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Crochet for The Needy Using Plastic Bags (Complete Guide to Crocheting Plastic Bag Mats for Homeless)

*Photo Source: Emma Nagle

If you’re a knitter or crocheter, then chances are, there’s a big, kind heart in that chest of yours. You’re selfless to the point of actually searching out ways to be of use to others, even strangers.

Yes, I know who you are and although you most likely would never admit it because you aren’t vain, but you know you have a heart as good as gold. In fact, your friends and family members tell you this frequently.

You’re the kind of person who experiences something like a high when you brainstorm new ways you can help people in need.

It’s eerie how well that description fit you, right? But, lets face it, you’re a crocheter/knitter and crocheters/knitters are all heart… And fingers (you gotta have em’ to crochet/knit, amIright?)

Since it’s the time of year that people tend to be in need the most, I thought I would work on putting up a post that might be useful to my fellow yarn-craters — an entire guide to teach you everything you need to create plastic bag mats for homeless people. This seems to be the most popular “gift” for homeless this year. I almost considered knitting blankets this year and donating them to be put together for the homeless, but when I read how well-received these plastic bag mats had been, I decided it must be a great idea after all. So, for those of you who are interested in learning how to crochet these, please read on. And do feel free to skip the next section if you’d like to get right to learning.

I still can’t believe it’s already really is that time of year again. You know, the time of year that causes your brain to flood with ideas and you spend 90% of your days brainstorming what project you’ll crochet/knit for the kids, and your parents, and your nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

You’ve got a project idea that perfectly fits each family member and loved one, and by-golly you’re determined that this year, you’re gonna complete each one. Sleep be damned! You’ll even stay up hours past your bedtime to make sure every project is done and every loved one warm and cozy in their new scarf, coat, or socks.

That’s that big ol’ heart of yours I was talking about.

Now that I know you inside and out, it’s a good time to get straight to the heart (no pun intended) of the issue here.

The homeless and needy don’t always have a warm bed to sleep in every night and if you’re anything like most of us yarn-crafting fanatics, this bothers you every year — knowing that people are spending their Holiday season just trying to stay warm each day.

I know. I’m the same way. That big ol’ heart sometimes just seems too big. Sometimes it downright hurts to have a heart. You just want to do something. Anything to help make sure other people get to spend their Holiday season warm and cozy at the very least. Each year, I look for a way I can help contribute to improving the harsh winter months for someone else and I believe the plastic bag mats will fit the bill perfectly.

One more important thing I’d like to address before I kindly step aside and let you start learning how to make plastic bag mats…

Like myself, a lot of you precious folks use yarn-crafting as a form of therapy, a way to whittle through the ugly winter months — to you and I, each stitch is just part of our battle with depression. We literally knit or crochet our way through the pain or melancholy that sometimes happens to us when the cold months strike. I’m right there with you my friend. But I’m determined to not let this year suck me in. I hope you will be, too.

This is How I’ll Battle Depression This Winter

I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to try my hand at these simple plastic bag mats. Since it costs virtually nothing to obtain a pantry full of those otherwise pesky bags, pretty much anyone with a crochet hook can contribute.

The purpose of making these mats is to provide homeless people with a clean, dry place to sleep at night. Since it’s made of plastic, there’s no worry of it absorbing water and being useless to sleep on or harboring bacteria and crud like some products made from materials like yarn. It’s also supposed to be lightweight, making them easy to carry around. Most importantly though, they provide some level of warmth to a person who otherwise might be exposed to the harsh weather.

So, if you’re like me and you struggle with depression and feel a painstaking desire to help people in need, join me in the Crochet for A Cause project and start making those “plarn” balls right away. I’ve compiled a list of different videos and tutorials to help you along the way. If you have any trouble, let me know and I will do my best to help out.

P.S. Please take the time to say thanks to the good folks who took the time to create these awesome tutorials.

*P.S. When you’re having trouble pulling out of an episode of depression and can’t seem to motivate yourself enough to start the project, just shoot me a message and we will can work at it together. I’m also happy to chat with others who may be struggling with finding yourself through these winter months, so please do not hesitate to get in touch. Sometimes I feel as if I’m withdrawing from the outside world and don’t really have people who I can just chat with during these times as well, so it’s always a pleasure to connect with you lovely folks.

