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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Open Shell and Picot Stitch {Crochet Stitch Tutorial}

Today, I am going to show you how to do a fun and stylish stitch called the Open Shell and Picot Stitch.

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This stitch is not only pretty, but it has a lovely drape, so it is perfect to use for a throw, a shawl, or a light wrap. It would be nice for an elegant swimsuit cover, too.

The open shell and picot stitch is easy to work. It is made up of single crochet, double crochet, triple (treble) crochet, and chain stitches. The main pattern simply alternates 2 working rows.

To get started, you will need a foundation chain with multiples of 7 sts, + 1.
For this tutorial, I started with 22 chains (7x3=21+1=22).
(As always, if you need help with abbreviations, you can check out my post on Common Crochet Abbreviations. There is even a free printable.)



Open Shell and Picot Stitch

Ch 22 (or multiple of 7 + 1)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in the next ch, skip 2, sc in next ch,** ch 3, sc in next ch. Repeat from * ending your last rep at **. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 7 (counts as tr and 3 ch) *work (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the center dc of the shell (this is the picot), ch 3,** 1 dc in next ch 3 space, ch 3. Repeat from* ending your last rep at **. 1 tr in last sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in tr, *skip next ch 3 space, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in center of next picot, skip next ch 3 space, ** (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in next dc, repeat from * ending last rep at **, 1 sc in 4th ch of ch 7. Turn.
Pattern: Repeat rows 2 & 3.

Now, let's break it down with photos.

Ch 22 (or multiple of 7 + 1)

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  Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2,

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(dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in the next ch, skip 2,

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 sc in next ch,** ch 3, sc in next ch. 

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Repeat from * ending your last rep at **.  Turn. 

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Ch 7 (counts as tr and 3 ch) 

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 *work (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the center dc of the shell (this is the picot), ch 3,** 

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 1 dc in next ch 3 space, ch 3. 

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Repeat from* ending your last rep at **. 1 tr in last sc. Turn.

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Ch 1, 1 sc in tr, 

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 *skip next ch 3 space, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in center of next picot, 

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 skip next ch 3 space, ** (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in next dc,

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  repeat from * ending last rep at **, 1 sc in 4th ch of ch 7. Turn.

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Repeat rows 2 & 3 for the pattern.

There you have it! What will you use the Open Shell and Picot Stitch for?
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Water Bottle Carrier {Free Crochet Pattern}

With summer coming (those of you in the northeast, I PROMISE, it is coming!) we have to remember to drink plenty of water, so having a water bottle on hand is pretty convenient. Having to lug said water bottle around with you everywhere you go... not so convenient.
UNLESS, you have a really cool and stylish water bottle carrier.

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This water bottle carrier is not only cool and stylish, it is fun, handy, and easy to just sling over your shoulder. You can use whatever colors strike your fancy, and you can even make the strap a bit longer to fit across your body, if you prefer that style.

I wanted to do something a little fun with the stitching for this water bottle carrier, so included a modified double crochet stitch. The modified double crochet stitch has a slightly different look than the traditional double crochet stitch. It is easy to do, too! Let's get started!

Water Bottle Carrier
Supplies:
Size J crochet hook
Worsted weight ,100% cotton yarn in 3 colors




Special Stitch:
Modified double crochet (mdc)- yo, insert hook into next st, yo and pull through st, yo and pull through one loop on hook, yo and pull through all three loops on hook.

Pattern:
For the main piece:
With color A (the main color)
Ch 3, join to first ch with sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), dc 8 in ring. Join with sl st to first dc, (8)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next 7 sts. Join with sl st to first dc. (16)
Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next 15 sts. Join with sl st to first dc. (32)
Round 4: Ch 2, dc bl (in the back loop) in same st as join, dc bl in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first dc. (32)
Round 5: Ch 2,(now, working through both loops)  mdc in same st as join, mdc in each stitch around, join to first mdc with sl st. (32)
Switch to color B (accent color)
Round 6: Repeat round 5.
Switch to color C (2nd accent color)
Round 7: Repeat round 5.
Switch to color A
Round 8: Repeat round 5.
Round 9: Ch 3 (counts as dc) mdc in same st as join. [ch 1, skip 1 st, mdc in next 2 sts] repeat 9 times, ch 1, join to top of starting ch 3. (22)
Rounds 10-13: Ch 3 (counts as dc) mdc in next st. [ch 1, skip 1 st, mdc in next 2 sts] repeat 9 times, ch 1, join to top of starting ch 3. (22)
Round 14: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), mdc in next st. [mdc in ch 1 space, mdc in next 2 sts] repeat 10 times, join to first mdc with sl st. (32)
Switch to color B
Round 15: Ch 2, mdc in same st as join, mdc in each stitch around, join to first mdc with sl st. (32)
Switch to color C
Round 16:  Repeat round 15.
Switch to color A.
Round 17: Repeat round 15.
Round 18: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in each stitch around, join to first dc with sl st. (32)
Do not finish off.

For the strap:
Row 1: Ch 2, dc in same as join, dc in next 3 sts. Turn. (4)
Row 2: Ch 2, skip first dc, dc in next 3 sts. Turn. (3)
Rows 3-44: Ch 2, dc in next 3 sts. Turn. (3)
Row 45: Ch 2, dc in first 2 sts, 2 dc in next st. (4)
Do not finish off.

Join the strap:
Count 12 sts  on the main piece, skip those sts so that when you join, you will have an even number of skipped sts on either side of the strap.  Making sure your strap isn't twisted, and working through both the strap sts and main piece sts, sl st 4, sl st the turning ch 2 onto the next st.
Finish off and weave in all ends.


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Friday, April 24, 2015

Textured Belt {Free Crochet Pattern}

Everyone needs a stylish belt in their wardrobe, right? Why not crochet one? This belt has texture and style, and looks nice with casual jeans, or can add that special something to accent a cute dress!

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The stitching in this belt gives it a desirable texture and adds character. No boring ol' belt, here! I chose neutral colors, but you can certainly jazz it up with wild, vibrant colors if you wish.

This textured belt can be crocheted to any length you wish. Once you have the length that fits, switch to working the (narrower) end of the belt. The end is the part that will be threaded through the D rings to fasten. The belt end is the perfect length, so that there is no (sloppy) hanging flap. This makes for a neat and classy appearance when pairing it with a dress or long shirt.

Textured Belt

Supplies:
Size G crochet hook
2 1-inch D rings
Worsted weight cotton yarn in your choice of 2 colors


Pattern:
Working around the D rings:
Join color A to 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.

Join the D rings:
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 4. Turn.

Work the belt:
Row 1: Ch 1, sc 4. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc 4. Turn.
Switch to color B.
Row 3: Ch 3, skip the first sc, dc in the next 3 sc. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 3, work a front post dc in the first dc of the previous row, work a front post dc in the next dc of the previous row, dc in the top of the ch 3 from the previous row. Turn.
Rows 5- ?:  Repeat row 4 to desired length.

Work the end of the belt:
Switch to color A
Next Row (we will call this Row 1)Ch 1, [sc 2 tog] twice (this includes the top of the ch 3). Turn.
Rows 2-11: Ch 1, sc 2, turn.
Row 12: Ch 1, sc 2 tog. Finish off.

For the trim:
Join color A to the side of the first row, just after the D ring.
Ch 1, sc around entire belt.
Finish off and weave in all ends.



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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Puff Stitch Bracelet {Free Crochet Pattern}

How do you make a plain ol' bracelet fun? Add puff stitches!
Puff stitches are great little stitches that are raised from the rest of your piece in a "puff" sort of way. . They add texture and character to your crocheted works. The puff stitch can be used with a plain single crochet work to make raised images or lettering. I first used the puff stitch a few years back, when I made an ABC blanket for one of my daughters. I enjoyed working with it and I was impressed with the effect. This led me to think of what else I could do with such an interesting stitch.
Enter the puff stitch bracelet!
This bracelet is fun to make and to wear! The puffs are spaces evenly around and the bracelet is trimmed with a simple, yet complimenting border.

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This puff stitch bracelet can be whipped up in no time! You can make a few of them in a variety of color combinations, and choose one to fit your mood or match your outfit. The bracelet makes a unique gift or a wonderful addition to your craft booth!

Puff Stitch Bracelet

Supplies:
Size F crochet hook
Worsted weight cotton yarn in two colors.

Special Stitch:
Puff Stitch: [yo, pull up loop] 4 times (9 loops on hook), yo and pull through 8 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops, push puff to front of work and go on to work next stitch.


Pattern:
With color A, ch 4.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Turn (3sc)
Rows 2&3: Ch 1, sc across. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc, puff stitch, sc. Turn.
Rows 5-30 (or to desired length)Repeat rows 2-4 .
Rows 31-33: Ch 1, sc across. Turn.
Finish off, and switch to color B

Trim:
Ch 1, sc evenly around entire work. Join to first color B sc with a slip stitch.

Form the button loop:
Sc 2, ch 3, sc 2.
Finish off and weave in ends.

