New Crochet Patterns in the Store

Several patterns we had published in magazines are now available here on the website. Check out what’s here:

As seen in Love of Crochet magazine, Holiday 1013

Pet-Lovers

This Pampered Pet Gift Set is now available in our Shop as the Dog Days Trio.

The three items are available as a set or for purchase individually.

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As seen in Love of Crochet, Fall 2013

Crimson Cowl Love of CrochetThis Broomstick Lace Crimson Cowl is now available for free in our shop!

This is a simple broomstick pattern, perfect for those new to the technique.

Get the free Crimson Cowl pattern.

 

 

Flower Yard Picks

Crochet Flower Yard Picks – Beautiful Mother’s Day Bouquet

Flower Yard Picks

Photo by Red Heart

These crochet flowers are bright, cheerful and fun!

The pattern for these lovelies is free at RedHeart.com. This is the first design we’ve created for Red Heart. The flowers use Red Heart Super Saver yarn.

The stems are crocheted as cozies around chopsticks making these perfect as yarn bombs in friends’ gardens or in floral arrangements.

They would be wonderful “Thinking of You” gifts as well as birthday and Mother’s Day gifts. You could also stick a pen in the stem and create a bouquet for your office!

One row of the leaves are crocheted around chenille fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners) which allow them to be shaped.

Create a bouquet of only one type of flower or create an assortment with this pattern.

The pattern includes several flowers:

  • Carnation
  • Daffodil
  • Daisy / Black Eye’s Susan
  • Iris

Get the Free Pattern at Redheart.com

We’ve taken some photos of each type of flower. Let’s take a closer look:

Carnation – Crochet Flower

carnation yard picks

The carnation is crocheted in a technique similar to wiggle crochet meaning rows of crochet are worked on top of a grid.

Daffodil – Crochet Flower

daffodil yard picks

The design of the stem allows the flower to face forward like a real daffodil!

Daisy – Crochet Flower

daisy yard picks

Change the colors and this could be a Black Eyed Susan or Gerber Daisy!

Iris – Crochet Flower

iris yard picks

The petals naturally drape like a real iris! Some petals drape down and others up.

 

VW Van Pillow – Free Crochet Pattern

VW Van Pillow – Free Crochet Pattern

VW Van Pillow Crochet Pattern

Love VW Van’s? Here’s our fun interpretation on the vehicle. We picked some of our favorite shapes for the lights and turn signals, etc.

This crochet pattern is written as a fair isle project. Although it is a fairly easy project, the use of multiple colors per row can make it a tiny bit more challenging.

Learn more about this VW Van Pillow free crochet pattern in the store or on the Free Crochet Patterns page.

FREE Pattern

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:

 

Hiking Buddy Crochet Pattern

Hiking Buddy (a.k.a. Perfect Purse) Crochet Pattern

Hiking Buddy Mini Purse Crochet Pattern

Remember the Perfect Purse from the Winter 2012 Love of Crochet magazine? If you missed that issue, then we have good news for you. You can get the pattern here!

We designed this mini purse as a hiking buddy…one that’s just large enough to stow your smart phone, ID and car keys. Your personal items will stay nice and secure with this beautiful flower button closure.

Crochet it with a strap and it’s a purse. Attach the belt loop and you can wear it at your hip. Oh, and there’s a chapstick holder, too!

Pattern Includes:

  • Purse
  • Flower Button
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Belt Loop
  • Chapstick Holder

Available in the Store

Learn more about the Hiking Buddy. It’s available now in the store.

 

Coral Blooms: In Love of Crochet Spring 2014

Coral Blooms Scarf – Published in “Love of Crochet” Magazine: Spring 2014

LOC_SP14_Cover_FINAL_200pxCoral Blooms is the latest crocheted piece we have in a publication. You can find the pattern in the Spring 2014 issue of Love of Crochet Magazine.

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The Coral Blooms scarf is constructed of repeated sections of blooms and lattice. This is a quick and easy project that is made primarily with interconnected chain work.

This  scarf uses yarn from KnitPicks.com. Pictured is Gloss Fingering yarn in Guava. It’s 70% Merino Wool and 30% Silk. It has wonderful drape and blocks really well.

Check news stands for the Spring issue of Love of Crochet to get your copy of this beautiful pattern.

 

Flame Beanies and Flame Mittens

Flame Beanies and Flame Mittens Crochet Pattern

Flame Hats Father and Son-570

Warm your hands and your noggin in these flame mittens and hats! This crochet pattern is sized for everyone in the family from newborn to adult men.

Flame Beanies and Flame Mittens – Pattern Details

Flame-Hats-all-sizesFair Isle crocheted in the round creates fun flame patterns.

Pattern Includes:

  • 7 Hat Sizes – Newborn to Adult Men
  • 5 Mitten Sizes – Newborn to Adult Men
  • Charted Fair Isle Flame Pattern

Flame Mittens all sizesWe are rating the pattern intermediate because it’s fair isle, but the basic construction of the hat and mittens are pretty easy.

