7 Craft ~ Show ~ Ideas – Free Crochet Patterns

Hello my lovely friends & Happy May πŸ’•

Wow…May already! I don’t know where the time has gone, but one thing is clear…if it keeps up this pace I’m gonna be in trouble come ‘Craft Show Time’ 😬

In case you feel the same way, here are some super-cute ideas to help you along. 😊

Or maybe you temporarily misplaced your ‘Crojo’ (happens to all of us), and are looking for a fun project to get you back into the swing of things πŸ₯°

All of these projects are, besides really cute, pretty easy – yes, even the elephant πŸ˜…

Okay…here we go!

1) I found this lovey on ‘A Purpose And A Stitch’ and you can find the pattern ➑️ here

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2) I’m obsessed with this Boho Bag from ‘Make And Do Crew’ 😍 It’s at the top of my crochetlist! The beautiful pattern is one click away….right here

(Image: Make and Do Crew *)

3. The pattern for this adorable zippered pouch includes the instructions on how to put the ‘zipper’ in ‘zippered’ 😁 and is designed by Loops & Love

The pattern is ➑️ here

(Image: Loops & Love *)

4. I will definitely be making numerous of these nifty little things from ‘The Roving Nomad’ πŸ˜ƒ The super-easy pattern is right behind ➑️ here

(Image: The Roving Nomad *)

5. The pattern for these little baskets is from This Little Street

(Image: This Little Street *)

6. This hat! 😍 Not something you’ll see all the time! That made my list…Gotta have one! 😊

If you do too…click right here ➑️ beautifulcrochetstuff

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7. This beautiful Market-Bag is designed by ‘Maker Crate’. You can find a detailed Step-by-Step tutorial here

(Image: Maker Crate *)

That’s it for now…but I’ll keep looking πŸ€“

Have a marvelous day! πŸ’•

Happy Crocheting 🧢

*I have no affiliation with the designers/websites

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Granny~Stitch~Oversize~Project~Bag – A Free Pattern πŸŒ»

Hello my lovely friends! πŸ’•

Today I wanna show you my new Project-Bag…and tell you all about the making thereof. 😊
I wrote the pattern for it, and hope that (and the pictures) will inspire you to make your own.

Alright – here we go!

What you need:

2 skeins worsted weigh yarn – 5oz./each, 285 yards (you’ll just need a bit off of the 2nd skein)
Crochet Hook, Size I/9 – 5.5mm
1 Pair Purse-Handles
Fabric for Lining

Pattern Notes:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
Ch3 at beginning of round counts as the first stitch.

Pattern:

Front:

Round 1:
Ch 22.
Dc 2 in 4th ch from hook.
*Ch2. Skip 2 ch, dc in next 3ch.
Repeat twice from *
Ch2.
In last ch place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc, 3ch, 3dc] – Corner
Ch2.
Continue on the other side of the starting chain with *3dc, 2ch. Repeat twice from *
In 3rd ch (starting point) place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc, 3ch]

Slipstitch to 3rd ch of first stitch.

Round 2:

Ch3.
Turn. (†)Place [2dc, 3ch, 3dc] in next space.
Ch2. [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in next space.
Ch2, 3dc in next space – 4 times.
Ch2.
*Place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in corner space.
Ch 2.
Repeat from * for other corner.
Continue on with 3dc, 2ch – 4 times.
Slipstitch to 3rd ch of first stitch.

Round 3 and all following rows:

Ch3. Turn.
Repeat from(
†)Β in Round 2.
All corner spaces are made by working [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in the corner space of the previous row.
All in-between spaces are worked by placing 3dc (separated by 2ch) in the spaces of the previous row.

Please note: The [3dc, 2ch] clusters between the corners increase by 1 in every round)

Work 9 rounds. Fasten off.

Make 2 (Front and Back)

Sides:

Make 4 Granny Squares (4 rounds each)

Bottom:

Ch 18 (or as many ch you need to acquire the width of the ‘Sides Granny Square) + 2
Work in rows ofΒ  ‘Linked Double Crochet‘ until you’ve reached the length of the front/back panels. Fasten off.

Assembly

For the Sides stitch or crochet together: 2 Granny Squares/each

Stitch or crochet the 2 Granny Square panels to either (short) side of the front and back panel.

Pin the bottom in place and stitch or crochet around.

Weave in all the ends.

To give it a ‘cleaner, finished’ look, I added 5 rows of linked, double crochet around the top edge.

Lining:

You don’t have to be a seamstress to make the lining – I certainly am not – basic sewing skills will do. But a sewing machine helps.

Fold your fabric in half, and place the assembled bag on top.
Cut around the bag, leaving a 1/2″ – 1″seam allowance all around.


Fold over both top edges (appr. 1/4″) and iron or pin in place. (Remember to fold it toward the ‘back’ of the fabric, since you want the ‘pretty’ side to show inside your bag)

Fire up your sewing machine and stitch the top seam in place.
Stitch close one side of the lining.

*If you want to add an inside pocket, you want to do that now. ⇓

Now – to make sure that the lining fits perfectly inside your bag – pin it to the inside of the bag.

When you get to the opening, mark the spot where the two sides meet.

Take out some pins (enough to pull out the lining and fit under the foot of your sewing machine). Close that side.

*Inside Pocket (optional)

Cut a rectangle from your fabric. Fold over the top, and stitch in place.
Attach the remaining three sides to the lining. You can make separate compartments by sewing one or two quick lines.

Handles

Measure the bottom of the handles, and the width of the front of your bag. Mark the middle portion with pins to make sure your handle sits in the center.
(My front is 19″, the handle is 9″. So I marked 5″ in)

Crochet the handles in place.

I noticed that my bag – if not stuffed full of goodies – sagged a bit at the sides.
I folded in the sides (much better), and added some ties to keep it in place.

Ties

Chain 100.
Attach the chain to the middle of the Granny Square on the side with a slipstitch.
Chain 100. Fasten off. Thread both ends through the top stitch of the side seam.

Repeat on the other side.

Aaaaaaaand …… you’re done!

Do you love your new bag?

If, at any point, you felt like I over-explained things, please do not take offense! 😌
I’ve been ‘burnt’ by many faulty patterns…so now I might be overdoing it
, trying to avoid any mistakes.
If you do notice any mistakes anyway, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to
tell me/ask. I’m just one quick comment away. 😊

Please let me know what you think! Will you be making one?

One more picture…the first bag I made was a ‘Stashbuster’. That one is mine 😁

Take good care of yourself! πŸ’• See you next time!

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30+ Hot Weather Crochet/Knitting Projects πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Well…it’s hot! There are no ifs and buts about it!

And unless you live in parts of the Southern Hemisphere you’re probably looking at your yarn stash with a tear in your eye, willing the weather man to come up with some clouds or – dare we hope – a ‘cold’ front! 😊

But fret no more! Dry your tears, pick a project ⬇️ that won’t cover your lap, legs, toes, pick up your hook/needles and start your Hot Weather Project πŸ˜ƒ

Maybe you’re already thinking about Christmas Gifts! πŸ˜‰

How about a cute Tea-Cozy? I love the hedgehog πŸ˜„

25 free Knit and Crochet Tea-Cozy Patterns by diyhowto.org

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Speaking of Christmas πŸŽ„

Crochet Elf Hats for the entire family following this easy & awesome Pattern from B.Hooked Crochet

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Or maybe you or someone you love needs a new project/market bag?

11 Summertime Crochet Bags and Totes – find the patterns for these beauties right here

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And of course there’s always Amigurumi πŸ˜ƒ Doesn’t get smaller than that!

You can find all the patterns here 😍

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My absolute favorite – the Granny Square – is the perfect project for sweltering days!

You can compile a stash now, then join them when it gets cold.

If you’ve never made one, or need a refresher course…help is one click away 😊

Or get out your kitchen cotton, and make a larger one = Dishcloth! πŸ‘πŸ»

Add a Scrubby-Yarn Flower – no more digging for an elusive Scrubby-pad with wet, soapy fingers. 😁

There….that should keep you busy for a while! Let me know what you’re making 😍

Enjoy your day! Stay cool! 😎

WIP – Wednesday ~ Summer’s Here πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope everything is well at your end of the Interwebs πŸ˜‰

(Sorry, I’m watching ‘Monk’, and he just said it – that made me laugh so I had to use it in a sentence πŸ˜†)

Alrighty…where were we? Oh right – the current WIPs.

I’ve been busy planning next week’s workshop – so there is not too much to report 😁

I’m still working on the Purses. The ‘Agate Slice’ purse is almost finished.

Front and back are done, so is the strip that will keep everything together and give it some width. Then lining and handles and I have something to show off 😍

A few weeks ago I came across a Facebook add for a yarn sale. Well, put ‘yarn’ and ‘sale’ in one sentence and I’m there. Oh boy, was it a Sale! 😁

I found Bamboo yarn for an unbelievable price! Yeah, I had to buy bundles of 10…but at $2 a skein I didn’t hesitate! 😍

Isn’t it gorgeous?!

The sock-knitters among you probably spotted the sock yarn right away. 😁 Yep, same company, and also an amazing deal.

