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Overlay Crochet – Not what I thought it was

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 24th, 2013 by Corinne Munger – 24 Comments
If you perform a search on Google for “Overlay Crochet”, be prepared to see the most spectacular display of color on the internet! It looks like you are viewing individual patterns from a kaleidoscope. Just amazing! What was I expecting to see and how did I come across this? I was trying to incorporate a chain stitch on top of one of my projects and thought this was called overlay crochet – well it is, but isn’t… crochet on top

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Crochet Pattern: Mason, The Jar

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on January 19th, 2013 by Corinne Munger – 4 Comments
Mason jars are everywhere on craft websites – how to decorate them , what to fill them with, use as pre-made emergency candles. They’re cute, functional and nostalgic. We can all remember them as children. Filled with great jams and jellies, used to serve lemonade or a quick storage for leftovers – we love them. This free pattern is a tribute to the most versatile kitchen item ever! Use it as an applique, add a loop for a potholder or use as a small trivet. I’m sure you’ll come up with all kinds of ideas for this. Make it in different colors for a fun, whimsical look. Instructions are written so you can make a basic jar, with ideas on how to decorate it. mason jar comp

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Crocheted Edges with a Sharp Crochet Hook & Surprise!

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 18th, 2013 by Corinne Munger – 16 Comments
If you follow our posts, you’ll remember a recent blog about a new item I came across called the “Sharp Crochet Hook”. I received my hook about a week after I ordered it and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Though I have close to a million ideas for usage in my head for this, I’m going to share two with you here. sharp crochet placemat 023

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Crochet Pattern: Braided Bangle/Cuff Bracelet

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on January 12th, 2013 by Corinne Munger – 9 Comments
This bracelet is simply made using a half double crochet stitch. You can easily make it shorter or longer to your preference. This can have different looks using different colors or fibers. I even found that stitched to the wrist of a pair of pre-made gloves gives you a great decorative cuff! Give it a try – it only takes a few minutes! cuff bracelet 013

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New Year – New Ideas

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 11th, 2013 by Corinne Munger – 18 Comments
Spending the last several weeks making presents for everyone has led me to want to spend some time making some things for me. This always leads me to research new things. I don’t even know how I came upon this item, but I’m so excited that I did. It’s called the Sharp Crochet Hook.

I love crocheting around the edges of things. The ends of pillow cases, the bottom of a shirt or even tablecloths are made to look elegant and classy by adding this special touch – but the work to get started keeps me from doing this as often as I’d like. Rachel posted a great tutorial about this here: How to Crochet Edging onto Clothing.

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Crochet Technique: Hairpin Lace – Part II

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 4th, 2013 by Corinne Munger – 14 Comments
As promised, here is the continuation for Crochet Technique: Hairpin Lace – Part 1. In this post, I will show you, through pictures, how to achieve this fascinating lace. I’ve learned a lot this last week trying to accomplish the little sample to the right. It turns out, this is one of those crafts that takes a special kind of patience – but the only way you can get this lace. Is it worth it? Let’s find out…. hairpin crochet steps 023

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Crochet Pattern: Mini Sweater Ornament / Applique

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on December 29th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 5 Comments
After I made the first one of these, the ideas started flowing… make them in all different colors, attach to string as if on a clothesline, how about in your child’s school colors, or make a set for coasters? These can also be used as an applique on whatever you’d like. They’re small at only 3 1/2″ high and quick to make. You can embroider letters on the front, or use more than one color and make patterns. Lot’s of fun for a cute little shape. Hint: Don’t make the sleeves as long as the pattern suggests, and you have a T-Shirt shape instead! Have fun with this! sweater mini 003

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Crochet Technique: Hairpin Lace – Part 1

Posted in Tutorials and Help on December 26th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 30 Comments
I recently came across one of the most gorgeous scarves I’ve ever seen and knew I had to make it. To my surprise, when I read the instructions, it begins with hairpin lace –something I know nothing about, but am now determined to learn. This craft began in Victorian times and is so called because women actually used their hairpins to create this beautiful lace. As seen in the photo, hairpin lace is a length of loops connected by crochet. You can use this for a multitude of items. hairpin lace example

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Looking for Inspiration in Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 20th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 3 Comments

At this writing, the Christmas holiday is near. You’re just finishing up those last few projects that you’ve worked so hard on over the last few weeks. Getting them wrapped, then imagining the recipient’s excitement as they uncover your handiwork, makes it all worth it.

But when the gift giving is over, it can feel like “empty nest syndrome” – there’s no one to make anything for! Maybe now it’s time to make something for your self. You spent so much time making luscious scarves, chunky hats and cozy blankets for everyone else and now it’s time to indulge in YOU! But if you have to make one more scarf, or hat, or glove you’re going to scream! You want something different for you. But what? Crocheted Car Cover

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Crochet Pattern: Loopy Pinecone

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on December 15th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 8 Comments
This adorable little pinecone is built with loops upon a simple crocheted base. The only stitches needed are slip stitch, chain and single crochet. Great for a package adornment, make several for a warm winter centerpiece or how about on the ends of a scarf? However you choose, once you make one, you’ll be addicted to making more and more! Make them in different colors for a festive, whimsical look, or in natural colors to mimic nature.

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