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Celtic Heart Necklace -free crochet pattern-

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All you need is very basic crochet skills to make this pretty crochet necklace, however; you do need a keen eye for detail as you follow a template in order to weave this piece together.  All it is, is a long crocheted chain.  You weave it as per the diagram, and then add a nice lacy border.  That's it!  This simple project is great for Valentine's Day!

Designed By: Jennifer E. Ryan for Red Heart

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 
Red Heart Bella: 1 ball 00010 Middle BlueCrochet Hook: 3.5mm [US E-4]Photocopy of Knot Diagram, sized to measure 8 cm [3”] x 8 cm [3”], foam or cork block, 13 cm [5”] square, 20-30 sewing pinsjewelry pliersribbon clamps (2)jump rings (2)necklace claspyarn needle
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Crossing Stitches Leg Warmers -free crochet pattern-

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A great way to keep you legs warm during the cold winter months are legwarmers of course.  Wear them casually around the house or dress them up with a nice pair of shoes and leggings.  you can even wear them as boot cuffs if they fit under your boots, or wear them over top of your boots!  These beauties feature a spiked stitch to add interest to this nice design.  This is a Ravelry download.

Designed By: Frenchie Leigh

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:

approx 164yds; 2 skeins Stitch Studio by Nicole Heartfelt Heritage or Lion’s Brand Hometown USA (each skein makes 1 leg warmer; Super Bulky N/10mm Hook Yarn needle for weaving endsFinished Measurements: 6in across and 13.5in tall

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Preemie/Newborn Valentine Puppy Hat -free crochet pattern-

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This wee little Valentine puppy hat is adorable!  The patter is sized from preemie to newborn only, however... I think this would be very easy to adjust to a larger size if needed.  This crochet pattern includes excellent written instructions for the hat and all of the attachments.

Designed By: Cream of the Crop Crochet

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:

Extra soft worsted weight yarn; white, red, and blackSize 4.00mm (G-6) Crochet HookTwo small black buttonsYarn Needle
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Overlay Crochet Heart -free crochet pattern-

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These little crochet hearts are perfect for Valentine's Day.  There are so many options and ideas for these!  While they look lovely in traditional pinks and reds, this is another great project to use up your scrap yarn.  You could use them to make a garland, coasters, embellishments for hats, scarves, headbands, home decor such as cushions, double them up and make a small pouch, and more!  I especially love the overlay and how the background color peaks through.  The pattern is written very nicely and not only includes a photo tutorial, but a diagram as well.

Designed By: A Bag Full of Crochet

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:

Vinnis Colour Nikkim Yarn OR any yarn4mm hook. OR hook to match yarn being used
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Argyle Bean bag Ottoman -free crochet pattern-

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I love it!  This cool crochet ottoman uses an argyle pattern to cover a bean bag chair.  I think this would be a great way to reuse an old bean bag and give it new life.  Make it the colors of your choice to match your room decor!

Designed By: Dana Bincer for Red Heart

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: 
Red Heart Soft: 2 balls each 9870 Deep Sea A and 4420 Guacamole B; 6 balls 9010 Charcoal C; 1 ball 4601 Off White DCrochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8] and 6.5mm [US K-10.5]Stitch markerYarn needle21" x 21" x 21" (53.5 x 53.5 x 53.5 cm) bean bag 
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Queen of Hearts Fingerless Gloves -free crochet pattern-

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Check out these sweet heart fingerless gloves!  Make them in time for Valentine's Day, however, they are so cute, you can wear them anytime.  I love how the red hearts stand out against the black.This is a Ravelry download.

Designed By: Recoverista

Skill level: Intermediate

Materials:

One skein of Wibra Nova 5 ply in black, or any other cottony sports weight yarn (110m / 50gr)One skein of Phildar Partner 6 in red, or any similar worsted weight / 10ply yarn (65m / 50gr)3.5mm or E sized hookscissors
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New Year Round-Up: 6 Things I want to learn in 2016, and so should you!

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Happy New year!  Well... I know I'm a little late, it's well into January, but I've just finished up all of my projects and custom orders from December. So to me, it finally really feels like the new year has just begun!  With a new year, of course, comes resolutions, goals, and aspirations.  Mine always seem to revolve around business, crafting, and most importantly... learning.  There's nothing more self gratifying than learning a new technique or lesson, because it helps you grow and have the ability to share what you've learned with others.

Last year was a very busy year for me outside of crafting, but I did manage to learn a couple new things!  I learned how to crochet cables of all sizes and styles, and I finally overcame my fear of broomstick lace.  (I began broomstick lace by learning how to make a scarf from this amazing video tutorial from b.hooked) Now I need to break my addiction from those techniques (but they're really fun!), and I'm very eage…

Big & Cozy Floor Pillow -free crochet pattern-

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I love crochet when it coincides with home decor!  Check out this big chunky pillow pattern from Red Heart.  Using a bulky yarn and large hook, it works up quickly and makes a nice accent for your home!  What's great about making your own decor, is that you can make it any color you want to match the rest of your room. This pattern requires a lot of sewing and assembling, but I'm guilty of using my old outdated pillows as the form for my new crochet ones!

Designed By: Jessie Rayot

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
Red Heart Grande: 12 balls 402 FoggyCrochet Hook: 11.5mm [US P-16]Large plastic canvas needle1¾ yd (1.6 m) purchased fabricsewing needle (or optional sewing machine) and matching threadlarge bag of polyester fiberfillstraight pins
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Half -n- Half Slouch -free crochet pattern-

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The ever so popular slouchy hat has taken over the crochet world by storm these past few years, and this simple hat is a great pattern to add to your collection.  Instead of working in the round, you work back and forth in rows and the hat is cinched together in the end.  One side of the hat uses basic single crochet stitches to give the ribbed effect and works into a nice stitch pattern as you work up the opposite side of the hat!

Designed By: Little Monkeys Crochet

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
I hook (5.50mm)About 190 yards of Lion Brand Heartland* (Sample color: Mammoth Cave); #4 worsted; 100% Acrylic; 5oz/142g (251yd/230m)Yarn NeedleSize: One Size Fits Most (Preteen - Adult Woman).

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Double Layered Braided Cowl -free crochet pattern-

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You will be sure to catch attention with this bold and beautiful braided crochet cowl!  If you know your basic crochet stitches, then you'll have no problem completing this project.  The pattern includes a photo tutorial which will help you assemble the braids, and what's also very cool, is the button fastening on the back that closes the cowl!

Designed By: Shehnaaz Afzar

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: Worsted weight yarn in color Linen from Lion Brand Vanna's Choice. Hook- H (5 mm)Yarn needle to weave in the endsOne 1 inch wooden buttonSize: One size fits all women and teens.
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My Grey Sock Boot Cuffs -free crochet pattern-

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I was finishing up a project one day that used these yarns, and didn't really have enough left to make anything big.  Then I went on to make some boot cuffs using a different color and pattern for a friend... and while making those boot cuffs, the idea for these boot cuffs popped into my head.  I've included 3 different sizes, depending on where you will wear them on your legs, as boots have different heights. The small (12 inch) size is the standard size. I really like the traditional grey/red/white colors that you often see in knit socks (and monkeys) so here it is!

Designed By: Farrah Hodgson

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 

less than 1/4  ball Grey worsted (4) yarn (Craftsmart from Micheals was used)small amount of Aran (off white) worsted (4) yarn (Red Heart Super Saver was used)small amount of dark red worsted (4) yarn (Scrap yarn was used, unsure of brand, but any will do)Crochet hook size 4.00mm
Sizes: Small, Medium, and Large (size adjustments in parenthesis)
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Starburst Granny Square Arm Warmers -free crochet pattern-

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I love granny squares and I love this crochet pattern!  Arm warmers (or fingerless gloves, mittens, glittens, whatever you want to call them) have become a popular winter fashion accessory mostly due to the cell phone age.  Freeing up your fingers to perform tasks limited by mittens and gloves can look very stylish!

Designed By: whistle & Ivy

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 

Size H Crochet Hook Medium Weight Yarn in Three Colors
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Monkey Lunch Box -free crochet pattern-

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I feel like posting a really cute pattern today!  This crochet monkey lunch box is sure to bring smiles to everyone, including kids, teachers, yourself, and maybe even your co-workers!  If you have no need for a lunch box, this also makes a great carrying case for storing anything you want.