I’m very happy with the quality of both! I’m working with both yarns right now – they’re coming together in a colorful Summer-Tunic

What do you think? A nice cami underneath, and I’m set for the hot weather 😎

The first strip for the back is already done

The only problem I’m foreseeing now is the ‘weaving-in-of-the-Bamboo-yarn-ends’. It’s quite slippery, and I’m worried that it won’t stay where I put it. Any tips? I would be so grateful! πŸ™‚

If you’re interested in checking out the company (no affiliation, just a friendly tip 😊) here’s the link to the Yarn Zone

I just checked, and the ‘Bag Deals’ are still available. πŸ˜ƒ

The planning for the workshop ‘A Day of Crochet‘ is coming along nicely.

People are signing up, projects are done – there will be a ‘Granny Square’ lesson, crochet flowers, and a ‘Chilly Cowl’ – that’s a Summer cotton cowl. Before wearing you soak it in cold water, and it will keep you cool for hours. 😎

Chilly Cowl

Granny Square & Flower – for a 2-in-1 Dishcloth/Scrubby

I hope everyone will have a fun crochet-day 😍

Have you been to a Yarn-Retreat? Do you have any tips/advice for me? What did you expect when signing up? I would love it if you would share your experience! 😌

Until then πŸ’•

Bags, Bags, Bags – The Finishing Touch

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

My name is Tina…and I’m a procrastinator 😁 aka ‘non-finisher’ of projects!

*I crochet everything to the point of fastening off, then set it aside, and start something new. Repeat from *

But last week, as I was eyeing the ever growing pile of (mostly) bags, I gave myself a mental kick in the bum.

The daunting task…weaving in ends 😣

Oh well – it needs to be done.

And, as you can imagine, there were a lot of them!

This is just the final batch… I had thrown away quite a few already before I remembered to take a picture! 😊

Eventually that was done…yay Party πŸŽ‰… now the linings.

Out came the sewing machine

And now they’re done! πŸ’ͺ🏻

I still have two that are a little further away from being finished…they’re next. 😁

The bag-making process had to be put on the back burner, because I got a custom order for a feather headdress! Yes, you read that right…a lovely lady ordered a Native American inspired Headdress 😳 She is so sweet, and already has quite a few of my creations (Jewelry, Ponchos, Dreamcatcher) so I really wanted to do this for her.

I did tell her up front that this was completely new to me, and I didn’t make any promises! But she had a lot of confidence in me, and cheered me on from the sidelines! πŸ™‚

Well, long story short – I did it! And she is over the moon happy! πŸ˜€ What more could I ask for?! 😍

If you wanna see for yourself…here it is

The creative process was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the challenge! 😊

Now back to the bags!

One more thing, then you can carry on 😘

Spring is finally here! 🌷🌷🌷

The temperatures are climbing, the grass is green! 😎 The trees are lagging behind a bit, but that’s understandable…we still had frost last weekend!

I spotted these beauties in the yard this morning 😍

Now I may have to burn my winter clothes 😜 I’ve been wearing them for 6 months, so I’m reeeaaalllyyy tired of everything!

Oh, sorry, I have one more – as you could probably guess…my back is all better! πŸ˜ƒ Thank you all for the great tips to speed up the healing process. 😍 My lower back is still a bit tight. When I bend forward at the waist my left knee comes up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But that’s not painful, and will get better with regular stretching. 😊

Now back to the bags 😁

I hope you have a wonderful, fabulous, sunny weekend! πŸ’•

The Bobble – Stitch Purse: A Problem and it’s Solution πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It has been a minute, hasn’t it? I hope you’re doing well, stayed out of trouble…with St. Patrick’s Day still in the rearview mirror and all 😜 However, if you have any Shenanigans to report I’d love to hear about it 😁

I have nothing of the sort…so I’ll jump right into telling you about the ‘Bobble-Stitch Purse’ and it’s Shenanigans πŸ˜‰

It started out well enough 😊

Just the regular process.

Make the bottom. Pick a color – in this case a light grey – and since I love the Bobbles I usually start with that. Next row – more Bobbles…Pink this time.

And I liked it so much that I wanted a whole purse in these two colors, and nothing but Bobbles.

Like I said….It started out well enough 😍

I kept going until it was the size I wanted.

And this is where we’re getting to the problem part. I held it up…oh, boy πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Not cool! I don’t think that’s a look that’s gonna catch on anytime soon. 😜

I figure I need more chain when I join the rows (experiment in process 😊)

What to do? I really didn’t want to frog the whole thing.

So I decided to take out the bottom, thinking that is what (mostly) holds it in this awkward shape. I carefully undid the ‘seam row’, catching the grey stitches with a knitting needle

Nope πŸ˜• That wasn’t it.

So I undid the knitted stitches, and tried to undo the Bobbles…the grey ones sticking out at the bottom.

For future reference – one cannot undo Bobbles from the bottom up. Not gonna happen!

