February 27, 2015

Shamrock Headband -free crochet pattern-


Shamrock Headband


Got Irish in your blood?  Here's a simple headband pattern that you can make for St. Patrick's Day!

Designed By: Sharon Mann

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 
  • Red Heart Super Saver, 1 skein of 368 Paddy Green and 0316 Soft White
  • Crochet Hook: 4.25 mm [US G-6]
  • Yarn needle
  • One 13 mm wide headband 

February 25, 2015

Mermaid Lapghan -free crochet pattern-




Have you ever dreamed of being a mermaid?  If you crochet, you can now become a mythological creature of the sea!  This pattern is actually pretty simple, using a shell stitch sequence.  All you need is patience, and you too can be a cozy comfy mermaid!

Designed By: Mad Hooker Crochet

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 

  • 1500 yds of worsted weight yarn; Bernat super value (500 yds per skein) in lilac and light damson. Variegated yarn- 2 skeins in fresh lilac.
  • Crochet hook size H
Measurements: Tail to top 42 inches; tail to tip of fin 12 inches; op width 38 inches


February 24, 2015

Celtic Knot Squares -free crochet pattern-


There are several variations of the Celtic knot throughout history, but here's a simple one that you can crochet!  These make a great accent to any garment or accessory, you could use them on there own as dish cloths, turn them into a bag, a blanket, etc. The tutorial includes photos to help you out at every step through the process in creating these pretty squares.  This pattern is a Ravelry download.

Designed By: Carola Wijma

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:

  • Any yarn, at least 4 colors
  • Crochet hook, to match yarn being used

February 22, 2015

Pin Laced Slouch Hat -free crochet pattern-

This slouchy hat is made from luxurious 100% Bamboo.   Bamboo is very soft and silky, and gives this hat a nice drape.  

The hat itself, is worked up very differently; it begins with the ribbed band around the bottom, then worked back and forth in rows, leaving chained loops on each end.  

Once height is achieved, the loops are worked up similarly to hairpin lace.  

The hat is then closed off, using decreasing stitches in rounds.  

The ribbed band has extra length, creating an overlapping cuff, where you can sew on buttons, a attach a pin, or just sew it together.


Designed By:  Farrah Hodgson 

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 
Size: Adult head










THE PATTERN

Starting with the ribbed band, using hook size 4.5mm (G)

Row 1: Ch 13; sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 11chs.
Rows 2-86: Ch 1, turn; working in back loops, sc in next 12 sts.



Continuing on in rows for the head

Row 1: Working along the tops of rows 1-86, ch 1, work a sc at the end of each row until the 70th row, leave the last 16 row ends unworked.

Row 2:  SWITCH TO HOOK SIZE 5.0mm (H) for remainder of pattern! Ch 11, turn; skipping next 11chs, -this creates a loop- (sc in next 6sts, 2sc in next st) 10 times. (80sc)

Row 3: Ch 11, turn; skipping next 11 chs, (sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st) 10 times. (90sc)

Rows 4-44: Ch 11, turn; skipping next 11 chs, sc in next 90sts.  Do NOT fasten off.

You have something that looks like this!
Now you will "lace up" the end loops

-Line up the loop ends of one side to the loop ends of the opposite side, folding inwards so that the longer side of the band is on the right handed side. 



You will lace them up by:

1. Grab the first loop on the bottom right- pull the first loop on the left through the right loop;



2. Grab the next loop on the bottom right- pull through the left loop;



3. Grab the next loop on the bottom left- pull through the right loop;  



Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you get to the end, no loops remaining. 



Pull your work outward so that you see the laced braid more definitive.  You may place a pin or stitch holder in the last loop so that it doesn't pull back out.  You will secure this end in later.

Starting where you left off at the end of row 44…



Row 45: Ch 1, turn, (right side) sc in next 90 sc; work a sc in the last lace up loop (this secures your last loop), sl st in 1st sc to join. (91sc)


Row 46: Ch1, turn; skip 1st sc; (sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (80sc)
Row 47: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (70sc)
Row 48: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Row 49: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (50sc)
Row 50: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (40sc)
Row 51: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (30sc)
Row 52: Ch1, turn; (sc in next st, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (20sc)
Row 53: Ch1, turn; (sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (10sc)
Row 54: Ch1, turn; (sc2tog) 5 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (5sc)

Fasten off.  Sew in ends.

Sew a button on the band cuff, or use a broach clip, or pin.


Shamrock Shawlette -free crochet pattern-


If you can make a granny square, then you can make this shawl!  The edging is made up of clovers, with one 4 leafed clover in the very center.  This makes a great accessory for St. Patrick's Day, or all year long!  Celebrate you Irish roots.

Designed By: Claire Ortega-Reyes

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 
  • Approximately 280 yards Medium Weight Yarn
  • Crochet Hook L (8.00 mm)
Size: 38.5″ wide x 20.5″ tall


February 20, 2015

Collar Necklace -free crochet pattern-

CROCHET_NECKLACE

Crochet collars always make an eye catching statement!  These look great with blouses, but also add elegance to any top!  Make these in different colors for several looks!  St. Patrick's Day is coming up, how about a green collar!

Designed By: Chabe GS Crochet Patterns

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 
  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • less than 50 gr. of 100% cotton thread

February 18, 2015

Cat Igloo -free crochet pattern-

Cat Igloo

If you've owned a cat, then you know that they love to hide!  This cute cat fort is the perfect kitty hiding place, and cozy too!

Designed By: Lena Skvagerson

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

  • Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Tweeds, 4 skeins
  • 8.0 mm (L) and 10.0 mm (N/P) crochet hooks
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry Needle

February 16, 2015

Chunky Color Block Cowl -free crochet pattern-


free crochet pattern chunky color block cowl

There are still many cold days of winter ahead, so why not whip up this nice bulky cowl to keep you warm!  Sometimes, it's the simplest ideas that look and feel the best!  This pattern uses a special stitch that is easy to learn.  I personally love the color choices from the designer, but you can make this any color you wish!

Designed By: Tangled Happy

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 

  • Bulky Weight Yarn; Lion’s Pride Woolspun; Charcoal (Color A), Oxford Gray (Color B), Linen (Color C)
  • Size US P (11.5mm) Hook
  • Stitch Marker
  • Scissors and Tapestry Needle 

Size:  Teen/Adult


February 15, 2015

Granny Does Your Dog Bite Cardigan -free crochet pattern-



I am in love with this funky granny square cardigan!  Think of all of the colors you could use or the kinds of buttons you could use to finish it off!  You could even add a zipper.


Designed By:  Knitting Crochetty

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 

  •  4.5 mm hook
  • Patons Decor or similar yarn
Size: Small and Medium


February 13, 2015

"The Greys" Alien Slouchy Earflap Hat -free crochet pattern-


"I've been on a case since you disappeared. Where have you been the last five days?" (Lieutenant Frank Watters, Fire in the Sky, 1993)

"The Greys", specializing in human abduction, are the most commonly depicted alien species and I'm a huge fan!  Not only is this crochet alien hat perfect for sharing your alien fascination, but it is warm too.

This hat is constructed from the earflaps up.  The head is roomy to allow for the slouch effect of the hat, and the eyes and braids are added at the end.


Designed By: Farrah Hodgson
Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • Worsted Weight (4) medium, Red Heart Comfort, approximately 300 yards; col. 3179
  • Small Amount of Black Worsted Weight Yarn (Red Heart Super Saver)
  • Crochet Hook Size 6.5mm for hat
  • Crochet Hook Size 5.0mm for eyes

Size: Adult (22-24” Circumference); Toddler/Child (18-21” Circumference);  Baby 3-12mos (15-17” Circumference)

Gauge: 12sc and 12 rows = 4 inches

Stitches Used: Ch=Chain, Sl st=Slip Stitch, Sc=Single Crochet

Special Stitch Used: 
Berry Stitch= Insert your hook in the next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through the 1st loop on your hook, 3 times.  Yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.  Pull the bulge to the front of your work.


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Size: ADULT

Ear Flaps

Row 1: Ch4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs.  (3sc)
Row 2: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 2 sts.  (4sc)
Row 3: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 3 sts.  (5sc)
Row 4: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 4 sts.  (6sc)
Row 5: Ch1, turn, 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 5 sts.  (7sc)
Row 6: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 6 sts.  (8sc)
Row 7: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 7 sts.  (9sc)
Row 8: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 8 sts.  (10sc)
Row 9: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 9 sts.  (11sc)
Row 10: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 10 sts.  (12sc)
Row 11: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 11 sts.  (13sc)
Row 12: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 12 sts.  (14sc)
Row 13: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 13 sts.  (15sc)
Row 14: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 14 sts.  (16sc)
Row 15: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 15 sts.  (17sc)
Row 16: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 16 sts.  (18sc)
Row 17: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 17 sts.  (19sc)
Row 18: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 18 sts.  (20sc)
Row 19: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 19 sts.  (21sc)
Row 20: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 20 sts.  (22sc)
Row 21: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 21 sts.  (23sc)
Row 22: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 22 sts.  (24sc)

Fasten off the 1st side, do not fasten off the 2nd side!


