October 29, 2015

Gaucho Poncho -free crochet pattern-



I love every pattern that comes from Drops Design.  Their gorgeous models and photography always help too!  This lovely poncho design uses the granny stitch, very similar to a granny square.  This garment even has a detachable collar! Fringed edges and a drawstring complete the look.  Simple things can look so amazing when yo use the right yarn and colors.  But remember, a project like this requires a lot of yarn!

Designed By: Drops Design

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 
  • DROPS Big Delight from Garnstudio 800-900-1000 g color no 04, marina
  • Crochet Hook Size 5.5 mm/I/9 
Size: S/M - L/XL - XXL/ XXXL


October 28, 2015

Monkey Hat -free crochet pattern-


With sizing instructions from baby up to adult, this crochet monkey hat is adorable for all ages!  It is a simple concept which is suitable for even beginners.  Imagine the color combinations you could use for this hat as well! And let's not forget that it is perfect for chilly weather, keeping those ears warm.

Designed By:  Mamachee

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 
  • Worsted Weight Cottonin two colors: MC and CC
  • I hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
Size: 0-3 mos, 3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, toddler, child, teen/adult


October 27, 2015

Blanket Yarn Fedora -free crochet pattern-


I got a really great deal on this Bernat Blanket Yarn, so I stocked up on a few balls.  I made several beautiful pillows, and had one ball left.  I had so much fun with this yarn that I felt like trying to make something different.  That's where the pattern for my Fast Blanket Mittens came from.  

I still had quite a bit of yarn left and decided to make a hat.  The Blanket Yarn is very soft, but holds its shape very well, so the fedora came to mind!  I've attempted many fedoras in the past, and they only work with a stiff or thick yarn to keep the shape of the brim and the puckering at the top.  Not only was this hat fun, it was very quick to work up!  Enjoy :)

Designed By: Farrah Hodgson aka Firene

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • Size 6 Super Bulky Yarn; Bernat Blanket Yarn, 1 ball Vintage White; 10.5oz/300g; 220 yds/201m; (you will have some left over)
  • Size 8.0mm crochet hook
  • Stitch Marker (optional)
Size: Adult head

Gauge: 8sc and 8 rows = 4 inches

Stitches Used: Ch=Chain; Sc=Single Crochet; Sl st=Slip Stitch; Rsc (crab st)=Reverse Single Crochet- optional


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Rnd 1: Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5 chs, 4sc in last ch; working along backside of chains, sc in next 6 chs, 4sc in last ch, do not join. (20sc)

-working in continuous rounds-

Rnd 2: sc in next 7 sts, (2sc in next st) twice, sc in next 8 sts, (2sc in next st) twice, sc in next st.(24sc)

Rnd 3: (Sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) twice. (28sc)

Rnd 4: sc in next 8 sts, (2sc in next st) 6 times, sc in next 8 sts, (2sc in next st) 6 times. (40sc)

Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st) 10 times. (50sc)

Rnds 6 to 18: sc in each st around. (50sc)

Rnd 19: -working in FRONT loops only- (sc in next st, 2sc in next st) 25 times. (75sc)

Rnds 20 and 21: Sc in each st around. (75sc)

Rnd 22: Sc in next 27 sts, (2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) 3 times, 2sc in next st, sc in next 38 sts, sl st in next st to join.

Rnd 23: -Working backwards, using a RSC (reverse single crochet) or also known as CRAB st- rsc in each st around. (79sts), sl st in 1st st to join. Fasten off!

Note: Instead of Crab (Rsc st) you could also loosely sl st around edge.  I use the crab st, because I love the look and it gives a nice finished edge.


Band: I used scrap yarn that I had laying around, I believe it was a sport weight baby yarn.  But you can use any yarn, or just use a ribbon if you'd like.  I made a chain long enough to go around the hat, plus a bit more to have some overlap for a button.  Then I made one row of sc sts, next row was dc sts, and last row sc sts again.  The center dc row was used as a button hole row.


**Copyright. You may NOT copy, sell, or re-distribute this pattern.  You MAY link to this pattern via social media, blogs, web sites, forums. You MAY sell the finished product!

October 26, 2015

Dreamcatcher -free crochet pattern-

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There are many ways to crochet a dreamcatcher and so many variations that can be done!  I've made several of these in the past, using wire wreath ring, but if you have anything circular, it can be used!  This particular tutorial uses an embroidery ring and gives you excellent instructions on how to make your own!  This mini dreamcatcher is pretty, simple, and creates a cool accent for your home.  

Designed By: Shellie Wilson

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • Embroidery hoop 10 cm diameterWorsted weight yarn (I used white)
  • 4.00 mm & 4.5 mm (G/6 & 7 hook)
  • Tapestry needle
  • White thread
  • Decorative items (beads, fabric scraps, ribbon, lace, cords, yarn)

October 24, 2015

Rib Turban Headband -free crochet pattern-

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Crochet headbands are such a great stash buster!  But I also love the look of the yarn used in the design of this pattern, it has great color and stitch definition.  This lovely headband uses post stitches and one cable which crosses over the front.  The headband would be easy to adjust for anyone's head.  I can't wait to give this one a try!

