Vote in Witchy Twins Face Off with Anne Geddes

Vote in the Twins Face Off Crochet Design Challenge with Anne Geddes Baby

For this Twins Face Off crochet challenge we used Anne Geddes Baby yarn. It’s up to you to choose, which crocheted Witch Accessory you like better. After you vote below, scroll down to enter the giveaway for your chance to win 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby from Red Heart and a copy of both crochet patterns.

Giveaway ends September 21, 2015 at midnight.

Twins Face Off Witch Hat and Scarf

Left: Witch Hat with Dangling Spider    Right: Extra Long Striped Scarf with skull and spider web applique. See more photos.

crochet witch accessories

The hat and scarf were designed this month to coordinate with some gloves and leg warmers that we crocheted earlier this year. See more photos of the Witch Way, This Way crochet pattern.

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Blog Tour with Crochetville

We’re Part of the Crochetville Blog Tour

CrochetvilleTo celebrate National Crochet Month (NatCroMo), Deborah and I joined the Crochetville Blog Tour! It is a whole lot of fun. We are highlighted on March 9. We answer lots of questions about our journey as crochet designers. You can read more about the us, the Yarn Twins on Crochetville. There are two crochet designers highlighted each day in March. It’s absolutely fascinating to read about so many talented crocheters.

Alternative Uses for to Victorian Lace Gift Card Holder

Victorian Lace Gift Card HolderFor National Crochet Month 2015 we shared a free pattern for a Victorian Lace Gift Card Holder. Today I also want to share with you a alternate uses for the various parts and pieces of the pattern.

The gift card holder itself can be used multiple ways. The friend I made this for is using it as a business card holder!

  • Gift Card Holder
  • Business Card Holder
  • Credit Card Wallet
  • Perks / Reward Cards to various businesses

The flower on the gift card holder is a lot of fun. It’s amazing how different it looks when crocheted with different yarns.

flower gallery

Acrylic Yarns from various companies were used in the flowers above. From left to right:

  1. Bernat Handicrafter Thread
    Bottom flower is single stranded with steel hook – 1″ across.
    Top flower is double stranded with D Hook – 1 1/2″ across.
  2. Caron Simply Soft with H Hook – 2″ across.
  3. Vanna’s Choice with I Hook – 2 1/2″ across.
  4. Red Heart (yellow: Super Saver, pink: Love)
    Bottom flower is single stranded with I Hook – 1 3/4″ across.
    Top flower is double stranded with L Hook – 3 3/4″ across.

Flowers can be used to dress up lots of things, handmade or store bought. Here are a couple of ways we’ve used the flowers:

Mittens dressed with flowers

It’s really fun to pin the flowers to a pair of mittens. Here is a pair of mittens our sister-in-law made for Deborah for Christmas one year.

Headband and flowers

Flowers look adorable on headbands. I’ve attached the thread flowers to a headband Deborah bought for me when living in China.

Want More Flowers

We’ve used flowers in various designs. Here are a few:

Bath-Salts-Jar-Cozy     Hiking-Buddy-Mini-Purse     Red-Heart-Mothers-Day-Bouquet



Crochet Football Newborn Outfit Crochet Pattern

Crochet Football Newborn Outfit & Team Hats for the Whole Family – Crochet Pattern


Hey football fans! Newborns score big with this newborn football outfit. This PDF ebook also includes hats for the whole family…so everyone can get into the game!

The Football Set crochet pattern ebook is now available in the store.

Pattern includes:

  • Newborn Helmet
  • Newborn Football Mitts
  • Newborn Cleats Booties
  • Newborn Jersey Sweater
  • 5 Beanie Hat Sizes – 3 mos to adult men
  • 3 Jersey Sweater Sizes – newborn to 24 mos
  • Number Appliques: 1, 2, 3

Newborn-Football-Outfit-Crochet-PatternNewborn Football Outfit

With a newborn in the family, we couldn’t resist crocheting a newborn photo prop to celebrate football season. And you know how it is…once we made some mitts, we couldn’t resist making some booties. Then we thought…if the little guy is really going to get into the game, he needs a helmet and jersey, too!

So, the newborn football outfit is born. But we couldn’t even stop there. We wanted to get the whole family involved.

Football-Team-HatsFootball Beanies – Hats for the Whole Family

Football is a fall and winter sport…and for lots of teams, you need a hat when you go to the game.

The pattern includes striped beanie hats for ages 3 mos to adult men.

Mix and match the colors to match your favorite teams.

And there’s more.

Football-Jersey-Baby-SweatersFootball Jersey – Sweater for Newborn to 24 mos.

We’ve included instructions for making the jersey (sweaters for babies) newborn to 24 mos. Crochet the number of your favorite player or the birth order of the child wearing the sweater.

We’ve included instructions for the numbers 1, 2 and 3.

Football Set – Available Now in the Store

The Football Set is now available in the store as a PDF.

The pattern includes written instructions, lots of photos, checkboxes to mark your progress, supplies list and more.

Available in the Store


Baseball Bean Bag, Blanket & Flags Crochet Pattern

Baseball Play Set: Bean Bag, Baby Blanket, Bunting and Pennant – Crochet Pattern

Baseball Bean Bag Play Set

If you’re a big time baseball fan, you’ll love this crochet pattern.

This Super Sized baseball is a bean bag chair! Yep, we crocheted a cozy to fit around a standard bean bag chair (we picked up at Walmart).

And of course, we couldn’t stop there. We created a matching baby blanket. It’s the perfect size to use as a lapghan or play mat.

To set it all off, we created some decorative flags. Create your own bunting and pennants in the colors of your favorite team.

Pattern Includes:

  • Baseball Bean Bag Chair
  • Ball Diamond Baby Blanket
  • “Play Ball” Bunting
  • “Go Team” Pennant
  • Baseball Applique

Baseball Set Crochet Pattern Available in the Store

Learn more about the crochet pattern for the Baseball Set in the store.

Available in the Store

baseball set backYou can buy the whole set or individual pieces. Learn more:


Boston “B” – Photos of Each Row

Crochet Boston B – More Details

Boston fans asked us for more photos on how we crocheted the B we blogged about on our post: Boston Red Sox – Crochet B Applique.

Here are some tips and photos that may help.


  1. First crochet this with a worsted weight yarn (4) and a J hook. Once you are comfortable with it, then switch to a C hook for a nice tight applique.
  2. There are slip stitches that are worked into a chain and the side of a single crochet. If that’s too complex, just sl st into the ch.
  3. Take liberty to wing it. If you aren’t liking how your B is looking…try inserting your hook in different places and using different stitches to get the look you want. It won’t hurt our feelings if you don’t follow our pattern to the letter. =)

Crochet Boston B Photo Help


B Row 1

Ch 13

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 3. Sl st into 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1. Work sl st in 1st ch made in the ch-3 and side of last sc made. 5 sc. In next st work sc, ch 3 and sc. 5 sc, ch 3. Sl st into 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1. Work sl st in 1st ch made in the ch-3 and side of last sc made.

B Row 2

Row 2: Work on the other side of the foundation ch. Sc inc. Ch 10, skip 4 sts, sc (in sp opposite of ch-3 sp), ch 10, skip 5 sts, sc, sl st on top of work.

B Row 3

Row 3: Turn, skip the sl st. 6 sc, ch 3. Work sl st into 3rd ch from hook and side of last sc made. 4 sc, skip a st, sc dec, 3 sc. Ch 3. Work sl st into 3rd ch from hook and side of last sc made. 6 sc, 2 sl st (last sl st will be on top of the B). Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.


B Row 4

There is no “right side” to the letter. Choose which side you want to be the top.

In the back loop only, loosely sl st around the outside of the “B” and the inside holes. If your sl sts are tight, the “B” will bunch making it harder to stretch the “B” to its desired form when pinning it to the hat. Finish off and weave in ends.

Sock Monkey Toys and Gifts Crochet Pattern

Sock Monkey Toys and Gifts Crochet Pattern

Sock Monkey Toys and Gifts

Hey all you Sock Monkey lovers out there….we’ve done it again. We’ve created some toys and cozies that you are gonna love and brought them all together in one set.

Mini Sock Monkey

This mini sock monkey is the perfect size for carrying around with you wherever you go. He can be made into a key chain, a backpack buddy or even an office accessory.

Sock Monkey Christmas Ornament

The sock monkey ornament takes on the shape of a traditional Christmas ball, but with the face of sock monkey! He loves hanging on the tree!

Sock Monkey Applique

The sock monkey applique is the perfect size for sewing to bags, scarves, hats and more. We’ve sewn it to a cozy…making it a fun gift idea!

Trio of CoziesSock Monkey Cozies

We love cozies. This pattern includes two unique designs in three sizes each. There are directions for mason jars, mugs and tapered cups/glasses! That’s six cozy patterns!

There are two delicious recipes, too! You can make monkey bread in the morning and banana pudding for dessert in the evening!

Sock Monkey Toys and Gifts – Available in the Store

The Sock Monkey Toy and Gift Set is available in the store.

Available in the Store

That’s 9 crochet patterns and 2 recipes! See the store for more details.


Sock Monkey Hat, Mittens and Scarves

Sock Monkey Hat, Mittens and Scarves – Crochet Pattern

Love Sock Monkey? This crochet pattern has Sock Monkey Hats (Beanies), Mittens and Scarves to fit everyone in the family from newborn to adult men!

sock monkey hat, mittens and scarf

Skill Level: Easy

The colors of this set are gender neutral and look adorable on boys and girls. The sock monkey applique gives this set a touch of whimsy.

sock monkey hat and beaniesSock Monkey Hat / Beanie

There are 6 sizes of hats in this crochet pattern fitting newborn to adult men.

Crocheted in the round, top down, this beanie has a ribbed brim crocheted in short rows directly to the work. Add a pom pom (pictured above) for even more charm.

Worked primarily in half double crochet, this hat whips up quickly.

sock monkey mittensSock Monkey Mittens

There are 5 sizes of mittens fitting baby to adult men.

Crocheted in the round, top down, these mittens also have ribbed cuffs crocheted in short rows directly to the work.

Worked in single crochet, this is the perfect accessory for early winter or cool spring weather.

sock monkey scarvesSock Monkey Scarves

There are 3 scarf patterns fitting children to adult.

Constructed in rows, each scarf is a series of stripes. Each is unique with different width striping but equally fun with the addition of the sock monkey applique.

Worked in primarily single crochet, these will keep you and your family warm all winter long.

Sock Monkey Crochet Pattern

Teen wearing sock monkey setThis Sock Monkey Winter Accessories crochet pattern is available in the store.

Available in the Store

Boys and girls of all ages will love this set. There’s just something about sock monkey that makes people smile.

These are so much fun, you’ll probably catch the kids wearing them inside the house! If you do, just throw coats on them and send them out to play.


Crochet Stars Pattern & Tutorial

Crochet Star Pattern & Tutorial

We’ve played around with crochet stars for various projects. Each star has it’s own unique shape…and you just never know when you’ll need one design over another.

crochet stars

The stars above were crocheted with an H/8/5.00 mm hook using Vanna’s Choice: Mustard (worsted weight). We often crochet them with a C/2/2.75 mm to get a smaller star with tighter stitches.

Let’s take a closer look at each one.

Crochet Star Pattern Tutorial

A couple of these stars require you to slip stitch into the top of a previous stitch. See the tutorial below for more information on how to do that.

Large Crochet Star Pattern

large starThis star could perhaps double as a sun. The holes that you see in this star actually disappear or become less visible if a smaller hook is used than what is recommended on the yarn label.

As seen on: Lid of the Flag in the Cup Cozy Collection.

Size: 2 3/4″ (2.75 inches)

  • Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Hook: H
  • Ch 2
  • Rnd 1: 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a sl st. (10)
  • Rnd 2: In back loops only, sl st into next st. (work next group in the same st as sl st you just worked) * work: ch 2, dc, ch 1, sl st into top of dc, ch 2, sl st. 2 sl sts into next sts of Rnd 1* around.
  • Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.


“Starfish” Crochet Star Pattern

starfish starEach point of this star is constructed from the chain stitch…giving it a more fluid look.

Size: 2″ (2 inches)

  • Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Hook: H
  • NOTE: The 1st ch made is the “base ch”.
  • Ch 5
  • Rnd 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st into base ch. (first point made). *Ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st into base ch* 4 times.
  • Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.




Solid Crochet Star Pattern

solid starThis star is petite yet beefy all at the same time.

Size: 1 1/4″ (1.25 inches)

  • Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Hook: H
  • NOTE: The 1st ch made is the “base ch”.
  • Ch 2
  • Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch (base ch) from hook, ch 1, sl st in top of sc, sc in base ch. *Sc in base ch, ch 1, sl st in top of sc, sc in base ch* 4 times.
  • Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.




Classic 5 Pointed Crochet Star Pattern

small starThis star is very classic with 5 pointed ends and no holes in the center ring.

As seen on: Captain American Cup Cozy.

Size: 1 1/2″ (1.5 inches)

  • Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Hook: H
  • Ch 3, join with a sl st.
  • Rnd 1: Sl st into ring. *Ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, sl st into ring* 5 times.
  • Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

 Slip Stitch to Make a Point Tutorial

A couple of these crocheted stars ask you to slip stitch into the top of the previous single crochet (or double crochet). This will make a nice point on your star. The loop(s) you grab will give effect the way your star looks.

Here’s how we worked our Solid Star:

work a sl st on top of a sc

After you chain 1, insert your hook through the front loop of the single crochet, then the side loop of the single crochet (where the blue marker is hooked in the photo above). Yarn over and slip thought all loops on the hook.

Working through the front loop and the side of the stitch will help your stitches lay nice and flat.

Other Uses of These Star Patterns

We’ve used these star patterns on numerous projects.


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  • Mug Cozy uses Large Star – Hook H
  • Mason Jar Lid uses Large Star – Hook H
  • Cup Cozy uses Classic 5 Point star – Hook C

For more information about our cozies: