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Free Crochet Pattern: Modern Bag Saver

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on November 3rd, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 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

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on September 29th, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 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

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on September 14th, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 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: Soccer Ball Plushie

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on August 10th, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 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: Cotton Sunflower Garland

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on June 29th, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 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: Textured, Ombre Pot Cover

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on June 3rd, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 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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Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Crochet Scrunchies

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on May 4th, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 6 Comments

If case you haven’t already noticed, scrunchies are making a comeback. And why not? Who doesn’t like a simple ponytail covered in material with an endless variety of patterns and colors?

After doing a bit of research I found that there are at least two ways to make a crocheted scrunchie. One method is by crocheting over the elastic ponytail and then working generous increases into each stitch until you have a remarkable ruffle. You can find a pattern right here by fellow designer, Claire, that is positively adorable. It is called the Sea Anemone Scrunchie.

The other method is to crochet a long, flat rectangle and then sew it over the ponytail. This is the method I will show you how to do today.

Does it sound a little daunting? I thought so too at first, but it’s not by far. Just give it a try and I’ll bet you won’t be making only one.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Striped Hat (3 Sizes)

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on April 6th, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 2 Comments

The Easy Striped Hat is a great basic crochet pattern, versatile enough for all ages. It’s worked in a rectangle and then sewn up on one side.

The hat features some excellent striped ribbing, which is accomplished by working a modified double crochet in the back loop. It’s easy and I’ll tell you how below.

But before you let the color changes scare you away, let me tell you there is minimal ends to weave in. What you do is drop the yarn and pick up the other. All color changes happen on one side so when you are done the side with all the “loops” will be the side you sew up. A great way to hide the loops and minimize weaving in ends!

Instructions are given for 3 sizes, toddler, child, and adult. If you want a size not included just follow the same method, chaining 10 more and working 4 more rows for the next size up, and decreasing the same for the next size down.

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How to Crochet: Modified Back (or Front) Loop Only

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 23rd, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 3 Comments

Have you ever made a project with the back or front loop only method and been disappointed in how the stitches pull apart? There are ways to adjust the stitch, such as changing the size of your hook, but did you know, you can also reinforce the stitch so that this doesn’t happen? Let me show you how!
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Free Crochet Pattern: Chunky Spring Flower Bouquet

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on February 24th, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 2 Comments

Crochet a lovely, chunky spring bouquet to brighten up your home in just a few minutes!

Chunky crochet projects are fun because they offer a lot of unique texture. I like nothing more than working up a squishy blanket or pillow with these yarns. Only what do you do when you only have a small amount to work with? I briefly thought of making some quick, chunky flowers but I just didn’t feel I could guarantee it would turn out right.

A few grimaces and doubtful tries later I had a surprisingly lovely, crocheted bouquet ready to be displayed for the coming springtime. I’m glad I gave it a go!

Want to give it a try? All you need is a small amount of chunky yarn, a crochet hook, some wooden dowels and hot glue. See below for pictures on how to make the flower!

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