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 read more

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 read more

Crochet Nursing and Teething Necklace

I crocheted this necklace to wear while nursing my busy and curious baby. She also enjoys playing with it and gumming it when she's not trying to eat.

At about 4 months of age, my baby girl decided that nursing wasn’t exciting and she was too busy to stay focused enough to eat. She squirmed around, pulling on my clothes, hair, and anything else within reach. I made this crochet necklace to wear while nursing her, and it seems to be interesting enough to distract her or keep her attention. I wear it tied loosely around my neck. She also enjoys playing with it and gumming it when she’s not trying to eat. I used Lion Brand Cotton Bonbons and natural … 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

Baby Pixie Bonnets

Babies are so fun to crochet for. It's all adorable, and this pixie bonnet is no exception. I quickly made four of these using Shara Lambeth's free pattern.

Babies are so fun to crochet for. It’s all so adorable, and this free pattern for a newborn pixie bonnet is no exception. The short amount of time that it takes to finish an adorable and cozy little hat is so worth it, despite the fact that they’ll grow out of it almost as fast. I know four couples who are expecting wee ones this spring and summer. How exciting! I fell in love right away with the design of this little pixie hat, so I decided to make a few of them to give to the expectant parents. I don’t know … 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