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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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Free Crochet Pattern: Avery Textured Fingerless Gloves

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on January 27th, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 10 Comments

Looking for a simple fingerless glove pattern? I remember the first fingerless glove pattern I tried. It was very simple but still unique and I made many pairs for people I knew.

With this pattern I wanted to echo the simplicity of that design by working the glove in one piece from the ribbed cuff to the textured palm. If this looks complicated, it’s not! Even crocheting the thumb opening is easy.

The size of this pattern is for larger hands, great for the male members of the family, but it also includes instructions on how to easily adjust the size for any hand size.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Woolly Bean Beanie

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on January 1st, 2020 by Amy Yarbrough – 2 Comments

Lots of ribbing and quick, crochet beans make up this chunky hat!

The band of the Woolly Bean Beanie is worked in long rows of thick ribbing so that it can be worn turned up for a more traditional look. The body however is worked in a completely different textured stitch called the Mini Bean stitch, which is essentially a single crochet puff. How to crochet this stitch is also included in the instructions.

This is a perfect hat for keeping the cold out and works up pretty swiftly.
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Free Crochet Pattern: Santa Sack Favor Bag

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on December 9th, 2019 by Amy Yarbrough – 5 Comments

I’m delighted to share with you my second Christmas favor bag, the Santa Sack! (See the other design in the Christmas series, Christmas Ornament Favor Bag). I think this one might just be my favorite yet.

The bag is crocheted in a simple ball shape for the most part, and the black belt is worked in the rounds. The last few rounds are crocheted with a fuzzy white yarn, like Santa’s fur-lined coat, and a yellow buckle is made separate and sewn on the front.

Stuff the Santa Sack Favor Bag with goodies to give to friends and family for Christmas!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Christmas Ornament Favor Bag

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on December 2nd, 2019 by Amy Yarbrough – 19 Comments

It’s time to put a Christmas twist on our line of favor bags, don’t you think? The Christmas Ornament Favor Bag is designed after the classic frosted glass ornaments we put on our trees.

At first I was going to attempt tapestry crochet for the frosted effect but then the idea came to me to try the spike stitch. It took a few tries to get the right effect with the spikes, along with continuing the shaping of the ball, but I finally made it and I have to say, I like this a lot better than what I was first imagining. Plus, I would venture to add that this method is simpler.

Like the previous favor bag patterns, Carrot Favor Bag, Strawberry Favor Bag, Grape Cluster Favor Bag, and Orange and Blossoms Favor Bag, the Christmas Ornament Favor Bag is large enough for holding candy and other tiny trinkets we might want to give.

Want to give it a try? It’s not as difficult as you might think. You will find the instructions on how to work the spike stitch below. Enjoy!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Mini Crochet Stocking

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on November 26th, 2019 by Amy Yarbrough – 3 Comments

These adorable little stockings work up quickly and are a far cry better than the $1 kind you can find in the store, simply because they’re handmade!

If you’ve ever crocheted stockings or socks of any kind you’ll know there are a few different ways to work the heel, some of which are a little complicated. In an effort to keep this pattern simple, I designed it so that you gradually decrease in short rows and then increase back to original length, folding over to rejoin with toe to build the leg. The openings in the sides of the heels are then easily stitched shut.

Choose from either a solid stocking or a white heel. Or get especially creative and add stripes!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Autumn Doily Bunting

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on November 14th, 2019 by Amy Yarbrough – Be the first to comment

When I think of Autumn I naturally imagine pumpkins — and why not? However, those lovely crocheted creations that have swept the creative world are not the only things we can make for the season. Enter Autumn Doily Bunting, crocheted half doilies stitched onto a simple strand of crochet chain.

Each doily takes only a few minutes to work up so that you can have your bunting created in an hour or two, depending on your speed.

As usual, this bunting pattern can be adapted for as long a strand of bunting as you wish. Simply crochet as many doilies as you like and keep attaching them according to the instructions, being sure to end with a chain of 45.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Evelyn Drawstring Bag

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on October 17th, 2019 by Amy Yarbrough – 20 Comments

Bags are one of the most exciting things to design, in my opinion. The variety is tremendous! For the Evelyn Drawstring Bag I wanted to do a simple drawstring bag… but with a few special aspects.

The bag is made with a cotton yarn in simple half double crochet stitches up until the middle when the stitch changes to the unique but easy to crochet, trinity stitch.

But what I like most might just be the flat braided straps. Anyone with a general knowledge of braiding will be able to pull it off.

Ready to add the Evelyn Drawstring Bag to your collection? Splendid!

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