Designed By: Melody's Makings

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 

Approximately 220-235 Yards of Worsted (4) Weight Yarn (Approx. 200-210 Base Color 1, Approx. 20-25 Accent Color 2). Approx. 5- 10 Yards of Matching Fun Fur (OPTIONAL) Crochet Hook: Size 5.5 mm (I/9)2 5/8” Buttons for Eyes Yarn or Tapestry Needle
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French Mini Peacock Feather -free crochet pattern-

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These colorful little crochet peacock feathers are perfect for use as jewelry, such as earrings, and necklaces. You could probably even make an amazing headpiece with these!  Use them for whatever you want and tie them into whichever project you wish, because they are so pretty! This is a Ravelry download.

Designed By: Christa Veenstra

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

Hook: 2.5 mm / C Tapestry needle: to weave in the ends Yarn brand and weight: Scheepjes mercerized cotton, sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)Size: Motif size: approx. 4 x 5 cm / 1.6 x 2 inch

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Bulky Accidental Spiral Slouch -free crochet pattern-

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This really cool crochet slouch hat also has a worsted weight version, but personally, I love this version the most! (the other one is still pretty cool, check it out) I love the large texture and how the post stitches change direction, giving the spiral effect. This pattern uses bulky yarn, which also makes it work up quickly.

Designed By: AG Handmades

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 

2 skeins Bulky weight yarn (Chunky/ 12ply)6mm hook5.5mm hookyarn needle
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Sparkler Mitts -free crochet pattern-

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Do you want to try something fun this new year?  Check out these awesome fingerless mitts!  The designer has included everything you need in this tutorial like pattern, from photos, videos, and diagrams.  This may not be a beginner or easy pattern, but with basic knowledge of your stitches you should have no problem.  These mitts are so cool!

Designed By: Knitting and so on

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: 
3mm crochet hookabout 40 to 45 grams of fingering weight yarn4 removable stitch markersa tapestry needle to weave in ends
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Legwarmer Slippers -free crochet pattern-

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These crochet legwarmer boot style slippers are a result of a custom order that I recently made for a customer.  I was sent a random photo of some slippers that were posted on a local buy/sell web site, so "someone" has made these before.  But from which pattern?  Did they invent them?  What materials did they use?  I do not know!  A google image search brought me this one and only photo which has since been removed.  ( I assume they sold them!)  So... began the thought process.  The slipper bottoms look a lot like the bottoms of of my short crocodile boots, so I rolled with that.  The tops, are really easy, just basically rows of dc stitches.  The tops are attached to the bottoms as you work from top to bottom, with no sewing required! But as simple as they are, they are quite cute and comfy!  Enjoy!
Designed By: Farrah Hodgson

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
Craftsmart Value (from Micheals, similar to Red Heart Super Saver) Worsted (4) 364 yds/333m; 7oz/198g; 1 ball grey.Bernat …

Comfy Squares Textured Cowl -free crochet pattern-

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'Tis another season of warm textured everything!  Here's a great crochet cowl pattern that uses simplicity to create something beautiful!  Ribbing, simple crochet stitches, a nice lightweight yarn, and a solid color, make this cowl stand bold.

Designed By: Little Monkeys Crochet

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
Hook: H (5.0mm)Yarn: 420-430 yards of #3 (light) yarn Yarn needle
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Diana Newsboy Hat -free crochet pattern-

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I love a great newsboy hat, and I love this particular crochet pattern.  The newsboy seems to be a timeless style of hat that looks good on everyone!  This pattern also uses bulky yarn, which makes it work up quickly.

Designed By: Divine Debris

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 
US K (6.50 mm) Crochet Hook3.5 – 3.8 oz/ 110 – 117 yards bulky/ size 5 yarnI used Loops and Threads’ Charisma in Dark Purple and TaupeNeedle to weave your ends in
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Snow Drops Reversible Cowl -free crochet pattern-

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What a great idea!  This beautiful crochet cowl uses simple double crochet stitches on one side, and elegant lace on the other.  By crocheting them together, the result is a reversible, extra thick, lovely cowl with interesting texture!

Designed By: Tamara Kelly (Moogly Blog)

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 
US-I, 5.5 mm hook500 yds LB Collection Superwash Merino; Color A – Ivory: 1 ball – 200 yds; Color B – Eggplant: 1 ball – 300 ydsStitch markersFinished Size: 7.5″ wide x 17″ wide laid flat (34″ around)


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