Fair Isle vs. Intarsia

Fair Isle vs. Instarsia

Many knitting patterns involve color changes while most crochet patterns do not. Why is that? Having changed colors in knitted and crocheted projects I will say that it’s not because it’s easier to do when knitting. I actually found it easier to change colors while crocheting. There are two ways to change colors when knitting or crocheting, Fair Isle and intarsia. I have used both methods and the method I use depends on the project being made.

Fair Isle

Fair Isle, also called “stranded colorwork”, has several characteristics.

  1. It’s usually done in the round, like hats and sweaters.

    Flame Hats and Mittens

    Flame Hats and Mittens

  2. It traditionally uses only two colors per round. Other rounds may use two different colors, but each round uses two.
  3. The yarn is not cut but is crocheted over or dropped (to the back/wrong side)and picked up when needed. This leaves a strand of yarn on the back. For mittens, it is easy to snag the strands on the inside with a finger when putting the mittens on.
  4. The Flame Hat and Mittens are great for learning Fair Isle as the color work is only along the brim of the hat or the fingers of the mittens.


Pictured left is a pair of mittens from our Flame Beanies and Mittens Set. The mitten on the right shows the wrong / inside of the mitten. Strands of yarn are carried along the inside until it is needed again.

As mentioned above, these are crocheted in the round. The beanies have a similar stranded look inside.


Intarsia has several of its own characteristics.

  1. It’s usually done in rows on flat pieces.

    Panda Set

    Panda Set

  2. A ball or bobbin of yarn is used for each color section and is dropped and left dangling until is it picked up and used on the way back.
  3. The yarn is always dropped to the project’s wrong side. Because it is worked in rows, sometimes it is dropped to the back and sometimes it’s dropped to the front.
  4. The Bamboo Blanket has only two color sections, black and white, making it a great beginner piece for Intarsia work. That means there are only two skeins or balls to keep track of when crocheting. The bamboo stalks are crocheted separately and sewn on.

Both Fair Isle and Intarsia use charts/graphs instead of written out instructions. Generally one box in the graph equals one stitch. Graphed work looks best in single crochet though half double crochet can work, depending  on the graph. Keep in mind, stitches in crochet do not line up one on top of another like knitting does. When trying to make vertical lines and things like letters, they will end up looking a little wavy. The stitches will line up a little more when working in rows. A vertical line will tend to lean right when working in the round.

There are just a few other tips for creating a successful piece of color work.

  1. When changing colors, you should use the new color for the last YO that is pulled through the loops on the hook.
  2. Tension can be a problem. If part of the project changes colors and part of it does not, sometimes one section is tighter than another. Be aware that you may need to relax during the color changing section.
  3. It is also easy to make a tighter section if there are long sections where a color isn’t used in Fair Isle. Crocheting over the unused yarn every 2-3 stitches helps keep the tension relaxed. Imagine trying to put on a hat that has no give because the strands are too tight.

My first projects were hats and scarves. They were small enough to practice on and I could pull them out and try again if something wasn’t quite right. With a little practice, it is possible to get into a rhythm with dropping and picking up the different colors. There is no reason Intarsia and Fair Isle can’t be just as popular in crochet as it is in knitting.

For a fun Fair Isle project, try the Flame Hats and Mittens.

For a fun Intarsia project, try the Bamboo Blanket.

Kettle Corn Recipe for Movie Night with Crochet Star Wars Chewbacca

Kettle Corn Recipe for Movie Night with Crochet Star Wars Chewbacca Mason Jar Cozy

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Make movie night more festive with our colorful kettle corn recipe and a crochet Star Wars Chewbacca Mason jar cozy!


As kids, Chewbacca was my sister’s and my favorite Star Wars character, so it seems only fitting that he be one of the characters we make for our movie night mason jar cozy. This is a fun and easy project that will add a lot of flavor to a night of entertainment.

Let’s start with the Kettle Corn…you can munch on it while you crochet!

kettle corn recipeKettle Corn Recipe

We’ve changed up the traditional kettle corn recipe by using agave nectar instead of sugar (if you don’t have agave nectar, use ¼ cup of white sugar).

By adding a few drops of food coloring, this simple snack food becomes an extra special treat.

So, let’s get poppin’.

Kettle Corn Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup white popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 drops of food coloring

Kettle Corn Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil and butter on medium-high heat. When it boils, add agave nectar, salt, food coloring and popcorn.
  2. Constantly shake pot over heat. When popping starts to slow down, remove from heat and pour popcorn into a large bowl. CAUTION: the agave nectar/sugar burns easily. You will want to remove the pan from the heat long before there are 2 seconds between pops.
  3. Stir and allow popcorn to cool before serving.

Crochet Star Wars Chewbacca Mason Jar Cozy

If you love to crochet Star Wars characters, than add this guy to the list. It will bring a smile to your face every step of the way. It did for me…I was grinning ear to ear as I was designing this cozy.

This works great as a cup cozy, too! You gotta have something to drink on movie night!

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet

Skills Used: Crochet in Rows, Crochet in the Round, Crochet with two strands at once.

Chewbacca Supplies List:

  • Fun Fur: Choclate
  • Yarn Needle for sewing
  • Hook: H/8/5.00 mm
  • Hook: C/2/2.75 mm

More Cozies in Store

coffee cup cozy patterns ebookLove this Star Wars cozy? There are more seasonal, holiday and just for fun cozies in the store in our Crochet Cup Cozy eBook. We’ve created an entire collection with 28 designs one ebook.

Each design in the ebook has instructions to fit Mugs, Cups and Mason Jars. Every design has a delicious recipe or fun craft.

The ebook includes 4 new designs – Dracula, Vampire, Mummy and Blue Jeans.

Available in the StoreRead more about the set:

Blog: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Boston Red Sox – Crochet B Applique

Boston Red Sox – Crochet B Applique

If you’re a Boston Red Sox fan, you’re gonna love this crochet B applique. It looks adorable on the Lil Slugger Baseball Set…which I crocheted for my nephew, who’s expecting his first child.

Boston Red Sox Baby Set

No one knows the gender of the baby…so I crocheted two caps, a blue one and a pink one. If they  have a little girl…well, I’ll let them decide which cap they want to dress the baby in.

Not only is the cap adorable in pink, it’s also great for breast cancer awareness games!

Boston Red Sox – Crochet “B” Applique Pattern

I tried to make the B as close to the logo as possible. Though its not exact, I figure close is close enough. I hope you agree.

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: chain, slip stitch, single crochet

Techniques Used: Crochet in the Round, Decrease

Size: 2.5″ tall x 1.5″ wide (when crocheted with C & 3 hooks)
3.5″ tall x 2.5″ wide (when crocheted with H & C hooks)


  • Vanna’s Choice (Worsted Weight – 4):
  • Hook: C/2/2.75 mm
  • Hook: 3 / 2.10 mm
  • Yarn Needle for sewing

Because this applique is crocheted with a small hook, it can be a bit challenging to see the stitches. I would recommend that you practice this pattern with an H and C hook before attempting it with a C & 3 hook.

UPDATE: We took more photos of how to crochet the B on our post: Boston “B” – Photos of Each Row.

Crochet B Larger“B” INSTRUCTIONS


Hook: C

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.

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.

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.



Hook: 3

Use only 2 of the 4 strands of the yarn.

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.

Baseball closeupPin then sew “B” to hat or desired project with the Cranberry tail.

Learn more about the Lil Slugger Set.  Newborn pattern includes:

  • Baseball Cap
  • Baseball Mitt
  • Catchers Mitt
  • Ball Diamond Bib

Featured Crochet Patterns

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Newborn Baseball Set

Hat, Baseball Mitt,
Catcher’s Mitt and Bib!

For more info:
Blog: Baseball Set
Store: Baseball Set

Aviator Hat

Hat, Goggles & Scarf
Sizes for whole family!

For more info:
Blog: Aviator Hat Set
Store: Bomber Set

Owl Bean Bag Set

Owl Bean Bag, Blanket,
Lovey, Hats and Pants!

For more info:
Blog: Owl Bean Bag Set
Store: Owl Set

Crochet Monkey, Banana and Palm Tree Pattern

Create your own jungle with this fun crochet monkey, banana, and palm tree pattern.

Perfect for a jungle themed nursery, a Hawaiian luau party, a tropical paradise or a desert oasis. Kids will enjoy feeding the monkey bananas while adults will be impressed with the your large scale crochet project, the palm tree(s).