Hat

Rnd 1: Ch 1, turn; sc in next 24 sts (along top of 2nd ear flap), ch 12, attach to 1st ear flap (where you ended off) in the 1st st with a sc; sc in next 23 sts (along top of 1st ear flap); attach to the 1st sc of round with a sl st. (60sts)

Rnd 2: Ch1, turn; sc in next 24sc, sc in next 12 chs, sc in next 24 sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Rnds 3 to 5: Ch1, turn; sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 6:  Ch1, turn, (sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (70sc)
Rnd 7: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (80sc)
Rnd 8: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (80sc)
Rnd 9: Ch1, turn; sc in next 37 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 4sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 37 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 10: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (80sc)
Rnd 11: Ch1, turn; sc in next 35 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 8 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 35 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 12: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (80sc)
Rnd 13: Ch1, turn; sc in next 33 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 12 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 33 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 14: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (80sc)
Rnd 15: Ch1, turn; sc in next 31 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 16 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 31 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 16: Ch1, turn; sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (80sc)
Rnd 17: Ch1, turn; sc in next 27 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next st,* berry st* in next st, sc in next 20 sc, *berry st* in next st, sc in next st, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 27 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnds 18 to 32: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (80sc)
Rnd 33: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (70sc)
Rnd 34: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Rnd 35: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (50sc)
Rnd 36: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (40sc)
Rnd 37: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (30sc)
Rnd 38: Ch1, turn; (sc in next st, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (20sc)
Rnd 39: Ch1, turn, (sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (10sc)
Rnd 40: Ch1, turn; (sc2tog) 5 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (5sc)
Fasten off!


Border

Attach yarn to back side of right earflap and work a row of rsc (reverse single crochet or crab stitch) all of the way around the edge of the hat. Sl st in 1st st to join.  Fasten off.


Eyes (Use Crochet Hook Size 5.0mm) Make Two

Row 1: Ch2, 2sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next st.  (3sc)
Row 3: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 2 sts. (4sc)
Row 4: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 3 sts. (5sc)
Rows 5 to 8: Ch1, turn, sc in next 5 sts. (5sc)
Row 9: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts. (4sc)
Row 10: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts. (3sc)
Row 11: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st.  (2sc)
Row 12: Ch1, turn, sc2tog. (1sc)

-work 1 round of sc around the eye in the ends of the rows, sl st in 1st sc to join.  Fasten off. (24sc)
-Sew eyes evenly onto hat, under the berry sts.  Leave a small space (about 1sc width) between eyes.

Braids

Cut 3 sets of yarn approximately 24 inches long. I used 6 strands per section, =18 total strands for each side.  Pull the strands through bottoms of ear flaps in 3 sections, fold even and braid them. Tie end off.  Do other side.

Sew in all loose ends of hat.

**I added a nose by simply embroidering two lines for nostrils on edge of hat above face.



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TODDLER/CHILD

Ear Flaps

Row 1: Ch4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs.  (3sc)
Row 2: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 2 sts.  (4sc)
Row 3: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 3 sts.  (5sc)
Row 4: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 4 sts.  (6sc)
Row 5: Ch1, turn, 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 5 sts.  (7sc)
Row 6: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 6 sts.  (8sc)
Row 7: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 7 sts.  (9sc)
Row 8: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 8 sts.  (10sc)
Row 9: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 9 sts.  (11sc)
Row 10: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 10 sts.  (12sc)
Row 11: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 11 sts.  (13sc)
Row 12: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 12 sts.  (14sc)
Row 13: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 13 sts.  (15sc)
Row 14: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 14 sts.  (16sc)
Row 15: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 15 sts.  (17sc)
Row 16: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 16 sts.  (18sc)
Row 17: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 17 sts.  (19sc)
Row 18: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 18 sts.  (20sc)

Fasten off the 1st side, do not fasten off the 2nd side!