Designed By: Crafty Queens

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: any yarn or hook, used in pattern follows:
  • 1,5 ball Scheepjes Stonewashed XL – 5mm hook
  • 1 ball Scheepjes Merino – 5mm hook
  • 1 ball Scheepjes Stonewashed – 4mm hook
  • 1 ball Scheepjes Softfun Denim – 4mm hook
Size: Adjustable


October 23, 2015

Halloween Coasters -free crochet patterns-


Here's a collection of quick and easy, stash-busting coasters for Halloween!  These are so simple, yet absolutely adorable.  They make a great addition to your annual Halloween decor, and kids will love them! 

Designed By: Krawka

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: See each pattern individually.


October 22, 2015

Wave Stitch Fingerless Gloves -free crochet pattern-

Wave Stitch Finger less gloves WEB PAGE

Want to learn something new today?  The "wave" stitch is used in the construction of these beautiful textured finger-less gloves!  I love how the designer used alternate colors and stitching to give these gloves a luxurious and interesting look.  The pattern includes videos for the left handed version, right handed version, and written instructions as well!

Designed By: Meladoras Creations

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: 
  • 4 mm or in the US you could use a size G hook
  • 1 skein of worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10 ply AU 100 grams / 3.5. oz 240 meters / 262 yards

October 21, 2015

Wednesday Addams Coplay Hat -free crochet pattern-


Wednesday Addams Cosplay Hat

Halloween is getting close, and if you don't have a costume yet, here's another idea!  If you're a fan of the Addams Family, you will already know who Wednesday Addams is, but if not... The Addams Family was a cartoon about an eccentric, spooky, wealthy family; invented in New York 1938, which later became a tv show, feature film with spin offs, and a musical to boot!  

Designed By: Koneko Kawaii

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • 4 ply Worsted Weight Yarns, 1 Skein
  • 4.25 MM Hook
  • Stitch Markers
Size: Adult Head


October 19, 2015

Twisty Cabled Beanie -free crochet pattern-

CrochetKim Free Crochet Pattern | Twisty Cabled Beanie @crochetkim

Designer Kim Guzman does it again!  How awesome is this beautiful cabled crochet hat?! There's just something mesmerizing about cables, they look great in everything from sweaters, legwarmers, hats, headbands, you name it, it looks good.  While crochet cables can tend to be a bit tricky to learn, once you get the know how, you will be literally hooked. This nice flower detail brings the hat together.

Designed By: Kim Guzman

Skill Level: Advanced

Materials: 
  • Red Heart Super Saver (aran weight, 100% acrylic) approx. 208 yards (shown in color Linen)
  • Suggested hook sizes: M-13 [9mm] (larger hook) and H-8 [5mm] (smaller hook)
  • Stitch marker (or small piece of scrap yarn)
  • Needle (for weaving ends)
Size: Hat body 26″, brim 19″ (stretchy), height 9″


October 15, 2015

Wiggin' Out -Article-

Wigs!  They have quite a history, going back to ancient times when they were used as protection against the sun and for cultural practices.  But even back then, they were still highly regarded as a fashion accessory.  The Egyptians used them for practical use but also to show stature in their community.  Fast forward many years, and the wig explodes into the fashion scene thanks to the royal patronage.  They were wild, heavy, uncomfortable, but for the sake of fashion, they were a must have!  Anyone who was "anybody important" owned a wig.

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Barrister's Wig Free Pattern!
The stress of wearing a wig eventually became too much, and wig designs became smaller and more defined.  This was a time when the barristers wig or periwig became popular (those silly white wigs with the defined curls that men wore) , and women began opting for hair extensions over a full wig.

Then the wig took a downfall in fashion, and wasn't quite so popular for some time.  They were used only by people who had thinning, or had lost their hair.

Today, wigs are everywhere again, thanks to technology and advances in synthetic fibers. and also thanks to mega media icons.  Wigs and hair extensions have once again become a normal fashion accessory.  They are still even used as cultural practices and for social stature in some parts of the world!

So there's a brief history of fashion wigs, which leads me to my favorite part of wearing a wig, which is just for pure fun and costume!  They have been forever present in theater and movies, and are the perfect accessory to play "someone else"!  Sometimes wigs can be very cheap from the typical costume wigs that you see at Halloween to the outrageous masterpieces created by professional costume designers.

Tying all of these things together, of course there's got to be such thing as a crochet wig!  When I think of a yarn wig, I think of dolls with their yarn hair, but there are some really cool yarns out there to give you a completely different look!  But not limited to yarn type, I've even seen some wigs come to life by using special stitch work and patterns!  

I remember my very fist experience with a yarn wig.  My mother made me a "witch hair" wig for Halloween when I was a child, out of grey Phentex slipper yarn, which was perfect for a witch!  About 10 years ago, I made a black doll hair wig for myself, complete with bangs and pigtails.  It was awesome!

