Free Crochet Pattern: Little Striped Hen

By Claire Golden – April 20th, 2020 1 Comment

I used to have a pet chicken named Harriet who was such a wonderful companion I wanted to make something in her honor. So here is a miniature version of my special bird. Harriet was a Plymouth Barred Rock, which are known for their striking black-and-white stripes. I chose a yarn that was black-and-white variegated to mimic her stripes, and I really like how the result turned out. This chicken is the perfect size to fit in your hand and would make a great keychain or fidget toy. You can use little safety eyes or small black buttons like I did. And you could use different colors of yarn to make different breeds of chickens. Try white yarn for a Plymouth White Rock (the classic chicken), tan yarn for a Buff Orpington, or black yarn for an Australorp. You can make your very own flock!

For those unfamiliar with chicken anatomy, the comb sticks up on the top of the head, and the wattles hang down from the beak. All chickens – both hens and roosters – have combs and wattles, but they look different depending on what breed. They are also bigger on roosters.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Striped Hat (3 Sizes)

By Amy Yarbrough – April 6th, 2020 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

By Amy Yarbrough – March 23rd, 2020 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: Sparkleworks Card Bag

By Claire Golden – March 9th, 2020 1 Comment

I had a lovely deck of cards that needed a home, so I whipped up this matching card bag. My deck of cards was purple with gold edges, so I chose matching yarn colors to make them go well together. You can pick any color combination, use up scraps, and do as many stripes as you like. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. The bag closes with a drawstring, using the Stretch-Free Crochet Cord I developed a few months ago. The whole thing works up in just a few hours.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Chunky Spring Flower Bouquet

By Amy Yarbrough – February 24th, 2020 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: Barbie Ocean Waves Ball Gown

By Claire Golden – February 10th, 2020 2 Comments

This Barbie ball gown was born from my stash of tiny balls of yarn left over from previous projects. I had many shades of blue and wanted to do something with them, so I created this ball gown with scallops that ended up reminding me of the ocean. This gown is a great way to use up yarn scraps. You can mix yarn weights when it comes to making the scallops: I used a mix of worsted and DK. You certainly don’t have to use the colors that I did…I’d love to see what color combinations you choose!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Avery Textured Fingerless Gloves

By Amy Yarbrough – January 27th, 2020 4 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: Chenille Mitten Gloves

By Claire Golden – January 13th, 2020 1 Comment

I’ve always loved mitten gloves (glittens)… normal fingerless gloves with a mitten top that flips on and off your fingers. Sometimes I get irritated with wearing regular gloves because it’s so clumsy to try to do anything. And if you’re wearing mittens, there’s basically no functionality. But fingers get cold in the winter, so what is a person supposed to do? Mitten gloves have been a lifesaver for me. Just flip off the mitten top if you need to send a text or find something in your purse, then flip it back on to warm up your fingers when you’re done.

I chose this chenille bulky yarn because it’s incredibly soft and warm. I highly recommend using it for the most luxurious mittens ever. But you could experiment with different bulky weight yarns to make your own dream pair of mittens. Let me know what you come up with!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Woolly Bean Beanie

By Amy Yarbrough – January 1st, 2020 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: San Juan Island Beanie

By Claire Golden – December 25th, 2019 2 Comments

While working in the San Juan Islands a few summers ago, a camp counselor had a super cute hat that I was always scrutinizing, trying to figure out how it was made. One day I found her hat in the lost-and-found and finally figured out the pattern before returning it to her. I found a ball of yarn in the art workshop and made my own hat to test out the pattern. Next time I ran into the counselor, we were both wearing our beanies, and she looked at me and said, “Nice hat.” She didn’t mind that I had copied her. What else can you do, when you see an awesome crochet pattern? It was perfect for chilly island evenings and works equally well for the changing temperatures of fall and winter. Although I made my version with worsted-weight yarn because it was available to me, I think this hat would be extra cozy if made with bulky weight.

Do you ever study people’s crochet accessories to figure out how they’re made? It makes winter a lot more fun for me!

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