Free Crochet Pattern: Little Fluffy Sheep

By Rachel Choi – July 22nd, 2017 4 Comments

Inspired by my recent trip to Ireland, here is a sheep to crochet! Cute, little, and fluffy, crochet it for yourself, as a toy for a child, or crochet several and make it into a baby mobile. The body of the sheep is crocheted in one piece, then the ears, tail and legs are sewn on. Check out the loop stitch tutorial if you don’t already know this fun, textured stitch.
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10 Crochet Projects to Start Now for Christmas

By Rachel Choi – July 19th, 2017 Be the first to comment

Have you ever heard of the phrase “Christmas in July”? I’m not quite sure of the origin, perhaps it’s a longing for the chill of winter in the heat of summer, or a marketing technique to increases Christmas related sales in July. Either way, in the crochet world it means you better start your crochet projects now, in July, for them to be done by Christmas! In this post I rounded up a few Christmas related patterns and also gift ideas, that aren’t always quick to crochet (especially if you’re planning on making multiples). You’ll need to get started on them right now if you want to ensure they’re completed in time for Christmas!

1. Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt – The pattern is deceivingly long to crochet. The ruffles use more stitches than you think! Get started on this tree skirt early so you’ll have it to decorate your tree for Christmas.

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Crochet in Ireland at the Blarney Castle

By Rachel Choi – July 17th, 2017 5 Comments

You may have noticed the blog was quiet the past week. That’s because I was in Ireland taking in the sights and scenery. The family trip was fantastic as the locals were all so friendly and we got to see lots of tourist attractions, small cities, and even the beautiful national parks and scenery. One place that really stood out on my week’s adventure was my visit to the Blarney Castle. Not necessarily because of the historical significance, but because of the crochet and knit art that was there!

I’ve witnessed lots of crochet art via the web, but honestly never in person until the day I visited the Blarney Castle. The trees lining the walkway to the castle were all covered in crochet and knit.

Trees along walkway covered in crochet and knit.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Spa Washcloth

By Rachel Choi – July 10th, 2017 10 Comments

Crochet this spa inspired waschcloth as a gift or to keep for yourself! Pair it with a lovely bar of soap or in a basket with relaxing candles and other goodies. The washcloth is easy to crochet and is made with single and double crochet stitches. Adjust the size to make it as big or small as you desire using the instructions within the pattern. Choose cotton yarn for a super soft feel.
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Free Crochet Pattern: Circle Wire Earrings

By Rachel Choi – July 7th, 2017 3 Comments

Have you tried crocheting with wire yet? Here’s the perfect pattern for your first wire project! The pattern is a simple circle, made in two rounds. While the pattern is super easy, the tricky part is getting the feel for crocheting with wire. You will make all the stitches the same way you would if you were to crochet with regular yarn or thread. But the stiffness of the wire will give your hands a workout. The large crochet hook will help you crochet with the wire more easily and help to create a lacy look. Once you get the hang of crocheting with wire, try adding beads to your earrings too!

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Guinness World Records for Crochet

By Rachel Choi – July 5th, 2017 Be the first to comment

Recently I posted about the Guinness World Record for the longest crocheted scarf that was recently achieved. While searching through the website, I realized that there are a bunch of fun crochet records. Some are amazing and some are downright silly! Either way, I’m glad the crochet community is being represented. In this post I rounded up a few of the records. Maybe you will be the next record holder?

Largest Crochet Stocking

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7 Blankets to Crochet This Summer

By Rachel Choi – July 3rd, 2017 3 Comments

When you think of summer the first thing that comes to mind sure isn’t blankets! Can you imagine crocheting large blankets in the middle of summer? With a little preparation and some wise pattern choices you don’t have to give up your favorite hobby this summer. In this post I rounded up 7 blanket crochet patterns that are worked in small pieces, such as squares or strips, so they won’t heat up your lap while crocheting.
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Guinness World Record: Longest Crocheted Scarf

By Rachel Choi – June 30th, 2017 2 Comments

What’s the longest scarf you have ever crocheted? I bet it isn’t as long as the world’s longest scarf! Recently a group, Mother India Crochet Queens in Chennai, India made a new Guinness World Records for the longest crocheted scarf. The scarf measured 46,223 ft 9 in (14.089 km). An average scarf is about 5 to 6 feet long. Here is a photo from the Guinness World Record showing the scarf displayed in layers on a open field.

Read more about the longest crocheted scarf on it’s Guinness World Record page.

Do you enjoy crocheting scarves? How many have you crocheted and how long did you make them?

Free Crochet Pattern: Maui Beach Tote

By Amy – June 28th, 2017 Be the first to comment

Make this bag for summer vacation and be the most stylish person on the beach!

I enjoy making new and unique bags as much as some people like shoes. (Of course, I happen to be one of those people as well). I probably have as many bags as I have notebooks, and that’s saying something because I love pen and paper. Although the tote itself is very much like your average drawstring bag, there are a few little twists that make this bag superior.

For a few years now I have been contemplating an idea for a sturdy summer bag with chunky rope straps. I wanted to choose a stitch pattern that would be dense and give a good stiffness to the project. When I began designing this tote I went searching for a yarn that would highlight the stitch pattern I had chosen. I found Bernat Maker’s Home Dec, a cotton/nylon mix with little fraying I thought to be the perfect choice for a summer project.

The tote is a cylinder, worked in the round with a stitch pattern where one round is worked in single crochet and the next is repeated and worked over the previous round, creating a dense and unique pattern. Holes for the ropes are made in two different rounds with simple techniques. For those who wish to sew a liner in the tote, there are simple instructions with the assumption that one knows the basics of sewing.
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Crochet Pattern: Bow Tie Barefoot Sandals

By Rachel Choi – June 26th, 2017 1 Comment

Kick off summer with a pair of barefoot sandals. If you’re obsessed with bow ties, this pair is designed just for you! The barefoot sandal has a simple, sleek design that is crocheted all in one piece. The sandal has a thin loop that goes around the toe, a straight line that goes up the foot, and simple chains that create straps to tie around the ankle. The bow is crocheted separately then attached to the sandal. The sandal will fit most adults and can be adjusted if desired by crocheting more or less chains.

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