February 29, 2016

Unicorn Hat -free crochet pattern-


This pattern seemed appropriate today, as my little one is obsessed with unicorns and has been coloring pictures of them all day, (and driving me a little crazy with constant coloring page printing!) I am going to have to make this hat for her!  The crochet unicorn hat is sized from 0-3 months all of the way up to adult, and written very well.

Designed By: Repeat Crafter Me

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 
  • Worsted weight yarn; Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn:Scarlet (Red); Terracotta (Orange); Mustard (Yellow); Fern (Green); Colonial Blue; Dusty Purple; Pink Poodle; White
  • Size H Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Poly-fil for horn
  • Stitch marker (if needed)

February 28, 2016

Bathgate Hat -free crochet pattern-

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If you're looking for something fun, colorful, easy, and to wear all year round, try making your own crochet bathgate hat!  This simple hat is worked in the round from top to bottom.  Use the colors shown, or use your own favorite colors, this hat reminds me very much of the hat worn in the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2016 Ready to Wear collection, that I wonder if that's where the inspiration came from.  Either way, it's a quick and fun project for all! This pattern requires a free membership to Lion Brand's patterns.

Designed By: Lion Brand

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

  • 1 ball each; 761-158 24/7 Cotton: Goldenrod; 761-172 24/7 Cotton: Grass; 761-110 24/7 Cotton: Navy; 761-142 24/7 Cotton: Rose; 761-178 24/7 Cotton: Jade; 761-144 24/7 Cotton: Magenta
  •  Crochet Hook - Size H-8 (5 mm)
  • Split Ring Stitch Markers
  • Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
Size: Finished Circumference About 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm), Hat will stretch to fit a range of sizes Finished Height About 9 in. (23 cm)


February 26, 2016

The Houndstooth Shawl -free crochet pattern-


How amazing is this?  I love the retro houndstooth pattern, and the designer has used it well in creating this perfect crochet shawl!  A nice break from the traditional lace wraps, this houndstooth shawl is stylish and timeless. This is a Ravelry download.

Designed By: Stitches & Woes

Skill Level: Experienced

Materials:

  • MC ‐ 12 balls Black KnitPicks Shine Worsted Yarn (50g/75yds)
  • CC ‐ 9 balls White KnitPicks Shine Worsted Yarn (50g/75yds)
  • Size J Tunisian Crochet hook 
  • 1 ¼” Button 
  •  ½” Snap 
  • Tapestry Needle

Get the Pattern! -This is not a free pattern anymore, sorry folks :(

February 24, 2016

Tommy "Crochet" Hilfiger -Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

I've been spending the past few days researching for an upcoming article, and came across the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2016, Ready to Wear fashion runway show.  So.... sidetracked now from my original article, I have to stop and share this show with you!

While I'm not the biggest fan of Tommy Hilfiger's work, this show stopped me dead in my tracks, because I loved it, and of course, you've guessed it: crochet is involved!  And when I say "involved", I mean it takes over a large portion of the show!

The amount of crochet work that went into the pieces shown on the runway is astounding!  I can't help but think, "Who made this?!" and "How long did it take?!"  Maybe I don't want to know the answer.... but the great part is, YOU CAN MAKE THESE YOURSELF, or most of them anyway. I would say if you have a lot of experience and have the concept of making your own patterns, some of these should be no problem to free-style.  (though they may take a lot of time)

Chioma Nnadi of Vogue.com writes:
"And speaking of crochet, the boho textile was all over the collection, including the neckline of patchwork and billowing chiffon dresses. The crochet bathing suit, that linchpin of a ’70s bohemian wardrobe, was re-created in several ways, too, and it was refreshing to see Gigi Hadid, a model whose gorgeous womanly body recalls the first wave of free-spirited travelers that came to Jamaica in the late ’60s, striding down the runway in a string bikini. Reason enough to want to run off to a tropical island, or at least dress the part until you can."
 The following photos include all of the "crochet" pieces, but if you want to see the entire show, check it out! (All photos credit to Vogue.com)


Crochet borders and hemlines add a nice edge to fabric garments.  You can do this yourself very easily if you have an EdgeIt tool (a crochet hook with a sharp point for crocheting into fabric) or by sewing yarn evenly along the edge, and crocheting into the seam.

 


Pair up a crochet edged top or bikini with a crochet skirt!  Skirts are my favorite spring and summer garment!!!

 


Crochet tops look hot with any type of bottoms...



... or mix up crochet and knit to complete a full sleeve sweater.  (Check out the granny stitch along the seam of the sleeves!)  Here's an idea... take two old sweaters, remove the sleeves from one and attach them to the other sweater with a granny stitch!

 



... or just crochet the entire sweater! One doesn't usually think of sweaters during the summer, but they make a great beach cover-up.

 


We spoke of crochet edges, but crochet also adds character and beauty when used as a larger piece, a yoke, or topper of a fabric dress!  See my past article Crochet & Fabric

 



Or you could just crochet a whole dress... I love the first one, i think I'll make it :)

 


The following dresses are "almost" entirely crocheted, but the bottom third of the dress appears to be a woven fabric which is attached to the crochet top.  The makers probably got tired! (crochet cannot be done by machine, everything you see that is crocheted has been hand made)

 


She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny multi-colored crochet bikini... Have you made a crochet bikini before?  They're actually pretty easy!  And the best part is that they are quick to make.




While bikinis are easy to make, a crochet bathing suit or "monokini" is a bit more difficult. They require more detail and absolute proper measurements to fit properly. 



There you have it!  Crochet, style, color, shapes.... this collection has a serious retro vibe.  It's an exciting year for crochet.... trust me!

February 23, 2016

Lacy Swing Cardigan -free crochet pattern-


I can't wait for summer, and I'm beginning to see pieces of it showing up everywhere which makes me excited! This pattern for a light crochet summer cardigan caught my attention right away.  The lines, the structure, the design, everything! This looks great paired up with a nice summer dress as shown, but it would also look pretty hot with a tank and jeans.

Designed By: Premier Yarns Design Team

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: 
  • Premier Yarns Cotton Fair 27-09 Lavender—3 (3, 4, 4, 4) balls 
  • Hook: US Size F-5 (3.75mm) 
  • Tapestry needle

Size: X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)


February 22, 2016

Red Heart Cares First Aid Kit -free crochet pattern-

Red Heart Cares Crochet First Aid Kit

Here's a clever crochet pattern that I can't wait to make!  I have all of the first aid supplies to fill it, which are hanging out in my bathroom cabinet and fall out every time I open the door, so a case to hold them is a must!  This pattern is also available in a knit version.

Designed By: Nancy Anderson

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: 
  • Red Heart Super Saver Accent: 1 skein 361 Putty OR Red Heart Super Saver: 1 skein 3950 Charcoal 
  • Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet size 3: 1 ball each 201 White B and 006 Scarlet C
  • Crochet Hook: 3.75mm [US F-5], 3.5mm [US E-4] and 2.25mm [US B-1]
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • Four size 4 black brass sew-on snaps for inner pocket flaps, 
  • two [22 mm] brushed metal buttons for outer flap closure, 
  • matching sewing thread, 
  • needle 
  • straight pins



February 21, 2016

3 Scoops Mittens - free crochet pattern-


Yum, ice cream!  This crochet mitten project may make you drool, but they are pretty cute.  So if you've got a craving for ice cream in the winter, this pattern is for you!  This is also a great pattern for learning some new stitches.

Designed By: The Unknown Orchard

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
  • worsted weight yarn; acrylic in multiple colors. 
  • Crochet hook size: I used a 4mm (size 8 or F) 
Size: Custom


February 19, 2016

Granny Shrug -free crochet pattern-

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This pretty crochet shrug is extra wonderful because it's easy to make!  If you know how to make a granny square, no problem.  There is no sizing information available, however, I think it would be pretty simple to figure out.  

Designed By: Hooks and Heels

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 

  • Yarn of choice (lots)
  • Hook to match yarn of choice
  • Yarn Needle
  • Brooch Clip or Button

February 17, 2016

Market Day Bag -free crochet pattern-

Free Pattern

Although the colors used in this crochet bag are not quite my style, I really love the design!  I can imagine this bag in neutrals or brown tones to give it a bohemian feel.  This would not be a beginner pattern, and one must have some experience or concept of switching and carrying colors, but the end result is worth it. It's beautiful!

Designed By: Drops Design

Skill Level: Experienced

Materials: 
  • Drops Paris from Garnstudio200 g color no 24, dark gray; 150 g color no 01, apricot; 100 g color no 23, light gray; 100 g color no 06, shocking pink; 100 g color no 17, off white; 50 g color no 41, mustard
  • Crochet Hook size 4.5 mm/US 7

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February 15, 2016

Boho Gypsy Body Chain Necklace -free crochet pattern-

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First, I must say the model (designer?) is absolutely gorgeous!  Second, the crochet necklace is pretty stunning as well!  After sitting around all winter, making hats, scarves, and mittens, it's nice to change to something else, and this project makes a nice break.  Working with crochet threads and light weight yarns and beads can be really fun, so why not give this beauty a try?

Designed By: Crochetverse

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
  • 100 yards sport weight yarn 
  • Size F(3.75mm) crochet hook
  • (6) stitch markers (different colors so you can tell the different marked chains,
  •  (40) 8mm beads with a hole large enough for your yarn to pass through 
  • (1) clasp
  • (1) pendant of your choice
  • Beading needle to string beads and tapestry needle to weave ends

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February 13, 2016

Sweet-ish Sublety Hat -free crochet pattern-

Valentine's Day Hat Free Pattern

This pretty hat comes right in time for Valentine's Day, but would look great for any day! Using a light weight yarn allows the hat to be very comfortable and stretchy. The pattern also includes 3 sizes.  So have a heart and make yours today!

Designed By: Melody's Makings

Skill level: Intermediate

Materials:
  • Loops & Threads Woolike
  • Hook size 4.0 mm (G)

Sizes available: Baby, Child, Adult


February 11, 2016

Have A Heart - 14 Free Valentine Heart Patterns-

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and because I love and appreciate all of you, my followers, I want to share all of these perfect heart crochet patterns with you! xoxo....

Get your heart on and be inspired with these lovely crochet heart designs and ideas!  What's great about these, is that usually when you find a great applique or motif, you can think of several things to do with them!

1. Heart Strings Garland by Red Heart

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Valentine Heart Coaster 



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Layered Flower in a Heart free crochet pattern



(Multi) Lovely Little Hearts


There's 14 Valentine Crochet patterns for February 14th!  But then I found another one, and well... I have to add it as a bonus pattern because I love zombies... and my favorite tv show (The Walking Dead!!!) returns on the same day, eeeeek!


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xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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