The Making of the Spill Crochet Shawl

Curious about the specifics on how the Spill crochet shawl is constructed and stitch counts configured? Here I share the details of my design process.

The Spill crochet shawl is a crescent shape with a pattern worked in rows. It uses simple stitches: single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch. The pattern incorporates short rows on one side of the shawl so that the color shifts of the yarn (or stripes, if using multiple yarns) are off-center. Even though the design is simple, you can yield some dramatic results when you pair it with a showcasing yarn. I’ve had some people wondering about the specifics on how the shawl is constructed and how I came up with the stitch counts in the pattern. There … read more

Free Crochet Shawl Pattern: Spill

Spill is a shawl worked in rows in a gradient yarn, with short rows used to create a gradual, off-center color change. Crochet it with a long color-shifting yarn, or use a few different colors to create asymmetrical stripes.

Crochet your own eye-catching lace shawl with this free pattern. Spill  is a shawl worked in rows in a gradient yarn, with short rows used to create a gradual, off-center color change.  Crochet it with a long color-shifting yarn, or use a few different colors to create asymmetrical stripes. The finished shawl is a crescent shape that measures about 48” (122 cm) along the inside curve and about 14” (35.5 cm) deep in the center. This pattern is written using US crochet terminology. Includes 3 pages of written instructions and photographs. Download the FREE pattern now. The … read more

Crochet Men’s Scarf Pattern: Parquet

Parquet is a triangular crochet scarf with a textured wooden pattern, created using post stitches. A unique and visually striking accessory for men and women.

Parquet  is a triangular crochet scarf, with a textured wooden pattern that’s created using post stitches. It’s an intermediate-level pattern worked in sections, with each section worked perpendicular to the last. A unique and visually striking accessory for men and women. Finished scarf measures about 45” wide and 21” deep. It uses just one skein of Madelinetosh Prairie yarn, but you can use any lace or fingering weight yarn you like. I’d recommend sticking to a solid or semi-solid color for this one, because of the intricacy of the design. It includes post stitches and back-loop … read more

How to Block Lace Crochet

Blocking lace crochet is a wonderful way to finish your work and enhance your project's stitch design. Here's the simple 3-step process that I use.

When you block a lace crochet item, your project has a more finished look and the stitch design is enhanced. Blocking knit and crochet items opens up the stitches to give the pattern more definition. You can use blocking to define points for a more distinct shape. It also helps the finished item conform to the expected dimensions. It can help that sweater fit better or that shawl drape nicely. I have a pretty simple process when it comes to blocking lace crochet projects, or any project for that matter. There are many ways that knitters and crocheters “block” their finished items. … read more

Free Crochet Hat Pattern: Ready for Santa

With this quick and free crochet stocking cap pattern, your little one is ready for their first visit from Santa! Adorable on any little boy or girl.

Make a fun and festive stocking cap for your toddler this season with this FREE crochet pattern. This girl is ready for her first visit from Santa! Your little one can be too, with this simple pattern that looks just adorable on any little boy or girl. The brim is really fluffy, but it’s so quick and easy. It only takes one round of single crochet with the super-soft and bulky fur yarn. Pair the fur yarn with a worsted weight yarn in one or more colors, and here’s a fun project that works up in just one evening. Perfect for photo shoots, … read more

Crochet Scarf Pattern: Infinite Lifelines

Infinite Lifelines is a looped scarf with cool, wavy stripes. Wear it long or wrap it twice around your neck for extra warmth. Download the crochet pattern.

Infinite Lifelines  is a looped scarf with cool, wavy stripes. Wear it long or wrap it twice around your neck for extra warmth. This scarf is crocheted using dk-weight yarn in two colors. The variety of stitches and fun, curvy lines means this project won’t feel monotonous or boring. The pattern is worked in joined rows to form a long tube, but if you want a regular rectangular scarf you can simply work in rows without joining. You can download the pattern here. Pattern: Infinite Lifelines Designer: Jenn Wolfe Kaiser Source: Life Adorned

Crochet Handspun Shawl: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Life, the Universe, and Everything is an attractive and cozy handspun shawl. I stitched it using handspun yarn and a free, easy-to-follow crochet pattern.

Life, the Universe, and Everything  is an attractive and cozy handspun shawl. I stitched it using handspun yarn and a free, easy-to-follow pattern. The Crochet Shoulder Wrappers group on Ravelry is a very active, friendly, and energetic group of crafters. They have at least three crochet-alongs (CALs) every month, and anyone can participate. It’s a fun way to discover new designs and enjoy the crochet community. Plus, if you need help at any point in the pattern or are interested in advice on how to change something, there’s a community of people to help you or offer opinions. I participated … read more

Free Wrist Warmer Crochet Pattern: Flared Cuffs

Add a bit of flare to any wardrobe with this free crochet pattern! These colorful little wrist cuffs peek out from under your sleeves.

Add a bit of flare to any wardrobe with this free crochet pattern! These colorful little wrist cuffs peek out from under your sleeves. These Flared Cuffs work up quickly with just over 100 yards of worsted weight yarn. Great for quick holiday gifts! Download the free pattern here. Pattern: Flared Cuffs Designer: Jenn Wolfe Kaiser Source: Life Adorned

Crochet with Handspun

Using my own handspun yarn has made some of my crochet projects even more enjoyable and rewarding.

Using my own handspun yarn has made some of my crochet projects even more enjoyable and rewarding. Single-ply lace weight This delicate scarf was made with baby suri alpaca yarn. Pattern: Alpine Frost Scarf Designer: Amy O’Neill Houck Source: Interweave Crochet Two-ply worsted weight This winter sweater for my thin-furred dog was made with merino wool yarn. I made it to fit her specifically so there’s no pattern written up for it, but you can see more photos in this post. Chain-ply (three-ply) dk weight This vest was made with merino wool yarn with … read more

Warm Pup Sweater

We have an active dog, but her small frame and thin fur sometimes leave her shivering! This pink pup sweater was crocheted to size using handspun wool yarn.

This crocheted pink pup sweater was stitched to size for my little dog. Mila loves to go anywhere we go. Even though she stays active, her small frame and thin fur sometimes leave her shivering! I chose pure wool for her sweater, so she would still be warm when she gets snow-damp. I’m not sure how this bright, fun, extra-girly colorway came home from the fiber shop with me, because it’s so not my style. But when I was looking for the perfect fiber in the perfect colorway for this project, I had no success. … read more

Crochet Pattern: Ridges Slouch Hat

The Ridges Slouch Hat is crocheted using post stitches to create a ridged texture. Download the pattern for this relaxed-brim accessory.

The Ridges Slouch Hat is crocheted using post stitches to create a ridged texture. The relaxed brim style makes this a one-size-fits-most-adults accessory. You can also increase the number of rows before adding the brim for a roomier dreadlock tam. Download the pattern here. Pattern: Ridges Slouch Hat Designer: Jenn Wolfe Kaiser Source: Life Adorned

Crochet Pattern: Ribbed Keyhole Scarf

Ribbed Keyhole Scarf: a quick pattern for a crochet scarf with a "keyhole" opening on one end. This cozy accessory stays in place without tying or pinning.

This Ribbed Keyhole Scarf makes a great last-minute gift because the design is simple and the pattern works up so quickly. Only a few hours and one skein of worsted weight yarn! The scarf is worked in rows, leaving a “keyhole” opening on one end. This means you can have a cozy accessory that’s not super-long, but stays in place without pins or ties. The pattern includes written instructions in US crochet terms. Find the download here. Pattern: Ribbed Keyhole Scarf Designer: Jenn Wolfe Kaiser Source: Life Adorned