Category: Free Patterns

How to Crochet Square Mesh – Video Tutorial



https://youtu.be/uiG5Ipn9drY
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Well, my fellow raving mad crochet-ers, it’s summer time and I’m absolutely crazy about this square mesh crochet stitch! Mesh crochet is probably the world’s quickest, easiest crochet stitch for making virtually anything from garments to shawls and even scarves.

I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing to crochet or knit is garments. I mean, after all that work we crocheters/knitters put in, we want to show it off, right? It just so happens that summer time and crochet wearables are like soul-mates. I think we can all appreciate a good knitted/crocheted sweater to snuggle into during the cold months, but crocheting wearables for summer opens up a whole ‘nother world of style and stitches.

Anyways, I have finally been able to upload the tutorial for one of my favorite summer stitches. The video is right at 10 minutes long, I believe. It’s not even 20 minutes long (I don’t think) and it honestly took me from 6:something to 7:00PM until just now (2:00 AM) for this sucker to upload! I even use a program called HandBrake to help cut the time down and it still took all day long to upload it!

To make things 1,000 times worse, during the entire day it takes just to upload one short video, for some reason, I’m unable to use the Internet! I don’t know what it is about uploading a video, but I won’t be able to do anything online until the video is complete and published. Any ideas on fixing that, do let me know & I’ll be so grateful to you.

My point though: that’s why my YouTube channel doesn’t have videos on a consistent basis, or a regular basis for that matter. I have several crochet video tutorials on my computer building up just because it takes so much trouble to upload one. I try to start uploading as soon as I wake up, but on workdays, I usually can’t upload at all because my job requires me to use the Internet.

Back to crochet.
Crochet Mesh
Crochet mesh is super quick. This means I can actually wear my crocheted garment the same summer I start making it whereas other crochet or knit stitches will sometimes take an entire season just to finish. This is why you non-crocheters/knitters see us grannies (I’m 25, thank you. But I know you assumed I was a granny!) crocheting thick blankets in the hot summer months! Because we’re lucky if it’s finished by the time Christmas rolls around.

Ever wondered where the phrase “slower than Christmas” came from?

Now you know. I’m about 800% positive the phrase is related to the time it takes to crochet something like a blanket before Christmas arrives.

Close-up of the mesh. I ended up making a blouse from it.
Close-up of the mesh. I ended up making a blouse from it.

I love mesh crochet because it’s so versatile and easy and quick. But this particular type of mesh crochet — I call it the Crochet Square Mesh or Mesh Square Crochet — is my favorite because of the perfectly aligned squares it creates. Don’t get me wrong, I love diamond mesh too, but sometimes I want my wearables to look less like a simple swimsuit cover-up.

Either way, mesh allows you to do so many things. You can add ruffle and even use the mesh as a foundation and build on using a ruffle stitch or fan stitch, as I’ve discussed in the video posted at the top.

Since the video, I have almost completed my shirt/blouse that I ended up making from this mesh square stitch. I still have some finishing touches to make like the straps, but so far, it’s almost done! I will update with photos as soon as I get time.
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If you guys are interested in seeing a tutorial on the entire top (will add photos of it to this post soon), then be sure to let me know and I’ll do my best to make a tutorial for you.

If you’d just like to own the shirt, it will be up in the shop Laughing Flamingos within the next month hopefully. A link will be posted for those of you who wish to buy it there.

In the meantime, share your current W.I.P. I love seeing and reading about what you lovely folks are working on!



Baby Bow Headband + Free Tutorial

With the arrival of my brand new niece — who was born the day before the Fourth of July, I might add — I have been getting busy with my hook and needles!

Like many of you, I too love crocheting and knitting for new babies. In fact, babies are probably my favorite project-recipients… because they can’t yet express that they don’t adore my handiwork. Ha. Ha. I’m only half-kidding. 😉

Baby Bow Headband by Kendra

Although I’ve had dozens of ideas swirling around in my yarn-obsessed head, I decided that my first project would be something quick and adorable that she could wear right away. A blanket doesn’t really fulfill the satisfaction of a quick project, so I went with an adorable, simple headband and of course, I used a bow as the big decoration point.