Crochet monkey, banana and palm tree

Mix and match the parts and pieces and colors to best meet your needs. Whether you’re looking only for a furry monkey, a sweet snack or a tall bit of shade, this pattern has it all.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Crochet Techniques: Crochet in the round, crochet in front and back loop, crochet increase and decrease, loop stitch, crocodile stitch

Crochet Monkey, Banana and Palm Tree Pattern: THE MONKEY

banana in footOur crochet monkey was crocheted with copper Fun Fur which resembles an orangutan (tailless) or Golden Langur (with tail). Mix and match the colors to create your favorite monkey.

Monkeys have many different characteristics. Some have more hair than others. Some have tails. This pattern includes instructions for these optional features.

This crochet pattern includes hands and feet that grip. That’s right. We’ve crocheted pipe-cleaners (fuzzy sticks) into the hands which allows them to grab hold of things…like a banana. Super fun! (Edges of fuzzy sticks can be sharp – do not use in toys for babies or small children).

The monkey has knee and elbow joints, too, making it more fun to play.

Measures: 14″ tall x 4.5″ wide x 4.75″ thick.

Crochet Monkey, Banana and Palm Tree Pattern: THE BANANA

crochet bananaYum. Crochet bananas for your furry little monkey and make playtime deliciously fun. They are easy and quick to make, so why not crochet a bunch?

The edible portion is crocheted in the round, but the peel is crocheted back and forth to simulate the ridges that bananas have.

These fit perfectly into the hands and feet of the crocheted monkey.

Measures: 4″ long x 3.5″ around.

Crochet Monkey, Banana and Palm Tree Pattern: THE PALM TREE

Crochet Palm Tree

Let your monkey swing from the trees with this larger than life crochet project. The palm tree is perfect for decorating the corner of a room or on the patio for a theme’d party.

It’s the details in the crochet that make this palm tree so adorable. The loop stitch grass, crocodile stitch top and fun yarn make this very realistic. And the pieces that help it all take shape (drain pipe, christmas tree stand and floral foam) are easy to find.

Measures: 8.5′ tall x 4′ wide. Can be made shorter or taller as needed.

Crochet Monkey, Banana and Palm Tree Pattern: Now Available

It’s a Jungle crochet pattern is now available!

Create your own oasis. Buy It’s a Jungle today in the store.

National Crochet Month 2012 Postcard

National Crochet Month 2012 – Postcard

To celebrate National Crochet Month 2012 we have designed a FREE crochet postcard! This March, we’re letting the world know that we love yarn. We’re surprising friends and family with hand crocheted mail….delivered by the United States Post Office! Want to join us?

I Heart Yarn Postcard

National Crochet Month 2012 – FREE Patterns

All Free PostcardsNational Crochet Month 2012 is a great time to consider projects that use up our stash. This FREE pattern will do just that. And it’s a good excuse for using wild colors and crazy materials!

This FREE pattern includes the “I [Heart] Yarn” postcard and an extra Bonus: Mickey Mouse Ears! Mickey is sure to bring smiles to many faces. It will look fun in traditional colors as well as wild and crazy ones!

I [Heart] Yarn pattern:

  • It measures 10″ x 5 1/2″.
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Stitches: Single Crochet, Chain
  • Stitches for Heart Applique: Single Crochet, Half Double, Double, Treble (triple)

BONUS: Mickey Mouse Ears pattern:

  • It measures 10″ x 5 1/2″
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Stitches: Single crochet, Single Crochet Increase (Loop Stitch optional)
  • Crochet in the Round

National Crochet Month 2012 – Multi-Purpose Postcards

Postcard as CoasterNational Crochet Month 2012 is a great time to spread the word about our love of the hobby. These postcards can be used for more than just postcards by the recipient. These make great decorations for a craft room (bulletin board). They can also be used as coasters and are a great size for coffee mugs. Or how about using this as a granny square in a larger project?

But perhaps the best and most novel idea would be to reuse it as…a postcard! By simply removing the cardboard piece and attaching a new cardboard piece, this can be reused again as a postcard! I’ve seen crafters reuse greeting cards before, but never like this!

National Crochet Month 2012 – Join Us

FREE Crochet Patterns

Free Patterns Page: Download the pattern from the FREE Crochet Patterns page.
Store: Add the Postcard Free to your cart in the Store.

Pig Crochet Pattern

Pig Crochet Pattern – Affectionally named “Pork Chop”

Pig Crochet PatternWe have affectionately named the pig in our Pig Crochet Pattern, “Pork Chop”. He is deliciously fun and easy to crochet! He’s super cute when crocheted in a couple shades of pinks. Have you seen the little extra details this crocheted pig includes? There are dew claws on the feet, puffy checks and a curly tail, just to name a few.

For the hunters in our lives, we’ve modified “Pork Chop” and mounted his head! Yep, this pattern includes instructions on how to make a Mounted Boar’s Head! It’s a little crazy, but it’s so real looking when crocheted in Brown Angel Hair and with the addition of tusks. This would be perfect in a man’s office, study or library. Since it’s crocheted, it would even be fun in your craft room! Be sure to name him!

This pig crochet pattern includes the following instructions:

  • “Pork Chop” as the stuffed animal.
  • The head of “Pork Chop” mounted.
  • Mounted Boar’s Head.
  • Boar as a stuffed animal.

Pig Crochet Pattern – “Pork Chop” as a Famous Pig
pig with collar

This Pig Crochet Pattern can be modified and used to represent a number of famous pigs. As is, “Pork Chop” is a great farm animal. But with a few tweaks, he can be a book character or famous movie star. Here’s a short list of famous pigs:

  • Maxwell, the Geico Pig – give him a pinwheel and watch him squeal “weeeeee” all the way home.
  • Napoleon from Animal Farm – have him stand on his hind feet and give him some clothes.
  • Piglet from Winnie the Pooh – dress him in a striped pink shirt and have him stand on his hind feet.
  • Porky Pig from Looney Tunes – dress him in a blue shirt and red tie and have him stand on his hind feet.
  • Tusk, the Arkansas Razorbacks mascot – crochet him in red with a black sweater.
  • Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web – give him an award winning collar.

Pig Crochet Patter – The Details

Like our other patterns, this Pig Crochet Pattern includes lots of photos, detailed written instructions, checkboxes to mark your progress, materials list, gauge info and more.

Skill Level: Easy

“Pork Chop” measures 10″ in length x 5 1/2″ tall x 3 3/4″ wide.

Available in the Store

Pig Crochet Pattern – Available in the Store

The Pig Crochet Pattern is available now in the store. Purchase your pattern today and you can be making a pig tonight! Weeeeee….what fun!

FREE accessories and modifications are available in the store as well!


D Fence Football Christmas Ornament

D Fence Football Christmas Ornament – FREE Crochet Pattern – Great for Any Team

d fence football christmas ornamentThis FREE D Fence Football Christmas Ornament is great for any American football fan. You know we’re passionate about sports. We love high school, college and professional football. We also know that a good offense is a good defense.

This football ornament is great for friends and family alike. It can be used as a Christmas tree ornament, a refrigerator magnet or applique for a hat or other accessories. And this is a great stash buster. Use whatever yarns you have in the house just so long as your colors have contrast so each element will stand out.

D Fence (defense) is a popular poster design that football fans take with them to football games. It’s our way of encouraging the defensive line (players) to play hard and win.

D Fence Football Christmas Ornament – The Pattern Details

The D Fence Football Christmas Ornament measures 3 inches x 3 inches. It’s design is inspired by the picket style fence.

Skill Level: Easy

footballThe pattern for the D Fence Football Ornament includes detailed written instructions, supply list, gauge info, abbreviation list, checkbox to mark your progress, photos and more.  The FREE pattern includes:

  • Picket slats
  • Horizontal supports
  • Letter “D”
  • Mini NFL style football

Bonus Garden PatternBONUS: This FREE pattern also includes instructions on crocheting a flower garden scene. We couldn’t resist making this fence ornament multi-purpose. The flower garden can be crocheted on the back or as a separate ornament all together.

D Fence Football Christmas Ornament – Download for FREE

This pattern includes all the great features found in all our patterns including photos, detailed instructions, gauge information, supply list, check boxes to mark your progress, and more.

FREE Crochet Patterns

Free Patterns Page: Download the pattern from the FREE Crochet Patterns page.
Store: Add the Fence Ornament Free to your cart in the Store.

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

Crochet Christmas OrnamentsCrochet Christmas ornaments are a fun and festive way to decorate for the holidays.  From the classical to the whimsical, these crocheted ornaments are designed to please everyone in the house this Christmas.

They are quick and easy to make and most ornaments can be crocheted with just remnants of yarn. Decorate the tree; accessorize a present; hang them from doorknobs. These little ornaments can bring cheer wherever they’re needed.

Skill Level: Easy

Dazzle your friends and family with these ornaments. Show them that crochet can be traditional yet untraditional all at the same time.

Need a gift for a dog lover? Sneak a squeaker into one of these ornaments and turn it into a hand crocheted dog toy!

Crochet Christmas Ornaments – The Details

This crochet Christmas ornaments pattern set includes the directions for six fun and unique ornaments.

Most of the ornaments use a basic medium weight yarn for the base ornament with fine or super fine yarn for the details. Each ornament is crocheted in the round and the pattern includes instructions using US abbreviations, a materials list, gauge information, check boxes to keep track of your progress, photos, and more.

Christmas Ball Ornaments Set

Let’s take a closer look at each ornament:

  • Snowman Crochet Christmas Ornament – This 2 3/4 inch tall winter classic comes with a removable chullo (ear flap hat) and a quirky smile sure to warm everyone’s heart. Hang without the hat and the snowman looks like a golf ball – perfect for the golfers in your life.
  • Toy Soldier Crochet Christmas Ornament – This 4 1/2 inch tall Nutcracker character brings a solemn demeanor to the festivities, guarding the hopes and dreams of all those present.
  • Santa’s Belly Crochet Christmas Ornament – Like a bowlful of jelly, this 3 1/2 inch tall merry belly comes with a belt that can be tightened, loosened, and with a metal buckle, removed altogether. Directions include how to make a crocheted buckle or how to use a metal buckle.
  • Sock Monkey Crochet Christmas Ornament – A childhood favorite, this 2 1/2 inch tall ornament is for the young at heart. Fun for the little ones and for those that remember their sock monkey friend.
  • Ball of Yarn Crochet Christmas Ornament – Yarnivores of every kind will enjoy this 3 3/4 inch tall yarn ball. Whether a knitter, a crocheter, or a yarn crafter in general, this is a fun way to bring one’s love of the fiber arts into the festivities.
  • Snowflake Crochet Christmas Ornament – Bringing two classic decorations together, this 3 inch tall ornament combines the ball ornament with the snowflake ornament. Separate they decorate all kinds of spaces, together they spice up  the place.

Crochet Christmas Ornaments – In the Store

These crochet Christmas Ornaments are available now in the store. When you purchase through our website, you’ll immediately receive a receipt which includes a link to download the PDF pattern.

Order today and start crocheting right away!

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FREE Sachet Bag Crochet Pattern

sachet bagsFREE Sachet Bag Crochet  Pattern – Such Adorable Bags

Make your own Sachet Bags with this FREE Crochet Pattern and see what all the fuss is about. Why the new craze for sachet bags? Are they really all that special? Many people use them as soap savers. Do they really save on soap? Seeing is believing. Download the free pattern and see for yourself.

sachet iPod cozySoap isn’t the only thing these draw string bags are good for. They make great gift card holders! You can also use these as pouches for storing electrical devices such as an iPod and cell phones. These mini bags are most notably recognized as potpourri sachets and scented sachets or as wedding favors and bridal shower favors. These make great gift wrapping for smaller gifts like chocolates and jewelry. You’ll be so delighted with your sachet, you’ll come up with a lot of little uses for it.

FREE Sachet Bag Crochet Pattern – The Details

crown edgingYour sachet bags will vary in size depending on the size hook you use. We used hook E with Red Heart Eco-Cotton yarn and our bags measure 2 3/4 inches x 6 inches.

Skill level: Easy

This bag is crocheted using the filet stitch (dc, ch 1 skip a st). It’s topped with a beautiful crown edge and tightens with a cord draw string. It’s simple yet elegant.

The pattern includes detailed written instructions (for the bag, crown edge and drawstring). It has lots of photos, materials list, gauge info, check box to mark your progress and more.


FREE Crochet Patterns

Free Patterns Page: Download the pattern from the FREE Crochet Patterns page.
Store: Add the Filet Sachet with Crown Edge Pattern Free to your cart in the Store.

FREE Sachet Bag Crochet Pattern – There’s More!

Caution: Sachet bags are addicting to make. We made one sachet and couldn’t stop. In our case, one bag led to seven! Here is a small sampling of them.

Crochet Soap Saver Collection

Blog: See all seven of the bags on our Crochet Soap Saver Collection blog post
Store: Also available in the store at Crochet Sachet Soap Saver Collection.

This set has a nice blend of both feminine and masculine designs. Check out the bonus Mary Jane style Wash Mitt. It’s perfect for liquid soap users!