Make a button:
Working with color A, leave a 3 inch tail and ch 3.
Hdc 6 times in the first ch made. Join with sl st to the first hdc.
Finish off leaving a 3 inch tail.
Draw tails through the center of the button and use them to attach button to the bracelet.



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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Festive Iris Stitch Striped Throw {Free Crochet Pattern}

My Festive Iris Stitch Striped Throw is made in a fun and... well... festive color pattern. The Iris stitch is a beautiful stitch with lots of character, so I decided that it would look best with a simple trim.


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The iris stitch is an easy stitch to learn, so this project is perfect to work on while listening to an audio book or watching tv. Come on now, we all do it! 
Between the larger hook size and the stitch itself, this throw works up quickly and has such a nice drape.
The striped pattern makes the stitch stand out more and highlights the natural wave of each row. This is one of my favorite throws and I really enjoyed making it.


The only drawback of a striped throw is the inevitable weaving in of the ends. This job can be made easier if you use the Russian join method or simply crochet over the ends as you go.

Festive Iris Stitch Striped Throw
(3'X3')

Supplies:
Size N crochet hook
Caron United yarn: 2 skeins Burgundy, 1 skein Aran, 1 skein Dark Green



Color Pattern:
Colors: A: Burgundy, B: Aran, C: Dark Green
Pattern: AABABBCBCCAC

Special Stitch:
Iris Stitch: (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) all in same stitch.

Pattern:
With color A, Ch 99
Row 1: (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in 5th ch from hook. *skip 3 ch, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch, rep from * to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, skip first 3 dc, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch 1 space, skip next 4 dc, rep from * to last 2 dc, skip last 2 dc, dc in the top of the turning chain. Turn.
Rows 3-48: Repeat row 2, following the color pattern above.
Rows 49-50: Repeat row 2, using color A.
Do not finish off.

Edging:
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in the next 3 dc, *skip ch 1 space, sc in the next 4 dc. Repeat from * to the last ch 1 space. Skip the ch 1 space, sc in last 2 dc, sc in top of turning chain. (98 sc made on this side)
Ch 1, working along the side, sc 100 evenly spaced. (100 sc made on this side)
Ch 1, working the back side of the foundation chain, sc in each across. (98 sc made on this side)
Ch 1, working along the final side, sc 100 evenly spaced. (100 sc made on this side)
Ch 1, join with sl stitch to first sc in round.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same as join, dc 96, 2 dc in ch 1 space. (100 dc made on this side)
Ch 1, dc in next 100 sts. (100 dc made on this side)
Ch 1, 2 dc in ch 1 space, dc 96, 2 dc in ch 1 space. (100 dc made on this side)
Ch 1, dc 100. (100 dc made on this side)
Join to top of beginning ch 3(the one that counted as 1st dc). We now have 100 stitches on each side.
Round 3: Ch 3, *dc 100, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch 1 space. Repeat from * 2 times. dc 100, (dc, ch 1) in next ch 1 space.m Join to top of beginning ch 3 with slip stitch.
Round 4: Ch 1, *sc 102, (sc, ch 1, sc in ch 1 space. Repeat from * 2 times. sc 102, (sc, ch 1) in ch 1 space. Join with slip stitch to beginning ch 1.
Finish off and weave in all ends.




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Monday, April 20, 2015

Small Cluster Headband with Flower {Free Crochet Pattern}

I came up with this small cluster headband a few years ago, when I made them for my now 8 and 10 year old daughters. I wasn't happy with the photos that I had, so I decided to take this opportunity to make one for my 11 month old. (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!)  

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My original pattern called for only 2 colors. The flower center was the same as the headband. Well, my 4 year old insisted that this flower needed have a blue middle. Who am I to argue? Turns out, she made a good call! I like this one even better that the originals!
Little did I know, her interest in this project was went beyond a flower's blue middle. When I showed her the finished product, she promptly put her order in for "a stwiped headband wif a butterfly on it".
I guess I know what I will be working on next!

This small cluster headband is quick and easy to make. The clusters are stacked one upon another, giving the headband a nice texture with almost a braided look. The flower is worked in three simple rounds, the third being the petals. You can easily customize the colors, or even use a different applique (say... a butterfly, for instance). The flower applique can also be used in various projects. This headband makes a great gift or a quick item to fill your craft booth.

Small Cluster Headband with Flower

Supplies:
Size F crochet hook
Worsted weight cotton yarn of your choice


Special Stitch:
Small Cluster (cl): [yo, insert hook and pull loop through, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook] repeat 2 more times. Yo, and pull through all 4 loops on hook. Cluster made.

Pattern:
For the headband:
Row 1: Ch 4, cl in 4th ch from hook. Turn
Row 2: Ch 3, cl in top of previous cl. Turn.
Rows 3-?: Repeat row 2 to desired length. I needed 27 clusters for my 11 month old. You can use my Hat and Headband Size Chart to determine the length you need.
Join with  sl sts to make a circle.
Finish off and weave in ends.

For the flower:
Leaving about a 6 inch tail, ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, work 8 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc. Finish off.
Switch to new color, and join to first sc.
Round 3 (the petals): [ch 4, sc in second ch from hook, hdc in the next 2 ch, sl st in the next sc of the base.] Repeat around, joining the last with a sl st to the base of the first petal. You will have 8 petals.
Finish off, leaving another 6 inch tail. Weave tails to back side of the flower center. You can use these to sew flower to headband.

Secure flower to headband and weave in all ends.
Do you like this headband pattern? Check out my Pattern Gallery for more.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Pikachu Hat and Tail {Free Crochet Pattern}

When my daughter was two, she decided (last minute) that she wanted to be Pikachu for Halloween.
Luckily, I was able to make a quick, impromptu, costume for her. This made her a very happy little pokemon!

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I was going to add Pikachu cheeks, eyes, and a mouth to the hat, but she needed to be the one to have the little red cheeks, so I left them off of the hat. I will leave you to choose to add them to your hat, or not.
The tail is made in 2 pieces, because I was "winging it" and it seemed to be the easiest option. It didn't take long at all to make.

Note: The hat fit my 2 year old for well over a year. If you need a different size, you can check out my Hat and Headband Size Chart, and make any necessary adjustments.

Pikachu Hat

Supplies:
Size H hook
Worsted Weight Yarn- I used Red Heart Bright Yellow and Black
Yarn Needle



Special Notes:
** Beginning ch 3 does not count as a dc. 
** When you join at the end of the rounds, you you will simply join with a slip stitch to the first dc made in the previous round.

Pattern:
With Bright Yellow:
Ch 3, join with slip stitch to first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, dc 9 in ring, join with slip st to first dc. (9)
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st as join, and in each around. Join. (18)
Round 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* around. Join. (27)
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st* around. Join. (36)
Round 5: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st* around. Join. (45)
Round 6: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st* around. Join. (54)
Rounds 7-18: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, dc in each st around. Join. (54)
Finish Off.

Ear Flaps:
Row 1: Reattach (bright yellow) yarn in the 8th st from join. Ch 3, dc in same st, and in next 9 sts. Turn. (10)
Row 2: Ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 6 dc, dc2tog. Turn. (8)
Row 3: Ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 4 dc, dc2tog. Turn. (6)
Row 4: Ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog. Turn. (4)
Row 5: Ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 1 dc, dc2tog. Turn. (2)
Finish Off.
Continue counting around the rim of the hat (from the 10th dc of first row of the ear flap), skip 20 sts, reattach (bright yellow) yarn in the 21st stitch.
Repeat rows 1-5.

Finishing:
Sc around entire hat, including ear flaps.
Finish off and weave in all ends.

For the Tassels:
Fold 6 long strands of yarn through the bottom of each ear flap. Braid to desired length. Tie off and trim.

For the Ears: (make 2)
With black, ch 4.
Round 1: 4 dc in first ch made. Join with sl st to first dc made. (4)
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st, and in each st around. Join. (8)
Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st, dc in the next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st* around. Join. (12)
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in the same st, and in each st around. Join. (12)
Switch to Bright Yellow.
Round 5-12: Ch 3, dc in the same st, and in each st around. Join. (12)
Finish off, leaving a long end for sewing.
Sew the ears to the hat and weave in all ends.

If you wish, you can make little Pikachu eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks, and sew them on the front of the hat.

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Pikachu Tail

Supplies 
Size I hook
Worsted weight yarn (yellow and brown)
Stuffing
Yarn Needle

Pattern:
(make 2)
With brown, Ch 11
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, and in each across. Turn. (10)
Rows 2-6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn. (10)
Row 7: Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 6 ch, sc in next 5 sc. Turn. (12)
Rows 8-13: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn. (12)
Finish off and attach yellow to the first sc in row 13.
Row 14: Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 8 ch, sc in same sc as join and in the next 5 sc. Turn. (15)
Rows 15-23: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn. (15)
Row 24: Ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 10ch, sc in same sc as join and in the next 7 sc. Turn. (18)
Rows 25-35: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn. (18)
Finish off.

Line both pieces up together, and starting with yellow, use yellow yarn to sew pieces together (you will not sew the brown part yet). Finish off.
Stuff lightly, but enough for the tail to hold shape.
Now, use the brown yarn to begin sewing the brown part together. Leave a small opening for stuffing. Stuff, then finish sewing it up. Finish off and weave in all ends.
Secure to costume with some sort of a clip or strong safety pin.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chain and Bead Necklace {Free Crochet Pattern}

I have shared with you my Picot Necklace, and my Small Shells and Picot Necklace. Today I will be changing up the picot just a bit by adding beads. The beads will act as a fun and elegant "picot" in this Chain and Bead Necklace.

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I have instructions in 2 sizes for this necklace, but you are free to make it any length you wish by simply adjusting the number of beads you use.
This fun necklace allows you to get creative with bead colors and thread colors. It is easy to make, and makes a wonderful gift or craft booth item.

Chain and Bead Necklace
Smaller size approx. 18 inches, (larger size, approx. 24 inches, is in parenthesis)

Supplies:
Crochet Thread size 10
Size 5 Crochet Hook
A button for the "clasp" or you can make your own.
small glass beads- 51 (75) color A, 34 (48) color B, and 17 (24) color C



Pattern:
Pull out the end of your thread, and start stringing your beads directly on it.
Here is the color pattern: AAABCBAAA
Continue that across, until there are no more beads.

Starting at the end (the one you strung the beads on), Ch 9.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 7 ch. Turn.
Ch 1, sc 8, ch 1 and sc across the back side of the foundation chain, sc 1 in the short side.
Ch 20, [skip 3 beads, slip stitch, ch 3] repeat across until there are no more beads. Do not ch 3 after the last group of beads.
Ch 30, slip stitch in the 10th ch from hook.
Working around the other side of the unworked thread, sc 12 inside the ring.
Sc in the first ch from the ring and in the next 20 ch.
[Ch 3, sc in the middle ch between the next two 3 bead clusters] repeat across.
Sc in the 2nd ch after the last 3 bead cluster.
Sc in each of the remaining chains.
Sc into end piece and in the 8 sc across.
Finish off, weave in ends, and attach button.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Tunisian Stitch Guitar Strap {Free Crochet Pattern}

 A while back, my son needed a strap for his guitar. I thought I would make one. I wanted to make something strong and sturdy, so I chose a Tunisian stitch. We were both very happy with the result!

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The guitar strap can be made custom to the length you need, and it can be embellished with fun appliques, if you wish.
This project is perfect if you are just learning Tunisian crochet. If you are looking for more Tunisian stitch practice, check out my Tunisian Stitch Belt Pattern.

Tunisian Stitch Guitar Strap

Supplies:
Size H crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn


Special Stitch Instructions:
Afghan Stitch- 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 through the next 7 sts, 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. 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:
ch 5
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (4)
Row 2: ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn. (4)
Row 3: ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn. (4)
Row 4: ch 1, 2 sc in the first sc, sc in the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the last sc. Turn. (6)
Row 5: ch 1, 2 sc in the first sc, sc in the next 4 sc, 2 sc in the last sc. Turn. (8)
Row 6: ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn. (8)
Row 7 to ???: ch 1, work Tunisian stitch to desired length. Do not finish off.
Next Row: ch 1 turn. sc across. Turn. (8)
Next Row: ch 1, sc across. Turn. (8)
Next Row: ch 1, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, turn. (6)
Next Row: ch 1, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog, turn. (4)
Next Row: ch 1, sc across. Turn. (4)
Next Row: ch 1, sc across. Turn. (4)
Next Row: ch 1, sc across. Turn. (4)

For the loop: 
ch 1, sc 2, ch 5, sc in next sc, sc. Finish off.

For the other loop: 
Reattach yarn to the beginning end with a slip stitch. Slip stitch in the 2nd ch, ch 5, slip stitch in the last 2 sc. Finish off.
Weave in ends.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Buttons and Bows Hair Clips (Free Crochet Pattern)

These cute little buttons and bows hair clips are a great little craft that can be made in no time at all!
They are perfect for stash -busting, as they use very little yarn and can be made is so many different colors.
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You can get creative with fancy buttons and clips, or keep them simple.
As I mentioned, these clips work up very fast. If you need something to fill your craft booth or need a last minute accessory, gift, or little girls' party favor, these would be perfect!


Buttons and Bows Hair Clips

Supplies:
Size H crochet hook
A small amount of yarn
Small hair clips
Assorted buttons
Glue gun and glue sticks


Little Crochet Bow Pattern:
Ch 5
Row  1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook,and in each across. Turn. (4)
Row  2: Ch 1, [sc 2 tog] twice. Turn. (2)
Row  3: Ch 1, sc 2 tog. Turn (1)
Row 4:  Ch 1, 2 sc in the first sc. Turn. (2)
Row 5:  Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc. Turn. (4)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. (4)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Assembly:
Position your bow where you want it on your clip and hot glue it in place.
Hot glue the button to the center of the bow.
Allow to cool/dry completely.








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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Small Shells and Picot Necklace {Free Crochet Pattern}

I think crochet jewelry has a very special elegance and charm. You may have seen the Picot Necklace that I shared a couple of weeks ago. This Small Shells and Picot Necklace follows the same simple, yet pretty trend.

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You can use whatever color thread you like, but I chose to keep mine white. I think a thread with a metallic or a pearl strand in it would be exceptionally pretty for this necklace. The charm or pendant can certainly be left out, but I like the look of it, and the extra weight it adds to the necklace.

You will want to block your necklace after you make it. This will prevent curl ups and allow your stitch-work to show through nicely. You can even lightly starch your necklace, if you like.

Small Shells and Picot Necklace

Supplies:
Crochet Thread size 10
Size 5 Crochet Hook
A button for the "clasp"
A charm or pendant of your choice


Special Instructions:
picot- ch 4, sl st in the 3rd ch from hook, ch 2
small shell cluster-  hdc, dc, hdc, all in same stitch, skip next st, sl st in next st (you will begin next shell cluster in the stitch you just sl st in).

Pattern:

Button Hole Clasp:
(you can adjust the size of the hole to fit your button by making fewer or more ch. Adjust your sc sts to be twice as many chains)
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 thread together, ch 3. Drop tail.


Work the Foundation Chain:
Still working with the attached thread, ch 139, being careful not to twist chain.

Start the Button Base:
Sc in the first 8 sts. Ch 1. Turn.
Sc in each of the 8 sc. Ch 1, Do not turn.
Working in the back side of the foundation chain, sc 8.


Necklace Row 1:
Continue to sc across until you get to the tail you dropped before.

Attach to the Button Hole:
Pick up the tail and working with your thread, sc in the last 3 ch.
Sc in the first sc of the button loop. Drop the tail. Ch 1. Turn.
Sc in next 3 sts. 


Necklace Row 2:
Work the small shell clusters across, until there are just 10 stitches left.
Sc in last 10 sts. Turn.

Finish the Button Base:
Ch 1, sc in first 8 sts, sl st to first dc.

Necklace Row 3:
[Work picot st, sl st in dc of next shell] repeat across. When you reach the last shell, sl st into the next sc.

Finish off. Weave in ends. Block.
Attach button and a pendant or charm.



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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pack-N-Play Toy Organizer {Free Crochet Pattern}

 This Pack-n-Play toy organizer not only hangs on the end of the Pack-n-Play, but it doubles as a take along bag for baby's toys.

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The toy organizer makes a unique baby shower gift, and can be coordinated with Baby's nursery colors.
The toy organizer has straps so that it can hang on the end of a Pack-N-Play. This comes in handy when removing toys for nap time or changing sheets. The optional large pocket in front is a nice spot for books or diaper changing supplies.
Untie the straps, and they act as a drawstring to close up the "bag" when going on an overnight trip or packing up the Pack-N-Play.

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Pack-N-Play Toy Organizer

Caution: Only use this toy organizer when baby cannot yet stand in the pack n play. Remove it when child learns to pull themselves up. Babies can pull the ties loose and detach them, posing a safety hazard. (I have not heard of any injuries, but my 1 year old daughter recently pulled the tie off of hers, so I wanted to share the warning.)
Supplies:
Size J crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn
Yarn needle




Pattern:
Ch 63
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, and in each across. Turn. (60)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in the space between the turning ch and the first dc of the previous row. *Ch 1, sk the next 2 dc, dc in the space between the last skipped dc and the next dc* repeat from *to* to end. Dc in the sp between the last dc and the turning ch3 of previous row. Turn. (31)
Rows 3-49: Ch 3, dc in the space between the first 2 dc. *ch 1, dc in the next ch 1 space* repeat from *to* across. Dc in the space between the last dc and the turning ch 3 of the previous row. Turn. (31)
Row 50: Ch 3, dc in first 2 dc, *dc in ch 1 sp, dc in next dc* repeat from *to* across. Dc in last dc.
Finish off and weave in ends.

Optional Large Pocket:
Make a 12 inch granny square of your choice. I followed this tutorial, continuing to make it 12 inches.

 For the Ties:
(Make 2)
Ch 100, sl st in each ch.
Finish off and weave in ends.

Assembly:
 Fold the main piece in half, lining up rows 1 and 50. Using a yarn needle and yarn, sew side, starting with rows 2 and 49 (leaving rows 1 and 50 unsewn. Sew all the way down, and repeat on the other side.
Sew the pocket on the front.
Weave one tie through the dc row on the top front, and repeat for the top dc row on the back with the other tie, leaving the ends for tying to the Pack-N-Play.




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Monday, April 6, 2015

Crochet Beach Bag {Free Crochet Pattern}

Everyone needs a good all-around bag. They just do.
You are in luck, because this is that bag, and with crocheting as your super-power, you can make it!
This bag is great for a day at the beach or even a trip to the market. It is big, roomy, and washable. What more can you ask for?

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The loose construction allows for flexibility and expansion if you tend to over-stuff. The bottom of the bag is made with tighter stitches so that things like Chapstick or coins don't fall out. The netted sides allow the bag to "breathe" in case you have to carry around a wet towel or clothing. It is also great for attaching things like a water bottle or cell phone case with a carabiner clip.

Crochet Beach Bag

Supplies
Size H crochet hook
Cotton Yarn (I used 1 cone of Sugar'n Cream in Ecru.)


Pattern:
(Starting with the bottom of the bag) Ch 52
Round 1: 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in the next 48 ch, 4 hdc in the last ch, working around the back side of the chain, hdc in the next 48 ch, 2 hdc in the last ch, sl st to the first hdc to join. (104)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in first 2 hdc, hdc 48, 2 hdc in next 4 hdc, hdc 48, 2 hdc in last hdc. Join. (112)
Round 3: Ch 2, [hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc] twice, hdc 48, [hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc] repeat 3 times, hdc 48, [hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc] twice. Join. (120)
Round 4: Ch 2, [hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc] repeat 2 times, hdc 48, [hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc] repeat 5 times, hdc 48, [hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc] repeat 2 times. Join. (132)
Round 5: Ch 2, [hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc] repeat 3 times, hdc 50, [hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc] repeat 7 times, hdc 50, [hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc] repeat 3 times, hdc in last hdc. Join. (148)
Round 6: Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc 73, 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc 73. Join. (150)
Round 7: Ch 2, hdc BLO (back loop only) in each hdc around. Join. (150)
Round 8: Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around. Join. (150)
Round 9: Ch 2, hdc BLO in each hdc around. Join. (150)
Round 10: Ch 2, hdc FLO (front loop only) in each hdc around. Join. (150)
Rounds 11-16: Repeat rounds 9 and 10.
Round 17: Ch 3, [dc, ch 1, skip next stitch, dc in next stitch] repeat around. Join.
Round 18:  Ch 3, [dc, ch 1, dc in next dc] repeat around. Join.
Round 19:  Ch 2, hdc in each dc and in each ch 1 space, around. Join.
Round 20:  Ch 2, hdc BLO in each hdc around. Join.
Round 21:  Ch 2, hdc FLO in each hdc around. Join.
Rounds 22-25:  Repeat rounds 20 and 21.
Round 26:  Repeat round 17.
Rounds 27-30:  Repeat round 18.
Round 31:  Repeat round 19.
Rounds 32-35:  Repeat rounds 20 and 21.
Round 36:  Repeat round 17.
Rounds 37-42:  Repeat round 18.
Round 43:  Repeat round 19.
Round 44:  Repeat round 20.
Round 45:  Repeat round 21.
Round 46:  Ch 2, hdc (in both loops) in each stitch around. Join. Finish off.

Handles:
Row 1: Reattach yarn in the 15th hdc. Ch2, hdc in same stitch, hdc in the next 4 sts. Turn. (5)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each hdc. Turn. (5)
Rows 3-57: Repeat row 2.
To Attach: Being careful not to twist the handle, skip 29 hdc from the 5th hdc in row 1, attach with slip stitch to the 30th hdc. Sc through the hdc of the hands and the next 5 hdc of the bag. Finish off.

Next handle:
Row 1: Skip 36 hdc, reattach yarn in the 37th hdc, Ch2, hdc in same stitch, hdc in the next 4 sts. Turn. (5)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each hdc. Turn. (5)
Rows 3-57: Repeat row 2.
To Attach: Being careful not to twist the handle, skip 29 hdc from the 5th hdc in row 1, attach with slip stitch to the 30th hdc. Sc through the hdc of the hands and the next 5 hdc of the bag.

Finish off. Weave in all ends.



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Friday, April 3, 2015

Soap Saver Sack {Free Crochet Pattern}

If you have been on Pinterest at all, there is no doubt that you have seen some of those herbal and natural hand made soap tutorials. I'm not sure about you, but for me, if I am going to go through the work and care that it takes to make my very own awesome herbal soap, I don't want to waste a bit of it!
Enter the soap saver sack.

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I'm sure you've seen them. Cool, huh? What is equally cool is how quick and easy they are to make. You will not only want to make one for yourself, but for friends and family, too. They would make a wonderful addition to a natural soap gift basket.

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Soap Saver Sack

Supplies:
size F crochet hook
worsted weight cotton yarn



Pattern:
Ch 16
Round 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 13 ch, 2 sc in next ch. Do not turn. Working th back side of the foundation ch, sc 14, 2 sc in next ch. Join with sl st to first sc. (32)
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next 14 sts, 2 dc in next, dc in next 15 sts, 2 dc in next, join. (34)
Round 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), skip next st, [dc, ch1, skip next st] around. Join to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4. (17 dc)
Round 4: Sl st to ch 1 space, ch 4, [dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1] around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4. (17 dc)
Round 5-11: Repeat round 4.
Round 12: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ch 1 sp, [dc in next st, dc in ch 1 space] around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4. (34 dc)
Round 13: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join.
Finish off and weave in ends.

For the tie:
Ch 100. Finish off and weave in ends.
Weave tie through the top dc round.




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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Flower Hair Clips {Free Crochet Pattern}

These adorable flower hair clips are crocheted using embroidery floss. I chose to use embroidery thread, because there are so many beautiful colors to choose from.
Plus, my frugal side just can't pass up the price! Just one skein is enough to make one of these flowers. Most places that sell embroidery thread charge less than 50 cents each. Pick up some colorful hair clips, add a little hot glue, and voila!

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Crocheting with embroidery thread takes a bit of getting used to, since it tends to split apart. Alternatively, I think a size 10 crochet thread would work just as well, but again, the color variety of the thread is just awesome!
A note about the hair clips: These are not the average sized clips like the ones that you see in the craft department. They are the smaller ones.

Flower Hair Clips


Supplies:
size 5 steel crochet hook
one skein of embroidery thread for each flower you want to make
Small hair clips
hot glue gun (& glue, of course)



Patterns:

Flower A:
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For the base:
Ch 4. Join with slip stitch to the first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring, join with sl st to the first sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same sc as join, ch 3, skip next sc, [sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc] 4 times. Join to first sc.

For the petals:
Round 3: [(sl st, ch 3, 9dc) all in the ch 3 ring space. Turn.
Ch 1, sl  st in first dc, skip next 2 dc, 3 hdc in next dc, hdc in the next 2 dc, 3 hdc in the next dc, skip the next 2 dc, sl st in the top of ch 3. Ch 3, sl st in the same ch 3 ring of the base. Ch 1, turn.
Sl st in the same ch 3 space that the petal was worked in. Sl st in the next sc (in the base, to the left of the petal)] Repeat for 5 petals.
Finish off and weave in ends.

For the center:
Ch 4. Join with slip stitch to the first ch to form a ring.
[Ch 3, sl st in the next sc.] around.
Finish off and weave in ends.

Assembly:
Attach the center to... well, the center of the flower. You can sew it together, or you can simply glue it with a hot glue gun. I glued mine.
Now use your hot glue gun to attach the flower to the hair clip.
Finished!

Flower B:
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For the base:
Ch 4. Join with slip stitch to the first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring, join with sl st to the first sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same sc as join, ch 3, skip next sc, [sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc] 4 times. Join to first sc.
Round 3: [Ch 5, sc in the next sc] Repeat around. (So, basically you have a ch 3 space with a ch 5 space above it. In a few minutes, the ch 5 will be pushed to the back while you work in the ch 3 spaces. After those are worked, you will work the ch 5 spaces. I hope this makes sense to you!)

For the petals:
Round 3: (working in the ch 3 spaces/loops) Ch 1 [sl st in the next ch 3 loop, ch 3, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 3, sl st in the same ch 3 loop.] Repeat around.
Round 4: (working in the ch 5 spaces/loops) [sl st into the ch 5 loop behind the next petal, ch 3, dc,ch 3, dc, ch 3, sl st into the same ch 5 loop.] Repeat around.
Finish off and weave in ends.

For the center:
Ch 2, sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st.
Ch 1, [sc, ch 3, sc] in each sc around. Join.
Finish off and weave in ends.

Assembly:
Attach the center to... well, the center of the flower. You can sew it together, or you can simply glue it with a hot glue gun. I glued mine.
Now use your hot glue gun to attach the flower to the hair clip.
Finished!



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