Free Crochet Pattern: Modern Bag Saver

By Amy Yarbrough – November 3rd, 2020 7 Comments

If you normally keep those extra grocery bags stuffed into a cabinet then this pattern is for you! This is a simple pattern that works up quickly — that much closer to an organized cabinet. By making the adjustable ring large to begin with you have a hole in the bottom just big enough to pull out a bag but not so big they fall out themselves. The top is made like a drawstring bag, opening easily to add more bags and closing when it is hung up.

I used some leftover Bernat Home Dec yarn to make this bag saver because it makes such clean and neat stitches, but feel free to choose another bulky weight yarn of your choice.

Have you ever considered making your own bag saver? Give it a try!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Rustic Pumpkin Favor Bag

By Amy Yarbrough – September 29th, 2020 Be the first to comment

Last year I designed the first favor bag that began a trend when I designed the Carrot Favor Bag for Easter. Since then I have crocheted a total of 6 favor bag designs, 4 revolving around Spring, you might say, and 2 at Christmas. Be sure to check out my other Favor Bag Crochet Patterns. This year I realized I hadn’t designed any for the Autumn season and I set about to remedy that. And wouldn’t you know what I would make?

Are you a pumpkin maker? Every Autumn I get sucked into the fascination of the crocheted pumpkin. Perhaps it is the warm, festive colors that so suit the season, or perhaps it is the unique but easy construction. I don’t know.

In designing the Rustic Pumpkin Favor Bag I had to figure out how I would achieve the ribbed effect. Since this wouldn’t be a sealed project, and I couldn’t cinch in the sides with stitches, I decided to simply create the effect with the fabric by working every 4th round around the front post of each stitch.

First you crochet a panel as you would when beginning a pumpkin. After sewing the ends together, you then gather and sew up the bottom. The stalk is created with rounds of half double crochet that is cinched when the bag is closed.

Top it off with an Autumn-inspired bow and you’re ready to fill it with goodies!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Sampler Coasters

By Amy Yarbrough – September 14th, 2020 Be the first to comment

I designed these coasters out of necessity. With the warm temperatures, icy drinks create watery puddles quickly and I realized it was high time I made a set of coasters to fix this problem. Even though I am partial to round coasters I didn’t have any inspiration where they were concerned and instead fell back on a few stitch patterns that I had previously admired. Thus was born the idea to create these sampler coasters.

Since a coaster is basic in its form the uniqueness had to come from the stitch. These coasters feature some exciting texture, or relief patterns, created with basic crochet stitches. One is a diamond relief pattern created with single crochets and double crochets, some of which are worked in the front post of a stitch a few rows down. Another is worked in a distinct ribbing with the same variety of stitches just in a different form. And the last is created with the surprisingly simple Crunch stitch.

Choose between the three designs, as well as the options of a border or fringe.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Olive’s Granny Square Earrings

By Claire Golden – August 24th, 2020 2 Comments

I’ve always loved the traditional granny square pattern and how adaptable it is. I’ve seen some lovely granny square earrings and wanted to do my own take on the pattern. These earrings are super lightweight but add some fun movement to your outfit. I love dangly earrings, but sometimes they’re too heavy and hurt my ears after a while…not the case here! They’re made of two granny squares joined together at one corner, with some extra scallops on the bottom. Super easy and lots of opportunity for color variation. They’re named after the dog who walked past me right when I was looking for naming inspiration.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Soccer Ball Plushie

By Amy Yarbrough – August 10th, 2020 4 Comments

After seeing a soccer ball plushie in the store I was like, “I can make that!” Have you ever done that before? To be honest, I do it too much. But anyway, I’m glad to say I was actually able to. When I sat down to begin crocheting it I realized I really needed an original looking soccer ball for reference. I ended up using pictures off the internet (which cannot rotate, as you may know) and simply following the pattern I could see. I have to say, I was not at all certain I was going to get it right. But I did! And have prepared a concise pattern for you so you can too.

You will make two kinds of motifs: a black pentagon and a white hexagon. The pentagon will be one round smaller than the hexagon and only have five sides, while the hexagon will be four rounds and have six sides, (hence the names).

It might seem daunting but it’s not too hard. Simply follow the pattern, using the pictures for reference when necessary, and you can do it too.

I hope you enjoy this latest pattern. I know of some little boys who will be receiving a disaster-proof soccer ball soon!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Tiny Graduation Cap

By Claire Golden – July 27th, 2020 Be the first to comment

It’s graduation season! I just graduated college myself, and I wanted to celebrate the occasion with crochet, as always. This little graduation cap is what I came up with. You could make this hat in your grad’s school colors and include it with a graduation card, or stick it on a hair clip for a photo prop. Use your imagination and I bet you’ll come up with all sorts of awesome uses. It’s the perfect size for Barbies, so my helper Adele is modeling it for you. But it’s also the perfect size to perch atop a guinea pig or bunny. My sister just got an adorable bunny and I’ve been making lots of hats for it, so stay tuned for more miniature hats in the future if this is something you like. What sort of hat should I design next?

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How to Make a Tassel

By Claire Golden – July 15th, 2020 Be the first to comment

You’ve probably seen tutorials on how to make pom-poms. They’re one of my favorite things to decorate with. But have you ever tried making a tassel? Lots of companies sell “tassel-makers,” but unlike pom-poms, you can make a completely respectable tassel without any fancy tools. All you need is some yarn, scissors, a yarn needle, and something to wrap the yarn around. Today I’m going to show you how to make a basic tassel that you can add to the end of scarves, bookmarks, gifts, or anything you can think up.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Cotton Sunflower Garland

By Amy Yarbrough – June 29th, 2020 Be the first to comment

Here I am again, with another garland design! As I hung my Strawberry Patch Garland I realized that I would not be changing it until it was time to put up my Stars & Stripes Pennant Bunting for Independence Day. Perhaps this isn’t a big deal to everyone but as a crochet fanatic, I had to do something about it.

Using cotton yarn in lovely, earthy tones I designed a quick and easy sunflower. I mixed it up by changing the color of the center from traditional brown to green to represent a younger sunflower. Then it was just a matter of making them into garland.

Do you need a touch of the outdoors inside? Crochet your own Sunflower Garland!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Pencil Case

By Claire Golden – June 15th, 2020 Be the first to comment

I was inspired by the delightful rainbow creations of many other crafters this time of year and wanted to make something to celebrate Pride month. This rainbow pencil case is easy to create and I love how bright the colors are. You don’t have to make it in rainbow colors, though…you can pick any color combination you desire. How about making it in college colors, or in the colors of your favorite sports team? I use this for holding pencils, but you could add a zipper at the top and use it to hold coins, beads, buttons, whatever you can think up. How about a crochet hook case? Or add a strap and use it as a mini purse. The possibilities are endless. Whatever you choose to do with it, I hope you have fun making!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Textured, Ombre Pot Cover

By Amy Yarbrough – June 3rd, 2020 2 Comments

Do you like to garden? If you crochet as well then there’s a high chance you’ve considered accessorizing your pots. I absolutely adore macrame pot hangers and have even designed some smaller versions in crochet for tiny pimiento jars. Today I am sharing with you a uniquely textured crochet pot cover in warm ombre colors.

The cover is not difficult to crochet and works up fairly quickly. I crocheted mine in cotton yarn for a more natural appearance but feel free to pick from any medium weight yarn.

The texture is created by alternating between single crochet in the front and back loops. About every fourth round is an increase round making up for the pots gradually expanding size.

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