ch 3. Drop tail.

Button Hole
Row 1: Continuing with the working thread, ch 166, being careful not to twist chain.
Begin Button Base:
Sc in the first 8 sts. Ch 1. Turn.
Sc in each of the 8 sc. Ch 1, Do not turn.
Button Base
Row 2: Working in the back side of the foundation chain, sc across until you get to the tail you dropped before. Pick up the tail with your working thread, sc in the last 3 ch.
Sc in the first sc of the button loop. Drop the tail. ch 1. Turn.


Row 3: Sk the first sc. sc in the next sc. *sc in the next 3 sc, Picot: ch 4, sl st in the 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sk 1 sc in the pattern row, 1 sc in the next sc in the pattern row.*
Repeat from * to * across, until the last 8 sts of the button base are left.
Finish the Button Base:
Sc in the last 8 Sts. Ch 1. Turn.
Sc 8. Finish off and weave in ends.
Finishing:
Find a button that fits the button loop snugly. Sew it on to the button base.
Block the necklace before wearing. 





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Monday, March 16, 2015

Crochet Plaid Blanket {Free Crochet Pattern}

I really like plaid, so naturally, I wanted to do a plaid crochet project. I made this blanket for my daughter a couple of years ago.

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I had never crocheted in plaid before, and this was a lot of fun to make. I learned a lot too. Like make sure I count my stitches every few rows just to be sure I didn't accidentally add a stitch... this could make things very difficult later on!

When crocheting plaid, you have to do three steps: the net base, the woven in plaid stripes, and the trim.

Net Base
Woven in Stripes: Right Side
Woven in Stripes: Wrong Side
V-Stitch Trim
You can customize your crochet plaid blanket with the colors of your choosing, and with any trim you like. I used a V-stitch trim.

Crochet Plaid Blanket:
With the trim, My finished blanket measured 45"x52".

Supplies:
Crochet hook: I used size I
4 colors of worsted weight yarn: I used Red Heart Super Saver Solids Yarn.
My colors were: A- Dark Orchid B- Claret C- Light Sage D- Coffee



Pattern:
Step 1: The Net Base
(See the color pattern below)
Working with color A, chain (ch) 147
Row 1: Double Crochet (dc) in the 5th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch* repeat across. Turn.
Remaining Rows: Ch 5, *dc in dc, ch 1* across. When you get to the end of the row, dc in 4th ch from previous row. Turn.

Here is the color pattern for the rows:
*AAAAAACDBBBBDC* Repeat the color pattern 6 times, then finish with 6 more rows of color A. Finish off.

Step 2: Woven in Plaid:
Attach yarn to the foundation chain in the first square at the left edge of the first row. Hold the yarn behind work with your left hand and draw a chain through the front. Insert hook in the next hook directly above and draw through another chain. Continue to the top edge, working loosely enough so that the work will lay flat. (Remember to make sure you are always making the next chain directly above the previous one.) Finish off.
Repeat this, always starting in the square next to the one you started in previously.

Use the same color pattern as above:
*AAAAAACDBBBBDC* repeat to end.

Step 3: The Trim:
Attach color A to one corner of the work. Work sc all the way around. I like to hold all of the loose ends close to the work here, thus "weaving" them in with my single crochets.

Now work the trim of  your choosing.

I chose a V-stitch for the trim on my blanket.
To do a V-stitch, you ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch 1), dc in same st, skip 2 sts, *dc into next st, ch 1, dc in same stitch, skip 2 sts*, repeat *  to * .
For the next row, work your V-stitch in the V-stitch from the previous row.

Here is the color pattern:
CDBDCA

Finish off and weave in all ends.



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Friday, March 13, 2015

Toddler Tote Bag {Free Crochet Pattern}

Remember the Sunflower Appliques that I showed you on Monday? Well, as promised, here is what I did with the larger one.
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This bag was created when my younger girls were playing dress up. My (then) toddler wanted a purse, since her sisters had one. This was the perfect size for her to carry around and hide her toys in.

This toddler tote is crocheted in rounds and is easy to make. It uses a large hook, and works up quickly. I used less than a skein of yarn and adorned the tote with my large sunflower applique.

Toddler Tote Bag
(measures approx. 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches)

Supplies
Size K crochet Hook
1 skein of worsted weight yarn of your choice (It actually uses a little less than 1 skein)
Embellishments of your choice (optional)



Pattern:
Ch 27
Round 1: hdc in the 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 23 ch, 2 hdc in last ch, pivot work to work on the back side of the foundation chain, work 24 hdc, 2 hdc in the last ch. Join with sl st to the first hdc. (52)
Round 2: Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around. Join. (52)
Round 3: Ch 2, hdc back loop only in each hdc around. Join. (52)
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in each hdc (working both loops, now) around. Join. (52)
Round 5-14: Repeat round 4.
Round 15: Ch 2, hdc in each dc around. Join. (52)
Round 16: Repeat round 15. Finish off and weave in ends.

For the handles:
Skip the first 5 hdc. Attach yarn to the 6th hdc. Ch 2, hdc in same stitch as join, hdc in the next 2 sts. Turn.
[ch 2, hdc 3, turn.] repeat 20 times.
Now, counting from the 3rd hdc of the first row of the handle (on the bag itself, now), skip the next 9 hdc. Attach handle with a sl st to the 10 hdc.
Ch 1, sc in the same st as the join, through the bag and the hdc of the handle. Sc through the last 2. Finish off and weave in ends.

Skip the next 11 stitches and attach yarn to the 12th stitch. And repeat the instructions above to make the second handle.

Choose an applique so sew onto your toddler tote, if you wish.


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Caterpillar Baby Slippers (Free Crochet Pattern}

Last week, I invited you all to my Slipper Party. Go ahead and check it out, if you missed the details. There is still time to join in. Heck, even if you are reading this a year from now, I'd still like to see how you creatively customize my All Size Simple Slipper pattern. Go ahead and share on my Facebook page. I like seeing what y'all are making!

Without further ado, I will show you how I customized the simple slippers.
I made these little caterpillar baby slippers for my 9 month old.

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She is not overly fond of wearing things (socks, shoes, slippers, booties...) on her feet, and tends to kick them off. That said, these stay on her feet pretty well. She likes to play with the caterpillar's antennae, but surprisingly enough, rarely pulls them off of her feet.

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These caterpillar baby slippers would make an adorable addition to my Newborn Caterpillar Hat and Cocoon set.

Caterpillar Baby Slippers

Supplies:
Size H crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Paddy Green, Cherry Red, and Lavender, and some scrap pale yellow I had lying around.)
Yarn needle
Ruler

Pattern and Assembly:
Follow the basic pattern and sizing for All Size Simple Slippers.
Make the toe in red, then switch to green for the foot portion.
Once you have the slippers finished, you can add the face.

Antennae:
(make 4)
Ch 2
Round 1: sc 6 in the 2nd ch from hook. Mark your first stitch, if you wish. (6)
Round 2: sc in each st around. (6)
Round 3: [sc, sc2tog] 2 times (4)
Round 4-5: sc in each stitch. (4)
FO, leaving a long end for sewing.

Sew the antennae to the top of the toe portion, just as it meets the foot portion. Center the antennae, leaving a small space between them,

Eyes:
(make 4)
Ch 2
6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join to first sc with sl st.
FO,  and weave in ends.

Use the yellow yarn to sew/embroider around the eyes to the toe portion. You will want to see a ring of yellow around the green eyes. Center they eyes between the foot portion and the tip of the toe, placing them just so that the inner edge of the eyes line up with the outer edge of the antennae.

Nose:
(make 2)
Ch 2
2 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew the nose to the tip of the toe, where you cinched it closed.



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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sunflower Headband {Free Crochet Pattern}

A couple of days ago, I shared my patterns for a couple of pretty Sunflower Appliques.
Today, I am going to show you one option of what you can do with the applique. For this headband, I used the smaller sunflower. I felt the large one was just too big. I will show you, in a couple of days, what I did with the larger sunflower.

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The headband is made with a simple net stitch. You can use this hat and headband size chart to help you determine how big you should make your headband. I would suggest trying out one size smaller, as this stitch tends to stretch quite a bit.

Sunflower Headband

Supplies:
Size G Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn) Light Sage, Bright Yellow, and Coffee


Pattern:
For the headband:
Using Light Sage, Ch 10
Row 1: sc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 3, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch*, repeat. Turn.
Row 2: ch 5, sc in first ch 3 space. *ch 3, sc in next ch 3 space* repeat. Turn.
Rows 3-?: Repeat row 2 until you get your desired headband size.
Join: sl st to the backside of the foundation ch, sl st across working through the ch 3 spaces and the sc, end with a sl st through the last ch.
Finish off and weave in ends.

For the sunflower:
(Small sunflower measures approx. 3 1/3 inches across.)
Make the center (base):
Using Coffee, ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to make a ring.
Round 1: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), work 7 hdc in ring, join with sl st to top of ch 2.
Round 2: ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in same st, hdc in next st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st*, repeat around. Join with sl st.

