July 28, 2014

Stripes & Crosses Top -free crochet pattern-


I am in love with crochet summer tops!  Check out this beauty, it's lightweight, precise, and features a really cool cross over stitch!

Designed By:  Anna Erlandsson

Skill Level:  Intermediate/Advanced

Materials:  656 - 1094 yards (600 - 1000 m) Marks & Kattens Flox; Hook size 3.0 mm

Sizes:  XS, S, M, L, XL


July 23, 2014

Tranquil Triangle Flip Flop Flair -free crochet pattern-

Tranquil Triangle Flip Flop Flair FREE crochet pattern excusively on #cre8tioncrochet designed by #kaleidoscopeartngifts

So my last post was about baby flip flops... well, here's a great one for adults!  This one requires already owning a pair of basic flip flops (for the soles), but how fun to really make them fun and awesome with this pattern!  

Designed By:  Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts

Skill Level:  Experienced Beginner/Intermediate

Materials:   Flip Flops (with ¼”-1/2” wide straps, you’re crocheting AROUND the straps); H hook; Yarn: DK weight (#3); Tapestry needle for weaving in ends;  Stitch markers (strongly recommended)


July 18, 2014

Baby Flip Flops -free crochet pattern-


I made some baby flip flops recently for a lady I know who is expecting a baby girl very soon.  This is the pattern that I loosely followed to make them, although this original pattern is super cute and very easy!

Designed By:  Anoo's Crochet World

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:  Crochet hook : 3.50mm; Tapestry Needle; Dungarease Yarn in Cream and Taupe; Martha Stewart Hemp Cotton in Bright Red

Size:  Baby 3-6 months.  (I used a smaller hook for newborn)


July 15, 2014

Granny Punch 4 Finger Ring -free crochet pattern-


Here's a silly ring pattern for you today!  I had some scraps laying around, really not much to make anything big, and had an "aha" moment.  The 4 finger ring, in true granny square style.  

Designed By:  Farrah for 365 Crochet

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials:  Small amounts of Aunt Lydia's Size 10 Cotton Crochet Thread, I used 5 different colors, main color was black which I used the most amount of, then very small amounts of forest green, turquoise, royal blue, and pale green.  

I used 4 different hook sizes.  Index Finger-1.75mm, Middle Finger-1.25mm, Ring Finger-1.00mm, Pinkie Finger-0.75mm.  

Have a large needle on hand to sew in your ends.

Photo shows 3 hooks, but I added the 0.75mm part way through.


Skills Required:  How to make a granny square, slip stitching motifs together instead of sewing, color changing, and hiding ends by crocheting over them.


Let's Begin!

INDEX FINGER
Starting with your index finger, use your biggest hook (I used 1.75mm)


MAIN SQUARE:
Using your main color (MC) make a 2 round granny square like this:

-ch5, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop.

Rnd1:  Ch5 (counts as 1dc and ch2 space), **3dc and ch2 inside loop** repeat 3 times, 2dc in loop, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch5.  

Rnd2: Sl st in 1st ch2 space, ch5, **3dc in same ch2 space, 3dc in next ch2 space, ch2(corner)**repeat 3 times, 3dc in same ch2 space, 2dc in last ch2 space, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch5. 
Fasten off.

COLOR SQUARE:
Same as Main Square, except you change color on the second round, and DO NOT fasten off!

-ch5, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop.

Rnd1:  Ch5 (counts as 1dc and ch2 space), **3dc and ch2 inside loop** repeat 3 times, 2dc in loop, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch5.  Fasten off.  Attach Next Color (NC). (whichever color you chose)

Rnd2: Sl st in 1st ch2 space, ch5, **3dc in same ch2 space, 3dc in next ch2 space, ch2(corner)**repeat 3 times, 3dc in same ch2 space, 2dc in last ch2 space, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch5. 
DO NOT FASTEN OFF!


ATTACH:  Line up sides of the Color Square to the sides of the Main Square and slip stitch them together, down one side only, right side facing out.  I used 8 sl sts (1 for each corner and 6 down each dc) Looks like this:




MIDDLE FINGER
Use your second largest hook, (I used 1.25mm)

Make a MAIN SQUARE as before.
Make a COLOR SQUARE as before.

ATTACH:  You are attaching 4 different parts together with slip stitches!  The two sides of the open part of the index finger, one side of the Color Square, and one side of the Main Square.  Make sure all right sides are facing out and your open ring edges are lined up top and bottom. I used 8 slip stitches.  Fasten off.  It looks like this:



You are simply just attaching the 2 finger squares you just made to the first ring.

If you really don't get it, you can sew it together, however.. slip stitching them saves time and saves weaving in ends at the very end.


RING FINGER
Use your 3rd largest hook, (I used 1.00mm)

Make a MAIN SQUARE as before.
Make a COLOR SQUARE as before.

ATTACH:  You are attaching these 2 squares like you did the last one, onto the open side of the Middle Finger.




PINKIE FINGER
Use your smallest hook, (I used 0.75mm)

Make a MAIN SQUARE as before.
Make a COLOR SQUARE as before.

ATTACH:  You are attaching these 2 squares like you did the last one, onto the open side of the Ring Finger.  DO NOT fasten off.



FINISH EDGING
Now you are going to work a row of sc around both edges to clean it up and hide your thread tails.

Leaving the last seam open for now, right side facing you;
-ch1, sc in same sp, and work a sc in each dc and corner ch around to opposite side of edge.  

**Tip: hide any thread tails by single crocheting over them.  

Looks like this:

ATTACH:
Slip stitch to the 1st sc of this row and slip stitch the last seam together of the pinkie finger, by lining up, right side facing you, I worked 8 sl sts through both sides.  Now you are on the opposite edge, and ready to finish off with a row of sc.


Ch1, sc in same st, work a row of sc around unfinished edge like you did the last edge, hiding any thread tails under this row.  Sl st to 1st sc, and FASTEN OFF!


Now sew in your final tail.  Ready to wear.





July 9, 2014

Dragonfly Earrings -free crochet pattern-


How cool are these?  I've been crocheting up a lot of jewelry during my past hurricane induced 4 day power outage.  I am finally back online and have been digging around for inspiration and came across these!  I have to give these a shot, I love them!

Designed By:  Kat Miller

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: size 20 yarn and a size 12 crochet hook;
               (I will be using 2 strands of sewing thread and a 0.75mm tiny hook)



July 4, 2014

Star Spangled Banner Bunting -free crochet pattern-

Happy Independence Day USA!

Star Spangled Banner Crochet Bunting

Happy Birthday United States of America!  Here's a cute theme banner for you today.

Designed By: Kara/Petals to Picots Blog

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:  red, white, and blue worsted weight yarn; H hook; tapestry needle, scissors





July 1, 2014

Maple Leaf Banner -free crochet pattern-

Happy Canada Day!

Maple Leaf Banner

Happy Canada Day fellow Canadians.  Here's a pretty and simple banner made from crochet maple leafs.  Just use the maple leaf applique and you could make several other themed goodies too!

Designed By: Susan Badgley

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials:  RED HEART Super Saver: 1 skein 319 Cherry Red and 1 skein 316 Soft White; Susan Bates® Crochet Hooks: 5mm [US H-8] and 6mm [US J-10]; Yarn needle
Size: 70” (178 cm) long; Maple Leaf measures 7” (18 cm) high x 6.5” (16.5 cm) wide


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