How to Cut the Bags for Making “Plarn”

Cutting Plastic Bags

How to cut plastic bags for crocheting

The Following Video Shows Another Method of Cutting the Plarn + How to Make the Mats

Plastic bag mats for homeless tutorial

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Here’s Another Video That Shows You how to Crochet Waterproof Bedrolls (The Same As “Mats”)

Recycled shopping bags crocheted into waterproof bedrolls

https://mumam.blogspot.com/2011/04/but-what-do-we-really-do.html

Finished Mats + Crocheting In Action! The Below Video Shows A Variety of Finished Mats + a Woman Crocheting One from “Milk Bags”

Creating sleeping mats out of milk bags

Sudburians are creating sleeping mats out of milk bags for those less fortunate in third world countries.

For The Knitters Out There, This Video Shows The Process of Knitting With Plastic Bags! You can follow the same basic directions for crocheting the sleeping mats by just swapping your hook for needles.

Plastic Bag Knitting

Knitting a plastic bag holder from ordinary plastic shopping bags.

I also look forward to seeing your lovely projects! Please share photos of your completed projects.

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.
Crochet Mesh 2
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!

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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Crochet Lace Blouse Video & Written Tutorial


For those of you who are participating in the crochet along for this lacey blouse, I’ve provided the written instructions below. You can watch the video above to keep up, and to get a better understanding of what’s going on. To understand every detail better, you’ll probably find it easier to watch the video series before trying to go by the written instructions. This was a rather difficult project to explain in written text only. It was also my very first tutorial/pattern, so I hope you’ll be easy on me!

Written Pattern for Bust:
NOTE: All rows are started with a CH3 & end with a Slip Stitch into the 3rd CH of beginning CH3.

1. Go back to the very first row we made (the ch2, skip 1 chain & double crochet into the next. The square-like row. We’re going to go into one of the chains of any double crochet we made in that first row with new yarn. Once you’re in, start with a CH3 & DC.

Then, CH2, skip one chain/stitch & DC. Repeat that all around: *Ch2, skip one chain/stitch and double crochet into the next.*

Row 2: CH 3 & DC. *DC in every stitch, all around.
NOTE: If the bust feels too loose on you, now’s a good time to begin adding some random decreases. To do this, simply skip a couple of stitches all around.

For instance, I skipped about 12 stitches and did them at random. The blouse will begin to be just a tad tighter in that area. Don’t go too tight though!

Row 3: Double Crochet Cross-Over Stitch, all around. *CH3, skip one ST & DC into the next. Double crochet into the skipped stitch.* Note: This stitch is shown in my video, and also in a video tutorial
I made on this stitch alone. You can find it under “Double Crochet Cross Over Stitch Tutorial.”

Row 4: Repeat the DC Cross-Over Stitch.
Row 5: Repeat the DC Cross-Over Stitch.

Now you have 3 rows of DC Cross-Over.

Row 6: CH3, DC. *DC in each stitch, all around. To end, slip stitch into the 3 CH of your beginning CH3.

Row 7: CH3, skip one stitch & DC into the next. *CH 2, skip one stitch & double crochet in the next one.* All around. End with a SL ST into the 3rd chain of beginning CH3.

Row8: Repeat *DC Cross-Over Stitch* all around.

Row 9: CH3, DC. *DC all around. End with SL ST into the 3rd CH of your beginning CH3.

Row 10: DC. Repeat DC Cross-Over ST all around.

Try it on. If you’re happy with where the upper-back of the top lands, finish off now.

If you want the back to come up even more, continue working the pattern in the same way. I finished off at Row10.

Now we’ll begin working on the front only! As shown in the video, you’ll lay your piece down, the front side facing up. Find what will be the edges of each side (at bust/top portion).

Mark each side. I just eyeballed mine. I didn’t count the stitches to make sure it was folded exactly on count. I simply laid mine out, found the edges by looking at it & got to work! It may require you to try it on after this next row we work (front only row), to make sure that’s where you’ll want the sides of the top to be. This is easy, though.

Now that you’ve marked the sides, join with yarn into one of your stitches on either side. Now, we’ll crochet in the same pattern we’ve done for the bust, but we’ll only be going straight across the front, not all around.

FRONT ONLY: (from marker to marker, where you placed markers on the sides. Don’t continue to the back. Just from the side to side.)

Row 1 & Row 2: DC Cross-Over Stitch.

Row 3: DC in each stitch across

Row 4: DC Cross-Over Stitch.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until you’ve reached the length you want for the front bust area. Try it on after about row 4 and see if you need to continue going further. If not, finish off & begin the straps!

Straps:
To get an idea of how long you’ll need your straps to be, make a chain using your best guesstimate of how long it’ll need to be, then you can attach strap(s) with safety pin and try the top on. See if the length of the straps is right. Chain more or less to fit. If you have another tank top or camisole that fits well, just chain to the length of the straps on it.

Row1: Now that you have a foundation chain for the strap make 1 more chain on the chain you’ve just made. So, whatever your chain length was plus 1. Now, single crochet in each chain.

Row 2: *Chain 2, skip 2 chains and double crochet into the next*. Do this to the end. Simple & fast, huh?

*** I hope this was overly-easy to follow! I went ahead and included this written version for folks like me who can’t keep going back & watching video patterns several times a day. This pattern is just for the bust & straps of the top since that’s the part of this that I designed personally. The bottom half of this blouse has its own written photo-tutorial, which again, was created and posted for free by Girlie’s Crochet! She’s so kind! It’s been a pleasure to get to use her pattern in my own blouse. She’s been very helpful to me, so I want to give her a special thank-you. Head over to her blog to see the skirt she made with the pattern we used in this blouse! It’s outstanding!

Back to what I was saying, I realize the video plus this written part is probably a lot. Hope I haven’t overwhelmed anybody. I often find myself struggling with patterns that aren’t super-detailed, so that’s why I wanted to give as much information as possible on this blouse pattern. I want even the most beginner level crochet-er to be able to enjoy crocheting a nice blouse like this. So, let me know if y’all run into any problems or need help. I’m happy to help you through it!

I hope this has been as fun for you as it has me. I truly enjoy these “crochet-alongs!”

I hope to do more in the future, and hopefully, Girly from Girlie’s Crochet & I will get together and perhaps create some awesome something in the future! What do you think? Would y’all like to see more projects like this? Is the video + written part helpful or just confusing to you? What do you folks prefer? I have to ask because I need to know if I should continue this sort of thing in the future. If the information I provide is over-kill, don’t hesitate to let me know that either.

Crochet Cardigan — Work In Progress (WIP)

Bugs Cardi 1

Bugs Cardi 2

Bugs Cardi 4
Bugs Cardi 3

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?

Going to go try to finish off these sleeves now.

Lots of love to you all,
Kendra

10 Perfectly Beginner-Friendly Blankets to Crochet for Christmas (Free Patterns)

It’s that time of year, almost.

Christmas!

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.

1. The Chevron Baby Blanket Free Pattern by Bellus Threads:
Bellus Crochet Blanket Pattern

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.
CrochetRippleBabyBlanket

3. How to Crochet a Blanket for Beginners

Source: AHC Kids Crafts
Source: AHC Kids Crafts

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)
Source: Red Heart
Source: Red Heart

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 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.

6. The Five & A Half Hour Throw by Lion Brand with Vanna’s Choice Yarn

Source: Lion Brand
Source: Lion Brand

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.

7. Fiber Star: Soft Purple Baby Blanket found on I Brake for Yarn, Hooks and Books by Samantha Stopple and also published in Fiber Star.

Source: Fiber Star. Pattern located at I Brake for Yarn, Hooks & Books
Source: Fiber Star. Pattern located at I Brake for Yarn, Hooks & Books

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.

8. Easy Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Video Tutorial by I Heart Stitching

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 Source: Red Heart

Bonus: these are even more warm, soft and cozy than those stiff store-bought sports throws!

10. Simple Crocheted Baby Blanket by Christy Grauer from Girl Uprooted

Source: Christy Grauer from Girl Uprooted
Source: Christy Grauer from Girl Uprooted

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.

Size Tip:

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!

6 Gorgeous, Free Crochet Motif Patterns

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.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

 

 

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.

 

Image by Tiggerbee’s Buzz

 

 

4.Evelines Motif by Ravelry User and blogger at Yellow Pink and Sparkly, Janet McMahon. Includes 15 petals (ruffle-looking because of the single-crocheted edging, which is genius!).

Image source: Janet McMahon (Ravelry user and blogger at Yellow, Pink and Sparkly)



5.  “Maybelle Crochet Flower
By A.B. McKenna (Downloadable PDF Pattern.)

Image source: https://6ichthusfish.typepad.com/

 

 

6. Adrienne Square” Video Tutorial by Yolanda Soto Lopez

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!

So, how do you plan to use your motifs?

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