That's me many years ago :D
The theory behind making your own basic yarn wig is not hard at all!  You basically crochet a hat, (I prefer mesh, it's faster), and attach several pieces of measured yarn by strategically tying them onto the hat to create the look you want.  It is more time consuming than anything!

I've been scrolling through the internet, seeking cool crochet wig designs, and I've come across so many!  Not all are "free"of course, and I will only post the free ones.  But if you have time, go check out "crochet wigs" on Etsy, you won't be disappointed!








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Download the Free Pattern for a Crochet Mod Wig from Crochet Today! Magazine Download the Free Pattern for a Crochet Mod Wig from Crochet Today! Magazine


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Will you make your own fun wig?  I'd love to see your creations, post them on our Facebook Wall!

October 13, 2015

Wonderland Mittens -free crochet pattern-

12WeeksChristmasCAL Week #2 ~ Wonderland Mittens ~ Free Crochet Pattern

It's the time of year to whip up those awesome mitten patterns that you have saved all year long, and here's another wonderful pattern to add to that list!  These mittens feature a pretty wave design along with the use of subtle and soft color change, thanks to Red Heart's Boutique Treasure yarn. This pattern is part of a 12 week crochet a long (CAL).

Designed By: Charmed by Ewe

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • 2 Skeins of Red Heart Boutique Treasure in any color (200 – 225 yards needed for Teen/Adult size) 
  • 5.0 mm (H-8) crochet hook or size needed to obtain the gauge
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Size: Child, Teen/Adult


October 12, 2015

Half Spiderweb -free crochet pattern-

(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Crochet Half Spiderweb Pattern

Crochet decor is especially fun when it comes to a holiday!  This cool spiderweb design is a great way to make your home spooky for Halloween.  Add them to your doors, windows, corners, and go further by adding some fake spiders.  This is a free Craftsy download.

Designed By: Crochet It Baby!

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • Light Weight Yarn
  • G/4.00mm Hook
  • Yarn Needle

October 9, 2015

Dragon Wing Scarf -free crochet pattern-


Dragon Wing Scarf ~ free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home

If you're looking for a nice flowing scarf, look no further!  The Dragon Wing scarf does just that, with it's texture, sections, and drape. A nice warm scarf is the perfect winter accessory.  If you love this scarf, also check out the Dragon Wing cowl from the same designer!

Designed By: Jessie Rayot

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: 
  • Crystal Palace Panda Pearl: 53% Bamboo/42% Merino/5% Silk in 9210 Lake Blues 164 grams/360 yds
  • Hook: US 7/4.5mm

Size: 36″ long and 23″ at widest point


October 7, 2015

Halloween Cat Hat -free crochet pattern-


Make a cute Halloween cat themed hat!  This pattern includes instructions for all sizes from 0-3 months up to adult!  Themed hats always look sweet on kids, but bring out your youth and make one for yourself!  

Designed By: Katy/ Wild and Wonderful

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • Black worsted weight yarn
  • Orange worsted weight yarn
  • Crochet hook size H-8 (5.0 mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Fabric glue (if desired)

October 5, 2015

The Hadley Slouch -free crochet pattern-



It's slouch hat season and here's another beauty from the Examiner!  A simplistic design and the use of a single color give this pattern a nice elegant look.  It is easy, uses only two stitches and can made in only a couple of hours.  

Designed By: Acquanetta Ferguson

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
  • Red Heart Worsted Weight in Aran or any comparable worsted weight I used less than half a skein
  • H hook
  • Tapestry Needle
Size: Teen to Women (20” to 22”)


October 3, 2015

Day of the Dead Cozies -free crochet pattern-


Day of the Dead Cozies

These Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Cozies come in time to have ready for you to celebrate the festive season.  I think they are super fun, and would probably use them all year round!  You can use these for pretty much anything; to hold candy, drinks, treats, craft supplies, etc.

Designed By: Michele Wilcox

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 

  • Red Heart Super Saver: 1 skein 672 Spring Green, 886 Blue, 324 Bright Yellow, 254 Pumpkin, 311 White, 312 Black, 390 Hot Red, and 722 Pretty in Pink
  • Crochet Hook: 4.25mm [US G-6]. 
  • Yarn needle 
  • 3 1-quart Mason jars
  • black embroidery floss

October 2, 2015

The "Andy" Button Scarf -free crochet pattern-


The Andy Button Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern // by Rescued Paw Designs

How pretty is this?!  At first glance, i thought it was a button cowl, which I love.  But this design gets even better, because it's really a long scarf, that you can make look like a button cowl!  This clever pattern uses ribbing along the entire length to give that nice fitted look, along with end buttons so that you can simply turn it into a cowl, keeping the scarf in place around your neck.  I think I'll be making one of these for myself in the very near future!

Designed By: Krista Cagle

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner

Materials:
  • Size J crochet hook 6.00 mm
  • Yarn needle
  • 340 yards of Lion brand Vanna’s choice yarn in Linen (or any worsted weight (4) yarn.
  • Two 1″ buttons 
Size: approx. 64″ circumference & 6″ width


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