Friday, October 24, 2014

Colorful Crocheted Acorns - Free Crochet Pattern

If you're looking for a cute autumn decoration, these acorns are simple to make and look great in a bowl or scattered around a table. I found these acorn tops under an oak tree at a nearby church, but if you don't have oak trees in your area, you should be able to order some on Etsy.

Colorful Crocheted Acorns Pattern

3.5mm crochet hook
Scrap worsted weight yarn
Yarn needle
Hot glue gun
Acorn tops

Sc - single crochet stitch
St - stitch
Inc - increase
Sc2tog - single crochet decrease

Work in continuous rounds. Do not join rounds.
Round 1: Make a magic ring. Sc 4 in the magic ring. (4 st)
Round 2: Inc around. (8)
Rounds 3-4: Sc around. (8 st per round, 16 st total)
Round 5: *Sc, sc, sc2tog.* Repeat from * to *. (6)
Fasten off. Weave in ends and stuff into inside of acorn. Using hot glue, glue open end of acorn into acorn top. Repeat to make many acorns!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Crocheting on a Zipper: The Easy Way

A few months ago, I came across this pattern for adorable bobble clutches from Liz Makes. They are so adorable and sweet looking that I had to make some. Plus I'd never crocheted along a zipper before so I thought it was a good opportunity to try something new. I love that you can crochet right along the zipper without needing to sew it on after, but man is it tough to get the yarn needle through the weave of a zipper! I think the first one took me an hour and left my arm aching from trying to force it. After some brainstorming with my mom, we came up with a really great solution that makes the whole process a breeze: hole punching the zipper! I used a 2mm hole punch which you should be able to find at most large craft stores with other punches. Here's how I did it:

Step 1: Gather your supplies. You'll need a zipper, 2mm hole punch, ruler, yarn needle, yarn and a washout marker or light pencil.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Penguin Winter Crochet Pattern

Hey everyone! I wrote a new pattern that I think you'll enjoy.. It's a penguin pattern! Aren't they so cute? I just love them. You can find the pattern on Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry.

Or, if you're not as crafty, you can buy the finished product in my Etsy shop. Enjoy!

Hoping to have more goodies for you soon!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hanging Herb Planters

My house was built in the 1960s and is a little rectangular ranch with high windows and no window sills. Not good if you have cats (mine are confined to two large windows in the whole house) and not good if you like houseplants. I've seen a lot of really cute hanging planters recently, and came across this idea for attaching them to the cupboard. It's perfect if you want an herb garden in the kitchen but don't have wall space or a sill. Here's how I did it.

Small plastic pots - Mine are from Ikea
Command hooks - I bought the ones that hold up to 3 pounds, just in case
Drill bit - I used a 3/8" wood drill bit

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Crochet Bow Necklace - Free Pattern

Hi all! Hope you're having an enjoyable weekend. As I work on changing my Etsy shop over to primarily a crochet pattern store, I thought I'd share a cute free pattern that's super simple and quick. Below you'll find a written pattern followed by a photo tutorial to help if you're new to crochet. Enjoy! And be sure to leave a comment if you have a question.


For this pattern, you will need a small amount of lace weight yarn, a size "G" crochet hook (4 mm), a yarn needle, scissors, jewelry chain and findings (clasps and rings), and wire cutters and benders. On the bottom right you'll see some necklace backs, which are optional and will only use if you want your bow to be able to slide on the chain.

Crochet Bow Necklace Pattern
Ch 45
Row 1: Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and each stitch across. (44 stitches)
Fasten off and weave in ends. Fold into a bow shape and wrap center with yarn. Knot end and weave in ends. Attach to necklace.