Form petals:
Join Bright Yellow to the first hdc of round 2, *ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in the next 2 ch, sl st in the next hdc of the base*, repeat around. Sl st to the first hdc st. Finish off and weave in ends.

Sew the flower to the headband.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Beginner Crochet Bag {Free Crochet Pattern}

You have probably seen my Learn to Crochet series. In that series, I covered the three most basic crochet stitches (single, double, & half double crochet), as well as chain, edging, and sewing crochet pieces together. We used all of those skills to make this cute, beginner crochet bag.

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If you already know how to crochet, and you want to make the bag without going through the entire tutorial, now you can. I am sharing the pattern, itself, here.

Beginner Crochet Bag

Supplies:
Size J crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn
Yarn needle
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Pattern:
Single Crochet Strap
Ch 7
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook. sc in each remaining ch. Turn. (6) {The (6) means you will have 6 stitches in this row.}
Row 2-200: ch 1, sc in each stitch across. Turn. (6)
FO, weave in ends

6 Inch Double Crochet Square
(Make 4)
Ch 20
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook. dc in each remaining ch. Turn. (18)
Row 2: ch 3, dc in 2nd st from hook, dc 16, dc in the top of beginning skipped ch 3. Turn. (18)
Rows 3-9: ch 3, dc in 2nd st from hook, dc 16, dc in the top of turning ch 3. Tur.n (18)
FO, weave in ends.

6 Inch Half Double Crochet Square
(Make 4)
Ch 19
Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook. hdc in each remaining ch. Turn. (18)
Row 2: ch 2, hdc in 2nd st from hook, hdc 16, hdc in the top of beginning skipped ch 2. Turn. (18)
Rows 3-13: ch 2, hdc in 2nd st from hook, hdc 16, hdc in the top of turning ch 2. Tur.n (18)
FO, weave in ends.

Edging for 6 Inch Crochet Square
(Work all 8 squares)
Side 1: Attach color B to last stitch made, Ch 1, sc in same as join, sc in next 16 sts. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st- corner made.
Side 2: Working along the side, sc 16 evenly spaced. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st.
Side 3: Working the back side of the foundation ch, sc 16 evenly spaced. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st.
Side 4: Working along the final side, sc 17 evenly spaced, join with sl st to top of first ch made.
FO, weave in ends.

Edging for Strap
Side 1: Attach color B to last stitch made, Ch 1, sc in same as join, sc in next 4 sts. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st- corner made.
Side 2: Working along the side, sc 198evenly spaced. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st.
Side 3: Working the back side of the foundation ch, sc 4 evenly spaced. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st.
Side 4: Working along the final side, sc 199 evenly spaced, join with sl st to top of first ch made.
FO, weave in ends.

Assemble Your Bag:
Bag assembly is fairly easy. We will make the front and back with 4 of the squares each; and we will form the bottom, sides, and strap with the strap piece.
Front and Back:
Start by laying out your squares, so that you know how you want to assemble them. The front and back will each use 2 double crochet squares and 2 half double crochet squares. I aligned my half double crochet squares with the rows going vertically, and my double crochet squares going horizontally. I formed them in a checkerboard pattern. Now that you have them laid out, you are ready to join.
Start with a double crochet square and a half double crochet square. Sew the two together on one side. Finish off.
Repeat with the remaining squares. You will now have 4 pieces (not including the strap).
Take two of those pieces, making sure that you have them in the right order, sew one long side together. Finish off.
Repeat with the other two pieces. You now have the front and the back piece.
They should look something like this:

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Bottom, Sides, & Strap:
Line one corner of the strap up with one corner of the front piece. Sew the long side of the strap along three sides of the front piece. You will still have a length  of the strap unsewn. Finish off.
Starting on the same end of the strap you did for the front, sew the other long side of the strap along three sides of the back piece.
Now sew the two short sides of the strap together.
Finish off. Weave in all loose ends.



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Monday, March 9, 2015

Sunflower Appliques {Free Crochet Pattern}

The sunflower is my favorite flower. Have you seen my Sunflower Sun Hat pattern?
I wanted a sunflower applique for a couple of different projects, so I came up with these.


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On Wednesday, I will show you how to make an adorable sunflower headband , using the smaller flower. Come back Friday, and I will show you what I did with the larger sunflower applique.
What would you use these sunflower appliques for? Leave a comment to share your ideas.

Sunflower Appliques
Supplies:
Size G Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn) Bright Yellow, and Coffee


Pattern:
Smaller Sunflower:
(Small sunflower measures approx. 3 1/3 inches across.)
Make the center (base):
Using Coffee, ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to make a ring.
Round 1: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), work 7 hdc in ring, join with sl st to top of ch 2.
Round 2: ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in same st, hdc in next st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st*, repeat around. Join with sl st.

Form petals:
Join Bright Yellow to the first hdc of round 2, *ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in the next 2 ch, sl st in the next hdc of the base*, repeat around. Sl st to the first hdc st. Finish off and weave in ends.

Larger Sunflower- Approx. 5 inches across.
Make the center (base):
Using Coffee, ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to make a ring.
Round 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 7 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of ch 3.
Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around. Join with sl st. Finish off.

Form petals:
Join Bright Yellow to the first dc of round 2, *ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in the next 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch, sl st in the next hdc of the base*, repeat around. Sl st to the first hdc st. Finish off and weave in ends.






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Friday, March 6, 2015

Learn to Crochet: Part 6- Sewing Crochet Pieces Together {Crochet Along Tutorial}

Welcome to Part 5 of my Learn to Crochet series.
Feel free to look back at Learn to Crochet: Part 1- Getting Started {Crochet Along Tutorial}Learn to Crochet: Part 2- Single Crochet Stitch {Crochet Along Tutorial}Learn to Crochet: Part 3- Double Crochet Stitch {Crochet Along Tutorial}Learn to Crochet: Part 4- Half Double Crochet Stitch {Crochet Along Tutorial} , and Learn to Crochet: Part 5- Crochet Edging {Crochet Along Tutorial} if you missed them.

Today we will be finishing our bag! I will teach you how to sew crochet pieces together, and explain how to assemble your bag.


 I will begin by explaining how to sew crochet pieces together. Next, there will be a photo tutorial. Finally, I will explain how to sew your bag together.

How to Sew Crochet Pieces Together:
  1. Thread a yarn needle with matching yarn. 
  2. Line up the stitches of your crochet pieces.
  3. Put your needle through the corner stitch of both pieces. Pull the yarn through, almost to the end and secure it with a knot.
  4. Insert your needle through the next lined up stitch of each piece, and pull through. Continue this for every stitch, always entering through the same direction. For example: If you insert your needle from the top to the bottom, pull it through, then bring it up and insert it into the top of the next stitches. Continue through all stitches that need to be sewn. Finish off with a knot.



Line up the stitches of your crochet pieces.

Put your needle through the corner stitch of both pieces.

 Pull the yarn through, almost to the end and secure it with a knot.

Insert your needle through the next lined up stitch of each piece, and pull through. 

Continue this for every stitch, always entering through the same direction. 
Assemble Your Bag:
Bag assembly is fairly easy. We will make the front and back with 4 of the squares each; and we will form the bottom, sides, and strap with the strap piece.
Front and Back:
Start by laying out your squares, so that you know how you want to assemble them. The front and back will each use 2 double crochet squares and 2 half double crochet squares. I aligned my half double crochet squares with the rows going vertically, and my double crochet squares going horizontally. I formed them in a checkerboard pattern. Now that you have them laid out, you are ready to join.
Start with a double crochet square and a half double crochet square. Sew the two together on one side. Finish off.
Repeat with the remaining squares. You will now have 4 pieces (not including the strap).
Take two of those pieces, making sure that you have them in the right order, sew one long side together. Finish off.
Repeat with the other two pieces. You now have the front and the back piece.
They should look something like this:


Bottom, Sides, & Strap:
Line one corner of the strap up with one corner of the front piece. Sew the long side of the strap along three sides of the front piece. You will still have a length  of the strap unsewn. Finish off.
Starting on the same end of the strap you did for the front, sew the other long side of the strap along three sides of the back piece.
Now sew the two short sides of the strap together.
Finish off. Weave in all loose ends.



Thank you for joining me in this series. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you came out of it with a good foundation of crochet knowledge.
I would love to see the bag you created. Please visit me on my Facebook page and share a photo.


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Learn to Crochet: Part 5- Crochet Edging {Crochet Along Tutorial}

Welcome to Part 5 of my Learn to Crochet series.
Feel free to look back at Learn to Crochet: Part 1- Getting Started {Crochet Along Tutorial}Learn to Crochet: Part 2- Single Crochet Stitch {Crochet Along Tutorial}Learn to Crochet: Part 3- Double Crochet Stitch {Crochet Along Tutorial} , and Learn to Crochet: Part 4- Half Double Crochet Stitch {Crochet Along Tutorial} if you missed them.

Today we will be learning how to put a basic edging on our crochet pieces.


We will be doing just a simple single crochet edging on our pieces for two reasons. First, it is really easy to do. Second, we will be sewing our pieces together to form the bag, and the single crochet stitch makes it much easier to join the pieces.

Like before, I will begin by explaining the double crochet stitch. Next, there will be a photo tutorial. Finally, I will show you how it would look if you were reading the instructions off of a pattern.

Single Crochet Edging on a 6 Inch Square:

  1. Take any one of your 6 inch squares from this series. Attach your contrasting yarn (color B) to the last crochet stitch made with a slip stitch (sl st). A slip stitch (sl st) is made by inserting your hook into the stitch, Yarn over (YO) hook and pull through the stitch (st) AND through the loop (lp) on the hook. You will have 1 loop (lp) on the hook, and you are ready to start.
  2. Chain 1 (ch 1) and work a single crochet (sc) in the same stitch (st).
  3. Single crochet (sc) in each stitch across. You will have 18 Single crochet (sc) stitches (sts).
  4. When you get to the end of the row, we will work the corner. Chain 1 (ch1) and single crochet (sc) in the same stitch (st) as your last stitch (st). The corner is made. The second single crochet (sc) is the first single crochet of the next side.
  5. Working down the side, single crochet (sc) 17 more times evenly spaced, ending in the corner. 
  6. Chain 1 (ch 1), single crochet (sc) in the same stitch. Now, you will be working through the back side of the foundation chain (ch). Single crochet (sc) 17 more times evenly spaced, ending in the corner. 
  7. Chain 1 (ch 1), Working down the side, single crochet (sc) 17 more times evenly spaced, ending in the corner. Join to the to top of first ch made with a slip stitch (sl st). Finish off (FO).

Insert your hook into the stitch, Yarn over (YO) hook and pull through the stitch (st) AND through the loop (lp) on the hook.

You will have 1 loop (lp) on the hook, and you are ready to start.

Chain 1 (ch 1). 

Work a single crochet (sc) in the same stitch (st).

Single crochet (sc) in each stitch across. You will have 18 Single crochet (sc) stitches (sts).

When you get to the end of the row, we will work the corner. Chain 1 (ch1) and single crochet (sc) in the same stitch (st) as your last stitch (st). The corner is made. The second single crochet (sc) is the first single crochet of the next side.

Working down the side, single crochet (sc) 17 more times evenly spaced, ending in the corner.
 Continue working around the entire square, following steps 6 & 7 above. Do the same for all 8 squares.
Single Crochet Edging for the Strap:
  1. Attach your contrasting yarn (color B) to the last crochet stitch made with a slip stitch (sl st). A slip stitch (sl st) is made by inserting your hook into the stitch, Yarn over (YO) hook and pull through the stitch (st) AND through the loop (lp) on the hook. You will have 1 loop (lp) on the hook, and you are ready to start.
  2. Chain 1 (ch 1) and work a single crochet (sc) in the same stitch (st).
  3. Single crochet (sc) in each stitch across. You will have 6 single crochet (sc) stitches (sts).
  4. When you get to the end of the row, we will work the corner. Chain 1 (ch1) and single crochet (sc) in the same stitch (st) as your last stitch (st). The corner is made. The second single crochet (sc) is the first single crochet of the next side.
  5. Working down the side, single crochet (sc) 199 more times evenly spaced, ending in the corner. 
  6. Chain 1 (ch 1), single crochet (sc) in the same stitch. Now, you will be working through the back side of the foundation chain (ch). Single crochet (sc) 5 more times evenly spaced, ending in the corner. 
  7. Chain 1 (ch 1), Working down the side, single crochet (sc) 199 more times evenly spaced, ending in the corner. Join to the to top of first ch made with a slip stitch (sl st). Finish off (FO).
Edging for 6 Inch Crochet Square
Work all 8 squares
Supplies:
Size J crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn

Pattern:
Side 1: Attach color B to last stitch made, Ch 1, sc in same as join, sc in next 16 sts. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st- corner made.
Side 2: Working along the side, sc 16 evenly spaced. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st.
Side 3: Working the back side of the foundation ch, sc 16 evenly spaced. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st.
Side 4: Working along the final side, sc 17 evenly spaced, join with sl st to top of first ch made.
FO, weave in ends.

Edging for Strap

Supplies:
Size J crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn

Pattern:
Side 1: Attach color B to last stitch made, Ch 1, sc in same as join, sc in next 4 sts. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st- corner made.
Side 2: Working along the side, sc 198evenly spaced. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st.
Side 3: Working the back side of the foundation ch, sc 4 evenly spaced. (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st.
Side 4: Working along the final side, sc 199 evenly spaced, join with sl st to top of first ch made.


FO, weave in ends.





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