Hat

Rnd 1: Ch 1, turn; sc in next 20 sts (along top of 2nd ear flap), ch 10, attach to 1st ear flap (where you ended off) in the 1st st with a sc; sc in next 19 sts (along top of 1st ear flap); attach to the 1st sc of round with a sl st. (50sts)
Rnd 2: Ch1, turn; sc in next 20sc, sc in next 10 chs, sc in next 20 sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. (50sc)
Rnds 3 to 5: Ch1, turn; sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 6:  Ch1, turn, (sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Rnd 7: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (70sc)
Rnd 8: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (70sc)
Rnd 9: Ch1, turn; sc in next 33 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 2sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 33 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 10: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (70sc)
Rnd 11: Ch1, turn; sc in next 31 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 6 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 31 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 12: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (70sc)

Rnd 13: Ch1, turn; sc in next 29 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 10 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 29 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 14: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (70sc)
Rnd 15: Ch1, turn; sc in next 25 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next st, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 14 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next st, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 25 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnds 16 to 28: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (70sc)
Rnd 29: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Rnd 30: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (50sc)
Rnd 31: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (40sc)
Rnd 32: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (30sc)
Rnd 33: Ch1, turn; (sc in next st, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (20sc)
Rnd 34: Ch1, turn; (sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (10sc)
Rnd 35: Ch1, turn, (sc2tog) 5 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (5sc)
Fasten off!


Border

Attach yarn to back side of right earflap and work a row of rsc (reverse single crochet or crab stitch) all of the way around the edge of the hat. Sl st in 1st st to join.  Fasten off.


Eyes (Use Crochet Hook Size 5.0mm) Make Two

Row 1: Ch2, 2sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next st.  (3sc)
Row 3: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 2 sts. (4sc)
Rows 4 to 7: Ch1, turn, sc in next 4 sts. (4sc)
Row 8: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts. (3sc)
Row 9: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st. (2sc)
Row 10: Ch1, turn, sc2tog.  (1sc)

-work 1 round of sc around the eye in the ends of the rows, sl st in 1st sc to join.  Fasten off. (20sc)
-Sew eyes evenly onto hat, under the berry sts.  Leave a small space (about 1sc width) between eyes.

Braids

Cut 3 sets of yarn approximately 20 inches long. I used 6 strands per section, =18 total strands for each side.  Pull the strands through bottoms of ear flaps in 3 sections, fold even and braid them. Tie end off.  Do other side.

Sew in all loose ends of hat.

**I added a nose by simply embroidering two lines for nostrils on edge of hat above face.



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 BABY

Ear Flaps

Row 1: Ch4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs.  (3sc)
Row 2: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 2 sts.  (4sc)
Row 3: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 3 sts.  (5sc)
Row 4: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 4 sts.  (6sc)
Row 5: Ch1, turn, 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 5 sts.  (7sc)
Row 6: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 6 sts.  (8sc)
Row 7: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 7 sts.  (9sc)
Row 8: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 8 sts.  (10sc)
Row 9: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 9 sts.  (11sc)
Row 10: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 10 sts.  (12sc)
Row 11: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 11 sts.  (13sc)
Row 12: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 12 sts.  (14sc)
Row 13: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 13 sts.  (15sc)

Fasten off the 1st side, do not fasten off the 2nd side!


Hat

Rnd 1: Ch 1, turn; sc in next 15 sts (along top of 2nd ear flap), ch 10, attach to 1st ear flap (where you ended off) in the 1st st with a sc; sc in next 14 sts (along top of 1st ear flap); attach to the 1st sc of round with a sl st. (40sts)
Rnd 2: Ch1, turn; sc in next 15 sc, sc in next 10 chs, sc in next 15 sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. (40sc)
Rnds 3 to 5: Ch1, turn; sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 6:  Ch1, turn, (sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (50sc)
Rnd 7: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Rnd 8: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Rnd 9: Ch1, turn; sc in next 28 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 2sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 28 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 10: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Rnd 11: Ch1, turn; sc in next 26 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 6 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 26 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 12: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Rnd 13: Ch1, turn; sc in next 22 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next sc, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 10 sts, *berry st* in next st, sc in next st, *berry st* in next st, sc in next 22 sts, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnds 14 to 24: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (60sc)
Rnd 25: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (50sc)
Rnd 26: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (40sc)
Rnd 27: Ch1, turn; (sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (30sc)
Rnd 28: Ch1, turn; (sc in next st, sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (20sc)
Rnd 29: Ch1, turn; (sc2tog) 10 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (10sc)
Rnd 30: Ch1, turn, (sc2tog) 5 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. (5sc)
Fasten off!


Border

Attach yarn to back side of right earflap and work a row of rsc (reverse single crochet or crab stitch) all of the way around the edge of the hat. Sl st in 1st st to join.  Fasten off.


Eyes (Use Crochet Hook Size 5.0mm) Make Two

Row 1: Ch2, 2sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: Ch1, turn; 2sc in 1st st, sc in next st.  (3sc)
Rows 3 to 6: Ch1, turn, sc in next 3 sts. (3sc)
Row 7: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st. (2sc)
Row 8: Ch1, turn, sc2tog.  (1sc)

-work 1 round of sc around the eye in the ends of the rows, sl st in 1st sc to join.  Fasten off. (16sc)
-Sew eyes evenly onto hat, under the berry sts.  Leave a small space (about 1sc width) between eyes.

Braids

Cut 3 sets of yarn approximately 18 inches long. I used 6 strands per section, =18 total strands for each side.  Pull the strands through bottoms of ear flaps in 3 sections, fold even and braid them. Tie end off.  Do other side.

Sew in all loose ends of hat.

**I added a nose by simply embroidering two lines for nostrils on edge of hat above face.




February 12, 2015

Love! Card -free crochet pattern-


Love Card (4)

Love is in the air, and on the card!  You still have a couple of days to whip up these pretty love letters. 

Designed By:  Make My Day Creative

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:

  • Small amounts of yarn in color of your choice
  • Crochet hook to match yarn being used

February 11, 2015

Grandma Hearts -free crochet pattern-




Check out this awesome granny hearts crochet tutorial and make your own pretty Valentine's decor!  You can make the in whichever style yarn or colors that you want.  These make a nice annual holiday decoration.


Designed By: The Royal Sisters

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 
  • 8 ply yarn
  • 3.5 crochet hook


February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Mini Treat Bags -free crochet pattern-


Make Valentine's Day unique and easy with this cute little crocheted candy bag!  Nothing says I care about you more than a hand made gift.

Designed By: Blackstone Designs

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • Worsted Weight Yarn; 1/2 oz Color A; 1/2 oz Color B
  • H/8/5.0mm hook
  • G/6/4.0mm hook 
  • Yarn Needle

February 9, 2015

Learning Cables Cuff (Tutorial) -free crochet pattern-


Cables give an elegant twist and texture to garments.  They look nice, and I've seen them used in crochet garments and accessories several times.  But, I used to be afraid of them, very afraid!  I avoided cabled patterns because it looked difficult.  "Difficult" usually never stopped me before, but this just looked like a lot of work, directions, post stitches, skipping stitches, adding/subtracting, etc. Days, months, years went by...

...then I sat down one day and decided to attack this "cable phobia" and put it finally to rest.  And I was surprised!  It's actually not so hard.  Like learning anything, it may be a bit tricky at first, but with patience and practice, you will be a cable pro in no time.

There's really no "set" rules with crocheting cables.  It depends on your yarn, your hook, and the size of and what exactly you are making.  I decided to write this tutorial to give you an easy start on understanding the crochet cable stitch.  I've added some notes along the way on how you can make your own changes; you can avoid those until you've mastered my mini tutorial, or if you want to be a dare-devil, you can go ahead and make it your own way:)


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Skill Level:  Intermediate - Advanced (you should have a knowledge of the basic crochet stitches)

Materials Used:  
  • I used a stashed Worsted Weight (Medium 4) Yarn by Red Heart -Comfort.
  • Hook Size 3.25mm (I used a smaller hook to make my project tighter)

(you can use any yarn, with any hook to match)

Size:  Custom

Stitches Used:  Ch=chain; Sc=Single Crochet; Dc=Double Crochet; Fpdc=Front Post Double Crochet; Bpdc=Back Post Double Crochet; Fpdtr=Front Post Double Treble Crochet; Sl st=Slip Stitch

**Fpdtr= Yarn over 3 times, insert hook in next st, yo, pull yarn through st, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4 times.
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Row 1: Ch 19; dc in the 4th ch from hook, dc in each of the next 15 chs.



Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn; fpdc over next dc, dc in each of the next 3 dc, fpdc over each of the next 3dc, dc in next dc, fpdc over each of the next 3dc, dc in each of the next 3dc, fpdc over next dc, dc in last st.


