Hello my fellow blogger, crochet-ers, knitters and other craft folks! In one of my last posts, “9 Easy, Free Cardis to Make This Fall (Free Patterns),” I mentioned that I had taken inspiration from one of my absolute favorite cardigan tutorials (a free YouTube Crocheter Wooly Wonders Crochet) who made the awesome tutorial shown below (for the second time on my blog now!)
In my post, where I featured the amazing Wooly Wonders’ videos, I promised that I would eventually show you guys the little cardi I had been working on, using the basics in the Wooly Wonders tutorial. And well, I’m here! It is not finished though (obviously. I mean, who would wear a one-sleeved sweater with yarn strings still hanging off of it, right?)
I’ve been working on adding sleeves, obviously, to the little sweater, and I have made some minor tweaks to the original design just to add my own original touch to it, and because I couldn’t resist using a ruffle-ish edging around the front. You may be able to see the subtle ruffle I put around the edge of the front, where the buttons will also be located when I get around to finishing this little fella.
As for my niece, she has already seen (and tried on) the little cardigan. I did have to make tweaks to the sizing so that it would fit her — she is 5 years old, and come to find out, Wooly Wonders had actually answered me about the up-sizing question I left for her on her YouTube video!
Unfortunately, I’d already gone ahead and just winged it for up -sizing the cardigan to fit my niece, but I wish I’d have been patient and seen the helpful comment from Wooly Wonders sooner because it’d have gone smoother. Lol. But, it does fit! Still, I will be doing a re-over and creating an entirely new cardigan for little Bug, using of course Wooly Wonders’ helpful advice and changing up the color combo as well as the edging. The next one will probably feature pockets, too! I love getting the hang of a basic design and then using it several times, tweaking it each time to add more features as I go.
Anyways, I thought I’d go ahead and get some photos up to show you guys. I will be sure to include more of the finished product.
The overall result has so far impressed me because I wasn’t sure I’d love my own work as much as I loved the look of the one done by Wooly Wonders. However, I’m pretty pleased. I do need to tuck in the tails and add the sleeves and finishing touches.
Oh, as for the sleeves, I simply kept going — in the round — with the sleeves. It’s very, very simple and takes little knowledge to get the hang of continuing the sleeves to create a long sleeve. I simply used single crochets all the way. This takes longer than if you go with a double crochet, but I wanted as little open spaces (holes) as possible since it’s really cold here in the winters, although it actually has been insanely warm for the most part up until this week. I worried that if I didn’t use a tight single crochet, there would be too much wind get through the holes in the sleeves and cause my poor little niece to be cold in her cute cardi! I can’t have that, so single crochets it’ll be.
In the meantime, I am also working on my own cardigan, which I also mentioned previously. It’s the Curtain Call pattern (free!) by Lion Brand. I’m knitting it, though. I’m not so far into it, but am thinking it’ll turn out lovely. I will show it in photos soon when I get far enough into it (or the finished product itself.)
So, do you think you will be trying your hand at a cardigan any time soon? If you’ve never done it, I hope you will not be deterred by anything because it’s SO much easier than I ever thought. If you follow the Wooly Wonders pattern/tutorial, I think it will be a total breeze, even for a beginner.
Hope you all have a beautiful Monday!
Care to share your WIP (work in progress) with me now? I just love seeing my fellow crocheters’ projects, even when they’re still in the raw. There’s just something about a fresh, not fully completed project that’s still on the needles or still attached to the hook. It really brings something fresh and inspiring to your mind, huh?
I’mAfricanCrab shows you how to crochet her stylish “Scoodie,” which is a scarf/hoodie that’s so cute and functional you’ll want to join her in crocheting it right away. Her video tutorial is so easy to follow and understand that a beginner will be able to follow along and complete the scoodie with ease.
2. Boot cuffs!
All (okay, most) boot-wearing gals will really love a pair of adorable boot cuffs, and they can be knitted or crocheted in a jiffy. Best thing about them: They’re small items, so they work really fast. Quick Crochet Boot Cuffs by Seven-Alive
Since boot cuffs or boot “toppers” as some call them are so small, it’s pretty easy and quick to crochet a pair. There are several different free patterns available online for crocheted boot cuffs, so if you aren’t particularly fond of these here, you’ll likely be able to find another style you like somewhere online.
These are pretty much a given. Scarves are a pretty basic accessory and make a common gift. But… Hand crochet (or knit!) a scarf with your own hands & it’s suddenly extra spectacular. There are so many gorgeous scarf patterns available that I’d never be able to list them all (I feel a scarf post coming on), but I will list a few favorites of my own.
Crochet Ribbed Cowl by The Purl Bee
(okay, it’s not a scarf, but same thing, right?)
I love this cowl’s awesome, unique texture and how cozy it looks.
The very first yarn craft I ever engaged in was finger knitting, in fact! You guys didn’t know that did you? It’s what got me hooked on yarn crafts and caused me to immediately begin exploring the world of knitting and crochet! Finger knitting is also an amazingly cool method for kids. Like crocheting and knitting with out needles and hooks, finger-knitting is also incredibly therapeutic, so I’d recommend trying it just for that very reason alone, even if knitting something wasn’t of big interest to you. I’d almost guarantee you’ll fall in love, though.
Seriously. You can crochet cupcakes. And these are actually cute.
8. Cupcakes are all the rage right now. It’s like these delicious yet cute little desserts have their very own trend going. I have seen cupcakes on everything from T-shirts in the little girls department to cupcake charms dangling from necklaces and bracelets… And now probably even our Christmas trees! Just chain a little loop on the top of these little crocheted cupcakes and you have yourself a Christmas tree ornament.
If you know someone who loves the cupcake trend (probably a tween girl, if I had my guess), then this might be something to consider as stocking stuffers for them, or to add a little something as a gift topper? Who knows, but apparently, they’re a big hit.
Seriously, I almost stopped what I was doing just to crochet one myself, but had enough discipline tonight to wait until work was finished… Mark my word, though, I will have crocheted a few (hundred, maybe!) of these cuties before Christmas. My niece is going to give me one more reason to thank Lulu Loves for such awesome tutorials!
As promised, here is 10 beginner friendly, gorgeous blankets to knit (or simply get inspiration from) for Christmas gifting! We’ve already covered the crochet version, and in that post, I promised a knitters version to come soon & I’ve managed to compile a list of those for you all. I hope this comes as a useful ‘series’ of inspirational gift-giving posts to some of you.
I’ve chosen to focus on beginner friendly patterns to feature here since this will allow beginners to check out some patterns that will fit their skill levels, too. Had I focused on more advanced patterns, I feel like I’d have limited the amount of folks that could participate in knitting the many different patterns out there available. This way, both beginners and advanced knitters can get in on the fun.
Another thing I’d wanted to accomplish with this and the crochet version of this post was to spark some confidence or inspiration in those of you who might not have been feeling confident enough in their skills to take on a gift project. Or for those of you who have been too afraid to take up the daunting task of trying your hand at something as big as a blanket. For that reason, I’ve tried to include as many quick and fast working projects as possible.
So, now that you feel motivated (and you do feel motivated, right? Right?), I hope you’ll try knitting up a blanket or two, or five!
P.S. To see my crocheters version of this post, go here.
This fluffy, stylish blanket is knitted with specific yarn, to create the pom “pon” effect. However, you can whip up an equally beautiful blanket using the yarn of your own choice and following the pattern. The only difference is, well, for one, it’ll be much easier and for two, you won’t have to work with tiny “pom pons” on your yarn, which the pattern calls for. This is an easy to knit blanket otherwise.
This blanket is not only simple and stunning, but it’s so easy to make! Nobody will ever know you whipped this blanket up with little to no mental work. The color block look is modern, stylish and fun! Plus, this knitted beauty is so age-versatile you can knit a colorful one for a child to snuggle with for the rest of their lives, or an adult who’ll appreciate it forever.
A simple baby blanket, originally found on the Purl Bee, which uses the garter stitch has been tweaked into unique perfection by Time for Dinner. She simply used knit 1 stitch, then purl the next and repeated that all throughout to create this awesome color block blanket! I love the results, and I think you will too.
Stripes are a classic, and this pattern uses a combo of 3 different colors, although you can totally change it up or just use one. Or you could even knit each row in a new color if you really wanted! Virtually every human will love to receive a blanket with such simple beauty.
This quick knit blanket has a lovely, feminine, lacy appearance, making it a beautiful gift. The skill level is do-able for most knitters, even many beginners. You will need a pair of circular needles (US size 13), though.
Let me just take a second to express my love and adoration for Espace Tricot. Ahh. Total knitters bliss, that blogger! The patterns are gorgeous. Stunning. To. Die. For! And so many of the beauties are offered for free, which definitely earns &** a huge shout out from me.
This chevron blanket features bold colors that are just irresistible. In fact, this pattern is already saved in my Ravelry queue for when I have time to knit it later. The pattern is also available in PDF format. Just follow the link provided and scroll down the page until you see the blanket. *There’s no link directed for the blanket pattern specifically, so you will have to scroll down the page to find it. The page is simply one full of Espace Tricot’s gorgeous, amazing free patterns, so if you’re like me, you’ll probably be clicking on every one on the list before you even make it to the blanket!
This lightweight, lacy throw features an intricate-looking stitch design, although it’s actually rated as an easy pattern to follow.
The Arrowhead Lace Throw is beautiful enough — and really complicated looking, although it’s not so don’t even fret! — that it’s sure to earn you some respect as a knitter when you give one as a gift (or just show it off and keep it yourself!)
This super fast afghan is knitted with 4 strands of yarn held together. With 4 strands, expect a thick, chunky blanket. This is a beginner level project and the result looks so cozy it’ll be hard to pass up. Oh, and that fringe! Fringe is always in. Note: If you want to save $ you’ll spend on your knitting projects (and I understand because this craft can be extremely expensive, despite what many non-yarn-crafters think, so if you’re looking to cut costs, simple ditch the last 3 strands and simply use one. Or 2, if budget allows. Remember to use a smaller needle size if you use less yarn strands, though!)
If knitting is your thing, but you’re ready to incorporate a little bit of texture into your handiwork, then perhaps this Textured Throw will be exactly the challenge you’ve been needing. This throw is knitted using 2 strands of yarn held together as you go. Remember, you can adjust how many yarn strands you use, if needed. Just use a smaller set of needles than a pattern calls for when you do this.
With a simple design though, this throw pattern will allow you to tweak to add multiple colors, if you like.
Can’t you just imagine how nice this would look on any couch?
This loose, light-weight throw is a fast piece of work and yet another gem that looks like it required serious work on your part, but it’s surprisingly simple to work.
This pattern requires a crochet hook (size P-15 or 10mm), but don’t worry. You don’t have to have extensive crochet skills in order to create this lovely blanket. The crochet hook is just for making the fringe border.
What do ya’ll think? Are any of these lovely enough to inspire you to try knitting a blanket (if you haven’t ever done so already) to give as a gift this year? If so, I’d love to know which you choose to knit!
If not a blanket, do any of you plan to crochet or knit any gifts for Christmas this year?
And I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s brain is firing like crazy, in search of ideas for perfect Christmas gifts this year. Since I have taken up crochet and knitting in this last year (in fact, it was last winter when I first began knitting), I have been looking forward to being able to gift some items that I’ve hand crocheted or hand knitted.
So, a couple of months ago, I went on the hunt to find the best gifts, DIY-style. Of course crochet and knitting will be two I’ll want to focus on. I searched online to find what items would be the most likely to be appreciated and loved by other folks. I even went on crochet forums to ask fellow crocheters for their advice. I polled my readers, I perused websites like Etsy to see what crocheted items appeared to be the most sought-after by my fellow humans.
I got some random answers and some useful ones. Some recommended sticking with a popular accessory like scarves. Others said that their families and loved ones always valued their hand-made blankets and afghans the most. And one person even said that her most popular item was pet beds! She shared a nugget of advice with me, saying that I’d be surprised to learn how many people really found pet beds to be valuable gifts! Who knew?
Her suggestion was later confirmed when my sister asked me if I could crochet or knit a doggy bed for my niece’s new puppy!
I suppose for a pet owner, beds really would be handy gifts to give because, as my advice-giver noted, pets love to sleep on their owner’s clothing items and furniture. Owners tend to prefer their furniture and clothing to be fur-free, so a bed for the pets to keep warm in does seem a logical and useful choice for gifting.
You see, my family members don’t crochet or knit, and people who aren’t familiar with the crafts tend to not know (or value) the work and love that goes into creating such a gift. So, I realize that the majority of my family members are simply not going to appreciate a hand-made product as a gift, especially the kids who would probably use the item as a means to create a fire with, or toss in the nearest trash can.
However, I realize that there are people out there who do value and appreciate a nice, hand-knit or crocheted sweater or afghan or blanket, so for y’all, I’ve compiled a list of 10 beautiful blankets & afghans that can be crocheted with a beginner levels experience (see, my crochet beginners, I’ve got your back!) This way, even beginner crocheters can get in on the crochet gifting. So, I hope you guys find my top 10 to be both simple to work with and also beautiful enough to give as gifts.
* Coming Up: Knitters Version: 10 Beginner-Friendly Blankets to Knit for Christmas (Free Patterns)
Since the chevron pattern is so popular and modern this year (2014), I thought I’d start off with a couple of those.
2. Free Crochet Ripple Baby Blanket by G. C. Murphy Co., found on Miracles Happen
(Another Free Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern that’s simple to follow.) In fact, this was the very first blanket I ever attempted to crochet & it went surprisingly well! The instructions are so easy and repetitive that you’ll have the memorized within the first few rows.
This absolute beginner crochet blanket tutorial is a perfect first blanket to crochet, especially if a design seems a tad too daunting just yet. The folks from AHC Kids Crafts provide a detailed photo-tutorial from the very first step (knotting the yarn onto the hook and to the very last stitch)
This lap-throw is an easy, quick project that takes so little yarn (one jumbo skein) that you might be able to make more than just one to gift to your loved ones, or keep one to snuggle up with yourself. The best thing about it? It’s so simple and easy yet you wouldn’t know it by looking at the fun, textured design!
5. Crochet Super Easy Crib Blanket by the Purl Bee Source: Purl Bee
If you’ve succeeded with a single color crochet blanket pattern and feel ready to start using multiple colors, then these chunky-striped or color-block blankets will be your perfect project. Choose bold color combos for a sunny, cheerful blanket or go with neutrals to gift to folks who like to match their bedroom/living room suite with their accessories. The best thing about this color-block blanket is that they’ll always be stylish, even decades down the road. Also great is the versatility.
This pattern, with a difficulty rating of 2 is perfect if you’re strapped for time and want a really quick, thick and cozy throw that’ll look lovely in any atmosphere.
Tip: This throw requires 5 balls of the Vanna’s Choice yarn, which isn’t the cheapest yarn on the market. So if you’re like me and need a cheaper option at the moment, then one way to substitute for a thick yarn is by crocheting with double-strands (simply using two strands of yarn at once as you crochet) from a ball of yarn that costs less. This will achieve the same, or very similar thickness for a cheaper price, especially if you can get your yarn on sale.
*Tip: Joann almost always runs a 50% off one purchase deal.
Despite the name, you can use any color combo you choose or even stick with a single color for the entire blanket. The stitching creates a lovely, unique texture but the work is so simple a first-timer could probably get it down in little time.
I didn’t want to leave out you guys who are visual learners, so here’s a fantastic video tutorial on a lovely, easy baby blanket. If you use the same thickness of yarn as the video instructor does, you’ll get an incredibly snuggly, chunky blanket which is all the rage right now in crochet world. The peach color is gorgeous, but you can choose any color you like, or even do a combination.
9. The Free School Spirit Throw Crochet Pattern from Red Heart is perfect for sports fans and the results are so professional looking that any sports fan is going to appreciate this gift. The fringed edges are icing on the cake.
Source: Red Heart
Bonus: these are even more warm, soft and cozy than those stiff store-bought sports throws!
This intricate-looking pattern is simply genius in design because it’s based off a simple square, and it’s so aesthetically pleasing. This is a blanket that looks like advanced but can be achieved by many beginners, especially if you’ve already succeeded in the square, which is what most beginners learn first. If you’ve yet to tackle the square, please don’t let that deter you from putting your hook to the test with this one. It might take you a few tries at your first square, but I assure you, the results with this design are going to give you a great sense of pride and accomplishment! Plus, once you’ve got past the square that makes up this blanket, the rest is so easy.
You can easily change the size of any blanket/afghan pattern by simply continuing in the pattern for a longer length than a pattern calls for, or to shorten a larger blanket to a baby or throw size, simply stop when you reach desired length.
Size Tip: If your blanket turns out to be more narrow than you wanted, there’s a “fix” I like to use, which is simply crocheting — or knitting. Knitting can look lovely as an edging to a crochet blanket — around the entire blanket, as an edging. You can do this using simple crochet basics like a single crochet, double crochet or half double crochet all around the entire blanket, or add a decorative trim like a scalloped edging. The scallop edge is very simple, and beginner tutorials can be found all over YouTube, if interested.
So, will any of you awesome guys and gals be crocheting gifts this Christmas? If so, what are your plans so far? Will any of you be trying your hand at any of the 10 listed here? I’d love to hear your ideas! Also, feedback is very appreciated. If you like this kind of post, it’s very helpful to know that you do (or don’t), that way I can create more like this for those of you who do, or find another focus for those who prefer something else. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to stop by!
Hello everyone! Were you all aware that it was fall already?
And just how many of my fellow crocheters have already started working on crocheting sweaters and cardigans for the upcoming cold months? I know a few of my fellow crochet bloggers have already started themselves, and some have already put out some of their very own designs.
Needless to say, as someone who’s never crocheted an entire sweater just yet, I’ve been scouring the web for good, easy to follow tutorials for cute cardigan and sweater patterns. I’m actually in the middle of crocheting one for my niece already and have a big roll of gray yarn and a pair of chunky knitting needles set aside for knitting my own comfy cardigan at some point before it turns warm again.
That brings me to some other thoughts I conjured up while doing my extensive hunt for the perfect cardigan to crochet my niece, who’s only 4, but I’ll tell you, finding a cardigan pattern for anyone who isn’t still crawling, or barely walking and sitting up (and probably spitting up, too, for that matter) is quite the journey. It wasn’t easy. For some reason, it appears that not many folks have put out patterns for kids above toddler age, and that irked me enough that I decided I’d have to wing it and use the tutorials for a baby’s cardigan and just kind of, well, figure out how to make it bigger.
I’ve already done a lot of crocheting and ripping out my work, but I think I’ve found the secret to being able to use all these gorgeous baby cardigan patterns and up-size them for any size!
Now I would not want to speak too soon and end up having to eat my last words, but I am excited and confident that I’ve found the way to go about up-sizing a cardigan pattern. I have so far, taken what I could learn from the tutorials I’ll be sharing in this post and basically, I would just begin working along the pattern in the baby size, then I’d rip it out and start over with slight adjustments until I found the correct size I needed to make the cardigan fit my niece. So far, I’m still in the yoke of her sweater, but it occurred to me that the technique I applied to her’s would probably work well for any size! This is really exciting, and I’m definitely going to be sharing the techniques I’ve used to figure this out so that you guys will be able to take any baby sized cardigan pattern and easily work it out to fit your very own size requirements. Just bear with me as I will have to finish the cardigan and make sure the results turn out perfect before I go telling you guys to try it out and risk wasting your time (in the off-chance that I’m wrong and it won’t really work like I think) and end up with a lot of pissed off women with crochet hooks in their hands coming after me! Yikes. That’s not exactly a peaceful image!
Since I’ve happened across several really great tutorials and patterns that fellow bloggers and crocheters have been kind enough to offer for free, I thought I’d compose a little list of my top favorites to share with you all. After all, I know I’m not the only one depending on other peoples’ skills to teach me the basics of crocheting winter clothing, right? Please, tell me I’m not the only one!
So, without further ado — whatever that even is. “Ado.” Sounds a lot like something that might be best done in the private of one’s personal restroom to me, but whatever. I can’t find a better way of saying it, so on with the program and without further ado….
My Favorite Easy (and Free!) Crochet Cardigan Patterns
(for Various Ages)
1. Very Easy chunky crochet baby /girl’s cardigan tutorial – fair isle sweater / jumper by Wooly Wonders Crochet
2. Very Easy crochet girl’s dress / top / shirt / tunic tutorial also by Wooly Wonders Crochet (my favorite crochet channel, actually. This one is a short-sleeved dress, but can easily be adjusted to make a long-sleeved cardi or sweater dress. Too cute (and simple) not to make this list. This woman does a beautiful job and her instructions are so easy to follow. Her adorable accent is just icing on the cake!
* These two videos are actually the tutorials I used to learn how to crochet a yoke. I talked about how I have kept on to get the key to up-sizing a cardigan like this to fit any larger size. Well folks, the two videos above are the 2 I watched dozens upon dozens of times to get the hang of it and keep working until I found the key! Like I said, I’m not finished with the cardigan I”m working on, so I won’t go spilling the details until I’m sure it’s going to work (so I don’t end up causing you folks to waste your time along with me).
3.How to Crochet A Baby Sweater
By Anna Phelps, who also does a fantastic job with her tutorials, making them very easy for beginners to follow.
4. Here’s a great basic sweater by The Crochet Crowd (awesome tutorials as well by the way). It’s a sweater, not cardi, but one that deserved to make the list anyways. Mikey shares instructions for child sizes 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8, but this one could be adapted easily to fit virtually any size (even for a slouchy sweater for teens or adults):
5. Sweater Pullover Tutorial by Woolpedia This is probably the easiest sweater of all. It is a sweater, but keep in mind it can be made into a cardigan.
6. Easy Crochet Baby Cardigan — another gorgeous design and tutorial by Wooly Wonders:
And here’s the free knitting pattern for the cardigan I said I had needles and yarn set aside to make later:
I think I’ll make my sleeves a bit shorter — I don’t think I’d like the whole “bat-wing” look.
P.S. I will share my 4-year old cardigan once it’s complete.
So what about you guys? Will you be crocheting any of these, or if you’re already working on some projects of your own, I’d love for you to share!
& If you liked these free patterns and tutorials and would like to see more like this, you might enjoy checking out the tutorials, patterns & inspiration I pin on Pinterest.
Finally, I’m back with a new crochet project! It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to update my blog here because I’ve been so busy working, and because I’ve not had the chance to really complete much of a new crochet project. I have, however, found time to crochet a few fun motifs that I’ve yet to find a way to use.
One of my favorite things to crochet are motifs. They’re so versatile, and I’ve been able to create a couple of beautiful tops (a vest was the last project I made from motifs) out of them by stitching them together.
I’ve also made a small handful of flowers lately, which I had thought I’d be able to attach together and make the neckline of a blouse, but they didn’t exactly turn out the way I pictured. I’ve not really been able to freehand things like flowers (that aren’t a basic shape like a square or triangle) yet.
I’d love to be able to stitch a whole bunch of flowers together to create a loose blouse or create the top part of a blouse from, then crochet the rest using a stitch. I guess that’s something else that will take practice getting just right. I’ve seen many beautifully put-together shawls that use a flower and circle design, but I’d want a shirt instead. So, if I could find patterns like the flower shawls that I could alter to make into a blouse, I’d be all over that.
Since I’m on the topic, would any of my fellow crocheters happen to have any suggestions for going about this idea? Maybe I could use the pattern of a shawl (one that uses small flowers attached together) and just make a large rectangle rather than the triangle a shawl is typically made into. From a rectangle, I could easily make a blouse! Now the ideas are a churnin’.
While I probably won’t get to use the flowers I crocheted (no photos of those, but can put them up if anyone is interested) in a top anytime soon, they’d at least be a beautiful addition to any piece of clothing, really. I love the way a combination of fabrics and crochet look together, so I might add some of the lacey-ish flowers to some blouses of my own, or my niece’s. The motifs, though, I hope to eventually be able to create something nice out of. I have a nice stash that’s only growing of various crocheted motifs — all made in the same white thread (I’m stuck on this stuff!) I love the lacey-ish appearance it has.
I hope to one day (when I’ve gained more patience for repetitive motif crocheting), create a decorative throw or blanket from motifs like these.
I’m thinking of using some of the floral motifs to sew onto the elbows of plain ol’ long sleeve tops. Or I could put them on pillows. Or to patch holes in jeans. Or I could always just slap them together and make a lovely garland from them! There are so many awesome ways to use them. What would you do with these motifs?
And also, what are your favorite ways to use motifs? Do you add them to pillows, or clothes, sew em’ together and make a table runner? What do you like to do with them?
Oh, and as always, I’ve included links to the patterns I used to make these motifs (which can be found on this post here.) All were available for free, thanks to many bloggers (and companies) who are kind enough to offer instructions/tutorials free of charge.
*Other Projects I’ve been Working On*
My “main” project I’ve been working on the last month is a dress for my youngest niece. I like to have a little something small to work on in-between my big projects, so I chose more flowers and motifs that I might be able to use eventually.
It’s almost complete, but the straps still need sewn on, and of course those pesky yarn tails that are dangling from various spots on the dress need sewn in. I hate that part of crochet more than anything — tucking in your tails.
I’ll post photos of her dress once it’s complete. I’m actually not thrilled with the color combination at all. I started out with a purple for the bust and since I only had enough for a couple of rows, I planned to use a pretty decent sized roll of this other yarn that I thought would look nice with the purple (and Bug insisted I use it in her dress). But, to my sad surprise, I ran out of the yarn way before the dress was long enough! I could just buy a new roll, but I have had this roll for years, and it was given to me from B (my significant other’s) grandmother who’s passed away! On top of that, I’ve never seen the exact color in stores anywhere. I’ve seen a similar color from the Peaches N’ Cream line, but am really not that fond of any of their colors, including the one that’s similar.
When the yarn was given to me, it didn’t have the label on it, but appeared to be a full roll, and if not, it was very close. I call it “birthday cake yarn” because it’s a white color with small flecks of colors that resemble the sprinkles often decorated on a birthday cake.
So, I improvised when I ran out of the “birthday cake yarn” and used an off white to finish, which is not very close in color to the white of the “birthday cake yarn.” It’s disappointing because I thought the detail in the stitching (I combined several different stitches, including two different ruffle stitches) was absolutely stunning. She adores it already, so that’s all that matters, but I’d have loved to have felt a sense of pride or something upon seeing my completed project.
Unfortunately, I didn’t even enjoy the stitching of the bottom portion! I know, what a Debbie Downer I am, right? Lol. It was just very tedious and hard on my hands. It’s something similar to a shell stitch. I typically enjoy the fun of crocheting, but this project didn’t go smoothly like your average single crochet or something.
I figure since I love the look of the stitches, though, I’ll try to use another very similar stitch (probably opt for some kind of shell stitch) and try to find the patience to crochet another one, making sure I have plenty of yarn this time! That way, I can post photos of it and enjoy the look of it myself. And I’d like to try and have it in my shop (Laughing Flamingos,) hopefully that may be something that’ll draw the shop some attention.
Well, enough talk about my projects. I can post an image when I’ve completed the dress & maybe get some feedback from ya’ll. Perhaps another set of eyes could be useful, especially regarding the color combination.
Folks, I have finally completed my crochet vest I’d posted about previously! In that last post, I showed you guys the beginning of the vest where I was working on it at that moment. It was basically a long rectangle of Sunflower Motifs then. I free-handed the rest to create the shape and style I wanted. Since I wanted a racer-back style vest and couldn’t find any crochet pattern like that, I just eyeballed a racer-back tank top I had and did the rows accordingly. Here is the finished product. I’d love it if you guys let me know your thoughts on this. As you can tell, I’m quite proud of it since it’s only my second ever free-hand clothing piece. Of course I followed the pattern of the Sunflower motifs, which I linked to in my previous post.
Since this is still a very new blog of mine, I thought a good introductory post would be my “Top Favorite Free Motif Patterns.” I literally spent days on end scouring the web for the prettiest, and free motif tutorials out there, and these are the ones I personally loved enough to crochet myself.
The patterns were easy to follow and pretty beginner-friendly, so I will share these along with their links with y’all. The shapes and styles of these motifs are so versatile that you can use them in many different ways. Add them to T-shirts (one of my absolute favorite uses!), make a “bunting” for a special occasion like a wedding or just for your room decor. You can apply them to purses, bedspreads, hell, even the wall if you like!
Note: These are mostly floral shaped motifs as I was going with a floral theme. If you like posts like this, I’ll continue to post others that aren’t theme-limited. Just leave me your feedback in the comments section.
*Another note, I crocheted all of mine in size 3 crochet thread. Obviously, using thread creates a whole ‘nother look. Experiment with any size/colors you like.
2. Medallion Motif (Scarf) Found on Ravelry, by Lion Brand. This has to be my top favorite of all. It’s the biggest of all these listed, but it makes a gorgeous “medallion” for any garment, blanket, etc. I adore this pattern! It’s for a scarf, but I just crocheted one for an applique.
Medallion Scarf by Lion Brand
3. Violet 12 Block, (download-able PDF), also found on Ravelry by Tigerbee’s Buzz. Using my crochet thread, this one came out small with an almost square-ish shape & a ruffle/picot edge.
Lovely motifs are one of my all-time favorite projects to crochet! They’re so versatile.
I spent days looking for the “perfect” floral motif and upon my hundreds of patterns I tried with, these were my top favorites based on these qualities: easy to follow tutorials, free, beautiful as can be! So, I thought I’d save others some trouble of searching and put a few of them here for you guys to come back to as you go.
I’ve actually managed to crochet quite a few of each of these beautiful motifs. Some of them will be attached together to make a little vest, others have gone into a top (which I’ll be posting soon), some went on the backs of plain t-shirts and others were sewn together to create a beautiful, white, bunting, which I think would add something pretty to gatherings, weddings, bedroom walls, etc. I’ll post photos of the projects I’ve made using these patterns later.
And before I go, I want to give a very special thank-you to each of the awesome folks who created these patterns and allowed me to show them off here at Laughing Flamingos. I hope you guys will be kind enough to go give them some blog-love since they did take the time to provide us with their work, for free. Now that’s awesome!
I’ve been working on a project that uses a double crochet cross-over stitch & thought I’d share a tutorial on how to do that stitch. It happens to be one of my favorites because it adds a unique touch to your work. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!