I followed a simple, very thorough photo tutorial for the bow found here – by Jess from Craftiness Is Not Optional.

– Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional
https://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2013/01/easy-crochet-bow-tutorialpattern.html

Jess makes this adorable bow so easy to construct that even the most beginner of all crochet beginners will be able to follow along! Thanks, Jess, for such intricate detail in your tutorial!

I chose Jess’ bow tutorial over the others available on the Internet because I loved the thickness of the one she makes. Instead of just one thin, flimsy crochet panel, she uses a long-ish strip and folds the sides inwards, creating a bow that looks nice, is sturdy, and has more of a “bow” appearance.

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The bow is basically a crocheted rectangle piece that turns into a perfect little bow when several inches of yarn is wrapped tightly around the center, pulling the center inward so that the rectangle takes on a real bow effect. I love it!

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I have also crocheted a larger, slightly different bow headband for my 4 year old niece, only I used a neon pink for the wrapped center part and a turquoise bow and band. It’s absolutely adorable on her cute little head! I will be getting photo of that one and posting them here as well.

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Baby Bow Headband by Kendra 4

Here are the pair of colorful sandals I made to go with the bow for my newest niece:
Baby Flip Flops and Bow by KendraBaby Flip Flops and Bow Set by Kendra

Guide to Mesh Crochet + Ideas for Using Mesh in Your Projects

What is Crochet Mesh?
Crochet mesh typically describes a type of stitching that creates an “open” appearance and is airy in nature. It’s sometimes referred to as netting. Mesh crochet is a super easy way to make quick, airy, lightweight garments that are especially suitable for summer time!

In this post, I’ll be sharing the different types of mesh stitches, a few garments that incorporate mesh stitching into their design, and tutorials on how to complete different mesh stitches.

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20 Awesome (Free) Easter Crafts to Crochet 2015

Easter is coming up, and as promised, I’ve scoured all available resources and compiled a beautiful list of 10 free Easter crochet patterns for all of you who are filled with spring inspiration and have your hooks ready for all things Easter. Are you as excited about the upcoming warm weather and bright colors as I am?

1. Free Easter Bunny Crochet Basket Free Pattern Lion Brand
Oh my bunny-goodness! This crocheted amigurumi Easter bunny basket is beyond adorable. Just look at those perfectly floppy ears.

And the pattern, from Lion Brand, is not only beginner-friendly, but free too!

Some kid is going to have one very special basket to collect his/her Easter eggs in this Easter!

2. Jam Made free Crochet Easter Basket number 2
If it isn’t a colorful, floppy-eared bunny basket that would make you grab your hook n’ yarn, then perhaps this totally “awww!-worthy” basket, complete with a precious bow will.
The free pattern/tutorial is available from Jam Made.

3. crochet-butterfly-square
If you’ve got spring fever, then this granny square with a butterfly crocheted on top might be the perfect spring project for you. Imagine an afghan full of these brightly colored critters.

The free pattern, by Luana Gay Stoker is available on FaveCrafts.
I think a grey square background with multi-colored butterflies would be lovely.

4. Whiskers and Wool free crochet Easter egg pattern

These pastel colored Easter egg coasters are fun for Easter time, if you are a coaster-user. If you aren’t, these are almost enough to make you want to start using them!

The free pattern is available by Whiskers and Wool here. I love this blog!

5. Whiskers and wool Free bunny crochet pattern
These itsy bitsy adorable little bunnies really bring on the Peeps cravings!
Free pattern for these cuties, which are another Whiskers & Wool design. I told you that blog was fabulous!

They look like quick little fellas to crochet at the last minute, and could make fun gifts or Easter egg hunt surprises.

Note: The pattern is a download, so when you click this link and arrive at the Whiskers & Wool blog, be sure to click the “download” link, which you’ll find directly below the image as a caption.

6. Lady Crochet Free Easter egg Crochet Pattern
Forget those ol’ plastic Easter eggs and toss in a few of these bright, gorgeous crocheted ones for a change of pace!
https://ladycrochet.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html
The pattern — offered for free by the lovely Inge at Lady Crochet — is a bit addictive, as the Lady Crochet warns. Once you finish making one egg, you may not be able to stop.

But that’s okay. Crochet away.

7. Free Crochet Chick Pattern by Drops Design Garn Studio

Crochet a bazillion little chicks to go along with the bazillion little eggs you just finished.

An easy-to-follow pattern is available on Garn Studio, for free by Drops Design and can be accessed here.

Note: This little fella does require some stuffing.

8. LucyRavenscar free chick crochet pattern
This is another little chick, although he is miniature (only 1.5′ tall!) but I think he is much cuter than the one above.

There’s a free pattern available at LucyRavenscar, so follow along if you’d like to create this cutie.

Just imagine a basket full (perhaps a *crocheted* basket full) of an assortment of different colored mini chicks! I’m thinking one in every pastel color — purple, blue, yellow, a light green, etc.

I always did believe the saying “good things come in small packages.”

9. Free Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy Lion Brand
Crochet this easy, precious, fluffy-tailed mini Easter bunny egg cozy using Lion Brand’s free pattern.

Remember, good things come in small packages?

The cutest egg cozy ever! Just slide an egg inside and hide. This cutie will make a very fun Easter egg hunt!

That’s this bunny – a good thing in a small package. I think I know a few adults and kids who’d both love an itty bitty bunny like this fella.

10. Free Crochet Bunny hat and Diaper pattern by sarah repeat crafter me

What Easter crochet frenzy wouldn’t be complete without such an adorable little bunny-eared hat?

Right?

But, try the hat and matching (too adorable!) diaper cover, too, and then send your many thanks to Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me for such an outstanding and free pattern because your little one is totally gonna rock this cute outfit!

Well, I hope these lovely free Easter crochet patterns have you as inspired as they have me, and if you’re like me, your hands are itching to be holdin’ a hook and strand of yarn right now! Spring is coming up (I know we still have quite a while) and boy do those ideas start going wild. I wonder if I’m the only knitter/crocheter who starts getting project crazy when a new season is coming up? I start thinking of all the new projects and garments I can begin making for the new season. Yet I typically don’t even get to complete half of them! Lol.

Do you guys do that too?

Oh, and tell me, what will you be crocheting or knitting this Easter?

The finished Child’s Cardigan!

Well, I finally finished the last sleeve on the little cardigan I have been working on crocheting for my 5 year old niece. Now that I’ve had the time to weave in all those irritating yarn ends, I was able to make time for a few photographs of the finished product, too!

I did end up adding some ruffle touches to the sleeves. I am a sucker for ruffles, so it wasn’t easy to contain myself and leave it to the sleeves and front edges only. Otherwise, the entire thing would be nothing but frills! Believe me, it wasn’t easy not to do that.
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I feel like this was a pretty rewarding project, but will be even more so when I get to witness my niece actually wearing it, and liking it.

I’m definitely glad that I decided to go ahead and use the Caron One pound of yarn, although it surprised me that this cardigan actually took up the entire pound almost! A tiny little cardigan! I thought for sure I’d have about half the yarn roll left over. I like the rose-color and figured the gray and white made for the perfect color combo, as it always does. But the reason I’m happy with the pink Caron yarn is because I didn’t realize how snugly soft this stuff was compared to other acrylic yarns like Red Heart until I actually began using this soft stuff. Compared to the other popular acrylic yarns on the market, this stuff is perfectly soft, and others are terribly scratchy, which I hate.

I want to make note that not all Red Heart yarn is scratchy. In fat, the Made With Love is some of my favorite, soft-wise. It’s bouncy and soft, and fluffy, but you don’t get much in those rolls, so I try to get it on sale when I’m using it.

Unfortunately, during my rushing around today, I left my flat iron on near the cardigan and apparently, part of the straighteners plate was touching the cardigan. The result:

Here you can see where my hair straightener had touched the cardigan. Odd that it turned yellow, but I am just glad it didn't damage the yarn itself!
Here you can see where my hair straightener had touched the cardigan. Odd that it turned yellow, but I am just glad it didn’t damage the yarn itself!

Back and mistake

Imagine how horrified I was to have just finished this sweater only to realize that as I was getting ready and doing my hair today, I mus have sat the flat iron a bit too close to the cardigan and it burned the yarn… yellow! How odd! It’s almost as if it striped the pink dye from it, and the original yarn color was this ugly yellow color! I kicked myself all day for doing this, but have thought up a couple solutions, although not perfect ones. 1. a technique where you simply cover the posts/stitches that are damaged and mis-matched in color with thread of matching color (pink.) By simply wrapping some thread, or the matching yarn around the stitches that are damaged, and tying off in the back, it should cover it. Thread will do the trick without creating a thicker (which extra yarn will create) spot where the mistake was.

Solution number 2: Simply turn the cardi inside out. Since it’s virtually identical on both sides, this could work. The only problem I have with using this easy out is that the decorative bubble stitching around the neck is more noticeable on the original “right side out” and by having to turn it inside out to hide the mistake from my flat iron, those pretty stitches won’t have the same “sticking-out” appearance. 🙁
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Still, I believe the only option other than a total re-do, which is out, is to turn it inside out where the ugly mistake is on the inside, not the out.

What about you guys? What are some of the last-minute fixes you’ve had to wing? Any ideas on a way to fix mine?

Free Crochet Amigurumi Octopus Patterns

I’ve added a brand new project to my to-do stash and am actually quite proud of myself for completing it in a somewhat timely manner. This is the octopus I finished just in time for Christmas, and finally had the chance to share him with you guys.

As a matter of fact, he was featured here on Crochet As You Are in one of the recent posts. I thought he was so cute I had to hurry up and make one myself. He is available on Joann as a free pattern, but in order to complete him in a timely manner, that required some tweaking to the size for my own octopus. I also tweaked mine to only use two colors instead of the multiple colors the pattern actually calls for.

I went for simple, so you don’t necessarily have to follow the exact same amount of color changes the pattern calls for. I do recommend using contrasting colors for the eyes, though or else it might look odd. 😉

Another thing that should be mentioned is that the original pattern contains mistakes, so if any of my lovely, fellow crocheters want to create an octopus of your own, I recommend heading over to Gleeful Things where Julie has kindly laid out her own notes for you so that you can avoid the mistakes you’ll run into if you only follow the original pattern. So, bookmark her page or print out the instructions she gives and then begin the octopus from the original pattern. You’ll be glad you did, unless you don’t mind the mistakes, and ending up with a 4-legged octopus! Technically it’s an 8-legged octopus, but if you go the route I did with him, you’ll end up with what appears to be only 4 legs, split at the very ends.

Take a look at the photos to see what I mean. I chose to sew my octopus’ legs all the way to the near bottom that way he ends up with more curl to his legs and it kind of distracts from the fact that he has 4-legs total (8 technically, but not if you sew the entirety of each leg up from top to bottom.)

All this leg talk probably will not make sense to you until you’ve taken a close look at the photos and the pattern for this octopus.

Overall, though, this really wasn’t too complicated to complete. The instructions can be a tad confusing, but most crocheters will probably be able to follow. I just wish I’d have caught the printed mistakes before I started crocheting! I still think he turned out okay since I’m no perfectionist, but if you are one, the legs will probably be a real bother to you until you get them just right, so don’t take any chances and be sure you follow Julie’s instructions for getting past the mistakes.

I just love her color combo for the giant octopus she created!

While on this octopus kick, I came across severely really cool patterns for different octopus, and later wished I’d have chosen one that did not contain mistakes. I thought I’d share my octopus results with you here and also include patterns for a couple of different ones available online for free! Yay for the kind folks willing to give their awesome free patterns, right?

Below, I’ve listed a couple of the free patterns for octopus that I’ve found and think are mighty cute, so you can choose from more than just the one pattern here.

1.Free Octopus Pattern by Paula Gail

I think the one by Paula Gail is stunning, and appears to be a bit more simple than the one I went with. I’ve actually been hoping to get this one going sometimes on, too! What a interesting yarn color she chose.

2. Mini Octopus by Sarah from Esshaych

These perfectly miniature octopus are much smaller than the first one pictured in this post, but equally adorable octopus are probably going to be a great option if you want to crochet an octopus in a short amount of time.

Aren’t they adorable? I know I can’t seem to resist them, and will more than likely be crocheting one or more myself! I am counting down for the moment I can start on one.

And lastly, here’s one more mini version Baby Octopus Amigurumi Pattern by Amanda at Adorably Kawaii

So, which of these adorable little fellas will you be crocheting? Please do share your project pics with me, too!

Lion Brand “Curtain Call” Cardigan WIP

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I’m back to my knitting project tonight! It’s one of those less-than-lovely days for me and knitting always soothes me and puts me in a grand mood, so I decided to pick it up for a few minutes before getting up and actually doing something that needs to be done tonight.
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I didn’t forget that I promised to update as I go while I’m knitting the free Curtain Call Cardigan by Lion Brand, so here are some photos. I had to rip out my work and start all over on this project more times than I care to share, especially considering this is practically the easiest cardigan ever to knit. I kept messing up my rows and couldn’t remember if I’d purled or knitted (and forgot how to tell the difference by looking at the stitches, but now I am well educated in that department.)

I’m not nearly as far into this cardigan as I’d hoped to be by now, but that’s because I had to put the needles down to hurry and finish up a few other projects, one being the little cardigan I crocheted for my niece… Those sleeves? Still not finished! I’m also working on a whole ‘nother crochet project — an octopus amigurumi — for my nephews right now and am hoping to be able to crank two of the suckers out before Christmas. It’s been such a slow process lately!

I’ve mentioned in previous WIP (which stands for “works in progress” in the knit and crochet world) posts that I have been knitting and crocheting like mad, and that I even take my projects with me outside the house so that my significant other can drive and I can try to get as many stitches in as possible! Lol. Trying to get things done before Christmas so that I can actually have them done in time to give them to the recipients. Yet I’m also spending every second possible working so that I can keep up with the insane expenses that comes around this time of year, so it’s quite hectic in my neck of the woods. I’m actually to the point of losing sleep now. If it’s not because I’m working over time for extra cash, it’s to get caught up on my crochet projects, so at the moment, I’m borderline deliriously exhausted. Ha. Ha.

More on the knit cardi, though. I wanted to include a tip:
As much as I hate to point out such a blatant flaw in my design, this is a good opportunity for my fellow crochet and knitters to be reminded of the importance of having enough balls of the same exact yarn with the same exact dye-lot. Now, scroll back up and it’ll jump out and hit you — where my first roll of gray yarn ran out, you can see a significant change in the grays used! I actually knitted and crocheted with this exact same yarn (both skeins rolled into one ball) forever and never noticed the shades were two different colors! My love bucket just had to notice and point it out one day as I was knitting. It still took me staring at the project for minute after minute before my eyes caught the change in colors! So, take this as your warning or reminder to always try and match your yarn. In this case, I went back to the store and picked up a brand new roll from the exact same brand and even the same yarn name (“heather gray”) and yet I still came out with two totally different grays! Lol. Who knew gray could vary so much.

I figure once Christmas comes to an end, I’ll get back to work on this cardigan and will definitely update with my progress pictures as I go! So far, I’m just going to leave this how it is instead of ripping out my work and trying to find a perfect match to the gray. In the long run, it’s just going to take away a lot of time (and some $) that I simply don’t have to spare. Time is everything right now! 😉

Oh, one more thing! Did ya’ll notice the adorable owl cup? My mom gave me that as a gift the other day, so I couldn’t help but show it off in my pictures as I was photographing the knitting project I’m working on. I love this cup! I really can’t resist a cute owl, and this isn’t the only own cup I own. My love got me an adorable one last year, so now I have one more to add to that collection. Cute, huh? My mom found it at Marshalls.

Thanks for all of you who have been visiting me and staying updated with my craziness and progress. I truly appreciate each of you who come by and love all of your comments!

Has anyone else worked the Curtain Call Cardi? Or Do any of you plan to try this pattern? I really like it and think it could look amazing in so many different colors and yarn types. I also love that it’s versatile and I can see that it’ll be super easy to tweak the pattern to add something original into it. I might just go for more than one of these since it’s so easy, and in that case, I’ll definitely tweak things a bit to add something else to the plain cardi.

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