**Custom Note: 
  • Notice the two sets of "dc x 3" on each side; this is how much space is on each side of the cable, you can decrease or increase this amount.
  • Notice the two sets of "fpdc x 3" on each side of the center; this is the width of your cables, you can decrease or increase this amount.
  • Notice the "dc" in the very center between the two cables; this is a small space separating the cables.  You can omit this; or you can add another stitch.  You don't want to go too wide, so I would suggest not go any higher than two stitches.
  • All of the above reflects your starting chain, so will have to adjust accordingly.  See note for custom starting chain at end of pattern.


Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn; bpdc over next st, dc in each of the next 3 dc, bpdc over each of the next 3sts, dc in next dc, bpdc over each of the next 3sts, dc in each of the next 3dc, bpdc over next st, dc in last st.



Row 4 (CABLE STITCH): Ch 3, (counts as 1 dc) turn; fpdc over next st, dc in each of the next 3 dc; (skip over next 3 post sts and 1dc) fpdtr over each of the next 3 sts, ...




...(working behind the 3 fpdtr sts just made) dc in skipped dc, ...


**Custom Note: if you did not add a separating stitch(es), omit this step.


...(working in first 3 skipped sts) fpdtr over each of the next 3 sts, dc in each of the next 3 dc, fpdc over post of next st, dc in last st.


**Custom Note:  I used a fp"dtr" for my cable stitches so that I have enough "reach over".  If you're making a smaller cable, you can use a smaller reach stitch, example "tr" or even a "dc" instead.  Sometimes the yarn you choose can also determine this stitch.  A finer yarn may reach better than a course yarn.


Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn; bpdc over next st, dc in each of the next 3 dc, **you may have to pull your work so that you can see the stitches easier** bpdc over each of the next 3sts, dc in next dc, bpdc over each of the next 3sts, dc in each of the next 3dc, bpdc over next dc, dc in last st.



Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn; fpdc over next st, dc in each of the next 3 dc, fpdc over each of the next 3sts, dc in next dc, fpdc over each of the next 3sts, dc in each of the next 3dc, fpdc over next dc, dc in last st.



Row 7: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn; bpdc over next st, dc in each of the next 3 dc, bpdc over each of the next 3sts, dc in next dc, bpdc over each of the next 3sts, dc in each of the next 3dc, bpdc over next dc, dc in last st.


There, that's the cable stitch!  Now repeat Rows 4 to 7, to make your cuff longer!



Rows 8 to 11 (repeat Rows 4-7)



Rows 12-15 (Repeat Rows 4-7)


Rows 16-19 (Repeat Rows 4-7)


Measure to your own wrist as you go.  I have a small wrist, so add another Row 4-7 sequence if you need to!  (or depending on the materials you chose, your gauge may be different than mine)

Row 20 LAST ROW (Repeat Row 4) ** I ended on a rep of Row 4 to close the cable.



-Ch 1, fold over to form a cuff, wrong side facing out; you will join row 1 and the last row together.


....through both rows together, sl st in same st as join, sl st through next post sts, sl st through each of the next 3 sts, sl st through each of the next 3 post sts, sc through next dc, sc through each of the next 3 post sts, sc through each next 3sts, sl st through next post st, sl st through last sts.

;or sew it together:)



Fasten off and weave in ends.  Turn cuff right side out!


Happy Cables!


**Custom:  For your starting chain; there is a 1 dc on each side of the swatch. (=2sts), a fpdc on each side (=2sts), decide how many stitches you want on each side of the cable (example; 2, =4sts), decide how many stitches (wide) you want your cable (example 2; =4 stitches), decide if you want to use the dc stitch which separates the cables (you can omit it, if desired)(example=omitted).  Add your stitches up, this example =12 sts.  Add your turning ch3. = 15chains.

February 8, 2015

Lighthearted Tunic -free crochet pattern-


Lighthearted Tunic

Where your heart on your tunic!  Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you still have time to construct this pretty tunic top.  Where it over anything or layer it up!

Designed By: Double Stitch Twins

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • Red Heart Soft Yarn: 1 skein each 6768 Pink A and 4600 White B
  • Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers


February 7, 2015

Floor Pouf -free crochet pattern-

Crochet Floor Pouf Pattern
How can something so simple be so awesome!  I am exited about this floor pouf.  It's a big poly filled stuffed ball!  You could make this in any color, or even use up your stash yarn and come out with something unique.  This is also a great piece for a kids room!

Designed By:  Twin Dragonfly Designs

Skill Level:  Easy


Materials:
  • Bulky, heavy weight yarn. (Approx. 5 skeins, 120 yds/each)
  • Size 9mm crochet hook
  • 32 oz of poly fill stuffing


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