What is fair isle? It’s a fancy term that just means you’re using more than one color in a round. This pattern uses up to three colors in a round, but most of the time the pieces use one or two colors per round.

Available in the Store

The Flame Beanie Hats and Mittens are available in the store.

 

 

The Knitting Challenge

The Knitting Challenge

A few months ago, our knit and crochet group had a knitting challenge – similar to other project challenges we’ve had in the past. Here’s how it went:

The Criteria:

  • Item must be knit (any type of knitting)
  • Must incorporate a button

Seriously, only two requirements. As avid crocheters, Deborah and I definitely found this a challenge.

The Entries:

Knitting Entries

Let’s take a closer look at the three entry.

Entry One – Kissing Camels Tapestry
by Carol

kissing camels

Carol is a long time knitter who charted her own tapestry. Her inspiration is a rock formation named Kissing Camels which is located in the Garden of the Gods – a local park in Colorado Springs made of rock spires.

There are button eyes and pink lips. What a fun way to capture a local treasure.

Entry Two – Bluebell as Crimson Red Purse
by Dana

Knit and Beaded Purse

This beaded purse is a modified version of Bluebell, a cuff (bracelet) pattern by Elizabeth Klett. This project was a first for me on many levels. I’d never beaded a knitted project. Nor had I knit an icord. I confess: I ripped this out and started it over again several times before getting the hang of it. I was pleased with the end result.

Entry Three – White Mistress Fingerless Gloves
by Deborah

Cabled Mitts

Like Carol, Deborah decided to write her own pattern! These ladies’ fingerless gloves have lots of fun elements like the 4 stitch cable, buttons, and cuff work at the top and bottom accented with fun fur.

The pattern is available for free. Learn more about the Women’s Fingerless Gloves.

Each project is beautiful and judging was truly a challenge. A special thank you to Lorien for judging. The fingerless mitts took first place and the beaded purse second. We all had a delightful time with the challenge and look forward to the next.

Women’s Fingerless Gloves – Free Knitting Pattern

Women’s Fingerless Gloves – Free Knitting Pattern

These fingerless gloves are simply adorable. They are easy and quick to make with a bit of elegance and touch of flair.

fingerless gloves free knitting pattern

There a lot of fun elements to these mitts. There is a simple 4 stitch cable, buttons and cuffs at the top and bottom accented with fun fur.

Deborah designed these gloves for a knitting contest we had with our local knitting and crochet group. We’ll tell  you more about that in a future post.

White Mistress finglerless gloves are available on our Free Knitting Patterns page.

FREE Patterns

Enjoy!

Tips for Crocheting a Bean Bag Chair

bean bag

Tips and Tricks for Crocheting a Cover for a Bean Bag Chair

Crocheting a cozy to cover a bean bag chair is easier than it looks. It’s similar to making a cup cozy…just a bit larger! Here is some designer feedback with tips and tricks to help you as you crochet your own bean bag creation.

#1 – Make it a tight fit

Stretching CozyThe first and foremost important tip: make the cozy smaller than the bean bag chair. You want it to be a really tight fit, as in…super tight.

I didn’t think there was any way the bean bag would fit into the cozy.
- quote from Deborah

 

Yarn stretches. Which is helpful when stuffing the cozy. But not so good after people have played with and sat on the bean bag chair. After lots of use, the yarn will stretch to the point that the cozy may sag. To prevent future issues of sagging, make sure the cozy is a tight fit around the bean bag.

yarn sags after play

The Owl Bean Bag, pictured above left, is one of our first bean bag projects. Several nieces came over for a visit one afternoon…and after only a few hours of play, the yarn on the owl was loose and sagging…a lot! Needless to say, we corrected the issue and every bean bag project we work on has a much tighter fit (as seen in the Soccer Ball on the right)!

#2 Tie it up

tie bean bagBean bags by nature are malleable; they reshape with a little bit of pressure. This makes them more tricky to stuff into a cozy. So, we recommend that you tie up your bean bag with yarn into a tall cylinder type shape. After it’s stuffed into the cozy, remove the ties so the bean bag chair is free to reshape when people sit on it.

Use yarn in a contrasting color and tie a bow with long tails. This will make it easier to locate the tied yarn through the cozy so you can pull it out.

#3 You only need a few rounds to close it up

For some bean bag designs, you’ll stuff the bean bag into a partially finished cozy, then crochet a few rounds to close it up locking the bean bag inside.

I didn’t think the pattern had enough rounds left to close up the cozy.
- quote by Dana

 

bottom of bean bagWhen the bean bag is stuffed into the cozy, there will still be quite a bit of the bean bag left uncovered. Surprisingly, you won’t need very many rounds to finish off the cozy. As tip #1 says…you want a tight fit.

Work a decrease round, then tug on the cozy to stretch the yarn as you stuff the bean bag into the cozy. Crochet the next decrease round, tug and stuff. Repeat a few more times. The last step is to grab each loop in the last round and cinch closed with yarn.

Bean Bag Chair Crochet Patterns

We have several Bean Bag designs. Here are a couple of fun sets: