Free Crochet Hat Pattern: Ready for Winter

Baby, it's still cold outside! This free crochet pattern is not just for the holidays. It's a quick and easy pattern, so in almost no time at all your little one can have an adorable hat that will keep him or her cozy all winter long.

Baby, it’s still cold outside! This adorable toddler stocking cap is not just for the holidays. It’s a quick, easy, and free crochet pattern, so in almost no time at all your little one can have an adorable hat that will keep him or her cozy all winter long. Let’s go outside and play! Find the free pattern here. Pattern: Ready for Santa Designer: Jenn Wolfe Kaiser Source: Life Adorned

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

Crochet Slouch Hat Pattern: Bistro Beanie

Stitch a comfy new accessory with the Bistro Beanie crochet pattern. Relax in style with this casual slouch hat. A hot cuppa and a good book are optional.

Stitch a comfy new accessory with the Bistro Beanie  crochet pattern. Relax in style with this casual slouch hat.  A hot cuppa and a good book are optional, but recommended. The hat is quick to make and the stitch pattern is simple, which makes this a great project for on-the-go crocheting. I also like to crochet while enjoying a good audiobook or TV show. It’s always nice to have a small project that doesn’t require your full attention, but is more than just row after row of nothing but single crochet. A richly colored yarn, like the Tosh Merino DK that … read more

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

Crochet Triangle Scarf Pattern: Over the Willamette

Over the Willamette is a triangular scarf with mesh sections separated by lacy bands. With this crochet pattern you can make a scarf or a full-sized shawl.

I’m thrilled to share the crochet pattern for this triangle wool scarf with you! This was a very satisfying accessory to design, because it turned out just as I envisioned it would. Over the Willamette  is a triangular scarf worked top down from base to tip. The design includes mesh sections separated by lacy bands. Requiring only one skein of fingering weight yarn, this scarf makes a great small project. You can also crochet a full-sized shawl in this design. There are two options included in the pattern for enlarging your project to make a shawl … read more

Crochet with Handspun: Merino Cowl

Working with handspun yarn you're not crazy about can surprise you. When I finally used this yarn with a fun free cowl pattern, I found its true potential.

Sometimes, working with a soft but seemingly lackluster handspun yarn can surprise you. I spun a skein of single-ply yarn out of some fabulous merino combed top, but I wasn’t very excited about the results. It sat around for a couple of years while I pondered its fate. This winter, while looking for a quick and simple project to knock out in between working on larger garments, I found myself yearning for something thick and soft to counter all of the thin, hard lace I’d been working. My handspun yarn just felt so luscious. I’m glad … read more

Porcelain Berry Shawl

Lena Fedotova's beautiful Porcelain Berry Shawl crochet pattern has options to create a triangular shawl or rectangular scarf in any size.

I’ve completed a beautiful shawl with the Porcelain Berry Shawl crochet pattern, and I’m so pleased with the results. I used just one skein of Malabrigo Lace. The pattern allows you to easily resize your project, so I worked a few extra pattern repeats to enlarge the shawl and use up the rest of the yarn. The pattern has options to create a triangular shawl or rectangular scarf. This was a wonderful design and I’m sure I’ll be making more! You can download the pattern to make one yourself. Pattern: Porcelain Berry Shawl Designer: Elena Fedotova Source: Bubble … read more

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