So I had these half-undone stitches sitting there, mocking me 🀨

*At this point I stopped taking pictures πŸ™ˆ

I had one more idea, and if that didn’t work…frogging it is! 😞

If I turn everything around, the stick-y-out part could be the flap.

And that’s what I did.

I added a few more rows to the flap, finished the edge with silk ribbon, threaded ribbon through the half-undone Bobbles, added the strap…et voilΓ 

It’s not perfect, so it won’t be in the store…but I have a new purse, and learned a few things along the way! 😁

Did you ever have to change course halfway through a project? Did you keep going, or did you frog it all? I’d love to hear about it! 😊

I hope to see you tomorrow for WIP Wednesday… I do have a few things to show you! 😁

Until then πŸ’•

The Little Bag ~ Crochet and Go πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How very lovely of you to peek in!

Do you need a little crossbody bag? For just the bare necessities, like phone, keys, lipstick? 😊

Then I’d like to invite you to a quick and easy crochet-along! πŸ˜€

I need mine for the daily walks I take with my dogs. In cooler temperatures there is no lack of ‘storage room’….I only buy jackets with big pockets. 😁 But now that it’s getting warmer out there I found myself in a bit of a pickle. Pants pockets just won’t do it. 

Sound familiar? Well, then grab some yarn and a crochet hook, and let’s do this! πŸ€“

1. Start by crocheting 2 ‘Granny Squares’. 

*A little tip – since you’re making a bag that’s gotta be somewhat sturdy, you wanna use a smaller size hook than the instructions recommend 

The upper border is a few rows of ‘Tunisian’ (Afghan) Stitch. 

That stitch is new to me, but once you get in the rhythm, it’s a very pretty and fast stitch…maybe my favorite right now. 😍 

Plus I finally know what this ‘Hook on steroids’ is for! πŸ˜‚ It was in a bundle of knitting needles I picked up at a Thrift Store, and I’ve been wondering about it since. 


I’ve practiced working with it, and I must say it’s a bit hard on the wrist. So, if the stitch count allows just use a regular plain hook. 😊

2. Okay….back to the ‘Tunesian Stitch‘. Pick up stitches on one side of your square. 

*When you come to the space, pick up the one stitch to the left and right, but place only one stitch into the space….oh, gee – I hope this makes sense. If not, please let me know! 😊



3. Turn your work around, insert your hook into the 2nd stitch from the hook…yarn over, pull backwards and leave the loop on the hook = 2 loops. Repeat to the end of the row. 


Don’t forget the very last one! πŸ€“

4.  Now…don’t turn your work! 

Pull the yarn through the first loop, like a chain stitch 


…then pull the yarn through 2 loops – the ‘active’ and the next one. 


Keep going, combining 2 loops until there’s only one left. 



5. Now place your hook under the second vertical bar, hook and pull the yarn through. 


Leave the loop on the hook and continue on like before. The last stitch goes into the very last vertical bar.


And again….yarn through first loop, then continuously through 2. 

There you perfected the ‘Tunesian (Afghan) stitch. πŸ€—

If you – at any point- have problems, questions because the instructions are not clear, please leave me a comment or send me a message. I wasted a lot of time, because the first few patterns I came across were not very clear. On a happy note…. I might have created a new stitch πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

See…

But here’s what it’s supposed to look like 

6. Now it’s time to stitch the two pieces together. There I can recommend 2 ways. Each one is fast and easy

First one is crocheted….


Just go around three sides, picking up both loops of the stitch, and working a single crochet. 

For the second method you’ll need a large tapestry needle, ’cause we’re gonna sew. πŸ˜‹

This is my favorite way to go because the seams lay nice and flat.


Just thread the needle, pick up the second chain stitch of the corner square, pull the thread taut, insert your needle into the top loop of the stitch below, and keep going. Remember….only one loop, and always work from right to left. 😊

7. Almost done 😁 

Work a crabstitch around the top to even out the edge (Granny Square edges can be a bit messy…or is it just me? πŸ™ˆ)


8. Now the strap. Again I have two suggestions 

The first one is the fast shortcut 😏 Another bonus is the comfort. If you’re not too keen on wearing wooly stuff on your skin in the middle of summer 🌞 just sew 2 rings into the seam and you can attach the strap from another purse as needed.


Or, if you like it all wooly, crochet the strap right onto the purse 


I picked up six ‘vertical bars’ ( just like you did before) and started working the tunesian stitch. 


Keep going until you reach your desired length, crochet it in place…..and you’re 

DONE! πŸ˜€ What do you think? Like it? 😍 

If you make one please share your pictures with us πŸ˜€

And again, if you have any questions anywhere during your project, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m just one message away! πŸ€“

I hope you come back for *New~Stitch~Sunday’ 😎

Until then πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo